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All That You Fear
All That You Fear
Price: 19.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The drinking man's Black Metal band!, 21 Nov 2003
This review is from: All That You Fear (Audio CD)
To be honest, if you’ve heard one record by Imp Naz, you’ve heard them all. I don’t mean that as a criticism, it’s just that over the course of their ten year plus career, they haven’t really altered their sound a great deal. The sound was execellent to begin with though, so I suppose if it’s not broken, it doesn’t need fixing. If you’re not familiar with the bonkers Finns’ music, they don’t really help that much by describing it as something like “Nuclear Cyber Sado Goat Metal”. Brilliant description as that is, it doesn’t tell you much about what the band sound like. If you imagine a mad blend of Immortal, Venom and Discharge, you’ll be halfway there. It’s based on Black Metal, but with a pretty strong Punk influence, and none of the dodgy Satanism that a lot of BM bands go in for. Instead, Imp Naz seem to have a bit of a fixation on both S&M and goats, love going over the top in every possible respect, and thankfully keep their tongues firmly in their cheeks the whole time. The main asset of the band is mainman Mika Luttinen’s distinctive vocals which fit the hyperspeed Punky riffs and blasts perfectly. If you find most ‘proper’ Black Metal bands to be overly po-faced and serious, give Impaled Nazarene a try, you’re sure to like them.

Mutilated in Minutes
Mutilated in Minutes

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb tongue-in-cheek British Death Metal, 16 Nov 2003
This review is from: Mutilated in Minutes (Audio CD)
Along with the excellent Desecration from Wales, Gorerotted are one of the finest Death metal bands to come out of Britain in a good few years, possibly since the break-up of Carcass. Unlike most DM bands who are po-faced and extremely serious, Gorerotted display a wicked sense of humour, best seen in their lyrics and song titles; such gems as 'Put Your Bits In A Concrete Mix' and 'Severed, Sawn And Sold As Porn' show that they obviously like their rhymes. You also get the impression they don't take it too seriously, unlike virtually any other Death Metal band. Can you imagine Cannibal Corpse using such daft song titles? I doubt it. Just because they aren't a bunch of ultra-serious misery guts doesn't mean the music isn't any good, though. Every song on the album is a cracker as a matter of fact, and you can also usually make out the black-comedy lyrics, which is a bonus when they're as funny as these are. The music itself is also very impressive, with a high quota of blastbeats, and the requisite paint stripping riffs. If you're any kind of a Death Metal fan, you need to get your hands on this album. For once, it's good to be able to say British is best.

State of Emergency (Xbox)
State of Emergency (Xbox)
Offered by AB Games
Price: 9.95

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars White riot, I wanna riot!!! Just not to think about it., 16 Nov 2003
If you want a game to stretch your mental abilities, I'd suggest you look somewhere else, because this will not really be for you. However, if you just want to smash windows and burn down some shops during a full-scale riot, you've come to the right place.
First thing to say about this game is it has virtually no depth. Just destroy as much public property as possible, and kill anyone who tries to stop you. Despite this, in the short term at least, it's fantastic fun. Mowing down twenty security guards with a minigun then blowing up a department store is a top way to get that stress out of your system.
In multiplayer mode, it's even better. Apparently, there is no multiplayer mode on the PS2, but on the Xbox, it's probably the best part of the game. Get a bunch of mates and wander round a shopping centre breaking windows and shooting each other.
The graphics are decent, though hardly groundbreaking. Everything is nice and colourful, and it doesn't slow down, even with the ridiculous amount of characters that appear on the sceen at any one time. None of this really matters, though. The game is about rioting, and that's what it is; a riot!

