DARKNESS BY OATH “Near Death Experience”

“Near Death Experience”
(Cyclone Empire)
I can’t help wondering whom all these bands that keep releasing albums are aiming for. We are just so many that are into metal that someday we’ll all overload/dose on metal albums. Until that day comes I’ll just keep on discovering new and cool bands. Don’t know how cool Darkness By Oath are but that they have overdosed on At The Gates is clear from the word go. Continue reading

DERELICT “Perpetuation”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Some geographical locations are more interesting than others. I find bands from South America more exciting than another one from Germany if the choice had to be made. The same can be said for bands from Canada. I take extra notice of any band that calls Canada home. Derelict might be Canadian but they are new to me… Continue reading

ELVENSTORM “Of Rage and War”

“Of Rage And War”
(Inferno Records)
I have a very soft spot for Belgian Acid. Have had so ever since I first heard them in the 80s. The first time I heard Elvenstorm I had a flashback to that very first time I heard Acid. Not only because they have a female vocalist that doesn’t sound like all the other song birds we get in metal but because the music has that up-tempo and active feeling to it. This is metal, call it heavy, power or speed, that is just that; metal. Continue reading

ENTHRONED “Obsidium”

(Agonia Records)
I remember the first time I heard Enthroned back in the late 90s. I wasn’t too impressed by their black metal back then but times have changed. I’ve moved on and so has Enthroned. From being that little band from Belgium to being one of the bigger black metal acts… Continue reading

EREVOS “Descensus Ad Inferos”

“Descensus Ad Inferos”
(Orkestral Promenade Productions)
I know that it might seem a bit repetitive to keep mentioning how high a standard I hold the Greek metal bands to but so far I haven’t been let down by any Greek band. So why should I change my mind about the standard of the Greek bands? Erevos is a black metal band, there’s no doubt whatsoever about that… Continue reading

IMPIETY “Ravage & Conquer”

“Ravage & Conquer”
(Pulverised Records)
From that first moment when I heard Impiety back in the day I knew that this was something special. I haven’t spent too much time with them since then but they’ve always been in my conscious, lurking somewhere deep inside. But now in 2012 it is time to re-acquaint myself with them. And what better way to do it than with a brand new album. Continue reading

MANIPULATOR “Voudbound + Unearthed”

“Voidbound + Unearthed”
(Soulseller Records)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There are so many bands out there that it is impossible to keep up with everyone if you want to stay sane. Manipulator are a blank slate to me. I have never heard of them or their music, which apparently should be some sort of death metal. To my ears this sounds like that old Mayhem demo “Pure Fucking Armageddon”. Or is it Hellhammer that I’m reminded of… Continue reading

SVARTSYN “The True legend”

“The True Legend”
(Agonia Records)
Svartsyn was one of the first black metal bands that I got to review when they released “The True Legend” the first time in the late 90s. I don’t remember what I wrote back then. Don’t even remember if I liked it. Since then I’ve built a relationship with Svartsyn through several albums. And now we are back at square one with the re-release/rerecording of “The True Legend”. Continue reading

WEH “En natt kom doed”

“En natt kom doed”
(Soulseller Records)
OK, so Norway is very much tall mountains and deep valleys and some scattered cities in-between which might explain why so many Norwegian bands look to nature for inspiration but that doesn’t explain why something described as Neo Folk fights for space with bands like Manipulator and Ulverheim. They seem so totally out of place. Weh is acoustic and atmospheric and not bad at all but metal; no fucking way… Continue reading

The Safety Fire – “Grind The Ocean”

The Safety Fire – “Grind The Ocean” (InsideOut Music)

These Londoners are a tight knit crew, having all grown up together and then starting up this bad – and they’d haveta be, given their complex, eclectic style incorporating a variety of modern styles from post hardcore to progressive to experimental metal. Although compared to ‘djent’ bands like Textures, I’m not entirely convinced they really do, and if they were it would be towards the mellower end of that spectrum. One thing is for certain, The Safety Fire have already made a name for themselves in the UK scene with the release of their critically acclaimed EP “Sections” in 2009 and their reputation as a powerfully energetic live band, so much so that they played at last year’s Sonisphere Festival. Musically, songs like ‘Anomolous Materials’, ‘Circassian Beauties’ and ‘Huge Hammers’ are diverse affairs with post hardcore vocals, neo prog riffs melded with squeaking guitars, off the wall jazz drumming, and all capped off by a liberal use of emo harmonies and melodies. What impresses about The Safety Fire isn’t so much their ability to jam in an array of styles but that they have striven as a band to keep their material into tight, digestible songs – and that is worth checking out. Continue reading