Band: DOOM Title: Corrupt Fucking System Origins: UK/Sweden Label: Black Clouds Price: RM85.00 Info: What a nice surprise just before the new year, a new Doom album. It has been a while since their last full length album “World Of Shit“. From the very opening song ‘Stripped, Whipped & Crucified‘ the anger and power still remain. This song leads us with a slow heavy riff to the second song ‘Prey For Our Souls‘, where they have the infamous punk poet Andy T on main vocals. For those not familiar with Andy, he had a great EP ‘Weary Of The Flesh‘ released on Crass Records. On this he sounds like an even darker, more politicized John Cooper Clarke. There is a real anarcho-punk type feel to some of the tracks on this. The title track, ‘Corrupt Fucking System,’ is pure political punk with that real powerful Conflict feel about it. By anarcho-punk, I don’t mean this new album is some sort of departure from Doom’s mainstay. It is more of an undercurrent – the music still has that dirty crust sound that ‘War Crimes‘ had. Except maybe the band are even more weary of our fake resplendent world. The final song ‘Cults of Human Sacrifice‘ has spoken criticisms from atheist neuroscientist Sam Harris, which is the quintessential way to close this album. As he philosophizes the album’s mood perfectly. Doom certainly haven’t vanquished their political ideologies and still hold true their DIY punk approach to everything they do, which makes the music a lot more sincere rather than going through the motions. The album is released by themselves on their label Black Cloud and was recorded, mixed & mastered by Bri Doom himself at Studio 1in12. The production is top notch too, as Bri has produced bands like Discharge, Deviated Instinct, Last Legion Alive, Alehammer, Bulletridden and many more. And back to DIY ethics again, the studio is part of the 1in12 club, an anarchist collective run venue/cafe/space in Bradford, which members of the band have been involved with for many years. To quote the title track: “Together we are powerful. We must strive for a better world, a world without these corrupt fucking systems. If we do nothing we are doomed for eternity“. In our world of glossy photoshopped images, slogans and doublespeak which slap you from every bus, billboard and screen, it is refreshing how the colors of the real world seem very alive when listening to something with a pungent vision of poverty, religious disease and global consumption. Monolithic and powerful, yet unembellished. This is another great album from Doom. [cvltnation.com]
Band: ENTRAPMENT Title: The Obscurity Within... Origins: The Netherlands Label: Soulseller Price: RM55.00 Info: Dutch death metal overlords, ENTRAPMENT, are pleased to unleash their intense debut full length album, The Obscurity Within. Released in Europe NOW and January 8th, 2013 (USA), the mammoth 10-track album was recorded at Perimeter Audio in Velsen-Noord, NL, produced by Marc van Duivenvoorde and features cover art by Mattias Frisk (Vanhelgd). The band are fresh off their ferocious sets at Bloodshed Festival (Netherlands) and Catacombs Festival (Germany) and are preparing to unleash their zombifying/soultearing death metal at Affliction Gate in France (Nov 30th).
Band: MAIM Title: Deceased To Exist Origins: Sweden Label: Soulseller Price: RM80.00 Info: Second album from one of Sweden's finest upholders of their country's brutal death metal history! 180 gram transparent yellow / black splatter vinyl.
Band: KATHGOR Title: Descendants From The Depth Origins: Malaysia Label: Basement Price: RM10.00 Info: Impressive demo tape. This is the second version from their first demo. The chosen path is the 90's death metal, with a thrash metal edge.The early works of MORBID ANGEL and SINISTER can help to situate the level of brutality KATHGOR can reach. Any voracious demo tape eater shall get this tape if they're into the brutal death/thrash metal with a die-hard spirit.
Band: HEREAFTER Title: Endcient Origins: Malaysia Label: Nuclear Gaichal Price: RM15.00 Info: 8 tracks of pure thrash fury including a King Diamond cover.HEREAFTER are 3 maniacs playing underground thrash full of catchy riffs and chorus, evil mosh parts and songs that make you forgot all the tasteless current shits and new releases !
Band: UNDEAD CREEP Title: The Ever-Burning Torch Origins: Italy Label: Iconoclast Price: RM55.00 Info: From Sicily with fury, Undead Creep come out strongly with their first full-length, a pure Swedish-oriented death metal assault without compromises. Obscure, raw, brutal guitar riffing, granitic rhythm section and occult lyrical themes, as tradition teaches. If you love Nihilist, early Entombed and Dismember, you’ll love these four guys too. Featuring members of Haemophagus, Giuda and Morbo.
