METALHEAD (Ger) "Demon"
7EP '06. 3 tracks. Killer Metal.
I've always supported small labels that take care of printing 7EP, as
nearly nobody is anymore interested into this format. So, horns up to
Killer Metal for this job. Now, what's Metalhead about ? Well, strangely
enough this band is German but they play 80's NWOBHM from England. This
is more than obvious that Judas Priest is their favourite band as both
the vocals and the music are close to the UK band. I'd point the vocals
that are really cool here, sounding like a mix between Halford and King
Diamond, the only draw back is that sometimes the singer isn't on tune
with the music. When it comes to the instruments, Metalhead can write
crushing Heavy tunes, without reaching the genius of Titpon but the German
lads have a real potential. Listen to the low tempo "Legion Of Death",
a pounding tune and you'll understand this band knows how to play Heavy
Metal. Get this items fro sure !
MOG RUITH (can) "Catatonic
Stella Illusions" CD-Demo '05. 8 tracks, 47 min. Auto Prod.
Mog Ruith is Paul Champagne's band, who was the bass player in Exciter
in 2003. First of all, this CD looks like a real album with pro printed
cover and studio recording, so I'll consider it as an album rather than
a demo. Mog Ruith is drastically different from Exciter as the new band
is in the Black/Thrash field. The 9 tracks from "Catatonic Stella
Illusion" are furious Black Metal with a strong Thrash touch in the
guitar riffs, very influenced by the 95's Swedish scene. Actually I feel
like listening to a mix between Bewitched for the Thrash parts and the
speed temp and Dawn for the dark melodic B.M and Dissection for the technical
song writing. Paul is doing the vocals here and I'll say he does it perfectly
well, they're scolding and aggressive, once again typically in the Swedish
vein. All along the 47 min Mog Ruith delivers a very dynamic and intense
Metal, played by skilled musicians. Listen to the complex "Heathen
Blood" tune, full of harmonies, fast guitar solos and strong rhythmic.
Mog Ruith is a serious competitor in the Black Metal scene !!!!!!
MOR (Serbia) "U
Spoznaji" Demo'06. 4 tracks. Forgotten Wisdom.
"U Spoznaji" is the first effort from this Serbian band; they
deliver 4 hymns of Black Metal with Serbian lyrics. The core of their
composition sounds a bit like Inferno's early demo, as both the production,
the guitar gain and the vocals are similar. The band plays on long and
simple song structures, that here and there could remind a bit "Hvist
Lys Tar Hoss" or Darkthrone's debut albums without reaching their
perfection. So, the four hymns are about traditional B.M, with a crude
and demonic production. Nothing thrilling nor disappointing.
MORTUARY TEMPLE (Ger) "II".
Demo'07. 6 tracks. Auto Prod.
This material isn't announced as a second demo but much more a "sign
of life". That's a the primary information as I've never heard of
this combo but as you'll read they worth to not be ignored. After a moody
introduction, the band deliver their angry Black Metal that immediately
reminds a mix between "A Blaze In The Northern Sky" and Nehëmah's
work. The tunes are pure Scandinavian Black Metal in its most uncomfortable
way. Mortuary Temple have written excellent hymns here that are cold,
misanthropic and grim. The scolding vocals could remind you Malign. The
band uses the standards of northern Black Metal but with such effectiveness
that the result is very convincing. A full length would be welcome. Note
the demo tape ends with Darkthrone's cover "Crossing The Triangle
NECROMESSIAH (Ita) "In
Nomine Deus Ecclesias Igne Ubsumor" CD-Demo '03. 6 tracks, 17 min.
Angel Of Death.
These Italian dudes play a typically Norwegian B.M that's been done so
many time, so they know they've to be tight to stand against the other
releases. The 6 tracks are in the right vein of "Transilvanian Hunger",
with the cruel and cold song structures, background sorcerer vocals. This
demo seems to be recorded live in their rehearsal room, as the drum has
not that much power, and the guitar gain is rather poor. They end their
demo with a so-so Venom ("Black Metal") cover, and Tormentor
("Tormentor") one that's ok. This is not a so bad band, but
unfortunately this kind of B.M has been played so many times that there's
nothing exciting here anymore.
