The Kandidate – “Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death”

The Kandidate – “Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death” (Napalm Records)

Totally kick ass! These Danes have been listening to huge doses of old Entombed and the result on this album is 11 tracks of hateful crossover mixing in abrasive hardcore a la early BioHazard with the death n roll of their Swedish cousins: hoarse vocals; dirty reverb guitars and shakin’ bass lines bring it all home on tracks like ‘Fucked In The Search For Life’, ‘Standing On The Cliffs Of Madness’ and ‘Let The Maggots Have It’, though the album as a whole is one baadass mutha of a moshpit! It’s really cool having bands like The Kandidate cos they simply don’t hold back and considering this is self produced by the band’s own vocalist Jacob Bredahl in his own studio (Dead Rat), “Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death” is a stupendous release! Having already won the best band in the Danish Metal Awards and played Roskilde, The Kandidate will be touring heavily this year across Europe and further afield into Russia and China no less – I’m definitely looking forward to catching them! Continue reading

Stay Okay! – “Time To Grow”

Stay Okay! – “Time To Grow” EP (www.facebook.com/stayokay)

These 4 young Irish punk poppers pack a heavy emo punch in their melodies on this aspiring EP. Formed just 2 years ago, their honest, uncomplicated approach to their music has garnered them more support as they’ve progressively toured the Emerald Isle to build up a fan base. The EP title is actually pretty apt, reflecting a band that is coming of age on songs like ‘My Day’, ‘Lay Your Worries To The Grave’ and ‘Towards The Finishline’, from Tim Chadwick’s Fergal Sharkeyesque vocals to Irtiza Malik’s guitarwork effectively contrasting mid tempo rock riffs with oh so catchy melodies. Quiet and pensive on the one hand, while being emo charged the next, Stay Okay! offer a moving little package on this EP – rock on boys! Continue reading

COLDWORKER “The Doomsayer’s Call”

COLDWORKER
“The Doomsayer’s Call”
(Listenable)
I was late in discovering Nasum. It wasn’t until everybody raved enormously about them that I got the whole hype thing. The same can be said about Coldworker. I’ve known of them for some time now but I’ve never bothered to check them out. For no apparent reason other than lack of time I guess. With a new album out now there is no better time than now to actually get acquainted with them. Continue reading

DETRIMENTUM “S/T”

DETRIMENTUM
“S/T”
(DeepSend)
Detrimentum could be either fish or bird or even something in-between. I have no prior knowledge of them. As much as I like discovering new bands every once in a blue moon along comes a complete dumper of a band. Not that Detrimentum turned out to be that. This is actually really cool. Continue reading

INFERNAL LEGION “The Spear Of Longinus”

INFERNAL LEGION
“The Spear Of Longinus”
(Moribund)
For no apparent reasons I have high hopes on this one. I really need a record that blows away all holiday fat accumulated during the past weeks. “The Spear Of Longinus” was maybe not the fat burner I’d hoped for but it’s still enough to burn away the most excessive of the holiday build up. Infernal Legion was not at all what I need or wanted. Continue reading

SPECTRAL MORTUARY “Total Depravity”

SPECTRAL MORTUARY
“Total Depravity”
(DeepSend)
From the first note I thought that this was going to be a total Entombed rip-off but it turned out to be a bit more original than that. This is heavy death metal with a slight Swedish touch. Perhaps along the lines of Grave in their heavier moments. That only brings along nice memories. And nice memories you can’t have too many of, even if it is death metal you reminiscence about. Continue reading

Virgin Steele – “Age Of Consent”

Virgin Steele – “Age Of Consent” REMASTER (Steamhammer / SPV)

Originally released in the late 80s, this was ‘barbarian romantic’ metallers Virgin Steele 4th album although described by vocalist Dave DeFeis as ‘…the one that got away..it was sent out without any promotion or fanfare (and) many people were completely unaware of its existence…’. Given that, DeFeis has gone outta the way this time round to do this album justice by firstly re-mastering all the songs resplendent in two formats: double digipak incl. new booklet with rare photos and new liner notes by David DeFeis; Double digipak incl. new booklet with rare photos and new liner notes by David DeFeis. Continue reading

The 11th Hour – “Lacrima Mortis”

The 11th Hour – “Lacrima Mortis” (Napalm Records)

The 11th Hour is a Dutch/Swedish collaboration between 2 death metal veterans Ed Warby, known mainly for his work as the drummer for Gorefest and Hail of Bullets, and Rogga Johansson, the man behind countless bands such as Paganizer, Ribspreader and The Grotesquery. Together, they made 2009’s doom release of the year in “Burden of Grief”, a bleak concept album about the last days of a man dying from a lung disease. Laden with funeral doom, a morbid sound and contrasted by some of the most beautifully melancholic melodies ever, it was hauntingly captivating. Continue reading