|1997 - A BETTER VIEW OF THE RISING MOON
(12 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
Emerging out of Chicago comes this 5 piece band playing a blend of Pop Rock music. The music
has a very upbeat & good vibing sound all through out. There are some heavier dirty sounding
Punk Rock sounds too, especially in the guitar parts. They also have a bit of a melodic feel in
some of their songs too. They blend together male & female vocals all through out, both done in a
mid ranged Pop, Punk Rock style. Not my favorite style of music & a bit surprised they are on
VICTORY RECORDS, but give them a chance, you might enjoy it!!!
|ALL OUT WAR - ASSASSINS IN THE HOUSE OF GOD
(11 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
I was very happy to find this disc in my pile of reviews. I have always liked these guys. They
come at you hard & pounding & then they disappear for awhile. We'll now they are back with a
new disc & their best to date. They blend together heavy Thrash induced Hardcore influences
most. There is much energy & aggression all through out. The vocals are done in a crossover
Metal This is a must! So get it now!!!
|AWAS - HOPE
(11 track CD) OPEN GRAVE RECORDS
have some really strong song structures with speed induce riffs, heavy drums beats & some
crushing vocals. The music has some flavoring of old school influenced Death Metal mixed with
some touches of new school Death bands. They have a creepy almost eerie sound to their music
too. It's a little haunting, but not in a Black Metal way. The vocals are done in a mid ranged Death
growl style. They remind me a lot of old DEATH & DISINCARNATE a bit! Well worth
checking out, because you will play this one over & over again!!!
|BLOOD OF THE BLACK OWL - SELF TITLED
(7 track CD) BINDRUNE RECORDINGS
This band features Chet W. Scott of RUHR HUNTER & THE ELEMENTAL CHRYSALIS.
The music here is done in a blackened Doom Metal style. There are some really low dark
Experimental, Folk & Pagan music as well. There are some vocals, but they are spread out far &
wide. They are done in a mid ranged Doom groggy Death Metal crossover style. Fans of his other
projects will love this disc as well! Give it a listen & get sucked in to his dark world!!!
|CATHOLICON - TREATISE ON THE ABYSS
(13 track CD) NEGATIVITY RECORDS
Wow! This is some extremely heavy music & highly intense sound too. These guys play some
sound that is blanketed with tons of Black metal influences. The music is quite involved with lots
of twists & change ups. The music pulls you in & just whips you all over the place. The vocals
are done in a mix of low guttural Death growls with some mid ranged Black Metal growls &
screams. These guys will be carving their way to the top of the Black/Death Metal scene very
|CAUGHT IN A TRAP - RATS GET FAT
(14 track CD) NO JOKE RECORDS
This is what I really like to hear, some straight forward balls out New York Hardcore music!
CAUGHT IN A TRAP are resurrecting the New York Hardcore scene with their debut Cd release.
They play some very cool old school aggressive, spastic & high adrenaline fueled Hardcore. They
have a solid strong tight sound that takes me back to favorites like AGNOSTIC FRONT, SICK
OF IT ALL & SHEER TERROR. The vocals are done in a fast screaming mid ranged Hardcore
style. If you love New York Hardcore bands then you must add these guys to your list!!!
|EPIDEMIC - EARTH PENITENTIARY
(4 track CD) Self Released
EPIDEMIC is an Israeli Metal band, but they melt together many of Metals sub genres. There are
the Thrash & Speed comes in to play in the guitars while most of the Death, Doom comes from
the drums & vocals. There are even sometimes hints of Grindcore & Black Metal as well. The
vocals are done in a mid ranged Death Metal growling style! This is definitely a band for any
Metal fan as there is something everyone can find to enjoy about these guys!
|FEAST ETERNAL - PRISONS OF FLESH
(10 track CD) OPEN GRAVE RECORDS
folded until 2006. This is a remastered release of the bands original album with 2 bonus tracks, to
hold people over until their new release. These guys play some well rounded & heavy Death
Metal These guys originally formed back in 1992 & originally released this album in 2000. The
style with some higher pitched Death screams at times. Keep your ears open for these guys,
because they will be making sure you know them!!!
|HOT BUTTERED ANAL - PLEASE KILL ME
(15 track CD) Self Released
I was quit anxious to hear these guys! With a name like HOT BUTTERED ANAL, who wouldn't
be? These guys play some very cool sounding Punk influenced Metal music. The music has an old
school Metal sound from the late 70's & 80's along with some 70's inspired Punk music. I liked
the mixture a lot. The music takes you on a wild ride. The vocals are also done in a crossover
MOTORHEAD, MINOR THREAT, S.O.D., D.R.I., DEAD KENNEDYS & THE RAMONES
all together you'd get some what of an idea of what these guys sound like! Come get your butters
worth!!! You'll love it!!!
