King Satan – I Want You To Worship Satan

I Want You To Worship Satan Album Cover

King Satan – I Want You To Worship Satan
Inverse Records
Release Date: 22/11/2019
Running Time: 41:28
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
10/10

Welcome to the Netherworld, you obsidian questing souls of black. If you wish to follow the Left Hand Path, I am Dark Juan and I will be your guide as you descend the circles of hell to find your own special brand of damnation. Or I will in a short while as I am currently fighting off food induced lassitude and am lounging upon my Satanic sofa after consuming my own body weight in provender earlier this evening.

“Bewildered and weak, yet with colossal chippy tea replete, I won’t be hungering for anything apart from copious quantities of fucking slamming industrial metal from Finland. And perhaps a very cheeky IPA that caught my eye in Shamansbury’s! Citrusy, bitter and fruity! Just how I like the keyboard players in fucking slamming Finnish industrial metal bands!”

Well, that Cradle Of Filth quote went totally wrong, even if it was indeed factually accurate. Sorry, Dani. Tonight, for a change, boys and girls, we are going to just plunge into a record review instead of you all having to wade through pages of entirely 100% true stories of what occurs in my life. Never have I lied to you, my flock. Never…

King Satan are from Tampere, Finland, which explains the fact that they are quite stupendously more bonkers than Evil Scarecrow, Nazi shitbiscuit, Varg Vikernes and an entire cheerleading squad off their tits on magic mushrooms dancing to Boney M songs on a mirrored revolving dancefloor. In space. Oh shit. I hate my imagination sometimes. Now the song has changed to Baccarat’s “Yes, Sir, I Can Boogie” and they are all wearing roller-skates. Fucking hell! FOCUS, DARK JUAN!

Yes. King Satan. A band that sounds like nothing I have ever heard. Like Cubanate without the grimness and the iron greyness! Like Combichrist with sexy, molten dollops of metal guitar slathered all over Andy LaPlegua’s vigorous torso. Like Rob Zombie’s technicolour horror universe if he had discovered techno at a formative age. Like aggrotech, metal and hellektro met and had a frenzied, bloody three-way in a filthy Venetian back alley after meeting when wasted on PCP. All underpinned perfectly with the gut-wrenching roar of King Aleister Satan. This is violent shit, man. You’re losing limbs in a King Satan moshpit. We all know I am partial to a bit of industrial music now and again, and you’re probably all quite sick of me spouting on about aggrotech on a heavy metal website, but this is a bit fucking special. There’s everything in here. It’s schizophrenic musical promiscuity in its purest form! There’s utterly murderous industrial metal a la “Houses Of The Mole” era Ministry overlaid with the strident sonic warfare of Christ Analogue, then there’s waves of synth fuelled fury over 1980’s New Jack hip hop beats. This transcends mere metal, and welds it into a wholly different musical form. THIS is what terror EBM and metal have been threatening to do for years and their love child is frankly terrifying.

Opening song ‘The Killing Of God’ sets the tone for the album in stunning style, with Ultraviolence style gabber keyboards over serrated, precise riffing – kind of like a slower, less intense, more musically minded Berzerker song. The throat ripping vocal style fits the violence in the music perfectly. The only other band I have heard in the industrial genre who is as musically diverse is one man French horror show Obszon Geschopf, and even they are not close to the level of savagery King Satan display. The amusingly (and accurately) titled second song is ‘Fuck Yoga’. Quite! Anyway, it kicks off with full on techno keys and beats before settling into an almost Rammstein sort of groove. But faster! The guitar work (and how it dovetails with the keyboards) on the whole record actually reminds me a lot of the work of Neue Deutsche Harte bands like Rammstein, Eisbrecher, Stahlmann and Megaherz. You know, the endless pursuit of perfection in the riff and the metronomic precision of the palm muting…

Synth player Katherine Boss also shares vocal duties, and her demented cutesy little girl meets Mike Patton at his most insane when he was in Mr. Bungle voice adds another level of madness to an already clearly psychologically fucked up band. Peak “Oh shit, they are madder than a box full of tiny pissed Ozzy Osbourne’s next to an historic monument” moment hits three songs in on ‘Psychosadomasochism’ which can charitably be described as deranged. And that’s being nice to them because they are approaching the levels of insanity Dark Juan normally operates at. If you want a picture of what the inside of my head looks like, listen to this song and then run away. Save yourself…

Oh, hang on. I thought they had finally purged the madness. This was not the case. They’ve gone completely off piste again. Just when sanity had temporarily restored itself with a most satisfying slab of industrial grind, they are back again with church organ overlaid with techno beats, one of the most incongruous guitar solos I have ever heard and yet more girlish babbling on ‘Fuck The World’. ‘The Antichristification’ is pure hardcore techno with fucking killer guitar – exactly how I imagine Cubanate picturing their acidic music when they were developing their sound.

