ABADDON INCARNATE (Ireland)
A A bit of history about the band,
they have existed since 1989 under a different name and changed their name
to ABADDON INCARNATE in 1994. Later they were signed by Seasons Of Mist in
1998. "Nadir", their second album contains 24 tracks (more than 30 minutes)
of grind/death metal! Intense death, extremely brutal! This is what fans of
brutal music are looking for. They remind me of our DEMISOR at times. I
think this is my shortest review. I guess the local fans will not have hard
time of imagine how they sound like. If you are local metalhead and do not
know DEMISOR, you should be ashamed of yourself!!
Anthems of Death
Permatha Pathah Records, 2001
This Singaporean death/thrash have released few tapes prior of this MCD and
they got lots of positive reviews. It’s a surprise to see PERMATHA PATHAH, a
small Malaysian label got the privilege to release “Anthems Of Death”. It is
a good investment for PERMATHA PATHAH. I only heard “Chronicles of Chaos”
and “Morbid Fear” demo/single some years ago (while they are known as
ABATTOIR) and comparing the old material with the new songs in this 4 track MCD, the music are not the same. Of course, that is the easier hypothesis
everyone can make. The music is now are more brutal and fast now. In
“Anthems...”, there are new members including the vocalist and they
contributed to what the band sound now as well as maturity of all members as
musicians. Kravnos (once play for IMPIETY), Makhluq (also vox for BUNUH,
SAKARATUL MAUT) are among the souls in ABATTORY. Only 4 songs available in
this CD with the running time of 18 minutes. At the time being there is no
cassette version available. That is a bad news for S.E.Asian (as most SEA
countries especially Malaysia where they prefer cassette than anything else)
but if you want the cassette just because it is cheap then think again. The
CD is only RM 12 (for Malaysia) and is damn cheap!
Abattory, Apt. Blk 99, #09-1904, Bedok North Avenue 4, Singapore 460099.
APOCALYPTIC RAIDS (Brazil)
Only Death Is Real
Demise Records, 2000
"Enemy!!! I am ... Evil !!!", says Leon (vox/guitar) on the last line of the
track "The Enemy". Although it is just an intro, but sounds/samples and the
lyrics and also the distorted vocal reciting the lyric delivers an
atmosphere full of evil and wrath. I already listened to few advance tracks
from this album and I pretty much like it now than before. Originality, not
available here and that also goes to a large amount of bands in the scene.
But only few that manage to sound like this. You should read the interview
for more info. Just like Warhammer, musically they are into Hellhammer/early
Celtic Frost. Even in this CD, the front cover design and the 'low' sound of
the songs have strong Hellhammer feeling on it. If you listen to this CD a
couple of times, you will either like it more or feel disgusted of the
Hellhammer rip-off. If you can listen to thousand of Dark Throne or Dimmu
Borgir/C.O.F. clones, why not them?
Leon Manssur, Rua Sa Ferreira 227 CP. 501, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro,
RJ CEP 22071-100, Brazil.
Nihility Mundane Soul
Solemn Music, 2000
I am interested to hear this band since they released “Resentment Of An
Evanesce Aeon” demo in 1998. It took me 3 years and finally I got this CD,
which is their debut album. The strongest factor that make wanted to hear
their music is because they are from Malta, a rare place for metal. At least
this is the first band I know from Malta. I can’t say whether it is worth
waiting for “Nihility…” but they meet my expectation. It is atmospheric
black metal where you will hear both fast and calm passages in the songs
with some nice keyboards and guitar solos. Good progressive melodic black
metal. There are some good riffs in the songs and added with the atmospheric
dark passages making the songs above average. The result will be better
minus the drum programming. “Nihility Mundane Soul” was originally recorded
as promo for mag/label but Solemn Music released it as a 4 tracks MCD. The
next release will be better I guess. But I think “Nihility…” is not great
enough to compete with today’s extreme metal market.
Archean Harmony, P.O.Box 8, Zurrieq, BP0 Malta
ARGUMENT SOUL (Japan)
Ah! heres a genre that I hate to review, Power Metal, got nothing against it
as such only thing is that I just HATE the vocals. Same goes for Argument
Soul [weird name],the vocals surely doesnt do much for me but I must say
that their music is way superb. 3 Tracks clocking 15 mins with proper bridge
and chorus parts defined in their cd inlay. The second track gives you a
definite feel of Iron Maiden, actually the whole album is in the Maiden
vein. All in all a good release for power metal. Give them a try if you come
across Argument Soul sometime.
ARISE FROM THORNS
Before The Audience Of Stars
14 soft non-metal songs with heavenly female vocal. Not really a non-metal
since I heard heavy sounding guitar at times but what dominate the whole CD
is acoustical guitar and synth. The singer can sing very well and I like her
voice. The music is like the slower version of Cranberries and less
heavy/dark than Autumn Tears. The music is not slow and depressive like
Autumn Tears. It has a very 'happy' mood on it. This CD comes a bit late
because I have other stuffs to hear when I need something soft and soothing.
Fierce Everlasting Temptest
Demise Records, 2000
"One of the most acclaimed bands that participated in "The Winds of a New
Millennium Act 3"..." says the label and I really want to know how they
sound in that compilation. ARUM plays black metal or "Brusque Black Metal"
to be exact. Some kind of black metal where the guitar creates a (melodic)
melody and keyboards in its songs. Some songs have great solos and also
acoustic passages. I like it more on the slow part because you can hear the
soothing melodies. It is not really relaxing since there is also vocal on
that part but the music there is quite interesting. ARUM is not another
symphonic black metal because they are different with inclusion of acoustic
passages and not solely depend on keyboards and there is no female vocal.
Quite original but not really the type of music I am into. The CD consist of
8 tracks and the last track is simply titled "*" and this track rules
although I have to wait for 2 minutes after the song before ends. Actually
there is no such symbol can be found in the font I am using now. It will be
interesting if I can know the meaning of that song but no lyrics or info
about the songs included in the 8-page booklet, only pictures of the band
members with one of them looks like he is going to cry.
Nebiula Productions, 2001
Local’s most controversial band is now back with a new 8 track CD. Again,
like “Baku Karama”, this CD comes with couple of surprises. The artwork are
at the back of the CD (the track title is at the front), some line-up
changes and the most important is the music is not rock/heavy metal like
“Baku Karama”. This album recorded without long-time and forming member
Hanael but One Barchiel is not doing this album alone. Jadam (MESMERISED,
GORB, PROFANE CREATION, NECROTIC CHAOS, and the list goes on...) did all
drum programming and Dark-E (VOCIFERATION ETERNITY, SIL KHANNAZ, and the
list goes on too...) contribute some guitar solos. AS SAHAR is back in
death/black direction musically but in lyrical aspect they (or he?)
abandoning the local Malay mysticism/occultism that make them the cultest
band in the scene even tough it is written in Malay. Doesn’t matter how good
the drum programming is, it still sucks. Dark-E solos are great. There are
few songs with keyboard and some acoustic guitar. Well, to sum it up, this
is a step lower than “Meditation Embun Pagi”. There are not much of fave
tracks available for me in this CD. Only “Fantasia Temanku Fantasia” stands
up among the rest although this song is quite slow compare with the rest.
The band new concept is quite original I guess (at least in the local scene)
where the lyrics are too ‘white’ for this kind of music but I don’t think
the kids here will follow that like ‘Malay occultism’, which LANGSUYR and AS
SAHAR introduced years ago.
Ridzuan Abd. Aziz, Blk 58, Marine Terrace, 07-57, Singapore 440058.
AUTUMN TEARS (USA)
I got a CD sampler of AUTUMN TEARS songs taken from 4 of their releases
released under Dark Symphonies. This CD is not for sale but as a clue for
the magazine, radio show and label to show how AT (basically) sounds like.
Well, AT is not metal to be exact. The music depends a lot on the heavenly
female vocals with calm and somber music or as said by the info written,
"dark orchestral and dramatic music, incorporating somber, neoclassical
symphonies with enchanting vocals, foreboding poetry, duets and medieval
melodies. Influences range from chant and classical music to Enya, Stoa and
earlier Dead Can Dance.". I think that should give you a clear picture of
AT'S music. The songs in this CD are not arranged in chronological order so
I have to arrange it myself using PC. From 4 song from "...Act 2" CD (their
first release under Dark Symphonies), the track "Black Heaven" is a great
track. Music is in the same vein but the black metal voice is just awesome.
A great combination of music and voice creating one eerie track. It did
'wake' me up. All 3 song from "...Act 1" are similar to others AT songs in
"...Act 2". 1 of 2 tracks from "Absolution" MCD is a bit interesting with a
bit of electronic/techo and the singing in the other tracks is a bit
different. "...Act 3"'s songs were much like the rest, well, maybe I guess
since I can find any clear differences. I think the MCD is release I will
check in the future. AT will be great if you want to relax yourself. Pure
metal fan, stay away from this.
Finally I got the chance listening to this CD although it is a promo after a
preview in Panggilan Pulau Puaka compilation. 12 tracks with almost 1 hour
of music. The first track is an instrumental track with great guitar
melodies and I really hope this kind of style continues in the next songs
but it doesn't. "Amidst The Macabre" is too soft. The rest of the tracks
show their true face. It is not the usual gore death metal but with their
own identity in it. The music is intense and brutal but a bit melodic at
times and the songs are too catchy. You can remember some of the songs just
in first listening. This is the first time I listen to this band's release
and I didn't expect it to be this good. I remember reading some reviews on "Cybergore",
which mostly got negative reviews. "Stabwound Orgasm" is already 2 years old
but that is not an excuse for you to ignore this CD. A valuable release to
be added in your collection.
War! Speed And Power,
ISO666 Releases, 2001
35 minutes 12 tracks of alcoholic
war metal. I haven't yet listened to Abigail, except for few tracks in some
compilation. Barbatos is always being compared to Abigail in the zine/mag
review. Barbatos is a solo project by Yasuyuki, so that's a strong reason of
the similarity between the two bands. Barbatos have few demos and EPs
released before. The music is like combination of rock, thrash, punk with
black metal voice (not the usual one but sicker than that) and the lyrics is
about sex, alcohol and war. Comes together with a neatly design 8 page
booklet. This CD also includes some songs from their EP (with Damien of
Ritual Carnage doing some vocals). I see no reason why you should not check
this band out.
The Powerfull Essene Of Lucifthian In Times Of Obscurantism
Don't blame me for the spelling mistake on the CD's title. I write what I
read. This 8 songs CD highly praise Satan and Lucifer, and yes we are
dealing with black metal. The track's title is long, and only 4 of the
lyrics are shown in the booklet. It is not the usual Nordic black metal, it
is quite mid-pace with clear influence of Bathory. The 1st track and some of
tracks have a bit of rock, which is quite strange for a black metal band and
hail the songs like these. Pretty average stuffs here and I'll get bored
after a while but they did impress me for the first listening.
BLACK EMPIRE (Mexico)
The Black Magic Domain
A 7 track CD-R mini album (22+
minutes). There are 6 souls behind Black Empire and chooses to play black
metal. A good DIY release (nice booklet design) but there is not much you
can get from this CD-R (speaking about originality and other things that
will make like them more). A bit melodic, Swedish black style but not as
fast like the Swedes. There are some catchy tunes but I need more than that.
Apartado Postal 116 CP 55541, Sta Clara Coatitla Edo De Mex Mexico.
BLOOD CULT (USA)
Think the album name sounds weird?
Wait till you listen to their music. Blood Cult is a mix of
punk/death/black/grind metal but surprise!! It does sound good. The Lyrics
are based on American
Red-Indian Stories, there is also a cover of Sigh's [Japan] - Ready for
Final War and yes its been done very well. The CD totals 22 mins and every
song has a distinctic identity to it. Ryan Preston's vocals sound kinda evil
donald duck on some tracks, maybe its the recording or maybe its all the
weed he smokes. If you're looking for something new, BloodCult is for you.
c/o Ryan, 2021 W. Sunset Decatur, IL 62552, USA.
Stench Of Your Perversion
Fetal Tampon Disease Records, 2000
A 6 tracks, 15 minutes MCD. What else can we expect from an Indonesian band
with the name BLODDY GORE? Brutal grinding death metal! This is not a new
release. They have released these songs in cassette form. One in 1999 and
then released in again a year later with different cover and now, Fetal
Tampon release it in CD. Differences between the first original version with
this CD is the inclusion of intro (excerpt/screaming taken from some movie I
guess), outro (also from movie I assume but added with some brutal
techno/industrial metal music) and with much better sound. They will soon
release another MCD under European label with new vocalist (formerly of
BLOODY GORE, Jl. Nyiur Melambai 1 Blok A No. 3, Jakarta Utara 14260,
Another Power Metal band, this time
from the US of A. This is Byfist's first [I guess] demo CD released by Saba
Records (??) which mentions in bold "Produced by David Wayne - Metal
Church". Hahaha big deal! This CD is being sold/distributed as a product, it
says 'BYFIST YOU WON'T REGRET IT' well that's some bad marketing punch line.
4 tracks totaling 17 minutes the music is quite ok, dunno why but a majority
of these power metal bands sound the same, no comments about the vocals.
Haha. No ass kissing here Shanu, I
like this CD-R. The press sheet mentioned "Produced by David Wayne - Metal
Church" and this statement alone make this demo CD something that lovers of
heavy/power metal should have. Especially fans of Metal Church because (if I
remember it correctly, my MC tapes are long gone) you can hear some traces
of MC here, a bit in the guitars and the vocals effect. But Byfist is a bit
melodic on the solos. I can't comment more since this is only a 4 tracks
CD-R but it make me move. The last song is a bit different, a bit of old
Slayer with power metal vocals which sounds really great.
