Audio Autopsy – October 2004

Audio Autopsy – October 2004

01/10/04  ||  Global Domination

Bloodbath: Nightmares made flesh Bloodbath: Nightmares made flesh

8.2 /10

Lord K: Bringing another drummer into the fold as
well as Peter Tägtgren on vocals really added to the brutality. As a
whole, a more fun album to listen to than their debut but unfortunately
not as groovy. Nonetheless, it’s solid fucken death metal, just like one
would expect from these veterans. 8

Chazz: Peter Tägtgren (vocals) and Martin Axenrot
(drums) are a breath of fresh air in Bloodbath. This album showcases a
leaner, meaner Bloodbath, and I like it. Killer release, a must have,
long live the old-school. 8

Farlus: Peter Tägtgren is a fucking god and
definitely shows it on this record. This album is a million times better
than “Resurrection thru Carnage”. 8

Syrrok: My contender for metal strong session
during the 3rd quarter of 2004. Great vox by Peter. Soldiers take
Bloodshowers. Bloodbath makes Meshuggah look like Avril Lavigne’s rotten
pubis! 9

Jimmy The Duff: Peter Tägtgren sounds absolutely
incredible here. The blastbeats add something most appreciated. A couple
of dud tracks, but still a solid effort; catchy in a more subtle way,
and far more brutal as a result. 7

Rance: I didn’t know what to think of this one,
with the new line-up and such. But, shit…once I heard the music my
worries were washed away. The songs are inspired and catchy as fuck…
this is more than just a tribute to ‘old-school death metal’. The best
Bloodbath cd yet! 9

Krisiun: Bloodshed Krisiun: Bloodshed

8 /10

Lord K: Some new songs which are excellent and some
old ones not as excellent. Still, Krisiun is Krisiun. In every way,
shape and form. 8

Chazz: Seems these fuckers a leaning towards a bit
more groove this time out. I hear a lot of newer-school influences but
also has the Krisiun sound of the past, there’s something here for new
and old fans alike. Awesome album. 8

Farlus: No disappointment from these death metal veterans. They get better with every album. 7

Syrrok: Krisun loves snakes, and I love Poison. I guess I’m a Krisun fan now. 10

Jimmy The Duff: Not too shabby, Krisiun. I honestly
thought you had left us for good. I find the new material to be
extremely promising. I find the older stuff unlistenable, but I´m sure
it will sufficiently whet the appetites of hardcore fans. 7

Rance: Krisiun is some brutal, heavy shit. It was
recorded completely in analog…I dig the slightly muddy production. I
guess this isn’t an actual new LP, just a compilation of some new songs
and some other rare shit. But who gives a fuck, it’s cool. 8

Vader: The beast Vader: The beast

7.3 /10

Lord K: Vader never dissapoints. Polands’ finest deliver the shit once again. Death metal mastery! 9

Chazz: I’ve come to expect one thing from Vader
after all these years, and that’s killer death metal. The Beast didn’t
disappoint me. Finally someone told these fuckers to turn down the
bassdrum in the mix, making this their best sounding album to date. 8

Farlus: More ‘Revelations’ style Vader, and that’s perfectly okay with me. Check out “The Sea Came in at Last”, you may be surprised. 7

Syrrok: The most metal thing to come out of Poland since human lampshades. Old, steady riffs. 7

Jimmy The Duff: The opener shows promise, but the
rest of the album is just a series of ups and downs; a good riff here
and there type of deal. Overall, worse than “Revelations”. This band has
definitely lost it’s magic. 5

Rance: Vader is consistently a quality act. Pumping
out some of that ‘old-school’ death metal. This album is no
disappointment…they stay true to form, even adding a bit of ‘flare’ here
and there (I don’t have enough space in this column to outline what
exactly ‘flare’ is…sorry!) 8

Hatesphere: Ballet of the brute Hatesphere: Ballet of the brute

7.3 /10

Lord K: Denmark’s answer to The Haunted keeps going
strong with their fine brand of cock-crushing thrash metal. These
Danes’ shows that Denmark isn’t all about being worthless in sports.
They make up for it with playing metal. 7

Chazz: This is the first album I’ve heard from
Hatesphere, and I’m kind of pissed I’ve been missing out on these guys.
Buckets of groove and chunky riffs, I dig the production here too. Good
stuff. 7

