Label: Bloodrock Records
(country of origin; Italy)
Then this is most definitely your...“bag baby” (sorry I've been on an Austin Powers kick lately). Think dense heavy riffs, at times more of a relaxed stoner rock vibe with interludes of Celtic Frost like changes in tempo and a vocal vibe with a Cathedral’s Dorrian-esque edge. Night Gaunt is an album one can easily get into on the first spin with an overall sound that may well invoke images of a certain lead man stomping around the stage in a long robe, Messiah Marcolin of Candlemass (especially the starting riff to The Patient) it'll easily place a whopping smile on one's face. An outstanding slab of doom from an act admittedly nowhere near my metal radar.
Label: Metal Inquisition Records
(country of origin; International; Sweden, UK)
The result is a highly addictive collection of tracks that should appeal to both death metal fans old (school) and new.
As Adversary begins (first track of the album) one might get a familiar feeling, it soon dissipates however, as Echelon impart their mixture of styles upon your senses. The Impious of the Perverse is a favorite of mine and has somewhat of a Bloodbath riff structure feel about it. The last track, in a way an outro, is an intriguing collection of soundbites with great atmosphere very well compiled and somewhat tongue in cheek in nature. All in all a must own, an album I can't stop playing. Welcome back Dave!
(country of origin; Poland)
This is not what you might deem traditional heavy metal, thrash, doom or even hard rock. The music here has rhythm, the riffs are powerful at times, then there's Dialogues of a Love Lost. It's slower, emotional, picks up pace quickly and is altogether different than anything before it. Anger Spent is more at home in the thrash realm with an altogether more aggressive feel than most other tracks but still has a 'alternate' feel to it, not radio friendly alternative per se but different.
Last Shot is one of my favorites, has a hardcore-esque vibe, and is a great way to end an album that is enjoyably different. Well worth a peek, this is an album that will grow on you.
Label: Good Fight Music
(country of origin; USA)
The Oracle expertly fuses dark atmospheric black metal, death and smidgens of doom (not to mention deathcore elements) to concoct an album that is quite simply jaw dropping. Slow and menacing when needed then groove laden when you least expect it this is an album that lifted me off my feet then tossed me clear across the room with no regard for my safety what-so-fukin-ever! With the average age of the band being a mere twenty-three the future is blinding, the horizon beckons whilst the hungry metal hordes await further brilliance.
Label: Vic Records
(country of origin; Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway)
Short and to the point this one will get your blood pumpin' kiddies.
Ask Granma if she's ever heard of Master? She may smack you depending on your genetic origins or she may well break out a vinyl, swing her hair around like one possessed and start wailing ... Unknown Soldier. Warning – there's a geriatric pit about to start, make room!
Label: Razorback Records
Country of origin: Brazil
Label: Sidpus Records
Country of origin; USA
Coming back for the 'Final Assault' three of the four original members pay homage to their/this bands legacy.
Dan Lilker (akf) SOD, Anthrax, Brutal Truth pulling bass duties. Erik Burke (Kalibas,Brutal Truth) on guitar with Glenn Evans (TT Quick, Acid Reign) on drums and John Connelly (CIA, Acid Reign and Anthrax) pulling rhythm and vocal duties.
Admittedly not the best way to discover this act but a must have for the diehard fans.
My suggestion try (one of my thrash faves) Handle With Care (1989) it still has the power to wake you up 26 years after its initial release and dispels the myth that all decent American thrash originated from the Bay Area.
Label: Knife Fight Media
Country of origin : USA
Their last full length (Incorporated) in 04' was received extremely well by fans and critics alike though who really knows the inner workings and tribulations within the dynamics of a band leading to a split.
So how does this brief audio serving fare?
Containing three unreleased tracks and a reworking it's more of a nod to/homage really. The reworking of the title track results in a more symphonic mellow listen. It works.
The following three tracks comprise of a hardcore-esque affair, a slower more melodic track and a dark instrumental of sorts.
Not a bad showing overall though it’s nothing to stop traffic for.