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Infernal Noize
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6 is poor!
66 is average!
666 is worth playing to the ANCIENT ONES!


Musik Reviews by Lucifera and Michelle Baker

Ashes to Ashes-Shapes of Spirits
(DVS Records)
A Norwegian quartet of the atmospheric/gothic metal genre. Their intro “Shapes of Spirits” conjures dreamy and mellow moments. Their music is very melodic and the vocals are haunting and gloomy. Gabriel is filled with great guitar riffs that sound as if they were influenced by Iron Maiden, the keyboards are truly remarkable like music from old gothic vampire movies with dual male and female vocals to enhance this song. Could Gabriel be inspired by the movie The Prophecy? Well the lyrics seem to suggest that but only the band will let us know for sure. Castle in the Air enters in a more upbeat style. Fast guitar and bass action. “The Morning” reminds me a little of SISTERS OF MERCY. The lyrics in this release suggest anguish and disillusionment with life. The music is rather dramatic, I’m surprised the keyboardist doesn’t seem to be a permanent member of this band, since the emotional strength depends highly on Thomas Sorlie’s keyboard style. The band combines classical music with metal. Their style is distinctive and romantic in a moribund sense. The CD contains 5 songs and 3 beautiful instrumentals. An excellent cover layout, good production and it’s worth a listen. Their next release promises to be heavier, keep an eye out for them. Email: atoa@atoa.net
666 ½ +
Lucifera

Arise From Thorns-Before An Audience of Stars
(Dark Symphonies)
Now known as Brave, Arise from Thorns is a Virginian, upbeat, progressive rock band. They remind me a little of THE GATHERING, probably because of Michelle’s vocals and the bands somewhat psychedelic mood changing music. They’ve also been compared to FAITH AND DISEASE and LACUNA COIL. Arise from Thorns use excellent musicianship to get their diverse mood changes across to the listener, they are enjoyable and relaxing. The band and their CD “Before an Audience of Stars” can be described as elegant, distinctive, and with an ancient feel to it. American bands are proving how strongly they are developing and Arise from Thorns/Brave is proof of this. The lyrics are filled with the feelings of love and loss. Beautiful songs such as “Dreaming”, “I Can’t Believe”, “Blue Skies” and “The Calling” draw you in deeply. Drummer and percussionist, Trevor Philips is experimental and rhythmic. Very soothing! 14 tracks plus art and layout by the infamous underground artist Michael Riddick. Email: darksymp@aol.com
666
Lucifera

Aurora Borealis-Northern Lights
(Nightsky)
Technical black/death metal. Fast, consistent and obscure. The music is creative with a touch of the sinister. Screechy-growled vocals, great drumbeats, and nice guitar and bass combinations. At times the music becomes progressive adding a bit of diversity. 8 tracks, well-produced.
66 ½ +
Lucifera

Benighted-Harbringers of The Victorium Aeturnus
(Arcadia Productions and Distributions) Six tracks of malevolent American black metal delivered with speed and majestic mood swings. Black metal seems to find life even after it has been declared dead. Benighted have mastered the black metal style and have added male opera-like vocals by Lord Storm and female vocals by Lady Nemesis to give Demonique, Dagon, and Zacathus’ blasphemic noise more depth. The cover of Bathory’s “Satan My Master” is excellent. The cover art on this album seems to depict a Nordic scenery, yet a good look shows that it’s a demonic battle. Well-produced and great layout.
666
Lucifera

Blood Stained Dusk-Dirge of Death’s Silence
(Baphomet/Necropolis)
A lot of screaming going on here! This album is filled with madness, more familiar black metal music, with really fast drumbeats. This album’s title is not appropriate, there is no silence here. This is the sound of the poltergeist that won’t leave you in peace at night, slamming everything in its sight, screaming out of anguish, while whispering vile thoughts in your ears. Once again, Michael Riddick lends his knowledge of design to this album’s layout, extraordinary work! Alabama has their nightbreed and Blood Stained Dusk is disturbing the pack.
66 ½ +
Lucifera

