Band: NECRONOMICON
Country: Germany
Title: Pathfinder... Between Heaven and Hell
Label: Trollzorn Records
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
There are multiple Necronomicon bands around nowadays but the German pioneers of Thrash Metal seems to be the first one and the most entitled to this moniker as they were founded back in 1984 and they've been more or less active during all these years (more than 30!). This album is their 8th, released on a similar amount of labels, so maybe that's one of the reasons why the band haven't really made it so far, a label promotion kind of stops once you sign with another label, and the lack of constancy affects even the best of bands. Necronomicon are back after 3 years with another opus made of 11 tracks and clocking 70 minutes of melodic and catchy traditional Thrash Metal, the softer and catchier type that will be probably enjoyed by Heavy Metal fans in equal measure; it actually sounds like a Thrashier version of Accept, the same type of compositions and song structures with loads of epic guitar riffs and leads, melodic solos, a raspy and cocky vocalist, repetitive and very memorable choruses in each track. each tracks can be considered as a single on this album and I think that's how it was conceived from the start, to keep all tracks as catchy and memorable as possible. the rhythms on it range from mid-tempo to fast paced, but I'd say it's pretty balanced and there's even an epic track, more melodic than the rest, to spice things us, so all in all I think Necronomicon did a very good job on this new album, and although it brings nothing new or surprising to the game, it's a highly enjoyable material that displays the band is still up to compete with the young blood that's around nowadays. Old-school Heavy Thrash Metal forged with heart and good taste.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/necronomiconofficial
trollzorn.de

Band: NETHERFELL
Country: Poland
Title: Between East and West
Label: Noizgate Records
Year: 2015
Style: Folk Melodic Metal Metalcore

Review:
Ever thought Folk Metal can be mixed with Metalcore and Djent on the same album? I never. But here's a Polish band that actually tries this stunt although the final result is not that convincing yet. This is their debut full-length album, first released by the band in March and then re-released by Noizgate in October, this although the band seems to be around since 2008. Anyway, they seem like a school project where individuals with totally different ideas and conceptions get together for a common project, these guys (and a girl) even look like totally different, even without mentioning their music. Musicwise they are a mix of older Eluveitie (complete with whistles, violin, and instead of the hurdy-gurdy a bag pipe and even a recorder) with Metalcore and Djent kind of guitar riffs most of the time. There are some tracks that can be considered as clear Folk Metal which I'm sure fans of this genre will enjoy, but when the Metalcore and Djent guitars kick in it all stops being natural, it becomes weird and I have no idea how I should react, but the bottom line is that this is not the best they can give / come up with from this mix, and I hope they'll keep searching for the best way to fit these totally opposite genres well as the idea is totally worth it weather one likes it or not. Not spectacular but definitely interesting.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Netherfell
noizgate.com

Band: NO SALVATION
Country: Poland
Title: Defiling Verses
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
I wouldn't say this is a proper full-length album as it features only 6 tracks and clocks only 26 minutes of playing time, but if the band (or maybe only Metal Archives?) decided this is their debut album so be it, noone cares for these "rules" anymore. No Salvation are hailing from Pszczyna, a little city in the South of Poland, and they were founded back in 2006 but only released a demo in 2011 prior to this album, so I couldn't say they are a productive band whatsoever. As I was saying this album features 6 tracks, actually 5 and an intro, of traditional Death Metal, US scene inspired, fast paced, very technical, featuring some quite rad guitar solos here and there, and managing to build a tight brutal and dark atmosphere that will probably impress the listeners, an atmosphere that reminded me of Brutality to be honest. Good, catchy guitar riffs, epic US type guitar solos, intense drumming, subtle but heavy bass lines, and an angry, uncomprehensive growling vocalist; the sound quality is crystal clear so you'll easily "get" everything. The tracks are pretty different one from another, from '90's US style Brutal Death Metal to traditional, groovy Death Metal, to a Death Metal with blasphemous, Black Metal-like atmosphere, but all in all the material sounds curdled enough; the excellent cover artwork is perfect for this release, very expressive. If you're into '90's US Death Metal a la Vital Remains, Brutality, Deicide, give this a try, CD version is released by the band, and there's also a tape version released by Morbid Chapel Records.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
nosalvation.pl

