Active Stenosis - Succumbed to Infection
Axolotl - Voices of Luna
Azurica - Warriors Don't Die
Black Velvet Band - Pieśni Obłąkane
Bleak Revelation - Afflictive Seclusion
Congiura - iBlood
Corpsia - Order from Chaos
Dark Mirror ov Tragedy - The Lunatic Chapters of Heavenly Creatures
Deformity - Obsessed with Death
Demoncy - Joined in Darkness
Demonic Obedience - Morbid Supremacy of Evil
Diablerets - I
Die - Close Friend of Death  Алкоголь превратим мы в маачу
Doomed - Wrath Monolith
Embrional - The Devil Inside
Evil - Studňa
Expenzer - Kill the Conductor
Fragile Existence - Cataclysms and Beginnings
Gmork - Ave Nihil
Grey Season - Invidia
Groundless - Adrenaline
Hautakammio - Pimeyden valtakunta
Hellcharge - Necronoise
Helloween - My God-Given Right
Hrafnblod - Fall to Ruins
Katachthon - Katachthon
Luna - On the Other Side of Life

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Manntra - Venera
Mask of Satan - Promo 2015
Mizantropia - Oblivion
Myhrding - Nordens morkaste kapitel
Mystical - Infernalis Creatura
Nachtschatten - Prolog
Neverendinghate - La Caída de los Ídolos
Norman Shores - Le tombeau de brume
Obscurite - Contemplation
Oraculum - Sorcery Of The Damned
Orizen - Of Life, Death & Salvation
Outre - Ghost Chants
Pandorium - The Human Art of Depression
Percival Schuttenbach - Mniejsze Zło
Rasha'Im - An Invocation
Revelation - Consciousness
Sortilegia - Arcane Death Ritual
Speedemon - First Blood
Spellbound - Nothing by the Truth
Svilen Konac Project - Demokratija
Throne of Evil - Muerte por creencias
Thy Flesh - Thymiama Mannan
Trigger - Under Hypnosis
Veer - 27
Vein of Hate - Dualist
Villainy - Demo 2011 / Demo 2012
Voltumna - Disciplina Etrusca

Band: ACTIVE STENOSIS
Country: Greece
Title: Succumbed to Infection
Label: Eyes of the Dead Prod.
Year: 2015
Style: Gore Grind

Review:
Gurgling Gore Grind from the most stinking cesspool of hell - that's how I would describe what happens on this CD in a short sentence. But now let's see what's it all about. Active Stenosis is a one man band apparently started in Russia under a different moniker and adopting a Cybergrind path by the time, but the guy's relocation to Greece it seems to have changed his views and targets as the project is now Active Stenosis and plays a groovy and quite old-school type of Grindcore spiced with gurgling low-tuned pig-grunts like vocals that by the time these 25 tracks (half an hour) end will make you puke your bowels out. I like the fact it's perfectly produced so you can follow everything as careful as you want, it's not overly drown in effects and sounds quite organic (well, except for the vocals, of course), and it's not boring at all, but the label compares it to Regurgitate, I'd say a stripped down Regurgitate without the high-pitched screams and without the excellent guitar work the Swedes deliver; yet Active Stenosis resembles somehow with Regurgitate so if you're a fan go for it, stream it on Bandcamp and you might like it. I hope for a more complex release next time but the premises are good, a promising project.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.activestenosis.bandcamp.com
www.eotdprods.blogspot.it

Band: AXOLOTL
Country: Germany
Title: Voices of Luna
Label: Bret Hard Records
Year: 2015
Style: Melodic Thrash Death Metal

