Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Diavolos - You Lived Now Die

Worshipping at the throne of 80's proto black/death metal this is the first wave in all it's filth and frenzied riffage. It calls to mind the beginnings of so many great bands without sounding old or jaded but rather a welcome breath of fresh metallic air for the headbanger in all of us. So you get a healthy dose of Show No Mercy and Scream Bloody Gore but with the rawness of black metal pioneers like Bulldozer along with early Sodom and Destrustion throwen in for good measure just in case proceedings weren't evil and dark enough. This is an air guitar, headbanging fist waving in the air kind of album which gets the blood pumpin'. I have to say the artwork is a great take on Exciter's "Heavy Metal Manic" which adds a nice touch along with song titles such as Baptized in Vomit which is clearly a homage to Death's classic Baptized in Blood. The album closes with the song "Death Metal" which would do Possessed themselves proud. Diavolos have capatured the dark spirit of 80's metal within You Lived You Die's insane burst of riff vomit.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

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THIRD STORM was formed in 1986 in Uppsala, Sweden by four people who shared the same passion for the
underground extreme music and at that time was very much influenced by acts like BATHORY, VENOM,
HELLHAMMER etc. The music scene in Sweden back then was very glam oriented (more than most European
countries) and extreme metal bands were seen as talentless bums. The band didn’t care and tried their best to be
the most extreme, the members were just kids in the 14-16 age range when they started, and how well you played
didn’t matter as long you could make noise with your instrument.

THIRD STORM performed about a dozen shows at that time, the overall crazy performance and the satanic image
was very over the top and therefore not taken seriously, so the band was laughed at for two years, ‘til they finally
split up in 1988. But the past decade or so people have seriously been taken interest in the past and found about
this obscure strange band who is more known for their name than their music.

The stuff the band has recorded in the 80s is rare as hell, a couple of recordings were made just for the band
themselves and very few copies were spread back in the old days of tape trading. The music back then was very
primitive and raw, like other black metal bands at that time the music was thrash influenced but with a very noisy
touch. The band used blast beats in 86 and not many could grasp that kind of noise back then. The vocals were
insane screams and lyrics were written in a way the south american bands were used to in the 80’s. They didn’t even
take any band photos and didn’t think or care in the terms of promotion, photos, flyers, studios etc. They just
wanted to bang their heads and make noise.

THIRD STORM’s new line up consists of two original members, vocalist Heval Bozarslan (SARCASM) and guitarist
Jimmy Eriksson. Guitarist David Eriksson (ANGUISH), bassist Daniel Ekeroth (USURPRESS/IRON LAMB) and drummer
Johan Ericsson joined forces to complete the black circle and set the tone for the black/doom metal the band just
presented as the “Tarîtîya Me” EP released in september this year on Dark Descent Records. The dark spirit of THIRD
STORM today is the same as in 1986, but the musical direction is breaking new grounds and new sinister elements
are added. The music is doomier, darker and ridden with an atmosphere that will scare the hell out of people. A 13
minutes music video was made for the song “Oath/Nava Agir” and the response has so far been more than great but
this EP is just a foretaste of what will come, the band just announced that their first full length (hopefully released
sometime 2016) will be a concept album and part one of a trilogy.

Third Storm - Tarîtîya Me

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Sadist - Hyaena

Label: Scarlet Records
Release Date: 16 October 2015
Genre: Progressive Death Metal Country: Italy

1. The Lonely Mountain
2. Pachycrocuta
3. Bouki
4. The Devil Riding the Evil Steed
5. Scavenger and Thief
6. Gadawan Kura
7. Eternal Enemies
8. African Devourers
9. Scratching Rocks
10. Genital Mask

Running Time: 45 minutes

Hyaena” is the new, long-waited album of Progressive Death Metal legends Sadist. Produced and mixed byTommy Talamanca at Nadir Music Studios in Genova, Italy, “Hyaena” is a compelling mix of the band's traditional Death Metal and Progressive influences with ethnic and tribal sounds, centered around an intriguing concept about one of Africa's most fascinating predators, whose legend says is ridden by the Devil. This is without any doubt the band's most mature, diverse and experimental album to date, in which every detail has been meticulously looked after, musically and visually (the beautiful front cover by painter Luca Orecchia and booklet design by Manuel Del Bono are both top notch). A videoclip for the first single “The Lonely Mountain” was launched with the album’s release. “Hyaena” features a very special guest appearance by percussionist Jean N’Diaye, who will also follow the band on stage on the next tour.

