THE 3RD ATTEMPT Egocidal Path”

Egocidal Path”
(Dark Essence)

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I never really got the whole death’n’roll thing of the 90s. To me that was just a bloody trend that wasn’t even good at times. So I never really gave it much time. And I never regretted it. Norwegian 3rd Attempt are being described as black’n’roll but I honestly can’t see why. This is to my ears just chaotic, primal and basic black metal mayhem. To describe it as anything but is to trick folks. If you like Bathory’s second album “The Return” turned up to 11 you are gonna like this. Throw in some old school Norwegian black metal and you get one hell of an album. Cool stuff. Anders Ekdahl

AEGRI SOMNIA ”Ad Augusta Per Angusta”

”Ad Augusta Per Angusta”
(Symbol Of Domination)

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I don’t know from what part of Spain AEGRI SOMNIA comes from but I suspect that the folklore differs depending if you Catalonian or Basque or Andalusian or from any other part of Spain. And since I know very little about Spain at all it is hard to tell where they are from just from the folk metal that they play. But had I not known that they are Spanish I would have thought them to be from Northern Africa. They have that Islamic feel to their music that you find in southern Spain. As much as I like what I hear as much do I wonder what the hell it is that I am listening to. And the fact that I couldn’t find them on Metal Archives makes me even more confounded. But it is a very interesting album even though I don’t understand where they are coming from. Anders Ekdahl

AYAT “Carry On Carrion!”

“Carry On Carrion!”

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it doesn’t take too much today to be controversial. You just gotta offend the right people and the shit hits the fan. Lebanese AYAT might be controversial to some but since I don’t give a fuck about what religion you offend I take no offense at all. As long as it ain’t racist or homophobic they can offend who they like. All I care about is the music. What struck me when I heard this the first time was how much it reminded me of early Impaled Nazarene. It is like a punk version of black metal. If you are not used to it you’ll tire quickly but if you don’t mind feeling like you’ve been run over by a bulldozer I dare you to try this one. Anders

DARK PHANTOM ”Nation Of Dogs”

”Nation Of Dogs”
(Symbol Of Domination)

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I don’t think I have ever heard an Iraqi death metal band. Not that geography matters but because it is a pretty totalitarian society that doesn’t allow such an expression as upsetting as extreme metal. But today you can access metal much easier than back in the 80s when I first got into it. So it no wonder that there are metal bands in the middle East too. And this is some pretty cool death metal. It is modern in sound but never losing touch with all that makes death metal cool. There is a melodic sense to this that sits perfect with the more aggressive. This makes me at times think Arch Enemy. And that is not too shabby a reference. Anders Ekdahl

DEATHKIN “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta”

“Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta”
(Hammerheart Records)

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My Finnish Brethren in DEATHKIN originally released this album in 2016 but it has now been picked up by Dutch Hammerheart Records. This is black metal with a slight symphonic touch in the chaos that they create. In that it reminds me of the first time I heard “In The Nightside Eclipse”. It took me a while to get accustomed to Emperor’s musical vision. I feel the same when I listen to this. You gotta put your whole soul into this to fully get all the nuances. What some see as total noise others, like me, see as something beautiful. This is a really cool record although not something that hasn’t been heard before. But that doesn’t really matter as long as the band bring their soul to the music. And that DEATHKIN does. Anders Ekdahl

DISORDER ”Fuego Negro”

”Fuego Negro”
(Symbol Of Domination)

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This El Salvadorian DISORDER is not to be confused by the UK punk crew or any other DISORER out there. This is deathrash in an old school way. Total chaos. Very basic. Raw as hell. But at the same time so bloody cool. I find it highly entertaining that there are still band today that sound like they are stuck in a different era, even a different millennium. The contrast between what I feel when I hear this and the time I live is not as strange as it should be. This is timeless extreme metal. But you gotta appreciate the kind of extreme metal that feels samey and repetitive. There are not too many contrasts in this. But that is what makes this cool. That it feels like one long punch to the face. Anders Ekdahl

GERALD PETER PROJECT ”Incremental Changes – part 1”

”Incremental Changes – part 1”

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After all the total metal attack I’ve been subjected to so far this week this came as a nice break to my ears. This is a to me new artist. I can honestly say that I have not heard of GERALD PETER until he contacted me about reviewing this instrumental project. As I am no musician all I can go on is my gut feeling. And this is some incredible beautiful music. Best described as progressive in an almost ambient aura. Listening to this you get transported into deep space. This is the perfect music to listen to after you have watched Star Trek because it keeps you in that mood. This is music that you can listen to just to relax your brain. It is built like a classical composition in different movements. That makes it flow effortlessly through your head. Nice indeed. Anders Ekdahl

HELLCRAFT ” Apotheosis Of War”

” Apotheosis Of War”
(Symbol Of Domination)

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With a name like HELLCRAFT you don’t expect this to be about the birds and the bees unless they are decomposing alongside the carcasses of dead people. This Ukraine death metal combo do a very nice job with this album. This gives me vibes of old Florida death metal. A bit Morbid Angel. A bit of this and a bit of that. Listening to this brings back so many memories yet I cannot think of any other names other than Morbid Angel. But if you have any sort of knowledge about US death metal that isn’t Cannibal Corpse you will find this as entertaining as I do. This is some seriously cool shit. Anders Ekdahl

HYPERION ” Dangerous Days”

” Dangerous Days”
(Fighter Records)

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This Italian heavy metal band that was formed with the intention of playing classic heavy metal. And listening to this album I gotta say that HYPERION have managed rather well with what they set out to do. This is heavy metal that sounds similar to the stuff I grew up with in the 80s. If I were to place this in any sort of sub-genre I’d place it in the heavy power speed metal compartment. Or at least I’d invent that compartment to put HYPERION in. But that pretty much sums up what they sound like. You get a bit of all on this album. And as schizo as it may sound as well does it work. This is the kind of heart pumping metal that I listened to back in the day. And that I still listen to as often as possible today. A really cool album of classic metal. Anders Ekdahl


” Czech Madness”
(Symbol Of Domination)

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There are people out there that don’t mind split records. I am not one of these. Not unless they come on vinyl so that there is a very clear separation between the two bands. 3 or 4-way splits are a bitch in any which format they come in. This is a split between two Czech bands. And apparently they are very different from each other. KHATANO sound like a hardcore band. I like hardcore. At first I thought I was going to hate KHATANO but I actually found myself digging this. There is a groove to this heaviness that moves it and me. KUNDOREZ are a totally different entity. They are death metal. I have to say that the mix of bands on this split is a strange one. As strange as it seems I actually prefer the hardcore band over the death metal band. And not because the death metal band is bad but simply because the hardcore one is so much better. At least I had no problem telling the bands apart this time. Anders Ekdahl