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Attack of the Compilation – Fckn’ Slayer!

a tribute to Slayer Antichrist mag
Antichrist Magazine and Ground Sounds Promotion presents A Tribute to Slayer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCBierffU-4

Well, Well. Cult has apparently left his laptop open again. But this time rather than setting eyes upon all manner of naked flesh writhing in ecstasy the main screen displays a Bandcamp address with the words “Slayer” front and center. Suffice to say I can’t ignore such a sight. Apparently, he’s been struggling getting this off the ground. Family, work and assorted other things are warranting his attention at present. In actuality he struggles with a bunch of things. But that’s another story. And my penchant for chasing four-legged delicacies will have to wait. So, what is it exactly that we have here? In short; Twenty -six bands from around the world giving their audio tribute to tracks which have undoubtably formed the extreme world of audio as we know it today. Fair enough. I’m curious. What say we dive in?

Slayer-Original-Logo

Expect to see this word more than a few times in the near future

What grabs the attention first is the fact that there are twenty-six acts (and tracks) on offer here. That’s huge and so is this. This runs close to a whopping two hours in length. If it weren’t for the fact that Slayer is what’s on offer here, and there’s somewhat of a supposed Pandeamonic (yea, I know I spelt it wrong but it sounds infinitely better this way) spreading across the globe I‘d say sod this and go back to the mischievous activities I so love to take part in. But fck it, I’m curious and always up for a bit of Slayer. Perusing the track listing (which again “is huge”. Imagine a nubile youth saying that on her knees. Sorry, I got distracted) it appears that the material on offer is somewhat in chronological order, that is to say in the same order as the originals were released (I could be mistaken so don’t quote me). But enough of such details I’m imagining you’re as curious as I to get this thing started. However, Before I impart my thoughts, I’d like to drop the track listing along with the countries each act is from (this is truly a global affair much like the current Black Plague sweeping its way past Kanye West in Google searches. Notice how the majority of the acts are relatively unknown (is this just me? Do I have to swat up on my knowledge of the scene some before I continue?) With this in mind I’m considering this an ‘underground compilation’ a fact which only makes me more curious still.

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1 – Tankist (Estonia) Evil Has no Boundaries

2 – Aeons Abyss (Australia) Die by the Sword

3 – Hateful Agony (Germany) Black Magic

4 – Serpents Kiss (United Kingdom) Tormentor

5 – Lone Hunter (Brazil) Crionics

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6 – Intrepid (Estonia) Chemical Warfare

7 – Myrholt – (Norway) Kill Again

8 – Hamvak (Germany) At Dawn They Sleep

9 – Beltane (New Zealand) Angel of Death

10 – EigenstateZero (Sweden) Piece by Piece

11 – Grand Demise of Civilization (USA) Raining Blood

12 – Mindwars (International) Criminally Insane

Frijgard

13 – Frijgard (Switzerland) South of Heaven

14 – Unto the Wolves (USA) Silent Scream

15 – Hellming (Brazil) Mandatory Suicide

16 – Day 40 (United Kingdom) Ghosts of War

17 – Zvijer (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Cleanse the Soul

18 – SavageZ (Brazil) War Ensemble

19 – Macabre Decay (Sweden) Expendable Youth

20 – Hicsos (Brazil) Dead Skin Mask

Imminent Reaper

21 – Imminent Reaper (Mexico) Skeletons of Society

22 – Killrape (Brazil) Born of Fire

23 – Injector (Spain) Dittohead

24 – Domination Inc. (Greece) Disciple

25 – Jumpscare (Italy) Bloodline

26 – Outis (Ireland) Jihad

(Damn, it’s a long list, my digits are tired!)

Hitting play, it’s easy to decipher that each act has their own spin on the track they’ve chosen to ‘tackle’, some more so and often times even a little experimental in tone than others. Styles are diverse and range across the metal spectrum obviously Black, Death and Thrash take the lead (is this even a race?) whilst Power, Epic, Symphonic, Atmospheric and Speed are tossed in to show the transition in another genre (sometimes using a few in one track) can actually be pulled off to good effect. And boy can it, in some instances I’m literally bouncing off the walls with excitement. As is customary in times like these I have a ratings system designed for such this purpose (note that it’s a tad spicier than Cult’s attempt at the same);

confued Orc

Abysmal.

Not in the good way. Toss this in the ocean and punch the nearest passerby to let out the frustration of spending money on schiite such as this. Jesus might like this. But I still believe it has the potential to do naught but line the birds cage. Jesus loves everything, which in my opinion is rather silly. Jesus you’re a prat!

Hrrrrrhhhhh-!

Better, this shows potential. Much like, I’d imagine, your mother on a first date. But it still leaves me wanting. And she needs more training; those French fries weren’t free dammit!

The Goblin are going crazy!

Admittedly the annoying green bastid’ like most things and get excited at the drop of a turd but occasionally they have a suggestion which turns heads. And if the whole collective, much like an obnoxious stench-ridden green tide, agrees there must be something worth giving, at least, a cursory glance towards.

Time for a Crimson Splattered Moshpit!

Now this is worth sharing, break out the goblets, the fiery liquid, the unwilling, let’s break some limbs and party till the Dark Lord yells at us to get back to work!

All Mine!

I’m a selfish bastid’. And this is too fkn’ good to share. It’s all mine. Just try to take it!!

Slayer - Show No Mercy

Where it all began

To sate the curious types, those who have zero patience, I’d give this a “Time for a Crimson Splattered Moshpit“ rating. This collection shines with blistering pace, boils over with talent and offers a myriad of alternate visions of tracks which should already be ingrained upon the senses for those willing to open the mind. But for those who have yet to set ears upon the almighty Slayer (I can’t for the life of me wonder why this is the case) I seriously have no words. Before you continue please set your ears upon the classics, then if you wish to return please do so in order to discover a slew of acts with a great deal of passion on offer. Within such a compilation such as this they are naturally a number of tracks and acts (and styles) which garnered my attention to a dangerous degree, there are some which I could do without (but taking into account differing tastes… Nope not doing it! I’m not pandering to the easily offended, fuck this. This is my article and I won’t apologize for my preferences) and others which had such an effect on me that makes me wish I could bottle their very essence. Without further preamble and in order of appearance (as sometimes I’m OCD like that!)…

here are a few which especially perked my interests
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Tankist – Evil Has no Boundaries

https://tankist.bandcamp.com/

A fantastic start. Raw, blunt and thrashy. Slayer I believe would approve! This is Just what one needs to get into the mood. Surprisingly good production aids this in spiking the adrenaline levels.

Aeons Abyss – Die by the Sword

https://aeonsabyss.bandcamp.com/

This track lends an early brutal edge to this compilation. Although the sound is a tad off (turn this track up for full effect) this still manages to deliver. Rasping vocals accompany a sludgy blackened feel bursting with subterranean groove elements. Heavy drums accentuate the allure of this one although it might take a few listens to fully appreciate.

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EigenstateZero – Piece by Piece

https://eigenstatezero.com/

This is one of those experimental tracks of which I was talking. A tad industrial, a little progressive and a whole lot different but it all somehow comes together and works. There’s enough atmosphere in here to make a fanatic of the fantasy realm sit up and take note. Buried in the mix it takes a little while to decipher but it there’s and adds another layer to a track which is beyond intriguing. Did I mention this was silly fast? Nope. Well it is. An odd track for sure with its fair fare of unique brutal but it grows on you like the most lovable of enigmatic fungi.

Grand Demise of Civilization- Raining Blood

https://granddemiseofcivilization.bandcamp.com/

A fantastic twist on a true classic. Adding significant Gothic elements, pitch darkness and varied tempo transformations works wonders. There’s just enough uniqueness here for it to become memorable though not an abundance as to make the track far from instantly recognizable as homage. The maniacal elements are top notch as well the atmospheric into and outro.

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Mindwars – Criminally Insane

https://dissonanceproductions.bandcamp.com/album/do-unto-others

It’s hard to ignore this track. It isn’t far off the tone and feel of the original but with the added emphasis on the drums and a tad more oomph in the percussion its infectious to dangerous levels. I’m keeping an eye out for these guys in the future.

