ANGIST (Iceland) “Circle of Suffering” CD EP review by www.metal-observer.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on November 24, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

ANGIST (Iceland) “Circle of Suffering” CD EP review

by www.metal-observer.com

By Frodi

SÒLSTAFIR and SKÀLMØLD, there you have two great established bands from Iceland. BENEATH, GONE POSTAL, KONTINUUM and OPHIDIAN I, a few of the many great upcoming bands from Iceland. Yes, the Icelandic Metal scene seems to be booming of late, that much is clear. Reykjavik´s ANGIST should definitely be added to the lot as well, because what I´m hearing on their 2011 EP is to great extent fresh while also being rooted in a classic sound.

The influences are obvious so to speak, but the band doesn´t play it safe either. “Circle Of Suffering” opens with the title track; a foreboding, crawling intro gives way to an attacking mid-paced verse with engaging drum work, blackened melodic guitars and ghastly growls from frontwoman Edda Tegeder. The dark tone is set right from the start, you immediately get the feel you´re in for a rough ride, don´t expect anything polished here.

The band pays homage to the late eighties/early nineties sound of Death Metal mixed with doses of classic Doom Metal. “Godless” uses faster and more punishing tempos with even more ominous results, think MORBID ANGEL brutality fused with DEATH circa “Spiritual Healing” era melodies, very cool and very ominous like I said before. There are also these experimental, horror-like ambiences at the end of each track, which adds a very haunting, almost conceptual feel to the flow of the EP.

“Silence” slows things down a bit, being more atmospheric with more UK inspired Doom Metal verses (plus some utterly tormented vocals) and up-tempo sections with great harmonious guitar arrangements. “Unwelcome Thoughts” and “Death Incarnate” close the thirty minute ride with more classic arrangements that still manage to stay pretty strong. The very well balanced song-writing of Edda Tegeder and Gyða Hrund is what keeps the material from sounding mediocre, a worthy skill that´s underrated in my opinion.

Wrapped in a ruthless, eerie sound production, this band is definitely onto something. The goal is undoubtedly to create good Death Metal songs with means to progress whenever the opportunity presents itself. Nothing sounds forced. It´s not like your jaw is gonna drop in amazement all the time, but for what it is, it´s very good.

Review link: http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=6&id=20388

Angist links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/angisttheband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/angisttheband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/angist

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Angist

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase Angist “Circle of Suffering” CD EP go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12397

Advertisements

The GATES OF SLUMBER (U.S.) “…the Awakening” CD review by Metal Rulez

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on November 24, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

The GATES OF SLUMBER (U.S.) “…the Awakening” CD review

by Metal Rulez

By Poodle)

The recently disbanded group Gates of Slumber was quite a well-known object in the doom metal firmament, however, ashamed to admit, the music of this team meet for the first time right now, on the occasion of the renewal of their full-length debut in 2004. Resumption made by Abyss records in the past year is different from the original one bonus track, as amended by the order of “songs” as well as new artwork and cover (drawn by Ken Kelly, known for his jokes cover Manowar, Kiss, Rainbow and … books on Conan) . The fact that I did not know this band before is of course proof of my ignorance, but when describing re-edit this has the plus that I do not have to exert yourself how should I describe something he knows by heart, hehe. In any case – I do not know why, but I associate the Gates of Slumber playing some mighty funeral doom or something like that, while it turned out that – at least on the debut – it was playing quite traditional. So at this point I could begin to write in cliches about sabbathowych riffs, Saint Vitus weight, etc. However, the first thought while associating with the “Awakening” went in my case, in the direction of Oakland and works of masters from Sleep. More precisely, the debut of this formation. The opening number of the publishing house “Resurrection from the Underworld” could easily be found on that album – especially the vocals can be associated just with the Dream. But the “Awakening” is an album – as much as possible the fairly conservative convention of course – varied in subsequent issues goes, for example, heavy metal guitar solo, dirtier, even punkujace, garage motives (of course not la Exploited, rather in the style of hardcore tour St . Vitus …), some slightly psychedelic (or rather the desert?) climates also found … and the “Executioner” from the beginning seems to be almost a carbon copy “Sign of the Wolf” Pentagram! Generally, “Awakening” album feels too can the original (although remember that a decade ago, some other things were on top …), but a well-thought-out and robust and simply successful. For fans of such heavy barbaric play – the position can not mandatory but strongly recommended.

