BLOOD POLLUTION - METAL ZOMBIES
(10 track CD) ATOMIC CARNAGE RECORDS
Straight out of Moscow, Russia comes the "Metal Zombies" known as BLOOD POLLUTION.
These guys have a very cool old school Thrash Metal style with influences of new school Metal
mixed in. Their sound has a really catchy rocking, fast paced groove style to it as well. They like to
call their sound Thrash N' Roll. There are lots of killer riffs, hooks and all out shredding through out
the whole album. If these guys came out back in the 80's from the Bay Area Thrash scene they
would have been huge. They are a mix of MOTORHEAD, OVERKILL, ANTHRAX, EXODUS
& TESTAMENT. You can't tell me that, that isn't a killer combination. Get this disc & blast it!
DECIMATION - ANTHEMS OF AN EMPYREAL DOMINION
(10 track CD) COMATOSE MUSIC
DECIMATION hails from Turkey and has unleashed one hell of a second album. These guys play
highly intense and aggressive Death Metal music. They do add in flavors of Grindcore all through
out their songs. The music has a strong technical, but brutal low ended style. There are some slower
more grooved out Death parts, but for the most part the music is fast paced, gritty Death Grind.
The vocals are done in a mid ranged Death growl with lots of low ended guttural Death growls and
gurgles. This is a must for fans of MORTAL DECAY, NILE, VILE, DECREPIT BIRTH &
EYES OF THE DEAD - WHAT NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF
(10 track CD) INSOMNIAC PRODUCTIONS
I met these guys at the HORRORFIND Convention in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where they had
a both and were selling their merchandise. I picked up this CD, which is their debut release and a
few years old. I really dug it, so I wanted to review it for them and give them some exposure. They
hail from Connecticut and play a really killer mix of Death and Thrash Metal all with Horror
themes. The music has a very cool old school Thrash vibe that is covered with new school technical
and brutal Death Metal. The vocals also have a mixture style of both of these genres. This is a must
for fans of CARCASS, DEEDS OF FLESH, SKINLESS & IMMOLATION!
IMMORALIST - PROGRESSIVE DEMISE
(9 track CD) WINGS OF DESTRUCTION
IMMORALIST is a Russian Death Metal band who are extremely good and highly talented. They
play a very tight aggressive technical style of new school Death Metal music. They do toss in some
Thrash Metal type influences which are mostly present in the guitar sound. The music has a lot of
fast paced riffing mixed with some more grooved out riffs. They also mix in some change ups and
breakdowns through out the songs. The vocals are done in mid ranged groggy and throaty Death
growls. These guys are a must for fans who would like a more Death Metal version of the great
KEY DRAGON - MYTHICAL
(14 track CD) Self Released
The unstoppable force known as KEYDRAGON out of California are back with their 8th CD
release to date. These guys and gals play a very unique and original style that has shined through on
each release. They blend many different genres together to create an original style all their own.
They build their sound on a Metal foundation and then add in layers of Rock, Thrash Metal, Death
Metal Doom, Gothic and even some touches of Punk at times. The music has a more old school
vibe in all the genres. The vocals reflect the same styles as the music. I have always liked the mix
of the male and female vocals. The lyrics mostly focus on Dragons and Fantasy themes. This is a
band that needs be heard to fully understand and truly appreciate their music!
KIJU - IGNITE THE REVOLT
(10 track CD) SERPENTINE RECORDS
Damn! These guy blew me away from the moment the music kicked in. KIJU is based out of Italy
and play some extremely hyper spastic music. They are a blend of Hardcore and Thrash Metal
with some Grindcore influences mixed within. The music hits you like a fireball to the face and
continues to burn you until the very end. There are tons of blast, grooves, breakdowns covered in
highly intense aggression. The vocals were done in a more screaming Hardcore style mixed with
melodic and harsh Thrash Metal vocals. I kept wanting to find someone to compare these guys to,
but couldn't think of anyone. I would have to say the closest band would be HATEBREED, but
these guys have their own sound. This is a must release for any fan of extreme Metal and Hardcore!
MISCONDUCTERS - BRAINDEAD
(5 track CD) Self Released
MISCONDUCTERS comes to us from the United Kingdom and play a energetic style of music.
They combine many elements from Metal, Punk and straight up Rock music to create their sound.
The music reminds me of a lot of the stuff from the 70's of these styles. There is a definite strong
Punk Rock vibe in their sound that can be heard all through out. They remind me of a lot of the
Crossover bands of the 80's that played a mixture of Metal & Hardcore, but with a more Punk
Rock style. The vocals are done in more of a Modern Rock and Modern Punk style, not as angry
or pissed of sounding, but still having a little attitude. Check out this very cool band and hit me up
for FREE copies the band gave me to hand out!
