Davey Suicide: Made From Fire

 

 Today is a today I never thought I’d see. Today is the day I, for the first time, experienced the pure joys of Gutter Goth. That’s right, Gutter Goth. A genre I did not even know existed; and now I cannot live without. This is Davey Suicide, Gutter Goth band extraordinaire. This is “Made From Fire“. The songs on this, 14 track, album are about as unique as any songs I’ve ever heard. How can one describe the songs on this album? Some of it sounds a bit Punky. Some of it sounds Goth. Some of it is a little bit Industrial. A chunk of it is Metal. All together it is a brilliant. Simple as that. Overall, “Made From […]

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Neon Shudder: Sons of Seraph

 

 This is the second time the works of Neon Shudder have crossed my desk. Once again, I can honestly say, this work is absolutely amazing. There is something about this band that gives me the feeling of a Sci-Fi sound track gone rogue – in the most glorious of ways. This is the wondrous Neon Shudder. This is the amazing “Sons of Seraph“. The songs on this, 21 track, album. 21 track! It’s a beast of an album. The songs are as diverse and complex as any I’ve ever heard. ‘Total Bastard‘ is a song that reminds me of the old Red Alert OST. ‘Running Out Of Time‘ reminds me of the melodic sounds of early ’80’s Electronic music. ‘It’s […]

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Combichrist: This Is Where Death Begins

 

 I adore Combichrist. Well, I like Combichrist. I adore Icon of Coil. (Sorry Andy) But with their latest release I think that they might have claimed a major part of my heart. This is the brutal, Combichrist! “This Is Where Death Begins“! The songs on this, 15 track, album are more than a little different from the previous Combichrist albums. There’s a lot more guitar driven insanity on this album than on previous ones. Songs such as ‘Destroy Everything‘ and ‘Pay To Play‘ kick like a horse that has steel-tipped boots on. This album is pure backside pounding from start to finish. Overall, “This Is Where Death Begins” is an album that is, quite simply, killer.

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Funeral For The Masses: Pitch Black

 

 Within the first few seconds of the album coming to life my neighbours have abandoned their homes, and have fled for other countries. It seems to me that they cannot cope with the power and aggression of this band! This is Funeral For The Masses, this is the savage “Pitch Black“. The songs on this album are riddled with a brutality that is the epitome of unbridled savagery.  Songs such as ‘F.F.T.M‘ and ‘Blinded Eyes‘ are so fast and bloody that they will be moshpit classics for decades to come. Overall, “Pitch Black” is an album for lovers of incredibly loud music.

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Gnash Rambler: Gnash Rambler

 

 Now I might be wrong, but I get the feeling that this band comes from a post-apocalyptic future in which Punks and Cowboys own the universe. Well, that’s what I get from the album anyway. This is Gnash Rambler. The songs on this, 12 track, album are diverse and driven. Songs such as ‘I’m Het‘ and ‘Jello Mold‘ come flying out of the North American Punk scene. Songs like ‘Downtown Rock’ is the sort of songs that would give Mad Max an erection. It’s all kinds of crazy! Overall,  “Gnash Rambler” is an interesting and entertaining album worthy of any futuristic wasteland.

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Bravo Delta: Shutdown Sequence

 

 Once again the power of youth is undeniable. The style, the sound, the lyrics, the entire process of making music itself comes across so differently when the band is young and full of life; and when it has something worthy to say. This is Bravo Delta. This is “Shutdown Sequence“. The songs on this album are the epitome of youthful aggression. It’s anarchy in the schoolyard and chaos on the playground. Songs like ‘Moonchild‘ and ‘Sleepwalker‘ show the diversity of unbridled creativity and the power that youth brings to sounds and style. It’s a “can do and fuck you” attitude made audio. It’s wondrous to hear. Overall, “Shutdown Sequence” is a brilliant album that will fit in with most Rock […]

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Double Experience: Unsaved Progress

 

 There is something amazing brewing in the world of Metal. Some of these new brews are powerful. Others are aggressive. Some are chaotic -so much so they could scare demons straight. Other albums and bands are simply brilliant. Once such brilliant experience is the amazing Double Experience. (I had one of those in Thailand once. He-She was flexible. -Ed) This is the progressive “Unsaved Progress“. The songs on this, 9 track, album are narrative driven and mammoth in proportion. Songs like ‘AAA‘ and ‘Godzilla‘ are glorious sagas of esoteric depth. There is a power on this album that is both new and old. There is a hint of ’80’s and ’90’s Metal here mixed with 21st century drive and futuristic […]

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CRNKSHFT: Self-Titled (EP)

 

 They say that dynamite comes in small packages. I do not know who “they” are, but I have a feeling that they were talking about Metal. Of all genres in the world none can burn down the neighbourhood like the kick of a good Metal song. Speaking of good Metal, and good Metal songs; this is Crnkshft. The songs on this vicious EP are exactly what you’d need to blow up the neighbourhood or start a suburban raiding party. (Vikings and all that are wonderful; but occasionally you simply want to sack your local mall or raid the liquor store, while listening to the sounds of insane guitar work and urban screaming.) For those that like their music fast and […]

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Nahtaivel: Subterfuge (Part 1)

 

 As the album begins the ether is filled with the sounds of an esoteric tribalism that is both hauntingly beautiful and disturbingly threatening. Within seconds one is transported to the Pagan past. Bloody wars, human sacrifices, elder gods, murder and unbridled slaughter. Bloody good fun in other words. This is the Nahtaivel, the most lethal thing from Brazil since the Wandering Spider. This is “Subterfuge (Part 1)“. The songs on this feral, 6 track, album are the epitome of life’s darker side. Songs such as ‘A Most Delightful Nightmare’ and ‘Death Scent’ show the depth and complexity of good EBM/Industrial music. There is a rawness here that is savage to the ears. Yet there is a formulaic madness behind the […]

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ARTHEMIS: Blood Fury Domination

 

 You have to admire the Italians. For such a conservative nation they do produce so many amazing Metal bands. One such group is the powerful Arthemis; and this is their latest offering to the gods of Metal, “Blood Fury Domination“. (Amazing video from a brilliant previous album, Heroes.) The songs on this remorseless, 11 track, album range from savage and brutal audio assaults to power ballads and insane fingering. (Stop sniggering.) Songs such as ‘Blistering Eyes‘ and ‘Warcry‘ are the sort of songs Viking raiders would have listened to had they access to stereos. Who am I kidding? They were too busy raiding to live in moshpits. But we, their descendants, can do that and more. And this is exactly […]

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