Absent/Minded - Alight
Amenophis - Demos 1991-1992
Barus - Barus
Cober Ord - Le Revers du Soleil
Elforg - Elforg
Groovenom - Pink Lion
Harm - Devil
Lesne Licho - Pieśni Starego Lasu
Lifestream - Post Ecstatic Experience
Maze of Terror - Ready to Kill
Merciless Death - Holocaust
Merciless Death - Sick Sanctities
Protean - The Burning Centuries
Scarleth - The Silver Lining
Sus Scrofa - Sinistre Sylve
Syg:Ar:Tyr - Northen
The Old Crone - Monsters
Thou Shalt Fall - Rejoice and Laugh, Doomed to Be Sacrificed
Warchest - Downfall
Wildernessking - Mystical Future

Band: ABSENT/MINDED
Country: Germany
Title: Alight
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Sludge Doom Post Metal

Review:
These guys seem to have a really solid DIY attitude since this is their third full-length album and all of them are self-released and not because of the bad quality of the music, that's not the case here, I simply believe they have turned down all received offers... but I don't think that's in their advantage in the end. This newest album kind of left a "cheap" impression on me in the beginning, and here I mean the look of it (a mere 4 pages booklet with dull looking fonts for the lyrics, no pics, no nothing else) and the first track which to be honest I had to skip, I didn't understand that (way too) repetitive guitar lead and tone one bit, but then the album started to grow on me track by track and in the end I had to replay it, well, most part of it, of course. 6 tracks, 45 minutes of playing time, a calm at times, explosive at others atmosphere mixing good chunks of Sludge, Doom and Post Metal, and lead by a Death Metal type of growling vocal with enough versatility to avoid becoming boring. The TV news inserts, the amazing semi-acoustic guitar parts, the absolutely devastating guitar riffs tone, and the Post Metal avantgarde attitude are all making this album stand out and become something to long for. After my not so happy first impression on it, this album grew on me in order to build myself a final conclusion that this is a heck of a good release recommended for fans of all genres mentioned above. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/aminded

Band: AMENOPHIS
Country: Sweden
Title: Demos 1991-1992
Label: I Hate Records
Year: 2016
Style: Death Metal

Review:
I Hate Records decided to pay tribute to this obscure, deep underground band active only between 1989 and 1995, by releasing this CD compilation of the only two demos released by them. With both demos featuring 4 tracks each, the total 8 songs are clocking 35 minutes of playing time, and I guess all fanatics of old-school Death Metal or even better, Swedish Death Metal, including me here, will be at least curious to find out more about this band's work. I've always liked such releases that come with a booklet featuring an interview or a story told directly by one of the members, preferably the leader, and this compilation is no exception as Tim Pettersson, founding member, talks about the band lifetime. 
The first demo, originally released in 1991, features 3 tracks of traditional, fat sounding Swedish Death Metal still heavily inspired by the thriving US scene; the vocals and guiatrs are upfront in the mix, having drums somehow left behind, but in my opinion that's not a problem at all, the general atmosphere is pretty eerie and menacing, it's pretty clear they were also heavily inspired by Horror flicks at the time. Ending this demo is an outro track on acoustic guitar, a track I would have better had as intro, one that reminds me of Tristitia to tell you the truth... 
The following year they managed to release a second demo on which the production is a bit more polished, the style turned towards a Techno Thrash Death with a different vocalist this time, Tim (who was the singer on the debut) decided to focus on guitar only, and verything sounds a bit more clear, but honestly I don't know if that's for the best... The band tried to be more technical than they could under those conditions and at some points they seem to have sync problems, I also guess this was recorded in one take only. The second track, In the Dead of the Night, features also female vocals reciting something in the background and they sound so damn good coupled with the animal insame screams of the new vocalist. The general obscure, occult atmosphere of the first demo is lost, and in its place the band decided to concentrate more on delivering a more technical output, the progression in composition is obvious, although I can see maniacs enjoying their first demo more than this one. 
Who knows what would have become of this band if they would have worked harder and followed up with another release in '94. This CD is a good tesstimony of their existence and after what I've heard here it would have been a shame not to expose these tracks to the masses.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
ihate.se

Band: BARUS
Country: France
Title: Barus
Label: Emanations
Year: 2016
Style: Progressive Death Metal

