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  • Insulters - " We Are the Plague " (Spain)

    Unholy Prophecies Productions
    More drunken black/thrash! From Spain this time, and unlike Pervertor – it doesn’t blow! Who knew... So this band features the drummer from Graveyard (the Spanish death metal band, not that hipster stoner band), and while it can hardly be called original, at least these guys know how to write a good song. Holy fucken crap, dudes. I’m not sure what the fuck they put in the water in Spain cos these guys have no fucken reason to be this pissed. Warm, sunny weather, half-naked girls all year round and an economy fueled by overspending tourists. Apparently these guys really hate religion for some reason, and they are equal opportunists in targeting religions. So yeah, this sounds really fucken close to Italy’s Necromessiah and that fucking "Antiklerikal Terroristik Death Squad" record they did – but better written and more competently played. Whether that’s a compliment is fucken up to debate, but there you have it. This record wastes no time, and just keeps thrashing on without much respite, or variation. Half of it sounds like "Scream Bloody Gore" Death, and the other half is your standard drunken black/thrash metal. Not that I’m complaining. I’d rather listen to another Gospel Of the Horns or Deströyer 666 knockoff than another Sevared Records or Comatose Music release. It’s all about fucken priorities, dudes. "We Are the Plague" is the good kind of retro metal. Conscious of its roots and where the genre came from. It doesn’t inspire a lot of fucken replayability, but what does these days? The production has that old Sunlight grime and earthiness, and also something of that old Morrisound thickness. Exactly the kind of shit I love. A fucken concrete and crunchy production job for a dark and hateful sounding genre. Thank fucken Odin there’s none of that plastic crap that uglies up so many fucken modern "death" metal record these days. Anyway, so yeah, Insulters. Stupid name. Good album. Do you know what would make this record even better? If they shot a video with Eli Tetona – but I’m just rambling now. This is the way death metal is supposed to sound. I’m not expecthing you girls to like this, but I’m not obliging you to read my blog either. So fuck you if this is "too raw" for your delicate taste. I’m loving it, and that’s the most important. http://unholyprophecies.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 7
  • Miserable Failure - " Hope " ep (France)

    Kaotoxin Records
    By Odin... Remember when I fucken said that the singer from Calvaiire should join a grindcore band? Somebody apparently must have read that memo cos Miserable Failure is exactly that: a grindcore band with hardcore vocals. Holy crap, this shit just fucken rocks. This is exactly the kind of shit I love. Miserable Failure sounds a fucken lot like "Inhale/Exhale" Nasum, "Scum" era Napalm Death, Exit Wounds, Kill the Client, early Brutal Truth and shit like that. I’m actually surprised that this isn’t fucken released by Nailjar Records, cos they have a habit of finding exactly this kind of rabid, and utterly fucken relentless grindcore. For one thing, these Frenchies don’t fuck around. Holy crap, dudes. This EP is over before you know it, and this band whacks you around the head so fast you hardly fucken know what happened. This is some seriously fucken pissed off grindcore. It’s kinda hard to say a lot about this EP. It’s four songs, barely four minutes in total length. For second, when was the last fucken time you heard a record that didn’t outstay its welcome or pretended to be something it was not? Exactly. This bunch of angry Frenchies doesn’t pretend to be anything but what they are. No bullshit, no fucken pretense. They just want to fucken rip your head off, and toss it across the street. These four songs blast by at such a fucken breakneck pace that you hardly fucken know what hit you. Miserable Failure is anything but a failure, they are the best fucken thing I’ve heard in this genre in a long while. Who knew that the country of Audrey Tatou, Gojira and Massacra had killer grind? You learn something fucken new every day. For fucken reals, this is the best French grind since Inhumate – and they have been around since... well, forever. I hope these French croissants are writing a full album right fucken now, cos the world needs more pissed off grind to scare away the hipsters and stupid kids. By Odin. It’s been too long since grindcore sounded this awesome. I don’t care what you assholes like this week, whatever you are listening to right now is shit compared to this. Lay down that bong, and do something productive. Order this EP and have your head ripped off. http://www.kaotoxin.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 8
  • Morfin - " Inoculation " (USA)

    FDA Rekotz
    Morfin sound a lot like Death. I mean, really a fucken lot. "Inoculation" sounds a lot like the bastard offspring of "Spiritual Healing", "From Beyond", "The Ten Commandments" and "Cause Of Death". It kinda begs the question why FDA decided to sign this band when they had Skeletal Remains on the roster already. Not that I’m complaining. Morfin fucken rocks, and Odin fucken knows this is the closest we’ll ever come to genuine pure death metal. And that’s what this record fucken is. Pure. Unspoiled. This is death metal, plain and simple. You wouldn’t want to believe how much of a fucken breather it is to hear a band play one style well, and not mingle it with shit it doesn’t fucken need. Holy crap, dudes. Odin knows that death metal has gotten really stupid in the last 15 years, but thanks to bands like Morfin I’m not yet writing this joke of a genre off. And this is from California no less, by a bunch of long-haired Latinos with names like Gonzalez, Hernandez and Romero. I guess there still are good Cali death metal bands next to Embryonic Devourment, Banishment, Sadistic Intent and Skeletal Remains. Who the fuck knew, right? Oh sure, the artwork is silly, and the album would have been better off with a painting from Ed Repka, Michael Whelan or Dan Seagrave – but considering how good this record is I’m gonna give a fucken pass on the amateuristic artwork. It even has an instrumental bass solo. For fucken reals. The vocals have more of that old Pestilence vibe, you know, back when Pestilence was actually still fucken worthwhile. "Malleus Maleficarum" is what the fuck is sounds closest to, vocally. Oh sure, there are the typical first record defects. Some of the songs just take way too fucken long to make their point, and some of the vocals aren’t equally convincing, and sometimes the songs just wander around with no clear idea of where to go – but these are small qualms considering the things this record does right. Fuck knows death metal gets more fucken retarded and stupid each year that passes, so I’m fucken thankful to have a band like this. It isn’t doing anything new, but what it does with the genre is at least worthwhile and commendable. "Inoculation" knows what it is and where it came from, which isn’t what you can say about most modern day death metal. Sign me up for more of this shit. This rocks. http://fda-rekotz.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 7
  • Omnizide - " Death Metal Holocaust " (Sweden)

