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40 Below Summer, "The Last Dance" 40 Below Summer
The Last Dance
Crash Music
2006

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Man... I can't believe people are still peddling nu-metal leftovers. I'll admit to a time in my life (middle school) when I was sucked into nu-metal, but I got out before things got really bad (Vanilla Ice and Tommy Lee eventually tried to cash in on the phenomenon). But I, like everyone else, have moved on. Anyway, long after I...
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Abeyance, "Experience is the Words That Are Written" Abeyance
Experience is the Words That Are Written
Crash Music
2005

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Abeyance's music hits sure hits like a sack of bricks, but because the band more often than not sticks to hardcore's mandatory breakdowns and beat downs, that sack of bricks numbingly turns into just a sock full of pennies. Sure, it still stings, but it won't leave scars. After hearing the potential the band has when they get into a speedy...
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Abysmal Dawn, "From Ashes" Abysmal Dawn
From Ashes
Crash Music
2006

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Abysmal Dawn’s first album, From Ashes, may only be 32 minutes but it packs quite the punch. This four-piece from California lay down some very wicked and extra brutal melodic death metal in the eight tracks on this disc. We’re not talking about In Flames but with beefy guitars and deep vocals…no, this is the brutal death metal...
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Abysmal Dawn, "From Ashes" Abysmal Dawn
From Ashes
Crash Music
2006

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Hailing from Los Angeles, Abysmal Dawn is a welcome addition to the death metal scene right off the bat. The band's debut, From Ashes is a throwback to 90s Tampa death metal with modern speed and brutality and a little black metal influence thrown in. The bottom line: This record smokes, front to back through all nine tracks as much...
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Brickbath, "American Currency" Brickbath
American Currency
Crash Music
2005

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So-Cal’s Brickbath are amped-up and pissed off on their third album, American Currency. Thematically, the disc focuses on corrupt government and the power of the almighty dollar. Musically, it sounds like what would happen if Pro Pain invited Pantera and Slipknot to a play-off exhibition. There’s plenty of agitated screaming, lots of f-bombs, plenty of stomping, moshable...
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Brickbath, "I Won't Live the Lie" Brickbath
I Won't Live the Lie
Crash Music
2001

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California's thrashers, Brick Bath, unload 14 meaty doses of Pantera and Testament-influenced metal that is doubtless great driving music [and surely good for trashcan tipping too]. The songs groove like something off of Pantera's Far Beyond Driven, though they have a more straightforward style [could this be the missing link between Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven?] that...
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Chaosbreed, "Unleashed Carnage" Chaosbreed
Unleashed Carnage
Crash Music
2003

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I can see it now: members of Gandalf, Amorphis, Moonsorrow, Mannhai and The Black League are sitting in a dark, gloomy bar somewhere in Finland downing shot after shot of vodka, when one of them pipes up "Damn, I really liked Dismember's old shit. I bet if we wrote a few songs that sounded just like something off of...
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Conspiracy A.D., "Humanity = Destruction...The End is Near" Conspiracy A.D.
Humanity = Destruction...The End is Near
Crash Music
2003

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Beyond the fact that "Humanity = Destruction - The End is Near" has cover artwork that's way too similar to the latest Dimmu Borgir installment, and beyond fact that Conspiracy A.D. isn't the greatest band name lies a grain of truth: this Italian quartet has made a pretty solid album that is easy to listen to and rather hard...
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Coram Lethe, "The Gates of Oblivion" Coram Lethe
The Gates of Oblivion
Crash Music
2005

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If you give Italy’s Coram Lethe even two-and-a-half minutes chance on their debut The Gates of Oblivion, you will be hooked…and you will have only been listening to the fucking intro! These guys absolutely smoke with their unique breed of technical melodic death metal. At times you’ll hear the Cynic/Death influence in the audible bass and in the...
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Cries Hannah, "Beloved...I Caught You When You Fell" Cries Hannah
Beloved...I Caught You When You Fell
Crash Music
2006

