Parasite Inc., a Melodic Death Metal band and one of our ReverbNation winners, released their first label debut album on August 2nd, 2013. The title of this LP, "Time Tears Down", is named after track three on this record.
This borderline Pop-Metal group from Germany is comprised by Kai Bigler [guitar & vocals], Dominik Sorg [guitar], Stephan Kramer [bass] and Benjamin Stelzer [drums].
Parasite Inc. finished their first demos in 2007 and following in January of 2010, they released their self titled album. Two years later in 2012, the band signed with Good Damn Records.
"Time Tears Down" was produced in their home studio and with the mastering of the CD by Jens Bogren, at Fascination Street Studios Sweden, this energetic and frantic joint sounds anthem-y and Arch Enemy-esque. Parasite Inc's style seems to be a more speed obsessed Arch Enemy, also resembling music from Hypocrisy. With their songs having a tight song structure and their machine-like tight drums sounding pretty but not loose, gives Parasite Inc an intense but also abrasive spark.
The Pulse of the Dead, track 7, was one of the fiercest numbers that stood out the most to me. Each time I listened to the release, I wished that song was longer.
Track 8, The Scapegoat, with all of it's busy viciousness, my favorite part was the drums. Speaking of drums, while listening to the recording, I couldn't help but wonder if the drums were programmed, or at the very least sound replaced on most, if not the entire album. The songs sounded very much on the click track.
If you're like most metal heads and enjoy the sound of rapid, furious drumming, then you'll most likely enjoy track 10, Unmeant Outcasts. Benjamin diligently gives us machine gun-like drumming on this number.
Hatefilled, which you can find on track 11, had me thinking, this song sounds like what zombies look like.
Now track 12, The End of Illusion was simply pretty. I loved the piano intro and the vocals were excellent. This song sounds similar to Children of Bodom, with the usage of keyboards.
Ladies and gentlemen, there is a bonus track on this full length. Dead Life has an awesome guitar sound that bring the album to a succeeding close.
- Jenny Holland
Parasite Inc. Is:
Kai Bigler - Guitar & Vocals
Dominik Sorg - Guitar
Stefan Krämer - Bass
Benjamin Stelzer - Drums
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Gorphanage is a comedic death metal band based out of Lake County, Il. "May Cause Birth Defects", their first and latest album, was released at the beginning of 2016. This sinister and profoundly silly creation consists of old school elements like hilarious samples, vintage death metal riffs and even the upside down cross on the band’s logo. Their mid paced, head banging worthy music is thanks to the four band members, Tyler Edens [vocals & guitar], Eric Gregg [vocals & bass], David Holland [lead guitar] and Steve Holland [drums]. Granted, there were four members when the band formed in 2013, Dave relocated to California immediately following the recording of May Cause Birth Defects, leaving Gorphanage to a three piece.
Journey’s End is definitely my favorite song off this album. This track is comprised of awesome vocals with satisfying guitar and drum riffs. Simply the layout of this masterpiece is pure perfection. I love the band Journey, but I can’t deny the lyrics for this number are undeniably hilarious, describing the killing and sacrificing of said band. I’ve listened to this album countless times already and every time this track plays, I always feel it. I love music, I enjoy all types of music, but there are some songs that you can just feel in your bones and this is one of them. The musical progressions and arrangements are impeccable.
We’re Going to Hell for This definitely holds a faster paced, malevolent sound. The band had the idea to not actually write lyrics for this song. Instead, Eric and Tyler make gibberish sounds. Gorphange got this idea from John Tardy’s vocal performance on Obituary’s Slowly We Rot album. Eric and Tyler’s vocals on this track are villainous and makes a splendidly vicious metal song.
You can find Gorphans of the Storm on track 3 and it does not disappoint. A particular element this song consists of that appeals to me, would be the parts where it slows down a bit, giving the sounds such a wicked feel. I tend to gravitate toward music such as this, when you can feel the evil coming out of the riffs.
A few hilarious lyrics in particular stand out for me, “Orge stomping, ogre chomping, ogre romping, ogre smurfing, ogre crunching, ogre munching, blood is gushing smurfs are smurfing”. You can find these lines in the song, Ogre Stomping Smurf Villages.
Approximately twenty five minutes after the last song on the album, you can find a hidden track. Now, depending on one’s sense of humor, one might find this a waste of time or completely juvenile. Personally, I laughed out loud, as the band would intend for their listeners.
Although, Gorphanage’s musical inspiration is Autopsy, Obituary and Six Feet Under, they also comprise influence by the humorous extreme metal acts such as those also Illinois based, Macabre and Maggot Twat.
"May Cause Birth Defects" (2016), an independently released album, was recorded by Scott Creekmore
[Lupara, Broken Hope] and mixed by John Griffin [Tutu and the Pirates].
- Jenny Holland
You can check out Gorphanage at these links:
Also, check out the documentary on YouTube on the making of May Cause Birth Defects.