MUSIC REVIEWS
(November 2008)
APOCALYPTIC VISIONS - LEAVE NONE LIVING
(18 track CD) Self Released
their music right in your face & never back down. Their form of Death Metal incorporates
aspect of This is the second offering from this Atlanta Georgia based Death Metal band. These
guys shove other forms of Metal music. There is a strong dark vibe that blankets their music that
pulls from the Black Metal styles. A lot of the guitar work is influenced from Thrash Metal era
early 90's when it growl that is a combination of
DEATH & DEICIDE with some occasional
Thrash & Black Metal vocals mixed in. If you liked their last release you'll love this one! It
crushes!
www.myspace.com/APOCALYPTICVISIONS
BETTER LEFT UNSAID - THE FIGHT WITHIN
(11 track CD) STILLBORN RECORDS
"THE FIGHT WITHIN" is the debut full length release from this California based band. These
guys deliver some very different sounding Metalcore than is out there right now. They
definitely fit in the genre, but add some more variety than most. There is a strong struggling
between Death Metal & Hardcore all through out. At times there are some slower more melodic
parts with clean vocals to accompany. The majority of the vocals are done in a Death/Hardcore
growl/scream crossover style. There are thick & catchy grooves that flow from fast paced
spastic & aggressive parts. Add in some breakdowns & tempo changes too. This is the future of
Metalcore right here!
www.myspace.com/BLUmusic
BLACK SUN - REBIRTH
(4 track CD) Self Released
Hailing from Athens Greece comes this 2 piece melodic Metal band. The band consists of
Minas (guitars) & Anthony (drums) with guest musicians doing vocals, guitars, keys & piano.
The band Goth in the sound as well, probably because of the keys & piano. They do add in
some Traditional Metal elements in the guitar work & song arrangements too. The vocals are
very Melodic, clean & have a bit of a Goth vibe to them that reminds me of a lot of the New
Wave bands out of England from the 80's. If your into Classic, Heavy or Traditional Metal give
these guys a listen!
www.BLACKSUN.gr
BLOODBATH - THE FATHOMLESS MASTERY
(11 track CD) PEACEVILLE RECORDS
The Death Metal super group from Sweden is back with a new studio album. This band
features always set new standards for the Death Metal genre. Once again they have produced
one amazingly crushing & brutal Death Metal release. It's filled with pure anger & aggression
all through out. They take us back to the glory days of Death Metal & ram it down our throats.
This is by far one of the best Death Metal releases ever! Old school Death Metal fans will be
wetting themselves with joy after hearing this masterpiece! Just by the damn album already!
www.peaceville.com/BLOODBATH
CESSATION OF LIFE - PATH OF TOTALITY
(12 track CD) Self Released
CESSATION OF LIFE is a five piece out of California, playing a form of Speed Metal that
they like to call "High Velocity". The music is very, very cool & takes me back to when Metal
was about Metal. They have that great mid 80's - early 90's Thrash metal sound that is starting
to make a comeback. These guys have been doing it for over 10 years now, so they aren't
jumping on the band wagon. The music has lots of great shredding, speed & groove all through
out. The vocals are done in a mid ranged rough Thrash Metal style. This is a must for any fan
of greats like
FORBIDDEN, VIO-LENCE, OVERKILL & DESTRUCTION!
www.myspace.com/CESSATIONOFLIFE
DEATHCYCLE - PRELUDE TO TYRANNY
(11 track CD) LIFELINE RECORDS
These guys are exactly what I love about Hardcore, gritty, aggressive, pissed off & right in your
face. Their sound is reminiscent of old school Hardcore bands from the 80's that were coming
out of the "PRELUDE TO TYRANNY" is the 2nd release from this New York City based
Hardcore band. East coast scenes. Their music adds in flares of Punk Rock & Metal all through
out. Their music is politically based on living in a post 9/11 world. There is a fast paced
adrenaline filled anger shooting out of this band. This is the style of Punk/Hardcore I grew up
on & I'm glad to see bands still doing it & doing it well. What would you expect from a band
that features members of
KILL YOUR IDOLS, SHEER TERROR, MADBALL, NONE
MORE BLACK & NEGLECT
!
GAMMARAY - HELL YEAH! THE AWESOME FOURSOME
(22 track 2 CD set) SPV USA
This 2 CD set (also a 2 DVD set) captures GAMMARAY at their best, in a live performance.
This recording was done on the bands first North American tour from their night in Montreal
Canada. The performance consists of 18 tracks through out the bands impressive history &
over 120 minutes long.
