Holocausto – War Metal Massacre LP/CD – Nuclear War Now! Productions

The intransigence is back.

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For those who still ignore the influence of this band: Holocausto had its beginnings in the Brazilian scene alongside with Sarcófago and Sepultura (among others). Although not commercially successful, the band gained a notorious cult following over the years due to the imagery and lasting influence of their first effort: Campo De Extermínio which dealt a big deal with Nazism although the band always sustained it was for shock values only.

The fact is, after subsequent thrash and experimental albums (1980’s and mid 1990’s) and a coming back effort back in 2000’s, the band is candidly back to their 1987 intolerant war-metal form of Campo de Extermínio.

War Metal Massacre is an EP that carries an even fouler production than the 1980’s, which is, for the war metal standards, always a bonus!

First 3 tracks are re-recordings of obscure tracks: Massacre was originally released on The Lost Tapes of Cogumelo compilation (originally a single demo track from 1985) while Destruição Nuclear and Escarro Napalm were released on the rare metal compilation Warfare Noise. Here the tracks don’t deviate from their original forms, adding more insulting to injury in their new renditions…

The other tracks are originals: Eu Sou a Guerra is hardcore-driven terror black war metal, with inaudible bellows spewed in Portuguese, hissing guitars, and an all-out-war approach.

Corpo Seco follows suit with the political incorrectness that makes this band be so great in the underground cult.

Title track closes this really dissonant release with riffs that are awkward, but repetitive and hard-line at the same time.

Not for the faint of heart their perceptible rhetoric of war and extermination cannot be taken seriously: As aforementioned is all for shock, a sound for obstinate headbangers and not for boneheads.

War Metal Massacre will be out in March 1st in LP/CD formats on Nuclear War Now! Productions 


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Ignis Gehenna – Baleful Scarlet Star – Seance Records

A star exploding over Aussie skies.

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Although not exactly an industrial (as in working) band, having only an EP and a demo prior to this debut, I can honestly attest that Ignis Gehenna is an underrated band.

Baleful Scarlet Star is a rare state of art in Black Metal form: long songs, tens of phrases, creativity at its peak.

Counting with one of the busiest man in Aussie metal Nihilifer (ex- Erebus Enthroned, Shadow Magus, Turmoil, Drowning the Light) Ignis Gehenna makes solid and focused black metal.

The opener, Serpent Oracle, is a showpiece in purest form exhibiting dazzling riffs and changes of tempo and several phrases that are really complicated (it takes some spins to understand the whole picture), but nonetheless inspiring.

Violent and fast is the second offering Baleful Scarlet Star, hectic in its own rights, exploding pure negative energy in atomic proportions, fast as hell, with desperate vocals and strident riffs that abash the senses, the true symphony of bewitched.

Edict of Blood is a ten-minute humungous operetta of rapid fire drumming and riffs, still retaining some melodic factor in the backdrop despite the blatant production. The mental spiral of horror that may or may not repeat itself is a travel to the forests unknown, mowing the senses as it second passes and castigates our capacity to retain the truncate downpour of information.

Melas Oneiroi is not so lengthy, however it condenses inside one music what the album proposes so far. Still it has its own identity with a slightly different approach to the vocals.

Litany unto Thanateros is an infuriated metal, there’s no doubt about it. Over again they reach the mark of ten minutes and the tourbillion of ammo is fired with no remorse, over again baffling the senses with the true material it presents: fast riffs, wall of noise, soloing, bellows from the abyss, intense drumming… the second part of the song is superb giving hints to thrash and even heavy metal with perfect riff/solos; something like a great surprise.

Last track Anamnesis, is a great creative instrumental track, more melodic than the other ones and it’s never a filler…

 Baleful Scarlet Star is an album that deserves to get bigger attention because it’s not every day we hear something so good in the extreme metal.

 Baleful Scarlet Star is out now on Seance Records.


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Metallica – Hardwired… to Self‐Destruct – Blackened Recordings

The proverbial double-entendre, the conspicuous hindsight bias.

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Metallica has a great imperfection: they don’t sound like anybody else, so you just have Metallica to compare. Also, as in the constant artistic search to stay relevant they played their games in the past (Load and Reload) which were a mistake. Period. They triplicated their income. It was sell-out. Period. That’s why they are trying to prove since St. Anger that they are relevant to a new generation and now that millennials know that the truth is all there, they are playing for keeps, because, you know, confidence is something that is hard to get back.

That’s the price to pay to be the most famous band in the world.

The second “if” is their bet in a double album. Okay there’s nothing new here, they were always known for doing enormous songs. But Iron Maiden did that in their last album to a rate of 50/50 approval. Judas Priest made this bet some years ago with Nostradamus and they’d LOST! Why it should be different with Metallica?

