PANDEMIA

“Riven” 2005 CD

(Metal Age Productions)

Great death metal in every way. I have been championing these guys since their demo days and they have only gotten better.  - Dale

Metal Age, Box 42, 038 61 Vrutky, SLOVAKIA

 

PHOBIA

“Generation Coward” 2019 CD EP & 12” EP

(Willowtip Records)

I got a couple of the bands early ‘90s 7” ep’s (split w/Plutocracy is a classic!) and their first album, before I lost track of them. A kid yells on the 1st track “It’s time to grind!!” and Phobia do just that by putting on a display of some of the meanest, most brutal & great grindcore insanity you will ever hear! The legends keep stoking their considerable legacy! Don’t be fooled if you see this listed as an album, it is a 15 minute ep and I can not stop listening to it over and over on repeat – killer!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/phobiagrindcore    https://willowtip.bandcamp.com/ 

 

POSSESSION

“Promo 2005” CDR

(Axa Valaha Productions)

Energetic straight forward clean death metal from Romania. Some nice depth in the guitar work and the growls (not gurgles or grunts) are nice and deep.  - Dale

www.possession.at

 

 

PROTECTOR

“Ominous Message of Brutality” 2005

(I Hate Records)

An ‘80s thrash band that stayed true to their roots?! This follow up again of re-released gems of Protector by I Hate, bears that out, this time we have the ’89 LP + ’90 MLP + live tracks. This band was amazing, just catchy fast straight ahead thrash in the classic German vein. A must have!  - Dale

www.ihaterecords.cjb.net

 

PROZONAL WAR

“When Times Turn Red” 2005 CD

(AFM Records)

Not sure how to describe them? I guess ‘80s heavy metal with some thrash and death metal elements mixed into the maelstrom. Not bad just average.  - Dale

 

PSYCROPTIC

“Symbols of Failure” 2006 CD

(Neurotic Records)

Run of the mill semi-technical brutal death metal in the American mold coming from the Aussie act.  - Dale

www.neurotic-records.com   www.psycroptic.com

 

 

 

PURE INC.

“A New Days Dawn” 2006 CD

(AFM Records)

Hard rock with a radio friendly vibe. It did not grab me despite being well done.  - Dale

www.afm-records.de

 

REPTILIUM

“Conspiranoic” 2019 CD EP

(Self Released)

Reptilium is a South American death metal band that is a side-project of bands from neighboring provinces. This new release features four tracks of occult death metal with some black metal elements blended into some of the music. The members seem to draw influences mainly from current brutal death metal, as well as some early ‘90s influences can be heard.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/reptiliumsect    https://reptiliumsect.bandcamp.com/releases 

 

RESECTION

“Zenith” 2006 CD

(Unmatched Brutality)

More brutal death metal, kind of technical and at times not. Like a cross between Suffocation and Mortician.  - Dale

 

ROTTEN WORLD

“Compilation Vol. 1” 2005 CD

(Rotten World Productions)

Great mix of bands to introduce you to the South American scene. Included: Purulent, Inhumate, NB 604, Carnarium, Nahual, Evilheart, Dyspraxia and shit loads more!  - Dale 

R.w. Prod., Beto Ampuero D., Av. Victor Raul Haya de la Torre 191 – Muro, Chiclayo, PERU rottenworld@yahoo.es

 

RUINS

“Spun Forth Dark Nets” 2005 CD

(Neurotic Records)

They kind of remind me of a spunky Gothenburg death metal band playing back metal and doing a fair job.  - Dale

www.neurotic-records.com 

 

SARFAUST

Rise Of The Coffin Witch” CD

(Death Zone Productions)

Sarfaust are a death thrash metal band coming out of Australia’s metal scene and this is their debut album featuring eleven songs of aggressive, semi-violent thrashing death metal. The guitars are a fast, whirlwind style played with skill and experience. The vocals are raw, thrashy screams that fit the bands music perfectly. This is an excellent release worth checking out.  - Patrick

https://sarfaust.bandcamp.com/    https://www.facebook.com/Death-Zone-Prod-1800520670197909/  

 

 

SCAR SYMMETRY

“Symmetric In Design” 2005

(Nuclear Blast America)

Keybored laden lightweight Goteborg style melodic death metal. This is just too lightweight for me, glad this scene is dwindling.  - Dale

 

SCID

“Fucked Beyond Recognition” 2005 CD

(Unmatched Brutality)

Unmatched Brutality continue to impress me with their stellar commitment to promoting their bands. Scid is what you come to expect from U.M., pure unadulterated steamrolling death metal grinding at it’s finest. If you love speed, brutality and riffs you can bang to, then contract a case of Scids.  - Dale

