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Against the Wall – April 2014

 Vampire –”Vampire”
LABEL: Century Media
GENRE: Death/Thrash Metal

(BH): The best bass sound of the month can be found right here on this one. It’s fairly groovy and sounds great, but it’s ultimately a little too vanilla. However, I bet this band will cook up something truly great in the near future. 6.5/10

(VS): I hold on to this band from their first recordings and now they’re paying off with an awesome, old school death / thrash record. This is really enoyable and has enough variety to be a lot better than the average, so it might as well be among the debuts of the year. 9.0/10

(JP): This is the perfect blend of old school death, thrash and crust punk. It comes at you with guns blazing. 8.0/10

(CÄ): Unfortunately the crappy bathroom-reverb on the vocals kills it for me, which is a pity, because I kinda like their music. Also, Tom Gabriel Fischer called. Ha wants his trademark “ohh…” back! 5.5/10

(MS): This is a stellar release, and a good representation of Swedish Death Metal today. 7.0/10


 Teitanblood –”Death”
LABEL: Norma Evangelium Diaboli
GENRE: Death/Black Metal

(BH): This is my first experience with these guys, and I must admit that everything starts to sound alike after a while. It feels overly messy and chaotic, but I can see where it may get better after a few spins. 6.0/10

(VS): The music of Teitanblood might not be easy to follow, but once you’ve stepped into the catacomb, you can’t deny it’s morbid beauty. They destroyed me with “Seven Chalices” and now comes an even better record, a masterpiece, simply named “Death”. For fans of noisy black / death metal, this is it.  8.5/10

(JP): After a five year wait one of the darkest bands in the world has finally returned. Granted they put out 2 EP’s during those years, but it was not nearly enough to keep me satisfied. The only thing I don’t like about this album is the extreme length on some of the songs. Other than that, this is death worship at its best. 7.5/10

(CÄ): Unlike Sargeist, Teitanblood‘s music is at least able to make up for the horrendous production, to some extent. 3.0/10

(MS): Holy fucking shit, and then some! This is just as awesome as I imagined it would be! 9.0/10


 Ancient Ascendant –”Echoes and Cinder”
LABEL: Candlelight Records
GENRE: Death/Black Metal

(BH): Don’t get me wrong. This is some competent death metal, but it lacks a good bit of groove, and the overly raspy vocals are a chore to tolerate. 5.5/10

(VS): Lot’s of good stuff are going on in this diverse and interesting release. I didn’t know these guys, “Echoes and Cinder” is really good. 8.0/10

(JP): This reminds me a bit of Nagelfar, it’s melodic in all the right ways, it has proper groove and can kick up some brutality in all the right places. 8.0/10

(CÄ): If it wasn’t for the somewhat weak vocals, which sounds a bit like Jeff Walker with a cold, this album would get a higher score from me. What a shame! 6.0/10

(MS): Could be better than it actually is, I like most of the riffs and arrangements however the vocals is not really to my taste. 6.0/10


 Frozen Dawn –”Those of the Cursed Light”
LABEL: Xtreem Music
GENRE: Black Metal

(BH): This is some ice cold black metal that both catchy and well performed. Color me impressed. Also, this is easily the best black metal I’ve ever heard from Spain. 8.0/10

(VS): While this is a good copycat, I was rather bored listening to it. Stick to the original bands people. 4.5/10

(JP): Black metal that screams Dissection all the way from the cover art, album title to the songs. Not a bad effort at all. 7.0/10

(CÄ): Spain goes Sweden, in this bullfighting version of Necrophobic! Olé! 7.0/10

(MS): This is pretty straightforward, not bad but it lacks something that would set it apart. The drums are pretty stale and boring. Also what’s up with the title, did they find it discarded in a trash bin over at some rehearsal room in Norrköping back in the 90’s?  6.0/10


 Decomposed –”Devouring”
LABEL: Memento Mori
GENRE: Death Metal

(BH): Old school, mid-paced, groovy Swedish death with loads of Grave-y on top. (See what I did there.) This is the kind of stuff that I always enjoy to some extent. While it’s not the best thing since “Soulless,” it’s still pretty good. 7.5/10

(VS): I expected more from this album, even though it’s not a let down either. I guess it’s fine. 6.5/10

(JP): I gave this album a 7,5 in my review saying ”The songs grabs you by the balls and don’t let go until the last tune fades out”. Now that I’ve listened some more to the album I’m upping the score to 8/10. It grows like a priests penis among young boys. 8.0/10

(CÄ): The very epitome of averageness! 5.0/10

(MS): Not very interesting, at all to be honest. It feels like I’ve heard every riff somewhere else before. 5.0/10


