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Album Review: Album Review: Amorphia - Arms to Death (2019)

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It is time for some heavy Old School Thrash. Therefore, today's object of desire is Amporphia's album "Arms to Death". Amorphia from Cherthala, Alappuzha were founded in 2012 with the deep desire to keep traditional and brutal Thrash Metal alive. The Indians' album "Arms to Death makes a very good effort in doing so. Lovers of Thrash and Speed Metal won't be mistaken by checking out the album which was released on Awakening Records.
Neither the state of Kerala nor India itself were regions from where I expected a mincing Thrash band to come from. Fortunately, Amorphia managed to close that prejudiced gap of mine. Further, the music by Amorphia has nothing to do with any Oriental, Folklorist or whatever influence. The band plays Thrash Metal the way we know it from groups such as Sodom or Kreator. Straight, loud, fast.
For around 36 minutes the trio shoots uptempo songs with the speed of a gatling gun and the intensity of a Merkava tank. The lyrics on thi…

Album Review: Bonehammer - Black Crust Invasion (2019)

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Nomen est omen. Buenos Aires-based trio Bonehammer called their debut album "Black Crust Invasion", and that is exactly what you get. For a bit more than half an hour the Argentinian Metal Punks serve their audience with dirty and crusty attacks made from Black Metal, Stenchcore, Crust Punk and rotten Rock'n'Roll.
Formed in 2018, Ódnüfak, Onahíram and Alaph already present their first longplayer which was released via Awakening Records in November 2019. The album contains a dozen tracks of mid-tempo and some faster crusty and metallic Punk Rock. Omnipresent attribute is the pitch black atmosphere decorated with the sweet taste of beer and raised fists.
As the backbone of the "Black Crust Invasion" Alaphs drums hammer straight forward with Thrash, Black and Metal Punk rhythms. Onaharím fills the gaps between the hits with his massive bass guitar on which Odnüfak thrones with his crunchy, distorted Metal guitar riffs. Then and when Onaharím adds to the atmosp…

Album Review: Martia Pelepsi - Un verano silencioso (2019)

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"Un verano silencioso" - a silent summer. This title is a dedication to the 12 months between late 2018 and late 2019. It was a time in which silently but steadily the silence about growing injustice in Chile vanished. It was a calm before the storm which we still feel today. It was a silent but tense era while people in Chile organized, supported each other, and asked themselves how much longer they can stay silent.
"Un verano silencioso" also the name of Carlos Torrejóns first solo album. The Chilenan artist has played a lot of Noise and Rock with bands such as Fosfeno, Am Battom or Lovecraft within the last three decades. The idea to record an instrumental Post-Rock and Noise album came to him in 2017. But after some attempts to do so with former band colleagues, Torrejón aborted the mission. Instead, he locked himself up with instruments and recording tools which led to the release of his project Martia Pelepsis first album "Un verano silencioso".
Ma…

CD Review: The Sandbox Josephs - Dig (2018)

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Hallo und herzlich willkommen zur ersten Reader Suggestion!
Wir beginnen mit handgemachter Musik aus Oberfranken. Im alten Landkreis Pegnitz wurde aus Josev, Josef und Joseph eine Band - The Sandbox Josephs. Im Sandkasten des Trios befinden sich immer eine Weissenborn Lap Steel, eine elektrische Gibson sowie ein Banjo. Für die Aufnahmen von "Dig" wurden noch gelegentlich Bass, Resonator Gitarre, E-Gitarre, Percussions, Keyboard und auch eine Mandoline mit dazu genommen.
Mein erstes Augenmerk fällt auf die Verpackung. Himmelherrgot, was für eine wunderschöne Hülle! The Sandbox Josephs haben ihr ersten Album liebevoll mit einem 26-seitigen Booklet ausgestattet. Innen findet man neben wirklich schönen Bildern auch sämtliche Texte der 13 Songs auf "Dig". Okay, 'Into the Silence' ist eine instrumentale Nummer, aber dennoch hat der Song seine eigene Doppelseite im Büchlein erhalten. Das ist wirklich eine der CDs, die schon beim Aufklappen und Anschauen gute Laune…

LP Review: The DogHunters - Splitter Phaser Naked (2019)

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Dass die Kölner Band The DogHunters ein gewisses Faible für Wortspiele und Puns hat, wurde schon durch den 2017er Langspieler "The Shit Singles" unter Beweis gestellt. Diese Disziplin nehmen Schäng Anakonda, Peter Silie, Marquito Ferrero, Miami Vince und Theo van Heuss auch bei ihrem zweiten Album "Splitter Phaser Naked" wieder sehr ernst. Das schöne Scheibchen ist seit November 2019 als CD, hellblaue LP oder im Bundle beim sympathischen Krautrock Label Tonzonen Records erschienen.
Etwas weniger als eine Dreiviertelstunde rocken und tanzen sich die fünf Künstler aus Hürth und Köln in erfrischender Weise durch die Rillen des Tonträgers. Dabei erzeugen sie eine sehr warme sowie definitiv krautige Melange aus tanzbarem Indie oder Alternative Rock und jeder Menge Summer of Love. Die Tanzschritte auf "Splitter Phaser Naked" sind für Sandalen und nackte Füße ebenso geeignet wie für Chucks und Vans.
Melodien warm wie die Abendsonne an einem sommerlichen Strand …

Album Review: Dhármico - Transeúnte (2019)

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Dhármico are a six-piece band San Felipe in Región de Valparaíso, Chile. And if you also heard of that name for the very first time, I hope you will pay close attention now because there is some amazing experimental and psychedelic Rock Music to be discovered here!
"Transeúnte" is the name of Dhármico's second long player. Their first album "Yevide" was released four years ago. Like the debut their new album is released by a cooperation of Chilean label Experimentos Rurales, Peruvian label Necio Records, and Argentinian label Chancho Discos. The seven new tracks were recorded at Estudio Riff, San Felipe under the supervision of Pablo Barra.
The outcome are about 48 minutes of soft but dynamic, experimental but catchy, psychedelic but sunny Rock.
The contents which are addressed in the lyrics on "Transeúnte" are of serious kind. The contemporary situation of individuals, society, and environment are called out. Hence, singer Katherine concerns issues o…

EP Review: Drivdal - Leve (2019)

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Nils Drivdal - bass player at In the Woods and singer at Tranquidiots - has recently released an EP called "Leve" ("live") with his solo project Drivdal. For a bit less than 25 minutes Drivdal shoots some heavy kick-ass and fuck-off Black Metal Punk towards your eardrums. And if that wasn't enough, here's even more good news: you can download the entire EP for free!
Behind the cover artwork which honours those who fought fascism in Norway the Kristiansand-based anarchist artist presents a heavy mixture of styles. Rock'n'Roll, 70s Glam Rock merge with rusty Street Punk and gloomy hoarse Raw Black Metal. Thus, the EP shows off plenty of freedom. Divdal can do whatever the hell he wants here. Andy why not produce some heavy Black Metal Punk'n'Roll then?
"Leve" is a diverting and jocular piece of pitch-black art. With an atmosphere situated somewehere between 90s Black Metal, punch-drunk 80s Punk Rock, and hip-moving Rock'n'Rol…