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Works of Carnage
Works of Carnage
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4.0 out of 5 stars An absolute frenzy of blastbeasts, 12 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Works of Carnage (Audio CD)
Krisiun are one of the most extreme and brutal Death Metal bands doing the rounds today, despite the fact that they are just a three-piece. Featuring Alex Camargo on bass and vocals and brothers Max and Moyses Kolesne on drums and guitar respectively, they make one hell of a noise in anyone's book. A great deal of this is down to Max, as Krisiun's drum sound is the focal point of their sonic assault. The speed of his drumming is simply relentless, with near constant blastbeats and high speed double-bass drumming, he is an equal for the likes of Pete Sandoval or Derek Roddy is the speed stakes. All right, this album is by no means perfect, as there is a tendency for the songs all to sound a bit samey, though this is true of any of their other albums to be honest, and they are by no means the only extreme Metal act to be guilty of this. This minor gripe aside though, Works Of Carnage is a superb Death Metal album that has everything you'd expect of an album of the genre; paint-stripping riffs and flashy guitar solos, vocals as gutteral as it is possible to get and of course, the ridiculously fast and powerful drumming. Fans of other super-speedy Death Metal bands like Nile, Immolation or even Morbid Angel (the drums are fast, even if the guitars aren't always) could do an awful lot worse than to check this album out.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest Death Metal albums of recent years, 10 Nov. 2003
This review is from: STOP AT NOTHING (Audio CD)
Dying Fetus are one of the very finest bands around at the moment who produce that very satisfying blend of technical Death Metal and Grindcore, creating something even more crushing than the sum of its parts. The opening track ‘Schematics’ starts with an awesome riff incorporating some wicked pinch harmonics (apologies if I’m getting a bit technical, it’s a method of making a note squeal whilst playing it, for want of a better description) that sounds very reminiscent of the intro of ‘Becoming’ by Pantera. However, if you think Pantera are heavy (which they are, fairly) and are expecting something a bit similar, just wait until you listen to this album in full. The first clue that it might be something a bit out of the ordinary is the fact that it is released by Relapse Records, home of some of the most evil and deranged Death and Grindcore on the planet. If you’ve got a decently powerful stereo, I recommend cranking up the mid-paced section in the middle of the second song ‘One Shot One Kill’. There’s a strong danger it might take your head clean off your shoulders. The entire album is an awesome display of some of the finest extreme metal available today, and if you’re into bands of the ilk of Cryptopsy, Morbid Angel or Vader, you need to buy this album straight away. It combines the best elements of all of those bands and blends it into something even harder, faster, more controlled and even more crushing, and it is quite simply awesome.

Slowly We Rot (Reissue)
Slowly We Rot (Reissue)

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Death Metal albums ever, 10 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Slowly We Rot (Reissue) (Audio CD)
Obituary were a top Death Metal band and they are still missed by many fans today, but in truth, as good as they were, they went through their whole career without ever looking remotely likely to produce another album as good as this, their debut. It’s not overstating the case to claim that this is one of the classic Death Metal releases of all time, along with the likes of Morbid Angel’s ‘Abominations’, Deicide’s self-titled debut and Cryptopsy’s ‘None So Vile’. It may not be the heaviest album ever released in the genre, nor anything like the most technical (Cryptopsy annihilate them on both counts, to be honest), but it had that certain je ne sais quoi that made it stand out above its many contemporaries. Perhaps the most striking thing about the album, even to this very day, is the sound of John Tardy’s vocals. He really does sound like a man in genuine pain. Only possibly Alan Dubin of the ultra-disturbing Doom Metal band Khanate comes close to the agony expressed in Tardy’s vocal vomitings. He doesn’t really sing as such, he just barks out his agonised noises in rough time with the music. Then the music itself is special. It’s difficult to describe why but the whole feel of the album is just right with slow grinding sections and blinding speedblasts all seemingly effortlessly in the right place in each song. Being from as early as it is (1989) there’s no real use of blastbeats, but there is a liberal usage of double bass drum assaults that power the songs onwards, performed by Don Tardy, brother of vocalist John and now drummer for Andrew WK. Never mind. All summed up then, this is one of the finest and most influential Death Metal albums ever recorded and any fan of the genre who doesn’t own it (not that many of them, to be honest) need to buy it as quickly as possible.

