AxSxBxO (Uk) Demo tape. 2014. JESBOLIGAKURAC Recs.
There's a toxic mushroom inside my head.
Quick, I need a wall of concrete to tear it up!
Express reviews are not a crime, especially when it's about short grindcore
This new English band plays quite simple, straight to the perpaing grindcore,
with influences of death grind, slower hardcore, or even sludge (By moments).
The demo begins in a quite kicking manner.
The songs contain enough changes to avoid boredom, globally the tempos are
AxSxBxO stands for "Anti Social Behavior Order".
I appreciate the energy to appear here and there, but there are a bit too much
of slower/ sludgy parts, and I wouldn't bet a ball on the skull-grinding
efficiency of each riff... But for a first demo it's not bad and lets me imagine the band might improve
the right way.
When there is no more elephant ivory on earth, the dentists will use
cinderblock teeth prosthesis. It will only be more brutal and crusty! (Ok, ok,
ivory might be a bit "old school" for this use, but it sounded far
(Fra) Prelude to confinement Demo CDr. 2010.
After few seconds
of a "frightening" creaking door noise, this demo begins
with something like brutal death metal, in a not very modern manner.
first song could sound like what DEEDS OF FLESH were doing a couple
of albums ago (Less technical, but with the same kind of color)
with little touches of later GORGUTS (Less tortured). At this point
I could have expected something quite nice, but it often turns to
something more average, with less color...
Sometimes it follows
a "bruta-bruta-abrupt" state of mind we often crossed
a few years ago, sometimes it's closer to blasting thrashing death,
perhaps it's also not too far from Malaysian brutal death (In a
less fucked manner) and there are some black metal touches. To quote
some soundalike names, I could list old CANNIBAL CORPSE (Butched/
Tomb), American REGURGITATION (The album, not the mid-paced demo),
a bit of old DEICIDE (Fast parts), some French MORTUARY (One of
their CDs sounded like blasting thrashing death) and maybe the first
ABORTED CD (That wasn't too pleasant). There are also touches of
older simple Death metal sometimes, I could quote the old band JUDECCA,
but do you know what the fuck it was? (And is it worth the quote?)
time to time you still find little technical or "Gorguts"
touches (Quite discarded guitars that make it a little more tortured),
unfortunately they often choose to use this kind of old average
blasting death/ brutal death riffs that don't turn me on much since
years... You know these riffs that could remind of the first KRONOS
album, some old records of German KADATH, the first INHUMATE CDs
and the list could go on... An underground supporter might argue
there's a little red atmosphere all along the length of this demo,
and it could sound quite "abrupt", and there are worst
underground recordings… But there's always worse and we should target
improvement instead of easy-satisfaction if we want to reach stronger
levels of sonic defenestration.
The touches of technical or
discarding guitars might show they want to evolve in a quite interesting
manner in the future, but their current music just sounds like average
underground stuff in my hears. I don't mean they should absolutely
be more technical/ complex whatever to be interesting, it's just
most of these riffs don't do much (And maybe the drums sound too
"electronic"). Please, drink more Red Bull.
(Uk) Unleash the fallen Demo tape. 2014. Self-released.
overload maximum. Eruptions and intense tremors in the sulfur
Will the tectonic plates collide and struggle one more
ABYSM is a
new underground project mostly composed of one member handling the
guitars/ vocals, who was helped by a drummer and a bassist for this
Globally the style is dark Death metal reminding of
old INCANTATION, with a more-than-seldom black death edge bringing
the whole closer to early ARCHGOAT (For some obscurity) or even
some south American sickness (For more bestial moments).
listening can let appear more "regular" old school death
metal: A bit of slower Finnish, a bit of regular European, or a
bit of early US (Fast early Possessed or slow early Death), but
the whole globally keeps a dark death metal/ black death taste due
to the recording, the vocals and quite raw playing.
nice moments of darkness (Ex: Some guitars have the "obscure
stagnancy" it needs to create nice atmospheres) and some riffs
aren't bad at all (The first song seems to be the best from the
tape), unfortunately the drum-playing isn't right-to-the-coffin,
some parts a bit too rough (The playing, some structures) and some
riffs sound too familiar.
