Saturday, July 7, 2018

Meliah Rage-Idol Hands (2018)

What we have here is well crafted, played and catchy Heavy Metal songs. I dare anyone to listen to the opening of "The kill-all rule" and not want to start headbanging! Vocals are catchy. For me they are the high point of the album this time. The bass is prominently featured, much more than previous albums, which works to the song’s advantage. The tone of the guitars on this album are killer, they add additional heaviness to the songs and drumming is good too. Not bad at all in the long run, a few adjustments here and there, but overall fairly acceptable old school heavy metal with thrash influences. This effort delivers the goods.
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Meliah Rage-Dead To The World (2018 Edition)

Originally released in 2011, this Re-issue features 2 bonus tracks. Well here's the review:

Drummer is probably the strongest member of the group; his skills on the kit are quite sharp and technical, the bass adds nicely to the sound layers and he gets a few moments to shoe off his fills, the guitars are pretty damn good.Then we have a  good vocalist. This album is a power metal with thrash metal influences. How about the songs? Actually, they're all really pretty good, each sounding similar but different enough o each do their own thing. You've got more straightforward speeders like the catchy "Skin and Bones" or " Never from Me". Then we get a bunch of bigger, more atmosphere and riff-driven mini-epics. Overall, "dead to the World" it's a pretty damn cool listen. The band members have good grasps on their instruments. Additionally all of the songs are pretty kickass; often pretty memorable with a lot of riffs thrown around. If you can get a copy of it, then I do recommend it. It's a pretty good album.
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Warfield-Wrecking Command (2018)

Here comes the simple recipe for a strong thrash metal album. You need at least 4 guys (or girls). Everyone of them has to be a live wire. They do not need to be technically perfect, but they must have a master plan with a clear goal: total sonic devastation. Furthermore, it is helpful to have a talent for coherent compositions and a penchant for riffs that are sharp enough to stab the listener in the twinkling of an eye. (Of course, only in the figurative sense.) But the most important thing is the right attitude. Youthful recklessness is essential, a small portion of naivety does no harm. Warfield possesses all the ingredients for this recipe. This album features an explosive mix of riffs, drumming, bass lines and brutal vocals. The very abrasive guitar sound constituted the most outstanding feature of the production. Due to the continually increasing fury of the opener, the guitars dominated the mix right from the beginning. Finally, to be quite fair, this album is one of the greatest thrash release of Europe these days, it clearly deserve its praise and status among the new and old school metalheads. I definitely recommend this record, it's actually a great one to start with. What you get is a great variety of thrashing riffs and lots of aggression. Go ahead and take a listen, or if you already did once, do it again!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Killing Addiction-Omega Factor (2018)

This band is again able to deliver us a very good quantity of death metal in this new Re-release of their demo from 1990', 7" Ep from 91' and the Omega Factor album from 93. They are again here to enjoy the relentless march of this sincere band in death metal. Uncontrolled fury and convincing riffs. The brutality and the blast beats are mixed with  catchier riffs to create good songs specially in their demo and Ep. The furious assault of the instruments is precise and terrifying for power and precision in the album, great vocals are screamed, angry and really nasty. The stop and go with thrash restarts give more variety to the songs. The blast beats are often broken by up tempo parts or fast double bass kicks and this is what is great to make these compositions less monotonous. Also the structures are more complex but flowing and the tempo changes are really well-done and stuck perfectly with this massive structures of violent music. The energy and mix on this cd is lethal, in a good way. This is where the souls of this band collide to create a really good and violent music.
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Ripped To Shreds- Burial (2018)

This is all about pure death metal inspired in the swedish sound. The level of brutality in this album is mercyless…this solo project from California takes no prisoners with this debut.The guitar sound is so rotten, low tuned and underground while the drum is always pounding and bad ass. “Craven Blood” is the opener. No melody at all, this is total impact. The brutality can be found in most of the riffs and structures and are amazing, followed by fast solos, never technique but made to destroy. With “Yellow River Incident, 1938” the level of rottenness is so high...unbelievable. Here can really see Repulsion influences with the first blast beats. The sequence “Black Seeds” is truly bestial in malevolence and impact. Truly hellish, powerful and always rotten. There's one song performed in Mandarin "Bone Ritual" about burying without embalming to let the flesh naturally rot away......
Very good work. Brutal as fuck!!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Seeking Obscure-Cutting Heads (2017)

