Cryogenically revived MCD. 2018. SPAWN OF FLESH Recs.
I know this band since a couple of years, because they are quite active in the
underground and I received their previous demos from various analogophiliac
This time, we will offer our two precious hears to a pro pressed MCD.
The style of the band is the same, this is old school death metal taking the
blood and bowels from the old European genre, with some hints of old Swedish
and 90's American stuffs, with some kind of "brutality" à la early
But this time the bands sounds more American, it's partly due to the better
production (That tastes more massive, it reminds me some good US releases from
mid/ end 90's), then there is also this riff in the second song that tastes very
close to old BRUTALITY (Only a bit less "technical").
The vocals are great, I would say it's located somewhere in the morgue between
old BRUTALITY and old Corpsegrinder (The singer of Cannibal corpse, not the
really unknown bands).
The style of ECTOPLASMA remains quite "varied" in the old DM genre:
While some riffs are in the old DEATH style ("Leprosy"), some
influences are closer to old PESTILENCE, you can also find a bit of thrash,
some heavier moments sound closer to mid old MORTA SKULD, and I already quoted
the brutality of early GRAVE... Oh, I also thought about good old ENCABULOS
(The MCD!) in faster parts... (I was going to quote DEICIDE's "Once
upon...", but Encabulos sounds better in this case).
The riffs and guitar parts remain simple/ brutal (In an old way, perhaps I'd
better say it sounds quite "abrupt" to avoid confusion with brutal
death?), but the songs are composed in a cool manner, and there are nice
arrangements (A more epic sounding guitar here, a mysterious keyboard there...),
so it doesn't bore the bowels if you dig this kind of "simple" death
ECTOPLASMA doesn't offer here a bleeding masturbating revelation (AhAh), but
this is a cool/ very cool MCD that could please the bowels of old Death metal
fans. THE BOWELS OF MORBID REPUGNANCE.
TORMENT (Usa) Kyphonism Promo 2013. Self-released.
Your corpse hasn't rendered all of its suffering
We will tighten the internal barbedwires until global suffering
During this short promo you can hear an obscure
and technical brutal death metal that takes tumultuous paths and
could roughly remind of Mexican DISGORGE, DEFEATED SANITY, SKELETON
OF GOD, with touches of Us-DISGORGE for more typical Us influences,
and strange little twists on guitars.
From the 2 tracks (Intro
and real song), I could say the listening impression isn't totally
unlike ALTARS (Australia) or even PORTAL somewhere, but with clearly
more brutal death metal roots.
Hopefully for your crucified
hears, the whole isn't strictly focused on blasts and technicality,
various tempos and variations on laceration and sulphur are included.
This is a bit too much of brutalization and technicals for my
hears, but I must say I feel some improvement. Compared to their
previous demo, the band seems to take a little more abstract approach
and insert a bit more of "IMMOLATION" influences, which
might turn into something quite interesting.
(Turkey) Through the Eternal Damnation Demo tape. 2013. GRAVPLASS
SUMMONING THE WINDS OF ETERNAL DAMNATION.
CENTRIFUGAL WHIRLWINDS OF SEXXXSALVATION!
CLEANSING ALL ENLIGHTEN
IMPURITY THROUGH VOLKANIK PURGE.
ALL THE LIBIDINOUS SPIKES OF
EVIL ARE OUT.
THE SEMEN OF THE DEVIL WILL BE YOURS!
AND MOLDERING THE FAITH FROM YOUR FLESH.
This band plays
quite good obscure Death metal. Their style reminds me of early
INCANTATION (First album) and other early American bands who played
it obscure and unholy.
To sum up the whole of the maelstrom,
let's say the core of their music materializes in a way close to
old INCANTATION (But with a different atmosphere) while other influences
are gathered here and there.
To describe this core deeper, I
could say the corpse-bangers addicted to the caves of the underground
for a while might also hear similarities with ENCABULOS ("Abandoning
the flesh" MCD), SANGUIS IMPEREM and perhaps INFAMY's album
(Both for some fast "At war" moments).
To speak about
the orbiting influences, the band happens to play on polyphonies
and doomy moments to diversify a bit the darkened verse, it makes
it easier to approach the holy vagina and undertake a sulfurous
infiltration (AhAh). There are also regular old school death (Rather
Scandinavian) elements in the form of tremolos or "melodies",
and a few fast 90's black metal touches appearing here and there,
but these two tendencies remain rather a minority.
note: The infernal "Open the gates of hell" lead-guitars
really seem to have something of DEATH's "Leprosy" or
I'm not sure if this band will last very long or
shall become another incarnation (Half of the members were a part
of BURIAL INVOCATION who was very close in the style, as far as
I remember), but at least this is a very nice demo that infiltrates
the holy virgin's vaginal skin in a very nice manner. Fans of obscure
penetrating Death metal could request for more, and they would be
right. Give us more darkened flesh!