NOCTURNAL VOMIT (Gre) "Arts
Of Tenebrous Superstition" 7'EP. 3 tracks. Terror From Hell.
When I first listened to this 7EP I felt like coming back in the early
90's discovering the first steps from Greece bands such as Rotting Christ,
Varathron, Necromantia when their music was at the edge of Black and Death
Metal. Nocturnal Vomit got into all these bands then melted these influences
with the most lugubrious D.M bands from USA such as Immolation, Incantation
to write their tunes. The 2 tracks (as the 1st one is an introduction)
are savage and macabre D.M with a haunting D.M growling. Even though N.V
hadn't reached the quality of song writing of the previous mentioned bands
they have the feeling to compose dark and death like songs. Actually their
way of writing tunes is a bit too simple and easy going, the guitar riffs
are rather basic. Some more complex ideas would be welcome. A typical
old school D.M item !
||NOCTURNAL VOMIT (Gre) "Divine
Profanation" Tape '06. 21 tracks. Rawblackcult.
This very long tape gathers the previous works from Nocturnal Vomit : "Infernal
Ascension Of The Gods" demo 03, "Death Will Not Be Swift"
Demo '04, "Barbaric Torture Squad" Rehearsal 01 and "Eternal
Age Of Malevolence" Rehearsal 01. All along this tape you can follow
the evolution of this band starting from rather primitive Death Metal to
reach a bit more evolved Death/Black music. They've this typical Greek sound
from the early 90's again and sound rather obscure. Even though all the
songs are not equal, some of them being rather good piece of lugubrious
Metal, the whole tape is rather boring as it's much too long and the songs
are not of top quality when it comes to the song writing, not many of them
are memorable. Mostly for fan of Nocturnal Vomit.
PESTIFIER (Bel) "Same"
Promo'06. 3 tracks, 14 min. Auto Prod.
Pestifier delivers technical and brutal D.M in the American way; a bit
à la Cynic, Atheist which means songs full of up-tempo and short
breaks. They play their tunes in a pretty tight way, melting a mad shrieking
vocal with death grunts and grinding drum parts. Even thought I really
like the American bands mentioned above for their original way of playing
back in the 90's I must say that I'm not into that kind of stuff and didn't
get any pleasure to listen to that MCD.
||PRICKROTT (Hol) "Hate
United" Demo-CD'07. 3 tracks, 12 min. Auto Prod.
Here we have 3 tracks (plus an intro) of what could be labeled as industrial
Black Metal, or even chaotic Black Metal. Indeed, the tracks sound like
a blur veil of weird sounds, with a background drum machine and high pitch
vocals melted with extremely distorted guitars. Thence, in one hand we've
the classic electronic sounds from industrial music and in the other hand
we've the brutality and coldness of Black Metal. But actually the result
won't completely catch your attention as it's utterly impossible to understand
a single riff. I feel like listening a very old vinyl that has been damaged
||REBIRTH OF NEFAST (?) "Only
Death" Demo 07. 3 tracks. Debemur Morti
This demo tape contains only 3 tracks but last more than half an hour. Thence
the compositions on this tape are about hypnotic and flickering Black Metal
with very twisted guitar lines that work on your soul like an hammer. The
music seems to come from nowhere, a kind of corpse without soul haunting
your cells and destroying each part of them with a tormenting hate. The
result is a very deathly and enigmatic Black Metal taking its sources from
the early scene but with a modern approach.
||RIOTOR (Can) "Death
And Destruction" Demo-CD. 6 tracks, 21 min. Auto Prod.
It seems that 80's Thrash Metal is now strongly coming back : the Bay Area
scene offers excellent new combos and their Northern mates from Canada are
also striking back. Here we've a pretty young band called Riotor that is
full of energy and Thrashing attitude. The 6 tracks from this demo are pounding
Metal with a strong emphasis on the speed tempos and straight in the head
riffs. The guitar headbanging riffs are perfectly melted with bulldozer-like
drumming. Interludes such as in "Ode To Death" really remind early
Kreator's work. Even though that Riotor is linked with the 80's Thrash scene,
the vocals stand against the conventional ones. Here they're more early
Death Metal like than high pitch screams you could find in 80's combos.
A very convincing debut with great old school solos such as in "Void
Of Emptiness". Obviously the demo ends with a Kreator's like kind of
tribute through "Poser Hunt", a title that sounds more like being
a Piledriver track than anything else !
||SCYTHIAN (Uk) "Suffering
To The Conquered" Demo-CD. 6 tracks, 28 min. Galatic Records.
Demos from the underground aren't not anymore what they were. If the early
90's offered talented bands with most of time a rehearsal sound; most of
the actual demos have a studio production, and here's the concern with Scythian.
The first tune smashes you down to earth with a fucking accurate barbaric
Blackened Death Metal. The songs are terribly crushing, we can see Scythian
is master in their land playing an evolved but brutal Metal that's at the
cross road of Thrash, Black and Death Metal. Actually, I feel like listening
a combo from Australia. Some of the tracks remind me a bit Gospel Of The
Horns but with an emphasis on their D.M side. Even though the band is aggressive,
it's not only brutality for the sake of it, there's a malign touch in their
compositions. This demo ends with a speedy Bathory cover "Holocaust".
A full length is about to be record and produce through Galatic Records.
Watch out. For them !
SIORAI GEIMHREADH (Ire) "Solitude"
Demo-CD'. 4 tracks, 17 min. Auto prod.
Through a rehearsal production that could remind you some of the early
Black Metal releases, this Irish band performs a kind of Burzumish music.
Indeed the raspy and high pitched vocals are pretty similar to the Norwegian
lad, while the music is a mix between Burzum and Shining. Some parts such
as the interlude of "Forest Of Thoughts" are very close to Shining's
early ideas.The other riffs have been played some many times before in
so many other combos that unfortunately there's nothing thrilling here.
Actually this demo doesn't bring anything in the scene, neither with personal
touch or original moments.
SLIDHR (Ire) "Demo"06.
3 tracks. Debemur Morti.
The French label took on to release some pro format demo tapes as it was
printed back in the early 90's. Slidhr is the creation of a single man,
Gast, that officiates into the field of Unholy Black Metal and torturous
atmospheres. The core of this tape is very similar to the Orthodox Swedish
scene, which means scolding vocals, extremely well written riffs and song
structures with a strong emphasis on the lugubrious side. The 3 hymns
are a travel in an hopeless land, annihilating any kind of human life.
Actually this is the first demo from this Irish band and the album might
be something of quality if the band keeps on playing this way. Note they've
also released a 7ep just after this demo.
TERRORAMA (Swe) "The
Cleansing" Reh '06. 5 tracks. I Hate Rec.
Here's a new rehearsal tape given by Peter from Terrorama to discover
their new tunes. So, Terrorama is still playing symphonic B.M with nice
chick singing about which vampire she's is about and so on…. Nah…
fuck they're rotten into the Metal of Death, the fucking harsh one and
obscure !! The new songs are once again old school Swedish D.M in the
vein of early Nihilist, Merciless. Actually Terrorama must been considered
as part of the new D.M scene from Sweden with bands such as Repugnant,
Revokation, Kaamos. What I really like in this rehearsal is their untamed
and wild feeling, reaching the borderline on extreme Thrash Metal and
early D.M. The vocals are of great quality and macabre. They end their
rehearsal with a Violent Force cover ! I don't have a single clue if you
can buy it.
|THROMBOSIS (Fra) "Carnage
Metal Andematunnum" Demo '05. 4 tracks.
Thrombosis seems to be a new Black Metal band in the French scene. I didn't
get any information with this demo, but I guess it's their first effort.
