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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Psycho Kiss: Grit

 

 As soon as the album begins the world is filled with a feral brutality that is both overwhelming and awe inspiring in equal measures. It is a glorious sight to behold. This is the brilliant Psycho Kiss and their latest album “Grit“. It is incredibly gritty. The songs on this, 11 track, album are the epitome of good Metal. Songs like ‘Down‘ and ‘Devil Inside’ show the range and diversity of pure Rock n’ Roll. Its power. Its style. Its pure bloody brilliance. This album is exactly the sort of album that the Alternative scene was founded on. Simple as that. Overall, “Grit” is an album that is full of powerful moshpit starting music that would fit in with any […]

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Samskaras: Asunder

 

 To some people a short album is a bad album. But these sorts of people are wrong and it’s best to avoid them. Case in point, I recently received the newest album from the powerful two-man group, Samskaras. This is their amazing album “Asunder“. The songs on this extremely aggressive, 4 track, album are the epitome of unbridled chaos. It’s pure moshpit madness on numerous levels. From start to finish this album is about as brutal an album as I have ever heard. There is something so primeval and chaotic in the work from this talented duo that I am left wondering what the hell is going to happen to the planet when they unleash a full length beast. I’m […]

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SinHeresY: Domino

 

 The universe breaks apart as the first cords spill out across time and space, and rearrange creations itself to a finite level. It’s wondrous to behold such perfect reconstruction. This is the brutal SinHeresY with their latest offering to the gods of chaos, “Domino“. The songs on this carnal, 10 track, album are sexual and brutal in equal measure. Songs like ‘Star Dome‘ and ‘Unspoken Word‘ take you back to the glory days of amazing bands fronted by powerful female singers whose range and ability were unmatched. It’s absolutely brilliant on so many bloody levels that it could make angels weep. Overall, “Domino” is an epic album from a bloody brilliant band. It’s a must for Metal fans! Get it […]

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Steven J Vertun: Ghost, Shadow and Sun

 

 Occasionally an album comes along that is both modern and progressive, and yet equally anachronistic. Listening to albums like this is a glorious experience that is personal and familiar, as well esoteric and alien in equal measure. It’s wondrous to hear. This is the brilliantly talented Steven J Vertun with the most impressive album “Ghost, Shadow and Sun“. The songs on this scelidate,12 track, album are as diverse and numerous as any multi-legged beast. Songs such as ‘Ghost’ and ‘Run To Me‘ are genuine and abstract in equal measure. It’s amazing. There is something about this album that reminds me of the powerful music that dominated the world in the ’70’s. I hesitate to use the word atavism, but there is […]

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Trigon: Fed Up

 

 An explosive insanity sweeps across the universe and dominates all life in all directions. It is an amazing experience that is equally arousing and disturbing. This is “Fed Up“, the latest offering from the amazing Trigon. The songs on this rapid, 11 track, album are equally brutal and pleasant. Songs like ‘Obsessed‘ and ‘Mother‘ come at you from multiple locations. There is a chaotic and personal magic on this album that moves your mind, body and soul from places of safety to places of danger in an instant. I’d liken it to being at a family BBQ just before WW3 breaks out -it’s all fun and games and Armageddon. Overall, “Fed Up” is a brilliant Rock album that exquisitely produced […]

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