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DEATHALIZER/It Dwells Within (Self Released) 6 killer tracks of
total old school mid 80ís thrash. The singer and the music remind me of old
Metallica, which in my book is a great thing. The 6 tracks on this just crush
as there are chunk full of meaty of fuck riffs that will have your neck moving
in no time. Production is right on the money and not a note of nu metal in sight,
just classic good old thrash the way it was meant to be played.
Info: www.deathizer.com or www.myspace.com/deathalizer
GRENOUER/Lifelong Days (Locomotive Records) A review of this release from the magazine Kerrang said this is darn right cool that classic Sepultura! Well the reviewer must be on crack cause this is easily some of the worst garbage I have heard this year. This band totally sucks as they are yet another groove metal band in the vein of Korn, only I think they are worse. The singing sucks, the music and riffs sucks and this band should do the metal world a favor and break up. Bands like this and all that nu metal shit have ruined the underground. The bio says this band ďdoesnít follow trendsĒ!!! Ha Ha they sound like every other groove metal band I have heard, only this is about the worst one of the bunch. Fuckin band BLOWS!!!
GRENOUER/Try (Molox Records) Oh my god this is even worse than the above release. More fuckin crappy nu metal with all that dance metal shit with some of the worst vocals I have heard in my life. This is so fuckin bad it is not funny. Please guys stay in Russia and stay the fuck away from me. One of the worst bands I have heard in years and the vocals are not, not even close to being brutal. Sorry but screaming into the mic is not brutal. Try old Kreator instead.
THE NEW CZARS/Doomsday Revolution (Samson Records) This band wasnít too bad, they have a bit of that metal groove to them, but they mix it with some rock n roll and some industrial as well to keep it from being generic. The singer has a voice a bit like Chris from Soundgarden. The production is nice and solid and the guitar sound is loud and proud. I am not a big fan of this style, but this is one of the few bands Iíd give a passing grade to.
PERDITION TEMPLE/Edict Of The Antichrist Elect (Osmose Productions) Holy shit does this pack quite a punch. Crushing death/black metal that will crush you in 2. Vocals from hell itself and real blast beats. Music that has tons of feeling and emotion that canít be faked. All you old school fans like myself know what I mean. This band is from the ashes of AngelCorpse and this is one you canít. Killer riffs and this is the way black/death metal should be, just a fuckin brutal assault that will turn your ears inside out and you will have a grin from ear to ear and prepare to play air drums more than once to this. Buy or be a poser ha ha. Great stuff and look for an interview for sure.
IRON DRAGON/Open The Gates (Self Released) This is an all instrumental release with guitar and bass and I guess machine drums. This really didnít appeal to me much as all it was, was a guy ripping away on his guitar doing leads. There wasnít and isnít much catchy riffing going on at all. The production is kinda sludgy too. The guy on this can play guitar, but he would be better off getting a band together and getting a singer and playing some tunes cause this is only going to be going to a select few. If he is OK with that then good for him. For me this wasnít my cup of tea.
Info: www.starverse.ca/irondragon or www.myspace.com/irondragon0
BLACK DAWN/Age Of Reason (Self Released) This band reminded me a lot of Pantera music wise and singing wise. The band arenít bad as they just arenít some Pantera clone band, but they just have a sound similar to them. For the style they are playing, which I like some and mostly hate, they are better than most bands I have heard. The key to this for my ears is the riffs and the guitar crunch donít come off to me as generic like most bands. The production on this is thick and heavy too and I just liked the songs structures and the vocals werenít bad neither as he gets into the tunes. Not bad for what it is.
DECOMPOSED/Contorted And Rotting (Self Released) This to me is just another faceless Suffocation clone type band that I have heard a 1000 times before from a 1000 other bands. This is straight ahead brutal death metal and is well played, but again it has been done before by so many, many other bands that this just gets tired and old really quick with me. There is just nothing different from this band than what such bands as Internal Bleeding, Lividity, Pyrexia, and 1000ís of others have done in the past.
