6 is poor!
66 is average!
666 is worth playing to the ANCIENT ONES!
All reviews by Lucifera and Lord Orc except where noted.
Review by Lord Orc
Not sure what to consider this demo. Its very Hardcore sounding but at the same time very Thrashy. Once I popped the CD into my computer internet explorer opened up and a big picture of the band logo popped up with a little audio sample. The 1 song on the demo is good but it doesn't hold my attention for too long (not to mention that I don't know the name of it).
Black Mass-Voices of Fate
These guys don’t fail to impress. This is an explosion of black metal with gore influences. Guys you’ve been hanging out with Roger too much, you can hear some of the Mortician influence in their songs but at the same time you can feel some Slayer influenced guitar riffs with the addition of demonic guttural vocals. Damn this sounds great! So raw, deep and as the title of one of their songs maintains, one is picturing a “Volcanic Apocalypse” as this melts away your stereo. There’s also a bit of Cathedral inspired music if you listen carefully to “Power of Souls.” 10 unholy tracks.
Devil Kit-residual grrr
Five raunchy rock songs that have a bit of Motorhead in its style. Laurie’s vocals are raspy and aggressive. This all-female powerhouse deliver their heavy mayhem through songs such as “Left for Dead” and “Clunk.” “Inka” reminded me of the HC/punk sounds of NY. They definitely have the grrrl rock sound and fun attitude but a lot heavier than you’d expect. Their last song “Drag me Down” is their most memorable because it’s upbeat but Laurie’s vocals keep everything dark. I love this band! They kick ass! email@example.com
Exhumed-Anatomy is Destiny
Eleven tracks of speeding “grotesqueries” with dual vocals by Matt Harvey and Mike Beams-high pitch black metal with deep guttural grindcore vocal contrasts. This is also the last album where Col Jones will be playing because he’s pursuing his career as a molecular biologist (how cool is that!). So if you enjoy his style of skin bashing, make sure you get your hands on this. He has been with CA’s Exhumed since 1991-one of the founding members. Anyway, the album itself is really intense, Carcass-influenced, gore metal with deep views on our inevitable demise. A great effort. A grim reminder of life’s chaotic twists and turns and what the future holds for us all.
Hostile metal from NY leaning towards the hardcore style. The first thing that comes to mind is a mix of Pantera and Pro-Pain. Desmond-lyric writer, drum programmer and guitarist (Ex-Mortician/Engorge) along with Jeff-vocalist create some powerful tunes with this killer release. I have played this at least 4 times in one day. The lyrics are a “vulgar display” of anger; one of my favorite songs on this album is “No Trust.” The lyrics and the music are simply unforgettable. “I shut you out, I burned you down,/ You turned your back, I stole your crown…” haha, that’s right! You just have to listen to “No Trust,” “I Don’t Need You,” “Think Again,” and “Forever Haunted”- an instrumental piece with strong Iron Maiden influence, it’s hypnotic and relaxing in the midst of all this aggression. Nice touch.
Jack Starr’s Guardians of the Flame-Under A Savage Sky
The first song off this album “The Flames that Never Dies” started with the same overused overdramatic operatic sample you hear in every movie theatre and has been used from every band all over the world.
At first that was a bit of a turn off but then the music began and it got interesting. Heavy /power metal ala Dio. And yes, of course it has that Virgin Steele signature guitar sound. Listening to this gave me a little nostalgia for old style heavy metal that one sat and listened to on WSOU. The letter written by NY’s Jack Starr is inspiring and shows dedication and love for the music. There are song explanations, pictures and it seems he once ran into one of my favorite comics “Cry for Dawn” and wrote a song about it.
The music gets tiresome towards the middle though and makes me want to change it and play something else. Power metal fiends will enjoy this album that is a “homage to all musicians who keep going year after year…”
Review by Lord Orc
I had first heard about Kevorkian when I saw they were playing with Immolation and Grave at an upcoming concert. While attending the Sepultura/Superjoint Ritual show at Lamour I met one of the members outside and was handed a sample cd with 3 songs on it. I'll definitely say I'm impressed. Very good production, deep vocals, heavy crunchy guitars, pulverizing bass and constant double bass drums followed by a lot of tempo changes makes for an interesting mix. Reminiscent of early 90s Death Metal with a hint of Gothenburg. Great job guys. I look forward to seeing you live. For more info go to http://www.kevorkian.net
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Review by Lord Orc
I'm trying not to laugh here...I'm REALLY trying not to laugh. The opening of the first song on this demo entitled "Little Lust Hate" is so bad and the riff following it is a typical nu-metal riff. Actually this stuff sounds a lot like The Murderdolls which anyone who's a friend of mine knows that I think the Murderdolls=SUCKAGE. The 2nd track entitled "My Last Time" is so generically nu-metal I can't even listen to it. WTF is up with the 3rd track "Withdrawal"??? Are they trying to be melodic here? Guys...a word of advice don't use keyboards that sound like old NES and get some singing lessons before you try to actually do clean vocals. Wow...the heavy part was thrown in so incorrectly.maybe I'm being a little critical here but listen...you have potentional to be a good band...but for fucks sake learn some music theory before you write anything else! http://www.lateoctober.com
Lazy Lane-The Chills
An atmospheric/goth band with teasing girly vocals but the vocals are haunting and creepy. Their lyrics are short horror stories and inspired by horror movies. Lazy Lane’s music is filled with groovy, dreamy tunes, longing guitar riffs, spooky synthesizer sounds, and an uncomfortable serenity. Very sweet ear candy especially in the song “Erase” which was very moving emotionally. They pick up the tempo a bit with “Nephenthe.” I could play this over and over it sounds so good. The only part that gets silly is the scratching (ala rap style) in the song “Black Cat” it was an unnecessary addition to an otherwise great release. firstname.lastname@example.org
Still Life Decay
Review by Lord Orc
Ok...there’s one song on here called The Drown. Sounds very industrial ala NIN, Marilyn Manson, Pig Face, etc. It isn't too bad but not really what I'm into. I'll say this much, who ever is doing those exhale screeches is doing them really well. Check out http://www.stilllifedecay.com for more info.
Sunn 0)))-White 1
“My Wall” opens this spoken word up with atmospheric music. I thought of Aleister Crowley immediately, if anyone has heard “The Great Beast Speaks” then you will recognize a similar vibe to this. Monolithic sub-harmonic guitar drones slowly progressing towards infinite darkness, a never-ending speech, in the distance or a dark invocation. It’s rather poetic, repetitive but not to the point of boredom. This horror-trance is the creation of Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley and features Runhild Gammelsaeter (ex-Thorr’s Hammer). I’m into experimental noise and this almost enters the industrial field. Enjoyable.
Wehrwolfe-Godless We Stand
North Carolina’s Dark Moon metamorphed into new skin. They introduce us to a mixture of black metal with thrashing riffs and Morbid Angel’s signature guitar style along with death metal vocals. It sounds “clean,” maybe I mean “crystal clear.” From Demonic Christ to Darkmoon to Werewolfe the transformation seems to get better. I’ve listened to four tracks so far, “Unholy Crusade,” “Godless We Stand,” “MIA 2 Battalion of Hate” and “Stainless Steel Lycantrophy” and so far it’s still playing, meaning that Werewolfe has claimed a place along with Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, and Nile. I’m going to go enjoy this. Thanks to Jason for sending this devilish delight my way.