3rd Machine - Quantified Self
A Forest - Worn Out
A Monumental Black Statue - Excelsior
Abrogation - Tief schwarz blutig rot
Aodon - Sharphood
Arsirius - Lvdi Incipiant
Astarium - In the Nebulous Sky
Atroce - In Obscuritas
Blerthrung - Blindvei
Briargh - Eboros
Celtic Dance - Regressus ad Uterum
Cepheide - Respire
Dakhma - Passageways to Daena (The Concomitant Blessings of Putrescing Impurity)
Dark Fury - This Story Happened Before
Darkness / Earth Plague - Demonic Blessings
Divine Blasphemy - Beyond the Portal
Divine Weep - Tears of the Ages
Dominanz - Noxious
Drudkh / Hades Almighty - One who walks in the fog / Pyre Era, Black!
E.D.E.N. - Fauste hoch
Eclipse - Clandestine Resurrection
Emphasis - Revival
Eradikal Insane - Mithra
Ereb Altor - Blot·Ilt·Taut
Exalter - Obiturary for the Living
Hypnos - Heretic Commando – Rise of the New Antikrist
Kausalgia - Dreamquest
Kvalvaag - Malum

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L'Endevi - Don't Go Back
Lysa Gora - To i Hola
Odour of Death - Odour of Death
Order To Ruin - Where Future Shadows Unfold
Panychida - Haereticalia - The Night Battles
Saxorior - Saksen
Shroud of Satan - At the Behest of Time
Stormstone - Heirs of All Fights
Svartelder - Pyres
Temtris - Enter the Asylum
Thundra - Angstens Salt
Underdamped System - Phantom Pain
Vampyromorpha - Fiendish Tales of Doom

Band: 3RD MACHINE
Country: Holland
Title: Quantified Self
Label: Into the Limelight Records
Year: 2016
Style: Metal

Review:
After more than a decade of activity, Dutch quitet 3rd Machine finally release their debut album, Quantified Self, a 9 tracks effort clocking a bit over 50 minutes of playing time. 3rd Machine's music is preety loose, gathering anything they found suitable in genres like Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Industrial Metal, regular, US-inspired Metal, and mostly from Progressive Metal, and the final result is really good, a serious and perfectly targetted Metal punch. The whole has a sci-fi wibe to it, and it seems there's a well-thought concept behind the 9 tracks, but unfortunately they decided not to feature a booklet with lyrics in this digipak CD release. From my point of view the guitar work is the absolute highlight of this album, but I also have to mention the clear vocal potential of John Ruiter, the interesting bass lines and the perfectly supportive drumming; but the most potential on this release comes from the band's ability to melt all these influences into a curdled, strong, inventive final product, an album that deserves your attention from start to finish. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
3rdmachine.com
facebook.com/intothelimelightrecords

Band: A FOREST
Country: Italy
Title: Worn Out
Label: Satanic Records
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal

Review:
A compilation of 2 demos from this Italian underground Black Metal act, namely their 2006 Worn Out Pt.1 and their unreleased Worn Out Pt.2, 5 tracks each of them, so we get here 10 tracks totaling 54 minutes of playing time. Raw, fast and mystical Black Metal recorded in awful conditions but sounding ok for a demo, that's what we have on the first demo. Unfortunately except for their ferocious brutality on both the instrumental and vocal parts, A Forest bring nothing new or interesting to the table, you've heard this lots of times, especially if you were around in the second part of the '90's, the South American bands were delivering such devastating Black Metal back then, I'd say Thrash and Grind influenced Black Metal only for the initiated. The second demo has an even rawer, more stuffed, more brutal sound, it sounds like a rehearsal tape if you ask me, but somehow this fits with the overly aggressive music. If this band would have had war topics I would have easily said we're dealing with Italy's ugliest and most animalic War Metal band, so if you're into that stuff you should definitely give their music a try, if not, avoid at all costs!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/A-Forest-570937746324697
satanicrecords@yahoo.com

