ALBINO RHINO – “Albino Rhino”

Albino Rhino “Albino Rhino” Inverse Records What better cover for an album from a band like Albino Rhino than a big old moss covered rock!? Heavy old fashioned doom metal is what you’re in for here but unlike a lot of doom metal this doesn’t bore me completely to tears. There is more than enough movement, groove and harkening back to the old days to keep me awake and attentive. Vocals are rough but still rather clean, along the lines of Saint Vitus & Black Sabbath with no real extreme (death) vocals. Said to be recorded live in one take… Continue reading

Phlebotomized – “Immense Intense Suspense & Skycontact”

Phlebotomized Immense Intense Suspense & Skycontact (Hammerheart) Older folks will remember the early experimental death metal albums of the 1990s by bands like The Gathering, Pan.Thy.Monium, Paradise Lost, Cemetary, Sentenced, etc. These two remastered re-issues by Hammerheart of Dutch experimentalists Phlebotomized belong right along in the list with those. Listening to each brought me right back to the 1990s. Both releases “Immense Intense Suspense” (1994)  “Skycontact” (1997) having a foundation in death metal yet having the inclination to seek out influences from progressive and varied elements. Both releases are enjoyable albums which you’ll need to play a few times to begin… Continue reading