EVIL ARMY

I Commander” 2013 7 Inch EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)

 

Here is the newest seven inch from Memphis, Tennessee’s Evil Army. After a four year silence the band returns with a vengeance. We get three tracks of uncompromising, aggressive thrash metal in it's purist form, whirlwind guitars that mix in both intense fast riffs and some well done solo's. The drumming is just as intense and fast but flawless in it's execution with some amazing structures. Evil Army is probably one of the best bands out today playing pure thrash metal! Highly recommended to any and all thrash maniacs.  - Patrick

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

 

 

FLAUROS

“Third Curse” 2001 7” EP

(Dark Horizon)

 

I have been wanting to hear / experience Flauros for some time now and thanks to a timely order to Dark Horizon Records from me that time is finally here. I think I could call their music a mixing of pure early 90s black metal grimness mixed with more traditional metal guitar playing. They like to go from atmospheric sounds perfect for grave robbing expeditions to lightning raw assaults which viciously cudgel the senses. Excellent cryptic black metal from Finland, now I await their album with anticipation!  - Dale

 

 

FORGOTTEN TOMB / WHISKEY RITUAL

“Tribute To GG Allin” 2011 7”ep + CD

(Lo-fi Creatures)

 

Just what it says on the tin: a tribute to the troubled troubadour, the scumbag junkie, the outlaw scumfuc GG Allin. You love GG? Then buy the damn thing - this shit is cool. The sound is great, still suitably dirty and both bands have faithfully kept the raw edge and the notorious 'fuck off' attitude GG Allin was known for. No need for naming a particular favourite, as these are covers of long-time favorites of mine, so here's the track list : Forgotten Tomb do 'Expose Yourself To Kids', 'Gypsy Motherfucker' and 'I Kill Everything I Fuck', while Whiskey Ritual tear up through 'Die When You Die', 'Bite It You Scum' and 'Drink Fight And Fuck', including couple of GG's samples as well . Stellar selection of songs that will undoubtedly place a lunatic grin on your face. A one-finger salute to everything and everyone. Buy now or cry later.  - Vladimir Petrov

http://www.myspace.com/darknessinstereo  http://www.loficreatures.com/

 

 

GOATFIRE / IMPENDING DOOM

2001 Split 7" EP

(Christhunt Productions)

 

The Goatfire track "Scornful Chalice" really surprised me. This band is no ancient cult but perform black metal as if they were it's inventors. A raw piece of true ug black metal that I think none will deny. 2 tracks from the German cult Impending Doom:" Luceferian Curse" and "Headshot Christ". More great sadistic pure and extreme heavy metal as found on their latest LP "Apocalypse 3". Every release this band does is unique and every song memorable. (Too bad Impeding Doom felt Canadian Assault was not important enough to return the interview sent which they promised to fill out... – Dale)  - Jeffrey

c/o Marco Martin - Lagesche Strasse 42 - 33818 Leopoldshohe – GERMANY

 

 

GOUGE

Doomed To Death” 2012 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)

 

Gouge may just be one of the underground's best new bands, coming out of the Norwegian underground scene. Doomed to Death is the bands debut release on one of the best labels in metal scene today Hells Headbangers. Four tracks of raw, straight forward death metal with some thrash metal influences on the guitars. Gouge's music is simplistic yet effective death/thrash sure to please any fan of the late 80's and early 90's European scene. The vocals are a nice mixture of throaty / demon screams and some death growls but the band has a really interesting raspy / whispery vocal pattern that is used through out some of the vocal lines that adds to the bands darkness and mysterious style. If you’re a fan of darkened old school death metal then definitely check this band out. I for one hope Hells Headbangers releases more from Gouge and soon!  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/GOUGE.NEKRO  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/  

 

 

GRAND BELIAL’S KEY / NUNSLAUGHTER

“Sperm Of The Antichrist / Satan Is Metal’s Master” 2001 Split 7”EP

(Horror Records)

 

GBK – Rise out of their frozen & arcane undercroft swirled with anger and ablazed with seething darkness – channeled into pure hate for the plagues of this world – such as the subhuman infest they are forced to endure! Grand Belial play harsh genocidal black metal and sound like no one you’ve likely heard. This long unending hymn will violate your ears, stab your heart and leave you cold!

