Sunday, June 18, 2017

Aneurysm-Life of Evil (2016)

When the colossal groove of "Life of Evil" first emanated from my stereo, it was a revelation. Raw Metal from Italy. Headbanging Riffs and crusty hardcore punk attacks that bordered on death metal without transgressing over, blew me away. I find Aneurysm to be a reckless force of barbarian indifference -- they clearly don't give a fuck about you and what you think about what they do. It absolutely fuckin' slays! Primitive but effective. A complete head snapper, the songs hit with insane riffs and vocalist just bellowing his lungs out.This whole record is basically psycho-addictive and I've become more hooked with every listen.  Scintillating headbangable riffage and a raw primal swagger that runs a gauntlet of styles and tones with ease -- the residual after-effect equivalent to several tons of pure cocaine, a straight-up adrenaline shot and one of my favorite musical experiences. But I truly feel it can appeal to fans of everything from Exodus to Autopsy and I cannot see how that is a bad thing. Narrow minded opinions don't appeal to me as much as the direct musical connection. And personally speaking, i'll be discovering new bands playing Metal and will forever do so. Sickeningly vicious, and heavy as hell, "Life of Evil" tips the scale as a great and enduring metal record.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Gravered-Coffins Graves and Tombs (2016)

The starting track says it all, with the intro and the killer riff playing, to the vocal patterns, to the drum tracks that are primitive yet captivating, this recording will be looked back on from hundreds of years in the future as a prime example of Southamerican death metal fully matured and devastating. Even if you do not like old school death metal sound this EP should be picked up, it is only four tracks, and demonstrates where this great genre is all about. The Ep sounds like much like the dungeon days in general, being creepy and eerie as all hell, cryptic sounding, this EP is absolutely penetrating. I really enjoy this band for being one of the more aggressive Death Metal out there.  The production is dense and warm but also captures the sharp spots in the drumming. (The guitars have quite the bass oriented sound…nice and thick.) growls are deep and brutal. The clanging drums add a much night bright sound balancing the attack with perfect aplomb. I say that this Ep is DEATH METAL and this Ep is GREAT. If you like the OLD school of classic death metal this is a band you simply MUST own. They keep the bloody nature of death metal true to itself. Beers for these men!!! Now GO…BUY IT!!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Friday, June 16, 2017

Ruin (Usa)-Drown in Blood (2017)

Old school death metal at its finest. Loud, fast, heavy and just full of sick little riffs all over the place. This is a very sick sounding album and I love it. It's always a pleasure to hear an album that completely surpasses my expectations of it. This album is one of those that just brings a smile to my face. I prefer early death metal solely for the fact that it sounds like really brutal thrash without the bullshit. Most metal albums in general put so much emphasis on the guitars that it drowns out the bass a lot of the time so it's great to hear such a powerful bass on this one. Not to mention the fact that it makes the songs sound a lot heavier. Pretty good guitar player too, brutal solos. As for song writing, it's pretty much what a  death metal should sound like. I can't get enough of it though. These guys can write some insanely ass kicking songs, very enjoyable none the less. Some of the riffs on here remind me of stuff you'd hear in a gore flick or something. Very twisted sounding and creative. So far this is the most brutal album I've heard in 2017. I look forward to hearing more of Ruin. If it's as brutal and sick sounding as "Drown in Blood" then I'm sure I'll love it. Awesome!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Malevolence Records-Volume 3 (2017)

Great album from start to finish; I found this album thanks to Nathan Mcleod of Malevolence Records. This is worth getting for the Eternal Breath's track "Mass Domination" as well as Terravore's "Abominable Rancor". You'll find on this  compilation great Thrash metal bands, this compilation stands as a testimonial to what is the current Thrash metal scene, the new genre of  those who would become the successors to the metal gods of the past and expanded the metal genre now. This is the third metal compilation by Malevolence Records, the highlights of this compilation are  Zafakon from Puerto Rico, Terravore from Bulgaria, Eternal Breath from Belgium, Sanity's rage from Belgium, Golpe Devastador from Brazil. I would highly suggest this to anyone who has already explored the Thrash metal scene  and is delving into more bands. All in all, a good collection of kick ass Metal. I consider this album to be a feast of extreme music that any Metal fan will certainly enjoy. So pick up your copy today!
Track Listing:
Sanity's Rage-Product of Calamity, Leave Scars-Devil's Room, Terravore-Abominable Rancor, Eternal Breath-Mass Domination, Zafakon-II. Sirens, Black4-50yds of Darkness, Golpe Devastador-Retorno Ao Reino Das Sambras, Normalice-IDK (I Decay), Kaos-United we kill, Sanity's Rage-The wheels keep Grinding, Leave Scars-Stay Down
Review by Paul Caravasi

