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DEMENTED  SPOTLIGHT FEATURED BAND

Inacave
Self Titled, Debut
11 Track Album
To be released 28th April 2015

Out soon!

Inacave – Cøpenhagen, Denmark

Links:

Genre: Metal with bite!

Biography:
Recently formed in January 2012 ‘Inacave’ hail from the Scandinavian Viking territories of Denmark and so naturally you expect the best and that is exactly what you get!

Weight of the Boulder 
Scales the depths with rigorous riffs that boldly house a volatile leaning and unveils a fast and profound run of enthusiastic rhythms that brood under a deep malevolent vocal edge that is constantly enthralling.

Mountain Throne
This sneaky track engages first and foremost with a powerful riff that sonically embeds itself into the brain with a rather caustic effect and boasts a real onslaught that is literally capable of murder!

Master
Kick beats a plenty here that reign down over the proceedings in more than just a sweet skirmish but locks horns in a bid to intimidate. Its character is muscle bound and deadly!

Enlightenment Part I
Is a rather eerie ambient run of sinister madness weaving slowly and holding a deviant prowess?  It is blues orientated however; its dark magic is quite simply irresistible.

Enlightenment Part 2
The rhythmic wonders are balanced by the ripe vocal chords of iron lunged Daniel Lønberg who it seems, has befriended Satan and exacts revenge on the un-weary! It leaves nothing but unbridled bloodshed in its wake and is far removed from the previous track.  

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“It is one beast of an album that compels with rich lures and gives the ears a good old battering – quite an achievement in just three years!”
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Anoxia
Is a rampaging twist of deep scarring beauty as it mesmerises with fathomless bass hooks and a gruff damming vocal luring. The drumming is bludgeoning and joined by a torrent of riffs that antagonise to the point of sheer aggression.

When
In comes the familiar squeal of guitar riffs that batter the senses in an all-out brawl of malignancy. The bellowing growls are hearty and steadfast as well as extremely impressive.

Frame the Memory
This track heads straight for the jugular and gets right under the skin and will for any metal head that likes their metal raucous and out of control will soothe even the most savage breast! The ravenous chunks of ferocity rears its head make no mistake!

Live in Regret
Is another fast track that digs its own path with a magnetic passion that rhythmically soars to great heights? It evolves into a primal lust that breeds contempt while at the same time creates a sonic landscape.

Dirt
Bridges the gap with a torrent of blasting beats that bite into the psyche like a hungry and rabid dog! Like with most of the tracks before it, explores a vivacious and yet psychopathic nature.

Waters
Doggedly determined to ravish and infect the emotions on a gigantic scale, this track extracts a riveting malice that is infused with humongous guttural savagery.

Summary:
It is hardly surprising that ‘Inacave’ have produced a predatory and delicious selection of tracks that hold no bounds and exceeds expectations. They are from Viking stock after all and therefore typical of producing a wild orgy of pleasure for the audial!

These guys don’t just compose metal they forge a cast iron fist over proceedings and never stop exploring the harsher side of their talent.

It is one beast of an album that compels with rich lures and gives the ears a good old battering – quite an achievement in just three years.

The journey ‘Inacave’ are on is a rich and rewarding one but one that is going to produce more savagery as the band grows in strength if that is possible as they are the high end of their game at the moment!

This is a highly satisfying album with lots to savour and embrace although it runs with typical scathing slabs of rhythmic metal it also showcases a mellower side and therefore has potential to create further diversity down the line!

9/10

Track List:
Weight of the Boulder
Mountain Throne 
Master
Enlightenment Part I
Enlightenment Part 2
Anoxia 
When 
Frame the Memory 
Live in Regret 
Dirt 
Waters 

Members:
Daniel Lønberg - Vocals
Mikkel Elbo - Bass
Christian von Egegaard - Guitar
Daniel Knapp - Guitar
Sebastian Stendal - Drums


Dead Asylum
General Carnage
8 Track Album
Released 5th July 2013

Dead Asylum – Vancouver, British Columbia

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/deadasylum

Listen Here:
https://soundcloud.com/dead-asylum/sets/dead-asylum-general-carnage

Genre: Melo-Death/Thrash Metal

Photo courtesy of Greg Nicholls

Biography:
Dead Asylum formed in Vancouver, BC at the end of 2011, featuring vocalist/guitarist Mike Lister, vocalist/guitarist Tyler Forde, Bassist Tyler (Shit) Meierhofer and drummer Samantha Landa.  Dead Asylum’s style spans the spectrum of metal-combining elements of thrash and death with melodic and grooving overtones and echo elements of band influences such as Kreator, Amon Amarth and Exodus.

From the first metal gorged riff this album intrigues and demands attention!