And finally, the curse inside metal musicians: once you experiment and fans don’t approve it (over again Load and Reload) there’s NO turning back. I explain myself. Sepultura made a shitload (and a shit-reload, ha) of success when they released Roots and no matter how they try to differ from that, that Brazilian tribal sound will always make part of what they are. Another sample? Kreator: once they recorded their “goth” albums, no matter how badass they sound again today, that sound will always lurk…

But I digress… Forget Kill ‘em All and forget “Black album”. If you are nostalgic fan, you might get very disappointed.

But this time they make their stand and for real: take it or leave it!

After the fast and killer Hardwire and the mercurial Atlas, Rise! the song Now That We’re Dead is not that impressive, although the limpid production gives it some lost dignity and while Moth into the Flame is really up beating, Dream No More doesn’t exactly go down the road, I just believe that it’s not so impressive except for one thing – “Madness, they say Cthulhu awaken”. I mean, SERIOUSLY?

Now the really unnecessary song that would make no difference in the final cut: Halo on Fire (the last song of the first CD), and although I’m being honest when I say that the solos are killer, hell, why a 9-minute quasi ballad? It’s a hard-rocker for sure, but it has this dual facet: the first minutes are a real bummer, while the second half is decent. Oh well…

Okay after all, disc one is not that chore, so let’s jump to second part without further ado.

The opener Confusion is a real and good Metallica song, the real thing. It’s not fast but it has a killer rhythm guitar very characteristic of the older Metallica. Solos are plentiful and the tempos are many. Excellent.

After a lousy 30-second intro, the song ManUNkind is all heaviness with a syncopated drumwork and it’s a good song, vocals and all. Feel secure in this one, it’s a singalong and the gradation is there making it several songs into one. Almost seven minutes that sounds like three. It’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Surprisingly (for haters at least) Here Comes Revenge keeps the momentum and differently from the latter song, it’s more cohesive, more easy to understand at first heed. Another score.

Changing the pace, the tune Am I Savage? Is more of a commercial shot, but you see, it’s not irritating. It’s just more snail paced compared to the songs of the second disc. I dig the solos though.

Murder One follows suit and it’s all melodic.

But the icing in the cake is the last track, Spit Out the Bone which is a VIOLENT (man, am I really saying that?) thrash metal song, that makes me bang my head and open an invisible mosh until the cow comes home!

There is a third disc that I haven’t have the opportunity to hear, and it will contain covers of Iron Maiden and Deep Purple, plus a tribute to Dio, plus a live set. I am totally curious to hear those.

The conclusion: Disc one has its great moments and its strange flaws. Disc two is Metallica taking back their dignity and throwing up in the face of everybody. Some will love, some will hate. Again, forget the “old days”. And forget the lousy albums. Also, forget the “tentative” albums like St. Anger and Death Magnetic. Metallica haven’t got stuck in the past in any way or form. This time they got what they were after: a very good Thrash Metal album!

Hardwired… to Self‐Destruct is going to be out on November 18th on Blackened Recordings.


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Is Power From Hell vocalist a real-life rapist?

Vocalist of Power From Hell allegedly accused from being a rapist.

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And so goes the internet exploding like a gunpowder. One woman posted in the night of Halloween that Sodomizer (the vocalist of the Brazilian Black Metal band Power from Hell) was seeing going out of a Ford, seconds after a girl (16 years old) is seeing crossing the street. The camera then shows a long-haired guy going out of the Ford, disappearing into the darkness of the camera, returning running while a policeman narrates everything that was recorded. According to the rumors, the girl was grabbed by the breasts, screamed, then the guy returns to the Ford (this image appears in the video). It’s impossible though, to identify the face and the Vehicle registration plate of the Ford.

Crossing the information, the site http://www.guarulhosweb.com.br/ posted that a guy, named just AS was taken in custody by police of Guarulhos (the municipality where PFH hails from). It so happens that the name of Sodomizer is Arão Silva, making the ends meet.

The problem is that the woman who shared the post on Facebook seems to be unknown of the fact that a heavy metal musician is being accused of the crime (although she posted the photos of Sodomizer – no pun intended – along with the video), and so is the site Guarulhos Web.

Strangely, nobody of Power from Hell posted anything on their Facebook since Halloween, seeming to be just “disappeared”

Sodomizer plays in another band called Anarkhon whose name of the first demo is PEDOFILIA.

Power From Hell is from the label Hells Headbangers Records and recently played on Hells Headbash in United States. They also played in Mexico with great public acclaim.

Although forms of art like violence and even rape must be respected inside extreme metal music, I would like to inform that Dark Souls United does not comply with ANY FORM of violence against women and children in real life. We do not support rape or rapists.

It’s still unconfirmed that Sodomizer is the real perpetrator or if he’s being falsely accused of a crime he hasn’t committed, but talking to a famous guy in the scene, he said: “the damage is done. The news is spreading and even if he’s not the actual guy, nobody will tolerate his presence in shows, he might be beaten or even murdered”.