(Swe) Pestiferous tales Demo CDr'08.
And the old Swedish
cadaver awoke again from his decades long locked tomb, to shred
one more time his petrified scars and extract the morbid petrol
of all malignant rumination.
Envenomed plays more Death thrashing
metal from Sweden, embracing some very old influences, yet with
a production that could let them sound like a pre-"Left hand
path" recording. Think about early ENTOMBED/ NIHILIST, some
thrash like ooold ENTOMBED or maybe MERCILESS (Demos) or even SORCERY,
few old GRAVE gimmicks, black metallish vocals and a bit of SLAYER/
INFERNAL MAJESTY in the second song that contains something different
(More thrash and hellish (Maybe with a zest of POSSESSED?)).
contains some nice riffs and cool grooves, but it could be better:
Some thrash riffs are quite stagnating (Or is it the beats?) and
I feel like the band could be more energetic, or fast, in the playing...
(They'd gain some power and impact!). I guess they're conscious
of possible improvements since the best songs are in the beginning.
will tell if they achieve to develop influences and intensify the
little moods contained in there...
(Ita) Test the grace infliction Demo tape'07. THE THRESHOLD Records.
the ubiquitous sufferings keep on growing...
ERODED isn't exactly
a new band, but you might not have heard about them yet. Their old
fashioned and dark Death metal could be defined as strongly influenced
by the Scandinavian scene from the 90's; It takes both from the
Swedish and Finnish styles, but doesn't count the aggression and
HC/ Punk influences of the first while it's not as bizarre as the
second. Most of the music is fast with the good old Death metal
tempo, it's a bit more atmosphere than aggressiveness based. You
quite often occur to hear slower patterns to embrace the doom.
enter deeper into their abyss, I would quote records and bands such
as DEMIGOD ("Slumber of sullen eyes"), the first IMMOLATION
(Less intricate), the fast patterns of UNLEASHED (Where no life
dwells), old DISMEMBER (Not the most melodic parts) or CARNAGE (without
D-beats) and a bit of fast old GRAVE... With melodic touches like
CEMETARY (An evil shade of grey) that could turn to something more
doom à la early PARADISE LOST ("Lost paradise") or more
Finnish in the same category.
The production is not Swedish sounding,
it would rather feel like a normal old Death metal record: Downtuned
guitars with not too aggressive textures and some deafness in the
If this band was totally killer, I could have said
they are "Putain de Death metal gicleurs" but it's not
really the case, the band has some cool ideas and cool atmospheres,
but they miss something really catchy or an aggressive thrill. So
ERODED could be a cool band for Death metal worshippers who like
it dark, but it's not a new revelation (yet?). If you want to compare,
I prefer them a bit than their german homonymous.
"Demos" Tape. 2017. SICK RITES Recs.
This is swinging glam rock from Chile...
Argh, No! I imagine glamers wouldn't survive more than a dozen of hours in the
burning hell of Chile.
What this Chilean band really plays if a quite energetic old styled thrash
metal, with a touch of (And sometimes more than a touch of) death metal here
As you can imagine, the style is very influenced by the 80's and some songs
sound very much like traditional South American metal... Why "some
songs" will you ask? Well this is a compilation of tracks taken from
various demos, so the productions and styles vary...
While some tracks are closer to the early thrashing style, and can taste like
very early KREATOR, or perhaps EXODUS (And even RAZOR (?)), they have a more
"bestial" or old death metal flair and can sound like some SEPULTURA
("Morbid visions", meets a bit of "Schizophrenia", meets
early POSSESSED). Then some songs have a darker approach and have a bit more of
a "black death" aura (This might be due in part to the production) even
if the playing remains in the "thrash/ death" camp.
Well, the compiling of various demos makes it harder to come up with a global
opinion... While the thrash metal songs are ok, I prefer when the band tends to
be more death metal influenced, then they can have some nice quite ugly/
bestial or quite hellishly nervous atmospheres.
Globally ESHIZOFRENIA seems to be a morbidly decent/ quite nice band in the
thrashing style, but I can't say the music is over the top. I wouldn't say they
might not please schizobangers during a violent morbid festival, but there are
so many bands coming from Chile that it's sometimes needed to be over the top
(Or even under the top? AhAh) to crucify the brain. Anyway, I'm still rather
happy they didn't choose to be uber-original and didn't mix glamrock with
morbid thrash ("Eurk"/ Toxik green beer vomit).
BEYOND (Gre) Carnivalism Demo. 2014.
the guitars and drums an agglomeration of uber-technical senseless
-Are there any mosh, core, groove or jump influences?
