LORD OF THE GRAVE “Green Vapour”

LORD OF THE GRAVE
“Green Vapour”
(The Church Within)
I’m not too familiar with the label The Church Within but the bands that I do have come upon have all been good. I kinda like the idea of a label dedicated to the more doomy end of the metal spectre. I find great comfort in the darker and more melancholic end of things. Continue reading

MANTICORE “Behold The Ascension Of The Execrated”

MANTICORE
“Behold The Ascension Of The Execrated”
(Deathgasm)
I know not to judge a book by its cover or a band by its name but when I saw the name Manticore I got vibes of a thrash metal band in the vein of the second wave. Bands that followed in the wake of Metallica; Slayer, anthrax and Megadeth. Don’t know how right I am but I’ll hope for the best. Truth be told I was as far off as I could have been. Continue reading

MASTERSTROKE “Broken”

MASTERSTROKE
“Broken”
(Dynamic Arts)
When you recognize the label better than the band that’s when you know you’ve overdosed on labels. For some reason I recognize the label Dynamic Arts but can’t place any bands on it. I know that I have a couple of records released by them but what they are is in the clouds. Continue reading

MAVETH “Coils Of The Black Earth”

MAVETH
“Coils Of The Black Earth”
(Dark Descent Records)
I don’t know what it is that they have put in the water in Finland but over the last decade or so we’ve seen metal almost taking over the charts in Finland. And even though I’m Swedish I’m not envious or even jealous in any way. I too get to enjoy the greatness of the Finnish metal scene. Continue reading

NEPENTE “Suffering Is The Seed”

NEPENTE
“Suffering Is The Seed”
(-)
I have a craving for something extreme metal. I hope that Nepente can cure that craving. To my eyes the name says that this could be some kind of death metal in the vein of Nile or Morbid Angel. I get that kind of vibe from them just by reading the name and album title. It’s heave like Morbid Angel or Nile. That I’ll give the band. Continue reading

NIGROMANTIA “Inherited Burden”

NIGROMANTIA
“Inherited Burden”
(Noisehead Records)
OK. I know of Necromantia but Nigromantia? Sounds like a bad joke to my ears but I guess there is a deeper meaning to the band name. That aside I have no idea what this band is all about. They are a blank to me as I haven’t heard anything by them before this album. This Hungarian death metal band wasn’t what I expected. Continue reading

NUKORE “Broken Hip? Hop On”

NUKORE
“Broken Hip? Hop On”
(Noisehead)
I never got the whole funk metal thing. Rap metal made me physically sick (well almost) and any other strange kind of cross pollination between metal and whatever hasn’t really rubbed me the right way. Yet I’m glutton for punishment hence me taking on Nukore. I like bands like Otep and Exilia but somehow I don’t get this. Continue reading

PLUTONIAN SHORE/ A TRANSYLVANIAN FUNERAL “Alchemical Manifestations”

PLUTONIAN SHORE/ A TRANSYLVANIAN FUNERAL
“Alchemical Manifestations”
(Forbidden Records)
It might seem like I’m a grumpy old fool but I don’t really like split albums. Don’t know why the y rub me the wrong why just like compilation records does. Perhaps I need that much control that I know what band’s album is playing and not having to keep track of what band it is that is on right now. That both bands are black metal doesn’t really help me decipher what is which. Continue reading

REPULSIVE AGGRESSION “Conflagration”

REPULSIVE AGGRESSION
“Conflagration”
(Schwarzdorn)
Repulsive Aggression is allegedly a Norwegian death metal band. We don’t get that many of that kind coming from the Fjells and Fjords of our Western cousins. Not that I mind. I find a Norwegian death metal band as enticing as any other death metal band. This was heavier than I had expected. Continue reading

SEAMOUNT “Earthmother”

SEAMOUNT
“Earthmother”
(The Church Within)
I kinda expect this to be a very nautical journey. I don’t mind if I get splashed by the waves of a turmoil sea. I kinda expect this to be a ride that goes up and down like a rollercoaster ride. If it’s one that is on acid or just a straight one only time will tell. I’m not a big fan of Mastodon simply because I haven’t listened to them enough to pass any sort of judgment Continue reading