I Commander” 2013 7 Inch EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


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

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




“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





“Third Curse” 2001 7” EP

(Dark Horizon)


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




“Tribute To GG Allin” 2011 7”ep + CD

(Lo-fi Creatures)


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

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




2001 Split 7" EP

(Christhunt Productions)


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

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




Doomed To Death” 2012 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


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

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




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

(Horror Records)


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

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

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




“Sacrifice” 2016 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

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



“Street Wolf”  2012 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


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

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





“End Of Man” 2014 7” EP

(Boris Records)


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

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




“Eden In Flames” 2016 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

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



Blasphemy From Serpent Tongues” 2017 12” LP

(Boris Records)


Originally released in 2005 Hellgoat’s debut is getting a vinyl re-release through Boris Records. “Blasphemy From Serpent Tongues” is eight songs of intense early nineties raw black metal that has both fast and a more mid pace range of the songs. The guitarist does slow to a more controlled mid paced range in a few songs. The vocals are raw, grim black metal screams of anger. If you are a fan of Hellgoat’s new releases, but missed out on the debut that started it all, then be sure to pick up this beast today.  - Patrick

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




Prophecy Of Doom” 2012 7” EP

(Hells Headbangers)


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

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




“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

http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/   http://www.incantation.com/     




“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

https://icewar.bandcamp.com/   http://www.ironbonehead.de/   




“Incursus” 2006 7” EP

(Forever Plagued Records)


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





"March of the Apocalypse" 2002 7" EP

(Sombre Records)


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




"To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding" 2002 LP

(No Colours)


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




"Al Ghemist” 2001 LP

(Painiac Records)


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




“Apocalyptic Torment” 2001 12” Picture LP

(Decius Productions)


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

Band Email = goatvulva@angelfire.com




“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

https://www.reverbnation.com/mangledmetal   http://www.boris-records.com/  




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

(Southern Lord Recordings)


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




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

http://martyrvore.bandcamp.com/   http://www.ironbonehead.de/    




“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

https://www.facebook.com/MausoleumGate   http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/  




“Days Of Coma” 1999 7” EP

(Genocidal Records)


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

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




“Losers – Unite!” 2001 Split 7” EP

(Genocidal Records)


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




“Big Sky, Black Horse” 2014 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

https://www.facebook.com/monobrowmanband   http://monobrowmanband.bandcamp.com/    




2001 Split 7" EP

(Sombre Records)


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




“Wicca” 2014 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

http://www.reverbnation.com/morbidslaughter   http://www.boris-records.com/   




“Tortura” 2014 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

https://www.facebook.com/MORBOSIDADOFFICIALPAGE   http://www.nwnprod.com/    




Chainsaw  Dismemberment” 2013 Double LP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


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

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





Muknal” 2012 12'' MLP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


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

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




"Rasluka - part 2" 2002 10" EP

(No Colours Records)


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

Postfach 1119 - 04767 Mugeln – GERMANY 




In Commvnio Tenebrae” 2014 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” 2014 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

https://www.facebook.com/NoVisibleSacrs   http://novisiblescars.bandcamp.com/    






“The Science Of Horror” 2016 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

https://www.facebook.com/NocturnusAD   http://www.nwnprod.com/      




Cerebus” 2012 7" EP Picture Disk

(Hells Headbangers Records)


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

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




Fucking Satan” 2011 Split 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


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

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




2013 Split 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers Records)


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

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




Christmassacre” 2012 7-Inch EP picture disk

(Hells Headbangers Records)


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

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