HATESKOR “Paint My Fear”

HATESKOR
“Paint My Fear”
(Noisehead Records)
Sometimes the best of intentions can turn out so very wrong. Take the old British band Trojan who thought they’d do a Motorhead and add dots to their O making it Tröjan, which in Swedish means sweater. That’s not a cool band name. Hateskor probably think that they’ve come up with a cool spelling of hatescore but hateskor read in Swedish can mean the shoes I hate/dislike. Again not a very cool band name Continue reading

ROUGH ANGEL “Hear The Angels Rock”

ROUGH ANGEL
“Hear The Angels Rock”
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I wouldn’t bet my life on it but I seem to remember Rough Angel from way back in time and that I didn’t find them too interesting then. Has that changed with age? Have I come full circle and now find their heavy metal to be enjoyable? All these questions and more will be answered very soon. I’m not going to admit that it is because of high age that I like this (well sorta like it). It wasn’t as bad as I thought it to be. Continue reading

Wasted Sinners – “Unleashed And Dangerous”

Wasted Sinners
“Unleashed And Dangerous” MCD
(www.wastedsinners.com)

LOL – with names like Dude Rock and Pete Sin, be prepared for some serious kick ass rock n roll – although tempered by remaining members Gary Dainty and Roxx Hydi! And that’s pretty much the essence of London’s WS, GnR fire mixed in with the cool groove of Buckcherry on songs like ‘Fakeness’, ‘Drugs And Angels’, and ‘I Want More’. It’s not too threatening but not exactly wimpy either so I can see a wide appeal for these guys, especially if they have a good live act to match, cos their musicianship is certainly up there and they’ve got bunches of energy! Continue reading

Dragonland – “Under The Grey Banner”

Dragonland
“Under The Grey Banner”
(AFM Records)

Wow, I’m feeling anything but grey after listening to this stupendous album! Closing off the year in style comes this fine, fine symphonic metal band from Sweden who also seem inspired by the neo classic sounds of Hans Zimmer and Lord Of The Rings – wow, I mean WOW! Needless to say songs like ‘Dunir’s Forge’ and the awesome ‘Fire And Brimstone” reflect both the passion and classic nature of these themes with a musicianship that’s second to none. Elsewhere, like on ‘Throne Of Bones’, the band almost opt for a Falconer style folk spoken word, while the delicate ‘Ivory Shores’ could’ve only been conceived by the Elves themselves. Much more than just a musical release, this astonishing 5th release by Dragonland could almost be a concept album – hardly a surprise when you consider that their first 2 self produced albums were based on The Dragonland Chronicles – and is certainly worthy in stature to anything conceived by Howard Shore for LOTR. Continue reading

Sworn Amongst – “Evolution”

Sworn Amongst
“Evolution” EP
(Rising Records)

Metalli neo thrashers may not be the most suave metallers out there, but these Yorkies know their stuff in keeping to the basics of solid, crunching riffs, chugging rhythm and gruff vocals. This EP is mixture of new tracks like ‘The Rules Of Engagement”, which incidentally features Annihilator’s riff meister general Jeff Waters, as well as older material like ‘Severance’ and a re recorded version of ‘Darkness’. “Evolution” is also a limited edition release, with the first one-hundred orders receiving signed copies with a free exclusive poster. All in all a nice little appetizer from the steadily growing English band. Continue reading

Crom – “Of Love And Death”

Crom
“Of Love And Death”
(Pure Legend Records)

Crom was formed in the late 90s as the initial side project of Dark Fortress guitarist Walter “Crom” Grosse as a tribute to Bathory. However, it has since become his full time one man project and quite amazing it is too, not due to any brutality or evil or playing – but the overwhelming passion and emotion inherent in the powerful melodies and ambiences making up the 9 songs herein. Essentially playing epic melodic rock metal, Crom’s music is also tragic, dwelling on the all too familiar theme of the fallen hero, made all the more sad by the fact that he wearily fights on even in his doom, if only for honor. As such, songs like ‘My Song For All The Broken Hearts’, ‘Reason to Live’ and ‘My Destiny’ are highly emotionally charged but also beautiful from Grosse’s soulful vocals to the choral harmonies to delicate guitarwork, all of which have a strong Nordic style. Joining Grosse, who guitars, bass and backing vocals, are Seraph (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid, Revamp) on drums and V. Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptycon, Celtic Frost) on additional guitars and backing vocals. Despite being 3 years in the making, “Of Love And Death” is nothing short of superb in pretty much every aspect from its songwriting to production to playing. But more importantly, it is also unique, showing that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword, and also reflective of one man’s passion and dedication. Crom, I salute thee! Continue reading

Skeletal Damage – “Fire And Forget”

Skeletal Damage
“Fire And Forget”
(Rising Records)

Named after the various personal injuries suffered by the band members (not to mention those brave enough to enter their mosh pits!), as well as their no nonsense style of metal, England’s Skeletal Damage are sort’ve a new version of the old school being guys who grew up to the sounds of Metallica, Megadeth and Pantera. Raw heavy riffing, Hatefield gruff vox and precision double bass drumming typify songs like ‘Kissing Knives’, ‘Where Angels Fear To Tread’ and ‘The Dogs Of War’. However, it’s not an all out thrashblast assault, as Skeletal Damage have indeed learned from the great ones in carefully tempering their furor with slower but the non the less heavy passages. All in all this debut pretty much sez what it does on the tin – although they should supply a pair of earplugs to go with it! Continue reading

RevCo – “Got Mixxx?”

RevCo
“Got Mixxx?”
(AFM Records)

Gotta hand it to Al(ien) Jourgensen, after all these years, he’s still milking it from the Revolting Cocks aka RevCo. If anyone though that he was getting soft in the head, then it sure didn’t affect his loin with his release of “Got Cock” in 2010. Still as crass, lewd and just plain bad taste to some, RevCo’s blend of industrial / noise / metal (depending on who’s in the band at the time of recording) is cult to others, who undoubtedly form the drooling disciples of Jourgensen who lap up this shit. As if goading us even further, he now releases “Got Mixxx?” but you should be so lucky if its newbies yer after – this is a cock in hand re-mixxx by Blownload frontman Erie Loch that probably has more in common with your local dance club than metal – that is, until they see titles like ‘Trojan Horse’ (deffo not about Brad Pitt!), ‘Piss Army’ and the immortal ‘Me So Horny’ LOL. Some things will always be the same. Continue reading

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