Abstract - Fragmenthea

Abstract is a 5 piece band from Slovakia and plays on this CD only instrumental songs. Although you would expect some vocal lines you get pretty fast used to live without the growls and screams. The music is a combination of atmospheric, power and thrash metal. And because it is instrumental you are forced to the songs carefully and notice the diff...

30/07/2002

Ad Inferna - L'Empire Des Sens

Formerly known as De Profundis they now operate under a new name and finally the long awaited debut is ready. Ad Inferna palyes melodic black metal on a high level. The songs have power, bombastic explosions, atmospheric sadness parts, orchestal impressions, great guitarleads and intense vocals. The production sound is good and clear. Also there ar...

18/07/2002

Khisanth - Forsaken Storms Of The Apocalypse

After the intro and hearing th first tunes you know that these black metal guys spit on christianity. Hellish vocals spread the diabolical message. All powered by raw black metal. The songs are played in a variety of melodies. When there is a slow atmospheric part it suddenly turns to a blastering shredder. Lucky the songs are not played at a monot...

16/07/2002

A Gruesome Find - Ravens Of The Full Moon Eclipse

True Ohioan Bleath Metal is what AGF calls their music. Covered with corpsepaint and evil looking images. On this disc there are 5 songs that expected some unholy black metal but this is wrong. Although the vocals are a bit screamy the music is melodic and diverse. No typical BM hammering but well played songs which like said before melody. Not jus...

20/06/2002

Absolute Defiance - Systematic Terror Decimation

Absolute Defiance is known as Vile but had to change their name due to the american Vile. This did not mean that the style has changed. It is still US death metal like Dying Fetus and Skinless. Double bass loops are flying over, groovy guitar riffs and brutal low voice. The lyrics deal with the suffering of people. You won't regret to get this albu...

09/03/2002

Inner War - The Profane Vulgar

The debut CD of this two death metal piece. Old members of Shredded Corpse who continue to play old school death metal and try to be melodic. And they succeed. Great drumming, brutal voice (could use more variety in the vocal lines), melodic riffing. Interesting part of this CD is that their first demo (2000) is included as bonus tracks. So if you...

09/03/2002

Karnak - Melodies Of Sperm Composed

The intro really got on my nerves when I pushed the play button. But then follows 8 songs of very good techno death with influences from grind, jazz, black etc. Nothing is strange to use. Just like the early Sadist the songs go from one corner to the other. Heavy parts, slower parts, guitar leads, keyboard atmospheric parts etc. Too much to mention...

26/02/2002

Kaizen - Supporting Continual Improvement

A 5 song EP from this French band with a Japanese name. They are around since 1994 so they play solid. Their music is a mixture between death metal and hardcore. More to hardcore with influences from Fear Factory, Messuggah, Pantera and Sepultura. So you hear brutal songs but yet powerful with a own use of electronics and sampes. Nothing spectacula...

07/01/2002

Aendria - The Saturnine Daughter

This is a demo MCD from a guy named Yanik. He forms this one man band and so is playing all the instruments and vocals. And I must say he is doing a nice job. On this MCD there are five songs and a ghost song. All showing a kind of elektro dark metal. The first two songs are short in time and expected to be longer running. The tracks show a variety...

02/12/2001

Obscene - Extreme 2001

Another release from Obscene with a really obscene cover artwork. Obscene organizes every year an extreme festival in the Czech Republic. And every year there comes a compilation CD on the market with lots of extreme bands. If I give you names like Inhume, Fleshless, Ingrowing, Isacaarum, Sanatorium, Utopie and Cripple Bastards you know enough. All...

15/11/2001

Hirax - Barrage Of Noise

Fuck you, you crossover wannabees! Hirax (yes the legendary Hirax) is back on the streets with their fifth release. Most brutal songs in their existence. They play better and more mature than on "Raging Violence" (although that was a classic LP). Listen to on eof their best songs ever and my fav of this album "Walk with Death". Mighty double bass l...

26/10/2001

Satans Penguins - Birds of Darkness

What kind of a name is this? Is satanism infiltrated among these fluffy creatures? It is hard to take this band serious when you also read the lyrics of influences by Batman, the Smurfs and Penguins. But according their bio they are serious only having a different kind of perspective of the reality. Well, they play some kind of BM aggressive par...

25/10/2001

Blessed In Sin - Par Le Sang Du Christ (Opus Luciferi)

This is the second album from one of the oldest BM bands in France. Hailing from 1993 they released 3 demos, the first album "Melancholia" and now their new one "Par Le Sang..". An album full of dark, strong and facinating songs. A lot of variation in the songs, fast parts that are interrupted but slow mystical spheres. Some lyrics are in French to...

23/10/2001

CIAFF - The Southern Command Of Violence

Italy not only known from Pizza and Mobsters but now a point on the map for brutal maniacs CIAFF. A mixture of brutal death, hardcore and extreme hip hop. CIAFF delivers highly structured crossover songs that makes you jump, slam, sing along etc. Including a cover from Blur! Enrico (from the brutal core band Undertakers) is doing the vocals, Butch...

16/10/2001

Zorn - Schwarz Metall

Not an original album title but it gives you an idea of what to expect. An ear assault with fast drumming, infernal vocals, venomous guitar leads, aggression in the vein of Beherit, Darkthrone and old Gogoroth. Zorn is a german band with german lyrics. Some members also have other projects running but Zorn is a serious band where they all can spew...

09/10/2001