Saturday, October 28, 2017

Face First-The Demo Tape (2017)

Almost 10 minutes of unrelenting angry lyrics, screaming vocals, pulse pounding bass, power chord guitars, and unstoppable percussion. I think if you go to see this band live, be sure to not forget your helmet because that mosh pit has to be pure madness. This demo is musically pretty basic overall. Each song follows the same pattern: heavy riffs pound, singer screams, drums kick. If you're looking to relieve some anger should keep listening. Looking forward to hear their full lenght album!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Apothesary-Accept Loss Forever (2017)

Brutal riffs and a touch of melody. Really, this is how every song carries on. There is no shortage of chunky riffing, harmonies, and well executed solos here. Textbook brutality executed by capable musicians. The guitarwork throughout is quite impressive, and my favorite aspect of the album. The drumming is pretty textbook, and doesn't really deviate from the norm- nonetheless, the drummer is good at what he does as well the bass. The vocals, which alternate between a hardcorish scream (a la In Flames and At the Gates) and a death growl are a nice touch to the music. The production is also flawless. Apothesary aren't out to break any boundaries per se; however, they are out to kick some ass. I can't help but think of mid-period death when I listen to the shredding and structures of this album. If you are a fan of classically executed death metal, chilling to the bone, I would highly recommend you obtain this album. Fast riffs, great melody, perfectly executed screechy vocals, and great lyrics. Those are the four things that come to my mind when somebody asks me if Apothesary is a good band. All in all, Tremendous Melodic Death album, great melody and killer vocals, terrific lyrics, flawless drumming. Highlights of the album: "Sensory Overload", "1976" , "Elizabeth", and "You've met with a terrible fate,Haven't you?". I highly recommend at least giving a listen, as it is well worth it if you do like it !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hessian Wolf Children-Wolves Orchestra (Rehearsal 2014)

“Wolves Orchestra” is my first encounter with Hessian Wolf Children and I have to say I like what I hear. I would consider this rehearsal to be straight grindcore. It’s just got that attitude that they were going to do whatever they wanted on this cassette and didn’t care if people liked it or not. The presentation of this tape is awesome, shorts songs. This is just another reason why this cassette seems like pure grindcore to me. Lots of punk influenced riffs, and of course, blast-beats. The vocals are just insane. They fit in very nicely with the grindcore and punk atmosphere. The songs themselves don't vary all that much. Punk riffs, pounding blast-beats, and indecipherable vocals. Short and to the point grind from beginning to end. The drums are perfect. Overall, this rehearsal is very good. If you’re a fan of grindcore, buy this Cassette. In Grindcore we trust !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Gravewards-Subconscious Lobotomy (Demo Tape 2016)

Athens, sweet Athens… A hideous monster is born – Greek death metal. This demo tape show not only death but also some thrash metal influences. But don’t be afraid, these maniacs  prepared pure death metal in the way it should to be! Believe me, the effect is just perfect! When you can hear the sound of music and Nikos screams, you can relish great riffs, bass passages and insane drumming, an excellent performance on this one. The guitar work/leads are really tuneful, memorable, it makes “Subconscious Lobotomy” something special.  Amazing, outstanding opening of the killer track. You can hear a real band, three soldiers of pure metal which know what to do with their skills, minds and instruments! Fast, accurate song with crushing guitar solo ends with Niko screams. Gravewards attack with energetic riffs, some twisted melodies bombing auditory centre. Here we have slow down and murderous musicians assault. To put it all together – mixing excellent perfect riffs, bass/drums devastation and biting vocals, Gravewards create something I define as a magnum opus of death metal genre. It sounds raw a bit, from the other side very solid. So this is obvious that by this review I would like to pay homage to this band, unique band with soul. The band which is a real interpretation of everything in metal music. Killer demo!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Fractial Generator-Apotheosynthesis (2017)

A well-produced album, heaviness and oppressive atmosphere, but each instrument is easily discernible, making the whole album crushing. Atmosphere, heaviness; these two things are integral to this band’s sound, but they wouldn’t amount to much if they weren’t propped up by good, brutal songs. The band strides the death metal demarcation perfectly, crafting superb slowdowns of despair to interperse with their high-octane face-melters. It's an incredible experience, especially on headphones. In a genre rife with stagnation and imitation, it is refreshing to hear another  band answer the challenge of the other younger peers and then casually brush them aside with an album so masterly that it is somewhat hard to fathom. Fractial Generator continue to progress and inspire and "Apotheosynthesis" is a true highlight !
Review by Paul Caravasi

Valgrind-Seal of Phobos (2017)

A brutal album. Valgrind speaks to many in different forms. Extremely heavy production, tight and commanding drumwork, catchy, sharp guitar work, chaotic, amazing leads, and of course, catchy yet angry vocals, yes, this album has indeed a lot of features. There are maybe one or two riffs or sections in the brutal 5 songs - but not enough to really be called thrash, this amazing work of Death Metal will have you wanting to hear it again and again until you're black to the blind. The double bass is clear in your're pounded upon relentlessly by an unbreakable wall of pure death metal. The lead in the songs are killer. The harmonics at the end of the riffs are truly amazing. There you have it. A powerful fkn death metal album!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Maze of Sothoth-Soul Demise (2017)

The music on here is just flat out amazing. These riffs are so beyond heavy, i mean all the tracks deliver insanely heavy parts, plenty of blast beats, they change up a lot on this album in terms of the drumming and guitar riffs. The riffs are so incredibly heavy that it is hard not to love this album. “Lies” is an amazing song with yet another (big surprise) amazingly heavy riff. I usually don’t put lyrics in my reviews but “Seed of Hatred” has some of my favorite lyrics ever: “
Our union will create a new form of Evil
Put in your womb the seed of hatred
your sacrifice won't be in vain
errant demons populate the earth”
Production on here is one word, perfect. None of the drums get lost behind the guitars and they sound amazing, vocals are in top form here. Everything about this album is good and I think you will agree. Best tracks – “Lies”, “Seed of Hatred”, and “Multiple Eyes"
Review by Paul Caravasi

Naga-Inanimate (2017)

