Inside CD'00 SHOW NO MERCY.
reblasted my brain to some old SINISTER destructive moments, yes
for some technical and sometimes quite complex reasons they evoked
the old times of the Brutal death band from the Netherlands. But
the vocals (the way it's placed and how it sounds) plus the drumming
could also remind ya of SINISTER. Some old SUFFOCATION can be spelled
for the technical side.
Around the 4th track, they loose the
efficiency... even if it's faster again with the 6th one. Sounds
like some American brutal death bands also.
I could quote a few bands
as NATRON(ITA) or even DAMNABLE (POL).
whole is correctly executed and with a good amount of variations
in a given track. Plus the sound is quite good.
conclude I'll say this band sounds in my ears like a copy of old
SINISTER without the memorable touch that made the dutch band appear
in my 30 Death metal bands top list at the time. Not bad but nothing
special, so it's average... http://www.ab-norm.de
INCARNATE (IRE) Nadir CD'01 SENTINEL.
I really expected
something in an old school and obscure Death metal style from them.
But their style is rather a quite modern Brutal death mixed with
some Grindcore. They own some modern Brutal death riffs mixed with
grindcore like high pitched screams and some strong modern grindcore
influences (that are more in the goremetal side of the thing).
moments, they play a ripping sounding Death metal that could remind
some EXHUMED ("Gore metal"), INFAMY ("The blood shall
flow"), plus they own a DAMNABLE side ("Demo'96")
for the noisy Brutal Death touch.
SANITYS DAWN ("Mangled
in the meatgrind") shall be named for the CARCASS influenced
Brutality while BRUTAL TRUTH may be seen as an influence for some
vocals, some blasting parts and for a few heavy Grind riffs. (Could
notice also the french grinders BLOCKHEADS...).
There's a bizarre
and morbid touch à la old IMMOLATION/ ROTTREVORE in the 2
first riffs of the track called "Aeons of our dying" that's
a whole, this Brutal sounding albums includes some quite cool riffs,
it's above the average, but some parts sound like Brutal noise because
of this brutal sound and some riffs aren't the most inspired, this might
be cool for big maniacs but not much more.
(Fin) Declaration of perdition MCD. 2009. Self-released.
frontal artwork of this recording looks quite close to some CANNIBAL
CORPSE covers, but the music is quite different... At the first
approach you could feel in a very special mood: Just image, every
inhabitants of a whole city shitting in your face at the same time...
This super juicy feeling is probably due to the
quite "dark" production coupled with a quite technical
musical genre, it's quite downtuned and "complex"...
might already have a little idea of the auditory content: This is
obscure brutal death metal taking both from the "old styled"
ways and more modern approaches: While the natural and un-manipulated
production makes it sounding quite somber, the playing of the band
takes as much from older “dominating” brutal death/ death as from
more modern (And sometimes quite technical) approaches.
hand you can feel some MORBID ANGEL (Rather the most brutal of "Formulas
fatal...", but also some burning soul from older ones), some
NILE (Minus the Egyptian and epic influences, it's rather the brutal
parts), some BYATIS (The first and only album, with fewer "melodies"),
some of the CONVERGENCE FROM WITHIN CD (But isn't it close to Morbid
angel?) or the last FLESHTIZED Demo if you wish.
On the other
hand, you can hear more modern (Or USBD) influences: I could quote
some DEFEATED SANITY (Rather the second album: Quite technical and
not polished technical brutality), some French MORGUE (Demos and
first releases), a little of ORIGIN, touches of mid "old"
HATE ETERNAL or a bit of INSISION ("Ikon") even if it's
not the most accurate one (I was thinking about some quite technical
The songs are built around quite a lot of riffs and
Some moments are quite cool, and it sounds (Tada) brutal,
but something bothers me quite a bit... Maybe it's due to the quite
controlled brutally-modern gimmicks that might restrain a bit the
atmosphere... Or the rhythmic approach they choose about half of
the time is simply not my fave...
My almost totally decapitated
rotting head balances between two choices: It could be quite cool
underground stuff, while it could also be quite average (According
to my counter of catchy and thrilling riffs). This band has quite
good technical skills, they know how to decently compact a crowd
of riffs in their songs, and some of their ideas are really not
bad, but I think they could improve important things such as the
catchyness (Maybe a bit more of choruses and fewer riffs changes
would help?) or the emotional intensity (This might automatically
be improved by the improvement of the previous point... Or this
(BRA) Evoking the abomination CD'02 EVIL VENGEANCE.
I reviewed their "Ascension" Demo'98 in my 2nd paper issue,
and their new tracks sounds more extreme and more strongly influenced
by KRISIUN. I Could find some old school Death metal riffs à
la ANGEL CORPSE (2nd album) and this is maybe not a coincidence
as EVIL VENGEANCE is the label of Gene Palubicki (guitarist of ANGEL
Their Death metal is almost always fast and Grinding
à la KRISIUN "Black force domain" and "Apocalyptic
I found the riffs less impressive than on
the "Apocalyptic..." CD of their Brazilian metal brothers,
this KRISIUN CD mentioned above made me thrill and rise up my fist
for a good amount of listenings, while this ABHORRENCE CD is just
a cool one.
Anyway, I appreciate the tightness of the Grinding
drumming, and mixed between all the extreme like sounding tremolo
riffs, you'll find apocalyptic like sounding leads à la KRISIUN/
old MORBID ANGEL.
One could notice a few technical riffs à
la very old DEICIDE (2 first CDs) and a few tremolo Death metal
riffs in the vein of MALEVOLENT CREATION's more recent offerings
or VADER's demo days.
This band goes along the lines of KRISIUN
and all their Brazilians fans and followers such as REBAELLIUM... during
the playing of this CD I didn't found much than 'cool' stuffs (neverending
blastbeats doesn't impress me anymore...) Those who are totally into this style may find a quite interesting
band in ABHORRENCE.
ABHORRENT FUNERAL (Pol)
Ugly tales Tape album. 2017. TILL YOU FUKKIN BLEED Recs.
Wow, this album was now released two years and a half ago, and I feel once
again quite slow to review a recording... But the speed of light doesn't
matter, since rottenness is a slow process of truculent joyful decomposition!
ABHORRENT FUNERAL is a pretty new death metal band that choose to play it
simple and ugly, well I could rather use the words "Primitive and
The music sounds like a mixture of old retro death, doom and punk bands à la
old AUTOPSY, HELLHAMMER, old NECROPHAGIA (For the old horror atmosphere, but
musically less "thrashy") and HELLHAMMER (Again). I think you got the
old primitive "cheap" horror movie feeling.
While this CD is very pleasant to listen to at the first approaches, to fuckk
off the complexities and relax in the old pile of warmly rotting body parts
(What... What is happening? There are strange fumes emanating from the piles of
chunks... Arrrh?), after a while I find the music to become less appealing...
Perhaps because it's too simple, too primitive, perhaps because some old DM
bands have more impact in comparison (Abhorrent funeral sounds quite convenient
In my humble rotting opinion, this remains cool primitive underground retro
maceration, but musically this tastes more like a demo or project than a super
thrilling carnivorous erection.
So ABHORRENT FUNERAL should be kept for big underground fans of simple old
death metal/ punk relaxatorium.
(Nor) Storms of calamity Ep'06. NO POSERS PLEASE! Recs.
sounding old styled brutal Death metal that tastes very much
like old SUFFOCATION! And you couldn't say this comparison results
from random words because ABOMINAT probably worships "Effigy
of the forgotten" as hell: It can be heard in the various ways
of approaching the brutal death style, the way of composing songs,
the production, the vocals... Hopefully this doesn't sound like
a weak copy, the band transmits cool obscure atmospheres and they
are owner of quite good skills (In use for cool compositions).
the music isn't as emotionally intense as SUFFOCATION and I'm not
yet sure something could stand as "Really catchy and to be
remembered in the grave", but you can at least listen without
troubles: No boring shit!
For a first recording, it's a fine
collection of internal piercings. Good luck!
ABOMINATOR (Australia) Nuctemeron descent
As for BESTIAL
MOCKERY, I had already seen quite many interviews of ABOMINATOR before I finally
get to hear how this band sounds like. I must say that I am not disappointed as
much as I was with BESTIAL MOCKERY. This is raw, savage death black metal, the
apocalyptic way. It's quite an intense release, and I think that fans of
INCANTATION, PROFANITICA/HAVOHEJ, IMMOLATION, BLASPHEMY, the last album of
IMPIETY, and the australian extreme maniacs like SADISTIK EXEKUTION, SLAUGHTER
LORD or DESTRÖYER 666 might be quite pleased by ABOMINATOR. For sure it's not
the most original stuff that you'll hear on this album, but I enjoy it quite
much 'cos it's sounding fresh and even if the blast beats are quite long, the
dudes know to put some breaks and play the tracks in the way that you never get
bored. I liek the production which is powerful and old school as fuck at the
same time! I like pretty much the drum sound, which is quite fat! All in all a
good album, I wish I could hear their previous efforts and hope that they are as
strong as this one. "Nuctemeron descent" is for sure not the most essential
release of the year, but is interesting enough to deserve your attention. Anyway
it woke up my interest for ABOMINATOR.
(Bel)/ CHRIST DENIED (Spa) Split CD'00 SOULREAPER Recs.
I had bought this split CD when it was released, I surely would'nt
have bet one Euro on the following of ABORTED's carrer, and I would
have sent them rotting with the 12000 other hopeless tomorrows bands
of Death metal! Because the 3 tracks included here, even if it's
still extremely brutal, have nothing especially exciting (maybe
a bit "Sea of cartillage"), and one have very often the
feeling about listening to a weak copy of SUFFOCATION. It's the
same problems that with their first album, and it's the same result:
this split joins the thousands and thousands releases one doesn't
get any pleasure listening to, but one will go and listen to by
choice. CHRIST DENIED isn't better, to the contrary, and it's cocktail
of ultra guttural or very high pitched vocals and conveniant riffs
is fastly forgotten. This even if the drum machine is well programmed.
Only the PYREXIA cover stands out a bit. It's the kind of
CDs that will hardely survive during the next big purges of my CD
(GER) Desire MCD'02.
Ah Ah! The cover will make you touch
your balls to examine if it hasn't been crushed by the adultered
Now coming to the music, most of ABRASIVE's style is composed
of old school Death metal and Brutal Death metal à la CANNIBAL CORPSE
(with the usual
double bass drums added to the blast beats).
There are a few
heavier DxMx riffs here and there ( à la old GOREFEST or
old BOLT THROWER). I may speak about SUFFOCATION or DEVOURMENT for
some heavy riffs, but ABRASIVE hasn't reached the same level of
musical quality. SKINLESS' 2 first albums wan also be quoted in
this case. Their riffs lack of personnality and would deserve
to be more worked out! It remains quite common riffs to be honnest.
As a whole this isn't bad, they can offer
something better with their next release, but this MCD isn't much
more than Ok. German brutallers: keep an eye open?
(Usa) Thirst for Blood, Hunger for Flesh CD'04. NECROHARMONIC.
though I really dug as fuck some of the AUTOPSY's grave digging
releases, I've never been a big maniac of ABSCESS... This CD contains
tracks taken from several ABSCESS' Eps, plus some unreleased rehearsal
and demo tracks... On some of these the state of mind is the one
of a big 120-Kg lazy bastard who spends his putrid days drinking
beers and eating brutal burgers as he remains unemployed since years
and years. Total social frustration, feeling of social rejection
and drowning in putrid crass as he screams against society some
fucked up looser hymns such as "Leech boy", "For
those I hate" or the nicely REPULSION influenced "Speed
The tracks of this album are in varied styles that
remain garage anyway: early Death metal, crustcore, old school punk,
Doomed rock'n roll crass... Somewhere between early AUTOPSY, the
DEAD KENNEDYS, DISRUPT, ENTOMBED ("To shoot straight"
epoch), DOOM and others early crustcore punk fukk you all bands
I don't know much. By moments it tastes like THE MELVINS who would
have eaten a shitload of Death metal and violent punk crust in their
fukked up adolescence. Garage, noisy, approximate to fukk you better!
Some tracks really sound like rehearsal recorded pieces of shit
that were composed in 15 minutes just to get fun, while some tracks
So don't buy this release unless you're a fuckked
up asocial lazy bastard or a total ABSCESS maniac. This compilation
is the kind of macerated pile of putrid vaginal extractions that
can only please the big rancid fans of the band. In short words:
Average/ Very average and for big fans of ABSCESS only!
