Markus' Heavy Music Blog

My world of music - est. 2013

extreme metal

CD review NAPALM DEATH "Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2018 von Markus W. in Napalm Death, Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs, Grindcore, Hardcore, Extreme Metal, Punk, News, CD Review, Century Media, Compilation

CD review NAPALM DEATH "Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs"

(*/10) Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death released 15 full-length records, spread over three decades. The awesome "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", released in 2015, was the latest one to date and it has been a lot of singles and some split releases that also enriched the discography of this timeless extreme metal powerhouse. Furthermore there are quite some bonus tracks that found their way on Japan-only releases, and so on.

"Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs" is a compilation that summarises a lot of this extra material and bundles it on this double CD release. The album covers the Century Media days up-to-date which means in other words, the time span between 2004 and 2016. In total there are 31 extreme metal songs that ended up on the tracklist, providing 90 minutes of grindcore and hardcore that doesn't compromise on anything.

"Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs" helps a lot to complete individual Napalm Death record collections, providing rarities that might caused a gap so far.

 

(*/10) 

 

Tracklist:

CD1:

1. Standardization (02:46) -> LP-only bonus track from ‘Utilitarian’ album sessions 2011.

2. Oh So Pseudo (02:36) -> Bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

3. It Failed To Explode (03:38) -> Japan-only bonus track from ‘Utilitarian’ album sessions 2011.

4. Losers (04:22) -> Bonus track from ‘The Code Is Red...Long Live The Code’’ album sessions 2004.

5. Call That An Option? (03:03) -> Bonus track from ‘Smear Campaign’ album sessions 2006.

6. Caste As Waste (03:06) -> Japan-only bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

7. We Hunt In Packs (03:49) -> Japan-only bonus track from ‘Time Waits For No Slave’ album sessions 2008.

8. Oxygen Of Duplicity (03:30) -> From Melvins Split EP, recorded 2013.

9. Paracide (01:39) -> Gepopel cover / Japan-only bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

10. Critical Gluttonous Mass (02:26) -> Bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

11. Aim Without An Aim (03:05) -> Bonus track from ‘Utilitarian’ album sessions 2011.

12. An Extract (Strip It Clean) (03:12) -> From Split EP with Heaven Shall Burn, recorded 2014.13. Phonetics For The Stupefied (03:29) -> From Split EP with Voivod, recorded 2014.

14. Suppressed Hunger (03:09) -> Bonus track from ‘Time Waits For No Slave’ album sessions 2008.

15. To Go Off And Things (02:29) -> Cardiacs cover / From Split EP with Melvins, recorded 2013.

CD2:

1. Clouds of Cancer / Victims Of Ignorance (02:06) -> G-ANX cover / Bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

2. What Is Past Is Prologue (02:57) -> Bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

3. Like Piss To A Sting (01:31) -> From Split EP with Melt Banana, recorded 2014.

4. Where The Barren Is Fertile (02:22) -> From Split EP with Melt Banana, recorded 2014.

5. Crash The Pose (01:33) -> Gauze cover / Japan-only bonus track from ‘The Code Is Red...Long Live The Code’’ album sessions 2004.

6. Earthwire (02:55) -> Download only as DZI Foundation benefit following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, recorded 2014.

7. Will By Mouth (01:25) -> From Split EP with Converge, recorded 2012.

8. Everything In Mono (02:48) -> Bonus track from ‘Utilitarian’ album sessions 2011.

9. Omnipresent Knife In Your Back (05:15) -> Bonus track from ‘Time Waits For No Slave’ album sessions 2008.

10. Lifeline (03:18) -> Sacrilege cover / From ‘Respect Your Roots Worldwide’ compilation, recorded 2011.

11. Youth Offender (02:07) -> B-Side from ‘Analysis Paralysis’ EP; recorded 2011.

12. No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal) (03:02) -> From Split EP with Converge, recorded 2012.

13. Legacy Was Yesterday (02:15) -> From Decibel magazine Flexi EP, recorded 2010.

14. Outconditioned (02:25) -> Despair cover / From ‘Covering 20 Years Of Extremes’ compilation, recorded 2008.

15. Atheist Runt (06:07) -> Bonus track from ‘Smear Campaign’ album sessions 2006.

16. Weltschmerz (Extended Apocalyptic Version) (04:05) -> Bonus track from ‘Smear Campaign’ album sessions 2006.

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Grindcore

Release Date EU: March 30th, 2018

 

Kommentare

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

Kommentare

CD review WATAIN “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE”

Veröffentlicht am 6. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE, Watain, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, News, CD Review, Century Media

CD review WATAIN “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE”

(9/10) If there was a black metal band that gained enormous popularity over the last years without ending up in some mainstream screeching or sell-out, it’s Watain. The band hailing from Uppsala, Sweden began their hellish endeavour in 1998 and the first unique thing is the fact that the trio is still consisting of founding members only. In almost 20 years the line-up didn’t change and it’s still E. Danielsson, P. Forsberg and H. Jonsson who are on their devilish mission.

