Sarcofago – Rotting Reissue

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Originally released in 1989, “Rotting” was considered one of the most extreme records by authorities – even having it seized by them just down to their now harmless cover (let alone at their lyrical content and the fact authorities were getting out their crosses and arming water pistols up with holy water).

During the crossing overs of Black, Thrash and Death metal in the 80’s, SARCOFAGO were a familiar trio who were pushing the boundaries of just how extreme they could push themselves, the authorities and terrified parents of listeners. After the release of “I.R.N.I” the band had a lot to exceed in terms of expectations, considering it was thought of as one of the albums that helped shaped the Black Metal genre.

Despite “Rotting” being majorly underestimated in terms of the bands abilities, passion and views – it is possibly their best release and one of the most important records for the Black/Death/Thrash genres.

SARCOFAGO created a ton of controversy in terms of their lyrical content which themes such as anti-religion, death and necrophilia. These can be most noticeable in the iconic track “Tracy” with lyrics such as “Your rotten flesh is now so sweet, too cold you are driving me to a intense orgasm, licking your body I realize my dream, why did you force me to kill?” – Such lyrical content is noticeably influential in Death Metal unless you take routes from “Rotting” in which it is influential for Black Metal or “Alcoholic Coma” for Thrash.

“Rotting” is iconic, inspirational and the best release of SARCOFAGO in my opinion.
If you’re faint-hearted, highly religious, easily offended or just a plain fuddy duddy then you’re not going to take to this masterpiece but come on, this record wasn’t created to please you guys now was it?

Overall Rating 10/10

 

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Karnivore – In the Halls of the Wicked album review

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Hailing from the depths of Nässjö, Swedish Metallers KARNIVORE erupted from the very pits to deliver the mightiest Death Metal the world has to offer. Sadly, around the world many creatures of the human species do not acknowledge such powerful and mind-crushing music, however, to the few that do – they behold something that we would call ‘epic taste in music’ in Earthling speak.

KARNIVORE offer brutality and a fierce attitude within their music and they make sure they give every last drop of it – this band offer no less than their all and that is what makes a band as strong and as brilliant as these guys.

‘In the Halls of the Wicked’ is a consistently strong album from start to finish, it offers the listener to enter their world as a band, an insight more so as to how the band works and connects with each other. KARNIVORE is one of those typical bands who makes you feel something inside, one of those bands who makes you feel passionate about the music you love. Why? You can feel the passion they have for the music they create oozing out of the seams with tracks such as ‘An Era of Decay’ and ‘The Warden’.

There is one thing that stands out slightly more on this KARNIVORE release than any others. ‘In the Halls of the Wicked’ has a definite hint of more Black Metal influence, noticeably on tracks such as ‘Psycho’ and the opening track ‘Under Ground’. In most cases, you can incorporate influences from different Metal sub-genres into new releases but it won’t really work out as brilliantly as planned. KARNIVORE have added more influence and recognition towards the artists that got them into playing the music they create into this release than any other and it has worked out absolutely amazing.

‘In the Halls of the Wicked’ is an overall chaotic and mind-blowing piece of art. It has everything that can’t go wrong in it and the only flaw to it? There is simply not enough of it.

Rating – 8/10

Sworn Enemy – Living On Borrowed Time album review.

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Sometimes you believe you are invincible but in reality there are certain people out there in our strange dark world knowing that we are “Living On Borrowed Time”, such people go by the group name of SWORN ENEMY. After a short hiatus, the band are back and ready to take Earth by storm featuring new members guitarist Matt Garzilli and bassist Mike Pucciarelli.

Now recently signed to Rock Ridge Records, SWORN ENEMY are immediately throwing out their stamp on the world with “Living On Borrowed Time” – After many changes with members and record labels, SWORN ENEMY are proving that every action they or others have done to influence such thoughts and change has been in fact for the best. “Living On Borrowed Time” naturally keeps the roots of this Hardcore band as deep as possible, SWORN ENEMY know what they want and as Sal LoCoco belts out in “No Apologies” – “Stay true to yourself and never lose focus” they prove that they have abided by their own rule.

Everything about “Living On Borrowed Time” is what people expect Hardcore to be – Fast, furious, heavy and as monstrous as possible and something that just makes you lose all your waste and go crazy. If an album can make you do that, then you know it’s a success and will remain a memorable release to both artist and fan, SWORN ENEMY have just done that with this. From start to finish on “Living On Borrowed Time”, there isn’t a single moment you don’t feel like banging your head and going nuts.

Whilst all tracks are heavy and just about as brutal as an OAP on Meth (Yes, that is pretty brutal) “Broken Hope” and “One Eye Open” take the album by storm and just throw out 110% of what SWORN ENEMY have had to offer with this release. “Living On Borrowed Time” overall is a brilliant example to music fans all over the world just how incredible Hardcore music can actually be. It’s influenced by Thrash, Punk and pure Heavy Metal and infuse that to help create this genre? Well you can’t go wrong – SWORN ENEMY have just proven that.

There is simply nothing better than heavy music (unless of course you prefer a bit of ABBA in your pyjamas drinking tea) and if you’re a fan of everything heavy, “Living On Borrowed Time” won’t disappoint you, if it does, you haven’t banged your head enough.

Rating – 9/10

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