Against The Plagues - Purified Through Devastation
Bhayanak Maut - Man
Black Goat - V Years of Absolute Eclipse
Black Velvet Band - Pozoga
Cien - Ecce Homo
Cryptic Realms - Eve of Fatality
Cruadalach - Rebel Against Me
Dalriada - Aldas
Degial - Savage Mutiny
Exhumation - Opus Death
Hyperion - Seraphical Euphony
Kaira - Roots of Veles
Kosmokrator - To the Svmmit
Kulto Maldito - Jodete Jesus
Landskap - II
Last Decline - Escape
Midnight Callings - Pilgrims of the Black Hole
Mind Affliction - Into the Void
Morhana - When the Earth Was Forged
Nechochwen - Heart of Akamon
Ripper - Third Witness
Shadow Rebels - Oversleep Hurricane
Terrorhammer - Under the Unholy Command
Vulturine / Trono - Antigos Ritos da Neblina e da Lua Cheia
Windfaerer - Tenebrosum
Zaang - Perdition

Band: AGAINST THE PLAGUES
Country: USA
Title: Purified Through Devastation
Label: Non Serviam Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
Initially founded in 2005 by 2 members of now defunct Forest of Impaled, Against of Plagues released 2 full-length and 2 EP prior to this album I'm currently listening to, and somehow I feel their band name familiar. Their first album was a self-released effort, their second was out on Dutch Vic Records and now, this new one, on another Dutch label, Non Serviam, so they seem to have a real affinity for Holland, or at least for its labels. After spining it a couple of times already I think the album title fits the music absolutely perfectly, the 9 tracks featured here (almost 50 minutes of playing time) are like a purification through devastation, the first 6 of them are a complete devastation, a relentless, brutal, technical, merciless assault of Thrash, Black and Death Metal, with Extermination Event, the 6th track, being the climax point of all brutality, followed by a 7th track, Falling Further, that's actually an intermezzo, a soft, atmospheric, somehow nostalgic and meditative track that portrays the purified World with not much left behind. The last 2 tracks of the album are a bit more technical and progressive than the rest so some change happened in the meantime. I'm impressed by their technical skills, by the perfect, polished but still organic sounding production, by their compositional abilities and last but not least, by their brutal singer that sounds like he can easily harm you (not like a kid trying to sound tough), menacing, manly, brutal, and pissed off. Highly recommended release if you're into technical and fast Extreme Metal with a slight touch of melody here and there. World class act!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Against-the-Plagues-138370759528952
non-serviam-records.com

Band: BHAYANAK MAUT
Country: India
Title: Man
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Groove Metal

Review:
The metal scene of the India subcontinent is not so big and very well known but Bhayanak Maut band is really and fantastic kicking ass,   regret that I just now received this, released two years ago, material! Bhayanak Maut formed in 2003 and „Man” is a powerful dose of thrashing/deathing groove metal with core elements. It is also the extract of american metal and core like Warbringer, Obituary and Pro-Pain but from the other side this is India, so 
I have associations with early Ektomorf (hungarian gypsies metalcore). Maybe some romanian Loudrage too? From time to time of course! So „Man” is a explosive mix of hipersonic riffs, machine gun’s fire and rage pit from the vocalist’s throat and melodic/atmospheric/proggresive interludes. There is a power!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: BLACK GOAT
Country: Russia
Title: V Years of Absolute Eclipse
Label: Nomos Dei Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
This Russian band was spawned back in 1999 but only laster a year and in 2000 they split up only to resurrect 6 years later and since then they seem to be going strong, releasing countless demos, splits and compilations, so basically staying true to the deepest underground; my respect for this attitude. This new compilation features 18 tracks from various demos, splits and or course, also some undreleased material recorded in the harshest conditions possible. Black Metal with no trace of compromise, raw, bestial, abrasive, and with no intention of coming up with something new or innovative, so if you're looking for progressive, avantgarde stuff you should avoid this at all costs. The sound quality is really shitty, you'll have a hard time understanding what's what, and on top of that on some tracks the drums sound so synthetic and annoying that I always feel the urge to skip them. The compositions are quite simple as well, without surprises, without interesting parts you haven't heard before, so all in all although the atmospheres these guys manage to create are spot on sinister and horrific and the tracks pretty different one from another (being taken from various releases), this release was boring and I don't think I'll give it another go in the future. Try it only if you're into totally raw, primitive Black Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 4/10

