Chris Forbes’s Metal Reviews #11
Well I'm back with some new reviews to have you sink your teeth into. As you will notice by reading my reviews, lots of goodies in this set. I notice more and more brutal death metal bands are releasing stuff and at least as far as the promos I am getting less and less of that nu metal crap, which is fine by my ears. I hope after you read my reviews, you will check out the interviews I have posted on here as I don't do just fly by night interviews. I may them interesting as possible and hopefully the band answers the same way. Until my next set, keep the horns up and those neck snapping away to underground metal...now onto the reviews...
DAELKYR/AZZAYA/KARANIK/OHOL YEG/WRATHFIST/Tainted Hordes of Sathariel (Sathariel Records) A 5-way split with each band having a song each. Daelkyr starts off things and they are dent with some fast-picking black metal with a bit of melody to their sound. Azzaya wasn’t as good as to my ears they sounded like generic black metal. Karanlik offers a violent attack of black metal that fuckin rules. Awesome vocals that slay away the weak as well. Theis sound is just unrelenting as well. They bring it and then some. Ohol Yeg brings more of the same as the previous band, unloading a relentless display of war-like black metal that is fast and powerful and oh those fuckin vocals crush. Prepare to die you bastards. Last but not least is Wrathfist who offers up some vicious black metal that is a tad more melodic than the other bands, I liked, but didn’t love. Overall a very good and solid 5-way split.
GUTRICYDE/Self Titled (Corpse Gristle Records) Some decent, straightforward death metal. The vocals aren’t bad and the music is standard no-frills death metal. Thick, chunky, head-banging-like riffs fill the sky as this played. This reminded me a lot of Death’s “Leprosy” album, which isn’t a bad thing. The vocals aren’t like Chuck’s as they are more low and growly. The production is great and that guitar sound on this is crushing. Not bad at all and if you can’t get enough of the death metal sound, this isn’t a bad place to go to. The video below and info as well:
PAGANIZER/Beyond The Macabre (Transcending Obscurity Records) This Swedish band have come up with a pretty nice death metal release here. The band mixes in death metal w/some melody and nice catchy hooks and blast beats at times as well. The singer has a good set of pipes and his vocals don’t seem generic or forced. He sings with passion and fury and doesn’t get me wrong just because Mr Forbes said melody, don’t for think one minute this is not straight all in all-out death metal. Check out the videos below and judge for yourself:
NECRONOMICON/The Final Chapter (El Puerto Records) Yes this is the same one from all those years ago. This is the band’s newest release and it is a pretty nice slab of hard-hitting thrash metal. Destruction comes to mind at times while this plays on with the singer sounding a bit like Blitz from Overkill. The songs are fast, speedy tunes with no jump or nu metal in sight: thank god for that. Yes, there are a couple of new members on this according to the bio I got, but heck after 10 albums, what do you expect. If you like speedy German-style thrash, you’ll love this.
SHADOW’S MORTUARY/Unohdettu Maa (Purity Through Fire) This was pretty bad. Senseless black metal with a horrible screaming singer and even some of the parts are punkish in nature and I dare say it, groovy in nature!! What the fuck! This got old and got boring really quick.
WASTED/The Haunted House (Self Released) This band has been around since 1981 and this is the band’s 4th album! This is a solid release of balls to the wall metal. Powerful riffs and powerful vocals will bring out the metal person in you, even if there isn’t one ha ha. Songs that are both catchy and heavy big time. Sort of reminds me of Accept at times. Production is also very good and doesn’t sound all modern and crap like that. This is metal and I hate all that slick production at times. Check out a video of the band below as well.
FRIGHT/Same (Horror Pain Gore Death Records) This is a thrash/death metal band and a local one that is from my neck of the woods (NJ/US as well. They have a mix of a bit of groove and old-school thrash/death metal as well. The singer has a nice, good voice that I didn’t mind and the production was good and the drums didn’t have that trigger sound as well. The speedy parts rang well with me too. Overall a pretty nice job on this by these guys.
DROWN THE LIFEGUARD/Eroding Places (Self Released) Sorry guys I was not into this at all. This is that groove nu-metal stuff that I totally can’t stand. The jump metal, Pantera thing just doesn’t float my boat. It is well done if you like that sort of thing, but for me, I’ll pass.
SKUMSTRIKE/Deadly Intrusions (Self-Made God Records) A vicious slice of black/thrash metal that will have you loving the fire pits of hell. Razor sharp riffing like thrash used to be and should be along with a total old school, raw production that this music should be. Vocals from the depths of hell are totally killer and awesome. This will just knock you over like a 10-foot pole and smash your head into pieces. The band just get that feeling oozing out and feeling that I loved and can’t be faked. This just totally rules and if you don’t buy this, well you’re a fool. Video link below and label info too.
VIOLENTOR/Manifesto Di Odio (Time To Kill Records) Violent war speed/thrash metal is the ticket here. The problem with this is the songs are pretty weak and not so good. The singer doesn’t have a strong voice and the songs are not catchy, not strong, not powerful and not memorable at all. I didn’t like the guitar sound either and this is just like a fly-by-night band that plays nothing worthy at all.
STELLAGEN/From Dying Stars (Self Release) Music wise this isn’t bad, but oh those vocals are bad. The music is melodic thrash metal and melodic death metal, but I hated the “clean vocals: and I hated his “growls: and I just wasn’t a fan of his voice. It sounded too out of place and he just didn’t have it in my book. This is one of those in the middle bands for me, where the music is cool to decent, but the vocals ruin it. Video and band info are below.
HATRIOT/The Vale Of Shadows (Massacre Records) The band according to their bio, added more death metal vocals and a more metalcore sound as well. Well, you can guess what they sound like now? Just a generic Pantera-inspired band with a trigger drum sound. God was this awful as the singer sound terrible with his screams and they would have better off getting rid of all the death metal growls as they don’t belong in thrash metal guys and the trigger drum sound too. Mid-tempo is fine and there were some wicked thrash parts on this, but it was too far in between. Please guys ditch Pantera and go back to the Exodus sound I heard on this at times and you’ll rule.
VULNIFICUS/Innomination (Self Released) This is an older 3-song EP and I could immediately notice the difference between the 2 releases. This also has the chainsaw-crushing death metal sounds and a total speed attack, but I’d say the tunes on the new release have a more mature sound to them and you can see the band has gotten father along with their sound. The singer I like on both these releases, but the newer one is better as they mix things up just a tad and the songs are more memorable and therefore, better.