Review:
I've already spinned this a few times before doing any research on the band and I was ready to bet anything they have a strong connection with Doom and/or Black Metal. I was right, this young Grenoble based quintet features 2 members from the excellent Doom Black Metal band Maieutiste. This one is Barus selftitled debut EP, a 4 tracks effort clocking 23 minutes of progressive, theatrical, occult and sick Death Metal; ranging from doomy, almost ritualistic passages to devastatingly brutal and intricate as hell fast tracks (or parts of tracks), and highlighted by an excellent, versatile vocalist that, coupled with some well-done and expressive lyrics, manages to transmit intense emotions to the listener, Barus offers an interesting take on Death Metal, one that i would like to hear more and also one that would also like to hear dissected and delivered in more depth. Besides the expressive vocals the massive guitar riffs and complex leads, the tremendous wall of drums and fat sounding bass lines are something to admire on this EP, a promise for the future, so with the band's potential unveiled it only remains for us to wait for their debut album. Released as 6 panels digipak CD with memorable artowrk.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/barusband
facebook.com/LADLOproductions

Band: COBER ORD
Country: France
Title: Le Revers du Soleil
Label: Nomos Dei
Year: 2015
Style: Ritual Ambient Industrial Drone

Review:
Another project from a Stille Volk member, I'm amazed by this band's (or at least of some of its members) connection with the underground despite the band's Worldwide success and fame, kudos for that! The front cover picture is one of the most effective and impressive I've seen lately, it stucks to my mind and I can see it even if I close my eyes. The music presented on these 8 tracks (46 minutes playing time) is a depressive, disturbing, terrifying at times Dark Drone Ambient with Industrial sounds, different percussion types, vocals ranging from whispers, inhales/exhales, shamanic-like throat sounds, to unhuman growls and grins, and an interesting use of silence to enhance the effect of all sounds. Sounds like a nightmare happening on an industrial platform where you're kept hostage by a pack of ghouls and your end is constantly and unavoidably approaching. By the end, on the 5th, 6th and 7th tracks the terror reaches its climax, followed by an 8th track where you're already dead, in another dimension. Very interesting release but most definitely not for the faint of heart or for those of you who give up easily, this one needs more spins to be understood.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/cober.ord
nomosdei.bandcamp.com

Band: ELFORG
Country: Poland
Title: Elforg
Label: Art Of the Night Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Folk Metal

Review:
Young Warsaw’s blackened folkmetallers released their first full (but short: c.a. 35 minutes) album! The most solid point of this material is the last song „Do Ciebie Kasiuniu” („For you Kate”) taken from traditional Polish folklore, which song is very popular in Poland in folk, folklore/traditional and folkmetal musicians (promoted widely by Warsaw Willage Band), stylized on blackened medieval folkmetal. Other Elforg tracks are typical black/folkmetal songs, with rage, raw and battle motifs. However album is interesting because Elforg’s songs are really powerfully and I caught myself on the involuntary  headbanging while listening „Elforg”, heh.... This stuff included some interesting surprising, e.g. hfast and fury violin solo stylized on... good gypsies violinist in track „Duch Lasu” („Forest’s Ghost”), some „intros” taken from forrest night voices or interesting mixed doom/folk and death metal motifs. Really not bad stuff - and good debut!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: GROOVENOM
Country: Germany
Title: Pink Lion
Label: Noizgate Records
Year: 2016
Style: Modern Death Pop

Review:
A new release with no score simply because the style of music this band plays is not exactly what we usually cover inhere or/and are specialized in. GrooVenom (cool band name) are hailing from the beautiful Dresden; a young band that presents us here their debut album self-labelled as "Modern Death Pop". We get no less than 16 tracks with a total playing time of 70 minutes, a modern, open-minded, quite progressive I'd say, mix of Pop, Industrial, Electro, Metal, Nu-Metal, Death Metal, Brutal Death Metal, and what not, complete with all types of vocals, fat-ass guitar riff, electro synths, a quite brutal rhythm section, blastbeats, loads of breakdowns, even some tasty Power Metal-like guitar solos, and all this supported by one of the best record productions I've heard this year giving this material an amazing impact on the listener. Might appeal to fans of: Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Suicide Silence, Bring Me The Horizon and such, I can actually see this band reaching similar success soon. Released as gatefold digipak CD with fat 20 pages booklet featuring all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/groovenom
noizgate.com