Band: A MONUMENTAL BLACK STATUE
Country: Italy
Title: Excelsior
Label: Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Third studio album from this Italian Black Metal band, or better said one-man-project, that could be easily placed in the same category as for example Shining or most of the nowadays French Black Metal scene, mainly Peste Noir, a "fuck you all, fuck everything, fuck live" attitude that's quite contagious. Yet AMBS also takes a strange turn when it comes to lyrical themes, mainly speaking about national pride (not NS though) and seemingly patriotism; that's weird because usually in such music you're used to deal with totally different, more decadent, topics. The music is very interesting: using traditional, raw sounding Black Metal as backbone, D.H., the man behind AMBS, builds many, different structures and rhythms ranging from slow to fast paced and everything in between, but the main attraction of this act are, of course, the vocals, very expressive, free, and as razor sharp as the music is. There are no set in stone templates when it comes to the instrumental part either and that makes it an adventure, you never know where the next riff might take you, although at times, because of its organic, rough recording technique, the music might seem a bit underworked. If you think Raw Black Metal mixed with Ambient Melodic Depressive Black Metal is the thing for you AMBS might just be the right choice.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/A-Monumental-Black-Statue-124013507665805

Band: ABROGATION
Country: Germany
Title: Tief schwarz blutig rot
Label: Medusa Productions / Einheit Produktionen
Year: 2011
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
21 years and still counting, Abrogation are slowly approaching a quarter of a century of activity, and that's more than impressive especially for a band that remained true to the genre they first started playin, Melodic Death Metal. What I have here is the band's fifth full-length album but not their latest since this year the band returned with another opus. This one was released back in 2011 and features 13 tracks clocking 52 minutes of Melodic Death Metal based on powerful and catchy guitar riffs, Heavy Metal influenced leads and solos, intense rhythm section and a German-sung Bethlehem-like rough voice from one of the two remaining founding members, Schwarte, although this album also marks the last release with him in the band since a couple of years later he decided to quit. The instrumental part balances between Gothemburg-like Melodic Death Metal and traditional, sometimes even brutal Death Metal to keep things interesting and I have to admit this mix brought a breath of fresh air in their music avoiding monotony, although not enough to be surprising or innovative though. A good album, especially if you know German and can understand the lyrics in order to get a closer insight; a band that doesn't break any boundaries but a band that keeps offering good quality material even after so many years on the barricades.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
abrogation.de
einheit-produktionen.de
medusarecords.net

Band: AODON
Country: France
Title: Sharphood
Label: Antinomie Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Atmospheric Black Metal

Review:
Debut album from this young project that seems to have been founded this year, so we're looking at a less than half a year career for Aodon, and it already benefits of a record deal and here, its debut full-length album released on 3 panels Digipak CD format (honestly I hate the what seems to be low image quality of the front cover artwork, but also how dark the lyrics are printed on a black background, I had a hard time reading them). Pretty cool, isn't it? Well, M-Kha, the guy behind this moniker seems to have had the ideas of these 12 (!) tracks in his head for a long time since the album in itself sound pretty good, well matured and lyrically interesting, I guess you cannot do that in less than a year though... The music is a combination of fast paced, blastbeats-lead Black Metal with Atmospheric parts all over, a strong influence I would say from the '90's UK Doom Death scene, and even some Hardcore influences here and there when the rhythms become quite groovy or when a male choir appears in the background and sounds like fuckin' Biohazard, but don't get fooled, this is a full-on Black Metal release, closer to the melodic and dark Doom Death atmospheres from the '90's, but sounding quite modern I'd say. The vocals have a certain abrasive and organic timbre that might separate this project from others similar and give it an own sound, but except for that there's not much to surprise you on this debut album, which is damn understandable for a less than half a year outfit. Promising. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/AodonBand
antinomieproductions.bigcartel.com

Band: ARSIRIUS
Country: Germany
Title: Lvdi Incipiant
Label: Medusa Productions / Einheit Produktionen
Year: 2016
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Formed from the ashes of Dead Emotions in 2010, Arsirius are a new name, at least to me, so I had no clue what to expect when popping this CD into my player. This is the band's debut album, a 10 tracks effort clocking almost 45 minutes of playing time. Modern sounding Death Metal with plenty of technical and melodic features to impress, but unfortunately bringing nothing new or original to the table, throughout the audition I had the constant feeling I've already heard all these riffs, and the leads are not different either, niot managing to inspire any emotions (at least to me). On the other hand the mix of Modern and Melodic Death Metal with some more brutal parts, with a good level of Thrash and even Black Metal (well, Black Death that is) influences thrown inthere, with the band's technical abilities and skills to avoid monotony, with the overall intensity of the music and the few parts when the compositions offer some surprising rhythms, all these are compensating for the lack of originality, and all in all I'd say we're served a powerful (read tight) debut album that plants some good seeds for the future. They are some good and talented musicians, but I feel the need of more emotions in (or from) their music.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/ArsiriusMetal
medusarecords.net
einheit-produktionen.de

