Added August 5, 2003
Evoking The Abomination
Evil Vangence, 2000
This CD is quite old to be reviewed here. I just got this promo and I
believe that good metal is timeless so here is the review. 8 tracks of
brutal death that only South Americans know how to play like Rebaelliun,
Krisiun… That should be clear enough of how ABHORRENCE sounds like. They
already got new album out but that is not a concrete reason to miss out
"Evoking The Abomination"!
Arte Pagano Records, 1998
Arte Pagano Records, 2000
I got both albums copied in one CD-R and I have never reviewed any CD-R I
got from trading except for this one. First, they are from the 'exotic land'
like Malaysia (if you call M'sia exotic) and deliver a quite interesting
metal music. I'll give you a clue of what AMMIT sounds like… NUN SLAUGHTER.
I don't have to elaborate more on the music you can figure it out yourself.
"Steel Inferno" contains nine songs. Well executed, the sound is a bit raw.
"Mass Suicide" is much better. Also nine songs (with atmospheric keyboard
intro in the songs) presented but in a faster and heavier style. Listening
to the new album makes me think "Mass Suicide" is the real 'steel inferno'
compared to "Steel Inferno". I really hope the original copies of these two
albums are still available. If not, I have missed out a good band from the
3/5 | 4/5-Syukri
The General's Awakening
It is great to hear
more new underground bands in the scene especially when you don't expect to
get hold of their releases. But after reading the bio I realized that I made
my conclusion too soon. Formed in 1990 and already released 2 demos. "The
General's Awakening" is the band's first pro-release. This MCD brings you
heavy metal, which I don't have much to complain about. They have good riffs
and the solo is quite slow which suites the song but I guess if they play
the guitar faster, the result will be much better. We will not hear the last
of them yet.
c/o Fabio Smareglia, Via Torino, 45, 12034 Paesana (CN), Italy.
ARKHON INFAUSTUS (France)
A disbolicallly exquisite unity of abysmal Black and Death Metal
unlike anything ever heard since SARCOFAGO ,BLASPHEMY, early MORBID ANGEL
and ANGELCORPSE. Full of chaos, the madness, the utter evilness is truly a
rare an intense beautiful thing. A Elite material.
Norway`s Arvinger plays something that I can describe as
"Atmospheric Viking Metal". The band was formed in 2000 and surprisingly
they are not bad at all! Arvinger consists of 2 talented musicians and have
created 9 great viking metal songs. Do not expect any english songs in "Helgards
Fall" (although the title is in English) because all the lyrics are written
in Norwegian Language. They have got a little originality by combining
nordic folk music with black metal. Hauk is a very talented musician I must
say. He played all the instruments (guitars, drums, bass and also keyboard)
and he wrote all the songs. I hail him for that. The production isn't really
good (the album was recorded at their own studio) but you can still hear
everything clearly. They have got also some guest musicians with 2 girls
providing the female vocal part. "Kalt Ved Navn", "Ut Fra Havn" and "Fanget
Av Vinden" (fucking great song) are some of the tracks that I enjoy
listening. "Helgards Fall" is definitely worth listening, a great viking
metal album that I have ever listened coming from Norway besides Einherjer's
"Norwegian Native Art" and of course Enslaved's "Frost".
Les Heurs Du Mal
Magnum Music, 2001
A great looking digi-pack complete
with a booklet and a transparent plastic case. I hope the music is as great
as the packaging. For the first few tracks it's great but after that, they
show what they really are. Actually I don't know what they call their music
but hard rock is what I'd label it. They mix lots of styles here. The second
track is a true King Diamond rip off, the music, the falsetto voice. Then
comes a thrashy song, "Midnight Breakout". The rest is hard rock which only
pleases the fans of this style. They put keyboards and violins in their
songs too. There are 15 tracks all together including 2 bonuses and 5 demo
tracks. The second CD is a video CD (yes, it is a double disk digi-pack!)
featuring the band in the studio, interview, etc but it's all in Chinese.
