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BAEL (Fra) Bleeding for him MCD D.U.K.E
Oh Yeah! I'm doing more Black metal reviews, for sure I'll be a true Black metal head in few months! Ah Ah! Come back later for nude Hardcore photos with corpsepaints, spikes and leathers! All hailz the trve kvlt ov hell and pvre nekrodamnation from the cliché ov death! HailZZZZzzzzzzzzz
I have mixed feelings about this BAEL MCD!
On one hand it's quite raw and primal with an aggressive sound, some riffs sound a bit strange... but it's Ok.
On the other hand the vocals sound "strange", in my hears it doesn't evoke a Black metal feeling (to say the best!) and the effect used here sounds strange. Isn't there a problem on the drum playing?
So, it's Black metal in the old Norwegian style, it could sound like a kind of mix of: THE BLACK, WAR, very old MARDUK... Nothing good in my opinion, but it might be and Ok band for Black metal maniacs.

 

BALDUCCI (SPA) MCD’98 GOREMANIA
BALDUCCI joue une musique allant du death métal, en passant par le thrash, le hardcore ( notamment pour les vocaux) et même si certains riffs et le son sont pas mal, le tout manque de cohérence pour être vraiment appréciable. CONTACT LABEL: PEDRO A. ALCALDE, PO BOX 44, 04750 DALIAS (ALMERIA) SPAIN.  

 

BANE (USA) Vehemence: The Cathartic Remnants of Chaos, Virtue, and Time CD'02.
Wanna sound technical, original and complex Grinding death! Wanna play without feeling...  For some reasons unknown they made me think a bit about ADNAUSEAM (senseless absurd sounding breaks and riffs), EXHUMED (grinding moments), HEMDALE, CRYPTOPSY, with touches of FALLEN CHRIST for high pitched guitar screams and maybe CEPHALIC CARNAGE and BLOCKHEADS for the most noisy moments... There are some classical heavy brutal death riffs here and there. I could also notice some IMMORTAL SUFFERING for the most classical heavy/ obscure sounding moments that for some maybe unjustified reasons evoke some old IMMOLATION in my head.
For me it really goes nowhere as a lot of the stuff is too much complex! By moments it sounds without any riff to be listenable. What's the deal of being so technical if the feeling isn't here?!!
http://welcome.to/bane/

 

BARATHRUM () Okkult CD’01 SPINEFARM/ XIII Bis.
I was quite surprised when I heard their CD as I read an old interview of the band in the mighty old school metal dedicated TALES OF THE MACABRE zine in which they claimed to play obscure and totally raw Black Metal.
Their music, a mix of some Heavy and Black Metal reminds me the ANCIENT’s second album, as much as the vocals that in parts could also sound like some Dani from CRADLE OF FILTH, this is quite happy music in fact, this doesn't sound evil or else... Their power/thrash/ heavy riffs makes me think about MORGOTH’s «  Feel sorry … » while their heavy metal side could remember JUDAS PRIEST’s «  Screaming for vengeance » and some quite recent THERION’s works... Their use of keyboards sounds like some DIMMU BORGIR as their music is sometimes some doomy atmospheric Black Metal. They could also make me think about COVENANT’s first album but I’m not sure, this isn't my kind of Black metal, and to be honnest this album wounds to happy and let's say it: commercial! Isn't it cool for a metal release? Uh! Happy and greedy, these were the two highlights of this CD.

 

BARBARITY (Rus) The wish to bleed CD’04. MORE HATE.
Raw Brutal death metal without any melodic flower disgression of any hippifagist influence! Only Brutal stuffs that sound suite "old school". As raw as some old ROTTREVORE, DERANGED, with touches of old cavernous brutality à la early GRAVE (Even if the ancient mood isn't there). BARBARITY is the Russian old brutal death answer to INHUME: Only Brutal the raw way! But when I say "old brutal", I mean there is no newer influence! The more modern it gets is like old, or old style Americanized Brutality (SPLATTERED CADAVER, early VIBRION, few old DAMNABLE).
All spikes counted, this album doesn't bring anything new or soul fulfilling. Average and in need for highlights! But it might be a worth seeing live. Only for the skull-collecting brutal maniacs of simple and right in the skull brutality!
Band email:
barbarity@mail.ru
http://morehate.musica.mustdie.ru

  
 

BASTÄRD (Russia) Bastärd... In the name of the beast Tape Lp. 2017. REFORESTATION Recs.
There was a time when Russian bands sounded old styled, and it wasn't too appealing...
Now some of them sound even more old school, but the music is way cooler!
This tape was the first album of this band from Krasnoyarsk, they then played a mixture between black heavy metal and black speed/ thrash.
While some tracks are clearly close to early 80's heavy metal (some in an old JUDAS PRIEST/ Early MERCYFUL FATE manner, some in a more evil manner à la old VENOM), other tracks are faster and thrashing in a way closer to very early BATHORY (First album or demo) or some ugly old MOTORHEAD.
VENOM is clearly a strong influence at the level of the vocals and some more "evil" parts, while musically it's perhaps a little more "well played" and not as "fucked up" as early VENOM, if you see what I mean (Perhaps it's only a detail). Perhaps there's also a bit of old CARNIVORE.
The production isn't perfect or very professional, there's even quite a lot of echo on vocals, but it sounds quite cool, and personally I don't care since it tastes close to the old cult albums from the 80's and adds an old underground flair.
Well it's a pretty cool first album, some songs even sound quite cool with catchy choruses and stuffs. Now it's not a bloody revelation, but nothing sounds particularly bad and there are some cool songs, so I believe fans of the style could enjoy listening to this piece of analog conflagration.
https://bastrd.bandcamp.com

 

BEHEADED (MALTA) Resurgence of oblivion MCD’00 MIGHTY
On their previous CD « Perpetual mockery » released on Xtreme Records, they were playing a quite mid placed and heavy refreshing Death Metal that were reminding me of BRUTALITY’s two first albums for the epic touches.
Now, they perform american Brutal Death Metal in the vein of SUFFOCATION ( « Human Waste », «  Effigy of the forgotten »), with some old CANNIBAL CORPSE, DISGUST ( FRA) and MORBID ANGEL ( leads, ternary rythms and riffs) elements. They own gory vocals and they include grinding parts and screams à la old NAPALM DEATH/ BRUTAL TRUTH ( 1st and 2nd ones). This is a kind of music that has ever made a lot of followers in the Death Metal scene but the band plays it correctly and even if it’s not very personnal, it might be worth the listening for fans! Some originality and more personall parts would be welcome since the style is quite "popular".

 

BEHEMOTH (POL) Pandemonic incantations CD’98. SOLISTITIUM.
This isn’t new, we all know most of the the black metal albums sound is very weak and lacks a lot in heaviness but this is the problem of the bands and the fans if they enjoy such kind of production. We also know most of the actual black metal bands release boring albums that are very weak when it’s up to the music, their songs are very similar and their isn’t much memorable stuff! Is it the case with BEHEMOTH? I’ll say yes for their production because the sound of guitars is like a buzz, it cruelly lacks in power ( but the black metal fans who eat up everythings will enjoy this...) but musically speaking they more serious than 90% of the other garbage black metal band wagons and for this they are Ok. This isn’t original at all but they try to use different songs structures, it doesn’t sound cliché so much after all...
This album is an Ok one with correct compositions. Even if this isn’t my cup of tea ( far from this!)  I must recognize this doesn’t suck.
 

 

BENEATH (Island) Hollow empty void MCD. 2010. MORDBRANN Records.
Sometimes when you run a zine, you don't always receive good records, you know? No! You don't know, because you don't own a shit-capturing postage box... Mine is a real BULLSHIT ASPIRATOR!
So, instead of inspecting an excrement marmalade promotional record, we'll talk about something I ordered...
BENEATH comes from the land of the isle and plays a kind of Death metal to be located between brutal death, blasting death, and technical death.
To describe the music, I would talk about elements coming from SUFFOCATION's "Souls to deny" for the technical aspect and "Despise the sun" for the blasting approach, with some IMMOLATION for a more darkened appeal, and some NILE for blasting brutal onslaughts (Even though no epic theme appears).
To make the musical picture more realistic, I could can some SPAWN OF POSSESSION for more current brutal influences and possible elements of GORGUTS for more tortured themes. I know this description isn't perfect, partly because the band probably has influences to be more modern (And I'm not perfectly informed about it, but don't be afraid: Fans of brutal death a quite extreme way wouldn't have to notice problems of plastic wankery).
The music is quite technical, but remains quite brutal sounding... On the other hand it's not original or too particular, and might sound quite common in the hears of those who download so many brutal records on the vomiting blogs, but for a first recording it already shows some mastering of the subject.
There are little touches of black metal on some guitar chords, or in some themes, but the previous IMMOLATION quote could have been enough for this ingredient.
Maybe the guitars lack a bit of heaviness (Understand low frequencies). The drumming is quite fast, with many blasts and double kicks (It was probably triggered, but nothing bothers my castrated hears).
"Hollow empty void" is a quite good sounding record, it sounds quite intense even if being quite technical and not showing too many particularities... But I'm not really convinced by BENEATH yet, as I would need the appearance of some deeply emotional or obsessing catchy riffs... So I will check out their next recording to have a real opinion about their brutal auditory progeny. Sodomize the bleeding!
http://www.myspace.com/beneathdeathmetal

