Friday, 28 August 2015

Nidsang - Streams of Darkness

NIDSANG - Streams of Darkness (DRAKKAR - 7"EP 2008)
This 7” single was a blind buy, to be honest, I’ve not heard of Nidsang before, but it was dead cheap and released on Drakkar Records, so I told myself “why not?!”. “Streams of Darkness” was released already few years ago, in 2008, right after the band released the debut full length “The Mark of Death” – which I also need to get asap. And well, I must say this is some excellent Swedish black metal. I actually did not expect to hear anything that good, so the bigger is surprise and satisfaction to have this EP.
To be honest with you, I would rather skip all those comparisons to Watain or Marduk, which I am sure that appear in every review of Nidsang. I also hate calling such music “religious black metal”, because it doesn’t have any meaning for me. So, scratch that and let’s just say that Nidsang plays dark, aggressive and ferocious black metal and both songs from this EP make a great impression on me. It’s nothing innovative, nothing groundbreaking, but very solid and surely powerful stuff. I like the atmosphere of Nidsang music, I like the production, riffs and vocals, so basically everything about this EP is great. The music is fast, really relentless and obscure, it rages and spreads the darkness and hatred… And having that straight forward and uncompromising attitude, they still have time to include also some slower bits, guitar leads, not so much melody maybe, but it’s still quite diverse and well composed stuff, with great arrangements and sort of more demanding structures, as a lot is going on in each of these two songs. Which both are really damn great, in my opinion and now I know that I need to grab copies of both full length albums of Nidsang also. Which I shall do ASAP, no matter the costs. Great band, even if quite unknown.

Final rate: 75/100

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Ligfaerd - Promo MMXIV

LIGFAERD - Promo MMXIV (ANCIENT DARKNESS - MC 2014)
I almost forgot to have this cassette. But damn, I must say that I am really glad to have it, as it’s limited just to 30 copies and was never available for sale, only given away to some people. This tape contains three songs of Ligfaerd from the pre-production demo recordings for their upcoming new album “Dagen for Os - Natten for Eder”, so it’s quite unique and fresh material. And damn, I did like it a lot.
This cassette brings just three songs (“Pa et Leje af Gloder”, “Opslugt at Djævelens Malstrom” and “Pa den Yderste dag”) and all I can say is that Ligfaerd is seriously killer black metal band, playing in the traditional Scandinavian style, reminding me mostly the good, old Darkthrone from the “Panzerfaust” / “Transilvanian Hunger” era. These songs have all elements, which were making Darkthrone sound so bloody dark, evil and obscure, and you know, Ligfaerd is just doing things really damn well. They have quite few fast parts, but also those killer slower bits, which originate not only in Darkthrone, but more so, in the classic Celtic Frost / Hellhammer. I almost feel like Ligfaerd music was more and more influenced by these three classic bands. Surely it sounds quite different to what we heard on the Pustulation split and I am glad about it, as I like this music from “Promo MMXIV” way more. And I am sure that “Dagen for Os - Natten for Eder” will be a killer album. Can’t wait to hear it!

Final rate: 80/100

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Live Burial - Live Burial

LIVE BURIAL - Live Burial (TILL YOU FUKKIN BLEED - MC 2015)
Wow! What’s going on? Tell me! This is another killer old school, traditional to the bone, death metal band and yet another one, which hails from the fuckin UK??!! No, it can’t be real! This country had shit scene for so many years, but now I can count so many awesome bands there that it’s just unreal. Well, but it’s better to have problem with too many quality bands than too few. And for me Live Burial is another real killer debut, which proves that you don’t need to play some utter technical or original, so called sophisticated stuff to actually crush and cause destruction. Live Burial’s archetypical take on this music is what I like the most. This is for me the sound, which I worship. It’s raw, murky, the music creates dark and gloomy aura... it’s rotten, it’s filthy, it’s often doomy, other time it’s faster and almost like some classic death / thrash… and yeah, the riffs are excellent and memorable, the vocals are sick and harsh (kind of mix between John Tardy, Martin van Drunen and early Marc Grewe)… So, all what I like is here!!! I could compare this music to such cult heroes as Asphyx, Morgoth, Death, Obituary, old Pestilence, Pentacle, Cancer and so on. And these are really fantastic songs. I am really not bothered if this band is so unoriginal and repetitive. It’s the feeling, passion and enthusiasm what matters. Each track is great, personally I like those slower, more doomy pieces like “Live Burial”, but Live Burial music is more diverse, so there are fast, slow or mid paced, groovy parts, and more so, there’re quite many Asphyx-like sorrowful, monumental melodies, which are just infectious. The music evokes dark, eerie atmosphere and is really great to listen to, so if you only worship the bands I mentioned above, but Asphyx especially, then this is just a must have for you. Great band, in my opinion, awesome demo… Yeah, I am waiting for more stuff from Live Burial now!
Standout tracks: “Live Burial”, “Begging for Cremation”

Final rate: 80/100

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Depraved Literature part VIII – Voices From the Darkside issue I

Depraved Literature part VIII – Voices From the Darkside issue I
Authors: Frank Stöver
Origin: Germany
Release date: 1993
Interviews: Immolation, Therion, Disgrace, Balvaz, Comecon, Acheron, Severance, My Dying Bride, Grave, Acrostichon, Psychosis, White Zombie, Edge of Sanity, Vital Remains, Napalm Death, Gorefest, Hypocrisy, Morbid Angel, Seance, Fleshcrawl, Monstrosity, Pan Thy Monium
I believe this is one of the best and most known fanzines in the history of death / black metal! Great German work, that lasted for nine issues and nowadays still exists, but only as an online webzine. But they still deliver some great interviews and huge number of reviews, so I have no problem with it. I’ve read two issues of Voices before, but never had a chance to read the very first one… until now! I took some time to read this old rag, but I must admit that this first issue is far from being perfect, as some interviews here are just shit. The problem with them mainly lays in the questions the editors ask. Basically each interview is based on simple questions, but that’s fine. It’s worse, when the bands are asked simply fuckin silly questions, which are not only not interesting, but just stupid. Come on, asking about your fave food, why Barney dyes his hair, what do you do during your holidays or if you have any pets is beyond my criticism and simple interest. Of course it was common among many old fanzines to cross this line of silliness, but I just can’t understand why were they asking such ridiculous questions! What is the result are such interviews like the one with Hypocrisy which is just SHIT. To be honest, issue one of Voices in majority contained just total mediocre and uninteresting chats. And another truly bad example is the interview with Vital Remains, where Jeff Gruslin is asked such STUPID questions that I am not surprised he did not bother to give any decent answers. “Would you like to eat some German food” or “Have you ever dreamt being Uncle Scrooge” – seriously haha? Ugghhh, so Voices is a classic fanzine, yes, the future issues are awesome, but damn… this first issue is poor as fuck, when speaking of the real informative content. OK, to be fair, it does include some more decent chats also, like with Fleshcrawl, Grave, Acheron (definitely the BEST chat here!), Monstrosity or Napalm Death (read also the hilarious interview with My Dying Bride – I’ve never read anything so damn funny from those guys; they all went crazy in this short interview haha! Forget about being serious, sad doom metal musician here!)… Yeah, the biggest positive thing about zines like Voices is that they were done in the best possible time, when the scene was small and the bands were still small as well, so it features so many cult names that it makes my jaw drop to the floor. Plus the review section covers so many classic demos, EPs and albums! The quality of writing was still rather poor here, although I did like the reviews. More so, the layout is too simple and boring, but that’s something normal for those old days. Oh, and more thing – White Zombie among all those death metal bands? What were they doing there haha?!!
Obviously Voices from the Darkside has got a whole book published last year, which contained all the numbers of this zine and you surely can see a development of the writing quality of Frank Stover and his crew and that’s good. If I was honest though, this first issue is far from my favourites.
Quotations:
Q: Do you use to have pets? A: Yeah, I have two rats – both called cats. (Frank, Gorefest)
Q: Would you like to watch Prince concert with me? A: No, coz he’s a fag! (Masse, Hypocrisy)
Q: Do you have friends in Sweden? A: No, they are all dead! (Masse, Hypocrisy)

