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Sep 23, 2018

Korpiklaani (2018) Kulkija 'Review'



Band: Korpiklaani
Country of Origin: Finland
Genre: Folk Metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 01:11:00 min.
Release Date09-07-2018
Release Label: Nuclear Blast

IR Classification: Good (4.4 / 5)

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Certainly, one of the best folk metal albums of the year.

I know! Sometimes I tend to post a lot of Death metal and Black metal reviews, more than any other genre, it doesn't mean I don't appreciate other bands out of my favorites genres, such as Korpiklaani and their contagious Folk metal full of melodies. I can't imagine a single one of those big Summer festivals without any folk metal band added to their billboard.

Well, I know lots of us we don't speak Finnish at all, however that inconvenience doesn't prevent us to enjoy and understand the music language, Korpiklaani are really good at that and they exploit it perfectly. Their abilities at songwriting transmits the right feelings, so let's crack the ice and get ready for what's coming up.



Korpiklaani brings us this time "Kulkija" which could be interpreted as (“Wayfarer”), it’s their most complete and longest work they had ever put out together, it contains fourteen ambitious tracks with their purest folk style that they only could create. The Finnish band seems venturous with their seventy-one minutes of production, but believe me, at the end it’s worth every single minute. The opener track "Neito” (Maiden) is a wonderful folkish piece that connects your mind right away with Fintroll and undoubtedly you know what soil you are stepping on. In "Harmaja," its songwriting brings up a somber feeling putting aside the metal aspects to create a sorrowful ambience, another track to highlight is "Sillanrakentaja" (The Bridge Builder) which is play in a semi-slow pace with a darker and memorable riff that keeps you engaged to deliver you a stunning end, exceptionally adding a darker layer with those eerie children's voices. "Henkselipoika" (Suspender Boy) takes you back into the usual Korpiklaani sound, a very well balanced track between Folk and Metal elements, followed by the instrumental "Pellervoinen" that works as an interlude, "Kuin korpi nukkuva" (As the Wilderness Sleep) is powered by some groovy riffs while the violin and accordion intertwine and the unexpected Tango style that ends this track is unique, "Juomamaa" is very versatile with punching riffs that are very joyful due to the fast pace and complex musical arrangement. The closing track is "Tuttu on tie" (The Road is Familiar) which reflects a gloomy vibe that’s heartbreaking, the vocals carry with them a deep feeling of regret and perpetual pain.

I could keep talking about this album for a while, and most likely I wouldn't run out of adjectives to qualify this epic production; but I'm sure I will conclude with the same opinion, this is a great album, despite my personal likes and being objective, "Kulkija" easily has taken a spot to contend as one of the best Folk metal albums of the year.

Stay True... Stay Metal... Stay Brutal...



Track List:

01. Neito
02. Korpikuusen kyynel
03. Aallon alla
04. Harmaja
05. Kotikonnut
06. Korppikalliota
07. Kallon malja
08. Sillanrakentaja
09. Henkselipoika
10. Pellervoinen
11. Riemu
12. Kuin korpi nukkuva
13. Juomamaa
14. Tuttu on tie



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Sep 22, 2018

Krisiun (2018) Scourge of the Enthroned 'Review'


Band: Krisiun
Country of Origin: Brazil
Genre: Death Metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 38:00 min.
Release Date09-07-2018
Release Label: Century Media Records

IR Classification: Good (3.9 / 5)




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Their sound is murky, heavy and incendiary.

Damn! I wrote three years ago the "Forged in Fury" review and I’m still thinking the same way about that album, in fact I gave it a spin few days ago and the emotion remain the same, but "Scourge of the Enthroned" definitely throw myself back in time, to be more specific the year 2000 where "Conquerors of the Armageddon" took by assault that growing death metal scene and everybody wanted to witness their destructive path.


Twenty-eight years later seems that Krisiun have renewed their own commitments and decided to reflect them in "Scourge of the Enthroned." Their sound is murky, heavy and incendiary, with a clean production that enhances every element starting by the ceaseless torrent provided by Max and its drumsticks, while Moyses performs frantically squeezing riffs that range from aggressive to more complaisant or at least not overly complicated on top of that, plenty of great guitar solos and last but not least, Alex throws in a superb execution of dense and intrusive bass lines.


In general, this effort meets many expectative, rawness, speed, aggressiveness and sharpness, which is why I dare to highlight only four songs out of the eight tracks included in this album, "Demonic III", "Devouring Faith", "A Thousand Graves" and "Scourge of the Enthroned", do you agree with me?

