Spooky” Split 7” EP

(Hells Headbangers)


Acid Witch start off the seven inch, with their song “Evil”, a heavy doomish rock song, with some keyboards and heavy guitars. The vocals are growls with a dark tone to them. Their second track, “Fiends Of Old” is a little faster, with a rockin’ doomish anthem. I’ve never been a big fan of Acid Witch, but these song are pretty good and catchy. Up next, is the legendary Nunslaughter, also offering us two new songs for this release. First up, is “Two Spooky Tales”, which is a really good song filled with heavy guitars and some great drumming. The vocals, are done in the early nineties realm, with some screams thrown in. Nunslaughter have crafted two great songs that are definitely Nunslaughter. I'm not sure how many were made, so if you are an Acid Witch or Nunslaughter fan, I would get this as soon as possible.  - Patrick   




“Blood Chalices From The Impure” Split 7” EP

(Blood Harvest Records)


Greece’s Aima start off this split vinyl, with an intro of whispering vocals before they burst out with their song “Pagan Necromancy”, which is a solid blackened death metal hymn. The music is played with a lot of aggression, and skill, displaying extremely fast guitars and blasting drums. Spain’s Supremative unleash two songs, consisting of raw death metal, with some black metal influences. The first song from them is “Triumphant Vengeance Of The Antichrist”, which is played in the chaotic and fast raw, old school death metal style, featuring very well written music and well executed musicianship. The last song is “Omnipresent Morbid Excitement” (great crazy song title haha - Dale), which starts off with a heavier sound and style, then speeding up into to a faster realm in the middle of the song. The guitars are fast, chainsaw riffing backed with blasting drums. If you are a fan of well written, well played old school blackened death then be sure to pick up this split 7 inch.  - Patrick  




“Split” 7" EP

(Godz Of War Productions)


Poland’s Arkona starts off this split, with their song “Kucz Do Istnienia”, the song is filled with a lot of energetic and insane black metal, with some thrash intertwined within the guitar patterns. The drumming is done with a lot of power and speedy drum beats. The vocals are done in the black metal shrieking style, which really sounds great on this song. Up next on the flip side of this split is Illness with their track “Zara”. Illness seem to be atmospheric than Arkona and even have an industrial element within their music. It is a decent track, with some heavy guitars and fast drums, but I am much more in to raw / violent black metal. But if you are a fan of industrialized black them Illness will definitely be a band you will want to check out.  - Partick    




Split 7inch EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


Here we have another vinyl assault from Hells Headbangers, the two bands featured come out of the South American underground, both have been in the underground since the early 90's.Up first with their old school assault is Atomic Aggressor and their track "Blind Servants". The band doesn't waste anytime going straight for the speed and aggressive side of death metal with pummeling drums and insane fast guitar riffs that mix in some thrashy riffs and solo's with some heavier guitar tones at times. Next we have Death Yell with their song "Back From The Depths". Death Yell starts off a little more mid paced and has more of an old-school black metal sound to their guitars. The drums kick in at a mid-pace speed but slowly builds up to blazing fast drum beats, the guitars are mid to fast pace range and are raw/harsh black metal riffs. The vocalist fits right into the rest of Death yell's sound with hellish tormented shrieks. This is a pretty good split of old school death and black metal and should please fans of both genres.  - Patrick  




“Axeslaughter / Sunface” Split 7” EP

(Against Audio Records)


Axeslaughter the Finnish purveyors of depravity return to the pages of Canadian Assault. We have been lacking in the spilt booze, smoldering cigarette butts, debauchery and corpse molestation around here lately, so Axeslaughter to the rescue! The listener is treated to 3 songs of Hellhammer & old Mayhem chainsaw guitar gutfuck thrash metal, backed by relentless pounding drums, and an ultra short spastic guitar solo or two. I love the lyrics too, it is like GG Allin was reborn as an underground blasphemic metalhead from Finland. A small sample for you from the song Never Drink From The Dead. “I know she wants me in, but yet she’s out of luck, I gotta make sure that she’s dead, before I start to fuck, Never drink from the dead, Never Fuck the Living” haha. Okay so, let’s say a few words about Sunface now. They certainly are a contrast to their countrymen on this split. Sunface spit out a stripped down doomy sludge sound. It honestly has a fairly unique sound, at least to mine ears. They remind me a little of the band Cavity, minus the massive amounts of screeching feedback. The vocals are coarse, harsh yelled screams which add a nice intensity to their musical storm. Oh yes the riffing is really heavy and ripping, love that sound. There is only one long track on this side of the vinyl and it is a killer. I have to apologize to the band Axeslaughter, for this review taking so long, it got lost in the shuffle and I should have gotten to it sooner – I suck.  - Dale   





“Of Catharsis And The Dying World” 7” EP

(Against Audio)


Yes it is those Finnish bastards coming back to the pages of Canadian Assault! I locked up the women and battened the hatches, must get ready for the depravity and visceral violence, which is sure to follow in their wake. There are four songs on this black as night slab of vinyl; they are “Serpent’s Dirge”, “Coffin Breath”, “Apocalyptic Government” and “Victim Of The Axeslaughter”. I must say, the Axe have never sounded this clear before, yet they do retain that raw edge and raunchy feel, which is essential to their sound and attitude. The opening track “Serpents Dirge” motors along, as a straight up rollicking and gutting dirgy anthem song. Lyrically, the song is sort of a love letter, set to the theme of worldwide suffering and genocide, as the planet and its inane modern technology across the globe is slowly ground to smoldering ash. The guitars on these songs are a crushing, slow motion dirty chainsaw gutfuck, that and the song style / arrangements will remind you to old god bands like Slaughter, Goatlord, Hellhammer, early Mayhem, Nunslaughter. All of which should give you a picture of this bands grimy doomy death metal sound. I liked some of the short, very possessed, hyper brief guitar solos mixed in here and there. On “Coffin Breath”, I enjoy how the main vocals are killer cycling near indecipherable acid growling, up until you hit the repeated raise your studded fist and sing along chorus, which is in a different vocal style, it is just shouted in a gruff and clear voice. This song must be fun live and get the crowd singing along to the sickness. If you can not tell I am not let down in the least, Axeslaughter only continues to get better and better with time. Search this thing out now! I want to thank the band for sending in vinyl for review, you guys fucking rule, thanks for the support! Hail Finland!  - Dale     




