|ARCHAIC WINTER - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH
(8 track CD) METALBOLIC RECORDS
ARCHAIC WINTER is a two piece Death Metal beast that consists of Gregory Maudin doing
brutal old school style mixed with some intricate & some what technical new school sound. The
cold harsh old school style dominates the sound more though. The vocals are done in a mid ranged
throaty Death growl style. These guys are great band & have everything any Death Metal fan
could want! Get this CD now!
|ATROCITY - CONTAMINATED
(10 track CD) OPEN GRAVE RECORDS
ATROCITY was formed in 1985 & unfortunately broke up in 1993. The guys have regroup with
the original line up & are working on new material. This CD contains alternate versions of
material that was released in 1990 during the "INFECTED" sessions. These guys play a very
tight, fast & raw Death Metal style with lots of Grindcore influences mixed within. The guitars at
times do have a Thrash Metal vibe to them too. The vocals are done in a mid ranged hallowed &
haunting Death Metal growl style. If you were a fan of these guys back in the heyday then your
gonna love this new release!
|BRUTAL DELUXE - DEMO 2007
(3 track CD) CAFE LIFE PROMOTIONS
Hailing from the U.K. comes this fresh Metal act called BRUTAL DELUXE. The guys blend
together many elements from different Metal styles. You can elements of Heavy Metal, Thrash,
Speed, Death metal & Metalcore all mixed in. They have a really crisp clean Metal sound that
rips through fast paced Speed slams you head first into a melodic Heavy Metal part & then
grooves you through a Metalcore part & tosses you into a Death Metal part. These guys mix it
up & mix it up very well. The vocals are done in a mixture of the above styles as well. They have
clean melodic, fast grooved Metalcore, harsh Thrash & lower ended Death vocals. If your an all
around Metalhead then this is the all around Metal band you should be checking out!!!
|DOWNLORD - THE DICTIONARY OF THE DAMNED
(15 track CD) OPEN GRAVE RECORDS
This is the debut full length release from this amazing Death Metal band. These guys play a very
cool old school brutal style of Death Metal music. The band features ex-members of the bands
familiar with any of these bands then you know your in for some great music. There is an all out
fast paced & aggressive sound mixed with some thick thunders heavy parts & some harsh mid
ranged old school Death Metal growls. They take influences from American, English &
Scandinavian Death Metal scenes. These guys take me back to the late 80's & early 90's when I
was first getting into Death Metal music. I love this style & loved this band through & through.
Any 90's Death Metal fan would eat this up in a second!!!
|GUADANA - MATAR POR MATAR
(6 track CD) Self Released
Hailing from Mexico comes the Death Metal band GUADANA. These guys play Death Metal in
music is very strong, thick & tight sounding Death Metal with lots of angry full force intensity.
The vocals are done in a low end thick Death growl style. The first band that came to mind was
BRUJERIA. If you know these guys & like what they do then you will love what this band has
delivered! Give these guys some support!!! It is much deserved & you won't be let down!!!
|INSANITY ARISE - INSANITY IS YOUR DEADLIEST WEAPON
(5 track CD) Self Released
This Italian band place a great mixture of Thrash & Death Metal music that is heavily influenced
by the Swedish scene. They have a very cool grooved sound that reminded me a lot of IN
FLAMES. They have a very tight, technical sound that blends the two styles of Thrash & Death
sound. The vocals are done in a mid ranged harsh Death Metal growl scream crossover style.
because they really deserve it! Hit them up, get their CD & listen to this CD very often!!!
|KILLGASM - BLACK METAL WHORE KILLER
(7' Record) Self Released
I can't help but not take this Sacramento band seriously. I find it hard to picture a Black Metal
band from California. The picture on the cover is some coniferous forest that looks exactly the
same as if I where to look out my front window in Northern Ontario. Once again I ask the
question I really don't think Black metal fans care. What they do care about is that they give extra
special thanks to their lords & master Satan. Without you this record would never be possible.
Pure fucking Satanic Grindcore. I must say that "Menstrual Blood Mustache" was a must listen.
Only 500 of these suckers made so Black Metal fans get in touch!!!
(Review done by Jeremy of SPUNK ZINE)
|KRATORNAS - HOLLOW GROUND DESTRUCTION
Blood thirsty Black Metal from the Philippines. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but in the bio it
says "true underground one man war". Does this mean this is a one piece Black Metal band then?
If so, be it. I don't know what is more hardcore, to be in a real Black Metal band or just one dude
thrashing out Black Metal in his apt on the computer? This is a picture disc as which I thought
was really sick, until I flipped it over & seen the pentagram with the goat head. I wasn't sure if I
should be like "cool" or be scared for my life that Satan himself has entered my apt by the form of
a KRATORNAS 7". The other side is nice, it's one of those depictions from like ancient Rome
where everybody is naked climbing all over each other. The recording was kind of shitty, but for
some reason I don't think Black Metal fans will care, as long as it's Black Metal they will be
happy, or sad, or happy because they are sad & angry because they are happy, fuck I don't know!
(Review done by Jeremy of SPUNK ZINE)
|LANGSUYR - ASYIK
(6 track CD) CLOCKWORK RECORDS
This is just a promo copy of the bands actual release which is a digi pack with full cover &
everything. This release comes after 10 years since the bands last disc. These guys play some very
cool intricate & highly involved sounding Death Metal music. The music has some what of a
melodic feel to it with lots of Goth overtones to it. There are some Speed or Thrash metal
elements present within their sound as well. The music is very well structured & tight. I dig the
blend of sounds they put all together. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Death Metal growl
Metal band than I usually get. These guys will surely stick out in a sea of great bands & all for
|LAND OF HATE - GENER(H)ATE
(5 track CD) Self Released
This five piece out of Italy hits you smack in the face with their brand of Death Metal violence.
more dominate of the two. The music comes fast & is relentless. It plows you over & repeatedly
stomps the shit out of you. They toss in some grooves here & there to mix things up a bit, but it
& then back to the madness. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Death growl style with some
more groggy higher ones mixed in. One of the best newer Death metal bands I've heard come out of
Italy in awhile!!!
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
|MALSTROM - THE WORLD WILL BE LOST
(7 track CD) Self Released
Rampaging from New York comes this great Metal / Hardcore hybrid band. These guys take an
even amount of elements from both styles & mash them together to create a great sound. They
have Thrash Metal dominate guitars, thick solid Hardcore drum beats, pounding bass licks & a
combo styled vocal sound. I really dig the powerful aggressive sound they have that is both
technical & brutal at the same time. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Death growl style, mid
ranged Hardcore screams & at times some melodic Metal vocals too. This band has it all for fans of
both these styles. A must listen!!!
|MANDATORY - WHERE THEY BLEED
(4 track CD) Self Released
Spreading their sound since 2001, Germany's Death Metal greats MANDATORY are back with a
These guys play old school styled Death metal that is reminiscent of the great 90's Florida Death
scene. There are some touches of classic German Thrash in the guitar work at times. They have a
great thick solid sound that hits you like a brick house. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Metal
fan to add to their collection!!!
|MY BITTER END - THE RENOVATION
(11 track CD) UPRISING RECORDS
Wow! I was totally blown away by these guys! I was expecting a typical Hardcore band. These
These guys are amazingly good & nothing like I've heard before. There are crushing breakdowns,
guys are not a Hardcore band & they are far from typical. They play Metal music in all it's forms.
off time chord progressions, technical precision & melodic undertones. There are also very Wow! I
was totally blown away by these guys! I was expecting a typical Hardcore band. These complex
song structures mixed with some very intense spastic song structures. The vocals are These guys
are amazingly good & nothing like I've heard before. There are crushing breakdowns, Wow! I was
totally blown away by these guys! I was expecting a typical Hardcore band. These guys are not a
Hardcore band & they are far from typical. They play Metal music in all it's forms. off time chord
progressions, technical precision & melodic undertones. There are also very complex song
structures mixed with some very intense spastic song structures. The vocals are done in a mid
ranged Death growl style mixed with some Death/Hardcore crossover styled screams. This is one
superbly amazing band that really needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated!!!
|PHILOSOPHER - LAW OV FORM
(4 track CD) RUPTURED SILENCE RECORDS
These German Death Metalers have released once again another great CD. This time around they
have a concept Ep which is a Lovcraftian Observation. Meaning all the songs deal with H.P. some
new school influences,. There are some more melodic & atmospheric almost Black Metal parts at
times too. There is a really creepy dark overtone to their sound as well. The vocals are done in
amid ranged Death growls with some groggy almost Black metal like ones mixed in. If you liked
their last disc, then you'll love this one. The band keeps getting better with each new release they
place upon us!!!