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Flourishing Scourge (2017)

This band attack with Progressive ferocity. This album is an experience of its own, and while it certainly would please those who liked this kind of musicianship material, the words I personally would use to describe the feelings I get when I listen to albums like this are broad, monstrous, ecstatic, and meditative. Aggressive and raw, but also mesmerizing. songs are interesting and dynamic, and makes me wanna pay attention much longer. The guitars commands a good headbanging rhythm; this one is sure to be a good live album. Another place this monstrous cd becomes obvious is in the drum department. Drums sound open, organic, lively. This is especially a good thing when you consider a drummer playing grooves, beats, fills, and other nuances that not even other drummers in metal bothered to try. It sounds ecstatic and meditative because it interfuses the melodic elements of Brutal death Metal with progressive ferocity.  There's some peaceful acoustic intros briefly accompanied by fretless bass and a jazz fusion drum beat before introducing the meat of the song, which is signified by broad, breathing chords and a militaristic snare beat; it quickly becomes obvious you're about to hear brutality and technical-sounding triplet section nudges. This is an ambitious album, taking risks and introducing elements to make this a staunchly different-sounding effort for a extreme metal band. So yeah, needless to say I strongly recommend listening to this.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Kalopsia-Angelplague (2017)

What I heard was a solid brutal death metal album with technical riffs and deep growled vocals. Not a breakdown infested album with “hardcore” vocals. This album has a heavy guitar sound but the riffs (yes, plural, a breakdown would only have one) are technical and interesting as well as being brutal. The best riffs on this album are in the beginnings of songs, but they are also featured throughout the songs. In fact I am confident to say that there are no bad riffs on this album. The solos here are shorter and scarcer than an usual death metal band but they are still really good and not “a jumble of random notes” and doesn’t get boring. The drumming is really consistent in this album, it keeps the songs together and of course, it’s brutal. The vocals are decent and with pitched growls and go with the music. The music is brutal you'll be moshing and headbanging to your heart's content. In the end, buy it. You probably like death metal if you came here, and therefore Kalopsia is a must, and this album is well performed.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Madrost-The Essence of time matches no Flesh (2017)

Thrash is a stagnant old soldier of a genre that hasn't exactly been flourishing in the last 20-odd years, but there have been several diamonds-in-the-rough sorts of bands popping up that have revitalized it a bit and kept the "old school" sound alive. While the modern school of Metal is not usually viewed as anything worthwhile, this album is what I'd consider an example of new wave of metal done right - punchy, heavy riffs with melodic, winding solos and gritty, rough vocals that are still understandable and nowhere near the Metalcore crap. This is a damn fine album from a new  band. This album is a straight ahead riff-hammer bludgeon attack, with some more melodic leads and matured songwriting tendencies, but make no mistake, this is a purebred Death/Thrash record through and through, and Madrost do not let you forget that. The leads might be more melodic and profound than the previous album, but "The essence of time matches no flesh" is still 7 tracks of intense, face-ripping metal that is sure to please just about anyone who isn't stuck in the 80's. "The silence in ruins", "Abstractions"  and "No future" are amazing songs. This album just fucking smokes. I can tell the band is in top form here, shrieking and blaspheming their way through every single track with manic energy and rock-solid conviction. The guitar tone is thick and meaty and it will smash your skull without mercy, and the production as a whole is just excellent - clear and polished, yet not at all neutered, with every bit of the aggression that a Metal band should always have. Very well done. Don't pay attention to anyone who tells you that the new bands are weak or limp or any of that, Madrost is a triumphant metal band,  this is ass-kicking good all the same. Recommended.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Serpentine Dominion (2016)

