Metal

Bad Burn – Bound by Blood

Good death/thrash metal band from this side of the globe. My apologies, i don’t have that much info on them, shame on me considering that this band is homegrown talent. I can’t even find the image that i got from this CD, jeez. Anyways, this album is highly recommended for download. One of the best locally released metal from the 90’s (?). Not that only a handful of this genre we’re only released commercially on that era that i know of, it’s just that this band rips big time. Fast, aggressive and mind-blowing lyrics. What more could you ask for?

Bad Burn – Bound by Blood


Profanatica / Masacre Split CD

Profanatica is an American Black Metal band formed sometime in 1990. They we’re former members of Incantation. One notable member from this band is vocalist and drummer Paul Ledney, who later on formed his one-man band Havohej. Four tracks of unrelentless, blasphemous, Machiavellian hate. No doubt one of my favorite black metal bands. This “side” of Profanatica is entitled Tormenting Holy Flesh, now if that isn’t unholy enough i don’t know what is. The other band in this split is Colombian Masacre (note the single “s”). Maybe not to be confused with the Floridan Death Metal band. Pretty decent death metal band if i may say so, utilizing the famed twin vocal style, the other somewhat similar to Mitch Harris’ screeching style. Their side is entitled Ola de Violencia which translates to Wave of Violence. Now a track from each Ep was included in the locally released death metal compilation Certified Death, that’s why when i saw this on the rack of a record store i unhesitantly grabbed it, literally. Now enjoy this one my satanic followers and spread the word…

Profanatica / Masacre Split CD


Mindrot – Soul

For all its tangible promise and songwriting audacity, Mindrot’s 1995 debut, Dawning, was as maddeningly schizophrenic as it was enticingly eclectic, seeming more like an anthology of unrelated tracks collected piecemeal during the group’s half-decade gestation before signing with Relapse Records than a true cohesive album. So even though it would take them nearly three years to do it, the Orange County, CA, natives were apparently determined to divest themselves of their more conspicuous musical influences — Neurosis, Paradise Lost, Fields of the Nephilim — and establish an experimental extreme metal identity of their own for sophomore album Soul. This was accomplished, by and large, with the injection of copious doses of hardcore aggression and thrash metal velocity (from whence the band originated long ago) into menacing cuts like “Nothing,” “Suffer Alone,” and “Cold Skin,” then shifting at the most unexpected of times into quiet atmospheric passages more familiar to fans of their first album. And as disconcerting as these radical dynamic shifts and emotional mood swings could be, Mindrot’s arrangements were unquestionably tighter than ever before, and vocalist Adrian Leroux’s clean vocals significantly improved since their first outing, finally on par with his powerful death growls. These harsh sonic contrasts also helped to reveal the mature subtlety with which the band was now repurposing its lingering goth and doom influences throughout more deliberate and often beautifully haunting material like “Dissipation,” “Incandescence,” and the sublime album finale, “Despair.” Ironically, in what would ultimately prove to be their career finale (they broke up mere weeks after Soul’s release), Mindrot crafted perhaps their greatest doom epic, initially buoyed by surprisingly uplifting organs before buckling under the weight of layer upon layer of increasingly depressing musical elements (piano and guitar melodies, followed by thundering power chords and raging grunts), until it lay broken and buried, much like the band’s career would be, soon enough.

After the release of Soul, in early 1998 Mindrot played its last show, unknown to anyone there or even anyone in the band. It took place at Club Mesa in Costa Mesa, California with Oxbow. No more than 30 people were in attendance included in the audience guitarist and SST mastermind Greg Ginn.

Note: I ripped the whole album in two parts. That way you can listen to each track without breaks. There aren’t anyways. This is one wicked album I tell you. Their debut is awesome and this one is a fitting follow-up. I’m not into Doom laden Metal, only a handful, and this band is an exception. Highly recommended.

Mindrot – Soul


Cryptic Slaughter – Speak Your Peace

Cryptic Slaughter was a Santa Monica, CA punk/hardcore band formed by Les Evans, Scott Peterson and Adam Scott. After a colorful career and 3 awesome albums across their name, they called it quits. Shortly after Les moved to Oregon and reformed the band with 3 new members along with former Wehrmacht drummer Brian Lehfeldt and recorded Speak Your Peace, their fourth and final album. While their earlier releases boast of raw hardcore style of music at break-neck speed, this one here displays a rather thrash crossover style with longer tracks and detailed rythm and lead guitars. Not really at par when compared with their first 3 releases, especially Convicted and Money Talks w/c are both cult classics in their own right, but this album is still a good listen in my opinion. A must have item for the CS fan and a recommended listen for the thrash metalhead;

Cryptic Slaughter – Speak Your Peace


VA – Fenriz Presents: Best of Old School Black Metal

Fenriz Presents… The Best of Old-School Black Metal is a compilation album by Darkthrone’s Fenriz featuring bands that have been highly influential for the black metal genre;

Blasphemy – “Winds of the Black Godz”

Sarcófago – “Satanic Lust”

Celtic Frost – “Dawn of Megiddo”

Nattefrost – “Sluts of Hell”

Mercyful Fate – “Evil”

Sodom – “Burst command til war”

Tormentor – “Elizabeth Bathory”

Aura Noir – “Blood Unity”

Destruction – “Curse the Gods”

Samael – “Into the Pentagram”

Bulldozer – “Whisky Time”

Mayhem – “The Freezing Moon”

Hellhammer – “The Third of the Storms”

Burzum – “Ea, Lord of the Deeps”

Venom – “Warhead”

Bathory – “Dies Irae”

VA- Fenriz Presents: Best of Old School Black Metal


Mayhem – Wolf’s Lair Abyss

Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, Norway. They are regarded as one of the pioneers of the influential Norwegian black metal scene.

This is their 1998 Ep Wolf’s Lair Abyss with former member Maniac back to handle the vocal chores again with his inhuman, ungodly screams. This release also saw their first since guitarist Euronymous was murdered. Tracks here are technical and faster with barbaric and brutal excellence. “Elite Black Metal” according to drummer Hellhammer. Importantly, they also took the more detailed and creative step for future material to come. This blasphemous 5-tracker Ep will surely haunt the living wits out of you. Highly recommended.

Mayhem – Wolf’s Lair Abyss


Wehrmacht – Shark Attack

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Here’s another fast post. Ever wondered who was the basis for coining the word speedcore? From Portland comes this fast playing thrashy band, fast and raging as hell. They released  a couple of albums, this one being their first. After splitting, some members formed Spazztic Blurr and Cryptic Slaughter. Very good crossover album, just couldn’t decide whether to file this under hardcore or metal. Maybe both huh? Another must have for 80’s thrash metal fanatics. That said, I’m outta here. Cheers!

Wehrmacht – Shark Attack