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  AxSxBxO (Uk) Demo tape. 2014.

AxSxBxO (Uk) Demo tape. 2014. JESBOLIGAKURAC Recs.
There's a toxic mushroom inside my head.
Quick, I need a wall of concrete to tear it up!
Express reviews are not a crime, especially when it's about short grindcore releases.
This new English band plays quite simple, straight to the perpaing grindcore, with influences of death grind, slower hardcore, or even sludge (By moments).
The demo begins in a quite kicking manner. The songs contain enough changes to avoid boredom, globally the tempos are quite varied.
AxSxBxO stands for "Anti Social Behavior Order".
I appreciate the energy to appear here and there, but there are a bit too much of slower/ sludgy parts, and I wouldn't bet a ball on the skull-grinding efficiency of each riff... But for a first demo it's not bad and lets me imagine the band might improve the right way.
When there is no more elephant ivory on earth, the dentists will use cinderblock teeth prosthesis. It will only be more brutal and crusty! (Ok, ok, ivory might be a bit "old school" for this use, but it sounded far better).


AÄZYLIUM (Fra) Prelude to confinement Demo

AÄZYLIUM (Fra) Prelude to confinement Demo CDr. 2010.
After few seconds of a "frightening" creaking door noise, this demo begins with something like brutal death metal, in a not very modern manner.
The first song could sound like what DEEDS OF FLESH were doing a couple of albums ago (Less technical, but with the same kind of color) with little touches of later GORGUTS (Less tortured). At this point I could have expected something quite nice, but it often turns to something more average, with less color...
Sometimes it follows a "bruta-bruta-abrupt" state of mind we often crossed a few years ago, sometimes it's closer to blasting thrashing death, perhaps it's also not too far from Malaysian brutal death (In a less fucked manner) and there are some black metal touches. To quote some soundalike names, I could list old CANNIBAL CORPSE (Butched/ Tomb), American REGURGITATION (The album, not the mid-paced demo), a bit of old DEICIDE (Fast parts), some French MORTUARY (One of their CDs sounded like blasting thrashing death) and maybe the first ABORTED CD (That wasn't too pleasant). There are also touches of older simple Death metal sometimes, I could quote the old band JUDECCA, but do you know what the fuck it was? (And is it worth the quote?)
From time to time you still find little technical or "Gorguts" touches (Quite discarded guitars that make it a little more tortured), unfortunately they often choose to use this kind of old average blasting death/ brutal death riffs that don't turn me on much since years... You know these riffs that could remind of the first KRONOS album, some old records of German KADATH, the first INHUMATE CDs and the list could go on... An underground supporter might argue there's a little red atmosphere all along the length of this demo, and it could sound quite "abrupt", and there are worst underground recordings… But there's always worse and we should target improvement instead of easy-satisfaction if we want to reach stronger levels of sonic defenestration.
The touches of technical or discarding guitars might show they want to evolve in a quite interesting manner in the future, but their current music just sounds like average underground stuff in my hears. I don't mean they should absolutely be more technical/ complex whatever to be interesting, it's just most of these riffs don't do much (And maybe the drums sound too "electronic"). Please, drink more Red Bull.


 ABYSM (Uk) Unleash the fallen Demo tape.

ABYSM (Uk) Unleash the fallen Demo tape. 2014. Self-released.
Spiritual overload maximum. Eruptions and intense tremors in the sulfur caverns.
Will the tectonic plates collide and struggle one more time?
ABYSM is a new underground project mostly composed of one member handling the guitars/ vocals, who was helped by a drummer and a bassist for this recording.
Globally the style is dark Death metal reminding of old INCANTATION, with a more-than-seldom black death edge bringing the whole closer to early ARCHGOAT (For some obscurity) or even some south American sickness (For more bestial moments).
An attentive listening can let appear more "regular" old school death metal: A bit of slower Finnish, a bit of regular European, or a bit of early US (Fast early Possessed or slow early Death), but the whole globally keeps a dark death metal/ black death taste due to the recording, the vocals and quite raw playing.
There are nice moments of darkness (Ex: Some guitars have the "obscure stagnancy" it needs to create nice atmospheres) and some riffs aren't bad at all (The first song seems to be the best from the tape), unfortunately the drum-playing isn't right-to-the-coffin, some parts a bit too rough (The playing, some structures) and some riffs sound too familiar.
Unfortunately the cover of GRAVE ("Hating life") isn't the best: Even if the riffs aren't mistaken, it's quite wasted by a more approximate playing (The playing didn't bother me that much with the other songs, maybe because I know this GRAVE track by heart?)
This is a first demo that contains an equal quantity of average and more promising parts.
The main member wrote in a letter that everything was recorded in the first take and the next release (Planned as a MCD) will contain longer and more straightforward tracks, so that might mean improvements will happen at the right levels?
Until then, the sulfur we will keep on collecting, in the caverns.
Email: abysm(a)

