Sunday, May 19, 2019

Iron Fire - Beyond The Void (2019)

Iron Fire are your typical power metal band, yet somehow they've managed to add a bit of fire and edge to their songs. The production on this album sounds good, I think that the production on here makes Iron Fire sound even more like your typical power metal band. There's some crazy shredding, and some slower more epic riffs. The guitarist on this album has shown some great versatility. The bass on here follows the drums for the most part, but there are a few snazzy bass riffs that managed to stand out. The vocals are you typical power metal vox; quite high most of the time, but you have to admit this guy has range, which is something I always appreciate. The drummer goes crazy on this album. I can assure you all that for the most part, what seems to be the "standard" power metal drumming isn't used in these songs. This guy knows how to keep a beat without getting repetative, and some of his playing is what adds such an edge to the songs. I would say that this, and their previous albums are essential for any fans of power metal. And those who do not like power metal may like this band for it's fiery and skull shattering sound. A good album by a good band !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Frightful - Born after Burial (2017)

This album is a revelation for me.  Headbanging madness and crusty hardcore punk attacks that bordered on death metal without transgressing over and blew me away. They clearly don't give a fuck about you and what you think about what they do. This album absolutely fuckin' slays! Sickeningly vicious, and heavy as hell, "Born After Burial" tips the scale as a great and enduring metal record. Neverending violence for my ears!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Bloody Brotherhood - Don't Break The Circle (2019)

The level of brutality in this album is insane. Bloody Brotherhood takes no prisoners with this one. The guitar sound is so rotten, low tuned and underground while the drum is always pounding and bad ass. The evilness can be found in most of the riffs and structures, followed by fast solos, made to destroy.  Just a constant barrage of heavy hitting brutality. The songs on "Don't break the circle" are constructed of simple riffs and relatively straightforward compositions, technical death metal, they are not. Their charm instead lies in the conviction of their delivery rather than their instrumental prowess. Every song is in fused with an all-consuming, yet organic heft and seething brutality. The tracks are a mix of mid-paced chugging, slow grooves and occasional bursts of speed. The vocals are deep, guttural growls. The drumming is effective, with liberal use of double bass.  This band from Spain set out to create a brutally heavy, evil death metal record, and they succeed in spades. The album flows seamlessly from one thick slab of death to the next with unrelenting power. In short, it's a crushing release!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ritual Moon - Demo 2019

Ritual Moon is an amazing blackened thrash Metal female duo that kicks your ass and comes back for more. This demo starts off with a pretty cool tune. You should immediately start head banging. The singing is well done in the most brutal angry way. The guitar work on this album takes you back to the old thrash days of the 80's. 4 songs that will give you in your face fast paced thrash beats. The songs have that awesome I want to get in the mosh pit thrash sound. This demo is amazing! It has killer thrash riffs, the lyrics are catchy as hell, and support the usual metal themes. Evil, death, and War. If you love thrash metal you should own this amazing demo. Great job!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Vicious Circle-Unearthed Precision (EP 2018)

The guitar assault is fkn insane. Vinnie DiBianca really knows what he's doing, and it shows. Riffs and speed are varied enough to give each song a sense of independence, yet unified and cohesive in terms of style and production. The riffs are an onslaught of originality and brutality, and nothing sounds recycled. Dave Surran is a hell of a drummer too. The way he pounds his drums, the punch and the accuracy of the beats that unleashes upon the listener's ears, sounds so dangerous that it sometimes evokes an image of bullets piercing through bodies and puncturing concrete walls. Although I'm certainly a fan of thrash metal, I've barely come across a thrash band with a drummer that truly stood out. Aside from Slayer (Dave Lombardo), what other bands do you think of when you think of "great drummer"? Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Rigor Mortis, or Testament? I've never heard anyone talk about how great Lars Ulrich or Nick Menza is as a drummer. Have you? Allow me to humbly suggest Dave as one of the great thrash drummer and this EP is very convincing of Dave's drumming skill. Possessed but not processed - that's how I would describe Brian's vocal here. What makes this EP ultimately an incredible experience is the sense of danger that comes of violence, and nothing sounds more violent here than the vocals and the lyrics. Rather than tough-guy low growls or distortions, Brian shouts with urgency triggered by primal need self-defend, as if he's a rat cornered by a cat. As a result, his vocal sounds fresh and brutal at the same time. Yes, sometimes he whispers, sometimes he quietly sings. But in this album such deviations are not some cheap attempt to be diverse, it just serves as a counterpoint to the knife-sharp delivery of vocals, which in turns makes the shouting all the more purposeful. Bass player is killer as well, following the speed and anger of the band. To top all this off, the production is very appropriate. The sound of this EP, it's like a knife. The production of this  makes the guitar-drum-vocal combo sound like an audio equivalent of razor-sharp, sterile, shining knife that's yet to be blood-stained. Am I making sense? I hope so. Vicious Circle definitely will make your ears bleed !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mordor - Evolucion?.... (2015)

Evolucion? Mordor (Spain) was released in 1997. Deep Sheep Productions Re -   issued this Cd on 2015. Not bad at all in the long run, a few adjustments here and there, but overall fairly acceptable thrash all over. With the scene surrendering completely to the new metal vogues very soon after 1997, there was no more room for a bunch of angry, wrathful retro metallers, and these guys came to the picture. Quite simply; "Evolucion?..."’ is a brilliant Thrash Metal album. Fans of the genre should own this album, if only because good Thrash Metal albums were a rarity back in the late 1990’s. This is a quality album that deserves to be heard by anyone who has a heart for this genre.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Veonity - Gladiator's Tale (2015)

For anyone wishing that power metal albums would just get to the point, popping "Veonity" into your CD player is the way to go, seeing as it starts off with two of the most energetic and immediately satisfying songs from this album "Into Eternity" and "Phoenix Arise". I would say "Gladiator's Tale" is a necessary purchase for all fans of power metal, unless your idea of the genre extends to Sabaton and no further. This is classic power/speed metal like Helloween and Gamma Ray, also they load up their songs with bombast in a manner that would be familiar to early Rhapsody. Drums punching strongly though not overwhelming everything, the bass warm and audible, excellent vocals, guitar melodies are awesome on this one. A powerful release !
Review by Paul Caravasi