Band: NYR GATA
Country: Germany
Title: Seraphim
Label: Dominance of Darkness / Narbentage
Year: 2015
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
Young duo founded in 2014 by two guys that were already colleagues in 4 other bands, that means they get along pretty well these two. Indeed this debut full-length album sounds very cmplex and seems to have been carefully planned before they started recording. 9 tracks, almost 40 minutes playing time, a mix of Black (mostly) and Death Metal with multiple melodic elements, and short incursions into different other styles from time to time, just like Black Death started visiting the neighboring territoris but didn't stick to any of them too much in order to be contaminated, just had a drink with them, especially with Folk Metal and maybe even Technical Death Metal (the light part of it), yet the final outcome is definitely and totally Black Death Metal. The guitar work is excellent, very complex, very fresh and expressive, being the highlight of this band, no doubts, but from time to time the the drums, bass and different layers of guitars become quite chaotic, although that won't ruin the audition at all; I would have also liked the bass lines to be a bit more prominent. The album builds in time and it's for sure it will get you by the end of it; if at the beginning I wasn't that impressed I have to admit by the end I love it, and the second audition was even more catchy, so I guess if you decide to give it a chance try to listen to it at least a couple of times before deciding if it's your cup of coffee. A band with great potential.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/nyrgata
dod-records.de
narbentage.de

Band: OF SPIRE & THRONE
Country: UK
Title: Sanctum in the Light
Label: Aesthetic Death
Year: 2015
Style: Doom Sludge Metal

Review:
This (interestingly named) band is around since 2009 and after a demo, a few EPs and a split with Ortega they seem to have decided it was about time to go for a full-length album, and this Sanctum in the Light was released by the band in October and probably then picked up by Aesthetic Death and released in Digipak format, but I'm not sure if there ever was a self-release though. Anyway, Of Spire & Throne, as this album's cover artwork perfectly depicts, is all about slow and absolutely oppressive riffs, dying growls meeting desperate screams, demolishing bass lines, and apocalyptic drumming, or better said a painfully slow and decaying mix of Sludge and Doom Metal with heavy Funeral Doom inserts here and there. Their guitars give me a '70's fear of the nuclear war picture impression from time to time, but that's about all I could single out as kind of original on this release; it's not a boring work, not at all, and the atmosphere is spot on, but still there's something missing in order to make it the next big thing in this genre, and after this audition I wouldn't say if they have what they need or not, it's a very niched and well targeted release. Try it out yourselves.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
ofspireandthrone.com
aestheticdeath.com

Band: OTARGOS
Country: France
Title: Xeno Kaos
Label: Kaotoxin Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
After their departure from Rupture Records, Otargos changed label for every new album, and this is no exception, kaotoxin being the band's new home and hopefully for them they'll keep a longer and better relationship. The new album, Xeno Kaos, is as heavy as they come, the band soaring more and more over atmospheric and evil Black Death Metal territories fronted by acts like Behemoth or Hate, and where many of Today's Extreme Metal bands are heading for, if they manage to achieve the required technical capacity. Otargos manage to fit in those areas perfectly, their technical skills, compositional potential, and overall ability to create dark and menacing atmospheres certify them as a solid name to challenge Behemoth's supremacy. 9 tracks, a bit over 45 minutes playing time made by excellent guitar riffs, a rhythm section that ranges from heavy mid-tempo to devsatating fast pace attacks, a compherensive yet demonic and hateful vocal, and subtle yet extremely effective dark atmospheric keyboard and synth backgrounds. There are some occasional cyber touches here and there that could have been exploited better, but which can be a solid stepping stone for the future Otargos, something to achieve more originality. This is a very professional, powerful and entertaining release, recommended to all fanatics of Black Death Metal, but it's quite clear its not the best the band can offer or wants to offer.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
otargos-terror.com
kaotoxin.com

Band: PIAREVARACIEN
Country: Belarus
Title: Down the Broken Path
Label: Wolftyr Productions
Year: 2010
Style: Folk Pagan Metal

