0xist - One Eon
Abhoth - Abhoth
Adfail - Unkindness
Adfail - Is It a Game
Aegorton - Demo 2015
Aethyr - Corpus
Alnamood - حين يظهر الغسق
Amederia - Unheard Prayer
Apnea - Ethereal Solitude
Apontokation - Conquerors Beyond the Stars
Atten Ash - The Hourglass
Barabbas - Messe pour un chien
BitchHammer - Raging Hell Rivers
Bitterness - Resurrexodus
Blasfemia - Ancient Occult Wisdom
Blood Covenant - Sign of Time
Carnal Agony - Preludes & Nocturnes
Chaos Search Engine - The Legend Written By An Anonymous Spirit Of Silence
Dan Deagh Wealcan - Two Straight Horizontal Lines And The Organized Chaos In Between Director's Cut
Darktimes - Triumph ov Chaos
de profundis - This Winter in My Heart
Dead Congregation - Promulgation of the Fall
Dehuman - Graveyard of Eden
Dephosphorus / Haapoja - Collaboration LP
Detonator - Excelsior
Doden Grotte - Demo MMXIII
Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
Et Moriemur - Ex Nihilo in Nihilum

Page 2:

FaceFuck - Domain of Perverted Pleasures
Fankaz - Burning Leaves of Empty Fawns
Fat Monsters - Stop the Terror
Freedomination - The Stand
Grapeshot - The Scene
Grey Skies Fallen - The Many Sides of Truth
Gurthang - I will not Serve
Inner Missing - Perjury
Inner Missing - Defeat
Inquisitor - Clinamen / Episteme
Insurrection - Catatonic
Leons Massacre - Dark Matter
Minutian - Inwards
Mortifer - Senseless War
My Shameful - Hollow
Norilsk - The Idea of North
Oktor - Another Dimension of Pain
Ordo Blasphemus - Orgasme Ossuaire
Plague Rages - Atos de Retaliação
Sacratus - ...Paradise for Two
Septic Mind - Rab
Serpent Skies - A Claim to Reality
Seven Solitudes - Maxim And Missiles
Shallow Rivers - The Leaden Ghost
Sistema - Losing Our Minds
Skygge - Antiqua Ignis

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The Crimson Brigade - Blood Battalion
Tunjum - Sagrado Tiempo De Caos
Uzziel - Torn Apart
Venomous Breath - Et Viscera Sanguis
Vomit Your Brain - Beauty of Morgue
Warnungstraum - Mirror Waters
Warpath - Massacre
Woebegone Obscured - Deathscape MMXIV
Various Artists - Compendium of Metal Vol.7
Various Atrists - Russian Death Metal Vol. 2

Band: 0XIST
Country: Finland
Title: One Eon
Label: Death Shrine Offerings
Year: 2015
Style: Dark Doom Metal

Review:
Here's a band that, in my opinion, tries to focus more on the atmospheres they create rather than on creating intricate compositions, and intricate/complex is quite far from what they create, that's for sure. At first audition this second full-length album of theirs might even seem too simplistic and quite monotone, without much to offer to the listener, and at a certain level quite primitive especially on drumming and guitar riffs, but then if you're lucky enough you get involved in a bleak, apocalyptic and hopeless atmosphere that would make any Doom Metal maniac raise an eyebrow. The downside of this release is the fact that if you're not into depressive, sombre Doom Metal you might find it really boring and colorless, so I would strongly recommend you to give it a listen on the net before buying it, it's not an easily accessible music. 6 tracks, 45 minutes playing time; CD comes with 8 pages booklet featuring all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.zeroexist.net
www.deathshrineofferings.net

Band: ABHOTH
Country: Montenegro
Title: Abhoth
Label: Darknagar / Satanath / Grotesque Sounds
Year: 2014
Style: Atmospheric Death Metal

Review:
Having an EP released in 8 years of activity is a bit too scarse in my opinion and in this case when the band had no important line-up changes (or none at all) I think it's a clear case of lack of interest and desire to do something serious. This Montenegrin trio got together in 2006 and released this debut EP in 2014 by themselves and then as an official release split between three labels. The EP is made of 3 tracks and lasts for almost 20 minutes but unfortunately it fails to impress in any way: the drums sound is synthetic although not annoying, the guitar riffs are quite generic, the atmospheric keyboard background are too subtle and fail to deliver the heavy atmosphere they were intended to, and the growls are ok but without lyrics they fail to deliver anything, too. Maybe I'm too harsh with these guys, after all this release is not something to be ashamed of, it has it's good parts like the amount of riffs and ability to avoid monotony, t0he occasional good guitar leads, the heavy bass lines and the good sound quality, but that's simply not enough to impress nowadays, and also the band needs to start working harder if they want to achieve anything at all, 3 recorded tracks in 8 years is a shame...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/abhothofficial
www.darknagar.ru
www.satanath.com
www.grotesquesounds.weebly.com

