ENCHANTYA “Dark Rising”

ENCHANTYA
”Dark Rising”
(Massacre)
I’m really starting to resent the term female fronted metal as if that alone is a genre. It shouldn’t matter what gender the front person is. What should matter is if the music is any good. Who cares if it is a male or female voice you get to hear. But in this time and age image is what sells. And with the success of bands like Nightwish or Within Tempation there is a market void to fill for any band with a female singer. Continue reading

HELL:ON “Age Of Oblivion”

HELL:ON
“age Of Oblivion”
(Metal Scrap Records)
Hell:On are not new to me. I reviewed their previous album and from what I remember of that one it wasn’t too shabby a metal album. Now it is up to them to prove to me that they’ve taken the whole thing one step further. Complacency is a bands worst enemy. If you don’t move forward you’ll end up being rear-ended by the newer and more hungry bands. Continue reading

ILLDISPOSED “Sense The Darkness”

ILLDISPOSED
“Sense The Darkness”
(Massacre)
These Danes have been going for what seems like forever. I remember hearing them for the first time in the 90s and I’ve tried following them ever since but have during periods of my life lost track of them. That is the case this time too. I can’t remember the last album I bought by them but it seems to have been a while back. Illdisposed has always been about death metal too me where a band like Konkhra been more thrash. Continue reading

MACBETH “Wiedergänger”

MACBETH
“Wiedergänger”
(Massacre)
Let’s get one thing clear. This is not the Italian goth metal band Macbeth. This is a German thrash band that has been going since 1985 but it is only now that I get to hear about them. But as they say; better late than never. I have a ongoing love affair with German thrash. Have had since the early 80s and it doesn’t seem to wear off either. I love bands like Deathrow, Darkness, Assassin, Exhumer and a handful more. Perhaps I can add Macbeth to that list too. Continue reading

MORTOR “Shoot ´Em Up”

MORTOR
“Shoot `Em Up”
(-)
I love mascots. Iron Maiden got Eddie, Megadeth got Vic Rattlehead and Mortor got their own. I somehow associate mascots with thrash metal. Don’t know why but that is an image so deeply embedded in my mind that whenever I see a mascot I kinda drift towards bands like Wehrmacht, Suicidal Tendencies and that sort of bands that have a bit more fun in their music. Don’t know how funny Canadian Mortor are but the sure look like a fun band to listen to. Continue reading

OBSCENITY “Atrophied In anguish

OBSCENITY
“Atrophied In Anguish”
(Apostasy Records)
Obscenity seems to have been going forever. Somewhere in my conscious dwells a memory of having read or heard about them. I do not have any memories of ever hearing them on record. But then again I could be wrong and they’ve been so bad that I’ve totally blocked them out. And while I doubt that they are the latter I will go with the memory of not having heard any death metal coming their way. It is hard to believe that this is the sound of a 23-year old band. Continue reading

OGEN ” Black Metal Unbound”

OGEN
“Black Metal Unbound “
(Kolony)
Ogen as a name doesn’t say too much. It could be either a bird or a fish. This one could go any which way had it not been for the title of the album that pretty much gives it all away. Unless it is meant ironically, which I don’t think it is. So what we have is another black metal album by a band that is pretty obscure in all its dealings. Will this blow me away in total awe or just leave me yawning? Time will tell. For some strange reason I got a Satyricon vibe from this album. Continue reading

SINISTER “The Carnage Ending”

SINISTER
”The Carnage Ending”
(Massacre)
Sinister is one of these bands that I’ve been aware of forever but haven’t really bothered checking out at all. Since the early 90s when the first album was released I’ve only come in contact with them once and to be honest I don’t remember too much of that album. So it is basically like starting from scratch now that a new album is on the table. Continue reading

ALTAR OF OBLIVION

Danish metal will always have a special place in my metal heart. And it’s not just because I 20 minutes from Denmark with a ferry but because some of the greatest metal bands have been Danish. ALTAR OF OBLIVION’ Martin Mendelssohn Sparvath answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading