Agathocles - The LP's 1989 - 1993
All I Could Bleed - Burying the Past
Atra Hora - Via Combusta
Bonecracker - Flaws
Bulletsize - Numb
Chronic Infect / Spun in Darkness - Sickness Misery and Evoked Doom
Disolvo Animvs - Aphesis
Drudensang - Prinzipien der Grausamkeit
Fhoi Myore / Wyrms - Les Limbes Pourpres  Mehxôhorr - Les IV Dimensions Cosmogoniques
Foscor - Those Horrors Wither
Lost Conception - Paroxysm of Despair
Mantra - Into the Light
Martin Beck's Induction - Far Beyond the Horizon
Necro Nihilist Nausea - Six Feet Over Your Body
Necroheresy - Divine Betrayal
Necrotic Effect - Black Box
Path of Desolation - Soaked Jester
Regiment - One les Aura
Reino Ermitano - Conjuros de poder
Sangdragon - Requiem for Apocalypse
Stillbirth - Global Error
The Anal Treatment Xxxperience / Aceptic Goitre - Gangrenous Mass from Axe & Hook Ejaculation
The Outside - Dawn of the Deaf
Ulfberht - L'aube d'une nouvelle ère
Who Dies in Siberian Slush / My Shameful - The Symmetry of Grief
Zardens - Blackness Unfolds

Band: AGATHOCLES
Country: Belgium
Title: The LP's 1989 - 1993
Label: Power It Up!
Year: 2015
Style: Mincecore

Review:
The Belgian kings of Mincecore present us here 3 of their earlier releases in one shoot; they were earlier released as splits during '89 and '93, so it's a good thing PIU decided to gather them on CD as I'm sure they were only released on tape or vinyl. 34 tracks, a bit over 51 minutes playing time, 8 pages booklet featuring the story of this compilation (better said of the three different recordings) told by Jan himself, and some lyrics as this part, as we all know, is very important to Agathocles. As you can easily guess, being recorded during different timeframes and in different studios, the three releases have their own sound each, and that's also interesting to hear on a compilation, to get that feeling from back in the days when internet didn't make us lazy as we are Today. Fast, organic, brutal as hell, demented, with occasional doomy parts, that's how Agathocles sounded back then, that's how they sound Today. There are also some live recorded tracks that are absolutely delicious, I can only imagine the chaos during their shows back then. Kick ass release!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.agathocles.com
www.power-it-up.de

Band: ALL I COULD BLEED
Country: Russia
Title: Burying the Past
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2011
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
Well I was certainly not expecting this type of music from All I Could Bleed when I first saw the cover/booklet and especially their band pictures, I was actually expecting some kind of Gothic Metal, but instead what I got was a straight-up Melodic Death Metal, a mix of Arch Enemy and maybe Children of Bodom, so pretty technical stuff, too. The biggest surprise was Polina, the vocalist, a girl that looks like a successful super-model and has one hell of an aggressive and hoarse voice, that was actually a shock. Burying the Past is a 9 tracks effort totaling 38 minutes of guitar driven Melodic Death Metal highlighted as before said by the savage vocals of Polina, a good, technical and at the same time melodic guitar work, solid bass lines, and drums that are maybe mixed too in front of the other instruments; that won't be a problem as the band plays well, but the actual problem of this album seems to be its fluency, the instrumental part tries lots of different paths and seems to be not decided to move towards the same direction, when you feel like ok, they picked a good rhythm, they cut it and switch completely either with a bass solo or with guitar solos, and the drum patterns don't help here either. The only one convinced about how aggressive and straight-forward the band's music should be is Polina, but that's not enough... Released in CD format with nice 16 pages booklet featuring all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/AllICouldBleedBandOfficial
www.darknagar.ru

Band: ATRA HORA
Country: Russia
Title: Via Combusta
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2012
Style: Melodic Black Death Metal

