MUSIC REVIEWS
(May 2010)
AEON APHELION - SELF TITLED
(5 track CD) Self Released
This is the first release all self financed from this killer Doom Metal band hailing from Greece.
These guys base their foundation on strong Doom Metal influences, but have injected other forms
of Metal into their sound. There are elements of Black Metal in the cold harsh overtones of their
sound. At times you can hear Progressive Death Metal influences in the guitar sounds & structures.
The vocals are mostly slow sludgy thick Doom with some more harsh throaty and aggressive Death
Metal ones mixed in. This is a very impressive first offering from this amazing band. This 5 song
E.P. release should gain them much attention. I would be highly surprised if someone didn't sign
these guys to their label soon. Highly recommended if your a Doom Metal fan!
www.myspace.com/AEONAPHELION
AUDIO ZOMBIE - VOLUME 1
(24 track CD) LOLLIPOP RECORDINGS
I was given this CD from the guys of AUDIO ZOMBIE when I was at THE HAUNTERS
CONVENTION
in Pennsylvania. These guys create amazingly cool theme music and sound effects
suited for any occasion where creepy sound are needed. The music they create is all written and
composed by them and is all original music. They also do very creative folly work to achieve
unique sounds. There are no samples or synths used in any of their music. Some of the themes
range from Evil Circus, Egyptian, Medieval, Gothic, Hauntings and much more. This is some of the
best sound work I've ever heard. The cool part is they will let you use their music for your own
project at no cost. Just let them know and give them the credit and promotion they deserve.
www.AUDIOZOMBIESOUND.com
CUNTSCRAPE - PAPSMEAR CAMPAIGN
(23 track CD) PRIME CUTS MUSIC
I love this band! "PAPSMEAR CAMPAIGN" is the third release from these sickos from Australia.
The band builds on a Grindcore based sound and mixes in lots of other influences. They take
elements from Death, Thrash, Rock and Humor to create one of the most unique sounds out there
playing Grindcore. Most of their lyrical content is centered around Sex, Porn and Death. You know,
all the great things in life. Some of the songs will lean towards one of the above styles more than
other, but the Grindcore aspect is there all through out. The vocals mostly fall in a spastic
Grindcore & mid ranged Death growl style. I kept thinking if
MR. BUNGLE were a Grindcore
band then this is probably what they would sound like. Another killer release from the Cunt Kings!
www.myspace.com/grindecologyst
INFECTED - CRAWLSPACE
(11 track CD) PRIME CUTS MUSIC
INFECTED was one the best bands of the 90's Death Metal scene in Australia. The band put out a
few releases & then later disbanded. After a few reunion shows they got great responses & decided
to re-release their debut album for a new generation of Death Metal fans. This marks the 15 year
anniversary of the original release. It is pure straight forward brutal Death Metal in the vein of the
Florida Death Metal scene of the late 80's and early 90's. They have a very tight, technical style to
their music that really is far superior to most of the bands they have been compared to. The album
has been remastered with all new sleeve artwork & a remix track. If you weren't
INFECTED in the
90's then you need to this time around. Death Metal at it's finest!
www.myspace.com/INFECTEDaustralia
INNER MISSING - THE AGE OF SILENCE
(8 track CD) Self Released
"THE AGE OF SILENCE" is the second release from this Russian Metal band. These guys formed
in 2008 originally under the name
ODIUM. These guys play some very well crafted Metal music.
The music has many influences from different styles of Metal genres, but they are all done in a very
Progressive Technical style. You can hear some influences from Doom Metal, Death Metal, Black
Metal, Speed Metal and Power Metal all rolled into one. These guys are in the process of looking
for a label to put out this release. After one listen, there should be people fighting to sign these
guys. These guys are some of the best skilled musicians I have ever heard come out of Russia.
Everyone should pick this release up and support this truly talented band!
www.myspace.com/INNERMISSINGdoom
OLD CORPSE ROAD - THE ECHOES OF TALES ONCE TOLD
(3 track CD) Self Released
OLD CORPSE ROAD hails from the North East of England and play classic British Black Metal.
There is a blend of Avant-garde and Folk music inter mixed through out their songs. At times the
music blends in spastic blasts and cold vibes while other times they have a really atmospheric dark
Gothic overtone. The music is very well written and constructed. The vocals are a combination of
fast higher pitched growls and screams with some almost spoken word styles. These guys deliver
the goods which has a little bit of everything that makes Black Metal music great. Any Black Metal
fan would be proud to have this bands releases in their collection! A must for fans of older
EMPEROR, CRADLE OF FILTH, BURZUM and DIMMU BORGIR.
www.OLDCORPSEROAD.co.uk
OLD CORPSE ROAD / THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL - SPLIT
(10 track CD) GODREAH RECORDS
This is a split release between two bands out of England. The first three tracks are from OLD
CORPSE ROAD
and make up "THE BONES OF THIS LAND ARE NOT SPEECHLESS". These
guys continue doing what they do best and that's playing some of the best written and played Black
Metal to ever emerge from the U.K. Atmospheric dark cold passages mixed with fast blasts, spastic
guitars and harsh vocals. The other seven tracks come form
THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL.
