ENCABULOS

“Dark Divinity”

Demo 1998

 

Five hymns on here (“Shrine Of Souls”, “Dormant Impurities”, “Eden Burns”, “Reign Of Ill-Supremacy” and the title track). Brutal death metal steeped with early ‘90s Floridian influence. I like this tape quite a lot and the drumming in particular is of note. With a little more work this band will be an unstoppable force for years to come. Send $4 US to:

Encabulos, P.O. Box 1648, Geelong City 3220, AUSTRALIA

 

 

ENTER MY SILENCE

“Sophia’s Eye” Demo 1999

(Magenta Nails Distribution)

 

Very much in the Swedish melodic, death style with maybe a bit more, vicious edge. Mostly mid-paced with some fast breaks and short brooding moments. E.M.S. are talented and professional so if the scene is not tired of another melodic death band then you should send $7 US to:

Magenta Nails Distro., c/o Teemu Lampinen, Lehdokkipolku 6, 42100 Jamsa, FINLAND

 

   

ENORMICON

Storm Of Swords” 2011 Demo CD

 

This is the debut e.p from the Texas based Enormicon I guess the best way to describe this band would be is a mix of stoner rock, traditional doom, and older prog music. It's not really my styles of music so this review is going to suck as I don't too much about these particular genres. So I will say if you are a Sabbath or High On Fire fan or just old-school doom in general then you might enjoy Enormicon.  - Patrick

http://www.myspace.com/enormiconmetal  

 

 

FEAST ETERNAL

“Prisons Eternal” 1999 CD

(Self-Released)

 

Eight tracks and 40 + minutes of christian death metal. I get a bit ill trying to stomach their lyrics but they are not as preachy as most xtian bands. In fact 99% of all christian bands hold their propaganda in much higher priority then the music! Feast Eternal is an exception to that. They play heavy and at times crushing traditional American death metal. No grinding, just straight ahead death with caustic growls. Send $12 US / $14 World (payable to Matt Skrzypczak) at:

F.E., P.O. Box 88, Grawn, MI. 49637, USA  

 

 

FROSTHELM

"The Northwinds Rend Flesh” Demo MCD 2012

(Self Released)

Frosthelm are one of the newer bands that I've heard in recent years that can mix the intensity of early eighties thrash/speed metal and early nineties black metal to create a truly violent, intense sound. The musicians in Frosthelm know how to play their instruments and mix it nicely into their metal roots, guitars playing hyperspeed riffs that are semi-raw for a black metal feel but have a very thrashy/speed metal sound and feel. There are some real whirlwind riffs and solo's. There are even a few melodic guitar patterns but they are few and far between and only for short times in the songs to give the songs a little more originality without loosing their blackened thrashing sound. Not a whole lot can be said except that if you enjoy blackened thrash metal then be sure to pick up Frosthelm's debut mcd as this is definitely some quality metal music played with both passion and precision.  - Patrick
http://www.reverbnation.com/frosthelm  https://www.facebook.com/frosthelm

 

 

GUILTY AS SIN

“Led To The Slaughter”

Demo CD 2009

 

I have not heard anything by these guys before. This is their second release, it is basically a full length, eight song album from these speed metal / thrashers. I am never sure whether to list these self released things as a demo or album. I lean towards demo though, if the band is putting it out. This is not something you see bands doing every day as this record has no vocals on it whatsoever. Which I suppose puts even more onus on the musicians to come up with something extra special, when you have a missing important element such as vocals. So do they manage to achieve this feat? Well the answer is both yes and no. I would say probably more than half the material is good, but leans on the simplistic side of things. Which is to say despite missing that element, often times there is not a lot going on, just straightforward riffing runs that lack many changes or dynamics that grab you and do not let your interest wander. A band can go too far the other way and get too complicated with too many riffs and that is not what I mean here. It is just that things are little too sparse, if you know what I mean? I did however; say both yes and no, as there is a couple of the eight songs presented such as “Reptile Agenda” and especially “Eagle Over Mountain” where they get it right. They turn up the tempo a little and keep the flow strong with a little more going on structure wise, which really kept my interest and I rocked out pretty hard to those two tracks. Another track with some added depth is “Dead Men Tell No Tale” where GAS mix in some melancholic, slowed down atmospheric breaks, which fleshes their sound out a little. I would like to see Guilty As Sin head more in this direction in the future. We also have to keep in mind, that they are a young band, having only formed in 2008 and already presenting us an Ep and this release in under 2 years time. They have time and room to grow and I think they will. I will be keeping a close eye on them. I cannot end this review though without mentioning the epic 9 minute closing track. As this song really, does not fit with the rest of the material on here. It is entitled “International Selection” and is basically middle eastern music and the instruments used in this song are not listed in the layout (and no bio included), but I think I may hear bongo type drums, flute, maybe a sitar or something like that. All of which should tell you what kind of music you can expect on this track. I kept expecting a belly dancer, clapping together her finger cymbals and shaking her tambourine, to sashay through the room as I listened. The song is well done and good for what it is, but to me, clearly does not belong on this release. Maybe it is just personal taste on that one? Led To The Slaughter is worth checking out and definitely worth at least keeping an eye on these guys future releases. – Dale

