THE RIVER CARD “Serious Titles”

THE RIVER CARD
“Serious Titles”
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It might seem strange that I have a hard time with hardcore when I listen to stuff like the most monochromatic black metal but for some reason I often don’t get what the whole deal is with most hardcore bands. I don’t know if it is because I’m raised on 77 punk. That doesn’t mean that I’ve given up on understanding hardcore. Whenever I get a chance I take it to understand more. And most importantly to broaden my taste. The River Card have a sound that to my ears is pretty classic hardcore. Continue reading

SCYTHIA “…Of Exile”

SCYTHIA
“…Of Exile”
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I’m sorry but to me there’s only one band that is folk, epic, dark whatever metal and that is Bathory. If you’re into any of these sub-genres you only need to turn your attention to Bathory for fulfilment. All the other bands are just mediocre clones of a perfect amalgamation. Did I offend you, did I? You want to argue that the Finnish school of folk/epic metal is so much better. In that case I’ll give you Canadian Scythia Continue reading

7HORNS7EYES “Convalescence”

7HORNS7EYES
“Convalescence”
(Basick)
I’m slowly by slowly getting used to this whole digital only download thingamajig. I still take a physical product over a digital 9 times out of ten but when no other options are given I have to settle for the digital. 7Horns/7Eyes’ “Convalescence” should/could be seen as a taster for an album to come later (in physical form too). Continue reading

SIGH “ScornDefeat”

SIGH
“ScornDefeat”
(DeepSend)
I don’t know how many times this album has been re-released over the years but there seem to a never-ending interest in this record. Originally released on Euronymous Deathlike Silence label “ScornDefeat” shows a Sigh in it infant years before they became this avant-garde metal beast that they are today. Continue reading

TYRANEX “Extermination Has Begun”

TYRANEX
“Extermination Has Begun”
(Infernö Records)
I’ve been following Tyranex for some years now. What strikes me is that they have stubbornly stuck to what they believe in no matter the obstacles. That to me is dedication. And finally it’s paid off with the release of their debut album. Tyranex are thrash metal the way thrash metal was played by bands like Holy Terror, Defiance etc Continue reading

THE WHEEL “S/T”

THE WHEEL
“S/T”
(Music By Mail)
I’ve never been much for Led Zeppelin. When I got into hardrock/metal Led Zeppelin released their last album ever. Although I’ve always been told how great they are I’ve never bothered to checked them out thoroughly. I’ve heard this or that song by them but not enough to fully understand them. So whenever a band comes along using Led Zeppelin as a reference point it doesn’t do anything for me Continue reading

BONES “S/T”

BONES
“S/T”
(Planet Metal)
I was with Entombed up till “Wolverine Blues” but from there I left them to their own devices. The death’n’roll that they had started to turn into wasn’t to my liking. I’m pretty much allergic to it now. So when I heard something that was resembled death’n’roll in the first couple of note in the first track on Bones self-titled CD I thought I was in for a bumpy ride Continue reading

BUTCHER “Welcome To The Night”

BUTCHER
“Welcome To The Night”
(Infernö Records)
From what I understand this could be considered a sort of comeback album for Butcher. It’s been a while since their previous album was released and much has happened to the World of heavy metal. But the strong will always survive one way or another. And strong Butcher seems to be. When describing something like Butcher the clichés are not far away but that is because they fit the best Continue reading

HOLY FORCE “S/T”

HOLY FORCE
“s/t”
(Music By Mail)
I don’t know if the band name is any kind of indication as to what awaits us once the music starts spinning. Maybe the wrath of God will come upon us sinners for not repenting our sins. If that is the case then I’m ready for it. I don’t fear anything thrown at me. Just bring it on; I’m strong enough to take it Continue reading