AETHERIUS OBSCURITAS - BLACK MEDICINE
(10 track CD) PARAGON RECORDS
"BLACK MEDICINE" is the fifth release from this one man Black Metal band. Arkhorrl is the
main brain behind this project, but he has enlisted a live drummer to help out on this album. The
band has a unique atmospheric Black Metal feel. It is dark cold & kind of dirty feeling. He mixes in
elements of old school & new school Black Metal. Arkhorrl salutes the ancestors of the Hungarian
Black Metal scene with the style & sound he has created with his band. There are blasting beats that
go into strong galloping beats & pounding deep Death rhythms. The vocals are sometimes harsh
higher pitched Black Metal screams & growls mixed with lower ended melodic Black Metal ones.
This is a definate must for fans of the older Black Metal bands like BURZUM, RAGNAROK &
CRYPTIC TALES - ANATHEMA
(6 track CD) REDRUM 666
"ANATHEMA" is a re-issue of CRYPTIC TALES first release. This album was originally put out
in 1993 by CARNAGE RECORDS. I've followed these guys for awhile in the underground scene
& they just keep getting better & better all the time. It's very cool to see where these guys started
off at with this re-issue album. They were killer right from the beginning. CRYPTIC TALES hail
from Poland & play old school Death Metal music with many elements of Black Metal mixed in. At
times you can hear some Folk Metal influences coming out as well. The music is very fast paced
through out with melodic & atmospheric passages from time to time. The vocals are low ended
Death growls that have a slight gurggle on them too. If this is a great example of how good these
guys were right from the start of their existance. A great band that deserves much attention from
DIE HARD - NIHILISTIC VISION
(10 track CD) AGONIA RECORDS
DIE HARD formed back in 2005 out of Sweden. The goal was to play in the old school form of
Thrash Metal music. On this, their debut CD release they have accomplished this goal big time.
They have a darker Thrash Metal feel that is in the vein of SODOM, POSSESSED, SLAYER &
VENOM. The music is high velocity Thrash Metal that pierces your brain & makes you just want
to get up & slam. Tons & tons of fast paced Thrash riffing all through out every sone & some killer
Thrash Metal grooves too. The vocals are a scratchy mid ranged Thrash Metal style. These guys
take me back to my high school days of when I was so obssessed with Thrash Metal music. I am
glad to see a huge respect for that style of music that has been seen in a lot of these new Thrash
Metal bands. Check these guys out & remember, Thrash or be Thrashed!
ENTRAILS - REBORN
(11 track CD) NIHILISTIC HOLOCAUST
ENTRAILS is a two man Death Metal project out of France. These guys have been around for a
little while now & have created a good following in the underground scene. The band consists of
Jimmy Lundqvist doing all guitars, bass & programming with Jocke Svensson doing the vocals.
They play an old school style of Death Metal & Thrash Metal mixed together. The music tends to
lean more on the Death Metal side, but the guitars is where the Thrash elements come into play.
There are a lot of fast paced Death grooves with some all out Thrash shredding through out. The
vocals are a mid paced Death drowl style that is sometimes groggy & sluggish. These guys are a
little under rated for how good they really are & should be a lot bigger in the scene than they are!
KING STENCH - VISIONS OF DEATH
(13 track CD) BRUTAL REIGN PRODUCTIONS
KING STENCH of the great band FOUL STENCH has unleashed his debut release with his side
This side project band is a little different from FOUL STENCH. King goes all out & plays some
great old school Death Metal in the veins of late 80's early 90's Death Metal. The music has cool
stop & starts parts, breakdowns & change ups all through out. At times you can hear the Thrash
Metal influences coming to the for front. Kings vocals are done in a mid ranged harsh Death growl
scream style. If this is what he is shoving down our throats the first time out I can't wait to see
what he has for us next. An amazing debut release. I'm a huge FOULS STENCH fan & now a
huge KING STENCH fan as well! Buy this album & blast it!!!
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS - HIDDEN STASH 420
(40 track 2 CD set) SUBURBAN NOIZE RECORDS
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS have been spewing out some great album filled with RIP-HOP music
for well over a decade now. This outing they have released a 2 CD set filled with 40 tracks of
unreleaseded, solo & rare tracks with a bonus DVD. These guys merge Hip-Hop with Metal, Rock
& Punk music to create their sound. I have been a big fan for many years. With each new release
they continue to out do themselves. Their music is high energy grooving & booming all through out.