These musicians are very comprehensive, they know what they want and thus their sound isn't the usual technical pretentiousness, but although less dexterity put into this work, there is plenty of room for instrumental technicality aided by awesome feeling of each instrument. The structure of each track is layered out uniquely; sometimes you might get the idea that these musicians are trying to test their artistic creativeness by incorporating a lot of different techniques. The riffs are layered out progressively and brutal, staying at an intense comfort zone helped by the incredibly powerful singing of Corpsegrinder Fisher. I don't give a fuck if he's a sell out or not , on this album he kicks ass.Drums are what make this album killer; there is a reasonable amount of skill injected into this material, although some of it is a reflection of how powerful drum lines can be without the need to create something uberfast or very spontaneous by nature. Serpentine Dominion also help define melody, although to a more educated level of a spiritual acknowledgement of the music rather than a static one. The guitar solos are extremely savage. Demonstrating again, that extreme metal could be derived from almost anything which has potential. Featuring : George Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse) vocals, Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) guitars, bass, vocals and Shannon Lucas (The black dahlia murder) drums.
Review by Paul Caravasi

The Foreshadowing-Seven heads Ten horns (2016)

Melancholy, progressive experiments and doom in a rock format equals an addictive atmosphere similar to Katatonia in feeling or Anathema, this album evokes an experimental 70's rock feeling instrumentally, while still mostly remaining fairly standard in terms of songwriting. The album is filled with emotion displayed through memorable clean guitar passages and the occasional piano theme. Dreamy atmosphere and whispering vocal delivery is a perfect buildup that still avoids being cheesy. The vocal delivery alternates between rather calm vocal on the verses and a soaring, sorrowful chorus, also deliver some excellent dynamics in the songs with a piano section as emotional as ever. Rides on a wave of melodic guitar arrangements, with a polished, almost pop-like vocal performance. Towards the ending the album gets more dreadfully depressive in their gloomy expression of sorrow, which doesn't make them as appropriate for every day listening, if your every day isn't dreadfully depressive of course. A very good album and a mandatory one for the metal fan with a taste for the depressive.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Six Feet Under-Torment (2017)

Torment is the band's latest outing and marks their shift away from the thrash-influenced riffing and towards a more technical death metal approach to the guitar work whilst pushing for a more groove-oriented sound that incorporates a lot more melody into the frenzy of technically accomplished guitar lines. Blast beats and tremolo picked riffs is the main course on this album. Incredible doses of pure gore-ridden Death Metal brutality and this is essential. It carries an extremely melodic approach without ever really compromising the flat out heavy sound that Six feet under are renowned from. Barnes decided to take a much more decipherable style of growling and this really works within the context of the album as he is constantly painting gruesome pictures over the top of some of the most controlled chaos ever put to his records. The guitar work on this album is a mass of trills and sliding power chord with tremolo picked riffs scattered throughout which leads to this being a record for any aspiring guitar player out there to attempt to play along to and marvel at the technical wizardry on display. The drumming is a solid performance, the bass performance on this album is incredibly complex and brutal. Torment is an absolutely essential Death Metal album and could be considered as an entry point for anyone who is unfamiliar with the genre to sink their teeth into. This is a fast and furious display of aggression that is packed full of great songs such as "Sacrificial Kill", "Skeleton" and "Funeral Mask". As part of a genre not renowned for being catchy this album could be considered as somewhat of an anomaly but it is a good form of anomaly and finds the band at their peak of creativity.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Demontage-Fire of Iniquity (2016)

The songs on "Fire of Iniquity" have the up-beat feeling of Thrash Metal and have the evil feeling of Black Metal. The vocals are harsh but there not exactly screamed. There almost a mix of Araya (from early Slayer) and Darkthrone. There also some catchy choruses layed out in the album. The drumming is simple. It's typical Thrash Metal drumming. The riffs are speedy and evil. Sure the guitars don't really pull of anything crazy but there are some pretty good solos.  The problem with the solos are that they're cut too short. This is a good album and matained the brutality through out the album and there are no songs with slowed down parts. "Fire of Iniquity" is a simple yet fun to listen to album. If you're interested in Black/Thrash Metal, get this right away!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sauron-Conquest through Attrition (2016)