A blast of pulverizing doom, gutteral vocals and Hellhammerish chord. Inevitable and ensuing aftermath of hunger, desolation, and hopelessness.  As for the tracks themselves, what you get here is delivered at the irnoic pace of a funeral procession. This is strictly metal in conception and execution, regardless of its  novel properties. Totally dark and fucking evil heaviness...and I am an avid and well-educated fan of Doom Metal and other extreme stuff…Here it is also interesting to draw a comparison with Black Metal which often is considered the most cold, dark and evil kind of metal or even music in general. Well, some Black Metal bands might appear more maniacal due to their somewhat chaotic hysteria and to some degree they achieve to create some evilness since most of them strive really hard, but with Naga it’s just true and natural, they don’t want it out of principle, they just deliver it. And the same goes for the darkness and coldness. Where especially Norway orientated Black Metal bands might have this Northern coldness like winds over deserted mountains, which on sunny days might still cause warm feelings for the beauty of nature. Inanimate should be of interest to any fan of really heavy, dark and brutal metal, but probably it will always remain a rarity in record collections. Fortunately, those who understand this kind of music enjoy the more. Eternal frost, indeed!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Voids of Vomit-Ritual Expiation (2017)

Death metal from Italy inspired in the vein that brought us Death and Obituary, this rigid adherence to a classical sound raises this album up for what it's worth, their insistence on keeping it basic old school sound more in their favor , the good thing is that they don't sound like a modern technical death clone. The great elements of this album? all of them. Listen to this amazing death metal album and  the solos and vocals remain entrenched in one solid territory.  Having said that, what had me so attracted to Voids of Vomit is having two impressive guitarists, they can do something more with their instruments than arpeggios on the highest possible notes, actually manage to convey some emotion other than pure frenetic energy, and perfectly compliments the uncomfortable atmosphere contained in these brutal songs, the incredibly versatile voice for this death metal vocalist is killer, going from low growls, to rabid snarls, high pitched shrieks and semi growled shouts that is almost reminiscent of pre-death metal thrash artists such as Possessed. Such a vocal style will be disconcerting to anyone unfamiliar with death metal before Cannibal Corpse, but in an era where very few extreme metal vocalists are immediately distinguishable from the crowd of cookie monsters, vocals such as these are a breath of fresh air. These two memorable elements aside, the rest of what is on here is standard fair for this kick ass band. The riffs are a nice balance between sinister riffage and late 80s death metal speed and brutality. This is intense and brutal. Being a fan of this particular strain of death metal, I enjoyed this record and leave a good impression on. Take that tidbit of information as you will; if you are a fan of late 80s style death metal like I am, you will enjoy this record, I can guarantee that this will be the death metal record that will stay with you forever !
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Whispering Woods-Perditus Et Dea (2015)

"Perditus Et Dea" truly contains pieces of musical genius and creativity. It also sparks a question many other bands trigger. What is Metal? I remember being in a car with a friend listening Nightwish in 2001, she said to me: if any person not familiarized with metal, listens from here on (after the vocals I don´t remember which song) would swear this is classical and not metal music. Whispering Woods, in a way, possess the same vein of musical expression but in a dark and more sinister direction. While being metal, many of their songs are full of feeling and emotion, orchestration and arrangements; soprano's vocals blessing the whole picture. It´s not that metal is cold music for mass murderers. Quite the contrary, Whispering Woods is one of the bands that stands out and proves that metal is an open forum of expression, not limited by closed-mindedness or stereotypes (ok, maybe there are a few exceptions), and that, musically, it is a space for geniuses to flow. That doesn´t seem to speak much of the album, so let´s get on with it, and hope that I may get my point clear. This album is full of feeling and emotions. As a whole, the concept really states that metal is a form of open and obscure expression. I hope I make my point clear by saying that metal bands incorporate elements such as Flute, Keyboards and Sopranos giving metal a more elaborate and complex prism of musical creation. So, is this metal? Yes, it is music, it is metal.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Devangelic-Phlegethon (2017)

Brutal/technical death metal.  Heavy riffs with intermingling technicalities, the production clarity puts a nice sheen on the instruments, bringing the thundering snare drum to life and giving the guitars a noise-free, crisp distortion that ensures the plethora of guitar notes sound just as clean picked as they actually are. The blasting drum beats and crushing guitar play well off of each other, leaving the blood pumping bass to tie everything together into a smoother presentation. Good audio quality really immerses the listener in the experience, and catchy grooves make sure that the listener stays captivated. Another interesting release of 2017.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Khazaddum-Plagues Upon Arda (2017)

Khazaddum attacks once again, it sounds more complete and more visceral while executing it more elegantly. Standardly written death metal, morphed into a grisly, ferocious beast. This album’s darker and more thought-out. Savage Riffs, bass is warmer and burlier, the double bass is non-stop, and the tone makes it addicting. Luka’s vocals are brutal as fuck. Each song contains immense, turbulent rhythms, chaotic leads, and epic riffing. The pace is almost always fast throughout the album, but the best is made up of those mid-paced breaks akin to thrash breaks which opt for a catchier style. Either works for Khazaddum and here they’re able to play it both ways while keeping it consistent and memorable. The drumming modifies its patterns during these times into something more flowing, of course, and that’s something I prefer to any blast beats. Truly an epic example of superior musicanship. Excellent job on this album. Any Death metal fan needs to hear this album or buy it, also for any fan of Lord of the Rings as well. Hail to metal !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Alliance for Death Domination split Cd (2017)

This split Cd came from Spain featuring two important powerful old school Death metal bands. Karonte plays an extremely fast, intense, high-octane brand of death metal, featuring some of the most mind blowingly fast and precise drumming, each and every track is 100% solid death metal. This is a prime example of how death metal should be done, with many memorable moments, some very fast growls reminiscent of Cannibal Corpse's George Fisher. This is a true masterclass in the art of death metal music, and deserves a listen from everyone.
Bloody Brotherhood is an unholy orgy of double bass and blastbeat drumming, with superb with flashy guitar work. The tempo varies from lightning fast to fast, the very few slow passages in the songs are used only to emphasise the head crushing speed of the rest of the music. This is the kind of band that makes you bang your head like a lunatic, this vocal style matches the music perfectly. This is a good explanation of the band so all metalheads can know what this band is all about. Death Metal to the bone !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Anger Tears-Censored (2016)