Review:
I know Bret Hard for a couple of years now and I was always impressed by the high-quality local Metal bands they managed to bring to the table, and Axolotl is no exception to that rule; their name seems to mean Water Demon, but I have no idea how would you pronounce it without breaking your tongue. Anyway, the band is around since 2007 releasing two demos and a self-produced full-length album before getting noticed and signed by Bret Hard. This second album is made of 10 tracks full of energy and melody, and heavily inspired by the Swedish Melodic Death Metal movement from the '90's. Their music sounds so very well curdled and well built that you'll wonder where were they hiding all these years, it's a fast paced and technical Melodic Death Metal with influences from Heavy, Thrash and Black Metal, a find blend of all good things in Extreme Metal, not overly melodic or overly technical, but with just the right amount of everything in order to be attractive and catchy for the listener. The production is absolutely faultless, the tracks are all impressive, so we're dealing here with a hell of a good release from Germany, you shouldn't miss it, just try a couple of tracks on YouTube or anywhere online, you'll be hooked for sure.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/axolotlofficial
www.brethard.de

Band: AZURICA
Country: Germany
Title: Warriors Don't Die
Label: AMRC Records
Year: 2015
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
Azurica is a funny name in Romanian, although it doesn't mean anything it sounds funny, but joke aside this band was formed in 2009 in Bavaria and released this EP two times, the first time in 2013 by themselves, and the second time in 2015 with the help of AMRC (not sure if it's not their own label, though) with 3 extra tracks and in digipack format featuring lyrics, too. The music and the sound quality disappointed me quite heavily, and honestly I can't believe this was mastered at Finnvox Studios as it sounds like not mastered at all, it actually sounds like recorded live at the rehearsal place... I don't like this sound at all, sounds less professional than I would have ever expected, very synthetic. The music is ok... for a demo from the '90's; the vocalist feels like he's struggling too much troughout the whole EP to a point I pity him (not sure why he doesn't sing in a usual, natural tone...), the keyboards are like from the beginning of the '90's, and the compositions are way too broken apart by multiple rhythm changes that have nothing to do with flow. The only element I liked in Azurica's music was the guitar leads and solos, but that's it, the band plays a genre that has reached an extremely technical and melodically advanced level at the moment in order for what they do to be even remotely interesting. I'm really sorry to be so harsh, but again, I was expecting more from a German band that worked with Finnvox studios...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 4/10

Contact:
www.azurica.de



Band: BLACK VELVET BAND
Country: Poland
Title: Piesni Oblakane
Label Selfreleased
Year: 2013
Style: Folk Metal

Review:
Polish folkmetallers from Lublin are not typical folkmetallers. „Piesni Oblakane” („Insane Songs”) are a fusion of traditional heavy metal, doom metal, folk songs, some parts of thrash and a lot of acoustic rock. I saw this band on some small gigs in tight little clubs and they playes live awesome !!! Lyrics taken from slavic myths, traditional polish and ukrainian folk songs, some poetry, some prayers to the old, forgotten slavic gods... Forgotten? No! Black Velvet Band restores the memory of them through his music. An interesting fact is that the band found a native Mexican Flavio (bass guitar) which gives the distinctive sound of the band.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: BLEAK REVELATION
Country: Bulgaria
Title: Afflictive Seclusion
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Melodic Doom Death Metal

Review:
Here's the first full-length album from this Bulgarian band, an 8 tracks effort totaling 50 minutes of melodic Doom Metal with occasional but very influential Death Metal elements. Recorded in their capital city, Sofia, Afflictive Seclusion is a very nice surprise, at least for me, being used to the brutal side of Bulgarian Metal scene, the Death Grind acts that is; the album flows easily, and although at first audition I could have said they are mostly influenced by the '90's UK Doom Death, now I wouldn't say that, they don't actually follow a certain period or territory in Doom, they take elements from the UK Doom Death, the '70's Psychedelic Doom, the current wave of Doom Metal, and of course a bit of Death Metal and even a hint of Gothic Rock, so I'm sure this album will appeal to a wide range of fans of this genre. Blending hoarse vocals (almost growls) with epic clean vocals' choirs, catchy guitar leads, repetitive riffs, very complex drumming, and a subtle but supportive bass line, Afflictive Seclusion turns out to be an impressive work for a debut and I'd really recommend you to give this band a listen, you might discover something on your taste.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/bleakrevelation

