Friday, 30 March 2018

New Metal Review: Varius - Red Messenger

   The Heavy Metal Yeti has a diet of pure metal. Lucky for me, a lot of great diverse metal has been coming out over the past few years. Always preferring to eat local, I've been pleased with all the fantastic local bands gaining momentum lately. Various is one of these bands, scoring one of my favourite releases of 2017 with their Red Messenger EP (check out the entire list here). Hailing from Niagara Falls Ontario, the band spawned out of the ashes of a few prog and thrash metal bands active over the past few years. What doesn't kill you makes the metal better! Varius began in 2016, but hit the ground running in 2017 with a busy year of live shows and the release of their first EP, released independently last Halloween.

   Varius;- "diverse, different, changeable; variegated". The bands first EP Red Messenger is true to their name, featuring three songs of heavy hitting and technically diverse metal fury! Varius hits hard with a blend of traditional groove and progressively heavy metal. Each of the three songs on the EP brings something slightly different to the table, showcasing their embrace of fast paced guitar groove, progressive song structure, and mix of traditional and unorthodox instrumental combinations. The death growling vocals suits the instrumentals well on the album, enforcing the heavy tone that kept my furious furry head banging throughout. Red Messenger is also full of trippy and face-melting guitar solos reflecting the bands diverse nature. Varius doesn't shy away from good old fashion shred in their riffs. They keep the throttle pinned, breaking only for the few moments to enjoy some weird proggy fun. Various has a lot planned for 2018 and beyond with a new 4 song follow up planned for release this year and a number of live shows on the horizon. Keep your eyes peeled for them on your local bills and check them out if you get the chance! In the meantime you can listen, download, and buy merch online @ I cant wait to see what these guys have in store for us in the coming years!!

- My Verdict
\m/\m/\m/\m/ out of \m/\m/\m/\m/\m/
4/5 - Magnificent! Give them a listen!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Heavy Metal Yeti's Best Metal Albums of 2017!

**I accidentally deleted the original post. Here is the repost!** 

    Our planet has circled the sun once again and some wicked tunes have been made during the journey. I think most people can agree that 2017 was a tricky year to say the least. Black Sabbath played their last live show, bands like Spawn of Possession, Textures, and Dillinger Escape Plan have called it quits, David Vincent left Morbid Angel again while Steve Tucker came back to the band, Ron left Overkill, and to be honest the world just lost too many awesome people this year. A huge thank you and massive cheers to Gord Downie, Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Warrel Dane, Malcolm Young, Geoff Nicholls, Scott Wily, Martin Ain, Trish Doan, Chuck Mosley, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, and all the other metalheads we lost this year!

     But all was not lost as the metal bands of the world kept on delivering a constant supply of ass kicking tunes to keep the horns raging and the heads banging. Some great new bands emerged onto the scene this year (I'm looking at you Necrot, Varius, and Cloak) while a good bunch of up and coming bands are posturing themselves to give some of the metal legends a run for their money. This all being said the old school gods proved their worth this year with bands the likes of Obituary, Incantation, Kreator, Iced Earth, and Cannibal Corpse still pumping out impressive and fresh material.

     It was hard to keep track of all the releases this year, but here are my top 25 albums of 2017! \m/ These are my favourite and most listened to albums from the past year. If you haven't checked any of them out, take some time out of your busy schedule and give them a listen! Cheers to all the metalheads around the world and here's hoping that the next few years take a lesson from 2017 and offer up some more magnificent metal for our headbanging pleasure. Feel free to post your top albums in the comments! /,,/

1. Archspire - Relentless Mutation
Technical Death Metal - Season of Mist

2. Cloak - To Venomous Depths
Blackened Heavy Metal- Season of Mist

3. Ex Deo - The Immortal Wars
Symphonic Death Metal - Napalm Records 

4. Enslaved - E
Progressive Black Metal - Nuclear Blast

5. Varius - Red Messenger
Death Metal - Independent

 6. Kreator - Gods of Violence
Thrash Metal - Nuclear Blast

7. Persefone - Aathma
Progressive Metal - ViciSolum Productions 

8. Paradise Lost - Medusa
Doom/Gothic Metal - Nuclear Blast

9. Widek - Hidden Dimensions
Progressive Metal - Independent

10. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
Thrash Metal -  Southern Lord Recordings

