MOTHERSHIP “S/T”

MOTHERSHIP
“S/T”
(Ripple Music)
MOTHERSHIP conjures up images of a band that will be tripping in a manner that would make The Grateful Dead seem modest. If this isn’t some spaced out hardrock/metal then I don’t know what will be. I simply can’t get enough of that stuff (the music – not the drugs). I like being taken on a trip to the outer limits of our universe. Continue reading

NOLENTIA “May The Hand That Holds The Match That Will Set This World On Fire Be Blessed Above All”

NOLENTIA
“May The Hand That Holds The Match That Will Set This World On Fire Be Blessed Above All”
(Kaotoxin)
This one I fear. I fear that this will be music that just passes me by without me getting anything of it. This could be time not so well spent. Time that I will not be able to get back. Or this could turn out to be some of the best music that I have ever heard. I’m not the biggest connoisseur of grind. Continue reading

OBSCURITY “S/T”

OBSCURITY
“S/T”
(trollzorn)
This OBSCURITY is not to be confused with the Swedish cult heroes of the 80s or the Stockholm band of the same name from the 90s. This is a German variant on the name. They’ve been around for some time now and have a handful or two albums to their name. I can’t say that I’ve paid too much attention to them before even though I have a slight feeling of having reviewed an album of their before. Continue reading

OKULAR “Sexforce”

OKULAR
“Sexforce”
(-)
Norwegian metal is not the joke it used to be. Who remembers TNT’s debut from way back when they sang in Norwegian. Much has happened since then and now Norwegian black metal is a phenomenon. Don’t know where OKULAR fits in all of this but I for one am looking forward to hearing this album. Continue reading

PATHOGEN “Miscreants of Bloodlusting Aberrations”

PATHOGEN
“Miscreants of Bloodlusting Aberrations”
(Dunkelheit Produktionen)
PATHOGEN makes me think of TV series like CSI or Body Of Proof where they have to solve a crime by using forensics. Or any sort of Doctor Series. But it also makes for a great metal band name. With a name like that you gotta play death metal. That is the only option I can see. I can’t remember the last time I had a band from the Philippines on my player. Continue reading

SIROCCO “Lambay”

SIROCCO
“Lambay”
(-)
I’m not gonna bore you with how I can’t tell pagan from heathen from folk metal. I’ve given up on even trying to decipher what is what. From now on I’ll just enjoy it for what it is and not bother trying to figure out where it fit in. SIROCCO is my first attempt at this. For some reason I get a very Irish/Celtic feel from this band and not just from them originating from the Green island. Continue reading

SIXTY MILES AHEAD

SIXTY MILES AHEAD
“Millions Of Burning Flames”
()
I’m sorry to say so but I have very diffuse memories of SIXTY MILES AHEAD’s EP from when I reviewed it. I do faintly recall that I didn’t find it too shabby of a record and that I saw potential in it. Now it is time to pass judgment on the full length album. OK so this reminds of a Metallica light circa the black album but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Continue reading

TOTENGEFLÜSTER “Vom Seelensterben”

TOTENGEFLÜSTER
“Vom Seelensterben”
(-)
With a really good looking digipak in an edition of only 150 you’re lucky if you’ll be able to get your hands on this album. I’ve ordered my copy already without having heard a single not of it so it better be any good or I’ve wasted 17€ (postage included) on a piece of plastic. What is it with all these super duper dramatic intros on black metal albums? Continue reading

WHEN ICARUS FALLS “Aegean”

WHEN ICARUS FALLS
“Aegean”
()
This band has a great looking digipak out that hopefully sounds as good as it looks. WHEN ICARUS FALLS isn’t anything like metalcore. Thank you for that. I don’t know how many more metalcore acts I can sit through This is much more like if Neurosis had gone all MY Dying Bride on us. This is ambient while not being anything like ambient. Continue reading

Integrity – “Black Heksen Rise”

Integrity – “Black Heksen Rise” Single (Indie Recordings)

Since rising from the Cleveland hardcore scene back in ’88, Dwid Hellion has remained one of the dark shadows of underground music on the planet. Violent, volatile and vicious, Integrity’s music is a reflection of that brooding, complex personality that over time has been plagued by the occult, mental illness and holy terrorism. Hoarse, ugly vocals, crude dark noise guitar and even more coarse rhythms have driven many a violent pit for over the years as this psychotic monster continues to rage on. Definitely not for the faint hearted, this nasty 7″ is a precursor to a full blown beast to be unleashed in May, so prepare yourselves…. Continue reading