THE GARDENERZ “The System Of Nature”

THE GARDENERZ
“The System Of Nature”
(Abyss)
You can always argue who was first. Was it Black Sabbath, Pentagram or any other band that defined what is now classic doom metal? In doing so you can not overlook the impact Candlemass’ debut album “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” had on what is now considered archetypal doom metal. Without that album we would not have seen so many great doom metal bands surface. Continue reading

HAMMERFIGHT “S/T”

HAMMERFIGHT
“S/T”
(-)
I’ve never been to Atlantic City, NJ. Don’t think I want to when I think of it. The decadence and depravity that city has come to represent isn’t exactly my bag. And it’s not even glamorous like Las Vegas. But if that means that great music will come from it I’m all for it. Hammerfight is crossover the way I like it. Equal amounts of metal and hardcore mixed together to make for a perfect drink. Continue reading

HERESIARCH “Hammers Of Intransigence”

HERESIARCH
“Hammers Of Intransigence”
(Dark Descent)
Lately I’ve had an epiphany concerning New Zealand metal. It’s not all sheep and more sheep down under. There are some pretty cool metal bands too. Heresiarch is one of these. This is black metal the chaotic way. No big symphonic arrangements. No female song birds, No melodic guitar solos. Just simple, straight forward black metal. Continue reading

ION VEIN “IV v1.0”

ION VEIN
“IV v1.0”
(Mortal Music)
For some reason I kind of expected this to be some massive progressive metal. It turned out to be more along the lines of traditional metal than anything else. OK, not exactly traditional. More straight forward metal with little or no tingle tangle. One thought I can’t let go of is that that this reminds me of an up-tempo Pantera Continue reading

VENDETTA “Feed The Extermination”

VENDETTA
“Feed The Extermination”
(Massacre)
I owned an album by Vendetta back in the 80s/90s. I didn’t care too much for it so I sold it. Now it is 2011and Vendetta are back with a new album. Has age improved my taste or will Vendetta leave me with the same bland impression? I remember them to be middle-of-the-road and pretty bland. “Feed The Extermination” is pretty much classic thrash metal but not the classic German thrash metal I would have liked it to be. Continue reading

CARELESS “Coalition”

CARELESS
“Coalition”
(-)
I guess that coming up with a band name can’t be the easiest thing in the world. So many bands with so many different names make for a challenge when naming your band. But Careless? I doesn’t really say much about anything other than that the band probably doesn’t really care about how they are perceived. If the name is bland then the music is a whole different story. Most of the time this is some pretty good heavy metal in a pretty American tradition. Continue reading

DEAD “Hardnaked But Dead”

DEAD
“Hardnaked But Dead”
(FDA Rekotz)
I have a 7” with Dead that is older than time itself. It dates back to when Nuclear Blast was a new label. I don’t remember anything about what it sounds like and I haven’t cared for Dead since that 7”. So I have no idea what to expect from this German cult act on “Hardnaked But Dead”. And I still don’t know what to think after having heard the album. Continue reading

THE DOGS DIVINE “Size Of The Fight”

THE DOGS DIVINE
“Size Of The Fight”
(Mortal Music)
I have no preference to either dogs or cats. I’m allergic to both so I stay far away from them. The Dogs Divine makes me think of nothing. If I am supposed to think of big muscles and macho men fighting it out between themselves then the band failed terribly. This sounds very American to me. Nothing wrong with that. Continue reading

DREAM ARIA “Fallen”

DREAM ARIA
“Fallen Angel”
(-)
Goth metal might be a watered down genre by now but every now and then a new band comes along that shakes my foundation. Canadian Dream Aria is one of these bands. By chance I came upon them on MySpace, sent them a message and now I sit here with their third album. The same thing that happened with The Beckoning. Another Canadian band that blew me away. Continue reading

ESKIMADA “S/T”

ESKIMADA
”S/T”
(-)
I’ve never been a big fan of bands like Korn or Deftones. I simply don’t understand where they are coming from. Just like I don’t understand where Eskimada are coming from. I can hear a lot of different influences on this album and while I can identify most of them I still don’t understand the end result. Continue reading