ABSCESS / BLOODRED BACTERIA

“Split” 2005 MCD

(Bestial Burst)

Abscess Man this is great stuff, more like the early Abscess demos then their newer stuff and it is complete sewage, romping ripping death metal!

Bloodred BacteriaTotal grinding death metal with speed, speed and more speed. Pretty intense, good thing it was short because I am exhausted.  - Dale

 

ABSENTIA LUNAE

“In Umbrarum Imperii Gloria” 2006 CDR

(Serpens Caput)

CDR promo for full Length vinyl only release on Serpens Caput. Dark ‘n cold black metal, Norge kind of type, it just did not do much for me. Sub-par.  *See Aids Review for contact…  - Dale

 

ABYSMAL TORMENT

“Epoch of Methodic Carnage” 2006 CD

(Brutal Bands Records)

Well played & recorded buhrutal grinding death metal sort of in the Mortician vein yet fast and more well rounded with total garble vocals. Gets the job done & enjoyable.  - Dale

www.brutalbands.net  

 

 

AD NOCTUM

“The Excellence of Supremacy” 2005 CD

(Ancient Darkness Productions)

Black-ish metal which is akin to older Cradle of Filth mixed with newer Dark Funeral. Add in female clean vocals & piano - I will pass on this pansy parade unless you roll like that..  - Dale

www.adnoctem.dk   www.ancientdarkness.dk

 

AIDS

“Syndrome of The End Approaching 2006 CDR for Full Length Vinyl

(Serpens Caput)

Only release Raw sounding and harsh chaos black metal ala Conqueror and Blasphemy but some interesting different guitar lines. Really good stuff and would sound sick on vinyl.  - Dale

 www.serpenscaput.com   moonblood@tiscali.it

 

AGNOSTIC FRONT

“Live at CBGB’s” 2006 CD + DVD

(Nuclear Blast)

Major legends, I worshipped the “One Voice” LP. To be honest, the singer has lost some of his clarity & power. The DVD was best because you can really feel the wrecking ball energy with your ears and eyes. Still kicking asses after all these years!  - Dale

 

 

AMENTHET

“Edekelheit” 2006 Promo CD

Black metal that is a little one dimensional,  too melody laden and symphonic for my tastes. What about yours? $6 us: c/o Lordi Nicolas, Le plein ciel 6A, 5 rue des charmettes, 05000 Gap, FRANCE  - Dale 

amenthet@caramail.com

 

ANNIHILATOR

“Schizo Deluxe” 2005 CD

(AFM Records)

It is clear the band will never touch their early classic period. However, this is heavy & stripped down way with some contemporary accessible bits lightly sprinkled within. It is good to see old man Waters still hacking away and not selling out…oh wait he already did that once.  - Dale

www.afm-records.de

 

ARCTIC CIRCLE

“Forcing The Astral” 2006 CD

(Profound Lore)

Old readers will remember this Canadian band from the old days and Arctic Circle have come a long way. Driving, almost hypnotic black thrash, rather unrelenting, yet moody and addictive to listen to.  - Dale

www.profoundlorerecords.com

 

 

ARMAGEDDA

“Only True Believers” 2019 CD

(Nordvis Produktion)

This is a re-release (one half of this band duo A. Petterson owns Nordvis) by this now defunct yet excellent Swedish black metal band. I followed this band during their first few albums released 2002-2004 time frame. Great cold and hateful early ‘90s second wave Scadinavian black metal!  - Dale

https://nordvis.bandcamp.com/    https://www.facebook.com/nordvis

 

ARSEBREED

“Munching The Rotten” 2006 CD

(Neurotic Records)

Formerly known as Bloodcum, these Dutch blokes are brilliant with band names. American style guttural death metal that is really average and humdrum. Forgettable release.  - Dale

 

ASGUARD

“Dreamslave” 2005 CD

(Dark Reign Records)

“Most brutal black metal album of the year” HA HA. Think of gothy Cradle of Homo mixed with the lightest elements of Goteborg dm, all swimming in puddles of synth and pro tools. The most terrible thing I have heard for a while.  - Dale

D.R., P.O. Box 30727, Long Beach, CA. 90853, USA  www.devildollrecords.com 

 

AVATAR

“Live on Mozartstrasse” 2005

 (Axa Valaha Productions)

Around since 1994? Wow. Reminds me of a so-so version of Crowbar but with more melodo death metal to it. OK, nothing more.  - Dale

Axa Valaha, c/o Mihai Caraveteanu, str Victoriei, bl.M4, sc. D, ap. 11, Turnu Magurele 145200 TR, ROMANIA   www.axavalaha.go.ro

 

 