(USA) Throbbing black werebeast EP’98 RELAPSE.
compte en ses membres Chris reifert, l’ancien batteur d’AUTOPSY
et je m’attendais vraiment à quelque chose de mieux, on a
droit ici à une sorte de punk grind avec des riffs très
simples et dépouillés d’idées. AUTOPSY était
100 fois meilleur, Fuck the régression!
OF FAITH (USA) Digital revolution CD'01 SELF RELEASED.
manga/ comics like drawings on their CD cover didn't procure me
a very good first approach.
To define their style, I could quote
some NINE INCH NAILS meets SKINNY PUPPY for the vocals mixed with
the most electro sides of N.I.N, KMFDM and old FRONT 242. There
are some techno music influences that wouldn't be so far from the
music of the MORTAL KOMBAT movie (1st one). Some DEPECHE MODE ("Violator"
and "Songs of faith and devotion") for dark electronic
body music inclusions can be named.
While some vocals' parts
sound cool, some doesn't really fit to the music in my ears. There
may be some MARYLIN MANSON (2nd CD) for some a bit cynic like vox.
Most of the music includes dancemusic like rythms and they quite often
use some noisy touches (for this style of music).
A part of this CD sounds Ok, but some other parts remind me too
bands mentionned before! They need to work on their style to
find some more personnal ideas, and offer some deep ideas! I'm not a lot into electro stuffs,
those who enjoy this style may find a few pleasant listenings here...
(Mex) Absolucion CD’02. DOGMA DESTROYER Recs.
hungry big dick of REGURGITATE's "Carnivorous erection"
is back to devour your cheezy face! But this might cock of hell
has grown a lot, thanks to beers and sweet cunts! This nice artwork
shows the CARNIVOROUS GODZILLA COCK CRUSHING YOUR LAME CITY AND
ASS-FUCKING HORNY BUILDINGS!
ABSOLUCION played a corrosive cocktale
of old school grind, Crustcore punk and powerviolence the screamy
and noisy way! I wasn't much impressed at the first hear, but behind
this average sound and not distorted enough guitars; lies nicely
constructed grindfuck with the right influences!
it balanced at the right spiked middle between the grinding shit
and the rather D-beat or mid placed HC. Some cool enough riffs sounds
kinda like old S.O.B, early NAPALM DEATH, DISRUPT, with a zest of
PIG DESTROYER (Prowler in the yard). They even have a good old rotten
creeping feeling à la DEFECATION/ REPULSION(?) by moments! There
are strong influences of some powerviolence induced bands I don't
remember clearly... probably VIOLENT HEADACHE or ASS DESTROYER?
punkish riffs sound too much punk and 'melodic' to entertain me.
And some guitars taste ever heard. It's not always the tighter,
but it's chaotic shit the old school way, so that sounds ok!
in all, it's a pleasant release. The main problem comes from the
not that good production (guitars taste like flies by moments...)
and the riffs aren't catchy or really face punching. This is the
kind of stuffs you enjoy when you actually want to hear grind rebellion
But what you have here is a decent underground Grind
HxCx chaos that might turn on the underground beer Grinders! Cool
Ep packaging by the way. The band has split up, so I might be late
one more time. Uh!
DEFIANCE (Indo) Systematic terror decimation CD’02 FROM BEYOND.
a few weeks, I knew Indonesia only for the very average/ low quality
of its metal scene. But since a few Underground listenings, I've
had the opportunity to put an hear on some tracks of decent Brutal
death bands like SIKSAKUBUR for example.
ABSOLUTE DEFIANCE is
one of these bands that makes me think the Indonesian scene isn't
plagued with low averageness and extreme "convenience",
even if their style isn't personal nor especially good.
band was called VILE before and had to change its name coz of the
What I hear in these brutalized by double kicks
speakers is an American styled Brutal death that's very near of
old SUFFOCATION. It could almost sound as a clone, but it's quite
well articulated and there are no ass-digging riffs nor dust breathing
vocals. You've understood this Brutal death is full of breaks, quite
technical riffs, and more groovy or heavy parts; the whole sounding
a lot like "Effigy of the forgotten", "Human waste"
or some very old PYREXIA recordings.
Even if nothing stands
out, even if no riff has got a real feeling, it's a well-produced almost
pro band. Nothing really killer, but big
fans of Brutal Death metal may find ABSOLUTE DEFIANCE Ok. Even if
they play a style that was played and played in a brutal overdose
by many bands, A.D is in anyway better than most of the Indonesian
bands who are not good! K.
(Hol) Visions in bloodred CD'02.
Sweden 1989/ 1990. Do you
ABSORBED sounds a lot like the bands that released cult
albums at this epoch in these Swedish lands of desolation! Their
style is old school Death metal reminding me of DISMEMBER's "Like
an ever flowing stream" a lot! (For melodic tremolos, punky
Death metal riffs, etc...).
There are also some old ENTOMBED
(guitar stuffs and few vocals), some CARNAGE, a bit of GRAVE (on
punching Death metal parts) and few touches of UNLEASHED. Good sound,
tight musicians. Some of their riffs remind me a lot (!!) of the
bands mentioned before. And by moments, I've got a bit too much
the feeling of "I've ever heard this Death metal riff before"...
Their style rather reminds me of DISMEMBER than ENTOMBED since it
has more of the quite melodic and quite aggressive Death metal of
DISMEMBER than of the total punch in your face and crushing as hell
music of old ENTOMBED!
Well, I think it's correctly constructed
old school Death metal but no personality nor a deep crushing feeling
of Death was detected by my inner instinct! The music is Ok, it
can be nice to see them live, but I found nothing special! So I
guess it can be cool for those who enjoyed a lot what DISMEMBER
did after their first LP, or for guys who still need a lot of old
school Death metal (might it be original, personal or not). Nothing
(Ger) Totenlieder CD'03
"Pioneering black metal fusion from Germany who received a
large degree of media attention...' Blah blah blah! Five words are
largely enough: "Bad black metal from Germany!!" Pioneering
a so poor musical scene who gladly enclose itself in mediocrity
isn't hard at all! I don't see them as pioneer of anything... Maybe
you'll do if you worship the releases ov "trve kvlt labels"
such as the ultra boring NO COLOURS!
Where is the so-called hatred
towards religion and the church? I find happy sounding riffs!
Where are the so called Frozen darkened rituals? I find happy sounding
leading guitars that evokes in my mind the dances ov happy and dancing
The band has a bunch of CDs in their trollish
bags, to be honest I don't hear many traces of musical evolutions!
The riffs are simple as fuck and inefficient, the melodies of the
leading guitars sounds like bad beginning guitarist improvisations,
and the tracks are structured in a common way.
The German sung
vocals sound weak by moments. Some traditional sounding vocal choruses
sound Ok. Some vocals and riffs remind me of HORNA, even if the
style isn't fast. The band tries to be 'original': there are some
calm interludes and shit, but it doesn't do anything! The mark ov
averageness is one more time here! Reinverse the inverted cross,
and stop this church's fire! It has to be deserved!
time the trve kvlt ov hell is betrayed!! It's maybe my trve lack
ov interest for the Black metal style that doesn't make me enjoy
this CD (???), bvt this sounds more like happy-folk with disortion
than Black metal! On an objektive point ov spike, this doesn't sovnd
serious nor Killer!! Avoid it like Cradle ov chiasse or Mierda burger
if you know what disco-dancing on happy black metal is!
ABYSSUS (Gre) Into the abyss Tape Lp. 2016. CHAOS AND HELL Recs.
Slowly you rot, till the end is complete.
You're in pain, stuck in the dead silence.
Rotting ways are sickening.
Chopped in half, dying, slowly you rot.
Bleeding from the inside, turned inside out, you won't find the arise.
Back to none, sickened an intoxicated, Slowly you rot.
This Greek band plays simple old school Death metal influenced by old OBITUARY
for most, with touches of varied other old Death metal bands from the past and
As said before, the maggots-infested skull of old OBITUARY can often be found
at the corner of fast, simple, quite primal riffs; you can also feel it during
slower, heavier, more monolithic guitars ("The end complete"), and
during some vocals (Even if it's not so scorched or deep).
One can also find some DEATH (Rather "Leprosy", or perhaps a little
of "Scream bloody..." but just a little) minus the more melodic
There's also a darker aspect, it doesn't sound different from early MORGOTH,
and it can also become more atmospheric.
The production improved compared to the first demo tape, it's heavier and
almost sounds Morrisound-alike, which doesn't displease me...
I think the music
also contains more atmospheres compared to the older recordings, it's a nice
It's really simple music sometimes, I think it could displease some potential
listeners (Those who dislike Obituary won't dig it), even if some atmospheres
I think we could say it is "Old death metal made by fans, for fans".
It's a quite cool album of simple old school death, nothing I find erectile,
but it's quite good to hear when you're in the mood for this quite darker and
no brain-shaking genre. Fans of Morissoundeath could enjoy some listenings.
Deathless master Tape album. 2011. DEIFIC MOURNING Recs.
I didn't pay too much of attention to this release, because when it landed in
my morbid cavern I was growing to be really tired with the Swedish (Very
overdriven) guitar sound, there were simply too many bands trying so hard to
sound like ENTOMBED in an exact manner (It seemed to bury the idea of
creativity deep under the wall of HM-2 noise).
But the thought of this band kept on reappearing in my morbid mind from time to
time, so I finally thought another attempt to plunge in the corpse wouldn't be
a bad idea... And here we are.
The music is clearly old school death influenced by the old Swedish bands,
there are a lot of fast beats in the same ("thrashing") style, as
well as some heavier stuffs, and more "melodic" guitars in the old Scandinavian
genre (There aren't too many punk Hc/ dbeat riffs here, which is okey).
During the listening I thought about old DISMEMBER (First two albums), early
ENTOMBED (First only), old GRAVE ("You'll never see...") for the
heavier moments, or a bit of (Very) old DERANGED for a kinda rawer and a little
more brutal approach...
Well, the production isn't exactly the buzzsaw Swedish sound, as it rages even
rawer and tastes a bit more punk, or closer to some old corrosive punk hardcore
This is a quite kicking tape, I appreciate the fact it doesn't sound too
fucking focused on "Left hand path", and there are great moments...
Now in my humble dismantled and disarticulated opinion every riffs don't sound
as great or kicking, you can find some good and less good... (And perhaps the
super raw production is a bit tiring, oh well, this is perhaps due to my old
hears AhAh). But globally this is a quite kicking tape that might please fans
of raw underground death metal with a decapitated approach (cf: Acephale).
(USA) Those who have risen CD’98 FULLMOON
Je dois dire que
je n’ai jamais été un grand fan de la musique d’ACHERON
à leur débuts quand ils étaient vraiment «
Evil », même si leur black heavy/ black/ thrash était
pas mal, je n’aimais que quelques riffs et il manquait quelque chose.
Depuis leur MCD « antigod antichrist », le style des
américains a évolué vers quelque chose de beaucoup
moins sombre, peut on encore appeler leur musique proche du heavy
et de l’atmosphérique du black métal? Je ne crois
pas. Sur leur nouvel album « Those who have risen »,
les traces de black métal sont infimes et même
s’ils accueillent David Vincent ( Ex- MORBID ANGEL, GENITORTURERS)
et Georges Corpsegrinder fisher ( CANNIBAL CORPSE) pour quelques
guests vocaux et Tony Laureno (MALEVOLENT CREATION) comme batteur
à temps plein et le tout reste monotone et peut convaincant.
ACOLYTES OF MOROS (Swe) Illusions of progress MCD.
2013. ODMETNIK Recs.
Here's a new doom metal band that choose to embrace the traditional vibes of
the style, apparently without stress or external musical influences. Globally
we could say their music is "In the shadows".
While listening, I occur to feel ORODRUIN, CANDLEMASS or perhaps early
CATHEDRAL (Without the tears and funeral) could be listed among their
Most of the tempo is slow to the slower mid-paced, there's no groove or rock'n
The vocals are clear and sung in a rather low pitched/ dark (But not extreme)
The production is very natural and simple, this could even sound like a demo
but it doesn't bother me (Better quite "lofi" than overproduced).
Sometimes the music or vocals happen to remind me of the old English doom band
SEVENCHURCH, but that might be due to my lack of doomy knowledge...
