Friday, May 30, 2014

War Messiah-Graveyard Feeding (Ep-2014)

Death/Thrash from Poland is what War Messiah brings here, straightforward kick ass metal. Heavy riffs that will crush your fucking skull without mercy. 4 songs that will make you headbang like a maniac!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Aposento-Aposento (2014)

Fast, intense and brutal death, with a vocalist singing in spanish who tries to sound like Cannibal Corpse. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this is the best album of 2014 but it's a contender. Perfect riffs and drumming, this is a valient effort and they play brutal as fuck. Extremely impressive!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Novembers Doom-Bled White (2014)

Extreme, crushing, depressing heaviness. This goes well beyond what's normally thought of as Death/Doom Metal, into some uncharted depths of soul-numbing despair, normally the word "brutal" is associate with insane blasting and intensity, but this powerful cd is more brutal and more intense than any speedfest you care to name. I don't know how the do it, so many years in the scene and still making killer music. I could not possibly recommens this masterpiece enough. Very impressive!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Expain-Just The Tip (2014)

Well. Expain from Canada have put together 10 very well written, catchy songs of melodic Thrash Metal. It's not bad, and certainly has some good Death metal parts as well, brutal riffs, insane blasting and raw vocals, so i'll have to wait and hear what they do next. Their progressive influences is something cool and accurate as they could be, the playing is impressive, sometimes very much so. The super thick production is great too and a good idea. Somebody tell me why these guys aren't signed? Oh, i remember now this ain't a perfect world!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Feed The Rhino-The Sorrow And The Sound (2014)

It seems somewhat influenced by current trends, but it's a real chore to listen to, and it's extremely irritating. The vocal patterns have little or nothing to do with the riffs and drums, which doesn't exactly make a memorable album. These dudes can certainly play their instruments, but all these start-stop riffs are just lame! And apparentely that's the only kind of riffs they know how to write. Maybe for the young audience this is the real deal but definitely not for me. No Thanks!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Valence-Laser Baron (Ep-2014)

Ha, this is the real deal, totally instrumental mania! Valence from New York brings this cool Ep featuring 3 songs of amazing musicianship, in the vein of Cynic, Dreamtheater,and why not i dare to say Atheist as well, while having a traditional sound they still sound fresh mixing their progressive-jazz sounding, and maybe even original too. But who cares about originality as long as it kicks ass as hard as this. Valence takes it to the next level, there's lots of heavy and melodic riffs and killer tempos. I really can't wait for their full-lenght. Everyone into some seriously instrumental music should pick this up. It's cool to hear some bands still playing this kind of stuff. This band has a lot of diversity which will surely torch your mind. Amazing!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Warfield-Trivmvirat (Ep 2013)

Intense and fast Black Metal from Mexico. Certainly nothing new, but the thicker production and tempo alterations go a long way towards making this a unique experience with their raspy vocal style, other than that, things are pretty good in the mixing and recording areas. It's hard to make an accurate judgement off of these 4 songs. I'd like to hear what they could do with a full-lenght, and a little more time to polish up the rough ends!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Garoted-Visions Of Death And Destruction (Cassette-2014)

This is fast Death Metal, and very nice played at that. The music is certainly relentless, definitely they earned more experience releasing this cassette, their metal onslaught has never sounded better than it does on this killer release. The production is thick and massively heavy, but you can still hear everything that's going on. The title "Visions of death and Destruction" proves that Death Metal is demonically brutal and it can be memorable as well!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Miserable Failure-Hope (Limited Edition Cassette)

HOLY FUCK?! Have I died and gone to Grindcore heaven? No, but I might as well say that Miserable Failure have gave me HOPE! (pun fully intended)
Blue Prints of Self Disgust proves to be a sonic assault on the ears with enough grind your fucking face off mayhem to make Nasum shit themselves! A total display of aggression and music merging to create an ingenious blend of "anti-music" with full frontal drums blasting! Track two continues in this exact vibe, One More reason to Set the World On Fire is nothing short of how must acne-faced grindcore teens try to sound when they pick up an instrument for the first time. Nothing here is lost on me, I totally understand this band. These guys are that new band I was looking and waiting for! The last two Tracks on the E.P "Goodbye and Good Riddance" and "This World Aint Mine" really showcase their exact motto..."Out of Nowhere, going nowhere... we are nobody, we're walking among you but we are not your kind. Our music is our history."I fucking love these guys, they have it nailed. And you know that saying, "If it aint broke don't fix it".I guess what makes them unique though is the more crossover style vocals by Bleu matched in ferocity by Rom “ Maldito ” Sanchez who plays guitar and bellows the growls. These guys are the most original grindcore band I have heard in a long time. It will be interesting to see where they go next!!!
Review by Jude McIlwaine

