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CD review SKELETAL REMAINS "Devouring Mortality"

Veröffentlicht am 18. April 2018 von Markus W. in Skeletal Remains, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Century Media, Devouring Mortality, News, CD Review

CD review SKELETAL REMAINS "Devouring Mortality"

(9/10) It was back in 2011 when a new death metal outfit started an impressive rise within a rather short period of time. Skeletal Remains, hailing from Whittier, California, unveiled a ruthless debut in 2012 and it’s the sophomore longplayer „Condemnd to Misery“, which brought the band on the radar of a wider group of metalheads.

Skeletal Remains couldn't keep the speed when it comes to releases, but the band could maintain the passion and the spirit over a period of four years, leading to the fabulous third longplayer entitled „Devouring Mortality“.

The new longplayer of the four-piece outfit is the first one for Century Media. It feels like the new label and a period of four years created a lot of appetite with the band for brutal death metal. „Condemned to Misery“ was already a good album and it‘s the new longplayer that showcases a band that made a huge next step when it comes to songwriting and power.

There is no single weak or annoying moment coming with this longplayer. Each of the songs is an aggressive little masterpiece of contemporary death metal that builds on the Tampa-Bay sound from the 90‘s. Nothing sounds old-fashion on this release even though an oldschool vibe can‘t be denied. Aggressive growls, furious guitars and well-placed breaks create a morbid magic that is hard to resist. Actually it‘s impossible to not be fascinated by what Skeletal Remains offers on their third delivery, an album that should be also checked-out be fans that don’t call death metal to their favorite genre. This album has the potential to cause severe neck problems due to intensive headbanging.

Next to the very well-crafted death metal anthems it‘s the sound of the album that makes it stand out from the rest. No less than legendary Dan Swano was at the helm for the mix and gave Skeletal Remains new power strike a dynamic that is missed with many other genre releases.

If the third album‘s still a milestone that allows an outlook into a band‘s future, thing look very positive and optimistic for Skeletal Remains. „Devouring Mortality“ is a cornerstone in the band‘s history and can act as a springboard to close the gap to the leaders of the pack. In case bands like Obituary would decide to retire, here‘s the next generation that stands in line to take over.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ripperology

  2. Seismic Abyss

  3. Catastrophic Retribution

  4. Devouring Mortality

  5. Torture Labyrinth

  6. Grotesque Creation

  7. Parasite Horror

  8. Mortal Decimation

  9. Lifeless Manifestation

  10. Reanimating Pathogen

  11. Internal Detestation

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

 

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ROTTING CHRIST arrested in Georgia

Veröffentlicht am 16. April 2018 von Markus W. in Rotting Christ, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Season Of Mist, Arrested, Bands

Photo by Ester Segarra

Photo by Ester Segarra

This world goes crazy. Read of what happened to Rotting Christ in Georgia. Here's the original text from their label:

"ROTTING CHRIST have been arrested in the Eastern European state of Georgia on spurious grounds involving charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band's name.

ROTTING CHRIST frontman Sakis Tolis relates the events in his own words: "We arrived in Georgia's capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow police to another area of the airport under the pretence of further questioning before entering the country. Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism.

Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time.

Luckily, only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released. We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!"

ROTTING CHRIST were allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications."

 

On further news, ROTTING CHRIST have updated their festival schedule for this summer. Please find a list of confirmed appearances below.

21 Apr 18 Burgas (BG) Youth Cultural Center

04 May 18 Velenje (SI) Metal Days Warm Up show

05 May 18 Izegem (BE) Headbangers Ball Festival

11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018

13 May 18 London (UK) Incineration Festival

27 May 18 Langres (FR) Outch! Festival

02 Jun 18 Duisburg (DE) Rage Against Racism

07 Jun 18 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock

16 Jun 18 ?ervený Kostelec (CZ) Metal Gate festival

14 Jul 18 Anyksciai (LT) Devil Stone Festival

17 Aug 18 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)

18 Nov 18 Bucharest (RO) Metal Gates

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Final line-up and running order for ROCK HARD FESTIVAL announced

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2018 von Markus W. in Rock Hard Festival, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hardrock, Festival, Live, Tour, NWoBHM, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Gelsenkirchen

Final line-up and running order for ROCK HARD FESTIVAL announced

Final line-up for this year's edition of Rock Hard Festival are announced. The festival will take place between Friday May 18th, and Sunday May 20th and it will be the following bands that will deliver a lot of riff-power during Whit weekend.

