Achiote - Loneliness of Endless Days
Ashes to Fire - Ashes to Fire
Bitterness - Memories of a Dying Past
Choroba - Integral
Clouds Taste Satanic - Dawn of the Satanic Age
Doedsvangr - Satan ov Suns
Dom Dracul - Devil Dedication
E-An-Na - Jianna
Forlet Sires - Journey Towards Ruin
Gladio - MMXVI
Herzparasit - Parakropolis
Ironbite - Blood & Thunder
Krowos - Verbum Luciferi
Lethaeos - Pillar of Hope
Lysa Gora - Siadaj, nie gadaj
Moloch Letalis - Arkana chaosu
Noise Emission Control - Desordre et Mepris
Palmer - Surrounding the Void
Pandemonium - Nihilist
Pleasureagony - Pleasureagony
Purpendicular - Venus to Volcanus
Saltus - Opowiesci z przeszlosci...
Sober Truth - Locust ▽ Lunatic Asylum
The Soulscape Project - Liberation
Thy Worshiper - Klechdy
Time Lurker - Time Lurker
Voice of Winter - Childhood of Evil
Void Moon - Deathwatch
Wangelen - Demonio del mediodia
Watch Out Stampede - Svtvnic
Wolves Den - Deus Vult

Band: ACHIOTE
Country: Finland
Title: Loneliness of Endless Days
Label: VR Label
Year: 2017
Style: Psychedelic Melodic Metal

Review:
Maybe calling it Psychedelic is a bit too much, but the new Achiote album (their second) is a massive step towards the '70's Psychedelic Rock, or at least is a lot more influenced by it that their previous work, and it sounds killer, this direction might be just what they needed in order to come up with an own path and not just follow but also develop it in the future, or at least I really hope so as I have enjoyed the new album at least how much I did their debut one. The vocals of Janne seem to be pretty limited, not bad sounding but limited in terms of versatility, and they seem to have noticed it, too, so they've added female vocals as support here and there, and the combination is a winner again. The instrumental part is blending simple, direct phases with intricate, progressive ones keeping a certain unexpected element intact throughout the whole album, from the 10 tracks featured here some are challenging, some other are simply catchy. I liked this band from the first time I've heard them, but now with this emphasis on the organ/synth atmospheres it starts to become a genious band for my taste, si I hope you'll spare 45 minutes of your time and give this album a chance, don't just listen to one track, the whole is much, much more offering.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
www.achioteband.com
www.vrlabel.fi

Band: ASHES OF FIRE
Country: France
Title: Still Waters
Label: Music Records
Year: 2016
Style: Djent Metalcore

Review:
Another CD that reaches us by mistake, but I guess every publicity is good publicity, right? And I have to mention again my lack of knowledge in this Metalcore / Deathcore / Post-Hardcore / Djent field, when I read this band's influences and I had no idea who these bands are, well, that should say it all, and that's exactly why we lsited the genres we cover in the FAQ, to avoid profane "reviews" like this. I'm not that fond of the above mentioned genres simply because I find them less "human" than my taste is used to, but once in a while I have to admit I like a record or two, and here I have another record I have to say I have enjoyed a lot (well, let's say half of it, the other half I found a bit boring), the 6 tracks (21 minutes) display some excellent technical skills from the band members, and at the same time a fantastic ability in creating versatile lines for each of the instruments used, there's so much to keep up to on this record at times it sounds overwhelming. I like the fact they also inserted influences from old-school Hardcore and even from Power Metal if I hear right, so the band seems to be open to everything from everywhere. The whole is catchy, energetic and inciting, I think we're whitnessing the rise of a new star... 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/ashestofireband
music-records.fr

Band: BITTERNESS
Country: Germany
Title: Memories of a Dying Past
Label: G.U.C.
Year: 2017
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
This is not a new album from Bitterness, but actually a compilation of 2 previously released EPs, Marching Towards Infinity from 2004 and As All Beauty Starts to Fade... from 2007, which I have a feeling were released only on 7" vinyl and are now getting the CD treatment for the first time, which is not a bad thing after all since major part of the vinyl collectors prefer to keep their vinyls unplayed, just for simple possession. Frank's vocals, that resemble a bit (not much though) with Mille's from Kreator, and the intensity of the compositions, keep things balanced between the two EPs and it almost feels like this is actually a full-length album, but the 2007 had a cleaner, better production, and on song structure level the latter had more varied tracks adding more melody yet keeping things as fast and aggressive as they've used their fans with. Both EPs are eally enjoyable, fans of Melodic Thrash Death Metal will most definitely enjoy this new release on G.U.C., it's as organic as it is professional and has all the rage and hooks one looks for, I don't know why these guys are not better known around the World, nmaybe all they need is more extensive touring... (someone warn them they can loose the numbers at the end of their Facebook page URL without losing their fans and/or page, check it below how unprofessional it looks now...)
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/BITTERNESS-OFFICIAL-130030907097849
guc-area.de

Band: CHOROBA
Country: Germany
Title: Integral
Label: Independent
Year: 2017
Style: Melodic Black Metal

Review:
Choroba is Polish for disease, so it probably means at least one of the two members of the band is Polish by origins although they both live in Germany now; anyway, that just like a sidenote, what's more important is their music. Choroba offer us an interesting take on Black Metal, with a definite structure on traditional second wave Black Metal, but building using elements from different genres like Thrash or Death Metal, but also something close to Progressive, with plenty of infectious harmonies all over, constantly avoiding monotony and lack of focus. The addition of a female voice on 3 of the 7 tracks is an excellent touch, it's enough to make it's mark on the overall outcome of this album, but also the right amount to avoid getting on the Traditional Black Metal fans' nerves. The musicians here seem to rely mostly on atmospheres, on creating and delivering dense, mysterious atmospheres, rather than trying to be the most brutal or the fastest in the scene, and actually brutal and fast are two words that won't come up very often during the audition and yet the album will still remain heavy and intense. Cool I didn't expect to like it so much but I'm impressed, Choroba is definitely a band to discover.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
choroba-metal.de

Band: CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC
Country: USA
Title: Dawn of the Satanic Age
Label: Kinda Like Music
Year: 2016
Style: Doom Metal

Review:
The New York based mysterious quartet Clouds Taste Satanic continue their journey through Doom Metal territories keeping their identity intact, meaning they are still an exclusively instrumental outfit even after 3 full-length albums and they seem to be determined to continue this way. The new album features 6 long tracks close to 40 minutes in total playing time, and basically it follows the same old-school path, slow and steady, without many artifices or surprising moments, and being based on the groovy and melodic guitar work well supported by a heavy but not invasive rhythm section; at times I honestly felt like they are aiming towards a Post-Metal side of things and that should be really an interesting direction, blending these '70's-'80's patterns with Post-Metal influences, but for the moment let's not get that excited, my overall impression is the same as before, the band is full of potential but I constantly miss a vocal at least here and there, at the moment I feel like the work is only half done...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
cloudstastesatanic.bandcamp.com

Band: DOEDSVANGR
Country: International
Title: Satan ov Suns
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Year: 2017
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Featuring members of Tsjuder, Nordjevel and Horna amongst others, Doedsvangr is a Finnish / Norge trio that aims to take the Black Metal scene by storm. This debut album features 11 tracks and clock over 50 minutes of playing time, quite a long album for this genre, one that devotes little or no time at all to keyboard intermezzos or other atmospheric build-ups, except for the intro, of course. The rest of the album oscillates between (mostly) mid-tempo and fast paced parts, with drumming being most of the time on high speed though. Raw, cruel Black Metal without compromises delivering some cold, sharp and sinister riffs all the time, supported by a steady and aggressive rhythm section and topped by a vicious, vomiting vocal that's standing out somehow, but in my opinion it's not versatile and interesting enough to add something more on top of the good instrumental part. I find the cover artwork to be the best aspect of this album, the instrumental part is mature and expressive, but not overly-impressive and pushing no boundaries at all, and about the vocals I've said before. Try it yourselves if you're into that cold, traditional Norwegian Black Metal of the second wave of the '90's.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/doedsvangrofficial
immortalfrostproductions.com

Band: DOM DRACUL
Country: Sweden
Title: Devil Dedication
Label: Sun & Moon Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
One of the two full-length albums released by this one man project from Gothenburg in 2016; this is indeed weird, the only one previous album Dom Dracul released was Attack on the Crucified in 2005, and since then silence until 2016 when all of a sudden there are 2 studio materials ready to be digested. Even if Lord Therramon comes from Gothenburg, this project has nothing to do with the local Melodic Death Metal scene and to a point it has nithing to do with any melodic touches whatever they might be. The vocals slightly lead your mind to Mayhem, while the instrumental part is raw Black Metal with punk attitude (drumming and partly riffing) most of the times, but it also "descends" to a second wave of Norwegian Black Metal influence at times. The production is really organic, I might be wrong but I think Lord Therramon recorded all instruments one by one, in a traditional, "real" fashion, without the use of effects and PC enhancements; from this point of view the album is something to admire, for sure. At first I found the album somehow mediocre, but there are a couple of tracks and a few hooks here and there that made it an enjoyable experience and I'd have no problem giving it another spin at any time, so all in all after a few auditions I can say it grew on me. Released as digipak.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Dom-Dracul-38444658228
sunandmoonrecords.com

Band: E-AN-NA
Country: Romania
Title: Jianna
Label: Art Of The Night Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Melodic Folk Metal 

