DE-NIHIL (Jap)/ DISCRETE CORPORALITY (Jap) Split tape. 2006.
DE-NIHIL is the “new” project of a guy who used to play in NYARLATHOTEP and
The musical content provides strange Death metal, meets death
"grind", with a little touch of doom.
Sometimes it could remind of very early SANITYS DAWN ("Cryptic menu")
yet without blast-beats. There's something bizarre in the rendering that could
remind of goregrind, but musically it could be closer to some old Finnish
"technical" jazz-influenced death metal… If you see what I’m trying
to mean (Yes, it’s not particularly clear, but it’s bizarre huhu)
The listening (s)experience is not bad, this kind of (s)experimental stuff can
be quite entertaining, but it lacks of fast parts & blasts for my hears.
Perhaps it will vibrate the bizarre nerve of some crazy decomposers.
DISCRETE CORPORALITY plays some kind of "cyber goregrind", musically not
so far from old CATASEXUAL URGE MOTIVATION, but in a not so sickened/ crazy
manner, and there are real pieces of doom in the yogurt.
I could even say most of the music sounds closer to doom, or slow doomy parts
(Sometimes with a little of stoner or industrial flavor... Find enclosed a couple
of names: SORROW, early PITCH SHIFTER (Mostly for the drum-machine) and perhaps
WINTER), with more seldom and sudden ultra-fast accelerations...
To make sure I'm clear, 3/4 of the music is rather doomy/ heavy.
The listening (s)experience is not bad, it spews to my face the band might even
have found the first fruits of a
personal style, but I find the music a bit too rigid/ lacking of something (For
my humble decrepited tastes) and apparently Discrete Corporality aren’t active
(Usa) Of perverse subversion Demo tape'07.
This isn't the
next perfect sterile plastic-worship recording, but it reminds me
of a time when it was cooler to receive promo demos... To sum it
up brutally, this is a mix of old styled Death metal with influences
of old crustcore and touches of Grindcore. You get plenty of tchoopa
tchoopa beats. Concerning the Death metal, one could quote early
AUTOPSY (Not for the doomy, but the faster... And this isn't the
same atmosphere), GOAT THROTTLER or VOMITORY ("Raped in their
own blood"). Grindcore-wize you get some ATROCITY (Usa) or
eventually REPULSION... But, and there might be a big Butt covered
with tons of rancid-butter and trying to hide your crooked smeller,
don't forget crustcore also takes a quite strong place in there:
While some peoples could hear some early MASTER or eventually early
ENTOMBED for the crusty Death, I hear strong influences of DISRUPT
(Unrest), it's really close by moments.
I'm not too fond of the
leads, for some reasons it sounds strange, maybe due to some chorus
The (spiked?) point that waters down the listening the
most are those black metal screams... It would sound so much better
with real Death metal growls or some deep pitched early EXHUMED!
(Well, you could turn your mind on some DR SHRINKER or eventually
early NECROPHAGIA to easily accept the screams, but I need it deep
and REAL :-P... And who needs the singer of THOR'S HAMMER to pollute
our putrid death? Who? Who apart from some boring black metallers?).
conclusion time: For a solo project, it's a quite cool demo. I appreciate
the influences, rhythmic approach and there's no mule-shit riff
that doesn't fit the style.
Now the sound is a bit too blur
sometimes, and there's nothing original at all... But for a first
demo, I heard less rottenable recordings... And I think the underground
termits who hide in the most crass-filled dusts will agree with
me... Hmmm... Trying to use the services of other musicians who
dig crusty Death might help this project to become more kicking
and to sharpen its crustcore edge...
(Pol) Mad cults Demo CDr'08
How could the goats have landed
when it hasn't taken off yet? You stupid nanny-goat cunt!
time we travel through regular mail (It's most probably the safest
way since I rarely see postmen crushing on towers and things like
that... Ok I might be a bit too big for that, but well...) and we
go in Poland to hear more Death metal... This promo was sent by
a fanzine editor who uses a pen to write, wait it's not surprising
it's Poland! Ah!
DEADSPEAK plays old Death thrash metal with
a technical side, the whole influenced by early MORBID ANGEL, POSSESSED,
with some old YATTERING (First album) and maybe some old AGRESSOR
(Fra), hints of old thrash metal (Few riffings à la early SLAYER?)
or possibly EXHUMATOR (Might be due to the sound). When they get
into more technical guitars or drums (It's a beat-machine) they
remind me of an old demo the French band THALIDOMIDE did when they
were into techno death/ thrash... The Us band TERMINAL DESCENT also
came to my mind.
Coming back to the MORBID ANGEL influence, it
would rather sound like "Abominations of desolation" than
"Altars of madness" because the recording makes them sound
like an old demo. The biggest problem might be the recording: Vocals
are very much in the front, while guitars sound too much in the
back or too thin... And some leads appear from nowhere in the middle
and "over" everything... It's not particularly badly played,
and they even get quite seriously fast or complex by moments, but
they could be a bit more tight sometimes, and I feel like some testosterone
urges lead them to a little too chaotic playing (Well THRONEUM fans
could dig it).
