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.




Release:  30-10-2015
Origin:     Canada
Length:   16:51

There are bands out there, that can put more riffs, ideas and tempo-changes in an EP, than other bands would be using for their entire discography. Here we have such an EP by the well-known Canadian Cryptopsy.

Four tracks of supreme chaotic technical death metal, that would make every hard rock fan go MAD!  “The Book of Suffering” is after the intro ranging from hyper blasts death metal with genius breaks, insane tight and controlled musical craziness skills towards continuous hammering displaying supreme blasphemy; and then you’ll be left begging for … more!

Four paragraphs of review would take you longer reading than listening to this EP. So stop reading and start enjoying the suffering…

Too short to understand everything what’s happening! Four times repeat makes this also a full-length book … eh album.




Pil & Bue - Forget The Past, Let’s Worry About the future

Name Music / Indie Recordings
Release: 22 January 2016

Pil & Bue (Bow & Arrow in Norwegian) is a duo from the far northern part of Norway, that despite their minimal format sounds like a full-blown band.
Consisting of Aleksander Kostopoulos on drums and percussion and Petter Carlsen on vocals and baritone guitar, Pil & Bue creates a substantial, energetic sound that captivates the audience with its dreamy and longing sound.

The album contain six tracks, each of them hitting your heart and face simultaneously. Influenced by shoegaze, rock and prog they deliver ethereal and poppy sounds that are hard to forget. Lyrically the recurring theme addresses the struggle of women facing suppression, agony and injustice every day. All around the world. The music intensifies this dark subject with a riveting spectrum moving from desperate explosions to fragile melancholy and chaos. Their references might not be that obvious, but both members grew up listening to artists such as Placebo, Deftones, Sigur Ros, Anathema and Mars Volta, all of whom left their mark in the sound of Pil & Bue.



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