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DAGON

“In Desolationem Per Nefandum” 2008 CD

(Fire Of Fire Records)

 

I am not sure why the label bothered with a promo sheet as the info on there is scant and mostly useless. It is just a lot of talk about how much they love their Hermetic beliefs. It took me a little while to get used to the vocals of Blood Moon. They are sort of a strange mix of Mortuary Drape, early Immortal, the deeper growling portion of King Diamond’s style and more. They will likely be an acquired taste. But I found after a couple of listens they really grew on me. Yes it may be a weird mix, but I am a fan of all those vocal influences I named, so it was probably no surprise I like them. I think this vocalist was also once in Crimson Moon and also has done the logos of bands like Black Funeral & Xasthur. I guess I would call the music itself sort of ritualistic & mystical in nature with a touch of the theatrical. The way they use the drums definitely helps re-enforce the ritual like feel. If they were trying to create a soundtrack for an HP Lovecraft book as the band name might suggest – then they have achieved their goal in my opinion. “In Desolationem…” is not the most digestible and easy to get into music, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. This is the case with Dagon and each new listen brings the whole picture into clearer view for me. But it will of course take some patience. Some of the riffing sections definitely remind me to early 90s Norge black metal. Which when it is me who is reviewing, it is never really a bad thing. This is a pretty interesting piece of work that should appeal to those into strange atmospheric black metal with old school 80s touches and many layers to attempt to peel back.  - Dale

http://www.cultofdagon.com/   http://www.myspace.com/cultofdagon

 

   

 

DAMNATIONS HAMMER

“Disciples Of Hex” 2012 CD

(I Hate Records)

 

As I understand it this album was released on a limited run of 100 CDRs, then the mighty I Hate Records picked it up, had the band re-record the bass and some guitar solos were added, then re-mixed for this final product. Damnations Hammer are a UK Doom / Death metal band that seems to be heavily influenced by the superb authors H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. The simple description I gave above of the band playing Doom / Death actually covers what you will hear on here, as it is pretty straight forward music. But it is good; it is fine, that is it, just very simple music that is also quite effective. The bio uses the description of Celtic Frost (as they were entering their avant-garde period I assume they mean?) and Candlemass (which I can hear as well, but to a lesser extent). Those influences do have a doomy death metal element added to them. The music itself is slow to mid-paced, almost pulsating in its crushingly heavy and hypnotic pounding fashion; this music completely grinds you into submission in slow motion. It is kind of repetitive and a one trick pony in some respects, but that one trick works very well for them and they create a very cool atmosphere. The vocals are fairly clean, slightly gruff, spoken-sung vocals, nothing remarkable here but they seem to suit the music okay and it works. We get some good stuff on Disciples Of Hex, not mind-blowing or overly amazing, but something the genre fanatics will eat up. I Hate Records just keeps finding these good to excellent doom bands I have never heard about.  - Dale 

http://www.reverbnation.com/damnationshammer  http://www.ihate.se/      

 

 

DAMOKIS

“Grinding Mother Whore” 2012 CD

(Grundar Productions)

 

Yet another grindcore band from Malaysia, I like that scene, but I had no idea that grind was this prolific over there. Damokis are more about speed, than the other Grundar releases I have reviewed, certainly more on the speed tip than the great Chelation Intoxication. But all the same, they do mix in some more mid paced parts, which add more dynamic and definition to their brutalizing speed. I can not help being reminded of an old grind band I love named Groinchurn, when I am listening to the sweetly entitled “Grinding Mother Whore” material. I like how Damokis mix things up, they are not just mindless one note racing, no they have some hooks in there, some thrashy sort of riffing pops up now and then, some breaks and slow downs really helped keep my interest and enjoy level on this album. I have to give the band credit, they are staying true to their grind roots, but changing things up and trying new things here and there, just enough to accent the music and never lose what they love, and we love, about grind in the first place. This is some good shit, pick this one up and Chelation Intoxication too, you will have great double bill that satisfy your grindcore lust for a long time to come!  - Dale

http://www.reverbnation.com/damokis   http://www.grundar.com/       

 

 

DARK CELEBRATION

Phlegeton: The Transcendence of Demon Lords” 2009 CD

(Paragon Records)

 

Dark Celebration are Paragon Records latest signing/release and what a monumental metal release it is. This Brazilian band is pure old-school Death Metal through and through. Mid-to extremely fast chaotic drumming and insane whirlwind guitar riffs and some solo's thrown into the mix. The vocals are just as extreme and unpredictable with some gruff growls, screams/shrieks and the deeper brutal sounding growl. Fans of (old) Incantation, (old) Morbid Angel, Krisiun or pure Death Metal in general will want to find and this release as soon as possible!  – Patrick

http://www.paragonrecords.org  http://www.myspace.com/darkcelebration666  

 

 

DARKEST ERA

“Severance” 2014 CD

(Cruz Del Sur Records)

 

There is really nothing critical or negative, which I can muster to tell you about this album. Darkest Era play free flowing heavy metal with an epic feel atmospherically speaking. The riffing is catchy, the drums top notch, the song writing and arranging are exceptional. The vocalist fits the music perfectly with his smooth, soaring clean vocals and harmonies. This style of music needs a top shelf vocalist and Darkest Era has that, matched with the amazing music and song writing, they create some magic together. You can look as hard as you like, for a weak link with this band, but you will come away empty handed. I can not recommend this album high enough, to fans of epic heavy metal, with slight prog overtones. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  - Dale

http://darkestera.bandcamp.com/   http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/     

 

  

 

DARKESTRAH

The Great Silk Road” 2008 CD

(Paragon Records)

 

The guys at Paragon never cease to amaze me whether it be mind-numbing slow Doom, harsh Black Metal or crushing grind these guys know Metal inside and out. Germany's own Darkestrah play a nice blend of atmospheric Black Metal and cold/pagan Metal mix. The vocals are shrieks and some deeper growls blended in with the musicianship that is above average. Mid paced semi-raw guitars and even some acoustic parts added in to keep the dark feelings alive. And mid-paced drumming. I was a little worried when I saw the band had a synth player but the band uses them to their advantage mixing them right in with the other instruments to create a dark, haunting atmosphere. For fans of dark pagan Blackness.  – Patrick 

http://www.paragonrecords.org  http://www.myspace.com/officialdarkestrah  

 

 

DARKTHRONE TRIBUTE

“Darkthrone Holy Darkthrone” 1998 CD

(Moonfog Records/PHD Canada)

 

Ha ha! Darkthrone! Now here is a much deserved tribute album and personally one that I have been waiting sometime for. Hopefully Darkthrone will be releasing some new material sometime soon though. All the covers are pretty much strictly true to the originals with the exception of Thorns version of “The Pagan Winter”. Now, I’ve heard Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto was impressed with this version but I am not at all. Not only does it utilized computerized effects w/ vocals and instruments but it completely loses the hateful, misanthropic feeling of Darkthrone, which for me, is the main ingredient. The Enslaved and Gorgoroth covers of “Natassia In Eternal Sleep” and “Slotter I Det Fjerne” respectively are my favorites. Both are also carbon copies save for the production. In my opinion, there is no way to do a Darkthrone song better than the original as no band can re-create that feeling, so a strict cover is nothing to mock. Other songs consist of Satyricon’s “Kathaarian Life Code”, Emperor’s “Cromlech”, Dodheimsgard’s “Green Cave Float”, Immortal’s “To Walk The Infernal Fields” and Gehenna’s “Transylvanian Hunger”. Besides Immortal’s thick bass heavy production and Gehenna’s noticeably sped up version of “Transylvanian Hunger” , these songs are very close to the originals, just the way I think it should be done. It is great to see these bands pay their respects to the mighty Darkthrone and if you are listening to any of these bands and not Darkthrone you should remedy that fast!  - Jeffrey Kusbel  

PHD Canada, C-1445 Crown St., N. Vancouver, B.C., V7J 1G4, CANADA Email = phdcan@axionet.com

 

 

DARKTHRONE

“The Cult Is Alive” 2006 CD

(Peaceville Records)

 

