- DEMOS - OLD STUFFS - FANZINES - GIGS
(Australia) Deprived of afterlife Ep'91. CORPSEGRINDER Recs.
from a forgotten past that was drowning in my wombathorium's most
hidden and truculent fields, some good tunes of deadly old obscure
brutal death revives and remind me how much Brutal death was cool
10 years ago!
This ACHERON has nothing to do with the American
boring "occult" death band, not at all, what we are talking
about is the early incarnation of ABRAMELIN who had to transgress
from Acheron because of their American homonym.
The music had
encrypted all the underground elements I enjoy in real Brutal death:
the riffs were quite simple but heavy, right to the point, and catchy.
The band wasn't too technical and staid focused on writing good
tracks being a nice melting pot between fast parts, old school death,
and some cool doomy melodies. Some mistakes and approximations were
there, but mostly for the execution of tracks.
remind me of early EXHUMED's fast beats, death metal patterns and
heavier moments (Sounds very similar to the killer split with HEMDALE!).
They also had obscure melodies and brutal guitar pukes à la old
IMMOLATION (1st album) as well as old school guitars à la DEATH/
MORGOTH, while few mid placed patterns could sound like old NAPALM
DEATH or eventually old MORTICIAN.
Some other unholy iniquities
from the past could have been a part of this deadly melting of obscure
energies: ADRAMELECH, DEMILICH, ROTTREVORE (For the doom!). The
dead brutally revives! Brutal fucking crushing death metal! With
soulful feels of doom and a real sense of brutal morbidity.
will complain and say this band has grown old in parts... The answer
is simple: if you don't like old school death and old brutal death
don't read this zine! There are fairly enough (!!) webzines covering
your fave gothobitch and crapcore superstars!
all the beast, but this Ep remains enjoyable and suprisingly efficient
in 2004. This good old ACHERON has many pussybilities to please
and kick the heavy ass of the old EXHUMED/ old IMMOLATION fans who
never say no when an horny beer rings at their padded door.
(Swe) The first defiance LP'88 UNDER ONE FLAG.
are some albums you discover several years after their release,
and few listenings are enough to feel there was some potential!
And it's the case with this AGONY LP which seems to have somekind
of a small cult status in the Underground! AGONY played a fine Thrash
metal that was mostly fast and thrashing! (Ah, it's needed for thrash
metal) but with few melodic touches. Their tracks and riffs were
thought in a cool enough way that remains entertaining nowadays.
Nothing original here, but it was packaged with enough aggression
and some classy melodic touches! Their thrash metal that tends to
good old speed metal reminds me the first years of EXODUS! METALLICA!
And there's even some good old MEGADETH hidden in some tracks! Some
riffs and vocals really sound like EXODUS on "Bonded by blood"!
Ah, the most melodic riffs I was talking about before, but also
some more Heavy metal influences on riffs or few riffs and leading
melodic riffs remind me a bit of good old IRON MAIDEN! And a mix
of old MERCYFUL FATE/ KING DIAMOND! I also want to say I hear similarities
with the first PESTILENCE years ("Malleus maleficarum",
but not the following...) for some Thrashing riffs and harmonized
Those who enjoyed CARCASS' "Heartwork" album,
and especially the track "Buried dreams" might have a
little surprise while listening to the 8th track of this LP.
first defiance" was a fine Thrashing metal LP full of cool
riffs and more than decent musicians! The metal heads who still
spend hours listening to great albums such as "bonded by blood",
"Ride the lightning" or "Darkness descends"
may find here a cool piece of vinyl to add in their playlist! Especially
if the burning energy of metal is still flowing in their quarters!
(Hol) Youth against christ CD'94 DISPLEASED.
I got in touch
with ALTAR's music in 1995 through reviews, searching for another
super Death metal band... the style was in a decline epoch at this
time while metal was buried by Power metal, Machine Head/ Pantera
and alikes... But no, ALTAR wasn't a super Death Metal band! Mostly
cool or Ok stuffs but nothing really great.
Their style was Brutal
death metal with SINISTER touches (less technical) or thrashing
SEPULTURA influences ("Beneath the remains") overall.
didn't sound very right in the blasting drums that were too fast...
and I think it was too much rigid and mechanical.
structures could have amplified the aggression of some nice parts
while it only slower the intensity of the thing. Some half shorter
tracks with the same riffs would have been ways more impressiveness!
conclude, they had some nice ideas, but all wasn't very good. It
seems to me they were signed too early even if they sound professional!
(Fin) Ground absorbs Ep'91 OBSCURE PLASMA Recs.
the livid ground takes over your body and mind! Hallucinations!
Uncontrolled resurgence of self inflicted hatred! Morbid schizoprenic
immolation! The process of self-suffocation has just begun.
old ANGUISH Ep wasn't fuckin' A class. 2nd Zone Death metal, but
I've found in here some cool stuffs worth the bloody review! This
was Death thrashing metal with a bunch of heavy and mid placed riffings,
plus or corpse some punch beats the old Death metal way! On the
level of riffs' obscurity, I remind the CADAVER's 1st LP "Hallucinations",
as well as some old CANCER's morbid tunes! There's some very old
SEPULTURA in here! Nothing really mortuary ground opening, but the
tracks were constructed in a cool way, and the drummer did some
Some Heavy riffs sounded like the good old times
of totally Death metallic DEATH and OBITUARY! The most thrashy parts
could remind of KREATOR when these Germans bastards were still young
and enthusiastic as fukk! (Now scream "Pleasure to kill"!
"Pestilence"! and "Under the guillotine"!!).
that was a quite nice Ep. It can be cool for old school maniac bastards,
but nothing was really great and it was somewhat to "clean"
to awake some real old school Death metal nostalgic anger!
ASSASSIN The upcoming terror
One more band of the second wave
of german thrash metal that is almost forgotten, but that still keep its
freshness 17 years after its release. Shit, ASSASSIN delivers a really pure
jewel of thrash metal the way it has to be: raw, fast, agressive, with
lot of frenzy and pure neckbreaking and fistbangable riffs. These guys
played as fast as EXODUS on "Bonded by blood" for instance, and the
composition is so efficient that it's impossible not to become possessed by
this masterpiece of the german thrash metal history. All sweats thrash
in its purest form through "The upcoming terror". I mean, the kitsch cover,
the stupid photocollage, the sound and the quality of the music almost bring
tears to the nostalgic people eyes. This is as good as DESTRUCTION's
"Infernal overkill" or DARKNESS' "Deathsquad". Banf that head that
doesn't bang, get drunk and thrash with all the rest. Beware, this album
is only for real thrash maniacs. No compromise here. Their second lp
"Interstellar experience" didn't lack of intensity or energy, and benefited
of a really killer production, but was more oriented towards the american wa
"The upcoming terror" sounds much more european, totally
german, and was a band that made discover SODOM to a certain norwegian
guy called Euronymous back then....
I can't wait to hear their reunion album.
I hope that they haven't lost their genius, and will keep on banging our
GATES (Swe) With fear I kiss the burning darkness CD’93 PEACEVILLE.
never been a fan of AT THE GATES! Even if their last album "Slaughter
if the soul" offered some music that was more direct and efficient
sounding, it always lacked some really deep ideas and crushing emotions.
On this album that dates back to 1993, I could say the music of
the band was more experimental.
Their style was somekind of techno
Death/ Black metal with few thrash touches. There are a lot of breaks,
and some riffs and melodies were thought in a different way than
the usual bands of this time.
Unfortunately, it was thought with
the head only, it doesn't result from inner agglomerations of deep
dehumanized thoughts that explode in total Death metal excellence,
when some inspired bands expurge their feasting on blood through
There are still some classical punching
beats, double bass drums, some breaks (less for the style) could
remind of DEATH's "Individual thought patterns" and some
more jazzy touches (especially on drums' beats) can remind you of
ATHEIST. On a bloody matter of riffs, I could quote some quite melodic
ones mixing some melodic tremolos of DEATH, some Black metal induced
melodies (with two guitars harmonizing the stereo spectrum) and
some more classical Death metal riffings. There are a few blast
The whole was very complex and mat be interesting
for this reason (especially for musicians), but I don't enjoy 95%
of it was it's only notes and notes and complexity without real
inspirations and emotions.
Anyway, there are two tracks that
quote my attention bound in the blizzard beast! It sounded a bit
more catchy and a smaller will of demonstration in riffs would have
made of these two ones some all the long pretty nice ones!
I've said everything, my mind is empty and my guts are speechless,
it's time for a super lame conclusion! Ah Ah...
AT THE GATES
was so a quite original band that have marked some guys, but something
really special lacked on the two or three albums I heard of their
beginnings. If you're a big fan of Techno death, you may try it,
this isn't the same style but the structures may turn on darkness
your metallic brain.
Later on, the band split up and some members
joined THE HAUNTED for simple quite direct Death/ Thrash metal purposes...
(Usa) Piece of time CD’90 Active records.
From the noisy
and blurry beginnings of a little band named RAVAGE, here comes
a band that has the most contributed to establish a real musical
credibility for Death metal, a music that was very much denied by
the whole of the metallers before. Being hyper precise, technically
beyond reproach, even when it's (very) fast, ATHEIST crucifies at
once the big crowd of followers and creates some new standards for
the scene of Florida.
Leaving a good part to the epileptic leads
or to a particulary twirling rythmic section, "Piece of time"
introduces ATHEIST to the level of the very vey big names of Death
metal, and this without sacrifying anything from the Brutality of
Floridian Death metal.
No need to hold forth, it kills a lot!
(Ger) Blue blood Ep'89 NUCLEAR BLAST.
Uh… The hardcore punk
looking cover wouldn’t help a maniac collector of Death to detect
this Ep in a second hand market ! But the music of the German techno
Death heads had nothing hardcore, it was ever quite technical and
techno Death thrash like with many breaks and experimental stuffs,
as well as enigmatic and bizarre riffs.
Some blasts were here
also. Even if I’m not a fan of this style, that lacked of real energy!
I can say this Ep was less efficient than their first album while
it was less fast and complexly articulated. And there were many
bizarre parts and average stuffs… « Hallucinations » was better
as it was Ok! This Ep is in the same lines than the first LP, but
they spent too much time on average or hesitating parts, there were
less quite surprising breaks and their tracks’ structures were improved
later in their original sense of demise. That could be heard they
were still a young band!
This is an Ep that will become decorative
in my collection, nothing worth a real intense listening (and it
has grown old). Only a quite nice one for very big curious nostalgics,
or insane 90’s Death metal maniac collectors who must own everythings
from this epoch!
(GER) Hallucinations CD'90 MASSACRE
This band was really
bizarre and uncommon. They offered us a piece of Techno death with
lots of brutal death metallized riffs.
Some nonsense bizarre
complex calculated sounding breaks are mind loosing if you’re not
concentrated on their stuff. Free jazz influences are obvious but
it’s melted in some brutallized distorted riffs and as it’s also
mixed with some technical vicious ripping moments and more classical
old school death metal riffs, it’s doesn’t sounds unpleasant.
are some pure blasting moments of brutality with memorable sounding
riffs, so it remains listenable for non technodeath specialized
By moments if reminded of old MORBID ANGEL («
Altars of madness » and « Blessed are the sick »)
for some grinding moments, slow heavy vicious sounds and hellish
riffs; there are very small touches of old school doomy death metal
(AUTOPSY and OBITUARY), and a few induced influences old ATHEIST.