Review:
Initially released in 2008 seemingly for the local market only, this debut album from Piarevaracien was then re-released 2 years later by Wolftyr for the Western territories, too, with all lyrics translated in English, although the material wasn't re-recorded, the lyrics are still sung in native tongue. So I'm dealing here with an old release that I got for review 5-6 years after a normal promo campaign, I guess it's still available for purchase from the label. It is also the debut release from this back then young Wolftyr Productions, and what a release it is. Catchy and organic Pagan Metal with occasional Folk insertions, with raspy Black Metal like male vocals supported at times by enchanting nymph-like female vocals, and all this based by powerful and at the same time melodic guitar work like they used to be done back in the '90's. The rhythm section, drums and bass lines, reminded me of Temnozor, very upfront, very incisive and playing an important role in the overall result. If you're looking for an alternative to the nowadays World-reknowned Arkona you should try Piarevaracien too, this album is a total blast and if you're not bothered by a clean but somehow unpolished sound, you'll find it impressive, too, it has that genuine, ingenuous honesty that a lot of bands in this genre lack nowadays.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
piarevaracien@gmail.com
wolftyr.com

Band: REPULSIVE AGGRESSION
Country: Norway
Title: Preachers of Death
Label: Schwarzdorn Production
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
This is one of those albums that I'm sure will sell well because of its cover artwork, too. Repulsive Aggression's second full length album benefits from a perfect design for any old-school Death Metal follower complete with snakes, skulls, inverted crosses, pentagrams, and even skeletons dressed in typical old-school metalhead clothes, an instant hit, I tell you. Now regarding the music on this album, it's less old-school than the cover suggests, less aggressive than the band name suggests and more technical and somehow melodic than the overall package suggests; the compositions are quite complex and inventive yet still blending only Thrash and Death Metal, so from this point of view Repulsive Aggression is a nice surprise, I couldn't pinpoint any similar band at first thought, they seem pretty original. The 10 tracks (approximately 37 minutes of playing time), although the vocals are not that versatile and / or expressive, are quite varied mostly because the guitarwork sounds fresh and very inspired, but also because the rhythms range from steady and groovy mid-tempo to Thrash fueled fast paced. The production is very good, organic, and sounds honest so no problems on this part either. From my point of view this is a very entertaining album, not ground-breaking in any way, but well thought in order to satisfy both old-school and modern Thrash Death followers.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/RepulsiveAggression
schwarzdorn.de

Band: ROTEM
Country: Portugal
Title: Nightmare Forever
Label: Rot'em Records
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Rotem is the name of the label, the band and the guy behind them both so he's leaving not much to imagination. This one man band was started back in 2012 and last year (2014) it managed to release the debut album, Dehumanization. This is the followup, a 10 (!) tracks EP clocking a bit over half an hour of playing time. Rotem's music is quite experimental ranging from groovy to modern to melodic to brutal, whatever you can imagine and if until now there was a slight touch of Black in its music, I'd say now it's a solid Death Metal with various experiments all over. The guitar work, including the fat-ass bass, and vocals are quite ok, but I find the drums sound too synthetic. The sound is ok but don't expect something over-polished, this is recommended only to underground followers. The execution lacks good pace here and there and unfortunately at times it becomes a mess (for example the 7th track starts with a metronome and the guitar sounds like looking pace although it probably didn't happen that way, but it's awfully annoying). Imagine a '90's type Death Metal with plenty of brutal, melodic and even technical parts, with a serious inclination towards experimentation.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/rotemband
rotemrecords.blogspot.pt

Band: SCALA MERCALLI
Country: Italy
Title: New Rebirth
Label: Art Gates Records
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Power Metal

Review:
This band has been around since 1992 and although their name sounds familiar to me I'm not sure if I've actually heard of them before. This is their third full-length album and the first on Art Gates after a short collaboration with local Heart of Steel Records more than 5 years ago. 13 tracks, almost an hour of classic mix of Heavy and Power Metal highlighted by an awesome guitar work and a weirly attractive vocal style. The drums on the other hand I absolutely hate, they sound so synthetic it ruins everything for me, and the same goes for the organic but very dry production, far, far from other Italian bands that made their country famous for this genre or music. The guitars and bass lines are absolutely worth your time, there are so many hooks and interesting riffs that after a couple of spins the album starts to grow on you even if you hated it at first (my case, too). The vocalist has a tone that to me sounds like a mixture of Progressive, Heavy and Power Metal, high pitched but also warm and not disturbing at all, a master. This album could have been so much better with a majestic production (like for example Rhapsody used to have) and drums that don't sound like a fucking PC keyboard... But you should give it a chance even only for the combination of good guitar work and interesting vocals, that is you're into traditional Heavy Power Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
scalamercalli.com
artgatesrecords.com