http://www.myspace.com/guiltymusic2008    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/guiltyassin 

 

 

GUILTY AS SIN

“III” Demo CD 2010

(Self Released)

 

I promised to keep an eye on Guilty As Sin, and here once again they return to Canadian Assault with a new release. I see on their myspace page that they label themselves as Biker / Viking Metal. All I can say to that is thankfully they are much better musicians than catch phrase / tag line creators. Nothing on here screams viking or biker in the least. Musically GAS really are starting to hit their stride. There is a great mix of heavy, memorable riffs you can headbang with and build up a touch of adrenaline. Then there are long stretches where they are more introspective and use their riffing and song structure to create some wonderful atmospheric brooding. I am really impressed with the fluidity on III and these guys know when they have something good and milk it for all it is worth. This band is coming a long way and fast, the guitar work on here is nothing short of amazing in its ability to evoke emotion in the listener. I know that is selling the drumming short a little bit here and I do not mean to do that. The drummer Zak Ovaian turns in a subtle yet crafty performance. But the guitars steal the show here. It is really hard to pin this band down however. There are elements of everything from classic hard rock to heavy metal to thrash and onward through death metal. I know that sounds like it would be a train wreck, yet nothing could be further from the truth, and it is all combined with a dexterous touch and rich imagination. They manage to be very consistent throughout. You even get a spacey feel that is loosely akin to an Orchid / Solitude Sabbath vibe and it really works for this album. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Guilty As Sin is they have no singer and they make you both forget and not give a shit about the lack of vocals. I am not sure I can give them a bigger compliment than that. Consider me impressed. With the one exception of the track Blood Groove which should have stayed on the cutting room floor – at least it is at the end of the album.  – Dale

http://www.myspace.com/guiltymusic2008  ovoianrocks@yahoo.com     

 

 

 

GUILTY AS SIN

““Future History” 2013 Full-length CD

(Self Released)

 

The fascinatingly cool and enigmatic, Guilty As Sin, once again grace the pages of Canadian Assault. Guilty As Sin, has always been a bitch to nail down with a style to classify them. They are simply all over the place and it is quite amazing their albums manage retain a coherent lucid flow to them. I mean you can hear damn near everything out of these guys, from Scifi / space rock to thrash and hardcore metal, to death metal to punk, jazz bits, to pure atmospheric wandering ambient music! Hell every now and then they throw in belly dancing music, I shit you not. Also I should convey, a lot of the time they do not do all of these styles in the confines of one song, rather there can be a hardcore song, an ambient song follows that, a thrash song and then a middle eastern belly dance song. They keep you guessing and you just do not know what is around the next corner as one song ends and the other begins. Future History is no exception you get some ripping, heavy headbang tunes, you get some really epic; at times almost awe inspiring guitar ambient songs that will set your mind off wandering into the cosmos. Then abruptly you jolted with some blast beating grind death metal madness to slap you back awake. The vocals, which is another thing whole sections of GAS albums have none, but when they are there with this album on the more aggressive metal tracks. I hear a real Master influence in those vox, they sound like they could have almost come right off of the “On The Seventh Day God Created…Master” album, love those vocals. No matter what you get with this band, it usually has a sense of purpose, and vision, generally all pulled off with an uncanny sense of emotive feel and care. I am not sure these guys are for everyone, but they are for me, I think they are pretty fantastic and you should at least give them a try. You might just be surprised.  - Dale

http://www.myspace.com/guiltymusic2008  ovoianrocks@yahoo.com 

 