GALAR/Til Alle Heimens Endar (Dark Essence Records) This band pretty much put me to sleep. This band plays what they call black/folk metal, but I would say it is typical heard a 1000 times before black metal. The band have the same tired blast beats and black metal vocals and they add a bit of folk style to it and try to make it different, but the bottom line is this sounds no different from a 1000 other black metal bands I have heard over the years minus the folk style stuff and that sucks too. Just another case of heard it all before. The clean vocals are beyond awful as well. Lose them please.
SULPHUR/Thorns In Existence (Dark Essence Records) This was some pretty solid death metal that also had a touch of black metal in it as well regular heavy metal too.. The vocals are just screamed black metal and the singer sings more of in a death metal style and he is really good. The songs also have some melody and just arenít a bunch of noiseless blasting. The songs are played with emotion and feeling as well as aggression, which a lot of the bands of today lack. This was something very cool and different and I would give this a horns up.
BULLETPROOF MESSENGER/Arm Yourself (Self Released) This band sent me 2 discs of material and they are just one of the many, many new rock bands making the rounds these days. I am not up on every new rock band, but these guys were really good. Solid riffs, great vocals and very, very catchy tunes. The production on the 2 discs is solid and I love the guitar sound and the singer has a great voice and sings the songs on the 2 discs with a lot of feeling in passion and doesnít come across like something he is not. Both discs were chock full of great rock tunes.
BASTARD PRIEST/Under The Hammer Of Destruction (Pulverised Records) Just bone crushing old school death/black metal that had me grinning from ear to ear. No keyboards, no mystic stuff, no folk, just pure 100% old school true to form black/death metal the way it should be. Sick, painful vocals and music that satan would be proud of. Chainsaw pounding riffs and smashing drums make this a work of art. Mix in old Destruction meets Angel Corpse. This will rip your fuckin head off.
INTERMENT/Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy (Pulverised Records) Another crushing slab of old school death metal that must be heard. This will crush, hurt and punish you into oblivion. Chainsaw sounding riffs meets Swedish death metal with some Pestilence like vocals make for a great band. The production is perfect as everything flows and sounds awesome. I love the guitar sound on this, itís fuckin unreal. Real death metal vocals too, not just a bunch of senseless screaming, this guy is the real deal. Prepare for the onslaught you wimps.
QUEST OF AIDANCE/Dark Are The Skys At Hand (Pulverised Records) This was a bunch of boring keyboards and almost opera like music that I found big time boring and this was pretty much a waste of time for me and you if you buy this.
THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL/Awaken (Manic Music) Boring modern rock/metal that sounds like all the others with the same tired riffs and vocals. This band pretty much sucked and I didnít like this at all.
KRIEG/The Isolationist (Candlelight Records) This band I havenít much about over the years and they are back with another slab of black metal. I am not the biggest black metal fan, but this was some pretty killer stuff. Fast, dark like riffs played with feeling and aggression, but not nu metal shit. Vocals are pure black metal and the production is raw and violent. If your into black metal and quality black metal, here ya go.
HELL MILITIA/Last Station On The Road To Death (Debemur Morti) This was just below average black metal with lots of blast beats and screaming. This band did nothing to separate itself from the 1000ís of other bands I have heard over the years and they pretty much bored me. I found nothing of value on this.
KROHM/TENEBRAE IN PERPETUAL (Dememur Morti Records) 2 of the worst black metal bands I have heard in the past few years. Both play below average black metal that bored me to death. There is no power or feeling at all. This is just yet another case of heard it all before. Krohm offer up 3 tracks of black metal that does nothing to separate itself from the 1000ís of other black metal bands. Tenebrae play some of the worst and most boring black metal I have heard in ages. Just scream yelled black metal vocals over some music that would put anybody to sleep. Junk.
HAERESIARCHS OF DIS/Denuntiatus Of Dis (Moribund Records) This is yet another black metal band they are a bit different that most of the stuff I usually get to review. They arenít just banging away a million miles and hour and just having some guy scream. The music is different and it still retains that black metal style and yes they are still fast. The vocals are the screeching black metal style and they sound better than most of the other black metal bands I have heard. Overall this is one of the better black metal bands I have heard and is worth checking out.
THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT/The White Crematorium 2.0 (Epitomite Productions) This band apparently re-recorded this and it average death metal that has been done over and over and then over again. The blast and slash through these tunes with plenty of speed and power, but I have heard it all before many, many times. What makes this different that the 1000ís upon 1000ís of other death metal bands I have heard over the last 20 years of doing Metal Core. This I will say is well played and is big time brutal and the vocals arenít bad, but this just didnít excite me much as it sounds like too many others.
ENCOFFINATION/Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh (Self Made God Records) Oh this is simply some of the most punishing doom metal I have ever heard. This just blew me away with how heavy and sad it is and oh the band also sucked me in with tons of feeling and emotion that tons of todayís band lack, but not this one. The vocals are some of the sickest I have heard and they just fit the music so fuckin well it isnít funny. The production is perfect and if your into Symphony of Grief, Disembowlment, etc you will love this band as I did. Crushing doom that canít be touched my many.
UPON INFLICTION/In Human Arctic Music Group) Finally some killer death metal I can sing my fangs into. The singer is Kyle who also sang in Hateplow and Malevolent Creation. This is 100% straight forward death metal with some crushing riffs, pure death metal vocals and plenty of fast parts to have your neck snapping in 2. The band also do a awesome cover of ďMutilationĒ by Death as well. The production is right on the money and any fan of 90ís Florida death metal, one being myself, will worship this.
MANIAC BUTCHER/Masakr (Negative Existence) I have heard several releases from this band before and they were very good slabs of black metal, but with this release I would move the band up way many more notches as this is some crippling black metal. The band have slowed down a bit in parts, but still have many fast parts, but they have slowed it down just a hair. The music is also way more in the vein of old school black metal than the newer style. The vocals are awesome black metal vocals, but not just a bunch of screaming as this guy really gets into it and just has his own style and I loved it. I am not a huge black metal fan, but love the genre when it is done right and done well, and well this band didnít just do it right they got it right between the eyes and this is easily one of the best black metal releases I have heard this year.
Info: www.negative-existence.com or www.myspace.com/negex
SANCTUS DAEMONEON/The Unavoidable (Negative Existence) OK we go from an unholy black metal release to one of the worst. I canít even describe this as it is so fuckin bad. This has a bunch of keyboard slow doomy parts with some guy growling and the songs make no sense at all and this was just plain awful. They call this dark and eerie composed of limitless elements ranging from black metal, ambient, psychedelic. I call it a bunch of senseless noise that has no emotion, no feeling, no nothing. The songs are flat as a pancake and this just put me to sleep. Info: www.myspace.com/negex
IRON MAIDEN/The Final Frontier (Universal Music) I am not a huge Iron Maiden fan, I do like some of their early stuff up until Powerslave. This isnít bad it is I guess what you can expect from a Maiden release. Gallop riffing, long songs, and soaring vocals. Some of the songs are solid, catchy metal numbers. I do think a few of the tunes are a bit long, but if youíre a fan of this band, I would say this is better than some of their past releases, which I didnít like at all.
BUG GIRL/Dirt In The Skirt (Impedance) Some really down in dirty old school rock n roll from this band and I really liked this. Just plug in the guitars, turn it up loud and blast away. This band is sort of like AC/DC in spots with a female singer. The band just churn out 100% bike riding rock n roll and the female singer has a great voice and her voice fits this band perfectly. Not many bands playing this style now and this is a welcome relief from all the crap out there. Info:www.mvdb2b.com
IMPOSER/Divine Intolerance (Butchered Records) 4 killer tracks of some crushing death/black metal that blew me away. Immolation, Incantion came to mind as this played on. Real vocals, not that lower than low gutteral shit and none of that idiotic screeching neither. This is 100% fast, brutal, slash your throat death/black metal played with feeling, power and aggression. Only a MCD, I need more dammit.
HYDEST/Dishing Out The Good Times (Impedance) This was a cool punk rock band that play short, catchy tunes with lots of shouted vocals. They are more like what a band like The Sex Pistols would do. Production is cool and this is just a cool fun punk rock band that doesnít take themselves too seriously.
