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


All reviews by Lucifera except where noted.
(Reviewers: Lord Orc and Dave Wolff of AEA)

Almas Podridas-compilation
(Means 4 War)
Almas Podridas (Rotted Souls) is a Means4War compilation with 17 excellent bands. In this compilation you’ll hear tracks by bands such as GARDEN OF SHADOWS, ANOTHER DYING DEMOCRACY, DIMENTIANON, DAMON MORDER, GROWING CELLS, INSATANITY, BRAINDEAD, SCORTCH EARTH, and more Noise.
666

Astarte-Sirens
(Avantgarde Music)
The all-female black metal Queens of Greece offer a new release invoking the sound of older black metal bands of their homeland. This album sounds more sophisticated than their last releases. Faster, melodic, emotional, furious, and dark music with cat-like growls. Beautiful cover by GRAAL invoking the ideal of their lyrics. 10 tracks of dynamite Hellenic black metal. Some songs on this album to listen for are “Black Mighty Gods,” “Lloth,” and “Sirens.” Astarte_tristessa@yahoo.com or graylife@tin.it
666+

Besatt-Roots of Evil
(Seven Gates of Hell)
Polish, fast-paced, raw black metal. The intro was the best. It was absolutely creepy. The intro almost made me believe there was a diabolical ritual taking place before me. They sound energetic. Their CD was a weird mystery to solve. I was going crazy trying to figure out where the CD was hidden, once I found that and decided there were no lyrics anywhere, I was wrong. I came across a black page with silver letters with the six tracks on this cd. Two covers of Kreator and one Gorgoroth cover. They’re ruthless black metal! Very pleasurable.
www.besatt.net
666

Biolich-promo
This promo contains the death/grind tracks “Morals Like Frozen Piss,” “Stol Vapre,” and “Extensive Autumn Necrony.” A New York based band that continues to evolve in a positive direction. Killer guttural vocals, chaotic blend of the technical and the melodic with the power and intensity of grind and death metal. The music has constant changes that fit their style perfectly. It manages to be serious yet at the same time playful. A band not to be missed live! Oh yes, and they have unique lyrics. You have to read these, they read like strange abstract poetry.
666


Black Winter - A Dark Echo from the Demoniacal Hell of Lucifer
Demo
Review by Dave Wolff
A brief, ethereal keyboard intro gives way to blistering black metal (or "infernal black metal" as this Greece-based band describe themselves) that boils over with chaotic license very similar to the "purely underground" black metal of the mid to late 90's. Black Winter recorded this demo back in 2002, and since its release there have been a few lineup changes as well as plans to release a brand new demo and re-release this one on cassette, among other goodies. Five cuts of sacreligious, hate-driven black metal that seeks to reawaken deadly secrets from eons long past. If you are into bands like Abazagorath and Masochist you might like this CD, as the atmosphere of enveloping darkness and raw energy this band project through it is quite comparable. Best songs here are the title cut along with "The Day Turns Into Night," and "Chimonanthus." Outro "Pemfrido Enio-Diro (A Nocturne for Grees)" has more ethereal keys and bone-chilling screams in the background. Black Winter have a yahoo group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/blackwinterband) where you can vote for your favorite song. Write info@black-winter.tk to contact the band.
66

Chainsaw Dissection - Blood, Gore and Grindcore
Demo
(Review by Dave Wolff of AEA Zine)
Based in Pennsylvania, Chainsaw Dismemberment is a grindcore-DM project whose driving force is "The Butcher" Bob Macabre, a fanatic of gore flicks and brutal music who has released two CD demos under the band's name this far. In terms of song structure this is one of the heaviest demos I've heard in a while; kind of a cross between Mortician and Hellhammer with some old school hardcore added for good measure, like intestines poured into human carnage stew. Macabre's vocals sink even deeper, ranging from guttural to vomit spewing as the machine gun pace of "Desecrating Your Grave," "The Zodiac Returns," "Moon Maniac" and "Cannibals Eating Vegetarians" pulverize the defenses of the human mind so there's close to nothing left to help prepare for the twisted creativity of the mental pictures these song titles imply. The sample added to the last song listed offers some sick irony to the brutality. Information on how to order "Blood, Gore and Grindcore" and "Repugnant Obsession" can be found at www.chainsawdissection.com
66 1/2

