Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” turns 30! No ratings yet.

Artist: Slayer Album: Reign in Blood Genre: Thrash Origin: America Year:1986
Artist: Slayer
Album: Reign in Blood
Genre: Thrash
Origin: America
Year:1986

The year was 1986 and the extreme’s of thrash metal were starting to be pushed to higher boundaries. With 2 albums already released, Slayer was already making a huge name for themselves. Though “Hell Awaits” was heavier and darker sounding that its predecessor, the iconic album “Reign in Blood” went even further down the same path, leaving an even bigger, if not the BIGGEST mark on metal history. Though the album is technically considered thrash metal, it should more importantly be considered as an album that hugely influenced the more extreme genres of metal, such as black and death metal. Without the blistering fast chromatic riffs written over lightning speed thrash beat drumming, you could easily see the early stages of death metal.  Given the same compositions, replacing Tom Araya’s thrash screams with some harsher sounding gutteral vocals, maybe even downtune the instruments to add icing on the cake, we would easily have a death metal album. We can use Monstrosity’s cover of Angel of Death for reference.

Albums You Should Be Listening to in May 2016 No ratings yet.

May 2016 has some killer releases you should all be listening to. Below we are going to show you some new albums, 5 essential albums you should be reacquainting yourself to, 5 cult classics you should be discovering and 5 albums that previously came out in May of previous years. This is MetalXtreme’s Albums You Should Be Listening to in May 2016.

 

New Releases

Artist: Hatespirit Album:Blood & Poetry Genre: Black Metal Year: 2016 Label: Altare Productions
Artist: Hatespirit
Album:Blood & Poetry
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2016
Label: Altare Productions

 

 

Hatespirit‘s ravishingly ravenous debut album Blood & Poetry is a diabolical black metal album that is filled with man’s greatest emotion, HATE. This album released 9 days ago, which means you have already missed 9 days you could have been listening to this album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Prisoner Of War Album: Rot Genre: Death Metal Year: 2016 Origin: New Zealand Label: Iron Bonehead
Artist: Prisoner Of War
Album: Rot
Genre: Death Metal
Year: 2016
Origin: New Zealand
Label: Iron Bonehead

 

 

 

Prisoner of War‘s new album Rot dropped on May 2nd in 12 inch format from it’s April 2016 CD release. You should already be listening to this as I covered it earlier this year. For the full review check it out here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Cadaveric Fumes Album: Dimensions Obscure Genre: Death Metal Year: 2016 Origin: France Label: Blood Harvest
Artist: Cadaveric Fumes
Album: Dimensions Obscure
Genre: Death Metal
Year: 2016
Origin: France
Label: Blood Harvest

 

 

Cadaveric Fumes‘ new debut E.P. Dimensions Obscure arrived decomposed on May 2nd. This is a sick 12″ E.P. that follows it’s own rules in death metal. French metal is not something to be fucked with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Lucifericon Album: Brimstone Altar Genre: Death Metal Year: 2016 Origin: Netherlands Label: Blood Harvest / Invictus Productions
Artist: Lucifericon
Album: Brimstone Altar
Genre: Death Metal
Year: 2016
Origin: Netherlands
Label: Blood Harvest / Invictus Productions

 

 

Lucifericon‘s Brimstone Altar is an excellent Mini LP released May 2nd. This is what you get when you combine the forces of Deströyer 666, Pentacle and Malicious Dream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Maleficence Album: Realms of Mortification Genre: Black Thrash Year: 2016 Origin: Belgium Label: Blood Harvest
Artist: Maleficence
Album: Realms of Mortification
Genre: Black Thrash
Year: 2016
Origin: Belgium
Label: Blood Harvest

 

 

 