Review:
I've just reviewed these guys' latest release, an EP, a couple of months back, but since Darknagar sent all their releases for review I have to say a few words on this even if it's so old. This is the band second and latest full-length album, an 8 tracks effort totaling 50 minutes of Oriental Melodic Black Death Metal. The idea of combining oriental music and influences with Black Death is excellent, at times I feel like in the Games of Thrones series, but unfortunately the compositions are not as rich and modern as they could be, they sound more like the '90's Black Death mixed with the period Heavy Power influences and the flow isn't exactly what I would call successful. They prove the point they are very talented instrumentists and have good ideas, but that's about it, the final result for this album is not convincing, it feels like a display of their talent more than a unitary material. CD comes with 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics (some are in English, some in Greek!)
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.atrahora.org
www.darknagar.ru

Band: BONECRACKER
Country: Russia
Title: Flaws
Label: Wings of Destruction / Darzamadicus / Metal Race
Year: 2014
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
By the time I'm writing this review the band relocated from Omsk to Sankt Petersburg and became a duo after Alex Diak remained the only original member still active in the band and was joined by Evgeniy on guitars and vocals, all these happening this year, so the band's future, at least from the outside, seems uncertain. This is the band's debut and so far only album, featuring 8 tracks with a total playing time of a bit more than 40 minutes. Traditional Thrash Metal with occasional Death Metal riffs and some Progressive Metal elements here and there, not overly impressive but solid and with good taste, crystal clear production and infecting energy. For Russian speaking metalheads this might be a real winner since all lyrics are in native tongue and the vocals are comprehensive and quite expressive, but for the others it may be a good audition and that's all, I doubt this would become the fave band of someone from outside the Russian speaking territories.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.bonecracker.ru
www.metalrace.com
darzamad@yahoo.com
wod-prods.jimdo.com

Band: BULLETSIZE
Country: Sweden
Title: Numb
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2013
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
Third album from this Sweden based band formed back in 2006, Numb is made of 8 tracks and clocks 35 minutes of Melodic Thrash Death Metal music. The tracks are good but not impressive, there is nothing to stand out on this album; the vocals are ok, hoarse to almost growls and to almost Black Metal shrieks sometimes, but they give the impression they cannot surprise you with anything, then the instrumental part, when it gets to the mid-tempo parts it gets really generic and mediocre, but that also because of the production that should have been way more powerful. On the good side of things Bulletsize come up with quite complex compositions ranging from groovy parts to melodic, to fast and Thrashy, and fans of '90's Melodic Thrash Death might appreciate these tracks a lot. The guitar leads (very few unfortunately) are delicious, and generally the guitar riffs are quite headbanging friendly although generic. I think the band has potential, but they need to step up a bit in order to impress.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.bulletsize.se
www.sliptrickrecords.com

Band: CHRONIC INFECT / SPUN IN DARKNESS
Country: Brazil / USA
Title: Sickness Misery and Evoked Doom
Label: Rotten Foetus Records
Year: 2011
Style: Death Metal / Death Metal

Review:
Chronic Infect, the first band on this split, comes from Brazil and was formed back in 2006 but haven't released more than a demo and this split which at the time I'm writing this review it's already an old release, I'm not even sure the band is still active since the only contact I found was a Myspace page (well, in 2011 Myspace was still ok). Their music is the perfect definition for old-school Death Metal: mid-tempo to fast paced rhythms, ugly, hoarse vocals close to growls, punk-ish drum lines with double bass pedal, catchy guitar riffs building a horror-like atmosphere, or better said "Death Metal a la carte" without any attempts of being modern or to impress anyone with anything else than sheer and brute metal of Death; organic production with live drums, of course.
Spun in Darkness are hailing from Las Vegas, and although being formed in 2006, too, they seem to have a bit more experience than Chronic Infect, being currently signed with Horror Pain Death Gore Productions and having 2 full-length albums undebelt. They deliver 5 tracks for this split, 5 tracks of traditional Obituary-like Death Metal with a more polished sound but still sounding dusty and old-school as it should. Their range of rhythms is broader, from doomy slow rhythms highlighted by guitar solos, to groovy mid-tempo and even fast paced rhythms. Even the vocal remind me of John Tardy, but unfortunately the drum part sound a bit too synthetic, I think we're talking about a drum-machine though. Anyway, Spun in Darkness managed to build a heavy and dark atmosphere that should be perfect for any traditional Death Metal followers out there.
Excellent split, really recommended!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10   8/10