Band: ADFAIL
Country: Russia
Title: Unkindness...
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2012
Style: Gothic Doom Death

Review:
This is the debut album of a band that has recently signed and released a followup full-length on BadMoodMann Music, so in a way Darknagar and this debut were a good stepping stone for them. 7 tracks, almost 40 minutes of playing time, unveiling a band that would like to offer deep, melancholic music based on melodic guitars, but unfortunately this debut album is not convincing. The guitar work and the vocals are actually not bad at all, but the problem is the band is relying too much on drums, and the drums programs are awful, the sound is so synthetic I'm amazed I made it to the end of the CD... The bass lines and keyboard background are quite subtle, so they don't influence the whole that much, but they are a good addition to the heaviness and darkness of the record. As I was saying this album is not convincing, except for a few flashes of taste in composition the band need much more work to impress anyone, and hopefully the recent album on BMM is way better.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

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

Band: ADFAIL
Country: Russia
Title: Is It a Game?
Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year: 2014
Style: Gothic Doom Death

Review:
Hey, what do we have here? The second studio album from this Kaliningrad based band that failed to impress me with their debut. I'm quite curious to see if they have improved since I have reviewed their debut only a few days ago and they are still fresh in my mind. Well, not sure why, but this new release didn't do it for me either, I lost interest multiple times during the audition and found much of it too generic and way too repetitive. They have improved on drums, more complex and better sounding this time, on the general production quality, heavier and clearer, but the addition of a viola to spice things up didn't bring that much diversity in their compositions as one could expect, and the overall atmosphere is constantly disturbed by mutiple influences from other genres and multiple rhythm changes, it all feels like the band is still looking for a way of their own, for something to stick to and follow for the future. Sorry, but this is not something I'll listen to again in the future hence I wouldn't recommend it to you either.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/ADFAIL
www.solitude-prod.com

Band: AEGORTON
Country: UK
Title: Demo 2015
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
One man project of probably a young guy named J. Turner who also probably started playing instruments last year, together with the foundation of this project, at least this recording sounds like something you'd come up after a few months of studying the first wave of Norwegian Black Metal. And indeed this debut demo proves that it wasn't done by a fellow with important experience underbelt; 3 tracks of its own, 2 covers (Absurd and Darkthrone), plus Intro and Outro, together clocking almost 20 minutes of raw, simple and unpretentious slow to mid-tempo Black Metal with the slow parts making Turner to label his music as Doom Black. This is all done on guitars and drums only, no bass, no vocals, so it becomes pretty dull after a spin, but for a debut demo at least it's not awful and there's nothing to be ashamed of, especially since the sound is pretty good, organic, and the drums are not programmed as a lot of other bigger bands do nowadays. The Absurd cover might haunt this project from now on as many might label it as NS, so it's up to Turner how he continues, weather jump in the NSBM boat or try to forget this cover. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/pages/Aegorton/1440061842944109

Band: AETHYR
Country: Russia
Title: Corpus
Label: Cimmerian Shade Recordings
Year: 2015
Style: Drone Doom Post Black Metal

Review:
This mysterious quartet was founded back in 2009 and managed to release their debut album a year after. This is their second studio album, after a few EPs and Splits to keep things busy; Corpus features 7 long tracks and clocks 50 minutes of heavy, lazy, repetitive and mesmerizing, and at the same time quite complex mix of Drone and Doom Metal, plus some occasional Post Black Metal elements that sound extremely good in the overall concept of this album. Although mostly melancholic and hopeless, the general atmosphere has a slight positive approach too, but there are also some parts of ferocious, fast paced Post Black Metal. The production is organic to the bone creating a close connection with the listener and I think the listeners will feel confortable  during the audition, the whole flows nicely and is well thought. An interesting release recommended for fans of the modern Post Metal built on Doom and Black Metal structures, a band that has the potential to become a known name in the scene, keep an eye on them.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/aethyrband
www.cimmerianshaderecordings.com