Farlus: Pretty good shit. A shame I haven’t heard
of them up until now. These guys are full of surprises, but at their
core is good thrashy thrash. 6

Syrrok: Hatesphere… could make Taproot tap out. And that’s not easy considering Taproot were once intercontinental champions. 9

Jimmy The Duff: I’m guessing these guys are from
Scandinavia somewhere. This modern thrash act showcase a lot of skill
here. They remind me of Carnal Forge et al. Nothing much to get pumped
out of shape over, but worth the time if it’s your thing. 7

Rance: Heavy and at times groovey grind. Excellent production. I’ve never heard them before…but, me likey! 8

In Battle: Welcome to the battlefield In Battle: Welcome to the battlefield

7.2 /10

Lord K: Drummer Nils must be one of the best death
metal drummers around at the moment. Americanized death metal, technical
as hell and most of the time faster than a crackwhore offering blowjobs
for crack. They serve their master well, but it gets a tad boring in
the long-run. 7

Chazz: I’m not totally in love with the vocals, but
everything else is right up my alley. It’s a nice blend of technical,
brutal metal with a dash of groove here and there. Quality release, and
my pick for the best of this list. 9

Farlus: Oh my fucking God. Relentless fucking death metal. Where have you been all my life? 8

Syrrok: On my list of favorite things, In Battle
lies somewhere between “wafting my own farts into my face and inhaling
deeply” and “doing pushups”. Maybe Elof’ll fix this. 4

Jimmy The Duff: This is absolutely brilliant stuff.
The vocalist totally slays. The drumming is tight and the riffs spew
forth with furious abandon. Can’t recommend this enough. 8

Rance: Technically sound and heavy. Interesting
song structures, full of different time signatures and lots of stops and
starts. The vocals are not all that unique, but overall a good
offering. 7

Amon Amarth: Fate of Norns Amon Amarth: Fate of Norns

7 /10

Lord K: Once again the Vikings’ put out a quality
album even if it’s not topping my fave “Versus the world”. Amon Amarth
stay true to their formula and refuses to stray one bit from it. I think
they do the right thing. 7

Chazz: Decent stuff, though I like “Versus the
World” better. This albums comes off a little slower in pace than their
past stuff, but it’s growing on me. 6

Farlus: After the epic greatness of Versus the
World, there’s no way Amon Amarth could bring us anything but
disappointment. This is a good album, but just pales in comparison to
the masterpiece before it. 7

Syrrok: Never thought I would intentionally skip 3 out of 8 songs on an Amon Amarth Album. Fuck. 6

Jimmy The Duff: The songs are absolutely fantastic,
filled with Viking themes galore. At times, certain riff are
overplayed. The band have once more offered something entirely
satisfying without (this time) using material that appears recycled from
earlier releases. 7

Rance: Amon Amarth have perfected their songwriting on this one. Heavy and epic, the vikings have hit a deathy milestone. 9

Nasum: Shift Nasum: Shift

6.8 /10

Lord K: Swedens’ grind-kings return with “Shift”
and even grabs MY attention, which is saying quite a bit since I’m not
the biggest fan of grindcore. Good shit it is, there’s no way denying
that. Not even for me. 7

Chazz: Another strong album from the grind/crust
masters. The breakdowns rule, but the rest kind of sounds the same to
me, aside from the addition of a bit of melody here and there. Overall
some of their best work. 8

Farlus: What can I say, it’s fucking Nasum. Excellent grind, though the vocals get to me after a while. 7

Syrrok: Noisy 1 minute intervals don’t let me get any kind of groove on. Bonus points for Mieszko. 3

Jimmy The Duff: Nasum have evolved into a band of
no compromises, and appear dead-set in sticking to their sound of
killer, lightning-fast grindcore. I wish they would relent a little more
than they do, but otherwise this stuff is simply skull crushing. 8

Rance: I haven’t heard much of Nasum…but what I
have, I’ve liked. They play a unique style of death/grind. Excellent
musicians with heavy-as-all-fuck songs. This cd deserves more spins…but,
my initial gut reaction says “killer shit.” 8

Grave: Fiendish regression Grave: Fiendish regression

6.2 /10

Lord K: Let’s face it, Grave will never top their
first 3 albums, but this is a step in the right direction. After
low-points like “Hating Life” and “Back from the grave” it’s nice to see
the fuckers fishing in somewhat the right waters. “Breeder” is a death
metal hit de luxe. 6

