Bat – Wings of Chains (2016)

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Author: GTO
Artist: Bat
Album: Wings of Chains
Label: Hells Headbangers

Bat comes straight out of hell with their debut Wings of Chains on Hells Headbangers. Clearly, their existence in the realms of demos and EPs weren’t enough and now a full length has to be released to quell the masses of their need for fiery, aggressive, and spitfire style of metal that can be cranked out over the course of thirty minutes. Continue reading

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Hitten – State of Shock (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Hitten

Album: State of Shock

Genre: Heavy/power/speed metal

Label: Heavy Forces Records

 

 

 

Hitten are a more recent heavy metal band from Murcia and State of Shock is their second full-length album coming out just a couple years after their first. I had known about Hitten for a while, but had never bothered to listen to anything by them until a respected friend mentioned how much he enjoyed this particular release and so I went to pick it up. It took less than a minute into the album before I had to pick my jaw up off the floor after hearing the insane intro. Sometimes intros can be deceiving though, so I suspended any judgement until I had listened to the whole thing all the way through.  Continue reading

Barbarian – Cult of the Empty Grave (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Barbarian

Album: Cult of the Empty Grave

Label: Hells Headbangers

 

Italian band Barbarian is back on the scene with their third album, Cult of the Empty Grave. The album mixes elements from a multitude of styles across the spectrum of ’80s classic metal, including some early first wave black metal and some awesome speed metal. The result is a surprisingly fresh take on a genre despite being heavily characterized by its nostalgic influences. Continue reading

Gehennah – Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Gehennah

Album: Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die

Label: Metal Blade Records

 

Gehennah are the basic embodiment of every poser’s worst fears. They are leather clad, real as hell, and absolutely willing to use assault and battery to achieve their goals. Like any credible sort of metal heshers, they are remarkably inconsistent, as Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die is their first full-length release in seventeen years. They have had some EPs between then but this is the first release since 1999 that’s longer than ten minutes. Continue reading

Renorax – Flash Metal (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Renorax

Album: Flash Metal

 

Genre: Speed metal

Label: Unsigned/Independent

 

As always, I’m continually on the lookout for newer bands who have taken it upon themselves to carry on the old traditional torch and Renorax is definitely one such band. Renorax are brand new project from France, and Flash Metal is their short-but-super-sweet debut EP. And so far, it’s definitely at the top of what I’ve heard so far this year when it comes to speed metal. There are a number of things that I like about it, but first and foremost, I simply dig the stripped-down approach to the execution. It’s like a piece of freshly cooled volcanic rock: hot, heavy, jagged, and completely unpolished. Continue reading

Baphomet’s Blood – In Satan We Trust (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Baphomet’s Blood

Album: In Satan We Trust

Label: Iron Bonehead Productions

Baphomet’s Blood is a completely new band to me. Prior to this release, I knew nothing of them and since I haven’t listened to any of their other stuff this review is done in complete isolation to their previous efforts. Normally, I try to compare later albums bands to their earlier albums just because it makes reviewing the album easier and gives readers a little more to latch onto. In this case, this album stands so well on its own that I didn’t really feel compelled to go back and listen to their other albums. So whether this one in particular is better or worse, I can’t say. But I can say that if this album is not as good as the others, I will definitely need to get their earlier stuff. Continue reading

Metalpunx – 4 Black/Speed/Punk Releases

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Reviewer: GTO

 

 

Here are a handful of full-length releases that fall somewhere in the spectrum of black/speed/punk released over the course of this year. These records are meant to played at high volume as soundtracks to destruction. Continue reading