Unfortunately the cover of GRAVE ("Hating
life") isn't the best: Even if the riffs aren't mistaken, it's
quite wasted by a more approximate playing (The playing didn't bother
me that much with the other songs, maybe because I know this GRAVE
track by heart?)
This is a first demo that contains an equal
quantity of average and more promising parts.
The main member
wrote in a letter that everything was recorded in the first take
and the next release (Planned as a MCD) will contain longer and
more straightforward tracks, so that might mean improvements will
happen at the right levels?
Until then, the sulfur we will keep
on collecting, in the caverns.
(Usa) The second coming Demo tape. 2011. Spiderbaby Recs. Carefully
selected pieces of white excrements sold to you at golden price,
according to very precise speculative standards (That voluntary
buried the concepts of feeling and musical integrity million miles
ago...). What we need is a blasting explosion to reverse the effects
of shameless cock-sucking!
ACxDC has nothing to do with hard
rock, neither very short pants, neither old school death metal (Sometimes
I wonder if I shouldn’t keep this webzine free from modern old school
death metal to keep away from speculating bullshit influences) since
their genre is old styled (But not retro) grindcore!
a blasting grindure between old Grind, powerviolence (For the scream
aspect) and noisecore (For the relatively short length of tracks).
Every beats aren't blasts, but the spirit is Grind. This grindcore
in itself isn't that particular, neither the most grindasmic, but
I like the intensity escaping this recording and ACxDC provides
a quite good karcher-wash of your cemented mental walls. This could
be very nice for grind junkies.
A bit more songs will be needed
for the next demo.
(Fra) Promo 2010. CDr.
Do I feel trapped in an infinite maze
of mazing amazement? Not really, but at least the first demo of
this French band is quite good, and lights a bit more hopes than
another of these "Let's play old school Death metal, there's
nothing simpler than that (We already exhausted the Darkthrone xeroxing
machine anyway)" very sincere bands...
AD PATRES plays quite
motivated and kicking Death metal that rather follows the blasting
and obscure genre: To be more precise it's molesting in the middle
between obscure "brutal" death and something closer
to blasting death or (not modern) brutal death; While the first
one reminds me of MORBID ANGEL on "Domination" (Fast parts
with tremolos, polyphonic touches, mid-paced moments with double-kicks'
warfare) or IMMOLATION on "Unholy cult" (But in a less
complex manner) the approximately 50% of blasting death is closer
to SUFFOCATION (On their most blasting/ impact ridden recording
"Souls to deny") or MALEVOLENT CREATION's last fifty percent
of discography... Add possible touches of the last FLESHTIZED demo
for more "technical" guitars...
What? My description
isn't obscure enough and you need deep French underground? Ok I
can add quite strong similarities with AMETHYSTE's last recordings
(Even more the demo released before the first album, than this said
album), while there's a bit of CARMINA (Before they turned bru bru
bru-tal... So the first demo) and BLACK BLEEDING's last demos (Rather
"The awakening") aren't so far in genre...
has quite a lot to do with Dave Culross (Who played in Malevolent
Creation and Suffocation for the MCD quoted before) with touches
of Dave Lombardo in less intense moments...
The music from this
demo is quite good and quite efficient, there's some intensity in
these songs, but every guitar parts aren't of the same quality as
far as I macerate: While some riffs are quite great on an emotional
point of view, and the majestic leads sound cool, a few riffs in
the fast parts sound a bit easy, and I'm not sure about few mid-paced
It's cool to see AD PATRES decided to follow
this path of kicking Death metal: More French bands used to play
this style in the past and I'm feeling like France begun to lack
of guts and balls... Hope they will hang on and intensify the feeling!
(Parenthetically notification of maceration: Do not pay attention
to the Latin moniker or the fact their drummer used to play in SETH,
ENTHRONED and others, there's nothing to do with weak black metal...)
AFTER (Usa) TKG Demo.
This is a pretty energetic punk hardcore band from Brooklyn. The music is
simple and quite raw, following the old & nice dbeat style. This reminds me
of a more "punkish" DISRUPT (Especially the "Unrest"
album), with very old school fast punk hardcore moments, and little
"rock'n roll" touches à la DISFEAR.