To say DT are known as re-creating the same album time after time and just changing the album titles to tell the difference is like masturbating cattle with two finger's rather than three! Thus, people are confusing the 'Thrones with the burly Bolt Thrower in some unknown assertion. Musically I hear mainly hints from Soulside (not DM either) and a Blaze...and a-back to slow to mid-paced drum-fare, except the old-school as fuck DO NOT BELIEVE THE PUNK ELEMENT, as "Graveyard Slut" and "Whiskey Funeral" are just true rooted BM hymns. Journalist's must have their heads up their collective assess these days. The debut Buldozer meet's early Bathory vocals of Nocturno Culto simply kill, and any true Black Metal Warrior would condone. DT pugilizes fake BM on "Too Old To Cold", as "Shut Up" is a huge middle-finger to Satanic Wanna-Be's (Dimmu and COF come to mind). Piggy of old-school Voivod would not be happier in a song dedicated in his name than" Atomic Coming" pulling lyrics straight out of Voivod's titles themselves (Mainly RRROOOAAARRR!!!"). Ripping out the Booklet is the killer part. They mention Piggy and Voivod (Especially the 'Tornado' song), while hailing-"MAKE WAY FOR THE INCINERATOR!", a fuckin A homage to Canada's Slaughter! Which shirts deck's Nocturno Culto in the live CD-ROM Interviews on the Peaceville re-issues of past DT albums. That pure fucking devotion deserves eternal hails!!! Alas, all of you 'Throners that are besides yourselves of the DT camp, quit reading, get off your boiled butts and buy this evil and raw fucking album today or go pose out to Dimmu or something, and join the crowd! In a scene were BM is faltering to poserdum and before it became a campaign for what often tries but fails to pass as Horror show's today, DT make an exclamation mark that at least as long as they are breathing, The Cult is very much Alive like the days of yore.  - Clayton

 

 

DAWNBRINGER

“Unbleed” 1998 CD

(Twilight Records)

 

Wow! It took a few listens before it sunk in, but damn this is some bad ass shit. The sound on here is rather organic and rich. Mix a heavy Iron Maiden influence with some of the best facets of thrash & death metal alongside small hints of black metal and sharpen the point ever so slightly with a progressive edge. That is a basic overview but doesn’t but doesn’t do just to the skills of this heavy band or the maturity they display with imaginative songs structures. Vocals by John and drummer, Chris are spot on and run the gambit of growls/screams/cackles to powerfully deep and commanding clean which highlight the cover tune (which I cannot place but surely know it!) “Untold”. Great album and I only see this band getting better, which is scary!  – Dale

Twilight Records, P.O. Box 416, Devault, PA.19432, USA

 

 

DAY OF DOOM

“The Gates Of Hell” 2014 CD

(Lavadome Productions)

 

Now this is kind of interesting, some death metal bands take old school elements into their sound, but Day Of Doom re-create the classic American death metal sound from the late ‘80s / early 90s. I mean this album, sounds like it is was released, in 1990 to 1993 era, minus the more modern production. This is just very straight forward, middle paced brutal death metal. I could see this not being enough for fans of more modern dm, where they are used to a million riffs and time changes and technicality, packed into the album wall to wall. The riffs just chug along, sometimes accompanied with underlying guitar accents, along with plenty of blast beats and bestial growls, to the point of peeling the wallpaper off your walls. Now and again, there are some cool manic guitar fills / leads, which add a little bit of adrenaline and intrigue to the proceedings. You know, the more I listen to this, the more I realize I miss this straight forward, old school death metal sound. I would suggest this to fans of early 90s death metal releases, from bands like Baphomet, Goreaphobia, Incantation, Deceased, Master, Death etc… It is interesting listing some of those bands, because it makes me think of the classic early ‘90s dm festival in Buffalo, NY named the Day Of Death festival, possibly inspiration for the bands name?  - Dale 

https://www.reverbnation.com/dayofdoom   http://www.lavadome.org/       

 

 

DEAD

“V.I.P.” 1999 CD

(Poserslaughter Records)

 

I am stoked to have gotten this! I had no clue this band was still around! I enjoyed this bands demos “Far Beyond Your Imagination” & “Slaves To The Abysmal Perversity” and later their split CD with Regurgitate. Now here is their 2nd album (the 1st eluded me completely) . Dead are wicked sick, crusty death/grind that even brings back sweet early Autopsy flashbacks. Dead always were known for their warped sense of humor and that is presented here on tracks like “Evil Go-go Babes From Outer Space”, “In Gang-Bang City”, “Chew-in-cum (Sperm-int mix)”. Fucking classic and a must have!  – Dale

 

    

 

DEAD

“Hardnaked But…Dead!” 2011 CD

(FDA Rekotz)

 

Oh hell yes! The mighty German sickos Dead return to the pages of Canadian Assault. I became a fan of this band through their Far Beyond Your Imagination & Slaves To The Abysmal Perversity demos in the early 90s, as well as their splits with Gut, Meat Shits and Regurgitate. As you may have guessed I am a fan of their crusty death metal and they have been mixing it with porn and just general debauchery about as long as anyone and longer than most. The clips and the lyrics to songs like “Cock-A-Hoop”, “Liquor Store Goddess”, and “Possessed Soldiers of Luv” set the mood and atmosphere. But make no mistake these guys also make great fucking death metal. It is catchy, filled with morbidity, flat out crushing music with some old school vocals that vomit straight from the pits of hell (some of these vox might remind you to early Carcass, even though they have been around as long as that band). I am not even sure what else to say, this just rules and is for fans of old school death metal ala Incantation, Autopsy type stuff who enjoy some porn and alcohol mixed into the presentation. Well then go get Dead bitch!.  – Dale 

http://www.dead-slaves.com/home/  http://www.fda-rekotz.com/ 

 

 

THE DEAD

“The Dead” 2007 CD

(Obsidian Records)

 

I read a review of this Australian band from Unbound fanzine. I could not agree more that The Dead seem to have adopted the slapping bass sound of Cryptopsy on their first two records “Blasphemy Made Flesh” & “None So Vile”. It is a great sound when used right like Cryptopsy do. I guess The Dead agree with that and have implemented it. They kind of go over the top with its use though and in general, it sounds really good. But there are times when it becomes the focus too much and is a little too pronounced and hurts things. Thankfully those moments are few and are far enough in between so as not to hurt the overall enjoyment. But make no mistake it is a central part of their sound so you need to like it as I do. That is where most of the Cryptopsy comparison stops however. The Dead amble their deceased corpse at a slower pace and decidedly less technical. But it is still some solid brutal death metal that has its own style and dynamics. There is also some tasty emotive guitar work that kept my interest up. There is some groove mixed in as well, but thankfully that is not too overdone either as when it is I do not have the stomach for it. Just like the music the vocals are fucking thick and chunky growling and kind of remind me a little to another old, but little known Canadian band I dug named Immortal Possession. Somewhat garbled and gurgled, but they have a really infectious tone to them. The more I listen to this record the more it is growing on me. If you like some memorability and depth to your death metal with little bit of adventurous flair then The Dead is something you have to get. If you are purist put your head down and do nothing but straight forward brutal blasting then you might want to pass it up.  – Dale 

www.obsidianrecords.com   www.myspace.com/lordofthelivingdead 

 

  

 

DEAD SHAPE FIGURE

“The Disease Of St. Vitus” 2010 CD

(Dynamic Art Records)

 

I like that Dead Shape Figure paid their dues before releasing an album. In my view you do not see enough of that these days in the UG scene worldwide. But probably it is most evident in Scandinavia where it seems like any band that has had a few rehearsals and maybe a live show gets signed for an album. This is the bands second album after forming in 2003 and releasing an ep and a couple of demos. The music on here is fast, sometimes technical high octane modern thrash metal that is heavy and riff driven. There is a plethora of weighty riffs that are memorable and fairly catchy. The sound on here is crystal clear, I almost feel like I am sitting right next to the drummer. The vocals are death metal style yelled growls and hurl out like the spray from buck shot rifle blast and really kill in a good way. However the clean vocals that are interspersed to a lesser (though not enough into the less ledger) extent are almost laughable in how terribly bad they are. A word of advice to the band, either drop those or get someone who can do a more competent job. Those clean vocals are really are the only real black mark on an otherwise solid and enjoyable album of rocking thrash metal.  – Dale 

http://www.myspace.com/deadshapefigure  http://www.dynamicartsrecords.com/  

 

 

DEADLY CARNAGE

“Manthe” 2014 CD

(ATMF Records)

 

