Thursday, April 16, 2015

AGOS - Irkalla Transcendence

Agos is a one man band consisting of  Van Gimot - All instruments & Vocals and Astrous - Lyrical and visual concept. Genre described as black metal. Band origin Greece.

Irkalla Transcendence EP released on January 30th 2015 on III Damnation Productions. Consisting of only three tracks, this release packs a huge punch. The power and relentless brutality comes pouring through from the moment you hit the play button. Destructive drum sound with fierce double bass kicks breaking walls. Solid and furious guitar tone and punishing bass sound. I always enjoy listening to one man band projects. Its takes great talent to be able to play and record all the different instruments and keep it all sounding strong and precise. Akkadian Cenotaph plays through with a savage attack and heavy growling vocals. "Of Salt and Blood: The Rabisu's Rebellion", is intense and will make you want to punch things. Finally, Irkalla Transcendence plays and sets a different tone with melodic singing and complex riffing, in contrast to the other two songs this track has its own characteristics.

In conclusion, a short but crushing release. The music in intense and never gets boring. A good amount complex riffing and very involved drums make this one to be played at a high volume. Fans of death/black metal will want to add this to their collection.
~Artemortifica

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Whispering Woods - Perditus et Dea

Whispering Woods is a seven piece band consisting of members Alexandra Burcă – soprano, Corina Hamat – mezzo soprano, Cătălina Popa – flute, Cora Miron – keyboards, Alex Dascăl – drums, Istvan Vlădăreanu – bass guitar, Doru Căilean – lead guitar, Genre described as Symphonic/Gothic/Doom Metal. Band origin Cluj-Napoca.

Perditus et Dea album released on Loud Rage Music on February 2015. The album consist of twelve songs. I spent a few weeks listening to this album. The melodies and amazing compositions can be found in each song. From the moment I hit the play button the clean guitar instantly grabbed my attention. Alexandra's vocals are great. They come thru with perfect clarity in the second song "Original Sin". The production quality is great, considered all the instruments that are involved, everything comes thru with good balance and tone. Not a surprise because it was mixed and mastered by well-known Finnish producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Amorphis, Swallow The Sun). The majority of the music I listen to is death metal and black metal, so listening to this album was a breath of fresh air. Some of the more stand out tracks would be My Altar, Poetica, Călușarii and Circle Complete

In conclusion, the music creates epic adventures and will grab your senses from the start. The melodic vocals and interwoven arrangements are well thought out and have a way of lingering in your imagination. Fans of goth, doom and melodic metal will want to add this to their collection.  
~Artemortifica

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Frosthelm - The Endless Winter

Frosthelm is a four piece band consisting of members Jim Cherry-Bass, Dakota Irwin-Guitars, Tyler Pfliger-Vocals, Shannon Frye-Drums. Genre described as black/death metal. Band origin Bismarck, ND.

The Endless Winter album released on 22 March 2015 Black Work (Alkemy Brothers). It has been several weeks since I lend my ears to this release. An excellent blend of black/death melodies and complex arrangements. Direct and relentless in its delivery. It is one of those albums that I can listen to from start to finish and never get tire of it. Great production quality, solid, heavy distortion and punishing drums. The track "Hell Between Us", is worth cranking up. Fast grinds and torturous screams. "Tomb of Sordid Ruin", is another favorite of mine, catchy melodies and savage chorus lines. "Forlorn Tides" is another stand out song.
    
In conclusion, the album delivers brutality on all levels. The underground community will take notice as this release makes waves reaching new ears.
~Artemortifica

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VILE DISGUST (Hungary) - Love all the Pigs

Vile Disgust is a four piece band consisting of members Stench - Guitar, Söndör - Vocal, Csapi - Bass, Sicu - Drums, genre described as Goregrind. Band origin Budapest.

Love all the Pigs album released on October 14th 2014, Bizarre Leprous Productions. Here we have a no rules all out maniacal album. Pure gore and fun in every single track. Titles like, "My dick is out of control", "Septic tank blues" and "Piss on me" will give you a good idea of the madness within. Production is very solid, good guitar distortion and crushing drum sound. If you are easily offended then this might not be for you. If you like your grind disgusting and unadulterated then continue listening. The short samples in the tracks add certain texture and with a well image of what to come. "I Cum Acid and Vag are good candidates for this. Think of the most vile porn and multiply by ten.

In conclusion, a fun and crushing album. Brutal riffing, blistering grinds and all the macabre lyrics you can handle.
~Artemortifica

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Dephosphorus/Haapoja Collaboration LP

Dephosphorus/Haapoja are two bands. Dephosphorous consisting of Thanos Mantas - guitars, bass. John Votsis - drums, Panos Agoros - vocals. Genre described as Astrogrind. From Athens. Haapoja consisting of Jyri Kuukasjärvi - Vocals, Pekka Kivelä - Guitar, Tuomas Ojala - Drums, Eero Kurkinen - Bass. Hometown Oulo. 

Collaboration LP Released: 12 February 2015, Handshake Inc/7 Degrees Records/Nerve Altar. After listening to this LP for a very long time on my head set, it finally started to grow on me. At first it all sounded very chaotic and did not make much sense. My views have changed. The music delivers a certain heaviness while staying of the standard composition notes. Its a good blend of grind, thrash/black metal, punk and spacial melodies. Haapoja, Pakon Sanelema and Minä Olen Herra are among my favorite songs, fast, furious and relentless. Dephosphorus music is laced with punk rock riffs and aggressive passages, Extract The Soul and  Shades Of Reality would be the most stand out songs from this split.

In conclusion, a refreshing listening experience. Both bands deliver a chaotic and aggressive music that will resonate with fans of both metal/grindcore and punk rock. 
 ~Artemortifica

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Corpse Garden - Entheogen

Corpse Garden is a five piece band consisting of Felipe Tencio: Vocals, Carlos Venegas: Bass, Federico Gutierrez: Guitar, Esteban Sancho: Guitar and Erick Mejia: Drums. Genre described as death metal. Band origin Heredia, Costa Rica.

Entheogen album to be released on 15 May 2015 Satanath / RTM Productions. This is the bands second full length and it rips. Staying true to the roots of the genre but adding complex riffing interwoven with catchy melodies. It is sure to melt the ears of their fans. Songs like Suspended Over the Abyss and A Balance of Opposites are among my favorites. No shortages of grinds or blistering solos. We also get the dual low and high vocals that are a standard stable in most of their hymns.

In conclusion, the music hits you hard and is relentless in its delivery. The album builds upon the heaviness and melodic complexity that was exhibited in the previous release. New comers to the underground are sure to make huge waves with this release. 
~Artemortifica

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