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Against the Wall – March 2014


 Behemoth –”The Satanist”
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
GENRE: Death/Black Metal

(TK): To me the best album Behemoth has ever done! More focus on the actual songwriting than speed resulting in the most heavy and epic album from this brilliant band. 9.0/10

(MJ): Everyone on the internet already has an opinion on this album, but I will say this: “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” will forever be in my playlist. 9.0/10

(VS): Never expected anything new from Behemoth after the health issues of Nergal, it turned out that they unleashed their milestone record after he got back on track. “The Satanist” is utterly amazing and my favourite album by them, dethroning Evangelion forever. 9.5/10

(JP): I bet a lot of people will hate this record, as it’s doesn’t sound as much as their latest few offerings. But if you’re like me and really like “Pandemonic Incantations”, this will be love at first sight. 9.0/10

(BH): Behemoth have surgically removed most of the death metal in their arsenal and gone back to what they do best: a downright vicious and wicked black metal band. 9.0/10

(WN): One word comes to mind when listening to this album, majestic. “The Satanist” is full of confidence and pride, it´s a grand record for a grand occasion. The splendid horns in “Blow your Trumpets Gabriel” announce the return of the kings, and they are here to reclaim the extreme (mainstream) metal throne. Let´s face it, with Morbid Angel‘s corpse been dragged around, there´s not really much opposition for the title, and this album is accessible enough to catapult the band to even higher spheres of popularity. It could have been more, yes, but it´s still a very enjoyable record. 7.5/10


 Soreption –”Engineering the Void”
LABEL: Unique Leader Records
GENRE: Technical Death Metal

(TK): When it comes to technical death metal with state-of-the-art-production it does simply not get better than this! For fans of this genre, this album is a bliss!! 9.0/10

(MJ): The beforehand tip was that this should be the knock-out of the month. And it really is good! Of corpse, being technical death metal, you get more notes than on a banjo fair, but the songs are well-composed and I love how short the album is (around 34-35 minutes) 8.5/10

(VS): Modern death metal with lot’s of technical riffs, grooves, a couple of synths and in the spirit of Decapitated. Damn tasty too, really good album! 8.0/10

(JP): How to be objective when reviewing your friend’s band? Well, it’s not that hard when it is a kick ass album, with the perfect mix of brutality, grove and musicianship. I’m proud of you! 8.0/10

(BH): “Deterioration of Minds” deteriorated my mind back in 2010 with its mind-boggling technicality and sheer beauty. Obviously, in the short time I’ve spent with this one, I haven’t figured out exactly what’s going on yet, but I’m sure it’ll be a grower. It sounds great, and the musicianship is impressive as anything out there. It took quite a few spins to get the last album, and I don’t anticipate that trying to swallow this giant pill will be any different. So for now… 7.0/10

(WN): It’s hard to shine in todays overpopulated, and frankly, quite boring technical death metal landscape. Nevertheless, Soreption has managed to deliver an interesting and very enjoyable album that stands proud way above the herd. The key here is lots of groove and song oriented technicality, which makes the album flow naturally as opposite to the “riff salad” effect in a lot of tech death bands. Recommended for fans of Decapitated, Spawn of Possession and Necrophagist. Color me impressed! 7.5/10


 Kriegsmaschine –”Enemy of Man”
LABEL: No Solace
GENRE: Black Metal

(TK): Less industrial than before and even though I loved the industrial touch this is even better. Excellent midpaced black metal darkness from Poland. 8.0/10

(MJ): I feel that I have reviewed several brothers and sisters to this album on Deathdomain and ATW the last year-and-a-half, but this is the first time I have come to really like the style. This is one awesome sounding record. It’s dark and evil, but modern and atmospheric – even claustrophobic at times. And this time, that is a great fit.  9.5/10

(VS): These guys released this album almost a decade after their previous full length. It has thick production and repetitive, maniacal music, enhanced with direct orthodox lyrics. I found it generally interesting. 7.0/10

(JP): There are two types of black metal I like. Either really fast and relentless, or slithering and dark, almost suffocating black metal. Kriegsmaschine is the second one. And they do it extremely well on “Enemy of Man”8.5/10

(BH): I figured this would be right in my wheelhouse, but it’s just missing something. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy this kind of dark black metal that sounds like it was recorded in a chasm of reverb, but I just need a little more groove and excitement. 6.5/10

