BASANOS “Cracking The Sledge”

BASANOS
“Cracking The Sledge”
(NoiseHead Records)
Thrash metal might not be the first thing you think of when Italian metal is mentioned but there’s a great tradition for it too in Italy. Think Necrodeath and Schitzo and you have to great Italian thrash giants. Basanos (from Austria) are more groove oriented in a Sepultura-way. Continue reading

GORGY “Birth Of Damnation”

GORGY
“Birth Of Damnation”
(Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)
Coming from the home of country and western music doesn’t have to be a negative thing if you’re a metal band. Gorgy is proof of that. Their aggressive death/thrash will take you far away from broken hearts and whining violins. Here it’s all blood and guts and the only broken heart is that crushed by a hammer. Continue reading

NIGHT IN GALES “Five Scars”

NIGHT IN GALES
“Five Scars”
(LifeForce Records)
Night In Gales is a band I’ve been aware of for a very long time, since their first record, that I haven’t bothered to check out. At least I don’t think so. I can’t remember ever having heard a full album by them before this new one. A comeback of sorts seeing as it was ten years since their last one. Night In Gales can best be described as melodic death metal. Continue reading

RAIN “XXX”

RAIN
“XXX”
(Aural Music)
I don’t know what to think of a band that has 30 years in the business but is new to me. Are they that bad that nobody but their closest relatives care for them? Or is it just me that have had my ears to a different underground? Continue reading

SARACEN “Marilyn”

SARACEN
“Marilyn”
(Escape Music)
There has been many great movie starlettes on the big screen over the years; Greta Garbo, Pam Grier; Bo Derek but none as mythical and mysterious as Marilyn Monroe. So why not write a whole album about her. But how do you match Marilyn Monroe’s beauty musically? Continue reading