Desecration – Cemetery Sickness album review

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DESECRATION are back with their release of “Cemetery Sickness” – 11 tracks of gore-filled Death Metal. Now, let’s get this straight shall we? DESECRATION have already been targeted and even arrested over their infamous album cover “Gore and Perversion” for offensive content, so, if you don’t like offensive content, gore and graphic imagery then I think the correct term for this is to either man up or don’t bother with these Welsh Metallers.

Of course Death Metal isn’t for everybody and it’s pretty damn difficult to see who can ‘out-gore’ one another, whether is CANNIBAL CORPSE, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY  or WHORETOPSY, you’re going to be competing but with DESECRATION – every listener is a winner and listening to the guys who do it right.

Start to finish, “Cemetery Sickness” is thoroughly heavy, damn right messed up and bloody fantastic! “Recipes of Horror” “Cabletie Castrator” and “Cut Up and Fed to the Dogs” are three of the strongest tracks on the release, just like the others they show the pure fury of DESECRATION and nothing less.

If you’re one of those kids that always have the question “How can you listen to all that screaming noise?” popped at you, hand that person a copy of “Cemetery Sickness” and tell them it’s because you have a pair of fucking balls and you’re not afraid of something heavier than their mother.

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have consistently been strong and furious throughout their entire career, they haven’t lost their touch and with “Cemetery Sickness” you can obviously point out that they’re not going to lose it any time soon.

The album is full of goretastic, face-melting brutality and THIS is how you do a Death Metal album right! “Cemetery Sickness” is an outstanding release but as usual with Death Metal, not for the faint hearted or pansies.

Rating – 8/10

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

The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell album review.

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Since the release of The Pretty Reckless’ debut album Light Me Up the band have gone from strength to strength attracting a fan base from every corner of the rock/metal community. Going to Hell immediately brings out the same style from Light Me Up that made us love the band – the good sort of filth.

The band have a particular way about them in terms of creating music that makes you generally feel that little bit more raunchy than you would listening to a Kylie Minogue album at home in your cosiest pyjamas and let’s face it we all love a bit of raunchy attitude in our music from time to time.
The Pretty Reckless have lived up to their standards of the previous Light Me Up by sticking to their roots and making sure they give the listeners what they wanted for the new album, understandably it is added pressure making consistent music to those especially new in the music industry (anything below 3-5 albums) that fans will be happy with since a previous release but the band have done just this. They have followed the filth –fuelled lyrical content yet they have still balanced it out beautifully with the sweet, more emotional tracks such as House on a Hill, Dear Sister and Burn. In terms of the build-up to this album, most bands will release a single or two that they think is the strongest however Going to Hell is consistently and equally as strong as each other.

Going to Hell is energetic and following past criticism about how the band is just about Taylor Momsen (Vocals), Ben Phillips (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals) has stepped up his position in the band that makes the vocals mirror each other beautifully such as on Sweet Things.  It is obvious to say that the band have really stepped up their game and tried to improve musically and personally following any criticism they have received but also they have kept what was admired by fans and not altered a single thing about it.

Overall, Going to Hell is how it should be – full of filth, emotion and some pretty great music.
Rating 9/10

Divide and Conquer – Suicidal Angels album review.

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Formed in Greece, 2001, Suicidal Angels immediately set out to take on the world and give nothing less than some pretty good Thrash Metal and well, sore necks after all that Thrash Metal until you press the repeat button. Divide and Conquer proves that these guys step up their game each time they release any new material. For those who don’t really dive into the realms of Thrash Metal then these guys are perfect examples of what they’re missing. It is difficult to find bands that take on an old-school approach to certain genres and this band does just that. Divide and Conquer is filled with fast, furious and face melting riffs from the very beginning with tracks such as Seed of Evil, Terror is my Scream,  Kneel to the Gun and White Wizard. Each track has different elements that make Divide and Conquer stand out and provide a strong structure to making this album possibly the best they have released to date. More so than any other Suicidal Angel album, Slayers’ influence on these Thrash machines pushes through in tracks such as Marching Over Blood and Pit of Snakes and whilst Slayer have always been a Marmite band (you either love them or you hate them) you can always count on the fact their music delivers and gets your blood pumping and they have passed on that to Suicidal Angels making their music constantly deliver a furious, fast-paced and beastly side.

As a whole, Divide and Conquer is one of the hottest new Thrash records out – It is hard to fault, easy to love and impossible to not bang your head too. If you ever get a chance, check them out at a live show also as they’re mindblowing. What the music industry needs and what the metal fans need, these guys can deliver.
Rating 8/10

Behemoth – The Satanist Album Review.

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Behemoth are a band that have fought for their place in the world of metal through thick and thin. Being the first album that has been released by the band since Adam ‘Nergal’ Darskis’ (vocals) victory over his battle with Leukaemia it is clear to see that immediately  it did not dampen or knock the band back, instead, you can tell the bands strength from this has triumphed just in the music itself.

The Satanist is a continuous strong album that delivers absolute fury at its’ finest, however, being possibly the nearest album to ‘emotional’ that Behemoth have ever released. It is clear that in the lyrical content that Nergal is putting his experiences with his Leukaemia and of course the trouble he had for his well-known stunt of tearing up a bible at one of Behemoths’ live shows forward and offering the listener the insight to what was going on through this dark period of time, undeniably making this album just as dark, powerful, strong and fearless.

There are certain aspects in the album in which you can instantly say that it’s a Behemoth record but there are also times in which you listen to it and hear slight changes to the sound they are so noticed for. There are no issues with such changes; it shows Behemoth is only getting stronger with each record. Although all the tracks on this album are dark, there are certain ones such as Furor Divinus, Amen, The Satanist and O Father O Satan O Sun that really capture the depth and darkest areas on the bands strengths that really make this album an impeccable listen. The Satanist could not have been made to be any greater than it is and has definitely not been a disappointment in the wait of 4 and a half years since their previous release of Evangelion. A divine piece of musical art, even Satan himself will be pleased with this. 
Rating – 9/10

The Treatment – Running with the Dogs album review.

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Formed in Cambridge, UK, The Treatment is one of the best upcoming Hard Rock bands that Britain has had to offer for a good while. Kicking right into their new album with I Bleed Rock & Roll, they show a raw passion for the sound they create and give to their listeners. Running with the Dogs has a sexy, crisp consistency throughout that provides the true element of any good Hard Rock band from AC/DC to more modern takers such as Hinder and Buckcherry. There isn’t a song on this album that falls below the belt when it comes to showing listeners what Hard Rock / Rock N’ Roll is about, it also brings out the naughty side with tracks such as I Bleed Rock & RollGet The Party On, The Outlaw, and Don’t Get Mad Get Evil but just like any other Hard Rock band to get somewhere there has to be a love ballad which is portrayed perfectly in Unchain My World giving this album the balance it needs to be a success and a hit with listeners over the Rock spectrum.
Rating – 9/10 

Out now via iTunes.