ABOLISHMENT OF FLESH ”The Inhuman Condition”

ABOLISHMENT OF FLESH ”The Inhuman Condition” ((Unholy Anarchy Records) I really wish that labels like Unique Leader and Sevared has sent me stuff to review as I am really becoming starved of cool brutal death metal. Thankfully some do come my way like this from Unholy Anarchy Records. I was not familiar with this Amarillo, Texas band before. Not even when they were known as just ABOLISHMENT but had I been I know that I would have loved it. This is not the most brutal death metal I have heard but it is brutal enough to stand out from all … Continue reading

ABYTHIC “Beneath Ancient Portals”

ABYTHIC “Beneath Ancient Portals” (Blood Harvest Records) I don’t know why but for some reason I came to think of Mythic and Derketa when this started playing. Perhaps because this is heavy as hell, at least in the first track and those two bands are that too. But it did pick up speed with the second track and then came the thoughts of old school death metal. There used to be a German band called Fleshcrawl that played a sort of Sweden influenced death metal (they still exist apparently). This German band makes me more think of a cross between … Continue reading

ASPHODELIA “Welcome Apocalypse”

ASPHODELIA “Welcome Apocalypse” (Mighty Music) Another Italian band that play a sort of symphonic gothic metal. And I just melt. I am especially fond of this kind of Italian bands. Well, I like all kinds of Italian metal bands but this kind is especially interesting. This is not as grand as I thought it would be. Instead it is more restraint. More gothic than symphonic. But it is still highly interesting. If you like me have a fabless for this kind of metal you too are going to like it. Because when you listen to it you realize just how … Continue reading

BLACK ROSE “A Light In The Dark”

BLACK ROSE “A Light In The Dark” (Sliptrick Records) This is a Swedish band that has been at it for a while yet I cannot for the sake of my life remember ever having heard them before. Having formed in 1990 and releasing their first album in 1993 they are veterans on the Swedish heavy metal scene. As I listen to this I realize that this is a band that I should be familiar with as the heavy metal they play is the kind that I would have liked even back in 1993. As I sit here and try to … Continue reading

PAOLO CARRARO BAND “Newborn”

PAOLO CARRARO BAND “Newborn” () An instrumental Italian progressive rock/metal band might not sound like the world’s most exciting thing but I do like the challenge this offers. I have said it before and I will say it again; instrumental music is so much harder to review than vocal music. It is like all of a sudden all references are thrown out the window and I sit here totally naked and vulnerable to the world. All I got to go on is my gut instinct. And my gut instinct says this time that this is maybe a bit too jazzy … Continue reading

CELTACHOR “Fiannaoích”

CELTACHOR “Fiannaoích” (Trollzorn) I was there for CELTACHOR’s second demo “In the Halls of Our Ancient Fathers”. I even interviewed them back then but somehow, we got separated and I lost touch with them. So I have not heard any of the previous albums. But I did like what this Irish lot had going back then and I like what they have going now. This is black/folk/pagan metal. and being Irish they have a huge heritage to dog from when it comes to writing cool stories. I somehow did imagine this to be even grander than it is. in a … Continue reading

DEIPHAGO/AMPÜTATOR “Split”

DEIPHAGO/AMPÜTATOR “Split” (Darkness Attack Records) To say that I have any idea what the Philippine metal scene is like is to say that I can tell a birch from a pine. I have very little knowledge about that scene. So I cannot tell you that much about DEIPHAGO even though it is a name I have seen floating about in the underground. This split with AMPÜTATOR is like a blast from the past. I come to think of Canada’s Blasphemy when I listen to the DEIPHAGO side. This is primal and very basic. Almost to the point of noisy. But … Continue reading

DOMEDAG “Nu Nalkas Domedagen”

DOMEDAG “Nu Nalkas Domedagen” (Archaic Sound) Swedish black metal is so much more than Dark Funeral and Marduk. There is a huge variety of it, From Arkanum to Dawn to early Bathory to Funeral Mist to Ofermod to Mortuus to Mephorash and to DOMEDAG. I try to keep up to date with all Swedish black metal bands but I have come to the conclusion that it is too much work. So it comes as no surprise that I have missed out on DOMEDAG’s previous two releases. The black metal that they play is very straight forward. It is repetitive in … Continue reading

EMERALD SUN “Under The Curse Of Silence”

EMERALD SUN “Under The Curse Of Silence” (Fastball) Here is another band that has a history that I have missed out on totally. This Greek power metal band has been going since the late 90s and have released several albums and I have no idea that they existed. It annoys the hell outta me that there are bands this good out there that I have no idea exists. I wish that every single band in the world would make me aware of their existence. I do realize that that is impossible. But when a band that plays this melodic power … Continue reading

ESTATE “Mirrorland”

ESTATE “Mirrorland” (Mighty Music) I don’t know what it is that they put in the water in Germany but they sure know how to paly metal. From Scorpions to total thrash out to melodic power metal. We have all had some really cool German metal experiences. And so does Russian ESTATE from the sound of this new album. Take equal doses of Blind Guardian and Helloween and then spice it up with some neo classic guitar wizardry and you got “Mirrorland”. This is timeless power metal. The kind that makes your heart pump a bit faster and your head bang … Continue reading