 U.M. Records, PO Box 1869, Powell, TN.37849, USA   www.unmatchedbrutality.com

 

SECRET’S SHE KEPT

“Requiems To Midnight, Woe” 2005

(Morbid Souls Music)

Excellent recording. Floridian black death that sounds a tad too much like new Dark Funeral and old Cradle of Filth for my liking. Some solid riffs and ideas here but it did not come together for me.  - Dale 

M.S. Music, c/o Andrew Parrish, Louisville, OH. 44641, USA  www.geocities.com/morbidsoulsmusic

 

 

SHADE EMPIRE

“Intoxicate O.S.” 2006 CD

(Dynamic Arts Records)

Melodo metal drowned like an unwanted puppy dog, in tons of electronica. It is one wimpy soup of junk.  - Dale

www.dynamicartsrecords.com

 

SHAKRA

“Fall” 2005 CD

(AFM Records)

1980s hard rock like a mix of the The Cult with all the glam bands of the era. Yuck, this sucks!  - Dale

www.afm-records-de

 

SKULLFUCK

“The Supreme Ugliness” 2006 CD

(Bestial Burst)

Brutish thrash and old school death mix that owes much to Canadian legends Slaughter! Not as good as the originators but decent nonetheless if you love this style.  - Dale

http://bestialburst.blackmetal.fi

 

 

SLAUGHTER LORD

“Thrash ‘Til Death” CD

(Invictus Productions)

I reviewed this like 6 or 7 years ago when Invictus released it the first time! Here it is again, Slaughter Lord are old Oz thrash legends and if you do not know that, then get this already.  - Dale

www.invictusproductions.net

 

SOULGRINDER ZINE

Assault Volume 2” 2019 Compilation CD

(Self Released)

The first edition leaned more in the black, death, thrash direction largely from South America. This 2nd edition leans more heavily towards heavy metal, speed, death, thrash metal crossover arenas. This time around it is more of an international line-up featuring good to great songs from bands like Fondlecorpse, Eternal Breath, Teratos, Paralysis, Hatchet, Blizzard Hunter, Oblivion, Tormented, MX, Paganfire, Ruin, Gravered, Metal Crucifier and lots more! Great sound, top notch packaging. Get it!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/soulgrinder.zine/    http://soulgrinderzine.blogspot.com/  

 

SPEARHEAD

“Deathless Steel Command” 2006 CD

(Invictus Productions)

War metal with heavy thrash roots, the riffing is fucking awesome!! It makes me want to crush something. A really sick atmosphere to the music. Oh how I like this, unstoppable.  - Dale

www.spearhead.cjb.net 

 

 

SUNN

“Black One” 2005 CD

(Southern Lord)

I have always wanted to like Sunn. However, like Boris their brand of tedious do nothing doom was just boring. Here it is not miles better but they have added a bunch of black metal collaborators which has added a sick Beherit-ish crusty feel.  - Dale

 www.southernlord.com 

 

SYNTELEIA

“Ending Of The Unknown Path” 2019 CD

(Hells Headbangers Records)

This is Synteleia’s debut album featuring nine tracks of atmospheric, mid paced black metal. The listener will hear the influence of Greece’s elder gods of the bm scene ala early Rotting Christ, Necromantia & Varathron in their sound. The band does put their own touches to this classic revered style to great a good record.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/synteleia    https://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/ 

 

TESTSWITCH ISOLATOR

“Let’s Dance” CD

(Casket Music)

Commercial tinged grindcore mixed heavily with jazz and off the wall goofiness. They do it well but it is also fuggin mess at the same time. Great one minute and shite the next, though thankfully more that former than the latter.  - Dale

www.coprorecords.co.uk   www.testswitchisolator.co.uk

 

TIR

“Metal Shock” 2019 CD

(Gates Of Hell Records)

TIR were formed in 1980 (!!!), managing to release just one demo tape from ’80-86, reformed ’89-’97, before finally reforming again in 2005 for the long haul & amazingly releasing their debut album in 2011! This is their second album of absolutely fantastic old school heavy metal with great songs, superb guitar work and ace vocals sung in their native Italian!  - Dale

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

 

 

THE TRACEELORDS

“The Ali of Rock” 2006 CD

(AFM Records)

Rock music, the kind you could easily turn the radio on and hear. I just do not listen to commercial shit like this – sorry.  - Dale

 

TRAUMASPHERE

“Voidcall” 2018 Promo CDR

(Visceral Circuitry Records)

This promo is for the re-release of this ‘01 demo disc, now out for the first time on pro-pressed cassette tape. The band play old school early ‘90s North American style death metal and are great at it. They also have some interesting & adventurous technical, trippy song structuring elements that set them apart from the pack. This over looked gem deserves to be heard!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/visceralcircuitryrecs    https://visceralcircuitryrecs.bandcamp.com/music 

