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

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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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Hi guys, I haven’t posted at all since I said I would the reason for that being is that I have now been recruited to write for Metal Temple (Go check us out) and i’m writing reviews all the time for them now however i’m in the process of getting permission to use those reviews I write on here too.

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Lost Society – Band of the Day interview featured on Terrorizer.com

Hi guys! Sorry i’ve been away a bit again, started a new job and wordpress has been a bit naff with letting me actually log in, had to create a new password about 10 times! So as you can imagine I have lots of new reviews coming up, i’ll try post them daily to get back upto speed or at least 1 every couple of days. I also have some exciting news! I had an interview with one of my favorite bands Lost Society and it got posted on the Terrorizer website with thanks to their writer Kez Whelan!

So to kick things back off i’ll post it on here as i’m so proud of it!
If you want to read it on the official Terrorizer website then check it out on the link below :
http://www.terrorizer.com/news/botd/lost-society-band-day/
For those who can’t click on links ect here it is, here!

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Jyväskylä, Finland 2010 – the year Thrash/Speed Metal band Lost Society was born to raise hell. In the past 4 years, these young metalheads have already gained a brilliant reputation in the metal community with their love of thrash seeping through the seams in their music. They have already shared the stage with thrash legends Suicidal Angels and have been signed to Nuclear Blast after they self-released their self-titled demo, to bring out their debut album ‘Fast Loud Death!’ Since that release, they have a new album, ‘Terror Hungry’, due out today, which gave us more than enough reasons to catch up and see where they are…

WORDS: Jess Howkins

WHO ARE THEY: Lost Society
WHERE ARE THEY FROM: Jyväskylä, Finland
FOR FANS OF: Anthrax, Testament, Municipal Waste
LATEST RELEASE: ‘Terror Hungry’ (Nuclear Blast)
WEBSITES: Facebook & Twitter

As a band, you are possibly one of the freshest and most up to speed bands in the modern Thrash scene – I want to know what made you decide that was the road you wanted to go down and how did you guys come about each other to form the band?
Well thank you very much! My road towards thrash and speed metal basically started when I was about 7 years old and my brother played me the track ‘The Prisoner’ by Iron Maiden, because after this track, I just got hooked on Maiden and a bit later on all heavy metal. All the music I listened to at the time was basically only from the 80’s and 90’s so it was pretty much a given that I found all the awesome thrash metal bands from that era too. The first ones were Anthrax and Slayer and that’s how the whole thing started! It’s just the honest and pure attitude that thrash has, it ain’t pretty and it’ll make you bang your head! Me and Ossi met through another band I was in years ago and I basically just snatched him in, then some months later just by chance Arttu came to watch our practice sessions and I heard his guitar playing and snatched him in too. Mirko came in the band because Arttu had known him for years and knew he kicked ass so he came in too!”

So, it’s been a year since the release of ‘Fast Loud Death’! And may I just say how incredible the album is, what have been the highest and lowest points since recording and releasing the album to date?
It’s sick that it’s been already a year, crazy! And once again, thanks a lot! It’s actually crazy how up ‘til this day there really hasn’t been any downsides or low points, we’ve been just enjoying our asses off, cause this is what we all love to do. But the high points, damn there are a lot! One of course would be the moment when we hit the stage in the Loud Park 13 in Japan, that was probably the ultimate most awesome thing ever!”

‘E.A.G’ is a pretty aggressive song towards the emo stereotype, is there anyone or anything in particular that added the fuel to the fire with that track or was it just a general attitude towards the stereotype?
“It was actually one of the first songs we ever made together, and we just figured that, hmm, what’s one of the most clichéd subjects to write about, and we just chose to do this one. None of us are the kind to just piss off emos for no reason. They can live as they want to, it’s just mainly the music we really don’t understand for the most part! But none the less I love the song!”

So, you’ve just toured with Suicidal Angels – what was the weirdest thing that happened to you on your adventures with them? Surely some fangirl got her best pair of thrash knickers and launched them at you?
I think the weirdest thing was when we were somewhere around Germany at a show, and after we stopped playing, some girl and guy just ripped Arttu’s shirt off of him and stole it! It was a fuckin’ awesome Judge Dredd Anthrax shirt haha! Believe me, we’d be lucky if the shows had even any chicks haha!”

‘Terror Hungry’ is released today, what are your hopes and ambitions for this album?
“After FLD came out, just about all of our wildest dreams came true, so I really don’t even know what will happen with the next one, it seems like nothing is impossible anymore! But of course I hope that we can just hit the road and play these new songs with the crowd going nuts! That’s always the coolest thing that could happen. Hopefully people will love this beast as much as we do!!”

You guys like to drink a lot, but who’s the strongest and lightest weight drinking wise out of you guys?
“Well basically the last ones standing are usually either me, Arttu or Mirko, mainly because Ossi just doesn’t drink that much! But when he does, he probably goes down first! But it’s probably Arttu who’s the strongest because I just get pissed quick and go pass out somewhere weird. We should really LEARN how to drink, haha!”

What’s expected from you guys after ‘Terror Hungry’? Any tours planned or are you going to jump straight into the recording studio and tour alongside it like with ‘Fast Loud Death!’?
“Once the album comes out, we’ll be touring Finland for about two months, mainly weekend shows. We’ll also be hitting Spain and Germany and some other places during the spring and summer! One thing is also that we’ll be constantly practicing, and constantly making new material, so I wouldn’t say it would be totally impossible that we’d hit the studio in the end of the year. Either way, this year will be awesome!”

‘Terror Hungry’ is available now via Nuclear Blast Records. You can order the CD here, orpurchase the album digitally here.

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