This is a compilation of early demos of the band from 1992-93'. This re issue is from 2016. Anger Tears is a band from Spain, what we have here is a fusion of thrash and Heavy Metal. A crash of waves exploding into a hyperspeed riff fest. Chorus vocals and sufficient riffing are replete with thrash, but the underlying melody has a distinct heavy vibe to it. Anger Tears kick your ass not merely with riffs and solos, but with thick bass and plenty of melody! is a damn catchy album!, excellent guitar work. In the end what we have is healthy mixture of thrash with related, complimenting musical styles that give the band a new energy. It is fairly memorable and worth a few spins. Reccomended.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Epidemic-Malformed Conscience (2017)

In this era of Metal, the bands are experimenting with a lot of influences. Due to this bad development, I was looking for angry sounds. I'm glad to discover bands like Epidemic. And it's no disadvantage. Their music is a fresh breeze. Armed with a reliable sense for catchiness, Epidemic offers a  hard musical approach, flowing riffs contrasted with the extremely raw voice and definitely not afraid of explicit lyrics. Epidemic commuted between stomping mid-tempo numbers and fast-paced pieces. Generally speaking, a bunch of fantastic neckbreakers, for example “Losing Time” or “Hatred”, shined with their dynamic. Vocalist/Guitar player Adam is here to demonstrate his very bad mood and to evoke emotions like hatred and hostility. Following this line, he did a good job. His vocal performance did not lack of aggression or vigor. The constantly high level of the tunes is remarkable. Good tracks with some hardcore breakdowns but still thrashy!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bereft of Light-Hoinar (2017)

This one man solo project has many good points to it. The drumming, while less on the doom metal side and more on the Black metal side. The guitar riffs are cool, raw, and melancholy, they sound very melancholy, dark, and very fitting of the atmosphere. Growls are good. Needless to say, this is a good starting point for anyone who wants to get into Bereft of Light.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Ordinul Negru-Sorcery of Darkness (2015)

Melting the Black metal they are well-known for with Doom influences, this Cd only consists in the dark, depressive Black metal. Sure, joyful it is not, this effort never fall into sleep-inducing monotony, the band has noticeably sped up with some slow, creeping, slightly down-tuned doom riffs, and a deep and discouraged voice, and poetically sick lyrics. This Cd has really to be listened to as a whole, is part of the general dark, and almost MORBID, atmosphere on each song. With this release the band's future looks very gloomy. What, for this band, means of course it looks bright.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Descend Into despair-Synaptic Veil (2017)

Straight-up pure doom metal from Romania. An overall strong and worthy addition to the metal scene and an important influence on heavy music, excellent vocals perfectly accompany the dense atmosphere and depressing motifs of this killer band. The album takes hold of the listener, keeps them down amidst a sea of woe, the gloomy atmosphere of the guitar work is superb, it produces a startling effect, triumphantly melodies that is as catchy as it is sad and brutal at the same time, desperate whisper compelling and dark. The overall sound of Synaptic Veil is not what one would classify “heavy metal.” The snail-paced, death-influenced doom is definitely here. Descend into despair play a sort of mid-tempo shoegaze style here⎯with heavier guitars and drums, for fans of depressing music, doom metal or no, it’s hard to argue with the shear emotive and oppressive power of this record. Killer record from start to finish!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Friday, September 1, 2017

Gothic-Demons (2017)

Musically speaking, probably is the closest representation to the melodic metal sound. It basically contains 60% of the modern, more "alternative" sound and the 40% remaining is melodic death metal. The guitars are extremely well played and effective throughout. The melodic riffs dance around a barrage of drums and a mixture of harsh and clean vocals quite nicely, most of the song is still preformed with harsh vocals. All of these songs are catchy but that really doesn't degrade the musical quality. There are a lot of mellow moments on the album as well, although this album musically is well done there aren't any death growls on here to point out, instead, just a common screaming technique used in most modern melodic death metal albums but the album still sounds solid overall.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Blutrina-Looney Fucking Grind (2017)

This release is unlike any other grindcore album that I've heard. Since this is the first album I've listened to from this bandfrom Romania. I have to say they have a very creative imagination with the brutal edge they deliver.  It has some very strong areas and of course like any other release from any band it has to have at least 1 or 2 weak points. A good aspect of this album is the fact that, although it may sound repetitive at most points (which is usually the case with most grindcore acts), it never fails to aspire creativity and originality in a genre that by most people's standards don't expect much from. Another great thing about this release are the shredding riffs that are found scattered throughout the whole thing not to mention all the weird sampling they evoke in every song (Audio samples taken from Looney tunes, Family guy, Cow and chicken), everything else here is heavy as fuck. The album is very subtle and it's probably only worth the listen just for the dynamic guitar and drum work other than that you can either like it or hate it. Personally I think it kicks ass so if you're a fan of grind and are seeking a new twist to this genre consider picking up this album sometime
Review by Paul Caravasi

Prezir-Contempt ( EP 2017)

This is pure well-constructed brutal Black/death metal for excellence. The feeling of clandestine, slowly emerging catastrophe is a trademark of this band. Their sound? crawling riffs and bestial drumming delivering a death metal motif with songs that sound like the musical accompaniment to the Angels of the apocalypse marching towards sinners to be deposited in the pits of Hell.  Again boasting a vicious sound job proving their place among death metal’s deadliest here. These maniacs deliver a fully demonic performance perfectly attuned to the band's occult lyrics. Brilliant riffs and flashes of genius in the solos delivered along with demented vocals, it is refreshing to hear another new project answer the challenge in the underground metal scene. Contempt is a true flawless masterpiece!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Scalpel-Methods to Delusion (2017)