Band: HARM
Country: Norway
Title: Devil (re-release)
Label: Battlegod Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
At first sight I quite wondered why would Battlegod re-release Harm's debut album from a decade ago, but my guess is: initially it was released on the obscure Sublife record label and I guess it lacked important promotion. Now, re-released as double CD, with a second CD being a compilation of demo and unreleased tracks with less solid production than this full-length album that stretches for 37 minutes. Harm are a traditional Thrash Metal band: fast paced rhythms, violent, desperate vocals, low, metallic bass lines, pounding, relentless drums, catchy guitar riffs and slick leads and solos, but without something to really stand out and define the band's sound as original. What impresses on this record are the excellent, fresh and meaty production, and the overall cohesion of the band that gives the impression of a really technical and well worked band, but again, the problem comes when we're talking about something to define the band. For their fans, and for traditional Thrash Metallers, this re-release will be a fine treat, undoubtedly it's highly enjoyable and entertaining, and it comes with a 16 pages booklet featuring lyrics and an even better cover artwork than the initial release although keeping the same style.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
harmofnorway.com
battlegod-productions.com

Band: LESNE LICHO
Country: Poland
Title: Piesni Starego Lasu
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Folk Metal

Review:
Lesne Licho released first full length album after 9 years... These times was very stormy for the band (e.g. leader of group, Miki, changed the position of guitarist to... drummer and from the first crew now in Lesne Licho are only leader and Shonhor, ex-keybordist who make female backing vocals and choirs) but „Piesni Starego Lasu” („Songs of The Old Forest”) is really good stuff! Lesne Licho’s kind of folkmetal is closer Metallica’s „Kill’em All” and Nightwish’s flow than Bathory or Arkona but from the beginning of the band that’s was the „Way of life” of Lesne Licho. Some old tracks, taken from old demo was re-arranged for new singer and recorded professionally. These songs of The Old Forest are centering between old slavic legend’s themes, fantasy motifs taken from Eastern Europe and Celtic sounds and some gothic/symhponic metal vocals with simple but powerfully riffs. The team kept the characteristically melodic sounds from the past despite the very serious changes in crew and polished it! The last track is a bonus and very cheerful music joke – track stylised on discopolo (local Polish disco genre). I admit that I'm litte worried about this album but unnecessarily, this album is very good!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 7/10

Band: LIFESTREAM
Country: France
Title: Post Ecstatic Experience
Label: Emanations
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
I've listened to this album for the past 2 days already and I'm still not convinced if I like it or not, or better said if I found something interesting in it or just used it as background music in my routine activities. The debut album of this French quintet is for sure a good Black Metal effort, but let's start with the bad points: the vocals are way too monotone, some versatility would make things more expressive on the next release, then I'd say the keyboards are on the same level of monotony, although "hidden" in the background I wouldn't say they are building any interest in the atmosphere they create (something a la UK scene at the beginning of the '00's). The good points on this release would be the guitar work, quite complex and fresh, and the compositions in general, an effort that demonstrates this band's potential and even technical skills. The 9 tracks featured here in a bit over an hour of playing time are a good choice if you're into the second wave of Norwegian Black Metal mixed with the UK Black Metal atmospheres as mentioned before, plus a good dose of new (French?) Black Metal (a hint of Post Black) influences, and if I've spinned this album for 2 consecutive days it means in no way this is a bad effort, just a bit puzzling I'd say. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
lifestreambm.bandcamp.com
lesacteursdelombre.net

Band: MAZE OF TERROR
Country: Peru
Title: Ready to Kill
Label: Empire Records
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Straight from the Peruvian capital, Maze of Terror were formed by two ex-members of another Thrash Metal band, R.I.P., whom are still active at the moment but it seems with less activity lately. So the drumer and bassist/vocalist formed Maze of Terror and to this day they are still the main composers of the group although in the meantime theye were joined by two new guitarists. This is their debut album, a 10 tracks effort clocking almost an hour of old-school Thrash Death Metal with an emphasis on the Thrash Metal part of things, a fast and catchy material full of hooks everywhere that will glue the listener to it throughout the full spin. The vocalist has it's own, very special and kick-ass way of singing that will stick to your mind even after the audition, but his problem is the English pronounciation, extremely poor and hard to follow even with the lyrics in front of you; hopefully he'll work more on this pronounciation part as his vocals are absolutely killer. The guiatrs are top notch, offering some very good guitar riffs and solos, with the mention that the solos could have been a bit more interesting, they have the technical ability and potential to offer better solos. The bass lines are fat and incisive and are clearly leaving a mark on the whole composition, and the drums are excellent, without too much headache they deliver what they should and I have nothing bad to say about them. All in all Ready to Kill is an impressive debut album and Maze of Terror is one perfect band to keep an eye on if you're a maniac of old-school Thrash Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/mazeofterrorthrash
empirerecords.be

