VASTUM

VASTUM seemed like an interesting enough entity to get to know better. Hence this interview with all members. If you like me haven’t already bought the album rush out and do so as this is some pretty cool death metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading

BE’LAKOR “Of Breath and Bone”

BE’LAKOR
“of Breath And Bone”
(Kolony)
Australian Be’Lakor might be hailed as the greatest thing in melodic death metal that Australia has to offer but that doesn’t really say too much to me as I have no clue what the melodeath scene in Australia is like. But seeing as it has been awhile since I received a melodeath album this might just be what I need right now to get my juices flowing. But then I hesitated when I saw the length of each individual track. Then I knew that this wasn’t going to be the next big thing to In Flames. Continue reading

DE PROFUNDIS “The Emptiness Within”

DE PROFUNDIS
”The Emptiness Within”
(Kolony)
I somehow got De Profundis confused with Primitive Graven Image, not so much by name as by origin. Realizing that I hadn’t heard De Profundis prior to receiving this album it was with an all cleared mind that I took on this album. Not knowing too much about the band I didn’t really know what to expect. I do somehow suspect that this is going to be progressive but not to what extent or at what end of that spectrum it will all end at. Continue reading

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