Maleficence‘s Realms of Mortification is a black thrasher that is a maelstrom of plague. This 7″ mortified itself into existence on May 6th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Blakk Old Blood Album: Greed Genre: Black Metal Year: 2016 Origin: Switzerland Label: Clavis Secretorvm
Artist: Blakk Old Blood
Album: Greed
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2016
Origin: Switzerland
Label: Clavis Secretorvm

 

 

 

Blakk Old Blood has two releases corrupting the world with sin on Friday May 13th. There is their follow up E.P. to 2014’s Wrath entitled Greed and there is also a split with Black Devotion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Blakk Old Blood/ Black Devotion Album: Split Genre: Black Metal Year: 2016 Origin: Switzerland /USA Label: Clavis Secretorvm
Artist: Blakk Old Blood/ Black Devotion
Album: Split
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2016
Origin: Switzerland /USA
Label: Clavis Secretorvm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Coffin Lust Album: Manifestations of Inner Darkness Genre: Death Metal Year: 2016 Origin: Australia Label: Hells Headbangers
Artist: Coffin Lust
Album: Manifestations of Inner Darkness
Genre: Death Metal
Year: 2016
Origin: Australia
Label: Hells Headbangers

 

 

Coffin Lust‘s Manifestation of Inner Darkness  is expected to dig it’s way out of it’s tomb on Friday the 13th. Sick rotting death metal from the land down under. If all you think about Australia is the jokes about dingo’s eating babies, Crocodile Hunter and Dundee, and that delightfully funny episode of the Simpson’s where Bart successfully pisses off the whole country, you need to start listening to more Australian metal, start with Coffin Lust. Yes, I am aware that I am the one that always makes Australian jokes in the vain of everything I just said. Example.

Artist: True Black Dawn Album: Come the Colorless Dawn Genre: Black Metal Year: 2016 Origin: Finland Label: W.T.C.
Artist: True Black Dawn
Album: Come the Colorless Dawn
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2016
Origin: Finland
Label: W.T.C.

 

 

True Black Dawn‘s Come the Colorless Dawn will make it’s long awaited presence on May 17th. It has been 15 years since we have heard an album from True Black Dawn, aka Black Dawn, but if black metal has proven anything, especially Finnish black metal, it is quality over quantity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Brutus Album: Wandering Blind Genre: Hard Rock/ Stoner Year: 2016 Origin: Norway Label: Svart Records
Artist: Brutus
Album: Wandering Blind
Genre: Hard Rock/ Stoner
Year: 2016
Origin: Norway
Label: Svart Records

 

 

 

Brutus is releasing Wandering Blind on May 20th. For this stoner rock vibe album, they seem to be a month late. But hey stoners gotta stone right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Head of the Demon Album: Sathanas Trismegistros Genre: Doom Metal Origin: Sweden Year: 2016 Label: The Anja Offensive/ Invictus Productions
Artist: Head of the Demon
Album: Sathanas Trismegistos
Genre: Doom Metal
Origin: Sweden
Year: 2016
Label: The Anja Offensive/ Invictus Productions

 

 

 

Head of the Demon‘s Sathanas Trismegistos will be ascending from it’s crypt of magick on May 20th for a North American release. Check out the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Teloch Album: Thus Darkness Spake Genre: Black Metal Year: 2016 Origin: Finland Label: Saturnal Records
Artist: Teloch
Album: Thus Darkness Spake
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2016
Origin: Finland
Label: Saturnal Records

 

 

 

Teloch‘s Thus Darkness Spake will be released May 20th. Check out the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Vainaja Album: Verenvalaja Genre: Doom Death Year: 2016 Origin: Finland Label: Svart Records
Artist: Vainaja
Album: Verenvalaja
Genre: Doom Death
Year: 2016
Origin: Finland
Label: Svart Records

 

 

Vainaja casts blood all over the world on May 27th with Verenvalaja. This is a sick Doom Death album that aims to please, heavy and doomy just what the mortician ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Ill Omen/ Slaughtbbath Album: Pestilential Hierophanies Genre: Black Metal Origin: Australia/ Chile Label: Iron Bonehead
Artist: Ill Omen/ Slaughtbbath
Album: Pestilential Hierophanies
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2016
Origin: Australia/ Chile
Label: Iron Bonehead