Band: ALNAMROOD
Country: Saudi Arabia
Title: ??? ???? ?????
Label: Shaytan Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Folk Black Metal

Review:
Risking your life for Metal is something a lot of fanatics talk about but very few actually are in that situation, and from those very few here's a trio from Saudi Arabia that does just that, impressive. This is their third full-length album to date featuring 7 tracks totaling almost 40 minutes of playing time. Expect Oriental Metal with Black Metal influences and unfortunately very raw and abrasive sound quality, but understandable for the conditions these guys are recording in. The choice of singing in their native tongue and adding traditional instruments makes this album very interesting, the compositions are quite complex and original although based on repetitive ideas, but I say it again, it's unfortunate that the sound quality ruins it all for me, I'd listen to this stuff at full volume if recorded properly. If you think you can oversee the sound quality this is a highly recommended release, you won't hear such music everyday, that's for sure.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.alnamrood.com
www.shaytanproductions.com

Band: AMEDERIA
Country: Russia
Title: Unheard Prayer
Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year: 2014
Style: Gothic Doom Metal

Review:
A rather long wait for the fans of this Russian band between their 2 albums since the debut was released in 2008 and the followup only in 2014, but since we're dealing here with a 7 piece band I guess is not that easy to come up with new tracks, rehearse and record, it must be a challenge. Unheard Prayer features 8 long tracks totaling a bit over an hour of Gothic Doom Metal, the '90's type. Amederia's music reminds me of the beginnings of Tristania, with the difference that it's not that symphonic and not that energetic, often falling into melancholic Doom parts that will tone things down. Draconian is also a major influence in this band's music, but then again what current Gothic Doom band isn't influenced by the Swedish kings of Depressive, Melancholic Metal? Everything is done correctly, the two vocals (a sweet, warm female vocal and a demonic, male growling vocal) are getting along pretty well, the rhythm section is ok, the keyboards manage to add a deep dark atmosphere to the whole, and the guitars (both riffs and leads) are doing a good job too, but there's nothing to stand out, nothing to surprise you or to make you come back after a listen, so I would only recommend this to die hard fans of the genre, they will most probably understand more of it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.amederia.bandcamp.com
www.solitude-prod.com

Band: APNEA
Country: New Zealand
Title: Ethereal Solitude
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Shoegaze Post Black Metal

Review:
This Shoegaze Post Black Metal movement nowadays perfectly reminds me of the Doom Death movement from the '90's, in those days Doom Death Metal was the territory of sorrow and sadness and at the same time a highly permissive genre, one that allowed its "discipols" to experiment with any type of influences, and I think the same characteristic apply to this new movement, too, even though the Doom Death scene is probably stronger than never now. Apnea followup their 2012 EP with a full-length featuring 6 new tracks totaling 35 minutes of music; most of the time ethereal and quite dreamy, the compositions are also infused with aggressive parts of Black Metal origins. Sad, nostalgic, and quite depressive, the music fits the album title perfectly, and I'd say the overall outcome of this new Apnea release is not impressive but well done, with a solid impact on the listener, and one that leaves the impression these guys can change something, can come up with something new. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.apnea.weebly.com
www.immortalfrostproductions.com

Band: APONTOKATION
Country: Spain
Title: Conquerors Beyond the Stars
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
Spanish Death metal combo Apontokation are back, thsi time with their debut full-length album, a self financed and self released album featuring 10 tracks in a bit over 45 minutes of playing time. Apontokation continues of it's traditional and semi-technical Death Metal with obvious Thrash Metal influences, to me this album reminded of my friend from US based Rictus Grin, or better described a Thrashy kind of Six Feet Under / Bolt Thrower inspired Death Metal, mostly mid-tempo, with occasional fast paced rhythms, quite complex, with loads of different ideas, some interesting and also some (but luckily far less) really boring. Derfinitely a step up from the demo I reviewed a year ago, Conquerors Beyond the Stars is a good release presenting us an ambitious band that will be probably signed by the next release. I like this album but as negative points I'd mention Manu's high-pitched vocals (the growls are great, and I understand also his intention to be more versatile, but it didn't work out very good), part of the guitar riffs that are way too generic and overused in this genre, and the synthetic sound of the drums (although not annoying), but these won't stop you from enjoying this solid Thrash Death Metal release.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/APONTOKATION

