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(Jap) Soulwinter Ep’99 HG FACT.
In an article dealing with
the excellence of TERRORIZER, I read about bands like MULE SKINNER
(AAARRGH!) and 324. So I searched for some of these Japanese grinders,
and here's a quite cool Ep.
It's right 324 has got to do with
TERRORIZER, they remind me of the band for its Grind/ Crust style!
The same kind of well balanced punching Death crust beats, followed
by hyperfast Grindcore blasts (too fast to blast my arse with the
grinding fucker blasts! Blast beats gets some impact and a 3rd dimension
if it's not too fast...).
This could sound like some EXTREME
NOISE TERROR stuffs, some DISRUPT's Crust and eventually a bit of
new NAPALM DEATH. The drummer is quite good (à la terrorizing Pete
Sandoval), the riffs are Ok in the TERRORIZER style. Nothing special
and the 3rd track of this Ep's guitars sounds too "nice"
, as a whole it's ok stuffs.
Conclusion: I awaited more, but
that's not bad and 324 may offer some nice listenings to big TERRORIZER
(Fra)/ PUNISHMENT (Swi) Split CD'03 SKULLFUCKED.
a quite nice split CD that benefits of a beautiful dark cover.
first band is 7TH NEMESIS who plays extreme metal with varied influences,
from quite old school death to more blasting of Brutal death metal
styles. During the listenings, I thought about MORBID ANGEL, SINISTER,
old DEICIDE, IMMORTAL (Black and melodic touches, rather "Blizzard
beast") and some mid old SLAYER for mid placed Thrash metal.
They have small core discarding touches. Their Vocals are high pitched,
Black metal like for most. My complain is I find their tracks quite
long and I miss some riffs that brand my brain with burning iron!
The band sounds quite pro and might please a bunch of guys!
On the other
hand, PUNISHMENT did nothing for me! Somekind of old Death metal
with core touches... Most is mid placed or slow à la SIX FEET UNDER
or OBITUARY ("Back from the dead")... Some parts are a
bit more groovy, some are faster... But nothing to hang you on!
Vocals are low.
I find to relief here! It remains too easily
findable riffs and simple easy compositions to turn me on! (I'm
not talking about the technical aspect!) It's a shame the will to
promote misleaded the Skullfuckers in the case of PUNISHMENT!
SOVEREIGN (India) Destined to suffer CD'07. DEMONSTEALER Recs.
years ago I download some demo tracks of IIIRD SOVEREIGN that sounded
quite encouraging. Even if this wasn't the underground revelation
of the month, the band developed a little feeling for some end 80's
meets beginning 90's Death thrash that was quite intriguing, at
this moment I imagined they could kick some 80's metal ass in the
future and could procreate some real feeling-frenzy riffs... So
I kept an eye on what could happen in their corner, and finally
a first album was released on a new Indian label... My first surprises
with this album lie in the facts the music is quite different, and
the band sounds much more professional.
On a musical point of
view they became much more CANNIBAL CORPSE influenced both for the
vocals and a good part of the riffs... It's quite impressive by
moments: You get the slam mid placed efficiency of "Tomb",
the brainless blasts of "Butchered at birth", the boring
half-slow moments of "Vile" and various things like that...
And even some casket-ripping influences from "Eaten back to
life" which sound quite horror and fucked up alike!
it up, the disk is composed of 50% mid old CANNIBAL CORPSE, and
another 50% of various death metal styles mixed altogether.
we already dissected the first half, what could make the other portion?
A little of MORTA SKULD, a putrid zest of old BROKEN HOPE, drops
of SUFFOCATION, oozings of MASSACRE, a bit of BAPHOMET, some Death/
black like (let's say) early MARDUK...
is good, it sounds quite heavy and compact, it's not too over-saturated
and doesn't contain too many high pitched nor high middle frequencies,
so it could have been recorded around 10-15 years ago...
The band has
a decent technical level and their songs fall quite well in order...
It works quite well for some riffs are quite well thought, it has
some groove and sometimes a sense of the quite killing riff (The
90's brutal way)... But every positive aspect often has it's negative
black-sister in nowadays metal scene: This record doesn't contain
more than 4-5 percents of originality, sometimes it sounds a bit
too close to their influences, and some death black riffs are too
simple for my tastes, and some Cannibal corpse influences are a
bit too much after a while (It gets quite boring)... I could find
other negatives and things to be improved, but since this album
is quite enjoyable I'll stop there.
I think those
who like current modern brutal death for the fact it's ultra technical/
fast/ plastic/ up-to-date wouldn't be impressed, but the music contains
a feeling and a groove that makes it enough for me.
I think this
release could be a quite important step for the professionalizing
of Indian metal scene, since it sounds quite solid and shows the
face of a decent Death metal band... IIIRD SOVEREIGN might be a
nice outfit to check out live, but as cool as the Cannibal corpse
riffs might sound in some hears, I personally don't need another
Cannibal corpse... So I would kindly ask them to develop a bit more
their 90's Death metal roots and maybe insert some little Indian
touches in the guitar patterns (Without loosing the brutality, of
corpse) if they want to catch the interest of my own little musical