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!

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.

FALLSTAF

In a world filled with all kinds of metal you need to raise your profile in order to get noticed Canadian Fallstaf have added a brass instrument to their metal. Interview answered by Ben Forte – bassist of Fallstaf. Anders Ekdahl ©2011 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

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