If I pay a closer, more focused hear, I can say
DEADSPEAK doesn't have bad technical skills and could make something
cooler, with better production and a satanic lifting (Keep only
the best of the best). "Mad cults" sounds like an average
underground demo, but their case isn't desperate, no.
DEATH INVOKER (Peru)
Necromancy, damnation, revenge promo CDr. 2018. Self-released.
Remember, only the skull is eternal.
Anything else like muscles, flesh, memory, feelings, will disappear in the
Only the skull will remain, as it's the hardest part of the rotting body...
So remember, don't try to crack my skull AhAh...
What this release contains is pretty old school stuff leading your skull back
to the early years of evil "extreme metal".
This CDr contains two songs, as it's the promotional version of a 7" Ep
release, and the content sounds like old school "black thrash" that
reminds me of early SARCOFAGO, very early SODOM (The evil years), and perhaps a
touch of BLASPHEMY in some "vomit" vocals.
I guess some peoples might hear some very early SEPULTURA ("Morbid
visions") as well, but a closer necrophiliac examination reveals the style
is a bit different.
There's a quite cool old school vibe in some riffs, perhaps it tastes like
early German thrash or a South American metal vibe, my guts didn't decide yet.
There are nice riffs with power chords/ hits on the cymbals (Not certain how to
clearly describe it in English).
This is quite cool stuff for fans of very old school extreme metal the
NB: I read there were troubles with the labels supposed to release this Ep, so
some morbid delays came in the way, and years of patience were kinda endured, so
perhaps the style of the band is a little different in 2019.
DEATH STRUCTURE (Fra)
Asphyxiate MCD. 2018. Self-released.
Death Structure is a metal band from the North of France. I saw them live in my
area, and their CD was given for free to the peoples who attended the gig, so I
will take it as a promo and will try to write a review.
The style of the band is something like "modern" death metal, even if
it doesn't reach the extremes in the unlistenable and whatthefuckness (It's not
a bad point...).
I would say their influences are quite varied and remain quite "old
school" for modern stuffs (Do you follow me? Ah ah).
The content could remind of old SPAWN OF POSSESSION, the later RESURRECTION
releases ("Mistaken for dead"), some later DEATH, a bit of old
PSYCROPTIC (But less brutal), and some old MESHUGGAH for a groovy touch, with
some thrashier parts that might remember of GRIP INC (First album) or perhaps
some THE HAUNTED.
In fact you might have expected a lot of blastbeats while reading some of these
band names, but the rhythms remains mid-paced or "thrashy".
The band somewhat has a technical side in the riffing, but it's perhaps more in
the approach than a purely technical way of playing.
Well I didn't follow the evolution of the more modern death metal branches, so
I can't write down something with a lot of meaning...
I will say this 4 songs MCD contains songs quite a lot of riffs and changes,
and the whole sounds quite neat. Now it's up to the fans of the genre to make
their own opinion.
(Usa) Demo CDr. 2011.
"Cumming summer 2012 on Razorback
recordings, debut album by Chicago's Death cult: The test of time".
sentence lets me wonder if it's really needed to review their demo
on a website focused on deep underground, because they might leave
the world of hand-made obscurity quite soon... Anyway it was quite
easy for me to gather words and ideas about this two songs recording,
so here we go.
Listening to this band for the first time you
can feel some mid old OBITUARY riffing similarities (Both "The
end complete" and "Back from the dead", even if the
second one is rather due to a quite comfortable hot production),
but it also contains other influences to sound more «Metal» and
along the lines of PENTACLE or what I remember of CIANIDE (To make
my description simple). The more old school nature of some guitars
lets me wonder if they weren’t rather interested in the first CELTIC
FROST records, than the OBITUARY ones quoted before. Most of the
guitars composing the second song would enable this idea as the
content, mostly located between black and thrash metal, remembers
me of old PENTACLE and a bit of old DESASTER (Ger), in a way that
doesn’t sound morbid but closer to some kind of metallic enthusiasm,
an old school way.
Vocals are not deep or morbid, it's something
like high-pitched, screeched but controlled and not raw.
nothing to push you into a decapitated headbanging, or make you
vomit your toxic beer again and again, the goal of the band doesn't
seem to be violent or intense but to write old school songs. Instead
of calling it «Death metal» as their label does, I feel like a closest
description could be «A mixture of old school metal, between Death
metal, black metal and thrash, in a quite mid-paced manner».
content of this demo is quite cool. Some peoples could enjoy the
quite "relaxed" old school rendering of the whole, or
the way songs are composed, in a spirit quite close to IRON PEGASUS
records from few years ago.
(Nor) Wrath of the antichrist Demo'07.
In 2006, this very
young band released a first demo that wasn't very successful: Old
styled trash metal that suffered from various problems such as too
predictable/ familiar riffs, lack of energy and too generic playing...
and it sounded flat.
