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(Can) Put her on the altar Bootleg CD 2003.
This is an unofficial
rerelease of the SACRIFICE demos. This canadian thrash metal act
is surely well known by you, but the demos are quite difficult to
find nowadays. So on this cd you'll find the band's first demo from
1985 called "The exorcism"! Argh! What a fucking piece
of ultimate harsh and frenetic thrashing madness! The song "Turn
in your grave" is an absolute hymn, and one can already feel
that SACRIFICE, as well as their mates from SLAUGHTER were putting
some basis to the development of Death Metal! On this demo the sound
of the bass is quite loud and the musicians are'nt always that tight,
but hell, what a kick in your face! This demo is a must for an historical
interest as well as for a headbanging interest! The second demo
appearing on this cd is dating from 1987 and feature songs which
appeared on the "Forward to termination". For those who
thin that on this album SACRIFICE began to become a bit softer than
on "Torment in fire", well, I think that the harshness
of this demo's sound might please them! And to finish, you'll
find a demo from 1989, which has quite an aggressive feeling and
some riffs even remind me a bit of KREATOR, like in the song "Pawn
of prophecy". I heard from Frank Stöver (the VOICES FROM THE
DARKSIDE editor) that he was a bit disappointed by the sound, because
it seems that the original demos sound much better. Anyway, I don't
have any idea, but I think that for fans of SACRIFICE and thrashing
death metal madness, it might be cool to check out this bootleg
cd.Cuntact: Well, to find it, I advise you to check some real
ug distro lists. The cover represent a painting of a dead woman
lying in the dark.
(Pol) Mozartia CD'03 METAL MIND.
an album title such as "Mozartia", I could only expect
cock metal! Do not understand goregrind, but sterile guitar masturbation
that leads to nothing and a "wanna do it so soft and soooo
perfect" spirit (with keyboards of corpse) that doesn't fit
too much with extreme metal. Disco-dancing on this kind of stuffs
if fucking great! Yeah! Some melodic riffs are always perfect to
move your ass right in the rythm! One, two, one, two, three, one,
This band sounds like mid old DIMMU BORGIR (For unceasing
keyboards), some old MOONSPELL and some other bands I don't want
to remember! Sometimes it sounds kinda progressive, but don't be
afraid: I won't start my "objective" brain. Fuck it, there
are too many female vocals, and even if I appreciate the physical
qualities of a girl band member (Oh yeah!), it sounds kinda happy
by moments (like the kind songs one sing to little children before
Some riffs are Ok and quite sad à la old PARADISE
LOST, female vocals are ok, some stuffs sound a bit like mid old
THERION ("Theli"). But at best it lacks the final kick!
And most of the time I was bored! Musical masturbation doesn't help
much to compose!
BLOOD MASSACRE (Ger) Anal Intruder MCD'03.
the fuck did forget his jellybean in the cunt of this cute as hell
babe? Hurrrrrrgh!! I'll have to go and take it back with my teeth
Under the influence of the bouncing green jelly, SADISTIK
BLOOD MASSACRE was mysteriously uploaded on my hard drive! That
jellified crap is even worse than kangaroos since it jumps everywhere
and splashes its jelly semen everywhere! Ha, reading the name of
S.B.M one could expect some kind of Grindgore or music with goresplashing
themes... but it's not really. I'd say it's a quite common death
grind with some Crust: understand many blasts with tremolo riffs!
Even if some vocals are quite raw, it's not gore or bizarre enough
to have a lucid gelignite taste of Total goregrind. But some parts
really made me think about old MUCUPURULENT: some Crustygore punches
and some pitch shifted vocals. Or quite 'funny' sounding riffs à
la old IMMURED. Or eventually some old DEAD INFECTION meets a petroleum
zest of old HAEMMORHAGE. To enhance your cock: strictly fuck horny
jellyfishes! I think some riffs are quite weak, or too simple.
I found it quite common, and well I'd rather see this as a cool
demo than as a real CD! I don't think the band is ready to offer
a real good CD! But I guess the jelly bear maniacs of old MUCUPURULENT
and the likes may find something nice for their jelly bear collection!
EXEKUTION (australia) We're Death Fukk you! CD'96 OSMOSE.
a whole this album is quite shitty, with badly produced tracks and
lots of averageness. BUT the tracks "Internal klok" and
"Mathematikus" are perfect in the disjoncted style of
Death metal compositions! With 3,5 mesures beats, insanely nonsense
riffs and fuse blowing screams! And there are nice bizarrely conceived
riffs here and there plus old school thrashing moments in the vein
of their CD "The magus"... It's not a CD I listen to for
more than once a year and it's not a good album as I said in the
beginning... but some of its elements introduced the more
extreme and intense way in which they'd blast during their next
If you feel a bestial urge when reading their name
and watching their artworks, if you feel the Bestial Warlust of
metal coming through your lacerated torso and need to hear these
Australian sickheads' perversions, then Check "K.A.O.S"
or "F.U.K.K" instead of this CD!
EXEKUTION (Australia) F.U.K.K CD'02 OSMOSE.
Ah Ah Ah!
These guys are fucking insane! Ah Ah! Total hellish asylum fuse
blowing mother fuckers! Blasts don't stop for most of the CD, and
the fucking bastard who doesn't stop screaming and spreading his
insane mind and guts! Ah Ah! It sounds fun as your third head can't
avoid viciously laughing! Prepare to drown in the abscess of the
most disjoncted inhuman agony! And fucking agonize the dead! AAARRGH!
Some vocals sounds like if the guy is suffocating on the edge of
his existence and is going to fucking die! Okkult Death metal evokations!
There's no catchiness, no choruses, no beautiful melodies, only
blast as fuck total metal insanity or old school as hell metal riffs!
With insane screams that comes from the 66th dimension!
a fan of SADISTIK EXEKUTION, but it must be one of their most intense
and wicked CD! If you like it Bestial, Metal to the ass-bone and
fucking fast, you've found one of the pretenders to the throne!
EXEKUTION (Australia) FUKK II CD'04. OSMOSE.
klok sodomy! Rape of the anal putrefied abscess! AAARRRGGGHHH!!
though I always felt close to SADISTIK EXEKUTION's delirias, "FUKK
II" isn't my fave piece of deliria they citrically procreated!
All the elements are here to make of it a cool Sadistik CD, but
I found more punishing dementia and maniacal uzi vomitings on "FUKK"
for example! The whole isn't as fast as fuck as usual. More slow
patterns of doomed hell are there. And some boring riffs as well.
But some tracks such as "Mental derailment" (The inner
thrill of dementia!), "Arkhon the grave robber" (Spit
the fucking vomit! Cunt overdose regurgitation and technical possession!),
"Shit" (Chaotic nonsense riffs the way I like it and real
screams of the demented internal vomit worshipper!).
a bad album of fucking corpse! The band is still has a bunch loads
of dementia and chaos that grows in you as a perverse voracious
gangrene, but it's not their best one. A perverse enough CD for
fans of the band who need more possessed hemorrhages! The
other ones can deeply fuck off and low degree masturbate on their
so "perfect" respectuous popcrap! Head fucked in half!
Mark: Probatory freedom/ High security detention
Slavonic Pride CD'2001 MERCILESS/ BREATH OF NIGHT.
as a Fast Black metal CD. Reminding me of MARDUK and a bit of SACRALENTUM
(but with less complex symphonies). But the whole is more varied
with some folk/ acoustik touch
and some melodic mid placed parts. Their melodic black
metal parts reminds me of DESASTER (Ger). There are some keyboard intros.
It's a quite varied CD in the Black metal style that didn't turn
me on for several reasons. First I don't enjoy varied Black metal
with many melodies and stuffs everywhere, second the music doesn't
seem exceptional nor very inspired; this second reason amplifying
the power of the first one... An average CD I will never play again..
SAMOT (Chile) Across the
abyss MCD. 2017. EX NIHILO MUSIC Recs.
Chile seems to be in the right way to become one of the biggest international
death metal providers, this phenomenon might not be obvious for those who
remain at the top of the head of the sleeping underground giant, but those who
dig deeper in the depths can only get in touch with many new Chilean demos, Eps
and other obscure recordings...
SAMOT is a pretty new Death metal band that plays a style to be quite different
from what you usually smell from the Chilean lands, their music isn't as
bestial and rottenly old school, I would say the style is globally 90's old
school death metal with a Scandinavian root, with early melodic touches, and
some 90's black metal influence that appear quite often.
During the listening I could think about bands such as ooold NECROPHOBIC, early
CENTINEX (Malleus maleficarum/ Transcend the dark chaos), perhaps a bit of
ooold EDGE OF SANITY (Before they went more melodic) or a bit of early
DISMEMBER (First album).
Concerning the black metal influences, I thought about the very first MARDUK
albums, but I'm not really sure about the comparison, there were also other
bands but I forgot the names (It's too old, sorry)...
During the three tracks (And an outro) composing this MCD, there are nice
moments of mystery, some nice sounding riffs, and nothing that tastes wrong;
But on the other hand a couple of riffs might be a bit too melodic for those
who like it really hard and hitting, and I didn't really detect gut-tripping
moments. This release could be taken as a quite good darkened appetizer for
fans of old darkened Death metal in a traditional manner that comes with a
little melodic touch.
DAWN(Ger)/ FUCK... I'M DEAD(Australia) Split Ep'99.
split Ep was recorded when SANITYS DAWN was turning into some quite
conventional Grindcore. Understand most of the psychoschizophrenic
delirias and chokes on gore were going out. It remains quite gore
and energetic in two nice Grinding and quite bizarre tracks, but
it's less extreme than on the "Mangled in the meatgrinder"
CD, and it's also less catchy and disjoncted!
The first track
had lost almost all the gory pukes on anal intruder microphone,
and that shows the less inspired and personal style they followed
on "Chop copper". This is 2 cool tracks, nothing exceptional,
and I prefer it to the whole 'Chop copper" CD.
I've ever crossed
the path of some FUCK... I'M DEAD Mp3s on the web, but I wasn't
especially impressed. And here, it's the same style, fast Grind
death with gore/ raw vocals and quite "original" or more
noisy Death metallish parts. But it remains quite flat and lacks
of bestial crushing warfare! Nothing catchy. The FUCK... I'M DEAD
guys play surface Grindcore Death and would need to open their 4
abscesses to be more efficient! and really insane!!
DAWN (GER) Cryptic menu CD’99
immediately heard the difference between this new release and the
previous one « cryptic menu »: they’ve put the intensity
one level up an this album is very good! If you’re into totally
gore and disjoncted grindcore in the vein of old CARCASS, if you
like to « eat my shit » and all the bizarre gory lyrics
with cool vocals from yer distorted anal guts ; ya certainly will
enjoy this gory sadistic menu; cut my bowels and eat my purulent
flesh, the juice will only splash but there’ll be no pain!.
there are also a few « hardcore » like influences as
their bizarre gut pucking stuff isn’t always bound into a severely
grinding dementia, one trickled head also can find here some quasi
funny mid tempo parts with fun vocals doing the apology of the rusty
gore meatgrinder. The old pathologistic CARCASS’s medical lyrics
complexity is more than one time exhumed here and it’s quite refreshing
to read again some tracks in the vein of « Delicious burst
ulcer by maximum microwave-power » (it would have been even
better if they translated this complex face scums’ doctor examination
in the rue morgue in fucking brutal german language).. No way bastardizer
of thy great hearings purity, if you like goregrind and grindcore
check it out your third eye won’t be disappointed!
SANITYS DAWN (Ger)/
(Usa) Split Ep'00 DEADLY ART.
Here's an Ep
that materializes some of the wetest dreams of the biggest grinders!
It includes SANITYS DAWN at the time of their second CD "Mangled
in the meat grinder" and EXHUMED (the year 2000) on the same
Split Ep! This sounds bloody cool! SANITYS DAWN's
side is very goregrind like, à la old CARCASS, in the same lines
than their two first CDs "Cryptic menu" and "Mangled
in the meatgrinder", but there were some better tracks on these
two CDs. I expected something better. Anyway it's quite aggressive
and intense, better than "Chop copper".
enough, the 2 EXHUMED tracks here entitled "Emeticide"
and "Pus grinder" are more along the Goregrind lines!
There's not much old school Death here! But there's still some old
school Grind Crust, it's obvious! It's not one of their best releases,
but it's the kind of cool stuffs you play in a long extreme Grind
sickness session to maintain the energy!
A cool Ep to
own if you're a lot into one of the two bands!
DAWN (GER) Chop copper CD'2002.
have recognized the band if I didn't know it was Sanitys Dawn; their
style has evolved a lot since their "Mangled in the meatgrinder"
CD! Incredible! But also deceiving... They're now playing a kind of Grind/Crust with hardcore touches
that is nearer of Nasum and Phobia's CD 99 than their previous stuffs
more in the gory delirious vein of old CARCASS grind death masters!
was disappointed as it's not so much disjoncted anymore,
it doesn't sound like S.D. for me, and to be honnest their compositions
are really less personnal, disjoncted and crushing! What happened? This
remains correctly executed
and constructed Grindcore/ Crust, this is a bit better than the
average, but S.D is one more of these bands who regress and doesn't
crush as more as they used to!. If you like grind/death/crust bands like Nasum,
old Napalm or Phobia, maybe you'll like it...
DAWN (Ger)/ FETUS EATER (Uk) Split CD’03.
that some bands you really enjoyed released a boring album, then
you try one of their next releases to judge if it was only a momentary
lack of inspiration or if they really turned into an uninteresting
formation. This is exactly my case with SANITYS DAWN since I was
into the gore and disjoncted compositions of "Cryptic menu"
and "Mangled in the meatgrinder" while I was disappointed
by "Chop copper" that did almost nothing for me!
the style of the band has changed from the time of "Chop copper"
as all the gore and disjoncted elements disappeared to let us hear
a more classical Grindcore band.
On this split CD, SANITYS DAWN
still plays that kind of Grindcore that's quite new school and includes
some Hardcore/ Punk/ Crust stuffs and screamy vocals. Of course
there are many blasts. It could sound like some NASUM and NYCTOPHOBIC.
But why listening to an average release in a given style while
the band was really better in its original way of composing and
while some bands does it really better in this new style? It
doesn't suck and it's quite aggressive, but nothing special and
nothing especially catchy. I've lost almost all the interest I could
get for the new SANITYS DAWN's stuffs.
On their part
of this false vinyl, FETUS EATER tries to play bizarre Death/ Grind
with Grindcore touches... but it's a fun band that wants to be jokey
and sounds fucking stupid! Their high pitched vocals sucks! (Ass-fuck
a chick and you get it!) Some low screams sound like dogs. Some
parts are more serious and discording, but it's not more convincing.
