ASPHYXIA - SELF TITLED
(10 track CD) Self Released
This is a new young band from South Australia that really are going to give some of the veteran
Metal bands a real run for their money. These guys average the age of 17 & play some extremely
well written & aggressive Metal music. They blend in many elements of Thrash Death &
Grindcore. The songs have a lot of diversity through out while sticking to the above styles. I
loved how they vocals are done in a lower ended Death growl with a mixture of mid to higher
Death & Grindcore type screams. This band will become well known world wide quickly if they
keep at this pace!
CLINTONE - FULL CIRCLE
(11 track CD) LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS
This is the label debut from this New Hampshire guitar wiz. CLINTONE has honed his guitar
to it The style he has in playing really brings to mind some of the greats like Steve Vai, Joe This
is the label debut from this New Hampshire guitar wiz. Satriani, has honed his guitar Eddie Van
Halen & others. Any guitar fan would highly enjoy this CD as well as be very to it
CLINTONEimpressed. I'm sure that impressed. I'm sure that CLINTONE will become a very
familiar name in the guitar world!
DAY LIGHT DIES - LOST TO THE LIVING
(9 track CD) CANDLELIGHT USA
This is the 3rd offering from this North Carolina based Doom Metal band. These guys are in no
engulfing. There is a heavy & dark atmosphere that blankets their sound all through out. They
are almost on the borderline of becoming a Black Metal band. The vocals are harsh throaty &
drawn out Doom Death growls with some screams at times. After one listen to this album there
is no wonder best bands doing this style today & the bands best work so far!
DERANGED - THE REDLIGHT MURDER CASE
(9 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
Damn! This is some amazing & brutal as fuck Death Grind music. I loved every second of this
new song. The music is ultra fast paced Death Metal that is smashed together with Gore Grind.
These sickos never let up! There a few stop & start parts with break downs so you can get a
quick They have a lot of old school influences but spice it up with some new school elements. I
loved this disc! Get this one & start the murder spree! Listen to this one very, very loud!
EYETOFUK / PUTRID WHORE - DRUFUKED AND PORNIFIED
(14 track CD) GRINDHEAD RECORDS
The first 8 tracks of this split are spewed forth by the demented EYETOFUK. These guys play
ultra fast Industrial Porno Grind music. The music has tons of samples all through out that just
add little bit more brutal Grind Gore music & don't have any Industrial influences really. They
are heavy as shit & very very intense sounding. Thick ass gurgle growls from these guys!
FOREVERS FALLEN GRACE - HERALD OF TWILIGHT
(7 track CD) AGGRESSIVE MUSIC
Wow! I was totally blown away by these guys. They are highly talented & very impressive.
They play a blend of Metal styles while incorporating some Classical music into their sound.
The music has a dark & dreary almost Doom like vibe to it with lots of Epic Power Metal
elements looked. This was one of my favorite underground releases so far in 2008!
GRAVE - DOMINION VIII
(9 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
What can I say that hasn't been said already about this amazingly great Death Metal band from
Sweden. These guys have been one of the reasons I have loved Death Metal music for so long
now. They play old school Death Metal with shear brute force & just pound the hell out of
anyone brave enough to listen. The music is very thick, tight & powerful Death Metal through
& through. The vocals are done in a mid ranged thick Death growl style. This is better than past
releases & their past years. The only thing I really have to say to make you go out & buy this
disc is...IT'S GRAVE! 'nuff said!
IHSAHN - ANGL
(9 track CD) CANDLELIGHT RECORDS
This is the eagerly anticipated second solo album from former EMPEROR vocalist & lead
guitarist Ihsahn. With his long career in EMPEROR he has gain much respect through out the
music scene & this new release will gain him more. He has unleashed 9 new songs all written &
performed by him. A very progressive sounding Metal with lots of heavy influences of
Classical, Goth, Death, Black & even some Traditional Metal. His vocal styling runs through a
lot of the above styles of music as well. This is by far his freshest most original sounding work
IMAGIKA - FEAST FOR THE HATRED
(10 track CD) LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS
Back again with a new release comes this great Bay Area Thrash Metal band IMAGIKA. This
new Thrash Metal sound. They have stuck with their signature classic Thrash style, but mixed
in some very melodic passages in songs along with some all out Power Metal songs to. The
vocals follow new direction will please old fans as well as grab them some new fans too!
