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  • Metal Island Discs

    25 Nov 2009, 20:49 by MetalDragon42

    Just like Desert Island Discs imagine yourself cast away on a desert island, and choose eight pieces of music to take with make the 8th something you regard most highly ie the one that you Must Have!

    Also Pick one luxury item which must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.

    You may say Why you pick each piece of Music and item... I will not be over strict with rules this is just for fun!

    After we got a few going I will make a play list also for future use I will use lists for my upcoming Radio shows and Podcasts ;)
  • Enforcer - Into The Night

    24 Nov 2009, 00:59 by MinaseTaki

    El thrash está vivo de un modo u otro en el metal moderno; hay bandas de melodeath que incorporan sus influencias, como The Arcane Order, y por supuesto está la nueva onda de bandas que se aferran a la vieja escuela, como The Force, Bonded By Blood, Warbringer, etc. No obstante, ¿Qué ocurre con su antecesor, el speed metal? Casi parece haber caído en el olvido. Es por eso por lo que resulta agradable ver que algunas bandas nuevas lo mantienen vivo, como es el caso de Enforcer, cuyo álbum debut, Into the Night, salió el año pasado.

    Y si me pidiesen que describiera el sonido de este disco, diría que es muy similar al de Killing Is My Business por Megadeth, especialmente en los riffs, y con un toque de Iron Maiden en los solos, con las clásicas harmonías de guitarra. La mayoría de las canciones son de ritmo medio-rápido (Black Angel, Into the Night), velocidad que es llevada al máximo en los temas que muestran más influencia de thrash (Speed Queen, Scream of the Savage), habiendo tambíen más lentas (On the Loose). Incluso han compuesto una instrumental, City Lights, cuyos ritmos iniciales parecen salidos directamente de Quest for Fire, que es posiblemente la peor canción de toda la discografía de Iron Maiden. Afortunadamente, el resto del tema es fantástico, así que no hay quejas. La voz es melódica y aguda, a menudo dando gritos salvajes y agudos que son clásicos. Más bandas deberían cantar así hoy en día.

    Las letras del álbum parecen tratar principalmente sobre sexo, lo cual no es sorprendente dada la ilustración de la portada, cuya naturaleza discutiremos más adelante. No son obsesos sexuales tampoco, pues otras canciones, como la que da nombre al álbum, tratan temas más clásicos como la muerte y el infierno, y por supuesto tenemos las letras típicas sobre el cuero y el metal (Evil Attacker). ¿Qué no nos podría gustar de esa actitud?

    Pero lo que verdaderamente destaca en este álbum es el bajo. Es claro y perfectamente audible, al contrario que en la mayoría de los discos de este género, y complementa perfectamente el sonido de la guitarra.

    Fantástica lección de speed metal por parte de Enforcer. Y para acabar, admiremos la portada del disco:

    Ese logo es totalmente de principios de los ochenta. Y no olvidemos la ilustración: una triple mujer, de la cual están a la vista dos pares de pechos. Porque un par sólo no es suficiente para ellos, así de rock 'n roll es Enforcer.
  • Dies Irae - Sculpture of Stone

    22 Nov 2009, 20:19 by tomcatha

    Dies Irae – Sculpture of Stone

    Dies Irae from Poland. Not the most well known band from that scene. Half surprising considering its line up consisting of (now) former Vader, Decapitated and various members who are known for their other bands/projects. The reason seems to be because this band has been sort of treated as a side project by Mauser, the last remaining founding member, and absolutely not because of the musical quality as i will explain later on.

    The evolution of this band has been fairly standard with their debut album being the most straightforward albeit very competent typically yet unique Polish styled band to an band which evolved their own sound and just became better and different. Allot of comparisons are being made with Vader for this band. Saying that there are no resemblances would be a lie. The band has allot of similar sounding elements but i think that doesn't lie in the fact that they are copying stuff from Vader but because there were 2 now former Vader members(Mauser and Doc) in the band but the 2nd guitarist is mostly known for his work with Sceptic and definitely ads his own touch especially soloing wise.