Thumbs up for the packaging, the rest needs more consideration for extreme
Laos Heavy Metal
Do you ever expect metal coming from Laos? Well, now you have to open your
mind a bit, metal is everywhere! But BOHALN is not really my type of metal.
This is commercial heavy metal/hard rock music. Commercial sound and most of
the songs here are too 'radio-friendly', too soft which I can't say it as
metal. The songs are sung in their mother-tongue. There are few songs which
are quite okay, heavy/thrash like Metallica but that is not enough. I am
looking for heavier, underground band from Laos. If you are reading this,
please contact us! By the way, they already have their second album out "Manood".
They said the second one will not get you disappointed and I have read some
reviews that prove their claim. I really hope that is true!
The Torso Killers
After Abhorer, I can't remember when the last time I heard superb death
metal from Singapore was. BUNUH is still far from that cult band but this is
great enough and should not be missed. They release this on the own but a
damn pro one, not even most labels can do. "The Torso Killers" is released
on a digipak format! Although it have 7 songs but the length is just 20+
minutes. Makhluq is no longer on the vocals and now they are a five piece
band (they were a trio on their demo). Comparing the demo with this new
release, there are huge improvements. The music is much more fast and
brutal. They are quite good back then but this is much better. The last two
tracks are bonus tracks but why are these tracks as 'bonus'? There are no
notes about that in the CD except for the last tracks which originally
belong to Brutal Fear (a track from their demo 1997) but that is not really
a surprise since BUNUH consist of members of that now-defunct band. 'Bunuh'
means 'kill' in English and the word suit them fine this time.
BUNUH, Blk 220, #05-339, Yishun ST 21, S 760220.
Cold Blood Industries, 2003
12 tracker CD of death thrash music. Instead of printing their pictures,
they put cartoon characters inside the booklet which looks like some comic
superheroes and their villains and used 3D computer graphics on the covers.
We rarely see these in the extreme metal scene especially in death/thrash
genre. You can say it is unique and I hope we can say the same on the music.
This is my first time listening to them and musically they are good except
for the vocals which I think are too soft for this style. You can still hear
the aggression on the vocals (there are few growling parts) but it is not
hard and harsh enough. I thought they are a new band but they are not. The
foundation of this band is dated from 1989 and this is their 3rd album. With
the history of more than 10 years usually bands are either at their peak or
mellowing (in other words, 'wimping out') and Crustacean is in the middle.
The Secondary Quest
Trinity Records Hong Kong, 2002
I assumed the CD-R Thanit gave me
is a copy of their debut CD. Now I got the actual CD and it has more tracks.
Their melodic death/black metal songs started to grow in me. They know how
to use the keyboard to enrich the songs. The CD comes with an 8page color
booklet that includes the lyrics. I still can't get the drum machine into my
system. The CD includes a bonus track, 1 new demo track and 2 songs from
their EP 1998. The band now got their complete 'human' line-up and said to
be playing brutal death metal for their next album.
c/o Thanit Thepsitrakorn, 21/2 Soi Suan oi 1, Samsen Rd. Dusit, Bangkok
Iron Pegasus Records, 2003
After last year "Cold Steel...." full-length album. Aussie warrior return
back with a new and impresive bestial attack again full of powerfull epic
riffing, immense full drum work and aggressive hateful blowing vocals. Also
available in Limited Picture Mini LP.
The Art of Blasphemy
Hmm.. I think the album name should
have been The Art of Ear Shattering Brutal Death Metal. This is one Awesome
masterpiece must for anyone into the Death Grind genre. Bleeding your ears
to this album clocking 32 mins with 10 tracks will surely make you agree
with the album title I gave them. It starts off with a 2 min intro done on
guitars and drums and then BANG !!! Surprise element is that the 6th track
gives you a definite feel of those black metal symphonies, wonder what made
these guys waste 5 mins on a song like this one. Just over half an Hour of
pulversing brutal speed and riffs with lyrics dealing on themes like anti-christ
and death. I would say that Dementor doesn't have their own style of music,
yet, but they do know what they are doing and do it very well.
c/o Rene Blahusiak, Vajanskeho 154, 020 01 Puchov, Slovakia.
