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Funeralglade – May The Funeral Begin

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GUEST REVIEWER: Jig T Overlord

May the Funeral Begin is an E.P. from Finish outfit Funeralglade. The synopsis for this E.P. listed them as a melodic death metal band after listening to the E.P. I disagree.

I felt  it was more of a Blackended death metal style, due to the use of synth and keyboards, which were not used to drive the songs but used to set a more atmospheric tone.

The music style of the E.P. can be argued all day and the reason why? May the Funeral Begin has so many musical styles which can be heard in abundance.

You can hear the Melodic Death Metal, Deathcore, Groove Metal and Black Metal styles through the E.P.

With so many styles clashing on the E.P. it really detracts from the songs and makes you struggle to really grasp what are you listening to.

As the tracks transition too frequently into the above mentioned styles, it dwindles the listening experience  as the song sounds keep changing. A perfect example of this is on the opening track Shadow and Misery. You get this heavy bass and drum mix met by a classic black metal scream.  The track then shifts to a traditional metal style with a lead fill, then in to a black metal opus, then back to a metal style but as the styles are so different, it makes the track disjointed. This Makes you raise that questionable eyebrow and asking yourself the question “what and why am I listening to this”?

When they get the blend correct they do produce some great musical work like the second track Death (Only Way Out). It starts off with a similar heavy guitar mixed with some keys then artificial harmonics. It then goes straight in to a great metal feel, then slams you into another transition to melodic death metal and the mix stays similar throughout the rest of the track giving it a unique style of song. 

The second track is the only good example of Funeralglade getting it right as the other tracks Hollow and A Bedtime Story: Bloodlust offer the same questions like eyebrow as track one Shadow of Misery.

I applauded bands who try and push the envelope, Funeralglade did indeed do this.

However they need to learn a more effective way to get there style across and fusing their style correctly.

Municipal Waste – Slime And Punishment

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GUEST REVIEWER: Jig T Overlord

Municipal waste come to us with their 6th studio album Slime And Punishment. It has been a while since I invested anytime with Municipal Waste not because their are a poor band, but a move in style made us part ways. 

I was blown away by their debut album Hazardous Mutation, with its mix of hardcore punk blended with speed metal and thrash. Unleash The Bastards demonstrated the hardcore punk, then the trash/speed context was demonstrated on  tracks like Terror Shark and Set To Destruct.

One thing I will say is that to this day you will not see a more fantastic sight than grown men crowd surfing in shark costumes.

Muncipal Waste changed styles with the Art Of Partying and offering a reverse contrast in music, this time more fun style thrash rather than hardcore punk. This is evident with Head Banger Face Rip and Beer Pressure.+

The split for me happened in 2009 when they opted to be more serious and focus on just being a thrash band, dropping a lot of the fun and leading with a style direct out of the D.R.I handbook. This reminded me of when NOFX stopped been a fun punk band and took a more political approach to their music

With this in mind it gives me s great opportunity to look at Slime And Punishment 

Slime And punishment has that great production feel to it, just like massive aggression giving you that great blend of Philip halls bass mixed with Ryan Wastes guitars giving you that feel of bass and guitar attack.

With the opening track of Breathe Grease, it gives a great promise of a great album, however 39 seconds into the track you are hit with a very Iron Maiden style trill and this doesn’t stop here, it appears again on the tracks Slime and Punishment, Low Tolerance and Under the Waste Command, which then tries a traditional trade mark twin guitar exchange very akin to Murray and Smith.

The album does see a return to some of their Hardcore punk thrash style on tracks 9 – 14, as seen on Hazardus Mutation. It is however severely lacking the  lyrical content of prior albums and giving nothing to the imagination.

We do also see some moments of light on the album with some great tracks like Shreadnecks and Poison the Preacher

Overall as a speed metal album it is exactly that, but nothing to excite or make Municipal Waste fuck you up

 

Dying Fetus – Wrong One To Fuck With

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Guest Reviewer: Jig T Overlord

Wrong One To Fuck With is the new offering from Dying Fetus. One of the most brutal bands in the death metal scene for the last 20 years, with their signature groove style  tailored with chugging riffs and technical time changes. 

This style has been their M.O and probably will never change. This is what makes Dying Fetus stand out and also makes some of their albums instantly forgettable like Killing On Adrenaline but then have masterpieces such as Descend Into Depravity.

With a change of logo, the same sweeping style logo only seen on the Grotesque Impairment EP, and incredible violent album cover depicting a brutal murder, Dying fetus are defiantly trying to make a statement with the new album

 The question to be asked is does this become a great album for Dying Fetus, or another forgettable attempt to be added to their back catalogue.

Wrong One To Fuck With hits really hard, the opening track Fixated On Devastation pulls you straight in with  John Gallaghar’s frantic fretwork. This then breaks down to slow chugging pace to where your trying to stop you neck just banning along. This quickly transitions into the next track, Panic Amongst The Herd,where it’s just a one driving down tuned riff, the album continue to leave its mark. Trey Williams comes in as always to impress with his amazing hyperblasting drumming on Die With Integrity.