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Ancillotti – Strike Back – Pure Steel Records

Sophomore Heavy Metal attack.

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This second album of the Italian Ancilloti is a mix of heavy metal and hard rock in the vein of the classic bands of the style, sounding more Germanic than Italian, but as a European band I believe that it sounds right.

Ancillotti shows that their potential sometimes is obscured by the production which sounds shabby for the kind of sound they try to do: I mean, the compositions are really good, the musicianship as the soloing are very good as well, I cannot complain, but sometimes it sounds mudded by subpar mixing and mastering.

To Hell with you and Immortal Idol show this kind of approach where the feeling of rock n roll is alive and heavy metal runs rampant with riffs of pure ode to heavy metal, and solos that are screaming to traditional ears.

Fight roars the metalheads to fight in the name of the rock. Hell yeah, I’m totes into that battle. Over again the guitars here are the main course as well as the refrain!

Firestater is more of a hardrocker, good song, forged in the fires of the 1980’s, not impressive really, but the guys have the guts to try their hands on that!

As the album oscillates in this fair balance between rockers and steels, there is one rotten apple called Lonely Road. It remembers Saxon’s worst moments, and the voice of our hero here, Daniele “Bud” Ancillotti (Strana Officina) doesn’t work very well, really and it sounds a little corny.

Life is for living compensates for the aforementioned mistake and is certain hit! Although there is only one problem, it doesn’t sound as heavy as it is intended.

The drumming of Brian Ancillotti is totally correct and hard but, over again it sounds inoffensive in the final mix.

This album needs one thing: a REMASTERING. It’s just been released, but they should consider this kind of approach should they have the opportunity to do so.

Strike Back is a good metal album that will get the old schoolers of trad metal by the balls, I’m certain of that!

Strike Back is being released TODAY via Pure Steel Records.


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SURGIKILL – Sanguinary Revelations LP – HELLS HEADBANGERS

Death Metal onslaught from US

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Released originally in March and now out in vinyl this death metal band is a bulldozer that sees no limits for its own destruction.

Containing 10 tracks of purest noise guided by the old school but with a proper sound, this is a metal salvation.

Opener Sanguiniac is highly toxic metal, so if a poseur you are don’t even get any nearer.

Murderous Thirst has a non-stop drumming with a tremendous wall of noise that is made to torn people apart, it really shows what this band is capable of.

By the third attack Relentless Revenge, the kind of the sound the band nurtures becomes definitely the norm and a nuclear train is no match for the sound they execute here played with magnificent force and hatefulness for the humankind, non-stop death metal madness, no “tech”, only a brutal form of inherited revulsion… from hell!!!

There is no stop and no sympathy for anyone’s eardrums in the track Psychopathic Awakenings which is raw as fuck and certainly the death metal kiddos won’t get such aggressiveness and won’t never understand why a band can be so cruel in their approach of their own music.

The rest of the tracks follow suit and there’s not much to say about it, but certainly some won’t do it until the end of the opus.

Surgikill is a band that totes has my vote and will deserve several spins, totally infernal and relentless that is what I used to call death metal back in the day.

Sanguinary Revelations LP is out TODAY on HELLS HEADBANGERS.


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Black Funeral – Ankou and the Death Fire CD/LP – Iron Bonehead / Dark Adversary

Staying true to traditional Black Metal.

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Old is cool and every fucking body knows that. But Black Funeral never betrayed the essence of pure black metal, a thing that is rare in the era of PC shoegaze pseudo-depressive fad. No melodies, no cool production, only the traditional sound from the deep abyss of lo-fi destruction.

With all technology available is impossible to imagine a band that can record something that remembers the old days, but somewhat Black Funeral, the original USBM band managed to do that.

The opener Shadows of Obour is an ode to the atonal rifferama, sunken guitars, no audible bass (if there’s any) and yet it’s an extremely interesting track that develops with gusto for Darkthrone-like style, never-changing tempo and repetitive phrases a là A Blaze in the Northern Sky. A chef d’oeuvre lemme say.

The title track is more like an earworm, but don’t get me wrong, this is as primitive as one can get. The work is a pure destructive invocation from netherworld, with compassed drums, with a puny yet audible ride cymbals.

Another highlight is The Morrigan (Battle Crow) that starts as mid-tempo black metal and explodes itself into a brutal form of primeval black metal.

Black Funeral is alive and kicking, which is rare nowadays, but heck that’s the real deal: amongst one thousand bands claiming they play “black metal” is good to separate the wheat from the chaff. Black Funeral is a premiere band for premiere die-hards, any doubt about that?

Ankou and the Death Fire will be available in LP and CD with different covers on September 9th  on Iron Bonehead / Dark Adversary 


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