 

GOLDEN PYRE

“Apocryphal”

Demo 1998

 

I love it when a demo just jumps up and kicks you in the teeth! First off this is the best demo soundwise I have heard in a long time courtesy of these Portuguese metallers. Quality black/death metal with distinctively fresh and memorable emotive riffs. The structuring and musical ‘feel’ is quite impressive. Shouldn’t take these guya too long to secure a record contract. If you want to make your ears bleed get this totally pro packaged demo for $6 US to:

Golden Pyre, c/o Ricardo Veiga, Rua Frei Custodio 259, 4905 Barroselas, PORTUGAL Email = goldenpyre@hotmail.com

 

 

GUTCHUGGER

“One Day War” Demo 1999

(Sun Serpent Records)

 

This 3 track cassette is just a taste of what is to be offered by Gutchugger on their upcoming full-length LP “Amputee”. Two of three songs are originals and one is a cover of Slayer classic “Anitchrist”. The cover is true to the original so of course it rules! The 2 originals didn’t blow me, away or anything as they were just run-of-the-mill death metal with a touch of the ever-so-popular groove thrown in. Not total shite in my book and I am sure that fans of groove oriented metal will pick up on this.  – Jeffrey Kusbel

 

 

H-GEORGE

"Slave Of Society” CD

(Self-Released)

We see the return of H-George to the pages of Canadian Assault. The mainman H-George himself is not messing around. He has recruited infamous Canadian thrasher Jeff Waters of Annihilator to mix and master this record and it sounds great. It must have been a great honour to have him mix the album, as listening to the music it is quite clear that Annihilator are a huge influence on the band. There are “Alcoholic Thrash Metal” 13 songs of on offer here, and they weigh in just under 48 minutes of chugging metal. The band still propel a hundred catchy, heavy riffs that tumble at you one after the other and are well supported with some smoking guitar fills / leads. The musicianship on here is top notch, quite tight and precise; these boys clearly know what they are doing. The band knows how to craft some interesting and catchy songs. Even though at times I find things to be almost too tightly controlled and the emotional side of the music can be a little stifled now and then. I just want them to loosen up a little and let it all hang out. That is the only thing that is missing for me as Slave Of Society is a superbly crafted, well played and entertaining record. The vocals sound even better than their first release, more range and feeling and a smoother delivery. In fact, the vocals are a highlight of the album and fit the music wonderfully. I get the feeling that these guys would really kill in a more raw and stripped down live show environment. I can recommend this record quite highly for disciples of late 80s thrash metal. The band spared no expense with the booklet and disc presentation here.  – Dale
http://www.myspace.com/hgeorgemetalbeer  http://www.h-george.com/ 

 

   

 

HOD

“You Cry and Piss Yourself”

Demo CD 2007

 

HOD unfolds before us an aural landscape of dark and raw death metal with mordant vocals which fluctuate from a raspy black metal style to an obscure traditional death metal growl (the lyrics can be understood). The music itself has a foot in death metal but also a foot firmly planted in old school metal in general (speed metal & thrash feel). It is no surprise as these sickos are from the old school days and features members formerly of bands such as Necrovore, Thornspawn, Exulcerate, Shit, Pillcrusher etc... There are 3 night terrors on here by the names of “Nine Days”, “Demoralizer” and “God of Darkness and Winter”. A lot of the material is mid paced and slower stuff on here with some solid musicality and the odd short but great guitar fill / solo. It reminds me of a lot of old school stuff because it is coherent with room to breathe in the pacing and song construction. Not to mention it is dark yet decipherable, evil yet you can head bang to it. This is a solid demo and with a little more seasoning to the material I look forward to see where this band is going to take their brand of horror to next. Addition – Just an added note since writing this review a little birdie told me they have signed to Ibex Moon Records and are recording their debut album in Isotopia studios starting in the late Summer 2008. I will be looking forward to that one. – Dale

www.myspace.com/Hodtheband   Thornspawn@satx.rr.com 

 

 

HORFIXION

“Promo CD”

1999

 

Horfixion are young but good. They remind me a tad of a more simplistic straight ahead Death or something Similar. I dug some of the riffs but overall the song structures need a bit of work. As far as putting their best foot forward on packaging. They surely have done that on this disc. It is a multimedia disc with pics, bio, video of a live show (!) & more. Nice! A band to keep an eye on in future. 

