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"I-III” 2021 CD

(Spread Evil Records)


T.O.M.E. (Tome Of Misanthropical Experience) from Finland is one of those mysterious initials only bm bands. This collective turns out very atmospheric black metal, now I know what you are thinking atmospheric that must mean wall to wall synths, samples, angelic voices etc… Well you should forget those thoughts. This band creates deep encompassing atmospheres through traditional instruments mainly; okay there are a few wind samples and sounds, but mainly traditional instrumentation. The band while traveling along moderate guitar driven pace, like to then transition slower and slower, before you know it it is one note hanging in the frigid winter air like steam, moving but barely moving. Then things usually speed up eventually reaching a full on hateful, speedy second wave black metal velocity and this build up and mixing has a emotional timing and feel to it that is near perfect. The emotion and brooding anticipation this slowly creates is pretty delicious in it’s own sinister fashion, which makes the delivery of the stormy black metal outbreak that often follows very satisfying and invigorating. Some will be tempted to label this band in the depressive black metal category, not sure they belong there, their music feels like something else, something with a more malevolent intent. Despite all the foreboding gloom and black blood freezing aggression there are brief sequences, now and then, where they are actually verge on slightly rocking and headbanging territory. I know that flies in the face of what I have described, but it is there and somehow they make it work in their own dark manner - It should not work, but it does anyway. The vocals should be mentioned here as well, they are all manner of evil shadowy voices, ominous howls (similar to early Burzum perhaps) and emanations dripping with depraved, haunting passion that are mixed with excellent traditional black metal rasping mainstay vocals. I am not sure if this will be a band going forward or a one off release, as T.O.M.E. have released only one demo over a decade ago and it would appear the music here is the same as that release possibly with some fine tuning and updating. Either way, even if this is the bands only legacy, this is very worth having for any black metal devotee that worships atmospheric black metal with a hefty wintry primordial old school feel.  - Dale

http://www.mikseri.net/artists/tome.69189.php    http://spreadevil.net/         




"Amidst The Trees” 2014 CD

(Forever Plagued Records)


This is the first full-length from Finland's two man band Taatsi. The band plays mid to some faster black metal with a lot of atmospheric elements. The guitars are done with razor sharp chords. The drumming is done with a lot of precision, with some mid paced beats and even some slower beats. The vocalist does a great job with the vocals, employing some blackened shrieks and screams. Taatsi even add some great keyboard and acoustic guitars in a few of the songs. This is a great release, by a good band, who knows how to make memorable blackened atmospheric metal.  - Patrick

http://taatsi.bandcamp.com/   http://www.foreverplaguedrecords.com/       




“The Last” 1998 Cassette LP

(R.I.P. Promotions)


Simplistic, pounding heavy death metal from Russia. I liked their debut album ‘97’s “Endless Sunfall”, but the sound (of which I’m normally not picky with) was utterly tinny, so much so I got a headache listening to it. This time around everything has been cleaned up nicely. T.O.D. write, catchy riffs and throw in a few blasts but never really grind it up in their American-ish tunes. My only two nit-picks are things could have been tighter and I didn’t care much for their Acheron and Six Feet Under (Ugh!) covers.  – Dale

R.I.P Promotions, c/o Vlad Korolenko, P.O. Box 72, Smolensk - 04, 214004, RUSSIA or band contact: T.O.D., c/o Alex, Chelyabinskaya 14, Volgograd 400120, RUSSIA





"Verses Of Fire” 2013 CD

(Agonia Records)


The Temple Of Baal, one of France’s best black / death bands, release their fourth album to date. We get ten songs of fast, vicious blackened death metal. The blasting drums are done to perfection, as well as flawless guitars, which are played very fast and chaotic, but also have a great deal of skill to back them up. No Temple Of Ball are not all speed, they do slow it down too, to a more mid-paced tempo on some tracks. Check this out.  - Patrick

http://www.reverbnation.com/templeofbaal   http://www.agoniarecords.com/         




"The World That Was” 2020 CD & LP

(Shadow Kingdom Records)


The purveyors of demise and slow motion disaster emanating out of Detroit, Michigan return with their third album, which is an immense slab of musical suffocating darkness. I have heard a lot about Temple Of Void, but this is my first up close audio taste of what the band is all about. Beyond my possibly silly way in my opening sentence of describing their sound, yes if it is not clear, Temple play doom death metal, and they do so in a crushingly brutal form. Yet at the same time, their sound has this engrossing hypnotic edge that undercuts the melancholy and gloom in just the right amounts. When I listen to this album with regards to the doomy side of the coin, I can’t help but think of early ‘90s doom pioneers like My Dying Bride, Anathema and especially Paradise Lost, before those once great bands generally “progressed” and as a result distanced themselves away from the great roots that to me made those bands special. Temple have picked up that mantle, they embrace and embody that sound faithfully and combine it with brutal death metal, which is more akin to this side of the ocean in their native country, once again in the 1990s tradition. All combined with superb quality and skill. Yes, this album absolutely crushes, steamrolling all in it’s unhurried deliberate path. The vocals by Mike Erdody (also guitarist in Acid Witch) are monstrously guttural, roiling elongated growls that are commanding as they weave in and out of the music like a thick and creeping fog. Those vocals are fantastic. Do you like early to mid ‘90s death doom metal of the highest order? If the answer is yes, then I have an excellent album you need to add to your collection that goes by the name “The World That Was”.  - Dale

https://templeofvoid.bandcamp.com/    https://www.shadowkingdomrecords.com/         




“L’Eterno Maligno Silenzio” 2009 CD

(Debemur Morti Productions)


Tenebrae In Perpetuum lurk out of the ruins in a deep, dark corner of Italy. Tenebrae harken back to the mid-90s when a lot of bands were mixing fast and harsh black metal with long and short melancholic interludes. You know the slow, sort of haunting breaks with clean vocals, introspective guitar passages with a touch of feedback and reverb. During these forlorn passages it almost sounds like a perverted church choir sort of haunting background atmosphere with a trance quality to it. This album changes off between these two modes quite consistently throughout the album with fairly equal measures. They do this so much so that it becomes rather predictable after a while and I found my interest and attention wandering at times. Those transitions could be worked a little more smoothly. But the talent is there, the song crafting is lagging behind, I am confident that will come. It is almost amazing how much this reminds me of the mid-90s and even the production has that sort of feel. I guess that was intentional? The vocals float around the background and are kept purposely low in the mix. Which does in turn give them a slightly obscure quality and seems work for them in my opinion. At the end of the day it is fairly solid atmospheric black metal.  – Dale





"Split" 2010 CD

(Debemur Morti Productions)


Well unlike the Tzun Tzu/Altars split disc I just reviewed. This release has enough meat from both bands to sink my Zombie loving teeth into (okay I admit to being psyched at the new AMC series The Walking Dead and thinking about it). My point is in the end you do get a full album worth of material. I always find interest in bands chosen to do a split together. I mean are they just comrades that wanted to do something together or were they chosen because their styles either dovetail together nicely or yet again maybe the contrast is what makes it interesting. I would say Debemur went with the simpatico card on this one. Though both being essentially one man bands might have played a part as well. Italians Tenebrae start things off and take us away on some somber, mentally draining, yet relaxing dissonant soundscapes. The vocals are really obscure rasping hisses that melt into the guitar and add a creepy texture to their sound. It all comes off sounding sculpted and shows a real feel for what emotionally feels right, a real patience and maturity of the craft. Back on North American shores, by way of Washington State come Krohm. The sound on this half of the record is definitely not as full and rich. So it takes a few a minutes to adjust. Krohm present a similar melancholic, atmospheric scene yet the pace is slightly quickened and not quite as laid back as Tenebrae. The synth has a stronger foothold and can somewhat dominate the mix to slightly annoying effect. This personally is not something I like, but does not ruin the listening experience either, by any means. Krohm does make me appreciate further the advanced craftsmanship Tenebrae displays. Though Krohm is not immune to evoking a similar emotional response and possibly an even more downtrodden one. I think those that have the patience for and enjoy this style of ambient black metal can not really go wrong with this release.  – Dale

http://www.krohmcrypt.com/  http://www.debemur-morti.com/   




"Genocide” 2012 CD

(To The Death Records)


