Brutal Beatings – Volume XX

This 20th Sick Drummer Magazine – Brutal Beatings Compilation features: Brann Dailor of Mastodon with his new project, Arcadea, Kyle Severn with Incantation, and Trey Willams of Dying Fetus, all from The Relapse Records family. This compilation also features Josh Ward and Rapheumets Well, and a few other amazing tracks that may just be on your new favorites list.

Additionally, our new staff interview legend, Jet from Metal Messiah Radio, will be picking random tracks from our compilation for airplay on their station and picking one or two guys from each comp to interview on-air!

Our last compilation featured Gus Rios and Gruesome from the Relapse Records family, Ken Bedene and Aborted from the Century Media label, James Payne, and Hiss From The Moat, newcomer Ryan Hilerio with Necroptic Engorgement, and a few other killer tracks we highly suggest you check out!

We would like to thank all the bands for appearing and all associated labels for their efforts.

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A Flourishing ScourgeA FLOURISHING SCOURGE –

A Flourishing Scourge is an all-original extreme progressive metal outfit hailing from the gloomy metropolis of Seattle, Washington. Inspired by a degrading society and the destructive negligence of man, AFS is a pummeling force of misanthropic visions and apocalyptic consequences while still finding rare, intimate moments of solace and hope amidst the carnage.

AFS began in 2013 under the original moniker Begotten, when Tye Jones and Josh Keifer discovered a shared taste in musical expression. They quickly began writing and recording demo material and were soon ready to seek out other members. Kevin Carbrey joined in 2014 and the band officially became A Flourishing Scourge. By 2015 Andrew Dennis completed the lineup and the band began establishing itself in the Seattle scene.

The band’s first EP, As Beauty Fades Away, was released in September 2015 on their own independent label, Begotten Records. The EP consists of the band’s four original demo tracks, re-recorded and performed by its full lineup.

In June of 2016, following the departure of original drummer Josh Keifer, the band entered Gojira’s Silver Cord Studio to record their full-length, eponymous debut “A Flourishing Scourge.” Engineered and mixed by Jamie Uertz (Gojira, Anthrax), the album features 8 original songs with drums recorded by Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Former Abigail Williams).   The album was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Amon Amarth) of Fascination Street Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and will again be released on the band’s own imprint, Begotten Records, on June 9, 2017.

Arcadea_Jenny-Bishop-2ARCADEA –

5 billion years after the last great extinction, the galaxy Andromeda spins headlong into the Milky Way with three intergalactic travelers in tow. Drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Guitarist/keyboardist Core Atoms (Zruda, Gaylord) and Keyboardist/guitarist Raheem Amlani (Withered, Scarab) are said pioneers, the space wizards of psychedelic soundscapes where organic drums collide with synthetic keys to create an infinite transmission from an event horizon. They go by ARCADEA and their otherworldly brand of psyche-electric, synth-driven, metallic madness sounds alien yet somehow familiar. ARCADEA’s visionary, self-produced, self-titled debut was mastered by Colin Leonard (Mastodon) and features stunning cover art from renowned sci-fi fantasy artist Essy May.

Debut Self-Titled LP is available at the Relapse Records Store!

Desensitized 2017 SDMDESENSITIZED –

Rob Riggs and Jeff Faris(from Kill the Messenger) responded to a posting that Troy Moses(Down Pour) and Jeff Sibert were looking for bass and vocals for an original band in the vein of Slayer, Godsmack and Disturbed. After the first practice, everyone knew this was definitely going to be heavier and more brutal than Godsmack or Disturbed. We got the ball rolling with Toll and Authority.

After 4 months Jeff Faris was pulled away from vocal duties due to accepting a killer job that was unfortunately on 3rd shift. We looked for a vocalist for several months, but no one could come close to touching the vocal ability of Rob Riggs who was covering back up vocal duties. By default, and preference of Troy and Jeff, Rob assumed vox responsibilities and we again started moving ahead.