Rating: 7/10

This review was originally written in Polish and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in Polish click the link below.

Review link: http://metalrulez.pl/10133/gates-of-slumber-the-awakening

The Gates of Slumber links:

Official Website: www.slumberingsouls.com/

Myspace: www.myspace.com/thegatesofslumber

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegatesofslumber

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/thegatesofslumber

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/The+Gates+of+Slumber

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase The GATES OF SLUMBER “…the Awakening” CD and other The GATES OF SLUMBER merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=gates+slumber

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by www.beowolfproductions.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on November 24, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by www.beowolfproductions.com

By Beowolf Productions

“WHERE HOPE TURNS DRIPPING RED” is the debut full length release from Sweden’s DEAD AWAKEN. These guys have been around since 2002 and put out a bunch of demos prior to this release. These guys take things back to the old school. They play a combination of European & American Death Metal that was really big in the ’90’s. The music has that very brutal and aggressive European Death Metal sound mixed with a more technical American Death Metal style. These are both favorite styles of mine, so of course I was digging everything that DEAD AWAKEN was dishing out. The guitar work is some what intricate at times and then leads right into fast paced shredding madness with the mile a minute drum beats and blast doing the same. The vocals done by Jörgen Kristensen are a mid ranged to lower Death growl style. These guys are going to be huge in the Death Metal underground, especially after this album hits many ears. This is a must for fans of SUFFOCATION, DISMEMBER, CARCASS, AVULSED, ABORTED & INSISION!

Review link: http://www.beowolfproductions.com/DeadAwaken-WhereHopeTurnsDrippingRed.html

Dead Awaken links:

Official Website: www.dead-awaken.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/deadawaken

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Dead-Awaken/341873415857546

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/deadawaken

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Dead+Awaken

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase DEAD AWAKEN “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12836

FESTER (Norway) “Winter of Sin” DIGI CD review by metal.de

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on October 3, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

FESTER (Norway) “Winter of Sin” DIGI CD review

by http://metal.de

By Eckart

The history of the Norwegian band is SOLID as short as tragic: Founded in 1989, the quartet released two demos in 1992 after his debut album “Winter of Sin” on No Fashion. the second album “Silence” hired the band to the Austrian label Lethal Records, the album’s brief existence alongside a limited edition secured especially little attention. Consequently, it was in the years that still are solid, until the musicians in 1999 for a third album came together again and signed a record deal with No Fashion. However, these activities were stopped abruptly, as a bass player Jørgen Skjolden died suddenly and the band broke up once again – this time probably for good.

If so now re-released “Winter of Sin”, it means the first edition of the album for a long time at all. For too long this rough diamond was available from the second-hand market, and at fancy prices. And if the keyword “diamond in the rough” is, so we are in the characteristics of this work: “Winter of Sin” offers basically the same style that was to “Silence” finally perfected. The album is most likely to locate in the intersection of Black and Death Metal holds, but far from the bustle of the former black metal scene. Rather, it is distinguished by its reefs always be guitars, with its more intricate rhythms and evocative as its more hysterical vocals.

In a direct comparison of the songs sound “Winter of Sin”, however impetuous than the follow-up album, rampant, but less mature. The leads are not sitting quite so sure, and that the musicians have improved in the two years between the two albums, their playing skills, is also not to be missed. Nevertheless, songs like the title track, the acoustic-mystical launched “The Ancient Gods Wore Black”, “Victory!” und “Liberation” auch heute noch überzeugen. and “Liberation” convince even today.

As part of the new edition of the album has been donated again a remastering, which freshens up the sound a little bit antiquated.As a bonus there is a very old song “When Darkness Confirms” in a live version of 1991, which is technically sound but only for lovers, but is equal to more than nine minutes.There is also a new artwork and liner notes by the band. Overall, the new edition of “Winter of Sin” that is a thoroughly successful thing – with a meaningful bonus and subtle improvements.

This review was originally written in German and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in German click the link below.

