CRUSHER “Endless Torment”

CRUSHER
“Endless Torment”
(Metal Scrap Records)
Crusher seem to be an old school thrash metal band like the one we found in the 80s/90s. A band that likes to smoke pot and skate till death. A perfect crossover band in other words. Like a Suicidal Tendencies for the 10s. Or for those of you younger a Municipal Waste. When you do a cover of a slayer song and it isn’t “Angel Of Death” you get my two thumps up. Continue reading

FATAL ERROR “Conglomerate”

FATAL ERROR
“Conglomerate”
Metal Scrap Records)
OK, so the intro sucked but once the music started we were thrown into a really heavy metalcore assault. Or is it a Meshuggah insanity we are experiences. This is so heavy that I at first thought that something must have broken in my CD-player or that something might break from the sheer heaviness of the opening track. Continue reading

SO MUCH FOR NOTHING “Livsgnist”

SO MUCH FOR NOTHING
“Livsgnist”
(MyKingdom)
It seems that by just being Norwegian or Swedish gives you an edge over other bands when it comes to attract interest from labels. Norwegian So Much For Nothing might not have the most sexy band name but if you look beyond that you’ll find a band that has something interesting to tell you. Continue reading

UNITED MIND CLUB “World Blood History”

UNITED MIND CLUB
“World Blood History”
(Metal Scrap Records)
There used to be a time when I thought that Megadeth was the greatest band ever. I listened to the first three albums over and over and never got tired of them. Then we all got older and I wandered elsewhere and Megadeth went their way. Still to this day I value those Megadeth albums high. Without them I wouldn’t be the man I am today. Continue reading

VOICE OF MIDNIGHT “Bifrost”

VOICE OF MIDNIGHT
“Bifrost”
(Metal Scrap Records)
I had for a long time problems getting to grips with the band name Voice Of Midnight. It sounded so anonymous and bland but I’ve grown accustomed to it by now. “Bifrost” is all sung in Russian which makes it hard to decipher what it is that they are singing about. So to me the voice(s) are just another instrument. Continue reading

VORE “Gravehammer”

VORE
“Gravehammer”
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Vore as a band name is familiar to me that I want to think that I’ve heard their music prior to receiving this album and looking through my collection I found their “Lord Of Storms” album from 2001. Ten years later I rekindle my friendship with the band on their fourth album “Gravehammer”. Continue reading

YOUR TOMORROW ALONE “Ordinary Lives”

YOUR TOMORROW ALONE
“Ordinary Lives”
(MyKingdom)
I used to worship at the altar of My Dying Bride. For a long time I couldn’t get enough of them. I played their records constantly. But then all of a sudden I missed out on a couple of albums and my obsession with them waned off. I still to this day buy everything with them that I can find and I still love their music but I’m much more controlled in my love for them. I don’t think I’ll ever feel like that for Italian Your Tomorrow Alone but if they are 50-75% of what My Dying Bride/Paradise Lost/Anathema where when they shook my world in the 90s then I’ll be in for a grand voyage. Continue reading

Goatwhore – “Blood For The Master”

Goatwhore – “Blood For The Master” (Metal Blade)

Holy fuck, if Celtic Frost were still shakin’ it like they did in the 80s, then Goatwhore would be their name LOL. Remember that raw guitar tone? Those evil sliding riffs? The death grunt drawl? Well, Goatwhore are doing it all an’ a whole lot more! Fronted by no less than two NOLA legends in Sammy Pierre Duet (ex Acid Bath, Crowbar etc) and Soilent Green’s Ben Falgoust, I remember these guys when they first started in the late 90s, and boy, have they matured into something special. Added to them are the bludgeoning rhythm of drummer Zack Simmons (ex-Nachtmystium) and bassist Nathan Bergeron, and you’ve got a killer crew to boot! I guess if there were a spectrum that began at Celtic Frost and went all the way into full black metal then the 10 songs on “Blood For The Master” would pretty much spread across that scale from the “Morbid Tales’ like ‘When Steel And Bone Meet’ to the blackish / deathlike ‘Judgement of the Bleeding Crown’ to the heading straight for Emperor’s throne on ‘My Name Is Frightful Among The Believers’. With Erik Rutan completing the circle to give this blistering slab A1 production and you’ve got it all par excellence bar none.

Vengeance – “Crystal Eye”

Vengeance – “Crystal Eye” (Steamhammer/SPV)

It’s hard to believe that after 30 long, hard years cult Dutch band Vengeance are still going – and amazingly still fronted by semi legendary vocalist (and now sole survivor) Leon Goewie. After being discovered in 1983 and catapulted into fame, Vengeance sadly never broke out of their native Holland, and as the years went by with missed opportunities, they finally went into hibernation. Even a reunion in 1997 turned out to be short lived as Goewie departed soon after, apparently without a trace. Fast forward to today and Vengeance is once again upon us – and along with Goewie is an all star line-up with veteran bassist Chris Glenn (Alex Harvey Band, MSG), guitarist Keri Kelli (ex-Alice Cooper) and drummer Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC) in his ranks! With renowned producer Michael Voss (Mad Max, ex Vengeance) in collaboration with
Goewie on the material, musically it draws from the length of the band’s career from the Leppardesque stadium rock of ‘Barbeque’ to the LA hard n sleeze of ‘Desperate Women’ to the awesome epic power metal title track ‘Crystal Eye’. All in all it’s a package that does Goewie justice at last, allowing him to showcase his excellent and versatile rock vocals. 30 years is a long time, and Goewie has had that time to ponder on the band’s ups and downs, dedicating the final track to guitarist Jan Somers who recently passed away. Whatever the case, “Crystal Eye” shows he has come out a better man, and earned his right to a second chance.