MUSIC REVIEWS
(August 2009)
ACT NOIR - AUTMATISME PSYCHIQUE
(11 track CD) MY KINGDOM MUSIC
ACT NOIR has members that reside in both Denmark & Italy. They play a very unique style of
Dark Rock music. There is a lot of really spacey & trippy parts in their sound. The music has an
almost New Wave of Goth Rock vibe to it all through out. I can definitely hear influences from the
70's & *0's Goth Rock bands. The vocals follow the same path as the music. It's really melodic dark
& Gothic. The music has a slight Progressive feel to it as well. I could see this being played in some
erotic Vampire type club somewhere in Europe.  If  your into this style then you'll definitely dig this
band! Dark & haunting all through out!
www.ACTNOIR.com
AURA - A DIFFERENT VIEW FROM THE SAME SIDE
(8 track CD) MY KINGDOM MUSIC
AURA was born back in 1996 & has gone through many line up changes. They have released a lot
of self financed releases, but this is their debut CD release for
MY KINGDOM MUSIC. These
guys play a very advanced style of Progressive Metal music. The music is very intricate & complex
all through out with many twists & turns. They have a very 70's influenced style of Metal sound.
The song structures are very strong & well written. The music has many different levels of
complexity. The vocals are a mid ranged melodic powerful clean Rock Metal style. There are
definite influences from
DREAM THEATRE, QUEENSRYCHE & GENESIS all present in their
sound.
myspace.com/AURAonline
AVENGER - FEAST OF ANGER JOY OF DESPAIR
(9 track CD) DEATHGASM RECORDS
Emerging from the darkness of Czech Republic comes the fourth full length release from
AVENGER. These guys play a fast paced mixture of Death & Black metal music. The music is
very raw, aggressive & spastic at times. You can almost hear some Grindcore influences, which is a
very popular style of music from Czech Republic. There are heavy old school elements present all
through out the music as well. The music has a really cold & harsh vibe to it all through out. Harsh,
scratchy groggy Black Death vocals just add to the severe intense sound of their music. This is a
must for fans of bands like
DISINCARNATE, MARDUK, MASTER, DISSECTION &
MANIAC BUTCHER
! There is a bonus video track for the song "Joy Of Despair" included too.
myspace.com/AVENGERofficial
AZARATH - PRAISE THE BEAST
(11 track CD) DEATHGASM RECORDS
"PRAISE THE BEAST" is the brand new full length album form these Polish Death Metal gods.
The music is ultra fast & intense all through out. There is a thick blanket of dark evilness that covers
all the music. At times there are heavy influences of Black Metal present too. There is strong solid
old school Death & Black Metal elements running through out the songs too. The vocals blend thick
Death growls with higher Black Metal growls. Inferno from the great
BEHEMOTH is featured on
drums, which just makes this one more reason that this is a must. If you were to collide old school
Florida Death metal with new school European Black Metal you'd get an idea of what this amazing
band sounds like. Just buy this album & crank it already!!! Horns up!!!
www.AZARATH.tez.pl
BROKENCYDE - I'M NOT A FAN...BUT THE KIDS LIKE IT!
(17 track CD) BROKEN SILENCE RECORDINGS
BROKENCYDE is a band I have been hearing  a lot of  both good & bad stuff about. After hearing
them I understand why people have much to say about them. They blend Screamo, Metal & Hip
Hop together to create their unique sound. A lot of people don't like this, but I am a fan of any band
that wants to do something different than the masses & especially when they do as great as
BROKENCYDE. I'm not a big fan of top 40 Hip Hop, but I do dig some of it. All their music has a
lot of energy that keeps the music flowing, plus it's a good balance of Screamo, Metal & Hip-Hop. I
of course, like the Metal parts better than the Hip Hop. A lot of people give me crap about liking
this music,  but if  it's as good as this is, I don't care what style of music it is. Open your minds
people!