Chazz: Forget “Back From the Grave”, “Fiendish
Regression” is Grave’s true comeback album. Their best release since
“Souless”, don’t count these guys out of the game yet. 8

Farlus: Pleasant surprise. I haven’t liked much of anything Grave has done post-Jörgen, but this album snuck up on me. Good shit. 6

Syrrok: This make-up of “Grave” is six feet under my tolerance of shitty metal. AND THEY MAKE HOOBASTANK LOOK LIKE HUSKER DU! 4

Jimmy The Duff: Very few riffs come out and grab me
here, the sluggish pace set for most of the album being far from enough
to keep my interest up for long. As a result, the riffs come across as
half-assed. A couple of terrific songs, the rest being just too mediocre
to swallow. 5

Rance: There’s definitely a maturity to these
songs, I don’t remember hearing on some of their earlier stuff. Good
album, not their best, but damn good. 8

Konkhra: Reality check Konkhra: Reality check

6.2 /10

Lord K: Some Vader-ish vocals mixed up with
blistering death metal and thrashier riffs makes Konkhra yet another
quality-band. Not better than anything else, nor worse. 7

Chazz: This band gets better with every release,
even if this is their 6th full length album. I wouldn’t say this is a
bad album from the best thrash metal band in Denmark, but I think
Konkhra’s best work is still yet to come. 6

Farlus: Decent stuff here and there. This band could really benefit from some better production. 4

Syrrok: Konkhra is Danish for “HIGH ENERGY FRIENDMETAL”. It’s also Spanish for “Thick Penis”. Buyer beware… 8

Jimmy The Duff: This is one of the better metal
albums I’ve heard in a while. Nothing entirely special here, just
straightforward and brutal riffing combined with a vocalist who totally
pummels and crushes the listener into the dirt. I’ll be sure to pick
this one up. 7

Rance: I’ve heard of them…but never heard them
until now. So, obviously not a lot to base this on. There’s a thrash
feel and a hardcore feel…some good grinding moments, these dudes are
pretty good…but not my fav. 5

Carnal Forge: Aren't you dead yet Carnal Forge: Aren’t you dead yet

5.7 /10

Lord K: According to J of TPH-fame, ex-The Haunted
vocalist Marco once said ” -We have to sound more like Carnal Forge”. I
can see why. Top of the notch thrash metal. 7

Chazz: Good thrash,nothing more, nothing less. 6

Farlus: Decent shit, though not really my thing. Makes me bang my head, though. 5

Syrrok: Aren’t you disbanded yet? EAT IT, FORGE! 2

Jimmy The Duff: Same ol’ same ol’ from these guys.
I’ve always liked Carnal Forge, and this album does little to change my
opinion of them. Still brutal, still memorable, and overall damn solid
fun. Not inventive enough to be nominated “brilliant”, but who fuckin’
cares? 7

Rance: I like the classic death metal production on
this one. Shrieked vocals, blast beats, technical death metal riffs.
It’s all good! 7

Turisas: Battle metal Turisas: Battle metal

5.5 /10

Lord K: Experiencing Turisas is like having yer
cock in a blender, being unable to decide whether you like it or not.
Excellent and completely worthless at the same time. 7

Chazz: Not really my cup of whiskey, but it’s a
nice change of pace. Very good musically, but a little too “viking” for
my tastes. Lots of violin and orchestra instruments, but it’s still
metal. Probably deserves a higher rating, but again, not my thing. 5

Farlus: What a disappointment. Cool ass album name,
but I’ve heard better music on old video games. A good concept that
just fails to deliver. 1

Syrrok: Turisas is not a band. Turisas is Odin’s earthly brood. 10

Jimmy The Duff: A little tacky; can’t say it’s my
thing, but I’m going to give Turisas credit for making everything gel
and flow together successfully to the point where I actually bob my head
on occasion (just don’t tell anyone). 6

Rance: When I first heard this, particularly track
2, I thought, “What the fuck?!” Although, I guess with an album title
like “Battle Metal”…I should have known. They seem like competent
musicians. I guess the music is kind of a slightly death metal, viking
version of Cradle of Filth…if that means anything. I don’t like the
organ shit they do too much…. sue me! 4

Paganizer: No divine rapture Paganizer: No divine rapture

5.5 /10

Lord K: Roggas’ vocals deserves a better band. Paganizer are old-school, sure, but they are also quite boring. 4

