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Human's Pain
Human's Pain
Price: £11.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mega-fast, mega-technical brutal Polish Death Metal, 31 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Human's Pain (Audio CD)
Yattering are another in the long line of excellent Death Metal exports from the hotbed that is Poland. They may not be quite the equal of Vader or Decapitated, but they are probably next in the cue behind them, ahead of other contemporaries such as Behemoth. Taking their name from Clive Barker’s book ‘The Yattering And Jack’, they may not ever be one of the most successful Death Metal outfits around, but they are certainly one of the fastest. When these guys put their minds to it, they can show speed and technical ability to make bands like Morbid Angel or Suffocation blush. Blasts, double bass fills, hyper-speed riffing, Yattering know every trick in the Death Metal handbook, and they know how to use them. In fact, the band this excellent debut album most reminds me of is Cryptopsy, although it doesn’t quite reach the insane levels of technicality that the Canadians are reknowned for. However, that makes no real difference when there’s songs as fine as ‘Annihilation Of Fellow Creatures’, ‘Chase Of Thoughts’ and the two superb cover versions at the end of the album, Brutal Truth’s ‘Ill Neglect’ and Slayer’s near legendary ‘Dittohead’. One of the best Death Metal debuts of recent years.


INHALE/EXHALE
INHALE/EXHALE
Price: £11.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insanely intense Swedish Grindcore, 31 Dec. 2003
This review is from: INHALE/EXHALE (Audio CD)
Nasum probably hit their peak on this, the first of their three albums to date, and haven’t let the standard slip just yet. If you don’t already know, and the fact that it is released on Relapse wasn’t a big enough clue, this is Grindcore of the fastest, hardest, most brutal variety. The songs average about a minute in length, the lyrics are politically charged, they’re like a modern equivalent to early Napalm Death but even more brutal than the masters. The drums are thrashed within an inch of their lives, the riffs are played at lightning speed, the vocals are suitably gutteral, it’s got everything the modern Grindcore record needs. The only bands who can really match Nasum for extremity nowadays are drum machine-driven Grind bands like The Berzerker and Agorophobic Nosebleed, so if you want your Metal both man-made and as hard as it comes, this could be the very thing. The cover art is absolutely superb as well, worth buying just for that.


Engineering The Dead
Engineering The Dead
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Price: £20.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A top bit of Belgian blood-spattered Gore Metal, 28 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Engineering The Dead (Audio CD)
Aborted are a top class Death Metal band, despite the apparent geographical disadvantage of coming from Belgium, not a hotbed of extreme underground music by any stretch of the imagination. They’re not likely to win any prizes for originality, but then how many DM bands nowadays are truly original? Akercocke and Nile are both a bit different to most but after that, the bands are just influencing each other to try to make a new sound out of old ideas. This is not entirely a bad thing though; bands like Aborted still produce an enjoyable bloody noise. Obviously it owes a fair debt to Cannibal Corpse as does virtually any Gore Metal band, but it is by no means a xerox of them or any other individual band. Aborted are their own band, it’s just that they are made up of lots of little bits of other well known Death Metal bands. If you like your Metal reasonably brutal and blood-splattered though, give them a try, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re a fan of Re-Animator, so much the better, as these Belgians obviously are; not only do they sample the trailer for the original in its entirity, they also sample a big chunk from the sequel Bride Of Re-Animator. They are top horror films, but it does break up the flow a little too much for my liking. Still, in fairness, they fit the mood of the album pretty exactly. The new album Goremageddon virtually dispenses with them altogether though and is probably much the better for it.


Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk: Remastered
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk: Remastered
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Price: £39.89

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very pinnacle of Operatic Black Metal, 28 Dec. 2003
When people talk about Emperor, all the highest praise is normally reserved for their seminal In The Nightside Eclipse record. This praise is certainly well deserved, it is an astounding album, but Anthems... is every bit as good and in some aspects, not least production, manages to actually top its illustrious predecessor. This may sound like heresy to some old school Black Metal fans, but I reckon it's true. For starters, the intro track Alsvartr (The Oath) is every bit as overblown as you'd expect from a band like Emperor, before it segues into the blinding speedblast that is Ye Entrancemperium, where drum lord Trym gets to show all us how fast he is (very!). The whole album continues in the same vein, with mainman Ihsahn's ripping riffs and snarled vocals complemented perfectly by his excellent keyboard melodies, as well as the second guitar of Samoth, something not enough Black Metal bands tend to bother with. Brilliant stuff. If you're a Cradle Of Filth fan and reckon that they're the last word in Operatic Black Metal (even Black Metal is pushing it a bit these days, but not to worry) you should check this album out with all haste to see where Dani got a big chunk of his inspiration from. Seasoned Black Metallers will most likely already own it, and if not, they definitely should.