The album continues to to pound and pulsate until you hit the title track Wrong One To Fuck With, where Sean Beasly comes in with a thick bass line, and opens up the rest of the track up with a monster groove layden riff that would open up any pit in a millisecond then transcends into pure rage. 

Wrong One To Fuck With is probably the best example of the Maryland trio getting their signature thick bass lines, frantic fretwork and pure assault  drumming down to a T.

The only drawback is that this is also the longest album dying fetus have delivered. Dying fetus albums come in sets of 8 with a shorter run time, making the listen that much easier, thus able to digest the great mix of sweeping technical riffs with great time changes heavy riffs and phenomenal blast beats,

With a longer running time of 50 minutes and 11 tracks on offer,  you can sometimes find yourself lost in the album and lose your place with the tracks sometimes seeming to meld together. Instead of having one epic track after epic track like in the shorter 8 track albums. 

That is the only draw back though, if you can keep up with intensity of the album it is defiantly a stand out. Not only for Dying Fetus but more importantly for the whole death metal scene.

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Thunder -Rip It Up

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Uk rock stalwarts Thunder return with their 11th studio album, following on from the highly successful Wonder Days. Whilst Rip It Up is not as instantly accessible as Wonder Days, it is every bit as good a listen if not better. If you are a Thunder fan then there will be the odd surprise on Rip It Up. Nothing major of course, they haven’t ripped up their blues rock template for metalcore breakdowns or jazz fusion. The things you have always loved about Thunder are still there, Harry’s ride cymbal, Ben’s organ ( ooooo errr ), the tug at the heartstrings ballad and of course THAT voice.

You could have excused Luke Morley for writing Wonder Days II and not challenging himself or his band. What he has done instead is maybe pushed himself harder than maybe he has ever done in the past. Opener No One Gets Out Alive is over in a flash of a rolling guitar riff, it gets the foot tapping and the head bobbing. Title track Rip It Up slams in next with its floor stomping heavy blues. It’s a heavy song for Thunder but retains its melody and hooks. She Likes The Cocaine floats along nicely until Lynne Jackaman comes along and tears the song a new one by adding a serious gospel flavour to the proceedings. Next up is Right From The Start, the big ballad of the album. If there is one thing that Thunder are experts in its the big ballad and this song doesn’t disappoint.

Shakedown brings out the cowbell, expect to see Ben Mathews stage left with cowbell when the tour hits, however he is gonna have to be seriously quick to get out the guitar as a wall of guitar hits with the chorus. Heartbreak Hurricane is a slab of Luke Morley brilliance. There are songs that grab you instantly, even if your not a fan of the artist there are songs that you just have to hold your hands up to and admit that it is quality, this is one of those songs. Any rock fan will appreciate this tune. In Another Life kicks in next and I’m waiting for Alannah Myles to start singing over that bass line. What we get instead are some Ben Matthews keys and an absolute classic Danny Bowes delivery, it’s their smokey bar song. Piano brings in The Chosen One before it kicks in to a straight ahead rocker, more of where that came from please.

The Enemy Inside is the nearest to Thunder by numbers,  there’s something that keeps it above being a filler as you never lose interest. The Who kick off Tumbling down before Thunder take over and turn it from Pinball Wizzard into another slab of blues rock goodness. Album closer There’s Always A Loser has the same kind of vibe as their song Once In A Lifetime, albeit with an electric uplifting ending.

All in all this is a grower of an album, with so much to listen to. You couldnt ask for more.

 

9/10

 

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ASTRAL DOMINE – ‘HOLY KNIGHTS’ VIDEO RELEASED

Power metallers Astral Domine have released a video for the song ‘Holy Knights’, taken from their debut album ‘Arcanum Gloriae’.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-my3w803ksA

 

Founded in 2011 by music composer and lyricist Luca Gagnoni with the intent of creating epic, powerful music with a peaceful message, Astral Domine’ s debut album ‘Arcanum Gloriae’ is available now onBakerteam Records. Produced by the band themselves, with mixing and mastering duties held by Andrea De Paoli (LabyrinthVision Divine) at Multimedia Sound Studio, ‘Arcanum Gloriae’ features special guest appearances by renowned singers Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of FireVision DivineHollow Haze) on the song ‘Where Heroes Die’ and Giuseppe “Ciape” Cialone (Rosae Crucis) on the song‘Falsi Dei’. Inspired by fantasy themes and landscapes, Astral Domine’s music is perfectly depicted by the evocative album artwork, which recalls the epic scenery of the Game Of Thrones series.

 

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BAKERTEAM RECORDS NEW SIGNINGS

KATTAH – New album ‘Lapis Lazuli’

Kattah have signed a deal with Bakerteam Records for the release of their new album ‘Lapis Lazuli’. Formed in 2006 in Brazil, the band is known for a unique approach to music, mixing heavy metal with Arabian, Eastern European, Brazilian and many other musical styles, atmospheres and rhythms. Their debut album ‘Eyes Of Sand’ (2010) attracted overwhelming reviews all over the world, and it came to no surprise when fellow Brazilian musical heroes Angra invited them to open their 2011 European tour, a great opportunity for Kattah to display their powerful live show and consolidate their name among thousands of heavy metal fans. ‘Lapis Lazuli’ sees the band taking things to a whole new level, with stronger melodies, classier arrangements, outstanding performances and a production team which includes some of the best professionals in the business: Roy Z (Bruce DickinsonRob HalfordSepultura,Helloween) and Andy Haller (Ozzy osbourneSystem Of A Down). ‘Lapis Lazuli’ will be out October 28th, 2014. Watch out for the latest news on www.kattahonline.com.