It doesn't matter what style of music you're talking about, nothing beats a good tune. Over the years I've heard some strangely disparaging remarks about Thrash Metal, some have said this style is "generic" while others said it is not original enough. Now certainly in 2017, Sauron are the fastest band on the planet. However, there are pretty damn fast bands and would certainly be considered extreme. As for the comment that new Thrash Metal bands are "generic", I'll simply never understand and often have discovered that those who felt that way had never really listened to this sound of Thrash Metal... Sauron are from Michigan, and they play a style of raw fucking Blackened thrash metal very much their own. Operating as a trio, Sauron possessed one of the thickest sounds in thrash. Stylistically, Sauron has similarities to bands like Exciter, early Whiplash, Destruction, a bit of Nasty Savage, etc.. Cross this traditional sound with the speed of hardcore punk and you come close to Sauron. In reality though, they truly had a sound all their own. Much of this has to do with their tremendously well-written and catchy songwriting. These guys know how to use catchy choruses and hooks to their benefit. Badass vocal. Very punked out and delivered with tons of attitude, his raspy, spitfire style growl is killer. The musicianship on this album is also superb. Bolstered by a red hot production in an era when sadly many thrash bands sound like overproduced crap,  awesome leads, and heavy riffage, bassist yet killer and dynamic rhythm attack, and drummer's wicked and tight performance all add up to make this album one of the most powerful and fun thrash of 2017 which still sounds very fresh. It's just such a well thought-out album and each song is highly memorable to the point where the tunes will get stuck in your head. I couldn't imagine anyone who is a thrash fanatic not having "Conquest through Attrition" in their collection. Simply put: it's fkn killer !
Review by Paul Caravasi

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mortem-Deinos Nekromantis (2016)

Now this album rocks my socks off. Sure, you could pretty much say the same for any Mortem's releases; they have all been freakin' awesome, but this one is different. This one sticks on the mind like flat Ginger Ale would when spilled all over the new hard-wood floor. It's not that there is a specific element of this release that makes it more worthwhile than other such classics from the band, though there is a much more obvious focus on brutality, with certain songs being all out Death metal-fests as well as a more pronounced focus on "Killer riffs" and a darker, more cerebral atmosphere. However, none of these elements are what make this album what it is. Rather, it's something deeper, and I know what it is...Okay, I shouldn't have led you on like that. I don't have any fuckin' clue what it is, but what I do know, is that I like this album. I feel like it's one of Mortem's most...well, most everything album. What makes this so cool, is that there is such an obvious chemistry between the  guitarists, making it sound like they are really working together to create a cohesive work of art through the solos, as opposed to just pointlessly shredding way. Drumming is nothing beneath completly phenomenal on this album. While most drummers simply blast on and on Amduscias instead supplies a huge amount of variety, as well as still performing constant blast beats, giving us everything. As far as tone goes, his snare has a distinct echo to it. Now, imagine that the low, rumbling I mention there is the bass drum. While it is powerful and terrifying, it's a far cry from the fake, overly triggered bass drums of modern day drummers. Fuck it, just check it out regardless of your musical taste. This is a fucking Masterpiece !!├║
Review by Paul Caravasi

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Obituary (2017)

What more can i say about this awesome band? metal fans will be absolutely floored, and with good reason. Perhaps it has the crushing brutality of "Slowly we Rot" and John Tardy's vocals, oh man!! absolutely brutal and which to this day still melt the ears of even the most hardened death metal fans. In addition to the vocals and the sheer heaviness of this album, the best ingredient which made Obituary stand out are the killer riffs, insane drumming, bass lines. Now I am not saying that previous albums were not good,but with this album speed, groove, and devastating riffs are balanced nicely. And this pattern continues throughout the album. If you have an insatiable need for speed, then you would do well to listen this amazing album, Of course if you're like me, then you will completely listen to the album in its entirety, All I can tell you now, my dear reader, is this: If you happen to be one of the lucky few enlightened death metal enthusiasts in this world, but have not yet explored the grisly wonders of Obituary, do so now and waste not another minute of your decaying, rotting existence on this Earth and go buy ALL of their albums.... NOW!
This is fuckin Epic !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Witchery-State of Decay (2017)

