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 !!Ăº
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