• Estertor - Between Silence And Light

    29 Feb 2012, 14:04

    Between Silence And Light



    Bolivia
    2003
    Progressive Death Metal

    Tracklist:
    Intro ...In The Forest
    Ride To The Unknown >mp3
    Shadows
    Dark Silent Room
    Green
    Eternal Fall
    Lifebuilder
    The Follower
    Drunk Song
    Hunting Lost Dreams >mp3
    Sacred Sin ...Death In Life…
    Slept Shining Dew
    To My Conscience

    10 \ 10



    What a surprise as one day suddenly a CD from Bolivia was in my mailbox. So far I had only known one band from there, LILITH, and their debut CD was a pretty positive surprise. Even though I really liked them, I still approached ESTERTOR's "Between Silence And Light" with care, still knowing which styles many South American bands call their own. But holy smokes, these guys definitely are not one of the rain forest blast beat commandos, which assault us from those regions so often, but they are aiming higher and that on a damn high level of musicianship!
    The Cochabamba based quartet is hailed as one of the best South American bands (especially from sources not related to the band or the label) and "Between Silence And Light" is a very impressive confirmation of this claim, because the material here absolutely deserves a wide attention than a Bolivian band on a Bolivian label normally would ever get, for they easily make mincemeat of 90% of the rest (not only Bolivian bands of which I only know 2 anyways) and I can say that without exaggeration or bad conscience!

    The basis of the ESTERTOR sound is Melodic Death Metal, but instead of just computing it and spit it out more or less unchanged, they only take it as a foundation to build a more than remarkable soundscape, which stands up to even daring comparisons. When a band puts more than 71 minutes of music onto a CD, it takes quite some song writing skills to keep up tension and quality, too often bands more or less miserably fail here, but in the case of ESTERTOR I can happily announce that these guys have it. Taking influences from the greats of Melodic Death Metal, melodic and gripping riffs and leads of early DARK TRANQUILLITY and IN FLAMES find their way into the ESTERTOR sound, but instead of just re-using them in a comparable framework, the Bolivians greatly vary the context, here with elements from traditional Heavy and Power Metal, there from Death/Doom, this creating a pretty stongly contrasting mood, which furthers the tension of the songs and realises the opposites in great harmony.

    But still not enough, because we even get breakdowns with acoustic and clean guitars, which break through the intensity and tension, just to re build them, lending big dynamics to the whole album. If I now write that ESTERTOR with this at times remind me of OPETH and also quality wise are not as far off as many would think, some will call this blasphemy, others shameless exaggeration, but I dare you to form your own opinion and you will agree that the quartet does neither try to copy OPETH, but only follows their lead.

    And even vocally we hardly get disappointed, because here, too, variety is the law. Guitarist Marcelo is supported by drummer Franky and together they do not only cover the "regular" Death Metal vocals, but also bring us pretty original, but still well sounding clean vocals as well as the half growl that we are treated with so often in Doom/Death, to cover many different moods and atmospheres also in the vocal department, while the Death Metal vocals form the lion's share.

    After the intro "...Into The Forest" "Ride To The Unknown" right away introduces us to a gripping mix of fast, melodic leads, melancholic Doom riffing, variable rhythm, here driving Death, there dark Doom, then a calm interlude with acoustic guitars, with mostly Death vox, but also the clean vocals (as mentioned a bit unusual, but still very fitting and memorable), as you can see, variability is not a problem with ESTERTOR and still everything stays comprehensible and coherent, very strong opener! And also following this the Bolivians to not let up, but continue their kind of facetful and moody Metal, despite the at times quite opulent song lengths never repetitive or even boring. As additional check out tips, take "Dark Silent Room", the doomy "Green", "Lifebuilder" or the driving "Drunk Song (Nietzsche)". The production does not have premier league level yet, but still is really good, just in the mix it is a bit unbalanced here and there, which does not take away from the enjoyability at all. And also the visual side, in the hands of Moonlapse Productions, is more than remarkable, with very moody and interesting cover and booklet, with ease this lives up to the high standards of the music.