 ACxDC (Usa) The second coming Demo tape.

ACxDC (Usa) The second coming Demo tape. 2011. Spiderbaby Recs. Carefully selected pieces of white excrements sold to you at golden price, according to very precise speculative standards (That voluntary buried the concepts of feeling and musical integrity million miles ago...). What we need is a blasting explosion to reverse the effects of shameless cock-sucking!
ACxDC has nothing to do with hard rock, neither very short pants, neither old school death metal (Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t keep this webzine free from modern old school death metal to keep away from speculating bullshit influences) since their genre is old styled (But not retro) grindcore!
Think about a blasting grindure between old Grind, powerviolence (For the scream aspect) and noisecore (For the relatively short length of tracks). Every beats aren't blasts, but the spirit is Grind. This grindcore in itself isn't that particular, neither the most grindasmic, but I like the intensity escaping this recording and ACxDC provides a quite good karcher-wash of your cemented mental walls. This could be very nice for grind junkies.
A bit more songs will be needed for the next demo.


AD PATRES (Fra) Promo 2010. CDr.
Do I feel trapped in an infinite maze of mazing amazement? Not really, but at least the first demo of this French band is quite good, and lights a bit more hopes than another of these "Let's play old school Death metal, there's nothing simpler than that (We already exhausted the Darkthrone xeroxing machine anyway)" very sincere bands...
AD PATRES plays quite motivated and kicking Death metal that rather follows the blasting and obscure genre: To be more precise it's molesting in the middle between  obscure "brutal" death and something closer to blasting death or (not modern) brutal death; While the first one reminds me of MORBID ANGEL on "Domination" (Fast parts with tremolos, polyphonic touches, mid-paced moments with double-kicks' warfare) or IMMOLATION on "Unholy cult" (But in a less complex manner) the approximately 50% of blasting death is closer to SUFFOCATION (On their most blasting/ impact ridden recording "Souls to deny") or MALEVOLENT CREATION's last fifty percent of discography... Add possible touches of the last FLESHTIZED demo for more "technical" guitars...
What? My description isn't obscure enough and you need deep French underground? Ok I can add quite strong similarities with AMETHYSTE's last recordings (Even more the demo released before the first album, than this said album), while there's a bit of CARMINA (Before they turned bru bru bru-tal... So the first demo) and BLACK BLEEDING's last demos (Rather "The awakening") aren't so far in genre...
The drumming has quite a lot to do with Dave Culross (Who played in Malevolent Creation and  Suffocation for the MCD quoted before) with touches of Dave Lombardo in less intense moments...
The music from this demo is quite good and quite efficient, there's some intensity in these songs, but every guitar parts aren't of the same quality as far as I macerate: While some riffs are quite great on an emotional point of view, and the majestic leads sound cool, a few riffs in the fast parts sound a bit easy, and I'm not sure about few mid-paced thrash parts...
It's cool to see AD PATRES decided to follow this path of kicking Death metal: More French bands used to play this style in the past and I'm feeling like France begun to lack of guts and balls... Hope they will hang on and intensify the feeling!
(Parenthetically notification of maceration: Do not pay attention to the Latin moniker or the fact their drummer used to play in SETH, ENTHRONED and others, there's nothing to do with weak black metal...)


ALTARS (Usa) Demo. 2017. Self-released.
Blow again, winds from the inner of the earth.
Howl again, voice of all tectonic frictions.
The throat of the earth awakes from its rusted petrified sleep,
To serve our shameful sinners' existence with more obscure death.

