Band: MAIEUTISTE
Country: France
Title: Maieutiste
Label: Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Doom Black Metal

Review:
Interesting new band from Saint-Etienne, Maieutiste started their career back in 2006 but only managed to release their debut album, the one I'm talking about in this review, in 2015, although it was recorded between 2009 and 2014... The album features an 8 persons ensemble with no less than 4 guitarists (!), a saxophone player and a double bass player, so from this you can easily guess why it took them so long to come up with the complete material; 11 tracks, almost 80 minutes of playing time, a mix between Traditional (second or even third wave type) Black Metal, Doom Metal, Post Black Metal, Atmospheric, Jazz and even some Thrash Death influences here and there, all composed with impressive precision and accuracy, a fine soundtrack to a trip through their demonic world, just look at the cover artwork and you'll get a good hint of what you can except here. And with maieutiste French Black Metal continues to deliver new powerful soldiers for what I'd call their own Art Black Metal Army. Impressive work, don't miss it!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.maieutiste.ovh.org
www.lesacteursdelombre.net

Band: MARIO GRONNERT / MONDFISH
Country: Germany / Japan
Title: In Two Seas
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Ambient / Drone Ambient

Review:
This is not something I usually get for reviewing, but I'm glad I received this, it's like a short escape from all the violence and brutality of Extreme Metal (well, I said short, don't worry). This is a split between German musician Mario Gronnert, and Japanese act (not sure if its a one man project or if there are more) Mondfish featuring 2 tracks from Mario and 3 from Mondfish into 37 minutes of Ambient music. Mario's tracks are very relaxing, soothing, quite much nature-inspired, composed and executed on keyboards and synths. The second track has also some female ethereal sounding voices that make the whole feel like you're in that forest from Avatar if you remember. Very good stuff! Mondfish uses more sounds and effects, and its music, although still Ambient, still relaxing and calm, sounds a bit more stuffed by different kinds of sounds. Mondfish also uses those kind of sounds that I think are called neutral sounds, that are making its music feel more cosmic, more related to the space than to Earth and hence the Drone influence in its music. 
Very nice split, give it a try if you're looking for something relaxing and meditative.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.mariogroennert.bandcamp.com

Band: MARTELO NEGRO
Country: Portugal
Title: Antologia Grotesca MMVI?-?MMXII
Label: Helldprod
Year: 2013
Style: Thrash Black Metal

Review:
This tape is a compilation of different covers, unreleased tracks, plus the band's debut EP from 2006, back then the band was actually a one man project and was called Black Hammer (English for Martelo Negro). The tracks recorded with Black Hammer have an awful drum-machine that sounds more like a bad Techno beat most of the time and that simply ruins the audition completely for me, plus the guitar riffs are barely distinguishable and when you can hear them they sound more like Punk riffs rather than Thrash or Black. The rest of the tape is pretty decent Thrash Black Metal with Punk attitude and Portuguese written lyrics so I guess they'll have a good appeal to their countrymen. The tape comes with a 2 panels booklet and is limited to only 150 copies; the cover picture is awesome, hahaha.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/martelonegro
www.helldprod.bandcamp.com

Band: MEMENTO WALTZ
Country: Italy
Title: Division by Zero
Label: Jolly Roger Records
Year: 2015
Style: Progressive Metal

Review:
Their band name automatically drove my thoughts towards a mix between Psychotic Waltz and Memento Mori, and to be honest I wasn't that much far off when it comes to their music, too. Memento Waltz were founded back in 1994 but only managed to release this debut album in 2013 by themselves, and I have no idea how much exposure it had before being picked up by Jolly Jocker and re-released this year on both CD and Digital formats. The material is made of 7 tracks and clocks a bit over 40 minutes of complex, interesting, story-telling Progressive Metal with highlights on the varied, technically delicious (as any Prog Metal release should be) compositions and the impressive vocalist that to me sounds like a mix between Bruce Dickinson and Warrel Dane. The instrumental work is absolutely mind-blowing most of the times, you'll find yourselves constantly attacked by Jazzy yet energetic and Metal-plentiful (with occasional oriental-like parts, too!) structures that will make a second, then a third, then more auditions mandatory, quite frankly it's hard to define what's happening here with my humble few words, so if you're into Progressive Metal I suggest you listen to at least a few minutes of this album, it's one of the best I've heard this year, no doubts, I find it faultless, a masterpiece!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
www.mementowaltz.com
www.jollyrogerstore.com

