Overkill – “White Devil Armory”

Overkill – “White Devil Armory” (Nuclear Blast Records) 34 years on, 17 albums later and New Jersey crew Overkill are true to form dishing out the dirt in their street smart n sassy thrash just like how it was back in the 80s. Still with Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellesworth and DD Verni from the original line-up, Overkill built up their fearsome reputation through relentless live touring where their music shredded audiences across the globe over the decades. Having seen them live many times, they are without doubt a European festival favorite where rain or shine their no nonsense metal gives rabid… Continue reading

Suicide Silence – “You Can’t Stop Me”

Suicide Silence – “You Can’t Stop Me” (Nuclear Blast Records) A pivotal moment in the band’s history, “You Can’t Stop Me” is dedicated to Mitch Lucker, Suicide Silence’s founder vocalist who wrote this last song before dying in a motorcycle crash in 2012. Continuing on with Hernan “Eddie” Hermida of All Shall Perish, the band have also stepped up their game – perhaps with that album title having a dual meaning – in moving towards the lighter end of the deathcore spectrum. In Hermida they have a vocalist who can do that given his incredible range from his bear roars… Continue reading

Voodoo Gods – “Anticipation For Blood Leveled In Darkness”

Voodoo Gods – “Anticipation For Blood Leveled In Darkness” (Saturnal Records) Formed by drummer Alex ‘Voodoo’ Von Poschinger back at the turn of the century, over the years he’s been joined by  friends like Behemoth’s Nergal along with Mike Browning (ex-Morbid Angel, ex-Acheron) and guitar legend David ‘Shred Demon’ Shankle (ex-Manowar) on lead guitars. Most recently none other than Cannibal Corpse’s George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher has added his formidable vocal talents to the Voodoo Gods, living up to their (unintentional) reputation as a par excellence supergroup. Despite the large death metal presence, surprisingly other than in George’s familiar guttural tones, the… Continue reading

Necros Christos – “Nine Graves”

Necros Christos – “Nine Graves” (Sepulchral Voice Records / Ván Records) “If I wait, the grave is mine house. Yea I have made my bed in the darkness.” The dark ones have returned. Now more occult and avant garde than before, these Berlin death metallers have brought it to the max on this mini album that invokes the very spirituality and mysticism that forms so much of their intense live show, not to mention their incredible music. Opening with an Indian sitar intro it’s almost like ‘Apocalypse Now’ before the crushing massive of ‘Black Bone Crucifix’ possesses you body and… Continue reading

Abolition A.D. – “After Death Before Chaos”

Abolition A.D. – “After Death Before Chaos” (Pulverised Records) Nihilistic crust core from the capitalist island state of Singapore! Despite its pristine, structured, almost utopic society clearly there lurks a dark underbelly no better exemplified than by the grim music of Abolition A.D. On the face of it, 4 typical nerdy looking Singaporeans – that is until the bile of songs like ‘Enchanted Land’, ‘After Death Before Chaos’ and ‘Medieval Minds’ spews forth! Ugly, hoarse guttural vocals courtesy of bassist / vocalist Muhd Azri sets the tone for the distorted twin guitars of Fadzly and Azhari who conspired to pummel… Continue reading

(Hed)p.e. – “Evolution”

(Hed)p.e. – “Evolution” (Pavement Entertainment) It doesn’t get more eclectic than this – formed in 1994 by Brazilian American vocalist Jahred Gomes, (Hed)p.e. – aka Human Education Planet Earth – mix it big time with reggae, gangsta core, rapcore – man, if you can think of a term, then (Hed)p.e. probably play it sucka! More than that it’s about heaps of attitude and an uncompromising stance towards their music – unlike most bands Gomes and longtime bassist Mawk actually believe they are on a spiritually, environmentally, evolutionary and downright revolutionary mission to save the Earth’s soul. ‘…it’s not about the… Continue reading

King Of Asgard – “Karg”

King Of Asgard – “Karg” (Metal Blade Records) Once again the genius of Karl Beckman has done it. With their awesome debut, King Of Asgard brought to the fore the incredible Norse melodies from their predecessor band, Mithotyn whilst successor “..To North..” was aptly titled in being Viking Metal par excellence along the lines of Amon Amarth but even more Nordic. Well, that trend continues on “Karg” which translates to ‘barren’, which is exactly where this album is – hardly any of those pleasant folk melodies this time, but a full blown epic affair that could almost be a Nordic opera with… Continue reading

Entrails – “Resurrected From The Grave (Demo Collection)”

Entrails – “Resurrected From The Grave (Demo Collection)” (Metal Blade Records) Resurrected from the dead in 2008, Entrails began to take new form in the form of two demos “Reborn” and “Human Decay” that were put together by (sole surviving) founder guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist, who played all the instruments and vocals provided by old friend Jocke Svensson. Based on material that the first incarnation of the band worked on in the early 90s as well as material Lundqvist continued to pen during their hiatus, the collections were stored on tape and were brought to life on homemade CDs each limited to 50… Continue reading

Brutally Deceased – “Black Infernal Vortex”

Brutally Deceased – “Black Infernal Vortex” (Doomentia Records) If like me you’re a rabid fan of old school Swe-death a la Dismember and Entombed, then the Czech Republic’s Brutally Deceased will be barking right at your door. A dirty slavering hund formed by guitarist Tomáš Halama 7 years ago, these guys are probably the only band of their style in their homeland, but they do credit to it as well as their Swedish inspirations. No cut n paste soundbytes here, this is one take recording going back to the days of analogue and with those Boss HM-2 pedals revving on overdrive… Continue reading

The Rocket Dolls – “Eyes”

The Rocket Dolls – “Eyes” (www.facebook.com/therocketdolls) Get set for blast off! Winners of the Best New Band 2010 PureRawk Awards, The Rocket Dolls are led by the aptly named Nikki Smash, whose 2 hospitalizations for E-Coli and subsequently pneumonia saw a brief hiatus before returning full force to record this indestructible album mixing musclebound metal riffola with the laid back touches of grunge and produced by Skindred’s Mikey Demus. Looking like they’ve all done a few rounds in the gym, this trio’s fighting spirit is reflected in spunky songs like ‘Can’t Keep Him Down’, ‘I Can’t Go Back’ and ‘Burning… Continue reading