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Jan 16, 2019

Profanatica (2018) Altar of the Virgin Whore [EP] 'Review'


Band: Profanatica
Country of Origin: United States
Genre: Black / Death metal
Type: EP
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 20:00 min.
Release Date11-02-2018
Release Label: Hells Headbangers Records

IR Classification: Good (4.0 / 5)



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Pure and unadulterated evil.

I still remember my first encounter with the mighty entity of Profanatica one of my friends come to me holding in hands their first EP entitled "Weeping in Heaven" and one of my favorite albums split of all time "Tormenting the Flesh" Profanatica / "Ola de Violencia" Masacre (Colombia) released in 1991 and 1992 respectively, since I heard them the first time I was attracted by their profane and singular sound, which at that time I could only compare it with the band Blasphemy from Canada.

The first line-up was formed by former Incantation members Paul Ledney behind the drums and vocals, Brett Makowski on guitars, Aragon Amori on bass who unfortunately passed away in 1996 due to health conditions and John Gelso on guitars who used to play with Paul in another band called Abomination from New York. Despite those brilliant releases, the band split around 1992 and I never again heard from them, but fifteen years later I find myself with a great surprise, in a local shop I found their first album  titled "Profanatitas Domonatia" and I ended up buying it immediately, without any second thoughts I just wanted to have it and when I listened to it, I felt that same rush in my blood like I felt fifteen years ago, I was blown away for the rawness and intensity caught, the malignancy and disobedience portrayed in almost forty minutes.



So far they have released four demo-tapes, four full-length albums, three splits albums, a pair of compilations and five EP including the one we are about to talk about today, "Altar of the Virgin Whore", this extended play includes eight tracks that last approximately twenty minutes some tracks are extremely short and that might be one of the unconformities here, the first track "Conceived With Sin" comes in such form with aggressive riff and strong blast beats it sounds darker and evil while the vocals are overwhelming malignant, "Prayer in Eclipse" sounds very hunting and demoniac getting things in shape for a total possession, then comes the self-titled track "Altar of the Virgin Whore" starts off with a deep cavernous voice shouting loud the title track making a stunning delivery with ferocious drums and corrosive guitar riff, "Crucifixion Wounds" is damned for the nauseating guitar distortion, while the bass sounds filthy and grim as hell creating a just good enough atmosphere for the raw vocals, "Thorn King" is substantially short but loaded in a stench of hate, "Sacred Code Broken" rapidly takes you to the most unpleasant places with cutting razor-sharp guitar riff, to crush your soul with no remorse or whatsoever, the vocals are impressive and furious keeping the pace as pummeling the drums, "Fuck the Messiah" does a really good job retaining your attention taking a different approach without any over structured songwriting rather going into a more simplistic but profane and belligerent, the closing track is the instrumental "He Has Risen" where you can see them taking a sinister and doomy path were the malignancy prevails and rotting whatever comes to it forever.



To conclude "Altar of the Virgin Whore" it happens to be a good album full of a menacing guitar riff, infernal blast beat everywhere, pure and unadulterated evil, the rawness is crushing and captivating at the same time; However, the downside of this recording comes to be the length, it is to short and few tracks, in my opinion, need more attention to fully achieve the impact they should have.

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Track List:

01. Conceived with Sin │ 02. Prayer in Eclipse │ 03. Altar of the Virgin Whore │ 04. Crucifixion Wounds │ 05. Thorn King │ 06. Sacred Code Broken │ 07. Fuck the Messiah │ 08. He has Risen


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Jan 15, 2019

Serocs (2018) The Phobos / Deimos Suite 'Review'


Band: Serocs
Country of Origin: Mexico, France, Canada
Genre: Brutal Technical Death metal
Type: Full Length
Format: Digital 320 kbps
Length Approx.: 46:00 min.
Release Date10-26-2018
Release Label: Everlasting Spew Records

IR Classification: Excellent (4.7 / 5)



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Serocs unchain the most extreme brutality.