(WN): There is some memorable moments in “Enemy of Man”, but it lacks variation to keep it interesting enough through the whole listening session. With very similar atmosphere and tempo in every song, the album could have benefited from some explosiveness or quieter passages to make it more exciting. That said, Darkside delivers some of the most creative drumming that i´ve heard in black metal. I´m just gonna go ahead and call him the Mario Duplantier of the genre. There, you read it here first. 6.0/10


 Morbus Chron –”Sweven”
LABEL: Century Media Records
GENRE: Progressive Death Metal

(TK): Alongside Tribulation‘s “The Formulas of Death” (2013), Morbus Chron‘s “Sweven” is amongst the most interesting death metal from Sweden in a very long time.  8.5/10

(MJ): I hate this pretentious bullshit. Or really, I hate that I like it. 8.0/10

(VS): New, unheard stuff, with lots of variety and experimentation. Amazing! 8.5/10

(JP)I was not to impressed with their early stuff, and I’m not too impressed with this album either. 5.0/10

(BH): Tons of great ideas on this one, but the overly dry, sterile production ruins it for me. None of the instruments come out of the speakers with any aggression or power whatsoever, which is a shame, because there is some promise here. 6.5/10

(WN): The highlight of the month for me. Using the terms “death metal”, “doom” or “progressive” would be a disservice here. “Sweven” is all of that, sure, but it’s also a very unique beast that stands in its own hooves. What shines in this record is the sentiment and the beauty of the lengthy instrumental passages. I can’t help but wonder if there is a Dark Millenium influence here, which is the only band that comes to mind with a similar sound. Kudos to Robert Andersson for his chilling vocal performance, which exudes emotion and engages the listener right away. When was the last time you heard that about a death metal singer? All in all, a very special record and some of the finest death metal that I’ve heard in a long time. 9.0/10


 Nasheim –”Solens Vemod”
LABEL: Northern Silence Productions
GENRE: Black Metal

(TK): Finally a debut-album from Nasheim, and what an album at that. “Solens Vemod” is better than I ever dared to dream of…  8.0/10

(MJ): Do you know how the hedgehog mates? – Very carefully. 6.0/10

(VS): Interesting droning black metal, for fans of heavy atmosphere in the genre. A bit repetitive as a whole, but hey, that’s the point I guess. 6.0/10

(JP): Few bands can pull off +10 minute songs. This is not one of them. 5.0/10

(BH): If you like quality black metal that you’ll swear you’ve perhaps heard a few dozen times before, this will further whet your appetite. Despite the lengthy tracks (4 tracks and 48 minutes), plenty of groove and memorable epic moments in the songwriting make “Solens vermod” a dark, depressing slab that I’ll be spinning for at least a couple of weeks. 7.5/10

(WN): Well, February delivers another big surprise. Nasheim‘s mastermind Erik Grahn has single handedly produced a monstrous debut album that delivers a contemplative, melancholic and soulful black metal experience. Full with progression and a great attention to detail, the music here is just too rich and rewarding to be fully enjoyed in one go. This is an album that you have to earn, and the more you listen, the more it pulls you in. I for one will be happy to invest more of my time in this brilliant piece of music. 8.5/10


 Acheron –”Kult des Hasses”
LABEL: Listenable Records
GENRE: Death/Black Metal

(TK): I used to love “Rites of the Black Mass” (1992) and still to this day find it very charming. Still though, Acheron, for me never arose as anything else than a second-rate band and “Kult des Hasses” does sadly not change this fact even though it is very enjoyable at times. 6.0/10

(MJ): Rough, without being raw. Grand and really good, but the soaring leads make it even better. 8.0/10

(VS): I could never get into these dudes, but finally an album I enjoyed! This is quite good, with solid production and songwriting. 7.5/10

(JP): Just like every other record they have put out, this is so boring. 5.0/10

(BH): A few groovy riffs here and there that I may care to listen to two or three times, but ultimately it’s pretty standard, boring death metal. 6.0/10

(WN): There’s really not much negative that can be said about this record. ”Kult Des Hasses” is a top-tier blackened death metal album with a crisp production, outstanding guitar work, and some pretty inspired moments. Unfortunately, everything feels a bit too familiar for me, but I’m sure that it will still please the more die hard fans of the genre. 6.5/10


Ribspreader –”Meathymns”
LABEL: Vic Records
GENRE: Death Metal

(TK): Rogga Johansson Death Metal. Neither bad nor very exciting. It simply just works as per usual. 5.0/10