I can say they sound weak à la very old INHUMATE or ORGAN HARVEST.
seems they want to be cliché and voluntary destroy some riffs! Totally
stupid attitude! I have to shorten this review before darkness engulfs
me! FETUS EATER isn't worth a pro CD release! Very average Death
Grind that wants to be funny and joky but that cruelly fails! Avoid
it at all costs!
(Usa) Sarcolytic MCD'05. LACERATED ENEMY Records.
a big fan of US Brutal death, especially when it's too abusively
technical or too focused on brainless unimaginative brutality...
But for some reasons quite obscure, I felt some kind of attraction
and intrigue for SARCOLYTIC.
Few months ago, I downloaded some
Mp3s, and it seemed cool. Even though I wasn't that catched by the
hooks, I felt some touch of burning brutality.
Now, I have the
MCD and am able to plunge my hands deeper in the bloody flesh of
the corpse, it's possible to have a more valid opinion of the whole:
plays quite good US Brutal death that do not tries to overdrive
on technicality or anything, as their goal seems to be the writing
The whole is quite well balanced between some blasting
or heavy USBD and some old Florida Death metal. While you have the
typically "Rhythmic" riffs fucked on blasts, brutal illogicism,
you can also find moments with more "melodies" (That occur
to have an epic side).
It happens to remind me of old SUFFOCATION/
PYREXIA, DISGORGE (US), with touches of old DEEDS OF FLESH, some
mid old MONSTROSITY, a touch of BRUTALITY and a bit of old US Brutal
death bands (Like the old US band DATURA for example (RIP)).
production is cool; it's not too abrasive or overproduced, but remains
powerful and has a dark/ deaf/ heavy aspect (In the vein of what
we could hear 8 years ago).
So, there's nothing that catchy or
over the top of the current brutality or craziness standards, but
SARCOLITYC might please the needs of Brutal death metal fans who
like their CDs to develop an obscure atmosphere, yet with this cool
sense of bizarre illogicism Brutal death used to develop an embalming
(Swe) Solace denied Ep'02 PUTRID FILTH CONSPIRACY.
shit for your whole life and you're so used to this you finally
enjoy the taste of shit! Without even thinking about it! And the
same goes for music! Follow my eyes, what do you see? Yes, you're
right! You see all these so big "corporate" webzines who
receive so much promo CDs they finally like the mighty taste of
shit and lick the big labels' asses with delicacy to receive even
more! Ah! It's so hard to find a really cool release it gets annoying!
is a nice Grindcore band that includes two actual GENERAL SURGERY
member! In fact their drummer plays in G.S and BIRDLFESH! Very fast stuff! Fast screaming Grindcore à la new BIRDFLESH,
MASTIC SCUM, OPEN WOUND (a bit), with touches of PIG DESTROYER ("Prowler
in the yard" CD), some Crustcore and some heavy hardcore touches.
The blasting style of the drummer is cool, and the tracks are varied
enough. Nothing exceptional, but it's compressed and energetic enough
to please some fast stuffs maniacs! Fast! Fast! Fast!
(Uk)/ SHORT HATE TEMPER (Usa) Split Ep’99. RETRIBUTION Recs.
for an explosive fist-fucking full of spikes and rancid matter?
Coz the SCALPLOCK side of this Ep has a bunch of fast blasts and
other Crustcore beer jumping considerations.
All in all, the
music of SCALPLOCK could sound like old school grind meets noisecore
à la PIG DESTROYER mixed with sludgy HxCx influenced riffs that
could both evoke despair or a big smoke, depending on the mental
state you're in! Did you notice the guitarist of UNSEEN TERROR (R.I.P
but without regrets) is now a part of this band? The SCALPLOCK side
of this Ep is cool, it has no boring shit, but I'd like them to
be a bit faster! The screamed vocals would gain power if it was
a bit deeper! It sounds to thin and the guy doesn't scream his guts...
Not a bad side anyway. Worth a few beers!
TEMPER plays Grind Hardcore Crust, with apparently influences taken
from the semi old school and newer waves of the style. It's almost
what some call "Math core" by moments. Some riffs sound
okey, some sound strange. This isn't the kind of stuff I'd play
regularly coz too much core wastes the taste of beer, and S.H.T's
music doesn't seem mind-blowing in the kind... But fans of grinding
mathcore, crusty noisecore whatever might get into that! Only beer
(Uk) Spread the germs CD’03 CACOPHONOUS.
I initially read
about SCALPLOCK in a NAPALM DEATH interview, Mick or Barney adviced
them as they said it was one of the best new bands from Uk. So I
searched for some of their releases, but it wasn't easy to find!
I finally put a click on some stuffs from here and there and reassembled
This is quite aggressive Grindcore with screamy scorching
high pitched vocals, and it has its share of Crustcore or Heavy
riffs that sometimes turn to somekind of Sludge. It reminds me of
old NAPALM DEATH, but also of the CATHETER self titled Ep, or a
bit of THE KILL for the grinding parts. old EYEHATEGOD meets some
CROWBAR can be named for the heavy urban guitars. The Grinding parts
sound aggressive and raw! The heavier moments doesn't sound too
common, it was thought in a quite different way with not too common
power chords. May remind of SOILENT GREEN ("String of lies")
for the mix of Grind and heavier (almost stoner by moments) riffs.
Nothing is really great at the level of the riffs, and there
are some strangely articulated songs, but some parts are aggressive
enough while some tracks are compressed enough to sound efficient.
just learnt the guitarist of UNSEEN TERROR is a part of this band!
SCALPLOCK CD can be some quite good food for Grind/ Crust/ Hardcore
maniacs who need it both aggressive, screamed and quite heavy.
SCARVE (Fra) Translucence CD'99
Change of musical direction for SCARVE, because this first
album, even if it includes the same elements than their previous
releases, is ways more Brutal and difficult to get into. It's quite
near of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD (if it's possible to make a comparison
between a so original band and another one). Because despite the
fact Daniel Bergstrand (productor of S.L.Y or MESSHUGAH) is behind
the mixing console, the Townsend influence can be strongly felt
in the vocals, and especially when the blast beats are mixed with
the vocals. Of course, the melodies haven't disappeared, but it's
now more present in the leads or in the clear vocals than in the
riffs in itself (that are harder than before). Speaking for myself,
I would have prefered SCARVE to continue in the more melodic vein
they drawn on "Six tears of sorrow", because it's not
enough melodic to be really beautifull, neither violent enough to
really turn me on. All the more, the vocals are ways less worked
than on the MCD. This said, an album that figures a so great degree
of artistical accomplihement and of a so strong will to be different
and experiment can't be uninteresting. But "Translucense"
is more one of these CDs that inspires you rather than the
CDs you listen for pure pleasure. Intriguing for the musician, but
in my opinion it's without any interest for the one some specialists'
considerations leaves indifferent. in any way this is an album that
can't be consensual.
(Fra) Six tears of sorrow MCD'96.
The SCARVE metamorphosis
is an excellent surprise! The not very matrue and quite boring band
of the demo has became a 5 piece formation practicizing a melodic
Death metal that's ultra demanding but very accessible. And it's
hard to believe it on how much the result, between DEATH and VOIVOD
is convincing. The vocals are really more convincing, the drum playing
is original, the riffs are good, and from the beginning to the end
it really shredds. It's more Death metal than the first demo, but
it's more melodic also. "Six tears of sorrow" still remains
a little pearl of French Death metal nowadays. Don't hesitate to
get a copy if you have the opportunity to lay your hands on it.
luminiferous CD'02 LISTENABLE.
Here's an album
that's as a whole quite interesting, because it's quite rich musically
speaking and we can feel the musicians know how to use their instruments.
can notice some quite varied influences. It goes from Devin Townsend
(Strapping young lad, Ocean machine) who remains the dominating
influence, mainly at the level of the vocals and of the general
atmosphere the music can make you feel, Godflesh for their dissonant
side (mainly the 6th tracks called "The path to apoptosis"),
Cynic for a few leads (mostly on their 4th song called "Capszized").
But we also feel Shuldiner and Azagtoth from time to time in the
lead guitarist's style. Messhuggah can also be quoted for their
"The resonanting thing" track. To conclude, as a whole
it's obvious they're listening to a lot of varied things, and that
can be only a positive plus for their compositions.
We can notice
there are a few blast beats to "spice" the thing (and
this isn't here to displease us). An ENTOMBED ("Serpent speech")
cover taken from the "Hollowman" MCD conforts the musical
eclecticism of the band.
The only negative point: the drum sound
isn't powerfull and dominating enough, and it's really a shame because
the drummer has got a quite rich and creative playing. You'll
need some listenings to understand the subtleties of their paying
and the essence of their music.
We can add SCARVE is a band
that has nothing to envy the international scene at all. We must
advice this album to all those for whom the musical sectarianism
is a real plague.
(Irl) Madness to our method CD'04. SENTINEL Recs.
don't know why I was sent this CD! This isn't extreme, and this
isn't really metal in the burning old school meaning of the word!
What you hear is average melodic "metal" that seems to
take as much from Modern H.M, NWOBHM, melodic hard rock than from
the Swedish melodic thrash/ heavy... without something really metal
or intense! Definitely not something I review there... unless it's
killer or underground as fuck! The music in itself sounds quite
decent, some riffs have a little Megadeth taste... but too much
melodic shits are there and this is too common/ predictable to be
real metal with balls! The musicians are skilled enough... but the
sung vocals waste all the band's effort. (Quite too melodic and
often quite wrong sounding). I won't go any further. Average and
weak "Heavy metal". Why bothering listening and describing
a quite boring CD when the promo manager didn't even bother watching
the kinds of music you review? Ah!
(Usa) Fucking metal motherfuckers CD'02 MERCILESS Recs.
remember I've ever crossed the path of a SCEPTER release in 1998.
This one is still in the same lines: old school metal. It especially
reminds me of old CELTIC FROST at every levels: the same kind of
simple riffs with the same kind of beats 'n breaks is used while
the same kind of vocals are sung. (Many elements and details seem
to come from "Morbid tales" or "The emperor's return"...
Too much? Possibly since I've the feeling some parts are too common.)
where's the morbid energy of old CELTIC FROST? What I hear on this
CD is only Ok tracks with correct riffs and structures, but the
energy and morbid enthusiasm of the frost are fucking lacking! Uh!!
might sound similar to some bands like HELLHAMMER (less rough),
WARHAMMER, SODOM (very old: demo days), SLAYER (very old) and eventually
USURPER. So this CD might be Ok or quite cool for the big nostalgics
of the old school who live in the beginning of the 90's, but more
blood and tears are needed to crush a poser!
SCORN (UK) Imaginaria
award MCD’00 HYMEN.
This is one of the new projects of Mick Harris
( Ex. NAPALM DEATH drummer) and I wouldn’t advise it to guys who
are totally into Metal as it’s electronic music. As well as the «
Overload Lady » project, SCORN is a kind of bizarre
and obscure jungle with dark samples ( floating reflexive underpolarised
bass sounds and enigmatic earings). It’s more or less unrepeating
and cold synthetic/ artificial drum beats. With it’s hypnotic samples,
the track « Lock » is a vicious call to get out
of touch with reality and to enter the mighty vortex void of depression
and mental illness. Worth the listening for dark electronic music
(Ger) Bestie mensch CD'04 PWP.
This label goddamn sucks!
This is a real conspiracy of the acid beer that works for the extinction
of anything metal!
SEASICK has a stupid logo, and a stupid band's
name. They play some kind of Grind crust thrashcore death that does
nothing for me! At their putrid best! Sounds like old MACABRE, DROGHEDA,
TERRORIZER, SOB and others. With some thrash. The production lacks
of power. The tracks are more or less correctly done, but SEASICK
sounds uninspired and uninspiring! Forget it or vomit your beer!
BLISS (Hungary) Forsaken symphony CD'02 RED STREAM.
must be the 3rd or 4th release I get from RED STREAM and I'm now
almost certain we don 't share the same musical tastes. So, if you
guys from Red Stream stop to send me promos to get average reviews
at best, it won't be a problem!
Let's talk about the S.B. release
now. This band plays fast Black metal reminding me the style obscure
bands played around 91-94, mixing quite fast and raw parts with
slow or mid temp moments. They add synths reminding me of old EMPEROR.
SATYRICON (3 first CDs epoch) could also be named here while the
naming of old ENSLAVEC wouldn't be misplaced. You understand
it's norvegian influenced Black metal with an atmospheric touch
and a small sorrowfull/ nostalgic full of fog touch EMPEROR had
in parts on their 2 first CDs.
Nothing sounds new or mind bloing
for me. Didn't attract my attention more than that... but they added
some cool fog horns sounds... Sounds outdated for me... can be cool
for nostalgic Black metal fans only!
(USA) To prevail in disgust CD’03 FROM BEYOND PROD.
some tracks of SEPSISM a few years ago and it wasn't bad. Here's
a new CD that sounds a bit more intense! These 9 pieces of Brutal
disgust are composed of Death/Grind with a strong emphasis on crushed
brutality! Heavy brutalizing riffs and blasting parts that reminds
me of ROTTING on "Crushed"! Some doomed brutality in here
has got something to do with old GRAVE. These bastards are also
morbidly inspired in abject purulence by CANNIBAL CORPSE (old),
SUFFOCATION (more primal, less technical), BRODEQUIN.
enough torture machine kit crusher! Low grunts from the eroded pustulent
carcass and scorched screamer who suffers the agony of a thousand
deads. Aggressive raw sound that makes it more tremendous! There's
nothing original nor very special here, but these 9 tracks are well
packaged, compressed and morbidly alive enough to be cool for doomed
Death metal fans! Excellent for fans of ROTTING! SEPSISM is a cool
crushing band I'd brutally support if they were from my area!
(Ita) Anthropophagy Of Doom LP. 2012. UNHOLY DOMAIN Recs.
is a compromise. Heart beat is a compromise... So what? Let yourself
die and let your body rot. Putrefaction is real cadaveric integrity!
few metallers might remember of a French band called SEPULCHRAL
that released two demos and was a part of the "Obscurum per
obscurum" split CD in 1992, but there's no link with this SEPULCRAL.
This Italian band plays a kind of Death metal being very close to
doom: A lot of the beats are slow or mid-paced, but this is not
the only aspect from the spectrum of the curse... Their style is
rather based on the will to create an atmosphere, and there's an
old black metal mood in the "fog" to appear here and there...
guitars sound dark due to the fact it's mostly based on low frequencies,
the vocals are also low pitched, but hopefully the drums are quite
clear and make the whole a bit more balanced.