CALLENISH CIRCLE (The Netherlands)
DSFA Records, 1999
Those who have weak heart should have died because of heart attack when
listening to this CD. No intro, the 1st track starts with a loud "aarghhhhh!"
I really dig "Lovelorn" demo but after that, I don't know how their music
sounds like but 1 thing for sure, this 2nd full-length rules supreme!
Musically, their almost sounds the same like the last time I heard them.
Their own brand of melodic, death, doom and how clever they combine these
make them only of its kind in the world. You will hear fast death and then
slow break, melodic. Then the music changes a bit, without losing the
listener's feeling on the song. 11 tracks here. And as far as I remember,
there's a track here, perhaps a re-record of their old demo song. I only
have a promo CD-R of this CD and I must buy the real soon. And this is the
first time I give high marks just for its music, not the whole release
(include booklet design, etc).
CHANCRO DURO (Ecuador)
Chancro en Duro
Cultura Rock, 1999
29 tracks, with this number of song, the music must be grindcore and after
the CD start playing it proves that I am right. Not really my type of music,
even if they are skillful, fast, whatever. It will be a bit better if a nice
looking girl with big tits and nice face put in the CD booklet instead of
the one they use now.
Chancro Duro, P.O.Box 17-11-5045, Quito, Ecuador.
CHARNEL HOUSE (USA)
From Birth To Burial
Impressive d.i.y. release. They have released few demos and album(s) before
so they are not new in the scene as they are formed in 1989. 10 tracks, more
than 30 minutes of thrash and hardcore with death metal theme. This is not
the usual US brutal death metal like you expected it to be. The CD-R comes
with full color cover, lyrics and band photo. The mix of fast thrash and
hardcore music is okay. Sometimes it sounded like death metal, especially
when the solos come in. The hardest part for me to digest is the vocal. It
will be better if it is harsher and gory growling like the rest US brutal
bands. This is the band’s fifth recording and done in 24-tracks. Good sound.
It is worth the 1 one year effort of recording this album.
CHARNEL HOUSE, P.O.Box 570677, Whitestone, NY 11357, USA.
SEXUAL ORGAN (Japan)
Are You Excrements
Morbid Records, 2001
In the last issue I reviewed their split tape with DEMISOR. They sounded
different in that tape. C.S.S.O. has a long history and did release some
stuffs under Morbid Recs. years ago. The band plays grind rock and they are
damn good in playing it (whatever they called their music is). Space rock,
grind/death vox, few punk riffs with grind blasting music. This is the
combination I will not hear everyday. All songs are equally great and I
can’t find any similar band to compare them with (Well, I am not into grind
scene anyway). You will also hear some weird tunes like in “Living Dead A Go
Go” with sounds I usually hear in old horror movies. Quite scary actually. I
tried to do like what I did with MOSHQUITO CD (review elsewhere) but
unfortunately this is not a multimedia enhanced CD. But I am satisfied with
this 6 tracks CD (almost 40 min) as they offer something different in
today’s extreme (metal) music scene.
Narutoshi Sekine, 3-41-16 Sumida, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo 131-0031 Japan
The Atavistic Triad
I don't know any info about this band and I have also looked in the web but
that did not help much. Maybe the label did made an info sheet to be given
together with this promo but I got this promo by trading and did not receive
any paper except for this CD and its cardboard slipcase. Strange actually.
Usually bands put hidden track after the last song stated on the CD booklet.
On this one, they put in between track number 3 and the last track. But they
wrote the last track as number 5. So you know the hidden track is song
number 4 but don't know the title. Before listening, I have in mind they
play some kind of doom or gothic metal. At least I’m right about the music a
bit. They do combine doom and gothic in their music, along with keyboards,
female vocals, normal and growling male vocals. But they also have some fast
black metal parts so the whole CD will not put you asleep while listening
although the fast part is not as much. The songs are quite long mostly, more
than 10 minutes. The first track, "Sons Of The Earth" is the best track
here, mixing the style I mentioned above but after that song the music made
me kind of bored. Too many slow, depressive parts and this should please the
fans of doom/dark/gothic music.
The Revenge Of The Horned One Part 1
Barbarian Wrath Records, 2001
This is supposed to be released as a double CD but later the plan changed
and released as separate album. In this CD you will the typical ‘Countess’
black metal. If you listen to the previous releases, you will easily notice
it. I think the guitar sound and vocal style is the biggest trademark of
their music beside the vocal. This is different with “The Shining Swords Of
Hate”. They have lost the atmospheric keys. 12 tracks for about 68 minutes
of music. Quite long but not as exhausting as listening to the previous CD.
“Triumph Of Metal” is quite funny though. It is like Manowar's but instead
of the grandfather telling bedtime stories to his grandson, he told the
child to fuck off! Again this CD also includes cover song, this time from
Venom (Countess Bathory) but their style is not near with the original
version. Should I say they make it sound worse?
The Shining Swords Of Hate
Barbarian Wrath Records, 2000
Not much info available about this CD. Not sure how many releases they have
released but as far as I know there bunch of CDs and most of it
released/licensed under Nazgul Eyrie Prod. Nazgul Eyrie’s boss is now
running Barbarian Wrath Records and he must be a great fan of this band.
“The Shining Swords Of Hate” is the label’s debut release and COUNTESS got
the honor. The CD contains 7 songs “like the songs Bathory did not dare to
record back in 1994”. Well, the label says so. But if Bathory did record
like this, they might not be what they have become as cult as there are now.
The running time of this CD is 68 minutes and maybe a good value for your
money if concerning the length. But mostly album with shorter running time
is much better and in “The Shining Swords Of Hate”, 68 is too long for me to
handle. This CD is raw in sound and quite slow, atmospheric and symphonic.
Some normal dark vocals used and it fits very well with the music. This is
not the kind of black metal that I remember COUNTESS used to play. Quite
boring actually but however track #3 and #5 is a bit fast and ended to be my
fave tracks in this release. They also cover Bathory’s “The Return Of
Darkness And Evil” and on this track Orlok screams with his ‘normal’ black
metal voice which leave you with 2 choice; love it or hate it.
The Experimental Minds Of Instability To Shock Your Therapy System
5 songs, 7 minutes long demo CD-R.
They have released few demo tapes/cd-r before and more are plan to come in
the future. Halim complaint about the sound of this demo but I don’t think
it is that bad. Perhaps I am used to this kind of Indonesian sound? Not much
to be said here. The death/grind music they play is the like others from
their land. Fans of brutal music will like this I guess.
P.O.Box 90 YKBS, Yogyakarta
8 tracks, 40 minutes. Thrash metal but this is different comparing to Deep
Throat. I think "No Mercy" is recorded before that compilation and I guess
they improved after this release. You will hear mid-paced thrash metal, a
bit of Slayer, some acoustic or folk/Viking metal-like passages and some
growling vocals. Quite heavy stuff but only on the non-acoustical/slow part.
I am not into this.
Cranium, A 303, Arenja Towers, Sector 11, CBD Belapur Navi Mumbai, India.
CRIMSON FALL (Malaysia)
Dead Sound Productions, 2001
Should I call Malaysia Book Of Record and tell them about this band?
(probably) The first local underground metal band produced and sell their
demo in CD. 7 tracks and that include an intro taken from theme of Heroes
III (whatever that is), an outro and 1 instrumental track. Although this is
a demo, but this have made a long distant between them and other demo bands
in Malaysia. Judging from the songs, I don't think they started the band for
few days and later record a demo. Maybe lack of experience in studio or
limited budget this demo do have some flaws. The vocal is too loud or to
upfront the music and the drum sound is too thin and also the guitar sound
are things that avoid me listening to this CD for few more times. Musically,
they play melodic death metal and not too original since In Flames is in my
mind while listening to this CD but the riffs are quite good and it moves
me. Basically, the sound of this demo have top out most of the demo recorded
by new local bands. The promo did not come with the front cover but I am
impressed with the front cover artwork I seen in their website and I hope
the actual release of this CD will include that. But releasing this only in
CD-R is one big question that puzzles me. Most of local fans prefer cassette
(and lots don't have CD player) so that might be difficult for them to reach
the local listener but if they're heading for international scene, they must
be dreaming. This is not the right time for that.
Crimson Fall c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
CRYPTIC MALEDICTION (Malaysia) /
INDAMNATION (Malaysia) The Rebirth
Pony Canyon Music, 2000
Two old EP, which some how these EPs or the bands, have connection with
Dreamworlddecay Productions is now made available in one CD. This is a good
move because you all know CD is much better and last longer than tapes.
CRYPTIC MALEDICTION "Insanity To Berserk" EP rules my cassette player last
time and now their song will stay a bit longer in my CD player. Their unique
brand of death metal with keyboard is quite interesting. And the new song is
much better. A mix of fast brutal death with a bit of Swedish melodic death
and touching solos. Everyone should check their debut album "Embedded In
Blood" when it is out at once! I am not really into INDAMNATION "Blackguard"
last time and I also feel the same now. I don't know how exactly describing
them but they said as a 'complete musical passage to a new level of
grind/death metal aggression'. Death metal is the safest thing to say about
them although they lack of speed and intensity and a bit more diverse in the
style. And on their side includes 1 extra track, I must say this is their
best opus to date. The CD booklet includes the band's bio and I think it is
better including their picture and logo or make the picture a bit clearer. 2
silly things about this CD is the wrong track arrangement for CM (the last 2
track is their new songs, not as stated in the booklet) and the high price
of this CD (almost the same as other local mainstream CD). Luckily no one
want to release pirate underground metal CD because the CD is already cheap
but this one is an excuse. Pirate this one please.
(4/5) / (2.5/5)
Rape Rape Rape
An all star band, with members from SIGH and ABIGAIL playing, this will make
every Asian black diehard hunting for this release. I review their last live
promo and now their debut CD came out and a new CD should be released by
now. Nothing special about this CD though, just the band covering song from
old-school bands. Haha. I am still figuring out who is (some) the original
band of the song. 12 tracks here and 3 tracks taken from their old live
tape. Their version of song mostly rules especially "Bonded By Blood".
Yasuyuki Suzuki, 59-7 Saiwai-cho Itabashi-ku Tokyo 173-0034, Japan
CYBER ANGEL (Japan)
A two tracker promo from a Japanese
female thrash metal. I found out about them on the internet and gladly to
receive this promo. I firstly expect some thrashing metal violence like some
Japanese bands like TERROR SQUAD, RITUAL CARNAGE, SABBAT, etc but they are
not up to that level yet (not that fast musically). It is hard to just judge
from 2 tracks. What I can say, the two songs are catchy, some German thrash
thrown in together with some solos. The vocals are not the same like male
thrash screams and I have to get use of that. The riffs are quite okay but I
like it if some more speed was added especially on the melodic solos.
c/o Yoshie Shirakawa, 301 Star Homes Shibuya Hommachi, 6-37-3 Honmachi
Shibuya-ku Tokyo, 151-0071 Japan.
Daemusinem Domine Empire
Cold Blood Industries, 2001
3 young guys, presented a mixed of
melodic, speed, death, black metal into one. I have to listen to this 8
tracker CD (40 minutes) couple of times before it grows in me. The fast
passages in the CD do not appeal much to me. Too chaotic. I like their
slower parts more and also the melodic part where they got from the Swedish
scene. "Throne Of Illusions" is my fave. They succeeded in getting my
attention and I will surely remember them but I think this stuff will be
easily replaced by other CDs that I have.
c/o Patrick Zavanese, Via Salasco 6, 10099 - San Mauro T.SE(TO), Italy.
DARK CRUCIFIX (India)
Chapters Of Damnation
Cool thrash metal. Like old Metallica, Slayer blends with Kreator and with
deep guttural growling in not-so-raw sound. I only have these 3 songs on
CD-R and not sure how you can obtain this. Try asking your Indian metal
friends or search in mp3.com (as most of Indian bands dwell). This is one of
the few Indian bands that I can recommend.
DAVID NEIL CLINE (USA)
Gazochtahagen Records, 2001
I don't receive this kind of stuff a lot. DAVID NEIL CLINE is independent
hard rock/heavy metal band. This is his second album re-released on CD
(previously on LP, released in 80's/early 90's). 8 tracks, 30 minutes of
music. When saying about heavy metal, there must be good guitar works and
there are some here. Actually I don't like comparing bands/releases. The
good or bad a release lies on my rating. But to make things easier for you,
just mix Kiss, Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. That is what
you will hear here. I think they are transferring the cover format from LP
to CD size. Lots of thing can be put in the 4-page insert instead of long
thanks list and also it is badly design. If you don't care about that and
only music matters to you then it's okay. But for me good music will be
great if it comes in a good package.
DAVID NEIL CLINE (USA)
Gazochtahagen Records, 2001
The third & new album. I forgot to mention earlier Gazochtahagen is David's
very own label. Those who have heard "Malefic.." might wait for this
impatiently. This album contains 14 tracks with the running time of 50+
minutes (incl. intro/outro), double the length than its previous album.
There is a long period of time after "Malefic.." so I guess he has a lot of
time composing. However "Through Scrutiny" is not as great as their second
album. There are still some good guitar solos but the music is less heavy
and more into a rock direction. I will stick with "Malefic Influence".
DEAD TO EARTH (USA)
Unfortunately this band is already dead but I have to say something since I
received this as promo before he ‘died’. If I am not mistaken, this is a one
man project and play Norwegian black metal. This CD is a compilation of
their releases. 15 songs clocking for almost 74 minutes where 5 of the songs
are instrumentals. The instrumental are great especially the slow and
depressive one since the vocals is quite irritating. The rest are just okay.