Band: MENTALLY DEFILED
Country: Greece
Title: Aptitude for Elimination
Label: Violent Solution Records
Year: 2014
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Greece seems to be more and more into Thrash Metal in the last decade providing many such interesting bands to the Underground (and not only) World. Mentally Defiled are around since 2001 and this is their second full-length album to date, a 10 tracks effort totaling a bit over half an hour playing time, presenting us a band that likes to play it fast, faster, the fastest if possible, so this is actually a Speed Thrash Metal album in the purest '80's tradition. Catchy guitar riffs and guitar work in general, demented rhythm section, good vocals, and excellent production, if you're into this type of music you shouldn't miss this release; although it brings nothing new to the table, it's still a highly enjoyable effort that shouldn't go unnoticed. Comes as CD with 8 pages booklet featuring all lyrics and kick-ass old school cover artwork.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/MentallyDefiledOfficial
www.violentsolutionrecords.com

Band: MOONREICH
Country: France
Title: Pillars of Detest
Label: Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Former member of The Negation and current live-session guitarist of Glorior Belli, Weddir has his own project that's going strong from 2008 releasing three full-length albums so far, including this one. This one is made of 8 new tracks clocking 50 minutes of technical and somehow progressive Black Metal offering a somber, apocalyptic and evil atmosphere. Although I appreciate the technical aspect and the high complexity of its tracks, I had the constant feeling that emotions are missing from this album even though Weddir is a quite versatile vocalist; as a parrallel it reminds me of the Technical Brutal Death Metal bands I can appreciate and respect for their work and dedication but which can't get to me, can't transmit any feelings to me. This is way more techniocal than you'd expect from a one man band, it manages to blend well the mid-tempo mesmerizing parts (inspired by Post-Black Metal) with ferocious and fast parts. I would have liked it much more if Weddir had explored more in the direction he takes at the end of the 7th track, an occult, theatrical, ambient, and mixed it with his skills for delivering Black Metal. Anyway, fans of Technical Black Metal should definitely give this one a listen; it comes as a six panel digipak and cand be streamed online in full before buying it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/Moonreich
www.lesacteursdelombre.net

Band: MORTHUS
Country: Germany
Title: Into Oblivion
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Melodic Black Metal

Review:
Debut EP from this German quartet, Into Oblivion is made of 4 tracks and clocks almost 20 minutes of playing time. The band looks good both from the look point of view and from the musical aspect, both displaying a band willing to invest in their future, a band with what seems a well curdled idea of what they are after. Melodic Black Metal is what we get here, highlighted by melodic guitar leads, intense drumming and a good vocalist with a hoarse but comprehensive tone, supported from time to time by a growling background voice. The music is catchy, well executed but unfortunately it fails in impressing with anything other than the professionalism it's all done, but since it's their debut release this is fully understandable. The potential is definitely here, they need to come up with something on their own and I have no doubt their have a good chance of breaking into this scene.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/MorthusMetal

Band: NEGACY
Country: Italy
Title: Flames of Black Fire
Label: Jolly Roger Records
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Power Metal