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Bands like this are why metalcore gets a bad name. Metalcore, in and of itself is by no means abhorrent - in fact, I dig a lot of recent metalcore large and small alike (Killswitch Engage, Unearth, All That Remains, War of Ages, Dead Man In Reno, etc) - but it's the third- and arguably fourth-tier stuff like Cries Hannah...
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Diamond Rexx, "The Evil" Diamond Rexx
The Evil
Crash Music
2002

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I have no idea what the fuck Crash Music was doing when they agreed to release The Evil by Diamond Rexx. It couldn't have been about making a profit, because the band is well beyond over the hill. My guess is that someone at the company lost big in a poker hand and was...
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Disgorge [US], "Parallels of Infinite Torture" Disgorge [US]
Parallels of Infinite Torture
Crash Music
2005

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I feel like there’s a whole world of brutal, splattery, guttural underground death metal that’s been kept very well hidden from me as well as a whole bunch of other death metal fans. Part of the reason is clearly that much of this stuff has to stay on tiny labels since the general population won’t be too interested in...
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Disgorge [US], "Parallels of Infinite Torture" Disgorge [US]
Parallels of Infinite Torture
Crash Music
2005

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I had pretty much given up on Disgorge after the Consuming the Forsaken record, which marked the departure of landmark gurgler Matti Way in favor of adequate frontman Levi Fuselier, who filled his shoes decently but never quite reached the subharmonic, christ-that-must-be-processed sewage spew present on the first two records, but this is not why the band lost its lustre...
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Dispatched, "Terrorizer" Dispatched
Terrorizer
Crash Music
2002

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Dispatched is a Swedish band that doesn't sound like every other Swedish band you've heard a million times before. Mixing folk aspects, keyboards, and top-notch, tight production, Dispatched lies somewhere between Disbelief and Children of Bodom, but with a bit of Dimmu Borgir circa 1997 (mostly the keyboards and vocal delivery), with a lot of death and black metal influence. Right...
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Divine Empire, "Method of Execution" Divine Empire
Method of Execution
Crash Music
2005

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Whoa! I've always liked these guys, and picked up on them because I'd been a fan of Jason Blachowicz's singing/playing in Malevolent Creation and when his time (along with JP Soars and D. Roddy) with those guys came to a close I had hoped something else would arise. Something else indeed! Divine Empire has...
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Embraze, "Katharsis" Embraze
Katharsis
Crash Music
2005

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This is a weird one because it was originally released back in 2002 by Low Frequency, but is now being reissued by Crash Music. Why? I have no idea. You'll have to do your own surfing if you're that curious. Sorry. Embraze apparently used to be a goth metal band, but on this album they're as much power metal as...
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Enemy is Us, "We Have Seen the Enemy...and the Enemy is Us" Enemy is Us
We Have Seen the Enemy...and the Enemy is Us
Crash Music
2004

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Enemy is Us have released an extremely solid debut with We Have Seen the Enemey…and the Enemy is Us. Their trademark so-Swedish-it-hurts melodic thrashing death sound may be a little less than original, but with the crafty guitar work and plenty of enthusiasm, there is absolutely nothing to complain about here. Enemy is Us take after The Haunted’s...
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Enforsaken, "Sinner's Intuition" Enforsaken
Sinner's Intuition
Crash Music
2006

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Chicago’s Enforsaken have succeeded yet again with their third album, Sinner’s Intuition. Despite the fact that the opening track, “Witness to the Fall” is relatively incoherent, and the packaging is one of Crash Music’s chop-shop, low-budget affairs, this disc is extremely strong. Following in the footsteps of their earlier work, Enforsaken plow forward with their potent blend of...
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Esqarial, "Inheritance" Esqarial
Inheritance
Crash Music
2004

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I really don't know what to make of these guys in all honesty. Inheritance is very well performed melodic death/trash in the vein of a Darkane. I would say they have more of a Megadeth influence to them than most bands but it doesn't hurt them musically. The vocals are solidly growled, although there are a few...
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Eterna, "Terra Nova" Eterna
Terra Nova
Crash Music
2003