The songs are taken from various demo/tape and some are recorded when they
are known as Secludere (from in 1989). The sound is raw and primitive and
the vocals are very typical black metal voice. All their previous releases
are released in limited quantity and so does this CD. Only 100 copies made
but you don’t have to die to get this. There are hundreds more stuff that is
better than this even though I like it after a while.
c/o James B, P.O.Box 244, Ontonagon, MI 49953-0244, USA.
4 tracks, 16 minutes of death
thrash. Good looking demo CD-R, I mean the color booklet (layout and
design). The band previously released 2 demos CD-R under the name Winterwolf.
A young band and also the persons behind it, which the age ranges from 18 to
23 years old. They must have some musical background because the songs here
do not sound like it was composed by someone who has 1 or 2 years of
experience. Nothing new presented here. Just the same old thrash mix with a
bit of death metal. Imagine Slayer with growling vocals.
c/o Corpse, Kauppakatu 48 C 45, 70100
The Secondary Quest
I remember the song in Pulau Puaka comp. That song makes me think that they
are playing brutal death and that is present here, remains as the only
brutal song in this release. They play melodic black metal with synth. It
surprises me that they can play good songs like these. Okay, they are sweet
sounding black metal. If you despise Dimmu or Cradle (the high pitch screams
are like Dani's), you may have to avoid this. Lots of juicy rocking melodic
riffs and this makes me like them a lot. Only if they can get rid the drum
machine and get a human drummer, this would be a killer release. The solos
got some emotions that really touched me. This is their second release after
an EP in 1999. The next one would probably be another EP. "The Secondary..."
is a tape release but I got the promo in CD-R with no info or tracks list.
It has 8 tracks, including one bonus track from the EP. The latest news I
got is this album will be re-released by Trinity Records Hong Kong.
c/o Thanit Thepsitrakorn, 21/2 Soi Suan Oi 1 Samsen Rd. Dusit, Bangkok,
The Way Of Brutality
3 tracks demoCD from Davao City, the same city with KORIHOR. As the name of
this band and demo suggest, this is brutal death/gore violence! I guess the
'old death metal' fever is spreading worldwide. So here we have the band
highly influenced by old Morbid Angel, and some Brazilian death like Krisiun.
This is the best death metal I heard from the Philippines. I don't want to
write more about them. The hysterical scream and the music really moves me.
The only weak point here is the sound production. They need a better studio
for their debut full-length album. Yes. They have enough songs for an album.
Now they are searching for a label to fund it. I was told that the new songs
are much extreme. Please get that recorded soon!
The Book Of Darkness
Drakkar Productions, 1999
16 songs here! And that is quite a lot for a black/death band. 7 own
composed songs and the rest are cover songs. The first half of the CD
features their own songs, very much like Bathory and Hellhammer/Celtic
Frost. The first track is 20 minutes long, consist of long slow part, some
fast part which is quite interesting and not boring like most of doom bands
does in their long songs. And the other half are cover songs from Venom,
Death, Frost, etc. A bit sad for me, as the last track, which is Venom's
"Witching Hour" can only be played like 3/4 of it. Manufacturer's fault I
guess since there is no scratch on the CD. Very unfortunate for me because I
like their version a lot, the vocal kind of great.
Tyrants of The Netherworld
Iron Pegasus, 2000
9 powerful tracks (+ 1 intro) of well executed black/thrash metal. This is
the first time I listen to DESASTER, I mean with the whole release. Few
years ago, one local compilation featured a track called “Touch of Medieval
Darkness” (if I remember it correctly). That was in 1996 I guess and there’s
a track in this CD that has the similar riff with that song (“Reign of
Tyrant”). There is no single fave track that I can choose since all are
equally great. From slow starting, dark sounding “Reign of Tyrant” to fast
black/thrash “Sworn to Avenge”, “Profanation” or “Nekropolis Karthago” with
cool breaks in the song and great riffs. There are few contributors on this
album. Beliar of MAYHEMIC TRUTH contributes his voice in 2 songs and the
boss of the label contributes the lyric’s of “Sworn to Avenge”. Not too hard
to conclude, the mark shows it all. Latest news received: "Souls of
Infernity" 7” EP 2001 is the last recording with Okulto on vocals. He now
left the band.
c/o Okkulto, Hirtenstr. 14, 56073 Koblenz, Germany.
c/o Infernal, Iahnstr. 76, 56218 Mulheim-K, Germany.
Death Of Melody
Musical Trauma, 2000
8 tracks, 28 minutes of thrash metal and the first ever CD I receive from
Turkey. Musical Trauma is a new label and their debut release is Dementia's
first album. The overall sound is not good enough and the booklet design can
be done better. The music is not fast enough for me to get into it and I
don't think it is suit to be called thrash since it lacks the aggressiveness
in this music. Few scent of heavy metal can be heard and few (melodic) riffs
and solos attract me a bit. Like in "Simple Minds" or "BUD" for example and
the ballad part are good too. As I said earlier, it lack of speed and
10. Cad. 337, sok, Sayginlar sitesi, D Bolk No:131 Batikent, Ankara, Turkey
DEMONIC RESURRECTION (India)
8 tracks album, (46 minutes) of atmospheric thrash/death metal. From the
cover with the corpse paint and inverted cross you might say it’s a black
metal album but I can’t say so. You can only link the screeching vocals with
black metal but certainly not the music. There are few types of male vocals
present here (growling, screeching, normal voice) with keyboard and also
female vocals. Not really a bad release. The first track is the worse song
in this album but the rest are quite okay. Maybe a bit sweet sounding with
the keys and female vox but music and solos are quite entertaining. The
piano in “The Sadness Still Remains” is good too but the one in “The Life of
Sadness” is a Dimmu Borgir rip off. What I don’t understand as a 4 piece
band why can’t they find a good drummer? Sounds like they are using drum
machine and you know how sucks that sound. I also have their demo tracks
copied together in the same CD-R. Rawer, fast songs and I like them better.
“Demonstealer” is available from mp3.com for USD 8 or you can order it
Vampiria Records (Brazil) since they will re-release this album.
c/o Sahil Makhija, 34,Sea Palace, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai - 400049, India.
DIM MAK (USA)
Dies Irae, 2001/2002
This album will be released by Singaporean Dies Irae Productions, which
previously released DIM MAK's "Enter The Dragon" album. At the time being,
the label and the band looking for licensing deal to make this release
available around the globe and also the suitable cover artwork.
"Intercepting Fist" contain 11 tracks, circulating for more than 40 minutes.
This album is the continuation of "Enter The Dragon" except this time a bit
harder and aggressive musically and also the vocals. A mix of metal and
hardcore. Basically, if you like "Enter..." this will be your delicious
meal. It may have all the ingredients needed for a brutal album (Eric Rutan
of HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL fame engineered this album!) but I have hard
time listening to their brutal hardcore death music. As like all Dies Irae
products, this album will be available in ‘luxurious’ digipak. So wait for
the finalized release.
Apocalypse Of The Damned
Cold Blood Industries, 2002
There are couple of bands (from
Peru, USA, etc) with the same name but they separate themselves with double
's'. If you are talking to your friend, pronounce it properly or someone
will get confuse. This Polish trio plays brutal death metal with grinding
part and some good guitar solos in their songs (sometimes reminds me of
M.Angel). This CD features 10 tracks, 10 brutal tracks to be exact. No
keyboard/sample intro or ambient (keyboard) instrumental track. Almost 45
mins of solid brutal death metal! This should please any death metal maniac.
Dariusz Kulpinski, Ul. Koeciuskizki
5/2, 58-150 Strzegom, Poland.
Dark Artz Releases, 1999
It maybe a bit late to review this MCD. I bought the tape version made by
PSE but decided to buy the MCD version to make my review of it. But on that
time I was dead broke. Hehehe. Those who still unfamiliar with them, they
are once called ITNOS and release a 7" EP before becoming DOXOMEDON. The
music is still as great as I first hear them on tape. Death/thrash metal
with a few keyboard as intro of the song. The greatest song here is "Embrace
In Solace", although the other 2 sounds similar as this one. And of course
this 4 (including outro) tracks CD is much better sounding and has bigger
size of the front cover graphic. I didn't see why they don't like the
graphic. For me, it looks very dark, gory and satanic. Maybe the running
time of this CD is too short (16 minutes) but you shouldn't ignore this
Doxomedon, Blk 1030, #04-36, Tao Ching Road, Singapore 610103.
DUST COMPONENTS (Malaysia) /
NO PROMISES (Slovakia)
Pirouette Of The Antisocial
Psychic Scream Entertainment, 1999
2 bands gathered in one split release. It is not a new recording. DUST
COMPONENTS's side features their debut EP and NO PROMISES features their
"Face Human Soul" demo. I traded a copy of DUST COMPONENTS EP with Sabesta
of NO PROMISES for a copy of his demo for review in my zine in 1998 (the
name of that never-published zine is stated in thanks list and I am quite
embarrassed reading it!). NO PROMISES starts the CD first. 6 tracks of
death, thrash metal with some cool melodic solos and breaks. DUST COMPONENTS
is more interesting. A lot more speed, much better musically. Also dwells
somewhere in thrash metal territory. Only the vocals is 'worse' in my
opinion, like hardcore a bit. DUST COMPONENTS is now r.i.p. and I don't know
what happen to NO PROMISES. But a band with some of DUST COMPONENTS members
called BURIALGROUND can be said promising. Heavy/thrash metal, a bit more
melodic and their debut demo also included a re-record of a track in this
(3.5/5) / (2.5/5)
DWELLING MADNESS (USA)
4 tracks demo CD. Another US brutal
death metal on the long queue waiting to be signed. 4 tracks (14 mins) and
comes with color booklet. Nothing original or outstanding here. I just heard
DISSINTER's CD before listening to them and I can say they are as brutal as
those Polish guys. Apart from the sound which is lacking here but I like
this band more. 2 types of vocals and good guitar solo. I like the melodies
in the song more (don't think it's 'melodic'). As for a demo, it is quite
professional. Not sure about the price or the band address but don't
hesitate to ask.
DYING EMBRACE (India)
Serenades Of Depravity
A CD-R album consisting songs from
couples of recordings (demo, EP and newly recorded songs). The first time I
heard of this band (and also the first Indian band for me) is from Psychic
Scream's Panggilan Pulau Puaka compilation. That song is featured here and
still being my favorite song. Dark metal is being labelled to this band but
it is not your usual dark/doom metal. No keyboards. Just raw heavy guitars,
deep death growls and I think the band that I should compare them with is
Black Sabbath. Listen to it a few times, it will grow in you. The sound is
not good enough though but everything else is fine for my ears. I do not
recommend you to get this because there will be a 12" vinyl version
available from a US label. That (if it able to be released and I am
confident it will) is a must!
ENTER VI (Australia)
Another Australian thrash metal and
also another self-released album. I like them more than their country mate
Fury. They got the right combination of thrash metal. Well, musically they
are not too far behind than Fury but the voice really makes a difference.
Enter VI maybe not too harsh but still sounds thrash although this is not
the type of vocal that I like. They got a bit of Kreator, Sodom and Slayer
influences. But this is still far of being a good thrash release. The music
is lack of something and so does the band's image.
Lead Us To Darkness
Intune Entertainment, 1999
5 tracks, 27 minutes of melodic
death/black metal. Blackish vocals and music mixes a lot of style (death,
black and thrash). The first song "Deathless" was also featured in Deep
Throat comp. That was where I first heard of them. There are few slow, calm
passages in the songs. I guess this will suite the lover of less aggressive
style of black metal. Track #4, is the best. It rocks! But the rest just
sounds 'okay'. The sound should be better than this. This is a CD-R release
but comes with color inserts. FATE might perhaps bring a much more
interesting material than this in the future because from the music, I know
Fate, 4/5 Arunoday, Odha Nagar, Borivali (E) Mumbai, 400 066, India.
FATIMA HILL (Japan)
World Chaos Production, 2000
When reading "Female Mystic Night Metal" on the info sheet, I have 2 things
in my mind. Firstly they are all female and secondly the music must be calm,
soft and melodic. After I got the CD, I know I am right about the music but
FATIMA HILL is not an all-female band. I couldn't see Takamichi Koeda face
since he/she hide his/her face but the name is like a male name. Only the
vocal is female. Or maybe all 4 are female but they look like male? Oh well,
guessing is the normal thing to do since there is only little info about the
band and this release mentioned in the info sheet. "Valhalla" recorded in
1997 and re-released by World Chaos with 1 new track called "Aeon". "Aeon"
is a melodic acoustical track, using various acoustical string instruments.
The music FATIMA HILL is like a slow version of power metal with a bit
distorted female voice but still feminine and almost gothic-like sometimes.
This is not for every one. Those who wanted speed and aggression stay away.
Only for those who appreciate guitar works and female vocal can listen to
Through The Fields Of Battle 1996-1999
Innsmouth Productions, 2001
Innsmouth is the label of Mert from
Vassago/Dead Comedian Zine. He stopped making his zine because he wanted to
concentrate more on his band. But that was in 1999. Now Mert have other
thing to keep him busy, this label. This is a 13 tracked CD-R but this is
not the usual CD-R release. It comes with a full color 8 page booklet!