Destroy Erase Improve
Destroy Erase Improve

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra heavy intense Cyber Metal, 28 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Destroy Erase Improve (Audio CD)
Meshuggah are a bit of an oddity. They’re often described as being a technical Death Metal band, and when you first listen to them, it does seem as if this is true. However, if you actually analyse what is being played, it is not that technical or intricate at all, especially if you compare it to a genuine technical Death Metal band such as Cryptopsy. This doesn’t mean that Meshuggah are a bad band though, far from it, it’s just that their reputation sometimes puts people off because they believe that it will only be liked by serious musicians. However, I think that this will appeal to any fans of heavy music. Bizarrely for a band with the image they have for ultra-complexity in their music, the band Meshuggah sound most like is Demanufacture-era Fear Factory with their staccato riffs and liberal use of double bass drumming. However, one aspect where these Swedes are far ahead of the American band is in their guitar solos. In these days of pre-packaged plastic Nu-Metal rubbish, guitar solos have gone somewhat out of fashion, but if you want to hear a skilled guitarist showing what he’s capable of, listen to this record. The solo that Fredrik Thordendal pulls off on the opening track Future Breed Machine is quite simply breathtaking, whilst the one on Soul Burn is even better, and neither would sound out of place if Trey Azagthoth played it on a Morbid Angel album. This is one aspect of Meshuggah’s sound which truly is technical; Thordendal’s level of skill on his instrument is something to behold. Also, every riff on the whole album is satisfyingly meaty, with seven stringed guitars sometimes used to make the sound even more skull-crushing. The heavyness is not quite at the insane level of the next full album 'Chaosphere', but it still mops up the floor with Fear Factory or any other band of similarity. Another great point about Meshuggah is Jens Kidman’s vocals, whilst by no means the most brutal you will ever hear in Death or Thrash Metal, they are gruff and intense and fit the furious instrumental accompaniment perfectly. You really shouldn’t let the band’s slightly intimidating reputation put you off, so long as you like your music seriously heavy, fans of all kinds of Metal will enjoy this, not just the dedicated guitar heroes.


Deathrace King
Deathrace King

5.0 out of 5 stars Quite honestly, a match for Reign In Blood!, 24 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Deathrace King (Audio CD)
No matter what Manowar reckon, The Crown are the most Metal band alive today. Although all of their albums are great, and the one that follows this, ‘Crowned In Terror’ has the legend Tomas Lindberg on vocals, Deathrace King is the best of the bunch. In fact, it is one of the finest Thrash metal albums of all time. It has everything that Thrash needs, and it has it in spades. Blastbeats? Check. Super-complex guitar solos? Check. Mega-moshy, super-fast headbanging riffs? Check. Harsh but understandable vocals? Check. It’s got the lot. You will struggle to find a more Metal Metal album than this one (if you understand what I mean). If you thought Reign In Blood was the pinacle of what can be achieved in Thrash Metal, prepare to have that illusion well and truly shattered. Although there are no moments on the record that are anything less than superb, there are a couple of songs that are just that little bit better than the rest. Firstly, the opening song ‘Death Explosion’ is simply the most perfect way possible to start an album of high-octane Thrash, and is one of the finest Metal songs of the last ten years. But not the best. That honour has to go to the penultimate song on the album, ‘Total Satan’. Featuring co-vocals from Impaled Nazarene frontman Mika Luttinen, even the most die-hard Metalheads (and I include myself in that) are unlikely to have ever heard anything quite like it! The hardest, fastest, most ridiculously over-the-top Thrash song ever recorded? Probably. It’s worth buying the album just for this one song, I kid you not. Even if it does take (...) to arrive, I promise you the wait will be well worth it. Unbelievably good stuff, no fan of Metal should be without this album.