Watain is very much known for their morbid and sinister live shows, but there is also a lot of musical substance that comes with this trio. Therefor also longplayers are a dark but joyful experience, presenting metal at an extreme.

Five longplayers came from netherworld so far and it’s the devilish number six that will mark a dark metallic start into 2018. “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE” is the name of the record that comprises of eight new songs from the abyss. The new album isn’t too long when it comes to running time. Watain kept things spot-on and due to the intensity level of the album it demands already a lot in a short time.

Especially in comparison with the predecessor “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE” shows the essence of Watain's sound. There are no frills, decorations and intros. Each of the tracks that ended up on the album are around four minutes of pure diabolicalness.

"Nuclear Alchemy" is the opener and actually it's even more. This songs is a statement and a signal of what to expect of the album. Rage and franticness, that's what “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE” is about and that's what ypu have to face without any signs of pre-warning. Watain sticks to this pattern through-out and also the melodic intro to "Teufelsreich" and its slower pace doesn't change the uncompromising approach of this longplayer.

“TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE” is a sonic purgatory. It is a raw and unpolished black metal album that is positioning the band far outside of any mainstream approach. Almost twenty years in black metal didn’t have any impact on Watain’s hellishly mission of holding up a mirror to the world, reflecting the dark and evil side. It’s a pitch-black album only lit by a few candles. Eerily beautiful.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Nuclear Alchemy
  2. Sacred Damnation 
  3. Teufelsreich
  4. Furor Diabolicus 
  5. A Throne Below 
  6. Ultra (Pandemoniac) 
  7. Towards The Sanctuary 
  8. The Fire Of Power 

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: January 5th, 2017

Kommentare

CD review AUTOPSY "Puncturing the Grotesque"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Autopsy, News, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, Peaceville

CD review AUTOPSY "Puncturing the Grotesque"

(9/10) It was three decades ago when one of the most influential death metal outfits appeared on the scene - and the guys came to stay. Even though having had a break along the way, it's 2017 being a year to celebrate. Autopsy is 30 years around and it’s a new mini-LP that will act as a bloody anniversary feast.

Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, Danny Coralles and Joe Trevisano deliver another rotten metal meal, that’s served in seven steps.

The quartet didn’t loose any intensity and impact over time. As if the debut would have been releases yesterday, the guys created another vicious release that combines slow-paced riffing and extreme metal in a way only Autopsy can do.

It’s a rolling bassline that kicks of “Depths of Dehumanization”, acting as a creepy intro for what’s next – “Puncturing the Grotesque”. The title song is a merciless death metal anthem with the pace kept high, showcasing the band as a well-oiled death machine. There is no way to escape. This song hits you like a ten-ton hammer.

“The Sick Get Sicker” follows and it’s another ruthless riff monster with some tempo breaks making this song so good. Starting fast and furious it’s the foot on the break halfway that acts as a well-placed disruption before a savage solo brings back the tempo. These changes built the general pattern for this exciting hymn. It’s a sonic avalanche that rolls over you and you can’t do anything about it.

Was it so far only breaks that brought some doom up to surface it’s “Gas Mask Lust” that entirely built on slo-mo. “Corpses At War” and “Gorecrow” don’t need to stand back behind the other songs and it’s the crazed “Fuck You!!!” that rounds off an excellently done mini-LP.

Gore legend Autopsy was and is belonging to the spearhead of US death metal, again underlined by this new EP.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Depths of Dehumanization
  2. Puncturing the Grotesque
  3. The Sick Get Sicker
  4. Gas Mask Lust
  5. Corpses of War
  6. Gorecrow
  7. Fuck You!!! (Bloodbath cover)

 

Label: Peaceville Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: December 15th, 2017

Kommentare

30 years of PEACEVILLE RECORDS

Veröffentlicht am 25. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Peaceville Records, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, Extreme Metal, Doom Metal, Label, News

Photos: Peaceville Records
Photos: Peaceville Records

Photos: Peaceville Records

Time for a metallic birthday this year. Legendary Peaceville Records will celebrate their 30th anniversary. The label had an enormous impact on (extreme) metal, giving bands like Paradise Lost, Anathema, Katatonia and more a first platform, making their music accessible for a wider group of metal heads.