Contact:
blackgoat666.bandcamp.com
nomosdei.bandcamp.com

Band: BLACK VELVET BAND
Country: Poland
Title: Pozoga
Label: Art Of The Night
Year: 2015
Style: Folk Metal

Review:
First official longplay from Black Velvet Band is really impressed me! „Pozoga” (called: „Conflagration” ) is a special tribute to the middle of 90th, when members of BVB were young and fresh metal fans. Now they have set a coherent concept, which kept when writing songs and music. Pozoga included  „key consistency „of the material, every song in some way corresponded to the previous, so the whole character was on its way monolithic and hence the many guest musicians helped Black Velvet Band in individual pieces. There are even parts of the chorus too - this idea came about when composing individual pieces, just the atmosphere, sublimity until asked for such a stylistic. The same cello - always thought it was an instrument that is well suited for such pompous, atmospheric pieces. This is why the tracks "Zamiec" („Blizzard”) or "Kolowrót" („Windlass”) appear in its parts. Piano perfectly fit while this characteristic codes in "Empire" - just everything consisted perfectly together, just as they had invented. Anyway: „Pozoga” is not typical, melodic folkmetal like Korpiklaani or Eluveitie, this is material, which is rather a tribiute to Bathory or Primordial. However: great stuff! 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: CIEN
Country: Poland
Title: Ecce Homo
Label: Old Temple
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal

Review:
5 years after their foundation Cien manage to release this debut album, a 7 tracks effort totaling 45 minutes of mid-tempo to fast paced Black Metal, quite traditional to the second wave of Scandinavian Black Metal I'd say, with quite a few melodic, even melancholic insertions all over the place. At first I was impressed by the good quality of both guitar work and bass lines, offering some good taste passages throughout the material, but the drums are here to make a difference, too; the vocals, although not very versatile, are traditional Black Metal shrieks that at times, together with some slow / mid-paced instrumental lines, create quite a depressive atmosphere, one that I feel is the highligh of this album. This is how the UK school of '90's Doom Death would have sounded if they'd turn Black Metal back then, a cold, depressive and melancholic piece of Extreme Metal that's impossible not to touch you, a mix of (as said before) Scandinavian (Swedish and Finnish) Black Metal with French Melancholic Black Metal. There were only a few (really few) parts where the music gets mid-paced and the guitars are based on riffs and stop creating melodic leads, where I felt bored, but overall I felt good listening to this material, I'll do it again for sure. I really hope this band continues to create and release stuff, their technical skills and creative potential give me hope they can release true masterpieces.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/cienofficial
oldtemple.com

Band: CRUADALACH
Country: Czech Republic
Title: Rebel Against Me
Label: Metalgate
Year: 2015
Style: Folk Groove Metal