Day 40 – Ghosts of War

https://www.facebook.com/dayforty/

This is an excellent rendition of admittedly one of my fave Slayer tracks. An intriguing introduction, very Thrash metal circa late 80’s, leads into heavily accented vocals, head nodding Thrash with hints of Hardcore. Nuff said but simply put this is a banger!

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Zvijer – Cleanse the Soul

https://zvijer.bandcamp.com/

Blistering, precise and often raw with a gravelly vocal approach which fits perfectly. This track seethes with a remarkable quality and gets to the point quick.

Savagez – War Ensemble

https://savagez.bandcamp.com/releases

I’m a sucker for feral female vox (it appears Cult is too, which explains his recent obsession with Asarhaddon). Although this track takes liberties with the original’s arrangement, and wavers from brutal Thrash to more a more relaxed tone, it still manages to hit the spot. Admittedly not on its first try but it gets closer each time it’s played.

Imminent Reaper – Skeletons of Society

https://www.facebook.com/ImminentReaperGDL/

Another heavily accented Thrash attack. Not sure what it is about accents, they often add another level of viciousness to the accompanied percussion, in this case that’s the case (did I say “case” enough here?) There’s a little more passion here than in the original but it works. Another great addition to a collection which is fast becoming damn impressive!

Domination Inc.

Domination Inc. – Disciple

https://dominationinc.bandcamp.com/

I’m not sure what it is about this track. At first it didn’t do a damn thing for me. Somehow that changed. This isn’t traditional Thrash, this isn’t traditional Hardcore, it isn’t truly Crossover but a mix of all three topped off with East Coast angst (which is strange as this isn’t from New York, rather Greece better known for its Black and Thrash).

And the following are those which had me twitching spastically, like one possessed.
Intrepid – Chemical Warfare

https://intrepidest.bandcamp.com/

Old school groove, old school brutality, growls of the variety to entice a smirk to alight across the chops and a production tone to match. Clear the floor, if this doesn’t make you want to bounce from one wall to the next there’s something certainly amiss. I could play this all day and not get bored of it, reminds me of the good ole days I used to attend concerts in dank cavernous dive bars.

Myrholt

Myrholt – Kill Again

https://www.facebook.com/olealexandermyrholt/

Vocals with venomous spite, an archaic rawness, but also effective atmosphere tossed in to mess with how one might assume this will play out. The aura fits, what more can I say this has me nodding my head and thinking of all manner of glorious diabolical acts.

Hamvak – At Dawn They Sleep

https://hamvak.bandcamp.com/releases

This has a Speckmann/Master vibe thing going for it. A primitive nature combined with a thick dirge quality which is highly effective. Huge bass adds a tribal feel of sorts and it works!

Beltane

Beltane – Angel of Death

https://beltane.bandcamp.com/

What can I say about this track? It’s another example of if it wasn’t executed to a certain degree, I would have tossed this whole comp no matter the remainder of the quality on offer admittedly. Seriously, Slayer’s most infamous track. It has to be treated with respect and given justice. In this case. Fuck! Be prepared. The percussion is tight, on point. The tracks maniacal nature is added to with a wicked somewhat psychedelic twist. But it’s the vocals which tear the flesh from the bone. Feral female vox are my weakness (I’ve said that before) but this is ridiculous! It’s as if the owner of the throat in this instance is possessed. Like openly urinating whilst explaining the virtues of good parenting at church type behavior. I’m adding seeing a rendition of this in a live setting to my bucket list. Who am I kidding, making it to the land of Peter Jackson (New Zealand) is high up there too. One day, one day. I only wonder if they’d mind if I took along a four-legged friend as a travelling companion?  I hate peanuts and pretzels only make me wish I had mustard.

Frijgard – South of Heaven

https://frijgard.bandcamp.com/

There’s a strangeness to this track. Much like the original it has an undeniable sinister tone, though in this case the percussion has an added eeriness and the vocals an edge as if a Viking is in cahoots with a band tinkering with Post properties. This is a little different and I’m of the belief this is a controversial take but I’m loving the shit outta it. It could well perhaps be my choice for the ‘pallet cleanser’ of this collection.

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Unto the Wolves – Silent Scream

https://www.facebook.com/untothewolves/

Define industrial vibes on display here. Machine gun riffs coupled with inhumanely tight drums. But it has a wickedness which is hard to pinpoint and I’m liking the chaos which abruptly breaks the precise nature. Turn this up and introduce the neighbors to the pleasures of Slayer!

Killrape – Born of Fire

https://www.facebook.com/killrapeband/

Raw and blistering. This is straight for the jugular, no nonsense, Thrash with production values which add to its malicious intent. Need I say more? Nope, this is a winner, crank it!

injector

Injector – Dittohead

https://injector.bandcamp.com/

I’m incredibly thankful that someone did this track justice. Admittedly, it’s a riot starter and I would’ve left pissed if it was included and not up to standards. Thankfully it is and it appears I have to complain elsewhere. Kudos Injector for pulling this off!

And this is cut and pasted from the article which accompanies the audio on YouTube, it seems appropriate.

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Antichrist mag tribute to Slayer

And that’s it. This is a fantastic slab of worship which demands ears upon it (though I can’t say I’m not disappointed that “Necrophiliac” wasn’t covered). Perhaps one day this collection will appear on Bandcamp? Until then flood the YouTube channel in which it appears and be sure to thank the minds and talent behind it.

Support the artists, support the genre and hell, why not support me? I’m always up for spending money on crap.

Your loyal misshapen acolyte of most things extreme,

B

Abrasive Audio – Attack of the Compilation

Attack of the Compilation – Extreme Metal Attack XVII

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Well, here I am again. It’s been a while. Admittedly I’ve been busy spreading chaos, strife and depravity across that which many call “The Heartlands”. But seriously, I’m having a grand ole time there’s no shortage of four-legged furry things to curb my appetite and the attitudes and people in this area put most Wal-mart parody websites to shame. My adventures have not been without strife however. The weather can put a damper on many things though from what I’ve heard this winter has been comparatively mild compared to ones before. But it doesn’t matter, there’s snow and I’m not used to the stuff. Seriously what the fuck is it anyway? And why does it have to impede upon all my fun? On the bright side there’s plenty to see following its aftermath. Comical scenes including sportscars and spinning wheels. Multi vehicle Pileups on that which most drive across at insane speeds. Highways, Interstates I’m confused. I’ll avoid traversing them at all costs. Though they do provide quite the entertainment.

syncronized headbangin

Not quite what my former duties entailed but I wish they would in the future

Now, where was I? Cult’s house, yes, I’m here! And surprise, surprise, his email is delivering quite the feast for the eyes and ears. Tons of promos to sift through. I’d say this fellow is drowning in promotional materials, but what do I know I’m merely a former denizen of the Underworld enjoying a prolonged vacation until the ether opens up and I’m yanked back to my former duties.

 

Now this, this is interesting indeed, and brings back a few memories of when my mishapen digits alighted upon Cults keyboard for the first time (actually the first time was when I pondered upon a single by Bewitcher. But who’s being counting?) What say we take another audio foray into a compilation which promotes yet another Extreme Metal Fest taking part in Portugal? This isn’t a question, and I don’t wish for your opinion. For I’m taking the plunge…

Extreme Metal Attack XVII

https://helldprod.bandcamp.com/album/extreme-metal-attack-xvii-2020

HelldProd Records

March/20/2020

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(The event itself is scheduled for March 20/21 (2020) in Metalpoint Porto and promises a grand time for all those wishing to bathe themselves in a festival atmosphere with like-minded individuals driven by the glory of underground metal)

And for those wishing to know the bands involved in both the fest and this compilation I’m happy to oblige (and they’re actually in order of appearance on the tape, for nothing screams Kvlt like a cassette, for those interested)

Ungod – Down to Tartaros

Alcoholocaut – Speed Metal Tornado

Supremative – Omnipresent Morbid Excitement

Rapture – Thriving on Atrocity

Fabulous Desaster – Faster Than Light

Deathwomb – Moonless Night Sacraments

Aggressive Perfector – Turbo-Evil

Vectis – No Mercy for the Weak

Necro Chaos – Infernal Flood

Now if this promises to be anything like the last ‘Extreme Fest’ outing the fleshy audio catchers are in for an old school party drenched in darkness, speed and evil.

