Vore – “Gravehammer”

Vore – “Gravehammer” (AFM Records)

Ooooh yeahhhh, these dudes have been kicking ass at Milwaukee Metalfest since the mid 90s and musta toured with pretty much every band out there! Playing old school death metal straight outta the Obituary book, Vore concentrate less on speed or extreme brutality but cumulative crushing power as perfected by Tardy & co, melding heavy duty riffing with matching precision double bass drumwork. Considering Vore are a trio, they certainly put out a fair amount of power but most of all, being veterans, excel in the song writing dept with lethal effectiveness on toons like ‘Doomwhore’, ‘The Claw Is The Law’ and ‘Throne To The Wolves’. While “Gravehammer” isn’t gonna catapult Vore into the big league, I do feel that it sorta represents the culmination of all that they have accomplished over the years and in that respect is something they can feel proud of. Continue reading

Stallion Four – “Rough Times”

Stallion Four – “Rough Times” (Pure Rock Records)

Stallion Four are the next Swedish crue to emerge from their fast burgeoning sleaze scene – and what a kick ass rock n roll outfit they are! Taking inspiration from all the classic bands ranging from GnR to Rose Tattoo to AC/DC, they work their own catchy melodies and grooves to produce some addictive songs like ‘Sister Mean’, ‘Heart Of Rage’ and ‘Running Too Hot’ – and being Swedes there’s heaps of power in there too so yeah, these guys are on fire LOL! Vocalist Bjorn has one of those raw screeching voices reminiscent of Brian Johnson or more so Marc Storace of Krokus, while the rest of the band confidently deliver the goods from howling guitars to thumping drums that all in all could blow the roof off – be it club or stadium! Continue reading

Corroosion – “Dirt Awareness”

Corroosion – “Dirt Awareness” (Rising Records)

This impressive Italian deathcore band last appeared in 2010 with their release “Punish The Mind” and 2 years on, “Dirt Awareness” continues their ascent characterized by heavy Machine Head style dervish riffs, pounding rhythms and AnD’s hoarse, brutal vocals which also incorporate Six Feet Under shrills and other ‘FX’! Once again, Corroosion have made the correct decision to go for quality production, this time with Fredrik Nordstrom at Fredman Studios (At The Gates, Job For a Cowboy, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames etc), who has enhanced their brutal sound to bombastic yet professional levels on songs like ‘And The Rise Of Nothing’, ‘Kaos In Me’ and ‘Falena’. Whilst 2011 was spent touring with the likes of Bleed From Within and Trigger The Bloodshed, I certainly hope that “Dirt Awareness” gives these guys more exposure this year, cos they certainly deserve it! Continue reading

Lay Siege – “Obolus” MCD

Lay Siege – “Obolus” MCD (www.facebook.com/laysiege)

Roaring metalcore from the Midlands of England! Vocalist Konrad Barrick has one of these hoarse voices that could make a bear shit when he opens his mouth, and the rest of Lay Siege follow suit in the heaviness dept, making them have an almost industrial appeal in their sound. Songs like ‘Snarling Teeth’, ‘Wastelands’ and ‘The Ferryman’ might be slower than the average metalcore band, but with the amount of smashing and pulverizing they’re doing, Lay Siege more than make up in the balls out dept of intensity. Heavy, heavy, heavy! Continue reading

THE CHANT “A Healing Place”

THE CHANT
“A Healing Place”
(Lifeforce)
OK another Finnish band to write home about. It seems that under any given rock in the Finland you can find a band that is good enough to put on record. No, I’m not complaining. I’m not even feeling jealous. Turn a rock, any rock in Sweden and you’ll find a band equally as good. The Chant could very well be the next big Finnish metal export if they play their cards right. Continue reading

DANTALION “Return To Deep Lethargy”

DANTALION
“Return To Deep Lethargy”
(Unexploded)
Spanish black metal might not sound like the most exciting thing in the world but you should have learned by now that there are no borders in metal. We are all brothers and sisters united by a common love. Where you come from doesn’t matter. It is what you deliver that matters. And deliver Dantalion does. At least in the form of a new CD. Continue reading

DEGIAL “Death’s Striking Wings”

DEGIAL
“Death’s Striking Wings”
(Sepulchral Voice)
Degial belongs to the category of Swedish death metal bands that are being hyped right now. I don’t believe the hype, well usually not, but when it comes to this new wave of Swedish death metal I gotta admit that the hype was right, or has been so far at least. I have not heard a single bad new Swedish death metal act in 2012. I hope Degial will continue that trend. Continue reading

ELIMI “Asylum”

ELIMI
“Asylum”
(Unexploded)
Elimi were off to a great start. They had an album out, got great reviews for it and articles were written about them but then their Italian label went belly-up and everything turned to crap. With a new label behind them they try again. When this album was first released it was described as shoegazing black metal and lumped together with albums by bands such as An Autumn For Crippled Children and Svarti Loghi. Continue reading

HUMANGELD “Odd Ethics”

HUMANGELD
“Odd Ethics”
(Abyss)
I like it when people think twice before naming their band. Humangled are new to me. I have no idea what to expect from them at all. This could be the worst kind of goregrind or the best of death that has ever come my way. What I did get was what to my ears sounds like a cross between Carcass (leaning more towards the Carcass side) and (slightly like) Cannibal Corpse, if you could imagine that unholy union. Continue reading

KAMIKAZE KINGS “The Law”

KAMIKAZE KINGS
“The Law”
(Limited Access)
There are times when I don’t know if the Germans are serious or if they are joking about. The first time I saw a Kamikaze Kings photo I thought they were for laughs. I’m not so sure anymore. It might just be me alone that is laughing. The band might take themselves very serious. Still, there is something to the band that makes it hard for me to take them too serious. Continue reading