www.BROKENCYDE.com
CARRY THE TORCH - A TRIBUTE TO KID DYNAMITE
(39 track CD) GET OUTTA TOWN RECORDS
KID DYNAMITE was & still is a huge influence in the Punk Rock & music scene in general even
though they broke up almost a decade ago. This tribute album contains every recorded
KID
DYNAMITE
song redone in praise some of the biggest & up and coming bands in the Punk &
Hardcore scene today. Some of the bands featured include
SMARTBOMB, FALLEN FROM THE
SKY, DENY EVERYTHING, DEATH IS NOT GLAMOROUS, GET BACK UP, TO THE
LIONS, THE GEEKS, THE WONDER YEARS, THIS IS HELL, THIS TIME NEXT YEAR
& 29 other bands. This is a must have for any fan of Punk Rock / Hardcore & especially of the
great band
KID DYNAMITE.
www.getouttatownrecords.com
CONDEMNED - CONTORTED AND ROTTING
(5 track CD) Self Released
CONDEMNED hail from Houston, Texas & play some very brutal old school Death Metal music.
They have a very fast paced aggressive sound that mixes in choppy Death grooves & breakdowns
along with slower lower end Death riffs. There is a very heavy & brutal mix of Texas & Florida
Death Metal styles. The thick sludgy sound adds to the bands sickness. The vocals are done in a
mid ranged Death growl style with some lower ended Death gurgles mixed within. These guys have
been around for a little bit, but are sure to drill their way to the top of the underground Death Metal
scene, very quickly! Keep a watch on this band, because they will be blasting your ears making you
beg for more!
www.CONDEMNED.ws
CONQUEST OF STEEL - STORM SWORD: RISE OF THE DREAD QUEEN
(14 track CD) NO FACE RECORDS
Quickly becoming legends of the underground Metal scene CONQUEST OF STEEL have
unleashed their third album. "Storm Sword" is a concept album & the best effort so far from these
guys. They play a Traditional style of Heavy Metal music that combines elements of Progressive
Metal & New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. These guys have taken what their bands of the past
have influenced them with & molded it into their own sound. Their last two albums have been great
master pieces, but this one surpasses them both. Fans of greats such as
IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS
PRIEST, BLIND GUARDIAN, DIO, RHAPSODY
& DRAGONFORCE will love this amazing
band! Check out the interview I did with them a few years back. This band is highly recommended
to every Metal fan!
www.CONQUESTOFSTEEL.co.uk
CUNT SCRAPE / DEATH FUCKING CUNT - SPLITROAST
(15 track CD) PRIME CUTS MUSIC
This split release is described as Gahstronomic Gynecological Grindcore vs. Extra Defective
Chromazonal Tech Slam. One listen & you will understand, maybe? The first 11 tracks come from
the band
CUNTSCRAPE. These sickos blend together the seed of Grind, the mash of  Thrash, the
stench of Death & the cock of Rock. This is some of the most fucked up spastic & intensely good
school crusty Death Metal music that injects many elements of Grindcore into their sound. The
music has an old school vibe with some new school technicality. Their sound is catchy, brutal &
spastic. A good match up of two great bands & they both have the word "CUNT" in their name!
myspace.com/grindcologyst   myspace.com/DEATHFUCKINGCUNT
DARK CELEBRATION - PLEGETON
(7 track CD) PARAGON RECORDS
DARK CELEBRATION has been around since 1996 & is now releasing their second full length
CD release. The band plays in the tradition of old school Death Metal music, but add in touches of
Black Metal & Thrash Metal all through out their songs. The foundation is rooted in Death Metal
from the early days. The vocals are done if a throaty & groggy styled Death growl, which is where
most of the Black Metal influences come into play. Some of the more faster, rawer & spastic parts
have a vibe of old school Black Metal too. Some of the guitar work is when the Thrash Metal
influences can be heard. This is a must for fans of old material from
MORBID ANGEL, WAR,
NAGELFAR, KRISIUN, THE CHASM & MARDUK
!