Band: ATTEN ASH
Country: USA
Title: The Hourglass
Label: Hypnotic Dirge Records
Year: 2015
Style: Doom Death Metal

Review:
Featuring Barre Gambling from Candlelight artist Daylight Dies, Atten Ash is a trio offering us here their debut album released in digital format by the band 3 years ago, in 2012, and picked up by Hypnotic Dirge and re-released in Digipack CD format this year, a very good decision by the hardworking Canadian label. The 8 tracks featured here, totaling 50 minutes, are a deep, emotional, mesmerizing descent in a depressing and nostalgic atmosphere. Stylistically speaking Atten Ash reminds me of the UK Doom Death scene of the '90's, mid to end '90's that is, especially Anathema and Paradise Lost, but with a fresh edge to it, a fresh and interesting Melodic Doom Death Metal complete with excellent clean male vocals, comprehensive growling vocals, slow, doomy guitar riffs supported by melodic, ethereal leads, and a rhythm section that is both subtle and powerful. All in all I think I've listened to it at least 10 times already and I'm not bored yet, not even one bit, and that doesn't happen often nowadays, so it's my duty to recommend it to you, too, and to declare myself satisfied by this excellent, ellegant debut album. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/attenashband
www.hypnoticdirgerecords.com

Band: BARABBAS
Country: France
Title: Messe pour un chien
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Stoner Doom Metal

Review:
Followup to a well-received debut album from 2011, Messe pour un chien is the new full-length release from these French Doom Metallers who are slowly but surely getting to the top of their niche not only in France but outside of it, too, although their choice of using French lyrics won't be the most popular in English or Spanish speaking territories. But in the end I think that's a major part of their originality, the French lyrics, apart, of course from a highly trained musicianship and good composition skills as well. This is how you do a Doom Metal album that is both traditional following and paying respect to the old monsters of the genre, and free of any borders or restraints, an album that sounds fresh and complex while maintaining most of the genre's patterns. The vocals are very expressive and even emotional at times, the guitar riffs dark and catchy, the leads and solos simply delicious and perfectly fit to each and every track, occasional keyboards in the background, and last but not least one of the heaviest and most oppressive rhythm sections I've heard recently, one that hits you right from the start and opens your appetite for more Barabbas. Definitely an album you should not miss if you're into either Doom or Stoner, there's plenty to enjoy and plenty to discover here. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.barabbas77.bandcamp.com

Band: BITCH HAMMER
Country: Germany
Title: Raging Hell Rivers
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Black Thrash Metal

Review:
Although old-school to the bone, both in what concerns music and their look, Bitch Hammer seem to be quite a professional band, just check their online presence and you'll discover a band that seems to know where, what and how to aim even if they might seem some punks. But that's also because they want to appear as some punks, that's how their predecessors looked like, just think of Venom, Sodom, Disaster, Hellhammer and the likes; BitchHammer follows the same line, dirty, fast and uncompromising old-school Black Thrash Metal with blasphemous attitude, perfectly fit for live shows where I'm sure these guys can easily raise hell. Here we get 4 new tracks totaling 18 minutes of mostly fast paced Black Thrash, with occasional mid-tempo parts just to increase the tension, highlighted by good raspy vocals and a very heavy and oppressing bass line, but on the other hand quite generic guitar riffs and drums although fast and enjoyable. Well, since I doubt fans of this genre are looking for innovative things, they will surely enjoy this band, the Germans have all they need to become an important name on the underground scene.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.artistecard.com/bitchhammer
www.facebook.com/raging.hell.rivers

Band: BITTERNESS
Country: Germany
Title: Resurrexodus
Label: G.U.C. 
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
These guys must have an excellent distribution in the underground, I'm seeing their name everywhere lately and at least to me this give the impression that they are a hyper-active band; not that they aren't, this is already their sixth studio album since their foundation in 2001. Resurrexodus features 11 tracks clocking 39 minutes of fast paced and melodic but at the same time very aggressive Thrash Death Metal with excellent display of musicianship and composition skills. All tracks are catchy and have their own identity while still keeping the whole curdled and unitary, the album flows well and its organic sounding production works like a charm with Bitterness' traditional type of Thrash Death. To me this album reminded of Kreator, but that doesn't mean the two bands are similar, maybe Frank's vocals were a major factor in this feeling. Anyway, I think Biterness released probably their best opus to date and it's a damn solid release, one that needs to be checked by all fans of this genre; traditional, versatile, energetic, expressive and technical, love it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.bitterness.de
www.guc-area.de

