GRAVEHILL ”The Unchaste, The Profane, The Wicked”

GRAVEHILL ”The Unchaste, The Profane, The Wicked” (Dark Descent Records) [yasr_overall_rating I remember from way back in time that I bought a GRAVEHILL album and that I liked it a lot. So it was with some anticipation that I took on this new one. And I gotta say I wasn’t disappointed. GRAVEHILL are old school in sound and attitude. Think old Chicago bands and you get an idea of what to expect from this lot. If that sound is too simple for you then you gotta stay the hell away because this is as basic as it gets. For somebody … Continue reading

GRIND-O-MATIC ”Regular Singularity”

GRIND-O-MATIC ”Regular Singularity” (-) I wish I got sent much more grindcore releases than I do because all my references today are like old. Sure, I have Nasum to go by but that is still an old one. Other than that it is much more stuff like Exit 13. Brutal Truth and old Napalm Death. I don’t know why but more often than not I get a jazz feeling when I listen to grindcore. I get that feeling when I listen to GRIND-O-MATIC’s new album. Perhaps it is because of all the different tempo changes that goes on in the … Continue reading

INFILTRATION ”Nuclear Strike Warning”

INFILTRATION ”Nuclear Strike Warning” (WormHole Death) INFILTRATION is old school death metal. It should be enough to just write that for you to run out and check out this Russian band. If you like your death metal heavy and with a groove like Bolt Thrower then this is for you. I love everything Bolt Thrower ever released so this is just up my alley. A really cool blast of no nonsense death metal. There is nothing I like as much as old school death metal (it is not old school to me – it is just the death metal I … Continue reading

JARUN “Sporysz”

JARUN ” Sporysz” (Arachnophobia Records) As I didn’t know anything about JARUN I had no idea what to expect from this album. And after the first track I still didn’t know what to think of it. And even after a couple songs in I still sit here and don’t really know what to think of this. There is a folk/pagan/heathen element to this. But basically it is some sort of black metal. I know that I have heard similar bands before but I cannot for the life of me remember any names. This is for the more adventurous of you … Continue reading

JUDAS PRIEST ”Firepower”

JUDAS PRIEST ”Firepower” (Sony) JUDAS PRIEST existed long before NWOBHM became a phenomenon. But it wasn’t really until the whole metal boom exploded in Britain that they too became a phenomenon. I don’t remember when I bought my first JUDAS PRIEST album but I do remember that I didn’t buy the supposedly clear choices like “Hell Bent For Leather” or “British Steel”. No, I started with “Stained Class”. Mainly because I had a comp LP that featured a song from that album. That was in the early 80s. Now we are near the end of the 10s and I sit … Continue reading

LOTH ”Apocryphe”

LOTH ”Apocryphe” (Vendetta Records) [yasr_overall_rating French black metal is a multifaceted beast. You don’t really know what you’ll get until you hit the play button. LOTH is a name that I am not familiar with. So it is with great pleasure that I take this one on. I started with a track that is not at all typical for the rest of the album yet it did set the tone for the album. At best this can be described as eclectic. You get a great many different moods from listening to this. And that can be both good and bad. … Continue reading


GIANLUCA MAGRI ”Reborn” (Red Cat Inst Fringe) There was a time when I remembered the names of individual band members and what bands they played in but that was a long time ago. Today I’d be lucky if I can remember the band name, let alone the individual members. So to say that I have no idea who GIANLUCA MAGRI is and what he has done prior to this instrumental solo album is no lie. But I do like what I hear. Instrumental music is like elixir for my ears after having for example heard a bunch of extreme death … Continue reading

MISRULE ”Forced To Suffer”

MISRULE ”Forced To Suffer” (Sentient Ruin Laboratories) What I like about metal is that you can go from listening to atmospheric black metal on one record to death/grind on another one. The spectrum is so wide that it enclose so many variants. MISRULE has the sound of a bulldozer gone amok. This is heavy and totally pummeling. Don’t go expecting any subtleties from this lot. This is pure fucking destruction all the way to the finish line. And to my ears that is hell (in a positive way). If you like early Napalm Death gone death metal then this will … Continue reading

MYRHOLT ”Vinter”

MYRHOLT ”Vinter” (-) Winter is the predominant season for most of the year in Norway. That is why the Norwegians like to “gå på tur” so much. But winter is also a suitable season for black metal. With the harshness of nature and the cruel reality of not being able to go out and be social it is the season to me anti-social and misanthropic. I have reviewed MYRHOLT earlier this year but now this guy is back with a new EP. What I like about this is that it has elements of different styles of black metal. You get … Continue reading


MYRKRAVERK ”Naer Döden” (Blut & Eisen Productions) This is a Norwegian black metal band. Nothing sensational about that really. That they draw inspiration from nature is not shocking at all. That they sound old school, primitive and basic is almost expected. Looking at all this you might think that there is nothing to write home about but that is where you are wrong. This is actually really cool Norwegian black metal. It is still possible to find a band that manages to add something a little bit special to their black metal. I like the primitive, almost D-beat attitude the … Continue reading