    Carnal Records
    Apparently Bennie Fors (B-Force) woke up from his drunken stupor one day and realized that being the bass guitarist in Dark Funeral was as useful as being the male singer in a Boob Metal band. Instead of forming that long overdue band of ex-Dark Funeral and ex-Marduk members, Omnizide is made up of people I have never fucken heard of. The guitarist from Avsky is in this, and some guy from a band called Craft is on vocals. Instead of being fucken alpha and recruiting Paul Mäkitalo (Themgoroth) as vocalist and Fredrik Andersson (ex-Marduk) on drums this band went for the humble unknowns. This band would probably still be unheard of if it weren’t for Fors getting off his fat ass and playing his bass in this band. Anyway, the vocals remind me of fucken Bleeding Fist more than anything, and Omnizide itself has more of an Australian war-metal type sound. It’s not quite as out of control and violent, nor as thrashy – but I suppose it comes close enough. I’m not sure why they named this album "Death Metal Holocaust" cos it’s more of a black/thrash metal album than anything. The label and Metal-Archives agree on this being "black/death metal", so who am I to disagree? Anyway, these guys dress up in the usual leather get-ups and indiscriminately use corpse paint, so I guess they are black metal when it comes to it. As was expected, I can’t hear much of the bass guitar despite it being played by Dark Funeral’s most famous fattie. Maybe that’s too necro and kvlt for these black metal types, who the fuck knows, right? Although this band has a track called ‘No Remorse’ it isn’t a cover of that old great Metallica tune. So yeah, this is pretty good stuff considering there’s only guy who has been able to live off his music for a few years. "Death Metal Holocaust" might not be the best thing in the genre right now, but considering the amount of shit the black/thrash metal genre has brough forth in recent years this is actually pretty good. It isn’t something you haven’t heard before, and the only reason why people will bother checking this band out is Fors anyway. Hopefully they’ll finetune their sound a bit by the time the next album rolls around. Who knows? http://www.facebook.com/Carnalrecords.sweden comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 7
  • The Wakedead Gathering - " The Gate and the Key " (USA)

    Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum
    Name me one good one-man death metal band, and I’ll name you five that are absolutely fucken atrocious. The Wakedead Gathering is the band of Andrew Lampe, and while it is a one-man project, I’m as fucken surprised as you were that this doesn’t completely fucken blow. Holy shit, dudes. I’m actually fucken surprised that death metal like this is still being made. Fuck knows that metalheads are a fiercely stupid bunch, and with the ongoing popularity of retro-death metal revival movement I’m fucken happy to have a record like this. The Wakedead Gathering plays pure death metal, and that’s about it. It’s sometimes technical, sometimes atmospheric – but most of the time it is fucken dark and hateful sounding. "The Gate and the Key" is a fucken traditional record, pillaging various wells of mostly American bands. At least Lampe knows his fucken classics cos this band pillages from the best, including but not limited to early Incantation, Immolation, Death and Autopsy. I don’t know about you fucken assholes, but that’s some boss death metal right there. And the vocals? They are totally like Daniel Corchado era Cenotaph. The drumming is fucken primal, and this album oozes bass-heaviness. Sometimes the riffing wanders into "Spheres" era Pestilence territory, but that’s hardly a bad thing. Apparently this is another record inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and it has some of the trappings of being a one-man band – but on the whole this record fucken slays. This actually sounds like a full band, and while some ideas needed some rewriting (or input from a different member) at least this record remembers the old values of death metal. This record doesn’t fucken blast endlessly, it doesn’t continually slam and doesn’t noodle. No. This is a very dark and earthen sounding death metal album. Cold, ominous, uncaring. It combines the fucken monstrous darkness of Incantation with the dissonance of early Immolation, the musicality of Death and the funereal atmosphere of early Autopsy. This record is anything but modern. It is traditional to the fucken bone. For fucken reals, you need to pick up this record now if you value good death metal. I’m surprised that Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum picked this band, seeing how they usually sign black metal. Not that I’m complaining. "The Gate and the Key" is an amazing record. If all current day death metal was like this, it would be 1994 and not 2014. http://www.atmf.net comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 8
  • Cancerous Womb - " Born Of A Cancerous Womb " 1cd 2014 (UK)

    Grindscene Records/Rising Nemesis Records
    How does a band consisting of former Cerebral Bore members sound? Like Cerebral Bore. The reason why anybody still talks about Cerebral Bore was this little girl called Simone Pluijmers – and her exit from that band was more infamous than her presence in it. Anyway, so yeah, “Born Of A Cancerous Womb” sounds a lot like “The Bleeding” era Cannibal Corpse and early fucken Skinless. This is actually a pretty fun little record. Overproduced to all hell and I could fucken do without the Pantera riffs and deathcore rhythms/chord progressions, but for death metal in the 21st century – this could have been far, far worse. There’s a lot of Deicide in the riffing too, whether that’s a good thing is up for fucken debate, but it is worth pointing out. You can hear the bass guitar too, which is always a fucken rarity in underground death metal. Just fucking saying. There’s two things I absolutely fucken hate in the underground: a bass guitar that you can’t hear, and fucken typewriter drums. These guys might look like violent soccer hooligans, but at least they got the production right. This is hardly a mandatory release, and anybody telling you otherwise is a fucken clueless idiot, but that aside this is a fun little record that doesn’t make any pretenses about what it is. ‘Hunted To Extinction’ and ‘Grind, Tear & Slice’ probably are the best songs on this record; the first has a great fucken solo too. ‘Austrian Basement’ is a song about Austrian horror opi Josef Fritzl, and its lyrical concept is more interesting than the actual music. So yeah, Cancerous Womb is hardly reinventing the wheel here, but that’s a good thing. This is super cleanly produced death metal for bros and jocks with enough appeal to actual death metal fans as well. Sure, it isn’t going to dethrone any of the real classics, but what the fuck is these days? Some label signed these guys, so they must be doing something right. The long and short of it is that “Born Of A Cancerous Womb” is far more tolerable than most contemporary death metal, which is a fucken relief cos most of it is terrible these days. And if you think Cerebral Bore were all “revolutionary” for having some blonde flat-chested Dutch broad on vocals, you seriously need to look into your death metal history. For fucken reals. http://www.cancerouswomb.com; www.facebook.com/cancerouswomb; www.grindscene.co.uk comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 6
  • Cynerea - " Bruma " (Italy)