 

BENIGHTED (Fra) Insane cephalic production CD'03 ADIPOCERE.
I didn't pay attention to BENIGHTED's previous releases because they're signed on ADIPOCERE, a label whose releases almost never interest me at all!
Finally here I am with their third full-length CD that lies, for most of it, between Brutal death grind and death grind. It sounds professional as the band is tight and has the benefits of a good production.
The music sounds like a mix of CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, CHRIST DENIED, some early HYPOCRISY, with few NECROPHAGIST, plus some Black metal touches and few modern metal influences from here and there.
But I feel almost totally uninspired in front of this album: apart from the fact it sounds quite brutal for the production, the riffs sound too much everheard, to simple (easily findable...) or simply uninspiring in my hears. In a way I have some kind of the same opinion of KRONOS and BENIGHTED who share a bunch of common Brutal death influences: it's professional and correctly articulated, but the riffs do nothing for me because of the reasons mentioned above.
BENIGHTED might please some guys, plus it might be a cool band to check live, but I ever know very well all these riffs and those who have a big Brutal death and death metal knowledge probably won't be much inspired!
http://www.staybrutal.com

  

BENUMB (Usa) Soul of the martyr CD'98 RELAPSE.
There are some bands that release albums on big labels, and when I listen to their music I don't hear why! And the quality of BENUMB's music lets me think it's not good enough to be spread on a so wide audience.
Their style is raw Grindcore with Hardcore touches for some slow riffs. There are touches of thrashcore, Crust, etc. The vocals remind me some Grindcore bands of the first epoch, RIGHTEOUS PIGS for example.
It blasts, there are some riffs, but I found nothing efficient, great or killer! All the more some tracks' structures sound hesitating! It makes some noise (as most of the Grindcore bands) but I don't see the point.
There are discordant riffs, and some chaotic raw parts could remind a bit of NUCLEAR DEATH. The vocals aren't bad, but that's not enough!
They've recorded some other stuffs and may have improved, but what I heard on this CD didn't turn me on to get some more interest in BENUMB!
http://www.benumb.net

 

BESTIAL MOCKERY (SWE) Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw CD'02 METAL BLOOD MUSIC.
This band that has released a cool amount of demos in the past reminds me a lot of BESTIAL WARLUST's 2nd CD, but it's not as much bestial sounding. There's also a bit of SATANIC SLAUGHTER for the high tuned sound and for an old school touch. I have heard some small influences of old SADISTIK EXEKUTION ("The magus") for some vocals' touches and some small Death thrashing influences. They include some simple Black metal riffs à la DARK FUNERAL in their compositions, and I may also quote ABHORER, IMPIETY (1st CD) and maybe VOMITORY ("Raped in their own blood") to let you image with more details what their music is about. Yes, old BESTIAL WARLUST is the biggest influence here.
I found nothing special here, but it sounds Ok and it's not really in the vein of what's released nowadays. It can be a quite cool release for those who liked the bands quoted before in this review.
http://www.blazing.ws/main/bands/bestialmockery/bestialmockery.htm
bestialmockery@hotmail.com

  

BESTIAL MOCKERY (Swe) Evoke the desekrator CD'03 OSMOSE.
These swedish maniacs begin to have a quite well known name in the scene since the last 2 or 3 years. But as it is the first time that I listen to their music, I can't say to the old fans of BESTIAL MOCKERY if the band has improved or regressed here. Well, all I can say is that it reminds me a lot the last SODOM album "M 16" because of the production and the way Master Motorsåg is singing sometimes. The rest sounds like harsh and raw aggressive black metal. There are enough tempo changes and variety in the songs so that you don't get bored while listening to this album. Still I don't find it as excellent as some zine editors might have said; It's not bad for sure, but I don't see anything groundbreaking here. I simply don't get the grip with bestial mockery's metal. It's fine but I am not really impressed, I think I was expecting something more aggressive and dirty. Maybe it's because of the production, I find that the guitar sound is not dirty enough. Well feel free to check it out if you were already into BESTIAL MOCKERY, and for those who don't knowx the band, I advise you to give a listen to it before you get it, or at least to check the band's back catalogue which might be rawer than this album. Not bad, but nothing tremendous either, except the fine Gustave Doré's artwork!
Cuntact:
www.osmoseproductions.com
                                                                                    Nathaniel

  

BETHLEHEM (Ger) Reflektionen auf's Sterben (Leichenfotze)  CD'97 RED STREAM. Contrary to what a bunch of delicacy ass licking zines (whose only goal seems to promote at any cost) think, to write some bad reviews in a zine is a good thing!
If it's done with honesty, some guys can find of themselves in your words, or at least it can make some use their minds! But it also creates some kind of contrast between the levels of appreciation each release gets (it doesn't happen when everything is so greaaat!) and then the good words make more sense!
The band can know your real opinion (which is quite rare! I can tell you!). Finally you're not taken for a fool who likes everything! This is a feeling I often have towards some zines...
The subject of the bad review of this days will be BETHLEHEM! I don't know what they're trying to achieve, but it only leads me to the WC!!
This album is a kind of mix between some Black, dark, doom with keyboards and some strange vocals (both clean and screamed). It reminds me of HELLHAMMER, old MOONSPELL, EROS NECROPSIQUE, DARKTHRONE.. and it always remains superficial! There's a light goal to sound obscure, but they never reach the engulfed abysmal darkness nor open the gates ov hell! Their tracks are varied, but always remain boring in my ears!!
I've heard from several sources the band did a great CD and a bunch of crappy ones! For sure this "Leichenfotze" isn't the killer one! Use it to unlock your toilets!

 

BEWITCHED (Chile) Dragonflight CD'99 CONQUISTADOR.
This band has nothing to do with the Swedish one! But their style is also old school anyway!
Old school Heavy metal reminding me of the 3 first KING DIAMOND Lp's and old MERCYFUL FATE with some arrangements ranging along the same breaks and metallized stuffs! Some quite technical riffs are okey, and leads sound quite good, but some riffs are also too simple and common! Their vocals are clearly sung, they own some Black metallish screams that try to sound like KING DIAMOND's cynical view and own delirias but it's not so good in my opinion!
Some more technical riffs reminded me a bit of YNGWIE MALMSTEEM's heavy riffs on his first LP. Unfortunately a good amount of riffs are too common in my opinion.
All the tracks doesn't sound good, but there are some nice ones. About 50% of the riffs are very average in my ears, and some parts are too common... I think it may be a nice band for old fans of good old KING DIAMOND! Nothing is exceptional here, but some nice parts are thrown here and there. Those who own all the KING DIAMOND and MERCYFULL FATE Lps and need more may be interested by this band!

 

BEYOND FEAR (UK) Haunted by visions of a third atrocity MCD'97 UTOPIA
These english bastards who has split up because of a lack of musical recognition played a Death/ grind that was influenced by IMMOLATION but in a more in your face style. Even if the tracks were quite long
( About 10 minutes a song, it's rare in Brutal death metal!) it was well contructed with a lot of changings. They also had some touches of old SEPULTURA for the morbid sounding harmonies  (Don't know why but the sound also makes me think about very old SEPULTURA).
In parts, the drum playing that wasn't bad makes me think about a young Pete Sandoval who'd be training to enter TERRORIZER, there's some kind of the same incubating martial style and feeling here.
It would have been a band to support! A shame!

 

BILE (Hol) The shed MCD'00 SO IT IS DONE PROD.
This band has got nothing to do with the Indus metal homonym! This BILE is a project of some INHUME members that decided it wasn't enough to play Brutal Grind Crust in their main band. So BILE was born under the banner of Goregrind and Grindcrust!
You immediately hear it will severely blast out the sickness from your castrated torso, the production is powerful and heavy with a corroded touch (a bit à la INHUME). The stuff mixes Grindcore parts in the nauseabond waters of INHUME, with heavier Crusty gory riffs à la C.B.T/GUT and mincing Crust à la old AGATHOCLES for example.
Ultra pitched Gore purulent stomach emanations! Grinding insanity à la very old EXHUMED! Some very fast blasts are along the lines of BRUTAL TRUTH's 1st CD and DEVOURMENT.
I like the bass guitar that sounds fucking overdriven! Pure Grindcore sound! I think there's enough for a few Grinders to blow some fuses here! This isn't one of the best projects that were released the year 2000, but it's correctly Brutal! A quite cool MCD Grinding freaks and Brutal pussy lovers may download between two cybernetic orgasms!