That band name is a little misleading on what you will find beneath the surface. You know upon first listen of this album, I have to be honest; I was not sure how keen I was on it. But with each successive listen, it is growing on me, steadily moving the needle upwards on my estimation of its positive qualities. I would describe Deadly Carnage, as blackened doom death metal band, with less prominent goth interludes and influences. These guys certainly have talent and craft some introspective, emotive melancholy material, which is nice to get lost within, but this good counterpoint of the heavy doomy element. This more crushing material, I would like to see the band focus on increasing this element, in their sound or at the very least, when have that steam roll started simply not abandoning it so quickly. The vocals are deep, but not too deep, smooth death growls, I liked some of the timing on the vocals and deft interplay between the song structures with that silky smooth growling. During some of the choice heavier, doomier parts, I can not help but reminded to classic early Paradise Lost. I would submit that fans of early works of death doom from pioneers, like the aforementioned Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Katatonia etc… will find this album of interest. So, don’t let that band name fool you, it is not break neck thrash or gory brutal death metal, as you might expect when you read it.  - Dale 

http://www.reverbnation.com/deadlycarnage   http://www.atmf.net/     

 

   

 

THE DEATH OF ANALOG PSYCHO

2013 Compilation Tape

(Faithcraft Productions)

 

This is a grand compilation cassette, it looks great and the man who assembled the band obviously has some good taste. For the general genre of this comp. album, it is the old school metal ways & sounds ancient death metal, thrash and heavy metal music worshipped and played by mostly newer / young bands. I would say the bands that stand out the most for me were Atomicdeath, Blood Legion, Sectioned, Hereafter, Varathron and Sickness. But honestly I did not feel like there was a bad or boring song on the entire album. For a complete list of the bands just check out the cover I scanned above. I think with most people you are either a fan of compilation albums or you are not. If you are and you love old style death / thrash / heavy metal and want to hear some excellent new bands who just get it, then this is one you need to own. By the way inside the fold-out cover you get write up on each and every band giving you background which is really cool and handy. If you are in North America and want to check out this tape Paragon Records is promoting it or contact the releasing label directly of course.  - Dale 

https://www.facebook.com/Faithcraftproductions   http://faithcraftmobile.blogspot.com/     

 

 

 

DEATHCULT

“The Test Of Time” 2013 CD

(Do Or Die Records)

 

Deathcult seeps forth from the mind of Tim Pearson (also the main man behind label mates Relentless), who controls every aspect of the band, from music creation to performing all instruments. Yes, a one man Chicago band and a competent one at that. “The Test Of Time”, is a marriage of ‘80s thrash metal and late ‘80s / early ‘90s black death metal, with the thrashing side of things sitting firmly in the driver’s seat. I hear a lot of little bits of influence in their sound, but not too many really stand as ‘oh that band or this band are big influences’, I guess that is a good thing. The songs, from one track to the next, have a very consistent quality to them. So I do not really have a preferred song and that is likely the way it was meant to be, the quality comes from the sum of it’s parts, likely not as effective split into isolated chunks. The music on here gets my head banging, more like a strong nod as it is not bombastic or super energetic, but it is heavy and slightly hypnotic, chugging along in a driving consistent middle pace. The music itself, is fairly simplistic really, there is nothing wrong with that sometimes music is just flat out better that way. Though I must confess the drumming at times seems a little too one note and predictable, also I am not crazy about the drum sound, but honestly that is my only one minor complaint with this quality album. I definitely have to recommend this album to fans of very old school thrash alongside early 90s black death devotees.  - Dale 

https://www.reverbnation.com/deathcultchicago   http://www.doordierecords.org/      

 

  

 

DEATHHAMMER

“Onwards To The Pits” 2012 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

From the opening riff of onwards it is obvious  the members of Deathhammer are  influenced by the classic black/thrash sounds of the mid 80's,early 90's. With the aggressive, whirlwind guitars mixed with the drummers aggressive blasts of fury. The band does draw from their influences but without being a total clone band. Their is enough  originality and well-thought out guitar patterns to keep the old-school fanatics happy without having to rip-off any one  elder god band or certain country from the golden era of speed/thrash metal. If you crave chaotic, insane blackened, speed metal then look no further Deathhammer is here to crush all.  - Patrick 

www.myspace.com/savageposerhunt  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/   

 

 

DEATHHAMMER

“Evil Power” 2015 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

This is the third release from Norway’s Deathhammer. This album is a great mix of old-school thrash, with hints of death and black metal whispering in and out of the musical whole. Fast and furious, are words that come to mind, when describing the guitars of rage, charging through each song like a bulldozer. The guitarist manages to weave, even within that furious riff attack, some well played solos. The drumming is done in the same vein, with crazed drum patterns, that are both chaotic and extremely high-speed. “Evil Power” is a great release of unrelenting thrash metal I am proud to recommend.  - Patrick

https://www.reverbnation.com/deathhammer   http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/       

 

   

 

DEATHSTORM

“As Death Awakes” 2013 CD

(I Hate Records)

 

These Austrian thrashers used to go under the name Damage, releasing a couple demos in 2008 & 2009, before changing their name and releasing an ep and a mini-LP through I Hate. This brings us up to date with As Death Awakes, the bands debut album. The listener is immediately hit right from the opening seconds with a non-stop, raging thrash assault, true high speed octane destruction! I mean these guys are fucking heavy, they make you headbang, but they hardly let up for a second, you will wreck your neck trying to keep up. A million miles a second riffing, then they slow down briefly from time to time, by slow down I mean like shifting from all-out Blitzkrieg and slowing it down to frenzied carpet bombing speed. These guys must be in great shape to play this shit live. Just think of bands like early Kreator, Sodom, Sadus, Forced Entry and bands like this. The vocalist is almost as manic as the music as he screams / yells his thrashed out voice like some serial killer in the middle of an attack. I am not sure how else to describe this band, but if you love old school thrash metal in the way it is rarely played these days, if you love it faster than fast, look no further than Deathstorm, they are easily near the top of the heap in the thrash metal scene in this modern age.  - Dale

http://www.myspace.com/damagewebsite  http://www.ihate.se/     

 

 

DEATH PENALTY

“Conviction” 1998 CD

(Wild Rags!)

 

My copy of this CD arrived cracked and broken. W.R. was nice enough to send along another copy. I hated this bands last CD also on W.R. reviewed last issue. They played a death/hardcore/industrial hybrid. Now they dropped the industrial element thankfully. Now doing the death and hardcore mix or deathcore as they call it. This time around we have some very rhythmic music and it is pretty quality stuff. As opposed to their last release “Bitter” which was awfully generic and boring. I’m not floored but I am impressed by the large progression in a short amount of time! Deathcore freaks will masturbate over this one.  – Dale

W.W.R., 22O7 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello, CA. 92085, USA or band website = www.pcpltd/deathpenalty/

 

 

DEATHBOUND

“Doomsday Comfort” CD + “To Cure The Sane With Insanity” 2005 Digi pak CD

(Dynamic Arts Records)

 

I was struck by the beautiful packaging, absolutely stunning on both releases but the colours on the digi release are mind blowing brilliant. I can only imagine the band are very happy with the labels work here. “Doomsday Comfort” is on seriously raging, a maelstrom of furious blast beat death metal splatter platter, ala early classic Napalm Death mixed with the frantic insanity Nasum. Punch you in the face juggernaut death metal from these Swedish denizens of barbarity. With “To Cure The Sane….” we get much of the same, these boys are getting better and better at turning a heavy riff ass over tea kettle and making you head want to bang along with it. I was surprised just reading that “To Cure…” was actually released on the Finnish Woodcut records (being the main label of black metal legends Horna) back in 2003. Man oh man, is the drumming (apparently this is the Rotten Sound drummer?) on here vicious and relentless, not to mention the vocalist sounds like a mad dog getting to chew through a fence to maul you. This guy is a really good death metal singer. I think I may hear some Vomitory influence on this one in the riffing and I like it. It is not the easiest of tasks to remain brutal yet not lose memorability or melody but Deathbound manage this just fine and wrap it up in tidy but brutalizing grind package. It is hard not recommend this band to followers of the death / grind scene.  – Dale  

D.A. Records, Box 168, FIN-33101 Tampere, FINLAND  www.dynamicartsrecords.com

 

 

DEATHBOUND

“We Deserve Much Worse” 2007 CD

(Dynamic Arts Records)

 

“We Deserve…” is the bands 3rd album from this Finnish band of savages. I know them quite well as you can see I have reviewed those as well. As time passes Deathbound are becoming masters of able to insert some catchiness & groove into the body of their sound. That being technical, fast and fucking brutal death metal, all backed up with fantastic pounding drum work. The vocals of Kai Jaakola are splendid yelling growls with energy and are decipherable. I would say fans of Napalm Death & Benediction vocals will love his work. Deathbound are just a well rounded great band – Dynamic Art indeed.  – Dale 

www.officialsear.com   www.dynamicartsrecords.com  

 

