LED ASTRAY “Decades Of Addiction”

LED ASTRAY
“Decades Of Addiction”
(Massacre)
German death metal. Now that is a term that might not be as common as thrash or power metal but there are and have been some really great German death metal acts. Who don’t remember Morgoth? That was one hell of a band back in the days. I’m not even gonna compare Led Astray with Morgoth. I just tried to make a point. Continue reading

MASS DISTRACTION “Follow The Rats”

MASS DISTRACTION
“Follow The Rats”
(Mighty Music)
OK, this might begin to get repetitive but this is another band that I’ve only read about and haven’t heard (at least I don’t think so – the name seems awfully familiar). Yet I got kinda high hopes for this Swedish band now that I got their latest album to review. That this is thrash metal is clear from the very first note. Continue reading

NO SIGN OF LIFE “Embrace Your Demons”

NO SIGN OF LIFE
“Embrace Your Demons”
(Mighty Music)
No Sign Of Life does seem like the name of a punk of hardcore band to be honest. Or perhaps if stretched a thrash metal band. But seeing as it is released on Mighty Music we could at least expect it to be full of attitude to begin with. I kinda hope that this will be up there with Nuclear Assault circa “Game On”. But I might be worng on that one. Continue reading

OCEAN MIND “2 Ready 2 Rock”

OCEAN MIND
“2 Ready 2 Rock”
(The Leaders Records)
I have no greater knowledge of the Greek hardrock/metal scene outside of the extreme metal variant. I do have a desire to get to know more about it which leads me to Ocean Mind. A band that allegedly is more akin to the stoner rock inclination. I can take that. I like stoner rock. Continue reading

SEPTEMBER CODE “Remembering Mirrors”

SEPTEMBER CODE
“Remembering Mirrors”
(The Leaders Records)
I don’t know why but for some reason I kinda expect this to be along the lines of a band like LIVE. Borderline hardrock with strong melodies and a very expressive vocalist. I just get that kinda vibe from the band name and the press release. But then again I could be totally off my track and this ends up being something completely different. Continue reading

SHOW YOUR FACE “Afraid”

SHOW YOUR FACE
“Afraid”
(The Leaders Records)
As I write this I realize that I seem like a little child that doesn’t get what it wants but I really don’t like EPs or M-CDs. I buy them out of a sense of duty to the bands but I still feel cheated out of a full album when I play them. Show Your Face released a full album in 2011 that was described as metalcore. Continue reading

Gamma Ray – “Skeletons & Majesties Live”

Gamma Ray – “Skeletons & Majesties Live” 2CD / DVD (earMUSIC)

With Kai Hansen busy showcasing his new band Unisonic and this being the last gig for long time drummer Dan Zimmerman, Gamma Ray have issued a monster 2 hour live album that should satiate even their most gluttonous fans! Continuing on their ‘Skeletons In The Closet’ concept which was sampled in their “Skeletons & Majesties” EP in 2011, the essential purpose was to showcase unplugged versions of classics such as the acoustic ‘Rebellion In Dreamland’ and new versions of lesser well known material like the upbeat ‘Men, Martians And Machines’. In between is the more familiar stuff like the galloping neo classical ‘Hold Your Ground’ and some serious piss arounds in ‘Future World’ – complete with Elvis impersonations! Zimmerman is in fine form and goes out in style, as is the musicianship of the rest of the band, which really brings to life the material completed by superb live production. With the DVD and Blu-ray also featuring additional bonus tracks, lots of behind the scenes bonus material, rare archive material and interviews with the band, “Skeletons & Majesties Live” is a bumper end of year pressie from Gamma Ray to their fans as well as anyone wanting to see a less familiar side to them. Continue reading

Vanderbuyst – “Flying Dutchmen”

Vanderbuyst – “Flying Dutchmen” (Van Records)

More smoother than a spliff of ‘Jock Horror’ in an Amsterdam ‘coffee’ shop, Vanderbuyst are without doubt the Dutch hard rock kings! Taking inspiration from 70s hard rockers like UFO, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, these 3 Dutchies add their own paffy style and Amstel groove to rockin songs like ‘Give Me One More Shot’, ‘In Dutch’, and ‘Frivolous Franny’. Sticking to the basics i.e. untempered rock vocals, cheeky warbling guitars, punchy school of rock rhythms and ‘Kathmandu’ solos, Vanderbuyst offer an unpretentious sound that can be counted on in today’s dodgy, uncertain times – 200 shows in 16 countries in the last coupla years can’t be wrong for Holland’s best export! Continue reading

Humanity Delete – “Never Ending Nightmares”

Humanity Delete – “Never Ending Nightmares” (Dead Beat Media)

Mayhem from Malaysia! Filthy, distorted death grind in the spirit of early Dismember and Massacre comes courtesy of this unholy collaboration between Sweden’s war master Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Ribspreader, Demiurg, Bone Gnawer and many, many more) on all instruments and lyrics by Dead Beat Media’s own Jill Girardi, with a special emphasis on Malaysian black magic and ghostly legends! Formed as a project almost 10 years ago, I’m really glad Rogga has finally given this some light cos songs like ‘Black Oil Defiler (Orang Minyak)’, ‘Retribution of the Polong’ and ‘The Jenglot’ are superb examples of the genre at its best – from his guttural vocals to that vicious chainsaw guitar – an excellent closer to the end of the year, so even if the goddamn Mayans get their wish I’ll go out in style ha ha! Continue reading

Sin Of God – “Limbus”

Sin Of God – “Limbus” (PRC MUSIC)

Blistering death metal from Central Europe!!! Sin Of God are from Hungary and were only formed a coupla years ago but that don’t matter when you’ve been listening to huge doses of Nile, Morbid Angel, Behemoth and Immolation (in case you still haven’t pigged out enough lol). Rough, bestial vocals, evil whirring riffola and face ripping precision drumming are the feature of songs like ‘Demonshrine’, ‘Kill The Irrelegious’ and ‘The Son Who Beat The Death’ – ok, their English may be a bit iffy but their musicianship and sticking to the best principles of technical death metal are second to none especially as a bit of exotica. Continue reading