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After their great beer and pub demo “Das Spiel Ist Aus” this new one just continues. Like you open another sixpack. Vocalstyle is just the same. Drums are the same. The guitars are just adding some things. Lyrics are still entertaining. The recording is better than the pre demo and that is good news. Now we can enjoy more this nice kut band. And lo …

26/02/2009
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Dutch band Keihard Kut Ensemble (something like: extreme hard shit band) has released their 2nd demo in 2002. Don’t expect some technical grind but simplistic rock and metal. To tell the truth it is more hilarious and funny. The singer is no singer but a narrator who is trying to sing, haha. Guitars are playing easy metal riffs and drums are mostly …

26/02/2009
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Kehlvin are Self-described as progressive hardcore. Their record “Mountain Daylight Time” gives you plenty of space for your mind to expand into. Lots of varying dynamics in this one. Musical motifs are introduced and then developed eventually leading to a dramatic crescendo. The songs are of varying lengths with clean and heavy sounds, very much l …

26/02/2009
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From another team of Norsemen who think that the metal world circles around them, at least with this being their 5th release and deemed in their bio to “be a huge epic masterpiece which will be a massive blow to the worldwide metal scene.” with “….every song on the album is said to bring goosebumps from top to toe!”, I expected better. So someone p …

26/02/2009
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The band begins in 2001 and this is their debut full length. Keenants play crossover nu metal in a heavy form. Shout vocals, start/stop guitarriffs and hard hitting drums. It is not angry all the time as they also put some clean and quiet moments in the songs. But mainly they pretend to be anger but they add too many easy parts in it to be a 100% b …

26/02/2009
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Kawir is a band formed in 1993 and “Ophiolatreia” is their 4th full length album and contains 9 tracks. Kawir is playing a mixture of pagan/folk metal with black metal. Aggressive and raw screaming vocals together with folkish singing. Musically it goes from raging black metal to the (folkish) breakdowns. Keyboards are used but not in a dominant wa …

26/02/2009
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The artwork of “Lumikuuro” looks peaceful with the painted color tree. But this album of Finnish Kauan is more of a dark sinister trip in a peacful environment. It opens with a quiet piano intro and followed by a slow doom dark epos with rasping black metal styles vocals, back up by choir voices. Again the piano is playing his black and white keys …

26/02/2009
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Kathaarian (Germany) raise hell with this full length CD. Playing obscure black metal in a straightforward way where riffs are lead by blasting drums, mid tempos and very slow parts filled with doom all fitted in good songstructures. Guitarriffs are mostly powerchords performed in a hypnotizing way. Vocals arise from the depths of cold darkness. Th …

26/02/2009
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This is a funny story. The founder of Kataplexia comes from hot El Salvador and now is living in cold Finland and gets help from Brazilian guyz. Can you still follow? Anyway it is the musick that counts. And it fucking does. Kataplexia plays well structured and tight brutal death metal. Deep vocals, heavy and blasting drums and the countless changi …

26/02/2009
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Katalepsy (Bolivia) is totally d.i.y. drumcomputer deathgrind presenting us this disc with demo, covers for tribute, compilation songs and others.. This means styles and sound changes throughout the disk but the music is quite varied as well. Riffs from simplistic semi-melodic deathmetal into blasting deathmetal or grindcore. Drums are programmed q …

26/02/2009
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The opening lines, not sung, on the Musick Brings Injuries CD by Russian band Katalepsy are: “Cannibalism doesn’t exist. It never existed.” The track is called “Gialo” and opens the CD with chewing and grinding sounds so fit to the throaty death grind. I say this because the vocals are so tight and so much like a vibrating ripsaw against the heavy …

26/02/2009
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Katafalk’s mini-album “Death’s Contradiction” follows up 2003’s “Storm Of The Horde” which was very well received. These four songs are a hellfire glory ride at blinding speed, complete with blazing leads, blasting drums and bileful vocals. Taking no prisoners, this album blitzkriegs right over you! To say that “Death’s Contradiction” is high energ …

26/02/2009
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This is a great band from Portugal. They just know how to get you to listen to their music. It’s a great 4 song demo + a live video. The songs are good to listen to and easy to follow. The cd was a great opportunity for me to layback do nothing but listen. When you hear it you can feel the influence of thrash and death metal come your way. The vide …

26/02/2009
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New release from Karelia (France). This is some kind of classical, gothic and symphonic metal. Songs are well build up to tension and explode into emotion. With drums and keyboards mixed in very present and the guitars a little at the back they create a very melancholical feel emphasised by the male lead vocals; also some female vocals and choirs. …

26/02/2009
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The story of Karcinoma is going back to 1994 when three classmates started a band. Their first demo appeared in 1995 and two years later they recorded their full length with 5 tracks. That was in 1997 and now in 2007 Stygian Crypt is re-releasing this piece of black death metal with symphonic touches. The last track is remix of the opening track wi …

26/02/2009
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Kamelot is founded in 1992 by Thomas (guitars) and Richard (drums) and 2 years later their debut was released. In 1997 Khan entered on vocals and with this powerful vocalist things going upwards. In 2007 they released the album “Ghost Opera” and before their new tour they are re-releasing it again but this time with a bonus disc containing a live g …