 

 

DEATHBOUND

“Non Compos Mentis” 2010 CD

(Dynamic Arts Records)

 

I am quite familiar with Deathbound thanks to Dynamic Arts. They have sent me most of the bands releases over the years. In turn, they have made me a fan of this bludgeoning bastard band from the wintry lands of Finland. While I am at it I should commend DA Records on the superb job they do promoting their bands. Having co-founded a record label myself and worked on some of the promotion end of things, I can appreciate a job well done. Deathbound never let down, they never quit and just keeping churning out raging blast beat death metal grindcore intensity. I think the energy on here will remind you of the adrenaline rush you get from a band like Nasum for example. The vocalist is amazing, a real growling beast with semi-decipherable vocals that just roar at you. I would put these vocals up with the best dm vocals in the history of the genre. Some bands that jump to mind vocally I would put in the same category are Dismember, Benediction, Napalm Death, Grave etc… I worship those bands and their vocals so that is no hollow compliment or comparison. These guys are such a killer band. They are well rounded and have it all really, from brutality to technicality to excellent song writing and topped off with superb vocals. Without doubt Deathbound are one of the elite level bands in the death and grind scenes today. A must have.  – Dale 

http://www.dynamicartsrecords.com/artists.php?Deathbound  http://www.dynamicartsrecords.com/  

 

 

DEATHCHAIN

Ritual Death Metal” 2013 CD

(Svart Records)

 

Svart Records has only released a handful of death metal releases {that I know of}, but the few I have heard have been nothing short of excellent. Finland's DeathChain are no exception releasing their sixth release Ritual Death Metal DeathChain seems to mix old school death metal with some modern brutality. The guitars are fast, semi raw with tempo changes in some songs. The drumming is done flawlessly, extremely fast with some breaks that give the band a nice range of extreme old school style and mid-range old-school death metal. The vocals are a nice mix of brutal death growls and raw screams that go perfectly with DeathChain's style of dm. I can't really think of any certain bands that DeathChain sound like but the band does seem to draw inspiration from the early 90's Swedish and Finnish death metal gods and mixes them together with the musicians talent to write original extreme death. Fans of uncompromising, old school Finnish and Swedish styled death metal will love DeathChain!!  - Patrick 

http://www.reverbnation.com/deathchain  http://www.svartrecords.com/ 

 

 

 

DEBAUCHERY

“Back In Blood” 2007 CD

(AFM Records)

 

The “Lords of Battle” kicks off the bloodbath with a catchy, righteous olden head bang designed sound. It is replete with traditional title, chorus repeated chants. Yes, make no mistake, the vocals are still brutal death metal and the song structures themselves mix in some dynamic elements among the ritualistic repetition. One thing I enjoy about Debauchery is how they employ their guitar solos. Just a short ‘n sweet running hit attack which is as quick as it is lethal, which is kind of a microcosm of their style overall. Debauchery make sure they always keep it heavy, catchy and flat out simplistic. Even the lyrics are as eloquent as a spiked baseball bat upside the head. For example the catchy in the song “Butcher Bitches! Slaughter Sluts!” a Neanderthal chorus which would any sadists charcoal black heart. No buttering you up and sneaking up behind you with a length of piano wire, no, Debauchery just bash you over the head with a spiked bat. “Back In Blood” is not shy to slip once in a while into a nice hypnotic groove adding some dynamics and depth. Okay they are not the most amazing band in the world but I still get pleasure from simple things in life and death.  – Dale  

 

 

DECEASED

“Supernatural Addiction” 2012 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

I reviewed this album for Canadian Assault, the first time was back when it was released in 2000, now some twelve years later it gets it’s re-release through the cult label Hells Headbangers. Actually that brings back a memory, as I got the promo for the original release one day, listen to it, then go to the NJ Metalfest the next day and I end up hanging out with King Fowley himself briefly and letting him know I loved it. This album really featured the death metal kings Deceased feeling and sewing their heavy metal oats, which is where they came from. If you know much about these guys they were just as into heavy metal back in the 80s when this band formed as they were into thrash and death metal. They could have went either way, but chose to form a death metal band, what I am saying is this was no retro jump because it was cool at the time, these guys had lived it for decades. As for the music as I said this is a heavy metal record, not a dm record, though you can kind of tell it is a death band at times playing it. But they do it so well, so fucking smoothly and write such catchy riffs and harmonies, that it blow your hair back. King Fowley’s vocals are great as ever, he is a talented drummer, but he really showcases his vocal talents on this album, sure you have a slight base of his gruff growl, but he conveys such emotive range on here, that I am just hypnotized and haunted by his vocals. The lyrical content on here sort of reflects the bands music choice, they reach back into classic metal for this album and the lyrics similarly reach back into classic horror of it’s early days, you know Poe, Lovecraft and that sort of old school horror story telling. If you made the mistake of missing this the first time around, you have received a second chance in this life to correct your mistake.  - Dale 

http://www.myspace.com/undeadmachines  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/     

 

 

DECEPTOR

Chains Of Delusion” 2013 MCD

(Shadow Kingdom Records)

 

I know very little about this about this U.K thrash metal band but after hearing Chains Of Delusion it's easy to understand why Shadow Kingdom signed and released them. Deceptor embrace everything that made metal so pure and great back in the early days of thrash, the lightning fast guitar riffs and extremely fast yet catchy and memorable metal solos. The drums are just as catchy and pummeling in their approach with fast thrashing beats. The vocalist keeps it in the traditional thrash metal realm with hollering/screaming vocal patterns and also some higher pitched screams. Definitely recommended for fans of {old} Megadeth {So Far, So Good, So What era}, early Priest, Slayer, I even hear a little Bruce Dickinson influence in some of the vocal patterns and Maiden in the guitars.  - Patrick 

http://www.myspace.com/deceptormetal  http://shadowkingdomrecords.com/     

 

 

DEHUMAN

“Graveyard Of Eden” 2015 CD

(Kaotoxin Records)

 

This Belgian band, is dripping wet with early to mid ‘90s, American death metal worship. They do what they do well, there are plenty of crushing riffs, and blasting frenetic drums all played at rapid speeds and kept as brutal as possible. I like some of the tasty, panic-stricken guitar fills and accents; they add a nice dynamic and depth to the raging barbarity. The vocals are well done, and are slightly deeper, but very decipherable growls, in the Chuck Schuldiner style. Getting back to my opening point, these boys loved their old North American death metal, and you can pretty clearly hear a melting pot of influences, from bands like Death, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation, old Gorguts, Master, Morbid Angel, Obituary etc… They do it and do it extremely well. This is an album for 90s US death metal fans, who just can not get enough of that sound, when it is done well.  - Dale

https://myspace.com/dehuman   http://www.kaotoxin.com/      

 

 

DEICIDE

“Where Satan Lives” 1998 Live CD

(Roadrunner Records)

 

Deicide, at the House Of Blues in Chicago. There’s not too much more to say about this release. Although, I’m sure it has been anticipated for years from the die hard fans. I for one enjoy this first live release of their career as Deicide are a great death metal band, blasphemous to the core. The production is not as bass heavy as one would expect, but still as heavy as satan would appreciate. All albums are visited here fairly equally but the majority of the tracks are taken from “Once Upon The Cross” and “Serpents Of The Light”. Not much between song banter from Glen here just a straight- forward death metal concert, just the way I like ‘em.  - Jeffrey Kusbel 

 

   

 

DEIPHAGO

“Filipino Antichrist” 2009 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

It is hard to believe they Deiphago apparently have been around for 20 years and this is the second album?!?. “Filipino Antichrist” is some heavily influenced Blasphemy mixed with Sarcofago chaos metal from the Philippines of course. I hate to say it, but this comes off sounding a little like a train wreck, a real mess and not in a good way. You almost get the feeling with it being so loud and chaotic, if each member can even hear the other playing. As much of the individual instruments do not sound like they belong together or that they all got confused and started playing separate songs (or ‘things’ might be a better word than songs). Do not get me wrong I love Blasphemy and Sarcofago and that style for a long, long time. Yet, compared to those bands this kind of sounds just a tad better than the equivalent of warmed over garbage. Probably the most interesting part of the presentation is the maniacal, heavy breather vocals which convey a lot of confused emotion and raw anger, while ultimately going nowhere. The production is loud, but kind of treble-y and hissing which for me is headache inducing. I do not think I can listen to this mess any longer as just because you can play noisy, chaotic and loud does not automatically make it any good. Deiphago are a sparkling example of that and after twenty years of practice too! I think I will go listen to the real deal and put on some old Blasphemy and Beherit.  – Dale 

http://www.deiphago.hellsheadbangers.com   http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/ 