    First LILITH, now ESTERTOR, if these two bands are the bar for the Bolivian Metal scene, then we have discovered a sleeping giant, I guess that I'll have to dig into that scene more!

    "Between Silence And Light" has turned out to be an album of surprises, from style to class, and it is one of the most positive kind! Looking back it even would have deserved a spot in my personal Top 20 of 2003. So don't let the fact shy you off that ESTERTOR come from Bolivia and you have never heard of them or Moonlapse Productions before, but give them the chance that they more than deserve and yourself the chance to find an undiscovered gemstone! (Online January 19, 2004)
  • Estertor - Between Silence And Light

    29 Feb 2012, 14:04

    Between Silence And Light



    Bolivia
    2003
    Progressive Death Metal

    Tracklist:
    Intro ...In The Forest
    Ride To The Unknown >mp3
    Shadows
    Dark Silent Room
    Green
    Eternal Fall
    Lifebuilder
    The Follower
    Drunk Song
    Hunting Lost Dreams >mp3
    Sacred Sin ...Death In Life…
    Slept Shining Dew
    To My Conscience

    10 \ 10



    What a surprise as one day suddenly a CD from Bolivia was in my mailbox. So far I had only known one band from there, LILITH, and their debut CD was a pretty positive surprise. Even though I really liked them, I still approached ESTERTOR's "Between Silence And Light" with care, still knowing which styles many South American bands call their own. But holy smokes, these guys definitely are not one of the rain forest blast beat commandos, which assault us from those regions so often, but they are aiming higher and that on a damn high level of musicianship!
    The Cochabamba based quartet is hailed as one of the best South American bands (especially from sources not related to the band or the label) and "Between Silence And Light" is a very impressive confirmation of this claim, because the material here absolutely deserves a wide attention than a Bolivian band on a Bolivian label normally would ever get, for they easily make mincemeat of 90% of the rest (not only Bolivian bands of which I only know 2 anyways) and I can say that without exaggeration or bad conscience!

    The basis of the ESTERTOR sound is Melodic Death Metal, but instead of just computing it and spit it out more or less unchanged, they only take it as a foundation to build a more than remarkable soundscape, which stands up to even daring comparisons. When a band puts more than 71 minutes of music onto a CD, it takes quite some song writing skills to keep up tension and quality, too often bands more or less miserably fail here, but in the case of ESTERTOR I can happily announce that these guys have it. Taking influences from the greats of Melodic Death Metal, melodic and gripping riffs and leads of early DARK TRANQUILLITY and IN FLAMES find their way into the ESTERTOR sound, but instead of just re-using them in a comparable framework, the Bolivians greatly vary the context, here with elements from traditional Heavy and Power Metal, there from Death/Doom, this creating a pretty stongly contrasting mood, which furthers the tension of the songs and realises the opposites in great harmony.

    But still not enough, because we even get breakdowns with acoustic and clean guitars, which break through the intensity and tension, just to re build them, lending big dynamics to the whole album. If I now write that ESTERTOR with this at times remind me of OPETH and also quality wise are not as far off as many would think, some will call this blasphemy, others shameless exaggeration, but I dare you to form your own opinion and you will agree that the quartet does neither try to copy OPETH, but only follows their lead.

    And even vocally we hardly get disappointed, because here, too, variety is the law. Guitarist Marcelo is supported by drummer Franky and together they do not only cover the "regular" Death Metal vocals, but also bring us pretty original, but still well sounding clean vocals as well as the half growl that we are treated with so often in Doom/Death, to cover many different moods and atmospheres also in the vocal department, while the Death Metal vocals form the lion's share.

    After the intro "...Into The Forest" "Ride To The Unknown" right away introduces us to a gripping mix of fast, melodic leads, melancholic Doom riffing, variable rhythm, here driving Death, there dark Doom, then a calm interlude with acoustic guitars, with mostly Death vox, but also the clean vocals (as mentioned a bit unusual, but still very fitting and memorable), as you can see, variability is not a problem with ESTERTOR and still everything stays comprehensible and coherent, very strong opener! And also following this the Bolivians to not let up, but continue their kind of facetful and moody Metal, despite the at times quite opulent song lengths never repetitive or even boring. As additional check out tips, take "Dark Silent Room", the doomy "Green", "Lifebuilder" or the driving "Drunk Song (Nietzsche)". The production does not have premier league level yet, but still is really good, just in the mix it is a bit unbalanced here and there, which does not take away from the enjoyability at all. And also the visual side, in the hands of Moonlapse Productions, is more than remarkable, with very moody and interesting cover and booklet, with ease this lives up to the high standards of the music.

