Thursday, May 31, 2018

Raw Power/Rake-Off/Motosega/No More Lies (Rome, 26th May 2018)

Bands: Raw Power/Rake-Off/Motosega/No More Lies
Date: 26th May 2018
Location: Trecentosessanta Gradi, Rome (Italy)

I confess: ok, I am a metalhead but, said frankly, I largely prefer since a lot of time the hardcore punk live gigs! Why? Simple: because the HC shows are so intense, chaotic and funny! An excellent example of this is given by the concert that I attended on 26th May 2018 at Trecentosessanta Gradi (or, simply put, 360), a fantastic and small punk pub located in a very vital area of Rome called San Lorenzo, which is full of various pubs, clubs and similar places where the good live music is daily. Additionally, San Lorenzo, very close not only to the famous "La Sapienza" University but also to the center of Rome, is a working class area with a long antifascist tradition, so it's totally perfect for the HC punk music. This time, the show was unmissable for the fans because they had to be smashed very well by the Italian HC legend Raw Power with supporting acts such as No More Lies, Motosega and Rake-Off! LET'S START THE MASSACRE!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

REVIEWS' ATTACK #4: Misrule/Cult of Extinction (Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

Hey brutal metalheads,
this article is about two bands whose debut productions were both released by Sentient Ruin Laboratories, a US label always ready to annihilate the fans with terrific and terrifying slabs of terror metal sometimes characterized by a sick experimentalism. In fact, today I'll present you very different ways to conceive the bestial black/death metal by two demented one-man bands.
Enjoy these reviews and don't try to escape from this BESTIAL ONSLAUGHT!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

REVIEWS' ATTACK #3: Juggernaut/Hybridized/Hellavista Asocial Club

Hey everyone.
today there is a series of groove/thrash metal reviews to read! So, I'll present to you two albums released by the great and still young Spanish label Art Gates Records, and a self-released debut EP professionally manufactured by a promising band coming from my city, Rome Caput Mundi.


Monday, May 21, 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, .

Friday, May 18, 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"!

Monday, May 14, 2018

REVIEWS' ATTACK #2: Bastardös/Stakhanovtsy

This reviews' attack episode is 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.

Saturday, May 12, 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...

Friday, May 11, 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.

Thursday, May 10, 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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hanormale: a violin player into the band + third album on arrival!

I received from the Italian "psychedelic black metal" band Hanormale these news:

Zrcadlo, already violinist in Trewa, Celtic Harp Orchestra and Furor Gallico (session live from 2015 to 2017) as Filippo Pedretti (the main in the pic below), is the new violinist of Hanormale.

Solfernus - "Neoantichrist" (Satanath Records/Murdher Records, 2017)

Band: Solfernus
Title: Neoantichrist
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 13th October 2017
Time: 39 min
Rating: 77/100

Second album for Solfernus after even 12 years from their first opus "Hysteria in Coma" (Shindy Productions, 2005). Maybe many of you never heard Solfernus before this review but you have to know that this quartet from Czech Republic features two members from Root, one of the main black metal acts from the ex-Czechoslovakia active since the end of the '80s. This means that we're talking about musicians with a lot of experience and, in fact, it isn't a case if this "Neoantichrist" deserve a good consideration.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gloomy Grim - "Fuck the World, War is War!" (Symbol of Domination/Murdher Records, 2017)

Band: Gloomy Grim
Title: Fuck the World, War is War!
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal with Goth and Horror Metal elements
Year: 24th June 2017
Time: 33 min
Rating: 56/100

Compilation of old songs taken from their first two demos ("Fuck the World, Kill the Jehova" of 1996 and "Friendship is Friendship, War is War" of 1997) for the Finnish band Gloomy Grim, that I didn't know before this CD. They were started in 1995 as a one-man band of Agathon, that was already a veteran of the Finnish metal scene when he founded this new project. In fact, it's remarkable its past militancy in bands like Airdash (one of the most relevant '80s thrash metal acts from Finland) and Corporal Punishment (early '90s death metal), so I can say that he went through all the main phases in the extreme metal history, black metal included because of his Gloomy Grim, that, if I say right, became a full line-up band (but without the drummer) in occasion of their second demo.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mefitica - "Vessazione Cronica" (Branco Suidae/Hellbones Records, 2018)

Band: Mefitica
Title: Vessazione Cronica
Genre: Crust/Grindcore with Hardcore Punk and D-Beat influences
Year: April 2018
Time: 19 min circa
Rating: 87/100

3 days ago I reviewed an HC/Grindnoise matinée...and today the HC noise attacks again on these brutal pages! In fact, this review is about "Vessazione Cronica" (Italian for "chronic oppression"), the second album by Mefitica. An Italian trio born in the winter 2012 between Carpineto Romano and Colleferro (two small towns in the region of Lazio), Mefitica are "influenced by everything's rotten that reigns on this society, by the death of the soul because of the daily distress, by the anger, the labour exploitation and the '80s Italian hardcore punk", so they conceive their music as a combative way to survive into this fuckin' reality. All this is expressed with extreme rage into "Vessazione Cronica", an all Italian coproduction between Mefitica, Branco Suidae (a small DIY live gig agency) and Hellbones Records (it was just the owner of this Young Roman label that sent me in person the physical CD of this album).

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Go! Fest Matinée (Rome, 22nd April 2018)

Bands: Tibia/Extreme Smoke 57/One Day in Fukushima/yBUTTEROy/Fuoco/Closed Speech
Date: 22nd April 2018
Location: CSOA Spartaco, Rome

Wow! I had a lot of fuckin' fun on 22nd April 2018 at CSOA Spartaco, an occupied sociale centre that organizes a bunch of interesting events. That day there was a devastating HC/grindnoise matinée started at 6 am, even though it was supposed to start one hour before but, in Rome, it's really impossible that a live show opens at the hour scheduled by the organizers. But this isn't important: what is important is that 6 bands shared the stage to offer a memorable and intense show!