 

  

 

DEIPHAGO

“Satan Alpha Omega” 2012 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

The war machine known as Deiphago once again returns with their newest release of primitive, vicious blackened war metal mixed with noisy grinding guitars and blasting drums. The album starts off with a intro of air-raid sirens which is a perfect beginning to the attack that Deiphago has planned on 'Satan Alpha Omega'. Deiphago embrace the best qualities in the classic raw, primitive black metal scene (Sarcofago, Beherit, etc.) and mix them with noisy, raw thrashy guitars and blasting chaotic drums. Deiphago (like all of Hells Headbangers bands) hold the old-school values and sound close to their metallic heart. If you enjoyed the past releases of the band then check out 'Satan Alpha Omega' this will not disappoint you!! Or if you enjoy intense, raw, uncompromising blackened war metal that takes no prisoners then definitely be sure to check out Deiphago!! No other band does it better.  - Patrick 

http://www.myspace.com/deiphago  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/     

 

 

DENIAL OF GOD

“Death And The Beyond” 2012 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

If one is planning to pay a visit to the crypt those Danes have been dwelling in for the last two decades, now the time is right as you'd be greeted by their most accomplished work to date. Sure, metal is a young man's game, we all have heard that saying more than once, yet the old guard is more than capable at times to dismiss the cliché and Denial Of God are one of the better examples of that. The band has easily morphed all their different influences to create a creepy vibe that's presented throughout the whole album, silently whispering all but forgotten names from the glorious past of our beloved metal in the process. Black metal, doomy psychedelics, heavy metal - you name it and rest assured you'd be able to discover all these in 'Death And The Beyond' (amazing title IMO!). Fans of modern day super-duper 'technical' playing, triggered-to-death drums and brick walled sound, please, stay clear of this - you'd not get it, anyway. Good riddance. Die. However, all those who love the genuine atmosphere of good old metal done with clarity, class and dignity should invest their time and listen to this - you'd be rewarded, that's much certain. This album is a definitive keeper for a whole generation of fans, fiends and immortals. Chapeau, Denial Of God!  - Vladimir Petrov 

http://www.denialofgod.net/   http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/ 

 

 

DENOUNCEMENT PYRE

“World Cremation” 2010 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

I have not seen a logo that hard to decipher for a while. It brings back some nostalgia from the early to middle 90s with all the great brutal death bands. That feeling is well founded musically as well as Denouncement Pyre’s brand of death metal harkens back to some classic early ‘90s dm. I love the production on here, really heavy but old school sounding. The drum sound has that deep in your chest thud quality on the bass drum and the nice pitter patter timbre from the tom toms that I love and is so often missing these days. It is an organic sounding production; unlike many an album today that sounds like each instrument has a layer of slick plastic wrapped around it. The vocals are not your traditional death metal growls, but rather most of the time an evil and dark sounding hiss / rasp with an undertone of the old stand-by growl. Those vocals really suit the ominous malevolent atmosphere the music creates. They have a little different style, but think of the atmosphere created on the masterpiece album “Rites Of The Black Mass” by Acheron or maybe some earlier Ancient Rites stuff. All these damn Australians seem to know how to do is make great UG metal!  - Dale

http://www.myspace.com/metalarmour  http://www.myspace.com/denouncementpyre 

 

 

DENOUNCEMENT PYRE

“Almighty Arcanum” 2013 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

Australia's masters of death metal Denouncement Pyre return with their second full length for Hells Headbangers. Denouncement Pyre like to mix up their old-school metal going from furious thrashing guitars to more controlled heavy, raw mid-paced death metal guitars without ever losing their intensity. The production of Almighty Arcanum is perfect for this style as it is not demo/rehearsal raw but it is not the modern day over produced either, where a lot of bands seem to loose their metal aura and sound. If you’re looking for pure aggressive, authentic death/thrash done in honor of the masters nobody does it better then Australia's Denouncement Pyre.  - Patrick 

http://www.reverbnation.com/denouncementpyre  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/     

 

 

DEPOPULATE

“Till Man Exists No More” 2012 CD

(Self Released)

 

The Polish death metal scene just continues to grow and expand. I had no idea until recently that scene was producing this many bands. Depopulate add to that total and of course play death metal, which grinds along at a mid to fast pace, mostly pretty straight forward stuff. The yelled / growled vocals are pretty prolific and prominent in the songs overall focus. To be honest I have listened to this album a couple times now and not much really interests me or grabs me. It is not that it is bad, because it is not, it is just solid death metal, but also kind of uninspired and sort of mundane sounding. I guess that sounds harsh, but I am just being honest, it is not bad material, just nothing stands out for me either. An album for the total genre diehards only to digest I would think.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/depopulate  http://www.myspace.com/depopulateofficial    

 

 

DEPRESY

“A Grand Magnificence” 1998 CD

(Shindy Productions)

 

I am highly impressed with this, melodic but still heavy and aggressive death metal from Slovokia. Their music is highly sophisticated and the musicians obviously are talented. The catchiness grabs you and draws you in to Depresy’s world, the sheer emotion of their music keeps you there listening for more than 50 minutes. The sound of this disc is very pleasant, a professional and class release all around. Drahos’ vocals are deep and semi-descipherable growl/whispers that are commanding and well suited. Depresy are also solid song writers and this album as a reference point reminds me at times of Hypocrisy on their “The Final Chapter” opus. If that doesn’t make you want to listen to this, I don’t know what will!  – Dale

Shindy Prod., c/o Martin Brzbohaty, Sandova 17, 579 04, Adamov, CZECH REPUBLIC

 

  

 

DESERTED FEAR

“My Empire” 2012 CD

(F.D.A. Rekotz Records)

 

I seen these guys band name, then seen these blokes are from Germany and I am thinking gotta be a straight up old school German thrash band. I hit play and I heard some slashing, powerful guitars build to a crescendo and busting through my headphones. Nope I was wrong this is some really good old school Swedish death metal influenced sickness. I mean not entirely that sound, you can hear some old school American influence like Repulsion or Autopsy going on, so in other words only the finest do they draw from. Just like those influences the vocals kind of differ from the usual but also sound rather similar to the bands vocals above, plus maybe some Martin Van Drunen from Pestilence thrown in for good measure. These guys know how make some killer riffs, not going a million miles a minute, no they sit down on a good riff and milk it, I like that. My Empire has a cool as a rotting corpse atmosphere to it and it really takes me back to the old days, which is a place I like to be with my music. Check this the hell out.  - Dale 

http://www.myspace.com/deserted-fear  http://www.fda-rekotz.com/gx/     

 

   

 

DESOLATE SHRINE

“Tenebrous Towers” 2011 CD

(Hammer of Hate)

 

I am usually a little worried when a bands very first output is an album released through a record label. It is usually an inferior product by a band not yet ready for this step. I am a firm believer in bands cutting their teeth by releasing demos, eps and the like. I have to admit this is a pretty impressive release on the bands first recording attempt. We are treated to some fine dirge-y doomy death metal with dark, black metal like overtones to the sound. Desolate Shrine employ the two vocalist approach and it seems to work pretty seamlessly, though admittedly neither sound that different from the other, most bands it seems do this when the styles contrast, such as a high pitch / low end combination. For a young band their song writing chops seem smooth and show a certain level of maturity. Tenebrous Towers has a very moody, monolithic type atmosphere at work, yet it is remains extremely heavy in an obscurely evil sort of manner. Fuck man I would break my own rule and sign this band myself without them ever having released a demo too. One of the more impressive debuts I have heard in some time.  - Dale 

http://desolateshrine.bandcamp.com/  http://www.hammer-of-hate.com/   

 

 

DESTROYING DIVINITY

“Hollow Dominion” 2014 CD

(Lavadome Productions)

 

The band has taken their name from a Monstrosity song title, so you might guess they play early to mid ‘90s death metal. The riffing, and song pace, alternates from a plodding, crushing slower mainstay to sped up bursts, but always in a very controlled technical fashion. I can not help, but think of, especially the first handful of Immolation albums strongly, when listening to this, plus mix it with some old Monstrosity and Sinister style stuff. I can also hear small touches, and influence from Morbid Angel, which pop up briefly, attacking then retreating for the next strike. I like the deep growling vocals, though they are not varied at all, and rather monotone, lacking emotion in the delivery. The drummer is a whirling dervish on the kit, turning in a powerful and very precise performance. This is a good death metal album, which I can recommend, but all the same it is nothing overly special, the recommendation is for the diehards that can not get enough old school death metal.  - Dale 

http://www.last.fm/music/Destroying+Divinity   http://www.lavadome.org/       

 