It is surprising to learn that the band employ a female drummer whose abilities cast no doubt that she knows her stuff and makes everything look so damn easy! And therefore a real asset and credit to Dead Asylum.

I do not have the first track of the bands prestigious album so we will start with the second track “Ashes of the Saviours”what an amazing track this is. The vocals are low epic growls that have their own force field! The rhythms bounce uncontrollably in a vibrant seethe of creativity. 

“Hate Revolution” plumbs for a magnetic twang of deep resonance with tribalistic beats and finger cutting riffs that do the track plenty of justice. The musical journey is laced with an intrepid coaxing of sonic bass hooks and gravelled undertones that work superbly well together. 

Beat hungry Hate Revolution


“Payable in Blood” opens with a ravenous riff blending into a melodic teasing that contrasts with deep hungry guttural secretions that simply attack on listening. Lister’s vocal range can in fact reaches the murky depths as well as skims the skyline. “Choke” holds a prime evil feel that surrounds the senses in a bid to exact revenge on its listening victims and in scathing fashion simply annihilates them. “Machines” is a track that offers some lyrical squalls and intense vehement growls that are backed up in epic proportions by a bludgeoning drum beat, enhanced further by large gaping riffs that leave scorch marks imprinted on your mind. “Everything Dead” flows like an active volcano spewing out its molten rock and smothering all it touches. Aggressive and ravenous it finds its way into the aural cavities and simply mocks them.  “Flames of Brutality”possesses an epic start with riffs that paint a glorious backdrop of remarkable and powerful delivery.

Summary:
“Whatever I say about this album would never do it real justice. Raw emotion just explodes through-out each track and engages on all levels possible! Again the vocal scathing is savage and delivers a blow that is an extremely necessary experience to savour!”

Like a lot of bands who play host to having a female musician in their midst Dead Asylum play their trump card without being flash or over-zealous, and being brutal and savage comes as second nature to them all.

I should well imagine that when Dead Asylum gets on stage I think it is very safe to say that there would be a fair lot of ‘general carnage’ in the shape of flailing bodies and heaps of hair!

The band comes across musically as impressive, dynamic and extremely aggressive, add in intrusive and absorbing making it a pretty awesome listen despite the tracks sounding similar, their style of music is already distinct and with that in mind it is a recipe everyone will want in abundance. Just a shame about the cover not being as dramatic as the tracks contained inside it! Otherwise – perfect!!

9½/10

Track List:
Committed
Ashes of the Saviours
Hate Revolution
Payable in Blood
Choke
Machines
Everything Dead
Flames of Brutality

Members:
Mike Lister - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Tyler Forde - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Tyler (Shit) Meierhofer - Bass
Samantha Landa - Drums

 

Evil Scarecrow
Galactic Hunt
12 Track Album
To be released 13th October 2015

Spiral into Oblivion with Evil Scarecrow

Evil Scarecrow – Nottingham

Links:


Galactic Hunt was produced and mixed by Russ Russell at Parlour Studios, Kettering, UK. Mastered by Dexter Russell in the garden.

Discography:
'Sixty Six Minutes past Six' Album
'Helldog' EP'
Crowcifiction' Album
Videos -Robototron,
Blacken the Everything

Genre: Heavy Metal

Excelsior Mali Formidi
However you want to tag this band they certainly hold epic and symphonic encounters that on some occasions such as this track that steers it away from the traditional heavy metal style, but it has the ability to intrigue and makes you want to explore the bands other realms.

Three new members practicing to join Evil Scarecrow

Rise
This track visits its roots and forges ahead with an energetic prowl of blackened symphonic metal that strides into the limelight with a hypnotic melodic core and brazen guitars that creates plenty of noise!

Space Dementia
This track takes a journey into the unknown with its space theme.  The torrential keyboard notes flow freely and give it an ‘airy’ feel, while the guitars drag the composition into a ‘black hole’ allowing the listener to explore further.

Galacticus
This track is rather melodic, even tempered and amenable, despite the symphonic avenues that create a creepy feel to the proceedings. It is a predatory track that adds a three dimensional layer into its fold.

Crabulon
The underlying heavy tones are urgent and fierce with the chanting of ‘Crabulon’ added to its endeavours. Sung in a harsh growling vocal it impressively keeps on giving with equal amounts of relentlessness which when sung live has audiences scuttling around sideways in crab-like mode or so I am led to believe!

FranKingstein’s Mirror
The evil sounds converge on the aural while a magnitude of rhythms and notes blend into one powerfully urgent and delirious track. It doesn’t move away from its comfort zone but what it does offer is a certain unbridled passion that lures you its muscular stride.

Book of Doom
With a manic approach and a crazed vocal, of course you can still feel the ‘tongue in cheek’ eccentricity of the band through its commotion and confrontation, but there is a serious edge that is darker and moves within a great force field.