Review:
This album is a great fusion of folk metal, romanian „musica populara” (kind of neo-traditional and folk music) and small piece of folkcore influences! Fresh, romanian folkmetal blood from Brasov mixed folklore sounds and dances with growling pagan metal with folkcore. „Jianna” is a beautiful and little pathetic nostalgy of carpathian forest and culture („Codru”), powerfully popular/traditional shepper’s dances („Sarba Ciobaneasca”, „Sivoi”, „Hora pe purate”) pagan’s Dacian way of life („Jianna”) and a lot unique Romanian music sounds in metal way („Tinca Popii”, „Cei Cazuti”). Just great !!! I saw this band live, they are more better during their gigs than on CD !!!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: FORLET SIRES
Country: Switzerland
Title: Journey Towards Ruin
Label: Cruel Bones
Year: 2016
Style: Atmospheric Doom Black Metal

Review:
First of all I'd have to mention the interesting cover artwork choice for this album; I'd very much like to know the concept behind it and what's the link with the music / lyrical content of the album, if any. Unfortunately the digipak version has no booklet with lyrics included, but fortunately the digital version has the lyrics also, so make sure you relate to their Bandcamp page while spinning the physical disc. 
This is the band's debut album; released 3 years after their formation, it features 6 long tracks clocking almost 40 minutes of playing time and offering us a mix of Atmospheric Metal, Doom Metal, Post Black Metal and lots of experimental touches everywhere. I find the guitar work to be the highlight of this band, very diverse, wide and expressive, building major part of the atmosphere of this album. The rhythm section is also very influencial over the final result of this album, balancing between the furious, intense Black Metal parts and the atmospheric Doom ones. I find the vocal part to be the weakest link here and not because they are so abrasive and tough to digest, that's actually a good thing, but they bring no emotions, no feeling to the pot, not to mention they don't seem powerful enough and the short whispering parts and the female backing vocals here and there supporting the main vocals are not enough to make it a versatile piece. I think the band has great potential to fit themselves in the new wave of Black Metal innovators, I really do, but this debut album wasn't convincing enough taken as a whole.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
forletsires.bandcamp.com
cruelbones.wordpress.com

Band: GLADIO
Country: Italy
Title: MMXVI
Label: Independent
Year: 2016
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Italian duo from Venice made of members with a certain experience and name in the local underground, Gladio is a new name on the scene, formed in 2015, presenting us here their debut demo or EP, however you want to call it. 4 tracks of mid-tempo to fast paced '80's influenced Thrash Metal with good, catchy compositions that sound like they have a bit from each of the monsters of the genre, any you can think of, with a certain extra influence from Testament I'd say. Although they structures are quite simple and predictible, they are catchy and involving at the same time, demonstrating the two guys seem to have what it takes to deliver some very solid material. The production is excellent, the crystal clear sound emphasizes the band's abilities, too bad Gladio is only a studio project as I'm sure they'd have much more heaviness as a full line-up, touring ensemble. Interesting and promising new band you should keep an eye on.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/gladiometalband

Band: HERZPARASIT
Country: Germany
Title: Parakropolis
Label: Echozone
Year: 2017
Style: Industrial Gothic Metal

Review:
German Herzparasit present us their new album, a 13 tracks effort totaling almost 50 minutes of playin time, a mix between Industrial Metal and Gothic Rock/Metal, a music that will certainly remind you of both Rammstein and Marlyn Manson, and production-wise I have to mention Lacrimosa, too. Not sure if this dry, somehow organic (although full of synths) sound is proper for this music, a more bombastic, over-polished production would have given it more cohesion and fluidity in my opinion, in this shape it sounds unfinished at times. But passing over this "observation" the compositions Herzparasit offer on this records sound fresh, catchy and well-thought, so you'll have the chance to discover a complex and diverse material. The music is mostly mid-tempo, based on heavy guitar riffs, a synthetic but not annoying drum, catchy, memorable guitar leads, and a varied pallette of vocal tones, with occasional synths to enhance the dark industrial atmosphere. Try it yourselves.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/herzparasit
echozone.de

Band: IRONBITE
Country: Germany
Title: Blood & Thunder
Label: STF Records
Year: 2016
Style: Heavy Metal

Review:
Debut album from this band founded back in 2006... it took them a full decade to release the album and that's obviously not a good sign for their involvment, but objective reasons could have led to this big delay though. The 11 tracks featured here are mostly on the Melodic Heavy Metal territory but influences from Hard Rock and even Punk Rock are obvious, it's fun music to loosen up after a day or week at work, fit for drinking beers and maybe enjoying a moto fest, and as a debut album it sounds ok, but there are many areas it would need improvement in order to become competitive in the overcrowded German scene, starting from the somehow weak and unexpressive vocals and ending with the lack of overall power in their compositions; this album is more fit for the ones of you looking for the soft part of Heavy Metal rather than the fast and furious one. The guitar work on the other hand is very promising and the guitarists seem to be able to offer much more than this, but maybe that's only my impression also, let's see if they will follow with something more interesting next time and hope it's not after 10 years again.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
ironbite.net
stf-records.de