Xtreem Music, 2003
Necrofuckingholocaust!!! Yeah I guess that`s the right word to describe the
third album from the sickest band on plane earth, none other than the true
Disgorge. There has been a lot of false rumours about the band splitting up,
but the Mexican goregrinders are back with a new deadly album which in my
opinion the best they have ever recorded.8 songs are presented in this
album.Do not expect any long song titles like in the previous
albums."Necrholocaust" is an in-your-face album with simple song titles like
"Sodomic Baptism", "Goremassacre Perversity", "Boiling Vomit Through My
Veins" and so on. Antimo vocal work is still supreme, low brutal-as-fuck
growl with high pitch shriek. Willy displays his brutal drumming with more
fast snare grinding than before.One of the best thing that can be found in
this album is the great production made by Edgar (guitarist of the band) and
Carlos Padilla (the sound engineer). Unlike the previous albums, you can
hear all the riffs clearly in "Necrholocaust". Great album like this always
deserve a full rating, so I wouldn't hesitate to give it to "Necrholocaust".
I strongly recommend this mind blowing album to all brutal metal freaks, buy
At The Conclave
Grind It!, 2002
6 tracks with almost 50 minutes of music. When the CD starts I already
imagine that this will be a great release. That is due to the King
Diamond-like falsetto voice. The press sheet labeled them as progressive
black metal. It is indeed progressive. Many vocals styles and instruments
(saxophone, cello, violin, synth). And not to mention that they also combine
several metal styles as well in one song. I only like them on the few
minutes of the first song, mainly on the mid-pace part (with those clear
vocals) which sounds like a depressive doom songs at times. When they start
'speeding' and when the grow vocals comes in, things seem to be falling
apart. Trinity Records Hong Kong is their official distributor in Asia and
fans of everything that is 'progressive' should hunt this from THRK.
I have seen a lot of their flyers. Only now I got the chance to her them.
FANGORN is a melodic death/black metal band (or 'Fangorn Death Metal' as
they say it) and this CD is their third. The music excites me a bit at the
first but towards the end of this CD the excitement becomes thinner and
thinner. The songs are in German and they have female vocal which have the
same important role as the male (black metal) growl. The songs will be a bit
better if in English, especially on the female vocals part. She has a good
voice. Overall the music will not drive you crazy. They are mid-pace most of
the time and the songs are too long. Unless you like 'calm death metal' and
like more metal added into Theater of Tragedy then you can skip this CD.
c/o Sylke Beyer, Am Gorbitzbach 5, 01159 Dresden, Germany.
Chaos In The Flesh
4 tracks (20 minutes) self-released MCD. This is their second release after
having a demo out in the year 2000. This MCD was made with their own effort
and I should they did it quite well. The packaging itself are professional,
not to mention the sound and of course the most important, the music is
above average. A job well done! Death metal (that is what they said in the
bio) is what this Dutch trio will bring to you but not the usual death/grind
type (except for the vocals). They blend in thrash and certain fast part
they are like the new Impiety. They are formed in 1999 and with a demo out,
they did a Euro tour covering five countries. And with this new mini out,
they might do another tour and I can imagine how intense the show will be.
The proof is in "Chaos In The Flesh".
c/o Peter de Jonge, Klaproos 21, 4421 MA Kapelle, Holland.
