MUSIC REVIEWS
(May 2012)
BY ANY MEANS - BUILT ON RESPECT
(12 track CD) SAVOUR YOUR SCENE RECORDS
I was very happy to find this CD in my hands. I am a big Hardcore fan and don't get nearly enough
of it for review. These guys are a younger band that formed back in 2009. They hail from Northern
Ireland, but all members are very active in the Metal & Hardcore scene with other current bands or
previous bands.
BY ANY MEANS plays straight forward Hardcore music. They are not playing
anything new, but they do play great Hardcore that reminds me of a lot of the stuff that came out
during the 90's. They have a killer blend of New York Hardcore with all the nasty aggression and
some grooved out West Coast Hardcore beats. The music is fast anger filled with a lot of old school
If you were to blend everything that is great about
AGNOSTIC FRONT, SICK OF IT ALL &
BLACK FLAG
(which is everything) then you'd get a great idea of what BY ANY MEANS sounds
like. In other words this is a band you must support & follow! Killer Hardcore at it's best!
www.facebook.com/BYANYMEANShc
DEUS OTIOSUS - MURDERER
(8 track CD) AMERICAN LINE PRODUCTIONS
DEUS OTIOSUS  Is a killer Death metal band from Denmark. The band has been shredding it's old
release it is. These guys have a crushing old school Death Metal sound that is reminiscent of a lot of
the great bands coming out of Sweden in the 90's. There is a strong brutal and aggressive fast paced
style, but they do add in some more technical sounding parts through out. Sometimes the guitar
work leans a little bit towards a Thrash Metal sound at times. There is a very tight and full sound
that this younger band has that sounds so professional. These guys can hang with any of the bigger
DEUS Death Metal bands playing the same style of music. In fact, they would blow most of them
away, because they are much better in every way than most of the bands out there now.
DEUS
OTIOSUS
will be a name that every Death Metal fan will know, especially if these guys keep going
this way. I couldn't stop listening to this amazing album. It is one of the best Death Metal releases I
have heard in the last 5 years. I love this CD! Every Death Metal fan must have this in their
collection and these guys need to get all the support they can, because it is well deserved! Buy it &
blast it loud and often!
www.DEUS-OTIOSUS.com
DEUXVOLT - UNION OF OPPOSITES
DEUXVOLT is an Italian Industrial band that was formed in 2010. These guys and girls are in no
way a typical sounding Industrial band though. They base the foundation of the bands sound in
Industrial but build off of that with musical elements of Gothic, Techno, Dance and Metal. The
music is very driven with an up beat Dance vibe, but it has very dark overtones covering it all
through out. The balance between the lower deep male vocals and the higher more angelic and
melodic female vocals just adds to the bands sound. There is a creepiness to the bands sound at
times too. They add in some sound clips from movies and TV shows that goes along with the music.
has mixed it in so well that it hooks you. The dark elements they have really helps as well. I really
dug this and found myself wanting to play the album over and over again. It was like a darker and
more Gothic Industrial version of
EVANESCENCE with a Techno remix sound. Even if your not a
fan of this style of music you must check this out. You'll be surprised at how much this band pulls
you in. I would love to see this band in concert cause I get the feeling they would put on an amazing
live show.
www.DEUXVOLT.com
DIMESLAND - CREEPMOON
(6 track CD) VENDLUS RECORDS
"CREEPMOON" is the debut release from the Oakland, California based Metal band
DIMESLAND. These guys play a weird style of Metal that is abstract and hyperactive all through
out. The music is definitely in the extreme Metal category and takes you in all different directions as
each song plays out. At times the music has a psychedelic and spacey type seventies Metal vibe,
while at others it has a more spastic and chaotic sound found in Mathcore. There is a weird kind of
creepy vibe that blankets the bands sound at times too. There is more of an Experimental Metal feel
to their music too. The band features members of
WILD HUNT and THE RESIDENTS. This is
definitely not your typical Metal band, but it's defiantly a band you'll want to check out and listen
to often
www.DIMESLAND.com
EREVOS - DECENSUS AD INFEROS
(10 track CD) ORKESTRAL PROMENADE PRODUCTIONS
Formed back in 2004 comes one of the better Black Metal bands to ever emerge out of Greece.
