BASANOS “Cracking The Sledge”

BASANOS
“Cracking The Sledge”
(NoiseHead Records)
Thrash metal might not be the first thing you think of when Italian metal is mentioned but there’s a great tradition for it too in Italy. Think Necrodeath and Schitzo and you have to great Italian thrash giants. Basanos (from Austria) are more groove oriented in a Sepultura-way. Continue reading

GORGY “Birth Of Damnation”

GORGY
“Birth Of Damnation”
(Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)
Coming from the home of country and western music doesn’t have to be a negative thing if you’re a metal band. Gorgy is proof of that. Their aggressive death/thrash will take you far away from broken hearts and whining violins. Here it’s all blood and guts and the only broken heart is that crushed by a hammer. Continue reading

NIGHT IN GALES “Five Scars”

NIGHT IN GALES
“Five Scars”
(LifeForce Records)
Night In Gales is a band I’ve been aware of for a very long time, since their first record, that I haven’t bothered to check out. At least I don’t think so. I can’t remember ever having heard a full album by them before this new one. A comeback of sorts seeing as it was ten years since their last one. Night In Gales can best be described as melodic death metal. Continue reading

RAIN “XXX”

RAIN
“XXX”
(Aural Music)
I don’t know what to think of a band that has 30 years in the business but is new to me. Are they that bad that nobody but their closest relatives care for them? Or is it just me that have had my ears to a different underground? Continue reading

SARACEN “Marilyn”

SARACEN
“Marilyn”
(Escape Music)
There has been many great movie starlettes on the big screen over the years; Greta Garbo, Pam Grier; Bo Derek but none as mythical and mysterious as Marilyn Monroe. So why not write a whole album about her. But how do you match Marilyn Monroe’s beauty musically? Continue reading

STIELAS STORHETT “Expulse”

STIELAS STORHETT
“Expulse”
(Code666)
I can at times think that for some bands it is just enough to come from some exotic place to get noticed. Never mind how good the music is. Russia is a large country but when it comes to metal still pretty unexplored. Stielas Storhett might be Russian in nature but musically I thought that they’d (him?) owe more to the more avant garde side of the Norwegian black metal scene. Continue reading

V/A “Swedish Hitz Goes Metal”

V/A
“Swedish Hitz Goes Metal”
(Doolittle)
I’m pretty biased against this album even before I’ve heard a note. Who the hell thinks it is a good idea to make metal version out of songs by Roxette, Lisa Miskovsky and Ace Of Base? I can understand if they want to make ABBA sound metal because they at least had the melodies to carry their tunes. Continue reading

Y.O.C. “Metal Warrior – part 2”

Y.O.C.
“Metal Warrior – part 2”
(-).
You don’t get too many metal releases with Turkey as the origin. But Y.O.C.’s been at it for some years now releasing self-financed CDs with both originals as well as covers. “Metal Warrior – part II” is the follow up to 2007s “Metal Warrior – part I”. 7 covers by bands like Flotsam & Jetsam, Metallica and Iron Maiden make up this new release. Continue reading

DC4 – “Electric Ministry”

DC4
“Electric Ministry”
(Metal Blade)

HARD FKIN ROCK FOR THE PEOPLE!!!! Talk about kick ass, this hasta be the rockiest album of the year so far! Made up of former members of Dio, Armored Saint and Odin (remember them!), Jeff Duncan has brought the right to rock back to LA with those monstrous, swaggering rock riffs that made the mighty Saint that legendary machine. Just check out the ode to the San Fernando Valley on ‘XXX’ or the stadium smashing ‘Rock God’ and you will rock out as I did to the likes of ‘Sociopath’! Joining Jeff are his bros in Matt and Shawn Duncan on the ball bustin rhythm, cousin Eric adding backing vocals and GNR’s Dizzy Reed adding some subtle keys on ‘Dirty Hands’ – talk about la familia man LOL! With legendary producer Bill Metoyer completing this superb package, DC4 are a fearsome quartet who simply take no prisoners as they blast through the eleven tracks on this electrifying album!