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Reviews 2015

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2013 REVIEWS :







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NIGHTFALL - Cassiopeia

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Photo: REVIEW    Phobia  (U.S.): Remnants of Filth   (Willowtip Records)      Phobia just melted my precious computer from 1988 (my floppy disks, aaargh!), so I have “permanently borrowed” a computer from my neighbor Tom Brady (an athlete of some sort, says that he plays “professionally” hockey or football or something).  	Wow, 18 songs of crust grind punk that runs under 20 minutes, recommended for fans of Napalm Death, Nasum, Rotten Sound, Wormrot: short, fast and obnoxious. This has to be one of the best sounding grind albums of the last couple of years, too. Nice and clear. Angry, very angry, Phobia destroys stages and musical equipment.  Carry on screaming, Phobia, carry on screaming. Frosthelm (U.S.): The Northwinds Rend Flesh     On this 4-song EP, Frosthelm positively shines and is outstanding. The songs are about 3 minutes long, and are lean, action-packed firecrackers; less than 12 minutes total time.  	The details: Frosthelm plays huge, hot thrashing riffs (think Immortal/Slayer), spices up the songs with licks, tremolo picking and a bit of melody in the soloing, like on the title track. “Goblindriver” (2:35) has immense, sharp thrash riffs, a quick shot of melody, blasting and brain-twisting black metal vocals. Speaking of throat destruction, “Reaping the Seeds of Corruption” uses both death and black metal vocals, but the black metal moments deserve special mention for being some of the most evil Donald Duck gremlin vocals.   Awesome little EP; how are they going to top this?! What an opportunity for them to prove this was no fluke! Circle II Circle (U.S.): Seasons Will Fall  (earMUSIC)    I did not like this album at first, and I wrote a review draft:  “Circle II Circle lacks not talent nor quality production. What I do not like is the absence of the metal fire. They’re an able bunch, with the former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens. For me, what doesn’t work is the laid-back, elevator metal. The drummer (drum machine?) sounds like he plays these songs with one hand, and eats a sandwich at the same time with his other hand. The pace is just slow and midtempo.”  Then, I changed my mind. I adjusted to the slower pace after several listens. Therefore, if you listen to a lot of fast metal, just remember to switch your brain to a slower mode. The album is mellow, in the style of contemporary adult metal, and offends no one at the office (or at church). This is a bunch of middle-aged metal dudes that sound like a metal version of Journey, Matchbox 20, Boston, Heart or Rush.  Great, wonderful, excellent music, and not only for the suit-and-tie, office-worker and parent-with-three-children in you; and if you are below 25 years of age, just be patient and give it time.   I feel so “grown up.” I actually listened to this enough times to understand it. Am I an adult now? I gotta go listen to Nominon now. www.circle2circle.netPhoto: Bane   (Serbia): The Acausal Fire          (Abyss Records)    Zine’s new issue is almost done; time running out, so, to the point: it would seem, that Bane loves the album “Storm of the Light’s Bane” by Dissection. Is Bane a baby Dissection? Oh, and how! Bane’s metal of death succeeds at warp speed blasting, and huge riffs that lift sleepy heads out of stupor and into motion. The strong dose of spiraling riffs, that re-work and rewind, frame songs as intense, as they are memorable and melodic. The blazing speed does allow the listener to see what Bane does, even hearing the acoustic or clean guitar parts, the guitar layers. One listen, bam!, hooked, for Dissection fanatics. www.baneband.comPhoto: REVIEW    Warseid  (U.S.): Where Fate Lies Unbound       Given that Warseid works with longer song structures, those who are appreciative of bands on the more brainy side of metal should find in Warseid several aspects to delve into. The progressive melodic dark symphonic metal found on “Where Fate Lies Unbound” presents a treat for the patient ear willing to find out what the musical journey entails. Sounding black metal at times, and folky at others, frequently melodic, with both harsh and clean vocals, Warseid has made an effort to produce something to be proud of, and it shows.  	For example, “Farewell” is 11 minutes long, so there is a lot room to explore for the listener. It is not really the type of song that can be absorbed well with the first listen, of course. For this reason, it is true that Warseid requires a bit of a patient listener, and that patience is rewarded later, with repeated listens.  	On the other hand, this is a 30-minute release, so the complete recording is a reasonable project to take on. Once you hear the quality of the sound and the songs, the thoughtful listener will no doubt find shades, tones and moods to come back to and hear again.   	The sound is very clean, a bit too clean sometimes, especially with the drums. Nonetheless, Warseid is very much worth investigating. Keep watching this space for an interview that is coming up soon with the band. www.warseid.comPhoto: REVIEW    Waylander  (Northern Ireland): Kindred Spirits (Listenable R.)      Waylander’s thrashing stands apart because the band incorporates the constant use of the folk instrument called the whistle, creating the sound of “Celtic growl thrash.”   	Their hard-hitting thrash is consistently intense, appealing to those wanting to hear upfront guitar riffing, not too different from the energy found in recent Exodus and Kreator.  Clearly, Waylander is not “folky” music, but rather energetic thrashing with growling (and no clean singing). I would think that thrashers and deathsters that like bands that “get to the point,” would be a good target audience. As a thrashing band, Waylander has these huge, heavy riffs with rhythms that sound abrasive, while at other times they take a turn towards slightly more tuneful tones, all within a thrash framework.  	Various elements of their sound are subsumed under the Celtic thrash, such as blasting, the somewhat more melodic/folk passages and acoustic guitars, but again: don’t confuse this band with sounds of accordion-and-flute folky rock. One song that catches my attention is “A Path Well Trodden,” for working a simple melody on the guitar, with the whistle in tow, and good vocal phrasing. Then again, “Quest for Immortality” is probably the most memorable, for the well-placed chorus and whistle combination. The growling is remarkably death-ish, but intelligible. The fat guitar sound is the foundation that keeps this all together. For some reason, my ears notice that on “Erdath” the bass lines stand out a bit more, and that’s pretty cool.  	Strikingly, these mentioned songs are towards the end of the album, so Waylander maintains the quality in the first and second half of their 53-minute album. The energy level is high throughout, without long moments of space/show off/instrumental meandering and with no prolonged slow passages. That’s very good, indeed. holocaustUNCONSECRATED – Awakening in the Cemetery Grave (Chaos Rec.)Savage AnnihilationRevolting

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