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SACROFUCK (Pol) Demo CDr. 2011.
This demo sounds a bit rushed and tastes like a perfectible debauchery, but there's something I like about it. A big part of the music is close to something like evil Death metal.
The first song is pumping the bottom of your sexy girlfriend in a way close to the first CANNIBAL CORPSE album (Did they throw her in a coffin or what? It sounds really close!), with some blasting polish Death metal...
The second one attempts to tit-cream her an evil way, between old DEICIDE (Fast parts), old MORBID ANGEL (Mid-paced) and some... Fast Polish death.
The third track is less entertaining, maybe they didn't watch enough porno movies the day it was composed... It remains fast Death metal (Polish style, if you wish), with some more "old school thrashing death" riffs and a faster part à la old DEMENTOR at the end.
Then the fourth track tries to make it juice hard, as it's the faster one and contains quite a lot of blasts that remind of old CENTURIAN.... There are also some more mid-paced thrashing death, some heavier death metal and crazy leads à la old MORBID ANGEL (And more polish death, of corpse... What did you expect?)
From time to time they use some strange beats (You know, these simple heavy/ rock drum parts that left me wonder "What the fuck?" when I heard GRAVE's "Soulless" for the first time) that waste some efficiency, but hopefully it's not too often... And some riffs are usual in the style, while some are better.
This is not the most serious demo I heard, but it contains some qualities, so the waves of dark energy emanating from the puddle of hot pus let me imagine a bit of effort and focus could help SACROFUCK to reach higher levels of morbid pussy perversion.
Email: michalpaplak(a)


SAIGNEUR (Fra) Saigneur Demo CDr"09.
The weather is fucking hot turns everything much heavier! The putridity tastes fucking glued as in the mouth of a giant tarantula... I'm trapped in the bowels of morbidity! But I'll keep on moving my ass to support the depths from the burning caves!
SAIGNEUR (Which means bleeder in French) plays some quite darkened brutal death metal taking influences from the elder Death metal and injects a quite good bleeding atmosphere in the songs. During the listening you could easily think about old/ mid old MORBID ANGEL, NILE, mixed with early NECROPHAGIST (Demo), a little of DEATH (Rather "Human" epoch), a bit of DISGORGE (Us), a bit of POSSESSED (First eternally impaling album!)... Well, I realize all in all SAIGNEUR could be quite close to the first great album of BYATIS(R.I.P) with a little more technical early NECROPHAGIST and a different atmosphere (To be a bit more bleedy)...
It's brutal and fast, sometimes quite technical, with quite cool leads, but also contains more majestic parts, few heavier moments, old styled boom/tchack boom/tchack beats... All melted together in quite varied compositions.
This first demo offers a quite cool listening for a Death metal fan of the bleeding style, but it could be better. "Why could it be better? Since it's before all a matter of atmosphere..." will you ask... I feel like some riffings could be a bit tighter, some better structures could improve the morbid impact, and the drums sound a little strange by moments...
In my blinded bleeding cave-trapped vision it's a quite cool demo, but I remember hearing an earlier recording on their myspace page and it sounded much more merciless and relentless with killer skilled drumming or brutal and burning production! So I'm convinced this band can do much better! They plan to change moniker since a Canadian "Seigneur sanglant" already exists (But is it really necessary?).


SAKATAT (Turkey) Yolun sonu! - Limited tour CD. Pro printed CDr. 2008.
Where did she put her fingers to have a so blue looking face? What did she try to insert in her menstrual-machine to look so blast-trembling and hysteric? It seems there's no other answer... no other answer than... SEX TOY ELECTROCUTION!!!
Maybe these Turkish grinders like to play with dildos... Anyway SAKATAT plays old school grindcore reminding of S.O.B, ooold NAPALM DEATH, early NYCTOPHOBIC, a bit of DEFECATION (First Lp) and stuffs like that, so you have a lot of power chords, blast beats and crust parts... But the band seems to gain some experience compared to previous records and builds a bit more complex structures that make them sound a bit more modern (Maybe like the HUTT CD or a bit of DISCORDANCE AXIS).
Well, this is the case of the newer songs, since the older ones from this "Split Eps compilation" (Songs from vinyl splits with Slaughter of the innocents, Archagathus, Cut your throat, plus a new track) are more usual and also less punching.
I forgot to say there are also some mid-placed or heavy old HC touches. The vocals are a bit too high-pitched in a screamy power-violence way for me. Hopefully there are also death growls.
Well, SAKATAT isn't super killer yet, but I notice an improvement and more energy since the last promo they sent. I guess it has some arguments to please or refresh some underground grindcore fans. Their split with SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS seems to be their coolest release yet.