Band: KROWOS
Country: Italy
Title: Verbum Luciferi
Label: Nigredo Records
Year: 2017
Style: Black Metal

Review:
The second signing of Nigredo Records, Krowos, is an Italian band that seems to like keeping things traditional and at the same time as mystical as possible. The band is around since 2011 and even has a previously released full-length album among some splits used to keep them busy, but this may be the album that really brings them into the scene's attention, the first one was only released on tape and in limited edition of only 100. Although the (way too) dark cover artwork didn't inspired anything, and the first contact with the main vocalist was almost hilarious (that kind of vocal timbre that makes you wonder if the guy tries to be evil or he's crying like a baby), once I got used to it I managed to enjoy the instrumental part and the atmospheres these guys manage to create, also with the use of backing vocals that are a real help in this condition. The music ranges between mid-tempo and fast paced and the production is good enough to let you enjoy the compositions; the guitar work is quite good delivering expressive, repetitive but well structured guitar riffs, the rhythm section is energetic and involving, and the addition of subtle keyboards in the background and occasional semi-acoustic guitar inserts was a good choice to balance between the raging and the atmospheric parts. If you're into '90's mystical and somehow melodic Black Metal give this one a spin.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/KrowosTSHOBM
nigredorecords.com

Band: LETHAEOS
Country: France
Title: Pillar of Hope
Label: Independent
Year: 2016
Style: Death Djent Deathcore

Review:
The Death Djent Deathcore was my label of these guys' music since after a few spins I still have no idea how to accurately label it other than that, it's a mix of all of them and more. 8 tracks, 35 minutes of playing time, a compact, solid debut album that after a few spins I'd have to admit it's still not boring nor has it unveiled his all bits and pieces. I can hear elements from the abovementioned genres plus Progressive Metal, Brutal Death Metal or if you will Slam Death Metal, Hardcore, and maybe even some Southern Metal at times, it's a versatile mix, but all in all it sounds curdled and unitary so giving the band its own identity. The guys have rich technical skills and at the same time the compositional level is high so it's unlikely you'll get bored while spinning this disc, but my only problem, if I can name it like that, is the lack of some clear hooks in each track, something to be remembered even after a while, the album remains interesting but not memorable. Since I'm not that much into Deathcore or Djent I will refrain from rating this release, but for sure it must be above average even for fans of these genres. I'll also have to mention the impressive album artwork signed by Remy Cooper, really eye catching.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
lethaeos.com

Band: LYSA GORA
Country: Poland
Title: Siadaj, nie gadaj
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2017
Style: Progressive Folk Metal

Review:
The 2nd full length album of Lysa Gora is just a folkmetal’s brillant! The name of this band means „Bold Mountain” and this is taken from the name of one of Polish Mountain, which had a connection with old pagan rituals (like e.g. Om in Romanian Bucegi Mountains or Godula in Czech Republic). Album’s tittle „Siadaj, nie gadaj” (means idiomatelly sth like "Sit down and shut up!") is taken from old eastern Polish wedding traditional song about ritual to brink bride to husband’s house. Young wife hear „sit down and come to my home” and answering „just a moment, I have to say „goodbye” to my parents, sisters and brothers” – this song is taken on album of course. More great folk motives influences on the sound of the group had a great impact on Teamwork with Wroclaw's OVO Foundation and musical tastes of the band members. As they say, they play "countrysidemetal" or "heavyfolk" - and we can also hear of folkore, countryrock, hardrock, gothic metal, jazzrock, cold wave and progressive metal motives there. Main power of the whole material is the fact that both vocalists do not share a typical metal growling and their rock singing expression has gone into neofolklore style. Interestingly, the album features as a guest, one of the best Polish pop-folk singer, Michal Rudas, in the Bulgarian song "More sokol pije". A very important part of Lysa Góra's sound is also the dialogue of the violin with melodious guitar riffs. The ten-track album was also created after the generosity of fans in the croundfounding action. Thanks to this folkmetal and folklore scene was enriched by a very interesting album, where Bulgarian, Macedonian, Podlasie voivod (eastern Poland), Belarussian, traditional Polish wedding and Cossack songs were taken with song written next to each other and written from the very beginning and stylized for folk own. 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: MOLOCH LETALIS
Country: Poland
Title: Arkana chaosu
Label: Old Temple
Year: 2016
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
This is not a new Moloch Letalis album, but a compilation of their first two official releases, the 2006 demo Cold Execution and the 2009 debut album, Apoteoza smierci, and it was initially released in 2009 by Moon Records but on tape, so if for the demo this is the first CD treatment, for the debut album it's actually the second time it's released on CD, the first time was in 2010 by the same Old Temple that re-releaed the compilation now. The sound quality is organic and quite abrasive, but crystal clear, if you're into underground Black and Death Metal you won't have any problem with it. The music is more brutal and unpolished on the demo part (8 tracks including a cover of Marduk's Panzer Division Marduk) and more daring and almost progressive at times (but still in the band's limits, don't think of the regular Progressive Metal), with plenty of rhythms changes and more expressive also, so the improvement is obvious in the 3 years between releases. If you don't know Moloch Letalis by now you should know they play a mix of Black and Death Metal, fast paced but with many varied parts, not innovative or original, but well delivered with contagious hate and anger, fans of the raw version of the mix between the two abovementioned genres will enjoy this new release although it's not actually new in composition.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/molochletalis
oldtemple.com