The Rise of Brutality
The Rise of Brutality
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not half bad, a little bit of a surprise there then!, 10 Nov. 2003
This review is from: The Rise of Brutality (Audio CD)
In the unlikely event that you've read my review of Hatebreed's previous album Perseverance, you'll have seen that I gave it a pretty good slagging on the grounds that it did not have one original moment on it and every single good thing on it was ripped off from Biohazard. However, since I wrote that, my attitude towards them has softened somewhat due to repeated listens, and I now thinks that it isn't that bad of an album at all. This new one still blows it out of the water though. For starters, it's much more Metal in style than it's predecessor, which was strictly Hardcore all the way. This new release 'The Rise Of Brutality' is still strongly Hardcore, but many of the riffs now have a much stronger Metallic flavour to them, and it's to the improvement of the entire record. The painfully clichéd lyrics from 'Perseverance' have largely been cut out as well (sample lyric from 'You're Never Alone' from 'Perseverance'; "This is for the kids who have nowhere to turn, who have nothing to live for, you think you haven't the will to persist, you have to search within yourself". How cheesy do you want it?), so the whole record does not bang on about Hardcore unity and standing up for yourself anymore. Whilst the record is no longer as preachy, it retains it's predecessor's ability to strip paint at 50 paces, as one thing no Hatebreed album could be accused of is lacking extremity. If you like your Metal/Hardcore hybrid to be as heavy and brutal as they come, this is the record for you. With such crushing tracks as 'Tear It Down', 'Straight To Your Face' and 'This Is Now', this is one seriously heavy album. They've certainly converted me and made me into a believer.

Pathway To Deviance
Pathway To Deviance
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best the British Death Metal scene has to offer, 9 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Pathway To Deviance (Audio CD)
Desecration are, as has been pointed out in the previous review, the finest Death Metal band in Britain, closely followed by Gorerotted. Out of their four easily(-ish!) available albums, this probably is the finest although they're all excellent in truth. The lyrics and vocals supplied by mainman Ollie Jones are as gutteral and twisted as you could wish for in a Death Metal release, the riffs and bass are crushing and the drumming is simply magnificent. There is a breathtakingly fast section during the final track 'Frosted Breath' that even Gene Hoglan would think twice about undertaking (pun intended). The sample to open the record at the start of 'Cleaver, Saw And Butcher's Knife' will most likely send a shiver down your spine as well, it's the sound of the cleaver being sharpened up to slice through flesh and bone. Nasty stuff, and just the right way to start the best British Death Metal album since Carcass split up.

The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild
The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent effort, but doesn't quite beat DEP, 9 Nov. 2003
It's nice to see a British band take on a style of music most often performed by American bands and show them how it's done. Sadly, Sikth don't quite manage this, though they do give it one hell of a good effort. The type of music I'm referring to is the ultra-technical hardcore played by the likes of Converge, The Locust and current kings of the scene, Dillinger Escape Plan. Sikth are very good, make no mistake about it, but DEP are still the boss. With some cracking songs like Scent Of The Obscene, Skies Of Millenium Night, and their astounding cover of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Tupelo, they can match anything The Locust can throw at them, but in my humble opinion, both DEP and Converge are still ahead of them, although Sikth do have points in their own favour. For starters, the use of twin vocalists is inspired, and gives them a very unique kind of sound. Also, from time to time, DEP do get a bit technical-for-the-sake-of-being-technical and it all becomes a bit much, something Sikth stay well away from which keeps the listener engrossed rather than confused, always a good thing. In the final reckoning then, Sikth are the finest technical hardcore band this country has to offer, and we should be grateful for them, but they are not quite scene leaders just yet. Superb first effort, though.

Crowned In Terror
Crowned In Terror
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now that's what I call Metal!, 9 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Crowned In Terror (Audio CD)
This album is so Metal it's difficult to describe how good it is. In the simplest of terms, it's absolutely awesome. It's everything a Thrash Metal album should be and more, with everything turned up past eleven, to a scale even Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnell would not believe. It's THAT Metal! Massive amounts of superb riffs, speedy and precise drumming with a healthy proportion of blast beats which always goes down well, and, for one night only, the nasty, spiteful-sounding vocals of superb Metal singer Tomas Lindberg. To this day, Tomas is best known as the former voice of At The Gates, and to be honest, that is where he did his best work, although his projects since then, including The Great Deceiver and the excellent Lock Up have been very impressive. On 'Crowned In Terror' though, he gives probably his best performance since the break up of ATG seven years ago. Barking out the lyrics and obviously having a whale of a time doing it, he compliments the the massive Thrash riffs of Marko Tervonen and Marcus Sunesson perfectly. There is simply not a dull moment on this whole album, with Metal corkers like Under The Whip and the brilliant title track. However, the finest song for me has to be the album closer Death Metal Holocaust, where The Crown borrow the their drumming style directly from Krisiun (constant blastbeats and a double bass attack, breathtaking stuff!) and utilise a twin-vocalist assault of Lindberg and regular The Crown frontman Johan Lindstrand to absolutely stunning effect. It's Metal enough to make Manowar weep into their loincloths, and it's as heavy a song as you'll ever hear in the Thrash Metal genre. Like the rest of this brilliant album, it's Metal enough to make your eyes water, and that's the best way to be!