“We can’t wait to fuck your mom, when we come to Germany” (all My Dying Bride members)

Disrupted - Morbid Death

DISRUPTED - Morbid Death (MEMENTO MORI - CD 2015)
Do you have enough of all those new old fashioned death metal band? No? Great, because here’s another one, which I would love to recommend you and which was crushing the bones and skull of mine since few days, when I was spinning “Morbid Death” countless of times. This is Swedish Disrupted with their debut album! Damn, what a nice release from Memento Mori, in my opinion. I’ve enjoyed it a lot and must say it’s one of the best debuts of the year. And before you start moaning and complaining that bands like Disrupted don’t bring anything new, are boring, because all they do is re-playing the music of old bands and that even today there are many bands, which play similar stuff… I don’t care. I don’t care!!!! Aaarggghh! Why would I, if I like this music so fuckin a lot?? For me all these things like originality or whatever are not important and what counts is the powerful energy that comes from music, killer riffs / songs, etc. And all that I can find on “Morbid Death”! So, fuck moaners, stop crying and go and eat your own crap. I am playing here Disrupted and I love it.
I suppose that the picture of BOSS HM-2 pedal on the booklet says a lot about the influences and music, which Disrupted brings. Yes, they’re Swedish and they play their traditional music, which is death metal! Yes, they sound close to bands like Dismember, Demonical, Abba, Facebreaker, Grave, Entrails, Bloodbath, Roxette and so on. Hahahaha! Fuckin kidding! But they do have the guts to play this style properly, they did come up with some killer and memorable riffs, the songs are just fantastic and basically Disrupted sticks to the winning formula, not bothering about some experiments or whatever, but just do it all in the classic way. This kind of death metal is all about horror, dark and obscure atmosphere, about crushing riffs, some melodies and pure aggression. The production is also excellent, songs like “Rotten”, “Funeral Creep”, “Psalm for the Slaughtered” or “Christian Death” are just memorable and killer and well... I have nothing more to say about Disrupted. This album doesn’t require long reviews, which would write about each song in details, etc. It’s short death metal attack in the classic Swedish vein and that should be enough. I absolutely recommend it.
Standout tracks: “Rotten”, “Funeral Creep”, “Psalm for the Slaughtered”, “Christian Death”
Final rate: 85/100

Ahret Dev - Hellish

AHRET DEV - Hellish (DYWIZJA KOT - CD 2001)
This is another, after Symbolic Immortality, CD release from Dywizja Kot. And this time we have Ahret Dev, who were Polish death metal band active between 1994-98, so quite shortly. During this time they’ve put out “Hellish” album in 1997, as well as couple of demos. And all those recordings have been included on Dywizja Kot CD. It gives a huge dose of death metal, as totally there’s 70 minutes of music and the full length album is just about 30 minutes long, so the rest are demo tracks. Not bad amount for one take, but definitely a good lesson in another quite forgotten and underrated Polish death metal.
And in case you never heard of them before and don’t know their story, you can read quite a lot about it in the booklet from Dywizja Kot CD. It’s filled with band photos, lyrics, liner notes – which, not accidentally - were titled “Unfulfilled ambitions”. Good stuff then and everything you need to know about Ahret Dev.
As I mentioned, there’s over 70 minutes of music and that’s a lot to go through on one go, maybe even too much, as after like 40 minutes you start to lose concentration on what’s playing, which song it is, etc, they start to sound the same. So, what I usually do is one time I play only “Hellish” album repeatedly and another time I only play the demos; this is better in my opinion. Anyways, it doesn’t change the fact that Ahret Dev was damn awesome death metal band. Their style is quite easy to describe, as the influences are more than obvious; personally I feel like they’ve been very close to the 90’s death metal era Hate, like “Lord is Avenger” album for example (music was close, but also the vocals style was similar to Adam’s). Add to it also Deicide, Vader, Damnation, Vital Remains or whoever else you want from this sort of blasphemous death metal genre, it doesn’t matter. But what matters is that “Hellish” was just damn good album, I really enjoy listening to it also today, almost 20 years since it was recorded. It’s just solid, neck breaking stuff, filled with vicious, sick riffs. It’s short, but concrete death metal, no bullshit, no faggot fancy guitar masturbation or whatever, but just straight forward, classic dark death metal. It’s rather fast, brutal, relentless, demonic, but still quite easy to listen to. I am sure that every death metal freak will easily catch his favourite riffs, songs, some killer arrangements, because the album is full of them. “Izis Ode”, “The Damned”, “Archnemezis”, “Seventh Gate” are bunch of mu favourites, but all songs are very even and there are no fillers in such short album.
Then we have the demo material. “Demo 1995” is actually almost as long as the “Hellish” album haha, but it’s interesting that none of the songs from it have actually been re-recorded for the first full length. That surely makes “Demo 1995” worth to have, even if musically it’s not quite as great as “Hellish”. It’s just decent and solid demo recording, nothing groundbreaking or utterly memorable, but a good listen and nice collectable piece of death metal. I remember that back in those old days, after the release of this demo, Ahret Dev was often called “Polish Deicide”, in almost every review or interview… and well, I guess I can agree with it, as there’re many similarities between both bands (and Hate haha), so surely Ahret Dev must have been taking many influences from the Hoffmann / Benton team. Like for example “Homicide” song, which has these very alike sick, brutal, fast parts and Benton – like vocals. But obviously they had much harsher and not so powerful production when compared to Deicide. And you know, I don’t really care for originality; much more I need to hear some great death metal and this demo is not bad. “Homicide” or “Hydra” are awesome songs, maybe if the sound was better, then they would make even bigger impression, who knows, but what the hell... This demo doesn’t sound so bad, speaking of the recording quality, so I am not bothered. Great addition to the album!
Finally the CD contains rehearsal bonus recordings from 1994. There are four tracks that later were also recorded on “Demo 1995” and one unreleased (“War”). The production is even harsher than on the demo, but it’s again not terrible and again it’s just good listen and good addition. I don’t know what else can I write. I mean Ahret Dev were just very solid death metal band from the mid 90’s and maybe their music wasn’t exceptional, but it was good enough to enjoy it. So, I am happy to have this CD from Dywizja Kot and surely recommend it to all collectors, although it may not be so easy to grab a copy of it, to be honest (although I did find two more deadly cheap copies quite recently, which I bought for my friends!!). But you know, I wouldn’t be surprised if these recordings got re-released again. We shall see. Check it out anyway.

