Bifrost - Mana Ewah
Black Cult - Cathedral of the Black Cult
Burn Down Eden - Ruins of Oblivion
Dantesco - Venancio
Death Metal Pope - Harvest
Demonic Slaughter - Dark Paths to Catharsis
Dizziness - Bound by Strength
Evil Madness / Infant Death - Split
Groovenom - ModernDeathPop
Hokedun - Succumbing to Decay
Iron Fire - Among the Dead
Kurokuma - Adversus
Mrome - Noetic Collision On The Roof Of Hell
Mystons - Destination Death
Noctem - Haeresis
Ordo Sanguinis Noctis - In the Black Tomb of Time
Picture Ann - Mountains, Myth and Murder
Qaanaaq - Escape from the Black Iced Forest
Satanize - Apocalyptic Impious Command
Seventh Station - Between Life and Dreams
Signalfeide - 12 Miles from Home
Skiltron - Legacy of Blood
Throneum - Morbid Death Tales
Violblast - Conflict
Zora - Scream Your Hate

Band: BIFROST
Country: Austria
Title: Mana Ewah
Label: Einheit Produktionen
Year: 2016
Style: Pagan Black Metal

Review:
Wow, if you're familiar with this Austrian band you'll certainly agree with me that this is their absolute best effort to date, the band follows the same path as on the 2013 Tor in eine neue Welt, but the production on this new opus is a lot better, clearer, more polished and open to detail observation. Music-wise Bifrost are a melodic, technical, extremely catchy Pagan Black Metal band presenting us here 7 tracks in a bit over 40 minutes of playing time. The tracks are really catchy, full of torrents of hooks and twists to make you enjoy it over and over again, and although this album sounds lighter than the previous, I'm sure it will get the band cohotrs of new followers and who knows, maybe satisfy the old fans as well, it's not like the band got more commercial, it only got more attentive to how they deliver their work, the compositions are orbiting around the same territory. Excellent album, a must for all fans of melodic, technical, pagan, viking inspired (Black) Metal!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
facebook.com/bifroestaustria
einheit-produktionen.de

Band: BLACK CULT
Country: Croatia
Title: Cathedral of the Black Cult
Label: Another Side Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Founded in 2013 by two experienced Black Metal musicians from Croatia, Black Cult is nowadays a full line-up band consisting of 5 members, all with considerable experience in the scene, and they are presenting here their second full-length album, 10 tracks clocking a bit over 50 minutes of playing time. Let's start with the bad parts: first the cover artwork is absolutely dull, one of the dullest I've seen, nothing to entice your attention; then the production is a disaster in my opinion, the sound is grainy, fuzzy, all in all annoying, and probably I'm a bit too harsh, but for a good reason, these compositions would have deserved a way better treatment, with a proper sound at least half of the 10 tracks would have been total blasts! Well, passing over the bad sound and stale artwork, Black Cult prove to be a damn fine ensemble delivering extremely visious, demonic, venomous modern Black Metal with an attitude that reminds the nowadays Black Death mix, with highlights falling on the razor-sharp, evil Black Metal shrieks completed here and there by fantastic Power Metal-like clean vocals (not enough, I'd have wanted more of them!), and on the lead guitar that delivers some raving outbursts of long and catchy solos, but all current musicians in this band seem to have excellent skills and potential to come up with interesting compositions, so Black Cult is definitely a combo to keep an eye on. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/BlackCult
metalscraprecords.com

Band: BURN DOWN EDEN
Country: Germany
Title: Ruins of Oblivion
Label: 7hard Records 
Year: 2016
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
German’s Burn Down Eden released first longplay CD. This stuff is quite interesting mix of fury deathmetal with traditional heavy metal flow. Blackened deathmetal’s vocals, bass and drums talked with melodic, heavy metal solo guitars and this conversation is very good and pretty good and constructive! At the beginning I got the impression that the material is a little chaotic but over time I ascertain for the album and really appreciated these melodic part of this album! This is sth like Cannibal Corpse and Iron Maiden in one pack, that’s good idea, heh! 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: DANTESCO
Country: Puerto Rico
Title: Venancio
Label: Barbarian Wrath
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Doom Metal

