Saturday, December 31, 2022
GODWATT ~ Vol III (2022)
Godwatt is often tagged under the stoner/doom label but this Italian band offers so much more. Whereas a lot of these type of bands from this area of the globe come ladled with lo fi fuzz, Godwatt riffs are lean, tight and bloodthirsty with fuzz sandblasted away into a granier sound metastacizing into crunching heavy metal.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
ANGELIC FORCES ~ Arise (2022)
Catchy yet brutally powerful heavy metal from the Netherlands. Most 'power metal' bands have their influences nestled somewhere in Judas Priest's discography and Angelic Forces' Arise, to these ears at least, points in particular to Priest's 'Jugulator' era. Riffs are mighty, the rhythm section pummels, vocals soar in all the right places as do the many awesome guitar solos.
Fist pumpin' headbangin' nirvana!
Thursday, December 15, 2022
ATOMWINTER ~ Sakrileg (2023)
I've just finished listening to Sakrileg the new album by Germany's Atomwinter so bear with me, I just need to scrub myself down with bleach and a wire brush before I resume putting down my thoughts on the album.........!
Right, that's better!
A bit of background on the band's catalogue so far. Their first album 'Atomic Death Metal' was released in 2012 and does exactly what the album title says playing straight ahead death metal of a particularly brutal kind. 'Iron Flesh' crawled into existence three years later keeping the brutality cranked to maximum pain thresholds but this time with a layer of crusty doom/death. 'Catacombs' followed in 2018 and was much the same but this time Atomwinter wanted to not only crush us but asphyxiate the last ounce of breath from our broken bodies with a thicker, poisonous mix.
Which leads me onto the new album Sakrileg.
It's the same crusty doom/death grisliness but this time it's all about the death metal riff. Brutality and filth still prevails but Sakrileg is the fastest album the band has yet written despite being weighed down with pustules and scabs.
This album will make even the leprous headbang.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
ONHOU ~ Monument (2022)
Pitiless sludge that is as grey and bleak as the album cover suggests. I'm not a huge keyboards fan but I have to admit, the chilling synth on Monument is perfect. It adds a sense of creepy foreboding by lurking in the background, scratching away at hulking post - sludge riffs. Angry vocals sound like a priest at an exorcism, frantically challenging the entity to reveal itself and this particular entity is malevolent and powerful and monstrous.