Naturally I’ve devised a ratings system, which has a tad more flavor than that which Cult employs, for this very purpose (why do I sound like the bloke from Taken?) and here it is in all of its depraved glory;

confued Orc

Wait. I’m still confused

Abysmal.

Not in the good way. Toss this in the ocean and punch the nearest passerby to let out the frustration of spending money on schiite such as this. Jesus might like this. But I still believe it has the potential to do naught but line the birds cage. Jesus loves everything, which in my opinion is rather silly. Jesus you’re a prat!

Hrrrrrhhhhh-!

Better, this shows potential. Much like, I’d imagine, your mother on a first date. But it still leaves me wanting. And she needs more training; those French fries weren’t free dammit!

The Goblin are going crazy!

Admittedly the annoying green bastid’ like most things and get excited at the drop of a turd but occasionally they have a suggestion which turns heads. And if the whole collective, much like an obnoxious stench-ridden green tide, agrees there must be something worth giving, at least, a cursory glance towards.

Time for a Crimson Splattered Moshpit!

Now this is worth sharing, break out the goblets, the fiery liquid, the unwilling, let’s break some limbs and party till the Dark Lord yells at us to get back to work!

All Mine!

I’m a selfish bastid’. And this is too fkn’ good to share, it’s all mine. Just try to take it!!

Well there it is and I still have the compilation playing betwix my mishappen ears as I’m typing this (correcting a varied assortment of typos as I go) so it seriously can’t be all that bad. Unlike last year’s compilation this provides more a smorgasbord (I like this word I’ll have to use it more often!) of styles. Ranging from old school bleak cavernous drenched in evil black metal to more a heavy metal approach with “singy” vocals (as if plucked from the eighties) and a plethora of speed laden head bangin’ tracks between. There’s honesty plenty here to delight. However, I have my favorites and I’d like to bore whoever is still reading this with the tracks which left an impression. But before that and to sate those who are ravenous, eagerly yearning, salivating in fact for my conclusion, for my rating… I’ll gladly stamp this with a “Time for a Crimson Splattered Moshpit”. Onward, in no particular order) to that which left my earholes dripping in excitable liquids (just me?)

necro chaos

Necro Chaos – Infernal Flood

First off, great name. This track recalls old school melody-laden death (older Obituary and a slew of others Cult is probably more familiar with than I). Peppered with twin styled vocals, head bobbin’ evil rhythms and a strange sounding bass (?) it is certainly familiar, but different and serves as a fantastic finale to this compilation (see, I said this wasn’t in order).

Rapture – Thriving on Atrocity

Speaking of familiarity this is another track which puts me in mind of an artist whose name frustratingly escapes me. Driving thrash/death riffs and a vocal style/cadence which garners instant appreciation with added sinister elements. Admittedly it’s difficult not to ponder upon other artists in the collection when listening to this, with that in mind however this seethes with an aura of freshness, a touch of homage (think I’ve said that before now) and a style which will leave the listener wanting more.

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Deathwomb – Moonless Night Sacrament

Bleak, raw and dripping in atmosphere this is black metal with a touch of melody. And there’s also backwards messages in its finale to leave fans of vintage Judas Priest salivating (that was a joke for all those taking notes). Bleak production values and throaty vocals add to this tracks appeal, but it probably isn’t for everyone, a fact I couldn’t care less about as I quite like it!

Aggressive Perfector – Turbo-Evil

I believe Cult has covered an album by these guys in the past but I’ve yet to lay ears upon their output, until now. Think heavy metal with speed metal tendencies ad to the concoction dramatic vocals and an aura which screams vintage cult horror and you might be close. But I could be continents off, best just to discover the band for yourself and make your own conclusions. This is a tad different. It grows on you much like a Goblin baby its damn ugly at first but somehow perks your mothering instinct (wait what!?) That’s not at all what I meant. Moving on…

Now, onto a few tracks which left me in exhausted disarray and Cults house in a sorry state indeed.

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Vectis – No Mercy for the Weak

I must be getting old! This bears only slight smidgens of a black nature but boy does it make me wanna’ move. The rhythms here are dangerously infectious it might in fact make your torso move of its own accord (hide the fragile things lest they multiply into worthless shards). A wicked mix of thrash and black with awesome (did I just say that word? what am I a surfer now?) riffs which cannot be ignored, a tad repetitive in its lyrics but who cares this leaves a dent, and it has I’m hurting, the contact with that wall was hard!

Fabulous Desaster – Faster Than Light

To be Frank (why do I have to be ‘Frank’? Can’t I be ‘Steve’?) I’m not an Exodus fan. Sure there’s a few tracks which grab my attention but I can’t say that any full album of theirs have ever warranted purchase or even pilfering. With that in mind however their newer material is more to my liking. Strangely this sees me recalling their older output, and it’s hard not to as both the rhythms and vocals match perfectly that which most long-time Exodus fans have come to adore about the band (shit, their moniker is the same as one of the bands albums). Odd then that I’m liking this as much as I am. Its “Toxic Waltz” but different and I’m all over it! Just try not to move to this!

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Alcoholocaust – Speed Metal Tornado

Yet another act Cult has covered, and there’s little argument as to why that might have been the case. This is blistering fast and the vocals wicked in tone although I believe all but a few words are in Brazilian/Portuguese it matters not. This “rips” and my neck hurts! This could well be an anthem for both the act and the Portuguese metal scene, it has that kind of undeniable vibe about it.

And that brings this to its conclusion. Weird that I’ve been drawn more towards the speed rather than the darkness within this release but there you have it. It’s been fun folks, but I’m hungry and there’s a sassy looking feline sneaking its way across the neighbor’s fence line with a smirk on her face (yes, I can tell such things even from this distance) as if to say “You can’t catch me”. Can I say that I am salivating? I’m certainly up for the challenge. Now where’s my fur removing tool?

B  

helldprod logo

Whoops – nearly forgot. Tickets can be purchased for this event at https://helldprod.com/shop/index.php?id_category=23&controller=category and range from a single day ticket to a packages including a shirt and the tape I have just spat a few words upon.

 

 

 

Abrasive Audio – Attack of the Compilation the first of 20’

Metal Assault welcoming in the new decade with a Bang!

metal assault header

Well, it’s been a ‘hot minute’ (I believe the cool kids are still using this ‘turn of phrase’?) since I’ve done one of these. Let’s hope I still know how to tackle the whole concept of reviewing a compilation release without making myself look like a total fool.

Where to start? Well, I could mention my love of the medium. Seriously there was a time before the internet when discovering ‘new’ music was a little tricky. Oftentimes one had to base their disposable spending on an album based on an anonymous person’s thoughts and feelings alone, unless one was lucky enough to be able to have friends who liked the same type of audio. Obviously, opinions and tastes vary wildly so hard-earned pennies were often spent on outings which really didn’t capture the attention (no matter how many times one listened or how hard one tried to ‘really’ like something. Most like it so it must be “good” … Right?) Compilations eased the trickiness of the situation somewhat. They served as a ‘porthole’ into an acts style, although it requires more than merely one song to get a feel for an act (I’ve come across a couple who present a few tracks from each act listed. I think is an outstanding way to go about this, more in the manner of a “split” but with more acts represented). Better yet they always showcased a variety of acts to widen the horizon. I’ll admit I spent hours with my finger poised on the stop, play, record button. I compiled a few tapes of my own (this was before CDs were in vogue) to trade with others, this was by far the cheapest way to do it but one still had to build their collection in order to get to this level.

speed kills compilation

Today my collection is bursting at the seams with At Deaths Door, Metal for the Masses, Speed Kills, various label and magazine samplers and a few residing under the themed homage umbrella. One day I’ll revisit and annihilate the dust bunny civilization which has no doubt taken up residence since last I visited, Moving on, for this is quite enough history and waffling on about the subject and myself. For the first entry of 2020 I’ve been lucky enough to procure the second volume in the Metal Assault ‘Mixtape Series’ considerately entitled (surprisingly) Metal Assault Mixtape – Volume 2 which finds its release on January/31 available on cassette tape (limited to 150 copies only), as well as digital download via Bandcamp

https://metalassault.bandcamp.com/album/metal-assault-mixtape-vol-2

Without plowing wildly into my thoughts I’ll include a rating system I’ve designed especially for this purpose. However, seems as this is a brand-spanking New Year I’ve mixed it up with a few changes.

the devils rain gif

Ah… this nonsense is doing my head in!