Review:
Fifth album from Dantesco, Venancio is again released on a different label, as the band used to do until now, and through this deal with Barbarian Wrath I think Dantesco is trying to reach a different auditory then, let's say, the album released on Cruz del Sur. Anyway, we're treated here with 5 new tracks, one of them featured in two versions, and a cover of Mercyful Fate's At the Sound of the Demon Bell, for a total playing time of 40 minutes. An epic take on Heavy Doom Metal highlighted by the abrasive, almost operatic voice of Erico "La Bestia" Morales and by the high quality guitar work; I can also mention the intense, upfront mixed bass lines that add authority to the whole, and a specey, aired drumming perfect for this kind of music. For some reason of another, I have no idea, it didn't do much for me, din't struck a chord, but at the same time I can appreciated this is some high quality traditional Doom that fans of the genre will most likely find more interesting, especially the Spanish speaking fans, as all lyrics of this album (except for the cover version of course) are in Spanish.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
dantescoepico.com
barbarianwrath.org

Band: DEATH METAL POPE
Country: USA
Title: Harvest
Label: Selfreleased 
Year: 2016
Style: Stoner Doom Metal 

Review:
Four track from „Harvest” EP is a intelligent combination of doom metal, deathcore, pieces of grunge and stoner. These guys changed name in 2016 from Witchripper to Death Metal Pope, because as they say „despite their name, there is very little death metal involved. In an era of what seems like too many bands taking themselves much too seriously, the band’s name comes from a string of words with no meaning as a childish display of stupidity”. However „Harvest” is very interesting stuff, wailing guitars, hypnotic rhythms, and a massive musical thickness. I’m not a fan of this kind of metal, but I have respect for this EP.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 7/10

Band: DEMONIC SLAUGHTER
Country: Poland
Title: Dark Paths to Catharsis
Label: Hass Weg / Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
The sixth full-length album from Demonic Slaughter is also the first one that has actuallt nothing demonic in its cover artwork, it depicts only a man pointing towards a tall mountain peak piercing a dark forest with his torch. And talking about the cover artwork, this CD comes with a 16 pages booklet that looks and feels like a book, I mean there was some serious effort put into the booklet artwork to offer an accurate, highly expressive visual side to the long, story-telling lyrics of each track; it's really impressive. Getting to the music on this album, we're treated with 10 long tracks clocking over an hour of spooky, demonic, traditional and organic sounding Black Metal with plenty of atmospheric touches all over emphasizing the overall impression on the listener. Although it's not somthing to leave you in awe with its progression or originality, this album is excellently composed and structured in order to create a tangible, impressive journey through the band's imaginative forests, mountains and valleys, the listener is immersed in this ominous World. On composition level the music gives the impression the band members took their time to create these tracks, didn't rush anything, and indeed the music grows on you, slowly, from all directions. As an overall impression I'd say the latest Demonic Slaughter album wasn't at all what I was expecting (Thrash Black Metal that is) from a band with such a name, but I have deeply enjoyed this latest albums of theirs, a solid, mature, versatile, complete piece of evil, mystical Atmospheric Black Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
facebook.com/demonicslaughterbm
hassweg-prod.com
trueunderground.com.pl

Band: DIZZINESS
Country: Greece
Title: Bound by Strength
Label: Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Dizziness is a strange name for a Black Metal band, I find it quite funny but maybe it has a deeper meaning under the surface and I'm assuming false first conclusions. I also find very funny the fact that the CD booklet features thanks from 5 members while the band's line-up has only 4 of them mentioned; the 5th would be the band's former drummer, Yngve, also known from Deviser, who's mentioned to have recorded "leather" for this album... Wait, what? Leather, that's how it says here, leather... WTF?). 
Anyway, passing over these uninteresting mentions I'd have to say the band offers an amazing display of Greek Black Metal, the one with thin and razor-sharp, Heavy Metal-like guitars, epic passages, loads of substance on composition level, and all in all an expressive music fans of Deviser (not because I've mentioned them before, this band really reminded me of the old Deviser) or Varathron will certainly enjoy Dizziness' music. I know I do, I like it a lot, and find it way more interesting than just trying to be the fastest or the rawest in the schoolyard like it seems to be the fashion nowadays. The keyboards, although sounding quite 90's-ish, are an excellent addition as a support in the background here and there, emphasizing that epic, hellenic atmosphere the band so successfully creates. The music ranges from slow, folk-influences, to mid-paced catchy parts, to fast, traditional Black Metal, but the excellent thing is the band keeps bringing new and new sonorities on each new track, which makes this a highly entertaining album. I grew on me so much that by the end I can't wait to replay it. Recommended!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
facebook.com/dizzinessvault
trueunderground.cba.pl