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
|PURE DEATH PRODUCTIONS SHOW 1-23-07
(14 track CD) PURE DEATH PRODUCTIONS
This is a sampler CD to help a show that PURE DEATH PRODUCTIONS set up for January
AMORPHIC FORM & WAKING THE CADAVER. These bands all rip & it sucks I wasn't able
to make it to the show. Hopefully they will play again & I can check them out. These are cool
samplers by 2 cool guys who are doing a great service to help boost the music scene in this area.
Get in touch with these guys & go to their shows & support these bands!!!
|SCARS OF TOMORROW - THE FAILURE IN DROWNING
(11 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
This is the bands 3rd VICTORY RECORDS release & so far their best. They blend together
many elements of Hardcore & Death Metal together. There are tons of fast breakdowns, change
ups & lots of Hardcore grooves all mixed in. They also toss in some stop & start parts which I dig
a lot!!! The vocals also follow the lead of the music, by taking from both Metal & Hardcore. They
have mid ranged Death/Hardcore crossover styled vocal growls with some more melodic Metal &
some more scream like aggressive Hardcore vocals. These guys are one of VICTORY's best bands
& each new album just keeps proving the fact!!! If you haven't heard these guys before you must
get this disc!!!
|SEPTER - THE GOD KEY
(10 track CD) PULSE MUSIC
SEPTER play a classic style of Power Metal mixed with lots of Traditional & Heavy Metal music
mixed together. They have a very cool 80's Metal style that reminds me a lot of such greats as
Speed Metal mixed in the sounds, which is mostly dominate in the guitar styling. The songs have
an epic feel to them which kind of reminded me of DIO. The vocals are done in a Power Metal
mixed with Traditional Heavy Metal style, which was very clean, melodic & operatic. If your a fan
of any of the above mentioned bands then you'll love these guys, because they could hang with
|THE SEVENTH GATE - SELF TITLED
(2 track CD) SATAN ROCK
you think they are a Noise or Grindcore band, but then the Death Metal mayhem kicks in. There
are some parts that are spastic & have a Grindcore vibe, but they are dominated by the Death
Metal brutality. They toss in some Death grooves into the songs this time around though. The
vocals are done in a mid ranged harsh Death Metal scream style with some lower Death Metal type
growls. The guys are going in a slightly different direction, but I'm will to go with them. I look
forward to hearing their next release.
|THE TENTH KEY - SELF TITLED
This CD is a compilation of previously unreleased, compilation tracks, split release tracks, 7" inch
tracks & demo tracks all gathered on one disc. These guys play some crazy ass out of control
sounding music. The music is a blend of Death Metal, Noisecore, Experimental & Grindcore. A lot
of the music is covered with some static & feedback type sounds. The vocals are done in a high
pitched loud screaming Noisecore type style with some Grindcore & Death Metal vocals in the
mix at times. This bands music is all over the place & spastic sounding. If you can handle it, give it
|THREE FACES OF EVE - SUBJECT TO DECAY
(5 track CD) Self Released
Grindcore & mix them into their sound as well. I liked the way they go from all out hyperactive
shreds into a bit slower more Thrash part & then hit you with the fast stuff again. They have a bit
of a Mathcore style to their sound too. The music reminds me a bit of bands like MY BITTER
END & DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. The vocals are done in a mid ranged harsh
screaming/growling crossover style with lower ended Death growls accompanying them. These
guys will be getting huge in the underground very quickly!! Keep an ear out for them!!!
|VOODOO MOONSHINE - DECADE OF DECAY
(10 track CD) MISPELLED MUSIC
This Memphis based band brings on some really good Southern grooved swamp Metal music.
They have a really cool 80's Metal sound but it is covered with swampy grooved Southern Rock &
some touches of Blues here & there. The music also grabs you & pulls you & makes you want to
rock out with them. The vocals are done in a Southern Rock style with tinges of Metal entwined
with in. These guys have a great sound that would have been huge in the 80's & these guys would
have been very big then & have hung well with the big names of that time!!!
|WUTHERING HEIGHTS - THE SHADOW CABINET
(10 track CD) THE LASER'S EDGE / SENSORY
These guys play some very very good, tight, technical & very impressive Progressive Power Metal
music. I was enraptured within the music as soon as it kicked in & never wanted to be let go. They
have a twin lead guitar attack with symphonic keyboards & they also incorporate Classical
instruments. At times they have a darker vibe with a mix of Folk music. The vocals are reminiscent
of the great DRAGONFORCE a major run for their money! The release comes with a bonus live
CD with the bands performance @ the PROGPOWER V Festival in 2004. This band deserves