sabato 29 ottobre 2016

Profanal - "Supreme Fire" (Iron Tyrant, 2016)

Band: Profanal
Album: Supreme Fire
Genre: Death metal
Year: 2016
Time: 35 min
Rating: 87/100

Welcome back Profanal on the putrid pages of Timpani allo Spiedo! In fact, they appeared, if I am not mistaken, on the fifth or sixth number of this ‘zine with their second demo (“Rotten Bodies”, 2010) plus the interview (in the early days, the interviews were mandatory, also because I hosted only 5-7 bands per number). A bit as for the Sicilians Bunker 66, also Profanal (from Livorno, Tuscany) are now a recognizable band until releasing two albums from their foundation (2005). The last album is titled “Supreme Fire” and it will be released on 31th October 2016 by the small Tuscanian label Iron Tyrant, that released the first full-length of Profanal 4 years ago yet. Good for Profanal, they recorded “Supreme Fire” with the same line-up of “Rotten Bodies”, and this because this band is stable since 2006, a very rare thing for an underground extreme metal band.

martedì 25 ottobre 2016

Solar Mass - "Pseudomorphosis" (Iron Bonehead Productions, 2016)

Band: Solar Mass
Title: Pseudomorphosis
Genre: Black/Death/Thrash metal
Time: 18 min
Year: 2016
Rating: 73/100

Behind the curious moniker of Solar Mass (in astronomy, the solar mass is a unit of measurement used to indicate the mass of the stars and various bigger space objects like the galaxies) there is a trio coming from New Zealand, a small land nowadays famous for 3 of some more devastating war-machines of the extreme metal: Witchrist, Heresiarch and Diocletian. Coincidentally, B.S. plays both in Diocletian and Solar Mass. Besides, this young band formed in 2015 in Auckland had the good fortune to be supported by Rok of the seminal Aussie band Sadistik Exekution, so just he made the Voivod-ish cover artwork of the very first demo of Solar Mass, “Pseudomorphosis”. And so, the German label Iron Bonehead Productions is distributing recently this demo in a tape printed in 500 copies.

sabato 22 ottobre 2016

Temple Nightside - "The Hecatomb" (Iron Bonehead Productions, 2016)

Band: Temple Nightside
Title: The Hecatomb
Genre: Black/Death/Doom metal
Year: 2016
Time: 42 min
Rating: 85/100

You can read the review (in Italian) about the "Call of the Maelstrom" split through the following link:

One year ago I met a terrifying Australian band: Temple Nightside. The occasion was their split “Call of the Maelstrom” with the New Zealand veterans Vassafor, a band very similar to the Temple Nightside but playing the same style in a different way. That time I was surprised by the tremendous oppressive aura of the Temple Nightside’s music, weighted by a very dark production. But now the band returns not with another split but directly with their second album, “The Hecatomb” (like the homonym Ancient Greek ritual based on the animals’ sacrifice to honour the Gods), released by the German label Iron Bonehead Productions on 5th August 2016, so in full Summer. But I decided to listen to it only now, in full Autumn!

martedì 18 ottobre 2016

Kerasphorus - "Kerasphorus" (Hells Headbangers Records, 2016)

Band: Kerasphorus
Title: Kerasphorus
Genre: Black/Death metal
Year: 2016 (reissue)
Time: 30 min
Rating: 74/100

Everyone who follows the rawer underground extreme metal knows who is Pete Helmkamp. For the ignorant people, he is into the scene even since 1987 when he founded, along with other two guys (now in the mighty Ares Kingdom), the legendary Order from Chaos becoming after a  stalwart of the Angelcorpse. Nowadays Pete is unstoppable like never before now since he is busy with 3 bands: Abhomine (his solo-project debuting this year with an excellent album released under Osmose Productions), the same Angelcorpse and Kerasphorus, both reunited recently. In particular, Kerasphorus were founded in 2009 like a superband formed not only by Pete but also by the drummer James Read, the incorruptible man behind the Canadian war-machine Revenge with a past with the similar Conqueror. The line-up was completed by a certain Benjamin Wolaniuk, also ex-Horn of Dagoth. Well, but why are we telling about Kerasphorus? Simple: because the Hells Headbangers Records has reissued on CD on 2nd September 2016 both the EPs of Kerasphorus, originally released by Nuclear War Now! Productions between 2010 and 2011, year of the split of the band before their reunion in 2015 with two great Angelcorpse/Perdition Temple’s members: Gene Palubicki and Ronnie Parmer. And I must already that HHR has did very well to reissue the old Kerasphorus’ material!

sabato 15 ottobre 2016


Ladies and gentlemen,
after the review of their destructive last album, I contacted Abigail via FaceBook for an interview receiving some hours later the ready answer of their leader Yasuyuki Suzuki. So, here you are the result of all this!

Needless to say, ENJOY THE FUCKIN' READ 666!!!

giovedì 13 ottobre 2016

Morbo/Bunker 66 - "Into the Morbid Bunker" (Doomentia Records, 2016)

Bands: Morbo/Bunker 66
Title: Into the Morbid Bunker
Genre: Death metal_Black/Thrash metal
Year: 2016
Time: 12 min circa
Rating: 73/100

All Italian split for the Czech label Doomentia Records! In fact, it had the brilliant idea to unite in a sole production the Romans Morbo and the Sicilians Bunker 66, an old acquaintance of Timpani allo Spiedo when I interviewed even them with those very very long and boring questions that I did in the early days of the ‘zine. Well, this 4-song split is titled “Into the Morbid Bunker” and has released on 7’’ vinyl on 23rd June 2016.

giovedì 6 ottobre 2016

Abigail - "The Final Damnation" (Nuclear War Now! Productions, 2016)

Band: Abigail
Album: The Final Damnation
Genre: Black/Speed/Thrash metal
Year: 2016
Time: 38 min
Rating: 90/100

You can read my review (in Italian) about the debut album "Intercourse and Lust" through the following link:

2 years ago I reviewed (in Italian) for the reissue via Nuclear War Now! Prod of the fantastic debut album of the Japanese Abigail. And now I review their last album, released on CD on 22nd August 2016 always under NWN! to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Abigail, a band so prolific about minor productions that, shortly after the 6th album’s release, has spewed forth via Sabbath’s Fire Records a live album in France even dating back to 15 years ago! But the good thing is, today as yesterday, Abigail, guided always by the drummer Youhei and the vocalist/bassist Yasuyuki Suzuki, aren’t really changed throughout their career, showing today again a musical fury and an underground integrity like few others. Furthermore, the cover artwork of their last album, “The Final Damnation”, was made by a prestigious name: Chris Moyen aka Thorncross, an artist who certainly needs no introduction.