Release date:March 4th, 2016
Label:Unspeakable Axe Records
Ripper (Death/Thrash) has been around a few years now and they’re still a very young band and after their first full length Raising the Corpse (2016) which left a mark on a lot of the underground,especially for their sound,I mean on the first album you can hear Pablo Cortés(Bass) going off in ways that I haven’t heard in awhile,it really stands out and after that,I think everybody that heard the first one was really looking forward to this new release.
Magnetic Solar Storms opens this and it grabs you from the start,this is a really heavy track even when it slows down a bit it still pounds as that bass comes in clear just like the last album and the leads on here are excellent,a very strong opener and I won’t get into every track on here because they are all good.Stellar Evolution,Rotten Dreams,Neuronal Unity and Humanity Was Wrong are my highlights on here.
I think this release is better than their debut,the band has progressed for the better on here,I can’t hear any fault in this it’s well produced.If your into extreme metal I highly recommend this,it has everything you would want to hear on it,this could of been released back in the day and would of killed it’s that good and I’m glad that they got a record deal with a US label because this needs to be heard by everybody.
Release date:January 15th, 2016
Actually released last year but I got the new remastered version of this great piece of thrash metal done by the Russian label,Deranged has only been around a few years and this is their first EP.
The first two tracks on here Dark Past and Hidden Stabs is some of the best shit I heard in years when it comes to a band bringing back that old school sound,these guys nailed it both songs are killer and just have their own feeling that just grabs you with chants as well like Necronomicon (DE) did back in the day and man the leads on here are those types that battle it out and the guitar tone on here is so raw and dirty it just blew me away.Prejudice is a short instrumental that gives you a break from the ear slaughter the first two tracks will leave you with.Destructive Judgement,gets right back to the pounding but has a break when the vocals come in that kinda slow the pace down for a second as it just keeps getting heavier till it ends another neck breaker for sure.Twist in Vice,the drums start this one out and I must say the drum sound they got on here is so fucking killer especially the cymbals sound so raw,but anyhow this is a slow down from the previous stuff but it’s still heavy as fuck as once again that lead guitar comes in to rip your ass apart as the drums are pounding as well.Enter to Reality has an opening from some movie I think but as soon as it’s over the band comes in with these great scream right out of hell as we have chants on here as well,but in the break for some reason it seems like the guitar was turned down as the drums drowned it out,of all the tracks on here this one is different in away but it still kills believe me and then we finish with Puppies and Friends (Atrophy Cover),of all the songs to cover why this one? I will be honest I was never the biggest fan of this band back in the day but I compared this version to the original and I liked this better,it’s more raw here not polished up if you know what I mean.
I was surprised on how really good this release is,it really gave me a throwback to the late eighties from the production here which some might not like but I do even Nicolás Muñoz (Guitars,Vocals) adds this old school feeling to them as of how raw they are recorded on here.
There are a lot of killer thrash bands coming out of Chile but this one really grabbed me and hope they get bigger with the sound they have,one of the best I heard this year so far.
Soulcrusher is a new black/thrash band from San José De La Mariquina, Chile,I was contacted by the band to checkout their material,as not much is known about the band,this isn’t their first release as they have a demo as well but this is their most recent recording.
This only has two tracks and It starts with Intro – Death rides tonight,I like the intro to this track then we hear some evil words being spewed out before this takes off and what we get is a pretty good driving track that kept me interested with some killer leads thrown in, this made this a solid number showing the band has what it takes,Infernal War,of the two tracks this is the more aggressive of the two straight in your face from the start and what would you expect from the title,and the line Everybody’s gonna die!! comes in loud and clear and the song carries well to the end.
For a young band this is quite an impressive release and we should hear more from them in the future,I’m hoping,they just played their first concert a few weeks ago from the time of this writing so this is a fresh band that’s out to make a name for themselves,so support the underground,you can download both their tracks for free at their bandcamp page.
Here is a new death/thrash band from Santiago,this is their first release a six track EP.