I don’t believe I listened to a single song here, in its entirety – to be quite honest I’d rather hear a recording of my significant other grunting in time with sloppy flesh-laden percussion provided by the neighbor’s thrusts.

I Skipped most of this, but found it comical but not in a humorous way – Seriously, was this compiled in a kindergarten class?

Didn’t skip any tracks, but my digits were poised, ready to strike – I may or may not revisit again. If I give it more time will it grow on me?

I believe I can actually remember a few of the band’s names here – This shows promise!

This leaves me with a smirk on my face and has me bobbing my head on a frequent basis –Be prepared to search for a reliable internet connection, in order to do some invaluable research on where to distribute the pennies.

Dammit, I can’t concentrate! – Break out the lube. Does this come in a format I can insert myself into? I’ll preach about this when I’ve cleaned up the resulting puddle.

(These rating are somewhat crude but self-explanatory.)

metal assault mixtape #2

So how does this fare? Showcasing eleven acts from around the Los Angeles area (…”and beyond”) With only a single act whom I’ve heard anything about, Void Vator (based solely on their stunning recent release), I feel like an eager, extreme audio, thirsting, teenager all over again. What say we all dive in blindly but not before at least giving a cursory glance to that which is about to invade the senses.

 

The cover artwork for this is based on Metal Assault’s “Face Melter” t-shirt from 2017, designed by Dan Lerner.

The (All-Important) Tracklist;

Void Vator – Nitrus

Monolith – Man Without a Soul

Hydera – Witch King

Living Darkness – Destructible

Motor Gun Hotel – Leave It All Behind

Aparant – Home

Drift – From Within

Hell Kross – Howl of the Wolf Brigade

Circle of Sighs – Burden of the Flesh

Grim Earth – Ruins

The Blue Prison – Vengeance

Sporting a wide variety of styles, the release delivers a little for everybody (although if truth be told the more extreme shadow ridden corners of the metal spectrum aren’t represented as much as one might think given the albums cover art). Starting with Void Vator and a splash of Latin flavor this collection of tracks progresses to offer NWOBHM flavor, Southern-fried alternate rock, speed metal, thrash metal, traditional doom, groove to spare and plenty of atmosphere, even a few tracks bearing a style which is moderately unexpected, given the surroundings.

holiday drumming animal

Bring on the tunage!!!

Naturally, I have a few favorites and a few others which instantly perked my interest and held the interest even after repeated listens. In all honesty I didn’t skip a single track, several tracks grew on me to far surpass my initial reaction. Without reservation I’ll gladly award this with a “This leaves me with a smirk on my face and has me bobbing my head on a frequent basis” rating, precariously teetering on the precipice of “Dammit, I can’t concentrate!” for although the styles differ, drastically in some instances, each track held my interest and piqued my curiosity to varying degrees.

In order of appearance these made an instant impression;
Hydera – Witch King

Traditional rock stylings with power metal sensibilities and brilliant head swaying guitar solos. Complete with thankfully close to zero falsetto vocal antics. This reminds me, for some reason, of Rhapsody in part early Riot, perhaps it’s time to revisit “Thundersteel”?

Check out what the band have to offer; https://hyderaofficial.bandcamp.com/releases

living darkness
Living Darkness – Destructible

Fluid speed/thrash with infectious rhythms and (wait for it) falsetto vocals but with great range. Strange I like this but I do.

Check out what else the band has to offer; https://livingdarknessmetal.bandcamp.com/

Motor Gun Hotel – Leave it All Behind

Seething with an alternative aura and an Alice in Chains vibe both in percussion and in the vocal department there’s little wonder this piqued my interest.

Set the ears upon the bands BC page; https://motorgunhotel.bandcamp.com/releases

the blue prison
The Blue Prison – Vengeance

I do believe this would perk the ears of my pal Werewolves in Siberia. Reminiscent of a style similar to that which The Berserker fine-tuned (minus the grindcore accompaniment) this marries synth, an industrial nature and guitar riff-driven metal (a ménage a trois if you will. Why is it that French people have capitalized upon all the coolest phrases?) and drags the listener on a wild narrative until its conclusion. A strange inclusion and finale to this compilation but a track which will have one exploring unchartered audio avenues.

Explore the bands discography here; https://theblueprison.bandcamp.com/

In order of appearance these had me nodding and twitching like one possessed;
void vator
Void Vator – Nitrus

Oozing with both Western and Latin flavors this incites uncontrollable appendage movement. Don’t believe me. Put it on and experience this for yourself. Even more outstanding is that this is sans vocals. This could easily find inclusion in a Tarantino film it has that sort of a vibe!

The BC page; https://voidvator.bandcamp.com/

Monolith – Man Without a Soul

This track picked me up and threw me back several decades. Much like Dio fronted Rainbow meets vintage Iron Maiden, White Spirit with a splash of Blitzkrieg this has undeniable flow bordering on criminal catchiness. Speed metal but not quite the melodies here are exquisite coupled with passionate vocals this is an undeniable standout!

More of Monolith can be explored here; https://www.facebook.com/MonolithSD/

circle of sighs
Circle of Sighs – Burden of the Flesh

Atmosphere aplenty accompanied by a vast cosmic ethereal nature. Huge riffs and an undeniable ‘presence’ you could well lose yourself within if given the appropriate accouterments. In short, doom, but doused in Bowie-esque progressive elements and dark synth. An outstanding combination whih needs to be heard to be appreciated.

And look, I have a link to explore; https://circleofsighs.bandcamp.com/releases

Hell Kross – Howl of the Wolf Brigade

Speed themed doom with heavy metal tendencies drenched in dramatic flair and hilarious lyrics (“it was the peanut butter which stopped the wolves, cus they’re just like dogs!”). Need I say more? Probably not, but I will. This is the type of audio the metal community needs more of. I believe The Joker said it best “Why so serious?” If you enjoy Tenacious D and Zimmers Hole You’ll enjoy this.

Their limited discography can be explored here; https://hellkross.bandcamp.com/releases

grim earth
Grim Earth – Ruins

Because every compilation deserves some angst ridden, sludge laden, heaviness. Prepare to be floored! Fuzz encapsulated mammoth riffs and (wait for it) … groove. What’s not to love? Even more surprising is that these cats are from Washington, not California. But who cares, this track rocks the compilation kicks ass and I’m done! I’m going to spin this again.

Grim Earth’s output badass cover artwork, and all, can be found here; https://grimearth.bandcamp.com/

 

Cult

Again, for those not paying attention, this compilation goes live on January/31. I highly recommend it and it can be found at this location; https://metalassault.bandcamp.com/album/metal-assault-mixtape-vol-2

Abrasive Audio…to Soothe the Senses
Attack of the Compilation 12

APÓFIS

Release – August/23/2019

Against PR

apofis compilation

Well hello again. It’s been a while, but I’m back and in rare form, ready to tackle another task Cult has left (unknowingly) for me to ponder and wax poetic upon. This week I’ll bag tackling another of the many compilation pieces he has in backlog.