To celebrate Peaceville Records anniversary many releases will be available for special price. Here’s the list:

  • Bloodbath; The Fathomless Mastery
  • Autopsy; The Headless Ritual
  • Behemoth;S atanica
  • Candlemass; Nightfall
  • Darkthrone; Arctic Thunder
  • Katatonia; The Fall Of Hearts
  • My Dying Bride; Feel The Misery
  • Pentagram; Relentless
  • Opeth; The Roundhouse Tapes
  • Paradise Lost; Gothic
  • Anathema; Alternative 4
  • Autopsy; Skull Grinder
  • Autopsy; Tourniquets,Hacksaws And Graves
  • Behemoth; Abyssus Abyssum Invocat
  • Behemoth; Zos Kia Cultus
  • Candlemass; Ancient Dreams
  • Candlemass; Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
  • Darkthrone; Blaze In(20th Anniversary)
  • Darkthrone; Sardonic Wrath
  • Darkthrone; Soulside Journey(Ann.Ed.)
  • Enslaved; Yggdrasill
  • Katatonia; Brave Murder Day
  • Katatonia; Night Is The New Day(Tour Ed)
  • Katatonia; Tonights Decision
  • Khold; Til Endes
  • Mayhem; Live In Leipzig
  • My Dying Bride; Evinta
  • My Dying Bride; Turn Loose The(Reissue)
  • My Dying Bride; Vaulted Shadows(EP-Coll.)
  • Novembre; Ursa
  • Paradise Lost; Lost Paradise
  • Pentagram; Day Of Reckoning
  • Akercocke; The Goat Of Mendes
  • Autopsy; Severed Survival
  • Behemoth; Demigod(Deluxe)
  • Behemoth; The Apostasy
  • Bloodbath; Bloodbath Over Bloodstock
  • Sikth; Death Of A Dead Day
  • Anathema; Serenades
  • Pentagram; Curious Volume
  • Darkthrone; Transilvanian Hunger
  • Darkthrone; Underground Resistance
  • Mayhem; Live In Leipzig
  • Pentagram; Curious Volume
  • Bloodbath; Bloodbath Over Bloodstock
  • Mayhem; Live In Zeitz
  • Mayhem; Mediolanum Capta Est(Ltd.)
  • My Dying Bride; Angel&The Dark River
  • My Dying Bride; As The Flower Withers
  • Autopsy; Headless Ritual(Ltd.)
  • Darkthrone; A Blaze In The Northern Sky
  • Darkthrone; Under A Funeral Moon
  • Autopsy; Mental Funeral(Ltd.)
  • Candlemass; Nightfall
  • T.O.M.B.; Fury Nocturnus
Photo: Peaceville Records

Photo: Peaceville Records

Kommentare

CD review IRON MONKEY "9-13"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Iron Monkey, Sludge, Hardcore, Extreme Metal, Punk, News, CD Review, Relapse

CD review IRON MONKEY "9-13"

(8/10) Officially Iron Monkey are categorised as being a sludge metal outfit. But the trio from Nottingham has more to offer. Iron Monkey began in 1994 and finished off a first era in 1999. After 18 years of absence it is 2017 which brings Iron Monkey back to the scene. Being a trip these days the guys worked on the comeback album “9-13” which hit the shelves in October.

Things get started with „Crown of Electrodes“ which is brutal sludge metal killer, unveiling some anarchic sound with the almost insane shouting by frontman Jim Rushby. This guy doesn’t give his vocal ligaments any moment of rest, with the hoarse screams being a substantial element of Iron Monkey‘s sound, regardless what pace the song comes with. Compared to some other stuff on the album the title track i.e. is slower and comes with a mighty groove before „Toadcricifier - R.I.P per“ shifts three gears, being a nasty high-speed smasher.

It‘s those variations in speed and tempo that adds to the positive impression I got from this release, with „The Rope“ entering the fields of slo-mo riffs with a solid doom expression.

What‘s impressive is the nine minutes closer that you might not expect from a sludge band. The guys have enough musical experience to give these nine minutes quite some breaks and twists. Not that the trio deviates from their general pattern. It‘s more the adaption of their own trademarks that adds the dynamic needed for such long closer.