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Brazil's Eterna, on its third effort Terra Nova plays pretty average power metal. The album, I believe, is an amalgamation of five new tracks, remakes of the band's older material, and two rare tracks, and none of them are all that interesting. Though the sound quality and production are all top notch, and Eterna...
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Evemaster, "MMIV : Lacrimae Mundi" Evemaster
MMIV : Lacrimae Mundi
Crash Music
2005

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Somewhere between melodic death metal and melodic black metal is the musical genre that Evemaster calls home. Guitars and gentle keyboards mingle, creating a sound that fits along Crash Music's description of the band: "...Children of Bodom and then drop the technicality and over-the-top guitar wizardry down a few notches...." Throw in singer J. Taskula's black metal approach (a bit...
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Evemaster, "Wither" Evemaster
Wither
Crash Music
2003

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You know when you turn on the CD player and the music that comes out is just what you needed? Every time I've played Evemaster's "Wither" it's been just like that. The band is made up of two members who write all the songs, and a host of moderately well-known guests play what they've been handed. The...
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Flotsam and Jetsam, "Dreams of Death" Flotsam and Jetsam
Dreams of Death
Crash Music
2005

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An enigmatic concept album based around murder and psychological mayhem. Whether or not the protagonist narrating these songs is a serial killer reliving his crimes through nightmares or is just someone having bad dreams is debatable… so the main point of the concept is up for interpretation, at least as I read it. I don't even know if the character...
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Flotsam and Jetsam, "Live in Japan" Live in Japan
Crash Music
2004

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This is about as bare bones as you can get in this enlightened day of fully loaded DVD's... one concert, one video, and a TV spot. The Flots were opening for Death Angel and Overkill at Club Citta, so the set list is limited to eight songs. Eric A. K. is in good voice,...
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Holy Moses, "Strength Power Will Passion" Holy Moses
Strength Power Will Passion
Crash Music
2005

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Holy Moses are the resurrected German thrash colossus that easily get the least amount of press. I have never even heard any of their older material, which is a shame because I would like to hear how it stacks up against the big three of Sodom, Destruction and Kreator. If that comparison is as favorable to older German...
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Hypnosis, "Cyber Death" Hypnosis
Cyber Death
Crash Music
2004

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Hypnosis is industrial death from France, similar to No Return. Hypnosis however rely a lot more on what is almost borderline techno. This is the reason I couldn't really enjoy this album, because I fucking despise techno. This isn't to say these guys don't do anything right because there are actually some rather enjoyable things about this...
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I.C.E., "Apocalyptic End in White" I.C.E.
Apocalyptic End in White
Crash Music
2004

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Who out there misses Immortal? OK, the two people out there who answered "no" can move on, because if you didn't love Immortal you are going to absolutely hate I.C.E. (which is an acronym for Imperial Crystalline Entombment, which gives you an idea of how they're going to sound). There's little doubt that "Blizzard Beasts" was tantamount to the bible...
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Illogicist, "Subjected" Illogicist
Subjected
Crash Music
2004

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I really wanted this to be good. I like Cynic as much as everyone should, and this band obviously is crafting music based on their formula, but with a more aggressive edge. A large dose of balls is what the prog metal genre needs, so this seems like an inviting recipe, but this record falls short for reasons...
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Jack Starr's Guardians of the Flame, "Under a Savage Sky" Jack Starr's Guardians of the Flame
Under a Savage Sky
Crash Music
2003

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It baffles me that people get it in their heads to form a band and play traditional metal or power metal. It just doesn't compute for me. BUT if a band were to get this strange idea in their minds, they'd probably want to take notes from Jack Starr and his new band Guardians of the...
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Jungle Rot, "Darkness Foretold" Jungle Rot
Darkness Foretold
Crash Music
1998

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Midwest-bred, groove-oriented death metallers Jungle Rot mix it up again on Darkness Foretold, a record not exactly packed to the brim for the band's new home, Crash Music. In fact, Darkness Foretold is simply a large label reissue of the record of the same name that originally saw a release through SOD, an underground metal magazine, in 1998. That said,...
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King's Evil, "Deletion of Humanoise" King's Evil
Deletion of Humanoise
Crash Music
2002