I fucking love this record. I’m on my third spin through the album already and I’m not losing interest. It’s vaudevillian, carnival music for demon hellspawn… It’s perfect music to flagellate your dogboy to. It’s filthy, dirty, musically slutty, coruscating, shockingly heavy and dense music. It is BDSM in musical form. It’s black latex covered in blood and sweat, unguents and lubricants. It is whip welts on alabaster flesh, livid scars over intricate tattoos of inverted pentagrams, a Chelsea smile on a beautiful girl’s face. It’s savage, violent, unpredictable and utterly impossible to resist. I can’t see how King Satan will ever top this. It’s absolutely fucking insane.

If you are musically adventurous, you’ll love this. If you are like me and have a foot in both the camps of metal and EBM, you’ll fucking love this. If you appreciate demented humour, you’ll like this. If you’re a purist, you might not, but I beg all of my acolytes reading this nonsense, give this record a chance. If you listen to nothing else on my recommendation ever again, listen to King Satan. I truly do think they are that good.
Holy fuck. Just… holy fuck.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Patentoitu Dark Juan Blood Splat-luokitusjarjestelma – there’s umlauts in there somewhere) is currently sitting silent in a darkened room wondering whether he should quit his Satanic ministry and just join King Satan instead, and awards 10/10 for the industrial record I always dreamed of.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Killing Of God
02. Fuck Yoga
03. Psychosadomasochism
04. I Want You To Worship Satan
05. All Magick Is Chaos Magick
06. Fuck The World
07. The Antichristification (Is that even a real fucking word?)
08. Circus Of The Mind
09. Transgression
10. Raison D’Etre
11. The Portrait Of Darkness

LINE-UP : King Satan are: fucking mental!
King Aleister Satan – Vocals and programming
Katherine Boss – Synths and vocals
Jerry Rock ‘N’ Roll – Bass
Pete Hellraiser – Drums
Frater E.F. – Live guitars

LINKS:
http://www.kingsatan.net/
https://www.facebook.com/kingsatan616/
https://www.instagram.com/kingsatanofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3_nV0hfri-8wi7wzmxWO3Q

 

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Blame Zeus – Seethe

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Blame Zeus – Seethe
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 08/11/2019
Running Time: 45:37
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

Good afternoon, my children of the nether face of God. I am Dark Juan, and I bring you this epistle from the dark satanic mills of West Yorkshire, rather than the Brittany countryside. There were no more church altars to defile or virgins left. I’d worked through them all… Yes, I have returned to our sceptred isle of Great Britain permanently because rural France is boring. All those people in Blighty who thought they were safe from my tender ministrations should now be quietly crapping themselves because I have returned with vengeance on my mind, murder in my heart and a total lack of beer to mitigate any bad temper. In other news, there are probably a whole lot of other people fearing my return for other reasons – like workmates who will soon be being subjected to my rapid, unintelligible and insane gabbling due to acute caffeine sensitivity and a requirement for a LOT of coffee when working 48 hour shifts. I am also writing my memoirs. Ex-girlfriends and shitbags who have done me wrong – quake in your metaphorical boots, you set of twats!

Ah, the blessed relief of a good and satisfying rant.

I’ll be honest here, I chose to review this Portuguese prog metal band named Blame Zeus simply because “Blame Zeus!” is a familiar and tediously repetitive refrain in Dark Juan Towers (excuse me, it’s Dark Juan Terrace now!) when looking at a severely depleted bank balance. Normally when Sir Zeusington Zeus VC, DFC and Bar, Croix de Guerre, MM, KCVG has cost us another £80 to get medicine to get him to shit out whatever inedible object he has ingested this time. This is something that happens frequently. Which leads us clumsily into a segue deciding whether Blame Zeus are shit or not. I’m good at this writing lark, me.

This album is named “Seethe”. Opening song “How To Successfully Implode” was not what I was expecting when reading the blurb I got with the album. I was expecting sub-grade Lacuna Coil copyism with added twiddly bits. What I actually got was a fucking kick-ass heavy metal track from an instantly likeable band. I’m always suspicious of a band that labels themselves progressive, because prog done right is absolutely magical. Prog done wrong is a bunch of musicians disappearing rapidly up their own arses playing freeform jazz solos on eight string guitars WHILE SOME PIXIE WAILS ABOUT FUCKING FAIRIES AND TROLLS AND OTHER FANTASY SHIT AND THE DRUMMER IS PLAYING 5/4 TIME! Pardon me and my shouting, I am writing this review sober. This is a rare occurrence.

