Archive for July, 2009

Review: Endstille – Verfuhrer [2009]

Posted in Endstille, SOS Metal Update with tags , on July 28, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon EndstilleWarmongering German black metal squad Endstille attack once again with VERFUHRER, a scathing and abrasive nine-track affair. Incessantly blasting your skull with pounding percussion and decaying your ears with blood-curdling vocal rasps, this maliciously militant outfit doles out diabolical doses of mid-paced malevolence (“Symptoms”) whose razor sharp buzzsaw guitars cut to the bone (“Depressive/ Abstract/ Banished/ Despised”). Assuredly exhibiting a keen sense of dynamics by implementing slower waves of intensity to its arsenal (“Endstille”) while maintaining the band’s trademark penchant for administering skull-crushing barrages of monolithic crust-laden fury (“Hate Me…God?”), Endstille ‘s blackhearted single-minded approach conveys intense waves of blast beated and tremolo picked madness with just the right touches of innovation to shape this release’s belligerent battlefield aura. www.regainrecords.comMike SOS

3.5 StarsEndstille is Iblis (Vocals), L. Wachtfels (Guitars), Cruor (Bass), & Mayhemic Destructor (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Of Disorder”
  2. “Hate Me… God?”
  3. “Depressive/Abstract/Banished/Despised”
  4. “Ursprung”
  5. “Monotonusn”
  6. “Symptoms”
  7. “Suffer In Silence”
  8. “Dead”
  9. “Endstille (Verführer)”

GOR Recommends: Destroy Destroy Destroy – Battle Sluts

Review: Deceiver – Thrashing Heavy Metal [2009]

Posted in Deceiver, SOS Metal Update with tags on July 27, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon DeceiverThere’s nothing deceptive regarding the 10-track lean and mean high-grade meets lo fi old school assault Sweden’s Deceiver lays on the ears, as this trio’s tumultuous din captures the darker nuances of the golden age of thrash without sounding rehashed or forced. Whether it be the tortured vocals and primitive skin bashing tandem heard on “Dead to the World” and “Machinery of God” or the grimly grandiose feel emanating from “Graveyard Lover” and the instrumental “Legacy,” even though THRASHING HEAVY METAL yields a strange sensation that you’ve heard this all before if you own a Priest, Entombed, or Mercyful Fate album or two, this squad’s inspired interpretations rise above usual reference points to provide an enjoyable travel back through time. Tacking on a vicious streak laden in vitriolic vehemence, this unit’s display of vintage metal will get the job done for fans of the rawer side of extreme metal’s first wave. www.pulverised.netMike SOS

3.5 StarsDeceiver is Pete Flesh (Vocals/Guitar), Crille Lundin (Bass), & Flingan (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “The Tail’s Of Whom In Shadows Fall”
  2. “Ghost Of Souls & Inner Hate”
  3. “Graveyard Lover”
  4. “Coma Of Death Toxication”
  5. “Machinery Of God”
  6. “Blood Of The Soul”
  7. “Dead To The World”
  8. “The Dungeon”
  9. “Legacy”
  10. “Thrashing Heavy Metal”

GOR Recommends: Mantic Ritual – Executioner

Review: Arise – The Reckoning [2009]

Posted in Arise, SOS Metal Update with tags on July 26, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon AriseSwedish death thrash outfit Arise provide 10-tracks of straight from the textbook Gothenburg-style metal on THE RECKONING. Despite this nimble quintet’s far from groundbreaking delivery, the spot-on fury (“No Memory of Light”) and enormous arsenal of breakneck riffs and melodic breaks they employ are cleverly composed with a well-proportioned mix of familiar twists and meat and potatoes mashings, which effortlessly fuses The Haunted and In Flames (“End of Days”). Exhibiting metalcore sensibilities with a reverence for the genre’s pioneers in mind, the latest from Arise is a solid and satisfying affair whose unwavering by the numbers approach rings out with sinister sincerity. www.regainrecords.comMike SOS

3 StarsArise is Patrik Johansson (Vocals), Sternberg (Guitar), L-G Jonasson (Guitar), Kaj (Bass), & Daniel Bugno (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Adrenaline Rush”
  2. “No Memory of Light”
  3. “Blindead”
  4. “They Are Coming for You”
  5. “Pitch Black”
  6. “Reckoning”
  7. “Reclaiming the Soul”
  8. “Fury”
  9. “Dead Silence”
  10. “End of Days”

GOR Recommends: Heaven & Hell – The Devil You Know

Review: Orcustus – Orcustus [2009]

Posted in Orcustus, SOS Metal Update with tags on July 24, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon OrcustusAn authentic blast of malefic black metal arrives from the depths of depravity courtesy of Norwegian troupe Orcustus, whose eponymous full-length debut comes some seven years after this troupe’s initial introduction. Serving a barrage of vintage buzzsaw riffs (“Jesus Christ Patricide”) and hellacious vocal rasps that wouldn’t sound out of place from lauded black metal affairs of yesteryear (“Of Sophistry, Obsession, and Paranoia”), this unit (who can’t seem to keep a lineup intact) project grim ideals direct from the bowels of the abyss. Featuring ex-members of groundbreaking outfits Gorgoroth and Enslaved, this squad’s display of volatility and viciousness renders a bleak and raw old school assault (“Conversion”), conjuring an ominous sense of hatred and dread with every drum blast and bombastic bass reverberation (“Death and Dissolution”). Perfect for those who flock to the darkness, Orcustus has made a simple yet effective album cloaked in chaos and evil to the bone. www.southernlord.comMike SOS