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Japan's vilest thrash quartet King's Evil aim to impress with the eight songs on Deletion of Humanoise, the group's long awaited debut. Playing fast thrash in the vein of Kreator and Slayer, with decent guitar work and harsh vocal delivery, it's easy to enjoy songs like the opener, "Victim of Hate," or "Fanatical Devotion." In fact, there's really nothing to dislike...
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Legen Beltza, "Insanity" Legen Beltza
Insanity
Crash Music
2003

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Hailing from the Basque part of Spain, Legen Beltza brings to us eleven thrash tunes collectively titled Insanity. The music on the album is adequately produced thrash metal with decipherable screamed and sung vocals. Musically, the group does a decent job, playing in a Kreator-ish style that at times is quite good and at others very...
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Loudness, "Rock Shocks" Loudness
Rock Shocks
Crash Music
2006

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Re-recording their classic songs seems to be a common move for some of the metal bands of the 1980's today, and Japan's Loudness is following suit. They kick things off with their self-titled, upbeat anthem, which was also the first song on their 1981 debut album. Classics like 1982's "Angel Dust" and the Motorhead-like "Rock Shock" accompany choice cuts...
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Lupara, "Lupara" Lupara
Lupara
Crash Music
2006

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Lupara’s self-titled full-length release is straight-to-the-point chugging death metal from the Midwest. The music is proficient, decently played and simple, but not quite maddeningly so, which means they don’t match the likes of Jungle Rot and Six Feet Under in that respect. Lyrically, these guys seem to opt for as much of the tough-guy hardcore shit as for...
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Metalium, "Nothing To Undo - Chapter Six" Metalium
Nothing To Undo - Chapter Six
Crash Music
2007

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Oh man, this is just what the doctored ordered for me at the moment. Seems like a lot of power metal bands have been going through the motions lately, so leave it to one of the "second tier" bands to infuse the tried-and-true formula with some vigor. Sure, Metalium aren't offering up anything new, but damned if this here Chapter...
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Metalium, "Demons of Insanity : Chapter Five" Metalium
Demons of Insanity : Chapter Five
Crash Music
2005

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What’s the best way to lower your sperm count? I’ll give you a hint, it’s even more effective than smoking three pounds of weed and drinking a gallon of the yellow coloring from Mountain Dew. If your answer is Metalium’s Demons of Insanity – Chapter Five, then you’d be right. This power metal quartet’s music is enough...
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Metalium, "Demons of Insanity : Chapter Five" Metalium
Demons of Insanity : Chapter Five
Crash Music
2005

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Metalium have been around since 1999 and "Demons of Insanity" is the fifth chapter in their ongoing concept album suite. The booklet is quite nice (a cover that wasn't made in Photoshop! Is it possible?!! Hallelujah!), containing all of the lyrics, a thanks list, credits and band pix (done with Photoshop - dammit) - but there's no effort made to...
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My Fate, "Happiness is Fiction" My Fate
Happiness is Fiction
Crash Music
2004

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My Fate are a young Finnish band with some talent though they aren't exactly showing it with Happiness is Fiction. The band plays mid-paced to slow death metal that flirts heavily with the nu-metal sound and overuses clean vocals. Many tracks have decent guitar hooks that either go nowhere or get drowned out by the lame delivery. ...
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Ninnuam, "Process of Life Separation" Ninnuam
Process of Life Separation
Crash Music
2004

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I have been sitting on Ninnaum's Process of Life Extinction for sometime now, not wanting to write about it, because I just cannot put my finger on what to say about it. Make sense? As I have said before, the hardest album to review is the one you are indifferent to. Ninnaum play scathing melodic black metal akin to Naglfar,...
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Omen, "Eternal Black Dawn" Omen
Eternal Black Dawn
Crash Music
2003

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There's probably no good way to break it to Omen, but it just isn't 1983 anymore. On Eternal Black Dawn, the band demonstrates that they have no grip on reality, and serve us a healthy dose of spineless power metal. The songs are all thin by today's standards, there's not enough double bass work to keep...
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Psychotogen, "The Calculus of Evil" Psychotogen
The Calculus of Evil
Crash Music
2003

