Thrash Zone! Record Reviews November / December 2014



Deadly Scenes

Kaotoxin Records

Release Date:  1/12/2015

On January 12, 2015 Kaotoxin Records will release “Deadly Scenes” from Parisian avant-garde rockers 6:33. (North American and digital releases follow on January 13). The first pressing will come in a limited edition (1,000 copies) DigiSleeve, bundled with a free 26-track label sampler. A special cassette version limited to 100 copies will also be available exclusively from Kaotoxin.

Fair comparisons have been made to Mike Patton, Mr. Bungle and Devin Townshend and dare I toss add Rammstein to that mix as well?  If you’re looking for death or black metal you won’t find it here.

Deadly Scenes” is an oddball mixture of synth pop, old timey musical and jazzy, melodic / even operatic vocals accompanied by heavy a heavy guitar / drum sound that truly defies classification of any sort.  I’d call it prog but they kinda go beyond that tag as well.  Dare I say it’s the musical equivalent of going to the circus on acid?

I usually try to pick certain tracks off a record I’m reviewing to showcase but damn if every track on this record is a separate and unique experience unto itself.  If you’re into adventurous, one of a kind, highly experimental music that’s a little bit rock and little bit of everything else, 6:33 ‘s “Deadly Scenes” is your record.


Abysmal Dawn


Relapse Records

Released October 2014

Cover art for new record “Obsolescence”

Love Abysmal Dawn, love this record.  “Obsolescence” is a face puncher from start to finish with  matched vocals and music that lay out the blueprint for what death metal was meant to sound like.  And the artwork for the cover?  Amazing, kind of reminds what I’d see from Pestilence or Suffocation.

Songs like “Be My Demons” and “Inanimate” sound like they were composed from inside the very bowels of hell itself, heavy as fuck and just as evil. What I like about this record aside from what I’ve already mentioned is that it tells a story, it takes you places, paints a picture for you, not that it’s a concept record but it gets into your mind and it starts drawing pictures with each song.

Abysmal Dawn’sObsolescence” is a superbly crafted, multi-textured, multi-layered record that needs to be in every metal head’s CD collection.  If Dante were alive he’d adopt this record as the soundtrack to his masterpiece, “The Inferno.”

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The Mountain

Dark Descent Records

Released November 2014

Cover art for “The Mountain”

Mountain” is the sophomore effort from Sweden’s Anguish, the follow-up to 2012’s “Through the Archdemon’s Head” further exploring their sludgy, trudgy, doomy brand of metal clocking in at 48 minutes over eight tracks.

“Mountain” is aptly named; heavy, foreboding and looming.  Songs full of despair, sadness, despondency and regret caked in the permafrost of Sweden’s hinterlands and the ancient tales buried there.

As far as doom and gloom go, it’s here.  Heavy, plodding metal, check that too.  I like “Mountain” but after a few songs I think I’ve got the gist of what the record is about and it’s not bad, not saying that all.  If sludgy, slow-ish, despair laden metal is your thing buy Anguish’s “Mountain,” you’ll hit the mother lode here.




Kaotoxin Records

Released July 2013

Cover art for “Blestem”

Colosus is the solo project of SIDIOUS’ drummer Krhudd who performs all instruments and vocals on this record.  “Blestem” is a bleak sojourn into the realms of pain and at times, the ambient soundscapes of black metal.  A great way to describe “Blestem” is simply: The sound of a tortured soul.

Eight tracks of anguished screams, sadness, the futility of being and utter darkness.  If suicide had a soundtrack, it would be “Blestem.”  If depression had a sound and voice, it would be Colossus.  Not for the mentally unstable.

Believe it or not, I liked this record but I think it’s an acquired taste.  You have to really, really dig experimental, dark, ambient styled black metal and the ensuing dark mood and atmosphere it’ll surely create inside you.  Consider yourself warned.


Convent Guilt

Guns for Hire

Shadow Kingdom Records

Release Date 1/13/2015

Cover art for “Convent Guilt”

Fucking great!  Convent Guilt play a style of metal I’d dare say harkens back to the sounds of NWOBH with a good emphasis on Saxon.   Shadow Kingdom Records’ Tim McGrogan had this to say about Guns for Hire:

“We cannot wait for everyone to check out CONVENT GUILT Australia’s Traditional Heavy Metal scene is truly impressive to the Shadow Kingdom Records family. We just don’t see good Heavy Metal coming out from there; we see outstanding Heavy Metal that exceeds our expectations, just like fellow countrymen, JOHNNY TOUCH.

