Entropy O.A.C. – Dark Clouds and Clarity – Pavement Entertainment

Another metalcore band.

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Dark Clouds and Clarity is an effort of Entropy O.A.C. (I believe there is another album but I haven’t found any reference on Discogs or Metal Archives and the band virtually doesn’t exist. LOL.)

Jokes apart, this Ep contains three tracks.

First one is called Failure to Thrive. By sitting through the track you understand the title. The songs has mere 5 minutes but it seems (really) an eternity. Formulaic metalcore without a hint of inventiveness, they content themselves in emulate the other famous bands.

Second track is more decent, called Endless Fire it’s more like “okay let’s think and make an actual tune” and they succeed in that. The song is structurally more accurate with beginning-middle-end scheme.

Last track is, well, not so good. Let me point the problem here: the vocalist. Although the frame is not exactly Wagnerian, the production is decent and that is a head start for any band. But the vocalist insists in crying like a teenager. No good.

Entropy O.A.C. is another minuscule band lost between the big shots in the internet, and if they want to thrive they’ll have to do much better than that!

Dark Clouds and Clarity is out now on Pavement Entertainment 


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Cara Neir / Venowl – Split – Broken Limbs

This split is really, really obscure.

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Released on tape, it features three short tracks of the black metal outfit Cara Neir and the putrid funeral drone metal Venowl.

Cara Neir follows that blasé tendency to sound avant-garde, but they are just a mediocre black metal/crust band. Of course they like to embellish it with some labels like NEOCRUST (facepalm), sludge, blackened crust and things like that. I’m not taken.

Venowl is very, very putrid, and as a friend from Australia would say: “Now ya talkin’”. Raw and droneful funeral black metal with plenty of feedbacks that will not amuse your girlfriend in a romantic moment. This one is for hardcore fans of illuminated music from the abyss. Their single track clocks in at almost 22 minutes of pure woe. PERFECTION.

Now the important information: as of today, this demo is sold out by the guys of Venowl (you can only buy a digital copy of their track of the split). You can find 5 copies in the Bandcamp of Cara Neir with the both bands (of course) or you can get the digital copy for free, but only their three tracks. Follow below the addresses for those interested:

Cara Neir (Bandcamp): http://caraneir.bandcamp.com/album/split-with-venowl

Venowl (Bandcamp): http://venowl.bandcamp.com/album/cara-neir-venowl

Pay attention because if you lose that you’ll find copies only in the black market for abusive prices from scammers.

Cara Neir / Venowl – Split is out now on Broken Limbs


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THE LURKING CORPSES – Workin’ For the Devil (CD, LP) – Hells Headbangers

Horror Punk, Horror Metal.

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The Lurking Corpses come to their fourth album showcasing almost 60 minutes of what people call “Death Metal with Punk Influences”. I should say that in Workin’ For the Devil they are more like a metal punk band with horror punk (Misfits and Wednesday 13 for instance) ,while exposing a kinda thrash metal influence.

The album has good songs although I don’t dig the “horror” vocals of Lord Vladimir Von Ghoul, they are sort of out of tune but hey, that’s just me, the songs and the compositions are not bad, and they can guarantee the party of the fans out there.

There’s even a fave, called Dead Fuck which is really, really good.

The problem starts in the 11th track called No One Will and the subsequent one called In Hell (I Wait for You). Okay while the metal and (American) punk are on the loose on the other tracks, in these ones they appeal to some English Gothic, which totally disrupts the logic of the album. If you’d take them separately as singles, well, maybe they could stand for themselves, but to put them in the midst of the aggressive numbers wasn’t the most intelligent choice.

Apart from that, they eventually return to their metal punk, horror punk show, and the final track is a raddest rendering of Slayer’s Tormentor. An excellent surprise! If you are into this field of music, surely you’ll like it. Others can be hindered by the total running time of the album

Workin’ For the Devil (CD, LP) is out now on Hells Headbangers.


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Planning For Burial / Liar In Wait – Split 7″ – Broken Limbs

Two sides of the same coin.

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This little split shows two distinct bands, the hyped Planned for Burial and the underrated Liar in Wait.

Planning for Burial has a plenty of releases (I believe they are active since 2010) and their sound is a boring shoegaze, hence their success to the masses of non-rockers, guitar-haters, sentimental-lovers. They draw influence for the overrated shoegaze scene and it seems that today rock is synonymous of that kind of music: it’s sad because this one man project it’s minimalist, has a poor production, and yet people think it’s the ultimate thing in rock music.