Sick and twisted solo project called Seeking Obscure. definitely is one of the most fun albums to listen to when in the mood for horror and gore. Seeking Obscure blends death, thrash metal and grindcore beautifully into one  sick sound. The riffs are not fast but are catchy. The bass rumbles along underneath the riffs providing more earth shaking tremors. The drums are not played particularly fast, but they are technically very impressive. They are constantly present and blend with the music extremely well. There are some vocal effects that are used to great effect, enhancing the listening experience that much more. The vocals are often deep, decayed growls that sound as if they are coming from the grave. Every once in awhile vocalist Rob will unleash a blood curdling shriek or do something else unexpected which further adds to the horror of the music.The production on the album is thick and dirty, yet clean enough to hear everything that is happening on the album. This album is a ton of fun. Featuring re-recordings of 3 tracks from the 2006 split Cd and covers of Hipocrisy "Left To Rot" and Therion "The Return". Killer stuff !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Molder-An Act Of Revenge (Demo 2018)

Unquestionably this band is fkn vicious, easily gained a respectable status already. This demo debut is violent and schizophrenic, the atmosphere in these tracks is savage. The violence, the impact and the darkness are the essential elements of Molder. The production is very clear for the drums sound and the vocals, but always conserves a beautiful dark touch. From the opener we already can see the awesome blend of thrash metal riffs, dissonant breaks and sudden fast restarts. The vocals are already able to be frightening and truly morbid with that raspy, dramatic and totally sick tonality, it reminds me of the early Pestilence. Unbelievable drumming, he has a chirurgical precision on alternating the fast beats while the  guitarist always draw lines of pure violence united with morbid lead lines to create a compact and suffocating sound. The fast riffs run after each other in an infernal organized chaos of fast solos, desperate vocals, catchy refrains and relentless drums. The sound is like a wall of sick devastation. This demo is a real inferno of all the influences you could find in the extreme genre for these times, but redone in a personal and brutal way. Now it’s time to discover Molder. This is an  incredible debut!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

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

Apallic-Of Fate and Sanity (2017)

Here we have the debut full lenght album by a German band specialising in death metal of the somewhat technical and progressive variety. And I would emphasise "somewhat", as one conspicuous characteristic here is the balance they find between the straightforward and the unexpected, between memorable riffing and more complex transitional passages. It owes more to mid-period Death and "Testimony of the Ancients"-era Pestilence, injected with the speed and brutality of perhaps Morbid Angel, for want of a better comparison. The vocals are raspy and clear rather than deep and muffled; one is reminded more of Jeff Walker than Glen Benton. All of the songs are highlights; there's not a second of filler here . This is an excellent debut that gives reason to expect even more powerful contributions from Apallic in future. Killer !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Amken-Theater of The Absurd (2017)

Remember the good old year of 1986 when thrash metal was the most dangerous art form around? Remember when "Reign In Blood", "Darkness Descends" and "Pleasure To Kill" were among a whole army of albums that sought to bring about the end of all that was good and pleasant in this world? If not, then a good antidote for such a sorry case of amnesia would be Amken, which is among one of the more extreme albums to come out of Greeece of late. I've often dreamed about what "Bonded by Blood" with a heavy dose of methamphetamines would sound like, and now that dream has come to life and taken on a nightmarish existence of the likes that would frighten the Frankenstein monster. There have been a good number of all speed, all the time albums to rage forth out of this side of the America, but this one pretty well tops them all, merging all of the attitude and fury of the old school with a slight helping of crossover brilliance in the vocal department. Exodus first floated the idea that all of the poseurs had to die, but Amken here actually took it to the next level and proceeded to kill them all off in the most intricate and utterly painful way possible. Each bone-crushing riff, each gut-wrenching shout, and each megaton of blast beating fury hits the senses in an unrelenting sea of chaos, culminating in anthems of violence with enough chug sounds to make James Hetfield and Jon Schaeffer blush. When Dave Mustaine commanded the masses to rattle their fucking heads, I sometimes wonder if maybe he didn't fully comprehend the beast that he was unleashing. Much like the famed George Carlin dare disguised as a joke in "You'll never see someone taking a shit while running at full speed", one has to prepare for the possibility that someone will come along later with the audacity to actually follow through on the dare. That's essentially what Amken has accomplished here, a massive ode to literally throwing one's head clean off their shoulders. I defy anyone to try and listen to this beast without instantly breaking into a one-man mosh pit in his own room, it's a virtual impossibility. This might not be the most original thing to come out of the woodwork of late. Forget about Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust, give this radioactive miracle a try and see if you're still alive afterwards. Fkn angry and in your face Thrash Metal !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Beyond Description-The Robotized World (2017)

