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Pegazus - 'In Metal We Trust' review

PEGAZUS 'In Metal We Trust' (Black Leather)
I hear people say all the time that music should be innovative, and I can’t really disagree with them a lot of the time. Bands should be trying to do something new, to expand the boundaries of what was set out before them, right? Well, maybe not all the time. What if there’s a band that comes along that’s just so awesome, so amazing, so satisfying, that they don’t need to reinvent the wheel to sound freaking incredible. Well, my friends, Pegazus are that band, and while you may not agree with that statement, they certainly are that band for me.  Now, let me start off by saying that I’m a huge Pegazus fan. I have been since I can remember, and I probably always will be. Since I first started worshipping the art of New Wave of British Heavy Metal music, Pegazus stood out with their attitude and songwriting, rather than innovation. And the fact that they were from the 90s, an era where traditional heavy metal was pretty much dead, is even…

Tuck From Hell 'Thrashing' review

TUCK FROM HELL 'Thrashing' (Metalville)
Honestly, as hard as I try, and I try very hard, it’s become quite challenging to harvest any of the redeeming qualities one might possibly find from the ever-growing crop of generic, rehashed thrash metal albums around today. Sure, the riffs are cool, good melodies, nice chugging rhythms, but the vocals may as well be copied and pasted from early Testament albums, and in a music scene where there are actually quite a few great new albums to seek out and enjoy, why bore yourself with this? Go listen to 'Souls of Black' and give this one a pass. [4.5] (Andrew Oliver) Tuck From Hell MySpace

Hellterror 'Reality...' (sorta) review

HELLTERROR 'Reality…' (EP)
Uncomprehendable, uncompromising, unintelligible destruction. That’s what Malaysian grindcore band Hellterror brings to the table with their new 16-track EP, 'Reality…'. With wild bursts of blind fury and unadulterated aggression, this EP promises to leave everything in ruin by the time it’s over. Nothing will be left standing. With only 150 copies (all in cassette format) made, you might want to hurry and get your hands on this brutal masterwork before it’s all gone.[8] (Andrew Oliver)

Wizard Smoke 'The Speed Of Smoke' review

WIZARD SMOKE 'The Speed Of Smoke'  (Self-released)
From the moment I saw the title of this album, I knew, without even having to give it a listen, that it was going to be a doom metal album. And I was right. But what was presented here on Atlanta, Georgia’s Wizard Smoke’s album 'The Speed of Smoke' is slightly different than what I expected.  What we’re dealing with here is very laid back doom/sludge metal (really more on the sludge side than anything) with some bluesy acoustic intros (“Growing”) and monolithically slow, heavy riffs, dripping with an overabundance of sludge and shrouded in a cloudy haze of effervescent smoke. While the music here does its job in creating the mood of lazy relaxation, what really impressed me about this album was its ability to remain so chill and laid-back despite having vocals that, ordinarily, would contradict that atmosphere completely. Though checked and balanced by an extremely echo-filled production, the vocals here consist mostly o…

Ceremonial Perfection 'Alone In The End' review

CEREMONIAL PERFECTION 'Alone In The End' (Nailbord Records)
Hailing from Estonia of all places, Ceremonial Perfection’s newest release gives us something to be truly excited about. 'Alone In the End' starts off promising, with an interesting and engaging intro followed by “Symbols and Processes” and what I would soon find to be some of the most amazing melodic death metal I’ve heard in a very long time, filled with hooks and melodies that are nothing short of mind-blowingly. And let’s not forget about the instrumentation in itself. In addition to the excellent songwriting, Ceremonial Perfection is composed of musicians who know how to handle their instruments very well, the most technically proficient being the drummer, who blows me away. The riffs are as close to melodic perfection as one can get. Songs like “Autumn of Memories,” Through Your Devil Nature,” “Asymmetry,” and the aforementioned “Symbols and Processes” (best track in my opinion) are prime examples of this…

Bongripper 'Sex Tape/Snuff Film' review

BONGRIPPER 'Sex Tape/Snuff Film' (EP) (Self-released)
Over the years, since their debut in 2006, Bongripper has never disappointed me, and has never failed to blow me away with their extremely innovative and amazing brand of instrumental doom metal. That being said, when I first began listening to the band’s new two-track EP, 'Sex Tape/Snuff Film', I was doubting whether or not they could maintain this glowing reputation.  The first track, “Sex Tape,” is obviously extremely heavy, that was a given from the very beginning. However, the stunning experimentation and intrigue for Bongripper is known for is absent from this track completely, and in its place are boring and repetitious riffs that do little to draw you in. There are some bright (well, more like faintly glowing) moments in this song, like the intense jamming and increased speed in the second half of the song, but even in light of this, there’s still nothing that really holds and engages you. Could it be? Could B…