Band: FACEFUCK
Country: Australia
Title: Domain of Perverted Pleasures
Label: Rotten Music
Year: 2014
Style: Brutal Death Grind

Review:
Debut EP from this band hailing from Australia, Domain of Perverted Pleasures features 7 tracks and lasts only a bit over 11 minutes, but it's enough to understand what they are all about: fast paced, brutal, gory and perverted Death Grind with multiple movie cuts used as intros, from the gories movies to the funniest ones (well, at least for some); ultra-fast programed drums, guttural vocals (no chance to understand anything at all, but they sound ok), Grind riffs, nothing out of the ordinary, but a good audition for fans of this genre. Comes with a 6 pages booklet featuring all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facefuck.bandcamp.com
www.rottenmusic.net

Band: FANKAZ
Country: Italy
Title: Burning Leaves of Empty Fawns
Label: OverDub Recordings
Year: 2014
Style: Melodic Post Hardcore

Review:
Melodic Skatecore - that's what Fankaz say they are playing, so obviously nothing we usually cover here... again. This Melodic Skatecore basically means a mix of Melodic Hardcore, Punk Rock, Progressive Metal, Metalcore, and Post Hardcore, all these in one professional sounding album, but I couldn't say how in this genre's standards Fankaz would qualify as, I only know it's not my cup of tea, at all. If you think the above mentioned genres fronted by a continuously screaming vocal would suit your search for something new, go ahead and make your own opinion.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.fankaz.com
www.overdubrec.com

Band: FAT MONSTERS
Country: Russia
Title: Stop the Terror
Label: Lazer Craft
Year: 2007
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Not sure why I have received this CD for review since this is the band's second album from a total of 4, and this is from way back 2007...not even sure if it's still available for purchase or where from. Anyway, Stop the Terror is made of 11 tracks totaling almost an hour of mid-tempo to fast paced Thrash Metal with nothing to stand out really, so it's made of quite generic riffs, simple rhythm section, and unpolished vocal section, plus a good but unpolished as well production, it reminds me of the '80's Thrash Metal demos as I think this is recorded live, each track in one take. Since at the time of this release the five members were in their teens I guess in the meantime they have improved a lot, but on this recording they sounded pretty generic and uninteresting, and although the compositions are not bad, they are not something to raise interest either, probably only for their Russian followers since all lyrics are in their native tongue and maybe they are more challenging than the music.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5.5/10

Contact:
www.reverbnation.com/fatmonsters

Band: FREEDOMINATION
Country: Finalnd
Title: The Stand
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Thrash Metal

Review:
Founded in 2008, Freedomination wasn't a particularly active band when it comes to discography managing to release only an EP in 2010 and a demo a year later, then silence until this year. The Stand is their new EP and is being made of only 3 tracks, long ones indeed, totaling 18 minutes, but still only 3 tracks in comparison with their debut EP which featured double the amount. Anyway, speaking about the music on it Freedomination prove they are capable of very good things, probably they are only suffocated by their daily live responsabilities all of them being in their 30s I think. A nice mix of Thrash and Heavy Metal highlighted by catchy guitar riffs, long and interesting solos and epic leads, good rhythm section, a vocal with powerful timbre and although not highly versatile, well fit to the music. If you think a fast paced mix of '80's Heavy Metal with '90's Epic Power Thrash Metal sounds good to you I suggest you give this band a listen, I've really enjoyed this EP and would have liked a few more tracks even if shorter, but hopefully they have in plan a debut album for sometime soon.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.freedomination.net

Band: GRAPESHOT
Country: Spain
Title: The Scene
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Groove Thrash Metal

Review:
Debut album from this quintet founded back in 2009, The Scene is made of 8 tracks and clocks 35 minutes of Southern influenced Groove Thrash Metal with an attitude similar to Pantera, Dawn, Lamb of God and the likes. What I noticed even from the first track is that even though the vocalist has not the best skills when it comes to English pronounciation, he tries and actually gives a fuck on this little drwaback, he has something to say and says it all, his lyrics are really Metal, each of them with a strong messae thrown right in your face without any compromise and without being cosmeticised at all. His vocals are not that easy to follow when he sings in English, I think he'd do a much better job in Spanish, but they are so expressive you won't need to understand every word anyway. The instrumental part is groovy, catchy, metallic to the bone, and complex enough not to fall in boredom, they seem to be all skilled musicians, so I guess fans of the above mentioned bands would enjoy this material without problems. The tracks are enjoyable, some even challenging, but I felt the need of more hooks, a few more memorable choruses and basically something of their own to stick to my mind after the audition in order for the second audition to be a "oh, I know these guys" type of meeting. All in all this is a strong debut introducing a band that seems to have high aims, and the good thing is they rove here the potential to reach the top of their game. I'm curious where time will lead this band...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/GRAPESHOT.METAL