The vocals are
average, a bit like ASPHYX on "Embrace the death", but
I'm not too thrilled by their faster Death metal
parts, this sounds weaker compared to their doomier riffs.
in all you could imagine the whole sounds influenced by the doomy
or mid-paced parts from these records (With probably less epicness):
ASPHYX ("Embrace the death"), VIOGRESSION (First and perhaps
2nd album), MORGOTH ("Cursed"), a bit of WINTER ("Into
darkness"), touches of slow ooold DEATH ("Leprosy")
or HELLHAMMER (For the easy riffs), with fast death metal parts
that could remind of early "morbid thrash" bands.
this record SEPULCRAL is not a revelation, and to me they still
sound like demo stuff, but their music contains quite good atmospheres
and quite good doomy riffs. So those who need something from the
lands of doom might find some nice moments to rest in their coffin.
(Uk) Plague of Time MCD. 2000. Golden Lake Productions.
MCD approaches your eyes and hears in a quite nice manner: The band
name, the logo and musical description set off your imagination
to explore nice worlds of a dark death doom planting austere crosses
in the sour ground...
But we are talking about a different kind
of "death doom": A style that was more mid-paced, and
also sometimes melodic.
Since the three songs convey quite different
influences, I will describe the content track by track.
first song is generally closer to PARADISE LOST "Shades of
god" (With a bit of "Gothic" for guitars) and the
very first album of THE GATHERING also came to my mind.
track contains a mix of common mid-paced death (For this time) and
something close to the mid-paced moments of old BATHORY (Pre-Viking
The third one keeps this Bathory influence and injects
an equal quantity of stoner/ doom riffs à la BLACK SABBATH.
would have expected to hear seriously hitting death doom influences
in the vein of the very first MY DYING BRIDE recordings, but expect
maybe for a death metal riff (Or even two), this is not the case.
The rhythms aren't doomy at all, and would even sound a bit
too "enthusiastic". On the first song two third of the
vocals are clear, and well, this is not the best ones I heard.
understand where the band wanted to go with a part of the riffs
and ideas, but their music sounded a bit too "enthusiastic"
and "amateurish" (In the sense the content wasn't probably
brewed enough) to drape my soul in doom. Only for big fans of the
influences quoted in this review.
(Pol) Dark fileds of mind CD'03 METAL MIND.
'98, the melodic Death wave plagued my life with some really bad
craps! I'm more open minded now, but it doesn't please me much!
SERPENTIA plays melodic Death thrash, but some breaks and riffs
sound forced! It's too nice stuff to be extreme (and use an evilish
intro for example!) some melodic riffs are too much melowly melodic!
Uh. May sound like some bad IN FLAMES, w/ AT THE GATES (last one)
and others... It's cool to release a pro CD, but it's better when
some real feeling is here! I found no real feeling here: these bastards
stictly calculate their notes. Next one.
SEVERE TORTURE (HOL)
"FEASTING ON BLOOD" CD’00-01 THE PLAGUE
This is some
good, severe brutal shit straight from holland. Extremely influenced
by Cannibal Corpse these guys offer here an album you cant live
without if you worship 'tomb of the mutilated'. From the deep vocals
to the twisted tappings and super fast blast beats, everything is
very reminiscent of the Gore metal legend. Nothing ground breaking
here, yet catchy and brutal enough to appeal to many people out
SEVERE TORTURE (HOL)
"FEASTING ON BLOOD" CD’00-01 THE PLAGU
un nouveau groupe (hollandais) venu intégrer la scène
Je met le cd dans ma platine laser et dès
le début le premier morceau me cartonne la tronche, riffs
bien puissants, vocale dans la veine du vocaliste de Suffocation
(surtout période "Effigy of the forgotten", mais
en plus grave). J'écoute le 2ème morceau... correct,
mais déjà un tout petit peu moins bien. Sur le 3ème
morceau, je commence a m'intérroger; sur le 4ème c'est
un début de titre limite pompé sur la deuxième
plage d'Effigy de Suffocation. Le 2ème riff est vraiment
limite pompé sur les trémolos rapide aigus de "None
so vile" de Cryptopsy, et le riff qui suit est complètement
dans la veine d'"Eaten back to life" de Cannibal. En
plein milieu du morceau un plan lourd est quasiment repiqué
sur Suffocation! La suite des morceau coule et on se lasse assez
rapidement de leur jeu qui devient vite répetitif, beaucoup
de riffs sont dans la veine des grands groupes de brutal death genre
Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy(surtout "None so vile").
Alors on peut etre influencé (qui ne l'est pas en tant
que musicien?) mais il y a un différence entre être
influencé et pomper!
Pourtant quand on écoute
leur premier morceau, c'est plein de bon riffs, influencés
mais digérés et retranscrits à leur sauce,
et cela donne un titre qui cartonne! Malheureusement à
partir du 4ème morceau les riffs manquent totalement de personnalité,
malgré cela les musiciens savent se servir de leurs instruments
(il y a quelques petits passage techniques interessants à
la batterie) et le son global du cd est correct.
Je ne donnerai
qu'un petit 6/10 a ce cd car malgré 2, 3 morceaux corrects
et quelques riffs par ci par là qui sont pas trop dégueux,
ce groupe (qui a du potentiel) peu faire beaucoup mieux sur
la recherche de ses riffs. Les métaleux qui sont depuis
peu dans le brutal et qui n'on pas une grande culture du métal
extrême trouveront surement cette album puissant, mais tous
ceux qui sont dans ce genre de musique depuis un bon moment et qui
connaissent les classiques ne seront pas dupes, attendons leur prochain
album...... Note 6/10
TORTURE (Hol) Misanthropic carnage CD'02 HAMMERHEART.
was one more time going to think negative on the quality of the
whole extreme metal scene when I had the idea to download this CD!
tracks here are simply unrelentless and not far from the very killer
threshold! Their music includes some intense tremolo riffs reminding
me of CRYPTOPSY ("None so vile"), some unrelentless breaks
and subtle variations à la CANNIBAL CORPSE ("Tomb of the mutilated"
and "The bleeding") and some technical or heavier riffs
à la DEICIDE amongst other Brutal Death influences! If you don't
know their music, you under it's very much into the Brutal death
style with a strong American side! This is technical but fully
understandable (not like DISGORGE (Mex) that makes me vomit my entrails!).
had the feeling I ever heard some parts and riffs before, some moments
are a lot in the American Brutal death style... but there are enough
surprises and breaks to keep your nauseabond attention! There
are enough good moments here to kick the arse of an extreme metaller!
I don't know that much their previous and first CD, but it seems
to me it was better and more expressive! I've reached a certain
level of overdose on this Brutal death style, but I have rather
a nice opinion about this CD. So this CD is quite worth the advice
for a Brutal death fan!
SAVIOR (USA) Forced to bleed EP'02 DISFIGURED RECORDS.
brutallers play very fast, they seem to play the fastest possible
during all the tracks... but it unfortunately seems to be their
only goal! You'll understand it's technical brutal death.
The sound is good, all is pro done but it sounds ridiculous to me!
How is it possible to get any feeling or some efficiency if you
play always 200 miles/hour a song??
Even some heavy riffs that
could have been powerfull if played right could have been good,
but all the power is lost as they only want to be dumbly FAST!
sounds brutal, and some technical riffs are impressive for the technical
way it's constructed can also be considered as being impressive,
and yes it can be a challenge to listen to and to perform this kind
But what did I feel when I listened to this CD? Will I remember something from the brutality
of this CD after the listening... Hugh!! The answer is no!
and dumb brutallers: check it out!
(Usa) Teabagged at birth CD'06. GOREGIASTIC
I had the first
SIFUK album that followed the ways of the blablablast and gore à
gogo. After some (apparently) internal struggles, they're back with
this second album and some musical changes. Their gory Brutal Death
remains, and they welcomed the influences of CEPHALIC CARNAGE or
stoned modern stuffs. I couldn't really compare "T.A.B."
with the first release on matters of technicality and brewtality
(Not enough remembrances) but this time it's quite technical enough.
Nothing is triggered so it doesn't sound surgically tight, and even
a bit chaotic by moments. This tastes like an okey album in the
style, with cool moments of brutality and nice stoned technical
riffs, but there's nothing really emotional to grab you by the nuts
on an emotive basis. Some parts sound a bit hesitating or useless
considering the impact of other better ideas (It seems they smoked
a bit too much, coz some "funny" parts radically turn
me off). There's a cool cover artwork that tastes like guts and
It's a decent/ cool album in the style that
might please fans of smoked brutality, but SIKFUK remains a 2nd/
3rd grade band...And in a quite close approach I still prefer to
break my skull with the mighty SKELETON OF GOD MCD!
(Usa) Gore delicious CD'02 UNITED GUTTURAL.
their cover and wuite unreadble logo, I didn't expect something
great. And their Brutal death goregrind didn't leave me a very good
It's blasting all along with some strong Brutal death
influences for heavier groovy riffs. Gore guttural vocals. They
remind me of UNCREATION or DAMNABLE (for the raw side) by moments
while their fastest parts could sound like DISGORGE (Mex- Where
are the riffs?) even if it's more understandable.
They have Morbid
riffs à la Cannibal C with variating bass lines. They try
to sound crazy by adding some clear guitar breaks.
new or interesting to me (I even find a lack of tightness for a
CD release! Let's say it's hesitating sounding by moments).
be something Ok for the big maniacs or raw UxG supporters, but I
can't find any deep brutal feeling here. In french words: "J'en
ai rien à blaster".
(Indo) Back to vengeance CD’01.
This kind of releases let
me think the Indonesian scene isn't in so bad conditions. Contrary
to most the recordings from these I heard, SIKSAKUBUR is professional.
Their style is total American Brutal Death with many breaks and
tempo changes here, and there. Ok, the whole isn't original at all
since it always reminds me of SUFFOCATION, PYREXIA (old) and a bit
of old CANNIBAL CORPSE, but I've heard worse bands in the style.
They also have got some more "melodic" touches from here
and there... Heavily produced Brutal death with many blasts,
death metal beats, double kicks, raw grunts, etc.
is there are no really killer parts in here, and some riffs aren't
so good. This is the kind of stuffs you can play with an Ok or quite
cool state of guts, but nothing stands out. The last track is
the one that sounds the most efficient (strange isn't it!) coz it's
less complex and sounds more naturally cock amputating. It remains
average in my opinion.
Well, this can be a quite cool release
for big fans of technical and complex Brutal Death, but not much
(Fra) 4 Life CD'03 WARNER.
you label manager fool! And don't send me this crap again!! (3rd
and last time)
(Hol) Aggressive measures CD'98 NUCLEAR BLAST.
a band's name that'd be synonymous with deception? I can say so!
I personally enjoyed their two first Lps "Cross the styx"
and "Diabolical summoning" that were in a well-done technical
and blasting Death/ Thrash at the time! They had some specific elements
such as the blasts or their technical riffs' melodies that made
up their personality!
But well, since their "Hate"
CD I'm ways less impressed by their music!
I didn't especially
appreciate this "Aggressive measures" CD when it was released
and I didn't pay any particular attention to it... But I listened
to it recently, in a careful way, to pay attention to every riff.
well, there are some well-done and well-felt parts on the first
two tracks "Aggressive measures" and "Beyond the
superstition". It remains under the quality of their two first
CDs, but it's two Ok tracks with some good moments! There's also
a track that doesn't sound bad around the end of the CD, as well
as an heavier/ slower one.
But the problem with the last SINISTER
releases is in my opinion they favour too much the technicality
and complexity while they loose some real efficiency they once had!
Could we say they haven't got as much inspiration and energy? Have
everything been said for them? Well, in my opinion it remains a
very possible thing, but there are still some good riffs here. The
lack of inspiration is maybe due to several reasons (including too
many side projects: Houwitser...)
I haven't heard their new stuffs,
but the presence of their female vocalist didn't especially turn
me on to brutalize my local CD seller!
So, this isn't a bad album,
a few riffs are good. If you don't know SINISTER check out "Diabolical
summoning". And in any case the first two tracks of the CD
would be enough. Downloads are still hellcome this time...
(USA) Progression towards evil CD'99
Brutal heavy American
death with a raw sound. It includes all what you'd expect from this
kind of band and it's rather well constructed and articulated, but
only the vocals had a special presence to me! Only the vocals are
brutal and expressive! Even if the music is a bit better than the
average Demos... I can't avoid thinking it's average riffs with
no soul meted all-together... All tracks sound the same and I found
nothing REALLY Brutal here! Ok it's correctly constructed with correct
riffs... but so many bands can do that! By moments it reminds me a bit about LIVIDITY(USA)'s
1st MCD "Fetish for the sick" but most of the time it's
very much mid old CANNIBAL CORPSE influenced with some heavy brutal
death parts. They may be a cool band for "fans" of American
Brutal death, but their new CD'2003 Crushes everythings they have
released before from far!! Fortunately they have now awaken and
are ready to REALLY CRUSH everythings as the motive doesn't
only seem to be a part of a Brutal scene, but to compose extreme
music they can be deeply and sincerely proud of! Checl "From
sacrifice to survival" and prepare to die!
(Usa) From sacrifice to survival CD'03 RELAPSE.
I have never
been a fan of SKINLESS, their Brutal Death was somewhat too common
and lacked of deepness to really please me, just the kind of stuffs
you can listen to and say "cool". (There were some good
vocals on their first CD though).
The style of the band has
changed a lot on this new album! It's still in the Death/ Grind
and Brutal Death fields but it welcomes many new ideas and new influences.
There are a bunch of melodies or technical touches in here, and
their tracks sound less repetitive than before... Just more efficient!
The drummer has improved also as he does some pretty Brutal stuffs
around the double bass drums or the toms of the kit! Varied and
brutal style. Good drummer! Some tracks are very well done! Varied
shit with many good surprises!
This evolution reminds me of
the change that occurred between the 2 INFERNAL TORMENT CDs, but
in this case SKINLESS remains more extreme! Listening to this CD,
I think I can say their own style that was incubating under the
American Brutal death "trend" have ecloded! So, on this new recording
SKINLESS could sound as a mix of FLESHLESS, EDGE OF SANITY, SCARVE,
NATRON and other extreme bands. It isn't as gay as some guys claim
it is! Extreme music done with sincerity! A good CD that may grow
on me. To conclude: This is a change of style I gladly welcome,
those who enjoyed their previous CDs should put an hear on some
tracks before investing any $. This is a good CD for those who like
it extreme and fast but with some melody and diversity!