Band: EVIL MADNESS / INFANT DEATH
Country: Chile / Norway
Title: Split
Label: Deathrash Armageddon Records
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Death Metal / Thrash Black Metal

Review:
To be honest I first thought this would be another uninteresting full-on-headless-speed-and-aggression-and-nothing-else recording ripping off the '80s Thrash and Thrash Death initiators, but once again I was wrong, big time! 
Chilean Evil Madness open this split with 4 tracks of intense, fast, aggressive but also technical and catchy as hell mix of Thrash and Death Metal with vocals sounding like they are somewhere in the back screaming their anger with a slight echo we were so used to from '80's bands. But the thing that really sold me this band completely were the long, sinister, mind-boggling guitar solos, an element that used to be a trademark for both these genres. I love all the 4 tracks inhere, for a trip back in time this is the perfect soundtrack, but if you're looking for anything innovative make sure you look elsewhere.
Norwegian Thrash Black Metal maniacs are sharing this CD presenting us 5 tracks that are a step up when it comes to aggression and speed from Evil Madness, their side is an incessant assault on all your senses, a brutal, ruthless, disgusting attack that only slows down a bit for a Doomy, horrifying passage just to enhance the overall speed of this band's music. Luckily enough their speedy, barbaric side is not nonsense, it actually has a well thought plan and structure I'm sure fans of bestial Thrash Metal will appreciate. 
Both bands are way above my expectations, if you're into old-school Extreme Metal make sure not to miss this CD, it's an absolute blast! I do enjoy Evil Madness a bit more because I find their tracks catchier, but both are about the same good quality.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10   8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/EvilMadnessOficial
facebook.com/InfantDeath
deathrasharmageddon.com

Band: GROOVENOM
Country: Germany
Title: ModernDeathPop
Label: Noizgate Records
Year: 2016
Style: Modern Death Pop

Review:
Not sure if this album-rant from Groovenom is actually coming from too much frustration or if it's a statement of their confidence, as that's exactly what this is, a rant from start to finish, like the ones we hear in Hip Hop, a genre that has influcnced, of course, this band's music to a certain level. This is the second full-length album released by the band in 2016, and since I've had the chance to listen to the previous one I'd say this is bolder, more aggressive and more expanded in all directions, a mix of everything and anything you can imagine in the modern scene, be it Metal, Rock, Electro, Dance, Industrial, or even Hip Hop or Dubstep, I wouldn't posibly pinpoint what these guys came up with, but for sure is a hell of a brutal, catchy, 100% nonconformist material I guess kids will absolutely go apeshit about. Not my cup of tea at all, but I fully appreciate the band's courage and abilities to step on whatever territories they want.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
facebook.com/groovenom
noizgate.com

Band: HOKEDUN
Country: UK
Title: Succumbing to Decay
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
The Warwick based duo are back after 3 years, with their debut album this time, a 9 tracks effort clocking a bit over 25 minutes of playing time. Two things struck me right from the start by their similarity with the demo namely the DIY attitude of the band (they have released the album in a hand-numbered Digisleeve CD edition of only 100 copies, and Hexenreich Records released another 100 but on tape), and the same synthetic, low quality drum programming I hated on the demo, too. But apart from that Hokedun's debut album is pretty fair to the listeners meaning that it offers exactly what you'd want from it: aggressive, sharp mid-tempo to fast paced Black Metal with occasional atmospheric semi-acoustic parts to add a bit mor emistery to the pot. I like the guitar work, and to me it seems a bit inspired by the '90's UK Doom Death scene in some passages and by Death Metal too in some others, and also the vocals have a good raspy yet comprehensive tone but are not varied at all. I have mixed feelings about this debut album, some tracks are really enjoyable, and I also love the atmospheric intermezzos, but there are also some other (like track 8 for example) that I feel shouldn't have been featured on this album, but give them a chance and make your own mind about their music.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/hokedun

