KROH “S/T”

KROH
“S/T”
(Devizes Records)
When it comes to black metal there seem to be an endless of supply of new bands or bands that I haven’t heard of before. You just have to turn every stone in the woods to find the good ones. Kroh to me are a blank. Yet I kinda have high hopes for some pretty great black metal. And black metal it isn’t per se. This is black metal the way Witchfynde or Witchfinder General were black metal. Continue reading

LEBEN OHNE LICHT KOLLEKTIVE/IMMEMORIAL “Quantum Of Abstract Physics”

LEBEN OHNE LICHT KOLLEKTIVE/IMMEMORIAL
“Quantum Of Abstract Physics”
(Frozen Wing Records/ Le Crépuscule du Soir productions/ Cold Dark Matter Records)
I gotta hand it to the first band on this split. This has to be one of the better moniker that I’ve come upon in a very long time. Life Without Light Collective is a pretty great name for a band. It’s even greater in German. This is so very bleak and desolate that you get a feeling of isolation and despair just from the band’s name. Continue reading

L’ENDEVI “An Eternity”

L’ENDEVI
“An Eternity”
(Art Gates)
I feel that had it not been for Nightwish (and Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil) we wouldn’t see so many female fronted metal bands making the rounds as we do. And for that I thank them all. I’m all for equality among the sexes. Now I’m just waiting for an explosion of all female metal bands to make the balance equal. Continue reading

VÉER “The Measure Of Waste”

VÉER
”The Measure Of Waste”
(NEVERHEARD DISTRO)
Unless a bands name is in Swedish, English or German the meaning of it is lost on me. Véer is a name that doesn’t say a thing to me. This could be anything from Goth to grind. I can’t tell from the name alone. Yet I kinda suspect this to be some sort of black metal. I don’t know why. Continue reading

VIVID REMORSE “Down To The Wire”

VIVID REMORSE
“Down To The Wire”
(Art Gates)
I really hope that this band will give me some very vivid memories after I’ve stopped listening to their album. With a name like Vivid Remorse I kinda hope for a real thrash about. It feels like that’s what is needed this time of the year when we approach the longest day of the year before it all turns around and we head for spring. Continue reading

WAR POSSESSION “Through The Ages”

WAR POSSESSION
“Through The Ages”
(Hellthrasher)
I’m pretty much a pacifist. I’m not even much for war movies even if I’m a film buff. I’ve never ever watched a whole Vietnam War movie. Yet when it comes to extreme metal war as aesthetic works wonders. Nowhere else will you find what hell on earth is like than in the imagery of war. Continue reading

Red Lamb – “Red Lamb”

Red Lamb – “Red Lamb” (Hansel & Gretel)

Partnership of the year! Bringing together Dave Mustaine with original Anthrax guitarist Danny Spitz, Red Lamb is blistering heavy metal that will make your body tremble! If you’ve been wondering what Spitz has been up to all these years besides brief reappearances in Anthrax, in short he embarked on a new career as a master watchmaker. However, metal clearly runs thru his blood (his brother is none other than Dave ‘The Beast’ Spitz!) so it comes as no surprise that fans still keep in touch with him and only a matter of time before he resurfaced, choosing to do so in fine style by collaborating with the living legend of Megadeth’s own front man! With the duo both co producing and writing lyrics, Danny composed all the music and handles all the guitarwork. Drafting Chris Venna (Marilyn Manson / Nine Inch Nails) on programming, Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen / WASP) on drums and Don Chaffin (Voices Of Extreme) on vocals to complete the fiery flock, there ain’t no silence in this lamb! Shredding guitars, searing vocals and pounding drums chug like a freight train asunder. Musically it’s a mixture of Megadeth especially on the cynical and sassy ‘Puzzle Box’ to the rap rock n roll of ‘One Shell (In The Chamber)’ to the Anthrax thrash like ‘Keep Pushing Me’. Always steaming, “Red Lamb” proves that neither Mustaine nor Spitz have lost their fire or talent in kicking our asses into the new year! Continue reading

Gorelust – “Reign Of Lunacy”

Gorelust – “Reign Of Lunacy” Re-issue (PRC MUSIC)

Another blast from the past – this time the mid 90s in Quebec – by Gorelust, a band that came and went within a year, but not before releasing the awesome “Reign Of Lunacy” which resigned them to cult status for the next 18 years! With bootleg copies surfacing over the years and original versions going for hefty prices on Ebay, it was left to Remi at PRC, ironically the man who initially released the original album as 1,000 units on the now defunct NWS Records, to re-release it. As a further twist the re-issue as now prompted a resurrection of Gorelust themselves who plan a new album in 2013 and if that wasn’t enough “Reign Of Lunacy” actually features “Big Steeve” Hurdle, who passed away earlier this year and Luc Lemay (both from Gorguts at that time) who recorded backing vocals for this album!! As can be expected the style is mid 90s death metal with bestial vocals from Jean Beaulieu, buzzsaw guitars, diddly dee warblings and brutal chopping rhythms a la Gorguts, Suffocation, Monstrosity etc. So the wait is finally over, and it remains to be seen whether the successor to this much sought after underground fave both materializes and triumphs over time! Continue reading

Bleak Falls – “Another Rainy Day”

Bleak Falls – “Another Rainy Day” EP (www.facebook.com/BleakFallsOFFICIAL)

Vicious aggro core tempered by a dark English karma permeating feral youth inhabiting the forgotten towns of Britain. Vocalist Ridgeway has one of these raw, throat strained voices that only comes from serious binge drinking and one can only imagine what the rest of the band like the Vaughan brothers get up to when they’re not face down in the gutter – probably skating, smashing shit up and spitting at anyone dissin’ ’em. As such Bleak Falls reflects that hard n fast lifestyle with no fear of tomorrow: head kicking riffing and stomping rhythms that rat pack you on songs like ‘Rollin On The 60s’ bringing to mind comparisons to Terror, Integrity and Hard To Swallow. Still, it becomes even more despairing on the quieter tracks like ‘Dear Brother’ and ‘Pass A Promise’ reflecting the dark, brooding melodies of possessed souls without hope or encouragement. Seasons to be fearful indeed. Continue reading

Blue Origin – “Somnium”

Blue Origin – “Somnium” (The Animal Farm)

More harder than a bunch of fighting Uruk Hai, these Stokies have been cutting their teeth for the last 7 years in Northern bars and pubs playing their no nonsense brand of classic hard rock. Melding the grooves of Zepp with the soul of Alter Bridge and power melodies of Black Stone Cherry, “Somnium” has been built on a superb production allowing songs like ‘Whatever Happened’, ‘Godless’ and ‘Don’t Hold On’ to resonate the talented musicianship behind the band be it in a sweaty club to a stratospheric stadium. With a rabid fan base funding this album, Blue Origin are one of these grassroots acts that are the bane of every bubblegum band out there, cutting thru the bullshit with the purity of their rock. Big sound, big sights, big ambition – Blue Origin’s debut is built for the big league! Continue reading