(Swe) Stigmata CD'06. IRON FIST Recs.
crustcore is welcome in there, as long as it's severely energetic
First, SKITSYSTEM do not really plays the
kind of crust I prefer, since this release isn't that energetically
controlled and explosive, but rather "raw" sounding and
convenient, not unlike some DISFEAR.
This release lacks the maximum
uzi-shots and triple-fists in the face some bands such as DISRUPT,
E.N.T. or DOOM had in their best days! You know, these killer riffs
or drum breaks that strongly punch your face, kick the ass and strongly
tears something in the guts...
But it's not the case of SKITSYSTEM.
The band doesn't sound bad, but it sound a bit too convenient and
I often have the feeling they're taking advantage of the "Crustcore
autoplay" possibility. Not the best way to be soarprizing and
This isn't a bad release = quite good corrosive
sound, nothing really bad sounding and the whole remains varied
enough... But it lacks what it would beed to enter the 7-8 criminals
elite of executing crustcore albums in my collection: entire sincerity
and almost life-long memorable riffs...
So, average shot with
nothing really outstanding.
(Usa) Heavy shit Promo for forthcoming album. 2005.
it's good to get your ass out of the EXTREME DEEP LAZINESS and try
to review more promo stuffs.
SKITZO is a thrash/ heavy band that
formed in 1981 and released 5 albums, they are currently searching
for a new label.
The music lies between some fast thrashing and
mid-placed semi-heaviness, you could think about some last SODOM
releases, S.O.D (First album), old MEGADETH, some heavy metal guitars
(NWOBHM, KING DIAMOND/ MERCYFUL FATE...), some DECEIVER (Swe), or
even some stuffs à la old BLACK SABBATH, with some other minor influences
like old Motorhead. There's a touch of sarcasm/ strange fun in the
vocals and some riffs...
But here stops the description! The
problem lies in the fact I didn't find much surprizing, above the
average or really gut-tripping. While some riffs sound cool, and
the sarcastic aspect isn't unpleasant, some riffs just sound very
usual and too fucking simple, some tracks could be better articulated,
the drum playing is a bit too common, and some lengths are present.
In my hears, it's only Ok/average with enough attitude to be distinguished
from the common thrash band.
Notice a musician has facilities
to vomit his intestinal fauna and flora whenever he wants... Fear
the GREEN BILE VOMITORIUM? héhé
It's just an average album, it
might suit the tastes of those who adhere to the humor of SKITZO,
but apart from them I don't see many bangers becoming addicted schizos
to "Heavy shit"... Maybe it might better suit the tastes
of maniacs warming their unwerwears for the folklore of GWAR or
the deep smoke injuries of THE MELVINS? Who knows...
IN DISCO'S OUT Split CD'99 NOVUM VOX MORTIS.
split CD with the demos of 3 bands in the Death metal style.
Some brutal death that isn't so bad, there are some good riffs (that
remind me of KRISIUN), but some riffs are boring or ever heard.
The sound is good and clean. This band is cool without being excellent.
playing Death metal with few Black metal stuffs, but to be honest
there's nothing special at all in here! It's not very good and even
boring. The sound is correct, but is it enough?
playing tight Brutal death, but it's boring! The sound isn't so
bad, but it isn't so good. We hear them playing, it's not so bad...
Nothing else to say than: it sucks! Mat
(Usa) Christ illusion CD'06. AMERICAN Recs.
Most of the comebacks
of older thrash and death metal bands have been cruel deceptions,
most of their new releases were often too convenient, and very often
only ok or cool for the best! It really seems like most of these
once thrashers weren't able to match, or even decently emulate,
half of their once talent and energy...
So, as well as probably
every metalheads, I was very suspicious when I read SLAYER would
come back to their older thrashing style... Was it anything else
than just another of these countless promotional slogans? And how
could SLAYER compose decent thrash metal again, while they're 50
years old (and the history shew most of not so "'old"
metallers have problems to thrash it hard again) and play metalcore
since years? Everything were at the right place to make the doubts
and suspicions reach very high pitched peaks!
hell, this album isn't bad at all! SLAYER surprisingly achieved
to record a more than decent new release!
Most of the songs follow
the style of "Reign in blood", "Hell awaits",
with some "Seasons in the abyss"; so you understand most
of it is thrashing, fast for a good 2/3, with few obscure heaviness.
While almost no traces of weakness or doubts can be found for the
style, there are also few metalcore influences (!)
there are almost no surprises (This is thrash metal à la SLAYER...
Even though few stuffs almost sound like death metal: The "Supremist"
song has a little blast beat à la Cannibal corpse and takes an early
DEATH approach), and there's maybe no thrashing hit, but the whole
sounds quite efficient, and after few listenings I detected some
really good stuffs (Some epic or quite technical riffs for example!).
us that the cruel metallic damnation torturing the metal scene with
weak comebacks since fucking years wasn't totally true and unbeatable,
and opens new gates to metallic hopes!
I won't say much more,
since every metallers with two balls will probably put an hear on
this album. My will was mostly to convince more thrashers to listen
to "Christ illusion". It might be the album we secretly
would have liked SLAYER to record since more than 10 years! So put
an hear on this motherfuckers!!
Future will show us the way it
will grow on our tortured skulls.
(Fin) Unleashing the slugathron Tape Lp'03. NORTHERN SOUND.
the slugathron and defragmenting the multiverse, SLUGATHOR plays
Death metal in an unexpected 90's Brutal way! Grinding brutal death
metal à la early HYPOCRISY (Without the melodies), with touches
of impious old DEICIDE!
The early HYPOCRISY side can be found
in the typical blasts (Snare and bass-drum at the same time) and
for the raw brutality. Some blood-raping old VOMITORY can be found
as well as touches of martial early VIBRION! Motherfuck! It also
reminds me some blasting parts of CRUCIFIRE/ ENCABULOS and the raw
aspect of DERANGED ("III"). Absolutely no melancholic
goth weakness was injected! Ah! Death metal the brutal yet brutal
way: no crappy gothobitch or boreiginality compromise!
few tracks, the slugathron turns into a quite repetitive torture
machinery, but if Brutal death metal in the vein of early HYPOCRISY
is what you need, you'll be quite satisfied! Quite too long, but
a recadaverizing one for fans of the style!
(Swe) The inevitable end CD. SOULSELLER Recs.
quite bored with the new ENTOMBED/ DISMEMBER alike records, at first
hear it seems to be kicking, but then the compositions turn out
to be not so interesting (Or not interesting at all...).
I was pleasantly crucified and burnt by this first album of SMOTHERED.
is typically Swedish influenced Death metal, with many of the elements
you could expect from the first recordings of ENTOMBED and DISMEMBER
(The riffings, the drumming, the vocals)... But with something more
than the usual... Maybe something like the addition of a "burning
passion" (Something warmer than the current standard)... Maybe
the injection of influences from mid-old EDGE OF SANITY's most Death
metal songs (An atmosphere, some melodic touches and some vocals)...
Or perhaps simply a bit of freedom, for real this time.
is not the most morbid or necro kind of swedeath, but at this point
of time this doesn't matter anymore. All we need to know is: "The
inevitable end" is a quite well rounded album and contains
enough passion for the dethroning of the king! Fans of the style
could have the good idea to check it out.
GREEN (Usa) Pussy soul CD’95.
I own the "A string
of lies" MCD of SOILENT GREEN and that was a good piece of
Aggressive Grind with groovy stoner injected soils, and quite original
overall! I didn't really enjoy their tracks from their later releases
I heard on comps, and the friends of mine who heard these CDs weren't
so enthusiastic ("It's less good and quite repetitive").
I may check it one day... But he! I recently discovered they had
a full-length CD release in 95. Downloads' facilities. Here's the
The style was ever quite weird Grindcore, but with ways
and ways more heavy stoner like riffs! Not much real stoner crack
grooves, but rather heavy hardcore parts, heavy stoner or slow discording
riffs. Some parts were more Death/ Grind with classical tremolo
riffs. That wasn't a so original mix as "A string of lies",
but this melting pot included varied extreme metal elements such
as the Grindcore parts of BLOOD DUSTER ("Yeeest"), NAPALM
DEATH's mechanical mid-placedness, a bit of KHANATE (heavy discordant
riffs), some CRO MAGS/ EYEHATEGOD (heavy stuffs) and a zest of old
UNLEASHED on Death metal touches. Good blasting drums. The problem
is the tracks are long! There are some good parts from here and
there, but the bunch of heavier stoner CROMAGS like stuffs sounds
too long and too much for me! It’s a smoked waste of intensity in
my hears! (I would have gone for a lifting on the heavy side of
it! More than 50% of the CD is too smoked...)
So I think it's
an average CD that can please ya only if you like it heavy and smoked
to the core with few weird grinding blasts to refresh the fumes.
The best stuffs they've released I heard is their "A string
of lies" MCD, and it had the advantages of being short to the
point, intense on its whole length, and cheap!
OF FATE (Swe) Highest in the hierarchy of blasting sickness
CD'05. FORENSICK Recs.
This isn't a new album, but a compilation
containing the first two demos of the band, plus a live track, re-recorded
old song and a video.
The two demos remain the same. The first
being very influenced by CANNIBAL CORPSE (In a not so brutally penetrating
manner), while the second was more blasting along the lines of,
let's say, SUFFOCATION ("Despise the sun") yet with the
Cannibalized Brootool approach.
Other things inside are the re-recording
of an early track ("Tapping the vein") a more brutal and
energetic way, or a live song ("Epoch of barbarity) that was
taken with an ok and quite raw underground production.
of this compilation is quite misleading, because SOILS OF FATE isn't
a part of the most extreme current Brutal Death bands, and these
older demos do not sound extreme in 2007. This might be a cool release
for big fans and nostalgics of their demo days, but it seems not
many peoples will be interested... And was it a really needed release?
After all, demos could eternally remain engraved in the good old
tape format, and those who really need some obscure recordings could
find it through tapes or Mp3s trading if they really want it (When
you really want something, you're ready to make more than a single
effort, and write snail mails!). Strictly for big fans and close
OF FATE (Swe) Sandstrom CD'01 RETRIBUTE.
I own the "Pain...
has a face" first demo'97 of the band that was very very near
of CANNIBAL CORPSE's "Tomb of the mutilated". Well, since
it wasn't so bad for a so Cannibal Corpse inspired band, it can't
be so bad to have an hear on some of their newer stuffs. The
first thing that quote my attention is they've transformed into
a very much old DYING FETUS/ old PYREXIA inspired band. There are
still some riffs à la CANNIBAL CORPSE's "Tomb" and now
"Butchered at birth", but this band isn't anymore the
There's some old and fast DEEDS OF FLESH,
some groove and high pitched notes à la DYING FETUS, some heavy
and fast PYREXIA (old), a bit of SUFFOCATION's technical riffs.
It could remind bands such as CINERARY as well, total American
Brutal death, with quite technical musicians, lots of breaks passing
through heavy, groovy or faster riffs. Raw heavy Death metal vocals.
Good powerful sound.
Unfortunately I've found nothing especially
thrilling, nor catchy, nor exciting. This can be quite cool for
fans of US Brutality. This is an Ok pro Brutal Death band, but some
bands do it with more conviction, Brutal enthusiasm and creativity!
(FRA) Suffering winds MCD'02 IMPERIAL MAZE.
The first thing
I noticed is their nice CD cover that procures somekind of a sorrow
induced Heroic fantasy mood. This French band playing a style cast
in the Black death metal realm recorded this MCD in 5 months (between
july and november 2001). One could notice some fast ripping Black
metal like riffs in the vein of EMPEROR 's 2nd full length album
(for the fast riffs). Some Blasting Death Grind moments, some tremolo
riffs and their vocals sounds like VADER at the time of their 2nd
album. Notice the drummer has got good skills and includes some
nice beating ideas here and there. Some other Black metal influences
can make think about some stormy IMMORTAL touches (that are cast
into Death metal riffs) while some leads or slow breaks (with long
played notes) are a bit in the vein of the latest EMPEROR's releases.
There are some strong obvious MAYHEM influences for a pure and tormented
raw black metal touch. Some epic like ideas, some more heavy
metal/ Black metal riffs and fast Black metal riffs reminds me a
lot of IMMORTAL on their "At the heart of winter"
To conclude: This band has got some really interesting ideas,
big fans of the last IMMORTAL/ MAYHEM releases who don't dislike
Death/ Grind bands like VADER may find SOLEKHAN cool.
(Fra) The great divider CD'04 SACRAL.
This new SOLEKAHN release
and first album is different from their previous Demo MCD that was
evolving between a fresh Black metal and a Death metal with VADER
touches. This full-length CD is full of Dark Death metal, in a style
that doesn't sound much brutal but obscure, kinda depressive and
anywhere else, far from here where constant sufferings prevail.
IMMOLATION and few INCANTATION, MORBID ANGEL ("Gateways to
annihilation") touches can be found for the obscure riffing,
as well as some old SUPPURATION for a darkened death that owns few
This will of SOLEKAHN on this new release is
to develop obscure atmospheres, not to crush your putrid brain,
so even the most brutal and blasting parts doesn't sound much brutal,
but rather disconnected and flying in a dense isolationist fog.
It might please death dreams and those who like to plunge and drown
in several kinds of darkness. In a way, SOLEKAHN has something
to do with the early Doom death spirit bands such as PARADISE LOST,
MY DYING BRIDE (and maybe WINTER) once had, I also happen to think
this album has common lines with the doomed death of DETERIOROT;
but the obscure old school brutal death metal side keeps a quite
important place. SOLEKAHN's compositions sounds like the music of
Death metal and obscure music fans who are yet open minded to other
styles and try to do something personal. This interesting album
is different from most of nowadays' Death metal and Brutal death
releases, one has to be quite open minded to get in to it, but I
also assume you won't enjoy "The great divider" if darkness,
sorrow and solitude aren't your daily muses. I wouldn't advice you
to buy this album, but if you are searching for something different
with strong dark death metal roots, why not trying few tracks from
here and there?
(Fin)/ F (Fin) Kaksi Perkelettä Split CD'06. VARGOT Recs.
first part of this split CD won't be the easiest for me to review;
since it touches various black metal influences I don't know very
well... Anyway, SOLGRAV plays a kind of black metal that doesn't
sound too modern and leads my mind back to the time of the first
"Black metal" double CD compilation (Around 1994).
tempos are quite varied, from mid placed to fast; the whole is also
quite varied, as there's both some raw, half melodic, few atmospheric
keyboards, few folk touches...I happen to think about early ENSLAVED,
some old ABSU, a little bit of early EMPEROR but that's the only few
quite decent comparisons I could draw... There's also something
that could sound like the first DIMMU BORGIR CDs (Before a cold
taste of plastic invaded their church).