Band: ASTARIUM
Country: Russia
Title: In the Nebulous Sky
Label: Frozen Light
Year: 2016
Style: Dark Ambient

Review:
New material from SiN, although I'm not sure what's the criteria for naming this a demo not an EP or even full-length because it would meet all criteria to be that: it's released on a label, features 6 own compositions and a cover track, and the total duration is 45 minutes... Anyway, getting to the music on it, this time SiN offers us 6 Dark Ambient tracks made on synths creating an ethereal, even cosmic atmosphere, supported by slight (low volume) rhythm beats from programmed drums. The atmosphere is abysmal and oppressive most of the time, with some rays of hope here and there when the music becomes a bit lighter and hope-springing. The seventh track here is a cover of Burzum's Hvis lyset tar oss, but on synths only, no vocals, no guitars; it sounds weird, I wouldn't ever say this is a Burzum track, and honestly I prefer the originals from Astarium. The material is released on nice 3 panels gatefold Digipak CDR limited to only 51 handnumbered copies, hurry up.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
astarium.ru
frzl.ru

Band: ATROCE
Country: Canada
Title: In Obscuritas
Label: HSP Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
I'm used to listen to new Black Metal, Heavy Metal and Power Metal bands coming out of Canada lately, but here I have the debut album from a traditional Death Metal that is capable of making some waves in the underground in the near future. Atroce were founded in 2012 and after a self-released demo in 2014 they got a deal with HSP Productions and here I have the first fruit of their collaboration, a 9 tracks effort clocking a bit over half an hour of playing time, the perfect duration not to become boring and keep things to the point. And that's exactly what Atroce are doing, the album starts like a hurricane and ends in the same fashion, no intros, no additional movie effects, no nothing to give you time to breathe, just pure, straight-to-your-face classic Death Metal with some occasional old-school Thrash Metal guitar riffs and leads. Brutal as fuck, lead by a vicious, razor-sharp vocalist that feels like he'll manage to bite your head off until the end of this CD or at least that's what it seems he's trying to do, In Obscuritas sounds like an energetic, enthousiastic piece of Extreme Metal that's ready to conquer the World. The lyrical part of this album seems to be more than just simple addition to the music, the occult, left hand path topics addressed here might have a deeper substrate. Recommended if you're into a Thrashy type of fast-paced Death Metal the traditional way.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/atroceqc
hsp-productions.com

Band: BLERTHRUNG
Country: Australia
Title: Blindvei
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Straight from Australia comes this young duo founded just last year but which already managed to release their debut full-length album. I have to admit I had a hard time taking them seriously after only seeing their band promo picture, it's one of the absolute worst I've see in this genre since the '90's and I have the feeling if the band gets further with their career this will become a constant in "worst" tops of Black Metal. But passing over my awful prejudices (yes, I admit that too) I discovered a fantastic band, maybe the surprise was bigger exactly for that reason... Blerthrung are offering here 9 excellent tracks, very complex in rhythms and feelings transmitted, very versatile from track to track, imaginative and intelligently structured, honest-sounding, following the '90's (second part) Melodic and Depressive European Black Metal patterns and at the same time trying hard to determine their own path. This album is a constant delivery of surprises from start to finish, and although it doesn't have the power, the sound, the production required to reach any tops, it's nonetheless a highly entertaining piece of Black Metal without boundaries. The atmospheres range from calm and soothing built by acoustic parts, to terrific, devastating fast Black Metal parts, with enough balance to keep you interested. Wow, what a trip...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Blerthrung-568832376596551

Band: BRIARGH
Country: Spain
Title: Eboros
Label: Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year: 2015
Style: Celtic Pagan Black Metal