American death metal has never really been known for having too much in the ways of frills, lots of melody, and any remorse. It’s all business and no messing around, especially with Scalpel  and their latest record entitled "Methods to Delusion", and this is their chance to prove to their fans and prospective fans what they are made of. Was this album of an amount of quality that astonished me? Yes, once you hear it, cannot ignore its aggression and energy. An album containing a ridiculous amount of blasting sections and the most dissonant collection of riffs that I have heard in a long time. There are a lot of riffs and structures straight out of the Cannibal Corpse playbook. From one blast beat to the next, Drummer just annihilates his kit with a relentless ferocity like that of a mad-man. Everyone else in the band follows suit with their frantic riffs that are strung together and complex. I must admire the astute ferocity at which Scalpel plays at. They are the sort of songs that can get crowds whipped up into a moshing frenzy in a live setting and they are the definite tone-setter for this album. I just love the demented and deranged quality that wafts off of these songs. No matter what song you listen to, you are going to get your share of madness. This is for those who enjoy nothing but slamming brutal death metal.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Soul Remnants-Ouroboros (2017)

This release still features some faster death metal elements from the past as well as the twin guitar leads and a versatile vocal performance somewhere between slightly restrained growling, slightly experimental performances inspired by different Thrash, Death and why not Black metal for moments. The album also is filled with extremely brutal orientated choruses.The choruses on this album are extremely strong and probably among the very best in the band's entire career. The drumming is amazing as well the riffs, the band is more extreme metal orientated side, no matter what you think about the band's new sounds, this album will kick your ass. The verses are fast, powerful and unchained concerning both the energizing riffs, the pitiless rhythm section and the wild vocals. The choruses comes around with beautiful guitar harmonies and some soloing just after the vocal part. The rhythm section grooves in an enjoyable way and never gets too sluggish. The vocals are raw-emotional and to the point. Other than incredibly catchy offerings, you get to hear a balanced mixture of powerful melodic death metal. If we look at this release in a good way, this is probably a reconciliatory record for both metalheads fans of the early days in metal and the contemporary phase. On this record, both worlds harmoniously collide in almost equal parts. Otherwise, the songs writing and some incredibly catchy choruses make this album stand out as a high quality release in the band's discography. This release doesn't include any fillers and only above average to excellent songs. This album may not be as revolutionary but it's definitely a highlight in the band's career that both old and new fans should know and own. Great work on this one !
Review by Paul Caravasi

Oblivion-Cyclogenesis Songs for Armageddon (2016)

A compilation of their material was a good idea for Oblivion; it features their older songs During the 90s, Oblivion was totally and completely absent from the thrash metal scene. Then in 2011, their spirit held together and resurrected itself. So, they surprisingly decided to rejoin as a band with three founding members and put out this killer material. This filled loyal fans as myself with immense satisfaction. As mentioned previously, the band put together all their material from 1984 to 1990. This double Cd includes a 24 page booklet filled with pics, flyers, artwork and some cool memorabilia. The music brings back many memories to their older demos..and the band achieved their goal of keeping listeners interested. The fierce guitar executions are great. There really aren't any songs to dislike. The music here contains guitar rhythms that were already innovative for their time during the earlier days. In retrospect, this compilation does a lot for the band and keeps loyal fans impressed with Oblivion. Seventeen tracks of great thrash metal was  a smart move by the band. If originality in thrash metal is to your liking, then this compilation will best suit your interest. I'm glad these guys are back !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Black Mourning Light Metal fest 2017

Founded by Dustin Ekman in 2015, Black Mourning Light has grown from a one-day festival to a two day festival, and has hosted such bands as Uada, Helleborus, Panzerfaust, Erimha, Idolatry, Noire, and Altars of Grief, and many more. Headlined by two of the most notorious bestial black metal bands in the history of the genre, Black Mourning Light Metal Festival once more shows growth in it's short time in existence. Revenge and Blasphemy top off a festival brimming with putridity. Also featuring the bands Rites of Thy Degringolade, Antichrist, The Projectionist, The Lucifer Project and more, Black Mourning Light is a certified destination festival, and one of the few in Western Canada that caters specifically to the black metal and doom crowd.
Tickets are available online through TicketFly and Crown of Viserys.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Total Death-Inmerso en la Sangre (2015)

Total Death have pretty well abandoned most of their old doom-death roots with this release, "Inmerso en la Sangre". A few roots still remain but not enough to consider it as much of a doom album in the vein of the previous classic . Instead we are treated with more experimental Death Metal, even progressive music. But you can find some good heavy guitars. This album would be better classified as dark beauty. The vocals are pretty well all in some form of clean singing or spoken vocals. I believe they have really improved their vocals. Much more atmospheric is this release, although in a different way from their previous style. Relies on more of a mixture of melodic guitars. Clean electric, acoustic are used quite often as well as a few excellent lead harmonies. The sound in general is much softer but still can easily be considered a dark, sorrowful album. Has the occassional chaotic screams which compliment the music great, but its main strength over the older albums is well produced, well played variety of instruments. They use keyboards and other atmosphere to make up for the lack of distorted intensity on this release present in older albums. Total Death took a huge step and a chance on this Record. It is good music, good songs. I  would recommend it to anyone not just looking for heavy metal. Vocals play a large part in this, but the music has a more epic feel to it as well. Over the course of this album, emphasis is put equally on instrumentation and atmosphere, which is an incredible combination when correctly executed. The guitars dirge along, almost as if trying to enact the emotion that the song's lyrics portray. In other words, I was surprised when I finally took the time to give this album a proper listen. Good Job on this one!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Jenner-To Live is To Suffer (2017)

This album is a simple Speed/Thrash metal effort, a very good one. A polished production. "Hear the Thunder Roar" completely crush your skull, as well does "Demon's Call", "Factory of Death" is the obligatory headbanger of this album.The whole album is totally well produced, and I like that. I rather listen to something that sounds amazingly good than a tape recording of a Poser black metal project. Overall it's a great recomendation for anyone who likes 80s metal. We have a large collection of solid tracks that could shack up to the "Fabulous Disaster" era of Exodus and some Warlock influences in terms of vocal performance and riffs. What do you get when you blend the riffing style of  Speed/Thrash metal and add vocals of Doro ??? Answer: You get Jenner. "To live is to Suffer" packs a screaming punch of Speed/thrash metal. There are a lot of enough good songs on this album for every metal head to want to seek out this album. The voice is amazing, and if you've never heard it then you are missing out!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Fondlecorpse-Dark Contagion (2017)