SOLGRAV seems to be okey,
even if too melodic for my own use.
The other part
of the split is what made it more intriguing to me, as the band
mysteriously called "F" plays quite obscure brutal death
metal... Their style isn't exactly easy to describe, as there's
some aura of abstraction to it, but I would go for some ultra brutal
Us Death metal mixed with darkened black metal vibes of impurity,
and some inhuman death throats. Imagine some mixture of ENMITY,
BRODEQUIN, CANNIBAL CORPSE ("Vile") with the most downtuned
guitars and vocals of DARKLORD plus some INCANTATION/ IMMOLATION
for some darkness, and you have a decent bleeding vision of the
quite heavy and chaotic waY "F" sounds.
is quite abrasive and massive, so every riffs aren't so easy to
distinguish from the infested carnal corpse (In a way, this production
and 'extreme' approach reminds me a bit of IMMORTAL's "Battles
in the north"), and the drum playing could be more alive and
varied to make it more extreme!
I couldn't say if it's good or
not, but at least it's quite intriguing and sounds quite massive,
a raw and obscure way.
(Bra) Dark ages CD'05. ROADRUNNER.
10 years of nu metal (or
crapcore, nucore, hardcore, call it as you wish).
This is what
Mr. Cavalera played these last 10 years, NU METAL!
And he lost
respect from many thrashers and Death metal heads since the disappointing
"Roots" (and even "Chaos A.D." for some "Integrists"....
But let's get deeper in the facts: Maniacs of Morbidity left before
"Schizophrenia", maniacs of thrashing power and aggressive
urge left before "Arise"... Ah Ah!... But come back to
So what could we expect from someone who betrayed
his roots to adapt to the new trend of once, and suddenly, now the
thrashing aspect of metal is quite welcome again in the scene (and
many bands/ comrades are back with new albums), decides to play
it "old school" again?
Could it be sincere, and devoid
of any commercial aspect? Was it possible to neglect 10 years of
musical evolution, and play it exactly as it was 10 years ago? Especially
when the individual has changed quite a lot?
I must say I had
real doubts about it, especially since "Roots" was a big
disappointment (What a feeling of betrayal it was when SEPULTURA
appeared live on French TV with a crappy "Roots bloody roots"!
It seemed they didn't know the fuck were they were going, what they
were doing; and they weren't tight by the way...) and none of the
3 SOULFLY albums I could hear did anything "good" in my
the album sounds better than what I expected.
The medias and
many blind fans said it's a come back to the "old" style
of SEPULTURA, but it's not the case, even if elements of thrash
metal are, without a doubt, present: the hardcore, nucore, metalcore
and "minimalist experimental" influences are present and
I feel like this album could be considered as
a mix of "Arise", "Chaos A.D.", "Roots"
and some older SOULFLY.
After an introduction,
first song. It begins like the earlier SOULFLY releases: numetal/
metalcore that does few, with high-pitched guitars to give it an
"exotic" touch. Even if the song has nice moments of heaviness
or double bass drums, nothing really cool.
song (3rd one on the CD player) sounds better, as it begins mid
tempo à la mid old NAPALM DEATH ("Diatribes"?) and accelerated
in a "thrashing" way. Later, there's a quite Brazilian
sounding riff, a calm interlude (?!)... all in all, this song is
4th song of
the CD player: The beginning also reminds me of NAPALM DEATH ("Diatribes"/"Inside
the torn apart") with the hardcorish edge, and then it turns
into thrash metal à la "Arise"... Cool. This song is quite
energetic, and the little mood of the Brazilian sounding arpeggios
can be felt... nice. A nice punching song.
The metalcore/ numetal beginning turns into a mid placed kinda thrashing
riff and some older SOULFLY (most hardcorish). Even if it doesn't
suck, it lacks of Thrash and metal for me, too much core and flying
Number 6: A
short song. Between hardcore, punk and thrash... It sounds a bit
like some punk songs SEPULTURA covered in the past (Wasn't it "Drug
me"? I don't remember). I don't really care.
Doesn't this beginning riff sound like KRISIUN? What you have here
is a thrashing song à la "Arise", with some "chaos
A.D.D" stylized hardcore thrash that kinda wastes the intensity.
There's a 1 minute long acoustic guitar outro. All in all, quite
fast and efficient, but will I remind it? Not sure.
8th song: More
nucore, more tribal...? Hopefully the double bass drums accelerate
and let the music turn in some kind of "Chaos A.D." stylized
heaviness... and there's some clean sung vocals right in the middle.
Uh! It's not my cup of beer, and it sounds quite modern, but I'm
not sure it sucks in its (varied) style.
The 9th song
is one more piece of shit sounding quite strange. It begins with
some kind of death thrash and hardcorish riff, like "Chaos
A.D.", but with a nice background sample... and later, some
very present keys that seem emotional... (Isn't it some kind of
Church feeling? Sorry, I visited church less than 5 times in my
life)... and then... Thrash and fast! A la "Arise" meets
10th one: fuck
the djumbees intros, there's no fan of "Ratamahatta" in
there! Then it's some hip hop with old styled industrial samples
and drum'n bass'n jungle interludes... Uh Uh! Sounds like NAILBOMB
going disco! Ah Ah...
11: One more track beginning in the "core" way. I don't
know if I'll last that long anymore! Hopefully it sounds less "minimalist
and experimental" than earlier SOULFY, even if this song has
some very simple stuffs à la early KORN (Bouh...) and doesn't include
thrash. Next one!
minutes of old styled "industrial" electro, with beat
rumbles, gunshots, and vocals...
Suck my cock!! So is the beginning. Hopefully it accelerates a bit,
but the jumping rhythm wastes the thrash part that follows... Thrash?
Thrash like old SLAYER that sounds Ok, Uh, a nice lead, Uh, Thrash
like old SLAYER again. Another lead... and more enCOREified stuffs.
Nucore! suck my cock!!
An average song that was saved from cock-sucking
thanx to the thrash à la old SLAYER.
14. A nice
chaotic opening riff à la "Chaos A.D." that turns into
some jumping core... While the first riff sounds cool, the jumping
following annoys me, even if it doesn't seem bad in the style. Later
one, you have some core, calm and relaxed clear interlude, heavycore,
more relaxed interlude... No thrash? It's time for me to skip it!
15. 10 minutes
of calm relaxed atmosphere music, silence, and acoustic guitars...
track by track description isn't really exhaustive, because there
are quite varied elements in each songs, I can't quote it all because
this review needs to be readable, and my musical knowledge isn't
All in all, I could also say some more or less
melodic leads are there (I'm not sure it was the case with earlier
SOULFLY excrements) and some riffs aren't worked enough and lack
of surprise! (It could more efficient with a less 'repetitive' riffing).
As said in the beginning, it's not a real come back to the old days
of SEPULTURA, but rather a melting pot of various epochs. The whole
sounds quite varied and quite fresh. The nucore/metal core is present,
but in a nice part of the songs the quantity isn't too abusive,
so it remains bearable for a quite integrist thrasher. (Understand:
It might be a decent Christmas gift for your girlfriend... You could
easily bear it than any nucore crap or Gothofagous gayness!
I couldn't say if this album is "gooood" and
would match the test of time (My opinion and feeling towards Cavalera
went so fucking loooow in the end of his time with SEPULTURA
and all his subprojects-alike of SOULFLY "albums",
that this current musical "improvement" and "evolution"
towards something more suitable for my own metallic tastes might
influence my feelings and opinion quite strongly. I currently think
this album was done with knowledge and enthusiasm, but no real talent
or will to take over the earth could be found).
At least it's
a quite pleasant surprise, and it might not displease the fans of
mid old SEPULTURA... at the condition these fans do not have a
massive feeling of repulsion for "Roots" and the previous
(Pol)/ PANDEMIC GENOCIDE (Pol)/ ARMINIUS (Hol) Split
CD'05. OLD TEMPLE Recs.
Here's a cool release from this obscure
death metal label that often releases things with nice packagings.
SOULLESS has changed quite a lot since their previous demos that
were somekind of boring old styled blablablast brutal death... Hopefully
for us, the style of the band is actually a bit more obscure, varied,
and they have a real drummer. The style could remind of something
like mid old IMMOLATION/ INCANTATION with a good dose of MORBID
ANGEL (Both for some heavy kingdom dominator riffs, faster darknened
patterns, and some guitar polyphonies (I'm thinking about the two
guitars harmonies of "Heretic" for exemple).
sounds more intense than few years ago, even if they didn't reach
the point of turning you into a crazy beast. Their songs are quite
complex with a lot of riffs changes and guitar polyphonies, sometimes
it's a bit too much, sometimes it developps a cool obscure mood.
I might be totally wrong, but I feel like some of this complexity
can be paralleled to some twins and moods of DEMILICH and ADRAMELECH...
The drumming could be improved; maybe it doesn't sound that cool
because it's a bit behind in the mix, but I think some patterns
could sound tighter and more right to the point. To conclude, SOULLESS
is currently a cool band that evolves in the right way, even if
nothing is really memorable now, and their quite complexly developped
style is a nice offering for those who like to conveniently rest
in their jewel throne to dream about death and past death metal
plays quite old styled death metal reminding me of old MORBID ANGEL,
old MALEVOLENT CREATION/ RESURRECTION (For the controlled aspect)
and maybe some DETERIORATE ("Rotting in hell"), old VADER
with some old death metal influences inclining itself to the earliest
US or Swedish styles (Understand some early DEATH and few riffing
arrangements à la early ENTOMBED/ CEMETARY can be found).
Their songs are decently built and played, and it must sound cool
during gigs, but I feel some riffs sound too ever heard and the
controlled aspect quoted before could be a problem for some who
like to drown in the old school. I think it's a decent band with
okey musicians, but yet it lacks of personality and something really
burning. It sounds more professional than many Death metal demos,
but something special is lacking to please my tastes.
ARMINIUS is actually a death metal band that evolved into death
from some black metal remains. The style is blasting satanic death
metal with early death metal tchuka tchuka rythms and few thrash
metal influences. You could think about a mix of old MORBID ANGEL,
old DEICIDE, SADISTIC INTENT, CRUCIFIRE/ ENCABULOS with some EXHORDER,
PESTILENCE (The song "Burning the legions" especially
reminds me of 'Parricide') with some early ATROCITY (Ger- in some
breaks that tries to sound strange or nice bass lines (sorry I didn't
find better than Atrocity... Maybe some old Australian bands would
fit better)). The vocals aren't very deep, it would rather sound
like some old Master or Mortification, while a more extreme approach
would be better in my hears. The production being a bit deaf gives
the 6 tracks an end 80's touch.
All in all, it's Okey sounding
stuff with decent playing and cool influences, but nothing especially
efficient or branding the flesh.
CD comes in a nice digipack packaging, with a really cool painting
of front cover that shows many deadly and devouring details, and
each band has a little booklet for himself. I think it's a cool
release, and it might be a cool item to own for Death metal supporters!
Podziemny smierc metal atak!
(Usa) Agony's lament CD'02 CRASH Music.
is an American Deaththrash band and their style directly emerges
from a time when the metalheads didn't wear some Mac Donalds or
Burgershit Tshirts! (Wearing a band's shirt at least something for
some guys back then...)
The first thing that quoted my attention
is their cover that looks old school, and quite cool (Score: 1 beer).
Then I listened to an Ok Mp3, and tried to find their CD but it
was quite hard.
Their style is a Death thrash metal that reminds
me of old DEATH, old DESTRUCTION, old IN FLAMES, some AT THE GATES
(less technical), THE HAUNTED, KREATOR ("Coma of souls")
between others (1 Beer).
The most death metallic parts being
quite melodic. The vocals being screamy somewhere between CARCASS
and KREATOR (1 beer). Their style ain't raw, hyper aggressive
or bestial since it's more polished, and quite nicely constructed.
For several alcoholic reasons, they remind me of DESTRUCTION's "Live
without sense" CD (1 beer). I expected something more Death
metallic, and also more Thrashy with a real raw face punching aspect!
The whole remains quite clean and melodic.
There are some cool
parts and it sounds quite pro...it doesn't sound bad but it seems
to "nice" in parts! If you see what I mean... The final
score of the band is 4 beers, which isn't bad. Nothing exceptional,
but SOULLESS might be cool for those who found the description alright.
SYSTEM (Swe) A firm Statement CD'98 BLACK MARK.
2nd CD SOULQUAKE SYSTEM sounded quite Brutal and impressive! Their
style was a face punching mix of various core-breaking styles: Crustcore,
powerful Hardcore, Metalcore, Sludgecore. You see it sounds rotten
to the (hard)core! Of corpse the vocals are shouted in a hardcorish
vein, making the music sound quite powerful. The drummer hits the
kit in an efficient way as there are enough punch and tempo changes!
This is a nice item of rebellion vomited on all the bullshits if
this rotten world! The good powerful sound makes it stronger.
like some tracks and parts of this CD even though there's nothing
really killer and it sounds quite repetitive after a while, but
there's enough strength, aggression and rebellion here to make it
worth the listening for Brutalcore freaks! As some would say, there
was some potential here!
(GER) System full of victims CD’01 Selfrelease.
blast beats really sucks here (with both snare drum and bass drums
at the same time)! It wastes a part of the songs! It sounds
common, like a common death metal/ brutal death metal band.
The sound is Ok, all is quite clear and correctly articulated, but
I haven't got the feeling of touching something new here, all the
more the way of blasting mentionned before really wastes some things!
The gory vocals are cool, but the music is too much
unfresh for me, I didn't hear any surprise nor
catchy riffs! I think it's their second CD,
I wait for something more from a band that has released 2 CDs!
It can be cool
for you if your hunger for Underground brutality is endless but
more is needed to get a good review here! (And to get several post
reviewing listenings in my Hi-Fi!) The curse of averageness is unfortunately
OF POSSESSION (Swe) Noctambulant CD'06. NEUROTIC Recs.
was not very impressed by SPAWN OF POSSESSION's first album, because
it sounded like just another technical as fuck brutal death band,
without much catchy parts, and the production was too thin... But
"Noctambulant" is much fucking better on many aspects!
The whole is more intense, because it's structured in much more
complex and crazy compressed as hell patterns! And surprises are
more numerous! The whole remains brutal death metal alike, but it's
more varied (More diverse themes are approached in each song, and
there's even few other influences, slower stuffs and heavy metal
touches). The band currently sounds more personal and efficient!
