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Oct 31, 2018

Marche Funèbre (2018) Death Wish Woman [EP] 'Review'


Band: Marche Funèbre
Country of Origin: Belgium
Genre: Doom Death metal
Type: EP
Format: Digital 320 kbps
Length Approx.: 29:00 min.
Release Date10-14-2018
Release Label: Grimm Distribution

IR Classification: Good(4.4 / 5)



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Melancholic melodies and insane energy.

The Belgian band Marche Funèbre has been around since 2008, releasing a total of three full length and a previous EP. During the beginning of 2017, they released their third album titled "Into the Arms of Darkness" which in my opinion, is the best Doom Death metal album of that year, including epic tracks like "Deprived (into Darkness)", "Lullaby of Insanity" and "The Garden of All Things Wild," this production denotes the great level and skills at songwriting, that the band has achieved along the years and personally I was expecting to heard something new from them soon and here we are!



"Death Wish Woman" has four tracks clocking near the half hour of the most intense Doom Death metal, I'm sure it will get you with its melancholic melodies and insane energy. "Broken Wings" subtly opens the gates to the madness that carries with itself, Denis Lefevre delivers an exceptional drumming supported by the crushing guitars of Peter Egberghs and Kurt Blommé, deeper bass lines come by Boris Iolis, as well as the clean vocals and the growl vocals are brilliantly delivered by Arne Vendenhoeck. The second track is "Death Wish Woman" which kicks in with a versatile and intense drum work, the killer mid-pace riff takes the lead and sounds oppressive and punishing with flagrant and intimidating vocals that makes the track superb, then comes the epic track, "A Departing Guest" in the same pace as their previous songs, it shows clearly what this band is capable to do. Down tones the guitar riff to transmit a grievous feeling, the drumming are meticulously played while the atmosphere fogged painfully towards the end to bring back more colder and bitter vocals. In the last track Marche Funèbre, they go in with a cover from the band Paradise Lost, the chosen track is "As I Die," this is one of my favorite songs of all time. In the past, I have heard other bands covering this track Eternal Tears of Sorrow, which I like. Netherbird has a particular approach that makes it sounds unique, but Marche Funèbre gets a closer sound comparing to the original and for some reason it's catchy and I like it.



I want to conclude that "Death Wish Woman" is an excellent EP that offers only a small test of their creativity, no doubt this band will bring great surprises in the near future. Followers of the Doom Death sub-genre won't feel disappointed, this is a highly recommended band, avoid them if you like going for ultra-fast and making brutal noise, but if you here looking for a musical enrichment, this is a good start.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:

01. Broken Wings │ 02. Death Wish Woman │ 03. A Departing Guest │ 04. As I Die (Paradise Lost cover)


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Oct 29, 2018

Vanhelgd (2018) Deimos Sanktuarium 'Review'


Band: Vanhelgd
Country of Origin: Sweden
Genre: Death metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 44:00 min.
Release Date10-12-2018
Release Label: Pulverised Records

IR Classification: Good(4.4 / 5)



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Deimos Sanktuarium is dark, heavy and diverse.

With Vanhelgd, there is no doubt that they are one of the most proficient bands born from the New Wave of Old School Death metal. In ten years they released an EP and five full length albums which speaks out for itself, "Deimos Sanktuarium" comes out after a little bit more than two years of having released "Temple of Phobos" which has a more darker and evil sound, with the new album these elements not only prevail, but also gave them the opportunity to master their songwriting skills, adding a tenebrous doom ambiance to it.



As I mentioned before "Deimos Sanktuarium," its sound is heavier than ever before. The opening track, "A Plea for Divine Necromancy" built in a semi-slow pace with a crushing riff that delivers exactly what you were expecting with a gloomy incarnation of your deepest fear. The third track "Vi föddes i samma grav" (We Were Born in the Same Tomb) is undoubtedly the best track of the album with a killer riff that is well executed; a superb and powerful drumming, not to mention the grunting vocals coming from the same abyss, "The Ashes of Our Defeat" grows within an ominous funeral path full of mixed emotions. The drum work is outstanding, while the guitar delivers a sorrowful riff, that embraces you in a horrifying vibe. "The Silent Observer" approaches to a more fulminant tremolo pattern of death metal, picking up the pace to strike lethally. The last track is "Här finns ingen nåd" (There Is No Mercy Here), re-takes it's powerful death-doom formula, a very good way to end a great album.