 

TANTAL – New album ‘Expectancy’

Formed in 2004 in Moscow, Russia, Tantal attracted critical acclaim with the release of their debut album ‘The Beginning Of The End’ (2009), an addictive mix of Progressive, Death, Thrash and Modern Metal enriched by gloomy conceptual lyrics and plenty of attitude. While touring relentlessly in support of that album, the band saw their fan base grow exponentially, with their videos broadcasted on national television and their songs featured in the most important metal radio shows. In 2013 Tantal announced the addition of talented female vocalist Milana Solovitskaya to their ranks and a new album,‘Expectancy’, which redefines their sound: way more diverse and mature than its predecessor, ‘Expectancy’ features beautiful catchy melodies, powerful riffs, expressive guitar solos and a groovy rhythm section, including one song in their native Russian language and an acoustic version of one song from the previous album as a bonus tracks, especially recorded for this release. The beautiful album artwork was conceived by renowned Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes (Arch EnemyMorbid AngelFirewind,Cryptopsy, Amaranthe). ‘Expectancy’ will be out October 28th, 2014 on Bakerteam Records. Followwww.tantalweb.ru for the latest news

MIDNIGHT SIN – Debut album ‘Sex First’ out this fall on Bakerteam Records‏

There are a few things that make life worth living: among them, we can certainly mention “sins”. And duties performed at nigh… Most of the times, strangely enough, they happen together. Midnight Sin, as the name suggests, incorporate both. But they go far beyond that. Their music is a sexy combination of Sleaze Rock, Hard Rock and AOR, their songs are powerful and catchy, their lyrics shocking and irreverent. And the energy and hedonism displayed in their debut album are certainly for real. ‘Sex First’, this is the title of the album, will be out on October 14th, 2014 on Bakerteam Records. Follow www.midnightsinband.comfor all the updates.  

STIGMHATE – NEW SONG AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING‏

Black metallers Stigmhate have made available for streaming a song taken from their new album ‘Zodacare Od Zodameranu‘, out now on Bakerteam Records.

 

Listen to the new song ‘Mistress Of Bone’s Mounds’ here: https://soundcloud.com/stigmhate/mistress-of-bones-mounds

Active in the extreme metal scene for the last 15 years, the band is back with their most obscure and oppressive album to date, both musically and lyrically. The album was recorded and mixed between Outer Sound Studios and Destroyed Studios by Giuseppe Orlando (NovembreNecrodeath) and Stigmhate’s own guitarist Mike, and mastered at Hertz Studios (BehemothVaderDecapitated). The cover artwork and packaging was handled by renowned Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (Dimmu BorgirKeep Of KalessinDark Funeral). Some very special guest appearances by Shyaithan (Impiety) andNachtgarm (NegatorDark Funeral) have also been announced. Check outwww.bakerteamrecords.com for the latest updates.

KALEDON – NEW ALBUM ‘ANTILLIUS: THE KING OF THE LIGHT’ OUT THIS FALL ON SCARLET RECORDS‏

One year and a half after the release of the much celebrated ‘Altor: The King’s Blacksmith’, Kaledon are back with their new album ‘Antillius: The King Of The Light’, another powerful, symphonic masterpiece which confirms them as one of the leading forces in Power/Epic metal today. ‘Antillius’ narrates the life of the King of Kaledon, one of the characters that the band introduced with their previous ‘Legend Of The Forgotten Reign’ saga. The album was produced by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy. Kaledon have also teamed up with renowned artist Felipe Machado Franco (Blind GuardianRageRhapsody Of FireIron Savior) for the soon to be revealed cover artwork. ‘Antillius: The King Of The Light’ will be available starting from November 18th, 2014 on Scarlet Records. Followwww.scarletrecords.it and www.kaledon.com for the latest news.

Hell In The Club To Release New Album On Scarlet Records

Hell In The Club have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album ‘Devil On My Shoulder’. The band includes members of acclaimed acts such as ElvenkingDeath SS andSecret Sphere, but their music stands out as something totally different: they mix classic hard rock and modern sounds, heavy metal and party songs, fifties rock’n’roll and anything in between. ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ is a powerful, exciting album that displays strong songwriting capabilities, top notch musicianship and meaningful lyrics (one song is based on Daniel Pennac’s ‘La Saga Malausséne), in the vein of the great heavy/rock albums of our times. ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ was produced by Simone Mularoni (DGMEmpyrios) at Domination Studios in San Marino, Italy and will be available starting from November 4th, 2014. More news will be revealed soon onwww.scarletrecords.it and www.hellintheclub.com.