|AIRLINES OF TERROR - OUR PLANES ARE UNHIJACKABLE
(4 track CD) Self Released
Departing from Italy these guys really kick some ass. I loved the way they mixed up some styles
here & there. They are mostly a Hardcore type band with some Metal & Punk mixed with in. The
music has a kind of upbeat fun sound to it, which is where the Punk influences come into play.
The Metal sounds are more in the guitars. The vocals blend together both Hardcore & metal styles
SCATTERBRAIN, just a bit faster!. Check these guys out, cause it's well worth it!!!
|BLOODY SIGN - EXPLOSION OF ELEMENTS
(9 track CD) IBEX MOON RECORDS
I was glad to see this release in my review pile. BLOODY SIGN has been in the scene for a while
now & never let up. They play some really rough & dirty sounding Death Black Metal music.
The music has an old school feel to it that is raw & brutal. The Death Metal influences dominate
& heavy as hell, but still toss in some grooves from time to time. The vocals are done in a mid
ranged harsh & groggy Death Metal growl style. If you haven't heard these guys before, you must
get this disc, you won't be disappointed!!! These guys kill!!!
|EMMURE - GOODBYE TO THE GALLOWS
(10 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
Damn! I was very happy when this CD kicked in. EMMURE comes at you like a hit seeking
missile of pure aggression & power. The music has a very hard, crushing Hardcore smashed lots
of cool grooved chugging guitar parts mixed with some breakdowns & solid thick drum beats. I
loved every second of this CD. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Death growl style with some
One of the best debuts I've heard in a long time! A must for fans of HATEBREED,
LAMB OF GOD, PANTERA & BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME!
|H.A.R.E.M. - SHAKE ME
(12 track CD) REDLED RECORDS / THE PLEASURE RECORDS
This Italian Rock Metal band has been rocking out since 1994. These guys have an 80's Metal
sounding. They have a great Metal sound that reminds me of a bunch of the popular bands from
some touches of Glam mixed in. If you were to mutate FASTER PUSSYCAT, MOTLEY CRUE,
AEROSMITH all into one band, then you'd have a great idea what these guys sound like!
|LIFE IN YOUR WAY - WAKING GIANTS
(11 track CD) SOLID STATE RECORDS
This is the sophomore release from this melodic Hardcore band. These guys have a divers
Hardcore sound that blends lots of slower melodic parts with all out balls to the wall fast paced
aggressive parts. The music & vocals follow the same speed all through out. There are some good
breakdowns, change ups, stop & starts & 2 steps all mixed with in their songs. The guitars have
more of a classic Metal sound than a Hardcore one though. The vocals are done in a loud, yelling
Hardcore style, mixed with some lower mid ranged Hardcore ones & then some more melodic &
atmospheric Hardcore vocals. If you like your Hardcore well balanced then look no further!!!
|MANTICORE - SELF TITLED
(8 track CD) DAMNED PRODUCTIONS
Greenville, SC has given birth to one hell of a great Doom Metal band. These guys are not your
typical Doom Metal band though. They blend in many elements of Goth, Death & Southern great
mostly done in a thick groggy Doom Metal style with some Death & Black Metal vocals at times.
If you like your Doom covered in much Sludge then you must have this CD!!!
|MORGANA LEFAY - OVER AND OVER AGAIN
(2 track CD) BLACK MARK
This is a 2 song promo sampler taken from their upcoming album "ABERRATIONS OF THE
MIND". These guys play some very tight & clean sounding Power Metal music. They blend in
elements of Progressive & Traditional Heavy Metal as well. There is a modern Metal sound with
some touches of old school Metal here & there. The vocals are done in a mid ranged melodic clean
Power Metal style with some heavier & harsher Traditional Metal vocals. All that these two
tracks did was left me wanting more! I can't wait for the full length album!!!
|NINTH KINGDOM - THE DAWNING...
(4 track CD) THE TEXAS DEATH SYNDICATE
NINTH KINGDOM is a very impressive Black Death Metal band. They have a well balanced
blend of old school & new school Death & Black Metal. I really dug the cool Death grooves they
had in the songs then they hit you with crunchy & thick Black metal blast beats. There is a strong
dirty war like Black Metal vibe that dominates their sound too. The vocals are done in a mid
ranged Death growl style with some higher Black metal growls & then some mid ranged clean
Black Metal vocals. This is sure to please fans of both Death & Black Metal music!
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
|WASHED - PROMO
(8 track CD) Self Released
This is a Pennsylvania based Rock band. These guys have a foundation in Rock music, but do add
in many elements of Metal music, 80's Metal that is. They have a very clean, tight & polished
80's Metal sound. The music is not really Glam, but does remind me of a lot of bands of that time.
