- DEMOS - OLD STUFFS - FANZINES - GIGS
(Swe) The winterlong Lp'93. Rerelease 02 RELAPSE.
are the rereleases and almost every albums released in the 90's
are proclaimed as cult ones (at least by the labels...) For those
who may have forgotten for promotional reasons what the word "cult"
means, I'll make a short history for you: "cult" means
the album was by far above the average and strongly influenced a
part of the scene of its time. Every band that releases a cool Lp
can't be labeled with this mighty label unless the word "cult"
simply doesn't mean anything anymore!
Before recording this Lp,
the band was previously called MACABRE END and released the "Consumed
by darkness" Demo'90 and an Ep of the same name and content in 1991.
Then they changed their name for GOD MACABRE and recorded "The
winterlong" Lp in 1993.
This album I discover right now
in 2003 is very much in the old school Death metal style that emerged
from Sweden and kicked more than one arse! Their style was a cross
between early ENTOMBED, the heaviness of GRAVE's two first Lps and
the punk/Hardcore influenced Death metal of CARNAGE/ DISMEMBER.
I've noticed some doomy riffs and two guitars melodies à la old
DARKTHRONE, when this cult Black metal band was still a Death metal
outfit and released the "Soulside journey" Lp.
remind a bit of PARADISE LOST's "Lost paradise" for the
Notice there are 3 bonus tracks that might be the only
MACABRE END officially recorded tracks if I don't do a mistake.
is quite cool to listen to "Winterlong" to detect their
influences and awake some old memories buried by time and dust,
but nothing is very good on a musical point of view. This is totally
in this old style, and there's nothing particular nor mind-blowing
here. Some riffs remind me too much of the bands mentioned before
as I feel a lack of real inspiration, but it's enough well done
to please an old school Death metal fanatic who wants a cool CD
to play in the backlines!
You're a die-hard maniac of NIHILIST,
CARNAGE, old ENTOMBED and GRAVE? Don't miss this Lp they recorded
for you years ago!
(Hol) Tangled in horror of misery Bootleg CD MASTERCULT.
I've never been a fan of GOREFEST as I thought
their music lacked in punch and real inspiration. But what we've
got here is a cool bootleg that may please a good amount of old
school Death metallers.
From the "Tangled in gore"
Demo'89 that sounds just average with almost boring riffs in my
ears for now, to the "Horrors of a retarded mind" Demo'90
I didn't enjoy their stuff. And some riffs were very common.
started enjoying their style with their 2nd LP entitled "False"
that included a good track that was also on the good MASTER OF BRUTALITY
2 compilation CD! Basic Death metal with lots of Heavy doomy riffs!
most interesting parts of this bootleg is the promo Demo'92 that
includes more elaborate tracks between "False" and their
3rd CD "Erase", it sounded just more evolved, more interesting
even if it was more melodic (in a sorrow induced doomy way) and
less Death metal like... I still can listen to this promo now in
2003 and it procures a cool moment! It also includes the "Live
misery" Ep'92 that isn't so unknown.
The whole bootleg wasn't
done with 30's generation dubbed tapes, the sound isn't poor, so
it's a cool bootleg!
(Hol) Soul survivor CD'96.
Well, this is probably the weakest
GOREFEST album I've heard!
In here they turned in a groovy metal
band with 70's influences! The vocals follow the whole evolution
and are less guttural.
I think their previous album "Erase"
had some cool sorrow tuned melodies, but here it's just wanna sound
old and get some common riffs that aren't worth to be recorded...
sound like a mix of SIX FEET UNDER's more Heavy metal riffs, CARCASS'
"Swansong", GOREFEST's "Erase" CD and some old
Heavy rocking metal. They lost some personality they had in some
of their previous recordings such as "Erase". Some heavy
riffs still sound like some GOREFEST, but in this case the evolution
of their style could be named "Regression"! Ok their music
is different with other "new" elements for them, but the
whole GOREFEST style findable in a few parts hare has regressed!
appreciated the way CARCASS turned into a Heavy/ Death metal band
in its lastest years, but here GOREFEST doesn't sound interesting
nor convincing. It's at least my opinion and I agree with it!
(SWE) INTO THE GRAVE CD'91 Century Media.