Vocalist Sandra Oliveira is excellent throughout the record. She is a barrel lunged chanteuse who is best described as a combination of Cristina Scabbia with more vocal control and the much loved (in Dark Juan’s twisted black gutter of a soul, anyway) Helen Vogt of the late and lamented Flowing Tears, and the band’s command of English is actually superb. It is relevant to note this because I now know at first hand just how difficult it is to communicate in another language, let alone compose and create in one. Bonus marks for intelligence…

Blame Zeus’ music is difficult to describe accurately. I wouldn’t say its progressive metal. I’d say its heavy metal with progressive elements. The riffs are meaty and satisfying, the production quality very good (if bass heavy, my poor headphones were buzzing like a swarm of seriously perturbed hornets on more than one occasion – I think the producer of the record is possibly a devotee of Phil Spector’s wall of sound) with generally excellent clarity apart from the previously mentioned overwhelming of my cans, and the musical arrangements inventive – and this is where the progressive elements part of my description comes in – in the middle eight of the song, or in the intro and start of a song is where you’ll find the most progressive sounds. Apart from ‘The Warden’. This song could be off any Tool album in the “Aenemia, Lateralus” and “10,000 Days” era. Luckily, these are splendid benchmarks to be judged against, so please do not count this as a demerit. ‘The Crown And The Gun’ has an extremely unusual start where it sounds like a bizarre three way musical coupling of Muse, Tool and Alice In Chains before the guitars kick in and lay you out with a hobnailed boot to the solar plexus. The solo on this tune is extremely prog though – all Eastern sounding before Sandra launches into ethereal wailing with lashings of reverb, chorus and echo before the song is dragged kicking and screaming back into the glorious light of metal and reminded what it actually is, which is a fucking heavy metal song and its only reason for existence is to be spectacularly violent and to cause ears to bleed. Which it did!

I like Blame Zeus. They were a fortuitous choice to review. Highlights are the opening song, which is an absolute heavy fucking metal triumph, ‘Down To Our Bones’ which has some excellent interplay between male and female vocals and ‘The Crown And The Gun’ which I believe represents EXACTLY what Blame Zeus are aiming for. I want to hear a lot more. I love Sandra’s voice, which is operatic without being overpowering, the music because it is after all heavy metal with added intelligence and the band sounding like they are enjoying themselves. There is far too much totally po-faced prog metal that causes this hellpriest to imagine the band spending hours discussing how to synocapte the drums in the most obscure time signature possible whilst sipping green tea and complaining that seven notes are simply not enough, before crapping out some 22 minute “song” about the siege of the Elven Kingdom of Walpurgia by the Orken Hordes of Shitbaggium. Anyway, Blame Zeus are good. If you like bands like Tool, Visions Of Atlantis, Flowing Tears and the like, then you will like them too. That was a deliberate attempt to see how many grammatically correct “likes” I could fit into a single sentence. You should buy their records. Do it. Do it NOW.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System would have done this bit in Portuguese, but doesn’t have Google Translate as we are currently sans internet (maybe the mighty beast of metal that is Victor Augusto of Ever Metal fame will be able to assist!) awards Blame Zeus a thoroughly disreputable 8/10 for an hell of an enjoyable record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. How To Successfully Implode
02. Déjà Vu
03. Down To Our Bones
04. White
05. Bloodstained Hands
06. The Obsession Lullaby
07. Into The Womb
08. No
09. The Warden
10. The Crown And The Gun

LINE-UP:
Sandra Oliveira – Voice
Ricardo Silveira – Drums
Paulo Silva – Guitar
Tiago Lascasas – Guitar
Celso Oliveira – Bass

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/BlameZeus/

https://www.instagram.com/blamezeus/
https://blamezeus.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/BlameZeusband

 

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Miasthenia – Sinfonia Ritual (feat. Ifall)

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Miasthenia – Sinfonia Ritual (feat. Ifall)
Mutilation Productions
Release Date: 31/08/2019
Running time: 30:32
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

One thing that I do admire in some bands is when they constantly keep evolving even after two decades of existence. If they can still impress their fans after so much time, they probably deserve all the attention they get. Firstly, I do have to describe Miasthenia’s music to make it clear. Miasthenia are a Pagan Metal band who bring the creepy sonority from Black Metal, but they play it incredibly with the harmonies, melodies and techniques of a great Heavy Metal band. The Portuguese lyrics are far from the silly Satanism or Antichrist themes you often get. Vocalist Susane Hécate delves deep into old civilization histories and describes how the Christians enforced their dogmas and culture, sometimes with bloodshed, during the 16th Century colonization. She has a Doctor’s degree in history and teaches at a local university and both of these things help her to create romances based on the theme.

Her keyboard parts are very noticeable on the compositions and have a great contrast with all the riffs. Marcos Thormianak is a killer guitar player too and his riffs and guitar work, together with Hécate’s keyboards, create a dense atmosphere. It is not superbly overblown like the symphonic parts from bands like Dimmu Borgir, however, it is as well composed, and Miasthenia just play it in a simpler manner. Basically the band have extreme and aggressive songs, that talk about Maya or Indians. All of this is strongly highlighted with an awesome record production, but don’t forget that I am talking about a band that was born from Black Metal influences in Brazil. Can you believe that this is possible? Yes, it is!

