Band: THE CRIMSON BRIGADE
Country: UK
Title: Blood Battalion
Label: Modern Artery Records
Year: 2015
Style: Melodic Gothic Black Metal

Review:
Here's a young band (founded in 2013) that actually cares about its image, too, they have created a real environment around the Crimson Brigade moniker, but it's clear this is still a project in its infancy, so I hope they'll keep developing it. To tell you the truth, this Melodic type of Black Metal with Gothic-like keyboards and atmospheres reminds me of a UK band from the beginning of the '00, Antigone, a huge promise of the scene back then that unfortunately died after only one demo. The Crimson Brigade offer us here their debut album, a 13 tracks effort totaling almost 80 minutes of playing time, something different than we're used to nowadays, an album that sounds like it's from 15 years ago. Pretty much everything is done by a single person, namely Anubis Dracul, who takes care of guitars, vocals, keys, recordings, engineering, helped by two guys on bass and lead guitars, but even the band pictures show only Anubis Dracul alone. The recordings are good but unpolished, underground fans might not have any problems with them; the vocals are good and well fit, but a bit less versatile than I would have liked, the drums are programmed but their sound is not annoying at all, the guitars are like flying under the radar, only at times you can enjoy some unusual riffs, but overall they are pretty dull, same for the bass lines. After a few spins I'm still not sure if I like it or not, so I'd suggest you check a couple of their songs and make your own ideas.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/TheCrimsonBrigade

Band: TUNJUM
Country: Peru
Title: Sagrado Tiempo De Caos
Label: Dark Recollections Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Lead by Clara Herera (aka Kultarr) from the newly born Reign of Hecate fanzine, Tunjum is a trio that seems to be determined to grow a fanbase pretty quickly since they released no less than 2 demos and this EP in 2014, after a drought of over 7 years period during which they only released one other demo. 5 tracks, a bit over 25 minutes of playing time and a traditional Death Metal, dark, brutal, mid-tempo (mostly) to fast paced rhythmed, and highlighted by semi-technical guitars and the extremely dark and horrifying growling vocals of Clara. You know, most of the times you can easily guess when a growling vocals comes from a woman, but in Clara's case that's not true, you'd bet this is a pissed off guy. A good release if you're into traditional, ugly, dark Death Metal with a few doomier moments.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
tunjum@hotmail.com
dark_recollections_prods@yahoo.com.mx

Band: UZZIEL
Country: Austria
Title: Torn Apart
Label: Darkspace Music
Year: 2014
Style: Melodic Groove Thrash Metal

Review:
Debut full-length album from this Austrian combo, Torn Apart is made of 14 tracks and clocks less than 50 minutes, so short and concise tracks, exactly how this genre requires in order to keep its audience interested. Unfortunately in my case I really hate 2 things on this album: the synthetic sound of the drum machine but this is actually a normal aspect in Today's scene, and the awful, faint backing vocals that would better suit an Alternative / Nu-Metal band from the States than an Austrian Thrash Metal act; probably those are the band's highlights and original touches (the backing vocals, not the sound of the drums), but I for one don't like them at all. On the other hand the main vocal has a powerful tone, much better for this style, with occasional Hardcore influences, but that's cool since the instrumental part comes up with lots of groovy parts along the way, too. Lots of Heavy Metal influences on the guitar part, and that I like, too, although there's still room for improvement in this area, too. Torn Apart is definitely not a typical Thrash Metal album, not sure if it's correct to label it as Thrash either, and it's one that you'll either hate or be intrigued by. Very good sound quality, professional production, CD comes with 8 pages booklet featuring all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/Uzzielmetal
www.facebook.com/pages/Darkspace-Music/155272474601453

Band: VENOMOUS BREATH
Country: Brazil
Title: Et Viscera Sanguis
Label: Hell Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Young band apparently started by the 2 members of Thrash Metal band Ataque Violento who probably wanted to experiment with something more brutal and expand their horizons. The band released 2 demos before getting signed by the Thai label Hell Productions, and Et Viscera Sanguis is their debut full-length album, an 8 tracks effort totaling a bit over 40 minutes of traditional Death Metal. Unfortunately their compositions are way too generic in order to raise the interest of the scene, but for a debut it's nothing to be ashamed of; mid-tempo to fast paced Death Metal with highlights in Thiago's vicious vocals, and the good organic sound of the recordings. Unfortunately the guitar riffs are so generic they often reach the "boring" point, especially when the band slows down to mid-paced rhythms, and the solos are nothing to impress either. This album will make a good audition but nothing more, you'll forget everything about it in few minutes after spinning the disc. Hopefully the next one will show some original ides, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/v.breath
www.hellprod.blogspot.com

 

Band: VOMIT YOUR BRAIN
Country: Poland
Title: Beauty of Morgue
Label: Rotten Music
Year: 2014
Style: Brutal Death Grind