|INTENDED VICTIM - INEVITABLE
(9 track CD) Self Released
Damn! These guys are amazingly good. I can't believe someone hasn't signed them yet! These
guys blend together many elements of Metal music. They take influences from Death Metal,
Thrash Metal & Progressive Metal & mix them all up into one great sound. The music has a high
adrenaline rush to it with some more grooved & thunderous Death sounds. They even add some
more melodic & intricate sounding Progressive Metal sounds in the mix too. The vocals are done
in a mix of Thrash & Death Metal styles. This is a must for any fan of this style! These guys will
be getting very big, very quickly within the Metal scene!!!
|KEKAL - THE HABIT OF FIRE
(11 track CD) OPEN GRAVE RECORDS
This is the bands 6th album after almost 12 years of existence. The band has changed their sound
a little bit, going from an extreme Metal style into a more Experimental Metal style. The music
other musical sub genres. There is a strong sound scape feel & vibe happening in their music. The
vocals are done in a mid ranged aggressive almost Death Metal style along with some more
melodic & passive sounding clean Metal vocals. This is a band that definitely needs to be heard to
fully appreciate this unique masterpiece!!!
|MUERTE VILLA - LA CONQUISTA
(6 track CD) NEGATIVITY RECORDS
I'm not sure where these guys are from, but all the written type & the vocals are all done in
Spanish. The music his very thick & heavy sounding Death Metal music. There is a strong old
school Death Metal style mixed with some grooved hard hitting drum & bass beats. They have a
bit of a raw sound as well. I'm really liking the old school vibe a lot. The vocals are done in a mid
you will surely want to get this CD in your collection!!!
|PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE - TRAVERSING THE AWESOME NIGHT
(10 track CD) OPEN GRAVE RECORDS
I have a few of this bands past releases & this is by far their most impressive one thus far. The
music played here is Black Metal, but it's done in a colder & more raw form. These guys from
England deliver the goods with, cold passages, icy guitars, pounding drums & some hellish vocals.
The music has a lot of dark atmospheric parts, mixed with some straight forward cold Black
Metal aggression. The vocals are done in a mid ranged harsh throaty Black Metal growl style. If
you were to pick up one album from these guys you must start with this one!!!
|ROADSIDE BURIAL / CORPSICKLE - SPLIT
(18 track CD) GRINDHEAD RECORDS
This is a split CD release from to sick ass bands. The first 8 tracks come from the Australian
band ROADSIDE BURIAL. This bastards plays some mean as hell & raw old school Grindcore.
They take all elements of old school Grind & smash them into one massive ball of fury. Raw,
aggressive, intense & thick as shit Grindcore!!!The last 10 tracks come from CORPSICKLE.
These guys play more of a Death Grind style of music. The music has many elements of old
school Grind with some flavoring of new school Death Metal. The vocals are done in a mid
ranged hallowed sounding Death growl style. These are two sick insane bands that will Grind
|THE CHARIOT - THE FIANCÉ
(10 track CD) SOLID STATE RECORDS
I was quite excited to get this disc in my review pile. I am really getting into these guys a lot
some breakdowns & stop & start parts. They have some very intense parts mixed with some
more straight out speed riffage. The guitar work sometimes reminded me of CLUTCH, which is
great in my eyes! The vocals are done in a spastic Hardcore/Death scream/growl style. If you like
|TIM MAHONEY - STAY / LEAVE
(13 track CD) MICHAEL J MEDIA
I was kind of surprised to find this in my review pile. Tim Mahoney plays some very clean Pop
Rock music. The music sounds like stuff you'd find on the majority of Pop radio stations or even
MTV. The music is done in a clean polished Pop Rock style with lots of melody & ballad styles
mixed in. This doesn't fit in with 99% of the stuff I get, but I still reviewed it, because it was sent
in. This is his first studio album in six years! The music is not my style, but if you like this stuff,
then you might want to check him out as he was the former front man for the band BLUE
|VERISMO - CITY OF KINGS
(10 track CD) Self Released
This is the debut release from these Brooklyn, Ny Thrashers. They have a revamped old school
Thrash Metal style of music that is for the modern day Metal head. The music has some really
cool guitar shredding mixed with grooved drum beats & thick bass lines. There are some touches
of other Metal styles all through out, but the foundation is Thrash metal. The vocals are done in a
mid ranged scratchy Thrash metal vocal style. Check out these guys if you want to hear some real
balls to the wall Thrash metal with no gimmicks!
|VORKUTA - INTO THE CHASMS OF LUNACY
(6 track CD) PARAGON RECORDS
This band from Hungary spews forth some very cold dark & brooding Black Metal music. The
music is done in an old school original style of Black metal music. There are some very harsh cold
& haunting Black Metal parts all through out their sound. The vocals are done in a mid ranged
Harsh Black Metal growl scream combination. They even have some war like elements present in
their sound at times too. This is a must for fans of BURZUM, DARKTHRONE & BATHORY!