Some peoples might be interested to read the bassist/ vocalist and drummer use,
or used, to play in the Swedish doom band ANGUISH.
The music ACOLYTES OF MOROS comes up with is not extreme neither mellow, this
is just traditional doom in the 80's/ beginning 90's manner. This is quite cool to listen to, there's
nothing wrong or unpleasant for the style, but I didn't feel thrills or strong
hooks. This MCD might be quite interesting for big fans of the style.
GODS (Fra) Dies irae MCD'03 OSMOSE.
This is the same
recording than their "Dies irae" Demo'02, but with a great
obscure deadly packaging reminding me somekind of the old ASPHYX
releases! So I cut and past the old review: "This new french
band includes previous members of the great and cult french Death
metal band MUTILATED that released some demos and haunted the french
Thrashy underground with it's pure Death metal some years ago! So
the guitarist and the drummer that were once a part of MUTILATED
are back with a new band called ACT OF GODS, and their style is
still totally into an old school Death metal! You'll find here some
strong MORBID ANGEL influences (both old and new) for some old school
Death/ Thrash riffings à la POSSESSED and chaotic like leads from
hell! The first track "Act of the insane" is the best
one in my opinion, it includes a good gut tripping heavy and Brutal
riff! And a quite interesting riff follows in the track... They
also own some elements of old VADER (for a few tremolo riffs), INSISION/
New MORBID ANGEL (for some low tuned obscure riffs) and there are
some reminding elements of the old MUTILATED's style. As you can
see it remains in the old school style, and it's rather well done!"
I think there are as well some heavy Brutal death influences
à la CANNIBAL CORPSE in their stuffs, and it can be felt they're
into Death metal since some years! Nice shoot! This MCD can be interesting
for those who like their Death metal obscure, old school but with
a Brutal heavy side!
ACTIVE STENOSIS (Gre) Succumbed to infection
Tape. 2017. FERMENTED BILE VOMIT Recs/ KITCHEN VOMIT Recs.
Tease your pink juicy entrails.
Warm your bowels with the sharp scalpel;
Because this is extreme gore grindcore, without musical flaws!
This piece of extreme music decomposition is inspired from the most extreme
moments of CARCASS "Symphonies of sickness" (Minus the slower and
more melodic parts), there is also a blast-as-fuck mania and bizarre touches
reminding of early SANITYS DAWN (When they were into the gore), with gory
repugnant grindcore and crusty moments à la old REGURGITATE, and perhaps with a
bit of old LAST DAYS OF HUMANITY (This is only an example, I'm not a fan of
LDOH, and don't know them enough to guarantee a serious quote).
Many newer grindcore band don't have very good skills, here it's the contrary:
The songs are tight, well built, and the playing is even technical by moments
(Which makes the content a bit closer to old brutal death).
This is quite extreme and kicking stuffs, musically speaking ACTIVE STENOSIS
could please many fans of grindcore and brutal death... But now come the very
gore vocals that vomit all he swamp from the corpse-filled sewers, it's not low
in the mix and could disgust those who don't cum for the gore. Anyway
"Succumbed to infection" would quite surely sound like a very good
album for fans of extreme gore grindcore. It was also released on pro CD by EYE
OF THE DEAD Recs.
(USA) Desire, Aspire, Inspire, Expire CD’97 INDEPENDANT SICKNESS.
je ne comprend pas comment des fanzines peuvent donner d’excellentes
chroniques à un groupe comme ADNAUSEAM, je m’attendais vraiment
à une tuerie et je suis déçu! Pour moi
ce groupe ne propose rien de spécial qui le fera sortir de
la masse de groupes de death métal moyens infestants la scène.
A la première écoute, leur death métal
assez complexe semble approximatif mais après quelques écoutes
j’ai une meilleure impression, certains riffs plutôt portés
sur l’ambiance ne sont pas trop mals.
Certains passages rapides
et dissonants sont un peu dans le style de NUCLEAR DEATH, on
note quelques influences VIOGRESSION pour les passages les plus
doom. Juste un groupe très très moyen qui pourrait donner une meilleure impression
avec une meilleure production qui est ici un peu terne pour un album
( ça aurait été OK pour une démo). Reste à voir si leur musique
a sa place sur CD.
Tenebrae factae sunt Démo’98.
Ces black métalleux venus d’Italie clament
appartenir à la vraie élite black métal italienne et je me demande ce que
doivent donner les mauvais groupes quand ceux appartenants à l’élite sont aussi
chiants que ça! Et oui, vous avez bien compris que ce groupe n’apporte rien de
plus à la masse, ils essaient d’utiliser des synthés mais leur musique a déjà
été entendue tant de fois et l’ensemble est si approximatif que le meilleur
conseil que je pourrais vous donner est d’éviter ce groupe. VIA ONNA 27, 67016
PAGANICA IAQUI, ITALIA
(CZE) Age of seven towers MCD'01 AVALANCHE PROD.
music is very much influenced by a black metal that sounds quite
classical but also very much into a more atmospheric and melodic
vein as there are some clear male and female vocals mixed here and
there. Some riffs are more classical Death/ Thrash metal influenced.
you want to imagine what kind of music they're playing, notice the
following bands: MARDUK, JUDAS ISCARIOT, ORPHANAGE (for female vocals)
and maybe SWORDMASTER (for a blackthrashing metal touch).
is composed only of clear vocals and violin, it's somekind of folkloric
thing in the STILLE VOLK vein.
But it remains common as nothing stands out in my ears. Big Underground black
metal fans may find it cool.
(Bel) Black clouds determinate CD'94 CYBER MUSIC.
by far the AGATHOCLES release I consider as the best one! I remember
some friends and I had some nice moments being smoked, listening
to this release and watching TV programs such as newsreels! Hallucinating
on their stupid and so out of touch with reality nice looking faces!
Negative trip, but cool trip!
Cool Heavy "I despise this
shit existence" intro that's followed by good grinding Crust
that was composed, played and sung with real convictions! Check
a few tracks' titles: "Sentimental hypocrisy", "Megalomaniac
stupidity", "Black clouds determinate"... Ah!
efficient stuff, and there's a fuck off touch I enjoy on their stuff!
the more I enjoy the low vocals that are quite near of the ones
they used on their split with PATARENI, the "Reject adaption"
track with the "We don't give a fuck" chorus and the one
entitled "Love is an abstract" were good for grinding
loosers! There's also some gory touches in high-pitched vocals,
but it was more cynical and disgusted that anything else! I
still don't see the difference between Mince core and Grind/ Crust
apart from the lyrics' topics.
If there's an only album you may
hear from their (too) numerous releases, definitely check "Black
clouds determinate"! This smells the dust, factories and obscure
If only they could release less stuffs and
take more time to make really good stuffs... because the potential
was fucking here!
(Bel)/ EMBOLISM (Slo) Split tape'98 COPROFAGIA.
if AGATHOCLES is a cult bands in the "crowd" of cult bands,
and mostly in the Grind scene, I have never appreciated their music
more than that. Most of the time it's due to a lack of energy in
the tracks' playing. It's quite different for their side of this
split that includes tracks from 97/98. Some big punk riffs are here,
some blasts being the opposite of the actual 'too much tight ones'
and some crust vocals are here... in short words, there's nothing
new, neither for Grindcore and neither for Agathocles.
this side, there's really enough to satisfy the big grindcore fan.
Mostly the 3 first tracks, the remaining is more common, but AGATHOCLES'
goal isn't to push up the limits of the style in anyway.
It also does
seem to be the goal of the Slovak guys of EMBOLISM who play the
most traditional Grindcore that may exist. A lot of common points
with HAEMORRHAGE are here, understand it's very often cool in the
mid tempo parts while it lacks in energy on the blast parts. And
as lucky as we are, it doesn't stop blasting. It would be better
for the curious ones to have a listen to the album they released
later on, but it'd be better to interest yourself to HAEMORRHAGE
rather than to a pale copy... Pierre
STRUGGLE (FRA) Split Ep'01 VENDREDI
URBAN STRUGGLE plays the kind of Grind/ HxCx Punk with
wanna sound Crust riffs but the drums' rythms doesn't follow very
well the riffings.
It's quite common with more or less efficient
riffs. It can be Ok for big undergrounders but I'd rather see them
releasing some more demos before their trax shall be burnt on a
mighty black vynil. Still some mistakes in songs' writing in my
ears. It's a very average band in my opinion.
I see AGATHOCLES
releasing a lot of split Eps/ CDs/ Demos as I discover some new
releases from them each time I carefully look into an obscure distro
list coming from a country unknown before.
And I must say they
should be carefull not to become a "Mac Donald" type Grind/
Mincecore band while recording songs as an intensive grinding Death
I know some of their tracks are very good, but a good
part of their stuffs are just classical Grind/ Mince whatever...
or 4 times less releases maybe wouldn't be as cool for their fans,
but their fewer releases would be really better!
CD'01 MERCILESS Recs.
This is Black/Death metal with a folk touch
in the melancolical melodies.
Reminds me of some very old MOONSPELL
+ the vocals of ARCKANUM (Swe: the band on Necropolis). There are
touches of EMPEROR (2nd CD) for some stormlike sounding Death/ Black
riffs but also some SACRAMENTUM for some harmonies and breaks.
also noticed some touches in the vein of the bands BESTIAL WARLUST
("Blood and valour"), DARK FUNERAL ("Secrets of the
black arts"), MAYHEM ("De mysteriis dom sathanas"),
IMMORTAL ("Pure holocaust", "At the heart...")
and a few well hidden heavy metal touches.
Notice there is a
cover version of the band TÖRR.
I guess the lyrics are in
the czech language as I didn't hear an english word and as the titles
are in czesch..
Some riffs sound everheard to me, not to say
common, but I guess
it can please the big fans of the style as it's quite varied, correctly constructed...
but I need more than this!!
GRANUJO (Cze) Instrumenta chirurgica CD'01.
their last album "Splatter tekk" was a pleasantly face
punching item, it could be nice to have an hear and spread few words
about this first album that was later released as a split CD with
Back then the style of the band was funnier, and less
'professional'... with more approximations. Crusty Goregrind à la
GUT, PURULENT SPERMCANAL, DEAD INFECTION (On Eps), with a gory bizarre
funny touch! Correctly produced and listenable Goregrind: It’s not
your old fart recorded with a rotten tape player! The tracks lacked
in brutality, some parts were too light and funny, but there were
some nice moments. The vocals were quite varied while the riffs
will probably sound repetitive for those who don’t cum each semendrop
on Goregrind. A very cool band for fans of the style, but this CD
is average in my opinion!
If you want some good Brutal Goregrind,
check their "Splatter tekk" CD! It's really better, more
crushing and professional!
GRANUJO (Cze) Splatter tekk CD'02 DOWNFALL.
reminding me some Japanese full of action video games!
band that includes a member of ALIENATION MENTAL seems like it will
take a relative importance in the Goregrind scene with their cool
Grindcore/ Crust/ Grindgore!
Their tracks are quite short and
a part of it (about 1/3 to almost 1/2) offers good ideas that give
a heavy necrosed impact to the thing. If you read between my lines
you'll understand it's quite worth the listening.
This is Grindcore/
Goregrind with some Crusty touches! Some parts are more groovy while
there are a few riffs sounding more catchy than the whole! There
is also some SANITYS DAWN's disjoncted riffings and EXHUMED's heavy
ripping Death/ Grind with bass drums' rumbles! And old DEAD INFECTION
Eps' names can be grinded through my full of beef meat mouth to
let you see there's some Brutal sounding Grind style in here! Notice
there are techno, trip hop, or electronic music intro before almost
every tracks, it sounds nice in the style.
It may be a nice band
to listen to with some pot and a nice smoking stuffs...
very first listenings I would have concluded my review this way:
"Cool and for fans of goregrind (but not shitty) bands that
tend to crust their arses!" But now that I have been surprised
as a little bitch, the more I've listened to this the more I discovered
cool riffs! For example the 7th track that begins with a very cool
trip hop like intro à la BJÖRK owns a very Brutal mid
placed riff deep in its middle! Just a well done track! So my final
conclusion will be "It's a band that has the potential to get
a good place in the extreme futuristic disjoncted goregrind scene!!".