Final rate: 75/100

Dissenter - Promo 1999

DISSENTER - Promo 1999
Hey, I just made another discovery in my old box, where I keep a lot of promo CDs and other stuff, which I was getting through all the years of zine making. I found there and exhumed the old Dissenter promo from 1999! Damn, I completely forgot to have this one and honestly, I can’t even remember when and who I got it from. Who cares, it doesn’t matter. It’s just cool to have something like that. I was afraid if it still gonna play, as it’s a CDR, but despite being 16 years old, it still plays great, so awesome news. The promo is actually something what the band has released before the debut album “Bloodlust and Blasphemy”.
And let me remind you that there was first a band called Bloodlust, which had some really killer releases and then they changed the name over to Dissenter. After two demo tapes, “Bloodlust and Blasphemy” album was self-released in 2000. That’s the story. And in 1999 this promo was released to search for the label. I actually have no idea if the versions of these songs are exactly the same as from the album – probably they are – but I am quite surprised that Dissenter ended up releasing “Bloodlust and Blasphemy” by themselves. This is great, brutal death metal and it just sounds good enough to be featured on the roster of any respected death metal label. Why they haven’t succeeded, I don’t know.

The music is sick, violent, aggressive and ferocious, it’s really fast, with many blasting parts, quite technical, but still within that old school American style. I suppose you would be OK to compare it to such bands as Morbid Angel, Vital Remains, Deicide, Angelcorpse, Krisiun, Luciferion, Hate, Lost Soul and so on. Nothing specifically groundbreaking, but very solid and worthy for sure. I guess the production is something what begs for little bit more density and power, especially the guitars are not crushing and heavy enough. The music may also feel like slightly messy, almost chaotic in places, but what the hell… this is underground death metal, not another Relapse fancy, modern crap. Dissenter were always among the best Polish death metal bands and that was a great start for them. Nowadays I still enjoy the debut album and this Promo 1999 is also a good listen and surely a nice discovery in my collection.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Mindful Of Pripyat - …And Deeper, I Drown In Doom…

MINDFUL OF PRIPYAT - …And Deeper, I Drown In Doom… (BIZARRE LEPROUS - CD 2015)
If I can be honest with you, I got into this band only for one reason and that is the fact it features Giulia, a’ka Doomed Warrior on guitar. I love her work from another band, Into Darkness, which she formed some years ago. Into Darkness quickly became one of my favourite new, old styled death metal bands, because they sound a lot like my perfect, complete death metal band. I mean the music is always obscure, dark, sick and it’s so damn heavy and doomy that every time I listen to some music of Into Darkness, I can literally see the walls crackling. So, if Giulia is participating in new band, I am into it! And this band is called Mindful Of Pripyat. I know, quite an unusual name, but it’s taken from the Ukrainian city called Pripyat, which is an abandoned city close to Chernobyl. This is a ghost city (about 50000 people lived there before the disaster), I’ve never been there, but the pictures of it – of all those deserted schools, buildings, the Ferris wheel, etc – look just damn scary. You know, this is your “Silent Hill” town in real haha! So, quite cool choice for the band name, right?
Now, as for the music, Mindful Of Pripyat presents us their debut EP “…And Deeper, I Drown In Doom…”. And the title, especially if we know Into Darkness, can be misleading with that “doom” word in it haha. As no trace of doom can be found here! It’s actually the fuckin opposite, and the music blasts like damn crazy in the good old fashioned grind core / death metal style! Ha, what a surprise. And so, what we get are 16 tracks closed in slightly over 20 minutes! Ha, classic grind, with short, totally in your face, straight forward, fast and brutal songs. It’s nothing particularly surprising nor original, but damn awesome and cool for sure. I do enjoy this album a lot, I mean it just erupts with nuclear energy and power, it’s really damn strong and powerful. I like the sound, the riffs, vocals… and I am sure that if you’re into classic stuff like Terrorizer, Lock Up, Rotten Sound, Nasum, maybe even Napalm Death, then you’ll also dig this band a lot. Mindful Of Pripyat doesn’t complex anything; their formula for the music is rather simple and they never really try to step in with something different, what would be a problem if it created a longer, one dimensional album. Luckily, this is just 20 minutes of music, so you don’t really bother. Maybe it also cause that feeling of songs coming one ear in, another ear out and you don’t really recognize many standout tracks or even fragments, but I suppose that the unstoppable energy and brutality of this music makes up for it. I enjoyed “…And Deeper, I Drown In Doom…” a lot, so all I can do now is to recommend this CD to you all. It was released on Bizarre Leprous Productions, limited to 500 copies. So, put your gas masks on and blast it!
Standout tracks: don’t know yet