N – Are antichrist veterans of the scene and demonic soldiers of the metal way of life! They have been at it for almost as long as some of you fleshbags reading this have been out of diapers! It perplexes me every time I think this horde can not get any better they seemingly gut check to a whole other level and reach a new plane of musical hell superiority! They beat, batter & bludgeon all who cross their path breaking them into submission with their satanic death metal juggernaut. On top of all of this Nunslaughter honour the masters of might & mayhem with a bone jarring pat on the back from Satan for their cover of “Hellchild”!! Limited 666 copies!  - Dale

Nunslaughter rule!! H. Recs., Joergensgaard 49B, 1.-4, DK-6400 Sonderborg, DENMARK vampyr@get2net.dk

 

 

HEAVY CROSS
“Street Wolf”  2012 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)

 

I'm a picky ole bastard when it comes to bands trying to play the old school rock / traditional heavy metal, instead I prefer to listen to the original gods from the 70's and 80's. Well Heavy Cross hasn't really changed my mind on this matter the band does play some good catchy guitar riffs and solos but that’s about it. The vocals are pretty annoying. If your a die-hard old-school fanatic who has to own everything vinyl then go to Hells Headbangers and buy this, but if your more picky with your metal then check out the MASSIVE Hells Headbangers catalog I'm sure you will find some vinyl you have been searching for.  - Patrick

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

 

 

 

HELLGOAT

“End Of Man” 2014 7” EP

(Boris Records)

 

May the dark lord continue to bless Boris Records for continuing to send in vinyl. There are very few labels in the scene that are willing to send out vinyl for review. It is a testament to how much the label believes, in what they are doing, and how far they are willing to go to promote and support the bands and music released on their label. Boris continues to find quality bands, out of their native Atlanta, Georgia scene, Hellgoat continues that tradition. The band plays chaotic warring black death metal, slightly in the vein, of say Blasphemy or Angelcorpse sort of style. Maybe with a little early Incantation mixed in. I would not call them full on war metal, as it is often called, but they have some of that sound for sure. The opening track, during the first minute or so after the intro sounds out, you would think you are in for a doom release. Then you are hit with a whirlwind of dark death metal destruction, which comes in a stampeding cacophony of brutality. The gurgle/yelled growling vocals, race by in a blur, but they are just as maniacal and frenzied as the music. I am not sure I could say this is mandatory, but if you like low-fi warring black death metal, played at break neck speed then you will want to check this record and band out.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hellgoat/359498710801448   http://www.boris-records.com/     

 

 

HIC IACET

Prophecy Of Doom” 2012 7” EP

(Hells Headbangers)

 

Spain's Hic Iacet unleash their new two song seven inch through Hells Headbangers rec. Hic Iacet are definitely not a band that follow any trends in music or a certain genre when writing their songs. The guitarist plays mainly faster riffs with a dark feeling. The drumming is kept fast to mid paced beats but never going into the blast beat territory or too slow doomish territory. The vocalist has a really cool, original approach to his vocals with the deeper death growls but also has a whispery/raspy type of talking vocal patterns that fit this bands dark metal style very well. Hic Iacet are a band you will have to judge for yourself as I really can't think of any bands to compare them to but if you enjoy muddy, dark heavy death metal. Then Hic Iacet is a band you should definitely check out next time you visit the Hells Headbangers web-store the link is down below so why don't you go now?!!!  - Patrick

http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/hiciacet/  http://hellsheadbangers.com/  

 

 

INCURSUS

“Incursus” 2006 7” EP

(Forever Plagued Records)

 

