Band: MALLORY
Country: France
Title: 2
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Rock

Review:
While I still enjoy a small dose of '60's and '70's Rock now and then, this is not something I usually review and feature in Pest, so I'll resume to telling you what you can find here without judging in any way. This is plain and simple '70's Rock in purest American way and reminds me of both The Doors and Rolling Stones although I wouldn't say they are copycats of either. The production is organic to the bone giving more of that oldies flavor to the whole, and the compositions are ranging from soft and bluesy, to grungy, to energetic and rebellious, so the general impression is of a complex material. 9 tracks, 32 minutes, vintage Rock type of music.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/mallory.rockband

Band: NEOLITH
Country: Poland
Title: Izi.Im.Kurnu-Ki
Label: Non Serviam Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
We all know how many Black Death Metal bands Poland has spawned along the years, some very good, some less impressive, and here's another miniker that follows this path. Neolith were formed back in 1991, so we're dealing here with a mature band, one that released 3 full-length albums before this new one, but the real proof is, of course, their music, and by all means, they don't fail to impress, that's for sure. This new album features 10 tracks in 40 minutes of brutal, mysterious, expressive and heavy as fuck Black Death Metal with loads of good ideas and an overall extremely opressive atmosphere, closer to Death than Black Metal, and I would suggest to don't miss it if you're into bands like Behemoth, Vader or Hate. Neolith are amazing, their technical skills are top-notch, their compositions catchy, curdled and at the same time complex and even progressive (there are plenty of Electro influences, but that doesn't mean it's less brutal or less Metal), and the magnificent production on this album will only establish their name among the best of their craft. I'm very impressed by this band, and so I highly recommend it to all of you, a perfect Black Death Metal release for my taste.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
www.neolith.pl
www.non-serviam-records.com

Band: NERVOUS IMPULSE
Country: Canada
Title: Time to Panic
Label: Blast Head Records
Year: 2015
Style: Death Grind

Review:
I have reviewed these guys' debut album more than 4 years ago and I still remember how impressed I was back then, so when I received this followup full-length I was quite happy. And indeed it didn't disapoint me one bit! The release is made of 15 tracks and lasts for almost 40 minutes of groovy, brutal, hateful and technical Death Grind Metal based on oppressive guitar riffs, occassional short leads, incisive bass lines, groovy and technical drum lines and two types of vocals, cuffed, inhuman, uncomprehensive growls and demented screams from time to time. It all feels like a mix between a brutal fight and being eaten alive by piranhas, it's complete and constant assault on yoru senses from start to finish. So as I was saying, I was impressed by their debut album, and this new one comes only to confirm my impression about Nervous Impulse, if you like Death Grind with groovy and technical touches this band is a must!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/NervousImpulseGrind
www.blastheadrecords.com

Band: PHANTASMAL
Country: USA
Title: The Reaper's Forge
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Heavy Thrash Black Metal

Review:
There's not much info on this US based duo, but here we have their debut demo, a 3 tracks tape with simple cover and quite simple but effective cover artwork, too. From what I've previously read about it, I was expecting their music to be more aggressive, but I'd say it's aggressive only if you're looking at it as a beginning of the '80's release or if you're only used to Hard Rock, but nowadays this could be considered quite mellow among other Black Thrash outfits out there. The Reaper's Forge is a solid piece of '80's type Heavy Thrash Metal with some Black Metal influences here and there; it delivers quite crunchy and catchy riffs, organic bass and drums lines on mid-tempo to fast paced rhythms, old-school guitar solos, hoarse vocals that could have been way better and more powerful, and above all an analog, very familiar production that nostalgics will simply love. Not groundbreaking but definitely a solid debut recommended for fans of '80's Heavy Thrash Metal. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/phantasmalmetal

Band: PREMORTAL BREATH
Country: Germany
Title: They
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Heavy Thrash Metal

Review:
Debut full-length album from this German band founded back in 2010, They is made of 8 tracks totaling 40 minutes of playing time, selfreleased by the band on pro CD with booklet fesaturing all lyrics, so they seem to be well intended and dedicated to their path. Unfortunately their compositions are not as convincing as they should be, it seems like the band wants to go in a Heavy Thrash Power Metal direction and the vocalist more in a US type Melodic Metal direction (although even trying some growling vocals here and there, but only trying, not succeeding), to me it seems they don't get well one with the other, they are not blending and definitely not curdling well together and that's a major problem they should work on for future releases. The instrumental part is quite ok: catchy guitar riffs ranging from Heavy to Thrash Metal, occasional melodic guitar leads, very good bass lines and precise drumming, promising stuff. Too bad, the overall impression is of a rushed material, not convincing at all.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
www.premortalbreath.com

Band: PUTRID EVIL
Country: Poland
Title: Massgrave Overtortures
Label: Terror from Hell Records
Year: 2014
Style: Death Grind Metal

Review:
Debut demo from this Gdansk based new band that seems to be made of three individuals with experience on the scene, so in conclusion a young band that already benefits from a certain respect. 8 short tracks, none reaching a 3 minutes mark, that honestly didn't impress me much most probably because of the extremely generic and overused guitar riffs that I've heard in countless bands before. The rest is quite good: fast and energic drums, heavy bass lines and angry vocals that I find to be the best part in this band. If you're into old-school Death Grind you might enjoy it, it has the right amount of energy and craziness, a combination of Master, Terrorizer and Repulsion I'd say, plus a good analog sound, but again, because of the generic riffs and lack of some good leads or solos to hide this somehow, I find this demo dull and unimpressive.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.putridevil.bandcamp.com
www.elektroplasmamusik.eu

