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AGAINST THE PLAGUES - PURIFIED THROUGH DEVASTATION

NON SERVIAM RECORDS 2015

Release: 18-12-2015
Origin:      USA
Length:   47:38


Normally you’ll first have the review and then the interview … but with Against The Plagues I needed longer to purify their musical devastation for a review. Like their music it takes time to understand fully what all is happening and finally you get completely overwhelmed by it.

Where to start when there is so much purity and devastating aggression transformed through almost 48 minutes of perfect death metal. Let’s start with a small introduction for all of you not familiar with the band.

Against the Plagues entered the modern black / death metal world at 2005 and released their debut “The Architecture of Oppression” independently at 2007. This album was re-released by VIC Records in 2010 under the title “Decoding The Mainframe” and is actually a re-mastered, partly remixed and with new drums re-recorded version of the debut. With these album Against The Plagues reached a well-known status at the underground and were noticed as a modern follow-up of bands like Morbid Angel and Luciferion. The last one due to the fact of former member Wojtek Lisicki.

During and after this Varyen kept the Plague alive against the many member changes between 2008 and 2015. The “Extermination Event” EP was the second form of terror that showed the transformation of the Plague and proved the extermination was more deadly and alive than ever in 2015.

Now we have “Purified Through Devastation” at the end of 2015 and do I need to say more... It is just overwhelming! Varyen’s drums are well put in the mix and hammering their music towards an intensity and madness, unbelievable. Incredible leads and inventive breaks, combined with additional electronic effects and superb leads everywhere and all over the place; don’t provide you as listener a moment of rest or the possibility to catch your breath. Shaun Albro’s vocals making Deicide and Cannibal Corpse sound like sissies. All in all over 45 minutes of a pure deadly devastation.

This is the album that Morbid Angel wished they would have released after their last disaster, mixed with Monstrosity’s intensity and a modernised atmospheric Luciferion.

Although this album was released by the end of 2015, it will still devastate everything on my 2016 end list. Brilliant!!!



BLOODCORPSE


   

PROTECTOR - CURSED AND CORONATED

HIGH ROLLER RECORDS 2016

Release:  26-02-2016
Origin:      Sweden
Length:     50:45

Some things shouldn’t change … Lemmy should be drinking his whisky cola, Bowie should be dusting stars in space and Glenn Frey shouldn’t be flying with the Eagles. Some things must and can’t be changed. Here we have another one: Protector ... serving thrashing death or deadening thrash metal for more than 30 years!

After such a long history Protector can also be filed under old school and relevant; now presenting their 6th full length through High Roller Records once more. So far so good, nothing has changed and Protector still stands for ultimate thrash with a slightly trace of old school death metal.

Like the old “thrash” albums, 10 songs with an intro and to keep up with the nowadays, the first editions will feature 3 extra live songs. Nothing changed, nothing new! Also for the music it’s the same. Nothing more than powerful thrash metal, which also their previous record “Reanimated Homonuclus” served us.

The title song “Cursed and Coronated” is a perfect sample of this new curse. Lovely slamming thrash riffs with spitting and shitting Martin Missy vocals reviving their old highlights like nothing has changed since “Golem” and “Urm The Mad”. Especially take out the “To Serve and Protect” song as the new national thrash hymn for another 30 years. A fabulous killing disaster!

Lately it seems that long-term and well established acts are cursed with the deadly disease … and crowned after their passing away; hopefully Protector is protected against this curse… and be crowned for another 30 years.

Stay much longer with us “Missy”, or else we’ll going to miss your protection too…



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PROCREATION - GHOSTWOOD

VIC RECORDS 2016

Release:  22-02-2016
Origin:  Netherlands
Length:  37:30


Originally already created in 2014 and released by the Dutch band Procreation, now more than 2 years later VIC Records recreated their first album with a different cover for a rerelease. Let’s have a listening, while the first creation also didn’t reached my attention…

Procreation was created around 2012 from the Dutch underground and can be ranked as an old school death metal band, that creates old school basic death metal with some doom influences.

Pro: The positive aspects to mention are at first notice the vocals of Mark Ketelaar re-bringing the memories of the Dutch old school death metal masters Gorefest alive, especially at the time of their first two demo’s. Besides that probably Ronald Louwsma has re-brought some aspects of his former band Beyond Belief, that are responsible for the interesting and attractive parts where doom structures and leads are taking over the basic death metal. These moments will remind you of bands like Deadend, Asphyx and Mourning.

Counter: No creating and creativeness at all, just re-recording and reviving the early 90’s death metal wave at a mediocre and disinteresting (sound) level. When you want to have that re-feeling, Ill suggest to have a re-listening of the mentioned “Pro” bands.

Resume: Interesting for the old school fraction, for whom creating doesn’t mean more than recreating old school and old times going back more than 25 years. “Ghostwood” is unfortunately not more and not less… I’ll leave it up to you if this creation is interesting enough for your personal (f)ears.



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http://www.procreationmetal.com/


   

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  • AGAINST THE PLAGUES - PURIFIED THROUGH DEVASTATION NON SERVIAM RECORDS 2015 Release: 18-12-2015 Origin:      USA Length:   47:38 Normally you’ll first have the review and then the interview...
  • PROTECTOR - CURSED AND CORONATED HIGH ROLLER RECORDS 2016 Release:  26-02-2016 Origin:      Sweden Length:     50:45 Some things shouldn’t change … Lemmy should be drinking...
  • PROCREATION - GHOSTWOOD VIC RECORDS 2016 Release:  22-02-2016 Origin:  Netherlands Length:  37:30 Originally already created in 2014 and released by the Dutch band Procreation,...
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