    First LILITH, now ESTERTOR, if these two bands are the bar for the Bolivian Metal scene, then we have discovered a sleeping giant, I guess that I'll have to dig into that scene more!

    "Between Silence And Light" has turned out to be an album of surprises, from style to class, and it is one of the most positive kind! Looking back it even would have deserved a spot in my personal Top 20 of 2003. So don't let the fact shy you off that ESTERTOR come from Bolivia and you have never heard of them or Moonlapse Productions before, but give them the chance that they more than deserve and yourself the chance to find an undiscovered gemstone! (Online January 19, 2004)
  • Esqarial - Discoveries

    28 Feb 2012, 10:13

    Discoveries


    Country : Poland (Wroclaw)
    Genre: Progressive Death Metal

    Tracklist
    1. World in Flames
    2. Kill All of Them
    3. Travel in Past
    4. Sacred War
    5. Nightmare
    6. Unreal
    7. Atlantis
    8. New Land
    9. True Lies
    10. Guitar Explosions

    9\10



    Every once in a while you come across a album that will just blow you away and jog your memory of why you became a metalhead to begin with. Such is the case with Esqarial, the band seems to be on a mission to help restore death metal as kings of the throne much like their other Polish brethren Decapitated and Vader. The Opening track ' World in Flames ' is just laced with dual guitar solos from Pajak and Vitt that mezmerize you into surreal landscape of eternal beauty. You say, why is this in my death metal! fear not my friends, the unholy aggression is all there but it is the outstanding guitar work that is what embodies this band. The aggressive nature of the band is done in a similiar vein of Morbid Angel. Somehow the band with their guitar playing cross the boundaries between Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and a sound somewhat derived from Testament yet also give the listener a somewhat classic rock feeling. This could be why it would be so easy for this band to become a power metal band if it wantedtoo.

    Songs like ' Travel in Lust ' which is one of the instrumentals on this album comes across serene and angelic like. Esqarial is also careful not to become to technical and this is what seperates the band from the likes of Decapitated and bands like Theory in Practice. It is the emotional roller coaster that the band seeks to convey to the listener. My favorite track off the album is ' Sacred War '. A very pumped up tune that comes right at you and blisters the listener like a scorching hot day. The riffs are outstanding here as the band truly shows its death metal colors here. Towards the end of the solo break the band kick into a semi-spanish acoustical and then revert back to the main riffing. The fifth track ' Nightmare ' has a dark and melodic intro reminding me somewhat of old Atrophy but done with the ever so popular Eyptian sound. The song has a very cold and dark vibe about it creating a sense of dread within it. Again, Vitts and Pajak's solo work is astounding which adds a somber feeling to the mood the song creates.

    Around track seven comes ' Atlantis ' another head turner. The band pummels out the riffs and carnage holding nothing back. Using quick licks throughout the song while Pajak bellows out his deathly growls. The song ' True Lies ' adds yet another element to this bands resume as it is filled with a sort of folk sounding riffing. The End of the cd is where the listener gets a real treat. The song ' Guitar Explosions ' is a nine and half minute musical journey that sweeps the listener into a light and beautiful barrage of emotion. Simply put, Discoveries dares to take death metal where so many few fear to tread.