Now they're back with a third demo, and
it's better. It remains old styled thrash metal, rather the German
way. It's more energetic and has a bit more impact, the riffs aren't
as sucky, the drum playing is cooler (It sounds more alive) and
listening turns out to be nice ;-) Now they should improve the leads
as well as to focus a bit tighter playing.
A punk aspect, as
well as the vocals and the enthusiasm of youth reminds me of early
KREATOR ("Endless pain"). They also could remind of FARSCAPE
in a way.
Well it remains "usual" riffs (It's thrash
metal after all) and deep underground stuffs that should rather
please the biggest fans, but the songs are better done and the two
guys show more enthusiasm. So we should hope they'll keep on improving
(Swe) His will be done Demo CDr. 2011. Self-released.
the first online approach I found the music of this band to be quite
heavily brutal, in a way close to CANNIBAL CORPSE on "Vile",
but unfortunately for my personal grizzly bear an introduction with
sexy imaginary song titles such as "Deflorated on a meathook"
won't be possible, because DEATHCHAMBER's music has more to do with
MORBID ANGEL. This is quite motivated and relentless Death metal,
the stronger influence probably being Trey Azagtoth’s mystical machine
on "Domination", It uses the same kind of blasting patterns,
dominating riffs over double bass kicks (And sometimes tremolo picking
polyphonies), but the atmosphere isn't the same... It's less majestic
and "enjewelled", or should I say it's less based on the
There's a more "testosterone" influence,
for this reason I think about MALEVOLENT CREATION (Rather the "Eternal"
epoch) or maybe SUFFOCATION on "Despise the sun" (When
they sounded less typically as Suffocation but more blast-ridden).
here and there one could also hear some HATE ETERNAL (First and
second album), some DEICIDE, early CENTURIAN or some VITAL REMAINS
(The riffing is obviously not all Azagtothish)... But their music
isn't sooo evil, it has a quite professional and "brutal"
approach that could remind American (But not too US Brutal death)
bands from few years ago (See the Malevolent Creation quote few
lines before)... For this reason I could underline gimmicks of the
"Vile" CANNIBAL CORPSE record: It can be found at the
level of some structuring tips, some rigidity and some "chuga
chuga" fast Death metal parts.
From here and there some
quite well placed keyboards appear: Sometimes it consists of choirs
and reminds me of the first black metal records, sometimes it's
closer to the "Forever underground" record of VITAL REMAINS.
sounds quite intense, all tight and correctly packaged to kick your
bottom, but it's also not too original, and they repeat some riffs
maybe a little too much to really awake the slime... If they are
able to reproduce the same music live, DEATHCHAMBER should be a
quite kicking affair (But a little something of intensity lacks
to really convince the brutalized juice from my centrifuged skull).
Anyway, listener, keep your hearing prosthesis plugged in!
DEATHMAN (Swe) 3 track
heavy metal tape. 2015. HEAVY CHAIN Recs.
Yellow like beer. Yellow like beer.
This tape is all yellow, from the booklet to the tape itself, and it contains
cool old school heavy metal.
The style is very retro as it reminds me of 80's JUDAS PRIEST, with touches of
old IRON MAIDEN here & there. This is simple 80's heavy metal without modern
pretentions, but the songs flow quite well.
Maybe there's a little of old MANILLA ROAD ("Crystal logic") for the
very relaxed mood at the corner of a couple of riffs or a couple of vocals.
Perhaps the music isn't so far from the early days of the style when hard rock
was mutating to heavy metal (I have the ACCEPT first Lp from 1979 in mind).
This is a quite cool tape, time will tell how the band evolves.
Additional infos: The musicians also used to play in HYPERTENSION (Thrash) and
DECAY (Death metal).
(Ger) A soil forsaken Demo CDr'06.
Some underground moments
are quite amusing. For example, some bands claim to be sooo original
and to have found their own "style" when the listeners
don't know what to compare their music to... But more than half
ot the time it's due to the fact their riffs are so familiar and
were already abused by a thousand juicy goats, so you do not really
know which animal vagina to quote for a blasphemous comparison!
have nothing personal against DEATHRONATION (I don't know them)
and I don't think they'd claim to be the new gods of originality
(They'd be too old school and underground for that), but a couple
of listenings didn't really help me to choose an exactly juicy goat,
The music is balanced between quite basic old styled
Death metal (Somewhere between early DEATH, early MORGOTH, with
some old ASPHYX, and a spit of very early PARADISE LOST) and South
American/ East Asian vomiting assaults of blasting bestial necroblasts.
a nice atmosphere of once I kinda like, but most of the time this
is just the usual riffs that would make it hard to distinguish their
demo from other atrocities I already own... And the fast parts aren't
the most right in your face... So perseverance and work are needed.
DEBONED (Can) Deboned Demo CDr. 2013. HUMAN DISGRACE Recs.
You tattooed your bones, to leave a message to your inheritors.
I need to steal and erase this precious message.
Shredding your skin.
Tearing your flesh.
Mangling your muscles.