Review:
After bands like Labyrinth or Rhapsody took this genre to totally new heights at the end of the '90's - beginning of the '00's it was a tough job for newcommers not to reach those heights but even to satisfy the Metal World's thirst for more quality Power Metal made in Italy, and I still remember how many copycats the beginning of the new century spawned in Italy, a lot of them with no real chance. Probably it's about time for these lands to offer us a new and refreshed side of this genre, and they are capable of doing it, they should do it before someone else takes the lead. Negacy is one of those newcommers that seem to take thing seriosly, and in their 3 years of activity they have already released 2 full-length albums, this one I'm listening to now being the second. One might say the band has been around since 2005, but they were named Red Warlock until 2012 and were suposedly playing a more traditional type of Heavy Metal. Now the band blends its Heavy Metal roots with Power and Progressive Metal and the result is impressive; complex, catchy, metallic to the bone, powerful yet melodic, technically faultless and boundless, Flames of Black Fire flows briliaantly throughout its 10 tracks, 50 minutes of playing time. My only regret and complaint would be that they didn't bring any new elements, anthing surprising or innovative beside the traditional Progressive Metal way of innovating, so it's either they want to stay traditional or haven't found a suitable way to experiment yet, we'll see. Anyway, the musicianship, the compositions, the production, everything is top-notch here, so go for it without second thoughts.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/NegacyOfficial
jolly-roger-records.bandcamp.com

Band: OSSUAIRE
Country: France
Title: Le Troubadour Necrophageophile 
Label: Nihilistic Holocaust
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Uncompromising, fast, ugly and brutal Old-School Death Metal is the name of the game on this Ossuaire debut demo tape that was initially released by the band in 2005 on CD, and now picked up and released on hand-numbered tape by Nihilistic Holocaust. This one absolutely reeks of old-school, from the music itself, to the band's logo, to the tape graphic artworks, and even the tape booklet look, printed black on yellow cardboard with typing machine-like fonts, and black tape with sticker; love it! The music is excellent for fanatics of straight-forward Death Metal a la old Morbid Angel, without any effects, or additives, just plain and simple fast, violent, dark, hiddeous Death Metal lead by a good growling vocalist and highlighted by blasting drums, heavy ass guitar riffs, short, distant and haunting guitar solos. The sound is organic and at the same time clear enough to let you enjoy this good dose of brutality. The demo is made of 4 tracks plus intro, around 15 minutes of playing time. Cool release that takes you back to the early '90's.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.ossuaire-deathmetal.blogspot.fr
www.nihilistic-webzine-distro.fr

Band: P.L.F.
Country: USA
Title: Ultimate Whirlwind of Incineration
Label: Blastasfuk Grindcore
Year: 2014
Style: Grindcore

Review:
From '99 when they formed until '07 P.L.F. was acronym to Pretty Little Flower, hahaha, but then they decided to change it for Pulverizing Lethal Force which, if you ask me, is way more appropriate for the music they are doing nowadays. PLF are straight-in-your-face traditional Grindcore played fast, brutal and threatening. This one is their 4th studio album between a ton of split releases, an album made of 15 tracks and clocking 25 minutes of Grindcore with solid influences from Death Metal and even Thrash Metal, and with lyrics (and artwork too) more suitable for Death Gore bands than Grindcore. There's nothing out of the ordinary, it's not a masterpiece release, but it is highly enjoyable and to be honest I have nothing to comment on it, it's your typical (not fun-intended like many other such releases from nowadays) brutal Grind release I'm sure fans of this genre will open-hartedly embrace. CD comes with a 6 pages booklet featuring all lyrics. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/PLF-175466989192244
www.blastasfuk.blogspot.com.au

Band: PLACENTA
Country: Germany
Title: XV Greatest Hits
Label: Noizgate Records
Year: 2015
Style: Deathcore

Review:
Celebrating 15 years of existence, this quintet based in Berlin has decided to release a Greatest Hits material, so here we have XV, a collection of 15 tracks (as the title suggests) that present us a band that has been quite faithful to their path, if you listen carefully you'll discover links between all tracks no matter if they are from 2007 or 2013. Since this was my first encounter with the band I've discovered a very talented outfit offering highly technical tracks, catchy, well executed and interesting, and I have to admit I found them much more brutal than I initially thought, so I'd recommend them not only to Deathcore fans, but also to followers of Modern Death, Brutal Death and Grind. The material comes as digipack with a 16 pages booklet that opened becomes a poster with the band, cool choice for their fans, that's for sure.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/placentametal
www.noizgate.com

