Fozzy’s the previous effort, Sin and Bones, turned out to be a turning point for the heavy metal formation. The record was received positively by the press and they gained a lot of new fans. Now, the American rockers, led by former professional wrestler Chris Jericho, are back with the album’s successor: Do You Wanna Start A War. Can this sixth full length meet the expectations that were set with the release of Sin and Bones? Read all!
It is almost two years since the last Grave Digger album Clash Of The Gods came out. So that’s about time for the band to release another one. Return Of The Reaper is album number sixteen since the band was formed in 1980. Obviously a highly productive band throughout the years. And in all that time they never really let us down. Read about that here!
Switzerland! The land of quality chocolates, overpriced cheese, pretty ladies and more than a few extreme metal bands.
Abinchova is one of them, but they’re a tidy bit different. When I was told about a “Folk Death Metal” band from Switzerland, the first band that came to my mind was obviously Eluveitie, which bear similar characteristics (Swiss, Death/Folk, a-lot-of-band-members, etc’) but at the moment Wegweiser, the band’s new release, started to spin – every similarity went to the bin, which is quite good since I feared I might find a clone. Read all
Naturbål – which, incidentally, is the third part in their four-album series about the natural elements. Jordpuls was dedicated to the element of earth, while Orkan focused on air; Naturbål is all about fire. What’s tripping me up here is the fact that Naturbål is so similar to its predecessors, and yet, it’s different in a myriad of ways. Read all
The third effort of the Brooklyn-based, post metal band Tombs successfully taps into the primal vibe that is at the core of metal music. This record, Savage Gold, has been getting raving reviews and the album has already been mentioned as a candidate for year lists. So, what is all the fuzz about?.. Read all!
Hellsaw – Trist
Recordlabel: Napalm Records
Releasedate: February 24th 2012
They have existed for ten years, but they’ve been crawling out of the fields of the underground since only five years. Hellsaw is becoming a respected Black metal band. After touring with Inquisition, Shining; signing with Napalm Records; and creating a steady band line-up and playing on a lot of big festivals (including Wacken 2011), there can’t be many black metal fans that haven’t heard of Hellsaw yet! Their latest album Cold dates back to 2009, so it is about time that the Austrians come up with something new.
As soon as The Devil Is Calling My Name starts we are dragged into the black metal world. Fast black metal riffs are varied with almost doom like slower parts.
Doomed Pervades Nightmares surprised me; halfway during the song the raw black metal sound suddenly makes place for almost circus-like music (Hellsaw’s biggest nightmare is clowns?) From this plonking violin we continue to complicated music lines, bridges and rough black metal again during The Forerunner Of The Apocalypse.
What can’t be missed on the typical black metal album is the church choir singing something in Latin. And tadaaaa, guess how Death Bells starts…
With Trist, we travel deep into the heart of depressive black metal. The tempo slows down, Aries his vocals cry in despair, and the lyrics aren’t exactly the most happy ones out there either..
When listening to Silence, I can understand why Hellsaw toured with Shining. There are a lot of similarities between the bands in this song, but Hellsaw stays true to their own sound.
This album contains everything a black metal album should have according to the checklist.
An ‘ugh’ every now and then, dark lyrics, the typical black metal riffs, some of doom and depression here and there, a bit of anti-Christianity, etc. Great craftsmanship when it comes to the guitar lines! The vocals of singer/ musician Aries could use a bit more of a darker twist every now and then, but still I can’t complain about it.
01. The Devil Is Calling My Name 5:22
02. Sorrow Is Horror 4:43
03. Doom Pervades Nightmares 6:34
04. The Forerunner Of The Apocalypse 4:39
05. Death Bells 3:03
06. Trist 3:58
07. A Winter Cold 4:15
08. Beldam.1450 3:47
09. Silence 6:56