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Dienamic
Afterlife
10 Track Album
Wormholedeath
Released 16th April 2015

Epic!

Dienamic – Tromsø, Norway

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Recorded in: Lydproduksjon, Tromsø, Norway February 2014.
Producer: Yngvar Mehus (gutterommetstudios)
Co-Producers: Dienamic
Mixing: Yngvar Mehus
Mastering: Yngvar Mehus
Songs written by: Stein-Odin Johannessen (01-03/05/07-10) and Juan Vazquez Garcia (04/06)
Lyrics written by: Stein-Odin Johannessen and Gustav Lindquist
Logo and album artwork: Terje Olsen

Discography:
Surfing the Apocalypse 2012
Betrayed Single 2012
Dienamic E.P 2010

Genre: Arctic Death Groove Thrash

With Eivind Kjær Killie, Kenneth Iversen Muotkajærvi, Gustav Harry Lindquist, Stein-Odin Johannessen and Ole Tobias Kvalstotte.

Biography:
“The Norwegian Metaller’s who first formed in 2009 have now produced a second album entitled ‘Afterlife’ which was recorded in April 2014, and mixed/mastered during the summer of 2014.  Preparing for the extensive touring they had coming up, Dienamic had to make for some line-up changes, and early October 2014 saw Sebastian Jacobsson, Kenneth Iversen Muotkajærvi and Eivind Kjær Killie taking up duties on drums, bass and rhythm/lead guitar respectively. At the same time the band signed a very good record deal with Worm Hole Death (IT). Pantera, Motörhead, Foo Fighters, Stonegard, Gojira and Deep Purple lists among many of the bands that have influenced Dienamic’s music!”

The Reaping
This is an ear blasting experience that smashes with a crashing presence and matched with an ever enthusiastic battle cry - vocal battering! The dramatic grooves are pummelling and grandiose inbred with turbulence and spellbinding riffs!

Innocent Gun
Is wild and untamed and spews forth an irrepressible beat that in turn mesmerizes with vicious intent? Intoxicating and raw it engages with pure thrash groove excitement that lifts it to greater heights.

Revolution for Nothing
Is a rampageous romp of brittle riffs and malevolent beats that are complimented by a growling and blistering vocal that is hard edged, constantly devouring in nature and stands its ground to perfection.

Where God feeds
A pure bludgeoning battle of steely riffs, pounding drums, brutal bass hooks and a vocal that reaps vengeance – the track broods with spiced aggression and laced with a remarkable melodic core.

Dance with the Devil
Is spiked with intrigue as well as 'thrashy' elements that are addictive and fast moving. The barbed riffs are compelling and weaved into a barrage of feisty beats that terrorize the ears.

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“A rhythmically potent offering is a good way to describe this album. The Scandinavians have the metal scene right where they want it! Dienamic have created this sound that is bludgeoning, while still being fashionably graceful and epic to grand proportions!”
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You still walk
Is a track that can boast a heavy stride with a predatory nature and antagonistic qualities?  The heat is on as the exhausting rhythms plough uncontrollably through their paces.

Generation Reboot
The savagery continues with an even faster paced gallop into oblivion. The equally vicious rhythms blend naturally with heavy 'riffage' and steel vocal chords. A highly intimidating track that provides sheer enjoyment, exploding over the ears and melts them with absolute ease!

Overthrown
Nimble fingered and flexible the power is exuded through ripe riffs and caustic beats that gnaw at the senses in a way that ignites into an all-out brawl on the senses.

Afterlife
The title track has a pure black heart and at the center are bold strikes that swipe menacingly at the audial and punishes with vicious intent. Another heavy duty track that shows a diverse side to the bands talents as the track bursts into a crisp medley of strings before turning malevolent once more.

The End
Aptly titled, and is pure beauty personified as it takes a dream like trip to the abandoned corners of the mind before sucking you further into their alluring and cavernous world. The grooves are plentiful while the melodies are strong.

Summary:
A rhythmically potent offering is a good way to describe this album. The Scandinavians have the metal scene right where they want it! Dienamic have created this sound that is bludgeoning, while still being fashionably graceful and epic to grand proportions.

The vocals are unrefined and rough and sit perfectly well on the harvested rhythms and riffs the rest of the band have produced, it’s a great combination that works extremely well.

