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Against The Wall – February 2013

Sorcery-"Arrival at Six" 2013
 Sorcery – “Arrival at Six”
LABEL: Xtreem Music
GENRE: Death Metal

(TK): This is the best Swedish death metal album I’ve heard since the early 90’s when I myself sat at a “Fritidsgård” all covered in zits and puberty. The sound of “Arrival at Six” is as if time had stood still for the past 22 years. A fantastic mixture of bands such as Entombed, Dismember, Unleashed and Furbowl. Fucking Jackpot!! Read full review here10/10

(MJ): I have waited for this one since I learned of “Bloodchilling Tales” during my “Swedish death metal debut’s” phase a few years back. Since I call Entombed one of my fave bands there is nothing not to love here! 9.0/10

(CÄ): Now this really takes me back! Even though not being one of the most prominent and leading bands during the heydays of Swedish death metal, Sorcery surely made a name for themselves, as one of the first bands to take on and master this once groundbreaking sound. With that said, it’s a fond reunion, where the feeling of time standing still is as evident as it is obvious! 8.0/10

(JP): Old school death metal the Swedish way. They released a really good album in ’91 and disappeared. This album puts a smile to my face, it contains everything that made the early Swedish death bands so good. 8.0/10

Hate - "Solarflesh" 2013
 Hate – “Solarflesh”
LABEL: Napalm Records
GENRE: Death Metal

(TK): This here is a winner! Is it finally time for this Polish death metal platoon Hate to get the recognition they deserve? I sure as hell hope so, since this is the bands 8th full-length effort. Think Behemoth, only more diverse and interesting, with a dash of Vader. Full review here8.5/10

(MJ): This, ladies and genitals, is awesome! 8.5/10

(CÄ): Polish death metal has always had it’s fair share of flair and Hate most certainly do their bit, passing it on to the next generation. Like many of their domestic colleagues, they deliver their brutality with unerring precision and like so many times before when it comes to Polish death metal, I absolutely love it! 7.5/10

(JP): Thank you Poland for the death metal! I can´t think of one bad death metal band from Poland. Hate is no exception, high quality death, with a dark atmosphere and high speed songs. Now this, this is my cup of tea. 8.5/10

Koldbrann - "Vertigo" 2013
 Koldbrann – “Vertigo”
LABEL: Indie Recordings
GENRE: Black Metal

(TK): I dig it! It’s got that Satyricon-groove, Darkthrone-vocals and No Fashion-era melodies. Strangely, I still feel as something is missing. I wish it weren’t so. 6.5/10

(MJ): I don’t know if you know this, or if it’s the same for any other language, but Norwegian sounds funny as hell for a Swede. Fortunately, black metal makes it less silly, and actually kind of cool. Koldbrann’s music is also kind of cool, but they drift off too much. 6.5/10

Ja, vi elsker dette landet,
som det stiger frem,
furet, værbitt over vannet,
med de tusen hjem, —
elsker, elsker det og tenker
på vår far og mor
og den saganatt som senker
drømmer på vår jord.
Og den saganatt som senker,
senker drømmer på vår jord. 7.5/10

(JP): I like the Dissection flirts in “Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott”. This album has a good balance between groove and the patented Norwegian razorblade black a la Darkthrone. The highlight is the very punk sounding “Stolichnaya Smert”. 6.0/10

Centurian - "Contra Rationem" 2013
 Centurian – “Contra Rationem”
LABEL: Listenable Records
GENRE: Death Metal

(TK): My love for a couple of these dutch fuckers started already back in 1996 when I heard Inquisitor’s “Walpurgis – Sabbath of Lust” (Such a brilliant brilliant album).  Disbandment, enter Centurian, “Of Purest Fire” demo + two albums, good shit, disbandment. Enter Nox, album(s), disbandment. So back to Centurian, good classic death metal. Enjoyable!   7.0/10

(MJ): Thrashing death metal with more than a little grindcore. The dual vocals are really annoying. Nice guitar sound though. 5.5/10

(CÄ): I haven’t heard from these fellas in a long time, which is not that strange considering they’ve not put out anything new since 2001. So, what does the demand curve for Centurian and their uncompromising death metal in 2013 tell us? Beats me! One thing’s for certain though: if you have a vocalist sounding like David Vincent did when Morbid Angel was still in their prime, like Centurian has, the supply is not decreasing at least. 6.0/10

(JP): I like Centurian, always have. Straight to the point death metal is never wrong in my book. And when they make use of their love for Morbid Angel in such a good way, I can’t but smile and bang along. 8.0/10

Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult - "Necrovision" 2013
 Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – “Necrovision”
LABEL: War Anthem Records
GENRE: Black Metal

(TK): I’ve loved Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult every since I first got a glimpse of the bands 2005 performance at PartySan, especially the track The Dead Hate The Living.  “Saldorian Spell” (2009) was somewhat of a disappontment, but all is forgiven with the release of “Necrovision“. Not only the best black metal band from Germany, but with the best front-women ever in the history of Metal. Onielar, will you marry me?  8.5/10

(MJ): I love the 80’s thrash metal high toms. It works great with this kind of black metal. Apart from that, there’s just a bland black goo of nothingness. Sorry. 5.0/10

(CÄ): That moniker can only belong to a German band and sure enough, it does! If that was the winning suggestion, when they sat down to decide what to call themselves, how bad must not the other suggestions have been? Jeez! Then again, in contrast to their somewhat mediocre black metal, at least their moniker generates some sort of reaction. 4.0/10