Band: THE A.X.E. PROJECT
Country: Bulgaria
Title: Stories from a Lost Realm: Part Two
Label: Art Gates Records
Year: 2015
Style: Gothic Metal

Review:
The A.X.E. Project is a new name to my ears although they've apparently been around since 1994 but so far they worked on their own or with labels that didn't push them too much on international level. Now they've signed with Art Gates, a label that seems to work hard for its bands, a perfect home to grow their fanbase. This is the band's second full length, released almost 6 years after their debut, so all in all we're not dealing with a highly active band. these 7 tracks are clocking almost 50 minutes and what The A.X.E. Project (what an uninspired name...) offers us is a fairly good piece of Symphonic and Operatic Gothic Metal with interesting instrumental part influenced by Power Metal here and there and a vocal part that's actually a mix of male (clean and shrieks) and female (operatic) vocals. The music flows well, the production is good enough, and the compositions are complex, but where I see the album failing is both the build up of the general atmosphere (too many changes, too many ideas in each track) and with coming up with something new, something of their own. If you're enjoying this genre and you're a proud follower you'll get everything you expect from this album, but 15 years ago bands were doing this thing over and over again, there's no progress here. There are some guitar solos and leads that are absolutely killer, but that's not enough, the vocals, the keyboards, the rhythm section (well, the bass lines are kinda cool, too) will only keep your attention high if you're a maniac of the genre, but give it a chance nevertheless, maybe this only caught me in a different mood than I needed.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
theaxeproject.com
artgatesrecords.com

Band: THE NEGATION
Country: France
Title: Memento Mori
Label: Kaotoxin Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
I have enjoyed this band's debut album, back then a Mortis Humanae release, and here they are now on Kaotoxin presenting their second studio album made of 8 tracks + intro and outro, and clocking almost 45 minutes of dark, oppressive, fast paced Black Metal  with heavy atmosphere, a modern touch that pushes the music towards what's new in Black Metal, borrowing influences from Post Black Metal, too, but the overall impression if of a highly intense, extremely hateful and quite mystical Black Metal without compromises. Although on the vocal part it lacks versatility and variety, Memento Mori proves to be an interesting album from start to finish, the instrumental part, highlighted by some of the fastest and more devastating drums you'll ever hear, and by a classy, clever guitar work are taking this new album from The Negation to new heights in this genre. The band's image will definitely be a great addition to their ascension, so don't waste any more time and get this release before they'll hit us with yet a new one.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/the.negation.band
kaotoxin.com

Band: THY LEGION
Country: Malta
Title: Promo 2015
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
This is a short preview I got from Maltese Death Metal combo Thy Legion, a 3 tracks teaser for their upcoming third album that will probably see the light of the day sometime next year. The band music is highlighted by the two vocalists, one growling and one screaming, and I can say they complete each other very well and sound very good for this type of band, reminding me of the first Deicide albums where Benton was recording several layers of vocals. I can't say the same about the mixing and mastering though; or at least on the first and second track the guitar sounds sloppy when playing on mid-tempo rhythms, but as soon as the pace fastens the guitar is getting brutal, too. I would have also liked a bit more power to the whole mix, there are parts where the compositions really kick-ass, but the sound is not powerful enough to impress. Thy Legion's type of Death Metal is traditional to the bone, but quite technical, yet still not stepping into Technical Death Metal realms, and quite brutal but without being labelled Brutal Death Metal (despite some obvious influences on guitars). Organic traditional semi-technical and semi-brutal Death Metal with a slight keyboard background for atmosphere here and there (should have been more from my point of view). 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/thylegionmt

Band: TINE
Country: USA
Title: The Forest Dreams of Black
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Symphonic Black Death Metal

