MUSIC REVIEWS
(March 2011)
APOSTATE - TRAPPED IN A SLEEP
(7 track CD) BLACK ART
"TRAPPED IN A SLEEP" is the first release from APOSTATE since the bands resurrection in
2009. The band hails from the Ukraine and play a mixture of Death & Doom Metal. The music is
heavy melodic Doom with some touches or influences of Black Metal present through out. There
are a lot of more brutal straight on Death Metal parts as well. The vocals range from mid ranged
Death growls to slow melodic Doom haunts into more atmospheric Black Metal growls. These guys
have a very solid, tight and professional sound. You can tell there is a lot of talent and experience
pouring out of these musicians. The blend of these styles comes off very smoothly and would
surely grab the interest of fans from any of these genres.  Another must for all Metal heads.
www.APOSTATE.com.ua
DAVID NEIL CLINE BAND - FLYING IN A CLOUD OF CONTROVERSY
(14 track CD) GAZOCHTAHAGEN RECORDS
David Neil Cline has been performing music in some form for over 3 decades now. "FLYING IN A
CLOUD OF CONTROVERSY" is his 5th album release. David plays a mixture of Hard Rock,
Modern Rock & Classic Rock with some strong influences of Blues & Jazz tossed in. On this new
release he has mostly everything including vocals, rhythm, lead & acoustic guitars, bass, Hammond
organ & assorted percussion parts. He also produced and engineered the album as well. His music is
very well written & structured. I am always amazed when I hear someone with this much talent.
This 5th release is by far David's best all around release to date. Amazing talent!
www.DAVIDNEILCLINE.com
IN-FEST - SELF TITLED
(9 track CD) SELF ABUSE RECORDS
This is, I believe, the debut CD release from this spastic band out of Greece. IN-FEST play a blend
of Death Metal, Hardcore, Thrash Metal and Grindcore. This is not a common mix, but these guys
pull it off very well. The music is more of a raw Hardcore & Grindcore style, but the Death &
Thrash elements are present through out. The Thrash elements are dominant in a lot of the guitar
sounds, while the Death Metal comes into play mostly in the vocals. They are a mid to low ranged
raw Death Metal growl style. The band takes me back to a lot of the bands of this style from the
late 80's and early 90's. Check out this spastic crazy band!
www.myspace.com/INFESTgreece
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
IN HEAVEN - DARCHANGEL
(11 track CD) BURNING STAR RECORDS
"DARCHANGEL" was released in 2005 and features the bands previous line up. IN HEAVEN
come to us from Greece and play a combination of Gothic, Death & Black Metal. Gothic Metal is
the dominate genre, but elements of the other two styles are present in each song. The music is
very dark and cold feeling with a strong atmosphere vibe engulfing the music. They help add to the
atmosphere of the bands sound by using both male and female vocals. The female vocals are done
in a melodic angelic Goth style, while the male vocals are a blend of low ended Death & Black
Metal growls with melodic Goth vocals. This is an amazing release, that will get much play in my
collection. I anxiously await the bands next master piece!
www.INHEAVENmusic.com
LEMURIA - CHANSON DE LA CRUISADE
(12 track CD) Self Released
The mighty LEMURIA is back after their much too long silence since 2006. "CHANSON DE LA
CRUISADE" is the bands first release since then with a new modified line up. They have changed
their sound slightly with this new offering. They were a tradition Folk Metal band, but now have
added in more of a symphonic Black Metal sound. The Folk Metal elements are still there, but they
are more in the background. The music is so full & epic sounding, it feels like a huge orchestra
playing Black Metal. The vocals are a harsh mid ranged Black Metal scream with lower Black
Metal growls. This made me feel like I was on a bloody battlefield in the middle ages and
destroying my enemies as brutally as I could. I love this band! My favorite release in a long time.