Serocs has been grown beyond any expectation from being a mere solo project born in Guadalajara, Mexico to become in one of the most successful international partnership acts of Brutal Technical Death Metal that underground scene has seen in a long time, their style is very influenced by bands like Cryptopsy who's unfortunately are no longer in that musical line, Spawn of Possession who were split two years ago and the extinct and deeply missed Necrophagist, only to mention a few of them.

Serocs current formation consists of Antonio Freyre on guitars, Phil Tougas (Chthe'ilist) on guitars, Antoine Daigneault (Chthe'ilist) on bass, Kévin Paradis (Benighted) on drums and Laurent Bellemare (Basalte) on vocals "The Phobos / Deimos Suite" is an album composed by songs written during the last ten years. So, these tracks will be like a walk through their entire career and maybe this could be the secret that makes this album exciting.




"Being" opens this album despite being short is exuberant with a layered riff well-executed proving their technical skills the storming drum work stands out, "Thanatophobia" is the third track in the album and believe me, from the very first moment it sounds explosive and set the listeners into a whirlwind of endless aggression with a ruthless roaring, at a certain point is impossible not to hear their influences and all the sudden feel that refreshing wave taking over and "Oneirology" comes to be a truly delightful piece with pummeling drums and a deeper bass that offers an overwhelming  dynamism, the guitars deliver a slaughter well reinforced by the guttural vocals, "Lethe" create a unique atmosphere only to welcoming the next track "SCP-106" provides a great technical performance but the vocals are crushing then is followed by "Nonbeing" is brilliant and insane at the same time the gorgeous signature riff are eloquent and help to keep things spiced up towards the end, "Deimos" is an odyssey extremely well-conceived, the arrangements are fierce and again their technical skills are put to the test and the result is exceptional as brutal, riff that shatters and re-shape masterfully into a pragmatic chaos.



To sum up, Serocs has accomplished their best record so far, "The Phobos / Deimos Suite" holds a solid concept, the songwriting is faultless, the production is clean but stands out every instrument, everything here sounds neat, it turns hard to point out any flaws when these guys unchain the most extreme brutality and they pack it with the most refined technique, if you are a real follower of the style then this is an album you shouldn't miss.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…™

Track List:

01. Being │ 02. Nihilus │ 03. Thanatophobia │ 04. Rem(nants) │ 05. Oneirology │ 06. Revenants │ 07. Lethe │ 08. SCP-106 │ 09. Nonbeing │  10. Deimos


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Jan 13, 2019

Bloodbath (2018) The Arrow of Satan is Drawn 'Review'


Band: Bloodbath
Country of Origin: Sweden
Genre: Death metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD Digipak
Length Approx.: 41:00 min.
Release Date10-26-2018
Release Label: Peaceville Records

IR Classification: Good (4.3 / 5)



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 Thrilling and entertaining the elements blended in this album.

Bloodbath, as everybody should know at this point is that they started as a side project from bassist Jonas Renkse, guitarist Anders Nyström, both from Katatonia who ended up inviting Dan Swanö former singer of Edge of Sanity to play the drums and Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth to take over the vocals. So, this lineup released their first recording in 2000, an EP titled "Breeding Death" and two years later their debut album "Resurrection Through Carnage" under Century Media Records, but it was not until 2004 when the band released what, I consider their best album so far "Nightmares Made Flesh" with some changes in the lineup after the departure of Åkerfeldt. While Nyström, Renkse and Swanö shared the work of guitars and bass, bringing Peter Tägtgren from the band Hypocrisy to record the vocals and the drummer Martin Axenrot who became the permanent drummer of Bloodbath.

After that they have released few more recordings continuously with a different lineup, the Spring 2008 EP "Unblessing the Purity" was released. In the Fall of the same year came out the album "The Fathomless Mastery" which seems to take the sound in a different approach. Let's say it  was way less devastating, but in 2014 with a renewed lineup Renkse, Nyström and Axenrot brought aboard the guitarist Joakim Karlsson from the band Craft and the great Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost, they released an almost excellent album "Grand Morbid Funeral"  which feels darker and dense inspired by the Old School Death Metal and the step down in sound makes it more generic, but somehow accessible! Their latest released entitled "The Arrow of Satan is Drawn" which is not a bad album neither a great one, but it falls short.