Band: IRON FIRE
Country: Denmark
Title: Among the Dead
Label: Crime Records
Year: 2016
Style: Heavy Power Thrash Metal

Review:
It's been a bumpy road for Denmark Power Metal heroes Iron Fire during their 20+ years of activity, and the release of their latest opus 5 years after the previous, and first under a new label after 5 albums under Napalm Records, is, as the band leader Martin Steene admits, a new beginning for them. Iron Fire is now a three piece combo and this new album sees the return of original drummer, Gunnar Olsen, after a 15 years absence, plus the take over of bass duties by Martin beside his vocal parts, and guitarist Kirk still on the barricades. Enough about the band, now talking about the music on this new album, the band's 8th to date, the compositions of these 12 tracks sound to me like a mix of German Power Metal and US style Heavy Thrash Metal, with emphasis on the first, of course, complete with contagious choruses, headbanging riffs, melodic (read epic) solos and leads, and an oppressive rhythm section. The vocals are the focal point of this release not only because of the current band format (trio) which requires a lot more work on this chapter, but also because of Martin's massive yet somehow melodic and easily digestible vocal timbre, one that I think will meet fans' preferences regardless if they better like the Heavy, Thrash or Power Metal types of singing. A very solid, organic, healthy dose of classy and muscular Power Metal, recommended for sure!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/ironfiredk
crimerecords.no

Band: KUROKUMA
Country: UK
Title: Adversus
Label: Medusa Crush Recordings
Year: 2016
Style: Sludge Doom Metal

Review:
Young trio from Sheffield presenting their debut EP, their first official debut as the band has a demo out right after their foundation, too. The 3 tracks presented here are ginormous when it comes to both heaviness and composition, just imagine a psychedelic trip through a land of schizophrenic giants fighting each other to death and you're on the right way; heavy-ass guitar riffs supported by Post Metal-inspired pychedelic leads, oppressive drums and bass lines, angry vocals and even some tribal and industrial elements thrown in for the fun of it. The 3 tracks (20 minutes) will be enough to convince any follower of these genres that Kurokuma is a solid newcomer that may produce some mind-blowing albums in the near future. This one was released on tape limited to only 110 copies.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
kurokumauk.bandcamp.com
medusacrushrecordings.bandcamp.com

Band: MROME
Country: Poland
Title: Noetic Collision On The Roof Of Hell
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Metal

Review:
Well, I wasn't able to pinpoint this material to a certain genre, so the closest I could come up was simply Metal. The debut album from this Polish duo is made of 10 tracks and clocks 45 minutes of playing time. If you want to get an idea just think of Carcass, Samael, Thrash Metal and Groove Metal blended together but with the level of aggression an Indie band has, not kidding! It would sound really mellow if the vocals wouldn't have been harse, almost growl-styled, but I have to admit the final result is really interesting and it has a serious chance of impressing a wide range of young kids that got into Metal recently, and I don't mean it's weak, no, it's just accessible for a wider range of listeners although it has some Dark influences that even remind the current Polish Black Metal scene. Clean production, slow to mid-tempo rhythms all over the place, even some catchy choruses, these are the additional elements that will make thia album an enjoyable audition. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
mrome.bandcamp.com

Band: MYSTONS
Country: Finland
Title: Destination Death
Label: V.R. Label
Year: 2016
Style: Experimental Stoner Metal

Review:
Most hardworking pirate duo from the Finnish scene, Mystons are back with their fifth full-length album, and again it's an impressive, borderless, experimental to the bone piece of Stoner Metal mixed with Rock'n'Roll. Just imagine the Rolling Stones going Stoner Metal and you'll be on to a good start getting to know this band's music. The first impression is that the new album is way more catchy than the previous, but it also sounds a bit more emotional by the addition of a ballad-like song. The guitar work is a solid wall of oppressive, crusty riffs mixed with delicious leads and acoustic moments as well, the drums are complex and damn muscular, and the vocals sound so '70's-like, so proud and commanding while still being melodic, with a certain Indie-like feel to them. Usually such influences would turn me away from a CD, but in this case the whole sounds so metallic, so powerful and oppressive that it's crazy good for my taste. No doubt this is the best Mystons release to date, don't miss it!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
mystons.com
vrlabel.fi