Band: CONGIURA
Country: Italy
Title: iBlood
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2015
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
Debut album from this young and promising Italian band founded in 2012, iBlood is an 8 tracks effort clocking 26 minutes of moder, melodic, and quite catchy Metal with direct and important influences from the Swedish Melodic Death Metal school. But that's not all, Congiura are in no way restrained by a specific genre, their music will appeal to Melodic Death Metallers, Modern Death Metallers, Metalcore / Deathcore followers or followers of generic (modern and melodic) Metal and even fans of more aggressive Alternative Metal, it's a broad take on music that can bring them more fans but that can also close them the way as the scene is so overcrowded by good and excellent bands nowadays that I have no idea what it takes to break through. The Italians are doing an excellent job on this debut album, the guitar work is top-notch, the vocals are good also (a screaming main vocal that at times is perfectly seconded by a clean backing vocal), and the rhythms section is Swiss-clock precise, nothing more to ask for. The best thing about this album is that the tracks are flowing naturally, are catchy enough to keep your attention high, and compex enough not to leave a moment of boredom. A really good job, a band to keep an eye on.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/CongiuraBand
www.sliptrickrecords.com

Band: CORPSIA
Country: Brazil
Title: Order from Chaos
Label: Grotesque Records
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
After 3 years of activity, or better said after a period of search of both permanent members and a path to follow for the future, Corpsia managed to release their debut demo on Grotesque Records which I think is their own label as I wasn't able to find any info on it on the net. This first effort features 4 tracks and clocks a bit over 12 minutes, sufficient to get to know the band and what they are all about. Corpsia chose the old-school Thrash Metal path, no compromises, no progressive ideas, no influences from other genres, just pure and simple Thrash Metal, mostly fast paced, but with some slower parts, too, a groovy and raw at the same time mix of old Metallica, old Sepultura and probably a little hint of Testament, too, old-school and traditional to the bone, with good, repetitive choruses, fat and headbanging-friendly guitar riffs, incisive bass lines and oppressive, organic drums. Get in touch with the band and ask about this demo, you'll get a fair and honest slice of good Thrash Metal to enjoy.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/corpsiaband

Band: DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY
Country: South Korea
Title: The Lunatic Chapters of Heavenly Creatures
Label: WormHoleDeath Records
Year: 2014
Style: Symphonic Gothic Power Black Death Metal

Review:
I had no doubts this South Korean outfit would impress me, and I was right, this third full-length album from Dark Mirror ov Tragedy is a mixture of Symphonic Gothic, Power Metal, Black Death Metal and Melodic Death a la Children of Bodom, carefully built and skillfully delivered by good musicians. It sounds like a polyphonic incursion deep into a technical, melodic and highly orchestral world of Extreme Metal, but unfortunately the mixing part of this album kills almost every drop of wish to spin it again; from the first track I had the constant feeling I have 2 or more CDs playing at the same time and that made me somehow paranoiac; maybe working with 7 different musicians and way more tracks for instruments was a bit too much to handle for Ukrainian Morton Studio, and although the whole sounds crystal clear you'll have a hard time following the music, it sounds so chaotic. Too bad, this is a band with definite potential, fans of Symphonic Metal should keep an eye on them.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/darkmirrorovtragedy
www.wormholedeath.com

