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CD review SEPTIC TANK "Rotten Civilisation"

Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2018 von Markus W. in Septic Tank, Rise Above Records, Rotten Civilisation, News, Hardcore, Crust, Grindcore, Thrash Metal, Punk

CD review SEPTIC TANK "Rotten Civilisation"

(9/10) Septic Tank is a band, hailing from the UK that has its roots in the early 90. It was in 1994 when Septic Tank began as an outlet for members of doom metal veterans Cathedral, following their passion for hardcore and punk. No less than Cathedral vocalist Lee Dorrian as well as Gaz Jennings, bass player Scott Carlson (Repulsion) and drummer Barry Stern (ex-Trouble) started the band with some jams on a few occasions.

After having been in a state of hibernation for two decades Septic Tank is back, this time with a record in their backpack. The debut "Rotten Civilisation" is following a first EP, entitled "Septic Tank", which was released in 2013 only in Japan and with a limited number of pieces.

After five more years it was the final concert of Black Sabbath in Birmingham that brought together Lee Dorian and Scott Carlson. A few songs were already drafted but not reheased while new songs have been added to the mix in no time while the guys met.

The result of all the wait and work is a raging hardcore, punk, thrash metal record. It's almost impossible to describe the sound since it's built on so many influences. Motörhead's sound is one source of inspiration while some doomy Celtic Frost moments add another shade to the mix. Next to these to creative influencers it's punk music that gives Septic Tank a rock solid base, a sound that's inspired by bands like G.I.S.M..

"Rotten Civilisation" is an album that lives by its dynamic and aggressive. It transports a pissed-off vibe that was obviously present when the guys wrote the songs and produced the album. There are no frills added at all. What you get as a listener is the pure essence of furious emotions, captured and embedded in each of the 18 songs. The joy with this record is the spontaneity. Nothing sounds planned again and again and again. All the songs are emotions and notes are just a helpful tool to express an angry vibe that's built on today's reality.

Septic Tank's debut is an extremely authentic and powerful album that impressed me from beginning to end.





  1. Septic Tank
  2. Who
  3. Victimised
  4. Social Media Whore
  5. Divide and Conk Out
  6. Treasures of Disease
  7. Fucked
  8. Whitewash
  9. Death Vase
  10. You Want Some
  11. Digging Your Own Grave
  12. Danger Signs
  13. Walking Asylum
  14. Lost Humanity
  15. Never Never Land
  16. Self-Obsessed
  17. Living Death
  18. Rotten Empire


Label: Rise Above Records

Genre: Crustcore

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

Photo: Rise Above Records

Photo: Rise Above Records


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.






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.


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



CD review IMPLORE "Subjugate"

Veröffentlicht am 22. September 2017 von Markus W. in Implore, Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Grindcore, Hardcore, CD Review, News

CD review IMPLORE "Subjugate"

(6/10) It doesn’t happen to often that my first 40 minutes of listening to a band are listening to them performing live on stage. Mostly it’s of course the opposite, with listening to an album and then having a chance to see a live show of the guys. When it comes to Implode, it was the first mentioned approach that confronted me with their music. It was a few days ago when the guys supported Vallenfyre, playing a show at the Gebr. de Nobel in Leiden, The Netherlands.

Implore is a band that exists since 2013. It is an international group that includes members coming from different countries. The four-piece band premiered with “Depopulation” in 2015 and inked afterwards a deal with Century Media, the label that releases their sophomore longplayer “Subjugate”.

The upcoming metal storm begins with the slowly rising sounds of "Birth of an Era", an opener that ends in a pure noise orgy with racing fast guitars and hardcore-like vocals by Gabriel Dubko. The following "Loathe" is already known, since it was an earlier single release. It's one out of two 50 seconds lasting riff infernos, both not making any compromises and hard to digest. 

A welcomed break is entitled "Patterns to Follow". The song, that with nearly four minutes an epos on this longplayer, puts hardcore roots in focus. With the addition of some slower parts and a great groove, the song is the best one on the entire album.

To sum up: Implore’s second delivery is a short and intense piece of music that’s build on aggressiveness and energy. What’s partly missing are some nuances and twists, things that break-out of the patterns of the normal. Noise is a crucial element of this kind of extreme music, but things shouldn't be reduced to it.That goes for the album and even more for the live shows.