Tyrants Blood-Coven (2014)

Tyrants Blood are an "Extreme Speed metal" band from Vancouver.Since their inception in 2005 they have attracted black metaler's and thrashers alike with their unique blend of both genre's meeting on the tip of post 80's Death metal.Coven is a powerful display of neatly packaged noise, dressed in napalm and studded in chains.However...They are by no means a one trick pony, they excel in their field by having the ability to break down into a trance type form while maintaining their "I will fuck your mother with a chainsaw" vibe.The key is great musicianship with powerful riffs and blasting drums.The opening track "Slaine the Bezerker" is a relentless start to a brutal no holds barred album.There is nothing less than sledge hammer heavy here.I already know exactly what kind of band they are by the very presence of the first second of the first track.The second track: Slithering Into Exile showcases that great musicianship I spoke of with an elegant yet morbid clean guitar intro which progresses into a planting wrecking ball of hate.If it is great drumming you want to hear though look no further than track sevens flawless drum intro.Riddle of Flesh has that blast beat splatter-carnage that you miss in modern Napalm Death!!!!But for me personally the strongest track is "Deceiver" which is the album closer. this has more of a raw Venom vibe that is lost on a lot of bands, Tyrants Blood have done no wrong in this album as far as I can hear anyway.I will be keeping an eye on them.
Review by Jude McIlwaine

Dying Eyes Of Sloth-Book Of Blood (Ep/2013)

This is no nonsense, straight ahead Death Metal. Absolutely brutal from beginning to end, these guys from new jersey know how to keep the aggression at maximum without letting it overpower the riff. Of special note Jay P. Death uses a 7 string guitar, this is pure, balls-out agression. For truly intense, ass kicking Metal, look no further. The playing is good, the 4 songs are all pretty catchy, and are furiously energetic!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hammeright-Chug Of War (2013)

The guys in Hammerfight seems to have gained a notable reputation and as this new album will prove once and for all, for obvious reasons. A high octane, full throttle mixture of Thrash Metal and even Rock n' Roll cold cheap and disconnected is bound to make you turn the volume to ten (or eleven), very much in the American way actually. Great skills and musicianship makes this album a feast for those who hunger to get in the mosh-pit and bang their heads like maniacs. This is fuckin' intense, to say it at least. This makes me thirsty; think i've gotta get a beer, good job guys!
Review  by Paul Caravasi

Septekh-Plan For World Domination (2014)

Septekh have returned to deliver even more crushing power. These guys from Sweden play a solid, in-your-face style of Death/Thrash Metal, the ultra sick vocals, the old style riffs.....when you have such a deadly sharp sound with vocals ranging from subterranean to schizophrenic, and still manage to make it memorable, you're going to get recognized. If this band gets any heavier, people could easily die. This is brutal, weird and cool; all at the same time!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jack-Eberkoma (Vinyl 7" Ep/2014)

Grind-fest, if i hadn't seen these guys live, i'd wonder if they could actually pull off this brutal speed and intensity for more than a couple of songs in a row, but they do it. This Ep is impressive. Grindcore rules!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Lycanthrophy-S/T (2014)

These crazy guys from Czech Republic and Give Praise Records unleash this Vinyl and i don't know how this could possibly get any cooler. This is a mandatory purchase. Fast, brutal, and sick, insane riffs and multiple vocal styles are supported by a truly impressive production, making this a real masterpiece. Lycanthrophy brings Grindcore ready to crush your fuckin' face!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Infecting The Swarm-Pathogenesis (2014)

Brutal Gore Metal. Nothing more and nothing less, but it's certainly well recorded and very profesional looking and sounding.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Blood Of Kings-Starvation (2013)

Blood Of Kings brings their Speed/Thrash Metal attack on this limited edition vinyl featuring 40 minutes of metal madness. This is some intense stuff, fast and violent. Seems like the American scene is growing better these days. Thanks Tridroid Records. Check this band out!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Necrodeath-The 7 Deadly Sins (2014)

Finally, after so many years, i got the chance to review the latest cd of the legendary Necrodeath. Very expertly played Blackened Thrash Metal. "The 7 Deadly Sins" is ultra energetic, with raw vocals and speedy drums, and a clear, powerful production. This album is relentless in its evil onslaught. Essential!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Boris The Blade-The Human Hive (2014)

Extreme Metal from Australia with vocals more in the range of Death metal growls. The fast drumming sound and cool playing really add to their approach, not my favorite, but isn't bad neither. Maybe the younger audience could undestrand this band better than me.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Vallenfyre-Splinters (2014)