Listening to their tracks, I wonder why they didn't call their band
"DISAFTER"? Ah Ah
When I saw the artwork of the demo, I expected to feel some "punk"
influences à la early CELTIC FROST ("Into the crypts of Rays"), but
there are no metal touches here, it's mostly punk & dbeat.
The music of AFTER is a little too punk for my tastes, coz the dbeat I enjoy
somewhat reached the next level of "hardcore power"... But I'm not a
big HC fan anyway, and nothing sounds wrong here, so the fans of dbeat/ early
punk hardcore might find interest here.
Smash your head with bromide bottles.
Break the bottles, break the bottles!
Test the hardness of your rotten skull.
ALTARS (Usa) Demo. 2017.
Blow again, winds from the inner of the earth.
Howl again, voice of all tectonic frictions.
The throat of the earth awakes from its rusted petrified sleep,
To serve our shameful sinners' existence with more obscure death.
This ALTARS is not the Australian death metal outfit that used the same moniker
before splitting up recently, this one is a new band from California that can
sound musically close at the first approach.
This is fast and hateful Death metal, with loads of tumultuous fast parts that
easily impale the priests, and slower (Sometimes really doomy) moments that
turn the crosses inside out on the sour grounds.
This sounds like a mix between old INCANTATION (Less epic), AVULSION (Usa -
"Dimensions of darkness"), with possible zests of IMMOLATION
("Unholy cult"?), with a bit of early DEICIDE and early MORBID ANGEL.
I think some could hear early BESTIAL WARLUST, but it might be due to some
chaos in the production.
Compared to the Australian ALTARS the music sounds less technical and
complexically fucked, this is more straightforward in a world of chaos.
This globally sounds extreme and quite intense, there are great riffs and quite
tumultuous moments. Now I didn’t find original or really personal moments,
nothing to really feed the brain, but the music doesn't sound mummified in
I have very few infos about this band, expect this is their first demo and
they're located in San José, California.
ALTARS should be a quite fucking intense band live and it could be a
religious-faith-breaking pleasure to explore their next recording.
(Fin) Promo 2010. CDr. Self-released.
Great Death metal!
The first song "Enslavement in the basement" is a very
good piece of fast old school Scandinavian Death metal, with a burning
dark red aura, a real feeling of revenge, something nocturnal in
the tremolo riff... It reminds me of ooold GRAVE for the punch and
the atmosphere, as well as something like early NECROPHOBIC (For
some nocturnal mysticism in the main riff), and touches of GRAVE
("Back from the grave") for some mid-paced riffs, or zests
of old EDGE OF SANITY for some arrangements... It's simple and comes
with a quite good production (Let's say à la old GRAVE, but less
crispy for the guitars). A great glorious Death metal track!
The two other
songs "Genocidal breed" and "Compulsive amputation"
aren't as emotionally appealing and don't sound as old school in
all the length... All in all it could be a mixture of mid-paced
GRAVE ("Back from the grave"), with some EDGE OF SANITY
("Cryptic"), half melodic death from the 94-96 era (Not
the most faggotic ones, huh?), bits of melodic first CEMETARY album
("An evil shade of grey") and some thrashing touches.
Globally it's more mid-paced. It's quite comfortable to listen,
but not too enthusiasting.
Based on the
first track "Enslavement in the basement" I imagine AMPUTORY
could have a great burning Death metal future! Hope this demo was
more than a one time project, and the band will insert more feelings
of revenge and glory in their next Death metal songs!
ANIMATED DEAD (Usa)
Tombs of carnage Tape. 2020. NECROTIC Recs/ NIGHT OF THE BLOOD TAPES Recs.
MORBID BATHTUB STRANGULATION.
THE CADAVERIC ANSWER CAME FROM THE TUBES.
SEWER REVENGE; FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE SUBSOIL.
This band from Illinois plays cool underground death metal/ grind, and their
auditory excretions were rematerialized on a blood red tape.
In fact, the style of the band is quite old school in the "brutal"
genre, between old death and rawer grind meets old death grind assaults.