So Rock! 2003
HERESY was formed in the cold winter of 1997 from Nanchang/China. New
materials have been prepared before the release of "Hymnody". This time they
wanted to make it more symphonic and atmosphere as they got lots of
inspiration from this kind of bands, and they even tried to write lyrics in
English. In August 2002, After some rehearsals, their second full length
album was recorded and produced by the band themselves in So Rock! Studio in
Shijiazhuang/China. The rhythm parts of the album were done by software
instead of real drumer due to lack of proper recording equipments. The band
currently does not have a clear music style. The band members have great
interesting in dramatic scenes and like the solo parts of neoclassic metal
bands very much. They will try to combine these 2 elements in their new
songs. Though still lots of defects, the new album sounds much better than
"Hymnody". some great black metal chaos with this make them more symphonic
HUMAN MINCER (Spain)
Xtreem Music, 2002
Spanish band at its best! This band knows how to deliver Brutal Death Metal
to the highest level! Spain`s Human Mincer plays Brutal Death Metal in the
vein of Disgorge (US), Pyrexia, Suffocation etc but a little faster than
their mentors. I haven't heard their previous releases before this but they
were known to play Death/Thrash before converting themselves to Brutal Death
Metal. But hey, that doesn't mean that they couldn't survive in the scene
(Death Metal scene I mean).They have done their best with the release of "Embryonized".9
well-executed songs are offered in this album. The vocalist Carlos has a
gore-like vocal style. I have no idea where did they find the drummer (from
hell I think haha!) but I'm impressed with his drumming...fucking brutal! He
nicely arranges the parts and his double bass work is quite fast and
impressive. Good production, they have got heavy sound but I can still
listen to every single riffs the guitarist is playing. To say the least,
this is a great Brutal Death Metal album...another great band from Spain
This is a Death/Doom Metal band
from Hong Kong and I got this demo from a friend of mine who was lucky
enough to get hold of this masterpiece. 6 devastating tracks of pure
doom/death metal coming straight from a band that I guess has been around
for a while. The Chinese side of the globe is much into Black Metal than
Death metal and after listening to these guys (Hyponic) its good that people
leave death metal alone cause I think it would be difficult for anyone to
play like Hyponic. The song structure, speed, vocals and the music itself
reminds me of typical mid 90's death metal with nice slow parts and deep
deep vocals. The recording too is good for a demo CD, clocking just over 30
mins these guys are worth your CD player and I must say that they definetly
will/should go a long way.
c/o CHAN Chung Man, Room 2, 6/F, Block B, Yee Fat Building, Wo Yee Hop
Road, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong.
Kaos Kommand 696
If you think "Skullfucking Armageddon" is their most brutal release, then
think again. The statement in the press release "Most extreme black/death
metal band from Asia! Unchallenged to date!" is not just a marketing
strategy but that's the truth. I don't know what to say if the next album
goes beyond "Kaos Kommand 696" which I know IMPIETY will not sacrifice their
style and slowing down the music. Never! 8 tracks of…what should I call it?…
black atomic warmetal? The digipak and LP version will have 2 extra tracks.
I am now hoping for all the three versions to be able to pass through Kastam
Trishul Records, 2002
8 tracks CD, 40+ minutes. I still have the flyers of the Metal Fest they
played in 1997 and "14/07" is the date of the fest. Must be the most
memorable day for them. Not much info heard about them until recently, I was
being informed about this album. Some members of RUDRA are in this band so
that is the strong point of checking this band out. Playing melodic death
metal. They put some excerpts from movies in some songs like those done in
brutal death/grind metal and they do not have one specific theme for this
album. Whenever term 'melodic' is used, my attention will be drawn to the
Swedish metal scene. I guess the speed and the guitars are not like those
Swedish, giving them a bit of their own style. Keyboards are also used to
enrich the songs. The best song for me is "Bhima (The Fearless)", the music
and also the lyrics. There are actually lots of interesting parts in the
songs that will suit the fans of melodic metal with growling vocals.
KATAFALK (The Netherlands)
Storm Of The Horde
Cold Blood Industries, 2003
A nice CD to start the year 2003.
Just few weeks ago I received IMPIETY's latest release, and the madness
continues with "Storm Of The Horde". This album is the band's debut album
released on January 2003 comprised of 13 tracks. "The musical style is
dominated by brutal blast beats and aggressive riffing". Yes and no one will
argue with that because that is exactly what you will hear from the first
track "Succubus" till the last, "Baptized In Fire". 30+ minutes of straight,
raging death/thrash musick. A stunning mixture of death and thrash which is
a great treat for your metallic ears.