The first track in the album is "Fleischmann," a perfect hybrid influence of Black, Punk with a persevering Death sound, piercing at moments with good slow pace between the track. It is followed by "Bloodicide" which is built with a heavy guitar riff that grows slowly thanks to the Swedish sound that it carries within. "Wayward Samaritan" is structured with thick layers of Death n' Roll riffs. The next track is "Levitator" which seizes a doomy pace that slows down the flow printed by the previous tracks which is not too bad but way too early. "Deader" takes off with a fast and killer guitar riff with blistering drums and the balance tends to be more positive. "March of the Crucifiers" and "Morbid Antichrist" definitely sounds heavy however it doesn't make a deep impression on me, it could be named as the album fillers. "Warhead Ritual" delivers a decent blend of Death Metal with Punk Crust elements, the idea is good, but the track is too short to evolve to the next level by itself. "Only the Dead Survive" comes to the rescue, the ending part of this album, the guitar riff are overwhelming powerful, the bass throw a dense tunes blending perfectly with a magnificent drum work while the growling vocals are impressive undoubtedly, this should be the last track in the album; however, they tossed another one, "Chainsaw Lullaby," which is another Death n' Roll with lots of Gothenburg Melodeath feeling.

"The Arrow of Satan is Drawn" is thrilling and entertaining the elements blended in this album, with good songs and some others not so good. It is hard to consider this album as one of their best albums so far, with this in mind, your best choice is to be receptive and understand that this album differs from its core, band members, concept and epoch, so welcome them as they are or suffer a disappointment, it’s up to you.



And that's how I ended up appreciating to one of the most iconic name and trajectories within the metal scene, it took me seventeen years to understand them, I might start digging little by little their discography to discover what I ignored for many years, meanwhile I will keep enjoying their latest release "Ritual".

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…

Track List:

01. Fleischmann │ 02. Bloodicide │ 03. Wayward Samaritan │ 04. Levitator │ 05. Deader │ 06. March of the Crucifiers │ 07. Morbid Antichrist │ 08. Warhead Ritual │ 09. Only the Dead Survive │ 10. Chainsaw Lullaby


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Jan 10, 2019

Soulfly (2018) Ritual 'Review'


Band: Soulfly
Country of Origin: United States
Genre: Groove / Thrash metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 43:00 min.
Release Date10-19-2018
Release Label: Nuclear Blast

IR Classification: Good (4.3 / 5)



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A very distinctive and unique Ritual.

Let's start with this album "Ritual" by Soulfly and to be honest with you, I considered myself a detractor of this band, I never felt an affection or enthusiasm for them and their music, but the time is wise and was recently until a few years ago more accurate in the 2015 and their album "Archangel" it caught my attention in a unique way, with memorable cuts and not just an attempt to stay current in the music industry, I will abstain myself from criticizing any other album for the simple reason of having ignored them completely.

"Archangel" at some point was irreverent with solid guitar riff emanating from the very deep chaos, in a form of exciting hybrid of groove and thrash metal and their newest album "Ritual" the eleventh album comes as a strong reinforce within their discography.




The album kicks off with the self-title track "Ritual" primitive chants mixed with a distorted guitar set the enough energy to launch a groovy front attack and doesn't stop there, it comes "Dead Behind the Eyes" layered with an impressive thrashing riff and drumming that excels with a very dynamic section tight and precise while the vocals by Randy Blythe and Calavera are massive no questions about it, "The Summoning" overflows in energetic and cohesive drum work and experiment a bit towards the end with that electro beat, "Evil Empowered" is fast and thrilling throwing very rapacious guitar riff, the next track "Under Rapture" sounds heavy and aggressive from the beginning and here you can catch a very distinctive bass line to welcome a vast and dense death metal passage with the powerful guest vocals performed by no other than Mr. Ross Dolan from Immolation, "Demonized" it could be the trashier cut in the album demanding the young drummer to show up his versatility to keep up the pace the guitar solo here is meaningful and genuine, "Blood on the Street" doesn't really make an impact on me, but "Bite the Bullet" have a catchy groove rhythmic section that essentially exploit up to its core, "Feedback!" is a refreshing and pleasant rock n' roll track and for a moment it throw myself into the past to remember one of the greats who is no longer here, I mean the great Lemmy Kilmister, the last track is "Soulfly XI" an instrumental track compose with a subtle ambience incorporates elements such as the sitar and the saxophone to provide a an opulent ending but gratifying.