Iron Monkey‘s new longplayer is an uncompromising and menacing piece of music - a furious ravage that is worth some spins.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Crown of Electrodes
  2. OmegaMangler
  3. 9-13
  4. Toadcrucifier - R.I.P.PER
  5. Destroyer
  6. Mortarhex
  7. The Rope
  8. Doomsday Impulse Multiplier
  9. Moreland St. Mahhervortex

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Sludge

Release Date EU: October 20th, 2017

Kommentare

New SINSAENUM EP in November

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Sinsaenum, earMUSIC, News, Extreme Metal, Death Metal, Joey Jordison, Attila Csihar, Frédéric Leclercq

New SINSAENUM EP in November

Extreme metal band Sinsaenum, being the brainchild of Frėdėric Leclercq and Joey Jordison, will release a new EP beginning of November.  The title track is already unveiled and is entitled "Ashes".  The EP comes with a running time of 30 minutes and includes, amongst others, three brand new songs. Release date is November 10th via earMUSIC.

Kommentare

CD review CRADLE OF FILTH “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay”

Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2017 von Markus W. in Cradle Of Filth, News, CD Review, Black Metal, Melodic Black Metal, Nuclear Blast, Extreme Metal

CD review CRADLE OF FILTH “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay”

(9/10) I can’t even explain ‘why’, but Cradle Of Filth never really went right to the top of my personal playlists. I had them on my metal radar and I liked to listen to them once in a while, but the pure excitement never hit me. Therefor I was curious when I heard about their newest output and I was blown away after having listened to it a few times.

Cradle Of Filth is mainly Dani Filth, being the only remaining founding member that's still active. The band basically became his band over time and it looks like him reaching less stormy water with Cradle Of Filth after some years of line-up changes and more average longplayers.

A turning point was the 2015 album “Hammer of the Witches” that was done again in a renewed line-up. It looks like chemistry within the band is right since then and there's all of a sudden a certain consistence when it comes to involved musicians which had a positive impact of what we get served on “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay”. With this longplayer, the band continues a winning streak that began in 2015. Eight new songs bring excellent metal to light (or should I better say to darkness?) Anyhow, this record is a remarkable one that reminds of the earlier times, days when classics like “Cruelty and the Beast” excited metal fans all over the planet.

The first thing that stands out is the powerful and dense sound of the album. Cradle Of Filth creates a rock solid black metal wall that’s bombastic. The beauty though is the fact that the bombast never takes over too much. Guitars and a menacing rhythm section do the best to get into the forefront, adding a harsh touch to each of the songs. Cradle Of Filth makes use of all the elements and ingredients melodic Black Metal has to offer. Listen to the awesome “Wester Vespertine”, a song that gives a good idea of the band’s sound in the here and now. You find back the galloping guitars, a Dani Filth shrieking at his best, cinematic soundscapes embedded in the frames of black metal and female vocals that act as a perfect final touch to this great tune.

In general, Cradle Of Filth put pretty long tunes on the album, with some exceptions. The opener “Exquisite Torments Await” is two minutes spot-on track, before the melodic and racing fast “Heartbreak and Séance” starts an exciting journey told in seven steps of 6-8 minutes of length each. Another benefit that comes with this album is variation in pace and tempo. “Vengeful Spirit”, as one example, starts acoustic and calm before it turns into a raging black metal anthem. But instead of walking on this road for seven minutes, Cradle Of Filth adds twists and breaks which help to keep the listener excited and curious.

I can definitely “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay” since it’s heavy, dark, melodic, harsh, bombastic, simple and many-faceted, all in one.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Exquisite Torments Await
  2. Heartbreak and Séance
  3. Achingly Beautiful
  4. Wester Vespertine
  5. The Seductiveness of Decay
  6. Vengeful Spirit
  7. You Will Know the Lion by His Claw
  8. Death and the Maiden

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Melodic Black Metal

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017

Kommentare

News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Veröffentlicht am 7. September 2017 von Markus W. in Slipknot, Universal Music, Lie, Documentary, News, Alternative Metal, Crossover, Extreme Metal, Groove Metal, Nu Metal, Modern Metal

News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Iowa-based extreme metal outfit Slipknot will release a 90 minutes documentary DVD/Blu-Ray entitled "Day of the Gusano" on October 20st. This release captured the band's first show in Mexico, which took place in December 2015 with additional interviews and background stories.

