"Under Ein Blodraud Maane" 1999 CD

(Hammerheart Recs)

These Norwegians have been releasing quality hypnotic black metal since 93' and it shows. Fans of this style must hear this.  – Jeffrey Kusbel



“Mind” 2005 CD

(Cudgel Agency)

Death metal that is very reminiscent of Righteous Pigs mixed with Dismember. Nothing special, weak vocals but the mix of those influences is interesting.  - Dale  



“In Memoriam” 2005 CD

(I Hate Records)

This is a re-release of the CD out years ago on Iron Pegasus - a collection of songs from the bands ’96 demo + ’95 7” EP. Classic UG 90’s bm with an epic Bathory, viking-era aura. This is by far a superior release to the previous one.  - Dale



“Tales of Rock ‘n Roll – 25 Years Celebration”  2006 CD

(Armageddon Music)

If you like hard rock then you will love this new album from the main man guitar king of MSG and former member of The Scorpions & UFO.  - Dale



“Sakada” 2005 CD

(Black Lotus Records)

Ex-Crimson Glory singer Midnight’s solo record. I did not expect to like this as much as I do. Hard rock that might appeal to fans of “Operation Mindcrime”, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, “A Mended Rhyme” type of stuff.  - Dale



“Silent Voice Inside" 2019 CD

(No Name Records / Addicted Label BNiL)

This is a re-release of these Russians 2012 album, shortly afterwards they changed their name to Dekonstruktor whose releases I have reviewed in CA. I liked Dekonstruktor’s early works best, so this is even earlier before the trippy experimental bits & industrial sampling influences came in. This is pure sludgy sounding doom metal in the bands purest embryonic form and it is fantastic! Get this.  - Dale 




“A Pure World Is A Dead World” 2005 CD

(Copro Records)

Pure brutal American sounding death metal from this English band with some heavy doses of early Napalm Death grind. Well done but to be honest, nothing too exciting either.  - Dale



“Thermonuklear Thrash Metal Warfare” 2005 Split CD

(Bestial Burst)

Nailgunner Pure old school thrash metal that is a mix of ‘80s Canadian & German thrashing madness. 5 tracks of blissful insanity!

WoundsAnother Finnish band and they play more on the death metal side of things but hell this is bestial burst records, so you know there is some thrash in those festered gashes.  - Dale  Http://



"Bootlegged in Japan” 1999 CD

(Earache Recs)

You get pretty much what you are paying for here. A very full live album documenting a good portion of newer material and less of the "classic" songs.  – Jeffrey Kusbel



“Grave Damnation” 2006 CD

(Worship Him Records)

I wish I could give a better review but I only got this CD to play a few seconds of each track. What I could make out kind of sounded like a brutal Goatlord mixed with Bolt Thrower & more evil Benediction type of vocals.  - Dale   



“Black Eternity” 2019 7” EP

(Blood Harvest Records)

Suffocating death metal brutality from Iran of all places; it is in the early ‘90s mainly mid paced dm with blast beating speed bursts. The deep roiling & churning growls add to a cool atmosphere on this 2 song vinyl. There is a drummer listed, but some of the drums sound like a drum machine to me, weird. Limited to 350 pieces, 100 on see-thru orange.  - Dale   



“Promo” 2005 CDR

(Forever Plagued Records)

Exceptionally melancholic and introspective black metal that meanders it’s pace but really is evil in it’s own unique way.  - Dale  




“Triumph of Diabolism” Demo CD 2006

9TH Plague return sounding better than ever. If you like your death metal heavy & varied in a cross of maybe Morbid Angel & Hate Eternal I have a band for you.  - Dale

PO Box 9048, S-250 09 Helsingborg, SWEDEN



“Self-Titled” 1998 Demo

An innovative release. I very much enjoyed this album. Crazy death metal with the ever evolving slant. Many weird riffs and an involved understanding that more needs to be experimented with when creating music these days.  – Jeffrey Kusbel



“Summary Execution At Dawn" 2019 CD & LP

(Dark Descent Records)

This is some of the most angry, vicious and brutal Deathrash metal I have heard in a long time! These bastards play for keeps! This may be their debut album, but the band features members of Blaspherian, Cemetarian, P.L.F etc… Excellent precise dark deathrash insanity.  - Dale  



“Thrice As Strong” 2019 CD

(Cruz Del Sur Music)

Oregon’s Ogre return with no less than their 5th album of hard rock and heavy metal doom along the lines of 1970s bands ala Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Captain Beyond, Sir Lord Baltimore, Leaf Hound, Pagan Altar, Pentagram etc… If you love classic ‘70s hard rock & doomy heavy metal then pick this puppy up ASAP.  - Dale    



“Victims Of The Night-Drifting Away” 2019 7” EP

(Gates Of Hell Records)

Finnish classic heavy metallers Orphan Devil come to us with a 2 song piece of vinyl. They play a satisfying sort of more subdued Iron Maiden style of hm with some enjoyable, understated guitar work. Not necessarily outstanding, but all the same solid and enjoyable music worth a listen.  - Dale   




“Sagovindars Boning” 1999 CD

(Napalm Records America)

Folk metal. Hmmm, I cannot deny the melodies are catchy. I also will not deny not liking Otyg or their disrespectful desecration of metal.  - Dale



“Riven” 2005 CD

(Metal Age Productions)

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

Metal Age, Box 42, 038 61 Vrutky, SLOVAKIA



“Generation Coward” 2019 CD EP & 12” EP

(Willowtip Records)

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



“Promo 2005” CDR

(Axa Valaha Productions)

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




“Ominous Message of Brutality” 2005

(I Hate Records)

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



“When Times Turn Red” 2005 CD

(AFM Records)

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



A Blunt Description Of Something Obscene" 2020 CD

(Lacerated Enemy Records)

Hailing from the same area I was born and raised (Alberta, Canada), not to mention cut my teeth on the UG scene. They play progressive tech brutal death metal. These buggers are talented as fuck & highly skilled. The music is very technical and creative, but most importantly for me with this style is they keep the smooth flow of each song going strong. Definitely a band to keep an eye on!  - Dale  



“Symbols of Failure” 2006 CD

(Neurotic Records)

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



“A New Days Dawn” 2006 CD

(AFM Records)

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




“Vicious Inhumanity" 2020 CD & Tape

(Within The Mind Records)

Rat King from Seattle, WA play high energy heavy fuzzy riffed metal that is a melting pot of death metal, sludge, stoner metal mixed with slight experimental accents & small wisps of grind & thrash with skillful guitar nuances and song structuring - something different but good for extreme metal fans.  - Dale 



“Conspiranoic” 2019 CD EP

(Self Released)

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



“Zenith” 2006 CD

(Unmatched Brutality)

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



“Death In Heels On Wheels / Death Promise” 2020 Split 7" EP

(Gates of Hell Records)

Road Warrior start things off and this song feels a little more epic heavy metal than a lot of the material on their debut album, which was faster & more hard rocking. This song is a little more moody and emotive maybe like a mix of Manilla Road, King Diamond, Fates Warning & Candlemass. Killer tune!!

The Gravebreaker track, I definitely hear hints of the early works of German heavy metal bands like Accept & Grave Digger mixed with some Judas Priest both in the music and in the vocal timing and phrasing. The lyrics are about the cult Kung-Fu movie “Death Promise”. Pure quality on this awesome split.  - Dale 



“Compilation Vol. 1” 2005 CD

(Rotten World Productions)

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

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



“Spun Forth Dark Nets” 2005 CD

(Neurotic Records)

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