Contact:
www.myspace.com/chronicinfect
www.spunindarkness.com

Band: DISOLVO ANIMVS
Country: Greece
Title: Aphesis
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2012
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
Not sure if this mix of styles can come up with any more surprising elements in the near future unless it takes a break from the spotlight (like Death Metal did) and/or starts to encapsulate elements from other genres, too. Just check any review of a Black Death Metal release and in 90% you'll see references to the big names like Behemoth, Dissection, Hate and maybe Belphegor, and that's it. Disolvo Animvs have the same style, the same kind of look, and even though they are impressively technical and their music sounds extremely tight, it will be quite impossible for them to get at the same table with Behemoth. They need to come up with something else in order to create their own path, and judging by how professional and well executed this album is, they have all chances to bring somthing of their own in the near future (hopefully they haven't given up, as it's already 3 years since the release of this album). Aphesis features 8 tracks in about 40 minutes of brutal and technical but at the same time melodic and mysterious Black Death Metal with comples compositions that won't bore you at all. The 4th track, Illumination has that "something" I was mentioning above, it has a slight Industrial or Progressive Thrash influence that I haven't heard before and that might just be what this genre needs to refresh. Overall the album is excellent, I have nothing to object, the music is tight and interesting, the lyrics are offensive as they should be, the production is perfect, and the cover/booklet artwork is amazing, if you're a fan of this genre you shouldn't miss it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/DisolvoAnimusBand
www.darknagar.ru

Band: DRUDENSANG
Country: Germany
Title: Prinzipien der Grausamkeit
Label: Black Blood Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
One of the most original promos I've ever received, this demo tape from Drudensang came in a small cardboard box also containing a piece of tree moss, a piece of tree bark, a fir cone and a small skull of some little animal, pretty impressive package I tell you. This is the band's second demo, a 5 tracks effort released as tape (limited to 99 handnumbered copies) by Black Blood Records and vinyl (limited to 300 copies) by Pesttanz Klangschmiede, but after playing the tape I got the impression they were really deserving such a double release. Drudensang are playing a traditional fast-paced Black Metal highlighted by clever and catchy guitar riffs, analog sound, powerful bass lines, versatile vocals and subtle but influential keyboard lines delivering an overall mysterious and mystical atmosphere. It's not innovative at all, but it's well worth your while if you're looking for a powerful Black Metal band that plays traditional style and still manages to keep it interesting. A band to keep an eye on.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.blackbloodrecords.de

Band: FHOI MYORE / WYRMS
Country: France / France
Title: Les Limbes Pourpres / Mehxôhorr - Les IV Dimensions Cosmogoniques
Label: Ossuaire Records
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal / Black Metal

Review:
This Split LP was released on vinyl limited to 300 copies but I have here the promo CD version that also looks very interesting and it's also limited to 47 hand-numbered copies but I have no idea why, haven't seen this practice before. 
Opening are Fhoi Myore, a band I keep hearing about more and more in the last period, so a band that works hard or has the luck to work with hard-working labels such as Ossuaire. The band plays a mid-tempo to fast paced Black Metal based on excellent guitar work and ferocious double-bass driven drums, plus a fit vocal that screams his lungs out all the time. The compositions are really clever, well-thought and range from technical to emotional and even epic parts. The sound is raw and gets quite chaotic at times, but generally delivers the goods quite clear and understandable. Only two tracks, but totaling more than 20 minutes of playing time; good band, good tracks!
Wyrms from Orleans are again a Black Metal band that bases its compositions on carefully crafted guitar structures Twin guitars all the time), delivering something I'd call semi-technical and semi-melodic, reminding me of the mid and late '90's excellent Swedish Black Metal scene. Although it's not something overly impressive, Wyrms' music is very well executed and quite catchy, the production is very good, and it shows these guys have serious experience underbelt. 
Both bands are very good and deliver solid compositions, so all in all this is a successful split I'd like to recommed to you, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10   8/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/fhoimyore
www.wyrmsblackmetal.bandcamp.com
www.ossuairerecords.fr

