Headliner Vader is supporting Revelations, possibly the heaviest thing it has ever released and a huge leap forward from the band's disappointing previous album. Taken as a whole, the disc offers proof that the phrase "Polish death metal band" is no joke.
Immolation is a long-running New York killing machine whose second album, Unholy Cult, is about to drop on Century Media. While the group's vocalist is depressingly generic, Immolation's hardcore-influenced riffs are all anyone could ask for.
The Berzerker is a unique act in death metal circles, spiking its hyperkinetic charge with electronic beats to show that, when you add an 808 kick drum sound to double-bass throbs, a concussion is all but guaranteed.
Origin is supporting its second album, which bears the unwieldy title Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas, but which is a face-smashing hunk of highly technical death metal. And that's a good thing. So is this tour.