The title track Embrion (Embryo) opens this up and oh man I love how this builds up in the beginning then it just goes into a brutal assault with a minor break, before this lead comes in and just blew me away and the vocals are perfect sick dirty,a great opener.Tombs of Greed, I will say this,that there are english and spanish tracks on here,this being the first of the english titled ones,and it’s a good one as it has a crunchy riff that kept me interested, sometimes I heard a Criminal influence on this one,good stuff!Muerto en Vida (Living Dead),another strong track that pounds out the goods and the break really killed,then a lead that’s thrown in before it comes back and finishes strong.Bajo Amenaza (Under Threat),the vocals on here are what made this one for me total anti god shit here and the ripping leads really added fuel to this one with a cool ending.Disease of God was recorded at a different session and you can tell by the production and it sucks because this is another killer track,maybe they will re-record it for another release,Camino al Infierno (Road to Hell),what’s cool about this track is the two vocals on here and how they mix as well as the pace of the whole song goes just like the title says and the final line (Satan es mi Dios)(Satan is my God) closes this out.
This is a killer release for this young band and I’m glad I found them and expect more in the future,the production is good except that one track but it doesn’t matter.the band is giving this away to download and it’s all high quality,you can get it here.also they put the whole thing up on youtube.
Here is a death metal band not many people know about, they say the members are archaeologists and the concept of the band is oriented to an archaeological theme and they been around since 2012 but this is the only material they have released.
Ñawpa Kitara is a nice acoustic guitar intro then Antaras comes in with a strong blast beat but then slows down and goes through different changes that keep the listener hooked,I liked this one the vocals are your typical death metal vox but the track comes off strong.The Last March of the Neanderthal opens up with this old school feel as the guitar makes me feel like it’s from back then,the track pics up a bit and it’s another one that takes you through a trip because everything that is put into it.Ouchá Paléna Fóka is another guitar instrumental that fits in well here.Sinister Sea,I had to give this one a few listens before I could get anything out of because it was slow and it had to much vocals in the beginning and it dragged on forever but when the pace sped up it got better,not the best one on here but ok.Akapana’s Table, I like this closer because it’s eerie feel to it,it only has screams and grunts and that guitar hook that carries mostly through the whole track,so it’s a good closer.
Who knows if will ever hear anything from this band as not much info is online from them.I might have to email them and see,I think it’s pretty good because it’s different that most bands from Chile playing death metal.you can listen to the whole demo below and even download it for free if you like.
I was really excited when I heard Totten Korps had something new coming out it had been over ten years since Tharnheim: Athi-Land-Nhi; Ciclopean Crypts of Citadels (2001) and with a few personnel changes since then I had to check this new material out,if your not familiar with this band they play death metal.
From the get go we have Supreme Commanders of Darkness the title track this comes in with no intro just straight in your face and it gave me a feeling of old Morbid Angel to a certain point,the new vocalist SadaX comes off very well with a killer tone to his voice that should please anybody into death metal,but I must say this track didn’t really do much for me as it slowed down near the end and left me kind of wondering how the rest of this would be.The Black Flame of the Underworld hell yeah! now where talking this what I like a pure smoking track even with it’s breaks this one should catch anybodies ears,this should of been the opener.El antiguo maestro de las pestilencias(The old master of pestilence) this is the only track on here that is in spanish and it’s a very interesting one because it starts out with this crunchy riff with a slight solo thrown in then the vocals come just as it burst into a pounding of the brain,it has some more interesting parts that kept my mind hooked,Hastur’s Voice Echoes in Our Minds and I Dwell in the Mind of the Gullible the first one starts out really fast but then midway through it slows down and shows a part of the band not heard yet but it’s really good reminds me of some other band I can’t think of at the moment but this gets heavy at the end a well written composition,the other one has this catchy riff but what really caught my ear on this one was the drumming it really stands out here especially halfway through it went off really good then concludes without a hitch,so we’re half way through then The Journey through Styx on the Arms of Hades nothing new on here but the guitar leads really standout here,not as driving as the previous but a good listen.Amarduk and The Legacy of Leviathan (Shadows from the Depths) here I came at a standstill as the first one didn’t really do anything for me but that’s just me, others might like it,the next one makes up for it as gets back into the mold of things but Nailing nailed me this is my favorite track on here all the elements on here are perfect it grabbed me on the first listen,it just has that punch some tracks have.Tortured Souls from the Paths of Perdition the closer,you would think that after the previous track they would have something to blow me away at the end but sadly this doesn’t come near that,it has a few blast beats here and there but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
By the way the production here is excellent! and this release was worth the long wait,yeah it has it’s flaws,like the tracking list could of been better but in the digital world we can easily skip things,I would recommend this if you like old school death metal,the vocals really made this stand out,their really good,this release is worth checking out.