Posts Tagged ‘Greece’

Greek deathlords Necrovorous have been rather quiet recently, but this three man wrecking crew have drawn fetid breath once more to release the frankly terrifying ‘Plains of Decay.’ It is due out 29th September on Dark Descent Records, and is a record groaning with riffs and morbid brutality.

Opener ‘The Sun Has Risen in a Land I No Longer See’ crushes together the rabid, rusted chainsaw riffing style of classic Swedeath with a rumbling, Bolt Thrower-esque thunder. Setting out your stall early with a song like this is great, because as a reviewer you’re instantly drawn in. ‘Cherish the Sepulture’ is a more crawling, monstrous entity, as is the closing stretch of the hellacious ”Eternal Soulmates’. Necrovorous have this dark, dense magic that flows from each crusted riff, each bile dripping roar, and it inserts itself within your skin like an infectious disease.

‘Plains of Decay’ is bursting at the seams with killer death metal; their evolution away from their gore soaked beginnings into a band whose music is more potent, more rounded, dare I say more sophisticated. Their assault is more surgically precise; lacking a particular chaos but gaining a more concentrated fury. Like chambers of a death metal howitzer being emptied, songs like ‘Psychedelic Tribe of Doom’ and the malicious ‘Lost in a Burning Charnel Ground’ manage to shred you with shrapnel and bury your mangled corpse in acres of riff. Welcome back guys, your broken, eldritch throne of death awaits…

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https://necrovorous.bandcamp.com/

http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/

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Greek death metallers Gravewards have dropped their debut EP ‘Subconscious Lobotomy’ on cassette tape, and it is four tracks of brutality conjuring the spirits of Morbid Angel, Obituary and even little dashes of Scandinavian nastiness too. If rabid darkness is your thing, then you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.

‘Casket Entrapment’ opens with a gloriously old school riff before a pained roar shattered the air guitaring calm. The chugging riffs are particularly good, but the real highlights are the mounrful melodies tucked behind the ferocity. There’s something a little dark, a little sad looming behind the towering ‘Crawling Chaos’, while the scathing title track draws inspiration from the void of Floridian death strongly. Vocally there’s a lot going on, with more standard growls interchanging with gurgling belches in places.

By the time the frantic ‘Deathwomb Incubation’ brings us to a juddering halt, it is clear that Gravewards are going to be a fun prospect for the future. Their brand of death metal has all kinds of nuances to look for but most importantly it is heavy as fuck, and will leave you broken but demanding more!

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Speedrush - Endless War

Greek thrashers Speedrush are old school speed metal thrashers, and despite going round the block for over a decade now, ‘Endless War’ is their debut full length. Available through their bandcamp, if you enjoy a thoroughly old school approach to riffs you’re going to love this.

Opening with howling sirens, gunfire and explosions, ‘Endless War’ instantly sets out its stall before exploding into galloping thrash riffs brimming with energy. The best thing about old school thrash is that it is almost totally derivative in the best way possible. You know what you are going to get; speedy fretwork fireworks, oodles of melody and snarling vocals. Speedrush’s music is all that, and more. The hyperactive riffing of ‘Malevolent Torture’ is glorious, whilst the waspish velocity of ‘Freaks of Nature’ brings to mind the rampant Municipal Waste.

Encompassing everything good about rabid, old school thrash like Sacred Reich and Suicidal Tendencies, Speedrush check every cliche in the book, and check it at a hundred miles an hour down thrash highway 101. You can’t help but love it, and ‘Endless War’ will delight and enthrall anyone who digs some great thrash songs played right. Energetic, overflowing with riffs and propelled by a youthful vigour, Speedrush are great.

https://speedrush.bandcamp.com/releases

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The debut full length from Greek Power/speed/thrash/heavy metal types Saboter, the ominously titled ‘Mankind is Damned’, is painted in lurid colours on its Repka-esque cover art. From that, you would certainly assert that the human race is indeed under threat, but mainly in this case from the razor sharp hooks of this record!

Opener ‘Purifier’ could be a lost cut from ‘Painkiller’, and the rather obvious Judas Priest influence continues throughout, but the guitar melodies are excellent and each song is catchy as hell. Saboter is clearly set on vintage heavy metal as its biggest influence, but there’s definitely some American style power metal theatrics in there too. The grandiose ‘Marching Death’ has it all, acoustics build into a progressive, almost Maiden-like piece with style, as is the galloping ‘Impaler’. There’s rife NWOBHM notes, from Jaguar to Angel Witch, but there’s something intangibly brilliant about ‘Ghost in the Machine’, and I’m feeling some Iced Earth from it too.

