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DNA of chaos
STORMGREY is old-school Death Metal from Vilnius, Lithuania. STORMGREY has its roots in the Death Metal scene of the early 1990's when its members played in various Lithuanian death metal bands such as DISSECTION, CONSCIOUS ROT, DAHMER, and ANOMALY.
For fans of ASPHYX, BOLT THROWER, HAIL OF BULLETS, FACEBREAKER.
ATTENTION : the pressing will be started if more of 60 pre-orders is reached. If not, the pre-order amount will be entirely refunded.$27.71
Reflections of torment
Wrathrone play Old School Death Metal (OSDM). Fans know what that means: Death Metal with a chainsaw running through the amps and a bass sandpapering the ears of the listener. While the full in force HM2 pedal made me initially think of a Swedish band Wrathrone are from Laitila/Finland.
Subject of this review is their second full length album following up on “Born Beneath” only two years after that one saw the light of day. While their first effort has been released by Inverse Records they joined the roster of Satanath Records to bring out “Reflections of Torment”. As I am not familiar with “Born Beneath” I am not able to comment on any progression made during these two years but have to judge this album all on its own.
Although the first track “Throne” starts with some atmospheric and acoustic sounds it does not take too long until the musical onslaught gets on its way. The two guitarists Vili Mäkinen and Lauri Holm have massively down-tuned their instruments to provide that classic sound that will make fans of Swedish OSDM feel right at home. Together with the rhythm section consisting of bassist P. Wärri and drummer Mikael Ruoho they have forged a massive, groove laden album that brings to mind some of the famous work by cult heroes like Grave and Entombed. While all riffs can be found in the textbook of Swedish Death Metal they are put together in a way to feel coherent and diversified at the same time. The combination of the atmospheric main themes and short lead melodies played at the same time often provides for great atmosphere.
In my amateurish opinion Mikael is a fantastic drummer working with various rhythm and tempo changes without hurting the flow of the songs. There are some moments where it seems as if his fills are slightly delayed creating chaotic momentum for a few seconds just to drop back to the stoic and stomping main beat of the verse again. Another positive aspect is that the bass is audible and Wärri gets some short moments to shine as well. What makes this album a winner is the great variation of faster songs and slower ones. The chronological order of the tracks is chosen in a way to keep the attention of the audience over the whole 47 minutes.
Once in a while Wrathrone leave their comfort zone dipping their toes into other genres like Melodic Death Metal before stepping back to their Old School trademark sounds. While the music can get a bit more technical in a few sections as well consistent songwriting seems to be the main focus for the band and follows the classic verse-chorus structure for major parts of the album.
The filthy production is fitting the music like a glove causing a rotten overall atmosphere. If I had to express any complains it would be the fact that the vocals seem to be a bit buried in the mix. As Matti’s growling is pretty low pitched it is not easy to understand what the lyrics are about. On the other hand we are talking about very traditional Death Metal so one just needs to read song titles like “Failing Flesh, Enduring Spirit” to have an idea what they are all about. Adding to that Old School feeling is the cover artwork. As I am a sucker for black-white covers in combination with that kind of OSDM this is another plus in my books. Wrathrone did not try to be innovative in any way on “Reflections of Torment” but proudly wear their influences on their sleeves.
“Reflections of Torment” got everything I am searching for in that genre: The massive mid-range buzz, burly throbbing bass, the bellowed vocals and the perfect balance of catchy gallops, heavy blasts and thick monster grooves. Anyone who cannot get enough OSDM of the Stockholm school should give Wrathrone a try. Chances are good that you will end up adding “Reflections of Torment” to your collection.$28.97
SURGERY is a death metal band formed and active in Poprad, northeastern Slovakia. Their death metal is simple and catchy. It is built with strong skills and rich sense. They are gradually strengthening their presence not only in Slovakia but also on the European underground scene. Additionally, their powerful and solid live performances enjoy an excellent reputation. And this year marks their 21st year of activity, and they will release their long-awaited third album "Living Dead" for the first time in five years!
This is a masterpiece that conveys the goodness of death metal in a more catchy and direct way, while still maintaining their signature old school death metal style.
This European edition includes a SURGERY PICKS GUITAR for the first 50 orders. Don't miss this superb album!$13.85
The valley of despairDIGIPAK CD with 8-page bookletA guitar pic is offered to the 20 first orders.$13.85
Limited edition, handnumbered and signed by the band.$13.85
The perfect killing machineFurious metal veterans with 30 strong years in the bag.
There is a decidedly cool Danish thread when Danish LIPID takes the stage! Through 30 strong years, Lipid has kept the heavy metal fan high both at home and abroad! And with 2 international critically acclaimed releases, main support for Paul Dianno and Testament and several concerts in e.g. Germany, England, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark, there can be no doubt that the band has cemented their status in the metal world.
On "Hagridden" and "Deliver us from evil", both of which have been released globally on English Copro records, you will find a strong back catalog such as Devolution magazine name their songs as Danish metal classics. Not even the legend Bruce Dickinson could resist playing "He Who Hates All" on his own radio program on the BBC.
With their solid CV in the back, the band is preparing for their upcoming CD release in november 2023, where “The perfect killing machine” will be released worldwide.
With classics such as "Dressed In Fear", "God We Have Slain" and "Nice Day On The Road", LIPID is always ready for entertaining headbangers !For fans of Testament, Slayer and Sepultura.$13.85
And so the blood was shed$13.85