Horn of the Rhino – Summoning Deliverance

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Hello everyone. Back on track today with another review. Yesterday we had a blast. Chaotic End, an historic greek crust punk band regrouped and played their first live in Athens for the first time since 1996. I’ m really excited that this band regrouped. But let us go back to our review. Today we have some really heavy stuff for you, this time from Bilbao. Horn of the Rhino come from Bilbao, Basque Country. The band has been around for some years and they have released some really nice albums. ”Summoning Deliverance” is their newest release. It was released on the 26th of August. Ten tracks are included in this albums. Their music is a blend of sludge and death/ thrash metal. The first i heard this band i thought their music was going to be solely doom/sludge. But that was definitely not the case with this band. Today’ s album is truly like a big sonic storm from the first to the last second. This is music that is definitely gonna turn some heads. And it will make people bang their heads really hard to it. You can trace some old school death metal in this album. You’ ll love their riffs and their basslines. Great vocals also is something that one can easily notice. I believe that today we’ re dealing with some songs that the heaviness and the aggressiveness that are included in them came out really naturally. I mean, my impression is that the band did not put huge amount of effort to create such a heavy record. It somehow came out naturally. I would have to say that ”High Priest” is my favorite song from this album. So to sum up i believe that this is a very good album and it is definitely worthy of your attention. Just delve into their music and you won’ t regret it. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Summoning Deliverance:

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Horseskull – Horseskull

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Horseskull is a four piece band from the United States. Today’ s album is their debut album. Their sound is a blend of doom and heavy metal. Six tracks are included in ”Horseskull”. I think this is old school music we’ re talking about here. This album has a lot of groove as it has many psychedelic elements in my opinion. And it is undoubtedly filled with a lot of heaviness. It kinda took me back to the 00’s. A time where bands like Spiritual Beggars where the shit. Something that you will definitely appreciate in today’ s album is the band’ s epic vocals. Really liked their singer’ s vocals. I also the groove in their songs. For example check out ”The Devil”. Extremely heavy riffs can be found in this album from the first to the last second. Distorted guitars and huge basslines make this album even more pleasant to my ears. So to sum up i think this is a really nice release. Specially recommended for fans of Spiritual Beggars, Grand Magus, Orange Goblin & Cathedral. So if you’ re a fan of the bands that are listed above do yourself a favor and listen to this album. Links:

Rodha – Welter Through The Ashes

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Hello everyone we’ re back with some heavy stuff for you, this time from Germany. Rodha is a four piece band from Hamburg. Their sound is a blend of sludge, heavy rock and hardcore. ”Welter Through the Ashes was released on the 13th of September and it is their newest release. Their album is an unexpected, pleasant surprise that one can find in Bandcamp. Let me explain myself. Nine tracks are included in today’ s album. Once you press play you quickly start to realize that these guys are not messin’ around. What happens is that you get overwhelmed by their awesome riffs and their basslines. Even though their sound is very close to sludge, i don’ t think you can solely describe them as that. You can trace a lot of heavy rock/stoner in their music, as well as nice melodic parts. In my opinion their songs are greatly structured. For example in their songs they speed up when they have to and they lower their tempo gracefully enough. Everything seems to fit. Even some nice effects that they use. Their singer’ s vocals are cool in my opinion. Today’ s album is an album that you can’ t pick songs in a random order to listen to. That’ s my impression from it. Nevertheless find in this album three sons of exquisite, heavy music. These songs are ”Welter Through the Ashes”, ”Weak Little Souls” and ”Thousand Headed Goddess”. So to sum up, this is a very nice release. I think sludge/doom/stoner fans are really gonna like it. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Welter Through the Ashes”:

Abandon – In Reality We Suffer (2004)