Band: PSICORRAGIA
Country: Peru
Title: Presagios de Agonía
Label: Deathcult Records
Year: 2015
Style: Doom Death Metal

Review:
This band has already passed the celebration of 2 decades on the Peruvian Extreme Metal scene, quite impressive I'd say, but this is my first encounter with their music. This is the re-release of their 2005 EP with the same title, plus a few bonus tracks, a total of 8 tracks clocking 40 minutes of technical and melodic Doom Death Metal that remind me of the scene in the beginning of the '00's in Europe, of the underground scene I'd say. Psicorragia's music is quite complex, maybe a vbit too complex and stuffed at times, with highlights in the excellent guitar work displaying great potential, a soft, enchanting female vocal, and that's about it. The production is not the best ever, quite rough for this type of music, and at times the drums sound too sysnthetic, annoyingly synthetic. The compositions, due to the already mentioned varied guitarwork, are reaching progressive heights at times, some other they remind me of My Dying Bride and maybe even old Anathema, and some other they are pretty Death Metal, too. Interesting re-release, but if not followed by a proper new material by the band I'd say it's pretty useless for other than their fans. Professional Digipak release featuring an 8 pages booklet with lyrics and the story of the band / re-release.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/psicorragia
www.deathcult-records.net

Band: REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER
Country: France
Title: Exile
Label: Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Sludge Black Metal

Review:
The first time I met this French band I was impressed by their band name, I don't know why, it felt natural although I hated these kind of multiple words names, their felt the right thing; and it feels the same now, the perfect band name for this band and the music it produces. The new full-length, their second effort, is made of 7 tracks and clocks almost 45 minutes of mesmerizing, dramatic Black Metal with a heavy dose of Sludge and Post Black Metal, and everything delivered with fine taste and excellent technical skills. It's not the next big thing in Black Metal, but it's very well done and overflows of epic atmospheres, emotions and exceptional tensions throughout the audition. The production is good, the cover artwork is a monumental work of art, the music is exactly what I've expected, all in all I'd say this is a great release and recommend it to you, too. Comes as a six panel Digipak featuring all lyrics. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/rlhtband
www.lesacteursdelombre.net

Band: REGICIDE
Country: USA
Title: Fall of an Empire
Label: Nasty Mammoth Records
Year: 2014
Style: Heavy Thrash Metal

Review:
Founded in 2009, Regicide managed to release their debut album only this year, and unfortunately, after a first audition I must say I'm not at all impressed by it, and that's mostly because of the generic instrumental part and the vocals that have nothing appealing in my opinion. 8 tracks, a bit over half an hour of playing, weak compositions that you've heard before in lots of other US based bands, lack of energy, lack of a good rhythm section, no real potential. The guitars part is, on the other hand, good, with a few leads and solos that work well, but unfortunately that's not enough to make this a worthwile album, sorry. I liked the 6th track, but that's about it; if you're heavily into this genre and don't mind a raw sound, a few execution mistakes too, you should check it and make your own opinion, but otherwise I won't bother, sorry.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 4/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/RegicideMetal

Band: RESURRECTURIS
Country: Italy
Title: Nazienda
Label: Mighty Music
Year: 2015
Style: Progressive Metal

Review:
Italy based Ressurecturis has changed a lot since I first met their music, in the second part of the '90's, but at the same time they have kept their path intact, they still like to push boundaries and experiment as much as possible like then, only this time they have drifted away from their Death Metal roots, a long way from them, replacing them with some modern influences. The band celebrates 25 (!) years of playing Metal music, and I always felt they were always an underestimated band, they always deserved a bit more recognition, but that's most probably also because of their approach on music, way too progressive, way too experimental and maybe futuristic for their times. This new album, their fourth, continues the saga, again a release that will make waves only within the most open minded circles, one that requires high attention and full audition (auditions actually, multiple) to provoke a concrete and final impression on it. Starting with the absolutely brilliant album title and continuing with the expressive track names and the straight-in-your-face lyrics, the album portrays a day in the life of a corporation employee, a prison life like most of us are living nowadays; quite depressive and very thought-provoking. All in all this is a new masterpiece of an album, one that will challenge your intellect, and again one that will keep Ressurecturis well tied to the underground, no chance for something like this to reach the mainstream, not in a million years. Released as digipak with a huge 24 pages booklet featuring all lyrics (read them!), a highly needed addition to the music itself.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
www.resurrecturis.com
www.mightymusic.dk

