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BANE (Serbia) “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD review by HomicidalBreath

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

BANE (Serbia) “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD review

by HomicidalBreath

By HomicidalBreath

Bane is basically Branislav Panic(began as a one man project). The line up has been pretty unstable and so has Bane in general, as you’ll see on their page here on the archives they’ve been on hiatus(or split up?) numerous times since forming in 2006; 2006-2007, 2009-2012, 2013-present. Branislav moved from Serbia to Canada(wooo!) in 2012 I believe and got a so far stable line up as of 2013. I was a huge fan of the debut “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” which proved the guy has an impressive amount of songwriting skill so when “The Acausal Fire” came out in 2012 I got my hands on it as quick as I could and I was VERY impressed. Their sound is extremely Dissection influenced but not to the point of being a full on clone but nonetheless, this has Dissection written all over it. If you feel like you’ve listened to the first two Dissection albums seemingly 1000 times and want more, Bane is definitely recommended.

They even chose to show their Dissection influence and cover the legendary “Night’s Blood” and did a great job. Believe it or not, I think it’s so close to being as good as the original, the only thing that stops it from being on par is that it doesn’t have the dark atmosphere that “Storm of the Light’s Bane”(wonder where they got their band name?). I blame this on the production, it’s pretty polished but it doesn’t take away from the album as it’s not over polished. Oddly enough, the album still maintains a rather eerie atmosphere but nothing compared to the aforementioned album. Don’t let the production being clean turn you away from listening to this, you’ll regret it.

The album opens up with a rather predictable intro “Bringing Forth the Endless Dark Aeon” which is somewhat unnecessary but it does set the mood of the album which could be described as eerie. Then “The End of Humanity” kicks you in the teeth with an amazing melodic tremolo riff with an icy guitar tone. I love the guitar tone on this album, it just has that cold, icy tone you hear in black metal bands, yet another DIssection similarity. This album is loaded with amazing, melodic tremolo riffs, the opening riff from “In Endless Silence” is a great example. The majority of the riffs are tremolo but Branislav also makes good use of chords and power chords which are also commonly found in black metal, Behemoth uses that style of riffs with chords but I can’t really describe them. There’s also a decent amount of eerie, melodic harmonies(see: “As Chaos Rises”, great melodies and harmonies in this track). There’s also some amazing acoustic sections, the outro of “In Endless Silence” is a good example. The leads/solos are very much as the riffs; very melodic, well executed and eerie. if you’re looking for technical shredding you’ve come to the wrong place, the sole purpose of the leads/solos are to be extremely melodic just like everything on the album. Branislav is great at coming up with melodic black riffs, it may be nothing completely original but I don’t think his intent is to be original, only few bands are these days.

As for the other instruments, the bass is somewhat audible, not much but it’s definitely there, doesn’t do anything spectacular but the fact that it’s audible is satisfying considering it’s became a trend to leave your bass player for dead. The drum work was done spectacularly. There’s loads of phenomenal fills/rolls in each track, Occultum really impressed me when I noticed he did perfect on the beginning drum fill at the beginning of “Night’s Blood” and kept up with the drumming greatly. There’s also very well executed double kick, I can’t tell if he was using a trigger or not but if he is it doesn’t sound very mechanical which is a bonus. There’s lots of wicked blast beats as well which should go without saying, as far as I’m aware every band I’ve listened to that has any sort of black metal in their genre makes good use of blast beats. I’m just a guitarist but I play my buddy’s drum set at least a couple times a week and I can barely even keep a beat so it just amazes me how these guys do this stuff. As for the vocals, there’s two different styles; gravel throat black metal vocals and death metal growls that aren’t guttural at all. There’s times when Branislav layers them over top of each other which somewhat reminds me of Glen Benton’s aside from the fact Glen sounds like a fucking demon, i still question myself if he actually is a demon.