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Track List:

01. Scourge of the Enthroned │ 02. Demonic III │ 03. Devouring Faith │ 04. Slay the Prophet │ 05. A Thousand Graves │ 06. Electricide │ 07. Abysmal Misery (Foretold Destiny) │ 08. Whirlwind of Immortality


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Pig Destroyer (2018) Head Cage 'Review'


Band: Pig Destroyer
Country of Origin: United States
Genre: Grindcore
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 31:00 min.
Release Date09-07-2018
Release Label: Relapse Records

IR Classification: Moderate (3.0 / 5)




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Still plenty of bludgeoning driven force.

It has been almost six years since Pig Destroyer brought us their album "Book Burner" which was very well accepted among its fan-base, the sound of this album was chaotic, aggressive and fulminating, almost comparable to what I consider their best album "Prowler in the Yard" from that distant 2001. So, the only thing I would expect from them is at least a solid continuity.

With that set-in mind, let's begin! for starter I was surprised for the addition of a bassist for first time ever in Pig Destroyer. So, the bar levels up a bit higher, the tracks added to this album average slightly over two minutes which takes your mind back to that album that split their fan-base back in 2007, yes! I'm talking about "Phantom Limb" but don't give up, because in my opinion Pig Destroyer’s "Head Cage" sound is heavier and more intense than their previous release, it might be the bass lines and decremental blast beat but still plenty of bludgeoning driven force remaining to hook you up.



The songwriting accomplished somehow to meld a more varied style, "Dark Train" gets thrown in your face with such power and energy as grindcore should be, connecting with a more vicious riff in "Army of Cops" very irreverent, "The Torture Fields" reveals how grindcore melds with slower melodies and the outcome will shock you up, "Terminal Itch" is genuine grindcore up to its roots and let's skip to the end, where we can find out "House of Snakes," which explores a very different path with slower riff, sluggish drum work and finally the bass lines shine a bit bringing a deeper heaviness, while Hayes has a non-stop reverberation along the thirty minutes of this album.

While it is not the finest work of Pig Destroyer, at least you can appreciate a continuity, that's enough for now, but I will still be waiting for "Prowler in the Yard Pt. 2".

Stay True... Stay Metal... Stay Brutal...



Track List:

01. Tunnel Under the Tracks │ 02. Dark Train │ 03. Army of Cops │ 04. Circle River │ 05. The Torture Fields │ 06. Terminal Itch │ 07. Concrete Beast │ 08. The Adventures of Jason and JR │ 09. Mt. Skull │ 10. Trap Door Man │ 11. The Last Song │ 12. House of Snakes


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Sep 21, 2018

Crawl (2018) Rituals 'Review'


Band: Crawl
Country of Origin: Sweden
Genre: Death metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 25:00 min.
Release Date08-20-2018
Release Label: Transcending Obscurity Records

IR Classification: Good (3.7 / 5)




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Simple and straightforward death metal.

Swedish pounding death metal from Hell-Stockholm, this album debut is mean up to the bone, the first impression comes in the shape of a d-beat sound with hefty influences in the Swedish hardcore scene and I can't blame them at all. Surrounded by bands like Avskum, Wolfbrigade, Totalitär and of course the sonic heritage of Anti Cimex mixed up with prominent acts of the Stockholm death metal scene Entombed, Dismember and Grave; So, the outcome can be complicated or interesting, for Crawl's fortune the result is very favorable.


After this brief introduction to the band's overall sound, let's dig up this gem, overwhelming top-notch production, clean, versatile and thunderous, seems like Transcending Obscurity Records scouting team have sharpen their claws lately very well, signing bands like the mighty Master, the blasphemous Sadistik Forest and hellish Aussies Depravity, only to mentioned a few on their current roster. As for the song’s structure, it’s quite simple and straightforward, the length of the tracks is short, but effective. Sick riff and grooves here and there, filthy vocals, with stunning fetid bass lines and intense drumming work.

I can conclude one thing and I would dare to say that you agree with me; Crawl certainly are restoring the hope within Swedish Death metal and they put themselves next to bands like Feral, Revolting and Miasmal.

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Track List:

01. Reject the Cross │ 02. Breathing Violence │ 03. The Stench │ 04. Black Ritual │ 05. Trail of Traitors │ 06. Sentenced to Rot │ 07. Cowards │ 08. Suffer │ 09. Coven of Servants


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Ereshkigal (2018) Intolerance 'Review'


Band: Ereshkigal
Country of Origin: Mexico
Genre: Black metal
Type: Full Length
Format: Digital 320 kbps
Length Approx.: 45:00 min.
Release Date08-28-2018
Release Label: MAT Records

IR Classification: Moderate (3.2 / 5)




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Full of dark ambience and malice.