These guys have had their share of typical band problems, put out a few demo releases and finally
we see their full length debut release. Their music is dark dreary Black Metal music with some
slight Thrash Metal & Doom Metal type influences. You can hear some of the Thrash Metal
elements present in the guitar work at times. The Doom Metal presents itself in some of the slower
more crawling arrangements. These elements are very slight, cause for the most part it's blasting
Black Metal. These guys merge together some old with the new when it comes to their Black Metal
style. They do have a very tight and almost technical style that comes across in places. Then they
take you to a more aggressive and gritty old Black Metal style. These guys would definitely appeal
to many Black Metal fans as well as pull in some people who are straight forward Death Metal
fans. This is one hell of a debut full length that should draw these guys much attention and will
hopefully mean we will see many more releases from them in the future. Horns raised!
www.EREVOSblack.gr
GACYS THREADS - THE IGNORANCE OF PURITY
(5 track CD) SAVOUR YOUR SCENE RECORDS
GACYS THREADS is a four piece band hailing from Northern Ireland. These guys play a fierce
mixture of Metal & Hardcore. They have a strong sound filled with aggression, intensity and
passion. The music is done in more of a spastic Hardcore melted with rhythmic Metal style. Bands
that come to mind include
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, CONVERGE & NORMA JEAN, but
these guys would shine when put next to these bands. The band is full blast in your face with speed
galore, that eventually exhaust you from just listening, but really makes you want more. The
rhythms are the driving force behind the bands sound. The harsh vocal styling of Aaron Vance
compliments the bands sound perfectly. If your into the Metal Hardcore scene then this is a must
for you. The only down point of the whole thing is that by the time you get through the 5 songs
you feel like you want more, much, much more. I loved this disc and can't wait to find some of their
older release and await a full length release, sometime in the near future!
www.GACYSTHREADS.com
ILENKUS - RULE BY THIEVES
(8 track CD) SAVOUR YOUR SCENE RECORDS
Formed in 2010 in Galway, Ireland comes this five piece Post-Metal band known as ILENKUS.
This debut release. These guys have a really modern Post Metal sound that is very intricate on
many levels. As the album went on the bands that kept coming to mind were
CLUTCH,
GODFLESH, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
& MASTADON. They have a very thick huge
sound that just engulfs you and pulls you in. They have a bit of rawness that is balanced out by
some really technical, tight and non-typical arrangements. There is even some evidence of
Noisecore present in some areas as well. These guys have definitely made a strong statement with
this debut release and made sure that they would be heard. This is a strong album coming right out
of the gate for them, lets hope that the next release is as equally or better than this won, which is
gonna be a feat that will be hard to top. I strongly suggest people to support this amazing band!
www.facebook.com/ILENKUS
MASSIVE ASSAULT - DEATH STRIKE
(10 track CD) F.D.A. REKOTZ
MASSIVE ASSAULT emerged in 2001 out of The Netherlands. These guys play Death Metal
music but it is not straight forward Death Metal. They build their foundation on Death Metal
mixing influences of British, Swedish & 90's Florida Death Metal sounds together. From hear they
have added in some Thrash Metal mixed with Grindcore mostly appearing in the guitar work. They
have also added touches of downbeat Crustcore which is mostly present in the drums as well as the
guitar sound at times. Harsh mid ranged Death growls round out the bands sound thanks to vocalist
Carl-Christian.
MASSIVE ASSAULT is a great Death Metal band that has been spewing out their
brand of chaos for many years now and should be placed on a much higher level than they are now.