Band: FOSCOR
Country: Spain
Title: Those Horrors Wither
Label: Alone Records
Year: 2014
Style: Progressive Post Black Metal

Review:
I remember meeting these guys' music back in the early 2000's, but back then they were a straight up Black Metal band; there's a long time since then and the band went through a significant change in style to a point where now I'd say their music is a captivating combination of Post Black Metal and Progressive Metal, a highly interesting and expressive journey through weird soundscapes. This fourth album from Foscor features 8 tracks and clocks almost 50 minutes of playing; if you're into exploring new territories this is the perfect occasion, I haven't heard another release to sound like this one or at least similar to it, it shifts so well and so seamless between the nowadays so popular Post Black Metal and "traditional" Progressive Metal that I'd say this is almost the perfect blen between the two genres. The atmosphere generated by this release tends to transmit a horrifying experience, but at least in my case it failed, I guess they were too involved into delivering the perfect technical release that the effects were a bit left out; that doesn't mean it's a bad release, not by a mile, this is an excellent album, but I feel the next one will be their peak and one that will probably make history, not kidding. In terms of atmosphere the last track is perfect, if the next album will follow that path it will be a terrifying experience. In the meantime don't miss this masterpiece!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.foscor.com
www.the-stone-circle.com

Band: LOST CONCEPTION
Country: Russia
Title: Paroxysm of Despair
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2011
Style: Progressive Death Metal

Review:
Another old release from Darknagar presenting us a Russian Progressive Death Metal band this time. Lost Conception were founded back in 2008 and so far this is their only full-length release, and they don't seem to be particularly active on a demo or EP level either. This young combo from Krasnoyarsk offers us here 9 tracks of fresh and at the same time quite traditional Progressive Death Metal heavily influenced by the Death legacy, but that doesn't mean they are a copycat, not at all, they have their own way of stirring things up, and after a few spins I can say I like it a lot, or at leat much more than after the firts audition. The album has a soul, has lots of intricate technical displays, and it brutal and melodic at the same time, everything you need from such an album. The production is also crystal clear and there's nothing to object there either, so I think all in all this is a quite successful album, too bad it's already 4 years since its release and the band seems to move so slowly announcing a followup. Recommended!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-Conception/100669746695238
www.darknagar.ru

Band: MANTRA
Country: France
Title: Into the Light
Label: Finisterian Dead End
Year: 2013
Style: Progressive Thrash Metal

Review:
These guys are labelling their music simply as Progressive Metal, that's why I wasn't expecting such a brutal release, and that's why I added the Thrash Metal in their style labelling, the first contact with their music was a real shock for me. The cover artwork is no helper either, you can at maximum think of a retro ('80's) Heavy Metal, but not of a full on aggressive Progressive Metal band with lots of elements from Thrash, Groove and even Death Metal! Into the Light features 8 tracks and clocks a bit over 50 minutes and it's damn interesting, ranging from fast and aggressive to melodic or jazzy to heavily intricate rhythms. The compositions are so complex and at the same time intelligently catchy that it's impossible to remain numb throughout this album. The production is top-notch, nothing to comment here, and all in all the band gives the impression they all did their homeworks in what concerns both the old and the new Progressive Metal, they blend the influences so well that I think this album will easily appeal to any type of Progressive Rock / Metal followers and not only. What impressed me mostly was the catchiness of all their tracks and how well they are thought on this album in what concerns the order, heavy tracks are followed by more Ambient ones just to regain composure and then to hit you again with brutality and intricate ideas. An amazing album!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.mantra-music.com
www.finisteriandeadend.com

Band: MARTIN BECK'S INDUCTION
Country: Czech republic
Title: Far Beyond the Horizon
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Symphonic Power Metal

Review:
Not sure how strong the Symphonic Power Metal scene still is nowadays, but its die-hard fans should take into account a new, promising name to keep their eyes on: Martin Beck's Induction. As you guessed it, it's a project by Martin Beck, a Czech guitarist that doesn't ring a bell for me and I think you're in the same position, but one that demonstrates his ambitions with this debut Single, a physical release for a Single is not something that usual nowadays, and if you'd see its classy look and presentation you'd bet it's a full-length. The young guitarist worked under the direct supervision of Roland Grapow, one more hint for us to take it seriously, plus a handful of session musicians that all together managed to create a fantasy-like special atmosphere like the ones delivered by Rhapsody, Sonata Arctica, Kamelot or Blind Giardian, but without vocals (or main vocals better said), and I tell you his ideas and potential are not below par with these monsters of the genre, the whole sounds so well structured and so professional you won't help craving for more. Excellent debut, I'm curious where it will lead the young guitarist and his project.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.inductionofficial.com