 

 

Ill Omen and Slaughtbbath plan to hit the destruct button for planet earth with a monster of a split 7 inch entitled Pestilential Hierphanies on May 27th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Albums

 

Artist: Razor Album: Shotgun Justice Genre: Speed/ Thrash Year: 1990 Origin: Canada Label: Fringe Product
Artist: Razor
Album: Shotgun Justice
Genre: Speed/ Thrash
Year: 1990
Origin: Canada
Label: Fringe Product

 

 

 

Firstly, because they are playing many festivals this summer, You should be listening to some Razor. Start off with our choice cut, Shotgun Justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Pig Destroyer Album: Prowler in the Yard Genre: Grindcore Year: 2001 Label: Relapse Records
Artist: Pig Destroyer
Album: Prowler in the Yard
Genre: Grindcore
Year: 2001
Label: Relapse Records

 

 

It is never a bad time to listen to Pig Destroyer. Let’s all revisit Prowler in the Yard in the month of May in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Beneath the Remains
Artist: Sepultura
Album: Beneath the Remains
Genre: Thrash
Year: 1989
Origin: Brazil
Label: Roadracer/Roadrunner

 

 

Sepultura‘s Beneath the Remains is a classic that is best played in the late spring, early summer months. It is also best played any time someone tries to listen to Roots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Helmet Album: Meantime Genre: Heavy Metal/ Metalcore Year: 1992 Origin: U.S.A. Label: Interscope Records
Artist: Helmet
Album: Meantime
Genre: Heavy Metal/ Metalcore
Year: 1992
Origin: U.S.A.
Label: Interscope Records

 

Helmet was and always will be an underrated band, Meantime is a sick album that is not nu-metal like how a lot of people believe it to be. Helmet was, essentially, one of the first metalcore bands. Before that term got dirtied by the post-hardcore scene of the 2000’s metalcore was what it sounds like, heavy metal and hardcore mixed together. Unlike crossover thrash of the 80’s where it was about fusing thrash and hardcore, early metalcore was heavy metal and real hardcore. The scene of the 2000’s was like fusing glam metal to post-hardcore, making two shitty things into a fucking cesspool of fuckery. So instead of listening to that bullshit, Listen to Helmet‘s Meantime. So in May, listen to Helmet‘s Meantime.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: At The Gates Album: The Red in the Sky is Ours Genre: Death Metal Origin: Sweden Year: 1992 Label: Deaf Records
Artist: At The Gates
Album: The Red in the Sky is Ours
Genre: Death Metal
Origin: Sweden
Year: 1992
Label: Deaf Records

 

 

Welcome to the rainy season, welcome to the overcast skies, At the Gates would like to remind you that the Red in the Sky is Ours. While watching the rain, imagine it as if filtered red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cult Classics

 

Artist: Cryptic Slaughter Album: Convicted Genre: Crossover Thrash Origin: U.S.A. Year: 1986 Label: Metal Blade Records
Artist: Cryptic Slaughter
Album: Convicted
Genre: Crossover Thrash
Origin: U.S.A.
Year: 1986
Label: Metal Blade Records

 

 

While everyone is getting crazy because of the nice and warmer weather, you may stop and say to yourself, “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON I FEEL LIKE I’M DEAD, IS IT LIFE AROUND ME OR AM I FUCKED IN THE HEAD!”. Cryptic Slaughter‘s Convicted needs some listens this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Abigail Album: Intercourse & Lust Genre: Black Metal Origin: Japan Year: 1996 Label: Modern Invasion Music
Artist: Abigail
Album: Intercourse & Lust
Genre: Black Metal
Origin: Japan
Year: 1996
Label: Modern Invasion Music