GRANUJO (Cze) Chemical holocaust CD’04 KHAARANUS Prod.
lets talk about a release that sounds more fun than the kind of
stuffs reviewed here. AHUMADO GRANUJO have earned a decent following
with their previous album "Splatter tekk" and so the expectations
could be felt!
This new album isn't much different from the previous
one, but there are still some noticeable changes! First of all the
whole production is more powerful! It sounds bigger, even if I feel
a lack of raw deepness in the guitars. Then the drummer seems tighter
and more efficient than before, he brings a kinda more straight
to the point touch to the band. Then there a fewer electronic music
and technoish interludes between the tracks. These ones are cool,
but it was to present on the previous album to fit much with my
needs of pure bestiality!
Now let's explode in some pure musical
grinding considerations! AHUMADO sounds more direct with this
new release! Grindcore meets Crustcore meets Grindgore, with reminiscences
of old NAPALM DEATH, GUT, old CBT, old AGATHOCLES ("Black clouds
determinate"), old HAEMORRHAGE. Most of the vocals are gore,
with some superb nasal pitch shifted effects that can only make
laugh the full of beer metaller! There are also high pitched screams.
album has few new influences (discarding riffs, few rocking punk
guitars) but it didn't change the whole style.
Even if the music
has more impact, I found less riffs that caught my attention and
branded my brain, but it might cum on me after more listenings!
Since I don't listen to much Grindcore nowadays...
is really outstanding from most releases in the Grindgore/ Grindcore
style! It's played with a BRUTAL positive POWER, so it's an advisable
as fuck album for grind maniacs who remain quite open minded! Test
it... or FUCKING ROT!!
(USA) Eternal, immortal Demo'2002
Death/ Grind metal. I don't
like too much the way they sound in this tape. It's made in
a not efficient way, and you may fuck me or not,
the riffs sounds fucking ever heard so many times before! It'd remind
me of ORIGIN (USA), APOCALYPTIC (SPA- For the sound and some CANNIBAL
CORPSE's influences) but it could have been compared to some kind
of SUFFOCATION without the final kick that makes it all: the inner
impulse! Somewhere, Some of the heavier parts are ok... This
is a first demo and it's all played thight so I think they can only
improve. But it remains average/ very average stuff!.
MENTAL (Cze)/ MALIGNANT TUMOUR (Cze) Split CD'99 KHARAANUS Prod.
"Kopferkingel" demo let me imagine a promising band, and
one year later ALIENATION MENTAL comes back in full progress with
The tracks are really longer, but it became even faster
(it's frightening!) and brutal, and incredibly complex. To the point
it became not very understandable, the vocals being the minimum
in the growling style without any will to create some catchy parts.
the really catchy riffs make its appearance, as well as a few mid
tempos, and the CARCASS and FEAR FACTORY covers are really shredding
and the band keeps it's personal touch into it! It's the beginning
of the big things with tracks such as "The" or "Autogrind"
that are the ones that marked me the most!
In the case
of MALIGNANT TUMOUR, there's no surprise, it's some typical Malignant
tumour in the style of the second half of their career. In brief
words, understand it's some AGATHOCLES (with by hazards some covers
of Agathocles) mixed with some REGURGITATE in their gore period
(they take their name from here, and it's not what REGURGITATE did
the best, far from this!). Even if one would find some of their
best tracks on this side of their split, I must say I've got some
problem to get some interest in a band while their references and
influences doesn't interest me that much at the basis (the last
REGURGITATE's releases are really better!).
All the more, in
this case it's not a beginning band that's searching for its personality,
but a band that has definitely chosen to have no personality. It's
MENTAL (CZE) Ball spouter CD'02 KHAARANUS.
interview of the band, here's the review of their CD, it's just
Ultra Brutal and compressed as a fucking cosmeticfull
old bitch in a norvegian fridge Brutal death grind! Ultra fast grinding
moments that desctructs your left brain's activity à la DEVOURMENT
and old CRYPTOPSY! Heavy Brutal Death riffs à la TON ("Blind
Ultra technical parts melted altogether
in unusual structures that sound fucking Brutal and efficient!
can be disappointing at the very first listenings, but those who
discovered complex Brutal death bands like NILE and had a few problems
enjoying the whole thing at the beginning know what I mean!
this complexity can be boring for some guys though.
could sound messed up, but each time you get it it's fastly followed
by a great riff! Great Nu metal like breaks that turns into catchy
at the very first listening heavy riffs! Riffings that will big
bang the Yena's libidinal zig zag!
They own the same original
touch FEAR FACTORY had at the time of their "Soul of a new
machine" CD for the fact of mixing several extreme waves...
it's at least the feeling it procures me!
Here's one of the few
outstanding CDs of this year! Get it if you're into technical Brutality
with a fresh aspect!
(Can) weapon of ascension CD'04. INVICTUS.
and malignant pustular devourer? More or less in theory... but no
really in the real facts. ALLFATHER plays some kind of Black death
metal at the right granitic border between what bands like ANGEL
CORPSE of IMMORTAL (old) could have done in the past. The scorched
vocals and some fast noisy riffs (that happen to sound like MORBID
ANGEL) remind me of ANGEL CORPSE's fastest parts. Some moments could
evoke some IMMORTAL songs between "Battles in the north"
and "Blizzard beast", while some all-blast-focused stuffs
with semi-melodic riffs could remind of old MARDUK, WAR or HELLACAUST
for example... Few melodic black and 80's thrashy touches are there.
They might be influenced by KRISIUN as well.
In theory that sounds
cool, but in fact I'm not enthusiastic. ALLFATHER's tracks seem
correctly built while the riffs seem decent, but I didn't find anything
deeply emotional or mind-blowing (And the sound is too blackmetallish
for my tastes: it lacks of heavy frequencies).
quite pro and might please some ANGEL CORPSE fans, but I need something
more soulful for an album of this kind.
OF GIALLO (Spa) A bloodfeast for the dead CD'07. LAST HOUSE
ON THE RIGHT Recs.
AOG is a band I subconsciously linked
with coolness without even hearing their music, it might be due
to the fooling ways of myspace or their cool sounding band name,
I don't know... Anyway it's time to listen and dissect the parasitic
flesh-penetrating giblets right now, so open up your legs and I'll
insert my scalpel deep inside...
What I can see is gore influenced
grindcore, it's even more gore than grind, yet without touching
the ultra gore anus-vomiturition or ultra-blablablasts... The goal
seems to create a cool atmosphere with some kind of Razorback records
state of mind (Taste for the horror movies and funny stories like
that)... Cool is the word to use, convenient or relaxed might fit
even better; Because even if early CARCASS could be seen as a big
influence, various green pustulating points such as the very relaxed
state of mind, not particularly aggressive approach and guitar sound
would make them much closer to the first GENERAL SURGERY MCD. I
also hear some IMPETIGO and few slower old school Death metal touches.
think ALTAR OF GIALLO might please those who like cool old school
death gore/ grind to relax after long days of work, fans of the
first GENERAL SURGERY MCD might also find nice giblets for their
decrepiting moments of embalming, but the whole is too convenient
for me and wouldn't particularly please the fans of grind who like
it aggressive, fast as a blasting fuck and furious as hell... In
my opinion it's average music for the bigger fans of the style only.
Maybe they'll find a place on Razorback records in few years, who
knows... At least they share the same state of mind...
(Switzerland) Intrinsic indecency CD'2011. BRUTAL BANDS Recs.
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the advertisement is done, we can begin with the review: I remember
listening to this band few years ago and thinking it was quite neat
and quite catchy (Even if not totally killer) blasting death/ brutal
death... With this new album AMAGORTIS takes a more brutal and USBD
approach, and it's not the most modern way... In my cum-filled hears
it sounds like a brutal mix of DISGORGE (Usa), early DEEDS OF FLESH
(When they were about merciless brutality), with slower heavy parts
à la DEVOURMENT and grooves that could remind of the first groovy
brutal death bands (I remember the Spanish UNCREATION, but there
might have been more… Or is it simply mosh parts?). Add touches
of old VIBRION (For some "military" stuff in the snare
drumming), early SUBLIME CADAVERIC DECOMPOSITION (In some blast-as-fuck
moments), and a little of early CRYPTOPSY or even early DEICIDE
in some Death metal riffs...
As you can see, I use again more
old brutal death quotes to speak about the newer bands, is this
really putridly adequate or am I misleaded by my lack of interest
for the new BruBruBrews? I can't guarantee this putrid fact, but
I can't help thinking most of this recording could have been composed
and served a little 10 years ago (Which is rather a good point in
this case: No ultra triggered drumming, no ultra technical bullshit
that refuses to fly... I think they could more or less play the
same in live situation)
The songs contain quite a lot of changes,
riffs and stuffs packed together... It doesn't sound technical,
but rather quite complex... Those who don't like the brutal side
of things would probably get bored (It’s something like a brutal
head wash), and the groovy side of the thing could sound like moshing
parts or something (Riffs are well articulated so it didn’t bother
me), but I think this album is quite well packed and contains an
interesting logic of brutality (The way of structuring riffs together
makes it quite sick sounding). After some songs I begin to get bored
little by little, that might be due to the fact I'm less concerned
by this genre or due to something else… I didn't feel a particular
atmosphere or something like that, but at least this album sounds
quite brutal and is built a sick way... Quite good investment for
brutal heads? That might be.
(Fra) Counterweight CD. 2014. Self-released.
AMOEBA is a
semi-technical death metal band from France who comes back with
a first full-length album. In 2011 they released a first demo that
was quite technical, this new recording follows the same musical
lines but contains more punch and sounds a bit more colored.
nice is their quite brutal music doesn't turn too technical, and
there often remains a sense of melody in the compositions... Understand
in the most technical moments, the music doesn't become an illogical
maelstrom of notes, and some influences of 90's death black can
appear here and there (For example the first CROWN OF THORNS albums,
before they changed name to THE CROWN)
If you search for something
over the top you might not find what you need in there, but to counterbalance
the absence of "overthetopness" (Which isn't absolutely
needed) the music is correctly composed and remains quite hot enough.
I'm not equally receptive to every musical elements available
in these nine tracks: The whole is correctly composed, played and
produced, but some elements tend to dissolve the pleasure you could
get (I think about some rhythmical approaches, some technically
brutal gimmicks that never pleased me, or some core touches (Even
if it's more tolerable than in many new albums)).
I made the wonderful effort of avoiding (almost) any name quote
(My fingers are still hooked and nervous)... So if you brutally
need more precise musical informations, you might make the effort
to visit their Bandcamp page to check out the whole album.
won't write down a clear conclusion since I'm not the most brutally
appropriate listener to do so, but I might say this album could
be a pretty cool release for fans of semi technical, semi brutal
death metal, with a touch of melody.
Now some rancid underwear
drowners might question the depths of their underpants about the
length-of-life this kind of album can have... Since I'm not an expert
in scrotomancy, the safest way to answer would be with "See
you in a few years".
NATHRAKH (Uk) The codex necro CD’01 MORDGRIMM.
told by several guys ANAAL NATHRAAK was a very intense band. So,
I downloaded an album on the web one time more, and I'm quite disappointed
since isn’t that intense... Ok it's fats Black metal with a powerful
raw sound, the whole is compressed and totally pro, it sounds more
extreme than a bunch of Black metal stuffs I've had the opportunity
to listen to... But the riffs are too simple, and I find nothing
from the epic catchiness, blackened resurgence of evil or total
mind blowing satanic energy I await from a Black metal CD.
screams are saturated, what I don't like that much.
in mind I'm difficult with the Black metal I listen to. This doesn't
sound band and may please some Black metal heads!
may sound as a melting pot around mid old MAYHEM (Blasts and heavier
riffs), old DARK FUNERAL, the most raging parts of old EMPEROR,
some old IMMORTAL, a bit of old BATHORY (Slow parts), and some bands
I don't know. Most of it is fast, a bit of diversity in the extreme
would be welcome. I wonder if the drummer would be so fast and regular
live (isn’t it a drum-machine?).
It doesn't suck and there are
some quite obscure parts, but this isn't an album that will be remembered!
(Fra) Profane CD’00 OVERCOME.
