2013/08/19

scorned deity_adventum









release: 2013
genre: raconteurial blackend death metal
country: USA


website: https://www.facebook.com/ScornedDeity?fref=ts
listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI7PtKQ__rs


review:
right from the beginning "adventum" creates a threatening atmosphere, the intro is both soothing and disturbing - a flesh crawling cradle song.
then, all of a sudden you plunge into the massive guitar walls of "hand of will", subtle female clean backing vocals and pure destruction in the male front promised a hell of a record right from the first track. everyone who is interested should also take a look on the gruesome lyrics that lie within these powerful, devastating voices.

2013/08/06

nekrodeus_putrid scent of grave perversion









release: 2013
genre: death metal
country: austria

review:
nekrodeus came up with their second release and man this one ripped the shit out of my guts. a few things have been changed since their demo record, they improved their sound but kept their outstanding characteristics alive. the intro pulls you down to this renowned grave atmosphere i described in my first review about them (demo 2013). it flows right into the  facebreaking opener track called "lords of the nekrothrone", the song was supported by a vocal feature from death mentality's patrick kubin, they definitely chose the right one to punch some extra brutality in this song.

2013/08/03

massive repulsive_sounds to possess by









release: 2013
genre: technical death metal
country: usa



website: https://www.facebook.com/MassiveRepulsive?fref=ts
listen now:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skmhjej19ow

review:
"massive repulsive" got my attention long ago, since then i was waiting for the production to come and finally i got their material. soft piano -> incoming perdition -> destruction, thats how "sounds to possess by" lures you into the world of six devastating tracks that drew me back to the beginnings of "the faceless". yes there is a huge alikeness in their sound, song structures and compostions, but "massive repulsive" somehow create their own style of this technical, grooving, piano accompanied death metal.

2013/07/28

discure_ep 2012/2013








release: 2012
genre: grindcore
country: austria



website: https://www.facebook.com/discurevienna/app_204974879526524
listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOdKI4YduJ4

review:
so i headed over to a concert in vienna and saw these six guys raping the stage with an untamable, energetic show, shortly afterwards i picked up their ep and i wasn't disappointed... two vocalists squeezing their throats to death beneath fast and blasting drum parts that provide an excellent pit mood along with some technical outbursts. those things are topped by the searing guitar action and the fancy riffing that is paired with straight hate.

2013/07/22

thrown to the sun_of oceans and raindrops









release: 2011
genre: progressive death metal
country: turkey


facebook: https://www.facebook.com/throwntothesun?fref=ts
listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3cy6FhpcxY

review:
"of oceans and raindrops" has been released by the turkish prog.death metal band "thrown to the sun", five guys who have made something unique. let's take the second song "ravenous sun", straight death metal riffing, shouting and suddenly a break that flows into a part that could easily fit on a system of a down record, but that's of course not the end of the list every single track hides it's own suprise without falling apart from the basic idea of the other songs.

2013/07/20

lycanthropia_3rd world apocalypse








 release: 2013
genre: death metal
country: hungary


website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Lycanthropia/228263990568906
listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh8cIjvJGNk

review:
fast guitars lines mangle your brain as 3rd world apocalypse is starting to unleash its first tune called dead dawn, lycanthropia sounds like hell, their riffs are played accurate and ripping and the drums provide a constant hammering headbang assault. but that's not the full deal, you'll also get some gutturals from the deepest point of satan's kitchen,  within a while they even started to remember me of nile's karl sanders. the technical rhythms are displayed with a lot of skill and just the right amount of pure aggression and i gotta say that  i haven't heard such a great solo like the one on "slow death" on any underground record before. those three songs maul you to death, a severe death metal production that is rough, straight and climaxing in a sound that is simply perfect for them. 3rd world apocalypse won't give you  a single chance to lay your head to rest until it fucking breaks.

