Hellish – Grimoire (2016)

Hellish
Release date:October 20th, 2016
Label:Independent
8/10

Hellish are back!after last years Theurgist’s Spell EP which left me floored and wanting more I got my wish.this is their first full length with 10 blistering tracks 3 of them were on the EP and re recorded so i was pretty psyched when i heard it came out.

Noise from the Abyss is an instrumental that opens this up and right from the start one thing that really stood out for me was the production on here is as good as it gets as everything is right on.Warlock’s Flight,is one of the new tracks on here and it has that great speed picking and has a mid pace part in here that I really enjoyed as it’s very catchy stuff with a great feeling to it.I’ll just say the three tracks Assassin Mind,Silent Night,Total Darkness that were previous released have been taken up a notch,if you heard the EP these will definitely be a treat to your ears.The Valley,I had to give this one a few spins and the guitar work on here is excellent from the rhythm to the leads it really drove this one into my head.Memories from the Past,yes you could say the title fits this one well as I got an old school vibe from it and man does this track smoke one of the best ones on here at this point.Hellish,well what could you expect from a song titled after the band, this is a glorious piece of pure evil as well as Gates of Hell which is right up there with previous and I will mention the vocals are great throughout the whole album,excellent yells and so on.Grimoire the final track is an instrumental that brought this old Metallica vibe in the beginning and then midway I got a feeling of early Tankard,it’s totally different from the rest but it is good is all I can say.

At the time of writing this, you can only get it as a digital copy on their Bandcamp page,but surely some label will release this in physical format soon,one of the top bands on the Chilean thrash scene forsure and a great debut that should please those that like their metal with balls.

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Enforcer – Evil Power Attack (2016)

Enforcer
Release date:September 2016
Label:Utterly Somber Creations
10/10

If you never heard of Enforcer well they are what speed/thrash metal should sound like in this day in age,it’s been like 9 years since their first full length came out and once I heard a few tracks off it, I had to go out and buy it.

What you get here is ten tracks of pure speed just like on the previous album but for some reason this album sounds better than the first,just seems that the first one was rushed but here everything came together in better form.

From the opening bassline on Enter the Satanism you can sense what you’re in for and believe this is one of the fastest I heard these days,this might be even too fast for some which is fine by me and I know the band could give a fuck as well.I won’t get into every track on here as this whole album rips,even with a cover of Agressor (FR) “The Arrival” blew me away as it would make Alex Tocquaine proud.Even the track Kickboxing,which I thought was kind of a strange title came across better when I read the lyrics as all the tracks do and these great lines from Lambs as Wolves:

You talk about underground, that your devotion is metal
But you just download music into disgusting mp3
You talk about pride, that there is nothing could make you fall
But you cry for your ex-girlfriend, alone in the dark

Some great stuff on here definitely,I gave it the highest rating because this album grabbed me from the first take and when that happens I know it’s good,this is what a band in this genre should sound like to me these days those bands that have that speed wheel as their gimmick should take note this is the way it’s done.

As this was released just a short time ago you should look no more than to get a copy from their label,the band has no social media at all only this email: insanemutilator@hotmail.com

Some live footage from a gig earlier this year.

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Siaskel – Haruwen Airen (2016)

Siaskel
Release date:January 13th, 2016
Label:Independent
9/10

Siaskel bring a new twist as their music is based on mythology and cosmogony of Selk’nam culture and all the titles are in the language,so don’t let that make a difference this is their second full length,7 tracks of pure black death metal.

From the start of Hechuknhaiyin Yecna Shuaken Chima you can hear how powerful the band is and the vocals of Gorrge are perfect as this crushes right from the start,so be prepared to get hammered,this band has come to kill!Só’ón Hás-Kan,is up next and it even gets heavier as the previous,one thing about this band you will notice is the tracks are very different on how they were composed but they all have that certain punch that really caught my ear.Haruwen Airen is another one that keeps bashing at your brain with no let down,one thing I will mention is the guitar playing of Ma’hai Jippen, this lady can rip she does an excellent job on here.Hais and Hain,on the first one the pace kind of slows down for the first time on the album but it gets heavy as the drums come in sounding like a machine gun going off, on the second we have the same thing but the vocals really carry this one with the sick screams and a minor break to bring this down back to earth,not bad but different than the rest as this is the longest track on here that gets really strong at the end. Mai-ich has this really black metal feel to it from the opening riff and the lead at end really kills as right after the song went insane.Han K’win Saik the closer leaves off as the whole album has done all the way through with the band playing like maniacs,a great album.

This is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year so far,if you like extreme metal this will fill your need as it did mine everything on here sounds perfect,I highly recommend it.

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*The Portuguese label Signal Rex will be releasing this as a digi pak (only 100 copies) in November,you can pre order it here.

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