Band: SAVAGE WIZDOM
Country: USA
Title: A New Beginning
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Power Metal

Review:
To be honest with you lately I have a kind of restraint when it comes to US Power Metal bands, as I've seen/heard some that are absolutely joke bands despite their cool look and interesting first impression, and such bands tend to become in majority, but luckily there are also bands like Savage Wizdom that are doing their thing well. At first this second full-length album of the band impresses through its kick-ass cover artwork, typical for this genre, especially in Europe where this wizards & dragons topic has been exploited to the max. Then I guess the album's title is also a statement of how professional they are or at least want to be, which is encouraging, indeed a new album 7 years distance from the previous is a new beginning for the band. Then getting to the music Savage Wizdom are an excellent blend of US and European Power Metal scene and being fronted by a powerful and very capable vocal is the cherry on the cake, an excellent addition to some of the best guitar lears and solos I've heard lately and a heavy but at the same time inventive rhythm section; the guitar riffs on the other hand are a bit too generic, but catchy nonetheless. This is what the Power Metal underground wants from a band, power, tradition, melody and good skills, and above all an epic story played so proud that it inspires. The sound quality is, opposed to the highly polished European, quite organic and rough at the edges, but this is not something that might disturb your audition much.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/savagewizdom

Band: SKVARA
Country: Ukraine
Title: Carpathian Pagan Terror
Label: Depressive Illusions Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
I'm not familiar with any other bands coming out of the Ukrainian city of Odessa, although I'm sure there are plenty there, too, since Ukraine is such a prolific country when it comes to Metal bands, especially Black Metal bands. Skvara were formed back in 2012 and this year seems to be their real start since they managed to release 2 demos, this one, and The Rite of Dehumanization back in March. Unfortunately I wouldn't say I'm impressed by this new effort of the band; first the sound quality is totally a la '90's demos, including the quality of the instruments or probably the effects they chose for guitars are totally inadequate for Black Metal, during the mid-tempo parts the listener can easily "look elsewhere", then the vocals are way too abrasive and that's because of the final mix, the tone is quite amazing at times, razor-sharp and full of anger, and at times quite unprofessional (not to say laughable). Apart from that I'd say on the guitar part there are some very good ideas they could exploit more in the future, and the bass lines are fine how they are now. The general impression after listening to this demo 3 times is that they haven't spent enough time recording it, it's like recorded in a rush and also they could use some new instruments next time, too. It was released in both CD and Tape format, and I have here the tape, limited to only 66 copies, so it will certainly become a rare release, hurry up if curious about this band.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/skvaraband
www.depressiveillusions.com

Band: SORDIDE
Country: France
Title: La France a peur
Label: Avantgarde Music
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Debut album from this young Black Metal power trio from Rouen, France, an album that already has a high advantage being released by the well known Avantgarde Music label that will, undoubtedly, provide a good distribution and promotion. Since the French Black Metal scene is so efervescent and interesting nowadays I have to admit I'm always waiting for something out of the ordinary from each new release I get from there. Sordide's music is quite puzzling if you ask me, they are blending raw, primitive Black Metal with the French school of DSBM, with Burzum inspired Ambient Black Metal and finally with Post Black Metal elements as well, it seems they are not yet decided what path to follow. I have enjoyed most of this debut album, and to me the highlight of this band, or at least on this debut, would be the very incissive and oppressive bass. Throughout the 7 long tracks totaling almost 45 minutes of playing time, the band keeps things interesting and quite varied as you might have guessed. Its rough and dramatic atmosphere and the last track who reminds me a bit of Pest Noire's Dans ma nuit, plus their obvious potential make me think this band has a lot more to offer and I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the top of French Black Metal in short time. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/sordideband
www.avantgardemusic.com