    Of course an album is made by its instrumentation and not by the art and lyrical theme and usually are just extra's which rarely enhance the rest but i think its still important mentioning them in a review especially if you are interested in buying the album. If you do not care about these however you can skip the following 2 paragraphs.

    The art of the album is fairly standard non gore based death metal album art. The front has some CGI art of 3 sculptures in stone. The back has a picture of the entire band. In the booklet itself there are shots of every band member. There are also some skulls, gargoyles, a roman/Greek statue head and some Latin in the booklet. All art is pretty much gray. Really nothing exceptional thus art wise.

    The lyrics are fairly good despite some engrish. The lyrical themes vary from what seems to be in order for the songs: Lovecraftian, werewolves, death, birth and rebirth of the universe with a anti christian/religious touch, misanthropy, anti-life, death again, about the beginning of sin and finally about the passage of time. The lyrics are thus fairly varied. Novy the bassist/vocalist doesn't pronounce them very clearly and the lyrics are thus not very understandable but if you can still understand them well, they are easily good enough to not cause any annoyance.

    Guitarmanship wise this album is very solid but not exceptional. The riffs have allot of palm muting and are somewhat technical. Id say the riffing is a mix between Decapitated and thrashless Vader and are quite excellent. There is some lead work in here but usually there are solos instead of having any lead guitars. The solos are well done and add to the overall experience. The guitar tone is quite clean but not sterile and fits well with the other musical elements and is fairly powerful.

    The bass is in the background but is competently played and is cleaner in sound than the guitars. My preference would be that the bass would have been more in the foreground mixing wise and with a somewhat dirtier sound but as it works it works quite well none the less and certainly adds to making this album heavy.

    Doc again provides very well competent drumming. Blasts when it fits double basses when it fits and the fills are all well done and again also played when they fit. The drumming other than that is fairly standard and could have been more exciting and less standard but it does work very well with the other instruments.

    Vocal wise this band is maybe the most unique. Novy has a really unique sort of slowish drawn out growl and at times sounds absolutely brilliant for example on the track The Beginning of Sin. The tone of the growls are mostly in the mid-low end of the spectrum with some higher growls at some places. The vocals are maybe the best part of the album and are mixed and produced basically perfectly.

    A band with excellent individual instruments can still be a bad/boring overall product and luckily Dies Irae's Sculpture of Stone does not suffer from this at all. All songs here are of good quality with everything working well together to create good somewhat technical Polish death metal. There are a couple of standout tracks, namely Beyond all Dimensions, The Art of an Endless Creation, The Beginning of Sin and Sculpture of Stone. With The Beginning of Sin being my overall favorite track. The other songs although also well done don't strike me as much as those 4 tracks i just mentioned.

    In the end id say this album is very well made were the individual parts except the vocals are not very amazing but make each other better. The vocals are excellent regardless of the rest of the album. This album's biggest downside is that it isn't really anything new, if this album was released when the Polish death metal scene just came into being it would have been hailed as a classic now. For me it is a classic, this is the album that got me into full fledged death metal. I'm very glad i found this album instead of the Mexican melodic death band of the same name and with almost the same album name and as i look at it with the eyes from a new death metal fan i can look at this album for what it is individually and not as a release from a genre that when this album was released was already over 15 years old.

    In the end I'm giving it a score of 85%. It doesn't get the full 100% because it is nothing really innovating. However it is a release that every death metal fan should have in at least some form.

    Dies IraeVaderBehemothDecapitatedUnsunDevilynDeathMegadethMotorheadMorbid AngelDarkthroneRadioheadLady GagaIsis
  • Hypocrisy - A Taste of Extreme Divinity

    15 Nov 2009, 16:00 by MinaseTaki

    Una prueba de divinidad extrema. ¿Acaso no es el título más épico posible para un álbum? Téngase en cuenta que tan sólo nos están ofreciendo una prueba; el día en que la divinidad extrema descienda realmente sobre nosotros más nos vale que Dios nos pille confesados (valga la redundancia).

