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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Full album stream: Grethor - Cloaked In Decay

Review: Vermörd - Dawn Of The Black Harvest


Black/death, how many bands make their music in this subgenre of metal? A lot, while most of them are not very special, sometimes there is a band in the black/death subgenre that does very well. So does Vermörd. I just posted a stream of the full album (here) and now here is a review about it. It is called Dawn Of The Black Harvest and was released on April 14th on Grimoire Records.


While it is only 20 minutes over an intro with 5 songs, it is one hell of an album. Some would say this is a shitload of noise, but when you listen more precisely you hear that Vermörd can handle their instruments and voice very well. Drums are very solid and you hear that the guitarists have a little bit of a progressive touch at their playing. The vocals are going from a dark, almost clean, but very low voice till very harsh, angry screams, while their sometimes is also a bit of growling in it. It all fits very perfect in the music. With the very good production, Vermörd has done a pretty great job in making Dawn Of The Black Harvest. Surely a band with potential.

Listen to this beast of an album!



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Full album stream: Vermord - Dawn Of The Black Harvest

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: Drown In Blood - Addicted To Murder


Loving the late 80s/ early 90s death metal from the States? Then the Italian band Drown in Blood is for you! The quintet released their first full-length album, “Addicted to murder”, just two days ago.



Packed with 8 songs, the album provides you with raw death metal that has been missing for far too long. Speedy and brutal right from the start, the guys re-invent the death metal that we know from for example the early Morbid Angel or Obituary. All songs follow the well-known death metal style, with not too much variety in it – but without getting boring at any time! Gio’s growling and some thrash metal influences further tops things off. All songs are played on a high technical level, and the production is near perfect.

Overall a very strong debut album, which leaves you with a longing for the good old times, and definitely for more from these guys!

Written by Julia Obenauer


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Review: Rise Of Avernus - Dramatis Personae


Australia's Rise Of Avernus, consisting of Daniel Warrington, Mares Refalaeda, Ben van Vollenhoven and Andrew Craig, have just released their newest EP called Dramatis Personae. The style they play is orchestral progressive doom.





Dramatis Personae contains 5 tracks and has an total length of almost half an hour. Orchestral passages combined with heavy, loud metal music is what you going to hear, but it has also has its more slower, relaxing parts, that's what gives the music its progressive feeling. Vocally, there are deep but clean male vocals, grunts and female vocals in it. The orchestral music gives Dramatis Personae an melodic touch over the very heavy, loud metal, which is both nice. Grutle Kjellson, the vocalist of Enslaved is also someone you can hear on Dramatis Personae, he will deliver guest vocals on Act Est Fabula. I think Rise Of Avernus is a band with a lot of potential and I hope to hear more music from this band in the future.

Want some very nice metal music? Go listen to Dramatis Personae by Rise Of Avernus!



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Monday, April 20, 2015

Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus - "The Child Must Die" (official video)

Review: Shining - IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends


Shining doesn't need an introduction, Niklas Kvarforth and his band are already a well-known band in the extreme metal scene. Today they unleash their ninth release IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends upon the world.



IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends has six tracks on it and two bonustracks, with one of them being a cover of Rammstein's Ohne Dich. I only got the first six tracks, so I can't tell you about the cover and the other bonustrack Black Industrial Eleven. I can only say that if they are as good as the rest of the album, it is very nice. While starting with an nice, but not so heavy intro, IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends has a lot of different sides on it. After the intro Vilja & Dröm will blow you away. While you hear that Niklas Kvarforth has an amazing scream, you can hear that he has also an amazing dark, more clean voice. It is something you won't expect of a vocalist in extreme metal. You can hear that Niklas Kvarforth, besides his amazing voice, also is musically a great mastermind. His music is very heavy, while it has very much emotions on it, I also hear a lot of progressive music influences in it. I think Shining has done a great job with this album!

Go listen to this masterpiece of Niklas Kvarforth and his men.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Review: Krueger - Return To Death



“Return to death” is what we get promised by Brazilian band Krueger – and quite a return to death it is! Coming with amazing artwork, it is only the second full-length album, after “Return on to death” in 2001, of the quartet that has been around since 1987. Singer and songwriter Adriano Krueger and his guys provide us with a classic, self-released (!) old school death metal album, with influences of thrash metal.
 


After a mid-tempo instrumental intro, the title track “Return to death” picks up in pace rapidly, mixed with Krueger’s guttered singing. Old school death at its best. It gets more brutal with the next song, “Blood”. If the pace has been too slow or you up until now – don’t worry, it will be even increased in the second half of the song! “Flesh, lust, temptation” starts again at mid-tempo, just to speed up seconds later. The refrain will be hammered into your head. Bonus for the guys out there: some porn samples await you at the end as well ;) “Technology chaos”, the album’s fourth track, is a typical old school death metal song about humankind’s dependence on technology and the loss of normal communication. Strong. The same pattern is followed in “Theatres of greed”, starting off with a nice intro, until the beast is unleashed again. It then gets somewhat philosophical in “Mr. Time”: what is the sense of life, as death is awaiting us all? Great song with many switches between mid-tempo and rapid passages. “Abstract process” then allows you go get some breath – mid-tempo piece made for nipping on your beer and wiggling your foot. “Imperfect” starts off with normally cited lyrics, providing a feeling of ancient South-American cults, just to then again result in a speedy and furious track. At the end, even some classic Spanish guitar is mixed into the background. Definitely the most surprising track on the album. Lastly, we get an “Inferno”, which turns out rather mild – once again many changes between tempi, with a speedy ending.




Conclusion: nice and well-produced death metal album (Blood, Technology chaos and Theatres of greed being the personal favorites here). Not too many surprises, with the exception of “Imperfect”, but definitely makes you want to hear more. Recommended!

Written by Julia Obenauer

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