Band: NECRO NIHILIST NAUSEA
Country: Italy
Title: Six Feet Over Your Body
Label: land of Fog Records
Year: 2014
Style: Death Electronics

Review:
Holy crap, it's 7 years since I reviewed these guys' debut EP (or was it a demo?) Six Feet Over Your Body, and I still remember how much I liked it at that time, how impressed I was of the atmospheres on that release. This time here's a new EP made of 7 tracks and totaling 24 minutes of Death Electronics with GoreGrind ultra-low tuned and very distorted vocals; Death Electronics because the whole is based on drum-machine (very synthetic, very far from my taste) and even the guitars sound computer generated, but this is by choice, I don't think they have any intention of getting a human drummer. Well, this time their music has less an impact on me aand although I was eagerly expecting to listen to it I was kinda disapointed; yes, that horrifying, dark, inhuman atmosphere is still there, but it wasn't taken to the next level as I thought they are going to do, some tracks are even boring falling into generic PC made GoreGrind or simplistic Industrial sounds, and the only ones that I thought to be good were the 3rd and the last, those were quite scarry and that's what I want to hear from this duo in the future, scarry music, nothing else!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/necronihilistnausea666
www.landoffogrecords.jimdo.com

Band: NECROHERESY
Country: Slovakia
Title: Divine Betrayal
Label: Satanath / Grotesque Sounds / Darknagar / Wings of Destruction
Year: 2014
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
Young Slovak band presenting us here their debut EP, a split release between 4 different labels but still limited to 500 copies. The CDs come with 4 pages booklet incluring lyrics. Music-wise Necroheresy are a straight on traditional Death Metal with deep dark atmospheres, mostly fast paced rhythmed, with occasional Thrash Metal parts (see the 3rd or 5th tracks for example). The sound quality is organic and quite clear although not very polished, and actually this is the perfect sound for such a music. It's an ok debut that will please the fanatics of old-school dark Thrash Death Metal, but I feel like something's missing and there's nothing to stand out in their music (well, except maybe that ugliness in the overall atmosphere, perfectly fit with the deep growls); the band proves to have good enthousiasm and good skills to deliver something better, something more memorable, and that's why I'm not completely satisfied of this EP. Keep an eye on them and if you have the chance check out this EP, it will only take 18 minutes of your life.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/Necroheresy
www.satanath.com
www.grotesquesounds.weebly.com
www.darknagar.ru
www.wod-prods.jimdo.com

Band: NECROTIC EFFECT
Country: Russia
Title: Black Box
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2013
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Darknagar offers us here the debut album of this band from Tula, a quitet that at first sight you'd say they are youngsters, but when you look at their bio you change your opinion, the band was founded back in 2009. This debut album is made of 12 tracks and clocks a bit more than 40 minutes of Thrash Metal; from traditional Thrash to modern, groove infused Thrash, Progressive and even to Thrash Death on some tracks, Necrotic Effect prove to be quite complex in their approach on compositions, and all in all, although I wouldn't have said, sounds quite curdled and unitary. The band is highlighted by a very good vocalist that would fit in a Death Metal band anytime, too, and by a good guitar work complete with long and catchy solos, and well-thought leads, plus a rhythm section that makes its mark important in the overall game. By the end of the album the band will convince you they are quite serious about what they do and they also have a huge potential especially if they'll keep exploring and bringing new, fresh ideas to the table. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.necroticeffect.com
www.darknagar.ru