“Nausea” 7inch EP

(Bloody Productions)


A lovely piece of vinyl comes our way courtesy of Bloody Productions. There are 2 songs of Spanish black metal for us to spin and this is hand numbered & limited to only 500 copies. The release comes with a cool little parchment style booklet. Some good classic style riffing and the hymns just seem to drip with hate and darkness. The vocals are a little more on the unorthodox maniacal side of things. As opposed to the classic grinding rasp of this old black metal style. All in all two great hymns of blasphemy and cruel darkness but I need to hear more from them. I will keep my eyes out for more Balmog releases in the future.  – Dale 





“Primitive Age” 12” EP

(Hells Headbangers)


Hells Headbangers re-releases Bat’s demo tape “Primitive Age” on vinyl. This release, serves to give the maniacs a taste of the band, while they busy themselves finishing up their debut album for the label. Bat mix old-school speed metal, with hints of punk / crossover, to make a very good release that should please fans of of both metal and crossover fans. The vocals are done by Ryan Waste of the band Municipal Waste, the vox are a mix of screams and gruff vocal patterns. Felix Griffin (ex DRI) does a superb job on the drums, playing fast drum beats, but also he keeps the drums with the guitars and slows down in a few songs, for a more controlled mid-paced range. If you are a fan of crossover speed metal and old style punk rock, you should definitely check this band out soon.  - Patrick    




Satan’s Fist” 12" LP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


Here we have a real treat from the metal warriors over at Hells Headbangers. The 1996 demo from Australia's Bestial Warlust that was until now unavailable to the underground fanatics. Satans Fist is the final recording of Bestial Warlust and features Skullfucker on vocals and Hellcunt on drums, the music is the violent war black/death metal that bestial war metal sound that Bestial Warlust made popular in the mid nineties with their two full-lengths. The three tracks featured on Satan’s Fist are not as intense or hateful as the full-lengths, but the songs are still a great mix of barbaric death metal and violent black and sure to please any fans of this legendary horde.  - Patrick  




Black Jesus Saves” 12" E.P.

(Hells Headbangers Records)


Australia's Black Jesus arises to pummel and crush the trends and wannabe's of the underground. Eight songs of aggressive death/thrash metal with some old-school black metal influence in some of the songs. You get fast whirlwind guitars that are really well played. The guitarists know how to keep the guitars fast, intense but at the same time are done with conviction and flawless playing. The drumming is just as chaotic and frenzied with mid to fast paced beats. The vocals are mixed death growls/grunts and thrashy screams but fits perfectly with Black Jesus old school music. A must have for old-school fanatics.  - Patrick 





Apokalypse Towards Apokalypse” Split 7” EP

(Blood Harvest Records)


Argentina"s Black Vul Destructor, start off this seven inch, with two tracks of violent blackened death. The guitars are done with a lot of sheer power and crazed guitar riffs. The vocals are done with death growls and some gruff vocals as well. Up next is Chile's Et Verbi Sathanus, very chaotic with some thrash influence, as well. The guitars are crazy, all over the place, and the drums are just vicious blasting. The vocals are done  with some crazy black metal shrieks and screams. The second song "Gehinnon", has more of a death thrashy feel and the vocals are growls, with some higher pitched screams. I would say, both bands, are equally great on this split.  - Patrick    





“Upon The Trone... Of Eternal Blasphemous Death” 7-Inch EP

(Iron Bonehead Records)


The Texas based Blaspherian, return with a brand new seven inch, containing two tracks for this release. The music is heavy guitar laden death metal, with some crushing mid-paced drums, but the drummer is not afraid to let loose with some faster drum patterns mixed in. The vocals are heavy death metal growls, which are done extremely well. Blaspherian has released a great new 7 Inch, if you are a fan of this band or a heavy old school death metal fan, then definitely give this band a listen right now.  - Patrick    




Mayhemic Speed Anarchy” 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


Italy's Children Of Technology have always impressed me with their brand of cross-over high energy punk and aggressive thrashing guitar riff attack. On Mayhemic Speed Anarchy the band carries on their style with two new tracks of high energy anthems. Whirlwind guitars, catchy guitars, non stop drums high pitch screams and gruff vocals scream out the vocals that fit the bands musical energy nicely. If you have heard Children Of Technology's past releases you know what to expect or if your fan of a cross-over thrash/punk give Children Of Technology a chance you might enjoy their style.  - Patrick   




“Cloak” 7” EP

(Boris Records)


Cloak is a band that comes out of Atlanta’s metal scene, and they play a very interesting style of metal. The first song, “In The Darkness, The Path”, which is a good song, which displays newer death metal influences. The guitars are played at various speeds, starting off with a mid paced range and tempo, it does speed up to a faster pace in a few parts of the song. The guitarist also does a good job of writing, and playing some well done riffs and interesting patterns. The vocals are death metal growls with some screams intertwined in the music. The second song, “The Hunger”, which is done in the same vein, with some very well constructed and performed drum patterns and mid tempo guitar riffs that were really satisfying to hear. This is a hard band to put into one genre, as there is a few different genres, and a variety of bands that Cloak are influenced by. Cloak is a band that has a lot of good ideas, and they have the musicianship to back it up, so if this sounds like a band you might like then hurry and get this limited vinyl before it is sold out!  - Patrick  



“Inner Evil” 7-inch EP & Limited Edition MCD

(Svart Records)


For the old school metal fanatics reading this I'm sure you remember this Finnish death metal band from the mid 90's.Convulse released two albums through Relapse records before breaking up and doing their military services and other activities. After eighteen years of dormant silence the band reunited for a few shows and decided to release this two song seven inch {and a small run of Mcd's but not sure of the quantity being pressed}. Inner Evil is just amazing death metal at it finest like the band never took a break at all. You will hear mid-paced guitars with some excellent riffs and solo's with some slower almost death/doomish parts in sections before the band picks up the pace again. The drumming is right on pace with the guitars with some mid-paced heavy beats and structures. Convulse do speed up on a few sections of the songs but seem to be at home in the more mid-pace, heavier realm. If you enjoyed Convulse back in the mid 90's then you will love this release, but if you are a new fan and enjoy quality heavy old-school styled death metal from a band who actually started out back in the day then definitely pick this up!! On a side-note to anyone who is interested the band is currently working on a full-length to be released on Svart records later in 2013.  - Patrick   





