ADRENICIDE - PIONEERS IN THE LAND OF THE MAD
(26 track CD) DENIM AND LEATHER RECORDS
Hailing out of England comes this killer Thrash Metal / Crossover band known as ADRENICIDE.
These guys play in the vein of most of the great bands in the late 80's when Metal and Punk were
merging into the new style of Crossover. They named themselves the perfect name cause there is
adrenaline pouring out of this band. The music is ultra fast shredding Thrash with groove filled
Punk smashing together. The vocals are done in the Crossover style as well that strongly reminded
me of D.R.I. I grew up one this style of music and love that it is making a comeback. This is one of
the better bands out there playing this style and deserve to be at the top of this list for every fan of
great Crossover music! Grab some friends, throw on your jean jacket and form a circle pit!
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
ASHA - EUPHORIA PROJECT
(6 track CD) EAGLE PASS & CO.
ASHA is the brain child of Spanish guitarist Kike G. Caamano who gave birth to this project back
in 1987. He is a highly respected guitarist in Europe and has won many awards and voted album of
the year in many markets through out his musical career. After one listen to his new release
"EUPHORIA PROJECT" you can hear why. The music is very tight, well constructed and
composed Progressive Rock. All the guitar, bass and drum work was performed & written by Kike
himself. He has enlisted Danish singer Jacob Poulsen Alcain to handle the vocal duties. This is
some very impressive Progressive Rock that deserves to be heard by every fan of Rock and Metal!
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
AUTHORITY ZERO - STORIES OF SURVIVAL
(12 track CD) SUBURBAN NOIZE RECORDS / VIKING FUNERAL RECORDS
Every fan of Punk Rock music should be very familiar with AUTHORITY ZERO. These guys
formed back in 1994 and have endured all the crap the music industry and life has thrown at them
to still be kicking out great music today. "STORIES OF SURVIVAL" is their collection of songs
that tell tales of a lot of the experiences they have struggled through to survive. They base their
sound in Punk, but also pull in elements of Ska and Reggae to make them one of the more original
and diverse Punk bands today. This new album sees the return of original bassist, Jeremy Wood
and new guitarist Zach Vogel. If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing these guys before, then
this is a good starting point for anyone, then you can search out their back catalog. Another
amazingly great release from this Arizona based Punk band!
BLACK SUNSHINE - SELF TITLED
(11 track CD) BREAK SILENCE RECORDINGS
BLACK SUNSHINE was created by extreme sports free-skier Matt Reardon. After Matt
suffered a traumatic accident while competing in New Zealand and undergoing 11 operations and
nearly losing his leg he turned to music. Music is what drove him to get better and pulled him
forward. The result comes in the form of his self titled debut release. The music is done in the style
of Modern Rock. The music is very deep, melodic and very emotional, especially in the lyrics.
You can feel that he was going through some very struggling times when listening to this album.
He recruited some musicians who have played with Billy Idol, John 5, LOSER, FILTER
POLLEN & THEORY OF A DEADMAN to round out his band. These guys are just as good if
not better than
CANVAS SOLARIS - IRRADIANCE
(9 track CD) SENSORY RECORDS
Georgia based CANVAS SOLARIS is back with yet another great slab of Progressive Metal
music. These guys started out as a Death Metal band, but after a few years and line up changes,
dropped the vocals and became one of the best Instrumental bands out there. They base the music
in Metal, but are heavily influenced by Progressive Rock. The songs have a bit of a spacey feel to
them. The music is well structured, very intricate and heavily involved. If you were to melt
together some of the greats like RUSH, DREAM THEATRE, MASTODON, DILLINGER
ESCAPE PLAN, STEVE VAI and more, but drop out the vocals, you'd get slight idea of what
this amazing band is like. I'm not a big fan of Instrumental stuff, but I love this band!
CATATONIC DISASSEMBLY - PASTORAL...IN THE LAND OF DISGUST
(9 track CD) MINDGERM
CATATONIC DISASSEMBLY is a Death Grunge project from sole member Nick Rampmeyer.
Nick has written and performed all music on this his 10th release in as many years. The music is
quite different than most stuff I've heard. The music is kind of cold Industrial Metal sounding with
lots of tinges of Death, Black, Grunge and Goth injected through out. The vocals also take on the
same paths as the music with clean Grunge vocals, some dark Goth vocals and some thick low end
Death / Black Metal styled vocals. This is a very unique sounding band that enjoyed a lot. There
are a lot of closed mind people out there, but open your musical tastes a little and you'll find a
whole new world of great music. Make CATATONIC DISASSEMBLY your first step in that
DELAIN - LUCIDITY
(16 track CD) SENSORY RECORDS
This is a re-release of DELAIN's first release in 2006 with bonus material added. The band hails
from The Netherlands and play Progressive Gothic Metal music. The band was originally
supposed to be a side project, but with high demand it was turned into a full band. The music is
done mostly in a melodic style with some darker more aggressive parts mixed through out. There
is a strong Gothic vibe all through out, but the music is dominated by Progressive Metal. The
dark, soothing and angelic female vocals helps add to the Gothic feel of their sound. There are
some lower Death and Black Metal male vocals added in to mix things up a bit. After hearing one
or two tracks from this band you can understand why there was such heavy demand for this
project to become a full fledged band. Truly an amazing release that should be giving much
attention. Highly recommended!