So, to end it up we can say Vanhelgd are more than convincing with their straight forward hybrid mix of death-doom, the most demanding fans of the genre will be pleased with this album, due to it's dark, heavy and diversity, "Deimos Sanktuarium" is definitely a great addition to any collectors, but novices to the genre are more than welcome to enjoy it.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:

01. A Plea for Divine Necromancy │ 02. Så förgås världens härlighet │ 03. Vi föddes i samma grav │ 04. Profaned Is the Blood of the Covenant │ 05. The Ashes of Our Defeat │ 06. The Silent Observer │ 07. Här finns ingen nåd


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Oct 28, 2018

Skálmöld (2018) Sorgir 'Review'


Band: Skálmöld
Country of Origin: Iceland
Genre: Folk metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD Digipak
Length Approx.: 54:00 min.
Release Date10-12-2018
Release Label: Napalm Records

IR Classification: Good(4.0 / 5)



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They project their ferocity and aggressiveness brilliantly.

Skálmöld is bringing their fifth full length titled "Sorgir," which means (Sorrow) and as they are accustomed to their lyrics in their native language Icelandic, I find it hard to ignore all their previous recordings especially "Börn Loka" (Loki's Children) released in 2012 because of it's unique sound and wonderful melodies overflowing along the album, contrasting with the epic raw vocals and chants, making it hard to escape from their sound, moving us on their latest album we can appreciate a wrapping dynamic.



The album lasts about fifty-four minutes including nine tracks, all of them are well structured with an anthem feeling, great guitar solos, vigorous drum work to match perfectly the rhythmic section, neat bass lines and of course chants! lots of them backing up the unforgettable harsh vocals, I have not taken the time to translate the songs, but I wouldn't surprise at all for its content. Another great Viking story, the first track "Ljósið " (The Light) has a solid crushing riff which is repetitive in some way, but not annoying, "Sverðið" (Sword) slows down the pace and approaches us more with a grief feeling and the choirs are full of regret. "Brúnin" (The Edge) once again picks up the intensity with a tremendous riff and a superb guitar solo, the drumming is effective as well as simple. "Skotta" is another great song here they display a powerful collective chant very emotive, "Gangári" (Gangs) has a catchy melodic riff, something you will enjoy. "Móri" seriously feels like it doesn't belong to this album in my opinion, it sounds very repetitive, tedious and also long. Then comes "Mara," it could be suffering the same symptoms as the previous track, however this track is more energetic, versatile and keeps you engaged with its folk vibe and a the most beautiful guitar solo in the album. The closing track in the Digipack version is "Höndin sem veggina klórar" (The Hand that Scratches the Walls) is subtle containing the fury that carries with itself, sounds heavy and vastly inspired.



Skálmöld is one of the few bands that knows how to project their ferocity and aggressiveness brilliantly. Something that has been there from the very beginning, they know how to handle and deliver each note, sometimes in a dropper and sometimes a full and stimulating dose, I can tell you this "Sorgir" is absolutely a good album. Musically seems like they have decided to expand their songwriting spectrum, adding more thrashy riffs and grooves in their rhythmic section, but without losing their own identity; However, there are few issues (repetitiveness and length) that forbid me to rank higher this album.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:

01. Ljósið │ 02. Sverðið │ 03. Brúnin │ 04. Barnið │ 05. Skotta │ 06. Gangári │ 07. Móri │ 08. Mara │ 09. Höndin sem Veggina Klórar


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Oct 25, 2018

Terrorizer (2018) Caustic Attack 'Review'


Band: Terrorizer
Country of Origin: United States
Genre: Grindcore
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 44:00 min.
Release Date10-12-2018
Release Label: The End Records 

IR Classification: Good (3.7 / 5)



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Caustic Attack offers a very good display of quality and power.