www.DARKCELEBRATION.com.br
EDGAR ALLEN POETS - CRYPTIC CODE
(4 track CD) Self Released
EDGAR ALLAN POETS is a two piece Alternative Rock band out of Italy. These guys are not the
typical sounding Alternative band though. They have added in some different elements to help them
stand out form the rest of the bands playing this style. There are influences of Gothic, Classic Rock
& Grunge all present in their sound too. The music has a bit of a dark vibe to it that reminds me of
some of the early 80's Dark Wave bands mixed with Modern Rock. The piano playing also adds a lot
of flavor to their sound. The vocals are done in a crossover style of Goth, Rock & Alternative as
well. Don't pass this band over, cause they are not the typical band of this style. Check them out!
www.EDGARALLANPOETS.com
ELDERHEAD - HILSEN FRA VINLAND
(4 track CD) Self Released
ELDERHEAD comes to us from Vinland, New Amsterdam & play some old school style of
Vinlandic Black Metal music. The music has a strong hatred & evilness to it that reminds me of a lot
of the early Black Metal bands out of the Nordic countries. The songs tackle Anti-Christianity,
Anti-Priest, Patricide, War & Death amongst other things. Their sound is very raw, aggressive, in
your face evil Black Metal through & through. Haunting harsh low ended thick Black Metal vocals
round out the bands sound. All new school Black Metal fans beware, cause you may not be able to
handle these guys who take Black Metal back to Hell from which it originated!
myspace.com/ELDERHEAD
EMPYREAN - QUIETUS
(10 track CD) PRIME CUTS MUSIC
Extreme Metal band EMPYREAN are ready to unveil their debut CD release to the masses. These
guys plant their music in the Death Metal genre, but they are much more than that. Their music
encompasses inspiration from melodic, dark, symphonic, spastic & brutal forms of music. They take
you into a spiralling blast of Death Metal mayhem to bring you out into a melodic atmospheric
Black music. Thick low end vocals mixed with higher screechy Black Metal screams add to the
bands already diverse sound. Bands that come to mind include
EMPEROR, DIMMU BORGIR,
OLD MAN'S CHILD
& ARCTURUS. With comparisons like this, you know you can't go wrong!
myspace.com/EMPYREANband
EVEN VAST - TEACH ME HOW TO BLEED
(10 track CD) MY KINGDOM MUSIC
EVEN VAST was created by two of the founding members of CHAOS AND TECHNOCRACY
back in 1997. They have taken their creativeness from that band & developed a new sound of Gothic
Rock. They blend in many emotional elements to create their sound. There are very atmospheric
passages all through out. The majority of the music is done in a Dark Wave style mixed with Modern
Rock sounds. There are a lot of gloomy inspired parts with modern Electronica grooves. The vocals
are dark atmospheric & melodic female vocals, that add to the bands already dark sound. They do a
cover of a
JOY DIVISION song too. Fans of early 80's Dark Wave music will really enjoy this!
www.EVEN-VAST.com
FATTOOTH - SELF TITLED
(9 track CD) REVERSED RECORDS
FATTOOTH hail from Canada & play a crossover style of Punk & Metal music. They also throw in
a lot of Cock Rock Metal influences into their sound. The music has high energy, grooves galore & a
lot of hard hitting Rock. The music takes you on a roller coaster ride with lots of twists, stop &
starts, down tempos & more. The vocals are harsh raspy & aggressive Modern Rock with Punk
attitude & Metal balls. The band features Gene Hoglan who has performed with  
ZIMMER'S
HOLE, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH
& TESTAMENT. A great listen & fun entertaining
band & album! Can't wait to check them out live sometime. Watch for these guys cause they will
become well known very soon!
myspace.com/FATTOOTH
FORGOTTEN SUNRISE - WILLAND
(11 track CD) MY KINGDOM MUSIC
FORGOTTEN SUNRISE has reinvented themselves over the years. With this new album
"WILLAND" they have done it again. The band combines many elements of Death Metal,
Psychedelic, Club, Trip Hop, Techno & more together to create their sound. The music is some what
schizophrenic sounding & trippy all through out, but is very heavy & intense as well. There are lots
of Industrial Death influences all through out their sound as well. The Death sounds mostly come in
the vocals, while the Industrial & Techno is in the music itself. They remind me of a combine style of
DEAD CAN DANCE, BILE, MOBY, MINISTRY, ULTRA VIOLENCE & SKINNY PUPPY.