PROJECT FAILING FLESH - COUNT BACK FROM TEN
(10 track CD) OTOTRAUMA RECORDINGS
The great PROJECT FAILING FLESH are back with their third offering "COUNT BACK
FROM TEN". This time around the guys have taken what they were known for and mutated it to
the next level. They play highly tight, technical Death Metal music. The music has a very solid
structure that contains many twists and change ups all through out. They have an almost machine
like vibe thats like a cleaner tighter more Death Metal version of MINISTRY. The vocals are done
in a mid ranged harsh Death Metal growling scream style. These guys have been one of my favorite
underground bands and they just keep getting better with each new release. Check out the interview
I did with them for the last album and then buy their CDs! These are a must!
RUBUFASO MUKUFO - REMOLAB
(14 track CD) KHAARANUS PRODUCTIONS
RUBUFASO MUKUFO have returned with another slab of Grindcore to shred our faces off with.
The guys have stuck with what they do best and that's playing hyper intense aggressive as hell
spastic Grindcore. If it ain't broke don't fix it, right? They have a mixture of old styles and new
styles of Grindcore to create their sound. The vocals are done in a mid ranged harsh raw Grindcore
growling style. I dug all the samples they used from movies and TV between songs even though
most I couldn't understand. RUBUFASO MUKUFO is one of the best example of some of the
great bands the Czech Republic has to offer! Get your Grind on!
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES - NO MERCY FOOL!/THE SUICIDAL FAMILY
(14 track CD) SUICIDAL RECORDS
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES from Venice, California are one of my favorite bands of all time.
These guys have been around since 1981 are one of the originators of the Crossover style. They
started out as a Punk band and then added Metal influences to merge into a Crossover band. This
new release is a compilation of re-recorded tracks from their second album "JOIN THE ARMY" as
well as the second full length release from NO MERCY which was guitarist Mike Clark's Speed
Metal band which featured Mike Muir on vocals. This is a cool collection of tracks, but I still
prefer the original versions much better, just because they were the ones I grew up listening to and
bring back lots of killer memories. Join the Army, the S.T. Army!!!
TEARS - MEMORIES OF THINGS UNNECESSARY
(6 track CD) G RECORDS
TEARS has been around for ten years now and originally started in Athens Greece and is now
located in Los Angeles, California. The band play a wide range of different styles of music. There
are many elements of Metal, Hard Rock, Gothic, Progressive and Experimental genres all present
through out. The songs are well constructed and blend these different genres very smoothly. Some
times one style will dominate over the others, but I would say that the Progressive Rock elements
are the ones that would be the foundation of the bands music. The vocals is where the Hard Rock
and Gothic influences come into play. TEARS is a highly impressive band that needs to be heard
to get the full experience of how talented these guys truly are!
THE 96 BRIGADE - REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES
(10 track CD) LABEL 56
LABEL 56 has unleashed the newest offering from THE 96 BRIGADE in the form of
"REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES" These guys play street wise Punk Rock that is politically
charged. The music takes me back to the 80's with great bands like BLACK FLAG, MINOR
THREAT & AGNOSTIC FRONT all playing this similar style. These guys tackle a lot of the
political topics of today in their lyrics. The vocals and music are raw aggressive and straight
forward Punk Rock all the way. I loved growing up and listening to this style of music and I'm glad
there are killer bands like this still around!
THY HASTUR - THE ANCIENTS
(9 track CD) VITTIV RECORDS
THY HASTUR is a Black Metal band that comes from the dark corners of Poland. These guys
play a mixture of old school and new school styles of Black Metal music. They mix in cold raw
elements with some symphonic and atmospheric parts all through out. The music at times has that
real gritty and dirty War and Battle type Black Metal style. Some times the music will go from the
all out fast growls and screams round out the bands sound with the occasional low ended Death
growl mixed in. There are a lot of killer Black Metal bands in the scene today and I would
definitely put these guys towards the top of that list!
TIRAN - DEMO 2010
(4 track CD) WINGS OF DESTRUCTION PRODUCTIONS
The Russian maniacs known as TIRAN are back with another release. These guys always put out
old school styled releases. Their music is in the vein of old school Death Metal & Speed Metal
mixed. The music is very raw sounding which takes me back to the early 90's when I first got into
the whole underground scene and a lot of bands were playing this style. Crunchy guitars, grooved
out bass and drum beats covered in a gritty DIY style of Metal is what makes this band great. If
your an old school underground Metal fan then you must check these guys out! This is some killer
Death / Thrash that will fit in great in any Metal collection!