Final rate: 75/100

Symbolic Immortality - Decision is Power

SYMBOLIC IMMORTALITY - Decision is Power (DYWIZJA KOT - CD 2002)
Back in the early 2000’s a short lived Polish label Dywizja Kot has decided to release some old Polish bands / recordings. They released tapes and CDs of bands like Quo Vadis, Sparagmos, Geisha Goner, Ahret Dev, Damnable and also Symbolic Immortality. Nowadays, re-releasing the old demos / albums is something what we see every day, but back then it wasn’t so often when a label was putting demos or other stuff from such small bands on CDs. I didn’t like all bands, which DK has released (Geisha Goner for example – never understood why this band is so praised), but some stuff was really damn good, like Ahret Dev and Damnable. Symbolic Immortality is also cool, although I must admit that generally their music was nothing more than an average death metal. And maybe the fact that the band featured a female vocalist was the only reason why they got some attention? Who knows. I guess Miriam was the first (???) female death metal growler here in Poland, although I may be wrong. I don’t remember now, but for sure this fact brought some more attention to the band. Not much more, as the music was not something spectacular, but a little bit more for sure. Anyways, even Miriam didn’t help them much, as soon after the release of “Decision is Power” the band split up for good haha.
The music of Symbolic Immortality was groovy, aggressive mid to slow paced death metal, which I must say I have troubles to compare to some other acts. Sure, maybe one can find some small traces of bands like Grave, also Gorefest, Acrostichon, maybe even Obituary comes to my mind... at least in some parts, as quite often Symbolic Immortality turns over into slightly more groove thrash metal direction. Anyways, there are some quite cool songs here, some good moments… but there are two things, which I don’t like. First one is that tendency to include some completely odd and out of place guitar melodies, leads or riffs, which basically destroy the whole brutal death metal feeling of the music. You can hear it in such songs as “Determination is Power” or “Life for Money”. Also such “Deep Supressed” – the band tends to sounds like more thrash groove metal, getting even close to bands like Machine Head in those songs, which I am not necessarily a big fan of. It just sounds weak in my opinion, also I don’t like the riffs, it’s not aggressive enough and in this song I mentioned last the vocals are just bad.
And yes, now the second thing… Vocals. Miriam is actually doing great, her vocals are really damn good and she even reminds me the vocalist of band like Hazael, so not bad at all. But what I don’t like is when they use those different, cleaner type of screams here, more thrash metal like I guess. I just dislike such kind of vocals and wish they were simply not here. Again “Life for Money” is the worse example for that. Or “Deep Supressed” – really damn bad vocals, I hate them haha!
But there are fragments of “Decision is Power”, where I like the music a lot. And that irregularity to deliver killer death metal constantly is the weakest fault of the album. I just feel like the band tried to come up with slightly more original death metal, but it just didn’t work so well. There are still some good tracks, such as “V - Don't Kill”, “Revenge”, “Sick of the Mind” and so on… I wish there were more. Also, the CD contains Symbolic Immortality demo from 1994,. The sound quality is not as good as on the album there, it’s much rawer, the vocals are also way more harsher, but it is a cool addition I think and I like this recording even more than the album. It just sounds more sick and brutal, more death metal in the vein of early Gorefest for instance. Again such “V - Don't Kill” sounds awesome also in the demo version, so yeah… it’s very nice, even I feel like the music didn’t grow old too well.
Dywizja Kot did quite good job with the stuff they released. The booklet is filled with some archival photographs, more so, there are the lyrics and liner notes written by Miriam, so we can find out more about the band and its history (there’re both Polish and English translations). So, nice presentation. Music is just good enough to listen to, but I doubt I will be coming back to this album more often than once every decade. Actually last time I listened to this CD, before last week, was ten years ago, when I got it, so… this says a lot. But if you collect everything what is an old death metal, then find Symbolic Immortality also.
Standout tracks: “V - Don't Kill”, “Revenge”, “Sick of the Mind”

Final rate: 60/100

Uncanny - The Path of Flesh

UNCANNY - The Path of Flesh (ME SACO UN OJO - 7"EP 2012)
Nowadays we experience so many reunions of old death metal bands that they became almost as common as an early morning coffee, it seems. You know, every second or third rate band from the early 90’s is now called cult and comes back with hopes to get the attention again and maybe re-live the old days. It’s a bit stupid, but what can you do… you cannot fight something what is out of your control. Let them all reunite, but how many of those comeback is really worthy and deliver great albums, that is just a matter of taste. And time will also say how many of them were real honest. Personally, I can mention some really stunning returns from the grave but also some complete failures. Who cares…
Here’s one such band, which also came back from the dead, Uncanny from Sweden! Those, who’re not familiar with them, let me say that this band did a couple of really good demos and a split with Ancient Rites back in the early 90’s and finally ended its life after the release of killer album “Splenium for Nyktophobia” in 1994. In the past years I had a pleasure to grab a copy of killer vinyl boxset “MCMXCI – MCMXCIV”, which contained all old Uncanny recordings, but the band also recorded something new! I guess with this reunion there’s one thing, which is in favour of Uncanny – almost all band members of the band never lost touch with the scene, never stopped playing death metal. Kennet Englund, Johan Jansson – they were always here. So were the Norrman brothers. So, it’s nothing like those reunions with people, who basically lost interest in death metal for twenty years, didn’t give a fuck about this music and their old band, but only a sudden interest from the fans and media made them think that maybe they can come back and do something more, even if the real passion and enthusiasm, not to mention death metal in your veins, is not there at all?!! Cannot compare Uncanny musicians to that weak crap. Uncanny came back and that’s great. And they reanimated the old dead corpse with two new tracks, released under the title “The Path of Flesh” on a 7”EP. Two great labels took care of this release - Dark Descent Records and Me Saco un Ojo Records, and damn, I just can wish that all reunions were as good as Uncanny. This is simply fantastic music.
There are just two tracks of classic Swedish death metal in the vein of Dissection, Unanimated, Gorement, Dismember, Interment, Edge of Sanity, Centinex and so on. Both tracks are superb, they basically pick up where Uncanny stopped with “Splenium for Nyktophobia”, so you’ll hear those awesome melodies mixed over with aggressive, quite fast riffage, dark atmosphere and just insanely memorable, yet vicious music. Also the production is just classic; the fat, low Swedish guitar tone, specific vocals… These two songs basically have everything what the maniacs of Swedish death metal love. And I don’t ask for more, really. I mean, why would someone request some experiments or fuck-only-knows-what from bands like Uncanny, if they simply must deliver the classic death metal formula, but played with guts ripping manner and spill the blood with every riff? No need. And this is why such “The Path of Flesh” EP works so damn good, in my opinion. I totally enjoyed it, played this 7” vinyl a lot and surely will do so also in the future. Definitely “The Path of Flesh” matches the quality of “Splenium for Nyktophobia” in my opinion!
And there’s just one thing, which bothers me. And it’s exactly the same problem, which I had with truly killer EP from Goddefied (“Remnants of the Art”). Both bands came back, recorded two killer songs, released 7”EPs. Great… and now they’re both silent since three or four years. Come on, make some more stuff, I want a full length albums from both of you! Do them now, don’t disappoint me!