In the most death moments, it reminds me of very early brutal death à la ooold
CANNIBAL CORPSE (First album "Eaten back to life" only), and perhaps
a bit of very early BROKEN HOPE (Before they went more technical and
Globally I feel the music perhaps has a bit more of a "grindcore"
meets old death grind edge, I said perhaps, I think about the old band ATROCITY
(Usa), with frenetic blastbeats à la ooold EXHUMED (Especially the "Chords
of chaos" split CD) or some raw blasts à la HATEWAVE... (But the old
Cannibal influence regularly comes back on the cutting table).
This release sounds quite underground and a bit "raw", so it's not
for the crystal clear cum-slurpers, but there's some quite good grind and old
brutal energy, as well as good moments in the cadaveric riffing. So check it
out if you're a body chunk collector, the old school way.
TEXT (Can) Defamation manifesto Demo CDr'07.
what we can often hear from these lands often lies into the technical
and original kinds , Canada's grounds aren't totally dry in matters
of Death metal.
A Death metal that especially choose the darkened
paths of MORBID ANGEL ("Domination", with a touch of "Gateways")
and execrates a nice atmosphere from the chalice of all captivating
sins. The march is rather mid-placed, and heavy, with double kicks.
said before, the MORBID ANGEL influence is strong (For the atmosphere,
"dominating" heaviness, quite majestic leads... As well
as for the vocals and production) but you could also find other
elements such as impure waves of IMMOLATION, floridian Death metal
(Something between BRUTALITY, RESURRECTION of later MORTA SKULED),
some old HATE ETERNAL, a bit of crushing SUFFOCATION, fantomatic
tumors à la CONVERGENCE FORM WITHIN (Even if C.F.W is more burning)
and a little melodic something that helps to pack the composition
a nice way.
To summarize my feelings, I'll say this cool band
didn't discover the morbid musical words that instantaneously annihilate
humanity and they didn't develop a language of their own yet, but
it's a cool band with good atmospheres and whose potential only
asks to be developed. Good fucking luck!
ANNUNCIATION (Uk) Annuntiatio mortis metallum Demo tape. 2015.
Annunciation is a new band from Uk, their style is Death metal in a rather evil
manner, here is their first two tracks demo.
On the first song, the biggest influence seems located in the old recordings of
MORBID ANGEL and ANGEL CORPSE, since a good part of the riffing is based on
fast tremolos, or fast guitars, and then you have more "dominating"
heavier riffs. There are also touches of NILE, a couple of thrashier riffs à la
POSSESSED ("Beyond the gates") and they remind me of the French band
MISGIVINGS sometimes. Not a bad song, I can listen without problem.
For the second song, even if the satanic death influences are also present, it
shows a more "death black" approach, with riffs being not so far from
GOD DETHRONED (I'm not an expert of the style). Even if a little technical
touch is also here in the middle, I find this song is more common and sounds
The production is quite "raw", it sounds like a rehearsal, in a quite
clear enough manner. I can hear the riffs without problem, but I'm used to this
kind of recordings, so... Perhaps the band should be a bit tighter next time,
but this impression might be due to the sound.
Two songs is a bit short to have an opinion about the qualities. Here I can
listen to the first song without problem, while the second one isn't too much
my cup of satanic blood, so I'll conclude it's an average recording and the
listener will need more to be able to judge.
(Uk) Manufacturing the end Demo CDr'07.
English Death metal.
This demo begins well, the 1st minutes strike with fast old school
death metal and an abrasive production that makes them sound like
Then I'm not so milk-hearted about the following:
A part of the stuffs is much slower (Somekind of boring position
between BENEDICTION, few INCANTATION or black metal) or thrashy...Some
cool parts à la ENTOMBED (Death'n roll) or CARCASS ("Heartwork")
aren't bad, but wasted by ideas of a lesser lacerating importance.
it seems the band doesn't really know which victim they aim to kill,
and so by targeting more than 1 bottom they do not really kick the
A shame coz they have nice moments... A brutal lifting/
refocus as well as more work on structures might help to underline
their best moments.
(Pol) Necronomicon Demo CDr. 2009. Self-released.
want to open your mind, first you will have to open your skull!
