GENUS ORDINIS DEI: “Great Olden Dynasty” Album Review

Be prepared to re-evaluate EVERYTHING you know about amazing metal, and welcome to your record collection your new favorite metal band GENUS ORDINIS DEI an evolutionary take on the late 90’s early 2000’s heavy metal vocal trend and the deceptively beautiful, yet sinister applications of modern symphonic metal. Here with the album Great Olden Dynasty, you are treated to a spine shattering collection of 10 of the BEST metal songs to be produced in all of 2017. 

 From the very beginning, 4 simple words light fire to a path of ABSOLUTELY DEVISTATING symphonic heavy metal album in Great Olden Dynasty. Grabbing you by your chest and leading you underwater long past the point of safety to a whole new world encompassed in deadly riffs, and cold calculated symphonic melodies. Guitarist / Vocalist Nick K leads the path into The Unleashed, the opening track, followed in tow by guitarist Tommy Mastermind, bassist Steven F. Olda, and Drummer Richard Meiz the 4 lay out a dynamic picture of what is about to be the BEST metal album you will hear in 2017 hands down.

Once you get in the album, when you make a deeper under water, you can start to really feel how dynamic GENUS ORDINIS DEI really is in the piano riddled Morten. A 6-minute display of many of their real attributes together as a band and raw talent as individual artists. As Morten carefully displays itself for you to take in, you are taken through masterfully pieced together instrumentals leading to chest beating primal vocals, and then back over and over and its executed SO damn flawlessly!

It isn’t even like that’s the plateau of GENUS ORDINIS DEI. After you thrash relentlessly about in a mosh pit in your living room to the crunchy, deep gutted riffs to ID 12401 and a couple others you get treated to what? To what you ask? To Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil? Yes, you read that right, one of the most beautiful voices in all of metal lends her voice to the track Salem, this addition turns this already 10 star album into 11, fuck, this thing just shot to 12!  

 I cannot say enough amazing things about this album. If you like Bands like Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Fleshgod Apocalypse or any of their brothers you want this album… less want, more need.  Do you need some heavy neck breaking head banging shit? Got it! Do you need some classy turned down low to settle the evening? Got it! Do you need something diverse, new, and innovative to stimulate your inner metal? Got it! This album is a complete piece of art. Do not hesitate, don’t ‘go check out your buddie’s band’, go check out GENUS ORDINIS DEI and the monumental release Great Olden Dynasty and be prepared to learn to breath all over again.  

Evan Wullf



GENUS ORDINIS DEI is (left to right): Steven F. Olda (Bass), Nick K, (Vocals & Guitar), Richard Meiz (Drums), Tommy Mastermind (Guitar) 


Great Olden Dynasty 

1: The Unleashed 

2: You Die In Roma 

3: Cold Water 

4: The Flemish Obituary 

5: Sanctuary Burns 

6: Morten 

7: ID 13401 

8: Halls of Human Delights 

9: Salem (ft. Cristina Scabbia) 

10: Greyhouse 




Heirs of Isildur – The Crossroads Conundrum

  If there’s a favorite type of album of mine, it’s the concept album. Meshing and reprising common themes throughout an entire album has a way of making the entire experience more…transcendent. Couple that with the insane amount of work that goes into making a successful concept translate well, and it becomes impossible to not admire the brilliance of the artists who conjured it. Concepts can vary from having a few of the same musical aspects, to telling an entire complex fantasy story, and pretty much anything else in between. However, some artists will take concept albums to an extreme. Heirs of Isildur has done exactly this with their debut album, “The Crossroads Conundrum”.

  It can be daunting enough to even decide to go for a concept album in the first place. Interweaving an entire album to something that is cohesive takes a lot of planning. Even more daunting, is releasing an eleven issue graphic novel that partners with the album. Yes, this album will have an entire graphic novel to go along with it. This band has gone above and beyond for the story they wish to tell, and the result is glorious. However, it’s one thing to discuss how complicated a concept can be, or how cool it is to have a partner comic to enjoy with your music. What is the actual album like?