Silvester Koorevaar is a genius in my book. This Cd is amazing, with an amazing mix of styles and genres including death, grind and thrash Fondle Corpse from The Netherlands has created an awesome fucking album. There is so much diversity here that literally any Metalhead can enjoy it. The guitar tone is killer, my favourite parts are all of them, even solos (yes you heard right) solos. Nothing here sounds out of place, they also have  great riffs and grooves that really give the album replay value. I could find myself going back to this album every now and then whenever I need a good extreme metal fix.  About the vocals, got your growls and screams and all that. Fits with the music fkn well. What do you expect from a extreme fkn band? The drums are good, lots of blasts and what not, good tempo, etc. Everything played on this album is really good plus the bass. I could listen to it all day, it's still stuck in my head. To sum up this album... BUY IT! It is well worth your money. The musicians who play them rule and even the lyrics rule too! They're all about gore. If you want a good listen, this is the right place to find it. I highly recommend this to anyone who just wants to hear some good Metal. I don't know what else I can tell you to convince you that you should get this album, just fkn get it!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Necrowretch-Satanic Slavery (2017)

The guitar playing on this album is vicious. This is what death/thrash should sound like. It is just unbelievably kickass with the fast paced thrash. "Satanic Slavery" starts with a brutal approach. After the first song kicks into you'll feel like you're in fucking hell. The vocals are very aggressive and suit the music perfectly. Blast beats and traditional death metal like guitars is what you will find on these Gem. The savage death metal style guitars mutate into a thrash symphony which is very, very well executed. The brilliancy about this band is that they somehow manage to integrate so many riffs into one song to technical perfection. While this album is extremely fast it almost seems as though it comes naturally and with little effort. The power on this band is absolutely inspiring. The whole album is dark and it's heavy as fuck the whole way through, and also essential to any fan of death or thrash metal. Fantastic!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Compendium of Metal Vol. 10 by Metal on Metal Records (2017)

Well, the material here kicks ass. However, some of it is spectacularly generic. Basically what what we have here is a sort of sampler of bands, with each band getting one track. The opening band, Outrage, I don't even know how to put this. They are easily the strongest band on the compilation, and really a good choice for an opening band to start the compilation. The song is fucking BRUTAL thrash in the vein of old Kreator/Sodom, which is totally fine in my book. Eternal Thirst from chile is a good power metal band. However, there's not a whole lot else I can say about them. They sound like they know exactly what they're doing, and succeed at what they're trying to achieve. The Lamp of Thoth (Doom/Heavy Metal), Meliah Rage (Power/Thrash), Emerald (Heavy metal), Ankham Witch (Heavy/Doom), Risen Prophecy (Thrash/Power), Horacle (Heavy metal), Sacro Sanctus (Blackened Heavy/Doom), Cadaveric Poison (another amazing Death/thrash project by Paul Speckmann), Wildhunt (Technical thrash), Metal Law (Traditional heavy metal), Sacred Gate (Heavy Metal) and the legendary Power/Heavy metal band Attacker. Pretty much all the bands are Heavy, Thrash and/Or Death Thrash just a couple of average Doom tunes as well. This compilation is definitely worth your time to hear and after a careful consideration, I'd say that this album is worth buying, if you enjoy any kind of Traditional Heavy Metal or thrash, especially the really vicious, nasty kind that borders on blackened thrash or deathrash. If you see this CD at a local record store or, pick it up!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Outrage-And the Bedlam Broke Loose (2017)

There are various reasons why I consider this to be a killer band. First of all because it musically is a fucking ‘evil’ style of thrash. Fast and filthy. Opening track "And the bedlam broke loose" simply is the best song ever written. This composition comes close to perfection. The threatening into riff emphasised by the supporting distorted bass guitar, followed by an up tempo verse and chorus and a eerie mid paced middle section. The dynamics presented here are mind blowing and the song never loses its tension. Another thrashing highlight is "Breed" on which Frank P. sounds best with his raspy voice. Definitely a brutal song. This album is Strong, fast, catchy and filled with great riffs, breaks and lyrics. I really enjoyed this album from start to finish. This album isn’t anything groundbreaking, but holy shit does this rock pretty hard. In the end, you can’t claim to know what extreme metal is, if you have never listened to “And the Bedlam broke Loose”: this opus embodies the truest, most primitive soul of Metal (which nowadays has been unfortunately lost among many circles), but behind it there is a highly competent and passionate band that manages to shine flawlessly in terms of quality and professionalism, in a cohesive mix that reaches absolute perfection. Listen to this album, or die trying 'cause it's fkn amazing!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

The Lamp Of Thoth-This is not a Laughing Matter (2017)

If you like Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Black Sabbath, you would love this Cd. Dementedly clear vocals and a never ending web of riffs.Literally full of incredible tracks, the album is a compilation of their Ep from 2011 and their demo from 2013. Meshing a funky vibe with skull crushing riffs, it features amazing band interplay and flourishes with more doomy weight. Great Sabbathy riff feast.That part alone makes this album worth buying because it is simply pure genius. This Cd will stand as a great album and, in my opinion, a real landmark release. Get this album.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Eternal Thirst-The Hellish Fight Goes On (2017)

What can one expect from Eternal thirst on this album? Well, it is obvious this band from Chile is heavily entrenched in Euro Power Metal, but there is a heavy German Speed Metal influence as well. The music itself isn’t the most original but the production and vocals really give Eternal thirst their own feel. The production is rather unique. I can’t quite explain it, but the feeling created seems very metallic in nature and somewhat raw, yet still clear. The bass sound is really cool, and the drums sound nice and real, while being at a good mix level. The vocals are solid as well. He sings with a higher pitched style, and a more toned down aggressive style and he can also soar when needed, all of which is done with a lot of emotion. There are even times when he sounds like Michael Kiske. The guitar playing is well done with explosive solos and quality melodic sections, with the riffs driving each song; a tight rhythm section of course backs this up. When everything comes together Eternal Thirst create an interesting atmosphere for a Power Metal band, and even though the song elements might not be new, the feeling from their songs are.There are no filler tracks on here; I enjoyed every one of them. Not one song sounds the same, as the arrangements are very clever and thought-out. I recommend this release to any fan of German Power or Speed Metal, especially if you’re one of those people who prefer no keyboards in their Power Metal.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Night Demon-Darkness Remains (2017)