 

Friday 18.05.2018

SODOM (First show in new line-up!)

TIAMAT („Clouds“- und „Wildhoney“-Set)

DIAMOND HEAD

DOOL

ATTIC

DAWN OF DISEASE

 

Saturday 19.05.2018

OVERKILL („Feel The Fire“ & „Horrorscope“-Set)

AXEL RUDI PELL

MARDUK

CIRITH UNGOL

LEATHERWOLF

THE NEW ROSES

NOCTURNAL RITES

TRAITOR

 

Sunday 20.05.2018

SAXON

ARMORED SAINT

BACKYARD BABIES

CORONER („Only German festival show 2018!“)

ULI JON ROTH („Scorpions Revisited“)

NIGHT DEMON

MEMORIAM

THUNDERMOTHER

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CD review BARREN EARTH "A Complex Of Cages"

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2018 von Markus W. in Barren Earth, Death Metal, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, News, CD Review, Century Media, A Complex if Cages

CD review BARREN EARTH "A Complex Of Cages"

(8/10) Finnish Barren Earth aren’t a newcomer in metal. The band, hailing from Helsinki, Finland, debut in 2010 after having inked a deal with Peaceville Records. “Curse of the Red River” was the first out of three longplayers the guys released up to date.

Three years after “On Lonely Towers” hit the shelfs, it’s “A Complex of Cages” that will be a delight for fans of progressive metal as well as for death metal supporters. The new album is number two for Century Media, featuring nine new songs of epical length. Barren Earth isn’t looking for a quick and easy knock-out. The sextet focusses on longer songs that unite progressive influences from the 70’s with harsh growls.

Just listening to the music gives an impression of listening to bands like Dream Theater. Guitars and keyboards create big soundscapes that are melodic and full of dynamics. Hard-hitting drums and a booming bass create the solid foundation and it’ the partly clean vocals that doesn’t make you think about death metal. To balance the feeling of complex harmony Barren Earth adds deep growls to their sound. These moments add arcs of suspense to the mix and act as a wake-up call in case you lost yourself in multi-layered song structures.

The cornerstone of the new album is entitled “Solitude Pith”, which is a ten minutes song. Sami Yli-Sirniö, also known from Kreator, and Janne Perttilä can show all their virtuosity on the six-string while singer Jón Aldará is still a lucky strike for the outfit from Helsinki. This guy is a real master of his trade.

This centerpiece is surrounded by not less exciting tunes like "Zeal" and Spire". I wouldn’t say that the differences between the new album and “On Lonely Towers” is huge. Barren Earth continues what they can do best – merging two styles into something excellent. It is more that the new longplayer is a kind of natural next step and it’s the details that shine.

Barren Earth’s premier on Century Media is a good one. Fans of bands like Paradise Lost and Opeth should check out this album – if you don’t have it on your list already anyhow.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Living Fortress
  2. The Ruby
  3. Further Down
  4. Zeal
  5. Scatterprey
  6. Solitude Pith
  7. Dysphoria
  8. Spire
  9. Withdrawal

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 30th, 2018

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CD review MEMORIAM "The Silent Vigil"

Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2018 von Markus W. in Memoriam, Bolt Thrower, Benediction, News, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, Nuclear Blast, The Silent Vigil

CD review MEMORIAM "The Silent Vigil"

(9/10) One album I was excitedly looking forward to is Memoriam’s new strike, entitled “The Silent Vigil”. The band debut almost to the day one year ago with their fantastic first album “For the Fallen”.

Memoriam is new and not. The powerhouse, hailing from the UK, was founded by members of the legendary Bolt Thrower and Benediction which is an excellent reference. Memoriam is the brainchild of frontman Karl Willetts and bass player Frank Healy and the quartet is complete by Andrew Whale on drums and Scott Fairfax, handling the blistering riffs.