  “The Crossroads Conundrum” takes the listener through an epic journey. Powerful, open vocals weave around intense growls. Blast beats and high speed riffs give way to broad rhythms, only to launch you back to full speed again. Laying over all of this are some kick-ass keyboard licks that tie the entire feel of each track together. The truly amazing part of the musicianship of this band is the ability to continue to tell the story when the lyrics drop out. At no point does it feel as though you are waiting for the story to carry on during the instrumental breaks. Every voice has a hand in taking you through the complex universe being laid before you, and you never find yourself waiting for a song to get moving again.

  Another fantastic thing about this album, is how easy it is to digest as a whole. Too often will bands interlace an abstract concept with odd meter changes, wildly complex rhythms, and awkward, dissonant scale patterns. While there are people who enjoy these things, myself included, it can be incredibly difficult for a band to feed that to their audience. Even when they have a loyal and solid following. “The Crossroads Conundrum” does have moments where these appear, but they are more of a dash of flavor than the actual meat of the album. It is meant to be enjoyed as a whole, but none of the tracks lose strength by being played on their own. This allows the album to have better ability to appeal to anyone, rather than those select artsy (dare I say hipster) few.

  In all, this fresh band from Florida has come right out of the gate with an ambitious debut. Something that wouldn’t possible if they were not as dedicated, talented, and driven as they are.  When “The Crossroads Conundrum” drops on December 1st, you will be blown away by how masterful this album is. Pre-order it now, along with the next issues of the novel. Take in every aspect of this amazing work of art from Heirs of Isildur.

Stay Metal,

The Butcher


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Prepare to Get Primal, review of “Colossus”, Kill the Kong

  Rarely is there an album so fantastic, that it inspires absolute excitement in multiple species. When music ignites the fire of dog and human alike, it’s truly a special thing. Kill the Kong does just that with “Colossus”. On my first listen through, my own dog was so pumped I was forced to indulge her in a five minute mosh session on the floor. It’s impossible to ignore music of this caliber. “Colossus” will certainly catapult this young band to success.

   What makes this album so fantastic? Let’s start with the actual band. Currently, the typical metal band has 4-5 members. Two guitars, a dedicated vocalist, bass, and drums. It’s almost impossible to make great metal music without these elements. Every great once in awhile, a band comes around with something extra. More flavors that add delicious layers to the standard composition. Kill the Kong not only features your standard five piece, but add in a second dedicated vocalist and auxiliary percussionist. Rounding out to a dense, seven person ensemble. Challenging to pull off, yet absolute wicked when done right. Listeners will go back to each track multiple times to completely enjoy the thick weave of sound.

  It’s how Kill the Kong builds these layers that’s truly fantastic. Rhythms intertwine, heightening tense feelings. The tension, coupled with perfectly timed breaks, evoke a certain euphoria when the song cracks open and calamity ensues. These factors give “Colossus” an ebb and flow, as opposed to being a complete tidal wave of noise. After two years and now, two albums, “Colossus” fields a level of musical maturity that many bands can’t find until the third or fourth album. To possess this much talent and mastery so early in a career poises Kill the Kong to be a lasting act throughout the years to come.

  Heavy percussion and fiery riffs set such powerful energy in motion that it’s impossible to not be whipped into a fervor. Kill the Kong has mastered this energy with their sophomore album. “Colossus” is a straight home run of savagery that will blow everyone away when it drops on November 24th, 2017. Get this album, get their first album, go see these guys live. Pay attention to this band now and keep an eye on them in the future.


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Motograter: A Heroic Return, Review of “Desolation”

   A fan favorite for the last 22 years, Motograter makes a triumphant return to the world of metal with their latest release, “Desolation”. Truly a unique force of nature, with their homemade industrial instrument, and wild, tribalistic stage show, Motograter has proven that absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder. A driving, sweetly brutal release, “Desolation” marks a new future for a band that has persisted in the hearts of many metal fans.