FORGOTTEN is a Turkish doom metal band and this release features their demo
1997, Promo 1999 and 3 bonus tracks (including 1 hidden live track). In demo
1997, the sound is a bit raw but they improved that in promo 1999 and also
with slight differences in their music. In Promo 1999, they add some calm,
acoustics part and the growl also changed a bit. In this issue, the music is
comparable with ALKANOST. They are not the usual depressive doom metal and
not excessively melodic. The two bonus songs, is recorded in 1996 and the
other one is a different version of a song in Promo 1999 (this one is much
better). I like Promo 1999. The booklet includes all lyrics, picture, bio
and all the info’s needed about this band. The band is now in its dormant
period. One of the band’s member, (Tolga) is now concentrating in other band
at the moment.
c/o Tolga Atabatmaz, 137. Sok. No: 15, Ozgur Yapi Koop., 06370 Batikent,
FUNERAL RITES (Japan)
Painkiller Records, 2000
The debut album of this Japanese
black metal. 7 tracks over 40 minutes of music. There is a vast improvement
since their demo and they did an excellent job with this album. "Necroeater"
contain both fast and slow songs but slower songs are so majestic and
enchanting but still possess the aura of darkness with effective use of
keyboard, synth, and sounds of piano and not-to-harsh vocals. I haven't
heard black metal so refreshing like this since a long time. The CD starts
with a Japanese dark metal track, "Weird Tales", with dark keys, few Bathory
riffs and melodic solos. I am hooked starting from this track until the
last, "13th Disciple". Most of the songs are in the same vein as the 1st one
except for "The Wintermoon" which is a bit fast. The booklet is neatly
designed that doesn't look like most black metal release today.
Proof Of The Man
HMW Distribution, 2001
4 tracks of doom stoner psychogenic rock or better say doom/stoner rock if
you can’t imagine how they sound like. Sometimes it reminds me a bit of
C.S.S.O. new album “Are You Excrements”. The songs are not entirely slow.
You will hear mostly space rock music, which are mid pace and few part of
the songs are quite doomy. If you can stand listen to many repeated riffs
(the songs are quite long), no keys (or any gothic sounding thing), you can
try this one. There is one extra (surprise) track, “That’s Our God” which
you will hear after waiting 279 sec (3sec x 93 blank track).
USD 10 c/o Matsuyama
"Slavekind" is their third CD and
all are released on their own. They really are dedicated in what they do and
really believe in their work. I hope their work get the attention they
needed. They will contribute in some tribute album issued by Dwell Records,
including Megadeth and Death among others. This CD delivers you a 30 minutes
(8 tracks) of thrash metal. They combined several vocal types. Although the
music is quite entertaining, the lead vocal is something I can hear often.
To hardcore-like like less heavy version of Dim Mak.
Fury, 749 Lower North East Rd, Paradise SA 5075 Australia.
Edelweiss Production, 2001
If I am not mistaken, the band has
an album/CD out but I don't remember the title. I got this promo from Fresh
Blood Zine (Indonesia) so I think I have to write few lines about this band.
In my hand is only a 4 track promo CD-r (10+ minutes) which I think a
preview of their upcoming album or something. 'Grinding humanis death core'
is the label written on the CD slipcase so what you will hear is Indonesian
brutal death/grind with a decent sound. Why I said 'Indonesian', if you have
heard what kind of death metal from Indonesia, you will know. This is
identical with lots of others brutal bands around the nation. Fans of brutal
death metal will never complain listening to material like as they only
brutality, violence and again more brutality in their music.
GLOOMY GRIM (Finland)
Holy Records, 2000
A CD with 11 'hard to digest songs'
circulating for 47++ minutes. Black metal with drum programming and an awful
keyboard sound. Maybe they have other name for the style they play, but I
think black metal is the suitable term to call them. I don't receive
anything with this promo but if I am not mistaken, GLOOMY GRIM is a one-man
band. I don't know what else to say. This is among the last stuff I review
for this issue and I am out of words. I just don't like this one. That's
Bloodbath Records, 2001
I thought this is black metal band
but I forgot about the label releasing this album. For those who don't know,
Bloodbath stands for gruesome, extreme brutality and yes, GOATS is a brutal
band. You will hear brutal pounding death metal in all 10 tracks (30
minutes). I am not into GOATS’S music. They are not bad, but they are just
not my taste.
c/o Hiroki Kosaka, 4-11-14 Oe, Ohtsu-City, Shida 520-2142.
Gonin-Ish Showkai, 2000
Just 6 tracks but clocking for 45
minutes. Everything is written in Japanese except for some info on this
release and the band. Interesting band. The lead vocal is a female and she
does normal and also distorted, growling vocals (and handle guitar as well).
The normal vocal sounds really dark and haunting. But the growling sounds
horrible and this is not a compliment. It just irritates me when the voice
start to sound likes this and luckily not much are heard through out the CD.
About the music, a kind of dark heavy / death metal. The music is quite
chaotic when the growling comes in, including the piano like everyone is
going insane. But it is not the case when Akiko sings in her normal voice.
The music is calm and dark and also melodic at times. And they manage to
synchronize the fast and calm part in the songs. Not like the usual
fast-slow-fast tempo. Beside this, there are 'pop' sounding synths like you
can hear from 80's heavy metal. This is self-released product but done in
the most professional way.
c/o Masashi Momota, #402 Wakai-Building, 2-2-10, Kanamecho, Toshima-ku,
Tokyo, 171-0043 Japan.
Ancient Storms Of War
Barbarian Wrath Records, 2000
Another primitive, raw black metal by Barbarian Wrath. This CD contains 17
tracks (including an intro made by Blakk of ANGELKILL) circulating for 44
minutes. GRAVEWURM’s music is based on repetitive riffs. You can hear a bit
riff from Celtic Frost or old Dark Throne but all the songs are almost
identical with each other. Not much difference can be heard. If you listen
closely for couple of times, there are few songs that are a bit different
and stand a bit higher than the rest. The songs bored me on first few
listening but later on the simple repeated riffs hook me after few more
listening. Tyrant’s satanic voice is great but overall the music lack of
speed. Otherwise the result will be greater than this.
Kevin , 720 Rhode Island Ave. Box 23, Holloman AFB, NM 88330 USA.
Circulation To Conclusion
World Chaos Production, 2000
A 3 -piece band with a female bassist and Eddie RITUAL CARNAGE as guest
guitarist lending his expertise in guitar solos. "Circulation To Conclusion"
is a release I expect to continue what TERROR SQUAD and MANIPULATED SLAVES
(both their label mates) did. If I understand the bio correctly, Nakabayshi
(g/v) also play for RITUAL CARNAGE and only after tour and after the
recording of "Every Nerve Alive", GRIMFORCE start to be active. They formed
in 1999 and had a promo tape out and if I am not mistaken (again) they also
joined one Japanese metal compilation called "The Red Hot Burning Hell" or
maybe not? I don't remember. Labeled as "Japanese new most violent thrashing
act"... maybe and they are almost there but they can't beat the ferocity of
TERROR SQUAD! 7 tracks, 30++ minutes of thrash metal. The music has clear
influence of German thrash and adds with few Slayer or Exodus riffs along
with harsh hardcore-like vocal, you get GRIMFORCE. "Lunatic", "World Chaos"
are among the good song here but the last track "Struggle" is the best. The
solo kills!!! Arghhh!!! The sound is excellent and the CD booklet is
uniquely designed but I don't like it. The booklet is not like the usual one
but it is folded. Open it and you will get a (almost) 12"LP size paper. All
info, lyrics, etc on one side and on the other is the front cover artwork.
Crucify that on your bedroom. What I don't like is if you open it too many
times, it will tear off. Anyway, it is very creative idea.
A Life Of Suffering
I guess everyone should already know this band by now. Dark Legions Magazine
interviewed them in their last issue and seen lots of reviews and interviews
in numerous webzine (I haven't read many paper zine from oversea lately). I
think I should not waste the space to write the band history. If you haven't
yet known this band, then go find the info because this is a fine European
brutal death metal! I doesn't remember how many death metal I've heard from
France but only a few I guess and if they are good, I should remember them,
right? Brutal, intense, great growl, not many solos. I got this promo on
CD-R with just track list. I will buy this CD and you must do the same!
c/o JF, 10 Rue des Capunines, 22300 Lannion-France.
Psychic Scream Entertainment, 2001
This Kedahan band is back with their second release, a year after “Celestial
Obelisk” MCD makes its appearance in the local metal scene. “Celestial...”
is a shock to many listeners. It’s the band first release (fortunately they
manage to release its debut as a pro-CD, not a demo and got support from a
good label) and the music, although sounded great but has a clear influence
from In Flames. In “Transworld...”, they deliver 9 tracks of melodic death
metal and still can get them (far) away from the aforementioned band. The CD
clocking for more than 40 minutes and its show some differences compare with
their previous MCD. They still use dual voice (in some songs) and Chen (lead
vocal) and Matt Sardo (guest vocal) are quite different. Matt’s growl was
great (better than before) but Chen sounded like hardcore or something (less
‘death’ than before). I can’t comment more because I simply like all the
songs. Great guitar works, melodies and so on. From fast (i.e. “Transworld
Chaos”, the best track) to mid-pace, keyboard enriched song (i.e. “Coming
Home”, with piano as well). Chen also shows his ability in singing in his
normal voice (i.e. “Light My Darkness”) and undoubtedly he can sing. The
best local release in 2001.
62A, Jln. PSK 1, Pekan Simpang Kuala, 05400 Alor Setar, Kedah.
This is the second time listening to this Canadian thrasher. Prior to this,
a MCD entitled "Rage" was released in 1999. "Rage" does not leave a positive
impact on me musically but making the CD as an interactive CD with video
clips is quite interesting although the clips are 1 min++ long.
"Desynchronize" is a 9 tracks CD excluding 1 extra hidden track. And yes,
musically they are much better, even the new logo looks great. More speed,
great vocals, interesting riffs and spice up with cool break in the songs.
On certain part, it sounded like a fast version of Vociferation Eternity.
Definitely, HORFIXION is not a cheap band taking advantage of today's
'old-school metal' revival. Even though they are new as a band but they
don't sound like they just started playing yesterday. I couldn't find info’s
on the hidden track. My wild guess, it sounds like the song #3 (also the
title of this album) but the lyrics is not in English (French perhaps).
Horifixion, 871 Trudel ouest, St.-Boniface, Quebec, Canada G0X 2l0.
HYPONIC (Hong Kong)
Self Released, 2001
The first metal band I discovered from Hong Kong and they are damn great! 6
tracks, more than 30 minutes of heavy and brutal sounding death metal.
Actually they are not fast all the time but I don’t agree when they describe
their music as doom/death. There are some slow, heavy and depressive moments
but there are also fast and mid-pace parts. Except for “Third” and “Black
Sun” which are mostly mid-pace and the slow part are really doomy and
depressive. Oh well, why should we argue about labeling their music? The
Mexican SARGATANAS come into my mind when listening to this CD. This
professional self-released CD comes with complete booklet, great sound,
well-played songs and great death growling vocals. Another ‘this issue’
c/o CHAN Chung Man, Room 2, 6/F, Block B, Yee Fat Building, Wo Yee Hop Road,
Kwai Chung, Hong Kong.
Drakkar Productions, 2000
I don't know what is going on with Impiety and their label but I hope
everything will be solved and come to a happy ending. I reviewed this album
last time, but this one is the French edition. More artwork from Desmond Sia
available in this release, but the booklet design does not top out the
luxurious digipak version. What will make this a great purchase are the
extra songs in it. 1 song from "Funeralight..." EP and songs from "Salve The
Goat" EP. So here you will hear how they progress all these years. I still
like "Funeralight...' though. For those haven't yet heard the now sold-out
cassette EP, listen to this CD or get the limited edition of Impiety/Profanatica
Split EP release by Samhain Records (review elsewhere).
P.O.Box 544, Bedok Central, S 914605
Whipping The Sacred Law
12 tracks, 46 minutes of not the best metal I have heard but still it is
quite interesting. With corpse-paint, easy to say black metal is what they
play but I think there is more than black after listening to the music. The
songs are recorded in 3 different period of time and the sound and the style
differ a bit. First 8 songs recorded in 1998 and the style is more in the
'calm' realm of metal. Although few scent of Bathory can be heard on the
song and fast at times, but there is also acoustical part and few
'Gothenburg death' melodic guitar and solos. At certain part, they sound a
bit like our Vociferation Eternity. But the next 2 two tracks are the latest
recording and a faster than the previous compositions with better guitar
sound. The last 2 songs are taken from demo 1996, fast black metal with few
keys. The last track start fast and later comes that acoustical part, which
later (the acoustic guitar) become an important part in the band next
recording. The solos and those guitars in the first tracks touched me but
later, the 4 last tracks really hit me. If the guitar sounded as good as
these 4, it will give a better result.
Ruben Restrepo, P.O. Box 3507, Medellin, Colombia
Grind Your Soul, 2000
The 3rd album of this band are all released under their own label and there
are 4 more to go before they rest. The concept of INHUMATE is based on
heptalogy concept, which based on the concept of life. I think this "heptalogy"
thing is quite interesting to discuss (perhaps an interview will follow
soon). Here, 17 tracks, almost 33 minutes of brutal grind/death metal. The
music does not differ with other band in this genre and maybe you can hear
this kind of style from many Czech bands for example. Musically nothing
original here but they possess a very good sound, which make this last
longer in my player. Fast drumming, great vocals. The promo version only
comes in a slip cardboard case but the actual release comes with 12-page
booklet including lyrics and graphic continues the concept began with the
Fred ANTON, 1 rue du college, 67170 BRUMATH, FRANCE
Into The Infernal Region Of The Ancient Cult
Sylphorium Records, 2000
As you might already know, this
album was released in 1998. The one I got here is the second edition of the
album after the first one is sold out. I am not sure whether there are
differences between the two releases. Perhaps the booklet has been
redesigned. Sorry. I have no info about that or have the 1998 version.
INQUISITION is quite known in the underground I guess. If you are searching
for Colombian release, you must get INQUISITION first. They play black metal
with special dark atmosphere. The music took its shape from early MAYHEM and
a bit of Swedish sound. 10 tracks, more than 1 hour of music and I am not
bored even a single second even though the music is mostly mid-pace. They
will have a new LP out soon. While waiting for that to be released, you MUST
get this if you haven’t done so.