Stealing your bones.
DEBONED. DEBONED. DEBONED.
Here's the first demo of a young Canadian grind band. The production is quite
raw (Quite abrasive guitars), with an equal portion of blats and dbeats.
This is quite "simple" stuff without too much complications, if you
dig grindcore the way it was perhaps you'll dig it without bones.
It sometimes sounds a bit like REPULSION, but the feeling is different, there's
fewer terror and the atmosphere is not really "hot". I think they are
not unlike ATROCITY (Us), and they have probably listened to early (punkish)
There's a slower, more mid-paced, song in the middle that kinda bores me. I'm
not a punk guy.
This is a decent first demo, I would have enjoyed more explosions of stress,
but I'm already dead and boneless.
Grind your bones, and sniff it in lines of cadaveric powder.
(Uk) Bound to the oath Demo CDr’07.
When I received this
demo, my first approach wasn't too impressed and I thought these
English metallers were just another retro thrash band sounding like
the others... But a few months later, I tried it again with more
attention and noticed DECEPTOR isn't so bad. Yes, it's mostly retro
thrash following the quite usual patterns of the kind, but the band
injects a bit more personal gimmicks and nice atmospheres, in the
not too repetitive songs; which makes the listening pleasant.
stopped enhancing the size of my thrash metal knowledge a good couple
of years ago (It even tends to decrease) but I could say this band
reminds of SLAYER ("Hell awaits"), with a bumper of KREATOR/
DESTRUCTION/ DARKNESS (Ooold), but also INFERNAL MAJESTY ("None
shall defy"… For little more «technical» touches) or early
MASTER (Especially on the third song) with maybe some D.B.C (But
it's too old for me to be certain)... With something like NUCLEAR
ASSAULT in the state of mind? (It might be, at least I didn’t find
something closer to define the attitude or «street» aspect). Sometimes
it's even a little bit too heavy/ powerful for thrash metal and
could be seen as very early Death metal on a matter of style or
From time to time, the band uses to be slower
(Especially on one song) and embraces a more heavy metal spectrum.
Not my fave part of their style, and could be a little improved
sometimes, but it's a nice addition to the whole (Think about METALLICA
between the 2nd and 3rd Lp or a little of early IRON MAIDEN).
production is quite round and okey. The vocals are sometimes quite
great sounding, sometimes a bit average, but it's one of the things
that gives some underground charm to the whole, it's not ultra perfect
or ultra manipulated or ambitious, it's just what it is :)
isn't an over the top headpunching nuclear asshole, but they're
quite cool to listen as they develop a quite cool old school charm.
Their music might please underground metallers who don't like when
thrash is too raw, too screamy or too thin...
TRACHEOTOMY (Fra) Demo CDr. 2009.
Deep throat? Hmmm,
this might sound interesting for some peoples, especially this big
pervert who joins 5 more porno groups on myspace everyday... (Maybe
he added Nihilistic holocaust as it sounded like a sexual torture
group? A radical anti-penis clerical order?). But his first approach
might be quite sharp since no sexy babe is hiding behind these songs
and the technically brutal style might sever anything becoming too
hard in the underwears (So you’d better don’t move... Not even a
The music of this French band sounds somewhere between
technical death and brutal death metal, but the genre isn't the
most brutal as I would globally speak about technical death with
blasts, a portion of blasting death, and quite many riffs or tempo
They quite often remind me what GOROD were doing few
years ago (When they were sill named GORGASM), you could also think
about old PSYCROPTIC, touches of (Older) SEVERE TORTURE, some SPAWN
OF POSSESSESSION, some DEATH (Rather "Symbolic"), some
ILLOGICIST... It might not be the more adequate description, but
you could make a decent idea..
The production probably lacks
of plastic and brightness for the genre... It surely does since
it's a demo recording that wasn't especially produced, but at least
you can hear what happens (Personally I'd prefer it to be heavier,
but technical brutality doesn't follow my needs since a few years).
a while I find this demo to become quite boring, I have the feeling
the nicest riffs were in the first tracks and the music becomes
This is technically alright stuff, and some riffs
from here and there sound nice, but it still needs some work around
catchiness and (possible) diversity. Maybe DTT will have the needed
ideas and inspiration to caress the hears of technical fans in the
future, so try it again later maybe, Sam.
DEKAPITED (Chile) Since
Misericordia MCD. 2017. THANATOLOGY Recs.
I heard a previous demo of this thrash metal band, it was the "Contra
iglesia y estado" tape from 2001, and I was averagely interested because
the cassette contained something like a quite cleaner, quite often mid-paced
thrash with a bay area influence.
Now I'm reviewing their last Ep from 2017 and... Oh! Surprise! The style is
more interesting: Faster and rawer thrash metal, with more tremolo guitars and
some technical touches from here & there. It reminds me of old KREATOR
(Rather "Terrible certainty"), MERCILESS (Swe), some old EXODUS, some
POSSESSED, some DARKNESS (Ger), with a black and death metal touch here &
Well, it's not all aggressive bestial thrash, some elements of "bay area"
remain and this is more musical than the usual "AAARRRGH" ripp-fests,
but this is not a problem.
