Unique Leader Records is Destroying the Competition

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There is no doubt that 2014 has been an absolutely phenomenal year for death metal. From Artifical Brain to Aborted to Allegaeon, anyone who says it has been a crappy year is wrong and should go bang their head on a wall or something. Amidst all the amazing releases that have been pelting my wallet like demonic hail, there is one record label in particular is kicking major ass: Unique Leader Records. While already synonymous with quality in many a metalhead’s mind, this year in particular has been incredible for them. Let’s take a look at what they have been doing. I am not going to try and give any fancy descriptions of the following bands. Let the music do the talking.

Soreption
Engineering the Void
The one word that comes to my mind with this band is precision, omg precision:

Near Death Condition
Evolving Towards Extinction
This one seemed to slip under the radar. Solid death metal:

Beneath
The Barren Throne
Another solid death metal release that seems to have slipped under the radar for the most part:

The Kennedy Veil
Trinity of Falsehood
Another solid tech death release. Love that album art.

Alterbeast
Immortal
Omg this band. Face melting technicality that just keeps you coming back for more. Also, dat double bass:

Inanimate Existence
A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement
As much of an oxymoron as it is, I would describe this band as beautiful tech death. I mean look at that album cover:

Fallujah
The Flesh Prevails (July 22nd)
If I have to describe this band to you or if you somehow don’t know about them, you’re doing it wrong.

Omnihility
Deathscapes of the Subconscious (July 22nd)
These guys put out some sick brutal tech death. I imagine they will go under the radar for many due to releasing the same day as Fallujah. That’s a shame because they are great!

 

So obviously, Unique Leader has had a kickass year, but why stop there? They have several more aces up their sleeve. Here is what is coming up later this year:

Acrania
Totalitarian Dystopia (August 19th)
After destroying faces with their Beginning of the End EP, these guys are gearing up to drop their debut album. Fair warning: they’re a tad closer to deathcore than tech death.

Rings of Saturn
Lugal Ki En (October 14th)
Controversy aside, these guys make good music. They haven’t released a new song yet so here is one from their most recent effort.

If that wasn’t enough for you (greedy much?), take some time to check out some of the earlier albums from these bands (Especially Soreption and Fallujah!).

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  • Tyree

    DEEDS OF FLESH FOR THE WIN!!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHlkQBEWga4

    • Hell yes!

    • W.

      Portals to Canaan was gnarly!

      • Tyree

        Honestly I’ve never listened to that album.

        • you what now? get on that!

        • Fromwisdomtohate29

          Oy get on that mang. It’s a lot more technical than Path (which I love.), but it’s still unmistakably DoF and still awesome.

          • Tyree

            Yeah, I’ll add it to the list among the other thousands of albums I need to listen to.

  • Howard Dean

    Impressive list. But to my ears most of the top new death metal albums this year did not drop on Unique Leader, including but not limited to:
    -Dead Congregation (Martydoom/Profound Lore/NED)
    -Teitanblood (NED/AJNA)
    -Impetuous Ritual (Profound Lore)
    -Vader (Nuclear Blast)
    -Incantation (Listenable)
    -Artificial Brain (Profound Lore)

    Methinks other labels (notably, Profound Lore) trumps Unique Leader for 2014 death metal supremacy.

    • BLOG FIGHT!

    • Tyree

      That’s a glorious fucking list!

      • Howard Dean

        Thank you! Byaaaaah!

    • Artificial Brain <3

      • Howard Dean

        It pains me to say this, since I love Gorguts, but I think that Artificial Brain record is better than Colored Sands. There. I said it. I also think it’s the record that Ulcerate wishes they could make (post-Everything is Fire), but haven’t been able to execute. Labyrinth Constellation seriously came out of left field for me and smacked me in the mouth. One helluva good death metal record with just the right mix of technicality and brutality (I love the super gutturals, something not often seen in tech/dissonant death metal).
        Also: Current AOTY for me is Promulgation of the Fall. Dead Congregation are motherfucking titans.

        • Yea it was definitely the biggest surprise of the year for me. I will agree with ya that it is better than colored sands. Tis a close battle though.

        • W.

          I think Artificial Brain are currently at the top of my AOTY pile.

          • for me: Artificial Brain>Fallujah>Archspire>Allegaeon>Beyond Creation ( I’m aware it isn’t out yet but it will be)

          • I seriously think when I make an end year list its gonna be like a top 20 or 30.