Cadaver Inc-Discipline
(Earache)
Cadaver Inc. is the creation of original Cadaver guitarist Anders Odden (Neddo). During the 1990’s Anders was part of the magnificent darkwave act APOPTYGMA BERZERK. And many of you will remember that he contributed to SATYRICON’s Rebel Extravaganza and MAYHEM’s Grand Declaration of War. It’s hard to ignore a band whose members also include Czral (ex-DIMMU BORGIR), Apollyn (AURA NOIR, DODHEIMSGARD) and LJ Balvaz. Cadaver Inc.’s music borders between black and death metal, with some melody here and there. Great music but nothing new to me, maybe we can say this is black metal with death metal lyrics.
66 ½ +
Lucifera

Carcass-Requiems of Revulsion-A Tribute to Carcass
(Death Vomit/Necropolis)
Now Carcass is one of those infinitely memorable band whose name conjures up different unforgettable riffs and music..or noize. This tribute justifies Carcass’ memory. If you are a strong gore-grind fan of this legendary UK band get this album and check it out. Some of the fiendish bands that eagerly covered Carcass on album are: NASUM, IMPALED, REGURGITATE, AVULSED, EXHUMED, DISGORGE, MACHETAZO, ENGORGED and 10 more willing bands. www.deathvomit.com
666
Lucifera

Ceremonium-No Longer Silent
(Destro Records)
NY still has unappreciated talent in it’s Gotham pits, Ceremonium is one of those bands who continue to establish themselves. The title track of their album is a statement of their position in the metal scene. This album contains dark-aggressive metal mixed with a deadly doom musical style that fills the listener with emotional heaviness, as if a larger burden has been placed on you than that which you already carry. Deeply growled vocals, fast drum assaults and furious riffs. The music has a touch of melody. The album is filled with passionate lyrics, excellent lyrics, great layout photography and it’s well produced. It gets a bit tedious for 6 tracks but it’s good. Management Chris Forbes email: metalczine@aol.com
66 ½ +
Lucifera

Circle of Dead Children-The Genocide Machine
(Death Vomit/ Necropolis)
Extremely powerful grindcore with hints of hardcore and death metal from the bowels of PA. This is raw indeed, "the ultimate expression of rage and frustration in the extreme music scene today". The about covers it! The minute you put on this album it’s pure power with those damning vocals, who can resist?! These songs have black/dark and humorous titles as well. Only One Per Coffin, It’s a Bloody Day when You Get Your Head Nailed to a Cross, and the strange track CTRL*ALT*DELETE. Grindcore is gaining advantage! If there is one thing I love in my musik, it’s strong emotion and this has it! The members are influenced by grind, death, crust, thrash, hardcore, doom, sludge, and noise all sickly mixed together into this album. It’s filled with surprises. Pick this up.
666
Lucifera

Dark Funeral-In The Sign…
(Necropolis)
A re-release of some of Dark Funeral’s masterpieces. “Open the Gates”, “Shadows Over Transylvania”, “My Dark Desires”, “In the Sign of the Horns”…the blood curling vocals of Themgoroth, dual ax massacre of BlackMoon and Lord Ahriman and Draugen’s no-nonsense drum attacks are captured in these timeless diabolical masterpieces plus “Equimanthorn/ Call from the Grave” BATHORY covers are added to complete this album. Insert photos of Dark Funeral during 1993-1995, an excellent layout and superb cover art.
666
Lucifera

Defiled-Ugliness Revealed
(Baphomet/ Necropolis)
Japan breeds the strangest and most bewildering forms of musik, especially in the metal genre, just listen to SIGH or CATASEXUAL URGE MOTIVATION to understand what I speak of. Defiled is chaotic death metal with deep growled vocals. Off beat rhythms fill each track to keep you in the midst of confusion. The album is aptly titled Ugliness Revealed, with 18 fast changing tracks. Odd and worth a listen, rest assured you will feel more disturbed then you ever believed you could be.
66 ½ +
Lucifera