This isn't the kind of wine
you drink everyday during the lunch, this isn't the kind of CD your
review as your usual daily promo or demo! This ANANDA release is
more than a simple extreme metal release! It's excellent! Being
both expressive, brutal, blasting, heavy, fresh and well done, this
"Profane" CD is a bash of fresh darkened air!
between new-school Hardcore, the last releases of NAPALM DEATH (in
its most discarding or fresher parts), some darkened parts of KILLING
JOKE's last releases, some old GODFLESH, some MESHUGGAH, some extreme
metal in many senses of the word (from blasting grindcore to punching
Death metal), this ANANDA CD is full of rage, rebellion, distress,
heaviness and beauty. This is far better than their 10' MLP that
was released some years ago and that was more strictly HxCx. The
drum playing is quite varied, almost jazzy by moments, and the riffs
The lyrics are very sensed and quite well
thought ("Journées exsangues", "Fragile quiétude",
"Du fond du coeur", "L'apathie de sens"). All
the more, the production is very good, and their music is quite
An excellent CD situated at the threshold of the Hardcore
and extreme metal styles that can please fans of both genres! Recommended!
ANARKHON (Bra) Welcome to the gore show CD. 2013. ROTTEN FOETUS Recs.
The most nauseant rejections of this putrid world,
spread out all over your face.
Years ago I heard an old album of this Brazilian band and I wasn't too
impressed, it was usual brutal death metal whose only goal seemed to
But, things change and some cooks inject new gory fruits in their flesh
marmalade, this new album is cooler, it leaves more space to the riffs and to
the "playing" (Even if it's not particularly technical) and the style
could be qualified as "old brutal death metal meets old styled
During the listening, I view multiple jars of gore marmalade, I hear some mid
old CANNIBAL CORPSE (The biggest influence), some elements of old SINISTER
(Perhaps the "Aggressive measures"/ "Creative killings"
era) and zests of early NATRON (Before they signed to PONY records).
This album isn’t over the top of the gore-fruits pyramid, the Cannibal corpse
influences aren't particularly "fresh" (How could it be?), but it's
quite cool to listen, there are catchy riffs here and there as well as some
Welcome to the gore show, were blood-filled cucumbers grow like cactuses in the
ANATA (SWE) The
infernal depths of hatred CD'98 SEASONS OF MYST
I heard one
track from these swedish death metallers on a comp. CD and there
was a good riff à la MORBID ANGEL with a great obscure atmosphere
in the vein of "Blessed are the sick", so it sounded promising.
But I was disappointed when I got this CD. Ok, the whole music (that's
technical death/black metal with both a technical and a brutal edge)
is well played and quite varied + complex, it can please the brutalheads
as it's pro done in everyways (from the music to the sound and the
packaging) but I was awaiting more from them!
(Swe) Dreams of death and dismay CD'01 Season of mist.
a beginning of career in brass band, here's the second album of
ANATA awaited at the turning. In spite of its qualities "The
Infernal The depths of hatred" had disappointed much of those
in which one had made believe that they held there the "next
big thing", and it was necessary for the band to confirm their
position imperatively. Anata thus continues the evolution started
with War II, forsaking more and more the melodic Death of its beginnings
to the profit of a very worked and technical Brutal Death. But as
on the two tracks of War II, Anata is rather shitting that anything
else. Not enough melody to constitute a bridge towards the new Swedish
scene for the narrowest spirits, not effective enough in the brutal
death style for the brutallizers, Anata being, more than on its
first disc, wedged between two worlds, without that serf its. It
is necessary to await a good fifteen minutes before hearing a worth
the listen track, and patience is quickly lost. All the more the
structures are always as complicated as before.
what any group, even the most technical or most tortured one, to
make good music: some hang ons and a real verse/chorus basis on
which one can develop. The amateurs of vaguely Brutal music without
tail nor head may find themselves here, I prefer to listen to some
really Brutal death or really melodic Death instead of this bastard
(Jap) Dissected humanity CD'05. NECROHARMONIC Recs.
is a new band formed from the ashes of the quite long time running
TRANSGRESSOR who already played Death metal, but a quite technical
and brutal way.
ANATOMIA were often compared to AUTOPSY, and
it's not wrong words since the doomy old school Death metal of these
Japanese Deathheads tastes like old AUTOPSY on various rotting occasions:
You have the primal instinct escaping the perverted pores of an
abrupt brain, the gore vocals, the doomy moments, the fast and quite
punching beats... I could also find similarities with ABSCESS for
the dirtiness and some sludge.
At first approaches this is a
really cool album. But after a while I'm not so impressed anymore.
Maybe because the music is a bit too simple/ easy to compose while
AUTOPSY always had more surprises and nice polyphonic harmonies,
even in their most fukked moments... Or maybe because I'd prefer
to hear more punching old school Death metal beats (For orgies of
running sickness!) while a good portion of doom heaviness is bound
to crushing my speakers. It's a good album to listen when you want
to feel the embalming of death rotting your entrails, but it doesn't
work so well when the approach is more cerebral and morbidly analyzing
the causes of death.
For the defense of ANATOMIA, I should say
I'm not a big fan of doomy & sludgy affairs, and not much (Of
structures and playing surprises) would be needed to make the whole
much more impressing.
So it's a cool album that might likely
entertrail those who dig the most doomy of AUTOPSY, and especially
"Mental funeral" or "Acts of the unspeakable",
but this "Dissected humanity" is rather destined to the
fans of doom. I'll keep an eye on their future engravements with
an hope for more fast Death metal the punching way.
OBLITERATION (Can) A menacing reality CD. 2010. Self-released.
might be the right word to describe my feelings after the listening
of this record, because it leaves me with the shadow of a doubt,
and a bit more.
This is old school end 80's obscure thrash metal,
meets pre Death metal sometimes. The beats aren't particularly going
in the fast manner, and the music is sometimes more based on the
There happens to be quite interesting moments, such
as the opening track "Radiated overlords" which
is very cool and develops a nice vibe of nocturnal fear (Sounds
like an imminent disaster is coming, probably fire, or perhaps a
nuclear power station just cracked...), with nice riffs, quite great
drums... Cool... But unfortunately everything isn't that cool and
there are stuffs I could live without (Such as these average mid-paced
thrash stuffs), and the band also tends to sound amateurish (Or
deep underground if you prefer).
If you want a description of
the music, well, giving an idea of the whole would be hard because
I don't clearly remember the albums that were close to approx 50%
of the thrash death content, but sometimes the most Death
metal alike riffs doesn't sound so far from the first NECROPHAGIA
album, while some moments sounded like a less technical version
of INFERNAL MAJESTY, and few touches of Sci-Fi thrash evoked end
80's VOIVOD in my mind. I also heard something closer to the French
thrash bands who used to be influenced by SEPULTURA ("Chaos
AD"/ "Arise") around 1995-97 (Might this be a part
of the unidentified 50%? Not certain at all).
Vocals tend to
try and sound quite "theatrical" or quite sick a late
80's way (Inject a little of NECROPHAGIA's first album), which brings
a bit of personality to the whole.
I think I would have more
enjoyed this record if it arrived at my place when I was a teenager,
eating lots of cakes and listening to average metal albums all afternoons
to get in the atmosphere... But this thrash death is not really
my style anymore, and I became harder to satisfy.
speaking, I will only remember the very cool first song "Radiated
overlords" and a few things from here and there... The whole
album could be okey for a gig, but there are so many other records
standing before the executionnary Hi-fi player that I probably wouldn't
have the time to listen at home... At least it shows ANCIENT OBLITERATION
can inject an atmosphere in their music, and know how to write a
very cool song, so listening to their next recording could be something
cool. Hope they will intensify the emotional intensity and keep
on progressing in the way of the "Radiated overlords"
REBIRTH (SWE) Damnated hell’s arrival CD’98 NECROPOLIS.
le groupe évoluait dans un style proche des premiers BATHORY
mais ils ont changé leur style pour quelque chose plus proche
du vieux thrash métal avec des batteries rapides, ils suivent
la mode black thrash quoi! Dans l’ensemble c’est pas terrible car
cliché mais certains riffs acceptables viennent sauver ce
disque de la corbeille. On notera « Flag of hate » de
KREATOR qui est repris pour la énième fois. Un autre
album supportable mais inutile sur la pile.
(Ger) Corpse grinding machine CD. 2011. Self-released.
Promotional advert +++ If you look into the dog-food box, the dog-food
box will also look into you! FROZEN DAYMARES 2, the crude story
of an haunted dog-food box! (September 2012 on you screens).
band apparently uses no guitars, but two bass guitars instead...
Sometimes I could have doubts because of the screamed notes (Is
it possible to do that with a bass guitar? Maybe a 6 strings one?).
Anyway you wouldn't really hear the difference because of the style
they play: Something like fast death/ black with lots of blasts
and tremolo guitars (Well, basses). It also contains more old sounding
death/ thrash parts, being quite close to regular old death metal
(But with more thrashing parts).
The blasts and quite brutal
approach remind me of the first PROFANITY (Ger) album, with something
like old KRISIUN ("Black force domain" and previous stuffs),
with some vocals and blasts à la early DEICIDE, and a dose of thrash
à la old SLAYER and early DARK ANGEL ("Darkness descends"
for the tremolos all the way).
Well, some moments are quite nice
to listen while some aren't too entertaining the entrails... It's
something like an average underground record.
This album is
too long, because while it could have been pleasing the peasant
for a demo (Or half of a split CD), 14 songs for 41:23 minutes of
music goes beyond my abilities to absorb the cassoulet. They need
to better select the sausages and the beans composing their mixture
to offer us, a maybe smaller, but easier to enjoy box of cassoulet.
(Ger) / TOXIC REVOLUTION (Ger) Split CD'08. F.D.A Rekotz
Trying to split the skull in half isn't always so easy,
so at least some peoples simply split the CD in half... Yes, I know
it's a quite shitty joke, but something was needed to begin this
Some subconscious feeling let me expect some pure grindcore
songs for both bands, but the truth is a bit different... As far
as my sexchanging understanding is concerned, ANDROPHAGOUS plays
some kind of Death grind, with some grindcore and "crust".
They like to blast quite a lot. They remind me of ROTTEN COLD or
some old SUBLIME CADAVERIC DECOMPOSITION or eventually DESECRATOR
(Fra). It's quite noisy sounding, probably due to the raw but quite
clear production. I think this band is ok, and might please some
blasting music fans, but I'm not especially impressed by their music:
It sounds quite compressed and relatively intense, but there's no
particular moment to really grab my nuts and introduce by force
a killer riffs in my mind... And some of these blasts don't please
my soul too much...
TOXIC REVOLUTION is more on the grindcore
side of the skull, since they have more punk and hardcore roots...
I might call their music some kind of "Grindcore with fastcore
and punk crust influences". They also like to blast and blast,
but there are some mid placed or quite groovy parts... Sometime
I have a quite strange feeling of listening to some fast blasting
black metal, huh hoh? At least it's the same kind of riffing. TOXIC
REVOLUTION is an okey band in the most grindcore alike patterns,
because some riffs sound like it could slay some glamer during gigs,
but I'm not particularly into the remaining patterns, and they kinda
have the same problem than ANDROPHAGOUS since no riff penetrated
my brain for an haunting season...
To sum it up, it's an ok-okey
split that might please big fans of grindcore or blasting music.
None of the band particularly suck, but there's nothing really great
or shocking either... Just some kind of decent underground split,
and it's already not so bad taking in account the amount of boooring
CDs released every decaying minute.
CORPSE (Usa) Nuclear hell Ep'96.
The vomiting continues!
I initially discovered ANGEL CORPSE with this Ep recorded live
in Lyon. Raw, raw Death grind à la old MORBID ANGEL meets POSSESSED!
Ah! The first listening, I played it on 45 RPM instead of 33 RPM,
it sounded fucking killer and the drummer seemed incredible! Ah
Ah! Ultra faaaaaaast! I preferred this recording than their first
CD "Hammer of gods" since it sounded more raw and seemed
faster! The sulfur bass sound was more roaaarrrring as hell! Add
some more scorched vocals from an ex ORDER FROM CHAOS (cool band
name!), some chaotic leads and I was ready to invert some crosses!
That was a pure Underground band at this time and they fit
quite well to what I was maniacally searching for: Old school raw
Death metal! (I don't like their music that much now that a few
years have gone...).
Angel corpse isn't a Death metallic legend,
but it was a cool band with some good ideas! Their best release
will remain the good "Exterminate" CD!
CORPSE (Usa) Hammer of gods CD'96 OSMOSE.
