MUSIC REVIEWS
(April 2008)
GUTTED WITH BROKEN GLASS - BEATEN TO A BLOODY PULP
(19 track CD) GRINDHEAD RECORDS
Originally formed as a side project in 2006 for members of the band ROTTING STIFFS, these
guys have unleashed one sick as shit Grindcore band. These guys may have many of the starts
parts & even some crusty chugging parts too. The vocals are very low ended thick & guttural
Grindcore growls. These guys are one of the heavier & better Grindcore bands I've heard in
awhile. Check them out!
www.GUTTEDWITHBROKENGLASS.com
BEYOND TERROR BEYOND GRACE - EXTINCTION SALVATION
(19 track CD) GRINDHEAD RECORDS
BEYOND TERROR BEYOND GRACE is a 4 piece Grindcore band out of Australia. These
guys play some straight forward Grindcore music but add in some flavoring of Crust, Punk,
Death & Black Metal music. The music has that Punk Rock attitude, with some really crusty
play. The vocals are a mix of low ended Grindcore growls, mid ranged Death Metal growls &
topped off with some of your other favorite Metal styles than this is where you need to look.
BURY YOUR DEAD - Self Titled
(11 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
This is the third full length release from New England's BURY YOUR DEAD. The guys have
including former
CASIUS singer Myke Terry. The guys this time made a straight forward Metal
album that is more of a serious tone. The music still has that modern Metal sound, but they have
added some more elements this time around. The music still has that Hardcore vibe blended in
with the Metal aspects. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Metal/Hardcore crossover styled
scream. This is by far the best & diverse album they have put out so far! If you liked their last
releases a lot, then your gonna love this one!
CUM SOCK / EGO DEATH - FIGHT TILL YOU DIE (SPLIT)
(36 track CD) SEWER RECORDS
This is a split CD release from CUM SOCK & EGO DEATH. The first 30 untitled tracks come
from the Canadian band
CUM SOCK. These guys play a spastic style of Grindcore control
sounding. There are some slight touches of old school 80's Hardcore influences at times
EGO
DEATH
out of Greece. I didn't get to hear them, because when I got to the middle of the CD
none of the tracks would play. You can check both bands out on their sites!
www.myspace.com/EGODEATHnoise
DARK SUNS - GRAVE HUMAN GENUINE
(9 track CD) PROPHECY PRODUCTIONS
Over two years since their last release DARK SUNS has unveiled their third release to date.
Soundscapes & Avant-garde music. The vocals are done in a  melodic clean vocal style with lots
of anyone to even compare them to. These guys must be heard to fully understand & appreciate
the greatness of their sound!
www.DARKSUNS.de
DEATHGASM RECORDS - DESTRUCTION OF THE HEAVENLY REALMS
(? track CD) DEATHGASM RECORDS
All bands play in the Death, Black, Thrash, Grind & Doom Metal styles. All the bands CDs are
available through
DEATHGASM RECORDS. The bands featured include: NEX, LOSS,
ABOMINANT, MANTICORE, PROFANATICA, OCCIDENS
& THERONEUM! This is
one of the best underground Metal labels out there now, so you can't go from these guys! Check
out this disc & start buying their releases!
www.DEATHGASM.com
DEMIANS - BUILDING AN EMPIRE
(9 track CD) INSIDE OUT/SPV
Atmospheric Rock sounds all through out. The music has a huge full encompassing feel to it in
every song, that just pulls you in. There is a very deep & layered sound as well. The songs have
great structure & take you on a mystical far off fantasy like journey. I could see anyone of these
style. There are lots of World sounds mixed within the music too. If your into the softer, more
melodic side of Rock Metal then these guys are for you!
www.myspace.com/DEMIANSmusic
DIABOLIC - CHAOS IN HELL / POSSESSED BY DEATH
(9 track CD) DEATHGASM RECORDS
DIABOLIC have been in the underground for over a decade now & don't seem to be stopping
anytime soon. This is their newest EP "CHAOS IN HELL" which is being released along side
their 2006 release "POSSESSED BY DEATH". These guys play ultra tight blistering fast
demonic Death Metal in This amazing Florida based Death Metal band has been wreaking havoc
through out the an old thicker lower end growls! These guys have had many releases, but this is
by far their best. I These guys are way better than most of the bigger bands out there now! Get
this release & all their other stuff to hear what a highly talented & extremely good Death Metal
band sounds like!
