K-X-P – History of Techno – Svart Records

Drinking from the waters of Krautrock.

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The old and good Krautrock is resurrected. Of course it will be an exaggeration to say that bands are making this style now, as it is dead and gone since the 1970’s, and geographically it only comprises Germany. The other bands CANNOT be considered Krautrock proper.

But that doesn’t make impossible that this musical phenomena from the past have a dedicated cult following (myself included) and that new bands are being formed around the stylistic works of Kraftwerk, Neu!, Can and Faust.

K-X-P comes with this intention here with a repetitive electronic sound, that isn’t exactly “ambient” as Cluster, but they try hard to emulate the pre punk electronics from Deutschland.

First tracks (out of 3) History of Techno (part I & II) and History of Techno (part III & IV) are suites divided in semi-segues with the hypnotic repetitive “tanzmusik” in a subtotal of 25 minutes (out of 34). It’s great, but modern generations of rockers will really misunderstand that.

The last track though, She Time Travels In Every Direction Whenever She Wants, keeps the kraut spirit alive and the sequence evokes not modern music (back off Tomorrow Land fappists‼) but the music of before. The sequence really resound tunes like Autobahn (Kraftwerk) and Neu!

If you don’t get enough of experimental music of Germanic persuasion made in Finland, here’s what you after!

History of Techno is out now on Svart Records.


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Pestilential Shadows – Ephemeral – Seance

Essential pestilence from Australia.

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Frankly, I’ve never heard of Pestilential Shadows before, but now it’s one of my fave Black Metal bands.

Despondent in the vein of Drowning the Light, this excellent band hails from New South Wales, and this is their fourth (!) release amongst EP’s, splits, demos and whatnot.

They transit between the underground and mainstream, but giving no quarter for “symphonic” or “shoegazing” forms of pseudo-black metal. Their intention is pure, their black is very traditional (for me it resounds a little bit of the old Nocturnal Depression), they manage to maintain the interest of the listener from long tracks like Ephemeral to eloquent and obscure black metal anthems like Hymn of Isolation & Suicide. All done with gusto and lust for death, depression and uttermost misery!

The guitars reverbs thru the wall, the slow but intense beats haul one soul to the chasm of pain and sorrow.

Although this kind of Black Metal approach was done one thousand times before (no hyperbole here), somewhat Pestilential Shadows makes its music work in a perfect way.

I do love this opus, and for sure I’ll look for the other works of theirs.

Ephemeral is out now on Seance


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Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution – Season Of Mist

High precision death metal from Canada

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After harboring bands such as Cryptopsy and Archespire, our friends from far north present us with another gem of technical and progressive death metal music.

Beyond Creation comes to this sophomore album with all the creativity and inventiveness of a veteran band, but (alas) with the fresh wind inherent in the youth. All the guys are in their 20’s and the only member that is older than me is the bassist Dominic “Forest” Lapointe who played in this opus but is not in the band anymore.

All the songs have steady change of phrases and time signatures as well as changes of tempo, making the assimilation a complex and herculean task for mortals. But this sophisticated repertoire of intricate layers is exactly their force and their uppermost quality.

Although comparison with other bands like Obscura or even the above-mentioned Archespire seems inevitable, Beyond Creation has its own way of making music. Sui generis mid-tempo, melodic, but never cheap guitar, refined jazz passages, sharp and understandable parts that are never truncated, and the most important, non-blasé approach of their own musical knowledge.

There are no highlights, however this is not exactly an issue. The totality of the album borrows a lot to the often mistakenly terminology “progressive death metal”. They really bring great amounts of progressive elements from the past without compromising their Brutal Death Metal identity, so if you’re a brutal metalhead with no eardrums for quiet and idyllic things as Yes and Genesis, you won’t hear nothing “agricultural” here, for this is very heavy and ferine metal of death.

Thus Beyond Creation is an oxymoron of labels, but good music doesn’t need to be labeled aside being target as TECHNICAL DEATH METAL. If this is the future of metal, I’m totally into it.