Chazz: The vocals totally dominate this album,
awesome performance. The rest of the album is pretty decent, worth a
listen for the vocals alone. I like this better than their last album. 8

Farlus: At first they sounded like standard death metal, but these guys keep surprising me. Lots of variation. I like it. 6

Syrrok: Paganizer make the Fine Young Cannibals look like Depeche Mode! Mediocriticity! 4

Jimmy The Duff: Holy crud, this is some boring
shit. The dull riffing, decent vocalist and capable drummer are all
brought down by a shit production. I’m listening to it now, and can
honestly say that I can’t stand it. 4

Rance: We like death metal here at GD! Thus,
Paganizer fits right in. This album flows pretty well. Everything is
fuckin’ distorted…so if distortion = heavy metal goodness to you…then
you’ll like this. 7

Unleashed: Sworn allegiance Unleashed: Sworn allegiance

5.3 /10

Lord K: I gave up on Unleashed many years ago. No
one would ever imagine they were to release an album that’s actually
decent after their last 300 CD’s worth of sperm. I was wrong. 6

Chazz: I’ve never been the hugest Unleashed fan,
and “Sworn Allegiance” hasn’t changed my mind. Old fans will dig it, but
I couldn’t get into it. 4

Farlus: Decent shit, about what I expected from reading the song titles. Old school stuff worthy of listen. 5

Syrrok: Unleashed, more like UN-COOL! 3

Jimmy The Duff: This doesn’t offer much past the
first couple of spins, even though it is filled with quality riffs. The
lyrics are dumb as all fucking Hell too, ranging from Isengard,
necrophilia and Jesus’ supposed conception. I still have to stay
relatively fair, because it’s a good album overall. 6

Rance: These boys have been around…they’ve done
some good shit, and this album is some pretty good thrashy death metal.
Plus the chorus to track 3… “I only fuck the dead!” is some good/funny?!
shit. 8

Rotting Christ: Sanctus Diavolos Rotting Christ: Sanctus Diavolos

4.7 /10

Lord K: Bombastic, electronic, majestic, semi-brutal. A coctail of a lot of things. Some good, some bad. 6

Chazz: After 9 fucken albums I’m amazed Rotting
Christ is still keeping their music fairly fresh. Loads of atmosphere…
it’s almost haunting. 5

Farlus: Yawn. Boring black metal, for the most
part. Though I must admit that the intro to “Thy Wings Thy Horn Thy Sin”
is damn fine. Has some cool parts, but definitely not my stuff. 2

Syrrok: Christ was a black man, and these fellas
aren’t black. So they’re liars. If Jesus was as pretty as these boys,
they would have passed him around the Roman candle before hoisting him
onto the cross. 1

Jimmy The Duff: I´ve never been able to appreciate
Rotting Christ, which is strange. They present more than enough decent
material on their albums. I can´t say I´m going nuts over this, but it´s
still some fair ol´ black(ish) metal that I can enjoy to at least some
extent. 6

Rance: Rotting Christ appear to be back at their
evil black metal best. This album combines the feel of some of their
earlier works with elements from their more ‘gothic’ phase. Not a bad
combo, heavy and unique. 8

Mercenary: 11 dreams Mercenary: 11 dreams

4.3 /10

Lord K: I pretty much hate high-pitched vocals no
matter how well they are pulled off. Cheesy metal at large here. Not
anything I’d trade my Jacksons’ for though I have heard much worse. 4

Chazz: This is the first album I’ve heard from this
Danish melodic metal band, and it will probably be the last. Very
talented musicians, excellent production, just not my favorite style of
music. 3

Farlus: Good sound, but gets kinda gay at times. Not really my type of stuff, but has potential to grow with more listens. 4

Syrrok: Mercenary makes Obituary look like Cemetary. I wouldn’t lie about these things! At least they put effort into production. 3

Jimmy The Duff: I surprisingly like the clean
vocals, but the harsher singing appears too far boosted by the
production. The keyboards and guitars come across well, used simply but
effectively; and more importantly, tastefully. I could do worse. 6

Rance: These dudes like to write longer songs…which
is fine…except when you play power metal (although, I guess that’s the
norm in that genre). Now I don’t want to totally piss on these dudes,
‘cause the cd’s production is good and they like to throw some catchy
groove into the mix here and there…to break up their guitar
masturbation. 6


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