2013/07/19

barilium_barilium



 





 release: 2013
 genre: death metal
 country: sweden

website: https://www.facebook.com/barilium

review:
barilium is starting off with heavy and dragging riffs, the shouted vocals perfectly fit to the whole sound concept, although the clean guitar lines and the solo/melody parts could use more accuracy i'd say that the entire product is a solid sounding production.
if the first one didn't, the second song on the record will bring you in headbang mode, the shouts are getting lower and the atmosphere drags you deeper into their rage. lamb of god is the first name on their list of influences, well, true that i could hear some "randy blythish" styled vocal lines and of course the stomping guitars with those sweet subliminal highlights.
the drumming works supporting to all other instruments including the vocals, really catchy ground shaking beats that could just use a bit more attack to make this thing trampling my brain.
barilium recorded a death march that takes no prisoners, if your into lamb of god styled metal mixed with swedish rage you gotta get on their path of destruction, i can't wait for their upcoming full lenght "growth in pain".

2013/06/05

slaves of conscience_demo 2013









release: 2013
genre: deathcore
country: USA

website: https://www.facebook.com/SlavesofConscience
listen now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yToCJfjKiSM

review:
"slaves of conscience" brings you very raw sounding, slamming deathcore. sounds like a nice home recording, but actually i kind of like this rough tunes, it is not the obvious sterile sounding deathcore with overly computerized drums, overdriven guitars and endlessly doubled  vocal tracks. ok "surrogates" has some weird vocal fills in it but those low gutturals do rip your instestines, they sounding original and not overdone, it may be a bit too original for some listeners but hey, do you remember the early times of metal?  this band has punchy guitar lines as promised by the logo, but i heard some clean parts too. the song "new age of extinction" leads from a nice blast beat to an unexpected clean guitar break. alltogether a good song with a nice solo, the obvious breakdown and  strange noises at the beginning. the clean parts are played a bit dirty and so is the rest of the guitar lines on this demo, but they are appaeling to my taste.
back to the vocals, this guy built in  really catchy parts, nice bang-along trips and the typical pig slaughtering stuff, unfortunately he hides his high screamed ones until the last song but i guess this is the voice of  birde castillo (i fear nothing).
 "slaves of conscience" reminds me of the early, maybe the better deathcore days, they'll wrench your guts.

2013/05/19

seventh seeker_angel's temptation








release: 2013
genre: melodic metal/ hard rock
country: united kingdom


website: https://www.facebook.com/Seventhseekerband
listen now: https://www.facebook.com/Seventhseekerband/app_2405167945

review:
so we were looking for some female fronted metal to write about and just then seventh seeker sended us their first ep "angel's temptation", a really nice sounding production offering some solid melodic metal tunes.
singer daisy performs some beautiful vocals on that record, showing a good sense for melodies these 4 tracks may not be the heaviest in their genre but they definitely rock.
the drums which are also performed by a female, show off well arranged beats and a skilled style of playing, along with that come catchy guitar rhythms hightlighted with magnificent solos, also the acoustic guitar performance on "sunburnt" is definitely more that mediocre.
all of these 4 songs have a good potential to be great hymns, but unfortunately they get a bit tiring at some point. I was missing a change in tempo, something that would knock me off my chair and wake me up from this midtempo choma.
although i enjoyed this ep i was also hoping for a notable "seventh seeker" feature that would distinguish them from other melodic metal acts, anyway "angel's temptation" offers suitable headbang hymns, good instrumental skills and a whole lot of melody, if you are into that kind of metal you should absolutely give them a shot!