One of the best movements in modern metal is without a doubt the new wave of traditional heavy metal. Just like the NWOBHM, the NWOTHM has some bands that break the mold as something viciously talented and special, and there's the bands that just fade into the rest. When  metallians  Night Demon hit the scene with a promising Ep debut in 2012, one could only hope that they were here to stay. A few  years after their first full lenght album came out . Now in 2017 "Darkness Remains" is straightforward and ballsy heavy metal, with a bit of classic rock here and there; on this album, the sound that they have cultivated has reached its peak. Basically everything that is so amazing about Night Demon is in full bloom on this new record. The music within is focused, energetic, creative, and very memorable. The band does a fantastic job of expanding their signature sound; This is the real deal. The musicianship on this album is insane. The talent was evident on their earlier stuff, but this is a whole new level. The riffs are heavy and creative, the drums powerful and effective, vocals are better, and the solos are of a whole new level. Bass player is above average on this album, he is definitely present. Everybody comes together fantastically on this, and it may just be their best performance yet. Night Demon has proven that they are arguably the greatest NWOTHM band, and while it really comes down to opinion, Night Demon are hands down among the best. This is all splendid, you'll be along for a wild and badass ride, damn this is good. Definitely recommended to everybody.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Szept/Hunger- Split Cd

These Split is from Poland....very much interested in hear to these two bands. Szept is a piece of quite enjoyable black metal. The early blackened metal influences are well stuck in the sound, doom parts taking dominion on the sound with a good alternance of fast up tempo. The blast beats are rare and quite raw in technique and speed…they are like faster up tempo. The guitars work is quite good and violent. Anyway, the song structure is  quite simple with few, main riffs. The production is quite essential and reminds me the one of those occult, early black bands like Samael. Anyway it is quite good and all the instruments can be heard quite well. It's perfect for old school black metal followers.
Hunger is another interesting band In terms of black metal, while even fewer will support the ventures into simpler directions under the name of black metal. This Duo seems to keep the flame alive, it can be described in much the same terms, that song illuminating the surrounding landscape more intensely than the other band. Attempting to push the envelope, Hunger find a way to fuse storming fast riffing and blasting with some atmospheric and emotional scope, allowing to sound primal and incensed without losing its sense of magnificence. It should be enough of an incentive for anyone to experience this!

Indignity-Demo 2015

This demo, is a great offering from these guys, Indignity has exceeded what I have come to expect from an unknown band (well for me at least). While many of the old school US death metal bands have evolved into something cheesy, Indignity remain true to their old school sound even if they're a young band. Musically, the demo rom 2015 is brutal without going for the effect on purpose...which is usually a good mark. The vocals are convincing...The guitar work is strong and memorable. I've actually played some of these songs up to 10 times after the initial listen.... Overall, the demo isn't groundbreaking, but it is strong and i can't wait to hear the ful lenght album soon.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Antropofagus-Methods of Resurrection through Evisceration (2017)

You have to respect extreme bands for the consistency in death metal or at least keep it alive.This release sounds surprisingly fresh and highly calculated. The production is a bit on the raw side in the guitar tone but it sounds awesome. The production truly creates a wall of sound that makes Antropofagus memorable. These impenetrable melodies are hard to beat.What makes a death album achieve a brutal status is one unalterable fact: every song must dominate. And dominating their instruments is one thing this band are certainly capable of doing. The voice sounds demonic with the growls on the lower end of the mid range spectrum. The bass is very technical and only adds to the complex mind fuck this band creates.The drummer is the fucking man . He seems to find the best balance between unrelenting blast beats and elite cymbal work but never grows repetitive. The guitar work is nothing short of phenomenal and there really aren't many guitar solos at all. All in all, there are really no flaws on this album. It keeps you interested, and you want to keep coming back to it. I know I've listened to it a good number of bands classics and new ones, and i'm proud to received this one for a review. A brutal death metal release from 2017 ladies and gentlemen.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Aborted Fetus-The art of Violent Torture (2017)

When I got the promotional copy of this in the mail the first thing I noticed was the stunning nature of the artwork. The album itself is constructed extremely well in terms of layout and relevant to this year. It's obvious that this is not just a group of musicians who decided to do this just because they couldn't figure out anything better to do. This record, to my pleasent suprise, is a masterwork for the death metal genre.Thankfully, the music is just as stunning as the artwork. Triple-speed drum hits and thick-and-brutal guitar work is all in place...the riffwork complex, the production well-spaced and the drumming diverse and battering...not for all humans! A beastly performance given by the vocalist. This is a nessesary record for the death metal genre in a broad sense. It challenges a past legacy of bands without even attempting to rewrite it. The vibe, the musicianship and the intelligent construction that existed in the early years is alive and well on this release.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Logic of Denial-Aftermath (2017)

Logic of denial have made a modern day death metal gem. It appears as though they tried to step into the shoes of the most depraved beings on the planet. The result is a very heavy, death metal assault led by an ungodly drumming. He seems to purposefully play some of the rhythms in a very non-standard way and the result is refreshing, very unique drum patterns which you're not likely to find on any other death metal release, the lower tuned guitars fit the music perfectly.There seems to be a lack of solos on this album on first listen, but that is not an issue because it is neutralized by the fact that the riffs are incredible technical and mind bending. The riffs, in conjunction with vocalist, incredibly brutal death metal vocals, form a violent canvas for these technical death metal maniacs. Even when they try slower doom-like riffs, the results are excellent, because they know when to speed it up just the right amount at just the right time. This is Death Metal at their most pissed off. This album feature some insanely technical riffs accompanied by insane drumming. It is just that fucking good. If you like brutal/technical death metal of the highest order with insane instrumentation, look no further.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Pathology- Pathology (2017)