PLAGUE ANGEL/Stagnation Of Chris (Butchered Records) This wasnít bad, but the band isnít doing anything different I have not heard at least 500 times before by signed and unsigned bands. The band play brutal death metal that has been done time and time again by a variety of bands over the years. This just another case of heard it all before and before.
9 TH ENITY/Diabolical Enticement Of Blood And Lust (Butchered Records) This another case of heard it all before a 1000 times, thought this band is boring and totally didnít nothing for me. At least the above band isnít bad, they just arenít doing anything new and there is no ďwowĒ factor with them. This band isnít doing anything new and the songs are just flat and faceless. This is just another faceless death metal band in an already overcrowded music scene that adds nothing to the scene. The band play straight forward death metal and are like a 5th race Incantation band. This did nothing for me at all.
FOUL STENCH/Eternal Rot (Butchered Records) Some cool low tunes death metal in the vein of Autopsy and some Swedish death metal style. Again this band may not be super original, but they are far from average and the band crank out a killer slab of death metal that I enjoyed. Great vocals and I love the guitar sound. The band mix up the speed and slow parts and the fast parts donít sound like a bunch of senseless blasting neither. Cool band.
HIDEOUS DEFORMITY/Defoulment Of Human Purity (Sevared Records) Another case of heard it a million times death metal from yet another faceless death metal that is not doing anything different I have heard time and time again, down from the riffs, to the vocals, to the blast beats. Please bands at least try to be a different from the million other bands before you.
BRACED FOR NAILS/Icons Above Al Others (Sevared Records) Some decent death metal that thankfully doesnít sound like a generic Cannibal Corpse band. This band churn out some sick death metal with tons of wicking riffing and drumming. I love the guitar sound the band use and it had my neck moving and the songs are catchy too. Production on this kills too. A really awesome band and release.
STIMULATOR/Lovelier In Black (Self Released) I am not into many goth bands, but this was one that sucked me in. The music is very haunting and the female singer in this band sucked me right in and I was hooked. She has such a killer voice and her voice fitís the music so damn good it isnít funny. This band is marketed the right way could sell a ton of records. Her vocals are full of feeling and this band actually reminded me of the sadly missed Sapphic Ode. Cool and different band here.
HOLY GRAIL/Improper Burial-I saw this band in Phila, PA not to long ago live and they totally blew me away. I felt like I was on a time warp and back at Lamourís in the late 80ís ha ha. This is only an EP and it just wet my appitite for more. I need more. This band play classic heavy metal with bits and pieces of power and thrash metal thrown in. The singer has a classic Halford type of voice and the band run all around onstage which I loved. This has a Judas Priest and Accept cover tunes as well as 2 originals and they both and the cover tunes kill. This is easily one of my favorite new bands and is like a breath of fresh air and when I discover new bands like this I tell myself this is why I still do my zine.
DECOMPOSED/Created To Kill (Ruptured Records) This is without a doubt one of the worst bands I have heard this year. This is super generic Suffocation garbage death metal that fuckin blows. This shit sucks my left ball. The singer, yeah singer, just growls into the mic with the same heard it a million times before blast beats with that tin can sounding drumming. This band was so generic on so many levels it wasnít funny. Beyond bad.
HOUWITSER/Bestial Atrocity (Sevared Records) Some solid death metal is the ticket here. Just brutal riffs and some solid singing won me over. No silly tin can drumming and some thick, catchy riffs played with brutality and emotion and feeling as well. This just hits hard and hits often. The fast parts are real slabs of blast not that tin can fake shit. I love the vocals as the singer really gets into it and this band just doesnít sound like a ton of other generic bands out there and if your into solid, brutal death metal, look no further.
SAPHREMIA/With Winter Comes Despair (Open Grave Records) This is a local band that I have not heard in some time and I recently got to see them live and now I have a disc that came out in 2007 in my hands. This band play death metal with a mix of the old and new styles and it didnít sound bad to my ears. They donít have that lower than low vocal crap and the drums donít sound like tin cans. They do have some of that new groove metal style and blast style, but this band is way better than most other bands I have heard doing this style. This band have also been around a lot longer than most bands and they have really gotten better since the last time I had heard them. Great production on this too and the guitar sound is heavy as fuck and the more I listened to this, the better it became. Kinda like the best of both worlds on this without all the generic crap.