2013/05/02

of ghosts_monster








release: 2012
genre: metalcore
country: united kingdom


website: https://www.facebook.com/weareofghosts
listen now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTmWrbGRaSc

review:
"attention everyone: the unpleasent noise your'e about to hear is not a mistake" - prepare for  kickass uk metalcore, "of ghosts" have published their record "monster" in 2012 and man those guys got some serious fangs. brutish vokills tear up your vocal chords while you're screaming along to massive hooklines like "...your fear is my devotion" on the opener "to the depths", to name just one of them. those vocals climax in a demonic performance that is recorded on the last track "XV".
the hellish guitars made me wanna destroy, those riffs are totally designed to express maximum anger while still sounding exciting and not overproduced. the catchy headbang rythms are perfectly arranged with great accents, for example the first riffs of the second song "highgate empire" reminded me of '"slayer" creating a rad combination with the pounding riffs that fulfill this track. this power has also been realised in the drumming, double base trampling and driving beats that gave me a huge neck pain.
two songs got some special attention while i was listening to them, one of them is "green mirror" it's the sixth track on the record, it suddenly switches to electronic beats and a soothing melody this was awkward, unexpected and absolutely awesome.
the following one called "the ferryman" is one of the greatest instrumentals i've ever heard, you hear the sound of waves getting overlayed by a gentle piano theme and a spooky choir,  i think that this one is referring to the myth of charon the ferryman of hades, at least it gave me the feeling of being carried across the rivers styx and acheron, also the cover cover artwork that shows an absorbing photograph of a lonely boat may be alluding to him.
"of ghosts" have created a record that is now one of my favorite metalcore publications, this "monster" is dragging you straight to hell.

2013/05/01

icosian_when i stopped calling it home








release: 2013
genre: progressive metal
country: canada



review:
"when i stopped calling it home" started to bewitch me with it's amazing cover artwork that is a collaboration of 2 artists. sab kay (nothing is heavy) and bryan shepherd (raining brains) perfectly pictured this record's sound and feeling on the cover. the music of "icosian" is a mixture of grooving guitar and bass passages, hammering drums and a well arranged composition of gutturals and clean vocals, especially the clean vocal parts were a nice earmark that i really enjoyed. the trampling guitar riffs are absolutely driving and played very precisely, they build up a powerful "sound-wall" while cooperating with the awesome sounding bass. 
the combination of both, technical and grooving riffs  made me wanna mosh but that isn't the full experience, beneath all these brute parts the band also left space for passages that let you calm down with wonderful atmospheric melodies, altogether really good songwriting.
i think that the song "vices" is perfectly revealing the potential of the 5 members, showing off  some instrumental skills and catchy vocals lines that could easily stand their ground next to today's genre veterans, in general all of the tracks performed on "when i stopped calling it home" provide well-skilled and diverting prog metal consisting of nice melodies and of course pit-heating brutality.

2013/04/27

no class assassins_the no class e.p.








release: 2011
genre: metal
country: usa


website: www.facebook.com/NoClassAssassins
listen now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1lZttlrzMc

review:
"no class assassins" brought me their second release "the no class e.p." wich was mixed and mastered by mike hasty (walls of jericho). hasty did a great job, alltogether a very punchy and professional sound that actually has some uniqueness, the 4-headed band (currently 3-headed and searching for a new drummer) did a great job as well.
the drums mostly change between double bass trampling and fast blast beats, very nice sounding, skilled drumming but unfortunately it gets a bit boring while listening to it several times. also the massive guitars create a forceful groove that is really enjoyable but definitely lacking in variety when it comes to the whole record. the vocal section is split into two, axeman dave kelsey and vocalist jay crimson got some mean throat-twisting gutturals going on, also the clean ones are interpreted well.
"stubborn play" represents an exception: a somber sounding intro, calm clean vocals and subdued bass lines that burst out into an angry screaming hurrican, highlighted with a dragging and moaning guitar solo. by contrast, "blacked out" exposed itself as straight "(head)bang-along" that must be a great live experience. in sum i heard powerful hardcore- and death-influenced metal that could use a bit more variety but "no class assassins" distinguish themselves with professionality and grooving song structures that can surely beat the crap out of your ass.

