Reviews

SLAYER - REPENTLESS

NUCLEAR BLAST 2015

It’s fucking Slayer. What do you think this album sounds like? It sounds like Slayer. If you like Slayer…wait a second nobody likes Slayer. If you love Slayer you’re going to love “Repentless,” because it’s Fucking Slayer and it sounds like Fucking Slayer. In case any of you were worried they were going to finally crack and mellow out, fear not “Repentless” is as heavy, good and relevant as anything they’ve ever done.

Are you concerned about Gary Holt?

You shouldn’t be. All he really contributed to this album was a few solos. As much as it sucks that Jeff Hanneman is gone, having Gary contribute a few solos to the album makes for a fresh sound and allows for Gary to put his stamp on a few soon to be Slayer classics.

What about the lack of Dave Lombardo?

Paul Bostaph rips shit up on this album. Kerry King said “Repentless” is probably his best recording and I can get behind that.

I’m not going to waste any more of your time. If you love Slayer you’re going to love this album, if you don’t then you’re probably not reading this anyway.

HMC


   

Gruesome – Savage Land

RELAPSE RECORDS 2015

Gruesome are a band which contain members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, Dekapitator and Derketa, who have dedicated their style of music to the early Death sound, from the Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy era. You may think, “oh it’s another Death cover band”, but you would be totally wrong! All the tracks on the SavageLand are original tracks, but played in the old school Death style.

It really is remarkable how Gruesome are able to write an album in this style. Why has no other band come up with this idea before? I know some of the members were involved with the Death To All tours, maybe this is what spurred them to write an album in this fashion. Whatever the reason behind the idea is, it was certainly an awesome idea!

SavageLand sounds like a old demo of songs that were left off the early Death albums, and just been discovered from a secret vault.

Being a fan of Death since they first came on to the radio waves when I lived in Germany way back in the mid 80´s I have always been fascinated by Chuck Schuldiner`s unique style of music, and now years after his passing on, Gruesome are here paying homage to the band who are the originators of the Death Metal genre.

The guitars are tuned to the exact tone, drums sound like Bill Andrews, the bass hammers out just as terry Butler’s and the vocals are easily mistaken, as if Chuck was actually singing himself. Everything sounds as it did back on those epic metal masterpieces from 3 decades ago.

The track called Hideous sounds as if it has most riffs from the entire Leprosy album amalgamated into one song, a truly epic track, probably the strongest on the album.

Psychic twin is another example of just who devastating Gruesome can be, the guitar solos on this track would get Chuck’s approval for any Death album.

I really must take this opportunity to thank Gruesome for this awesome blast in the past, re-living all the early years and celebrating Death, Chuck is still with us all in his music and that is positively displayed on Gruesome`s album.

HMC


   

STRATOVARIUS - Eternal

earMUSIC
Release date:September 11th, 2015

Stratovarius still delivers the goods. "Eternal" is more of their familiar, epic and bombastic, melodic power metal. This is what Stratovarius does best. Powerful riffs give way to soaring leads. Keyboards add both subtle and bombastic atmosphere, embellishing the riffs. Underneath, the rhythm section thunders and roars along with speed and precision. And it hits you full force in the face at the start with "My Eternal Dream". But there's also "Few Are Those", "Man In The Mirror" or "Feeding The Fire". Compared to say the last three Stratovarius albums overall "Eternal" may not be the frontrunner though nonetheless it's another superb release. The bonus DVD contains their live appearance at the Loudpark festival in Japan this year.

HMC


   

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