That is good points to please our immured hears!
guitars are too much in the high pitched patterns to kill the dead,
it occurs to be too thin and sound like metallic flies that lack
of power... And I'm not a big fan of the old SUFFO blasting style
(Snare & kick simultaneously), there's too much of it... But
that might be a matter of taste.
Some peepholes might complain
about the fact there's no feeling, but the most clever answer would
be: Fuck slow brains! SPAWN OF POSSESSION has crossed more than
the next level in intense extremity, and shows much more control
and skills to kill. "Noctambulant" will need more than
few listenings to be decently appreciated... A great deal for fans
of complex and brutal music.
OF POSSESSION (Swe) Cabinet CD’03 UNIQUE LEADER.
nice point with the American Brutal Death bands is they achieve
to reach more technicality and they own a better production, the
bad point is it's a big trend now and many bands sound the same
and can only bore the listener. Some formations choose to be even
more complex and technical, some include some non-Brutal Death elements
and some totally wimp their arses as they change their style one
more time. SPAWN OF POSSESSION could be in part placed in the first
category since their Brutal Death is technical and quite complex.
The lines of Brutality followed here are old CANNIBAL CORPSE, old
DEICIDE, SUFFOCATION, old PYREXIA and some NATRON (1st CD).
OF POSSESSION can sound equal to some actual bands such as INSISION,
KABBAL (Fra) or even YATTERING ("Murder concept"). NECROPHAGIST
can be easily quoted as the style of S.O.P includes technical and
very complex parts, too much to be efficient in my opinion, there
are many complex notes but a really outstanding gut choke lacks!
heavier parts are nice, Leads are very technical and doesn't sound
bad. But some riffs that could have sounded good are in part wasted
by a too big will of technicality and too numerous breaks. Nothing
very personal. A few techno death like parts are thrown in few places,
as well as few melodic Death touches à la DEATH. There are some
quite catchy riffs from time to time (the tremolo riff à la DEICIDE/CANNIBAL
C./INSISION on the first track) but after 3 tracks I'm under the
will to press the "Next" button. They've got some cool
ideas that'd need to be more developed. For example the beginning
of the 9th track that sounds like some GOREFEST("Low")
could have done a very nice track if it was included in a whole
heaviest track developed around this doomy theme. Here
comes my conclusion designed for most of the actual Brutal Death
bands: it has a good amount of riffs, it's technical, quite pro
and it doesn't sound bad, but nothing really touched my inner container
of hatred! Not much standed out in my putrid ears!
It can be
a cool band for fans of Brutal Death who search for something technical
and complex, but not much more!
(Usa)/ GRUESOME STUFF RELISH (Spa) Split CD'03 NO ESCAPE.
of emaciated victims. MURDER!
Hammer molestation of ruptured
burning flesh. MURDER!
Testicular dislocation in the mangling
mekanism inferno. MURDER!
My brutal expectations weren't very
high, but the goredeath grind of SPLATTERHOUSE was a fairly nice
surprise! What some internal klok fukkers will ear during these
tracks is a "Gore metal" being very much in the bloody
vein of old EXHUMED and old CARCASS. Splatter death crust. Blasting
goregrind. Punching vomit gore. With an underlying sausage of gore,
screamed and guttural vomit.
Nothing new, but SPLATTERHOUSE does
it with enough burning blood and cremated flesh to awake the perverted
They also remind me of old MUCUPURULENT and old SANITYS
DAWN by moments.
Of corpse a bunch of riffs sound ever heard
and not so perfect but these 4 tracks will offer a nice rejoice
of war and vomit to quality goregrind fukkers!
Notice an okey
cover of HAEMORRHAGE's "Decom-posers"!
On their side,
GRUESOME STUFF RELISH also play some kind of GoredeathCrustGrind,
but I don't see where the heck is! Goredeathgrind à la old HAEMORRHAGE/
old MUCUPURULENT/ very early CARCASS with BLOOD touches. But it
cruelly lacks of disjoncted bloodspilling energy!
they have old school death touches here and there.
to cut and paste gore ideas others had before doesn't work often...
kinda like a "clenched auto-play" grindgore stuff, if
you see what I mean.
G.S.R's tracks are more or less listenable
in my putrid skinfrozen ears, but it lacks of real energy and brutal
surprises! Almost boring by moments, unfortunately!
(Fra) Mythological Deviance CD. 2013. Self-release.
We used to read about cybersex quite often in the 90's, it seemed
to be quite mysterious with new machines allowing lovers to practice
sexual intercourses from a far: High technology tools or penetration
such as full-face helmets, sensitive gloves and dildo belts were
often described in magazines... I let you imagine...
enough, this subject disappeared from the press around the 2000's,
and I still don't own a three-dimensional bitch transmitter at home...
One could have imagined the massive expansion of the Internet and
computers would have brought at least USB/ Wifi/ 3G dildos in every
house... But it didn't happen. What a sad story...
isn't a totally new band, since they recorded a demo and an
album under the SYPHILIS moniker, but this album is the first one
under that new name.
Their music is something like quite technical
brutal death metal, with a cool sense of epicness... Wait a morbid
minute... Should I call their music old school brutal/ tech death?
I might do, because the content might sound more edible than some
current architectural-plastic-modeling outfits and doesn't provide
yourself with an instant headache at first hear.
listening, if you aren't a tech-death expert you might occur to
think about GOROD (When they were called GORGASM), NILE (For the
epic moments and cool atmospheres), old NECROPHAGIST (Rather the
first album), something like the 2nd PSYCROPTIC album, with touches
of DEATH (Rather "Human") or AD-MORTEM (If you prefer
to quote an old French band), and a bit of old ORIGIN's brutality....
With something like the dead French band BYATIS (Not totally certain
about this quote, but Byatis also had this technical and quite melodic
side, keeping the whole brutality, with an hot atmosphere...)
is obviously not super old school music, but the content doesn't
necessarily share the same defects than ultra-modern tech death:
The production isn't abusively sterile and would rather sound quite
brutal (I would even say the drums are a bit too "brutal"
sounding for the style), this isn't technical to a point you can't
follow every breaks and "senseless" rifs, and even if
it won't please everyone reading this site I have to say there's
a quite good hot atmosphere and some nervousness coming out from
Unfortunately for my hears the blastbeats are
often with the kick and snare at the same time, this is not my favorite
kind of fast rhythm (These beats sometimes provide me with the feeling
my hears are subjects to a brutal gangbang... One hear equaling
to one hole, I let you imagine...)
The way they brutalize, sometimes
called "bru bru" by the morbid reviewer, reminds me the
kind of brutality you can quite regularly hear from French bands.
album contains 10 songs, and I feel like listening to the whole
at a time might be a bit too much... Maybe because the songs sound
a bit similar, or because of the "bru bru" aspect quoted
The band succeeds in providing quite cool listenings
in the fact they can create atmospheres not so far from NILE, and
so even if the whole isn't the sweetest perfection and their riffs
weren't never-heard-before, this can be good to listen if you're
in the right mood.
This album might please the listeners who
like their "quite brutal" Death metal with these ingredients:
The fast, the brutal, the technical, with a sense of melody, but
not too much of each...
You can download it for free on their
bandcamp page, if you want:
(Uk) fulllength CDr'02 CIDERSPILLER.
Even if the cover looks
like a Social/Crust/ Punk/ Hardcore/power/violence whatever grinds
your filthy mind of putrib bitch... some rockin' Grinding Death
riffs à la MUCUPURULENT/ IMMURED (Ger) with a quite similar
effect on vocals and some stuffs nearer of the Grind and Death scenes
can be found here. There's a little bit of EXHUMED in the vocals
and in some more Death metal like parts. Some of the Death metal
like parts reminded me of old AUTOPSY (1st CD) and old UNLEASHED,
but there's not the same feeling of Death that prevailed our scene
in 89-91. A bit of old MASTER (1st CD) can be quoted for the
In parts, they remind me a lot of the french band SUFFICIDE
that release the "Material thrown out" Demo in 96 (For
those who don't know them... you don't loose much, ah ah!). This
was recorded live with a sound engineer, the production ain't great
but it's rather earable and not bad. As a whole, the stuff remains
average as some stuffs and arrangements rather bored me.
own some correctly constructed tracks, and even if it's fast it
lacks in energy and deep expressiveness. I guess it can please some
guys in the Xtreem scene but it remains simply quite flat for me.
BOWELS (Pol) Something nice Ep'96.
To find the most extreme
and savage releases of a band, you very often have to search for
their very first releases! When rebellion and total destruction
were the only words in their spiteful mouths!
And here you have
Brutal Grind that was way more extreme, disjoncted and Brutal than
their latest releases! It sounds more underground and unpolished!
Total Grind with influences from the exploded guts of "Reek
of putrefaction" and old face rust's detruncation Grind Crust
punch bastards that destructed Uk from 86 to 89! Vocals regurgitator
tends to pitch shift his pilled face while the use of Hardcore nasum
delirias where included as fuck! And by the way, it sounded quite
fresh as they didn't want to cluster their compositions in the Grindcore
mould! Disjoncted, shredded, Crust and Fresh! No perfect sound
for the "wanna be metal" bastards who can go back listening
to their so perfectly produced and technical gutless last CANNIBAL
CORPSE's CDs! Total shredd sound and with a shitload of overdriven
parasites that makes the Gore psychotize the brain!
like that much the last releases of SQUASH BOWELS, their very best
of is their split CD with MALIGNANT TUMOUR and the "Something
nice" Ep I'm reviewing here! It was totally extreme from the
sound to the riffs, vocals, drums, artwork!
Worth the listening
for grinders who aren't afraid of a BRUTAL release!!
BOWELS (Pol)/ MALIGNANT TUMOUR (Cze) Split CD'96
wettest dreams came true under the most repugnant form of bestial
goregrind SQUASH BOWELS ever offered on any kind of release! Total
badass fuckking devourment from the gutter of the crushed land of
Vodka: fuckking doomed poland! TOTAL BESTIAL GOREGRIND that ANNIHILATES
any kind of life! In OBSCURITY! FUKK OFF GOREGRIND CRUST CARNAGE!
With a true old school Grinding feel in the FUKKING krushing aggression!
Disjoncted piece of Repugnant bowels and BRUTAL CONVULSIVE EROSION!
They didn't only open the abscess but shred your whole ventral organs
and spread it all around the fuckking crap room!!
carnage pitch shifted vocals that devour and vomit anything that
isn't purulent! The production is raw and not very understandable,
but who give a fuck! The BRUTALITY overtakes everything and you're
GUTTURALY ABSORBED by this world of pure FUKKED UP abnormalities!
This isn't the most professional
SQUASH BOWELS release! Their last ones sounds more professional
and 'conventional' in the Grindcore style, but the total grindcore
deliria and explosive disjoncting gore was on their very first releases!
I have never
been a fan of MALIGNANT TUMOUR. Ok their Goregrind crust tracks
are more or less well constructed... they have riffs and some parts
are quite nice... but they sounds fucking weak compared to the FUKKING
WEAK compares to the SQUASH BOWELS tracks!! Some riffs are ever
heard, some parts aren't so tight... but the main problem is the
lack of fucking brutal explosive aggression that destructs everything!
Ok they have some gore vocals and some guys will enjoy these tracks...
but I haven't listened to the Malignant tumour side of the split
since years, and their gory Grindcore epoch remains between the
average and very average!
BOWELS (POL) The mass sickening CD’02 OBSCENE.
is better and more understandable than on their split CD with MALIGNANT
TUMOUR; this is an abrasive Grinding sound!.
touches aren’t so far from the MUCUPURULENT of the 1st album for
the vein of the delirium and some gory bizarre fun vocals but also
for some bizarre heavy crust moments. Grindgore with some obvious
old CARCASS parts but there’s also some GENERAL SURGERY... But the
great killer and insane Grinding to the core SQUASH BOWELS I knew
from their split w/ M.T and the killer "Something nice" Ep
has gone! Some
heavier riffs made me think about PHOBIA (« means of existence
»). DEAD INFECTION (« A chapter of accident »)
could also be quoted for the relentless blasting parts. They use
some various pitch shifter effects that give them some cool ecclectic
guttural textures. I prefered they split CD with MALIGNANT TUMOUR
on which they offered us some ununderstable raw energy that wasn’t
speaking to your mind but to your guts! Now it’s only cool, classical
and not as disjoncted nor special grindgore. I think they rather
sound like DEAD INFECTION (« A chapter of accident »)
with gory touches à la CARCASS/ MUCUPURULENT than the weird
totally disjoncted SQUASH BOWELS we all knew before! A quite good
one that remains better than the average grinding CDs, but they
did ways more intense!
(Hol) Nihilistic terror CD'06. AUTOPSY KITCHEN.
the birthday of Little boy, and Mummy have prepared a very educating
gift for him. He opens the package, and seems to be quite confused
with the content... What is this dark looking CD doing there? Why
did she offer him strange things like that, while he's very much
a fan of mellow and cooool Carebears' music...
"Mummy!! I'm afraid! What is this CD with 3 ugly faces!! Was
this gift really for me? It's so evil looking, I don't feel convenient
keeping it in my bedroom! Mummy!! What about the bad vibrations?!
be afraid little boy. You have to face the craziness of Harsh noise
to become a little man. This STALAGH CD could be the first step
in your future life of prostrate masochist."
"But Mummy!!! It's written "Nihilistik terror" on the CD!
I'm afraid!!! I really don't want of this gift!! And it's written
Re-mixes on the back cover... I'm afraid to be mashed in the meat
be so afraid, and listen to these educating audio recordings. Don't
you hear these metallic sounds? It seems we are slaves in a deserted
factory, and some madmen are playing with iron pipes, disjoncting
the electric elevators and crushing iron sheets with car-assembling
machines... It is funny, don't you like it?"
(Pissing his pants): "But Mummy!! Why are there so much noises
and larsens??? And why are there peoples screaming so loud? I'm
afraid!!! Mummy!!! What will happen to meeeeee???!!"
crying little boy, the screaming peoples are strongly deranged patients
coming straight from the asylum, and they scream so loud because
they like the noises of torture. Keep that in mind, and you will
understand and appreciate their messages and the vibrations of noises".
(Almost fucked in the head and sleeping): "How often will I
have to listen to that?? I want my Carebears!!! Mummmy!!!! My Carebears!!!!
Please stop it!!! Mummy!!!! My hears!!! It bleeeeeds!! Muuuummyyyy!!"
crying, it's a waste of good suffering! You will have to listen
only once, for the purpose of experience and education... Unless
you want more, or you have some strong psychological troubles. Then
it should at least be heard one time per week."