Review link: http://metal.de/black-metal-1/review-/fester/39493-winter-of-sin-re-release/

Fester links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/festernorway

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/festernorwaybm

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Fester

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase FESTER “Winter of Sin” DIGI CD, latest Full-Length “A Celebration of Death” CD, “Silence” DIGI CD and other FESTER merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=fester

To preview songs from FESTER’s latest full-length album “A Celebration of Death” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWMGYQO2CjI or www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xc7tab9jvs

And to preview a songs from FESTER’s “Silence” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hiTvtM5hoY or www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSQoaAzGpQ

SEPTEKH (Sweden) “Apollonian Eyes” CD EP review by Metal Rulez

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on October 3, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

SEPTEKH (Sweden) “Apollonian Eyes” CD EP review

by Metal Rulez

 photo SEPTEKH-ApollonianEyesCDEPcoverart425w_zps6f10262b.jpg

By Pudel)

Sweden. Death metal. If, after reading these three words ran find this EP, let it pause for a moment more. Septekh yes, like most plays death metal, but they took to be this species from a little different angle. First, the title number of the attacks somewhat blackowym climate (chorus, drums), the sound is there so little defowe, transparent. A piece is not long, but a little bit does not make sense … like gentlemen Swedes go forward carefully but somehow everything is falling apart, terrible chaos. Song number two, in turn, is a different matter – rock’n’roll (or rather thrash?) Drive, firmer vocals, nice chorus, that is – they want to they can. “Cursing the skies” is similar, but the chorus echoes resound again devilish black metal. And again, it comes out poorly. Well, at the end of the song the longest and probably the best – “Vlad Tepes”, the beginning of which reminded me somehow of the longer numbers Sodom or Necronomicon. While the second part of a piece of drifting back into black metal regions, but this time it worked out well. This strange little EP is. Only 15 minutes of music and this is really a lot here, but that sometimes not to make sense. Attention is drawn to work the drums, you hear that a certain Staffan Persson knows what sticks and pedals are used. I wish a little that in addition to a piece of “Vlad Tepes” so little on this release is a memorable guitar riffs …   EP looks like a full-length album, well – I hope that it will be more even material from the “Apollonian eyes”, which you can listen to as much as possible, But it’s hard to recommend this release with a clear conscience. Rating for a little encouragement, full-length album at such a level would have to evaluate the following.

Rating: 6/10

This review was originally written in Polish and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in Polish click the link below.

Review link: http://metalrulez.pl/10002/septekh-apollonian-eyes

 photo Septekhlogo_zps45ce6fb2.jpg

 photo FW_zpsf1ba0ef9.jpg

Septekh links:

Official Website: www.septekh.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/septekh

Facebook: www.facebook.com/septekh

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/septekh

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/septekh

 photo abyssred_zps80a7ebe4.png

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

 photo SEPTEKH-2EPAd425w_zpsd1f61300.jpg

Other links:

To purchase SEPTEKH “Apollonian Eyes” CD EP, “The Seth Avalanche” CD EP and official merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=septekh

To Preview a song from “The Seth Avalanche” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIw0oyaI6w0

FESTER (Norway) “Silence” DIGI CD review by www.mariosmetalmania.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on September 26, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