Band: GREY SKIES FALLEN
Country: USA
Title: The Many Sides of Truth
Label: Paragon Records
Year: 2014
Style: Melodic Progressive Death Metal

Review:
Grey Skies Fallen were founded as a band back in 1997 under a different name, but soon changed to the actual moniker. During these almost 20 years of activity the band released 4 full-length albums, this one being their fourth at a distance of 8 years from its predecessor. GSF's music is a sort of Atmospheric, Melodic Death Metal quite depressive and intrinsic most of the time, with occasional energetic parts of Progressive Death Metal highlighted by a '70's Psychedelic type of keyboard. In the '90's this would have been a real blast, but nowadays it's not that special anymore, I mean the musicianship and the execution level are very good, but the compositions would have needed something of their own in order to stand out of the crowd. The 7 tracks featured here totaling almost 40 minutes of playing time are enjoyable and constitute a relaxing (yes, even if it's derived from Death Metal, this is quite relaxing) audition but without much personality in my opinion. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.greyskiesfallen.com
www.paragonrecords.com

Band: GURTHANG
Country: Poland
Title: I will not Serve
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Blackened Doom Metal

Review:
For a band started in 2010, this one has a hell lot of releases, lots of compilations, singles, splits and EPs, plus four full-length albums. Usually I am very skeptical about such bands, and so I was about Gurthang, too, especially since I haven't heard about them yet and they have 4 albums underbelt (well, the underground is so vast nowadays...). These guys started out as a duo, and since this year they seem to have found their complete line-up, a quintet, although this album was recorded as a quartet. 12 tracks, almost 70 minutes of music, you would say this is what these guys are doing all day long, and still you'd be wrong since they have other bands and projects, too. Metal Archives lists the band as a mix of Funeral Doom and Black Metal, but honestly I don't see the Funeral Doom part at all, so that's maybe due to their past; I'd say Gurthang are an atmospheric, dark Black Metal with an obvious touch of Doom (not Funeral though), plenty of mysterious, expressive elements headed by a simple yet very effective layer of keyboards in the backgrounds, but what stands out is the powerful bass lines, maybe too emphasized for this genre. Gurthang do a good job mixing the fast and ferocious Black Metal parts with the slow and heavy Doom Black ones while maintaining high the level of interest, they managed to deliver a complex, interesting album despite my initial prejudice, I'll definitely spin this disk again in the future and also recommend it to you, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/Gurthang.Official
www.immortalfrostproductions.com

Band: INNER MISSING
Country: Russia
Title: Perjury
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2013
Style: Gothic Doom Metal

Review:
Third full-length album from these quite active Russians, Perjury is made of 8 tracks totaling 45 minutes of Gothic Metal with heavy Doom influences all over. The band seems to evolve more towards the Gothic Metal scene since their beginnings when apparently they combined Doom and Death Metal elements. This one is an easy flowing, well structured and even catchy material, but unfortunately it doesn't come with anything overly impressive to stand out from the crowd of similar bands. The rhythms are mostly slow to mid-tempo, with occasional bursts of aggression here and there, but the overall impression is of a relaxing audition with plenty of guitar driven melodies. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

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

Band: INNER MISSING
Country: Russia
Title: Defeat
Label: Darknagar / Satanath / Niberu
Year: 2014
Style: Gothic Metal

Review:
Yes, here's the confirmation that Inner Missing are moving towards a Gothic Metal territory more and more, this new album has little traces of Doom Metal and the whole is graviting towards mid-tempo Gothic Metal lead by a sombre vocal that you will either love or hate but for sure it won't leave you indifferent. The keyboards are more influential on this release, there are some synths parts also (although there's plenty of work still due in this area), and as on their previous release, the backbone of Inner Missing's music are the guitar riffs that unfortunately are way too generic and uninteresting to spark interest; the synthetic sounding drums are also quite generic to a point where some parts of IM's music are almost boring or annoying (read too synthetic for a band that depends on atmosphere and emotions). Not sure if this move towards Gothic Metal is a winner for this band, at least I don't find it better than the previous release, sorry.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/InnerMissing
www.darknagar.ru
www.satanath.com
www.niberurecords.ru