LEFT TO ROT - BATHE IN BLOOD
(9 track CD) Self Released
LEFT TO ROT deliver the blood soaked goods! These guys play a lower ended sounding Death
Metal style that has lots of thick ass grooves & tons of crunchy blasts. They toss in lots of
Grindcore elements especially in the guitar work. The vocals are done in a low thick Death growl
style with the occasional scream & gurgle added in. They top all this with gore drenched lyrics &
come up with one bad ass great Death/Grind album. If you haven't heard these guys before then
you must get this disc, especially if your into Gore obsessed bands!
MACHINERY - THE PASSING
(9 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
MACHINERY hails from Sweden & play a very involved & Progressive style of Power Metal.
There are lots of hooks, twists & change ups all through out their music that suck you in & take
you lots of Thrash Metal & Speed Metal to the guitar work. The drums are the full sound that
really drives the band. They do add a lot of faster & more aggressive Death Metal into the music
as well. These guys just hit all the great styles of Metal & blend them together for one
impressive sound. This is a band that any fan of any Metal can find something they really enjoy
in this band!
MAGICA - HERE AFTER
(11 track CD) LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS
I don't know anything about this band & have never heard them before now, but I do know that
they a great Epic Metal feel to it all through out. I love music like this & now this band is
another new a great Epic Metal feel to it all through out. I love music like this & now this band
is another new music is very progressive & well structure. The vocals are done in very angelic &
powerful female favorite of mine. They have lots of depth, originality & strength in every one of
their songs. The vocals with some melodic male vocals backing them up. This band has a sound
& the talent that should carry them to the top of the music scene! A must have release!
MONGREL - FEAR, LIES AND PROPAGHANDA
(13 track CD) LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS
These 5 guys from Massachusetts play a very cool gritty style of old school Punk Rock music.
Their music is filled with lots of upbeat adrenaline & has a lot of cool grooves & beats all
through filling the airwaves. These guys have a bit of an H20, Black Flag, Circle Jerks,
Ramones, Minoe these guys! I know I did!
NEFASTUS DIES - URBAN CANCER
(7 track CD) DEEPSEND RECORDS
NEFASTUS DIES formed back in 2002 in Canada & are ready to take on the Metal scene. This
ION DISSONANCE vocalist Ill-Fate. These guys blend together many elements of Death &
Black some mournful atmospheric parts in the backgrounds. The vocals are done in low ended
Death growls, mid ranged Death/Grind scream/growls & some more clean melodic Black Metal
vocals. If you want to take a hyper intense rid into madness then pop this disc in!
NIGHTMARE - GENETIC DISORDER
(12 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
NIGHTMARE is another band who likes to mix things up within the Metal genre. They plant
their foundation in Power Metal but add in lots of Thrash Metal elements along with Progressive
Metal & Speed Metal. There is a strong Epic Power Metal sound that dominates their style. I
love how they will take you down this rhythmic path & then hit you with some all out
shredding parts then swing one of the bigger & better Thrash/Power Metal bands to rule that era!
OVERTHRONE - DECLERATION OF SECESSION
(8 track CD) Self Released
This is the first full length album from this Blackened Thrash Metal band. This 2 man band
consists have so much talent between them they blow away some of the bigger more popular
Black Metal were as good as these guys no one would care about the European Black Metal
PULSE 8 - TELL ME WHAT IT IS
(13 track CD) Self Released
These guys from Kentucky have been around for a while now & producing some kick ass music.
Their music has a Hardcore Rock Modern Metal crossover style to it. They do add in lots of that
just keeps chugging along fast & furious. The vocals are done in a mid ranged throaty, but clean
Metal style with some higher pitched screams at times. I still can't believe that no label has
picked so far. They just keep getting better & better! Now go check them out!
SADAKO - HIKIKOMORI
(13 track CD) TRANSWAVED
Back with their second effort is the far out & ever changing SADAKO. This time around the
band has changed members & also their sound a bit. They have crossed over into many styles &
do so once again on this release. They are a Metal band, but add touches of Darkwave, Gothic,
Nu-Metal, Thrash Metal, Industrial, Hardcore & even some World Music. Their sound seems
like it's all over These guys must be experienced to fully appreciate what they have to offer!
