Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Way To End - Desecrated Internal Journey

Way To End is a bit of a surprise coming off of the Debemur Morti Productions label with their debut album. Usually the label employs fast, extreme black metal bands with plenty of lo-fi production and too much distortion, but Way To End is a bit more melodic. The group tries to create an ambient atmosphere using harsh, tortured vocals that sometim...

11/04/2010

Disflesh/Slugfeast - Split

This is probably going to be the largest 'split' ever seen in the history of metal kind. Between the two bands on this album -Disflesh and Slugfeast- they probably could have released their half of the music as a separate. Out of all the twenty four tracks, each band has about twelve songs. Each one is pretty short and holds true to the death metal...

08/04/2010

Fragments Of Unbecoming - The Everhaunting Past: Chapter IV, A Splendid Retrospection

Fragments Of Unbecoming are a melodic death metal band from Germany that seem set on telling a grand story. They've already got three chapters under their belt and now they deliver "Chapter IV". Spread throughout the album are a multitude of songs where a lot of the music is brutal, extreme, at times harmonious, and for some strange reason, fading...

08/04/2010

Ram-Zet - Neutralized

Norway's Ram-Zet have always been interesting. They perform what could be called a brand of 'industrial avant guard black metal,' but it's done in a unique sense that doesn't really sound like anything else metal fans are hearing these days, especially with their latest offering, "Neutralized". There's the intense black metal riffs, the (sometimes...

08/04/2010

Vetus Obscurum - Blood Revelations

Ah, another short piece by a misanthropic black metal band trying to spread their hate around the world. If you've heard one, you've heard them all: gritty production, raging chords and blast beats, the occasional synth to try and make things creepier, and of course, the vocals of the tortured. Vetus Obscurum's first demo, "Blood Revelations", is n...

08/04/2010

Altvater - Chroniken

Alvater spawned their music out of Germany in 2009 with their debut, "Chroniken". Just from the looks of the cover art one can tell it's going to be one of those folk epic black metal albums that hopefully aren't too cheesy. Fortunately, "Chroniken" isn't cheesy at all (despite the overuse of keyboards on every track), but it isn't exactly epic. Cl...

06/04/2010

Escape From - Opetani Okrucienstwem

Escape From herald from the cold regions of Poland to deliver their EP debut, "Opetani Okrucienstwem". As expected of an EP, it is short... thankfully. The band calls themselves 'blackened death metal' but there's very little that is 'black metal' about it. The musical style of the album is thick and chugging, usually in the vein of brutal death me...

06/04/2010

Leo Biollo - From The Depths Of Hell To The Gates Of Heaven

Leo Biollo is one man performing every instrument on his solo album, "From The Depths Of Hell To The Gates Of Heaven". He isn't exactly a guitar legend in the sense he hasn't been a part of any major Canadian bands of metal fame, but his debut is more than solid. Early 80s thrash fans will love this as it has the old-school gritty sound that albums...

06/04/2010

Malleus - To Fade Inside A Waste

Malleus are a talented deathcore band from Italy with just a few demos under their belt, but their skill is still evident. To Fade Inside A Waste is a crunching five track demo of brutal melodies. The production isn't terrible so it doesn't sound like it was recorded in a garage but it still holds a crusty feel to the music to make it even darker....

06/04/2010

Diary About My Nightmares - Forbidden Anger

Diary About My Nightmares (also known as D.A.M.N.) are a death metal band from Germany with "Forbidden Anger" being their second album. D.A.M.N. perform some pretty fast stuff with a few annoyances, but also a few surprises. The band lyrically incorporate both their native language and English to make things interesting. The guitars are lightning q...

03/04/2010

Dimensional Psychosis - Architects Of Reality

Dimensional Psychosis are an industrial black metal band from the Netherlands. As of now they are only composed of instrumentalists with having a session vocalist on their second album, "Architects Of Reality". When listeners usually think "industrial black metal," they think either extremely heavy dance, cyber beats with the guitars like that of t...

03/04/2010

Nolentia - ...One Loud Noise And It's Gone...

Nolentia are a three piece death grindcore band with plenty of technicality and raw musical ability to make their debut album noticeable. As expected, the music is heavily drum focused but there is a lot of technical guitar work as well. Vocals are bellowed or shrieked but it is the drums that are really stealing the show. Some tracks like "Oyster"...

03/04/2010