  “Desolation” has a way of making you feel as though you’re floating on a thundercloud, only to drop you straight in into the storm without warning. Floating, melodic verses are perfectly balanced with heavy beating riffs and low growls, spiraling the listener through calamity and peace. Such a mix of varied emotions prove that even after a long hiatus, Motograter is still capable of bringing explosive quality to the world of music. This forty-minute delve into the anguish of human solitude will leave you pining for more from these massively talented beings.

    Although not the fastest album ever written, every riff has intense layering. Wrapping and carrying you across previously unexplored mindscapes. Drifting through varied states of your internal cosmos, you can’t help but be forced to consider your place in the universe. As any good piece of art should, “Desolation” takes itself above mere background music and takes the listener hostage. Showcasing, haunting balance of rhythmic grooves that build perfectly phantasmic release in each chorus. Finally laying you gently to rest, as you weakly reaching for the repeat button, hoping to be carried on the epic journey again.

  In all,  Motograter is a returning hero. Boldly planting their flag, preparing to reconquer lands that long for the return of their rule. I can’t help but be impressed by the fact that even after a long period of inactivity, they can force their way back to long-awaited redemption with such a brilliant piece of industrial gold. To cap it all off, they prove their absolute determination with an ambitious national tour across the U.S. If you’re one of many fans hoping to catch this incredible act in the flesh, you still have time to snag a ticket and be carried away in person. Do yourself a personal favor; get this album, and see this band in all their live glory.

The Butcher \m/


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Bobaflex “Eloquent Demons” Review

Rock and roll is hard work and Bobaflex are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty. In a  testament to facing adversity, chasing your dreams, and not being afraid to take chances, the West Virginia Quintet offer up their eighth studio album Eloquent Demons. Ten edgy, powerful tracks with dynamic mastery and a cinematic feel make this a stand out offering amongst this year’s rock releases. Marty McCoy (guitar / vocals), Shaun McCoy (guitar / vocals), Dave Tipple (guitar / vocals), Tommy Johnson (drums), and Jymmy Tolland (bass) made full use of their prolific song writing abilities and vocal prowess, breathing new life into their sound.

Eloquent Demons opens the way any great rock album should. With a cheering crowd, a poetic speech unifying demon brethren, and a quote to set the tone,

“The age of the demon is upon them… For tonight, we drink and bathe in fire.”

After the niceties, and a second of silence “I Am Nightmare” kicks in the door, and the signature Bobaflex harmonies, dark tones and upbeat tempo create a wicked rock anthem I’ll be singing at all future sporting events. Next the lead single “Long Time Coming” tackles religion, then “Say What you Will” takes aim at politics. It’s at this point in the album it’s very apparent that these songs are unlike anything the band has ever done, yet sound undeniably like Bobaflex. Bringing out the funky side of the band and the day drinker in all of us is “Lights Out”. This track is loaded with rockstar-esque lyrics and makes you want to dance in a non hardcore kind of way. “Real Sadness”, is a true stand out on the album. Reminiscent in style of 90s era Alice In Chains, complete with dark lyrical overtones.

“He said, I think you might want to sit down buddy / Ain’t no easy way to tell you / Something happened in the midnight hour / You better come with me.”

The song takes a few unexpected musical twists along the way and leaves you feeling pensive. Not for long though as the ballad “Off with Your Head” takes a comical Henry The VIII approach to relationships gone bad. This is followed up by the straight ahead rocker “Moon And The Shadows”, a nod to the metaphorical Werewolf in us all. The ninth track was “Hey You” was released as a video five months prior to the album’s release. Most notable in this reviewer’s opinion not only for it’s excellent execution, but for the testicular fortitude of Bobaflex to tackle a Pink Floyd cover in the first place. Most working musicians will agree that Floyd tunes are a taboo of sorts. The album is rounded off with “Reckless”, which is anything but in it’s delivery. Lyrically this track speaks volumes about music and it’s ability to help us all through hard times.

