6:33 - ORPHAN OF GOOD MANNERS
(10 track CD) M & O MUSIC
6:33 is a very unique and original sounding band from the first note to last on this, their debut
release "ORPHAN OF GOOD MANNERS". These guys have a very tight and technical
Progressive Metal sound, but they build on this foundation with other styles. The music tends to be
off beat and all over the place, but in a controlled spastic chaos kind of way. There are many
elements of Electro, Techno, Thrash, Death & Industrial music all mixed with in. The vocals tend to
follow the path that the music does. There are slow clean and melodic vocals mixed with harsh
Hardcore like screams & low ended Death growls. These guys reminded me of a very Progressive
and more technical version of one of my favorite bands, MR. BUNGLE. This is a must have for all
fans of intelligent music!
BENEATH THE REMAINS - VIOLENT ELEMENTS
(8 track CD) Self Released
BENEATH THE REMAINS has been around since 1996 and hail from New York. I had a few of
their releases back in the day and I'm glad to see these guys are back again and doing what they do
best. They play all out balls to the wall Hardcore music. They have kind of an old school Hardcore
vibe mixed with a more Modern Hardcore style. The music is spastic, fast and in your face from
beginning to end. I loved the grooved out parts that are in their songs a lot. They toss in some stop
and starts, breakdowns & tempo changes all through out. This is exactly what I think of when I
think of great New York Hardcore bands. With the lines being blurred between styles now a days I
could see a lot of Death Metal fans getting into these guys! Amazing release!!!
CHAD FREY - DOUTT AND OUT RARITIES 2009-2010
(7 track CD) FREY NATION RECORDS
CHAD FREY is a musician who hails from Ohio and plays Modern Rock styled music. This album
is a collection of 7 tracks never released before & is the last chapter of songs done as a collaboration
between Chad Frey & Nathan Doutt. This album contains 4 new tracks, an intermission, ads &
outtakes. The music is done in a radio friendly style of Modern Rock and could be played on most
Rock stations and fit right in. There are some influences of 70's Prog Rock thrown in the mix at
times. The majority of the songs are done in a slower more melodic style and have almost a ballad
like feel to them. I'm not a big fan of Modern Rock bands, but if this is the style your into then
you'll definitely want to check out Chad Frey's work!
DISFIGURED - AMPUTATED GORE WHORE
(12 track CD) COMATOSE MUSIC
DISFIGURED hails from Texas and plays brutal Death Metal music. The mesh together elements
of old school brutality with new school technicality. These guys take me back to the early 90's
when I was just getting into the Death Metal scene and starting my underground label. There are
some odd tempo changes at times that go from straight forward Death blast and then into a kind of
grooved out Death / Thrash crossover vibe. In some of the faster more raw parts you can hear a
little Grindcore influences coming into play. The vocals are low ended guttural growls. This is a
must for fans of IMMOLATION, CANNIBAL CORPSE, INCANTATION, INTERNAL
BLEEDING and most of the great bands that make up the COMATOSE MUSIC roster. Killer
release! Highly recommended!
FALLEN ANGEL - CRAWLING OUT OF HELL
(20 track CD) FALLEN ANGEL RECORDS
FALLEN ANGEL is based out of upstate New York and play Power / Progressive Metal music.
"CRAWLING OUT OF HELL" is their debut release and the 1st part of a trilogy of concept
albums that are all accompanied by a novel based on the same material. The band even portrays the
characters from the book in their stage shows. These guys are like no other Progressive / Power
Metal band I've heard before. The music is so full and epic sounding it makes you feel like you are
in the middle of the story they are portraying through the music. The guitars are crisp and clean
sounding Power / Speed / Thrash Metal. This is so well thought out and constructed, it's like a
thinking man's Metal sound. The vocals are done in a mid to high pitched clean Power Metal style.
The only band that comes close to mind is the great RHAPSODY. This is one that must be heard!
FALLEN ANGEL - THE ANSWER
(3 track CD) FALLEN ANGEL RECORDS
"The Answer" is the first single from the bands full length album "CRAWLING OUT OF HELL"
that is reviewed above. This track is done, like most of the bands other tracks, in a Power /
Progressive Metal style. Everyone of the bands songs has a really powerful full Epic sound to it
that engulfs you and pulls you in directly to the story. On this single CD we get three different
versions of the song "The Answer". There is the Radio Edit version, the Full Length version and
the Alive In The Studio version. As mentioned above that these guys really need to be heard to
fully appreciate what they have to offer. Just one amazing band all around from the song
structures, style, lyrics and I'm sure also in their stage performances. Check them out!
KHARIOT - DISYMPOSIUM
(11 track CD) SOUTHERN DARKNESS RECORDINGS
KHARIOT is an Australian Death Metal band, but in no way are the typical Death Metal band.
They have a lot of the basic Death Metal elements, but add in so much more to create a fresh sound
for themselves. The music is very brutal & raw, but at the same time is very technical and intricate.
This is the bands debut release filled with melodies, twin harmonies, technical guitar riffs, all out
thrashing riffs, thick haunting bass lines and blasting spastic drums. This is topped off by some
mid ranged harsh Death growls mixed with lower ended Death growls. These guys are like a mix of
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, RUSH, DREAM THEATER, MESHUGGAH covered
in tons of Death Metal brutality and mixed with cold harsh old school Black Metal.
SINS OF THE FATHER - SELF TITLED
(11 track CD) SOTFMUSIC
2007. These guys are yet another amazing band coming out of Australia. These guys play Death
Metal music, but add a little something extra to create their own sound. They blend in some Stoner
& Doom Metal to their sound to make them stand out from most of the other bands. These guys
add in lots of power, groove, breakdowns, and more to add to their killer sound. The vocals are
done in a mid ranged thick throaty & groggy Death growl. At times some of their music has a
Death 'N' Roll style to it. These guys are one of the best bands I've heard come out of Australia in
a long time. Imagine CROWBAR & KINGDOM OF SORROW with more of a Death Metal
mixed with groove sound and you'd get an idea of what these guys sound like. Get this and blast it!
SPLIT MY BITCH UP - 4 WAY SPLIT
(16 track CD) PRIME CUTS MUSIC
This is a 4 way split CD release. The 5 tracks come from CUNTSCRAPE out of Australia. These
sickos plays some spastic blends of Grind / Death / Thrash / Rock music all covered in Porn &
Comedy. One of my favorite new Grindcore bands out there now. Tracks 6-9 are from
GORESLUTS from Malaysia. These guys also play Gore Grind music with Porn influences mixed
take claim to tracks 10-12. These guys play brutal Porn slamming Death Metal music with low
ended guttural Death gurgles. The last 4 tracks go to MORBID VISION out of Japan. They round
the split up with their version of Brutal Death Metal that's done in a spastic raw style. There are
some low ended gurgles for vocals and the band throws in some Grindcore elements as well. This is
a cool split that exposed me to 3 new bands I never heard before! Grind Gore fiends, this one is for
VENUSIAN DEATH CELL - RAGING OF THE BLIND MICE
(9 track CD) Self Released
David Vora is back again with another CD release. It seems like every couple months I'm getting
another release from Ireland with his name on it. This one follows almost the same path as
previous releases. The music this time around has a more Death Metal style to it than past
releases. The music is very raw and sounds like he was just in his bedroom recording himself
playing. It's hard to hear a lot of what is going on. The music has a very Experimental vibe to it as
well. This release includes a live interview with a radio station, 6 songs and two live tracks as well.
This isn't going to be for everyone, but people with an open mind and like Experimental Art type
projects will enjoy this one.