Band: WITCHTRAP Title: Vengeance Is My Name Origins: Colombia Label: Old Goat Corpse Price: USD5.00 Info: Attention headbanger, WITCHTRAP are back with their 3rd full-length studio album of dirty heavy thrash Black Rock 'N Roll! Six years have passed since the last megawatt devastation "No Anesthesia," too much time for sure! "Vengeance Is My Name" is a continuation of where they left off and is sure to rock ya 'til you bleed!
Band: LIFELESS / CHAPEL OF DISEASE Title: Chapel Of A Lifeless Cult Origins: Germany Label: FDA Rekotz Price: RM35.00 Info: LIFELESS presents a massive brain-crushin' brand new song named "Godconstruct", an appetizer for their upcoming new full length album which will be released in fall 2012. "The Nameless City" called the track of Germany's most rotten zombie division CHAPEL OF DISEASE. The remastered song is taken from their sold out demo cassette "Death Evoked". The result of this 7 inch record = TOTAL DEATH METAL SLAUGHTER !!
Limited to: 100x clear demon-blue records 400x ultrablack records
+ A3 glossy poster + Chapel Of Disease outdoor sticker + Lifeless outdoor sticker + printed innersleeve
Mastered by CLINTWORKS AUDIO PRODUCTIONS Artwork/Layout by ART-WARS MEDIADESIGN
Band: REVEL IN FLESH Title: Deathevokation Origins: Germany Label: FDA Rekotz Price: RM75.00 Info: “Deathevokation” is about pure passion for this particular style and features 10 tracks addicted to the way Death Metal was meant to be. + outdoor sticker.
DAN SWANÖ about “Deathevokation”:"An excellent offering to the Gods of SweDeath, complete with one of the most accurate re-creations of the crushing guitartones of the early Sunlight era. For fans of NIHILIST and ENTRAILS".
For fans of DISMEMBER, early ENTOMBED, ENTRAILS, REVOLTING.. Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio Artwork by Juanjo Castellano (Vomitory, Blaspherian, Sathans etc.) Logo by Mark Riddick / Riddick Arts.
Band: ARMOUR Title: Sonichouse Tape Siamese Invasion Origins: Finland Label: Witchhammer Price: RM30.00 Info: The Asian version of this CULT release ! 9 songs to please all maniacs into 80's Hard-Rock & Heavy-Metal and bands like WASP, ACCEPT, SAXON, old-MOTLEY CRUE, PRIEST ! Awesome !!!
Band: MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS / CARBURETOR DUNG / THE BOLLOCKS Title: Mabukkuasa Origins: USA / Malaysia Label: Jerk Off / S.B.S Price: RM25.00 Info: "This is an interesting release, as MDC paired with a duo of legendary Malaysian punk bands. The MDC material is split between some older out of print material and some really poopy acoustic stuff. Not to direspect a justly revered band, but nobody fucking wants to hear MDC unplugged, AGRESSION cover or no.
THE BOLLOCKS started out as a pogo punk band, but by the time these tracks were recorded in 2007 they’d evolved into a proto-crust band. Heavy, straightforward hardcore with metallic flourishes, kind of like POLICE BASTARD. I quite liked the earlier material of theirs that I heard, but this is really good too, definitely the standout band of the comp.
CARBURETOR DUNG present four tracks of odds and sods, sung mostly in Malay and reminding me a bit of the DEAD KENNEDYS, not so much in the sound as in their ability to play different styles, from metallic dirges to pop-punk, while retaining their essential sound.