Band: NOISE EMISSION CONTROL
Country: France
Title: Desordre et Mepris
Label: My Own Prod
Year: 2016
Style: Punk Rock

Review:
Nothing to do with the Extreme Metal we usually cover here, so unfortunately I won't be able to offer a real review again. To my ears these French cool looking veterans are offering a mix of Rock, Punk, Alternative Metal and even a hint of Stoner, all on a high energy pace from start to finish. The music is very inciting, involving, and I'm sure on live shows these guys are a total blast; 5 tracks, almost 15 minutes of playing time, lyrics in French, self-released... not sure what else to say about this other than how impressed I was of the intense level of energy transmitted by these guys, I'd say kids half of their age aren't able to deliver half of the intensity NEC built here, a Grindcore type of energy but with more anger than hate, not sure if this makes any sense. The third track, the title track, is the highlight of this EP. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/noise.emissioncontrol

Band: PALMER
Country: Switzerland
Title: Surrounding the Void
Label: Czar of Crickets Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Post Metal

Review:
Whoa, this was one hell of a ride, let me dust myself off before I start writing some words on this material. Ok, done, now I can replay it while squeezing my brain for words on how to describe the experience. Palmer is a new name to me, but the band has been around from 2000 and this is their third studio album to date released 5 years distance from the previous. Palmer plays Post Metal, a combination of tons of sonorities grabbed and melted from different genres like Stoner, Atmospheric Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Metal, Post Black Metal and even influences from outside of the Metal spectre, a giant pot of avantgarde stuff fine balancing between extremely noisey, visceral segments and atmospheric, almost meditative parts. I'm far from being a fan of these Metalcore screams, I find them quite dull, but in some parts of this album I found them pretty fit and complementary to the impressive instrumental effort. The 9 tracks featured on this album are clocking an hour of interesting, captivating music, and although it's a difficult ride that requires all your focus in order to get anything out of it, it's extremely challenging and at the same time offering. Probably my only restraint from being a total fan of this band are the vocals, but if you think you're into Post Metal and don't mind constant desperate Metalcore screams this album might just make your tops!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
palmernoise.com
czarofcrickets.com

Band: PANDEMONIUM
Country: Poland
Title: Nihilist
Label: Old Temple
Year: 2017
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
One of the most constant bands of the Polish Metal scene, Pandemonium seem to have reached a peak of popularity in recent days due to the many re-releases, anniversary compilations (they've reached 25 years of activity last year), book and zines mentions/interviews, and live gigs and tours, and it's only right they get this attention, the band is a monster, one of the very first that attempted the Extreme Metal territories at the beginning of the '90's when Poland, like my country, Romania, was in dire lack of decent instruments, not to mention places to play live or to rehearse. They've seen it all lthough never reaching popularity like their fellow countrymen Behemoth, Vader or even Hate, and this new album I have a feeling is among the most awaited releases of this year at least on local level. 9 tracks, 26 minutes of assault, the same type of Blackened Death Metal the band used its fans along the way: sinister, massive and fat sounding guitar section completed by incisive, upfront bass lines, a subtle but steady guiding drumming with fine balance between groove and brutality, and topped by a manly, bellding yet comphensive vocal tone supported here and there by all; types of screams you can imagine, and I shouldn't forget the old-school US Death Metal like guitar solos that pop in all the time and make my blood boil. A complete, devastating album, and most probably the band's best effort to date, an album that demands respect!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
pandemonium.metal.pl
oldtemple.com

Band: PLEASUREAGONY
Country: Germany
Title: Pleasureagony
Label: Fastball Music
Year: 2017
Style: Rock Metal

Review:
With a mix of Rock and Metal I couldn't pinpoint to a specific category, Pleasureagony present us their debut full-length album made of no less than 13 tracks clocking a whooping 78 minutes of playing time, so this means they are really, really trustful in their music, and that's how every band should be, of course. Their music is indeed quite easily digestible mixing influences from Hardcore, Alternative, Industrial, Groove Metal, Hard Rock and even some Metalcore at times, a veried palette of elements that make this a complex and interesting album, one where each track is different from the others but all in all they combine and form a solid unitary effort giving the band an original edge, due also in no minor part to the particular voice tone of Valentin. What impresses is also the band's decision to go for a very organic, unpolished yet crystal clear and professional production, not like the nowadays over-polished materials. All in all I'd say we're witnessing a solid debut by a very promising young band, let's see what the future brings for them.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/plagony
fastball-music.de