Review:
„Rebel Against Me” is interesting mix of melodic/medieval folk, and thresh/doom and groove metal. From Judas Priest via XIII Stoleti to My Dying across the Celts, Vikings and Slavics aereas with oriental/indoeuropean influences. Pathetic and melodic, powerfully and sorrow, growling and stylized on folklore female vocals, raw riffs and technical solos in one - a lot is happening here! During listening this stuff Sometimes even involuntarily come to mind associations with central and eastern Europe folkmetal band such as Morhana and Black Velvet Band from Poland and Grai and  Kalevala from Russia which indicates that the Czech Cruadalach is recognizable and distinctive folkmetal team from this part of Europe. The last piece of "No Man's Land" sounds, however, as if it were alive, removed from the soundtrack catastrophic - which in fact also very well with diversity "Rebel Against Me.". Good stuff for folkmetal followers!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: CRYPTIC REALMS
Country: International
Title: Eve of Fatality
Label: Weed Hunter Records
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
This international project was founded last year by members from Mexico, Brazil, Greece and USA, and here we have their debut demo already released in 3 different formats: CD by the band, vinyl by Bloody Productions and tape by Weed Hunter Records from Germany. I have here the tape version and I have to say for a demo it's as professional as you can get, professional to a full-length album level, and it's worth every penny if you like to have good looking tapes in your collection. Judging it by the music on it I'd say although the members are all experienced and mature musicians, this recording shows it's a debut demo; the production, although fat and traditional, sounds synthetic at times (especially the drums, but also the guitars sound a bit lifeless, too). The compositions present us a band with clear potential, a tape that reminds me of the early Tampa Bay Death Metal recordings, especially Obituary, and that's so very cool. If they keep on the same path and come up with one or two memorable tracks on the next recording, coupled with these great marketing skills I've seen in this band lately (their name seem to come up everywhere), I can see Cryptic Realms provoking some waves in the scene. The tape version comes with a 3 panels booklet featuring lyrics and is limited to 166 hand-numbered copies.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
crypticrealms.bandcamp.com
weed-hunter-records.blogspot.com

Band: DALRIADA
Country: Hungary
Title: Aldas
Label: Nail Records
Year: 2015
Style: Folk Metal

Review:
New Hungarian folkmetallers album „Aldas” brings a lot sounds which the band has long since become accustomed fans. Wheter „Aldas” is really great folkmetal album, full of authentic folk motifs taken from Hungarian folklore, and this folklore is as good Hungarian wine:good and there is no need to change anything. This very melodius stuff with riffs’ claw (based a lot of  local folk rhythms) is a perfect monolith, which connoisseurs of folk metal (me too) will listen with bated breath. This is not to pretend the Celts and Vikings, it is just Hungrian - and respect for Dalriada!
Reviewed by Vilcin

Band: DEGIAL
Country: Sweden
Title: Savage Mutiny
Label: Sepulchral Voice Records
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
I feel like the current Retro Death Metal movement is slowly becoming a stale genre lately, like in the beginning of the '90's, when Black Metal took over the banner of blasphemy, but there are still some bands that have the potential of turning things over and actually make this genre a bit more fetid and decaying than it was, pushing further the barriers of rotting Death Metal, and so getting back cohorts of fans who are obviously looking for genuine, honest experiences inspired by death in a genre that is named after it... And since we're talking about a band from Uppsala, citymates and close friends with the guys from Watain (both Erik Danielsson and Set Teitan contributed on this album, too), Degial are one of those bands capable of becoming the next big thing in Death Metal, and I'd say capable of reaching a Watain-like status in this scene. Their image is definitely interesting and intriguing in order to catch the kid's attention, and their music is a perfect blend of US and Swedish fast paced old-school Death Metal, highlighted by its constant intensity, decaying, miasmal atmospheres, a good vocalist (that could and should have been a bit more versatile though), catchy and haunting guitar riffs supported by intelligent and even melodic at times leads, fat-ass devastating bass lines and organic, angry drumming. All in all Savage Mutiny is an excellent album, the second attempt of this Swedish band, an album that has the capacity of turning some heads and creating a steady, devoted following. Comes on CD with 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics, but it seems Sepulchral Voice has released or will release it on vinyl as well. Definitely worth your time and cash.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
degialofficial.com

Band: EXHUMATION
Country: Indonesia
Title: Opus Death
Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen
Year: 2014
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Exhumation, the one hailing from Indonesia, seems to have succeeded to spark some interest after the self-release of their debut album in 2012, and here's how this second full-length is out on Germany based Dunkelheit Prod., a major step up for the band I'd say, but from what I was able to browse on the net it's a well deserved achievement since the debut was so well received. And here we have their second opus, a 10 tracks effort clocking 40 minutes of Bestial Death Metal splashed with a good dose of Thrash and Black Metal a la '80's, dirty, aggressive, blasphemic, managing to create a death infected atmosphere that will give you the chills. Old-school or traditional are perfect words for this release as Exhumation are following old patterns, without trying to be innovative in any way, but from my point of view I like tghe fact that they decided to push the instrumental in front of the vocals and this because the vocals, as demonic and ghoulish they sound, have nothing catchy, while on the instrumental part you can find some pretty rad guitar leads and solos, the drumming is energetic and intense as fuck, and the bass lines are also a good element towards the final outcome. In what concerns the current revival Extreme Metal scene this is absolutely a top notch release, but nothing to push any boundaries, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/hailexhumation
dunkelheit-produktionen.de