26/02/2009
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Hailing from New Jersey (U.S.A.) these guys create a nostalgia of early 90’s deathmetal by a dynamic sound, a lot of aggression and very tight guitarplaying. Songs that last about 4 minutes; but great song structures and variation between speed & melody versus mosh parts make this very interesting. Lyrics about the usual murder and torture stuf …

26/02/2009
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This 3 track CD is released at the end of 2005 and most likely it will be the forrunner of the new album in 2006. Ars Moriendi is still playing thrash metal like on Dissimulated (2004) but it is moving around. It has got a touch of metalcore and even death metal. Vocals are raw and shouty while the guitars still remain prominent and even the use of …

26/02/2009
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Why the fuck do you start your first demo with a cover of legendary Death? Do you state that you are a copy-cat? Do you think you write song like Chuck did? Or do you wanna atract attention? Well, in the last case they won. Kadavar is a very young band from Italy and started in February 2007 but actually the line is the same as their previous band …

26/02/2009
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Kaamos (Sweden), second CD, formed in 1998, occult death metal. Fucking heavy old school death metal guitarriffs with dwelling between melody and massiveness. Aggressive, pounding and dynamical drumming. Evil vocals between growl and scream. Songs have a lot of variation in all tempos easliy carried by great drumfills and songstructures that bring …

26/02/2009
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K.A comes from France is playing a mixture of hardcore, thrash, death, grind etc. They are trying to expand their musical boundaries. Heavy focus on the guitars and with deep aggressive vocals. Tempo of the songs vary and also the melodylines. It goes up and down in the tunes which is a bit too much in one song. Nevertheless this MCD is good to lis …

26/02/2009
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Another fine gem from the folks at None More Black.  Written In Torment is a 1 entity project.  There seems to be a pattern here guys, almost every album/demo/mcd I have heard from NMB is a 1 member deal.  Like I said before, there are some really talented people on this label.  The Uncreation was created soley by Leviathan in the darkest recesses …

07/09/2007
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Wyxmer comes from the beautiful city Florence in Italy. And like that city is ancient it is also of ancient time that Wyxmer released their last album. 14 Years have gone by and now releasing a new album. The music can be directed to the epic metal corner. Clean vocals which are a prominent part of the music. Songs are melodic and diverse of tempos …

19/04/2006
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Long time no hear form this two piece band. One living in USA and the other in Germany it has to be dedicated. And its dedicated. Death metal with thrash winks but most of all brute but with enough variation. No blind ramming and bulging but well dosed tempo changes, melody breaks and brutal vocals. This is brutal stuff but made with a missing to c …

19/04/2006
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Two dickheads aka two death metal maniacs are here with their 5 song demo out of 2002. The style they play is death metal with a blend of different styles. Brutal vocals, up to fast tempo, catchy rhythms and raving guitars with some insane leads (more please!!). Only 5 songs that ony last 12 minutes but taste for more. Curious what they are making …

26/06/2003
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People in the Dutch scene know this band a long time because they are around from 1995. With line up changes, several demos they now release their debut. Wow, what a mean machine. 13 Tracks in a mixture of death, thrash and black metal. Raging drums, crazy guitarleads and aggressive vocals. Hardly a chance to get some air because the 13 songs are a …

29/12/2002
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Started in 1999 and after two succesful demos they now release their debut full length. Kabbal plays death metal with variety in melody, brutal vocals, technical drums and good guitarriffs and some nice leads. This debut is surely worth the listening because it has a lot of different items in the song structure which makes it attractive for most of …

29/12/2002
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From the USA comes this death/thrash band where Kris of Agiel used to play in. Abysmal Fall have on this MCD 6 songs including a nice cover of Sacrifice! The guitars are playing some nice fingersweating riffs, but no leads. The vocals are aggressive. Drums are guarding the melody and speed. The songstructures are balanced and not afraid to put some …

18/12/2002
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Finally the debut of Agiel. And hell what a blast. Agiel plays the brutal style with melody. Great drumlabor, deep vocals and fingercrushing guitars. After the first session it sounded like a huge thick wall but after hearing it a few time on the headphones I love it more and more. So what else can I say then to buy the fucking album!

12/12/2002
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Debut MCD from this obscure death metal band from Italy. After playing coversongs for rehearsal they tried, after numerous memberchanges, to make the songs of their own. On this MCD there a four songs which prove some good ideas to work for the future. I like the song “What I’ll Never See” the most because of the spoken words in it. The songs are s …

04/12/2002
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Necrocock (ex Masters Hammer) delivers a new album of techno industrial gotich metal. Tempo songs with female and male vocals, some obscene fetish lyrics in german and czech. The atmosphere in the songs are created by the keyboard and the guitars are creating the harmony. Including on this disc is a MC from 1994 remastered. Personally I like them b …

27/10/2002
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Absorbed started in 1997. The band plays swedish death metal and they play it heavy! The soundquality is very good so a pleasure to listen to. The songs have a variety of catchy rhythms, brutal vocals and good guitarwork. Surely this band is not inventing something new but just delivering a good album that will pleasure a lot of people who like the …