While I'm trying to recall respectful acts of black metal from Mexico, the first name that comes to my mind is Shub Niggurath obviously, but they are not the only ones, there are more bands like Sargatanas, Avzhia and then comes a very experienced band as Ereshkigal. They have been busy in recent years releasing album after album, all of them with such of quality and full of dark ambience and malice.


"Intolerance" it’s their tenth studio album, for your surprise and many others too, this band has been around since 1993 and they are still terribly underrated. Their black metal took influences from the second wave of black metal and they grew up evolving their own sound, in this album you can find out fast paced tracks that intertwine with melodies. The unholy picking tremolo riff and blasting drums, adding good instrumental passages to create the unsacred atmosphere to embrace your bleak soul.

Of course, you might think this album differs a lot from the latest Immortal release if you are taking that as your reference, you might right, but I'm sure both bands have a different approach to the black metal sound, but "Intolerance" stands up by its impious rawness up to its core.

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Track List:

01. Intro (Instrumental) │ 02. Long Way to Forest │ 03. Intolerance │ 04. Black Autumn │ 05. Inverted Cross │ 06. Satanic Devotion │ 07. The Power of Darkness │ 08. Abandoned and Dead (Instrumental)


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Sep 19, 2018

Cemetery Urn (2018) Barbaric Retribution 'Review'


Band: Cemetery Urn
Country of Origin: Australia
Genre: Death metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 44:00 min.
Release Date08-17-2018
Release Label: Hells Headbangers Records

IR Classification: Good (3.9 / 5)




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A high dose of brutal shredding and cruelty.

Aussies Cemetery Urn are back again with their newest full length "Barbaric Retribution" released a few weeks ago for Hells Headbangers Records, with three previous efforts put out, the band is well known for their own fearless approach to death metal, having said that your mind is set to expect only a high dose of brutal shredding and cruelty as only Cemetery Urn are capable to display.


What I can tell you about this album that haven't mentioned before? It certainly is vicious and ruthless, in the same vein of Incantation, Asphyx or Immolation with a faultless production you can slightly perceive a more incisive melody in their sound, but do not even remotely think that they have abandoned the rawness that characterizes them, rather they found the middle point between both attributes.

"Barbaric Retribution" clearly steps up from its predecessor in many aspects, one of them are the extreme and incendiary guitar solos and of course the vocals that delivers a powerful and ferocious voice. If I have to pick three tracks that represent this album, undoubtedly I would choose "Victim Defiled", "Down to the Path of Dead" and "Barbaric Retribution," but that doesn't mean that the rest of the tracks are unworthy to listen to, so... please do yourself a favor, take the next forty-five minutes and get to listening this album or regret it later.

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Track List:

01. Victim Defiled │ 02. Ghost of Suicide │ 03. Deathmask Preserver │ 04. Down the Path of the Dead │ 05. Manifesto Putrefactio │ 06. Barbaric Retribution │ 07. Semblance of Malignant Mastery │ 08. Putrefied Living Flesh │ 09. Tendrils of Defilement


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Sep 18, 2018

Carnation (2018) Chapel of Abhorrence 'Review'


Band: Carnation
Country of Origin: Belgium
Genre: Death metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 48:00 min.
Release Date08-17-2018
Release Label: Season of Mist

IR Classification: Moderate (3.4 / 5)




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Unrestricted and piercing old school death metal.

We got Carnation, a new death metal band originating in the Netherlands, introducing themselves with such a memorable debut album "Chapel of Abhorrence" containing eleven tracks dwelling within the old school death metal scene. A simple and straightforward discharge without compromise or remorse, their sound is rooted upon bands that arose at the beginning of the nineties such as Carnage, Dismember, Vader or Decapitated, these could describe Carnation's diversity.


Overall, "Chapel of Abhorrence" succeeded to pull together a brutal and some kind of melodic riff with an intense drum work and they don't restrain themselves at all, the vocals sounds like a real demon trapped in the studio spitting out a devilish conjure, song after song, tracks like the opener, "The Whisperer" engages your attention right away, "Hellfire" is tremendous and merciless and we can keep up adding more to the positive list.

However, the downside of this album comes again in the length combined with some slow-paced tracks like "Sermon of the Dead" or "Power Trip" exploring a variant, but not suitable due to the initial intensity shown during the first half of the album. Listen to the album and draw your own conclusions.

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Track List:

01. The Whisperer │ 02. Hellfire │ 03. Chapel of Abhorrence │ 04. The Unconquerable Sun │ 05. Disciples of Bloodlust │ 06. Hatred Unleashed │ 07. Plaguebreeder │ 08. Magnum Chaos │ 09. Sermon of the Dead │ 10. Fathomless Depths │ 11. Power Trip 


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