I only occasionally talk about the lyrics in reviews but I feel I must express how much I like the lyrics on this album, there’s some lyrics that are slightly predictable but others that are phenomenal. The majority of the lyrics are based upon misanthropy and misery with a couple songs having a different theme. Here’s some of my favourite lyrics from the album, taken from “In Endless Silence”;

“From the eternal night, in endless silence I watch the world go by No hope is left, and all was lost I watch the human race die Take away – knowing I will be Forsaken – I shall set my spirit free… Leaving this world – without a goodbye… Frozen – my heart’s bled dry…”

I’m not sure what it is about this song but when I listen to it while thinking of the lyrics I just get that odd, eerie feeling in my gut, that says enough. Now, for the most important thing about an album; the songwriting. The songs are pretty straight forward, most are within 3 minutes and a few a bit over 4 minutes. The song structures aren’t complex at all but they aren’t all “verse, chorus, verse, chorus…etc.” and I’m not usually paying attention to song structures when I’m listening to an album anyway. The songs are highly enjoyable, memorable and all have replay value, aside from the intro “Bringing Forth the Endless Dark Aeon” and “Entering the Paradoxical Sphere” which is kind of an outro but it leads into the Dissection cover. There’s not any filler on here, not even the cover which is impressive as most bands just run out of ideas and figure “Let’s just throw a cover on there instead of writing another track”. I think the statement “no filler” speaks volumes of how much songwriting skill Branislav has especially since this is their second full length and he did great on the debut as well, although he has been in several other projects as well, nonetheless he’s still phenomenal.

“The Acausal Fire” is a great record from start to finish. They have a new single coming out tomorrow “In Darkness and Hatred” so there may be a new album in the works! Hopefully. I highly recommend this album(and their debut) for fans of Dissection, Thulcandra, Behemoth(particularly 1997-2003 era), Sacramentum, Belphegor and although they aren’t similar fans of Watain, Vesania and Necrophobic will probably like this.

Highlights, no order: “As Chaos Rises”, “In Endless Silence”, “World of Desolation”,

Rating: 95%

Review link: www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Bane/The_Acausal_Fire/351511/HomicidalBreath

Bane links:

Official Website: http://baneband.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/baneband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/baneband

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

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 BANE “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD, “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” DIGI CD and other BANE merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bane

To preview a song from “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0LoHYAEBE

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DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by Extreminal Webzine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by Extreminal Webzine

By Battlepig

The Swedes DEAD AWAKEN put this year their first full-length cd “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red“ via Abyss Records on the Metal market.  What resounds here off my loudspeakers is something you like. Genuine Death Metal, straight and dark, is presented to the listener. Thereby DEAD AWAKEN have no regard for anything! Merciless thrashing in highspeed rolls like a roller towards the listener. Easy kept riffs which reinforce and manifest the rawness and nativeness of the production.These can be of course also chopped and brute. Even, if DEAD AWAKEN step a little bit off the gas doesn’t harm the bite and hardness of the production. In addition the little short of unhuman drumimng which is hard to beat of brutality. The dark, emphatic growls of shouter and guitarist Jürgen Kristensen go little short of into the Grindcore area. They outstanding fit in the overall structure. This extremely brutal and aggressive musical mixture literally invites for headbanging! Technically adept and forceful recorded you can very well pick out the professionalism of the recording. For fans of brutal Death Metal an absolute must!!!!

Rating: 8.3/10

Review link: http://extreminal.com/extreminal/review.asp?id=958#7AUu61OeOmohOu4S.99

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

DAEMONICUS (Sweden) “Deadwork” CD review by From the Dust Returned

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , on May 25, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

DAEMONICUS (Sweden) “Deadwork” CD review

by From the Dust Returned

By autothrall

My previous experience with Daemonicus, their 2009 debut Host of Rotting Flesh, was of a pretty hungry, competent and pummeling young Swedish death metal outfit with a primal energy and production that just didn’t manifest into very memorable songs. With Deadwork, they seek to refresh and modernize their songwriting to better results, and I can claim with zero hesitation that that is exactly what they’ve done here. It’s not the most consistent record, and there are a few truly dull grooves or hooks we’ve all heard a thousand times before, but at the end of the day, there are a few tremendous songs among this bunch which any fan of the style should appreciate; the early signs of a band beginning to flourish.