Everyone get this!
www.LEMURIA.be
LUCIFER'S LEGION - ORCHESTRAL EVOLUTION
(8 track CD) Self Released
LUCIFER'S LEGION is a one man solo project that is the creation of Brad Dillon. Brad has done
all the guitar, keyboard, bass, vocals, programming and all other instruments. Brad has also written
all the lyrics. "ORCHESTRAL EVOLUTION" is his third offering and is a concept album about
Darwinian Evolution. The music is done in an old Black Metal style with very orchestrated and
classical sounding elements. The music has a very cold, but ethereal vibe to it as well. Brad's vocals
are done in a rough, kind of groggy Black Metal growl style. I have Brad's other two releases and
this is by far his best work yet. You can hear how much he has progressed from his last release to
this current one. May not be for all Black Metal fans, but all Black Metal fans should check it out.
www.myspace.com/LUCIFERSLEGION
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
NEMESIS IRAE - BLASPHEMY, DESECRATION, SATANIC SUPREMACY,
MISANTHROPY
(11 track CD) INFERNAL KOMMANDO
NEMESIS IRAE is a Black / Death Metal band from Belgium and have unleashed their newest
slab of blasphemy, "BDS2M". These guys play really harsh, dark and evil Black Metal in an old
school style. The music is hate filled war inspired. It is a war against Christianity & Religion. What
can invoke more hatred than religion? There are spastic, noise infused static guitar sounds, blasting
Black Metal beats and harsh throaty Black Metal screams. This is in no way your polished up main
the beginning days of Black Metal. This is for all fans of old Norwegian & Swedish Black Metal.
www.myspace.com/NEMESISIRAE
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
SLAINE - A WORLD WITH NO SKIES
(18 track CD) SUBURBAN NOIZE
"A WORLD WITH NO SKIES" is the debut solo release from SLAINE. SLAINE is better known
from his part of the Hip-Hop groups
LA COKA NOSTRA & SPECIAL TEAMZ. He has a gritty
old school Hip-Hop vibe which comes from his past of living on the streets of Boston & New
York. The music is not really Gangsta Rap, but definitely has that feel to it. I would say he has a
sound that is a combination of
HOUSE OF PAIN, CYPRESS HILL & ONYX with some
EMINEN mixed within. I'm not a huge Rap fan, but I was digging this cause I like all the band
mentioned above except
EMINEN. Guest appearances from EVERLAST, ILL BILL, B REAL
and more. If you dig Rap in this vein, then you'll love this solo release from SLAINE!
www.myspace.com/SLAINEhiphop
VENUSIAN DEATH CELL - THE EAGLE
(9 track CD) Self Release
"THE EAGLE" is yet another new release from the one man project VENUSIAN DEATH CELL.
The one man project consist of David Vora who does all the music, lyrics & artwork. David follows
in the safe path he has on previous releases. He plays some crazy & weird form of music. It is
mostly acoustic and is just him singing very short songs, in what sounds like his bedroom. This
sounds like a bad rehearsal recording. The music is some what repetitive through out, but is also
some what comical too. The recording was much lower than past releases, which made it hard to
hear most of the stuff recorded.
www.myspace.com/VENUSIANDEATHCELLvortex
ZENITH - EVILUTION
(8 track CD) BURNING STAR RECORDS
"EVILUTION" was originally released in 2007, but was just sent to me for review. The band has
since split up and moved onto create other bands.
ZENITH play a different mix of Metal styles.
They have a blend of Thrash, Metalcore, Death Metal, Grindcore & Modern Metal. The music has
a cool shredding retro Thrash vibe slammed head on into Death Metal through out most of the
release. Some times they slow it down into a more radio friendly Metal style, but other times they
kick it into high gear and hit you with Grindcore. These guys are really cool and remind me of a
combination of
MESHUGGAH, DYING FETUS, PANTERA, MACHINE HEAD,
GODSMACK
& HELL YEAH. This is a weird combination, but all the bands are really cool.
www.myspace.com/ZENITHmetal