2013/04/24

nothing left to give_built to last








release: 2013 
genre: metalcore
country: usa


listen now: https://www.facebook.com/nothinglefttogive860/app_2405167945

review:
wow it's been a long time since i heard some real metalcore...fortunately "nothing left to give" remembered me of it with their upcoming ep "built to last". first of all i gotta mention the vocal performance, vocalist keith laws is screaming his fucking lungs out while guitarist mat trash is attaching some melodic clean parts coming straight from the heart. i was also very pleased about their chorus ideas, they are catchy as fuck, i couldn't stop singing along to them.
even the guitars make sure that you keep listening to the 5 songs, classic metalcore riffing with good melodies, not too pushy and not overdone. although the guitar work isn't what i call magnificent, i think that it sounds very charming and i have to say it is absouletly suitable to the whole sound on the record. the drums and the bass are very passive, a more aggressive sound would be nice but not necessary, altogether i heard some nice supportive beats, played skillfully and ambitious.
track 4 called "southern hospitality" was recorded with a special guest, kevin lacerda (it lives, it breathes) is sharing the mic with "nothing left to give" frontman keith laws. the two vocalists have made a good job together, they are creating a different sound that isn't my favourite one, but nevertheless it is another song that is just huge fun to hear.
"built to last" keeps growing the more you listen to it, trapping your ears with its catchiness, its entertaining melodies and the vocal arrangements that remembered me of  the old "from autumn to ashes" stuff. these guys know how to make one sing along, you gotta keep an eye on them!

2013/04/19

wassermanns fiebertraum_brandung








 release: 2012
genre: post rock
country: germany/austria


review: 
even though it is not metal, i had to review this one, i found this band while looking for some worthy local underground concerts and it instantly got my attention. instrumental post-rock has never been my choice of music until i heard this one, this record called "brandung" is  played with such a great sense for emotion and highlights that i couldn't believe that any (underground) band can give you that exact same feeling in a live show but "wassermanns fiebertraum" kept their promise. those sweet and dreamy melodies carry you like soft waves on an endless ocean. it surely has its raging and stormy times too, but they never let you feel fear, its more like a departure to something new but familiar.
it might appear obvious that i speak of oceans, while looking on the great cover artwork showing a breaking wave, but listening to it truly gives you the feeling of standing right between the waves, catching a salty breeze of fresh sea air.
it also reminded me of being a child with all its playfullness and excitement displayed by the perfectly played instruments, listen to "du in meinem blut" or "kinderspiel" and you will know what i mean.
as i said before the instruments are played with great commitment -NO VOCALS NEEDED- although there are a few lines subtly whispered over the second track but they just complement the instrumental work that provides outstanding guitars,passionated solos, sensitive drumming and subliminal bass play.
the last track called "innere getriebenheit" is a bit different from the others, it gives you a feeling of restlessness that suddenly gets calmed down just to rise again at the end of this beautiful piece, it was surprising but not inappropriate.
this record gave me an intense shudder and an outburst of emotions, i've never heard such great feelings transfered on a record, but the best thing is that you'll get the same experience at one of their stunning live shows.

2013/04/16

phidion_flesh of the forsaken








 release: 2012
genre: death/ trash metal
country: sweden

review:
good old swedish death straight outta stockholm. the vocal arrangement consisting of growls and high shouts is raw, evil and uncompromising. the drums provide the characteristic bass/snare beats adorned with kinky blasts and some fast double bass action. unfortunately those double bass parts sound a bit computerized.  altogether i also think that the drums are bit too penetrating, but nevertheless the drumming takes you straight into headbang mode.
the bass sound is dirty and rough, perfectly fitting to the whole concept, also the guitar sound is taking you back to the early death metal days. speaking of the guitars i gotta mention the nice tapping that is performed on "anthropophagus" which is also my favourite track on this record. also "slaves to eternal insomnia" branded itself into my mind, with it's straight and brutal beat almost knocking my head off to this pile of skulls that is shown on the nice cover art.
although this sinister record is  played skillfully and passioned, i'd like to hear a special "phidion" note setting them apart from other bands like them, however "flesh of the forsaken" should be heard by all death metal fans who love to be remembered of bygone days, this one is a true old school pearl that shouldn't get lost in the depths. 