    Self-financed
    Vera Clinco, the fucken blue-eye painted goddess herself is back! Supposedly Cynerea is the darkwave/metal alter ego to gothic rock band Caelestis. Not that I’m complaining cos this shit rocks. Like Cataldo Cappiello is getting his Goblin on. Well, this is way more electronic and not nearly as psychedelic as them, but the idea is there. And Vera, my Italian inamorata, could be singing a fucken grocery list and I’d line up to hear it. You know, I don’t even miss the blue eye paint or the lack of stockings. Even in a suit Vera looks absolutely fucken gorgeous. I prefer her in a dress (or out of it, rather) personally – but hey, you gotta fucken take what you can get. Supposedly, ‘Bruma’ is an advance single of a proposed full album that the band is working on – so yeah, by all means, write/produce that record. I have no fucken clue why they insist on composing everything in Italian, but there you have it. Vera’s inflection is attractive as all hell anyway. The world needs more Vera. Have the adorable little Fabiana and her rumbling bass guitar on the album too. Cuteness overload, that’s a fucken guarantee. In fact Fabiana solo’ing away in this darkwave type material would be most fitting. Fab and Cataldo dueling against each other – that would fucken rock. I’m not exactly sure how this sounds (or is supposed to sound) different from Caelestis, except that it is less obviously poppy and a bit heavier – but that’s about it. It is Cappiello writing everything, so it’s no fucken wonder both bands sound nearly identical. Except, of course, that nobody is painting his or her eyes blue. Not that I’m complaining. So according to Google Translate ‘Bruma’ means ‘mist’, which at least gives a vague idea of what the always intensely adorable Vera is warbling on about. The lack of lyrics doesn’t impact the enjoyment of this single. Since this is an advance recording I’m pretty fucken sure they’ll further clean up the production and smooth it out where it fucken needs it. This was a demo pre-production after all. I’m not sure whether Vera was wearing her Pink Floyd shirt during these sessions, and it doesn’t really matter anyway – Cynerea can stand on its own merits, although the differences with Caelestis are superficial at best. But that’s hardly a bad thing. If it involves Vera and Fabiana there’s no sane reason to complain anyway. Those two can do no wrong. http://www.facebook.com/cynereaofficial; www.cynerea.bandcamp.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 7
  • Demilich - " 20th Adversary Of Emptiness " compil. CD 2014 (Finland)

    Svart Records
    Holy fucken shit, dudes. This is the best thing to come from Finland, the land of Armi Päivinen, since Seremonia. And the best part is... it was released about two fucken decades ago! For the two of you that actually know Demilich was the best Finnish death metal band that far too few people actually know about. “Nespithe”, released in 1993, is the only Finnish death metal album you’ll ever need. I don’t care what you assholes say, those bass lines are unmatched even by today’s most technically gifted bands, the super low sewer grunt can actually be understood and the lyrics... Holy fuck, the lyrics, dudes. This band was probably the earliest European band talking about interdimensional travel, space horror and internal beings – a rough three years after Nocturnus. And the insanely long song titles are just amazing. If there’s one essential death metal album that’s actually, you know, essential – this one is it. So what the fuck is the “20th Adversary Of Emptiness”? It’s a two-disc compilation. The first disc contains a high fidelity restoration/remaster for the band’s only album “Nespithe”, and disc two compiles all of the band’s early demos and various studio sessions in chronological order. Demilich independently released three fucken demo tapes before being contracted by Necropolis Records. It’s good hearing all these songs in their original form. Sure, Demilich didn’t play exactly fast, but for fuck’s sake, these ugly Finnish men were heavier than anybody else at the time. Seriously, who needs any modern bands when you can listen to this all day long? Odin knows that a lot of stupid occult rock has been coming out of Scandinavia lately, so it is a fucken joy to see Svart Records, the house that Noora Federley built, try its hand at this. If you are fucken serious about liking death metal, there is no fucken excuse to not pick this record up. This fucken two-disc compilation of Demilich was long fucken overdue, dudes. The only thing that can further brighten my day now is the always ridiculously cute Armi Paivinen dancing around in her skimpy underwear, but the chance of that happening is as slim as finding good bands on Sumerian Records. So yeah, “20th Adversary Of Emptiness” is a record you need to own in physical form. This is essential death metal history, and if you don’t know this fucken band you are probably a stupid kid or a hipster. http://www.svartrecords.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 8
  • Hiss from the Moat - " Misanthropy " 1cd 2013 (Italy)

    Lacerated Enemy Records
    Boy, this is some well-played Death Metal. Similar to Behemoth around the time the band was converting to Death Metal, Hiss from the Moat plays that with the modern added brutality and speed. Damn the drummer is fast. The way his feet are moving, you can’t and shouldn’t try to race him or chase him for anything. He’s fine where he is. He also plays in Hour of Penance.

    The music has its own boundaries, a niche of some sort that the band has created for itself. There’s hardly anything shocking here except for the speed and precision. If you’re fine with this, you won’t leave this for your mom. Within that sound, it blends the exotic touches and a wee atmosphere comparable to Lykathea Aflame. And that drumming is just orchestrated collapse of civilizations.

    Italian Death Metal is right up there where my hands can’t reach. Being a short album, you’ll have to reach for the repeat button though – “Misanthropy” warrants that much. It’s seriously impeccably played, with style, taste and speed of course, and there’s that drummer too. http://laceratedenemy.bigcartel.com comment it (0) Kunal Choksi / 8
  • Pervertor - " Into the Alcoholic Abyss " 1cd 2013 (New Zealand)

