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Against the Wall – January 2015


#1
ALBUM: Marduk –”Frontschwein”
LABEL: Century Media Records
GENRE: Black Metal
OVERALL RATING: 8.8/10

(TK): What is the to say really? The absolute pinnacle of Mortuus-era Marduk. I’ve always loved it when the band concentrate more on the non-speedy side of black metal and this is just that. Almost with a Satyricon:ish vibe and groove to it. This is black metal! 9.0/10

(BH): I’ve loved the Mortuus era of Marduk more than the old days. There, I said it. Their current incarnation just sounds so much more chaotic and utterly evil that I can’t help but love it. I don’t know if this one is as good as “Wormwood” or “Serpent Sermon” (yet), which are classics in my book, but it’s definitely worth your time if you dig finely executed black metal. 8.0/10

(JP): Possibly the best black metal band in the world is back with yet another album that proves why they rule the throne. 8.5/10

(MJ): If I didn’t have nine more albums to listen to this month for ATW, I probably would’ve played “Frontschwein” on repeat the whole time. 9.5/10


#2
ALBUM: Hate – ”Crusade:Zero”
LABEL: Napalm Records
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 8.1/10

(TK): With “Solarflesh”, Hate stepped into the big leagues according to me. With “Crusade:Zero” they unleash the bastard-child of Behemoth and Vader and I’m digging it. Like, a lot….. 8.0/10

(BH): For some reason, this album has two intro tracks. One is your standard sub-2:00 orchestral synth-strings intro we’ve hear a million times, but it gives way to track two, which is a standard sub-2:00 guitar fanfare we’ve heard half a million times. The whole thing just reeks of Vader worship, which isn’t all bad, I guess.  Despite this haughty and unforgivable attempt at pretentiousness, the album itself is actually fairly decent and sounds very modernly Polish. I still like “Erebos” (2010) better though. 7.0/10

(JP): Hate has always put out strong releases, and is in my eyes very underrated. Maybe due to the unfortunate production of their earlier albums, maybe because they always had to work in shadow of titans Behemoth and Vader. Either way they deserve a bigger following, and maybe by following up 2013’s well-produced “Solarflesh” with yet an even more well produced and well written album they will get the attention they so deserve. 8.5/10

(MJ): “Solarflesh” was one of the top heavy-hitters in 2013, and their 2015 effort follows those same tracks. But seriously, TWO instrumental first tracks?! 9.0/10


#3
ALBUM: Thulcandra – ”Ascension Lost”
LABEL: Napalm Records
GENRE: Melodic Black/Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 8.0/10

(TK): This here music-style is the very music-style that I love the most in the whole wide world. I miss the good old days of No Fashion Records, times that Thulcandra always manage to remind me of. This, along with the upcoming album from Ages will spin as hell during 2015. 9.0/10

(BH): Thulcandra has released some of the best Dissection albums since Dissection was releasing Dissection albums. This one’s got just as much melodic blackened death metal goodness as good as their others. 8.0/10

(JP): Once more Thulcandra gives us an album that echoes of old Swedish melodic death metal. Who needs originality when you pay homage to the past in such a good way?! 7.0/10

(MJ): Thulcandra make me long for the upcoming Ages album. 8.0/10


#4
ALBUM: The Crown – ”Death is Not Dead”
LABEL: Century Media Records
GENRE: Melodic Death/Thrash Metal
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10

(TK): Welcome back Johan, I’ve missed you. Other than the production that does not really do it for me, this is some melodic, thrashy fun done the death metal way! 7.5/10

(BH): I’ve never been a big fan of The Crown. They’re tolerable if there’s nothing else to spin, but they’ve never been a band I’d willfully want to press play for. That pretty sums up my thoughts for this album too. 5.0/10

(JP): Finally, one of my favorite bands is back. And what an album they are back with! “Death is Not Dead” hits the nail on the head on every track. Death is certainly not dead! 8.5/10

(MJ): I was bored by the second song during my first run-through. Luckily things changed when I listened to it again. Maybe this is how I want my death metal now?! 9.0/10


#5
ALBUM: Napalm Death – ”Apex Predator – Easy Meat”
LABEL: Century Media Records
GENRE: Grindcore/Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 6.9/10

(TK): Napalm Death sounding like, surprise surprise, Napalm Death. I happen to like Napalm Death and thereforth “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”. 7.0/10

