martedì 28 febbraio 2017
Title: Beasts of the Temple of Satan
Genre: Bestial Black/Death metal
Year: 30th January 2017
Time: 31 min
Total devastation. Uncontrollable chaos and fury. The Planet Earth attacked mercilessly by the colossal hordes of Satan for the ultimate desolation. I think that these are the feelings that has necessarily provoke every bestial black/death metal album, conceiving the ears of the listeners as something to torture. And these are just the feelings that I feel every time I listen to "Beasts of the Temple of Satan" of Crurifragium from Seattle, Washington (USA). For the truth, this debut album is the sacrilegious coronation of a band once known as Warpvomit, the old moniker with which they release only a demo then reissued in a compilation disseminated by Iron Bonehead Productions in 2016 and titled "Barbaric Triumph of Evil". If all this isn't enough, there is need to say that some members of Crurifragium plays also in Demoncy, an historic US black metal band, and this is a very good curriculum yet. Now stop with the introductions and see what Crurifragium. have to offers to us with this album released by the Irish label Invictus Productions.
lunedì 27 febbraio 2017
I must admit that the interviews are my favorite part of this job, though they are very few into this 'zine also if I have the precise target to publish, at least, one interview per month. Anyway, I adore this part because, in this ways, the bands have the chance to say something about them and their productions with the fantastic result to unveil some curiosities, especially in the case of very loquacious musicians. As in the case of the Praetorians Reverber, reviewed by me during the early days of 2017. So, enjoy the following interview and THRASH 'TILL DEATH!!!
venerdì 24 febbraio 2017
Title: Metal Still Means Danger
Genre: Black/Thrash metal
Year: 1st January 2017
Time: 38 min
"Metal Still Means Danger": the true metal has always been a danger and it has always frightened the so-called common people, especially since a pack of Norwegians (any resemblance to persons living or deceased is.. "purely coincidental"!) started to burn some churches during the early '90s' years. An annoying problem is that, ultimately, you can find the t-shirts of some mainstream metal bands like Megadeth or Metallica into some ultra-commercial stores of my city, and maybe the regular people buy these items without they knows really something about those bands. Fortunately, the metal like it is really with his hostile and non-commercial purposes is clearly expressed into skullbreaking albums like "Metal Still Means Danger"!
martedì 21 febbraio 2017
Title: Veneration of Armageddon
Genre: Bestial Black/Death Metal with Grindcore influences
Year: 25th December 2016
Time: 36 min
You can read my review (in Italian) about the Nuclear Perversions/Goatblood split through the following link:
So many albums were released on the 2016's Christmas Eve with the purpose to celebrate the desecration of Christ that the gifts were real sonic blasphemies! One of them was "Veneration of Armageddon" of Goatblood, a German duo not new for me since I knew them through their split with Nuclear Perversions released 2 years ago for Iron Bonehead Productions. Shortly after that split, Goatblood (which becomes a three-piece for the live rituals due to the addition of a bassist) released their first album, "Adoration of Blasphemy and War", and now they are back with another "interminable" bible of blasphemous obscenities through an unholy alliance with their compatriot label Dunkelheit Produktionen!
sabato 18 febbraio 2017
Title: Rite of Inverse Incarnation
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 13th January 2017
Time: 19 min
You can read my review (in Italian) about "Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans" through the following link:
It's always an honour when an Italian band acquires an excellent international reputation. This is the case of Fides Inversa, a duo able to develop a good fame and a recognisable sound through an intense live activity and a small discography made only of 2 fantastic and difficult albums, both released by strong European labels since the first one was disseminated by the French Osmose Productions while the second one by the German black metal label World Terror Committee. In particular, Fides Inversa are building with W.T.C. a collaboration so fecund to become temporarily an international quartet for their last production, "Rite of Inverse Incarnation", where the singer is the Swedish Wraath of Behexen while the bassplayer is nothing more than Unhold, the same boss of World Terror Committee! The results of this unholy collaboration are two very interesting songs.
giovedì 16 febbraio 2017
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 25th December 2016
Time: 28 min
I must say that it's very difficult that the German label World Terror Committee, managed by Sven Zimper of the known and controversial NSBM band Absurd, disappoints the fans of black metal. In fact, this label supports many brave black metal bands often full of strong occult/esoteric lyrics. So, W.T.C. deserves a lot also this time due to its compatriots Paria and their mini-album "Knochenkamp"!
Paria, guided by the guitarist Akeon, aren't a new band considering that they plays even since 1995. Hence, they lived the so-called golden years of the second wave's black metal also if, at that time, they recorded only some unofficial demos releasing their first album even in 2008 after many line-up changes. Now, Paria have spewed forth 3 albums, and the most appreciated of them is the last one, "Surrealist Satanist", which saw the rays of light just through World Terror Committee in A.D. 2013.
lunedì 13 febbraio 2017
Title: Asphyxiating Devotion
Genre: Death Metal
Year: 23rd January 2017
Time: 41 min
It's been a fuckin' while that there aren't Italian bands on this 'zine, the last one of them was the Praetorians Reverber with their excellent "Immortals" during the first days of this new year. But, finally, Italy returns with the promising Ekpyrosis, a young quartet band coming from the Lombardy's cities Milan and Lecco which has taken their strange moniker from a Greek term ("ekpyrosis", precisely) to indicate the (cyclic) destruction of the universe through fire, according to the stoic philosophy known as "palingenesis". Nice intellectual moniker for a band completeley deep-rooted into the blows of the purest death metal. It is no accident that the debut album of Ekpyrosis, "Asphyxiating Devotion", has been recently released through the Spanish Memento Mori, an hyper-specialized death metal label like few other ones.
giovedì 9 febbraio 2017
Title: Guerra Eterna
Genre: Proto-Black Metal
Year: 9th December 2016
Time: 34 min
You can read my review (in Italian) about the demo of Sacrificio through the following link:
There are bands always eager to explore new borders like Bölzer while other ones are completely deep-rooted into the most primordial black metal like Sacrificio. Proud of their radical sonic immobilism influenced by Venom as well as the Brazilians Holocausto or the Czechoslovakia's Master's Hammer, Sacrificio are a trio of studded Satanic crusaders yet known by me in occasion of their 2014's homonymous demo. But, behind this young band founded in 2014, there is the same trio of Proclamation, one of the better Blasphemy-clones of all times that are responsible of an album's quadrilogy known as "AMEN" released between 2006 and 2012. Hence, here you are a good explanation about the sonic immobilism of Sacrificio and their will to play in a very ancient way similar to the Greek Principality of Hell or the Slovaks Malokarpatan, also if offering an interesting sound. So, Sacrificio have recently released their debut album "Guerra Eterna" through Iron Bonehead Productions in unholy co-operation with Nuclear War Now! Productions.
lunedì 6 febbraio 2017
Genre: Black/Death metal
Year: 25th November 2016
Time: 46 min
You can read my review (in Italian) about the EP "Soma" through the following link:
There were big expectations for the debut album of Bölzer. In fact, this no bass Swiss duo founded in 2008 has succeeded to attract the attention of a lot of metalheads due to their very original sound developed thorugh one only demo and two EPs released between 2012 and 2014, without forgetting their very intense live activity able to bring them to the today underground pantheon. But now that all we were habituated to a specific sound of Bölzer, they have bravely evolved it so to be more original and interesting than before, also if wrongfooting some people, starting with the loopy cover artwork of the debut album of the band. So, here you are "Hero", for which Bölzer have also changed their label because, if before they were under the Irish Invictus Productions, now they belong to the roster of the very respected German label Iron Bonehead Productions.