Entombed – Inferno – CD Review

From the Kings of Deathrock Metal, a new vitality has been found in their latest effort. Their 2004 opus, “Inferno” [Candlelight/Threeman Records], is their best work in several years. With more jagged ferocity and a little Blues meandering, “Inferno” burns with a gloriously raw edginess. Shattering mundane trends, Entombed does it their way. With catchy, …

Hypnosis – Cyber Death – CD Review

From the stark digital waste that is the information badlands comes Hypnosis. Their unique, enthralling brand of Techno/Industrial Death Metal is arrives as a timely divergence from the current Metalcore tsunami. Their 2004 release, “Cyber Death” [Crash Music, Inc.], is a solid and electrifying opus. Hypnosis uses keyboards, hammering samples through the bloody flesh of …

Lilitu – The Delores Lesion – CD Review

One of the most stunning releases of 2004 is the epic debut by Lilitu. (Historic note: Lilitu is from Hebrew folklore, she was the first vampire. She was also called Lillith.) Their opus, “The Delores Lesion” [The End Records], is Extreme Dark Metal with immensely melodic aggression. Interlocking Avant-Garde Death, Swedish Death, Gothic, and Neo-Classical …

On The Rise – Burning Inside – CD Review

On The Rise is Hardcore at its best…powerful, aggressive, and catchy as the plague. Their 2004 opus of detuned glory, titled “Burning Inside” [Bridge Nine Records], is a wonder of primal dynamics. On The Rise breaks-up the AOR Punk mediocrity with their pure, pristine hostility. This is the real thing…. The On The Rise assault …

Khold – Morke Gravers Kammer – CD Review

With the recent death of Quorthon (Bathory), Black Metal seems heavily in need of some new heroes. One band worthy of consideration is the biting Khold. Their 2004 opus of macerating darkness, “Morke Gravers Kammer” [Candlelight Records], is fiercely dynamic in its fiery onslaught. This is Old School Black Metal at its finest. Khold is …

Melechesh – Sphinx – CD Review

Eccentric and edgy, the band Melechesh takes Death Metal to new places of extremity. Their 2004 opus, “Sphinx” [The End Records], is this Israeli act’s most adventurous and avant-garde work yet. Dripping in Middle Eastern influences, it bleeds a serene darkness. Odd-timing, Middle Eastern and Near Eastern instrumentations build multiple layers of atmospheric aggression. The …

Conspiracy A.D. – Humanity = Destruction – CD Review

In the depths of a shining abyss, twisted and beautiful, was forged the resplendent darkness…. Conspiracy A.D. burns with just such a darkness. Their 2004 opus of abysmal brilliance, “Humanity = Destruction” [Crash Music, Inc.], pristinely fuses together elements of Melodic Death Metal, Swedish Death, Industrial, and Grindcore. The result is simply amazing. Integrating blasting …

Hearse – Armageddon Mon Amour – CD Review

Hearse is a death ride of style… a subtle, exuberant fusion of raw Deathrock hook with Swedish Style sharpness. (…Think Motorhead mixed with Entombed and early Arch Enemy.) Their 2004 release, “Armageddon Mon Amour” [Candlelight Records], is equal parts pure aggression and severe dynamic agility. Hearse is a caustic, jagged wonder of epic ferocity. Beauty …