ANTHENORA - SOULGRINDER
(12 track CD) MY GRAVEYARD PRODUCTIONS
ANTHENORA is a very tight & technical sounding Power Metal band out of Italy. These guys
have a very old school meets modern Power Metal sound. I really dig the way they inject lots of
Thrash Metal & Speed Metal influences into their sound. These influences show up mainly in
the guitar work a lot. The music is crystal clear, tight & very progressive sounding as well. The
vocals are done in a mid ranged clean Power Metal style with a few harsher Thrash Metal type
vocals here & there. These guys are definitely a band that everyone into this style of music
should check out! These guys deliver in every way!!!
DEFORMATION GUARANTEED - NO GHOSTS AT DAYLIGHT
(9 track CD) Self Released
DEFORMATION GUARANTEED plays some really cold & dark sounding Black Metal
music. They have a combined style of old school & new school elements. The music is done
kind of raw, harsh & really old school style, but then they throw in some very atmospheric &
symphonic sounding new school parts. The music has a slow dirge dragging sound at times that
is kind of like a creeping up on you vibe. The vocals are done in a mid ranged really throaty &
higher pitched Black Metal screams. Black Metal hordes from past & now will find something
they can really enjoy with these guys!!!
DUST IS EVERYWHERE - ATTICS AND CATACOMBS
(8 track CD) CREEPING VINE PRODUCTIONS
DUST IS EVERYWHERE plays a very cool vintage old school Black Metal style of music.
They have a very very harsh & aggressive old school sound that pulls influences from
GORGOROTH, old MAYHEM, old DARK FUNERAL & BEHEMOTH. They blanket their
sound with a very frigged cold vibe all through out. There are fast paced non stop blast beats
along with some down tempo riffs too. They melt in some very atmospheric & haunting parts to
balance things out a bit. The vocals are done in a mid ranged throaty & groggy Black Metal style
with lots of faster paced Black Metal screams mixed in. I would say these guys are going to be
one of the bigger & better Black Metal bands to keep watching!!!
ENDGAME - DISTRACTED
(5 track CD) GET OUTTA TOWN RECORDS
This is the new EP release from this New Jersey based band. These guys play a great mix of is
very fast paced, up beat & driving all through out. There is a cool fast paced groove that could
get any pit moving. The music also has a bit of old school Hardcore flare to it as well. The
vocals are done in a more new school style of Hardcore/Punk crossover style of singing. It's like
a controlled screaming style that has a lot more melodic parts to it. The band also features
members of BETWEEN THE WARS & WORDS AWAY! If your into bands like SENSES
FAIL, DAG NASTY & TURNING POINT then you'll dig these guys a lot!
EYES SET TO KILL - REACH
(12 track CD) BREAK SILENCE RECORDINGS
scene today. EYES SET TO KILL take their music to new levels. They are not your typical
Screamo band. They have a lot of elements of Death Metal, Thrash, Hardcore & even Black
metal mixed within. The music is well structured & flows nicely from one style to the next. I
really dig the way Alexia's female vocals compliment Brandon's screaming style of vocals &
vice versa. They go from all out violent aggression into melodic & atmospheric styles. I loved
every aspect of this band & will be really shock if they don't become very huge this year! The
closest band I can think of to compare them to would have to be LACUNA COIL!
GLAUKOM SYNOD - OGRE
(14 track CD) Self Released
I wasn't sure what to expect with this band, but I know I was digging it a lot. GLAUKON
SYNOD is a weird Experimental band that mixes in many elements of Techno, Industrial, very
chaotic, but that's how it's supposed to be. I liked when they tossed in some of the sound clips,
effects & samples into the music. There are some vocal, but they are distorted & chaotic, just
like the music. These guys are very out there & strange & that is exactly why I was loving this.
They remind me of CIRCUS OF DEAD SQUIRRELS, HELL ON EARTH & HANZEL
HERE I COME FALLING - OH GRAVE, WHERE IS THY VICTORY
(10 track CD) RISE RECORDS
RISE RECORDS has released another great debut release from another great band, this time in
the form of HERE I COME FALLING out of Springfield, Mo. These guys take their Screamo
style to another level. The bands foundation does lie heavily in the Screamo style, but add in
touches of Metal, Hardcore & Death Metal into the mix. The music has a really thick crushing
Technical Metal style with heavy grooved oriented Hardcore. The Death Metal influences come
from the brutal fast paced hard hitting rhythm the music has. The vocals cross over into all these
styles as well, with low end Death growls, mid ranged melodic Metal vocals & then some mid to
high ranged Hardcore screams added in! Another band for the new generation!
HERMANO - INTO THE EXAM ROOM
(12 track CD) SUBURBAN RECORDS / REGAIN RECORDS
HERMANO formed back in 1998 as a side project which features members of the bands These
guys play a Heavy Rock style of music. They have a bit of a Southern Rock sound that has a
dirty tinge to it. The music is pretty rocking all through out & even has a bit of Stoner & Doom
Metal type elements present all through out. The vocals are done in a mid ranged sometimes
melodic Rock style. These guys blend together the best elements of 70's, 80's & 90's styled
Heavy Rock together & create a very cool sound! Get your Rock on!!!