Final rate: 80/100

Monday, 10 August 2015

Morta Skuld - Through the Eyes of Death

MORTA SKULD - Through the Eyes of Death (RELAPSE - CD 2013)
I don’t wanna go into some melodrama shit, but Morta Skuld is the band I am the most unlucky with. For a long time I only had their albums on cassettes, which someone recorded for me years ago, but all I really wanted were the original vinyls or at least some CDs. And I just never managed to get them. I tried bidding several times on Ebay or somewhere else and there was always someone, who offered more... and I still wait for my chance. Hope that one day I will finally collect all their stuff. Meanwhile I have a start with “Through the Eyes of Death”, which is a killer CD compilation (released on Relapse) that features both Morta Skuld demos: “Gory Departure” and “Prolong to Agony”, both originally released in 1990. I never had a chance to hear them, but I am very pleased to finally have a chance. This CD was released quite recently, so there was no problem to get a copy.
One thing, which strikes the most, after the first quick check of the music, is how well those demos were recorded. Damn, such “Gory Departure” may even have a better sound than the debut LP “Dying Remains”. And that’s not something I expected, but damn, nice surprise for sure! I guess the music is also not something what you could hear often from American death metal bands. Style wise Morta Skuld demos is nothing like Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Deicide or Cannibal Corpse. Maybe there’s a similarity to such Obituary, Death, Viogression or Massacre, but their style is also very European, with bands like Grave, Gorefest (demos), Cancer and so on. There are some melodic riffs here and there, what makes Morta Skuld sound like more European act sometimes, but at the same time some of these melodies can lead you also into the Death comparison (the beginning of “Gory Departure”). Mainly though the music is based on mid paced, chunky, heavy riffage.
Both demos sound very alike, so having them together on one CD makes you feel like you were actually listening to a full length album. The production quality is very similar between both and musically Morta Skuld also didn’t change much between these few months, which separate both demo recordings. If “Prolong to Agony” brought any changes, then I suppose it would be slightly more technical and also heavier playing here and there, especially drumming and the vocals are more kind of demonic and vicious I suppose. For example “Of Evil” comes even close to such Acheron. Generally it’s just fuckin damn awesome stuff, but I guess the debut demo is the one I like slightly more and that’s despite it having “Preacher of Lies”, which I don’t think is such a good song. It’s just slightly different to the other tracks, maybe more like thrash / death, I don’t know, but it’s just nothing special, although it does have a lot of variety. But damn, “Sacrificial Rite” and “Gory Departure” are just excellent songs, I do like them a lot and are definitely the best pieces on the entire CD, in  my opinion.
“Through the Eyes of Death” brings also two bonus tracks. First one is titled “Eternal Suffering” and originally it was supposed to be published on an old Earache compilation, if I’m not mistaken, but never did, so it remained unreleased until now. And it’s really great, more doomy death metal song, very much in the vein of “Prolong to Agony” demo. And the second bonus is Metal Church cover, recorded in 2008! Obviously the sound quality on it is better and the music of Metal Church is also far from the rough, chunky death metal, which Morta Skuld played on their old demos, but damn, I love this cover a lot. The band did its death metal version, so you can imagine how it sounds like. For me, it’s just really damn cool cover tune!
OK then. I have nothing else to say about “Through the Eyes of Death”, other than it’s just damn awesome compilation CD and I love both Morta Skuld demos. I wish this stuff was also released on vinyl, and hopefully it will! But now, I am not the hunt for the original vinyls of Morta Skuld, again, although I saw some prices, which simply made me laugh already haha! Assholes and fuckin vermin are everywhere.
Standout tracks: “Sacrificial Rite”, “Gory Departure”, "Feast from Within"

Final rate: 90/100

Divine Rapture - Promo 2001

DIVINE RAPTURE - Promo 2001
I don’t really remember how it all began, but around 2001 I was contacted by one of the Hrubovcak brothers – or maybe I got in touch with them, I just don’t remember… and I received a truly awesome promotional CDR with their band’s newest recording. The band was called Divine Rapture and I seriously was blown away by their music. I did interview with them for my fanzine, soon later I also bought the band’s full length “The Burning Passion” and damn, for me these were some of the best US death metal sounds, which I’ve heard back in the early 00’s. Sadly, the band didn’t really get much recognition I think, Hrubovcak brothers now play in some other bands like Azure Emote, Monstrosity, Hate Eternal, etc. But I do hope they’ll return with Divine Rapture in the future also, because it was just a killer combo. Quite recently I played that old “Promo 2001”, which I received years ago and damn... this music still sounds so fuckin awesome, so I have to make this review, to recommend you such a fuckin excellent, but maybe forgotten band!
I was actually afraid that the CDr won’t be playable after all these years, but luckily it still plays great. And music is also great. Maybe the production could have been better, but it’s not tragic either, so what the hell... Let’s enjoy these three fantastic songs! Stylistically Divine Rapture sounds hugely like Morbid Angel – and I mean it 666%; they had the similar vibe, similar riffage, atmosphere in their music, similar patterns… Simply, there are many resemblances. One may accuse Divine Rapture for plagiarism or whatever, but come on, don’t say that! I am sure that Morbid Angel would love to compose such killer tracks like these three beautiful anthems. They are all fast, they crush with some absolutely fantastic riffs, I love the blasting parts, but also the sudden tempo changes, slower bits are insanely good. The music is powerful as fuck, some of these riffs are like WWWWOOOOWWW, this is so awesome, so memorable, not just brutal and fast, but also with so many harmonies and stuff like that! The music is obviously quite technical, the drumming is perfect, guitar leads are just sick… damn, and the vocalist is so good that maybe he should step in for the weak David Vincent in the past few years. So, great riffs, fantastic arrangements... simply everything about these three tracks is near perfection, so I am very surprised that such strong material and band wasn’t recognized more. Personally I love it!
As a bonus we have two covers here. First, there’s Death’s “Pull the Plug”, surely one of the best death metal songs of all time. But I don’t like Divine Rapture’s version so much. The sound quality of it is pretty poor, the guitars and drums sound so damn artificial, like they were computer made that it’s basically with no sign of that aggression and dark atmosphere of the original. More so, the band added some keyboard here and there what sucks a lot and does not fit at all. Much better is the second of the two covers, which is – what a surprise – Morbid Angel’s “World of Shit”. It’s fantastic song and I am glad to say that Divine Rapture played with really damn well, very close to the original and the production in this cover is also great; powerful, heavy… well done here!
Standout tracks: “Affliction”, “My Demon, Your Dove”

Final rate: 90/100

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Under the Church - Under the Church

UNDER THE CHURCH - Under the Church (BLOOD HARVEST - 10"MLP)
Under the Church demo from 2013 was for me personally one of the most awesome and shredding death metal demo tapes I’ve heard in a long time. And I say this not because the band features couple of ex-Nirvana 2002 members (Lars Henriksson and Erik Qvick), although it is very significant, but because I just loved the music. This demo, with its three superb songs and harsh production, just sounded like something what was actually recorded back in 1991 and then was just lost in time, until someone exhumed it in the old, rotten crypt, obviously under the fuckin church. Oh, I am very glad to own that cassette (signed by Erik, ha – cheers, mate!), but at the same time I was really looking forward to hear some more stuff from the band. And that finally came with the release of their self titled mini album. It came out on CD (on Pulverized) and then Blood Harvest released it on 10” vinyl (on three colours: white, black and red!). And trust me, you have no other choice, but to grab a copy for yourself, as it is just a brilliant piece of old school death metal filth!
“Under the Church” contains seven tracks, including all three songs from the demo (which were re-recorded obviously). In total we get 21 minutes of the classic Svensk Döds Metall; one which I am sure that fans of the legendary bands like Entombed, Dismember, Carnage, Nirvana 2002, as well as newer stuff like Death Breath and Repugnant, will build the altar and worship! I do! I suppose that mentioning those bands may be enough to imagine what Under the Church music is like; the band has that classic sound, with great buzzsaw, low guitars and Boss HM-2 pedal, they do shred with some killer, aggressive, sometimes slightly crusty riffs and D-beat and they do also incorporate some more melodic riffs here and there. And yes, the vocals Mik Annetts do sound a lot of an early LG Petrov haha! And you know what? I don’t care at all if the music sounds like cover band or however you want to accuse Under the Church. If you want to be so stupid and accuse them for copying the old death metal bands, why would I give a shit? For me, what counts the most, is how fantastic Under the Church music is, how great it sounds, that it really shreds to pieces and has a gruesome, horror aura all the way through. The band composed some killer songs and in my opinion they’re the best reincarnation of the old style, after Death Breath and Repugnant, which I’ve mentioned above. Don’t agree with me, if you want, I am not bothered. Such tracks as “Haunted by Demons” (yes, that main melodic theme is fuckin haunting!), “Macabre Cadaver”, “Back to the Grave” are just a bloody feast… But all songs vomit with that cemetery filth and slime, which I love, so… it’s just fuckin awesome stuff. Very, very recommended and an instant classic in my opinion.
Oh, and check out that killer logo and artwork!
Standout tracks: “Haunted by Demons”, “Macabre Cadaver”, “Back to the Grave”
Final rate: 90/100