Band: BLASFEMIA
Country: Chile
Title: Ancient Occult Wisdom
Label: Hell Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Black Thrash Metal

Review:
This one man project has almost everything it needs to reach a Today so superfluous "kult" status: blasphemic attitude, mix between Thrash and Black Metal, the old way, and simple yet effective black/white cover artworks for its releases. Unfortunately thet's not enough to get a wider audience and probably Alcoholizer (or Vicente Roa), the guy behind this moniker, doesn't even aspire to anything more. I have to admit that although I'm not a fan of such acts, on this release Blasfemia came up with some pretty rad guitar riffs and vocals, very catchy and evil at the same time. The rhythm section is not that great though, the drums are becoming annoying at times by being so repetitive and synthetic sounding, not to mention the overused and abused traditional rhythms with no intention at all to spice things up. So the real value of this release are the distant and hoarse Black Metal vocals of Alcoholizer, occasional outbursts of delicious memorable guitar riffs and leads among other generic ones. All in all I'd say this material has more positive points than negative and it's quite nice to listen to such a guitar-driven Thrash Black release once in a while; there are some (few and short though) really expressive parts filled with Black Metal darkness and mysterious atmospheres here and there, and I think if he adds more of these he will get more from the upcoming releases. This CD features the 2012 EP, Antichrist Assault, as a bonus, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/BLASFEMIABLACKTHRASHCHILE
www.hellprod.blogspot.com

Band: BLOOD COVENANT
Country: Armenia
Title: Sign of Time
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2011
Style: Symphonic Black Metal

Review:
Most probably the first Armenian band I have the chance to review, also one of the few Black Metal bands with declared Christian message, so I have to admit I was quite intrigued. This album, although old by the time I'm writing this review, celebrated the first decade of activity for the band, being their third official full-length. 12 tracks (3 of them instrumental) totaling 47 minutes of playing time displaying a highly capable ensemble lead by 2 composers that certainly know their way in this genre. The tracks are technical, melodic, dramatic, well curdled and well defined into a whole that presents us a story, a Christian story with profound moral message for those willing to listen, but I won't linger on this since it's not my cup of tea at all. As I was saying these guys treat us with excellent musicianship besides the already praised composition skills; the only things that didn't convince me were the screamed Black Metal vocals, but supported by King Diamond-like background vocals from time to time everything became much better, and the synthetic sounding (although not annoying) drums, but the fabulous guitar leads and solos, the excellent symphonic keyboard lines and the general atmosphere won me over. A great release by a great band, recommended!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.bloodcovenant.moy.su
www.darknagar.ru

Band: CARNAL AGONY
Country: Sweden
Title: Preludes & Nocturnes
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2014
Style: Power Thrash Metal

Review:
Very interesting new name coming out of Sweden, Carnal Agony was founded in 2011 and this is their first studio album; Preludes & Nocturnes is made of 11 tracks and clocks a bit more than 45 minutes of playing time, a fine display of vintage Power Thrash Metal as it was in fashion about 15 years ago, a genre I don't hear that often nowadays I must admit. The album impresses through its excellent guitar work delivering catchy and highly metallic riffs and amazing leads and solos, a fine work of two guitarists who seem to get along pretty well. On drums the band was joined by Uli Kusch of Helloween, Gamma Ray or Holy Moses fame, and what he did here is a work of finesse, he's doing his thing without standing out, letting the other instrumentists shine. The vocal part is the most abrasive here, and you'll only like it if you're not looking for something melodic although the guy does his best and at times he succeeds to impress, but overall he seems to struggle levelling with the rest. The compositions and great, they will win you over in no time, and most of them have the potential to become hits. An excellent debut from Sweden, Carnal Agony is definitely a band to follow, their future might be bright, and in the meantime get this CD, you won't be disapointed.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.carnalagony.com
www.sliptrickrecords.com

Band: CHAOS SEARCH ENGINE
Country: Poland
Title: The Legend Written By An Anonymous Spirit Of Silence
Label: Metal Scrap Records
Year: 2014
Style: Groove Metal

