Deez Nuts – Word Is Bond

Melbourne, Australia’s Deez Nuts brought forth their fourth studio album, Word Is Bond, in the spring of 2015. Word Is Bond is a 14 track disc filled with monolithic, aggressive hardcore crossover thrash metal that will sear your feet to the floor and melt your face simultaneously.

The overall sonic texture on Word Is Bond isMelbourne, Australia’s Deez Nuts brought forth their fourth studio album, Word Is Bond, in the spring of 2015. Word Is Bond is a 14 track disc filled with monolithic, aggressive hardcore crossover thrash metal that will sear your feet to the floor and melt your face simultaneously. The overall sonic texture on Word Is Bond is consistent, with each song being relatively similar to each other song. When those songs are filled with skull-jarring, bone-crunching riffs, homogeneity is a very good thing! The modern, crisp mix is overall vocal and guitar-forward, but well-balanced. Instrumentation is relatively simplistic, as to be expected from the genre. Musicianship is adequate and competent. Each song has a spartan amount of layers, effects, and so on to serve the song – the album is not over-produced. Song durations are “punk” short, for the most part. Ideas are well-chosen and sparingly wrapped into each song, which ends up as an aural near-equivalent to reading shorter sentences or text messages. Vocalist JJ Peters has a deeper, more convincing voice with a slightly grittier delivery. Lyrics are vitriolic, negative, and loaded with swearing: the songs effectively channel negativity and hostility. Deez Nuts’s lyrical prosody is fairly rap-ish, so […]

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SixStringNoise – Snake Side Brotherhood

SixStringNoise, from Greece, has independently released Snake Side Brotherhood, a ten song album. This offering, the band’s third, shows a natural progression in musicianship, songwriting, and technical mastery. As a duo, Markos and Alex have come up with a cohesive batch of songs which run a gamut from grunge or alternative metal, to hard-hitting heavySixStringNoise, from Greece, has independently released Snake Side Brotherhood, a ten song album. This offering, the band’s third, shows a natural progression in musicianship, songwriting, and technical mastery. As a duo, Markos and Alex have come up with a cohesive batch of songs which run a gamut from grunge or alternative metal, to hard-hitting heavy metal. As with the band’s previous release, Likewise, Snake Side Brotherhood draws ready comparisons to American grunge (Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots) and alternative metal (Alter Bridge, Creed). This disc hits harder and is more tenacious, though, and has none of the production flaws which plagued the digital version of Likewise. Snake Side Brotherhood‘s overall mix is crisp, clear, and loud. Instruments are very well balanced and there’s no sense of an instrument becoming lost in the mix. Production features fairly typical layering, and includes some very nice ideas. As with previous releases, the musicianship is solid, the performance being across-the-board quite enjoyable. The music is globally nicely accessible, with very sparse, if any, quirkiness. First and foremost, this is a contemporary alternative metal disc with leanings to other genres. Snake Side Brotherhood is heavy; there’s no doubt about that. Grunge influence is most noticeable, […]

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Iron Kobra – Might & Magic (Dying Victims Productions)


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Iron Kobra from Germany appeared in 2008 and have released a series of singles and one full length before this current offering. They introduce themselves on this album with an intro about playing on 10 – it sets the scene perfectly for what can only be described as a wild and unkempt slab of metal.Iron Kobra from Germany appeared in 2008 and have released a series of singles and one full length before this current offering. They introduce themselves on this album with an intro about playing on 10 – it sets the scene perfectly for what can only be described as a wild and unkempt slab of metal. Soundwise these guys are sitting somewhere in middle England 1981-1983, its raw and rambunctious with little finesse and buckets of attitude. This is heavy metal played from the heart, they have got into the studio and laid it down exactly as I imagine these guys sound on a stage, nevermind about the polish, we are going matt black. “Fire!” demonstrates this attitude with a hammering riff, thundering drums which are really boxy sounding but have a certain charm. The guitar playing is excellent lots of interplay on harmonies and chugging riffs. The John Gallagher style screams and the aggressive vocals just add to this rowdy atmosphere. All the classic influences are in here, Maiden, Running Wild, Jaguar and a whole plethora of other NWOBHM influences.“Wut im Bauch” is the only song on the album that is sung in German and is an interesting addition to […]

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Nuclear Assault – Pounder E.P