Band: STORMY ATMOSPHERE
Country: Israel
Title: Pent Letters
Label: Metal Scrap Records
Year: 2015
Style: Symphonic Progressive Metal

Review:
Oh, this is such a fabulous piece of work I couldn't believe my ears, the band's name to be honest lead me nowhere, and it actually sounded quite Gothic Metal citch, but I'm glad these Israel based musicians proved me wrong. Stormy Armosphere's second full-length album is not an easy listening, not by far, but on the contrary, it requires loads of spins before developing itself entirely to the listener, and I don't mean those superficial, ambient auditions, but rather the "study" ones, preferably with the booklet in the listener's hands to read the lyrics. The album is a concept story about a man who gets jailed for an unknown reason (my guess is that it's all about a communist times inprisomnemnt), about his time in jail, his feelings and happenings, and the music helps a lot in developing the story, it's astonishly accurate and complex, and although I wouldn't be able to name any hit on this album (probably its only fault), I feel it's almost a masterpiece. As said, the only fault I could find was the absence of an easy, hit-ish song, something to stick to the listener's mind after the audition, but instead, like me, he/she will probably remember the complexity of the compositions, and the overall story behind it all. One track, The Menippeah, features the guest appearance of Tom Englund from Evergrey. The label names a few bands as hints for Stormy Atmosphere's music: Dream Theater, Nightwish, Symphony X, Evergrey, and others, but it's a long shot, they have their own thing here, really worth your time if you're looking for a Gothic-like melodic Progressive Metal album to be listened like you're reading a book (not sure how much sense this makes, but that's how I feel).
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/stormyatmosphere
www.metalscraprecords.com

Band: STYGGELSE
Country: Sweden
Title: No Return
Label: Unexploded Records
Year: 2013
Style: Black'n'Roll

Review:
Although the album title is No Return, this is definitely a return back to the roots of Black Metal. Styggelse's second full-length album is a mix of old-school Black metal a la Venom with a Crust-like production and Punk Thrash attitude, very energetic and quite catchy; lead by an expressive screaming vocalist (although he could use a bit more versatility, too), and highlighted by an excellent guitar work ranging from traditional, razor-sharp riffs to melodic and technical leads and solos, to some more simple and straight to your face parts, No Return offers 7 tracks and clocks half an hour of angry, dirty and groovy Black Metal. The CD comes with a 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics and a simple but effective cover artwork, not more to say about it, I liked it and would recommend it further.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/STYGGELSE-10469669108
www.unexplodedrecords.com

Band: TERRORDOME
Country: Poland
Title: We'll Show You Bosch, Mitch!
Label: Defense Records
Year: 2014
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Poland had a lot of Thrash Crossover band in the '80's and '90's, I know that from the amount of reviews from their local zines back then, but lately I think Black and Death Metal band became more and more leaving Thrash behind somehow. Here's a band that sounds exactly like in the '80's, but using and taking good advantage of nowadays benefits of modern recording, so that what in the '80's would have been speed, they took it to hyper-speed now, to Brutal Death Grind speed-like yet remaining in the boundaries of Thrash Metal. Small dose of Thrash, Speed, Punk, Death and even Grind may be heard here and there, but the genral impression and the overall labelling of this material is definitely Thrash Metal, old-school but very exciting, very energetic and entertaining I'd say. This compilation material is made of no less than 22 studio recorded tracks and 6 live recorded ones, a total of 28 short tracks clocking 50 minutes of music. Crystal clear production, cheeky and intensive execution, more technical than expected, traditional sounding, an absolutely devastating CD that needs your attention. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.terrordome.net.pl
www.defensemerch.com

Band: THE KILL
Country: Australia
Title: Speed Freak Killer
Label: Blastasfuck Grindcore
Year: 2015
Style: Grindcore