Witchery from Peru finally returned with their full lenght album and quality is achieved here greatly. The band show his versatility here. Very powerful riffing and it’s a close to perfect way for this piece of modern thrash. Like many of my metal brothers and sisters out there, I am  really glad that Witchery is on this direction, for me, with some amazing tracks and some of the band’s most inspiring material, musically and lyrically. I highly recommend State of Decay for newcomers to enter Witchery's  world, and also for metal fans seeking a more accessible thrash record. Hardened thrash fans wouldn’t have a problem with this either, as it has all the requirements of the genre and I bet they’ll find themselves head-banging along the sweet thrashing tunes like I do. It is more mature than their previous Ep, this is brutal, and loaded with mosh-pit infusing moments in every piece. The production is top-notch, the performance fantastic, and the style near perfection. It is worth every penny to purchase, and should definitely be listened to by anyone who wants anything to do with heavy metal music.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Hemotoxin-Biological Enslavement (2016)

First things first: Hemotoxin is a really cool band. What else could you expect from a band with top musicianship? so you know this is going to be some technical stuff! The riffs on this album are fast and really catchy, and the drumming is insane. Brutal death vocals are present, as well as... Now I know these guys are the real deal. I'm still getting over the uniqueness and coolness of the first song, when all of the sudden I'm hit in the face by a killer guitar solo with some technical flair. Nice. Okay, I was impressed, so I gave the rest of the CD a listen...Brutal display of the band's abilities. The chorus are catchy, and the drumwork will keep your head banging. Vocals reminds me of Cynic and Death a little bit, and that makes me happy.  Of course, the rest of the CD feels complete and offers plenty of insane drumming, killer riffs and solos. The album starts off fast and technical, ventures to melodic, shifts back and forth between those a bit with some progressive parts here and there, and finally concludes with a sound pretty refreshing, and the music definitely has a lot of life to it, as opposed to some similar bands who would be technical for the sake of being technical. Hemotoxin keeps their music emotional and engaging. I highly recommend giving this CD a good listen. "Biological Enslavement" offers both the expected and the unexpected. On one hand, it's exactly what you'd expect from a young band, complex instrumental sections, harsh vocals and shredding solos. On the other, it throws in a wide variety of things you wouldn't expect from Hemotoxin's brand of metal. All in all, "Biological Enslavement" is an instant keeper. If you were to mix post-1990 Death with Atheist and Cynic, you'd get this album. This is exactly how progressive death metal should sound; heavy, atmospheric, technical, and with a strong vocal performance. Favorites: All of them!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Homicide-The Ascension (Re-issue 2015)

The music on here is just flat out amazing. This is a compilation of demos from 1990-1992 and 93'.The riffs are  beyond heavy.The songs have a lot of violent thrash parts and plenty of blast beats, they change it up a lot on this album in terms of the drumming and guitar riffs. The riffs are so incredibly heavy that it is hard not to like this album.  Let me get this out of the way first. It’s abrasively unrelenting, from the opening notes to the last ones. Very few bands have ever been able to reach this level of sheer intensity. This is including Deicide on "Legion".  From the very beginning, the very first riff lets you know that Homicide aren’t fucking around here. This is no bullshit, tear you apart metal from the very beginning. Everything works very well on this album to make it what it is. The brutal riffs after brutal riffs and shove it right in your face. This all comes together for an absolutely devastating album. Every riff crushes you in its own way, not a second on this album don’t sound evil and aren’t kicking your ass. And this compilation album features 5 amazing covers as well, Do you want to know which ones? buy this album or die !!! I give you a little hint " My Belief" by Possessed is one of them........A sound that very few bands will ever be able to even come close to matching, but many will aspire to. Only hearing it can truly give this album enough justice, because this album will tear you apart like very few have. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Necrodemon-In the Ecstasy of Fire (2015)

Death metal should, in my opinion, have that certain feeling to it. You want to hear death metal, not some spoiled, long haired kid trying to scream with an amazingly gay voice about loss of love from his parents,  In other words, you don't want to hear pussy music. Well metalheads, you won't find any pussies on this record. Southamericans Necrodemon choose to stay true to the original death metal sound. It's straightforward death metal without any synths or female choir singing or what-fucking-ever. The tempo is at times shifting between slow and faster parts in the songs; this is, of course, only when it fits the music perfectly). The production is also good and solid. The musicianship is great, although I think the lead guitars and drums stand out the most. There are numerous pretty melodic (no, not melodic in a gay way) although fast solos to be found and they're quite good. Each song on this album is of course great. Necrodemon from Chile always managed to get a different sound with their chainsaw guitars and incredibly powerful drums. So, this adds to the fact that the band always were/are true to their death metal roots. And yes, I think these guys has proven that they were no a clone band. Great riffings and killer headbanging sections.  "In the Ecstasy of Fire" is a solid, uncompromising and brutal punch in the face !
Review by Paul Caravasi

Demoniac Slaughter-Promo 2016

These guys are as good as Peruvian's extreme metal scene gets. The raw thrash-influenced, ├╝berdistorted and dirty sound of this promo makes it total delight for true headbangers. They also fully know how to utilize the guitar tones in their songs without making them into some boring wanky mess. Only 3 songs (plus intro) and every track is filled with memorable riffs and pretty much keeps the pace up throughout this Promo. These guys certainly have their riffing down. Another positive thing is the vocals. Karl is one of those guys that is totally convincing when he just bursts out lyrics of slaughter, suicide and other similar topics. His growling fits perfectly with the music as well without going over the top anywhere. For anyone who likes uncompromising well-composed Death Metal, this album is a great highlight. There are chainsaw-sounding guitars blasting out riff after riff, there's insane aggression and it's all in a perfect (dis)harmony. Overall, what we have here is a solid fucking DM band - this is the way the genre is meant to be done. This will please all the kiddies that want something brutal, while making sense to those that want to be able to bang their heads to solid fucking thrash-based riffage without an excess ... add to that some top notch lead guitars, and excellent vocals that fit the context of the band. Excellent stuff !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blizzard Hunter-Heavy Metal to the Vein (2015)

A fast and energetic Heavy Metal album from Peru, with an almost speed metal riffs. Aggressive drumming, and absolutely stellar vocals, such a high vocal range, very high. The lyrics are awesome, the solo's are kick ass. Heavy metal perfection. "Take this...feel this...breathe this........HEAVY METAL TO THE VEEEIIINNNNN!!" Next up is "Heart of Fire" and this is total Iron Maiden worship, this isn't a bad thing, this is a killer song. Pretty fast and aggressive. The solo is pretty impressive too. This album is fucking heavy and effective. The solos are emotional and to the point, they knew not to over-do it. Awesome songs. An awesome first album. Definitely worth a purchase, any fan of old school heavy metal should love this album. Oh and I like the artwork. This album is perfect in every single way and every time I hear it the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. If you are a fan of traditional heavy metal (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, etc.), I would strongly suggest searching for it. It may be a little hard to find, but the search will be worth it.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Murkocet-Digging Mercy's Grave (2017)

Vocals, razor-sharp high-mid range growly shrieks, often follow the rythm of the music (which is odd for vocals). I can't make out most of the lyrics this way, but  vocals sound menacing. He doesn't sound angry, or enraged, but violent. If I had to list songs, well, 'Strip Club Massacre' and "Tombstones". This is an album that almost every song has elements I particularly like a little and this is not coming from a fanboy because this type of sound have never really been one of my favourites. I will be the first to admit the winning formula of constant chugging groove ala Pantera that they use of late can be tiresome, but i think this band add something interesting to the equation, most bands were simply playing breakdowns. Murkocet didn't.The only possible quip with this album would be that not every song sounds totally different from the others.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Apothesary-Sensory Overload (2016)

A sonic spectrum between Meshuggah and a Death Metal sound thrown in for good measure. Apothesary have big things ahead if 2017. "sensory Overload" is an indicator. Barbed wire guitar riffs, constantly shifting time signatures, and a singer whose voice brings to mind any number of wild animals make this cd one of the heaviest discs I own. Riffs that makes you go "oh shit what's gonna happen next" and ends up being a relentless barrage of intensity, which are produced as raw as they come, but when leads do appear ,they are damn good. There is a strong Meshuggah influence no doubt -- but not enough to prevent this band from forging their own style of brutality. I must say that vocals are the most ridiculous in metal. At times they barely sound HUMAN, and you can hear the force put behind them, always a plus... this is just pure 100% HEAVY FUCKING METAL through and through. So in conclusion, if you like metal and enjoy the modern breed of intense bands, you'll be all over Apothesary. The drumming is more than solid, it's just fucking great. Its fast, powerful, its creative and it even includes fucking double bass riffs. Not that other bands don't build upon their drumming, and make it so the drumming is complex but follows a pattern.. but here it really feels like their drummer is riffing. This guy.. owns. Did i mention that Clayton Cagle plays in Hatchet as well?....well, These guys know exactly what they're doing: they're delivering a kick in the face with remarkable self-contained violence.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Desecrate the Faith-Unholy Infestation (2017)

