NIEGE ET NOIRCEUR “Hymnes De La Montagne Noire”

NEIGE ET NOIRCEUR
“Hymnes De La Montagne Noire”
(Sepulchral Productions)
I’ve only read great things about Neige et Noirceur. Well. I’ve only read good things about that whole Qubecois black metal scene that seems to be going on in that region. I get the same kinda feeling I got when Necropolis Records was in business. That there is something bigger going on than just another black metal label releasing albums. Continue reading

TEMPLE OF BAAL/RITUALIZATION “The Vision Of Fading Mankind”

TEMPLE OF BAAL/RITUALIZATION
“The Vision Of Fading Mankind”
(Agonia)
Another split album comes my way. Is there somebody who’s trying to punish me? OK. I’ll be game for it then. Temple Of Baal are pretty intense death metal the way I like it. The way it was when I got into death metal back in the days (another referenced to my high age). I like it when the aggression is so there that you can almost touch it. Continue reading

THEOCRACY “As The World Bleeds”

THEOCRACY
“As The World Bleeds”
(Ulterium Records)
There are times when I feel like I’ve been living under a rock for many years. All of a sudden a band comes along that are well and truly far into their career and I have never heard of them. In those moments I realize that I have no great overlook on what is new and what is not new in the world of metal. There are simply too many bands to have full control of who’s releasing what. Theocracy are on their third album now and I have no clue as to who they are or what they play. Continue reading

ROB MANCINI “Rock’N’Roll Circus”

ROB MANCINI
“Rock’N’Roll Circus”
(GMG Records)
Somehow Rob Mancini’s name sound so familiar yet I’m sure I’ve never ever heard anything he’s done prior to receiving album. This is being described as a cross between Bon Jovi and Nickelback. One I like, the other I turn of whenever I hear it. As long as I’m only reminded of bon Jovi I’m happy as a kid at Christmas. Continue reading

PERSONA NON GRATA “Quantum Leap”

PERSONA NON GRATA
“Quantum Leap”
(Massacre)
I actually have no idea what to think of this. It wasn’t what I expected it to be and that threw me of my game. Once I’d found it again images of bands like Evergrey and Iced Earth and a host of others came flying by. Once I’m ready to describe this as progressive metal it turns into something different and I have to re-evaluate it again. Continue reading

PHASE REVERSE “S/T”

PHASE REVERSE
“S/T”
(Aural Music)
Greek hardrock/metal usually is of a pretty high standard. I can name a handful of great bands just like that. Phase Reverse might be added to that category if they keep it up like this. I am a big fan of Soundgarden and that was the first band that hit me while listening to Phase Reverse. Continue reading

PREY FOR NOTHING “Against All Good And Evil”

PREY FOR NOTHING
“Against All Good And Evil”
(Massacre)
Prey For Nothing is an Israeli death metal band. And I know of them prior to hearing this album. Something that don’t seem to happen too often. I tend to move on rather quick from band to band not really being able to form any sort of relationship with the bands. But this time I actually have a relation to the band. And I really liked their previous album. Continue reading

RITUAL NECROMANCY “Oath Of The Abyss”

RITUAL NECROMANCY
“Oath Of The Abyss”
(Dark Descent Records)
I can appreciate chaos in music. It makes for a welcomed break from the controlled environment of everyday life. Ritual Necromancy are totally new to me but I like their black/death metal and the chaos it creates in my head. It’s like listening to a dryer spinning at full speed while a ton of metal is rolling around inside. Continue reading

SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER/ENFUNERATION “American Death Thrash”

SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER V/S ENFUNERATION
“American Death Thrash”
(HorrorPainGoreDeath Productions)
I don’t like split records. Where the hell do I put it in my CD collection? Should I put it b the band that is first or by the band that is second or should I create a new shelf for it? All these questions that needs an answer. And that’s even before I’ve gotten to the music. What if I like half the record and the other sucks majorly? Continue reading

A TRANSYLVANIAN FUNERAL “The Outsider”

A TRANSYLVANIAN FUNERAL
“The Outsider”
(Forbidden Records)
A Transylvanian Funeral have all the old Darkthrone aesthetics going for them. The b/w cover, the crude black metal sound and most importantly the raw black metal that made those early Darkthrone albums so interesting. While not being close to original I still find the kind of black metal that ATF play to be worth investing time into. Continue reading