Band: NOCTEM
Country: Spain
Title: Haeresis
Label: Art Gates Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
Fourth studio album from this deeply active Spanish band that could be considered as a Spanish response to the Polish Black Death monsters Behemoth, although I'm sure they've been compared so much to Behemoth they're sick of it. Well, Noctem, although keeping the same Black Death Metal trajectory like Behemoth or Hate are far from being considered copycats, they have their own path, their own identity and hopefully part of the underground started noticing them after so many gigs, festival appearances and tours (it was about time, dammit); it's impressive how hard they are working on building themselves a name and it's astonishing how hard the road to success is in their case, if I'd be in a band with the aim to make it in this Metal scene I'd think twice after seeing how much you have to work for it and sacrifice a lot, too, I'm sure of that. Anyway, getting back to this fourth opus, Noctem offers us 10 tracks in almost 45 minutes, highlighted by the highly intensive, relentless drum parts, the versatility of the vocal parts, the catchiness of the guitar riffs and the expressive guitar leads, all extremely well balanced, with the benefit of a perfect production, in order to remain easily digestible and at the same time highly offensive and disgusting like all bands "swimming in these waters" should be. Another rusty nail in this band's magneficent building, brutal, energetic, catchy, expressive and perfect story-telling new album from Noctem. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
noctemonline.bigcartel.com
artgatesrecords.com

Band: ORDO SANGUINIS NOCTIS
Country: Poland
Title: In the Black Tomb of Time
Label: Putrid Cult
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
My eternal problem with bad recorded drums returns on this debut album by Polish Ordo Sanguinis Noctis, but this time unfortunately the drums sound awfully unprofessional and amateurish I could say, they remind me of the cheap old drums my former band was using more than 10 years ago (and the drums were at least 20 years old at the time...); if these drums are programmed, the program and/or the one who worked on them is awful, and if they are live recorded, a minimal amount of mastering wouldn't have been too much to ask. Anyway, passing over this issue I have to mention the rough and blunt guitar work, Thrash Metal inspired, with plenty of simple but effective riffs (with dull moments as well), and all in all being the most memorable part of this band's music. The vocals are quite versatile and expressive, pushing the whole material to a higher level of blasphemy and disgust, the band's real connection to Black Metal, just listen to the 8th track for exemplification. The band has interesting ideas, I have to agree, but with this type of '80's rehearsal demo sound quality I doubt they'll manage to do anything in the future.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
badtothebone.otwarte24.pl

Band: PICTURE ANN
Country: Norway
Title: Mountains, Myth and Murder
Label: Floodgate Moods Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Experimental Ambient 

Review:
This is the most recent release from Picture Ann, the fourth album from this Norge one man project, one that is released digitally, not sure if it has a physical version as well. 9 tracks, a bit over 40 minutes of playing time, highlighted by the clear direction towards hypnotic, repetitive, moody structures that this time sound more experimental and less Metal than the previous releases I had the chance to hear from this project. To me it sounds like the soundtrack of a dream, sometimes foggy, sometimes clearer than it should be, but always mesmerizing and unpredictable, not bad at all I tell you. Although some parts of it I found annoying, some I found too simplistic, the overall impression is good, from my point of view this new album reaches its target of puzzling the listener and captivate at least a bit of attention.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
floodgatemoodsproductions.bandcamp.com

Band: QAANAAQ
Country: Italy
Title: Escape from the Black Iced Forest
Label: Another Side Records
Year: 2016
Style: Avantgarde Doom Metal

Review:
An interesting band alltogether, from the band name, to the logo, to the concept behind their music (Regressive Speed Doom Metal - say again?), everything about them seems interesting, and that's perfect for a young band at its debut, although they as artists seem to have some experience underbelt. Well, this debut album is made of only 5 tracks, actually 4 originals as one is a cover of Pink Floyd's High Hopes, and the total playing time is 45 minutes. Their music reminds me at (most) times of Slovakia based Lunatic Gods, it's the same experimental, always pushing boundaries mix of everything Metal; with a Doom Metal backbone Qaanaaq easily adds elements from Thrash, Gothic, Progressive, even Death Metal, and non-Metal elements as well. The problem on this album, even though it is, as said before, a very interesting debut, is the dry production (a more majestic and heavier production would have been way better), the stale keyboard sound (the composition is quite good, but it sounds like a joke at times, not kidding), and the weak clean vocals (the guy has a good, hearse almost growling voice, but when he tries clean vocals he reaches his limits), but nothing that cannot be repaired on a followup release, for sure. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/qaanaaqmetalband
metalscraprecords.com