DEKAPITED is now quite well balanced between the various styles and sounds
better (For me) than their older demo. Nice thrashing improvement.
Web page: https://www.facebook.com/Dekapitedthrash
RAGE (Chile) Promo 2009. CDr.
Stagnation is fucking boring,
it sounds like a flat absence of erection and super powers... When
nothing happens, you can only drown in the sterile shit...
hopefully some bands improve, like the Chilean morbid cocktail shakers
of DEMONIC RAGE!
I know some of their previous demos which weren't
bad in the style, but this time with this 2 songs promo they inject
more burning feeling and heaviness in their death black metal! This
is hotter, more bestial and cumvincing... It sounds like ABHORER
on viagra! In the future hope they will keep on opening the legs
of your girlfriend the same bestial way.
Oh... This was a too
short review? I got a premature ejaculation...
DEMORED (Ger) Absolution
through dissolution MCD. 2016. NECKBREAKER Recs.
Trapped and tied down in the inner tunnels of an ancient crypt.
Suffering for ancient beliefs that were forgotten years ago.
The masters of torture have deceased, and no one knows about the existence of
Suffering and bound to silence and oblivion.
This is the second MCD of a German band called DEMORED that plays a rather
traditional Death metal. Their music is clearly rooted in the 90's European
style, but it's not absolutely old school since a bit more "modern"
influences came in the spectrum.
To speak about the most old school approach, you can hear quite a lot of
heaviness and double-kick moments that can evoke old GRAVE, old FLESHCRAWL, a
bit of ASPHYX, some accelerations take a more Swedish approach à la DISMEMBER,
while some mysterious moments can sound like old ENTOMBED (90's). (Perhaps
there are a couple of more melodic or black metal influences, but it's minor
To speak about the more "modern" approach, the blasting parts give a
kind of impact that tastes like FLESHTIZED... But DEMORED doesn't have a brutal
death approach, so perhaps I should better quote old NOMINON (From end 90's,
when they were more into blastbeats) for this comparison.
I can't help thinking about the GRAVE's comeback album from the beginning 00's
("Back from the grave") both for the tendencies to play it heavy and
the quite powerful sound.
I also feel some Death metal parts taste like the harder moments of EDGE OF
SANITY (On "Purgatory" or "Crimson").
Even if the whole is cool, there are a few things that I like less: I find a
couple of slower moments to be a bit boring (It sounds like old Benediction),
hopefully these are seldom. Then a part of the blast parts don't add power in
my opinion. And the track at the end sounds less inspired on a matter of riffs.
There's nothing new here, but the music can be quite ferocious and catchy, it's
quite well packed, and the tendency of the band to embrace quite heavier tempos
(and the little more melodic touches) give it more particularity than the
current usual OSDM.
This is a quite solid recording that could please fans of old GRAVE, old
FLESHCRAWL, or the harder moments of EDGE OF SANITY.
Web page: https://www.facebook.com/demoredmetal
Reign of the depraved Demo. 2016. Self-released.
This new Australian band comes with a first recording that doesn't seem like it
was recorded by beginners. This is NILE/ MORBID ANGEL/ BEHEMOTH influenced
Death metal, with a quite majestic approach, and just enough of skills not to
plunge the skull in boredom.
Quite nice to hear a new Death metal band that didn't choose to play it ultra brutal,
ultra technical, or ultra old school... I would say the whole is mostly the
kind of DM you heard more often between 2005 and 2010, when the technical and
brutal sides of music used to add more catchiness than it destroyed the songs.
There are some atmospheric touches (The great opening of first song) or some
blackened riffs (Which might be a little to BM for me).
Those who listen closer might also hear some newer CANNIBAL CORPSE riffings, or
some crazier technical riffs à la early/ old PSYCROPTIC (Something reminds me
of BRUTALITY, but it might be a too subjective impression).
The playing and production are quite neat. There's nothing particularly bad to
say about the music... Except that I wasn't really hooked by the cross of
depravation. But there's enough to please fans of the style. INSERT MORBID COIN
IN THE DEPRAVED SLOT.
(Usa) Collection CDr.
This cool (partial) discography CDr
contains DEPRESSOR recordings that were release between 1995 and
The songs from the 95 and 97 cassettes are really cool;
expect industrial metal à la early GODFLESH ("Streetcleaner"),
with some early PITCH SHIFTER and a thrashy edge. It's really close
to old GODFLESH, both for the mechanic guitars and drum machine,
vocals and global approach, even though it's not as intense or chaotic.
production has a nice abrasive edge, and the drum-machine has the
right sound. There are also few touches that could sound like some
VOÏVOD or few very early FEAR FACTORY. It's not bad at all, some
moments could even be said as "Killer", and fans of the
early J. Broadrick's recordings could surely find some pleasure
in there! Some visions and atmospheres of chaos and desolation are
On the other
hand, I'm less enthusiastic concerning the following songs that
were released on Eps for most. Over all, it's faster and has a bigger
"Hardcore" approach (Some sludge, hardcore thrash, some
crust, a bit of mid-placed CELTIC FROST/ HELLHAMMER, and other "HC"
influenced stuffs I don't know well). The GODFLESH influence still
can be felt, but in smaller quantities. And the band used the services
of a real drummer, so a part of the mechanic industrial side was
lost. I can find some qualities in these songs, but I'm really less
interested coz in these DEPRESSOR would rather sound like a quite
raw underground hardcorish band.