2013/04/15

cult of apophis_murder house demos volume 1








release: 2013
genre: black metal/doom 
country: usa

listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0fJgE5Zs6M

review:
"murder house demos vol.1" gives you mostly screamed vocals that make a good atmosphere while interacting with the instrumentalists, at some spots they get really high and keen, on others they are shouted deeper, creating some catchy hightlights. also some spoken vocals were added to the last track called "hills of eyes", constructing a darker, more somber sound.
unfortunately the guitars are a bit too subtle, which is very regrettable, i  heard good string action, even though they lack a little bit in precision. summed up it is well arranged (but typical) black metal riffing with a nice groove attached to it, the drums play by the same recipe.
"cult of apophis" is described as black metal/doom band, but i do miss some outstanding doom parts, i wouldn't say that they are straight black metal but they do need more severity and heavyness to get my "doom" seal.
"murder house demo vol.1" is a good debut, showing fine song writing that promises nice black metal sounding just as dirty as it should be. this record may be average, but it definitely made me looking forward to the next one with its raging and ambitious tracks.

2013/04/07

traitor_shadowheart








release: 2012
genre: black metal/hardcore/grindcore
country: usa

listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj66KsAHGhs

review:
shadowheart shows great black metal influences perfectly mixed with hardcore and subtly seasoned with punk/noise rock elements. 4 of the 5 songs promise absolute aggression starting off with an ear-raping speed attack called "heart of gnarled roots".  high-pitched screams and violent shouts keep hunting you through the whole record with no chance to hide. the fast drums keep accelerating your heartbeat while the guitar play causes your blood to boil, they are keeping the whole thing very precise despite the fact that all this hate is displayed very powerful and raw. what i love the most about the instrumental work on this ep is the rumbling bass sound, it contributes a subliminal groove adding some additional spice to the record.  
just a few breaks give you the chance to take a small gasp within this raging storm, always resulting in even more anger, but the last song called "i curse those who ail me" is a gentle piano theme, with spoken text passages and expressive drumming dissolving all the straight hate that was created throughout the other tracks, this one gives you the last rites to finally to die in deep melancholy.
i have to make a little subtraction when it comes to catchiness, needless to say that traitor have made a rough but excellent sounding display of pure violence, that can easily live without that.

2013/04/04

replacire_the human burden








release: 2012
genre: progressive metal 
country: usa


website: http://www.reverbnation.com/replacire
listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rfKuv5OdYQ

review:
while digging myself through the internet i was suddenly stoned and stunned, listening to the first song of this 8-track monsterpiece called "the human burden". from start to finish i was trapped by the intense instrumental work, pulling me right off this planet, like a near-death experience getting you to some sort of higher state just to punch you back down to the insidous reality with barbaric vocal madness crowned by evil low/high combinations and pure severity. Don't you dare thinking that you are save now, being soothed by the hypnotic clean  passages, they are cradling you on a constant stream leading to the next sudden cataclysm.
also the job that is done by the instrumentalists is outstanding. the technical and calm guitar and bass passages perfectly flow from groove lines into fast persecutions brought to you in any possible order, while the intensive drumming accompanies each upcoming vibe expressive and precisely without getting subdued.
all these things give birth to a unique sound sphere that forces you on a trip, never knowing what's coming next, caught between paranoia and a womb-like perception.
another asset has been captured on the artwork which is amazing work absolutely describing the record and it's intoxicating characteristics.
"the human burden" isn't like anything i've ever heard or smoked before, it is the recorded rush of a hellish rollercoaster ride that legally gets you high.