The band have created a two headed monster that melts the ears as well as caressing them. Predominantly it is a volatile album that spills its metal riffs over an outstanding landscape of brutish melodies, but the band are not perplexed about showing a calmer side to their nature and so within this twisting savagery comes hypnotic strings that leave one astounded by their purity.

So brace yourselves to be totally taken on a turbulent ride that is filled to the brim with creative quality and explosive thrash/groove elements!

9/10

Track List:
The Reaping
Innocent Gun
Revolution for Nothing
Where God feeds
Dance with the Devil
You still walk
Generation Reboot
Overthrown
Afterlife
The End

Members:
Gustav Harry Lindquist – Vocals,
Stein-Odin Johannessen – Guitar,
Eivind Kjær Killie - Guitar
Kenneth Iversen Muotkajærvi – Bass,
Sebastian Jacobsson - Drums

Stench of Humanity
Anton's Key
15 Track Album
Released 2nd May 2015

Superb new album from Lerch Freyley

Stench of Humanity – Tampa Florida, USA

Links:

Listen here and download for free!!

Download the album to get the BONUS TRACKS. This album is slightly less political in nature. Many of the songs have obscure meanings, however there are some basic profanity filled rants to be heard. As far as GRINDCORE goes, some of the tracks are experimental with their sound.

All instruments and vocals performed by LERCH FREYLEY.

All songs written by LERCH FREYLEY except 'THIS LIVING HELL written by LERCH FREYLEY, BRUCE WILLOUGHBY, and GRAHAM BRADFIELD, and RELIGION IS POISON written by LERCH and VINCENT CROWLEY.

Genre: Extreme Metal, Grind Core, Speed Metal, Hard Core, Anarcho..

And what seems like out of nowhere comes Stench of Humanity! Anarchy rules on this extreme mix of grind core and hard core – the malodour just bites into your flesh as soon as you listen.

As with most grind core albums the tracks last just a fragment of time before finishing and don’t ever give you time to fully engage before moving on to the next track, however, what you get here are quality tracks that are demanding and a gripping mix of vehemence with added elegance!


Balanced within the very core of the first track (Intro) Soulianis and Rahm is a great melodic swagger that whet’s the appetite before the next track Kymatica kicks in and bludgeons the senses. Moving on to Anton’s Key which hits the ground running, the guttural snares lure with instant appeal. The true statement of Everything Means Nothing then appears with two toned vocals of seething screams and low toned malevolence.GSMA hits with a fast frenzied attack on the audial before I fucking hate you with its biting lyrics and wielding madness comes to the forefront and is one very anthemic track that permeates evil vengeance. Horny For Your Death is a hard hitting splurge that lasts a mere 10 seconds so don’t blink or you will miss it! Brainwashed allows the listener a good 2 minutes to feast on its archaic structure and monumental chugs before unleashing a pure stringed arrangement that is beautifully melodic, before Perception Synthesis unleashes a dark malevolence that is inspiring as it is gripping. Religion Is Poison yet another true statement, this track is bludgeoning and faster than an express train as it throttles into a thickening smog that devours on impact. Suspension of Disbelief comes hurtling into view and takes no prisoners as the hearty riffs explode amid an air of repugnance that is captured by extremely low and gruff vocal redolence. Your Creation again don’t blink or you will miss the 18 seconds of sheer brutality that scrambles by in a jiffy! Blaspheme and Kill the Moon Godagain surges into a blackened mode of steely attitude and rips you a new one! This Living Hell is the longest track on this FREE album and stalks in a predatory manner until it decides to pick up the pace and run with it – the vocal entourage is deep, dark and as you would expect, but none the less delicious as it sucks the life from your bones amid a ghostly screaming malignancy that is provocative and exciting, and to think this has all been created by one man – Lerch is incredible!
(Outro) Serenity of Despair is an amazingly haunting track that elegantly moves through its paces with grace and ingenuity.

Summary:
This is a compelling album that sweeps through its tracks like a hot knife through butter but has been created with a lot of thought and experimentation. Although some of the tracks are over before they have a chance to get going within each of them is a creative enterprise that won’t go unnoticed with the grinders among us.

The diversity comes as the final track plays out where haunting strings and a more tempered vocal reaches out in a bid to flavour the proceedings with sheer calm from an unearthly storm that is felt within the rest of the album.