Human Error
Human Error

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Garfield-inspired Grindcore? Sounds good to me!, 16 Nov 2003
This review is from: Human Error (Audio CD)
If you’re a fan of grindcore and Garfield, this is one to have a look at. Basically, it comes across as an English version of Terrorizer, and that’s no bad thing. Featuring Napalm Death’s bassist Shane Embury on drums, it mixes serious songs about subjects such as war, terrorism and murder with joke songs about Garfield (Garfield For President, Odie’s Revenge!). Seems a bit odd to me, but it works a treat. Unfortunately, what lets this album down (as with many early Earache releases) is the lack of a decent production job. This is a shame, as the riffs themselves are actually quite impressive, only to be disappointed by an odd guitar sound. Still, it was originally released way back in 1987, so it would be unfair to be too hard on them for that. Also, the serious lyrics are pretty intelligently written, and still stand up to scrutiny today. All in all, it’s a very interesting album to have a look at if you’re a fan of the genre, or of the lasagne-loving feline of course!

Darkest Day Of Horror
Darkest Day Of Horror
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 9.91

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly brutal drum machine-driven Death Metal, 15 Nov 2003
This review is from: Darkest Day Of Horror (Audio CD)
Mortician return with this, their final album for long-time record label Relapse and surprise surprise, it sounds exactly the same as all of their other records for them. This is hardly going to come as an earth-shattering revelation to their fans though, never changing their sound even a little bit from record to record is something of a Mortician trademark. I don't mean this is a criticism of the band though, it would be a nasty surprise if these New York Death Metal stalwarts started putting out acoustic ballads all of a sudden. For those who aren't familiar with the Mortician sound, I'll attempt to describe it to you. Firstly, tune your guitar and bass down so low that the strings barely vibrate. If you thought Korn tuned low, you haven't seen the half of it. Secondly, get yourself a drum machine and turn it up as fast as it will go. Thirdly, get yourself a load of gruesome sounding samples from any classic horror movies you can lay your hands on. Indeed, 'Darkest Day Of Horror', the title of the album is a quote from George Romero's Day Of The Dead (possibly Dawn..., I can't quite remember). The final step is to get a vocalist with a voice so low, he makes Chris Barnes sound like Rob Halford. Mortician mainman Will Rahmer has a voice like a sub-woofer, and it's as brutal as hell. There you have the recipe for what makes Mortician such an enduring cult band. Obviously it won't appeal to everyone, but if you like your Death Metal as brutal as it comes, these guys will show you how extreme it can get.

Cause For Conflict
Cause For Conflict

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Teutonic Thrash Metal, 14 Nov 2003
This review is from: Cause For Conflict (Audio CD)
Kreator are so Metal it's almost painful, but I mean that in a good way, not a bad, Manowar, just-look-at-those-idiots kind of way. In their long and reasonably successful career, I believe that this is their finest album, and they've put a few out over the years. The riffs are, as you'd expect from Kreator, superb. Quite intricate and very fast, this is the kind of music that is designed to make you bang your head to it, and it does that job just perfectly. As is par for the course with this band, Mille can't sing to save his life, and Ventor has a tendency to get a bit over-excited behind the drumkit, but it doesn't matter. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and in this case, the whole is Thrash Metal near-perfection. When you've got songs as fine as Crisis Of Disorder and Sculpture Of Regret, none of the minor issues make a blind bit of difference. If you're a fan of the new breed of Thrash Metal bands like Dew-Scented, The Crown or The Haunted, you could do a whole lot worse than to check out Kreator, one of their prime influences.


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums from Thrash's heyday, 14 Nov 2003
This review is from: Ignorance (Audio CD)
Sacred Reich never achieved the stardom or relative fame of late 80s contemporaries such as Metallica and Megadeth and on the strength of the output over their entire career, it's hard to argue with that. However, on this their debut, they give us a taste of what might have been, if only they had managed to keep the quality at the heights they were able of reaching. Because this is one of the greatest albums of pure Thrash Metal ever recorded. It stomps all over 'Ride The Lightning' and 'Peace Sells', and is well able of going toe to toe with 'Master Of Puppets' or 'Reign In Blood'. It is quite honestly that good. Every song on it is good, but the stand-out track of the whole record has to be the opening track Death Squad. If a career in Metal has ever got off to such a superb start, I haven't heard it. Brilliant riffs, flashy solos and even reasonably intelligent lyrics combine to produce a 24 carat Thrash Metal classic. The rest of the album is very nearly as good, if not quite of the same awesome standard. Sacred Reich followed this album up with the very impressive 'Surf Nicaragua' EP, the title track of which is as good as 'Death Squad', but after that they signed to a major label and the quality started to drop. This is how they should be remembered though, as a Thrash band who could match Slayer riff for riff. If all of their albums were as good as this one, they could have been one of the all-time greats. Shame how things went downhill.

