Reviews to perplex, intrigue and confuse you with my musical tastes ...
Corrosion of Conformity- No Cross No Crown- CD/ Digital/Vinyl ( Nuclear Blast Records)
Folks it's been a minute since Pepper has the been the voice of C.O.C original vocalist and current Bassist Mike Dean did vocal duties on last album. I will say I very pleased Pepper is back as that Sludgy, Bluesy Heavy rock sound is back.No Cross No Crown is very much in Wiseblood/ Deliverance style of the bands and it was something I was missing . They have hooked up with Nuclear blast for this album a great home for the more metallic side of this album. CMC Intl always seemed to just live off the existing fan base. There with this new album C.o.C is really getting a major push . The sound are heavy grooving and catchy as all hell. There is a lot in common with Down on this as remember Pepper is a guitarist in that as well. The production is clean and clear but still fuzzed out and full of dirge and aggression. Peppers vocals are raspy and throaty and just work so well of this heavy rock style. They are currently on tour and it would be a crime to not this band live. Man those solos are so deep and the locked in bass and drum lines are second to none. We need this line up to make C.o.C releases till the bitter end..
Eye of Nix- Black Somnia- CD/ Digital ( Scryre Records)
From Seattle and this band is a female fronted Nightmare in the making. If was was to say this is a mixture of Black Noise, Post Hardcore and Experimental Droning Doom . For a good start to understand. The female vocals are tormented and horrifyingly beautiful at the same time. I here element of 3 female fronted bands very much . Demonic Christ, Oathbreaker and Jarboe if you mixed this with moments of Madder Mortem, 3rd and the Mortal and Made out of Babies . I really feel we have something going on here. There is a wonderful madness and chaos going on through out the album. Eye of Nix have a very early Swans vibe going on too. It's really more about the sum of all parts of this band for sure.. We have some very cool Eastern elements going on through out the album as well that makes it even more unsettling to the causal listener. Thats all i really have on this album other then I love it and you need to hear the magic coming from the speakers...
Spite (US) -Antimoshiac- CD/ Digital ( INVICTUS PRODUCTIONS )
This is what I would love to say is very cut and dry Black Thrash but then they have to add element of early Death and Prog rock elements into it all to make someone as nasty as it is thought provoking . This give me that same felling bands like Dissection , Waitan and Absu in presentation and style. I would say some of bands like Destroyer 666, Throne of ahaz and Early Satyricon. Brooklyn NY and the one man project seems to be a common place in extreme music as well and this is black metal band that love that raw retro sound that came from the thrash and punk styles and works very well. To call this Occult would make it underwhelming to say the least. Just listen to the pain and frustration that comes from the speaks of this simple and powerful release.
Hawkmoth-Godless Summit- CD/ Digital ( Black bow)
The genre that a band like Hawkmoth comes to confuse many as they like to mix elements of Doom, Prog, Post Rock and Indie Rock into something Dark, unsettling and even at time I would call Post Punk meets Death rock. If you are a fan of Post Doom then you know what we are talking about here very early on do you like Earth, Russian Circles, Red Sparrow, Pelican and East of the Wall. This the beauty and majestic side of bands that have decided vocals get in the way of the power and creativity of the power of the dirge filled guitar sound mixed with major atmospheric elements.. Black Bow already has some impressive bands on line up and this just one more to preach to the musical realms about with band form Down Under..
Frost Giant- The harlot star- CD/ Digital ( Transcending Records)
Progressive Avant Metal is were this is starting out almost Ambient and Symphonic at times. Wow it just moved into a Borknagar meets Arcturus moment lets this were this goes ok now were are Traveling to a More Limbonic Art meets Emperor vibe and then the viking and folk elements come soaring in .. Epic Sci-Fi Viking Black band with the fury of seven fucking Suns are being thrown at me. Wow is this an intense journey to say the least. This fucking album is really all over the place now there are heavy power metal riffs going on for solos???? Epic Black Viking , Power Folk Metal ... I don't know what else to say other then Huge this album is Huge in style, genre breaking , talent and skill. If you could be a Viking Black Prog band with Symphonic , Sci Fi and Folk elements that as I said you would have to be Frost Giant. This is the 3rd album they made I need to go back to other two and see what I missed .
Heikki Hautala & Hyvät veljet -Rauha ja harmonia -CD/Digital (Ektro / Future Lunch)
Something a little different hear folks this is a band thank mixes Folk, Blues and Punk into something that is very indie rock , jarring and delicate at the same time as it get fuzzed out and a noisy rock over tone. They remind me of Sonic Youth, Meets Husker Du and Soul Asylum all in one. Even some moments of bands like Polvo and Neil Young at time. There is at acoustic element to it all as well. This Finish band is thought provoking to say the least and does have a Neo Folk element that could at time give them a Death in June and Spiritual front vibe as well.. Ok now its your time to tell me what you think..
Asphodelos -The Five Rivers Of Erebos-CD/Digital ( Black Sunset/MDD)
Ok this one is going to be a shorter review as they place a very classic 90's Swedish Death metal sound .. Are you a fan of Dismember, Entombed and Carcass then look no further my faithful readers as you have just what you want . The snarls and blasts are there as well as the cold distant hypnotic death metal guitar and bass tone . With that I gave " DEATH METAL"..
Hard Action- Hot Wired Beat- CD/ DIgital/Vinyl ( Svart )
Damn this is 70 Hard rock meets 80's Glam and Street punk all into something that is just ass kicking this if Hanoi Rock, Kiss, Thin Lizzy and New York Dolls all found love for Misfits, Motorhead and Dead Kennedys... Here you have all you need to make a Hard Action album and shit does this albu rock hard. The bluesy riffs , heavy back beat and just catchy as well guitar and vocal work. There are even some awesome Death rock elements in this are you a fan of Beast milk, Grave Pleasures or Killing Joke many even Sisters of Mercy and the Mission yout just going to love this. So so good thats how I'm going to end this batch of reviews..