(BH): It’s Napalm Death. I don’t get it. 5.0/10

(JP): With every new Napalm death album, they sound even angrier, and hungrier for furious grindcore. This month’s ATW has given us one of the strongest starts of a musical year in a long time, and “Apex Predator-Easy Meat” has already found its way to my top 2015 list. 9.0/10

(MJ): “Utilitarian” was – if I’m not mistaken – heavier, more brutal. “Apex…” is more clamorous, rackety. 6.5/10


#6
ALBUM: Death Wolf – ”III: Östergötland”
LABEL: Century Media Records
GENRE: Horror Punk/Heavy Metal
OVERALL RATING: 6.75/10

(TK): Mid-paced punk/metal that should interest fans of stuff such as Sarke and to some extenct the later era of Darkthrone. With that said though, I prefer the named bands over Death Wolf6.0/10

(BH): This is a groovy fusion of crusty heavy metal and plodding old-school punk-ish death metal that forms a pretty cool, unique sound. I dig it enough. 6.5/10

(JP): Back again with their 3rd full length after dropping the Devils Whorehouse moniker. And whilst I enjoyed the Misfits worship I much prefer the Bathory sounding escapades of Death Wolf7.5/10

(MJ): A nice, groovy black’n’roll album, but it’s not reaching the highest peaks. 7.0/10


#7
ALBUM: Revel in Flesh –”Death Kult Legions”
LABEL: Cyclone Empire
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 6.2/10

(TK): Quality death metal from Germany. That is all. 6.5/10

(BH): There is plenty of competent death metal here, but I’m just not feeling any real emotion. It’s just by-the-numbers death metal by a band who sounds like they could do better. 5.5/10

(JP): Germany’s finest death metal band put out one of 2014’s strongest releases. This is without a doubt a must have for any death metal fan! 8.0/10

(MJ): I love the Hypocrisy vibes. 5.0/10


#8
ALBUM: Armageddon – ”Captivity & Devourment”
LABEL: Listenable Records
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 6.1/10

(TK): While it ain’t a new “Crossing the Rubicon” (1997) I’m still happy that Armageddon wen’t back to death metal. Loving the melodies on this one, but still there is something that doesn’t really click fully. Nevertheless well worth checking out! 7.0/10

(BH): There’s an Amott involved here, so there’s a very apparent Arch Enemy vibe going on here.I dig the riffs, tasty guitar solos, and the “Dude Gossow” vocal style. Overall it’s not too bad. I bet it could grow on me too. 7.5/10

(JP): This album starts off really good, and gave me high hopes for the rest of it. But it kind of fell flat, a few cool riffs, and some cool ideas, but over all just a bit boring. 5.0/10

(MJ): Kinda weak. It shows some nice musicianship, but is ultimately pretty lame. 5.0/10


#9
ALBUM: Sotajumala –”Rauniossa”
LABEL: Sotajumala-Yhtiöt Oy
GENRE: Death Metal
OVERALL RATING: 5.9/10

(TK): Quality death metal from Finland. That is all. 6.5/10

(BH): Never heard of these dudes before, but they clearly know what they’re doing make ze death metal. Nothing really memorable, but enjoyable for a while nonetheless. 6.0/10

(JP): Sotajumala’s no-nonsense death metal is spiced with Finnish lyrics, and a perfect example how to use your heritage in a way to set you apart from the rest. I have no idea what he is singing, but it sounds angry as hell! This mixed with well written songs makes for a very good album. 7.0/10

(MJ): Sorry. I don’t find this interesting. 4.0/10


#10
ALBUM: Venom – ”From the Very Depths”
LABEL: Peaceville Records
GENRE: NWOBHM/Black/Speed Metal
OVERALL RATING: 5.6/10

(TK): Sadly I gave up on Venom a long time ago. It is what it is. Not bad, but nothing that I go apeshit over either. 5.0/10

(BH): Venom is still alive and making albums, and they still pretty much suck at it. Whatever though. It’s Venom4.0/10

(JP): It makes me happy when a band as influential as Venom puts out such a good album as “From the Very Depths”, 34 years after their icon debut. It might not be a 10/10, but it has some really good highlights, and that is good enough for me. 6.5/10

(MJ): Lay down your soul to the gods rock’n’roll. 7.0/10


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