 

BIRDFLESH (SWE) Night of the ultimate mosh CD'02 RAZORBACK.
They should throw away this stupid logo that looks like if it was drawn by a 5 years old child!
Their Grindcore made me think about DEPRAVED (FRA)'s first CD and there's also a touch of MARDUK for the raw grinding side, but they of course will let your mind view some old insane "F.E.T.O" third world decrepitude images as the Grind/ Crust they play is very influenced by old NAPALM DEATH. Some alternances between old school death metal riffs and Grinding moments made me EXHUMED my "Gore metal" "In the name of gore" (This sentence sucks a bit, eh eh, should stop the madness and directly inject the mighty cokaine...).
The aggressive noise grinding side could make you think about old BLOCKHEADS (FRA).  The drumming sounds good, but the riffs... Don't fuck my words but it sounds like I've ever heard it before. Don't forget some memorable riffs are a nice addition to a 22 aggressive grindcore tracks' pile!
Some vokills evoked some old anal forgotten feelings coming from the SANITYS DAWN's "Mangled in the meatgrinder" CD, but they're more on the "FUCK OFF" side than anything else.
The momentaneous crust/ hardcore influences that made its appearance on some coffinfucked and carmolested tracks psychoted DISRUPT in my ambivalous cerebral jewelry. Sure there's a Punkalike fuck the world side into this shit! The cover looks like a collage of some old punksih rubbish, mixed with horrible red colors and old MISFITS photos...
As you'll understand I'm not a suicide maniac, and even if it's very often grinding and even if it sounds aggressive, nothing really branded my enjellyied dusty metal brain decay. Some extreme grinders will like it as it's better than the average and quite intense stuff! But I'd rather urge you to check out the EXHUMED/ HEMDALE's "In the name of gore" split CD if you still don't own it, and it you can find it!!
http://www.razorbackrecords.com

 

BIZARRE EMBALMING (CZE) Necrosadistic surgery CD'02 Bizarre Leprous Prod.
Not very good cover reminding me of AUTOPSY's first album illustration (the first one they used for "Severed survival, with the psychopathologist doctor doing the general surgery). They style is a mix of Grindcore and Brutal Death (not the technical style but rather the more direct kind of Brutality...).
I can tell ya there are grindgore riffings à la HAEMMORAGE, old EXHUMED influences (Demos days and split w/ HEMDALE) here.
There are a good bunch of old Death metal riffs in the vein of what EXHUMED used to add in their disjoncted tunes, the classical tremolos stuffs mixed with punching beats.
The vocals sound by moments like BENEDICTION's 2nd growler, Barney Greeway (especially when he was singing on the "Subconscious terror" LP of the old style Death metal band from UK) or ALTAR (Netherland)'s vocalizing brutallizer. There are some nice parts.
I've found nothing exceptionnal or very good here, and nothing would give me the need to listen to this CD more times later (as I've found no deep and personnal ideas). But the tracks sound cool and are correctly played. EXHUMED/ HAEMMORRHAGE fans may find in this case a cool item to copy on tape. The real problem is it would cost you at least 13 Euros to get the CD, and one can wonder if it is really worth these 13 ones!
http://come.to/blp

 

BLACK CANDLE (Bel) The faceless angel CD'02 PW Productions.
This is the kind of CDs you don't want to hear, this is the kind of CDs you don't want to receive! But you have to talk about it anyway...
This is Black metal in the Norwegian trend that reminds me of old DARKTHRONE. There is some old CELTIC FROST influences. Cliché riffs, inefficient structures, 'Kult" logo and cover... Fukk this is the kind of basic riffs I've ever heard so many times! Every serious enough Black metal fan with 6 months of guitar-playing can find these riffs! This band is in the underground since several years, but I find nothing interesting no especially "evolved"! (Only maybe the vocals... but is it enough?).
Black metal isn't my cup of black blood, but while I can understand why some DARKTHRONE tracks may please some guys, I hear nothing that could interest those for which Black metal means more than trollish dances in the nocturnal forests. Anyway, if you follow the way of the "K", the "V" and the "Z", you may find here something to move your tiny corpse-painted ass on!

 

 

BLACK MASS OF ABSU (Usa) Looting the tomb of the aramathean Ep'97. FUDGEWORTHY.
Boring sludge doom "band" who tries to be occult and evil with the uncontrolled use of quite gay samples/ gayboards or low tuned black metal vocal-farts. This sounds totally out of fuel and as fucking boring as the slowest GONKULATOR (boring as fuck) noises! It could eventually remind of an early CATHEDRAL who would have eaten a lot of "Think positive and sodomize yourself" piles and would be in a very good mood! Fucking shit! Doom was never meant to sound happy! As I told you: boring!!
Minimalistic, amateurish, uselessly improvised and without any musical basis... any 15years old numetal kid who would have heard a BLACK SABBATH track once could only do better!
This shit doesn't deserve to exist! This is not a surprise to see this kind of utter crap released on the label of a GONKULATOR (boring as fuck) member. Avoid this crap at all costs if you haven't lost respect for your Hi-Fi and decent music collection!
Url: no waste of space.

 
 

 

BLACK SISTER (Uk)/ KRUPSKAYA (Uk) Split Ep'09. PROBLEM? Recs.
Title: "Short pukereview from the lands of my rotting week end".
Big sister is watching you, big sister is watching you with massive sexual insistence... And she's black... I'm afraid, she probably listened to a lot of black metal...
The band BLACK SISTER is back with some thrash on this Ep, this is the band of the Problem recs guy who's always so busy but keeps on piling releases over another (Doesn't it remind a Swedish guy?). Well. First song begins like BOLT THROWER, epic melodic, then acceleration in the thrash asstick way with a little old core-crossover touch.... And high-pitched vocals that make it a little strange/ not too serious sounding.
Next song is more punk, less "dense", sounds a bit like some IMPALED NAZDROVIEJ (Hmmm, Nazarene). Maybe it's a cover (It's written "Sodom", but I don't recognize it).
KRUPSKAYA sounded quite interesting on their "Clouds over..." MCD which offered complex tortured HC Grind... Here they play a cover of KREATOR ("Flag of hate") in a totally classical way, with a raw sound which make them sound like some old ABSU Ep, and some surprisingly high-pitched vocals which make them sound like... An agonizing hamster in the washing machine at full regime? (Stop playing with pets, please, there are better sex tools in life :OP). The sound is quite raw indeed.
I wasn't too impressed by this Ep; Ok it was apparently done for fun and some thrashers could like it for the fresh spirit of the thing, but I expected something different, a bit more wound-threatening.
http://www.myspace.com/blacksisterthrash
http://www.myspace.com/krupskayaforever

 

BLACKSHINE (GER) Soulless and proud CD'01 SPV
I checked this one out at Carsten Otterbach, an ex MORGOTH guitarist, was a part of their management staff and I thought,
if a guy form the great old MORGOTH supports a band, it musn't be bad. But I'm disappointed as it's not Death metal nor heavy!
It's really softer than what I thought it would be, would remind me some soft rockin' MOTORHEAD mixed with BAD RELIGION and ENTOMBED on it's last albums ("Same difference" and "Uprising"). There are some melodic death/ black touches in the vein of the Gothenburg style that would be near of a small nice melancholy of bands link NIGHT IN GALES. Sometimes it's not so far from what PARADISE LOST did since "Icon". There are some cool a bit bizarre sounding vocals in the vein of the SPERMBIRDS ("Shit for sale")
The sound is clear, it's well produced, but nothing turned me on during the listening of this CD as I faced another musical deception!

 
 

 

BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY (Usa) The devil's mayhem CD'08. OSMOSE Records.
Evil and fast Death metal with doses of evil thrash that could re-warm your cold entrails if you like it evil, burning and hateful.
This new band ran by Gene Palubicki is in fact more old styled than what you could be used from the latest ANGEL CORPSE, it goes back closer to the sources of evil and the influences are clearly more along the lines of POSSESSED's "Seven churches" (Many morbid tremolos from hell, some fucking technical tappings…) with touches of ooold RIGOR MORTIS (Evil speed metal!), some SARCOFAGO ("I.n.r.i") or a bit of early SODOM...
One could feel by moments somekind of the same atmosphere than "Hammer of gods", which doesn't displease me, but there's a difference in the fact it sounds less "Raw and rock'n roll" and fewer two-guitar-polyphonies are present (So the Morbid angel reminders decrease)
Maybe someone could hear some vicious BLASPHEMY by moments, but the previous Sarcofago quote could suffice for this aspect..
There are more thrash metal patterns that could taste like early "Evil metal", maybe something like early DESTRUCTION, the second POSSESSED album or KREATOR’s “Pleasure to kill”, but it's a different atmosphere. The apocalyptic leads are cool.
I read some peoples complained about the snare-drum sound... Well, it didn't bother me, it sounds quite military (Which fits) and if it was released in 1988 few peoples would have bothered...
This album has great moments when it's fast as fuck and right to the point, but on the other hand some tracks or parts are more mid-paced and I don't like that too much (It wastes the hatred).
This is a quite good album you could dig if you have "old styled" tastes and if you burn in hell! At least I preferred BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY than many current war, evil, black death bands who rather flame a few cigarettes than the gates of hell... It might only be a subproject or something, and this album might not turn into a classic (Who the hell could record a classic Death metal album in 2009? Seriously…), at least BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY is burning in hell! So keep on burning!
http://www.myspace.com/blasphemiccruelty