Earthborn Evolution is out now on Season Of Mist.


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Motörhead announces new album!

The legendary heavy metal group announces a new opus for 2015.

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The cult of Motörhead seems to never die. They’ve just announced a new album to be released on August 28th as it reads on their Facebook: 

“And here is the news we’ve all been waiting for …

It’s official! We’re releasing our 22nd Studio Album “Bad Magic” on August 28th this year!

Are you excited? Well you should be! As well as the album release on August 28th 2015 (UDR Music/Motörhead

Music) we would also like to announce our Anniversary European tour this fall, with more international dates to follow.

Be sure to check out the new UDR Store under shop.udr-music.com for exclusive merch coming your way soon!”

Check the album art below:

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Latitude Egress – To Take Up the Cross – Art of Propaganda

Redundant Black/Doom metal.

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Latitude Egress is not really a bad band. The only member, Niklas is an industrious guy from Deutschland… and of course it is a hell of work to produce and record an album managing all the instruments and compositions. For that he deserves kudos.

But he is also industrious in his tentative homogeny that subtly appears on the name of the tracks: To Take Up the Cross When Through It You Can Win a Kingdom; To Cast a Spot upon the Death of Your Death; To Walk at the Hands of a Dial…. Yes, they all look the same and they all sound the same.

Its repetitiveness is painful and only die-hards of this kind of music will support the effort of our brother-in-arms Niklas.

In its favor, Latitude Egress has the virtue to never ever give in to lesser forms of “easy” music in order to try and achieve success. You know, this is no shoegaze for wimps, the sound is very “true” to its proposal, and it’s rocky all the way!

Some people will get their kicks listening to this album though; hypnotic and cyclically iterating, this release is for those who like their metal freezing cold.

To Take Up the Cross is out now on Art of Propaganda 


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Warrant – Metal Bridge – PURE STEEL RECORDS

The teutonic attack of evil never stops!

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Heavy Metal band Warrant (not to be confused with the more famous hair band from Los Angeles) is not here for jokes! Their sound is a professional and solid heavy fucking metal, no mixtures, no poserness, no trends!!

Of course they are no comers in this game: their beginnings date back to 1985, in the golden era of Central Europe metal, when every band was a good surprise.

The very core of Sturm und Drang of Teutonic Heavy Metal seems to have survived all fads from the eras, and it sounds like as Warrant never really stopped as they are still here with full energy to deliver the true metal!

Metal Bridge has a myriad of cult tracks starting with the pedal-to-the-metal attitude of Asylum which showcases a power/speed metal with vocals a la Biff Byford.

The song Come and Get and Get it is really sticky! Man this is the pure strength of steel.

You Keep me in Hell doesn’t stop the massacre and you just can imagine what happens when the other tracks come.

But one of my very faves is Don’t Get mad Get Even with a syncopated drum, lashings of rusty riffs and a bass from hell that gives place to legendary guitars.

This album has 15 tracks, but it never ceases to amuse me with the pure heavy metal attitude. Too bad they carry a name that won’t do them any favor… They should change it in order to get their own cult following.

Metal Bridge is out now on PURE STEEL RECORDS


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HORRIFIED (UK) – Descent Into Putridity – Memento Mori

More old school madness.

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The old school death metal bands don’t cease to pour in and Horrified from Uk is coming with this debut that really kick assess.

The dementia is all around, and the sound is very organic, dark and filth.

The time signatures always change as in the track Descent Into Putridity, and the sound is mix of Dismember, Entombed (who else?) and some Gorefest.

Tracks like Buried Among Putrified Flesh or Mortally Deceased keep the death metal all over, no space for fads, you can bet your bottom dollar!

Other tunes like Tomb Of Rebirth or Repugnant Degeneration with sure fire riffs will make the happiness of those who cannot get enough of music from the past.

Of course, the discussion is always the same, they trade their originality for the sound of yore, but in this case it was a good trade.

Descent Into Putridity is a decent album with solid riffs, and it’s very pleasant to hear.

Descent Into Putridity is out now on Memento Mori


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