MASTER could also be quoted for the raw energized old shcool riffs
(and for the vocals on the 4 live bonus tracks on the CD). But most
of it is brutal/ technical influenced.
The GIGER cover fits
well their bizarre stuff.
This is not a CD I’m fond of but they
tried to be original at their time and I respect them for that.
(Ger) Blut CD'94.
ATROCITY's style has always been complex,
original and bizarre! (In their Death metal years to be right).
On this album released in a time when Death metal was week in terms
of big releases, their style was different. They were here ways
less complex than on their previous ones as the music on this CD
was almost mid placed all the time! It was somekind of mid placed
Death metal meets heavy Thrashcore, power metal and heavy thrash
riffings. But there's always a good amount of bizarre breaks! As
you can see it's quite varied but the whole remains always dark
tuned and heavy.
There's a nice little obscure mood on this
album, and some bizarre melodies that were based on discordances
for a part of it were nice. Some riffs in here are in a kind of
modern heavy Death metal.
Nice blasting chorus on "I'm in
darkness", this is the only fast track if I remember well,
it's more in their previous style.
Some quite catchy riffs are
bound between more technical and differently thought/ simple power
metal, thrashcore riffings. There's nothing exceptional here. Notice
a few acoustic tracks that makes me think about some medieval themes
or some obscure nights' acoustic sessions of the forgotten. The
whole concept of this album was based on the Count Vlad Dracula
or on some obscure medieval histories.
To be honest I discovered
ATROCITY with this CD and I was surprised when I heard their previous
recordings! This isn't their most interesting album, but there are
some nice parts. I remember I was quite stuck into this one a few
years ago, while I was in a quite obscure and bizarre trip! If you
feel obscure, bizarre sterile and cogitates about the inner schemes
of human behavior, it may fit to your head!
Well, this isn't
an excellent album, but they tried to be original in another way
and it was rather cool!
ATROCITY (USA) Infected/
The art of death LP’91- CD’01 POWERAGE/ PLASTIC AGE D.
are the two first CDs of a ’91 band not to be confused with german
techno Death Metallers now evolving in totally different musical
1st LP : The band sounds a lot like old grinding
REPULSION (USA) on their « Horrified » LP for the raw
guitar sound, the riffs, the vocals and some leads holocaust epileptic
crisis. ( + The lyrics are totally in the same tonality). This is
mostly Grinding Death with punk influences and it must have been
a good underground and really extreme release at the time. Due to
the different quality of the recordings, it seems there had been
more than two recording sessions.
On the 2nd LP, some tracks
are really more intense, ATROCITY sounds totally like REPULSION
and are still valid and crushing nowadays.
They sound also like
old NAPALM DEATH ( « F.E.T.O » , « Mentally
murdered » EP), INCUBUS (« Serpent temptation »)
for some grinding parts but also old S.O.B ( « What’s the
truth » LP, split EP with NAPALM DEATH).
A cover of the
band is printed on the little mirror and it’s quite cool as it represents
a gory/ « Butchered at birth » version of the «
Ying and the yang », while the CD playing you’ll be able to
see the two butchered and rotten babies melting in one and drinking
each other’s vomit.
It was a cool band for its time, but unfortunately
their stuff has grown old!
(Usa) Fiend for blood Ep'92 PEACEVILLE.
Steve Di Gorgio is
back, and Autopsy strikes a come back to the style of its first
album, but it's not really passionating for this reason! The hostilities
begins with an almost Grind track of an only 30 seconds length.
The doom parts are still here, but it's not anymore to the basis
of the tracks, so one doesn't feel as much the need to sleep. Anyway,
"Fiend for blood" is only a pale copy of "Severed
survival", and there's not much to say about this Ep except
this: if you're searching for releases that reminds you why there's
the word "Death" into Death metal, then you'll hardly
find something better, if it's not the first GRAVE Lp. But I wouldn't
cross the path of saying "Fiend for blood" is a good release.
For playing it a bit from time to time, why not...
BENEDICTION (Uk) Dark is the season MCD'92 Nuclear blast.
Premier E.P du groupe, qui succède à The grand leveller, un album
dont il suffira de rappeler qu’il est lui aussi absolument minable.
Dark is the season, bien que guère plus enthousiasmant que ses prédécesseurs,
est cependant supportable. Le groupe donne toujours dans le death
metal originel, qu’il a enrichi d’une petite pointe de mélodie qui
donne souvent, le chant y étant pour beaucoup, l’impression d’avoir
affaire à une version cheap de Bolt thrower ou des débuts du doom
anglais. Pas étonnant en tout cas que Dave Ingram ait fini chez
eux. Et comme vous avez surement peu de temps à perdre et moi aussi,
tout ce qu’il y a à savoir de Dark is the season tiens en ceci :
vous l’écouterez deux fois à tout brûler avant d’aller le revendre.
Le seul avantage de ce E.P sur les deux premiers albums, c’est
que le supplice prend fin plus vite.
BENEDICTION (Uk) Transcend the rubicon CD'93 Nuclear
Troisième album pour le groupe de death anglais le plus pathétique
que le monde ait connu avec Confessor. Mais aussi incroyable que
cela puisse paraître, Trancend the rubicon n’est pas un album particulièrement
mauvais. Certes on sera bien en peine d’y trouver un morceau vraiment
génial, mais on ne nage plus dans le ridicule le plus total. Benediction
n’a pourtant pas fait évoluer sa formule, mais Transcend the rubicon
est tout simplement mieux fait, et si l’album fini vite par saouler,
le début (les deux premiers titres surtout) se laisse écouter sans
sourciller. Et puis la vie reprend ses droits et l’on se rappelle
qu’il y a beaucoup mieux que ça à écouter. Mais on aurait pu trouver
pire manière de gaspiller son temps.
BENEDICTION (Uk) The dreams you dread
CD'95 Nuclear blast.
Désespérant. Ce groupe est tout bonnement désespérant. Après
un album correct et un E.P anecdotique (The grotesque) mais dont
le morceau titre était excellent, Benediction trouve le moyen de
retomber dans le mauvais death anglais de pacotille. La musique
est toujours incroyablement convenue, les vocaux rappellent toujours
le Napalm death des mauvais jours, et on a peine à supporter un
morceau jusqu’au bout. Benediction a visiblement essayé d’évoluer
vers un son plus “moderne ”, en misant plus sur le mid tempo, mais
ralentir la cadence ne suffit pas à acquérir la puissance, surtout
avec un chanteur aussi mauvais. Résultat des courses, la seule chose
qu’on attend de The dreams you dread, c’est qu’il se termine, et
seuls les morceaux les plus rapides, où la nullité des riffs saute
moins aux yeux, demeurent raisonnablement audibles. Surproduction,
WARLUST (Australia) Vengeance war till death CD’94. MODERN INVASION
It would be too easy to begin this review with some
bestial words to invoke the war spirits from the hellish depths,
and so many “black death” zines vomit their bile a bestial way that
I’ll try no to drift too deep in pure klok fukking bestiality and
carnal flesh lapidations.
I noticed a lot of bands claim to play
“war metal”, black death metal and affiliates, but few finally achieve
to have the same feeling of red-eyes bestiality, blood-filled battle
and burning revenge; This first album contains a really hot and
simply bestial atmosphere!
I always had problems to decide if
these Australian were Death or black metal, at the time it was very
different from both styles, the first was globally into the American
or European genres, the second already got infected by Norway crap…
Maybe they simply took influences from different earliest sources
of the styles…
There was something occult inside, a stagnancy
between space and time in the riffing that helped to turn your mind
towards the imagination phase. The quite “deaf” and full of echo
guitar sound brought a bit more of this “occult” thing, when the
whole “chaotic” yet quite heavy production didn’t make it sound
like ugly barbarians in the middle of a battle camp. I remember
some peoples thought it was noise at the time, but it was probably
due to this deep underground production, almost all-the-way blasts
and chaotic leads that appeared like in the middle of nowhere and
made it more fukked.
Well, many current bands fail at this point,
because trying to make the most noise often doesn’t create the same
atmosphere (When it creates ones)… BESTIAL WARLUST always had riffs,
including epic and quite catchy ones that evoked a terrible fall
into an atrocious war or some moments of pure revengeful craziness.
didn’t speak about the vocals that sounded quite personal, for the
time, not grunted neither screamed, it was at the middle of both;
I always wondered if some weren’t sucked (With the impure air to
go in the inside of the throat), it sometimes sounded like a terrific
ghoul or some bestial phantomatic ghost, when it didn’t sound exactly
like a fucked up beast.
The sixth song in particular (“Holocaust
wolves of the apocalypse”) had a different style, since the riffing
was really close to the fukked up and mental-illness-loving genre
of SADISTIK EXEKUTION, maybe not as complexly structured, but the
same mental disease is here! It’s the only song they had in the
SAD-EX genre as far as I know.
The best songs in my opinion are
the first couples, as the intensity and feeling is stronger and
deeper. The following ones are still cool, but globally seem to
be one or two scales under and sometimes contain more regular riffs.
on, the band did another good album, it was a bit different because
of a better production and some thrash influences, but globally
it was the same.
They also featured an exclusive song on the
“Headbangers against disco” Ep compilations, but I was less impressed.
then they split up; Went to form other acts and play in this or
that band, but none pushed me to care, at least at the same point.
Rumors of reformation circulated, but nothing apparently occurred.
POSSESSION (Can) Is beyond possession Lp'86. ROADRUNNER.
ordered this Lp in a second hand music market. The cover and back
cover drawings looking strange and quite rotten, I imagined some
kind of necro early Death metal, or even some drunk HELLHAMMER alike
What BEYOND POSSESSION played was some kind
of crossover, with some thrashy songs almost tending to sound like
some US Thrash metal. It could eventually remind of very early SUICIDAL
TENDENCIES, some POISON IDEA or a zest of old NUCLEAR ASSAULT...
music was quite well built, with a bunch of well-placed variations.
For the time, I must say it was neat sounding complex structures!
There were few blast beats. It sounds quite fresh and not dried
out, even if on matters of heaviness, power and aggression they're
far behind today's standards... This style seemed to be called "Skatecore".
Notice the bass guitar had a clear and quite 'metallic' sound.
catchy or really emotional I would remember inside, but even if
it was a strange surprise, the music in itself isn't bad. For a
1986 release it even sounds quite energetic.
(Usa) Face fate EP'87. NEW RENAISSANCE.
Here's where a part
of the CANNIBAL CORPSE's style on their first LP entitled "Eaten
back to life" comes from! Yes. You understand right! The death
thrash metal Cannibal created during their very first years of existence
weren't very personal (even if it was efficient! Ah!) And I can
bet on the fact BLOODFEAST would have had a good place on the Death
thrashing throne of this time if a release such as the "Face
fate" MLP were better promoted!