Bhinneka Tunggal Ika
Esoteric Art Production, 2001
After listening to the track "Istidraj"
in "Panggilan..." comp, I really want to hear the new songs from them. This
EP is now in my hand and now they found the style they are best at. Fast
black metal, not weak 'extreme melodic' black metal like "Metafizika". 4
tracks (almost 15 mins). No keys, no more female voice, just excellent black
metal. The EP CD-R will be re-released by a Brazilian in CD with different
title. If you only want and care about the music, this is yours for $7. If
you want something more I guess you better get the Brazilian one since the
one I bought only comes with xerox cover.
Block 371 Tampines Street 34, #02-14, S 520371.
IVORY KNIGHT (Canada)
Up From The Ashes
This is the first time I received such promo kit. It consists of a CD, a
paper folder, B4 size band picture, glossy printed bio and flyers. They are
not funded by a label but all are produced by the band themselves. They
surely invest a lot on this album. The band started in late 80’s with ex-ANNILIHATOR
as drummer on their early formation. The vocalist also has some projects
with Jeff Waters. I think the first few sentences already make a good
advertising/marketing. Self-labeled as melodic metal band, they sounded more
like hard rock band for me. I expected the ‘melodic’ come from guitar riffs
and solos like we usually hear from any power metal band. There are some
nice melodic riffs but that are not enough. Maybe adding more these riffs as
well as adding a bit of speed will make “Up From The Ashes” a bit better
Ivory Knight, P.O.Box 38144, 1430 Prince Of Wales DR, Ottawa, ONT Canada
KATAGORY 5 (USA)
Progressive/heavy metal. Another
one for this issue. It is hard to believe that this CD is hard to be printed
just because of the cover artwork. 10 tracks (47 mins). I am sorry for all
bands with this kind of vocal. Not that they are not good, it's only me that
had the problem listening to them. Lynn Allers can make the high pitch
scream. But put the vocal aside, the music is what I listen to. The music is
catchy and sometime had few thrash riffs (like Slayer for example) as well.
The CD comes with a very simple package but go easy on them. This is a
c/o Dustin Mitchell, 3477 West 5660 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84118, USA.
Deletion Of Humanoise
Worldchaos Production, 2001
Argh! Another killer release from
WorldChaos! Aggressive thrash metal delivered with perfection! I am hooked
starting from the first song "Victim Of Hate" till the end, "Scream". The
words "Headbang 'till death" almost come to be true when listening to this
CD. You will not listen for 35 minutes but will repeat many times after the
CD ends. Great guitar works from both the Yamada brothers and so does
Wataru's vocals. Japan seems to have lots of good bands in almost all
genres. Great scene they are having.
KOFFIN KANSER (Malaysia)
Psychic Scream Entertainment, 2001
I have listen to their debut MCD and the full-length CD but I don't know why
I waited until now to review Koffin Kanser. I have no negative thing to say
about them, a band fronted by Aru, which also the member of Malaysian
pioneer of thrash metal (and now defunct) NEMESIS. Also Jadam also plays in
KOFFIN KANSER. This limited 6969 digipak is not really a great release
musically since I can't accept the songs totally into my system. I think the
closest comparison I can make is they sound like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Soulfly,
etc new age metal. Metal, with heavy guitar, a bit of sampler, techno,
industrial and hardcore vocals and a bit of hardcore music. Mix these all
together you will have KOFFIN KANSER. 5 tracks available and the design of
this digipak are too simple. I am not sure what they want to show in the
artwork inside the digipak. Sure I will check their future release because
listening once a while to stuff like this is okay but I will not accept or
try to listen to any other band like this in future. And I don't think
Malaysia needs another band like this.
Darah, Keringat, Air Mata
7 track, 15+ minutes CD-r. Compare
with "Mimpi..", I guess this is their new recording and there are few
differences can be heard from the music. This is more US brutal type death
metal and few black metal riffs as well as some cool solos. It comes with
glossy color cover. All songs are in Indonesian and recorded live. "Ketika
Matahari Terbit Dari Barat" is a short atmospheric instrumental track. I am
quite surprise this brutal horde manage to compose such song. Anyway I like
their old tape more than this one.
KOMA, P.O.Box 22 SBS-WO, Surabaya 60244-A, Indonesia.
KULT OV AZAZEL (USA)
Triumph Of Fire
Artic Music Group, 2001
11 tracks, which almost 40 minutes of fast black metal. This is the most
violent black metal, beside "Skullfucking Armageddon", that I heard in this
issue. The music is extremely fast; especially the drum is even faster than
PUTRA LRT. There 1 or 2 slow part but that is not enough to relax your ears.
The lyric for 10 tracks are written in the booklet except for the first
track where they sing some passages of "Le Messe Noir" by Anton Crowley. I
don't remember a thing after the CD stops playing. The music did not stick
in my mind after it is stop being played. What I remember is they are fast
and violent, with a vocalist which full of wrath.
Kult Ov Azazel, P.Obox 23308, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33307, USA.
LAW OF THE PLAGUE (USA)
The First Infection
Sinternational Records, 2001
This band is interesting on the
first track. Really heavy mixture of thrash and death with not too harsh
vocal. The next track they slowed down, reminds me of the new age metal
bands around. Not bad actually but not heavy enough for my consumption
although there some 'dark' moments (using keys, etc) in the song. The last
track follows in same direction, but a bit thrash and death like the first
one. Not bad for a demo. A harsher vocal will make this better.
LIFE SUCKS (USA)
Life Sucks And So Do You
Life Sucks is a punk side project
of BloodCult [USA] frontman Ryan Preston. Most of the Tracks on this cd SUCK
lyrically - "i know you want my dick you're just another stupid chick" -
"come on now let me look at you tits" know what I mean? The music is basic
happy foot tapping punk nothing great about it. 31 mins of Life Sucks at a
strech will surely make you puke. Of course if you're into porn punk you'll
dig this shit. as for me: Life Sucks = SUCKS
The Age Of Clitorial Decay
United Guttural Records, 2000
A ew album from these guys after the live CD "Show Us Your Tits". The song
"Stench Of Virginity" in this CD, have been heard in that live CD and I
think the live one is better. Or maybe I should say the live CD is better
than this studio recording. Brutal death metal, the way they play it and do
not have many changes I can detect. Except for the live CD, they start the
song by pissing some people but in this CD the song started with
excerpt/sample taken from movies. The booklet has more pictures of pussy as
the background for the lyrics and a close-up picture on the tray card. Some
gory/horror artwork and one of the artist is Eko W. from Indonesia. Buying
this album will not just add another CD in your death metal CD but also in
your porn collection.
Show Us Your Tits
United Guttural Records, 2000
A great live CD from this crazy band. While other brutal death band singing
about death and gore stuffs, they are more twisted with the songs are
talking pussy, sex, and rape and still mixing them with gore. That is
interesting. 14 live tracks including 1 previously and before/after they
play, they must said something that will piss the girl (and boys sometimes)
off. Hehehe. I don't want to mention what they said. Hear it yourself. This
CD also includes their demo 1996. Both their studio and live songs does not
offer anything new. Just the usual brutal death metal. The booklet includes
all lyrics of the song they played live and 1 lyrics out of 4 song from the
demo. At the back of the 8-page booklet, there's a picture showing a girl
waiting for the cock to fuck her, in the cunt or her ass. The cock is big
but that is not a problem since both 'holes' are loose and I wonder whether
the guy have pleasure fucking her.
LONG WINTER'S STARE (USA)
The Tears Of Odin's Fallen
"Symphonic Dark Metal" is written on the CD slipcase jacket but to make it
easy to understand, they play doom metal. 7 songs with running of 62
minutes, it will please the fan of this style. Very depressive and
melancholic music and I can only hear only few tracks. It depends on which
track I start playing first. If I start playing track number 3, I will stop
at 5. I will kill myself I listen to the whole CD at one time. I can't say
this is a bad release. It is great to limited number of song heard. They got
female vox and piano dominated the music with normal and growling male
vocals also. The female vocals are great, both the lead and background.
Long Winter's Stare, 780 Reservoir Ave. PMB294 Cranston, Rhode Island USA.
The Unseen, The Eternal...
In Vain Music, 2000
Melodic black metal is what this quartet delivers. This CD will easily catch
the attention of any sweet gothic black metal fans. Melodic keys, enchanting
angelic female vocals blended together with mid-pace (and occasionally fast)
music and male black vocals. The same recipe used countless of time by many
bands. Not bad musically but I like more the fast parts and some of the
guitar solos. The obvious mistake is they do not use human drummer. I can
even hear thrash riffs and that make it a bit listenable despite the female
that kill the aggression of metal music. 12 tracks almost 30 minutes of
music including a Depeche Mode cover, with simple CD booklet.
Av. Santos Matos nº10, 4º A, 2700-748 Amadora, Portugal.
LYKHATEA AFLAME (Czech)
Obscene Productions, 2000
Obscene Productions might have its own trademark, it is a label specialized
for grind/brutal death music. And LYKHATEA AFLAME is a brutal death/grind
metal band but their approach is interesting and I must say original! In
this issue, they are similar to ETERNAL MADNESS. LYKHATEA AFLAME is
attracted with Sumerian/Egyptian, as you will see a lot of symbol (what do
you called that, hieroglyph?), and drawings in the booklet. The music (and
sometimes with the normal vocals and slow part) really has strong oriental
'feel', making the music and the concept have a great connection with each
other. I can say LYKHATEA AFLAME is a bit original. Not the usual
TRA Music, 2001
Yomi metal, what do you think it
sound like? I can’t describe it by just listening to two tracks in this CD.
To ease you, I think it is safe to put them under ‘black metal’. On the
songs you will hear both fast (and violent) and slow moment, a bit of
thrash, keyboards and the lyrics are sung in Japanese and English which is
quite interesting. With 9 minutes of music, I can’t make a proper review but
I strongly recommend you to check this band out.
c/o Yasuhiko Sekiguchi, Honmachi 3-53-1-302 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071
My first Indonesian black metal CD.
A CD-R actually. A Javanese occult atmospheric black metal, formed in 1995.
7 tracks with almost 30 minutes of music. The CD starts and ends with
Javanese traditional folk song that I usually hear on TV documentary. Good
way to introduce their culture to the metal masses. But it will be better if
they can embed them in their songs. Then we have 5 tracks of fast black
metal (good sound) with few breaks in the song. The CD package is neat and
slim but too simple in design and they didn't include the lyrics. Only RM 21
(Malaysia) or USD 10 (r.o.w.).
c/o Julius Nurendra, Jagalan 01/XIV Jebres, Solo 57124, Centra Java,
The Darkest Throne
Demise Records, 2000
I'm impressed with the graphic manipulation on the front cover and it is
great also to look at those tits. And I am also shock a bit looking at the
back cover, the picture of the band members, which consist of 7 people. I
can't imagine how they will play live with lots of line-up. I hope there is
space for all 7 of them. 8 tracks of melodic death metal in the Swedish vein
or better say 'Gothenburg' death metal. As the first track "Necrolust In
Thulsa Abbey" starts you will think this CD will not bring you anything new.
If you stop there, you will not know they are not just copying In Flames for
example. On some songs, they remind me of their country mate TUATHA DE
DANAAN. Yes, on some songs you can hear medieval, folk music, which is quite
interesting beside the usual melodic death that depends a lot on strong
guitar riffs. The 'medieval thing' is either brought by music or the normal
male vocals. The main vocals are in black metal style and the music is
enriched with keyboards but at times the keyboard just sucks. For your
information, there are 2 recording session for this CD and also they have 2
keyboardist. The best song is "The Darkest Throne", which almost 7 minutes
long. Their unique brand of melodic death is a bit different makes them
stand a bit higher than the rest of bands in this style.
Psychic Scream Entertainment, 1999
I got this CD long time ago and wanted to publish this review together with
the interview I made. Since I don't know how many years MANDATORY will take
to answer it, so I just put it now. I couldn't believe that they come from
Malaysia if I listen to the CD without looking to the CD booklet. Semi
melodic brutal death metal, with few keyboards, a killer vocal and great
sound. The music is death metal, a bit brutal and with few melodic solos. I
remember listening Mandatory in Panggilan Pulau Puaka 1 in 1997/98 (didn't
remember the year) and am truly surprise with the band today. They have
progressed a lot. They are definitely among the best Malaysian band
nowadays. I still think without the keyboard, the music will be a lot
You can't say anything when some band released something that does not
please you. Yes, you can "your music is bad", but they can release another
CD on their own. Who can stop that? This is a 4 song CD (15+ minutes).
Obviously, the sound and the songs are not really good and I hate this kind
of normal male vocal. You can read what I say to MY FUJICO in the previous
issue. Basically, they sound the same on vocal. The music is in mid-pace all
the time, maybe gothic metal is the suitable word. There are few parts where
the guitar/riffs sound interesting but they need more than that. Maybe the
singer's voice spoilt the whole songs? I think the email address is a bit
confusing. I thought there is only 1 _ but from what I copied from their
website, there are 2 _ . Can't think of any good username or perhaps use
other email service??
Magnus Blomkvist, Thorepetreg 9, 812 30 Storvik, Sweden.
Disembodied Corpse Production, 2002
5 tracks EP. The cassette version
is now sold out, only the CD-R version is still available. The label debut
release (and the second one I heard). The packaging is like NEUROSIS. I hope
they can make it more professional next time. On to the music, MANGGAS plays
melodic death metal taking its influence from the Swedish scene. I am not
pleased with the sound although the music is quite good. They sing in Malay
and that make me like them a bit more. I hope Malaysian band start to take
serious about the sound quality even for a demo like this.
