Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Rise To Fall - Restore The Balance

Rise To Fall may hail from Spain, but after listening to their debut, Restore The Balance, they might as well have hailed from Sweden. Everything about their style falls right into the Gothenburg swedish style with how they perform their riffs combined with keyboards, harsh and clean vocals, and overall it is all very good stuff. Fans of Soilwork w...

24/04/2010

(Sic) Monic - Sonambulist

It is hard to describe what (Sic) Monic, the five piece band from Arizona, have creates with their latest album, Sonambulist. It's hardcore, it's deathcore, it's rock, it's prog, it's... good. A varied album, Sonambulist will entertain fans for some time. "To The Fiendz" opens things up with full melodic brutality, showing off prog string pickings,...

20/04/2010

Eryn Non Dae. - Hydra Lernaia

Eryn Non Dae (aka END) are from France and recently signed to Metal Blade records to release their debut album, <em>Hydra Lernaia</em>. It's ambiant hardcore technical sludge doom metal that is quite the sonic terror in the sense there's such a thick layering over the music it can sound like white noise at times. It's an interesting listen at first...

20/04/2010

Six Magics - Behind The Sorrow

Chile's Six Magics are an interesting lot, especially due to their line up. Formed in 1996 the band has been hammering out tunes in the power metal vein and have released up to four full length albums. However, their latest album, <em>Behind The Sorrow</em>, here in 2010 appears to be a re-recording of the 2008 release, <em>Animal</em>. Almost all...

20/04/2010

Stygian - Fury Rising

Has Metallica been reincarnated in the band called Stygian? It certainly seems so. From the opening track on Fury Rising, "Suffering Patiently" just speaks everything that the heavy metal masters have done in the past; most recently in fact. A lot of the guitar licks and vocals sound like something that came directly off Metallica's Death Magnetic...

20/04/2010

Bulldozer Breed - One Size Hits All

The Netherlands have gotten a little more groovy with the addition of Bulldozer Breed's latest album, <em>One Size Hits All</em>. While it's a rather short CD, only seven tracks, there's so much to enjoy from this album that it will probably spin in the CD player on on someone's I-tunes for some time. What we have here is catchy regular heavy metal...

19/04/2010

Cryptic Tales - Anathema

<em>Anathema</em> is actually one of the first albums by Cryptic Tales, only to be re-released in 2009 by Redrum666 Records. Compared to the original there isn't much different from the original early nineties version; the production is still raw, vocals gritty, and the guitars have that evil, necro production that the early albums by Vader and Beh...

19/04/2010

Unsoul - Magnetic Mountain

Unsoul are one those dream bands that make such a complex album it is almost laughable, but in a good way. There's so much variation on their 2008 release,<em> Magnetic Mountain</em>, that it'd be impossible to count them all. Basically, this is a well constructed jazz prog death metal fusion album.  Heavy hitting but also extremely melodic, and ve...

19/04/2010

Antares Predator - Twilight Of The Apocalypse

Antares Predator have created a sci fi world with a strong Terminator influence based upon the album cover of their first, full length debut, <em>Twilight Of The Apocalypse</em>. It's a blend of death metal, black metal, and melodic thrash metal, with some great hooks, harsh vocals, and nothing cheesy or really base standard at all. There is a lot...

18/04/2010

Nasum - A Tribute To Nasum

<em>A Tribute To Nasum</em> (aka the Tribute with the long tracklist EVER) is fifty two tracks of grindcore, deathcore, and death metal bands performing numerous songs by the band Nasum. Nasum originally was formed out of Sweden in 1998 before splitting in 2004. The band's politically charged grindcore must have left quite an impression on the meta...

17/04/2010

Avenging Angels - Shrouded In Mystery

Avenging Angels are a melodic death/thrash band from Austria. With two albums now under their belt, both independently released, they have shown an interesting craft to their self produced methods. With Shrouded in Mystery, the band goes forth to continue in their melodic death style in the sense of vocals, intensity of the guitars, and use of subt...

17/04/2010

Epidemic Scorn - Psycho Gourmet

Epidemic Scorn peform some brutal death metal, and their demo is no different or a letdown from the past albums. Mostly people expect demos to be raw, gritty, and underproduced versions of the tracks that would later show up on a full length album. Epidemic Scorn deliver six clean, wicked tracks that would make bands like Suffocation or Cryptopsy p...

17/04/2010