  
 

BLOCKHEADS (Fra) Last tribes CD’95.
France, 1995, while most of the local scene is still cast in amateurish music and ass-licking behaviors, some sick minds record one of the most extreme Grindcore stuff for the French scene of this time! I even wonder if a correct Grindcore release was recorded in France before! Ah!
After a tribal intro begins the aggression! Total Grindcore right in your face, with some real blasts, energy distress disjoncting screams, packaged anger! Right in your face! And it's obvious the fucking BLOCKHEADS were in their own deliria: nothing to do with the French scene of this time! Real raw Grindcore! With blasting stress energy and slower parts or tempos the old school way!
At this time, they reminded me of NAPALM DEATH ("Scum"), very old BOLT THROWER, TERRORIZER (A little bit). This was ever chaotic, few riffs tended to chaotic depressiveness. The low vocals were ever very low and disgusted! Cool.
Ok, there were some approximations, and all wasn't that good, but the first track is excellent, there are some cool parts from here and there, they had a real drummer, and it was fucking welcome! It was promising as fuck! And they have improved a lot!
http://blockheads.free.fr

   

BLOCKHEADS (Fra)/ MASTIC SCUM (Aus) Split Ep’97. STUHLGANG Rec.
Well, nothing very cool these days, so it was needed to download this quite old Grinding split Ep! Unless the damnation of pure fucking shit would have once again taken over my putrid brain! Fuck you all!
This Ep appeared few years after BLOCKHEADS had releases their first CD, and it introduced the French underground to the style they have been blasting on their following releases: fast Grindcore the old way, with some influences of Hardcore, and a production being much more powerful than the one of "Last tribes".
Musically speaking, there's no surprise (including no bad surprise): ass kicking Grindcore with real energy and rebellion! The drummer blasts as a maniac who'll destroy the whole world, while the riffs are primary as fuck, and chaotically raw! Reminds of early NAPALM DEATH and the good grinding state of mind of this epoch! This is almost the same spirit.
The vocals have your high pitched screams, your grind growls, some hardcorish vocals and some low pitched screams that sound like an ugly cromag blowing a big fuse in his morbid cavern! Ah!
If you have few BLOCKHEADS releases, this Ep isn't essential or really needed, but it tastes like a cool collection item for the fans of energetic and emotional Grindcore!
On the other side you have few tracks of MASTIC SCUM who also plays old school Grindcore influenced by early NAPALM DEATH! But with some newer influences. It's full of blasts, crusty parts and angry growls. Mastic sounds more "polished" than BLOKCHEADS since their Grindcore is less chaotic. It also seemed less HxCx influenced at this time. Its sounds quite energetic and motivated to the ass bone, but I prefer the BLOCKHEADS for the destructive chaotic power!
A hips cool Ep for Grinders! Motherfuckers!
http://blockheads.free.fr

 

BLOCKHEADS (Fra) Watch out CD’98 BONES BRIGADE.
It’s always cool to review older albums! And especially when it's as powerful as the ones of BLOCKHEADS!
After a cold and nihilistic war intro begins the grinding carnage! Total old school Grindcore in its purest form! Full of energy and rebellion!
Ass blasting drum grinding energy! Guitar riffings that has both the raw old school Grindcore edge, but also some heavier HxCx touches and some Crustcore. Urban explosive Grindcore with social views of this rotten world and disjoncted screams on overwhelming distress! Scum!
They have varied vocals, but the lower hardcorish Death grunts are great! Power! And there's a chaotic and explosive aspect I enjoy in here! Fuck the world!
Ok, all the tracks in the BLOCKHEADS albums aren't excellent, but the whole sounds good, the energy is here, and fuck off! It shreds your big mother! The fucking BLOCKHEADS haven't released a flat or boring album, and it's rare in this style! Grind on, and support them!
http://blockheads.free.fr

 

BLOCKHEADS (FRA) Human parade CD'02 BONES BRIGADE.
Here's an album that should deligth everyone that is into grind. With Human Parade, the BLOCKHEADS give us the lethal shot. During the 20 tracks that contains this album, intensity rarely falls in, on the furious hi-speed parts (Face yourself make up your mind, Dead men working) as on those heavier, between the heavy and the sludge way of playing ((.), that's the title of the song). Musically emerging more from the grind scene, the crust parts (great) linked to the ultra-speed ones can make you remember NAPALM DEATH (both first essentially), EXTREME NOISE TERROR (the first ones too), ENNEMY SOIL (Garden of Eden's period) and other DISRUPT. The vocals have a hardcore and live approach (hardcorolic ? !), a bit as DISRUPT or ENNEMY SOIL, even a power violence way as OTTAWA or PLUTOCRATY. All of this raised with an excellent production and a very good artwork. So I won't add anything except every grindcore lover should know this album.
                                                                                    Gauthier

 

BLOCKHEADS (FRA)/ NOSTROMO (SWI) Split Ep'02 BURN OUT.
This split Ep artwork wouldn't have caught my attention in a CD store for sure!I'm not too into 50's sensual jazz'n rock, eh eh!But it looks quite cool anyway. The concept here is: each band covers a track of the other one and adds one of it's own creation. So NOSTROMO covers a BLOCKHEADS track that seems to come from the "Last tribes" CD of the french Grinders, doesn't sound 100% as the original, so it's cool for a cover.On its own track, NOSTROMO offers a mix of Grind, HxCx and discordant tunes with screamy High pitched vocals emerging directly from the Hardcore scene, but the whole keeps a Grindcore highline. That's cool.
BLOCKHEADS's nostromo cover and personal track sound in the vein of their otehr lastest releases? If you liked their Grind/ HxCx/ Crust with low delirium vocals and screams, quite chaotic parts and with a real Grindcore spirit, check it! It's worth the listening for the grinding mafiozos!
http://blockheads.free.fr

 

BLOOD (Ger) Impulse to destroy CD'94 IMPULSE TO DESTROY.
I never understood why BLOOD had so much support! Except from a few "hits", their music is fucking boring and common as fuck!
And this album is the worst I've heard from them! (The 1st one I guess...) Grind Crust with weak riffs, a flat sound, flat drums, boring tracks... Too much reverb on vocals...
They tried to do it raw, but even a fly in an overdrive effect would sound more extreme!
Sounds like a 1987 Demo, Forget this! No guts, no glory!

 

 

BLOOD DUSTER (Australia) Yeest CD'95.
Here's a band that was influential on a part of the Grind scene, and especially for bands such as FILTH (Australia).
The whole prostesist puke on the patient's wide open rectum was a Grindcore that tended to Grindgore (especially for some vocals), but what built a bit of BLOOD DUSTER's personality was they included some rocking groovy riffs in their menstrual soup, it wasn't common at that time! Not so original in the grinding sessions, but there's you share of intensity and blast insanity in some good old school grinds à la old NAPALM DEATH. Plus add a few catchy riffs, some Dark grind, low gore or high-pitched vocals!
The 10th track crushes everything with its excellent grind riff of an intro, and the opening snare. Drumbeat is totally catchy and killer!
We were playing this one when I was in a Grindcore band named G.O.L.
Notice “Yeest” includes the whole “Fisting the dead” CD as bonus tracks.
All the tracks here aren't excellent, but you've got a little bunch of very good ones, and all the tracks don’t sound the same! I can play half of the CD without being bored at all.
Good production. If you can put an hear on this CD, go on! It's worth the last remaining hours of your hearing until you turn fucking deaf. Ouch!
http://www.bloodduster.com

 

 

BLOOD RITUAL (Usa) At the mountains of madness CD'98. MORIBUND Recs.
Fantomatic, as the throat that never speaks.
Subtle, as a cancerous scorching breathe.
The unholy deities of ancient sarcastic Death metal slowly but surely take over your consciousness and fucks up each and every positive aspect of it.
As a cryptic puzzle that slowly, but surely grows, takes a more afflicting path of desolation with each disintegrated piece of will,
Until the game is finally complete: PURE FUCKING DEATH!!!
The only common link between BLOOD RITUAL and SAMAEL's second album would be the occult and satanic approach; but this almost forgotten Death metal band sounds more perverse and vicious when their occult face re-materializes.
The main lines of BLOOD RITUAL could sound like a melting pot of ATROCITY ("Hallucinations")'s complex and weird techno death, and the occult and sulfurous from IMMOLATION's "Dawn of possession". Of corpse, other influences and soundalikes such as AMON (pre-DEICIDE), very early MALEVOLENT CREATION, BEYOND FEAR (Uk. R.I.P) or early SUFFOCATION can be blood written.
Even if some moments of the morbid or occult are quite embalming, if some technical desecrations are quite appealing, and some brutal parts sound cool in my hears, I feel like it's an average album with good moments. A bunch of riffs do not bring much to the songs, when it doesn't slow down the course to intensity. (Some sound even common and tasteless in 2005).
The band happens to procure this feeling the morbid riffs awake an aura of morbidity flying in a blackhole circle, as a suffocating fume calling and preceding the end of times. The raw production isn't always the most understandable or powerful, but it doesn't displease me as a 10 years old+ form of resonance can be found, and it leads me back to some memories of beginning 90's brutal Death, an extreme kind of music you had to pay attention to, and make an effort to really understand what was happening, as everything weren't so clean and crystal clear...
There happens to be a strange chorus effect on the vocals; it's ok for me, but wouldn't necessarily please every Deathmaniacs.
This album might be of interest for big fans of the style, wicked schizophoniacs of the technical shred and embracers of the occult, but I don't really conceive some who do not dig the sulfurous, deep underground and past Death metal to get into this album that much. For fans and maniacs only!
I could hear few songs from BLOOD RITUAL's last album released on MORIBUND Recs; and it didn't do much for me. The style of the band seems to have changed quite a lot, as they explore underground landscapes that can not be transplanted on the sarcastic carcass of my tastes.
Corrosive compatibility unachieved.
One more transplant rejected.
http://www.moribundcult.com