Review:
I guess this is the debut full-length by these Polish guys, a 12 tracks effort totaling almost 50 minutes of Soulfly / Ektomorf heavily influenced Groove Metal, so one could normally mean they are quite uninteresting, but the good thing about them is that they don't resume to this path, they also try to come up with their own ideas and elements, for example there's also plenty of Alternative, there are also some Progressive Metal and even Extreme Metal elements thrown inhere, and the final result is pretty curdled, pretty well thought. Highlighted by 2 vocals, a massive bass line, groovy and metallic guitar riffs and quite complex drums, this album might be a very good choice for fans of the above-mentioned bands. The CD comes with a nice 20 pages booklet featuring excellent artwork and all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.chaosengine.eu
www.metalscraprecords.com

Band: DAN DEAGH WEALCAN
Country: Russia
Title: Two Straight Horizontal Lines And The Organized Chaos In Between: Director's Cut
Label: Metal Scrap Records
Year: 2015
Style: Industrial Alternative Metal

Review:
I'm most probably not the right person to review this stuff, but it's not something we cover here either. DDW offers here their debut full-length album, 12 tracks totaling almost 40 minutes of deeply disturbed, dissonant, progressive, chaotic, and unconventional Metal, an Industrial sounding Alternative Metal I used to hear at the end of the '90's - beginning of the '00's when it was labelled as post-apocalyptic Metal. unfortunately I really hate these synthetic sounding drum machines, the effects used and these types of screamed vocals, and the guitar work is not something to impress me either, so in the end only a few keys parts and even a few guitar leads made it for me. Not something I'll listen to again, sorry.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.dandeaghwealcan.com
www.metalscraprecords.com

Band: DARKTIMES
Country: Slovakia
Title: Triumph ov Chaos
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Interesting new act coming out of Slovakia, Darktimes was founded in 2013 and this year they managed to release their debut album in form of a 6 tracks effort totaling a bit over half an hour of playing time. I would have liked the booklet to feature the lyrics, too, as it seems this album has a concept story behind it and it seems interesting, but nevertheless they did a good job releasing it in professional format by themselves in what seems to be a limited edition CD. Talking about the music on this debut album I'm impressed how solid and curdled it all sounds, to a point where you start questioning if they are actually such a young band or if they've been active for years and years. Darktimes are atraditional Black Metal (second wave type) with a heavy and quite epic atmosphere perfectly portraying their band name. Ranging from mid-paced to fast tempos, Triumph ov Chaos is a good effort offering interesting semi-technical structures supported by a massive vocal line swinging from vicious shrieks to evil growls; an expressive release, again, much more professional that would have expected from such a young band. The future is very promising for this combo, mark my words.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.darktimesovchaos.bandcamp.com

Band: de profundis
Country: Hungary
Title: This Winter in My Heart
Label: Margin Art / Dark East
Year: 2014
Style: Melodic Black Metal

Review:
If I were to believe their lyrics (basically the first track is a shitty chauvinist threat) I would throw this CD in the garbage right away, but since I've exchanged a few emails with half of this project, Zoltan, and I think he's a nice and hardworking person, I have enough respect for him to just listen to the music and ignore the shitty "superior race" lyrics. Musicwise the band is great, one of the best in the current Hungarian underground Black Metal, one that reminds me of Sear Bliss and not only because the use of trombone (well, in major part because of it, sure), but also because of their rich orchestrations and expressive compositions. Their music is capable of touching your heart, the intelligent use of keyboards, the fast and at the same time melodic guitar riffs, complex rhythms and versatile vocals (even some warm female vocals at times!) are far from being boring or generic. This Winter in My Heart is made of 11 tracks and clocks 50 minutes of Melodic Epic Black Metal; the CD comes with 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics. Although the band was formed back in 2000, they started releasing stuff only after their reformation, in 2008, so this is basically a new beginning by a new, promising Hungarian act, hope to hear more from them soon. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/deprofundishu
www.darkeastproductions.weebly.com
www.nihilart.com

Band: DEAD CONGREGATION
Country: Greece
Title: Promulgation of the Fall
Label: Martyrdoom Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Death Metal