This ALTARS is not the Australian death metal outfit that used the same moniker before splitting up recently, this one is a new band from California that can sound musically close at the first approach.
This is fast and hateful Death metal, with loads of tumultuous fast parts that easily impale the priests, and slower (Sometimes really doomy) moments that turn the crosses inside out on the sour grounds.
This sounds like a mix between old INCANTATION (Less epic), AVULSION (Usa - "Dimensions of darkness"), with possible zests of IMMOLATION ("Unholy cult"?), with a bit of early DEICIDE and early MORBID ANGEL.
I think some could hear early BESTIAL WARLUST, but it might be due to some chaos in the production.
Compared to the Australian ALTARS the music sounds less technical and complexically fucked, this is more straightforward in a world of chaos.
This globally sounds extreme and quite intense, there are great riffs and quite tumultuous moments. Now I didn’t find original or really personal moments, nothing to really feed the brain, but the music doesn't sound mummified in carbon-copying.
I have very few infos about this band, expect this is their first demo and they're located in San José, California.
ALTARS should be a quite fucking intense band live and it could be a religious-faith-breaking pleasure to explore their next recording.

 AMPUTORY (Fin) Promo 2010. CDr. 

AMPUTORY (Fin) Promo 2010. CDr. Self-released.
Great Death metal! The first song "Enslavement in the basement" is a very good piece of fast old school Scandinavian Death metal, with a burning dark red aura, a real feeling of revenge, something nocturnal in the tremolo riff... It reminds me of ooold GRAVE for the punch and the atmosphere, as well as something like early NECROPHOBIC (For some nocturnal mysticism in the main riff), and touches of GRAVE ("Back from the grave") for some mid-paced riffs, or zests of old EDGE OF SANITY for some arrangements... It's simple and comes with a quite good production (Let's say à la old GRAVE, but less crispy for the guitars). A great glorious Death metal track!
The two other songs "Genocidal breed" and "Compulsive amputation" aren't as emotionally appealing and don't sound as old school in all the length... All in all it could be a mixture of mid-paced GRAVE ("Back from the grave"), with some EDGE OF SANITY ("Cryptic"), half melodic death from the 94-96 era (Not the most faggotic ones, huh?), bits of melodic first CEMETARY album ("An evil shade of grey") and some thrashing touches. Globally it's more mid-paced. It's quite comfortable to listen, but not too enthusiasting.
Based on the first track "Enslavement in the basement" I imagine AMPUTORY could have a great burning Death metal future! Hope this demo was more than a one time project, and the band will insert more feelings of revenge and glory in their next Death metal songs!


 ANNIHILATION TEXT (Can) Defamation manifesto

ANNIHILATION TEXT (Can) Defamation manifesto Demo CDr'07.
Even though what we can often hear from these lands often lies into the technical and original kinds , Canada's grounds aren't totally dry in matters of Death metal.
A Death metal that especially choose the darkened paths of MORBID ANGEL ("Domination", with a touch of "Gateways") and execrates a nice atmosphere from the chalice of all captivating sins. The march is rather mid-placed, and heavy, with double kicks.
As said before, the MORBID ANGEL influence is strong (For the atmosphere, "dominating" heaviness, quite majestic leads... As well as for the vocals and production) but you could also find other elements such as impure waves of IMMOLATION, floridian Death metal (Something between BRUTALITY, RESURRECTION of later MORTA SKULED), some old HATE ETERNAL, a bit of crushing SUFFOCATION, fantomatic tumors à la CONVERGENCE FORM WITHIN (Even if C.F.W is more burning) and a little melodic something that helps to pack the composition a nice way.
To summarize my feelings, I'll say this cool band didn't discover the morbid musical words that instantaneously annihilate humanity and they didn't develop a language of their own yet, but it's a cool band with good atmospheres and whose potential only asks to be developed. Good fucking luck!