Band: INQUISITOR
Country: Lithuania
Title: Clinamen | Episteme
Label: Forgotten Path Records
Year: 2014
Style: Avantgarde Black Metal

Review:
Inquisitor come from Lithuania were formed as a band back in 2002. Not sure if they started out as a Progressive / Avantgarde band, but it's certain they are now travelling on such roads. This is their second full-length album, a 6 tracks effort totling almost 45 minutes of interesting Black Metal, but as I said earlier, not the traditional type, but one that tries and sometimes even succeeds to push the boundaries in any and every way possible. This is a real journey, a concept album based on some notes and a diary of what seems to have been a very intelligent and troubled person; it's not often I get impressed by a band's lyrics or concept, but this one is really interesting and artistic, well supported by the jazzy, progressive, dissonant at times, catchy at others, classy and extreme, hybrid of Black Metal. It's an impressive release and if you're searching for something to push your immagination and challenge your intellect but at the same time deliver some brute, barbaric aggression, you shouldn't miss this release, and if you get ahold of this Digipak CD don't rush the audition, take your time and enjoy discovering it. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.inquisitor.lt
www.forgotten-path.lt

Band: INSURRECTION
Country: Holland
Title: Catatonic
Label: Big Bad Wolf Records
Year: 2015
Style: Melodic Thrash Death Metal

Review:
6 tracks, 26 minutes playing time, quite a good offer for a debut EP I'd say, but once I see the band was fouded in 2010 I must change my opinion, it's a bit too little for a band that only had one line-up change during these years, yes, they changed their vocal, but still. Anyway, what these guys offer here is a mix of Thrash and Death Metal based on fast paced rhythms, quite generic riffs and, the highlight of the band, melodic guitar leads and a versative vocalist. Unfortunately this genre they chose is so burnt out at the moment that I think will be extremely difficult to stand out of the crowd, and this debut EP doesn't. The production is excellent, the guys are doing a good job, but still there's something missing from their music in order to leave marks on the listener, it catches his attention but soon after the audition is gets forgotten. There's full potential to get better, but they should come up with some more hooks in their compositions on the next release.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.insurrectionofficial.nl
www.bigbadwolfrecords.nl

Band: LEONS MASSACRE
Country: Germany
Title: Dark Matter
Label: Noizgate Records
Year: 2015
Style: Hardcore Nu-Metal

Review:
It seems it's useless to mention what genres we cover, labels and bands will keep sending their material even if they should at least guess what this publication is all about... Anyway, here's another proof, a Hardcore Nu-Metal release that has nothing to do with our regular Thrash Death Black Doom, nothing! Yet I can find something interesting in every release I listen and that's the case here, too. I don't know how well know and/or how respected this band is in their category, but I like the fact they chose to base their music on guitar work rather than keys and synths, and there are plenty of good riffs and leads on this album, the traditional Hardcore influence is respected here even though the band sounds modern and keeps things quite fresh. The CD comes in digipak format with a nice 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics. Not my cup of tea but I can honestly say it's a good album and Leons Massacre a talented band.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.leonsmassacre.com
www.noizgate.net



Band: MINUTIAN
Country: Finland
Title: Inwards
Label: Secret Entertainment
Year: 2014
Style: Progressive Rock Metal

Review:
Unfortunately this band lost a guitarist (and friend I suppose) in 2012 but they decided to continue playing music and as a result this album is dedicated to his memory. Actually if you'll listen to this album you'll discover a music that's bursting with emotions, a highly melodic, hughly emotional and melancholic release that's the perfect tribute to the band's late guitarist. 9 tracks, 55 minutes, a mix of soft and calm Progressive Rock with energetic Progressive Metal, one of those Progressive albums where the band members' musicianship is defined by their ability to captivate and involve the listener's attention rather than by how fast, complex or mathematic they can make their instruments sound. Recommended for a night audition, meditating. Released as Digipak CD with 8 pages booklet featuring all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.minutian.com
www.secretentertainment.com