KATAFALK, Bedumerstraat 141-A, 9716
BH GRONINGEN, The Netherlands.
Regain Records, 2003
With departure of rabid drummer Fredrik Anderson it was questioned if Marduk
would still be as brutal, fast and destructive as with their past release
but Emil Dragutinovic is a perfect replacement even adding some speed plus
diversity to the new tracks.
And The Blood Runs Black
Moribund Records, 2003
After several obscure underground US black metal warriors SUMMON decided to
release a new full length through well known and respected US Black Metal
label Moribund. The album is an exciting high-octane-driven mix of Black and
Death Metal emphasizing on satanic speed and raw spiked metal supreme.
Golden Lake, 2003
The band starts as Imperator in 1998 before changing to MITHRAS. With this
new name, they released a MCD before having this full-length out. I hope I
typed enough … up there. 12 tracks (46+ min) of dark, heavy and intense
death metal. Pretty similar to the gods Morbid Angel! The CD starts with a
dark haunting intro, suitable for any horror flick. You can hear more of
these in some tracks and I like them a lot. Sometimes the press sheet is
full of nice words to describe the product but this I have to agree with the
press sheet. They are one the most promising death metal bands in the UK and
they will go far.
c/o Leon Macey, 116 Murray Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, England, UK.
I don't follow or know the history of this band but I think they achieved 'kult'
status among the followers of French underground black metal. I only have a
slipcase promo so I can't tell how the actual release looks like. 9 tracks
(45 minutes) and the songs are equally divided into three parts; "From The
Evil Vortex", "Predominance Of Belzebuth" and "…To The Suicidal Void". I
reviewed their "Hail Satanas…" EP in the previous issue but I still don't
find strong reason to like their music (Perhaps my heart is not black
enough?). Plain black metal and the drums sound like it is being programmed.
Never Mind The MSBR, Here's The Napalmed
In the previous issue we got their promo songs, now here the actual release.
The CD feature two tracks; "MBR Not MSBR" and "Never Mind The MSBR, Here's
The MFBR" and this CD circulate for 72 minutes. I thought NAPALMED is a
one-man project. Well, they are not one,but four person behind this band!
Okay, now I have to admit that I hail the bands this style because of the
ability creating the music (if you can call it music) and the fans listening
to it (and also hail myself for manage to listen to the whole CD although
not more than twice). What I hear is only loops of sounds (not from musical
instruments I think). I am not into this stuff but I praised them of
releasing this CD on their own. The gatefold booklet is interesting and it
is the most colorful booklet I ever seen in my life.
c/o Radek Kopel, Lipova 1123, 434 01 Most, Czech Republic.
The Divine Art Of Torture
Season Of Myth, 2003
What can you expect from a band
which have some professional musicians behind it? Surely a good release
isn't it? Well that's what you'll get if you buy Necrophagia's "The Divine
Art Of Torture".Ohio gore freaks are back with a new album after the highly
acclaimed 1998`s "Holocausto De La Morte". Gore master Killjoy have gathered
some professional musicians to play with him and I just can say that he had
finally found the best line up for Necrophagia. The addition of Mirai
Kawashima (Sigh, Cutthroat) surely brings Necrophagia to the highest
position in the gore/horror metal genre. Mirai potrays his haunted skills in
this album which in my opinion the best he have ever done! He have filled
the horror sound in this album with his synth/keyboards brilliantly!
Frediablo (Gorelord, Wurdulak) and Fug (Wurdulak) did their job well
handling the guitars. Titta Tani have also added some brutality with his
killer double bass attack. As for Killjoy, his vocal work in "The Divine Art
Of Torture" really caught my attention! This is one of the best vocal work I
have ever heard! First class shriek mixed with some brutal growl...fucking
brilliant! My favourite tracks are Blaspheme The Body, Maim Attraction
(lyrics written by Silonez), The Sick Room and Rue Morgue Disciple. I can
simply listen to this album over and over again. I have to agree with
Killjoy`s words.This album is really heavy, violent and horror filled. The
artwork is painted by Basil Gogos (known for his great work on Rob Zombie,
Misfits etc). Highly recommended to all serial killers out there! Buy this
album and kill more losers!!!