“Sinfonia Ritual”, specifically, consists of songs from Miasthenia’s last three albums, Antípodas (2017), “Legados do Inframundo” (2014) and “Supremacia Ancestral” (2008) that have been rearranged into totally symphonic versions. If the original tracks are amazing by their arrangements and heaviness these versions, created in collaboration with producer ‘Ifall’, create a vastly more epic atmosphere. Orchestration has reproduced all the riffs, vocals and keyboards. Just the drums and solos have been left behind.

The extract from the five songs that you can read on the CD booklet says: “In the ritualistic disease of the singing and dancing of Taqui Ongo’s preachers, Andean priests lamented the forgetfulness of ancestral rites and they announced the rebellion of the Huacas (Andean spirits) against the Christian religion. In Yucatán, the Mayan priest Chilam Balam predicted the “13 Ahau Katún”, that is an age marked by the arrival of Christians colonizers and it corresponds to the end of an ancient era, when agony evokes the force of blood sacrifices in the revival of death-rebirth-life rites to Xibalbá. In North America, the great tribal alliance of the Iroquois gave rise to the “Kayanerehn Kowa” or “The Great Law of Peace” which celebrated the end of wars and conflicts, in rituals that ensure the balance and harmony among native nations that fight for your rights. In 1542, in the South America forests, the powerful female Indian warriors Coniupuyaras confronted the Orellana conquering troops on the huge Amazonas River, disturbing the Christian and patriarchal order imposed by colonialism. “Deuses da Aurora Ancestral” celebrates the ancient tribal resistances that inspire us and connect us with the infinite ways of be, ways of being and ways of resist; in the past or in the present”.

Listening to “Sinfonia Ritual”, I felt like I had entered inside the soul of Miasthenia and discovered thorough details from them. It is like I can see their skeleton and ‘spinal tap’ from them their melodies, music structures and harmonies; all of it without the “Skin” of heaviness of the original songs. You just have to open your mind and embark on this saga to feel how glorious Miasthenia are.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Taqui Ongo
02. 13 Ahau Katún
03. Kayanerehn Kowa
04. Coniupuyaras
05. Deuses Da Aurora Ancestral

LINE-UP:
Susane Hécate – Vocals, Keyboards
Thormianak – Guitars
Prometheus – Drums
Ifall – Arrangements, Synths, Vocals and Percussion

LINKS:
https://www.miasthenia.com/
https://web.facebook.com/miasthenia/
https://www.instagram.com/miasthenia_band/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Miastheniaband

 

 

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Various – MetalMessage VII: Respect The Steel

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Various – MetalMessage VII: Respect The Steel
MetalMessage
Release Date: 14/10/2019
Running Time: 56:59
Review by Mark Pritchard and Rick Tilley
9/10

Hi Everyone, it’s Rick.

We don’t often get asked to review a Label/PR Company compilation and if we do receive them they often get put to one side as there are just too many other albums arriving, but they are definitely not pointless. Personally, I tend to listen to them in car going to or from other gigs and have discovered some really great bands on them that I would otherwise have missed.

German PR Agency METALMESSAGE are one of the many companies we deal with to bring you news, features, interviews and reviews and their owner Markus Eck is one of the nicest people you could wish to deal with so when he asked Mark if he could write a few words about the latest compilation album he had put together called METALMESSAGE VII: Respect The Steel” I said it was fine.

The following paragraph belongs to Mark and I have to say I pretty much agree with him on everything. You could certainly do a lot worse than checking out any one of the bands on this sampler, even the artwork by Serbian illustrator Dusan Markovic.is fabulous, and you should definitely check out METALMESSAGE too, a company that does things the right way!

Mark
The other day I was asked by METALMESSAGE owner and friend Markus Eck to have a listen to a compilation album he has spent months putting together with the possibility of me writing a small review and I can only say that I jumped at the chance! Ladies and Gentlemen, what we have here is an awesome album called “METALMESSAGE VII: Respect The Steel” which is comprised of thirteen tracks from thirteen different metal bands who come from various countries and there isn’t just one genre of metal being portrayed. ”VII: Respect The Steel” is, in my own words, a masterpiece of metal combinations all rolled up into one awesome album. With the likes of Invictus, Hell’s Guardian & Atrium Noctis, to name but three bands featured, ”VII: Respect The Steel” just entices to be heard and listened to. My album rating is an easy 9 out of 10 and I want to say a huge thank you to METALMESSAGE main man Markus for the huge amount of time he put into making the compilation and for asking if i would like to write a small review.

Below is a tracklist and links for all the bands and for METALMESSAGE.