Diecast-Day of Reckoning
(Now or Never Records)
Here’s a band that mixed hardcore music with a death metal style. They have the strength and emotion that PANTERA puts into their music. I also hear hints of AGNOSTIC FRONT and BIOHAZARD, not a bad combination. Lots of changes in tempo, growled/semi-shouted vocals. This is very intense music, at moments the vocals are going in one direction and them music in another but they come back in a full circle. The lyrics are based on human struggle, dissatisfaction and trying to cope with this world. Songs such as “Desrepair”, “In the Shadows”, “Singled Out”, and “Desensitized” are evidence of this. Though some of the songs sound like the continuation of another, they are really engaging. Another album with a great layout.
66 ½ +
Lucifera

Disgorge-Foresick
(Death Vomit/ Necropolis)
Gore metal with vocals so deep you can’t even hear them. Very fast, typical and extremely boring. I’ve heard these same beats from a million other gore bands. And the dead child on the cover of the album coming out of the womb probably died out of boredom after hearing this band. The cover isn’t shocking as they claim it to be, it’s simply distasteful and tacky. Oh yeah, there’s a special appearance by George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher, as if that would save the efforts on this album. 15 tracks to make you yawn.
6
Lucifera

Frown-Wall Ghost
(Stateless Records)
One song, static sound, steady beat, a lot of noise, picks up speed and then it gets distorted and distracting. Well, it sounds like a stampede of elephants being chased by a horrible marching band. P.O. Box 40734, Providence, RI 02940. Email: statelessrecords@home.net
6 ½
Lucifera

Flinch!-Dyslexic Rhino + Flesh Enema
Punk rock, very typical. Lots of shouting and repetitive music. Not original, I’ve heard a bunch of bands like this. On the positive side, they manage to put some funk and emotion into their creation, it just needs more development. The vocalists (male & female) take turns singing different songs on this album. The female vocals here are more soothing. 20 tracks with songs like “Hale Bop”, “Purple Cain” and “Brainless”. Email: bbgmml@aol.com
66
Lucifera

The Forgotten-L’aldila
(Paragon Int)
These fiendz must know that blue is my favorite color, so they appease me visually as I grab a blue CD case and open it to find a blue CD within, and behold, the cover is blue. The intro “The Object of this Meeting” is static noise but then slowly you are brought into The Forgotten’s odd musical realm, a realm of strange changes and bizarre introductions of sounds. Gloomy and creepy music with growled / demonic vocals. The lyrics are difficult to read due to the windows in the inner layout, but the ones that can be read are appreciated, such as “Just Before Dawn” which contains some text from Milton’s “Paradise Lost”. A bizarre blue album of anguish and hate but I liked their first effort better. 6 tracks. Email: Eibon666@aol.com or TheForgotten666@aol.com
66 ½
Lucifera

Godhead-Metal Sampler”
(Posthuman/Priority Records)
Here’s a 2 song sampler I got free at a NYC club called Batcave. The music is danceable industrial music, liquidy with seducing male vocals that turn almost electronic. Heavy beats with a lot of changes in the tempo. The two songs on this sampler are “The Reckoning” and “Break You Down which feature MARYLIN MANSON are from the album 2000 Years of Human Error, obviously this has some Marylin Manson influence to it. This is good but it needs to be much heavier.
66 ½
Lucifera

Hotbox-Lickity Split
(The Telegraph Company)
A punk rock album with good simple riffs and drum beats, plus female vocals ala punk, somewhat girly and child-like. Lyrics about love, desire, hanging out. The cover and inner layout has a lot of half naked and naked women with whip cream, cherries and bananas on them, so I expected this to be a sexual album, tub the music nor the lyrics have any suggestions to back up the cover concept. It’s just a selling tool, I suppose. The only songs with any form of sexual references are Strippers Motto and Johnny Are you Queer. This album is good but I really expected a lot more.
66 ½
Lucifera