Review:
Interesting debut album from this US based duo formed in 2011; The Forest Dreams of Black is a 9 tracks effort clocking a bit over 50 minutes playing time, so a real, proper full-length. Maybe mentioning "symphonic" when labelling their music is not that acurate, but the keyboard backgrounds provided by lady Vanth give the impression of a mystical, mysterious symphony all the time. To understand their music better even before playing it just look at this album's cover artwork and imagine the little girl jumping around happily singing children songs (this part being the keyboards) while the death-like looking silhouettes indulge in a most cruel and ferocious massacre you can imagine (this part being the raw, absolutely flesh ripping vocals supported by the instrumental army). I don't do usually such comparisons, I'm a more realist person, but believe me that's the impression their music gave me and I had to write it down. So yes, Tine's music is brutal and aggressive as hell, theatrical and expressive, technical and well varied and it sounds very curdled although or maybe because there's only two persons involved in the creation process. A mix of '90's vampiric Black Metal a la Ancient with satanic Death Metal a la Deicide highlighted by Count Murmur's vocal brutality and precision, by the weird mix between keys and the rest of the instruments, and from time to time by the incissive and complex bass lines. I have to mention and congratulate their good documentation on Vlad Tepes for the tracks The Crusade of Dracul. The weak point of this album from my point of view would be the drum programming that makes the music lose a bit of credibility, but that's absolutely not to a deal-breaker point. Try it out!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
tine.bandcamp.com

Band: TWIST ENDING
Country: USA
Title: Musica di Morte
Label: No Visible Scars
Year: 2014
Style: Punk Death Metal

Review:
Debut demo from this young US band made of Stevo (ex-Impetigo), Vanessa Nocera (Razorback Records, Wooden Stake, Howling, etc) and drummer Gregg il Macellaio, a demo that was intended to be a tribute to the masters of Italian horror flicks of the '70's and '80's. And indeed there are plenty of movie cuts in these 20 minutes, ending with a full 4 minutes track that could be a horror movie soundtrack at any moment, and that's my fave track on this demo, too. The other three tracks are a mix of primitive Death Metal guitar riffs, Punk drum rhythms and disgusting vocals; the vocals are the absolute best part of Twist Ending, very expressive and efficient, and if you're into stuff a la Impetigo / Autopsy you's love them. The drums and guitars on the other hand are way too generic although quite fun and entertaining, but I have to admit that combined with the awesome vocals and the equally awesome horror movie cuts and effects the atmosphere this band creates is spot on deranging, exactly what they intended I guess. Oh, and a little advice: if you know Italian language try not to follow the lyrics during the audition, the pronounciation will ruin it all for you believe me; Stevo should stick to English next time! This demo comes in pro tape format with excellent artwork and look (blood-red tape, black ink spattered).
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
twistending.bandcamp.com
novisiblescars.bigcartel.com

Band: TZELMOTH
Country: Colombia
Title: Rehearsal - XII-I-MMXV
Label: Arkaiko
Year: 2015
Style: Raw Black Metal

Review:
Hmm, this band seemed quite serious and honest about their path; they are 100% underground, "no Facebook page" - or at least that's what they say, I found a page about the band, maybe its run by a fan, "no live shows" - except I found a live video on YouTube... Not sure what to believe about them anymore. There are so many bands nowadays that are trying to look like they are the most underground, the truest, the most misanthropic of them all, that you really cannot believe all of them. I hope this band is honest though, at least they look like they are... This latest release of theirs is a rehearsal tape featuring 7 tracks, 5 old and 2 from their upcoming album, but since I'm not very familiar to their work I wouldn't know which ones are the new ones. Anyway, there are no real differences between tracks here; Tzelmoth is pure raw, violent and fast paced Black Metal straight to your face, no compromises, no influences, no additional effects. I really like some of their riffs, and I'd say their music is based on guitar riffs, insane drumming and bestial vocals, somehow it reminds me of Peruvian Goat Semen. Released on both tape and CD, although I'd say tape is the perfect medium for such recordings.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
tzelmoth.blogspot.com
arkaiki6669@gmail.com

Band: VARGSANG
Country: Germany
Title: In the Mist of Night
Label: Obscure Abhorrence Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Here's an example of (I guess) unvoluntary multiculturalism: Vargsang means wolf's song in Norwegian, the project (one man band) is based in Germany, and its website has 2 versions, in English and in Polish... The EU rulers would be mighty proud of Vargsang. The project is around since 2002 and this is its fourth full-length album to date, a 10 tracks effort clocking a bit over 40 minutes of raw and quite traditional Black Metal with emphasis on guitar riffs which are trying also to cover the fact that there's apparently no bass involved, and sometimes the fact that they are mixed so loud in comparison to drums might feel annoying. The vocals are raw and moribund with high influence on the overall outcome of this album, although the instrumental part of it build up a good, heavy, dense and dark atmosphere on its own, too. For a selfproclaimed label like "Raw Hateful Black Metal" you'd expect nothing but fast and furious rhythms, but gladly for me this is quite varied in both rhythms and compositions, there's plenty to enjoy here and plenty to avoid getting you bored, even the slight keyboard touches present here and there are bringing a plus in the generally mysterious atmosphere of this album. If you're into hateful, horrifying, clever Traditional Black Metal I'd say you go for this without any worries.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
vargsang.ovh.org
obscure-abhorrence.de