 

DESTRUCTOR

“Maximum Destruction” 1985/1998 CD (re-release)

(Listenable Records USA)

 

This is a re-release on this bands classic debut w/ no less than 6 (4 studio, 2 live!) bonus tracks not on the original. This album fucking rages and reeks of pure power/heavy/speed metal. They bring to mind peers of the time such as Iron Maiden, Dark Angel, Hallows Eve, Metal Church and the like but in the Destructor style. This album has all the ear marks of an overlooked, under appreciated blazing heavy metal classic! Get this yesterday!  – Dale

 

 

DESTRUKTOR

"Nuclear Storm” 2004 MCD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

Bands from down under have always owned their own style and sound, Destruktor is no exception. Indeed, they are an apocalyptic brew of barbarous, bestial old school death cult speed spewed with Aussie tradition and perform like a well oiled machine. 4 songs, 1 intro totaling 16:34 may seem short yet it is better than 70 minutes of poser crud! Nuclear mushrooms are pictured here and features (on this recording) ex-Destroyer 666 skinsman Jarro, but you couldn’t tell as there are many great ways to describe the mighty Destruktor. Jarro does vocals with main man Glenn (on guitar) on the title track and on “Fight Like The Devil” in an all out attack of BM hatred, bands from this continent can only execute. Is it the drinking water, isolation, heat or all three that creates such windpipes? All out brutal fukking DM from Glenn on “Nuclear War” and “Strive To Conquer” is seasoned and heavily salted, laced with years of work resulting in near perfection. The intro is a metallic masterpiece of a battle march which showcases the extreme talent this band possesses. Great MCD and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Support Destruktor or I’ll have you gang-banged by a pack of demonic red eyed Kangaroo’s you sluts!  – Clayton

www.destruktor.cjb.net   www.hellsheadbangers.com

 

   

 

DESTRUKTOR

“Nailed” 2009 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

I must say getting a new release from Destruktor, for me, is like hearing from old friend you lost connection with for a time. In way, it literally is as the mainman of Destruktor, Glenn was an old friend of mine. We used to write letters on paper to each other, not sure if anyone remembers archaic tradition? We lost touch, but he still reaches out with his music and reminds me he is still around the scene from time to time. Glenn definitely has an old school sort of mind set and it shows in his music. This is some fine dark, but brutal death metal just like in the early days. It grinds you down with rolling riffing and death marching drum runs. Glenn’s vocals are tortured and guttural growls which compliment the raging music nicely. It all has a very organic feel to it and the band will probably be well pleased to hear that. As if fans of modern metallic plastic machinations are unhappy, despite the sound being well clear on here, it likely is too rough and heavy for their slick ears and mass media junked up minds. Then again Australians always seem to have a deep respect for the old metal traditions. If you are looking for something fresh and innovative and smooth, well, just keep on looking. If you want something that is vital and heavy and dark as it is mean, then you have found what you were looking for. I mean who does not enjoy a spiked glove first to the teeth? It is hard to believe Destruktor has been around for over a decade releasing demos, eps and a split. Yet, this is their debut album and they did it up right. Congrats Glenn and get in touch you old goat.  – Dale 

http://www.destruktor.com/   http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/  

 

   

 

DEUS OTIOSUS

“Murderer” 2010 CD

(American Line Productions)

 

It is cool to see American Line is still going strong. I was really into one of their early bands by the name Disgorge back around 1997-ish. I picked up one or two of their releases afterward, but had not really heard their name again since then. But the label has been going strong and this is the South American release (US and Europe handled by another label) of the album. I had previously reviewed and very much liked the demo material of this Danish band. I never tire of brief movie clip intros or mixed into songs, so The Shining excerpt, one of my fave movies helped set the tone for me on this album.  Murderer sees the band with a slightly cleaned up sound and a stream lined style, a sound that is more their own than on the demo. They play a vicious mixture of thrash and death metal, a two headed monster that is well met. Deus Otiosus surely know how to write some great head banging riffs, they are really heavy but seemingly always retaining that shroud of darkness that whispers around the edges like a creeping fog. Some parts remind me of Grave, if you slowed them down a pace or two and added a doomy feel to it all. I find it rather impressive that the band is able to marry the brutality of death metal, the heavy neck cranking aggression of thrash with a dark doom metal atmosphere. The vocals of Anders Bo Rasmussen are great deep growls that are frightening and forceful in their delivery and tone. Deus has a decidedly Scandinavian sound, but you can also hear some American influence. There are some great guitar leads on here as well and they add a nice dimension to the sound. All in all a very well crafted album that is highly recommended and not easily forgotten, those riffs will be ringing in your head for ages!  – Dale 

http://www.myspace.com/deusotiosus  http://www.alprods.net/    

 

 

DEUS OTIOSUS

“Godless” 2012 CD

(Deepsend Records)

 

I knew after hearing the Deus Otious debut "Murderer", it would not take long for this band to find an honest/good label to work with for release number two. And the u.s label Deepsend records {which seems to be a small but growing label if you haven’t checked them out before and enjoy the more old-school dm, brutal side of dm/grind I suggest you check out their site - Patrick} stepped up. And here we have Godless, eight tracks of well-played death metal with touches of thrash and a hint of black metal, but only in some of the guitar tones. There is a whirlwind of raging guitars riffs and solo's, the drumming is top-notch beats with both faster beats and more controlled beats. Deus Otiosus has released a perfect follow up to Murderer carrying on the raw, aggressive old school death/thrash style heard on their debut album. This is recommended to all metal fanatics.  - Patrick 

http://www.myspace.com/deusotiosus  http://www.deepsend.com/     

 

  

 

DEVIL LEE ROT

“At Hell's Deep” 2005 CD

(Iron Fist Productions)

 

Everyone should know deep inside the depths of Sweden, many a moons ago and ages since the festival fires to the gods burned bright - out of those ashes was born a legendary band named Pagan Rites. Now Pagan Rites raped the scene with delight and always staying true to their Autopsy Torment-ed roots. The lead tormenter of the rites and rituals and heart of those old bands was Devil Lee Rot, after a time of in-activity the Mr. Rot decided to strike out on his lonesome, naming his latest and at the risk of backlash unto me, greatest band yet, aptly named after himself. Deeply rooted in traditional metal both clean and dirty, everything from Judas Priest and Saxon to Piledriver and Anvil – yes I admit the black metal roots of Devil Lee Rot appear to have been shed, though the Satanic image was not, yet the band is no less lethal for sharpening it’s focus further down the deep root systems. Yes, yes my demons, this is pure old school heavy metal hellfire that will have you breaking out your spiked wrist bands and drawing sick logos on your tattered school binders! I fucking dare you to listen to songs like “Man Made of Steel”, “Prepare For War”, “Blade In The Night” and “Metal Avengers” and not want to headbang, and not want to sew a Devil Lee Rot patch on your Denim and not play air guitar!! Do not let my retro chants and nostalgic musings fool you, this album has depth, it is gloomy emotion where called for and the vocals have dynamics to them in a way bands of today just can not understand, that is not even mentioning some of the tasty guitar work and timely ‘n tasty drum licks. A classic record in the making, this much is certain. Though that seems to be becoming a mere routine for Devil Lee Rot, can this legend do no wrong?! Maybe I am becoming stuck in my ways, but I live for this stuff, a lot of other new music in an interesting distraction but this is the kind of music that lasts and that is the greatest honour I can bestow! – Dale

Iron Fist Productions, c/o Thomas Nyqvist 8a, 417 02 Goteborg, SWEDEN ironfist@hotmail.com www.ironfist.cjb.net

 

 

DIARY ABOUT MY NIGHTMARES

“Forbidden Anger” 2010 CD

(Unexploded Records)

 