On the other hand the HONEST Liar in Wait don’t claim to be “post-anything”, they fairly declare their love for the gothic scene of the 1980’s and some coldwave music. It’s heavily influenced by Bauhaus, Sister of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Echo & the Bunnymen and the likes. Although not really in my field of action, it’s a pity they’re so underestimated by the great public and I would like to hear more of them.

Bottom line: Broken Limbs thought the two bands were similar, but they were not. The good thing is that you are compensated by hearing a bad band with another good one.

Planning For Burial / Liar In Wait split is out now on Broken Limbs 


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Volunteer – Goner 10″ – Forge Again Records / Triple Eye Industries

Just another sludge band under the false banner of “noise” that won’t cause a dent in the universe.

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Well, for some strange reasons, bands I don’t know for styles that I ignore are superbands when you’re going to research for them: still you can’t see a shit in anything they do.

The case here is worst as these cats are wannabes, for the sake of Satan don’t label yourselves “noise” just because you make strange distortions of guitar plugged in a bass amplifier. That’s not “noise” that’s just another run-of-the-mill metal.

Well the songs didn’t impress me, that “break” sound with muddy production, not bad, not good. If you’re in a pub and the song is playing on the background: good. But I have no patience in this busy network world of internet to stop and listen to such weirdos. I normally would give them some chance and hope for the best, but that would be insincere. All the more, if they get rich and famous, good for them, I will still belittle their false noise.

Goner 10″  is out now on Forge Again Records / Triple Eye Industries.


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Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels – Svart Records

Psychedelic Heavy Metal.

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Oregon’s trippiest offer is called Witch Mountain, and this album Mobile of Angels is the proof that long and repetitive phrases aligned with a strongest production can generate a stupendous opus.

Although the brilliant vocalist Uta Plotkin is no more in the band (she was substituted by the 19-year-old Kayla Dixon), by the time of the release of this album she made a superb work, and even with the dexterity of the whole ensemble she is the star here.

Psycho Animundi starts the disc with a Heavy Psychedelic sound that follows a tempo all the way until it is suddenly stopped to give place to a more calm middle session. By the way, she has a hell of a soft voice without necessarily being a pop “diva”, maybe she is influenced by Grace Slick, Jinx Dawson and others who caught their influences by REAL female singers of the past.

Can’t Settle is not so different, from the previous number, while Your Corrupt Ways (Sour the Hymn) is more pensive clocking in at 10 minutes, giving them enough space for serpentine doom with lots of inventiveness.

The trippy title track is not their best number though…

But the best is reserved for the grand finale! The last track The Shape Truth Takes (yeah the album has only 5 tracks) is utterly hypnotic, save from a wall of noise in the middle session that ceases after seconds, and then the coven starts over.

This CD is an excellent surprise for the fans of the style. Let’s wait for the next opus with the new girl.

Mobile of Angels is out now on Svart Records


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Necroholocaust – Holocaustic Goat Metal LP – Iron Bonehead

The Canadian Hammer of the Vikings is back. Fuck Norway?

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The Canadian War Metal entity known as Necroholocaust came to prominence some few years ago after they released a split album with Baphomets Horns (more precisely in 2010) called FUCK NORWAY. Although I won’t be a fucking hypocrite endorsing visions against bands I was raised up listening to, I must admit: what a helluva fucking good title hehehehe.

I can understand their instance at the time: the Norwegian BM turned into a downloadable favorite to 15-year-oldies and not so many bands were delivering the goods as in 1994 for example.

They still have this “Satan-kills-vikings” visions and boy I can’t wait to see them playing here in Brazil by the end of 2015. For now this destructive album can satisfy my lust for pure satanic gore, this is the real Goat Metal in a Ross Bay Cult style, no compromising black-death sound, filthy, heavy, disgraceful like in tracks such as Inverted Christ, Infinite Death Prophecy and the mega nuclear Bleed The Baphomet – Effects [Outro]. All the more, for connoisseurs they sound just like Blasphemy and Beherit (what else is new) and if you still need references (secretly thinking you’re a poseur, hahahaha) think about Satanik Goat Ritual, Morbosidad, Blasphemophagher and Sadomator or go listen to Amon Amarth (which is not from Norway but what a fucking teenager band). No I’m not kidding, back off!

