CRYOGENIC IMPLOSION “Creation Of the New World”

CRYOGENIC IMPLOSION
“Creation Of The New World”
(Metal Scrap Records)
Death metal can be so many different things; Cannibal Corpse gore, Morbid Angel esoteric or just plain melodeath. Cryogenic Implosion represent a fourth variation ; the technical one. I’m no big fan of overly technical metal. I often get lost in all the wizardry to the extent that I loose interest. And although I can appreciate the skill I prefer my music simple and straight forward. Continue reading

CERVELLO “S/T”

CERVELLO
“S/T”
(Supernova)
It’s always a nervous experience starting from scratch with a debut album. No history to rely on, just a blank piece of paper to be filled with new and fresh impressions. Hopefully positive ones. I really don’t want to find out that I think about Nickelback after having listened to this album. I don’t know what it is about that band but I don’t like them at all, and I’ve tried, trust me. Continue reading

CYDIA “Evil Sun”

CYDIA
“Evil Sun”
(Metal Scrap Records)
Taking risks are a part of life. Play it safe and you’ll never know what awaits you around the corner. Cydia might be thrash metal but they have the guts to not play it safe and go for the note by note routine. That makes “Evil Sun” so much more interesting. That I hear second wave thrash metal references as well as some patented Pantera metal only adds to the concoction. Continue reading

D:HATE “Game With Ghosts”

D.HATE
“Game With Ghosts”
(Metal Scrap Records)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I don’t like Pantera. Maybe I’m totally of track here but everything everybody else likes about them I don’t see. So whenever I hear an album that even closely resembles Pantera’s sound I get hesitant. D.Hate made me think of Pantera classics like “Walk” sped up and I don’t know what to think about it. Have I been totally wrong about Pantera or is it just that I like what D.Hate performs that I think I’ll like Pantera too. Continue reading

ECLIPSE “Triumph Of The pain”

ECLIPSE
“Triumph Of The Pain”
(Metal Scrap Records/More Hate Productions)
I like Cannibal Corpse and have done so ever since I heard their debut album. My relationship with them has been up and down but I’ve stood by them no matter what. So whenever I hear an album clearly inspired/influenced by Cannibal Corpse I listen with an extra ear. Eclipse plummet me with their intense death metal. No prisoners are left behind. It is kill or be killed. I will survive. Nothing is going to kill me. I will take on Eclipse’ death metal with all necessary means available. Continue reading

HELL:ON “Re:Born”

HELL:ON
“Re:born”
(Total Metal/Metalism)
I like that fact that there are bands even today that think that thrash metal is cool to play. Not everybody can be trend sensitive and go with the flow. Somebody has to go against the grain. Hell:On are thrash metal the not so hip way. This is aggressive and hateful thrash metal that speaks to the internal savage in you. This is music to cut wood to. Continue reading

LIBRAH “Inside The Black Balloon”

LIBRAH
“Inside The Black Balloon”
(Supernova)
Having read the press release for this album you’d be forgiven for thinking that this would be some kind of stoned out Eastern flirt that makes George Harrison seem like a Westerner lost in India, smoking all kinds of funny things. Things aren’t that bad in reality. Sure, there is an eastern touch to the music but it isn’t as stoned out as you might think. It all started on a high note with a really aggressive riff and then it kept going in that high note fashion throughout the whole album. Continue reading

SANCTORUM “Semper Fidelis”

SANCTORUM
“Semper Fidelis”
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I don’t know why everybody has to follow the latest trends but that’s the way the it is. Hearing band after band after band using the beauty and beast vocal approach starts to become a tad tiresome. How many different variations are there to it? Sanctorum too uses this vocal trading system and as with any other band that have this approach it doesn’t surprise that much. Musically Sanctorum are death metal the way Dark Tranquillity used to be death metal or the way In Flames used to be death metal Continue reading

Eden Wakes – “Darkest Before The Dawn”

Eden Wakes
“Darkest Before The Dawn”
(Rising Records)

Wow, these 4 young lad(ette)s from Madchester are like a dark, high energy goth rock band mixed in with punk and the off the wall beats of The Pixies! Formed by the Hebenton twins, Jane (lead) and Helen (bass), and completed by Tom on drums and Mark on vocals, on the face of it, Eden Wakes look like 4 extras from the ‘Twilight’ sagas going off to a Halloween ball. Except this ball would be with their local death, black and hardcore talent! Songs like ‘Where Are The Vultures’, ‘Fall Before Vermillion’ and ‘Faust Macabre’ have a decidedly dark and heavy vibe mixed in with Holden’s trippy, almost haunting vocals and melancholic guitar creating a powerfully captivating and atmospheric experience that you never wish to woken up from. Continue reading

Illnath – “Third Act In The Theatre Of Madness”

Illnath
“Third Act In The Theatre Of Madness”
(Pitch Black Records)

Too true, it seems that Danish band Illnath are indeed on their third act having since been formed in 1999 as a symphonic metal band. Today’s Illnath are a trio with only mainman Pete Falk left from the original line up and play melodic death metal with creepy theatrical keyboards. Even more scary are Mona Beck’s vocals, which are truly brutal for such a lovely looking girl – one can only imagine what beast lurks in her inner soul! Still, there is a romantic beauty inherent in songs like ‘Snake Of Eden’, ‘Tree Of Life And Death’ and ‘Vampira’, no doubt thanks to the use of Falk’s tasteful guitar melodies as well as some well placed atmospheric keyboards. I’m not sure what the future holds for Illnath but even if this turns out to be their final performance, they have gone out on a high note worthy of an encore. Continue reading