SANGUIS IMPEREM (Usa) The stagnation of centuries Demo CD'08;
Here seems to come a nicely anti christian, or at least anti religious, Death metal band that follows the paths of older hell-burnt US Death metal bands:
For most of the content, their music reminds me of mid old INCANTATION mixed with the first album of INFAMY... Burn, burn, jesus... burrrn!
Even if the tempo isn't always focused on the fastest beats (There are also quite a lot of slow and mid placed parts) you often have a feeling of "fast" because the double kicks like to sound like a marching tank of some sort... Somewhere someone said Sanguis imperem sounds "militant" and it's not particularly wrong... I can also feel some similarities with FLESHTIZED or some old MORBID ANGEL, while some "Races towards the war" of midplaced moments or some slow patterns sound like mid old BOLT THROWER. A rawer and little black metal aspect could remind of the first VOMITORY album "Raped in their own blood".
This demo sounds pretty intense and this band might be cool to see live (Especially if you're a Death metal head who like it burning the older impious US Death metal way! 666!), I can listen with some pleasure but on a purely riffing point of view my feelings are mixed: It tastes a bit too everheard/ common once you know what occurred in the underground 10-14 years ago, and some moments' intensity could be hatefully amplified... We might need to conclude this is their very first demo, and the band is on the right way to burn your ecclesiastic assholes to roasting agony (And god knows how much we like roasted chicken here in France!)


SAVAGE REALM (Uk) Nocturnal savagery Demo tape 2016. SUPERFI Recs.
Sometimes you're so used to hear a kind of metal, that some releases create some kind of "problem". The name of this band is death-metallic, the cover looks so... At the first listening I felt the music was heavy and somewhat crushing, but the way of riffing didn't suit my mind... Then another listening made my impression somewhat clearer, there was definitely something quite strange about the riffing... A few researches on the web, and I understood why: SAVAGE REALM is a side project of musicians from the quite "tortured" hardcore/ post hardcore band LICH...
I would say half of the music sounds like INCANTATION (Fast and slower) minus the obscure atmosphere, with a couple of chaos moments à la very old BOLT THROWER, and then half could be closer to beginning 00's post hardcore (I have in mind the French ANANDA (R.i.p)) but it might also remind of HIS HERO IS GONE (Which is older), with fast moments, little more "mathematic" beats, or slower old styled Hc beats. Everyone might not really have the same impression, coz I'm kinda a purist when it comes to defining Death metal stuffs... The vocals are quite screamed.
The guitars are quite seriously downtuned and there's quite some heaviness. .. But if you try to listen with the mind set on Incantation, you'll be disappointed... It's not metal stuff for the black death world :-)
It's not a bad demo; it's a quite nice mix between obscure death and mid old post hardcore, it might sound quite crushing live.


SCORCHED EARTH (Usa) Marauders Demo tape. 2013.
Damned by skulls and nuclear beers.
I expected this release to be old school death, and it seems to be at the first rough approach (If you listen to the beginning of the first song only), but the content shows up to be more influenced by old school thrash and crusty/ dbeat affairs.
It might sound like a mix of old SODOM, early BATHORY, EXTREME NOISE TERROR or perhaps MOTORHEAD, with a bit more of thrash and black thrash in some corners.
It's not bad stuff, but too much based on the same kind of fast/ dbeat rhythms for me (More breaks and tempo changes would have been cool in my book of the dead) , and the quite heavy'n epic introduction entitled "Thy kingdom doomed" kinda put me in conditions for heavier morbid Death metal. But as written before it's not bad.
Those who dig this kind of simple thrash/ dbeat/ black thrash might like listening to this (3 tracks) "cassingle" (That contains a Scepter cover). The band split up in 2013 apparently.
Possessed by nuclear beers.
Tchernobyl addiction in the thirst.



SCROTUM (Hol) Osculum scrotum Demo CD'08
I'm a bit dubitative once receiving the demo of a band called SCROTUM, even more when the title seems to make a joke of an old HYPOCRISY album ("Osculum obscenum"). I don't particularly like to be scrotumized, and goat knows the process of scrotumization can be painful for your little asshole, and isn't it another joke band?
Goats inside, goats outside. Goatfully the music isn't utter scrot, but lies somewhere between brutal death and Death metal. Think about stuffs like CANNIBAL CORPSE, old MONSTROSITY, with some MORBID ANGEL, VICTIM, TOMBTHROAT and touches of old (But not early) GOD DETHRONED.
Even though it's not a German band, when I listened this demo I would have bet they were, because they're quite close to the typical German Death/ brutal death, with a bit more US influences on the corners.
The sound makes them seem a bit like ROTTING on the "Crushed" CD, especially for the drums, but guitars tend to go to the CANNIBAL CORPSE/ DEFLORATION/ Brutal red atmosphere way.
Nothing new, or especially killer, but this demo has its goat-punching moments and parts of intensity. It could please undergoat fans and crush some milk bottles during gigs.