11. Septicflesh - Codex Omega
Symphonic Death Metal - Season of Mist

12. Iced Earth - Incorruptible
Power/Thrash Metal - Century Media Records

13. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
Progressive Metal - Season of Mist 

14. Obituary - Obituary
Death Metal - Relapse Records

15. Intervals - The Way Forward
Progressive Metal - Independent

16. Vampire - With Primevil Force
Death/Thrash Metal - Century Media Records

17. Necrot - Blood Offerings
Death Metal - Tankcrimes Records

18. Temple of Void - Lords of Death
Doom/Death Metal - Shadow Kingdom Records 

19. Suffocation - ...Of the Dark Light
Technical Death Metal - Nuclear Blast
20. Maat - Monuments Will Enslave
Death Metal - Aural Attack Productions

21. Dying Fetus - Wrong One To Fuck With
Death Metal - Relapse Records

 22. Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black
Death Metal - Metal Blade Records 

23. Scale The Summit - In A World Of Fear
 Progressive Metal - Independent 

24.The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers
Melodic Death Metal - Metal Blade Records 

25.  Incantation - Profane Nexus
Death Metal - Relapse Records

Honourable mentions to Origin, Body Count, Mastodon, Pallbearer, Immolation, Sikth, Belphagor, Goatwhore, Wolves In The Throne Room, Unleash the Archers, Venenum, Sinister, Soulrot, Carach Angren, Electric Wizard, Threat Signal, Grotesque, The Contortionist, The Haunted, Hour of Penance, Firespawn, and so so many more bands that made 2017 a kick ass year for metal music! \m/

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist, Polyphia, & Toothrgrinder @ The Opera House, Toronto (Sept 29, 2017).

   Last night, Between the Buried and Me rolled through town on their only Canadian stop on the milestone Colors 10 Year Anniversary Tour. It's hard to deny that Colors is one of the best progressive death metal albums of all time. The perfect combination of crushing technical guitar and drum work, bone-shattering riffage, lyrical mastery, and the oddly satisfying progressive/experimental elements (insert death metal hoedown here) are what make Colors truly unique and wonderful. I have been a huge BTBAM fan since the start, but Colors is the album that they will be remembered for (pun intended)!! 

   The night started off with some surprisingly heavy metalcore from the beasts of Toothgrinder, who brought a high energy performance that quickly set the tone for what would become a night to remember. By the time Polphyia took the stage the Opera House was  almost completely full. Polyhia delivered a wickedly dialed set of  cheery but incredibly technical instrumental prog metal that would no doubt out a smile on the faces of bands like Intervals and Scale the Summit. With the crowd  now 100%  fucking amped, The Contortionist took the stage with a masterful and crowd pleasing set of old and new material.
   The energy was palpable while the crowd cheered as Between the Buried and Me took the stage. And while unfortunately they were one man short (god dammit Dustie how can you forget your passport!), they delivered a perfect blast from the past with an impressively dialed full album playthrough of Colors. The cherry on top of this whole night however was the encore with the band completely devastating the crowd with Mordecai, the song that started it all of a lot of BTBAM fans. I was lucky to be there the first time around and I'll no doubt be there the next time around on the 25 year anniversary tour! A huge shout out to all the crazy die-hards in the pit and cheers to the bands for putting on such a wicked night! Check out some photos of the night below. 

 Between the Buried and Me

The Contortionist 



Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Metal Yeti's Best Metal Albums of 2015 & 2016! /,,/

   It's easy to get caught up in the fast pace lifestyle of the Anthropocene. Time goes by and fantastic metal albums come and go. We are bombarded with new material on social media feeds and through 140 character sales pitches.  It is because of this reason that this year I wanted to do something a little bit different. Instead of restricting myself to 2016 I've decided to take a look at some of the unforgettable material that came out over the past couple years.

   A lot has happened in the world of metal in two years time. There has been a slew of new talented bands on the rise, and a number of veteran bands have come out of the metalworks with phenomenal new albums. The big four of thrash showed us why we call them that with all bands putting out fantastic new material. Chris Adler seemed to join every band he could get his feet on. Cory Taylor and Robb Flynn had a lot to say, to a lot of people, about a lot of things. While the whole time, Japan was having some interesting ideas of their own. Mad respect and rest in peace to Christopher Lee, Lemmy, Phil Taylor, Bowie, Nick Menza, Jimmy Bain, Shawn Chavez and every other metalhead we lose as the clock ticks on.