Review:
Vomit Your Brain is a Polish band founded back in 2010, with 2 EPs underbelt, and now with the 2 EPs released as a Compilation by Rotten Music, I guess for a lack of new recordings by the band. But all in all I'd say Rotten Music did a good choice as these tracks deserve to be listened to by as many fanatics as possible, Vomit Your Brain did a good job on both EPs. First is Slaughtered EP from 2011 with 3 brutal and groovy tracks, a mix of Death and Grindcore with Deathcore elements highlighted by catchy guitar riffs and inhuman vocals, supported by a fast paced rhythm section. Then comes From Morgue With love from their first year of activity, another 3 tracks release without much difference from the one that follwed although I can feel a poorer recording on vocals (the guy sounds like he recorded cuffing his mic so that his neighbors won't hear him), but overall the compilation is quite ok.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/vomityourbrain
www.rottenmusic.net

Band: WARNUNGSTRAUM
Country: Italy
Title: Mirror Waters
Label: Nykta Records
Year: 2014
Style: Ambient Black Metal

Review:
Warnungstraum is a new name to my ears although this is their third full-length album; all albums were released on Nykta Records and I find this interesting and unusual nowadays, it means both the label and band are happy with the fruits of their labour. Warnungstraum, although their name would suggest something else, are a trio from Italy founded in 2009, but although they could play live I think they are still a studio project. This third album is made of only 4 tracks, but long ones, so the total playing time is almost 40 minutes. A mix of melodic, melancholic and sad Black Metal with Dark Ambient; comprehensive and expressive Black Metal screams all over, mostly mid-tempo rhythms, incissive and quite intricate bass lines, good but too repetitive guitar riffs, and subtle keyboard backgrounds with melodic outbursts at times falling into beautiful classical piano parts at times, that's how I could characterize Warnungstraum's music. If at first audition I found the debut track boring and unimpressive at all, the rest of this album falls in place and develops into a personal and dramatic experience. The CD comes with 4 pages booklet featuring all lyrics (2 tracks are instrumental). This brought me back to the end of the '90's when there were lots of similar bands, and from my point of view that not bad at all.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/pages/Warnungstraum/615085095174394
www.nykta.gr

Band: WARPATH
Country: Brazil
Title: Massacre
Label: Fabrica Sonora
Year: 2010
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
I get a lot of such old releases lately, and I'm not sure why someone would promote an old release instead of focusing on new stuff. It's not the case here since these guys haven't released anything new since 2010, and as far as I know this is their only official release except for a 2007 demo, very scarse for a band founded in 2002... Massacre is made of 7 long tracks totaling almost 35 minutes of traditional fast paced Thrash Metal. Quite enjoyable and I'd say very fit for a live gig, headbanging friendly music, but with a few major faults in my opinion: way too long tracks (I think the average is around 4.5 min), overuse of generic patterns of this style with no intention of coming up with something new, and the one take-like style of recording, with obvious execution mistakes at times. Apart for these faults I have to admit I have enjoyed this EP, it has that retro feeling, energy and enthousiasm, and I think these guys have potential, but they should try coming up with something more, the vocalist can lead them well. For fans of '80's Thrash Metal this might be a good pick, but since it's now more than 5 years since the release of this EP I'm not sure this band is actually interested in anything serious.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/warpaththrash

Band: WOEBEGONE OBSCURED
Country: Denmark
Title: Deathscape MMXIV
Label: Solitude Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Doom Death Metal

Review:
After 2 previously released full-length albums this Danish quartet follows with a new EP which although featuring 5 tracks and clocking more than 40 minutes, wasn't qualified by the band as full-length; this probably because only 3 tracks are originals, the other 2 are covers of Bathory (quite unexpected, hm?) and Dead Can Dance. Not sure why, but this EP struk me the right way, the mix of slow melodic acoustic parts with clean vocals, with Funeral Doom Metal, with Blackened Doom Death parts with DSBM-like vocals, and even some Shoegaze-like guitars sometime, is very interesting. Although sometimes the clean vocals are quite weird, most of the time they are pushing their potential and reach some Epic, excellent levels, and the fact that the vocal lines are so very versatile on this album gives it even more complexity, just try the debut track and you'll get what I'm saying. Overall the music on this EP is all over the place but somehow it sounds like a whole, I have enjoyed it and honestly speaking I think I've spinned it almost 10 times Today, and that doesn't happen very often. A strange album but recommended!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

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

Band: Various Artists
Country: Various
Title: Compendium of Metal Vol.7
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year: 2014
Style: Heavy Speed Power Thrash Doom