c/o Samuel Landry, 871 Trudel Ouest, ST.-Boniface, Quebec, G0X 2LO CANADA  Web = http://metalmusic.net/horfixion/

 

 

I WILL KILL YOU

“Plastination” 2011 Demo CD

(Self Released)

 

Italian death metal brutality, the production is pretty rough and muddy, but fuck this is a demo people. The production still gets across what the band were going for. Which is some brutal, unrelenting death metal backed up with some pounding drum work. The vocals of Klaudia are probably a bit of an acquired taste, I mostly quite liked them, though at times were a touch grating. Nothing groundbreaking here or that you have not heard before, but there is some talent there and you can see with a little more time to simmer they might come up with something special. This was another disc sent to me by Paul Caravasi of Aquelarre zine, and like the other band Killing The Reason, I will be interested to hear what this band does next, could be something devastating. This release in the meantime is worth a listen, as long as you are not one of those super picky assholes with production, you might dig this one.  - Dale

http://www.reverbnation.com/iwillkillyou666  https://www.facebook.com/1IWKY   

 

 

ICEFALL

“Ghostlands”

Demo 1999

 

This is an impressive one man band. Very European sound musically and in general song structure. Icefall’s brand of metal is a flowing mid-tempo concoction with an extremely epic feel. Normally I would not care for that but this just works for me. This pro-packaged demo costs $3 US & Canada / $4 Western Europe / Eastern Europeans get it for free!!

ICEFALL, Box 441, Rochdale, MA. 01542, USA

 

 

IRONSWORD

“Promo Tapes”

1995 + 1998

 

Oh man! Fucking amazing pure ‘80s power/heavy metal.  That will have you punching the air with your fingers out in goat horns and headbanging in unison. The guitar riffs sound so classic as they backdrop some unforgettable choruses. Ironsword bring to mind bands like Manowar, Warlock, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Grim Reaper and more. It is hard not to list a lot of influences as almost every song on these promo tapes sounds different but always representing pure heavy metal. Did I mention this is a one man band and that one man is Tann (Who was in Moonspell for their MCD and debut album). He is one talented individual and his vocals pull off high piercing screams (something almost no retro bands are even attempting!) and smoking smooth solos. I bow to the might and magic of Ironsword. Metal brothers unite!!   * Check the interviews section for an interview I did with Ironsword...

Ironsword, P.O. Box 4, 2780-Oreiras, PORTUGAL

 

 

JEREMY BEQUETTE

“Self-Titled”

98 DEMO

 

If you are looking for a serious project then totally ignore this piece of shit. Sure this guy is full of hatred but who the fuck isn't these days? One of the only actual riffs to show up on here sounds like it was recorded on a shitty little 12" amplifier through a boom box or something. This sucks! Who gives a fuck if you hate women and want to kill yourself Jeremy? Do it already and quit wasting my time!  – Jeffrey Kusbel

 

 

KAAMOS

“Promo Tape”

1999

 

Aaarrrggghhhh!!!! Total old style brutal death metal in the vein of early Grave! Only with Kaamos’ own  sick dark twists. Fucking sickened vocals and diabolical choruses you will chant in your head for days with your fist pumping the air! I also hear a touch of “Altars Of Madness” – This CRUSHES!!!!

Kaamos, P.O. Box 605, 13626 Haninge, SWEDEN Web = kaamos@kurir.net

 

 

KRATORNAS

“The Onslaught Of Battledemons” Demo 1999

(Ligum Dulum Productions)

 

Kratornas return once again to the pages of Canadian Assault. Served up we have black/grind sickness with gurgling hellspawn vocals. There is actually a nice mix here and everytime you think there is too much chaos. You are hit with a clean chugging head bang metal riff section. Super raw so if you are looking for candy-coated production then look elsewhere. Song titles include: “Diabolical Mutilation 1999”, “Armaments Of Sadism”, “Satanic Macabre”, “Luciferian Gladiators”, “Bloodbath For Satan” and “Demonic War Slaughter”. Send $5 US to:

Kratornas, 21 Emerald St., San Eusebio Subdivision, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, 6121 PHILIPPINES

 

 

LABATUT

“True 80’s” 2007 Promo CDR

 