I'm not a huge fan of Hip-Hop music, but these guys are from your average Hip-Hop band. Thier
music will appeal to many different types of music. I can't even come close to describing how great
this band is. KOTTONMOUTH KINGS are one of the greatest & most successful underground
bands out there today. With one listen you will understand why. Buy this & anything else you can
get your hands on that they have put out! Put this album on & light 'em up!!! Amazing! 'Nuff Said!
MR. DEATH - DETACHED FROM LIFE
(11 track CD) AGONIA RECORDS
MR. DEATH is a newer band that was formed back in 2007 which features members of TIAMAT
& EXPULSION. These guys play in the vein of old school brutal Death Metal. They have a very
aggressive & harsh Death style that was really popular back in the late 80's & early 90's. Their
music is extremely fast paced with high energy all through out. At times you can hear some slight
Thrash Metal influences poking through, but it's mostly in the guitar work. There are some stop &
start parts & changes ups mixed through out. Harsh mid ranged Death growls top off the bands
killer sound. Any fan of the early years of Death Metal music will love these guys. How can you
not expect to with a name like MR. DEATH.
NEFASTO - EXTERMINADOR
(10 track CD) RITES OF VIOLENCE PRODUCTIONS
NEFASTO is a new band I have come to discover in the underground scene. These guys hail from
Chile & play a combined style of Death Metal, Thrash Metal & touches of Grindcore. The music is
very fast paced, aggressive & brutal as hell. The music sometimes will lean more towards one style
than others. Crunchy guitar riffs add the Thrash Metal flavor to their sound. The vocals are mid
harsh ranged Death Thrash growls that are kind of throaty as well. If you were to combine
EXODUS, TESTAMENT, BRUJERIA, ENTOMBED, AGATHOCLES & CARCASS all
together then you'd have a close idea of what these guys sound like! Get this album!
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
NEW BLOOD - PARADISE DISINTEGRATES
(7 track CD) GRINDHEAD RECORDS
NEW BLOOD is an Australian based Death Metal / Grindcore band. This is their second CD
release & their first for GRINDHEAD RECORDS. The band has been around since 2005 & have
been slowly building a name for themselves in the underground scene. The music is spastic &
adrenaline filled Death Grind music. The music is crazy & all over the place, just the way it should
be. They have some very short stop & start parts, but the mayhem kicks back in quickly. There are
some grooved out Grind parts at times too. Thick low end guttural Grind vocals top off the bands
already intense style & sound. Any fan of great Grindcore & the bands already on GRINDHEAD
RECORDS will surely be pleased when they pop this disc in!
ONE STEP BEYOND - LIFE IMITATES ART
(13 track CD) GRINDHEAD RECORDS
ONE STEP BEYOND has been one of my favorite bands to come out of Australia for a long time
now. These guys have a very unique style of Grindcore music that they play. They add in flavors of
Death, Thrash, Rock, Funk, Jazz & Dub music to round out their style. It sounds like a weird
combination & it is, but these guys pull it off. "LIFE IMITATES ART" is actually a re-release of
the bands first album of the same name that originally came out in 2002. The vocals also follow a
weird path, by mixing Grind, Death, Black & Thrash styled vocals together. This is one amazing
band that deserves much, much attention! A must have for every Metal fan! Check out the
interview I did with Matt a few years back in the interviews section!
TEMPLE OF BAAL - LIGHT SLAYING RITUALS
(9 track CD) AGONIA RECORDS
TEMPLE OF BAAL hails from France & play Black Metal better most out there doing it now.
These guys are at the top of their game. After one listen you can hear why they are considered one
of the best in France & the underground scene in general. The music is dark, cold & fast paced
Black Metal all the way. They have more mid ranged sound that lingers between old school & new
school styles. The vocals are mid ranged harsh Black Metal growls & screams. These guys can take
on any other Black Metal band out there now & surely come out on top! A must for any fan of
fierce, intense & blasting Black metal music!!!
THE DEAD - RITUAL EXECUTIONS
(7 track CD) Self Released
very cold, dark & sludgy style of Death Metal music. Their sound has a lot of Doom & Sludge
elements present through out all their songs. The music is definately done in a Death Metal style,
MONSTER MAGNET & AC/DC sound, but for review so far. These guys play a THE only
Death Metal. The vocals are a mid ranged thick throaty Death growl style. If you were to take
bands like ENTOMBED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CARCASS, ENTHRONED & SODOM, then
blend them all together, you would come up with something similar to THE DEAD!