Band: PATH OF DESOLATION
Country: Switzerland
Title: Soaked Jester
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
Young sextet from Switzerland featuring also a member of 3 Days of Silence, a band I recently met during my reviews and liked a lot, founded in 2013 and who released its debut EP, the one I'm about to talk now, a year after. It features only 3 tracks and lasts for 13 minutes, but unfortunately doen't strike a chord like 3DS did, Path of Desolation are following a Melodic and Modern Death Metal path with abrasive and not at all appealing screamed vocals (and occasional female backing vocals), heavy guitar riffs with Power Metal influence, melodic keyboard backgrounds, and organic production but not as mature as I'd like. Anyway, since it their debut release it's not boring or uninteresting, not at all, it actually shows the band has some potential, but the mastering could have been way better, a bit more polished and maybe a bit more metallic (heavy). The addition of Post-Metal-like guitars is something to be taken into consideration more on their upcoming release, who knows what might spring from this mix of Post-Metal and Melodic Death Metal. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/band.pathofdesolation

Band: REGIMENT
Country: France
Title: One les Aura
Label: Antiq Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
Featuring members of some important nowadays bands in the French Metal scene like Peste Noire, Borgia, Aorlhac or Hanternoz, and others I haven't heard before, Regiment is a new project that will probably want to continue as a real band and actually go live, too, and here we have their debut album, although I'd consider it an EP really, it's less than half an hour in playing time, too short for a full-length if you ask me. On les Aura offer us 8 tracks building an interesting concept about what they actually feel when copnfronted to family artifacts (helmets, military gear, photos), and that's quite a personal and deep choice the band gained my respect for. Music wise I was expecting a bit more to tell you the truth, I was expecting a deeper atmosphere and a less rough production, but I was wrong, Regiment pretty much deliver raw, aggressive, mid-tempo to fast paced and semi-technical Black Death Metal with solid compositions but without much to stick to your mind after the audition. The occasional ambient/atmospheric interludes are great and if they'll manage to actually weld them with the music they'll have a winning idea I tell you. For the moment this is a good debut, but not as good as I was expecting, especially after I saw the classy cover artwork. Try it yourselves and form your own opinion.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.antiqrecords.com

Band: REINO ERMITANO
Country: Peru
Title: Conjuros de poder
Label: I Hate Records
Year: 2014
Style: Doom Metal

Review:
Almost 15 years of activity, 5 albums underbelt, are making from Reino Ermitano a well respected band from Peruvian soil, I'm sure about that even if I'm not sure if this is my first encounter with their music. This fifth album released last year by Sweden based I Hate Records is made of 9 tracks and clocks a bit over 50 minutes of traditional Doom Metal complete with everything you can think of springing from this genre: slow, punishing rhythms, heavy and demolishing bass lines, repetitive yet catchy and fresh guitar riffs and a female vocalist that sounds heavily influenced by the '70's Psychedelic scene, with lyrics in Spanish, so a material targetted towards the Spanish speaking part of the world mostly. I've listened to this album for the past 2 days and I don't seem to get bored of it yet, I like it's analog sound, honest attitude and I'm in love with the awesome guitar solos that support the music here and there. If you're into Doom Metal, the traditional way, you'll have to at least check this on the net, it's worth your while for sure.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/pages/Reino-Ermitaño/229687576031
www.ihate.se

Band: SANGDRAGON
Country: France
Title: Requiem for Apocalypse
Label: Wake Up Dead Records
Year: 2015
Style: Symponic Black Death Metal

Review:
Vincent Urbain, alias Lord V. Dragon, continues his saga started lots of years ago under the name Daemonium between '93 and '95, then continued as Akhenaton from '95 and now, since 2011 as Sangdragon, a successful saga if we keep in mind he released 2 full-length albums under the once very successful Adipocere Records. If until now Vincent played by himself as one man projects, with Sangdragon he took things further and now he's surrounded by 10 other people, musicians and staff, so I think it's pretty clear he's in for a professional job. Requiem for Apocalypse features 10 tracks (or acts) and clocks a bit over 45 minutes of symphonic, technical and at timesa bit chaotic, melodic at times, brutal at others, and even groovy kind of Black Death Metal, very expressive and succeeding to build and offer a real mysterious atmosphere and story. I think the lyrics are a bit auto-biographical where Vincent probably describes his journey, fails and successes in a fairy-tale like manner about kings and dragons. Most of the time the music is spot on, aggressive and well structured, but there are also times when I feel like its falling into a chaotic state while trying to be as intricate as possible. To a certain degree it reminds me of Lux Occulta's My Guardian Anger, and since that's one of my all time faves, I have to admit I like this one, too, but I'd suggest you to check a couple of its tracks before buying it, it's not your usual Black Death a la Behemoth.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.soundcloud.com/sangdragon