  1. Birth of an Era
  2. Loathe
  3. Cursed Existence
  4. Paradox
  5. Disconnected from Ourselves
  6. Totalitarian
  7. Patterns to Follow
  8. Ecocide
  9. Technology a Justification for Killing
  10. Cult of El
  11. Desolated Winds
  12. Boundary
  13. Untouchable Pyramid
  14. Gazing Beyond


Label: Century Media

Genre: Blackend Death Metal / Grindcore

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017


CD review THE DRIP "The Haunting Fear of Inevitability"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in The Drip, Grindcore, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review

(7/10) I have to admit that grindcore doesn't belong to my special fields. There are bands like Napalm Death who's releases belong to my metal collection, but in general this style of metal got too little attention from my side.

However, I got The Drip's newest album called "The Haunting Fear of Inevitability" and I found my way into it. The group from Richland, Washington started 10 years ago and so far the guys released three EP's, followed by this longplayer which marks the band's debut.

Grindcore isn't music that comes with long epical tracks; and the same goes for this record. The tracklist consists out of 13 songs, providing you with 31 minutes of brutal and uncompromising metal. Most of them are highspeed ones with some exceptions. "Wretches" sticks out from the mass. It's a number that is kept more moderate with The Drip discovering the heaviness of slo-mo.

Additionally the disc benefits from a proper production, leading to a modern, dynamic and aggressive sound that fits the songs very well. Combined with a well done artwork "The Haunting Fear of Inevitability" became an album that will be appreciated by grindcore fans as well as it might act as a door opener for metalheads that didn't pay too much attention to this kind of metal music either.





  1. Blackest Evocation
  2. Anathema
  3. Gruesome Poetics
  4. Dead Inside
  5. Covered in Red
  6. Terror War Industry
  7. Painted Ram
  8. Wretches
  9. In Atrophy
  10. The Answer
  11. Exile
  12. Consigned to Fate
  13. Bone Chapel


Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Grindcore

Release Date EU: January 13th, 2017

CD review THE DRIP "The Haunting Fear of Inevitability"

"Choosing Death - Die Unglaubliche Geschichte von Death Metal und Grindcore geht weiter..."

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Book, Death Metal, Grindcore, Punk, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Hardcore, News, Review

When death metal and grindcore started in the mid 80's things began slow, but not easy. And it wasn't a silent start either. These extreme styles in heavy metal have been like a blast wthin the existing metal scene, adding a new shade to heavy music.

Author Albert Mudrian took these genres and did a deep dive into the history of death metal and gringcore. The result is an impressing book that starts with the very early days when hardcore, metal and ounk merged to a new sound that grew over time.

The new version of "Choosing Death" is a entirely re-worked version that includes three extra chapters which mean 100 additional pages. A nice xtra comes at the end when a discogrpahy lists the most influencial longplayers - starting with Possessed's "Seven Churches" up to records like Hate Eternal' "Infernus" from 2015.

All in all this book is well-done, fact-based and entertaining. If you always wanted to know more about the roots and the history of death metal and grindcore, then you should read this book that could be a nice Christams present too.


"Choosing Death - Die unglaubliche Geschichte von Death Metal und Grindcore geht weiter.."

I.P. Verlag

Release Date EU: September 19th, 2016

376 pages and 399 photos/illustrations


"Choosing Death - Die Unglaubliche Geschichte von Death Metal und Grindcore geht weiter..."


Veröffentlicht am 2. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Grindcore, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Sludge, Doom Metal

(7/10) What a name: Agoraphobic Nosebleed. I wasn't very familiar with the band since grindcore noramlly isn't my true love. It was the band's name that made me curious when I got this album that is actually an EP. Three songs have been put on "Arc"and each of them is pretty long.

"Not a Daughter" marks the entry point to this record and it's characterized by Katy's angry, but also depressive shouts. After seven minutes of loud and experimental chaos the next tune starts, "Deathbed". A slow guitar riff starts and the whole song stays in slo-mo core pace. It's actually more doom/slugde than grindcore. Slowly the steam gage shows more and more pressure but even though the tune gets slightly faster over time it doesn't turn into a high pace one.