Band: SATANIZE
Country: Portugal
Title: Apocalyptic Impious Command
Label: Deviant Records
Year: 2016
Style: War Metal

Review:
Fourth studio album from this Portuguese duo (formerly a trio), Apocalyptic Impious Command offers 5 new tracks and a cover of Black Witchery's Holocaustic Church Devastation, a total of 6 tracks in not even half an hour of playing time, a fast but utterly destructive offering. Not sure if this is the first, but it's certainly one of the diseminators of War Metal (or Bestial Metal, however you want to call it) in Portugal, and although I'm not a big fan of this sub-genre, I appreciate it's traditional and rough approach and certainly find it useful for a healthy scene. Satanize's latest album impressed me with its clear yet raw production, but got me annoyed with the synthetic drums sound; there's not much to dissect here, it's complete and utter devastation from start to finish, but the good thing is the band added a bit of variety in its rhthms without becoming mellow, and I also enjoyed the addition of brutal, uncompromising Death Metal riffs in the mix. I didn't expect the best leads or solos, or the most complex drumming, or versatile vocals from it, so I won't complain about it, but still a bit of something extra than Black Witchery, Goatpenis, Archgoat or the likes did already, wouldn't hurt. Released on CD with 8 pages booklet, I'm sure this will sell out fast as it's what the scene seems to crave at the moment, even more brutality than we had so far.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
deviant-records.de

Band: SEVENTH STATION
Country: International
Title: Between Life and Dreams
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Progressive Metal

Review:
Seventh Station are based in Slovenia, but the band is actually an international ensamble featuring also Turkish young pianist and conductor Eren Basbug who also worked on Dream Theater's self-titled album from 2013, among others, a project brewed between Sloven, Israeli, Turkish and American musicians. This is their debut album, one that will most probably storm the Prog Metal scene as it is THAT good, actually it is one of the best I've heard in recent years! I'd say it's a mix between traditional (is there something like this in Progressive Metal?) and extreme Metal, between the '90's visionaries of the genre (first in mind Dream Theater, of course) and the current waves of Extreme Metal influenced Progressive scene, with an emphasis on the first though. Although the cover artwork wasn't promising at all for me (I found it too dull and not inspiring at all), what happens on this album on music level is stunning and all of the band members are of course excellent musicians, and it wouldn't be fair to mention one of them, they are all providing their fair share of virtuosity on this album, with a fine balance between the actual "storyline" of the album and its natural flow and the virtuoso parts to display their skills. The album is also promoted by a first single, the emotional The Edge of the Lake, but it has a lot more to offer than that, it expands and crawls all over the place in this genre. Too bad they don't seem to be a live band as touring this album would have certainly made their name grow to unimaginable levels...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
facebook.com/SeventhStation

Band: SIGNALFEIDE
Country: Norway
Title: 12 Miles from Home
Label: Floodgate Moods Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Experimental Ambient Black Metal

Review:
Another project from J.N., a musician I've talked about when reviewing one of his other projects, Picture Ann. This one follows quite the same path as Picture Ann, namely an organic and rough mix of Ambient and Black Metal with emphasis on the first and plenty of other influences thrown in all over the place. When I hear Ambient Black Metal I immediately think of a forest atmosphere, but this project gives you the impression of urban soundscapes, of solitude while walking through a big city, at night, under the artificial street lights. The Metal parts are close to Black Metal mostly because of the fast drumming, but I'd say it's actually a combination of Grunge with Black Metal if that makes any sense at all, recorded in the worst possible conditions, barely distinguishable, but it seems that's the band's aim, to be as lo-fi as possible while still managing to transmit emotions and atmospheres. It's a good start, I can find lots of interesting elements in it, but this is purely and solely for the most die-hard underground fanatics used to the roughness in this DIY part of the scene.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
floodgatemoodsproductions.bandcamp.com/album/fornjot-free-download