All open minded Metal heads should give these guys a listen!
www.FORGOTTENSUNRISE.com
HELL'S THRASH HORSEMEN - ...TILL VIOLENCE
(7 track CD) ALWAYS AT WAR RECORDS
HELL'S THRASH HORSEMEN are a Russian Thrash Metal band. They play Thrash Metal in the
vein of old school Thrash Metal from the 80's These guys have a tight & technical sound with some
well written song structures. There are some influences of Progressive & Modern Thrash Metal in
their sound as well. The vocals are done in a mid ranged rough Thrash Metal style. I grew up listening
to Thrash Metal so I am always excited to find a new Thrash Metal band, especially a good one like
these guys! I love all these new Thrash bands coming out with the Thrash revival! Check these guys
out especially if your into the bands
TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DESTRUCTION, KREATOR
& MEGADETH
!
myspace.com/HELLSTHRASHHORSEMEN
IMMORTAL REMAINS - EVERLASTING NIGHT
(10 track CD) MY KINGDOM MUSIC
Dark harsh & evil Black Metal is what IMMORTAL REMAINS delivers to us. These guys play
Black Metal that combines influences from the old & the new. There are some really harsh aggressive
high pitch screams mixed with low ended Death growls. The music itself takes us down a dark &
ever winding path into the depths of hell itself. Fast paced intense Black Metal mixed with heavy
aggressive Death Metal & some cold somber Black Metal is what makes up their sound. There are
some melodic & slower parts, but it's mostly filled with blasting evil through out. This is a must for
fans of
CRADLE OF FILTH, BEHEMOTH, OLD MAN'S CHILD, DIMMU BORGIR &
FORGOTTEN TOMBS
! Hail Satan!!!
www.IMMORTAL-REMAINS.de
IMPERATIVE MUSIC - VOLUME ONE
(19 track CD) IMPERATIVE MUSIC
This is the first volume in a compilation series put out by IMPERATIVE MUSIC. The CD features
many new bands in the Metal underground music scene today. The bands on this compilation play
many different styles of Metal such as Death, Thrash, Black, Progressive, Gothic, Power, Modern &
more. The bands featured include
BACKSTABBING BASTARD, FACEOFF, SOUTHERN
EXTREMITY, DARK MATTER, WE ALL FALL, TOXXIC TOYZ, ALCHEMY, HERITAGE,
THE DIVINE MALEFACTION
& 10 others. The compilation features photos, web address & what
album the song was taken from for each band. This is a killer compilation with many great new bands!
Get your copy today & discover some great music!
myspace.com/IMPERATIVEMUSIC
KULT OFENZIVY - Radikalni Ateismus
(7 track CD) DEATHGASM RECORDS
Czech Republic has birthed another extreme Black Metal band in the form of KULT OFENZIVY.
The music is relentless violent & aggressive old school Black Metal in it's most hated & evil form.
There is a raw noisy & dark sound to the music that is covered with dirty gritty sounds. The music
just pounds the hell out of you & beats your ear drums till they bleed. The vocals are mid ranged
thick throaty Black Metal & are done in the Czech language. If your ready for a harsh beating & you
think you can handle the mayhem, then pop this disc in & blast it!
myspace.com/KULTOFENZIVYblackmetal
MALFEITOR - INCUBUS
(10 track CD) AGONIA RECORDS
"INCUBUS" is the second chapter from Italian Black Metal band MALFEITOR. The band features
M. Fabban of
ABORYM on bass & vocals. The band combines crushing old school blasphemous
Black Metal with some new elements to create one monstrous & devastating Black Metal album.
