Friday, August 30, 2019

Extinction Remains - "Smog" (Defense Records/Mythrone Promotion, 2019)

Band: Extinction Remains
Title: Smog
Genre: Crusty Death/Doom Metal
Time: 31.32 min
Release Date: 30th March 2019
Rating: 75/100

Human being dissasociate with rivers, animals, forests and land
Greed is accelerating environmental collapse
The so called progress is killing us and killing land
How tomorrow is going to be?

It will be worse

You can find these joyful words on the booklet of "Smog", a compilation incorporating, in a single CD, all of the releases edited so far by Extinction Remains, a promising Brazilian quartet with strong ecologist and anti-capitalist views. Exactly, in this compilation there are the "Ecologic Noise" debut demo (2013) and the two EPs "Genetics of Defeat" (2016) and "Human Disaster Never Ending" (2017), both self-released. After years with no labels interested in their work, Extinction Remains finally found even two labels to release some months ago this compilation. And I've must say already that Defense Rec and Mythrone Prom did very well to release it because they discovered a very interesting band!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Candura - "/I" (GreySun Records, 2018)

Band: Candura
Title: /I
Genre: Drone/Black Noise
Time: 35.42 min
Release Date: 13th October 2018
Rating: 70/100

Portugal isn't only raw black metal (Black Cilice, Trono Além Morte...) nor violent thrash metal (Perpetrator, Toxik Attack...) but also something infinitely heavier like Candura! They plays a kind of music going very beyond the genres usually faced on this 'zine but, at the same time, they completely deserve to be featured on these pages because they are really extreme! And if memory serves, you can find something similar here only with the Italian project Bleeding Void of Utter Mysticism but these ones, in comparison with Candura, sounds "light"! So, today I will scare you with this duo from Portugal that contacted me in November 2018 to ask me to review their debut full-lenght album, mysteriously entitled "/I", released last year through GreySun Records, an obscure US label located in Portland, Oregon.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Nifrost: new single from their upcoming second album!

Hey brutalbangers,
the Norwegian viking black metallers Nifrost have recently released a second single extracted from their upcoming second album "Blykrone", that will be edited on CD, vinyl and digitally by the Italian label Dusktone.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Honorable Mentions from the Abyss #11: Split/Cross+Mule Skinner+Stench of Profit+Wolfsblood

Hey brutalbangers,
during some of my last holidays, I found some time to listen, besides to the great debut album of All My Sins, to some crust punk as well grindcore bands. In this new appointment with "Honorable Mentions from the Abyss" you'll find the result of these deafening listening sessions of mine, so enjoy it and check out all the bands that surely deserves your attentions!
Service communication:
before reading this article, you must know that my ebook about the first wave of black metal called "Nel Segno del Marchio Nero" was released on 24th March 2019. Unfortunately, it is written only in Italian but, surely, into it there aren't the over-rehearsed sounds à la Lord of Chaos. If you want to buy my ebook, you can order it through the best Italian and international stores like Feltrinelli, IBS, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Thank you in advance!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Definite: new video for "In This Place"!

Hey brutalbangers,
it's out the videoclip of "In This Place", a song taken from the last album, called "Your Hell", of the straight-edge/skate Italian HC punk band Definite!

Sumera: new single is out after many years!

Hey brutalbangers,
after (too!) many years with no releases, the Italian groove/thrashers Sumera are finally back with the single "New Pope No Hope", whose promotional video has been recently released on YouTube!

MuD: pronti per il 15esimo anniversario!

Hey brutalbangers,
il 28 settembre gli abruzzesi MuD, alfieri del cosiddetto "Ignorant Hardcore", festeggeranno il loro 15esimo anniversario al Sound di Teramo!

All My Sins - "Pra sila - Vukov totem" (Saturnal Records, 2018)

Band: All My Sins
Title: Pra sila - Vukov totem
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Time: 55.47 min
Release Date: 23rd September 2018
Rating: 92/100

All My Sins are back! Exactly, they are back in September 2018 when they released their longheld debut album "Pra sila - Vukov totem" through the Finnish label Saturnal Records. I've waited with extreme interest the release of this album because, after works of calibre of the "Lunar/Solar" EP and, especially, the "Zov iz magle" single, I expected something grandiose. In fact, All My Sins kept entirely every expectation about the album by releasing a masterpiece like few others! I must say already that it deserved to be into my 2018 TOP TEN releases, so it's a real pity that I managed to listen to it only in these days but, as the proverb says, it's better late than never! So, let's see why "Pra sila - Vukov totem" is so incredibly impressive!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Spectral: added a second guitarist into the line-up!

Hey brutalbangers,
in 2018 I was amazed by a Romanian band that released their debut album "Neural Correlates of Hate" after even 14 years into the ranks.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Black Rock - "Arcane Remorseless" (Unpure Records, 2018; Defense Records/Mythrone Promotion, 2019)

Band: Black Rock
Title: Arcane Remorseless
Genre: First Wave of Black Metal
Time: 33.29 min
Release Date: 15th August 2018 (Unpure Rec)
30th March 2019 (Defense Rec/Mythrone Prom)
Rating: 70/100

In these days you must expect only the rawest stuff by Defense Records and Mythrone Promotion! If some days ago you realized the blasphemous existence of those black metal punkers known as Aggressive Mutilator, today your life will be infected by another primitive band such as Black Rock. As just Aggressive Mutilator, also Black Rock are a duo coming from Scandinavia. Precisely, they comes from Finland, a country where the '80s black metal is quite widespread thanks to acts of the calibre of Bonehunter or Wömit Angel (that last year played in my city, Rome, in a gig unfortunately attended by only...5 people!). But we are talking about Black Rock because of their third album "Arcane Remorseless", that was originally released in 2018 on tape by the Polish label Unpure Records and, then, edited on CD just by Defense Rec along with Mythrone Prom.