DVD Documentary
1. Sarcastrophe
2. Eeyore
3. Custer
4. (Sic)
5. Me Inside
6. Psychosocial
7. Duality
8. Before I Forget
9. The Devil In I
10. Vermilion
11. Prosthetics
12. Metabolic
13. Spit It Out
14. The Heretic Anthem
15. Wait And Bleed
16. Surfacing / Til We Die

DVD Concert
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

CD
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

Kommentare

CD review DECAPITATED "Anticult"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Decapitated, Death Metal, Groove Metal, Nuclear Blast, CD Review, News, Extreme Metal

CD review DECAPITATED "Anticult"

(8/10) For one or another reason I missed Decapitated up to date. Of course it’s the name that rings a bell, but not more. OK, this changes right her, right now. I received the band’s seventh studio album in a history of more than 2o years and I'm impressed of what I got to hear.

The Polish metal outfit entitled their newest output “Anticult” and actually the opposite could became reality. “Anticult” could become ‘cult’. The quartet releases an album that includes basically everything you could ask for from a more extreme metal release.

First of all “Anticult” is spot-on. Decapitated took a puristic approach with not overloading the album with lengthiness. Eight songs and 38 minutes are enough to blow you away. The songs itself though are often between a 5-6 minutes of length, filled with extreme riff, a massive rhythm line and harsh vocals. The beauty with these eight songs is the fact that they can keep a high level of excitement through-out. Take the brutal opener as an example. Decapitated kicks-off the track calm and quite melodic before it turns into a death metal pounder before towards the end calmness partly return. Or take "Earth Scar". This intensive track with its breaks and powerful beat feels like a sonic thunderstorm.

Decapitated’s foundation sits in death metal and also the newest strike doesn’t even try to hide these roots. What acts as a peperoni on the pizza is the groove the guys embedded in each of the eight songs. The combination of extreme metal and groove leads to turns and twists, acting as a true powerhouse. What helps the band in creating these kind of massive songs are the technical capabilities of everybody involved, giving the album its dynamic and energy.

It’s never too late for new things and from now on Decapitated belongs to the bands I want to hear more of during the coming years and till then I keep on going with “Anticult” and the bands rich musical history.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Impulse
  2. Deathvaluation
  3. Kill the Cult
  4. One Eyed Nation
  5. Anger Line
  6. Earth Scar
  7. Never
  8. Amen

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

Kommentare

CD review CELTIC FROST "Innocence and Wrath"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Celtic Frost, Noise lebt!, News, CD Review, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Extreme Metal

CD review CELTIC FROST "Innocence and Wrath"

(*/10) My door opener to Celtic Frost was the band’s third longplayer “Into the Pandemonium”. I read the positive articles in some fanzines and in addition the album was highly recommended to me too by a friend of mine. OK, if there was such a buzz around this longplayer it couldn’t be a bad one. And wow, it blew me away when I heard the songs for the first time. This was extreme metal, at least for me at this specific moment in time. Already the opener “Mexican Radio”, a cover version of the Wall Of Voodoo song, put a spell on me but also “Mesmerized” and “Caress Into Oblivion” have been mind-blowing experiences for me, listening to this fantastic album. Based on such a positive impression of “Into the Pandemonium” curiosity was rising which brought me to the first two longplayers – “Morbid Tales” and “To Mega Therion”. What should I say? These records have been at least as good as their third one. Especially “Morbid Tales” had this anarchic vibe that made it such an extreme experience for ears and mind. In one or another way it seemed like these songs don’t know any boundaries or limits while on the other hand none of the tracks ended up in chaos. They all followed an own structure, all leading to this typical Celtic Frost sound. “To Mega Therion” picked things up where the band left of with the debut. Still being a harsh and evil piece of music, Tom Warrior and his gang fine-tuned their music, leading to smashers such as “The Usurper” and “Circle of Tyrants”. With each of these songs written and released another trademark of Celtic Frost was hammered into brains of metalheads. If someone can claim copyrights on “UUUhhhhh”, than it’s Tom G. Warrior. This guttural moment came and comes back in quite some songs and belong to Celtic Frost with 100%.

The big disappointment came with “Cold Lake” which was the band’s fourth album with Celtic Frost moving away from their roots and it’s not too bad that this release isn’t part of the current re-issue series. What is part though is the next longplayer of Swiss-based metal pioneers - “Vanity/Nemesis”. This album can’t handle a comparison with the first three ones, but it shows the band catching up again. “Vanity/Nemesis” is more an album showing the experimental side of Celtic Frost with opening their music also for other influences – like gothic and more traditional metal. At that time the fifth album was a mixed bag and it took me a while to find my way into it. I think it has to do with expectations. Approaching it in a way of comparing old and new leads to disappointment. Seeing it as a 'stand alone 'piece of music instead, allows finding the details and tweaks that are weaved into the songs, making “Vanity/Nemesis” to an interesting album.