ANNUNCIATION (Uk) Annuntiatio mortis metallum Demo

ANNUNCIATION (Uk) Annuntiatio mortis metallum Demo tape. 2015. Self-released.
Annunciation is a new band from Uk, their style is Death metal in a rather evil manner, here is their first two tracks demo.
On the first song, the biggest influence seems located in the old recordings of MORBID ANGEL and ANGEL CORPSE, since a good part of the riffing is based on fast tremolos, or fast guitars, and then you have more "dominating" heavier riffs. There are also touches of NILE, a couple of thrashier riffs à la POSSESSED ("Beyond the gates") and they remind me of the French band MISGIVINGS sometimes. Not a bad song, I can listen without problem.
For the second song, even if the satanic death influences are also present, it shows a more "death black" approach, with riffs being not so far from GOD DETHRONED (I'm not an expert of the style). Even if a little technical touch is also here in the middle, I find this song is more common and sounds less convincing.
The production is quite "raw", it sounds like a rehearsal, in a quite clear enough manner. I can hear the riffs without problem, but I'm used to this kind of recordings, so... Perhaps the band should be a bit tighter next time, but this impression might be due to the sound.
Two songs is a bit short to have an opinion about the qualities. Here I can listen to the first song without problem, while the second one isn't too much my cup of satanic blood, so I'll conclude it's an average recording and the listener will need more to be able to judge.


 ANOXIA (Uk) Manufacturing the end Demo

ANOXIA (Uk) Manufacturing the end Demo CDr'07.
English Death metal. This demo begins well, the 1st minutes strike with fast old school death metal and an abrasive production that makes them sound like DISMEMBER.
Then I'm not so milk-hearted about the following: A part of the stuffs is much slower (Somekind of boring position between BENEDICTION, few INCANTATION or black metal) or thrashy...Some cool parts à la ENTOMBED (Death'n roll) or CARCASS ("Heartwork") aren't bad, but wasted by ideas of a lesser lacerating importance.
Well it seems the band doesn't really know which victim they aim to kill, and so by targeting more than 1 bottom they do not really kick the ass.
A shame coz they have nice moments... A brutal lifting/ refocus as well as more work on structures might help to underline their best moments.


 ANTHEM (Pol) Necronomicon Demo CDr.

ANTHEM (Pol) Necronomicon Demo CDr. 2009. Self-released.
If you want to open your mind, first you will have to open your skull! And so we need something ultra brutal to break the cranium.
The polish guys of ANTHEM could be a right choice for this penetrating affair.
Their style isn't so far from the brutal and evil Death metal usually coming from Poland, except it might be a bit more blasting... It's very often fast and contains some kind of epicness that reminds me of KRISIUN or also REBAELLIUM, while you can also feel some MORBID ANGEL influences (Dark aura for example), some similarities with CENTURIAN, and little touches of NILE. I don't know if their riffs are particularly catching the attention of the decrepiting cadaver, but their music sounds quite extreme, there's a nice atmosphere, and nothing sounds particularly weak or bothering... (It's already quite nice)
Fans of extreme and evil brutal death could find in ANTHEM a nice manifestation of evil to support.
(This review is too short? Ok, come and write your big book about a two songs demo, you fucking poofter!)

 APOCRYPHON (Usa) Apocryphon Demo

APOCRYPHON (Usa) Apocryphon Demo 2011. Self-released.
I love going to the dentist, because I love anesthesia.
The first song begins in a brutal and quite technical way à la old CEPHALIC CARNAGE, but you rapidly feel more darkness appears, and with the following tracks the global spectrum becomes more metallic, yet doesn't totally turn into metal.
APOCRYPHON plays something I could call "Technical satanic grind metal", a mixture between dark technical "old school" death, mid old technical grind, mid old brutal death, with a bit of black metal influences... Is this clear? Not really, so the review keeps on going.
When listening you could hear quite technical hydro grind à la CEPHALIC CARNAGE (For guitars, for some smoke or few experimental touches), quite technical but obscure death à la mid old IMMOLATION, and some DEICIDE influenced satanic Death metal (For vocals and double kick rumbles), or some mid old BRUTAL TRUTH (For some technical riffing, guitar dissonances, composition's packing); Sometimes I feel they're not too far from some early IBEX MOON releases (Were a couple of bands played Death metal in a dark and quite technical manner (First Bloody sign records, First Estuary Lp, or Incrust)).
My will to try and define their music might sound like trying to cut the ass hairs in 4 pieces, but the different influences that weren't necessarily meant to be glued together are quite well packaged and the content flows quite well, so I wouldn't be surprised to read some peoples wouldn't notice a part of these influences.
This demo contains quite intense moments, and some dark atmospheres occur to appear, but I don't find all parts to be as entertaining (Even if decently integrated), and I feel the guitar sound is too crisp for the most Death metal parts (While it works for the more grind ones)
The effluves of APOCRYPHON aren't the most rejoicing yet, but doesn't taste the worst either, and there might be something like a musical particularity to develop with time. This band could please those who would like a mixture between the brutality, the reasonably technical/ experimental, and the obscure atmosphere, with an old school touch.