Chastain-In An Outrage
(Leviathan Records)
Many of you are familiar with the guitarist extraordinaire, David T. Chastain. Chastain is a band that he has been doing for years. One can describe their style as heavy/power metal with raunchy lead vocals by Kate French. The music is melodic and heavily-guitar oriented. This American Heavy Metal band invokes the style of Dio and Yngwie Malmsteen. 10 tracks of heavy old-school metal. Some of the highlights of this album are “Lucky to be Alive,” “Bullet from a Gun,” “Women are Wicked” and “Tortured Love.” My respect goes out to this band. www.davidtchastain.com / www.katefrench.net
666

Cerebral Turbulency - Germ of Error
Khaaranus Productions (Czech Republic)
(Review by Dave Wolff)
This is a pretty relentless death-grindcore album. Not exactly goregrind as the lyrics sound more hardcore oriented but there are some elements of goregrind in the dual lead vocals. There's plenty of thrashing and blasting that kicks in after a brief intro, and the spaces between the tracks allow a scant amount of time to take a breather before the next song arrives to assault your senses. Some inventive guitar progressions and interesting breakdowns occur in the midst of all the brutality. If you enjoy Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Dillinger Escape Plan you may enjoy Cerebral Turbulency too.
66 1/2

Dead Emotion-demo
Haunting punk rock. The music changes moods from fast paced ala Misfits to a sluggish slow pace. This female-fronted band experiments with punk and goth sounds. Some backing vocals are annoying otherwise Dead Emotion sounds pretty decent and worth a listen. www.deademotion.com
66 ½ +

December - Praying Hoping Nothing
Earache
(Review by Dave Wolff)
This was originally released on Inzane Records (headed by Society 1 vocalist Matt Zane) in 1998. Relapse re-released it along with the band's debut for that label, "The Lament Configuration." Since then they have gotten good press from a lot of metal magazines and fanzines including Terrorizer and Alternative Press. This album boasts very abrasive death-thrash that leans heavily on calculated technicality. There are some elements of what might be termed nu-metal but the delivery is very fierce and brutal, with dual vocals that range from low-pitched to high-pitched. Not a bad listen even if there could have been at least a little more bottom in the production.
66

Dein Schatten - Ewiges Eis
(Iron Records /Russia)
Review by Dave Wolff
The bio sheet I was sent with this CD says frontman Dieter Bornschlegel (aka Born Zero) has been playing guitar since the age of seven and writing since the era of the Beatles, the Stones and Led Zeppelin. His first work was "Dortmund" with a project known as Traumtorte in 1971; this was the first of a series of 40 albums he has recorded both solo and with a series of cult bands. Born Zero's latest work consists of 14 synthesizer-dominant songs with piano, guitars and other effects added to augment the synthesizers and keyboards at their proper moments. Most of the lyrics are sung in German, with a few exceptions like "Free" which is a bit more guitar-heavy than usual. "Geister in Mir" is another track worth mentioning because of its atmospheric overtones and haunting vocals. Write bornzero@web.de if interested.
66 ½