This was fast fuck thrashing
death metal with a bunch of energy and punching beats! This reminds
me the thrashing aggression of POSSESSED, old DARK ANGEL, NECROPHAGIA
with fucking hellish screams or leads! (And maybe some ASSASSIN
or DARKNESS). BLOODFEAST had the typically heavy splattering riffs
that made Cannibal Corpse famous, but most of the bloodfeasting
stuffs were fast, with some real casket crushing riffs! Their vocals
weren't guttural, but rather harsh, thrashing and screamy. (From
Check a track like "Blood lust"! If you aren't
thrilled you can forget Death, Thrash and everything metal since
it has the balls!
BLOODFEAST was a very good band that had a
good place in one of the first killer underground Death thrashing
wave! "Face fate" is a hard to find MLP, and according
to what I listened to it's one of their best stuffs! So move your
fucking arse and search for this good piece of aggression! Instead
of waiting for the next crappy "Make-up-flat-ass" Black
or death metal release. HAILZ BLOODFEAST!
HOPE (Usa) Swamped in gore CD'91 GRINDCORE INTERNATIONAL.
been waiting for years to be able to listen to this one! And finally
I uploaded it on Win Mx! And I'm quite surprised as it's different
from their other releases! More simple and Brutal!
The 1st track
"Incinerated" begins with a TERRORIZER like riffs, then
follows some splatter Death metal à la CANNIBAL CORPSE "Eaten
back to life", to morbidly evolve in some heavier Death metal
à la old OBITUARY.
The second track "Swamped in gore"
is very much into the primal OBITUARY's "Slowly we rot"
style both for the riffs, the drums and the way the vocals are placed
(it's grunts, not screams like Tardy).
The remaining of the album
follows the same old Death metal vein à la old OBITUARY,
with touches of old DEATH.
A good amount of it is mid placed,
there are not so many blasting moments.
In my opinion it must
have been a fucking cool album at the time, but I think some tracks
sound old or too long nowadays. It can be a nice listening to see
the evolution of the band or to fill some holes in your metal knowledge.
And all the more it was released in an epoch when a lot of excellent
and style determining stuffs were released, it can be cool to have
a better view of the whole Death metal aura of this time!
(UK) To the gory end CD'91 RESTLESS.
CANCER was a basic Death
metal band strongly influenced by DEATH « Leprozy »
for some of the riffing in tremolo, the way some crust like drumbeats
are applied on a tremolo riff and of course for leads. But there
are also DEATH influences nearer of the « Spiritual healing
» album for a few small arrangements, and a little touch in
the vocals. This is in the old Death meta lstyle of this time, I
mean a bunch of bands played it back then, more or less trying to
copy the Masters of Brutality! But CANCER were more decent than
a bunch of other 'trendy' bands.
Some very old MORGOTH (1st MLP) could also be found
for some riffs , more arrangements, the way leads sound and are
placed on a riff. Some disgusted and denying life vokills
had a litle something do to with the 2nd MLP of the old German obscure
Death godz (R.I.P) , there’s also some SEPULTURA’s « beneath
the remains » for the most thrashing and heavy parts that
are supposed to be played with the fucking guts, but also for some
guitar arpeggios used for intros with background saturated guitars.
Vocals could also remind a bit the old swedish thrashers MERCILESS.
It was an Ok album but nothing really exceptional. For the
fans of the bands mentionned above: old DEATH meets MORGOTH first
epoch with thrashin’ heavy parts à la real SEPULTURA. Big fans of
old DEATH who are searching for old stuffs in that vein may find
some nice stuffs in the old CANCER back-catalogue!
CARNAGE (SWE) Dark
I was strongly into this one when I was totally
burnt into Death Metal and it’s quite cool the album is rereleased
as I’ve never had the possibility to find it ( better late than
The album has gone a bit old with time ( it’s not the
1st ENTOMBED « Left hand path » that still crushes
: great sound + music full of energy, la PATATE !) but it’s still
good! Old school Death metal with an obscure feeling of Death! Some
punching and crusty riffs and some fucking killer riff that will
impale you on the Altar of Death if you're at least a bit into the
Most of the guys of the band has played in DISMEMBER later
on and it’s more or less the same kind of ruling old school Death
Metal, even if I prefer CARNAGE than DISMEMBER (CARNAGE was less
Melodic and more obscure than Dismember!)
One of the guys
handled the guitar into CARCASS and the SPIRITUAL BEGGARS).
Dan Sea Grave painting cover is still good! There are also some
tracks on this rerelease. Still a good one,
after all these years! And anyway, CARNAGE sounds better than most
of the actual Old school Death metal bands who try to go back in
the 90's! CARNAGE had the fucking feeling of Death! And the inner
will to kill! Fuck and Die!
(Uk) Forest of equilibrium CD'91 EARACHE.
of musical style for Lee Dorian who recorded some months ago the
excellent vocals' parts of the NAPALM DEATH's "Mentally murdered"
MLP! (As well as some unreleased tracks for a LP that were later
released on the "Death by manipulation" Compilation).
the very early days of CATHEDRAL's stuffs couldn't be found any
aggression, Grinding stress, Grindcrust riffings nor hallucinated
or Brutal vocals!
The music was a total Doom/ Death tending to
depressive sorrow. The vocals were more sung than anything else
(sounding like long complains), but it was quite hallucinated.
point that quote my attention are the lyrics, while Lee Dorian had
humanist, realistic, and progressist texts in NAPALM DEATH, his
writings in early CATHEDRAL ride the opposite point and tend to
masochist, quite decadent topics as well as more imaginary subjects...
I'm curious to know what motivated a so big change both in the lyrics
and musical style! Was it a 'normal' reaction to an overabuse of
rebellion and aggressiveness? Maybe the guy thought it became useless...
let's comeback to the Doom of CATHEDRAL! This was very slow, Doom,
with some nice riffs, but I'm not so fond of it. There are some
nice parts, including some that could have been very good with a
little something more, but it lacks something definitive that would
make it sound like anything else than somekind of demos. Old school
and full of dusk cover.
I didn't care that much for their following
stuffs, their second Lp was fucking slower and far more doomy (If
I remember well), they later started to include groovy 70's influences
This album had some nice parts and it's quite interesting
to see the obvious musical evolution of an Ex NAPALM DEATH member!
Good For the fans of Napalm!
(Swe) An evil shade of grey CD'92 BLACK MARK.
a melodic Death/ Doom/ Heavy band à la PARADISE LOST (3rd
to 5th CD epoch), CEMETARY was a Swedish Death metal output in its
very first years!
Their style was very much in the old GRAVE,
DISMEMBER, CARNAGE war lines but with more melodies anyway.
was some nice parts but the whole was very much (too much) in the
old Swedish style, I can't avoid thinking about CARNAGE in some
mid placed riffings while some punkish Death metal beats and riffs
rather reminds me of DISMEMBER. Some more melodic riffs also remind
me of what EDGE OF SANITY did on their first CDs, I'm here thinking
about their most melodic parts that weren't so metal influenced.
tracks could have been better constructed though... sounds a bit
too much as riffs pasted the ones behind the others without any
So it wasn't that bad, but I've got the feeling
they rather followed the bigger bands in the style as CREMATORY
may have been a band cast in this time's Swedish Death metal trend!
not misunderstand me, it can be cool for nostalgics to listen to
this CD, but for me it remains quite cool/ Ok only as some bands
that influenced them were far better and as I still discover some
old bands that are really inspiring and original!
OATH (Swe) Carpet CD’95 BLACK SUN.
This band played a
style I've never been fond of: a melodic Death/ Thrash that's quite
soft. I'm trying to open myself to these style a bit more, but this
isn't Ceremonial oath that will maintain a bit of this little motivation!
style sounds too much cliché and ever heard to maintain my attention!
All these riffs and stuffs remind me a lot of old IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA,
IN FLAMES and others... this is the kind of riffs a lot of band
that begin to play this still use one day or another! In parts it
sounds too nice in my opinion! The vocals are screamed. Notice and
IRON MAIDEN "Hallowed be thy name" cover that brings nothing
new than screamed vocals and looses most of the energy of the original
one! I've listened to "A real dead one" (Excellent Iron
Maiden live album with a part of their oldest classics!) so much
time I can't consider the Ceremonial Oath try as a decent tribute!
An uninteresting album! It seems to me the band has split up...
but who cares?
Ha Ha! I’ve just read some guys of this band formed
HAMMERFALL later! What a joky coincidence! Ah Ah…
YOUTH (Uk) Sad society Ep'83 BEAT THE SYSTEM.
the first punk wave that did a lot of bullshits in the minds of
the so "politically correct" English "well thinking"
bitches, CHAOS UK was a total old school punk band. Understand mid
tempo punk with don't give a fuck riffs and vocals in the same "Fuck
I discovered them on an old compilation
of the "Beat the system" label that released a lot of
punk Eps at the very beginnings of the style. (One way system, External
menace, Death sentence, The fits...) Even if the tracks of CHAOTIC
YOUTH weren't the fastest, those were the only ones that standed
out more than 20 years later! It remains energetic enough for my
Death metal Brutal head to remain awake in pain and anger! Ah!
there aren't many ways for comparison according to my "vast"
punk knowledge... a riff sounded a bit like the most punky riffs
of NIRVANA.. It wasn't bad for it's time, the fact I find some real
energy in it so many years after shows it wasn't shit!
this review be useful? Ah! Fuck off! Isn't it were a part of the
metal came from? (VENOM, SLAYER...) fuck off!And the influences
of punk on your so moulded and normalized Grindcore is obvious!
(SWE) Megatrends in brutality CD'92 CENTURY MEDIA.
this one counts ENTOMBED’s growler as a vocalist, this is not the
best COMECON album. There are two great songs will tremolo riffs
à la old MORBID ANGEL that are nearly perfect and totally
intense from the beginning to the end.
But the oher tracks aren’t
as exciting. It’s a kind of a bit old sounding death metal with
some original touches for some bizarre harmonies I think no other
band than COMECON used. Also some blast parts here and there and
also some more hardcorish/ crust moments were included.
album that keeps for me a taste of dark carbon and corrosion is
worth being copied as a Cdr. It’s better for you to buy their «
Converging conspiracies » album.
Converging conspiracies CD’93 CENTURY MEDIA.
This is the
best COMECON album I've heard.
A big part of the music sounds
PESTILENCE influenced and this is certainly due to the presence
of Martin Van Drunnen as Vocalist/ bassist as their previous album
"Megatrends in brutality" contains only one PESTILENCE
The PESTILENCE like parts goes from the Tremolo
guts pucking riffs à la "Consuming impulse" to
the more vicious and thought ones of "Testimony of the ancients".
I could also quote the "Testimony..." album for some nice
ideas about the songs constructions and organization and some little
stuffs you doesn't hear at the first listening.
are still so reminicent of a scorched earth and still transpose
very well his sufferance (not so many vocalists achieved to sound
so aggressive, tortured and expressive at the same time).
are also a few riffs in the vein of DEATH ("Human") but
their style isn't bound to Death metal as they've got lots of other
influences and they seem to listen to a lot of different musical
style. I could find some touches of Indus, metal and Hardcore punk
also. Do not misunderstand me, the whole is well done and doesn't
sounds boring for a Brutaller, I'd even say it'd be refreshing.