2013/04/03

nekrodeus_demo 2013









release: 2013
genre: death metal
country: austria


website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nekrodeus/125798007591136
listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvs4KNk2jds

review:
this demo is death metal reduced to the maximum of roughness. such straight brutality finding it's climax in a sound as nasty as in this self-recorded "foul-smelling-grave" atmosphere is not meant for everybody, but these 2 songs consisting of great driving guitar/ bass riffing ,clean drum lines and groaning guttural vocals were really appealing to my flavor.
i can also see that some good skilled hands were working on their cover-art, although it isn't very creative, it is a well done selfmade one.
in conclusion this demo is like eating a raw piece of rotting meat, it's an experience that might make you feel sick afterwards, but if you are one of those bloodthirsty hyenas looking exactly for that, go on and feast.

2013/04/02

uproot chaos_time to question










release: 2012
genre: death/trash metal
country: ireland


website: http://www.facebook.com/UprootChaos?ref=ts&fref=ts
listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFT3gyO_fmI

review:
uproot chaos has made something that i would describe as difficult, their vocal concept it's a mixture of strange grunting gutturals, shallow clean vocals with female backings and some gang shouts, i would not say that they are untrained but somehow they are sounding very clumsy, which might be referable to the whole vocal arrangement.
the guitars are moaning and blurred, exept for the clean parts which aren't outstanding but pretty nice. altogether they demonstrate good solo and rythm ideas that leave room for improvement. 
unfortunately also the drums lack in severity and expression, the bass drum and the cymbals are dull or to be precise they are sounding kind of shabby.
hearing their cover version of sepultura's "slave new world" was confirming my theory about the vocal arrangements, actually they aren't that awkard on this track, also the instruments seem to be played better than on the other tracks. to make it short i would say that the cover art of "time to question" isn't bad, it just looks a bit loveless.
BUT: in defiance of all this criticism i have to say that i heard ambition and the will to make something different, especially the song "distillation (of our fears)" hides a great potential to be a real anthem. if uproot chaos work on their skills and structures, upholding their style they could absolutely obtain some better results.

throne of entrails_2012








release: 2012
genre: deathcore
country: usa


website: www.facebook.com/throneofentrailsnj
listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnBE7u_mdNw
review:
2012 is a massive sounding deathcore trip that is caressing you with its nice guitar melodies while beating the shit out of your lazy neck muscles with some serious drum insanity. Usually i don't like this computerised drum sound but on this one it truly makes sense, even tough it's a bit too dominant at some points, the drumming is totally bringing the whole thing to a higher level, also the cover version of "neoclassical deathcore jam" (the faceless) was an excellent choice to get this record further, it somehow works decelerating,  building up a good atmosphere to prepare for the final power trip. 
one thing that i was very surprised about is the fact that there are actually two vocalists regurgitating their beastly vokills over the slamming guitar groove, these guys have builded up a great harmony that is second to none.
However, after listening to this record several times i recognised that i was missing something, a characteristic feature, a special earmark that makes me say "this is throne of entrails", also the cover art hasn't knocked my socks off, but nevertheless 2012 provides constant trampling deathcore, this band made a well arrangend compositon of  groove, melody and tension that is definitely worth a try.

2013/03/31

atominated_world without flesh








release: 2013
genre: trash metal
country: ireland

website: http://www.facebook.com/atominated
listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5caotzfLOJM
review:
world without flesh is a trashing irish bastard angry as fuck, the rough guitar play pulverizes your eardrums while vocalist eoin clarke seems to be yelling straight into your face. although i like this raw and pure recording style, the drums could use a bit more attack and precision, but this fact is instantly laid to rest by  the nice solos and the punchy hooks that just won't let you stop banging to it. the cover art, which  reminds me of toxic holocaust and napalm death is perfectly showing what is happening on this ep: good song structures meet a dirty attitude completed with authenic anger and violence.
atominated don't play drunken lullabies, these four songs sound like lunatics on speed!