DOMINICI - A TRILOGY PART 3
(8 track CD) SPV / INSIDE OUT MUSIC
Former DREAM THEATER front man Charlie Dominici has unleashed the 3rd part of his
trilogy. The music is done in a Progressive Metal style with some Pop Rock elements present.
styles mixed in. These guys remind me of a Prog Rock version of
DRAGONFORCE a lot mix
with some old school
DIO. Check this one out cause your gonna love it, especially if you dig the
above two mentioned bands!
www.DOMINICI.com
DORO - ALL WE ARE -THE FIGHT-
(10 track CD) LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS
WARLOCK were very huge in the 80's Metal scene & I'm sure was a major influence on most
of the women in Metal music today & even a lot of the men. She has an extremely well ranged
vocal style & is an amazing singer. The music has a strong Heavy Metal style with lots of
Thrash & Arena Rock mixed in. If you never heard this band before than you must pick up any
of their albums as they are all great!
DORO has been, still is & always will be a major part of the
Metal scene! I love this band! There are 5 audio tracks & 5 video tracks on this disc!
ENGEL - ABSOLUTE DESIGN
(12 track CD) SPV USA / STEAMHAMMER
Damn! I was blown away big time when this album kicked into high gear, which was right from
the start. These guys take many elements from many styles of Metal & some how mutated them
fast blasts, down tempo Grind, atmospheric & symphonic parts with some straight forward
blasting Death Metal. If you were to put together old school Death Metal, Nu-Metal, new
school Hardcore, newer Black Metal & come up with one sound then you would have a great
idea of what
ENGEL would sound like. The vocals follow the same path as the music. These
guys are definitely going to be the next big band to come from Sweden!
www.ENGELpropaganda.com
FALLEN YGGDRASIL - TEN YEARS
(6 track CD) Self Released
This is a very rare CD release from this great Death Metal band out of Germany. These guys to
celebrate these years of "dead Metal for living corpses". There were only 50 of these made &
Christoph was nice enough to send me the 50th copy. These guys are an amazing Death Metal
taken from demos, splits, CD, promos & live recordings! Buy this bands stuff!!!
www.FALLEN-YGGDRASIL.de
FOUL STENCH - THE BONE
(9 track CD) UKRAGH PRODUCTIONS
again & have unleashed what i would consider their best release ever. These guys play a very
cool old school style of Death Metal music. The music reminds me of a lot of the bands from the
old Florida & Ohio Death Metal scene. Their music is fast past, crusty & has a lot of pissed off
aggression pouring through it. There is a very cool rawness to their music too. The vocals are
done in a mid ranged groggy Death growl with some hoarse sounding Death screams at times.
These guys were one of my favorite bands back in the day & still are today! Buy this!
www.myspace.com/FOULSTENCH
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
GALLHAMMER - ILL INNOCENCE
(10 track CD) PEACEVILLE
GALLHAMMER was formed in early 2003 & have quickly built a strong name & following for
themselves. This 3 piece plays some darkened old school styled Black Metal music. The music is
done in a kind of raw cold & harsh Black Metal vein. There are many elements of Thrash Metal
present through out their sound, especially in the guitar work. They have a very different sound
to them than most Black metal bands. The vocals are done in a  low ended harsh Black Metal
growl/scream style with some other vocals mixed in at times. You can also hear Crust & Noise
influences in parts of the songs too. Very different path for a band playing this style!
www.GALLHAMMER.com
IMPALED NAZARENE - MANIFEST
(16 track CD) RED STREAM / OSMOSE PRODUCTIONS
Most of you out there should already know of this highly intense Black Death Metal band.
These guys play at super fast speeds & have a very cool gritty old school style to their sound.
These guys have been a huge impact on the underground scene & have influenced many, many
bands over the years. The vocals are done in a mid ranged scruffy Death/Black Metal growl never
heard these guys before, first off, what's wrong with you & second go pick up this album. You
won't be disappointed!
www.campNAZARENE.com
PASTOR BRAD AND FRIENDS - SHREDDED SWEET
(14 track CD) PB MUSIC
This is the 3rd instrumental Metal release from PASTOR BRAD. And yes, he told me he is a
real Pastor. Brad & his friends play all instrumental music that is extremely tight, diverse & from
Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Power Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal & Traditional Heavy
Metal & combines them all together to create one sweet sound. Each song sounds much different
from the previous, but it all has that same vibe that would like them all back to being done by the
same band! This is definitely worth checking out!
www.guitarjams.net
PHARAOH - BE GONE
(9 track CD) CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
modern Thrash Metal feel to them, but they have an old school Power Metal vibe. There is some
complex structures with lots of layering & depth. The drum work & guitar work is where most
of the Thrash elements are heard. In the vocals lyrical arrangements is where the Power Metal is
more dominant. The vocals hit a mid to high ranged Power Metal style. If you were to mix
IRON
MAIDEN, DRAGONFORCE, DIO, BLIND GAURDIAN
& some HELLOWEEN together
you'd get a great idea of what these guys are all about!