There are some really original parts for their style and even 9
years later it doesn't sound old! Even the cover is cool and fits
well the atmosphere of the CD. Get it at yer second hand CD store,
you won't regret it!
(SWE) Fable frolic CD’95 CENTURY MEDIA.
This is the
only COMECON album I don’t enjoy and it’s by far the less inspired
This one sounds just too forced and calculated
to be interesting… While their two other CD releases had some really
catchy, Brutal, intense, original and discordant riffs, as well
as very good tracks and bizarre melodies that awake and incrust
your mind, this one is only quite boring with a few cool or quite
And the presence of Marc Grew (MORGOTH’s vocalst)
won’t help them that much… it was recorded in a time when he didn’t
scream in his excellent Death metal vein and MORGOTH weren’t Death
metal anymore (even if it was still a good band). So who cares about
Instead check “Megatrends in brutality” if you want
quite obscure and original Death metal or eat up “Converging conspiracies”
if you’re a PESTILENCE fan.
Only big COMECON fans may find it
(Swi) Punishment for decadence LP'88 NOISE.
Who would have
imagined a so skillfull and talented thrash metal band would appear
at this time? Not me since I was too young for this...
offered us with "Punishment for decadence" their best
LP, full of excellent aggressive thrash metal and so fucking technical
riffs you can only shit your pants! For one of the first time thrash
metal was technical and efficient at the same time! They knew how
to masturbate their guitars in the efficient way! (One can appreciate
it without being a guitarist or whatever!!)
A special note for
the track "Arc lite" and its good classical music and
old Heavy metal influenced themes. Excellent obscure metal feeling
and state of mind! Contrary to a lot of technical bands, they maintained
the interest in their compositions, and it was aggressive!
special greetz to the bassist/ vocalist who didn't play with a mediator,
on some riffs the right hand's fingers break some bones! And I've
heard from trustfull sources he was impressively tight during gigs
at this time!
Tom Warrior (CELTIC FROST) didn't help them for
nothing! (He sung on their "Deathcult" Demo and taught
them some important things to know about gigs, etc)
lyrics, very good musicians, original and efficient music, what
else could a thrasher have needed?
(Swi) No more color LP'89 Noise.
They have had such a great
development since the 1984 "Deathcult" demo with a certain
Tom Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer. CORONER had already the
embryo of what it became on the first and all times classic album
"R.I.P". And one can feel an amazing but huge improvement
on the second album "Punishment for decadence". But "No
more color" is nothing but a pure awesome piece of cult techno-thrash
metal, as it was called back then. This time the production is really
devastating thanks to the work of a young producer called Scott
Burns (you remember this guy? Yeah, he used to produce good bands
before producing exclusively country music bands nowadays...). CORONER
has always had this amazing guitar work that can’t be heard anywhere
else. Tommy "Baron" Veterli is what we can call a riffman.
But what´s great with him, it´s that the music is ultra technical,
with a lot of tempo changes, complicated melodic lines, and ultra
fast aggressive rythmics, but without being boring at all, nor loosing
its efficiency in any ways. One can compare him to Chuck Schuldiner
in a way. And such musicians are really few in the world of extreme
metal. Just listen to the thrilling introductive riff of the song
"Tunnel of pain" or the majestuous "D.O.A" and
if you don´t get cramps in the finger when you try to replay these
riffs on guitar, then you might be a good guitarist! Ha! Yeah, CORONER
really proposes its masterpiece with "No more color".
But don´t get me wrong, when I say that, because every album released
by this band is absolutely worth the listening. That’s a real pity
that these geniuses never received the recognition the deserved
and split up because of money interests... What´s also cool with
CORONER is the artwork, always far from the thrash metal clichés,
but still having a real deep meaning. The same goes for the texts.
I guess that every fan of thrash metal should already possess at
least one album of this incredible band, and if not, then I strongly
advise you to get a listen on the three first albums in order to
give an orgasm to your ears! And of course, people interested in
good musicianship can’t go wrong by picking up a CORONER album.
Enough said. Join the CORONER cult or die, because this band still
kicks all the new wave of Swedish thrash metal deeply in the ass!
hahahahahaha!!!! Listen to the masters.
(Swe) Unknown netherworlds of the exordium Bootleg CDr MASTERCULT
from the infernal pits of darkness, the monstruous morbidity takes
its perverse course, human shall find no cure! No escape from this
tremendous asphyxiating void of morbid death! ENGULFED IN THIS INFERNAL
VOLKANIK SODOMY, YOU FUKKING DIE!!
CREMATORY was pure obscure
and morbid death metal in the ancient Swedish way! Not only influenced
by killer bands such as NIHILIST and CARNAGED, but also ripping
under the flag of the tremendous heavy vicious morbidity of old
CARCASS, CREAMTORY stood for pure obscure Death metal darkness!
The riffs were total Death! Obscure, Deaththrashing, and overall
morbid! Grave crushing cadaveric metal! The rhythmic aspect was
varied, evolving from total Doom, to mid placed corpses asphyxiation,
punching chunks putrefaction, to blasting Uber Alles! Moments of
pure Doom were morbidified by darkened yet simple keyboards that
gave the touch of an ancient mysterious taste of monolithic dust!
(As well as in the early THOUSH SHALT SUFFER years!)
were fucking low tuned, making the riffs quite unhearable by moments,
but who gives a fuck when it sounds even more morbid and brutally
inhuman!! CREMATORY sounds darker, more morbidly inspired and stronger
than a bunch of "Thrashy metal" bands who tried to copy
the Swedish style back then! Ok, I understand some guys will find
it quite old or else... but if you think CREMATORY isn't good enough
for you and you claim to be another of these "Old school newbies",
I have no other choice than saying FUKK OFF!
The Demo'90 "the
exordium' was the more Doomy and death metallish, while the Demo'91
"Wrath..." offered a bunch of more blasts and the Demo'92
"Netherworld" was more like a strong Death grind with
The 4th Demo "Nether..." was somewhat
cleaner, and the guitar work was more worked. The style of the band
sounding like some blasting BOLT THROWER meets doomy ROTTREVORE.
Their tracks also had some few European Death metal like riffs (PESTILENCE).
The tracks were fulfilled with a bunch of riffs and changes
I told you before, the old school Swedish Death metal mark was fucking
strong! There was your typically Death punching and Crusty parts,
but also the mid placed somewhat punk influenced drums... Some moments,
and especially the vocals, reminds me of old BOLT THROWER, when
the English bastards were playing War metal Death grind with strong
visions of war! Mid pitched like vocals that teach and tell the
visions of a third darkened war and let you see the extinction of
Of corpse there were some errors in their tracks, and
some average riffs, but anyway you'll die a long Brutal death! And
you have no other choice than to fuck off and die!
CREMATORY can fuck off since to use this morbid flesh burning and
ancient hellish moniker, you have to play obscure, deadly and morbid
metal! Tiny ass-licking-keyboards and happy guitar melodies doesn't
help much! Ah! CHAOTIC SODOMY AND BURNING OF YOUR INNER FLESH!
production of these demos wasn't the best, but at least it kept
the doom and total heaviness of low tuned monstruous death metal
guitars that lacked on CREMATORY's "Denial" MCD! This
MCD is allright, but it sounds too "tight" and clean.
clear things up, this bootleg includes the following stuffs:
exordium" Demo'90 (4 tracks)
the unknown" Demo'91 (4 tracks)
of the mind" Demo'92 (4 tracks)
torment" Demo'89 (1 track)
"Live in rinkeby,
Sweden 04/11/89" (3 tracks)
Ok this review was
almost totally subjective, but you're still free to FUKK OFF AND
DIE! CREMATORY will be very "cool" for Ancient Swedish
Death metal maniacs! The others can Fuck off!
(Swe) Unknown netherworlds of the exordium Bootleg CDr MASTERCULT
is the first review I did for the CREAMTORY bootleg, I did a better
one coz this first one you may read lacked of deepness... but you
are still free to FUKK OFF AND DIE!!
No! this CREAMTORY has nothing
to do with the German synths and melodies based life "Metal"
band! Even before some German gay goth pop artists thought about
playing metal, some Swedish possessed evil minds decided to create
a band to perform the most obscure kind of Death metal for its time!
everything started to severely Grind in the heads of some actual
accidented REGURGITATE members, these bastards were into total old
school Death metal obscurius!
This bootleg released by Mastercult
that seems to become a definitely cool bootlegs dealer includes
the 4 demos of the bands ("The exordium" Demo'90, "Wrath
of the unknwon" Demo'91, "Netherworlds of the mind"
Demo'92, "Mortal torment" Demo'89) as well as a live in
Rinkeby, Sweden, 04/11/89.
Death metal in the total doomed and
pure style of the beginnings! A la NIHILIST, CARNAGE very old GRAVE!
With some CARCASS riffings! Soulful keyboards that sound fucking
obscure and total old school as in the very beginning of THOU SHALT
SUFFER! Some actual bands such as REPUGNANT, FNEBRARUM and even
KAAMOS have got some similarities in the style, they may have taken
CREAMTORY as an influence.
Unless you are totally into old school
Death in its purest form, you won't enjoy this old school gem! For
ultimate fans of CARNAGE, ENTOMBED(old), DISMEMBER(very old), GRAVE(old)
CRUSHER (FRA) Corporal punishment CD'92 SEMETARY.
Premier album de l’une des fiertés hexagonales du début des 90’s,
qui porte malheureusement un peu trop la marque de l’époque. Et
c’est peu de le dire. Alternance de doom et de passages supersoniques,
mélodies bien glauques et ambiance on ne peut plus morbide, corporal
punishment est un parfait échantillon du death millésime 92. A tel
point que les membres de Napalm Death eux mêmes n’hésitaient pas
à y voir le plus grand espoir européen.
Le problème avec ce genre de disques, c’est qu’aujourd’hui, les
passages les plus rapides sonnent terriblement mous, et que le climat
oppressant que distille la chose ne suffit pas à tout rattraper,
d’autant plus qu’on le retrouve dans presque toute la production
de l’époque. Un disque “ aussi inutilement extrême qu’extrêmement inutile
” avait conclu Alain Lavanne à l’époque, par une des formules lapidaires
dont il avait le secret. Le trait est certes sévère, les groupes
moins méritant que Crusher se comptant par centaines, mais assez
adapté. Ceci dit, cet album rappellera quelques agréables souvenirs à
tous ceux qui ont vécu l’époque et demeure un de ces “ classiques
” du métal français qui ont fait comprendre qu’il était temps de
dire adieu aux complexes d’infériorité. Désuet, mais loin d’être
(Uk) Inside out Lp'91.
I remember we were young, my metal
neighbor and me when this bastard bought this CD! We were into CARCASS,
ENTOMBED, MORBID ANGEL, NAPALM DEATH and other more extreme bands
when he had the opportunity to lay his hands on this CD for a few
I remind it sounded quite old, and it sounded bizarre
to me since I didn't know this kind of old Thrash metal.
music was somekind of mix between old TESTAMENT and HELLBASTARD.
You've understood it's was old bay area like Thrash metal with a
few melodies on riffs (a bit like what EXODUS did on their most
heavy thrashing parts of their 2nd and 3rd Lps).
