Friday, June 22, 2018

Sinaya-Maze of Madness (2018)

Powerful songs with great variation in the way the guitars are used, also features high-paced drums and heavy riffs in the verses and brutal chorus you will likely ever hear. Not to mention every single other type of track in-between. Mylena Monaco vocals are solid here. Now, I like a bit of variety in my music, this is a Death/Thrash sound definitely. Everything else on this album is well done. From the heavy riffs and solos from Mylena and Renata (and playing in general), the spectacular drumming of Cynthia Tsai (particularly on the faster songs) and even the bass-work by Bruna Melo.The number of different styles of death metal these girls can play on one album is incredible. My personal favourite song on the album is probably 'Always Pain" (although with the number of great songs it's nearly impossible to choose). The track is a kind of average pace, but is also one of the heaviest songs on the album. The guitar work is excellent, a wonderful mixture of fast riffs and melodic hooks as well as a great solo to top it all off. The drums are fast and pounding for the most part, keeping in time with the guitars. So to conclude, i can say this is possibly even the most enjoyable death-thrash album to listen to.
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Carnal Trash/CorpseEater Split Ep 2018

Today recording an album or a demo is easy, you can do editing and overdubs, you can emulate an amplifier on your PC, and it's not expensive at all. Even if you really suck at playing, you sound great. So you have to consider all these aspects when reviewing a recording like this, because this is the real deal, no pro tools at all, just pure raw insanity, the production is far from  perfection, but the seeds of brutal grindcore is here. Carnal Trash and CorpseEater (Solo Project from Germany) comes along and grabs you by the ear with a twisted, agonized yelp and a brutal grindy guitar riffs. This is pure nasty GrindAll in all, I consider this split absolutely mandatory for Grindfreaks, or anyone curious about what is Grindcore, and why it’s a genre worth checking out. Believe me.
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Agony Kings- (2017)

A def treat for hardcore fanatics such as myself. This is brutal and intense. Keeping the Metal guitar tone we all love and keeping the riffs very interesting. I really enjoy the energy the band puts out in this fkn awesome album. Also the songs are very distinctive. The cover of S.O.D. "Kill Yourself" will kick your ass. This is definitely a great example of how Hardcore should continue, brutal, angry and raw as fuck, get this and have a noisy weekend. Chaotic to the Max. Amazing !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Air Raid-Across The Line (2017)

One of the best movements in modern metal is without a doubt the new wave of traditional heavy metal. Just like the NWOBHM, the NWOTHM has some bands that break the mold as something viciously talented and special, and there's the bands that just fade into the rest. When metallians Air Raid from Sweden hit the scene with a promising album, one could only hope that they're here to stay. They're without a doubt one of the best bands of the NWOTHM along with Striker from Canada. This album offer some of the most focused, driving, and ballsy metal ever played in this decade and it never lets up. If it's good 'ol heavy freakin' metal you are looking for, Air Raid will definitely be right up your alley. The chorus' are all wonderfully written, being very memorable and catchy but never being lame. The verses are always fast and driving while the cleaner interludes are always tasteful and never interrupting. With a set of songs each equipped with raw riffs and ripping solos, a great rhythm section, a fantastic vocalist, and even above average lyrics; Air Raid has proven that they are arguably the greatest NWOTHM band.  This is all splendid, damn this is good. Definitely recommended to everybody.
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Acephalix-Decreation (2017)

Simple death rot metal, not just "death metal"--these monsters unleashed a brutal album. Thick guitar riffs still in B-flat tuning (for all you metal guitarists) with slow, moderate and fast riffs delving deep in original songwriting fashion. Extreme old death metal influence among the ranks of classic bands such as Autopsy, Obituary, but Acephalix is in a league of their own! Vocals fits the music quite well and it's good that there features this variety of brutality, it keeps the albums' with thickness vibe. They seem to put together a fresh new chunk slabs of riffs together with a maximum amount of distortion and bar chord/tremolo picking onslaught of axes that totally annihilate! If you want to hear what death rot truly is, "Decreation" is equipped with all incorporated style of precision recording quality, drum work that's featured with blast beating intensity along with precise double bass/time signature changing, guitars that are just so damn heavy they'll destroy your speakers, vocal variety domination and screeching leads to the point of eardrum explosion. I hope they'll continue this onslaught throughout their days. So grab this CD metalheads to embrace the brutality they've obliged listeners to hear proving that metal is definitely alive, well, and undying !
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Anthropic-EP (2017)

I've been a non-stop Grind/death fan since the early 90's, defending and enjoying even their most mediocre work of bands. And while they've never really released a flat-out bad album, there certainly were several middle of the road ones towards the end of the last decade. By 2015, I'd pretty much lost hope. I was skeptical before listening to this band but being the loyal die-hard I am, I quickly plunked out for their EP and set it in the player with minimal expectations. "Blacked Out" proceeded to rip my face off. As did each successive track after it. Note for note, song for song, there wasn't a single piece of filler. Every song was concise, well-written and strongly executed. The production was razor-sharp and well-balanced with the guitars way up in the mix. When it was over after the 7 songs, I was exhausted and excited. Here was the sound I'd always known and loved and hoped to have back again. A band ferociously, righteously angry with a huge chip on their shoulder and something to prove. Nothing could be more creatively exciting, especially for a band just discovered by me. Brutal as fuck !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Anubi's Servants-Duat (2017)

This album is different.They ditch the billy badass lyricism and groove wankery for properly structured heavy metal and lyrics that talk about the real world. Another thing, this album has a heavy production. Now onto the music itself. Overall, the album is interesting. Now for the good stuff: they just bombard the listener with crunchy grooves. Vocalist assaults the microphone with shrieks, yells. One thing that does stick out about  vocals on this album is that it seems to be layered, but not so layered that it turns to mud. I'd say the layering adds a nice touch, and makes his voice sound insane. This album have enough variety and intensity to keep the listener interested. Not bad at all.
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Review by Paul Caravasi