Band: HYPERION
Country: Sweden
Title: Seraphical Euphony
Label: Black Lion Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
10 years after their foundation, Swedes Hyperion manage to record and release their debut album, one that hopefully for them will unchain their thirst for more. 9 tracks, a bit over 50 minutes of playing time, long compositions that are based on the nowadays traditional type of melodic and technical Swedish Black Metal with plenty of (Gothemburg type) Death Metal influences all over; from epic mid-tempos to fast and furious paces, from acoustic guitar underlines to symphonic and majestic atmospheres built by keyboard backgrounds, from the rich and well-crafted compositions to the perfect execution, Hyperion offers a lesson in melodic, technical and extreme Metal and demonstrate they could be the new torch bearers of Swedish Black Metal. Not sure if the band has what it takes to storm the stages (the 10 years waiting must have marked them pretty rough), but such an amazing debut album should be followed by tours and tours, and maybe a followup full-length in a year or two. Anyway, we'll see, but in the meantime don't miss this album, it will probably be featured in the year end tops.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
hyperionswe.bandcamp.com
blacklionproduction666.bandcamp.com

Band: KAIRA
Country: Belarus
Title: Roots of Veles
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2015
Style: Modern Metal

Review:
This band was founded back in 1999 and since 2006 they started a steady activity in releasing a new album almost every other year, this new one, Roots of Veles, being their 8 full-length to date; after 6 albums on Russian Molot Records they decided to attack a wide cut of the market and the following was released on German RecordJet, and finally this new album stepped up and was released by US based Slitrick Records, a label that seems to be extremely serious and efficient lately, so probably the band will get more exposure as well, especially since apparently this album was released in no less than 20k copies, and that's fairly ambitious I'd say. Getting to the music on it, Keira presents us 8 new tracks in 40 minutes playing time, a mix of symphonic and groovy Modern Metal complete with catchy and inventive guitar riffs, epic keyboards, industrial/electro effects, a powerful rhythm section and a very capable and versatile female vocalist that leads the band not only through her sex-appeal (that's actually very upfront and fructified throughout the band's career) but also through a dominant atitude that captures the listener's attention and keeps it on a leash the whole time. So I'd say Roots of Veles is a mix of Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Groove Metal, Symphonic and even Goth Metal, and even a hint of Power Metal here and there, a modern release capable of pushing the band towards higher peaks in this scene. Well, they deserve it after almost 2 decades of playing music...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.kairamusic.com
www.sliptrickrecords.com

Band: KOSMOKRATOR
Country: Belgium
Title: To the Svmmit
Label: Ván Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
This is a good example of how fast things are moving nowadays, even in this Underground Metal scene we're all lurking in. Kosmokrator was founded in 2013, composed 3 tracks, recorded a demo a year later, released it on tape, got picked up by Van Records and re-released on vinyl, and probably in 2015 re-recorded the same three tracks (or at least that's the year indicated on the inside cover of this digipak) and re-released them as Digipak CD. To me it seems it all went too fast for this band, I mean to be released on vinyl after only 3 tracks seems surreal to me. Anyway, this half an hour recording starts with a very long atmospheric intro (4 minutes seemed too long even to me who enjoy these atmospheric passages to music building the scenery) that flows right into a brutal, demonic, cryptic, and incredibly heavy sounding Black Death Metal. The atmospheres this band create are definitely spot on, terrifying, oppressive like a ton of bricks, obscure and menacing, and I have to highlight here the excellent drumming and expressive, dreadful vocals. The guitars are ok, but I would have expected a bit more variety and a bit more emphasis on creating something else beside the already generic riffs; not bad guitar work, don't get me wrong, but I think this band can become a leading name in the scene if they incorporate some juicy harmonies and solos. Anyway, if you're looking for highly obscure sounding Black Death Metal with acceptable production this release might just be what you're looking for.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
initiate-decimation.bandcamp.com
van-gbr.de