These Brazilian’s love, 1980s thrash riffing, but also like newer bestial warring metal sounds. An odd coupling to be sure but Labatut make it work. Some bands to mention that can be clearly heard and influenced are Slayer, Sarcofago, Moonblood, Mutiilation and loads of 80s thrash, in general. The performance on this recording is pretty rough, a little sloppy and loose. Yet in Labtut’s case it actually adds a certain charm and identity to the music. It is strange they manage to wear their influences upon their sleeve, yet despite that, they manage to blend it all in a way I have not really heard before. The whole thing is pretty sick really. Nothing ground breaking but somehow by the time I hit stop on the stereo, I clearly feel like I am a confirmed Labatut-iac! – Dale

 www.apocalypticempire.com   www.bloodynecromancer.de 

 

   

 

LAVAGOAT

“Self Titled” Full Length 2010 Demo CD

 

It is nice now and then after being inundated with slick, glossy produced and tightly computer controlled recordings. To have something like Lavagoat come to me with its heavy raunch production that really punctuates the crushing meandering riffs perfectly. Lavagoat are from my homeland and play death like doom with some of that stoner doom sound / feeling mixed in. I suppose parallels and/or influences like Disembowelment, Mastodon, early Cathedral (a lot), Black Sabbath come to mind, along with some of the heavier stuff from Kyuss, Orange Goblin, Melvins, Electric Wizard can be heard. This demo is definitely a mixed bag and they are pretty adventurous in the directions they take these sounds. There is some subtle yet fantastic guitar work going on here if you have the patience to pay attention. The vocals are decipherable semi-clear growls that have a lot of power and emotion in them. No possibly not the most original release, but it is fucking good and Lavagoat stomp everything in their path, leaving behind only sloshed beer drips and ashes from their funny cigarettes.  – Dale

http://www.myspace.com/goatlust

 

 

LEGIONS OF WAR

“Proclamation of War”

Demo CDR 2006

 

I listened to this before reading the booklet or any other accompanying materials. I was about to run headlong into my spiel about the secret of good one man band is that anyone listening to it without that knowledge, should never know it is a one man band. Then I scanned the booklet, only to see there are in point of fact, three members in Legions of War, they are a full band but you would never know this. This demo feels almost like someone’s home riff tape, so they do not forget the riffs they came up with. Only on this particular riff tape, there has been added some unimaginative drumming that kind of drones on, in addition some really, really awful early Burzum-ish vocals, which are so absurdly executed & thin, they become a parody unto itself. You know those paintings where the artists get a bunch of paint and randomly throw it at the canvas and whatever drippy, sloppy mess results they proclaim it to be art? Well Legions of War ascribe to this school of thought. Now actually there are some decent riffs and rhythms yet most of them make no sense together, they have been haphazardly sewn together and more often then not have no bridge connecting them giving them any sort of sense or purpose. The recordings is really raw but that is fine it kind of suits the music. Anyway I would advise you to pass on this Swedish horde, there are much better bands out there. – Dale

lovechild@tjohoo.com 

 

 

LETHAL HALO

“Process Of Progress” Full Length Demo 2011

(Self Released)

 

This Canadian band could be described as a metalcore band that has a penchant for progressive touches as well as possessing melodic Swedish death influence in the guitars. Sometimes the mixings of these different styles works and other times, not so much. At times the songs lack flow and fluidity, coming off a little clunky and aimless. When it works they can write some ripping, emotional metal though. The vocals for me are another slightly sore spot; they are okay kind of hoarse yells with a slight growling undertone. They come off sounding a little forced and maybe are featured a little too heavily in important parts of the song, distracting away from golden heart of Lethal Halo. That gold is the guitars, there is some talent there and if you pay attention the guitars they have some really interesting things going on and the performance there is fantastic. This is only their second release, so they have room and time to grow. If they continue to mature in the song writing department and the other aspects of Lehtal Halo can catch up to the guitar work, this could be a band to really watch out for.  - Dale

http://LethalHalo.com  http://www.youtube.com/HaloBand  

 

 

LORD OF PAGATHORN

“Msilihporcen” Demo CDR

(Self Released)

 