CLEANSE YOUR DEMONS/2010 Demo (Self Released) I got 3 tracks here of some really good solid death metal. This is no frills and is straight forward death metal. Brutal riffs and vocals and just music to make that head bang. Great production too for a demo as well. This reminded me of Obituary at times, but for sure is no clone of that band. Just one brutal heavy as a ton riff after another. Death metal the way it was meant and should be. Love to hear more as 3 songs was not enough.
CREATED TO KILL/Worship Or Die (Ruptured Records) This is a band I saw live at the Hostile City Deathfest and they werenít bad live, but on this CD I hate to say it, but them come across as just another Suffocation/Cannibal Corpse clone band that sounds no different that the 1000ís before them. The low vocals, the tin can drumming, the cheezy blast beats along with the groove parts. They also use the screechy vocal thing, which has more than worn out itís welcome. Live these guys were good, but this is just as generic as a CD as I have heard. Guys just work on losing the stuff that every other band doing this style is doing cause I can hear bits and pieces of other stuff going on.
NUCLEAR THRONE/Dog Prophet (Self Released) This wasnít too bad, but it was just missing a ďwowĒ factory in my eyes. The music is old school death metal with some black metal here and there and it isnít bad, but this also didnít blow me away. The production I felt was kinda weak and they may have taken something away from the 3 tunes on this CDR. The vocals are really good and I like the style and the way he sings and the band just too me sound like too many of these modern death/black metal bands coming out and like I said it is OK, but nothing mind blowing.
PROTOGENOI/Self Titled (Self Released) This was OK death metal. The band donít suck, but again as with the case of many, many others bands, this band is not doing anything different or super exciting to separate themselves from the thousandís upon thousandís of death metal bands making the rounds these days. This isnít badly played and there are some decent songs on this and the band is young and stuff so hopefully they will grow and work on getting more original.
I AM THE TRIREME/Unholy Divination (Self Released) This is a 5 song disc and it has its good and bad points. First the good. The music is not typical and the band is not trying to sound like every other death metal band and they do have somewhat of their own sound and they play fast death/black metal, which I thought music wise was decent. The bad things is the vocals are pretty bad. The singer when he just sings in a growl voice isnít bad, but then there is all these screeching going on at times that is very annoying and has been done to death by many other bands and the screeching style of singing sucks big time. The singer just growl and sing that way and lose all the generic things and this band again is a young band and hopefully they will grow with their next release. A band I will keep my eye on.
THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF/Battle For The Mind (Crowell Music) This grew on me cause at first I hated it, but by the 2nd time I gave it a listen I was hooked. The band has a female singer and she has a great voice and fitís the bands music, which is along the lines of rock n roll with a metal edge to it and some really cool licks to boot. The 6 tunes on this are all catchy rock n roll tunes and are more in tune of 80ís rock than modern rock. I liked what I heard and I donít love female fronted bands that much, only a few and you can add this to the list.
RUBUFASO NUKUFO/Remolab (Khaaranus) Typical death metal with screeching death metal vocals that I have over and over. Nothing new here the band play death metal with a bit of an industrial feel and the songs were big time boring and the vocals worse.
EVERYTHING AFTER ZERO/Self Titled (Self Released) This band mixes metal and rock n roll and this is a fuckin terrible release. Wow the singer does the old death metal growls and tough guy vocals and screeches along with clean vocals. The music tries to mix in metal and rock and this is so generic and so awful on so many fronts it isnít funny. The guitar player is all over the place and he might be a good player, but his riffing all over the place is out of place and this pretty much sucked. Generic on so many levels and the band use every cliché trick in the book. Yawn.