Band: PURPENDICULAR
Country: Germany
Title: Venus to Volcanus
Label: Fastball Music
Year: 2017
Style: Hard Rock

Review:
Not our usual Extreme Metal cup of tea, but definitely something that we all (of most of us for that matter) enjoy from time to time, a '70's Hard Rock a la Deep Purple, actually a band that started out as Deep Purple tribute band, and its name should define exactly what's their main influence. This is the band's second full-length album made of original tunes, and like on the first one, Ian Paice of Deep Purple fame joiuned in the studio for a guest appearance on a track, together with former Rainbow member (although only for a couple of years) Tony Carey; the track they are featured on, Wonderful, isn't among the best on this album though like anyone would have expected, and apart of the two giants' appearance there's nothing to get excited about on it. The rest of the album has some pretty great moments though, like the 3rd, I Can't Win Them All, or the 4th track, Absence, true Hard Rock hits completed with that typical '70's organ to spice things up. Fans of Deep Purple and Rainbow will most likely enjoy the new Purpendicular album, and I'd recommend it to Extreme Metal followers too, for a time out from their usual feed. And related to this band's trajectory, I wish all cover bands would follow their lead and start coming up with original compositions sooner or later, this is most definitely a more rewarding position for any musician... Hats off for Purpendicular!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
purpendicular.eu
fastball-music.de

Band: SALTUS
Country: Poland
Title: Opowiesci z przeszlosci...
Label: Battle Hymn Production
Year: 2017
Style: Black Death Pagan Metal

Review:
Tales from the Past... is a five songs EP, which brinngs some technically deathened pagan metal sounds, typically for Saltus (legendary Polish pagan metal band) broken by neofolk and folkmetal flow. First three pagan hymnes (tracks „Czyn i Wola” – „Act and Volition”, „Czas Zemsty” – „Time of the Revenge” and „Duch Ciemnych Borów” Ghost of the Dark Forest”) included a lot of pathetically lyrics, based on slavic heathenism. These are powerfully, fast and fury pagan/death (ans some black too) metal hymnes with great growl – I can understand all lyrics and I like it! Two last sonds are quite different for Saltus’ style. „Wierni Starej Tradycji” – „Faithful of Old Tradition”) is a post-rock/neofolk song, with epic melorecitation stylized on heathen prayer and the last song, „U Mojej Matecki” („At my mother’s home”) is a polish traditional song very successful converted to folkmetal. This song some years ago was promoted by Warsaw Village Band and Saltus based on WVB version here. Great EP!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: SOBER TRUTH
Country: Germany
Title: Locust - Lunatic Asylum
Label: TaktArt Records
Year: 2017
Style: Melodic Thrash Metal

Review:
Melodic Thrash Metal is most probably not the correct category for this album, but to me it sounds like the closest. Sober Truth present us here their third full-length effort made of 12 tracks and clocking a bit over 45 minutes of playing time. The production is quite disapointing as it doesn't have any power, it made me constantly feel like there's the need of more power on this music, like the final outcome is not complete and it could need something more all the time. The compositions are switching genres, attitude, rhythm and atmosphere all the time mixing elements from Thrash, Death, Progressive and even Gothic Metal and Gothic Rock or Alternative, a very diverse palette of influences resulting in a very loose, varied material that's most probably to appeal only to those looking for nothing precise or niched, so I doubt it will attract loyal more fans in the end. Unfortunately it's not my cup of tea eiter, it failed to keep me interested.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
sober-truth.de
taktart-con.de

Band: THE SOULSCAPE PROJECT
Country: Germany
Title: Liberation
Label: Independent
Year: 2016
Style: Post Black Metal

Review:
After a very well received debut EP in 2013, EP that apparently brought them the nomination for the official Leipzig music tops of the year, The Soulscape Project recorded this new material, this time a full-length although featuring only 5 tracks, right away, in 2014, but for some weird reason it was released only last year, in a DIY fashion. Professional would be a correct word when labelling this new material, starting from the artwork, the presentation (digipak, although I miss the lyrics) and ending with the production and of course compositions on it. Post Black Metal would be fit for what the band is offering here, welcoming influences from such different areas like Atmospheric Metal, Doom, and even Jazz or Thrash Metal, the structures of these 5 tracks are in continuous turmoil, evolving towards different territories all the time, hence the surprise factor. I would have liked a bit more power, a bit more heaviness here and there, but this time I got what I was hoping to: a soft, melancholic Post Black Metal alternating calm, introverted moments with explosive, energetioc ones, but without delivering anything abrasive or blunt; I hoped for something I could relax on, and in major part that's what I got, and again this proves the aggressive, fast parts are not aggressive enough to be as touching as the calm ones. Looking here and there on the net I saw people comparing this band mainly with a mix between Opeth and Satyricon, and that's not a far fetched comparison, but I really think they are able to evolve into something of their own, into an original outfit, hopefully they'll emphasize the jazzy parts more next time, that could be a winner card for them.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
thesoulscapeproject.bandcamp.com