    Although lyrically, Esqarial doesnt astound you nor does bassist Lud or drummer Bart but as with all machines you need every part to be effective and with this pair of guitarists it all works out with its own fine chemistry.Esqarial is without a doubt taking a que from other progressive death bands like Opeth but have essentially dubbed a style all their own. They have become one of my new favorite bands and are severely underrated and have not garnered the attention they absolutely deserve. It is in my honest opinion that Esqarial will be a force to reckon with.
  • Dehumanized - Prophecies Foretold

    27 Feb 2012, 19:59

    Prophecies Foretold


    Artist: Dehumanized
    Album: Prophecies Foretold
    Year: 1998
    Country: United States of America
    Style: Death Metal


    Tracklist:

    01.Prophecies Foretold03:49
    02.Kingdom of Cruelty02:35
    03.Fade Into Obscurity04:26
    04.Solitary Demise04:03
    05.Infinite Despair05:08
    06.Doomed To Die 04:26
    07.Terminal Punishment 03:47
    08.Condemned03:03
    09.Drawn By Blood04:43

    9\10




    Before I go too far, I'll mention this is some of the very first death metal I heard. I have enjoyed this album since 2005 and it has not moved too far away from my top 10 list.

    The vocals on this album are supreme. Low and brutal, but not something you would find in a Devourment recording. They flow nicely with the riffs. They do what they're supposed to do, but not much more. You aren't getting a lot of variation. Most of what you'll hear is low and brutal, with the occasional high pitched grindcore vocals. That isn't too much of an issue for me, because as long as the musicianship is tight, I could care less about how amazing and cutting edge the vocals are. As long as they're brutal and they fit.

    The guitar work is what you'll find in death metal. They slam, they are fast, sometimes technical. But they are not bad riffs by any means. They did more than just "slam slam slam slam slam" here, and oh do I get tired of "slam slam slam slam slam and slam". There are some really catchy riffs in here, but the guitar work certainly isn't the constant epic riffing you'll hear in Abysmal Torment.

    The drums are very good. I would never get bored with that drummer. Really fast, precise blasts with some brutal slams that jack you in the jaw with a dick. The dude probably smokes a half ounce of crystal meth before he plays. The drums accompany the guitars very well throughout the entire album.

    The beautiful thing about this is, here is the basic formula for good death metal. They took all the basics and added their N'Yawk blend of herbs and spices to make a really good, really tight album. It's surely a shame they didn't last long. They would have made a name with Suffocation, Immolation, and all the other N'Yawkuh death metal bands. As I listen to this cd, I get the feeling their next album would have been really good. Had it been released.
  • Deathbringer - Homo Divisus

    26 Feb 2012, 11:39

    Homo Divisus



    Country of origin: Belarus
    Genre: Progressive Death Metal

    tracks
    1Prisoner 6:09
    2Keeper of Pain 9:36
    3I Am What I Am 7:16
    4Castigatio 6:29
    5Aversion 6:13
    6Labores Semper Tecum 5:43
    7Aisthetes 4:40
    8Black Pilgrim 14:23
    9No Mean City 8:01
    10Flesh and the Power It Holds 8:21

    8\10




    As the band name suggests, these guys play a style of technical and progressive death metal very similar to that of Death and a gaze over the tracklist shows this too, with song names like 'Keeper of Pain' and 'I Am What I Am'. They even throw in a cover of 'Flesh and the Power it Holds', which is a suitable cover choice since they seem to borrow alot from late-period Chuck's style of writing.

    That is to say if you love Death so much and can't get enough of their other albums that you need another fix, this could very well fill that hole. The solos, the palm-muted bottom-string riffs, the melodic interplay, and even the vocals could very well have been written by Schuldiner himself. So it's probably also fair to say that if you were never a fan of Sound of Perseverance-era Death then this won't do much for you.

    Anyway, it's all mostly solid - the formula doesn't change much for each song so it's very consistent but some people might struggle with the almost 70 minute running time. Put this on your Ipod and play it on a shuffled playlist and you might be surprised
  • Dead Congregation - Graves of the Archangels

    26 Feb 2012, 11:10

    Graves Of The Archangels



    Country of origin: Greece
    Genre: Death Metal

    1. Martyrdoom05:31
    2. Hostis Humani Generis03:13
    3. Morbid Paroxysm02:44
    4. Vanishing Faith03:40
    5. Voices04:43
    6. Graves of the Archangels08:04
    7. Subjugation01:11
    8. Source of Fire05:01
    9. Teeth into Red09:28
    43:35

    9\10

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT9vxYGqyWI&;[/youtube]

    This is an album that is sure to stand against the test of time. Just listen to the opening track Martyrdoom, which is an instrumental track of gigantic proportions. From the very first riff there’s a haunting aura present, and as the drumming sets in it’s like a cry from the abyss. It is so absolutely haunting and powerful I can almost imagine the dead rising from their tombs, as Dead Congregation stands in the middle of the graveyard commanding the undead forces forward. It might just sound like a bad horror flick, but I’m not kidding when I say this is haunting.