Review:
Briargh is one man band from Spain’s Cantabria created by Dux Briargh aka Dvx Bellorvm aka Dvx Bellorvm Briargh. Celtic motives mixed with nordic black/pagan metal is a main power of this stuff! North’s nostalgy and cold and warm of South’s sounds and power with neofolk influences – that’s „Eboros”!
Pride of local tradition, kicking ass pagan/black and own language of all songs i in one raw stuff. This album needn’t a lot of words of review – if you like pagan/black metal, you have to listen it !!!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: CELTIC DANCE
Country: Portugal
Title: Regressus ad Uterum
Label: Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
As the band clearly states about it, this is not a release made of new material but rather a re-release of their side of the 2004 split with Wolfthrone, and it was needed because of the "shitty work done concerning promotion & distribution by the previous label" (country mates from Ethereal Sound Works). LSS re-released it this year as 3 panels gatefold Digipak CD limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Since this is my first meeting with this band and its music I wasn't sure what to expect, I was betting on Folk Metal or Pagan Metal, but I was not expecting some traditional, angry Black Metal, and that's what I got. The instrumental part is absolutely great, starting from the insanely fast and intricate drumming of Rolando Barros (also known from Grog, Neoplasmah or Scent of Death), and continuing with the well-structured, intense guitar work, the perfectly supportive bass lines, and the simple but very effective keyboard parts, but in my opinion it is bashed almost completely by a poor vocal tone that really gets on my nerves when not sounding completely hilarious. Sorry, but although the vocalist seems like a true underground supporter (owns a label and a fanzine) and has all my honest respect, his vocals are really ruining what could be a very, very good release. Again, the instrumental part, including the unpolished and dirty sounding production, is excellent, I would listen to this technical, intelligent, epic sounding Black Metal all day, but...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
celtic.dance@outlook.com
trueunderground.cba.pl

Band: CEPHEIDE
Country: France
Title:     Respire
Label: Sick Man Getting Sick Records
Year: 2016
Style: Atmospheric Black Metal

Review:
Featuring only 2 tracks but lasting for more than half an hour, the debut EP of this French duo was first released by themselves in 2015 in digital and tape format, then by Ogmios Underground on CD version a few months later, and finally by Sick Man Getting Sick Records as vinyl this year, almost a year after its initial launch, so if a material is lasting that long and still turning heads you know there's something about it that might interest you, too. And after spinning this EP a few times already I have a word in mind: tight; the music on it is so tight after a while you actually start to feel claustrophobic, the monotonous (read hypnotic) yet extremely intensive drumming coupled with Atmospheric Post-Metal kind of guitsr riffs, leads that keep things sparkling and interesting, and a distant screaming vocal that doesn't rest for a bit, are building up a monolithic material that allows you to actually respire only during the atmospheric synth based parts that are some sort of intros/passages links with the actual tracks. As a debut EP in the nowadays overwhelmingly crowded scene this is not outstanding, but it proves a tremendous potential from Cepheide and I know for sure I'll be looking out for their upcoming release.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
cepheide.bandcamp.com
sickmangettingsickrecords.blogspot.com

Band: DAKHMA
Country: Switzerland
Title: Passageways to Daena (The Concomitant Blessings of Putrescing Impurity)
Label: Godz ov War Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Blackened Death Metal

Review:
According to the Zoroastrian rite Dakhma, or the Tower of Silence, is a funerary tower erected on a hill for the disposal of the dead, a perfect fit with what this new Swiss act offers in terms of music and seemingly lyrics as well, although I wouldn't be sure, this debut album doesn't feature a booklet with lyrics. Anyway, from the absolutely sinister and tremendously dense atmospheres of their debut album one can easily let himself/herself plunge towards a decaying, putrid abyss; yes, the music inhere is that expressive, I'm not just using creepy words for nothing. Throughout the more than an hour of playing time, Dakhma builds and offers a fantastic horrifying, old-school, organic sounding mix of Black and Death Metal with an exceptionally obscure and repellent feeling from start to finish, and even if one by hearing the description so far might expect a simple, primitive compositional level, Kerberos, the one man behind this moniker really demonstrates good technical skills and appetite to offer something new; in this direction I would say the shaky and swirling guitar riffs (like played on an old, out of tune tape) are an excellent find, something I've never heard before to be honest and that adds up to the wall of dirty, terrifying constructions inhere. Give this album a chance, it's something else.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
facebook.com/dakhmacavern
godzovwar.com