Band: MERCILESS DEATH
Country: Poland
Title: Holocaust
Label: Thrashing Madness Productions
Year: 2009
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
I have received this release that by now can be considered antique, directly from the label that released it, together with some other old releases, so my guess is they haven't sold out these CDs and you can still order them. Merciless Death are around from the '80s and this Holocaust material was initially released by the band in 1992 as a demo, their second demo according to Metal Archives. Thrashing Madness re-released it in 2009 including multimedia bonus material and a few live tracks recorded in 1988, in memory of the band's guitarist Jaroslaw who passed away earlier that year (2009). The total of 11 tracks are clocking 40 minutes of fast, aggressive, quite technical mix of Thrash and Death Metal, presenting a mature band with talented musicians that were probably all over their local tops of the time. In my opinion this is an excellent demo, well composed, with hooks all over, a mix of the Slayer, Sepultura, Death, Dark Angel of the time, very brutal but at the same time technical and capable to deliver an organic and evil atmosphere you'll have a hard time finding in Today's scene, but I also have to mention the excellent production, for a demo this is absolutely top-notch, so I'm not surprised why Thrashing Madness decided to release it on CD. The live bonus tracks are not as top notch sounding, but you still get the feeling of their live shows as they prove they are absolutely worthy of this band name.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
oldschool-metal-maniac.com

Band: MERCILESS DEATH
Country: Poland
Title: Sick Sanctities
Label: Thrashing Madness Productions
Year: 2009
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
And here's the followup to the band's excellent Holocaust demo, released a year after, Sick Sanctities is Merciless Death's debut full-length album initially out on cassette tape, and re-released in 2009 by Thrashing Madness as CD. Unfortunately this debut album marked the beginning of the end (or of the first end) for the band, as they split-up a year after its release for continuous personal tensions within the band. The album continues the brutal and technical Thrash Death tradition the band were known for, but somehow didn't manage to top their second demo in what concerns compositions and atmoephere, Sick Sanctities sounds a bit more fragmented and although overall it's still a fine album, it's not something to impress. Floridian Death seems to be the major influence for the band on Sick Sanctities, the technical level they reached is indeed impressive and the band sounds like being able to take the World by storm with their music, it's a shame they split up shortly after. They are back in business since 2009 and have released a second full-length in 2011. This CD version from Thrashing Madness comes with multimedia bonus again, a live video of a band's gig (too bad the sound is not the original one), pics, and again 6 audio tracks recorded live, a must have release for any follower of Polish scene and not only.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
oldschool-metal-maniac.com

Band: PROTEAN
Country: Latvia
Title: The Burning Centuries
Label: Beverina 
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Debut full-length release from this Latvian quartet founded in 2012, The Burning Centuries is a 7 tracks effort clocking 45 minutes of playing time. Labelling their music as Black Metal wouldn't be sufficient for what you get on this release, yes, it's all based and built on a Black Metal skeleton, but there are plenty of directions Protean reaches the limits of this genre and try to even stretch them towards Pagan / Folk at times, Majestic / Symphonic at others, and even Death Metal territories. The compositions are quite different one from another and even in the same track there are multiple layers but all in all they are successfully building a solid, monolithic atmosphere, with each track a piece of the same puzzle. The technical abilities of these guys are obvious, with emphasis on the sick drumming, killer guitar leads and, well, overall composition potential. Although the cover artwork attracts the eye, I feel it's a bit below what you get on this CD in terms of music so if you're in search of some melodic, technical yet brutal Black Metal releases try this one too, you might have a nice surprise. Released as Digipak CD limited to only 300 copies.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/proteanofficial
beverina.bandcamp.com

Band: SCARLETH
Country: Ukraine
Title: The Silver Lining
Label: The Leaders / Casket Music
Year: 2015
Style: Symphonic Power Folk Gothic Metal