Daemonicus is not one to eschew melody or variation in a stumbling attempt to recreate Left Hand Path, Slaughter of the Soul or any other Swedish monument, but there’s no doubt they’ve got a lot of influence from Dismember, Grave, Unleashed, Bolt Thrower, Amon Amarth and other Euro gods. The rhythm guitar tone is heavily redolent of that old 90s sound still so popular; muscular enough that it strongmans the simpler grooves, but also pretty polished to pack a punch. The melodies, where they appear, are usually quite good, and rescue what might otherwise be a pretty mediocre matrix of chord progressions; the use such leads and atmospheres often recalls the death & roll oriented acts like Hearse or Desultory, and altogether these elements fashion tracks like “The Grandeur of Total Termination” and “We Feast On Your Flesh” into effective ragers that won’t soon escape your thoughts. The drums are bright and splashy, the bass uses a grimy distorted sewer tone to good effect, and as a whole, the production of the album is huge and ‘now’, not so clean as, say, Twilight of the Thunder God, but nonetheless tight and professional.

The vocals aren’t too guttural in nature, more of a visceral, rich snarl imbued with plenty of charisma, and they hold up when he sustains syllables out over the ballast of a chorus groove. Where Deadwork truly worked for me is where those slower, Bolt Thrower-meets-Grave, breakdowns, melodic guitars and vocals all congealed into this epic bruise on the chin; where it became something of multiple, emotional dimensions and not merely a simpler, thuggish exercise in familiar note placement. It’s not as dark of an album as you’ll hear from other upstarts like Miasmal or Tormented, but at the same time it’s mildly more accessible towards the melodic death fans, without sacrificing its churning core aesthetics. There are probably only 3-4 songs here that I’d return to with any regularity, but it’s easily a rank or two above its predecessor Host of Rotting Flesh, and I’d recommend it for fans of anything from other newcomers Puteraeon and Entrails to Feral or the latest Desultory record.

Verdict: Win [7.25/10]

Review link: http://autothrall.blogspot.com/2012/09/daemonicus-deadwork-2012.html

Daemonicus links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/wwwdaemonicusnu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Daemonicus.nu

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/daemonicus

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

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 DAEMONICUS “Deadwork” go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=daemonicus

NONEXIST (Sweden) Interview by www.metalcrypt.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , , , , , on May 9, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

NONEXIST (Sweden) Interview

by www.metalcrypt.com

By Luxi Lahtinen

NonExist is a project started by the dynamic Swedish duo of Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda, Skyfire, etc.) and Johan Liiva (ex-Carnage, ex-Arch Enemy, Furbowl, etc.) They play a melodic and progressive mixture of Thrash and Death Metal. The band’s debut album, Deus Deceptor, was released by New Haven/Century Media in 2002, and it received a lot of praise from the press and Metal fans all over the world.

10 years passed with no news from the band and no one knew whether it still existed. Then news of a second NonExist album popped up out of nowhere. That album, From My Cold Dead Hands, once again with both Johans and programmed drums, has only been released digitally thus far but Abyss Records will be releasing it on CD and LP, both including special bonus tracks.

Vocalist Johan Liiva wanted to share a few thoughts of his about this latest opus, the future of NonExist and what’s going on with his other bands; Devourment, Hearse and Furbowl

Luxi: So Johan, how did it feel to work with Johan Reinholdz again for the sequel to NonExist’s debut album Deus Deceptor? It’s been 10 years since that debut was released by Century Media/New Haven Records.

Johan: It felt great indeed! Now, some 10 years later, with all of what we’ve been thru and the experience we gained, well, it was about time. Back then we never really knew what this band was all about, but now we do. We enjoy doing this so much a third album is already underway. The time was right to get this thing rolling again!

Luxi: Was it easy for you to say yes when Johan R. suggested that you jump on this train again? Did you have any concerns about whether you would still have “it” after so many years or be able to follow-up Deus Deceptor?

Johan: Well, this is something we’ve been talking about on and off since the debut, really. In 2011, however, we reached the point where the pieces of the puzzle came together once and for all. Of course I had some doubts whether or not this would work after such a long time, but I’m totally satisfied with everything and I think the album is as fine a sequel as it could be!

Luxi: Did everything work out for you, with regards to the recording process, the way you planned?

Johan: After Reinholdz recorded the demos with vocal lines, they were sent to me to practice. I wrote the lyrics of just one song this time. Then we decided on a date to start recording my vocals, which we divided into four different occasions over the summer of 2012. It was damn hard work, but everything turned out just according to plan.