    Si me preguntasen cuál es la banda de melodic death metal más fuerte, más fiel a los orígenes, pensaría rápidamente en Hypocrisy, pues son un grupo que a pesar de haberse orientado más hacia dicho género en la última década, no han olvidado que una vez fueron una banda de genuino death metal. Temas como Warpath o Craving For Another Killing eran mezclas perfectas de absoluta brutalidad y fantástica melodía, y a pesar de que con este último álbum se inclinan más por lo segundo, sigue siendo death metal. Más o menos.

    Suelo bromear con que Valley Of The Damned es una cover de DragonForce. Nada más lejos de la realidad, pues el carácter pasteloso de StudioFarce no tiene nada que ver con la maestría que Peter Tägtgren y demás muestran en esta mágnifica canción con su excelente interludio. La melodía y los ritmos medios dominan el álbum; Hang Him High y Solar Empire son los mejores ejemplos de ello, con grandes riffs y estribillos bastante pegadizos. La velocidad también tiene lugar: Weed Out the Weak es una de las mejores ejecuciones de melodeath que se me ocurren; empieza de modo brutal, tiene riffs asesinos y un excelente solo.

    Pero la mejor canción del álbum es la que le da nombre. Épica intro seguida por deliciosos blast beats y riffs de puro death metal, es la clase de tema que inspira deseos de arrasar con lo que haya delante.

    Tan sólo tengo dos problemas con este disco. En primer lugar, como ya se ha dicho, la mayoría de las canciones son de ritmo medio. Por supuesto, la lenta melancolía de No Tomorrow y Sky Is Falling Down es fantástica, pero tengo la impresión de que no habría estado fuera de lugar un poco más de velocidad en canciones como Alive o Global Domination. En segundo lugar, después de Taste the Extreme Divinity, da la sensación de que el álbum cae un poco. De ningún modo se hace monótono, pero no es tan impresionante como la primera mitad. Problemas menores, realmente, considerando lo bueno que es el disco en general. Muy recomendable.

    A Taste of Extreme Divinity

  • The Force - Possessed by Metal

    7 Nov 2009, 01:30 by MinaseTaki

    Pelo largo, chaqueta de cuero y pantalones vaqueros bien apretados; el atuendo tradicional del thrash. Tantas bandas de esta década han decicido vestirse con el uniforme del pasado y tocar como Slayer o Exodus lo hacían en 1985. Unas lo hacen mejor que otras, algunas deciden incorporar influencias modernas a su estilo, mientras que las más radicales optan por ser lo más fieles posible al sonido clásico. Possessed by Metal, el álbum debut de The Force, se encuentra en esta última categoría. Y a mí me gusta cualquier banda cuyo nombre recuerde a Star Wars.

    Agressive Assault, The Omen y la canción que da nombre al disco son los mejores ejemplos del sonido del que The Force hace gala: riffs rápidos, solos relámpago, ritmos de batería que rompen el cuello; thrash metal hasta las entrañas. Canciónes lentas también encuentran sitio, como Evil World, e incluso una instrumental larga y compleja con un impresionante final (Long Live The Metal Gods).

    El punto clave del disco es la guitarra; los riffs y solos son fantásticos. La batería tiene un sonido tosco y poco cuidado, y eso contribuye a darle un toque más salvaje al álbum. El bajo, como es común, no derrocha protagonismo, aunque es bastante audible y sí toma la voz cantante en algunos breves momentos. En cuanto al contenido lírico, está en la vena del Bonded by Blood de Exodus: clásicos temas de música metal y violencia. El único punto más bien débil es la voz; suena ronca y a menudo initeligible. No obstante, no es en absoluto algo que impida disfrutar la música si te acostumbras a ella.