Merging influences from old Swedish & Norwegian Black Metal & unearthing some fierce, intense
evilness in the form of unholy Black Metal. Harsh, spastic & groggy Black Metal screams & growls
round out the bands sound. All fans of old Black Metal greats like
IMMORTAL, DARKTHRONE,
DARK FUNERAL, MARDUK
& BURZUM will love these guys! The evil has risen & it's name is
MALFEITOR!!!
myspace.com/MALFEITOR666
MALLEUS - TO FADE INSIDE A WASTE
(5 track CD) Self Released
MALLEUS is a killer band that blends a bunch of styles of Metal together to create their sound.
They lay most of their roots in the Metalcore genre, but add in flavoring of Thrash, Death, Black &
Doom dig a lot. The stop & starts, breakdowns & tempo changes also add to the bands killer sound.
The vocals are done in a mid ranged harsh aggressive Death growl type scream. If you were to melt
together
LAMB OF GOD, PANTERA, JOB FOR A COWBOY & THE FACELESS, you'd get a
close idea of what this very cool band sounds like. Check them out!
(14 track CD) SUBURBAN NOIZE RECORDS
This is the third installment in the legacy that is known as MOWER. These guys hail from San
Diego, California & play a very aggressive & in your face of Hard Rock Punk music. They blend
together the attitude of Punk Rock mixed with Hard Rock grooves & smashed together with heavy
Metal energy! There has been a big buzz going around about these guys & now I know why. They
are a fucking killer! The band has reinvented them selves on each outing & have done it again here.
The first 9 tracks are new fast paced Punk induced Metal tracks. The last 6 tracks are by their alter
ego
SLOWER who have redone some older songs in a Punk Jazz Fusion style. This is an amazingly
killer band that deserves to get a hell of a lot more attention than they are!
www.MOWERmusic.com
NAHUI - A BLUE FIRE
(8 track CD) MY KINGDOM MUSIC
NAHUI is from Italy & they play a different form of Progressive Rock music. It has lots of touches
of 70's Prog Rock mixed with Modern Rock & some Alternative music as well. The music is where
most of the Progressive 70's Rock comes into play. Most of the Modern Rock & Alternative
influences come through in the vocal styling. The band has a lot of depth to their songs. The vocals
remind me of a more melodic version of Bono from
U2. I'm not a big fan of this style of music, but I
know a good band when I hear one & these guys are talented!
www.NAHUI.it
NEXUS - THE PARADISE COMPLEX
(8 track CD) Self Released
NEXUS is a Western Australia based band & they have released their first full length album. "THE
PARADISE COMPLEX" is a concept album that follows a protagonist as he claims the ultimate
source of knowledge & power for himself. They combine many forms of extreme Metal together to
create their impressive sound. The influences include many elements from Death, Grind, Progressive
Math Metal & Avant-garde. These guys deliver the goods big time. This is one of the most diverse &
impressive extreme Metal bands I have ever heard to emerge from Australia. Check these guys out,
you won't be disappointed!!!
www.NEXUSmetal.com
NOVA ART - FOLLOW YOURSELF
(11 track CD) MY KINGDOM MUSIC
NOVA ART is a very different Metal act coming out of Russia. They combine many forms of Metal
music together to come up with their sound. The band base most of their roots in the Progressive
styles. The vocals also follow the same pattern as the music. They combine melodic clean, mid ranged
Thrash & higher pitched Power Metal vocals together. This is one band that every Metal fan can find
something to enjoy about this incredible band! Buy this CD, open your mind & blast your speakers!
www.NOVA-ART.ru
OCEANS OF NIGHT - THE SHADOWHEART MIRROR
(8 track CD) AMBIENT
Scott Mosher is a legend in the underground Progressive Metal scene. He has combined the worlds of
Progressive Metal, Melodic Hard Rock & Ambient music together. With his new band
OCEANS OF
NIGHT
with Scott Mosher doing all guitars, bass & keyboards & Scott Oliva on vocals, he has done
it again.
