I am now going to be reviewing some music in my column under the title of Chris’s Underground Metal Reviews on besides doing my interviews that they have been nice enough to publish. Now some of my reviews at times might be a bit too short and for that, I’m not gonna apologize. The thing is, I have been reviewing underground metal music since 1986 and I have heard 1000’s upon 1000’s of bands, both great, bad, really bad, and really good and everything in between. I will try and make my reviews a big longer on here for everyone I promise.
What I don’t want is trigger sounding drums, 10th rate let’s sound like a 1000 other black metal sounding Bathory clones with a terrible production, with vocals recorded in the woods at 3 am or 50th rate Cannibal Corpse sounding bands neither. Trust me I get that stuff sent to me a lot!
DROPDEAD/Dropdead (Armageddon Label)
I loved the re-release of this band’s debut album and now we have the follow-up which came out originally in 1998. This like the debut just is an absolute blast of hardcore/grind that doesn’t take much time off in the speed area haha. The singer screams his lungs out like a man possessed and this isn’t your momma’s hardcore band you might have heard in back in the 2000s. This is a pure assault on your ears and if you like short, pure grindcore blasts of delight, then this band is for you. Think old DRI (Dealing with It) and bands like Larm and production is good too. Fuck this singer rips his throat singing this stuff. I await album #3.
ENTROPHY/Force Convergence (Self Released)
The 4th release from this thrash band. Now this band has a mix of a modern thrash sound, but inject a more old school thrash sound in the mix. I’d say around 80% old school and 20% a more groovy thrash sound. Sort of like Judas Priest “Painkiller” era, with a touch of Pantera, and throw in a ton of Exodus and you get a sample of what this band is. The singer is absolutely fantastic and he sings each tune with a ton of passion and feeling and I could feel it big time as this played on. He has a clear and powerful voice too. The guitar sound is the real sound out and the crunch is second to none and the I love the speedy double drum parts as well. Easily a winner here for sure. The album is streaming on YouTube at:
INDOCTRINATE/Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation in the Temple of Flesh (Unholy Prophecies)
Raw, brutal, fast as fuck black/death metal that hits hard and hits fast. Their sound is like the golden days of death metal when not a million bands were around. The drummer just pounds and smashes his drums into total submission and leaves that snare drum no mercy. The riffs are just plain evil and they are memorable too, which to me is something I need. Bring me something to the table. This band brought me a full meal. Think of bands like Blasphemy, Sarcofago, and the like. Vocals from the pits of hell my friends. A total, fantastic release. Take a trip back to the way it used to be.
INVINCIBLE FORCE/Decomposed Sacramentum (Dark Descent Records)
OCCULT BURIAL/Burning Eerie Lore (Invictus Productions/Electric Assault Records/Stygian Black Hand)
SARCATOR/S/T (Redefining Darkness Records)
ARSEBREED/Butoh (Brutal Mind)
PROCLAMATIONAdvent of the Black Omen (Nuclear War Now! Productions/Ross Bay Cult)
This originally came out in 2006 and now is seeing a re-release along with 2 other releases by the band. This is raw, pounding, warlike black metal and I am just gonna review this one for now. While this is black metal done the right way, to me it just sounds like too many other bands I have heard doing this the past few years and it kinda bored me at times. This wasn’t anything to go bunkers over as it has a style that has been done over and over the past few years by many other bands. The music is mostly fast. Chainsaw pounding old school black metal with low black metal vocals that are sung decent and all, but what it boils down to is was a blown away, ah no. Good, but not great. Info
TYRANNO/March of Death (Helldprod Records)
WRECK-DEVY/Powers That Be (Punishment 18 Records)
PERDITION SECT/End Times (Seeing Red Records)
IRON ANGEL/Emerald Eyes (Mighty Music)
DEMOLIZER/Thrashmageddon (Mighty Music)