SEA OF SHIT (Usa) Sea of shit Ep. 2011. Self-released.
Massive artificial brain failure. Trapped in concussion.
Global transplants-rejecting convulsions.
Explosions/ Implosions/ Explosions/ Implosions in systematic reversal.
S.O.S... S.O.S... S.O.S... Are you receiving?

This is fucked. Pessimistic fucked music.
Mostly Grindcore/ Powerviolence, with some heavy Hc sludge and old school chaotic hardcore in between.
The blasting parts are kicking, not bad. Some moments of noisy "larsen and chaos fiesta"  are not bad either. The sudden changes in structures could remind of old noisecore sometimes.
I'm not fond of the main vocals, seems he's shouting in a megaphone, sounds a bit too political for me.
The second half of the demo contains more "dbeat" rhythms I don't like so much.
This is a bit too much of a pessimism, concrete and cement rumble in my face, probably not prescribed for metallers, but S.O.S could turn on fans of intense sounding Grindcore/ PV/ Hardcore from the Core side of things.
S.O.S... S.O.S... Failed to transmit.


SEASON OF SUFFERING (Usa) Annihilation race MCD. Self released. 2010.
Waves of the enormous ugly bitch.
Bizarre surfing on mountains of obesity.
Energetic zigzagging between sudden ups and low of the lard.
Average promo CD reviewing.
This American band plays a kind of Death metal that could be defined as rather close to the mid old American genre, with elements of more "satanic" blasting death, elements of black metal, touches of early Brutal death... And something from the old Morrisound genre, both in the spirit and production...
At times it reminds quite a lot of DEICIDE (Old and not so old), while you can hear some blasting moments to be around MORTEM (Peru) or ooold MORBID ANGEL, and some riffs to be closer to BRUTALITY (But with fewer of melodic and technical arrangements), and something nearer to VITAL REMAINS (On "Dawn of the apocalypse"). I could add a bit of MORTA SKULD ("As humanity fades"... For some mid-paced, and kind of production) and INFESTDEAD.
The black metal influences could roughly remind of some old DARK FUNERAL or a bit of very early MARDUK (While a bit of early IMMORTAL can be felt, but in minor portions).
The rhythms are varied, sometimes fast, sometimes mid-paced, sometimes blasting and sometimes slow... The vocals are also varied, some not too repetitive low death growls and high-pitched screams, and it tries to be quite "spectacular" or something...
I could listen to this kind of Death metal, the atmosphere fits the genre and the songs' construction is quite compact, but some problems more or less turn me off depending on my location in the obese surfing (Some riffs sound a bit too simple or ever heard, for example one in the first song is too close to a BAPHOMET track to be swallowed, or some black metal influences could go away without problem...).
On a matter of listenership, the main problem for this band could be their music is quite out of fashion: On one hand it doesn't fit the various nowadays' standards, on the other hand it's not old school enough to belong to a revival of some kind... But taking trends or not in account, I think my conclusion will remain: It's an average demo with both qualities and defects... Some peoples will like it, some won't...


SEPTENTRIONAL DEPTHS (Fra) Light out Demo CD. 2018. Self-released.
Septentrional Depths is a new doom death metal band from France, I received their first demo as a promotional item to review, and I knew it wouldn't be easy to achieve because I'm not very accustomed to this style. Yes, this is the very slow kind of doom death, while I'm used to more dynamic kinds of metal. But sometimes the natural elements that could be seen as a disturbance can also help, here we had a couple of days with a very hot weather, and the crushing warmness kinda helped to set my mind in the right "elongated" mental spectrum.
To describe the style a bit more precisely, I would say the band evolves between the very slow doom death quoted before, old school death doom in a regular manner, and dark ambient moments that can appear in between (Or in the middle) of songs.
For the slowest riffings, I can't really compare due to a lack of precise knowledge, but even if the playing is really slow I wouldn't say the guitars sound monolithic... Perhaps it has more to do with feelings of emptiness, infinite boredom, and visions to be more detached from the speed of everyday' life.
Then you can find mid-paced to slow old school death doom moments that really remind me of very early ASPHYX (It can be "The rack", but would be even closer to "Embrace the death" because of the deaf sound and cavernous death metal growls). A bit of (Slow) INCANTATION wouldn't be a really misplaced quote, even if "Incantation" becomes a common word in my reviews AhAh.
Then you have dark ambient moments, it's often very quiet and can sound "relaxing", you can also find small early industrial influences (For the use of iron percussion for example).
While the more death-metallic moments can sound nice in my necrotic skull, I can't really judge for the slower moments. Then I sometimes noticed something isn't always really tight at the level of drum-playing or guitars, this is something they could improve for next recording.
Listening to the first track/ Introduction, I thought the whole could be running on my nerves because of repetitiveness, but hopefully most of the songs don't play on the repetitive side to create some doom atmosphere.
This is a first recording with both positive points and less interesting moments, this remains a quite "special" style as far as I'm concerned, but I think big fans of underground doom death might find some interest here if they aren't against some imperfections.