Dance of the Cyclops
This one definitely hosts a rather schizophrenic attitude as the rhythms pound into devilish turmoil that is instantly appealing. Its hypnotic effects twist and turn into an absolute ‘funny farm’ while still being plausible to be under a heavy metal tag.

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“Evil Scarecrow have well and truly planted the seeds that have given them the room to grow and the chance to blossom!”
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End Level Boss
Highly flirtatious and wild it begins, the fragments of metal soar above some bristling symphonic keys that tread the boards amid some perplexing sounds – it is a great tirade of madness no matter which way you look at it.

Flight of the Dragons
This one has eerie tones steeped in creepiness made prominent from sharp strings and harmonic chants. The heavy gruff tones once again show a darker side and with rapturous drumming the composition turns into a maelstrom of tumultuousness.

When Moses goes wrong
The hair literally stands up on your arms when listening to this and there is also an uneasy feeling that creates sharp stabs down the backbone. The music draws you into its contaminated venture and pulsates with a chilling rampancy.

Enter the Nightmare
The sultry strings flow seamlessly along with high powered beats that lie behind some crazed gravelled vocals. It gains momentum in an instant and unravels into a feverish reward of sheer and unadulterated luxury.

Summary:
Behind the ‘tongue in cheek’ moments, and the fact Evil Sarecrow could be deemed a joke band, there are in fact five serious musicians who have endeavoured to compose highly inspiring tracks and have accomplished their goal on this delicious 12 track album.

It holds its seductive side really well and is equally passionate delivering a blistered edge and darker moments entwined within its unusual muscular structure.

Evil Scarecrow have well and truly planted the seeds that have given them the room to grow and the chance to blossom.

There is plenty on the album for you to acquire that self-indulgent moment where you can just close your eyes and visit another dimension without leaving the comfort of your armchair.

There are obvious black metal traits to be heard throughout the passages and subsequently throughout the whole album, but nobody is complaining because of the infectious appetite the album possesses and of course it has its silly moments that allows for the listener to enjoy a light reprieve before tensing up to the aggressive side the band has.

So all in all, and everything considered Evil Scarecrow(surprisingly British) tick all the boxes for me, holding gnarly low toned vocals and rich, melodic keyboards, throw in a bit of ‘happy fun’ and of course some energetic metal and that’s me well and truly satisfied. After all what’s metal without a sense of humour?

9/10

Track List:
Excelsior Mali Formidi
Rise
Space Dementia
Galacticus
Crabulon
FranKingstein’s Mirror
Book of Doom
Dance of the Cyclops
End Level Boss
Flight of the Dragons
When Moses goes wrong
Enter the Nightmare

Members:
Dr Rabid Hell - Vocals
Brother Dimitri Pain - Guitars
Kraven Morrdeth - Guitars
Princess Luxury - Keyboards
Ringmaster Monty Blitzfist - Drums

Hamerex
The Last Ride
Promo Mix
(Taken from the forthcoming E.P)
IX Music
Released 19th February 2015

Stunning!

Hamerex – Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Links:

Listen and buy here:

Genre: Heavy Metal

Biography
“Hamerex, a heavy metal band formed in 2004, have released their second album IX. While their first album, 'Rites of Passage', was well received by many reviewers and fans alike, 'IX' has so far surpassed itself, being dubbed by fans as a "Masterpiece" and a "Work of Art" while receiving many stunning reviews and being called "one of the most outstanding albums of 2013"

Reign of Fire
I think the guys can be proud of this track as it picks up steam and rises to the challenge of being just one that can be classed as ‘well worthy!’

Since losing Chris Moules on vocals Steve has stood up to the plate and combined his energetic guitar work along with becoming the voice behind Hamerex.

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“What I love most about Hamerex is the way they display poignant strings with bone crushing moments so it isn’t just one thing you get but a combination of everything!”
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What makes this track so moreish is that feverish constant chug that immediately kicks up a storm and reels you in.  The heart of the track is melodic and fiery and unleashes a predatory assault on the ears.

It twists and thrusts compel and excite as they build to an all-out thunderous climax! The guitar work is deftly carved and offers slower moments along with faster more voracious offerings.

The obvious determination and passion exuded through-out this track is quite simply ‘perfection!’ While the heavy beats are immaculate and sharp and combined with a strong vocal and corrosive rhythm it is indeed very moreish!

Hamerex are now in their eleventh year and are growing stronger by the minute and this track proves the fact! The relentless hypnotic emotions are rife with creativity.

What I love most about Hamerex is the way they display poignant strings with bone crushing moments so it isn’t just one thing you get but a combination of everything!