Lerch says he is a loser who couldn’t find band mates at the time of writing, but I disagree – anyone who can put together an album of this quality is no loser and sometimes it is easier to do things yourself as then you get the desired effects how you want them to sound, and Lerch has done this to perfection.

10/10

Track List:
(Intro) Soulianis and Rahm 01:16
Kymatica 00:44
Anton's Key 01:10
Everything Means Nothing 00:35
GSMA 00:34
I Fucking Hate You 01:47
Horny For Your Death 00:10
Brainwashed 02:59
Perception Synthesis 00:33
Religion Is Poison 01:37
Suspension of Disbelief 01:22
Your Creation 00:18
Blaspheme and Kill the Moon God 01:30
This Living Hell 03:25
(Outro) Serenity of Despair 00:59

Members:
LERCH - Vocals
LERCH - Guitars
LERCH - Bass
LERCH - Drums


Kaine
Quality of Madness
Single Track
Originally taken from ‘Falling through Freedom’
Revival Metal Records
Released 7th May 2015

'Quality'

Kaine – Saffron Waldon, UK

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

Listen here: It is a free track!

Discography
Quality of Madness – Single
The Waystone
Rock the Castle Live 2013
Killotine E.P – with Osmium Guillotine
Falling through Freedom
Break the Surface Live 2012

Genre: NWOBHM/Speed Thrash

Biography:
“Kaine are a leading force in the British Metal Revival formed in 2009 by Rage Sadler (rhythm guitars & vocals) and Dan Mailer (bass guitar & vocals). The band is a NWOBHM inspired 5 piece which offers a tri-guitar attack.

Kaine have played close to 200 shows and has supported some of the best known acts past and present such as NWOBHM legends Praying Mantis, Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden), Deep Machine and American Thrash legends Mordred as well as current acts such as Savage Messiah, Absolva (ex-Fury UK) and ZP Theart’s I-AM-I (ex-Dragonforce).

The band was voted the GMA Breakthrough U.K. band of the year in 2013. The results were Kaine (15%), The Defiled (14%), Fallen Fate (13%) and Wretched Soul (12%).
Kaine completed two tours in 2014 the first alongside Monument (featuring ex-White Wizard members) and the second supporting Mordred on their 10 date reunion O2 Academy tour of Britain and Ireland.

In 2014 the band released its second album “The Waystone”. The album was recorded at Angry Bee Studios in London and produced by Akis K (RIP 2015) and mastered by Z-Plane. The album sold out of the first pressing during the pre-order phase and the lead single “Iron Lady” has over 6k views on YouTube. The second pressing of the album subsequently sold out also!”

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The Kings of NWOBHM are back! With a new single entitled‘Quality of Madness’ and quality it is for Sure? This single released with the new line-up consisting of (Davids/MacKinnon/Mailer/Murch/Sadler) a true force to be reckoned with. Recorded live at Short Stack Studios and produced/mastered by Jaz Powell.

The powerful chugs that emanate from this single are nothing but pure metal in every sense of the word. It’s a creative melting pot of sturdy rhythmic slabs of genius! Instantly engaging and forthright it holds its own and turns hellacious within seconds of pressing the play button!

Kaine’s intent is pretty clear as they mesmerise through a hail of riffs that rips you a new one!

It is a crisp display of sheer metal arrogance. Since the band’s first early self-titled E.P release, I have been proud to say I am hooked on their sheer thirst for proving a point.

The rampant brawl of intense riffs and feisty beats are prevalent through-out and give the listener a knee jerk to the gut! The vocals by Rage are healthily gripping and sit perfectly over the jarring rhythmic swagger that simply bursts from its confines and punishes on all levels.

Kaine have come a long way since forming in 2009 and have over the last few years grown in stature and now producing excellent quality material that is ripe for metal ears.

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“This is a superb single that deserves attention - If you want to do something good this year then add this to your CD collection!!”

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From being intense from the off Kaine are a band that are never likely to let the grass grow under their feet, if something can be obtained it will be and done with exacting precision which makes Kaine a league above the rest.

This single at 6 minutes and 30 seconds is a riveting composition that has bags of allure and appeal and will have your hair flying in seconds of hearing it.  The fact they have added another guitar and become this tri-guitar attack has certainly pumped yet more adrenalin into an already ‘fit to burst’ volatile mix!