Review 1:
Scarleth is remarkable and experienced Ukrainian metal band with style is expanding constantly and represents mind-blowing mixture of many melodic genres - from power, folk, doom and gothic metal to modern/progressive metal. “The Silver Lining” is a second full length album of these Donietsk’s metallers which included all typical gothic/power and progressive’s “periodic table elements”  in one, big monolith with metal ballads motifs. Some heavy/thrash riffs and backing growling vocals mixed with the above mentioned metal elements gives really good stuff! Material without biggest music discoveries but fans of old Nightwish, The Gathering, Romanian Magica, Polish Delight, Russian Alkonost, international Dragonforce, El Salvador’s Earendill and sounds like Emerson Lake and Palmer and Blackmore’s Night too will be really happy during listening it. I like listen to “The Silver Lining” from time to time too.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

 

Review 2:
Interesting choice for a band: two female vocals, one for the gothic, operatic, soft vocals, and the other one for extreme, growling vocals, and both are very, very good, Irina, the first one is absolutely enchanting, but at the same time she sounds powerful and perfectly qualified to lead a band, and Oksana, the second one, is an absolute beast (not talking about her looks here, on the contrary), usually I can tell from the first sounds if an extreme vocalist is a lady, but not in her case. This is the second full-length album released by the Donetsk, Ukraine based band, recorded during October 2014 and March 2015 in Kiev though as their hometown was a complete mess (I think) during those days because of the war... even more reasons to respect the band, coming up with such joyful, positive music in such an atmosphere... Oh well, getting back to the material on this album, we're treated with 9 tracks, 50 minutes of playing time, a Symphonic Gothic Metal with Power Metal influences, with diverse compositions, excellent production, and truly inspiring cover artwork. From the oriental infused The Gates of Dark Sun, to the Nighwish influenced One Short Life, to the melancholic Before the Night Falls, to the electro synth touched Pure Desire, this album is a complete Symphonic Gothic experience lead by Power Metal quality guitar riffs and solos, excellent vocals, powerful attitude, and rich, almost progressive at times arrangements, the band's only "fault" in this case is their location, I bet they would have been seen as a top act by now if born in the West of Europe. Highly recommended for fans of Nightwish, Epica, Xandria and not only, beautiful album!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
facebook.com/scarlethmetal
theleaders.eu

Band: SUS SCROFA
Country: France
Title: Sinistre Sylve
Label: Nomos Dei Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Pagan Black Metal

Review:
First a short background on Sus Scrofa: featuring two current Stille Volk members, the Toulouse based trio was initially founded in 1991 and released 2 demos until 1994 when it split-up, and seems to be one of the very first French Black Metal bands; they are back since 2014 and this EP is their first tesstimony, a 4 tracks effort clocking almost 25 minutes of music. Released as a very cool looking yet simple and grave A5 Digipak limited to only 300 copies, Sinistre Sylve opens with a long (9 minutes) Black Metal track with subtle Pagan influences that I had to revisit in order to get a grip on, the first time I've heard it I had to soon skip to the next one as it bored me, that's why I think it should have been better placed in the middle of this release when the release atmosphere is already built and you kinda know what to expect. Then the pagan influences make their way a bit more incissive in Sus Scrofa's music and a new world totally opens to your... ears. The music becomes majestic and highly expressive yet keeping the production organic and as primitive as possible, it reminds me of the '90's Pagan Black Metal when this style wasn't yet all happy and shiny and you could have still link it to Black Metal, it has the same organic production and the same type of sinister atmosphere around it, but at the same time there are some slight progressive elements (especially on guitars) that make it sound fresh and promising. Definitely a band that will turn more and more heads.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/susscrofapagan
nomosdei.bandcamp.com

Band: SIG:AR:TYR
Country: Canada
Title: Northen
Label: Hammerheart Records
Year: 2016
Style: Folk Metal

Review:
Fidelity of folk/black sounds is on and the difference is in favor of the "Northern". 11 years made „Norhen” much more technical and fast riffs than Sig:Ar:tyr debut album but „Northen” is still „black-viking nostalgy” quintessence - and this is very good!. Bathory’s spirit is not dead, it does not run out acoustic-guitar parts neo folk (to the north-sounding... flamenco), Sig:Ar:Tyr very skillfully sailing on seas of nordic blackmetal/vikingmetal/neofolk waves. „Northen” is a specific gold division between cold nostalgy from the fjords and blackened kicking ass!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: THE OLD CRONE
Country: Poland
Title: Monsters
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Stoner Rock