I know you’re in trouble man / But you don’t need to cry / Cause I’m gonna be / The friend you need / In the darkness of night”

Eloquent Demons feels like a natural evolution in the Bobaflex catalogue, and sounds like a band gaining strength. It’s surprising that a band that tours as much as Bobaflex can find time to put out something this strong and well produced. In a musical culture where bands are often hard to tell apart, it’s refreshing to have one that stands out. Heavy riffs, catchy melodies, harmonies, and guitar solos are not a thing of the past thanks to Bobaflex. Do yourself a favor and buy this album.

Songhammer: Disco and DPS Review

     It’s not often that I get to showcase my hardcore nerdom in such an obvious way. Usually it’s in the form of defending the cause of nerdiness against the sleights of Evil and Sloppy. Honestly, fantasy is as metal as it gets. Stories of mass armies of evil, medieval political intrigue, and glorious heroic figures swing swords bigger than your torso and legs combined. What’s not to love? Nothing! It’s all fucking epic. Anyway, there are a few bands out there that fly the nerd standard high. None quite so much as Songhammer, who have recently released a new EP, Disco and DPS. For you non-nerds out there, DPS means “Damage Per Second” an integral part of every well-rounded RPG group.

    Wielding war-hammers and clad in armor, Songhammer bring a goofy, cosplay style look to their music. Similar to GWAR (if you take into account the lack of inhuman slaughter and space fluids) in stage presence if not quite music style, this band is nothing but fun.  Songhammer has a wide ranging repertoire that showcases the vast diversity of nerd-kind. Everything from straight ahead Rock & Roll to EDM, and all things in between. Disco and DPS expands on this in directions that make you struggle to scratch your head in curiosity as it bobs to the beat.

    Now, if you can’t accept my word for it, that’s fine. Maybe it’s not as cool as I think. I am just one guy after all. However this band has managed to catch the eye of a low-budget, lesser known game development company called Blizzard, who premiered their video for Legion on the World of Warcraft game launcher. Blizzard plans on premiering their next video for the song Eat Us Alive in the same fashion, which will play in front of roughly 1 million people though that platform alone.

     In all, this EP and the rest of their catalog is worth giving a listen. They are clearly just in it for the fun and the community, which is a nice break from the big money grabs of the Pop world, and the severe intensity of heavy metal.  Songhammer has a well rounded, slightly comedic sound that anyone can enjoy, but even more so if you are in tune with the nerdy subject matter of the lyrics. Listen to this EP, watch their videos, explore their earlier releases, and just have a good fucking time. I certainly will be. Until next time, stay tuned and STAY METAL!

The Butcher

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Ded: Mis-An-Thrope Review

  Are you pissed off? Do people make you angry? Are you of the opinion that humanity is a festering infection on the face of the planet? Congratulations, you’re probably a misanthrope! Don’t despair at this fact, embrace it. People can be infuriating. If only there was an album by an awesome band that helped express how infuriating people are; but also helps you work through the rage in a natural, healthy, way that doesn’t come with 25 years to life in a prison cell. Luckily for you and I, there is! In fact, it’s so awesome that it doesn’t need a fancy title to express a hatred of humanity, it simply states it. This album is Mis-An-Thrope by Ded.

  A young band of two years from the heart of Arizona, Ded have made all the right moves with their debut album. That’s right, debut album. This is by far one of the most explosive, hardcore, well constructed metal albums of this year. These young, highly talented musicians have made all the right moves. Mis-An-Thrope is impactful, it’s attention-grabbing, and so well put together you would think this band has been a professional national act for over a decade. They’ve kicked in the door of the metal scene, stormed right to the fridge, chugged the beer, and are now watching TV on the couch as if they’ve always been there.