Yes the mighty Terrorama from Sweden return with their first full length in 4 years. I have to tell you it was worth the wait! Before you read Sweden and think oh I probably already know what they sound like, forget all of that, you do not know. Generally speaking they do not have much in common with most Swedish bands. If anything these thrashing black death metal bastards owe more of their sound to North and especially South America. By their own admission bands like Vulcano and Holocausto influenced them, I would add Sarcofago, Blasphemy and also some old school thrash metal ala early Sadus, early Exciter, early Razor. But it does not sound specifically like very many bands, Terrorama shape their influences into their own sound and execute it with such violence and hate it will send shivers down your spine. The music truly reflects the lyrics and overall concept of the album, which focuses as you can guess from the album title, on notorious events throughout history, acts of cruelty, brutality and callous systematic mass genocide. I know I mentioned some war metal type bands above, but that is not what I would call Terrorama, they take those elements yet are not just mindless uncontrolled chaos, they channel the chaos very militantly and focus it like a bullet to the head of a human being as they fall into a mass grave. The vocals Peter Liden are terrifyingly ferocious coarse and gruff yelling rasp growls, showcasing a heartless general in command of vocal weapon. I do not think I could recommend this album highly enough; it is a master work of hate and a hurricane of metal violence. Get it now!  - Dale

http://www.myspace.com/terrorama  http://tothedeath.se/     




"We’ll Show You Mosh, Bitch!” 2011 Promo for upcoming LP

(Defense Records)


I was sent a link to download this album. I do not review a ton of link downloads, but they described themselves as thrash crossover. A style that is not very common these days, and a style that I have a bit of a soft spot for. We’ll Show You Mosh, Bitch! comes as advertised, ripping old school thrashing crossover in the vein of DRI, Cryptic Slaughter, early Nuclear Assault mixed with some early Slayer. The vocals are cool yelled gruff vocals in the old style with enough of a Polish accent to give them a certain extra charm. The drummer is a beast driving his drum kit straight through the floor with blitzkrieg speed. This promo has just 5 songs from the upcoming on Defense Records. If you love late 80s crossover, then this hail storm of pissed off violence will not disappoint.  – Dale

www.myspace.com/terrordomeband  www.terrordome.net.pl    




"Self Titled” 2018 CD & LP

(Heaven And Hell Records)


This is, I suppose, a project band of Robert Williams (Ignitor & Witches Mark) and features a cavalcade of friends/guest musicians who are currently or previously in bands like D.R.I., Bat, Watchtower, Dangerous Toys, Ignitor, Helstar, Manowar and probably every member of Agony Column. We are talking 20+ guest musicians! Some of the songs really reflect this revolving door, where things are going at very high speed and they have tossed in so many elements that there is little room to breathe or pay attention to everything. During those times, for me, the songs do not work as the manic pacing and vibe are kind of weird, there is wall to wall guitar fills and solos, it makes it hard to enjoy the overall song flow or lack there of. Back to the pacing, those parts or even whole songs, not sure how to get it across but it is very happy, upbeat and all over the place and those songs or sections just do not work for me. Now, I don’t want to sound too negative here, because I love all the elements that make up this heavy metal extravaganza, and every one of those elements display a high level of skill and often times creativity, but the overall song is not always there. However, later on in the album like I say there are songs that are not like that and work great the whole way through like the tracks “Black And Green” & “Within The Spell” for example are killer from start to finish. One of my other fave tracks I guess fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you view it is a cover song of “Running From The Law” by Riot. The lyrics follow suit with the music, there are some superbly penned lyrics that go together like hand and glove and are thoughtful, then other times they are super clunky, lame and awkward. Some vocalists have more than one song, the rest only one song, the album vocally though does not feel as a hodge-podge as the music, as there are some absolutely superb vocal performances on many of the songs on this album and is a real highlight overall. I found this album hard to review, you can not help but appreciate the elevated levels skill and talent in every song on this album, but that does not always equal great songs as a whole, rather than a lot of fantastic individual parts and performances. When the quality is at such a high level, it is hard for me to be this critical of it, but I feel I have to at least to some degree. It is a really mixed bag of an album here, but parts & performances occasionally equal quality song writing then the result is pretty magical.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/texasmetaloutlaws/    https://heavenandhellrecords.bandcamp.com/      




"Daudens Kalde Auge” 2021 CD

(Blasphemous Creations Of Hell / Plague Demon Records)


Thale comes out of the long running and rich in history Norweigan black metal scene. ‘Daudens Kalde Auge’ is the bands debut containing five tracks of raw black metal, but the band does add some elements of modern black metal into the music to give the music a twist. Mainly the music is played with mid paced guitars and drums that are played with some really powerful arrangements and furious intensity. The musicians do speed up throughout the songs to give a more aggressive and destructive feel. The vocals are demonic shrieks and blackened screams that fit the music like a glove so to speak. Thale deliver a great debut of melodic black metal with some aggressive passages intertwined within that framework to give each song it's own identity.  - Patrick

https://bchrecords.storenvy.com/    https://plaguedemonrecords.storenvy.com/          




"“Emerging From The Netherworlds” 1990/2000 Re-release CD

(Hammerheart Records)


Fuck man I used to love this band and obviously I still do! This album is the perfect melding & mixing of thrash and death. For the uneducated Thanatos existed from 1984 to 1993 releasing a string of demo tapes & two albums. “Emerging…” is filled with some of the catchiest heavy riffs you will ever hear! They top it off with some motherfucking sweet smoking guitar solos. I just cannot get the rapid-fire metal assault riffing outta my head. Fuck yes! Did I mention in addition to the 11 original classick tracks you get a bonus of 8 (!!) songs from their demos! Expect the 2nd Thanatos album re-released soon with more demo material and then a new platter from the reformed band!!!  - Dale

http://solanum-crossover.bandcamp.com/    http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/          




"The Grand Manifestation" 2018 CD

(Dark Descent Records)