This was my story around Celtic Frost, a band that was more than influential for extreme metal music, picked-up by many bands and further developed up to date. These guys initiated a genre that added another shade to metal music and their first three records are classics that should be part of every collection. Fortunately the “Noise lebt!” campaign brings back all these highlights in a re-issued edition. “Innocence and Wrath” is the compilation that covers the highlights of the mentioned records, while each of these cornerstones is also available individually as CD and vinyl. If you grew up with Celtic Frost these releases are a welcomed journey back in time and if you’re a younger metalhead who missed these early days you can easily catch-up with these discs.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. Human (Intro)

2. Into the Crypts of Rays

3. Morbid Tales

4. Procreation (Of the Wicked)

5. Return to the Eve

6. Nocturnal Fear

7. Innocence and Wrath

8. The Usurper

9. Dawn of Meggido

10. Circle of the Tyrants

11. Fainted Eyes

12. Necromantical Screams

13. Jewel Throne

14. Eternal Summer

15. Suicidal Winds (Emperor’s Return EP)

16. Visual Aggression (Emperor’s Return EP)

17. Mexican Radio

18. Inner Sanctum

19. Tristesses de la Lune

20. I Won’t Dance (The Elders’ Orient)

21. In the Chapel In the Moonlight

22. The Inevitable Factor (Alternate Vox)

23. The Heart Beneath

24. Wine in My Hand (Third from the Sun)

25. Wings of Solitude

26. Nemesis

27. Journey Into Fear (Emperor’s Return EP Recording Sessions)

 

Label: BMG/Noise

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June 30st, 2017

Kommentare

CD review GOD DETHRONED "The World Ablaze"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in God Dethroned, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Metal Blade, News, CD Review

(9/10) European death metal had to suffer from some losses over the last months, bands  like the legendary Bolt Thrower who decided to stop after having lost their friend and drummer Martin Kearns. After all this sad news there are also positive signs. Dutch metal pioneers God Dethroned worked on a new album and it will help to wipe off some of the tears.

God Dethroned's way forward was a bumpy one. The band that released excellent albums in the fields of death metal had to handle many changes in the line-up with mainly Henri Sattler as the tower of strength. It seems that the current line-up becomes a more stable one, leading to a great death metal album that belongs to the best ones God Dethroned has published up to date.

"The World Ablaze" rounds off a so far unfinished trilogy about World War 1. "Passionsale (Passchendaele)" was the starting point in 2009 followed by the well-done "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross". It was not even certain if Sattler and his comrades would be able to take the final step. The band decided for a break after the second chapter of this trilogy and fortunately fans can enjoy the last chapter after seven years of waiting.

The new longplayer is a masterpiece in death metal. God Dethroned releases a sonic wrecking ball that tears down everything that gets in its way. "A Call to Arms" is the first chapter and is an intro. It's preparing the listener with melodic guitars for what comes next - nine metal songs that are jaw-dropping good.

"A Call to Arms" is follow by four raging metal assault with the title track as the hero. Speed and intensity qualifies this song as being the name giver for the entire release. God Dethroned adds many aspects to their sound. Mostly furious and fast the bands always includes melodic guitar section like in "Close to Victory". This helps to break up a pattern by adding more dimensions to each of their songs.

"Konigsberg" is the silent middle part of the album and feels like an oasis within these furious 41 minutes of music. In the end it's not more than the prelude for the slowing building up "Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)". God Dethroned reduces speed a lot which gives the tune a slightly different expression. Each note of this song captures the bane of war, something that continues with "Breathing Through Blood". It's amazing how many facets of death metal are included in these songs. The galloping “Messina Ridge" adds another one before the monstrous "The 11th Hour" kicks-off the final chapter of this passionate longplayer. What benefits the album too is the excellent sound that was provided by Dan Swano himself.

To sum up: "The World Ablaze" is an excellent death metal release. It's a longplayer that's brutal in its approach and sound, while giving enough space to melodic leads and various tempos. Excellent work.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. A Call to Arms
  2. Annihilation Crusade
  3. The World Ablaze
  4. On the Wrong Side of the Wire
  5. Close to Victory
  6. Konigsberg
  7. Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)
  8. Breathing Through Blood
  9. Messina Ridge
  10. The 11th Hour

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: May 5th, 2017

CD review GOD DETHRONED "The World Ablaze"
Kommentare
1 2 > >>