MANIPULATED SLAVES (Japan)
The Legendary Black Jade
Worldchaos Production, 2001
Their second album. There are few
differences between "Burst Into Blue Flames" and "The Legendary Black Jade".
The vocals change, there are few calm, depressive moments and these are not
present in their debut album. The music is still the same. Melodic death
metal but not in any way to be connected with In Flames and the bands alike.
They have their own style. The guitar sound belongs to them, I can still
recognize it. They got some people to help with this albu album m, from
FATIMA HILL, THREAT, ex-FAIRY MIRROR and even ex-ARCH ENEMY. I can't choose
which album is their best. I like them both and since both have its
different style and its own specialty. But I can make a conclusion; they
The First Impression
This is an Indian heavy metal
outfit. I first heard of them in Deep Throat and this 4 tracker must be
their old recording. Not bad music-wise. Good riff, but not fast enough.
Some Megadeth riffs can be heard as well. But the sound is not good enough.
This is their old recording. I suggest you guys grab their soon-to-be
released debut album under Throatlatch.
Heavy Metal Chainsaw
Iron Pegasus 2001
The new album from this Japanese
NWOBHM band. Em... not really a Japanese band though as the band is now
consist of Japanese (you know that a SABBAT member plays in this band,
right?) and also German (DESASTER member). 8 tracks, 45+ minutes. If you
have already heard “Heavy Metal Drill”, this new album will grow in you in
no time. Just listening to it once, I have already startd singing some parts
of the song, especially on ‘choir lines’ (which I believe on these parts
King Wolle, Costa Stoios and Okkulto contribute their voice!), chorus or
just the “ooh, ooh”. The music is well-made (every riffs!) that will make
you become addicted to it. There are no major differences between “Heavy
Metal Drill” and this new album. Perhaps I have listen to the previous one
toooooo many times, I couldn’t get much into this new album but it still
rules! “Heavy Metal Chainsaw” also available on vinyl, and also American
R.I.P. Records pressing it for US market. That means these two versions will
have different songs selections or bonus song, which is not available in
German version that I have. I sometimes think to become a metal head you
have to be rich especially if you want to hear new releases all the time,
get old rare releases or to buy several versions of killer
album like this.
c/o Masaki Tachi, Hoshikawa 1001-4, Kuwana, Mie 511-0912, Japan.
The Devil And The Whore
Barbarian Wrath Records, 2000
45 minutes, 9 tracks of thrashing black metal. Musically it is almost the
same like GRAVEWURM, their label mate, but they have a much better sound and
this is the pushing factor of this CD that makes it the best Barbarian Wrath
release so far (that I have heard). An effective mix of old style thrash and
black metal that makes “The Devil And The Whore” sounds so good in my ears.
Then longest song is “Across The Shore…” that run for 10 minutes. Certain
songs like “The Oath” for example remind me of DESASTER. Also included in
this CD are Razor’s "Take This Torch" and Exciter’s "Violence And Force".
Previously they have professionally released couples of demo that are made
in very limited quantity and they also contribute a song in Dark Throne
Tribute issued by Australian Destr0y Records.
I ggot few tracks from this band.
Pretty chaotic stuff. Not the same like Headbangalore Compilation.
Thrash/death metal but... with drum programming. I kinda like their music
and also the hysterical screaming vocals. 4 tracks presented here, including
an Iron Maiden cover.
Embracing The Death
Decade Records, 1999
A melodic death metal band. I was expecting something really brutal,
crushing kind of death, as what people always claim 'exotic' countries such
as Colombia can deliver. Not really a bad release but not a masterpiece
either. 8 tracks + 1 intro and their music moves me. That is what matters.
Vocals are ranging from black metal grunt to death growl while the music is
a bit in brutal death but not really fast and has good guitar melodies. Just
an 'okay' release but does not harm you if you don't have this.
Alenjandro Caldas, AA 30054/Cali-Colombia.
Plague, Waste And Death
Barbarian Wrath Records, 2000
A 2 piece black metal consists of Beliar and Balor formerly in MAYHEMIC
TRUTH, which is sadly defunct now. “Plague, Waste And Death” is limited to
666 copies like most of Barbarian Wrath releases and mine numbered 476. 8
tracks of black metal greatly influenced by Hellhammer/Celtic Frost and old
Scandinavian black metal. Yes. Primitive, thrashy stuff and raw sound make
this CD uglier. The title track “Plague, Waste And Death” is fastest track
which is my fave. In some songs like in “Requiem” and “Where Angels Keep
Silence” normal vocals are used that automatically reminds me the
Singaporean dark/black metal ETERNAL OATH (in their “Ar Est Celare Artem”
EP) and these songs are a bit mid-pace with few melodic guitar.
Morbid Records, 2001
East Germany thrash veteran, existed for 15 years. Due to many restrictions
from the communist regime, they are not ‘productive’. Only in 1998 they
release their debut album. “World’s End” is their second album released by
world’s most well-known death/grind label, Morbid Records. MOSHQUITO is not
the usual German thrash. It has more hardcore elements like we usually heard
from today’s modern metal. Not the kind of music that I like to hear
everyday especially the vocal except for the title track “World’s End”,
which is a bit different with its acoustical part. For few moments “Your
Pleasure Is Your Pain” sounded like Kreator. There is no further info
available from the press kit. I accidentally discovered that this is a
multimedia interactive CD. So beside 9 tracks of music (46 min), you will
get the band’s bio, info, lyrics and excerpts from “Secrets” (their debut
Oliver Hippauf, Prof. Simmel-Str. 32, 07548 Gera, Germany.
NAKED EARTH (India)
In The Studio
The band must have a good time in
the studio while recording these songs. There are tracks here available in
Headbangalore compilation. And the other 7 songs are just cover songs and
they try very hard to imitate the original bands. That sucks! I think doing
cover will be good if the band can add their style in it. They cover Black
Sabbath to Green Day. I was told that this band is dead now. Not really a
great loss to the scene...
(Malaysia) / CARDIAC NECROPSY (Singapore)
Splitting The Vulva
Dark Artz Releases, 2002
The long awaited material from the gods of Malaysian brutal death metal!
Although it is a bit of disappointment as this split only feature 4 tracks
from NC with 2 are old songs which I think taken directly from Ipoh’s Metal
compilation released in 1998. No need to commend further. They will make you
craving for more! The soon-to-be-released debut album will be a ‘must have’
item in your brutal death collection! Cardiac Necropsy is not a new band
either but I only knew about them from this CD. They are as old as NC.
Playing porno gore grind, contributing 5 tracks (only 9 minutes out of 20
min). It is not in any way like Lividity, CN ‘porn’ is more violent. Don’t
expect to hear steamy female moaning here. The booklet includes the bands
bio. This CD is a preview; NC is already confirmed and I guess CN will soon
release its debut full-length too. If you like this one, you’ll probably
like the new release too. Contact address of CN is not available but you can
use their site to reach them.
[4.5/5] / [4/5]
Disembodied Corpse Production, 2002
I thought this is the band new
release and I am quite surprise that the band still breathing but... .
There’s always a ‘but’. This is the re-released of the band promo rehearsal
1995. I got that tape and I think the artwork on the tape is much better
that the one used now. Nothing is said about the status of band in the
booklet. Perhaps they are still alive and waiting to unleash something
powerful and brutal than this? I really hope so. NEUROSIS plays brutal death
grind and I like it when it was released years ago. This is a rehearsal and
you can guess how the sound is. The cd-r comes with non-water resistant
NOCTURNAL WORSHIPPER (Brazil)
The Return Of The Southern Tyrants
Demise Records, 2000
The booklet and the CD tray card is the best I have seen in this issue.
Everything is in black and white and that is the way for a black metal band
should do instead of thousands of color, which make it no longer have the
dark feelings in it. The vocalist is also one of the best black metal
vocalists in this issue and I am surprise it is the voice of a woman. I saw
the band picture on the tray card and I thought they are will be another
band with female keyboardist or backing/background vocals. This CD has 7
songs and the intro almost sound the same, medieval kind of music with choir
or something. The intro already invokes the dark spirit to fill my room.
They start the song with fast drumming and the music sounds like Mayhem. Add
with the great vocal, I already predict that the rest of the songs will be
in the same vein, which is okay with me. But at the middle the songs, they
change into Celtic Frost and good solos before continuing the Mayhem-like
music. Not all the songs are like this but it has strong Mayhem influence in
it and they twisted the song a bit trying to avoid from sounding too much
like Mayhem. This CD will last longer in my player.
Nocturnal Worshipper, P.O.Box 1377, Rio De Janeiro-Rj, Cep:20.001-970,
NOVEMBERS DOOM (USA)
12 songs, 63:49 minutes running CD. How many Dark Symphonies releases have I
reviewed in this publication? More than 4 and this is a bit better than the
rest. Still in the Dark Symphonies' trademark, which is this time doom
metal. I agree with Mark Gromen of Metal Maniacs (his review is printed on
the promo slipcase). "…collaborations between the British Big 3 (Paradise
Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema..." or perhaps can be called as American
version of those bands. I will not listen to this if it is excessively slow.
The music is mid-pace and sometimes there are breaks with acoustical part,
and slow instrumental passage with piano and some effects. Multiple types of
male and female vocals present here. Some of the instrumental part is
depressive and slow, which kind of bored me after a while. I only like on
the part with guitar, heavy sounding guitar. There are 2 version of the song
"Silent Tomorrow" and both are fine examples of songs that bore me. The
first 3 songs really turn me on as well as "In Faith". Fans of
above-mentioned band will not regret having this.
Barbarian Wrath Records, 2001
Hail death! Hail anti-Christ! Hail Satan! 22 live track more than 50 minutes
of ‘Nunslaughter’ death metal. These tracks are recorded live at WRUW Radio
Station (if I’m not mistaken). Indeed, a valuable release for your
NUNSLAUGHTER collection as it feature rawer version of previously released
songs. The band exists since mid 80’s and already release lots of demo and
EP. The last release was “Unholy Hellfire” CD 2000. To describe
NUNSLAUGHTER’s music, they play death/thrash metal with not so growling
vocals like the usual US death metal. And their song is quite short for this
kind of music. I don’t know how they manage to make the show. It is full of
foul words, obscenity and blasphemy. They should be banned. No need to write
what they said. The first line of this review is the example of what they
said and there are more that are a lot sicker than that. Listen to it
Erebos Productions, 2000
10 grinding tracks, very brutal, great sound and musically reminds me of
some Indonesian bands in this style. If Indonesian bands can get this kind
of sound, they will rule I guess, but it seems that such music with this
kind of great sound does not move me either. I think I have problems
listening to this kind of music nowadays.
Psychic Scream Entertainment, 1999
Swedish band in a Malaysian label? Is this the sign of doomsday? According
to local culture, when a lot of strange things happen, means doomsday is
near. Haha! 10 tracks, 30++ minutes. What is the business potential in this
band? Before listening to this release, I have heard their new song in
PANGGILAN PULAU PUAKA III Volume 1 CD and that song rules supreme! But this
old release is not to that standard. Thrash metal but really an average one.
Its okay for few tracks but later you become bored. Maybe it’s okay if I
bought it in 1999. Let see what they bring up next.
PATH BEYOND SERENITY (Bosnia)
Metal from Bosnia?? If you still doubt that metal has no
boundary, then you have to open your eyes and mind ultra fucking wide! The
sound of this 5 track CD may be a bit down-tuned but that is not the reason
for you to ignore them. PTS play melodic death metal, taking influence from
In Flames, Dark Tranquility and those Swedish school bands. The band only
consists of two souls, Adnan and Amir and I strongly suggest that they find
the third member to play the drums! Besides the overall sound and the drum
machine, they are good in delivering an enjoyable melodic death. I don't
know the status of this band, but you can ask Adnan (also the editor of
HIDDEN THRONE Zine).
c/o Adnan Hatic, Vladimira Nazora 2 7/24, 75000 Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The Sign Of Total Genocide
2 piece black metal band with drum machine. Another Australian war
metal? Almost. Warock and Plutoth deliver raw black metal with sick and raw
sound. Only 4 tracks available but only one own song, "The Sign Of Total
Genocide" which is available in two versions (studio and live version). The
other one is a cover track from Gorgoroth and the last is sort of an outro.
It is quite hard to judge just from one especially in this kind of sound.
Not bad but you don't have to trouble yourself getting it. Only 50 copies of
this CD-R available at the price of USD6. Mine #21.
Perditism, 17/12 West Street, Croydon NSW 2132, Australia.
POWER PLANT (USA)
Thrash metal is what they claimed to be. Yes, that's true but without
speed and solos. They have a bit of Nunslaughter in their songs. Some part
of the songs will move you a bit but I guess it needs to be done a lot
faster and I'll like it more with harsher vocal. I don't know what the songs
"In Being Something" and the first 3 minutes of "Death Dance" do in this
release. Slow, spacy, boring non-metal tunes. That took 5 minutes out of 25
minutes of this release. A nice d.i.y. release with nice looking 12 page
Power Plant, P.O.Box 564, Hopatchong, NJ 07843, USA.
Bizarre Music, 1999
Brutal death metal with great vocals, really heavy sound and lots of good
part but am I over-doing this review by comparing them with Morbid Angel?
But definitely the best death act I heard from there so far although this is
the first band I heard from Colombia. Lyrics are in Spanish I assumed (or
whatever the language they speak there). Well, they made a mistake at first
by not writing their/label contact address and they tried to fix it by
sticking a self-made sticker (written their website address) and adding
together with the infamous 'anti-alien' sticker, it make the booklet a bit
messy. And the hardworking editor finally managed to get their address.
