MUSIC REVIEWS
(April 2010)
CARNIFEX - HELL CHOSE ME
(10 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
This San Diego California Death Metal band is back with their second release for VICTORY
RECORDS
. CARNIFEX has quickly built a huge following after their last release. "HELL
CHOSE ME" will definitely gain them even more fans. These guys come out blasting and never
stop pummeling you with their brand of new school Death Metal. Fast, intense blast beats, low
ended guttural growls, mid ranged screams & razor sharp riffs are just the start of what this band
has to offer. Within all this brutality they add some grooves, break downs & tempo changes all
through out. If you were ever wondering where the future of Death Metal was heading then you
must pick up
CARNIFEX cause these guys will be at the front of the pack leading the way!
www.myspace.com/CARNIFEXmetal
CEREBRAL EFFUSION - IMPULSIVE PSYCHOPATHIC ACTS
(7 track CD) COMATOSE MUSIC
After five years since their last CD "SMASHED AND SPLATTERED ORGANS", the sick minds
of
CEREBRAL EFFUSION have unleashed another Death Metal "Blasterpiece"! These guy
combine every aggressive, brutal & sick element they can from Death Metal & Grindcore together
to create some of the sickest music you'll ever experience. There are slamming blasts, high speed
spastic riffage & low ended blood soaked guttural vocals. The music is coated with savage violence
all through out. Be prepared to take a harsh beating while listening to these guys. This is a must for
fans of
DEVOURMENT, MORTAL DECAY & DISGORGE! The sickness has arrived & it's in
the form of
CEREBRAL EFFUSION!
www.CEREBRALEFFUSION.com
CHAOSFEAR - IMAGE OF DISORDER
(11 track CD) OLD SCHOOL METAL RECORDS / VOICE MUSIC
I was very happy to find the new CHAOSFEAR CD in my hands. These guys play extremely well
written, progressive Thrash Metal music. They take many elements from old school Thrash Metal
of the late 80's & early 90's and melt it together with some new school Death Metal influences. The
music is super tight, highly intricate & extremely good. Tons of change ups, twists & tempo change
occur through out their songs. The high speed shredding guitars are the driving force of the band. If
you were to mix elements of
TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN, FEAR FACTORY, DARK
TRANQUILITY, DARK ANGEL
& MEGADETH together you'd get a slight idea of how great
this band is. These guys should have exploded by now & deserve to be better know than they are.
One of the best bands to emerge from the underground! Buy this, crank it loud and often!
www.CHAOSFEAR.com
CLOSE YOUR EYES - WE WILL OVERCOME
(11 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
CLOSE YOUR EYES hail from Texas & "WE WILL OVERCOME" is the bands VICTORY
RECORDS
debut release. These guy blend together Hardcore & Punk to create their highly
energetic sound. The music has a lot of old school Hardcore aggression mixed with up beat Punk.
They toss in some more melodic Hardcore & almost Pop Punk within all the grooved out heavy
aggression. The vocals follow the same path as the music. There are some slower more melodic
parts with harsh screaming Hardcore ones. I loved all the hooks, breakdowns & grooving beats in
their songs a lot. These guys fit perfectly in with most of the other bands on the
VICTORY
RECORDS
roster. A must for fans of A DAY TO REMEMBER, RISE AGAINST &
COMEBACK KID
!
www.myspace.com/CLOSEYOUREYESmusic
DROWNED SORROW - FITTINGS AT THE COFFIN SHOP
(7 track CD) Self Released
Wow! I was totally floored when first listening to this CD. DROWNED SORROW are set out to
beat the hell out of their listeners. Their music is fast paced, aggressive, spastic & brilliant. These
guys make a big racket, but it is well constructed racket. I love how the music is all over the place
through out the whole album. Intense Death Metal merges with harsh Hardcore with touches of
some slow passages, but then ram your face into some heavy, brutal insane chaos. The vocals of
course follow the music, which helps take their music to another level. Blend together
DILLINGER
ESCAPE PLAN, SHAI HALUD, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE FACELESS
& JOB FOR
A COWBOY
to get a close resemblance of what DROWNED SORROW has to offer!