        • UnamusedMusician

          You’re spot on about Artificial Brain.

    • I’m with Howard.

      • Howard Dean

        Thank you! Dean in ’16! We’re going all the way to Washington!
        Byyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!

        • JWG

          You were always my favourite President-in-an-alternate-reality, Mr. Dean.

          It’s just a pity the strange 2005 coalition of Stephen Harper, Gilles Duceppe and a Turkey Sandwich ruined chances of improving relations with alternate-Universe Canada after the whole mess with President Cheney in 2000.

    • Tyree

      Check out some of the bands on Iron Bonehead records. There are some amazing bands on there.
      http://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/

      • Howard Dean

        Bolzer! Can’t wait to get my hands on Soma! Aura was a beastly demon of an EP!

        • Tyree

          Dude! I can’t wait for that Bolzer album. That Genocide Shrines, Athanatos, and Heresiarch releases are really good too.

          • Howard Dean

            m/
            0/5 flushes
            10/10 Byyyyaaaaaahhhhs!

    • Christian Molenaar

      Yeah, but Profound Lore/the Flenser trump all.

      • Howard Dean

        I think I basically said that Profound Lore is killing it this year, so we’re speaking the same language. Flenser is good, too. I’m a sucker for Norma Evangelium Diaboli/AJNA (my kvlt membership card is showing), Nuclear War Now!, Moribund, Drakkar and Debemur Morti, too. The only problem with those smaller labels is their lack of production. I wait diligently for the one/maybe two releases a year to come from the NED camp. I can’t wait for a new Deathspell Omega record!

        • I may have to write another one of these label killing it articles for profound lore.

        • Christian Molenaar

          I’m agreeing with you, just saying that Profound Lore should really be out of the running. Saying they trump Unique Leader is unnecessary! That said, +1 to basically everything in your comment.

    • Dan Burton

      I’m sorry (not sorry) but I just cannot stand tech death. Sweep, sweep, bree, blast. It sounds odd, but I don’t think there is that much variety between each of these bands. Bar Fallujah, I can’t tell them apart.

      Dead Congregation is my favourite death metal record of the year. There’s so much quality, varied stuff out there. Unique Leader just doesn’t do it for me I’m afraid.

      • Tyree

        Dead Congregation is my favorite as well. It’s going to be hard to move it out of the # 1 position.

        • Dan Burton

          It’s going to jostle around with a few at the very top.

          Although I think it came out last year, have you heard ‘Vessels of Light and Decay’ by Indesinence ? Another awesome under the radar release.

          • Tyree

            Vessels Of Light And Decay is fantastic.

      • Howard Dean

        I’m pretty much right there with you. The only tech-y bands I usually fuck with are in the Gorguts/Ulcerate/Artificial Brain strain of grindy, dissonant tech death. There is the occasional song by a sweepy tech band like Spawn of Possession that I enjoy.
        Dead Congregation, Funebrarum, Incantation, Drawn and Quartered, Vasaeleth — that’s the type of death metal I am drawn to the most.

        • Tyree

          I’m so happy that Funebrarum is on the MDF roster for next year.

    • Stockhausen

      Profound Lore is great. But wait ’til you find out what happens when Nuclear Blast made THIS comment when we come back!

    • Negrodamus

      THE MOTHER OF VIRTUES

      ADVANCED LEVEL DM

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      don’t forget SINISTER the post-apocalyptic servant.
      These guys haven’t got a decent write up since hate in 95.

  • I dig one or two of these.

    • UnamusedMusician

      Soreption, Inanimate Existence and Fallujah are the top players for me on this list.

      Some tech death tries way too hard to play fast and stuff as many notes and sweeps as possible into a song. Case in point: Archspire who almost gave me a seizure within the first song. Granted, fast and technical is the essence of death metal and, more specifically, techdeath but it can be amazing what happens when a song has atmosphere and space to breathe. I remember Immortal doing this exact thing with At the Heart of Winter and it is still one of my favorite albums of all time.

      • Archspire does try to shove a lot into one song, but they also throw a good amount of melody in. The difference between them and someone like, for example brain drill is that while it is chaotic, it is controlled chaos.

  • Gurp

    Don’t we normally complain about this kind of death metal?

    • Some of us, others headbang until they have a brain hemorrhage.

      • Gurp

        I’m gonna get in on that.

  • The Black Dahlia Burger

    At 2:30 in the Acrania song, even with the lyrics on screen it’s hard to keep up with

  • Rings of Saturn referred to as “good music.”