David Rairan, Trans 114 # 143-20 etapa 3,bloque 1,apto 301. Ciudadela
cafam, suba. Bogota, Colombia.
A Progressive Tech-Metal band, as
the band claimed to be playing. I guess the duo of this band try to confuse
us with the terms. 8 tracks, almost an hour of 'tech-metal' music without
any vocals. Except for track #4 but I don't think that is what people called
singing, which is quite hilarious. This is not I will listen to everyday. It
mixes with all kinds of things, from metal/rock to jazz, techno/industrial
etc with no real drums used. The metal part is what I like the most although
there is a bit 'modern' style sometimes and also the effects used. I guess
they should have a bit clear and clean sound. "Y" is quite original and has
many interesting parts in it but I personally don't like the drum machine in
metal music so that is only my loss I guess.
2014 Mills Avenue, N. Muskegon, MI 49445, USA.
RAIN FELL WITHIN
Dark Symphonies, 1999
One of the best metal acts or the best metal act in Dark Symphonies. Just 5
songs here but each song is quite long. They deliver heavy, a bit mid-pace,
highly melodic and depressive metal. I gave SHELLY RAVEN high rate because I
did not discover RAIN FELL WITHIN yet. The multiple layer vocals are great.
Should I give more comment? The point explains it all.
(Indonesia) / BLODSRIT (Sweden)
Storm Of Immolation
Psychic Scream Entertainment, 2000
New compositions from R.O. 4 (long) tracks from them in this split CD. Not
much have changed since "Seeking Immortal" album. Great vocals but the music
is not too inspiring and too long for me to hear. Those who like fast 'ugly'
black metal in 7 minutes (straight and non-stop) then R.O. is yours.
BLOTSRIT is a one-band band. Yes, you can't separate one-man band and his
drum machine. Luckily 2 tracks (out of 6) use real drum hammered by Rogga (Pagaziner,
also the former member of this band). Just typical Scandinavian black metal.
The CD is an average release.
Blodsrit, Box 3050, S-59303 Westervik, Sweden.
The Aryan Crusade
Trishul Records, 2001
Here comes the new album 3 years after the release of their self-titled
debut album by Sonic Wave International (ex-Candlelight Productions). Now
RUDRA is under a new label, new line-up and with a small changes in their
music. 13 tracks present here excluding intro/outro with more than 50
minutes of their original death metal. They are still in the same concept
but unlike “Rudra”, which a bit slow compare with “The Aryan Crusade”, this
time they have throw away the Hindu chant/instrument intro on the songs
(except for the intro, outro of this album a 2 minutes song “Homage To The
Seers”). It is easy to put this kind of intro on the song. The hardest thing
is embedding these elements in the (death metal) songs. They didn’t do this
in “The Aryan Crusade” but you can hear the Hindu elements throughout the
songs. This makes them quite original in today’s metal scene. The CD comes
with 12 pages booklet, which is a rare thing in the local metal scene.
Overall, a great release.
RUDRA, Blk 24, Marsiling Drive, #08-185, Singapore 730024.
SCOTT MOSHER (USA)
The Ambient Mind, 2001
12 tracks (72 mins) of 'ambient
neo-progressive cyber-rock' music. I'm afraid that the long length of this
CD and his type of music that might bore me. Well, not all but in fact, I'm
surprise that I can accept this CD without much problem. From the 12 songs,
some are just ambient instrumental and the rest are progressive rock with
lyrics. Maybe like new Tiamat but this one has lots of good riffs. The music
here is composed by Scott Mosher and performed by him with a guest handling
some guitar part and a guy name Todd Corsa did some vocals. Not the kind of
voice I like to hear. Scott also sings in one song but effect was used (I
guess. I don't think normal human sounded like that). I am not at all
disturbed by the vocals because the music have dominant role in the song.
The vocals only take a small part through out the songs. It has a thick
booklet with nice design. Scott is also a graphic artist and you can see his
talent here. "Virtuality" is not for orthodox metal fans. Lovers of ambient
and progressive (that doesn't have problem hearing both style mixed) should
get this CD.
c/o Scott Mosher, 2 Miller Court,
Miller Place, NY 11764, USA.
When Good & Evil Fall In Love
Scala Publishing, 2001
Epic fantasy power/heavy metal from
The Netherlands. This is the band's 2nd second CD, the first out was spit
out in 1998. What can I say about this 13 tracker (57 minutes long) CD? They
rock! Those twin guitar solos do turn me on! They have some of Maiden, Metal
Church and the melodic melody of Swedish 'Gothenburg' metal and a bit of
thrash (Slayer!) mixed together perfectly. The vocals are in the usual power
metal style but in some songs, few lines used growling vocal. The CD also
comes with 16 pages full colored booklet with lyrics and some artwork and
graphic manipulation. There are even pictures of Sharon Stone, Jennifer
Aniston and some actors/actresses in the booklet. I don't know what that has
to do with the band's 'fantasy' theme (which deal with monsters, dragons,
SHE'S GORE (Thailand)
Dark Oracle, 2001
This is the solo project of Thanit
@ Joe (of DEATHGUY, also contribute the keys in SURRENDER OF DIVINITY debut
album). With the name She's Gore, we can easily assume this band play brutal
gore death/grind. Here we have 6 tracks, almost 15 minutes of death/grind
with porn/death as the concept. You can name those bands from the US or
Czech, Mortician, etc in the list. Not original but I am surprised with the
outcome of this demo. 1 man, brutal, good sound. Not sure whether the drum
is human or drum machine but it doesn't sound like a drum machine. Fans or
death/grind should try this one. The demo is available in CD-R and cassette
with glossy b&w cover.
c/o Thanit Thepsitrakorn, 21/2 Soi Suan Oi 1 Samsen Rd. Dusit, Bangkok,
10300 Thailand. email@example.com
SIC SEED (USA)
Sinternational Records, 2001
3 tracks demoCD. Only 9+ of music.
I guess the songs can be downloaded from their website. If I am not mistaken
they will release an album or something soon. And about the music, they play
brutal death/grind/gore metal. Hysterical scream, like most of grindster do,
lots of grinding part, heavy sounding guitar. Really intense! The music
sometimes sound like those hardcore metal ala new Sepultura but heavier.
Musically they are quite good, but if I am 'customer', I would like to buy
something more than 9 minutes of music unless this release in on vinyl or
sold at unbelievable cheap price. But for grind freaks, this will not be a
Psychic Scream Entertainment, 2000
Everybody should already know "Scorn Defeat", released by Deathlike Silence
years ago. I only have that copied on tape. Now I got the album on CD
released by PSE to celebrate SIGH'S show in Kuala Lumpur in year 2000 with
inclusion of 1 extra tracks and an interesting version of the cult "The
Seven Gates Of Hell". I don't like reviewing old album/LP/etc, like many
editors did even if the music is great. And in this case, "Scorn Defeat" is
a great release and still even after 7 years of it being recorded. SIGH
black metal is quite different. It is not fast at all and has very dark
atmosphere created by keyboard. Certainly not like today's vampiric black
metal band and considering it was a 1993 release, you will be amazed that
they can come with this kind of style or you can say pioneer. Nothing more I
can say and I think every black metaller already have this in their valuable
black metal collection.
SILENT DEATH (Malaysia)
Tribute To Old School Metal
Immortal Records, 2000
10 old cover songs from bands like VENOM, SLAYER, SEPULTURA, etc but really
do not sound like SILENT DEATH is playing. SILENT DEATH is a big name in
Malaysian death metal scene and the new vocal in this CD, although it sounds
okay with the song (but don't how it will turn out with more 'death' song)
but lost a bit the SILENT DEATH trademark. Great songs selection and also
lots of people involve in making this release, especially as guest vocalist.
There's a silly mistake in the booklet. The track is not listed according to
the song in the CD. Fortunately, the track list on the CD back cover is in
the correct order. The front cover depicted men slaughtering a cow and
definitely this CD will be banned in India if this CD ever gets marketed
STALE CORSPE (China)
Sound Of Prison
So Rock!, 2000
After YIDUAN, this is the second
album from China I heard. STALE CORPSE is not their original name. It has
been translated in English. All the songs are in Chinese. 10 of them (for
almost 50 minutes) in brutal death metal vein. They got some old M. Angel,
C.Corpse in them. They shread, definitely. But not fast enough to match
those gods. I like to hear some grinding part, there are some present here
but not enough. They got really deep A++ growl! Not much info can be read
from the 8-page booklet and that is really a great loss for me.
SUFFOCATED ART (Germany)
Created from Blood
When I first received this cd,
jugdging by the sound quality I thought this was a full fledged album
released on some good rich label, in fact Created from Blood is Suffocated
Art's first demo release. This self produced CD surely gets full points for
its recording/production quality and the cover/inlay design. 8 tracks of
Pure Brutal Death Metal clocking 21 minutes which'll surely leave you for
asking more. This bone crushing assault is masterfully matched by Torsten's
guttural vocals and terro-wrist Sascha's riffing. Suffocated Art's music is
a mix of groovy, grind old school death metal, this is one band thats
definetly gonna make its mark in the death metal arena. The Cd has a small "Gegen
Nazi" logo on it [no its not what you think], It Means "Crush the Nazis" or
something like that. This is one band you should lookout for they are
definetly gonna GEGEN you !!!
SURRENDER OF DIVINITY
Oriental Hell Rhythmics
Psychic Scream Entertainment, 2000
The debut album consist of 6 tracks (plus 1 hidden track) of fast, furious
black metal. The promotion of this band is massive here including in
commercial rock magazine. I guess the writer seeks for something better than
usual heavy/thrash metal but can’t trust any of their words. There is one
review I read he comment on the originality of most local releases. Yes, I
do agree with him. "Oriental..." might not offer anything new
internationally but comparing this with other local black releases, I think
they are the best. Fans of true, raw Scandinavian black metal with
apocalyptic speed worldwide will truly like this. The songs are quite long
(more than 5 minutes) but do not bore you with its utterly fast music. There
are some re-recorded songs from their debut reh/demo. The lyrics are quite
interesting too. This is already 2 years old. They will have a new album out
Surrender Of Divinity, P.O.Box 161, Samsennai, BKK 10400, Thailand.
SYLVA MALA (Italy)
6 tracks, with the running time
more than 30 minutes. Maybe you want to know the meaning of the band’s name.
Ok. (Taken directly from the bio) “Sylva Mala” comes from the medieval name
of a huge wood that extended from Vesuvius to the seaside. The definition is
quite confusing for me but I guess they elaborate it in their lyrics. The
lyrics are quite long, like a story and interesting to read. They are
playing melodic black/death metal. I have heard this kind of music many
times and I am still not bored of it yet. It is the same case with SM,
although they must do something to give something new and different the
listeners. The third song “A Lore Of Sylva Mala: I. Maleventum” is my fave.
I like the breaks that the song has although the acoustical guitar when the
song starts sounded like Metallica. This demoCD-R possess a good sound, with
color glossy cover. Available for Euro 5 (Europe and Mediterranean) and USD
c/o Marco Certo, via Gambardella 10, 80058 Torre Anunziata (NA), Italy.
THE ARMADA (Germany)
The Scent Of Darkness
Silver Dust Records, 2001
This is a fine maxiCD. They said
they deliver first-class symphonic power metal and I have nothing to say
except to agree with that self-made statement. Marvelous symphonic metal,
from the lead vocal and the 'choirs', solos, the keyboards, etc. The band is
formed in year 2001 and surely they must have gained experience before the
formation of THE ARMADA. Surely they are no new comers. Just hear the guitar
solos, it is impossible for you to not doing the 'air guitar' thing, trying
to imitate what they play. Malmsteen, Helloween, Nightwish, well, you can
fill in the slot with some more names. The debut album should be out soon.
Watch out for "The Rage Of The Armada".
c/o Matthias Mailaender, Parlerstrasse 44, 73525 Schwaebisch Gmuend.
THE FORGOTTEN (USA)
Paragon Int., 2000
6 tracks CD, 32 minutes. They
listed Mercyful Fate, Asphyx, Beherit, Suffocation, early Mayhem as
influence and wanted to create a unique mixture of chaotic Black/Death and
Doom. That is what the bio said. "Chaotic" = true, "unique".. I am not so
sure. The CD possesses a raw sound, which is quite strange since CD usually
has good, clear sound. Not that "L'Aldila" sounds bad, but not like I
expected. Looking from the CD package, you can say they play doom or
something 'mellow'. But they are chaotic black metal, with possessed vocals.
Mostly fast, sometimes thrashy. They also add keyboard only on the
background, in fact, too far back from the music. When the music starts to
'break loose', you could hardly hear the keyboard (and I don't think I have
a hearing problem). They did get inspiration from the bands they listed. Not
a bad release but a bit 'polished' recording will be a lot better.
The Forgotten, P.O.Box 354, Commack NY 11725, USA.
THE GREAT KAT (USA)
Thomas Public Relations Inc., 2000
I wanted to listen to this KAT for ages and now I finally got a copy by
trading. Buying this will not be a great purchase except for you die-hard
fans of this lady and like sexy photos. Only 4 songs here and the CD are 12
minutes long and quite expensive for us Asians. She just screams in the song
and the music is a metal version of classical songs, which I often heard in
old cartoon that I watch when I was a child. But instead of solo using
guitar, she uses violin. Great music but not really a good value for money.
Moonfog Productions, 2001
I am not sure about the history of THORNS but from the info I got, it took
10 years before they manage to release this album. Before, they have a split
CD out with Emperor. Some Norwegian big star of black metal also involved in
this album i.e. Satyr (SATYRICON) and Hellhammer (MAYHEM) and Aldrahn (DHG).
