MUSIC REVIEWS
(September 2010)
4TH FLOOR - NEWTON'S CRADLE
(14 track CD) PLUGGED IN PRODUCTIONS
"NEWTON'S CRADLE" is the bands second album. These guys are quickly going to be on the rise
and very well known if they keep going this direction. These guys play a mixture style of Modern
Rock, Modern Metal and Southern Rock. Their music is very fast paced at times with catchy hooks
and riffs blended with some cool grooves and melodic parts. At times they even have a bit of a
Thrash Metal vibe. The vocals follow the music's path of styles with some rough throaty Metal
screams along with more Modern & Southern Rock clean melodic vocals. Blend together parts of  
GODSMACK, DISTURBED, POPA ROACH & BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to get an idea of
what these guys sound like! A decent mix if you ask me!
www.myspace.com/4THFLOORrocks
BRICK BY BRICK - SEVERED TIES
(10 track CD) MWA RECORDS
Hailing out of Troy, New York is the great BRICK BY BRICK. These guys have always put out
great release after great release. "SEVERED TIES" is by far the bands best album to date. They
have changed their sound slightly. They used to be more of a straight forward Hardcore band, but
now lean a little more towards Death Metal. The music is heavy as Hell all through out. They still
have that heavy hitting Hardcore grooved out sound, but it is drowning in Death Metal influences.
Most of this is present in the vocal style. The vocals are done mid ranged Death growl style, but at
times there are some Hardcore type screams mixed in. The best way for me to describe them would
be if
BIOHAZARD was a Death Metal band! I love this band a lot. Check out the interview I did
with them a few years back! This is a must for any fan of intense, powerful, great New York bands!
www.myspace.com/BRICKBYBRICK
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
HELL'S THRASH HORSEMEN - GOING SANE
(12 track CD) H.T.H. PRODUCTIONS
HELL'S THRASH HORSEMEN is a killer Thrash Metal band from Russia. These guys have
such a cool old school Thrash Metal sound that takes me back to high school when I was heavily
into Thrash Metal. They have a fast paced adrenaline Thrash sound with killer riffs, grooves, hooks
& change ups. The vocals are mid ranged throaty Thrash vocals. I was glad this band contacted me
a while back, because they are one of my favorite underground bands now. If you were to mix
together
EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, TESTAMENT, KREATOR, DESTRUCTION & D.R.I.
together you'd come close to what
HELL'S THRASH HORSEMEN has to offer. A great blend of
Bay Area Thrash, German Thrash & Crossover music! An absolute must for any die hard Thrash
Metal fan!
www.HTH-band.com
(Available through BEOWOLF PRODUCTIONS)
MERIS - ABANDON ALL
(10 track CD) Self Released
MERIS is a Hard Rock Metal band out of the San Francisco, California area. These guys have a
very cool Modern Metal vibe that coats their entire sound. They blend together some Modern
groove with some heavy riffs reminiscent of a Thrash Metal style. The music has a lot of drive and
adrenaline, but at the same time they mix in some slower paced more melodic grooved out parts to
give some variety and flavor. In some of the slower parts you can almost feel some Sludge or
Doom type rhythms. The vocals are done in a mid ranged melodic Modern Rock style with some
slightly faster more Hard Rock style. I could definitely see these guys getting played on the radio a
lot on a Rock station. This album shows how much the band has advanced since their last release!
www.MERISband.com
ODD ZERO - ANOTHER ODD ZERO TO DREAD
(10 track CD) ODD ZERO RECORDS
ODD ZERO is from New York City and play Hard Rock cover in heavy influences of Metal &
Punk. These guys are very cool because they have an old school vibe in all the genres they play.