Juin 1991, la Suède alors à son
apogée death métallique (vous savez, avant IN FLAMES et HAMMERFALL!) nous
délivre un des alnums de death métal les plus cultes et les plus brutaux de
sa génération! Les 4 gamins de CORPSE ont fait du chemin depuis 85/86,
et après quelques démos très convaincantes (répertoriées sur http://site.voila.fr/Death_Metal_Godz),
ils ont décidés de mettre une baffe aux paisibles fans de sauvagerie
sonore d´alors! Je crois qu´à la même époque, seuls MORTICIAN, CENOTAPH
(Mex), et DEMIGOD jouaient aussi grave et aussi puissament. Comme stipulé
dans le booklet de la réédition cd de ce bijou:"si les aliens débarquaient
sur terre et demandaient ce qu´est le death metal, il n´y aurait qu´à
passer cet album et dire, voilà, c´est GRAVE!". Que dire après
phrase aussi juste? Des thèmes bien morbides à souhait, des riffs gras, une
voix profonde, ample et gutturale, non dénuée d´identité... Bref le mélange
parfait pour salir ses sous vêtements en se pétant la nuque à force de trop
headbanguer! Rien n´est à jeter sur cet album, et si dès les premières
notes de "Deformed" vous n´êtes pas possédés par la puissance de GRAVE,
alors coupez vous les tiffs, et mettez vous au bouddhisme.
(Swe) You'll never see... CD'92 CENTURY MEDIA.
eternally remain under the surface, to suffer endlessly in the petrified
torments and demons. Because you'll never see heaven! Brutally deceased
and obsessed by death in its most brutal and morbid form. Your only
valours remaining pure hatred and the ruminations of mourning.
second GRAVE LP was an heavier evolution compared to "Into
the grave" that was much more into the punching Death metal
style. The style in here was heavy, mourning, brutal, tremendous
and totally obscure.
Raw basic Death metal played with the guts
and a real ancient Death metal feeling! This is crushed as a brutal
castration, heavily and brutally catchy as few Death metal bands
instinctively knew how to do it! Even in the fastest parts, the
style remained heavy, crushing, with a constant darkened hatred
exteriorized through some brutal corpse riffs and guttural scorched
The lyrics were totally into Death, morbidity
and insanity, Death metal in its purest form! The tremendous production
made it even more crushing!
"You'll never see...",
"Morbid way to die", "Obsessed" and "Now
and forever" will eternally remain some hymns of pure Doomed
death and chaotic torment!
The brutal death metal corpse morbidly
rejoices in the vast ancient hatred!
"You'll never see heaven"
is an ancient Death metal classic, one of the best GRAVE Lps! Enjoy...
or go fuck yourself!
(Swe) "...And here I die... Satisfied" MCD. 1993. CENTURY
Give me back my brain! You fucking whores!
What's better than old GRAVE for emergency cases of mental resurrection?
Not much, their dark red aura is perfect to plunge your head in
the deep burning abyss and practice an introspection that rescues
some inner thoughts.
This quite cool MCD first contains two songs
between mid-paced Death metal, Death'n roll and regular old Death...
One of these was included on the "Soulless" album later
("I need you"), while the other one ("... And here
I die... Satisfied") could also have been a part of this full-length
(I wasn't too fond of this album the first years, but now I could
say I enjoy it: Quite cool atmosphere and nice ideas from here and
there). These songs doesn't really kick, but some moods aren't bad
and I'd say it's quite "entertaining".
Then the third
track titled "Black dawn' is a re-recording of a pre-GRAVE
band called CORPSE. This sounds like early Death metal with some
thrash portions. This quite fast song isn't so bad, but is also
a bit too simple for my urges to exhume the dead... Anyway sometimes
you could find it quite interesting to judge the evolution of GRAVE
(Some of their gimmicks are here, this track sounds like an earlier
more primal and simple GRAVE, even if it was re-recorded and probably
Then you have 3 songs from a 1990's recording,
3 songs that were re-recorded one year later for their first album
"Into the grave". The musical content is globally the
same, but it comes with a less heavy, less monstruous and less brutal
production that makes it less orgasmic a tectonic way... The vocals
also doesn't sound as deep. This is quite good to listen, it remains
Death metal in a quite enjoyable manner, but it's not the same than
the tremendous "Into the grave".
