Antropofago - Aera Dementae
Atomwinter - Iron Flesh
Azaghal / Oath - Split
Chiral - Night Sky
Condemnatory - (R)evolutionär återvändsgränd
Corrosive Elements - Toxic Waste Blues
Dauden - My Soul Will Be Damned Forever
Dead Twilight - Endless Torment
Dysylumn - Conceptarium
Ebony Code - Sistema Transgenico
Guadana - Deryaz
Heimdalls Wacht - Ut de graute olle Tied - Deel Twee (Land der Nebel)
Hell:on - Once upon a Chaos...
Hellvoid - Gloomy Wizard
Isenblast - Altars of Blood
Kairos - Wicked Callings
Meliah Rage - Before the Kill
Menstruophagist - Lollipocracy
Mephorash - 1557 - Rites of Nullification
Morbid Slaughter - A Filthy Orgy of Horror and Death

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Necronomicon - Pathfinder... Between Heaven and Hell
Netherfell - Between East and West
No Salvation - Defiling Verses
Nyr Gata - Seraphim
Of Spire & Throne - Sanctum in the Light
Otargos - Xeno Kaos
Piarevaracien - Down the Broken Path
Repulsive Aggression - Preachers of Death
Rotem - Nightmare Forever
Scala Mercalli - New Rebirth
The AXE Project - Stories from a Lost Realm, Part Two
The Negation - Memento Mori
Thy Legion - Promo 2015
Tine - The Forest Dreams of Black
Twist Ending - Musica di Morte
Tzelmoth - Rehearsal - XII-I-MMXV
Vargsang - In the Mist of Night
Various Artists - Evocation of the Demons Vol. I
Various Artists - Thrashing Damnation Thru Compilation vol. 2
Various Artists - We'll still be Metal
Verheerer - Archar
Vomit Breath - Confessions of a Necrophiliac Priest
Ygfan - Kod
Zentaura - Made with Blood

Band: ANTROPOFAGO
Country: France
Title: Æra Dementiæ
Label: Kaotoxin
Year: 2015
Style: Brutal Death Metal

Review:
And here's the proof Kaotoxing haven't abandoned their initial path completely, the label started out (or at least that's what it seemed) on the Death Grind territory, but slowly started getting aboard other genres' representatives as well. Antropofago started on Kaotoxin and seems to be happy where they are. This is the band's second studio album, a 14 tracks effort totaling a bit over 35 minutes of dark and technical Brutal Death Metal with highlights on the incissive bass lines, the almost comprehensive but still hateful vocals and the apocalyptic atmospheres. The instrumental work is so brutal, fast and precise you'll find yourself surprised a lot of times during the audition, the drums are absolutely insane, the guitar riffs are damn intricate yet clear, the bass lines are, as I said, highly incissive and dominant influencing the overall outcome big time, and the sound is absolutely crystal clear, you'll be able to distinguish each end every note like looking in the most clear water you can imagine and seeing every fish and plants in it. What I've enjoyed the most were the dark, heavy atmosphere and the fact that Antropofago's music is not your typical "full-on brutality and speed" from start to finish, they like to build up atmospheres, they don't feel constraint to be as brutal as possible all the time, so you'll have the chance to listen to some melodic leads and solos, some Black Death like demonic atmospheres and even a part where their music is really mellow, but it's just the calm before the storm, the overall impression is of a highly technical, highly fast and highly brutal release to be proud of. I'm not a Brutal Death fanatic, I prefer classic Death Metal, but this album sounds like the perfect blend, and that's why I love it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
facebook.com/antropofago.deathmetal
kaotoxin.com

Band: ATOMWINTER
Country: Germany
Title: Iron Flesh
Label: Black Skull Records
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Although a quite young band, founded in 2010, Atomwinter already at their second full-length album, and if the debut was self-released, this one is being released by a proper label yet even younger (established in 2012). These 9 tracks totaling a bit over half an hour of playing time are exactly what one could call Traditional Death Metal; from mid-tempo to fast rhythms, all tracks reek of Death Metal without compromises, without (too many) influences, a mix of old Gorefest, Master, Obituary, Asphyx and the first years of the Swedish Death Metal scene; solid, powerful riffs, heavy drumming, demolishing bass lines and a monster of a vocalist that leads the band well. All tracks are good, but they lack a few more hooks here and there to become memorable, and the stand-out vocals are not enough, that's for sure. Fans of the '90's Death Metal scene will appreciate this album, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Atomwinter
blackskullrecords.de