    Headless Horseman Records
    Doesn’t each country have one of these by now? In Sweden they have Bewitched and Nifelheim, in Finland there’s Barathrum, Belgium had Demonizer and North America has Skeletonwitch. Drunken heavy/black/thrash metal that gets by more on energy than actual songwriting or, you know, skill. “Into the Alcoholic Abyss” sounds exactly like every one else, but in a subgenre that has been stagnant since its creation – I suppose that’s hardly a fucken fault. At least Pervertor is better and more energetic than Bullet Belt, who are on the same label. The vocals are pretty fucken intense too. Acidic and extremely one-dimensional, but at least they are good. Apparently this band is made up of two brothers with Casey and Shaune Gallagher, which is about where the novelty (haha) with this act ends. I’m not fucken certain how the New Zealand scene is these days, but if Pervertor is any indication it isn’t much to write home about. There’s no way in fucken hell I could possibly tell these songs apart, and the drummer only seems to play one beat for the duration of the album. Either way, this record has a great schwung and a traditional metal backbone, but that’s about it. I can’t possibly fucken fathom anybody being impressed by this, stupid kids excepted. “Into the Alcoholic Abyss” sounds exactly as it title: this is pretty fun stuff when you are hung over and drunk, but once the fucken smoke clears and you sober up, it is not nearly as great as you remember it. Anyway, I’m sure Pervertor are fine folks with enough willing fangirls at their disposal, so it doesn’t really matter one fucken iota what I think about this record anyway, since the most of you have made your mind up any fucken way. This is tolerable stuff, but hardly the sort of thing I will ever listen to again if there are better options available. http://www.facebook.com/HeadlessHorsemannz comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 6
  • Shrapnel Storm - " We Come In Peace... " demo 2013 (Finland)

    Self-financed
    A retro thrash/speed metal band from Finland, the land of Armi Päivinen, and it isn’t Axegressor? Excuse me as I don’t exactly reel with excitement. It isn’t 2003 anymore, and even the godawful and fucken trendy Earache Records has moved on to other things by now. Apparently these guys released three demos prior to this since forming in 2007, and from the fucken sight of things this band is going nowhere. It is okay if you never heard of these sad sacks of shit before cos neither did I. It’s not as if any of these guys played in other bands you might have heard of before. So yeah, “We Come In Peace”. A grand total of two tracks, and about 9 minutes of more death metal minded retro-thrash. The drumming is uninteresting, and completely fucken screwed over by a plastic sound. The riffs aren’t particularly interesting, but at least the rumbling bass guitar is the way I prefer my girls: thick and juicy. I suppose these songs are fucken fine when these guys perform live, but on record they are fucken boring. I suppose this EP is supposed to be teaser for an album these guys are working on. Which is all well and fucken good, but it begs the fucken question I already asked before: does the world need this? No. What the world needs is not Shrapnel Storm, or another neo-retro thrash metal band, but new pictures and videos from Armi Päivinen. Seriously. I would be fucken interested to see Armi strutting her stuff around in a mini-skirt, or just in a bra. Simple stuff. Is that so much to ask? There’s a lot you can say about this fucken band, but for the most part they get the important things right, music excepted. That stereotypical 80s thrash logo is amazing in its simplicity, and the skull-tank artwork is really fucken cool. Holy fucken shit, dudes. That painted artwork is fucken fantastic, and it makes me fucken nostalgic for the long gone days when Necrolord, Ed Repka and Dan Seagrave reigned supreme. Yeah, “We Come In Peace...” is all sorts of crappy – what you fucks gonna call the follow-up to this EP: “We Return In Pieces...” ? Cos that would actually be funny. Oh my fucken god. I’m not even drunk yet and I’m already coming up with better titles than these ugly Finnish men. You read it here first. Flemming, at the frontlines of the underground. Ugh! http://www.shrapnel-storm.com; www.facebook.com/shrapnelstormband; www.themetaldetectormusicpromotions.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 4
  • Abyssous - " ...Smouldering " (Germany)

    Iron Bonehead Productions
    For fucken reals, dudes. Germany might be home to Necrophagist, the most overrated “death” metal band this side of, I dunno, (insert overrated band) – it at least has its share of absolutely stellar bands that two people know about. Anasarca, Chapel Of Disease, Golem, Pavor. Add this fucken bunch of long-haired krauts to that list. Holy fucken crap. Abyssous has the sickest vocals I’ve heard in a long fucken time. This guy pukes his guts out the way John Tardy did on “Slowly We Rot” or like Theo Loomans did on “Embrace the Death”. There are three atmospheric interludes that are kinda creepy, but don’t add a whole lot otherwise. If you want this sort of crap, go listen Equimanthorn. No, really. Equimanthorn is the kind of good atmospheric crap. Odin knows good pure death metal is hard to come by, and bands that sound crunchy and dirty are even fucken rarer. I don’t care what you faggots think, this shit rocks. This is one part old Asphyx, one part Sadistic Intent and about as fucken gritty as Cenotaph circa “The Gloomy Reflections Of Our Hidden Sorrows”. There are a fuckload of sweet solos too. Oh yeah, you read that right. This band named itself after a track of Morbid Angel’s last decent record, “Heretic”. It sounds exactly as you think it does, and that’s reassuring. There aren’t many certainties in the metal scene: Bolt Thrower will rock no matter what, Alexi Laiho is a douche and Sumerian Records will always suck harder than the average chick on Exploited College Girls. I know dude, I used that punchline once before, but I’m having a fucken headache that not even Snaggletooth can cure right now. So “...Smouldering” is about everything you think it is, and everything that it isn’t. I wish I could say something fucken productive about this EP, but this is just solid, hateful and dark sounding death metal like it was pretty much played exclusively in the ‘90s. This shit just rocks. Plain and simple. http://ironbonehead.de comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 8
  • Infest - " Cold Blood War " (Serbia)

    Xtreem Music
    Infest’s latest and fourth album makes up for the disappointing Vader album released this year. While that was a watered down effort, meekly mixing Death Metal and Thrash Metal in an attempt to perhaps recapture the glory of "De Profundis", it falls rather short and you don’t even feel like laughing at it. Serbia’s Infest is doing something similar and it succeeds where Vader fails. Remarkably at that.

    "Cold Blood War" is a dead ringer for Vader circa "The Ultimate Incantation" and "De Profundis". That golden era. It’s also doing some of its own Thrash Metal thing but it’s got Vader written all over it, perhaps with less Slayer and more Floridian thrash. It’s also comparable to early Massacre material and has hints of Sepultura. But while this sounds like an old school veneration ceremony, it’s got contemporary aggression and fervour. The urgency is close to the Grindcore maniacs out there – the music is relentless and oh so fast and cathartic. The leads leave something to be desired but when the music is so potent and rambunctious, you don’t really care. It’s just one shred-fest after the other. Mind-blowing.