Derketa-Goddess of Death
(Necroharmonic)
Here are 12 tracks you need to listen to. Doomy-death metal from the underground legends and founders of Derketa Sharon Bascovsky (vocals and guitar) and Terri Heggen (drummer/ex-Mythic member). It’s about time this came out. You can get all the guttural vocals with the slow, doom music that this band in known for in one release. The release covers the years 1989-2002 and was re-mastered at the Primitive Recording Studio by Roger J. Beaujard and Roy Fox of Necroharmonic. Some of the great songs you’ll hear on this release are: “Premature Burial,” “Time of Awakening,” and “Crypts of Darkness.” “Crypts of Darkness” has the eeriest and darkest intro to it. The CD includes a little history of the band, along with lyrics and graphic designs by Daryl Kahan. Some of the gals who were in Derketa also include: Kim August and Heather Harris both on bass. Get it now. No need to pass this one up.
Sharon@derketa.com
666

Devanic - Mask Installed
Promo CD
(Review by Dave Wolff of AEA Zine)
Melodic death metal from Austria. Devanic is a fresh entity, having formed in early 2004, but from the sound of this CD they've got their act together. Bassist Peter Knall was a member of Septicemia before joining The other band members were previously in Moriturus, Subtil, Corona Endorser and Flex Tracked, thus we know they all came into this situation with some experience. "You Will See" starts this CD with a mid tempo velocity and heartfelt lead harmonies; then goes into a nice acoustic passage before going into heaviness and crunch. As the length of each song is about 3-4 minutes there's no epic stuff here, but there are enough intricate guitars to make up for it. All this on their first CD too. Contact the band at Knall@devanic.com
66 1/2

Ebony Ark-Ebony Ark
Talented and artistic progressive metal from Spain. Beautiful angelic opera lead and backing vocals by Beatriz Albert. Ebony Ark has influences that range from The Gathering of old to Dream Theater. They are emerging from Spain with strength and conviction in their excellent musicianship. The guitar assaults of Javier Jimenez and Ruben Villanueva are quite impressive. Romantic and emotional lyrics of pain, loneliness, fear, hope and more. They covered Irene Cara’s “What a Feeling”and you know what? It sounds better than the original! ebonyark@hotmail.com
666

Estuary-To Exist and Endure
(Ibexmoon Records)
This Ohio-based band features another woman with brutal guttural vocals and a killer band to back her up. Zdenka goes from the deep to the screechy vocal range. Excellent guitar riffs by Brad Howard and Ash Thomas. 10 amazing tracks of unholy death metal with hints of thrash and ripping riffs. Info@ibexmoonrecords.com
66 ½ +

Forgotten Lore - Glittering Darkness
Demo
(Review by Dave Wolff of AEA Zine)
Forgotten Lore hail from Italy and have been around since 2000. This CD was recorded in three days and released last year. The band's website says they're planning to record another CD at some point in the future. This one is an intense mix of thrash, black and death metal with maniacal shrieks from vocalist Oblivion. The band call their style "gothic black metal" but there's not much goth in it; I believe what the band meant by "gothic black metal" is the kind of feeling you get from listening to old Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate albums. "Evil," "Ice Storm" and "Epitaph" open with somber intros played with acoustic guitars. The most profound of these is at the beginning of the first song. Once these introductions establish the proper mood, the riffs that follow arrive in an explosion of raw energy where you can pick up how much energy the band is channeling into their music. Write forgotten-lore@libero.it for more information.
66 ½ +