Band: THY WORSHIPER 
Country: Poland
Title: Klechdy
Label: Battle Hymn Production
Year: 2016
Style: Death Black Folk Metal

Review:
Thy Worshiper is one of these band, which walking own way...„Klechdy” („Old Tales”) is a  very thoughtful album, included in Death/Black/Folk Metal but in an unobtrusive way and very widely understood. This stuff is full of coldvawe/neofolk motifs, disquieting whispers, magical spells taken from ancient, pagan times... Lyrics based on traditional Polish folklore and is a specific result of inspiration taken from „folk christianity” and slavic heathenism. Full of psychedelia, „Klechdy” are disturbing climate spurs each and every song. From „Gorzkie Zale” („Bitter Sorrow” – kind of christianity ritual), via „Marzanna” („Madder”), „Ziola” „Herbs”) and „Grzyby” („Mushrooms”) - wherever it is needed, the technical wall of the sound rips the drums unconsciously - but where concentration is required, dominates dark whispers taken from dark forests and swampy abyss... Thy Worshiper is distinguishable from other folkmetal bands by its creativity. Leader of this band told: "What do we play - I do not know. We play what we play, there is a lot of trash, folk is a bit, but in another application, as we understand it, after our. There really is everything - inspirations, experience" – and that’s true! This album is ended by song „Anielski Orszak” ("Angelic suite") song which is singing  during funeral in the Catholic rite – concerted on dark way here.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: TIME LURKER
Country: France
Title: Time Lurker
Label: Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions
Year: 2017
Style: Atmospheric Black Metal

Review:
One man band from Strasbourg, France, Time Lurker offer us here its debut album, actually a compilation of its work so far, featuring the two previously released EPs, a total of 7 tracks into almost 50 minutes of playing time. The music is a dense and intense Atmospheric Black Metal influenced by the new wave of Post Black Metal, too, meaning a mid-tempo to fast paced rhythmed guitar work supported by dreamy, ethereal leads and mostly blast-beat drumming, and led by depressive and desperate shrieks from somewhere in the back. It's a typical work for this genre, a good work I must say, heavy and extremely oppressive all the time, with a certain original edge starting from the third track which in my opinion is also the best here, and with a solid technical skills display throughout the whole material. All in all if I were to sum up this album with one word I'd choose "solid" for sure, it sounds like a wall of depressive, oppressive and expressive Atmospheric Black Metal thrown straight to your face, or imagine falling from an aeroplane, spiraling through the air mixed with the feeling of being alone in the woods, at night, near a mental hospital with deranged patients yelling their pain. Got the "image"? Promising project!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/timelurker
lesacteursdelombre.net

Band: VOICE OF WINTER
Country: France
Title: Childhood of Evil
Label: M.U.S.I.C. Records
Year: 2016
Style: Progressive Death Metal

Review:
This album (and band for that matter) seems to be taken straight from the '90's Czech experimental and progressive Metal scene, and it has to be one of the weirdest ones I;ve heard lately, hands down, starting from the cover and booklet artwork and ending of course with the out of the ordinary music it offers. The second full-length album from Dijon based Voice Of Winter is made of only 7 tracks but it lasts for 45 minutes, pretty legit for a Progressive work I'd say, and although it was mastered by the legendary Dan Swano at the no less legendary Unisound Studios, I find the production quite weak, so although on the composition level the band offers some aggressive and fast moments, the most part of this album is pretty soft I'd say in comparison to the level of brutality Death Metal reached these days. Maybe that was intentional, I won't rule that out, to make the intricate structures of the tracks and the little (but many) gimnicks stand out and lead the listener's imagination. The "headbanging" level is close to a 0 in my opinion, so the focus has to be on the structures and harmonies of the songs, and in this direction the production is indeed crystal clear. There's plenty to enjoy on this album, the tracks are diverse and surprising at all times, but the element that somehow disapointed me was the English lyrics part of it, I tried to get something out of them but they seem really mediocre (to be gentle), so in my opinion the band should stick to French next time (there's one track in French on this album, too), it even sounds much better as the vocals have a raspy but clear and compherensive tone overall. An album I have to say puzzled me, but all in all an interesting one I wouldn't be able to compare with something other.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
voiceofwinter.com
music-records.fr

Band: VOID MOON
Country: Sweden
Title: Deathwatch
Label: Sun & Moon Records
Year: 2016
Style: Epic Doom Metal

