Country of Origin: Brazil
Filled to the rafters with pleasing riffs and tempos of a pace rarely found in traditional stoner rock faire Neckbreaker is a delight to immerse oneself in, intriguing enough, in fact, to allure fans from many a genre ranging from doom, traditional heavy metal through melodic heavy death.
Kalyl Lamarck delivers vocals at times akin to that found within numerous Pro Pain releases another great factor to chalk up in an album that remains appreciatively interesting and lively throughout. The inclusion of an occasional soundbite only adds to the albums appeal lending a macabre/supernatural edge.
Huge thanks go out to these guys for introducing us to their output, now it’s only right to return the favor, I have no qualms in doing so as this is impressive indeed, head noddinly so in fact. Show these guys some support you won’t regret it.
Label: Diamonds Prod. Records
Country of Origin: Italy
Not knowing quite what to expect, hence no research, I hit play on this release. Within no time whatsoever I realized one thing above all else…this is some damn fine metal, alright perhaps it’s a tad ‘mellower’ than I’m used to but I can still recognize quality and talent when I hear it (being open minded comes handy more often than not). In regards to style No Mans Eyes have a Halloween meets Nevermore vibe. Obviously the singing found here is more in the power metal wheelhouse than what I’m regularly used to but unlike a great many vocalists I can mention (in the same genre) I can stomach it without any reservations whatsoever. The music perfectly matches the voice. Sweeping solos, intricate riffs and fluid flowing passages with melodies, that make you wish you’d stuck to the lessons, supply stunning atmosphere and a sense of grandeur that takes the listener back many a year to the heyday of the genre. A time when Europe was less a bankrupt nation but more a haven for metal, long hair and all day stadium events.
I’ll be amiss if I didn’t thank Trevor from Sadist for pushing this in our direction.
It’s a rare day when I recommend a release with so much in the way of power metal stylings but it and I’ll happily state it appears today is just one of those happenstances.
Quality all the way, an exemplary metal album be it described as heavy metal, power metal or speed it’s excellent regardless!
Label: Magnetic Eye Records
Country of Origin: USA
Overall a release that’s blunt, surprisingly addictive, groovy and extremely difficult not to like. A band that deserves attention you can tell any live appearance is primed to be both an amazing spectacle and an event in which you might want to stand back lest you lose sight of your drink and numerous flying elbows.
Take a break from speed, grunts to enjoy some old fashioned spite & groove.
Label: Old Temple/God Ov War /Hellthrasher Productions/Third Eye Temple
Country of Origin: Poland
Oozing atmosphere of a diabolical nature Embrional effectively take the listener on a journey, a pulverizing traipse across the senses, a landscape fueled by blast beats, demonical rasps and an often intricately technical torturous percussion.
Highly recommended for fans of Abysmal Dawn, Morbid Angel, Immolation in fact anyone who can appreciate complexity rather than all out speed for brutality’s sake.
Label: Ibex Moon Records/ FDA Rekotz (reissue)
Country of Origin: USA
Released: November/23/2009 (R. June/26/2015)
Boasting choice riffs plucked from the lexicon of Dismember and the like I would normally pass this fodder by, however this is a great example of the same style including enough fluidity, groove and familiarity to put me in mind of Bloodbath and keep me interested throughout.
Seek this one out and then with a huge grin plastered across your mug sift your back catalogue of dusty Entombed, Grave and Dismember treasures.
Label: AFM Records
Country of Origin: Germany
To put it simply this is a fantastic example of how well behaved heavy metal/speed and thrash can be if they wildly cavort and play together without inhibition.
Great production within an album sporting tracks that are far beyond addictive.
IMO this is a stunning recent highlight of the thrash/speed genre that demands discovery.
Label: Apostasy Records
Country of Origin: Sweden
Immediately I’m put in mind of an act compromised of some of the genres greatest musicians, be it drummers, guitarist or voice, this act; Bloodbath.
The similarity here is uncanny the vocalist (Joel Fornbrant formerly of Coldworker, now of Axis of Despair) ‘owns’ a remarkable style that resonates with any long time European death fan. The music is very familiar, doom layered death with groove and fantastic tempo changes without lifting from (or ‘ripping off’) the aforementioneds’ style. Overtorture deliver too as the quality is outstanding and worthy of many a spin on a turntable that has seen the likes of numerous legendary ‘Gothenburg’ styled releases.
To keep it short, pick this up you won’t be disappointed rather miffed as to why this might be the first time you’ve ever heard of Overtorture.
Label: Active Records
Country of Origin: Sweden)
Touted as being the first epic doom band Candlemass have gone through their fair share of line up tragedies and although they are still performing today I fear hearing any vocalist but Messiah (Marcolin) tackle the classics (including but limited to Bewitched, At the Gallows End) might sully my recollection of their mesmeric power upon my impressionable young tastes. To state that Messiah has a supreme vocal ability that grabs your attention is a gross understatement he has ‘pipes’ to shame a great many proficient vocalists. If truth be told though it’s the music in Nightfall that showcases that style the clean riffs, dramatic solos and plodding often mid-tempo rhythms (it’s enough to have one prancing around like a total loon to be honest).
This is an album that though dusty and probably forgotten by most deserves attention a few spins to rekindle some killer memories. Better yet introduce this to someone who may not be old enough to have yet discovered the melodic sweeping majesty of Leif Edling, Bjorkman, Lindh and Johansson it’s a stunning combination, close knit and now perilously close to thirty years’ strong.
Long live Candlemass, now I’m thinking I should probably swallow my pride and discover them sans Messiah (but it just doesn’t seem right).