www.DROWNEDSORROW.com
HAKEN - AQUARIUS
(7 track CD) SENSORY RECORDS
"AQUARIUS" is the debut release from this Progressive Rock band out of London, England. These
guys have a different sounding Progressive Rock sound than most out there now. Their sound adds
in some elements of Metal, Classical & even some Pop Rock styles. The songs are very well
orchestrated & very powerful sounding. The album is done in a conceptual Sci-Fi & Fantasy format.
It definitely feels as if you were watching a film of the above styles as you listen through each track.
The vocals range from melodic Goth, Progressive Rock to more Pop Rock & even some slight Death
Metal styles. This won't be for every Metal fan out there, but they have so much to offer that each
Metal fan should give these guys a listen, cause they will find something to enjoy!
www.myspace.com/HAKENmusic
JAMIE'S ELSEWHERE - THEY SAID THE STORM WAS COMING
(11 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
"THEY SAID THE STORM IS COMING" is the second release from this Sacramento California
"THEY SAID THE STORM IS COMING" is the second release from this Sacramento California
them stand out from the crowd. They have a lot of high energy pouring from their songs, but also
six piece. These guys really have expanded a common sound of today & made it their own to help
six piece. These guys really have expanded a common sound of today & made it their own to help
them stand out from the crowd. They have a lot of high energy pouring from their songs, but also
add in some melodic flares to break it up a bit. They take influences from Death Metal, Hardcore,
Screamo & Traditional Rock music, mutate them together & have created a very original sound. I
love how the music bounces back & forth between the fast paced spastic parts into the slower more
melodic parts. You really need to hear these guys to appreciate what they have to offer. For fans of
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, UNEARTH, A.F.I., SLIPKNOT & SAOSIN combined!
www.JAIMIESELSEWHERE.com
NEVERBORN - DECIMATOR
(10 track CD) WESTERN FRONT
Emerging from the dark depths of Australia comes NEVERBORN. These guys are an extreme
Death Metal band, but in no way are your typical Death Metal band. You can tell these guys are
into many styles of Metal after one listen. They ground themselves in the Death Metal genre, but
pull influences from Black, Doom, Thrash, Hardcore, Industrial, Grindcore & many more. There is
rapid fire machine gun blasts, violent chaotic riffing & harsh aggressive vocals. The music is all
over the place, kind of like a controlled chaos. This band must be heard! Smash together the best
elements of
FEAR FACTORY, THE FACELESS, DIMMU BORGIR, CARCASS, PANTERA,
MESHUGGAH
& SLAYER, to get a rough idea of what these guys are all about. With a
comparising like this you that you want to get this disc now & blast it! A must have for
Metalheads!
www.myspace.com/madnessmyfriend
OMEGA CROM - BLOOD, STEEL & FIRE
(9 track CD) REVERSED RECORDS
Vancouver Canada's OMEGA CROM has released their debut CD entitled "BLOOD, STEEL &
FIRE". These guys are definitely a Metal band, but don't really stick to one style of Metal. The
foundation of their sound is Death Thrash Metal with lots of Power & old school Traditional
Heavy Metal mixed in. They take you from an all out blasting Death groove into some heavy
Thrash shredding then into some classic Power Metal. The vocals follow the same way with low
ended Death growls, mid ranged harsh Thrash screams & into some falsetto clean Power vocals.
These guys pretty much cover all styles of popular Metal & are sure to pull in more fans because
of it too.
IRON MAIDEN & JUDAS PRIEST meets TESTAMENT & old METALLICA meets
IMMOLATION & INCANTATION.  All this means is you must buy this album!!!
www.OMEGACROM.com
PROPHET & THE COWBOYS OF APOCALYPSE - THE EDGE
(9 track CD) NASTY PRICK RECORDS
"THE EDGE" is the first solo album from PROPHET, from the Metal band ST. MADNESS. This
is a lot different from the work he does in his main band.