I usually do not complain that much about production. But sometimes the mix is just not good or at least well done. The recording is fine and clear, but the drums are too loud in the mix and over power the guitars, especially when the drums are really active which is often. Also most of the time it seems hard to hear that there is a bass player on here and that hurts the bottom end of their sound a great deal. The only thing that seems to be at a proper level is the vocals of female vocalist Antonie. She does a solid job with some great hoarse yell growling that shows some depth, she also mixes in some squeals and higher pitched stuff from time to time as an accent. The music seems to present itself as death metal, but there is no denying a heavy thrash metal influence that bleeds through the constantly blasting loud drums. There is a quite a lot of melody injected in there, yet I almost hesitate to throw them into the melodic death genre. But I would not argue that hard against it either. I would posit they are a little heavier and rely on aggression a little more than most meldodeath bands. At the end of the day nothing special but not a bad listen either. So I will leave it up to you if you love this style enough to go for it. I enjoyed it, but still it will be one of those records for me that is easy to forget and not reach for to have repeat listens.  – Dale 

http://www.myspace.com/damnmetal  http://www.unexplodedrecords.com/  

 

  

 

DICHOTIC

“Collapse In Despair” 1998 CD

(Lost In The Fog/Discorporate Music)

 

Nice heavy & brutal death metal (never slipping into the grind area ‘tho) on this east coast Canadian bands debut. I was surprised I had not heard of this band, being so, quality and being of course Canadian. It’s all here for the extreme fan. Fast parts, momentary slow parts, deep growls, precise and pounding drums & a nice production to boot. Dichotic like to throw in some cool counter flow guitar noodling parts ala Gorguts or Cryptopsy. – Dale

Send $10 CDN/$15 US to:

Lost In The Fog, 86 Nelson’s Landing # 216, Bedford, Nova Scotia, B4A 4C6, CANADA.

Band contact: Dichotic, 2476 Robie St. # 8, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 4N1, CANADA

 

 

DIE HARD

Evil Always Return / Emissaries of The Reaper” 2011 CD

(Abyss Records)

 

Die Hard are a great Swedish band playing metal the way it should be played dirty, aggressive old-school death/thrash. Fast, raw guitar riffs, fast drumming pounding is amazing and well done. Gruff growls and blackened screeches spew out the lyrics. Die Hard are definitely fanatics of the old-school sound and I must say they play it with it a lot of aggression and passion. In an endless sea of bands who play old-school metal nowadays Die Hard are definitely at the top of the list of greats that will still be standing tall once the trend has passed and all the posers are either gone or crushed by the true metal warriors of the underground scene. Definitely a band for fans of old-school, raw aggressive death/thrash will enjoy this band and their releases.  - Patrick 

http://www.myspace.com/diehardthrash  http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/   

 

 

 

DIMENTIANON

"Hossanas Novus Ordo Seclurum" 2007 CD

(Non Compos Mentis Records)

 

Well I got this album and the new album that followed in the same package. For some unknown reason I went and reviewed the new album first, foregoing chronological order. So I guess you can refer to that review on more of the background on the band and their history with Canadian Assault. The recording is not quite as nice or fitting as the new record Collapse The Void, but it still gets the job done coming across heavy and dark. The musicianship is solid and the music itself is challenging to perform, but not overly so. Hossanas is a rough, mean beast that punishes with little discretion, yet there is some level of control among the black/death chaos. The vocals from Mike as can always be expected are purely maniacal, forceful and he puts every ounce of everything he has got into them. Dimentianon at times employ touches of unusual structuring and timing to their songs which creates a lot of introspective and tortured atmospheres. These unique qualities often help them to not sound much like anyone else I can think of to be honest. Something which is in this day and age is a compliment all by its lonesome. My view is this band is quite underrated and deserves more attention within the scene. They deserve at the least not to get lost in the shuffle like so many quality bands.  – Dale

http://www.ncmrecords.com/  http://www.myspace.com/dimentianon   

 

 

DIMENTIANON

“Collapse The Void” 2010 CD

(Paragon Records)

 

Dimentianon (and prior to that The Forgotten) make their return to the pages of Canadian Assault. We are both getting old and crusty now as I recall reviewing their listening / reviewing their demos a decade ago! I kind of lost touch with the band and label and missed out on them for a while. The line up has changed since I last heard them. In fact, the band is still made up of old member Mike and Maureen (from the home base in NY), but the rest of the band is in the band Sectioned from the UK. The album was recorded in Deer Park, New York, so apparently the British invaded America rather than the reverse to make this happen. Dimentianon sound a little different my last experience with them. They have a cleaner, heavier sound and I think you can see maturity creeping into their songwriting. Vocalist Mike still sounds great, powerful and more controlled than previous. I have not seen the band live lately, but this guy Mike was pretty fucking intense live and left his guts out on the stage. I have heard hundreds of bands try to mix intense black / death metal together with stripped down melodic breaks and introspective interludes. But very few have mastered the art of doing it well like Dimentianon have and they do not need to simply drench you in piles of synth (though there surely is that element present) to achieve it. A testament to their vision and talent. I can recommend this strongly to anyone who loves black / death melded with reflective somber soundscapes and good musicianship. The recording really does the music justice as well, it is full and heavy and not overly slick, a mistake in my view many bands make these days.  - Dale

http://www.myspace.com/dimentianon  http://www.themetalunderground.com/  

 

 

DINNER MUSIC FOR THE GODS

“Beautiful And Treacherous” 2014 CD

(Radioactive Camel Records)

 

I can just about guarantee you these guys, are a little more adventurous shall we say, than most of the bands readers of this site listen to. Dinner Music For The Gods, are a supremely talented group of musicians, that thankfully, do not just wank their way across an albums worth of material. No there is quite a bit of thought and skill put into the arrangements, which for me, only serves to enhance and showcase their individual and collective talents much better, rather than ripping off into a hundred solos or going in too many directions, just to show off they are talented enough to do that. Did I mention this is an instrumental record? No? Well don’t worry, these guys are skilled and smart, keeping the arrangements interesting enough and the flow moving constantly forward enough. That amazingly, and I do not say this often with instrumental bands, it is more than enough, to make me forget or not care that there are no vocals. The band, stay in the metal spectrum consistently enough, that I think that is the main crowd that will be pleased by this material. But make no mistake, they have a wide range of influences and you will hear little tidbits of everything, from a jazzy bit, to some cool Frank Zappa influenced nuances, to full metal headbang induced by a dexterous riffing attack. Bringing up those influences, probably under sells how much of a metal based record this is, but rest assured it is metal. If I had to throw a label on them, it would probably be prog heavy metal. You should really check out this talented band if that sort of thing floats your boat.  - Dale 

http://www.dinnermusicforthegods.com/   http://www.reverbnation.com/dinnermusicforthegods        

 

 

DISEIM

Holy Wrath” 2012 CD

(Abyss Records)

 

Ehh…Latvia's Diseim are ok, but not what I was expecting. I'm not sure if my expectations were too high but I've listened to "Holy Wrath" about 3 times and just can't get into it. Boring and bland death metal that really doesn’t really stand out, there are some doomish parts but that really can't help the bands sound. Maybe on the next release Diseim will have a better standing of musicianship or musical direction. Personally I'd say pass on this and grab yourself one of Abyss Records many other great releases there are available.  - Patrick 

http://www.myspace.com/diseim  http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/  

 

    

 

DISFIGURED DEAD

“Visions Of Death” 2010 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

The Visions of Death, was apparently originally scheduled for release on Reaper Metal Records. But subsequently was, due to reasons I do not know, handed over to the capable hands of Hells Headbangers. This album, for me is a very entertaining listen. For me, it brings back memories of my early days in the UG and just before that. You know the very late 80s and early 90s, there was that link between thrash and what would become brutal death metal. You would call the style death metal, but there were definite signs of the bands thrash metal roots. When I think of that time and when I listen to Disfigured Dead, it immediately brings to mind bands from that time like Death, Autopsy, Repulsion, Nihilist, Slaughter, Immortal Fate and the like. It is obvious that is what Disfigured are going for and are not ashamed to wear their influences on their sleeves. This is what they are, take it or leave it. That is what you can expect a relentless death thrash attack, replete with Scream Bloody Gore vocals and pubescent gore lyrics. There is definitely nothing groundbreaking, but I still fucking love it. As I said it is was a fun listen to be sure and I banged my head a time or two.  – Dale

http://www.myspace.com/disfigureddeaddeathmetal   http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/

  

 

DISFIGUREMENT

“Soul Rot” 2013 MCD

(Boris Records)

 

