Extreme metal journalist Albert Mudrian is also known as the author of “American Hardcore and Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground”. Of late Mudrian has also become known for his latest book – that goes by the title of “Choosing Death: An Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore”.
Swedish city Norrköping witnessed the birth of ANGST in 2002, from the ashes of a project called ONDSKE. As ANGST, no longer a one-man band, three releases have already seen the dark of night: Divine Wrath (demo, 2003), Lykania (EP, 2004) and the present debut full-length In hoc Signo Vinces (2005, Black Attakk).
From the ashes of IMPERATOR arise MITHRAS, easily one of UK’s most promising Death Metal acts. Forever Advancing… Legions follows the steps of their MCD Dreaming In Splendor, improving it at all levels, including those of skill and mood.
Let us skip the biographical notes on the artist. Virtually everybody into Death Metal (and not only) is well aware that Karl is the mastermind behind the glorious NILE.
GALLERY OF MITES belong to the supergroup category, as it is made up of members of other big names of the stoner scene. The ten-member line-up includes: John Kleiman, Tim Cronin, Phil Caivano, Joe Calandra and Ed Mundell (MONSTER MAGNET members), Stugollin (HALFWAY TO GONE), Tommy Southard (SOLACE), Jim Baligno and Mike Schweigert (LORD STERLING), now how is this for an all-star gathering of stoner souls?
All hell breaks loose especially since DAMNATION saw Resurrection of Azarath released, a compilation and celebration of the good old DAMNATION times. There are no new tracks here, only a selection of past hymns, as well as some rare and previously unreleased songs. The sources vary from previous demos to full-lengths, including two bonus cover versions of KING DIAMOND’s Mansion in Darkness and MORBID ANGEL’s Bleed for the Devil.
Once breathing under the moniker DE PROFUNDIS (I still wonder why it is that Symphonic BM and Goth bands seem to choose this name), AD INFERNA play a not very innovative variant of symphonic BM. Generally speaking, there are a number of obvious (DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH, EMPEROR) and other not so obvious influences. The first time I heard the CD, I even thought there were some LIMBONIC ART touches to it, but fortunately or not, AD INFERNA never come close to what the Norwegian duo create.
Well who are Straighthate, well they come from Greece, uhhh nice place for a vacation, but who cares who they are, we are here to talk about their latest album, that they gave me a copy, how nice of them heheh, called “Indigenous”, the music fits into a kinda “Death Grindcore Hardcore Metal” thing, just like they say on their website, again, how nice, lets check to see if the music is nice as well, shall we.