lunedì 21 maggio 2018

Incantation/Suicidal Causticity/Dr. Gore/Neid (Rome, 16th May 2018)

Bands: Incantation/Suicidal Causticity/Dr. Gore/Neid
Date: 16th May 2018
Location: Traffic Live Club, Rome

16th May 2018 has been a memorable day for the lovers of the most brutal forms of death metal. In fact, Incantation went in Rome for a skullcrushing live gig at the Traffic Live Club, supported by three Italian bands (mostly already reviewed on these violent pages) called Neid, Dr. Gore and Suicidal Causticity, .

venerdì 18 maggio 2018

Kremlin - "Decimation of the Elites" (Godz ov War Productions, 2017)

Band: Kremlin
Title: Decimation of the Elites
Genre: Death Metal
Year: 24th November 2017 (Godz ov War Prod)
Time: 33 min
Rating: 88/100

Debut album for the Canadian war machine Kremlin, whose singer/drummer Neutron Cannon, in the mid '90s, played in Domini Inferi along with nothing else than RYAN FÖRSTER (Blasphemy, ex-Conqueror), so tons and tons of extreme violence are surely guaranteed in this "Decimation of the Elites"!

lunedì 14 maggio 2018

THRASH METAL ATTACK: Bastardös/Stakhanovtsy

Fast and furious reviews about two thrash metal albums originally self-released and now distributed by the Belarussian GrimmDistribution along with other labels. Both were sent to me by Satanath Records some months ago.

Band: Bastardös
Title: Bastardös
Genre: Thrash Metal
Year: 2015 (Self-released)
          24th November 2017 (GrimmDistribution/Morbid Skull Records)
Time: 35 min
Rating: 68/100

THRASH TILL DEATH! This slogan is totally fit to describe the Argentinian crazy bangers Bastardös, that in 2015 released, after some demos and a compilation, a debut album where you can breath only old-school vibes all dedicated to a Slayer-ish, raw and hammering thrash metal sang in Spanish.

Sons of a national thrash metal scene originated not only by the classics of the genre as Slayer or Metallica but also by the legendary V8 from Buenos Aires (that released in 1983 an amazing album called "Luchando por el Metal"), Bastardös assault the listeners with an incredibly basic and merciless thrash metal: no melodies, no lead guitar lines, chaotic guitar solos and scrapping vocals with the result that the variations are very few here, even though the band is able to slowdown a bit through a mid-tempo like "Terra Saqueada" or the instrumental "34 Puñaladas" (unfortunately, this one isn't so imaginative to be an instrumental...).
The problem is that Bastardös plays in a so basic way to sound very repetitive with few creative skills, hence, after a while, the listeners aren't so stimulated to continue to listen to the album until its end. At least, ferocious songs like "Almas combativas" or the anthemic "Apocalipsis Thrash" are really outstanding. The album features also the participation, in three songs, of the following guests: the guitarist Maximiliano Escobar (Malicia), the bassplayer Gustavo Rubio (ex-Malditos and ex-Trepanador) and the vocalist Guillermo Romolo (Serpentor). Only for the moshing maniacs that loves to create a skullcrushing terror into the pit!

Band: Stakhanovtsy
Title: Ништяк
Genre: Thrash Metal
Year: 15th August 2017
           16th Augusto 2017 (GrimmDistribution/Global Thrash Attack)
Time: 38 min
Rating: 73/100

Very special is the concept behind this prolific Russian trio called Stakhanovtsy. In fact, they dub their music as "Miner Metal" because their lyrics are all about mining during the Soviet period. The same name comes from the Stakhanovite movement that was born in USSR during the '30s after the monstrous hardworking example of the miner Aleksey Grigorievich Stakhanov (1906-1977). Since all this Russian concept, the band sing in their mothertongue, so they uses the Cyrillic script (totally incomprehensible for me without Google Translator!) for their productions.

Third album of a career started in 2007, "Ништяк" show a modern thrash metal à la The Haunted able to alternate tougher parts with some melodic hooks (these last ones are, at times, very close to the Gothenburg death metal) and made harsher not only by the aggressive vocals of the singer/drummer Nikolay Seredov but also by the same language used. There is even an alternation between  mid-tempos (like "Мы") and faster numbers but I have to say that the best things comes from the latter ones such as "Прогресс" (very intense with its significant parts even in blast-beat!) and "Что не следует раскопали" (with fast and "symphonic" riffs), that are my favorite songs along with the more melodic  "Пост шахткор" (one of the three bonus tracks of the album). At the contrary, mid-tempo songs like "Мы" don't works so well because they lacks of guitar solos, so I recommend to the band to play, indeed, more solos.

As last (and bonus) track, there is a version of "Memories of Non Forgiveness" by the Russian thrash metal band Manic Depression, very close to the style of Stakhanovtsy. Not an exceptional and neither so fast and aggressive album for my tastes, "Ништяк" contains, anyway, good hooks and a nice imagination. And the nicer thing is that Stakhanovtsy are so prolific that they were released their 4th album after few months the previous one! Do you think that I have also to listen to it?


the album's version in my possession consist of 12 songs, not 11 (as in according to Metal-Archives). The added song is "Арматур Бетонович"

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sabato 12 maggio 2018

Evil Nerfal - "Bellum Est Pater Omnium" (GrimmDistribution/Morbid Skull Records, 2018)

Band: Evil Nerfal
Title: Bellum Est Pater Omnium
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 9th January 2018
Time: 41 min
Rating: 52/100

You know, I'm a big fan of the South American black/death metal because it's so raw, so instinctive, so bestial and also so Satanic and blasphemic. Hence, in theory, also this "Bellum Est Pater Omnium", the second album by the Colombian duo Evil Nerfal (but they become a quartet for the live gigs, and that's why there are 4 figures in the pic below) could be good for my tastes. Yes, in theory...

venerdì 11 maggio 2018

Garhelenth - "About Pessimistic Elements & Rebirth of Tragedy" (Satanath Records/The Eastern Front, 2017)

Band: Garhelenth
Title: About Pessimistic Elements & Rebirth of Tragedy
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 14th December 2017
Time: 29 min
Rating: 74/100

IRANIAN BLACK METAAAAL! It's absolutely my first time that I review something created from Iranian musicians, and I admit I listened to the second album (in only two years after their foundation in 2010) of Garhelenth also to satisfy my curiosities about this slab of exotic metal. Fortunately, these curiosities bring me to discover that this "About Pessimistic Elements & Rebirth of Tragedy", even though this album released by Satanath Rec in cooperation with The Eastern Front (label from Israel) isn't exceptional, is anyway good beyond my expectations.

giovedì 10 maggio 2018

Hak-Ed Damm - "Holocaust Over Dresden" (Satanath Records/Death Portal Studio, 2017)

Band: Hak-Ed Damm
Title: Holocaust Over Dresden
Genre: Brutal Black Metal
Year: 26th November 2017
Time: 43 min
Rating: 85/100

You know, Canada is a promised land for the most extreme metal bands, and this starting from even Exciter, that attacked in 1983 the rules of the traditional heavy metal with their raw fast assault forever immortalized into their now classic debut album. In fact, today I'll review a band that completely respect the tradition of the Canadian slaughter metal: Hak-Ed Damm (Hebrew for "field of blood"). Born in 2007, they released in the end of 2017 a killing second album called "Holocaust Over Dresden". Considered by them as a concept-album about World War II so to reveal the "bestial nature of man and atrocities commited in this period", its title refers to the apocalyptic and terrible bombing of Dresden between 13td to 15th February of 1945, very criticized today because this German city wasn't a really important strategic objective for the Allies.