Band: DARK FURY
Country: Poland
Title: This Story Happened Before
Label: Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year: 2016
Style: 

Review:
Wow, this is the 9th full-length album from Dark Fury, a 7 tracks effort clocking a bit over half an hour of playing time. Straight, mid-tempo, traditional Black Metal is the name of the game here, highlighted by an almost sinister bass line, catchy riffs, organic drumming and a vocal type I'm not too fond of, recorded way in the back of everything to make it absolutely impossible to understand the lyrics (that if you're already used to the Black Metal raspy type of vocals), and last but not least, they incissive, offensive to some, lyrical concept you can easily get from its title. My fave part of this new opus are the putrid, decaying atmospheres resembling more the old-school Death Metal scene rather than the Black Metal one, but with a much clearer sound quality and small effects (like the funeral guitar leads) that resemble the current Polish thriving Black Metal scene. Overall an interesting album that's both offensive and ugly, just like it should be. Released on 3 panels Digipak CD by Lower Silesian Stronghold.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
trueunderground.cba.pl

Band: DARKNESS / EARTH PLAGUE
Country: Italy / Hungary
Title: Demonic Blessings
Label: Satanic Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Thrash Metal / Black Metal

Review:
A joint venture for monotheistic destruction, or at least that's how the label presents this split between Italian Darkness (the Novara based Darkness) and Hungarian Earth Plague, both bands contributing with 4 tracks each for a total of 35 minutes of destructive Black Metal.
Opening are Darkness, a traditional, mid-tempo to fast paced Black Metal with occasional melodic guitar work, a hint of Thrash Metal as influence, but not the raw, dirty side, but rather a powerful, polished one, on guitars. The drums sound a bit too synthetic, not sure if they were programmed or really recorded in a studio, but I'd say it's the first. Their 4 tracks are pretty varied, energetic and entertaining, based on repetitive but not boring guitar riffs that will catch your attention. The vocals have a good, raspy tone, but a bit more versatility wouldn't hurt.
Hungarians Earth Plague are around since 2012 and this split is a followup to their debut album released 3 years ago. The music is simpler but also more ferocious, it makes you feel the wrath but that's mostly because of the highly intense rhythms and hateful vocals. The drums are pretty straight-firward from start to finish and except for the intensity they bring, ther's not much else they express, and the guitars walk on the same path: repetitive riffs all the way, with less versatility than needed. As a conclusion Earth Plague only quenches your thirst for fast, brutal and blasphemic Black Metal, but there's not much it brings in terms of composition.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10   6/10

Contact:
facebook.com/darknessitaly
facebook.com/earthplague666
satanicrecords@yahoo.com

Band: DIVINE BLASPHEMY
Country: Greece
Title: Beyond the Portal
Label: Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Trio from the capital of Greece founded in 2014, Divine Blasphemy managed to release their debut album via LSS last year, and here I have a copy of it. The first impression is quite common for this type of releases, nothing to be out of the ordinary, and I'm referring to the cover and booklet artwork, black/white, blasphemic, evil winning over the good, old-school and kind of childish in a way. Passing over to the music on it, unfortunately I have the same feeling, of a deja-vu, a music I've heard before a lot of times namely fast paced Black Metal with drums blasting all the way and vocals somewhere between growls and raspy screams, vicios and evil sounding. And this deja-vu amplifies along the way because of a mix between obsessively repetitive Black'n'Roll guitar riffs, which I hate the most here, blasting drums with very few variations, lack of versatility on vocals (even though Gothmog from Thou Art Lord appears as special guest on two tracks) and the very long duration of the tracks featured here. What I liked the most about it were the sinister guitar leads and solos, and the evil atmospheres it emanates when it's not overly groovy and headbanging-friendly. Maybe I've heard too many of these releases lately to be easily impressed by them, and that's why if you're into fast paced hellish Black Metal you should give this a chance, maybe you'll like it more.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
divineblasphemy.bandcamp.com
trueunderground.cba.pl

Band: DIVINE WEEP
Country: Poland
Title: Tears of the Ages
Label: Total Metal Records
Year: 2016
Style: Power Metal