Black Thrashing Terror” 7-inch EP

(Eldritch Lunar Miasma)


A lot of the bands in the scene today like to label themselves old-school maniacs, or claim to carry the torch of the metal gods from years past but seem to lack the passion, fire and intensity that the bands from the 80's and early 90's had. But that is one thing that can't be said for Cultfinder from the U.K. The band mixes in the best and most intense black/thrash metal from the metal gods from the 80's {Venom, Slayer} and mix in some pure black metal violence for a truly insane and explosive listen. Not really a whole lot to say or write about this style of metal it is a style you will worship and drool over or totally hate despise. But if you enjoy and miss the early days of metal when metal didn't really have any boundaries and it was always uncompromising then you should give Cultfinder a listen you won't be disappointed.  - Patrick  




"Dead Conspiracy” LP

(Self Released)


Portland Oregon’s Dead Conspiracy (one of the pioneer late ‘80s dm bands making a comeback), return with a brand new LP and digital download, consisting of nine songs of pounding, heavy old school death metal. The band knows how to write solid and memorable death metal in the old tradition. The guitarist does a good job of writing and playing a mix of mid tempo, heavier riffs mixed with some aggressive guitar patterns. The drumming is done with a mix of heavy mid paced drum patterns and an all out assault of fast, chaotic drums. The vocals are raw death growls and gruff old school style growling used in a few of the songs. Anyone into pure old school death metal will definitely want to add this self titled record to their collection today.  - Patrick       




“Knifehammer” 7” EP

(Boris Records)


Let it be known, I love Boris Records! Any label, which sends out physical copies of vinyl for review, has my appreciation. That is serious dedication to promoting your band, label and scene. What is even better is the label has good taste in music. Upon dropping the needle, I was greeted with some monster steamrolling riffing, filled with a wonderful mixture of thrash, along side some power metal influences, maybe even a hint of death metal thrown in for good measure. The music on this two song (Side A “Knifehammer”, Side B “Beneath The Obsidian”) piece of vinyl, explodes out ones speakers with such energy and vigor. I dare you not to headbang to this band, you simply can not resist it! It all hits you, the drumming for example is expertly played saturation bombing of the senses, the vocals are old school thrashing magnificence, which somehow manages to match the adrenaline the music, coming at you dumping waver after wave energy. There is a mix of a couple different vocal styles, one is kind of Udo-like, and another has a hint of Mille from Kreator and maybe something like the vocals from Uncle Slam. You get a few brief, gang sung choruses that were cool to hear and fun. The riffing and harmonies will stick with you, long after the needle lifts and that is testament to the quality of the material on here. I also love the short, but frantic guitar solos, that jump in and punch in some extra dynamic and class into the song, then quickly check out, before any of the energy or flow can be interrupted. This great vinyl is limited to only 500 copies, the packaging is excellent, fantastic artwork, made from quality materials and the vinyl itself comes on glow in the dark snot colour with wispy black swirls. If you miss out on the limited vinyl, it is for sale cheap on download. This one comes highly recommended from me to any old school heavy metal and thrash metal fans!  - Dale  



"Hell Comes To Life” 7” EP

(Boris Records)


We see the return of the old school thrashing maniacs to Canadian Assault, with a new two song EP. The first song, on this vinyl, is “Hell Comes To Life”, which an aggressive thrash metal attacking track featuring ripping guitars played with a lot of skill and fierce patterns. The vocals are some raw screams mixed with some blackened style vox. The second song is a cover, Judas Priest’s classic “Hell Patrol”, the band does a great job capturing the intensity of that song, but also adding a dash of their own style to the song. If you are a fan of the early years of thrash, such as Kreator, Exodus, Judas Priest “Painkiller”-era, then be sure to check this slab of vinyl out as soon as it is released.  - Patrick   




The Carnal  Slumber / Enemy's Perimeter” Split 7” EP

(Eldrich Lunar Miasma / Dybuk Records)


Here is a new vinyl split release featuring California's Decrepitaph and Malaysia's Humiliation. Up first is California's Decrepitaph playing their brand of old-school guitar heavy u.s death metal the band does slow down half way through the song and mix in some heavy, slow death/doomish guitars and mid-paced drums before picking up the pace again. The vocals are death growls that fit very well with the music the band creates. Up next for your metal listening pleasure is Malaysia's Humiliation who set the mood nicely with a short intro of machine gun fire, rocket explosions before starting their own musical attack with blackened thrashing guitars, mid-to fast drums. This is my first time hearing both bands and this is a good release and definitely worth your money if you enjoy old-school and old-school black/thrash mixed with some death influences.  - Patrick 




“A Prophecy Of Nihilism” 7-Inch EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


Australia’s Destruktor, starts off the split, with their song “Beseiged”. The sound on here is a great sounding brand of old-school death metal bombast. The drumming is performed with a lot of talent and power with crazed blast drumming, with a few parts of more mid-tempo drums. The guitars are just as fast, with some insane riffs and a few solos mixed into the song. Up next, we have Poland’s Throneum, with their song “Cthonian Lust” and again this is a band that totally respects and lives the old-school death metal way. There are some great guitar chords and fast drumming patterns driving home their ancient sound. I am not sure, if this is a limited release or not, so if you interested, then I would check the labels site as soon as possible and pick this one up.  - Patrick   





“Wasteland Fugitives” 7 inch ep

(Self Released)


Well that is interesting. I have not come across a piece of new vinyl in a long damn time that was played at 45 RPMs. I have a few kicking around my collection, mostly stuff handed down from my older sister, stuff like the Queen We Will Rock You / Another One Bites The Dust single. I suppose unlike some metal devotee’s instead of rolling my eyes. I am excited to have a punk band send me their releases. I have a love for punk rock for sure. Though in all fairness Die Wasted probably have more metal guitars than most traditional sounding punk bands. There are two songs on this single, which are Wasteland Fugitives and Into The Tavern / My Last Drink. Check out the great cover artwork above as well, it is replete on the reverse with two hands on the back, each holding a bottle of rot gut whiskey or something similar. Yeah not your typical socio political punk band here, definitely more of a metal attitude and look visually on their release. Plus the drummer is wearing a fucking Slaughter Lord t-shirt. Oh fuck yeah! The vocals kind of remind me a little of the singer from the awesome and underrated Gang Green mixed with some weird G ‘N R vocal influence or something. Despite the metallic undertone of the guitars, this first song is punk rock city with energetic style, with fast riffing and snotty rapid fire vocals. The second track Into The Tavern… has a different vibe and pace. This song is way more metal sounding and slower, it is really heavy for what it is. A much different atmosphere from the first song but still somehow gives off that same sleazy attitude and feeling. This last track reminded me a little of some of Motorheads slower stuff. I was not sure what to do expect, but this exceeded my expectations. My apologies to the band for taking so long to review this, but I hope you sickos will send in some more music despite that because I am hooked. Best thing I have heard that crawled out of the armpit of Missouri in a long time.  – Dale




