Dead Harts – “Born Into Rags To Die No Richer”

Dead Harts – “Born Into Rags To Die No Richer” (Transcend Music)

Dare I say have a nice day…as romantic as dining in a steelworks, Sheffield’s Dead Harts are certainly as rough n ready as their run down city. This is ugly, primitive hardcore from the raw, feedback drenched guitars to the brooding bass and most of all, Matthew Baxendale’s (oo’er sounds a bit posh lol – Ed) base throat destroyed ‘vocals’. Yeah, there are emocore melodies on songs like ‘All Washed Up’, ‘Headhunter’ and ‘Caesar’ but for the most part they are pit fighting assaults with heaps of aggression: when you go down you know this feral mob will kick you in. Mix early Agnostic Front with Norma Jean and Dead Harts is probably what you’d get on a bad day. But amazingly these thugs have already played at Download (!), with no less than a European and even Russian tours scheduled next year – man, I know these are hard times but are people really that pissed off? Continue reading

ABRAHAM “The Serpent, The Prophet, The Whore”

ABRAHAM
“The Serpent. The Prophet and The Whore”
(Pelagic)
I’m not the person that goes ape shit over first names used as band names. To me Abraham as a name is so bloody grey that it doesn’t say a single thing about the band. But I guess that is the way the band wants it to be seen. I hope that this will be so much more exciting musically that I’ll go ape shit over the music. Well… I don’t know if ape shit is the right description of my impression of the music. This is the kind of noisy music that I have a hard time sitting through. Continue reading

ACID BRAINS “Maybe”

ACID BRAINS
“Maybe”
(Red Cat Records)
Acid Brains made me think of an old British band from the 80s I think that played thrash metal but had a really lousy band name. Don’t know why this band chose such a moniker for the band but as they say; Don’t judge the band by its name. This could be the best thing since sliced bread, or it could be a rather dry and stale. I will not judge this band until I’ve have all the facts on the table. Continue reading

DÖDSFALL “Kronet I Svart Eld”

DÖDSFALL
“Kronet I Svart Eld”
(Unexploded)
Norwegian black metal is an institution by now. For those of you who have had your head stuck under a rock for the last 20-25 years I pity you. For the rest of us in the know it is a challenge every time a new Norwegian black metal band could be the best or the worst. Dödsfall formed in 2010 and have already two albums and this EP on their CV. This is supposed to be old school Norwegian black metal. Continue reading

EARTHSHIP “Iron Chest”

EARTHSHIP
“Iron Chest”
(Pelagic)
I have to admit that I have no idea what German The Ocean are all about. Haven’t checked them out yet. But somehow I kinda expect them to be very progressive. I have the same kind of feeling for Earthship. Just by the name I expect some sort of spaced out metal that will take me on a journey far away. Hopefully I’ll find my way home too. This wasn’t as spaced out as I thought and perhaps not even progressive in a traditional sense. This is heavy as fuck metal that I have a very hard time placing. Continue reading

EF “Delusions Of Grandeur”

EF
“Delusions Of Grandeur”
(Pelagic)
Instrumental metal, or instrumental music in general is not my forte. Perhaps I’m too used to vocal music to fully appreciate there not being any vocals. I will not believe that it has anything to do with me not being a musician. I am a strong believer in that good music is easily understood by all people into good music. So it is with some sort of trepidation that I take on this. Continue reading

HELL UNITED “Aura Damage”

HELL UNITED
“Aura Damage”
(Hellthrasher)
I have great expectations on this album. For some reason I think this will be a hell of a ride down a very extreme metal road. Hell United… taste the name. Does it not promise something great. This has to be a really rough ride for it to not be a total letdown. I will only be totally pleased if this is up there with the greatest albums in black/death metal. Continue reading

SOLDIERFIELD “Bury The Ones We Love”

SOLDIERFIELD
“Bury The Ones We Love”
(Metalbox)
This one is a total blank to me. I haven’t read a thing about them before I came upon this album. Don’t know if this will be a very positive experience or if it will leave me with a blank expression on my face. I do kinda expect this to be some sort of heavy metal, hopefully following in the great tradition of NWOBHM but I’ll settle for any kind of heavy metal as long as it gets my feet moving. Continue reading

TURBOCHARGED “Christ Zero”

TURBOCHARGED
“Christ Zero”
(Chaos Records)
I remember not being too impressed by Turbocharged’s last album I thought it sounded too much like Gehennah. A band that I wasn’t too impressed by in the 90s. But I also remember that there were parts of that album that showed promise. So hopefully this album will build on my positive impression rather than continue as a tired continuation of Gehennah. I’m not too sure that Turbocharged impresses more than they did on that first album. Continue reading

WANDERER “Bypassing The Abyss”

WANDERER
“Bypassing The Abyss”
(Dunkelheit)
Wanderer will hopefully be everything I like about this whole folk/pagan/heathen metal scene that is out there. I like that epic side of extreme metal. Bathory’s latter albums rotate continually on my stereo and I find them as entertaining as the first time I heard them. I really hope this album will leave me with the same kind of positive feeling. Continue reading