 

BLOODBATH (swe) Breeding death MCD'99 CENTURY MEDIA.
A few years ago, a guy I knew who was totally into the most complex and Brutal death metal stuffs almost forced me to buy him back this CD, but I was in a  totally crushed sorrowful and depressive paintings deliria, so I didn't pay much attention to this. But now I've heard their last full length and enjoyed it, I hurried up to download it through a nice files exchange software!
Still in the old school Death metal style, this MCD is a very nice mix of old DISMEMBER meets old EDGE OF SANITY! Quite polished and not so raw for a Death metal band, but it sounds good and well done!
Nice riffs that are quite catchy, more melodic interludes, nice vocal choruses and good powerful sound!
The only negative point is the drum parts are too simple by moments.
This is a bit behind "Resurrection through carnage" in terms of quality, but it was definitely a nice download! A cool MCD for Death metal freaks!
http://www.bloodbath.biz

 

BLOODBATH (Swe) Resurrection Through Carnage CD'02 CENTURY MEDIA.
Pure fucking Death metal!
I didn't dream anymore about discovering a new old school Death metal band that would procure me the mighty thrills of Death and inner dehumanized revelations again! But this CD has a part of it! I revive the storms, thrills and victories of the past listening to this CD! I die! Old school Death metal à la old DISMEMBER, CARNAGE, old ENTOMBED, old EDGE OF SANITY played with a real enthusiasm! Ahhhh!
It was produced to sound like old school Death metal bands of the early 90's with the raw and quite corrosive sound that made the tremolo riffs à GRAVE, ENTOMBED and old DISMEMBER more tremendous and brutally vicious! Like a fucking reptile! It has the sorrowfull swedish melodies that made DISMEMBER and EDGE OF SANITY good!
I feel fucking sorry I haven't more time to give to this (few) kind of releases because of my websites, webzine and other metal activities... but it's a fucking metallized choice!
This CD isn't 100% essential, but it's fucking welcome in a scene so full of shit loving Goregrind, ultra technical Brutal Death and poor as fuck Black metal!
http://www.bloodbath.biz

 
 

BLOOD FREAK (Usa) Sleaze merchants CD’03 RAZORBACK.
This is an old piece of rotten perversion exhumed by Razorback records. This was in recorded in 1990 but never released before.
For unknown reasons I didn't expect much, but Uh! This album has its moments!
This is goregrind Death crust fuck with a sense of 3rd zone gore and horror movies that gives this album a bizarre fun spirit. The spirit of the vicious fisherman who slowly awaits the bathing girlees to swim totally nude, until he shreds them off with the flying maxi-size hooks of Death! Dance fucking horny bitches, dance in your own splashing blood!
The music is quite near of CARCASS at the time of their second killer album, even if BLOODFREAK sounds less serious and deeply extreme, more joking in their perverse joke. But the music is ok for most of it! This is no crappy noisegore. Somewhere the state of mind would be quite near of GENERAL SURGERY with a meat portion of 3rd zone films, but the music also putridly reminds me of IMPETIGO, SANITYS DAWN ("Cryptic menu"), early MUCUPURULENT and eventually some NECRONY. If has few riffs that sound almost rock'n roll! Uh! Do you want a tit portion with your cup of vaginal beer?
Some vocals sound like a screaming gnome fucking little perverse gnome who's so crushed by his sadistic boss he disjoncts in sarcasm! but all in all the vocals tend to every kind of gore: guttural gore, pitch shifting, blood splashing, cynical erosions... Anyway some high pitched screams are funny haha!
The perverse woodcutter who stocks his hunting trophies in his morbid hut of perverse love awakes from his silent rest. Darkened perversions in the eyes, a big blood soiled axe in his large worker's hands, all the machiavelik ass fucking plans will finally be achieved! Brutal axe fucked in the wood of trolls, fucking yeah! Some riffs have grown old, of corpse they have, but most of it sounds okey in 2004!
To conclude, this isn't a masterkiller piece of bloody meat, but there are some really cool disjoncted tracks from here and there, plus this might have enough delicate balls' dissection to please the big fans of gore!
http://www.razorbackrecords.com

  

BLOODSHED (GER) Bloodshed CD'01 SELF RELEASED.
Here's a common death metal/ brutal death metal style band hailing from Germany.
And I can feel some PESTILENCE influences about some discordant sounding riffings, some low placed guitar power chords and (a few for) some leads.... They would make me think about EXHUMED for some part on which they mix some slow death vokills with high pitched screams,
but the whole wounds rather raw, Death grind like, because of a raw production and some approximations at the level of the drums, guitars... Some riffs sucks in my ears, it makes sounding worse a song that could have been Ok.
To conclude, this is played Ok but it's also very common and can be boring as it's not new stuffs...

 
 

BLOODSHED (Fra) Warped In The Macabre MCD’02 SNAKEBITE Recs.
Gore and vile pus emanating from an intro à la old DEEDS OF DLESH, vile suffocation and morbid rejoicing! BLOODSHED is a Brutal death band that evolves in the French underground since a few years, but my morbid consciousness didn't cross their ways of repugnance until now.
Their style is Brutal death grind that could remind of the first BRODEQUIN CD, or some CANNIBAL CORPSE stuffs, but surprisingly enough this isn't so technical. The fast parts could remind of DISGORGE (Mex) but it's less raw, and it's the kind of stuffs I've ever devoured a lot... More surprises and deep inner brutality would be hellcome! Most of the time it remains average, and unfortunately quite repetitive. Some slower riffs could remind of the most doomy and occult riffs of old MORGUE (Fra). They could also remind of INHUMATE (1st CD) and old DEEDS OF FLESH.
The opening riff of the 2nd track has got more substance and obscure deepness, in the gateways to annihilation of the last MORBID ANGEL releases! Real heavy crushing riff with an enormous morbidity! So, I'm not so much into their stuffs since it's too common in the fast Brutal death style, but there are some good ideas and BLOODSHED could offer something really good if they were morbidly developing these heavy riffs! Quite promising!
http://www.bloodshed.fr.st

 

 

BLOODY SIGN (Fra) The third escape Ep'08. BLOOD HARBEST.
The wide opened hellish asshole of Alsace keeps on procreating some abominations, and hopefully all of it doesn't suck.
This new release probably has the rawest sound BLOODY SIGN recorded the last 8 years, it makes the listener more able to dream in the most abstract patterns, the moments of war taste more like the battle and the feel is more chaotic.
The first song sounds like old MAYHEM (First album) mixed with IMMOLATION and the production of the first BESTIAL WARLUST album.
The second song is more in the kind of stuff the band played on their first album, with addition of some nice hellish early Death metal leads, but the production makes them sound less controlled than usual.
The third song is closer to the more complex and complicated paths the band follows on their second album, some gimmicks aren't unlike later MAYHEM (Way to change from a pattern to another with quite "mathematic" cuts... Or some funeral arpeggios).
The cover picture isn't very good, just an average drawing with a little atmosphere....
This is a cool Ep that shows a face of the band I enjoy a bit more than their usual releases: I don't mean their last releases and musical development aren't interesting or unworth the hear, but it doesn't really fit my needs: When I need it morbid I go for the "simple" things, when I need it complex or technical my mind flows in other  paysages... Choose your death: http://www.myspace.com/bloodysign

 

