It has been about five years since the Mesopotamian metal masters of Melechesh released their last effort, The Epigenisis. Rest assured that the news of a new record called Enki, was received in high spirits at Metal-Exposure head quarters, where having a preference for all types of (Middle) Eastern metal is nearly a must. So, what has this five year gap meant for Melechesh’ occult themed, blackened thrash-sound?.. Find out!
Fairy tales are originally more grim than the stories that have been written down over the centuries. However, the Dutch horror black metal masters Carach Angren take it to a whole new level with their fourth effort This Is No Fairytale. The album tells a fairy tale that is somewhat familiar to us, but as one can expect, with a perverse twist that makes your skin crawl, but is enthralling as well.. Read all!
I received Frontschwein with high expectations, and it most certainly did not disappoint. First of all, it’s awesome to see that the band is writing about WWII once again, which automatically adds up several points to the band, when a history nerd such as me spins it. Make no mistake, Marduk will take no prisoners here, as super-fast blast beats would tear your speakers apart, while the sheer sickness of Mortuus’ vocals fit perfectly to the musical battlefield the band manages to create through the album.. Read all!
I knew that I would have the opportunity to review the band’s fourth full-length album, “Mach Dich Frei,” several weeks in advance of the release; I was understandably excited, and I sat down with the album as soon as I got it, ready to dive in. The truth is, for the first time in my nigh-on four years as a dedicated Finsterforst fan, this album just doesn’t resonate with me.. Read all!
Crusade Zero is a very strong ‘in your face’ album, what you see is what you get. No bullshit, but straightforward metal. With this Hate continues on the road they took about ten years ago. The album is tight, the vocals sound evil and all the blast beats give this album a nice, aggressive sound; your typical Hate album, just the way you like it.. Read all!
Red Eyes – Obey The Beast
Label: None (self released)
Old school heavy metal might not be my favorite metal genre, but checking out Red Eyes’ debut album Obey The Beast was certainly worth the while. The five guys from Amsterdam play heavy metal with an unique sound. The band has been around since 2008 and just released this promising debut.
“Old school heavy metal with their own new age touch”. That is how Red Eyes describes their own music. It’s a description that actually does justice to the songs. Of course you can hear some typical heavy metal influences on this record. However, these guys aren’t afraid to experiment with guitar riffs, – melodies and drums. (For example: the instrumental piece of the song Obey The Beast or the song Worn Down) That is the main thing what makes this band stand out and interesting to listen to. The vocals of singer Lucas Pruim are also an asset. His voice sounds very raw, which gives the music even more power. On the song Crash, the first song the record, he shows us that his clean voice is just as strong.
Obey The Beast is a very strong debut album. The quality of the production is fine. The music is dynamic and powerful, you probably won’t get bored of the album soon. The rough vocals of Lucas Pruim fit perfectly in the music. I can recommend this album but don’t get scared off by the dull album cover: it is in no way a reflection of what you are about to hear.
2. Obey the Beast
4. Worn Down
5. Smoking Guns
6. My Frenzy
7. Wicked Devils
10. White Horizon
Red Eyes is:
Lucas Pruim – Vocals
Yordi López – Guitar
Damian López – Drums
Mathieu Martel – Guitar
Sebastián Villanueva – Bass