SEQUESTER (Ger) Back from the dead Demo CDr'07.
Eventhough this German band doesn't play the typically German brutal death many peoples don't like very much because it's "heavy on your stomach", but rather choose something like "old death black metal", SEQUESTER has something from this german heavy brutus state of mind, if you see what I mean... It sounds quite "obese", relaxed and not particularly cerebral.
When I received this demo, I expected something more savage and burning, but it's not so extreme or morbid in fact... It could be somewhere between the cool no-brain-shaking Death metal and the too convenient riffs...
The first song reminds me some old DERANGED albums I didn't like very much (With a bit more blasts maybe). The second track sounds like a mixture between "black'n roll" and some early SIX FEET UNDER. The third tune is a bit more 'melodic', between a death thrashing manner and overdriven arpeggios like DEATH(?) or IMMORTAL's last records, with few nice fast tormented riffs. The fourth song begins like some early black death metal à la early GOD DETHRONED (Second album), and kinda keeps this vibe but with less "Swedish melodies"; some nice blasting moments sound quite ventral. The 5th song is mid placed, between some BAPHOMET/ SIX FEET UNDER and black metal stuffs... The last song is fast, with some fast MASSACRE alike riffs...
SEQUESTER plays relax week-end Death metal with influences from neighbor styles, there's no will to be over the top nor to surprise you with killer guitars, even though some quite tormented pure-Death riffs occur to show their crooked noses... Sometimes it works quite cool with some of the riffs, while half of the time it doesn't turn me on because of too much convenience (And maybe black metal influences?). I would have found their music to be much more intense and interesting if they threw away the mid-placed or black metal influences, to work only with the tormented or quite dark, obese, or faster Death metal riffs... I see no use for these early SIX FEET UNDER alike parts that can only bore me for example... I feel like SEQUESTER can currently be a cool band for local supporters, to check their tunes during gigs etc, but not much more...



SERVORUM (Philippines) We are brutality Demo CDr'06. NOISE RIFFS Recs.
It's time to insert my venomous penis in the rotting pile of promos!
This brutal demo was catapulted in my anti-atomic mailbox few weeks ago, and the level of playing is higher than the rotting average Philippines used to feed our putrid hears with... What you hear is mostly influenced by KRISIUN, fast and revengeful Death metal that's riding the soniferous limit of blast beats most of the time, but also embraces some mid-placed in the "military/ ready for war" manner. There are also few thrash elements à la ooold SLAYER, some early DEICIDE's satanic touches, and quite bestial solos that could avulse à la BESTIAL WARLUST.
Listening to this demo, I can feel some anger; And some epic riffing isn't bad, which lets me think it's not a bad piece of subterranean revenge.
Now the production remains quite raw, it has some power but the hears addicted to honey-honey metal recordings won't easily understand everything... On one hand it adds some extremism and underground appeal to the whole, on the other hand it's a bit hard to get the riffs sometimes...
Now SERVORUM isn't very original, the style is very close to KRISIUN and affiliates; I guess it could instantaneously petrify the potential listeners who got an upset stomach on brazideath... And the putrid reviewer I am would like to really hear every riffs to judge of the riffing quality of the whole, because I can't give a precise opinion about it. I feel like the intensity decreases after a while, but can't analyze it to certainty.
So, to conclude I'll say maybe fans of the KRISIUN/ War metal styles, whose heads are stuck in the underblocks of the underground, could like it. And to conclude the conclusion, I'll write "SEVORUM" sounds a little funny once you read it in French phonetics, something like "BRAIN RUM' or the brain full of rum... Alright, there are many pirates in Philippines!



SHACKLES (Australia) Coup de grâce Demo'06.
After a mid-placed intro that sounds like what I remember of DESTROYER 666 (Oh well... 1998 era), the music begins... And what you get is what you might deserve: Old school thrash metal with speed metal influences. This especially reminds me of early KREATOR ("Endless pain") for the quite savage thrash riffings, the vocals, and quite punkish speed metal sonorities. Later you'll also have few more black metal/ heavy metal riffs that wouldn't have disfigured an old DESTROYER 666 song, some ancient metal influences (Almost melodic, but far from the pink gay hemorrhoids), almost rock'n roll touches, but most of the music remains brewed by thrash.
I appreciate the fact SHACKLES sounds more convinced and alive than on their first demo, but something bothers me: I'm not sure if it's due to a tightness problem (It might be a bit too rawly played by moments, or the drummer might be a bit too technical) or some hesitations in structures... Anyway, there are some quite cool moments that could deserve to be arranged a more impressive way... They seem to try to write real songs, so it might improve in the future...
Apart from the too "raw" aspect, this is a cool demo that might please the hears of underground maniacs whose minds are definitely locked in the past.
Vapors of alcohol are emanating from there. Who said alcohol?? Shocking!!!