And so we need something ultra brutal to break the cranium.
polish guys of ANTHEM could be a right choice for this penetrating
Their style isn't so far from the brutal and evil Death
metal usually coming from Poland, except it might be a bit more
blasting... It's very often fast and contains some kind of epicness
that reminds me of KRISIUN or also REBAELLIUM, while you can also
feel some MORBID ANGEL influences (Dark aura for example), some
similarities with CENTURIAN, and little touches of NILE. I don't
know if their riffs are particularly catching the attention of the
decrepiting cadaver, but their music sounds quite extreme, there's
a nice atmosphere, and nothing sounds particularly weak or bothering...
(It's already quite nice)
Fans of extreme and evil brutal death
could find in ANTHEM a nice manifestation of evil to support.
review is too short? Ok, come and write your big book about a two
songs demo, you fucking poofter!)
Spoiled marrow Demo 2019. Digital.
Are you in a need for obese and ugly death metal crass to explode your
Then you might have found a nice purity-healing medication with
Their style is roughly fat ugly death metal in the style of old ROTTREVORE, old
AUTOPSY (Less epic), with some great Finnish sounding riffs of doom here, or
some regular death metal there (That can be "thrashy" or
"crusty', but only by moments).
If you want to talk about newer bands, the music is perhaps not unlike some
UNDERGANG or TOMBMOLD sometimes.
This tape is full of heaviness and ugliness but sometimes the band is almost
inserting its ugly fingers in the scrotum of sludge (Rather the old one, no
"atmospheric" stuffs here), and I'm not a very big fan of sludgey
The ugly crass addicts might be interested to read this demo also happens to
contain few death grind accelerations à la old REPULSION (Or EYE GOUGER).
Well, obviously this is destined to the fester, to the fans of the ugly, and
might not please everyone (Who cares?). This is a quite great sounding tape to
please fans of ugly, doomy, death metal crass.
(Usa) Apocryphon Demo 2011. Self-released.
I love going to
the dentist, because I love anesthesia.
The first song begins
in a brutal and quite technical way à la old CEPHALIC CARNAGE, but
you rapidly feel more darkness appears, and with the following tracks
the global spectrum becomes more metallic, yet doesn't totally turn
APOCRYPHON plays something I could call "Technical
satanic grind metal", a mixture between dark technical "old
school" death, mid old technical grind, mid old brutal death,
with a bit of black metal influences... Is this clear? Not really,
so the review keeps on going.
When listening you could hear quite
technical hydro grind à la CEPHALIC CARNAGE (For guitars, for some
smoke or few experimental touches), quite technical but obscure
death à la mid old IMMOLATION, and some DEICIDE influenced satanic
Death metal (For vocals and double kick rumbles), or some mid old
BRUTAL TRUTH (For some technical riffing, guitar dissonances, composition's
packing); Sometimes I feel they're not too far from some early IBEX
MOON releases (Were a couple of bands played Death metal in a dark
and quite technical manner (First Bloody sign records, First Estuary
Lp, or Incrust)).
My will to try and define their music might
sound like trying to cut the ass hairs in 4 pieces, but the different
influences that weren't necessarily meant to be glued together are
quite well packaged and the content flows quite well, so I wouldn't
be surprised to read some peoples wouldn't notice a part of these
This demo contains quite intense moments, and some
dark atmospheres occur to appear, but I don't find all parts to
be as entertaining (Even if decently integrated), and I feel the
guitar sound is too crisp for the most Death metal parts (While
it works for the more grind ones)
The effluves of APOCRYPHON
aren't the most rejoicing yet, but doesn't taste the worst either,
and there might be something like a musical particularity to develop
with time. This band could please those who would like a mixture
between the brutality, the reasonably technical/ experimental, and
the obscure atmosphere, with an old school touch.
APOFENIA (Argentina) A
cold night's death Demo tape. 2019. NEKRASSIOUS Tapes.
If you like death metal rotten, cold and ugly.
If you like old demos from the early 90's that were recorded on 4 trackers.
If you like to sleep in seas of crass and rancid ugliness,
Then this quite bizarre tape might be for your hears.
As you probably understood, this band practices very old school death/ death
During the listening I thought about early AUTOPSY (Death doom), the demos of
NIHILIST, the first DEATH album ("Scream bloody gore"), maybe some
extremely early IMMOLATION (The first demos), with a touch of old Finnish death
reekordings for some bizarre moods. (Sometimes there's also perhaps a bit of
Napalm Death "Harmony corruption", but it's not an enormous influence).
