Haemorrhage - Haematology

Haemorrhage is a pathological grind band from Spain and they released a lot of stuff. Think of singles, splits, EPs and albums and it is almost impossible to have them all in your collection but now you can come close. Power It Up Records released "Haematology" which contains their singles from 1995 till 2005. So on this collection you find 34 song...

26/02/2009

Litham - Dhal Ennar

This is the first time I hear a band from Algeria. And it surprises me. Litham plays metal with a combination of Algerian music. The metal is technical, brutal and various and the traditional music gives it a pleasant touch. The technical skills are good which proves in the songwriting and great guitarparts. The band takes a risk in their country s...

26/02/2009

Meatyard / Maggots - Split

Another split release of No Escape Records. This time Meatyard from New Zealand and Maggots from Holland. Meatyard kicks off with 6 tracks on their first official release in their 10 years of existence. Is this negative or positive? Both. They play old school gore deathgrind in a very nice way but it is nothing new. The songs are oke but they miss...

26/02/2009

Parricide - Patogen

Awesome tight as hell percussion, and intelligent use of the whole drum kit, vox that are a storm of gastro-intestinal malaise and heavy riffage, all the better to bludgeon your nervous system with. Parricide are a fine example of brutal death-grind at its brutal finest. There is a lot going on in every track to keep you from getting bored upon rep...

26/02/2009

Rag I Ryggen - Rag I Ryggen

So how many of you have actually aware of the fact that hardrock started around 1970? Not many I guess. And I even know you don't know bands from that era. So if you wanna impress your grandparents tell them you have the album of Rag I Ryggen. It would impress them! This album is a re-release from their only album in 1975. An album filled with groo...

26/02/2009

Short Fused - Forget Reality

Debut MCD from this Dutch hardcore band. All the hardcore ingredients are there: shouter, hard drumming and heavy riffing. But why no surprising guitarleads? So why are you using that BC Rich Warlock then? The tempo of the songs are mainly uptempo but have parts that hits the fuel pedal, sing along part and some mosh parts. The thing I miss on this...

26/02/2009

Stigma - When Midnight Strikes!

The Italian band Stigma has released a mid-length CD called WHEN MIDNIGHT STRIKES! On Pivotal Recordings and shows itself to be a metal band playing off themes of horror shows all around. “Walpurghis Night” opens the CD, followed by “I am Dracula” and “Silver Bullets and Burning Crosses.” There is something in the smoothness of this band’s style th...

26/02/2009

X-piral - Hunters

X-Piral from Greece comes here with their second release "Hunters" on the label Burning Star. Their debut "Poison Eyes" was recorded on their original name Shadow Play but there was already a band with that name. So the bandname was changed into X-Piral and so on this album you here 11 tracks in a blend of power and heavy metal and enriched by keyb...

26/02/2009

Armory - The Dawn Of Enlightenment

Armory comes from USA and it was formed back in 2004. Since then they have released only one demo CD, so this one is their debut album, unfortunatelly for them, an independent release. Unfortunate because this album is really good, it presents us a well curdled band, high-skilled misicians with interesting ideas, and what's more important, a wonder...

26/02/2009

Beyond the flesh - What The Mind Perceives

Beyond the flesh attack us with this CD. Powerfull death/thrash with harmonic and melodic guitarriffs both striking and subtle. Energetic tempoattacks performed by dynamic drumming and thrashing and technical riffing. Songs have some resting points and leave room for quite some nice soloing and are finished by aggressive screaming vocals. Productio...

26/02/2009

Calmsite - Bite The Powerline

After their previous demo in 2003 they now are releasing a new 3 song demo. Why don't they release a full length immediately and prob cheaper? Anyway it deals with the music and that is continuing their path from Steelpit. Mid to up temposongs with a deep voice and twin guitarriffing. Of this demo I like the first song the most and I keep with...

26/02/2009

Darzamat - Transkarpatia

Darzamat is a band from Poland and this is their 5th album. The band consists of 5 men and 1 female. She is doing spoken words and clean vocals with feeling. No high soprano gothic vocals but a good addition to the rough and dark male vocals. Musically it dwells in atmospheric doom, black and death metal. Songs that hide different layers which make...

26/02/2009

Fatal Portrait - An Elusive Instinct Of Lascivia

From Spain comes this satanic and vampire black metal band. Founded in 1998 and released this debut album in 2000. Fatal Portrait plays fast black with all the well known ingredients; high screaming voice, hounted drums, satanic guitarworks and atmospheric keyboards. The 8 songs (plus one infant slaying intro) are dark and well structured because o...

26/02/2009

Human Ground - Human Ground

Human Ground from Estonia kick in with their first full length. Formed in July 2004 this band already has a very distinctive sound playing moshing tech-thrash metal I prefer to call this. Very tight powerfull riffs with hypertense drumming varied with easily floating melodic atmospherical parts supported by mid tempo poundings. Vocals vary from pre...

26/02/2009

Insidious Torment - The Rock The Claw And The Steel

The band hails from Denmark and was formed in the late 70s and this is their 3rd effort according their website. This is their latest MCD. Seeing the bandpic and artwork I doubt if you can take the band serious. When you listen to their sound you notice that they stuck in the early 80s. I wouldn't call it pure heavy metal but more rock metal. Melod...

26/02/2009