It is an impacting track that is well worth a listen or six! And this track has been played a lot more than six times as it is catchy and compelling and forges the way ahead for the next offering from Hamerex.

This track alone will leave you feeling satisfied! I have pre-ordered my copy of the new EP of which this track is featured and believe me I can’t wait to receive it!

9½/10

Track List: For the new E.P to be released 15th March 2015
Calm before the Storm / Natures Wrath
Ride on Ruin
· Reign of Fire
Apophis

Members:
Steve Blower - Guitars & Vocals
Andy Firth - Guitars
Simon Brooks - Bass
Darren Kelsall - Drums

 

Black Diamond
Stranglehold
Debut Single
Capital Artists
Released 20th March 2015

Out now!

Black Diamond – Liverpool

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/bdmusicuk

Watch here:

Genre: Rock

Black Diamond just seemed to appear out of nowhere and caused such a large ripple that very quickly turned into a gigantic wave!

I first experienced the band live at Parr Studios 13.8.14 and again at the 02 on the 24.9.14. Seeing Black Diamond for the first time was just NOT enough so I was chuffed to go and see them play live again just over a month later.

On the first time seeing the band I was amazed at their ages just 15 to 17 but the professionalism shown by these four energetic rockers was truly amazing.

Diamond Geezers! 
Paddy Cummins, Adam Fairclough, Daniel Byrne and Seb Gibney


Since being sent a link by Daniel the bands voice and frets I haven’t stopped playing it!

“Stranglehold” released just yesterday is just so catchy, hard-hitting and really ‘in your face’ When the band played live they played a few covers but as I pointed out to them at the time – their music is much more important and should be explored.

This track showcases the band superbly well and proves they have come a long way in such a short space of time.

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“Their music a thick slab of mouth-watering rock with impacting bite and every bit as seductive! It invigorates and invites you into a raging frenzy!”
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The music is much more powerful and Daniel’s velvet vocals have taken a rough and ready turn – for the better!

As with a lot of bands their line-up has changed slightly seeing the departure of Jamie Alsamarraie – Drums, and Tom McGrath – Bass, but the music keeps coming in abundance and with fresher creativity.

Predatory rhythms smack with a hungry excitement and captivate through-out the track – just one play is never enough as with Black Diamond the addiction grows!

The growling riffs and huge hooks play out with equal addiction.  The strength and drive from Black Diamond is an emotional and super-charged swagger of mesmerising rock that gets under your skin and explodes!

Their music a thick slab of mouth-watering rock with impacting bite and every bit as seductive! It invigorates and invites you into a raging frenzy.

Black Diamond are explosive – so check out the video and go and see the band live any chance you get as these guys will never disappoint!

Catch them on tour 
http://www.blackdiamondband.co.uk/tour and feed on theBlack Diamond groove if you dare!

10/10

Members:
Daniel Byrne - Vocals / Lead Guitar
Paddy Cummins - Lead Guitar
Adam Fairclough - Drums
Seb Gibney - Bass Guitar

Withdrawn/Demented
Split CD
Things Change Others Remain
6 Track CD
Great Dane Records
Released 3rd November 2014

Withdrawn – Bordeaux France

Links:

Listen here:

Genre: Extreme Metal

Biography:
“Christophe Helwin and his brother Thyr started WITHDRAWNin 2004. After two demos and some touring across the land, the album "Skulls of the weak" is recorded at Echoes Studio and Dome Studio, mixed and mastered by David Potvin. Released in 2009 on Another Sphere Records, the album got a lot of great reviews. The band played live with guitar session members until Michel Hoareau and Jérôme Guellerin (ex-Bliss of Flesh) joined officially the brothers. The band release the new full length album "The Strongest Will" recorded at Echoes Studio, mixed and mastered at Drudenhaus Studio. Still more straight and violent, the new songs will hit your face really soon on stage!”

Slaves Grinding Machine
This track gives off really urgent vibes and holds a frenzied approach. This is where the drummer loses the plot and is driven by an overpowering urge to create rivets of sheer potency with each beat!

Plague Stricken Years
Batten down the hatches!! Rich in rhythmical madness this track delves deep into barbed twists of hostility. The malevolent vibes give off an eerie atmosphere and the spiked toxic growls leave the listener mesmerised.

Relentless Fear Hammer
Crushing and surging with sultry endeavour this track ignites into a feverish storm of malignance. Its strong and appealing riffs will melt your face off!

Summary:
Three powerfully engaging tracks taunt, tease and flourish with excitement. The throaty gargled blasts of vocal seethe with rage and fueled with anger come pouring out of the speakers with challenging turbulence.

All three tracks vary in raging madness with ‘Relentless Fear Hammer’ being the most prominent, sculpting its way along a stormy terrain.