Eleven minutes, that's "Gnaw", which already the last track on the album. This number comes with mighty guitar riffs, downtuned to a maximum. This track is mean and raging. Impressive the way how Kath Katz pukes out the vocals. This is pure anger embedded in experimental heavy notes.

"Arc" is the beginning of a series of four EP's. It's a good first leg which is an interesting one for sludge fans. All the others should listen to one of the songs first before taking a decison.





  1. Not a Daughter
  2. Deathbed
  3. Gnaw


Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Sludge/Doom

Release Date EU: January 22nd, 2016


CD review VENOMOUS CONCEPT "Kick Me Silly - VC III"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Venomous Concept, Hardcore, Grindcore, News, CD Review, Thrash Metal, Punk, Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault

(8/10) Venomous Concept is a melting pot fed with hardcore, punk, thrash and grindcore. The result is taped on an album called Kick Me Silly - VCIII". As the title indicated, we are talking about the third disc of this five-piece band. For the once of you who haven't heard of the band before, Venomous Concept is Kevin Sharp and Shane Embury who started the project in 2004. They were joined by Danny Herrera and in the meantime also Nuclear Assault mainman Danny Lilker plus John Cooke are on board.

​Venomous Concept aren't known for releasing as many albums as possible. The debut "Retroactive Abortion" came out in 2004 and it took the band till 2008 to release their second longplayer "Poisoned Apple.

Now, another eight years later the third strike hits the record shops. "Kick me Sill - VCIII" is the title of this album that is 20 songs plus one bonus track called "Rocket Science".

The album is an sonic twister that catches you for around 50 min and spits you out with "Rocket Science". Actually the artificial heartbeat in the end is the first moment to calm down after such an acoustic inferno.

Actually it's two songs scratching at the 3 minutes level. Each of the other tracks take two and half minutes at maximum. The by far shortest track is "Johnny Cheeseburger" which isn't more than intense 11 seconds followed by the catchy hardcore/punk beast "Forever War".

Wild grindcore orgies like "Human Waste" are present on the third longplayer and "Holiday in Switzerland" sound like being taken from an apocalyptic soundtrack. The opener "Rise" instead is a raunchy hardcore/metal hybrid with even a 'melodic' chorus

I like Venomous Concept's new album and I think that fans of bands like Napalm Death and Nuclear Assault will love the songs too. "Kick me Silly - VC III" is raw and comes without any bells and whistles.

Looking on the frequency of releases so far - four years between album number one and two and eight years between album number two and three - I hope that we will get album number four a bit earlier than in sixteen years from now. Venomous Concept, please break the sequence.





  1. Rise
  2. Busy With Your Debt
  3. Anthem
  4. Potters Ground
  5. Human Waste
  6. Leper Dog
  7. Farm Boy
  8. Head on a Stick
  9. Pretend
  10. Johnny Cheeseburger
  11. Forever War
  12. Good Times
  13. Pretty on the Inside
  14. Holiday in Switzerland
  15. Fucked in Czech Republic
  16. Neck Tie
  17. Frontal Lobe Disorder
  18. Day Care
  19. Quazimodo
  20. Burning Fatigue
  21. Rocket Science (Bonus)


Label: Season of Mist

Genre: Grindcore

Release date EU: January 8th, 2016


CD review VENOMOUS CONCEPT "Kick Me Silly - VC III"

CD review EXHUMED "Gore metal redux: A necrospective"

Veröffentlicht am 6. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Exhumed, Death Metal, Grindcore, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) "Gore metal redux: A necrospective" is another re-release from a death metal classic that comes via Relapse Records. As you might assume by having a first view on the name and the cover it is the "Gore metal" album from the grind- / death metal band that has got a new dress. Similar to the original one also the new art work got the pure splatter expression by keeping the main elements. It just looks even more disgusting and more professional.

The same goes for the music which will make all death metal fans quite happy. From immensive riffs to raging rhythms the album contains everything you could expect from such a long player. As said, the album is basically the bands classic "Gore metal". But Exhumed didn't want to see the bands milestone just rot away. That's why they went into the studio and re-recorded the iconic death metal album. Remarkable in this context is the fact that Exhumed could win former singer Ross Sewage to do the vocals also on the re-release. He vomits out lyrics that could be from any splatter B-movie while switching between deep growls and thrash shouts.

