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 …

If Hope Dies – The Ground Is Rushing Up To Meet Us – CD Review

From the depths of utter brutality rising…. The Metalcore band If Hope Dies unleashes some sheer, apocalyptic hostility. Their 2004 opus, “The Ground Is Rushing Up To Meet Us” [Ironclad Recordings], is a brilliant execution of pure, brute force aggression. And it’s a killer thing. Harsh, growls pierce frenzied and disjointedly perfect rhythmic barrages. Viciously …

Carcass – Choice Cuts – CD Review

One could blather on endlessly about the greatness of the legendary Carcass. And rightly so, because besides being one of the greatest Grindcore bands ever they evolved into one of the best Deathrock Metal acts before their untimely demise in 1997. The British act’s 2004 compilation of rarities and glories, titled “Choice Cuts” [Earache Records], …

Macabre – Murder Metal – CD Review

Brutal, bizarre, and bloody…Macabre makes Horror Grindcore with a gory twist of black humor. Their 2003 opus, “Murder Metal” [Seasons Of Mist Records], is a ghastly mixture of serial killers, Boston Hardcore, and Grindcore greatness. Macabre is as unique as a crime scene. The Macabre schema has one gutting principle, and that is horrific intensity. …

Hoods – Pray For Death – CD Review

Born of fire and primal power, the Metalcore band Hoods is a gloriously savage cut above the rest. Their 2003 opus, “Pray For Death” [Victory Records], smashes with pure intensity. There is no peace here…just spine-cracking, awe-inspiring brutality. Hoods takes a “no mercy” approach to Metalcore… the songs are compact and visceral. They go for …

Horrified – Deus Diabolus Inversus – CD Review

The infinite abysm of Greece has produced many exemplary Metal bands, and one of the very best of those acts is Horrified. Their 2003 opus, “Deus Diabolus Inversus” [The End/Black Lotus Records], is Melodic Death Metal at its experimental best. Horrified does not disappoint. Touches of Black Metal, Classical, and Avant-Garde elements are fused into …