I would like to know more about the history of the this Swedish band, as they started the band in their early to mid teens, played some shows and released a couple demo tapes in 1987 & 1988!! Then broke up, and the band was not revived again until 2014!! The band was rejuvenated by two original members vocalist Herval Bozarslan and guitarist Jimmy Eriksson, since then Eriksson recently left the band leaving only Herval (he is also longtime vocalist of the band Sarcasm), as the lone founding member. As is the case with many Swedish bands, the rest of the members have lots of experience in bands like Catatonic, Tyrant, Insision, Imperial Domain, Anguish etc… Since returning the band released only one EP, but now 22 years after their initial formation comes Third Storm’s debut album!! The band produce razor sharp speedy black death metal, with some doomy elements sprinkled in from time to time, to produce some nice contrast. These guys handle their instruments very well, showing off some excellent, sometimes intricate (at times even acrobatic) guitar work and superbly composed and performed drum work. After getting cut into strips by the speed and brutality of the first few songs, it is interesting to listen to the band direct their talents towards an epic length doomy and/or moody songs like “The Third Thought From The Sun” and “Forgotten Diety” that are steeped in slow, emotive mainstay passages. Having said that, even those two songs, somehow in a very flowing graceful transition manage to convert to short segments in those songs of racing heavy speed and cruelty. I have to give the band top marks for those two magnificent songs alone, as they successfully marry those two elements and not make it feel like two songs that do not belong together. Having said that, I am not sure I would want an entire album of that, it is the mainstay crushing velocity of the rest of the album, which makes disparity and contstrast of those two tracks that much more powerful and dynamic – sometimes moderation of one element that makes that element much more profound. The production on here is pretty flawless; it is almost too good, too clean for my liking haha. Such a weird nitpicky comment I agree, but I would not mind if the production was a bit dirtier and more organic sounding, just being honest. I did not mention the vocals of founding member Herval, but they are excellent and another highlight for me, he projects a dark rolling powerful growl that has a great dark whispery rasping edge that I find quite satisfying. There is not much else to say, Dark Descent Records seems to only be capable of finding and releasing some of the finest death and black metal bands on the planet, you can most definitely add Third Storm to the list of top notch quality bands on their roster!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/thirdstorm    http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/      




"Fides Luciferius" 2010 CD

(Soulseller Records)


This full length release from Thornium is reminiscent of fellow Swedish black metallers Dark Funeral.  The band put out a demo and a full length and then went on hiatus.  This is apparently their second full length release as part of their reformation in 2007/2008. Well produced black metal.  Maybe too well produced.  Very clean with massive separation with all the instruments.  Rather predictable guitar lines and riffs with plenty of blastbeats from the drummer. I think one quality that separates average black metal from excellent black metal is conviction.  That feeling you get when you play a bands music - that they mean everything they say and play.  There are bands like Thornium that, while putting out a decent release, are missing that fire, that conviction, to go from average to excellent. Perhaps the hiatus did them harm but in 2010, this release could of been released by a hundred different black metal bands.  Thornium needs to dig deeper on their next album to find that element that will separate them from the rest of the hordes.  – Mark

http://www.myspace.com/thetruethornium  http://www.soulsellerrecords.com/     




“Orgia Daemonicum” 2005 CD

(Black Lotus Records)


Oh man, I have not battered my ears with the sick sounds of Thou Art Lord in a decade probably. I loved their demos and first two 7”s and recall at least liking their first album. Since then I have really lost track of them and apparently they released a second album and then kind of called it quits for a few years. I do suppose it is of note that the old Greek band in question features The Magus of Necromantia and Sakis of the once great now crap Rotting Christ. In the included biography they spout off about how this album is a reaction to all the talent-less, over proficient, over produced plastic recordings, which have zero feeling and have literally flooded the market over the last number of years. You know what I have to say to that kind of belly-aching, bravo! I wish more people would tire of this garbage, I mean where has the passion and aggression gone in metal? It has been produced and pro tooled right out the door, if I never heard another razor monotone robotic guitar line, looped typewriter sounding drum run for the rest of my life, I would be perfectly happy. It is things like this that make the old guard want to stop buying new releases and bury themselves in a past filled metal collection, reveling in ignorance at today’s scene. Can you tell I too struggle with this from time to time? Okay, fine back to the album. First of all the sound on here does have a real feeling to it, the drums are played a little too tight for the vest and could use a dose of reckless abandon, but otherwise just fine. They keep things very simplistic and very rhythmic, often centering their songs around slowed down mid pace headbang kind of riff, often it works and other times not so well. Thou Art Lord certainly have changed since my past encounter with them, gone are the harsh straight ahead early 90s style black metal hell, well there are small traces left but nearly diminished out of sight or sound. Now I would have to characterize them as more of a black deathrash metal band and you can hear a lot more of their 80s influences. I like it to a certain point but I have heard this done better a lot of times, which kind of makes it middle of the road for me. It is good but not that good if catch my meaning, I do appreciate their attitude toward this album and there are some great moments here and there. – Dale

Black Lotus, Jianni Ritsou 8, 17237 Himittos, Athens, GREECE  www.black-lotus-recs.com 




"Tyrants And Men” 2011 Digi CD

(Abyss Records)


Alaska's Thousand Year War have released a great album of heavy straight-forward death metal but their is also a lot of melodic over-tones to give the band a nice mix of straight-forward brutal death metal and melodic death metal. Fast thunderous drumming patterns mixed with some intense outbursts of blasting rage. The guitars are heavy and thick sounding within their approach but there is also some well written complex riffs and solos. The vocals are powerful, deep growls and some blackened shrieks. The band does have some darker more melodic parts. TYW seems more comfortable and at home when playing the heavier straight-forward death metal style.  - Patrick

http://thousandyearwar.com/  http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/   




“Compilation” 2007 CD

(Selfmadegod Records)


It is always tough to decide how to review a compilation record. Do you just give an overview of the bands and which ones you liked best? Maybe you attempt to do an mini-review on every band based upon just 1 song? I will take the former over the latter most times. The truth be told I love listening to comps but I hate reviewing them. Anyway Hirax kick off the pure bred thrash assault with the explosiveness and an adrenaline rush that one comes to expect from these old legends. The Toxic Holocaust song kicks some ass and sort of stands out from the rest as their obscured shadowy vocals contrast the rest of the bands on here. This is a really strong quality compilation from top to bottom. I mean there are more kill shot riffs thrown around on this record than punches and kicks than in a Bruce Lee movie. This is put out by Selfmadegod Records and I believe in association with Katon De Pena from Hirax’s label Black Devil Records. The other poser slaughtering bands on here are: Sabbat (JAP), Slaver (Brazil), Hatchet (USA), Kat (Poland), Strike Master (MEX) and Execution (USA). Classic stuff!  – Dale





"Slaver” 2011 CD

(I Hate Records)


This is a compilation of old material, limited to 500 copies, from the rather obscure Polish band Thrasher Death - circa the late 80's. Featuring their '87 and '88 demos along with unreleased tracks, what you get is very nostalgic thrash metal that reminds me of German thrash of the time mixed with Slayer and Possessed. The riffing isn't the chug chug of bands such as Anthrax or Metallica but much more linear and somewhat sloppy - but that's part of the charm. All the instruments can be heard - even the bass which is somewhat of a rarity. Of course being demos, the production is rough but it fits well. Kind of a cool trip through old times for those of us that remember the old thrash scene (if you're reading this then most likely you do). But, that's about it. Nothing much else to offer here.  - Mark Sugiyama

http://www.myspace.com/thrasherdeath666  http://www.ihate.se/     




“Underground Thrashing Metal from Finland 1987-90” 2006 CD

(Bestial Burst Records)

Superb idea releasing 4 old Finnish demo tapes in their entirety on a single disc compilation. This review will go on forever if I do a full review for each, so here is a few words on each. Just another reason for me love Bestial Burst Records.

Lycanthropy “Sickness Revealed” Demo 1989 – Raunchy thrash metal which kind of reminds me of old Canadian bands like Sacrifice, Razor or something like Dr. Shrinker from the States. It has a dark feeling to it and the vocalist does the husky evil voice well.

Morphosis “Sick Standard of Living” Demo 1989 – Not sure what describe these guys as but maybe speed metal ala Nasty Savage, very early Voivod or something similar but with a huge dose of snotty punk attitude. A fun listen to be sure.

National Napalm Syndicate “Painful Ten Hours” Demo 1987 – Holy shit this band is still going. I looked up their page on the Metallum site and the current and past members have been / are in a million other bands over the years such as Ancestor, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Ancient Dawn, Sacred Crucifix and about 10 more… Tons of energy from this pioneering band and some nice guitar work as well. I would say I hear some early Metallica mixed with the German speed raunch. Some wicked solos and guitar ripping for such a young band.

Mengele “Abominable Thoughts” Demo 1989 – That band photo is pure gold, just look at those little bad asses haha! From what I could dig up on them they changed their name to Insomnia shortly after this, then broke up but appears they reformed as Wengele and released an EP in 2004, nothing since but it looks like they are still active anyway. Classic soupy sound with I would say definitely some Slayer, Sodom, Kreator type influences. I love it. – Dale

http://bestialburst.blackmetal.fi   bestialburst@blackmetal.fi    




"Menace And Prayer” 2000 CD

(Spikefarm Records)


I like some melodic death bands, but damn is it getting overcrowded! This act, play upbeat & without an ounce of aggression. If that wasn’t bad enough, now in T.O.C. we have a melodic symphonic death band. This is totally drenched in keys, those melodies are so fucking gay!! It sounds like a theme song to the “Lion King” or some gay shit! METAL is supposed to be UGLY, EXTREME, AGGRESSIVE, VIOLENT, DARK & FUCKING SICK!!!! That is what real metal is about. Screw this shit!  – Dale




"A Cacophony Of Destruction” 2014 Split MCD

(Orchestrated Misery Recordings)


Throne Of Sacrilege comes out of the gate like a caged bear rampaging against the bars of his prison. They hit you with just aggressive blackened death metal, pure barbarity and dark hate, the music surges forward headlong, never willing to let you catch your breath. The storming riffs are excellent, the lightning barrage drumming is commanding and forceful, the deep flowing growl vocals are frightening and extreme. Damn I wish there was more of this band on here. Hell yes! Onwards to Indiana’s Impurium, they also have three tracks, as did Throne, on this twenty-six minute ball of sadism release. Impurium are more on the black metal side of things, but that underlying death metal element is still strong. It is hard to follow the awesome might that is Throne Of Sacrilege, but Impurium do a admirable job, with their manic, yet catchy cold strike of darkness and evil. The guitars are quite frenzied; the drums do their best to keep up to the savage speed the riffing sets. They do let you breathe, a little more than Throne did prior, but only a little, the guitars are really all over the place, but still have some real order in the chaos that had me intrigued and kept my interest. The raspy yelling hisses that fit the music well. This disc will be over before you know it, the good thing about that is the quality is strong, all the way through, and the music contained within is very infectious, so repeated listening, again and again, is a pleasure. Check this out.  - Dale

http://impurium.bandcamp.com/   https://www.facebook.com/orchestrated.recordings     




“Death Throne Entities” 2011 CD

(Pagan Records)


Extremely crude, nasty and compromise-free, the Polish death metal throwbacks are at your throat again. Based on the fact that this is already band's sixth full-length (plus myriad of all kinds of splits and EPs) one might be tempted to think that Throneum have had somehow lost the urge to blaspheme, maim and mutilate. No chance, amigo. No fukkin chance. Off-putting and gross to those who like it slick and marketable, 'Death Throne Entities' is a raw sounding orgy of filth and mayhem, just what the doctor ordered. Disorienting savagery in full effect that could cast the most iron stomachs heave. Lovely. Stay clear if you fancy your breakdowns and false productions, for this is made for those who are not after the flavour of the month. Divisive? Yes. And that's how it ought to be.  - Vladimir Petrov

www.myspace.com/throneum  http://www.metal-archives.com/labels/Pagan_Records/97 




"Chapter One” 2018 4-way Split CD

(Invictus Prod./Vrasubatlat/20 Buck Spin)


All bands on this four way split are from Peru and all the bands have four songs except W.O.D. who kick us off:                                                                                                                                                       Whisper Of Death is up first, so let me get this right, melodic doom death metal? I mean melodic, really? Well, I will try to keep an open mind about it, but doom and lots of melodicism - I have a hard time imagining them mixing well. I can tell you after listening to these tracks a few times, I feel justified in my apprehension and skepticism above. Honestly, only small parts of these long songs feel like doom death, those short parts are good and the bands best strength by far (I would have loved it if they just made straight up death doom songs instead). The other element that is doom death is the vocals, which are whispered growls I also enjoyed. The mainstay of their sound however is the melodicism, it feels like a tiny bit of doom death then stop, switch over to melodic, light and free music that slows things down (not in a good or doomy way) and despite the quality skill displayed in the playing, the harmonies are not that good, not that interesting or memorable. But, they do unfortunately serve to interrupt and water down the excellent, too sparsely used doom death elements that the band excels at.                                                                                                                                                                L.O.D. pick up the torch from their countrymen Whisper of Death and run with it, treating us to some dirty and raunchy heavy death metal with some thrash underpinnings and the odd cool crazy speed solo. This is more what I have come to expect out of the South American scene and what has made that scene legendary around the world. These guys keep things brutal and dark sounding, but they mix things up now and then with some bold and unorthodox brief guitar and song structuring accents. Oh fuck yes! L.O.D. bring the heat and get this release fully back on the rails! Good stuff.                               Tormented keep things rolling right along with some straight forward, but very enjoyable early ‘90s Floridian style death metal. I bet this band would great live, I think their songs would translate well in that setting. Tormented definitely bring out the headbang in me, big time with their brand of dark and suffocating death metal that rips along a great pace. The growled vocals on here are also very old school sounding, and I enjoyed the hell out of them. I already can not wait to hear more this great young band.                                                                                                                                             Distruptor put the final touches on this epic split album with some very high octane thrash with death metal touches. Have you ever seen an animal, like a puppy, that suddenly has this big growth spurt and they can barely keep up with these big, meaty paws and gangly legs? At times, this very young band reminds me of that, they are always playing at maximum adrenaline output, almost trying their best to keep up to themselves and the crazy energy speed pacing they set for themselves, but can barely handle. But it is great to listen to this entertaining thrashing blitzkrieg of a musical fireball. Just imagine the potential of this band when gain a little experience and maturity as a group. It could end up being something great. - Dale 

http://thrashirts.com/    https://www.facebook.com/thrashirts/           




"Totentanz” 2012 CD

(Svarga Music)


This record is billed as Industrial Folk Death Metal. I would say that is pretty accurate, though I would throw in the term symphonic, as that element is surely as strong as or possibly stronger than the industrial sound. To be really honest my favourite parts of Totentanz are the steamrolling heavy riffing and the intense, emotional scream / growl mixed vocals, those two items are killer. The rest, well the industrial stuff is not that prevalent or that well done, the folk, the computer generated sound effects and symphonic elements to me feel forced and come off a little weak, ultimately dragging the main strength of the record. I can see what Thunderkraft are going for; I just do not feel like they achieved that goal very well on this album.  – Dale

http://www.myspace.com/thunderkraft  http://www.svarga.eu/    




"Thy Dying Light” 2020 CD & LP

(Purity Through Fire Records)


