Pendact – “Days Of War”

Pendact – “Days Of War” (M & O Music)

Children Of Bodom inspired melodic death courtesy of this French band from Toulon! Fluid guitar melodies mixed with even more deep keyboard melodies define well constructed but energetic songs like ‘Northern Stars’, ‘Lies And Hypocrisy’ and ‘Last Judgement. Jukka Rossetto’s voice also has a hint of metalcore in it but that doesn’t detract from the overall mellow death sound which as I said is very inspired by Alexi Laiho & co especially from their “Follow The Reaper” era. Formed in 2006 but reborn in 2010 after a few line-up changes, Pendact seem to have toured with heaps of bands (which probably accounts for their high standard of musicianship) including Korpiklaani, Dagoba, Arkona and even playing Trollfest, so more power to them! Continue reading

Replica – “The Bright Side Of Death”

Replica – “The Bright Side Of Death” (Noiseheadrecords)

Screaming nerd metalcore from outta the Alps! Austria’s Replica might look math kidz but they unleash an avalanche with Alexander Krumenacker’s screamo meets guttural vox, Silberhuber & Steiningers slick but savage guitar work melding hardcore riffola meets melo death melodies and the harsh, chopping rhythm of Aschauer’s bass wiv the tight drumming of Martin Krumenacker. Musically it’s As I Lay Dying with elements of Slayer and At The Gates on songs like ‘True Terror’, ‘Living In Bondage’ and ‘Throatcut With A Butterknife’, along with a healthy humor undoubtedly gained from numerous van tours thru their homeland, as well as Germany, Italy and Hungary with bands like Sepultura, Ektomorf, Heaven Shall Burn, Neaera, One Man Army, The Sorrow, Korzus, Undead Quartet and probably a million others stamped on this blistering 3rd album that even gets the reaper a rockin’! Continue reading

Idols For Dinner – “Tenant Of A Declining World”

Idols For Dinner – “Tenant Of A Declining World” (M & O Music)

Death in Paris! This young French band play a mix of melodic death along the lines of The Black Dahlia Murder with metalcore vocals courtesy of Cristofer Rousseau. But the dual guitars of Paul Biller and Nicholas Stackpoole are what keep it going on songs like ‘Legally Instituted Murder’ and ‘Scarlet’ – at times a furious whirlwind of riffola whilst during others tempered by suave melodies – even going so far as on the tranquil Spanish acoustic of ‘We The Lost Travellers’. Completed by the blurring rhythm of Camille Bechet and Othman Belhadj on bass and drums respectively, “Tenant Of A Declining World” faithfully transcribes the emotion, violence and inspired beauty of this powerful, yet technical band. Continue reading

ATTEMPTED LIFE “Pangaea”

ATTEMPTED LIFE
“Pangaea”
(Inverse)
It seems that under every rock in Finland lives a metal band. By the rate I come upon new to me bands from Finland there will soon be nothing but metal bands for the Finns to enjoy. But all jokes aside, I had no idea that there were that many bands that I hadn’t heard of. This Finnish band is to my ears more akin towards HC. Continue reading

BATTLERAGE “The Slaughter Returns”

BATTLERAGE
“The Slaughter Returns”
(Metal On Metal)
I was late in discovering BATTLERAGE, as I think many with me were, so it wasn’t until their third album that I got into them. But then it was love at first sight. So in my quest to learn more about them I’ve gone all the way back to the first album. When I hear albums like this it gets me thinking of songs off of Iron Maiden’s albums from Piece Of Mind and Powerslave Continue reading

BATTLERAGE “Blood Fire Steel”

BATTLERAGE
“Blood Fire Steel”
(Metal On Metal)
This is the second album from the Chilean metalgods BATTLERAGE. I have a fondness for metal that is epic and bigger than life. It’s such a thrill hearing a band playing metal that feel like it could move mountains and part seas. This one continues in the same style as the “The Slaughter Returns” ended. Perhaps a tad better and more focused. Continue reading

BULLETBELT “Down In The Cold Of The Grave”

BULLETBELT
“Down In The Cold Of The Grave”
(Headless Horseman)
New Zealand black metal might not sound like a too enticing entity but from what I heard on the MCD they released in 2011 this is not your ordinary black metal crap. There was something extra to that CD that made me take notice. Don’t know how much pure/true black metal this is really. I’d say it has got a more blackish thrash edge to the sound. Continue reading

CLOCK PARADOX “Egotheism”

CLOCK PARADOX
“Egotheism”
(Inverse)
OK, I’ll bite. What the hell is a clock paradox? Is that when time travels backwards? Don’t know the answer to that one and don’t really care that much either. After all it is just music and not some advanced philosophy class at the uni. If there is such a thing as progressive death metal then this comes pretty close to that without sounding like Death. Continue reading

DEVIL I KNOW “S/T”

DEVIL I KNOW
“S/T”
(Inverse).
Don’t know anybody I’d describe as the devil even if I’ve come upon enough assholes that could be described as anything but good. I have no specific feel for this band. They could be anything yet I kinda hope that they’ll be alone the lines of Danzig around the first three- four albums. But seeing as this has very little to do with Danzig I need to re-think my whole approach. Continue reading

DEATHRED “Factor Inside Destiny 640”

DEATHRED
“Factor Inside Destiny 640”
(-)
It should not matter where you are from, whether you come from Montevideo, Uruguay or from Gothenburg, Sweden. Not today it should. With internet as the main tool you can sit wherever in the world and create music that is universal. The first time I heard DEATHRED’ s album I thought it was the same tune played over and over again but as I continued listening I did notice that there are more to it than repetition. Continue reading