Review:
First time I hear about this band that has been around since the year 2000, so they have a decade and a half experience so far, experience proves via countless Splits, EPs and two full-length CDs. This new EP of theirs is made of 9 tracks and clocks a bit over 10 minutes but I tell you I've spinned it already a bunch of times and I'm still not bored at all. This is definitely one of the finest Grindcore I've heard this year, it's exquisitly fast and heavy, with the right amount of craziness, very technical, excellently produced, and even though I'd say it's following the traditional Grindcore way, doesn't feel outdated at all, on the contrary. Not much to say more about it, just that if you're into Grind and similar genres, if you like violent and ultra-fast Metal, you shouldn't miss this band for the World, just give them a try online, hopefully you'll be as impressed as I am. The second track, Uphill Battle, is a fucking Grindcore hit!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/The-Kill-139892842732903
www.blastasfuk.blogspot.com.au

Band: THERMIT
Country: Poland
Title: Encephalopathy
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2013
Style: Heavy Thrash Metal

Review:
This mix between Heavy and Thrash Metal might be the trickiest in Metal as far as I'm concerned; a band has to have a solid instrumental composition and execution but also a strong, powerful vocalist to lead the band, not only to sing. Luckily enough Thermit has both these aspects in order, the instrumental part is damn impressive, technical, melodic, inventive, complex and catchy, and the vocalist is one of the best I've heard in the underground lately, very energetic and effective, with a timbre that sticks to your mind. There are also a few ballad-like moments that I appreciated a lot, short times to recharge the batteries just to be then hit again by their excellent Metal. If you like bands like Annihilator, Testament, Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, basically the monsters of this genre, you'll probably appreciate Thermit, too. The EP is made of 5 long tracks (4 to 6 and a half minutes, probably a bit shorter tracks would have been even more sticky) plus an even longer tribute to Metallica, an 11 minutes medley called Thermitallica that was a nice addition but didn't actually add anything to the package. A very promising EP from a very promising band, I'm sure they won't be unsigned for much longer.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.thermitmetal.com

Band: TURBOCHARGED
Country: Sweden
Title: Militant
Label: Go Fuck Yourself Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
Lead by Ronnie "Ripper" Olson of Gehennah or Vomitory fame, Turbocharged are slowly but surely climbing up the current Underground Bestial Metal ladder, and I wouldn't be surprised in they'll aquire cult status in short time, they only have to keep releasing new stuff and keep the same attitude, the rest will be taken care of by the fans. The truth is Ripper's vocals are fantastic for this type of Punkish Thrash Death Metal, powerful, harsh, commanding and dark, combined with a professional studio work they turn out to be absolutely perfect sounding. This fifth full-length studio work is made of 12 tracks clocking 40 minutes of playing time, a mostly fast paced, dirty, drunken and highly satanic / anti-christian (definitely Swedish school) Thrash Death Metal that I believe most followers of bestial and blasphenic Metal will enjoy. Ripper's vocals are the highlight of this album, but the compositions are so simple and catchy you'll fell hooked right away. What I liked about it, besides the devastating power it unleashed, was that they also added a bit of diversity in pace, for example you'll also meet some Doom inspired parts on the album, and that makes it even more interesting. Perfect production, an explosive album that shouldn't be missed by any Extreme Metal followers out there.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/turbochargedswe
www.gfyp.de

Band: UNDER THE OCEAN
Country: Italy
Title: Dark Waters
Label: Drown Within Records
Year: 2014
Style: Melodic Death Deathcore

Review:
Founded as Firstborn Underocean in 2006, the band isn't that active releasing only one demo until 2010 when they decide to change moniker and move forward as Under the Ocean. A year later they release Gates, debut album, under Moonlight Records, and since then silence until last year when they decided to sign with Drown Within and here I have the first fruit of their collaboration, this 4 tracks EP professionally recorded and released to demonstrate the band's potential. And they did well, it's my first encounter with the band and I'm absolutely positive they have a big potential as a band, although I wouldn't know if to label their music more as Melodic Death Metal or as Deathcore. Anyway, the 4 tracks are quite fresh, binging in elements from Death Metal, Deathcore, but also some hints of Thrash Metal, Progressive, and even Brutal Death or Black Death at times, all flowing well, all carefully blended so that the end result sounds compact. Their only problem, as I see it, is that "je ne sais quoi" that's missing; throughout the EP audition you have the constant feeling that something's missing, or at least that's what I felt. But on the other side they as musicians are very skilled, the compositions are quite complex, the vocalist very versatile and devoted, the production of this EP is top-notch, and the music is modern and brutal as the times require, so I'd definitely recommend a spin or two.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/UndertheOceanband
www.drownwithin.wordpress.com

