Khmer – Larga Sombra

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Khmer is a four piece band from Madrid, Spain. Their first full length album ”Larga Sombra” will see release on the 11th of August. Eight tracks will be included in this release. The band’s music is a more than excting blend of hardcore, crust punk and black metal. The first thing that made a huge impression on me is the album’s clean production. ”Larga Sombra” to me sounds immensely heavy and  i also dare to say imposing. Forgive me for i don’t speak any spanish. It begins with ”Larga Sombra”. It is a truly awesome song and one of my favourites from this album. ”Perdiste El Filo” is the album’s second song and so far all i can say is that i’m liking what i’m listening to. ”Corriendo Tras El Fuego” works like a bridge that takes us to the other parts of this album. ”El Ardor De La Crueldad” is one of my favourite songs from ”Larga Sombra”. Here you’ll find some really nice riffs. ”A Este Lado De La Luna” is cold as life. Hands down it’s a beast of a song. ”Soledad” stands out for its pitch dark atmosphere and really nice black metal riffs. Nevertheless ”Para Ver El Mundo Arder” was like a big slap in the face. I didn’t expect to find an Amenra-type song there but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is an excellent song and a great outro for this record. Khmer’s first full length album is one of the best albums i’ve listened to in months. It sounds fresh and inspired. In my opinion they have raised the bar really high on themselves. From us it’s a 9 out of 10. The album comes out in August. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.

Hive – Parasitic Twin

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Hive is a four piece band from the United States. Their latest album ”Parasitic Twin” was released on April 21, 2017 through Crown and Throne Ltd. Recorded in 2016 by Mike Duffy in Room 44 and mixed by Matthew Kirkwold at Rumble Studios, this album includes ten tracks. Let’s see what we’ve got here. Their music combines d-beat/ crust and hardcore punk. O.k, once again i’ll admit it didn’t take too long for me to like this album. When the third track of this album came to an end i had already come to a conclusion. My opinion did not change at all when i listened to the final note of this album. Hive had passed my ”test”. Here you’ll find nothing less than ten songs which are filled with anger and rage. Apart from that, a lot of their songs (”Common Ancestor” for example) contain some dark, cold elements. I think this kind of a ”plot twist” is what makes this album so interesting to me. This is not your typical d-beat band or your typical d-beat album. There’s definitely much more to it. I’m talking about nice riffs, brutal vocals and huge raw punk energy that will surely make your day as it did mine. This album is definitely worthy of your attention, especially if you’re a fan of swedish crust punk. As for me, i’m going to name ”Parasitic Twin” as one of this month’s best albums. It is not what one would call as a game changer but it is seriously heavy like a dynamite. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Parasitic Twin”.

Cloud Rat/ Moloch – Split


Hey everybody, we’re back with a new review. Today we review a split album. Cloud Rat is a grindcore/ punk band from the United States while Moloch is a sludge band from the United Kingdom. You might ask yourselves, a sludge band with a grindcore band? The answer is yes, it definitely works. If you don’t know who Cloud Rat is, then you should check out their latest, full length album ”Qliphoth”. That was a great album and that’s hands down. But let us go back to today’s split album. Cloud Rat’s side of the split is a big dose of awesomeness. This combination of grindcore and crust punk will leave no one unsatisfied. ”Amber Flush” is a nice track also. I didn’t expect to find a Crystal Castles type song there but i sure as hell enjoyed it. Now, Moloch is a different case. This split introduced me to this band and all i can say is that i’m really happy about it. Their music is beyond heavy. Here you’ll find really nice riffs as well as concrete basslines. If you like bands like Fister, Fistula, Corrupted and Noothgrush then you should definitely check out this band. I, myself, enjoyed this split album thus i’d like to recommend it.

20 best albums of 2016

Yes, it’s this time of the year. Time to choose my twenty favourite albums of 2016. It wasn’t that easy and that’s because this year we were lucky enough to listen to some tremendous music. This was also a fucked up year. Please excuse my language but it was. So many great artists passed away. Back in december we were shocked with the terrible news of Lemmy’s death. I still can’t believe he’s dead. His music though will live forever. And then David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen died as well. Recently it was Micky Fitz of the Business who passed away. This was a sad year for sure. But life goes on. Anyways, here’s a list i made with my most favourite albums of this year. Count with me from 20 to 1.