NECROTIC CHAOS (Malaysia)
Ultra Hingax Production, 2003
This is it! Their very first album after more than a decade of existence.
Yes, "Regime Grotesque" is the title of Malaysia`s NECROTIC CHAOS album. 8
tracks are featured in this album (including one instrumental) which in my
opinion are quite chaotic. Brutal Death Metal is what they are playing and I
must say that I`m impressed with this release. The band are heavily
influenced by Morbid Angel, Death, a little Cannibal Corpse etc. They
managed to create some brutal parts in most of the songs. I can hear almost
all the riffs (thanks to the great production courtesy of Nebiula Sound
Recording). Great vocal work by Adik and brilliant blistering solos by Jadam.
Some songs that worth listening are the title track (Regime Grotesque),
Necrochemical Suicide, Necrotic Chaos (a lust macabre). The album comes with
a great artwork by Desmond Sia (Impiety, Angelcorpse, Abhorrence etc). This
album is undoubtedly the best Death Metal album ever released by a Malaysian
band since the legendary "Conception Of Madness" by Sil Khannaz!
Label: firstname.lastname@example.org (album,
In The Garment Of Lust
Perennial Quest Records, 2002
Slovakia is breeding many brutal
death bands. Now they have PERVERSITY added in the huge list. The band was
formed in 1995 and "In The Garment…" is their debut after 2 releasing demos.
This CD is not really interesting actually or outstanding. It has 9 tracks,
more than 30 minutes of music. In some songs they added keyboards and
melodic riffings but that didn't help. For me this is just average. I guess
fans of brutal death metal might love this CD.
This is the debut full-length of this hard rock band. I was confused at
first looking at the CD's back cover, 'Rockwerk Records 1991' was printed
there but actually this album was recorded and released in 2003, using their
own fund. 12 tracks (including the last track which is a bonus track),
almost 50 minutes of music. This is melodic hard rock/heavy metal indeed, it
has those part where members of the band singing together some lines in the
song (which I don't really like). The CD was recorded at their own studio
and due to that the guitar sound is not really good and suitable for black
metal songs. The 4 page booklet only displays the songs titles and some
c/o Thorsten Beermann,
RITUAL DAY (China)
Mort Productions, 2002
Chinese band delivering 40+ minutes of black metal. I got no info about the
band and everything is in Chinese except for the line-up name and track
titles. They consist of 4 young guys (they are not using corpse paint so I
can guess from the pictures); Nong Yong (vocals/guitar), Pei Lei (bass),
Xhang Xin (lead guitar) and Li Yang (drums). Influenced by Norwegian black
acts and it is fast, chaotic and intense. The vocals are powerful but I must
curse some calm parts in some songs. If I am not mistaken, the third track
is the same track featured in Resurrection Of The Gods Volume 1. Nicely
design booklet. Generally the band is good but still lack some strong point
that will make they stand higher in the huge 'lake' of black metal release.
"Sky Lake" is easily like-able and easily forgotten.
Mort Productions; email@example.com
Quaerite Lux In Tenebris...
Xtreem Music, 2002
I haven't heard a lot of bands from Russia except for Nokturnal Mortum,
Satarial and the one that I'm reviewing now, none other and Rossomhaar. "Quaerite
Lux In Tenebris..." is the second album from the band after "Imperium
Tenebrarum". The new album is definitely the best the have ever done so far.
Rossomahaar plays Atmospheric Black Metal and this album reminds me a lot of
Dimmu Borgir and a little Rotting Christ. Despite having some skillful
musicians, the result of "Quaerite Luc In Tenebris.." is quite outstanding.
The drummer is quite good and skillful. Some of the songs are catchy well
composed and I like "Beneath The Fading Eclipse" song a lot. I must say that
they have a bright future if they keep on producing a great album like this.