01. ASH OF ASHES (Germany) ‘Down The White Waters’ (Unreleased Single Edit)
https://www.facebook.com/AshOfAshes/

02. HELL’S GUARDIAN (Italy) ‘Blood Must Have Blood’
https://www.facebook.com/hellsguardian.official/

03. INVICTUS (Germany) “Burst The Curse”
https://www.facebook.com/InvictusHeavyMetal/

04. REVEREND HOUND (Germany) “War Of The Wolves”
https://www.facebook.com/ReverendHound/

05. DAWN AHEAD (Germany) “Sinister Thoughts”
https://www.facebook.com/dawnaheadofficial

06. WOLVES DEN “Nachtmahr”
https://www.facebook.com/wolvesdenband/

07. AFTERMATH (USA) “Diethanasia”
https://www.facebook.com/AftermathChicago/

08. ONTBORG (Italy) “Within The Depths Of Oblivion”
https://www.facebook.com/Ontborg/

09. HOLLOWED (Germany) “Sick Society”
https://www.facebook.com/Hollowed.FFM/

10. MISANTHROPIA (Germany) “Mirror”
https://www.facebook.com/MisanthropiaArea/

11. ATRIUM NOCTIS (Germany) “Leviathan”
https://www.facebook.com/atriumnoctis/

12. HANGATYR (Germany) “Blick aus Eis”
https://www.facebook.com/derGehangene/

13. FORGE (Switzerland) “The Death Of A Warrior”
https://www.facebook.com/forgemetal/

 

METALMESSAGE
https://www.metalmessage.de/
https://www.facebook.com/metalmessage.pr/

https://www.instagram.com/metalmessage/
https://metalmessage.bandcamp.com/
https://metalmessage.tumblr.com/

https://www.youtube.com/METALMESSAGE

 

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Acid Reign – The Age Of Entitlement

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Acid Reign – The Age Of Entitlement
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 27/09/2019
Running Time: 44:05
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

It is very interesting how Thrash Metal bands that appeared in the middle to late 1980’s have some similarities. First of all, their main purpose and sonority were different from the first Thrash Metal bands created, probably as a natural evolution of this musical genre. The second thing I think is similar between them is how they have great technique to play riffs to a very high level. I don’t know why many of those bands quit early, but returned after decades, for our happiness. Did the name Death Angel come to your mind while reading this? Yes! It is an example of a band that has a similar history to UK Thrashers Acid Reign.

Born in 1985, they had a great career with two full albums ‘The Fear’ (1989) and ‘Obnoxious’ (1990) before quitting in 1991. Their rebirth happened in 2015, where, had they not disbanded, they would have been celebrating 30 years of noise and now their new offering is the amazing “The Age Of Entitlement”. On first listen, I could hear bands such as Havok or Overkill as reference points, but after careful listening it has been possible to catch personal influences and details which make Acid Reign different.

Despite their experience to create remarkable riffs and an excellent recording/production that increases the killer compositions further, it is the influence of classic British Heavy Metal bands in some melodies and also of Hardcore/Punk in a few songs that register with the listener. Of course these just complement the band’s style, because the Thrash Metal reigns supreme here.

The instrumental song ‘T.A.O.E. ‘shows an epical spirit before the destruction of ‘The New Low’ kicks in with the main Thrash Metal elements that we all know. Slowing down the rhythms, ‘Within The Woods’ is a long eight minute track with a more complex structure and (again) I could feel a little of the classic British bands in it with all the harmonies and tempos changes. The Hardcore influence is strong in the short song ‘Ripped Apart’ as is the Punk Rock vibe on the dancing ‘Blood Makes Noise’. The awesome ‘Sense Of Independence’ explores the heavier side of Acid Reign as does the track ‘United Hates’ which closes the album.

There is no doubt that Howard, Paul, Cooky, Pete and Marc knew exactly what they wanted and desired when making this album. “The Age Of Entitlement” shows a mature band that has taken all the heaviness from great Thrash Metal and has mixed that with many good influences from other genres to create their own identity. It is a magnificent way to show the world that Acid Reign is really back.

TRACKLISTING:
1. T.A.O.E.
2. The New Low
3. #newagenarcissist
4. My Peace Of Hell
5. Blood Makes Noise
6. Sense Of Independence
7. Hardship
8. Within The Woods
9. Ripped Apart
10. United Hates

LINE-UP:
Howard “H” Smith – vocals
Paul Chanter – guitars
Cooky – guitars
Pete Dee – bass
Marc Jackson – drums

LINKS:
http://acidreign.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/acid.reign.thrash/

https://www.instagram.com/acidreignukac/

https://www.youtube.com/user/AcidReignTV

 

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Beyond Forgiveness – Live To Tell The Story

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Beyond Forgiveness – Live To Tell The Story
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 23/09/2019
Running Time: 54:00
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10.0

Maybe I am getting old and forgetting things I’ve said before, but probably I’ve already told what I am thinking now. After many years listening to extreme Heavy Metal, I have started to appreciate all kinds of work, no matter what the genre is. Symphonic Metal was never something that I listened to often, but with the small amount of experience I have since starting to hear all kinds of Metal, I have begun to give more value to compositions where musicians put their soul into the music.