Tight-as-fuck riffage. Yup, tight, is the word. An album is chaotic, those guitars, bass and vocals burn like a buzzsaw blade over the top of a drumkit being abused by a pillheaded octopus, chaotic drum patterns. The drums alone are a fistfuck to the face of anyone who calls Death Metal 'untalented' or 'samey'. Everything leaps out of the speakers, and hopefully seeps through every wall in the house and pisses off the parents. I'll raise a glass to the new generation of metalheads setting the standard again for albums and bands to come. Extreme metal is the law !!

Invasion-Destroyer of Mankind (2016)

A must have for all death metal fans. Invasion's music is all about brutality and kick ass musicianship. "Destroyer of Mankind" is an unholy orgy of double bass, blastbeat drumming and killer vocals, with superb but not flashy guitar work. The tempo varies from lightning fast to fast, the very few slow passages in the album are used only to emphasise the head crushing speed of the rest of the music. This is the kind of album that makes you bang your head like a fkn lunatic. The technique is simply perfect, it has to be heard to be believed. All the songs in it fit with each other like a puzzle and I find it very hard to point out any single one of them. However, the opening track "I am the enemy" stands out, managing to be both real fast and epic at the same time. Another killer track is "Iron bottom sound", which is a violent extreme metal inferno done in the good old school-style.  On the whole, my rating is "buy or die". Valid for death metal and thrash maniacs.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Suppresive Fire-Nature of War (2017)

This is just a very memorable and catchy album, and should be recognized by the metal community. The sound of Suppresive Fire on this new album is really crushing, and highly distinct. Even if you aren't liking them at first, I am pretty sure they'll grow on you. The voice is extremely viscous, evil, and nice and out of the ordinary. The drums are perfect, almost sounds like gunshots, with some impressive double-bass moments. Riffing is very strong indeed, sorta reminds me of Cancer's first two albums. You can hear the thrash influence as well. The solos are pretty raw. I am very impressed by how heavy this is, guitar tone is top of the line. Without a doubt this is a must have album. Keeping the Old school vibe is the best of the best, and this is an excellent example of why. Highly recommend you track this down. Best tracks "Depravity", maybe the catchiest riff, "Earthripper","Nature of War". Enjoyable and brutal !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Thursday, January 26, 2017

DeathBlow-Demolition Deployment (Ep-2016)

Fast style of riffing. It’s like putting a microphone up to a speeding train raging over the tracks. Your CD isn’t spinning half as fast as these notes are smashing into your brain. Rampaging speed/Thrash metal songs featuring raspy, screaming vocals that keep things entertaining the whole ride through. This Ep is over-the-top speed, and therefore 99% perfection, and hence the 99% score. Yes, I used a calculator to figure this out. As far as the musicianship is concerned, highly impressive with his incredibly fast riffs and leads, both of which are highly memorable, every riff consists of hitting a single note furiously, then transitioning to a quick, catchy lick. The 3 songs take the same approach (including the cover of Motorhead-Mean Machine). This kind of stuff should appeal to you if you’re into aggressive speed metal like Exciter or Tank, but keep in mind that this is much more unique and full of its own quirks (oh yeah, and it’s a tad faster too). if you like your music fast fast fast - get your fix of Demolition Deployment NOW!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Killing Addiction-Shores of Oblivion (2016)