I regret the fact they didn't
keep the style of their first recordings, because then they shew
more apocalyptic ideas and quite big things could have been possible...
But this is how life goes on, and the flesh of god knows how much
it's not easy.
Defacing world MCD. 2016. HELL Recs.
Did old school thrash metal start to morph into death metal when the zombies
entered the minds of the vocalists and the insides of the lyrics?
Are the zombies responsible for the thousand and thousands of death metal
recordings we feasted the last decades?
LEGIONS OF ZOMBIES IN YOUR MIND.
LEGIONS OF ZOMBIES IN YOUR MIND
This is what the metallic intro from this Ep evokes in my putrid mind, there's
something very much into the old proto death spirit, perhaps like BLOODFEAST
meets ooold NECROPHAGIA.
Anyway, on the following tracks the metal of these Chilean headbangers totally
turns into old styled thrash metal. This is pure retro thrash in a quite raw/
This sounds like early KREATOR (Well, very early?), very early SODOM (Stuffs
before "Persecution mania" I would say, perhaps with some
"persecution...), with a bit of DARKNESS ("Death squad" from
1987) and a south-American touch here and there.
This is quite brutal sounding in the old thrash style, it's very often fast,
sometimes a bit more "musical", and there's even a not-so-tight
aspect in the playing which makes it close to the old 80's bands (I prefer
things to be a little tighter, even if I dislike clinical recordings).
Perhaps the riffing can also remember of the second POSSESSED album
("Beyond the gates"), early DESTRUCTION, or a bit of ooold EXODUS
Well there is something really old styled here and no traces of modern/ 90's
metal/ influences/ computer production can be found... There are also not much
of black metal influences (Which can be a bit rare for thrash metal, or not?)
This is a quite cool/ quite good Ep in the old school thrash style, I heard
more aggressively punishing and catchy releases in this genre the last years,
but DERANGED is quite promising and could please the headbanging fans.
OF THOUGHT (Ita) Cosmic apoptosis Demo tape. 2019. CALIGARI
INTO HERMETIC OBSCURITY,
THE BARBEWIRED TRANSCENDANCE.
This Italian band plays a kind
of death metal that can sound strange...
To sum up the three
songs enclosed in this cassette, I could describe the content as:
Quite obscure and "experimental" death metal from the
cavern, with dissonances and a blackened touch.
The strange structures
and quite abnormal twists can have a taste of the Australian ALTARS
("Paramnesia"), early ATROCITY ("Hallucinations",
and this first album only), very early SKELETON OF GOD (But in a
less "brutal" spectrum), while there's a taste for dissonances
that might lead them closer to some black metal, or perhaps old
KHANATE (Even if this is another musical world).
Well, the first
part of this review might let you wonder if the content sounds super
weird, or not, but it's not really the case: The music still contains
a good amount of more regular death metal parts in the fast way,
blast beats, and black metal influences (Some riffs really sound
blackened)... If you want a few more name-droppings, I also thought
about some OLD FUNERAL or later GROTESQUE (But less thrashing) in
the more "regular" death metal parts, even if these two
names might sound a bit too old school in comparison...
the production is a bit too raw (Or rasp?) for this kind of more
Well, I'm not really emotionally
shaken by this musick, but what the tape provides isn't uninteresting
listenings... Sometimes it's a bit like if mid old BRUTAL TRUTH
explored a more obscure world with more "necro" death
This second drop of toxic semen might develop into
something more wicked and mentally broken with the accumulation
of time, dust, and suffering... So, stay locked in the glass coffin
of suspended animations.
DEMON DIRECTOR (Australia) The demon chamber MCD. 2009. GRAVEYARD
Someone put a dildo in my mailbox, and strangely
enough it was still wet.
Surprised, I tried to smell the item
of shocking back-and-forth, it had an odor of sulfur.
I tried to insert this tool of beloved zigzags in my imaginary vagina
(In my dreams I'm a giant oozing vagina with small wings... Interested?
Call 69-666-69 between 3 and 5 AM), but it didn't work... So what
should I do? Maybe call the demons? The diabolical demon director?
recording I'm in front of was professionally pressed as a MCD, but
the production sounds like an old recording from the end 80's, I
wouldn't say rehearsal but something between the 4 and 8 track-recording.