This is my first encounter with the United Kingdom’s Thy Dying Light (assume the band name is an homage to Judas Iscariot), who now present their debut album after releasing 3 demos and a string of ep’s, so far in their four year existence. The members of this band are well traveled, as it’s three members having also featured in many other bands like Atra Mors, Blood Countess, Ethereal Forest, Cave Dweller, Nefarious Dusk Morte Lune and a handful more. Thy Dying Light play cold second wave Scandinavian black metal, while faithful to that base sound, also seems to have a root or two in the thrash scene with some big flowing riffs. Now, when I say thrash metal, not to the point I would call them black thrash, but more in the way that influence is clearly present in mid to late ‘90s Satyricon or post “Blizzard Beast” Immortal. Anyone who really knows me, knows I fucking worship second wave bm so when it is done this well, it is hard for me not to be on board. My only complaint is maybe the production, for my taste is too clean, too big and too crystal clear. I personally think their music would go to another level with a less sanitary, dirtier and gloomier heavy sound. But, that is just my hang up and probably not yours, so you should not hesitate to check out this very worthy piece of majestic yet hateful black metal.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/thydyinglightuk/    https://shop.purity-through-fire.com/en/          




“Christcrusher” 1998 CD

(Nuclear Blast Records)


This is pretty disappointing. First off, they no longer claim to play black metal as they did in the past and now play “Antichristian dark metal”. I was really into their ’94 demo “Frozen Memory” and even further enamored with their debut long player “Forests Of Witchery”. Mainman Sami has also retracted his sole hold on the music writing and Azheim (who penned 3 of the 8 tracks). Gone is the luster and majesty of their symphonic black metal replaced by a stripped down regression into goth metal. Some parts are well done but come off as boring and uneventful. Back to the drawing board, this doesn’t even close to cutting it.   – Dale




"Manor of Infinite Forms” 2018 Cassette Album

(20 Buck Spin)


In case the lovely reader has not heard this story before, Canadian death metal outfit Tomb Mold turned a shitton of heads last year with their harrowing debut Primordial Malignity. It made a lot of "Album of the Year" lists in the metal community due the band's professional adeptness with making old school death metal sound fresher than a (totally brutal) spring salad, and I personally found great enjoyment out of the demo they released in a similar vein last September, Cryptic Transmissions. That release in particular secured a slot on my list of favorite EPs and demos released in the year 2017, right next to Thantifaxath and Devouring Star's respective EPs. In short, Tomb Mold gained themselves well-deserved praise and thus a larger audience last year, setting the bar pretty high for future releases. Well, the future is here in the form of...infinite...forms. The first takes shape in the title track with winding doom riffing that curls like a dark vine through the rolling fog of drums and vocals. There are moments in this track where the vine drops you into the abyssal rhythm section before dragging you by the scruff of your neck back into varied riffs and new passages. In what is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, "Abysswalker" takes a more straightforward approach with riffing slightly reminiscent of Human-era Death with the affordances of modern production quality and an eye on obsidian Finndeath, often making the riffing bear the weight of a tank. With obvious and absolutely welcome loyalty to this vein of death metal comes equally welcome hybridization of genres--stewing together hook-laden doom metal and dank, murky death metal, Manor of Infinite Forms will bring just the right amount of fantastic filth to your sound system. Mark that Tomb Mold do not sacrifice velocity for their occasional doom inspiration; they instead expertly incorporate it into their riff construction while still keeping up the pace for a headbanging audience. If you are a fan of extreme metal that keeps brutality at the forefront of its ethos, then you should definitely give Tomb Mold's work a listen.  – Aaron

https://www.facebook.com/tombmold   http://listen.20buckspin.com/album/manor-of-infinite-forms        




"Death Awaits” 2013 CD

(Listenable Records)


I am not going to lie to you this is some very derivative stuff, you have heard this all before. But you know what I worship this style of music so I still love the hell out of it! This Swedish band, featuring two members that played in a bunch of bands, first you have Roberth Karlsson who played in Darkified, Pan.Thy.Monium, Solar Dawn etc… second you have Dread who was the vocalist of Marduk in the early years, Infestdead, Total Terror etc… Both men were members of one of my fave death metal bands of all time Edge of Sanity! So they already have my respect. Now that you have some background, on to the music. Tormented mix a dash of old Celtic Frost with pretty much a total clone mixing of Dismember, Entombed and Grave. Which are all classic bands for me I love their music absolutely to death, so as unoriginal as this is I still fucking dig it. I just can not get enough of the classic Swedish death metal sound. It is like an addictive drug for me. I mean it is just so good as that amazing rolling riff sound on here just hits you cutting you to pieces and those killer semi-clear death metal growls would make Ola Lindgren & LG Petrov blush, and just put me in ecstasy. I would say this band is only for the true die hards of the sound, who just can not get enough of it, if that is not you then you might as well just keep spinning your Grave, Entombed and Dismember records.  - Dale

http://www.reverbnation.com/tormentedsweden  http://www.listenable.net/        





"Sexually Transmitted Torture” 2014 CD

(Ossuary Industries)


The mental images I conjure up when reading that album title hehe. The sleazy, depraved possibilities seem endless to a disturbed mind. The song titles only further feed that fertile imagination, you gotta love ditties titled like “Autopsy Of A Cunt”, “55 Gallon Crypt”, “Sulfuric Semen Skank Dunktank” and “I Can’t Believe She Got In The Van With Me”. Yeah these are my kind of sickos. The level of technicality and proficiency, on their instruments belies the artwork, song titles and lyrics. This some real controlled chaos and precise brutality. There is actually some groove bits mixed in here and there, but only as accent, most of the time they race headlong with the violence and ferocity. But if you listen closely, there is method in that madness, there are cool nuanced guitar bits, and the drumming is a varied cacophony of wonderful precision. The riffing is feverish and brutal as fuck. The vocals are deep growls, nearly indecipherable, but there is enough elongation and emphasis on certain words, that you can make out some of the lyrics amidst that wonderful belching. All of this has that thread of audio samples and degenerate wanton lyrics of sexual torture and mental sickness. Which for me, just tops things off nicely, like a tasty spice, sprinkled across expertly cooked genitals. If you like your death metal, with a little grinding and thought, put into the song structuring nuances and do not get easily offended or grossed out, then I have an album you need to check out.  - Dale

http://tornthefuckapart.bandcamp.com/   http://ossuaryindustries.com/          




"Mechanic Tyrants” 2019 MCD & MLP

(Gates Of Hell Records)


Can you tell I have been in a real old school ‘80s speed metal mood lately? I can not seem to get enough, so I find myself searching out current bands keeping the old tradition alive as of late, such as Bütcher & now Torpëdo. This is actually the bands demo from last year, which has now been picked up by Gates of Hell for a release in the new decade we have just rung in. Despite it being a demo, which the band admittedly recorded in their basement, it sounds good and old school, but clear and heavy enough to compliment the music. “Mechanic Tyrants” clocks in at just a little under an albums running time at around 28 minutes. To say the band has a total throwback sound would be understatement; they sound ‘80s as hell, right down to the aforementioned production job. The attitude and energy on here is infectious and there some really nice guitar work going on, with some killer guitar fills and there was even a bass guitar fill – sweet. The songwriting and construction is very catchy and memorable with some satisfying, stick in your head choruses belted out by vocalist Flo Fait, who has a sterling voice for this great old style of music. I think you would have to be a pretty big fan of traditional speed metal with roots in NWOBHM to really dig this, but it is an addictive fun listen if you are and I am really looking forward to their debut full length album!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/torpedometal    http://www.gatesofhellrecords.com/       