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4.0 out of 5 stars As reliable as clockwork, that's Vader, 30 Nov. 2003
Vader are one of the most widely respected yet simultaneously underrated of all the underground Death Metal bands, and it’s a mystery why they are actually underrated, because they wipe the floor with most of their rivals. A common criticism of the Poles’ music is that it all sounds the same, but when it all sounds as fine as ‘An Act Of Darkness’ then there isn’t really much to complain about. As you’d expect from Vader, the riffs are simple but highly effective, Peter’s vocals are simultaneously harsh and understandable, whilst the drumming courtesy of Doc is as scandalously fast as you could ever hope for. It is undeniable that all the tracks have a similar sound and feel, but if it isn’t broken, why fix it? Having said that though, the stand-out track has to be ‘Of Moon, Blood, Dream And Me’ and it’s worth getting the album just for that. All fans of Death Metal should get their hands on this or any other release from Vader, you certainly won’t regret it.


Bigger Than the Devil
Bigger Than the Devil

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic crossover with an evil sense of humour, 29 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Bigger Than the Devil (Audio CD)
First things first, this doesn't quite top their incredible 1985 debut effort 'Speak English Or Die' though in truth no-one really expected that it would. Having said that, it's still a phenomenally good album of blisteringly fast Hardcore / Thrash crossover with the ultra-controversial offensive sense of humour that S.O.D. were always known for. As you'd expect from this band, the blastbeats fly at a hundred miles an hour, especially on the track 'Charlie Don't Cheat', an homage to their drummer Charlie Benante (also of Anthrax), one of the inventors of the technique. Scott Ian's (also of Anthrax) rhythm guitar crushes everything in its path as it's been doing for the last twenty years, Dan Lilker's (formerly of Anthrax!) bass provides a rock-solid foundation for rest of the sonic lunacy, whilst Billy Milano's (never a mmber of Anthrax, at least to my knowlege!) vocals are simultaneously as offensive, sick and humorous as possible, including jokes about the untimely demise of Princess Diana and drug addicts, as well as more family-friendly songs such as the magnificently titled 'Frankenstein And His Horse'. As long as you've got a broadminded sense of humour and like your Thrash as fast as it can be played, you'll love S.O.D.


Last Temptation
Last Temptation
Price: £14.25

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome collaboration from two true pioneers, 29 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Last Temptation (Audio CD)
Lard are one of the finest underground bands that you've probably never heard of, but once you find out their line-up, it won't surprise you how good they are. They comprise Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker and the legend that is Jello Biafra, or to put it another way, Ministry fronted by the brains behind Dead Kennedys. Not a bad combination bad by anyone's standards. And if you're wondering, yes, they are every bit as good as the personnel suggest they should be. As you'd expect, the music is a hybrid of Ministry's grinding Industrial-Thrash hybrid with Biafra's manic ravings and political concience at the front in place of of Jourgensen's digitally enhanced sneer, and it all works and absolute treat. Every one of the nine songs on the album is brilliant, but special mentions have to go to the self-explanatory 'Drug Raid At 4 A.M.', the maniacal cover version of 'They're Coming To Take Me Away' and 'Sylvestre Matuschka', the true story of a man who gained sexual satisfaction from blowing up trains. Any fans of either Ministry or Dead Kennedys will absolutely lap this up, along with anyone else with an interest in any form of intelligent Metal music. Phenomenal stuff.


Kid Rock
Kid Rock

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong Rock, going soft in your old age?, 29 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Kid Rock (Audio CD)
Kid Rock used to be great but these days his music has gone downhill a fair bit. He's still pretty good, but he doesn't look likely to coming anywhere nowhere near to topping his supreme second album 'Devil Without A Cause'. Maybe he's just mellowing in his old age, maybe he's made too much money and doesn't have the hunger anymore, I can't pretend to know, but this oft-delayed album (no domestic release until February of next year at the time of writing, I had to get it from Canada!) as well as his last release 'Cocky' were just too mellow and laid back for their own good. Kid Rock is at his best when he's angry and his tunes are rocking out, but on this new album, the influences are almost totally Country and the whole vibe is far too relaxed. There are a couple of songs with good riffs, such as 'Jackson, Mississippi' but on the whole the record is very sedate. On the penultimate track 'Run Off To LA', he features his now seemingly mandatory collaboration with Sheryl Crow, whereas on 'Devil Without A Cause', the guest list included artists such as Eminem. Spot the difference. I don't want to sound overly negative or make out that this is a bad album because it isn't, it's still better than his debut 'Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast' but long-term fans know what Kid Rock is capable of when he's at his best and it's a good bit better than what he serves up here I'm afraid.


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