            CONVENT GUILT has an 80’s Punk flair that sometimes dominates their sound. They have a strong mix of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands like IRON MAIDEN and SAXON, while MOTORHEAD is heard feathered throughout, along with a heavy dose of 80’s JUDAS PRIEST and 70’s AC/DC.

            The songs are extremely catchy and well crafted. On top of all of that, this band sounds like they’ve been recording together forever with their amazing sound and production. Guns for Hire is one of the most accessible releases of 2014. We’re thrilled and proud to have this band on the roster.”


            McGrogan is right on.  There’s a strong Saxon, Maiden, Priest vibe that takes you straight back to the days of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” era.  Rockers like “Angels in Black Leather,” “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and “Guns for Hire” highlight this eight track effort.  Buy this record when it comes out but in the meantime go to bandcamp and stream “Angels in Black Leather,” “Don’t Close Your Eyes.”  You won’t be disappointed.

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Reign of Ungodly Creation

Comatose Music

Release: September 2014

Cover art for “Reign of Ungodly Creation”

Brutal nine song offering, check out the track listing:

  1. Noncelestical Orisons Cataclised in the Passage of Ninb
  2. Supreme Wisdom of Blasphemy in the Reign of Ungodly Creation
  3. Mystic Transformation in Encrypted Scrolls of a Grievous Sermon
  4. Aberrant Ablution by Filthy Excrements of a Grotesque Crassamentum
  5. Psalm Carnage in the Ghoulish Chapel of Gehenna
  6. Ghoulish Requiem for a Macabre Daemonarch
  7. Prophetic Despise Under the Pendulum of a Sacrilegious Throne
  8. Devilish Domain Vortex in the Gloom of Wicked Ziggurat
  9. Veracity in Relics

Yeah, you guessed, Decimation means business with this record.  Fast paced death metal with guttural vocals that kind of reminded me of Abominable Putrity,  early Carcass and Devourment, either way no complaints from me.

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Destroying Divinity

Hollow Dominion

Lavadome Productions

Release: September 2014

cover art for “Hollow Dominion”

Hollow Dominion” finds the band in somewhat of a dark, doomy place with this record.  The music through all eight tracks conveys a sense of impending doom or apocalypse that’s waiting just around the corner giving each song an unsettling, eerie feel.

All in all it’s very well crafted death metal that doesn’t follow the “one trick pony” path that a lot of genre related bands do.  There’s a lot of nice change up with the vocals and the pace of the music, song to song, to keep your attention.  Very reminiscent of early Massacre and Morbid Angel.

If “Hollow Dominion” is any kind of indicator as to how good Destroying Divinity will be in the future, I can’t.  This is definitely a band to watch, keep an eye on them and buy this record.

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Dire Omen

Wresting the Revelation of Futility

Dark Descent Records

Release:  November 2014

Cover art for “Wresting the Revelation of Futility”

Wresting the Revelation of Futility” is an excursion into the chaotic, often obtuse darkness that characterizes Dire Omen’s sound.  This is doomy death metal where the music stands out front and the vocals create a background soundscape.

I think you have to be a fan of this style of music to “get it” which I don’t think I am or do. It’s odd that the music is out front while the vocals are in the back so to speak.  I don’t know if it was meant to be this way, maybe it was mixed wrong, maybe the band is trying to create a wall of sound but it just didn’t work for me.

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Generation of Vipers

Coffin Wisdom

Translation Loss

Release: October 2014

Cover art for “Coffin Wisdom”

I think I’d describe “Coffin Wisdom” as punk-inspired-noise-rock in the vein of Today is the Day, Unsane, or the Am Rep bands of yore which is good news for the Deftones who have yet another band to steal their sound from.

It’s ok to call this extreme music because the songs just wouldn’t work another way, that is, thrash, death metal, etc.  Generation of Vipers have crafted together and extremely good, well thought out record with “Coffin Wisdom.”

I like the heaviness carried throughout, it’s used as a tool to progress the music and matches well with the vocals which you have to do playing this style of music.  “Coffin Wisdom” showcases what the band had previously accomplished with “Howl and Filth” just in a broader, more textured sense here.  Buy this record…

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