Band: Various Artists
Country: Various
Title: Evocation of the Demons Vol. I
Label: Helldprod
Year: 2015
Style: Extreme Metal

Review:
Martelo Negro - a mix of Thrash, Black and Death Metal, fast paced and headbanging-friendly; the guitar solo on this track sounds stupid though
Sinister - what can I say, Legendary Dutch Death Metal band presenting their mid-tempo to fast paced brutal Metal with uncomprehensive animalic vocals
Neoplasmah - fast, uncompromising, diabolic Black Metal; catchy track highlighted by good guitar work, incissive and complex bass lines, energetic drums and vicious male vocals supported by melodic female vocals at times
Amen Corner - slow to mid-tempo Doom Black Metal highlighted by simplistic riffs and rhythm section, melodic guitar leads, organic sound and a fucked up mastering (you're constantly feeling the track's about to end as the volume fluctuates a lot - like an old tape)
Marginal - dirty sounding Thrash Metal with heavy Black Death Metal influences
Scum Liquor - a mix of Punk and Heavy Metal with Thrash Black kind of vocals; trendy path nowadays...
Filii Nigrantium Infernalium - mix of Heavy, Thrash and Black Metal, fast-paced, with cool Heavy Metal guitar riffs and demented screaming vocals
Anarchos - old-school Swedish necro-sounding Death Metal, slow to fast paced rhythms, two layers of vocals, catchy guitar leads
Insolitum - traditional mid-tempo Death Metal with Gollum-like vocals, incissive bass lines and repetitive but not boring guitar riffs; not impressive though
Villainy - fast-paced Crusty Thrashing Black Metal; this tracks has a bit too repetitive riffs for my taste but the band is great
The Sorcerer - the initial Thrash Black like riffs of this track last so long you start to wonder when is the real track going to start; and when it starts it's totally different than what expected, a fast paced, uncompromising traditional Black Metal
Alcoholocaust - fast, dirty and drunk Thrash Metal with rehearsal-like sound quality
Mystical - traditional Black Metal without too much to impress other than the awful drum sound and childish vocals
Disthrone - Punk Thrash Black Metal with rehearsal quality sound; raw female vocals
Scarificare - although the sound is awful, composition-wise this is one of the most professional bands on this compilation; traditional Black Metal with heavy atmospheres; to keep an eye on
Grog - uncompromising ultra-fast Brutal Death Grind; good stuff
Decayed - Lusitanian masters of dirty Black Metal; a bit too simplistic for my taste, but I appreciate their devotion and will to keep the banner high
Goatfukk - mix of Punk and Black Metal, not my type, I feel the guitar riffs are stupidly simplistic
Grave Desecrator - mix of Black and Death Metal, a band that fits perfectly in the current leather'n'spikes trend; unpolished sound, but quite ok for this type of music; catchy, simplistic track with some good guitar riffs
Gorgasmico Pornoblastoma - insane porn infused Grindcore with awful pig squeals here and there, but a good mix of growls and screams as main vocals
Helldprod presents us here their most recent jewels, all these bands are or have been signed on this Dutch / Portuguese label. Fit for fans of the retro Extreme Metal movement so in fashion Today.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
helldprod.bandcamp.com