Band: AZAGHAL / OATH
Country: Finland / Finland
Title: Split
Label: Immortal Frost
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal / Black Metal

Review:
Azaghal shouldn't be an unknown name for anyone who claims he/she is into Black Metal, they have been around since the '90's and this year reached their tenth full-length album released being already a Finnish Black Metal legend. On this split they offer us 3 long tracks (totaling almost 25 minutes), two of them in their purest ulra-fast and razor-sharp Black Metal tradition, with riffs so harmonius they sound almost melodic at times although extremely aggressive, an incissive bass line, fierce hoarse vocals and extremely complex drumming that unfortunately isn't very well capitalized because of the somehow stuffed sound quality. Their third track (which is actually the second listed here) follows a slow to mid-tempo Thrash Black meets Black'n'Roll path at start, and then falls into the ultra-fast, venomous Azaghal type of music. Great tracks, great band!
Oath are a new name on the Finnish Black Metal scene, but they have already released a full-length album on Immortal Frost last year, so I guess this idea to team them up with Azaghal will give them even more credibility. Oath present us 2 tracks, also almost 25 minutes long, an atmospheric kind of fast paced Black Metal with slight keyboard backgrounds, not original but well executed and even catchy, proudly continuing the great Finnish Black Metal tradition, clowns-free.
An excellent split especially for Finnish Black Metal followers, from my point of view the US Black Metal has also a lot of roots in it, too, so its fans will enjoy a lot this split as well.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10   7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/AzaghalTerrorCult
oath88.bandcamp.com
immortalfrostproductions.com

Band: CHIRAL
Country: Italy
Title: Night Sky
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Ambient Doom Black Metal

Review:
I've given this CD a few spins already before starting to actually get some data on the band and its history and I have to say after reading about it I'm evem more surprised this one man band was started in 2013 and this is already its second full-length (both released in 2015), beside a couple of demos, EPs and singles, so we're dealing with a highly productive individual (Chiral) but one that doesn't settle for lack of quality in favor of quantity, or at least that's what I hear on this new album. There are only 5 tracks featured here but the total duration is an hour, so except The Morning Passage that's 3+ minutes long, a classy whispers + acoustic guitar + harmonica intermezzo, the others are not really radio-friendly. Chiral fully demonstrates his abilities on all instruments used here, but above all he demonstrates he knows how to create meditative passages without becoming boring; his music is a mix of Burzum like melancholic yet cold Black Metal passages supported by ambient keyboards and experimental and melodic parts a la Aggaloch and the final outcome is as enjoyable as possible, this is already the 4th time I'm spinning this CD and I'm still discovering new things and enjoying my (already) favorite passages. A really good project that has the potential to become a household name in this field.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/ChiralItaly

Band: CONDEMNATORY
Country: Sweden
Title: (R)evolutionär återvändsgränd
Label: Bleeding Music Records
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
Even though they look like a Metalcore band, Condemnatory are quite set for going on a Thrash Death path, somehow traditional I'd say, but also with its fair share of modern touches, Metalcore not being left out from the influences either. This is the band's debut album although they seem to have been founded back in 2003. We're offered 13 tracks in a bit over half an hour of playing time, as I was saying a mix between Thrash and Death Metal with powerful, heavy guitar riffs that become groovy at times, a screaming (a mix between DSBM and Metalcore) vocalist supported at times by background growls, incisive and influencial bass lines, and tight and complex drumming, but above all lyrics in Swedish language which is a novelty and might prove to be their trademark. The tracks are varied, energetic and sound honest, these guys certainly don't lack of imagination, but what I also have to mention is the organic, crystal clear production that makes things easily perceptible. Might be an album that will appeal to all types of Thrash, Death, Deathcore and Metalcore fans, try it out.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/condemnatory
bleedingmusicrecords.com