Legendary grindcore masters Terrorizer didn't want to end the year without putting out their most recent released, which has been titled "Caustic Attack" the CD version contains fourteen tracks filled with the most intense and brutal grindcore that the band could put out together, as many of you already know this is the third reincarnation of the band leaded by sole original member Pete Sandoval behind the drums, Lee Harrison on guitars, Sam Molina on bass and vocals, the album was released through the American label The End Records.



Undeniably "World Downfall" was, is and it will probably be the pinnacle of Terrorizer career, for every fan of the genre this album is iconic and a must have to listen, while the later albums "Darker Days Ahead" and "Hordes of Zombies" released back in 2006 and 2012 respectively, both albums were severely criticized by the media and fans in general were disappointed; However this album vindicates in some way the reputation of the band. The first track "Turbulence" delivers a master lesson by Sandoval with a vertiginous pummeling drumming, it's followed by the belligerent "Invasion" keeping the same pace as the previous track, these guys are not lenient and "Conflict and Despair" slows down the pace, but still brutal, "Crisis" is another outstanding track full of violence throwing guts out everywhere. the album offers plenty ideas that bring to fruition "Trench of Corruption" more elaborated, fast and filthy, "Caustic Attack" is a straightforward carnage, alike the old school grindcore.



In general, this album is very well balanced from beginning to end and offers a very good display of quality and power; Terrorizer is finally approaching a step near "World Downfall" in terms of composition, according to me "Caustic Attack" is gratifying; So, don't let the time run out and enjoy it.

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Track List:

01. Turbulence │ 02. Invasion │ 03. Conflict and Despair │ 04. Devastate │ 05. Crisis │ 06. Infiltration │ 07. The Downtrodden │ 08. Trench of Corruption │ 09. Sharp Knives │ 10. Failed Assassin │ 11. Caustic Attack │ 12. Poison Gas Tsunami │ 13. Terror Cycles │ 14. Wasteland


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Oct 23, 2018

Solium Fatalis (2018) Genetically Engineered to Enslave 'Review'


Band: Solium Fatalis
Country of Origin: United States
Genre: Death Metal
Type: Full Length
Format: Digital 320 kbps
Length Approx.: 41:00 min.
Release Date10-13-2018
Release Label: Wicked Music Records 

IR Classification: Moderate (3.0 / 5)



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An album appealing for the followers of melodic death and groove metal.

Solium Fatalis brought us their fourth album so far and I have to be honest, I have never heard of them before, but according to Metallum website, they are described as a Death metal band from New Hampshire; their songwriting skills are tight enough from the beginning, "Threshold" assaults us with tremendous fierce drum rolls incorporating rapidly alongside the powerful guitars with such aggressiveness, enough to take our whole attention. "Lake of Extinction" keeps the merciless pounding, the guitar riff is just sharp as a razor blade, very effectively does it carry the impetus beyond your expectations, it's followed by the precious "Servile," the technical skills abound here and are displayed to its maximum level with stunning breakdowns and a superb prowess vocal.



However, every album has a second face and "Factor Red" with its stomping pace dilutes most of the effort Solium Fatalis delivered during the first half and if it was not enough. "Dysmorphic" locks down any hope following the same recipe as the previous track, "Chemical Reagent" has some good ideas but the dissonant guitars sound out of place. the closing track "A Tongue to Taste the Collapse" sounds heavy and compact the guitar riff comes with more sense, the guitar solo is excellent and no need to say about the terrific drum work, while the vocals recapture its personality.



To summarize, the quartet of Solium Fatalis integrated by bassist and vocalist Jeff DeMarco, drummer Jeff Saltzman and the guitarists Jim Gregory and Ryan Beevers, were able to bring us a very variated album. Some tracks are good enough with some bright ideas, others are just flat and without inspiration or lack of ideas, only thing I can add to their favor is when they hit the right key, they do it with their own brand, very technical and powerful, spicing it up with some intense melodies and unforgettable growls; Please, don't let them pass unnoticed.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:

01. Threshold │ 02. Lake of Extinction │ 03. Servile │ 04. Synthhon │ 05. A Gathering of Storms │ 06. Factor Red │ 07. Dysmorphic │ 08. Chemical Reagent │ 09. Fiery the Angels Fell │ 10. A Tongue to Taste the Collapse


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