    Certainly there’s not a lot of originality here. No fancy technical stuff either. But who wants that when you can have effective as hell super-fast shredding that can induce goose bumps? This makes me not miss or pine for Vader any more. It’s definitely better than Vader’s "Tibi Et Igni". I wish there was some coding that took everyone to a page where they could listen to Infest’s music instead. It’s that good. Xtreem Music has released the Death/Thrash Metal album of the year. Look no further than this if you’re hoping to satisfy that primitive urge of rabid Death/Thrash Metal, the kind that isn’t created anymore, not even by the original bands themselves. http://xtreemmusic.bandcamp.com/album/cold-blood-war comment it (0) Kunal Choksi / 9
  • Jaldaboath - " The Further Adventures... " (UK)

    Death To Music Productions
    Oi. At least somebody got the fucken memo. James Fogarty is my kind of guy. He realizes how fucken silly and stupid this metal thing is. Jaldaboath is the metal equivalent of The Blackadder and Monty Python, and much of the lyrics revolve around English history and folklore. Yeah, Jaldaboath are from England, the land of big fucken tits, and the last thing that this fucken band is is serious. “The Further Adventures...” is filled with the kind of silly folk metal that will appeal to fans of fucken polka bands like Finntroll, or Swashbuckle and the like with John Cleese vocals. No, for fucken reals. These vocals have that posh, uptight English thing going on. This record is just loads of fun. It makes fun of its genre without falling into fucken silly gimmickry, or going full fucken retard. This is still a fucken extreme metal record with some incredible fucken riffs, thundering bass lines and good solo’ing. They even play Jan Hammer’s famous ‘80s hit ‘Crockett’s Theme’ from Miami Vice during ‘Raise the Crummhorns’. The singer starts whistling along. Haha, super funny. Oh my fucken god. ‘Black Metal Beauty’ at least acknowledges how fucken silly and stupid black metal is. ‘Dex The Whispering Dwarf’ is a homage to Iron Maiden’s ‘The Trooper’ and it ends with the fucken theme from that 80s action series “Airwolf”. By Odin. I’m not a big fan of the drum production, but what you gonna do, right? For whatever stupid reason this band has signed with Austrian cheese factory Napalm Records, so I guess their records will be easier to find in the future. And if you think the music is too fucken silly for your expensive taste, than the lyrics will make your day. They are a fucken hoot. By Odin, whoever said metal isn’t fucken educational should take a look at this album. Holy fucken shit, dudes. Every track is about some local English myth, legend or folklore tale – all done with a lot of fucken humor, and entirely tongue-in-cheek. I’m laughing like a fucken idiot right now, cos this is exactly the type of fucken stuff I need every once in a while. Grab a beer, grope a wench, have a few laughs and bang your empty fucken head. Gorerotted was pretty fucken funny back in the day, but this... holy crap. Here’s an idea: hire some famous English model, and have her dance in your video. I don’t care whether it’s Rosie Whiteman, Bryoni-Kate Williams or Emma Twigg – that video is going to be memorable no matter how you fucken spin it. When is that next album due? http://www.deathtomusic.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 7
  • Legend - " Spirit " (UK)

    Ravenheart Music
    The fuck am I supposed to call this? I’ll go with power metal cos that’s the most fucken obvious. Seriously, the average song length of this band is around 10 minutes. I’m sure someone somewhere will end up calling this “progressive” and “epic”. Fuck you! It’s neither. That doesn’t mean it isn’t solid, cos it is. It’s just very, very long. I don’t know where this band dug up their vocalist… but holy fucken shit, dudes. Kate Bush is in a metal band these days? Who the fuck knew. So yeah, this sounds a lot like early Rhapsody, but not nearly as fast, or as bombastic, or as fucken cheesy. I suppose to a fucken degree you could call this technical, cos there’s a lot of start-stop shit going on and the solo’ing is pretty sweet. Never mind that there have been about a dozen or so bands called Legend over the years, cos this is just a tad fucken different. And “Spirit”? I’m sure there is a Jewel record with that name too. Just fucken saying. Apparently this former prog rock band has been around since 1988, and they have been inactive from 1998 to 2008. I don’t know who this Beck Sian woman is, but she reminds me of Kate Bush, and Loreena McKennit. Holy fucken shit, those ethnic chants and flute playing in ‘A Tangled Skin’ fucken remind me of Dead Can Dance or Clannad. For fucken reals, half of the time this record plays out like a slightly more guitar-oriented world music album, or a neo-folk one. The metal on this record is accidental, or secondary at best. Those bass lines on ‘Crossing Of the Ways’ are fucken grand. Hey, I’ll tell you assholes what. This album is fucken long, nearly an hour – but it also fucken relaxing. This is shit you can listen to, and never get tired of. Holy crap. It’s been a while since I was properly impressed, but this is just fucken phenomenal. Oh, fuck you too, it isn’t “brutal” or especially heavy or anything, but when was the last time when songs mattered? I rest my fucken case, asshats. You go listen to that new slamdeath sensation from Taiwan, I’ll be sitting here enjoying Beck Sian and fantasizing about Sian from Cosmid. Fuck off. http://www.stevepaine.org comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 7
  • Lucifers Hammer - " The Mists of Time " (USA)

    Destro Records
    Lucifers Hammer is so underrated. It’s hard to believe that the band formed in 1986. After releasing some obscure demos around that time, it was only in 1997 that the band released a full length album. Thanks to Destro Records, this release has been reissued with the excellent "The Burning Church" demo as bonus. The good thing about this Black/Death Metal music from US is that it comes naturally to the band – the feeling is there, the substance and also, most importantly, the atmosphere. Without that it’s not special. But "The Mists of Time" certifiably is. It has even stood the test of time.

    This music reeks of intent, something malicious, something nasty, something spicy. It reminds me of the time when I got into Black Metal – there was so much mystery and suspense around it. More than the music, I was told, it’s the atmosphere which makes it different from Death Metal. It’s something with extra sensory appeal. Lucifers Hammer is playing music like that. Reminiscent of Mortuary Drape, Opera IX ("Sacro Culto") and Mystifier, among others, mostly South American ones, Lucifers Hammer is playing what sounds like old school Black/Thrash/Death Metal with added atmosphere. There’s this bestial feel to the music before even that term was established I think. The vocals are hoarse, vicious and wide, comparable to the vocals on the early Incantation albums. There’s always this dread looming in the air, punctuated by tasteful playing of keyboards. It’s an all-rounded album coming to think of it – it’s got those evil riffs, demonic vocals and haunting atmosphere. It’s something that newer bands have been struggling to create. This band does it effortlessly. The demo is something even more primitive and nasty. It’s hard to believe that this level of malice can be produced. It’s comparable only to the Blasphemy material around that time – few others come close. Everything else came much later, especially the so-called bestial Death/Black Metal stuff. This demo doesn’t rely much on atmosphere but it has that savage grace.

