Death Ensemble was founded on the principles of heavy metal, more specifically, Slayer. As much as I love me some Slayer, Pantera, Lamb of God and DevilDriver, at this precise moment in time, I feel as though I won’t come across better thrash music than what Warbringer, Evile, Battlecross and Ghost bring to the table. Thing is, I wouldn’t call any of these bands “original”. Regardless, these crazy mothers are delivering some of the genre’s finest, neck-breaking, face-crushing and catchy-as-hell metal; the kind that seeps into your guts and raises the hair on the back of your neck. This Halloween, bang your head proper by firing up one of the following. Warbringer’s third full-length, World’s Torn Asunder, is a modern-day thrash masterpiece and brings new meaning to the phrase “all killer, no filler.” I really love the opening track “Living Weapon” but “Shattered Like Glass” (video below) and the rest of the album are equally impressive. I also love the energy and personality of this band. There’s a sense of maniacal fun bubbling beneath the crushing riffs.
Like Warbringer, Evile just released their third full-length called Five Serpents Teeth. Evile made waves across the heavy metal community a few years back with their old-school debut Enter the Grave. They’ve settled into a more mature sound but one that is still undeniably heavy and fast. You’ll get what I mean after watching the video below for “Cult.”
Upon first listen, Battlecross sounds like any other angry, modern metal band. But behind the overpowering cookie-monster vocals, lies some nicely structured groove and wicked bass playing that seems to be lacking in today’s metal scene. Check out the below video for “Push, Pull, Destroy” from their blistering debut, Pursuit of Honor.
Both James Hetfield and Phil Anselmo are unabashed Ghost fans and for good reason. The “six ghouls with no names” from Sweden have created an unprecedented underground buzz with their sugary sweet Satanic harmonies and creepy costumes. When I say creepy, I mean truly creepy. Before checking out their schtick live, I’d recommend a studio version of Ghost below first.
Death Ensemble brings you only the best, and these bands are out to crush skulls. Metal is alive, and the new blood these bands bring should power you right through the Halloween season.