Band: CORROSIVE ELEMENTS
Country: France
Title: Toxic Waste Blues
Label: GreyveStorm Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
A decade after their formation, french Corrosive Elements manage to release their debut full-length album, a 12 tracks effort totaling 50 minutes of fast paced Thrash with death Metal influences especially on vocals (growling) and bass lines I'd say (very upfront, very incissive and metallic), but there are also some 100% pedigree old-school Death Metal parts or better said tracks featured. The guitars from my point of view are the weak point in this band, or at least on this recording they sound like they have a freakin' cold and except for the few nice solos here and there the rest is pretty generic and unsurprising. The vocals, mainly growls with occasional screams supporting, are pretty ok, but also sound a bit weird, you'll rather meet such vocal type in Brutal Death bands. At times there's also a Groove Metal influence present, at times it's even Hard Rock (on a few guitar leads and solos), making the overall impression on this album even more puzzled; the good part is that unlike the gruitar riffs the general atmosphere is not generic at all, it pushes your taste, but the question is how many listeners will be attracted by this mix. As for me, I'm not convinced by this album, sorry.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
corrosiveelements.com
facebook.com/greyvestorm.productions

Band: DAUDEN
Country: Norway
Title: My Soul Will Be Damned Forever
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
The guy replacing Johnto on drums at Ragnarok, at least on live occasions, Malignant, has this personal project, together with Berserk on bass and other guests, since 2005, and this is its debut full-length album, a 7 tracks effort clocking amlost 50 minutes of menacing Black Metal without compromises. The album was selfreleased by Malignant on limited edition vinyl, but there are also plans of releasing it on CD soon. About the music on it, what can I say, it's definitely brutal, uncompromising and blasphemous Black Metal with multiple repetitive guitar riffs that last so long the whole atsmosphere becomes mesmerizing, it takes you to other dimensions. Fast paced most of the time, highlighted by traditional yet catchy guitar riffs, devastating rhythm section and a hoarse, almost comprehensive Black Metal voice (not screams), a good audition for Black Metal fanatics, they will understand the little effects and the band's ideology, but I think occasional listeners will get bored pretty fast as it's not as varied as it should for a "mass" consumer. Organic, yet crystal clean sound quality, you won't have any problems with it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Dauden.norway

Band: DEAD TWILIGHT
Country: Italy
Title: Endless Torment
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Brutal Death Metal

Review:
I was about to say some rough shit regarding this band's decision to use a shitty drum machine instead of recording real drums, but then I saw they really don't have a drummer and yet they still continue playing and recording, and that's actually a respectable thing. Yes, the drum machine on this debut album is probably the shittiest and the most synthetic I've heard this year and it kinda ruined the whole audition experience for me, but if you don't mind such a recording you should know Dead Twilight are a mix between the old-school traditional Death Metal a la Cannibal Corpse and the '90's still US type Brutal Death Metal movement built on technical guitar riffs teamed up well with brutal growls and unrelentless rhythm section. The sound is fat and powerful, fit for this type of music, and I'd also say they're also right on the money when it comes to atmosphere, a heavy, oppressive, terrifying atmosphere. I really hope these guys find a suitable drummer soon as it's pretty obvious they'll continue to torment their instruments, this debut album displays a honest and continuous passion for Death Metal although the band was born almost 15 years ago. Try it if you're into '90's brutal, underground sounding and a bit technical Death Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Dead-Twilight-1486236595010762

Band: DYSYLUMN
Country: France
Title: Conceptarium
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Progressive Black Death Metal

Review:
Formed Antropofago guitarist Sebastien Besson and his lady friend Camille Olivier Faure-Brac are the two members behind Dysylumn, a project that seems to have been founded back in 2010 but only got active on discographic level in 2013 when they released the debut self-titled EP. Here we are, 2 years later, with their debut full-length, a 9 tracks effort clocking 40 minutes of Black Death Metal, also with the help of 4 other musicians as guests. Dysylumn is playing an atmospheric, sci-fi like, melodic and technical type of Black Death Metal with strong progressive orientation, but at least on this album the project lacks of a good production, a good enough for these complex compositions type of production, the sound gets too stuffed and curdled at times. The music is powerful, oppressive as hell, angry and quite mysterious, but unfortunately from my point of view the vocals are not rising up to the same level as the instrumental part, they tend to become monotone and boring, but I think this lack of apparent versatility may come also from the already mentioned stuffed sound. Anyway, an interesting project with bold ideas, worthy of being kept an eye on.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Dysylumn

Band: EBONY CODE
Country: Spain
Title: Sistema Transgenico
Label: The Fish Factory
Year: 2014
Style: Hevay Rock