    Afterwards the blasphemous blasting sets in, and the tunes take a turn towards brutal. The deep and guttural growls are absolutely enforcing and sounds like the biggest and most bad-ass demon you’ll find in hell. Although similar vocals can be found elsewhere as well, Anastasis (or A.V. as he calls himself here) delivers perfectly. The drumming also seems done to perfection, as the encompassing blasting slows down right at the correct moment, allowing a much more doom-ridden atmosphere to take place. This, before the brutality sets in once again, with some of the greatest drumming to be found on a death metal album. Riffing-wise they leave nothing left to wish for, as they’ve incorporated the absolutely murderous old school feel of Finland and Sweden, into the American style of old school. As it can contain melody, it’s never without brutality, with tons of nuances. Oh-so-awesome riffing. It’s almost like they wrote the book.

    Atmospheric, majestic old school death metal reeking of doom, oozing of black. But do not be fooled, this is without a doubt death metal, slickly flavoured with its comrades of metal. The sound is heavy, brutal and really reeks of the recently deceased. The production has the perfect amount of roughness while still remaining clarity. And if you like your death metal dark and satanic (in a really sinister manner) this album is for you. It’d be worth the money just for one track alone, and I could keep on writing about the intriguing drum patters, the marvelous riffing or the disturbing growls on and on, ‘cause there’s not a single thing to complain about. But I’ll quite before I’m out of synonyms for kick-arse.1
  • Dead To This World - First Strike for Spiritual Renewance

    26 Feb 2012, 11:03

    First Strike For Spiritual Renewance



    Country of origin: Norway
    Genre: Thrash/Black Metal
    Year: 2007

    1. I, The Facilitator02:47
    2. Night of the Necromancer03:52
    3. Shadows of the Cross02:53
    4. Goatpower03:46
    5. 194204:24
    6. Into the Light (Baphomet Rising)04:27
    7. Unholy Inquisition03:49
    8. To Free Death Upon Them04:11
    9. Hammer of the Gods07:35
    37:44

    9\10



    Finally it got waxed, with a cover of master Moyen! So is there anything here that Black/Thrash lovers haven’t heard yet? The answer is Yes! Most of the time the riffs are inspired by the ol’ good Teutonic Thrash bands, but the guitar sounds somehow unique, although the sludge and rawness that can be found here in the correct proportions. While most of the time the music is fast and violent Thrash. More “dramatic” mid paced parts can be found here, but they sound decent and very strong. Another element that turns this album utterly aggressive is Iscariah voice, which reminds of Destroyer from Nocturnal Breed.

    The drummer did a great work and he doesn’t play simple as fuck Punkish beats and knows how and when to play. Another strong side of this album in my opinion is the lyrics, that aren’t so wise or profound, but still interesting and fit the mood of the music perfectly. In my opinion – there isn’t even 1 weak song out of the 9 that can be found here, but my personal highlight is “1942”, which features lyrics that actually make me shiver when I listen to this song. When all is said and done – it seems that Iscariah’s decision to leave Immortal was a good one, since it created 1 of the better bands in Norway and an album that stands in the same line with “Black Thrash Attack” and “No Retreat… No Surrender”.
  • Epidemic - Decameron

    22 Feb 2012, 20:15

    Decameron


    Country of origin: United States
    Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
    Lyrical themes: Politics, Society, Personal Struggle, Violence
    Year: 1992

    Tracklist:
    1. Circle of Fools 05:46
    2. Insanity Plea 02:39
    3. Vision Divine 03:58
    4. Hate 02:33
    5. Unknown 05:06
    6. Live your Death 01:34
    7. Factor Red 03:24
    8. Blown Doors 03:18
    9. Territories 03:05
    10. Tornado 01:38
    11. Three Witches 04:19
    12. Lord War 02:09

    9/10



    Epidemic is one of the most underrated bands as far as US thrash and death metal go. I checked out Exit Paradise before this album, but Decameron really destroys the latter, and even 15 after I had bought this album, it's a real wild card.