    I can’t stop coming back to this album because there’s just so much to absorb. It takes a while for so much to be appreciated and in the right spirit. Each time I’m astonished because it has so much depth and haunting appeal. Because of the lack of recognition probably, the band broke up, but now that this music has been brought back to life, it deserves wider appeal and it’d be a shame if such music doesn’t get appreciated – since it puts most of the pretentious bands of today to shame. http://www.destrorecords.com; www.destrorecords.bandcamp.com comment it (0) Kunal Choksi / 8
  • Skydancer - " Land Of the Grim " (Spain)

    Suspiria Records
    I have one question, and for Odin’s sake, I hope there’s going to be a simple fucken answer. Exactly how much of this shit do we really need? When a band names itself after the first fucken Dark Tranquillity record is it that much to ask of them to actually play honest-to-Odin melodic death metal? Cos this Skydancer album “Land Of the Grim” isn’t exactly grim, and outside of some easily overlooked superficialities there’s about no fucken semblance to melodic death metal, or Dark Tranquillity. What is this shit? Lame fucken thrash metal with the occasional sugary melodic Swedish metal - and Iron Maiden riffs you’ve heard used a thousand fucken times before, and a lot of the times a lot better at that. Oh sure, there are corny synths every once a while, and there’s that bouncy rhythm that stupid kids love. The fuck is up with those vocals, asshat? Why the fuck do they sound so subdued and impotent? Were you recording vocals when the girlfriend was sleeping in the next room, and you didn’t want to fucken wake her? There’s a guitar-piano instrumental in the middle of the album, I suppose this is where the band wanted to show how musical and open-minded they were – but other than boring me senseless they don’t add anything of meaning. Thank Odin they were barely longer than a minute. Where the bro vocals in ‘The Ferryman’ come from I don’t fucken know, but there are at least as fucken awful as the impotent grunt. If you discount the super lame Swedish melodies and sugary Iron Maiden riffing this is actually a pretty enjoyable thrash metal record. Not nearly as fucken powerful, violent or dark like Thanatos or old Sepultura, but it gets the idea right. For fucken reals. The powerless grunt and stupid bro vocals are stupid. What else is new? Nothing. Alexi Laiho is still a douche, Denise Milani’s boobs are still as sterile and plastic as the average contemporary death metal production job and water is still fucken wet. At least the solo’ing is worthwhile. Why should I even care about your band, you fucken Spaniards? There’s one good thing Spain gave the world, and you are not it – that is/was Eli Tetona. Seriously, I’d rather sit through a video of hers than to sit through this record any longer. For fucken reals, who buys this stuff? At least you are better than Enforsaken, but how much of a compliment is that really? Kudos to Suspiria Records taking these guys on, but isn’t there better stuff Spain has to offer? http://www.suspiriarecords.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 5
  • Tennessee Murder Club - " Human Harvest " (USA)

    Nailjar Records
    A death metal band made up by members of South Dakota metalcore, sludge - and thrash metal bands, and they wear masks? Is there any logical reason why I shouldn’t think Tennessee Murder Club is going to fucken blow? I’m also pretty fucken sure that the much better Circle Of Dead Children released a record called “Human Harvest” about ten fucken years ago. I have no idea why the label insists on calling this death metal cos it has little to do with the genre, outside of the crunchy Stockholm guitars. Nailjar Records after all brought the world the joys that are Chestburster and Cannibal Accident. For a label to house the best underground grindcore, but to also have this bunch of fucken hipsters is fucken puzzling. The logo screams fucken Black Label Society, metalcore and other populist jock metal. No. This is sludge metal with angry deathcore vocals and a horror concept that is probably more interesting than the band that is using it. There’s a bunch of guest stars on this record too. Jack Owen (Deicide, Cannibal Corpse), Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel, Warfather), Mike Flores (Origin), Shaune Kelley (Ripping Corpse, ex-Hate Eternal, Flesh Consumed) all appear on this record in some capacity, but not even their presence can redeem this record. That atmospheric interlude ‘Death Warmed Over’ was pretty great, but that’s about it. It is always good to hear Steve Tucker growl, but outside of that ‘Ol Dead Eyes’ pretty much wastes Mike Flores whose bass guitar lines should be up, front and center with this song. No such fucken luck. The band pretty much wastes whoever they have guesting. Sure, the solo in ‘Wormstench’ is fucken great, but it is too little too late. The only Little I like is fucken Brook Little anyway. The fuck is this anyway? Atmospheric horror sludge with light death metal stylings? Yeah, that’s the best I can make of this pretentious overcooked tripe. Seriously, the idea of this band is fucken genius, and it probably does that whole horror thing better than Necrophagia – but the execution is fucken lacking, dudes. Holy shit, there are demo bands that write death metal than these supposedly experienced guys. Go the fuck back to your crappy populist metal bands from whence you came, you fucken hipsters. Leave death metal to those who have a real passion for it. By Odin, this is fucken dreadful. http://www.nailjar.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 4
  • Aborted Fetus - " Private Judgment Day " (Russia)