Even if it's
only the afternoon, Little Boy goes to bed and promises himself
to never ever listen to any strange looking CDs... unless there's
a pink Carebear on the cover. Mummy wasn't nice enough with him
to put so harsh sounds inside his hears. He will cry for hours and
grumble the desecration of his Carebears' world.
OF FEAR (Usa) State of fear Ep’96.
I'm fucking late!
While I discovered DISRUPT 4 years after they split up, I discover
STATE OF FEAR about 5 years after the band dissolved! Ugh... Those
of this webzine's readers who still think have understood STATE
OF FEAR includes some ex-DISRUPT members! What can you expect from
the revived ashes of a so great Crust band? Nothing else than Crustcore
and fast old school punk! Obviously this crunching piece of Crusting'n
punching vinyl reminds me a lot of old DISRUPT! The "Unrest"
mark is deeply present, as many riffs and breaks would come from
this album. The whole remains cool with some few very nice riffs,
but it doesn't match the total catchiness and overwhelming frustrated
rebellion DISRUPT had on some excellent tracks! A few more breaks
and some killer riffs are lacking. A nice one for fans of Crustcore,
a nice one for fans of DISRUPT, but unfortunately not much more.
(Fra) Khalimaa MCD’02 KALY Prods.
The style of the band was
always quite bizarre, some kind of Techno death metal with highly
discordant riffs that could remind a bit of COMECON. I didn’t like
that much their previous selftitled MCD released around 97. Well,
now that I’m more open minded I may find more interest into this
At first sight, their new MCD cover doesn’t look
metal nor extreme at all, it’s a very positive looking artwork that
looks nice and original (for a metal release) but I don’t know if
it fits well to a metal recording…
Their music is still bizarre
and techno death influenced. In a way it could remind of old ATROCITY
(1st Lp), old PESTILENCE, some MORGOTH ("Odium”) and maybe
The vocals are still so creamy à la Martin
Some parts are really chaotic and discordant à
la old COMECON meets NUCLEAR DEATH. I think these new tracks
are more complex with a lot (too much) breaks and changes, it’s
more bizarre and I hardly get into it. I find nothing that stands
out in my opinion, it sounds extreme and quite original but I find
no feeling here.
I may be quite interesting for those who search
something different, but I only like different or techno death influenced
bands when they put of their heart into their music unless it’s
only the sterile product of their brains.
C/O Dave, 5 rue de
l’Eglise, 51140 Montigny sur Vesle, France.
(Cze) Non furtum facies CD'06. GRODHAISN
The fact I don't
want to receive and do not have the time to review albums is clearly
written on my website, but some poofter decided to send me 5 promo
CDs anyway!!? What's the fuck? Is it so painful to read and calm
down the promoting instinct for a minute? Since the label don't
give a fuck, I will also make the minimal effort: STIGMA comes from
Czech republic and choose a funny drawing as cover... Funny in a
not necessarily positive way, it would have been Ok for a 80's funny
horror thrash metal Lp, but we're in 2007, brutalized as fuck! The
band plays some kind of brutal death and death metal. This isn't
so brutal, would rather sound like usual Cannibal corpse, Six feet
under, and a bit of Brutality or Sinister... Most of the riffs are
far from being passionating, I'd rather use the words flat, kinda
goofy or AutoPlay. Nothing stands out, it's just another average
band with boring parts...
(Pol) Die in torment 666 CD’01.
Poland isn't infested only
by VADER clones! Ah! STILLBORN extracts the death and crushing misery
from ancient times anterior to the success years of VADER as there
is absolutely no VADER Reminiscences here! It's total Brutal death
grind in a quite ancient way, around the battle lines of old DEICIDE
("Deicide"!), old MORBID ANGEL, KRISIUN and HATE ETERNAL!
Fast as fuck with a drummer who knows how to handle his drumkit.
satanic touch and evil brutal death choruses (with brutal vokills
and damned screams) brutally materializes under the influence of
old DEICIDE, while some hyperfast blasting moments can remind of
KRISIUN! By moments the vocals remind me a lot of KRISIUN! Few
American Brutal death can be found in some riffs, but you may not
notice that since it's not abusive. Some guitars remind me of GOD
DETHRONED in the most death black metal parts. STILLBORN didn't
touch me soul nor really brand my putrid brain with hellish riffs,
and some tracks see a decrease of intensity, but their music is
outstanding for its intensity and brutality!
STILLBORN is a brutal
band worth the support for maniacs of old DEICIDE/ old MORBID ANGEL/
KRISIUN who need it more underground, but yet with a good production
and professionalism! One of the most brutal nowadays polish bands
in the extreme death metal spectrum!
(Bra)/ CHOKE (Bra) Manifest Split CD'02.
cover for this manifestation of Brazilian extreme metal on a CD.
plays somekind of Heavy Hardcore with some slow Heavy metal touches
and some more crusty punk riff. They own some screamy or rather
hardcore vocals. They didn't impress me, I'm not a fan of Hardcore
but I've heard some really better bands in this style, some bands
that put some real energy and convictions in their music. Their
stuff is well produced, but their riffs too much generic, cliché,
whatever... They may have some knowledge of the thing, but they
doesn't put some of their innerself into it. May be cool for
brazilian HxCx/ Metal heads, but the others may not find anything
CHOKE is rather
somekind of Death Grind with some crusty and HxCx parts including
a few chaotic like discordances. It's rather fast but their riffs
doesn't bring something fresh or new. They just sound as an average
band with ciché riffsfor me. Their vocals sound a bit
à la old KRISIUN by moments. Notice a NAPALM DEATH "Instinct
of survival" cover. I can say nothing else as the riffs they
play for now sound too much ever heard, I found no real surprises
in the tracks' structures, and I won't start to quote imaginary
qualities and start spreading some blah blah about the future of
the Brazilian extreme metal scene as some French magazines do it
so well! Hope they'll find some real inspiration in the future,
sorry to say so but I think these tracks' quality doesn't deserve
to be pressed on a CD as it sounds like a Demo (for the music's
quality). Adios amigos?
(Hol) Scat Aficionados CD'04. BIZARRE LEPROUS.
Tired of being
the sexual pet who never says no to bosomless rotten pussies and
other flat tits' women?? It's time to grind and erase this scum
and filth motherfuckers! Open the throat of hellish crass and enjoy
STOMA who pays rancid mumy molesting Grindcore! Blasting à la raw
destructive INHUME and early NAPALM DEATH, conveniently purulent
) à la old C.B.T/ GUT, this album is full of grindcore and grindgore
reminiscences emanating from the wide open arse of the neverendingly
farting ass of the Monthy Python's maxi diaorrhea business man.
DEAD INFECTION wouldn't be a misplaced comparison, while names like
SUBLIME CADAVERIC DECOMPOSITION (old), ROT or ROTTING FLESH seldomly
happens to emerge from the toyophiliac's cubic asshole.
the blasting and old school Grind parts, for a bunch of it the energy
and destruction of Grind is there! On the other hand, the crust-influenced
riffs don't do much for my guts: too convenient and lacking of strong
explosive distress! It kinda wastes some tracks. Some simple slow
riffs sound like PURULENT SPERM CANAL; even though some crass slowly
emerges from these slow riffs, it's not my cup of vaginal milk!
(It lacks of fruits to be a real horny yogurt!lol). I like the noisy
rrroooaaarrring crass bass guitar. Vocals are both screamed, grunted
and pitch shifted (even if the pitch shifting could be sickest and
All in all, it's an above the low grind average album
with both its qualities and defects, but it actually has much more
power than most of low garbage grind stuffs I recently heard...
So, it's a rather average album of Grind with some punching tracks
and the right influences that's likely to please Grindmaniacs and
other fuse-blowing motherfuckers! Give a change to STOMA if you
like Grinding Grindcore from Grindland!
(Ger) Fragmente CD'03.
sometimes wonder why I receive some promos! Some label's mailing
lists are so mistargeted I happen to receive melodic punk, rock,
commercial nu metal and trivial ska! This is another proof some
labels have got so much money to throw through the windows! This
STURM CD isn't really mistargeted since it's somekind of "Extreme
metal", but the evil lutin didn't ring at the right door anyway!
is somekind of mid placed/ slow metalcore meets hardcore, the whole
sounds quite heavy with an Ok sound, but I hardly felt something
relevant! The plane remained on the stand by! Next time inject some
real fuel in the gear, not water! The vocals are sung in German.
This could sound as a mix of DISBELIEF, SIX FEET UNDER, mid old
FEAR FACTORY (depressive notes), GODFLESH ("Selfless").
At best, it was only ok. Despite the good sound, it remains average
and monotonous music! Nothing I'd listen to one more time, that's
(Bra) Nothing and Death CD'02 MORTE PACIFICA Recs.
a Brazilian Grinding band that doesn't sound bad, so you have a
little review!What you have here is some kind of Grindcore meets
Death grind in a rather newschool (but not too much: no discarding
emocore riffs). The music reminds me of NAPALM DEATH, MASTIC SCUM
and the most Grindcore moments of OBLIGATORISK TORTYR. Possibly
some UNSEEN TERROR in the way some riffs are played, but not for
the old school mood.
The drummer doesn't stop blasting as the
skullcrushing machine keeps turning!
This drummer reminds me
a bit the drumkit crusher of VIBRION even if the two bands aren't
so close on a musical point of spike. Some tremolo Death/Grind riffs
could also remind of SICKENING GORE. SUBTERA is a nice outfit
to listen to, even if their riffs are quite light (more deep aggressiveness
would be welcome!) and it sounds repetitive after some tracks. Finally
there's nothing really killer nor original, but it might be a nice
band for those who like fast stuffs!
DEATH (Ger) Rethroned CD'07. SUPER SHOCK RESIST MUSIC.
remember listening to the previous album of this German Death metal
meets Brutal death band, around 2001 or maybe 2002, while they were
supposed to be a part of a split with GERBE OF LIFE (RIP) to be
released on the freshly formed extreme metal label SKULLFUCKED Productions...
We appreciated their old Death metal influences riffing the aggression
through fast guitars à la DISMEMBER... But things fall apart for
various reasons and finally the cool French band REPUDIATE was a
part of this split release.
I thought SUDDEN DEATH had split
up for good: The drummer had hear problems and was forced to calm
down (Otherwise metal might become an old remembrance), the website
of the band had been dead for few years and I didn't see any news
surface from the depth of our beloved putrid lakes of uncreation...
But, one day I fall on the knees of a myspace page, and all
news were there: New drummer, new songs, new album! It seems the
band hadn't really been dormant for the last few years! Some peoples
need to keep things 'secrete' until something serious enough is
accomplished, it's not for the worst!
I'm not sure
if so many underground bastards know this German band, but I could
play the little game of comparisons for you to have a brutal idea
of the current sound: SUDDEN DEATH remains engraved between Death
metal and brutal death, and they're still able to brutalize those
who will agree to be fucking brutalized... At the first approach
there's no real difference, since you could always feel the same
ingredients of old school Death metal and quite old styled brutal
death mixed with energetic death grind, but I noticed something
that changed: The style is a bit more brutal, faster, I feel like
the band is a bit more fucked up (They almost have a grind approach
by moments) and it can be felt both in the music, production (More
abrasive sound) and artwork.
Oh! You need
more comparisons to fulfill your putrid skull with more atrocities:
Fast riffs à la old DISMEMBER, old CANNIBAL CORPSE, Some heaviness
à la GOREFEST(Old)/ SUHRIM, some old INHUME for the almost grindcore
approach (It's not a perfect description, but S.D. almost reaches
the same kind of bestial brutality in some grindbeats), German brutal
death, some old Death metal influences that might not sound so old
school to those who banished the blasts (Sleeping too much in the
80's doesn't always help)... I'm quite amazed by the way the band
might sound during a gig, there are quite fucking efficient riffs
and punching Death metal parts that might be a pure headbanging
pleasure during a beer infested gig! AAARRRGGGHHH!
What we have
here is solid, brutal, decently played and structured, there's a
punch and an atmosphere I enjoy... But as the band didn't evolve
as fast as the last trends of "hyper-sickness/ surprise-chaos-whatever-modernity-tries-to-wash-your-head-and-petrify-your-guts",
I happen to feel as I'm in front of something a bit 'out-dated':
A part of riffs sound quite usual (These Cannibal corpse alike riffs...),
the drummer not so surprising (Even if his playing fits). You'll
say it's not a problem, since my webzine always had preferences
for the old school and brutal vibes of Death metal, and the trends
change so fast a musician would be a fool to follow each new wave
like a turncoat, but I needed to underline that point for some (Posing?)
readers. The future will tell if I find some "Hammer smashed
hits" inside, but without bad joke I can say I find this album
better than the previous one!
will surely find it too disgusting and voluntary heavy (This doesn't
mean slow!) for their high-flying tastes in music... But the most
important is: You get efficient and brutal Death metal, with enough
heavy crushing balls and blasting impact to please those who need
the intensity of the guts! (Ah!).
This album is quite cool to
listen for its atmosphere, but it's not so interesting on a purely
cerebral or nostalgic point of view... I'd rather advice "Rethroned"
to the bastards who need to be physically involved in their Death
metal to fully enjoy the playing: Headbanging, wall beating, furnitures
smashing, hair blasting, scream shouting... This really seems to
be the goal of the band: To physically involve the listener and
make him brutalize and smash it the way it was meant to be! RRRRÖÖÖÖAAAARRRR!!!
DEATH (Ger) Unnatural human art CD'00.
AAARRGH! SUDDEN DEATH is a good old school
Death metal band that unfortunately gets quite unnoticed! Satan
isn't always very clever, that's clear!
That's good old school
Death metal with quite melodic Death tremolo riffings along the
lines of the first DISMEMBER released "Like an everflowing
stream" with somekind of the same crushed aggressiveness! Intense
punching Death metal beating you right in the arse with some Heavy
"impact" breaks and some heavier riffs destined to crush
the fester! There are also some Brutal Death touches along the lines
of old CANNIBAL CORPSE that materializes under the form of some
heavy riffs or quite morbid "melodies". Little touches
of good old PESTILENCE ("Consuming impulse") or some BLOODBATH.
only reproach them the use of these Cannibal Corpse like tapping
riffs and morbid "melodies" I've brutally overdoses on!
They haven't got the slower sorrowful and very melodic influences
of DISMEMBER as the mark of the Swedish old school bastards remain
in some melodic induced tremolos. They have some blasts parts
from here and there. Tight musicians. Powerful and clear sound.