It may sound
a bit like the English thrash metal band SABBAT, from what I remind
from this now buried band from which emerged the "folk metal"
band SKYCLAD. Some riffs and some parts were quite cool and catchy,
but contrary to some excellent bands like POSSESSED, DARK ANGEL,
METALLICA (very old) or EXODUS (old) it has grown old a lot.
tracks included a good amount of speed metal lyrical riffs though,
this is what made their style quite cool! (Throw away these catchy
lyrical riffs, and D.A.M would have been only a 4th zone Thrash
metal band that plays only for neighbors and friends).
has grown old a lot, and their compositions that were both aggressive
and melodic weren't excellent and memorable, even boring in parts.
style isn't that good sounding nowadays... So I'll say it was Ok
for its time, but apart from the big nostalgics who wants to live
again the past, I hardly see someone enjoy it nowadays.
(GER) DEATH SQUAD LP'87 Tales of thrash.
ATTACK!!!!!! Ah ces Allemands,
ils nous font le coup de commencer avec une intro bien ambiente, et paf ils
nous éclatent les gencives à coups de rangers avec un de mes morceaux de
thrash préféré: "Critical threshold". Chiotte! Encore un groupe de la
seconde vague de thrash allemand injustement passé aux oubliettes! Pourquoi
fait à ce groupe? Des pures gueules de boches post pubères,
des perfectos, des t-shirts de DRI, MDC (pour le côté "on aime le punk
qui trace) et MOTORHEAD, VOIVOD (pour le côté "on est des métalleux bordel
de foutre")... et en avant le thrash!
La pochette est magnifique, avec son
style à la SLAYER, période "Live undead", du genre ta soeur de trois ans
s´est amusée avec ses crayons pour dessiner des vilains métalleux... La
Frénétique est le mot parfait pour décrire la musique de
DARKNESS. Là encore, comme chez EXUMER, on a une patte KREATOR dans la
machine à riffs, mais le tout a quand même assez d´identité pour garder
notre intêret en vie. Des titres comme "Death squad" ou "Burial at sea" avec
son intro limite sentimentale sont des arrachages de dents garantis dans le
pit! Argh! Cette zique pue la bière, la sueur et les années 80, du temps
où on égorgeait les poseurs aux concerts d´EXODUS! Aaaaahhhh, le bon vieux
temps! Je ne crois pas que cela ait été réédité, alors gardez un oeil sur
les listes de seconde main. C´est un petit bijou de thrash pur et dur...
(Nor) Soulside journey CD'90 Peaceville.
Recorded in the
Sunlight studio with Thomas Skogsberg, in 1990, I guess that you
won’t be surprised if I tell you that this album sounds totally
like a Swedish death metal band of the good old period, will you?
It’s fun to read the old interviews, because in an interview of
1989 in a Norwegian student radio, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto are
saying that they play Death Metal, but not like everybody, as they
withdraw their influences from bands like DESTRUCTION, HELLHAMMER/CELTIC
FROST, SLAUGHTER and the likes. And if you take the excellent old
Finnish zine Blazing Corpse from 1991, DARKTHRONE is now playing
Black Metal, even on the "Soulside journey" lp... Because
the lyrics are quite dark and tend to have an affiliation with Satanism.
But I won’t enter the discussion about such subtleties, and only
try to present you an album that’s certainly quite different of
the later works in the DARKTHRONE´s discography. Actually, this
album sounds really pretty much like old AUTOPSY, old PARADISE LOST,
with a kind of NIHILIST/ENTOMBED grain in the production... Funny
no, when you know that the two first bands where also on Peaceville
records? But I didn’t say that they proposed any copy of the aforementioned
bands at all. It’s just the same kind of morbid and dark Death Metal
(Oups, I categorized it at least! hahaha!). As a matter of fact
one can hear that these guys knew already really well how to compose
efficient and good songs. The riffs aren’t that technical, but the
drum work is quite rich and diversified, and the band really manages
to capture a really morbid and loud atmosphere. For a first album,
it’s a good promising work. And titles like "Accumulation of
generalization" or "The watchtower" show a convincing
band at work. But everybody knows that the band parted ways with
the bassist Dag, after the release of the album, as he wanted to
go in a more progressive way. You all know the way DRKTHRONE choose
to take with its second and controversed release "A blaze in
the northern sky"... But that’s history. Anyway, for the Death
Metal fans and the curious new comers in the Death/Black Metal scene,
I think that this album is worth the listening.
KENNEDYS (Usa) Plastic Surgery Disasters LP'88 MANIFESTO.
the style, here's a reference! Jello Biafra had some theatrical
vocals (denying the human stupidity of this time) and a cynical
touch that's in a spoken delirium with well underlined words on
some choruses! Some vocal's choruses are branded in my metallized
head by abuse of Brutal death! Ah Ah! On the second track "Terminal
preppie", there's a saxo that does a nice little chorus, and
that catch your mind (the kind of stuffs that were later used by
bands like DOG EAT DOG for the choruses (even if I could have found
a more convenient comparison)).
But the whole album isn't in
a classic punk rock style, because they included the good and well
well felt variations that made their tracks alive, while remaining
coherent. They were playing a punk rock with seventies rock touches
that totally sounded ironical in this context: at the first sight
some 50's/60's riffs can sound happy but it gives more valour to
The lyrics are very sensed and still actual nowadays
("Forest Fire", "Government Flu", "Well
Paid Scientist" ...).
Some tracks still have got a bunch
of energy ("Nazi Punks Fuck Off") and even a bunch of
years later we can feel some real rage.
A good amount of tracks
are memorable, recommended!
DEATH (USA) Scream,
bloody, gore LP'87 Under one flag.
origines..... 1987, après quelques démos, un bref passage chez SLAUGHTER
(Canada), et la rupture avec Kam Lee et Rick Rozz, partis fonder MASSACRE, Chuck
Schuldiner délivre enfin son premier album en 1987. Et stupeur, il joue un peu
mieux, mais sans avoir perdu le feeling que l´on trouve sur des démos comme
"Mutilation" de 86. Assisté par John Hand à la 2ème gratte, dont on entendra
plus vraiment parler par la suite, et Chris "AUTOPSY/ABSCESS/THE RAVENOUS"
derière les fûts. Mister riffman Chuck continue dans la voie tracée par
POSSESSED et SLAUGHTER: le DEATH METAL! Certes les relents de thrash sont très
présents, mais DEATH n´a aucunement à rougir devant des albums comme "Seven
churches", "Reign in blood" ou encore "Strappado".
Dès le début, ce groupe
fait partie de la cour des grands et même si les ziques sont encore assez
jouables pour des musiciens de base (on n´en est pas encore à la technicité de
"Individual thoughts pattern"), DEATH est porteur de tant de feeling et de
fraîcheur qu´il en devient difficile de ne pas révérer ce groupe pour tous les
fans de speed, thrash, et black de l´époque. La voix est hurlée et haut
perchée... D´ailleurs, Chuck n´a jamais caché son goût prononcé pour le heavy
métal. Les riffs tracent comme seuls les grand tels que MOTÖRHEAD, IRON MAIDEN,
POSSESSED savent le faire, et des morceaux comme "Zombie ritual" , "Evil dead"
ou "Scream , bloody, gore" ne sortiront jamais de votre crâne tellement ils sont
puissants et efficaces. La composition sur cet album est tout bonnement
excellente, et le son est crade et prenent à la fois. Ca sent le cadavre partout
dans les textes et dans l´atmosphère de cet album référentiel du genre.
Certes ce groupe a évolué très (trop selon certains) vite, mais n´a jamais
pondu de daube immonde, et a bien survécu aux années 90, même si je comprend la
déception de certains fans de la première heure à l´écoute de "Human" et au vu
des propos de Shuldiner, pas très tendre vis-à-vis d´eux. Enfin il n´en reste
pas moins que tout vrai fan de death métal se doit de posséder cet album et de
l´écouter régulièrement en versant une larme d´émotion devant tant de perfection
grassement death métallique.
(Usa) Human CD' RELATIVITY.
Après Rick Rozz, c’est
avec tout ce qui reste de Massacre que Shuldiner s’engueule (au
point de ne pas partir avec eux en tournée…), avant de repartir
sur la lancée de Spiritual healing avec un nouveau line-up de tueurs
(Sean reinert, Steve Digiorgio, Paul Masvidal). Le moment de la
consécration est donc arrivé : Death a enfin un batteur digne du
niveau technique de son cerveau, qui atteint des sommets. Si
la musique, comme le chant, se rapproche du thrash (obédience Coroner
pour la technique, celtic frost pour le côté plus groovy), elle
retrouve l’immédiateté des débuts, alors qu’elle n’a paradoxalement
jamais été plus complexe et technique (la section rythmique est
à vous dégoûter de faire de la musique), flirtant même parfois avec
le jazz du génial Al di Meola (l’intro du morceau d’anthologie de
l’album, « Lack of comprehension », est très marquée par son style
caractéristique). Mais les structures sont bien plus efficaces,
et Death enchaîne les plans, en évitant de s’endormir dessus, ce
qui était le plus gros défaut de Spiritual healing, et surtout de
Leprosy, et comme par enchantement, ça donne (enfin) envie de bouger.
Des morceaux plus courts et efficaces, bien que tout aussi raffinés,
Shuldiner et ses sbires frôlent cette perfection que rêve d’atteindre
un groupe sûr de son art, ambitieux, mais jamais chiant.
(Usa) Acrimonium CD'97. DISMAL Recs.
Keep on digging in the
past, and exhuming some old and almost forgotten albums, to unbury
what could have been or seemed to be cult.
This album is quite
surprising, and you could interrogate Satan about 3 points of spike,
to know what really happened.
First of all (and probably the
less important): the visual aspect. While the cover painting looks
cools for its time (even if a mix of read and bleu isn't often a
cool thing...) and can remind some IMMOLATION Lps, let's have a
look in the booklet; first surprise: the band members are full of
face paint... What happened? Did they turn their underwears outside
down towards the north pole of evil or what?
Then you insert
your penis in the electric vagina, and you realize 28:26 minutes
is quite short to have a good and deep phallelujah party (That was
the second surprise, you premature ejaculator).
The first and
best song "In thy name" reminds me a lot of old BRUTALITY
(The cool opening riff and all the screams and growls) with some
old IMMOLATION/ INCANTATION obscurity injected. A shame the middle
part isn't as cool, because the song could have been really cool,
but this slower minute remains ok.
song is heavier. The beginning keeps an obscure aura à la IMMOLATION,
and the little overwhelming high-pitched guitar that makes it quite
occult wouldn't have disfigured an old BRUTALITY tune. Then follows
an Ok variation between Death metal and death black. But something
lacks as the emotional regime decreases, and a melodic riffs isn't
that cool. An Ok song that could have been better:
while it begins like old MASSACRE/ DEATH, it totally turns into
fast black metal... Well! What happened? The face paints were enough??
Even if these black metal riffs might sound good for fans of the
north pole evil, it's too common and everheard for my south pole
of Death metal tastes. Argh!
Hopefully, there are few strange
and obscure sounding impious Death metal touches saving the song
from being a total loss.