I am always appreciative towards dedicated labels, who will send vinyl for review. An example of the dedication of the man behind Forever Plagued. This is my first time hearing Incursus. The band features VJS (Kult Ov Azazel, Demoncy, Crimson Moon etc...) playing on everything and Horidus (Demoncy, Tenebrous etc...) handling the vocal duties. So as you guess these two abyssic minions know what they are doing and execute their aims with extreme precision. There are two tracks on this short player and they are Daemonkult & Black Burial. The first track starts off immediately with seething chaos and intensity, that reminds me a bit to the early maelstrom conjured by Impaled Nazarene. Maybe the vocals also remind me to something like IP's Goat Perversion seven inch. The second tracks picks right back up with the ferocity and blackened vomit death metal. Despite the raw and raging nature of the music, if you focus beyond it you can pick some nice little guitar intricacies that extra depth to their sound. There is a great addictive and gloomy atmosphere on this record. I can highly recommend this piece of wax.  - Dale

http://www.foreverplaguedrecords.com  

 

 

JUDAS ISCARIOT

"March of the Apocalypse" 2002 7" EP

(Sombre Records)

 

A new JI release is always enough to get me feeling again. At least some things are worth living for. 2 tracks recorded in 96 and pressed on side Anti-Last Episode (y'know, the gay record label) and side Anti-egay. haha! That's the way to do it. Fuck not limiting your releases so the trendies can't get rich off of your art (?? – DALE). They give me another reason to react. The track "Extinction" has a notably metal feel to it revealing a Celtic Frost influence not really heard in past JI material. Another fine cult vinyl. - Jeffrey

 

 

JUDAS ISCARIOT

"To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding" 2002 LP

(No Colours)

 

The first thing I immediately noticed about this LP is that the song titles are great. Few bands put much thought into lyrics and titles these days (or too much thought in some cases). Side A started off very promising but for the first time ever I eventually found myself becoming somewhat disinterested a few songs into a JI record. The style is no longer grim but still hateful and eccentric. Akhenaten swears his devotion to "Heaven In Flames" which is certainly not his best work and this LP follows suit (I just wanted to interject here for those that feel like me that “Heaven In Flames” was indeed a masterpiece and some of JI’s finest work... – Dale). I experience this record as simply a good black metal release but my attention is not fully trained on it and I seek and live for the truest moments of utter darkness and obscurity. The most honest. Side B changes pace and even includes more metallish fare. I appreciate that JI is not "defined" and I will always support it. Very few truly live life and even fewer can understand why. Caring is not a part of it. Live and let die. - Jeffrey

 

 

LUGUBRUM

"Al Ghemist” 2001 LP

(Painiac Records)

 

Thanks to Frederic of Painiac records for turning me onto this great band. After I got this I went out and got some earlier Lugubrum stuff. My favorite so far has been "Winterstones" but "Al Ghemist" is an interesting listen indeed. The writing is fucking disjointed to say the least and some parts may even have the average metal fan struggling while some parts are straight ahead ruthless. Records like this keep the ug existing and also prove that ug metal isn't for everyone. This one's limited to 400 and I'm sure it's sold out by now.  - Jeffrey

 

 

LUST

“Apocalyptic Torment” 2001 12” Picture LP

(Decius Productions)

 

This is a re-release of the Lust portion of the Lust/Unholy Archangel/Kult 3 way split tape on the now deceased (both man & label) Impaler Of Trendies Productions. I reviewed said tape back in issue # 5. It is amazing to own this mighty release on vinyl!! If you do not own this already you suck and tough luck getting one. Limited to 300 copies (mine is # 134). Hail the chaos legions!  - Dale

Band Email = goatvulva@angelfire.com

 

 

MARK D

"5 Skull Bake / El Morroco" 2001 7" EP

(Southern Lord Recordings)

 

2 tracks: "El Morroco" rocks out in a St Vitus meets Fu Manchu and Scissorfight style. Up your wattage and this song will flow right in. "5 Skull Bake" on the other hand is a total droning guitar flecked piece of noise. The vox exist in a drug induced or sleep deprived plane of half existence and half reflection. Something my weary body readily relates to. One of the more important and believable artistic endeavors I've heard in a while. - Jeffrey

 

 

MINDBLASTER

“Days Of Coma” 1999 7” EP

(Genocidal Records)

 