AVULSED

“Goresplattered Suicide” 2005 CD

(Metal Age Productions)

These dudes have been going forever. I think they could be accused back in the day, mid 90s of being incredibly average. However, with age they progressed nicely and have honed their craft into a top shelf grinding death metal band.  - Dale

info@metalage.sk   www.metalage.sk

 

BAHIMIRON / TERATISM

“Pact In Disease & Profanation” 2005 Split CD

(Graveless Slumber Records)

Bahimiron Older even more primitive but oh so mighty black metal from one of America’s deadliest bm bands, just evil! Includes live tracks…

Teratism Black metal somewhat in the vein of classic Immortal. Good but lacked a bit of feeling and atmosphere.  - Dale

1527 F Crescent Ln., Matthews, NC. 28105, USA  www.gsr666.com.

 

BELZEC

The Infernal Southern Call” 2019 CD

(Headbanger Records / Death Zone Productions)

It is good to get a pure black metal band out of South America. Belzec play raw bm with a really cold atmosphere. It is not the usual Scandinavian sound; it is a more rough and different kind of dark aura. The vocals are evil whispery ‘n gruff throat grating vox filled with malice & spite. Belzec interestingly remind me most to black metal bands from the Czech Republic like early Master’s Hammer (demos & 1st album), Root (1st album) & some Maniac Butcher plus maybe a little Immortal. I enjoyed it.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/belzecperu    https://www.facebook.com/Headbangerrecords666  

 

 

BEYOND SERENITY

“Promo CDR 2005”

Around for 8 years already? You would think given that much time in the trenches, the music would be tighter and a lot less one dimensional, there are some signs of quality beneath though.  - Dale 

www.beyond-serenity.de

 

BLACK BEAST

“Nocturnal Bloodlust” 2019 CD, LP & Tape

(Primitive Reaction)

Not to be confused with the great Chilean Black Beast I reviewed elsewhere. This Finnish band play high octane intense thrashing black metal that is like a nice nightmarish mix of the “Panzer Division Marduk” album mixed with healthy touches of early Impaled Nazerene insanity and the evil filthy earlier works of Venom!  - Dale

https://primitivereaction.bandcamp.com/    http://www.primitivereaction.com/ 

 

BLACK BLEEDING

“The Awakening” 2005 Demo CDR

(Nihilistic Holocaust)

Brutal but vigorous and varied death metal, a little depressive at times and topped off with deep growls.  - Dale

www.listen.to/blackbleeding   www.nihilistic.ca.tc

 

BOLT

“Movement & Detail” 2006 CD

(10T Records)

Movement is a pretty apt title, a very emotionally carrying atmospheric record, no vocals but soundscapes ala some old Pink Floyd but much more structured and less free flowing. I liked some of it and the rest not so much.  - Dale

www.boltTV.com 

 

 

BRILLIANT COLDNESS

“Beyond Eternity” 2004 Promo CDR

(Dead Center Productions)

A dose of Ukranian death metal. It is heavy and has it’s segments that make you stand up and notice but mostly it is just another average death metal band to add to the pile.  - Dale

http://deadcenter.nm.ru  

 

BULLETS FOR TEETH

“Six Sides Of Fortune” 2006 CD

(Casket Music)

Reminds to a more commercial juicy fruity Monster Magnet. It made me want to jump up, turn around and puke. This is not good, not good at all.  - Dale

www.coprorecords.uk

 

CANCER

“Spirit In Flames” 2005 CD

(Copro Records)

Old man river winds onward. I would definitely say Cancer sound more old school than ever, mid-pace hypnotic dm with decipherable slow vocals that give off a cerebral fog vibe. A cunt hair away from being turtle thrash but just enough death for me. Aces for fans of the old style.  - Dale

ryan@coprorecords.com   www.coprorecords.co.uk

 

 

 

 

THE CARNIVAL / ENORMITY

“Split CD” 2005

(Bestial Burst)

The Carnival - Olllldddd thrash metal of the Celtic Frosty Hammer topped in a fresh virginal blood bath for Bathory.  