    En resumen, Possessed by Metal es uno de esos álbums que no hacen nada nuevo, pero lo que hacen, lo hacen bien. Es un fantástico ejemplo de thrash de la vieja escuela, directo y sincero. Merecedor de ser probado y disfrutado.
  • Arch Enemy - The Root Of All Evil

    2 Nov 2009, 09:43 by MinaseTaki

    Parece que últimamente está de moda que bandas veteranas decidan dar a sus antiguos discos el toque de la producción moderna, para de paso hacer que la gente sea consciente de la existencia de dichos álbumes. Tuvimos First Strike Still Deadly en el 2001, Let There Be Blood el año pasado, y ahora The Root Of All Evil, de Arch Enemy.

    Ah, Arch Enemy. He sido fan suyo desde que me inicié en el metal hace un par de años, y siguen siendo una de mis bandas favoritas de melodic death metal. Una banda que ha tenido que soportar el constante debate de "Liiva VS Gossow" durante años, un debate que probablemente seguirá activo hasta el día final, y que se ha intensificado aún más, si cabe, con el lanzamiento de estas regrabaciones. Algunos dicen que fueron hechas por petición de los fans, otros, que fue una simple manera de ganar algo de dinero. A mí los motivos de la banda no me preocupan en exceso; prefiero centrarme más en la música en sí.

    Y musicalmente, los primeros discos de Arch Enemy estaban más cerca del death metal tradicional que del thrash. Los solos melódicos de Amott siguen siendo perfectamente reconocibles, pero los riffs eran mucho más brutales y la música en general más intensa. Por supuesto, cabe mencionar a Liiva, su voz gruñona y grave que puede hacerse increíblemente pesada al cabo de sólo unas pocas escuchas, y compararlo con Gossow, cuyo estilo es mucho más accesible. Y a pesar de que oír las viejas canciones con Angela era el sueño húmedo de muchos fans de Arch Enemy como yo, debo decir que me encuentro prefiriendo las originales.

    Creo que la razón principal es la producción; es demasiado fina. Andy Sneap tiene la costumbre de hacer que la batería suene muy clara y precisa, y ese es realmente el problema. Es lo mismo que ocurrió con Let There Be Blood: la música era prácticamente calcada, pero el disco original tenía un sonido mucho más tosco y duro que le daba encanto; realmente no hay otra palabra para describirlo. Resulta muy extraño oír blast beats en Beast Of Man con un sonido tan pulido.

    Por supuesto, los temas en sí son de primera; es lo mejor de los primeros discos. Canciónes como The Immortal, Bury Me an Angel y Bridge Of Destiny son absolutamente aplastantes y del mejor melodeath que se puede encontrar. Angela hace un buen trabajo en general, pero a veces da la sensación de que intenta adaptar su tono al de Liiva y no obtiene resultados demasiado satisfactorios. El estilo ideal de Angela siempre ha sido cantar con la voz bien aguda y desgarrada, un estilo del que hizo buen uso en Wages of Sin y especialmente en el excelente Rise Of The Tyrant. Aquí, por el contrario, parece usar más su tono grave, recordando más a Doomsday Machine. No puedo evitar pensar que habría salido mejor parada de haber cantado con su tono agudo.

    Como ya se ha dicho, instrumentalmente es casi idéntico, pero aún así la guitarra parece tener un tono ligeramente diferente. Es un poco difícil de explicar, pero basta con comparar el riff inicial de The Immortal en ambas versiones para notar la ligera diferencia.

    En general, The Root Of All evil es un buen remake. De hecho, hace exactamente lo que se supone que tiene que hacer: oferecer producción más pulida, pero lo que realmente consigue es recordarnos la existencia de los primeros discos, y animarnos a que los escuchemos y apreciemos de nuevo.
  • What are your top 3 bands?