FESTER (Norway) “Silence” DIGI CD review

by www.mariosmetalmania.com

By Dennis van Dommelen

First of all I am not worthy to review an album which I consider the biggest cult release of all time! No, I am not kidding, boys and girls. For me this is somewhat of the holy grail in extreme metal. A few months ago Fester’s debut album “Winter of Sin” was re-released and got its deserved review at MMM (see Archive CD/DVD Reviews). Now it is time for the re-release of Fester’s second album “Silence” First it’s important to tell something about the time this album was recorded. When the band was recording in Vienna Powerstation in Austria -once again using Raymond Cesar Pellicer as a supervisor- in August 1993, Euronymous got killed. The media hype was enormous and also reaching Fester. At that time it wasn’t even clear who murdered the guitarist of Mayhem. The band got several phone calls from different ‘zines that wanted an interview. Fester only did one. Which once again showed the guys from Askim went their own way and did the things they believed were good. The band then already signed a contract for 5! albums with Lethal records since No Fashion records (who released “Winter of Sin”) went bankrupt. Not knowing that “Silence” would be their one and only album for the Austrian label before a long hibernation. The album was meant to be called “Silent is the Raven” the artwork, a painting with a raven sitting on a branche in an old tree with a pole struck to its beard was already done but never used for this release (the vinyl release from Abyss records of this album has somewhat of the original idea in it). Instead Lethal ended up by just calling the album “Silence” while using a different cover art. Now over to the music, the most important thing. On “Silence” you can hear that Fester has become a more mature band but without losing their touch with the underground and most important: their originality. Still here are the strong riffs the absolutely beautiful solo’s which give the songs really surplus value. Different from “Winter of Sin” are the vocals. Rolf Tommy had decided that he didn’t want to scream on the record. After several meetings the band came up with an interesting idea. Since the album was called “Silence” the band decided to do the vocals as whispering instead. Ralf and Tiger split the songs in two. So some of the songs have whispering vocals while others have the wellknown screams. I know no other band that has ever done this, only Belial on some parts on their “Wisdom of Darkness” EP. I think it gives great contribution to the dark, calm and gloomy music which has reached its full potential here on “Silence” Because that is what “Silence” is gloom and doom cast in beautiful songs. Give this album a chance, I promise, you won’t be disapointed. Also look out for the new album of Fester coming begin 2012 and besides that a project with members from Fester involved called Sincera.

Rating: 99/100

Review link: www.mariosmetalmania.com/CDDVDreviews.html

Fester links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/festernorway

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/festernorwaybm

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Fester

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase FESTER “Silence” DIGI CD, latest Full-Length “A Celebration of Death” CD, “Winter of Sin” DIGI CD and other FESTER merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=fester

To preview songs from FESTER’s latest full-length album “A Celebration of Death” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWMGYQO2CjI or www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xc7tab9jvs

And to preview a song from FESTER’s “Winter of Sin” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKH4_MK_6DI

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by Absolute Hell

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on September 26, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by Absolute Hell

 photo DEADAWAKEN-WhereHopeTurnsDrippingRedCDcoverart425w_zps5eb7b7fb.jpg

By KaosChrist

Dead Awaken is a Swedish Death Metal band formed in 2002. They have had quite a string of releases thus far, but today we are taking a look at Where Hope Turns Bloods Red, released in 2013. As one would expect from their cover art, their lyrical themes are about war, quite fitting for a Death Metal band if you ask me. War is a brutal thing and so is Dead Awaken, a fitting combo.

Starting off I really liked the first track, the rest to follow were equally well done. The guitars are heavy and bombastic, as to be expected of the genre. They are well done and nice to listen to. As is typical of extreme metal the bass isn’t very loud, but there are times when you can hear it. They drums are fast and on time. They are very aggressive and hard hitting. They do not have any real flaws from what I can tell, everything sounds as it should. There as a lot of blasts used, but I was never annoyed by them. They are fitting. The vocals are typical Death fair, but are preformed competently. The music is quite fast paced, yet they know when to slow it down, which adds a lot and gives it a feel of dread. The mixing is well done. All in all, it is quite solid.

It is fitting in the times we live in to have a band that speaks about war and its brutalities. Here is a lyrical sample, taken from the track Mudhell. “Scar tissue graces Earth. Every trench is a wound. The war is bleeding our world. Into a cenotaph of souls. Eating its way through sanity. Our sentence carved in stone. Sorrow lingers in the fog. While lead greets flesh and bones.” Pretty powerful stuff, but it is 100% true. Humanity has always been a messed up race and war is one of our greatest crimes, it is nice to see and band covering the topic. Aside from their lyrical content, the music is good. There are no major flaws and I quite enjoyed the album. If you are a fan of Death Metal, you should check this out. Dead Awaken is a solid band with a great message. Notable tracks are Carnivore and Venom of the Population.

Rating: 89%

Review link: http://absolutehell.net/dead-awaken-where-hope-turns-dripping-red-review/

 photo DeadAwakenlogo_zps6d367e0b.jpg

 photo DEADAWAKENbandphoto425_zps05508841.jpg

Dead Awaken links:

Official Website: www.dead-awaken.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/deadawaken

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Dead-Awaken/341873415857546

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/deadawaken

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Dead+Awaken

 photo abyssred_zps80a7ebe4.png

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

 photo DEADAWAKENWhereHopeTurnsDrippingRedAd_zps35516bff.jpg

To purchase DEAD AWAKEN “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12836