Iced Anal eerr...Earth-The Glorious Failure...err...Burden
(2004-Who Gives a fuck what label its on.)
Review by Lord Orc
First off I would like to say...FUCK...YOU...SCHAFFER! Fuck you first of all for what you did to Larry Tarnowski! The kid busted his fucking ass on tour and when he asked you if he could have some creative say you pulled the typical Yngwie cocksucker rockstar thing and kicked him out! I HOPE YOUR FRETTING HAND GETS CRUSHED BY A HUGE PIECE OF STEEL OR SOME OTHER HEAVY INANIMATE OBJECT! And stop-fucking bullshitting about what happened with Matt Barlow! The guy wanted to leave long before you recorded this piece of shit and you convinced him to stay. Respect the man's fucking choice to work for homeland security! Don't pull this bullshit that his vocals sucked all of sudden! ICED EARTH WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT MATT BARLOW AND ONCE AGAIN THE BAND IS NOTHING WITHOUT HIM! I can respect him doing what he feels is right a lot more than your pathetic attempt to carry on this band! You talk about how he isn't a songwriter and that he didn't write any of the vocal lines, yet he has writing credit on albums! Gee asshole did you just contradict yourself!? Meanwhile you're thinking the entire time about replacing him with Tim "ASS RIPPER" Owens, the new equivalent of Joe Lynn Turner. the King of Replacements! Ahem...so yes it's been over two years since Horror Show was released (and this album makes that one look like a god damn masterpiece!) and I must say I'm GREATLY disappointed. I heard that single for "The Reckoning" a while back with that blatant rip-off of the Trooper album cover! Nice job douchebag! Way to show how unoriginal you really are! The songs on there were just a WARNING of things to come...the Glorious Failure itself! The songs are no different than anything he's written in the past! It’s sad! The same old riffs, the same structure, and to top it off this over patriotic shit! Its pretty obvious you've run out of ideas Jon, face it its over! Add those elements with the fact that ASS RIPPER will ALWAYS be seen as a replacement singer! His vocals as usual are whiney and annoying. I don't know what the fuck you were thinking recruiting him! THE REVOLUTION IS DEAD FUCKFACE!
-666 (SUCK MY DICK JON!)

Invidia-Reflections of the Shattered Glass (demo) 2003
Unsigned
Review by Lord Orc
These local Melodic Death Metal maniacs impressed the shit out of me. I was expecting some half assed At the Gates rip-off and ended up getting some solid musicianship. I like the fact that unlike a lot of melodic death metal bands they actually use acoustics correctly. The first (also the title track) is an example of it, a nice classical guitar sound. From there they go into the song "Rise of the Unborn" a nice aggressive kick you in the balls so hard they come out of your mouth assault! "Keeping the Faith" is a slower groove filled heavy number, but that gets followed up by "Apophasis" which starts as a speedy chugging song that reminds me of something off of Covenant's "Nexus Polaris" album. "Decay of Perception" the last track uses a bit more of that same acoustic opening but that quickly ends as it goes into a nice heavy technical skull basher. Over all the guitar tone, solos, bass work and drums are great. The only real weak point I can hear is the vocals. They just aren't powerful enough for the music. Aside from that one flaw, great job guys! \m/
666

Matriarch-Black Apples
Five Puerto Rican metal maidens (PRDM) released this raw death metal demo with three dark tracks. Guttural, opera and spoken word with unholy death metal and hints of old school thrash metal. It’s melodic, demonic, creative, and impressive. Excellent! Get a copy of this demo! Matriarch_blackapples@hotmail.com
666

Mortician
Darkest Day of Horror
Mortician Records 2002
Review by Lord Orc
Holy shit! This album is fucking insane. I think this album may be their best one to date. I loved Chainsaw Dismemberment and House by the Cemetery but this album has awesome production. You can actually hear Will's deep as fuck vocals and his bass is so fucking pulverizing its stomach churning. Guitars compliment the bass although they do tend to get drowned out. The drums on this are great as well, so fucking fast and unrelenting. Tracks that stand out the most Darkest Day of Horror, Taste for Blood, Rampage, The Bloodseekers, Voodoo Curse, Chopped to Pieces, and Mangled.
666+

One Step Beyond - Life Imitates Art
Demo
Review by Dave Wolff
One Step Beyond have only been around since 1997, but their debut shows a definite professionalism and the nerve to bring together radically different styles of music in complete defiance of existing standards. Each song from "Greed" to "Rockstar" to "Forecast" to "Disillusioned Friend" has a different mood to it, displaying an impressive sense of versatility ranging between hard rock, punk, reggae, jazz-fusion, rap, grind and death metal. What's even more impressive about this band is this is their first album since releasing just one self-produced demo in 1999. Bassist/vocalist/programmer "Mad Matt" handles both low and high pitched vocals on his own as opposed to sharing lead vocals with another band member. Subject matter likewise ranges from horror flicks to pornography to religion. In their native Australia they have played shows with bands as diverse as their range in influences. By the time you read this there may be new material from the band as the bio sheet indicated plans to record another album. To find out email gligster666@hotmail.com.
666