Beyond Forgiveness has just released their second full length album and don’t expect music full of happiness as most symphonic bands used to play. First of all, the 10 tracks of this record are full of feeling with lyrics that are very well expressed alongside the heaviness from the rest of the band. The angelical voice of Talia Hoit is always calm and very well complemented by the guttural and clean vocals of Richard Marcus and Greg Witwer (also guitar players). It is extremely interesting how the album is very dynamic, like the soundtrack of a multi-chapter epical history.

Musically, the band offers a heavy riff structure. The fact is everything on guitar is played in a good cadence which helps to increase the immersion of the dense atmosphere along with the keyboards and symphonic arrangements. Following the same idea, the double kick drums are not as fast as is usual with this kind of style. The opening song ‘Echoes’ shows the calm side of the band as the track ‘Live To Tell The Story’ shows the fast side of them. The lyrics navigate from mythological themes, like the famous story of Icarus in ‘If I fall’, to human experiences lived by man.

I enjoyed the opening riffs of ‘One Last Time’ and also the clean depressive notes of ‘Consolation’ that was able to change the course of the music a small amount. The album ends with Talia singing with a symphonic background, without drum or guitars, in ‘Forever Dream’.

I really felt the spirit of all band members in every single part of this album. Maybe you will prefer faster songs, or a more aggressive vocal. Myself, I wished it too had some faster riffs and a mix that could give the instrumental passages the same volume as the vocals sound here; however, it is undeniable that the band have put their spirit into the concept. In a world where we hear plenty of soulless groups release an album just to have one, it is very impressive to hear an album like “Live To Tell The Story”.

Congratulations to the entire band.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Echoes
2. Live to Tell the Story
3. If I Fall
4. One Last Time
5. Reverie
6. Leaves of Lothlorien
7. Labyrinth
8. When Rivers Turn Red
9. Consolation
10. Forever Dream

LINE-UP:
Talia Hoit – Vocals
Richard Marcus – Guitars\Backing Vocals
Greg Witwer – Guitars\Backing Vocals
Sean Rogers – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.beyondforgiveness.net/
https://www.facebook.com/beyondforgivenessmetal/

https://www.instagram.com/beyond_forgiveness/
https://beyondforgiveness.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd9DqDHneo1MTewgmQZj_AA

 

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RAM – The Throne Within

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RAM – The Throne Within
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 13/09/2019
Running Time: 49:06
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

Rick and I have recently come up with a system when it comes to my reviews. Whereas all the other reviewers will take a look at the album list and pick what they would like to review, Rick will just send over a few albums for me to review. He knows my taste probably better than I do, and, as I am so busy with posting stuff to the site and news to the Facebook page, it means I don’t waste precious time (Rick is the one who puts together the album list so he is already working on it.)

Anyway, enough wasting time telling you about the logistics of how we work behind the scenes, I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was when I saw he had sent me the new Ram album to review (I think I actually did a little squeal!) I have been a fan since I first heard “Forced Entry” way back in 2005 and although they had kind of fallen off my radar for a period of time, I was glad they were still making music.

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the band, an achievement the band is proud of. Says guitarist Henry Granroth – “it feels great! I would say it’s quite an effort to keep it together for such a long time, and I don’t think anyone involved would have imagined this to be a mission of that length. Hopefully, we’ll have the strength to keep going if not twenty more, at least ten. Who knows?”

And what better way to mark the anniversary than with this fantastic album.

Ok, a bit of history first though.

Ram were formed in 1999, in Gothenburg, Sweden, by guitarist Henry Granroth. He wanted to form a “real heavy metal band” as he had become sick of the misinterpretation of metal that was ruling the scene at the time. He met Daniel Johansson, a young but very experienced and talented guitarist, who had a very traditional style of playing metal guitar.

After a long search they found Oscar Carlquist, a powerful heavy metal vocalist with a mutual hatred of the current metal scene, who, in turn, brought in drummer Morgan Pettersson, who still played in the old 70’s/80’s hard and heavy drum style.
Lastly, the band recruited the legendary Leif Larsson, a former member of Frozen Eyes and their line-up was complete.

In 2003, the band released their first EP “Sudden Impact” and it was a hit on the underground scene, the first 1,000 copies selling out in just a few months. They hit the road, playing a number of festivals in Europe and went on tour as support for Sebastian Bach. They were also recognised by Germany’ Rock Hard Mag as one of the best newcomers of 2004.