Luxi: You chose to record From My Cold Dead Hands at Multipass Studios whereas the previous album was recorded and produced at Peter Tängren’s Abyss Studios. Why didn’t you want to do everything at Abyss Studios again? It seemed to work well on Deus Deceptor?

Johan: First, it was a matter of budget and second, it suited us much better to record it by ourselves. We felt freer to do so whenever we wanted.

Luxi: You once said that the new NonExist album would be slower, heavier and more melodic than its predecessor, and it would contain more keyboards, too. Did you stick to this plan or did some spontaneous things take place while you were recording this opus that led to a more diverse sounding record than you could have ever even imagined?

Johan: For me it turned out nothing like I expected, hehe! It’s amazing how things tend to develop during recording sessions.

Luxi: It might be too early to ask but I was wondering if there are already any songs on this new record that are favorites?

Johan: For sure, I have my own personal faves; “Flesh Falls from the Bone,” “Dark and Tortured Universe” and “From My Cold Dead Hands” are the ones I love the most, for one reason or another.

Luxi: Matte Modin (of Defleshed, Dark Funeral, etc. fame) did the drums for NonExist’s debut album. Who was sitting behind the battery during the recording of From My Cold Dead Hands?

Johan: Well, this time we chose to go for programmed drums, mostly due to (once again) budget reasons. It was also because they were already done and ready. I think it turned out freakin’ awesome. I was a little’ worried at first, but the end result had me convinced it was the right decision, especially since Reinholdz put such an enormous amount of effort into the rolls, fills and other tricks and now I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Luxi: How did you split up the actual songwriting process for this album? Or is this basically Johan R’s creation from the beginning to the end, or, at least, most of it?

Johan: Yes, all the songs as well as most of the lyrics, except for “Presence Everlasting,” which I wrote, were created by Reinholdz. Next time it’ll be a little more balanced and I’ll contribute with lot more lyrics.

Luxi: I mean this as a compliment but, your vocals on NonExist’s debut reminded me of Jeff Walker’s (Carcass). The more raspy parts were different from your vocal style with Furbowl or Hearse? Was it easy to change your vocals to the style you used on Deus Deceptor and did you also try to obtain the same style for From My Cold Dead Hands?

Johan: On the debut I tried to find a new style, one with a higher pitch. This time, however, I’m back with my more “normal” voice but still experimenting a lot, flirting with the sickness a throat can actually come up with when under pressure, hahaha!!

Luxi: People age (which I guess is normal, he-he!), but has this caused any problems for your vocal delivery, maybe forcing you to forgo some registers that you cannot do any longer? Aging really sucks, doesn’t it Johan?

Johan: Yeah, aging has two sides to it, I guess, but as for my vocal delivery, the only thing I felt this time was that I was terribly rusty and unused to recording. I haven’t done much growling since the last Hearse album in 2009. I could feel a difference but I just can’t put my finger on it. Still, it’s natural that the body and physical abilities change, for better or worse, as the years go by. :)

Luxi: What about these cover songs that you planned to record? Which of them will you use for the regular European version, and which ones will be saved for later use, like a Japanese edition of From My Cold Dead Hands?

Johan: The covers (Coroner’s “Masked Jackal,” Megadeth’s “In My Darkest Hour,” Atomic Rooster’s “Death Walks Behind You,” Eucharist’s “Greeting Immortality” and Merciless’ “Realm of the Dark”) were, first and foremost, meant for promotion only, however, some of them will also be featured on the physical releases. Which ones, exactly, we will let that be a surprise, hehe… ;)

Luxi: Are there plans for a limited vinyl release of From My Cold Dead Hands, or maybe a special die-hard fan pack, including a NonExist T-shirt, exclusive poster, a set of NonExist pins, logo patch, logo sticker and some demo mixes from the recording sessions? Now that would be pretty killer, wouldn’t it?

Johan: Hell yeah, that’d be totally awesome but, for sure, there will be a limited edition on vinyl, sooo… watch out!!

Luxi: Do you have plans to play any shows right after the album has hit the stores?