This MCD is a quite
cool release, it contains nothing vital or worth an unreasonable
morbid effort, but it's also a cool item to own for fans of GRAVE
who can't get enough of this dark red, hot and burning atmosphere.
My mind is mine, again.
(Swe) Soulless CD'94 CENTURY MEDIA.
This isn't the best GRAVE
album, that's clear!
But despite all the boring fake bullshits
I can read here and there through the web that are only meant to
crush your real metal passion, I'll keep on exhuming total old school
But let's come back to worthy of attention subjects
before I blow another fuse! This GRAVE album is certainly the heavier
one of their 3 first Lps, heavier but quite efficient and well done!
would be in the style of their 2nd Lp "You'll never see..."
if this one was suppressed all its Death metal beats. There are
also some more midplaced and "Groovy" (If I could say
so) moments that make the whole more "easy listening".
isn't as fucking obscure and total corroded and eroded in pain as
the total doomed hatred of "You'll never see", but there
are some really good tracks! My fave ones are "Turning black"
with its good old school Death metal beat (one of the only fast
parts of this Lp) and "Soulless", with its excellent vocals!
"I'm soulless!!", there was some fucking special meaning
into these words! (Not only wanna write Death metal lyrics and sing
them as a pig!)
It could be felt the band wasn't as inspired
as before, but it's kinda normal as most of the greatest Death metal
bands saw their great source of stench and brutality lower after
so many gigs, releases and success!
If you enjoy drowning in
sorrow and exploring darkened emotions on a doomy, yet brutal background,
this might be a good choice! It's a good Death metal CD with a good
obscure Death metal mood! It's more or less in the same style than
their last one "Back from the grave", but "Soulless"
had more of these special ideas that makes an album more than Ok!
(Usa)/ PHOBIA (Fra) Split Lp'89. JUNGLE HOP.
bought this split Lp for a low price because I thought it would
well be an early release or a bootleg of the US Grinder PHOBIA!
But the cool discovering turned out to be GRUEL!
Uh! GRUEL plays
some kind of Thrash Hardcore metal that would almost sound like
VOÏVOD worship! Many elements are there to remind you of the VOÏVOD
who turned to sci-fi/ Futuristic stuffs on their 3rd, 4th and 5th
albums... You can hear many discarding riffs strongly reminding
the nice old VOÏVOD guitars: it's both played in a controlled thrashing
way and a more tune-opened kind of riffing. Few rock'n' roll touches
are here. Some old hardcore punk influences can be felt.
tracks are built in a cool way the makes the riffs flow one after
The vocals also sound like those of Piggy, nothing special
or particular but it decently fits the whole package. I didn't find
much visions or sci-fi/ futuristic technologies influences in there.
All in all, there's nothing special or original during these
7 tracks, but GRUEL plays it the cool way and might please the fans
of quite old VOÏVOD who need more! It's better to strongly copy
a band that was original and personal, than to offer another common
rip off of a widely listened and influential band, right? At least
GRUEL were 'original' and pleasant in that way.
The side of
PHOBIA is less pleasant. Even though this band was French and I
could have strongly leeched their ass under the flag of brutally
chauvinist pulsions, the music isn't cool! What you have is old
Heavy metal (with few thrash) that sounds weak and uninspired! Nothing
stands out from these 5 tracks of flat old metal: the riffs are
ever heard and quite confused. The vocalist tries to be melodic
and do not impress me! And the whole didn't sound much impressive,
tight or motivated! It might have sounded cool/ ok at the time,
but many are the releases that fastly lock you on boredom once you
open your eyes as a global trend has died. Very average and boring!
NAZARENE (Fin) Tol cormpt norz norz norz LP'92 OSMOSE.
Here's one of the most underground and black metal release
of its time! It's both occult and satanic induced, but it also includes
a big fuck off touch! This musik weren't only Black metal as old
old school punk and Crust influences may be felt in parts! But what's
the fukk when you get your fukking dose of intensity?!
as fukk raw Black metal with good high pitched screamy vocals!
intros composed of vicious sadogoats' evokations raping the little
child of god!
These vox had a very cool tone not many Black
metal bands had later! And the low placed demoniac sadogoats vokills
are also cool!