They released their full-length debut, the aforementioned “Forced Entry” in 2005, an album which brought the entire old school heavy metal community to its knees, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“The Throne Within” is the Swedish quintet’s latest album, released on 13th September 2019 via Metal Blade Records and it is clear this is a band who has upped its game to deliver a record with its roots deep in classic heavy metal yet wielding an energy and freshness that places it very much ‘in the now.’

Unlike its 2017 predecessor “Rod” there is no concept that unifies the lyrics and every song speaks for itself.

Says Granroth – “it is unmistakable RAM, there are fast songs, heavy songs, mid-tempo and slower tempos as well. There’s melody and there’s grit. The arrangements are recognizable, but some may be unorthodox. We wrote songs with no particular type of record in mind. Sometimes you have a clear picture, sometimes you don’t, and this time we just got together and started writing and saw where that took us.

The album opens with the epic ‘The Shadowwork’, which explodes to life with a scything riff, making it clear that 2019 RAM are playing at full force.

Having previously released six full length albums, this one doesn’t deviate the band away from their core sound which has its roots set firmly with the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Accept with maybe a tinge of King Diamond creeping in here and there.

Instead, it has raised the bar of their founding principles and this can be placed above anything else they have done before. With a high octane, unmissable, 80’s attitude, this band has both the look and the sound that is able to transport us back to the heady days of the 1980’s when, as some people would say, ‘metal was metal!’

Long have bands like RAM been the loyal protectors of the old guard of heavy metal and this album proves they are still to this very day. People may say ‘it’s all been done before’ and ‘this isn’t bringing anything new to the scene’ but this album is a true tribute to the metal of the 1980’s and I can only say that this is a good thing. I, personally, like to listen to the new stuff being made today but I also do like to listen to the older stuff too, and if it can be done by a band such as RAM then all the better.

The production of this album is of a greater quality than their previous offerings, providing a polished sound with true grit that gives the guitars, in particular, a bit of extra oomph.

With the twin guitars giving us some awesome solos and riffs, and the rhythm section being tight and solid, the other element that sets this album apart is the vocals. Carlquist has a strong, powerful voice that is so suited to this type of metal and provides that finishing touch to already brilliant musicianship.

This is an album of 100% kick ass metal. But don’t take my word for it, go and get yourself a copy and see for yourself!!!

TRACKLISTING:
1. The Shadowwork
2. Blades Of Betrayal
3. Fang And Fur
4. Violence (Is Golden)
5. The Trap
6. No Refuge
7. Spirit Reaper
8. You All Leave
9. Ravnfell

LINKS:
http://ram-metal.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RAMheavymetal
https://www.instagram.com/ramheavymetal/
https://ramheavymetal.bandcamp.com/

 

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Glasya – Heaven’s Demise

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Glasya – Heaven’s Demise
Pride & Joy Music
Release Date: 12/07/2019
Running Time: 50:08
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Female-fronted Symphonic Metal bands are a dime a dozen and so it’s easy for Portuguese band Glasya to get overlooked. It happened to me…I had been postponing this review since July. But let me tell you, once I got a taste of this album I was immediately hooked.

It might sound dismissive to refer to Glasya as Nightwish clones (they doubtlessly are) but the band exudes passion and you can’t help be enamoured by these songs. Their songwriting quality is great and soprano Eduarda Soeiro is so jaw-droppingly good.

With the anthemic ‘Eternal Winter’, the addictively catchy ‘No Exit From Myself’ and the stirring ‘Coronation of a Beggar’…amongst other gems…”Heaven’s Demise” was a welcome discovery for this reviewer.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Heaven’s Demise
2. Ignis Sanctus
3. Coronation Of A Beggar
4. Glasya
5. Eternal Winter
6. Birth Of An Angel
7. The Last Dying Sun
8. Neverland
9. No Exit From Myself
10. A Thought Of You

LINE-UP:
Eduarda Soeiro – Vocals
Bruno Prates – Guitar
Hugo Esteves – Guitar
Davon Van Dave – Keyboards
Manuel Pinto – Bass
Bruno Ramos – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/GlasyaOfficial
https://www.instagram.com/glasya.band/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRdYZ1M0rdT6jI6GhYsdXrw

 

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Cry For Mercy – Overload EP

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Cry For Mercy – Overload EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 17/10/2019
Running Time: 14:59
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Cry For Mercy first popped onto our radar as one of this year’s competing bands at the North Wales M2TM competition, and instantly had our eyes opened wider and glued to their performance! Sadly, they only reached the semis in this competition, but this was nothing to do with their talent – more to do with their fit in the preferred genre – i.e. they just aren’t metal. What they are is absolutely top-quality rock and blues. We were so glad when they announced that they would be releasing an EP and were even more glad that they sent it to us to have a listen to!