That’s the joy of Saboter. They bring pleasures of classic heavy metal into the modern world, while adding little bits of more contemporary power metal and thrash elements. ‘Sacred Catalyst’ could’ve dropped off the edge of Iced Earth’s first few records, but Saboter’s personal stamp is all over this record. The music is excellent, the songs are catchy as hell, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every heavy metal second of it!

http://witchesbrewthrashes.bandcamp.com/

http://www.witchesbrewthrashes.eu/

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Burial Hordes - Extinction

Greek blackened monsters Burial Hordes have been going for about 15 yeaars, and their latest EP ‘Extinction’ is a continuation of their anti everything message. This four track EP is out in October on Folter Records, and it is going to be a recommended pickup by the time darkness graces our world.

When you think of Greek black metal, you automatically are drawn towards Rotting Christ, but Burial Hordes are a little bit more towards the deathly, morbid crawl than their genre peers. This has more of a Speticflesh feel about it; while the atmosphere is definitely dense and dark in opener ‘Demise’, the riffing is more death metal, more frenzied. Evil vocals spew upon the flailing blackened death metal riffs that crawl and lurch from the underground. The fiery ‘World Ablaze’ has a murky, Deicide-esque feeling about it which is pretty badass too.

‘Dawn of War’ writhes with a blackened energy, and is the most pure black metal track on here, bringing to mind the likes of Gorgoroth and Marduk. It is uncompromising in its blitzkrieg assault, and even when it does, the musical directions are fairly intense. Rampant blasting and horribly dense guitar work finishes us off in ‘Hatred’, leaving us battered, bloodied and ready for more. Burial Hordes are a band to cherish, as this release shows, because their art is true, dark and very very good.

https://www.facebook.com/BurialHordesOfficial/

http://www.folter666.de/

http://burialhordes.tripod.com/

Abyssus - Once Entombed​.​.​.

I’ve reviewed Greek death metal lords Abyssus before, with their debut record ‘Into the Abyss’ being a favourite of last year. 2016 sees the band releasing a compilation of their split materials with bands like Morbider, Slaktgrav and Nocturnal Vomit, as well as their debut EP, on this release through Transcending Obscurity Classics.

If you’ve become a fan of Abyssus and their sludgy, Obituary influenced death metal, then ‘Once Entombed…’ is going to be right up your alley. Savage riffs meet a Tardy-esque bellow and a thunderous drumming performance. There’s a number of great covers on here as well, from acts like Slayer (‘Postmortem’), Asphyx (‘Deathhammer’) and best of all, Death (‘Sacred Serenity’). The Death cover matches the band best, and their take on a lesser known Death track is excellent. But their original material is, for me, the true highlight.

Tracks like the grinding rumble of ‘Morbid Inheritance’, the Swedeath ravage of ‘Summon the Dead’ and the Obituarian chug of ‘Remnants of War’ showcases the traditonal death metal worship that Abyssus brings to the table. Their particular brand of death metal pays tribute to all the legends, but yet still feels fresh and well written. Their Sodom cover also fucking kills hard, as does the brutal ‘Days of Wrath’. The Bolt Thrower power behind the tectonic ‘Unleash the Storm’ is so heavy you’ll feel it for days, while the machine gun battery of ‘Servants to Hypocrisy’ is another highlight.

I thought that this might feel a bit like a collector’s release, but actually, being such a new band, it feels almost like we have a second release from them early! I’ve had two albums worth of quality material from Abyssus in the past few months, and I must say, what they do kicks my ass every time. Playing pure, no frills death metal is somewhat of a rarity these days, and Abyssus bring us the brutality plain and simple. Now just sit back and enjoy that beating!

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https://transcendingobscurity.bandcamp.com/album/once-entombed-death-metal

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Carnal Garden are a Greek death metal project put together by members of Pigskinner and Abyssus. Their debut EP, ‘On the Final Day’ was released digitally just before Christmas, and they are currently looking for a label to release it physically. Somebody snap this up!

‘Through Darkness and Dust’ has the kind of slow burn intro that doesn’t quite prepare you for what is coming. The dense guitar tone that kicks in, with a malevolent thickness to it, has an almost eastern tone to it. The metal is raw, unpolished, but you can feel the filthy sludgey undercurrent to it that reeks of untapped potential. There’s a dash of Coffins, a bit of Autopsy, even the chainsaw riffing of the finest Swedish death. While Abyssus plys a more Obituary-esque brand of death, Carnal Garden is more sludgey than that. Not that there isn’t more than a hint of ‘Cause of Death’ about the grinding ‘World Infected’.

‘The Smell of Sulphur’ brings together those two main influences in a jaw droppingly brutal groove. It’s pure Florida death, wrapped in darkness. I feel like I’ve discovered some ancient Obituary demo that no one knew about. Closing with the equalling crushing ‘From the Catacombs’, Carnal Garden need to be snapped up asap to get this out on disc! Highly fucking recommended

https://carnalgarden.bandcamp.com/releases