I Commander” 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  




“Self-Titled” 12” Vinyl LP

(Worthless Endeavors)


This really took me by surprise and by the throat as well. I mean there are many facets to Famine, and all of them take you to places overflowing with evil, hatred, melancholy and fill your head with strange visuals that will rattle you. You drop the needle and find yourself enveloped in darkness and cold loathing from a rapid fog of harsh, fast black metal, backed with some of the most insidious whispering bm vocals that I have ever heard, they enter your brain and swim around like a water moccasin injecting venom at will. Then second track, for example “Amaru”, is just as bizarre as the first yet equally dark in a much different way. It almost reminds me to those extremely creepy soundtracks from Italian horror films from the 70s and early 80s. The ones where you feel uneasy, a little disoriented and you are kept guessing as to what terror will crawl across your screen next. I like that Famine seems to achieve all of this in the non-typical manner of just drenching everything in synth. No they do it in all manner of ways, and take the hard way to produce these sounds, such as with the track “Liber Porta Lvcis”, it is tremendously atmospheric and disturbing and is produced on piano and violin. That what I call imagination and talent employed to produce true art. I have chills from that song and it is followed up “Curse”, a hymn filled with almost nothing but black voices, gasps, growls, hissing, vomit-like emanations, ghost-like screams of anguish – this album is a journey I assure you. I am mentally exhausted. A brilliant release that takes many elements you have heard, many you have not and combines them in a unique way that makes this record an absolute must own. On a side note this is the first time I have seen a card included with a vinyl, where you can go download a high quality mp3 version of the album. Also I have forgotten to mention the packaging is about as fine as you can get, superb layout, poster included, all made from quality material with a four panel fold-out cover and sturdy 180-200 gram vinyl. I can not recommend this enough.  – Dale 




“Tribute To GG Allin” 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




Doomed To Death” 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  




“Sacrifice” LP

(Gates Of Hell Records)


I was not sure if I was that big of a fan of this record, on first listen, but upon subsequent spins this Swedish band is really winning me over. It probably comes as little surprise, looking at the band name and cover artwork, that this band is a retro ‘80s heavy metal throwback. This ‘80s love is achingly on display, in the lyrics about fantasy themes, there are even songs about campy cult classic Kung Fu and Ninja movies like Kill And Kill Again and Ninja III: The Domination. If that were not enough, it is clear they went for yes a clear production, but one that mimics aspects of early to mid ‘80s production, lacking the extra punch at times in the guitars and subdued thinner sounding drums. Being and old school  guy myself I can appreciate this touch, but I do wish at times the guitars had a little more bite to them, also that they would let them gallop a little longer now and then on some of the killer riffs. All of that aside, if you do not mind retro for retro’s sake, then you will find Gravebreaker write some great infectious melodic songs, which showcase some solid song writing talent and feel for emotional highlights in the structuring. The keyboards, at times, are a little over used and unnecessary, but at other times on certain sections of songs like “At The Gates Of Hell” and “Messenger Of Death” they assimilate into the musical tapestry in a wonderful catchy way. The vocals have that cool old school; slightly gritty edge to them with the Swedish accent bleeding through, but only slightly and for me in a very enjoyable way. For reference some influences I could hear, think of early albums from bands like Accept, Omen, Ozzy, Mercyful Fate, Dio, Liege Lord, Running Wild, Acid, Judas Priest, Helstar, Tank etc… I think fans of early 1980s heavy metal will love this beauty of a record.  - Dale 



“Street Wolf”  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  





“End Of Man” 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     




“Eden In Flames” 7" EP

(Boris Records / Pale Horse Records)


Coming out of Atlanta, Georgia’s black metal scene is Hellgoat, who return with a new two song seven inch of unholy and barbaric music. The first song is “Inner Sanctum Ablaze”, which is a good song of true satanic blackness, featuring hyper speed and blasting drums that are done with a good style and interesting patterns. The vocals are harsh blackened shrieks and screams. The second song is “Scars Of Our Devotion” is in the same vein except there is more of a brutal and violent approach in this song. The drums are forceful and chaotic drum patterns. The guitars are played at a very fast pace, but the guitarist does slow down a little song, giving things a more controlled feeling. The vocals are done with a lot of power to the harsh evil dark screams.  - Patrick    




Prophecy Of Doom” 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  




“Entrantment Of Evil” MLP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


This was originally released in 1990, on 7inch ep (which I proudly own the Seraphic Decay pressing of and yes I did buy it back in the day and not off of Ebay or any shit like that - Dale), now is getting a new re-release through the mighty Hells Headbangers label. This is a very good release, which contains some serious death metal that is heavy and still stands, as one of the best releases even after all these years. The guitars are heavy, with some very fast parts, intertwined within each song and even a few solos are thrown into the mix. The drumming is fast and fierce, with some excellent drumming. The vocals are done by none other than Will Rahmer (Mortician), they are some good insane death growling. This is one of Incantations best and earliest recordings, so if you’re  fan of this legendary death metal band, then do yourself a favor and get a copy of this today!  - Patrick     




“Battle Zone” 7” EP

(Iron Bonehead Records)


Ice War is the new band, from Jo Capitalicide (formerly of Iron Dog), this band / project is nice mix of early heavy metal and NWOBHM. The guitars are played, mainly in the mid paced range, but do speed up a little faster, on the second song. The drums are done in the same vein, with some really well played, and written drum patterns. The vocals are a mix of screams, with some hollering and some very well done clean singing. If you are a fan, of early eighties hard and heavy metal, then definitely give this band a listen today.  - Patrick   





