Sever The King is a band that deserves so much more attention than it gets; both of their previous releases ("Traitor" and "Outbreak") are great albums that bring out the best and most artistic aspects of the death metal and deathcore genres. Their latest single "The Collapse," though not quite on par with some of their older work, is still very solid. It doesn't have the same amount of blistering dynamic and energy that a lot of Sever The King's tracks tend to have, but the band continues to demonstrate their technical prowess, especially with the complex drum patterns. There's a lot of ferocity in the vocals and guitars as well despite the song's rather slow pace. On top of that, the track has a very nice sense of flow and continuity to it, with the brutal, crunchy passages weaving into each other gracefully without becoming monotonous and stale. "The Collapse" may not as powerful as their other pieces, but it's still definitely worth checking out. [7]

"The Collapse" was released on August 25, 2015 under no label.


Even though deathcore outfit Immoralist's debut EP "Widow" was decent enough, their newest single "Unholy" shows clear signs of evolution in the band's sound. They seem to be growing a little more fast-paced than before while still retaining the slow, crushing breakdowns that they started out with. Because of this, there is quite a bit of impressive dynamic that makes the music more exhilarating. Even the instrumentation seems to be getting a little more technical, particularly the drum-work, and this is helped with how well the song is composed. Having Alex Teyen of Black Tongue make a guest appearance towards the end was also a nice choice, as his low and high-pitch snarls add a little more sinister energy to the mix. It's nothing that new, but Immoralist seems to be starting to find its own voice among the generic deathcore crowd; "Unholy" may very well be a harbinger for great things to come. [7]

"Unholy" was released on October 24, 2015 under no label.


Fleshgod Apocalypse has already carved its mark deep into the metal scene as a band fusing ferocious death metal with grand orchestras for an explosive listening experience. Their third full-length album "King" will hit the shelves in about a month, but until then, we have their single "The Fool" taken from said upcoming record... and it delivers. The song has the atmosphere, pace, and melody you would expect to hear in some dark, twisted circus, which is clearly what the band was aiming for. On top of that, the musicianship seems to have improved quite a bit; the drums in particular have become more dynamic and interesting, showing that the band doesn't need to rely on endless blast beats to deliver its energy. The clean singing has also gotten better; they're not nearly as shrill as before, but they're still rather operatic and have a lot of power to them. "The Fool" is wicked fun, and the future for the Apocalypse is looking quite bright. [8]

"The Fool" was released on January 2016 on Nuclear Blast Records.