Review:
This band was founded back in 1998 and this is only their second full-length release, three years after their debut one, so I guess they started being active on discographic level only during this decade. A mix of classic and melodic Rock, Heavy Metal, and a bit of Alternative, that's what Ebony Code offer us here, and by listing the bands they say influenced the most their genre you'll get the point: Soundgarden, Black Label Society and Alter Bridge. A style that can easily attack the mainstream, especially the local mainstream since the lyrics are in Spanish only, a style highlighted by melodic guitar leads, metallic and powerful riffs, complex and groovy drumming, subtle bass lines and a vocal style that quite frankly is far from my taste. A release that will push this band's name even higher, but I think only within Spanish speaking circles, I doubt others will enjoy it that much. The CD comes with an 8 pages booklet plus a band poster, a cool idea.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Ebonycode
thefishfactory.es

Band: GUADANA
Country: Spain
Title: Deryaz
Label: The Fish Factory
Year: 2014
Style: Heavy Metal

Review:
A few members of an already established Spanish Heavy Metal band, Huma, I guess because of inactivity, decided to start a new band in 2010 and that's how Guadana started on the local scene. This is the band's second full-length album already and they seem eager to display their skills and concepts; still Heavy Metal, still melodic as Huma, I guess what Guadana brinds new in their music is the modern touch, and maybe a Power Metal influence. I should also mention the band uses 2 vocalists, a lady and a guy, both with pretty powerful timbre, but although that's of course a novelty, I still believe the highlight of the band is the guitarwork, very complex, tight and melodic at the same time, inspired and very tasty. Well, the band uses Spanish lyrics so I guess that's why I don't appreciate the two vocalists' work for their real value, or better said I consider the guitarwork a better attraction for me. Generally speaking the tracks (11 tracks, an hour of playing time) are following traditional Heavy Metal patterns but there are also a Thrash, Power, Hard Rock and even Electro influences that made me say it sounds modern, and also the perfect production does well for the overall impression. I'm sure this will find a fair share of success in their homeland but also in Latin America.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/grupoguadana
thefishfactory.es

Band: HEIMDALLS WACHT
Country: Germany
Title: Ut de graute olle Tied - Deel Twee (Land der Nebel)
Label: Heidens Hart Records
Year: 2015
Style: Pagan Black Metal

Review:
It's quite hard nowadays to stumble upon such a consistent band; Heimdalls Wacht are around since 2004 and this is already their 6th full-length album, so an album every less than 2 years which, in my books, is the perfect distance in order to manage promoting the old album and also complete the composition work on the next one. This new album is made of 8 tracks, but it lasts for more than an hour, so we get some pretty long songs here. Musicwise the band combines Burzum-like guitar riffs with melodic Pagan Metal harmonies, with some medieval influences here and there, very versatile vocals, organic drums sound, and an overall epic atmosphere that leads you to other worlds, other times. the guitar work is excellent, blending technical and melodic Power Metal like leads with Burzum-like cold Black Metal riffs, and even a few Thrash Metal riffs here and there, there's a lot of good taste in these compositions so the final result is very catchy, varied, honest and organic to the bone, if you don't like it at first give it another chance (as I did), it will grow on you to a point where you'll completely understand and start to love it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
heimdallswacht.de
heidenshart.nl

Band: HELL:ON
Country: Ukraine
Title: Once upon a Chaos...
Label: Ferrrum
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
Although it starts with important Indian influences (specific traditional instruments) on the first track, and you're led to believe the whole material will be in the same vein, this new album from Hell:On soon fixes its path on a brutal, fast and technical kind of Thrash Death Metal, modern and intense as it's done nowadays. The good thing about it is that throughout the whole material this mystical, oriental, mesmerizing atmosphere keeps wrapping the basic structures of the tracks, and from my point of view this is a winning move from Hell:On. This Ukrainian band has already released 4 full-length album prior to this one, although they're around only since 2005, and this constancy made them one of the most respected names in their local scene and not only. Well, their constant improvement and step up from an album to the next one must be the major reason for this, this new album is another step in the right direction and I must say they are pretty close to a perfect blend between brutality, atmosphere, technicality and innovation. Andreas Kisser contributes with a solo guitar on the Salvation in Death track, but not only because of that Hell:on sounds like a better, more modern, more brutal, and even more technical version of Sepultura, or how I would have liked Sepultura to sound nowadays (I'm an old Sepultura fan, one of those that don't appreciate the new version of it, mea culpa). So yes, I like this new Hell:on material a lot and I would recommend it to you, too. I'm also sure the next one will surpass this one, that's why this is not the perfect score.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
hell-on.net
ferrrum.com