PROPHET & THE COWBOYS OF
APOCALYPSE
is done in a South Western Country Rock style. Prophet wrote most of this stuff
when he was battling cancer in 2006 & 2007, plus while his mom was battling Lou Gehrig's
Disease. He loves Metal, but also enjoys other styles of music & wanted to do something a little
different. Some of the stuff is a little dark like Johnny Cash, some is a bit tongue in cheek like
Willie Nelson & some is straight up kicking Country like Waylon Jennings. I dig these musicians,
so I was really enjoying this album. This solo album shows how much talent Prophet has that he
can expand outside of his other great band
ST. MADNESS. Give this a listen & support his talent!
www.myspace.com/PROPHETANDTHECOA
SHUDDERWALL - SELF TITLED
(11 track CD) Self Released
SHUDDERWALL is based out of Southern France. The band consists of two brothers & 1 sister.
They play a some what different style of Rock music. The music has a slight Alternative sound to
it, but at times it gets more aggressive and sounds a little like Hardcore or Death Metal. It was a bit
weird hearing it mixed together, but they make it work some how. They also toss in some different
music that almost sounds like Flamingo. Some of the guitar work reminded me of
SANTANA. The
vocals also are done in the same styles. At times the more melodic vocals reminded me of
EL
VEZ
, the Mexican ELVIS, then they kick in with screaming & growling Death & Hardcore vocals.
It was kind of bizarre & I didn't think I was going to like it, but it grew on me and I was digging it.
www.myspace.com/SHUDDERWALL
SORTILEGIUM - UNHOLY LAND
(4 track CD) Self Released
"UNHOLY LAND" is a four track CD demo showcasing what we can expect from these guys in
the near future. The band hails from Italy and play some very Doom driven Death Metal music.
The music is dark, cold & creepy Doom Death with elements of Black Metal mixed through out. At
times you can feel strong Gothic atmospheres & some harsh aggressive Black Metal mayhem.
SORTILEGIUM also like to mix in some Jazz Fusion & Baroque music and to change things up a
bit with unique composition styles. Harsh mid ranged groggy like Death/Doom/Black Metal type
vocals round out the bands sound. Any fan of old school dirty, cold, harsh & well written Black
Doom Death Metal should pick this demo up & look forward to their full length!
www.myspace.com/SORTILEGIUM
STONECREEP - THE DEATHMARCH CRUSHES ON
(8 track CD) Self Released
Portland Oregon's STONECREEP has released their third juggernaut of an album onto the public.
These guys play fast paced shredding balls to the wall Metal. They come out full blasting from the
start & never let up until the end. They blend with ease elements of Thrash Metal, Modern Metal,
Traditional Heavy Metal & Death Metal all together. A lot of bands are doing this now, but most
don't do it as well as these guys. Thick chugging grooves, hard hitting beats, shredding riffs &
strong powerful vocals pour from every song. They have that really killer mix of a bar band & an
arena band sound. Kind of the same vibe that
AC/DC or MOTORHEAD gives off. I like how they
have a strong serious sound, but you can sense the fun enjoyment in their sound too.  Well worth
checking out!!!
www.STONECREEP.com
THE DEVIL WHITE - SILENT DANCE WITH DEATH
(14 track CD) Self Released
Perth, Western Australia is the home for THE DEVIL WHITE. This was originally intended as a
solo project for founder Michael Lenane. He wrote, performed, produced & recorded the bands first
EP. Their sound is a bit different from a lot of the stuff coming out of Australia in the Metal vein.
The music is what they like to call Death Rock Metal. The music is predominantly heavy,
aggressive & fast paced, but at times they use harmonised vocals, acoustic guitars, piano & cello.
This was a very cool mix of styles & instruments. I have been finding a lot more bands playing this
style lately.
THE DEVIL WHITE is one of the better bands out there doing it. Get this disc & get
your Death Rock on!
www.myspace.com/THEDEVILWHITE