Welcome back Nuclear Assault! Even though it will be short lived (they are calling this the ‘Final Assault’ tour), the New York based thrash metal legends have reformed for their 30 year anniversary and released Pounder. This blistering 4 track E.P and 2015 tour dates including a main stage slot at the UK’s Bloodstock OpenNuclear Assault – Pounder Welcome back Nuclear Assault! Even though it will be short lived (they are calling this the ‘Final Assault’ tour), the New York based thrash metal legends have reformed for their 30 year anniversary and released Pounder. This blistering 4 track E.P and 2015 tour dates including a main stage slot at the UK’s Bloodstock Open Air Festival on the 8th of August are a very big deal for me as I have not seen them since 1988 when they supported Slayer on their South Of Heaven tour. The 2 sets I saw in Manchester and Newport gave the headliners a hard act to follow considering how partisan Slayer audiences can be. Out of the quartet, 3 of the original line up are here. Bassist Dan Lilker, vocalist/guitarist John Connelly and drummer Glenn Evans are joined by Erik Burke on lead guitar who played with the band between 2002 – 2004 and from 2011 to the present day. All 4 tracks transcend the 30 year gap between their beginnings and the present day. Dan Lilker left Anthrax so as to play more aggressive music and formed Nuclear Assault with John Connelly 30 years ago and this pairing […]

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Frosthelm – The Endless Winter


Mixing the blackest of extreme metal with thrash breaks/parts is the thing that made me review “The Endless Winter” by Frosthelm. It was too odd to not give it a good listen to and tell you what I thought. I love this band; Frosthelm have cracked the code and managed to fuse Norwegian roots withMixing the blackest of extreme metal with thrash breaks/parts is the thing that made me review “The Endless Winter” by Frosthelm. It was too odd to not give it a good listen to and tell you what I thought. I love this band; Frosthelm have cracked the code and managed to fuse Norwegian roots with the best Americanized thrash this side of 1986. The riffs are razor sharp instead of the standard drone feel of traditional BM. The “set standard” of drone, marching black metal is still here but it has been altered and taken in a new direction. The doomy riffs are broken not by blastbeats by with facemelting thrash solos and riffs. The lads layer the guitar tone and solos of thrash to pack the entire album with an extremely sharp metallic punch that will win over doubters from the second track on. Speaking of which, “A Storm of Teeth” sounds like an Evile with its opening riff but the darker undertones are there from the kick into the song proper. There is so much going on with the composition of the tracks on this album that I can only say that it fuses both the best of […]

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Satyricon – Live At The Opera (DVD and 2CD release)


The solemn and eloquent darkness with the few spots of light. The drums rises up from the under floor in the side of the massive stage. Perfect lighting setting hits the stage and then Frost starts hitting the drums and Satyr comes up from the floor too and so begins the march of Satyricon inThe solemn and eloquent darkness with the few spots of light. The drums rises up from the under floor in the side of the massive stage. Perfect lighting setting hits the stage and then Frost starts hitting the drums and Satyr comes up from the floor too and so begins the march of Satyricon in the Norwegian National Opera. For someone that might sound like absolute dream and for Satyr it is how the grandiose dream came true. Live At The Opera Satyricon is one of the iconic Norwegian black metal bands – there is no big introduction needed. They released 8 full-length albums and countless EP, singles, splits.. and now there is live album and DVD “Live At The Opera” to add to all this solid discography. Only the idea of Satyricon cooperating with Norwegian National Opera chorus gives the shivers and all this hour and a half spent watching the DVD did not seem too long. Although the camera work is not as brilliant as it could be, Satyr’s wish was not to disturb audience with camera cranes in the front was fair enough and the view is still enjoyable. The splendid lights, huge stage seats all over […]

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Erja Lyytinen – Live in London


I must admit to not knowing anything about Erja Lyytinen, until her latest cd drop on my doormat, it is called Live In London, so had me thinking that I must be missing out on something special, and I was right.

On October 7th 2014, Erja Lyytinen rolled into London’s iconic venue the 100 Club forI must admit to not knowing anything about Erja Lyytinen, until her latest cd drop on my doormat, it is called Live In London, so had me thinking that I must be missing out on something special, and I was right. On October 7th 2014, Erja Lyytinen rolled into London’s iconic venue the 100 Club for an evening of live music. At her side, Erja was accompanied by a crack band featuring long-time musical partner Davide Floreno, bassist Roger Inniss and drummer Miri Miettinen. Live In London mixes brilliantly chosen covers with an impressive amount of original material. Opening up with an old Fred McDowell track ‘It’s A Blessing’ it’s like meeting a long lost friend, every feels right, from the opening a cappella through to the guitar outro, this song oozes class. Throughout the gig Erja sings with a beautiful soulful voice, and then she picks up her guitar, and then it’s wow, she can play, her solo’s are fluid and convey a range of emotions that only a true blues musician can do. And she can play slide guitar. And play it exceptionally well. The slide work on ‘Let It Shine’ is outstanding, couple that with her warm […]

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