This vinyl gave me a hard on, not just the music made it stiff – the German porn samples helped as well. These music fuck ups Mindblaster mix crusty punk (no none of that PC commercial shit!) with pure metal sickness. It’s hard  to imagine such a mix working but somehow Mindblaster twist it into a cool form. The vocalist sounds like a pissed off bum who just had his bottle of whiskey which he had panhandled for all day stolen, it fits the music well.  - Dale

Mindblaster, c/o Hogebrandt, Fjallvagen 48, 451 53 Uddevalla, SWEDEN mindblaster@Telia.com

 

 

MINDBLASTER / HATHOR

“Losers – Unite!” 2001 Split 7” EP

(Genocidal Records)

 

Mindblaster are older but not wiser as they shit out two new angry snot drenched tracks “Chemical Lobotomy” & “Alcohol And Anguish”. More of the same debauchery as above, but leaning now a little more in the punk / crust direction but still as pissed and volatile as ever. Anyone into heavy holocaust fist to the face metal punk should like this. Hathor are pure raunchy punk rock and I’m not a huge punk fan but when it is this nasty I do. It makes me not want to bathe, put on my grandpa’s ripped up clothes, go to a dollar show in someone’s basement and puke on some smelly punker bitches rancid fish cunt haha. Kind of reminds me of a faster, rougher Dead Kennedy’s mixed with a little GBH and beyond. Only $3 US for this fucking thing to the Mindblaster addy above.  - Dale

 

 

MOONBLOOD / KATHARSIS

2001 Split 7" EP

(Sombre Records)

 

The Moonblood side consists of a track recorded in 97 called "Supreme Black Forces of Steel". Not as majestic as some "Blut und Krieg" material but very metallized and barbaric. A band that truly deserve a cult status. Rest in hate..even though you seem to be releasing more stuff now then when you were together. Katharsis offer no mercy with the track "Watchtowers of Darkness". Not as epic minded or melodic as their style is usually performed but the manic drumming and sadistic vox keep this aloft. Great cover art by Solieri of Goatfire & ex-Hellflame zine. - Jeffrey Kusbel

 

 

 

MORTICIAN

Chainsaw  Dismemberment” 2013 Double LP

(Hells Headbangers Records)

 

Hells Headbangers, has re-released Mortician's classic 'Chainsaw Dismemberment", on double LP, for all the rabid vinyl fans out there. What can you say about Mortician, that hasn't already been said? They were one of the originators of brutal, sick death metal. This was originally released in 1998 on cd and cassette, this is a great release, extremely fast guitars, insane fast drum machine. Will Rahmers trademark low vocals, and the unforgettable horror movie intro’s. If you’re a Mortician fan, you may want to get this double LP soon, because I'm not sure how many of these were made up.  - Patrick

https://myspace.com/morticiannydm   http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/    

 

 

 

MUKNAL

Muknal” 2012 12'' MLP

(Hells Headbangers Records)

 

Muknal are a new band and they definitely seem to embrace all that is dark and heavy within death metal scene. The three songs on the self titled 12-inch have a heavy, yet dark, haunting atmosphere and sound. Think early Incantation meets slower, darker doom parts, the band is not total doom as there are a lot of furious faster death metal influences {while keeping the dark atmosphere well intact}. The drummer is just as intense as the rest of the musicians of Muknal whether he is slowly beating the drums for a slow build up or if he is beating and blasting away with rage and fury. The vocals are low  growls with some whispery type of vocals. Muknal are a hard band to put into a category besides haunting and extreme and even harder to compare them to anyone. The only two bands that even come close are old Incantation and Disembowlment but even those are only slightly influential as Muknal has a sound all their own.  - Patrick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygfZAfVKXq4  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/   

 

 

NARGAROTH

"Rasluka - part 2" 2002 10" EP

(No Colours Records)

 

A new release of Nargaroth and of course a different one. I fully respect the vision to not stagnate but keep the music directly in line with the emotions that inspired it. This release takes a more melodic turn towards more Norwegian sounding (notably Kampfar) black metal and includes brief interludes of melancholy flute work. With most I would say nay but it fits in this case. Kanwulf dedicates this entire ep to a deceased friend who hung himself. As described in the insert "Rasluka is the phonetic morphology for the Russian expression of "parting ways". Such should be noted and understood when listening.  - Jeffrey