Review:
This second album from Divine Weep celebrates the band's 20 years of activity, and although not being very active until now, it seems they have finally decided to take the bull by the horns and after releasing the album by themselves they signed with Stormspell Records for a US territory release, and this year here I have the new version of this album released by Total Metal / Metal Scrap Records from Ukraine. The Polish band seems to have left their initial style (Melodic Black Metal) behind and are now a pure Power Metal band complete with catchy guitar riffs, long melodic guitar leads and solos, technical rhythm section and a stand-out vocalist, all in place to impress the True Metal community. The vocalist has a strong Eastern European accent to his English lyrics, but if you think you won't be bothered by that you'll discover a really interesting voice and a frontman who really gives all he's got reaching impressive heights at times and always keeping your attention high, that's why, despite the mentioned strong accent I believe his voice is the band's highlight and leading element. I have already mentioned the technical rhythm section, but the guitar work is as technical as well, very versatile and open to testing and offering new horizons, mostly inspired by Power Metal and Heavy Metal, of course. So all in all I think Divine Weep made the right choice when signing with two different labels for this new album, it deserves to be listened by as many fans as possible and maybe, who knows, it might be their long-awaited break, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
divineweep.pl
metalscraprecords.com

Band: DOMINANZ
Country: Norway
Title: Noxious (re-release)
Label: Fastball Music
Year: 2016
Style: Blackened Industrial Extreme Metal

Review:
A couple of years after it was initially released, Noxious, the second Dominanz full-length, is now out on Fastball Music and hence a whole new life it's instilled in it, not in small part due to the seemingly tremendous (at least for the underground) Fastball potential in what concerns promotion and distribution, exactly what any band needs. 9 tracks, 45 minutes of playing time, an album that proves to be highly professional from all points of view. The Industrial term in the genre labelling might be a bit too much, but there's a definite Industrial and Symphonic atmosphere throughout the album, and not necesarily all over the place but highly impacting. Think of a mix between Dimmu Borgir, The Kovenant and Abbath and you'll be close to how Dominanz's music sounds like, a dark, vicious, cold and ruthless atmosphere that surrounds carefully structured and quite complex compositions. The vocals tend to become a bit boring after a while and maybe the versatility level on this release isn't what the instrumental part requires, but it heads towards a good target. I also liked the usage of catchy, memorable choruses, something that should be used more in Metal music nowadays. The highlight of this album is t6he guitar work, no doubt; the drums, although programmed are not annoying at all, actually they don't even sound synthetic or unnatural in this environment, kudos for that. A powerful album that deserves your attention.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/dominanzofficial
fastball-music.de

Band: DRUDKH / HADES ALMIGHTY
Country: Ukraine / Norway
Title: One who walks in the fog / Pyre Era, Black!
Label: Dark Essence Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
This split is a fusion of Ukrainian and Norway technical and atmospheric blackmetal. Just two songs from Drudkh and three from Hades Almighty. Just five tracks but this is a big space of Ukrainian steppe and the Norwegian fjords. This is a big blackmetal machine from the slavic and nordic side. Drudkh’s two pieces are really solid of intelligently played blackmetal - darkness dormant power that just wakes up! Hades Almighty played the same feeling – but a bit different musically, more raw, more faster - so album as a whole is really interesting. 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: E.D.E.N.
Country: Germany
Title: Fauste hoch
Label: STF Records
Year: 2016
Style: Punk`n`Roll

Review:
Another CD that reaches us by mistake... Since we're focused on Extreme Metal, this combination of Punk, Alternative and Rock, isn't quite what we usually write about, I feel sorry for the sender. Anyway, E.D.E.N. are a quintet founded in 2011 that luckily enough, kept the same line-up since its inception, and that's something to praise, for sure. Maybe that's why their music sounds so natural, so easy to digest. Odd enough from the 5 members, two of them, a guy and a girl are backing vocals and nothing else, it's maybe the first time I see this in a Rock band. Fun, energetic, light music with little touches of dark here and there; released on Digipak CD format with 16 pages booklet.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
eden-band.de
stf-records.de

Band: ECLIPSE
Country: India
Title: Clandestine Resurrection
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Melodic Heavy Metal