Band: DEFORMITY
Country: Costa Rica
Title: Obsessed with Death
Label: Visceral Vomit / Murder Records
Year: 2010
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Basically since I got this for a review I suppose it's still available for purchase although it was released 5 years ago and in a limited edition of 300 handnumbered copies by two different labels... That's too bad because this is not a bad demo, and the band proves some potential on it, but a bit over 150 units sold in 5 years is a shame. Deformity are a 100% traditional Death Metal inspired by the US scene, mostly fast paced, but with occasional mid-tempo and quite groovy parts to spice things up. I find the vocals to be the highlight of this band, very raw, very aggressive and brutal, and at the same time I find the sound quality to be the lowest point of this demo, too thin for such a massive Death Metal music, but if you're used to the Death Metal demos from the first part of the '90's you'll have no problem with this either. Fans of raw, uncompromising, traditional Death Metal will probably enjoy this 7 tracks demo, and as a debut I find it not bad at all, too. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/DeformityOfficial
www.vvrecords.webs.com
www.helldprod.com

Band: DEMONCY
Country: USA
Title: Joined in Darkness
Label: Forever Plagued Records
Year: 2015 (re-release)
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Demoncy is one of the oldest american Black Metal band as it was formed in 1989. His only member is Ixithra also known for being involved into bands like Crimson Moon or Profanatica. The album we are talking about here, is a ancient one, released for the first time in 1999. The most ancients of you will remember the vinyl done by the french label Spikecult. This Demoncy opus is certainly the one which received the most attention in the underground. And this could be a reason why the label Forever Plagued Records decided to release it again, this time in a noble digipack version. Musically, Demoncy is playing a sinister form of Black Metal alternating fast and slow tempos. The vocal of Ixithra is possessed and reminds me a lot the one of Beherit. The compositions are well done and captivating. The riffs are morbid and even if Ixithra use a drum computer, it doesn't deteriorate the quality of the compositions as it sounds good enough. The global sound plays an important part of the dark atmosphere here, as it is particularly gloomy especially the guitar sound which is dark as night. For those who missed the album at the time, I can only recommand you to check it now, it's a great piece of american Black Metal.
Reviewed by J.

Band: DEMONIC OBEDIENCE
Country: UK
Title: Morbid Supremacy of Evil
Label: Azermedoth Records
Year: 2014
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Wow, I spinned this CD a couple of times before deciding to get a few info on the band and get on with the review, and I was quite surprised when I found out this is actually a one man project, not a real band; I don't know, especially these days when such projects are more than real bands and a lot of them sound so promising, this particular act gave me the impression of a team work, of a result of several musicians. Anyway, Demonic Obedience means George Ntavelas, a Greek who, seemingly, recently relocated to Scotland, and here we have his debut full-length effort made of 9 tracks and clocking a bit over 40 minutes of traditional US type of Death Metal heavily inspired by Incantation, immolation and Deicide, and skillfully executed. The music brings nothing new to the table so I'd only suggest it to fanatics of this genre who wouldn't mind another such CD in their collection, and to them I'd say buy it without hesitation. George managed to build and develop a quite technical, dark and oppressive release complete with sinister solo guitars, multiple layers of riffs and leads, a drum machine that doesn't feel synthetic at all, an overall perfect, creepy atmosphere for this genre. Alongside Dead Congragation whom I recently reviewed and found fantastic, here's another act from the Greek springs of Death Metal that impressed me. Fast, brutal, technical and ugly as hell!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/demonicobedience
www.azermedoth.com.mx

Band: DIABLERETS
Country: Switzerland
Title: I
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Ambient Drone Doom Black Metal

Review:
Limited to only 75 hand-numbered copies on red tape in an interesting cardstock sleeve, this debut album of Swiss Diablerets features 5 long tracks totaling almost 40 minutes of post-apocalyptic-sounding mix of Drone, Doom and Ambient with Black Metal influences on vocals mostly. The whole atmosphere is scarry and depressive making you feel like the only one left alive in a World that's continuously crumbling (literally) and disintegrating around you, the bass lines sound like whole buildings falling down, the vocals (or better said screams) are like blood-thirsty demons waiting for you, and the industrial synths are perfect to create a hostile to humans horrifying World. Very interesting and well done music, but definitely not recommended if you're a fan of the Rock and Metal that's played on the radio...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.diableretsdoom.bandcamp.com