 

TWILIGHT

“Twilight” 2005 CD

(Southern Lord)

American black metal supergroup featuring members of Nachtmystium, Xasthur, Krieg & Leviathan. This has to be one of the better bm albums I have gotten for a while. Nothing fancy just a visceral / melancholy dichotomy drown in evil.  - Dale

S.L. Recordings, Box 291967, Los Angeles, CA. 90029, USA  www.southernlord.com

 

 

TYRANNY

“Tides of Awakening” 2005 CD

(Firedoom Records)

Minimalistic slooow funeral doom where the vocals are as much a main instrument as the guitar and drums. Extremely simple but also effective.  - Dale

www.firedoom.fi

 

TZUN TZU

“Without Zen” 2006 MCD

(Dissident Records)

Brutal ‘ancient’ death metal that actually smokes mixed with oriental interludes played on traditional instruments like Koto Harps, Taiko drums. Very interesting and punishing.  - Dale

D. Records, Box 46554, London N1 2WW, U.K. dissident@dissident.plus.com

 

VENUSIAN DEATH CELL

Holycaust” 2019 Demo CDR EP

(Self Released)

David Vora has been wreaking UG metal havoc with his one man Irish band for 25 years now! David has a rudimentary command of the guitar and uses a drum machine that is not great sounding, but serves his purpose I suppose. My fave part of VDC is still David’s distinctive voice as he belts out gruff, emotion filled half sung, half spoken vox dripping with ehco-y venom. The songs are extremely stripped down & simplistic, lacking song structuring vision, but the man gives it his best and that is admirable. Who cares what anyone else thinks, keep it going David!  - Dale

https://youtu.be/u4_1kJDSY6k    davidvora10@hotmail.com 

 

 

 

VINTERRIKET

“Der Ewigkeit Entgegen” 2005 CD

(Flood The Earth Records)

There actually appears to be a bit of actual music and vocals among the sappy nature CD sound effects. One of the most boring bands on this planet!  - Dale

Flood… Records, Box 402, Pinole, CA. 94564, USA www.floodtheearth.com

 

VISCERAL BLEEDING

“Remnants Revived” 2005 digi CD

(Neurotic Records)

Raging, fast and rhythmic like the old days, think Suffocation, Sinister, Cannibal Corpse etc… I enjoyed it.  - Dale

Neurotic Recs., Stratinghpad 23, 5025 DS Tilburg, NETHERLANDS www.neurotic-records.com

 

THE VISION BLEAK

“Carpathia” 2005 CD

(Prophecy Productions)

Gothy slick light ‘metal’ with those poofy, I’m really sexy husky clean male goth vocals. Total crap… Surprise it is on Prophecy!  - Dale

www.prophecy.cd

 

 

VOICES OF THE STYX

“Compilation” 2006 CD

(Terranis Productions)

Always hard to review compilations but if you love guttural death metal with indecipherable vocals and black metal, you will love this release. Some bands are: Thy Funeral, Ahriman, Age of Agony, Warkult, Blood Rainbow, Gutted, Funebre…  - Dale

www.terranisproductions.hu 

 

VOMIT ANGEL

“Imprint Of Extinction” 2019 CD & LP

(Iron Bonehead Records)

Vomit Angel unleash their debut this month through Iron Bonhead Records. This album features 20 songs of total death grind madness, with some black metal influences used in a few of the tracks. The vocals are guttural growls and some gruff old school growls. If you are a fan of grind metal with both death and black metal influences be sure to pick up a copy of this record soon.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/VomitAngelDK    https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com   

 

WARFIST

“Pure Fucking Hell” Demo / Rehearsal CDR 2005

Super raunchy ‘n raw Satanic warring thrash in the old Canadian ‘80s spirit. Their intense old school spirit and energy is infectious.  - Dale

c/o Alkoholic Wraht, Ul. Francuska 4/20, 65-941 Zielona Gora, POLAND

 

 

WOLFSLAIR

“Odin” 2005 digi-pak CD

(Ancient Darkness Prod.)

This is interesting, a Danish band playing North American style caustic war metal ala Conqueror, Blasphemy with Deicide, old Monstrosity and so on. I really grasped it.  - Dale

impaler@ancientdarkness.dk   www.ancientdarkness.dk

 

ZARATHUSTRA

“Contempt” 2006 MCD

(Undercover Records)

Evil sounding but very slickly executed black metal with a melodic undercurrent. Really this band is better than 80% of all bands in this genre today. Must have.  - Dale  

U. Records, Stockhauserstr. 3a, 35638 Leun, GERMANY alex@undercover-records.de   www.undercover-records.de