The guitarist/vocalist/bassist from the great old Finnish thrash band Maple Cross (formed in 1985!), heads up this band. Lord Of Pagathorn released a demo tape way back in 1994, and then nothing, until now some 15 plus years later! That is strange but good for us they decided to pick up the band once again. Msilihporcen is an interesting piece of older school black metal. There is speed and hate, but it is all accented with some nice interludes and even some eerie sounding acoustic guitar passages. The mixing of raw cold anger and tranquil atmospherics is a mixing well met. The music is nothing ground breaking, but very well done and performed expertly. The vocals are suitably freezing shrieks with obscured whispered undertone. The recording as well is fantastic for a demo, it is heavy, clear and concise without being too slick. I came away from this release being quite impressed and looking forward to hearing from this sick horde. They tell me they are working on an album and seek a suitable record label. I think they not remain unsigned for long. Hail Finnish black metal!  – Dale

http://www.myspace.com/lordofpagathorn  

 

 

LORD BLASPHEMER

“Self-Titled”

Demo 1998

 

Unless I’m mistaken this band features on guitar Eric Herseman who is also publicist at Olympic records. Described as misanthropic deathrash, this is a term I am in alignment with. 3 songs on here (“Contact Dermatatis”, “Jungle Hell”, “Spiral Caverns Of The Occult”). They bring to mind the rising deathrash scene of the late ’80s/early ‘90s. In fact some bands I could name are Ex-Mortis, Demise, Immortal Fate, Phantasm and so on. It may be due in part to nostalgia but I fucking love Lord Blasphemer! Send $4 US to:

Lord Blasphemer, 2658 W. Superior, Apt. 2, Chicago, IL. 60612, USA

 

 

LORD OF PAGATHORN

“Msilihporcen” Demo CDR

(Self Released)

 

The guitarist/vocalist/bassist from the great old Finnish thrash band Maple Cross (formed in 1985!), heads up this band. Lord Of Pagathorn released a demo tape way back in 1994, and then nothing, until now some 15 plus years later! That is strange but good for us they decided to pick up the band once again. Msilihporcen is an interesting piece of older school black metal. There is speed and hate, but it is all accented with some nice interludes and even some eerie sounding acoustic guitar passages. The mixing of raw cold anger and tranquil atmospherics is a mixing well met. The music is nothing ground breaking, but very well done and performed expertly. The vocals are suitably freezing shrieks with obscured whispered undertone. The recording as well is fantastic for a demo, it is heavy, clear and concise without being too slick. I came away from this release being quite impressed and looking forward to hearing from this sick horde. They tell me they are working on an album and seek a suitable record label. I think they not remain unsigned for long. Hail Finnish black metal!  – Dale

http://www.myspace.com/lordofpagathorn  

 

 

LUST

“Holocaust Whore Hellslut”

Demo 1999

 

Fuck yes! The purveyors of disgustingly morbid spirit-raping deathrash hell return! Anyone who read issue # 2 knows how highly I think of this band with their review and interview in that issue. I said in the past I heard influences from (old) Sarcofago, (old)Beherit, Aggression (i.e.-“Blaspheming At The Altar” ’86 demo). Also if you like the sickening Canadian metal in the warring mode of Blasphemy and Soothsayer then this tape will satiate your carnality! The songs this time are a bit more technical then the last demo. But Diabolus has not sacrificed the bludgeoning and bestial barbarity and Lust will tear at you like a pack of starving berzerker wolves! Tired of all the commercial bullshit? Then order this piece of underground cult history while you can as I believe this is limited to 500 copies.

 

 

MATERIA GRAVE

“Dammi Una Vita”

Demo 1999

 

Simplistic deathrash with Italian lyrics. Some good riffs here and there but mostly the material needs to be tighter and more quality. Apparently Eik and Dario have been playing together since the end of the ‘80s – it sure doesn’t show! Guys go practice a lot, work on better material for a year or two. Then send in another a tape. Cost is $5 US to:

Materia Grave, c/o Erick Ballota, 35020 Canadiana (PD), ITALY

 

 

MENTAL KILLING SPREE

Centrifuge Of Man” 2013 Full-length Demo CD

(Self Released)

 