OCEANS OF NIGHT have a very Progressive sound with some really dark & ambient
passages all through out. I like the fact that it combines many influences from 70's Prog Rock bands
as well as 80's Power Heavy Metal bands, as this is a lot of the stuff I grew up listening to. Some of
you might know Scott Oliva from his New York based
IRON MAIDEN tribute band LIVE AFTER
DEATH
! If you enjoyed Scott Mosher's other works than your gonna love this new project!!!
www.OCEANSOFNIGHT.com
ROSSOMETILE - TERRENICA
(10 track CD) MY KINGDOM MUSIC
After a 5 year absence this Italian Progressive Metal band has returned with their newest offering
"TERRENICA" The band plays a different than normal style of Progressive Rock. They add in some
Ambient, Alternative, Modern Metal & Power to create their sound. I like how they take you from
one end to the other on a magical & mystical Prog Rock journey. The diverse angelic female vocal
stylings of Angy help give the band a sound all their own as well. This is a must for any fan of
THE
GATHERING, DREAM THEATRE, RUSH
& Prog Rock in general!
www.ROSSEMETILE.it
SCARS - DEVIL GOD ALLIANCE
(12 track CD) Self Released
SCARS is one band I have enjoyed immensely since first hearing them a few years back. They have
unleashed their newest effort that is a Thrash Metal classic in the making. These guys hail from Brazil
& play old school styled Bay Area Thrash Metal. There is tons of killer riffs, grooves & all out
slamming parts. The vocals are a mid ranged Thrash style. Any fan of the bands like
FORBIDDEN,
KREATOR, DESTRUCTION, TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX
& SLAYER will love these guys! If
they were to come out in the late 80's to early 90's when Thrash Metal was on the rise these guys
could have been at the top of the scene! Thrash til Death!!!
www.SCARS.com.br
SEPTIK - GRAN RESURRECTION
(11 track CD) WINTERTHORN
SEPTIK is a New Jersey based Death Metal band that formed back in 1991. The band split up in
1994 & 10 years later
WINTERTHORN released a digitally remastered edition of the bands album
"INCEPTION OF DECAY" With the over whelming response to this release the band reformed in
2007. The result of this effort is 11 new tracks in the form of "GRAND RESURRECTION". They
play a classic style of old school Death metal with touches of Thrash Metal mixed within. I dig the
heavy aggression they bring forth with the killer Thrash grooves. The vocals are mid ranged groggy
sounding Death vocals that are understandable. They remind me slightly of a mix between
BOLT
THROWER
& ENTOMBED!
myspace.com/SEPTIKusa
THE ULTRA SIBERIAN PANT FACTORY - OMNIUMGATHERUM
(7 track CD) SELF RELEASED
This is the debut release from this Houston Texas based band now known as THE PANT
FACTORY
. They originally started out as an instrumental band but then added a vocalist. Their
music is a bit hard to describe because they have pushed themselves musically & mentally into many
different directions. They incorporate many elements of Progressive Rock, Math Metal, Hard Rock &
Jazz Fusion. The vocals follow the same pattern as the music, by using different vocal styles of the
above genres. If you were to melt together
TOOL, MASTODON, YES, DILLINGER ESCAPE
PLAN, CYNIC, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
& more you would have a close comparison
as to what
THE PANT FACTORY sounds like!
www.USPFX.com
(8 track CD) MY KINGDOM OF HELL
"MAN MADE PARADISE" is the debut full length from TICKET TO HELL out of Mexico.
TICKET TO HELL is the brain child of  former ANTIQUA member Jacobo Cardova doing all the
instruments on the album. This is an adrenaline junkies greatest fix. Thrash Metal to the extreme with
touches of melodic Death Metal mixed all within. Highly intense energy coursing through every song.
The vocals are mid ranged Thrashing Death vocals reminiscent of
SLAYER mixed with some
DEATH. This is an amazing great release that will shred my CD player for a long time!!!
myspace.com/TICKETTOHELLband