These guys play a different style of English Black Metal that incorporates many elements of Punk
into their sound. Their music is a little raw, harsh and aggressive. This is where I would see the
Punk influences coming into play. They do have some more atmospheric parts as well. A killer split
release.
www.OLDCORPSEROAD.co.uk
PSYCHOSIS - SELF TITLED
(3 track CD) Self Released
PSYCHOSIS emerged back in 1992 out of the Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, but sadly disbanded
in 1993 after one release. After 17 years three of the four members regrouped & started the band
back up. They have recruited two new members making the band a five piece for the first time ever.
This three song CD is to show everyone they are back and better than before. They continue where
they left off playing great Thrash Metal that the bay area is known for producing.
PSYCHOSIS is
a perfect representation of what the Bay Area has to offer and what an excellent Thrash Metal
should sound like. A must for fans of
EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, DEATH ANGEL,
TESTAMENT
& SLAYER!
www.PSYCHOSISthrash.com
RAZORHOOF - SELF TITLED
(6 track CD) 1912 RECORDS
RAZORHOOF is not your typical Metal band, but I can see a ton of different Metal heads loving
these guys. I know I did! They have such a cool driving beat that just crunches in your ears. The
music seems mostly based on a Sludge or Doom sound but the music is really rockin' all through
out. There are some Hardcore / Metal crossover influences as well. If you were to mutate the
following
NEUROSIS together you'd get a slight idea of how cool this band is. All I can say is you
must buy this album as soon as possible and play it as often as possible! I would love to catch this
band live, cause I'm sure the show would be awesome and one of the best shows I've ever seen!
www.myspace.com/RAZORHOOFband
SAGNTID - THE SLIPSTREAM WORLD OF SAGNTID
(7 track CD) Self Released
SAGNTID was formed back in 2002, but was laid to rest in 2003. It was resurrected in 21008. This
is the first release since then which came out in 2009.
SAGNTID is a one man band out of Denmark
that consists of J.N., who composed, wrote, arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered everything. The
music done in an Experimental Ambient style with lots of atmosphere and sound scape passages.
The music sometimes sounds like it could be used for some old time Gothic type horror movies or
even some modern day Vampire movies, but not that stupid
TWILIGHT crap. Check it out!
www.myspace.com/SAGNTID
SAGNTID - WHERE THE BLACK DOGS CEASE TO BARK
(2 track CD) Self Released
SAGNTID is back with another release. This is only a two track release, but the first track is over
eighteen minutes long. On this release J.N. has continued with the style he does best. He creates
Experimental Ambient music with lots of sound scopes mixed in all through out. This one seems a
bit darker and colder than the previous release. It almost made me feel like I was listening to an
episode of
X-FILES with any dialogue and just the music. It was a bit creepy and spacey at times
too. This is some pretty interesting stuff, that everyone should check out!
www.myspace.com/SAGNTID
THE ZOMBIE'S PLAYGROUND -SELF TITLED
(40 track CD) LOLLIPOP RECORDINGS
This was another disc I got from the guys of LOLLIPOP RECORDINGS & AUDIO ZOMBIE
when I was at the
HAUNTERS CONVENTION. This is a disc filled with tons of different musical
sounds that all are in the realm of Zombies. The music is all background music that's creepy, dark,
cold and horrific. It is intended for people to use for Haunted Houses, Haunted Hayrides, websites
and any other Horror themed projects. The music is composed by Jason Ruch and John Croce.
These guys are musicians and folly artists. Everything they do is all original created pieces with no
samples or synths used anywhere. This is a very cool CD, which I may feature some of these tracks
in my Horror Movie Reviews. Check out their website for more information.
www.AUDIOZOMBIESOUND.com
WUTHERING HEIGHTS - SALT
(10 track CD) SENSORY RECORDS
Finally after three years of silence the Danish Metal band WUTHERING HEIGHTS has unleashed
their newest and fifth album, "SALT". These guys are one of the best bands out there today playing
this style of music. They are a Power / Progressive Metal band that delivers much more. They infuse
many elements of Speed, Thrash, Folk and Celtic music into their sound. The vocals remind me of
Dee Snider if he was in a Folk Metal band. If you would take the best parts of
DRAGONFORCE,
ELUVITIE, RHAPSODY, ENSIRFERUM, BLIND GUARDIAN
& DIO and added in Celtic &
Folk music, then you'd get
WUTHERING HEIGHTS. There are a lot of twists and turns in their
music that takes you on a musical voyage like nothing you've heard before and that you would want
to take over and over again. Check out the interview I did with them for their last release!
www.WUTHERING-HEIGHTS.dk