The guitar work is actually really good & has almost a strong Power Metal feel to it. The music
also has a great ballad Rocking sounding all through out. The vocals are done in a mid to high
ranged clean Metal style. They remind me of a mix between JUDAS PRIEST, SLAUGHTER,
|SETTING FIRE TO YOURS TRULY - 4 SONG EP
(4 track CD) Self Released
Hailing from Akron, Ohio comes this new Metal Deathcore band. These guys have a more modern
in some great influences. The vocals are done in a mid to low ranged thick Death growl & a mid
ranged harsh Hardcore scream/growl style. This would probably interest fans of bands like LAMB
OF GOD, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, THE AUTUMN OFFERING & EMMURE!
|SHATTER POINT - DEAD PRECEDENCE
(15 track CD) POWER PLAY RECORDS
This is the bands debut full length CD release. These Canadian Metalers play a very tight &
aggressive style of Thrash Metal music. They have a blend of old school Thrash elements with
done in a thick Thrash Metal style which reminded me of the newer TESTAMENT albums a lot.
If your a fan of the great Thrash bands TESTAMENT, EXODUS, ANTHRAX & FORBIDDEN
then you'll love this band! So get the CD already!!!
|SLEEPING GIANT - DREAD CHAMPIONS OF THE LAST DAYS
(14 track CD) FACEDOWN RECORDS
SLEEPING GIANTS comes to us from Redlands, Ca through their debut CD release on
FACEDOWN RECORDS. They play a combine force of Metal & Hardcore music with lots of
by them adding some Doom laced thickness, chugging Metal riffs & some slight old school Punk
too. They have a very full aggressive & powerful sound. The vocals are done in a mid ranged
Hardcore/Metal crossover style. Keep an eye on these guys, because they are going to emerge to
the top & push themselves in the face of everyone in the music scene!!!
|SUN.HAS.CANCER - BURN!
(9 track CD) Self Released
Wow! I wasn't expecting this, but I'm glad I got it. These guys are definitely something different in
my review pile. These guys hail from Czech Republic & play some very cool Electro-Metal
styled music. They reminded me a lot of BILE & RAMSTEIN, but with more Electro & less
Industrial. I liked the cool grooves & electronic noise samplings they have all through out their
songs. They have a lot of cool switch ups in their sound too. The vocals are done in a mid ranged
throaty Metal style with touches of Electro & Industrial added. These guys would be great for
fans of HANZEL UND GRETYL! I know I loved this disc a lot!!! Can't wait to get more of their
|THE TOSSERS - AGONY
(17 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
I was very happy to find this CD in my hands. THE TOSSERS play a blend of Irish Celtic
Punk Rock music that just makes you want to chug back a pint & sing a long, even if you don't
drink. They have a very cool thick Irish sound, but it is punched up with elements of Punk Rock
& Hardcore. They have a very driving & grooving style that sucks you in with their tales of
friendships & hardships in life! The vocals are done in a mid ranged Punk Rock style. If your a fan
of the great DROPKICK MURPHYS then your probably gonna love these guys, I know I did!!!
|THORNAFIRE - EXACERBATED GNOSTIC MANIFESTATION
(10 track CD) IBEX MOON RECORDS
This is some highly intense & pissed off sounding Death Metal music to the core. They have a
full solid old school Death Metal sound with some modern Death Metal elements tossed in the
mix. There is a harsh brutalness to their sound as well with some atmospheric type sounds too.
The guitars sometimes have a Black Thrash Metal vibe to them. The vocals are done in a mid
ranged very thick deep Death metal growl style. This is sure to please fans of both old & new
school Death Metal bands!!!
|ZHAIN - NO HAY CUCHARA
(3 track CD) PURPLE PLUM
I don't really know much about this band, except that they are from the U.K. & that they play
some really good Power Rock Metal styled music. The music is done in more of a Rock style
with elements of Power & Traditional Metal mixed within. They have a Classic Rock feel to the
music too. The music is very tight & well structured. Some of the vocals are done in English &
some in Spanish. The vocals are also done in a mid ranged Classic Rock Metal style. Fans of 70's
Rock & Metal bands are sure to eat this up!!!
|FEEBLE MINDED - NOTHING BUT DEATH
(5 track DVD) GRODHAISN PRODS.
This is a DVD release from the sickos in FEEBLE MINDED out of Czech Republic. These guys
play some very crunchy & aggressive style Death metal music. They add in lots of flavoring of
Grindcore to their sound especially in the guitars. There are some crusty grooves & breakdowns in
their music too. The vocals are done in a mid to low ranged Death Grind growl with some
occasionally higher Death Grind screams added in. If your familiar with the Czech Republic scene
& dig stuff from there, these guys will fit nicely in your collection!!!
|OBSCENE EXTREME 2005 - COMPILATION
(2 DVD set) OBSCENE PRODUCTIONS
This is a DVD compilation release for the 2005 OBSCENE EXTREME FESTIVAL in Czech
Republic. There are 17 bands on the first DVD & 28 bands on the 2nd DVD. The music is all
played in the vein of Death Metal & Grindcore styles with some other style here & there. There
is live footage from the bands as well as other stuff too. Some bands include: PUNGENT
STENCH, BLOOD DUSTER, HAEMORRHAGE, REGURGITATE, AVULSED,
DISFIGURED CORPSE & more. This has always seemed like a great festival to attend & now
us poor bastards that can't make it there can finally experience it a little.