Depression/Paganizer - Split

Suffer Productions is an underground label from Germany that has it roots way back in 1987 by a metal guy called Marc. During his activities in the underground the label developed and is now up to its 5th release. If you want to read the whole story you have to visit the website. On this 5th release there are two bands. The opening band is Depress...

26/02/2009

Draconian - The Burning Halo

Powerful guitar riffs interwoven with bittersweet melodies and somber piano accompaniment, beauty and beast passionately vocalizing tales of love and loss, war and peace -- that is the sound of Draconian. The Burning Halo is a mixture of doom and goth that serves as a brilliant follow-up to their previous release "Arcane Rain Fell" from 2005. This...

26/02/2009

Escutcheon - Unexplained Deep Space Phenomenon

Swedish style death metal from the Netherlands. On this totally self financed album there are 9 tracks that have a great focus on the guitarriffs but where are the leads? The songs are melodic but have some aggressive angles. Vocals are clean brutal but could use some variation. Tempo changes enough in the songs preventing the dullness. As a bonus...

26/02/2009

H-George - Neurotic

H-George is a self taught guitarist from Italy and because his bandmates were unreliable he decided to go his own way. So H-George is not only his name but also the name of the band. On this MCD he got help of drummer Carlos and vocalist Trevor (Sadist). The music you hear on this MCD is labeled Alocoholic Thrash Metal and this is explained in the...

26/02/2009

Lincoln Love Log - Are You BBQ?

Lincoln Love Log again are spewing out an album to the grindfreaks on this wicked earth. And again topiced by BBQ and porn this disc is 33 minutes of wicked distortion. Musically you can mix grind and noise together and top it of with a BBQ sauce.The soundquality is between over the top and wet basement recordings. The album is split up in 8 studio...

26/02/2009

Maypole - The Real

Baltimore is the hometown of Maypole and most of you won't know them. neither did I. But this album was originally released in 1971 and according the infosheet it is a classic. On this re-issue on CD you also get 2 bonus songs from the pre-Maypole era. The songs on this album are a hard rock version with psychadelic touches. Multiple vocals and hea...

26/02/2009

Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis - Satyriasis And Nymphomania

After a peaceful acoustid guitar intro all dirty hell breaks loose. The mexican band (2 necrocryptpusgrinders) with the most ridicilous name and the insane titletrack names plays gore grind. Hyper blast drums, ferosious guitars, brutal vocals all in compact songs with tempo changes and combined with sick lyrics make this album a wanna listen one. O...

26/02/2009

Quest Of Aidance - Fallen Man Collection

A brutal death metal band hailing from Sweden, Quest Of Aidance started early in 2004 and released their first demo Human Trophy, mastered by Unmoored's Thomas Johansson, in the fall. From then, Roy Yeo of Unmoored expressed interest in signing them to Pulverised Records. When Yeo was sent a copy of Human Trophy, a deal was struck that culminated i...

26/02/2009

Shatterpoint - Consequences

From Canada comes this four pice metal band. Shatterpoint is playing is energetic and aggression. Started as beerdrinkers they quickly turned to serious songwriting. Performed live with well known bands gave them a promising name in the Toronto scene. On this MCD there are 6 songs in midtempo but with powerbreaks and accelerations. Vocals are diver...

26/02/2009

Stench Of Death - Retrospect

First my compliments about this self financed debutalbum. It looks very pro and made with lots of dedication. Now the music because that is what counts. SOD (hey...) plays death metal with melody and atmosphere (keyboards). Grunting vocals, guitars than change riffs frequently but where are the leads??? And the drums sound very powerful and have a...

26/02/2009

Area 54 - Beckoning Of The End

True metalheads from London. This is there 2nd album and as I don't know them before I enjoyed this one. Ten songs that are played well, tight and powerful and variety in melodies. Vocals are clean (sometimes too clean) and a guest appearance of Tomas Lindberg (ex At The Gates). Guitarriffs are intense and with some great leads. Really like the agg...

26/02/2009

Bewitched - Spiritual Warfare

Bewitched are thrashers, for sure, and I tend to want to compare them to Kreator or S.F. Bay area thrash-metallers Exodus, but Bewitched also have elements of black metal as well. Anyhow, the vocalist is I believe a fellow by the name of "Blackheim," and he sings a bit like Paul Baloff. And rather than a whole album of thrash-metal tunes running...

26/02/2009

Calico System - They Live

Calico System started in the summer of 1998 in St. Louis (USA) as a group of friends. Nowadays in 2005 they release their album "They Live" of which they worked over the last 2 years while touring and playing live. 10 tracks of a mixture of hardcore and emo, also a blend op metal can be found. Vocals are clean and singing although the aggressive sh...

26/02/2009

Darksun - El Legado

Spanish power metal band who is also singing in their native language. Vocals are powerful with different intonations, up tempo songs and good guitarwork with leads. The songs are melodic, atmospheric and catchy. Although you won't understand a lot they are saying you have the feeling you can sing the chorus at once. And you wanna sing with them, f...

26/02/2009

Forsaken - Dominaeon

FORSAKEN - the hordes of true doom metal from the shores of sunny crispy Malta return with a fat tabloid of a sound to the fore, which is Dominaeon, out since a couple of months on Golden Lake Productions. Following their 1994 Anima Mundi release which was a huge leap forward from the promising 2002 Iconoclast MCD, from the opening chords of Dom...

26/02/2009