Band: Various Artists
Country: Poland
Title: Thrashing Damnation Thru Compilation vol. 2 
Label: Defense
Year: 2013
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Driller - opening this compilation with 2 tracks of quite simple mid-tempo to fast paced '80's type Thrash Metal; good but not impressive
The No-Mads - excellent female fronted old-school Thrash Metal, fast, violent, angry to the bone; I've known this band since their 2006 album and I'm impressed by then since then, although they bring nothing new to the scene either;
Striking Beast - this band seems to be already defunct despite being formed in 2011, so you'll probably only find their one and only demo out there; fast paced, sharp, aggressive Thrash Metal with crazy vocals; entertaining enough
Komutator - old-school fast paced Thrash Metal with a fatter sound, something more common to Thrash Death or even Death Metal; nice guitar solos, interesting vocals, catchy riffs, yet not memorable enough
Rusted Brain - '80's US type Thrash Metal with good potential vocals, catchy riffs, short solos, angry rhythm section; an energetic band
R.O.D. - again a Thrash Death sound, but this time the band is closed to Death Metal, too, although keeping it still in Thrash Metal territories; fast paced, brutal, with excellent sounding guitar riffs and ferocious vocalist
Tester Gier - Crossover Thrash with lyrics in Polish played from mid-paced to as fast as possible; fun attitude, energetic and I guess very catchy for local fanatics
Repulsor - traditional fast paced Thrash Metal with nothing impressive except maybe some slick guitar riffs
Raging Death - a more underground sound on this band, with again a hint of Thrash Death; fast paced Thrash with weak vocals although the guy tries his best to immitate his heroes; nothing impressive or worth mentioning here
Menthrass - a more professional sounding band; Thrash Metal with catchy guitar work but weak (annoying at times) vocals
Rotengeist - a decade old (now) band playing traditional Thrash Metal with quite intricate guitar work, something to appreciate
An excellent incursion into the Polish Thrash Metal scene, don't miss it if you want to discover some new bands in this area.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
defensemerch.com

Band: Various Artists
Country: Various
Title: We'll still be Metal
Label: Mighty Music
Year: 2014
Style: Various

Review:
Sea - classic Heavy Rock from Denmark highlighted by groovy guitar work and a very powerful vocalist
Black Book Lodge - groovy, spacey, very powerful Stoner Heavy Rock from Denmark
Chainfist - modern and melodic Metal with a vocalist that to me sounds like a mix of Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and the new melodic US "core" wave of bands; not my type but I admit it's very professional sounding and catchy
Lou Siffer... - excellent Rock'n'Roll meets Hard Rock meets Groovy Metal, fun-filled, professional and at the same time dirty
Unfaithful - Groove Metal heavily influenced by Pantera's type of Metal and Southern Metal; catchy
Lucer - Rolling Stones meets Aerosmith meets AC/DC type of Rock from Denmark; a complete blast of energy and fun
Shredhead - '80's type of fast paced Thrash Metal with a heavy dose of Pantera influences
Distance - Thrash Metal meets Hardcore meets Nu-Metal meets Progressive Metal, an interesting and complex combination
Ruinside - Melodic Thrash Metal perfect for fans of, let's say, Nevermore
A Road to Damascus - Rock a la 30 Seconds to Mars, not my cup of tea
Estate - I was expecting some sort of Dance music by the band's name, but Estate from Russia are a Helloween-like Melodic Power Metal band, very catchyand positive, with lots of synths
Mike Tramp - Southern Blues Rock, not my type either
Electric Guitars - great band name! A soft Melodic Rock
Shotgun Revolution - again a soft type of Rock music that's not something we usually cover here
23 Acez - Melodic Rock with Heavy Rock and Groove Metal influences, compared to some of the previous tracks this sound like Grindcore, haha
The Boy That Got Away - Punk Rock, not my type
Annominus - blending Hard Rock, Metal, Metalcore and even Folk Rock, this is an interesting act
Saint Rebel - melodic, emotional slow-paced Hard Rock with some fine '70's like guitars, excellent vocals and slick guitar solos
Vicious Art - oh man, after all this soft Rock listening to this track feels like hitting a brick-wall, numerous times; fast and uncompromising Death Metal to the bone
Iniquity - fuckin' masters of disgusting Danish Death Metal! Masters!
Danish label Mighty Music proves a point with this compilation: they are among or maybe even THE best Rock and Metal label from Denmark, and the variety of their offer is astonishing, all bands sounding professional and impressive. Respect!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
mightymusic.dk