A must for all old and new school Death Metal fans, but fans of Crust, Grindcore & Hardcore
should check them out too, because they deserve more attention and I'm sure the majority of these
fans will dig them.
www.myspace.com/MASSIVEASSAULT
ON TOP - TOP HEAVY
(11 track CD) HORROR PAIN GORE DEATH PRODUCTIONS
I was surprised to find this band on HORROR PAIN GORE DEATH because they don't really fit
in with the rest of the bands on their label. These guys are more of a Sleaze Rock / Metal band &
most of the stuff on their label is Death / Grind & Black Metal. The other thing is that these guys
are from near where I used to live in Pennsylvania & this is my first time getting to hear them.
Their music is very hard hitting and is modern day answer to some vintage Rock 'N' Roll. They add
in flavouring of Classic Rock, Traditional Heavy Metal & Hard Rock. The whole thing is done in a
Dirty Rock style with an almost old school Punk Rock attitude. The vocals go right along with the
music and are done in a bit of a harsh Punk / Metal crossover style with some gritty Classic /
Traditional Metal ones mixed through out. This is some really kick ass old school Metal for fans of
OZZY, MOTLEY CRUE, RATT, W.A.S.P., L.A. GUNS, VAN HALEN & DOKKEN.
www.myspace.com/bandONTOP
PHARAOH - BURY THE LIGHT
(10 track CD) CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
PHARAOH is another band that hails from Pennsylvania and really close to where I used to live.
These guys date back to 1997, but it wasn't until 2003 that their first release saw the light of day.
"BURY THE LIGHT" is the bands newest release and has surpassed all the great things they have
done before. They are a Power Metal band that out shines most of the bands that are in their genre.
The music is very intricate and has many levels that sucks the listener in and takes them on a
massive journey. The guitar work takes you back to some of the best Thrash / Speed & Power
Metal bands of the late 80's and early 90's. The way some of the arrangements of the songs are laid
out remind me of the great RUSH, but only if they were a Power Metal band. The driving force
behind the band is definitely the guitar work of Matt Johnson. The strong, clean and empowering
vocal styling of Tim Aymar also helps take these guys to a higher level and stand out amongst the
other bands playing this style. Every Power Metal fan must hear this band and show them much
support!
www.solarflight.net
PICTURE ANN - CINEMA SCREEN SADISM
(2 track CD) Self Released
PICTURE ANN is a one man solo project from J.N. who also plays in SAGNTID. This is music
he has done that does not fit in with the style of music that his other band plays. The music here is
done in an Ambient Black Metal style. The music is very dark and dreary sounding through out
and at times has a gloomy almost funeral Metal like sound. There is a strong balance between the
dark and beautiful in the music. It reminds me of the Vampire version of music. There is something
that draws you in that is attractive and appealing, but is also dark, evil and scary at the same time.
The vocals are done in a lower toned voice and are almost a Gothic spoken word style. This is
some very killer stuff that will appeal to fans of Doom / Black & Gothic Metal fans. I believe that
J.N. has done all the instruments, vocals, lyrics and arrangements himself. Check this cool mini
E.P. out!
www.myspace.com/blaspheme2009
SHROUD OF DESPONDENCY - PINE
(11 track CD) Self Released
"PINE" is the newest offering from this Wisconsin Black Metal outfit. The band has been
unleashing their brand of Black Metal since 1999. After a long break between releases, they put out
two last year, one being a compilation of older material. This year sees the band continuing at what
they do best. They have created a dark, brooding style of Black Metal that mixes old & new
elements from the black Metal genre. There is a real rawness & harshness that takes you back to
the early days of Black metal's birth and it reminds me of a lot of the bands coming out of Europe
at the time. There is a static guitar sound that just keeps pushing the music in your face. This also
reminds me of the early days. The way some of the songs are arranged and structured are more
involved on many levels which reminds me of a  lot of the more modern Black Metal styles. The
vocals also go back and forth between old school harsh screaming growls and more mid ranged
slightly cleaner Black Metal growls. These guys have been around for awhile and have just gotten
better with each new release and "PINE" is by far their best outing to date. Killer American Black
Metal with and old school European Black Metal feel.