This is a decent comp, hopefully it will get some kids into kick-ass Malaysian punk." (AU – Andrew Underwood)
Band: MADMAN Title: Force Of Sound Origins: Canada Label: War Production Price: RM10.00 Info: Trad metal is making a huge comeback. Sweden seems to lead the way with a handful or two of bands making the waves Worldwide. Canada is one of the contenders to the throne. Mad Man have that same aura that bands like Enforcer, Portrait or In Solitude have in that they too portray heavy metal as music for hard working people who want to have a good time escaping everyday’s reality. Being a tape release this is old school in so many ways that half could be enough. Look being all the exterior and you find a band very much schooled in the tradition of 80s heavy/thrash metal. This makes me think of the heydays of the 80s/early 90s when this was the music that spun on my turntable pretty much every hour of the day. It will be a pleasure to follow Mad Man’s continued journey. Anders Ekdahl (http://battlehelm.com)
Band: WITCHCURSE Title: Heavy Metal Poison Origins: Greece Label: Heavy Forces Price: RM70.00 Info: Greece’s Witchcurse call their album ‘heavy metal poison’ and open with a doom-laden organ and a sinister voice-over which is, as far as this reviewer is concerned, an excellent start to any album. Indeed, following the horror-movie introduction Witchcurse launch into a pure Iron Maiden beginning, all harmonised guitars and tinny bass. Sure the production is on the weak side (think the first two maiden albums) but there’s a healthy nostalgia about this lot that shows that Witchcurse know their NWOBH inside out and aren’t afraid to have their knowledge put to the test.
With the opening track impressing despite the rather shallow production, the second track continues the vein of decent metal with a nasty, old-school riff combining with Possessed’s vocals which, while not overly tuneful are perfect for this sort of thing and you can tell that he’s deeply committed to his art.One of the album highlights, ‘pay the price’ is definitely the song to check out from this lot and any leather-clad warriors out there in search of a fix of pure old-school metal will do a lot worse than check out this release. ‘I don’t want to grow up’ (surely the unofficial anthem of all metallers everywhere) bizarrely sounds strangely punky – possibly the result of Sid Vicious mating with various members of Black Sabbath and although you have to admire the band’s sincerity, it’s less successful than the previous two tracks. Happily ‘red light’ sees the band return to surer ground and they hit the listener hard with a beautifully harmonised guitar riff that chugs along at a decent speed while the vocals are back to their usual higher standard.
While it may be something of a metal cliché, when Witchcurse open ‘heavy metal kamikaze’ with the sound of a motorbike engine it feels somehow right and the ensuing track is of a quality and energy that only the most churlish of headbangers could ignore. Equally ‘Demolition derby’ swaggers on a riff that’s pure old school Iron maiden and that punky edge that only disappeared when (first singer) Di’Anno departed is retained here to great effect. ‘Drinkers from hell’ softens the pace somewhat, with a really nice tone to the guitars weaving a gentler web before a sudden treble-laden wall of guitars knocks you off your feet. Another high-octane blast of energy is ‘overcome the distance’ which has a simple, yet effective chorus and a nice riff. Better still is ‘Hard rockin’ man in 2010’ which is surely about the band themselves. The solidarity of ‘rock unite’ is also welcome and closing track ‘heavy metal poison’ leaves you with admiration for a band who are so resolutely old-school and so exciting.
Witchcurse are in no way an original band. However, where they score masses of points is their pure old-school fury that has helped them create an album that is both nostalgic and yet vaguely forward looking. The guitarists Stinky and Necro (they may want to rethink those names!) are both very talented shredders and both Possessed (who does double duty on bass as well as vocals) and Paul more than keep up their end as the rhythm section. While this is unlikely to find favour with fans of more modern metal, for those who have an interest in classic rock and heavy metal this is a belter of an album that deserves your attention far more than most of the over-produced, over-hyped rubbish that the likes of Korn belt out these days. A worthy album. (www.sonicabuse.com)
Band: SPELLCASTER Title: Under The Spell Origins: USA Label: Heavy Artillery Price: RM70.00 Info: Carrying on the proud legacy of Pacific Northwest heavy metal bands such as MALICE, METAL CHURCH, early QUEENSRYCHE and WILD DOGS, SPELLCASTER formed during early 2009 to prove that traditional heavy metal is alive and well in the USA. Having secured a solid lineup, SPELLCASTER hit the studio in late 2009 to record and self-release their debut three song CD EP entitled Spells of Speed. Catching the attention of New York's Heavy Artillery Records, the band were offered an opportunity to join the label's growing roster. Spells of Speed was re-released with bonus tracks during October 2010, becoming the first installment in the label's "Wax Maniax" demo series of limited edition vinyl and CD demo releases. The limited edition of 200 MLPs and 200 CDs quickly sold out and generated rave reviews from the metal press while helping to develop a worldwide fan base for SPELLCASTER. Now armed and ready for battle, SPELLCASTER are determined to get their music blasting into the ears of bullet belt abusing, beer bashing headbangers worldwide.