Machetazo-Carne de Cementerio”
(Razorback)
Extreme noisecore mixed with death metal from the pits of Spain. It’s full of gore. The music is great but the vocals are much too low for my taste, so low you can barely notice any vocals once in a while. There are only 2 members in this band; Dopi Dr. Beltran on drums, guitar and vocals and Chinin El Mescalinas on bass, so I’ll give them credit for their effort on this project. It’s also good to know that they did this for fun, and this comes through in their creation. You almost start laughing during the intro of “Humillado y Descuartizado por Mongolicos”, yes it’s in Spanish but you won’t notice until they get to the movie samples. They do a couple of songs in English, which are covers, one is “Delusion of Terror” by S.O.B. and “Suicide Fuck” by Abscess. Cartoonish but disturbing cover art by Nor Prego, plus they give credit to the movies they got their samples from. If you are into CARCASS, MORTICIAN, AUTOPSY, and BRUTAL TRUTH, you’ll enjoy Machetazo.
66 ½ +
Lucifera

My Ruin-A Prayer Under Pressure of Violent Anguish
(Madfish-a Snapper Music Label)
I’ve been an ardent disciple of Tairrie B’s for a while now, ever since MANHOLE was formed. Love her or hate her, she’s definitely fascinating. Tairrie is fearless, livid, passionate, abominable, illustrious; a vengeful goddess, giving us the bread and wine of her lyrics and her awesome stage presence. Nihilistic yet romantic, debauched yet nearly religious to experience, her voice crows out lyrics that are a slap in the face. Tairrie challenges us to let go of some of our bright red screams. And this time around, the intensity of the actual music matches Miss B’s infernal sass perfectly; Mick, Yael and Megan make the songs feel complete, more complex. This is definitely better than the loops in songs like Terror on Speak and Destroy. Slicing, wailing, massive, raging, classic-sounding heavy metal guitars, bass, and drums slink with a definite power through songs like Beauty Fiend and Stick it to Me, which are the two standouts on the CD.But my real favorite was Miss Anne Thrope, in which Jessicka of JACK OFF JILL visits the band for a guest appearance. Tairrie lowers her vocals to a growl, while Jessicka dolls things up with her girlie wail. The two misanthropes (read: opposite of a philanthropist) end the song by exchanging one another’s favorite curses: "fuck" and "cunt" of course. All of the songs on this release are solid and brutally listenable, making this one stable enough for multiple plays. Tairrie B has experienced musical transmutation, through rap, rap-rock, creepster cool electro-infused rock, and now, finally, sexy, lush, listenable metal. A Prayer Under Pressure of Violent Anguish is her best release so far and I wish her success in this country of ours. Let’s see America plug its headphones into My Ruin...
66
Michelle Baker

Octinomos-Fuckhole Armageddon
(Baphomet/ Necropolis)
That’s exactly what this album sounds like, a damn Armageddon! Extremely fast riffs and beats, and vocals ala black metal. An album filed with misanthropy! Melodic, while remaining razor sharp. The album has an interesting photograph of what looks like a woman giving birth to the world by cesarean but she’s conscious and yelling while reporters are trying to get her story although she’s yelling out in pain. The music on this album is outstanding and the best part is the writing, a very personal touch to this album. A dissertation about the high status we have given journalists and the big media. An angry rant which makes a lot of sense. The ending is funny, most of us feel like his most of the time. Pick this album up and get some brain-food-music all in one!
666
Lucifera

Opera IX- The Black Opera-Symphoniae Mysteriorum in Laudem Tenebrarum
(Dwell/ AvantGarde)
Their 3rd album and as usual, a masterpiece!!! Cadaveria’s vocals are always top notch! And the music doesn’t fall far behind. Devastating riffs, militaristic beats and growled-demonic vocals. According to Opera IX, the album is a “fantasy voyage” done by a spiritual warrior, searching for supreme knowledge in the arcane dimensions of evil.” The 6 acts lead us through the warrior’s shocking experiences. The music is both atmospheric and aggressive. It reminds me of a darker version of King Diamond. Very haunting and enchanting. Excellent layout! The lyrics read like a story. Opera IX only gets better. And they cover one of my favorite gothic songs Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”.
666+
Lucifera

