MUSIC REVIEWS
(April 2009)
ABSENTIA LUNAE - HISTORIA NOBIS ASSENTIETVR
(7 track CD) ATMF
The newest masterpiece from Italy's ABSENTIA LUNAE has been unleashed. "HISTORIA
NOBIS ASSENTIETVR" is a blast of violent Warlike Black Metal that just pounds the hell out
of you all the way through. There is an extreme Avantgarde sound mixed in with the
blasphemous Death & Black Metal elements. The vocals have a shrieking old school Black Metal
style with some lower growls mixed within. This is some of the harshest & best Black Metal to
come out of Italy in a long time. If you think you can handle this, then get a copy & blast it loud!
ARISE - THE RECKONING
(10 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
ARISE originally formed back in 1996 out of Sweden playing straight forward Death Metal
music. Released their newest offer "THE RECKONING". They have re tweaked their sound by
combing old school Death Metal brutality with modern technical Death Metal. Along the way
you can hear Thrash Metal elements, especially in some of the guitar work. They have a great
grooving vibe all through out the album. There are some slower more atmospheric & melodic
parts mixed in as well. The vocals are a mid ranged harsh Death growl. By far the best release
from these guys so far.
www.ARISEonline.com
BIG B - AMERICAN UNDERDOG
(19 track CD) SUBURBAN NOIZE RECORDS
BIG B isn't your typical Rapper though. He has more of an old school Hip-Hop vibe rather
than the new stuff that has flooded the airways for many years now. There are some cool
grooving Hip-Hop beats with hooks & grooves galore. He has incorporated actual drums &
guitars into his like this much, but fans of
BLAZE YA DEAD HOMIE or CYPRESS HILL
will dig this a lot!
wwwfeedBIGB.com
BLASTOMYCOSIS - THE PUTRID SMELL WITHIN
(18 track CD) CDN RECORDS
BLASTOMYCOSIS hails from the bowels of Canada & spew forth some of the sickest Death
through out the album. Low ended guttural Death gurgles & growls accompanied by some mid
ranged screams round out this violent & spastic Death Grind masterpiece. This is definitely
going to be one of those underground classics fans will be talking about for years!
www.BLASTOMYCOSIS.info
BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL - FERAL SPIRIT
(8 track CD) BINDRUNE
This album documents the journey of one man's loss of spirit through addiction & rediscovery of
self through both ancient gods & nature itself. The music churns out like slow dirty Experimental
Folk moments here & there to help hold you in. The vocals are a low ended mix with some heavy
adventure through lots of different & unique emotions that engulfs the listener.
www.myspace.com/BLOODOFTHEBLACKOWL
COLD NORTHERN VENGEANCE - DOMINATION AND SERVITUDE
(10 track CD) BINDRUNE RECORDINGS
COLD NORTHERN VENGEANCE hail from the New England area & play Occultic Black
archetype, symbols, ideas in relation to the psyche & subconscious all while being inspired by
nature, cold desolation of winter, the occult, hatred towards Judeo-Christian religions,
misanthropy & anything else dark. The music has a very Scandinavian Black Metal sound from
the old days. The music is very involved, cold, harsh &dark feeling all through out. There are
some more melodic, spiritual & ambient parts mixed in too. Old Black Metal hordes will love
this!
www.COLDNORTHERNVENGEANCE.com
CROWN THE LOST - BLIND FAITH LOYALTY
(10 track CD) CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
CROWN THE LOST consider themselves as a Thrash metal band, but they are much more than
that. They blend in melodic Thrash metal with technical Power Metal & some touches of modern
Death Metal. Their music with ease & makes them stand out above most of the bands
attempting this with ease & makes them stand out above most of the bands attempting this
style. There is a style. There is a melodic & powerful vocal style that is more Power Metal than
Thrash. This melodic & powerful vocal style that is more Power Metal than Thrash. This takes
me back to the takes me back to the early to mid 80's when Thrash & Power Metal were merging
into one style. Early to mid 80's when from one of my home state of Pennsylvania's finest!