EnormityEnergetic deathrash that is in your face, hard and ready to rape your grandma with whirlwind attack, complete with complimentary reach around on her sag bags.  - Dale

www.enormityband.cjb.net   www.thecarnival.cjb.net

 

CATHEDRAL

“The Garden of Unearthly Delights” 2005 CD

(Nuclear Blast)

When did Cathedral stop playing doom?! This is sped up, fast rock and a large disappointment, they just do not click at these speeds.  - Dale

 

CELEBRATUM

“Instinct” 2005 CD

(Metal Age)

I know both the label and band will hate to hear this, but this band is not good enough to have a record out. Boring, repetitive material, poor execution, terrible amateurish vocals equal a band that should still be in the demo tape stage and no further.  - Dale

 

CHEVALIER

“Destiny Calls” 2019 CD

(Gates Of Hell Records)

This Finnish band play straight up heavy, ripping ‘80s speed metal with some heavy metal touches. For me it brings to mind bands like Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Brocas Helm, Warlord, Omen etc… Vocalist Emma captures those ‘80s speed metal vocals quite well. This is a strong debut album that old metal fans will dig a lot.  - Dale

https://chevalier.bandcamp.com/    https://www.gatesofhellrecords.com/  

 

 

CHOKEHOLD

“The Killing Has Begun” 2006 CD

(Casket Music)

'Nu metal' as they call it. Very simplistic, no emotion or flow to the music, the vocalist is pretty terrible (and I thought Crowbar's vocals were bad), a lot of stop ‘n start type stuff for the kids to pogo too. Utter Garbage...  - Dale

www.coprorecords.uk   www.chokehold-metal.com

 

CONJURATION

“Funeral of the Living” 2005 MCD

(Bestial Burst)

They are brutal but damn a doom band on the thrash obsessed speed label Bestial Burst? I love it and Conjuration are superb. Horror Metal indeed, just wow! ARGH!  - Dale

http://horrormetal.cjb.net

 

CORPUS MORTALE

“With Lewd Demeanor” 2005 CD

(Neurotic Recs)

Slickly produced Scandinavian old brutal dm with a touch of old American dm influence as well. Solid but average.  - Dale

www.corpusmortale.com

 

CROSS

“Playgrounds” 2005 CD

(Progrock Records)

More progressive rock of course and this is very atmospheric and introspective. It is good stuff if you are in the mood for that.  - Dale

info@progrockrecords.com

 

 

DEAD HUMAN BODY

“Mutilation” Demo CDR # 1

The exact same as the review below. The vocals seem more adventurous and defined, which is cool, a bit more blasting in the drums too.  - Dale

c/o Mirek Sliwa, UL. Rol na 6A, 67-106 Otyn, POLAND

 

DEAD HUMAN BODY

Demo CDR # 2 2005

It might not be but that sounds like a drum machine to me. I do loathe drums altogether. Good guitar riffs and Mortician vocals. UG garage-y feel for sure.  - Dale

 

DEATH VOMIT

“S/T” 2006 CD

(Tunes of Torture Records)

A re-release of the bands ’93 (only?) album. Good old school death metal , great atmosphere, not sure it was so good it needed a re-release though but each to their own.  - Dale

Tunes of Torture = torture13@ukr.net

 

 

DEATHSPAWNED DESTROYER

“War Blood Massacre” 2005 CD

(Bestial Burst Records)

Savage Satanic death metal (yes death not thrash on BB!) and I must say this is a really good platter, dark atmosphere, brutal riffs and an old school flair. Worth it.  - Dale

http://bestialburst.blackmetal.fi

 

DELIRIOUS

“Made For The Violent Age” 2006 Promo CDR

(Armageddon Music)

Sounds like pretty good thrash but too hard to tell when you get less than 60 seconds of each song. Message to labels if you are only going to give me a chopped up partial album then do not bother sending anything at all. Thanks. Yet I do get a making of the album video?? Ummm…. What?  - Dale

www.armageddonmusic.de 

 

DELIRIUM TREMENS

“Thrashing Warthogs” 2004 CD

(Merciless Records)

Good album, title says it all total thrash metal maniacs with an up-to-date production and vocals with inspired 80s metal squeals.  - Dale

www.merciless-records.de   www.delirium-tremens.de

 

 

DEPTHS OF DEPRAVITY

“Insensible Extinct…” 2006 CD

(Terranis Productions)

The band formerly known as Brutal Masterbation. Terrifyingly brutal manic death metal with quirky and engaging structuring. Without doubt one of the best death metal albums of the year.  - Dale

Terranis, Box 259, 3301 Eger, HUNGARY www.terranisproductions.hu

 

DESTRUCTION

“Inventor of Evil” 2005 CD

(AFM Records)

These guys keep trucking and they still stick to their roots – respect! This album is different but the same, if that makes sense, more stream line but still headbanging, superb guitar solos and speed. Schmier sounds so 80’s I thought I was back in school drawing band logos on my binder.  - Dale

info@afm-records.de

 

DEVANIC

“Mask Industries” 2006 Self Released full length CDR

Mostly I have become tired of melodic goteberg death metal but Devanic do do it suitably. Catchy but still semi-heavy and atmospheric.  - Dale

www.devanic.com

 

 