GAMMARAY play some of the best Power/Thrash Metal ever. They
add in lots of Progressive Metal elements as well. The release also includes 4 bonus tracks on
the 2nd CD. If you haven't been lucky enough to catch these guys live, this is next best thing to
experience one of the most talented & amazing bands playing this style!
www.GAMMARAY.org
GUILLOTINE - BLOOD MONEY
(12 track CD) PULVERISED RECORDS
GUILLOTINE is a band playing Thrash Metal that reminiscent of the great times of the mid
80's - early 90's era of Thrash. I grew up on this style of music & have always favored it over
others. These guys are extremely tight, fast & shred all through out. The music has a great
Thrash Metal groove that runs through out most of their songs. The lyrics are mostly of
political topics, which was one of my favorite bands back then. If you dig bands like
FORBIDDEN, FAITH OR FEAR, WRATHCHILD AMERICA, EXODUS, OVERKILL &
DESTRUCTION
you'll want to jump in a circle pit & mosh it up! Thrash on! This rips!
HELLVETO - NEOHERESY
(6 track CD) PULVERISED RECORDS
HELLVETO is a band I have followed for a while now in the underground scene. These guys
have better in all aspects. The song structures, sound & writing is all better than anything they
have released in the past. They play a slow dark style of Death Metal music. There are many
elements of Black Metal present through out, along with some somber sounding Doom Metal.
The music has slower grittier & cold feel through out. The vocals follow the same formula as
the music. This is by far the most advanced & impressive album the band has release to date!
There is a bonus multimedia video included as well!
JAMESON - DOWN FOR THE COUNT
(10 track CD) Self Released
This Southern California 5 piece play some crushing groove Metal music. The music is a
combination of a lot of heavier forms of Metal. There is a strong Metalcore sound present with
injections of Thrash, Power, Progressive & Death Metal music all round in one. The Thrashing
groove is the main staple that defines the bands sound through out most of the album. The
vocals are done mostly in a mid ranged throaty Metalcore scream & growl style. There are some
cleaner vocals in areas at times. This is an amazing band & I can't believe they haven't been
signed yet. A must for fans of
LAMB OF GOD, MACHINE HEAD, PANTERA & THE
FACELESS
.
www.JAMESONtheband.com
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS - THE GREEN ALBUM
(20 track CD) SUBURBAN NOIZE RECORDS
I was very happy to find this album in my hands. I have been a huge fan of KOTTONMOUTH
KINGS
for a while now. I'm not big into Rap, but these guys have such a cool an original sound
that they call "Rip-Hop". This is the bands 10th album to date & really showcases every aspect
of the
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS 12 years in existence. Even if your not a fan of this style of
music you must check these guys out, cause you will soon find yourself jamming out to this
amazing band!
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS rule!
www.KOTTONMOUTHKINGS.com
DARK FUNERAL - ATTERA ORBIS TERRARUM PART 2
(2 DVD set) REGAIN RECORDS
The Black Metal legends have returned with this second DVD that features the bands live
performances from their worldwide tour for "ATTERE TOTUS SANCTUS".  As the last
DVD focused on the bands European tour dates, this one features on the bands South American
tour dates. These guys are truly outstanding live & put on a very entertaining & impressive live
show! Disc 1 has a live show from Buenos Aires filmed professionally with 5 cameras, as well
as unreleased amateur footage from 1997-2007. Disc 2 is live in Sao Paulo filmed
professionally with 6 cameras, plus unreleased amateur footage from 2003-2006. A must have
for fans!
www.DARKFUNERAL.se
MORTIFEROUS SCORN - THE PERFECT IMPURITY
(10 track CD) Self Released
MORTIFEROUS SCORN is a one man Metal project from Iowa.  The project was formed in
2006 by Alexander Oden. Oden played in several other Metal bands over 10 years before
starting his own project. The music is all written, performed & produced by Oden. He plays
Death Metal in an old school way that has touches of Black Metal flowing through it. The music
has an almost viking or war like vibe to it. The one band that kept coming to mind a lot was
AMON AMARTH, especially talented musician that deserves lots of support!
www.myspace.com/MORTSCORN
PRO-PAIN - NO END IN SIGHT
(11 track CD) REGAIN RECORDS
Sixteen years & still going strong, comes one of the best & most underrated bands to ever
emerge from New York City.