"Sewers” 2009 CD

(Dynamic Arts Records)


First off I must say I love the cover artwork by Jon Zig, another fine piece from him. Did I read right in another review that this Finnish band started out as a Six Feet Under cover band?! I never thought much at all of SFU and thought Chris Barnes really went downhill after leaving Cannibal Corpse. So I am almost incredulous that a band would be a cover band of that very average band. This is my first encounter with Torture Killer and as I understand it, Chris Barnes himself did vocals on their last record. Well alright then, not starting off the best foot for me ha ha. So Barnes is now replaced with vocalist Jani Sallinen who has quite a history it would seem with being in many bands. Interestingly enough the vocals were probably my favourite part of this album. They cool deep toilet growls that are mean and scary sounding and really drive things home. The music on the other hand, for me is just okay at best and is ultimately pretty forgettable. Their sound definitely seems to be rooted in the Florida dm sound of old and of course the SFU sound of new. I guess if you like Six Feet Under then you might like this. I will pass on it.  – Dale

http://www.myspace.com/torturekiller  http://www.dynamicartsrecords.com/   




"Feuersturm" 2010 CD

(Scattered To The Winds Records)


After releasing a great mcd last year {...ever onwards also available on S.T.W} and a split with Christ Dismemberment. The U.S war machine Towards Global Holocaust are ready to unleash their debut cd Feuersturm. 9 songs of pure-war inspired metal madness. If you were lucky enough to hear this bands previous releases you will know what to expect but for those who are new to the band. T.G.H is a two-man band R.F. {vocals, guitars, bass} and Blaash {drums, vocals} on Feuersturm the band continues to defy being put into a certain genre or labeled. As you probably guessed by the name of the band and cd the band is heavily influenced by straight forward war metal insanity but there are moments of more straight-forward death metal. And I hear a bigger thrash influence in the guitars this time around.{T.G.H has always had a thrash sound but it is much more front and center on Feuersturm} Blaash's drumming has always impressed me with his ability to play chaotic, violent blast beats but he makes them memorable and even catchy in a few songs. Blaash is not all speed and noise as he does slow down from time to time to catch his breath and play in a mid-paced range with the guitars until he has caught his breath and then attacks again with a barrage of chaos and utter violent blasts. The vocals which are shared by both members are some of the most unique and scary sounds ever recorded! With shrieks and tortured screams. This is by Far Towards Global Holocaust's best and most impressive work to date. Highly recommended to fans of chaotic, violent war thrashing black/death metal.  – Patrick

http://www.myspace.com/towardsglobalholocaust  http://scatteredtothewinds.com  




"Shock To The System” 2021 CD & LP

(Cruz Del Sur Music)


I have heard the name of this band around in recent years, but this album, their second is my introduction to this New York City quintet. The music itself is fast and catchy and great, but hot damn the vocal performance of vocalist Sarabeth Linden on the opening (and best) track “Blood Moon” is so over the top fiery and explosive is amazing and needs to be heard! The energy and power she put into that first song is ridiculous and she leaves it all out there on the floor so to speak. That is not to say her performance on the rest of the album is lesser, because it is fantastic throughout, but yeah she went above and beyond to kick things off. The band has a knack for writing memorable hook-y songs that keep up the speed, while still leaving enough breathing space for some classy emotive guitar work and tasty little guitar fills. The song structuring and vibe does a pretty nice job of mixing things up and they keep a varied style from song to song as the album progresses along. I would say the band musically, in my opinion, ranges from just decent to pretty good, but it is the vocalist that puts Tower over the top and pushes them to a higher level. You should check this out if you are a fan of both old and newer schools of heavy metal.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/TOWERnyc/    https://cruzdelsurmusic.bandcamp.com/  




“Disclosure In Red” 1998 CD

(DSFA Records)


Boy, are Holland’s bands/labels ever into this romantic/melancholic death/doom style. Which is precisely what T.O.T. from Norway present here on their debut record for Holland’s DSFA. All the elements are here. Clean male singing and growls, operatic female vocals, slow melancholic riffs, synths, violins. You know the usual. I dug the production on here it is rich and lavish. Some guitar bits are admittedly tasty and well played. This is good, but I don’t care for this style and you have to be better than good to impress me in this genre.   – Dale

DSFA Records, P.O. Box 5058, 4380 KB Vlissingen, THE NETHERLANDS




"The Red Queen” 2017 CD EP

(Transcending Records)


Transylvania Stud is a solo band from Andrew Godrey, who previous I believe had made his bones, as a musician in a commercial radio rock band of some sort; sorry I do not follow that scene at all. This ep is obviously a bit of a departure for him, it is slightly fuzzed out stoner hard rock / metal as I think of it, or as they often now call it desert (I assume this term stems from Kyuss desert music videos / general visuals?) hard rock. It is fairly interesting stuff, they have the guitar sound and stylings down pretty well, the title track on this three song (plus bonus tracks) disc has a solid, addictive hook and is pretty memorable. The vocals are sort of in this desert / stoner style, but honestly they are a little more on the lighter side of things, in comparison to the usual vocals in this style, and honestly the vocals were my least favourite thing, but I could see fans of more commercial hard rock digging them more than I did. I do like some stoner and I guess desert rock (yeah not a fan of that term personally), so I think I have a relatively strong grasp on what Andrew was going for here. But, I sort of feel like, he did not or could not, manage to jump in with both feet with it. Maybe this was exactly what he was going for, but rather than desert rock, it feels like the Tragically Hip or U2 or similar musicians listened to some Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Queens Of The Stone Age, Alice In Chains albums. Then said, “Hey I wanna give that a try”, and it still ended up sounding more like their original band and style they were attempting to step away from. Like I said, maybe he wanted to merge his scene and roots with this other style he likes now, I don’t know, maybe I am just not a fan of taking and mixing it in with the stoner hard rock sound, it just lightens it up and waters down it’s potency a little too much. To clarify further, there is just not quite enough bite and fuzz in the guitars, and the vocals are too softened and clean around the edges to appeal to my tastes. Having said that, if you are really into both of those worlds and like idea of marrying the two, then I think you will like this because it is well done for what it is and there is clearly some talent behind it.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/Transylvaniastud/    http://www.transcendingrecords.com/        




“Daimonion” 1998 CD

(Pagan Records)


Trauma (formerly Thanatos) are only second to Vader as the oldest Polish death metal band having formed over 10 years ago! They have released several demo tapes and their debut album on Vox Mortis in ’96. This is some great death metal, somewhat along the lines of Vader taking heavy influence from the American scene but still play, much of their material with true Euro dexterity. Trauma have a flare for solid song structuring, which are both driving and interesting with all spiced up by tasty drum work and smoking guitar solos. Recommended.  - Dale  




“Two Tongues” 2011 Demo CD EP



Trillion red are a two piece from the U.S and the members have created a very original and dark music style. Their are influences from the heavy crushing doom riffs, but then the band also does have an aggressive side speeding up the guitars a bit to a heavy metal/thrash feel with a lot of progressive riffs and solo's intertwined within the duo's madness. Also within the music is some experimental ambient soundscapes that keep the listener guessing throughout the songs on this e.p. This is a band that is not only hard but impossible to put into a certain genre {which I believe is the way they like it} so I will say this probably won't appeal to everyone. But I would highly recommend two tongues ep to anyone who enjoys dark, extreme music with a lot of variety.  - Patrick





"Urine Of Abomination” 2019 CD, LP & Cassette

(Invictus Prod./Vrasubatlat/20 Buck Spin)