Oxidized Razor-La Realidad es Sangrienta
(American Line)
Mexican death/grind metal. Fast, messy and chaotic! The production and sound isn’t that great. The vocal style is between guttural and high pitched screeching. The music is a bland and I’m not sure if this is due to the production. They have a female bassist, Luisa (my props to her for doing death/grind metal). There is aggression in their sound and some really good riffs The images of their album cover is gruesome. Their thoughts on the images are explained in English, Spanish, and French. They use sample from old school horror movies and simply need to get the drums to come across heavier. Check them out for the full effect. Aaron_f_s@hotmail.com
66 ½

Perpetual Suffering/Cyanide Breed Split
Black Sheep Records-2003
Review by Lord Orc
Ok I'm doing this one a bit different I'm going to review each side separate. First Perpetual Suffering...yeah...my suffering perpetually increased as I listened to this garbage! You call this SHIT Death/Black Metal? You've got to be fucking kidding me! I haven't heard anything THIS bad since Butchery! Unlike the idiot over at Metal Judgement who gave them an OVERLY BIASED review at the Dying Fetus show in August, I won't. I try to make sure my reviews are unbiased no matter how friendly I am with a band. If there’s anything that pisses me off its when a band has obviously PAID someone to give them a good review. Anyway, back to the split, Perpetual Suffering had 4 songs too many on this thing. I think the new Six Feet Under is better than this garbage. The vocals are weak, the drums are half way decent, the guitars are pure mud and the bass is nearly inaudible! Pretty much every song sounds the same. Not enough variation, not enough originality. Learn some music theory and how to mix better. What were you people thinking!? I won't even list the song titles there’s no point.
For this half: -666
Onto the MUCH MUCH better half...Cyanide Breed. Why did these guys get only 3 songs on here!? Boys I think you were screwed! I've seen them live before and can honestly say that they're good band unlike the previous waste on this cd. Nice surprise with the clean vocals in "Darkened Path Immaculate". "Leading the Meek" is a nice display of the good elements about Melodic Death Metal aka good musicianship. I like the piano in the background at the beginning of "Fall of an Empire". It gives a nice ambient feeling as if a great city is burning and a once powerful emperor has been slain. A very nice follow up adding some perfectly timed speed riffing! I guess the only complaint I have about this recording is the drums and bass are a bit too over powering, I don't blame them for that though. Other than that, good job guys.
66 ½

Promisques-Monarchy of Evil
(Pandora Enterprises)
An all-female death metal band from Utah. Now this is old school and killer death/thrash metal! I’ve heard about these demonesses for a while and finally got a hold of this CD. Lori Medcalf assaults on guitar and growls like a madwoman, Jeanette Smith races through the music as she beats on the skins and Dena Purk struts her bass maliciously. 10 furious tracks such as “The Beast” “Deatstrumental,” and “Satan’s Victory.” Pandora666@networld.com / promisques@hotmail.com
666

Savior Sect - Seasons of the Witch
(Dead Archives Productions)
Review by Dave Wolff
Originally this was Savior Sect's second-to-last release, but it's recently been reissued. The band have been together for ten years and al together they have eleven CD's out. The first one I heard from them was "Just Before Dawn" and I remember being really impressed after listening. The lineup on "Seasons of the Witch" is Phaedra (vocals), Lucy Poems (guitar, bass, synth) and Sean S. (drums, guitar) with a guest vocalist making an appearance on one song. Their music is kind of a goth-punk-metal thing, with vocals that soar and drift, as if something wants to show you how beautiful the grave can be. "Ghost Tracks," "Left Hand Path" and "Three Steps Into Darkness" demonstrate an all-consuming feeling of longing to escape the physical world for something better in the world of shadows. "The Flies" and "The Filterman" are even more engrossing tales of doom and emptiness in one's own soul. Contact lucypoems@aol.com for more info.
66