A good production and mix. If you ask me, this is the new sound of death metal bands these days. I mean, I do love the grindy beefy tone  but the guitar tone on this album is perfectly sludgy and grinding enough to be brutal but the vocals is something i don't dig it, the style is fkn brutal but vocals like that ?c'mon.The production cuts everything into this super mucky, but still kind of clean, and heavy wall of brutality, but becomes tiring.So, the album; the guitars and drums drive this album, leaving the vocals aside ,this band has excellent musicianship.The drumming is perfection, superb drumming. He knows exactly when to place an ultra fast double bass fill or an intense blast section to bridge those brilliant riffs. So, we've already discussed the musical aspects and technical aspects of this album. Now, how does the album as a whole hold up? Well, considering it’s vocals, the style of brutality lends itself better to casual listens, but is still a bit tedious after five or six songs with that kind of vocals.This album is definitely recommended to any and all new fans od death metal , slam metal or whatever you call it. I really enjoyed the music but not the vocals.
Review by Paul Caravasi

No prayer of the Dying-Banished from Death (2017)

Ahhh, Prayer of the Dying's full length album, a solo man project influenced black/doom, but this recent material which uses a more straight-forward black metal foundation, with the doom elements being utilized much less often. Here, we see this band at their most mature... and in the end; we have quite the beast of an album. The songs stay down tempo and rarely go beyond that. You've got sort of slow, slow, and real slow. While the music here isn't flashy or technical, the song structures are well thought out, and very effective at generating a lush, dark & somber atmosphere. The guitar tone here packs a lot of punch, and the riffs are heavy as all fuck. They pummel its listener with slow, monstrous blows until every bone in their body is crushed. On a couple of occasions, they will break into acoustic passages in which they do a fantastic job of creating a beautiful, haunting atmosphere. This sets it up for the heavy parts to hit even harder and feel much more aggressive. The guitar tone carries itself well already as it is, and the bass is still able to at least do its job as far as complimenting the guitar goes.The drumming is top notch. While not doing anything over top, it still does a great job at maintaining a powerful, precise rhythm throughout the entire album. It delivers a strong, gut wrenching vocal performance as well, his harsh vocals would improve over time, and especially his cleans, yet his performance is still brutal as hell, and he does a pretty good job of pronouncing the lyrics so they can be somewhat easily understood. I highly recommend this for any fans of Black/doom metal, as well as anyone who doesn't really know much about the genre and wants to see what it has to offer.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Paralysis-Life Sentence (2017)

This young band has been leaning more and more towards a thrash metal style of music. The music itself has progressively gotten much more complicated in terms of structure and overall performances by the band members themselves. This album is an excellent example of what Thrash Metal should sound like. This album is incredibly strong in terms of both riffs and drum patterns. The lyrics are very cool as well and although, the seriousness of the topics cannot be denied. One of the more unique things about this album is the drumming it is a fucking bulldozer, it almost sounds as a destructive machine, and for a young band the good thing about it, is that there is no signs of nu-metal shit laden trendy faggot rock, just pure undeniable Thrash. Overall, this is probably their best work so far. The song writting is top shelf and the thrash/groove is strong and prevalent throughout this entire onslought of pristine Bay Area styled tunes. (even though this is a Jersey band). Highlights on this album are..."Life sentence", "Deepest Void" , "All your lies" and "Karma"....Highly recommended thrash album by Paralysis!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Unblessed-Killing your last drop of Innocence (2017)

Damn, this is cool. Death Metal from chile.I haven’t heard everything they’ve done for a while, but this is an album that continues this glorious trend. Classic Death Metal sound, demonic savagery to the already devilish formula? Oh hell yeah. More structure than is usual. It is not too much, as the band still sounds vicious as fuck, but there’s definitely a more calculated feel to how this is put together, it fucking rules! Bands like this are just the best – they’re consistent enough to where one is never truly disappointed in them. They are so dedicated to their craft of book-burning and dancing around fires and sacrificing virgins to Cthulhu in their brand of vicious metallic misery that you would think they would eventually get bored with it, but they don’t! They are reliable, but also energetic, making this release sound like the end of the world, never resting on their laurels. This album is a supreme entry into the band’s grimoire of visceral intensity, and if you haven’t heard it yet, what are you waiting for?
Review by Paul Caravasi

Agresor-Bruto Crust (2017)

Extreme music from the Peruvian lands, Agresor while still incorporating a lot of fast hardcore punk, now crossed the border into the realm of grindcore. And they do it well! They could play an important role in the Peru metal scene, at least in the Crossover scene along with Demencia and Desarme. But, there are not really blast speed drums as we know in Grindcore, Crust or whatever you wanna call it. I quite like this approach. I makes the fastest parts still sound tighter than other grindcore bands out there these days. This album is, indeed, Raging Hell!There are not that much breakdowns or otherwise ‘quieter’ moments so it’s perfect as it is. Is the album monotone? For some it will be obviously, especially those not into grindcore but for addicts, like myself, i like it. Catchy phrases, a cool break or hardcore punk beat here and there, incidental leads. The average grindcore fan will know what I’m talking about. Now the vocals are never grunting. And obviously this easily sets Agresor apart from other current bands. Screams? fuck yes and good ones too. They are screaming about real stuff happening in their country and in the fucking world in general. Of course there are still a lot of hardcore punk moments. And obviously the backing shout-vocals and incidental lead make this album sound more punk than one would expect from a grindcore album. It’s pretty hard to come up with a final score for bands such as these. It would be easy to say “this album is enormously important so here’s 99 points”. I could do that. But in 2017, how does the album stand out?Compared to most modern day grindcore this album sounds extreme, brutal, refreshing and especially energetic. And fortunately Grindcore is a subgenre in which having a better production isn’t always a good thing. This album does not suffer from its sound and in fact only gets better when comparing it to modern digital recordings with triggered drums and mega-heavy guitars. Yes, this album is sheer class and brutal as fuck!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Tormented-Natural Immortality Doctrine (Demo Tape 2017)

Raw and savage.I can listen to it?  fuck yeah.It is a bludgeoning, nihilistic ride to Hell for certain, it does have an infuriating energy and attitude, from the frantic "Impious Assumption" and the infectiously catchy "Henchmen's Cave". Song structures are simplistic and generic, in the vein of Death in "Scream Bloody Gore", enough riffs changes to hold things together well.
The music ejecution itself is very much full of life and enthusiasm, and shows promise, We also have here vocals frighteningly intense. The demo as a whole is pleasingly dark, from the dank, murky cover artwork, to the brutal and nasty sound. If you are new to death metal, this would be a very good place to begin your journey. Killer demo by these Peruvian maniacs !
Review by Paul Caravasi

