|CD REVIEW Massacre Records special, early 2012|
Label: Massacre Records
Why this Massacre-special? Actually, the Concreteweb-office did recently receive a handful of recordings that had been released the past months, and because it is never too late to express one’s passion for the extreme…
[FYI: this special does not include all stuff we did receive; some material has been / or will be / reviewed by (some of) our beloved Concreteweb-colleagues and can be (will be) found on the site’s review section elsewhere]
The so-called international Gothenburg-scene, based on the initial roots from that very same Swedish city, and protagonising a heavy yet melodic kind of Metal Music, is rather popular in countries like Finland (amongst Czechia, Hungary, Italy and the Slovakia, for example). An act that was formed to pay tribute to this scene initially, from Finland as you might have guessed, is this one: Re-Armed, formed about ten years ago (in 2001, to be specifically correct). And even though they do exist for just over a decade, Worldwide Hypnotize isn’t but their (official) full length debut album (33:31 minutes).
Our Fear Is Their Force is the third full length by Germany’s (more specifically, they hail from Stuttgart) Davidian, after Abuse Of Power (self-produced, 2003) and Hear Their Cries (Limited Access Records, 2008); the latter produced by notorious studio-master Andy Classen, by the way.
After a short atmospheric intro, Davidian come with a melodic and modern form of rhythmic Death / Thrash Metal, very European in sound and approach. The tempo varies a lot: from very slow, almost doomish, over energetically up-tempo to lightning fast. The melodies and structures as well are very diverse. Sometimes somewhat emotive, then again rather brutal, or even epic. Many parts are straight-forward, while others sound strongly tech-influenced. And the equilibrium between ‘present-day’ and ‘tributing-the-past’ is another contrast only to be considered as a surplus.
Band: Seven Ends
Except for an (interesting) EP in 2008, I can’t remember having ‘met’ this Dutch act ‘musically’ in one way or another. And indeed, To The Worms is the band’s full length debut, available after signing a contract to Mazzakkre Rekkordzz. The stuff got mixed and mastered by nobody else but Mister Andy Classen (think: Belphegor, Varg, Graveworm, Davidian, Legion Of The Damned, Nagelfar, Suidakra and many more) and has duration of forty one minutes.
What Seven Ends bring is a somewhat necrotic and blackish form of Old School-inspired Deathrash Metal with a morbid atmosphere, bloody and murderous / monstrous, with inclusion of a mostly filthy yet still decent sound (Andy Classen, as mentioned before). It’s like some Post-War soundtrack for sadistic minds, a symbiosis of raw meat grotesquery and maggots feasting on it… Jummie!
Band: Legion Of The Damned
The main reason to re-release 2006’s Malevolent Rapture is to honour bass player Twan Fleuren, who decided to trade his Earthly life for Eternity on May 20th 2011. Twan was member since the start - as a matter of fact, he joined the crew at the end of 1998 when Legion Of The Damned were still called Occult.
Possibilities: a rather ‘common’ re-release, including new artwork, and a limited edition with bonus-songs and a bonus-dvd (which does include a 32-page booklet with exclusive pictures as well).
A monumental recording for sure, differing from the Occult-days (yet without betraying the roots), and a classic for sure. Holland is one of those countries that gave this specific scene that certain ‘waw’-effect, and Legion Of The Damned are, for sure, one of those acts that etc…
No need to go on. You have the original issue, all right; if not, this is your chance!