Sex Digital-promo 2003
Rock and metal with very strong guitar-oriented sounds and female vocals. This demo has three hot tracks. The vocals range from rough and raunchy to sweet and soothing. “Awaken” is the best track on this. www.sexdigital.org
66 ½ +

Skepticism - Farmakon
Red Stream
(Review by Dave Wolff)
Haunting, keyboard-laden doom metal that sounds a great deal darker and more encompassing than much of the doom metal we heard in the 90's. Skepticism's approach to doom metal strikes me as incorporating elements of black metal in terms of atmosphere and melancholy. The lead vocals vaguely reminded me of Attila Csihar's vocals on Mayhem's "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas." The drums could have been mixed better but the more I listened the more I found my attention drawn toward those keyboards. Also enjoyable are the somber guitar interludes to be found at the beginning of "Shred of Light, Pinch of Endless" and elsewhere. Highly funereal and depressive, and highly recommended to doom heads.
66 1/2 S.M.E.S. - The Good, The Bad and Me
(Black Hole Productions)
Review by Dave Wolff
As far as I know this is the band's second release on Brazil's Black Hole Productions and they seem intent on creating a new genre in extreme music. A good description of this album would be "electronic goregrind" as it seems there's a lot more experimenting on the band's part with synthesizers and other electronic instruments than last time I heard them. A few samples appear before "Ernie's Nightmare," "Fruity Juice," "When Sgt. Gomp Charges" and "Saunatorium" among other songs. The guitars sound buried underneath all the electronics and sometimes the songs become too repetitive, but there are many interesting sounds for those of you into experimental gore grind. Visit www.blackholemag.com/bhp or email Fernando Camacho at mail@blackholemag.com to find out how you can order a copy from BHP. Band contact is smes_eindhoven@yahoo.com and the band's website is www.geocities.com/smes_technogore.
66

Supremacy-Angel
Supreme metal music starts off this promotional cd from the all female Australian power metal band Supremacy. The guitar riffs has influences of classical power metal and some industrial rock elements. This is amazingly well-structured! This could be played to metal fiends and gothic industrial ghouls alike. Beautiful, classy, and enjoyable. Three tracks. www.supremacy.com.au
666

Unsanctified-Empty Veins (2000)
Thrashy death metal from California. Simple, raw music with guttural vocals. Some moments in Unsanctified’s noise goes into doom mode and then picks up again. Five tracks. Renee Maxwell is one of the few female drummers playing this from of brutal metal! unsanctified@unsanctified.com
66 ½ +

Vulgaras-Aphrodite P.O.W.
(Hecate Music)
Sexually infused, angry grrrl rock from NYC. Slow and even tempos with some aggressive and raunchy moments. There’s a lot of punk influence in their style. The back cover great, Master Steelow subjects Vulgaras to a Cop and Rope bondage session. Evil Lucy performs guitar riffs as Datura Stramonium. www.vulgaras.net
66 ½

Watch Me Burn-Now I Reek of Scum
(Vomit Core)
A madwoman screeching and growling while a mix of sick sludge and grind metal rapes our ears. Aggressive, intense and definitely sick. Watch Me Burn also has it’s creative moments which can be heard on “3 2/3rds Numb.” This demo has three tracks of something interesting to look out for. watchmeburn@angelfire.com / www.watchmeburn.com
666

Wave- See-Through Hearsay
Haunting gothic metal from Helsinki. Soothing music with equally sweet vocals by Mira. Two excellent songs on this demo. Dreamy, catchy, and melodic. Wave_the_band@yahoo.com / www.fadeto/wave
666



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