The debut of this new death metal outfit was sonic blast and so is the second album. “The Silent Vigil” comes with 10 songs of an equally high level of quality.

Memoriam doesn’t keep things short and fast. It’s a slowly rolling death metal machine that’s impossible to stop. Each of the songs, of which the title track is the shortest one, includes far enough firepower to wow the listener. The cool thing with Memoriam’s interpretation of death metal is the fact that the guys don’t create songs that are too complex. Simplicity rules and is a basic ingredient for “The Silent Vigil”. The beauty with this record is the combination of harsh metal music that comes with an almost hypnotic expression. What easily could end up in monotony is not the case with this longplayer. The compelling thing is the intensity and density of this metal bulldozer, a fascinating power with an anarchic vibe.

Musical wrecking balls like “From the Flames” and “As Bridges Burn” have the potential of coursing severe neck pain due to extensive headbanging. Also the first unveiled tune, “Bleed the Same”, belongs to the true highlights on the album of which each song would have deserved to be mentioned. But don’t spend too much time on reading. You need to listen to this album.

Expectations on the debut were already high, but those even increased when it comes to the new longplayer. Fortunately these four guys are experienced enough to handle such a situation. Memoriam wasn’t distracted by any expectation and recorded songs that are authentic and down-to-earth. This album will be successful because it’s not aiming for success. Sounds maybe weird but it isn’t at all.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Soulless Parasite
  2. Nothing Remains
  3. From the Flames
  4. The Silent Vigil
  5. Bleed the same
  6. As Bridges Burn
  7. The New Dark Ages
  8. No Known Grave
  9. Weaponised Fear
  10. Dronestrike V3

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review PARADISE LOST "Host" (Remastered)

Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2018 von Markus W. in Death Metal, Paradise Lost, Host, Gothic, News, Nuc

CD review PARADISE LOST "Host" (Remastered)

(7/10) "Host" was Paradise Lost's 7th longplayer and it was a controversially discussed released. The album was though a logical next step in a direction that loomed already with "Draconian Time" and "One Second".

Paradise Lost went further away from their raw death metal roots, left the "Gothic" days behind and started to experiment with more melodies and a gothic vibe instead. It's almost irony that the new gothic direction was almost in contradiction to the "Gothic" album. This trend wasn't much in favour of fans from the early days even though the album still reached high chart positions. To date it's the only Paradise Lost album that entered the Top 5 in Germany's longplay-charts.

19 years after the original version hit the shelves it's a remastered disc that sees the light of day this spring. One benefit of such a re-issue is the fact that the album is available for the first time in vinyl. Furthermore the remastered version of "Host" brings the quality of songs like "So Much is Lost", "Nothing Sacred" and "Ordinary Days" much more to the open. Paradise Lost's seventh record is a good album, featuring songs that all have a gloomy and cold atmosphere in common. Maybe it would have been smart to release it under another banner than under Paradise Lost.

However, retrospectively I think that "Host" was an important album for band and band members. Paradise Lost wouldn't be where they are today if they wouldn't have had this period in the late 90's / early 2000th.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. So Much is Lost
  2. Nothing Sacred
  3. In All Honesty
  4. Harbour
  5. Ordinary Days
  6. It's Too Late
  7. Permanent Solution
  8. Behind the Grey
  9. Wreck
  10. Made the Same
  11. Deep
  12. Year of Summer
  13. Host

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Gothic

Release Date EU: March 16th, 2018

 

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CD review THE CROWN "Cobra Speed Venom"

Veröffentlicht am 18. März 2018 von Markus W. in The Crown, Cobra Speed Venom, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review, Metal Blade

CD review THE CROWN "Cobra Speed Venom"

(8/10) Trollhätten is known for cars since legendary Saab automobiles have/had their roots in the middle of Sweden. But the smaller Swedish city, close to the shore of lake Vänern, has more in the offer than cars only. One of the most important Swedish death metal outfits call Trollhätten their home base.