This release plays an important role in placing the band as one of the best
Russian Black Metal band around.
The Soul That Never Die
Magnum Music, 2001
Heard so many good things about
this band. "The Soul..." is their debut and is also released in Europe by
Arise Records (Spain). I thought they played symphonic power metal. They
open for Angra's show in Taipei so I took the easy way making my conclusion.
Musically they are not far away from Angra and both the bands are quite
alike (and even Iron Maiden, In Flames). Great guitar works throughout the
CD (for 60 minutes!) which will make you bang your head like mad till they
fall off. I am amazed with them musically. Even traces of Iron Maiden can be
heard! The only thing I am not quite fond of is the vocals. Using both male
blackish growling and a lead female (normal) vocal, both I think does not
suit the music. The female vocal really gets on my nerves sometimes. If the
only thing you care about is the music and like the female vocals, this one
Magnum Music, 2002
The label didn't seem to sacrifice
the packaging of its products. "Equal Spirit" comes with neatly design and
thick booklet. Sadly, it is in Chinese but the music (in CD-R) is the
English version of this album (the songs in Metal Treasure compilation taken
from this album). As the press sheet stated, "Once again, Seraphim will blow
their fans away". The debut left not-so-good impact on me but the mixing by
the guys at Studio Fredman does make me a bit "blown away". Pay didn't
change much of her vocals but in "Equal Spirit" everything is well placed.
They head into an even more melodic metal style. Still, they have a touch of
their power metal trademark but the solos sometimes remind me of the
Gothenburg death metal. I rarely find a 70+ minutes album that doesn't bore
me and I found it in "Equal Spirit".
The Serpent Dance
Golden Lake, 2002
Here comes the third full-length from UK doomster. 9 tracks, 36 minutes.
This is their second release with Golden Lake after a MCD in year 2000. They
can't be labeled as doom anymore. We just go with the press sheet, 'exciting
progressive death metal' because they are not the band which I know in "The
28th Parallel". 'Exciting'? Okay, I can agree with that. You can still hear
the doom riff but in a bit fast pace but still got the deep growl like most
bands. They now got Mithras's vocalist in the band and already threw out
almost all clean vocals. Raynor Coss have an excellent throat. I only heard
their debut and the MCD. The debut is good in a way and I don't want to
compare it with this latest opus. But between "Plague of Time" MCD and this
one, "The Serpent Dance" is a bit more interesting.
19 Castlehill Drive, Newton Mearns, Glasgow G77 5JZ, Scotland, United
Suspended In Misery
This is a self-released CD containing 9 tracks (39+ minutes). This Canadian
performs brutal death metal with groovy and grinding parts throughout the
songs. The songs are intense and heavy. I think they used some effect on the
voice (the growl) but the result is really good. They also put some samples
taken from movies and they credit the movie in the CD and we can't see this
quite often. Simple (and primitive) booklet design which also includes
lyrics of the songs. Not bad at all but "Suspended In Misery" is not the
best for me and can easily replaced with other CDs in my collection.
SERRATED SCAPEL, P.O.Box 68038, RPO Osborne Village, Winnepeg, Manitoba,
R3L 2V9, Canada.
SWORDS OF DARKNESS (USA)
Trinity Records Hong Kong, 2003
The band consist two blood brothers with origin from Vietnam but
now reside in the USA. I am not sure which country I should put them in so I
choose the one where they are now living. Previously they release "Masters
Of The Nebulah Forest" demo/MCD 2000 and a self-titled promo MCD in 2002.
Both are released in very limited quantity and I only manage to get a bad
tape copy of their demo by trading. The first demo supposes to be released
in cassette by some label and I waited but nothing had been released so far.