www.CROWNTHELOST.com
THE DEVILS WHORE HOUSE - BLOOD AND ASHES
(11 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
They took it a little further & added a much darker & more extreme approach. In 2008 the band
was reanimated & the end result is "BLOOD AND ASHES". The music definitely has that dark
Metal vibe to it at times. The vocals sound like a cross between
THE MISFITS, CROWBAR
&
MONSTER MAGNET, but with a more Punk style. This is definitely a must!
www.DEVILSWHOREHOUSE.com
ENSOPH - REX MUNDI X-LLE
(11 track CD) CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
from Metal, Gothic, Prog & Electro-Industrial & mutate them all together in one very original &
impressive sound. There is a fast paced aggressive Metal vibe surrounded by very atmospheric
& ethereal sounding Gothic. Injected in the sound all through out is the Electro-Industrial
sounds. The Helping creating their sound is the combination of harsh Metal male vocals with
some mid ranged Industrial ones as well as angelic & melodic female vocals. This is one amazing
band!
www.ENSOPH.it
FIR BOLG - PAGANISM
(4 track CD) Self Released
FIR BOLG is a French Celtic Pagan Black metal band. This is the first mini CD release. This is
a Christianity & Celtic myths & legends. The music is done in an old school dark & atmospheric
Black Metal style with some folk acoustic touches. This is more on the Black Metal side than
the Folk Metal side. The vocals are done in the mid range groggy & throaty Black Metal.Fans of
old school Norwegian or Scandinavian Black Metal will love this!
www.myspace.com/FIRBOLGtruepagan
FLESH ENGINE - ESSENCE OF HELL
(3 track CD) Self Released
FLESH ENGINE hails from my area & play some very well constructed old school Thrash
Metal. They have been building a strong following in the past few years & are starting to get
some recognition they deserve. They add in some touches of modern Death Metal into their
sound at times too. There is a lot of Doom inspired riffs, double bass pounding topped off with
some low end raw growls & screams with the occasional melodic clean vocal mixed in. These
guys have a bit of that sound from the early 90's that reminds you of bands like
PRO-PAIN,
PANTERA & MACHINE HEAD.
www.FLESHENGINE.com
FORGOTTEN SOULS - NINE SYNDROMES
(17 track CD) NINJA ART
Damn! This is some truly amazing music. From start to finish I was blown away! This is a very
controlled chaotic sound that floors you. There is some extremely intricate & technical sounds.
The darkness emerges from The Black Metal while the raw aggressiveness comes from the Death
Metal side. They add in some very Industrial/Techno sounds to round out their style. The vocals
are a harsh mid ranged Death/Black Metal crossover growl/scream style. This is the Polish
answer to
ARCTURUS & THE KOVENANT! Buy this amazing album to truly appreciate the
talent!
IRON WOOD - FIRE WATER ASH
(9 track CD) Self Released
"FIRE WATER ASH" is the debut CD release from this Australian Progressive Folk Metal band.
These guys have taken Folk Metal into a different direction than most bands. They have a very
atmospheric & melodic almost Operatic passages all through out. At times they have a dark
almost fantasy type vibe too. The vocals are clean & mid ranged Progressive Metal sounding is
becoming very popular right now! If you dig this style than check these guys out!
www.myspace.com/IRONWOODband
LEPROUS - TALL POPPY SYNDROME
(8 track CD) LASERS EDGE
& gloomy vibe all through out. They take the harsh aggressiveness of old school technical Death
This young quintet band hails from Norway & play a very advanced style of Progressive Death
Metal & combine it with melodic & technical Progressive Metal. There are some atmospheric &
like clean vocals. This is like listening to a Prog Death Metal opera show! Very impressive!