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I was completely unprepared for the lunacy contained on Psychotogen's The Calculus of Evil. Everything begins with "Might is Right," a track that sounds as if a heavy death metal band were possessed by the same spirit that haunts the guys in Dillinger Escape Plan. The song has a decent structure that thankfully allows you to...
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Psychotogen, "Perverse and Unnatural Practices" Psychotogen
Perverse and Unnatural Practices
Crash Music
2002

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Psychotogen is a Balitmore band containing some ex-members of Pessimist, and after comparing Perverse and Unnatural Practices to Slaughtering the Faithful, it's a good thing they left. ...
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Pure Sweet Hell, "The Voyeurs of Utter Destruction as Beauty" Pure Sweet Hell
The Voyeurs of Utter Destruction as Beauty
Crash Music
2005

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"Big green globs of greasy, grimy, gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, little birdies dirty feet and I forgot my spoon." A child singing this little ditty is how this album opens up. It doesn't get any less strange from there amazingly. These guys should be called Pure Sweet Madness, because this defines the album well. This...
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Pyrexia, "Cruelty Beyond Submission" Pyrexia
Cruelty Beyond Submission
Crash Music
2004

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New York's legendary underground act, Pyrexia resurface at the beginning of 2004 with "Cruelty Beyond Submission", a taster of what's to come later this year. The disc is somewhere between a wake up call to all those hibernating fans and a best-of disc, as it contains three new songs and a total of eight of the band's favorites from...
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Pyuria, "Calliphora Vomitoria Introitus" Pyuria
Calliphora Vomitoria Introitus
Crash Music
2004

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Dark, decent stuff here that drives along and contains some catchiness. Perhaps one of the heavier bands out of Finland, these guys really explore the metal genre, moving through sounds which would usually fall within one sub-genre were it not for the overlappings from the others. The guitar sound is just cranked, yet the riffs and chords ring clearly...
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Relentless, "Tempest of Torment" Relentless
Tempest of Torment
Crash Music
2005

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Let's just say that Relentless are an aptly named band because that is exactly what their old school Florida approach to death metal is. As they sound like old school Florida death you can guess where they come from. Sweden. Yeah, a Swedish band without any melodic touches. I didn't know they existed either. The...
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Relentless, "Tempest of Torment" Relentless
Tempest of Torment
Crash Music
2005

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Sweden’s Relentless play some of the most average old-school death metal on Tempest of Torment that I’ve ever heard. Honestly, it must take some specific talent for this band to be so completely unrefreshing as this. None of the ten tracks is bad, yet nothing, I mean absolutely nothing really stands out as truly interesting on the disc....
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Rising Moon, "They Are As Us" Rising Moon
They Are As Us
Crash Music
2005

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This is melodic death metal that comes to us by way of Italy, though they certainly have respect for Sweden. This is most prevalent on the third song, Swedish Metal. The lyrics are nothing more than a way to string together the names of various Swedish bands, and I have to say I rather love it. The...
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Searing Meadow, "Corroding from Inside" Searing Meadow
Corroding from Inside
Crash Music
2005

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This is one of those records that I have much trouble with when I review it. The reason is because I can't say much of anything bad about it, but at the same time it doesn't really grab me either. In fact I only have one problem with this album. It sounds like Elegy-era Amorphis. I...
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Serberus, "Decension" Serberus
Decension
Crash Music
2002

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It was a good day for me when I found out that Serberus had released Decension on a major record label. Despite the fact that five of the seven tracks came directly from the band's demos, and that the disc is only about half an hour, it seemed as if justice had prevailed for this...
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Seven Witches, "Second War in Heaven [reissue]" Seven Witches
Second War in Heaven [reissue]
Crash Music
2006

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I'm still not sure I understand why these first two Seven Witches albums ("Second War in Heaven" is the premier, and "City of Lost Souls" is the follow-up) didn't get a State-side release until now. I remember when "Xiled" came out a couple of years ago the reviews mentioned that there were two previous albums with a...
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Seven Witches, "City of Lost Souls [reissue]" Seven Witches
City of Lost Souls [reissue]
Crash Music
2006

