Written By Braddon S. Williams

Nile: Those Whom The Gods Detest

Combining absolutely brutal technical death metal with lyrical themes of Ancient Egyptian and H.P. Lovecraft influence, South Carolina’s Nile released the crushing Those Whom The Gods Detest in 2009.

Led by vocalist/guitarist Karl Sanders, Nile create a wall of intense velocity, power, and intelligence, with blistering speed and precision.

Song titles give some clues to the depth of immersion into the Egyptian style that Sanders has obviously researched with an academic’s eye for detail…Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual In The Abandoned Towers Of Silence, Kafir!, The Eye Of Ra, Utterances Of The Crawling Dead, Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld, Iskander Dhul Karnon, and 4th Arra Of Dagon.

I saw Nile and Behemoth both perform at the 2007 Ozzfest and both bands literally converted me to Death Metal that day.

The mixture of technique, power, passion, and utter brutality just finally made sense to me.

Before, I had always struggled with the “death growl” vocal style, but seeing death metal properly performed by two masterful bands of the most extreme nature I had ever witnessed was all it took.


Influences And Recollections of A Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Cattle Decapitation: The Harvest Floor

Extreme metal with a conscience and a cause? Look no further than Cattle Decapitation, a death/grindcore band who protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, as well as abuse of the environment.

Their 2009 album, The Harvest Floor, features cover artwork showing human beings being herded towards a slaughterhouse. Cattle Decapitation’s music is itself a slaughtering force of violent sounds that pummel the listener as vocalist Travis Ryan tortures his vocal chords while conjuring inhuman sounds out of his bionic larynx.

Near the end of the album, the title track emerges as an eerily calm musical passage accompanied by mournful vocal tones and seeming to accompany the final walk to the house of death. It is probably my favorite track on the album, but the rest of the brutality is pure awesome carnage from the beginning to the end.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Cannibal Corpse: Live Cannibalism

With a name that has become synonymous with their chosen genre (death metal), Cannibal Corpse is a band best appreciated in the live arena.

CC released their first live album, the perfectly named Live Cannibalism, in 2000 featuring a collection of their finest and most descriptive song titles: Hammer Smashed Face, The Spine Splitter, Blowtorch Slaughter, Fucked With A Knife, A Skull Full Of Maggots, Devoured By Vermin, Meat Hook Sodomy…I could literally go on and on…Cannibal Corpse deliver the brutality in a relentless wave of blast beats, roaring guttural vocals (George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher in his glory), and scalding flesh guitar leads.

If you’re looking for peace & quiet and sensitivity, don’t look here. Cannibal Corpse is for us warriors, and I am stoked they will be with Slayer for their farewell swing through my home state of Indiana in a few months.


Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams


Death Metal supergroup Bloodbath released a live CD/DVD called The Wacken Carnage in 2008.

Recorded in 2005, The Wacken Carnage is a lesson in live brutality, with downtuned guitars cranked to infinity, explosive drumming, and bass frequencies that will rattle your insides for days, topped by the throat shredding vocals of Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) at his demonic best.

Comprised of their best material, like Bastard Son Of God, Cancer Of The Soul, So You Die, Eaten, Omnious Bloodvomit, Breeding Death, Ways To The Grave, and Furnace Funeral. The Wacken Carnage is music to either soothe your tormented soul, or torment all the souls of any non-metal fans around you!

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Hurricane Irma recently brough unprecedented flooding and destruction to Florida and the Gulf Coast. As the area continues to rebuild in the historic storm’s wake Revolver asked bands and artists who hail from (or are based out of) the Sunshine State to recount their Irma experiences. Below, Donald Tardy of death-metal veterans Obituary tells of his noble — and successful — efforts to rescue an abandoned kitten in the heart of the storm.

DONALD TARDY Things never go as planned. The night before the Irma was to hit, we noticed that a house in our neighborhood had a kitten outside. We offered to help trap it for the people who owned the house, but they were not willing. Since they didn’t care about this poor, little eight-week-old baby, I spent two hours with my traps set, waiting for it to come out from under their fence. By 2 A.M., I had to call it off and get home to finish preparing my place for the storm, but laying in bed that night, I knew I had to do something for this little kitten.

So, right as Hurricane Irma was on top of Florida, and just a few minutes before the brunt of the storm was set to be more or less on top of me, I went back in the pouring rain with my net and trap. I snuck up the the front bushes where I thought the kitten would be hiding. I saw it immediately, but it saw me as well, and ran from me. That was when I realized that there was something wrong with the kitten. Its back end was not working right: It had a bad limp, and its back legs didn’t seem to be working properly. I knew right then that this was a serious issue, a much bigger situation I was putting myself in, but I was not going to leave it behind — so I got deeper into the bushes until the kitten was scared enough that it tried to run from me. It came out of the thick bush; because it was either injured or sick, it was not fast enough to get under the fence, giving me my opportunity. I dove onto the driveway, netted the kitten, took it by the scruff of its neck and got it into my carrier.

At this point, the rain and wind were picking up. The trees were beginning to blow sideways. I had to make that decision to go straight home with the kitten, and I put it in a cage ’til the storm passed. I still didn’t know if it was sick or injured — and if so, to what extent — so I drove to my local emergency vet, with whom we have worked very closely with for the past 12 years. They were kind enough to examine the kitten to determine what was wrong. I am pretty experienced with assessing these types of things, and I had a feeling it was either FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) or trauma. After telling the vet what I saw and thought, I remained in the examining room while the doctor checked out the kitten. She immediately noticed the kitten had no feeling in its tail, and limited mobility in its back legs. It — or rather she, it was a little female — was partially paralyzed in her back end, likely from getting hit by a car, or a human.

I surrendered the kitten to the vet so they could assess how bad her injury was, and determine if there was a chance for this little girl. The next day, we recieved good news: The vets had decided to give her a fighting chance and put her through rehab. Sadly, her tail had to be amputated, but she will nonetheless be fixed, vaccinated and entered into an adoption program to find a forever home as a special needs pet. It probably wasn’t my smartest or safest decision I’ve ever made, being outside during a hurricane, but I wasn’t going to ignore the situation, or leave that baby behind.