Band: KULTO MALDITO
Country: Bolivia
Title: Jodete Jesus
Label: Nomos Dei Productions
Year: 2013
Style: Death Black Metal

Review:
Wow, although quite old by now, everything about this release makes me say "wow!", starting with the presentation, an A5 gatefold digipak complete with a 12 pages (A5 format as well) booklet featuring all lyrics and amazing artworks and an A4 format mini-poster with the band, and ending with the absolutely devastating, oblitertating, terrifyingly offensive music of Kulto Maldito, a band I haven't heard before. Kulto maldito are around since 2002 and have released 3 full-length albums so far, or better said until 2012 because after there seem to be no more recordings, not sure if the band is still alive. This is their third full-length, initially released in 2012 on cassette tapes, with different artwork, an 8 tracks (+ intro) effort clocking almost 45 minutes of one of the most blasphemic, brutal, disgusting music to ever come out of South America; I compare the effect their music had on me with the effect Peruvian Goat semen had when I first heard their music, back in 2002, and I really think these two bands are similar in level of brutality and horror. Kulto Maldito mixes bestial Death Metal with raw, uncompromising Black Metal and a bit of brutal Thrash Metal too, their tracks are more technical that I would have expected, the atmosphere the two animalic sounding vocalists are absolutely vicious, and the whole music is just a complete delight for any fans of Bestial Metal I think. Kick ass release!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
nomosdei.bandcamp.com/album/jodete-jesus

Band: LANDSKAP
Country: UK
Title: II
Label: Black Widow Records
Year: 2015
Style: Psychedelic Doom Rock

Review:
Wow, another surprise, I totally didn't expect such music from a band with this name and especially from a release with such a dark cover / booklet design, I was expecting something at least influenced by Black Metal or at least Depressive, maybe Funeral Doom Metal, but knowing the traditional, old-school doctrine of Black Widow I was also expecting something different from what I'm used to. Landskap's second full-length album is a fantastic mix of Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock and old, incipient Doom Metal a la Black Sabbath but highlighted by a modern Jim Morrison... the guy sounds so similar to Door's icon that you start wondering if there's any links, anything at all to relate the two. The combination is absolutely delicious, these types of melodic, phlegmatic, laid back, proud, and even defiant type of vocals supported by a '70's psychedelic organ in the background, by an energetic rhythm section and by a complex, even jazzy at times guitar work, sounds amazing. Maybe most of the 6 tracks featured here are way too long (the total duration of this record is 43 minutes) and I would have liked a bit more, shorter tracks, but my overall impression is that this album needs to be listened by as many persons as possible, and even if you're inbto Extreme Metal (like I am), an escape from time to time with such a brilliant release is goddamn healthy. Yet I see no links between the colorful, stoned music of this album and the bleak, cold and depressing images from the cover and booking...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
landskap.bandcamp.com
blackwidow.it

Band: LAST DECLINE
Country: Latvia
Title: Escape
Label: Beverina
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Last Decline is a duo founded back in 2004 and it seems the music for this debut album was composed during all these years, so what we get here are 9 tracks (45 minutes) that constitute either the quintessence of the band's music, or their complete playlist...
I would have never thought I'd end up saying about a release that it has the bass volume too high, usually you can barely hear the bass, but in this case it's so loud it almost leaves the guitars behind... It wouldn't be a bad thing necessarily, but the bass lines here are good but nothing spectacular or overly creative in order to be considered a progressive element. The band plays a traditional type of Black Metal ranging from mid-tempo to fast paced parts, and even some slower ones that resemble the DSBM attitude, but without any "modern" insertions if I may say so, without keyboards, synths, or other effects. The slow, depressive parts are quite ok, nothing original or impressive, but well executed, the mid-tempo parts are extremely boring and in my opinion the band should think of losing them fast, and the real strength in Last Decline's music comes in the fast parts, really, really powerful and very effective, there's where the band sounds like they have confidence and have potential of nailing it. The production is organic and crystal clear at the same time, but as I said earlier I'm not too keen on the mix and master of the whole material, besides the loud bass lines, the drums sound too synthetic and really annoying at times, too. The cover artwork is excellent, simple and effective like the music. If you're into traditional fast, grim and disgusting Black Metal this might be your thing; comes in a limited edition of only 100 hand-numbered Digipak CDs...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
lastdecline.bandcamp.com
beverina.bandcamp.com