Review:
Not sure if this is an EP or a demo, but my guess is it's a demo since the production is quite limited if not even live recorded in a single take. Anyway, the production fits well with the music, I'm of the opinion Stoner music needs to be a bit (if not more) dirty and of course organic sounding. The Old Crone are hailing from Poland and this is the followup to their debut album, The Undertaker Blues, released in 2014, album I haven't had the chance to listen to, but again this is not one of my fave styles either. The guitars are pure Stoner Rock, abrasive and laid back, the drums are quite groovy, the bass lines have a precise and important role in the overall atmosphere, and last but not least the female vocalist tries her best to be as versatile as possible, and he succeeds to offer an interesting display influenced in my opinion by the Alternative and Grunge movements, but not only. The material sounds interesting but not curdled and complete enough to stand out, but for sure it's promising. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/theoldcroneband

Band: THOU SHALT FALL
Country: Belarus
Title: Rejoice and Laugh, Doomed to Be Sacrificed
Label: Nomos Dei Productions
Year: 2013
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Already an old release, this 7 tracks (half an hour of playing time) effort is the band's second full-length album. Thou Shalt Fall was founded back in 2005 as the one man project Krumkach which changed its name in 2009 and since 2011 became a duo. The best feature of this band are the vocals, very decaying, putrid, perfect for this ugly form of Black Metal, then the drums are really good, organic sounding and energetic, they give TSF's music a brutal edge, but the worst part in my opinion are the guitars, I really hate the effect they used on this release, they fuckin' sound like in a Grunge band, mixed way too upfront, and bringing nothing but generic riffing, nothing surprising, nothing original. Unfortunately the guitars impression ruins the whole audition for me, I don't think I'll spin this disk again soon, sorry to say that. The look of this Digipak CD is again top notch made by Nomos Dei.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
legis.orthodox666.ru/bbtc/thoushaltfall.html

Band: WARCHEST
Country: Chile
Title: Downfall
Label: Digmetalworld
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
If there's the need to name one thing South Americans do well, go with Thrash Metal, it's impossible to go wrong with it. Warchest from Chile are yet another proof of how well old-school Thrash Metal can be done and how well and energetic it can be still delivered after decades since its inception. The band celebrates their first 5 years of activity with this second full-length release, a 9 tracks effort clocking a bit over 35 minutes of old-school, fast paced Thrash Metal, I'd say a mix of Testament, Exodus and Slayer with excellent production, tight-ass compositions, pissed-off attitude and mature compositions with everything you can imagine from such a band. Traditional and modern sounding at the same time, Downfall sounds very good for a band that doesn't aim at being innovative but rather at keeping it simple and to the point. All tracks have their own identity and I don't see this album boring in no way, so if you're looking for a traditional Thrash Metal album done well, with passion, look no further, Downfall won't surprise you in any way, but will certainly quenche your thirst. Released in both jewel case CD and Digipak by Digmetalworld.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/warchest
music.digmetalworld.com

Band: WILDERNESSKING
Country: South Africa
Title: Mystical Future
Label: Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Post Black Metal

Review:
4 years after their debut album South African Wildernessking manage to come up with a followup, a 5 tracks record totaling 42 minutes of Post (Black) Metal. After a first track that didn't impress me at all, the band manage to stir things up and come up with hooks to keep the listener glued till the end of the audition. One thing that got my attention at first was the band's choice to sound so organic and "old-school" although their stylistic choice would point for a more polished, over-produced direction. The album ranges between ethereal, relaxing Post Metal parts and fast, abrasive Black Metal but the compositions are well thought in order to give the overall impression of a unified, solid album. The genral atmosphere is rather depressing and melancholic than offensive so I would better recommend this to the new wave of Black Metal fans that to the old-schoolers, and although some part of it might lead to the second wave of Nordic Black Metal, most part of this album points towards (and actually is) a Post Metal with vast and open horizons that will make you dream with open eyes. Released as three panels Digipak CD with all lyrics printed.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
wildernessking.bandcamp.com
lesacteursdelombre.net

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