SHROUD (Usa) This is not for you Demo 2014. Self-released.
As they pile up perpaings.
As they juxtapose the means of mental erosion.
As they build meters high walls of ignorance and close-mindedness.
Someone has to react and collapse it all.
This band plays death grind... I mean DEATH GRIND the way we knew it.
While the frenetic drums have something of early CRYPTOPSY (First two albums!) and old PIGSTY ("The return"), the guitars have something of straightforward grindcore/ death grind and something more "brutal death"... Or should I say "The brutal death released more than 10 years ago that wasn't complex for useless reasons"! And so it might remind of a less technical DISGORGE (Usa), with touches of PYREXIA, and "heavier" motivated moments not so far from old MISERY INDEX.... Yet with a more angry state of mind that draws them closer to power-violence by moments.
I read on a blog the instruments were recorded live, this would explain a part of the frenzy (The drummer is faster than a bunch of trigger-addicts anyway... And it's not a computerized sound, it's nice to hear little variations on the level of each snare hit, if you see what I mean...)
I imagine some peoples might also hear old ALIENATION MENTAL here.
On a purely emotional point of hammer, I couldn't say I was catched by the riffs or felt the "big deal", but there's some more than decent brutality in there and it's nice to hear a quite frenetic drumming that sounds like real drum-playing.
A straight stroke of shovel on your balls, perfect to wake up in the morning. 


SLAUGHTER WITCH (Usa) Demo'18. Digital. Self-released.
Welcome to the cave! This band rising from the graves of the darkest cemeteries of San Antonio, Texas, plays old school death metal in the quite simple and "thrashing" manner.
Do not expect a lot of fancy melodico technical riffs, this is old death metal in an end 80's/ early 90's manner that can remind of early DEATH (First two Lps only), with some old GRAVE (Fast and heavier parts), some old MASSACRE, a bit of early OBITUARY, then a touch of early MORGOTH for more epic melodies, or a little of old DEICIDE in little more satanic or blasting parts.
The content finally occurs to be a little more varied and colored than a hammer blow in the face, you can find touches of epicness, or some (heavier) parts even remind me of BRUTALITY's "Ruin of humans" MCD (Less technical).
Hmm, for a reason located in the riffs, or atmosphere, they also remember me of ENCABULOS from Australia (Probably the "Dark divinity" Demo tape).
There is nothing new or orgasmically killer here, but nothing sounds wrong and the whole is morbidly pleasant to listen to.
SLAUGHTER WITCH isn't currently over the top of the hill of rotting skulls, but what they offer is cool old school death metal in the old manner, it could please fans of the style who aren't against an underground appeal.



SLAUGHTERDAY (Ger) Ravenous Demo tape. 2014. DEFYING DANGER Recs.
This is very Swedish influenced Death metal. But hopefully you'll find more thickness à la ooold GRAVE or juicy slime grooviness à la old AUTOPSY, because too much of ENTOMBED/ DISMEMBER reheating can severely damage the furnace.
You'll find some stuffs to enjoy in the present moment, when you're in the mood to feel old school Death metal with some fat and lard, there are some nice atmospheres and quite cool riffs... But I didn't find much particularly personal.
This said, some little-more-melodic guitars give a touch of EDGE OF SANITY (Or perhaps mid old GOREFEST?) and might make a little difference from the usual new-old-styled-death-metal-band.
The production is quite cool and quite heavy.
I find the first two songs to be better than the two later ones (That include an Acheron cover...Never got into this band even though they got the quarter of a cult status).
The guitarist used to play in OBSCENITY, I don't hear many common points (But my last meeting with this German band was probably at the end 90's, so...).
Due to some online praises I expected more depths and thrills from SLAUGHTERDAY, but this remains a cool/ quite cool Demo/ Ep to check in the present moment.


