In our ongoing investigation of deceptive and outright fraudulent extreme metal acts, we pull the rug under a handful of established outfits that don’t even seem to bother hiding that they are after your money first, artistic integrity a distant second - an audience satisfaction not even registering. The more we pull away the blinds the more obvious these practices become. Maybe your favorite band is in here, maybe your life-long inspiration only cares about the dollars/euros you’re giving him/her? Don’t be fooled, there are plenty of honest, hard-working metal bands everywhere in the scene. It’s just that these money-hungry, artistically vacuum units make it difficult for everybody involved. These bands stopped caring, they lost the passion and fire. In short: they Sold Their Souls...
I had some material done already before the demise of Lord Belial. Some of the material was actually intended for the next Lord Belial album, but since we disbanded I changed around all of the ideas into new songs.
I don’t really consider it that much superior. But we KEPT the quality from 1st to 4th album, and that is something that is not easy to do! And I think there will come a 5th album that will kick just as much ass.
Human Ashtray - "Pripyat" (Spain)
If this breathtaking painting which functions as artwork reminds me of anything it is of legendary Italian exploitation hacks such as Luigi Cozzi and Umberto Lenzi. I get serious "Contamination" and "City Of the Walking Dead" vibes from this. And coincidentally or not, Human Ashtray is just as guilty as those infamous movie directors of the ‘70s and ‘80s. That is to say, they both liberally lift (no, steal) from the American brands that inspired them. Not that they are Italian, they are Catalonian (Spanish), in fact. That it isn’t as nearly as effective or as visceral as the original article is to be expected. After all how long can you rip something off before it loses its inherent value, artistic or otherwise? So, what we have here is a band that rips off the entirely awful The Black Dahlia Murder for all its worth. And as those longer around the bend know The Black Dahlia Murder ripped off At the Gates for all its worth. This leaves us with the rip-off of a rip-off. A cheap, third generation knock-off - and not a very good one at that. Everything you care for when you are 14 years old is here, though. Watered down At the Gates riffing (primarily culled from the horrendous shitfest that is "The Slaughter Of the Soul" - At the Gates’ artistic death certificate), the usual barrage of groan-inducing breakdowns, dual vocal assault (scream, grunt), some gentle melodies and enough staccatos to get the bodies in the crowd moving. You see, stuff like this pisses me off to no end. This is lowest common denominator pandering of the worst kind. This is insulting to anyone with a functional brain and the least bit of taste. Remember that time in the late ‘90s when deathcore actually meant something? I’m having a hard time remembering myself, because while I was no particular fan of it then (in its arguably more poignant, malevolent and relevant form) - this stuff is just the very anti-thesis of everything that extreme metal stands for, or should stand for. This is sugary, market-conscious, audience-tested, pre-fabricated and MySpace promoted drivel that borders more on high speed pop music than it does on extreme metal. Let alone on, you know, actual, honest-to-Odin death metal. But there are death grunts, you’ll say! Sure, but when did ripping off Sven de Caluwé’s vocal stylings become a virtue? He’s as much a trendwhore as you dipshits. No, I don’t like you and I hope you never release another record. If we need anything, it’s less hipster douchebags and stupid kids. I’d rather sit through another Jesus Franco or Joe d’Amato movie of the ‘70s than to suffer at the hands of such obvious cashgrabs as this. Avoid, at all costs. http://www.myspace.com/humanashtrayWouter 4
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