MUSIC REVIEWS
(March 2010)
CARNAL GORE - PROMO 2009
(3 track CD) Self Released
CARNAL GORE emerged from the south of Italy back in 2006. This 3 song promo is the bands
second release. The 3 tracks here will be featured on the bands full length album "IMPRISONED
SOUL" that will be out sometime this year. These guys come out full blasting hitting you with
some brutal Death Metal music. This isn't your typical Death Metal though. They blend in lots of
crunchy & technical sounding Thrash Metal elements. There are certain parts that sound like they
are influenced by cold harsh aggressive old school Black Metal as well. The vocals follow along
some of the same path too. Low end thick Death growls combined with some harsh screaming
Black Metal vocals rounds the bands sound out. This is a band I'm hoping to hear a lot from in the
future. Everyone should keep a look out for the full length coming soon.
www.myspace.com/CARNALGORE
COSMIC ATROPHY - CODEX INCUBO
(7 track CD) SUFFERING JESUS PRODUCTIONS / METALBOLIC RECORDS
This Houston Texas band consisting of two members play a different sounding style of old school
Death Metal. Corey Richards handles the guitar, vocals, drums & bass, while Juan Garcia does all
other guitars. This duo has created some original sounding Death Metal music. It has a blend of
brutal old school & progressive new school sounds. At times, some of the arrangements have sort
of Black Metal feel to them. The twist they have added to their music is some really unique other
worldly sounds. Corey's vocals are done in a thick slower lower ended growl that is a mix of Death
& Doom influences. These guys will be able too pull in fans of all different styles of Metal! Check
them out & show them support!
www.myspace.com/ATROPHYhouston
CRYPTIC THRONE - APOCALYPTIC EXTERMINATION
(7 track CD) METALBOLIC RECORDS
CRYPTIC THRONE started back in 2005 out of Florida. There sound is a tight merge of Death
and Black Metal. They take many influences from the old school styles. Their foundation lays in a
clear balance of both styles. The structures of the songs are more based on cold harsh almost war
like Black Metal, while the thick heavy brutal aggression comes from the Death Metal side. Fast
paced riffing & high speed blasting add to the bands already intense sound. Topping everything off
is the vocals that melt together harsh groggy Black Metal screams with lower thick Death Metal
growls. This is a must for fans of the old school genres. Horns raised!
www.myspace.com/CRYPTICTHRONEband
GAMMA RAY - TO THE METAL
(10 track CD) EAR MUSIC
"TO THE METAL" is the 10th studio album from these German Metal gods. GAMMA RAY
have been one of the best Metal bands still keeping the Metal flame burning. This new release
showcases from beginning to end why. Playing Traditional Heavy Metal with lots of elements of
Thrash, Speed & Progressive Metal injected into their sound through out. Their sound is huge &
has a great Epic vibe. I loved all the fast paced Speed Metal riffs mixed with crunchy Thrash riffs.
The bands arrangements of songs is amazing. Kai Hansen's vocals are a very solid strong mixture
of melodic Power Metal & aggressive Thrash Metal. No review could ever do this band justice.
Just buy this album and crank it!. A must for fans of
HELLOWEEN, HAMMERFALL &
DRAGONFORCE
!
www.GAMMARAY.org
HEAVING EARTH - DIABOLIC PROPHECIES (promo)
(3 track CD) Self Released
This CD is only a 3 song promo release of the bands 8 track album "DIABOLIC PROPHECIES".