The sound of this is absolutely fantastic. Featuring  guitarists with a listenable tone. It’s clear, crisp, weighty, heavy and precise. The opening song sets the tone flawlessly and is a harrowing harbinger of what’s to come. Sometimes it’s unwise to start an album off with a kick ass song, but in the case of Killing Addiction, it shouldn’t have been done any other way. Starting it off with "Engine of Ruin" don't give the listener a chance to breathe before having their head held underwater. By the time "Cult of Decay"is done, you’ve already drowned. But the most remarkable thing about this album isn’t how extreme it is, or how it’s a fantastic riff-o-rama. It’s how damn catchy it is. "Shores of Oblivion" is essential death metal. I would recommend this to people who enjoy extreme metal of any variety, as this is that great of an an album that they should all hear and enjoy.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Final Flag-Capture the Flag (2017)

I think it’s too simple to label this as crossover. Final Flag is a band from CZECH REPUBLIC AND U.S.A. featuring Eric Helzer (Wehrmacht) on vocals. We have hardcore influences showing up in most songs in the form of a related vocal and base line rampaging at breakneck speed complemented by some generic speed riffs. However, the majority of the riffs on here are undeniably thrash. The bass is very prominent in the mix, It works here because the bass lines are very lively and at times infectiously groovy. The production is spectacular.The album begins with" Swallow all the Drugs" a song which is an excellent indicator of how the rest of the album is going to sound. Awesome chugging riffs with excellent fucking bass underneath it to almost make your neck sore. How about charm? Does this album have any? You bet your ass it does. The unique voices help you know exactly what kind of band you're listening to once you hear it. This band is able to turn up the heat when they need to. Final Flag brings a whole new flavor to Thrash-Hardcore or whatever you want to call it, with their different levels of tenacity within the same album. Riffs and solos, intensity and a great voices, and the entire band brings grade-A metal from a hardcore band. The overall catchiness of the songwriting should be emphasized at this point. This album has a lot of hooks, both vocal and instrumental. Definitely this is recommended for fans of eighties thrash who don’t mind some hardcore. Also it features a cover song of ANTHRAX ( instead of Indians it is called PALESTINIANS) I FKN like this album. Buy it or dieeeeee !!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Forahneo-Perfidy (2015)

This death/thrash metal album by Forahneo is one of my favourite ones in this genre. The production is one of the cleanest, if not the cleanest one, well all the instruments have a brutality load from it. The first track shows no mercy in pure death/thrash style, going on we can have  more brutal songs, violent riffs, for example in “You speak you lie” where the mid-paced parts are full of kick ass solo parts. The up tempo parts are clear-cut and devastating. The drums work by is devastating and the crunchy guitar riffage is more focused on  pure violence. I love the fast bass drum with great screams by Tito Melin (Undercroft). Always well balanced between arpeggios-lead and violent palm muting parts. Schizophrenic/catchy riffs, vicious attack and fantastic solos. The riffs on "Perdify" are mostly simple but they are pretty catchy and deadly effective. The finishing touch is the magnificent drumming. He plays his parts with mindblowing surgical tightness and a never ceasing amount of energy. All in all, this is a fucking great album to me, with awesome songs that are more focused on the pure violence with a production that is finally adapt to this genre. Anyway an album that already showed us how southamericans play killer metal.
Review by Paul Caravasi

The Fallen Symmetry-Renacer en la Tormenta (2015)

Musically, this album is a strong mix of accessible songwriting, technical instrumental construction, and a few surprises thrown in when they are least expected. Vocalist exhibits a full range without going into the obnoxiously high pitches that other singers of this genre use so often, riffs are powerful, the rhythm section is fairly solid, and keyboardist adds plenty of orchestrations and other elements that fortunately never overshadow the actual band. The songs themselves are brilliantly written and there does not seem to be a trace of filler at all on this album. A variety of styles is also present and includes a great deal of faster tracks "Renacer en la tormenta", "El ultimo despertar" "Fields of the fallen" (featuring Zak Stevens).Mid-tempo marches and plenty of epics filling the gaps. I recommend this album as a good starting point for fans willing to check out The Fallen Symmetry from Lima-Peru and heavy metal in general. You shouldn’t be disappointed. I feel that I need to be completely honest. This was my introduction to this band; they came along and gave me a new fresh sound. It holds a special place in my music collection. Impressive songs. Double-kicking tracks that has crunchy guitars and some nice soloing. Either way, this album is excellent. To me, it defines melodic heavy metal.
Review by Paul Caravasi