Mourning Dawn - Mourning Dawn

Mourning Dawn is black metal with dark doom ambience. Walls of dramatic guitar tremolos accompanied by howls of anguish, morose narrations and monolithic drums that have all the charms of the natural disaster of your choice, very My Dying Bride or perhaps Bethlehem. This band began as the solo project of Laurent from the band Inborn Suffering wh...

26/02/2009

Nocturnal Breed - Fields Of Rot

Oslo (Norway) is the hometown of these death thrasher called Nocturnal Breed. The band is already formed in 1996 and this "Fields Of Rot" is their 4th full length. The band consist of 4 members with real thrash names like Destroyer, Hellion, Rattlehead and Terror. Already cool huh? But wait till you play the record. It is just a furious piece of me...

26/02/2009

Salem - Collective Demise

Salem comes from Israel and is around from 1985! So the guys know how to play and that is shown in the songs. There is a lot of variety in the songs with influences from different genres, female vocals and Psalms lyrics. The music is based on heavy guitarriffing but where are the leads? The vocals are cold and grim but get irritating towards the en...

26/02/2009

The Cranium - Murder Panic

Brutal death metal from Switzerland. Three tracks on this single CD and totally blast away. Hear the continues double bass drums! Low and deep vocals and raving guitars (no leads). The songs have melody with tempo accelerations. They thought good about the songstructures and therefor have recorded three nice tunes. Nice extreme death from The Crani...

26/02/2009

Total Devastation - Roadmap Of Pain

From Finland comes this post modern death metal act. Playing intense death metal but with industrial touches. 10 Aggressive songs with deep vocals, tempo changes, keyboard effects and even a violin. I hoped the band added guitarleads in the songs to give the guitars . Although I am touched by the keyboard effects the songs are steady enough create...

26/02/2009

Victimizer - The Spiral Down

Victimizer is a band hailing from Nijmegen (the Netherlands in case you don't know) and consist of 5 members. Before they released this EP they already released "Devicderin" (2001) and their full length "Divided As One (2003). As I don't know these two I was thrilled to hear "The Spiral Down". Although the title sounds negative their tunes most def...

26/02/2009

Kiju - Demo(n)cracy

After the nice debut album "Nothing To Play For" they again are trying to make your mind upset. Like their debut these 5 guys make a neurotic mixture of hardcore and thrash. But they add a bit more groove into the songs and way better sound quality. It hammers into your face but they also succeded in adding restpoints in the songs. Besides the vari...

26/02/2009

Ai Muro - City Of Scars

Twilight Vertrieb has once again distributed a fantastic slab of brutality. Ai Muro is a perfect example of what I consider Death and Roll! "City Of Scars" is full of all styles of Rock Music. You got Death Metal, Punk, Hardcore, you've got it all. The first track "Nobodys Funeral" is a terrific opener as it has all of these elements and sets up th...

26/02/2009

Confusion Gods - At The Gates Of Confusion

Confusion Gods is a band from Italy and they started in 1997 as a black metal band. After gigs and rehearsels they recorded their first demo "Darkened" in 2006 and released it by themselves. And now after some line up changes the band recorded again a demo called "At The Gates Of Confusion". The band i snot playing black metal anymore like in the b...

26/02/2009

Desecration - Gore And Perversion 2

A little story about this disc. 10 Years ago this was the debut of Desecration but due to the images, lyrics it was banned by society. Even the members were arrested. The album was released tru a copy version with bad quality. Now they recorded it because it deserves it. The strength of the songs are still there. Razorblade riffing, brutal vocals a...

26/02/2009

Drawn And Quartered - Hail Infernal Darkness

Drawn And Quartered is a torturing method from the Middle Ages. Drawn And Quartered is a torturing method from the present. Huh? Yes, D&Q is a band that is around since the early 90s and spewing black death metal. Its so evil, dark, massive, powerful it is almost inhuman. On the whole album there is no single dropdown of weakness. Tracks that v...

26/02/2009

Eternal Lies - Spiritual Deception

Formed in 1998 this Swedish band plays Death Metal in swedish style. Two things that attract the attention first are the great drumwork with nice patterns and the sheering guitarmelodies (no leads). Together with the aggressive vocals the songs are speeding with technical skillz keeping the songs clear. The songs are changing tempo often. They were...

26/02/2009

Haemorrhage - The Kill Sessions

Originally calling themselves Devourment, they later renamed themselves Haemorrhage. While this is not a bad thing, I am quite sure theres a few guys in Texas who are glad they did change there name. Haemorrhage have been at the forefront of what we all consider goregrind since 1990. From demos to current releases, they have been apart of more than...

26/02/2009

Little Dead Bertha - In Memorium Premortis

Little Dead Bertha is a Russian metal band that was founded in 1994 and played thrash metal. When a second guitarist and a violin player were add to the band they switched style to dark doom death like My Dying Bride, Amorphis or Paradise Lost. This album was originally released as a tape but here in 2007 it is remastered and put on CD. The sound...

26/02/2009

Medication - Promo 2002

This is a five song promo of a new band called Medication. Probably never heard of them but it has some well known names. Logan Mader (Machine Head, Soulfly), Whit Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, Life Of Agony) and Roy Mayorga (Ozzy Osbourne). The kind of metal they play has nothing to do with the pre mentioned bands. Slow songs with sometime a heavy part and...

26/02/2009