NIGHTFIREMETAL/Self Titled (Self Released) Oh this is as bad as the above band. Every cliché death metal trick in the book.. The vocals go from screeching to cup the mic and are beyond bad. The songs are flat and there is no catchy riffs at all and it is just beyond bad death metal. No production, no power, no nothing. The vocals are the worst part though as the singing is so generic and stupid it isnít funny. There are so many bands doing the low and screeching thing that it is now totally out of control. Lose the vocals and the tin can drumming parts and lose the high low vocal thing as this band just sounds like any one of 50,000 faceless, generic death metal bands out there.
AHAEM/Doch Lunnogo Sveta (Apollon Records) This is some modern power metal with female vocals. I am not a big fan of female vocals, but this wasnít too bad as she has a pretty strong voice and she sings in a bit of an aggressive style, not that opera style, which I hate. The music is modern gallop riffing power metal with plenty of hooks. The music is easy to get into and there is plenty of riffs to have that head banging. Production is good and solid as well. Not a bad release here.
ANGELS AND ENEMIES/Gttkmplx (Apollon Records) This is that modern thrash metal stuff with the tough guy vocals and some keyboard parts. This style has been done to death and then some by 100ís of other bands and this just doesnít sound any different from them. The vocals suck as the guy is not brutal and just sounds like any other tough guy singer and the riffs and music on this bored me tears as there is nothing new and nothing of value on this neither. A tired style I wish would go to sleep.
BYFROST/Black Earth (Apollon Records) This is a average at best death/black metal band. The music isnít so bad, but there is nothing on this that really got my attention as the bandís music was just kinda there and then they go off and blast for a few seconds and then slow it back down. There is nothing on this that blew me out of my seat and there was nothing that made me want to shut off the music neither. The singer sings in a more black metal style and this wasnít bad and actually I enjoyed it more upon multiple listens so I would say this is a bit above of an average combo of death and black metal and the singer does have a killer voice and that helps this.
ARRANGED CHAOS/As Time Goes By (Apollon Records) Absolutely god awful death metal with all the generic qualities of a generic death metal band. Same old groove death metal riffs and oh how original that the band does the low death growls and the high screaming pig metal vocals. That is fuckin garbage in my book. This is one shitty death metal band that is doing nothing new or exciting and just takes up space in an already crowded underground.
WOLFFERY/Glorious (Apollon Records) Awesome power metal with tons of killer hooks and vocals that are strong as well. The riffs will have that head banging and doesnít have any of that modern thrash style, which I am not a fan of. The singer has a strong voice and he sounds good and not like a million other singers thank god. The tunes are just solid blasts of power metal mixed in with a touch of thrash. Production is cool and the keyboard parts are cool as well. The band also have their own sound and this was just a pleasure to listen to.
PROJECT: FAILING FLESH/Count Back From Ten (Self Released) This is a new release from these guys and another good one from this band. They combine some hard hitting metal with some industrial sounds and it sounded good to my ears. Sort of like Ministry at times. The singer growls and screams with all his might during these tunes and his voice and style fit the music. Production on this is strong and the music is just hard hitting and at times fast and this works for me.
Info: www.projectfallingflesh.com or www.myspace.com/projectfallingflesh
CASUS/Redemption Through Pervertion (Self Released) This music wise wasnít bad, but I didnít like the changing of the vocal thing. What I mean by that is the growl vocals which are cool and then the high pitched pig screaming vocals, which I hate and are so over done. The music is some old school death metal and I thought this EP was OK, nothing to make me fall out of chair. The music at times just was kinda there and didnít knock me off my feet. The vocals and music in track 3 are more what I like and need more of. The band have their own style they just need to work on a few little things and they will be right there.