Johan: So far we’ve only played that fest in Gothenbürg at the end of last year, but we’re looking for shows, small or big, long or short, all the time. We have no plans other than we have contacted dozens of festivals, but nothing’s been decided. Let’s wait and see what happens, we’ll keep our eyes open and keep looking for some good shows out there.

Luxi: NonExist has always been, more or less, a project type of band. Any plans to make it a real band that operates full-time? Or do each of you have other bands that simply cannot be sacrificed or abandoned in the name of NonExist?

Johan: Well, it’s a long “story” really. When we first started, back in 2001, we were truly going for it, to kick ass and tour and all that. But things happened (for example our record label shut down) and I got a job (to re-build my economy, etc.) plus Hearse kept me busy, so it all went down the drain. Now, however, the time was right to start NonExist again. We’ve got three members for live purposes and are ready to roll at almost any time. Still, music as a full-time job? Nah, not for me, anyway. It’s too late for that.

Luxi: What about Hearse? The band’s 6th album has been in the works for quite a long time. What’s the latest update?

Johan: Most likely, there will be no further activities with Hearse. We made 5 great albums as I see it, but who knows, maybe we will do something again some day.

Luxi: Will there new life breathed into some of your previous bands like Devourment and Furbowl?

Johan: Devourment no, but we’re actually considering recording and releasing a 7″ with Furbowl. Keep your eyes and ears open for that one, most likely we will do this, it’s just a question of when…

Luxi: Back to NonExist for one last question; what can we expect after From My Cold Dead Hands?

Johan: We’re already writing new songs for the third album. Four songs are as good as complete and another two are half done. I am writing lyrics as often as possible with some writer’s cramp in the works every now and then, but I’m hopeful. Let’s do this soooon, hehe…!!

Luxi: Thank you for your time Johan and thanks for blessing us with another NonExist record after all these past years. If you have any last words to conclude this interview, then by all means…

Johan: Thanks for the support Luxi! It’s always nice hearing from you! Hails and check out the new NonExist album out there peeps!! Ugghh!! \m/

Interview link: www.metalcrypt.com/pages/interviews.php?intid=345

Nonexist links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nonexistofficial

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

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

 

CORROSIVE CARCASS (Sweden) “Composition of Flesh” CD review by http://heavymetaltribune.wordpress.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , on May 8, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

CORROSIVE CARCASS (Sweden) “Composition of Flesh” CD review

by http://heavymetaltribune.wordpress.com

By Hong Rui

After facing numerous lineup changes over the course of their history, Swedish death metal band Corrosive Carcass finally releases their debut full length album, Composition of Flesh, 8 long years after their formation all the way back in 2004. The fear of yet another Entomed or Nihilist clone once again left me hesitant in listening to the album, yet fortunately there are surprises that Corrosive Carcass has put into Composition of Flesh that manage to make it stand out somewhat from the rest of their peers. Being Swedish, by nature the gnarly guitar tone and the d-beat infused drumming styles are immediately noticeable right from the start of the album, and the influences from old school Swedish death metal bands like Entombed are immediately clear. Even the lead guitars that are present on the album also reek of these influences, such as the haunting solo on Butchershop, not particularly flamboyant but the heavy tone and the slow, melodic approach could easily fit on an Entombed track. But vocalist Jonathan takes a more savage approach in his vocal styles, often belting out the lyrics on the album in a tortured growl, going from high-pitched shrieks to low-pitched guttural growls, without any care for proper techniques whatsoever, and the main point being the aggression that is in the music. While the music of Corrosive Carcass are fundamentally and undeniably old school Swedish death metal, the band has also included some influences from other death metal forefathers such as Death, such as on the opening moments of songs like Self Mutilation, with the somewhat thrashy feel of the riffing style, preventing the band from sounding like a complete clone of the old school Swedish death metal legends. There are even the doom-laden moments on tracks like Born in a Casket, that instantly sends an ominous feeling to the listener, and reeks heavily of death and gore, fitting to the themes that Corrosive Carcass has written on Composition of Flesh. Collector even includes an acoustic moment towards the end of the track to further up the already haunting atmosphere. The band also takes a rather straightforward approach in their songwriting style, with most of the tracks on the album lasting less than 3 minutes, with Avatar barely meeting the 1 minute mark even, and this keeps the listener constantly on his feet, anticipating the next round of onslaught by the band. That said though, the band surprises the listener with the album closer The End of Us All, almost hitting 8 minutes, displaying that the band is more capable than just being able to write short songs. Swedish death metal is far from being my favourite death metal subgenre, but Composition of Flesh has managed to keep me captivated throughout, with the violent and aggressive undertone that the band has taken, making it a rather enjoyable release from these Swedes.