“Involuntary Organ Donor” 7” EP

(Boris Records)


Mangled comes to us out of Atlanta Georgia, which as Boris Records has highlighted, in recent years is a hot bed for extreme death, grind, black metal. This time they have shined that spotlight on Mangled, with the release of their new seven inch, entitled “Involuntary Organ Donor”. This piece of vinyl contains three tracks, of old school death metal with some thrash influences, especially within the guitars. Speaking further of the guitars, they performed with a lot of maturity and skill, mainly staying in the realm of thrashy guitars mixed with some heavier patterns. The vocals are a mix of high screams, with some black metal screeches, which fit Mangled’s sound perfectly.  - Patrick  




Malevolent Desolation” 12'' MLP

(Iron Bonehead Records)


Martyrvore returns with new music and a release after a seven year silence. “Malevolent Desolation" has some mid-paced to fast guitars that walk a fine line between mid-paced to an all out assault on your ear drums. The drumming is done with a lot of talent and skill playing mid to faster drum patterns. The vocals are done with a lot of growls and some gruff vocals. This is a release you should check check out for yourself it is like every other release out today, it has some good and bad parts.  - Patrick    




“Metal And The Might” 7” EP

(Cruz Del Sur Music)


Mausoleum Gate has returned, with their new seven inch, featuring two songs of classic heavy metal with a healthy hard rock influences. The first song is the title track, which is a hard rocking track, with a very good sound and excellent guitar work, which mainly stays in the mid-paced range. The vocalist sounds a little like Bruce Dickinson, but not a total clone. The second song is “Demon Soul”, which starts off with some spaced out guitars that do slowly go in a more mid-tempo style, but does speed up in a few sections, before going back down to a mid-paced range. The drumming is done in the same vein, with a middling speed, which really fits well into the bands musical style. The vocals are more diverse singing style. If you are a fan of early 80s hard rock, with some metal influences then be sure to pick up this 7”, when it is officially released.  - Patrick  





“Big Sky, Black Horse” 12" LP

(Self Released)


I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful looking piece of vinyl in the mail. It looks great, the artwork suits the music, looks nice blown up this big, and the record itself is sweet clear vinyl, with black smoke wafting from the center of the vinyl outward. Monobrow are from my homeland Canada, always a plus for me. These Canadian heavyweights, play rocking stoner fuzz hard rock / metal, with healthy doses 70s hard rock doom and progressive rock from the same time period, plus topped as mentioned with a modern stoner feel. All are influences that fall directly into my wheelhouse. Monobrow tend to stick to a middling pace, but they do slow it down, always propelled by catchy as fuck riffs and rhythms. The drumming on this record is great; it really drew me in at times and helped take me on a journey. Which, for me is something, that very rarely happens, coming that particular instrument. There are some sweet little bass noodles on the breaks, in between the riffing heat, that are the perfect accent. I also dig the somber, psychedelic moody moments; they linger in the air like a murky bitch of a head trip, before jumping back into the fray once again. The music on this album, is so good and delivers such a full sound, that I did not mind or really even think about there being no vocals on this album. I have to think, Monobrow would be a great band to experience live, not mention I want hear them say, “The next song is Old Man Mouthbreather” haha Killer song title. Get this!  - Dale    




“Wicca” 7” EP

(Boris Records)


Well this was a bit of a surprise for me. Until now, Boris Records had only sent me bands they championed, from their home base area of Atlanta, Georgia. Which, as it turns out, is more of a hotbed of quality extreme metal bands than I would have imagined? The label has reached way out of the area this time, and out of the country, searching all the way down south to Peru and the mighty South American UG scene to find Morbid Slaughter. There are two songs here “Wicca” and “Nightly Breath Of God” on this lovely little slab of vinyl. Morbid Slaughter play some great old school thrashing black metal that I often find myself missing these days. The songs and riffing are straight ahead and simple, but driving and very effective, creating a cold and sinister atmospheric feel to the music. There is a cool piercing guitar lead on the title track, as well as a more frenzied possessed lead, on the second track as well. Which fits the music surprisingly well and is not out of place at all. The vocals took me a couple listens to get used to and became a highlight for me after a while. I think it took me some time, to get into them, as they are just different than you usually hear these days and again are harkening back to the old days, like early Mortuary Drape or something similar. The vocals have some of the traditional bm rasp to them, but it is cloaked under a cool long drawn out creepy whisper, that only further adds to the ominous feeling the music gives you. This is well worth getting your hands on and it comes with a liner insert as well. I believe as of this writing, the vinyl is still available (I think I read somewhere it is limited to 500 copies), but if it sells out by the time you read this, the music on this vinyl is available in high quality download purchase for less than two bucks on the labels bandcamp site, as are most or all their releases.  - Dale   




“Tortura” 12” Mini LP

(Nuclear War Now!)


Morbosidad have unleashed their brand new Mini-LP “Tortura”. They mix a nice blend of old-school black and death metal elements, together with some influences of war metal chaos. The drumming is non-stop, fast and chaotic, just all over the place, which really fits the songs. The guitars are equally as fast, with some excellent patterns and riffs. The band is not all speed and chaos, they do slow it down in a few songs to a more mid-paced range, before pummeling the listener with yet another barrage of high-speed guitars and drums.  - Partick    





Chainsaw  Dismemberment” 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    





Muknal” 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   





In Commvnio Tenebrae” Split 7” EP

(Iron Bonehead Records)


The first band on this release, is Columbia's Nebiros with their song "Yo Pecador", it is mid-paced black metal with some death metal influences. The song is done great and the vocals are raspy screams. The band members are really good with their instruments, and one song is not enough, hopefully they will release a new MLP or cd soon. Next is Bolivia's Nekrmanteion, with their song ''Occult Revelations'', it is a dark song with a big black/thrash elements going on. Not as good as Nebiros, but their still a young band, so maybe their next release will see continued improvement.  - Patrick    





“Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” 7” EP

(NoVisible Scars Records)