PRO-PAIN has not lost any of the anger, integrity or talent since
their first album "FOUL TASTE OF FREEDOM". They have this thick, pissed off groove that
is in everyone of their songs & is the reason these guys have always been one of my favorite
bands. There is a bit more variety here, as they have taken heaviness in a different direction.
PRO-PAIN is one of those bands that for some reason should be way bigger than they are, but
their not. If you never heard this great band before, than start with this album & then go back to
the beginning!
www.PRO-PAIN.com
SAW V - MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
(15 track CD) ARTISTS ADDICTION
This is the soundtrack that contains music from & inspired by the SAW V movie. This is a great
soundtrack with great bands to go along with a killer film. (See November 2008 Horror Movie
Reviews section). The bands all have a creepy dark vibe to them that fits in with the films
concept. Some of the bands include
TESTAMENT, MINISTRY, FILTER, PRONG, DIE
KRUPPS, CLUTCH, SKINNY PUPPY, THE REVOLTING COCKS
& more. If you dig this
films, then you'll dig this very cool soundtrack, even if your not into the bands featured!
www.SAW5.com
SLANK - ANTHEM FOR THE BROKEN HEARTED
(10 track CD) GOLD LABEL
SLANK is a Hard Rock band that add in lots of elements from other genres to make up their
sound. They have a mostly upbeat sound on their songs, except for a few slower & more melodic
ones. Sometimes the songs are faster & done in a Pop Punk Rock style, while others have a
Traditional Metal sound. Some of the tracks have a Classic Rock 70's sound happening. The
vocals have a tendency to follow the same path as the music. It almost felt like it was a couple of
different bands playing on album instead of the same bands. I preferred the faster more Punk like
songs over the others. They are a good band, just not really my style!
www.SLANK.com
STIFF DONUT -LIKE CAKE ONA PLATE
(8 track CD) Self Released
STIFF DONUT is a one man project by the sick, twisted & insane Mike Hymson. Mike is a
totally do it yourself guy, who writes, performs & produces all of the stuff his three bands put
out. The other two bands being
ESTROGENOCIDE & TOTALLY FUCKING GAY. Mike is
hated by most, but he has done something original, he created Indie-Comedy-Thrash music. The
music does have a bit of Industrial feel at times too. He plays music to make you laugh & Rock
all at the same time. Songs include "Gene Simmons Is Right About Everything", "I'm A Sexy
Goth Girl", Pre Teen Priest Penis Party" & "It's Great To Be A Gynocologist". Now you know
what to expect. Or Do you?
STIFF DONUT - ONCE YOU GO CHOCOLATE YOU NEVER GO BACK
(8 track CD) Self Released
This is the 3rd release from the sick minded psycho name Mike Hymson's STIFF DONUT.
Mike continues his quest to annoy, piss off & make everyone laugh that he can. You may fit in
one of these already. He continues to play his brand of music called Indie-Comedy-Thrash. This
album seems a little bit heavier & faster than previous releases. The music still has the same pace
& rhythm though. Songs this time include: "A Woolly Mammoths Asshole", Circumcision
Sandwich", "Be Extra Gentle When You Go Muff Diving". You know you want to check this out
now, don't you. Search it out if you dare!
STREETCULT STREET SAMPLER - VOLUME 9
(11 track CD) STREETCULT
This is the 9th installment in the STREETCULT SAMPLER series. The sampler features 11
bands with 1 song each. Some of the bands have been featured on previous volumes, like
DEAD
BY WEDNESDAY, SCUM OF THE EARTH, MEGAHERZ
& ALEV. This being that these
are put out by Chris Poland of ECLIPSE RECORDS & those are bands from his label. The other
bands are
FALLBACK, SEASONS AFTER, PULSE 8, CETHKYN, DISINTEGRATED,
OPTIC
& (UN)SAID. The bands play styles from Death, Metalcore, Hardcore, Punk, Thrash &
more. This is a very cool sampler to let you hear some great bands from the underground scene!
www.STREETCULT.com
WRATH PASSION - CAREFUL SAINT
(7 track CD) INFEST RECORDS
WRATH PASSION hail from Norway & play a very raw & cold sounding style of Black metal
music. They have a strong old school Black Metal vibe through out their music. There is a lower
tuned & noizy, static style with fast paced drum beats & blasts. The music has a dark satanic
warlike feel that blankets the entire album. The vocals are a groggy low end Black/Death growl
style. The evil hordes of old school Black Metal will come out of the darkness to get this album!
www.myspace.com/WRATHPASSION