    Comatose Music
    Yeah, in case you didn’t fucken notice, this is a death metal band. From Russia. Geez, are you fucken kidding me? Not only does this band’s name sound like a combination of two of their favorite bands, it also sounds exactly as fucken retarded as their music is. I don’t know what the fuck it is with Russians and their obsession with Dying Fetus, but "Private Judgement Day" actually is pretty tolerable. Is it any good? Fuck knows that that depends on how you approach it. Yeah, half this record sounds like "Sermon Of Mockery" Pyrexia and the other half sounds almost exactly as a mid era Dying Fetus, or early Internal Bleeding, whoever the fuck you prefer. Apparently this band released three fucken records prior to this one on godawful labels as Coyote Records and Sevared Records, so you know exactly what the fuck you are getting with this album. If these guys look like construction workers, it probably means that they are. Hey, that title track is actually pretty fucken sweet once you get past the obligatory stupid movie sample. That wailing solo, dudes. We need more of those. Stop it with the pig sqeels already. They were dumb then, and they still are now. Fucken stop it. They used to have this really cool looking logo too, which they apparently changed for a standard slam-death logo. Boo. Anyway, as always it is hard to tell the songs apart cos it all kinda bleeds together. That bass solo in ‘Guinea Pig’ was kinda cool. But yeah, it mostly sounds like the typical Comatose Music band. They ape a better known band, but don’t nearly possess the same zest and songwriting skill. What else is new? Water is still fucken wet, and no matter where I look death metal keeps growing more fucken retarded with the day. I’m not being frustrated, I’m being a realist. At least these guys are playing death metal, and not that godawful folk/pagan metal that continues to be popular in fucken Russia. Thank Odin for that. This is pretty tolerable stuff, not exactly great cos this is Comatose Music we’re talking about, but at least it’s not as retarded as it suggests... http://www.comatosemusic.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 6
  • Category IV - " Fireborn " (Canada)

    Self-financed
    Traditional metal from Canada, you say? This is actually good stuff. Very fucken Iron Maiden inspired. There’s "Piece Of Mind" and "The Number Of the Beast" all over this. Oh sure, fuckface – most of the songs are at least a minute and a half too long, and Amanda Marie Gosse’s range isn’t all that, but this fucken rocks. I don’t know who the fuck recorded this, but they did an excellent job in replicating that old Iron Maiden/Martin Birch sound. The bass guitar is up front and center, and the solo’ing is pretty sweet. At least Category VI knows its strength and when to let the instruments just rip all over the place. Thank fucken Odin Amanda Gosse is a rock chick that knows how to use her fucken pipes, and more importantly, when to shut the hell up. Category VI is way fucken better than those fruitcakes in Viathyn. Shut up. I realize this is fucken power metal, and that being cheesy is pretty much given at this point. "Fireborn" is more earthly, and its aspirations aren’t to be the next big fucken rock band. No. Thank Odin for that. These are a bunch of ugly men and a chica that want to let the metal flow, and nothing more. I’m not expecting to be wowed anymore but this is fucken boss. Sure, sure. Like I said, the songs all are at least a minute too long, and the standard song structures don’t fucken excuse these excessive lengths, but at least this fucken band is doing something they love. They might fucken take forever to get to the point, and the solo’ing is fucken sweet – "Fireborn" is a record I can get behind. Holy shit, dudes. If you ever wondered what Iron Maiden with a redheaded girl on vocals would sound like, check this band out. This reminds me of that fucken awful German power metal band Ligeia and their record "Gloria". Everything what that bunch of incompetent krauts did wrong, this band does right. Seriously. We all fucken know Cryptopsy and Kataklysm are a bunch of tired old men, and fucken hacks at that. Into Eternity hasn’t been relevant since the passing of Rob Doherty. The only thing interesting about Canada right now is Katie Banks. Yeah, at this point internet models are more interesting than most metal. Fuck you! This rocks, and that’s all there’s too it. If you want trendy hipster shit, go read Terrorizer or Kerrang! http://www.facebook.com/CategoryVI comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 7
  • Ephyra - " Journey " (Italy)

    Self-financed
    Just when I thought this fucken godawful folk metal thing was, finally and thankfully, over here comes another underground polka band from Italy. Holy fucken shit, dudes. This is exactly as redundant and stupid as you think it will fucken be. Ephyra combines the worst of Kivimetsän Druidi and early Bodom in what, arguably, is probably the worst folk metal release this side of... I dunno, Folkearth and Myrkvar? It’s hard to keep track of what is truly wretched when almost the entire fucken subgenre is beyond shitty. ‘Laws Of the Elves’ has a good Celtic melody, but why are these fucken pasta-eaters trying so hard to sound Nordic? You fucks are Mediterranean. Accept it already. Nadia Casali is no Cristina Scabwhore, and she will occasionally butcher Shakespeare’s language with her thick accent. Why is she in even in this band? The male singer really, really likes Children Of Bodom and Alexi ‘I’m a douche’ Laiho. For fuck’s sake, try harder. All of this wouldn’t be a fucken problem if there was some actual metal to make you forget the godawful folk sections. No fucken luck there either. The metal part of this record is laughable, and the production doesn’t seem to put much emphasis on it either. Which begs the fucken question as to why this band labels itself metal when it hardly qualifies as such. At least you can hear the bass guitar. I guess that counts for something, or it supposedly does. I dunno. This is fucken shitty, that’s what. The riffs are the fucken recycled tripe that Ensiferum, Finntroll and Korpiklaani made popular. This is redundant, inconsequential swill for people who have no taste, or who religiously attend Heiden- and Paganfest. "Journey" is populist crap for dumb jocks and stupid kids. Make it fucken stop already. I suppose it is only a matter of time before this horrible band is contracted by Stygian Crypt Productions, who live for this sort of crap. More fucken power to them, the less I have to hear of it the better. Why anyone would want to start a folk metal band a full fucken decade after the genre last was popular is anybody’s guess, but there you have it. I’m pretty sure the guys and girl of Ephyra are all nice friendly people, but the world didn’t fucken need this, and neither did I. A Nada Casali solo record I could tolerate, but I’m not nearly drunk enough to enjoy this, or to find this sort of thing funny. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ephyra-official/338459249511535 comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 5
  • Mystifier - " Wicca " (Brazil)