How I love these little slices of short and sweet introductions a collection of how-dos, “here’s what we’re all about and that’s my time… “ Forget the invention of this ‘interweb’ thing, this was and is still my favorite way of discovering new audio and from reading through the slew of other similar articles here I can see it is also Cults (what a predictable chap).

This installment finds me pondering upon the newest Against PR (out of Portugal) compilation. The artwork offers a giant sea serpent, a boat in distress and a huge red moon all of which combine to perk the interest some. Slightly different than normal label releases (in the same manner) this collection encapsulates bands from all over the world, from several different labels with several of which who remain unsigned (usually for no reason other than they haven’t been discovered yet). Quoting from the press release… (Entitled “APÓFIS”,) this new release will present 14 tracks featuring several sub-genres from the metal spectrum and will offer an opportunity to all metalheads to discover new bands. I’m intrigued at the prospect, so what say we dive straight in. But not before of course adding the usual; the all too important rating system parameters. Obviously as this is my time to shine, I’ve added my own flavor, a spiciness which I’m sure everyone will be able to consume with only minor irritation. Onwards…

confued Orc

Err, umm, nope I’m still a little confused. What’s a compilation?

Abysmal.

Not in the good way. Toss this in the ocean and punch the nearest passerby to let out all the frustrations of spending money on schiite such as this. Jesus might like this. But I still believe it has the potential to do naught but line the birds cage. Seriously, Jesus loves everything, which in my opinion is rather silly. Jesus, you’re an utter prat!

Hrrrrrhhhhh-!

Better, this shows potential. Much like, I’d imagine, your mother on a first date. But it still leaves me wanting. Teasing the good stuff, nearly there. All this needs is a little practice. Did I mention that she left me with ‘blue balls’?

The Goblin are going crazy!

Admittedly the annoying green bastids like most things and get excited at the drop of a turd but occasionally they have the occasional suggestion which turns heads. And if the whole collective, much like an obnoxious stench-ridden green tide, agrees there must be something worth giving, at least, a cursory glance towards.

Time for a Crimson Splattered Moshpit!

Now this is worth sharing, break out the goblets, the fiery liquid, the unwilling, let’s break some limbs and party till the Dark Lord yells at us to get back to work!

All Mine!

I’m a selfish bastid. And this is too fkn’ good to share, it’s all mine!! Sod off, hold my calls!

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Let’s do this!

The track list contains fourteen chunks of audio and is as follows;

Komatsu – Prophecy

Astral Silence – siriuS

Negative Wall – Torquemada 71

Heavy Justice – When Inmates Run the Asylum

Barbarian Prophecies – Beyond the Threshold

Carrion – Defiled Sanity

2 Wolves – Strange Patterns

Piranha – Target Failed

Forever Autumn – Tír na nÓg

Necrotombs – DISSOLVED IN ACID

Hate by Hate – Justice to Careli Case

H1Z1 – S.S. Departed (Silent Convictions)

Fallen Man – God of Black

River of Souls – Prometheus Unbound

With all these boring details of the way let me discuss what flowed between my malformed clumps of head hugging flesh and wax poetic on that which may have otherwise passed us all by.

moneybags

 

Naturally there are tracks here which I preferred more than others and others still which forced me to drop everything and prance around like one who’d just realized that a banking error had been made in his/her error (A Monopoly board game pun – how quaint!)

Without further ado here are some which grabbed my attention prompting me to lift my gaze from the porn site I was/or was not browsing at the time.

Note; I’ve added Bandcamp links (if not available other ways to listen) so that one might be able to discover the artist under scrutiny that much easier.

H1Z1 – S.S Departed (Silent Convictions)

https://h1z1.bandcamp.com/

In a similar vein to Soulfly these cats manage to combine groove and thrash in a way that makes one just want to get up and move.

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Forever Autumn – Tír na nÓg

https://foreverautumn.bandcamp.com/

An acoustic affair with vocals which seem to emanate from an elderly person’s throat. With that being said this is oddly intriguing and the approach perfectly fits the tracks narrative. A track which borders on Black Metal boundaries, certainly Avant Garde’ and is slathered in ominous folk values. Love it or hate it you’ll want to play this strange lil’ ditty again and again.

Heavy Justice – When Inmates Run the Asylum

https://heavyjustice.bandcamp.com/

Oozing with riffs which are ultra-catchy this track feels as if plucked from the early late 80’s/early 90’s thrash catalog archives. In a similar vein both vocally and musically to Flotsam and Jetsam (whatever happened to those dudes?) this hits hard with reminiscent qualities as well melodies which instantly take ahold of the damn this is decent audio receptors.

Necrotombs – Dissolved in Acid

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_ksx-hpAq5o9a9dEm8tV_iAQh_bciqS52Y

“Meat and potatoes” style death metal which sounds eerily similar to the style Obituary peddles. With that being said this hits the spot and hailing from a one-man outfit is especially impressive. (Rumor has it Cult covers this release in its entirety in his next Abrasive Audio piece).

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Piranha – Target Failed

https://piranha4.bandcamp.com/track/target-failed

With the obvious nod to Exodus in their moniker these guys are surprisingly far from the style one might expect. Instead choosing to utilize a venom dripping vocal approach and music which is a combination of thrash and NWOBHM for an overall effect which encompasses gang chants and rhythms which are criminally catchy/infectious.  This only makes me want to spin their newest (and first full length) due September/6/ 2019. Hey guys if you’re reading this, I’ll give it a few words and a little space!

Barbarian Prophecies – Beyond the Threshold

https://barbarianprophecies.bandcamp.com/track/reincarnation

Atmospheric death/doom, epic qualities with sprinkles of progressive nature = SOLD!

This track shifts constantly to stay intriguing throughout. I don’t think I’d be far wrong in saying that this should appeal to a large percentage of both the death and death/doom crowd.

Now, onto the tracks which managed somehow to hold me enthrall…

Carrion – Defiled Sanity

https://carrionbe.bandcamp.com/

Death with thrash elements featuring somewhat electronic rhythms. A tad simplistic and repetitive in places but it works and I’m prancing around like a clown drenched in cocaine in silly town.

2 Wolves

2 Wolves – Strange Patterns

https://2wolves1.bandcamp.com/album/our-fault

Is there any wonder that this rocks as hard as it does being from Global metal central Finland?

Incorporating death, doom and Gothic elements this has at times Rotting Christ qualities and yet so much more. Hard to categorize, as it has Black metal, death metal and doom elements as well Avant Garde’ qualities why bother? Sit back, relax, and let the beauty of this audio flow over your prone form. Outstanding doesn’t even come close!

Astral Silence – siriuS

https://astralsilence.bandcamp.com/

Ambient, synth laden, atmospheric. There are a few dozen ways I could choose to describe this track, an epic affair which bursts at the seams with cosmic and melancholic qualities. Incorporating a black metal back-drop it also showcases menacing tones as well surprising melody. Here is yet another example of just how far and wide the term black metal doth reach. This isn’t your parent’s black metal (if only they were cool enough) but it will most probably be your children’s! These guys are from Switzerland which only makes me wonder what the hell is in the water there and if there’s possibly a way I could bottle it to perhaps make some cash.

river of souls

River of Souls – Prometheus Unbound

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHzh62qTAMY (the above – mentioned track)

https://riverofsouls.bandcamp.com/album/the-nihilist

Unfortunately, these guys won’t be releasing a full length in the foreseeable future. However, they have left us with this as a teaser and what a fookin’ tease they are! Basted in a style which is a slew of styles wrapped into one exquisite package this offers a great deal to like especially for those who prefer their metal slathered in epic doom/Avant Garde’/black qualities. Think Akercocke colliding with My Dying Bride and then you might be close but probably not as close as someone who has a better understanding of the metal universe and a memory that serves them well, mine is shattered. This by far caps off this compilation, is the icing on the cake and only wants me to play the whole thing again as a lead up to this track itself.

My overall rating for this compilation Time for a Crimson Splattered Moshpit! Although, if truth be told there are a few tracks represented here which are far removed from that arena based on their style, this is after all a varied compilation and it does exactly as it says in offering sub genres and a slew of talent all ripe for discovery.