I tried to review this demo, listening to the bandcamp page of the band, but it
didn't work because of a too clear digital sound (Due to my speakers?)... So I
shut down the speakers, and inserted the promo tape sent by the label in a
noisy cassette player, and it was immediately more convenient! (More heaviness
and analog bass frequencies :-) )
Well, the playing of the band isn't always super tight, it's even a bit strange
by moments, but it's a demo so it fits the rotting context.
This tape is destined to fans of real underground death metal, the production
is roughly closer to "Morbid visions" (Perhaps a little better) than
"Left hand path", but it doesn't really matter as there are cool
moments of morbidity and repugnance. DECAPITATE THE BIZARRE AND DEFORMED!
(Hol) The recovery Demo. Pro CDr. 2013.
DAMNATION OF THE
HOLY COCK! The deep cunt of the underground vomits new Death metal
bands everyday, the quantity never stops to increase and will soon
become hard to swallow, even for the most bloodthirsty Death metal
maniacs... (Might they love deep cunt or not).
Here we have
a good example of an average Death metal band, you can listen to
their recording for a while, some songs are even quite kicking,
but nothing "special" thrills your demonic balls. and
after another while something like boredom appears.
Most of the
music is fast, old styled Death metal that could remind of the first
two UNLEASHED albums (Minus the grooves), the first DEATH album,
then there are slower or more "crusty" moments that might
be influenced by CELTIC FROST (Not sure) and something a bit more
DISMEMBERISH appears later... There are also a few black metal influences
(Some vocals, a few riffs).
There might be something polish in
there, but the style is not so brutal, this might be due to the
Enough of description, now comes the hammer: The
problem with these songs lies in the riffs that often sound usual.
It's usual "Death metal riffs", that seem to be and sound
like "Death metal riffs", but the guitars from the best
albums that make you thrill might be more than "Death metal
I also have to say around the 3rd track the vocals
tend to annoy me a bit (Did he drink too much of bad beer, or does
it become too black metal influenced?).
This isn't pure shit,
for example the first track is quite kicking (And contains quite
“morbid/ technical” riffs), but I find the whole too usual and lacking
of thrills. So it's just average Death metal.
Hope the cunt
of the underground won't run too dry, otherwise swallowing what
comes out will become harder...
ASSUMPTION (Ita) The three appearances MCD. 2014. TERROR FROM HELL Recs.
Cryogenized collection of suspended animations,
gathered together as a mask of dead flesh.
Animated shreds of skin,
amalgamated in divergent convulsive pernicious micro-entities.
After an obscure death metal beginning that lets you imagine the content will
be very influenced by INCANTATION, the darkened music becomes much doomier...
And then it evolves between old school doom (Death-metallic version) and old
Death doom (In a quite mid-paced manner).
For the doomier I will quote DISEMBOWELMENT (A strong influence), WINTER, or
very early MY DYING BRIDE (With fewer "melodies").
For the most death-metallic parts I will quote SORROW, INCANTATION (Slower
patterns) and perhaps ASPHYX (Embrace the death) or HYPONIC (When they were a
Death metal band).
The first songs are more "dynamic" and worked on a guitar point of
view, while the last ones are more on the doom side with monolithic riffs.
During the second song there are interesting guitar polyphonies that remember
me the 2nd album of ATROCITY (Ger) (This introduction that sounded quite
"glamorous" in a sickened and poisoned manner... Perhaps ASSUMPTION
are also longing for Death AhAh)
The production is appropriate, quite heavy sounding and the guitars are
In my humble impaled opinion this isn't an essential release, but there are
interesting/ good moments and nothing sounds wrong during the listening. Fans
of doom metal from the cave with a quite strong Death metal influence might dig
(Spa) Rotten shit Demo CDr'09.
At least, this time I received
a quite well targeted promo... It's not Davecore or technicouille...