12/10/2002
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Not a band that needs an introduction. Abominant plays aggressive death metal with some thrash influences. All played well because of their long career in the metal scene. This album clocks 9 songs that are heavy and has great guitarwork in riffs and leads. The songs keep you attracted of the different melodies and brutal voice. But I like the guit …

11/09/2002
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Second opus from the one man project Aendria. I liked the first one and yes I like this one too! The music is called electro dark metal and you can split it into electro for the keyboard and drummachine, dark for the mysterious vocals, atmospheric parts and metal for the guitar and tempochanges. The album counts 6 songs with duration from 4.31 till …

22/08/2002
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Abstract is a 5 piece band from Slovakia and plays on this CD only instrumental songs. Although you would expect some vocal lines you get pretty fast used to live without the growls and screams. The music is a combination of atmospheric, power and thrash metal. And because it is instrumental you are forced to the songs carefully and notice the diff …

30/07/2002
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This band comes from Ireland and maybe the most known grindband. On this album there are 24 songs that rage from the beginning till the end. Brutal vocals battleing with the screams over a distorted guitar and pounding drums. The songs are short in playing timebut with large lyrics. Try to follow them and you will discover the melodies in the songs …

30/07/2002
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Formerly known as De Profundis they now operate under a new name and finally the long awaited debut is ready. Ad Inferna palyes melodic black metal on a high level. The songs have power, bombastic explosions, atmospheric sadness parts, orchestal impressions, great guitarleads and intense vocals. The production sound is good and clear. Also there ar …

18/07/2002
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After the intro and hearing th first tunes you know that these black metal guys spit on christianity. Hellish vocals spread the diabolical message. All powered by raw black metal. The songs are played in a variety of melodies. When there is a slow atmospheric part it suddenly turns to a blastering shredder. Lucky the songs are not played at a monot …

16/07/2002
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True Ohioan Bleath Metal is what AGF calls their music. Covered with corpsepaint and evil looking images. On this disc there are 5 songs that expected some unholy black metal but this is wrong. Although the vocals are a bit screamy the music is melodic and diverse. No typical BM hammering but well played songs which like said before melody. Not jus …

20/06/2002
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The debut CD of this two death metal piece. Old members of Shredded Corpse who continue to play old school death metal and try to be melodic. And they succeed. Great drumming, brutal voice (could use more variety in the vocal lines), melodic riffing. Interesting part of this CD is that their first demo (2000) is included as bonus tracks. So if you …

09/03/2002
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Absolute Defiance is known as Vile but had to change their name due to the american Vile. This did not mean that the style has changed. It is still US death metal like Dying Fetus and Skinless. Double bass loops are flying over, groovy guitar riffs and brutal low voice. The lyrics deal with the suffering of people. You won’t regret to get this albu …

09/03/2002
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The intro really got on my nerves when I pushed the play button. But then follows 8 songs of very good techno death with influences from grind, jazz, black etc. Nothing is strange to use. Just like the early Sadist the songs go from one corner to the other. Heavy parts, slower parts, guitar leads, keyboard atmospheric parts etc. Too much to mention …

26/02/2002
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A 5 song EP from this French band with a Japanese name. They are around since 1994 so they play solid. Their music is a mixture between death metal and hardcore. More to hardcore with influences from Fear Factory, Messuggah, Pantera and Sepultura. So you hear brutal songs but yet powerful with a own use of electronics and sampes. Nothing spectacula …

07/01/2002
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This is a demo MCD from a guy named Yanik. He forms this one man band and so is playing all the instruments and vocals. And I must say he is doing a nice job. On this MCD there are five songs and a ghost song. All showing a kind of elektro dark metal. The first two songs are short in time and expected to be longer running. The tracks show a variety …

02/12/2001
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Another release from Obscene with a really obscene cover artwork. Obscene organizes every year an extreme festival in the Czech Republic. And every year there comes a compilation CD on the market with lots of extreme bands. If I give you names like Inhume, Fleshless, Ingrowing, Isacaarum, Sanatorium, Utopie and Cripple Bastards you know enough. All …

15/11/2001
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Fuck you, you crossover wannabees! Hirax (yes the legendary Hirax) is back on the streets with their fifth release. Most brutal songs in their existence. They play better and more mature than on “Raging Violence” (although that was a classic LP). Listen to on eof their best songs ever and my fav of this album “Walk with Death”. Mighty double bass l …

26/10/2001
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What kind of a name is this? Is satanism infiltrated among these fluffy creatures? It is hard to take this band serious when you also read the lyrics of influences by Batman, the Smurfs and Penguins. But according their bio they are serious only having a different kind of perspective of the reality. Well, they play some kind of BM aggressive parts …

25/10/2001
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This is the second album from one of the oldest BM bands in France. Hailing from 1993 they released 3 demos, the first album “Melancholia” and now their new one “Par Le Sang..”. An album full of dark, strong and facinating songs. A lot of variation in the songs, fast parts that are interrupted but slow mystical spheres. Some lyrics are in French to …

23/10/2001