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And here it is, the second Seven Witches album, unreleased in the United States up until now. If you read the review of "Second War in Heaven", things are pretty much status quo for this one, with the exception of a change on the drum stool. Apparently Brian Vincent had more of a hardcore leaning,...
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Silent Voices, "Infernal" Silent Voices
Infernal
Crash Music
2004

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Cool, another pleasant surprise! I've never heard of these cats before, so I had to look 'em up on the web (www.silentvoices.net) and discover that "Infernal" is their third release. The band plays hook-laden power metal with a progressive edge (as in, guitarist Timo Kauppinen can shred and there are plenty of keyboards thanks to Henrik Klingenberg). Rhythm guitars are...
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Single Bullet Theory, "Behind Eyes of Hatred" Single Bullet Theory
Behind Eyes of Hatred
Crash Music
2004

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"Behind Eyes of Hatred" is the second release from the band and the first I've heard. They play a basic stomping style with stop-n-go riffs in the vein of what Biohazard (and many others) do and intermix it with some speedy bits and melodic interludes. The riffs are typically straightforward and heavy - no fancy-schmancy noodling around the neck for...
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Speeed, "Powertrip Pigs" Speeed
Powertrip Pigs
Crash Music
2006

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The beginning 30 seconds of this album will have you going "Oh yeah, cool," to the sample from "The Shinning" (good Stanly Kubrick version) and then immediately after that you scrunch up your face as this techno beat kicks in. At least, this was my reaction. Luckily the metal starts soon after and you...
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Spinal Cord, "Remedy" Spinal Cord
Remedy
Crash Music
2004

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Poland's Spinal Cord play some brutal death/thrash on Remedy. The production is clear, the guitar work is interesting and savage, and the vocals are bellowing, fitting the music quite well. Here's where things get weird, however. The speeding, pummeling drums on this disc are either utterly brilliant, or off the beat and sloppy...and I just can't tell...
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Tartharia, "Abstract Nation" Tartharia
Abstract Nation
Crash Music
2004

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Tartharia introduced themselves to us with their bizarre and varied EP A Secret Device in 2003, and just a year later they present Abstract Nation. Featuring 9 tracks in a mere 30 minutes, two of which comprise 8 minutes of instrumental keyboard work, this disc is over before you blink. So before I go any further, if this...
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Tartharia, "A Secret Device" Tartharia
A Secret Device
Crash Music
2003

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Hailing from Russia and Finland, Tartharia, on their EP A Secret Device, play truly interesting, diverse death metal. Though the disc is only 20 minutes long and there are only five tracks, these guys manage to run the gamut from brutal death all the way to melodic Finnish style black metal with keyboards?and the weirdest part about...
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Texas is on Fire, "Shine. Set. Repeat." Texas is on Fire
Shine. Set. Repeat.
Crash Music
2005

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Shine.Set.Repeat. Perhaps we should call it Play.Re-hash.Repeat. instead...Texas Is On Fire (coincidentally based in Denver) just scored a deal with Crash Music Inc., and the result is a 10-track trip back into the muddled metalcore crowd. Chalking up live experience alongside As I Lay Dying, God Forbid, and Caliban, the band has now released its debut full-length, a record that...
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The Mandrake, "The Burning Horizon at the End of Dawn" The Mandrake
The Burning Horizon at the End of Dawn
Crash Music
2004

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Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Despite what the shoddy cover artwork implies (a rather fuzzy printing of a fractured skull next to a lake of fire), The Mandrake are not just another US death metal act trying to pass off recycled Morbid Angel riffs as their own. Instead, they closely resemble what a more melodic Vehemence would sound like,...
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Throcult, "Stormbringer : Conjuration of the Nighthorde" Throcult
Stormbringer : Conjuration of the Nighthorde
Crash Music
2004