BLOODY SIGN(Fra) / LUCTIFERU(Bra) / CROMB(Swe) / MORTIFICY(Bra) "4 tormenting ways to death" Split CD.
BLOODY SIGN opens this 4-ways split CD with 3 tracks. This is more or less the same style than their first album: Quite old school blasting death metal with reminiscences of some early PESTILENCE, SADISTIC INTENT...
These songs sound a bit more black metal influenced than before, this isn't something for my tastes. Some of the morbid riffs and old school as fuck thrashing  death riffs have disappeared, so I'm a bit disappointed. But that remains above the average demo stuffs.
Notice a cover of AUTOPSY (Critical madness) that has lost the initial mood of the songs... and sounds more like some ASPHYX ("Last one on earth")... but that might come from the production, coz I saw them live and this cover-song had the severed mood.
LUCTIFERU plays old school satanic Death à la early DEICIDE/ KRISIUN/ RAEBELLIUM, with influences of MORBID ANGEL ("Domination" 's heaviness). That sounds Ok, and tightly played, but I didn't find something hellishly burning or hatefully above the average. This is Ok/ quite cool demo stuff, and it might not betray the covenant during gigs...
CROMB: This sounds strange! It's somekind of Death/ Black metal with low-scaled vocals... and an hammond organ! Some moments really sound like an infernal circus, with imaginary cynical clowns laughing behind you! It might remind of the strangest moments of DEVIN TOWNSEND's "Infinity"... But all in all, I'd rather compareCROMB to some simpler EMPEROR, very early ENSLAVED, mixed with the Hammond organ of the DOORS... Ah!
Nothing really good, and after a while it becomes repetitive (the songs could have been more surprising in the structures), but it's quite surprising music at the first approach, and the band at least tries to do something different that remains obscure.
MORTIFICY: The last one isn't necessarily the best one.
Boring blasting death metal that seems to be satanic... The riffs are average, and this isn't tight! (The drummer seems to play in another room, all alone). And the failed GOREFEST cover (Too badly played and too fast!) won't help.
On a scale of aggression, I would rate them: 5%.
Verdict: Very average! Practice again, and again until you're tight!
http://www.gruft.prv.pl

 

BLOODY SIGN (Fra) Vana Vigala Loïts CD'03 Self-released.
The winds of putrefaction spreading the caustic plague over this human filth that only deserves the vilest crapicide! Exterminate them all!
The purulent maelstrom of a thousand generations' filth invades the dark cities!
Deformed bodies drowning in acid purulence, eroded carcasses explode under disjoncting overdriven fuses crash. The annihilated assbone fucked humanity can now rejoice! Putrefaction shall dominate again! Putrefaction remains!
Here's the new BLOODY SIGN release and I can immediately say it's better than their previous releases! The music is still an old school mix of Death metal and Brutal death with thrash metal and some 90's Black metal parts.
These new tracks are more catchy, extreme and better articulated than before. Some moments are more complex, it could sound like the more worked on moments of PESTILENCE on "Consuming impulse"! There's also some old DEATH (2 first Lps), old MORGOTH, a bit of old MASTER and some old IMMORTAL/ SATYRICON/ SACRAMENTUM for the Black metal touches. I might talk about old SINISTER in someDeath grind moments as well.
I found their previous Demo "Estonian sessions" nice because of well articulated tracks and some nice riffs, but on this album the riffs are more intense! (As always some moments see the decrease of intensity, but I guess it won't be a big problem for those who live in an acid bath of hate!)
Some of these riffs are in the intense gutt-tripping vein of very old obscure MORGOTH!
This album is composed of 6 studio tracks (including a cover of PESTILENCE's "Parricide"), an intro and a live recording.
To conclude, there's nothing really new here, but I enjoy listening to this album and the band keeps on progressing! There are some deeply obscure riffs here! I can only say the old school Death thrash maniacs may be interested in this album! Try it or the vilest putrefaction will devour your cheezy flesh!
http://www.bloodysign.fr.st

  

BLUDGEON (USA) Crucify the priest CD'02 METAL BLADE.
Basical old school Death metal with touches of OBITUARY (« Back from the dead »), SIX FEET UNDER (1st and 2nd CDs) ASPHYX (a few) mixed with a lot of more heavy Brutal death parts à la CANNIBAL CORPSE (« Vile » and « The bleeding ») plus BAPHOMET’s « The dead shall inherit ».
There are vocals with Corpsegrinder textures and also some few MASTER and John Tardy (very small) inclusions.
Some slower melodic or heavy moments remind me a bit of SLAYER’s « Divine intervention » obscure moments but also the « seasons in the abyss » track.
OBITUARY could also be mentionned for some lead guitars, while some heavy hardcore thrashing moments reminds me of ATROCITY (Germany, « Willenskraft ») when they were still in the heavier stuffs.
The few thrashin’ elements aren’t so far from KREATOR’s « Cause for conflict ».
By moments they made me think a bit about the german Deathcore band CRAWLSPACE but I don’t know if it’s a good comparison.
Very good and powerfull sound.
To conclude: this is a correctly done and powerfuly produced heavy album but there’s nothing special here! For the big fans of this style only!
http://www.bludgeon.tv 

 

BOLT THROWER (Uk) Honour, valour, pride CD'01 METAL BLADE.
Bolt thrower has change its vocalist, but thisis the only thing that has changed on this album... All along the listening, I've got the painful feeling to listen to a band that has switched on the automatic piloting. As well as an IRON MAIDEN or an AC/DC of the bad days, it seems they satisfy themselves with writing only two good tracks to enjewel their playlist and justify a tour! (Bolt thrower didn't play live in Uk since 7 years!) This time the only two good ones are named "Inside the Wire" and "Suspect Hostile", and the remaining, even if it's correct, can't beat the classic tracks of the band (far from this).
Bolt thrower has choosen the perpetual mid temp (despite of a track such as "Inside the wire" that's quite speed and quite near of a track like "No guts, no glory"), and the strong lack of dynamism on some tracks doesn't help to fight the boredom that very fastly takes it's place, all the more the tracks are often too long for what it contain!
Infact, BOLT THROWER sounds near of the bands they have themselves influenced, but they seem tired and outmoded by some of their disciples (the excellent ALL OUT WAR for exemple) even if they play on warlines they have themselves created! The band is appreciated by its fans since they doesn't offer bad surprises such as MAYHEM, but the need of something new is cruelly felt! A riff you have ever heard 1000 times, even if it's quite efficient (such as "7th offensive" for exemple) isn't enough to build a good track, and I'm waiting in vain during all the album the riff or the vocal line that will add this little more that transforms the "not to bad" into something "good".
In the primitive but brutal style, some dozens and dozens of Hardcore bands inflict a serious pain in the face of this "Honour, valour, pride", and I ever own thousands of "not too bad" releases.

Pierre  

 

 

BONES (Usa) Bones CD. 2011. PLANET METAL Recs.
Spiked penetrations and bleeding responses.
Are you receiving? Are you receiving the vulvar fist?
I requested the catapulting of this album, since the style seemed to be Death metal, but in the boulder-ejecting reality this is different: I would say the content is located in the arbalested middle between old Death metal and black thrash.
The 3 arrow providers used to play in USURPER before, and you can feel it for various "black thrashing" reasons, you can also hear some old CELTIC FROST influences...
Sometimes I use to think about old MASTER (This is for the Death metal influence) and perhaps some old DESASTER (Ger) (For more black thrash...). Add some "rock'n roll" influences here and there, and you could have a not too rapidly catapulted vision of the whole musical spectrum.
Now one thing you should consider before preparing for the battle, is the very heavy and powerful production... It does sound quite "modern" (At least for 90's/ Beginning 00's), with a very present overdriven bass guitar, and wouldn't suit the needs of those who need relaxed old school metal with an almost bluesy flavor.
This is a quite solid album with some qualities, this could even be a continuation of USURPER, but my tastes wander in other arbalested paths were arrows might be more bloody and gory.
https://myspace.com/bonesofchicago

 

BOUND AND GAGGED (Usa) Fornicate the gutted CD'02 UNITED GUTTURAL.
Very technical sounding Brutal death metal that made me think about NATRON's first CD. They've got their bunch of American style Brutal death influences: SUFFOCATION (1st and 3rd), DYING FETUS, PYREXIA (old), REPUDIILATION, SKINLESS...
On one hand some wanna sound complex or technical moments really make them loose some efficiency (and could even sound hesitating!), on the other hand some heavier Brutal death riffs or more blasting parts are cooler and would have been well cum between two gut tripping riffs.
But I found no excellent riffs that makes me compulse on this execrated review. They're influences as fuck by SUFFOCATION!! They include more "original" elements from here and there, but their style remains very commonly bound into a Brutal death metal style.
Their style didn't convince me, but it doesn't suck.
It remains quite raw, Brutal, Technical... but it's common. Some outstanding guts exploding tremolo sufferances or hypnoticizing obscure heavy brutallizing riffs are needed to make a good Brutal death album and to get a great review here!