So I can't compare this debut with the previous output but I am sure this CD
is their best release to date. With Dimmu Borgir as their influence and yes
you will hear the 'cheesy' elements of Dimmu Borgir music. Symphonic black
metal, melodic and with keyboards. The CD starts with a video track which
you can view using your computer. It is a video for the song "Midwinter
Atrocities" (track #3), recorded in a forest. Good video but the viewing
quality is quite bad. The problem is the video is in a compressed format
(real media format) and you can imagine the poor video quality. Most modern
hi-fi will skip the first track. The music clocked for almost 58 minutes
(minus 15 second for the video). Various styles of growl used and the
keyboards are well placed. Beside metal music, there are some calm
atmospheric keyboard passages throughout the music as well. Perhaps many of
you are pissing on DB but give SOD a chance. Complex and melodious effort
such as "Heathendom" from two souls (with real drum), well, they should get
credit for that.
c/o Gary Vu, 1605 Marshall St. NE, Menneapolis, Minnesota 55413, USA.
Cold Blood Industries, 2003
I wonder what written on the back of the booklet means. We will find that
out in the interview. They are referring themselves as the slayers of jihad
and the lyrics are about the battle of against the Turks. The bio sheet is
too simple. Probably this is their first album but that does not mean they
are inexperience. They got some ex-Deadhead and Altar members in the band.
So have no doubt about them. They are really brutal and with the unique
blasphemous theme, "The Apotheosis" is supposed to be in your collection. I
think it will be great to read the news headline about Al-Qaeda attacking a
heavy metal band. If they survive then we will hear even more brutal stuff
THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT, Wortmanstraat 148, 8265 AG Kampen-Holland.
Xtreem Music, 2003
This is a very unique band I must say. Can you imagine 9 people playing in
one band and they are using unique instruments such as clarinet and bagpipe?
I couldn't imagine how their live performance would be like...Well anyway
Spain`s UserNe plays folk music mixed with Black Metal which have resulted a
brilliant music style. I`m not really a fan of this kind of metal music but
they have blown me with "Tarantos". UserNe simply reminds me of Norway's
Storm but they are much better because of the great musicians behind the
band. The vocalist vocal work reminds me of Fernando Rebeiro from Moonspell.
With the addition of Spanish folk music, they have got a lot of originality
in their hands and I`m happy to say that this band is hard to defeat if
there's another folk band that wish to challenge them in terms of
originality.13 tracks are presented in this album and I love all of them!
There are actually 14 people involved in the recording of "Tarantos" (5
guest musicians). The only thing that disappoints me a lot is that they are
singing in Spanish language... I couldn't understand a word they are saying.
But hey, that's what traditional folk music is all about isn't it? If you
are looking for a band with a lot of originality, UserNe is the best band
that I could recommend so far. "Tarantos" is definitely a masterpiece the
band has ever created. This album will be remembered for a long time I
Closed Eyes To Nothing
Retribute Records, 2000
This is one Band that has a style
that you don't often get to hear. Intense growls in short breaks with fast
guitar shredding to go with. Slow parts in almost every track with
screeching screams ala black metal, lots of short drum rolls and a nice
complete compositions which leave you asking for more. I think they should
try to experiment a little more with the vocals all in all a good release
and a great band, this is one band that looks promising so watch out for
them and try to get a copy of this album somehow, it's worth it. 10 brutal
tracks totalling 31 bloody minutes.
c/o Rusty Adams, 80 Foster Trace Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30043 USA.
VEDIOG SVAOR (France)
In the Distance
Paragon International, 2001
6 tracks, 47 minutes. The booklet is neat and uniquely designed
but no info available except for the tracks title and the band address.
Originally this album is released in cassette (it's a demo) in 1998. Chaotic
raw black metal, the vocals scream hysterically and bad sounding drums. I
think you can imagine how suck a one-man black metal project? The unique
thing here is the band some element which they said as 'psychedelic' which
is influenced by Pink Floyd and Cathedral. This is very true because and on
those 'psychedelic' parts they sound really awful. The sound is not right
for having such thing. Normal vocals (sung in French) with slow music and
sometimes with acoustic guitar should have a clear sound and a 'nicer'
sounding guitar (the raw sound on the guitar really annoying). VEDIOG SVAOR
is interesting if they made the things right.
2, Rue De Belledonne, 38400 St. Martin D'Heres, France.