Abyssus / Slaughterday - Split
Afraid of Destiny - Hatred Towards Myself
Atarah - Atarah
Bells of Doom - The Death of God
Bestial Deform - ...Ad Leones
Burden of Life - In Cycles
Caustic - Caustic
De Vermis - Black Wolf Pride
Ekram - Last Man Standing
Eyestral - Beware the Rat King
Goatslave - Procession of Doom
Gort - Pestiferous Worms Miasma
Hard Reset - Machinery and Humanity
Hateful Desolation - Withering in Dust
Hoia Baciu - 'nrădăcinat
Holy Death - The Knight, Death and the Devil
Inconcessus Lux Lucis - Disintegration  Psalms of Veneration for the Nefarious Elite
Inconcessus Lux Lucis - Severed from Sephiroth
Lihhamon - Doctrine

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Malamorte - Devilish Illusions
Malefic Mist - Il richiamo dell'inverno
Martyrium - Destiny Wore a Bondage Mask
Moloch Letalis - Zgliszcza
Northwinds - Eternal Winter
Occultum - Towards Eternal Chaos
Path of Damnation - Live Rehearsal Demo MMXV
Reveries End - Edge of Dark Waters
Sarissa - Nemesis
Silent Images - Knightfall
Terrorfront - We Don't Come in Peace
The Everscathed - The Devil's Cross
The Everscathed - Scars to Bare
Throes - This Viper Womb
Wolfhowl - The Purity of Mother Nature

Band: ABYSSUS / SLAUGHTERDAY
Country: Greece / Greece
Title: Split
Label: Chaos and Hell Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Death Metal / Thrash Death Metal

Review:
Another release featuring this new Greek sensation, Abyssus, so for me as a fan of their work is only a matter of joy. The Athens based Death Metallers open this split tape with an own track and a cover of Death Strike's Pay to Die, and once again I say they are the perfect resurrection of the monstrous music used to be played by Obituary and Master in the '90's, and Kostas' vocals and the other Kostas' solid bass lines are only enhancing this impression. An excellent band, if you're not looking for innovation or avantgarde in your Death Metal and if Obituary, Master or Deicide made your days sometime, you should definitely give them a listen.
Slaughterday from Alexandroupolis are less experienced and known as a band, but they seems to have their ideas straight and well defined. Old-school, ugly, horrifying Thrash Death Metal mostly mid-tempoed, but with slow and fast paced parts as well. They offer us 2 own tracks and a cover of Rudimentary Peni, to be frank a Punk Rock band I've never heard of until now. I like the drums work the most on their part, although the tracks are enjoyable as well, but not impressive. Organic, traditional, dark and scary at times, and lead by a screaming vocal on the forefront supported by a growling vocal on the background at times, this is what Slaughterday has to offer, an energetic band that hopefully will continue to grow.
The tape is released by Chaos and Hell in limited edition of only 100 copies, professional tapes with booklet featuring all lyrics, well worth your money especially if you're a tape collector.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10   7/10

Contact:
abyssus666.bandcamp.com
slaughterday.bandcamp.com
chaoshellproductions.bigcartel.com

Band: AFRAID OF DESTINY
Country: Italy
Title: Hatred Towards Myself
Label: Adimere Records
Year: 2015
Style: Depressive Black Metal

Review:
One man project from Treviso, which at the moment of the recording and release of this EP was actually a duo having Adimere taking care of the instrumental part and Ayperos writing and singing the lyrical part. Two years after the release of its debut full-length album AoD is back with this 3 tracks EP released on CD 9and digipak) in three different versions, all of them limited to a few dozen copies, not more. The music is mostly slow, depressive with severs suicidal intents, heavily inspired by Black Metal, of course by Burzum and the DSBM scene as well, no necessarily the new wave though. Repetitive riffs, semi-acoustic guitars, programmed drums (on the second tracks they are awful, the sync, or better said the lack of it, between drums and guitars is excruciating), distant, desperate but still impressively comprehensive screams, that's what you'll get on this new EP, 3 tracks (on other version 4), 22 minutes of playing time, nothing impressive but not bad either; the best part on it are the vocals, the riffs are way too repetitive and feel stretched too much, and the lyrics could have been a bit more challenging if you ask me, especially since you can perfectly follow them throughout the audition. There's potential though...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
afraidofdestiny.bandcamp.com
adrshop.bandcamp.com

Band: ATARAH
Country: Switzerland
Title: Atarah
Label: Auric Records
Year: 2015
Style: Dark Ambient