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Here we have a little slice of blackened death. They remind me a bit of Greece's Enshadowed in that they are not crushingly heavy like Behemoth nor melodic and atmospheric like Dissection, and in fact they are rather based in speed. In fact the best description would probably be a blackened version of Hate Eternal. I find...
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Throcult, "Soldiers of a Blackened War" Throcult
Soldiers of a Blackened War
Crash Music
2003

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Colorado black metallers Throcult have been on the rampage for quite some time. Though Soldiers of a Blackened War is the band's debut, they've already shared the stage with plenty of big-name acts, including Cradle of Filth and In Flames (I believe?). In addition, the group has recently absorbed Serberus' drummer Jeremy Portz and guitarist...
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Twelfth Gate, "Summoning" Twelfth Gate
Summoning
Crash Music
2003

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Chicagoans Twelfth Gate prove on their massive debut Summoning that Nevermore isn't the only band that can truly successfully play progressive/traditional heavy metal. In fact, this quartet may give Nevermore a bit of a scare, as they're nearly as good, and have youth on their side. Musically, the band plays modern heavy...
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Twilight Ophera, "The End of Haleyon Age" Twilight Ophera
The End of Haleyon Age
Crash Music
2004

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I'm trying hard to be as objective about this as possible. I've put this review off because this genre isn't my thing really, and I hate reading reviews from writers who slam a disc because it's not their usual cup of tea. The opinions expressed in such reviews, whether positive (a rarity) or outright negative can never be...
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Twin Method, "The Volume of Self" Twin Method
The Volume of Self
Crash Music
2006

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Liverpool, UK, according to the press release, hasn’t had a hit band since The Beatles. The insinuation, apparently, is that Twin Method is just the group to do it. This sextet play competent yet played-out nu-metal on their debut The Volume of Self, making this critic very skeptical that Liverpool will reappear on the musical map anytime soon. Reminiscent...
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Undercroft, "Evilized" Undercroft
Evilized
Crash Music
2002

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For anyone who continually bitches about how much post-Arise Sepultura sucks, the time has come for you to shut the fuck up and move on, because Undercroft are here to fill your void by pummeling you into submission with how it could have been done. Opening with one of the weakest tracks on the...
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Unearthly, "Infernum - Prelude to a New Reign" Unearthly
Infernum - Prelude to a New Reign
Crash Music
2003

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Brazil has always been a spawning ground for extreme death metal, so it comes as no surprise that there are "serious" black metal (it's hard to think of the genre as serious sometimes?they wear fucking makeup for chrissake!) bands hailing from the region as well. Rio de Janeiro based quartet Unearthly is just one...
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Unshine, "Earth Magick" Unshine
Earth Magick
Crash Music
2005

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Have you ever thought to yourself, "how could they possibly make female fronted blackened goth rock funnier?" I know I haven't, as both the image, mad-at-your-dad lyrical content and synth-driven fromagery already have given the genre a comfortable niche next to Mitch Hedburg and co. among my comedy record collection. But clearly there is room for comedic improvement...
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Upon Infliction, "To Escape is to Suffer" Upon Infliction
To Escape is to Suffer
Crash Music
2006

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Upon Infliction debut with a technical workout in thrashing death metal on To Escape is to Suffer. The album is full of blast beats, grunty, one-dimensional vocals and stale riffing. Yeah, I'm bored shitless, and you'll probably be too, but for the sake of a fair review, we must push on and extract exactly why the banality of...
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Upon Infliction, "To Escape is to Suffer" Upon Infliction
To Escape is to Suffer
Crash Music
2006

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Upon Infliction is a pretty easy band to describe and understand. In order to figure out whether or not you will like them you must only ask yourself one question. Did I love Nihility by Decapitated? I did, so I am digging this record like you wouldn't believe. This is not a total Decapitated clone, because...
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Valume Nob, "The Most High" Valume Nob
The Most High
Crash Music
2004

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New Orleans’ Valume Nob approach their music like true cavemen. The material on their EP The Most High is simplistic, lacking finesse, raw and heavy. Much of it has an old school punk vibe with sarcastic, violent lyrics. Through the 15 minutes of this disc you’ll get a pretty decent beat down but there won’t be a...
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