    23 Jul 2009, 17:56 by Moyjgc

  • Slayer - World Painted Blood

    25 Oct 2009, 20:22 by MinaseTaki

    World Painted Blood. Es un título bastante sugerente para un álbum muy poco interesante.

    En los últimos dos años hemos visto a grandes bandas de thrash volver a sus raíces, con resultados bastante satisfactorios. Death Magnetic fue bueno. Endgame, excelente. The Formation Of Damnation, una obra maestra. Así que ahora es el turno de Slayer, cuyo nuevo disco, World Painted Blood, se ha filtrado a internet, y puedo afirmar sin temor a equivocarme que es un fuerte candidato a peor álbum de metal del año.

    ¿Por qué? Pues porque no hay nada en este álbum que sea interesante en lo más mínimo; tiene "mediocre" escrito por todas partes. No hay ni un riff o solo que resulte memorable, la voz de Araya suena cansada y forzada, y las letras no dicen absolutamente nada nuevo.

    No puedo decir que me sienta decepcionado porque realmente no esperaba mucho. Hacía tiempo que la música de Slayer no mostraba creatividad alguna; las letras sobre violencia y crítica a la religión, los riffs genéricos y sin inspiración, nada de eso les llevaba a ninguna parte. Hay casos en que una banda hace un álbum que suena muy parecido al anterior, pero refina la fórmula y ofrece verdadera calidad. Desafortunadamente, no parece que Slayer sean capaces ya de aportar nada al thrash metal, y World Painted Blood es el mejor ejemplo que de ello pueden dar.

    Me doy cuenta de que estoy siendo muy duro con este álbum, pero yo creo que la verdad es preferible a las mentiras, y que cualquier afirmación de que World Painted Blood puede siquiera compararse a Hell Awaits o Show No Mercy está muy, muy lejos de la realidad.

    En conclusión, no hay ninguna razón por la que Slayer deban seguir haciendo música; no tienen nada más que ofrecer.
  • Seen Live + marks

    13 Oct 2009, 19:23 by s7mon

    (not in any order)

    Metallica - 6(6) / 6(6)
    Great show, excellent choice of songs and noticeable joy of playing. Plus great James' speeches ;)
    2. time: After the first show I knew what to expect. Metallica didn't surprise me, but also didn't disappoint. Great setlist again.

    Iron Maiden - 6(6)
    That evening was Bruce's 50th birthday, but he acted like he was 25 ;) Great performance, also good choice of songs. Unforgettable ;)

    Machine Head - 4(6)
    They were support act for Metallica. The sound was awful, I hardly heard Rob's voice. But good anyway ;) Many pieces from their last album, which I sincerely adore ;)

    Vader - 2(6)
    I really wanted to see them live, but what I saw was just sad. I think that's because lately they had some trouble with musicians and they're not a close team yet.

    Behemoth - 5(6)
    One of the greatest Polish bands. Also on stage. The show was just amazing, with many pyro effects and so on. These guys just kill live!

    Warzone - 2(6)
    Average polish BM.

    Black River- 5(6)
    I didn't know their music before the gig, but after it I just ran to the store to buy their CD. This band plays good, old hard rock. The show was really short, but very intense. And the vocalist is awesome! ;D

    The Riffers - 4(6)
    My mate's band. They play hard rock in old style.

    Privateer - 4(6)
    I only heard 3 or 4 songs and I regretted that I wasn't able to see more, because the the public just loved them.

    Grailknights - 5(6)
    When I saw these guys, I couldn's stop laughing ;) Their image is so...heroic. Their music's boring for me, but live they are awesome.

    Leonard Cohen - 3(6)
    Not my type of music, but I enjoyed some parts. A big disadvantage of his shows is that he takes a brake in half of them, and that just spoils the whole atmosphere.

    Made of Hate - 3(6)
    I don't like their music, they're too bodomish to me. The show was average, they also had some technical problems, during which the bassist played 'Another one Bites the Dust' riif ;)

    Neuropathia - 3(6)
    Short, average show. All I can remember.