The music is close to old Germanic thrash, and the old German puking
force I'd find the closer could be SODOM ("In the sign of evil"/
"Possessed by cruelty") for the vocals full of echo that
give an early evil metal touch, the quite raw approach, and some
sudden stops on slow chords; It sounds less "punk" though,
and it's not the only element, maybe 50% only. I think some peoples
might also hear some VIOLENT FORCE, TORMENTOR (Pre-KREATOR) or DESTRUCTION's
early demos, but it's a bit too old for me to certify the comparison
on my left ball (The right one was already lost with a risky bestial
metal review, so no more bets!)
Now comes the Damocles minute
of criticism: I think D.D.D can be quite cool when you're in the
right mood, but I wasn't hanged by an evil pope in an urge to gather
more souls. I don't think all the riffs are that nice, and the chose
beats aren't always the best (Or is it coz the playing isn't always
so tight?), and it's not original (Very original statement, isn't
it?), but there are nice old vibes here and there. They currently
more or less sound like a local band who can make decently structured
and varied enough tracks, and not bore the nice warm entertainment
of local old school metallers. I'd say it's an average demo with
some charm from here and there... (Some peoples should stop crying
when they read "average", because it's just in the middle
between 0 and 20: Something like 10/20, 11/20 or 12/20 isn't bad,
as far as I remember my school days...)
DISEASED OBLIVION (Usa)
A blackened harvest of decomposure Demo tape. 2018. CONTAMINATED TONES Recs.
I should have known... Even if this webzine is focused on death metal (It's
written on the left) and other kinds of "dynamic" old school metal
genres, I have released a death doom cassette, and I did some kind of
industrial projects (In the past?), so finally some kind of doomy/ dark/
strange music promos landed into my mailbox.
Hopefully for my rather metallic knowledge, this release we will talk about
isn't the most "misplaced" one, this isn't melodic gothic doom or
quite unreviewable stuffs...
I would say the style of DISEASED OBLIVION is located between funeral doom and
black doom, with "industrial" influences to appear here & there.
So this is very slow music; Rather than being crushing or monolithic the
feelings are rather about sorrow or depression. Then you have industrial
influences that appear "between" the tracks (With some minute longs
of darkish ambient or noise stuffs), or during the songs with some drone sounds
(here & there), or perhaps also these vocals that sound very low (If this
is actually vocals, taken in an industrial spectrum it could sound like samples
of downtuned subterranean noises, or perhaps like the vomits from a sexy
tectonic fault AhAh).
Even if the musical content could be considered as extreme for the regular pop/
rock/ (metal?) listener, I found the whole rather relaxing.
Perhaps some riffs sound like the second MY DYING BRIDE album (With fewer death
metal, clearly), then the arrangements on some guitars evoked a quite seriously
slowed down PARADISE LOST ("Icon")... Hum, perhaps some peoples will
hear similarities with SKEPTICISM, I'm not sure...
Well, the style of DISEASED OBLIVION is clearly not what I usually listen to,
and the tracks could sound long for those who dig dynamic music (Well, this is
doom), but I found the songs to flow quite naturally and this tape was quite
pleasant to listen to.
DISGUSTOR (Swe) Gate of
flesh and bone Demo tape. 2018. BESTIAL INVASION Recs.
Hang on to your crucifix,
Hang on to your darkened cross,
If you embrace things to be unbleeding,
This analog chastiment might not be your smoothy gratification.
This is old school satanic Death metal and it sounds very old school in the
style. Think about very early MORBID ANGEL ("Abominations of
desolation"), early DEICIDE (The AMON days), INCUBUS (The band from
Georgia/ Usa that released only one demo in 1987), or ooold EXHUMATOR (The
"Sacrificial bleeding" Demo).
While some moments are quite brutal and blasting in the old satanic genre,
others are more thrashing and can feel closer to death thrash or proto death
metal... Some moments are so "evil" that it almost tastes like black
death (The bestial one), but it's perhaps in part due to the production... Some
parts are also ways more old school and can take some influences from old
SLAYER ("Hell awaits") or perhaps INFERNAL MAJESTY ("None shall
defy"), but in a little more DM context.
Even though DISGUSTOR is located in Sweden, they don't sound much Swedish,
expect for a couple of riffs.
It took me a little putrid while to adapt to this recording, because the
production is quite "unclear" (It sounds like old demos), and I'm not
totally certain I hear all the riffs (Perhaps due to the marching deafness
AhAh), but the energy of the whole is quite good to hear.
This is a very nice old school demo for those who like their crucifix burning
and straight from the depths (AhAh)
DRENCROM (Chile) Promotional Demo 2015 CDr. Self-released.
It's not fun when your CD-player says "No disc", but it doesn't
really matter since it's a promotional CDr.
DRENCROM is a new thrash metal band from Chile that released only two demos
The music they play is clearly old styled (No modern influence), but it's not
really retro... The style is clearly more savage and thrashing than in the
Most of the songs are built around fast thrashing tremolo guitars in the 80's
way, think about early KREATOR with a touch of DESTRUCTION (Minus the speed
metal stuffs), then there's also a black metal touch (That can remind of early
SARCOFAGO or mid old IMPIETY in the most savage moments, or perhaps early
DESASTER (Ger) in the most thrashing moments), and also touches of early Death
metal (POSSESSED "Seven churches" for example).