Band: MORTIFER
Country: Russia
Title: Senseless War
Label: Metal Race Records
Year: 2014 (re-release)
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
This is the debut demo from Mortifer, a Russian Thrash Metal combo that seems to have disbanded back in 2008 after a 20 years career. Most probably they have lots of followers in Russia so re-mastering and re-releasing this debut demo might be a good choice for Metal Race, a label that's looking for old gems anyway. Fast paced Thrash Metal with Russian lyrics, fat-ass bass lines, catchy guitar riffs and choruses, headbanging-friendly attitude, and a few Heavy Thrash solos and leads to top the whole offering; not bad keeping in mind this was originally released in 1991 when I think it destroyed everything locally. For nostalgics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.metalrace.com

Band: MY SHAMEFUL
Country: Finland
Title: Hollow
Label: MFL Records 
Year: 2014
Style: Funeral Doom Death Metal

Review:
Celebrating 15 years since the band's foundation, Hollow marks the 6th full-length album from My Shameful, an 8 tracks effort clocking a bit over an hour of depressive and highly oppressive Funeral Doom Metal. The heavy, slow parts (major part of this album) are mixed at times with mid-tempo to fast paced Death Metal influenced sequences that break the monotony but somehow manage to still keep the overall atmosphere oppressive and desperate. Although the band throws in some nice, melodic guitar leads and tries to be as diverse as possible I would only recommend this album to die-hard fans of this genre, it's not something you can digest so easily if you're not already used to such sonorities. I have enjoyed the Death Metal parts and would have liked even more of them. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

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

Band: NORILSK
Country: Canada
Title: The Idea of North
Label: Hypnotic Dirge Records
Year: 2015
Style: Post Doom Death Metal

Review:
Less than a year after the release of their debut EP, Japetus, Norilsk signed with Hypnotic Dirge and already delivered their first full-length album. Two of the three EP tracks were kept for this debut album, together with 7 new titles, so The Idea of North offers us 9 tracks in its 55 minutes of playing time, 9 tracks mixing slow, tormenting Doom rhythms almost touching Funeral Doom territories with some more energetic '90's type Doom Death, and also some interesting Post Metal structures here and there to spice things up a little. I have to admit I found a couple of tracks quite boring, but as a general impression after spinning this a few times I'd say it's an interesting material defined mostly by repetitive (quite generic at times) guitar riffs, very nice guitar leads, comprehensive growling vocals supported at times by clean vocals and whispers, all sung in French (the band comes from Quebec), and a general Post atmosphere. The album comes in form of a digipak featuring a 12 pages booklet with lyrics in both French and English (good idea) and with an excellent artwork in perfect sync with the music. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

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

Band: OKTOR
Country: Poland
Title: Another Dimension of Pain
Label: Solitude Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Doom Death Metal

Review:
Man, one of my all times fave Doom Metal bands comes was Poland, a quite unknown act called Neolithic, and I have also enjoyed some other Polish Doom bands back in the '90's, and I guess that I still have that desire to find some new bands from that country to impress me. Oktor prsent us here their debut album released after more than a decade of activity; I'm not familiar with their previous released, but it seems they come from a Funeral Doom Metal background, and that's more clear when you start listening to the music on this debut. 8 tracks totaling 55 minutes of slow paced Funeral Doom Death Metal with not that much complexity or variety in order to impress; yes, some parts and elements (like the piano lines) are catchy, but the general impression is that they still have some work to do before offering an interesting audition, they tend to use and abuse classic Doom Death templates and even slowing down the tempo to reach a Funeral Doom atmosphere, but without coming up with something to compensate in originality. The production is great, the compositions are not bad, so fans of the above mentioned genres might find the band intriguing, but I think they still need something more in this overcrowded scene.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

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

Band: ORDO BLASPHEMUS
Country: France
Title: Orgasme Ossuaire
Label: Antiq
Year: 2015
Style: Ambient Black Metal

Review:
Not sure if this is considered a proper full-length album or if it's made of 2 separate releases since it was originally released as a Double Tape by the band, and then picked up and released as Digipak CDR by Antiq label. The CD features 8 tracks clocking 45 minutes of raw, chaotic, fast and aggressive at times and melodic at others, with some heavy, crawling Doomy parts thrown inthere, too. The sound quality is organic indeed, but very raw, I think recorded live in the rehearsal room. Not sure if that was the intention but at times the music manages to create a ritualistic, dark and captivating atmosphere that reminds me of the best Burzum releases. From the technical point of view there's not much to impress, but the compositions are actually interesting and as I said earlier, if you're used to this type of necro / raw / unpolished sound quality you might discover something on your taste here. This digipak is limited to only 44 hand-numbered copies so I don't know if you'll be able to still find one, but the band seems to be very productive so I'm sure they'll have something available.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.antiqlabel.yolasite.com