In a year’s time, we had expanded our set list to 4 completed songs and 2 or 3 in development. Since we did not have a full set to start booking shows we worked on tightening up the 4 completed tunes and focused a lot of energy into completing the others to give us an 8 song set list. We debuted our material at a party Jeff threw at his pad in October of 2010. Giving our friends and coworkers a little taste of what Desensitized was bringing to the plate. Everyone liked what they heard and encouraged us to keep at it, while also providing some valuable constructive criticism to assist us in polishing up some of the songs. We had made an attempt to host our first show, that would be all ages, at a little place called Ava’s Pub in the Spring of 2011. Misfortune struck upon our first hosting endeavor when we arrived to start setting up, the bar owner informs us that there will not be an all ages event. Show number one flushed down the toilet. Back to the basement for another bout of songwriting and plotting to take over the world. Or at least when we want to book another show. We got that opportunity in the fall of 2011 when we were invited to perform at the Okeana Metalfest XIV. We seared a few faces and blew a few minds. All in all, we were widely accepted and received compliments after the performance. This got the ball rolling, we tasted blood again, or at least the rush of performing live! We reconvened and decided we needed to start getting some shows booked. Voila! We set up our second first show at Another Bar, in Cleves OH.

As fate would have it, or at least some more bad luck, one of the bands canceled off the bill, and they were the only other band. This time, we said f*%& it. The show must go on! We were preparing to be the only entertainment for the evening when I was approached by Jeff Sibert’s brother, Craig. He told me that he had a band and if we were cool with it, they would like to open for Desensitized.  Craig rallied his troops and threw down!  The show went on!

Since then we have played several shows around Northern Kentucky and south-west Ohio.  We have a portfolio of 10 completed songs, 2 more need polishing and 4 on the table to complete.  We released a 4 song EP named The Purge in Fall of 2015.  We are anticipating the release of a full length in Spring 2018.

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Dying-Fetus_John-SiskDYING FETUS –

On June 19th 2012, Dying Fetus took their biggest leap yet, with their earth-shattering album Reign Supreme. Long-term fans rejoiced at the band’s consistency and critics lauded the band’s unparalleled musicianship, with raving that “Dying Fetus are at the top of their game with this record, which is sure to thrill old fans and gain, and even more, new ones.” With Reign Supreme, arguably their heaviest release yet, it is clear why the band has been hailed as “one of the most dominating forces in death metal,” and why they were booked to play the UK’s infamous Download Festival almost purely on a fan campaign via Facebook and Twitter. Anything less than total supremacy is simply not an option for this band.

Now in 2017, Dying Fetus once again raise the bar of sonic extremity with their 8th studio album and first new material in over 5 years, Wrong One To Fuck With. The seasoned veterans manage to further stretch their creative and technical boundaries across 10 complex tracks of pulverizing death metal, filled with more dynamic intricacies, brutal breakdowns and varied vocal patterns than ever before. Now over 25 years into their distinguished career, Dying Fetus cement their legacy with Wrong One To Fuck With and uphold their position as the most dominant force in death metal today.

Dying Fetus Is:

John Gallagher: Guitar, Vocals

Sean Beasley: Bass, Vocals

Trey Williams: Drums

Incantation_Scott-KinkadeINCANTATION –

With over a quarter-century under their bullet-adorned belts, Incantation main-man John McEntee, and longtime drummer Kyle Severn have proven that age is certainly not a predetermining factor as it relates to brutality and longevity. Throughout these formative years, Incantation continued to spread their demonic reign, releasing three more unholy testaments with Relapse including Diabolical Conquest (1998), Mortal Throne of Nazarene(1994) and The Infernal Storm (2000). The next decade-plus saw the band expand their blasphemous empire, releasing several full-lengths with notable metal-centric labels Candlelight and Listenable Records.

