Nekro Drunkz – Lavatory Carnage (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Nekro Drunkz

Album: Lavatory Carnage

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal/Grindcore

Label: Moribund Records

 

“Gore metal” is easily one of the most divisive and polarizing genres of metal. Most of the major camps agree that the vocals are too much, the beats too blasting, and the subject mature immature or unoriginal. It’s hard to the inherent juvenile factor that comes from something like gore metal—frequent references not only to bodily dismemberment but also scatological and biological functions sound more of the reign of elementary school students rather than metalheads. Despite their frequent enjoyment of items that are considered “low culture,” for many people gore metal steeps too low.    Continue reading

Demo Round-up #10 – Evil Priest, Siege Column

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Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Evil Priest, Siege Column

Demos: Evil Priest, Secret Forces of the Pentagram

Genres: Death Metal, Black/Death/Thrash Metal

Labels: Caligari Records, Independent

(ED: Well this was certainly a long time coming for such small content, good going me!)

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Coffin Dust – Everything is Dead (2016)

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Author: Goldensundown

Band: Coffin Dust

Album: Everything is Dead

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal

Label: Unholy Anarchy Records

“Take a step into my world, everything is dead!”

Coffin Dust are another band I’ve previously covered, quite favourably with their debut album of punky death/thrash – This Cemetery, My Kingdom – a descent into the realms of graves, gore and horror. Everything is Dead is this band’s sophompre release and while an overall shorter experience, only 35 minutes, it succeeds at reaching into those otherwordly realms of horror. Continue reading

Vektor – Terminal Redux (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Vektor

Album: Terminal Redux

Label: Earache Records

 

Vektor is ready with yet another massive affair on their third release, Terminal Redux. Clocking in at seventy-three minutes, it’s a long affair and listening to it enough times to give it a chance is daunting task. Still, considering the attention this album is getting it’s almost important to take a look at Vektor and what they’ve attempted on their newest release.

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Game Over – Crimes Against Reality (2016)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Game Over

Album: Crimes Against Reality (2016)

Label: Scarlet Records

 

Last year, there was a tongue-in-cheek short film released called Kung Fury. Garnering mostly enthusiastic reactions, people enjoyed the over-the-top homages to the ridiculousness of 80s action films. However, there was a subset of people who took a different note. The ridiculous and cheesy movies of the 80s are sometimes only judged to be so in hindsight. The movies did not set out to be humorous; they took their source material seriously. And by failing to likewise take their source material seriously, Kung Fury becomes little more than a piss-take by people who see the genre as little more than a joke.

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Best EPs of Quarter 1 – Part 2 (2016)

Author: Crono

Artist: Best EPs of Quarter 1 2016 Part II

Album: Nocturnal Graves – Lead Us To The Endless Fire/Sharpen The Knives EP; Häxkapell – Om Sanningen;

 

Here is Part II of my Best EPs of the first quarter of 2016. Check out Part I here.
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Best EPs of Quarter 1 – Part 1 (2016)

Author: Crono

Artist: Best EPs of Quarter 1 2016 Part I

Album: Is – Glimpses of Sorrow; Horns & Hooves – Consecrate the Marrow; Vorpal Sword – Pain

 

It is difficult to give enough attention to the huge amount of EPs that are released throughout a year. Normally they are from smaller bands, released with much less fanfare, and are sometimes just playing around from a band, rather than a concentrated effort. However, I really enjoy the EP format, because I feel it lends itself more towards experimentation, conceptual sounds, and it’s just generally a shorter and simpler listen.

To that end, I wanted to gather up what I think are the best EPs (of what I have been able to hear) and share them with everyone. It will have to be broken up into multiple parts, because there was too many that I felt needed their moment to shine. Without further ado, here are the Best EPs of the first quarter of 2016 (Part I)!  Continue reading

Deströyer 666 – Wildfire (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Deströyer 666

Album: Wildfire

Label: Season of Mist

 

K.K. Warslut and his merry gang of satanic thrash metallers have finally returned with fresh material seven years after the somewhat disappointing fourth album Defiance. We did however get the excellent compilation To the Devil His Due in 2010, but now with Wildfire we get 9 brand new tracks. Let’s make this clear right at the start, Deströyer 666 are one of the finest bands in the entire heavy metal genre and their three first albums are seen as legendary for a reason. The vicious riffing, the pummeling drums and the songwriting in general showcased by the mighty Deströyer 666 serves as a reminder of how mind-bogglingly awesome thrash metal can be. With these superlatives thrown around I expected great things from Wildfire and my hype level reached unfathomable levels after they released their first single, Live and Burn, back in January. It was everything I wanted in a Deströyer 666 song. Continue reading

Black/Thrash Demos

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Author: GTO

 

For my first review of 2016, I took out the time to review some EPs and demos in the black/thrash vein. None of these bands have released a full length, yet all of them show extreme potential. Please support them on Bandcamp if you get the chance. Continue reading

Supresion – Emerging Extermination (2015)

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Author: Dave

Band: Supresion

Album: Emerging Extermination

Label: Vision of God Records

 

I should preface this review by cautioning any reader that I am not the biggest thrash guy in the world. I have maybe forty different thrash bands in my library, and a good chunk of the total number of thrash albums come from Megadeth and Metallica and some of their numerous imitators. I feel like this is important because if you happen to be a thrash enthusiast, then whatever I say regarding the quality of this album should probably be taken with a kilo of salt. My favourite thrash bands are Megadeth, Razor, and Heathen, and even though I enjoyed this particular album, it sounds absolutely nothing like any of them. Continue reading