Review:
By now you probably already know this band and especially this release as it was designated among the best or THE best in almost all publications who had a Death Metal or an Extreme Metal top for 2014 and that's pretty huge, by now Dead Congregation is already a well-established name in the scene, and here an important role was played by their excellent debut album from 2008, too. The quartet was already know for being kind of a super-group of the Greek underground, but it seems what they succeeded with Dead Congregation might be their peak and probably they should devote more time for it, release more stuff, more often. But speaking about this second full-length album, if you don't have it in your collection already I suggest you start searching for it as it's almost sold-out as far as I know. 8 tracks, 40 full minutes of obscure, sinister, brutal and at the same time technical Death Metal without compromises, with a dense, almost claustrophobic atmosphere build by a low tuned, incissive bass line, tasty guitar riffs supported by occasional chaotic (old-school) solos and catchy leads, ultra-guttural, cavernous vocals and a fantastic drum line, all of this delivered with an organic production. Give it a listen and there's one thing I promise: even if you won't like it you'll respect it, it will gain and consolidate your respect, no doubts. Fantastic release, fantastic band!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
www.deadcongregation.com
www.martyrdoomproductions.com

Band: DEHUMAN
Country: Belgium
Title: Graveyard of Eden
Label: Kaotoxin Records
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
second full-length album from this Belgian quartet, and as well second album out on Kaotoxin, so it seems both parts were pretty happy about the first attempt in order to decide to continue their deal. This new assault features 8 tracks and lasts for almost 40 minutes of intense, mostly fast paced, technical to the bone '90's type of Death Metal that reminds mostly of Suffocation, but it's in no way a copycat; Dehuman actually have a strong Dutch Death Metal influence. I like the vocal tone, manly, aggressive and comprehensive shouts instead of growls, at least in this case, where the rest of the band are giving their all on instruments, it works out perfectly and I wouldn't change it. The instrumental part is as technical and precise as possible and I'm sure this album, although not groundbreaking or highly memorable, will bring this band a huge respect in the scene. The tracks have a natural flow that makes this album a very enjoyable audition, but if you're looking for innovative stuff you won't find much here, yes, the music is highly technical and it all feels like these guys are capable of anything, but that doesn't mean they are innovative. If you're into '90's fast paced and technical Death Metal this is certainly a good pick for 2015, you won't be disapointed, but I feel the next album will be even better.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

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

Band: DEPHOSPHORUS / HAAPOJA
Country: Greece / Finland
Title: Collaboration LP
Label: 7degrees / Handshake Inc. / Nerve Altar
Year: 2015
Style: Astrogrind / Black Hardcore Thrash Grind

Review:
I've never heard of such a split although I'm almost sure there have been other such cases before, so here's what's so impressive: even though the bands are from two different and quite distant countries, Dephosphorus from Greece and Haapoja from Finland, they exchanged guitarists and vocalists on one track each on this Split. 
Dephosphorus' side is a mid-tempo to fast paced Astrogrind, or better said an atmospheric, mesmerizing, repetitive but at the same time highly technical Grindcore heavily influenced the the nowadays Post-Metal but also by the old-school US Death Metal and Hardcore scenes scene and with a very distrinctive screaming vocal Black Metal type. Excellent music, and as far as I'm concerned, very original.
Haapoja from Finland are also highly influenced by the Post-Hardcore Metal music from nowadays, but their music is actually groovier and faster than Dephosphorus, highlighted by a ferocious vocalist that sounds like a rabid dog all the time, something like the Dutch '90's sensation Bluuurgh, or the Finnish Black Metallers I'm so fond of Uhriristi, so you can easily guess I love this guy's vocals, too. A mix of Grind, Hardcore, Death and Post-Hardcore with tremendous energy and a hint of Progressive in their compositions, too.
Excellent split, excellent bands, recommended! It comes in 180 grams black vinyl with lyrics insert.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10   8.5/10

Contact:
www.dephosphorus.bandcamp.com
www.haapoja.bandcamp.com
www.7degrees-records.de
www.handshakeinc.com
www.nervealtar.blogspot.com

Band: DETONATOR
Country: Ukraine
Title: Excelsior
Label: Metal Race Records
Year: 2014
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
This band was active between '91 and '93 when they released 2 demos and I guess had a lot of fun and I would presume success, too. It seems they decided to get back together in 2012 when they started working on this release, their debut full-length album; the 10 tracks featured here are both old ones, taken from their second demo (not sure if from the first, too), and new ones, but the material sounds damn curdled and powerful, and fresh as the Spring, you wouldn't say these are the same guys that were jamming almost 25 years ago. Excelsior, contrary to my expectations, is a very complex, tight, and traditional sounding material made of 10 tracks that will crush your brains; the rhythms are mostly fast but there's plenty of groove and also some American Power Metal here and there. The highlights of this album are the excellent, catchy guitar riffs, the commanding bass lines, the complex drumming and the powerful vocals, all of them skillfully blended and professionally delivered, be sure you're not going to get a generic Thrash Metal band here. Most probably Detonator is the best surprise coming out of Ukraine for the first part of this year, at least for me, Excelsior is a wonderful material recommended to both traditional Thrash Metal followers and the new blood that's into Modern Thrash. The only (very little) fault in my opinion is that I would have liked a bit more guitar solos, the few thrown inhere are delicious.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/DetonatorZhitomir
www.metalrace.com