At this time
I was searching for very old sounding Death metal and old school
bands. Discovering IMPIETY, ABHORER, ARCHGOAT among others, I heard
some words about ORDER FROM CHAOS in old zines. Their vocalist was
in ANGEL CORPSE, so I checked out some ANGEL CORPSE Eps ("Nuclear
Hell" live in Lyon and "Wolflust") and then their
To be honest, it wasn't very good, just Ok for a first
release, but it had some morbid Death metal elements I was searching
for! Their music was very much influenced by old MORBID ANGEL, POSSESSED.
The positive points of this CD were some cool apocalyptic sounding
leads, the nice scorched vocals of Peter Helmkamp and the way some
riffs sounded totally in the old style ( à la ABHORER for example).
Some tracks were quite nice. Old school Death/ Thrash with raw black
parts reminding me of very old IMPIETY (on Eps).
But the whole
remained very classic, I figured it out later after I listened so
much to old MORBID ANGEL and POSSESSED. Some riffs were just...
wanna sound Death metal with no real inspiration, and the drummer
wasn't very impressive! The sound was Ok for an album, cool roaring
bass guitars, nice vocals...
As a whole it remains an album I
almost never listen to, it was Ok for its time and few tracks are
nice ("Sodomy curse" for example). I think their second
CD "Exterminate" is very better both in terms of drumming,
riffing, composition and production! I didn't hear enough of their
3rd one "The inexorable" to say anything about it here.
If you want to listen to ANGEL CORPSE, try their "Exterminate"
CD or eventually the "Nuclear hell" Ep. I think all their
Eps have been repressed on a full CD entitled "Iron, blood
and blasphemy" released through Osmose.
CORPSE (Usa) Inexorable CD’99. OSMOSE.
Do you still have
the guts? UUUUUUUUUHHHHH!!
Perversely insert his 3rd ANGEL CORPSE
album in your CD player and face an hyper brutal morbid truth! The
face punching fist of reality!
With this 3rd album ANGEL CORPSE
offered the underground its most extreme and professional totally
dead release! Never-ending fast as light ass kicking blasts with
brutal and evil guitars being so fast and extreme it crosses the
speed of light and exterminates any kind of atoms from your moronic
carcass in grotesque and absurd fucking emptiness! All in all the
guitars are still very much old school Death influenced, as it reminds
a lot of old MORBID ANGEL and POSSESSED, plus some early VOMITORY
("Raped in their own blood"). Some raw Black death could
be found as well... but the whole is played so fast and professional
ANGEL CORPSE doesn't sound as old school as before, but rather like
some kind of super death grind band with old school death metal
"Inexorable" might not be the
catchier ANGEL CORPSE release. For example I prefer their first
album for the midly chaotic side and the not too perfect execution
of songs that let a morbid atmosphere and brain corroding old school
metal "rock'n roll" easily emerge from the chaotic war
ensemble of cryptic scorched screams, old school burning guitars
and roooaaarrring bass guitars.
Anyway that remains the most
skillful, better arranged and most extreme ANGEL CORPSE album in
which will eternally lie a potential to brutally ass-kick those
who like it extreme as fuck! Not really memorable in my opinion,
not one of the best albums procreated in this kind of all the way
fast Death metal, but this is bloody centuries in advance on the
90% late and lost average Death metal bands!!
Rumors say the
band will come back...cross your fingers motherfuckers! And pray
for another album of this deadly kind!
(Fin) Planet Satan Demo MCD'02.
As some of you might know,
Satan isn't always very clever. But this time the lord of darkness
had a quite nice idea when he made me download some ANGMAR tracks.
Their style is raw Black metal that could remind of old MARDUK
and SATANIC SLAUGHTER with some Death thrash touches. The tracks
are correctly constructed, but the riffs are Ok only. Not killer
but just compressed enough. The point that caught my attention is
the drumming, there are some nice blasts and few cool stuffs in
here. Not a bad drummer.
The nicest track is the second one,
while the 3rd and 4th one are quite boring. The sound is very high
pitched (à la old MARDUK).
Well, that remains some demo stuffs
and some riffs are too average, but it might be a quite cool demo
for big Underground Black metal fans!
DAMNATA (Pol) Agonizing Journey Through the Burning Universe
and Transcendental Ritual of Transfiguration CD'04.
is brutal satanik Death metal to extinct the worth kind of MORONS!!
satanic obscure Brutal Death metal in the old DEICIDE meets INCANTATION
and ABHORER's ways, with Czech ultra blast assaults and a true hellish
need to open the gate of total darkness! VOMIT THE FILTH! FUCKING
VOMIT THE BLOOD!! VOMIT ALL THIS FUKK!! FUKK YOU ALL!!
satanic vomits of raw make them sound like old BLASPHEMY!
have some technical riffs that make this Brutal band sound like
a Satanic Brutal black metal band. FUKK OFF!! Bizarre riffs that
sounds wicked and fucked up: FUCKK OFF!! The band seems to have
a good technical level and masterize enough their instruments: FUKK
You have no other choice than to FUKK OFF!!
IMPIETY and old Satanic MORBID ANGEL (Altars of total madness!!)
wouldn't be misplaced quotes in this brutal crucifying machinery
Fans of FALLEN CHRIST have found a new band to fit their
nun-impaling fiestas: ANIMA DAMNATA!
They sound kinda like a satanic
American Brutal death band by moments!?
I don't like much most
of their ultra blasts that sound too fast for my putrid needs, and
all the tracks don't impress me much. But hell! This is worth the
listening for maniacs of ultra fast, technical as fukk and darkened
as hell Brutal metal! And Satan needs more bands of this kind to
cleanse the earth from its most crappy kind of beings! Not really
memorable but fucking brutal and viciously satanic overall! Worth
the head-impaling listening for most metal fukkers!
(Pol) Expect unexpected CD'03 METAL MIND.
electro 70's pop rock that like to experiment a lot and smoke a
big buzz, but does nothing for me!
ANTIPATHIC (Usa/ Ita)
Humanimals CD. 2019. DESPISE THE SUN Recs.
Sometimes writing reviews of promos CDs awakes new questions such as: How will
I review the album of this brutal death band while I don't listen to a lot of
brutal death anymore, and didn't follow what happened in the style expect for a
couple of big names?
An answer might be: Perhaps to visit a couple of gigs in the brutal style, to
readapt your brain to the given genre (Ok, the bands I saw were more sounding
like (listenable) deathcore/ brutal death, but you got the idea).
ANTIPATHIC is an "international" two musicians project, their style
is closer to the US brutal genre than anything. While listening to the (short)
tracks, I viewed the appearance of brutal names from the past: DISGORGE (US),
old DEEDS OF FLESH, CINERARY, old SUFFOCATION (But not that much),
REGURGITATION (The album), or maybe REPUDILATION...
The songs are quite brutal and contain many changes, between the blasts, slower
mid-paced, some grooves... The vocals are not only low pitched "Brrr",
it also contains more variations and a faster flow sometimes... The drums sound
somewhat synthetic by moments... Well, this is a lot of description, isn't it?
It took me a bit of time to really listen, but I found this release to be
listenable as a whole (= Not extremely raw and not blasting for the sake of
blasting), so perhaps it's a bit old school in the style? Ah Ah.
I don't like the ultra modern/ raw/ complex/ bru bru bru stuffs... So I can't
say if the fans of newer brutality will dig this (For example, I know some of
them can be very picky with the sound conditions for gigs, when I find it to be
quite cool AhAh), but maybe fans of a little more "old school"
brutality will dig this album a bit more.
I can't say if I was hooked for barbecue (More listenings would be needed for
that), so I will only go for a regular hot dog (Plus ketchup), and will finish
with: My conclusion is there's no conclusion (AhAh).
(Fra) Life, toughts and destiny CD'99.
APOPLEXY is a French
band from Strasbourg who has ever done gigs with bigger names such
as Cradle of shit... Even if the whole is tight, on a musical point
of view I don't enjoy it at all! I find it linear and boring, I've
also felt like I ever heard their riffs before and the vocals doesn't
fit at all with the music: it's Goregrind like vocals with melodic
APOSTATE (Ukraine) Time
of terror CD. 2015. FERRRUM Recs.
Years ago I got the previous album of this band in trade, It was called
"Trapped in a sleep" and I wasn't too interested because the music
reminded me of old semi-melodic doom à la (Let's say) old PARADISE LOST, and it
sounded too mellow for me... But I recently received this "newer"
album in a random trade, and it's a quite pleasant surprise.
The band has washed away a part of the melodic influences, and this recording
now contains mostly death doom... Not being an expert of doom, I would say it
sounds quite close to old English doom like MY DYING BRIDE (The first MCDs),
with a portion of old PARADISE LOST (Perhaps "Shades of god"), maybe
some old MORGION, as well as some mid-old M.D.B, with some almost "real
doom" riffs à la old CANDLEMASS here & there.
The music remains quite "melodic" in a way, you don't really find
pure monolithic guitars of doomy crucifixion (A part of the riffs remain in a
sorrowful style), but it's closer to a kind of "death doom" I can
Globally this album sounds quite good in a quite "old school" doom
manner, and the album artwork is quite great. Not bad :-)
(Rus) Kill their religion Tape Lp'98. BLACKSMITH.
to the band's name, I was afraid of some dull-dull and quite boooring
eastern countries' death grind, but it would be worse.
plays some listenable and quite decent sounding thrash metal. The
fastest parts could remind some kind of SODOM/ KREATOR, with screamed
vocals, which is ok, some mid-placed patterns can remind some old
thrashing band rather locating in the US... But the problem lies
in these jazzy slap-bass guitars and mid-placed melodic stuffs!
It kills the energy! Please, no milk in my beer!!
It sounds a
bit outdated, but keep in mind this tape was released in '98.
in all, it's average stuff with decent thrash-stuffs and disappointing
life "metal" mid-placedness, melodickness, and expectable
mid-placed thrash. Listenable, but nothing priority or on any up
position of the killing list.
There could be worse surprises
if you steal by hazard though, but I'd rather consider this tape
Lp as a demo!
ARCHEMORON (Gre) Sulphur
and fire CD. 2015. CRYPTIA Recs.
Even though Greece is crippled with more or less imaginary and meticulously
orchestrated debts, every Greek musicians aren't totally crushed in depression
and some even come up with quite dynamic music.
This release if the second album of this Greek black metal band, it's generally
quite fast, blasting and dynamic.
Globally the style could be entitled as "black death" (Or perhaps
"death black"?), a kind of black metal music that is not the rawer
nor the most bestial, but remains fast & kicking enough and takes some
elements from death metal (Including some technical touches).
In my humbly metallized hears, this album reminded of old MARDUK ("Heaven
shall burn") for the very fast (And also more "melodic"
touches), IMMORTAL ("At the heart of winter") for some epic moments
and a couple of slower parts, old BEHEMOTH (When they started to become more
death metal influenced, it's years ago...), WAR (The black metal side project
of Hypocrisy/ Dark funeral/ Abruptum musicians... for the fast raw moments), BLACK
BLEEDING ("The awakening"), perhaps a bit of old HORNA or old
IMMORTAL for influences going closer to the 90's scene.
Well, I didn't follow the bigger names of the black metal scene since 10 years
or more, so I'm not able to judge if some parts are too much influenced by this
reference, or don't sound original enough... But I could say this is a quite
professional sounding album, with enough of balance between the very fast and
slower songs (One hour of blastbeat is hard to swallow), and nothing seems to
be awful or bad sounding in the style.
So perhaps the fans of black metal who like it fast and quite angry, yet not
raw to the harsh, might find interest in listening to this release.
(This is a promotional item I received for review, not a personal choice, so I
did what I could to decently review it).
ENEMY (SWE) Stigmata CD’98 CENTURY MEDIA
le nouveau groupe de Michael Amott ( Ex- CARCASS/ CARNAGE) qui disait
vouloir rejouer du death métal car c’est la musique qui est
dans son sang. Désolé mais c’est difficile d’appeler
ça du DEATH METAL car ça porte plus vers le heavy
métal à la MEGADETH, CARCASS époque «
heartwork » sans les rythmes grind » le tout est
très mélodique. Les seules éléments
death métal dans sa musique est la voix du chanteur entre
celle de Barney (NAPALM DEATH) et du mec de BENEDICTION, et le son
assez puissant mais malheureusement cet album ne propose aucune
composition vraiment mémorable même si c’est pas trop
mal foutu et si les solos heavy metal sont convainquants. J’ai bien
l’impression que ce n’est pas Michael Amott qui rendait la musique
de CARCASS excellente.
