this is great stuff, more like the early Abscess demos then their
newer stuff and it is complete sewage, romping ripping death metal!
Bacteria – Total grinding death metal with speed, speed and
more speed. Pretty intense, good thing it was short because I am
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…
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.
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..
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.
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!
Black metal that
is a little one dimensional, too melody laden and symphonic for my
tastes. What about yours? $6 us:
Nicolas, Le plein ciel 6A, 5 rue des charmettes, 05000 Gap, FRANCE
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.
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.
as Bloodcum, these Dutch blokes are brilliant with band names.
American style guttural death metal that is really average and
humdrum. Forgettable release.
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.
D.R., P.O. Box
30727, Long Beach, CA. 90853, USA
1994? Wow. Reminds me of a so-so version of Crowbar but with more
melodo death metal to it. OK, nothing more.
Axa Valaha, c/o
Mihai Caraveteanu, str Victoriei, bl.M4, sc. D, ap. 11, Turnu
Magurele 145200 TR, ROMANIA
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.
Older even more primitive but oh so mighty black metal from one of
America’s deadliest bm bands, just evil! Includes live tracks…
– Black metal somewhat in the vein of classic Immortal. Good but
lacked a bit of feeling and atmosphere.
1527 F Crescent
Ln., Matthews, NC. 28105, USA www.gsr666.com.
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. -
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.
vigorous and varied death metal, a little depressive at times and
topped off with deep growls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cathedral stop playing doom?! This is sped up, fast rock and a large
disappointment, they just do not click at these speeds.
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.
'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.
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!
Scandinavian old brutal dm with a touch of old American dm influence
as well. Solid but average.
rock of course and this is very atmospheric and introspective. It is
good stuff if you are in the mood for that.
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
The exact same
as above. The vocals seem more adventurous and defined, which is
cool, a bit more blasting in the drums too.
c/o Mirek Sliwa,
UL. Rol na 6A, 67-106 Otyn, POLAND
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..
Tunes of Torture
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.
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??
title says it all total thrash metal maniacs with an up-to-date
production and vocals with inspired 80s metal squeals.
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.
259, 3301 Eger, HUNGARY
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.
Mostly I have
become tired of melodic goteberg death metal but Devanic do do it
suitably. Catchy but still semi-heavy and atmospheric.
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
c/o Sir Holm,
Maanviljelijankuja 6 B 21, 01370 Vantaa, FINLAND email@example.com
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Setinovski, ul. ‘Pehcevska’ 5/21, 1000 Skopje, MACEDONIA
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!
3593 Medina Rd. #109, Medina, OH. 44256, USA www.hellsheadbangers.com
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
death metal but hailing more from the Edge of Sanity brutish
melodicism than the flowery In Flames type.
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.
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
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