Aaaaaarrrggghhh! Vallenfyre from Uk ripped apart my mind, it is like listening to Celtic Frost on steroids but bringing more tecnical riffing, this is totally sick and depraved Death Metal. "Odious Bliss" is my favorite track but the other songs shed blood as well, the vocals are twisted and sound great, i mean you can't miss this one. Buy this at once or forever remain a fuckin' wimp. I think 10 bucks should get you a copy!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Miasmal-Cursed Redeemer (2014)

This is honestly memorable, i'm always glad to hear something new like this, but sometimes this seems to be missing that hard-to-describe "something" that would push it over the edge from great to classic, but in these days of sellouts and poseurs, i'm glad to see that some bands are standing their ground. Influenced by Entombed, Dismember or Unleashed, Miasmal manages to add something new without destroying the atmosphere. Can easily be described in two words: Fucking' Madness!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Massacre-Back From Beyond (2014)

After so many years i'm extremely glad to hear the new material from Massacre. These songs continuing to explore their faster side, in the past with the release of the masterpiece "From Beyond" they had been the Death Metal kings, and now they're returning with a new line-up and more brutality, this is a flawless release in my opinion, definitely their debut album is one of my favorites of all times, but this is not bad at all. The songs are intense, evil riffs, bass line, drumming and the vocals are in brutal form. That's an unbeatable combination. I must say this is a strong effort!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Enygma-Piece Alive (Ep-2013)

Imagine the band MX (Simoniacal Era) with powerful riffs and drumming. Enygma from Peru play with such conviction and skill, and these songs are all so instantly memorable, that you just can't help but to like it. And upon repeated listens, you begin to understand just how awesome this Ep really is, you'll need to let it play a few times to really start to appreciate how much they put into this, and how close to perfection it really is. I may well look back on this later and wish i'd given a 10. Enygma would definitely be one to consider picking up. There is lots of speed, melody, aggression and that will surely tear apart your ears. These young Metalheads have done a good job!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Sylvan Realm-The Lodge Of Transcendence (Black Metal) $5.00
Heresiarch Seminary/Windstorm/Occulus-Ghost Of Winter/Split Cd (Black Metal) $5.00
Purgatory-Luciferianism (Death Metal) $5.00
Purgatory-Cultus Luciferi/The Splendour Of Chaos (Death Metal) $5.00
Nomad-The Independence Of Observation Choice (Death Metal) $5.00
Mathyr-Mandraenken (Black/Death) $5.00
Mental Horror-Blemished Redemption (Brutal Death Metal) $5.00
Coercion-Lifework (Death Metal) $5.00
Abomination-Doutrine Of False Martyr (Death Metal) $5.00
Suffer In Silence-Behind The Truth (Black/Death) $5.00
Physical Noise-Follow The Noise (Heavy Metal) $5.00
Blister Brigade-To Serve And Punish (Hardrock) $5.00
Chakal-Destroy!Destroy!Destroy! (Thrash Metal) $5.00
Outlanders-Kretaceous (Thrash Metal) $5.00
Avitas-Northern Ghosts (Black Metal) $5.00
Do Or Die Records-Split Ep (2013) Featuring: Relentless,Nocturne,Deathcult $3.00
Necrofucker-Sicarios Del Infierno (Death Metal) $5.00
Rito Profanatorio-Necro-Ritual (Black/Death) $5.00
Lightning-Promo 2013 (Traditional Heavy Metal) $3.00
Toxemia-Demo 2013-CD-R (Death/Grind) $2.00
Toxemia-Planetary Devastation-CD-R (Death/Grind) $2.00
Pathogen-Abominant Relics-CD-R (Death Metal) $2.00
Pathogen-Barbaric Desolation-CD-R (Death Metal) $2.00
Mastic Scum-Ctrl (Technical Death Metal) $5.00
Betrayer F.t.m-Full Blast (Thrash Metal) $5.00
Seeds Of Perdition-From Whitin (Technical Death Metal) $5.00
Engorgement-Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations (Brutal Death Metal) $5.00
Magister Templi-Lucifer Leviathan Logos (Heavy/Doom) $5.00
Freedoms Reign (Heavy Metal) $5.00
Blinded By Faith-Chernobyl Survivor (Thrash Metal) $5.00
DogFaced Corpse-Demo 2012 (Brutal Death Metal) $5.00
Ritual-The Resurrection (Black Metal) $5.00
Attacker Bloody Axe/Ejecutor/Anal Destructor-Split Cd $5.00
Perishing Humanity-The Monument Of Human Lies And Hypocrisy (Industrial Death Metal) $5.00
Argus-Beyond The Martyrs (Heavy Metal) $5.00
Coldsteel-America Idle (Thrash Metal) $5.00

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Kobra and the Lotus was formed by classical singer Kobra Paige with guitarists Matt Van Wezel and Chris Swenson, in summer 2009 were approached by Metal Hammer to include Kobra Paige in the 2010 Metal Hammer Maidens of Metal Calendar. After an extensive 2010 Canadian tour Kobra and the Lotus held an open audition. The 2010 tour also had a profound effect on the vocals of lead singer Paige. In 2011 Kobra Paige legally changed her name from Brittany Paige to Kobra Paige. Here's a brief interview with her.