(SWE) Kampen CD’98 NECROPOLIS.
Voilà une autre sensation
black métal du moment! Du black métal joué
par un... Troll! Le tout commence par un petit son de source d’eau,
puis viens du black rapide, très gai et très banal
chanté en ancien suédois, pour moi ça n’a rien
à foutre avec le black, le métal et l’underground!
Le black métal doit être noir, extrême, nihiliste,
destructeur, tout ce que vous voulez sauf comme c’est le cas ici!
parlant je ne vois aucun intérêt dans l’acquisition
de cet album.
INFAUSTUS (Fra) Filth catalyst CD'03 OSMOSE.
some bad rumors about their ideology in some forums, and the reviews
I read of their previous CD didn't especially turn me on to listen
to their extreme metal. But finally here's the review of the freshly
downloaded latest CD! What I hear is old school Death/Black metal
with a lot of Blast beats. Their style is quite raw, between old
school Death and raw Black. Point very old ANGEL CORPSE, KRISIUN/
SARCOFAGO (tremolo riffs), old IMMORTAL, some BESTIAL WARLUST(but
it's not very epic and war induced!), MAYHEM (Wolf's layr abyss).
A few old school Death slow parts are present.
It doesn't stop
blasting for most of it!
The funny fact is some extreme metal
releases have became as monotonous as some techno stuffs (Boom boom
boom) some metallers were laughing at a few years ago!
of the drums and the very fast (too fast to impress me) drumplaying
reminds me of EMPEROR's "IX Equilibrium" CD. There are
a few low placed riffs that sound a bit more obscure.
be some emotions in their music, but I found nothing deep nor severely
passionate that would distinguish them from other average bands
that release CDs in this style.
The whole is rawly produced with
a quite powerful sound, but nothing attracted my attention, some
highlights and outstanding elements are fucking needed. The riffs
itself remains too common.
Even if it's tight and fast, it remains
CD'01 MERCILESS Recs.
Fast Black Metal with a few death metal
touches that reminds me of DARKTHRONE's "Under the funeral
moon" and "Panzerfaust" albums.
There are some
melodies in the vein of old MAYHEM/ old EMPEROR (splir Cd with ENSLAVED).
it didn't really hooked me, even if it's "uncompromising"
as said in the bio, I've the feeling thousands of bands ever played
this riffs during the 90's black metal years' first norvegian Black
For nostalgics of these darkened moment
(Swe) / SVARTHYMN (Swe) In blackest ruins Split Ep’01 DEATHCULT
On this split Ep, the tracks of ARMAGEDDA are a bit
different from their “The final war approaching” LP, I think it
was recorded before.
It reminds me of the very beginnings of
BATHORY (especially their demos) on the first track that is in a
Black/ Speed metal vein, simple and poorly produced.
track is very fast Black metal (for a part of it) with a simple
as fuck riff à la old IMPALED NAZARENE, while it also reminds me
of old VON for several buried reasons. A funny part in this track
is the very fast and disgusted vocals in the very beginning of the
This is very old school Black metal with similarities to
The music of Armaggeda isn’t my style, but I’ve
got the feeling some of their tracks on “The final war approaching”
were better composed while the tracks of this Ep sound more generic
(and cliché?). I found no interest here!
slow Black metal, I could define their style as somekind of Black/
Doom and define a link with the old stuffs of GRAVELAND, DARKTHRONE,
or even some soft parts of the Doom band NEOLITHIC. This is sorrowful
stuff that may lead to nostalgia, but nothing special anyway. This
is better produced than Armagedda.
Surprisingly enough, there’s
a very fast part à la DARK FUNERAL after a very slow part! But it
remain common… (It’s the Black metal kind of simple riffs
I’ve ever heard so many times before...).
It’s not my style,
I enjoy only the cream of the cream in Black metal! Some bands are
doing some far better stuffs, and even if their music is very common,
SVARTHYMN doesn’t seem too crappy!
(Swe) Only true believers CD'03 AGONIA Recs.
the frozen winds of darkness I discovered this new ARMAGEDDA album.
Since the band's previous album "The final war approaching"
two noticeable changes took place: the band sounds more professional
with a better (and cold as fuck) production, their Norwegian black
metal sounds more simple and raw to the point than before! It has
more impact and sounds more emotional, even if the music might sound
less personal (?).
I still have the feeling these tunes could
have been recorded at the end of the 80's as it reminds me of old
DARKTHRONE, IMMORTAL ("Pure holocaust"), old MAYHEM...
but also old BATHORY for the march of doom. Few other reminiscences
could be HORNA and a little bit of Bestial warlust. There's also
a thrash influence that could remind of bands like DESASTER.
riffs froze my blood with darkened fears! These riffs smell the
black disgust and glacial mourn! But all the tracks didn't sound
so inspired as some seems everheard... At least the tracks are correctly
composed and a bunch of it sounds fresh enough. The Black metal
of ARMAGEDDA isn't much original, but some tracks have the darkened
feeling many bands miss! The maniacs of ancient raw Black metal
may find a strong CD here! A shame the band split up!
KILL (Usa) Addiction CD'03 ATTACK Music.
time I didn't receive only a biography with all the positive and
promotional points (understand what has to be said in the review!)
but also the list of the best tracks of the CD (understand the ones
the too busy reviews have to listen to review the CD! The remaining
sucks anyway! Ah Ah!). A.K plays somekind of "Modern metal"
(understand rock with overdriven guitars), somekind of Nu metal
with background synths and DEPECHE MODE stuffs plus a will to write
pop choruses!?? There are Ok riffs (not in the "best tracks"
in fact, lol) but it seems they always want to write choruses, and
fuck this! There's an acoustic like riff that sounds like the happier
of REM!! Why did I receive it?? Too much pop, soft rock and crap
to be reviewed here!!
(FRA) Chamane MCD’98 KALY
On voit déjà la presse
française et tous les zines et magazines lèches cul
encenser ce groupe français qui soit disant propose un death
métal original, novateur et même puissant! D’abord
une petite mise au point: on ne peut pas appeler ça du death
métal car ils ont de nombreuses influences très variées
telles que l’indus ( riffs dissonants), des touches de core et les
riffs death métal sont mélodiques dans la veine des
groupes de death/ black, l’ensemble n’est pas si bien foutu que
ça et les riffs sont soit OK, soit médiocres mais
jamais bons, désolé mais c’est la stricte vérité!
ATROCIA (Fra) Dystopia: The machine murders CD. 2015. Self-released
In their biography, this band wrote their music consists in an eclectic death
metal, and this is a quite fitting description.
The corpse-bangers should only notice the word "eclectic" doesn't
take a pejorative meaning in this case, since you will find no influence of
frooty loop cereals, mellow dick death or transvestite core... The whole evolves between "old brutal
death" and 90's death metal, with touches of other minor influences here
Since I feel the corpse is begging for maggots, I will drop some names: For the
blasting death and old brutal death I use to hear CANNIBAL CORPSE or old SEVERE
TORTURE, for the older death metal I can trace some mid old MALEVOLENT
CREATION, perhaps some peoples will hear SUFFOCATION but not the most technical
or groovy songs... There are also some early "deathcore" touches à la
early DYING FETUS, MISERY INDEX or perhaps old SKINLESS, and a bit of 90's tech
death in the spirit of DEATH/ ATHEIST.
The cover artwork looks nice, I like this kind of painted cover.
Nothing sounds wrong here, and some moments are quite kicking, but I can't say
I was mercilessly caught by the riffs or something.
For some reasons I became quite paranoid/ doubtful with many newer albums to
sound brutal, so I'll conclude with the fact ATROCIA comes with a self-produced
album that sounds professional and could turn on some fans of the style.
OF RAGE (Slo) Grindpeace CD'07. GRODHAISN
promos, more minimal efforts.
This is somewhere between Death
grind, grindcore and crustcore, quite professionally done.
a kinda old school grind riffing with power chords that sounds nice,
plus little influences of various things to refresh the skull...
Seems a bit like some SUPPOSITORY (Less convenient), BLOCKHEADS,
DISRUPT, old CBT or some MASSIVE CHARGE... The mid placed hardcore
parts waste some energy. The low pitched vocals are Okey, but what
are these high pitched screams that sound like a crushed cat that
would suffer car-molestation?? It really waste the listening...
What you need is angry bulldogs!!! This album sounds globally professional
and efficiently built, and could please fans of grindcore who aren't
against touches of Hardcore, emocore and could bear these screamy
vocals... I heard best bands in the style, but it's globally quite
cool and could please fans...
(DEN) Eos CD’98 VOICES OF WONDER
Chaque jour voit apparaître
un nouveau groupe de black plus mélodique et atmosphérique
que son prédécesseur, ils veulent tous inclure plus
de vocaux clairs et féminins et être plus « jolis
» les uns que les autres, cette mode m’exaspèrent car
tous ces groupes sonnent plus clichés les uns que les autres!
Notez donc ici la présence de tous les éléments
cités ci dessus, sans la bonne production ce groupe ne vaut
rien.Quelques riffs sont OK mais est-ce suffisant pour en faire
un album recommandable? Non!
(Nor) The traumatizer MCD'04. FIAS CO Prod.
During the hours
of wandering lost consciousness, I wonder if these remembrances
of purity and spiritual plenitude were real of simply triphased
imaginative hallucinations... anyway it's time for another beer!
Present sucks, future can only be worse... Futile ruminations can
only waste the morbid pleasures of the fucking beer! So let's fucking
thrash in hell!!
AUDIOPAIN are here for this bloody matter! These
Swedish motherfuckers practice an old fast thrash metal along the
lines of old DESTRUCTION, early RAZOR, SLAYER (Two first Lps of
hell!!), NIFELHEIM, AURA NOIR and possibly some old MERCILESS (Swe),
but the madness goes beyond your beloved old thrash as AUDIOPAIN
surprisingly injects some discarding old VOÏVOD influences from
here and there! This strange aspect can especially be felt on the
third track "Living among humans", a strange piece of
"experimental discarding black power metal" along the
lines of MAYHEM ("Wolf's lair abyss")'s slowest parts,
old VOÏVOD and MORGOTH on "Odium". The screamed and scorched
vocals aren't displeasing, it even sounds like Mark Grewe (Morgoth)
on "Odium" by moments, when the Black thrash metal spirit
isn't prevailing. There are strange bass lines from here and there.
Some tracks are more worked and complex while some riffs have an
extra technical complex edge bands such as old MEGADETH or old INFERNAL
MAJESTY wouldn't have disliked.
I think some of AUDIOPAIN's
tracks are a bit too long... shortening some and emphasizing some
choruses would boost their thrashing power. They have the benefits
of a crystal clear production that will shred your face into pieces
like a sharp razor!
To conclude there were not really catchy
riffs here (few newer bands are able to do so...) and there's not
much really new, but AUDIO PAIN has well structured thrashing tracks
that offer enough variations between different kinds of extreme
metal, as well as a cool sense of thrashing riff mania, to please
the patched and drunk as fuck necrothrashers of death who remained
curious about newer metal releases! AUDIO PAIN has their chances!
(Usa) Shitfun CD'95 Peaceville.
Last try for AUTOPSY. They
put the whole level a bit under their few pervious releases, but
they doesn't really convince the listener. The vocals are still
so calamitous, the riffs are poor, and one couldn't avoid to think
he heard really better in the style. This time again, the parts
in which they try to play Grind are the less depressing ones, maybe
because a bad Grind track only lengths around 45 seconds. To be
honnest, it's as useless to develop this review as to expend on
this release. AUTOPSY definitely have been the band of an
AUTOPSY (USA) Torn
from the grave CD’01 PEACEVILLE.
This CD offering some tracks
from all AUTOPSY’s albums is a nice invest if you don’t know the
band. If you have ever got some of their albums, it’s not a very
interesting invest as the 5 bonus tracks it offers aren’t really
unknow ones, it’s only demos or live versions of songs that had
ever been released before on albums. Anyway, AUTOPSY played heavy
and classical fast Death Metal/ full of sorrow Doom that could remind
a bit of early DEATH with SLAYER influenced drumplaying and brutal
disgorge pig screams.
Their 1st one « Severed survival
» will eternally remain my fave one as in my eyes, they were
at the golden age of their creativity and inventivity.