Crown Of Thorns, founded in 1990, hails from Trollhätten, sending out their death metal sounds into the world since almost 30 years. It was in the early 90’s when five guys got together to work on a first demo that was entitled “When Heaven Gone”. Positive feedback acted as a motivator for working on a debut, which was published in 1995.

In 1997 the band had to change name since glam-pop outfit with the same name forced the Swedes to drop the name, leading to a shortened version for the band's moniker. Sailing from then on under the flag of The Crown, the quintet continued work on deadly riff attacks and deep growls, leading to many more longplayers from then till now.

2018 is the year of The Crown’s next strike, which is a ten song record. The five-piece band teamed up again with Metal Blade for releasing with “Cobra Speed Venom” another terrific noise assault. Death metal aggression, heavy metal roots and rock’n’roll passion characterize the ten songs on this longplayer very well.

From the raging opener (“Destroyed by Madness”) to the closer “The Sign of the Scythe” the band fires on all cylinders. The Crown didn’t come together to record an album full of compromises. It’s the opposite. “Cobra Speed Venom” is a brutal death metal release that feels like a real punch into the face. Enormous riffs guarantee pure firepower, captured in merciless tunes like “Rise in Blood.

One of Sweden’s death metal legends is back with a new album, showcasing a band that is still hungry for extreme metal. The Crown is a real metal engine that comes with far more horsepower than any Saab car ever had.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Destroyed By Madness
  2. Iron Crown
  3. In the Name of Death
  4. We Avenge!
  5. Cobra Speed Venom
  6. World War Machine
  7. Necrohammer
  8. Rise in Blood
  9. Where My Grave Shall Stand
  10. The Sign of the Scythe

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 16th, 2018

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New bands confirmed for this years ROCK HARD festival

Veröffentlicht am 16. März 2018 von Markus W. in Rock Hard Festival, News, Thrash Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, Hardrock, Death Metal, Armored Saint, Memorian, Axel Rudi Pell, Coroner, Live, Tour

New bands confirmed for this years ROCK HARD festival

Four more bands have been confirmed for this years Rock Hard festival. No less than US metal legends Armored Saint will play at Rock Hard festival as well as thrash pioneers Cornoner. Furthermore local hero Axel Rudi Pell is confirmed and last but not least death metal powerhouse Memoriam will tear down the house.

The festival will take place between May 18th and May 20th in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Further details see link below.

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CD review DEMONICAL "Chaos Manifesto"

Veröffentlicht am 10. März 2018 von Markus W. in Demonical, News, Chaos Manifesto, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Extreme Metal, CD Review, Agonia Records

CD review DEMONICAL "Chaos Manifesto"

(7/10) Demonical, hailing from Avesta, Sweden, is a death metal outfit that was founded in 2006 by former Centinex members. The only remaining founding member is Martin Schulman and it was in 2017 when the band went through a massive change when it comes to line-up and band members. Kennet Englund (d), Eki Kumpulainen (g) and Alexander Hoegbom (v) joined the band that also includes Johan Haglund on rhythm guitar.

“Chaos Manifesto” is the band’s fifth full-length album and follows the 2013 release “Darkness Unbound”.

The new record isn’t about epical length. “Chaos Manifesto” is more of a spot-on oldschool death metal album that reflects the Swedish roots.

The album is brutal and features eight raging death metal tracks, all being intense and not for the faint-hearted. Ferocious riffs meet deep growls, both leading to an aural assault that’s amplified by a thumping bass and pounding drums.

All in all it’s the intensity and the overarching sinister vibe that creates excitement with an album that contains solid songs that reminds of the past rather than look into the future.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. A Void Most Obscure
  2. Towards Greater Gods
  3. Sung to Possess
  4. Valkommen Undergang
  5. Torture Parade
  6. From Nothing
  7. Unfold Thy Darkness
  8. Death Unfaithful

 

Label: Agonia Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review OCEANS OF SLUMBER "The Banished Heart"

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2018 von Markus W. in Oceans Of Slumber, The Banished Heart, News, Century Media, CD Review, Prog Metal, Prog Death Metal, Death Metal

CD review OCEANS OF SLUMBER "The Banished Heart"

(8/10) American Oceans Of Slumber do have already two longplayers on the list of releases up to date. The debut “Aetherial” was published in 2013 followed by “Winter”, the band’s debut for Century Media.