    Epidemic essentially takes the most efficient thrash, a la Reign In Blood, and mixes it with vintage death/grind, most notably Terrorizer, Morbid Angel, and possibly a bit of Napalm Death. In fact, when I first listened to this album, I thought it sounded quite a bit like Altars of Madness, with a dryer production, crazier vocals, and really precise riffs.

    Carl Fulli's vocals are maniacal. They're more raspy and growly, and his delivery is rapid. When Epidemic turns up the speed to blasting tempos, Carl keeps right up. Check out "Insanity Plea," "Blown Doors," or the insanely fast "Tornado," for Epidemic's real strengths. No other thrash band every attempted to throw in blast beats like this!

    And that brings us to the drumming, which is given a really sharp, dry production. That adds a bit more violence and unpredictability to the feel of the album, and sometimes it feels as though the pace is going too fast, and they're going to lose the beat...whereas you get a really solid drummer like Pete Sandoval, who can blast without missing a beat, Epidemic sounds like they just started doing blast beats, and are a little uncomfortable playing at those tempos. This, however, is a good trait, as I've mentioned that it adds a really chaotic feel to the music.

    That isn't to say that Epidemic only sounds good going full throttle. "Three Witches" is a more midpaced number, as is "Factor Red," with is meat grinding heavy riffing. Most songs do blast through several tempo changes, especially the minute and a half massacre, "Tornado," which slows down for just a riff at the end.

    The distorted bass gives them album an almost industrial feel, which is pretty interesting. It growls along in the background, sometimes coming to the forefront, in an almost Cliff Burton fashion. The lead guitars are not really the best, mostly being whammy bar and tremolo shredfests, much like Slayer. Guy Higby is the more experienced of the two, with Erik Moggridge putting in some really atonal noise, that has been mostly derided by most reviewers on here (I actually like his work here, as it makes the album even more chaotic).

    Certainly a unique album, sitting the fence between death and thrash like other underrated greats like Demolition Hammer.
  • Cyanide Breed - Shoutout To Satan

    22 Feb 2012, 13:56

    Shoutout To Satan



    Name: Cyanide Breed
    Genre: Progressive Death Metal
    Country: US

    Tracklist:
    1. Natazrahn 02:32
    2. Darkened Path Immaculate 06:24
    3. The Relentless Wound 07:41
    4. Leading the Meek to the Slaughter 07:36
    5. Soiled Unborn 06:37
    6. Fall of an Empire 07:15
    7. Faceless Rage 08:04
    8. Redemption 07:16

    9\10





    What can one expect from an album called Shoutout To Satan? A laughable black metal band that tries way too hard to sound dark and evil? An uninspired parody of modern metal? As you can tell, I didn’t have high hopes when I decided to give this album a chance; but this band is yet another demonstration of the old adage: “Do no judge a book by its cover”(or in this case, a metal cd by its case).

    Cyanide Breed is an American brutal death band that add some melody into their music(I know it sounds like an oxy-moron but trust me, it really isn’t). They formed in 2000, released a demo, an EP and a full-length and split-up shortly after.

    The album starts off with Natazrahn. Its your typical metal opening track being completely keyboard driven and completely skippable. This trend is seriously overused in metal but I’m not going to go on about that because I’m sure everyone reading the review knows exactly what I’m talking about and is just as bored with the trend as I am.

    A quick drum roll starts off Darkened Path Immaculate and is quickly joined by a fierce guitar riff. The band wastes no time showing us what the album is all about as the second track charges at you with the force of an out-of control freight train. And the impact of that train will last 50 minutes and have you walking away wondering what hit you.