Band: DIE
Country: Russia
Title: Close Friend of Death / ???????? ????????? ?? ? ?????!
Label: Metal Race Records
Year: 2014
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Ok, this is 100% dedicated and targetted for the Russian speaking territories, not even the band's name has a clear correspondent in Latin writing; in English the band's name could mean both "give" and "die", so probably the second option is the one the band members are aiming for. The Moskow based quartet is no longer active but Metal Scrap's owner seems to have been a huge fan back in the days so that he decided to release the band's demos from '90 and '92 on a single CD. Totaling an hour of mostly fast paced Thrash Metal, this compilation features 14 tracks and is a good occasion to discover the Russian Thrash from those years. The sound quality is very good, organic and rough, but very good for a demo status. Still some parts of these two demos betray the fact that they were just kids back then and the experience was lacking, some guitar solos sound sloppy and were really not necessary, some rhythm changes are not that well thought either, still the level of enthousiasm and the passion will win you over if you're into such traditional Speed Thrash Metal. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.metalrace.com

Band: DOOMED
Country: Germany
Title: Wrath Monolith
Label: Solitude Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Doom Death Metal

Review:
4 full-length albums in 4 years of activity, no demos, no EPs, no splits, just plain and simple full studio albums, now here's a pragmatic band, and they are also backed up by a similar pragmatic label, Solitude Productions. This fourth album from Doomed brings us the same Doom Death as before, but probably this time the band experimented much more than before yet still keeping the same somber and grotesque atmosphere, brutal and melodic at the same time but definitely grotesque. I'd like to emphasize the cover and booklet artworks of their albums, all in the same vein, with the same colours, probably done by the same (very talented) artist, something that I haven't seen lately in another band, in short you can't mistake a Doomed album by just simply looking at its cover. The music ranges from melancholic, ethereal Doom to ferocious outbursts of brutal Death Metal, to experimental Metal, yet the final outcome is definitely a modern yet traditional Doom Death Metal. Excellent album, deserves at least a spin if you're into this genre.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.doomed-band.de
www.solitude-prod.com

Band: EMBRIONAL
Country: Poland
Title: The Devil Inside
Label: Old Temple
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Deathmetallers from Silesia released their the second full length album. Intro is really insane, taken from the greatest times of beggining of black/death metal! This stuff is just deathmetal with doom and a piece of thrash and black motifs, relentless, fast, crushing the guts playing with some technically guitar solos and interesting changes rhytms and the moods... Good, fresh stuff for declared deathmetal fans.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: EVIL
Country: Slovakia
Title: Studna
Label: Devil's Obsession Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Slovakian Evil was founded back in 2001 and after almost a decade with lots and lots of splits, demos, compilations and EP, they managed to release their debut full-lwngth album, in 2013. This is the followup, a 5 tracks effort clocking 35 minutes of traditional and somehow atmospheric Black Metal. To me they sound like a combination of Czech and Russian Black Metal, highlighted by raw and abrasive but at the same time comprehensive vocals with sensible echo on mixing which gives them an atmospheric, evil edge, very good, expressive guitar work, a bass line that seems to be quite interesting but unfortunately not distinguishable enough, and an excellent drum part ranging from dramatic mid-tempo rhythms to fast and furious ones which honestly are my fave on this release. Also a notable element in Evil's music are the semi-acoustic guitar intarludes, which are like a breath of fresh air before the band unleashes a new ferocious Black Metal assault, but also the insertion (on the 4th tracks) of Shoegaze-like repetitive and mesmerizing guitar riffs. A good, solid release by a mature band, recommended to the ones of you looking for fast and aggressive but at the same time atmospheric and almost epic Black Metal music, but don't look for something innovative here, this is quite traditional and unsurprising, a side they should improve on their next release even though they plan to keep the same path, something fresh is always good. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.thetruevil.wbl.sk
www.dop.wbl.sk

