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Against the Wall – October 2013

Diabolical-Neogenesis


ALBUM:
 Diabolical –”Neogenesis”
LABEL: ViciSolum Productions
GENRE: Death/Thrash Metal
OVERALL RATING: 8.1/10

(TK): To be honest when I first heard the promotional version of “Neogenesis” a half-year ago I was disappointed. But, this mainly based on the tracks “Sightless 6” and “Eye” found on the “Ars Vitae” (2011) album. Two tracks that for me still are amongts the best tracks I’ve heard in ages. After receiving the fantastic A5-format album along with a book that goes along with the theme of the album I had to surrender both to the music and the determination of going “all-in”. With a book and all…  8.0/10

(MJ): Blasting blackness and soothing death metal. Is nice. 7.0/10

(VS): A great band that releases yet another powerful album. Perfect sound and yearning thrash / black / death metal lines, Swedish style 8.0/10

(BH): Pretty tasty death metal with a subtle blackened thrash edge. Not sure how this one will hold up over time, but for the time being, this is some  excellent stuff. 8.0/10

(JP):It’s always hard to review a record when you know the people in the band. But there is no doubt at all with the new Diabolical album. This is pure magic! There is not a dull moment on this record. 9.0/10

(): Magnificent work from a Swedish outfit I haven’t really paid any attention to in the past (shame on me!). “Neogenesis” is quality stuff through and through, where nothing is left to chance. The eerie, symphonic interludes, that come and go throughout the entire album, are simply brilliant! 8.5/10

Carcass-Surgical_Steel


ALBUM: 
Carcass –”Surgical Steel”
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10

(TK): I can’t really say anything more than; color me impressed. Did not expect this to be as brutal as it is. Perhaps 15 guitar-solos too much but other than that a damn impressive album with vibes of both “Heartwork” and older works. 8.0/10

(MJ): Keywords: sucky vocals (as usual), Arch Enemy, OK sound, prefer the blastier parts. 5.5/10

(VS): Even though it has that plastic sound I’m uncomfortable with, it’s a great comeback. The songs are heavy, fast, brutal and signatured by the legendary composers. Mission accomplished. 7.5/10

(BH): Somehow the mighty Carcass has become just another generic death metal band. I listened to this thing time and time again waiting for it to click, but it never did. The drumming is what kills it for me. It ruins everything the album has going for it. It’s not fun, groovy, or interesting. It’s just generic death metal drumming. The drum groove was what made Carcass so cool on “Heartwork” and “Swansong”. Still some good riffs in there though, but it could’ve been oh so much better. 6.0/10

(JP): Carcass are old heroes of mine, so one part of did not want to play this record in case it would be pure crap. And still I was like a kid on Christmas hitting play for the first time. And I can with joy say, Carcass is back and they are still fucking good!  9.0/10

(CÄ): I don’t think vocalist Jeff Walker has ever sounded as nasty and fierce, as he does on “Surgical Steel”. It’s like they’ve placed an uncontrollable rabid dog behind the mic, spitting forth the ferocity and I absolutely love it! Without a shadow of doubt, this round’s winner for me! Welcome back, boys! 9.0/10

Onslaught-VI
ALBUM:
 Onslaught–”VI”
LABEL: AFM Records
GENRE: Thrash Metal
OVERALL RATING: 7.4/10

(TK): Awesome thrash!!! Now gimme a beer and I’ll headbang like a motherfucker to this….. 8.0/10

(MJ): Thrrrrraaaaaaaash! As simple as that. 9.0/10

(VS): After all these years, they are still bringing new elements into their music. Solid album, excluding some “66fucking6” teenage moments. 6.5/10

(BH): Never trust my opinion on anything thrash-related, but this is exactly the kind of stuff that straddles the adjectives ‘boring’ and ‘annoying,’ and it’s also precisely the reason why I don’t like a lot of thrash. 5.0/10

(JP): Old school thrash at its best. Trust Onslaught to deliver a thrash attack that kicks you in the balls and leaves you wanting more. 8.0/10

(): Next to Evile‘s latest offering “Skull”, which blew me away earlier this year, this is by far the best thrash metal I’ve heard in a long time. The fact that it’s my best friend Plec who is the man behind this ear candy of a production, just makes it all so much sweeter (I’m super proud of you brother!). “Children Of The Sand” is a downright hit! 8.0/10