The songs are built with enough of changes and little technical touches for it
doesn't get boring. I'm not a big fan of thrash, but it sounds like a decent/
very decent demo that could please fans of spiked thrash from the past with touches
of extreme bestiality.
(Fra) Divine power Demo CDr'07
Few peoples might wonder if
they're sleeping or not... "Few", because DUNCE was a
French band that might not have crossed the borders of foreign countries
and released "only" 4 demos, "Sleeping" because
who would have expected such an underground band would come back
without suckcess possibilities? (At least the golden dollars aren't
their motives). First of all I got in touch with the name of the
band through some articles to be published in the underground columns
of the French metal press, they were quite often featured in METAL
HAMMER for example, and then I finally got to hear a copy of a demo
few years after... Yes I actually heard only 1 recording from the
4, so my knowledge about what happened isn't actually the best,
but as far as I remember they actually played some kind of thrashy
death speed metal in a quite "basic" way that reminded
of early MASTER and stuffs like that. It has nice moments.
a little introduction is done, we can talk about the content of
this new recording: It contains 9 tracks to float between old styled
Death metal, thrash metal and some sub/ post evolutions of the genres...
It basically depends on the track, since influences come and go,
but the kinds of metal to surface the most often are this early
Death metal à la DEATH (Scream bloody gore) or some MASSACRE (With
the slow tempos, the fast death thrashing beats) and some thrash
metal to remind of KREATOR (Pleasure to kill), and (quite) obviously
some SLAYER. One could also find the thrashy influence of old NUCLEAR
ASSAULT (And stuffs like that), current TESTAMENT, some evil Death
metal (A la old MORBID ANGEL/ MUTILATED) on the first track, the
modern thrash of 1994-1998 (I don't like this aspect that much...
Think about KREATOR "Cause for conflict" or the power
thrash epoch of ACCUSER). The bass-guitar occurs to do some cool
technical stuffs, which reminds me some old techno death bands that
occurred to plague the French scene for my pleasure 14 years ago,
but you could also tend to think about SADUS elements if you wish.
An old LOUDBLAST reference wouldn't be displayed for some melodies
taking place in the interludes or some not so fast/ not so thrashy
Well there's nothing new or original in there, the band
only offers a more or less cool mixture of influences they like...
But it doesn't particularly bother me since the search of originality
tends to boring shit half of the time.
The vocals aren't particularly
morbid or guttural, it might as well be called thrash metal vocals.
On matter of production, it reminds me the good-quality demos
of 10 years ago.
This doesn't particularly sound retro, it's
more like the guys had fun and played their stuffs as it naturally
came... I guess it could please peoples who only need it cool and
don't give a fuck about the necro/ retro/ mummified. Well, on one
hand some songs has cool ideas and nice riffings, while other songs
kinda bore me with ideas of lesser quality (Too much midplaced sometimes,
too much "old modern thrash power stuffing your asshole")...
I think the band could have released a shorter demo with (for example)
only 5 songs to feature the best of the beast (Grrroooaaarrr) and
so the listening impact would have been much cooler! This recording
shows some qualities as well as some imperfections, so the future
can be imagined under cool week-end's sunny rays if the band improves
a bit more...
(Fra) Dysmorphic Demo MCD. 2010. Self-released.
this kind of technical music isn't the easiest for me, because the
words doesn't flow as easily as hungry burning lava, but I will
try to write something decent since the music of DYSMORPHIC isn't
What calms down the blood at the first approach is the
production, the sound is neat and quite high pitched in the same
way than many modern tech death bands, but hopefully it's not abusive
and the aural adaptation isn't bleeding.
The kind of music is
something in the middle between technical brutal death, and quite
modern brutality, but there's not of too much and I detected no
useless guitar wankery... Rather than being ultra technical, I would
rather say their music is composed of quite many details that follow
quite well each others, there are many changes but it's not too
much and doesn't sound like random militia either...
On a level
of influences, I would say MORBID ANGEL was quite important for
them (You'd rather find the fast parts and riffings, sometimes I
occur to think about "Heretic" for an embellished side
even if it's not exactly the same... But there are not the heaviest
moments of Azagtoth neither the evil side), some riffing could go
along the lines of old NECROPHAGIST (First album?), the first PSYCROPTIC
albums could also be quite close, and some touches of SUFFOCATION
are also present... But maybe I'll stop there, since I didn't closely
follow the evolution of what lies in the middle between tech death
and modern brutal death.
In fact my fave song from this demo
is actually the bonus track, which takes a more "In-your-face"
approach and tastes closer to SUFFOCATION, but I think it's an older
track that was composed when they were called NECROTICISM...
conclude, this is a quite neat demo... Maybe it lost some craziness
because of the neat approach, and I didn't detect the ball punishing
riff, but those who dig this kind of brutal death might be interested.