This LP, is not for the faint of heart, only the strong will survive the holocaustic winds of nuclear destruction.

PS: There is a Sadogoat cover by the end of the album called F.G.P.

 

Holocaustic Goat Metal LP is out now on Iron Bonehead


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Sempiternal Dusk – Sempiternal Dusk – Dark Descent Records

Abstruse Doom/Death Metal from Oregon.

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Holy cow! This band is gives me goosebumps. This self-titled album is their debut, and the members have a long historic in working with other bands. So this is a “professional” effort, for sure.

The album has only 5 songs, but very uneven in time between them varying from one to fifteen minutes.

The music is something like a funeral sludge metal to be more exact, but as I’m not a fan of kinky mix of labels, that was just to correctly clarify the “catch of the moment” by the muddy production of their real metal sound. Nothing so fancy, just the way it was caught “on tape”. However it is not slow the whole time, which causes more confusion to labelers.

The first song, the 15-minute Moon Beneath Hook Cross, recalls the most enduring moments of Skepticism, Thergothon, Mornful Congregation, Nortt, Funeral, Murkrat and so on… Albeit change of tempos may occur, going to something faster.

Very heavy and harsh sound for those of who like to live in fully despair.

The second track Streams of Night is more agitated, more in a death metal way, which has led the comparison with their Germanic fellows Nechro Christos, which renders a very different style than to simple label them as Funeral something. Of course the production is still very muddy. But eventually, the tempo slows down, and (AHEEEEMM) the happiness go away..

The song Upon the Gallows at Perihelion is bipolar! While the putrid death metal simply razes everything in sight, some parts are pure despondency. This one is my fave!

This album is something very special for fans of underground metal of death, showing something that, if not utterly original, it can be entertaining through darkness and despair. You’ll hear more about them in the near future. Be sure of that!

Sempiternal Dusk  is out now on Dark Descent Records .


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Overcharge – Accelerate – Unspeakable Axe

The Motörhead metalpunk cult is alive!

Overchage is an Italian phenomenon that came to break all the rules of current rock scene by maintaining the traditional rock n roll…. Of the past. I’d say, they use tradition to bring the modernity, or atavism in new clothes.

The sound is a raw Motörhead-styled music with plenty of solos, and as long as they are simple as fuck they keep up the fun.

Songs like Accelerate and As If There Were No Tomorrow show a Venom hint and the metal is up. They maintain the old spirit alive for thrashers, deathsters, rockers and black metallers alike.

The blistering axework is tailor-made for air guitars and headbanging.

Other tunes as Drown In Your Own, Nothing On The Way and Leave Behind are much more of the same, being better as the time goes by!

I must say I’ve heard this album some 10 times and haven’t noticed anything really different between the tracks, but that was exactly what made me heard this album so many times: not to meticulously study the ability of the musicians, but to have a chance to rock as hell before writing this review and go to another band. I dug it. Lots. And you’ll do too. Be sure of that.

Accelerate  is out on Unspeakable Axe 


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Quartered – Eyes And Ears – Self-Release

The great puzzle of Quartered.

Vancouver’s Quartered made their first record in 2010, and in 2014 they are returning with a third release, so they are become veterans in their own kind of sound. The influences here are clear: Dream Theater and Tool, alongside a bunch of other hard rock and progressive metal influences (and a little bit of alternative metal).

Explained what their influences are, the difficulty here is to give them a proper style, since they like to fuse and they are good in that.

They have some strange tempo signatures, which remember a little bit of the post hardcore of Cult of Luna.

But different from all that bands, they should explore their “black” side into expanding the time of the songs like an old experimental progressive rock band. That would do them a lot of favor. Plus if they could eliminate that “girl I know what you thinking” “girl, you live inside of me”, “girl, you and I will jump inside the fire” (they don’t actually say that but I took a glance in the lyrics and it’s something very alike) sentimental-kitsch kind of lyrics (and the way the lyrics are “felt” as the guy sings) it would expand their vision as true artists. But again, with this myriad of influences from the backdrop to the forefront is difficult to know which kind of audience they are aiming at.

I for one should classify them as simple emos from Canada if I haven’t know better, and they are much, much better than that. Every musician brings their potential to the fold and if they release themselves from the chains of “soft metal” for a girly audience they sure can make a dent in the world of rock n roll. In times when everything else is so confusing, they shouldn’t lose this chance.  

 

Eyes And Ears is out now and it’s Self-Released.


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