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”Where has this album been all these years ?”, ”and why the heck haven’t i never listened to it before?”. These were two questions that i needed to answer the first time i listened  to this album. One possible answer is that the underground scene is enormous, and that there are also unbelievable bands that we may never hear in our lives. Today we review a colossal, heavy album. This album is called ”In Reality we Suffer”. And it was released 10 years ago. Significantly it was released on September, back in 2004. The band’ s name is Abandon. Now, Abandon come from Gothenburg, Sweden. Their music is a blend of sludge, doom and some hardcore also. Initially nine songs were included in this album. In 2014′ s reissue two more have been added. As for the album what can one say about this amazing album? Artists usually write these stuff when they get totally inspired. Or perhaps when they go through a lot of pain. I can’t say that i’m sure. In today’s album we have eleven tracks that form an astonishing night’s madrigal. The way i see it, this is a work that can be described as a work of bitter beauty. It’ s heaviness is immense. Some might say it has a ”fuck me jesus” atmosphere, but i think no one can deny that this is music made from the heart. The singer literary means every goddamn line. We’ re talking about some awesome vocals. Listen to their incredible riffs, just let yourself get sank into their dark cosmos. Two favorite songs from this album are definitely ”Somnambulistic” and ”Will gladly Perish”. Truly incredible songs. ”In Reality We Suffer” has been like a revelation to me. I wish i had known its existence all these years. Definitely recommended for fans of Eyehategod, Iron Monkey, Neurosis and Beaten back to pure. So if you’ re a fan of the bands that are listed above do yourself a favor and listen to today’ s album. I swear it you won’t regret it. Finally what i want to say is, Johan Karlzon rest in peace.

Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend

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Yob is not your typical type of a band. And that’ s a fact. The band has returned with yet another album, this time releasing it through Neurot Recordings. The first Yob album i listened to was ”Atma”, which i thought to be a cool album. Nevertheless some friend of mine recommended ”The Great Cessation”. It did not take too much time for me to love this album. Actually some months ago we said a few words about this album. Some days ago i caught word of a new Yob album. These were some good news indeed. So here we are. Yob’ s new album is titled ”Clearing the Path to Ascend”. Find four ultra heavy songs in this album. Once you hit play your soundsystem gets filled with chaos, despair and agony. Agony for final salvation perhaps. Yob offer to you a journey to their cosmos that it’s totally worth taking. The more times i listen to this album i then start to realize the tons of emotions that it conveys. Should we really talk about how heavy this album is? Well, it is. It’s really heavy. It’s also music played from the heart. I totally believe that. Each song is like a rhapsody. Four rhapsody, each of them having an exciting story to tell. Love them all. Nevertheless ”Unmask the Spectre”, which is also the album’s third song, blew my mind. In my opinion it’s an excellent songs. Mike Scheidt’s vocals still sound amazing to me. In my attempt to reach a conclusion, i would have to say that the band once again delivered. Also i would like to add that i’m really happy because Yob are coming to Athens along with Pallbearer. On the tenth of October they’ re gonna play live at Kyttaro club, Athens. So if you’ re in Athens then don’t miss your chance to see them live. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Clearing the Path to Ascend”:

Pord – Wild

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Pord is a three piece band from Lozère, France. Their music is an exciting mixture of metal, noise rock and hardcore punk. The band was formed back in 2002. On the 8th of September they released their newest release which is called ”Wild”. Seven tracks are included in this 12” Lp. Before i begin with this review i would like to comment on the album’s front cover art. I really liked it. It looks to me like a piece of Polynesian art. So back to the album then. Their music is definitely heavy. You can trace a lot of mathcore stuff here as well as some Melvins and Mars Volta perhaps. The band homogenizes its influences ideally and delivers us an album that can be easily described as intriguing. Listening to this album i was like ”this is some fly stuff here,i wanna see how this album unfolds”. And it did unfold greatly. It felt really good that it lived up to my expectations. Find in this album some awesome riffs and monstrous basslines. I also liked how the singer uses his vocals. Really nice ones. I think they add up significantly to the whole work. Definitely ”Pools ‘n’ Chicks” is my favorite track from this album. To be perfectly honest i focused a lot on that song. So to sum up i would definitely say that this is a cool album. Specially recommended for fans of Botch, Coalesce, Unsane, Mars Volta. So if you’ re a fan of the bands that are listed above go check today’s album. You won’ t regret it. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Wild” Lp: