Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Vomitile - "Pure Eternal Hate" (Satanath Records/Hecatombe Records, 2018)

Band: Vomitile
Title: Pure Eternal Hate
Genre: Death Metal
Time: 36.46 min
Release Date: 18th April 2018
Rating: 77/100

After a black metal break with the French band Geisterfels, today there's new room for some death metal onslaught! Specifically, this is the review about the third album of a quartet coming from Cyprus, a nation surely not famous for its metal bands. If I remember well, these Vomitile are just the first band from Cyprus ever reviewed by me! And, as a first time into the realm of the so-called Cy metal, I must say I started very well since "Pure Eternal Hate" strikes as it should be. What labels released it? The Spanish Hecatombe Records along with Satanath Records, that now is a regular presence on these demented pages since the "far" December 2017.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Geisterfels - "La névrose de la pierre" (Six Raw Records, 2017)

Band: Geisterfels
Title: La névrose de la pierre
Genre: Black Metal
Time: 38.50 min
Release Date: 3rd November 2017
Rating: 60/100

At times, some bands sent me their own albums even though they were released one or more years ago. This allows to me to discover some real gems that I missed at the time of their release. Ultimately, this is happened with bands like the death/thrashers Last Rites or the hardcore punk maniacs MuD. Among the acts arrived on these pages relatively late with their albums, there is need to include also Geisterfels, a French band whose line-up is a bit strange. This because they consist of an instrumentalist (Aldébaran) as well a singer (Aharon) but every song of their debut album "La névrose de la pierre" (released under the auspices of the French label Six Raw Records) was entirely composed by their founder Nebel, that plays no instruments into the band. In addition, she is their lyricist and, for this album, she written an ambitious concept-story about a poet and his journey through the Rhine and Moselle valleys in Germany during the 19th Century, in search of the castles, now ruined but once majestic, of this area.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Draghkar - "The Endless Howling Abyss" (Craneo Negro Records, 2018)

Band: Draghkar
Title: The Endless Howling Abyss
Genre: Death Metal
Time: 19.15 min
Release Date: 27th July 2018
Rating: 75/100

As I promised into the review about their split with Desekryptor, Draghkar are back on these pages with their fantastic new EP "The Endless Howling Abyss"! Thanks to this release, there has been a real revolution into this band. In fact, they changed their logo (as you can already see through the cover artwork of the EP), shoot their first pic and even played their first gigs by shortly touring in the West Coast of California in August 2018. But what's about "The Endless Howling Abyss"?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wrathrone - "Reflections of Torment" (Satanath Records/The Void Records, 2018)

Band: Wrathrone
Title: Reflections of Torment
Genre: Death Metal with some Thrash Metal elements
Time: 47.23 min
Release Date: 23rd April 2018
Rating: 90/100

Born in 2008, this Finnish quintet has a stable line-up even since 2009, and this is incredible within an extreme metal underground where the musicians are used to come and go continuously from most of the bands. So, you can already understand that you are in presence of a very compact and very tight-knit band that released some months ago an outstanding second album through the usual Satanath Records along with the Italian label The Void Records (that I didn't know before even though it's Italian!).

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Hey brutalbangers,
after reviewing their excellent new album "Nemesis", I thought well to interview the Italian death/thrash metal band Last Rites. Dave, their singer/guitarist and leader, shown a great availability, so he replied to my call. Below you can read the result of this chat, so don't waste your time and...


Saturday, November 17, 2018

REVIEWS' ATTACK #10: Morbid Messiah/Demonic Obedience/Fervent Hate

Hey brutalbangers,
after publishing in these last days two live reports (one about a doom metal night with Abysmal Grief, and the other about a HC punk festival called Marci su Roma), today I am back with the reviews' attack by talking about 3 death metal-oriented albums: 2 of them were released by the Russian prolific label Satanath Records, and the third one by the Spanish Memento Mori. So, let's start and...


