Usually, I’m not the one to follow Doom metal as closely as other genres I like, but from time to time, my musical mood shifts to one that likes to dabble in the nice niche of Doom and/or Stoner. Unfortunately, most of these bands sound quite the same today to my ear, whether it be the vocals that try to imitate the next band, the riffs that almost sound stolen, or the general feel of “I’ve heard this a shitload of times already”. This being said, sometimes I do happen stumble upon a Doom/Stoner release that actually catches me, as it the case with Fornjot, by three-piece Mammoth Storm.. Read all!
I got acquainted with the American
progressive/post-metal band Intronaut in 2013, with the release of their dense and atmospheric record Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words with Tones). While their layered soundscapes proved to be challenging to digest, the album turned out to be quite memorable. So when Intronaut’s latest effort, The Direction of Last Things, ended upon my desk, I was happy to take it, yet not prepared for what was to come.. Read all!
In the Name of Rape is a 4-way split with Rapemachine from Germany, Funeralrape from Italy, Clitorape from France and Razorrape from Sweden. The title now makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? With these names in mind, you can obviously expect a lot of goregrind with an overdose of sexual oriented humor, which may or may not lose your appetite.. Read all!
Not even two years have passed since the release of Kampfar’s previous album ‘Djevelmakt’ and now they already come forth with a new release: Profan.
It seems like the band is a nice flow the last years. They are releasing albums and playing an amount of live shows like never before. read all!
Dutch drummer Koen Herfst has built quite up a resume in the past years. You may know him from his work with one of the most renowned DJ’s in the world, Armin van Buuren or from metal bands such as Dew Scented, I Chaos, Epica and After Forever. This year, Herfst was also chosen as BeNeLux’ best drummer by the Dutch magazine Slagwerkkrant. In his apparent busy schedule the musician also found some time to release a debut solo record, called Back to Balance.. 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