Kaine are now well on the road to becoming the next Iron Maiden but much, much better (in my opinion)

These guys deliver the goods and are no nonsense in approach! Great in a studio setting but far more grandiose in a live one!

This is a superb single that deserves attention - If you want to do something good this year then add this to your CD collection!!

10/10

Members:
Rage Sadler - Rhythm Guitar/Lead Guitar/Vocals
Dan Mailer - Bass/Vocals
Anthony Murch - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Chris MacKinnon - Drums
Saxon Davids - Lead/Rhythm Guitars

Blacken Light
Manage the Decay
Single Track
Released 2nd November 2014

Blacken Light – San Bernardino, California


Listen Here:

https://blackenlight.bandcamp.com


Genre: Black, Blues Heavy Rock, Dark Old School Metal


Discography:

Garden of Darkness January 2014

Of my Sins September 2013


Biography:

“Blacken Light cast its first shadow in June of 2011 as a solo project to continue making Metal Music after a long Hiatus from the scene. With Influences that Include Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Pantera, Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Kansas and many more, Blacken Light is continuing the Old School Metal tradition.

This is a Metal/Blues Song that tells the story of how a man struggles to exist, rather than live, his life!”

With this ever evolving world we live in, among chaos and turmoil it is comforting to think that when something changes, if ever so slightly, it can be for the good and Russ Hulett has been quite clever in adding changes while still keeping a foot wedged in the door of traditional old school metal.

This track is without a doubt old school, there’s no getting away from that, but added into its familiar guise is a flavour of blues. The hard hitting riffs are dynamic with a sleazy vocal and tempered beats.

The grooves are deep but are still slick and flow endlessly throughout the tracks entirety. It reawakens the past with energy and flavoursome layers built into its chunky structures.

The mellifluous melody is heavily blues laden giving it that flowing ebb while the electric guitar wreaks havoc so all in all, it is an intoxicating listen that grows from familiar riffs that are deep rooted.

Blacken Light’s other tracks are very different to the above and are darker in tone and mood casting an ambient shadow across a well-travelled path.

8/10

Lyrics
Got this feeling
Shakes me to
The core

A hollow emptiness
That I cannot
Ignore

I am Mired
In a Dire
Situation

Remaining silent
In this quiet
Desperation

My life needs Baptized
Cleansed of all
This pain

Another sacrifice
Of the soul
That still remains

Life’s for the living
Not the
Dead and gone

Pick up the pieces now
It's time that
You moved on yeah

{Chorus}

Grab hold of the future
Let go of the past
The life you think unending
Maybe running out to fast

It's hard to get a grip
When there's nothing left to hold
Living in the moment
Let the truth be told

{Bridge}

Life moves on without me
No looking back
Like a soul that's breakin'
Train wreck rollin' off the track

{Guitar Solo}
{Chorus}

The future in my sights
Yet somehow out of range
So tired of this life being
Disassembled, rearranged

Shackled by the past
I know I'm here to stay
Don't look past my tomorrows
I just manage the decay ~ manage the decay

{Faster Tempo}

Loneliness is here to today
Here to stay
Loneliness is here to today

All my life it's been this way
It's sad to say
All my life it's been this way

Choices made along the way
I'll have to pay
Choices made along the way

Managing my life's decay
My life's decay
Managing my life's decay

Member:
Russ Hewlett

Serpentyne
Myths & Muses
11 Track Album
Serpentyne Music
Polymath
Released 5th November 201

Tremendous album!!

Serpentyne – London, UK

Links:

Genre: Neo-Folk Techno-Mythic Rock!

Biography:
“Serpentyne was created in London in 2010 by founder members Maggie-Beth Sand and Mark Powell, inspired by a combination of early music, folk, Celtic, world and rock.

They recorded their first album, "Stella Splendens" that year, basing it on traditional mediaeval texts and tunes from England, Spain and France, arranged in their own style and blending instruments such as cittole, hurdy-gurdy, harmonium, portative organ, medieval drums, crumhorns, recorders, and Maggie's voice.

Serpentyne has now grown into a 6 to 8 piece band and has now released its second album, "Myths & Muses" which is based on medieval, traditional and mythic themes, this album has a stronger rock element!”

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Occasionally an album gets sent over that you simply cannot ignore and this is one such time. Serpentyne have created an amazing album that uses instruments that aren’t in every day use like the Didgeridoo, Horns, Cittole, Bouzouki, Nickelharpa and Hurdy Gurdy, and composed 11 of the most beautifully inspiring tracks ever.