Some videos of the Band: (official 2015 promo videoteaser) (“One Thousand Memories” official videoclip taken from “Sadist” album, 2007. Recorded at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, supporting Maiden) (“Tearing Away” official videoclip, taken from “Sadist” album, 2007)
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Label: Breaking Wheel Productions
Release Date: 17 August 2015
Genre: Death Metal | Country: Finland

1. Voices From The Wheel (Intro)2. The Vengeance (From Beneath)
3. Into Oblivion
4. Torture Test
5. Cannibalizer
6. …As Your Flesh Rots
7. Remnants Of Claustrophobia

Running Time: 30 minutes

FACEBOOK »Necrodium is a Finnish Brutal Death Metal band founded 2006. The band started as a trio: Henkka (guitar), Wallu (bass & vocals) and Ake (drums). With that line-up, Necrodium recorded its first demo "Demo 07".

In 2008 Ake was kicked out and Kim joined in as a new drummer. The band rehearsed actively at that time, played some gigs and recorded three demo tapes: "Postmortal Vengeance" (2008), "Altar of Condemned" (2009) and "To Oblivion" (2012). For having more power and diversity to Necrodium's sound, Henkka started to do backing vocals after "Altar"-demo.

The line-up lasted until the end of the year 2012 when Wallu decided to leave the band and Linda joined in as a vocalist and Mika as a bass player. With Mika, Necrodium did few gigs and recorded its first album, Remnants (Breaking Wheel Productions, 2015). Mika left the band in january 2015 and Kaj replaced him right after.

Necrodium has done several gigs since 2009 with bands like Cerebral Bore, Tools of Torture, Desecration, Lithuria, Atretic Intestine, Cumbeast, Abhordium and Obscure Burial.

Necrodium is:
Lin Morbid - Visceral Vomiting
Henkka Disembowelment - Shredding and Screaming
K. Mutilator - Beating and Kicking
M. Putrefaction - Pulse of the Undead
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Label: Self-released
Release Date: 18 April 2015

Genre: Heavy Metal | Country: Brazil

1. Midnight Wild
2. Rock the Night 'Till I die
3. Runaway

Running Time: 14 minutes


Soulthern is an 80's heavy metal band, created in August 19, 2012 at Brusque SC Brazil.
Influenced by NWOBHM like Iron Maiden, Diamond Head, Judas Priest...

Flavio Cavilha - guitar, vocal
Lucas Foxx - bass
Erico Andriolli - battery
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Label: Sevared Records
Release Date: December / January
Genre: Death Metal Country: Sweden

1. Among Us
2. Ominous Spiral
2. Infected
3. Shapeshifting
4. Old Ways
5. Cold Air
7. Resist

Running Time: 35 minutes


Are you fed up with all the melodic crap that has emerged from Sweden during the last years? Have you given up the hope for the Swedish scene? Did you in fact think it was dead? Well, you were dead wrong - the blasting mayhem of INSISION will surely make you bang your head once again!

Brutal, relentless and direct...INSISION are not for the faint hearted.


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It's for guitar duos like this that the power of the riff was started because at the end of the day what it all boils down to is the basic riffs and whether they erupt from your speakers spewing forth molten metal or if they fall flat out and are weak in their execution. When it comes to Denner and Shermann we find ourselves with two veterans of metal who with Melissa and Don't Break the Oath alone knocked out more riffs than most bands manage in a lifetime and that's exactly what they do here with the aid of Sean Peck ( Death Dealer, Cage and Warrior) on demonic vocal wails. At time he appears to be a King clone however once the songs soak into your consciousness you can clearly hear that this man possess a voice all of his own. I could go on and on about Satan's Tomb but the mere fact is that it slays and crushes like one would expect, sure a Mercyful Fate album would be great but this takes care of any cravings, at least for the time being.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

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Endless Recovery - Revel in Demise

Label: Witches Brew
Release Date:  24 December 2015
Genre: Thrash Metal Country: Greece
01. Sinister Tales
02. Revel In Demise
03. Reaping Fire
04. Storming Death
05. Leather Militia
06. Trapped In A Vicious Circle
07. Blood Countess
08. Hypnos 
09. Evoke Perdition
10. Lurking Evil

Running Time: 41 minutes

Endless Recovery were formed in 2011 and since then spread their Thrashing Heavy Metal attack, counting various live sonic rituals as well as 3 official releases. After a year of silence, they are back with a force presenting their second aural horror entitled Revel In Demise . Heavily inspired by the European Speed/Thrash/Extreme Metal scene of the 80's this release marks a new era for the band , resulting in the perfect mix of mighty Heavy metal rythyms , Speed metal madness , Thrash metal sacrifices and early Black metal spooky atmosphere making this album a monument of TOTAL METAL.