   Here are my top 50 albums of 2015 & 2016! \m/ These are my favourite and most listened to albums from the past few years so if you haven't checked any of them out, take some time out of your busy schedule and give them a goddamn listen!  Cheers everybody and here's hoping that the next few years offer up some more magnificent metal for our headbanging pleasure! /,,/

1. Vektor - Terminal Redux (2016)
     - Progressive Thrash Metal 
2. Gorod - A Maze of Recycled Creeds (2015)
    - Progressive/Technical Death Metal

3. Sylosis - Dormant Heart (2015)
    - Melodic Death Metal

4. Scarab - Serpents of the Nile (2015)
    -  Death Metal

5. The Offering - Codex Mystirium (2016)
    - Death/Thrash Metal

 6. Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls (2015)
     - Heavy Metal 

7.  MegaDeth - Dystopia (2016)
    - Thrash Metal

 8. Be'lakor - Vessels (2016)
    - Melodic Death Metal 

9. Skeletonwitch - The Apothic Gloom (2016)
    - Thrash/Black Metal

10. Obscura - Akróasis (2016)
    - Progressive/Technical Death Metal

11. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking (2016)
    - Melodic Death Metal 

12. Kataklysm - Of Ghosts and Gods (2015)
    - Melodic Death Metal

13. Gojira - Magma (2016)
    - Progressive Death Metal

14. Black Crown Initiate - Selves We Cannot Forgive (2016)
    - Progressive Death Metal

15. Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction (2015)

16. Metallica - Hardwired... To Self Destruct (2016)
    - Thrash Metal

17. Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence (2016)
    - Progressive Metal

18. Lamb of God - Sturm Und Drang (2015)
    - Groove Metal 

19. Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic (2015)
    - Progressive Metal 

20. Tesseract - Polaris (2015)
    - Progressive Metal

21. Nile - What Should Not Be Unearthed (2015)
    - Technical Death Metal

22. Anthrax - For All Kings (2016)
    - Thrash Metal

23. Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole of the Law (2016)
    - Grindcore / Black Metal

24. Venom - From The Very Depths (2015)
    - Black/Speed Metal

25. Animals As Leaders - The Madness of Many (2016)
    - Progressive Metal

26. Dark Funeral - Where Shadows Forever Reign (2016)
    - Black Metal

27. Pyrrhon - Running out of Skin (2016)
    - Technical Death Metal

28. Carach Angren - This Is No Fairytale (2015)
    - Symphonic Black Metal

29. Slayer - Repentless (2015)
    - Thrash Metal 

30 . Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake (2016)
    - Thrash Metal 

31. Northlane - Node (2015)
    - Metalcore

32. Motorhead - Bad Magic (2015)
    - Heavy Metal

33. Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust (2016)
    - Technical Death Metal

34. Erimha - Thesis Ov Warfare (2015)
    - Black Metal

35. Insomnium - Winters Gate (2016)
    - Melodic Death Metal

36. Aborted - Termination Redux (2016)
    - Death Metal

37. Killswitch Engage - Incarnate (2016)
    - Metalcore

38. Jungle Rot - Order Shall Prevail (2015)
    - Death Metal

39. Black Tusk - Pillars of Ash (2016)
    - Sludge Metal

40. Katalepsy - Gravenous Hour (2016)
    - Brutal Death Metal

41. Gruesome - Savage Land (2015)
    - Death Metal

42. Gruesome - Dimensions of Horror (2016)
    - Death Metal

43. Virvum - Illuminance (2016)
    - Death Metal 

44. Children of Bodom - I Worship Chaos (2015)
    - Melodic Death Metal

45. Intronaut - The Direction of Last things (2015)
    - Progressive Metal

46. Black Fast - Terms of Surrender (2015)
    - Progressive Thrash Metal

47. Soulfly - Archangel (2015)
    - Groove Metal

48. Anvil - Anvil is Anvil (2016)
    - Thrash Metal 

49. Cryptopsy - Tomb of Suffering Tome 1 (2015)
    - Death Metal

50. Black Sabbath - The End (2016)
    - Heavy Metal

- Honourable Mentions: Khemmis, Meshuggah, Grave, Protest the Hero, Brujeria, Scale the Summit, Opeth, Dream Theater, Grand Magnus, Rotting Christ, DevilDriver, Allegaeon, Neurosis, and Dark Tranquility!

- Hope you enjoyed the list. I'm sure there's something on this here you will enjoy. m/
Have a happy thrashy new year! mXm/