1-Hello and Thank you for taking your time answering this interview for Soulgrinder Zine. What are your expectations concerning the forthcoming album?Can you say something about the general idea? What was your inspiration? What is this revolution about? What are you fighting for?
And thank you for having me! I try very hard not to have any expectations regarding how people will receive the music other than hoping it makes people feel something, be moved somehow, no matter whether it's good or bad. (but hopefully mostly good! haha). Overall, I'm very happy with the album. Now is the time to share it and let the world decide what they think. I can't wait to find out! There are many different stories and themes in this album. The themes range from “micro” glimmer’s of hope in a time when you can't see a way through tunnels of despair, to political oppression, benevolence, honouring and remembering those that have fought for our freedom, being the root as well as the solution to the problems within humanity, to the ways of “Bushido” and honouring the selfless principles of the Samurai. ALSO... there may just be a Lord of the Rings reference or two.

2-How do the preparations for the tour look like?
Usually before a tour, a general set list will be prepared and then the members will come together about two weeks beforehand. We will then start locking in with each other and getting down to more of the specifics of fine tuning the show. Sometimes when the right tour comes along, however, we all have to be prepared to jump on the road at the drop of a hat. It's such a fast paced and volatile industry, we have to be prepared for anything.

3-How would you encourage a potential listener to get to know the band's creative output?
The best encouragement I could give is, to throw the disc in your car or headphones on a bike, turn it up, and rip around. Then just listen with an open mind and without thinking too hard. See how the pulse of the music affects you first...then later listen for detail. I think we forget about the heartbeat inside music sometimes by first over-thinking it. We need to remember to connect to the whole sound.

4-Is your popularity growing equally all over the world?
No, there are regions that have caught on a lot quicker than others and there are also many territories we have yet to venture into. This very much excites me because it shows how much work there is to do...endless...we literally will have to keep metal 'n rollin’ until the day we die...probably on stage still playing a show. It’s what we love to do so the prospect of continuing the build out is exciting.

5-Are there any singers you’d like to cooperate with? Can we expect that in the future?
Yes I would really love to sing something with Joey belladonna. I just toured with him and what an incredible voice! Otherwise, I have a collaboration list that is about a kilometre long. There are so many incredible artists in the world.

6-What’s the secret behind been together as a band?

7-For those who haven’t heard Kobra and the Lotus yet, what is it all about? Can you describe the band's sound in few words?
I sure can, Heavy Metal. :D

8-What about the name of the band? Does it have any special meaning?
Yes, fierce beauty. Metal is an intricate, beautiful, beast of music. It has the capacity to remain through the ages without dying because it's fans are unbelievably loyal. The lotus is a stunning flower that rises out of the mud and the mighty cobra stands behind humanity and defends it.

9-Do you want to reach larger audience or only particular group of fans?
Definitely a larger audience. We want to create music that is for everyone.

10-Do you read reviews of your releases? Do they influence you in any way? Have you read any reviews of Kobra and the Lotus? What’s your standpoint?
I rarely read reviews. However, sometimes I'm inclined to read reviews where I value the critic’s opinions; It’s there that I can look for constructive criticism. I have found this to be beneficial in the past. Otherwise, I just keep focused on aiming for the high bar that will and should never be reachable.

11-Now about concerts. The best concert you have ever played is....
Oh man this is an impossible answer. We have had amazing experiences in many different places. One that will always stick out in my mind was our first support slot opening for Judas Priest because it was such an incredible honour. Painkiller was the reason I fell in love with metal in the first place.

12-How do you prepare yourselves for playing a concert? How do you spend the last few minutes before going out on stage?
Everyone has their own rituals, mine happens to be pacing. I get so riled up and excited, I usually have to storm around backstage for twenty minutes.