So, to the EP!! Yes, yes, yes and more yes! It is top quality, good old fashioned RRrrockkk! Groovy as hell, with a good smattering of southern blues to boot. These three chaps know exactly what they want to sound like and capture it perfectly in four tracks, which are beautifully mixed and produced, and completely echo their polished and professional stage performance.

The title track, ‘Overload’, starts things off. It is a good, fast paced classic rock toe tapper. It is simple and straightforward and doesn’t outstay its welcome. It reminds me in places of ZZ top and totally would not be out of place on one of those ‘Driving Songs’ compilation albums that I seem to have so many of! I could certainly see myself pumping it out in a big American convertible whilst heading off into the sunset on Route 66! (Yes, I am a queen of clichés, so what! Shoot me!).

Next up is ‘Under Dark Skies’, bringing the pace down a little to full on groove level! It makes you pull that face that to you says ‘groove’, but to anyone looking in and not knowing what you are listening to says ‘gurning weirdo’! (Come on, you’ve all done that face at some point, and if you haven’t, you will when you listen to this EP!) In all seriousness, it is a superb track and shows off Bassist and Lead Vocalist Kev Plant’s superb voice and enviable range.

Track three, ‘We Won’t Go Down’, is again a good solid anthem, with a particularly catchy chorus which will be stuck in my head for some time! This track also shows off the drumming skills of Steven Taylor, who gets to do a few more fills and hit cymbals lots! Again it doesn’t outstay its welcome and could be the soundtrack to a myriad of ‘deep south’ style cult films, when the good guys decide to smash the bad guys once and for all (‘From Dusk till Dawn’ was the first thing that popped into my head, but it would work for so many!)

The final track, ‘I Don’t Know’, is probably the heaviest track on the album, but again is classic rock – starting with some solid and catchy guitar riffage from Andy Cutty, who also adds backing vocals to this track, and indeed the rest of the EP, creating some great harmonies and adding extra depth to the vocals, which makes it even better.

I am really impressed with these guys and their first release – yes, its not metal, and yes there are little tweaks that could be made here and there, but that does not detract from the strength of this as their maiden voyage into the world of recorded material! I had a brief conversation with Powerzone’s Dani Maguire about it and he summed it up perfectly:

“You know what I like about Cry For Mercy? They sound familiar. Like I’ve known them for decades. I mean, the sort of band you can slam on when you get in from a hard day at work, chug a cold one and just enjoy for what it is. Hard rocking, hardworking, skilful and comfortable with what they do, which puts me at ease as a listener. Nothing pretentious yet totally fresh.”

I 100% echo Dani’s words and thoroughly recommend that you look these guys up and give this EP a spin. My most major criticism is that it is too short – I want more guys! Get back in that studio!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Overload
02. Under Dark Skies
03. We Won’t Go Down
04. I Don’t Know

LINKS:
https://www.cryformercy.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/cryformercyofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/cryformercyofficial/

 

 

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Prison – Come, Annihilation. EP

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Prison – Come, Annihilation. EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 29/03/2019
Running Time: 11:01
Review by Stephen Moss
8/10

Prison are from Seattle, describe themselves as Thrash/Punk/Doom and WOW, I could write an entire article on just how awesome the first track of this EP is. However, I’ll try to contain myself.

“Come, Annihilation.” starts off with a fantastic song! ‘Into The Pit’ and it is one of the best Punk songs I’ve heard in a long time. The very first time I listened to it, about 35 seconds into the song, I had to plug my phone into my drums and play along to the track. I have over 38,000 songs on my phone and ‘Into The Pit’ is now in my top 50 most played songs. Buy this song!

The Second song on the EP is called ‘Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares’ This is also a really good Punk song. After that, the songs become more average street punk songs. Nothing really stands out and the rest of the EP isn’t really memorable.

Even though the rest of the “Come, Annihilation.” didn’t hold up to the level of awesomeness of the first two songs, it is still a good EP. Not every release is full of smash hits!

What “Come, Annihilation.” does very well is show off the band’s potential. The band do such an amazing job on their first two tracks that I’m really excited to follow the band as they make new music.

If you’re a fan of street punk and bands like: Hot Snakes, The Casualties, The Unseen, S.T.U.N., and None More Black then you need to check out this EP.

Prison hit all the major points for a good punk band. The songs are short, fast, loud, catchy, angry, and make you want to mosh with your middle fingers raised in the air!

I’m genuinely excited to see what’s next for this band. Kudos to Prison for doing punk right!

Must have songs are ‘Into The Pit’ and Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares’

TRACKLISTING:
01. Into The Pit
02. Who Lives Who Dies Who Cares
03. I Do Not Value Life
04. I Welcome Death
05. We Live In Filth
06. The Smell Of Flesh

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/prisonseattle/
https://prison.bandcamp.com/

 

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