www.LEPROUS.net
MALEBOLGIA - REQUIEM FOR THE INEXORABLE
(12 track CD) COMATOSE MUSIC
I have a few of these guys demo releases & loved them, so I was very happy to get this new disc
for review. These sickos from North Carolina play hyper fast, spastic Death Metal smashed
head on with intense Grind. The music has an old school dark Death vibe with technical Death
elements mutated with blasting Grind. The vocals are a thick mid ranged Death growl with some
lower ended Grind growls inter mixed. This is definitely one of the best most under rated Death
bands from the U.S. out there now. Support these guys, cause they deserve it! For fans of
IMMOLATION, old MORBID ANGEL, NAPALM DEATH & INCANTATION!
www.myspace.com/MALEBOLGIA
MY DYING BRIDE - FOR LIES I SIRE
(9 track CD) PEACEVILLE RECORDS
"FOR LIES I SIRE" is the 10th studio release & follow up to their 2006 release for the one &
only
MY DYING BRIDE. These guys have been the leaders in the Doom Metal scene since their
debut molded them into their own unique sound. The strong dark & somber style that is
MY
DYING BRIDE
goes unmatched by anyone else. The addition of some new members has help
them continue their sound & also take them in a slightly new direction. The vocals are mid ranged
low dark Doom Gothic like vocals with melodic female ones mixed in. Another soon to be classic
album!
www.MYDYINGBRIDE.org
ROTTING - CRUSHED
(13 track CD) Self Released
This is a re-release of the bands album of the same name released by UNITED GUTTURAL
back in 1996. The album has been remastered & contains 3 bonus tracks. ROTTING hails from
Canada & play some crushing Death Metal music in the old school vein. The do toss in some
Thrash Metal elements in the guitar work as well as some blasting Grindcore through out. The
vocals are a thick throaty mid ranged Death growl style. These guys were always one of my
favorite bands from back in the day so I was glad to see a classic re-released with some new "old"
songs added on.
www.ROTTINGdeath.net
UNANIMATED - IN THE LIGHT OF DARKNESS
(10 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
Originally started back in 1988 out of Stockholm Sweden & going up till 1996. 12 years later the
playing in their other bands like
DISMEMBER, ENTOMBED, DARK FUNERAL,
MERCILESS, NIFELHELM
& others, so no surprise that this is an amazing album! The music
combines many of the best elements of Black, Death & Thrash Metal all with that Swedish style.
The music is very cold, dark & harsh sounding all through out. The vocals are more in the vein of
the Black/Death Metal in an old school style. If your a fan of their other bands then you'll love
this!
www.myspace.com/UNANIMATED08
URNA - ITER AD LUCEM
(6 track CD) ATMF
URNA play some very esoteric Funeral Doom Metal music with a very dark & depressive sound
blanketing the music. There is a strong Avantgarde old school Black Metal vibe through out the
songs as well. Mystical & ambient madness help round out the bands dreary style. The vocals
are done in a long drawn out thick throaty Doom style mixed with harsh throaty Black Metal
vocals. Funeral Doom Metal, then you'll want to snag this one up cause it's one of the best of
this genre out there now! Prepare to do the funeral march!
VENTANA - AMERICAN SURVIVAL GUIDE VOL. 1
(11 track CD) Self Release
VENTANA melts together elements of Metal, Hardcore, Techno & Industrial altogether to create
from
CIRCUS OF DEAD SQUIRRELS is in it along with Richard Thomas of MUSHROOM
HEAD
. With members of those two great bands you know your in for nothing but a great band.
They add in lots of different sounds that is fueled with intense aggression to be taken from the
negative & turned into a positive. I loved the heavy Death Hardcore beats that mesh together
with the Techno Industrial grooved beats. If you were to combine
FAITH NO MORE, MR.
BUNGLE, BILE, SLIPKNOT, RAMSTEIN, MUSHROOMHEAD, CIRCUS OF DEAD
SQUIRRELS
& WHITE ZOMBIE then you'd have a good idea of what these guys sound like.
I loved this album! Buy this CD & support this amazing band! They deserve much attention!
www.myspace.com/VENTANAband