In Their Darkened Shrines
In Their Darkened Shrines
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 13.22

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the finest Death Metal album ever recorded, 14 Nov 2003
Unbelievable. That’s what this album is. It just defies belief. There is a strong possibility that this could be the best Death Metal album ever recorded. Nile are, without a doubt, the finest Death Metal band in the world today (realistically, only Cryptopsy can run them close nowadays), and while their last album ‘Black Seeds Of Vengeance’ was brilliant, this is on another level again. You know the drill by now; ancient Egyptian themes, blastbeats a-go-go, three vocalists, sampled instruments, this record has everything that makes Nile great and turns them all up to 11. Also, there is a little more light and shade than on the previous two albums, with songs like ‘Sarcophagus’ showing that the band can do more than just all-out speedblasts. However, the centrepiece of the album is undoubtedly the 11-and-a-half minute epic ‘Unas Slayer Of The Gods’. In my considered opinion, this is the single best Death Metal song of all time (and trust me, I’ve heard a hell of a lot!). From slow to fast, growls to spoken word, this song has the lot. There is no poor songs on the album at all, but it is worth buying just to hear this masterpiece alone. Also, go and see them live as well, they can pull off all of their feats on stage as well. Simply phenomenal!

Scream Bloody Gore
Scream Bloody Gore

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made history in the Death Metal genre, 14 Nov 2003
This review is from: Scream Bloody Gore (Audio CD)
If you’re any kind of Death Metal fan at all, you should have a copy of this album. On it’s release, it was about as nasty as metal got, and even today, it still has an unmistakeable intensity to it. With songs like ‘Baptized In Blood’, ‘Mutilation’ and ‘Torn To Pieces’, Death’s mainman, the late Chuck Schuldiner, virtually invented the genre of gore metal, later perfected by the likes of Cannibal Corpse. Whilst not as extreme as most of today’s Death Metal bands, Death could still turn it on when they needed to. The stand-out track of this album, and of ‘80s Death Metal as a whole is the fantastic title track, though there isn’t a bad song on it, notwithstanding that some of the lyrics sound a little cliched and immature today. However, don’t be put off by that, this is an album that fans of the genre cannot be without. Whilst most hardcore Death fans rate Leprosy or Human as their favourite release, I personally would go for Scream Bloody Gore every time, both for it’s more straightforward tendencies (some of the later releases were a bit technical for the sake of being technical), and for it’s influence on Death Metal as a whole, as the student of the genre that I am.

Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: 6.24

5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Killswitch Engage, you'll love Shadows Fall, 13 Nov 2003
This review is from: ART OF BALANCE (Audio CD)
If you're one of the growing number of fans who are coming to appreciate the talents of the excellent Killswitch Engage, you'll almost certainly like their friends Shadows Fall. Similar in style to their more illustrious counterparts, they are in fact probably the finer of the two bands. With a style that incorporates elements from Melodic Death Metal, Thrash and good old traditional Heavy Metal, Shadows Fall are an awesome proposition. If you imagine the best bits of At The Gates, In Flames, Metallica and of course their buddies KSE put in a blender, the results would sound just like Shadows Fall. Thats not a bad mixture in anyone's book. The most notable point in their armoury is the use of a three-vocalist lineup. The main singer is Brian Fair, and he does a magnificent job, as he can scream, shout, growl and also sing properly. However, guitarists Matt Bachand and Jon Donais contribute their own vocals as well, leading to an interesting, unique sound. Every song on this album is a cracker but special mentions have to go to 'Thoughts Without Words' and 'Stepping Outside The Circle' which are simply awesome pieces of modern Metal. So in conclusion, if you like your music with a hint of tunefulness and melody but as hard as nails, Shadows Fall are the band for you. Absolutely superb stuff.

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