Inspired heavy parts that aren’t far from the
mighty catchy as fukk threshold!! Inspired keyboards melt in and
in between the tracks that both reminds me of a soul liberation
harmony and of some Black mass darkened atmosphere! Well, I didn't
know that much what the band did later, but "Ugra karma"
also had a bunch of intense parts! I've got the feeling the 2 first
IMPALED NAZARENE releases where the 2 most extreme and inspired!
MANSLAUGHTER/ PROVOCATION Split Ep'93 POSITIVE Recs.
MANSLAUGHTER is one of these names that will awake a few sentimental
feelings to the old guys. It was infact one of the only correct
bands of Nuclear Blast's beginnings, a label that was very mediocre
then. This Ep released in 1993 that appears again in the distros
includes some Brutal hardcore that was very influenced by DISCHARGE
("Blanket of fear" and it's slow and repetitive aspect),
that has problems to remain in your mind even if the intensity of
the whole (and mainly of the vocals) can be seducing at the very
track is very representative of the Death metal orthodoxy that reigned
on this scene at the beginning of the 90's. It's nice to listen
to this about 3 or 4 times, because it owns a good energy and an
old school sound, but when one compares their tracks to the masterpieces
that were released at this time, one immediately understand why
they didn't go further.
awake the dead, but it's an Ep that's agreeable for sometime, because
of this delicious little perfume the most obscure underground sometimes
(Usa) To the depths... in degradation CD'94. MORIBUND Recs.
thousand statues of dust,
Standing up, empty and sterile.
grand omens of nothingness,
Menacing your volatile loyalty.
fight the nonexistent.
Get on the wings, get on the wings.
the cult of this voidsoaked masquerade.
Get on the wings, get
in the "thrill".
You're already dead, but it's time
to definitely fucking rot!
a part of the old Satanic and sulfuric American Death metal scene,
and it's no surprise their music is influenced by early INCANTATION
and early IMMOLATION since there two entities were the leaders of
a once sarcastic cartel of demoniac obscurity and Death metallic
Even though the band has gained some kind of
"cult" status in some of the deepest fields of underground
and satanic Death metal worship, I feel like this album has grown
old quite a lot...
Some almost Doom death moments, being as almost
as slow as (once) suffocatingly possible, do nothing for me, end
even if some accelerations and quite weird sounding death metal
riffs riffs can be touched, a feeling of averageness and lack in
extremity can be felt right now, in 2005.
This album also reminds
me of DECREPIT (Usa- R.I.P)'s demos, for the heaviest, as well as
the impious album released by FALLEN CHRIST a dozen of years ago,
for the fastest blasting death. But to be honest FALLEN CHRIST was
more blasphemous, right to the point, tight as fuck; and I'd rather
listen to their "Abduction ritual" CD'96 than this INFESTER
What remains is an average album that didn't really won
qualities over the years, but it might please the big fans
of underground obscure Death from once, and those who like beginning
90's alike albums with a will to create occult atmosphere...
DIAMOND (Den) Fatal portrait Lp'86.
Very first album
for KING DIAMOND, that was rather the project of MERCYFUL FATE's
headliner and vocalist but it became a full time band later! At
this time their style wasn't so great, only nice old school Heavy
metal! I must say the beginnings of MERCYFUL FATE had a bigger impact
In its whole, this album is full of good old school
Heavy metal with a good mood as well as the excellent vocals of
King Diamond that were very varied! Quite good in the style and
the Heavy metal maniacs will be pleased, but they weren't at the
level of "Abigail" and mostly their masterpiece entitled
"Them"! Good leads, and good vocals! Eh Eh!
the chorus riff of "Charon" is a good one.
album that was a good beginning included a good amount of nice parts,
but the best was yet to come!
DIAMOND (Den) Abigail Lp'87.
the band progressed and went one for ten big fits! Both for the
quality of the riffs and of the compositions! It fucking sounded
more mature and expressive!
Excellent leading heavy metal melodies!
The fucking leads of Andy Larocque were full of feeling and technicality,
to be cliché I'll say he "spoke with his leads"! It's
There are some fucking HEAVY riffs full of so fucking
The beautiful vocals are one more time so cynical!