Thanks again to Against PR for the opportunity and the compilation to ponder upon.

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I’m out, I need to place that River of Souls tracks betwixt my ears yet again, it’s so damn good!

-B  

Attack of the Compilation #11

Global Thrash Attack – Russian Thrash Attack Vol.2
Released June/8/2019
https://globalthrashattack.bandcamp.com/album/russian-thrash-attack-vol-2-compilation

russian thrash attack vol 2

I’ve been lazy as of late keeping up on the compilation arena, and this corner of the site, my apologies.

In this installment I’m keeping the international flavor alive. Recently, I covered a compilation centered around talent from Malaysia, I’m hoping in the future to cover more areas of the globe which aren’t normally associated with the metal arena. In this installment I’ve picked a country, continent, collection of countries (who really knows, exactly, what it constitutes anymore) which is better known for its consumption of clear alcoholic liquid and having bears (yes, bears) as household pets (wait, wha-?)

Before I’m asked why I didn’t tackle the first volume before this, I’ll gladly answer, this was the first I’d encountered though based on its impression I may well set my ears upon the first in due time.

global thrash attack 2

Global Thrash Attack are a label based out of Russia focused on the publication of CD and digital releases in such genres as Thrash, Speed and Death Metal (both wholesale and retail)

https://globalthrashattack.wixsite.com/globalthrashattack

https://www.discogs.com/seller/Global_Thrash_Attack/profile

Before I start, I’d like to introduce a rating system I’ve designed especially for this purpose (obviously this is based on my opinion, does this even bear mentioning at this point?)

confused monkey

Huh – what!?

I skipped all the way to the end – I’d rather hear my significant other grunt behind a closed door which isn’t the bathroom.

Skipped a few tracks – spend your money on “Scratchers” tickets instead.

Didn’t skip any tracks, but the thought was there – I may or may not revisit again, anytime soon.

Skip, what skip? – this shows definite promise (thanks go out to Lawnmower Deth for the ‘feel’ of this one).

Perk my interest much? – (obviously, a little sarcasm here) this had me searching for a reliable internet connection, so I could do some invaluable research on where to spend my pennies next.

Dammit, I can’t concentrate – break out the lube. Does this come in a format I can insert myself into?

This compilation features ten acts from the thrash realm and the Track Listing is as follows;

ВЫСШАЯ МЕРА – Биореактор

GRIM SLEEPER – Мизантроп

TRUEP – Ебаные вы

MENTAL SLAVERY – Our legacy

MEGAKILL PARANOISE – Crush your head by Marshall stack

ALAGOS – Добро пожаловать в Ад

SLAUGHTER CHARGE – Alone

CRAZER – Выхожу из тени

DAREDEVIL – Run on the Glass

HELL’S THRASH HORSEMEN – Servants of the people

Before I even got close to hitting play, I honestly had no idea what to expect or even assume as I’ve had little experience with acts from out of the same region. Those I have had have been of a darker nature more so in the Slam, death arena than thrash so I was intrigued at the prospect of laying ears upon the audio here. I’m glad to report that all of the tracks here are of top-notch quality. The influence is undeniably rampant and musical talent on display is a damn sight better than I first imagined (yes, I probably came into this with a whole lot of ignorance and perhaps a little bias).  The rating I would bestow upon this (again, this is from a personal what I like standpoint) is a “Perk my interest much”. I’m happy to report that I didn’t skip once, although I will note that a few of the tracks could have been condensed just a little for better effect. From those on offer I have my favorites and a few which grabbed me by the ‘short n curlies’ and tossed me around the room with utter disregard for the consequences.  In order of appearance;

ВЫСШАЯ МЕРА

ВЫСШАЯ МЕРА – Биореактор

Obviously, the lyrics, as too the title, are in Russian and I can’t understand a bloody word (so the spoken word interlude makes little sense to me) but this still managed to perk my interest and served as a great opener. The bass is somewhat ‘clangy’ (love that word) coupled with the rhythms, leads and transforming pace it leaves a definite impression, makes one want to move in fact and sets the standard extremely high for the audio that’s about to follow.

GRIM SLEEPER – Мизантроп

Here’s another track entirely in a language I know not a word of, though this somehow matters not. With a ‘building’ approach this manages to initially perk the curiosity then abruptly drops a few shredding passages to whip the listener into a frenzy. There’s definite influence here, Slayer, amongst others as well a few familiar riffs. This is the second track in this collection and I’ve already got a huge fn’ grin across my face.

TRUEP

TRUEP – Ебаные вы

This track has death leanings, as though the bands logo (containing a hatchet and a screw) doesn’t hint at such, is fast as unholy Fuk and brutal (for the thrash arena at least) to match. To say that this pounds at death metal territories is an understatement. Another great track and this is only the third on displayAagin another in Russian but it matters not one can get a great feel from the lyrics tone and the rhythms. Great stuff!

CRAZER – Выхожу из тени

Yet another with lyrics entirely in Russian (not all are, it’s about a fifty-fifty split, some are in English) with spoken word/soundbites which I can’t make head nor tail of. But again, it matters not, the rhythms and ‘feel’ are there, accompanied by an epic vibe with the occasional atmospheric touch carefully placed this is for sure a winner and is a fantastic example of thrash I can spin gain and again.

In order of appearance these are the tracks which seized me unceremoniously forcing me into unceremoniously uncontrollable spastic movement;

SLAUGHTER CHARGE – Alone

This seethes with undeniable Exodus influence yet is added to with a sinister vocal attack, the combination works, though is a tad formulaic (but I’m digging the shit out of the whole shebang) and I’m left wondering why my copies of ‘Bonded by Blood’ and ‘Tempo of the Damned’ are collecting dust someplace.

hells thrash horsemen

HELL’S THRASH HORSEMEN – Servants of the people

To put it simply this is ‘thrash metal madness’ and of all the tracks represented here tosses me back to my youth the hardest. Limber up before this one plays folks for this one’s crunchy rhythms and riffs will make you want to bang your head like one possessed.

DAREDEVIL – Run on the Glass

My absolute favorite here. I’m partial to a little NWOBHM every now and then and the associated stylings and this reeks of such. This has an early Blitzkrieg vibe and attitude. The music, vocal style and production fit perfectly and I’m left tapping my feet like I’ve suddenly been attached to a string operated by one whose ADD is worthy of Guinness book of Records notation and appreciation.

daredevil band

And there you have it another compilation which proves one should always be open to discovering what other regions have to offer regardless of race, creed, political association, gender and global location. For those who wish to do a little research and support those who have made listening to this compilation such fun I’ve provided links (in order of the bands appearance, below).

 

ВЫСШАЯ МЕРА https://vk.com/vmvrn

GRIM SLEEPER https://vk.com/club36786751

TRUEP https://vk.com/truepband

MENTAL SLAVERY https://vk.com/mentalslaverymsc

MEGAKILL PARANOISE https://vk.com/public174687587

ALAGOS https://vk.com/alagos

SLAUGHTER CHARGE https://vk.com/slaughtercharge

CRAZER https://vk.com/crazerband

DAREDEVIL https://vk.com/daredevil_band

HELL’S THRASH HORSEMEN https://vk.com/hthband

Thanks go out to New Wave of Old School Thrash Metal (on YouTube) for the idea and content behind this installment (I’ve actually borrowed a few of the links provided there, for which again I must give a huge thanks).

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD5Ny_jQ8cs9JXVPWXg9iNw

Take time to check out his/her site and support all those who are represented there, the thrash realm is more diverse than you might have initially thought. Dive in, don’t be afraid to discover something new, there’s something for most everyone to bang their heads to.

 

Cult

Attack of the Compilation #10

Vulgar Display of Purring Presents; New York

Vulgar display of purring-New York

https://vulgardisplayofpurring.bandcamp.com/album/vulgar-display-of-purring-presents-new-york

Release – May/31/2018

What. Huh-?

Cult has left me with a title, no header and an address to plonk my ears upon. So, what exactly am I about to place inside my earholes?