These tracks are to highlight the bands immense sound and progression since their previous
release. They are also looking for a label to put out the full length. After one listen of this little
promo I would be shock if someone didn't sign these guys. They hail from Czech Republic & play
very technical & brutal Death Metal in the vein of a lot of the 90's bands. They blend Progressive
elements into all the heavy aggressive Death. Lots of change ups & blast are present through out
the songs. Mid ranged throaty Death growls finish off the bands sound perfectly. They have
taking the Florida Death Metal scene & merged it with the Czech Grindcore scene. One hell of a
release. Any Death Metal Label out there would be stupid not to add these guys to thier roster.
www.myspace.com/HEAVINGEARTHcz
HOMELESS YELLOW - GOD VERSUS SATURN
(6 track CD) Self Released
HOMELESS YELLOW hail from Australia playing acoustic Alternative Rock music. The music
has a very strong Seattle Alternative sound to it that takes me back to the early 90's when Grunge
was becoming huge. They have a strong radio friendly vibe that I know would get a lot of play here
in the United States. The vocals are a strong influence of Kurt Cobain of
NIRVANA mixed with
Eddie Vedar of
PEARL JAM. If you remember the NIRVANA unplugged MTV show then you
will have a good idea of what these guys sound like.
HOMELESS YELLOW would have been
huge hits back when GRUNGE ruled the airwaves in the 90's. If your a Grunge fan you must have
this CD.
www.myspace.com/HOMELESSYELLOW
INNER TERROR - BEHOLD THE INNER TERROR
(12 track CD) Self Released
INNER TERROR is based out of Akron Ohio & play a strong combination of Traditional Metal
and Thrash Metal. The band originally started as a re-united form of the band
AXEMASTER, but
had decided on a new name after they tweaked their sound a bit and have matured in song writing
skills. These guys will take you back to the mid to late 80's with their pure Metal sound. They do
add in some more Modern sounds as well, which makes them sound more fresh and not dated at all.
The vocals reminded me of a mix between
SACRED REICH, WRATHCHILD AMERICA,
GWAR
& OZZY.  If your a fan of any of the above mentioned bands then your going to love these
guys. All fans of their prior band
AXEMASTER will dig this as well!
www.myspace.com/theINNERTERROR
SEPTORY - WORLD WAR CHAOS
(9 track CD) WINGS OF DESTRUCTION
SEPTORY is a Russian Death Metal band that emerged from the ashes of BLASPHERION.
These guys just beat the hell out of you from start to finish. This album is actually a re-release of
their same album originally put out by
COYOTE RECORDS in 2008. The music is fast paced
technical Death Metal that's merged with some elements of Thrash & Grindcore. The Thrash is
mostly in some of the guitar arrangements. Grindcore comes blasting out in all the faster more
brutal parts. The vocals mix throaty mid range growls with lower thick ended growls. If you
combined the best parts of
CARCASS, DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL, DESTRUCTION,
IMMOLATION
& DEATH together you'd get a close idea of this amazing band! Now go buy this
album!!!
www.SEPTORY.ru
THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE - THE ART OF MADNESS
(11 track CD) MUSEA RECORDS
THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE is a very unique and original sounding band. By the name of
the band you can probably expect they are not going to be a typical sounding band. The music has
a strong Progressive Rock style, but also adds in some other stuff for flavoring. There is some 70's
type Psychedelic Rock mixed with some Alternative and Modern Rock. At times you can hear
some Contemporary Adult Rock as well. All this is built of the Progressive Rock foundation. The
few vocals that accompany the music have a Folk or Blues like vibe to them. If your into original
different styles of music all blended together then you really should check this band out!
www.theartofmadness.com
TIRAN - PRELUDE TO DEATH
(18 track CD) WINGS OF DESTRUCTION
Another great Russian band playing old school blasphemous Thrash Metal music. These guys have
a very cold spastic and harsh Thrash metal sound that merges with Black Metal at times too. The
music is very raw, fast and aggressive. Some of the arrangements of the songs is what reminds me
of some Black Metal. The vocals are mid ranged harsh Black/Thrash Metal crossover styled. Blend
together
KREATOR, CARCASS, VENOM, NUN SLAUGHTER, CELTIC FROST, SKITZO
& ANNIHILATOR with some Death & Black then you'd get TIRAN. Now go get TIRAN! This
release is a collection of demos, singles, covers and past releases.
www.myspace.com/TIRANrussia