The sound of the new album is very good. It is quite diveretiated for a death metal release and transports an immense raw power.

"Gore metal redux: A necrospective" became an excellent re-release from one of the most important records in death metal. Well done and worth the effort.





  1. Necromaniac
  2. Open the abscess
  3. Postmortem procedures
  4. Limb from limb
  5. Enucleation
  6. Casket crusher
  7. Death mask
  8. In my human slaughter house
  9. Sepulchral slaughter
  10. Vagitarian 2
  11. Blazing corpse
  12. Deadest of the dead


Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Death Metal

CD review EXHUMED "Gore metal redux: A necrospective"

CD review CRETIN "Stranger"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Cretin, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Grindcore, CD Review, News, Hardcore

(8/10) That the songs on this record do not have an epical length goes without saying. Cretin's pedal hits the metal. "Stranger", the new album, comes with fourteen tracks which are stylewise somewhere between death metal and grindcore. 

Now I must admit that grindcore isn't my very preferred style, but in this combination I like a lot what I hear. Cretin plays very fast but there is enough space in their music for a decent groove.

But let's start from the beginning. Cretin is a band coming from San Jose, California and they started already in 1992. But the four-piece disbanded in 1996 and it took five years for them to find together again.

From this moment on the band started to release relevant demo tapes and EP's before the debut album was published in 2006. "Stranger" is the second longplayer von Cretin. The current line-up consists out of Matt Widner (b) and Marissa Martinez (v, g) - both being part of the band from the beginning. Furthermore it is Col Jones behind the drumkit and Elizabeth Schall on the second guitar. Schall is the newest band member since she joined in 2013. Having her in the band added something to the music of the Cretin. It gives more space for sharp guitar solo that improve the songs of Cretin quite a lot. Eventhough each of the songs follows the same pattern there is more diversity in the music.

The vocals from Marissa, formely Dan Martinez, are as aggressive as we know them from "Freakery". She screams out all the anger accompanied by a brutal guitar sound and an enormous punch. As said already - the album is very fast, but not only build on highspeed. There are interlligent tempo break and mosh parts in several songs. An example is the very groovy middle part of "Knights of the rail".

"Stranger" is an album that is also interesting for non-grindcore fans and is worth to be listened to.





  1. It
  2. Ghost of teeth and hair
  3. The beast and the drowning bucket
  4. Knights of the rail
  5. We live in a cave
  6. Sandwich fro the attic angel
  7. Stranger
  8. Mister Frye, the Janitor guy
  9. Mary is coming
  10. Honey and venom
  11. Freakery
  12. They buried the lunchbox
  13. Husband?
  14. How to wreck your life in three days


Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Feath Metal / Grindcore

CD review CRETIN "Stranger"


Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2014 von Markus W. in Napalm Death, Grindcore, Death Metal, News, Tour

Here are the dates:

28.02. Umea - House Of Metal Festival (Sweden) + HATEBREED 
10.04. Tilburg - Roadburn Festival (Netherlands)
11.04. Pontoise - Observatoire (France) + HAMMERCULT 
12.04. Creil - Grange a Musique (France) + HAMMERCULT 
13.04. Nantes - Ferrailleur (France) + HAMMERCULT 
14.04. Paris - Fleche d'Or (France) + HAMMERCULT 
15.04. Lyon - CCO (France) + HAMMERCULT 
16.04. Toulouse - Le Metronom (France) + HAMMERCULT 
17.04. Angouleme - La Nef (France) + HAMMERCULT 
19.04. Chaulnes - Chaulnes Metal Fest (France) 
02.05. Leeds - 'Kin Hell Fest (Great Britain) 
09.05. Le Havre - Tetris (France) 
10.05. Matignicourt - Lezard'Os Metal Fest (France) 
11.05. Dunkerque - 4 Excluse (France) 
07.06. Reichenbach - Chronical Moshers Open Air (Germany) 
14.06. Protzen - Protzen Open Air (Germany) 
27.06. Dessel - Graspop (Belgium) 
11.07. Wegorzewo - Seven Festival (Poland)
01.08. München - Free & Easy Festival (Germany) 
09.08. Schlotheim - Party.San Open Air (Germany) 
30.08. Wörrstadt - NOAFestival (Germany) 
05.09. Loos en Gohelle - Gohelle Fest (France)