A compilation to send cats wild; akin to audio catnip? An array of music made by angst felines (Aren’t our four-legged friend always pissed off at something, the look they often give is enough to give that impression) in homage to a well-known Texas act whose merchandise you can’t visit the mall without seeing a plethora of, is this a collection of covers set to meows, yelps and shrieks and all manner of other noises nocturnal ‘familiars’ are known to make? It’s none of those things, thank the Dark Lord. This is, however, an assortment of tunage which is different from the traditional, even in relation to what charities usually sprout up in order to  support… (quoting from Bandcamp) “…All proceeds will benefit City Critters, a NYC based organization that places stray and abandoned cats with homes and works with members of the community to find humane solutions to problems involving homeless animals”. So, there you have it. I’ll admit I can’t decide between either of the two more traditional domesticated species of quadruped. Both taste fantastic between two slices of bread accompanied with mayo, cheese and an array of condiments of my choice although obviously one of the two is a little trickier to trick into getting into the mayo bucket (gotta’ love those big box stores) and then relaxing between a delicious pillow of lettuce and tomato. Enough of my mindless twattle (what’s a “twattle”? It’s honestly probably not even a word, it isn’t thanks to a quick check of the dictionary, but it fits how words run from my mouth and dribble from my deformed digits). I can hear a whispered chorus; But, shut up already with the diatribe of an introduction, what of this laundry list of tunes?

Honestly, it’s a damn sight better than I had expected. Cats and Metal right, what should one expect? As it happens, apparently, the two go together quite well. Have you not heard of Black Metal Kitten? Yea, probably not, me neither? But I’m sure it’s a thing, right?

catmetal black of course

Seriously, no one brought a map! I don’t want to get lost in this forsaken forest again!

The immense track list to this dander loving fest is as follows;

Imperial Triumphant – Breath of Innocence (06:54)           

Pyrolatrous – Obeisance and Unrequited Adulation (06:59)           

Artificial Brain – Spacid (Demo) (03:37)  

Tombs – Mother of Mercy (Samhain Cover) (03:19)           

Car Bomb – Bra_C_Ket (02:55)  

Unearthly Trance – Lion Strength (07:48)               

Woe – Drown Us with Greatness (05:17)

Anicon – Tarnish on The Emblems of Ardor (06:41)             

Mutilation Rites – Pierced Larynx (06:50)               

Belus – Avarice (06:18)   

Containor – Asshole 2 (01:17)     

Godmaker – Over (Portishead Cover) (04:47)       

Dead Empires – Ergot (06:29)      

Wreath of Tongues – Reprobate (02:27)

Moon Tooth – Belt Squeezer (05:18)        

Blackout – Crusher Malone (03:38)           

Meek Is Murder – A Prison, A Life Raft (02:07)     

Husbandry – Hierba Mala Nunca Muere (03:47)  

Beast Modulus – Everything’s Shocking (03:50)   

Skullshitter – Struggle to Die (01:50)        

Syndromes – …And Structures Crumble (02:41)   

Bangladeafy – Termites (02:56)

With over twenty tracks on offer with many breaking the six-minute mark this runs close to two hours in length (perhaps more I was never great at Math!) Negating the ratings system (which was designed especially for this purpose in mind… blah, blah, blah) as this stands for a damn sight more than merely promotional purposes I will gladly state for five dollars, or five hundred little copper bastids, you can do a lot worse. In fact, I’ll go one further; surprisingly, and thankfully, this is far from what I had assumed, based on the misleading title, was going to be a Pantera homage and turned out to be a stellar example of the New York extreme metal scene. There’s black, death, experimental noise, alternative, doom, sludge, progressive, punk and a damn sight more with most everything in between to please every crevice of the inner caverns of the skull. This is a veritable smorgasbord (gotta’ love that word!) of blistering audio.

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Naturally I have my favorites (I didn’t skip once). Admittedly there are more than a few, more than half of the tracks on offer which had me twitching as if from a seizure in full effect, complete with a Tourettes accompaniment (and I didn’t even know I knew that much French!) In no particular order, because this compilation and the bands therein deserve support and praise for their generosity, talent and unnerving ability to toss me around the room like a marionette under the control of someone with an itch which goes ‘far beyond’, ‘fucking hostile’(ha, there’s a few ‘nods’ for anyone paying attention).

Artificial brain

Artificial BrainSpacid (Demo)

Thrash with growling, technical rhythms and a beat that’s impossible to sit still to, enuf said!

Unearthly Trance – Lion Strength

Epic death/doom ala Neurosis with fantastic ‘build up’, surprising melody, atmosphere and huge speaker-shredding riffs.

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Woe – Drown Us with Greatness

Majestic black metal with hints of doom, the pace, energy and rhythms in this make an immediate face carving impression!

Anicon – Tarnish on The Emblems of Ardor

Unrelenting, crest laden riffs and a traditional black metal stance. I’m not usually one that spends much time in the genre, but this rips, and holds the attention throughout.

Moon Tooth – Belt Squeezer

Slightly different (rather undefinable actually), a palette cleanser if you will, but this still tugs at the frenetic movement bone.

Belus

Belus – Avarice

Expertly crafted cavernous death with a strangle hold that reeks of black as well doom sensibilities.

Beast Modulus – Everything’s Shocking

Hardcore with breakdowns, groove and a criminally infectious inciteful nature. Need I say more?

skullshitter

Skullshitter – Struggle to Die

Grindcore; who doesn’t love well-crafted angst dripping chaos?

Syndromes – …And Structures Crumble

Exquisitely crafted grindcore (of sorts) featuring excellent vox which could jolt the dead from their rest.

A few even excelled these very high standards resulting in my plucking my jaw from the dirt in appreciation, in no particular order;

Pyrolatrus – Obeisance and Unrequited Adulation

Blackened death with blistering and abrupt pace transformations, a raw vibe and smatterings of a traditional metal influence tainted with melody.

godmaker

GodmakerOver (Portishead Cover)

Who knew I liked Portishead? Ominous and chilling, somewhat reminiscent of South of Heaven era Slayer in part (riff wise) and Kyuss but altogether shockingly effective and enthralling, I could spin this little ditty all day!

Dead Empires – Ergot

Technical, progressive, black, death, alternative. I’m not entirely sure where I would place this if I worked in a retail audio establishment, suffice it to say it has energy to spare, enough rhythm to fill a fleet of dump trucks and displays a rainbow diversity of styles, minus the little green fellow hoarding the bucket of shiny coins at its base. It even sports a little spoken word psychology too; how’s that for unexpected?

meek is murder

Meek Is Murder – A Prison, A Life Raft

I’ll be damned (again!?) if this didn’t jerk me from my seat, wish me a happy to-do before slamming me unceremoniously against the nearest wall much as if it had just walked in to find me balls deep in its respective partner. It even climaxes without so much as a warning. (I’ll not add a comment here, it’s too easy!)

Naturally, tastes vary. These are merely the tracks which have had an instantaneous devastating effect on my frail form.

This varied assortment costs five dollars, (They even boast enamel pins and embroidered patches for sale if you are so inclined) or you can offer more (I’m sure they wouldn’t complain) and “…All proceeds will benefit City Critters, a NYC based organization that places stray and abandoned cats with homes and works with members of the community to find humane solutions to problems involving homeless animals” (www.citycritters.org)

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What’s next?

This only leaves me pondering. Will a slew of other compilations be issued based on the needs of other animals in need? ‘The Great Southern Roadkill’ perhaps to aid frustrated beasts in the wild, primarily bears, who aren’t able to procure picnic leftovers due to those infernal ‘slanted’ dumpsters. Or another dedicated to Tigers and Lions who aren’t allowed to munch on those who laugh and point from behind fences as they go about their business in glassed off enclosures. How about ‘Foul Taste of Feces’ (Pro Pain instead of Pantera, anyone?) honoring the plight of the primate unable to toss his/her waste past the confines of the arenas in which they’re housed. The mind boggles with the possibilities. But for now, enjoy this. It’s damn tasty, will satisfy the needs of the most discerning of metal head and warrants attention much like a hemorrhaging skull wound from which grey matter pokes through. And all for the price of a cup of coffee, why does this even bear thinking upon, seriously? It’s just a pity this wasn’t discovered sooner, it would have given me one hell of an excuse to finally visit the Saint Vitus Bar for the showcase that featured a slew of bands found here.