Band: PLAGUE RAGES
Country: Brazil
Title: Atos de Retaliação
Label: multiple
Year: 2014
Style: Grindcore

Review:
Sao Paulo made Grindcore here by a band formed back in 1996, but whom I hear about only now; I guess they are know more in their niche, especially since they have been also part of the famous Obscene Extreme fest at a point in their career. This compilation (a release split between 9 different labels!) features 34 tracks and clocks only around 35 minutes, featuring tracks from 4 different split releases and an EP,. For my surprise Plague Rages is not 100% full-on speed and brutality, they also have some slower, doomy parts as an addition to the dark atmosphere of their music; traditional Grindcore with double vocals, a growling and a screaming one, low tuned bass lines, insane drumming and generic guitar work that doesn't impress that much. The sound is not impressive as well, quite raw and unpolished, but if you're into Grindcore you probably won't have a problem with it. As a conclusion I like the fact they keep it traditional while still experimenting with other genres. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/plaguerages

Band: SACRATUS
Country: Russia
Title: ...Paradise for Two
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2010
Style: Doom Death Metal

Review:
Band of Armand Quenteres who also runs Darknagar Records, Sacratus released 2 albums so far, and although this one here is 5 years old now, it's their second and latest official release. I thought they were disbandedm, but while checking their social media I saw they're on tour at this exact moment promoting what will be their third album. This one is made of 8 tracks and clocks 70 minutes of sad, slow tempoed, '90's type Doom Death Metal with occasional Folk elements, so an interesting and colourful release; the sound quality is also very good (well, maybe the drums' could have been less synthetic). In the '90's there were plenty of such bands based on slow tempos, melodic guitar leads and sorrowful growling vocals and nowadays Solitude Productions present us more and more very month, so I think this band should develop their Folk influences as much as possible in order to be able to stand out from the crowd, and this album is just a proof I'm right, their music is ok, but not enough to keep the attention high for 70 minutes, and the elements I was talking about are like a breath of fresh air, you're continuously waiting for more of them to kick in. Anyway, if you're into '90's melancholic and sad Doom Death Metal you might like this; the CD comes with 12 pages booklet featuring lyrics. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.vkontakte.ru/club4804838
www.darknagar.ru

Band: SEPTIC MIND
Country: Russia
Title: Rab
Label: Solitude Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Funeral Doom Metal

Review:
Nice of Solitude to keep supporting its bands, to offer them what they need in order to have both sides happy, and here's the third albums of Septic Mind and at the same time third released under this now famous label. The Russian duo continues its trip through Funeral Doom Metal teritories while leaving plenty of space to influences and basically to whatever floats their boat and at the same time keeping the whole atmosphere heavy and oppressive. 4 tracks, a bit over 45 minutes of playing time, highlighted by a deep growling vocal (supported by desperate screams here and there) and by the excellent guitar work, not quite typical for this style. If you're looking for a more accessible way to get to know Funeral Doom Metal you shouldn't miss this album. The production once again is flawless making this another success for the Tver based duo.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

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

Band: SERPENT SKIES
Country: Sweden
Title: A Claim to Reality
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2014
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
This debut album from Serpent Skies was released exactly a year ago, and unfortunately shortly after their drummer left the band and that must have been a major blow for them, not being able to promote your album live after you just released it... Now it seems they have a new drummer and I think they'll start building their name again and probably work on some new stuff, too. A Claim to Reality is made of 11 tracks and lasts for a bit over 45 minutes, a Melodic Death Metal heavily based on guitar work, of course, but also very well lead by the vocal part, versatile, professional, nice flowing and definitely above the average. The instrumental part is also interesting and well curdled, fans of this genre will love it for sure, but the problem is this genre is so very overpopulated nowadays that it doesn't matter how well you play it, if you don't come up with something innovative (and Serpent Skies don't) and/or if you don't play live everywhere on the planet, you have scarse chances to stand out. At least Serpent Skies delivered a promising and entertaining debut album I recommend for a pleasant audition if you're a follower of the genre.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/pages/Serpent-Skies/303835206396929
www.sliptrickrecords.com