Band: EXPENZER
Country: Switzerland
Title: Kill the Conductor
Label: Czar of Crickets Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
I was honestly expecting a Hard'n'Heavy / Heavy Metal type of music after seeing the cover artwork in black and yellow, this is a common practice for the Retro Heavy Metal and Retro Hard Rock bands to have their covers or tapes/vinyl yellow, but I was surprised to get a powerful and aggressive Thrash Metal, with a few Groove influences, but definitely Thrash Metal that's traditionally structured yet delivered with a modern and polished production. I'd say a groovier Kreator-like Thrash Metal with excellent guitar riffs, lots of guitar hooks all over, organic rhythm section and a versatile vocalist that's making things even more interesting than they really are. Although the name is a new one, from 2014, the band is around since 1996 releasing 3 full-length albums under a different name, Pigskin, and playing a more "core"-linked type of Thrash. Since they are Expenzer they seem to be focused on delivering mind-blowing traditional Thrash, and that in my opinion, even without having listened to their previous work, is an excellent choice. This album is made of 11 tracks (one is a The Haunted cover) and clocks almost 50 minutes and if you're into Thrash Metal do yourself a favor and don't avoid at least giving a spin to it. One of the best debut albums I've heard lately, although it's not actually a debut.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.expenzer.com
www.czarofcrickets.com

Band: FRAGILE EXISTENCE
Country: Canada
Title: Cataclysms and Beginnings
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
I haven't had the chance to listen to their debut album, but here I have Fragile Existence's second full-length release to introduce me to their music. The band was formed in 2007 and by the sound of this album I'd says the experience they gathered in the meantime is obvious, Cataclysms and Beginnings is such a complete Death Metal material that I think every serious follower of this genre will find something on his/her liking on it. 10 tracks, 48 minutes of brutal, technical, melodic Death Metal, a successful take on Traditional Death Metal seen from a modern, fresh perspective even with a slight touch of progressive to it, their music has it all, from mind-blowing guitar solos to incisive bass lines, blasting drums, from versatile and impressive vocals to semi-acoustic guitars, and from ultra-brutal parts to some more melodic and soft. One of the most complete traditional Death Metal releases I've had the chance to listen to lately, one that offers instead of excessive anything, a steady, well-crafted and well-thought dose of everything, not sure if I make myself clear enough here.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
www.fragileexistence.ca

Band: GMORK
Country: Russia
Title: Ave Nihil
Label: NitroAtmosfericum / Red Rivet / RTM
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Celebrating their first decade as a band, Gmork offer us their third full-length album to date, a 7 tracks (plus intro and outro) effort clocking a bit over 35 minutes of Russian sung Black Metal. Although the lyrics are in Russian the CD booklet features all lyrics translated in English, too, which is a good thing if they want to reach other territories, and I'm sure they are in for it. Gmork manages to change their music every time and at the same time keep their core intact; so the band's path is definitely Black Metal, but at times they add Ambient influences, at times Death Metal, and now, on their third studio album we're treated with a fast paced, aggressive and complex Black Metal with occasional Technical Death Metal influences, and a production that resembles the nowadays so popular Polish Black Death Metal, with occasional melodic touches, of course. A very good album, as usual, but not as good as their previous in my opinion, the general atmosphere isn't that involving or expressive; don't know, this one didn't impress me that much, but it might be also because of my higher expectations as well. Definitely a leading name in the Russian underground Black Metal scene, Gmork deserves more attention so if you have the chance give this album a spin and decide for yourselves. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/adventofgmork
www.nitroatmosfericum.ru

Band: GREY SEASON
Country: Germany
Title: Invidia
Label: Noizgate Records
Year: 2015
Style: Progressive Metal

