mercredi 21 juin 2017

Expulsion - Nightmare Future (2017)

This first release from Expuslion (called Nightmare Future, on Relapse Records) is a very serious contender for best grind release in 2017, and will also please anyone into old-school death metal as well. With Matt Olivo (Repulsion) handling the guitar, Matt Harvey (Exhumed) doing the vocals and Danny Walker (Exhumed, Phobia) on drums, this is not really a surprise, but still, being a "supergroup" is not a guarantee and few succeeds as much in living up to the expectations. The 7 songs (in 14 minutes) are great and infectiously catchy, with great riffing and soloing, of course in a early grind-death vein, there's also excellent vocals from Harvey, with a great flow, with power, rhythm and groove. Truly excellent and highly pleasing!

The BC page.

dimanche 18 juin 2017

Full of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy (2017)

Trumpeting Ecstasy (their new album released by Profound Lore records) is Full of Hell most convincing stuff. Or maybe it's because I love grind and that on this album there's less "blackened" hardcore and sludge and more death-grind, there's a lot of very good death-grind in it. Still a slight bit of noise elements, mostly on a track with female vocals. They still like having some diversity in their music and that's a good thing. A heavier and more straight forward and extreme album but also maybe more personnal, farther than their previous ones to generic blackened metal hardcore. This time I'm not thinking "they're ok, but...", this time I'm won, Trumpeting Ecstasy is indeed a really intense, interesting and enjoyable album. Really good stuff! 

The BC page.

mercredi 7 juin 2017

Ecstatic Vision - Raw Rock Fury (2017)

The title of their new album, Raw Rock Fury (released by Relapse this year) is a good indication of the direction Ecstatic Vision took since their debut, more quiet, album, two years ago. The psychedelic elements, the spacey moments are definitely still present, but they added some garage rock that could remind The Stooges, saxophone included. The first album was really good, but adding a new side to their music is probably a good move, we'll see what they will do next, but for now Raw Rock Fury is a good surprise and an enjoyable album.

The Bandcamp page.

mardi 30 mai 2017

Gendo Ikari - Unit 1 (2016)

2016 was a good year for new grind bands and Gendo Ikari, from Scotland are another proof with their first release called Unit 1. Ten minutes (7 songs) of excellent grind, with a balance of chaos and groove that reminds me a bit Brutal Truth. Each track is really good, and with enough diversity in rhythms so that it grabs your attention from the start and never let you go. They seemed to have escaped many radars but that should be corrected and probably will be, because they are not only promising but already very strong. Highly recommended!

Their BC page.

lundi 29 mai 2017

Endon - Through the Mirror (2017)

You can trust the Japanese for being more radical, for exploring and pushing further the boundaries of the extremes. Endon evolves in the uneasy place between mathcore and noisegrind, a bit like a Dillinger Escape Plan becoming more extreme instead of more melodic. If you liked their shattering 2014 debut Mama, be assured that with their new album, Through the Mirror, they still are as wild as can be. The mood is maybe a bit lighter, slightly less horrific, while staying very intense and dark. Strong stuff!

The Bandcamp page.

dimanche 28 mai 2017

The Bug - Concrete Desert (2017)

Concrete Desert is a collaboration between Kevin Martin (The Bug, Techno Animal, etc.) and Dylan Carson (Earth) is released under the name The Bug and by the techno label Ninja Tune but actually it is closer to the most minimalistic Eath albums (like Hex), it sounds more like Dylan Carson guitar drone / americana / ambient soundscape fearturing Kevin Martin adding some noise aelements and a few discreet beats. I would have liked more of the heavier dub / industrial elements from the Kev Martin musical world but anyway it is still a really good ambient album. I enjoy it like it is for now... but hope in the future another collaborative album, maybe this time with a different dosage.

The Bandcamp page.

lundi 22 mai 2017

Christian Mistress - To your Death (2015)

I should have reviewed this one earlier, but better late than never. This is the third album, called To your Death, from Christian Mistress, released in 2015 by Relapse, and it is indeed a flawless old school heavy metal album. It's style is somewhere between Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest, with great riffing, great songwriting and excellent female vocals. If you're into traditional heavy metal or even into hard rocking / heavy music in general there's just absolutely no reason you wouldn't enjoy listening to it many times.

The Bandcamp page.