MUSTASCH - LATEST VERSION OF THE TRUTH
(11 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
Here we have the newest record release from this Heavy Metal band. These guys have been
around since 1998 & have been crushing in Europe. They have been nominated for a few
Germany Grammy awards for best Heavy Metal Album a few times now. This new album sees
them on a new label & will be the one to take them to the rest of the world. These guys play
some Rock infused Heavy Metal style music & it's some of the best being played today. There
are riffs galore all through out the music. They really remind me of old THE CULT music,
especially in the vocals. This could be the start of another new wave of old school Heavy Metal.
Check these guys out, cause you'll enjoy what you hear!!!
MYSTIC PROPHECY - SATANIC CURSES
(12 track CD) LOCO MOTIVE RECORDS
This is the second offering from this German/Greek Rock Metal band. These guys have such a
strong powerful sound that just amazes from the first song all through till the last one. The
music is very well structured & has many levels. They are based in Metal & Rock, but have a
strong Power / Progressive Metal sound that is done so perfectly. The music is very tight,
crystal clear & well written. There is not a thing you could complain about these guys. The
vocals are done in a solid Power Metal style that is very melodic & high pitched at times. There
are some Traditional Metal & Thrash Metal styled vocals at times too. This could be one of the
best Heavy metal albums of the year already!!!
SAGNTID / VORNOFF - LIFE ECLIPSE (SPLIT)
(13 track CD) MISANTHROPIC PROPAGANDA
SAGNTID is a one man project that is the creation of Svest. He does all the instruments &
everything else here. The music has very eerie sound scape style to it & is done in a Darkwave
Black Metal style with lots of Gothic overtones. It's very creepy & dreary sounding. This was
very cool & would fit a lot of Horror movie soundtracks. The last 6 tracks are done by a two
man project consisting of Svest & Ull called VORNOFF. This project is also done in a dark
dreary somber kind of style that has lots of elements of Black Metal & Gothic music mixed
within. There is also a very strong cold vibe that encompasses the music all through out!
SICK ROOM 7 - HAIL INTOLERANCE
(13 track CD) SOUNDSPHERIC
SICK ROOM 7 is a dark Gothic Metal type band. The music has a really slow dreary & thick
or thunderous. It's done in a kind of slow creeping style. There are a lot of dark & eerie sounds
in the music that have strong Gothic overtones. The vocals are done in a mid ranged, haunting
Gothic spoken word style. It's really creepy sounding & reminds me of a lot of stuff you'd hear
in Vampire movies. If you like your music low end, dark, cold & somber sounding then your
going to love these guys! The band features Svest of SAGNTID & VORNOFF.
THE STEAL - SELF TITLED
(14 track CD) GET OUTTA TOWN RECORDS
These guys hail from the U.K. & play a very cool style of old school Punk Rock. They have a
strong 80's style Punk Rock sound that is very aggressive & in your face, but is also very upbeat
sounding to. There are a lot of sing along choruses too. There is a a lot of adrenaline pouring out
of these guys. They toss in some breakdowns, stop & starts, tempo changes & even a little
groove riffage at times. The vocals are done in a mid ranged screaming style of Punk Rock with
some dual screaming action here & there. This is a definite must for fans of bands like
GORILLA BISCUITS, CIV, DESCENDANTS, ALL & THE VANDALS.
TRIGGERED IMPULSE - WHEN OBSESSION MEETS OPPORTUNITY
(9 track CD) Self Released
TRIGGERED IMPULSE is a very young band as they formed in early 2007, but from their
demo CD release they sound very experienced. These guys play a mixture of Metal styles to
create their sound. The music has many elements taken from Thrash, Power, Progressive,
Traditional & Death Metal music. There is a really thick heavy vibe to their music that is more
of a Thrash Meets Death sound. The guitar work has many of the Power/Progressive influences.
The vocals are done in a few styles as well. There are melodic clean Power Metal vocals, mid
ranged harsh Thrash metal screams & then lower end Death growls all mixed within. These guys
maybe young, but if they keep going this way they will be around for a long time!
XASTHUR - A GATE THROUGH BLOODSTAINED MIRRORS
(21 track 2 CD set) HYDRA HEAD RECORDS
This is a final remastered version of the initially issued 150 CD-R's released in 2000/ 2001. This
was the first release that thrusted mastermind Malefic into taking the band into a one man
project direction. This is some really cold, dark & misanthropic Black metal music done in an
old school style. The music is very fast paced, noisy & raw sounding all through out. There is
nothing but pure evil & madness pouring out of this release. The vocals are done in a harsh &
muffled Black Metal style as well. This is one for all old school Black Metal hordes. If you have
his other releases, you know you want to get your hands on this one as well.