    Brutal Truth - 4(6)
    Good gig, but had some boring moments. Too monotonous.

    Death Angel - 6(6)
    One of the best shows I've been to. I love their music and their performance was even better.

    Chainsaw - 3(6)
    Good heavy metal band. If they had better sounding, the show could be much better.

    Azarath - 2(6)
    Boring death metal.

    Deep Purple - 5(6)
    Dinosaurs of rock still got it! Really good performance, with bunch of their best songs. I just wish they played 'Child in Time' - then it would be a perfect show.

    Conquest - 2(6)
    Really boring, unoriginal power metal.

    Sabaton - 5(6)
    I'm not really into their music, but the gig was really great. If there's a Sabaton show near you, just go! You won't regret ;)

    Inductor - 4(6)
    Oldschool thrash with good vocals.

    Lauren Harris - 2(6)
    She just can't sing! The show was pretty bad. She's hot, though.

    Toxic Bonkers - 4(6)
    Good industrial grind. Maybe not really original, but not bad.

    Horrorscope - 5(6)
    Great Polish thrash. Really worth attention, and their gig was good too.

    Marduk - 5(6)
    The sounding was just terrible, all I could hear was drums and vocals. But it doesn't change the fact that Swedes are amazing live.

    Esqarial 4(6)
    Nice death metal, also live.

    Hermh - 4(6)
    Black metal is always good on live shows. So was this band. And the vocalist was amazing!

    Cesária Évora - 3(6)
    Again, I don't like that kind of music, but the gig was pretty good.

    Los Pierdols - 4(6)
    Really nice show. Great sense of humor.

    None - 2,5(6)
    I hate metalcore. This gig was for me one really long song. Moshpit was huge, though.

    Hunter - 5(6)
    One of my favourite Polish bands. Great show, great setlist. When they left the stage I couldn't really talk - my throat was aching because I was singing so much.

    Acid Drinkers - 5(6)
    Another Polish band with a great show. The setlist was perfect, there were special guests onstage. And their new guitarist,, Yankiel, is really good.

    Anthrax - 5(6)
    I'm so happy Belladonna's back. In my opinion he is much better than John Bush. And when he came back, it also meant that there'd be only old stuff, which I love. Great setlist, mainly songs from 'Spreading the Disease' and 'Among the Living' plus 'Metal Thrashing Mad' and 'Only'. The show was energetic and I really enjoyed it.

    Slayer - 5(6)
    Great concert, but I have to say they disappointed me. I don't know, maybe it's just me, maybe my expectations were too big. But you can see they're really getting old and they don't have the same energy onstage as they used to. And they spoilt 'Raining Blood' - they replaced the last part with solos with some old song. And intro to 'South of Heaven' wasn't played live. Besides - still good show.

    Stone Sour - 5(6)
    Corey is the best frontman I have ever seen. And you could see that the band really loves playing concerts. They had smiles on their faces during the whole set. They also played some new songs, which sounded really well.

    Megadeth - 6(6)
    That was the biggest surprise of the whole Sonisphere festival. I heard that in Warsaw their show was really mediocre, so I didn't expect anything special. But their show was just amazing. I though they'd play the whole 'Rust In Peace', but they played only two first songs off this album. And that was a great decision, because we could hear songs like 'Trust', 'A Tout le Monde" (which was sung by every person in the crowd) and my personal favourite, 'Wake Up Dead'. One of the best shows I've ever seen. I can't wait to see them in a smaller place and with longer set.

    Monolit - 3(6)
    Nice riffs, bad vocals.

    Exodus - 6(6)
    Definitely the most brutal show I've been to. They just destroyed the club. If I said the new songs sounded great, what should I say about the old stuff? For me the show was just perfect, I just wish they played 'Children of a Worthless God'. They played only 13 songs (they were the headliner, so they could easily perform longer), but I think that after the show nobody was disappointed. And Gary Holt is a beast!