Terravore-Apocalyptic Impact (2016)

An excellent album nonetheless, sounds very harsh, vocals are great and the chaotic solos are present. The drumming on here is very tight and very enjoyable, quick and furious. The riffs are also something of a very big highlight on this album. There are tons of them, and they are all so very catchy. I don't think I've listened to an album with at least half as many catchy riffs as this album, well besides Terrible Certainty by Kreator back in the day. This is definitely a riff heaven and the biggest advantage of this album. And if I could think of a negative on this album it would only be that this album is pretty short, although it does make up for it in quality. Some excellent songs and highlights of the album are definitely "Abominable Rancor" with its quick and harsh melodies and " Dark side of the Force"  is also one of the best songs here with its excellent drum and riffs intro.The album sound is fkn raw and that's a good thing in Thrash Metal. Other than that this album is loaded with cruelty and power as anything else.  If you like early Kreator and Massacra this band is definitely worth to listen !
Review by Paul Caravasi

Deus Otiosus-Opposer (2017)

Then I finally heard Deus Otiosus "Opposer". Holy shit. This is a fantastic album in pretty much every aspect. Considering this just came out this year, when most death metal bands are still fighting to distance themselves from the extreme-thrash from which they were birthed, this album stands, a clear example of pure, full-on death metal. Sure, there is still some traces of thrash here. But the influence lies more in the tone of some of the riffs (check out “Haunter“ for an example of this), rather than the song structures, which consist of all the blasting speed, brutal slowdowns, and deranged solos that would define much of death metal. But what really stands out about this release is how fundamentally catchy and well-written these songs are, every song on "Opposer" bursts with energy and enthusiasm. Pretty much every riff on this one is a winner, and each track has enough hooks to not only make the songs memorable but fucking addicting. These guys obviously put a lot of time into making these songs as good as they could be, and it shows in every aspect of the album, blasting drumming, this is old-school death metal at its absolute finest. The more primitive playing on this album (though still pretty damn technical) definitely works in the band’s favor on this release, allowing the members to stop tripping over themselves to write music as technical as possible and just play the damn songs. Drummer’s unique reliance on the “backwards blast” gives the songs a great, off-kilter feel that suit’s the riffs perfectly, and raspier, higher-register vocals are way catchier and more effective than the endless grunting in Death Metal. Guitar and bass work are top-notch of course, and the production on this album is surprisingly good; with its hefty tone and instrument clarity. Deus Otiosus is a brilliant death metal band. Well played, well produced, innovative and catchy as fuck. And in old-school death metal, what else do you really need? A fucking great album!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Aneurysm-Life of Evil (2016)

When the colossal groove of "Life of Evil" first emanated from my stereo, it was a revelation. Raw Metal from Italy. Headbanging Riffs and crusty hardcore punk attacks that bordered on death metal without transgressing over, blew me away. I find Aneurysm to be a reckless force of barbarian indifference -- they clearly don't give a fuck about you and what you think about what they do. It absolutely fuckin' slays! Primitive but effective. A complete head snapper, the songs hit with insane riffs and vocalist just bellowing his lungs out.This whole record is basically psycho-addictive and I've become more hooked with every listen.  Scintillating headbangable riffage and a raw primal swagger that runs a gauntlet of styles and tones with ease -- the residual after-effect equivalent to several tons of pure cocaine, a straight-up adrenaline shot and one of my favorite musical experiences. But I truly feel it can appeal to fans of everything from Exodus to Autopsy and I cannot see how that is a bad thing. Narrow minded opinions don't appeal to me as much as the direct musical connection. And personally speaking, i'll be discovering new bands playing Metal and will forever do so. Sickeningly vicious, and heavy as hell, "Life of Evil" tips the scale as a great and enduring metal record.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Gravered-Coffins Graves and Tombs (2016)

The starting track says it all, with the intro and the killer riff playing, to the vocal patterns, to the drum tracks that are primitive yet captivating, this recording will be looked back on from hundreds of years in the future as a prime example of Southamerican death metal fully matured and devastating. Even if you do not like old school death metal sound this EP should be picked up, it is only four tracks, and demonstrates where this great genre is all about. The Ep sounds like much like the dungeon days in general, being creepy and eerie as all hell, cryptic sounding, this EP is absolutely penetrating. I really enjoy this band for being one of the more aggressive Death Metal out there.  The production is dense and warm but also captures the sharp spots in the drumming. (The guitars have quite the bass oriented sound…nice and thick.) growls are deep and brutal. The clanging drums add a much night bright sound balancing the attack with perfect aplomb. I say that this Ep is DEATH METAL and this Ep is GREAT. If you like the OLD school of classic death metal this is a band you simply MUST own. They keep the bloody nature of death metal true to itself. Beers for these men!!! Now GO…BUY IT!!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Friday, June 16, 2017

Ruin (Usa)-Drown in Blood (2017)

Old school death metal at its finest. Loud, fast, heavy and just full of sick little riffs all over the place. This is a very sick sounding album and I love it. It's always a pleasure to hear an album that completely surpasses my expectations of it. This album is one of those that just brings a smile to my face. I prefer early death metal solely for the fact that it sounds like really brutal thrash without the bullshit. Most metal albums in general put so much emphasis on the guitars that it drowns out the bass a lot of the time so it's great to hear such a powerful bass on this one. Not to mention the fact that it makes the songs sound a lot heavier. Pretty good guitar player too, brutal solos. As for song writing, it's pretty much what a  death metal should sound like. I can't get enough of it though. These guys can write some insanely ass kicking songs, very enjoyable none the less. Some of the riffs on here remind me of stuff you'd hear in a gore flick or something. Very twisted sounding and creative. So far this is the most brutal album I've heard in 2017. I look forward to hearing more of Ruin. If it's as brutal and sick sounding as "Drown in Blood" then I'm sure I'll love it. Awesome!!
Review by Paul Caravasi