Absolution [CD + DVD]
Absolution [CD + DVD]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album that simply defies belief, 7 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Absolution [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
All the current hype from the media surrounds The Darkness being built up as the next big thing. This is fair enough, as they are a cracking band, but at the moment, there's little doubt that Muse are the finest band in Britain today. Their songwriting abilities are on a level above any of their competitors, and the days of them being labelled as mere Radiohead copyists are well and truely over. Their last studio album Origin Of Symmetry was a bit special, but Absolution simply blows it clean out of the water. From the opening of the orchestral-driven Apocalypse Please, the album keeps putting out superb track after track. For my money, the finest song is the internet-only single Stockholm Syndrome which is absolutely devastating, but in truth the standard of songs never drops below superb. As if this wasn't enough, this special edition comes with a bonus DVD which takes an in-depth look behind the making of Absolution, showing a different aspect of the recording of each different song. Fascinating stuff, although even without it the album is a totally essential purchase. The best British album of 2003 without a shadow of a doubt.

None So Vile
None So Vile

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the finest Death Metal album ever released, 7 Nov. 2003
This review is from: None So Vile (Audio CD)
The second album from the top Canadian death squad, and the final one to feature the incomparable vocal talents of the lunatic (and Chad Kroeger look-alike, another Canadian, interestingly!) Lord Worm, this is quite simply one of the finest Death Metal releases of all time. The music is slightly less technical than on the two follow-ups ‘Whisper Supremacy’ and ‘And Then You’ll Beg’, but it is the vocal style which sets it apart. For sheer aural ferocity, Lord Worm simply blows Mike DiSalvo out of the water, which is no mean feat in itself, as the big man packs a fair bit of power himself, though his style is more hardcore than Death Metal. Lord Worm is Death Metal through and through, with his style being roughly halfway between that of Chris Barnes (ex-Cannibal Corpse) and Kevin Sharp (ex-Brutal Truth) – as gutteral is it is possible for a man to get! The other notable feature of this, and every other Cryptopsy album is Flo Mounier’s almost inhuman drumming ability; simply phenomenal, almost like a constant blastbeat!
After the recording of this album, Lord Worm left (possibly to form Nickleback, who knows?) and Mike Disalvo joined, and the music became more technical and progressive, and less extreme. This album, though, catches the band at the very peak of their awesome powers, and stands as a classic of the genre. The cover art, showing a 17th century painting of the head of John the Baptist fits the mood perfectly as well. Absolute class.
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Sound of White Noise
Sound of White Noise
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest moments of their career, 7 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Sound of White Noise (Audio CD)
Despite being counted as one of Thrash�s Big Four of the late 80s / early 90s along with Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth, apart from first couple of releases Anthrax were never really a Thrash band in the traditional sense. That minor irrelevence aside though, they were, and still are one of the best Metal bands in the world. In my humble opinion, this is the finest record of their 9 album long career. Every single one of the 11 tracks are absolutely superb, though special mentions go to Room For One More, Invisible, 1000 Points Of Hate and C11 H17 N2 O2 S Na (Sodium Pentathol, I did A-level chemistry!!!). As John Bush�s first album after joining the band, he had to prove that he was a worthy replacement for Joe Belladona who had recently left. In my opinion, he did more than that, he proved that he is one of the best vocalists in Metal full-stop. His performance throughout the whole album is flawless, as is that of Anthrax�s best known and most potent weapon, Scott Ian�s crunching rhythm guitar. No matter what kind of Metal you like, be it Death, Grindcore, Industrial or even (horror of all horrors) Nu-Metal, you will like this album and you will like Anthrax. Absolutely superb stuff as ever.

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