Friday, 31 July 2015

Disloyal - Godless

DISLOYAL - Godless (GHASTLY MUSIC - CD 2015)
Oh yeah! This is another time, when I got fully convinced that the Polish death metal belongs to the best in the whole fuckin world, especially when talking about more brutal, technical and fast death metal! In the past few days I blown away by some new records, such as Sphere – “Mindless Mass” and Incarnal – “Hexenhammer” and they were simply fantastic. I enjoyed them a lot and surely recommend them to all death metal maniacs. There’s also still quite fresh Embrional record, which is just excellent and new Ogotay CD is also coming soon, which I am sure will also be a blast! But in the meantime here’s another fantastic, crushing record: “Godless” by Disloyal! Yeah, another really good piece of death metal, another really recommended album, another Polish band to add to your “need to check out” list. Personally I’m a little frustrated by the fact that “Godless” is already a fourth album from Disloyal and I’ve never heard any of their previous releases. There’s just too much shit around, too many bands, too many albums to keep yourself updated on everything, so once a while I discover a band, which have already two or three releases and I got introduced to them only with the last one. Which would not be a problem, if the band was shit… I would not give a shit. But Disloyal is bloody good, so it’s a fuckin thorn in my ass not to have any of their previous albums. Something I need to fix one day... In the meantime, let’s play “Godless” again!
What a killer album it is. I’ve really enjoyed it a lot and in my opinion it definitely is one of the strongest death metal releases from Poland of the recent years. It just sounds so bloody good, very mature, almost perfect that I can’t say enough good things about it. Definitely one of the most striking things about “Godless” is the diversity of this album. Definitely this is not your mediocre one dimensional death metal stuff, which would focus on the brutality only. Sure, “Godless” has a strong powerful and aggressive, technical death metal background and there’re quite few songs, which shall break your neck with the massive wall of crushing riffs and dense, technical drumming. Some parts are also quite technical, there are some broken rhythms, sudden tempo changes, but I am glad that the band didn’t exceed with all that technical aspect and their music is still pretty easily listenable, especially when compared to some other modern death metal albums. And it’s also nice straight forward music. More so, there are quite few memorable fragments, with the so called groove or whatever you call it, so… Yeah, definitely Disloyal is a mature band; they’re very precise in their musical mass killing and as a result, “Godless” is a fantastic album. I am very pleased to have a chance to listen to it and definitely recommend it a lot.
I suppose that “Self-carving Titan” is the most surprising song on the album. Not only it is the least brutal and most memorable, but also it just sounds a LOT like Gojira. It’s almost on the verge of plagiarism haha, if you take not only the main riff, but also the way vocals have been performed. I really like Gojira music a lot, so I’ve noticed this resemblance straight away. And well, maybe it sounds like a cover (haha), but I do admit that this song really caught my attention and I liked it immediately. It just has that great, sort of mechanical feeling, which is so different to the rest of the album, but is so catchy at the same time that it’s impossible to resist it. And I don’t even try to. Great song, despite the strong resemblance! But you know, one can compare Disloyal also to other bands – but you should always treat those comparisons as a compliment, because in the end “Godless” is simply high quality death metal. So, such “New Enemy Rising” begins with Vader style riff, to turn into total Morbid Angel “Domination” era playing. I like that slow fragment especially, it’s just damn crushing and powerful! One can also probably mention such Hate Eternal, Mithras or Immolation… so, the whole bunch of the best death metal bands one can imagine! Listen to also such “Mechanism of Deceit” and “On the Ashes of the World” with some truly killer riffs and a lot of twisted, brutal arrangements. The latter also has some clean vocals, which sound just fuckin brilliant, in my opinion, and add something unique to the whole song! One should also note some sick, twisted guitar solos a’la Trey Azagthoth, but also some more melodic accents like the one in “Give Place unto Wrath” – what sounds great in between the crushing blasts! This song is actually one of the best proves for how intense, but also diverse is Disloyal’s music. So much is going on here that someone would share these ideas between three other bands, easily! It shows also that the band can be able to achieve a lot also in their future recordings, so I can only wish them to get a good support and recognition and that “Godless” won’t disappear in the sea of other death metal releases. Recommended.
Standout tracks: “New Enemy Rising”, “Self-carving Titan”, “On the Ashes of the World”

Final rate: 75/100

Khaoz - I, Creator of Damnation

KHAOZ- I, Creator of Damnation (GODEATER - CD 2015)
I remember that I had the previous album from Khaoz, titled “Salvation Through Bloodshed” (released on Polish Mad Lion) and damn, I did not like it so much haha! I even checked this morning my review, which I wrote two years ago, to see what was that I didn’t like about Khaoz music… well, I gave the album 4/10 and just complained on quite few things. Meanwhile, here’s the newest album from the band, titled “I, Creator of Damnation” (this time released on Godeater), and I can say that the band developed in good direction, but one major factor, which caused my total dislike of the debut is still here, so I am afraid that the album number also won’t belong to my favourites.
I don’t want to sound too harsh on these guys… especially as some things have improved and this time I give them 6/10. Well, surely there are some really good songs, like in “Ravishing KhaoZ” which almost reminds me such Morgoth, “..and Forever Madness” or “Creator of Damnation”. I do must admit that the performance of each musician of Khaoz – guitarists, drummer, bassist – is very good, they surely are good technically and know how to play their instruments. The band not only reminds me Morgoth, but also mixed death with thrash metal, not really in the old school way, but more modern fashion... and that’s maybe not something what I tend to listen and enjoy often, but musically it isn’t terrible. It’s rather solid and decent.
The production is also quite good, I can’t say anything bad about it. So, what is really wrong with Khaoz? Well, thing which I HATE about their music – and which unfortunately hasn’t changed since the previous album – are the vocals. Damn, they are fuckin bad! The band decided to use one of those dual vocal performances; two vocalists, of which one has a nice, low growl. But the majority of the album has been sang with that totally fuckin annoying shrieky, harsh scream, which I just cannot stand. Damn it, I really must say that the vocals basically destroy the whole album, the whole effort of the band is vanished as all impression I take from listening to it is something like “oh man, shut up!”. Sorry to say so, but that’s just my opinion. I don’t like it and it’s maybe one of the very rare occasions, when I can say things like that… It’s annoying, especially as musically that death / thrash is really not bad and the band improved a lot, got better musically from the debut album. But damn, I don’t care really. I’ve listened to “I, Creator of Damnation” several times and have enough of this band for good. Wasted chance. Please, get rid of that vocalist now.
Standout track: “Ravishing KhaoZ”, “Creator of Damnation”