    THIS is what you guys do when you finally have your own site?

    ***FLUSH***

    • Christian Molenaar

      Agreed on that part! *flushes Rings of Saturn along with Vince and Babymetal*

    • Good music is a matter of opinion. Personally I don’t like 90% of the things Axl posts on your site. You should stage a coup vince 🙂

    • Mr. Bojangles

      Look what the cat dragged in.

      -Mr. Bojangles

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        ……..

    • Also, better than babymetal.

      • Mr. Bojangles

        Not for jerk off material. At least not for Axl and Vince.

        -Mr. Bojangles

      • Mother Shabubu III

        Or Sevendust.

    • Tommy P

      Wait until I get going about power metal

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        we need a power metal advocate on here as much as we need an 80’s metal one. It wasn’t all crue, warrant, poison, bon jovi, there was LOTS of real metal bands. Do you remember hairmetalpolice ? He was the resident 80’s expert.

        • I was going to ask him to get his ass over here but he hasn’t commented in over two months

    • Deputy Dipshit

      *waves hi to Vince*
      *MEGAFLUSH:TERRORIZE!*

    • Flushgod Apocalypse

      Our approach to this was the communal type, where metalheads of all walks could discuss the bands and labels that they are into, followed by a hearty gentleman’s debate.

      MS, on the other hand, has two Jewish turds with brain-washed minions who piss, moan, and jerk off to Emmure for click-bait.

      • How could you forget king 180 and babymetal!

        • Deputy Dipshit

          Or Avenged Sevenflush, news about Turd Durst, etc.

    • Unfortunately Vince has a point here.

    • BANHAMMER.

      /jk jk. Hi Vince!

      • Mother Shabubu III

        I thought we said Jews weren’t allowed on this site? JKJKJK.

        • NeverBlack

          Why???? I have to leave? =/

    • W.

      Vince, your opinions are as welcome here as anyone else’s.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Fuck off you cunting lifelover.

      • Hey, where is Fuck Mountain exactly?

        • Mother Shabubu III

          His mother.

          Get it? She’s a whore and morbidly obese!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Mother Shapoopy, you rat fucking bastard. I’m so angry, I could poop sadness.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Very, very far away. You have to travel through the forests of Eat Shit, and then cross the river Menstrual Chaos.

          • RomuluxX

            Menstrual Chaos. Now THAT’S a band name

          • Shit I can probably handle the forests of Eat Shit but I draw the line at menstrual chaos.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            ‘Tis a treacherous journey indeed.

          • Max

            Menstrual Chaos. That’s my new band name.

            Edit: Well, I see it’s RomuluxX’s new band name. I’ll have to audition.

        • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

          in ur butt lol

    • Mother Shabubu III

      I think the consensus here is they passionately loathe Axl. You’re okay Vince.

      • Christian Molenaar

        No way, Vince took away our embedding!

        • Steve Smithwick

          Touche. Before the great embedding debacle, though, criticism was pretty much only laid at Axl’s feet. Beyond that, everyone blamed Axl for the embedding thing too, until Vince copped to it.

          • Christian Molenaar

            That’s why to some extent I subscribe to Conan’s conspiracy theory that Axl is the Gene Simmons (easily hateable douche) while Vince is the Paul Stanley (arguably an even bigger shitbag but hides it from the public).

        • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

          And now we have this, so to some degree, thanks are in order

          • Steve Smithwick

            This is pretty much a summary of my view as well. He pushed us in a good/fun direction! No hate, no resentment, legitimate appreciation.

            Speaking strictly for myself, I was just happy to be published again, man. If you told me, 5 years ago, that the next thing I published would be a show review for DOTN on a brand new, upstart metal blog, I would have laughed in your face.

        • I think hester kukk is to blame for that one.

          • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

            Periphery was the band who complained about Conan’s doodles

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            that turd misha, he messes with CONAN. He as an aversion to my mary ann photo. Fuck that shit, i don’t trust anyone who don’t like mary ann. When he can shred like a real man, men of the past like malmsteen, lynch, deMartini, frank hannon, satriani, vai, i might , MIGHT listen to his turdish band.
            Ruin fun for CONAN – GET SHIT ON

          • Deputy Dipshit

            FLUSH MISHA ASSSORE!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            i’m the guy on the left. It’s before i ordered my tony little exercise system. Yes, i am deceased man now. I once took dawn wells out to a kinks concert. We partied with ray davies, afterwards i walked her to her door, kissed her hand, she thanked me for a wonderful evening. She said call me when you lose some weight. Lovely girl , i actually started my exercise regime then. By the time i called on her she was happily married , ya can’t win em all friends.

    • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

      Oh hi Ben. The Toilet thanks you for your patronage. I think that most of us over here are tolerant of your “curiosity” in what’s going on in the Toilet, our warm fuzzy corner of these cold interwebs. All the contrived, self-centered, sucks schtick back home sure is getting old huh? Free yourself from the shackles that bind you to the garbage back home, join our brotherhood!

    • Stockhausen

      Hi Vince! Stick around, we need more ducks here.

      • Steve Smithwick

        Yeah, where the hell is Destroy_Erase?

        • Stockhausen

          Great question. I haven’t seen him in a long time.

    • SMACK down on jack bauer … wrong person with which to mess

    • Paris Hilton

      YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS VERSION OF DRAGONBALL!
      HOW A HOUSEWIFE MADE $6000/DAY!!
      CONTROVERSY OVER NEW STEROIDS ALTERNATIVE!
      NO WONDER GIRLS LOVE THESE GAMES!
      10 MOST DANGEROUS CITIES YOU SHOULD NEVER VISIT!
      IMPROVE YOUR SHOOTING SKILLS WITH THESE AWESOME GAMES!
      A MUCH BETTER VERSION OF POKEMONS!

      That’s why we have our own site. I’d take RoS over that shit any day of the week.

      • mine are way cooler. kim kardashian, emma stone, debby ryan; i got no clue how they figured out who i like, but they did!

        • Paris Hilton

          Oh i get those ones too!

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          I’ve taken quite a liking to miss stone since you introduced me to her. But i said give that McNulty a call, he is a much better man than i.

      • THINK THESE GIRLS R CUTE? U WONT BELIEVE HOW OLD THEY R!

        • Paris Hilton

          10 CRAZY things a girl needs to do BEFORE she turns 25!

        • JWG

          I walked into this trap once. Never again.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        LETS NOT LET THIS TURD RUIN OUR FUN. I KNOW ITS AN OLD CLICHE BUT DONT ANSWER HIM AND HE WILL GO AWAY. I KNOW I NEVER TOOK MY OWN ADVICE BUT I AM GOING TO THIS TIME.
        THE GUY IS SO FUCKING DESPERATE HE IS THREATENED BY A MOM AND POP SITE ? MS IS THE BIG CORPORATE GIANT HERE. HE RUNS HIS BLOG FOR MONEY, NOT LOVE OF THE MUSIC OR FOSTERING A METAL COMMUNITIY. HE IS A DIVIDER, A FALSE PROFIT, WE HAVE JOE AND RIOTACT WE DON’T NEED THIS BABYMETAL JIM JONES WANNABE.

        TALK SHIT – GET SHOT OUT OF THE TOILET.

        • Hear hear!

        • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

          TALK SHIT GET FLUSHED
          xToiletxOvxHellx

          • Xan

            I think I might make a remix of the chorus just so I can post it as a response.

        • Deputy Dipshit

          Well said, BRONAN!

          All hail BRONAN THE MOTHERFLUSHING KING! m/

        • this mom and pop site took 66.6% of MS commenters. i kinda feel bad for V&A.
          ………………….kinda.

          • i kinda feel too…………………………………………………………..NOT!!!!!!

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt

            That should be our byline of the week right there.

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      Rings of Saturn is like, the greatest comedy metal band out there

    • Fromwisdomtohate29

      What up Vincey poo?

      So how did that podcast Axl did earlier this week go, hmm?

      • Negrodamus

        Vincey poo ftw imo

    • Drilldo Pillow

      To insult a group of solid folks beating you at your own game because you don’t like one band in one collective post is so ultimately flushable that I just had to come out of the cavernous lurking depths of flush mountain to shit all over your dick, and flush you into the Mariana Trench, with your dick covered in shit.

    • you can’t use that word. it’s not yours

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Ha ha, nice

    • I apologize if my post is severely lacking in pedometal.

      • SMOHLG

        “Twelve-year olds or bust” -Vince “Pedobear” Neilstein

    • Matt Damon

      MATT DAMON

    • gotta agree here.