Band: HELLVOID
Country: Poland
Title: Gloomy Wizard
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Bass'n'Roll

Review:
Interesting approach from this young Polish band, they are a quartet, but instead of vocals-bass-guitar-drums they use vocals-bass-bass-drums, hence the labelling of their music as Bass'n'Roll. Actually Hellvoid's music is a combination of traditional Doom Metal, 70's Hard Rock and some Groove Metal and even Punk here and there, again an interesting mix that in my books is quite original, too, I haven't heard a similar band in recent years, maybe only the Greek Black Metallers Necromantia. There's plenty of groove in their music, the compositions are well thought and catcy, plus as instrumentists they are all top-notch, but I think they still need to bring in some more sounds in order to be able to keep the listener's attention high during a full album. I'm not entirely convinced by the vocals, though, they sound too Phil Anselmo wamabe most of the time, and I feel they do not fit with the music completely. As an EP this Gloomy Wizard introduces an enthousiastic band that has potential, and I would recommend it to you too even just for that fact that it's something different; fans of '70's Hard Rock will be treated with some of those excellent bass solos that used to be recorded back then.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/hellvoidband

Band: ISENBLAST
Country: USA
Title: Altars of Blood
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
This is the fourth demo released by Detroit based Isenblast, not a common practice nowadays to release that many demos, it reminds me of the "good old days". This one features two tracks and clock almost 10 minutes of traditional mid-tempo to fast paced Black Metal, a mix between old school Norwegian and US type of Black Metal. The riffs are quite generic Black Metal with Thrash influence and frankly I hate the opening riffs from the first track, but the leads and solos ('90's Thrash Death Metal sounding solos) are, in my opinion, the highlight of Isenblast's music proving this band has potential. Also the drums are worth mentioning, intense and complex, well seconded by a heavy bass line. The vocals could have been a bit more varied, but they are expressive nonetheless keeping it traditional, and here I also include the blasphemous lyrics. A demo that sounds like a demo and does what a demo should do, pushes the band's name to the World; I don't think a cleaner and more polished sound would benefit the band, they are not groundbreaking, but at this stage they could develop a substantial horde of followers if they'll keep releasing a demo every half a year or so. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
isenblast666.bandcamp.com

Band: KAIROS
Country: Sweden
Title: Wicked Callings
Label: Bleeding Music Records
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Metal

Review:
Debut album from this young band that likes to keep things as old-school as possible, Wicked Callings is a 10 tracks effort clocking 40 minutes playing time. I'd say the style of the band is a mix between European '80's Heavy Metal a la Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, even Mercyful Fate, with '80's US Melodic Hard Rock, guitar riffs based music with excellent leads and solos, a feisty vocalist, incisive bass lines and tight drumming. Also features the usual ballad track which is great, the whole album really takes you back in time, it's well thought and keeps all the patterns of the back then dominant Rock style intact. This will make a good impression to fans of traditional Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and even Glam Rock, I have no doubt. The cover artwork is kind of misleading, way darker than what you'll find in terms of music inhere. Not sure what impact would this album have had 3 decades ago, but now it's something different, something "new and fresh".
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
kairosband.weebly.com
bleedingmusicrecords.com

Band: MELIAH RAGE
Country: USA
Title: Before the Kill
Label: Metal on Metal
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Power Thrash Metal