(MJ): Rogga is at it again, and I’m very positively surprised. 7.0/10

(VS): Whoever likes Rogga, likes this as well. At about the same level and style with the previous Ribspreader albums, no surprises. 5.5/10

(JP): This is the best Ribspreader album to date. It has everything an old school death metal album needs. 8.5/10

(BH): Need your ribs spread for some reason? If so, there are hundreds of bands who sound exactly like this that will spread them for you. Nothing new or groundbreaking to be found here. However, these dudes do provide more than a few killer riffs and a pretty excellent production to boot. I honestly don’t think Rogga can release anything I won’t like. He knows death metal. If death is what you need, check this one out. 7.5/10

(WN): I really wanted to enjoy this record but unfortunately “Meathymns” is not doing it for me. The material here just comes across as formulaic old school death metal that feels uninspired and forgettable.  You can do better guys! 5.0/10


 Hirax –”Immortal Legacy”
LABEL: Steamhammer
GENRE: Thrash/Speed Metal/Crossover

(TK): Hirax still going strong after 30 years. Nothing out of the ordinary with vocals that sometimes are quite challenging. But solid thrash/speed metal to accompany your 6-pack of beer. 6.0/10

(MJ): I haven’t seen any band photo of Hirax, but I’m guessing the singer stands at half the distance to the camera compared to his bandmates in them. 6.5/10

(VS): After the mediocre “El Rostro de la Muerte”, Hirax return with a legit record. Not overwhelming, but not disappointing either. 7.0/10

(JP): Every record Hirax puts out sounds like a demo. This will always, and has always been second class thrash. Not for me! 5.0/10

(BH): I can count the thrash releases from the past decade that are even worth caring about on one hand. This ain’t one of them. Tired old thrashers trying way too hard to recapture the ’80s. They weren’t great then, and definitely aren’t even good now. 4.0/10

(WN): Very decent effort by the old timers. Katon vocals are not what they used to, but I guess that is to be expected. Hirax proves that they can still deliver the thrash and write some pretty damn catchy tunes. 6.5/10


 Jig-Ai –”Rising Sun Carnage”
LABEL: Bizarre Leprous Production
GENRE: Death Metal/Goregrind

(TK): A prime example of how to ruin 39 minutes of killer Death/Grindcore with shitty vocals. With better vocals this would’ve been an 8/10. 5.0/10

(MJ): This album is EXACTLY half-bad. 5.0/10

(VS): Too many tracks. Too short. Repetitive. Wrong goregrind. 2.0/10

(JP): Even though the vocals put me off a bit, I really like this album. The music is so good, but the vocals just don’t sit well with me. It’s better than a lot of ultra guttural stuff out there, but still. Not for me. 6.5/10

(BH): I’ve got really bad ADD, so an album’s worth of sub-2-minute grind songs, regardless of how well they are performed, aren’t going to keep my attention. Potato. 5.0/10

(WN): Goregrind done right! Czechs know how to grind, and once you get over some of the most generic aspects of this album, there’s plenty of twists and variation to keep you entertained. Some fresh ideas and tons of moshable riffs round up this very successful, and tremendously fun album. Extra points for angry japanese rantings and animal cacophonies! 7.0/10

 Manowar –”Kings of Metal MMXIV”
LABEL: Magic Circle Music
GENRE: Heavy/Power Metal

(TK): No……..just No! This kind of blasphemy makes me mad beyond words. It’s like Metallica re-recording “Master of Puppets” for no obvious reason except for some extra $$$ in the pocket. Urk, usch och tvi!!!  0.5/10

(MJ): I have been keeping a safe distance from Manowar all my life and honestly believe I’ve never before heard a full song from them. I feel so dirty right now. 7.0/10

(VS): Hahahaha… What, this isn’t a joke? 1.0/10

(JP): Oh Manowar, you are the definition shitty metal, and you’re not ashamed of it. You even embrace it, and shamelessly raise the bar (or lower if you will) on how shitty you can go. Oh Manowar, thank you, because as long as you are around, bands can feel safe in the fact that they will never be as bad as you. 1.0/10

(BH): This album serves no purpose to the world whatsoever, but here’s a drinking game. Listen to the title track, and take a shot every time you hear a random unnecessary explosion sound effect. You’ll probably be dead by the guitar solo. 1.0/10

(WN): I don’t even know what to say about this. Why remake an album when you are not improving anything about it? Manowar continues to be a parody of themselves. If 18 year old me already thought of the “Kings of Metal” as a gimmicky band, listening to this stuff as a grown man is just plain embarrassing. 2.0/10

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