Review:
Weird, weird stuff on this tape from Switzerland... This debut album from Atarah features 4 tracks, clocks over 40 minutes of playing time, and it was released by the band in digital format in 2014, a year after the band's (or project, I'm not sure if this is a real band or a one man project although I'd incline towards the second) inception. Instrumental only, no vocals, just desolate, ethereal soundscapes portraying a dark, post-apocalyptic I would say, post-industrial, maybe a bit melancholic atmosphere. During the audition you'll most certainly imagine being the only person on earth and pretty much face all your fears in your mine and I'm sure moments of pure and utter panic won't avoid you either... Although simple and not polished whatsoever this material is highly expressive and impressive at the same time, so if you're into Dark Ambient soundscapes make sure to give it a chance.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
atarah.bandcamp.com
auricrecords.bandcamp.com

Band: BELLS OF DOOM
Country: Sweden
Title: The Death of God
Label: Auric Records
Year: 2015 (re-release)
Style: Doom Metal

Review:
Now this recording has an interesting story around it: both the band and its music are the one day worth of work by Runemagick's frontman and founding member, Nicklas Rudolfsson. One day guys! It means he got up in the morning with a few tunes and decided to record them the same day, but not with his other bands and projects, but with a new one, with the initial intention to get a vocalist to take care of that part and Nicklas to do the instruments only. The other vocalist didn't reply in time so Nicklas decided to do everything by himself. I guess the same day he even uploaded the tracks on mp3.com and soon after he released some CDRs, too, but here we are almost 15 years later and the material sees the light of the day again under Auric Records, as professional cassette tape. I'd say this is traditional Doom Metal with a hint of Funeral Doom, not boring at all, quite expressive and able to create an epic, mysterious atmosphere around it, but I'm not that convinced by the sound quality to tell you the truth, it's too stuffed although it allows a good audition experience all in all. As a one day work of work I'd say this turned out great and there are even some guitar leads, riffs and solos that impress, but it's still a one day worth of work, it could have been probably much more interesting if a bit more thought out. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
bellsofdoom.bandcamp.com
auricrecords.bandcamp.com

Band: BESTIAL DEFORM
Country: Russia
Title: ...Ad Leones
Label: Satanath Records
Year: 2016
Style: Death Metal

Review:
This album is opened by intro mixed sounds of eating christians by lions in ancient Roma’s statium and orthodox church choirs. Next russian deathmetallers offering typical,  „butcher riffs” stylized on american death metal from the times of Scott Burns. „... Ad Leones” is not any discovery in death metal, but for this is a perfectly polished death metal stuff in every second of playing music. For fans of the genreit will be a powerful and great dose of „fresh meat”, I was a little regret, that there's a bit of Russiness, just well made death metal with very good growl. Which does not recognize anything this material of course. I’ll go back to listening to the album from time to time.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: BURDEN OF LIFE
Country: Germany
Title: In Cycles
Label: Noizgate Records
Year: 2016
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
Fourth full-length album from these Bavarian Death Metallers, In Cycles features 8 tracks clocking almost 50 minutes of playing time, and I'm sure it's the band's best work to date, although this always sounds like an understatement. At least in my opinion this is a fantastic album and has everything I could ask for from such a band: starting from lots of aggression, excellent technical skills, amazing progressive touches all over intertwined with looks back in time ('70's Psychedelic influences), lots and lots of melodic elements, fresh and involving ideas, versatile vocals, and ending with a little touch that make a whole lot for me, the fact that Christian, vocalist/guitarist and leader (main composer) of the band decided to devote 2 pages of the booklet to explaining what he/they wanted to express through each track and through the album as a whole, how they recorded, hoe they came up with the ideas, and ultimately how proud are they of the final result; to me this says a lot about their tremendous passion and desire to actually express themselves through music, create something that the audience will understand and finally embrace. The music itself is absoluetly top notch and features many, many twists and turns, many little things to discover throughout the playing time. Highly recommended if you're open-minded and in search for something fresh in this nowadays stale genre, a true piece of art and one of the best Melodic Death Metal albums I've had the chance to listen; if you decide to give it a chance make sure you buy the physical release and actually read what in the booklet while enjoying the audition.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
burdenoflife.de
noizgate.com