Review:
7th volume of the traditional Metal on Metal compilation featuring 14 tracks by 14 bands all presenting their traditional form of Metal from Heavy to Thrash and Doom Metal.
Meliah Rage - US Power Thrash mixing aggressive and melodic elements, a veteran band founded back in '87 that could have been ranked higher on the scene, but somehow missed their chance; not overly impressive but quite enjoyable though
Outrage - another veteran, this time from Germany, with an old-school (but really old, primitive even) type of Black Thrash the Black Metallers from Today might consider Pop Music. Kick-ass if you're into '80s Metal
Mortalicum - the label says they are recommended for fans of Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Trouble, Thin Lizzy, and I have to agree with them, just mix all these bands and you get Mortalicum; excellent vocals, complex bass lines, organic drums, and groovy guitars completed with '70's like solos; man, what a band!
HI-GH - imagine a mix of Motorhead, early Metallica and Exciter, Speed Thrash Metal with impressive energy; catchy stuff
Skelator - a live track sounding quite sloppy if you ask me, but presenting a band with high potential (especially the vocal and guitarists), a Heavy Metal a la Iron Maiden
Arkham Witch - I've seen this band in multiple zines lately, they take good care of promotion, so don't be surprised if you'll hear more and more about them in the future; primitive Heavy Doom Metal that reminds me of Manilla Road mostly, probably a bit heavier though
Sacro Sanctus - Blackened Doom presented by Albert Bell, leader of the more known Nomad Son and Forsaken; dark, vicious and heavy, a good track
Skull Bastards - wow, Speed Thrash Metal on steroids like I've heard coming out of the '80's only; raw, fast and furious
Attacker - another band that reminds me of Iron Maiden, with a fantastic vocalist and exquisite work on guitars
Sacred Gate - Epic Traditional Heavy Metal highlighted by a very good vocalist and mid-tempo, solid rhythms
Nomad Son - Maltese masters of Doom Metal, another side of Albert Bell; heavy, heavy, heavy!
Stonegriff - Traditional Doom a la Pentagram, Candlemass, Saint Vitus; slow and heavy as a bulldozer, lead by a very versatile vocalist
Doomshine - another live track, but this time performed better; slow Traditional Epic Doom Metal a la Solitude Aeturnus, Candlemass
Blood Atonement - fast and ferocious Speed Thrash Metal a la Sodom, Hellhammer, probably the most aggressive track on this compilation
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.metal-on-metal.com

Band: Various Artists
Country: Russia
Title: Russian Death Metal Vol. 2
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Excellent, here's an overview of the current underground Death Metal scene presented to us by Darknagar Records. I'm not familiar with the first volume of this compilation, but this second one features 19 bands, if you're into Death Metal you should waste no time and get this asap. Here's a few words on each band/track:
Endless Gloom - they are labelling their style as Gangsta Death Metal, but that could be translated here as Technical Brutal Death Metal, good stuff, no doubt;
Kraworath - one-man band from Saratov; ultra-fast Brutal Death Metal, clear and solid stuff with potential
Indeterminable - Hardcore infused Death Metal, fast, brutal and catchy; not original but very impressive and captivating, would love to hear more
Denis Shvarts Project - Progressive Death Metal based on multiple layers of guitars; don't really like it to be honest, I hate the synthetic sounding drums, and don't like the vocals either, but on the other hand love the bass lines. 
Dead Point - Traditional Brutal Death Metal with fast and mid paced rhythms, double vocal line, deep and brutal guitar riffs and unfortunately synthetic drum machine; not bad but not very impressive either
Afterburner - Death Grind from Irkutsk with versatile vocals (squeals, growls, screams), technical guitar lines, and intricate rhythm section, quite a progressive edge to them
Bloodshed - fast paced and quite technical Death Metal with high potential; a hint of Black Death in the atmospheres
Brainteasers - Progressive Death Grind with intricate guitars, lots of rhythm breaks, incomprehensive growls that I don't really like; interesting approach but not enough to impress
Proteus - Mid-paced Death Metal with different influences from Modern Death, Brutal Death and even Slam Death Metal; solid stuff but lacks something to impress
Detesting - technical and fast as hell Brutal Death Metal, versatile and expressive, good stuff
Atra Hora - Dark Death Metal highlighted by the melodic and expressive guitar work; not a fan of the drums' sound, but the band delivers solid atmospheric Death Metal
Dissociative Disorder - combination of Death Metal and Deathcore; not my fave type of music but I like the guitar work here
Putrification - Technical Death Metal with deep dark atmosphere and good vocals; could have been better mastered but the composition is ok
Gmork - I've met this band before and it seems they are slowly moving from an Ambient Symphonic Black Metal towards a technical and melodic blend of Black and Death Metal; solid and experienced band!
Miscreant - traditional Death Metal with good guitar leads and bass lines, but not overly impressive probably because of the mediocre mid-paced parts
Zoebeast - Death Grind from Saint Petersburg that would fit perfectly at the Obscene Extreme Fest
The Mutilator - very brutal and technical Death Metal, the traditional way, with melodic guitar leads, impressive bass lines and original vocals
Aborted Fetus - the heaviest band on this compilation, Brutal Death Metal with dense atmosphere, technical guitars and complex rhythms; sick
Warder - Death Metal from the capital, with heavy Brutal Death influences; sounds ok but not quite there yet
Excellent exposure of the scene from Darknagar Records, all bands are good making it impossible not to respect the Russian Death Metal scene. Can't wait for volume 3.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.darknagar.ru

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