Final rate: 60/100

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Krypts - Krypts

KRYPTS - Krypts (DETEST Records - 7"EP 2011)
I don’t know how is that possible, but I think that I really liked ALL stuff, which Detest Records released in the short life of this label. They discovered some truly awesome, young bands, which were playing old style death metal and damn… they never got it wrong. I loved the whole attitude of this label also and focus on releasing 12” and 7” vinyls only, no CDs! Today they’re all great collectable items and I have quite few of them ha! And Krypts self titled 7”EP is among my real favourites. Damn, what a perfect death metal this is! And it’s weird, but I actually love this single more than the full length album, which those Fins have released couple of years later. I mean, “Unending Degradation” is solid and very good, but musically both songs from this EP are like perfect for me and I would listen to them all the fuckin day long, if it wasn’t for the fact that my vinyl player has no auto-repeat. So, it makes quite difficult for lazy boy like I am to get up every time the song is finished and play it all over again. Ha, anyway I love 7” format and love “Krypts” EP.
Two songs are here, one on each side. Music of Krypts can be described as some utter dark and gloomy death metal, which combines Finnish and Swedish styles, but is played in slow tempo only, with that strong melodic accent on the lead guitar… what gives an awesome doomy death in the most perfect vein. You can probably hear even some old Paradise Lost or Decomposed in this music, but generally think also of such Eternal Darkness from Sweden and you will know what is Krypts like on this EP. And they nailed this music perfectly. Both tracks are equally fantastic, both create this obscure, gloomy, horror atmosphere... Songs are quite lengthy, closed in 6 minutes and pretty much focused on that heavy, massive playing. In “Putrified into Nothingness” the vocals appear so late that you would think it’s almost an instrumental track, but it slowly sets up the mood, brings some killer riffs and harmonies and crushes you before going even more brutal, heavier and slightly faster, when the vocals appear. And even though it is nothing what you have not heard before, Krypts does everything just right and I surely have nothing to moan, even the murky, raw production fits here perfectly. Definitely a great release, absolutely worthy to collect, so if you find a copy, do not hesitate. It was limited to 700 copies, by the way.

Final rate: 85/100

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Infection - Acrotomophile Mutilator

INFECTION - Acrotomophile Mutilator (Self financed - 12"LP 2015)
And now something interesting. I just received a vinyl from Peruvian band Infection, who self released their second album “Acrotomophile Mutilator”. And damn, just show me how many bands out there are able to release 12” full length vinyl by themselves? I don’t think there are many. It surely is very unusual to see this. But I think it is cool that Infection has decided to finance it all by themselves, as it means they believe in their music. Also, getting a 12” vinyl for review is something what previously happened to me maybe three or four times, so a big thank you need to go to Antonio Palacios, who contacted me for this review. No idea how limited this LP is, but it’s just awesome to have a copy of it.
So, let’s check “Acrotomophile Mutilator”. The artwork for this album gives quite obvious idea what the music will be like. A dude with a chainsaw, torturing three naked chikas? Ha, that can only mean one thing: brutal death metal! And so is Infection. I am happy though that it’s more like an old school brutal death band, like for example in the vein of Cannibal Corpse, rather than that ultra / unbearable brutality of acts like Devourment, which I am not a fan of at all. “Acrotomophile Mutilator” is quite a good listen. Yes, there are many fragments, where I can hear strong influence from Cannibal Corpse, also of bands like Dying Fetus for example, but Infection music is quite diverse and you can be surprised to hear for example some more melodic riffs or leads here and there. At least I was, as it doesn’t happen often in brutal death metal bands to have some clear melodic parts. But I guess it’s all because Infection doesn’t force themselves to only sound as the most brutal band out there. Or let’s put it this way: there are some songs like “Feasting with Faeces” (sick 40 seconds!), which are more focused on the brutal and insane side of this music. But a lot of this music is a nice blend of brutality and viciousness with slower, sometimes quite technical, sometimes even a bit melodic playing, so the band is very flexible, when speaking of their influences and the way they want to play. And this diversity is definitely something what makes “Acrotomophile Mutilator” such a strong album, in my opinion.
Let’s take such track like “When Children Murder” – what a fantastic opener it is! There’s a lot of that technical and aggressive Suffocation meets Malevolent Creation style death metal, but at the same time you’ll hear melodic leads, some slower parts. So much is going on in this one song and the riffs are just superb. It could have easily been a song from any classic records of the bands I mentioned, as well as such Aeon and you would not feel it lacks anything, speaking of quality. “Tetrodotoxin” may feel as one of these more vicious and extreme tracks, filled with blasts and technicality alike to Cannibal Corpse recent records. The band continues with that intensity  with “First-Degree Murder” and other tracks on side A, but such “First-Degree Murder” and “Psychopath” did allow a small dose of harmony to appear here and there, between the maelstrom of blasts and technical, what makes the music more dynamic and more interesting.
Side B basically keeps that high quality level intact through the major part, with maybe couple of less effective song - “Feasting with Faeces” for example is pretty weak in my opinion. But such “Devouring the Living” is really awesome, even though it’s an instrumental song, but hey! What a great riffage, rhythm… it can blast, but then there’s this sudden change of direction somewhere in the mid part, into almost kind of thrash. That is something what I did not expect to hear. And “Regurgitating Human Parts” is also a real standout track here, brutal and very, very nice. Production wise there’s also not much I can moan about; it’s very decent sound, not perfect, but good enough.
Oh, damn, one more thing; if you want to see the most fuckin disgusting video ever – which I have no idea why wasn’t banned on YouTube yet ahaha – then go to Infection profile and watch “Feasting with Faeces”. The title says it all. Enjoy. But don’t watch it while having a breakfast haha. You were warned! Another interesting fact is that all lyrics are in Spanish (even though the titles are English, which is quite weird). Not so usual thing to hear.
Standout tracks: “When Children Murder”, “First-Degree Murder”, “Regurgitating Human Parts”
Final rate: 70/100

