2021

Album Review: Maudiir – “La Part Du Diable” 7.8/10 (Black/Thrash)

There are certain bands and albums that I hear, like this one, that remind me why I do this, remind me why I spend countless hours listening to and writing about music, even if some of what I hear is bad or disposable. I do it, in part, to discover hidden gems, like Maudiir, or Descensum from last week. I love finding new bands with little to no label support, cause it feels like I’ve just been let in on an awesome secret and given the responsibility to tell anyone who’ll listen. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Onslaught – Generation Antichrist 9 (Thrash Metal)

Thrash metal in the UK may not be nearly as well-known and popular as its American, German or even Canadian counterparts. You may count on one hand the thrash bands hailing from the UK who were actually able to garner global recognition and establish a solid fanbase. Nevertheless, they also had their own “Big 4 of Thrash Metal” with Acid Reign, Xentrix, Sabbat and Onslaught back in mid-1980s, a tad bit later than other widespread scenes. But much of the bands’ vigor and stamina burnt out quite shortly after their formation and some underwent long-term hiatuses (Xentrix 1997-2013, Decimator 1993-2020, Acid Reign 1991-2015) and some others disbanded altogether (Sabbat 1991). But luckily, in 2000s, a second wave of British thrashers came to life with such bands as Evile, Savage Messiah, Divine Chaos, and Gama Bomb to spearhead this movement alongside some veterans like Onslaught and with others like Eradikator or Reign of Fury to follow and make this genre more prominent in the island. […]

Metal Redux

Metal Redux: Destruction – Live Without Sense (1989)

Why would I include Destruction as part of Metal Redux, you may ask? One of the so called Big 4 of Teutonic Thrash. Surely everyone knows Destruction? Its a great question, as this titan of thrash metal has been kicking around for 37 years. And with 14 albums, several EPs, and two anthem re-recordings of their classics, I am sure many of you know them, as well as their best tunes. […]

Metal Redux

Metal Redux: Sabbat – History of a Time to Come (Thrash Metal)

When something sounds evil, it has the ability to draw you in and although you may fear what is to come, you cannot help but to listen on. I remember the 1st time I heard Sabbat. It was in 1988, and their album History of a Time to Come (HOATTCC) had just been released, and I was listening on a the Sunday night to the once-a-week underground metal radio show called Metal For Melbourne. The song was A Cautionary Tale (the intro), and much like Bathory’s Storm of Damnation, or Slayer’s Hell Awaits, I knew that I was listening to something special. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Sepultura – Quadra 8 (Thrash Metal)

Sepultura has always been a staple in metal, particularly thrash metal, since their conception in the early 1980’s where they were the sound of metal in Brazil and among the few who could compete with the metal scene growing – maybe even unproportionally – in the world-renowned Bay Area, with such acts as Exodus, Metallica, Testament, Death Angel, Megadeth and Blind Illusion. The original line-up of the band, with Cavalera Brothers, is still highly idolized and their work is often deemed superior to the more recent offerings of the band. I, admittedly, was one such person. Well I was until I heard this new release. I’m not saying The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart and Machine Messiah were inherently weak performances, I’m just saying this work is a cut above them. […]

HardAlbumReview

Microdose: Annihilator, Vvilderness, Moongates Guardian & Dark Matter

Four great albums, four short reviews. This time however it’s all picks and opinions of Noob Heavy writer Mass from Iran who has some interesting tastes and takes. Most of his listening pool is everything I haven’t heard of from places I don’t often hear from so expect some esoteric sounds to western ears as well as ruthless takes on those we are familiar with. Haha, love it. Also he gets his own format for it. […]

Carcassbomb's Reviews

Microdose: Venom Prison, Necropanther, Descent & Harbinger Of Storms

Four good albums, four short reviews. This week there’s almost a theme with double death/hardcore. Throw in some blackened thrash and epic synth doom and you’ve got a good time. If you dig all four of these then hit me up for a sweet high five, because you’re a cool person. Also I do this every week but I keep having to check the previous one to remember how to format it. Mobile users, tilt that phone! Seriously, or it will appear jumbled… next week I’ll probably put all the images on the one side… lol. […]