Band: SEVEN SOLITUDES
Country: USA
Title: Maxim And Missiles
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Heavy Death Metal

Review:
One man band from USA with limited presence on the net so far, I was only able to find a SounCloud page with its tracks and nothing more. Anyway, I think this is its debut demo made of 5 tracks clocking 20 minutes of music, quite fair and perfect to get to know this new name on the scene. The instrumental part has nothing to do with Death Metal, it's a mix of Heavy and Power Metal with catchy but generic and overused riffs and '80's like Hard'n'Heavy solos, synthetic drum machine and weak sound, and the only connection with Death Metal would be the raw vocals a la Debauchery or even Amon Amarth. It's clear this is just a start for the project so it would be useless to judge its music too hard, but although this demo might prove the guy is capable of delivering some good Hard'n'Heavy on guitar and Death Metal on vocals, he's having trouble mixing the two influences in something that would be taken serious by the listeners. Nevertheless I'm curious what will happen with this project in the future.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.soundcloud.com/sevensolitudes

Band: SHALLOW RIVERS
Country: Russia
Title: The Leaden Ghost
Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year: 2015
Style: Doom Death Metal

Review:
Second full-length album from this Russian duo, and also their second release on BadMoodMan, The Leaden Ghost features 6 tracks and clocks almost an hour of Doom Death Metal with a solid and interesting lyrical concept behind. The album starts with a track that didn't impress me at all, and actually made me think I was about to listen to a boring and synthetic album, probably because of the generic guitar riffs. The guitar riffs will remain kinda generic throughout the whole album, but the whole (including atmospheres) will become increasingly captivating and borderless in what concerns the influences; it's still a pretty typical Doom Death Metal album, it's something makes it fresh, and probably its the progressive and atmospheric guitar leads and the occasional outbursts of ultra-fast rhythms on drums (drum machine that is). All in all The Leaden Ghost is definitely not a boring album and presents us a creative duo with potential to building their own style in the near future.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.shallowrivers.ru
www.solitude-prod.com

Band: SISTEMA
Country: Russia
Title: Losing Our Minds
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2005
Style: Heavy Metal

Review:
Why would anyone send a 10 years old CD for a review? I have no idea, especially since this is not even a re-release as it's used to nowadays, no, this is the one decade old release by Sistema, a Heavy Metal band founded back in 1988. Unfortunately this is the band's one and only full-length effort to date although they seem to be still active, I guess without much plans for the future though. Losing Our Minds is a material made of 9 tracks totaling 45 minutes of modern (for those years) sounding Heavy Metal with quite a lot of Funk influences, a slight Thrash Metal inclination at times, overall energetic rhythms with occasional slow parts (even the customary ballad, of course) to get the attention of the most sensitive ones, too, plus lyrics in Russian that probably were a major advantage for the band in their home country. For a first meeting with the band they sound quite generic, but I'd recommend a listen if you know Russian, you might enjoy it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.realmusic.ru/the_system

Band: SKYGGE
Country: Norway
Title: Antiqua Ignis
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
This band was founded in 2011 as a one man project of Skyggemester, and after trying a vocal on the debut demo and debut album both in 2012, he ended up with another guy, Adramelech, who takes care of the vocal part on this new album, and boy what a good job he does, his screams are sharp and piercing like the Winter frost, and the atmospheric production benefits them, too, sending them somehow in the back of the instrumental part, in order to provoke a more haunting impression. Adramelech only needs a bit more versatility in order to avoid boredom, but he's definitely on the right track. Then I should mention the repetitive but very catchy and uncompromising guitar riffs plus the occasional leads that are the backbone of this release, very dark and expressive, just like the second wave of Norwegian Black Metal was; but still I think the guitars should have been brought a bit more in front, there are some short but interesting parts you can't fully enjoy. The rhythm section is fast and furious, good job here, too, but without somthing to stand out. If you're looking for cold and traditional fast-paced Norwegian Black Metal with clever riffs and demented vocals look no further; CD comes with good old-school black/white cover artwork (done by a talented Romanian artist who I bet will become a name in the underground), and 12 pages featuring all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/SKYGGE.NORGE.OFFICIAL
www.immortalfrostproductions.com

 

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