Band: DODEN GROTTE
Country: Russia
Title: Demo MMXIII
Label: Cold Raw Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
As the title suggests, this dome was initially released in 2013, on tape format, by Dark East Productions, and picked up this year for a pro-CDR release by Cold Raw Records, an underground label that becomes more and more active as time goes by. This is the second demo from the Russia quartet, a 20 minutes effort featuring 3 original tracks and a cover of Archgoat's Angel of Sodomy. Fast paced, very aggressive, even ferocious at times, semi-technical, with occasional melodic guitars, expressive vocals typical to the Russian scene, Doden Grotte's music sounds as enthosiastic as the Tampa Bay Death Metal scene at its beginnings, but the similarities with Death Metal end here although some influences are obvious in their compositions. I don't like the drums' sound, too sytnthetic at times and too raw at others, they are simply not mastered correctly, but overall the sound quality of this demo is quite ok, organic and clear, you'll have no problem with it. Nothing new under the sun (or the moon), but an enthousiastic band that has all potential to become a name on the scene. The material is released on Pro CDR with 4 pages booklet, limited to only 66 copies.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/dodengrotte
www.pontefractummelancho.wix.com/coldrawrecords

 

Band: ESOTERIC
Country: UK
Title: The Maniacal Vale
Label: Aestetic Death
Year: 2014
Style: Aesthetic Death

Review:
Mega release by Esoteric and Aestetic Death, under license from Season of Mist, this Triple LP looks amazing and weights more than 1 kg, not an usual thing either. The Maniacal Vale was recorded back in 2008 and released by Season of Mist the same year in Double CD format, but in 2014 Aestethic Death released in Triple LP format limited to 850 hand-numbered copies, a massive, massive investment of finances and energy from the Worcestershire based underground band; just imagine that the total weight of the 850 copies was more than a freakin' ton (!!!), a ton guys! And that's about ho heavy Esoteric's music is anyway, if you're a follower of the Doom and/or Funeral Doom scenes you should know them already. Coming out of Birmingham (what a good place for metal), Esoteric's music is especially highlighted by Greg's desperate and horrifying vocals ranging from deep growls to demented screams, with excellent versatility, but also by their ability to create fantastic dramatic tunes that manage to keep the listener glued from the start till the end of a release. Esoteric may appeal to both Funeral Doomsters and Black Metallers, but also to the new wave of Post Black Metal fanatics, it's such an open music that at times you can think they have created their own way, their own identity. This is such a collectible item from all points of view that it's useless to recommend it, not even sure if it's still available, but you can try at Aesthetic Death. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
www.esotericuk.net
www.aestheticdeath.com

Band: ET MORIEMUR
Country: Czech Republic
Title: Ex Nihilo in Nihilum
Label: Solitude Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Doom Death Metal

Review:
Wow, Solitude managed to secure the signing of this excellent Czech band, and that proves once again how serious this label is and how high they aim while still taking small steps one at a time. I have deeply enjoyed this band's debut album from 2011, and I'm glad they managed to come up with an even better (!) followup. Ex Nihilo in Nihilum is made of 9 tracks totaling an hour of sad, sorrowful, deep, emotional, complex and highly expressive Doom Death Metal; some could say this was the style of the '90's, and they would be right, but this music is made for expressing and inflicting emotions, and that's exactly what Et Moriemur are doing, their music is so deep and powerful you'll be astonished, especially if the '90's Doom Death movement was in your top at the time, especially the UK bands, of course. There's plenty to enjoy on this album, everything you might expect from such a release (well, maybe except for the female vocals, Et Moriemur works with male vocals exclusively), but in my opinion their best asset is the ability to express emotions; still I think there's more and better to come from these guys in the future.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
www.etmoriemur.com
www.solitude-prod.com

 

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