Band: STILLBIRTH
Country: Germany
Title: Global Error
Label: Rising Nemesis Records
Year: 2015
Style: Brutal Death Deathcore

Review:
This one is totally for the new generation of Brutal Metal fans, not for old farts like me, that's for sure, or at least I find it to be waaaay too synthetic and computer-based for my taste although I like its level of brutality, some groovy rhythms and some guitar leads and solos that are about all that remains from how I remember the old Brutal Death sound. I agree there's always a need for innovation and that the scene must not remain at the same level, it must improve and evolve in all directions, it's only that I don't particularly like certain directions and the current Deathcore scene is something I don't understand and I've even stopped trying. On the other hand Stillbirth prove to be a solid and experienced band, they tend to inhale all influences they can and spit them out as a brutal form of Deathcore with multimple elements from Brutal Death, Slam Death and even Grindcore; groovy, brutal and quite technical music for the young generation of circlepit-loving metalheads.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.stillbirthparty.de
www.risingnemesisrecords.de

Band: THE ANAL TREATMENT XXXPERIENCE / ACEPTIC GOITRE
Country: Greece / Greece
Title: Gangrenous Mass from Axe & Hook Ejaculation
Label: Rotten Music
Year: 2014
Style: Death Grind / Brutal Death Metal

Review:
A short split between 2 brutal Greek bands, Gangrenous Mass features 8 tracks from The TATX, and 5 from Aceptic Goitre, and the total playing time is 27 minutes. 
Opening the split are The Anal Treatment XXXperience who, despite what the name suggests, are not a Gore Grind Noise type of band, but actually one that combines quite generic Death Metal with traditional Grind. Unfortunately the guitar riffs are way too repetitive and simple in order to impress anyone, and they actually sound very synthetic, like generated on the PC... The drums are for sure generated on PC, but they are not annoying at all. The only element I find interesting in their music are the dual vocals, a screaming and desperate one and the other supporting it with deep groels, but all with a somehow industrial feel. Try it yourselves, maybe you'll find it more interesting than I did.
Aceptic Goitre offer us a Brutal Death Metal complete with slam-like guitar riffs, mid-tempo rhythms, deep pig-like growls, and double bass drums, but like in the previous case the guitar riffs are again too repetitive and uninteresting. Their luck is that they manage to create good grooves and are quite brutal although they keep things at mid-tempo with a few occasional fast paced rhythms only. It's like good Brutal Death Metal but at half-speed, not sure how fans of this genre will react, but I think it's better suited to Slam Death Grind fans. 
Not a very impressing split, sorry. Released on CD with 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics and quite childish graphics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10  6/10

Contact:
www.atxxx.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/AcepticGoitre
www.rottenmusic.net

Band: THE OUTSIDE
Country: Germany
Title: Dawn of the Deaf
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Founded in 2008 and featuring the guitarist of Chile's own Thrash Metal heroes Criminal, Sergio Klein, The Outside offer us here their second full-length album, a 10 tracks effort totaling a bit over 35 minutes. The wow effect kicks in right after the first track starts, the crystal clear and powerful production of this album fits absolutely prefectly with its contents; Dawn of the Deaf offers an aggressive music, but at the same time being highly expressive, melodic and even catchy to a mainstream level if you ask me. Following a similar path as Testament or Nevermore, The Outside give the impression they have everything under control and they're ready to conquer the World; really, I see this album at par with the releases of above mentioned bands, easily. The music is catchy, semi-technical (with excellent guitar solos and tasty riffs and leads, a very effective and adventurous drum section, incisive and powerful bass lines and a vocalist that although not highly versatile manages to keep things interesting), melodic and sounds fresh while at the same time keeping traditional patterns in high regard. The cover artwork is also fit to such a good release, so what remains for me to do is to recommend it to you, too, it's no doubt one of the best Thrash Metal albums I've heard this year.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
www.the-outside.net

