There have been quite a few metal bands that have survived the test of time but do not have the appreciation they deserve and Master is definitely one. Formed originally in Chicago (they are now in Czech Republic), they have been making death metal since 1983 a few years before Possessed or Death and impressingly enough they are still going strong today. Master started out slow, but in recent years they have been averaging a new album every other year. “The New Elite” is their eleventh full length album and they show no signs of slowing down.
I would suggest this thrashy death metal band to any metal fan who enjoys their music extreme. Master has accomplished with three members what many bands have been unable to do with five members. Influenced by Slayer, Venom and Motorhead, they have a very heavy thrash sound. Vocalist Paul Speckmann greatly reminds me of Tom Warrior, the vocalist of Celtic Frost. Master has also greatly matured with age, unlike many death metal bands. In this respect, I would compare Master to Death. Just like Chuck Shuldiner and company greatly evolved from “Scream Bloody Gore”, so has Master from their debut release. Master’s lyrics definitely show the thrashy pissed off side with themes of politics, death and religion. A great example of this is from Smile As You’re Told, “Commanders are just put in place, the soldiers are easily blamed. The governments feed the machine as taxpayers simply complain.” www.metal-temple.com
SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER is an American Death Thrash band from Southern California. Formed in 2001 by vocalist Steve Worley, the band has been hard at work in the underground community for over a decade. With label support coming for the first time in the bands history in 2009, SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER released their debut full length “Spontaneous Suicide” worldwide via Crash Music/EMI.
A rigorous touring schedule would ensue including multiple stints all through out Europe and North America along side many tour mates such as MASTER, PESTILENCE, VITAL REMAINS and many more.
BLACK SEPTEMBER(Death Metal with female vocals)
Forged in the bowels of Chicago, IL, BLACK SEPTEMBER arose from the
depths in 2006 with their demo Contortion. Inspired by bands such as
Bolt Thrower, His Hero Is Gone, Dissection and Bathory, they decided
to form a band that was both heavy and aggressive, but more
importantly, original. Although unrefined, the demo laid the path for
the albums soon to come.
Band founders and mainstays, guitarist C.M. and classically trained
vocalist J.M., and various lineups have released four EPs to date,
including a split with Louisiana’s Thou. “The Forbidden Gates Beyond,”
the band’s debut full-length, originally self-released in 2010, shows
BLACK SEPTEMBER firing on all evil cylinders with a steady lineup and
ready to unleash their madness upon the unsuspecting masses! The band
has previously shared the stage with the likes of Unearthly Trance,
Skeletonwitch, Javelina, Masakari, and Magrudergrind, among
CARDIAC ARREST(Old School Death Metal first Chicago show in almost a year )
The carpet-bombing of traditional old school death metal continues,
this time around with yet another monster of an album from Cardiac
Arrest. Their fourth full-length album, Vortex of Violence is the wet,
sticky dream of anybody who fancies himself a fan of this style of
death metal. In keeping with the Cardiac Arrest tradition of meat &
potatoes raw savagery in the vein of Autopsy, Repulsion, etc, Vortex
of Violence is precisely what is to be expected from this band.
Basically, if you’ve heard and dug their music in the past then you’ll
know ahead of time exactly what you’re in for when you scoop up this
Like they have on all of their previous efforts, Cardiac Arrest
doesn’t add any sort of new wrinkles like metalcore breakdowns, clean
vocals, cheesy keyboards, or folk instruments. The production is
dirty, organic, crude, raw; just the way death metal is supposed to