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Marci su Roma Fest (Rome, 3rd November 2018)

Festival name: Marci su Roma
Date: 3rd November 2018
Location: Trecentosessanta Gradi, Rome
Price: 6 €

The day after the doom metal night with Abysmal Grief, I changed completely musical genre in order to destroy my ears (AND MY BONES!) with a HC punk festival called "Marci su Roma", that was taken at the Trecentosessanta Gradi punk pub (also simply known as 360) in the area of Rome known as San Lorenzo. The occasion was very good for every HC maniac worthy of this name since 9 Italian bands (coming from Central to North Italy) were in the bill to offer a festival destined to last a lot of hours (a tenth band called Social Trauma was supposed to play but they didn't play). So, many people from every corner of the Nation came in my city, and I must say already that this festival has been fantastic also since it gave to all of us the impression of a Italian HC scene very united and full of solidarity. This also because, in these days, San Lorenzo, a historically antifascist area, is living a very critical socio-political period, as many of you knows. Without explaining the reasons, in San Lorenzo the atmosphere was (and still is) very hot, and it isn't a case if the slogan of the festival was "Gli unici stranieri: fasci e sbirri nei quartieri" ("the only foreigners: fascists and cops in the blocks"). Ended the description of the contextual conditions, it's time now to see who's who (Conflict, anyone?)!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Abysmal Grief/Night Gaunt/Suum (Rome, 2nd November 2018)

Bands: Abysmal Grief/Night Gaunt/Suum
Location: Defrag, Rome
Date: 2nd November 2018
Price: 7 €

On 2nd November 2018, at the cultural association called Defrag, there was a fantastic night in the sign of doom metal, with headliner a band of the calibre of Abysmal Grief that, as I hope you know, is recently promoting their last album "Blasphema Secta" (Terror from Hell Records, 2018). To support them, there were 2 very good bands from Rome, that offer two different but always effective ways to face this kind of metal: Suum and Night Gaunt.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Panico al Miedo - "Formador" (Symbol of Domination Prod/United by Chaos, 2018)

Band: Panico al Miedo
Title: Formador
Genre: Mid-tempo Thrash Metal with Death and Groove Metal influences
Time: 53.10 min
Release Date: 27th April 2018
Rating: 57/100

Recording and mixing by Juan Urteaga (already at work with bands of the calibre of Vile, Testament, Machine Head etc...), mastering by Jens Bogren (famous for his collaborations with Opeth, Amon Amarth, Paradise Lost etc...), a fantastic cover artwork full of absurd characters by nothing else than Ed J. Repka (do you know who he is or do you need an embarrassing refresh?), and the participation of some illustrious guitarplayers like James Murphy and Bobby Koelble, both ex-Death members. What an ambitious debut album for this Spanish quartet called Panico al Miedo! Is all this enough for a metal masterpiece? Not exactly...

Saturday, November 3, 2018

MuD - "The Sound of the Province" (THC DIY Productions, 2017)

Band: MuD
Title: The Sound of the Province
Genre: Hardcore Punk with Thrash Metal influences
Time: 22.16 min
Release Date: 11th November 2017
Rating: 89/100

After attending yesterday a fantastic doom metal night with the legendary Abysmal Grief as headliners (expect a nice live report about it in the next days to come!), today you'll read a very enthusiastic article about the third album by MuD! It was released by their label THC DIY Productions along with other many label like Italian Thrash Attack, a kind of cooperation usual for the HC punk albums. But what's more interesting is that Mauro Garbati (also known as AldoHC) sent me a pack with included not only the physical CD version of the album but also the stickers of the band along with the last issue (the 13th one, exactly, released in March 2011) of "10 anni di mucchi selvaggi e ossa rotte in Italia" (Italian for "10 years of  wild bunches and broken bones in Italy"). This was a well-written fanzine edited by the guys of the website lovehate80.it and focused on the '80s Italian hardcore punk whose issues had te only problem to be tooo short (only 4 pages) but, at least, the contents were really cool (the issue in my hands contains an interview to Indigesti).