 ARATRON (Hol) The recovery Demo. Pro CDr

ARATRON (Hol) The recovery Demo. Pro CDr. 2013.
DAMNATION OF THE HOLY COCK! The deep cunt of the underground vomits new Death metal bands everyday, the quantity never stops to increase and will soon become hard to swallow, even for the most bloodthirsty Death metal maniacs... (Might they love deep cunt or not).
Here we have a good example of an average Death metal band, you can listen to their recording for a while, some songs are even quite kicking, but nothing "special" thrills your demonic balls. and after another while something like boredom appears.
Most of the music is fast, old styled Death metal that could remind of the first two UNLEASHED albums (Minus the grooves), the first DEATH album, then there are slower or more "crusty" moments that might be influenced by CELTIC FROST (Not sure) and something a bit more DISMEMBERISH appears later... There are also a few black metal influences (Some vocals, a few riffs).
There might be something polish in there, but the style is not so brutal, this might be due to the production...?
Enough of description, now comes the hammer: The problem with these songs lies in the riffs that often sound usual. It's usual "Death metal riffs", that seem to be and sound like "Death metal riffs", but the guitars from the best albums that make you thrill might be more than "Death metal riffs".
I also have to say around the 3rd track the vocals tend to annoy me a bit (Did he drink too much of bad beer, or does it become too black metal influenced?).
This isn't pure shit, for example the first track is quite kicking (And contains quite “morbid/ technical” riffs), but I find the whole too usual and lacking of thrills. So it's just average Death metal.
Hope the cunt of the underground won't run too dry, otherwise swallowing what comes out will become harder...

  ASSUMPTION (Ita) The three appearances

ASSUMPTION (Ita) The three appearances MCD. 2014. TERROR FROM HELL Recs.
Cryogenized collection of suspended animations,
gathered together as a mask of dead flesh.
Animated shreds of skin,
amalgamated in divergent convulsive pernicious micro-entities.

After an obscure death metal beginning that lets you imagine the content will be very influenced by INCANTATION, the darkened music becomes much doomier...
And then it evolves between old school doom (Death-metallic version) and old Death doom (In a quite mid-paced manner).
For the doomier I will quote DISEMBOWELMENT (A strong influence), WINTER, or very early MY DYING BRIDE (With fewer "melodies").
For the most death-metallic parts I will quote SORROW, INCANTATION (Slower patterns) and perhaps ASPHYX (Embrace the death) or HYPONIC (When they were a Death metal band).
The first songs are more "dynamic" and worked on a guitar point of view, while the last ones are more on the doom side with monolithic riffs.
During the second song there are interesting guitar polyphonies that remember me the 2nd album of ATROCITY (Ger) (This introduction that sounded quite "glamorous" in a sickened and poisoned manner... Perhaps ASSUMPTION are also longing for Death AhAh)
The production is appropriate, quite heavy sounding and the guitars are "deaf" enough.
In my humble impaled opinion this isn't an essential release, but there are interesting/ good moments and nothing sounds wrong during the listening. Fans of doom metal from the cave with a quite strong Death metal influence might dig it.

 ATARAXY (Spa) Rotten shit Demo CDr'09.

