ATVENA'S WAKE - HERMETICA
(6 track CD) SOVEREIGN RECORDS
ATVENA'S WAKE was originally formed back in late 2006 and have quickly built up a strong
following. They play a solid tight strong style of contemporary Metal music. They incorporate
many influences of Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Hardcore & even a bit of Power Metal at times.
There are many heavy ended grooves that dominate the bands sound, which I was really digging a
lot. They mix in some melodic parts along with all thick aggressive Death Metal. The vocals also
follow the same path as the music. They have harsh screechy Hardcore sounds blended with low
ended Death Metal & mid ranged melodic Thrash & Power Metal vocals. This band is definitely on
the rise & we should be seeing a lot of them in the near future, cause they are going to dominate!
BONE GNAWER - FEAST OF FLESH
(10 track CD) PULVERISED RECORDS
This is the debut CD release from BONE GNAWER that features some great musicians from the
bands MASSACRE, DEATH, DENIAL FIEND, PAGANIZER, NAGLFAR, RIBSPREADER &
more. The music is pure straight forward Death Metal music in the vein of the 90's Florida Death
Grind & Thrash sound at times, but it's dominated by good old Death Metal through & through.
The thick rough old school Death growls top this bands sound off perfectly. Reminiscent of old
CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, NAPALM DEATH & DEATH. This is a must for any fan of
the beginning days of the great Death Metal scene!!!
BRILLIANT COLDNESS - POISONED REALITY
(9 track CD) Self Released
Emerging out of Ukraine back in 1997 comes the technical Death Metal band BRILLIANT
COLDNESS. These guys play a newer sounding style of Death Metal that incorporates elements
of old school Death Metal all through out. They have a very intricate & involved sound that
especially shines through in the guitar work. There is a slight Speed or Thrash Metal vibe in the
guitars as well. They mix in some slower more melodic Doom influences at times through the songs,
but then they into gear. Thick lower ended vocals top this bands sound off that are done in the old
DELAIN - APRIL RAIN
(12 track CD) SENSORY RECORDS
"APRIL RAIN" is the much anticipated second album from DELAIN. This band was initially
intended to be a studio side project from members of WITHIN TEMPTATION, but with the
success blends elements of Progressive, Power, Heavy Metal, Thrash, Death & Gothic Metal all
together to blends elements of Progressive, Power, Heavy Metal, Thrash, Death & Gothic Metal all
together to create one amazing sound. There is a some what dark melodic but very angelic sound.
This in part has to do with the duel vocals of Charlotte Wessels & Ronald Landa. They combine
majestic soothing female vocals with low ended Death growls. The closest comparison would have
to be LACUNA COIL, but DELAIN has a sound that is all their own! Simply amazing in every
ETERNAL DESCENT - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
(3 track CD) INCENDIUM / SERGE ENTERTAINMENT
ETERNAL DESCENT play a sound that weaves elements of Metal, Industrial, Ambient &
Experimental music all melted together with romantic film score arrangements. There is a heavy
Gothic vibe to the whole release. This release is actually a single for the song "Phantom Of The
orchestrated with lots of cinematic sound effects & ethereal soundscapes blended all through out.
There are low ended Gothic male vocals combined with angelic female vocals. The songs are based
on comic book art & the album will be broken down into four chapters & then released along with a
4 comic miniseries. This is a very in depth & interesting concept that I am very anxious to check out
as it progresses!
HARD RESPONSE - WEAPONIZE
(4 track CD) Self Released
HARD RESPONSE is a killer Hardcore band that has been crushing the scene for a little while
now. These guys play a great mix of the old school & new school styles of Hardcore. They have a
combined style of the New York, DC & California Hardcore sound. I really dig these guys a lot.
There is a fast paced driving groove in all their songs that just makes you just want to get up &
slam. The guitars are crunchy, drums solid & bass booming to make you want to go mad. I could see
these guys rising to the AGNOSTIC FRONT, HATEBREED, SICK OF IT ALL & SHEER
TERROR then your gonna love these guys! I just can't figure out why no one has signed this great
INTERROGATE - SCARRED FOR LIFE
(8 track CD) THE DISTORTION PROJECT
This is the self finance debut album from Northern Ireland's INTERROGATE. This guys play a
highly intense & great style of music. They take elements of Metal, Hardcore & Hard Rock & mesh
them all together to create their style. The music is very full sounding & well structured all through
out. They kick you in the head repeatedly with their harsh Hardcore grooves intertwined with
technical sounding Metal. The vocals is really the only place I hear the Hard Rock coming into play,
but it's only in certain spots. Most of the vocals are done in a crossover style of Metal & Hardcore.
The bands that kept coming to mind were SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR, JOB FOR A COWBOY,
HATEBREED & THE FACELESS. Watch this band, cause they are going to explode!
KULT OV AZAZEL - DESTROYING THE SACRED
(9 track CD) ARCTIC MUSIC GROUP
KULT OV AZAZEL is a band that has been in the scene for a while & most of you dark hordes out
there should know of these guys. They have been spewing forth their blasphemous Black Metal for
years. The music is done in an old school Black Metal style with satanic sickness. Their sound is
raw, harsh & dark all through out. There is a strong war like vibe that blankets their style which is
the fight against Christianity. Coldness is felt in the harsh groggy Black Metal growls & screams.
This is the best release from the legendary Black Metal band so far & one of the best bands to
emerge from the darkest pits of Florida. Join the KULT! Hail Satan!
MERAUDER - GOD IS I
(12 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
This was one of the albums I was most anxious to get. I was a huge fan of this Brooklyn, New York
based band back in the day. Their debut album "MASTER KILLER" was an amazing album & one
that would always be hard to top. "GOD IS I" is very close to succeeding it. This album combines
all the many elements of the great New York Hardcore & Metal scene together. The music is hard
hitting in your face Crossover. There are crunchy guitars, grooved out bass & heavy drums. I am a
big fan of both Hardcore & Metal, so when bands like MERAUDER play these combined styles,
they quickly become one of my favorite bands. These guys are legends in both scenes & this album
just proves why. One of the best albums of the year, by far! This is a must for any heavy music
fan! Get it!
ORPHAN PROJECT - SPOONING OUT THE SEA
(10 track CD) Ne Plus Ultra
This is the debut album on NE PLUS ULTRA MUSIC for this Maryland based band. These guys
had formed back in 2001, but went on hiatus after their first release until 2008. These guys
incorporate their sound. The music has a bit of a spacey & trance like vibe through out the songs.
They definitely are influenced by 70's era Rock bands. There is a touch of RUSH that shines
through a lot of other music. The vocals are done in a mid ranged melodic Rock style with some
Progressive Metal ones mixed with in. These guys have a cool sound that will grab fans from many
era's of Rock & Metal. Check 'em out!
(10 track CD) COMATOSE MUSIC
PATHOLOGY has put out one hell of gorerific release with "AGE OF ONSET" The band has
recruited a new singer Matti Way (ex- DISGORGE & CINERARY), plus a new drummer in Dave
Astor (ex-CATTLE DECAPITATION). These guys have just added to the madness that is
PATHOLOGY. This new release is groove laden, filled with tons of blasts & is splattered with
Gore. All Death & Grind Gore freaks are going to eat this slab of greatness up! One of the best
releases in this genre this year & another great release from COMATOSE MUSIC. Prepare to get
your Gore on! Dig in!