Approaching the latter half of 2017, Incantation is set to prove – once again – that their vertigo-inducing, ever-spiraling blackened mass of death metal malevolence is as expansive, infinite and bleak as the coldest, darkest reaches of our universe. At the pinnacle of their storied career, the guys have engineered a brand new weapon of anti-biblical proportions. This weapon, entitled Profane Nexus, comes armed with eleven tracks of musical antipathy, impregnated with the band’s inherent, unrivaled, visual and lyrical depravity.

Recorded at the band’s own Incantation Studios in Johnstown, PA and mixed/mastered by Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Asphyx, Dark Funeral), Profane Nexus is perhaps the finest example of pummeling death metal and disemboweling funeral doom ever conceived.

metaltower sick drummerMETAL TOWER –

Eclectic purveyors of progressive blackened death metal and hailing from a tiny country called New Zealand, MetalTower has released a beast of technical wizardry named ‘Myopic Dystopia.’ Two and a half years in the making; this monolith intricate musical journey is their third incantation collaborating the mastering skills of one Cam Sinclair (ex-Diocletian) and showcasing MetalTower in a more clear, concise progression.

Influences draw from many classics and some acquired tastes ranging from Death to Dream Theatre, Slayer to Symphony X, Emperor to Akercocke and many more hints of sounds you’ve heard before but can’t quite pin it. Listening to MetalTower is like hearing every kind of Metal blended into one dark but very exciting trip unleashing a musical concoction of cold complex brutality mixed with offerings of an elaborate progressive nature.

Lyrics describe the darkness of the modern age; discussing the emptiness, despair, and frightening depressions many suffer as they can only imagine a crumbling world due to a lack of foresight.

Fresh off a recent show with Italian Metal heavyweights FleshGod Apocalypse on their NZ tour, also previous supports for NZ shows with Carcass, Krisiun, and Psycroptic and most recently crushing Australian shores alongside NZ Extreme Metal Titans, Exordium Mors.

Myopic Dystopia has a dark, twisted sequel being crafted ensuing whispers of an EP. One unreleased song displayed in current live sets for their diehard fans.

MetalTower Website:

Get “Myopic Dystopia” from

Ordering a physical CD gives instant download access to the full 6 track album, a high-resolution PDF cover art and lyrics booklet which supports a true original metal act in the making!

Mynas - SDM 2017MYNAS –

Mynas hail from Las Vegas, Nevada and since early 2015 has become synonymous with the underground metal scene of the city. Giving off a sound that is unique, unrelenting and a reflection of love and dedication to the metal genre.

The bands’ music is a genuine mix of sounds from traditional to Scandinavian to new metal With influences from Inflames, At The Gates, Slipknot, Metallica, Children of Bodom, Black Dahlia Murder and more.

Their collective goal is to create metal that feels powerful and unique, mixing old thrash with new aggressive sounds in their songwriting for an unforgettable barrage of heavy music.

With the help of percussion consultant Mike Fitzgerald, in September of 2015 their dream had come to life in the form of the bands first full-length album “Fear The Slave.”

The band performed three dates in support of the newly released material with Mike Fitzgerald filling in on the drums.

In January 2016 Mike parted ways with the project to make way for Mauricio Silva who would become the permanent drummer for the band.

Mynas Are:

Miles Lanham – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

Jeff Pritz – Lead Guitar

Mark Bazar – Bass

Mauricio Silva – Drums

The band is currently supporting their debut album “Fear The Slave.”

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Nyx - Sick Drummer 2017NYX –

The band was founded in 2009 and began its first compositions with a sound like Doom / Black metal, with aggressive thrash metal elements and symphonic parts. A. Sathsiva’s mind to give a musical crowning to his hard work on himself in Esoteric and Occult Way, with a Black/Thrash Metal approach.

In 2010 they released their first Demo, “Death.” After the first demo, the formation suffers a progressive variation, of the sound.

In 2011 out “Obnubilato Incesto Semen”, from “symphonic sound”, to dark and brutal riffing Black/Thrash Metal style that highlight the sharp break from previous work, so determining a true way focused on sound harsher, sharp, evil and dark.