Ah! This sound like a fucking theatre piece that denies the fucking
hypocrite existences we have to live! And the drummer named Mickey
Dee (who later joined MOTORHEAD) started to have a really more alive
drum playing with more ideas and good breaks! How can musicians
be so passionate?
The whole is full of melody, heaviness, cynicism,
know-how, beauty, and distinction... Hell! I can open my book of
the dead and point any word being synonymous with excellence! It
would fucking fit!
All the more the tracks were better composed,
tracks' structures being more interesting, logical and full of sense!
Yeah! Fuck that ruled! And "Them" wasn't even released
at this time! Ah Ah! The very bast was ever to come! Ah Ah!
DIAMOND (Den) Them Lp'88.
The heart beat fucking goes
faster and faster! Yes! This is the 3rd King Diamond album I listen
at the following! Ahhhhh...
What else could I had I didn't say
in the reviews of their two previous CDs? Pure fucking excellent
Heavy Metal with all what a metal head needs to thrill and rise
up his feet! Great expressive and varied drums' parts, very good
vocals that means everything while the singer plays several roles
and lives several deep emotional phases during the whole theatrical
The leads were never so good and there's not a shitty
second nor any riff to throw away! It's one of the best KING DIAMOND
releases, it's very varied and melodic tracks that includes fucking
heavy and evil riffings! The whole is mature and sounds so natural!
one is maybe a bit more heavy than "Abigail"... but who
gives a fuck when it rules??
I've got a little preference for
"Abigail" since it reminds me a lot of a darkened epoch
of my life and also of a girl I loved... but "Them" is
better on a musical point of view!
What?? You don't know KING
DIAMOND? Download some tracks now! Or put on your patched trousers
and go agress your local CDs seller! You can't be disappointed if
you love METAL!
DIAMOND (Den) Conspiracy LP'89 ROADRUNNER.
Here's a very
good KING DIAMON album! Even if I prefer "Them" for example,
this one is definitely worth the listening for Heavy metal maniacs!
Excellent theatrical vocals that are both sung, screamed... and
some nice vocals melodies are so cynical! AAARGGH!
Good old school
Heavy metal riffs, welcome back to the 90's!
Good riffs with
a real sense of the tragical, the sorrowful and the shredded heart!
Excellent leads full of melodies, technicality and soul! (Yngwie
Malmsteem... Where are you? Wake up from 20 years of averageness!)
you don't thrill on the first track, I can do nothing for you! The
intro composed of a marriage mass followed with a purely emotional
and tragic riff is so intense! You can only stop and think in the
inside! Full of heavy metal hatred riffings follows and adds a real
sense of rage! The drummer includes excellent beats! This fucking
vocalist is so incredibly cynical! I never heard a heavy metal vocalist
who was so extreme!
And fucking hell! Did you listen to the 2nd
track? Those who enjoy DEATH's last CD can only thrill on this fucking
riff! I'm fucking blown away! Some riffs with screamed notes are
KING DIAMOND crushes wanna sound evil Black
metal bands in their own so-called dark realms! This is simply more
extreme than a lot of actual extreme metal bands!
some old heavy bands, their tracks weren't monotonous with 2 riffs
per track at the best! Well composed tracks with enough variations,
varied tempos, themes and riffs to keep you in Heavy metal! I'm
amazed by the amount of very good and soulful LPs they have released!
of listening to the new "Heavy metal" bands like HAMMERFALL,
RAPSODY or NIGHTMARE (Bllleeeuarghh!!) just check the good old KING
DIAMOND releases! They were far more inspired and have a bunch of
good albums in their evil lutin's bag! Eh eh...
DIAMOND (Den) The eye Lp'90.
Well, Mikkey Dee (drums)
had left the band as well as the one-eyed bassist Timi Hansen, and
after so many good tracks KING DIAMOND isn't so killer anymore.
This album isn't as great as "Abigail" or "Them",
it had less dynamix and excellent ideas! The style is rather more
classical Heavy metal as it's not so captivating.
But there are
some good parts as well as good leads. And the vocals of King Diamond
are still so great! I think some riffs are just too common in the
style, but there's a cool mood in all the tracks.
track entitled "Burn" stands out! Nice beginning riff
that includes some real distress and some really Heavy and aggressive
riffs as well as good moody synths and other riffs!