(JP): I’ve honestly never paid any attention to this band before this. Germany and black metal is rarely a good mix. However this is far from as bad as I thought it would be. Average black with loads of reverb, I’ve heard worse. 5.0/10

Saille-"Ritu" 2013
 Saille – “Ritu”
LABEL: Code666 Records
GENRE: Symphonic Black Metal

(TK): I don’t know what my fellow staffers are talking about? This album is good. Ok, even though it style-wise is close to stuff like Carach Angren it doesn’t really rise to that level. Language-wise I’ve developed a mechanism against bad English thanks to countless hours of listening to bands such as Sonata Arctica, Rhapsody, Nightwish and Rotting Christ7.0/10

(MJ): I wish I could say things like “Code666 Records is an awesome label” or “I have always loved Belgian metal”, but I just don’t know shit like that. Turns out C666R still lists Unmoored as one band in their roster though:


CÄ, The Man!
Belgian waffles are cool. 3.0/10

(CÄ): Would you care for some symphonic black metal, with a twist of horror, Belgian-style? Coming right up, sir! 7.0/10

(JP): The whole record feels like one long song. A song here and there is ok, but as a whole a bit boring. And why the storyteller voice with the crappy English…why?!  5.0/10

Hatriot - "Heroes of Origin" 2013
 Hatriot – “Heroes of Origin”
LABEL: Massacre Records
GENRE: Thrash Metal

(TK): No matter how much I try, I just can’t get this picture out of my head. I like Steve Souza’s vocals, but other than that this felt a bit “Meh!”. Not bad, but nothing worth rioting over either. If I understand it correctly, this is somewhat of a family business and that is cool as hell. 5.0/10

(MJ): I own Exodus‘s “Tempo of the Damned”, which I like. This sounds pretty much the same, but, meh. With Mickey Mouse SpongeBob Squarepants Souza on vocals. A plus for the tastier guitar leads on some tracks. Beware of rioting hats! 4.5/10

(CÄ): Well, at least now I know what Dave Mustaine would sound like being high on helium. This is SO not for me! 1.0/10

(JP): Steve “Zetro” Souza is my favorite vocalist in Exodus. So this album brings me joy. Thrash metal that makes me want to get in a car and drive faster than fuck! This is how you play thrash, listen and learn. 8.0/10

Lightning Swords of Death-"Baphometic Chaosium" 2013
 Lightning Swords of Death-“Baphometic Chaosium”
LABEL: Metal Blade Records
GENRE: Black/Thrash Metal

(TK): With the lack of a way to putting it, what JP said. It’s listenable, has the feel of a 90’s Osmose Productions release, but still I do not really feel it. 5.0/10

(MJ): Dang these boys are ebil. I am all scared and shit.  3.5/10

(CÄ): USA has never really been famous for their black metal and I’m pretty sure this release will not change that fact! When I think about it, this album bears a certain resemblance to American beer: it gets the job done, while the flavour leaves a great deal to be desired. 5.0/10

(JP): This is not bad, but for some reason it doesn’t capture me. On paper it should. It has all the elements I like, but half way through the record I find myself focusing on other stuff and the music has just turned into background noise. 5.0/10

Dreamshade - "The Gift Of Life" 2013
 Dreamshade – “The Gift Of Life”
LABEL: Spinefarm Records
GENRE: Melodic Death Metal

(TK): As MJ mentions, some of the guitarwork on this album is excellent and for short  moments I do actually enjoy this. Well, at least until the clean-vocal-choruses enter. Why do all these so-called “Melodic Death Metal” bands of today insist on sounding like carbon copies of each other? This is better than both Sonic Syndicate and Dead by April, but then again that doesn’t say that much does it?!    3.0/10

(MJ): Metalcore. Everyone hates metalcore. But Dreamshade are great! Turns out they aren’t. Great guitar leads overall but only the first few songs are good. 4.5/10

(CÄ): These guys have done their Swedish homework, that’s for sure. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING is done according to the Swedish melodic death metal formula, down to the last detail and I must admit it sounds rather slick, in all respects. Even so, there’s still something missing. However that may be, lets just say their writing is not marked by originality nor innovation and you do the math! 6.5/10

(JP): Boring, very boring. Distorted pop-songs is not my cup of tea. 2.0/10

Voivod-"Target Earth" 2013
 Voivod – “Target Earth”
LABEL: Century Media Records
GENRE: Progressive Metal

(TK): When I reviewed this for the local newspaper a couple of weeks ago the verdict was a 3/5 with the motivation that Voivod‘s music is a challenge, and a quite fun such. When I’m writing this thought, “Target Earth”, ain’t that much fun anymore. Never really been a fan and I guess You have to be bent in a way that I just ain’t to grasp this bands music fully. 3.0/10

(MJ): It’s nice to finally listen to Voivod. They don’t suck. Just kidding. They do. This album sounds like Ozzy and Charles Rytkönen gave birth to a bastard son with a genetic anomaly. If there ever was a good way, this wouldn’t be it. 0.5/10

(CÄ): Can someone please explain to me what is so great with this band? I did not get it in the past and I don’t get it now. It doesn’t matter if this is one of those “holy” bands you ought to love if you wanna be able to call yourself a true metalhead. I rather be untrue, than having to give this disc another spin, in search of an answer to what the fuss is all about. You say Voivod! I say Why-vod? 2.0/10

(JP): One of those bands that you are supposed to like if you are an old school thrash fan. I never liked Voivod, not even the pre-prog years ’82 to ’87. And even less after they started with the progressive stuff.  4.0/10

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