Saturday, December 9, 2017

Morbid Cross-Ep 2015

This debut Ep features insane riffs and some truly awesome soloing. Holy freaking fudge this is a crazy band. There is a very fine line between what is actually metal and what is noise, and this band pushes that line to it's absolute limit without being just noise. This Ep will destroy you listen after listen. Morbid Cross from New jersey fuses absolutely wicked raw power with insane riffing and ferocious vocals in a very surprisingly fashion. Sure, there are bands who play way faster than this, and other bands who played as heavy as this, but usually not both of these aspects combined in such a way. It's rare that you hear a band with this much aggression and energy. I cannot get enough of this Ep, it is insanely good. The music on here is play by a bunch of pissed off kids who armed themselves with the ability to thrash, and they do a wicked job. Overall, this debut Ep is an absolute beast. It is not at all polished or clean. It is a monster that will assault you. I love it and I listen to it regularly, it never ceases to put a smile on my face with its raw energy and power. Also features a cover of the legendary Sodom "M16". If you are a Thrash metal fan buy this right freaking now, you will like this if you haven't already heard it. If you want something to seriously get you headbanging or if you want some seriously intense metal, check this band out !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

La Bruja (2017)

This Peruvian band just simply makes interesting, varied music that needs to be heard and enjoyed by any fan of 70s heavy metal and hard rock. This is a new project by members of Kranium and Reino ErmitaƱo. This album has it all: aggressive, introspective, and melodic songs. It really just makes you want to move your head and sing along, even if you can't sing worth a damn. Outside influences are used to perfectly compliment a somewhat classic sound, and it's just a fact that it produces five cool songs, all of which can be enjoyed. Check out La Bruja right away. You'll love their sound if you love bands like Purple, Sabbath and Uriah Heep, it sound badass. Then give yourself a little bit of time to let the rest of the album sink in. It may take a few listens, but this may very well end up as one of your favorites. If you know spanish check out the lyrics on the album too: equally introspective, soulful, and telling some interesting stories and ideas which, while not traditionally "metal", are still awesome.
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Genocidal Terror/One day in Fukushima 7" split Ep (2015)


These maniacs have been conjuring some of the cruelest Death/Grind metal ever summoned! Wimps and posers be warned! The Dark Lords are here! This is a Split 7" with One Day in Fukushima. Lets' talk about Genocidal Terror first. I imagine poser corpses all over the place, and i think this holocaust is complete ( well in my mind is when listening to this pulverizing Ep) The tight Death/grind execution is expertly played in this trio. Drums whip the grueling pace while the lightning fast speed picking flies above it all, raining down deadly metal notes. The bass is on death command, warning Nu metal  fans to run for cover. Vocals vomiting hate for all those who choose to pose is palpable. It is clear it pumps through his metal heart. This is an excellent band playing a savage metal style. Well now is the turn for One Day in Fukushima. From an Instrumental standpoint, complexity is not their forte. The riffs are extremely basic. This doesn't necessarily make it bad. They're catchy and you'll most likely enjoy the riffs very much. The drumming is very fast. In my opinion, the fast, and almost careless, do what you want feel, is what made me love this band. You have to just accept the fact that this band is basic, fast, heavy, and pretty crazy sounding. This is fkn grindcore and is great. I enjoy the commotion created within the songs. Overall, I fkn like it. Even though it's basic, it has a great sound,, it's brutal as fuck, and it will kick your ass. I can't stress enough that it is not for everyone. You've been warned. LONG LIVE EXTREME MUSIC !!!!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Code Red-Fang of the Sun (2017)

The thrash metal revival has become huge now once again. All countries with a metal culture already have their fair share of new thrash metal acts. Code Red from Japan are a bunch of really energetic fast guys. Their originality might not but that good, but their energy and solid song writing easily makes up for it. Top of the bill enthusiastic retro thrash on which the pace is very high most of the time. Exactly the way I like it. Izuru’s screaming and screeching vocals are exactly what this music needs. Hyperactive drumming in true Nuclear Assault and early Slayer fashion with razor sharp guitars. It’s difficult to name highlights since the album as a whole simply rages on without giving the listener time to breath. But if I have to, it would be opener "Rise of the Avenger" and "Toward the South. Catchy and furious sing-a-long songs that will do perfect in a live environment. This album should be available all over the world. Code Red is by far the best new thrash metal band from Japan and I can’t wait to hear new material. Fkn Insane !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Strike Master (2017)

It's really hard to find good bands these days , specially when everyone try to imitate other bands. Strike Master from Mexico finally reaches his definitive lineup, an unstoppable trio with which they raze the world. All the tracks maintain a lot of melody, speed, rage and they are very catchy, by that I mean the riffs, the choruses, the guitar solos, drumming is insane,  and even the  bass is killer on this release. All of them are real gems of pure speed and aggression. They remind me a lot of heavy/speed metal bands from the 80's, with very good riffs. Regarding the production, I personally like it very much, a perfectly audible bass and aggressive and dirty guitar just like the voice, like i said the drummer is a fkn beast. You don’t get bored while you're listening to the album, it’s not monotonous, the songs are very original and worked. They are made with desire to destroy your ears. In short, an essential record from an era when all the bands are overproduced. I can't really highlight nothing, because I like all of it, it's perfect. Many people probably don’t think like me, but i don't give a crap, this album is a must have, period !!!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Kahless Clone "Our Never-ending loneliness" (2017)

Every single one of the members showcases their abilities perfectly and beautifully throughout the entirety of the Ep. Every track brings a vibrant and powerful feeling to them, drum work adds an amazing base to the structure of the songs and is just predominant enough for the audience to enjoy it without being pulled away from the rest. Bass work is absolutely beautiful and truly adds something to the Ep that became a deciding factor in its greatness. Guitar work is completley earth shattering. Throughout the whole Ep extremely complex and stunning guitar melodies are displayed and are played perfectly without a single slip up. All the members and their musical abilities truly come together in "Our Never-ending Loneliness"  and form an over all perfect tone and feeling with it. In conclusion, this is a must listen for any metal fan.
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Gatoebrio-Epico, Sucio y Malparido (2017)

This album is easily worthy of a perfect rating. But I'm sure that some will say that Doom Metal is boring, and blah blah blah. I hope this record isn't ignored by metalheads. This record hits just as hard, and sometimes harder than all the early 70's classic bands as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. It's full of the gloom and doom that I love. The music is influenced by Black Sabbath i must say. Vocals are so cool, the guitar is heavy and down tuned, i mean every instrument deliver a powerful rhythm section. Now let's get to the songs. There is some slow, heavy and bluesy stuff on here, most notably "Cabezas con Coronas"", the amazing dark song "La era de la nausea". There are some more upbeat songs too. Such as "Altezas de las Mentiras"", my personal favorite "Batallas en los viajes Internos". A cool doom metal band from United States featuring Peruvian musicians from bands as Mazo, Reino ErmitaƱo and Mantra Wheel. This album is essential to every collection of metal albums. I think you can find this album online, if not, contact: Gato Mazo Cortez to get a copy right now. So put down that extreme  metal you're listening too, and check out the band that has a fkn amazing sound. You will not be disappointed. I almost forget to tell you, Grab a few beers and enjoy !!!
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Review by Paul Caravasi