Penis Flytrap-Tales of Terror
(Bloody Daggre Records)
Cool punk rock music with a little MISFITS and RAMONES feel to it. The first track Cemetery Girl is a fun and moving tune. Ghoulish, bratty, punk-goth rock with lots of devilish wailing. The band gives this a spooky feel.
666
Lucifera

PSI-KORE-Psi-Kore
(Chatterbox Records)
Great hardcore metal with shouted vocals. Unfortunately, those shouted vocals sound strained, dull and distant. This Australian band has aggressive music but they need a little more originality. Their music does sound like it was influenced by punk rock and heavy metal. Not bad but not totally amazing either. 6 track, if you like hardcore punk might enjoy this.
66
Lucifera

Power Symphony-Lightbringer
(Northwind Records)
Classical metal, or rather sophisticated power metal. Excellent, majestic, and beautiful music mixed with some folksy elements and great vocals. Great lyrics, especially for the song Lucifer. This is truly passionate, and the instrumental The Necromancer is enchanting. A worthy album to obtain.
66 ½ +
Lucifera

Sapphic Ode-Sapphic Ode
Extremely fast paced gothic rock? Well, the music in the first song Betrayed reminded me of SISTERS OF MERCY on speed. The music is also weird and moody with female vocals. I don’t know what to make of Julee’s vocals, they are semi-spoken, with momentary wailings, opera-like at times and simply disturbed. The music is moody because it creates its own blend or interpretation of goth, ska, metal, hardcore in a strange manner. It’s an eccentric album. A little repetitive when it comes to riffs. This is odd and might be too eccentric for many. Try it.
66 ½
Lucifera

Suicide Culture-Hollowed be thy Agony
American death/thrash metal from Seattle. The music and vocals also seem to blend a hardcore style Suicide Culture. The music is good, the lyrics like riddles. The band is influenced by Sabbath, Possessed, God Dethroned and other bands, which comes through, to some point, in their music. 5 furious songs awaiting your ears. Much better than average.
66 ½ +
Lucifera

Tang-Tang
(Bad-Pac Records)
They start with raunchy, Beastie Boys-like music (less rap, more rowdy rock). The exception is that this trio is female. Three mean music machines created this great album. Excellent guitar and bass work, heavy and moving music. I bet a bunch of bikers can get into this. Raspy female vocals, playful lyrics that delivers their message quite clearly. The album is musically diverse and it’s great to listen to. The best song is Never Going Down, then the music becomes a bit mellow after The Illumination which disappointed me. Their music is great, check them out. They even have an excellent cover of MOTORHEAD’s Ace of Spades. 12 tracks. Email: Tang321@aol.com
66 ½ +
Lucifera

Usurper-Necronemesis
(Necropolis)
Assaulting the eardrums of metal fiendz everywhere, with their usual crushing black/death / thrash metal styles and unique "vokills". Influences of SLAYER’s music style can be heard on this album. Necronemesis was produced by Kol Marshall and features backing vocals on the title track by one of the godfather’s of metal, KING DIAMOND. Strong music, as always. You won’t be disappointed. 10 powerful tracks which includes an instrumental predicting the calm before the storm of music mayhem that comes after it.
666
Lucifera

Wound-Out 4 Blood
(Dagger Records/ Bloody Daggre Records)
A female-fronted melodic punk/riot grrl band featuring the guitar work of ex-Runaways member Sondra Menthers. The first song Brainstem Only was fast but annoying, especially the chorus. Then Goodbye came in a sleazy and slow mood, a ballad that ended up a bit dull. The lead singer Linda Werbelow sounds like a 3 year old in the song Isolationist, she even squeaks in this song…yulk. This is meant to empower women? Kittie’s music has more guts and attitude than this.
6
Lucifera

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