The first track starts a bit like an old Gorgoroth's tune with vocals that
sometimes remind me either Svartsyn or Dawn. But the comparison will immediately
stop here as the 4 tracks are much more Death Metal oriented with little
dose of brutal B.M. The compositions didn't appeal me at all; excepted from
brutality the band can't deliver anything else. The vocals are extremely
boring on the 3 last tracks and lake of deepness. Actually their material
sounds so cliché and predictable, that Thrombosis won't reach the
top band in French Metal scene for sure.
TITAN STEELE (Ger)
"Fallen Star". 7'EP '06. 2 tracks. Anger Of Metal.
When drummer Martin Zellmer left Ritual Steel, he also took the band name
with him as it belongs to him. The four remaining members found a new
drummer and a new band name with Titan Steele which sounds very good to
me. Unfortunately, that is not the full case of this EP. I mean, the track
from the A side, "Fallen Star", with its happy sounding bores
me to death, I hate that crap. Luckily, the other track, "Red Steele"
is very good, it has the power, the threat, the epic touch, real Metal
I was used to listening to with this German band. The B side prevents
this EP from being a total crap. So I hope the A side was just an accident,
because these guys proved they can deliver great Metal through the two
great Ritual Steel LPs. For history, vocalist Randy Barron from the legendary
American Speed Metal band Tyrant's Reign did an appearance as a guest
backing vocals on "Red Steele". (P)
UNSAFE (Fra) "Human
Toxin" CD'06. 4 tracks, 18 min. Auto Prod
Unsafe is a weird Death Metal band, or should I say it's typically the
kind of D.M you could find in any little town festival if you travel across
our country. They mix a kind of boring Machine Head music, with post modern
D.M, staccato riffs through strange mid deathly growling. I got bored
after 3 min of that music.
WARNING SF (Usa)
“Not A Chance In Hell”. 7 EP ’05. 3 tracks. Stormbringer
This is the ’85 demo that was remastered in 2002 and it really sounds
good. This demo was at first included as bonus-tracks on their “Aftermath”
’02 CD, but Swedish Stormbringer label had the excellent idea to
release it on a vinyl (limited to 300 copies). When I mention Bay Area,
you're thinking about Thrash Metal, but it’s a pity to forget old
Power Metal bands like Laaz Rockit or Warning SF in this case. The three
tracks rip you apart from the beginning to the end. This is Power Metal
the way it is meant to be played : crushing, heavier than hell, making
the head banging ‘till death. An awesome demo done by and for real
Metal maniacs. A nice offer while waiting for the second album. (P)
||WASTELANDER (Usa) "Infernal
City Black Metal" CD-Demo'07. 8 tracks, 23 min. Auto Prod.
With such a band name and cover album, this band is obviously into 80's
materials. Indeed, the 7 tracks (plus an intro) are about post modern apocalyptic
Thrash Metal melted with some rock and Black ideas. The hardcore/Thrash
Metal like vocals give a serious Punk attitude to their music, while the
chainsaw is cutting some cool riffs here and there. Actually this band sounds
like a mix between Chainsaw, Gehennah and Carnivor. The band even tries
to write some atmospheric touches in tune such as "Knee Deep In The
Dead". I've to mention the drum is done by a machine and destroys a
bit the power of this instrument. All in all, the demo has some enjoyable
moments, but it won't bring anything thrilling in the scene. PS: : please
change this ugly cover drawing !!!!!.
WRATHBLADE (Gre) “War
Of The Titans”. 7EP‘06. 2 tracks. Eat Metal.
This is the new band of ex-Raging Storm guitarist Chris Mosalos, and Wrathblade
is currently the most exciting outfit coming from Greece. It’s not
easy to precisely describe them as they have their own identity, but imagine
a meeting between old Omen, old Running Wild and Brocas Helm. The two
songs featured on this vinyl are anthems of hellish and epic Metal. Really
great stuff ! If you are looking for killer Heavy Metal defending the
Metal faith with class and conviction, get this 7EP ! (P)