And that's how I ended up appreciating to one of the most iconic name and trajectories within the metal scene, it took me seventeen years to understand them, I might start digging little by little their discography to discover what I ignored for many years, meanwhile I will keep enjoying their latest release "Ritual".

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:

01. Ritual │ 02. Dead Behind the Eyes │ 03. The Summoning │ 04. Evil Empowered │ 05. Under Rapture │ 06. Demonized │ 07. Blood on the Street │ 08. Bite the Bullet │ 09. Feedback! │ 10. Soulfly XI


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Jan 9, 2019

Gorod (2018) Æthra 'Review'


Band: Gorod
Country of Origin: France
Genre: Technical Death metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 44:00 min.
Release Date10-19-2018
Release Label: Overpowered Records

IR Classification: Excellent (4.5 / 5)



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Tech Death Metal of the highest class.

"Æthra" comes to be the sixth full length album from the masters of Technical Death metal Gorod and it doesn't matter how you look at it, the band achieved to print an exuberant, well defined and powerful record, landing near the grounds of "Leading Vision" released back in 2006.

Gorod is clearly a band that has set themselves apart, evolving gradually while expanding their songwriting spectrum and their amazing musicianship level. The precision and sharp riffs that Pascal and Alberny delivers is simply awesome, while the synchronization accomplished by Diers with it's devastating drums here goes beyond recognition, Claus proves his virtuosity on the four strings superbly and the majestic vocals of Deyres going from intimidating growls to throaty screams. All of this makes "Æthra" an outstanding album. "Wolfsmond" is the first track and grabs you from the beginning with its intrepid and irreverent hardcore style. It's followed by "Bekhten's Curse" which is brilliant and has chaotic guitar work that makes this track superb. "Aethra" delivers a rough monotonous and progressive melody found within the sludge style and "The Sentry" keeps exploring the same path adding more complex progressive elements to highlight the track. "Hina" hammers the drums in an exponential manner, while the vast guitar work has an unusual diversity and pace that wouldn't let you get away. The next track is "And the Moon Turned Black," this song doesn't lose its grindstastics, with elements spiced nicely with a ponderous and unique technique. "Chandra and the Maiden" doesn't sound opulent, but devastating up to the roots, the guitar work sounds compact, giving the listener a taste of their madness and dissonant rush. "Goddess of Dirt" launches a hyper-speed riff which melds with energetic slow parts to end up with that ultra-speed again. Then comes "Inexorable" which tackles down with a semi slow pace, but vibrant riffing with a bountiful texture. The drum section delivers an unquestionable precision. The last track is "A Light Unseen," it sounds hysterically persistent, throwing away a load of unique techniques that are difficult to compare, the vocal part throughout the whole album are simply intimidating and fearless.



Gorod definitely surpasses any of my predictions, if "A Maze of Recycled Creeds" back in 2015 fulfills my needs and expectations; then "Æthra" clearly stands by itself almost like a masterpiece with an exceptional songwriting, varied, without the boredom other bands incur. In my opinion, this is a total hit within the genre, technical or brutal however you like it, you will not be disappointed.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:

01. Wolfsmond │ 02. Bekhten's Curse │ 03. Æthra │ 04. The Sentry │ 05. Hina  │ 06. And the Moon Turned Black │ 07. Chandra and the Maiden │ 08. Goddess of Dirt  │  09. Inexorable │ 10. A Light Unseen


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