 

BRODEQUIN (Usa) Instruments of torture CD'99 UNMATCHED BRUTALITY.
First official release for this primal Brutal death outfit!
Even if I'm quite bored with the American Brutal death style, this album flows quite well without a real problem.
But there's no big originality here... you'll certainly ask me why!
Well this is quite Brutal stuff, with quite simple riffs à la old CANNIBAL CORPSE! Quite efficient but not exceptional stuff. What inhuman and cold vokills! I enjoy the numerous pucks on the splash cymbal! Sounds bestial!
In fact, no riff sounded new to me, but some tridimensional parts sound enough Brutal and efficient to keep me alive! Ah!
So it's a quite cool album to burn for big Brutal death heads!
If you need to buy a BORDEQUIN release, then go for "Festival of death" (their second CD) that's more brutal and intense both for the music and the for production!
http://www.deathweb.net/brodequin

 

BRODEQUIN (Usa) Festivals of death CD'01 UNMATCHED BRUTALITY.
While watching their logo anf their artwork cover, I imagined somekind of a sophisticated and a bist melodic Brutal death metal.
But in fact their style is very primal and quite INHUMAN sounding Brutal Death! This fucking inhuman aspect was present on some MORTICIAN's stuffs!
Long repetitive blast beats mixed with very low (and sometimes gory) vocals that could make them sound like a Grindcore/ Grindgore band à la DEAD INFECTION's "A chapter of accident" at the very first listening. But if you get a carefull ear on their stuff, it's Brutal Death riffinfs.
A few mid tempo heavy riffs in the American style are included between all these head lacerating pounding parts. To conclude: BRODEQUIN isn't one of my fave bands, but they own some cool riffs and they're quite professional and efficient, that makes me think they're will be a quite important band in the Extremely Brutal scene if a good promo job is done on their work!
http://www.deathweb.net/brodequin

 

BRODEQUIN (Usa) Prelude to execution CD single 2003.
Ah Ah! This is a pleasure to hear some new BRODEQUIN's music since their last releases (4 ways split CD and full-length CD) convinced me about their true will to brutalize the weak, in an intense and ultra primal way!
This 2 tracks promo was released to 100 copies, given for free to any consumer who buys from their label! (But search for the Mp3s on DC++!)
It includes 2 tracks totally in the BRODEQUIN's style on their last CD "Festivals of death": fast, brutal, unrelentless, inhuman, cold and primal! Good hyperblasting drummer, guttural growls and simple but brutal riffs. The sound lacks of some brutality in my opinion, it may sound like a good live recording, but that's really enough to kick your lazy ass! Not really memorable, but outstanding for it's shredding brutality! Two brutal tracks that confort me in the idea their next one will be at least as Brutal as "Festivals of death" the raw and "right in your face" way! AAARRRRGGH!!!
http://www.brodequin.com

 

BROKEN HOPE (Usa) Loathing CD'97 METAL BLADE.
In a scene that was so overcrowded than the metal scene of the 90's, a wrong path is hardly forgiven and two ones can't be forgiven! So the fact "Loathing" would be a success was crucial for BROKEN HOPE, so that they doesn't finish In the thrashcans of the metal history!
And "Loathing" is in fact a success. BROKEN HOPE has came back to the style of their beginnings, the highly technical aspect added, and the result is rather efficient. "Loathing" isn't an especially extraordinary album, neither an especially original one, but a given sense of composition they've found back makes you able to enjoy a good bash of shooting riffs as well as carnal blast beats, the whole cut by slower moments that for one time aren't used as fillers. The technical aspect is also to the service of the tracks, while it's very often the opposite. And "Loathing", being rich and always going to the essential, has got what it needs to satisfy both the demanding musican and the most kracked head brutallizer!

 Pierre  

 

BROKEN HOPE (USA) Grotesque blessings CD’98 MARTYR
This is the review of an album I never heard about, I found it in a market for a very reasonable price.
It was released on a small label.
BROKEN HOPE still plays the same kind of technical Brutal Death they played on their «Loathing »  album, with hypertechnical riffs and bizarre sounding harmonies.
They maybe have improved their technical guitar playing habilities and the songs seems to be more substantial and contains more cool ideas.
Those who liked the band will like this album even more. Those who didn’t like the band won’t change their views about americans’ Brutal Death

 

BRUJERIA (Mex) Marijuana MCD'97.
The track "Marijuana" is a 0,5 $ cover of the dance song we all know: "Macarena"... but here they do it in their own Thrashy dance style and it's just bad. You can find here the track "Matando guerros" in a '97 version and 3 old live tracks. It seems to me it's just useless and ininteresting. Their "Matando guerros" CD was really better!
The musicians of the band seems to have forgotten a project isn't synonymous with shitty fastly written music. A MCD I wouldn't advice, even to a fan of the band...
http://www.brujeria.com

 

 

BRUTAL BRAIN DAMAGE (Por) Brain soup CD. 2012. VOMIT YOUR SHIRT Recs.
This is the new release of the portuguAIDS label who's so hungry, that he eats your Tshirts.
The content of the CD picks a bit of pussy hairs from the following styles: Old styled Death grind, groovy grindgore, mid old brutal death, grindcore and mid old styled Death metal, to try and reconstruct a new pussy wig.
During the hairy vaginal examination, I could detect some hair parasites that apparently often visited the erogenous pubic zones of NAPALM DEATH, old IMPALED (When they were not melodic), LOCK UP (?) and more seldomly old MUCUPURULENT (In a less gory manner), old HAEMMORHAGE (In a cleaner manner), old SANITYS DAWN (Before the powerviolence days) or old GUT (With fewer pussy), with some regular Death metal parts here and there.
You might get it, this is globally between death grind and blasting death, with something groovy gore and vocals not far from the gore either, even if the music is cleaner produced.
The tracks are all short, which adds a bit more of grind in the cunt.
The music is not bad to listen, even quite cool to hear sometimes, but it could be more crazy or demented by moments... This is not a subatomic cunt smasher.
This is ok. I should even say this is extremely ok. Extremely ok music for extremely ok peoples? The juicy cunt owns the answer :- )
http://brutalbraindamage.bandcamp.com

 

BRUTAL MASTICATION (Usa) Rage uncontrolled CD'03 HOOK’n’MOUTH recs.
Hell, what a band name! Hahah! What can you expect with such a monicker? Well you’re right it’s brutal shit. Actually it’s brutal deathrashing metal with some hard core touches here and there. The cover loks like it’s been done by a Todd mac Farlane addict! Ha! It reminds me a lot of MALEVOLENT CREATION. The production is quite powerful and each riff and instrument are recognizable and understandable… which is a good thing. Well I am not really into this kind of grooving brutality, even if here I can’t complain too much, but definitely, I don’t get the grip. The problem to me is that it’s too long. 13 songs quite in the same line, and I don’t know if you can keep your attention at its top during the listening session. There are for sure some typical breaks reminding a lot the hardcore new school style. But I prefer when my metal is pure, without hardcore touches. So, I can’t really give you a good opinion about this album, even if it’s above the average in this style. I think if you are a reader of this zine, BRUTAL MASTICATION won’t be your cup of beer either.
Cuntact: www.hooknmouthrecords.com

  

 

BRUTAL JUNKIES Split CD'05: CYNICAL BASTARD (Ger), UNFORMED (Fra), GASTRIK BURST (Fra). SKULLFUCKED.
SKULLFUCKED Prod is an underground label that begun in a good and interesting way, with the releases of BYATIS (R.I.P), GERBE OF LIFE (R.I.P) and REPUDIATE. Since they released the split CD with the boring PUNISHMENT, it sounds less interesting.. . and this last release gives me the feeling friendship and relations take an important place in their choices of bands: there's nothing special I'd see on a pro CD, nor promote as hell. In my opinion the music remains at the level of demos and would need few more years of putrid maturation.

The split CD begins with CYNICAL BASTARD who plays something at the right border between death grind, deathcore and brutal death, with some mid-placed old school death. It could remind of old CANNIBAL CORPSE (these riffs were abused years ago), few mid old BOLT THROWER and some deathcore bands I don't know well... It sounds like decent/ cool demo stuff, but apart from few nice riffs it lacks of surprises, supremacist power and brutal urge to kill! Average.

UNFORMED plays some kind of deathgrind meets brutal death and deathcore. It could remind of old CANNIBAL CORPSE, some INHUMATE, few old DYING FETUS, few old FATE... Ok some riffs sound cool and aren't bad on a brutal point of view... but I already head these tremolo riffs so many times before... A brutal lifting might be needed! UNFORMED sounds like decent/ cool demo stuff, but it remains far from the destruction and quality of a pro-pressed album!

Eventhough the lyrical and "conceptual" side of their music wouldn't let you think so, GASTRIK BURST is the most professional sounding band on this split. They play some kind of extreme metal sucking most of its elements from brutaldeath, deathcore, hardcoregrind, grindcore... IT happens to remind of DYING FETUS, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, GUT, MORTAL DECAY, few ANANDA, CEPHALIC CARNAGE... Eventhough it's not my cup of purulence and some riffs sound strange (the uncool way!) and I don't know if their music will pass the test of time!... I must say these tracks are well structured and the band might sound aggressive and fresh enough in the hears of those opened to the newer schools of "brutality". A shame their lyrics and attitude follow the French "tradition" of stupid noise grind deliriums...

All in all, it's an average split CD with nothing that convinced me nor gave me a need to play it again, Sam. It might suit the collections of extreme metal fans who need a lot of (more or less) underground releases, but I'm really more demanding towards professional CDs! An album is meant to be totally Over the top!
http://www.skullfucked.ht.st

 

BRUTAL TRUTH (Usa) Kill trend suicide MCD’96 RELAPSE.
What is this disappointing thing? Crust, Grind, Stoner and wanking guitarist mixed altogether in a quite unimpressive pot!? Uh!
"Extreme conditions..." had some good riffs, it was a catchy and impressive album back then! "Need to control" had some good moments of chaos and grind! But this MCD does nothing for me! Dan and friends should have stopped abusing the green stuffs, narcotics and other "conscioussness emphasizing" stuffs! Avoid it... or sell it second-hand it the CD isn't for use in your personal bar!