Band: MIDNIGHT CALLINGS
Country: Germany
Title: Pilgrims of the Black Hole
Label: Into Dungeons Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
The second full-length album from this mysterious German band is made of only 4 tracks but clocks almost 45 minutes of playing time. After an atmospheric / cosmic intro relentless, pummeling drumming, evil guitar riffs and a distant, demonic vocal start assaulting your senses; the production is very minimal, raw and as close to an early '90's Black Metal demo as possible, but I'm sure this is exactly what the band wanted and what will attract exactly only the targetted audience, fanatics of obscure, filthy, freezing cold Black Metal without compromises. The drums are so fast and repetitive that one might feel bored at times, but seconded by an almost melodic guitar riffing and those ghotly distant screams they manage to create a terrifying, claustrophobic atmosphere. I find this album primitive and complex at the same time, not sure how to express it, but if you decide to give it a try make sure you follow the note on the back of the booklet: "Listen in total darkness under the nightsky!", it will make a major difference, believe me.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
into-dungeons.de

Band: MIND AFFLICTION
Country: Poland
Title: Into the Void
Label: Metal Scrap Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
3 years after a very good debut album Mind Affliction are following up with a second full-length that advances on the same path as the opener but somehow settles things down and demonstrates the band's potential and maturity. Into the Void is made of 7 tracks totaling over 40 minutes of tight and technical Black Death Metal with a melodic edge all over, an album where the band doesn't explore other territories but decides to deepen their initial way: a brutal, technical, almost mathematic in precision Death Metal with Black Metal influences sprinkled here and there and as said earlier, a very tasty melodic edge that doesn't take away anything from the overall massiveness and brutality of the compositions. I've spinned this for 5 or 6 times and I promise you I'm discovering new thing with each new audition, it grows on me like a wild weed and I'm not sure if it's only my impression but I begin to understand the link between the cover artwork, album title and the music on this album, all of them sugest an abyssal, claustrophobic fall into a dark, unknown pit. A definite success for the Polish band, highly recommended by me.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Mind.Affliction
metalscraprecords.com

Band: MORHANA
Country: Poland
Title: When the Earth Was Forged
Label: Art Of The Night 
Year: 2015
Style: Folk Metal

Review:
New Morhana’s stuff is slightly disappointing if you compare it with the powerfully of Morhana’s underground gigs. I saw this band a lot of  time in live sets, they are really great, but album is not so kicking ass as a Morhana’s gig. However „When the Earth Was Forged” is not bad album, it’s just folkmetal stuff with  no cohesion but a lot thrash/melodic death and celtic folk influences with simply lyrics like „sex, beer and folkmetal”, heh... Morhana’s debut is a specyfic „time travel” to Metallica’s „Kill’em All” or early Skyclad too. 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 7/10

Band: NECHOCHWEN
Country: USA
Title: Heart of Akamon
Label: Nordvis Produktion
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal Neofolk

Review:
„Heart of Akamon” in lyrics part is a very interesting attempt to taken some inspirations from native america’s residents culture, tradition, religion and mystical things. From the music side this album is a perfectly, almost „mathematically” perfect, combination technical blackmetal with guitar neofolk. Long, full of sorrow, songs based on atmospheric blackmetal with progressive solo guitars mixed with post-rock and folk and neofolk elements taken from west european kind of folk is not not easy in reception but thought-provoking stuff. 
I am pleasantly surprised by the freshness of sound "Heart of Akamon". In fact, each piece is a little different but as a whole are inextricably linked. As a result, it is not easy, interesting, thought-provoking material.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: RIPPER
Country: USA
Title: Third Witness
Label: Black Widow 
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Doom Metal