This is another fine example of a great black metal masterpiece. And I hate
to admit it that they are from Norway. It seems that most of good black
metal come from there. You don't have to play as fast as the speed light to
create a good black metal. The 8 tracks here have fast (well not too fast)
and slow moment and sound very refreshing. It is not the usual Norwegian
black metal we hear all day. Lots of dark atmosphere created with brilliant
use of synth and few sampling adding a bit of industrial touches. Also a bit
of death metal can hear as well. Black metal has not yet run out of ideas.
Only those brilliant ones can think of something different and does not make
them sound stupid. From lots of black metal I heard in this year 2001, this
is the best so far.
TO ELYSIUM (The
Cold Blood Industries, 2002
Melodic dark death metal, played
well enough to get my attention throughout the 30+ minutes. They remind me a
bit of Callenish Circle but they are not close musically with their country
mate because TO ELYSIUM offers more. Another band come to my mind is
Estonian Ignorabimus with a bit of speed. Two vocalists, male growl and
female soprano. Both share the same duty and contribute to the song. I mean,
the female vocal is not just as background voice but also one of the
important elements in the songs because she has as much line as the male
growls. What you will hear is melodic, full of emotions, diversified,
progressive metal blend with keyboard that does not mellow the songs down.
"Dearest Vile" is one of the best underground release for me this year.
To Elysium, P/A Pilotenlaan 54, 8017 GE Zwolle, The Netherlands.
TORTURE INCIDENT (Malaysia)
The Deadly Efficiency Of Napalm
Dark Coleseum Records, 2002
I am not really aware of grind
music scene in Malaysia but what I know there are some grind/crust/punk
labels and have some releases (tape/EP/CD) out. Dark Coleseum is a new label
and is more metal-inclined (they also have a metal zine released for couple
of issues). This CD of TORTURE INCIDENT, deliver 19 songs running almost 20
minutes. The songs are short, straight, sick and insane. I am surprised of
the professionalism of this release. The CD production, the sound and the
music is very, very professional. If you admire old Napalm Death, Carcass
and the defunct Brutal Truth, this one is for you. I don’t know what’s the
song “Rudy Naik Roket Ke Angkasa Lepas” is about (no lyrics include) but the
title (in Malay) sound quite funny.
c/o Deck, No 62 Jln BK 2/9, Bandar Kinrara, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Bloodbath Records / Obliteration Records / Weird Truth Production, 2001
3 Japanese labels finally make this release possible. 12 songs, with more
than 70 minutes of TRANSGRESSOR metal. Transgressor metal? Well, what I mean
is the CD shows how they develop all these years and how they sounded in all
release. “Recollected Limbs” is almost the complete compilation of
TRANSGRESSOR songs. Songs from 1990-1991 are in brutal death metal. Songs
from 1992 (their debut album) 1993 the band turns into doomy death metal
with really depressive metal. In 1998, two songs (from a local compilation)
show that they are back into brutal death/grind like their earlier material.
The last song in this CD is their brand new unreleased (yet) song. A 6
minutes song, which you will say they are playing brutal death if you only
hear for couple of minutes but towards the end of the song, the song slows
down (a lot) turns into a dark depressive song. The band broke up but
reformed in year 2000 and recorded this song. Hard to guess what will come
out later just by listening to one track. The CD comes with the band
complete bio, info of songs featured and picture collage. It will be better
if they can include together the band’s current photo. Although TRANSGRESSOR
can be considered as Japan death metal legend, this is the first time I
heard their music. Pity me.
c/o Takashi Tanaka, 1-18-25-601 Mutsugi, Adachiku Tokyo 121-0052, Japan.
TOTAL TRAGEDY (Indonesia)
Every Story Has A Glory
De Facto Productions, 2001
It is almost a year I haven’t listened to this band. The last time was their
2 tracks promo tape. This album is released under their own label, De Facto
Productions. A 8 tracks CD with full colored cover. I labeled them as gothic
doom metal last time but in this CD, gothic metal is more suitable this time
because there are some fast songs here. The 2 songs in the promo tape are
re-recorded for this album. Their music is melodic, calm and soothing like
most gothic bands and the strength also lies in the clear angelic female
vocal. There are also keyboard in the song and growling male vocals which
are also dominant in almost all songs as well as piano in some songs. “Sinar
Batas Sepi” is still my fave track. A good album by this band but the sound
should be better. Music like these need more clean sound especially on the
guitar. It is okay for a black metal music but not gothic. I see more and
more Indonesian band release their stuff in CD and this is good news but it
should come with a good sound. Tape version of this album is also available
released by other Indonesian label. I forgot the name but I seen it in the
c/o Yoyok-Harru, Menganti Permai Blok A2, No. 5, Gresik - 61174 - East Java,
Blessed Are The Destroyers Of False Hope
Demo CD 2000
This is the first band from Brazil I heard so far. Only 2 tracks of fast
Scandinavian black metal. Sure, nothing new here. The first track is more
straight forward black metal and reminds of old Nebiras, especially on the
guitar. The second track almost similar with the first one but at last
minutes, they added keyboard and melodic guitar before the CD ends. Well,
what else can I say for 11 minutes of music?
Unearthly, Rua Ivete Vargas, 14/SB, Bonsucesso, 21040.190 Rio De Janeiro
Sacred Productions, 2002
This is not in my 'shopping' list.
On the last days of my holiday (before going back to the Borneo jungle) I
plan to buy lots of cassettes and CDs. It is a surprise to see this CD on
the shelf because it has been years I didn't hear any news from the band.
This is a joint release with Music Trax and again they did a good job on
this release just like RAVENLORD CD (referring to the thick booklet and now
the CD is at the low price of RM 15.60!). But the music is not the thing to
cherish about. You will not believe I still buy this (refer the review I
made on their first album). It is cool that they strongly believe in what
they do. Again, the Malay myth, heroism is still the concept (and they even
dress with Malay traditional costume). 13 tracks (more than 1 hour) which
includes 5 tracks from the previous album. 2 tracks are instrumental
traditional folk music (where you can almost dance while listening). The
rest are new songs and this time the music changes and keyboard + female
vocals are added together. There some tracks with normal male and female
vocals which sounded like Theatre Of Tragedy rip off (these tracks also
reminds me of a great local doom band UNDEAD). The song "Bisikan Yang
Menyesatkan" (death/rock kind of music) is my only fave and the only track
composed by Panglima Guruh Keramat.
UNVEILED / TRAUMA
(Malaysia / Indonesia)
Psychic Scream Entertainment, 2000
2 S.E.Asian brutal death metal in one CD. Both bands playing US style of
death metal. As we all know Indonesia has the biggest metal scene in SEA and
have a lot of brutal bands. TRAUMA is not the best one for me and I can’t
also suggest which one is the best. Listening to TRAUMA means you listen to
the Indonesian scene as they represent hundreds of bands that play in the
similar style TRAUMA played. As for Malaysia, there is only handful of
brutal death bands. So it is a bit hard to choose and labeled as ‘the best’
band. UNVEILED have progressed a lot since their demo and their tracks here
can be said as the best from them so far. I was surprise that Malaysia can
produce brutal band like UNVEILED. So along NECROTIC CHAOS, DREADED, now
UNVEILED. UNVEILED delivers 4 tracks while TRAUMA contributes 5 including a
Fleshgrind cover. Both band have to work a lot on the sound if they want to
stand up higher in today scene where death metal is said making a comeback.
Comparing these two bands, TRAUMA is much better.
UNVEILED, No. 9 Jln 7/3, Tmn Desa, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia.
TRAUMA, Komplek P.W.I. Blok I 123, Jln. Tajuk Rencana, Cipinang Muara,
Jakarta Timur 13420, Indonesia.
[3/5] / [3.5/5]
Nebiula Productions, 2000
This was supposed to be released by Sonic Wave International but
Nebiula is now responsible for releasing this album. The band is known as
VEHEMENT and has a self-titled demo out in 1999. This CD feature 9 songs
with 2 songs are new. The rest are available in the demo mentioned earlier
but I am not sure whether all the old one is taken directly or new
recording. Actually, there 9 ‘titled’ tracks and 22 untitled tracks. These
‘untitled’ tracks are 4 sec guitar riff and repeated for 22 times before the
CD really end. Creative idea and work well for CD but I am not sure about
the cassette version. “Vehement” is a thrash metal release (as some magazine
said) but not entirely true since they are mixing various kind of style. Or
maybe thrash is not suitable to be called since “Vehement” is not aggressive
enough either musically or vocally. Maybe can be called modern metal or
heavy metal? I don’t think I like what I am hearing. Musically they are not
bad I guess. They have quite good solos and some songs using guitar effects,
which I like. Don’t question their musicianship as the songs prove it. But
what I don’t like that it doesn’t offer the intensity, aggression that I
seek in a metal release. Or maybe the songs are not my cup tea.
VINTAGE SOLEMNITY (Turkey)
Curtains Of Adjectives
They improved a lot since the last
time I listen to them. I guess they found the style they are good at. But
they still use the drum machine and that is their weakest point. I guess
they should consider or search the third member to handle the drum. The CD-R
offers 4 tracks (20 minutes) of melodic dark metal. The vocals here are
varied, from scream to growling. They also incorporate the synthesizer in
the right way. All the bad things I dislike from their old demo are not
present here (except for that drum machine). I guess the vocal sometimes
irritates me. The CD-R comes with glossy b/w cover. I was informed that this
release will be re-released by A Brazilian label (Vampiria, if I am not
mistaken). Choose either one. I hope the new version will use the same cover
concept. I like the graphics in the CD inserts.
c/o K.G. PK 629 06445 Yenisehir Ankara, Turkey.
Books Of Illusion: Chapter 1
25 minutes, 7 tracks of 'eclectic
dark experimental soundscapes'. The first thing that comes into my mind was
Mortis and other dark wave projects. But I am not so sure whether I made the
right comparison after listening to this CD-R. I don't know how to classify
the songs. Dark metal maybe or just 'dark experimental' like the bio said.
The VLE, the one and only person behind VLE really know how to create dark,
mesmerizing, atmospheric and serene songs. It is not all synth, keys and
samplers but still have few great metal touches. Track 3 is one of the best
dark metal songs I have heard. VLE is often compared to Burzum, but not
entirely. This is not for orthodox metal diehard fans. Recommended to those
who seek soft and serene dark music. VLE is now in the process of finishing
the trilogy of this 'book'. Chapter 2 is already available.
c/o J. Ross 455 West 34th St. #14C New York, NY10001 USA.
The first time I heard of them is with a track called “Thy Lord Vrykolakas”
in one local compilation (in 1994/95, not really remember). They play black
metal on that time. And it was a shock listening to the one track promo tape
they release prior of this CD, “Nutfah”, because of the drastic change in
their music. Finally I got this full release in CD. A fair sounding 5
tracked, 20 minutes MCD which comes with in slip case casing. All the songs
also available before as split tapes and there are few versions of the tape
release of these songs released by underground label worldwide. Brutal
death/grind is what they play now. The US style to be exact with few types
of growling vocals. You should already get the picture of how they sound
like. Only RM 20 for Malaysian or USD 6 worldwide.
c/o Khairil, Blk 44, Chai Chee Street, #12-108, Singapore 461044.
c/o Andy, Blk 403, Serangoon Ave, #07-31, Singapore 550403.
5 tracks, 15 minutes of non-metal music perform by members of INFERNAL
NECROMANCY (Japanese black metal). It seems like bands will mostly have an
ambient project or project like this one. What you will hear are tortured,
horrifying black metal vocal, screams, accompany by samplers, sound of
thunder, fire, etc. No melody or maybe no music at all. If you are into
weird stuffs, try this one.
A 5 tracked thrash/death demo/promo. I am not so sure about the history of
this band. They consist of Arto Ovaskainen (drums), Joakim Soldehed (vocals
and bass) and Jouni Hertell (guitars). What you will hear on this CD is
basic thrash that you can hear from most old-school thrash bands, mainly the
German one. It is easy to say that WOUNDS is just another retro band. They
can make good solo, which I seem to like and there is one thing that makes
them differ with the rest of retro bands. The dual vocals, one in gory death
type and the other one are screaming like the one we can hear in grindcore
music. It may not be hard to do this kind of singing when you are recording
in studio. Well, maybe some will say that but listen to the last track,
“Chaos Theory”. It’s a live track and you can clearly hear to vocalist
changes his vocal type. This demo CD-R comes with black/white cover and
include lyrics from 2 of the songs presented.
WOUNDS, Kolkkalankatu 6, 29200 Harjavalta, Finland.
WRATH OF GIBRYLE
I first listen to this band in
Legions of The Dark compilation (and that track is also present here). I
guess most of the people do not know they have a CD out. This mini album
published by Ampcast.com and just like mp3.com or website alike, they also
sell their 'artist' CD besides giving server space for the artist's mp3. It
is not easy for me to get a copy of this CD. The band doesn't have copies of
this CD and ask to me to buy from the website. Since I don't own a credit
card, there's no way for me to get this CD. Through some hassle, I finally
got one (thanks guys!). All the troubles faced really paid off. Only 5
tracks present (17+ mins) and Azrieldjinn made and played them all. It's a
one-man project (thus the drum machine..) but on 2 tracks a person name
Wrathamon played the drum and Agretator did some vocals on 1 track. Melodic
black/death metal with great melodic guitar works. They did a good job on
this one (except for the drum). Hope to hear more from them soon.
So Rock, 2000
This is my first full-length from
China. Since everything is Chinese-written, I can only figure out the band
name and got the some translation from a friend. 10 tracks, 40+ minutes of
death metal. Not fast death metal like you might assume, just mid pace like
slower version of Sil Khannaz. The growl is not harsh or deep enough. You
can clearly hear the words spit out by the vocalist. Good guitar playing and
solos. An above average release but this is not extreme enough.