2.5 StarsOrcustus is Taipan (Vocals/Guitars), Tormentor (Guitars), Infernus (Bass), & Dirge Rep (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Coil”
  2. “Of Sophistry, Obsession and Paranoia”
  3. “Conversion”
  4. “Jesus Christ Patricide”
  5. “Death and Dissolution”
  6. “Ego Sum Chaos”
  7. “Asphyxiokenisis”

GOR Recommendation: Wolves In The Throne Room – Black Cascade

Review: Ensoph – Rex Mundi X-IIE [2009]

Posted in Ensoph, SOS Metal Update with tags on July 23, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon EnsophIndustrial Italian act Ensoph create a chaotic cybermetal experience on the 12-track REX MUNDI X-IIE, setting their apocalyptic visions to a frenetic soundtrack that chillingly juxtaposes harsh electronic noises, Gothic overtones and metallic aggression (“Shame on You!”). Tracks like “Dance High and Shine, Shiva!” shares as much in common with the eeriness of Marilyn Manson as it does the synthetic throb of KMFDM, while “Thir(s)ty Pieces of Silver” sounds like a Dream Theater track defiantly trapped in a Tron-like maze. Championing a futuristic tone chock full of Front Line Assembly-esque mechanical madness leading the charge, this sinister shapeshifting unit’s presentation is far from fresh yet it yields enough intriguing moments (their cover of “Would” by Alice in Chains in particular) to keep the middling PVC-donned EBM and darkwave contingent content. www.cruzdelsurmusic.comMike SOS

3.5 StarsEnsoph is N-Ikonoclast (Voice), Xraphæl (Guitar), KKTZ (Bass), Next-X@nctum (Keyboard), & Xenos (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Evil Has Found a Servant”
  2. “Dance High & Shine, Shiva!”
  3. “Shame on You!”
  4. “Splendour & Majesty”
  5. “In Cinere et Cilicio”
  6. “Whore & The Ashetist”
  7. “Thir(s)ty Pieces of Silver”
  8. “…and I Hear a Voice”
  9. “9xs”
  10. “Disciplina Arcani [un Canto Per l’Esilio]”
  11. “Come in Uno Specchio”
  12. “Would?”

GOR Recommendation: Moonspell – Night Eternal

Review: Destroy Destroy Destroy – Battle Sluts [2009]

Posted in Destroy Destroy Destroy, SOS Metal Update with tags on July 22, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon Destroy Destroy DestroyDestroy Destroy Destroy’s sophomore effort showcases a multi-faceted metal attack that blends Viking metal might and symphonic black metal grandiosity with a perpetual classic metal vibe running throughout this unit’s 12-track affair entitled BATTLE SLUTS. Meshing the styles of 3 Inches of Blood, Manowar, and Children of Bodom within the confines of a war-torn battlefield, this battle-hungry sextet bash out a histrionic blast of fantasy metal that goes perfect with a pair of 12-sided dice and a stack of Conan the Barbarian novels (“Agents of Hypocrisy”). Borrowing a chunk of their style from the epic and power metal fields (especially referenced via the atmospheric keyboard presence permeated throughout) while slaying with a convincing twin guitar battering (“Born of Thunder,” “The Wretched Forrest”), those who enjoy metal with a medieval twist will have little problem tuning into this band of warrior’s theatrical offering. www.blackmarketactivities.comMike SOS

4 StarsDestroy Destroy Destroy is Bryan Kemp (Vocals), Way Barrier (Guitar), Jeremiah Scott (Guitar), Adam Phillips (Bass), David Shaw (Drums), & Brian Shorter (Keyboards).

Track Listing:

  1. “The Second Coming”
  2. “Battle Upon the Arctic Plains”
  3. “Beyond the Scorpion Gate”
  4. “Realm of Ancient Shadows”
  5. “Born of Thunder”
  6. “To Die Without Honor (Interlude)”
  7. “The Winged Panther”
  8. “The Wretched Forest”
  9. “The Berserker’s Field of Whores”
  10. “Agents of Hypocrisy”
  11. “The Return of the Geishmal Undead”
  12. “Battle Slut Drinking Song”

GOR Recommendation: Brother Von Doom – Relentless

Review: Mothra – Dyes [2009]

Posted in Mothra, SOS Metal Update with tags on July 21, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon MothraPolish metalcore quartet Mothra present a succinct seven-track excursion on DYES. This offering blends a potpourri of extreme styles together to form a math-y, sludgy monster that channels death metal aggression and hardcore abrasiveness with hints of grindcore madness (“Squant”) and dastardly dissonance for an extra bite (“Hooloovoo”). Creating a sonic atmosphere where brevity and brutality go hand in hand, this unit fuses a slew of off-kilter elements from all corners of the extreme metal paradigm forming a brash offshoot of band reminiscent of the likes of Poison the Well, Entombed, Gojira, and Botch, making this act essential for those who champion a heavy hybrid spirit. www.selfmadegod.comMike SOS

3.5 StarsMothra is Egon Warynski (Vocals), Pawel Stefan Rosiak (Guitars), Andrzej Burzynski (Bass), & Daniel Szwed (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Squant”
  2. “Hoovooloo”
  3. “Octarine”
  4. “Grue”
  5. “Bleen”
  6. “Fullgin/A”
  7. “Fullgin/B”

GOR Recommendation: Gojira – The Way of All Flesh