Band: CAUSTIC
Country: Switzerland
Title: Caustic
Label: Auric Records
Year: 2015 (re-release)
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Nice of Auric Records to offer to the world re-releases of old influential Swiss releases, like Vic Records are doing with Dutch oldies or I Hate Records with Swedish releases, and other such labels. I would have liked this tape's booklet to feature the band's bio or at least a few info on them as they seem to have been a serious potential major surprise coming out of Switzerland at the beginning of the '90's but unfortunately one of their guitarists and seemingly the band's leader, Chris Renggli, died in '93 (after the band has just released their debut album) from a drug overdose at only 21 years of age. This tape re-release is dedicated to Chris' memory. This debut EP features 4 tracks of aggressive, technical, groovy and well written Thrash Metal sung with both energy and good skills so that the final result is very interesting and manage to display a band that had tremendous potential but has not reached a professional level of "catchiness" yet. The production is also very good, for a debut EP it's impressive how well it sorted out, and the cover artwork is fantastic, not sure where it is taken from though, most probably it's a classic painting. I'll now search for the album that was released a year later, I'm curious to see how the band has evolved.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
auricrecords.bandcamp.com

Band: DE VERMIS
Country: New Zealand
Title: Black Wolf Pride
Label: Selfreleased (?)
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Honestly I was expecting such a raw, extreme, uncompromising release coming out of New Zealand, but I have no idea how come. Anyway, De Vermis are right that kind of a band, or better said their music is that right kind of music: fast, devastating, chaotic, and absolutely abrasive, so much that I guess War Metal fanatics will have plenty to sink their teeth into. Even the mid-tempo, somehow melodic-hinting parts are like sand paper rubbed straight on raw flesh, mostly because of the organic, not polished sound, but also because of the disgusting & disgusted shrieks the vocalist treats us throughout the whole playing time of the release. The guitars have slight touches of Death and even old-school Thrash Metal in their straight, traditional Black Metal path, just to make things more spicy, but unfortunately my last impression is of a band that doesn't have an own, defined way to follow, doesn't have much personality and I wouldn't be able to distinguish anything representative in their music. The good part on the other hand are the ferocious, highly energetic, and hateful material delivery that unveils a seemingly thirsty Black Metal newcommer with potential.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
facebook.com/De-Vermis-157335447658539

Band: EKRAM
Country: Spain
Title: Last Man Standing
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2016
Style: Metal Post Grunge

Review:
Sliptrick usually delivers good to excellent quality products, but this one, in terms of presentation, disappointed me big time, not sure if from their or the band's "fault": the CD comes as Digipak but has a dull, unimpressive cover artwork and has no booklet, which in this case I think would have been a must as this band's music is more intended for the masses and since the masses love to sing along with the bands... Anyway, the band's music is quite ok, to me it sounds like a mix of (mostly) Nickelback, Pearl Jam and Metallica, with a hint of the new wave of Metalcore (background screams and a couple of breakdown ties), but it's really, really light for what we're used to here, this music would have no problem being played midday on a national radio station, I'm sure, it even features a semi-acoustic semi-ballad between the 6 tracks. The occasional screams and occasional metallic riffs make it a bit more tough, but basically I would have no problem recommending it to school kids in search of something to "get into" Metal from Rock, like a stepstone between the two. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/EkramBand
sliptrickrecords.com

Band: EYESTRAL
Country: France
Title: Beware the Rat King
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Progressive Thrash Metal

Review:
Debut album of French open-head metallers is really interesting. Based on thrash progressive metal album included only 7 tracks (with intro) but you can hear a lot of sources of musical inspiration. Intro is a part of classical music/opera stuff  fluently flows into climate of old Megadeth and early Holy Moses (vocal sound is reminiscent of a young Mustaine mixed with Sabina Classen in one, this is explosive but really good!). In another piece of jazz elements comes, played on a metal solid base of course. Next track is a journey from thrash to progmetal-artrock areas, another is a backing yourney: 7-8 minutes thrash pieces with a lot technical solo guitars. Just kicking ass !!! Last two tracks includes some souls of old punk, jazz and modern progressive flow in one. This album is a tribute to the golden years of thrash but „Beware the Rat King” is not a copy of these times. This is new look on it. Great stuff!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: GOATSLAVE
Country: France
Title: Procession of Doom
Label: Atavism Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Debut album from this mysterious (at least for us, non-French) duo from France, Procession of Doom is made of 8 tracks and clocks a bit over 40 minutes. Bestial, satanic and highly aggressive Black Metal with a fat as hell sound. Organic and not polished production but perfectly fit for this style I would better call Death Metal sounding Black Metal although I know that's not orthodox, but who cares? Atavism Records names Archgoat, Sadomator, Necroblood and Blasphemy as major influences for Goatslave and I can hear that in their music, but their music is a bit less chaotic and a bit more technical although keeping things simple and straight to your face; Goatslave music is less abrasive and catchier than the bands mentioned above. The tracks are long and sometime give the impression they were artificially stretched becoming repetitive and less interesting, although most of the time the band impresses through some good riffs, intense rhythm section and cavernous growling vocals. I would have liked some more surprising elements and hooks like some chaotic guitar solos or some more of those nice guitar harmonies like on the track Goatslave. I see no reason for this band not to become a cult name in this already cult scene that is Bestial Metal, the logo, the cover artwork on this album, the music, all are straight on that alley, so if you're a fan of it, give these guys a chance you might be surprised.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Goatslave-659975864138998
atavism.records.free.fr