Ahhh the gods of brutal underground death metal return! After hearing the 2008 demo Vae Victis {which can be downloaded for free on the bands F.B page!}. I was hooked on this German bands catchy, brutal and just plain vicious death metal style. It is full of fast, thick guitars that build  from mid-paced to all out whirlwind riffs and masterful played solo's. The drumming is precise with the speedy, blast beats chaotic in some songs while other structures are more heavy, mid-paced drum beats. Timm's vocals are vicious deep death growls with some higher screams and fit perfectly with Mental Killing Spree's original brutal death metal style. Fans of brutal straight-forward death metal are urged to check this band out today!  - Patrick

https://myspace.com/mentalkillingspree   https://www.facebook.com/mentalkillingspree     

 

  

 

MEPHISTO

“VOL. 5 ...NEVERENDING SAGA”

Compilation Tape

 

This is a decent comp. with a little diversity between bands. Here's a quick rundown. Silentium - "Lament" - A laid back, somewhat heavy take on a goth-rock sound w/ female vocals. Uninteresting. Droys - "On the trial of Koan" - A great technical death metal song sounding much like Death with Steve Digiorgio. It rocks! Midnight Sun - "Nightembrace" - I remember writing these guys about a year back after ordering their 2nd demo and I mentioned that I thought they were playing in more of a power metal influenced style. No reply though. Hmm? Not bad. Fahrenheit - "Blood and Tears" - Another boring goth sounding band with female vocals. Next. Eternal Sadness - "Autumn" - Starts off kind of slow with piano etc. but ends up being a halfway decent melodic death song. Thalia - "Omniscient" - What the fuck is this shit? 80's rock with a new wave sounding vocalist. Fuck off!! Glacial Fear - "Numb" - Amore or less trendy sounding death metal song with Max Cavalera sounding vocals and a lot of harmonics. Bland and not as heavy as they think they are. Mechanix - "Pain in the neck" - Pretty good thrash being executed here. Kind of riffing along like old Overkill. Shadeworks - Exclusive track - An interesting guitar track without vocals. What you'd expect to hear on a James Murphy solo record or something but with better twists.  – Jeffrey Kusbel

 

 

MERDE

“Self-Titled”

Demo 1998

 

I was definitely impressed upon hearing this six song demo. A good production helps bring out the strength of these songs as I’m sure they would not sound as cool with a shit production. Some tracks just grind and thrash along paying no attention what is going on around them. I actually hear a Human Remains and Ripping Corpse influenced weird riff attack on a song or two and this is not a bad thing. This is actually pretty diverse as most metal goes so give it a listen.  – Jeffrey Kusbel 

Merde/Avitchi Records, P.O. Box 8734, Portland, OR. 97207-8734, USA

 

 

MUSIC FOR THE DEAD MASSES

Brutal Death /grind

Compilation Tape

 

This comp. features 27 brutal death/grind songs from 22 different bands. All are at least decent. The bands included are: Necrophagist, Skinned, Mortal Flesh, Exhumator, Excavatim, Godzilla, Traumatism, Scarve, Damn Nation, Admortem, Conqueror, Morphisem, Gods of Emptiness, Dead End, Benighted, Blood Suckers, Uncreation, Lividity, Loggerhead, Sacred Sin, Absonent Cadence, and The Darkening. The best bands on this comp to these ears were: Excavation-Traumatism-Scarve-Admortem-Lividity. Check these motherfuckers out! These bands are definitely worthy of an album purchase. You will not be disappointed!  – Jeffrey Kusbel

Noise Solution Recs.- c/o Velvet Music - BP 3072/69397- Lyon Cedex 03, FRANCE

 

 

MUSTAN KUUN LAPSET

“Prologi”

1998 (Self-Released)

 

Not too bad are this melodic black metal band from Finland. They come up with some nice riffs and handle their instruments well enough. I like them but they don’t stand out enough for me to give them too many repeated listens if you know what I mean. 

M.K.L., c/o Lehtinen, Koroistentie 7a3, 00280 Hiki, FINLAND Email = kari.kinnunen@phkk.fi

 

 

NYFB

“No Excuses For The Weak”

1999 (Self-Released CD)

 

The bio states the sound as a blend of “hardcore, punk, southern metal, and heavy metal”. I don’t hear any punk influence but otherwise there are bits of each in there. In fact I also hear a little Bay area thrash and NYFB remind to The Accused a little. A real mish mash and not something I enjoyed too much. But they do what they do pretty well. Send $12 US/$13 World for this full-length to:

NYFB, c/o Chris Espitia, 56 Jefferson St., Jackson, TN. 38301, USA