(Usa) Dead as fuck CD’04 NECROHARMONIC.
You want some gore!
You fuckking mourn fukker, and the brutality of death overtakes
all as this room is soon to be fukked up inside out! Under brutal
pulsions of bestial defecations! You need some AUTOPSY!!
a very cool idea NECROHARMONIC had! Releasing on a bloody pus-filled
CD the "Tortured moans of agony" double live Ep and the
"Live from the grave" Lp, two out of stock and hard to
find AUTOPSY items!
So you have the pleasure to listen to 2
shows recorded the 16/05/1993 at Bonnie Aleo and 30/03/1991 at the
Waters Club, San Diego, California.
Heavy doomed death metal
that can only be played by obese fuckers who don't give a fucking
shit, but death and gore! The old school Death metal frenezy of
the early fuckked up days is here on some tracks that reenergize
your rotten beer sack! There tracks have all what you know of AUTOPSY,
coz I guess those who don't like AUTOPSY won't read this review,
and they can fuck off anyway!
Pure fucking doom riffs with quite
epic harmonies, darkened heavy death metal with a quite mysterious
or hypnotizing touch that makes you feel like the putrid beer is
overtaking on your head and you will kick all the fools by a brutal
All these putrid tracks have a lot of beer melted DEATH
(early) and MASSACRE influences while some early doomed as fuck
morbid PARADISE LOST is bloody here for the deadly doom! Some heavy
mourning guitars can sound similar to old CRO MAGS or eventually
a very early CATHEDRAL (Demo days and first album) that would really
be mourning! Drowning in pure obscurity! The doomy melodies of DARKTHRONE's
first album "Soulside journey" can be found.
"Live from the grave", Chris Reifert's vocals sound like
and angry Pitbull! Héhé!
The track list have some AUTOPSY tunes
taken from all the band's release anterior to "Shitfun",
I would have preferred more tracks from "Severed survival"
(That's why the "Live from the grave" is better in my
opinion). The sound quality of these two recordings is very decent,
you can hear the drums, guitars and vocals without problem.
The packaging is cool with an intense cover artwork showing the
perverted morbid medicine man, and there is a cool amount of photos
in the booklet! A very cool CD for all-times AUTOPSY fans! The other
ones can FUCK OFF and DIE A BLOODY DEATH!
(Usa) Ridden with disease CD NECROHARMONIC.
Argh! This isn't
a very new release, but I missed to put it in the bowelgrinding
machine! What you have here is a damn cool re-release of AUTOPSY's
two first Demos on a churning piece of sadistik glass! The first
Demo "1987 Demo" has 4 tracks, including two fukken songs
that weren't recorded on any album later! First there's "Human
genocide"! A good punch in the Death metal fat ass kicking
shit of AUTOPSY! Totally in the vein of "Severed survival":
simple but smashing death metal with a portion of rancid heaviness,
some bizarre doom in the mind and touches of early DEATH ("Scream
bloody gore" era). It's obvious one has to be a big fat fukker
to compose the heavy Death metal of AUTOPSY! Ah Ah! I always thought
their fast parts also have an heavy and doomy side.
to death" is the other track that wasn't released as well.
Less cool stuffs to find here since the music is more common in
the Death metal style. An ok track for its time; it was probably
one of the earliest AUTOPSY compositions.
This first Demo also
has the two tracks "Embalmed" and "Stillborn"
that appeared in almost the same versions on the killer "Severed
survival" LP! Heavy brutal grinding obese death with unlogical
riffs and scorched pig screams! A very cool Demo that shows AUTOPSY's
most raw and garage aspect!
Then you have the "Critical
madness" Demo'88 that includes 3 tracks later to be recorded
on AUTOPSY's first full-length: "Charred remains", "Ridden
with disease" and "Critical madness". Still the good
old school ass-beating death with real heaviness and drunk mourning!
More sickness from the screamed vocals of Chris Reifert who was
also a good drummer! Some riffs had a real bizarre catchy feel injected
in simple yet efficient guitars! This second demo, being better
produced than the first one, had some tracks that would later become
pure AUTOPSY classics!
I totally understand most of web underfed
'rockers' and pets won't dig these AUTOPSY tracks coz the AUTOPSY's
music was too much primal, doomed and death in the early way for
their 'well thinking' minds! And by the way AUTOPSY's state of mind
had nothing to do with what we can see on the "Metal web"!
All these fucktards spend so much time arguing on 'Buddhist originality'
and 'Olympic technicity' and blah and blah! They forget the most
important: Death and a brutal feeling! AUTOPSY was pure Doom in
the mind, darkness in the eyes, a rotten beer in the hand and pure
deadly riffs in the bag of death! No sterile web bullshits! Only
ass kicking heaviness the ancient way!
I forgot to tell you this
piece of cool CD has two live tracks as well. These ones are the
chosen ones: "Severed survival" and "Service for
a vacant coffin". Nice choice and more than correct sound for
This CD is a very cool piece of good old AUTOPSY!
A very cool item for AUTOPSY maniacs! If you don't own it you are
a gay Cunt!! Go wear your pink stockings and die in pain! Good luck
to change your sex then since it seems totally fucking out of stock!
(Usa) Horrific Obsession Ep'09. PEACEVILLE Recs.
or almost all of the old school bands have reformed and disappointed
the filthy listeners, now "old school" seems to be welcomed
again and quite many peoples are there to praise the style, it was
time for AUTOPSY to come back and record some new songs... Some
peoples could become suspicious, since the timing might seem strange,
but can we really talk about questions of timing since Mr Reifert
and some of his necro-affiliates have always been playing some necro,
fukked music, with ABSCESS, THE RAVENOUS or EATMYFUK? I'll simply
say I didn't particularly like THE RAVENOUS and am not into most
of ABSCESS so I didn't expect much about some imaginary new AUTOPSY
recording... But finally it's here... So... So... So... Are there
any traces of cum and delicious diamonds of blood inside?
The first track
is quite boring, most of it sounds like the less good parts from
"Mental funeral", with a little of stoner in the middle,
rather mid placed and quite boring due to the fact riffs are simply
average and so simple... I really don't find much to say, I'm certain
the band could have composed this stuff in 15 minutes during their
best days... Hopefully there's a little acceleration at the very
end to awake the bored dead.
and last track sounds better! Still more simple than older AUTOPSY
but I find more deepness: The opening riff is quite nice, somekind
of mystic epic thing taking some kind of doom or stoner to a faster
rocking (?) world, sounds cool, then it follows faster heavy bulldog
rhythms of the hippopotamus-run-to-the-delicious-green-honey-pot,
Ah! Even if it's not a sooo great song compared to the old recordings,
it sounds decent and cool. And not pure rehash of old stuff as a
little something new is here (For AUTOPSY at least). I think it
wouldn't have disfigured a release like "Mental funeral"
or "Acts of the unspeakable". More of this, if possible?
My corpse-erotic feelings are quite mixed with this releases...
The vocals still sound quite sick and bleuargh, but you won't find
the killer energy and doomy atmosphere of the first album, neither
the mysteries and catchy parts from the second one, or the epic
doom and bowel explosions of the third one... Even for what it is,
new urges of brutal masturbation weren't awaken (But there's something
nice in the second song). On technical and playing points of view
it's ok, and they doesn't sound asleep, but they need to make a
much bigger bowel investment in possible future songs.
wouldn't be surprised to see this release praised as pure gold,
since old school is currently quite "trendy" (All the
more since this item is limited to 1000) but it's fucking obvious
these songs could be better! HEY!! WAKE UP FOOLS! It's fucking AUTOPSY,
not one of your little 10 minutes old school sensations of the day!
Do you also need to plunge the great bands with potential into sewer
shit and semen-filled illusions of perfection?
AUTOPSY did and
could still do something great (The second song shows that) and
I hope the current old school tolerance ("It's old school so
it's great..." or "As long as it's old styled it's a classic"...
You know...) won't let Reifert and co drift in easiness or false
illusions of glory. Fingers crossed, in the anus of the dead.
VERSES (FIN) tunes of disconsolation CD’97 SOLISTITIUM
un autre album de black métal symphonique et atmosphérique
rappelant le nouveau EMPEROR, SATYRICON. La production est bonne
et la musique bien exécutée mais cela n’est pas suffisant
pour écrire un bon album dans ce style ( et d’ailleurs dans
tous les styles) de musique. La musique est banale et statique.
HAUDAN LÖYHKÄ (Fin)/ DAMNGOD (Fin) Split Ep'09. TRITONUS
AVOIMEN was already quite brutal and heavy on their
previous demo MCD, but these two new songs sound more convincing
in my semen filled hears. Imagine old GRAVE (First two Lps) with
mid old BOLT THROWER heaviness, mid old DISMEMBER (For a raw "punk"
approach), a few blasts à la DEAD CONGREGATION and you can picture
a nicely tormented aural image of the whole. The production is a
bit rawer than the usual Swedish Death style, and there are also
much fewer crust or Hc influences. This isn't a total cock impaling
revelation, but AVOIMEN has enough power to send back the noses
of shameless cock-suckers right in their vilest shits! Which is
already very good these days!
The style of
DAMNGOD is different, I can not exactly define since the two songs
take different forms... So the first one is blasting death à la
MISERY INDEX, with some crust parts and old school HC "hymns",
and the end shakes the hear between thrash and old school Hardcore.
second track begins with a sludge/ stoner riff and lasts with it
all the long, with few leads or vocals on the top... Well, some
blasts and changes would have been needed. Not sure what the style
of this band really is at the end, but it seems to be something
ok with correctly packed songs (If they don't sludge too much of
(Spa) Stabwound orgasm CD'99 REPULSE.
have never enjoyed AVULSED's music, especially on their oldest releases!
When they played very average death metal! This album was a bit
fast, a bit more brutal death metal (à la Cannibal corpse)... but
nothing to turn me on!
The gore vocals of Dave Rotten are super
cool! Guttural growls from the guts! Ah! If he wasn't vomiting his
guts on the average guitar parts, it's almost certain I wouldn't
have listened to this album again.
The music is between Brutal
death and old school death... quite similar to old DEATH, old EDGE
OF SANITY (less "experimental"), some DISMEMBER, some
GRAVE and others Swedish Death metal bands from the 90's... Some
riffs sound better than before, but most of it aren't developed/
worked on enough.
An average and common CD with excellent Brutal
vocals from the guts!
POWERS (Swe) Pure slaughter CD'05. IRON FIST Recs.
obscure, putrefaction... Death metal!
AXIS POWERS practices an
old school Death metal being very near of GRAVE (First two albums),
early ENTOMBED (Left hand path) with some early DISMEMBER (Less
melodic) and putrid zests of early AUTOPSY. The vocals have a very
GRAVE alike deep tone, the guitar production has a Thomas Skogsberg
edge, the band didn't forget early Swedish death was influenced
by Punk/ Crust...
Ok, it sounds very old school, and takes a
lot from very interesting and cult bands from the past... but it
really lacks something: some riffs sound VERY influenced by these
masters of death, and there's nothing new or suprising at all...
AXIS POWERS sounds like many demo-bands from the 90's who strongly
copied ENTOMBED/ GRAVE... Think about bands like MACRODEX and many
other swedish followers... They also sound like early VOMITORY (Raped
in their own blood) and GOD MACABRE... So do not expect something
really crushing and embalming in an intense feeling of obscure mystery
and intense corrosive putrefaction. No! All in all it sounds like
a quite assiduous student reproducing the patterns of its death
metal teacher, minus the genious and burning inspiration.
drumming has real weakness, it lacks of power and ass-kicking breaks...
It's just average demo drumming. Some riffs and "ideas"
are too directly coming from early ENTOMBED and the likes, and some
riffs weren't worked enough (It was possible to do really better!)
cover is nothing specially cool and lacks of death!
isn't really bad, and sounds closer to ancient Swedish death than
many of these so-called "Old school as fuck" bands that
do not sound so old school... But I miss something in the atmosphere,
way of playing the music (Nothing Efficient with a big "E")
Big fans of the style might be interested,
at the condition they are big worshippers and almost endless collectors
of this Death metal kind.
In my opinion, it sounds like a demo
release at various levels. A real album would have needed more work
and personnal investement... In fact A.P. is a side-project (of
3 guys from SUICIDAL WINDS)... Not really surprising.