FOUL STENCH - ETERNAL ROT
(13 track CD) SEVARED RECORDS / BUTCHERED RECORDS
The Crazies are back! My buds in FOUL STENCH have released another new CD. This time
around the guys have gone full on old school Death Metal. Their music takes us back to the
beginning days of when Death Metal was starting to rear it's ugly head in the underground music
scene. They have a really raw aggressive and brutal underground Death Metal sound. The music
adds in some flavoring at times of Thrash, just a little, with an old school Punk vibe. FOUL
STENCH was one of the first bands I really go into when I started my label back in the early 90's.
They were and still are one of the best bands in the scene. With each new release they just keep
improving & creating a better band. Trust me, this is one "FOUL STENCH" you will highly
GRIND MINDED - 9 MM FACIAL
(10 track CD) FILTHY RECORDS
This is an older CD release from this killer band from The Netherlands that came out in 2004. I
just got these in for my distribution label and wanted to review it. These guys play old school
brutal Death Metal music that adds in lots of Grindcore for flavoring. The music is done ultra fast,
tight and aggressive as hell. The drums sound like machine gun rapid fire and just pound the shit
out of the listener. The guitar sound is crunchy and even has a little groove to it as well. The
vocals are thick throaty guttural Death growls. If your a fan of old school greats like
REPULSION, DISINCARNATE, old DEICIDE, old MORBID ANGEL, SUFFOCATION
and NAPALM DEATH, then you must have this CD in your collection!
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
HAARK - BRUTAL WAYS OF THE BIOMECHANIC MUTANT
(18 track CD) VISCERAL CIRCUITRY RECORDS
HAARK hails from Australia and play some very different sounding music. This is another solo
side project from A.D. Machine. The music is done in a very Experimental style and incorporates
elements of Noise, Grind, Industrial & Metal create the sound. The music is very spastic and kind
of all over the place. There vocals are low ended Death or Industrial, but they are usually distorted
sounding. I really dug the kind of creepy and cold space like vibe that runs through out the release.
I'm not usually a big fan of music like this and find it very annoying, but I was really getting into
this a lot. If you were to combine BILE and HANZEL UND GRETYL with a lot more Noise and
Experimental elements then you would come up with HAARK!
HEMOPTYSIS - WHO NEEDS A SHEPARD?
(5 track CD) DESERTCORE
HEMOPTYSIS is the unrelenting curse of the Sonoran Desert Sun, which is a fitting title for
this band. One being that they hail from Phoenix, Arizona and two being that their music is a fast
paced Thrash attack. These guys have a very original style of Thrash Metal that is fresh,
especially in todays resurgence of Thrash Metal. They do go back to the old school Thrash Metal
greats, but don't copy them, they take what they did and drive it forward into a better direction.
The guitar sound is crunchy as hell and has a lot of groove too. The pulse pounding drums help
blast their music in your face. They do add in some flavoring of Black, Death and Traditional
Heavy Metal influences to add more originality. If you would roll together the great
DESTRUCTION, KREATOR, CARCASS, TESTAMENT and OVERKILL, but take
everything they offer to a higher level then you'd end up with HEMOPTYSIS. This is a great
band that has breathed new life into the Thrash Metal scene. I hope to hear much, much more from
this amazing band!
HEMOPTYSIS - SHADOW OF DEATH
(1 track DVD) DESERTCORE
This release is for HEMOPTYSIS's DVD video of their song "Shadow Of Death". This song is
featured on the album in the above review. These guys play original sounding Thrash Metal with
elements of Black, Death & Heavy metal influences mixed through out. This video was shot
extremely professional and has a great look and sound quality. It's the band playing in an
abandoned building that looks like it was bombed out and filled with lots of graffiti all over the
place. The video then jumps to clips of a guy tied up and beaten up in a room with just a single
light hanging from the ceiling. The walls are covered with newspaper pages that have tons of
articles about\ war in the middle east and many of our soldiers that have been involved or killed in
the line of duty. This is a killer video for a killer song. Check this band out! They rule!!!
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS - LONG LIVE THE KINGS
(20 track CD) SUBURBAN NOIZE RECORDS
I am always happy to find a new KOTTONMOUTH KINGS CD in my hands. I love these
crazy ass potheads. The KINGS have been around for over a decade now and have unleashed their
eleventh album "LONG LIVE THE KINGS". These guys play Hardcore Rap music with lots of
flare & originality. They achieve this by adding in many elements from Punk, Reggae, Metal,
Techno and lots more. I am glad to see these guys getting more and more respect and attention as
each new album comes out. I have been a fan since "ROYAL HIGHNESS" came out and eagerly
await each new release. I am not a big Hip Hop fan, but believe everyone should give
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS a listen, cause they will find themselves loving this band. There are
guest appearances from TECH 9, INSANE CLOWN POSSE and BIG B. Another amazing
release from this killer underground band that needs to and deserves to be bigger than they are.
LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!!
OPEN DENILE - DESECRATION IN NUMBERS
(4 track CD) Self Released
From the dark corners of Bronx, New York comes the Death Metal assault of OPEN DENILE.
These guys play crushing old school Death Metal music with some touches of modern Death
Metal. The mix in some heavy brutal Death Metal influences with some melodic textures and
technical Death and Thrash shredding. Each song is very textured and has many different levels of
song styles and influences. The vocal sound is more of a mid ranged Death growl combined with a
higher pitched Black Metal scream and growl. The band features former members of
KRUCIATION, MALSTROM and TIDES WITHIN. This band is a must for old school and
new school Death Metal fans. If this is their first offering, then I am anxiously awaiting the next
release. I feel we will be seeing a lot from OPEN DENILE in the near future.