Review:
I was really shocked pleasantly from the first sounds taken from debut album „Clandenstine Resurrection” realised by Eclipse from India. This band from 
Guwahati, Assam was reactivated in 2012 and at the end of 2015 released first full length album. This music is a authentic heavy metal „kitchen india” with all oriental tastes and some folk motives. Eclipse’s Boys emanated positive energy of heavy metal similar to early Helloween, Running Wild and Dragonforce and these elements was collected with curry and ginger riffs. Vocalist of Eclipse  has voice similar to Bruce Dickinson who singing „Tears of the Dragon”. I’m really impressed this very melodic, powerfully mix of heavy metal, progressive rock and piece of „golden metal ballads” a la Scorpions and a la Whitesnake. I know India musically more than bhangra and tradiotional raga than metal, but there are a lot of good metal bands. Eclipsce is one of them.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: EMPHASIS
Country: Estonia
Title: Revival
Label: Underground Symphony Records
Year: 2016
Style: Symphonic Progressive Metal

Review:
It's not everyday I come across a female fronted Progressive Metal band so this Estonian outfit is something out of the ordinary in this sense. Coming out of the capital Tallinn, Emphasis wwere formed in 2010 and this is their debut album released after a few Single teasers that tested the "waters" in the previous years. So as I was saying, we get here a female fronted Progressive Metal highlighted by intricate composition structures, a mix of Power Metal and Progressive Metal on the guitar riffs, amazing solos and leads, complex rhythm section, sci-fi-like keyboards and synth work, and last but definitely not least a female vocalist, Anna, who at first I found to be a bit too operatic and powerful for the overall music, but it grew on my track by track and at the end I can honestly say her voice amazingly compliments the results of her hardworking band mates. The label recommends this album to fans of Within Temptation, Nightwish and Opeth, but I would replace the last name with Dream Theater and then I'd say they're spot on, just give a listen to the track Every Time which benefits from the guest appearance of a saxophone player, too, and you'll know what I mean. Not an easy listening overall, but a damn interesting and captivating one if you're looking for well-thought, intelligent structures in your music. The production is absolutely perfect, the Digipak CD packing professional to the bone and the cover / booklet artwork is stunning. Excellent!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Emphasis.Estonia

Band: ERADIKAL INSANE
Country: France
Title: Mithra
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Modern Death Metal

Review:
They've waited for more than a decade to release this debut full-length, and luckily enough this fact only made them angrier and thirstier to express their art; the result, Mithra, is extremely energetic, expressive, brutal, vibrant, demanding and at the same time offerer. This mix of Melodic Death Metal, Brutal Death Metal, Deathcore and smaller quantities of other influences, is devastating, the 11 tracks (46 minutes playing time) featured here are all making me think of the start to a dog race, that's how tense the atmosphere is throughout this album. The guys' technical skills and at the same time their compositional potential and imagination built an incredible material, impossible to bore you, presenting us a band that finally gets their break, and although this is a Digipak CD released by themselves I hope it will get the attention it deserves and maybe even get re-released by a strong label, Eradikal Insane are insanely good!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
eradikal-insane.com

Band: EREB ALTOR
Country: Sweden
Title: Blot·Ilt·Taut
Label: Cyclone Empire
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
„Blot·Ilt·Taut” is just a musical tribute  to Tomas Börje Forsberg - Quorthon. At the beginning is „A fine day to die”, at the end - „Blood Fire Death”. All seven tracks on this tribute album are a powerful Swedish stainless steel perfectly conveying the climate even Bathory of the best times. Ereb Altor, which itself is one of the more robust the Swedish metal crews, very well did and taken covers: Song to Hall Up High, Home of Once Brave, The Return of Darkness, Woman of Dark Desires, Twilight of the Gods, and those the two already mentioned. There is full of nostalgia, is, and power, is also the idea of a tribute to the legend in a different way than playing a piece on a scale of 1: 1.At the beginning i was afraid of reaching for the album but after a few minutes, I knew that the fears were completely unnecessary. I think that he will Quorton in Valhalla reached after " Blot·Ilt·Taut " with a sense of pride!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: EXALTER
Country: Bangladesh
Title: Obiturary for the Living
Label: Transcending Obscurity Distribution
Year: 2016
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Bangladesh’s thrashers Exalter released 7 tracks EP. This stuff is a explosive mix of old Slayer, Sodom, D.R.I., Kreator, Holy Moses, Warbringer and some hardcore’s stuff like Sick Of It All. When I listened this EP I had mentally trip to the past, I again had 17-18 years old on underground thrash gig, I had sleepless sunday’s night with MTV’s „Headbanger’s ball”, I had hope for first big Sodom and Kreator gig in my city after communism fall... Heh, I really understand this guys why they try to play metal the same as a thrash legends! 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: HYPNOS
Country: Czech Republic
Title: Heretic Commando – Rise of the New Antikrist
Label: Einheit Produktionen
Year: 2012
Style: Death Metal