After turbulent years in which love, loss, struggle and surrender have been constant companions, Oceans Of Slumber unveils their newest strike entitled “The Banished Heart” on March 2nd.

The mentioned struggles and emotionally touching happenings influenced the sound of the new album in a way that the record sounds darker and heavier than what’s known from “Winter”.

Oceans Of Slumber’s new longplayer contains eleven new songs of which the majority is long and epic. The opener “The Decay of Disregard” belongs, with its nine minutes, to this group. Starting fragile with a piano, the vibe changes the moment an oppressive riff takes over. There is a lot of melancholy embedded in this song too with Cammie Gilbert’s vocals being spot-on.

The Houston-based metal outfit likes to use contrast in their creative work and sound. There is constant interplay between louder sections and calmer moments. This up and down breaks the pattern and adds excitement to the tunes on the album. Take the title track as an example. Discomfort and melancholy are the key vibes of this atmospheric song that constantly spreads a feeling of hope and despair.

The approach is strengthened by Gilbert’s clean vocals that carry a lot of feel and the deep growls on the other hand. What sounds like the good old ‘beauty and the beast’ thing is actually something different on “The Banished Heart”. Oceans Of Slumber uses these different voices to express motions – like in “At Dawn”.

Two interludes have been placed on the tracklist too. There is the cinematic and creepy “The Watcher” and dramatic “Her in the Distance”, both moments of silence on this emotional journey.

“The Banished Heart” contains progressive metal songs with some outbursts into extreme metal, the latter mainly based on growls. The album is definitely to recommend since it delivers well-done music that’s touching. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

01. The Decay of Disregard

02. Fleeting Vigilance

03. At Dawn

04. The Banished Heart

05. The Watcher

06. Etiolation

07. A Path To Broken Stars

08. Howl of the Rougarou

09. Her In the Distance

10. No Color, No Light

11. Wayfaring Stranger

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Progressive Extreme Metal

Release Date EU: March 2nd, 2018

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CD review IRON REAGN & GATECREEPER - Split

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Iron Reagan, Gatecreeper, Relapse Records, News, Hardcore, Crossover, Punk, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, CD Review

CD review IRON REAGN & GATECREEPER - Split

(7/10) Relapse Records has a split release in the pipeline that sees the light of day beginning of March. Crossover thrashers Iron Reagan share an album with death metal powerhouse Gatecreeper. The latter added three songs to the total while Iron Reagan is present with five new tracks.

Things start with Iron Reagan, honoring again the glorious days of crossover thrash, times when bands like Nuclear Assault and D.R.I. had their peak moments. The quintet didn’t accept any compromises in the past and also the new songs follow this merciless approach. Iron Reagan is pushing the pedal to the metal which ends up in extremely speedy smashers such as „Warning“ or the 43 seconds blast „Proudly Unaccountable“. The only moment of moderate pace is „Take the Fall". Not that it's of extremely different tempo but it’s build on a slightly slower pace which brings a great groove more to forefront. Not a too bad thing, I must say.

After such a speed attack, Iron Reagan hand over to Gatecreeper. All of a sudden you're confronted by a totally different sound construct and thankfully there is an intro entitled „Daybreak" that prepares you for a death metal ride. Gatecreeper is specialized for oldschool death metal that reminds of bands like Obituary. It’s not that you’re paralyzed by new things after you listened to „Dead Inside“ and „War Has Begun“. Gatecreeper’s mission isn’t to redefine death metal. They build their songs on roots that lead back to Tampa in the eighties. However, what Gatecreeper brings to the table is still great music and listening to the songs is a pleasure without any suffering.

This split CD is a good way of checking out two bands of Relapse Records rich portfolio of metal outfits that you maybe would have missed otherwise.