Definitely three gruesome tracks that captivate and fully engage, showcasing the bands wildest musical adventures.

9/10

Track List:
Slaves Grinding Machine (WITHDRAWN)
Plague Stricken Years (WITHDRAWN)
Relentless Fear Hammer (WITHDRAWN)

Members:
C. Helwin - Vocals/Bass
J. Helwin - Drums
M. Hoareau – Guitars

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Demented – Bordeaux France

Links:

Listen here:
https://greatdanerecords.bandcamp.com/album/things-chance-others-remain-split-cd

Genre: Blackened Death Metal

Biography:
“Formed in 2008, DEMENTED are a French Extreme Metal band essentially death metal that hasn't stopped to sharpen their style over the years with the aim of always making more personal music, darker powerful and more vindictive.

DEMENTED has done many gigs on several French tours and participated in many large festivals. The band has shared the stage with bands such as Sceptic Flesh, Napalm Death, Hatesphere, Benighted, Onslaught, Asphyx, Loudblast, Dagoba, Eths, Blockheads, Black Bomb A, Aosoth, Svartcrown, Gorod, Klone, Kronos, Pitbulls in the Nursery, Livarkahil, Necroblaspheme, Supuration, Born from Pain, Debauchery, Aqme, The Arrs, and many others...!”

Mystical Experience
Heavy footed, slow and deliberate this one kicks up a storm of mighty thought provoking moments that the listener can indulge in. The texture of the track is a feverish blaze of potent melodies.

Clear-minded
Emotionally atmospheric and pensive, it ignites in stages so prolonging the intensity. It is predatory and stalks its victims with a gleeful caress. The potency of the track is at maximum and gives out plenty of bite in which to immerse the senses.

The Way
The fast bludgeoning beats and sharp strings tease and engage in a dark frenzy that soon explodes into a fraught intoxication. The vocals sound like they are gargled through shards of glass which make the track imposing and unique.

Summary:
Again three more tracks that deliver the goods with a resounding success! The energy is levelled by potency and smothered with caustic throaty lures that beckon with malice.

The final track is haunting with swathes of bone chilling character. Further on in the final track the pace is turned up a notch and fires on all cylinders. Damming with a fiery heart it imposes a deranged vibe that cuts with brutal imagination and will leave one truly satisfied!

10/10

Track List:
Mystical Experience (DEMENTED)
Clear-minded (DEMENTED)
The Way (DEMENTED)

Members:
Nessim - Vocals/Guitar 
Sylvestre - Guitar
Manu - Bass
John - Drums 

 
 

GHUSA
25 Years of Death Metal
2CD
17 Track CD
Great Dane Records
Released 15th March 2015

GHUSA – France

Links:
https://greatdanerecords.bandcamp.com/album/25-years-of-death-metal-4

CD1 Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by JIPOUILLE DE ST LOUP
CD2 Engineered, Mixed by ANDREW GUILLOTIN & Mastering by:
JIPOUILLE DE ST LOUP
Cover Art by STRYCHNEEN STUDIO

Produced by L .CHUCK D


Genre: Death Metal

Biography:
“France is at it again ‘turfing’ out premium death metal bands and Great Dane Records are just as busy signing them up. Still I have to say that there aren’t many bands that GDR have signed up that are NOT worth their weight in gold and all are supreme contenders to win awards at very least!

The Mysterious GhUSA

GhUSa however, are very secretive about their names appearing on the album covers.   They have been around since 1991/92 and their old school death metal can be likened to that of dark and heavy Swedish style!”

CD 1 Come Sweet Death
Casket Garden (DISMEMBER cover)
Scathingly raw and brutal with sheer ravines of metal embedded in every note!

No God for the Living
Violates the senses on all levels with a heaving mass of debauched metal that strikes fear into the hearts of all who are brave enough to listen! The blistering madness is showcased by some superb fretwork and deep scarring vocals.

Blessed Be (ENTOMBED cover)
Let the carnivals carnivores embrace the soul! Launching into a predictable melee of ravaging abrasions and grizzly vocal rampage – this will warm the blood somewhat!

Genocide
The sharpness of the frets gives this track a clear edge. It holds quite a sullen sludgy feel to it, although it picks up pace to one of sheer mesmeric proportions and gallops to a scorching conclusion.

Soulless (GRAVE cover)
Although another cover, nobody can take away from the gory magnificence witnessed when listening to this compelling track. Toxic from start to finish.

CD 2 Letter to my Sons
The Nail
The glorious thumps of madness continues on the second CD and rips into a lingering, blazing of raw passion. Uncompromising and driven with a powerful energy.

I’m not the only one
Another raucous, blasting and engaging track that slows briefly to show off solid bass hooks and pulverising guitar. The grizzly vocal onslaught adds a deep resonance and brings the track together superbly.

