Friday, May 30, 2014

SUCCUBUS "Descend Unto Gehenna"


SUCCUBUS "Descend Unto Gehenna" MCD EP (Slaughterhouse Records)
Been waiting for their next output since the demo (the vinyl with the bonus tracks is another story, by the way), here it is the MCD of Malaysian SUCCUBUS, released by Slaughterhouse Records USA. In a minimalistic digipack packaging, "Descend Unto Gehenna" belches out 5 uncompromising tracks including a decent cover of INCUBUS classic "Reanimator's Mutilation". To those still unfamiliar with the band, SUCCUBUS stands for heavily rabid early thrash infested death Metal, to which the comparison with the gritty Swedish sounds of true death Metal surfaced, and this is the explanation too as to why the band is linked with the Swedish hordes, since those kind of undiluted morbidity is what some of the acts from the ever fertile Metal landscapes have devoured and decimated us for quite some time. I can't help but comparing this to their already mentioned (and already reviewed) demo, and to me this lacks a bit of the impact of the demo itself. Do not be discreetly subjective though, this is not to be taken wholly as something negative. The demo, under several reason and circumstances, had stirred the Malaysian scene quite convincingly when it is released I might add. "Descend..." proves to be SUCCUBUS in their more thrashier bit, but the speed indicator has been cranked up a notch too. This is where the loops surfaced its relevance to me, where in more than once I find the instrumentations, notably the vocals, guitarworks and the drums patterns (especially), tend to be choking a bit for breath on keeping up with the intensity. The intention is clear, the band aims to maim you like a Panzer tank (thus the song "Panzer the Iron Grave" is the opening track for this mini album), yet some tightening on several loose ends are warranted, clearly. The productions tend to sound a bit 'safe' too, the 'uncontrolled' vibe of the demo productions hasn't lose it charms definitely. But no matter how the comparison with the demo appears to be, "Descend..." is still some of the better assault of tested and tried unrelenting old thrash smeared death Metal madness you can get from Malaysia.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

BLASPHMACHINE "hell : demo"


BLASPHMACHINE "hell : demo"
I think Kelantan has become the deathbed for some seriously fukked up and intense bestial black death exploits. Enter BLASPHMACHINE which, with their "hell : demo" provide the scene with probably one of the most unrelenting bestialised release so far. This, and the DARKREGIME demo, unleashed the fury of the Kelantanese scene, a pattern of which remains to be seen whether it will keep on the savagery or pointing towards another direction. This tape is so full of anger, there is nothing else to be felt upon listening. It's hate, hate, hate evaporating all over it. It's a single-minded aim for the kill. It is that singular and focused. Such is to the point that these 3 tracks seems like one sole opus divided into three parts, and with one single mission, which is to maim and crush. They're very similar and closely connected to each other. Whether this formula does it again for their longer playing release, we have to wait on that. It's a waste of time if you're looking for adventurous listening here ( I'd welcome a little, just very little, BLASPHMACHINE), this is geared to the final ratio of absurdity. I suggest you get the CDr version of it, my tape got chewed quite a bit by the player ("Sincere Musical Trading" cassette tape used, where the hell did they get this tape, which totally fails in quality, haha).
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DEATHEVOKER "Towards Nothingness"


DEATHEVOKER "Towards Nothingness" (Envenometal Records)
"Towards Nothingness" is basically can be divided into two parts. The first 3 songs are totally the "Towards Nothingness" demo 2013 session, and the later 4 is taken from their demo 2012 "Eternally Rot" with new mix. I can understand why Envenometal decided to release them in this pro CD format, DEATHEVOKER is currently one of the more honest and straight blatant old school death Metal worship from the local scene. One tone of the guitars rumble, you already know they're nodding towards the filthy sides of Sweden. That crunching, menacing unmistakable tone. These 7 songs here are all that, the only way to divide them might be the more enveloped, fuller sound of the newer tracks of "Towards Nothingness", as "Eternally Rot" already confirming the band's damned destiny. I could use a little more shapes and moulds in DEATHEVOKER materials though, the vocals could be a bit more imaginative, the drums could be a little more tighter, blablabla;  perhaps a bit too straightforward and going by the ruler rigidly at times, but "Towards Nothingness" is good enough if you need some rotting death Metal with less of a headache to tinker with the instrumentations. Just let it ro(t)ll. Ahh, with a fitting artworks nevertheless.

JUGRA "Promo 01"


JUGRA "Promo 01"
Infusing RAC and Oi! nuances into the Metal frame is what JUGRA came out with in this "Promo 01", probably their first release to the masses whilst limiting it to 30 promo pieces as the cover suggests. Well, it should be an announcement of their arrival, methinks. As RAC synonymously stands for, you know what the image and stand of the band would be like, and while this review is entirely focused on the musical materials, it is nice to slot in some inherent informations as well. An intro and two songs here is predominantly rock soaked street Metal kind of, always dependent on the trusty 3-chords ingredients of the Oi! and punk genres, with the always conscious decision to have that remarkable own identity, portrayed with the always existing eastern Metal characters in the music. Sharp, short, simple, to-the-point kind of music, with more than once of thoughts that these might be aimed more towards the band's own circle, something that if you wish to find out more, could be directed to the band's contact. Musically speaking this could attain the interest of the punkish crowd as well, and metal maniacs who like it simple and not short of rocking tendency.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

NARROW002 and NARROW005 out now

NEKROMANTHEON "Rise, Vulcan Spectre" (NARROW002) and CONDOR "Speedwagon" (NARROW005) out now from NARROWARDS



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

NECROMATION "Extinction and Wretchedry"


NECROMATION "Extinction and Wretchedry" EP CDr (Earblast Records)
Another ultra fine death Metal release from Sabah, it is getting better and better with every releases coming out. NECROMATION stands for stout death Metal worship, mostly in the US kind of brutality, and they will remain in it forever. And I don't see any objection on that, since what we have here in "Extinction..." is just some loyal death Metal offerings done the right way with no other peculiar intention. Nothing goes far beyond the tenacity of, let say; CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE and SUFFOCATION, in the whole proceeding. And they needn't to, the intention is clear and the execution is justified. They do it rock solid, you wouldn't ask for anything else, just stay in that cocoon forever if the quality is to be preserved. "Extinction and Wretchedry" is highly recommended for that 'you know what to expect but you will still enjoy it' kind of listening. On the right (left) path indeed, NECROMATION. And keep on trodding it all the way. Keep it coming. Here's some no nonsense death Metal for you. Like I said; solid in an established blueprint. Fukk maybe I need to push that play button again.