www.myspace.com/SHROUDOFDESPONDENCY
STORMCROW - ENSLAVED IN DARKNESS
(5 track CD) SELFMADEGOD
"ENSLAVED IN DARKNESS" is the long out of print re-issue of this Crust / Metal band out of
Oakland California. The band has broken up as of now, but did follow up this original release with
five split releases with the bands
SANCTUM, SKAVEN, MASSGRAVE, LAUDANUM &
COFFINS
. These guys play killer early Death Metal music that incorporates many elements of
Doom & Crust styles. There is a strong resemblance to the early work of the almighty
BOLT
THROWER
. These guys are not ripping them off, but are actually just playing the same style.
The crunchy, gritty guitar sound is where most of the Crust influences shine through. The thick
bass barrels you over and then the drums pummels you. This is where the heavy Death Metal
influences are present. The slow crawl of some of the music mixed with the faster more aggressive
parts bring the Doom elements to the for front. This is a must for fans who have been hungry for
the old school Death Metal sound, but want it done right.
STORMCROW would be like the
younger sibling of
BOLT THROWER. That is a really hard position to fill, but they do it & it's
well deserved!
www.myspace.com/STORMCROWcrust
THE CORRIDORS - AUTUMN LEAVES
(1 track CD) Self Released
THE CORRIDORS is a Rock band from the United Kingdom. They play a Pop style of Rock
music that adds in some Electro & Acoustic elements. "AUTUMN LEAVES" is a single that they
have released and is more of a melodic ballad type Rock song. They have a bit of old sixties style
Pop Rock mixed with a more modern Pop Rock style. I can definitely tell they are a European
band, from just one listen. The vocalist, Adi Mosko has a really strong John Lennon from
THE
BEATLES
vibe to his style. I'm sure he is a big influence on the bands sound. These guys are
much bigger and more known in Europe then they are here in the U.S., but I could see them
getting much radio play on U.S. Pop & Rock stations!
www.THECORRIDORS.co.nr
THE CORRIDORS - THE MOTION OF THE WHEELS / UNPLUGGED
(12 track 2 CD set) Self Released
This release is the newest offering from the band THE CORRIDORS. This 2 CD set is done in a
DVD type format. It comes in a DVD case with full wrap around cover and two CDs included
inside. The first CD is the bands "THE MOTION OF THE WHEELS" which contains 7 tracks.
This release probably is the best representation of what the band has to offer. They play an
Electro style of Rock music. This one kind of has a more spacey or psychedelic vibe with some
New Wave & Alternative type influences. All this is covered with a 60's styled Pop Rock sound
as well. This is definitely a good sound for them cause I could see people who are into everything
from the 60's straight through the 70's, 80's, 90's and todays music really enjoying these guys. The
second CD is a 4 track "UNPLUGGED" release of different versions of their songs. This band as
mentioned above is big in their home country and will surely fit in on Pop / Rock radio in the
United States.
www.THECORRIDORS.co.nr
THE CORRIDORS - PART OF YOU
(1 track CD) Self Released
"PART OF YOU" is the first CD single that THE CORRIDORS released. This is the first
example of what you get that these guys have to offer. The music is done in a melodic, Classic
Rock / Pop Rock style with Electro influences mixed within. After listening to the other, newer
releases they put out you can hear the progression that the band has made over the years. This
song is done in a ballad type style, with some slower melodies and choruses. The vocals are
slightly different on this song, cause I can't hear any John Lennon or
THE BEATLES influences
anywhere. They have more of a 80's New Wave mixed with Contemporary Adult Music
influences. It almost doesn't sound like the same band. This is where they started, but I preferred
the sounds of where they have progressed to on the newer material. This is not like the majority of
the stuff I receive for review, but if this is what you like, then check them out!