Postfach 1119 - 04767 Mugeln – GERMANY 

 

 

 

NUNSLAUGHTER

Cerebus” 2012 7" EP Picture Disk

(Hells Headbangers Records)

 

This is a band that should need no introduction to the readers of any underground metal zine and that band is Nunslaughter. Nunslaughter have been tearing things up in the underground for decades and still going strong today. For those who don't know or were like myself and missed it the first the time around Cerebus was originally released in 2003 as a 7-inch. But the fine gentleman at Hells Headbangers decided to re-release this death metal classic as a picture disk with two exclusive rehearsal tracks. If your one of the few {and unfortunate} who have never heard this legendary band the band plays no frills, stripped down death metal with heavy mid-to fast paced guitars, pounding drums and the vocals are mixed death growls and screams. If you’re a long time fans of this band you know what to expect so buy it now! If your new to Nunslaughter then buy it now and be prepared to hear what death metal should sound like.  - Patrick

http://www.myspace.com/nun666slaughter  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/ 

 

 

NUNSLAUGHTER/ABIGAIL

Fucking Satan” 2011 Split 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)

 

Two legends on one vinyl release a dream come true for some die hard metal fanatics. Up first is the U.S death mongers Nunslaughter with fierce uncompromising guitar riffs which are mid to fast but there are some catchy and memorable riffs intertwined it's not just a wall of noise. The drumming is flawless and top-notch with heavy mid-paced drum beats that does speed up to moments of furious beats but slows back down to the heavy mid-paced style that the band is known for. Up next is the Japanese metal masters Abigail with two tracks of blackened thrash with some death metal influences here and there. They hit you with some intense, whirlwind guitars the drumming is both chaotic and furious but also very complex and played extremely well for the style. Inhuman screams spew out the lyrics. This is a great and must have vinyl from two legendary underground bands, highly recommended so don't waste anytime and buy it today!!  - Patrick

http://www.myspace.com/nun666slaughter  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/  

 

 

NUNSLAUGHTER / ANTISEEN

2013 Split 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)

 

Two legends on one vinyl release, who else would bring it to you? Hells Headbangers of course! Up first is the death metal gods Nunslaughter with two brand new tracks the first track "So Vile" is a short blast fest mixing death/thrash metal and high energy old-school punk influence in the guitars and drumming. The second song the burning times is more straight forward raw, harsh death metal with fast drumming, fast guitars and raw spoken/gruff vocals, just excellent songs from the masters of death metal. Up next is Antiseen with two tracks air of opportunity has a total Motorhead feel with the dirty, raw metal/rock feel with fast guitars drumming and even the vocalist sounds a like Lemmy with his gruff vocals. The second and final song of the 7 Inch "Down To The Bone" musically not as chaotic as “Air Of Opportunity”. The music is still raw but more controlled and mid paced with some catchy riffs and drumming patterns, the vocals are somewhat gruff but also with some clean screams and sing along chorus. Overall a great release and well worth a listen to anyone and everyone who is a fan of both or one of these bands.  - Patrick

http://www.antiseen.com/  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/  

 

 

NUNSLAUGHTER

Christmassacre” 2012 7-Inch EP picture disk

(Hells Headbangers Records)

 

Hells Headbangers rec. has unleashes yet another Nunslaughter classic 7-Inch from the vault. Originally released on christmas day in 2004 Christmassacre includes four classic tracks from the death metal masters. If you have never heard Nunslaughter before then you truly missing out on some great death metal!! Catchy guitar patterns that range from fast to mid pace range riffs. Drumming is near perfection with similar patterns ranging from aggressive beats to more controlled mid beats. This is probably one of my favorite Nunslaughter releases that I have had the pleasure of hearing and this is definitely recomended to all Nunslaughter fans.  - Patrick

http://www.nunslaughter.com/  http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/