Review:
After a Metalcore debut album in 2014, this young German band is back with a followup, a 10 tracks effort lasting for more than a full hour. Although the debut wasn't exactly a 100% Metalcore album, from what I've heard on Bandcamp it had a fair dose of Progressive intents, too, this new one is a step further towards Progressive fields, it's way calmer and better thought, better structured than the debut. It starts rather energetic and quite angry, but it soon tones down by a point where at times it hints towards Post-Metal mesmerizing atmospheres. The band displays open-mind and desire to experiment in every way possible, but to tell you the truth by the middle of this new album I kind of lost interest, somehow it becomes dull and the tracks seem to be too long, too stretched. Anyway, definitely an interesting band delivering an interesting album that has its share of excellent parts so I'd recommend it if you're into Progressive Metal. Production is absolutely top-notch, and I also have to mention the 28 (!) pages booklet of this CD, something not that usual.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.grey-season.de
www.noizgate.com

Band: GROUNDLESS
Country: Norway
Title: Adrenaline
Label: Crime Records
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Groove Rock

Review:
Seeing their vocalist has a mohawk I thought I was about to listen to a Punk band, but instead Groundless are pretty far from that genre; their label describes Groundless' music as a mixture between Avenged Sevenfold, Black Veil Brides and Linkin Park; unfortunately this is not the zine to present such music and as proof I don't even have an idea how Black Veil Brides sounds, and I'm quite oblivious to Linkin Park's music as well although of course I know the usual hits. Anyway, as a profane of this genre I'd say Groundless sound like a very professional and determined band, their compositions are very well-defined and could each stand out on its own without problems, from what I hear here I'd say this band should be hitting the mainstream pretty soon. Adrenaline is made of 15 (!) tracks and clocks a bit over 50 minutes, so most of them are also radio-friendly. The music is not at all offensive, on the contrary it offers plenty of melody and soft moments, but as the title suggests adrenaline is not absent either so a good part of it is also very energetic and groovy. What can I say more, if you're looking for a Groovy Rock / Alternative Metal type of band Groundless are definitely worth a check.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.groundless.no
www.crimerecords.no

Band: HAUTAKAMMIO
Country: Finland
Title: Pimeyden valtakunta
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
After a debut out on well-known Darker Than Black Records in 2013, Hautakammio (sepulcher in English) is back with the followup this time out on Dutch Immortal Frost. The new album is made of 6 tracks and clocks a bit more than half an hour of Black Metal. What striked me at first was the excellent greyscale cover and booklet artwork that somehow made me aware I was about to listen to a traditional Black Metal band, and that's exactly what happened; Hautakammio are taking the traditional, '90's route of Black Metal without anything to even suggest the nowadays trends, and to emphasize that the band recorded this new material live, so the sound is deeply organic and honest but at the same time professionala nd well mixed and mastered in order to offer a perfect experience for the listener. The Finnish quintet does it's job very well so what we get here is a top-notch traditional (and I can't stress that enough; stay away if you're looking for innovative things) Black Metal release, you will be impressed by their ability to blend (somehow) melodic guitar riffs with an extremely aggressive rhythm section and a desperate at times, evil at others vocalist; the atmospheres they manage to create even without the use of keyboards or other "additional" instruments are perfect for this type of music: dark, cold, frightening. Get it!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/pages/Hautakammio/422977844461673

Band: HELLCHARGE
Country: Portugal
Title: Necronoise
Label: Purodium Records
Year: 2012
Style: Punk Black Metal

Review:
This debut demo from Hellcharge was released by the band in 2011 and re-released a year later by Purodium, a Helldprod division, on tape limited to 100 hand-numbered copies. Judging by its sound I'd say this is a combination of rehearsal and live recordings but although its lo-fi sound quality you can still get what the band is all about that is fast and uncompromising Punk Black Metal as primitive and raw as possiblewithout too much to make you think of. It's a vomiting assault on your senses from start to finish, and if I mention the three covers featured here, GG Allin, VON and L7, you'll get what I'm saying. Could be fun to listen to at times, but unfortunately it has no musical value whatsoever, just pure energy and fun/hate depending on the track you're listening to.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/Hellcharge
www.helldprod.com