Letter to my Son (s)
A twisting and winding track that bruises with a sonic addiction of deliberate notes that are unpredictable. The deep howling growls lick the ears and add a fearsome vibe to the overall track.

Violation Domain (BENEDICTION cover)
The harshness of this track is swift and unbridled. Its thunderous rhythms are intense and forthright, bringing satisfaction to the listener as they are encompassed in the fracas.

Nechama (Jon's Song)
Driven by a beast the energy is untamed and wild just as the vocals take on a sour, scathing and putrid lure. The music is all out damming and raw, asserting an evil and dark presence.

Punctual Choice
Quite an unusual track with soft stringed accompaniment and soft deeper vocals.  However, it still offers challenges despite being slower in pace it gathers momentum and forges ahead with its brutal regime.

The Colour
The bluntness of the track is released through deep and powerful rhythms that ignite into a frenzy and unhampered by a grazing vocal that engages vivaciously and of course ravenously!

The Wind
Imposing and harsh with no let up from its vice like grip – it is rhythmic and addictive in a somewhat cold manner! It holds plenty of toxic fascination as the music plows on.

Silence
No silence can be found anywhere on this track – in case you were wondering.  It is just as deep, dark and foreboding as the rest of the tracks on the CD. It almost licks its lips to devour the senses in an all-out brawl of infectious persistence.

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“It is one devil of an album for sure.  The blackness swamps and chokes with great ingenuity.  The madness is prevalent and protrudes devilishly as each string hammers out its gritty and potent offerings!”
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Ru486 (E.P 2002)
Another brazing and solid track that eats you from the inside out in one of the most stupendous tracks heard so far. The vocals are so deep they leave scars! This track intimidates and shows no sign of slowing down!

The Warrior (E.P 2002)
This track expels harsh throaty lures and strings that sound like they have come from Satan himself, and they may have done! The evil protrudes from every note. Guaranteed to inflame the audial!

Promo Tape 1994
This track holds chilling keyboard and somber strings that together make the hairs on your head stand bolt upright! The bass is chunky as the vocals are snarling. Great to end on.

Summary:
From start to finish this two CD offering will captivate and enthral. For me personally those deep hearty vocal growls really heat the blood. The bass works overtime along with the guitar and the drums offer some great creativity.

It is one devil of an album for sure.  The blackness swamps and chokes with great ingenuity.  The madness is prevalent and protrudes devilishly as each string hammers out its gritty and potent offerings.

The pumping heartbeat at the end of CD 2 is not an exaggeration as this is how your heart will feel at the end. The blood will course around your veins as the music takes you over.  The deep cavernous rhythms are driven with feistiness and tough groove.

25 Years of death metal is simply not enough – here’s to the next 25!!

10/10

Track List:
CD 1
Casket Garden (DISMEMBER cover)
No God for the Living
Blessed Be (ENTOMBED cover)
Genocide
Soulless (GRAVE cover)

CD 2
The Nail
I’ m not the only one
Letter to my Son ' (s)
Violation Domain (BENEDICTION cover)
Nechama (Jon's Song)
Punctual Choice
The Colour
The Wind
Silence
Ru486 (E.P 2002)
The Warrior (E.P 2002)
Promo Tape 1994

Members:
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Recueil Morbide
Morbid Collection
11 Track CD
Great Dane Records
Released 15th February 2015

Recueil Morbide – Montbéliard, Franche-Comté, France

Links:

Listen Here:
https://greatdanerecords.bandcamp.com/album/morbid-collection

Discography:
Only Hate Left (2011)
A Never Ending Fight (2008)
Waste of Senses (2006)
Hurt by Human Race (2002)
Never Morbid Enough (EP - 2002)
Mental Torture (EP - 2001)

Genre: Brutal Death Metal

Biography:
“Founded in 2000, the corrosively expressive band Recueil Morbide have carved a path for themselves after being plucked by Great Dane Records - have now released their fifth album entitled “Morbid Collection” its brutal entrails are savaged by captivating seething vocals of madness, in the form of fast guitars that squeal in urgent pain that hold an ever increasing malevolent vibe!”

Ritual Time
Can be described as a barbarous intense flurry of agitation that foams at the mouth! The heinous growls and fast paced stabs of commanding energy gathers momentum rather fiercely and never gives in to the overwhelming frenzy that awaits as soon as your finger presses ‘play’

We harvest what we sow
Another emerging and bruising track that is a full on assault to the senses. The alluring appeal for me are the swelling growls and wind tunnel screams that wash over me in a tidal wave of ferocious glory.

Belated Revenge
Another fast runner with heart battering melody and kicking it up another notch are the superb drum beats and manipulative guitars, great combination for a winning track!