-Is this non stop blastbeat? No.
-Do the guitars and drums
sound like real instruments? Yes.
-Is it possible to follow the
development of a song without headache? Yes.
-Are there real
-Is there an atmosphere in the music? Yes.
Now this band
has crossed my anti-bullshit firewall, I can talk further about
ESSENCE BEYOND comes with a quite cool demo of quite
technical brutal death metal, but composed and recorded in a manner
that wouldn't displease those who like(d) beginning 2000's brutality.
songs remind me quite regularly of DEEDS OF FLESH (Rather "Mark
of the legion"), with some SEVERE TORTURE, early NECROPHAGIST
(Perhaps the first album, but I'd rather point the demo tape (Before
they started playing too fast)), a bit of AD-MORTEM (Or other DEATH
influenced, older tech death), and touches of DISGORGE (Usa) for
more brutal moments.
The bass guitar is quite present, it doesn't
This remains quite technical brutal death, and wouldn't
please those who never liked the style, but I find it cool to hear
a band that does it "old school" in the genre (It's a
big word... "Not so modern" might suit better, but the
"modern" word is also too synonymous with the plasticized
unlistenable), can provide some kind of warm atmosphere and throw
in more epic moments from here and there.
It's a quite cool first
demo in the genre.
EVOKER (Australia) Demo
2018. Tape. NECROLATRY Recs.
Emerging from the deep fumes of Australian volcanos, EVOKER plays old styled
satanic death metal that can remind of early MORBID ANGEL
("Abominations..."), early DEICIDE (First albums or demos), with a
portion of regular old styled death tending to thrash metal.
My "satanic death" description could let you imagine many fast
bestial blastbeats could be found, but many of the tempos are in the mid-paced
or fast "thrashing" death metal genres.
The mid-paced parts can especially remember of early DEICIDE or even SLAYER
(Rather "Hell awaits" I would say). For the fast moments you could
think about early DEATH/ MASSACRE, a bit of old MORTEM (Peru) or perhaps some Swedish
DM bands that followed the path of REPUGNANT (So not really some
The vocals have a somewhat black metal approach by moments (It sometimes also
can remember the vibe of old Repugnant for example).
This is a pretty cool demo, I can't say it turned my internal crucifix inside
out (No, I'm not a believer, it's just a word-play AhAh), but this is a pretty
cool demo in the old "Satanic death" style and might please
underground fans of the genre.
EXALTER (Bangladesh) Obituary for the living
MCD. 2016. TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY Recs.
I wasn't too familiar with metal from Bangladesh, expect from a couple of old
school death metal bands like ORATOR. Well, this quite new thrash metal band
called EXALTER is a pleasant surprise, their style is close to 80's thrash but
not in the rawest form.
While the first track is really close to SEPULTURA ("Beneath the remains")
for the thrashing style, riffs, tempo changes, vocals (And even a bit the
production), the second song is closer to old EXODUS (A bit more
"punk" perhaps), and the third one comes back to the old SEPULTURA
camp. Sometimes the band also reminded me of SODOM ("Persecution
mania") or some SLAYER (Obviously).
Then you have 4 bonus songs from the first demo, it's almost the same style,
perhaps a bit less complex?
This release contains quite cool thrashing metal, with nicely built songs, and
vocals that sound quite great by moments (Reminds me a long time ago, when Max
Cavalera sounded federative). EXALTER doesn't play the rawest or most
aggressive form of thrash, and so they might not please those who need to vomit
their guts and destruct their brains, but this is a quite cool band that might
please fans of more controlled (But not wimpy) 80's thrash with a touch of
EXANIMATVM (Chile) Diaboli gratia Demo tape. 2014. TILL YOU FUKKIN BLEED
Consciousness of past centuries and ubiquitous voyeurism,
mental voyage at the core of the church!
Viewing hundreds of centuries of abuse and unnecessary flows of blood,
In the disguised names of power and rapacity.
The second demo of this Chilean band contains quite cool Death metal reminding
me of mid old INCANTATION, for the obscure as well as the more epic moments,
with elements of more old school traditional death metal, and a touch of occult
black death (That might possibly remind the first GOAT MOLESTOR Demo).
I also found touches of MORBID ANGEL ("Domination") for more majestic
riffs, and it feels they have something 90's in common with POISONOUS (Bra)
(This might be due to the guitar production and some old death metal
influences... Globally EXANIMATVM sounds less "brutal" and kicking).
The vocals are deep, low, and sound quite well... It's not raw or hateful, it's
rather dark, like some kind of morbid messiah telling an obscure (Religious?)
The production is cool, quite natural and warm.
The second and third songs sound less "advanced" or "deep"
than the first one which is more “mature”.