SAINT DEAMON - IN SHADOWS LOST FROM THE BRAVE
(12 track CD) LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS
SAINT DEAMON play a very crisp & well written, crafted & constructed style of Power Metal
music. They have a bit of an old school style with lots of Modern polish to it. There are elements
of Thrash Metal present in the guitars & drums at times too. Their music is quite Epic sounding
too. There is a huge dynamic sound that engulfs you with each new song. The vocals are done in
a strong operatic Power Metal style that reminded me of the great Ronnie James Dio. These guys
could definitely hold their own with some of the top bands in this genre. I would say, they could
blow some of them out of the water! Power Metal fans add this one to your collection!
SIXONEOSIX - THE PRICE WE PAY
(3 track CD) Self Released
SIXONEOSIX play some really cool Death Metal music. Even though most of their sound is
rooted in Death Metal they do add in some flavoring of Thrash Metal & even some Black Metal.
They have a vibe that reminds me of a lot of the great Pagan & Viking Metal bands. The music is
very catchy, grooving Death Rock at times too. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Death growl
style, that is still understandable. I was really digging these guys a lot, because they reminded me
of a combined sound of two of my favorite bands: ENTOMBED & AMON AMARTH!
SKITZO - MOSH TILL VOMIT
(33 track 2 CD set) AREADEATH PRODUCTIONS
This is a killer 2 CD set collection of one the best Thrash Metal bands that has been around for
many years now: SKITZO! Lance has put together a collection of the bands past releases from
1984-1992. It's cool to hear the progression of one of my favorite underground bands out there!
Most of these releases were limited quantities of demos that you could only get through the
band. SKITZO plays Thrash Metal, but not your typical Thrash Metal music. These guys have
been churning out great music for many years & deserve way more respect & attention then they
ever get. This is available as a boxed set with shirt, patch, sticker, pin & CD or just the CD only
SPECIAL OPS - PHASE 2: AMIDST THE MADNESS
(10 track CD) NDG ENETERTAINMENT
SPECIAL OPS hail from Canada & play a modern day blend of Hard Rock & Metal music.
These guys may play a very popular style today, but they sound nothing like the many clones
that are out there now. They have a lot of diversity & depth to their songs. There are lots of thick
chunky grooves that melt together with crunchy riffs & hard hitting beats. The vocals are done in
a few styles like Nu-Metal, Power Metal, Traditional Metal, Hard Rock & Thrash Metal. These
guys have a very tight, clean & professional sound that is accompanied with great song writing.
This is something that will surely help them get noticed as they well deserve it!
THE MAN FROM THE MOON - ROCKET ATTACK
(12 track CD) BLACK MARK PRODUCTIONS
THE MAN FROM THE MOON is some what of a throw back to the late 70's style of Metal
music. There are lots of psychedelic passages mixed within the rocking Metal grooves. The music
is an inspirational musical journey & adventure through many different moods. There are some
really amazing guitar arrangements all through out, which is where most of the focus is set. There
are many philosophical messages & insights that the songs deal with the way the Man From The
Moon sees the world & his own life. This is some really trippy sounding Stoner Metal.
THY FINAL PAIN - EPITAPH
(11 track CD) Self Released
This is the debut full length release from this extremely good Death Metal band out of Germany.
The band features former members of the band DEBAUCHERY. These guys take things back to
the old school Death Metal template & work from there. The songs are heavy, fast, brutal &
intense. They add in some grooved spots along with some hooks & change ups. This helps keep
everything sounding fresh. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Death growl style, but still
understandable. Problem with someone signing them. These guys are incredible!
WITHERED - FOLIE CIRCULAIRE
(10 track CD) PROSTHETIC RECORDS
WITHERED formed in 2003 & have been ever evolving their sound into something very fierce
& original. These guys plant their feet in the Death Metal genre, but they add in lots of bits from
Grindcore, Crust, Black & even Punk music. These guys are stretching the boundaries of what a
Death Metal band is capable of. The music is ultra thick with lots of blasting noises along with
crusty guitars & spastic drumming. The vocals are done in a harsh mid ranged Death/Grindcore
style that also has some Crust styles at time mixed in. This is one of the heaviest albums I've
heard in 2008!