Chronicle of a decline perversion
Razor sharp and deadly from the word go with strong melody and blunt force vocals showing its spirited side and staying under the skin agitating and creating a dramatic and intense scenario.

Chronicle of a decline Obsession
Powerful, intense and forthright.  This track gathers a radiating heat that rises early on and just gets hotter! It is embedded with passion and holds a deep and masterful guise.

Unconsciously
Harsher and vehement this one gets you in a head lock almost immediately and doesn’t let go from its vice like grip! It torments and then suddenly faint whispers are heard, the music slows, a baby cries and a malignant growl takes over. The demonic is once more prevalent.

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“For lovers of extreme and brutal death metal Recueil Morbideare band to be explored if not already! The album erupts and ignites through intimidating and imposing encounters!”
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With his Hate
Certainly no let up here as track after track batters and attacks the senses in an all-out battle of wits plus musical connotations! The clean vocals don’t really do the track any favours if I am perfectly honest, but thankfully the demonic growls and pig squeals are rife and the sonic mesmerising guitars are just bursting with energy.

Intolerance to Frustration
A volcanic eruption can be likened to this track as it kicks off – in full flow it is likely to take not one but quite a few houses down! With its own frustrations domineering the track.

Nightmarish Collapse
Brutish and compelling the scourging vocal edge rasps like it is its last while the music’s sharp and voracious pounding is seductive and exhaustively gripping.

The suffering remains
Dynamic and enjoyable it festers under the skin and explodes into a frenzy of madness! The intimidating formula of guttural lows and scourging highs just infects the ears with a volatile embrace.

Travel to see
This track is more deliberate and slower although not without its growling bear tendencies and harsh pounding beats. It signifies the end of a fantastic album of seething delights.

Summary:
For lovers of extreme and brutal death metal Recueil Morbideare band to be explored if not already! The album erupts and ignites through intimidating and imposing encounters.

Vocally flexible and it offers a primal lust that is really hard to ignore. Enhancing their faultless reputation Recueil Morbidecan walk away happy knowing they have created one beast of an album! Making it a no brainer for recommendation!

10/10

Track List:
Ritual Time
We harvest what we sow
Belated Revenge
Chronicle of a decline perversion
Chronicle of a decline Obsession
Unconsciously
With his Hate
Intolerance to Frustration
Nightmarish Collapse
The suffering remains
Travel to see

Members:
Marc Petit – Rhythm/Lead Guitar
Jérôme Merckle - Vocals
Yves Lugol-Viloi - Rhythm Guitar
Johan Gaiffe - Bass
Syl Chambard - Drums

Meridius
Self-Titled
3 Track E.P
Released 5th March 2015

Superb E.P
Meridius – Ladner, British Columbia

Links:

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Produced and Mixed by Matt Roach at Greenhouse studios
Mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre studio

Genre: Thrash/Groove/Metal

Speed Kills
With an apt title the speed that emanates and radiates from this track invites a pure fuel pumped adrenalin that will certainly kill! And is just as hot as the guys playing it! The antagonistic strikes of deadly metal erupts feverishly into a molten stream of hot lava that is quickly carried along on a gritty vocal. The whole track pulsates with full blooded malevolence!

Conquer the Throne
Bristling with an overwhelming passion the swipes of rhythms protrude savagely as the bludgeoning beats ferociously attack and assault wildly! The melodic core is saturated with a keen enthusiastic intervention. It is mesmerizing with biting essences that deepen the hunger for more.

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“Meridium’s music is addictive, extremely pleasurable to wallow in and they make the whole experience lively and energetic. I just can’t sit still while listening to this, and the first thing I want to do as each track ends is press the repeat!”
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Walk the Plank
More chugging goodness to be had as the intimidating riffs languish in a tidal wave of sheer satisfaction. The feisty rhythms are scorching and brutal and really whet the appetite. The smoldering radiance has heaps of energy along with blistering beats that command the head to move! Further on in the track it quietens down to reveal some very sophisticated strings that play out to its ‘untimely’ end. (Time to hit the repeat!)

Summary:
It is with great pleasure that I have got to listen to these guys because they really pump adrenalin around the body at a race of knots!

Their music is addictive, extremely pleasurable to wallow in and they make the whole experience lively and energetic. I just can’t sit still while listening to this, and the first thing I want to do as each track ends is press the repeat.

The three tracks are all just mouth-watering and deserve to be in every true metal-heads collection.

With tempting captivation this three track E.P holds plenty of tenacity while simultaneously offering gritty melody that tantalizes in humongous amounts.

Three tracks guys – is just NOT enough! Hurry up and release an album for fuck’s sake!

