Rage and Frustration

Heavy Metal Reviews and Interviews

Band/Album – Horseneck/Heavy Trip

Country of Origin – USA

Genre – Psychedelic Rock/Sludge/Post-Hardcore

Label/Release Date – Independent/February 17th, 2017

Author – Hayduke X

If Neurosis and Converge decided to drop acid and write an album while listening to nothing but Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, and early Sabbath, it might sound like this.

Rating:  3/5

Band/Album – Legacy of Emptiness/Over the Past

Country of Origin Norway

Genre – Symphonic Black Metal

Label/Release Date – Black Lion Records/June 12, 2017

Author – Grimmia

“Over the Past” is Legacy of Emptiness’ second full album release. It’s fast, loud, and raw. It’s a great orchestra/heavy blend into the realm of fantasy. Definitely worth a listen.

 

Rating: 3/5

Band/Album – Haxxan/Loch Ness Rising

Country of Origin USA

Genre – Black Metal

Label/Release Date – Hells Headbangers/February 17, 2017

Author – Hayduke X

Ohio based Haxxan play slow burning, malevolent black metal. The albums draws forth the fires of hell in the form of malicious earworm riffs that stick without long after the album turns off.

 

Rating: 4/5

Band/Album – Nemesis Sopor/MMXL

Country of Origin Germany

Genre – Black Metal

Label/Release DateGeisterasche Organisation/February 17, 2017

Author – Hayduke X

German black metal which sounds like it has more in common with the Cascadian sound than any of the European scenes. Mellow atmospheric passages blend with mournful riffing to create a mesmeric soundscape of tragic beauty. It all falls apart.

 

Rating: 4/5

Band/Album – Fides Inversa/Rite of Inverse Incarnation

Country of Origin – Italy

Genre – Black Metal

Label/Release Date – World Terror Committee/January 13, 2017

Author – Baker

This is a two track Black Metal EP. The two piece team of Omega A.D. (Drums) and Void A.D. (Guitars) are fast and heavy. The vocals feature screaming, growling, and what you would normally expect from the black metal genre. Previously they have released two other full length albums. If you’re into black metal, check them out.

 

Rating:  3/5

Band/Album – From Inside/The New Era

Country of Origin – U.K.

Genre – Alternative Metal

Label/Release Date – Independent/January 13, 2017

Author – Baker

This band preaches that it’s message is uplifting and supportive for fans that need that sort of stuff. They sound like Linkin Park and are from the United Kingdom. Launching in 2016, they’ve produced one EP and have been touring in the UK area.

 

Rating:  3/5

Band/Album – Lo Pan/In Tensions

Country of Origin – U.S.A.

Genre – Sludge Rock

Label/Release Date – Aqualamb Records/January 13, 2017

Author – Baker

Named after the evil character in the movie Big Trouble in Little China, Lo Pan has been rocking out since 2006. Sounding like something you would hear on the radio, it’s a wonder that I haven’t.

 

Rating:  3/5

Band/Album – Murkocet/Digging Mercy’s Grave

Country of Origin – U.S.A.

Genre – Metal

Label/Release Date – Independent/January 14, 2017

Author – Baker

After forming in 2013 in Phoenix, Digging Mercy’s Grave is the debut album from Murkocet. They plan to begin touring in 2018, bringing their high-energy performance to a stage near you. If you like your bands fast, heavy, and loud, it is worth you time to check out Murkocet.

 

Rating:  4/5

Band/Album – Mutilator/Immortal Force

Country of Origin – Brazil

Genre – Thrash Metal

Label/Release Date – Greyhaze Records/January 14, 2017

Author – Baker

Originally released in 1987, Immortal Force from Mutilator was considered one of the leading thrash metal albums out of Brazil. At the time, Brazil’s metal scene was exploding. Fast guitars supported by blazing drums creates a classic thrash sound. If you are a thrash metal fan, Immortal Force should be part of your library.

 

Rating:  3.5/5

Band/Album – R.U.S.T.X./T.T.P.M.

Country of OriginCyprus

Genre – Heavy Metal

Label/Release Date – Independent/January 14, 2017

Author – Baker

R.U.S.T.X., formerly known as Flames In Ice and also R.U.S.T., bring a classic rock n roll sound to 2017. They’ve got a unique sound with all the members of the foursome providing vocals. Consider listening to this release if you like the classic rock genre..

 

Rating:  3/5

Band/Album – Thyrane/Black Harmony

Country of Origin – Finland

Genre – Black Metal

Label/Release Date – Woodcut Records/January 13, 2017

Author – Baker

Black Harmony was originally released as a split LP in 2000. These four tracks were paired with five tracks from The Dead Beginners. Now re-released as an EP, you get the black metal of Thyrane all by itself. It stands the test of time and can compare to any current black metal release. Check it out.

 

Rating:  3.5/5

Band/Album: Frowning/Extinct

Country of Origin: Germany

Genre: Funeral Doom Metal

Label/Release Date: Black Lion Records/February 17, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

I don’t claim to be an expert on funeral doom, but I can tell you that Extinct is a sparse, yet immersive listen. Ponderous riffs meet subtle keys of some sort, steadily shambling drumming, and mournful growls.  One of the tracks features SG of Suffer Yourself.