The 4th song
is an ok/ quite cool cover of BLOODFEAST ("Face fate").
The 5th song
is a quite common Death metal song in the INCANTATION, IMMOLATION
vein (drinking too much isn't good). Even if nothing sounds bad,
there's nothing really outstanding or no strong occult vibration
of doom. It's just a song.
The last one
is another song between death and black metal that do not bring
much; there's even some riffs I don't like (too "positive"
and "black metal happiness in sorrow" if you see what
All in all,
I'm disappointed by this average album: Apart from the 2 first songs
(and eventually the BLOOD FEAST cover) there's nothing outstanding
from other bands of the time, or emotionally burning. I even think
the band should have released a shorter, but totally killer Ep (or
Of course some guys will enjoy this album during its entire
length, because the music is correctly played and an atmosphere
is present from almost A to Z, but I'm more and more convinced about
the fact the metallers who enjoy this kind of sulfurous and quite
occult Death metal do not have the time to listen to 6 albums everyday,
and need to search for the best of the best, and not to eat anything
as long as it seems "cooooooool"! So, they'd probably
continue anywhere else their search for really asskicking riffs!
an average album. Well, as well as every DECREPIT release, there
are both good, average, and not cool moments. Only the biggest voracious
fans of Death would need the entire album, others could beg and
leech few Mp3s from here and there...
(Usa) The wake Ep'94. PS Records.
DECREPIT is an obscure
moniker that lies forgotten in the past of American Brutal death,
even if the band was quite influential for some more famous bands
(or at least was an active part of the old Brutal death scene and
This Ep helped DECREPIT to rise above the average
level of it's previous demos, that were quite brutal for its time,
but also quite boring thanks to its doomy heaviness sounding old
This Ep introduced DECREPIT to catchy and remindable
riffs (Listen to the first doomy guitar of "To rise again",
it's almost haunting) and their music sounded a bit more energetic
and groovy. The reincarnation was mid-placed or heavy for most,
following the rhythms of the heavy fat bastards. Similarities could
be easily drawned between the heaviness of DECREPIT and old HEMDALE,
early EXHUMED (heaviness, accelerations and leads), or even moments
of old MORTAL DECAY and early DEEDS OF FLESH. It was definitely
Brutal death for wood-cuters!
The snare drum wasn't something
of my liking, it was too high-pitched to kill and murder the high-flying
angels... a bit like HEMDALE or old CRYPTOPSY. The first song "The
wake" have gained a nice little cult'n paste status.
2005, some of their riffs could sound average, and not efficient
enough to murder your annoying bitch in massive explosions of blood
and malignant semen; some songs could be betterly structured to
breed the suffering, but hell in hell it remains a cool Ep for big
fans of Brutal death who like it mid-old-styled and heavy. It's
not necessarily something to own at all cuts, but at least worth
few listenings if you like it heavy and pounding in your big slimee
ass and wanted to understand better where the current Brutal death
has evolved from.
After this quite cool Ep, DECREPIT recorded
a last album before splitting ep. I didn't really listen to the
deepness of this one, but what I heard could let me imagine it was
the very best DECREPIT ever recorded.
(Uk) Purity dilution LP NUCLEAR BLAST.
Now that Mitch
Harris is reviving DEFECATION, it may be a nice time to do an old
review! And I'll review their new album in ten years to keep on
the kult of reviewing old skool stuffs! That's it! I'll wait at
least 5 years before reviewing each stuff when it'll be almost forgotten...
to own the ultimate pleasure to make the readers able to remind
and discover some old and buried stuffs! Ah!
it's a fucking shame the Harris brothers didn't unite again in the
name of Grind, what I've heard of the new Defecation stuff didn't
do much for me... but lets come back to the old times!
first track "Megaton" that's full of disgust for a shit
life and made me trip on my existence during smoke fiestas and more
solitary trips, to the good grinding parts and other mid placed/powered/
sick of existence riffings, it remains a quite good release 13 years
after the pressing day. Sounds like some Crust/ Grind/ Death à
la NAPALM DEATH ("Mentally murdered") meets old S.O.B
and old School GrindCrust bands.
Mick Harris still owned some
good drums' breaks and good destructive grinding moments. There
are a good amount if fucking cool riffs here. This isn't an essential
release, but rather a cool LP for old school Grind/ old Napalm Death
fans to put on the turntable a few times a year!
And the burning
heads who needed more of the "F.E.T.O" found a cool Lp
to satisfy their needs here!
(Ger) Live without sense CD'89 STEAMHAMMER.
This is probably
not the best DESTRUCTION album to review, but this live release
is the one I know the best since it made me discover the great thrash
metal of DESTRUCTION some years ago!
I was totally in the most
brutal kind of death metal and the most morbid form of "old
school" death metal, but these DESTRUCTION tunes anyway hooked
me on the altar of German speed metal since it was very good and
inspired! Anyway DESTRUCTION sounded far greater than a bunch of
underground bands I was into! Ah!
Some of their speed thrashing
riffs sounded totally 'magical' and super catchy! It's still a pleasure
to put an attentive and attracted hear on these!
I don't say
that to bash the early releases of SODOM and KREATOR who both had
some really good and strong thrash speed tracks, but I think DESTRUCTION's
music was always a bit over the top of these two ones on a strictly
musical point of view. DESTRUCTION's best tracks had some very emotional
and catchy riffs assembled in tracks that sounds well and very logically
constructed (That wasn't always the case of Kreator and Sodom).
Plus the band had some real thrashing maniacs of guitarists who
weren't only fast but also had a real sense of catchy riffs and
great melodies. And let me tell you for this time they were surely
some kind of super thrash metal guitarists!
I personally feel
like DESTRUCTION weren't as extreme and destructive as some other
full of hate and anger formations, their compositions were full
of energy and controlled aggression (Plus I have some nostalgic
feelings towards these, but it's surely a subjective thing. Great
tracks like "Curse the gods" or "Thrash attack"
were probably not nostalgic back then).
One thing that was really
cool with this CD: as I spent hours listening to DESTRUCTION in
a rotten walkman during endless walks, the guitar lines and drum
patterns were perfectly tight! The production was also very good
for a live album: tight, clear and powerful enough. (The band had
some tightness problems on their first recordings, mostly for drums,
but all is allright here!).
Since this album was recorded while
the band had a bunch of albums in their patched bags, the set-list
includes compositions from various eras of the band, so it can be
considered as a good best of (Not the very best of... but uh! it's
allright!). So you have the pleasure to listen to some good thrashing
classics like "Curse the gods", "Mad butcher",
"Eternal ban", "Bestial invasion", as well as
more 'evolved' pieces of thrash metal that would tend to some kind
of 'techno thrash metal' (better said technical thrash?) by moments.
(I must say I'm not the biggest fan of these).
I might be wrong,
but I think the band plays the theme of the "Pink panther"
movie at the end of "Mad butcher". This theme didn't appear
on the two studio recorded versions of "Mad butcher".
yes! It could be felt in the good old mood and energy some of the
most speed metal like riffs has these German bastards were beer
Some of their early riffs were almost good old
speed metal ones à la "Kill'em all"!
probably all know DESTRUCTION's music with more or less details,
but it was needed to add some words about them in this zine! And
some bands are/ were so inspired it's always a good thing to spread
a few more alcohol-teased words about them! CURSED BY METAL!!
(USA) Deicide LP'90 Roadracer.
AMON nous avait pondu 2 démos prometteuses
(87 et 89), et
DEICIDE n´a fait qu´enfoncer le clou depuis 1990... Dommage
que ces gars aient perdu presque tout intêret après leur "When
lives". Ce premier album éponyme, à la pochette qui fait peur tellement
elle est mystique, a jeté un pavé dans la marre.
Rarement depuis VENOM et
POSSESSED on avait entendu un groupe sonnant aussi satanique et déjanté. La
rapidité de la batterie, la précision des riffs et les soli hallucinants
ainsi que la voix blasphématoire du sieur Benton confèrent à cet album
un côté unique. "Carnage in the temple of the damned", "Sacrificial
suicide", "Blasphererion" sont des titres qui bottent encore des culs en
matière de death métal, n´en déplaise aux hardcoreux déguisés en death
métalleux qui pullulent dans la scène actuelle. DEICIDE nous offrait du
blast beat bien utilisé, qui servait la musique, et qui n´était pas là
simplement pour se la jouer brutal. Non, il y a aussi un très bon travail de
composition. Les riffs s´enchaînent très bien et sont hyper efficaces. En
plus, une ambience bien malsaine arrive à se dégager du tout, malgrès la
rapidité des compos! Cependant, je trouve que les titres avaient plus de
classe sur les démos, mais je ne vomis pas sur cet album pour autant... Il
le fait encore bien dans mes haut-parleurs. (Mais pourquoi Roadrunner est
devenu aussi merdique?)
(Fin) Nespithe CD 93 +"The fourth instructive Tales... Of decomposition"
Yeah, DEMILICH is one of the most extreme Finnish
bands from the beginning of the 90´s, together with FUNEBRE and
DEMIGOD, it’s maybe the deepest voice ever heard in the whole Death
Metal history. Shit, this stuff is fucking awesome, really strange
and complex at the same time, while staying very musical. In fact,
this band still sound fresh nowadays, and shows a high level of
technicality and musical knowledge through its compositions. This
mid tempo/doomy death metal is one of the heaviest ever heard, but
nothing is boring. Maybe sometimes one can feel a CARCASS influence
from the "Necroticism..." period, but DEMILICH sounds
like nothing else, though it’s typical and absolute Death Metal
the way it has to be. If you don’t feel the urge to hang yourself
on a dead tree after having listened to "Nespithe", then
you are a real death metal fan! hahahahahaha!!!! This is so technical,
doomy, morbid and fluent at the same time, that it may easily please
each fan addicted to utter deathcrushing brutality delivered by
ASPHYX, DEMIGOD, FUNEBRE, ENOTAPH (Mex), CARCASS, MORTICIAN and
On the 91 demo, you can hear approximately the same
stuff than on the cd, but a bit more "primitive", if one
may say so. And here, the voice is a bit higher in the mix, so you
can hear it very well, and forever wonder how the fuck this guy
is able to grunt like that. I would say that the intro of CARCASS´"Symphonies
of sicness" could remind me a bit the kind of low and grunted
vocals one can hear in DEMILICH. Really amazing and morbid to the
bone. If it’s too loud, you´re to old! hahahaha!!!!
(Usa) Rotting in hell Tape LP'93. JL AMERICA.
old rotten tape I've found back in my old school Death metal mess!
A lot of cool forgotten stuffs lies here, it would deserve more
fucking time and soulfull old school reviews! But it's unfortunatelly
I remind I thought some parts were a bit
catchy even if the whole wasn't great sounding... it's one more
time the moment to confront my remembrances and old beliefs.
I must say I've listened to a lot of CDs, demos and extreme releases
since this time... so some arrangements and variations on a given
riff that sounded cool or quite efficient just seems "normal"
They had guitar riffing in the Death metal style with thrashy
influences à la old SLAYER/ old SEPULTURA. Death metal riffings
à la old IMMOLATION with small MORBID ANGEL touches on tremolos
(this kind of stuffs were over abused later...). Simple Death metal
riffs à la old DEATH, OBITUARY.