Band: HELLOWEEN
Country: Germany
Title: My God-Given Right
Label Nuclear Blast Records
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Power Metal

Review:
When I was young I liked Helloween very much. I remember polish official edition „Keeper of the Seven Keys part I” from the 80th... Many, many years later, heh, I got the newest Helloween album called „My God-Given ight”. Now is different times, different Helloween’s lineup, but this is still Helloween! Of course not the same, times of 1th „Keeper” never willn’t back, but this is quite good album. A lot of technical effects, a lot of amazing guitar riffs, a lot of „Iron Maiden-Manowar-Judas Priest” kicking ass motifs, a lot of typical Helloween’s heavy metal playing style... So I, as ex. Helloween fan, Im’ really impressed and pleasantly surprised after contact with this material.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: HRAFNBLOD
Country: UK
Title: Fall to Ruins
Label: Winterblast Halls
Year: 2015
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
One man band hailing from England, Hrafnblod presents us here its second full-length, a 9 tracks effort totaling 75 minutes of Extreme Metal. I wouldn't say this is strictly a Black Death album since it's quite hectic and follows an undefined path or better said multiple paths. The album starts with a track that reminded me of Max Cavalera's bands at times, so way too groovy for a Black Death release, then at some point we're dealing with Dark Ambient inspired tracks, them others closer to Depressive Black Metal, others sounding like the second wave of mid tempo Norwegian Black Metal with intensive double bass drums, and in the end some mixes of Black and Death Metal, with clever guitar riffs. The guy is capable of good things, no doubt about that, but this album is so all over the place that I doubt it will be the next big thing. I liked how expressive and complex at times the vocals are, some of the atmospheres created, and the fact that Monslyht speaks his mind in his lyrics, he talks about geo-political themes, nature, war instead of creating fiction, and that's quite rare for such a band. The CD comes with a beautiful 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics so you'll be able to understand what he's talking about, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.hrafnblod.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/winterblasthalls

Band: KATACHTHON
Country: Greece
Title: Katachthon
Label: Black Sun Cult Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
Debut demo from this Greek duo, this self-titled tape is made of 7 tracks and is released in a handnumbered tape format limited to 100 copies. We're dealing here with a fast paced, raw sounding, rehearsal-like, organic Black Death Metal, or rather a bestial Death Metal with Black Metal influences and quite a blasphemic, offensive attitude I'd say. For a debut tape the sound is ok, but I wouldn't name this a good production although I'm pretty sure they wanted a final release to be as raw and brute as possible and at the same time to avoid sounding chaotic; from this point of view they succeeded, you can easily follow all instruments and if you're a fan of this genre I think you'll enjoy it. Speaking for myself I wasn't impressed that much by it, it's pretty regular music without much to stand out among the swarms of other such releases, and although it's performed well and delivers a suitable atmosphere for this genre, I still think they need something more in order to stand out.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.katachthon.bandcamp.com
blacksuncultprod@gmail.com

Band: LUNA
Country: Ukraine
Title: On the Other Side of Life
Label: Solitude Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Symphonic Funeral Doom Death Metal

Review:
One year after its debut album was released, the one man band Luna is back with another full-length, this time made of 2 tracks, not only one as in the previous case. 2 long tracks totaling 55 minutes of playing time, and again I feel like this new material should have been split in more tracks as there are some definite breaks and rhythm changes in these 2 that clearly make you think you're starting a new song. Again I feel the lack of vocals as pretty influencial on the overall outcome, and throughout the whole album I am constantly feeling like there should have been something more added in order for the music to be catchier. But despite that the production is excellent, the musicianship of DeMort as well, and the music is exactly what he wanted it to be (or at least that's what I suppose): symphonic, emotional, depressive, dark and deep. The guitar work reminds me of a mix between Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, so I like it a lot. Good for meditation.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.lunametal.bandcamp.com
www.solitude-prod.com

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