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

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Incantation – Dirges of Elysium album review.

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Settling in somewhat gently, INCANTATION uses a dark and dismal atmospheric way to introduce the album “Dirges of Elysium” with their title track however all is not what it seems when “Debauchery” kicks in, keeping it dark yet thunderous this time round.

Immediately from the drastic change between intro and second track, you can tell that this album is going to be a complete arse-kicker to other Death Metal albums being released around the same time, but then again, what can we expect from veterans of Death Metal? Half-arsed, mellowed albums because they’ve been going for 25 years and should really ‘slow down’? I don’t think so and neither do they. In fact, they only seem to have grown more fierce.

Throughout the entirety of the album it’s almost as though you’re bowels are about to explode with the many “Holy shit, this is good, shit, this is really good” you’re doing to each track and as you get more into the album, the darker it gets and the more evil it seems to be.
Does this mean that the band and you are evil murderous gits though? No of course not, everybody has evil in them, it’s how you channel it and this band, this beautiful release makes you channel it out through furious headbanging, horns in the air and if you’re watching any of this live? Through the God damn pits.

INCANTATION release the passion of what they do through their music so well that you can feel it when you listen making “Dirges of Elysium” an absolute masterpiece so to speak. It’s not easy to make the listener feel what the artist does but with INCANTATION it’s almost effortless – especially with the track “From a Glaciate Womb”.

Throughout the entire album you feel somewhat powerful and stronger and that’s a damn good thing right there. When “Dominant Ethos” approaches, getting you prepared for the beastly last track “Elysium (Eternity is Nigh)” – you feel yourself getting lost in everything that has been perfect about this album. A 16 minute stomper, “Elysium” is the darkest and almost ritualistic track on the album, everything is suddenly slower, the bass is ringing out, the guitars are sustaining some beastly, demonic sounding riffs, the drums are pounding and the vocals? Well I think the Devil arrived on that one.

Filled with dark fury, power and pure evil, INCANTATION have really exceeded their hopes in wanting to “push the limit of darkness”. “Dirges of Elysium” is proof that a band never loses their passion for what they do, it’s a genuine Death Metal masterpiece and let’s put it this way, if you’re a fan of Death Metal and don’t like this release, you’re doing it wrong.

Rating 10/10

Out now via http://www.listenable.net/

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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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

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.