Quite good vocals. This is a good old school Death metal band that's
totally professional! It's a worthy advice for fans of old school
Death à la old DISMEMBER! I've just learnt the band has split
up for several reasons, including the health problems of some former
musicians! Fuck this shit!! One more time I'm cursed in pain an
agony as a really good band has to stop! This dumb ass of Satan
is far from being clever this time! reinverse the inverted cross!
(USA) Despise the sun MCD'98 VULTURE.
Suffocation.... Que dire de ce
groupe qui n'est plus a présenter?
Un des anciens leaders
(pour moi ce groupe restera toujours un leader dans le style!) car
ils ont malheureusement splitté après nous avoir sorti
un putain de 5 titres qui vous fracasse la geule dès la première
Des riffs de killer (une fois de plus Doug Cerrito
n'aura pas failli à sa réputation, mais Hobbs n'est
pas en reste non plus!), une vocale puissante de Mullen qui m'a
l'air d'être bien remonté! , et un batteur bien puissant
qui nous vient de chez Malevolent Creation (il faut dire que Suffocation
n'ont eu que des bons batteurs, sur chaque album !), le son
est plus que correct, et comme à son habitude leur style
reste violent, bien suffocant sur leurs passage lourds, technique
sans perdre éfficacité et fluidité. A noter
qu'ils reprennent un de leur premier titres (« Catatonia »),
apparu à l'époque sur "Human waste", qui
est disons le survitaminé! Il est évident que
si vous étes un fan de brutal, que si vous connaissez l'excellente
discographie de Suffocation (mis a par le petit faux pas de "Breeding
the spawn") et que vous ne connaissez pas ce maxi, il faut
absolument vous le procurer envers et contre tout. Merci pour
tout ces morceaux qui nous ont foutu des putain de claques, RIP...
(Usa) Souls to deny CD'04 RELAPSE.
It took me quite some
time to have a clear opinion about this album, because I wasn't
much enthusiastic and even disappointed at the first listenings,
but few weeks and more attentive listenings introduced me to the
qualities of this album. At the beginning, a disappointment could
be felt because I expected something brutal as fuck and really killer,
while the music of this album shows some well structured tracks
and a good Brutal death knowledge, there's not as much real inspiration
and anger as I expected!
Most of the compositions evolve in
the style SUFFOCATION explored on "Effigy of the forgotten"
and "Pierced from within" even though there are noticeable
differences such as a tendency to use more melodic riffs, black
metal influences reminding me the latest MAYHEM recordings, or few
metalcore influences (in the track "Subconsciously enslaved"
for example). Even if the feeling of a lack of energy remains in
my putrid mouth, there are some really inspired moments, and particularly
in the tracks number 4 and 7!
The Brutal and heavy "Surgery
of impalement" has enough power to kick the ass of a Brutal
death fan. The fast riff assorted with blast beats that appear at
0:40 has the typically punching hits that smash you in the face.
Some of the following guitar parts are also well thought ( The heavier
riff that appears at 1:24 and is melted with a lead guitar, the
brutal riff of conclusion that punch you in the guts...) and fits
well the whole theme of this song being a really good SUFFO track,
eventhough it's not one of their best ones.
The grinding "Immortally
condemned" that begins with a powerful crushing second riff
typically in the SUFFO way has a bunch of cool riffs such as the
death metallic part (that could remind of early HATEPLOW), the grinding
and typically semi technical/ Suffo riff appearing at 1:11 and a
nice heavier riff that wouldn't be misplaced in a DEATH influenced
band... a very cool track with good riffs for sure... the problem
would be it sounds quite long and it's not always structured the
best way... an improved construction would have made of it a very
good SUFFOCATION track.
Of course there are other interesting
or brutal moments such as the ass kicking darkened first minute
of "Deceit" (First track) or the nice sounding beginning
of the last track, but I can't say I enjoy the other songs than
n°4 and 7 in its entirety since some riffs are just your common
SUFFOCATION guitars. Some stagnancy and a real decrease of intensity
can be felt.
All in all it's a good album played by skilled and
experienced musicians, but it doesn't bring much new or killer.
This is just a professional album, with few really good tracks and
some nice ideas from here and there, that will probably disappoint
those who put highly ass kicking hopes in SUFFOCATION's come back!
Of course "Souls to deny" is better than the average,
it would sound better if it had been recorded by another band who
don't have this killer background, but in this case we are talking
about SUFFOCATION! This album is far behind "Effigy" and
"Despise", but it's way better than "Breeding the
spawn". It might sound too 'melodic' or worked on for some
Brutallers. Try it before you buy.
Unidentified flying bodyparts CD'02.
I heard one of their previous
releases on which they used an hyperfast drum machine. Now that
they use a real drummer they sound more "human" (If I
could say so) with their Brutal death metal.
I can exhume the
band's name "GOREFEST"for several influences on some doomy
like melodies ("Erase") and for some classical Death metal
beats assorted with tremolo riffs ("False"). Quite
melodic leads à la CARCASS. Some ROTTREVORE could be named
for the Brutal death and heavy side while bands like INCANTATION,
DISGUST (Fra), and BRODEQUIN could be evoked for other Brutallizing
death parts. Some heavier riffs reminds me of EXHUMED (on some
of their split Eps) and maybe a bit of old PUNGENT STENCH mixed
with BENEDICTION and old MORTICIAN. The BENEDECTION like riffs aren't
my pleasure at all, and the band sounds quite blurry by moments
for my pus filled ears.
Nothing specially interested me in this
release, and I was bored after some tracks, but I guess some old
aged mourning and nostalgic Death metallers may find them cool.
(Usa) Sulaco MCD'03 RELAPSE.
a nice new band recently signed on Relapse, it features ex members
of KALIBAS and LETHARGY. The style is quite hard to define as it
mixes several styles: Hardcore, Grindcore, discarding hatecore,
complex new school Grind and some other extreme styles. They
have some complex structures and quite jazzy parts, and their stuffs
remind me of the last BRUTAL TRUTH CD (less complex anyway), HUMAN
REMAINS, DAMAGED (Australia), SKELETON OF GOD, the stoner edge of
SOILENT GREEN and some MASTODON for quite melodic yet heavy riffs.
The vocals sound like the last Brutal truth singer, quite screamed
vocals in the Hardcore grind fields. The music isn't bad, there
are some cool stuffs such has some right in your face blast parts,
some quite cool heavy or hypnotizing riffs, but I don't like all
the stuffs... There might be too much core or stoner-like stuffs
for me here. Some parts might sound toodemonstrative for some guys,
the bands tries to be original and has a bunch of complex stuffs...
It's a pro sounding band that might please those who enjoy this
new wave of extreme bands who are influenced by HUMAN REMAINS! Nothing
that really band my brain or exploded any necrosed arteries, but
it sounds almost allright from A to Z!
(Hol) Punching out reality CD'02 FORENSICK.
I don't know
much about SUPPOSITORY. I only remind I saw some of their tracks
on the Fuck the commerce video sampler in 98, but nothing that marked
me! Some guys speak about them from here and there, so it might
be a cool grind band to check out? One more downloaded CD that
gets reviewed here.
The first thing that reaches me attention
is the Grindcore of SUPPOSITORY isn't that aggressive. It could
sound like a mix of old NYCTOPHOBIC, old AGATHOCLES and old SANITYS
DAWN (without the fore and delirias). Simples riffs that doesn't
krush from the deepnesses. The tracks seem correctly constructed
and played, but it's too much convenient to be aggressive! The guys
seem to have a quite cool moment playing their stuff, but it remains
only ok grind as no riff is really crushing nor extremely aggressive.
I'm disappointed. Nothing special nor catchy. It's only "cool"
(better said Ok) Grindcore to conveniently listen to in your sofa,
but where is the extremism? The thrills and total Grindcore insanity?
SURVIVAL IS SUICIDE (Spa)
Retrovolution CD. 2018. Self-released.
When I received this promo CD and browsed the promo sheet, I had some kind of
frozen doubt: The style of the band is described as "experimental death
metal"... How could I review this recording since I didn't follow the
evolution of tech death and the more modern branches of death metal?
Hopefully a brief listening was enough to realize the content isn't very
technical, nor abusively plastic injected... The music remains close to what
you could have expected from an "experimental death metal band" at
the end of the 90's/ early 00's, perhaps with a couple of more modern
injections, but nothing abusive...
There are quite a lot of fast thrashing death metal beats, sometimes some
blasts, you have some tremolo riffs, and also slower moments... The whole
remains quite dark sounding, which is a plus.
What makes the band experimental is the approach that can sound strange and
makes them quite different from pure death metal, then you have some keyboards
that can take quite atmospheric, quite epic, or "weirder" approaches.
During the listening, I viewed the names of early MORBID ANGEL (For the fast
parts and quite "epic" use of synths), VITAL REMAINS ("Forever
underground" epoch, when the band was more elaborated & not so
brutal), some EMPEROR ("IX Equilibrium"), some old CENTURIAN (For the
brutality), a bit of mid old PESTILENCE (For strange riffings), or some CELTIC
FROST (During the slower, almost 'doomy" moments). SURVIVAL IS SUICIDE
quotes Limbonic arts, Arcturus or Akercocke as a part of their influences... I
can't comment on that since I'm vaguely familiar with these 3.
The vocals are an interesting point: They are quite deep, and come with some
kind of effects that adds some "darkness".
During this album, some tracks are fast while some are slower and more
atmospheric. There are interesting moments, some quite kicking songs, nice
atmospheres... But after a while I'm getting half bored with the atmospheric
side and use of synths, it becomes too much.
Globally this is a quite interesting record, but the potential listener should
be quite tolerant with the presence of keyboards (Even if it remains half
discrete and not senselessly lost in total modernism).
(Jap) Against again CD’02 GOOD DOR Recs.
The Japanese bands
are known for being weird and bizarre (C.S.SO, GORE BEYOND NECROPSY...).
is one of these bizarre Grind bands. Their style is somekind of
new school Grindcore with many discarding riffs, Crustcore/ new
school HxCx influences with bizarre breaks. Of corpse there are
many blasts, screams and strange breaks in here, but it sounds too
much new school Grind-discordance like to please me! Bizarre riffs
that waste a part of my consciousness... I feel rather bored. Could
be compared to BRUTAL TRUTH (last CDs), DAMAGE DIGITAL, EXIT-13,
with a bit of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and few riffs à la SONIC
I found no real efficiency in here. Too much discarding
and screamy in every way: this isn't my style at all. It might please
those who like the bands mentioned before as it sounds quite pro.
(Fin) Swallowed Ep. 2010. EMPTINESS Recs.
What a change of
style. While SWALLOWED were playing some Death doom really close
to AUTOPSY on their previous demo, they've now slowed down until
the planet stopped to turn, and finally recorded these 3 songs of
quite monolithic doom death.
I'm not an expert of the style,
but sometimes they remind me of the first CATHEDRAL album, or the
most doomy parts of AUTOPSY ("Several survival", "Acts
of the unspeakable"), so it's not the most "rock'n roll"
kind of doomy mood... It's much more along the lines of quite ultra
slow, and some of your brain cells might fall into the void if you
don't crucify your brain before use.
The vocals are often some
kinds of black metal screams and remind me an album the band EMINENZ
released around 1995; There are also few whispers.
immediately run away if you're not into the ultra slow, all isn't
too monolithic: Some guitars are quite epic, and there are few accelerations
in the old Death metal way, but the whole remains slow of course
(Well, the beginning of the B-side is too much of slowness for me...
"Where's the acceleration button?").
Some riffs seem
to be interesting; On the other hand I regret so few Death metal
guitariffings remain, and I would have preferred some deeper vocals
(But the ones they choose probably better fit the ideas of suffering
This vinyl was released on the new label created
by a member of the band (He probably noticed it's currently not
so hard to sell 200 copies of a demo if you spam many boards with
"Old school death" and other adequate fashionable selling
points... So why not leave a label with strange underground views
to do it yourself?)
I won't give too much of a personal opinion
or conclusion, since I'm not sooo much into doom... I'll say this
release seems valid, decent, and might please fans of the style...
(Swe) Impious beast within MCD'07. NUCLEAR WINTER Recs.
has improved quite a lot since their first demo I got 1,666 years
ago! While the band had some problems to really blast and it could
be felt their demo contained the first songs; This time there are
no more technical problems and the music sound more appealing.
rot between old school death metal, blasting death and brutal death,
with a nice atmosphere of decent obscurity. During the putrefaction,
I occur to think about rotting masters such as early DEATH, early
VOMITORY, FLESTHIZED, MASSACRE/ MASTER, NIHILIST/ ENTOMBED, CANNIBAL
CORPSE (Barnes era), old VADER, with touches of old MORGOTH (For
some atmospheres), BOLT THROWER (For some midplaced) and a zest
of old MORTEM (For some evil guitars).
Sometimes the drumming
sounds a bit too rigid or brutal death alike for my putrefactive
decay (Not sure how to describe an exact beat... It's the inversed
old school death beat with double bass drums).
On a riffing
point of view, most is cool/ okey while few guitars are great (The
ancient sounding one of the outro!!)
This is a cool release and
the band has improved, but there's nothing really catchy or deadly
yet. SWORN is in the right way and they can improve and intensify
the feeling from their rotting wounds, so keep a decrepiting eye
(Usa) Erotishock therapy CD'07. CEPHALIC Recs.
a Brutal death sub-project of Brian from MUTILATED (Usa) that might
rather entertain two categories of brutal mummies: Those who like
it cool (For the "old" brutal death mood), and those who
like it complex.
This is well played, well programmed (Drum machine),
well produced, but not much stands out on a necro-erotic point of
view. It might be due to the fact each song is composed of many
riffs and breaks, so this isn't exactly greasy listening... It might
be right, in part, because some riffs sound cool while there are
also some not-so-cool guitars and elements that apparently do not
reflect emotions (Are you still there?). So I will say it might
have been more efficient with a brutal lifting.
In fact, this
project isn't as modern as what you could expect. There are obviously
a lot of typically rhythmic Us blasting brutality, but one could
also find the more "melodic" of DEEDS OF FLESH, as well
as older styled Us and European Death metal... But after all, the
fact it's built around many riffs, and contains low pitched vocals
(That happen to penetrate the gore) would categorize SYPHILIC in
the "modern" fields of death anyway.
SPAWN OF POSSESSION, MORTAL DECAY, INFESTDEAD, old CANNIBAL CORPSE,
DISGORGE (Usa), BROKEN HOPE (For some technic), BRUTALITY...
this isn't always "Too much of too much" as there occur
to be quite fresh ideas that improve the edibleness.
that impressed by SYPHILIC on an emotional/ spiritual point of view,
but it's quite solid music that might please fans of complex Brutal