Review link: http://heavymetaltribune.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/album-review-corrosive-carcass-composition-of-flesh/

Corrosive Carcass links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/recreation666

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Corrosive-Carcass/142603437551

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/corrosivecarcass

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Corrosive+Carcass

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 CORROSIVE CARCASS “Composition of Flesh” CD & “Composition of Flesh” T-Shirts go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=corrosive+carcass

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by http://zombieritualzine.wordpress.com

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

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by http://zombieritualzine.wordpress.com

By Victor Varas

This band found the balance between aggressive death metal, brutality and technical skills. Guitars are extremely heavy and sharp, as well as the lines which denote a very professional and honest work behind rehearsal room. This band also features one of the crudest and thick voices I’ve heard this year. If you ask me, this album is a red piece of destructive death metal forged in brutality and solid guitar riffs, and seems like the founders know very well the business since they used to play in two death metal bands in late 80’s.Unfortunately, I’ve heard this formula so many times that I can’t say it’s a very original stuff. This trio has huge musical skills and the roots on ancient death metal are visible in tracks like “Rocket Symphony” which is a slow song with crushing guitar riffs. All in all, this is a great First Full Album, and it would turn your speakers into pieces. But, as aforementioned, the genre has been explored in many horizons, and I can’t say that this is something that will reach a higher position in case they record the next album in the same line. Anyway, you can buy it and the last word will be yours.

Review link: http://zombieritualzine.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/dead-awaken-where-hope-turns-dripping-red-review/

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

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by The Grim Tower

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on April 14, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by The Grim Tower

By Eric May

Dead Awaken are a three-piece death metal band with a great deal to offer, in all actuality. When I first heard “Carnivore 3:12” I didn’t expect much, but when I got to “Deutsches Afrika Corpse 3:59” and heard that intro piece, I was pretty fucking stunned. The drums are absolutely killer there, the riffs pounding, and the gravel right in you fucking face. That’s a death metal song folks, there are no substitutes. Then when I got to the slower brood of “Rocket Symphony 5:16” and the death/groove nature of “Mudhell 3:35” I was convinced that Dead Awaken is a band I want to keep my eye on. There are always those bands that come out of nowhere, who nobody would really give a shit about because they didn’t ever think to give them a shot, but in reality they’re one of the best death metal bands you’ve never fucking heard.

When a band’s got a good drummer, you can tell – and I really fucking like this guy’s playing on the kit. He really makes the band what it is, and I’m just goddamned amazed. As far lyrics go, they can start reading off names and phone numbers and I’d fucking like it. At the end of the day, it all comes down to “man, I had a shitty day at work. I need a band that’ll make me want to fucking bang my head and unwind.” And that’s just it. I want to go into the fridge, pull out a cold one, pop off the top on that sucker and bang my head a bit. There’s many bands you can do that to, but these guys are just fucking made for it.

As far as influences go – Cannibal, Immolation, Dying Fetus, Suffocation exc. I mean, you can hear it in the music. I’m hearing a lot of Cannibal just in “Venom Of The Population 5:46” and sure I’ve heard that shit before, but it sounds good; so why knock it? Plus, I’ll say it again – this guy REALLY KILLS on the kit.

Though it might be a couple minutes over thirty, it’s something you can go back and listen to repeatedly. It’s good drinking music and it’s good for driving – but not both, you fucking nutcase! I’m not really sure which PR label told me to check these guys out, but thank fuck that they did. I’m more than happy to promote death metal that I’ll sit down and enjoy on my own time.

Highlights: Deutsches Afrika Corpse, Rocket Symphony, Mudhell, Manic Destructive, Envy The Dead, Venom Of The Population, State Of Corrosion (9 Tracks, 34:00)

Rating: 10/10

Review link: http://thegrimtower.blogspot.com/2013/03/week-75-march-24th-2013.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