SLAVE (Uk) Slave Demo 2013. Self-produced.
As I browsed new releases on Bandcamp following the "Grindcore" keyword, the demo of this English band kinda stood out... Even if the music is not really my style, something caught the attention of my internal "grindometer".
What you can find in the concrete mixer is something like "fast hardcore" and "slow hardcore". Oh, yes, in the middle of the sand and water your fingers can feel something like old school grindcore, old school hardcore, crustcore and fastcore, the whole melted with more or less "illogical" structures that happen to take from Powerviolence (It's not THAT fucked and doesn't sound like mathcore or whatever... It's rather some structures are not so usual, or perhaps some songs are very short).
I initially thought it was old school grind for real, because some of the riffs are quite straight to the point, but there's quite a lot slower hardcore moments the "older" way (Some of these almost tend to sludge by moments.)
The production is quite cool, it's a bit heavier than the usual grind records, yet not relapsified. Some grindcore parts are nice, it blasts and sounds quite intense/ energetic.
I know the content will sound angry and ugly enough for underground brutallizers.
But there's too much of HC for the cement mixer could vomit a really intense concrete, I would have enjoyed this demo better if there had been more blastbeats.
Now this is my own perception, I have never been a fan of hardcore (Except for grind) and I still think there's "something" inside. This might be a cool demo for fans of the style. UP THE PERPAINGS!



SLUGGARD (Australia) Sluggard Demo 2014. Tape. ABYSMAL SOUNDS Recs.
The zombies circle in a vomit fiesta.
Swallow your neighbor’s regurgitation. Repuke it back.
No loss of radioactive intestinal matters. This is the infernal vomit recycling.

The style of this Australian band changed a bit since the previous demo, while the whole remains influenced by old school thrash (SLAYER "Hell awaits" or early POSSESSED for example, if you call it thrash), there's an appearance of "crust" à la old MASTER/ REPULSION and the whole became a bit more extreme (With touches of grind for example).
There are also slow moments that could remind of the old mid-paced BATHORY (Or does he like VENOM? Nope, it's not the same...) or perhaps some mid old ENTOMBED ("Uprising")
The songs are a bit more complex than what I remembered, with more riffs, it's nice since the changes come in a quite good manner.
This is a solo project, but you wouldn't notice... The playing doesn't sound cold, but rather warm compared to usual solitary pleasures.
While listening I also thought about old RIGOR MORTIS (Usa) or NIHILIST (Swe).
I went back to my review of the previous demo, and saw the first track was also the best one... So I guess the Sluggard guy is conscious about what he's metallically doing (Perhaps we'll get a compilation of first songs in 8 years when he has released 8 demos.. This could turn into a very nice best of album AhAh)
SLUGGARD remains a cool project, it could please fans of underground thrash/ death in a quite old school manner that could come with more morbidity than usual thrash.



SLUGGARD (Australia) Sluggard Demo tape. 2010. ABYSMAL SOUNDS Recs.
Underground is ultra fukked, only the music remains... So let's write a little review.
SLUGGARD is a one man project from Australia that plays something like Thrash metal, with a little bonus of morbidity you do not hear so often in the thrashing recordings.
The first song "With the flies" mostly reminds me of SLAYER ("Hell awaits"), with a bit of POSSESSED ("Seven churches") for some very early Death metal touches. It has fast parts, mid-paced moments and varies enough to avoid boring you as an ugly bear. The vocals are a bit harsher and more extreme than usual thrash.
The second track, "Scurvy", is the bad point: It's always mid-paced or slow... Where's the accelerating button?
We come back to faster music with the third song entitled "Trotting cob" that begins in a fast blasting manner… Is it black metal or a reminding of INCUBUS ("Serpent temptation")? This track is still like old underground thrash, with enough fast parts, but fewer of SLAYER emerges.
The last song "Too good to rat" also reminds me of old SLAYER ("Hell awaits"), with some NIHILIST and other ooold rotten demo stuffs from the past... Not bad, but the opening song was better.
You probably noticed I quote SLAYER quite often in this review, maybe unreasonably… This might be due to the fact I listen to fewer and fewer thrash metal, and my knowledge of this genre tends to erase itself… (At least it could remind you old old zines from the 80’s when every bands sounded like Slayer AhAh)
This tape could be a nice demo for underground freaks who are a lot into morbid thrash/ very early Death metal... It's not the brutal gangbang yet, and every songs aren't as nice as the first one, but when I hear this first track I imagine SLUGGARD could turn into a cool project in the future.
Email: thesluggard(a)



