RESURRECTION OF THE GODS (China)
Underground Metal Attack From China
Mort Productions, 2001
Metal from China! I have been waiting a long time to hear some metal from this land. This is a 12 bands compilation and I swear all bands here rules! They play death, black or thrash. But they all have 1 thing in common; all bands and songs are in Chinese. Chinese alphabet can create a killer death/black logo! The label puts an English translation on the band's name and their track so that helps a bit. It will be better if the band's name and song is spelt with English pronunciation to preserve the 'exoticness', if you know what I mean. There is some info about the band in the thick booklet but they left out the band's address. It seems that most bands here will release something under this label and they also have some demoCDs out. Why don't they put the address!!?? The bands are: Gate Of Meditation, Suffocated, Ritual Day, Beeline, Vomit, Bloodbath, Seraph, Purgatory, Cankered Corpse, Crimson Flag, Endoputresnce, Hades (cool band, but the booklet said they r.i.p.). This compilation is highly recommended!
4.5/5

RESURRECTION OF THE GODS 2
Underground Metal Attack From China
Mort Productions, 2003
Another metal from China! Only 11 (new) bands this time and you should check them out! Except for RITUAL DAY which now has an album out, where did the bands in the first volume go? I am dying to hear the new output from the bands in the first volume, now add another 11 to the list. I was too brief in my last review so now I will change that. Just like the previous, the songs (and also the band's name) are in Chinese (except for Hyponic) but with English translation of the track title. I still don't like this style. They can write these in Chinese but should write the words in English wording beside translating them. There are some words in the booklet written in Chinese which I don't know what it means but everything else is in English. And again, no band contact address. The bands in the CD; NETHER FLUTE "The Warrior Story"; the song already suggest their music. Power metal usually uses such topic in their song. On listening for few seconds, I thought they are playing thrash (due to the intro). The music is great except for the vocals which I am not really fond of. : SPLIT EDGE "Steel Heart"; another power metal. Its starts with screams like I used to hear in METAL CHURCH. From that I start to headbang, punching my fist in the air until the 4 minutes end! : FROZEN MOON "Fate"; gothic doomy black metal with female vocals and keyboards. Just fine except for the keyboard which getting on my nerve sometimes. The male vocalist is screaming and moaning at the same time. He really needs some aspirin. Not an insult but a compliment! Just don't get yourself to psychiatric ward. : DOOM BLADE "Blood Sacrifice"; atmospheric black metal. Some female vocals, the keyboards are not harming my ears. This is pretty good. 6 unboring minutes. 'They bring doomsday on stage...'. I can see why. They are 6 members, and that can destroy the stage in those small nightclubs. : SAGA "Triumph"; classical power metal. The lead vocal is a female with a nice voice. The solos are great, just like other bands in this style. The song is about the Chinese Red Army 1934-1935. I guess it's a patriotic song? A headbang-able patriotic song!: ABYSS "Abaddon Search"; dark death metal. Dark, as they use some haunting keyboard and female background vocal. A mid-pace death metal song.: HYPONIC with "Metamorphosis"; this is the song which Shanu (Steel Madness contributor) reviewed that make me anxious to hear it. "Metamorphosis" shows the band become heavier and much more doom metal. Very deep growl, dark and doomish. This year should unleash their new material and this is a very tasty preview. : REGICIDE "Criminal Jail"; brutal death metal. DISGORGE, DEVOURMENT, BRODEQUIN, DYING FETUS, DEEDS OF FLESH, INTERNAL BLEEDING (should I add more?). Great song but I think the drum is too fast which makes it sound like a drum machine. They need to find the right sound. : DEADLY SINS "Awake Inner Evil", another brutal death metal but with a bit DEICIDE in it. This is better than the previous band. : OPERATING TABLE "Cerebrotomy", the last band and another brutal death metal. This is the best death metal in this CD. Perfect sound, musically a perfect mix of everything that makes a good death metal anthem. At the end of this CD I realized (and maybe you too), the band is grouped and arranged according their metal style.
c/o Mort Productions; wang@areadeath.net
4.5/5