The first thing we realize upon setting foot in Deathtrip’s personal hell is that this album contains something reminiscent of the great black metal records of the 90s. Riff-wise and sound-wise, it definitely sounds up to date, but its primitiveness and immediacy surely recaptures some of the old magic of the genre’s origin.
After a brief intro, we are taken aback by the razor-sharp riffing of the ‘Flag of Betrayal’. Aldrahn’s performance is definitely a highlight (as is in every song), his versatility and charisma give him a primary role, driving the listener through his own uninhabited and inhospitable … Read more
Vermingod is a Greek death metal band, originally formed in the summer of 2003, though it wasn’t until 2010 that they released their debut album The Grand March to Devastation, a totally self-financed effort that fused all influences the band had then into ten tracks of modern death metal. Now, after some years of absence, they’re about to come back with their sophomore album, enigmatically titled Whisperer of the Abysmal Wisdom, which will render their sound a darker and more technical texture, while maintaining the key elements of the past. The band decided to unveil a brand new track … Read more
Out of the local Athenian suburbs, there surfaced a strange musical misform, named after a weird psychological phenomenon. With their audacious appearance PAREIDOLIA is certainly a noteworthy newcomer from Greece.
Self-proclaimed as an alternative/art rock band, they are approaching their craft with a touch of eclecticism. Aesthetically, they are fully embracing the art-rock tag with their experimental style (look no further than the song’s title for proof). Musically, experimentalism is still in hand but with a more direct nod to progressive rock. The band is citing its influences in the likes of Mike Patton, Steven Wilson and Chelsea Wolfe; judging … Read more
As 2014 is not-so-slowly coming to an end, I decided to take some time and put together a list of my favorite 2014 releases. As the title states , this is mostly a personal list of the music I listened/ enjoyed the most and that was released in 2014, rather than my top 10 of this year’s best releases, although I believe the first five albums on my list can easily compete for that title as well. Granted that I didn’t listen to every extreme metal album that was unleashed this year, I think the first five really made an … Read more
Many things can change in a seven year period; many things can work for the better or the worse. Fortunately, this hiatus worked for the benefit of ART238. After some intense live shows the band did last year in French soil, they decided that 2014 is the right time to hurl their newest offering (the first in seven years) like a radioactive missile ready to awaken and revert the most primal human instincts. However, after the addition of new members, there are certain elements that have shaped the band’s sound into something different.
If lethe is equivalent to oblivion and concealment , this Greek trio’s matching name has to be making no use of self-reference, in fact quite the opposite. Same goes for the music included on ΛΗΘΗ’s first full-length 12’ LP, which appears as a tool of disenchantment and awakening. Ten tracks inspired by futilities such as daily life’s horror, religion, love, despair and the fear in which mankind is helplessly doomed to, seem like a violent watercourse, drowning everyone into its caustic, subversive depths.
Diving into the album, we come across a chaotic and ardent aggregation that crushes them ignorant lees, … Read more
What we have here is the very first recorded appearance of the French modern metal outfit CUB3. Although this band was initially formed before 2009, it was not until 2011 that the line up became stabilized and is now finally ready to present their first ever official release, bearing the intelligible title ‘Identité’.
CUB3’s identity is forcefully revealed by the self-titled introductory track, undeniably the perfect opener for such an album, a song that is screaming the band’s name as a statement, a menacing declaration that ‘This is the Cube, and it’s here to stay’! Heavy on rhythms and groove, … Read more
Though summer is mostly gone, our beloved hot, summer days are and will be present for quite some time, so the conditions could not be more appropriate for this unexpected
release of this electronic substistence from France. FIXIONS delivered an all new EP in all secrecy, designed for short, but sweet unplanned trips far away from home.
‘Summer Clouds’ picks us up, just where the wistful and enigmatic ‘Uhler’, from last year’s Euphorion left us. This EP is yet another different approach in FIXIONS’ music, fusing both old and newly adopted elements, albeit somewhat different from what can be heard … Read more
DEATH COURIER is a 3-piece death/thrash band from Patra (Greece), formed in 1987, and one of the first death metal bands to have ever emerged from the country, still following the DIY ethics to this day. What we have here is the release of the band’s new full-lenght album, twenty years after the release of their debut “Demise” LP, presenting a collection of songs that count something more than fifteen years in the vault awaiting to be unleashed.
DEATH COURIER greet us with a short yet terrifying intro, just before the band kicks in with all the madness and wrath … Read more
Brutal death metal-legends DERANGED, hailing from Malmö, Sweden, are still ripping flesh, breaking bones and eating brains like it’s still the 90’s. With the newly added Anders Johansson on guts, they just released, ‘Morgue Orgy’ EP which saw the band return faster and more brutal than ever. The album arises stormingly, DERANGED needs no introduction or other gimmick after all, it is just straight up, in your face brutal death metal. The powerful and crude riffs, ferocious and vitriolic, induced with natutal and pinch harmonics make this violent whirlpool even more intense, if that’s even possible. Anders Johansson’s deep, guttural … Read more