Atlanta’s Disfigurement, a young band that is hitting the underground scene running. I was pretty quickly taken, by this impressive five song ep, which features a maturity and control in the songwriting that seems beyond this bands two year existence. Despite what the band name may conjure up in some peoples minds, this is not mindless bludgeoning, there is bludgeoning to be had, but there is a lot more nuance and intricacy here than just that. The brutality and growl are sewn together, with some subtle refinement, which serves as superb atmosphere, as well as punctuating the brutality and in turn, giving it more meaning and effect. The drumming is controlled chaos excellence, alternatively providing the backbone and jumping in to stir up the insanity when called for. There are brief flittering moments, but there are times when I hear doom influence in some of the guitar parts, which mix surprisingly well with their highly contrasting main sound. That may be something the band may want to explore further in the future. The vocals are a two pronged affair, with the higher, slightly nasal rough yelled growling and the deep, frightening, menacing growl, which sounds pretty killer in tandem. I don’t know, if I can say much else except this is a great ep / mini-album, that needs your attention. I am looking forward to hearing more Disfigurement!  - Dale

http://www.reverbnation.com/disfigurement   http://www.boris-records.com/   

 

 

DISSECTION

“The Past Is Alive” 1998 CD

(Necropolis (scene raper) Records)

 

I was sent a review of this, by C.A. writer, Jeffrey Kusbel, my apologies to him for not printing his review here. I have a disturbing story to tell you about. Besides the fact that all of my dealings in the past with Necropolis Records (and Necropolis ‘zine before the label formed) were either negative or just non-existent as they never wrote back a number of times, even after I sent I.R.C’s to them. I won’t bother to mention his name (but it should be easy to figure out from my past issues who I am close friends with that has a label & ‘zine) but I was talking to him on the phone and I greatly respect this person. He is a longtime underground supporter (back into the mid-80’s!) and I trust his word 100% as he is no shit talker. Well, this gentleman told me a story he about his dealings with Necropolis. It started with him ordering a vinyl version of a Nifelheim album - he was returned his money in the form of a credit slip and no explanation. So he sent back the credit slip to Necropolis with a flyer he kept that the label themselves had put out and he circled where it said “Vinyl LP version now available”. They once again returned his credit slip again with no explanation. Pissed by now my friend sent back the credit slip once again and said “Just send me the CD”. As a side note here each time he wrote, he put flyers for his label and ‘zine in each letter to them. Then and here is the kicker, FINALLY sent him what he asked for the, which was the CD. The package had lots of padding in it, THE STUFFING AROUND THE CD WAS THIS DEDICATED GENTLEMAN’S LABEL/’ZINE FLYERS ALL SHREDDED UP INTO PIECES!!! Beware of Necropolis they don’t care about you or the scene, only themselves and the money they can take from you! There will be no support from this mag to Necropolis. They can just FUCK OFF!  – Dale

 

 

DIVINE EMPIRE

“Redemption” 1998 CD

(Olympic Records)

 

You just mix up Deicide (hello Glen Benton vocals) and Repulsion with a small dash of original spice and you have Divine Empire. Extremely heavy and ploughing death metal, that is well played and comes with a nice production. Not ground breaking but a damn good listen and I like it.  – Dale

Olympic Records, P.O. Box 7217, Elgin, IL. 60121, USA  

 

 

DOGBANE

“When Karma Comes Calling” 2015 CD

(Heaven And Hell Records)

 

When I read the band name, it made me immediately think, oh this is going to be some generic thrash or metalcore. I can happily report, it is absolutely nothing remotely like that whatsoever. Dogbane play, spirited heavy metal, in the late 70s/early 80s NWOBHM tradition, but mix it with a pinch of old school doom metal. The vocals tend to lend themselves, more to the old heavy metal ways, than doom. Which, I am sure will grate on some people’s nerves, but I dig that style of vocals, now granted, there are moments on here where the doom element is stronger, and they do not fit as well, as they do on the old heavy metal mainstay. They know how to rock and write some good riffs, and arrange the songs to create some good emotional atmosphere, at times, before eventually kicking things back up for a good headbang. I could see fans of bands like Manilla Road, Witchfinder General, Cirith Ungol, Angel Witch, Savage, Liege Lord etc… really getting into this band. So, if you are a fan of those bands, just ignore that awful band name and listen to the great music!  - Dale

https://www.reverbnation.com/Dogbane   http://www.heavenandhellrecords.com/blog/      

 

  

 

DOOMSDAY CEREMONY

“Black Heart” 2015 CD

(Greyhaze Records)

 

Doomsday Ceremony is a band from Brazil that play a nice mix of early black metal and traditional heavy metal. The songs are written very well, with a mix of both fast played guitars, and some very well done mid paced sections. The guitarist also plays writes and performs excellent solos in a few of the songs. The drumming has a diverse range in the beats, ranging middle paced to a faster, which cycles back and forth throughout each song. The vocals are a mix of clean vocal patterns, and some well done old school black metal screams, along with some talking sections. If you are a fan of old school black metal, and traditional heavy metal, then be sure to add Doomsday Ceremony to your collection.  - Patrick 

https://www.facebook.com/DoomsdayCeremony/    http://www.cogumelo.com/pt/        

 

 

DRAKAR

“Let Draka / The Flight Of The Dragon” 2011 Double CD

(I Hate Records)

 

I must confess I missed this band the first time when they were around, and had not even heard of them. I am little sad about that fact – I wish I heard them decades ago. I am able to find little information on this band, they are from the Czech Republic (the second I heard the vocals I already knew this, more on that later), and this particular release was originally set loose on the world way back in 1990. I think it would be fair to call them a slower paced thrash metal band with a lot of old heavy metal influence. Their sound though is so distinct, instant classic sounding, and the odd quirky speed of the songs makes it sound so cool and it just sticks in your head. There are some superb guitar leads and fills and they really help round out the songs without sounding like a wank at all. Now back to the vocals. The second I heard them and the phrasing of the words, I knew these guys were Czech. It often reminds me to the cleaner, dark sounding parts from the legendary Czech band Root. I worship Root and am fully obsessed with their vocals delivered via the talented Big Boss. I can not get enough of the vocals on this album. The fact that it is all backed with wonderful, classic sounding songs only further takes this record to elite levels in my view. The only track I do not like on here is the one with the English chorus called “Crazy Boy”, it is a more upbeat happy sounding song than the other material, but the English sung vocals are horrible and ruin the song. Apparently this is limited to only 500 copies. A magnificent record and I am thrilled I have finally found this at after missing out for all these years. I consider myself lucky to have a copy and I am also happy I got the Czech language sung version. The two disc in case you wondered are the Czech and English versions apparently.  – Dale 

http://www.drakar-metal.eu/  http://www.ihate.se/   

 

 

 

DROGHEDA

“Celebrating Five Years Of Violence” 1998 CD

(Wild Rags!)

 

I’ve known of these crusty fuckers for a while but the only material I have by them is was their ’92 demo and ’96 split 7” w/ Morticite. I thought they were decent but nothing special. After hearing this new killer release I would have to say they are one of the best grind bands in the US. This is a really interesting album in that it spans their career but most of the old songs have been re-recorded for this and thus the production throughout is pretty even. In all there are 29 tracks of ‘explicit grind’ for over 60 minutes for us freaky mothers to writhe to. Drogheda really like straight-ahead ball busting grind as evidenced on tracks like “Terror, Fucking Terror”, “Stygian Nightmare” and “Clean Up The Chunks”. Then there is another side to the madness where they mix traditional sounding catchy metal riffs and structures with their trademark grinding with good results. Great garage band grindcore, I mean they are no Venom but what do you expect!?  – Dale

 

 

DRUNKEN BASTARDS

“Horns Of The Wasted” 2010 MCD

(Hells Headbangers)

 

Now how can you not get a kick out of a band with members who go by monikers like Gaylord Shemale, Bitchy Rockmore and Alcoholic Sperm?! They also claim they are “Too metal for punk and too punk for metal” – that sounds about right and also sounds like something I would like. I did not look at the running time but I would guess it barely hits the twenty minute mark. Drunken Bastards deliver like they promise, adult beverage soaked raunchy speed metal ala Cryptic Slaughter, Gang Green mixed Agnostic Front and some crazy other bands that are on the tip of my tongue right now but will not come out. These boys just rage full speed ahead on every song with some nasty heavy riffs that are catchy and sound cool as hell with the rapid fire drums and gang shouted vocals back ups. Yeah I really dig this. But I have always dug bands like this. Some metal purists might not. How can you go wrong with song titles like Drink With Satan, Baptized In Speed And Blood and Posercrusher. These Hungarians are right twisted.  - Dale

http://www.myspace.com/drunkenbastard666  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/