I thought this was a real coup, for the label, when I heard they were releasing this. I am sure many of you, reading this know the cult classic 1985 horror movie, by the same name. This release is in conjunction, with the movie re-release, by the rapidly gaining in popularity Vinegar Syndrome. Who are releasing all sorts of old film classics from vintage sex movies, to horror movies, that the die hards have being waiting for on DVD and Blu Ray. This soundtrack, of course is not metal in the least, but I have always had a thing for horror movie soundtracks, and this is a hell of a collectors item and very cool. I believe this thing is already sold out. There was a pressing of 500 with 400 on black vinyl and 100 on blue and bone coloured vinyl. So while you scour online, for a second hand copy, you can preview the tracks at the link below. This thing looks beautiful, the old school looking; broken-in layout is fantastic in my opinion. I was told by the label owner Bill, there might be more Vinegar Syndrome soundtrack releases in the future. I really hope so, this is killer gem that is going straight into my collection, mine is #302 out of 500 and you can not have it! Support this one of kind label, they deserve it!  - Dale    






“The Science Of Horror” LP

(Nuclear War Now! Records)


Nuclear War Now has unearthed and released, the early demos, from one of the earliest U.S. death metal hordes and legends. The “Science Of Horror” 1988 demo starts off this slab of death thrashing mayhem, with four songs of early death metal, peppered with some thrashing influence. Even in the bands early demos they recorded, you can hear the beginnings of their technical guitars and trademark sound. There is no doubt, in my mind, that this band is one of the pioneers of the genre and the death metal scene the movement spawned. Up next on side two, is the 1987 demo titled demo 1, which possesses a much more raw production, though you can still make out all the instruments. The guitars are much faster, with a thrashy sound, even in this early demo you can hear this band was extremely focused and knew how to play their instruments. The drumming is performed with a variety of fast drum patterns, then slowing to a more mid pace range at times. I would say this is a must have, for any fans of Nocturnus or if you are a fan of early death metal, this is a great release to your hands on today.  - Patrick      





Cerebus” 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 




Fucking Satan” 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  




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  




Christmassacre” 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  




“Gone To The Devil” 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


Wow after an epic eight year absence, October 31 graces itself upon the ears and fears of the scene once more. It is good to have them back! Holy shit, that meaty riff off the hop, bursts out of my headphones in rocking fashion. Then we immediately launch into a brief, frantic guitar solo, just before the almighty King Fowley clobbers you with his wonderful, charismatic voice / yells dripping with traditional heavy metal / thrash goodness. I could listen to that man sing over classic style heavy metal of yesteryear all night long. Howl it out brother! Whoooo!! On side B of this sweet piece of vinyl, we are absolutely treated to a rousing, spirited cover of Uriah Heep’s “Too Scared To Run”, one of my favourite Heep tracks. They knock this thing right out of the park, it sounds so great, that stylish chunky riff starts things off and running, with King pouring his heart out all over the microphone! His voice is saturated with emotion and conviction that is perfectly matched by the music. I am getting fucking chills listening to cover man, fuck me this is soooo good it hurts!!  - Dale   




“The Hanged Man” 7" EP

(Advocate Records)


Pissed On are a grind death band that comes out of the Kentucky scene. Their debut seven inch features five songs of blasting grind with death metal influences. The guitars are played at a high speed with aggressive patterns and riffs. The guitars do slow down to a more controlled middle pace in a few songs, before going back to hyper speed riffs. The vocals are brutal and harsh screams with some growls as well. I am not the biggest grind fan around, but Pissed On do a good job of playing extreme, but do have some good ideas and patterns mixed into their sound.  - Patrick    




“Vallis Ex Umbra De Mortuus” LP

(Paragon Records)


My thanks is extended to the mighty Paragon Records for honouring me with a copy of this album with the vinyl version. It is much appreciated – thank you to Mike. Rigor Sardonicus do not play or in their case a better word might be encompass your traditional doom metal. You will not hear the classic Sabbath sounds or the slick synth infusion of later day My Dying Bride for one example. No the Sardonic ones possess a style that does not really sound a lot like anyone else, yet it is slow and suffocating and it is immense doom in every sense of the word. It is plodding, apocalyptic and the dark snails pace actually manages to accentuate and make you forget that they use a drum machine (as drum machines generally sound awful in fast bands IMO). They have done a masterful job utilizing this instrument. The vocals are extremely obscure, so much so they almost melt into the background like they are part of the scenery rather than meant to be a focal point of the musical whole. I guess my only complaint and it is a minor one would be the recording could be a little fuller and richer to take full effect of their suffocating and permeating style. The warmth of sound on vinyl does compensate for this some. A lot of bands claim the title graveyard metal but Rigor Sardonicous actually achieve it in their very unique doom-y way. It is not often you get a release that sticks out from the rest and sounds original like Vallis Ex Umbra De Mortuus does. I loved the etching in the vinyl just above the center label that says “The dead body of your enemy always smells good!” You have to love that ha ha.  – Dale 




“Hellish Mercenary” 7" EP

(Boris Records)


Sadistic Ritual pair nicely with label mates Death Of Kings, with thrash being the common denominator. Not to mention, explosive high octane energy, which drips off the two songs on this black as night vinyl. Sadistic rely a little heavier on the brutal end of the thrash spectrum, reminding me of the time in the late 80s, early 90s, when thrash bands were getting heavily influenced by death metal. I mean make no mistake, this is a thrash band first and foremost, but there is also plenty of rough death metal edge to please fans of that genre as well. Sadistic remind me a lot of the intensity and insanity of extreme thrash bands like Whiplash, Forced Entry, early Exodus, old Destruction, Kreator “Pleasure To Kill” and that sort of glorious sound. It is great, to hear more bands keeping this glorious past style of frenetic, brutal, blitzkrieg thrash metal alive and well. I am telling you, some of the riffs on this thing will wreck your head, as well as your neck. These boys do not slow down for solos, the solos have to jump in attacking full force to keep up! Damn I bet these guys would be fun to watch live, a tour of Boris records bands would be intense as all hell! I am afraid to say, this vinyl is limited to only 300 copies, which I am sure are going fast. If you happen to miss out on it, they do sell the downloadable version. The artwork, on this thing, just screams old school too. I probably drew a shitty version of this cool cover artwork on some my binders in school haha. It is just so old school vibe. Another very recommended release from Boris.  - Dale   



Saevitia” 7” EP

(Eternal Death)