    Greyhaze Records
    Remember when Brazilian death metal was good? I don’t either. Krisiun is a fucken industry these days, and Scampeltura has been terrible for longer than they have been good. Sure, there was Brazil death metal with bands like Nephasth, Ophiolatry and Rebaelliun, but their combined existence of all but ten seconds wasn’t the thing to be fucken proud about. Then there’s metrosexual shit like Painside that absolutely doesn’t help matters either. It seems that for every Valhalla or Cauterization, there are a dozen of absolutely terrible "modern" death metal bands that no one in the right fucken mind asked for. Holy fucken shit. I’m glad to hear this re-issue cos this doesn’t nearly get the love it deserves. So, yeah. If you are anything like me, and you love your death fucken metal old school this is the band for you. So this "Wicca" album was released in 1992 on a label three people heard of, and was probably hard to find outside of South America. You are telling me this came out two years before "The Diabolic Serenades" in South America, of all fucken places? Makes you fucken wonder how Ancient Rites got away with releasing their first album. Anyway, Mystifier is a Brazilian death/black metal in the tradition of Genocídio, Holocausto, and Sarcófago. For what its worth these old men have been at it for about as long as fucken Scampeltura. So if "Morbid Visions" and "INRI" are your fucken thing you gonna love this. Geez. As I said before, Ancient Rites lifted their ideas wholesale from this feral little piece of extremity. That doesn’t stop it from being absolutely fucken hilarious at times. ‘(Invocacione) The Almighty Satanas’ starts off with an almost two-minute long spoken invocation that is all sort of goofy. These guys are fucken theatrical. Holy fucken shit. The band pictures are a complete hoot, but at least these guys always had a cool logo. Their original logo clearly aped fucken Marduk, and the logo they started using around the new millennium completely fucken owns. I wish more underground metal was like this: unkempt, inebriated and completely fucken out-of-control. Yeah, Krisiun were good once – and you might worship at their altar, I certainly don’t. Good fucken riddance. I’ll be sitting here listening this record and remembering the old days. You probably won’t like this if you are a hipster, or a stupid kid, but who the fuck cares about your opinion in the first place? Fuck you and fuck off. ttp://greyhazerecords.com comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 7
  • Queen Elephantine - " Scarab " (USA)

    Heart & Crossbone Records
    Queen Elephantine is a long-running Doom/Drone band from Hong Kong that recently moved to the US. That’s what makes the band’s music so interesting perhaps – it’s a hodgepodge of ethnic influences, including Indian ones what with the musical instruments being employed such as the Tanpura. The effect is visceral, psychedelic and spiritual. It’s difficult to try and get into this album. You just have to let it grow on you, take a hold over your subconscious and it will change the air in your room.

    It’s an ever-droning mélange of various sounds, ever-evolving, some fleeting some lasting. It’s not as heavy as one would expect perhaps, since there’s less doom here but it’s part of the same ilk. I love the way the music escalates ever so deceptively and before you know it a lot is happening and there’s your extremity but in a different sense. It’s on a different level, a different plane. It’s comparable to a more ambient-sounding Om, something atmospheric in a sense than something traditionally heavy.

    The best example of the music would be the second song Crone which is an 18-minute mental detergent. It always has something going on, varying levels of instrumentation while never letting go of the grip on your mind. The songs are somewhat transitional and never abrupt. It’s therefore a journey, an experience into different states of mind, which is what makes this band and release special. http://hcbrecords.com comment it (0) Kunal Choksi / 7
  • Valdrin - " Beyond the Forest " (USA)

    Blast Head Records
    There aren’t many black metal bands from US playing in this style anymore. It’s not as traditional. It never is. This is Dissection meets Emperor black metal – the classic, freezing, steely black metal with aggression ensconced in melodies and sweeping grandeur. This is not the keyboard-laden circus troupe. No sir, this is the product of finely studied black metal that is confident of its art and expression. It brings to mind the recent products of Naglfar and post-Dissection bands, here the band even incorporating influences from some of its Canadian counterparts.

    The album is long but it’s varied – the album starts off different, gets more ambitious in the middle and by the time you’re done your perception of it will be different from what was in the start. The music gets slower, gets more melodic and elaborate. It’s as if it’s a ploy, all geared to retain your attention. And any album that comes close nowadays to doing that is definitely worth writing home about. These days anything over 30 minutes elicits a series of frowns, sighs, curses, etc. Thankfully "Beyond the Forest" is not like that. You might get a grim smile on your face.

    It’s the melodies that stand out. It always is the case. That’s what makes an album memorable. Moments like these bring to mind even the great old Agalloch circa "Pale Folklore". That coupled with moments of guitar geniuses creating smooth, somewhat turbulent (it’s metal) but always coherent and logical song parts. It’s like the mid-‘90s black metal re-presented on Blu-Ray format. The kids will wet their pants. http://www.blastheadrecords.com; www.blastheadrecords.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-forest comment it (0) Kunal Choksi / 7,5
  • Your Last Wish - " Desolation " (Canada)

    Maple Metal Records
    Unlike the sad sacks of shit that are current day Kataklysm, it is possible to be a fucken kick ass melodic death metal band. For fucken reals. I’ve never heard of Your Last Wish, and while they rip off the archetypical genre bands like At the Gates and Dark Tranquillity, at least they have the decency to not completely fucken blow. Yeah, I’m as surprised as you are, asshat. On top of that they are fronted by the Peruvian-born Roxana Bouchard. Not only is she easy on the eyes, she has a mean rasping grunt that combines the best of Opera IX’s Cadaveria, Astarte’s Maria Kolokouri and Rachel Heyzer. Your Last Wish are one of the few modern death metal bands that seem to fucken understand that aping At the Gates can go hand in hand with being fucken brutal. There are plenty of excellent solos and Iron Maiden riffs for everybody to go around, but at least this Canadian bunch remembers that melodic death metal can be dark and ominous sounding. Odin knows that almost every fucken stupid death metal forgets that these days. I had about given up on Canadian metal, you know. Fuck knows that bands like this don’t come around often enough. By Ruby Jones’ tits, you can even hear the bass guitar popping away, and the drums don’t sound like a fucken typewriter. I swear to fucken Odin, this Roxana gal has more attitude in her little finger than that shit ugly hag Angela Gossow ever had in her entire fucken career. Just saying. They even have a song called ‘Creep’, which unfortunately isn’t a Radiohead cover. Yeah, two tracks are completely fucken pointless, being ‘Intro’ and the interlude ‘Experiments’. I have no fucken clue whether this is supposed to be a concept record, or if there’s a central thematic. All I can say is that, for once, isn’t completely fucken fruity melodic death metal. Which is more a fucken exception than the rule these days. For fucken reals, dudes. Death metal used to be hateful and scary once. These days every stupid band sounds exactly the same, and nobody has a clue why they sounding the way they do. Your Last Wish, who despite their name aren’t an effeminate metalcore band, realize this – and they are ready to crush skulls. Even though these guys look like university graduates rather than honest-to-Odin metallers they play some fine death metal, and miss Bouchard is just an added bonus. Sometimes it’s really all that simple. Play decent death metal, throw a chick at me. http://www.facebook.com/yourlastwishqc comment it (0) Flemming Gabin / 7

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