  

BRUTUS (Hol) Slachtbeest CD'03 UNITED GUTTURAL.
This is total primal Brutal death grind without any subtleties! Neverendingly pounding blastbeats, butchering brutal death riffs and ultra guttural vocals. With influences such as CANNIBAL CORPSE ("Vile"), HATE ETERNAL and all the most brutal sounding US Brutal death bands, you imagine what kind of brutal sodomy you'll be trapped in with this CD! And here lies the problem: BRUTUS doesn't stop blasting in a primal (sometimes technical) brutal way that fastly becomes repetitive! All the more nothing bloody original is here, and some riffs are not much inspired: just brutal sounding riffs. So it can be a brutal enough CD for maniacs of totally deafening Brutality! Others can forget it!
Despise of that, there are brutal elements I brutally enjoy on this album! "Slachtbeest" and "Doodsvrees" are two cool brutal tracks I enjoy since they have quite outstanding elements: the first on has cool heavy crushing MORTICIAN guitar touches and a nice pounding break, the 2nd one has an introductive riff that sound Brutal somewhere between DEICIDE and CANNIBAL CORPSE.
I like the heavy guitar sound that gives them a MORTICIAN touch by moments.
BRUTUS makes me think about BRODEQUIN for its primal Cro mag "Brutal death without any melodies" aspect.
There will be in here some cool tracks for maniacs of Brutality who always need more and more brutal stuffs to feel the urge to kill and explode their brains through ultimate brutality! Nothing memorable, but this tastes a rude brutal ass-fuck!
http://www.brutushakken.nl

  

 

BURIAL INVOCATION (Turkey) Rituals of the grotesque MCD 2010. DARK DESCENT Recs.
Well, aren't you tired seeing some people claim "This is the best death metal demo I heard since 10 years" each time a new cool band appears? Cool underground Death metal always existed, you only had to search a bit, and it wasn't so hard to find (Unless you were too busy with the current trends? Ahr Ahr).
Now let's talk about BURIAL INVOCATION, that formed in 2008 and already had the opportunity to see its first demo released both on CD, tape and vinyl through 3 different labels, which shows Death metal has became quite marketable again... Hopefully for the listeners, the current disease of releasing many (and only?) Death metal the old way didn't appear in this case, since this band is cool.
To sum it up quite clearly, these Turkish guys play something in the middle of old INCANTATION, old Scandinavian (Rather Finnish) death and some doomy death metal... All in all the tempos are equally mixed between the fast, mid-fast and slow, always with some kind of dark or heavy approach.
As said a few lines before, the INCANTATION influence is strong, but it's not the only element since you can find a good portion of Finnish riffing (In some slow and quite "apocalyptic damnation" induced riffs, or in some fast patterns that remind me of DEPRAVITY's "Silence of the centuries" MCD but in an heavier manner), some fast guitars could come from 90's swedeath, some doom death might be quite close to early MY DYING BRIDE ("As the flowers wither"... Ok there's probably closer, but I'm not a doom expert... If you want precision, let's say Burial Invocation is less on the melancholic side), while the beginning of the third track is very close to BOLT THROWER ("IVth crusade" and "...For victory"), and some riffs could remind of ENCABULOS ("Abandoning the flesh" MCD) or older FUNEBRARUM.
My personal opinion would be: This is a quite good recording, it's quite dark and heavy while a few ideas could be characterized as great; But some riffs also sound quite common in my hears and it lacks some few really great/ killer parts to reinject divine madness in the whole.
It's only a first recording, let's see how the band evolves and improves. Hope they won't receive too many unrealistic unmoderated awards as it could lead to self satisfaction and stagnancy... (Too much too soon isn't good, especially when there's potential to procreate much better... Did you read this line you cock suckers?)
http://www.myspace.com/burialinvocation

 

BURIED GOD (Ger) Dark revelation CD'02 MERCILESS Recs.
The cover of this CD didn't let me expect something very good? Unfortunately nothing turned me on during the listening.
This is old school Thrash/ Death that could remind of old SODOM, old KREATOR and MASTER. They have few Black metal like touches.
The tracks are submitted to many changes, but the riffs aren't special, and a good part of these riffs are too common. Where is the real aggression? I can't avoid thinking a part of the riffs haven't got their place on a CD. I can't stand more than 1/3 of the album.
There are some Ok riffs of corpse, but the mark of averageness is too present for a professional CD! So, it's a correctly contructed CD, but the riffs are too common, it lacks of fucking thrashing speed aggression and anger! Nothing more than a few nostalgic listenings in a big Thrash metal fan's collection, Nothing more!
http://www.buriedgod.cjb.net

 

BURNING INSIDE (USA ) "THE EVE OF THE ENTITIES" CD’99 STILL DEAD PRODUCTIONS.
Here we have a band featuring Richard Christy, drummer of Death, Control denied, Iced earth and surely some other bands I havent heard about! This band is just fuckin too technical. They play old school floridian influenced Death metal with ultra technical riffing, soloing and drumming and while they manage to always have something interesting going on in every song, the overdose of riffs, drum arrangements and changes of tempo make most of the songs sound sloppy as fuck. They just go in too many directions in the same song! Pass on this one unless you really like COMPLEX stuff.

Nicolas   

 

 

BUTCHER ABC (Jap) Butchered at birthday MCD. 2004. OBLITERATION Recs.
In the underground, ten years seems to be the length of time before which things can't repeat, if you're too quick an exhausting feeling of repetitiveness will appear... For example I interviewed some bands for the second time and didn't really feel like "the same again"... So maybe we can consider I'm not so late reviewing this recording, counting ten years as "zero" as if the counter came back to "0" on the first day of the 11th year (Or if it was the second life of my virtual underground cat...)
Anyway, splitting the hairs of the patient in micro-particles might not help us with music this time, as microscopic as the scalpel might get...
This is/ was the 2nd release of this Japanese band, the first to be more "official"/ professional (First shoot was a demo).
To arrange the bowels in the right order, I will say the music was seriously influenced by old/ early CARCASS, but in a less technical manner (Yes, even "Reek of putrefaction" was quite technical compared to certain stuffs), and displayed a more "fun" aspect that could remind of early GENERAL SURGERY (The MCD from the 90's), with real remains of PURULENT SPERMCANAL, and touches of groove to be closer to early MUCUPURULENT (Perhaps).
This wasn't the most brutal/ seriously blasting nor obese kind of grind/ deathgore, on the contrary the music was rather quite simple stuff...
This explains why I didn't get into their stuffs that much at the time, but this MCD contains real thickness of red meat and colors of blood.
This could be a nice bowels brioche for fans of gore in a quite relaxed manner.
I liked in smaller aperitif doses what the band did later (When they used Bolt Thrower alike artworks), didn't the riffing and the descanting of the insalubrious sound more shitty/ rushed or something?
For those who don't know, "Butcher A.B.C." stands for "Kill the analphabets" or something.
https://butcherabc.bandcamp.com

 

BYATIS (Fra) In Dark Abysses of Memory CD'03 SKULLFUCKED.
While some musicians begin to "enhance" and adapt to the raw Black metal and old school death styles as the hyper technical Brutal death wave starts to decline, some musicians stay true to their technical and Brutal death metal, with feeling! BxC AxD, here's the first real CD of BYATIS, a Brutal death metal band who evolves in the burning obscure fields of France's northern suburbs since a few cursed years! Their style is quite technical, complex and Brutal, but yet with a touch of melody! There are a bunch of blasts. Their tracks are quite long with a bunch of breaks and technical leads. The listening of this CD evokes in my putrid brain the first ungodly album of NILE (Under the fucking catacombs, you bastard!), MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE ("Gallery of suicide"), some old MALEVOLENT CREATION, some touches of AT THE GATES of eventually ANATA for the melodic aspect.
Ok, no you've read my words of damnation, here are my reproaches towards their music: I think their tracks are a bit long, too complex/ technical in parts. Some shorter or more impact ridden songs would have sounded more efficient! And I think their obscure grinding metal is more powerful live! But don't mistake these last lines: this is a good CD, the quality and brutal emotions are here! If you enjoy Brutal death metal with complex and technical tracks, BYATIS has got their chances to fit your likings!
http://www.byatis.fr.st

 

BYFIST (USA) Adrenalin MCD'02.
Both the sound and the music reminds me of MERCYFULL FATE's "Melissa" CD, so this is very old metallic sounding stuff.
I've also found a bit of IRON MAIDEN's 2 first CDs (with Paul Di Anno) but BYFIST hasn't got the excellent and eternally remindable riffs of Steve Harris' formation that'll remain branded in my brain until I die. Some riffs are really very common, but there are a few nice technical guitar touches. The guitar parts sound old nowadays, and it's like it has ever been played before. I think it would have been a cool release around 1986... But it sounds old and flat now! A cool band for the big fans of very old MERCYFULL FATE.
http://www.byfist.com