So let's insert our finger in the asshole of the dead and hear what
happens... Move it on the left, move it on the right, just a bit
faster, a little deeper... Ok, the sounds from the bowels remind
of old Death metal from the end 80's, beginning 90's; To sum it
up, that would be a mix between the fast death, slower doomy and
I'm not sure if this description would totally fit,
but I occur to think about INFAMY ("The blood shall flow")
for the sound, some blasts and slower moments... But the little
atmosphere isn't burning as it's rather dark (Not too far from CARNAGE).
The slowest moments could also remind of ASPHYX ("The rack"),
DEMIGOD (Beginnings), while some fast moments could remorgue ASPHYX,
early GRAVE (Demos) with some CARNAGE/ DISMEMBER (Without crusty
stuffs or melodic guits)... And there are few black metal influences...
Well, you see I made a quite putrid pile of nice comparisons, but
don't take it too seriously because the bowels of our friend the
dead are quite young and it shows: The songs aren't structured the
best way, sometimes things are too simple, the playing isn't too
convicted/ tight as crush; the drumming could be more dynamic/ varied,
other things could be improved, and I know some peoples could find
the listening of this demo to be boring... It's average but doesn't
completely suck if you ask me. It's a first recording that shows
the band might improve and intensify the feeling if they stick to
it and work. So, keep on teasing our friend the dead!
ATAVISMA (Fra) Where
wolves once dwelled Demo MCD. 2014. Dead Center Recs.
Listening to the demo of this new French band, I see a Neanderthal mourning in
the caverns and knocking down the monoliths in anger... This is a quite
The style they play is death doom, with many slow (Or double-kick ridden)
tempos: This is mostly about the heaviness, or something quite rampant.
If you need to read the names of some possible influences, I could add those of
FUNEBRARUM (Old), INCANTATION (Old... For the heaviness, and the vocals), with
a bit of Finnish and Swedish Death metal thrown here and there.
Something reminds me of ooold American Death metal bands that were very much
tending to the heaviness and somewhat "grotesque" side of things...
(Unfortunately the names were erased from my mind by the time and dust, but I
remember these sounded influenced by the first ROTTREVORE album's heaviness,
and weren't so far from the first DECREPIT demo and Ep, if you follow my
hammer... In lack of a better example, you could think MORTUOUS's 2nd demo
doesn't sound far by moments).
I imagine some peoples could hear similarities with old GRAVE ("You'll
never see...") for the heaviness, even if the atmosphere is different...
In the case of ATAVISMA it is cold, quite necro, sometimes almost
"grim" (Or possibly "funeral" in the most doomy parts).
A drum-machine was used, most of the time it doesn't bother my cavernous
mourning (The drum samples are ok, and the programming is not "over the
top"), except in the fast moments where some of the programming could be
improved (To sound more natural).
Some moments show it's a first demo: Some guitars are a bit hesitating, and
some structures aren't the best... But to counterbalance these points, some
riffs aren't bad at all and there's quite some heaviness. The most interesting
moments occur to take place in the most doomy and slow death doom patterns.
For a first recording, it's not a bad cavernous shot; Let's see how the band
evolves and hope they will dig deeper in the underground to enlarge the size of
their cavern... (Because as some of you might have noticed: The larger a cavern
is, the stronger echoes of death will resonate).
ATROCE (Can) Rites obscurs Demo tape. 2014. Self-released.
Canada is not only about technical metal.
This new band is more old school and turned towards the dark side of the thing,
their style is located somewhere between thrashing death metal and a quite old
styled evil (Blackened) death metal. The music can regularly remind of early
DEICIDE (Or the (Old) AMON days) with quite abrupt accelerations that could
remember of ABHORER (The album).
Perhaps some worm impalers could hear some ooold MALEVOLENT CREATION (First
albums) here & there for the motivated aspect of the playing, but it's not
the main key... It would be more significant to quote the black metal
influences that appear at the corner of various riffs.
Quite good drummer with apparently no weakness during blasts (I can say so,
there are no triggers).
The raw, quite "live" production gives the whole a more live/
Personally I find their most blasting parts quite kicking, but I’m less
interested when the playing tends to be more elaborated. Now perhaps the
production is a little too raw to have a real opinion about the music? The band
released an album since then, it might be a cool idea to put a crucified hear
on this new CD to check if it turns your internal crosses inside out.