DEVILRY

“Muslim Genocide” 2005 Promo CDR for 7” EP

(Breath of Pestilence Records)

I have not heard anything from Devilry in a while and this has to be their best material to date. Pure bahruutaal, not to mention very dark death metal. I would say their use of interplay and simple but effective catchy riffing and lead guitar fills had me liking this an awful lot.  - Dale

c/o Sir Holm, Maanviljelijankuja 6 B 21, 01370 Vantaa, FINLAND sirholm@europe.com  www.devilry.us

 

DEVILRY

“Stormbolt” 2007 MCD

(Bestial Burst)

Looks like their promo did it’s job and secured a deal with B.B. This release continues on with “…Genocide” from above. Evil ripping death metal!  - Dale 

http://bestialburst.blackmetal.fi

 

DOG FASHION DISCO

“The City Is Alive Tonight / Live in Baltimore” 2006 CD / DVD

(Rotten Records)

Kind of reminds me of slower and slightly less insane version of The Accused (whom I like). Wacky, quirky, heavy (not dm heavy) and not bad at all, they do not match the The Accused but few could. If you want something really different get this. Otherwise definitely not.  - Dale  

www.dogfashiondisco.com   www.rottenrecords.com

 

 

DORO

“Warrior Soul” 2006 CD

(AFM Records)

I liked that Warlock song / vid way back in the day. This was supposed to be a return to the heaviness, it is a step in the right direction but falls a little short in my opinion.  - Dale

 

ECTOPLASMA

“White-Eyed Trance” 2019 CD

(Memento Mori / Repulsive Echo)

“White-Eyed Trance” has a good mix of slower mid paced death metal, but the band does add some faster, more punishing sections alongside some well written & performed solos. The vocals are deep dm growls that fit the bands music perfectly. If you love old school death metal then do yourself a favor as this is for you.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/Ectoplasma-1579524392276613    http://www.memento-mori.es/ 

 

EDGUY

“Rocket Ride” 2006 CD

(Nuclear Blast)

Melodic heavy metal that is on the lighter symphonic side than I usually like but the guitars are heavy, riffs catchy as hell and the singer has some balls. I like it.  - Dale

www.edguy.de

 

EMBRYOTOMY

“Execution of Fallacy” Demo CDR

Gurgly vocal death metal from Macedonia, it is okay but surely nothing special. Definitely some Deicide influence going on and that is usually not a bad thing in my book.  - Dale

c/o Zoran Setinovski, ul. ‘Pehcevska’ 5/21, 1000 Skopje, MACEDONIA setinovski@yahoo.com

 

 

EVIL INCARNATE

“Waiting For His Return” 2005 CD

(Hells Headbangers)

I never knew these ‘ole sickos were still kicking over grave stones. Nothing has changed and I like that! Mid to fast pace Satanic death metal that sounds real, unlike these new plastic “tight” junk bands littering the scene. Hail Satan!  - Dale

H.H., Recs., 3593 Medina Rd. #109, Medina, OH. 44256, USA  www.hellsheadbangers.com

 

EVOCATION

“S/T” 2005 CD

(Breath of Night Records)

Total old school Swede death metal ala Grave & Dismember. I am one of the biggest suckers for this style, a total mark, if it is well done as it is here then I cannot help but worship it!! Ancient supremacy!! *Headbangs like Mad*  - Dale

www.merciless-records.de

 

FALL OF SERENITY

“Royal Killing” 2008 CD

(Metal Age)

Terrific melodic death metal but hailing more from the Edge of Sanity brutish melodicism than the flowery In Flames type.  - Dale

www.fallofserenity.com

 

 

FELDGRAU

“Mechanized Misanthropy” 2005 CD

(Agonia Records)

Another project band from Pete Helmkamp. Like Terror Organ, a lesson in how anything good written in Order From Chaos or Angelcorpse, clearly did not come from Mr. Helmkamp. No denying his vocals rule & sound great here too. The music is simplistic, talentless, un-dynamic monotone drivel with loads of sampling & looping and not done well. Pete join a good band, sing & play bass, nothing else.  - Dale

 

FLESH

“Temple of Whores” 2006 CD

(Ironfist Productions)

Older sounding dark death metal. Reminds me a little of early Hypocrisy. It is decent stuff but the sub-par drumming does not match the rest of the music.  - Dale

www.Ironfistrec.cjb.net

 

FROGG CAFÉ

“Fortunate Observer of Time” 2005 CD

(Prog Rock Records)

Label name says it all. Frogg play progressive rock like Yes, King Crimson, and Rush a bit, all very skillfully mixed with Frank Zappa’s jazz musical genius moments.  - Dale

shawn@progrockrecords.com