 Massacre – “Back from Beyond
LABEL: Century Media
GENRE: Death Metal

(BH): I didn’t like Massacre too much back in the day, so it makes perfect sense why this album seems a little bland and lifeless to me. The riffs are just not very interesting at all, and everything else just feels uninspired. Nope. 4.0/10

(VS): Right now, when comebacks are more than frequent, no wonder that these dudes would eventually show up with a new record. Massacre became classic with their debut full length and the love of the fans lies there, new music is always welcome as long as it doesn’t suck, and this doesn’t. It will not bring your world down either, it’s just something. 6.0/10

(JP): So much yes! I don’t miss Kam Lee at all on this album. Edwin Webb is a superb growler and when he is backed up by 30 something years of experience and an arsenal of kick ass songs it hits the spot every time! 9.5/10

(CÄ): When their debut album was released back in the day, death metal was still in its early stages. Today, over twenty years later, the genre is an old-timer, filled to the limit of its capacity, with bands. With that said, I think Massacre in 2014 will have a hard time keeping up with the competition of today. Don’t get me wrong! ‘Back From Beyond’ is not bad. It’s a decent follow-up (where the vocals is the icing on the cake for me), but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a mediocre death metal album, at best! Still, it takes a piss on the majority of the releases in this edition of Against The Wall. 6.5/10

(MS): Another kind of boring Death Metal release. I like the production and the vocals though, it just doesn’t feel like it has any personality or soul. 5.0/10


Sargeist –”Feeding the Crawling Shadows”
LABEL: World Terror Committee
GENRE: Black Metal

(BH): Here is more of the same from Sargeist, which is honestly not necessarily a bad thing at all. Grim, ugly, and hate-filled black metal in a very pure sense. I don’t believe it’s as good as “Let the Devil In” or anything, but it’s definitely some worthwhile black metal for you this month. 7.5/10

(VS): This is black metal stripped down to the basics and done by expert Finnish musicians, The potential is there, but this is just a legit record. 7.0/10

(JP): I’m not too sure about the vocals. Song by song they work, but listening to album from start to end, I get a bit tired of them. Other than that, a good black metal album with over all good songs. 6.5/10

(CÄ): So this is what recording an album with a deaf producer sounds like. Too bad the music couldn’t make up for it. 2.0/10

(MS): Sargeist is one of my favorite Finnish Black Metal-bands, but this album does not come up to the same quality as ”Disciple of the Heinous Path”7.0/10


 Nocturnal Breed –”Napalm Nights”
LABEL: Agonia Records
GENRE: Thrash/Black Metal

(BH): I never enjoy modern thrash in any form, and the black metal vocal tinge this one offers doesn’t change my mind. 3.5/10

(VS): Solid thrash with powerful black metal shrieks. I like! 8.0/10

(JP): Songs like “Speedkrieg” and “The Bitch Of Buchenwald” gets me well excited, but when the rest just falls a bit flat the overall impression just fades. More speed, more Germanic Thrash, more Discharge and I would have been a happy lad. Now it’s just a bit meh. 5.0/10

(CÄ): Motörhead-infused black ‘n’ roll. Even so, this is not my cup of Kilmister. 5.0/10

(MS): I am not sure what I really think about this release? I think it could have used a sharper production to get more of an attack feeling. 6.0/10


 Gamma Ray–”Empire of the Undead”
GENRE: Speed/Power Metal

(BH): It’s definitely Gamma Ray alright. Have you ever heard them before? Did you like it? You’ll probably like this one too. Far from great, yet far from terrible Teutonic power metal cheesiness with happy choruses to spare. 6.5/10

(VS): Legendary band of a style I can’t stand means an average listen, if not boring. Let the fans choose please! 5.5/10

(JP): No, just no! 1.0/10

(CÄ): The only gamma ray that I will ever care about, is that which turned Bruce Banner into the Incredible Hulk! 3.0/10

(MS): It was a tiny bit better than I expected me to think, but this is still not my cup of coffee. 4.0/10


 Sonata Arctica –”Pariah’s Child”
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
GENRE: Power Metal

(BH): This band has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, but this album is really far too geeky, cheesy, and weak for me to like. They usually find more than a few hooks per album that grab me, but this one is devoid of those so far. Maybe it will grow. 5.0/10

(VS): I never got into them and it won’t happen today either. 2.5/10

(JP): In a genre where more is more, Sonata Arctica have been going all in since 1999. Have they ever been good? No…. Is this album good? No! 2.5/10

(CÄ): I just threw up! Music for the mentally retarded! 1.0/10

(MS): As was the case with Gamma Ray, this is really not my thing. 4.0/10

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