Band: ULFBERHT
Country: France
Title: L'aube d'une nouvelle ère
Label: Ossuaire Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
New blood from France's boiling Black Metal scene, Ulfberht is a one man band with Fog as the only person behind this moniker, a very busy Black Metal musician I would say; he's involved in numerous other one-man projects or bands like Aurvandil or Quintessence, so I'm not really sure why he had the need to come up with a new one though. Ulfberht was founded this year and here's already its debut full-length album made of 8 tracks and clocking almost 50 minutes of playing time. Traditional, freezing-cold, dark, atmospheric Black metal played mostly on fast pace without compromises but with some slow to mid-paced parts to increase the tension, with intelligently structured guitars (brilliant at times), a distant but still razor-sharp shrieking voice, organic sound on drums, and an overall perfect atmosphere for Black Metal especially if you're into the early Burzum work, this might remind you of Burzum quite a lot and not only for the addition of a cover-version of Tomhet Part II. Good release, bringing nothing new to the table, but delivering some good quality Black Metal for the ones of you looking for raw but atmospheric Norwegian inspired Black Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.ossuairerecords.fr

Band: WHO DIES IN SIBERIAN SLUSH / MY SHAMEFUL
Country: Russia / Finland
Title: The Symmetry of Grief
Label: MFL Records
Year: 2014
Style: Funeral Doom Death / Funeral Doom Death

Review:
If I say this split only features 2 tracks from each of these bands would you say it's not enough? Well, I doubt it since we're talking about Funeral Doom Death here, and the tracks are very long (well, medium lenght for this genre), and the total playing time is 35 minutes. 2 known names from the Russian and Finnish scenes are present here, WDISS and My Shameful, so I think it will be quite a successful release.
Opening are the Russians from WDISS who released 2 very well received albums on Solitude Productions before and I think this is just a one time collaboration, they are still with Solitude, but I wouldn't bet on it either. Funeral Doom Death with heavy and slow rhythms lead by repetitive guitars furrowed by excellent flute, trombone and keyboard elements that increase the overall dramatic experience, and the final result is excellent. Here's a band that's thinking beyond the "let's make it as slow, deep and sad as possible" Funeral Doom pattern, probably that's why they are so respected.
My Shameful offers a more traditional form of Funeral Doom Death highlighted by desperate, hoarse, growling screams if this makes any sense, and a slow, mysterious atmosphere undisturbed by anything, a swift passage to meditation and/or depressive state. The guitar leads (a la old Paradise Lost) are the only element that agitate the waters a bit. Good stuff but after listening to WDISS original work I feel the need for more novelty, more influences added in this nowadays so popular Funeral Doom style.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10   7/10

Contact:
www.wdiss.bandcamp.com
www.myshameful.com
www.mfl-records.com

Band: ZARDENS
Country: Belgium
Title: Blackness Unfolds
Label: Satanath Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
Zardens are back 3 years after the release of their debut full-length album with the followup, a 10 tracks effort totaling a bit over 40 minutes of mid-tempo to fast paced Black Death Metal music. The band seemd to be focusing more on the technical aspect at the moment, without betting too much on aggression or atmosphere, but that doesn't mean we're dealing with a mellow or mathematical release, not at all, it's just that they proud themselves of being honest (not using triggers and such) and delivering exactly what they are able to produce without too much help from PC programs. The instrumental part is very interesting, offering lots of rhythms, lots of different atmospheres, and being quite inventive, without ever falling onto overused Black Death patterns and probably that will make it a weird release for the current fans, but it won't be labelled as a copycat, that's for sure. The vocals on the other hand are good but not versatile enough to be at the same level with the instrumental part, a bit more tones, maybe some backing vocals, would have been great, but this way they can become boring very fast. Fans of '90's Black Death Metal (Swedish school) will definitely enjoy this album, too, but keep in mind it's not spiced with keyboards or rich orchestrations, it's as raw as possible while still maintaining a certain degree of melody, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.zardens.be
www.satanath.com

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