Their Death metal was
mostly mid placed with a good amount of heavy thrashing influences
coming from what became later the American Brutal death style, understand
no moshing, groovy or hypertechnical as fuck riffs but typically
heavy ones with double bass drums... It awakens more cool memories
than what I thought it would! Cool Death thrashing occurences reminding
me of old PESTILENCE!
It was pleasant to check it again some
years after... but there's nothing excellent here, just an Ok band
with correct songs and a quite old feeling.
(Fin) Vacuum horror; horror vacuum MCD'94 CRAWFISH Recs.
this stuff is really groovy like even if the names of the band and
of the release could have sounded extreme.
This is some "extreme"
metal between old HELMET, ELEVEN PICTURE (if you know the band)
or even hardcorish touches with some almost stoner moments ant 70's
groovy rock influences... nothing especially groovy in fact as most
of it sound as the mechanical parts of new NAPALM DEATH in terms
I like a bit the groovy stuffs when there's a fucking
overdriven as hell guitar sound such as on ENTOMBED's "Wolverine
blues" or even a few of "To ride shoot straight and speak
the truth", but here it's a normal sound with average riffs!
Could I say they take a bit of everything's clichés and mix
it altogether to make something "new"? Possibly!
just average stuffs and their style is too much between two styles.
Take some real positions if you're still playing music!
ORCHESTRA (Swi) Not to be undimensional conscious LP'92 NUCLEAR
After their quite blasting bizarre Death metal beginnings,
DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA turns to something more... well... personal?
It's bizarre Death metal that mixes a bit of everything in this
sound that's almost Swedish (GRAVE and co...). Some Doomy
leads à la very old PARADISE LOST, some old school Death, some fusion,
some Melodic Death, some discordant riffs... It's a bit the mess
in these tracks even if nothing sounds shitty, and it's tight.
are a few nice parts as well as some cool tracks, but even if this
is different music, my vinyl that lies on the old school pile is
almost unused! Yep, I never listen to it. They had some nice
tracks' titles such as "The return of the living beat".
Cool MLP title. Funny background photo: their brains must be totally
crushed and washed to act this way! Ah Ah!
This band was good
to be known, and listened to sparedomly, but their stuffs weren't
good to own...
I won't do you the favor to say "Yeah! It
was fucking original! Personal! Excellent!! Yeah!! Bye or die!!
Buy it now!!" as some zines and webzines would have happily
opened their shitty mouths. This band released short life CDs in
() Pleasuredome CD’93 STEAMHAMMER.
This is an old one but I wanted
to review it.
There are :
- Powerfull heavy riffs à
la old SODOM ( « Agent orange » and « Tapping
the vein »).
- Sorrowfull and high pitched epic harmonies
in the vein of PARADISE LOST’s « Shades of god » and
« Icon » LPs.
- Fusion/Jazz/techno Thrash drumbeats.
Ternary rythms and riffs à la BATHORY’s « Blood fire
death » ;
- Vocals à la ATROCITY(Ger)’s «
- Acoustic parts in the vein of the RED HOT CHILI
- Some few 70’s influences.
- Some few variating
bass lines that are sometimes mindcontrol escaping.
- A bit of
TYPE O NEGATIVE for vocals.
- Some cooler arabian themes
chorus reminds me of NOFX/ GREENDAY melodic punkers. The sound mixing
overdriven bass and guitars on some heavy riffs is very powerfull
and reminds me of ENTOMBED’s « Wolverine blues » album.
is a strange album, it’s quite varied and reminiscent of
some old bands, but beware of any compulsive metal order! This is
really strange stuff by moments with some bizarre parts and unconventionnal
structures! I wouldn't say I really like it but rather it sounds
interesting... If you're into unconventional bands from the end
of 90's who tried something different on an extreme metal highline,
you may find something of your interest here. But beware!
(Swe) Like an everflowing stream LP'91 NUCLEAR BLAST.
these times when Death metal was so inspired, when a good part of
the emerging bands where at least cool; emerged from the ashes of
the excellent old school Death metal band CARNAGE a new incarnation
burnt in flesh and reveled through the eyes of the dead: DISMEMBER!
several hymns to Death severely burnt on this chaos Breed of a vinyl
were very good and very inspired in the style (the first side is
pure fucking excellence while the 2nd side isn't bad!) Expect totally
old school Death metal with loads of carnal leftovers, punching
Death metal drumbeats and a good sense of the lacerating riff!
band also included a bunch of good sorrowful melodies that made
a part of their personality (ENTOMBED was more brutal and less melodic!
More punching and right in your poser's face!)
One more time
the Swedish corrosive and eroded sound was a part of the carnal
autopsy, making the Death metal of these young Death metal bastards
I know some guys doesn't like DISMEMBER that
much because it was "too melodic"... Open your putrid
eyes and listen to the first side of this cult LP! It includes some
riffs with a so obscure and morbid feeling a true Death metaller
can only enjoy this! If you don't see the abominations of desolation
through this sickening art, I can do nothing for you!
riffs that were full of heaviness! The beginning of "Dismembered"
is so simple but inspired melancholy and desolation! The music of
DISMEMBER also owned some punk influences as some Death/ Thrashing
parts shad a sense of the punching punk energy!
One more time
Nicke Anderson (who had something fucking special in these darkened
years of desolation and fucking Death! He composed almost all the
tracks of ENTOMBED's first LP and many more!) did some great appearances:
he did the leads on this Lp and drawn the logo of the band! Fuck!
There was some fucking cult melodies of the dark and sickened here!
I had so many thrills and death chokes on this CD in my Death metal
youth! How can't a Death metaller enjoy it? Needless to say it was
one of the 20 best Death metal releases of this epoch (89-91) when
Death metal meant something else than being Brutal, gore, satanic
or anything... there was at this time a feeling of composition I
hardly find back in nowadays' releases! Seems like the planet stopped
to turn in the minds of some talented musicians and metallers!
is the only DISMEMBER release I really enjoy! The following didn't
do that much for me as I remained empty in front of these walls
of morbid corrosion! Unfortunately, the stream hasn't been flowing
OF SANITY (Swe) Unorthodox CD'92 BLACK MARK.
EDGE OF SANITY started to offer something really good and almost
exceptional for some tracks!
The track "Enigma" is
fucking excellent with a lot of riffs that will make you thrill
at the very first listening! (If you're into "varied"
Death metal). From the opening tremolo Death metal riff, to the
following well felt cleaner part, to the next Death metal riff,
this track was very good in a varied Death metal style that included
both moments of Death metal energy and more melodic feelings. All
of this with nice breaks and ideas threw in at the right moment!
let's talk again about this track "Enigma" as it's the
best one on this LP! The old school Death metal riff that begins
at 4'22 is submitted to an excellent and so powerful heavy variation
few seconds later! Then around 5'17 the same Heavy riff is overlined
by good sounding high pitched heavy thrashing guitars! And at 5'25
a very powerful and heavy riff comes and crushed both your skull
and your denied torso!
This LP was full of obscure Death metal
riffs with a will of building something quite original. In parts
their Death could remind of NECROPHOBIC in a more melodic vein,
but there was some old DISMEMBER or even old ENTOMBED (more melodic)
that may be quoted... Nice Doom or new gothic influences!
cover that made me dream and imagine the gate to another world that
seemed strange, and in which slavery prevailed!
one of the most Brutal release of its time, but the goal of this
CD wasn't the extreme brutality. It was a very good CD. This isn't
the best EDGE OF SANITY release as some of their albums that followed
were so full of inspiration! ("Purgatory afterglow" and
"Crimson"!) But I'd advice it to those who enjoy old school
Death metal with Swedish influences and who aren't against some
melodies and little varied influences in their Death!
EDGE OF SANITY (Swe) Purgatory Afterglow CD'94 BLACKMARK.
Il est de ces chefs d’œuvre que personne n’avait vraiment vu
venir. Puragtory afterglow est de ceux là. Car si un avertissement
sur le EP précèdent annonçait un retour à Unorthodox, rien ne pouvait
laisser présager que le sympathique petit groupe suédois allait
se métamorphoser en grand nom du métal avec ce quatrième album quasi
parfait. Car Edge of sanity a subi cette mutation qui de tout temps
à transformé le plomb en or : pour la première fois, les riffs tuent.
L’influence d’Entombed est toujours aussi énorme, mais en mélangeant
son death rock à des mélodies d’influence thrash et speed et à des
lignes de chant mélodiques proche du goth, Edge of sanity se crée
sa propre identité, sans rien perdre de sa violence. A vrai dire,
Of darksome origin est certainement leur morceau le plus rapide,
et l’influence punk est toujours bien là (Blood-colored), Suède
oblige. Et pour la première fois, ça groove, ça donne envie de bouger,
ça reste dans la tête. Du vrai bon death en somme. Et un album majeur
dans l’élaboration du son suèdois actuel.
(Swe) Left hand path LP'90 EARACHE.
Excellent old school
Death metal that takes both from the old good Thrashing speed metal
bands and from the punk Hardcore scene to develop it's own style!
Incredibly crushing, heavy and aggressive sound! This fucking guitars
where over corroded and saturated, how the fuck did they get a so
great sound? Some riffs sound ever more tremendous with this pure
Brutal sound! Fuck hell, the drums are so heavy in some slow parts!
simple but full of feeling Death metal with an overwhelming feeling
of Death that can only make you thrill and brutalize if you're a
bit in extreme metal! Riffs such as the opening one of "But
life goes on" are simply fucking catchy at the very first
fist in your face!! You know immediately some riffs will be definitely
burnt in your skin until you die! Moments of pure groovy attractiveness
and Brutality, perfect for a dark pit! Ha ha ha! Excellent punching
death metal beats everywhere! La patate!! Wicked or melancholic
melodic touches that makes it more varied and interesting. The
track "Life goes on" is the perfect example of how heavy,
brutal and monstrous sounded their style!
I remember the first
riff of "Abnormally deceased" fucking blew my mind with
the fucking heavy tom rumble when I heard it the first time! Some
tracks doesn't stop punching the ancient Death metal beats it becomes
so full of frenesy you can only run all around the room and scratch
your head on every walls! All the more the drummer had a very
good style! Both varied, expressive and fucking efficient!
pure Death metal vocals the way it should always have been sung:
brutal, guttural, and fucking deathly! That screams in every ways!!
AAAAAAARRRGHHHHH!! This guy, Nicke Anderson was more than a metal
head! Read: he composed most all these DEATH METAL tracks from the
NIHILIST epoch to the first years of ENTOMBED's days, did some leads
on the first excellent DISMEMBER release, it seems to me he also
did the logos or both DISMEMBER, ENTOMBED, CARNAGE and surely some
other stuffs I don't remember! It's sure this guy had something
very special at this time!! Those who think it's not enough technical;
complex or blah blah... take this spiked fist in your ass! If you
don't enjoy "Left hand path" you simply don't know what
true old school DEATH METAL is! And by the way you don't know what
Death metal is...
This is by far their best album!! Full of excellent
ideas and deep obscure creativity! Even if their next LP "Clandestine"
was more developed, "Left hand path" had the fucking Death
metal feeling only a few bands had at this time!! AAAARRRGHHH!!