Review:
It's great to see the local Sun & Moon Records continuously raising the bar with its new signings and at the same time opening to more and more directions, and here we have the Swedes from Void Moon who debuted 4 years ago on Cruz del Sur with a well received album, this time releasing their second opus on Sun & Moon, featuring 9 tracks with a total duration of almost 50 minutes. The material firstly impresses through it's classy presentation: heavy digipak with 16 pages booklet featuring all lyrics, and completed with a suggestive cover artwork. The music Void Moon prsent us here is a traditional, epic Heavy Doom Metal that to me sounds like a mix of Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Lake of Tears, an atypical sound for these days, for sure, with rhythms ranging from mellow slow to energetic mid-tempo, and all this delivered with an top notch production. The versatile and warm vocal tone (even when he screams) of Jonas Gustavsson is a major attraction on this album completing the well balanced instrumental part. The tracks that impresed me the most were the opener Rivers of the Moon (my fave on this album), which also best reminded me of Lake of Tears, and the title track, Deathwatch, that's probably the Doomiest on this record, but each track has its own path, quite different one from another. Very good album pushing forward a band that would deserve some more attention.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
void-moon.com
sunandmoonrecords.com

Band: WANGELEN
Country: Chile
Title: Demonio del mediodía
Label: Sun Empire Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Pagan Black Metal

Review:
This third studio album from Wangelen celebrates the first decade of band activity. The album is made of 12 tracks and clocks almost an hour of playing time, a raw sounding, unpolished mix of Black and Pagan Metal with an interesting folk touch. I guess the lyrics talk about local myths and superstitions, or at least that's what the music managed to transmit without following the lyrics (I'm not good in undertanding Spanish either), and it's important that although I find the music somewhat unfinished, it managed to be so expressive. The compositions are not overly impressive or complex, but they blend together a variety of rhuthms, harmonies and emotions in the end you'll find them at least interesting if not even fell in love with them. I have to admit I fell in the first category, I find the album interesting, somehow original, but all in all I wasn't completely convinced by it. The primitive looking man on the cover and booklet artwork on the other hand symbolizes perfectly what happens on the recording.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
wangelen.bandcamp.com
sunempireproductions.bandcamp.com

Band: WATCH OUT STAMPEDE
Country: Germany
Title: Svtvnic
Label: Noizgate Records
Year: 2017
Style: Post Hardcore

Review:
Hardcore is not something we usually feature here, and Post_hardcore even less I'd say, but whenever we get these kind of promos they are at least presented in this section as a little sign of respect for the ones who send them even though they know (or should know at least) we're swimming in totally different waters. 
Watch Out Stampede are a young ensemble from Bremen, Germany, although they gathered under this moniker in 2011, they certainly look and sound young, their music is for the young, their attitude and probably behaviour is fresh and young. Post Hardcore is what they do here and it sounds damn tight, catchy and expressive, with enough diversity to keep you glued to your player for the whole duration, and enough melody to appeal to a wide variety of listeners. I can see a few riffs close to the Hardcore I was ued to in my teens, but the similarities with old-school stop there, the vocals (from the main screams to the melodic clean vocals on choruses, to the almost inhale-sounding ones that pop up here and there) and the song stuctures are clearly from the new school. An interesting, catchy and refreshing album, I have to admit I've enjoyed it a lot despite not being my cup of tea at all. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
watchoutstampede.de
noizgate.com

Band: WOLVES DEN
Country: Germany
Title: Deus Vult
Label: Independent
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Featuring 2 former members of Folk Viking Metal band Equilibrium, Wolves Den is a quite young band from Munich founded in 2014. I'm not sure if the band is a trio or a quartet, because although they are posing as four members, one of them, one of the guitarists, seems to be helping them during live shows only, apparently he was not involved in the recordings of this debut album either. And also talking about their line-up, this album features tons of synths and choirs but guest musicians that most probably won't be part of live shows either, so the live part of this band might sound more brutal and rough than what we hear on the album. There are 9 tracks featured here in a bit over 45 minutes of playing time, an atmospheric, melodic take on Black Metal delivered with an excellent production that allows us to undertsand the real potential of the band. Making full use of traditional patterns, Wolves Den are technical and complex enough to deliver varied, intelligent compositions that enhanced by the lyrical aspect of this album I'm sure make tremendous sense, but unfortunately the lyrics are in German and I'm not able to understand if they fit or not. Anyway, from the music point of view we're dealing with a talented band, the album is entertaining and creates some very effective, involving atmospheres, so for a debut album Deus Vult is a nice surprise, smoothly flowing and easily digestible although aggressive and ferocious and led by the typical German abrasive Black Metal shrieking vocals. Comes as digipak CD with a 12 pages booklet, professional work although totally selfreleased.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
wolvesdenband.bandcamp.com

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