PORCUPINE TREE - NIL RECURRING
(4 track CD) PEACEVILLE RECORDS
This is a 4 song EP release from these guys out of Sweden, which were songs left over from their
last release.
PORCUPINE TREE has been around since the early 90's & never seem to intrigue
& amaze fans & new listeners with each new release. This album does the same thing. They
range their music from Progressive Rock induced with Trip-Hop & Psychedelica styles then
throw in some Alternative Grunge & Doom Metal stylings. These guys just seem to not want to
fit into any category of music & they do it quite well. This is the most involved, intense & whole
heart driven stuff I've heard from these guys so far!
www.PORCUPINETREE.com
RED I FLIGHT - THE YEARS
( track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
This is the debut CD release on VICTORY RECORDS for this Michigan based band. These a
very cool style of Metal/Hardcore that is very popular these days. They don't sound like a music
has lots of great guitar shredding mixed with some heavy chugging grooves & Hardcore
breakdowns. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Hardcore scream with the lower ended Death
metal growls accompanying them. These guys are going to get much bigger than they are now if
they stick with
VICTORY & keep putting out albums like this one!
SEEKING OBSCURE - SELF TITLED
(12 track CD) METALBOLIC RECORDS
This is the debut CD release by the one man Death Metal project & is all done by Rob Luckie.
Rob has done all the instrument work, vocals & lyrics on this entire release. The music has a very
cool old school Death Metal vibe happening with some cold & crusty over tones. The music has
a bit of a rawness to it, cause it's not crystal clear & polished sounding. The guitars are very thick
& crunchy with lots of shredding through out. The vocals are done in a mid ranged thick & dark
Death Metal growl style. All I can say is I wish I had a small amount of the talent that this great
musician has. Support this guy!
www.myspace.com/SEEKINGOBSCURE
SKULL DEFILER - SELF TITLED
(8 track CD) SKULLGRINDER RECORDS
SKULL DEFILER is yet another new side project from Bob Macabre of the great CHAINSAW
There is a really gritty & dirty raw sound to the music. The vocals are done in a low ended groggy
Death gurgle. Bob has so many projects going on it's hard to keep track a lot of the times. This is
yet another good release, but I still like his main project
CHAINSAW DISSECTION the best!
TEMPLAR - PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED
(10 track CD) BLACK POPE MUSIC
This is the newest & limited edition release of this very cool & highly talented band out of
Australia.
TEMPLAR plays an old school Metal style that has a lot of elements of Traditional
Heavy Metal, Power Metal & Goth Metal mixed all within. The music has a lot of old school
Thrash Metal parts that are done in a more technical & modern way. All of their sound has a dark
wave vibe to it that kind of makes the feel a bit grittier. The vocals are done in a mid ranged rough
Metal style with some cleaner more melodic Power Metal like vocals. These guys are one of the
newer, fresher & more original sounding bands I've had the pleasure of hearing & working with in
a long time. This album is officially distributed in the USA by my label!
www.TEMPLAR.net.au
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
THE METHOD TO MY MEDIUM - THE SINCERITIES EP
(10 track CD) THRIVING RECORDS / EAST WEST
These guys hail from Bloomington, Indiana & play an upbeat form of Pop Punk music. The
music has a strong Punk feel to it, but is kind of polished which gives it that radio friendly Pop
feel to it. They do toss in some heavier, more Hardcore like parts at times with the cool grooves
& breakdowns. I was really digging this band, but I couldn't get into the vocals too much. They
are done in one of those Emo / Screamo styles. I'm not a big fan of Emo at all, so this was the
only thing I couldn't really get into. The band is good in all aspect, but it's not my favorite style,
so it was hard for me to really enjoy this. Any fan of the many popular bands playing this style
little like
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE!
www.myspace.com/THEMETHODTOMYMEDIUM