Band: VARDIS
Country: UK
Title: 200 M.P.H.
Label: Hoplite Records
Year: 2015
Style: Heavy Metal

Review:
Oh man, are you serious? These guys are around as a band since 1973 (!!!) when they started as the Status Quo cover band Quo Vardis and continued that way until '77 when they switched to the present moniker. In '86 they disbanded but having 3 full-length albums, 4 EPs and lots of Singles underbelt, yet quite unexpected I'd say, right after releasing their third album on Raw Power Records, a label that was doing pretty well at that time releasing stuff (not sure if official though) from Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Venom or Tank. If their first release, an EP, was named 100 M.P.H., this new effort is called 200 M.P.H., times are different, things move way faster nowadays, so I think it's a natural and well-thought name for the new EP. The 5 tracks featured here are clocking 25 minutes of playing time, a fine mix of Hard Rock and old-school Heavy Metal, much more energetic than probably one might think some 50+ year old guys would sound, so although the tracks are not innovative or original, the joy of playing and the energy they transmit to the listener make from this new Vardis release one well worth your time. So if you think some Hard'n'Heavy mixed with Rock'n'Roll and even touches of Blues would make your day the latest Vardis release is a good choice. All respect!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.vardisrocks.com
www.hopliterecords.com

Band: WHEELFALL
Country: France
Title: Glasrew Point
Label: Sunruin Records
Year: 2015
Style: Sludge Doom Post Metal

Review:
After a debut album released 3 years ago, for Wheelfall it was about time to release a followup, but I'm sure the magnitude of this new work will impress their fans. It comes in form of a Double Digipak CD featuring 14 track and totaling almost an hour and a half of mesmerizing music, a sort of post-apocalyptic soundscape as I see it. Wheelfall successfully blend Doom Metal (as main genre), Sludge, Industrial, Ambient and Post Metal, and the final result, although at times it may seem a bit too stretched and watered down in order to reach a higher length, is quite astonishing, very catchy and involving, alterning between the meditative Industrial and Ambient parts and the devastatingly heavy Sludge Doom ones, with highlights on the excellent composition level and also on the good tone of the vocalist that reminds me of Crowbar at times. A long and impressive release for the most dedicated fans of these genres. Kudos for the dirty but at the same time crystal clear production and the mysterious, interesting band image as well.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
www.wheelfall.com
www.sunruinrecords.bandcamp.com

Band: ZAKLON
Country: Belarus
Title: The destroyed greatness
Label: YAR' Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Zaklon is a one man band from the capital of Belarus, Minsk, started back in 1999, and this is its 2006 demo originally released on tape I believe by Forestland Productions, and picked up last year by YAR' to be released on CD format, although honestly I don't see the point of doing it as I doubt Zaklon is such a big name (even in its homeland) to be worth a re-release; anyway, their money, their business, their decision. This is made of 6 tracks and sounds and looks like an album if you ask me, and on top of that it clocks almost 40 minutes of playing time. The music is not very impressive for these days, and even for the end of the '90's I think this would have been a mediocre release, it simply doesn't have anything to impress, and except for some Folk-influenced parts it's just repetitive fast paced, aggressive Black Metal with some melodic, good but overused guitar riffs here and there. The vocals doesn't inspire anything, and the synthetic drum-machine neither, so even if the album has some interesting moments, as an overall impression this didn't satisfy my thirst for good Black Metal at all, sorry. Try it yourselves, it's available online streaming in full, maybe you'll like it more.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
www.yar-productions.bandcamp.com

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