Review:
After more than a decade under the Morbid Records banner where they released their first 3 albums, Czech Death Metal maniacs Hypnos finally released their fourth full-length under another label, Einheit, but they still remained hooked to German lands, where actually everything happens. This is an old album by now, released in 2012, but at the same time it's the latest release by the band, even if they weren't the most productive before either. Hypnos at the moment were Bruno and Pegas from the legendary Krabathor, joined by Igorr on guitars and bass, so a power-trio delivering what Krabathor used to do on their latest albums, that is traditional, brutal, dark and expressive, technical, mid-tempo to (mostly) fast paced Death Metal. I'm sure fans of this bands won't be disapointed by the latest Hypnos release, and because of the excellent production it may have also brought in new fans, too, but if you're not familiar with this material don't expect something highly innovative or surprising, this is strictly devoted to '90's Death Metal, including the acoustic guitar inserts and the melodic guitar solos that pop up from time to time; it's an enjoyable, professional, well structured full-length for the die hard fanatics, but unfortunately not enough to stand the test of time in ciomparison to what the scene currently has to offer. Released as jewel-case CD with 24 pages booklet featuring all lyrics and stills from the band's video, Inverted (good, efficient idea!).
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
hypnos-cz.com
einheit-produktionen.de

Band: KAUSALGIA
Country: Finland
Title: Dreamquest
Label: Saarni Records
Year: 2016
Style: Atmospheric Dark Black Metal

Review:
After a laborious 3 years time recording these 8 tracks, Kausalgia finally managed to finish the process and release what now is their debut full-length album, followup to their 2012 EP, Farewell. I'm sure it was all worth the wait for both the band and its supporters since this album is an excellent proof of the band's current potential and in my case it managed to fully satisfy my needs I tell you. It sounds like a merge of Lake of Tears / Anathema (right after their departure from the more Extreme type of Metal) and the end of '90's - beginning of the '00's Melodic Black Metal made in Finland, it's full of emotions, nature sounds, energy and poetry, it's a real journey through this World created by the band; sorrow, grief, dreams, projections, desires, all of these are carefully and patiently gathered under one roof titled Dreamquest (even the album title is spot on). Yes, it might not have the perfect production, it might seem outdated to some, it might even be too slow most of the time (when they are not Black Metal blasting all the way) in these fast-forward days, but if you're like me, always looking for intense emotions and clever compositions in your music, you should definitely try this album out, I fully recommend it as being one of my 2016 faves already. Released as digipak CD with an 8 pages booklet featuring 3 of the album's tracks lyrics; I'm not too fond of the cover artwork though...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
kausalgia.bandcamp.com
saarnimusic.com/saarni-records

Band: KVALVAAG
Country: Norway
Title: Malum
Label: Dusktone
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Norway is still producing fast and traditional sounding Black Metal, and the new Kvalvaag album is a proof, 7 tracks continuing the '90's Norwegian Black Metal trademark. I'd say the additional icy synths and the guitar riffs sounding like inspired straight from the Italian mafia movies and the band's outstanding elements, although I wouldn't call the synths original in no way, but definitely a touch of difference in a current scene that tries either to sound as raw and simplistic or as avangarde and forward-thinking as possible. The album was composed and recorded over a period of almost 2 years and indeed there are some differences between the tracks featured, the whole sounds varied and balanced between the fast as fuck parts and the mysterious, expressive mid-tempo ones; unfortunately I think the production is way too dirty for the music featured here, and that's also the main reason I'm not impressed by it overall. An enjoyable release clocking 40 minutes of playing time, including a Troll cover version, and released as Digipak CD version, unfortunately with no lyrics / booklet. The title track is also my face track and probably the most interesting here.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/kvalvaagband
dusktone.eu

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