Coming out of the Oregon UG metal scene is Triumvir Foul, who play a heavy and destructive style of death metal. ‘Urine of Abomination’ is four tracks of violent and chaotic death metal that has an electric level of intensity to it. The vocal duties are handled by Ad Infinitum who does a great job of combining raw screams with some deep growling that compliments the music nicely. Ad Infinitum also handles the guitar duties, which are made up passages performed and played skillfully at lightning speed. The are some memorable and well crafted guitar patterns, the speed slow down at times to a heavier mid paced range throughout the songs. Cedentibus handles the drum duties, which feature extremely fast drumming arrangements that fits very well the rest of the musical elements and style. If you are familiar with Triumvir Foul’s previous works then do yourself a favor and pick a copy of ‘Urine Of Abomination’ as soon as it is released.  - Patrick

http://www.vrasubatlat.com/    https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/          




"Legacy Of Hate" 2013 CD

(Aphelion Productions)


Italy's The True Endless are back with a new black metal masterpiece, the musicians have created some of the best violent, cold, uncompromising black metal I have heard in quite sometime. The music is vicious but quality written and performed with fast, relentless drumming that is non-stop, alongside chaotic and furious guitar riffs and some solos mixed in the insanity. The vocals are deep dark growls mixed with blackened screams that are a perfect match for The True Endless’ destructive, dark sound if you are familiar with this long running Italian black horde you know what to expect. But if you are new to The True Endless sound, if you enjoy cold, violent straight forward black metal then Legacy Of Hate is MUST hear.  - Patrick

http://www.reverbnation.com/thetrueendless   http://www.aphelionproductions.net/     




"Devil's Crisis” 2020 CD & LP

(Werewolf Records / Hells Headbangers Records)


Graf Werwolf, the mastermind behind this one man band among many other well known UG bands (ala Satanic Warmaster, White Death, Heavy Cross, Gestapo 666, ex-Horna and lots more!) he is a key member of. The True Werwolf was formed in 2002, the band has released many demo's, ep's and splits over the years. The “Devil's Crisis” is the cult’s debut full-length featuring seven songs of traditional grim, cold black metal. The guitars are played with a lot of skill, which are well written and performed guitar arrangements. The guitars tempos are slowed to a more mid paced range within some of the tracks to contrast the faster high energy base core of the music. Graf Werwolf, in addition to his acid black rasping vocals even adds some well performed keyboards that add an extra dimension to the music. If you are a fan of The True Werwolf's past releases, and second wave Scandinavian early ‘90s bm in general, then definitely do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this album soon.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/werewolf.rex/    http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/         




“Hierarchy” 1998 CD

(Solistitium Records)


I must admit, I really enjoyed listening to “Hierarchy”, the first full-length from Finland’s Tunrida. They play a fast and melodic form of black metal with some slight death metal touches. There’s a lot of music to be enjoyed here and the musicianship is creative, with well thought out compositions and some odd vocal effects ect. Added, here, and there are a plus. The album doesn’t contain just one straight-forward style of playing but mixes things up a bit with some more melodic non-double bass tracks and piano interludes, ect. “The Calling” actually sounds somewhat akin to something In Flames would release! The vocals are in the more shouted death metal vein rather than the black metal rasp common for this style and it perfectly suits the music within. I’m sure I will be listening to this one quite often and I strongly recommend this to anyone eager to check out new talent within the black metal scene. - Jeffrey Kusbel 




 “For Blood, Honor And Soil” 1998 CD

(Century Media)


I missed this bands debut album “Where Light Touches None”, but I am graced (?) with this sophomore effort. Frankly, I am perplexed as to why C.M. snapped up such a generic and inept unit like Twin Obscenity! These Norwegians are flat out a demo level w/ bland guitar riffs that work their way thru simplistic structuring, that mix in keys that really do not even sound like they were written for the songs they appear in! They also paint in trendy female operatic vocals across the musical canvass and are some of the worst I’ve had the displeasure to hear. With regards to the sound is this their full-length demo pressed onto CD!? Thin guitars, tinny drums and an inadequate mix. I did enjoy a few of the off-beat vocalizations but those are used sparingly. This LP gives a already limping and played out symphonic black metal scene a bad name.  - Dale




"A Resting Place For The Wrathful" 2020 CD

(Comatose Music)


Twitch Of The Death Nerve are a brutal, slamming death metal band coming out of the U.K brutal death scene. “A Resting Place For The Wrathful” is the bands second full-length featuring eight tracks of insanely fast extreme metal, which is both complex and vicious. The music is played with a lot of skill, highlighting the musician’s experience which shines through and rages on with extremely well written and performed passages. The vocals are guttural, low death metal growls that fit the bands style perfectly and command the listener’s attention. If you are a fan of brutal death metal, with some elements of technical death influences then be sure to pick up a copy of the new release when it is released.  - Patrick

www.twitchofthedeathnerve.co.uk/    http://www.comatosemusic.com/          




"Yeth Hound" 2016 CD

(Gates Of Hell)


Gates Of Hell, is a sub-label of Cruz Del Sur Music, and this is a review of the new cd / lp of Tyfon’s Doom. This is a one man band, that one man being Tommi Varsala, who handles everything for this project. The music is in the late 70s rock style, with some mid 80s hard rock influences. It goes from a raw, dirty loose guitar sound, to a more streamlined and structured well played style. The vocals are a blend, which consists of hollering and screams, to a more controlled singing voice in a few of the songs. I would say, if you are a fan of semi-raw and dirty hard rockin’ metal, then you be sure to this album up as soon as possible.  - Patrick

http://tyfonsdoom.bandcamp.com/   http://www.gatesofhellrecords.com/       




"Emperor’s Path" 2017 CD

(Gates Of Hell Records)


Finland’s Tyfon’s Doom presents to us their debut full-length, entitlted “Emperor’s Path”, through Gates Of Hell Records. Tomi Varsala handles the vocals, as well he writes and plays all of the music doing a good job of writing some memorable heavy metal. The guitars are mainly palyed in the mid paced tempo. There are some creative guitar patterns and some nice solos mixed in to a few of the songs. The vocals are heavy metal screams, along side some hollering vocals that really fit Tyfon’s Doom musical style. I would say, if you are a fan of traditional heavy metal, be sure to check out this debut album ASAP.  - Patrick

https://tyfonsdoom.bandcamp.com/    http://www.gatesofhellrecords.com/      




"Split" 2009 CD

(Advoco Terra Sonitus Productions)


It is hard sometimes to get a very good read on a band, more less write a review based on one song a piece from each band. At least the songs are not short and the packaging the whole disc came in is fantastic for this type of release. Altars kicks things off with an extremely heavy death metal number entitled “Nepenthe… Sepulcher”, which is cloaked in doomy metal trappings, which sets sort of an introspective feel. But the pounding drums and extreme riffs do not let you stay in that reflective head space for very long. Likewise you get a wake up call in the form a hard smack going by the name “Kumosu”, it hits from the first second with a blasting, drum barrage of death metal played at break neck speed. There are some slowed down, subtle breaks in this lengthy song, but they tend to only last five or ten seconds. Then it is back to the attack over and over again with bludgeoning bliss and guttural vocal emanations rising form the murk. The whole release only clocks in at 13 minutes and still manages to be quite a ride. You will really enjoy this if you put the disc on repeat, as repetitive listens will not bore you despite the length. Check this out, more goodness from the fertile grounds of Australia.  – Dale

http://www.myspace.com/tzuntzu  http://www.myspace.com/altarsofficial   


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"Grant Us Death” 2013 CD

(Pulverised Records)