www.THECORRIDORS.co.nr
THUNDERKRAFT - TOTENTANZ
(9 track CD) SVARGA MUSIC
The Ukraine has been birthing a lot of great Metal bands of late and THUNDERKRAFT is
defiantly one of them. These guys have been around since the early 2000's and this is the bands
third release to date. The band does set their bands sound around Metal, but they add in much
flavouring and influences to help them stand out from the masses. Their strong usage of keyboards
helps separate their sound a lot as well. The first thing you feel is the heavy Power Metal elements
that come with a huge Epic vibe. As the album progresses on you can hear many elements present
in Black Metal, which is in the very orchestrated song structures. With the combination of the
vocals and keyboards the strongest elements are the Folk Metal parts. The guitars bring in a very
strong Progressive and Speed Metal sound as well. These guys have combined so many different
Metal genres to create an amazingly huge epic sound. I am a big fan of all forms of Metal, so I
have been listening to this release a lot.
THUNDERKRAFT has become one of my favorite new
bands and everyone should check them out! Truly amazing!!!
www.myspace.com/THUNDERKRAFT
TRENDKILL METHOD - AFFECTIVE AROUSAL
(11 track CD) SONIC BLAST MEDIA
Originally known as GUST OF ANGER comes this killer Thrash Metal band out of Latvia,
known as
TRENDKILL METHOD. These guys have a very cool almost throwback Thrash Metal
style. The two bands that kept coming to mind were
TESTAMENT & PANTERA. The music
reminds me of
TESTAMENT from their "SOULS OF BLACK" & "NEW ORDER" days because
of the strong guitar work. It's really crunchy, fast and aggressive. The
PANTERA influences I hear
come from the grooved out guitar and drum work as well as some of the vocals. The more melodic
cleaner vocals remind me of Phil from
PANTERA and the harsher more growling vocals remind
me of Chuck Billy from
TESTAMENT. These guys in no way have ripped these two amazing
bands off in anyway. It's as if this two amazing bands would merge and create a new band,
TRENDKILL METHOD would be the killer result. Obviously fans of the two above mentioned
bands would love these guys and so would fans of
CHILDREN OF BODOM, KREATOR &
FEAR FACTORY
!
www.myspace.com/TRENDKILLMETHOD
TSUBO - PROMO 2012
(5 track CD) Self Released
Emerging on the Italian Metal scene in 2003 comes this spastic band known as TSUBO. The
bands name comes from a Japanese cartoon and means "pressure point". This release is a sampling
of the bands next full length which will feature 18 tracks. The band is well known in the European
Metal underground and have been picking up recognition here in the U.S. They play a combined
style of Death Metal and Grindcore music. The music is fast paced, psychotic and spastic
sounding all through out. The guitar work is crunchy, noisy and a bit raw sounding, just the way it
should be in a Grindcore band. The vocals are a mixture of thick Death Metal growls and higher
pitched Grindcore screams. These guys take me back to many of the great Czech Republic bands
playing the same style in the 90's. This is one for fans of
FUCK THE FACTS, AGATHOCLES,
POPPY SEED GRINDER, ALIENATION MENTAL
& COCK AND BALL TORTURE!
www.TSUBO.it
(10 track CD) MASSACRE RECORDS
This Austrian Death Metal band formed back in 2009 and have finally released their first album "A
DREADFUL DECEASE". This band plays in the style of 90's Death Metal music. The music is
very cool old school brutal Death Metal all the way. The band features veteran musicians in the
scene and members of
PUNGENT STENCH, FLESH CRAWL, BELPHEGOR,
DEBAUCHERY
& more. The music itself is a combination of Swedish Death Metal mixed with
90's Florida Death Metal. There is a very crusty and killer guitar sound running through all the
songs, that heavily reminded me of
ENTOMBED. The lyrical themes revolve around an
apocalyptic world over run by infected Zombies. The vocals are mid ranged Death growls that
kept bringing to mind the great
PUNGENT STENCH. If you grew up on old school 90's Death
Metal then your gonna love this band. A must have for fans of
ENTOMBED, PUNGENT
STENCH, OBITUARY, CARCASS
& DEICIDE!
www.myspace.com/ZOMBIEINC666