Religious Infamy: In 1998, Embodyment pioneered the deathcore genre with “Embrace The Eternal”

Ahhhhh, deathcore. It’s one of the most despised genres of music out there, and despite the fact that there are plenty of mediocre bands of the genre, there are also plenty of gems. Dismissing the genre entirely would be a mistake, and that goes double for many of the bands who pioneered the genre. After all, metalcore pioneers 18 Visions’ earlier albums were one small step away from the genre, too.

In 1998, though, the genre didn’t really exist. Sure, death metal legends Suffocation (as well as bands like Pyrexia) played a huge part in pioneering the genre in the early 90’s, and nearly every deathcore band cites early Obituary material as influences, but one of the genre’s best-kept secrets is a little record by a band called Embodyment. Interestingly, they were an unapologetically Christian band, but that doesn’t take anything away from a sound they helped to pioneer in 1998 on their debut record. That record, Embrace The Eternal, is a must-listen if you haven’t heard it before.

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Album Review: InVisions – ‘Between You & Me’

InVisions – ‘Between You & Me’ (8.5/10)

Hailing from Yorkshire, InVisions are a metalcore outfit from the UK, and are now back with their sophomore full-length, Between You & Me. On the signing to Stay Sick Records, guitarist Lucas Gabb says: “We were all at work, just a normal day when we got a message from our manager saying that Mike & Fronz (Attila / Co-Owner) were listening to the new record. Pretty much straight away he showed interest and said he’d be in touch with a formal offer to join the label, which was mad! Mike has a badass history in the music industry and Fronz is a G so we’re definitely really hyped to get on board with them for the new record!Continue reading

EP Review: Starve To Survive – ‘Have Me To Waste’

Starve To Survive – ‘Have Me To Waste’ EP (8.5/10)

Hailing from Newcastle, UK – hardcore newcomers Starve to Survive are back with their new EP and are set to shape the scene with their hardcore roots with unending aggression. The EP is  produced by highly respected Loathe’s Connor Sweeney. Continue reading