13-This is all have for now, thanks for your time and keep up the good work. Good luck. Do you want to say something to your fans and readers of Soulgrinder Zine? Any words to sum up?
Thank you so very much Paul for having me! I feel so grateful every day to be doing what I love and it would not be possible without the support of webzines like you and all of the incredible metal fans. This genre is like a big pumping heart and the fans are really what keep’s it alive. Without them, there are no believers, no defenders of the faith and no shared heavy metal experiences. Could you imagine a world without heavy metal? No way!! Thank you all from the bottom of my metal heart. HORNZ!!
Interview by Paul Caravasi

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ebola-Hell's Death Metal (2011)

These guys from Poland really shred and this release kick ass. These guys play brutal Death Metal, lots of raw aggression and anger flows through their songs, i like it a lot! You've heard the hype, now feel the hate. They reminded me of a more savage version of Vader and Unleashed. Get this cd, you won't be dissapointed!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Suffer In Silence-Behind The Truth (2014)

A solo man project, this is black/death/thrash coming out of Italy. This guy plays technical stuff, the guitars are totally fast thrash sounding, the vocals are real deep black/death metal growling vocals, for one guy this production is a little rough but it's easy to tell this guy is dedicated to Metal. To be honest, Metal is all about playing in a band and crush everything in the path, but i guess Patrick doesn't need a band to play extreme metal. Support this guy, cause he really supports the scene!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Nomad-The Independence Of Observation Choice (2007)

These guys from Poland play a brutal Death metal, wisely keep the vocals very savage, and a real raw edge to the guitars, that insures heaviness. They're not afraid to speed things up and makes this really stand above the competition. This is a release that needs to be heard!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Coercion-Lifework (Ep/2003)

This band tends to spread their brand of Death metal to the world, they shed their swedish metal sound and dove head first into brutality. There are lots of blast and pounding, chugging sounds pouring from this band. Get this one through their label!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Abomination-Doutrine Of False Martyr (2003)

Animate Records re-issued the cd of these Brazilian barbaric Death metal band. These guys shred all the way, they destroy evrything in their path, extreme metal fans get in touch with these sick bastards, now!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Rabies-Survive The Slaughter (Cassette/Ep 2013)

This is a Thrash metal band in the vein of Kreator (Pleasure to kill era), the guitars are totally insane , they have that classic metal riffs, the rest of the instruments are well executed as well. The vocals are a real rough and perfect for their thrashy sound. It's easy to tell these guys are good.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Genital Grinder-Damn Good (Pro/Tape 2012)

Here's a surprise, another cool band to emerge from Philippines. The band plays in the Thrash metal vein with touches of Hardcore as well. The band spews power, groove and lots of aggression in the form of American Thrash, that Death Angel, Exodus, Anthrax, D.R.I. made popular. The vocals are a mixture of harsh thrashing type vocals with melodic solos too. This is fkn interesting, a very good release, a great presentation of the cassette.
These guys will become bigger and bigger!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Pathogen-Compilation (2014)

Here we have the new compilation cd from these maniacs from Philippines. This is their new release of their blend of Old school Death metal. They combine brutal riffs and vocals creating their own sound, the guitars are real sweden thrashy sounding, while the rest has strong death metal tones. With one listen you'll be able to tell why they're one of Philippines best metal acts today. You won't be disappointed!
Review by Paul C

Toxemia-Demo 2013

Toxemia from Philippines mix together Death/Thrash/Hardcore, this promo features two songs fueled by hate and anger, the music is straightforward aggressive, just not for the weak. This is a perfect explosion, everyone, and i mean everyone go get this , NOW!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Monday, May 5, 2014

Seance- Demo 89'-2014'-Lucy Poems-( Demo 2014)

Maybe i should call this slow and depressing??, but definitely isn't Doom Metal, but i can tell this is influenced by Siouxsie and the banshees or Sisters of mercy. It's weird.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Outlanders-Kretaceous (Demo Ep-2014)

Straightforward Thrash Metal, with some Heavy metal influence, they have the speed and musicianship, and also they are not afraid to try some diferent ideas as well, but they still have some work to do in the production, i bet Outlanders is a good band to see live, though. They would be unstoppable, and are honestly pretty close anyway!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sinaya-Obscure Raids (Ep-2013)

These females metalheads from Brazil attack with  a flawless sound on this one, and it delivers. Truly awesome Thrashy Death Metal. The intensity of the music combines with their skill to create some of the most amazing compositions you've ever heard. It's the first time i heard Sinaya and they are brutal. These Brazilian deserve my highest praise and respect, and everyone reading this had better check out these girls. I'll be keeping my ears open for anything new from these maniacs. It's amazing to hear the brutal voice of Taty Kanazawa along with the killer music. Thanks Mylena Monaco for the Ep. 14 minutes of pure madness!!
Review by Paul Caravasi