Arckanum / Svartsyn - Split

Carnal Records is releasing an interesting split with two Swedish bands. Both playing black metal but with a different approach. Arckanum is a one man band and already active since 1992! Harsh black metal in mid tempo with faster parts. Plain and ancient black metal with pagan touches. Melody can be heard in the hypnotising but straightforward guit...

26/02/2009

Better Left Unsaid - The Silencing

Better Left Unsaid is an indie band from the States and relesed in 2006 their new release "The Silencing". The band toured the US by their own and now are planning to tour Japan too. On this new release the five play metal with a slice of hardcore and nu-metal. What I hear is not bad as the twin guitars do some nice riffing and drums use the double...

26/02/2009

Cales - Savage Blood

Cales was always considered the side-project of Blackie, co-founder of the Dark Black Metal legend Root, until 2003, when he left the band. The project was born back in 1993 and since then Blackie released four albums helped by some major names in the Czech metal underground from bands such as SSoGE, Endless or Dying Passion. In terms of compositio...

26/02/2009

Darkshine - The Nightside Of Eden

Started in early 2000 and now releasing a self financed demo MCD. Darkshine is playing and mixing black metal with gothic. Fast song, different vocalstyles, heavy drumsound, melodic guitarriffing and interactive keyboards. The songs create a theatrical sphere although it keeps the heavyness. Lyrically it deals between good and evil and their live g...

26/02/2009

For Ruin - December

John Murphy is a multi talented musician/songwriter as he wrote all the tracks on this debut album. In the beginning For Ruin was a solo project but in 2005 other members came to join which leaded to a demo and a live DVD in january 2007. That same month the band signed a label contract and in the Autumn they recorded "December". It contains songs...

26/02/2009

Housemaster - I Paroni De Casa

The band Housemaster was formed in Venice (Italy) from the ashes of Burning Hate. After several member changes the band recorded their first demo in 2006 and released it that same year. On this demo the lyrics are sung in English, Spanish, German and Venetian to spread the global unity of heavy metal. Musically the band plays modern thrash with tou...

26/02/2009

Insected - Killing For Recreation

This death thrash band hails from Greece and their bassplayer is Tristessa from Astarte. On this demo there are 4 tracks in the brutal form of metal. Deep gurgling vocals, tempo changes, loutish drumming and short slicing guitarriffing with some leadparts. The songs are not bringing anything new into the scene but the 4 tracks are enjoyable to list...

26/02/2009

Ninnghizhidda - Demigod

Second album from these german black metallers. They play the melodic and catchy black metal. Combing the fast with the atmospheric parts with some classical arrangments. The keyboards are not too dominating but more supporting. And not afraid to use some female vocals in the songs. Nice guitarleads to express the emotion in the songs. Good soundqu...

26/02/2009

Sadist - Sadist

Sadist is a progressive death metal band from Italy who originally started in 1991. In 1993 they released their debut "Above The Light" filled with mid paced tunes but with emotional and atmospheric elements. I liked this album and since then I follow the band till I lost them 1999. But my heart jumped as I received their latest resurrection simply...

26/02/2009

The Chasm - Conjuration Of The Spectral Empire

The Chasm is around for a while and still is hitting your ears with their thrash / death metal. The album begins with an instrumental track. The following tracks are based on lot of tempo changes and fanatic guitarriffing although the leads could have been more pussed to the forground. The vocals are aggressive and an opening scream in the 3rd song...

26/02/2009

Torn Apart - Craving Pale Flesh

4 Songs from the Swedish Death Mongers! Torn Apart is sure to gain a huge following with all in the underground. Craving Pale Flesh impales the listener with intense grinding drums, relentless guitar beatings, and a vokillist that goes well beyond the realm of your pain for his pleasure. Wickedly heavy release, drawing influences from the greats an...

26/02/2009

Vesania - Firefrost Arcanum

A new black metal act from Poland that is releasing their debut in 2003. 12 Tracks on this disc but with 3 intros there are 8 tracks that must prove their capability. Fast, furious, surprising, darkness, heroic and hatred. Nice drumming. Also the use of keys and not only as a background support but duelling with the guitarriffs. The velocity of the...

26/02/2009

Kernel - Escape Or Kill

Italian thrash-core metal band Kernel has released their 2nd demo called "Escape Or Kill". 6 Tracks that go straight forward with the meaning to hit you in the face. Well, they don't succeed completly. They use shouty vocals, short thrash riffs in up tempo songs, adding breaks but it ain't faceblasting. It is not bad at all but it could be a bit mo...

26/02/2009

Ahnenstahl - Zwischen Tod Und Leben

Ahnenstahl is a project from Falagar and Chester. Their demo album "Zweilicht" was released in 2003 and now in 2006 their debut full length is out. 7 Tracks in a pagan black metal coat. The concept of the album is dealing with human mortality and consciousness over death. Sung in German but often almost narrated lyrics with a heroic touch. Melancho...

26/02/2009

Comatose Vigil - Not A Gleam Of Hope

Seems like living in Russia is depressing for lot of people because a lot of doom bands stand up these days. A sub genre for doom is funeral doom and Comatose Vigil is a part of it. Released this full length in 2005 while a new EP was released in 2006. 4 Tracks of utter slow tempo, deep growling vocals and a bit of atmospheric guitars and keys. Ver...

26/02/2009