  So what makes Mis-An-Thrope so amazing? Well, Ded has taken the influence of such greats as Slipknot, Korn, Linkin Park, System Of A Down (those who helped us deal with the turning of not just a century, but a millennium) and refashioned the sound into something that makes sense in the nonsensical bullshit of what we call the 21st Century. It’s not a revival, it’s not a remake, it’s a complete reconstruction of the old sounds to carry us into the new age of metal music. Mis-An-Thrope slams on the gas pedal right from the start, and careens you down a crazy road of rage and passion, screaming the whole way, not slowing down until the last track where you finally have a chance to catch your breath and process the epic ride you just took.

  Frankly, if you ignore this band, you’re an idiot. When Mis-An-Thrope drops on July 21st, 2017, you should already be camped out front of your local music store, (or staring red-eyed at your computer screen waiting for the digital purchase). Ded is already a big deal, and they’re set straight on a trajectory to being a gargantuan force in the years to come. Buy this album, go see this band live, display their merch on every part of your person,  join them on the journey to being a metal giant. It will change the face of metal. Every single band, big and small, better bring their best after this release. It’s going to be hard to be impressive after Ded has splashed into the scene like this.Find the nearest show to you and get out there to witness history in the making.

The Butcher
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Ded – Upcoming Tour dates

July 13 – Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI

August 9 – Diamondz Events Center – Jerome, ID  (KEDJ show)

August 10 – 3rd Wheel – Lewiston, ID (KOZZ show)

August 11 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA (KHTQ show)

August 12 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID (KQXR show)


DED Festival Appearances (More coming this fall)

7/16 — Chicago Open Air – Bridgeville, IL

7/22 — Rise Above Festival – Bangor, ME

9/9 – Revolution Rock Festival – Foxwoods Resort, CT

9/22 – High Elevation Rock Festival – Denver, CO

9/30 – Louder Than Life -Louisville, KY

10/1 – Sonic Boom – Janesville, WI

10/7 – Rock Allegiance – Camden, NJ

10/15 – Houston Open Air n- Houston, TX

10/22 – Aftershock – Sacramento, CA

11/5 – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – San Bernadino, CA

1/18/18 – Shiprocked


DED with Korn, Stone Sour and more

07/19 – Syracuse, N.Y. — Lakeview Amphitheater

07/20 – Mansfield, Mass. — Xfinity Center

07/23 – Hartford, Ct. — Xfiniity Theatre

07/25 – Toronto, Ontario — The Molson Amphitheatre

07/26 – Camden, N.J. — BB&T Pavilion

07/27 – Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center

07/29 – Noblesville, Ind. — Klipsch Music Center

07/30 – Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre

08/01 – Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center

08/02 – Cleveland, Ohio — Blossom Music Center


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You Know What it Stands For: Review of S.T.F.U. by KillSET

   Ever found yourself wondering what would happen if (hed) P.E. and P.O.D. had a baby? If you have, then you’ve probably heard of KillSET. They’re pretty much like that thing I described, only way better than you would imagine. KillSET punches your earholes right in the face, but is nice enough to buy them lunch afterwards.

  So what would be better than discovering an awesome band like KillSET? Discovering they’re dropping a brand new album in 2017, of course. S.T.F.U., KillSET’s Sophomore release, is set to drop on July 7th, 2017. S.T.F.U. will kick you in the balls and whisper softly in your ear simultaneously. It may sound like a metaphor, but that is the best way to describe how it felt going through this album. Packed with inspirational rage, melancholic melodies, and sometimes just absolute chaos, KillSET swings wildly and without warning across a spectrum of emotions. A few of the dynamic changes feel awkward on the first listen. Just relax, once you get past your initial discomfort it feels great. When you finish the album, you will be back in line for another ride as fast as you can.