(SWE) Hollowman MCD'93 EARACHE.
This MCD was released at
the same time than « Wolverine blues » but for some
reason I prefer it than the mentionned album. There are here some
death metal touches not so far from the « Left hand path »
album with the old death metal drumbeats while « Wolverine
blues » is mostly heavy death with corrosive and eroded rock
influences. Some good catchy riffs that you’ll remember are
also present here, plus the whole is correctly articulated. There
are a few more or less uncommon elements for ENTOMBED here: for
example there’s a riff à la RAZOR (an old canadian speed thrash
band) that’s melted in
a death metal drumbeat mania. So, this is a cool MCD but ENTOMBED
will never match again the excellence and intensiveness they once
had on their godly « Left hand path » album that was
pure energy at every levels.
(Swe) A velvet creation CD'93 Wrong again.
Old death metal
with some swedish influences that reminds me of the ALTAR/ CARTILLAGE
Split CD, but it includes way more melodic ideas... it's so melodic
it looses in any power it could own and the typically death metal
lacks in real power compared to the bands of this time!
it's almost melodic thrash metal with melodic doom touches... would
sound like old LOUDBLAST if you see what I mean! It reminds me also
of some old TIAMAT stuffs when they were into their Death metal
era, and some old EDGE OF SANITY may be named also.
would also have needed more brutality and strength. I usually don't
point much the negative points of the production if it's decent,
but here it's too much polished for a Death metal band, too nice
sounding guitars that could have been ways more aggressive and impressive
if recorded in the right way with a 4 tracker! Ah!
I've got a
quite nostalgic feeling for the old stuffs, but here it's just a
common as fuck release that will drown in the abyss of forgotten
CDs I don't regret! It can be ok for fans of very melodic stuffs...
but the good old feeling isn't here!
(Usa) Live Bootleg 1983
I downloaded this bootleg, I even
don't know if a proper CD or CDr exists! One more time you will
shit your pants!
Read: EXODUS live in 1983 with Kirk Hammett
Thrashing speed metal between "Bonded by blood"
and "Kill'em all"!
And there were some riffs that were
found later in the first METALLICA's recordings! As the typical
bootlegs recorded at this time, the sound lowers and sucks by moments,
but that's not a problem as it's cool to listen to this!! And every
riffs are hearable!
It also reminds me a bit of DARKNESS's "Death
squad" LP but this one were released some years after... Ah!
of these tracks weren't released on any pro CD, a shame you can't
listen to this! Ah Ah!
I even don't imagine the reaction od the
EXODUS guys when Kirk left them with his riffs! What a mess it should
have been on their tracks... It's nice to hear Kirk Hammett brought
a good part of the melodic aspect in METALLICA! (both riffs and
leads). Bang! Bang! Bang!
EXODUS (USA) BONDED BY
BLOOD LP'84 Music for nations/Bernett records.
1984, année du thrash!
Argh! Tout le monde me pète les couilles en me bavant que METALLICA ils étaient
quand même les premiers, et bla bla bla! Ha! Le meilleur groupe de la Bay Area
est sans conteste EXODUS, mettez vous ca bien dans le crâne! En plus Kirk Hammet
sort tout droit de chez EXODUS! Déjà fin 1979, le groupe commencait à jouer des
reprises de DEF LEPPARD et UFO, et bien vite a commencé à taper dans le registre
supérieur au niveau bourrinage grâce à IRON MAIDEN notamment! "Bonded by blood"
est définitivement le phantasme fait vinyle de tout thrasheur qui se respecte,
au même titre que "Reign in blood" ou "Darkness descends" en matière de thrash
Paul Baloff (RIP, merde ce mec bottait le cul et savait thrasher
comme personne! Paul Baloff= Attitude) nous délivre une des meilleures voix du
genre toute d´agressivité et de haine chargée... "Kick in your face, and rape
and murder your wife! Exodus attack!" Argh! C´est magnifique!
supporté par des RIFFS de chez riff, que même que Kerry King était dégoûté de ne
pas jouer aussi vite que Rick Hunolt et Gary Holt! Ha! Quant à la section
rythmique, je ne vous cache pas qu´elle est armée pour nous faire éclater les
neurones à grands coups de headbanging! Le pied! C´est simple, EXODUS étaient
alors les maîtres de la Bay Area, et la violence de leur concerts ne donnait en
rien l´envie de les détrôner. Paul Baloff réclamant des poseurs morts, et les
fans allant en égorger un sur le champ!!!! Ces mecs pétaient du verre sur scène
pour que le sang des slammers gicle de partout, et ils encourageaient le public
à lancer leurs potes sur les murs!!!! Bordel ca c´est du métal pur et dur! Que
toutes les fiottes qui sont choquées par ces actes aillent se remettre sagement
à Marilyn Manson! Ha! Par la suite, Paul Baloff est parti dans PIRANHA, dont
la démo fut produite par James Hetfield, et que je n´ai pas eu la chance
d´entendre. Quant au groupe, il n´a certes jamais réussi à pondre un album aussi
bon que "Bonded by blood", mais ils n´ont jamais pondu de grosse merde, même
s´ils ont eu un gros passage à vide dans les années 90. Et Steve Souza ex
LEGACY) est aussi un excellent chanteur de thrash.
Bref cet album est tout
aussi indispensable que "Reign in blood".
Il fout la claque et n´a rien
perdu en fraîcheur depuis sa sortie, c´est un monument du métal.D´ailleurs allez
jeter un oeil à l´hommage fait à Paul Baloff sur www.voicesfromthedarkside.de
(Bra)/ BRUTAL DISTORSION (Bra) Bootleg split tape.
this split Lp initially released in 1990 on MAGGOT Records is currently
sold for abusive prices on the web, some had the right idea to release
a cheap bootleg tape!
The side of
EXPULSER begins slow and heavy with some satanic keyboards reminding
of good old KING DIAMOND! The follows an all-fast Death thrashing
inferno reminding of old SARCOFAGO and some (very early) SEPULTURA.
It has what sarcofago fans need to be beer-kicked: the old school
frenetic blasts, some nice high-pitched screams and skizzzs and
fast guithards! Of corpse this grown quite old, but it won't be
a problem for the fans of the style since the right atmosphere and
some cool riffs are there.
The side of
BRUTAL DISTORSION also begins with nice keyboards that sound like
if a wedding was brutally devastated by drunk thrash maniacs! Screams,
carnage and rapes of your wife everywhere! Ah Ah! BRUTAL DISTORSION
doesn't sound as fast and nervous as their metal brothers in alcoholicism,
they rather follow some old school thrashing metal with few hints
of Death metal, and punkish speed metal. Could sound like some old
SLAYER ("Hell awaits") very early SEPULTURA, some good
old Germanic thrash, early AGENT STEEL, with few heavy riffs à la
BOLT THROWER, and mostly death metal vocals. Not so entertaining
after a while, and quite predictable in parts, but a nice band as
A message to
the unknown beerdrinker behind this tape: keep on bootlegging cult
and unfindable old releases and selling it for ultra cheap prices!
Fuck the music business and lazy bidders of the greed! Let the metal
(GER) Possessed by fire LP'86 DISASTER.
Forgotten old school
thrash metal between the lines of old KREATOR/ DESTRUCTION and with
some DARKNESS and ASSASSIN touches here and there. There are also
some influences of very old SLAYER (First LP only).
riffs sound very much german speed/thrash influenced and reminds
me mostly of the old KREATOR’s « Pleasure to kill »
and 1 st LP. Some vocals’ choruses really sounds good, by
moments the riffs aren’t too far from crossing the threshold of
memorability, some ideas show a will of originality and to build
a real musical personnality, and the way the songs were done doesn’t
sound old but rather efficient in 2002.
This album was really
worth the listening at the time as this band was a real and serious
If you’re discovering old Thrash/ speed
metal and start to be bored with the old cult KREATOR, DESTRUCTION
and SODOM albums, try to check it out in a second hand market. All
the more it is far more cool to get it on a good old vynil.
(GER) Possessed by fire LP'86 GAMMA/ SCRATCH.
Voici un album de pur thrash allemand de la
deuxième vague, injustement passé aux oubliettes pendant pas mal de temps.
Heureusement que certains intégristes teutons les ont encouragé à
rejouer pour le WACKEN 2001! Au même titre que les autres groupes germains
de la même époque (86-89) tels que DEATH ROW, ASSASSIN, DARKNESS, PROTECTOR
ou encore le plus death métallique POISON/RU DEAD?, EXUMER est de ces
excellents groupes qui n´ont pas survécu aux années 90. Et c´est bien
dommage, car ces petits gars délivraient une intensité énorme sur leurs
lp (aaahhh! Cette bonne vieiile époque du vinyle roi!).
premier opus "Possessed by fire", a fait saigner quelques tympans lors de sa
sortie. Imaginez du KREATOR sous amphetamines avec un chanteur agressif à
souhait... Le pied!!! C´est une des voix les plus frénétiques et
agressives de tout le thrash métal allemand qui figure sur ce disque. Rien
que le premier titre éponyme est un hymne du thrash métal, hélas un peu trop
oublié de nos jours. Les riffs sont très tranchants et intenses, et laissent
peu de répit à l´auditeur. Du pur germain au travail! Arg! Les textes
étaient alors assez portés sur le morbide et la science fiction
("Destructive solution", "Silent death", "Xiron darkstar). On sent à
travers cette album une fraîcheur qui n´a presque pas souffert du temps et
des modes... Remarque, vu comme les tapettes molles du genou, et
incompétentes de la main droite des styles actuels de métal, s´obstinent à
nous faire pitié de nos jours (MACHINE HEAD, DIMMU BURGER et SLIPKNOT en
tête), il n´est pas étonnant qu´EXUMER ait encore un fort potentiel de
tapage brutal dans les burnes! Et c´est tant mieux.
conseille plus que fortement de trouver cet album qui a du être réédité
récemment. Pour plus d´infos, reportez vous à l´excellente interview de
Timothy Dovgy sur http://www.voicesfromthedarkside.de
INNARDS (GER) Drowned MCD'94 INVASION.
This band sounds
like a weaker version of old CARCASS (« Symphonies of sickness
») that would have eaten some 90’s black metal and more doomy
darkened influences, to say the best!
There are also touches of the first DEAD
INFECTION for some grind parts, old CATHEDRAL/ MY DYING BRIDE («
The thrash of naked limbs ») and SEVENCHURCHES for the doom/
depressive side, old PARADISE LOST for slow Death metal moments
and doomier aspects... but apart from some purely comparative reviewing
aspects I didn't find much really interesting... It's ok and quite
nicely produced, tightly played and articulated, but the thirst
remains intact as the blood still hasn't emerged from the
abyss! More deepness into your Death!
MUCUPURULENT could also be noticed for some
touches of bizarre sounding goregrind fun. A riff sounds a lot
like a CARCASS riff to the point it could be seen as a stolen one,
and a good part of the music sounds a lot like the heavier/ bizarre
parts of the old cult cynical goregrind band.
To conclude: this
album is done in a professional way but offers nothing that hadn’t
been heared anywhere, and unfortunately I didn't found any real