 

 

Abigail has had many different sounds since their debut album Intercourse & Lust. Let’s go back and listen to this old school Japanese black metal gem in the month of May since it is the month of mating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Bulldozer Album: IX Genre: Proto- Black Metal Origin: Italy Year: 1987 Label: Discomagic
Artist: Bulldozer
Album: IX
Genre: Proto- Black Metal
Origin: Italy
Year: 1987
Label: Discomagic

 

Speaking of Abigail, there would be no Abigail or Bulldozer bass without the intensity of Bulldozer‘s IX. This is the epitome of a cult classic because this is proto-black metal from Italy that is looked so far beyond when the talks of who made black metal comes up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Demolition Hammer Album: Tortured Existence Genre: Thrash Year: 1990 Label: Century Media Records
Artist: Demolition Hammer
Album: Tortured Existence
Genre: Thrash
Origin: U.S.A.
Year: 1990
Label: Century Media Records

 

Ok, now the reasons Abigail and Bulldozer were mentioned is because they are playing live during the summer. Know who else is playing some shows and is back from the dead, wanting to drive a .44 caliber through your skull as an attempt at brain surgery? Demolition Hammer! You need to listen to Tortured Existence to prepare yourself for this monster of a band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Aus-Rotten Album: Fuck Nazi Sympathy Genre: Crust Origin: U.S.A. Year: 1994 Label: Havoc Records
Artist: Aus-Rotten
Album: Fuck Nazi Sympathy
Genre: Crust
Origin: U.S.A.
Year: 1994
Label: Havoc Records

 

 

 

Taking a step away from the world of metal for a second here and going over to it’s drug addicted brother punk, though the 18th of May is not on a Tuesday this year, you should listen to Aus-Rotten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Month In Metal

 

Artist: Necrophobic Album: Hrimthursum Genre: Blackened Death Metal Origin: Sweden Year: 2006 Label: Regain Records
Artist: Necrophobic
Album: Hrimthursum
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Origin: Sweden
Year: 2006
Label: Regain Records

 

 

Released May 22nd 2006. Though it is not the revered 1993 album The Nocturnal Silence, 10 years ago Necrophobic‘s Hrimthursum was released. This is an album worth going back and listening to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Bathory Album: Blood on Ice Genre: Viking Metal Origin: Sweden Year: 1996 Label: Black Mark Productions
Artist: Bathory
Album: Blood on Ice
Genre: Viking Metal
Origin: Sweden
Year: 1996
Label: Black Mark Productions

 

 

 

Released May 26th 1996. Bathory‘s epic Blood on Ice is the true birth of viking metal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Repulsion Album: Horrified Genre: Grindcore Origin: U.S.A. Year: 1989 Labal: Necrosis Records
Artist: Repulsion
Album: Horrified
Genre: Grindcore
Origin: U.S.A.
Year: 1989
Labal: Necrosis Records

 

 

Released May 29th 1989. If you do not know Repulsion or if you are diehard fan, do yourself a favor and listen to some damn Horrified. Not only the origination of grindcore but one of the originators of extreme metal itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Sodom Album: Obsessed By Cruelty Genre: Proto-Black Metal/ Thrash Origin: Germany Year: 1986 Label: Metal Blade Records
Artist: Sodom
Album: Obsessed By Cruelty
Genre: Proto-Black Metal/ Thrash
Origin: Germany
Year: 1986
Label: Metal Blade Records

 

 

 

Released May 1986, Sodom‘s Obsessed by Cruelty is a sick proto-black thrash album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Rainbow Album: Rainbow Rising Genre: Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal Origin: U.K. Year: 1976 Label: Oyster
Artist: Rainbow
Album: Rainbow Rising
Genre: Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal
Origin: U.K.
Year: 1976
Label: Oyster

 

 

 

Released May 17th, 1976. Rainbow Rising is one of the footnotes of where we are today in the world of metal.