    About 30 second into that second song, you are introduced to Pete Gallagher’s screaming. His range is all over the place. He goes from low guttural growls to high pitched raspy screams and everywhere in between. He even does some “clean singing” which is done in a pretty harsh, old school thrash kind of style. I don’t think any other kind of “clean singing” could’ve fit into the intensity of the music and it just adds more variety to his already varied singing..

    The guitars borrow from a few different types of metal sub-genres. The two main ones being brutal death and technical death but there is also a significant thrash influence and even quite a few melodies sprinkled in to create an intense, heavy sound with lots of variety to it. The variety is a key factor considering the average song is about 6-7 minutes. Each song goes through many changes but the speed and intensity are constant throughout. The melodic death metal influences are sprinkled a little all over the place but can be found in bigger quantities in songs like Leading The Meek To The Slaughter that opens up with a great lead riff backed by an interesting drum pattern; and also in Soiled Unborn with is probably the slowest song on the album(it isn’t slow by any means though). The melodic death influences can be most appreciated in the solo department. Usually when listening to death/thrash one can expect the solos to be focused more on the speed and less on the quality of the sound (something I’ve noticed at least). On here they have some of that style of soloing but it is often followed by another section that is more melodic and often times slightly slower and more bend oriented (a great example of this can be found in Leading The Meek To The Slaughter). Almost every song has a solo (some have more than one) and they are always an entertaining listen and only further demonstrate the talent of the guitarists.

    To match the speed of the guitars, one needs a speedy drummer. The drumming is very solid but also pretty standard. Fans of the almighty blast beat will be delighted by this. Not to say the drummer is completely formulaic. He comes up with a few interesting beats throughout the album and although he might not be the most original drummer out there, he keeps up perfectly with the speed and provides a solid backbone for the rest of the instruments.

    So now we’ve covered the singing, the guitars, the drums, we don’t really need to mention the bass…what is left? Oh yes…the keyboards. Yes, that’s right, the keyboards. They are used very sparingly in the album, just enough to show their presence but not so much as to take away from the overall heaviness or alienate fans of brutal death metal. When they are used, they are usually behind the vocals, behind the guitars and behind the drums. They are there, behind everything, adding just an extra speck of melody to the overall brutal sound and even a bit of ambiance from time to time. They don’t ever get really in your face, they just make the band’s sound slightly more unique when compared to the hundreds of other brutal death metal bands out there.

    Cyanide Breed craft a superb album of their own unique kind of melodic thrashy brutal death metal that should please lovers of any one of those genres (and delight lovers of all those genres). Another band that shows us there might still be some hope for the American metal scene.

    Recommended Tracks
    -For the brutal death lovers: Darkened Path Immaculate
    -For the melo-death lovers: Leading The Meek To The Slaughter
    -For everyone: Soiled Unborn
  • Crionics - Human Error: Ways to Selfdestruction

    19 Feb 2012, 14:04

    Human Error: Ways to Selfdestruction


    Country : Poland
    Genre: PDeath/Black Metal

    1. Satanic Syndrome 66603:51
    2. Waterfalls of Darkness03:43
    3. Lunatic Gate05:38
    4. Hallowed Whores04:13
    5. Crionics03:47
    6. Episode of the Falling Star05:04
    7. Matrix of Piety04:08
    8. Precipice Gaped04:21
    9. Sacrosanct Strength03:44
    10. Indoctrination Procedure06:13
    44:42
    8\10



    Crionics is very often said to be inspired by EMPEROR - and that is generally the reason why I have interested in this band. The music is a crossover of black and death metal plus keyboards - and that makes Crionics sound a bit like Emperor - drums blast, one guitars plays heavy, death-metal riff (it also reminds me... Zyklon! Indeed, sometimes "Human Error" seems to be inspired not by EMPEROR, but by the project of Samoth and Trym!), the second guitar plays a melody connected with "Anthems to the welkin at dusk" and keyboards create background. I really liked guitar solos by Waran, the best are probably in "Hallowed Whores" - the same person does vocals, which I don't like - they are similar to most of death metal's vocals. This album isn't anything great, but it is quite good, and I recommend it to fans of Emperor and Zyklon.