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Carnivore Sublime
Carnivore Sublime
Price: £9.50

5.0 out of 5 stars The legion of Death Metal, 1 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Carnivore Sublime (Audio CD)
Benighted seem to take in every facet of Death Metal and impale it all together to form an amazing album; it is technical and groovy, heavy with a light touch, noisy with melody, it’s like they have been listening to Death metal for decades and realised that the genre is so diverse that it would be silly to stick to one tightly defined manifesto. The vocals highlight this point perfectly encapsulating the best of growls, roars, pig squeals, screams and cleans and everything in-between.

This album is like a Frankenstein’s monster; it is grotesque and horrible but it really just wants to be liked for who it is rather than the pieces it comes from and it fits together perfectly.

Get your ears around; ‘Collection of Dead Portraits’, ‘Spit’ and ‘Experience your Flesh’

Sun Eater
Sun Eater
Price: £12.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eater of Suns, 1 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Sun Eater (Audio CD)
The achingly slow and ominous opener ‘Night Sea Sorcery’ recalls the slowest most putrid sound of doom in all its crawling pace is not really the best indication of the type of album that sits in your CD player, even with the brief explosions of speed and violence that are unleashed during the latter third of the song.

With such a dynamic first song it is then a bit of a shame that the rest of the album is more pedal to the metal black metal with only occasional nods to the epic Doom of the first track. Still what the album does do it does really well; there is no denying the exhilaration felt throughout the rest of the album as you are dragged along by the pace of the whole brilliant soundscape while you gawp at the brilliant flourishing landmarks which pass by so fast that they leave you a little dizzy.

Svn Eater positively bursts with dark, evil atmosphere that threatens to drown you in its dispearing rot while still maintaining a clarity of instruments. Standout tracks include: ‘Liber Lilith’, ‘Nekvomanteion’ and ‘Fyre Made Flesh’

Abysmal Thresholds
Abysmal Thresholds
Price: £13.43

4.0 out of 5 stars Not abysmal at all, 18 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Abysmal Thresholds (Audio CD)
Ominous introduction sound? check. Followed up by violent spite filled instrumentation that sounds like its coming from six feet under your current position? check also.

The music contained on this CD is some unholy union of Black, Death and even Doom which sucks you into its deranged pit and does some pretty nasty things to you, all in good fun I’m sure. Abysmal Thresholds is an album where atmosphere is of supreme importance, without an overall feel the whole thing is pointless. Luckily this album oozes an atmosphere of the most stench filled cavern where dark creatures of a rotting underbelly seek to hold you forever with no hope of escape, well until the album finishes that is.

I in doubt of this albums greatness check out the tracks ‘Sovereign’ and ‘Apotheosis’

The Barren Throne
The Barren Throne
Price: £12.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel the fury, 18 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: The Barren Throne (Audio CD)
Starting with a sweet blend of fingerpicked acoustic guitar and the knowledge that you had better brace yourself because you know that you didn’t accidentally stick on a James Blunt CD, the album explodes to life in fine apocalyptic style, with guttural growls whipped up in a fury of scythe like guitars and a crushing rhythm section that pounds out a constant juddering beat.

The melodically spat out leads that pierce out at you every now and then sound amazing and widen the appeal of Beneath beyond the Death Metal faithful without treading too far away from the crushing sound (perhaps ignoring ‘Sky Burial’)

The songs are all beasts that demand your attention in a quick rowdy way that nags at you that you need to keep up or you are going to get lost in the fury. Keep your mind and ears sharp and you may just survive it.

Check out ‘Iron Jaw’ and ‘Veil of Mercy’. Oh and the cover art by Raymond Swanland is quite striking.

Down IV - Part 2
Down IV - Part 2
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, easily digestible meal, 17 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Down IV - Part 2 (Audio CD)
Down are an amazing band and have a number of albums which prove that. These albums however whilst of a very high quality have tended to feel overlong (in my opinion), Fine for lazy evenings but quite hard to digest without the fleeting gift of free time. These EPs that Down have been releasing have been very welcome, in that while there is less material contained on the CD it feels like a solid piece of work which you can dig much deeper with, meaning you can give each song the attention it deserves.

