In Cold Blood – “A Flawless Escape”

In Cold Blood
“A Flawless Escape”
(Rising Records)

WE ALL FIGHT TO KEEP HEAVY MUSIC ALIVE! So speaketh the 5 Romans making up ICB (not the Cleveland crew) who play modern metalcore featuring throat strained vocals, fast melodic metal a la The Haunted and impressive guitar warblings that threaten to take them into the extreme metal league. Continue reading

Malefice – “Awaken the Tides”

Malefice
“Awaken the Tides”
(Metal Blade)

F–kin’ ell, I better be careful wot I say, this lot are just down the road from me LOL! But I guess they’ve done the job for me by saying ‘… Britain is an isle that has long been steeped in heavy metal heritage but when was the last time it produced an act that showed the genuine potential to bother the biggest names in world metal?..’. Continue reading

Skálmöld – “Baldur”

Skálmöld
“Baldur”
(Napalm Records)

Iceland is a contrasting land of fire and ice – even today volcanoes are active and erupting – so it’s easy to understand how legends of demons and dragons have risen thru the ages. Indeed, this bold debut is a concept album based on a Viking seeking bloody retribution against a not-of-this-world demon-like creature who murders his family! Continue reading

Glorior Belli – “The Great Southern Darkness”

Glorior Belli
“The Great Southern Darkness”
(Metal Blade Records)

Mon dieu – dark, swamp metal not from the Bayou but the seedy streets of Paris! Although labelled by some as black metal – and indeed they are in terms of their core sound – J’s vocals are more tortured drawls than screeches, whilst H’s guitar churns out evil dervish riffs as on ‘Per Nox Regna’, almost heading into the satanic realm of Glenn Danzig. Continue reading

BASANOS “Cracking The Sledge”

BASANOS
“Cracking The Sledge”
(NoiseHead Records)
Thrash metal might not be the first thing you think of when Italian metal is mentioned but there’s a great tradition for it too in Italy. Think Necrodeath and Schitzo and you have to great Italian thrash giants. Basanos (from Austria) are more groove oriented in a Sepultura-way. Continue reading

GORGY “Birth Of Damnation”

GORGY
“Birth Of Damnation”
(Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)
Coming from the home of country and western music doesn’t have to be a negative thing if you’re a metal band. Gorgy is proof of that. Their aggressive death/thrash will take you far away from broken hearts and whining violins. Here it’s all blood and guts and the only broken heart is that crushed by a hammer. Continue reading

NIGHT IN GALES “Five Scars”

NIGHT IN GALES
“Five Scars”
(LifeForce Records)
Night In Gales is a band I’ve been aware of for a very long time, since their first record, that I haven’t bothered to check out. At least I don’t think so. I can’t remember ever having heard a full album by them before this new one. A comeback of sorts seeing as it was ten years since their last one. Night In Gales can best be described as melodic death metal. Continue reading

RAIN “XXX”

RAIN
“XXX”
(Aural Music)
I don’t know what to think of a band that has 30 years in the business but is new to me. Are they that bad that nobody but their closest relatives care for them? Or is it just me that have had my ears to a different underground? Continue reading