  In all, KillSET has made an awesome endeavour come to light with this album, that has something to offer for everybody. Filled with tracks as exciting as their single, “Killers in the Pit”, and as head turning as their remix of Kriss Kross’ “Jump”, this album is a welcome addition to any discerning metalhead’s collection,  KillSET will be drawing attention everywhere when they hit the road for this album, and here at Honest Brutality, we hope to see everyone killing it in the pit this year.

The Butcher
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Haliwel – Pandemic

    Hailing from Wisconsin, the band Haliwel has an enormous amount of potential. A passionate, fiery, self-made band; Haliwel has dropped an eclectic monster of an album. Released in October of 2016 the band’s sophomore album “Pandemic” is aptly named as it stands to become a viral hit  throughout 2017. This work deserves a space in the hard drive (or shelf, if you happen to be old school) of every audiophile as Haliwel has developed a wide ranging, passionate, piece of musical artwork that any fan of the universal art form can find something to connect too.

   From the heated, and politically driven “Firestarter”, to the inspiring melancholy of their single, “The World Over” or the cheeky hairpin turn in mood of “Truth Is”  and in the evocative song “The Theme”, each track on this album has a unique personality that takes you along an eclectic journey. The wide range of feelings presented showcase the various definitions of what makes a song heavy, which can be a difficult task for any band to do well.

   All at once, each track is a separate statement that still manages to fit into a wider theme in this album. Personally, I feel that a few sections seem to drag on just a tad too much. However, this is more a matter of taste. These sections do not take away from the fact that this band has passion, they believe in what they have to say, and they can make the listener believe in that message. At the end of the day those are  what can make or break good musicians. Belief in the art, belief in the meaning, and the drive to bring that belief to the listener. Haliwel has shown they have all of this with “Pandemic”.

   In all, Haliwel has poised themselves as a force to reckoned with in the upcoming tour seasons. If you’re not already aware of this band and their work, they deserve a spot on your musical radar. They have already experienced an explosion of success with their first album “From the Inside” and this follow up shows that they have no intention of slowing down. I am certainly looking forward to seeing what the next year and further have in store for this incredibly talented, and determined band. With any luck, I’ll have the good graces to see what this band brings to a live stage in the near future. Until that time, I’ll be keeping a close watch on Haliwel throughout 2017 and beyond, eager to see what they bring to the table next.

The Butcher


Big Sloppy’s Album Reviews: Kill For Company – “This Sadness Lasts Forever” EP

[embedyt][/embedyt]The first time that I came across this foursome from the UK known as “Kill For Company” was about a year ago through a video for their song “Crawl”. I was so impressed that I reached out to them for an interview on our Honest Brutality Podcast which they graciously accepted. After speaking with their guitar player Quinton Lucion I knew that these guys were for real and had a true passion for what they are doing. This becomes obvious from the opening volley of the first track “Democracy Has Failed”. This song is on point and vicious from beginning to end. Merciless in it’s pace and daring you to keep up with it’s relentlessness. The second track “Isolation” actually accelerates from there. The precision timing between Lucion on guitar, Ben McCann on bass and Daniel Danby on drums is an audio spectacle to behold. I have to add that Danby’s drum work throughout the entire EP is worth the time listening alone. This young man is phenomenal. The third track “One For My Enemies” is probably my favorite song on the EP. I’m not sure why but when they get to the breakdown and Tom “Kingsize” Hennessey starts barking out his vocals I just want to start smashing everything in sight. I think that it’s safe to say that no one will be slow dancing at a wedding to this tune anytime soon. The closer is the title track “This Sadness Lasts Forever”. Needless to say it’s a neck breaker. It has all of the elements of a great metal anthem. Angry vocals, spot on rhythm section and killer riffs. Everything that I ask for in a metal tune. All told, this is a fantastic EP that every metal fan should have in their collection. The only real sadness is that there isn’t more of it. 


Rich “Big Sloppy” Markum