In my serious opinion, this album would be praised as a classic if released earlier, but this is not the case, the album itself is really nice, and if you're completely bored, this should snap it up for you. The lyrics are of course pretty generic, speaking of social issues, rebellion, tyranny and several other topics which have always plagued the genre of Thrash for decades, -which doesn't mean every band did-. The guitars sound perfect, although the solos don't seem to stand out very much and the drums are practically jamming the same tempo over and over again. The riffs are fast and aggressive an they're the kind of style i'd go listening while walking all badass in my job's hallway. Vocals are just pumps of words scream at the right time, which actually saves them from seeming unfitting. Bass kills it. They're pretty good coordinated. Old school influence can be heard throughout the album, James Hetfield (Kill' em all era) vocal influence there. Overall the album is awesome. It's a good album to have listening with your fellow thrash buddies in your garage-cave, and i don't know, maybe drinking some beer and headbanging like fkn maniacs. Good job !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Goat wizard-The Book Of Goat Wizard (2016)

This album is for a unique taste. First song  smashes in with a cool-as-fuck riff that would make Iommi proud. Bass and drums  also sound amazingly hellish on this track. These guys are on fire throughout. This album seems to be chock full of riffs, Blazing in from left, right and center. There are no "highlight" tracks or favourite tracks on this album. Everything is complete genius. But then again there are riffs like in the beginning of "Snowbeast" that make me lay on the ground and put a box on my head and repeat it over and over again in my headphones. All in all, this album is killer.Buy it. Enjoy it. Light one up. It's fkn amazing!!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Friday, January 26, 2018

Maze of Terror-Ready to Kill (2016)

Sheer, breakneck speed with savage riffs.  Vocalist Juan Pablo has some really harsh vocals, shouted and pushed almost to the point of death-metal gruffness, and his bass lines are supportive without being merely doubling, and he knows exactly when to throw in a good fill. The drummer is a human whirlwinds, and keep up the pace admirably, two razor-sharp guitarrists slice through the riffs. This new album is just slightly more varied than their previous Ep from 2012, as they experiment with a few slower tempos (of course, slower for them is still fast as hell, but you know what I mean....), and the guitar tones are a bit more high-end 'metallic'. This is an enjoyable raw and dirty death/thrash album with an old school vibe full of Rage. The production on this album is also a big step up from the previous Ep. It has much more bass added and creates some great stuff for this album. The guitars sound killer, the drummer rips, and vocals sound more full. This is definitely a new sound while still retaining most of what made Maze of terror what it is.  I can definitely say that it is a good work. This new album is fast fast fast - get your fix of "Ready to Kill" NOW!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Riotor-Cursed Throne (2017)

Pure fucking evil war thrash metal!!! This album combines everything from Possessed to Venom and old Slayer. It's a damn evil mix in the end, for any fan of old school death and thrash metal. It doesn't slow the fuck down and I can guarantee this would be a wild pit if it made it to stage dominion. Nonetheless, these Canadian offer us some fast exxxecutioner tunes on this. The album strikes with catchy oldschool thrash riffing attacked by rasps and screams and brisk drums and it's definitely headbang-worthy, and if I was viewing this at a show, I'd be in total decision-making mode. One way is to sit there with the old arms crossed and watch the nuclear audio destruction; the other is to jump in the giant pit. That's fairly correct verbalism to judging this album. The songs combine with one another between the evil ritual sound and the fast raw/thrash tempo. The terminology to describing an album such as this is mismatched, and I think "evil as war" should clear that up the easiest. Blackened thrash fans would enjoy this. One of my favourite Canadian products to date in the eyes of thrash! RIOTOR RULES!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Friday, January 19, 2018

Argento-Tortura Masiva (2016)

This album has been released in 2016, and it really defines how modern thrash should be in our days: vicious, agressive, heavy and catchy. The producion sounds pretty chaotic and fits perfect the tracks. The riffing sounds pretty cool and though it isn't unique as the 80's bands, it still sounds different and imaginative. There are a lot of catchy moments here, especially the choruses which just sounds fresh and intense and works pretty good. The vocals sounds very different. It still raspy and raw, it sounds lively and energetic, for a modern sound like this album, these vocals sounds proper. Overall, pretty solid album. It has a new sound of thrash and doesn't fails as being a destructive band. Recommended for all the true thrashers out there!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Aislacion-Minor Chants (Demo 2017)

The best two words that describe this demo are raw and unique.  Guitar rhythm and lead riffs complement each other perfectly in both the distorted and clean presence. The production isn't great but I think this is one of those demos where the important elements are Unprocessed, unrefined, crude metal. It has all the elements that make this demo so unique and raw at the same time as well as super groovy/Doomy riffs. It is definitely a kick ass demo making a solid distinction between all the songs. You definitely hear the Black Sabbath influence in this Demo with some killer melodies and heavy drumming . This is a demo I feel that any stoner/doom , and Metalhead in general  can appreciate regardless of what wave they are more inclined to. This demo honestly will put you in a doom trance as long as you can handle it. I will find myself listening to this Demo multiple times and it feeling completely natural and not tiresome. Great demo for a few cold beers in a dark room on a weekend.
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Review by Paul Caravasi