HOWLING GIANT “Black Hole Space Wizard”
Duuude! It is authentic stoned music, made of pure solid guitar riffs and a corrosive spirit in adrenalized vocal lines. This piece of golden rock contains four long songs composed in cosmic atmospheres, hypnotic guitar solos and excellent concept under the flag of progressive rock in a weird form.
MAZE OF TERROR “Ready to Kill”
This is extremely fast and deadly, and I can’t expect less from this Peruvian death machine, as they showed us a really explosive thrash metal in previous debut EP “Skullcrusher”, some years ago.
MORTAL PESTILENCE “Universal Hatred”
Metal Ways Records
This is another deadly attack of Aztec thrash metal at its finest. Everything here is aggressive, powerful and extremely well done. Coming from Naucalpan, Edo.Mex, this entity was founded in 2012 under the name of Mortal Plague.
WILDERNESSKING “Mystical Future”
Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions
Well, finally I can review a band from South Africa on this blog. Formerly known like HEATHENS, this band is been active since 2010 or something and they really have excellent ideas under the line of atmospheric and mystique black metal style.
GRAVESPAWN “Inexorable Grimness”
This is a very interesting EP forged in solid black metal coming from USA. All tracks have obvious references to big names from the north of Europe, in 90s, but these guys have a very particular perspective of dark arts and painful guitar riffs.
LEGIONS OF WAR “Honour to the past”
I have different feelings about this CD. On one side, I’d definitely prefer fresh music in a new album, because these guys know very well about their thrash-black metal style, and they have released really good pieces of destruction in the past. In the other hand, this is nothing but high quality homage to the roots of heavy metal with class.
IMPERFECT SOULS “Necro Bestial”
Some years ago I made some good trades with vocalist/guitarist Lucas Dias, who also runs “Under the Eternal Flames Fanzine”. Eventually he sent me a demo of his band, and later a split called “Blasphemy Alliance”, and I really liked it because it shows a good black seed configured in obscured thrash metal and antichristian lyrics.
ONSLAUGHT “Power from Hell”
Metal Ways Records
Again, we have the pleasure to review such a gem from the 80’s, thanks to MW Records. Especially this piece of metal, that influence defined the early works of many bands, like Exodus, Slayer and Metallica of course.
This is an excellent four tracks EP, coming from France. Everything here is ultra-complex, obscured and poisonous, but these guys know exactly what they want, and compose great songs with high octane guitar riffs and deadly vocals.
NIGRUM “Mors Nox Regina”
Black Saw Records
It’s morbid, grim, chaotic and extremely dissonant. These are the first words coming to my mind after I listened to the first track of this Mexican necrotic beast. Founded in 2015, this dark entity reunites veterans from different bands like Haborym, Inferna, Mordskog, and this genius multi-instrumentist guy from Shadowgrave, Jacobo.