20. Ayahuasca – Yin

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19. Unyielding Love – The Sweat of Augury

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18. Worm Ouroboros – What Graceless Dawn

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17. Vermin Womb – Decline

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16. Minerva Superduty – Gorod Zero

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15. Art of Burning Water – Between Life and Nowhere

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14. Cough – Still They Pray

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13. Inter Arma – Paradise Gallows

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12. Sarabante – Poisonous Legacy

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11. Kvelertak – Nattesferd

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10. Plebeian Grandstand – False Highs, True Lows

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9. Ancst – Moloch

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8. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä

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7. Nonsun – Black Snow Desert

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6. The Body – No One Deserves Happiness

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5. Oathbreaker – Rheia

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4. Phantom Winter – Sundown Pleasures

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3. Cult of Luna + Julie Christmas – Mariner

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2. Neurosis – Fires Within Fires

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1. Morrow – Covenant of Teeth

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Herida Profunda/ Hellbastard – Split


Hi everybody, we’ re back with a new review. British crust punk/ metal legends Hellbastard team up with Herida Profunda from Poland for a split album. Herida Profunda is a four piece band relatively new to the game but so far they have released a killer, debut, full length album.

I’ ve said it before and i’m going to say it again. I like split albums. This in particular was released about a year ago. Hellbastard’s side includes five tracks. Their sound has evolved through the years to result to this crossover thrash which by the way i’m totally down with. Their music is fast, heavy and truly aggressive. If you like old school stuff then these five songs will put a huge smile on your face. As for me, i’d like to single out ”Engineering Human Consciousness” for the simple reason that it was the song i enjoyed the most.

Herida Profunda contribute to this album with ten songs. Actually the tenth track is a cover on Napalm Death’s ”you suffer”. These four Poles definitely know their craft. Their music is a blend of grindcore and crust punk. I think many people would agree that the blending of these two styles can create something special. In my opinion Herida Profunda are moving towards that direction. Here you’ll find really nice riffs and cool death metal growls. Their lyrics are in polish but you should not let that discourage you. Plus they have upladed english translations of their lyrics on their bandcamp site. Apart from that their music to me sounds fresh and inspired and it is definitely worth checking out. My personal favourites would have to be ”Zjedz zanim zgnije” and ”Szmal”.

So, this is our suggestion for today. Here’s a link where you can also listen to this split album.

Trap Them – Crown Feral

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Trap Them is a four piece band from the United States. The band came into existence back in 2001. ”Crown Feral”, which was released on the 23rd of September, is their new album. It is actually their fifth album. We have already talked here about their previous album ”Blissfucker”, the album that personally introduced me to this band.

So let us waste no more time. Let’s put on our headphones and see what we’ ve got here. But before we do that i’d like to comment on the album’s front cover art because i think it’s great. It kinda brought to mind old school death metal artworks.

”Crown Feral” includes ten songs. The band’s music remains an exciting blend of crust punk, hardcore, death metal and grindcore. Perhaps this time in some of their songs they moved even towards crust punk. Their sound is as brutal and ugly as always. No compromises are made here. Nice riffs and concrete basslines can be found in this album. You can definitely trace some Entombed and old school swedish death metal in general. In my opinion ”Crown Feral” stands out for its aggresiveness and its raw nature. This album is heavy as hell and it should be heard loud. As for a favourite track? I think i’m gonna go with ”Speak Nigh”.

To sum it up, the band delivered another great album. I must admit i enjoyed this album. This is our suggestion for today. You don’t need coffee. Start your day with this album for an extra energy boost. Check out this link

VVORSE – Näkyjä Helvetistä

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VVORSE is a four piece band from Jyväskylä, Finland. ” Näkyjä Helvetistä ” (finnish for ‘visions from hell’), which was released on the 11th of october, is their debut, full length album. Their music is a blend of crust punk, hardcore and a bit of sludge. Nevertheless crust punk is the main element in their music. All lyrics are written in finnish but that’s not really a problem because as we’ said so many times before, music is a universal language. And i think these guys here manage to get their message across. Nine tracks await for you here. I must admit this is some stuff. We’re talking about pure, raw energy. It didn’t really take too long for me to like their music. From the first song i was like ”O.k gentlemen you have my attention now”. And the rest of the songs proved to be fast and heavy as hell. For example check out ”Haudantekijä”. This is my favorite song from this album. D-beat/ crust as it should be. Personally, i must say i enjoyed this album. Therefore i would like to recommend it. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ” Näkyjä Helvetistä ”.