Oh man this record, just bursts out of your speakers, like a caged bear that has been taunted and poked through the bars for far too long. They have great savage energy, in their playing, that is what struck me right away. I immediately felt like, I could destroy everything in the room, with the energy they were feeding me. Sangus play black thrash metal, mixed with a crusty punk feel and liveliness, all injected into storming musical blitzkrieg. The band is from Rhode Island, New York yet if I did not know that, I would have thought they were European band. The music is relentlessly played at breakneck speed, it is so heavy and you will headbang to it, it will command you, you have no choice in the matter. The drummer is a maniac on the kit, he eats his way into the songs like a woodchipper, chewing up the audio scenery. The vocals really are the finishing touch, to round out this rampage; his vocals are so harsh, hyper and contain this infectious fury to them that I just can not get enough of. Damn it, after listening to this,I am left wanting more, and imagining what a wonderfully draining experience it must be, to witness this musical hurricane live! The packaging on this killer release is very nice and though it is limited to 600 copies (500 black & 100 red vinyl), it appears to be still available at time of this writing. I would warmly recommend you get yourself a copy now while you still can.  - Dale 






“Rote Erde” 7” EP

(Bastardized Recordings)


Coming out of Gernany’s death metal scene is Six Reasons To Kill, with their new seven inch containing two songs, one original and a Dismember cover of the song “Of Fire”. Starting off with the song “Rote Erde”, which is filled with really good performances, by musicians that really know how to play their instruments? The song is filled displays some good mid paced death metal, which uses some old school and some newer elements, from the death metal scene. The vocals are death growls that are done very well. The second song cover sounds excellent and it is done very well. This is a good 7 inch, and if you are fan of death metal, with thrashy elements, then definitely give this band a listen today.  - Patrick     





“Goathrower” 7” EP

(Boris Records)


Boris Records is really doing a good job, at putting the Altanta, Georgia scene, on the map. All four of the releases, they have sent for review have been from Atlanta. I must say, I am impressed, at the quality coming out of there. This time around, we get a dirty, grimy band which plays crusty thrashing death/grind insanity. Some of the higher pitched mainstay vocals, remind me slightly to the vox of the mighty Macabre, so you know I like that shit being a big Macabre fan. The more I listen to this record, the more it feels like there is a Spewtilator sound, so to speak, where they have taken a lot of influences and created something of their own with it. I did not feel that way, after the first listen or two, just thought well this is just okay, but the more I listen to it, the more I hear and the more their sound started to click with me. So much so, I am becoming kind of addicted to listening to this, five song circle of vinyl raunchiness, over and over again. It does not want to seem to come off of my turntable! This release, sort of reminds me of many years ago, when I got heavily into a band named Drogheda. Spewtilator remind me of them somewhat stylistically, but more the atmosphere they create and their consistency, within that feel to their music, from song to song. I think their sound has a certain crossover sensibility to it, from a few genres like crust, punk, thrash, death, grind and maybe even the slightest hint of black metal vitriol spit in there. This is some good shit; it just may take a few listens to really sink in like it did with me. Just stick with it and you will be rewarded. I will tell you what, Boris Records and the Atlanta scene have captured my attention, they will capture yours too if given half a chance.  - Dale   




“La Bas” 12” Mini LP

(Negativity Records)


I am honoured that Negativity Records chose to grace me with the actual vinyl itself of this release! It is not often you get vinyl for review period, but especially these days with the way costs are with pressing and postage. This is a great looking record as well, now I see some places where this is listed as an EP, but if you ask me when you start getting over say the 21, 22 minute mark you are talking mini-album territory. Back to the packaging, which is very nice, the vinyl itself looks beautiful; it is white with grey, black, brown splatter streaks, almost like an explosion across the white. I love it - now on to the music. To my ears the music sounds like a mix of early 90s black metal, with the Scandinavian influence, and a decided very early Impaled Nazerene influence. I worship early Impaled Nazerene, so with that comparison you know this is some really gloomy, vile and sick metal. Even some of the vocal accents remind me to the inhuman, demonic yells on the amazing 1991 “Goat Perversion” seven Inch. As I mentioned though that sound is mixed with cryptic early 90s black metal ala Darkthrone, Immortal etc.. And it sounds fantastic, very harsh, very atmospheric, but always horrific and dark as night. They end the release with a great, ritualistic feeling to their cover of Black Widow’s “Come To The Sabbat”. Teratism continues to prove that the USBM (and Texas) is strong and producing some of the best black metal on the planet right now. Did I mention you get a beautifully done magazine size glossy 12 page booklet with lyrics, awesome artwork, pics? Yes this is one of the best inserts in a vinyl I have ever seen. That is not all though, you also get a large fold-out poster of superb Mark Riddick artwork, this is truly deluxe packaging, my hat is tipped in Negativity’s direction. Highly recommended!  - Dale   




“Cold Breath Of Apocalypse” LP

(Paragon Records)


I have to send out an extreme thank you to the might Paragon Records for sending me a vinyl for review! It will never ever go unappreciated if any label or band honours me with sending in vinyl for review. A sweet piece of vinyl here with some nice liner notes on the sleeve of the record. The music on this album is cold and cryptic, middle paced, epic ancient style black metal glorifying the greatness of early to mid 90s black metal. These epic songs threaten to carry you away with their shadowy gallop, but the necro headbang atmosphere keeps from being swept away. I could really see this dark bands sound going over very well in a live setting, it is sure to bring the evil aura but also satisfy those that wreck their necks at gigs. The production on here is clear enough, yet also has this obscure creepy air to it which supports the music perfectly. I can hear some influences in here like earlier Root, early Masters Hammer, Ungod and the like. The vocals are great and again bring to mind Root with some definite Big Boss influence and you know I worship that mans vocals! I read online that this is limited to only 250 copies, it is not hand numbered but I wish you luck attempting to find a copy of this great album. You may have to settle for a copy of the cd through the German label Fog Of The Apocalypse Records.  - Dale  




“14 Sovereign” 12” LP

(Palehorse Records)


This recording was originally released in 2005, on cassette tape, which as you see has been reissued on vinyl through Palehorse Records. Vpaahsalbrox plays a very raw form of black metal, which is mainly in the mid tempo range. The guitars are played with a lot good patterns that stay well within the early black metal genre. The guitars do speed up in a few of the songs, but mainly played with mid paced riffs. The drums go from a mix of fast patterns to a more mid paced drumming style. The vocals are raw vicious black metal screams. If you are a fan of harsh, raw black metal then you will definitely want to pick up this release immediately.  - Patrick  