They pull elements of old 70's and 80's Punk Rock, especially from bands out of the New York
area. I can hear some
THE RAMONES influences in many areas. They also pull in old school
Metal from the 80's and early 90's bands as well. There is a up beat, but rough and gritty groove in a
lot of their sound. The guitars is where a lot of the Metal influences come into play. The vocals
have a blend of all three styles, sometimes mixed together and sometimes separately.  These guys
are a very cool band that reminds me of a blend of
THE RAMONES, THE STOOGES, SOCIAL
DISTORTION, MINOR THREAT, TESTAMENT, MADBALL, WRATHCHILD AMERICA
& S.O.D.
www.myspace.com/ODDZEROny
REB CAPPER - THE HALF ELF EP
(4 track CD) BACK WATER RECORDS
This is the debut release from REB CAPPER. She is a song writer and musician. She has written
an performed all the songs on this release herself. Her music has a very ethereal and fantasy like
vibe all through out. You can tell she is definitely connected to the earth and everything it offers
within in her song arrangements and lyrics. The over all style is a Folk Acoustic Pop sound. Reb's
vocals are very angelic and captivating. She pulls you in on every journey she takes with each new
song. This isn't usually what I get for review but it was a nice change. She reminded me of a lot of
the stuff JEWEL did when she first started out, but with more mystical and fantasy like influences.
www.REBCAPPERmusic.com
SAGNTID - REHEARSALS 2008-2009
(3 track CD) Self Released
These three tracks are rehearsal pieces that were written, composed, arranged, recorded, mixed and
some what mastered by J.N. through out 2008 and 2009. On this new "old" release he has continued
with the music he does so well. He plays some very Ambient and Experimental type music. The
music is really dark and melodic sounding at times. It's almost like a slow dark and melodic journey
through some creepy backwoods in isolated mountains some where. I really dig the music he creates
a lot and people should really give him a listen and see how his music moves you!
www.myspace.com/SAGNTID
VENUSIAN DEATH CELL - FINES
(9 track CD) Self Released
VENUSIAN DEATH CELL is a one man project out of Ireland consisting of David Vora. David
has released a lot of releases over the years and "FINES" is the newest one. He continues to play in
the same vein as previous releases. The music is very raw and more like a rehearsal demo, like most
of the stuff I'd get back in the early 90's. The music is just guitars and him singing. The music
sounds like a mix between old Punk & Metal Crossover with some slight Folk music influences. His
vocals are done in a loud screaming Punk slightly Death Metal style. This wouldn't really be for
everyone, but some people will dig it. I think if he added some other musicians and more
instruments, more people would dig what he is doing!
VICTORY METAL - SAMPLER
(8 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
This is a cool sampler CD from VICTORY RECORDS sub label VICTORY METAL. The
sampler features eight different bands from their label. These bands are some of the best bands in the
scene today and very well represent the current state of Metal music today. The bands featured
include
WITHIN RUINS, WRETCHED, THE AUTUMN OFFERING, CORPUS CHRISTI,
PATHOLOGY, SISTER SIN, BENEATH THE SKY
& ALL OUT WAR. VICTORY
RECORDS
used to be the place to get all the great Hardcore bands you could want, with one listen
to this sampler, you will know where to go to get all the great Metal you want too. Hit them up and
ask for one of their sampler, then purchase as many of their releases as you can!
www.VICTORYMETAL.com
VORNOFF - 2002 RECORDINGS
(3 track CD) Self Released
VORNOFF is another one of many bands that J.N. is a part of. (See SAGNTID above). This
release consists of three tracks recorded back in 2002. Two of the tracks are composed and recorded
by J.N. and Ull & one is composed and record by J.N. himself. The music here is very similar to
SAGNTID in that it's Experimental Ambient, but with more Gothic influences mixed all through
out. The music once again reminds me of walking through some creepy woods, being lost and trying
to find your way out and falling smack in the middle of an episode of
THE X-FILES. Some really
cool, dark and creepy music. Everyone check this stuff out!
www.myspace.com/VORNOFF
WRETCHED - BEYOND THE GATE
(8 track CD) VICTORY RECORDS
WRETCHED hails from North Carolina and have been shredding for a few years now. These guys
have unleashed another amazingly killer release with "BEYOND THE GATES". They play Modern
Thrash Metal that is soaking in many Death Metal influences. There are tons of fast paced lightening
speed riffs, machine gun like blasting drum beats and harsh spastic Death Thrash vocals to top
everything off. These guys have really out done themselves on this new offering. If you want to see
the future of Modern Thrash and Death Metal, look no further, cause it has arrived in the form of
WRETCHED! These guys are what every extreme Metal fan is looking for! Highly recommended
& a must for every extreme Metal fan! Buy this and crank it! 'Nuff said!
www.WRETCHEDTHRASH.com