Rating: 3.5/5

Band/Album: Sons Ov Omega/Reign

Country of Origin: Sweden

Genre: Melodic Black Metal

Label/Release Date: Black Lion Records/February 18, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Years ago, in Gothenburg, Sweden, melodic death metal paired death metal with traditional heavy metal. Less common is melodic black metal, but the formula is similar. Reign, by Swedish band Sons Ov Omega nails this pairing. The album is rich and engaging, simply begging for sing alongs from the moshpit.

Rating: 4/5

Band/Album: Henry Kane/Den Förstörda Människans Rike

Country of Origin: Sweden

Genre: Death Metal

Label/Release Date: Transcending Obscurity/February 20, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Speaking of Sweden, there was an earlier death metal outbreak in Stockholm which was much more vicious, pairing hardcore punk influence with death metal. This album by Henry Kane, a solo project of the prolific Jonny Pettersson, is among the most vicious of its type that I’ve ever heard. Essential.

 

Rating: 4.5/5

Band/Album: Demoncy/Within The Sylvan Realms of Frost

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Black Metal

Label/Release Date: Nuclear War Now! Productions/February 20, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Demoncy, and in fact this album, has been around for awhile. This is a vinyl release of Within The Realms of Frost, which originally came out in 1999. Appeals to those who like their USBM blue rare and Scandinavian in flavor.

Rating: 3.5/5

Band/Album: Midnight/Shox of Violence

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Black/Speed Metal

Label/Release Date: Hells Headbangers/February 20, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Shox of Violence is a compilation of material from Cleveland project Midnight and provides a fun romp through the evil landscape inhabited by such luminaries as Motorhead and Venom.

Rating: 3/5

Band/Album: Inexorable/Sea of Dead Consciousness

Country of Origin: Germany

Genre: Death Metal

Label/Release Date: Godz Ov War Productions/February 20, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Filthy death metal that wouldn’t look out of place on a bill with Undergang. Angular riffs add to the effect, but the production is so muddy it’s hard to get a clear picture.

Rating: 2.5/5

Band/Album:  Marche Funebre/Into The Arms of Darkness

Country of Origin: Belgium

Genre: Death/Doom/Black Metal

Label/Release Date: BadMoonManMusic/February 20, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Melodeath with some blackening of the harsh vocals and doom influences. Competent.

 

Rating: 2.5/5

Band/Album:  Black Army Jacket/222

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Powerviolence

Label/Release Date: Magic Bullet Records/February 21, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Magic Bullet Records re-releases a key album from the 90s powerviolence scene. Essential.

Rating: 3.5/5

Band/Album:  Black Army Jacket/Closed Casket

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Powerviolence

Label/Release Date: Magic Bullet Records/February 22, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Magic Bullet Records re-releases a key album from the 90s powerviolence scene. This one is a compilation. Essential.

Rating: 3.5/5

Band/Album:  Asofy/Nessun Luogo

Country of Origin: Italy

Genre: Avante Garde Doom Metal

Label/Release Date: Avantegarde Music/February 22, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Nessun Luogo is all about grim, melancholy atmosphere. Song structures are sparse and complex. The wheezes fit well with the music, but can hardly be called vocals.

 

Rating: 3.5/5

Band/Album:  King Woman/Created in the Image of Suffering

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Doom/Post-Metal

Label/Release Date: Relapse Records/February 24, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

I just read a review on Metal Archives that gave this album a 5%. I have to strongly disagree with that assessment. The album is not particularly technical, nor is is meant to be. It is emotive, grim, heavy laden with the burdens of the world. In my mind, one of the better Relapse releases in awhile.

 

Rating: 3.5/5

Band/Album:  Manetheren/The End

Country of Origin: USA

Genre: Black Metal

Label/Release Date: Avantegarde Music/February 22, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Dreamy and sinister with a side of danger, Manetheren play a slow building and slow brooding style of black metal with plenty of underworld atmosphere. Remind me to ask JDecker and The Metal Evangelist what’s in the water in all those lakes. Minnesota is an absolute hotbed of black metal right now.

Rating: 4/5

Band/Album:  Midvinterblot/Skymning

Country of Origin: Sweden

Genre: Folk Metal

Label/Release Date: Independent/December 22, 2016

Author: Hayduke X

I’ll start by saying that folk metal often doesn’t appeal to me. That said, the combination of instruments and compositional choices are all solid. The variety of vocal attacks is appealing as well. Definitely a better breed of folk metal, so check them out if that’s your thing.

Rating: 3.5/5

Band/Album:  Revenience/Daedalum

Country of Origin: Italy

Genre: Gothic Metal

Label/Release Date: Sliptrick Records/February 27, 2017

Author: Hayduke X

Gothic metal always strikes me as maudlin, and Revenience is no exception. Still, there is occasionally some edge here and Debora Ceneri can really sing.

 

Rating: 3/5

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