      *flush Rings*

    • Mithrandir

      This might help you, Vince.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKcCS79HW90

    • The Satan ov Hell

      Glad you could join us mister Neilstein

    • Paris Hilton

      “Are you sweating so badly because you just bought new jorts or are you just happy to see me?” Axl said with a sly grin. “Maybe it’s both!” Replied Vince in a singing tone. Axl sat for a while in thought. After realizing it was already 7:00 a.m., he took another hit out of his bong. The odorous, murky water bubbled and toiled against the filthy glass tube. He coughed twice and croaked to Vince, “Dude. I think. Like. Robb Flynn got like a dick cake for his birthday, man. We should make a post about that shit!” Vince gave him a puppy-eyes look, “I have a better idea.” He gave Axl the “come here” gesture. Axl got close to Vince, “Please, just don’t tell Misha about this.” Axl started to take Vince’s jorts off. He let out a moan of pleasure reminiscant of Dave Mustaine’s howl in Good Mourning/Black Friday. To Axl’s dismay and shock, all he found was another shorter pair of jean shorts. “What’s wrong, babe? This is what I always wear when I get road head.” Axl looked up. He was too stoned to realize he had been talking to Vince Neil, not Neilstein. He was too stoned to realize he was in a car with him the entire time. He was too stoned to realize Vince was drunk. He was too stoned to realize he was actually dead.

      -The Tale of How Weed Killed Axl Rosenberg.

      • Goddamnit Paris, you need to write a book or something. 10/10 would not flush.

      • Mithrandir

        Yeah, you could use like literally any theme and write about it, i mean, would you look at dis, look at dis

      • You know what you should do? A metal short story column. Shit I’d read it.

        • Pagliacci is Kvlt

          The Monolith (which Grover XIII was a part of at the time) launched their site with a series of short stories that really roped me in. Unfortunately after the launch the site pretty much blew, but those stories were awesome.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        Thats not just a humorous off color story, that’s art. Plus 20 + bonus points for bringing my arch nemesis mishita into it ! Its pornariphery.

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        Dat plot twist at the end tho. Also, is it weird I’m hard now?

        • Paris Hilton

          Not at all! I just really, really want Vince to see it hahah

      • Wow, just wow.

    • A Feed From Cloud Mountain

      Not gonna lie, this was pretty funny.

      Paris wins though.

  • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

    I’m starting to get more into these types of bands as of late, with Fallujah and The Kennedy Veil being the gateway drugs. Also Archspire and Boreworm.

    • Fuck me sideways I had never heard of boreworm! Thank you!

    • @webb71:disqus is right. dat Boreworm! son of a buck, i can’t remember the last time a band gripped me so immediately

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        Same, they gripped me and pumped until I became erect from increased blood flow through my veiny, phallic being.

    • Fromwisdomtohate29

      Boreworm is on Unique Leader? Nice.

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        I don’t believe they’re signed yet

        • Fromwisdomtohate29

          You’re right. Still a great band though.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    My favorite subgenre is Jack bauerviolence.

  • RomuluxX

    I gotta check all of this out when I get off work. I’m not a big Tech Death guy, but the stuff that’s come out so far this year has been amazing.

  • Stockhausen

    Good grief, that Near Death Condition track is phenomenal.

  • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

    anywho…the Beneath is pretty good. Sounds really OSDM ish. 1/5 flushes for generic sounding vox

    • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

      clean bridge was nice touch you don’t hear a lot in music like this. Forgiveness for the generic vox. 0/5 flushes.

      • Fromwisdomtohate29

        Beneath was definitely unfairly passed by this year. But when you got heavyweights like Bolzer, Vader, and Dead Congregation releasing shit in the same year, it’s to be expected.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      GIVE ME OSDM OR GIVE ME DEATH.

      SCROLLS OF SKELOS – CHAPTER 6, verse 66

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    The further down I got, the more I liked the music. Thanks for the music Mr. Bauer and, er, saving the world I guess!

  • Fromwisdomtohate29

    Unique Leader also released the excellent Portals to Canaan by Deeds of Flesh last year, so they’re alright with me.

    • Omg yes please. New anata would be glorious.

  • Kazz

    I fall more into the Iron Bonehead/Dark Descent/I-Voidhanger camp when it comes to death metal, but as far as “modern” sounding DM, you can’t go wrong with Inanimate Existance. Definitely a standout. I thought the Soreption album had some cool songs but was ultimately just “solid”.

  • Grawmps

    I dunno guyz…pretty sure the new Yes album is heavier than all these albums combined.