Saturday, February 4, 2017

Desecrate the Faith-Unholy Infestation (2017)

Tight-as-fuck riffage. Yup, tight, is the word. An album is chaotic, those guitars, bass and vocals burn like a buzzsaw blade over the top of a drumkit being abused by a pillheaded octopus, chaotic drum patterns. The drums alone are a fistfuck to the face of anyone who calls Death Metal 'untalented' or 'samey'. Everything leaps out of the speakers, and hopefully seeps through every wall in the house and pisses off the parents. I'll raise a glass to the new generation of metalheads setting the standard again for albums and bands to come. Extreme metal is the law !!

Invasion-Destroyer of Mankind (2016)

A must have for all death metal fans. Invasion's music is all about brutality and kick ass musicianship. "Destroyer of Mankind" is an unholy orgy of double bass, blastbeat drumming and killer vocals, with superb but not flashy guitar work. The tempo varies from lightning fast to fast, the very few slow passages in the album are used only to emphasise the head crushing speed of the rest of the music. This is the kind of album that makes you bang your head like a fkn lunatic. The technique is simply perfect, it has to be heard to be believed. All the songs in it fit with each other like a puzzle and I find it very hard to point out any single one of them. However, the opening track "I am the enemy" stands out, managing to be both real fast and epic at the same time. Another killer track is "Iron bottom sound", which is a violent extreme metal inferno done in the good old school-style.  On the whole, my rating is "buy or die". Valid for death metal and thrash maniacs.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Suppresive Fire-Nature of War (2017)

This is just a very memorable and catchy album, and should be recognized by the metal community. The sound of Suppresive Fire on this new album is really crushing, and highly distinct. Even if you aren't liking them at first, I am pretty sure they'll grow on you. The voice is extremely viscous, evil, and nice and out of the ordinary. The drums are perfect, almost sounds like gunshots, with some impressive double-bass moments. Riffing is very strong indeed, sorta reminds me of Cancer's first two albums. You can hear the thrash influence as well. The solos are pretty raw. I am very impressed by how heavy this is, guitar tone is top of the line. Without a doubt this is a must have album. Keeping the Old school vibe is the best of the best, and this is an excellent example of why. Highly recommend you track this down. Best tracks "Depravity", maybe the catchiest riff, "Earthripper","Nature of War". Enjoyable and brutal !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Thursday, January 26, 2017

DeathBlow-Demolition Deployment (Ep-2016)

Fast style of riffing. It’s like putting a microphone up to a speeding train raging over the tracks. Your CD isn’t spinning half as fast as these notes are smashing into your brain. Rampaging speed/Thrash metal songs featuring raspy, screaming vocals that keep things entertaining the whole ride through. This Ep is over-the-top speed, and therefore 99% perfection, and hence the 99% score. Yes, I used a calculator to figure this out. As far as the musicianship is concerned, highly impressive with his incredibly fast riffs and leads, both of which are highly memorable, every riff consists of hitting a single note furiously, then transitioning to a quick, catchy lick. The 3 songs take the same approach (including the cover of Motorhead-Mean Machine). This kind of stuff should appeal to you if you’re into aggressive speed metal like Exciter or Tank, but keep in mind that this is much more unique and full of its own quirks (oh yeah, and it’s a tad faster too). if you like your music fast fast fast - get your fix of Demolition Deployment NOW!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Killing Addiction-Shores of Oblivion (2016)

The sound of this is absolutely fantastic. Featuring  guitarists with a listenable tone. It’s clear, crisp, weighty, heavy and precise. The opening song sets the tone flawlessly and is a harrowing harbinger of what’s to come. Sometimes it’s unwise to start an album off with a kick ass song, but in the case of Killing Addiction, it shouldn’t have been done any other way. Starting it off with "Engine of Ruin" don't give the listener a chance to breathe before having their head held underwater. By the time "Cult of Decay"is done, you’ve already drowned. But the most remarkable thing about this album isn’t how extreme it is, or how it’s a fantastic riff-o-rama. It’s how damn catchy it is. "Shores of Oblivion" is essential death metal. I would recommend this to people who enjoy extreme metal of any variety, as this is that great of an an album that they should all hear and enjoy.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Final Flag-Capture the Flag (2017)

I think it’s too simple to label this as crossover. Final Flag is a band from CZECH REPUBLIC AND U.S.A. featuring Eric Helzer (Wehrmacht) on vocals. We have hardcore influences showing up in most songs in the form of a related vocal and base line rampaging at breakneck speed complemented by some generic speed riffs. However, the majority of the riffs on here are undeniably thrash. The bass is very prominent in the mix, It works here because the bass lines are very lively and at times infectiously groovy. The production is spectacular.The album begins with" Swallow all the Drugs" a song which is an excellent indicator of how the rest of the album is going to sound. Awesome chugging riffs with excellent fucking bass underneath it to almost make your neck sore. How about charm? Does this album have any? You bet your ass it does. The unique voices help you know exactly what kind of band you're listening to once you hear it. This band is able to turn up the heat when they need to. Final Flag brings a whole new flavor to Thrash-Hardcore or whatever you want to call it, with their different levels of tenacity within the same album. Riffs and solos, intensity and a great voices, and the entire band brings grade-A metal from a hardcore band. The overall catchiness of the songwriting should be emphasized at this point. This album has a lot of hooks, both vocal and instrumental. Definitely this is recommended for fans of eighties thrash who don’t mind some hardcore. Also it features a cover song of ANTHRAX ( instead of Indians it is called PALESTINIANS) I FKN like this album. Buy it or dieeeeee !!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Forahneo-Perfidy (2015)

This death/thrash metal album by Forahneo is one of my favourite ones in this genre. The production is one of the cleanest, if not the cleanest one, well all the instruments have a brutality load from it. The first track shows no mercy in pure death/thrash style, going on we can have  more brutal songs, violent riffs, for example in “You speak you lie” where the mid-paced parts are full of kick ass solo parts. The up tempo parts are clear-cut and devastating. The drums work by is devastating and the crunchy guitar riffage is more focused on  pure violence. I love the fast bass drum with great screams by Tito Melin (Undercroft). Always well balanced between arpeggios-lead and violent palm muting parts. Schizophrenic/catchy riffs, vicious attack and fantastic solos. The riffs on "Perdify" are mostly simple but they are pretty catchy and deadly effective. The finishing touch is the magnificent drumming. He plays his parts with mindblowing surgical tightness and a never ceasing amount of energy. All in all, this is a fucking great album to me, with awesome songs that are more focused on the pure violence with a production that is finally adapt to this genre. Anyway an album that already showed us how southamericans play killer metal.
Review by Paul Caravasi