SOIL OF IGNORANCE (Canada Dry) Grindwinter Demo tape. 2012. Self-released.
This is quite kicking shit, dude.
S.O.I. plays old school grindcore in a way I like, with influences of old NAPALM DEATH (Steer/ Dorian era), not sold old REGURGITATE (Minus the gore) for grinding examples, and a bit more "modern" influences for very short blast parts.
There's a good dose of fast grinding moments, some quite motivated dbeat drums and a few other rhythms.
I don't hear all the riffs so well because of the quite raw (But still brutal/ heavy enough) production, but I like the straight to the point structures, brutal breaks and the drums that can be quite kicking.
***Wait a minute, bandcamp has problems to stream the following song... Will you fuckers stop downloading on Saturday morning and let me review by streaming??***
This is regular old school grind, but done with some energy and aggression, so I can dig the UPS express corpse package.
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SPEWTILATOR (Usa) Thrash N Splash Demo tape. 2010. SKULLFUCKING METAL Recs.
Spewtilator is a strange name... If you read it with the abstract delirium in mind, it sounds like "VOMIT VENTILATOR! The mighty ventilator that throws puke in everyone's face!"... Uh?
So is the music sick? It begins in a nice splashing manner: Motivated thrash metal with appearances of short citron crushing blasts, and death grind attacks with deep vocals that make it disjoncted like old EXHUMED! This first track is short and it kicks.
The following songs are less compressed and pulp splashing, it's more along a classical thrash metal manner with touches of death and death grind, yet with something quite fucked in mind (Compared to regular thrash). It still has the quite "strange" screamy vocals and deeper vox, and it's ok underground stuff, but I feel less sickness to press the fucking citron until total pulp explosion. So SPEWTILATOR has shown their abilities to exhume the pulp, let's see how they evolve in the fucked future.



SPIRITUAL HOLOCAUST (Fin) Salute the death MCD. 2010. Self-released.
I'm not sure if this demo arrived at the best address... This is rather mid-paced Death metal, tending to something quite doomy... And I'm not a fan of this Death metal that remains mid-paced with quite a lot of double kicks...
This could remind of some BOLT THROWER ("IVth crusade" or "...For victory") meets old SIX FEET UNDER with a touch of BENEDICTION ("Grind bastard"), some GOREFEST (Between the second and third album), and some more epic "doomy" guitars that could seem like they try to reproduce SLUGATHOR's second album...  Some quite "tortured guitars" and riffs in the depressive genre have more to do with indus metal or dark metal (Especially the second part of the demo) and might be more appealing than when they try to be closer to Death metal...
You will regularly think about thrash metal at the corner of a riff or a vocal part, it might feel a bit strange in the middle of other "darker" parts, it could remind of old SLAYER ("Divine intervention" maybe) or eventually some TESTAMENT, SEPULTURA ("Chaos AD")... This might not be a surprise since most of these guys played in a thrash/ death band for years.
You will also hear a few parts to be faster: A riff in the first song sounds like Finnish DEPRAVITY (A shame it comes with a shitty blast) while another one almost comes with blasting drums, but accelerations aren't numerous.
In the biography they sent, influences of Morbid Angel, Nile, Vader, Bloodbath, Decapitated and Hate eternal were quoted... But I don't see many common point (Except for a few riffs to be linked to MORBID ANGEL or some old BLOODBATH to appear...), the music is generally slower, less complex/ technical and also less energetic...
Some riffs are quite nice (And even cool), especially in the most "depressive" moments, but I globally find it to be lacking of energy (And sometimes to be generic)
Some fans of doom death (Or not too savage older Death metal) might find it cool, but my personal feeling is: On one hand if they want to evolve into pure Death metal, I will need more depths and energy to be thrilled, on the other hand if they choose to follow the more depressive path of the last two songs,
I could be more inspired.



SPLIT OPEN (Can) Demo 2019. Digital.

This band from Vancouver plays short songs.
I hope you don't have short erections.
This is quite old styled and raw.
I hope you don't hope for hopefulness.
This ten tracks demo sounds like a mix of short'n raw grindcore songs, with some slower old hardcore riffs here & there. Global statistics: 75% of blasts, 25% of slower parts.
I kinda dig the old school grind/ energy of the blastbeats, it sounds quite raw the old way (I bet the band sounds this way live) (Ps: No superstar overproduced metallic grind here).
The slower Hardcore (Sometimes a little "sludge") riffs are ok, but I prefer the blasts.
Some songs are quite kicking, while a couple are a little too short to kick (First a slow riff, then a blast-beat part, then that's all... ok? I heard more absurd music).
This remains classical in the grind style, but I don't dig modern grind that much, so it sounds better in my skull, and there's energy here.
It's not a bad demo in the style and could please the undergrinded bones of the dirt-blast enthusiasts. Raw classical grindcore the old way.



