Booze Control – The Lizard Rider (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Booze Control

Album: The Lizard Rider

Genre: Heavy Metal

Label: Infernö Records

There are all kinds of oddities to be found in the world of heavy metal. Some of them surround the lugubrious themes explored by the songwriters, others pertain to fantastically over-the-top album covers, and others simply boil down to band names with indecipherable meanings. And with this third release from German heavy metal band Booze Control, we find all of those nicely wrapped up into a single package. If it wasn’t enough to have a band name that could double as slang for an alcoholic rehabilitation programme, we also have an album cover depicting a woman shooting zombies with an automatic weapon whilst riding a mammoth iguana. And with song titles like “The Wizard”, “Rats in the Walls”, and “Vile Temptress”, well, I think you can check off all three categories quite easily.  Continue reading

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ColdWorld – Autumn (2016)

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Author: Crono

Band: ColdWorld

Album: Autumn

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

Label: Cold Dimensions

Finally, the new ColdWorld has landed. It’s a pretty big deal – for those who don’t know, ColdWorld’s debut album, Melancholie², is lauded as one of the defining albums of the depressive black metal movement. It was released way back in 2008, in the “heyday” of the DSBM movement. Most considered the ColdWorld project ended, counting away the 8 years of silence from the band. But here we are, Autumn has finally been released as the follow-up to that brilliant debut. Fair warning: things have changed. Continue reading

Slaughterday – Laws of the Occult (2016)

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Author: Goldensundown

Band: Slaughterday

Album: Laws of the Occult

Genre: Death Metal

Label: F.D.A. Rekotz

Taking their name from the Autopsy track from Severed Survival, Slaughterday have dropped their second album with Laws of the Occult, opting to continue their onslaught of appropriately Autopsy influenced death metal. Continue reading

Doomshine – The End is Worth Waiting For (2015)

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Author: Dave

Band: Doomshine

Album: The End is Worth Waiting For

Label: Metal on Metal Records

 

The End is Worth Waiting For is the third full-length effort from a band of German doom metallers aptly named Doomshine. Not having heard anything from this band before, I didn’t really have any idea as to what to expect. They are described in various places as being an epic doom metal band rife with comparisons to more well-known bands like Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus. And whilst I can certainly see a good bit of similarity between Doomshine and other epic doom bands (as well as Sabbath), there is still a sound here that is uniquely their own. Continue reading

Kältetod – Zwang (2015)

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Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Kältetod

Album: Zwang

Label: Eternity Records

 

File this one under “stuff I decided to listen to because it looked cool.” Kältetod is a German one-man black metal band with which I have no prior experience. I’ve seen a couple different versions of the album art for Zwang, Kältetod‘s fourth album, but it was the version featured on their Bandcamp page, along with their band name (which I assessed, with my entirely abysmal German, as “cold death,” but which Google Translate tells me actually means “hypothermia”), that grabbed me. Continue reading

Thromos – Translunare Transzendenz (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Thromos

Album: Translunare Transzendenz

Label: Self Mutilation Services

 

German black metal has been around for ages, but I feel like it’s less appreciated and less recognized by general black metal fans, myself included. I can think of a handful of German black metal bands, but I cannot think of the German black metal sound the same way I can of Norwegian or Greek black metal. Perhaps that’s a good thing, allowing German black metal bands to stretch out to whatever sound they like. Thromos has actually been around for ten years, and released six full length albums, and this is the first time I am ever hearing them. I wish I had heard them earlier, because I really enjoy their sound. Continue reading

Division Speed – Divison Speed (2015)

Author: GTO

Artist: Division Speed

Album: Division Speed

Label: High Roller Records

Division Speed is not going to waste your time. The first track “Panzerkommando” opens with a killer speed-induced riff that instantly rings true of the album cover—a hell of war, seen from above by a pilot waiting for incoming death. Within moments, the song and eventually album erupt into a thrashing hell to accompany that initial feeling of the calm before the storm. Punctuated only by historical recordings and two instrumental interludes, the album is a speed frenzy that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to dead air. Continue reading