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Morbid Panzer - Demo MMXV

MORBID PANZER - Demo MMXV (Weed Hunter Records MC 2015)
And now a release from nicely called German label Weed Hunter Records of also nicely called German band (ha!) Morbid Panzer! I don’t really know much about the band (except that they’re from Berlin and this demo is their first recording), I also don’t know much about the label – but surely will do some research later – but this release is really cool. First off, it’s a cassette, released in 200 copies limitation. Secondly, this is very obscure, morbid and possessed thrash metal in the most vulgar and primitive way you can imagine, so no bullshit here, but a total sonic attack that can cause a hearing damage.
As mentioned, it’s just raw and vulgar stuff and not the fancy “I wanna be like “Holt lead guitar virtuoso and sing like Souza” Exodus rip off”. Fuck it! No, it’s just some truly simplistic and violent piece of thrash. Ha, it’s almost hilarious in some places, when I listen to the vocals for example, which here and there have crossed the line of good taste haha, with some high pitched screams or whatever else this dude is doing there haha (listen to “The Birth”!)! Don’t know, maybe he was drunk or what? haha!
Generally Morbid Panzer kind of reminds me the Polish band called Bloodthirst, in songs like “Strikes of Doom” especially, which I guess I can compare to some older Bloodthirst stuff. But at the same time Panzer has this nice, melodic touch in their music, which is all about the Swedish obscure metal of death in the vein of such Nifelheim! Actually there are quite few melodic themes here, which give a nice, more special feeling to the whole demo. Already “Strikes of Doom” begins with that kind of “horror” melody, which I like a lot. But then “Sodomizer of Death” has even more killer harmonic riffage – and it’s for sure my favourite fragment of the whole demo, so much in the vein of bands like Bloodstone (CULT!) and Nifelheim. But the best song is probably “Black Rider of Madness”. It has just killer riffs, like those in the opening fragment. It’s quite slower song when compared to the rest of the demo, more easily listenable I guess, but still fuckin raw. Obviously the entire demo has that totally harsh, garage like production, the music may feel like it’s slightly primitive, but some of these riffs are fuckin delicious and Panzer did some great work here.
Good demo then and a nice addition to the cassette collection. Weed Hunter Records has unleashed that piece in 200 copies, so be fuckin quick and do not hesitate to grab a copy!
Standout tracks: “Black Rider of Madness”, “Strikes of Doom”, “Sodomizer of Death”

Final rate: 69/100

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Bodybag - Predominance of Insanity

BODYBAG - Predominance of Insanity (UNHOLY PROPHECIES - CD 2015)
So far I knew only band called Body Bag, which is (or was, as they split up ages ago) from USA and did three demos, including “Severed Existence” demo in 1992. There were also some other Body Bags, but this time I will write about a newly created project of some Spaniards, who are / or were / active also in some other bands. Of all these bands I only know Machetazo, so it’s nothing really important. What matters is that their band Bodybag has just recorded a debut EP “Predominance of Insanity” and this is just fuckin sweet stuff. LP was released by Living Dead Society and CD is on Unholy Prophecies, there’s also a tape edition available, so get whichever version you want asap, as this is just killer stuff!
Bodybag may be considered as another project, which wants to jump of the old school death metal trend, but that would be quite an unfair towards these guys. Firstly, because they’re not some damn kids and secondly because their music is not necessarily the same stuff, which other 99% of new old school death acts have to offer. Bodybag went for slightly different influences and spat forth a nasty and filthy grinding death slab, which I can compare with all honesty to such legends as Terrorizer, early Carcass, Repulsion, Autopsy and Napalm Death. There are two things I like about “Predominance of Insanity” the most. I’ve not heard a band playing like this in quite a time and it’s just such a killer, sick, intense stuff! And this EP really sounds like stuff, which was exhumed from the old grave and the feeling is exactly the same like when playing “World Downfall”!! Except the fact that production wise “Predominance of Insanity” is clearly a product of XXI Century. The sound is obviously quite rough and brutal, but also so damn powerful and energetic that when you play this CD you can see the walls cracking. But you must play it loud, you know?
Generally we have here eight tracks, closed in 22 minutes. It is rather typical for such bands, to have shorter, but totally straight forward songs. And you know, the tempo is mainly fast, occasionally mid paced, so you can imagine how bloody intense and brutal this music is. I love it!!! Bodybag have some killer riffs, the vocals are awesome, good arrangements, even if the music is not complex or technical, but old school simple... but how brilliantly it works, man! It’s like someone dropped eight bombs, one after another and watched them exploding and turning everything into ruin. Sweet! “Introduction / Into the Bodybag” is the best killer here, but to be honest, all songs are of the same quality and bring destruction in the same, effective way. “Digging My Abyss” is another recommendable piece here. And you have also such “Ecstasy of Flesh” and tell me, if you’re fan of these old crews I mentioned above that this song doesn’t make you cry in happiness! It’s blasting and grinding like crazy fuck!
So, these was some exciting time spent with the Spanish Bodybag and damn, I could only wish to hear more such killer tunes from them in the future. I don’t listen to grind often, but when I do, then it’s that kind of sound, which Bodybag offers. Which is old school stuff, not the fuckin pigs and ultra extremity beyond recognition. Definitely, it’s one of the best debuts of this year so far.
Standout tracks: “Introduction / Into the Bodybag”, “Digging My Abyss”

Final rate: 80/100

Wolfshead - Caput Lupinum

WOLFSHEAD - Caput Lupinum (GODEATER - CD 2015)
Although I enjoyed pretty much everything what Godeater has released so far (at least those CDs, which I have heard haha!), for this one I was more than sceptical. First off, the artwork is just… bllaaaarrghhh haha! It reminds me some shitty melodic black metal bands, who sing about witches ha! Secondly, it all just looks so damn cheesy. I had no idea what Wolfshead really can be like, as I never heard of this band before, but I was just very sceptical. And yeah, it turns out I was quite right and I can’t say that I feel really impressed with their music.
I don’t really listen to such stuff often. Wolfshead performs traditional heavy / doom metal, highly influenced by the likes of Grand Magus or Candlemass, also a bit of The Gates of Slumber, Wolf, Twisted Tower Dire, even early Maiden… I like such music, even if I don’t play these bands every day. And you know, Wolfshead is fine, it’s solid heavy metal band, with some cool songs, some great riffs – like I love that opening theme for “A Shadow in the Rain (London 1888)”, which is all fuckin Candlemass slow doom heavy piece, which is just brilliant! Sadly later this song turns into some semi-ballad stuff, which I just don’t like at all. So, there are some cool moments, but also some, which are just nothing special. Also, the vocalist could have done better here and there (hey, he reminds me Ville Laihiala from Sentenced a lot in some parts, like in the mentioned “A Shadow in the Rain (London 1888)”!). Generally I think that “Caput Lupinum” is fairly listenable, but quality wise it’s still just miles away from the bands I mentioned above. It’s a decent recording and always something different from all those death or black stuff that I usually get and listen to, but it just could have been better. And you know, if I wanna play some heavy / doom, then Candlemass and Grand Magus will always be my number one choices.

Final rate: 55/100