Svart-Det Personliga Helvetets Spiral


ALBUM:
 Svart –”Det Personliga Helvetets Spiral”
LABEL: Art of Propaganda
GENRE: Black Metal
OVERALL RATING: 7.1/10

(TK): Draug writes nice riffs, that is for sure. Sadly not liking the drumsound at all on this one though. That also makes it hard for me to digest this album. Not the best Draug material but still quality black metal. 6.5/10

(MJ): I really liked this album for a while, but it ungrew on me. 5.5/10

(VS): Close to the sound of modern Shining, being a side project of their bassist, Draug. Polished and somehow groovy black metal, not missing the interesting lyrics general captivating sound. 7.5/10

(BH): I’ll admit that I’m a total Svart fanboy, and I love every single song and album Draug has ever written. I don’t think this album is quite in the same class with ”Vanära, vanmakt och avsmak” or ”Förlorad”, but it’s still utterly fantastic. It’s also quite different from those two previous masterpieces as well. If you’ve never given Svart a lot of your time, you need too. It’s amazing stuff. 9.0/10

(JP): The first few times I listened to this album I was not impressed. But it is actually starting to grow on me.  7.0/10

(): Everything “Sarke” and “Satyricon” is not! 7.0/10

In Solitude-Sister


ALBUM:
 In Solitude –”Sister”
LABEL: Metal Blade
GENRE: Heavy Metal
OVERALL RATING: 6.2/10

(TK): Ok, so Ghost went towards pop/rock with “Infestssumam” while In Solitude went more against the old Ghost-sound, but with a heavy twist towards the gothrock of bands such as The Fields of the Nephilim and others. Sure, it is charming. But do I love it? No. Like it? Hell, yes. 7.5/10

(MJ): Rock’n’Roll/Heavy Metal. Not where I’d put my money, but still good. 6.0/10

(VS): Traditional heavy metal, melded with occult rock and a bit of doom metal. I could not help not bringing up the Pokemon reference in the song’s “Lavender” title, which dares to step into the post-punk area musically, adding even more flavor. Recommended for adventurous fans. 7.0/10

(BH): If you like old school ballsy Swedish heavy metal, you’ll like this. It’s not really my thing, but I still think it’s fun at least. 6.0/10

(JP): I really don’t get the hype around this band. It´s not bad, just boring. 4.0/10

(): I’m not exactly floored by In Solitude‘s “The Cure“-ridden punk rock-version of “Ghost“, but I do like the somewhat spooky atmosphere that they conjure up at times. 6.5/10

Sarke-Aruagint
ALBUM:
 Sarke –”Aruagint”
LABEL: Indie Recordings
GENRE: Folk/Symphonic Metal
OVERALL RATING: 5.5/10

(TK): Far from as “Hitty” as “Oldarhian”. Less lifting of stones in anger and licking at rotting torsos, but still one of the grooviest black metal albums you’ll find this year. All hail Nocturno Culto!!   8.0/10

(MJ): Rock’n’Roll/Black Metal. Totally harmless.  4.0/10

(VS): Whoever likes the heavy/thrashy parts of the new Darkthrone albums will dig this. I am one of them. I dig these organic, raw and catchy guitar riffs, for a certain period of time. 7.0/10

(BH): Sarke tries to be a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and a little bit black metal, but they just come off as a bastard child of both that I don’t want to listen to. The riffs can be groovy at times, but I’m not going to willingly rock out to this stuff often. Or ever. 5.0/10

(JP): A few more songs like “Ugly” are needed to hook me. The rest is a bit to sleepy for my liking. 6.0/10

(): Nocturno Culto’s “Darkthrone” doesn’t do anything for me these days. Now I can add another band of his to that list! 3.0/10

Ulcerate-Vermis
ALBUM:
 Ulcerate –”Vermis”
LABEL: Relapse Records
GENRE: Death Metal/Hard Rock
OVERALL RATING: 5.4/10

(TK): Artsy and progressive avantgardish death metal just as it is ment to be played. Demands ones full attention, something that I don’t seem to be able to do with this album. Musicianship deluxe! 6.5/10

(MJ): “Vermis” is one beast of an album. I want to like it. I think I like it. It needs time, that’s for sure, but I hold this album a lot higher than the kind of similar Portal-release, back in March7.5/10

(VS): I can’t get into this more than I did with their huge previous releases, and comparisons ought to be made. It has it’s darkness and the chaotic compositions kick you in the face once again, but I wasn’t left bleeding in the corner of my room as it happened with their first two albums. 5.5/10

(BH): I feel like there are 900 bands named Ulcerate, and I don’t like any of them. 4.0/10

(JP): Few bands manage to build such darkness with their songs and still outclass most other bands when it comes to technical skills. I can’t stop listening to this album, it was the same way with their previous ones. You get dragged into their darkness, and you never want to come back again. 9.0/10

(): A mishmash of challenging, yet competent weirdness, where the drum-work and the vocals are the highlights for me. If Ingmar Bergman would have been playing death metal, instead of directing movies, I think this is what it would have sounded like. 6.0/10

Satyricon-Satyricon
ALBUM:
 Satyricon –”Satyricon”
LABEL: Roadrunner Records
GENRE: Black Metal
OVERALL RATING: 5.3/10

(TK): The production sounds like a pre-production leaving me with the impression of an album that is not completed. “Phoenix” is quite funny though since it seems to piss off a lot of people. Nah, Satyricon, you can do better than this. 5.0/10

(MJ): I might come across as a hypocrite, but I really dig this new Satyricon. Totally harmless “black” metal from one of the oldest of the original Norwegian extremes. 9.0/10

(VS): I read all kinds of ass leaking reviews to this, like it’s a future classic and other nonsense like that… I barely listened to all the tracks as I was startled by the inspirational void that has swallowed the band. No music at all here. Mediocre, nonthreatening rock for hardcore Radiohead-fans. 1.0/10

(BH): As much as I hate to admit that the Satyricon ship hath sailed, I’d actually call this one of the band’s better recent efforts. It’s no “Nemesis Divina” or even a “Volcano” or anything, but there’s some vibes scattered here and there that remind me of why Satyricon was once one of the black metal universe’s best. 7.0/10

(JP): I love the structure of the songs, playful yet very organized. Black metal that keeps you interested throughout the whole record. The legends deliver.  7.0/10

(): What da hell happened??? 3.0/10

Twilight of the Gods-Fire in the Mountain


ALBUM:
 Twilight of the Gods –”Fire of the Mountain”
LABEL: Season of Mist
GENRE: Heavy Metal
OVERALL RATING: 5.2/10

(TK): To be honest I was expecting this to be better than it turned out to be. Guess the fact that I do not really love Alan Averill’s strained vocals does not help. Next…… 4.0/10

(MJ): Rape! Rape! 1.5/10

(VS): Whatever Alan touches turns to gold! Eight points for pure, history-themed heavy metal. 8.0/10

(BH): If you’re going to do moderately cheesy heavy metal, take notes here, because this is how it’s done. An awesome lineup with a rock solid pedigree doesn’t hurt either. 8.0/10

(JP): Now this is how you do heavy metal! Alan Averill’s voice is unmistakable, even though we are not talking about his regular Primordial type vocals, it fits the songs perfect. 8.0/10

(): I think “Twilight” the movie is quite good compared to this and I fucking hate that movie! 2.0/10

Master-The Witchhunt
ALBUM:
 Master –”The Witchhunt”
LABEL: F.D.A. Rekotz
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 3.2/10

(TK): Wow! There’s certainly been some progress in the camp. First thing that strikes me is the fact that for the first time since…well…since ever, the cover artwork is awesome. As for the music, well…it’s ok but I can’t stand the drunken vocals.  3.0/10

(MJ): It’s a… Something! 2.0/10

(VS): I may be a heretic to say it, but as much as I liked the music, I was disappointed by the vocals. It ruined almost the whole thing for me, but I was able to admire the awesome death metal instrumentation. 6.0/10

(BH): Here’s a competent and sometimes really groovy death metal band in which the vocalist completely turns me off ever since he chewed off his own tongue during a seizure. 5.0/10

(JP):Master is one of those bands that’s always been better live than on record. With that said, this is a really good record.  7.0/10

(): Deadly dull! 2.0/10

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