"White Death” LP

(Hells Headbangers / Werewolf Records)


This is the debut album from this young Finnish band, having formed in 2013, subsequently releasing a demo and a couple seven inches since then. I am extremely pleased that I chose review this album; it is one of the best black metal albums I have heard in recent years. White Death proudly continues the old traditions of early 90s black metal, but put their own stamp on this classic sound, whilst updating it in their own way. I also get impression, unlike so many black metal bands these days, they are serious about the philosophies and meaning behind what originally started the black metal scene and made it severe and evil. This album takes everything you love about early ‘90s Scandinavian black metal and stokes that fire up to a full northern blaze! The mainstay of the music, is mainly a blitzkrieg attack of seething hatred and violence, tearing asunder everything in it’s path. Despite that being the staple of their sound, at times it is also surprisingly diverse, in it’s emotive qualities and thoughtful song structuring. There are also times, when it is almost perplexing that the music is this grim and harsh, yet also incredibly melodic. I say that, because all too often a lot of melodicism is the enemy of musical barbarity and violence, not so with White Death, they marry the two into a catchy, stealth-like savage beast. Always present within the sound, is the classic bm freezing grim atmosphere, which produces that tangible feeling of darkness and evil within the listener that has made me a slave of this movement for nearly three decades. There are some keyboards, but they are mainly kept as a background accompaniment, filling in the atmosphere and not dominating in the forefront, which is just way I prefer. The vocals, much like the music, are harsh and varied in an interesting way, the icy rasping quality is great, but has some depth to it and as mentioned containing some diverse nuances. There is even one vocal bit that sounded like a tortured demon possessed horse snarling or something fucked up like that. This is a fantastic debut album, showcasing what traditional black metal is really capable of, while still staying true to it’s roots and deadly tradition. I simply can not recommend this enough!  - Dale      




“Forest Of Blitzkrieg” 7” EP Single

(Black Skul Records)


This is an interesting release. Wintercoffin hail from Memphis, this release is actually nearly six years old, and is the only recorded material by the band. Apparently this was a two man band, that had originally planned to carry at some point in the future, but some time after this recording, Jimmy Blitzkrieg died. The remaining member Rob Evil (from the band Evil Army) probably never thought it would see the dark of night. But Black Skul records decided this single song “Forest Of The Blitzkrieg”, needed to be heard. I am glad they did, this song is a pretty fucking awesome, it is a combination of headbanging thrash, and harsh early 90s tradition Nordic black metal. It is far from the first time, these two sub-genre’s have been mixed together, but it may be one of the best examples of having done it well. They really capture thrash when they thrash, you can do circles around the living room, nodding your head and punching the air, in an adrenaline frenzy. They also managed to capture and transition, back and forth from classic atmospheric sound of foreboding, freezing black metal, which will chill you with it’s evil vitriol. It is kind of hard to explain properly, but damn I wish they had been able to carry on with this. Because if they could have written, an entire album this good, it could have been something truly memorable, amidst a scene often devoid of that quality. This track was recorded on a basement 4 track, but the sound for me is perfect, it’s clear but low-fi and heavy. I am not sure, there is much more to say going on only one track, but believe it or not, even though this is only a one song release, it is well worth your time and money. The vinyl itself and the packaging are quality and nice to look at, this was limited to 550 and currently it is still available.  - Dale    



Wyqm - 2009 12" vinyl

(Death Agonies And Screams Records)


This was a great surprise to receive. It is not often labels send vinyl for review (and with good reason as that shit is more expensive to press and mail out than the average record buyer would ever expect). So it is something I truly appreciate and respect dedicated labels such as DAS records that believe in their band and message so thoroughly. The packaging on the vinyl is nice (though black print on black jackets never stands out very well, but apparently that is what they were going for) and my copy is yellow with black splatter. There is also a green version with black mist – the whole thing is limited to 500 copies (200 yellow & 300 green). So now on to the music itself. This is some exceptionally harsh and raw black metal. The recording is low-fi and coarse as far as sound quality goes. But when it comes to blitzkrieg, cold as a crypt black metal, then I rarely have a problem with it. In fact, the energy is so primal and dark that it often only enhances the overall ambiance. This is the sort of thing that makes weak kneed christians tremble and quake under it’s blasphemy. Wyqm is not adverse to injecting some more somber and emotional passages. Yet, never forgetting it’s bleak reverence towards encompassing darkness and Satanic majesty. The songs are solidly crafted and backed with some excellent riffs. If you worship early 90s black metal yet mixed with modern touches & cloaked in an ambient tapestry. Then, look no farther than Wyqm, who are a fine example. My copy is #063/500.  – Dale 



Portrait Of Spectre" 12" LP

(Death Agonies And Screams Records)


I am extremely pleased to receive this record. This is the second time DAS has been gracious to send a Wyqm release in this format. As I mentioned previous, only dedicated labels are willing to sacrifice the costs and believe in their band and message so much, they are willing to send vinyl for review. That is not even taking into the account the presentation on this long player. The label has out done themselves once again with the superb packaging and presentation of this piece of art. I received a copy on transparent red vinyl with black splatter and it looks sick, I love the colour mixes and transparent releases. The cover artwork as you can see above is extremely awesome and sets a tone for the music. There is also a black with grey swirl version and that is combination I do not recall having seen before the way it is done in the pics of it. That is saying something for a guy that has been collecting vinyl for close to 30 years. The sound on here fits extremely well for a band that plays that classic (and reverently worshipped by yours truly) early 90s Scandinavian black metal. I am getting the chills as the needle rolls along. The atmosphere created by the music of Wyqm is cold and evil in a way few bands are capable of capturing and channeling through their hymns. I mean the hate and the misery you can feel coming out of your speakers and seeping into your skin like the venom of a snake strike, and is almost palpable. The vocals match the supremacy of the music, and also are the traditional cruel rasping that is an integral part of this hallowed style. When black metal is done like this it is not an album it is more of an encompassing emotion filled experience. I honestly can not recommend this enough. Now I must wish you luck in actually locating a copy as there are only 500 in existence (my copy is not for sale so do not ask). My apologies go out to DAS records for taking so long with this review. Yes I know I fucking suck, this sweet piece of wax however does not.  – Dale