10/10

Track List:
Speed Kills
Walk the Plank
Conquer the Throne

Members:
Kieran Marquis (Lead Guitar)
Eric Willmott (Vocals)
Sam Buchanan (Rhythm Guitar)
Peter Reimann (Bass Guitar)
Nolan Olson (Drums)

Mentally Defiled
Aptitude for Elimination
10 Track Album
Violent Solution Records
Released 14th December 2014

 

Fast, deadly and vicious!

Mentally Defiled – Athens, Greece

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/MentallyDefiledOfficial

Discography:
The Thrash Brigade - EBM Record Re-release 2011 – debuted May 2009

Genre: Thrash Metal

Biography:
“Mentally Defiled are a Greek thrash metal band formed in 2001. The band was founded by Alex (Guitars), George "IronBeast"(Vocals) and George Efstathiou. (Guitars). Originally started as a cover band but later on created their own music influenced mostly by old-school metal bands!”

Reanimate to Mosh
The gargling putridity spills over the edges as this track gains power with chugging effect and sheer brutality! It surges with fast momentum as you would expect and doesn’t disappoint onany level guaranteed!


Superb!

Aptitude for Elimination
The title track surges into oblivion taking with it the charred remains of the audial canal! Feisty fast and with deadly reverence, which in turn will have you pumping the volume to a dangerous level. The sledgehammer attack is depraved and extremely volatile.

Fashion Victim
The futile escape for thrash heads is prevalent as the raucous slurry descends in an all-out brawl of madness! If this track could run, it would cause a blackening haze within seconds although it does not obscure the hurried tones of Mentally Defiled in any way shape or form!

Forced to Obey
The thudding and crashing fury unleashes another atrocious assault on the ears with deafening effect – maybe I should turn it down a little – but that’s NOT very metal is it? So I will immerse myself into its torrential rhythms further!

Thrash to Afterlife
The fiendish and brutal assault is thrown into a devilish turmoil of battering rhythms and forged beats that simply burn with extreme passion! Vocally grazing and powerful, it takes no prisoners!

Retro Nerd
Interesting title, this one is infused with emotive vileness and scathingly perverse sadistic qualities that mesmerise on listening! Again gathering extremely fast momentum it reaches its climax faster than a screaming bitch!

The Family
Another crushing blow is felt as this track engages and ravages. It is all encompassing and simply chokes and pulverises in equal amounts. Up goes the volume further – I just have to, to soak up the vicious rhythms that send chills down the backbone.

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“Hard pushed to pick a favourite among this lot as each track is executed with precision and excitingly gripping passages that leave you awe-struck at the hypersonic madness that transpires!”
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Beyond Redemption
Drenched in total hostility, its temptation is quick to draw you in and melt your face! Running with a contagious bait it rips you a new one and intensifies its presence but it won’t take you by surprise after listening to the previous onslaught!

Merchants of Hope
The only track possessing a sampled voice but very fitting for such a savage band who live up to their name! The satisfaction explodes into a fierce tirade that never lets up for a second nor would you want it to!

Soldier of the Underground
This emerges as a speed infused irresistible explosion of sadistic malice. Its deadly and yet charming as it wraps itself around you and squeezes the life blood from your veins which in turn gives it more power to annihilate.

Summary:
How on earth does the band keep up the pace on this gruelling ten track album is anyone’s guess.  It certainly brought me out in a hot sweat as my fingers were flying over the keys trying to keep up the momentum and failing miserably.

The entire album is just mouth-wateringly superb! How I didn’t get into thrash at the time I will never know, as I deeply regret that now.  But onwards and upwards as they say!

In what seems like just a few minutes the album is over, maybe due to the express delivery engaged by the band – could be just one reason, but then it means you can replay it again so all is not lost!

It does generate a glorious rampage that is addictive in every way, and I bet absolutely brilliant as a live act!

Filled with plenty of ‘fuck you’ attitude and rebelliousness it is a definite pleaser in so many ways!

Hard pushed to pick a favourite among this lot as each track is executed with precision and excitingly gripping passages that leave you awe-struck at the hypersonic madness that transpires.

The nimble fingers of George, George and Alex must have set a new world record in speed alone, and no wonder their vocalist calls himself Ironbeast! That goes without saying! His lungs must be made of asbestos!

It is John I feel the most sorry for, setting the violaceous pace with everything he can muster, it must be how the band decided on their name in the first place!

Go on grab yourself a bit of Mentally Defiled and weep!

10½/10

Track List:
Reanimate to Mosh
Aptitude for Elimination
Fashion Victim
Forced to Obey
Thrash to Afterlife
Retro Nerd
The Family
Beyond Redemption
Merchants of Hope
Soldier of the Underground

Members:
Alex - Guitars,
IronBeast - Vocals,
George - Guitars,
John - Drums
George - Bass.