Saturday, October 28, 2017

Face First-The Demo Tape (2017)

Almost 10 minutes of unrelenting angry lyrics, screaming vocals, pulse pounding bass, power chord guitars, and unstoppable percussion. I think if you go to see this band live, be sure to not forget your helmet because that mosh pit has to be pure madness. This demo is musically pretty basic overall. Each song follows the same pattern: heavy riffs pound, singer screams, drums kick. If you're looking to relieve some anger should keep listening. Looking forward to hear their full lenght album!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Apothesary-Accept Loss Forever (2017)

Brutal riffs and a touch of melody. Really, this is how every song carries on. There is no shortage of chunky riffing, harmonies, and well executed solos here. Textbook brutality executed by capable musicians. The guitarwork throughout is quite impressive, and my favorite aspect of the album. The drumming is pretty textbook, and doesn't really deviate from the norm- nonetheless, the drummer is good at what he does as well the bass. The vocals, which alternate between a hardcorish scream (a la In Flames and At the Gates) and a death growl are a nice touch to the music. The production is also flawless. Apothesary aren't out to break any boundaries per se; however, they are out to kick some ass. I can't help but think of mid-period death when I listen to the shredding and structures of this album. If you are a fan of classically executed death metal, chilling to the bone, I would highly recommend you obtain this album. Fast riffs, great melody, perfectly executed screechy vocals, and great lyrics. Those are the four things that come to my mind when somebody asks me if Apothesary is a good band. All in all, Tremendous Melodic Death album, great melody and killer vocals, terrific lyrics, flawless drumming. Highlights of the album: "Sensory Overload", "1976" , "Elizabeth", and "You've met with a terrible fate,Haven't you?". I highly recommend at least giving a listen, as it is well worth it if you do like it !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hessian Wolf Children-Wolves Orchestra (Rehearsal 2014)

“Wolves Orchestra” is my first encounter with Hessian Wolf Children and I have to say I like what I hear. I would consider this rehearsal to be straight grindcore. It’s just got that attitude that they were going to do whatever they wanted on this cassette and didn’t care if people liked it or not. The presentation of this tape is awesome, shorts songs. This is just another reason why this cassette seems like pure grindcore to me. Lots of punk influenced riffs, and of course, blast-beats. The vocals are just insane. They fit in very nicely with the grindcore and punk atmosphere. The songs themselves don't vary all that much. Punk riffs, pounding blast-beats, and indecipherable vocals. Short and to the point grind from beginning to end. The drums are perfect. Overall, this rehearsal is very good. If you’re a fan of grindcore, buy this Cassette. In Grindcore we trust !!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Gravewards-Subconscious Lobotomy (Demo Tape 2016)

Athens, sweet Athens… A hideous monster is born – Greek death metal. This demo tape show not only death but also some thrash metal influences. But don’t be afraid, these maniacs  prepared pure death metal in the way it should to be! Believe me, the effect is just perfect! When you can hear the sound of music and Nikos screams, you can relish great riffs, bass passages and insane drumming, an excellent performance on this one. The guitar work/leads are really tuneful, memorable, it makes “Subconscious Lobotomy” something special.  Amazing, outstanding opening of the killer track. You can hear a real band, three soldiers of pure metal which know what to do with their skills, minds and instruments! Fast, accurate song with crushing guitar solo ends with Niko screams. Gravewards attack with energetic riffs, some twisted melodies bombing auditory centre. Here we have slow down and murderous musicians assault. To put it all together – mixing excellent perfect riffs, bass/drums devastation and biting vocals, Gravewards create something I define as a magnum opus of death metal genre. It sounds raw a bit, from the other side very solid. So this is obvious that by this review I would like to pay homage to this band, unique band with soul. The band which is a real interpretation of everything in metal music. Killer demo!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Fractial Generator-Apotheosynthesis (2017)

A well-produced album, heaviness and oppressive atmosphere, but each instrument is easily discernible, making the whole album crushing. Atmosphere, heaviness; these two things are integral to this band’s sound, but they wouldn’t amount to much if they weren’t propped up by good, brutal songs. The band strides the death metal demarcation perfectly, crafting superb slowdowns of despair to interperse with their high-octane face-melters. It's an incredible experience, especially on headphones. In a genre rife with stagnation and imitation, it is refreshing to hear another  band answer the challenge of the other younger peers and then casually brush them aside with an album so masterly that it is somewhat hard to fathom. Fractial Generator continue to progress and inspire and "Apotheosynthesis" is a true highlight !
Review by Paul Caravasi

Valgrind-Seal of Phobos (2017)

A brutal album. Valgrind speaks to many in different forms. Extremely heavy production, tight and commanding drumwork, catchy, sharp guitar work, chaotic, amazing leads, and of course, catchy yet angry vocals, yes, this album has indeed a lot of features. There are maybe one or two riffs or sections in the brutal 5 songs - but not enough to really be called thrash, this amazing work of Death Metal will have you wanting to hear it again and again until you're black to the blind. The double bass is clear in your're pounded upon relentlessly by an unbreakable wall of pure death metal. The lead in the songs are killer. The harmonics at the end of the riffs are truly amazing. There you have it. A powerful fkn death metal album!
Review by Paul Caravasi

Maze of Sothoth-Soul Demise (2017)

The music on here is just flat out amazing. These riffs are so beyond heavy, i mean all the tracks deliver insanely heavy parts, plenty of blast beats, they change up a lot on this album in terms of the drumming and guitar riffs. The riffs are so incredibly heavy that it is hard not to love this album. “Lies” is an amazing song with yet another (big surprise) amazingly heavy riff. I usually don’t put lyrics in my reviews but “Seed of Hatred” has some of my favorite lyrics ever: “
Our union will create a new form of Evil
Put in your womb the seed of hatred
your sacrifice won't be in vain
errant demons populate the earth”
Production on here is one word, perfect. None of the drums get lost behind the guitars and they sound amazing, vocals are in top form here. Everything about this album is good and I think you will agree. Best tracks – “Lies”, “Seed of Hatred”, and “Multiple Eyes"
Review by Paul Caravasi