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