Review:
This Houston, Texas based Heavy Metal ensemble has been around since 1977 (!!!), with a 15 years hiatus though between 1990 and 2005, but still with more than 20 years of activity and three full-length albums (including this one) under their belt. I have to admit I didn't know the band and when I got this I browsed Youtube a bit for their debut album and I discovered an amazing band, from their impressive look to the versatility and theatrical attitude on the vocal compartment, to the catchy compositions. Now talking about this new album, it might be the first time I see a band admitting to do a record taking into consideration their label's wishes, kudos to them for this honesty. So according to the band, they went for their label's suggestions and took a more retro, Doom / Progressive path yet still keeping the band's touch intact, and after spinning the tracks from their debut I have to agree with this. What we get here are 7 new tracks plus an excellent Black Sabbath cover (Sabbath Bloody Sabbath), all orbiting around a mix between Doom and early Heavy Metal, with subtle but important spooky keyboard backgrounds. The tracks range from slow, atmospheric like "Morphinia", to more alert, more Heavy Metal ones like "Geneticide", to heavyer and doomier like Goin' Green, a healthy dose of everything in order to make thgings spicy; although the description takes your mind to an old-school sound, I'd say it's much more moder than I would have expected, but the attitude is, indeed, traditional. What I liked the most on this album were the excellent guitar solos and leads, I would have liked the band's compositions to be built with more emphasis on those.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
ripperrizen.com
blackwidow.it

Band: SHADOW REBELS
Country: Israel
Title: Oversleep Hurricane
Label: Another Side Records
Year: 2015
Style: Alternative Grunge Fusion Hard Rock

Review:
Not something we usually cover inhere, Shadow Rebels' second full-length is a head scratching mix of basically everything you could hear in a Rock (not Metal) TV show in the '90's, from Alternative to Grunge and from Progressive to Hard Rock, plus some Jazz Rock and Ethnic Rock influences, a soft record "hardened" a bit by the Metal guitar riffs surfacing here and there throughout the audition. The band decided to record everything completely on analog equipment, not sure why at this point in time though, but here's another element to stick them to the '90's or an even earlier time. Not my type of music and on top of that I find the compositions pretty mediocre although the band members seem to have both skills and good imagination, but if you think such a mix of genre sounds interesting, by all means, give this album a spin.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
shadowrebels.com
metalscraprecords.com

Band: TERRORHAMMER
Country: Serbia
Title: Under the Unholy Command
Label: Deathrune Records
Year: 2015
Style: Speed Thrash Black Metal

Review:
I wanted to start this review with a rant about how superficial this "true metal revival" became in such short time and how many posers "support" this type of bands online but "forget" to support them when it comes to buying their stuff and actually supporting them, but I guess saying what I just said should be enough, noone cares anyway. 
Terrorhammer's debut album comes out 5 years after the foundation of the band, 5 years with plenty of drama and tension that left the band in its current form, a duo with Pentagramator on vocals and guitars and B.B.K. Necro Doctor on bass. For this debut album they invited Butcher (aka. Honza Kapak from Avenger and Panychida, one of my fave Czech musicians) to track the drums and the end result I'm sure delighted both members of the band as drums play a major (if not the biggest) role on this album. Under the Unholy Command features 8 tracks + intro and clocks 35 minutes of fast to insanely fast paced old-school evil metal, a mix of Speed, Heavy, Thrash, Black and even incipient Death Metal, fast music with plenty of blasphemy and disgust in their lyrics, highlighted by a raw sounding evil vocalist, thrashing guitar riffs, heavy pounding bass lines and almost relentless drums, all supported by an organic yet crystal clear production. For this genre I really have no bad comments on this album, I'm sure real fans of it will find Under the Unholy Command an extremely tasty material and won't regret their spent money, speaking for my taste I wanted to hear something to remember the band on after the audition, but I'm afraid I won't remember any track after. Released on CD, Vynil and digital versions by Deathrune, and what I have here is the CD version that features a nice 12 pages booklet with all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Terrorhammer
deathrune-records.com