I like Pulverised Records because they seem to love old school death metal, so we are on the same page there. There have been a few Ulcer’s over the years, but this is the Polish one and they play old school death metal that is heavily influenced by the Swedish death metal scene. You can hear elements of Dismember, Grave, Entombed etc.. in their sound. Their music is pretty straight up, standard stuff, but done really well and shake your fist at me if you like, but I am a fucking mark for old style Swedish death metal, I worship this shit. These marauders have that sound down well, they pummel you over the head with it, through heavy razor riffs that hit you with blunt force trauma until you lose consciousness. There are a few fucking sweet short solos smattered throughout this album, which really add a nice little extra touch to the music. If you are not that big of a fan of this style of dm, then you can probably stick with the old classics, but if you are a die hard like me you will want to check this record out ASAP.  - Dale

http://www.myspace.com/ulcerdeathmetal  http://www.pulverised.net/    




"Heading Below” 2016 CD

(Arachnophobia Records)


Ulcer comes out of Poland’s old school death metal scene and hit our ears with their third release to date entitled “Heading Below”. There are nine songs of dark and heavy death metal with hints of Swedish dm influence on the nine songs featured here. The guitars are played with extremely fast and chaotic patterns. The guitarist is not all speed and aggression though, as he does slow down to a slow to a more mid paced, heavier style, in a few of the songs. The drumming is played with some superb patterns, going from a heavy middle paced range, to an all out high-speed assault on the drum kit. The vocals are low death growls intertwined with some gruff spoken type of vocal patterns. If you enjoy old school Swedish death metal like early Entombed, Grave or the first Dismember album then you will definitely want to add Ulcer’s “Heading Below” to your collection now.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/Ulcerdeathmetal    http://arachnophobia.pl/         




“Of Fracture and Failure” 2007 CD

(Neurotic Records)


Neurotic sends along a brutal little piece of vile death metal by way of Auckland, New Zealand. I should clarify that “Of Fracture and Failure” are not just more run of the mill straight forward grinding death metal band. They have a penchant for mixing in doomy spirals for atmospheric effect, not to mention mixing it up with different levels of speed and time changes, wiping away any fear of generics or monotony. Which for a debut album is quite commendable and as far as the technical playing goes these blokes are proficient and skilled. Their thick soupy wall of death has some influences to mine ears such as I think I hear a bit of the godly early Cryptopsy sound, Gorguts too (trying to butter me up with Canadian references, it just might work here) and some Immolation thrown in. The recording is really tight and fits their style well, no worries mate you can hear the 1 thousand riffs on here just fine. Alright it might not be terribly original but it is hellishly well done Kiwi metal and I enjoyed the hell out of it.  – Dale

www.neurotic-records.com   www.offractureandfailure.com    




"Hate And Terror - The Rise Of Pure Evil -” 2019 CD

(Purity Through Fire)


Coming to us out of the United Kingdom’s growing black metal scene is Ulfarr with their debut full length release. “Hate And Terror…” contains six songs of savage and cold black metal similar to the early ‘90s black metal gods but also mix in from time to time adventurous Celtic Frost type catchy parts and even briefly slip into shouted fill black ‘n roll sections. This two man band features Dominus (Thy Dying Light, Atra Mors, Nefarious Dusk, Torver plus more!) and Afallach (Úir). The music generally is played with extreme fast razor sharp guitar chords; though the guitarist does slow down and get into the odd slow to mid paced groove in a few of the songs, but that does not last too long. The vocals are a grim, raw mix of raspy black metal screams and screeches and are well done and well timed. Ulfarr play a very destructive, varied and power black metal style that is worth your attention.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/ulfarr666    https://www.purity-through-fire.com         




“Themes From William Blake’s: The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell” 1999 Double CD



Okay, first apparently Garm of Ulver was pissed at Century Media & split from them and formed Jester Records (distributed by Voices Of Wonder) and released this double album. This album is based on William Blake’s written work. Bruce Dickinson has made it well known to everyone in the press since his previous album was released in ’97. That his next album “The Chemical Wedding” (Which beat this Ulver album into stores by at least 6 months) was going to be based on this exact same work by William Blake! I guess nobody told Ulver. He (Garm) Probably stole the idea. Now let us get on to this abomination of an album. I am not the biggest Ulver fan but I did enjoy their early stuff and I am sure fans of the band early or late will be sickened and disappointed by this! I could go into a long list of all the awful points to be found. Just let me tell you this imagine if you will (though it may induce vomiting) Tears For Fears and Devo mixed heavily with a softer version of Ministry and KMFDM or some other gay techno/rap inspired beats (showing their Beastie Boys influence)! On top of this dung heap is Garm singing throughout in a clean voice that sounds like Micheal Bolten attempting to be a viking warrior. What a fucking mess!  - Dale

Voices Of Wonder, PB 2010 Granerlokka, N - 05050, NORWAY website = www.vow.dk 




"Self-Titled" 2006 MCD

(Bestial Burst Records)


We are presented with torturous and atmospheric, black metal from this German horde of barbarians known as Undor. The music is a dirgy crawling, plodding rumbles with slow pounding drums. Undor are undoubtedly quite clearly influenced by Abruptum. I must say they do not do this style nearly as well as the old Swedish bastards did back in the day. I am listening to this and I just do not feel it and I can not shake the feeling this should probably have been released as nothing more than a limited demo tape. I do like the vocals though which are a cross between the Canadian gods Lust and early Burzum. Maybe it will come with time for Undor. – Dale

www.bestialburst.blackmetal.fi/   bestialburst@blackmetal.fi   




“Underground Comp. Vol. # 1” 1998 CD

(Dark Horizon Records)


Cool compilation. It consists of all dark and evil black metal minus a few exceptions like Vomitory, Nocturnal Breed, & Hellwitch. It struck me as pointless to include so many well known bands on other labels: Mandanus Imperium (NBA), Aeturnus (Hammerheart Recs.) ect... Other bands on here are Sorhin, Hordes Of The Lunar Eclipse, Wallachia, Bethel, Legion, and Primordial. This release is the first volley in a assault by D.H.R. expect soon releases from The Black Witchery, Nebron, Lucifugum and more.  - Dale

D.H.R., 6435 West Jefferson Blvd., Suite # 666, Fort Wayne, Indiana  46804, USA




"Wrath Encompassed” 2020 CD & LP

(Willowtip Records)


Unmerciful hail from Topeka, Kansas (which is a city that automatically makes me think of one of my fave movies “Almost Famous”, fans of that film will know what I mean). Anywho, on to the review, the band play late ‘80s / early ‘90s brutal death metal to the max. Like from the time when this sub-genre was all about speed and brutality, before much of the technicality and melody was injected into this style. That lack of intricate or fancy time changes, and especially melody, I could see that turning off some newer death metal fans that are only conditioned to modern death metal. But for me, it does, I must confess take me on a bit of nostalgia trip. It even took an old UG goat (who was in and around the scene when it first started it’s embryonic steps and growth spurts) like me, a minute or two to shake my expectations of those elements listed above. But my love for the roots of dm took over and I got back into that primitive, battering mindset and got into this record a lot more on repeated listens. They do this style up well. If you have an affinity for very early days of straight forward death metal, during the amorphous and primordial stages when brutality was king, then you will enjoy this album, and if not you likely won’t.  - Dale

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