Band: GORT
Country: Italy
Title: Pestiferous Worms Miasma
Label: Lupus Niger
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
I shouldn't be so excited after listening to this second album from Italian Gort, because this is traditional Black Metal, nothing more than that, but fuck, it sounds so right, everything sounds so fit and perfect for this type of music that it's impossible for me not to replay it (this is already the fourth time I'm spinning it). It's clear these guys are devoted to the underground Black Metal scene, all of them being previosly or currently involved in other bands or projects, and all of them obscure, and when meeting their music as well you're convinced this is the right thing for them. Heavily influenced by the '90's Norwegian scene, Gort deliver what can be called traditional Black Metal, mostly fast paced, with occasional slow yet still freezing cold and dark passages, highlighted by an excellent artillery of guitar riffs, an upfront, intense bass line, an organic and incessant drum work, and a perfect shrieking vocalist. The only thing I'm not too fond of, or better said I'm a bit disapointed of, are the lyrics, which at times soom a bit too simple and almost childish, and other the English knowledge of the writer (lyrics are written by different members) is insufficient to develop a better story. The balance between intensity and cold melodic passages makes this one of my fave such releases for this year already. No innovation, just pure '90's Black Metal done and delivered with excellent taste and skills, recommended! 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Gort-108614055831638
lupusnigerprodanddistro.bigcartel.com

Band: HARD RESET
Country: Italy
Title: Machinery & Humanity
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2016
Style: Alternative Rock Post Grunge

Review:
This one is definitely not in the right place as we mostly deal with the extreme part of Metal, and the new album from this Italian trio is not even Metal but it's a mix of Alternative Rock, Post Grunge and maybe even some Post Punk, with influences coming from Foo Fighters, Muse, Ramones or Incubus. Released as digipak CD with 8 pages booklet by Sliptrick, the album features 15 tracks and clocks over 50 minutes of playing time. Contrary to the fact that they are only three in the band, their music sounds quite full, natural and organic, I could listen to this while driving my car, a soft, energetic at times and melancholic at others, piece of Alternative Rock, but still this is not something we cover inhere so I wouldn't know how good these tracks (and ultimately the band) are within their genre...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/hardresetofficial
sliptrickrecords.com

Band: HATEFUL DESOLATION
Country: International
Title: Withering in Dust
Label: Adimere Records
Year: 2014
Style: Depressive Black Metal

Review:
International duo founded in 2013 by Void from Egypt and Gray Ravenmoon from Italy, the first being already an experienced musician (also member of Astray, Frostagrath, Hecate), and the second still experimenting (also member of Grindcore band An-Al Gore, not so sure about its seriousness though). This is their debut demo, a 3 tracks effort clocking 23 minutes of playing time, and which, except for some depressive, melancholic guitar leads, doesn't have much to enjoy. Slow to mid-tempo DSBM with awful synthetic sounding drum-machine, rich symphonic-like keyboard backgrounds, cold guitar riffs completed with the above mentioned good and expressive guitar leads, a bass line you can actually hear, and a vocalist with good tone but not experienced enough to be versatile as well although at times a growling voice seems to support the main vocals in the background. Anyway, definitely not a debut to be ashamed of, but not something interesting either. Released as slim pro-CDR with 4 pages booklet limited to 100 hand-numbered copies.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
facebook.com/hateful.desolation
adrshop.bandcamp.com

Band: HOIA BACIU
Country: Romania
Title: 'nradacinat
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Black Folk Metal