Review:
Wow, this release is the perfect gift for any and all Meliah Rage fans out there, actually it's a must have item in their collections as it perfectly depicts the band's first steps in their career, around 30 years ago! No less than 16 tracks gathered here in a 70 minutes playing time, a fine display of great quality US Heavy Power Thrash Metal influenced by Exodus, Metallica, Riot, Judas Priest. The first 8 tracks are from a pre-Meliah Rage rehearsal tape that surprisingly enough has an excellent sound quality and the execution is top-notch, too, so you can almost feel the enthousiasm in that rehearsal room; the music is closer to Heavy Metal than later on, but this one was recorded in '85 or '86 before the band even had a name. The next 4 tracks are actually the band's debut demo from '87 and display a closer sound to Heavy Thrash Metal, a fatter sound; the guys were getting meaner and tougher and also they changed vocalist, but still the Heavy Metal patterns are predominant. Next are 3 tracks recorded live in their hometown, Boston, and you'll be amazed by the public's reaction, these guys were the bomb back then; also the recordings have an acceptable sound. Last but not least is a track from the band's second demo from '87 that has also made it on the Japanese edition of their debut album; a Speed Thrash Metal tracks heavily influenced by early Metallica, short, fast, concise. 
The CD comes with an impressive 12 pages booklet featuring an interview with Anthony Nichols, founding member of Meliah Rage, who talks about the band's first steps and of course, about this compilation of tracks, interview accompanied by cool band pics from those years. Another collectible release by Metal on Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/MeliahRage
metal-on-metal.com

Band: MENSTRUOPHAGIST
Country: Italy
Title: Lollipocracy
Label: Eyes of the Dead Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Brutal Death Grind

Review:
I'm not the best person to talk about a happy, ironic type Death Grind release as I never undestood or supported it, but I have noone else to do this for me and throwing the CD away without giving it a few spins wouldn't be fair; thought you should know that before starting to read this review. Menstruophagist is, of course, a fun-infused groove Death Gore Grind trio from Italy and this is their debut album made of 20 tracks and clocking half an hour playing time. I have enjoyed a few old-school guitar riffs, fat-ass bass lines and organic drumming, and disliked the nonsense pig-like vocals (inhales?) and of course the concept. Some tracks are pure old-school Gore Grind, and some are Death influenced Grind and I have enjoyed them so all in all it wasn't a total waste of time; as musicians these guys are definitely not beginners, and I'm sure they have solid experience in Death and / or Grind, too; with a different type of vocals, keping in mind that the concept can be easily ignored in this style of music, I would have loved this release! Anyway, if you're into fun-tastic bands a la Obscene Extreme give this one a try.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
menstruophagist.ovh
eotdprods.blogspot.it

Band: MEPHORASH
Country: Sweden
Title: 1557 - Rites of Nullification
Label: Odium Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
With the release of this new (third) full-length album Swedish Black Metal tyrants Mephorash also switch labels from Serbia's Grom Records to Poland / UK's Odium Records a move towards the cult status I'd say just by seeing what other bands Odium offered so far. Then again if you check this album's package, digipak with an 8 pages booklet, you'll be firm to say it's the result of a assiduous work, all lyrics although sung in English (apparently) are listed in sanscrit in the booklet, not sure why. There are only 4 tracks featured here clocking over 40 minutes and Mephorash manages to capture your attention right from the start and keep it tight until the end, this in case you like Marduk with a bit more variation, some more slow, oppressive and occult passages. Here and there there's also a clean vocal tentative although not clean to the end, and that sounds like the vocalist can "stretch" his range much more than he did on this album and I think that will make Mephorash's music even more interesting. The overall atmosphere is oppressive, dark and mystical to the bone, I'm sure it won't disapoint anyone. The problem, from my point of view, are some slow passages with abrupt riffs that are being overused and become a bit boring after a while, although I can understand they are being used in order to induce a shamanic-like state of mind to the listener; well, they failed with me, I was continuously waiting for the mid-tempo and fast assaults. To me Mephorash sounds like Marduk, Behemoth and maybe even Saturnian Mist met for a drink and instead ended up performing satanic rituals.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
mephorash.com
odiumrex.com

Band: MORBID SLAUGHTER
Country: Peru
Title: A Filthy Orgy of Horror and Death
Label: Inti Records
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Black Metal

Review:
Debut album from this Peruvian trio founded in 2009, a 7 tracks effort clocking a bit less than half an hour of playing time. It sounds like the Nazguls from the Lord of the Rings started singing in a band, the vocals give you that impression, they sound like evil, death-infested, angry whispers, and I have to admit I enjoyed them. Unfortunately the instrumental part is a bit too repetitive and simplistic for my taste, a mix of Speed, Thrash and Punk based on catchy but overused guitar riffs,  fast paced rhythm section and occasional solos, nothing impressive. Fans of '80's primitive Black Metal might enjoy this more than I did, as for me I keep my opinion that the vocals are the best part of this band's music.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/MorbidSlaughterOfficial
facebook.com/IntiRecordsPeru

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