Band: VERHEERER
Country: Germany
Title: Archar
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Wow, straight from nowhere comes this mysterious band that presents us a debut EP that will certainly make some waves, I've already seen comparisons with the band of the moment, Mgla, so let's see if there's any solid basis for such comparisons. At first I have to mention this impression of mine that bands that had success in Black Metal recently were all about the music and less or no at all about the look, and that's valid for Verheerer (German for Devastator), this EP comes in simple form, 2 pages cover with tracks, credits and links listed and that's about it, a front cover that suggests we're going to deal with obscure compositions and atmospheres related to religion. The lyrics are in English, and although the vocals are raw but quite comprehensive, I have no idea what they are about, they're not listed anywhere, but I think it's anti-religion and death. The music is fast paced, varied, entertaining and involving, developing a sinister yet melodic atmosphere with grandiose spaces. The cold and razor-sharp leads intertwine with traditional Black Metal riffs and melodic harmonies, an upfront bass, complex drumming and ferocious vocals supported at times by clean vocals and various speeches. To sum it up the bands keep things traditional but raises the bar when it comes to little effects and inserts in order to create an excellent atmosphere that will impress the listeners for sure. A debut EP that presents us a band with very high potential, and sice I have mentioned Mgla, I wouldn't be very surprised to see Verheerer reaching a similar success soon, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
verheerer1.bandcamp.com

Band: VOMIT BREATH
Country: USA
Title: Confessions of a Necrophiliac Priest
Label: No Visible Scars
Year: 2015
Style: Death Grind

Review:
Oh man, this is one of the filthiest, ugliest, most disgusting material I've heard lately! This Knoxville based duo was founded in 2010 but only released a demo prior to this EP and this is my first encounter with their music. Oh well, what can I say, this is brutal and heavy as hell Death Grind, the old-school way, with groovy double-bass driven drumming, horrifying guitar riffs with an effect that sounds like a fucking chainsaw, and demented, monstrous growling vocals, complete with a raw, lo-fi sound quality that doesn't ruin at all the audition experience, it actually enhance it! 16 damn tracks, around 25 minutes of insanity, horrifying Death Grind a la Autopsy, Regurgitate or Repulsion. Loved it! Released on pro tape by No Visible Scars, this will become a cult tape soon!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Barthwell1978
novisiblescars.bandcamp.com

Band: YGFAN
Country: Hungary
Title: Kod
Label: Fekete Terror Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Post Black Metal

Review:
Ygfan is a new name on the Hungarian Black Metal front, being founded in 2013, but being, unlike many other names in this genre, a full line-up band with four members. Not sure if they consider this material a full-length album or an EP, but it's their first release and consists of 4 long tracks totaling a bit over half an hour of playing time. Post Black Metal or better said a mix between Atmospheric Black Metal and Progressive, almost Stoner-like Metal, with long hypnotizing instrumental parts mixed with others more intense and aggressive as highlights. The guitars and drums do an excellent job, very refreshing, nice flowing and curdled, but I should also mention the drummer and bass player's potential, they are all skilled musicians capable of delivering tasty compositions and this debut EP / album is a definite proof, they seem to have serious backgrounds as musicians. The vocals are a mix between raspy, raw Black Metal shrieks and clean, but to be honest they don't convince me although the guy is giving his all and has good versatility and imagination. Kod was released so far digitally by the band and on pro tape by Fekete Terror Production; good idea to list the lyrics in both Hungarian and English although they are sung in Hungarian, that means the band wants to emphasize the concept of their music as well. A new band to follow closely.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
ygfan.bandcamp.com
feketeterrorzine@gmail.com

Band: ZENTAURA
Country: Spain
Title: Made with Blood
Label: Art Gates Records
Year: 2015
Style: Goth Industrial Metal

Review:
This one is quite far from what I usually review here so I have to admit from the start I'm not a specialist in either Goth Rock or Industrial Metal, actually there are very few bands playing these styles I find appealing. Zentaura are a trio from Madrid presenting us here their debut album, a 12 tracks effort clocking a bit over 50 minutes playing time. A mix between Goth and Industrial Metal that sounds pretty natural, not forced at all, like the two genres were intended to go well one with the other, a mix that I would describe like a meeting between Type O Negative, Moonspell, Clawfinger, Fear Factory, Lacrimosa and Sisters of Mercy, but even though I've mentioned some pretty Metal bands try to imagine this mix with their softest, less aggressive side, something like half-Metal if I may say so. Not bad stuff, I'm sure fans of Goth Industrial will find a lot of stuff to dig in here, but unfortunately for me it has nothing to offer. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/ZENTAURA-429591860521274
artgatesrecords.com

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