Although you will have your favourites, but each time you listen to a track you can hear various sounds that don’t normally hear on an album and that is diversity to the max!

The mere fact the band incorporate techno with folk is something to behold and you don’t have to dig deep to appreciate it!

A Rosebud in June
A luminous light shines from the sky above angelic voices. The earthy tones and lilting rhythms fit like a jig saw puzzle. The blend of some unheard of musical instruments keeps the medieval theme alive, so throw caution to the wind and get involved in its joyous sounds.

Alexandria
The unusual sounds of a hurdy gurdy and mature female vocal is likely to send shivers down your spine. The tones and jaunty rhythms are diverse and interesting within the confines of the tracks and indeed very catchy.

Boudicca
This track just bristles with creativity and magic and sweeps you back to ancient times. The haunting vocal is tempered as well as dynamic amid a skittish array of foot tapping melodies, glorious harmonies and hooks to match, that are brilliantly executed and my favourite track so far.


Superb track!

Douce Dame Jolie
Gentle flute floats on a bed of dark ambient sound and sung in French adds that seductive touch. The rhythms sway carries you into a dream-like world of imagination and rich landscapes.

Freya’s Firedance
Straight away this captures the soul and imagination with its rumbling rhythmic coaxing and outstanding melodic combat! It’s distinctive, exciting and totally unpredictable! The lilting female voices shroud the track in a hazy intrigue that is pure bliss to experience.

Gaudette
Takes its time and holds a rather sinister edge with single bells tolling amid gentle harmonic voices – it does sound rather sad and poignant unlike the previous track, although it picks up pace a little further on when male voice join in the harmonies.

Hymn to Cynthia
Another wave of bubbling rhythms with flute and organ and a host of other unmentionable instruments come into play. The track employs a haunting ambience that is amazingly uplifting.
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“The passion simply oozes from this mesmerising album that is packed with elegant melodies and steely enterprise!”
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Je Vivroie Liement
The powerful grip of the track paints an interesting picture of medieval Britain. The harmony and peace is levelled with French lyrics and is a striking piece of writing and musicianship.

Les Garcons de Montagne
The underlying tones of this track breed a certain solitude that allows you to engage in its beauty, until it gathers momentum and throws its own party. The rhythms never lose touch with the listener and sparks up a bond that cannot be severed.

Pastyme with good Company
This has a more modern feel to it even though the same instruments are used to produce the sounds. The beat is fiery and invigorating adding spice as it emotively forges ahead with its embracing fluid structures that are highly provocative.

Another terrific track!

Valkyries
This track again offers a more modern twist of sound with edgy beats and permeates an appealing captivation that absorbs the senses and emotions. It lays down taunting melodies and sweet angelic voices that melt with the tumultuous rhythms.

Summary:
A highly unusual album that gnaws at the ear lobes and captivates with a full on presence.

It simply keeps your mind, body and soul engaged and fully occupied as the haunting contagious rhythms encompass you and make you obey their rules.

It invades with crippling effect as the sounds are compelling and expressive and so draw you into their tempting medieval melodies.

It is virtually impossible not to get caught up in this album as track after track is like a magnet it seduces and pulls you toward its dramatic encounters. Serpentyne are indeed a force to be reckoned with and offer some mature sounds that demand attention and will certainly get it!

The lingering sounds are captivating in all the right places and an inspiring listen.  Personally I can listen to this all night – although my favourite tracks are ‘Boudicca’ and ‘Pastyme with good Company’ because of the vibrant rhythms that have your body under strict control but still allowing your mind to wander.

The passion simply oozes from this mesmerising album that is packed with elegant melodies and steely enterprise.

10/10

Track List:
A Rosebud in June
Alexandria
Boudicca
Douce Dame Jolie
Freya’s Firedance
Gaudette
Hymn to Cynthia
Je Vivroie Liement
Les Garcons de Montagne

Members:
Maggie-Beth Sand (founder member)
(Vocals, Cittole, Bouzouki, Harmonium,
Nickelharpa,)

Mark Powell (founder member)
(Hurdy-Gurdy, Cittern, Electric Guitar, Vocals)

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

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


 

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:

Listen here:

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.

 

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