Sunday, August 11, 2019


Hail brutalbangers,
today you'll read a very interesting interview to a band that has recently attracted the attentions of many fanatics of the rawest extreme metal. This band is Thecodontion, whose I briefly reviewed their new EP "Jurassic" some time ago. Considering that they answered already to a lot of interviews, I tried to ask to them plenty of questions more different than the usual, because, otherwise, they risked to answer to a copycat interview. And, also by opinion of the band, I think I managed to create an original interview.
At this point, please read the interview and enjoy it! I am sure that you'll like it since the answers are really interesting and detailed!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Kalt Vindur - "Delusions" (Mara Productions, 2017)

Band: Kalt Vindur
Title: Delusions
Genre: Progressive Black/Doom Metal
Time: 32.42 min
Release Date: 10th October 2017
Rating: 69/100

You know, Poland has one of my favorite extreme metal scenes in the world, so it isn't a case if I am used to talk about many Polish bands on these pages. And these Kalt Vindur, whose guitarist Artur Szydło contacted me some months ago in order to ask me if I wanted to review the debut album of his band, are other worthy representatives of the vital Polish extreme scene. We are talking about an ambitious quartet (now a quintet with the addition of the guitarist Marcin Borula) that, founded in 2015, debuted directly with a full-lenght album called "Delusions", published through Mara Productions from Poland, too. Yes, you know, I don't like so much the bands that release their debut album after so few years from their foundation and without publishing anything before it. But I must say that, even though the result could be decisevely better, Kalt Vindur sounds in a really interesting way. So, let's discover it!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Bioscrape - "Exp. Zeroone" (OverDub Recordings, 2012)

Gruppo: Bioscrape
Titolo: Exp. Zeroone
Genere: Groove Metal con influenze NYHC
Durata: 32.44 min
Data di rilascio: 2012
Voto: 74/100

Comunicazione di servizio:

ragazze e ragazzi, se non lo sapete ancora, sappiate che il 24 marzo 2019 è uscito il mio primissimo libro "Nel Segno del Marchio Nero". Esso racconta vita, morte e miracoli della cosiddetta first wave of black metal e si compone di 373 pagine belle dense di informazioni. Per ora, è uscito solo come ebook ordinabile attraverso i migliori stores digitali come Feltrinelli, IBS ed Amazon. Lo so che molti di voi preferireste leggere questo libro su carta ma non siate tirchi e comprate 'sto ebook che, di sicuro, non ve ne pentirete! DAJE e grazie in anticipo!


Allora, facciamoci due conti: i biellesi Bioscrape sono nati nel giugno 2006 con la volontà di creare qualcosa di originale, che trova poi una prima forma compiuta nel loro primo album "Exp. Zeroone", pubblicato nel 2012 per conto della OverDub Recordings (sì, quella che rilasciò il magnifico secondo album dei ferraresi Fankàz!). Dopodiché, il loro nome cresce a tal punto che nel 2014 riescono a far un tour esteuropeo, rilasciando successivamente nel 2016 il secondo album "Psychologram", sempre per la OverDub. Però, nell'ottobre 2016 viene dichiarata conclusa la loro alleanza proprio con questa etichetta, cosa che comunque non impedisce loro di crescere ancora di più non solo trovando un nuovo membro che si occupa sia del basso synth che dell'elettronica ma anche di fare un tour nella "Grande Patria Russia" nella Primavera del 2017. E così i Bioscrape si sono spianati la strada per il terzo album "The Cage", pubblicato da loro stessi nel 2018. Ora però facciamo qualche passo indietro perché, come avrete intuito, questa recensione, uscita fuori tempo massimo come minimo (vi ricordate del pacco inviatomi dalla OverDub ben 5 anni fa?), riguarda l'ormai vecchissimo "Exp. Zeroone".

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Last Rites: new EP and promotional video for the track "Jukai"!

Hey brutalbangers,
do you remember Last Rites, the death/thrash metal veterans from Savona, Italy, that I reviewed and also interviewed one year ago?

Friday, August 2, 2019

Aggressive Mutilator - "Det djävlanästet" (Defense Records/Mythrone Promotion, 2018)

Band: Aggressive Mutilator
Title: Det djävlanästet
Genre: Punkish Black Metal
Time: 17.48 min
Release date: 2018
Rating: 83/100

After Stolen Lives, today there is another album that Mythrone Promotion sent me in physical format. And we'll talk about one of those bands that I like (almost) regardless of the quality of their music. This because Aggressive Mutilator brings totally you to the rawest '80s, when bands like Venom and Hellhammer dominated the black metal underground scene. And, for someone like me that recently published a book about the so-called "first wave of black metal" (it is titled "Nel Segno del Marchio Nero" and, for the moment, is completely in Italian), this band is really perfect to satisfy my hunger of ultra-ancient extreme metal. But who are these Aggressive Mutilator? And why are we talking about them? Well, they are a Swedish duo consisting of veterans of the extreme underground scene (especially the bassist/drummer Micael Zetterberg, that plays also in many other acts such as Terrorama). And today we are talking about them because, in 2018, they released a second album through Defense Records and the same Mythrone Promotion. That album, released after many demos and also some compilations (yes, this band is really prolific in terms of releases!) is entitled "Det djävlanästet". Fortunately, behind this unpronunceable title, there is a simple and direct sound through 8 tracks composed between 2016 and 2018.