Some underground collectors might say "One more Incantation clone",
but I think Exanimatvm doesn't sound exactly the same (At least they didn't
abuse of candles, sulphur and new metal ov death).
This is not the most kicking kind of death metal, some peoples expecting
burning satanic hell revenge and avulsions might be disappointed, but there's a
good atmosphere that nicely counterbalances and lets me think this band should
keep on evolving in this path.
Some improvements are possible, but it's a quite good demo.
EXCISED (Chile) Rotting
away Demo tape. 2017. OLD RITES Recs.
A bit more than ten years ago, we thought the new death metal invasion was
going to come from Sweden, since this country was responsible for a first
invasion in the early 90's... But perhaps it didn't really happen a second time
in Sweden... Many of the Swedish death metal bands that appeared between 2005
and 2010 have stopped, many didn't record a lot of music or switched to
something else... So perhaps we were wrong watching Sweden too closely, and we
should have paid more interest to South America? I'm thinking about a country
in particular, it's Chile, so many new Death metal bands appeared in these
lands the last 5 years that Chile might become the new Sweden! Time will
Now we will talk about EXCISED that plays old school death with a thrash touch,
it really sounds close to what you could find in the early 90's... It remembers
my petrified skull of NIHILIST and early DISMEMBER, with little touches of old
GRAVE (Not so heavy or brutal), the production sounds more "regular"
than Swedish (Understand fewer distortion on guitars) and perhaps there's a bit
more thrash inside. (There are also a couple of doomy death riffs, perhaps like
very early Paradise lost, but it's quite minor influences).
The vocals are quite cool, it comes with a "low pitch" effect, kinda
the way BOLT THROWER did in the early days.
It's a pretty decent demo, nothing wrong sounding and it can be pleasant once
you're in the mood for love (Errr, mood for the putrid). Now I didn't hear too
catchy or really emotional riffs, but big fans of the style could dig it.
Endogenous organism Demo CD. 2017. Self-released.
This project is listed on Metal-archives as "Experimental death
metal", but it goes much further in the exploration of genres. There are some quite technical death and
thrash roots, but the music also crosses the borders of post rock, jazz, perhaps
post-core, and even a bit of fusion...
During the listening I thought about old DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, old VOÏVOD, KING
CRIMSON ("Red"), RUINS (Jap), a bit of old PRIMUS, a touch of
PESTILENCE ("Spheres"), perhaps NAKED CITY (For some saxophone) and
also perhaps some early ATROCITY (Ger).
Every instruments were played by the same musician (Hopefully not at the same
time), it can sound like a nice task since there are guitars, bass, drums and
also a saxophone.
There are nice moments here and there, some more complex parts are quite
attracting the intellect, some strange parts sound a bit fucked, some
"groovy" moments are quite "funny", and the use of
saxophone is cool...
Now some moments in the more "Strange/ unusual" genre don't always
bring much, and perhaps some parts in the more complex genre were only for the
sake of complexity? (I'm not an expert, I have doubts). I also felt the guitar
production is too thin, it sounds like "rock" guitars while a heavier
coating could give a more extreme imprint to the whole.
I'm not an expert of the genre, so I won't really point an opinion, but while
there are positive points I felt the whole lacked of something more emotional/
Perhaps the fridge was only opened in half during the composition (Because you
never know what kind of things can hide in a fridge (You shouldn't
underestimate the effects of food abuse on inspiration in the darkest moments
(Some rancid food might have interesting effects on the body and mood if you
want to compose weird music (Psychedelic nausea, you know) especially if it
comes with dancing worms (But I didn't try it yet, the abuse of edible food and
cigarettes was enough for me )))).
(Usa) Ass rotor/ As attack Tape. 2012. HEADSPLIT Recs.
sewer brewer is patiently waiting in the obscure drains, because
he knows your juicy cunt will finally fall in his dignity-flooding
trap, and then the horny revenge will belong to him!
colored with your flowing blood contains two grindcore records from
the early 90's, including one that was never released. It’s a cool
mix of angry old school grind and early death grind.
like a mixture of REPULSION, NAPALM DEATH ("Mentally murdered"
MLp and some "Harmony corruption"), with a few riffs à
la TERRORIZER (With less explosive stress). Angry bulldog vocals
and heavy sound. It’s «bourrin» all the way. This is also said to
sound like the MEAT SHITS but I don't remember that band's music.
Some peepholes could hear some MUCUPURULENT ("Sicko baby",
their only erection-providing record).and some ATROCITY (Us/ But
with a less raw sound).
After a bunch of songs EYE GOUGER might
sound a bit less obesegasmic, but you're always able to revert the
bulldog and tickle its belly.
I didn't know EYE GOUGER, and this
is a cool surprise! A cool tape for enjoyers of old school obese
grind/ deathgrind cunt punch.