Band: PUTRID OFFAL
Country: France
Title: Mature Necropsy
Label: Kaotoxin Records
Year: 2015
Style: Death Grind

Review:
Putrid Offal are the perfect proof the kids from nowadays got it all wrong when it comes to Brutal Death Grind, that it's not enough to be the most disgusting, or to be the most technical, or the funniest, or the most stupid, you have to offer something more to be credible. Putrid Offal chose the gory, disgusting way of blending Death and Grind, but they are certainly doing it with style. Putrid Offal was founded back in 1991, but they disbanded after only 3 years of activity; last year they decided to give it anoother try and Kaotoxing picked them up right away. this is their debut album, a 15 tracks effort totaling half an hour of brutal Death Grind with excellent compositions, each with its own "face", a release that in my books makes Putrid Offal the European correspondents of Autopsy. Heavy as hell, groovy, technical, horrifying, expressive, catchy and well delivered, a real lesson in traditional brutality! The album comes as Double Digipack CD, the second CD featuring previous works of the band. This one will be one of the best of 2015!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/putridoffal
www.kaotoxin.com

Band: RAZORS YACOEPSAE
Country: Germany / Germany
Title: Live
Label: Power It Up!
Year: 2015
Style: Punk / Powerviolence

Review:
PIU! Records, as a strong promoter of Punk / Grind / Hardcore, didn't miss the chance to release a live split album with 2 of the most important names on the German underground scene, and so Razors, Punk band founded in '77, and Yacoepsae, Grind Powerviolence combo started in '90, find themselves on this live split. The Razors part features 4 tracks recorded during one of their 2013 gigs in Hamburg; traditional Punk with catchy choruses, repetitive and energetic guitar lines, perfect soundtreck for a Punk party, for a good time. The first 2 tracks on the Yacoepsae part are featuring extremely slow and groovy drums, I almost thought they got the wrong band on these two tracks, they sound closer to Sludge than Powerviolence, but then the usual hyper-fast rhythms kick in and the other 3 tracks featured here are a violent assault on your ears, the traditional Yacoepsae style. I have here the CD version, not sure if this was released on vinyl too, but if you're into these bands I suggest you don't miss thsi split, the sound is very good and at the same time raw and organic, you'll definitely like it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.razors-punk.de
www.facebook.com/Yacoepsae
www.power-it-up.de

Band: UHRIRISTI
Country: Finland
Title: Haudankylmä
Label: Mortis Humanae Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Melodic Black Metal

Review:
Pretty much my fave band from Mortis Humanae's roster (and I'm familiar with probably all their titles), Uhriristi are back with a followup to their 2013 excellent debut. The new album is made of only 8 tracks but lasts for almost 40 minutes of Melodic Black Metal, a combination of Finnish and Norge schools of Melodic Black, with highlights on the desperate and at the same time hateful vocals of Rutto, an element that will bring fame (oh well, some sort of fame) to this band, I'm sure of it. The compositions are quite technical reliyng on catchy Norwegian-like guitar riffs, fantastic melodic leads and solos, and at the same time very atmospheric, almost mystical, driven being by the keyboards (first period Dimmu Borgir-like). The drumming is also very tight and precise, and the overall impression is excellent again, a band that although bringing nothing new to the scene ('90's type Black Metal is their game), will stand out and become particular, speaking for myself I'm sure I'd be able to distinguish their music among 100 other bands, mostly because of those cruel vocals of Rutto. this one is limited to 666 copies and I'm sure will sell out pretty quick, so don't hesitate!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/Uhriristi
www.mortishumanae.com

Band: VISIONS OF WAR
Country: Belgium
Title: Swine Parade
Label: Power It Up! Records
Year: 2014
Style: Crust Grind

Review:
This CD is not a new album from Visions of War, it actually features 2 previously released full-length albums that were seemingly released in very limited editions, so PIU! Records thought it was a good idea to press them together on a CD since the total playing time is only around 45 minutes, although featuring 22 tracks. Visions of War remind me of a combination of Extreme Noise Terror and Disrupt (but not as brutal) with Doom (but not as fast all the time), so you get crusty guitar riffs, heavy as fuck bass lines, demented drumming and crazy vocals the old-school way, with a Punk flavor overall. Not much to add except that the tracks were remastered and they all sound more than decent, the cover artwork is excellent, and the CD booklet features the lyrics, too. Good buy if you're into above-mentioned bands.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/pages/Visions-Of-War/187493521310600
www.power-it-up.de

Band: ZNAFELRIFF
Country: Germany
Title: Ruin
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
German quartet that states to have started out in Svalbard, Norway, but I have no idea if that's true, a joke, or a simple mockery. Anyway, I think it's quite pathetic surrounding your band with such "mysteries", especially if your music seems to be pretty sincere and serious. Oh well, who cares actually? This is the band's second EP, a 5 tracks effort totalling a bit over 20 minutes and delivering dark and razor-sharp Black Metal highlighted by Berbeth's vicious, raw and expressive vocals, and by the overall mysterious atmosphere. The instrumental part is ok, mostly fast rhythmed, with occasional mid-tempo interludes, but it brings nothing impressive or memorable, it's just that typical second wave of Black Metal type of fast paced Black Metal without much of their own. The EP was released in CDR and limited (75 handnumbered copies) tape format.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.znafelriff.bandcamp.com

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