In the end of 2012, they released “Fides Lucifera” the band’s first EP. Now come to a clear delineation of style, sound, and compositional approach. Also, the band has finally the official line up, guitar/vocals, bass, and drums.

2013, Nyx prepare for new live dates to promote the latest work done, and surrounded by a renewed evil sound, throw down the new compositions, which will be the materials for their first official album that will be recorded after September 2013.

On November 29, 2014 “HAIRESIS” The First Debut Album of Nyx coming out under Vacula Productions (Ukr), co-released with Satanath Records a Russian Label and Grimm Distribution (Blr).

On July 7, 2017 Nyx released a new single, “RITVS,“ one of three new tracks of the Next Split album under Indie label JoinThisOrder (Ita) that comes out soon “ (a few weeks later the official bass player S. Flagellyon leave the band) and now they are preparing the new music materials for the upcoming 2018 New Album “Apotheothounai.”

Rapheumets Well - Sick Drummer 2017RAPHEUMETS WELL –

Blending a sound that is a complex mix of classical orchestrations, cosmic synths, and extreme metal to portray the epics of parallel worlds, Hickory, N.C. based Rapheumets Well (Ra-few-mets) bring forth a voyage enriched with lore, fabricated from scratch to show the depth in which represents them as artists.

Formed in 2008, 2011 and 2012 saw their first two demos followed by their first self-released full length ‘Dimensions’ unleashed in 2014 that progressively told a larger story portrayed in a complex saga of Atai (ancient architects) who aid in the propagation of sentient life throughout the multi-verse. In 2016, they released their highly praised sophomore album ‘The Exile’ via Test Your Metal Records.  Their third album “Enders Door” released on May 26th, 2017.

Album Credits:

– All songs performed by Rapheumets Well

– All songs were written by Rapheumets Well

– Produced by Joshua Ward

– Mixed by Joshua Ward

– Mastered by Joshua Ward – Elders Realm Studios

Album Band Line Up:

Jeb Laird – Bass & Lead Vocals

Annette Greene – Female Vocals and Keys

Hunter Ross – Guitar

Brett Lee – Guitar

Joshua Nassaru Ward – Drums & Clean Vocals

Guest Guitarist – Brian Kingsland  (Enthean and Nile)

Joshua is endorsed by Los Cabos Drumsticks and Saluda Cymbals

Whore of BethlehemWHORE OF BETHLEHEM –

“The band consists of a handful of Texas extreme metal vets who come together to make a Christ-raping racket with hints of Behemoth and other death-heavies sprinkled over the top.” – Dan Lake, Decibel Magazine.

Whore of Bethlehem is an extreme metal band that hails from Austin, TX. Originally formed in 2009 by Ryan Sylvie, TJ Rodriguez, and Rene Martinez  the band was established to break away from the signature brutal death metal sound of Texas with a more blackened and sinister approach.

With demos and lineup changes during the years since its inception, the addition of Phil King and James VanDenBerg rounded out the lineup for the debut album Upon Judas’ Throne which was unleashed in the May of 2014 to high acclaim of metal fans all over the world. After the album’s release the band added Alan Berryman on bass and Sam Axelrad on drums to the fold as the band continued to build a solid Texas fan base and performance momentum doing domestic tours and sharing the stage with various touring touring acts: Devourment, Skinned, Suffocation, Defeated Sanity, Disgorge, Soreption, Morbid Angel, Jungle Rot, Inquisition, Marduk, Abysmal Dawn, Necronomicon, Septic Flesh, Exhumed, Nile, Arch Goat, and many more.

Whore of Bethlehem is launching its sophomore release Extinguish the Light in the Summer of 2017 on Black Market Metal Label with more tour dates and upcoming festivals outside of Texas.

Whore of Bethlehem is:

Ryan Sylvie – Lead Guitar

James Vandenberg – Vocals

Sam Axelrad – Drums

Phil King – Guitar

Alan Berryman – Bass

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