Band: SKILTRON
Country: Argentina
Title: Legacy of Blood
Label: Trollzorn
Year: 2016
Style: Celtic Power Metal

Review:
Although this band is active since 1997 (actually since 2004 under this moniker), although they were the first to represent Argentina at Wacken Open Air, and although they had 4 albums out prior to this new opus, this is the first time I met Skiltron and their music; shame on me. The band plays a pretty strange combination of Celtic Folk with Power Metal with a highly pronounced fascination for everything Scottish, and I find this strange only because of their origin as a band, maybe one or more members have actual Scottish origins as individuals. The use of bagpipes as a stable instrument is the highlight of Skiltron's music, no doubts, and the good thing is the bagpipes player really knows his craft, there's not even a moment where you can feel this instrument is not where its supposed to be, is not integral part of the band's music. The compositions benefit of catchy sturctures, excellent Power Metal vocals and choirs all over, energetic rhythm section and loads of catchyguitar riffs, some simple and quite subtle, and other more insisive, more aggressive, although aggressive is not a fit word for the music Skiltron offers here. Actually Skiltron offers a quite balanced release, without anything that might appear offensive, quite accessible to all kinds of audiences and interesting and organic enough not to be considered commercial by the core (die-hard) fans of the genre.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
skiltron.net
trollzorn.de

Band: THRONEUM
Country: Poland
Title: Morbid Death Tales
Label: Hells Headbangers
Year: 2016
Style: Death Metal

Review:
The term Old-School Death Metal has become seriously obsolete nowadays if that's even possible, that's why it becomes so hard to express what Throneum's music sounds like, labeling as simply Old-School Death Metal wouldn't do it enough justice, this seventh (!) album of theirs is old-school, morbid as the title suggests, intricate, fast and viciously demonic from start to finish, while keeping its rough, organic production in high regard. As mentioned, this is the band's seventh studio album (have you noticed they all have Death in their titles?), an exquisite 11 tracks effort of demented, sinister, and 100% Death Metal devoted music that evokes a dusty, fog-immersed, nightmarish cemetery atmosphere highlighted by hiddeous, disgusting vocals all the way, clever guitar riffs, sick long solos, and an organic, raw sounding rhythm section to enhance the heaviness of this material. Pure filth and devil worshipping here!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
throneum.bandcamp.com
hellsheadbangers.com

Band: VIOLBLAST
Country: Spain
Title: Conflict
Label: Suspiria Records
Year: 2016
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Violblast from Catalonia released their first album. Violblast (from the beginning to 2012 as Betrayer) kind of thrash is a mix between Sodom, Sacred Reich and Warbringer drive based on Slayer’s spine. So german-american kind of thrash strikes back, he, he... Fast and fury riffs, typical thrash screams – vocals, gunmachine drums – that’s Violblast. „Conflict” sounds and CD-cover confusingly similar thrash from 80th and 90th. On the one hand, it pleased that Violblast based on really good metal practices and technically is good, on the other hand - this is artisanal copy what has already in thrash metal world been, made perfect. And it’s all.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 6/10

Band: ZORA
Country: Italy
Title: Scream Your Hate
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Brutal Death Metal

Review:
Here's a band I somehow follow since early stages in their career as I still remember reviewing their 2005 EP U.V.A., and their 2010 debut album, Gore, and liking both of them. Now, after 6 years, the band is back with another full-length album made of 9 tracks but clocking only a bit over half an hour, which is an ok duration for a Brutal Death release I'd say. In my opinion Zora manages to blend Brutal Death Metal with old-school mid-tempo traditional Death Metal. The amount of good and cvatchy guitar riffs they manage to produce is appetizing, I assure you, but the problem comes when we talk about production, this album sounds way too synthetic for my taste, and to tell you the truth I wouldn't know if these Scum Farm Studios where they recorded are real studios or home-studios as my final impression if of a homemade recording. Anyway, if you pass over that matter you'll discover a band that has plenty of interesting ideas, a band that although it brings just what you'd expect, namely Brutal Death Metal, is not afraid to experiment and work more on the overall catchiness of the tracks instead of just blasting pure brutality from start to finish, hence the riffs I was mentioning earlier. The compositions are pretty varied and complex, if you're into Death Metal or Brutal Death give them a try, you might discover a band worth following.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

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