 

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Attack of the Compilation #9

 

Speed Freaks

Release – January/31/2019
Legion Music Malaysia

https://legionmusic.bandcamp.com/album/speed-freaks

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When one thinks of Malaysia, what first comes to mind? It’s certainly not a bursting at the seams metal scene. Honestly, before discovering this compilation I would have been hard pressed to name a single band from the area regardless of the genre. Legion Music Malaysia are thankfully here to change that. Compiling a collection of tracks from nine separate bands they have managed to formulate a compilation showcasing nineteen thrash cuts. Rather than opt for merely one track from each band (Athotorgh are the exception) they have decided to utilize two, a fantastic idea in my opinion and one that better shows the bands style rather than perhaps their finest hour and not the truest representation of their form and or style. This has been done before and I vividly remember hearing Slayer, Exodus and another couple of bands (‘The Ultimate Revenge’) in the same format when tapes were all the rage and my foray into the wonderful world of metal had just begun.

When it comes to this release there’s no doubt from even the quickest glance at the art what the listener is letting themselves in for. There’s menace center stage, zombies and perhaps a little violence is in the cards. No shit Sherlock! There’s a studded baseball ball and a phallic looking smoking looking nuclear device close at hand (or is it a bong?) Regardless of what the featured scamps are up to there’s no question as to fact that this is a thrash metal compilation, and from the albums comical imagery I might not be far fetched if I stated that a little old school worship might be in the offering too.

Without further ado…

The track listing is as follows;

EXOTHERMIX – Exothermix Reaction

EXOTHERMIX – Chromatic Kill

VERMINATOR – Death Population

VERMINATOR – Sadistic Souls

HEREAFTER – Command Centre

HEREAFTER – The Signs of The End

CENTRAL DISPOSAL – Toxic Death

CENTRAL DISPOSAL – Death Row

SARJAN HASSAN – Death Means Not the End

SARJAN HASSAN – Thrash for All

ATOMICDEATH – Warfare in The Night

ATOMICDEATH – Hell Reign on Earth

THRASHIT – Thrashing and Slaughter

THRASHIT – 666 Days in Hell

TORMENTOR – Kelibat Bangsat

TORMENTOR – Hybrid Children

ANTACID – No Turning Back

ANTACID – Nuclear Inversion

ATHOTORGH – Necromass Abandon

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The compilation commences with Exothermix and sets the tone right from the starting gate. Its blistering pace and vocal style will immediately tug at the corners of the mouth removing any tentative digit far from the stop button. If this is any indication of what’s to follow the listener is in for one hell of a vertebrae workout.

 

The compilation rolls, on sans ballads (thank the Dark Lord), to display what can only be described as an exceptional variety of aggressive thrash showcasing influence aplenty, a myriad of styles and a slew of talent which cannot be ignored.

As per usual I’m going to implement a rating system I’ve designed especially for this exact purpose;

I skipped all the way to the end – I’d rather hear my significant other grunt behind a closed door which isn’t the bathroom.

Skipped a few tracks – spend your money on “Scratchers” tickets instead.

Didn’t skip any tracks, but the thought was there – I may or may not revisit again, anytime soon.

Skip, what skip? – this shows definite promise (thanks go out to Lawnmower Deth for the ‘feel’ of this one).

Perk my interest much? – (obviously, a little sarcasm here) this had me searching for a reliable internet connection, so I could do some invaluable research on where to spend my pennies next.

Dammit, I can’t concentrate – break out the lube. Does this come in a format I can insert myself into?

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But it’s self explanatory’ seriously

I’m glad to report that this has a Perk my Interest Much rating bordering on Dammit, I can’t Concentrate. Although at times the Influence found herein is at times burning neon bright this compilation offers rhythms, riffs and pace which could well incite movement into the most passive of form.  Obvious nods to (vintage ‘Bonded by Blood’) Exodus are plentiful (Exothermix’ ‘Chromatic Kill’ is an early prime example), as well various tips of the hat to Overkill, Suicidal Tendencies, Forbidden and Acid Reign to name but a few. Stylistically, the crossover approach is featured a few times, gang vocals are frequent, and there are a few instances in which the vintage South American scene comes to mind as well faster than balls European standout acts from the late eighties (Kreator, Sodom and Vendetta) there’s even a few tracks which border on Thrash/Death realms.

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Overall this is a collection which demands attention, not only for the fact that it promotes metal talent from a region where one might believe there is any but also because it’s damn impressive. Did I mention this is close to eighty minutes long, that spells value for money and extended periods of audio enjoyment.

 

Naturally, I have my favorites, tracks which I believe propel this into another level of enjoyment entirely. In no particular order;

 

Exothermix – ‘Chromatic Kill’

https://exothermix.bandcamp.com/releases

The first track to tell of the region’s love for vintage Exodus, obviously a nod to Chemi-Kill regardless this is damn good thrash.

Sarjan Hassan – ‘Death Means not the End’ and ‘Thrash for All’.

Simplistic yet shot through with a crossover/punk vibe these tracks are hard not to appreciate especially since their rhythms are so damn infectious.

Tormentor

Tormentor – ‘Hybrid Children’

This track overflows with a vibe which just makes one want to move, part folk, part punk, part traditional heavy metal. Those drums and those rasping vocals what a fantastic combination.

Antacid – ‘No Turning Back’

The feel of this track is of the old school, end of story. And it’s Overkill all the way toss in a little mid-tempo and you have a track one will want to listen to again and again.

 

Atomic Death – ‘Hell Reigns on Earth’

https://atomicdeath.bandcamp.com/album/missile-massacre

The raw vibe only adds to the head bangin’ enjoyment of this one. Think vintage Slayer meets Exodus and you might be close.

 

Hereafter – ‘Command Center’

The vocals hit falsetto values in this one but it matters not as the rhythms are inventive and intriguing and the melodies unexpected yet soothing (?!) (around the twenty – one-minute mark it’s damn familiar too. But I can’t place it, anyone?)

Verminator – ‘Sadistic Souls’

Melt the flesh from your bones pace, wicked vocals and unrelenting all the way through, its hard not to appreciate this one!

There were however, a handful of tracks which stole the show. These in no particular order;
Exothermix – ‘Exothermix Reaction’

What a way to start a compilation! Obvious Exodus worship, tight riffs and plenty of them, but I’ll let it pass as this is just so damn infectious!

Hereafter band

Hereafter – ‘The Signs of the End’

Another example of a faster than balls track which has the power to raise the recently deceased. Naturally, it helps that this this has vintage Slayer-esque riffage.

Tormentor – ‘Kelibat Bangsat’

This one borders on blackened realms perhaps it’s because of the lyrics sang in a native tongue? Either way it has a vicious vibe and groove. This might sound strange but I’m digging the hell outta’ it.

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Verminator – ‘Death Population’

This tosses me back to my love for German thrash, namely Violent Force and Vendetta and a time where I believed the riffs were inhumanely fast (‘Go and Live Stay and Die’ is a prime example and then there’s ‘Under the Guillotine’ by Kreator, yes I understand they’re Italian not German) and those playing it were in some way imbued with superpowers of a kind.

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AtomicDeath – ‘Warfare in the Night’

This tosses me back to the reason why the thrash genre appealed to me so when I was first getting into metal. Raw with wicked rhythms and menacing vocals. Lovin this!

Athotorgh – ‘Necromass Abandon’

This is thrash on another level. A great introduction and vocals with a somewhat of a hardcore edge and a style which nudges at the borders of death metal. IN effect this is a fantastic climax to a compilation which thrash fans, especially those of the old school variety, will need to make room in their collections for.

 

Cult.