The song ‘Steeple’ which kicks off this EP starts off like it is going to be a slow grinder before stepping up a gear and blasting all in its path like some crazy hyper Godzilla, the song veers between powerful slow rhythms and blistering leads. ‘We knew Him Well...’ Has a refrain that recalls ‘Battalion of Zero’s’ from Anselmo’s own ‘Walk Through Exits Only’ album. ‘Cunjure’ is perhaps a bit too obvious in its aping of Black Sabbath but is still an excellent slow burner of a song.

Price: £5.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Abrasive Perfection, 17 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Eyehategod (Audio CD)
Do you like your music abrasively spiky with a rotten core of sludge running through it which holds on to a lineage stretching all the way back to the blues? This then is the album for you and it is bound to be one of the high points of 2014, every instrument feels like it is on the verge of imploding, songs feel like they are one tiny nudge away from complete compositional collapse, never to be recovered again. Like a snapshot of rare unity at the bleeding heart of pure chaos powerful but fleeting. It makes for an incredibly exciting, emotion filled album, that sucks you in to repeated listens whatever your mood is.

This is an album filled to the brim with crusty, raw gems, but if still unconvinced check out ‘ Quitters Offensive’ and ‘Robitussin and Rejection’. Then buy the whole album.

Deranged [DVD]
Deranged [DVD]
Dvd ~ Craig Fairbrass
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £2.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expected Little got a lot, 16 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Deranged [DVD] (DVD)
I have to say I have developed quite a taste for this type of horror movie and believe me it is an acquired taste, and a sense of humour is vital to your enjoyment of the film.

The characters are stock stereotypical horror film players which can fit in nice boxes and the dialogue between these ‘personalities’ is excessively cringe worthy. The camera shots and angles are, however incredibly well done and hats must be tipped to the incredible technique at play, really impressive camera work.

All of this combines to make for a fun descent into madness and bloodshed, all while threatening to be really clever, while never to the detriment of the joy of the ride, add in the ridiculous plot and you have an almost perfect horror B movie. The addition of the making of is also a nice bonus.

good kid, m.A.A.d city
good kid, m.A.A.d city
Price: £5.06

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album Mad philosophy, 26 Sept. 2014
This review is from: good kid, m.A.A.d city (Audio CD)
After a stark sound bite and an ominous eerie sweeping sound, you are greeted with a smooth bassline that is a foretaste for the heavy soul influence sweeping through the whole album

The general theme of the album is one of the power of influence and the power over us that our surroundings have. The ability of what is outside of ourselves to fundamentally change and alter our very being, be those things people or a general environment and its cultural norms, is discussed within this albums songs.

Aside from any philosophical concerns there is of course an album of good quality songs that stand up even if you aren’t inclined to any deep though (or any thought at all) and are generally quite fun and playful. There is no need to skip any tracks as they are all good and there is plenty of variety to keep you going, although I’m not sure you need three versions of ‘...dont kill my vibe’.

Theatre of Fear [DVD]
Theatre of Fear [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jared Morgan
Offered by Speedy Wonder
Price: £2.30

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just for fun, 26 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Theatre of Fear [DVD] (DVD)
Having purchased this film for £1 from Poundland, I have to say I am quite pleased with it.
The film is pure B movie with ridiculous archetypal characters and dialogue that flits from surreal to laugh out loud funny. The storyline is ropey and the kill scenes are done in a way that evokes chuckles rather than scares which is exactly what you want from a film like this.
The whole thing has a nice unhinged feeling to it which carries you through the film quite nicely. Well worth watching if you like cheesy horrors.

Birth of the Cool
Birth of the Cool
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 10 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Birth of the Cool (Audio CD)
If albums are supposed to transfer you to entirely different places then this one is guilty of doing its job and doing it really well. All the sights, smells, recreated and presented to you in sound, the sound of a vibrant 50’s Jazz scene. Not that I was there of course, but through the music you imagine a golden age (even if historically you know that ‘golden ages’ are merely illusions of history).

The album itself is laid back and bursting with possibilities, with everything swinging at just the right tempo to be strongly hypnotic, entrancing you further with every song. It is miles away from his later, more well known stuff but it is no less worthy and should be held just as highly as an important part of the history of music.

I found it good to listen to Miles Davis albums while also reading ‘Miles: The Autobiography’.

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