BLVD/Boulevard-Into The Street (Metal Mind Productions) This is a re-releases of this bandís 2 releases that came out in the 80ís. Both Cdís totally blew me away as they both uncovered gems of AOR music not to be missed. Not a bad song on either disc. The singer has an incredible, passionate voice and the music is just godly rock n roll with tons of catchy hooks and soaring melodies. This band got lost in the grunge shuffle and it is awesome that Metal Mind is putting these 2 releases out. An fan of AOR or want some great rock n roll played with passion, feeling, and emotion will do backflips over this as I did. I canít stop listening to these releases and if you think I am a wimp for liking this sort of stuff, GO FUCK YOURSELFÖitís called being open mindedÖ
PLANET GRAVEYARD/Same (Self Released) This is a groove metal band and they are easily the best band I have heard doing this style in years. The band remind me of Pro-Pain and the singer has a cool voice and he doesnít sound generic and the music has a sort of old school thrash vibe with some groove and it is way better than the 100ís of other bands I have heard doing this style. This band is one of the few bands I heave heard lately that can mix in the hardcore and metal styles and make it work. Production is great and I love the guitar sound this band uses as well.
Info: www.planetgraveyard.com or www.myspace.com/planetgraveyard
TERAKAI/The Last Sound (Self Released) Oh now this band on the other hand have ever generic and cliché metal sound in the book. The band have that total groove metal style with tough guy vocals and lower vocals and wow they use the clean vocal style too. This band totally sucks as they combine all the things wrong in metal today and make it one big ball of waste. This band sound like every other nu metal band making the rounds these days and this is why most new bands suck, they sound like everybody else. Guys the low and clean vocal thing has been overdone as is the groove metal style. If I want that Iíll listen to Pantera.
NO PITY/Iron From Hell (Self Released) This is a 5 track EP and I need more. The 5 songs on this werenít enough. This is pure old school death/thrash the way it should be. Killer riffs that sent chills up and down my spine. This is vicious, evil and just kills. This band sound like they stepped out of a time warp from 1988. Think Atrophy, Viking, old Kreator, etc. Singer reminds me of Mille at times from ďEndless PainĒ. The production has that raw, dirty underground sound which I was going ga ga over as well. Trust me this band is the real deal and if I owned a label Iíd sign these guys in a heartbeat. You are ordered to check this band out and if you donít go dieÖ.
KOMMANDANT/Kontakt (Planet Metal) This is this bandís 2nd release and it is another killer release of death/black metal. The vocals are crushing black metal style and arenít all that banshee wailing, no these are more just straight forward say like a band Angelcorpse uses. He singer sings with emotion and feeling and plenty of hate as well. The music is a vicious assault on your ears. Wicked drum blasts along with crushing riffs that will knock you out of your chair. Like the above band, 6 tunes just arenít enough as I need more. Production is great as well and everything is right where it needs to be. Great release.
HIS NAME WAS YESTERDAY/Same (Self Released) Typical modern rock/metal that sounds like every other band I have heard doing this style. Groove like riffs with a metal edge and clean vocals with that tailor made modern rock sound. Nothing new or different here and yet again another case of same ole same ole.
SOLACE OF REQUIEM/The Great Awakening (Compilation CD) This I thought was going to be some goth metal band, but how wrong I was. This is some decent death metal that has some groove to it, but has more speed and mixes in some old style death metal to make it better than most of the newer bands and thank god the singer doesnít do the high low thing and just sings in a powerful, growl like voice and that also scored points with me. Production is right on the money and this is a good release.
GROTESQUEUPHORIA/Conquered By Corruption (Destro Records) Some cool Immolation like death metal is the ticket here. The singer sounds like Ross and the music has that Immolation like feel to it as well. Not that itís a bad thing mind you. I hear Dawn of Possession floating through my head as this plays on. Production sounds a lot like that release as well. If you like Immolation youíll love this. 100 % no frills death metal.
MALHKEBRE/Prostration (Ahdistuksenaihio Records) Wicked black metal that hey doesnít sound like every other generic black metal band. The band for sure play fast black metal, but they do different things within the songs and try out different things and also have a bit of a different tone to their guitars making them different from every other pick riffing black metal band. Production is crushing and the vocals are pure hate and evil and this is a cool band that is trying to be different and they are and still retain that classic black metal sound.
JUMALHAMARA/Resignaatio (Ahdistuksenaihio Records) To me this is just another run of the mill black metal band that plays fast black metal with the same pick riffing style and same ole black metal vocals I have heard a 1000 times and then some. This to me just sounded like any one of 500 black metal bands that I have reviewed in the past 15 years.