Review:
Hoia Baciu taken their name from paranormal forest near Cluj-Napoca in Transilvania. This debut album is really good fusion of folk and romanian black metal. I really like folk/black bands from this country like Dordeduh, Ashaena, Negura Bunget, Syn Ze Sase Tri, Martolea etc. Hoia Baciu joins fully to this list! These are not unnecessary words (words have been kept to an absolute minimum there) and these are just pure blackmetal, pure folk and pure nature in one - and this is what the music tells all mistical stories on this album. Andrei Oltean (Bagpipes, Keyboards, Ethnic wind instruments, Vocals) and Alexandru Giurgeca (Guitars, Bass, Recorder, Kaval, Drum programming) made a really big and good job! This album captures the atmosphere of the Carpathian forests with its magic, ancient and still living beliefs and a pinch of nostalgia that I have back home from Romania. I was in Hoia Baciu, I felt this magical atmosphere, I really understand this album. And I’m really impressed!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 10/10

Band: HOLY DEATH
Country: Poland
Title: The Knight, Death and the Devil
Label: Luciforus Art
Year: 2005
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Another ancient release that hits my mail for a review, so once again I can't say no to say a few words on it. This is the band's third and final full-length album, a 12 tracks effort clocking a bit over 50 minutes of playing time, offering an interesting take on Black Metal, mixed with Thrash and Death Metal, raw, mostly fast paced, organic, almost primitive sounding, and what surprised me the most, with plenty of catchy elements all over, just listen to the slick guitars on "The Battlefield Act I and II" and "Fallen Angel", the Bathory-esque "Standing Under the Cross", or the closing calm Lucyfer with its Polish lyrics. After 9 of their own tracks Holy Death offer 3 covers, too: Bathory (of course), Hellias and Accept, well done, well received. Am excellent album that has it's fair share of value even Today, give it a listen yourselves.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
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Band: INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS
Country: UK
Title: Severed from Sephiroth
Label: Nomos Dei Productions
Year: 2012
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Debut EP recorded in 2011 and released a year later by Nomos Dei, Severed from Sephiroth features only 3 tracks, yet clocks over 25 minutes of playing time. Although this duo, Malphas and Baal have been together since 2006 when the band was activating as Whorethorn, this EP doesn't seem mature or well developed at all, on the contrary, it sounds both a rushed work and a tired execution, not sure why, but that's how it sounds to me until the 3rd track kicks in, where the guitar comes up with some interesting leads worth listening to. The vocals sound mediocre as well, the drumming, although a good work, are mixed way too in front of the other instruments, capturing all attention and leaving none for the guitars and bass. The few Death Metal insertions don't save the situation and my findl impression on this EP is of a band that seems to have potential and composed these tracks in a hurry and stretched them for as much as possible in order to appear more interesting. Brutal, devastating music, but mediocre compositions.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/inconcessusluxlucis358

Band: INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS
Country: UK
Title: Disintegration: Psalms of Veneration for the Nefarious Elite
Label: Nomos Dei Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Started listening to this debut full-length (under the current moniker, as they released another one when they were Whorethorn) with the 8th track, Severed from Sephiroth, also featured on the previous EP with the same title, and the difference between the two releases are huge, this time the band has a really good sound and the increases their brutality and aggression. The compositions are way better structured, the guitars have a major role and bring forth some pretty rad riffs and leads that make this album absolutely delicious. Then the vocals, with this new recording quality, sound much more vicious, demonic and expressive, yet still keeping things comprehensive and quite clear. The bass lines are actually creating their own contribution to the compositions and you'll be able to follow them throughout the whole album discoveing a careful work. The subtle keyboard work in the background brings more atmosphere to the whole, and as a conclusion this album is an excellent debut, sounds fresh, well-thought, carefully programmed and executed, a huge difference since their previous EP. Angry, satanic, hateful Technical Black Metal with plenty to enjoy. can't wait to see what's next from this band, their potential is tremendous.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/inconcessusluxlucis358
legis.orthodox666.ru

Band: LIHHAMON
Country: Germany
Title: Doctrine
Label: Auto de Fe Prods
Year: 2016
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
New band, new (first) album, new label, are the new offers from Germany's Bestial Metal scene. Lihhamon presents us 10 tracks in half an hour os relentless and excruciating assault on all senses, a devastating mix of primitive Black and Death Metal with chaotic but fit production, highlighted by this aggressive, monstruous and ultra-heavy atmosphere, uncomprehensive vocals (growls on the front, screams in the background), but with tracks titles like Decimation, Genocide Crusade or Cadaver Synod, you can easily guess the band's a valid contender to fit in the War Metal scene. What I appreciate the most about this album is that contrary to my expectations it's not full speed all the way, it has its "slow" moments that I'd better call horrifying atmospheres to enhance the whole cryptic impression of the album. I also liked the cut & paste style of the booklet and the impressive cover artwork design, pretty "in line" with the music on it. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
lihhamon.bandcamp.com
autodefesite.wordpress.com

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