 

(7/10)

Tracklist:

Iron Reagan

  1. Warning
  2. Paper Shredder
  3. Take the Fall
  4. Proudly Unaccountable
  5. Burn For This

Gatecreeper

  1. Daybreak (Intro)
  2. Dead Inside
  3. War Has Begun

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Thrash Metal / Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 2nd, 2018

 

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CD review DESTRÖYER "Call of the Wild" EP

Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Deströyer 666, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review, Call of the Wild, Season Of Mist

CD review DESTRÖYER "Call of the Wild" EP

(8/10) Metal horde Deströyer 666 worked on a new and evil EP entitled "Call of the Wild". As the earlier releases also this 4-track disc doesn't contain any compromises nor it features songs that are heading for the mainstream. "Call of the Wild" is a brutal mini-disc that combines thrash-, black- and traditional metal in an excellent way.

"Violence is Golden" is the starting point of this 20 minutes journey through raw and harsh metal. The songs is a true anthem, enriched by melodic leads that remind of the NWoBHM. "Violence is Golden" could become, also based on the excellent chorus, an excellent live song with the potential to turn any venue into a madhouse.

"Stone by Stone" is faster compared to the opener and convinces by its mercilessness before the title track takes you on a next wild ride. The final track on this EP is also the longest one. "Trialed by Fire" is a seven minutes tune that begins gloomy and acoustic. Slowly and step by step the song evolves to a hellish masterpiece that's heavy, brutal and melodic - all in one. Changes between loud and calm characterize a devilish Deströyer 666 hymn that was first published on the 2003 release "Terror Abraxas".

All done right with this EP that perfectly bridges the waiting time until the new album crawls out of hell.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Violence is Golden
  2. Stone by Stone
  3. Call of the Wild
  4. Trialed by Fire

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review NECROPHOBIC "Mark of the Necrogram"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Mark of the Necrogram, Necrophobic, Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Century Media, CD Review

CD review NECROPHOBIC "Mark of the Necrogram"

(8/10) Swedish metal horde Necrophobic belongs to the pioneers of Swedish death metal with roots going back to the late 80’s. It was in 1989 in Swedens capitol Stockholm when this quintet was formed by David Parland and Joakim Sterner and it was Slayer’s classic "Necrophobic" that inspired the guys when it comes to the naming of the band.

Nearly 30 years later Necrophobic is still preaching dark tales from hell, captured on a new album that is already on its way to the record stores. „Mark of the Necrogram“ is the first release in a five years time and follows the 2013 disc „Womb of Lilithu“. The new album is Necrophobic’s eighth release to date and it’s the first one for Century Media. The devilish longplayer comes with a tracklist that comprises of ten titles of which the last one is more of an instrumental outro.

As not expected different this album start fast and furious. No intro, no frills, no mercy. „Mark of the Necrogram“ is a brutal black metal smasher that gives a crystal clear idea of what to expect within the next 48 minutes. „Odium Caecum“  and „Tsar Bomba“ round off a great starting triple, the latter with a cool groove and melodylines that make the track to an approachable anthem in black metal.

Necrophobic pushes the pedal to the metal with „Pesta“ before the gloomy and atmospheric „Requiem For a Dying Sun“ adds a sinister vibe to the total. One of the best tunes on „Mark of the Necrogram“ is the uptempo „Crown of Horns“. The track spreads a vicious catchiness. This hymn puts a spell on you without shifting towards cheesiness or being close to sell-out. It just catches the listeners attention esp. in the verse and doesn‘t let loose anymore.     

This devilish metal record finds an end with „Untergången“. Like mentioned earlier, it's less of a song. It‘s more an atmospheric instrumental that can be seen as an almost three minutes long outro with an oppressive vibe.

Fans of traditional Swedish black metal should call this album their own. Necrophobic builds on their experience and created an album that spreads an unholy fascination of evil.

 

(8/10)

Tracklist:

  1. Mark of the Necrogram
  2. Odium Caecum
  3. Tsar Bomba
  4. Lamashtu
  5. Sacroanct
  6. Pesta
  7. Requiem For a Dying Sun
  8. Crown of Horns
  9. From the Great Above to the Great Below
  10. Undergången

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: January 23rd, 2018

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