ATARAXY (Spa) Rotten shit Demo CDr'09.
At least, this time I received a quite well targeted promo... It's not Davecore or technicouille... So let's insert our finger in the asshole of the dead and hear what happens... Move it on the left, move it on the right, just a bit faster, a little deeper... Ok, the sounds from the bowels remind of old Death metal from the end 80's, beginning 90's; To sum it up, that would be a mix between the fast death, slower doomy and few blasts.
I'm not sure if this description would totally fit, but I occur to think about INFAMY ("The blood shall flow") for the sound, some blasts and slower moments... But the little atmosphere isn't burning as it's rather dark (Not too far from CARNAGE). The slowest moments could also remind of ASPHYX ("The rack"), DEMIGOD (Beginnings), while some fast moments could remorgue ASPHYX, early GRAVE (Demos) with some CARNAGE/ DISMEMBER (Without crusty stuffs or melodic guits)... And there are few black metal influences... Well, you see I made a quite putrid pile of nice comparisons, but don't take it too seriously because the bowels of our friend the dead are quite young and it shows: The songs aren't structured the best way, sometimes things are too simple, the playing isn't too convicted/ tight as crush; the drumming could be more dynamic/ varied, other things could be improved, and I know some peoples could find the listening of this demo to be boring... It's average but doesn't completely suck if you ask me. It's a first recording that shows the band might improve and intensify the feeling if they stick to it and work. So, keep on teasing our friend the dead!

   ATAVISMA (Fra) Where wolves once dwelled

ATAVISMA (Fra) Where wolves once dwelled Demo MCD. 2014. Dead Center Recs.
Listening to the demo of this new French band, I see a Neanderthal mourning in the caverns and knocking down the monoliths in anger... This is a quite cavernous affair.
The style they play is death doom, with many slow (Or double-kick ridden) tempos: This is mostly about the heaviness, or something quite rampant.
If you need to read the names of some possible influences, I could add those of FUNEBRARUM (Old), INCANTATION (Old... For the heaviness, and the vocals), with a bit of Finnish and Swedish Death metal thrown here and there.
Something reminds me of ooold American Death metal bands that were very much tending to the heaviness and somewhat "grotesque" side of things... (Unfortunately the names were erased from my mind by the time and dust, but I remember these sounded influenced by the first ROTTREVORE album's heaviness, and weren't so far from the first DECREPIT demo and Ep, if you follow my hammer... In lack of a better example, you could think MORTUOUS's 2nd demo doesn't sound far by moments).
I imagine some peoples could hear similarities with old GRAVE ("You'll never see...") for the heaviness, even if the atmosphere is different... In the case of ATAVISMA it is cold, quite necro, sometimes almost "grim" (Or possibly "funeral" in the most doomy parts).
A drum-machine was used, most of the time it doesn't bother my cavernous mourning (The drum samples are ok, and the programming is not "over the top"), except in the fast moments where some of the programming could be improved (To sound more natural).
Some moments show it's a first demo: Some guitars are a bit hesitating, and some structures aren't the best... But to counterbalance these points, some riffs aren't bad at all and there's quite some heaviness. The most interesting moments occur to take place in the most doomy and slow death doom patterns.
For a first recording, it's not a bad cavernous shot; Let's see how the band evolves and hope they will dig deeper in the underground to enlarge the size of their cavern... (Because as some of you might have noticed: The larger a cavern is, the stronger echoes of death will resonate).


 ATROCE (Can) Rites obscurs Demo tape.

ATROCE (Can) Rites obscurs Demo tape. 2014. Self-released.
Canada is not only about technical metal.
This new band is more old school and turned towards the dark side of the thing, their style is located somewhere between thrashing death metal and a quite old styled evil (Blackened) death metal. The music can regularly remind of early DEICIDE (Or the (Old) AMON days) with quite abrupt accelerations that could remember of ABHORER (The album).
Perhaps some worm impalers could hear some ooold MALEVOLENT CREATION (First albums) here & there for the motivated aspect of the playing, but it's not the main key... It would be more significant to quote the black metal influences that appear at the corner of various riffs.
Quite good drummer with apparently no weakness during blasts (I can say so, there are no triggers).
The raw, quite "live" production gives the whole a more live/ underground aspect.
Personally I find their most blasting parts quite kicking, but I’m less interested when the playing tends to be more elaborated. Now perhaps the production is a little too raw to have a real opinion about the music? The band released an album since then, it might be a cool idea to put a crucified hear on this new CD to check if it turns your internal crosses inside out.