A cool album.
It's an average CD for KING DIAMOND that would be good if it was
released by another Heavy metal band.
This isn't an album that
would make you run everywhere and get and heart attack, I'd advice
it to the fans of the band only! If you want to discover KING DIAMOND
check "Abigail", "Them" or "The conspiracy"!
DEATH (Ger) Protected from reality LP'87. COBRA.
knew only the first two Lps of LIVING DEATH that were cool, but
not much more... But this "Protected from reality" Lp!
It's clear LIVING DEATH turned into something
special and more aggressive at this epoch and with this third album.
Fast thrash metal with infernal riffing guitars; cool technical
melodies and some technical parts (We are not far from MEKONG DELTA,
or a bit of old VOIVOD by moments).
Tight and precise as a scalpel
strongly determined to kill.
For this time, the whole sounds
fucking tight and over the top.
Some riffs are full of hateful
cynism, sarcasm, some guitars could have been procreated somewhere
in hell, where soulless bitched suffer the pride of a thousand evil
cocks! Ah! And the screamed vocals do not help to make the whole
nicest sounding and more acceptable, these aggressive screams often
to cynicism the way I like it! Hew was crazy! Ah Ah!
many peoples won't get it because it's too "old" and blahblahblahblah...
I'm curious about the fast some many Metallers (Better said mellowers?
héhéhé) can't appreciate a kind of metal if it do not fits nowadays'
standards. Are they so manipulated and influenced by the promotional
press? Let the guts flow you metawwwl wanabees! This LIVING DEATH
album was much more than your usual Teutonic thrash metal! It was
fast, aggressive, cynic, nightmarish, and almost techno thrash during
moments that display some good ideas almost reflecting a real thrashing
personality! 666 BEERS IN THE UNHOLY NAME OF LIVING DEATH!!
was maybe not a classic, but "Protected from reality"
is definitely worth more than a listen! I already see some "Old
school thrashers" complaining about the fact this album lacks
of atmosphere. Thrash metal was much more than a little embalming
atmosphere! Wake up, you sleeping morons, and embrace the scorching
scalpel of the LIVING DEATH! The devil mark = 8/10.
(Fra) Disincarnate CD'91 SEMETARY.
is the album that made me discover the band, while I was into a
totally darkened Death metal trip, and their mix of Death grind,
Doom death and darkened Death metal was totally hellcome as there
seemed to be something special behind this band! The whole sounded
obscure with somekind of and occult touch every death metal band
didn't have back then. Some almost techno death parts were welcome,
and created a nice variation between the ASPHYX like doom riffs!
The production was also heavy, and deaf sounding on my old tape...
it sounded more obscure! Some death thrashy melodies were catchy
and the cool stuff was it wasn’t too brutal, but rather obscure
and mid placed, even if some good death grind riffs were here!
grind riffs à la old MORBID ANGEL, melodic Death parts and leads
à la DEATH, doomy ASPHYX, very old PARADISE LOST, Death thrashing
PESTILENCE and DEATH, heavy GOREFEST (with sorrowful melodies).
I listened to their "Sublime dementia" CD, I was disappointed
for several reasons as it didn’t sound like the same band, this
wasn't anymore the same obscure Death/ thashing doom band! Then
the sound lacked in heaviness and darkness (they came back to their
real sound in fact), the riffs were less obscure and the music sounded
less Death inspired (The obscure rejoicing didn't last very long!)
and their new drummer was just an Ok drummer! The drum playing of
Thierry Pinck was more varied with cool breaks and rhythms!
parts of "Disincarnate" really seemed to come from the
deepness of a forgotten tomb, or from the obscure collective subconscious
of humanity (Cold and clerical sounding vocal choruses, guitars'
epic harmonies, etc).
Even if what I enjoyed on this LP wasn't
the real LOUDBLAST, but rather some trend they tried to fit in and
some representations I invented myself (and I was young and stupid
then! Ah!), "Disincarnate" sounds different from their
whole discography and it remains a cool Lp to listen to (for someone
who knew this before at least...) I conceive a bunch of these thrash
death riffs (and other stuffs) might be boring now, but I've got
kinda nostalgicc feelings here. Excellent cover artwork that made
the album even more inhuman and deadly!