Band: VULTURINE / TRONO
Country: Brazil / Brazil
Title: Antigos Ritos da Neblina e da Lua Cheia
Label: Nomos Dei Productions
Year: 2013
Style: Black Metal / Black Metal

Review:
This split was originally released in 2011 on cassette tapes, but in 2013 Russian Nomos Dei Productions decided to release the version I have in my hands now, a CD with nice looking A5 cardboard covers and I don't mean that much the artwork, which is quite simple and childish looking, but the dark feelings it generates especially with the two band's logos on it. Opening the hostilities are Vulturine, a serious, hardworking band that has made themselves noted throughout the underground scene by releasing as many demos, splits, EPs and even albums as possible, a band that proves here once again they know their craft, they have their own agenda and are following it to the bone. Sinister, expressive, well thought and well executed mid-tempo to fast paced Black Metal highlighted by a good, memorable guitar work, organic rhythm section and demonic vocals. A mature band all together. 
Trono (or Throne in English) is a band I've never heard before of; founded back in 2001, they have released 3 demo tapes prior to this split, and since then (since 2011), they are lost again in the shadows, don't even know if they exist anymore. Their type of Black Metal is mostly mid-tempo, with some violent outbursts of fast paced aggression, heavily inspired by the Norwegian scene from the beginnings of the '90's, especially when it comes to production which is raw, abrasive as hell, and quite though to penetrate through. The compositions are really ok, not monotonous at all, expressive, and deeply disturbing for the uninitiated, they really remind me of the initial Norwegian movement, so if you're into such raw, unpolished music you should give this band a chance, they might surprise you.
Excellent release for maniacs of ugly, uncompromising, tenebrous Black Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10   7/10

Contact:
vulturineplague.com
nomosdei.bandcamp.com

Band: WINDFAERER
Country: USA
Title: Tenebrosum
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Folk Black Metal

Review:
Hm, interesting... I have the impression that I listen to various attempts to reach the grand final, which is the last track „„The Outer Darkness”. The band combines black metal with powerfully viking metal and symphonic elements and interesting vocal all time from the beginning to the end, but only the last track is the right one. Why? Violin solo in last track is really great, like metalisted Vivaldi - just a masterpiece of progressive playing. Earlier its sounds like soundcheck, violin (as a celtic folk motives) very timidly appear in the following pieces... However „Tenebrosum” is not bad stuff, just correctly played metal with good vocal, not so complicated but powerfully riffs, no great discoveries but definitely worth going back to the plate bearing in mind the last piece. 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 7/10

Band: ZAANG
Country: France
Title: Perdition
Label: M&O Music
Year: 2016
Style: Progressive Thrash Metal

Review:
The Progressive Thrash Metal label of Zaang's music is certainly not enough nor accurate to describe their music, but I felt as the best and closest term to what these guys delive on this debut album. This sextet (!) from the North of France (as a side note I've just seen a funny movie related to the North of France, with Dany Boon, where the northerners are described as primitive, drunkards, violent and so on, have no idea if that's the case in real life though) present us here 7 tracks in half an hour of playing time, and quite frankly this is probably the 7th time I'm listening to it and I'm not bored yet, this must be a good sign. The biggest challenge in Zaang's music is the weird mix between the Metal instrumental part and the Alternative / Hardcore type of vocals; the instrumental part ranges from Thrash to Progressive Metal with hints of Death Metal, Electro and even Hardcore, while the vocals are 100% on the Hardcore / Alternative side of things, and the combination is weird, definitely not for all, so I'd suggest you to give it a listen on the net before eventually buying it. Other important aspects: the pace of this album is generally alert, energetic, but there are also some light parts here and there to spice things up, the lyrics are all in Frence, which will facilitate their acceptance on local level, the production is absoluetly top-notch, as well the presentation, professional digipak with an 8 pages booklet. Interesting debut album.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
zaang.bandcamp.com
m-o-music.com

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