STATE COLLAPSE (Swe) "Gothenburg rape" Demo CDr. 2008.
Sweden is not only about the current retro stuff. Even though "Gothenburg rape" could let you think STATE COLLAPSE plays anti-melodic morbid death metal, you're wrong because what I hear is more brutal! Something between blasting death and brutal Death metal, with quite a lot of blasts, double kicks and more undelicate tortures during the alive autopsy...
Some riffs have an almost grindcore, right in the face approach with quite a lot of blasts and double nutt-kickings, some are a little more technical or along the bruta-bruta way, while some have a little more "old school" approach and tend to be more along the "obscure" way; And there are groovy parts (You know these quite corish grooves some beer metallers like to deny) but it's packed with gutturals and keeps a brutal death approach so I see no complain.
Do you want some brutalizalike names? No you don't want comparisons, because it has became so common in reviews, but I will quote these anyway: SOILS OF FATE, SUFFOCATION ("Despise the sun"), current PYREXIA, old MISERY INDEX, a little of DEVOURMENT (In the quite drowning heavier stuffs), and also elements of mid old MORBID ANGEL or stuffs like mid old MALEVOLENT CREATION (But the Pyrexia quote could have been enough) and maybe a little of IMMOLATION (Yes the guitars doesn't sound clear or plastic, and in some blasts it's quite obscure)
I appreciate the band didn't follow the "We're so morbid we didn't learn to play our instruments" little trend as they have a decent level, it occurs to be quite nice and kicking in drum-patterns for example.
STATE COLLAPSE didn't redefine the brutal death style every 30 seconds (Are you joking?), but this demo is quite well packed and sounds quite kicking. Those who like the genre and have half of their brain trapped in the underground might want to offer themselves a nice fist fucking! Don't hesitate, it's quite cheap, and your anus will remember the pours of blood.



SUBCUT (Bra) Humanidade = genocidio Demo CDr.
Grindcore that rather comes with influences of the old style (Early NAPALM DEATH) but packed in a quite screamy way (Think Power violence), with some mid-placed HC influences. The quite noisy aspect assorted with screams could remind of old ANAL CUNT, while the freshness reminds me of HUTT's first CD.
This is quite compressed and motivated grindcore/ powerviolence, not bad on a matter of structures and energy... But I miss something heavy and resonating (Obese grind? Hu!) or hammering to split my head in half. A bit more blasts wouldn't displease me. Big underground fans of the style might dig it, especially during fukked pit blastures.



SULPHUROUS (Denmark) Demo XII Tape. Serpent Pulse Recs.
This new Danish band plays Death metal in an old fashion, but contrary to many new projects their style has no influence from Swedish death, they are closer to end 80's/ beginning 90's dark satanic genres, and their music is also faster even if slower moments regularly appear.
There's something from old MORBID ANGEL in the tremolo riffs, leads, and some atmospheres (I'm rather quoting the recordings before "Altars of madness"), with some moments that could remind the nice heavier ENCABULOS (The "Dark divinity" Demo 98), some INCANTATION (Not in the most doomy manner), something of Gene Palubicki's guitar-riffing
(I would rather quote Blasphemic Cruelty than Angel Corpse which is too brutal for a comparison, even if the first is too thrashy), a bit of BLOODY SIGN (Around the first album), the whole with a quite "bloody" atmosphere with a dark red color.
There's also something of an "occult" black death touch in the atmosphere and few riffs, an impression that's quite strongly enhanced by the quite dark vocals closer to (Roughly) old Incantation/ Vasaeleth,
I think it wouldn't particularly feel this way if it was only for the music.
If I had to choose between those two songs, I would prefer the first one: It is faster and globally contains riffs that sound more "convinced"/ "inspired from the inside".
While some tremolo riffs are quite interesting and some leads sound nice, I find some guitars to be a bit easy in the black/ death genre,
and everything isn't focused on the inverted cross.
For a first demo it's not bad, it contains an atmosphere and shows some underground qualities that might develop into something conveying more blood resonance.
Scourge the autochthons, for more blood shall be served upon the altar.



SYMPTOM (Usa) Descensus Morte Demo CDr. 2011. Self released.
The universe of this new band tastes as something interesting. The music is between doom metal and Death metal, but couldn't really be called "Death doom" as it goes a bit more in the extremes. The doom parts are closer to the funeral spirit of WINTER than anything "rocking", while the Death metal parts (Both fast and slow) taste closer to old INCANTATION, with seldom touches of more regular old school stuff. Very early MY DYING BRIDE could also be a decent comparison sometimes, both for some Death and doom. In the faster moments, they could sound like SANGUINEOUS but that wouldn't go so crazy on technicality and breaks... In fact it's less brutalizing, sometimes even a little occult or "experimental".
They aren't afraid to downtune their guitars, it creates nice low frequencies, and sounds a bit inhuman.
I found some really nice parts, while some were less inspiring (But sill edible).
This isn't really my kind of music since there's a bit too much of doom and suffocating funeral state of mind (I try to avoid having the head stuck in the cemetery for all the day, you know?)
Even if their music isn't perfect yet, it's quite interesting, with some good parts. According to the "let's release anything" fashion in the current underground Death metal world, I guess SYMPTOM wouldn't have too many problems to be released on a label, at worse a fast-food machinery such as Dark Descent.

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