Various Artists – From Israhell With Love

Ever wanted to know more about Israeli metal music and learn who are the best upcoming bands in the country? Then your luck has just ridden up on a muscular charger called From Israhell With Love. The album is a treat for all metal fans, its thirteen stirring tracks heralding bands steeped in the sounds of death metal, hard rock, classic metal, gothic metal, and thrash to name a few. There is something for everybody and more besides with what one has to say is a pretty strong and consistent quality line-up of artists no matter your personal preferences.

The CD and free download compilation is the combined work of GlobMetal Promotions (Israel) and V.A.-R.G. Compilations (Russia). GlobMetal founder Kostya Aronberg said when talking about the release “It is a new beginning. I really believe in music, and I think it can fix, what politicians use to break. The relationship between Russia and Israel are not so warm, and I think this compilation, that released in Russia can show all the world, that it doesn’t matter, what religion are you, or what everybody think on you, In the end we all humans, and music unite us.” Whether music can truly bridge that especially from just one extreme aspect of its expansive wardrobe can be debated but as purely a declaration of quality and varied metal it is a treat for who and where ever you are.

The album opens on for us the best track on the album though it is seriously rivalled once or twice as the album unveils its bounty. Onoma is an alternative metal band from Tel Aviv with influences from the likes of Alice In Chains, Korn and Meshuggah among others, and the perpetrators of an impressive and wonderfully stirring start to the album with their track Bug. The track is a bruising thrill borne of feisty riffs, contemptuous rhythms, and heated melodic intention. It takes no time in riling up the senses with incendiary guitar teases and predatory riffs under the direction of excellent vocals from Elad Koren. Fully infectious with provocative and thoughtful sounds it is a mighty creature which incited the need to find out more about the quartet before moving on.

From such a formidable start the fears that the album could expectedly have fallen into a lull were quickly quashed by the following tracks from melodic death metal band Arsenide and a hard rock band we already knew well and loved Metal ScenT. The first of the pair contributes their raging beast of a single Broken Angel, a track which without tearing down walls of the genre to open up new pastures stands tall amongst fellow genre bands whilst Hold On, a song from their album Homemade, easily shows why Metal ScenT is gaining strong plaudits since its release.

Alone In The Dark from power metal band Spiteful was a track which initially did not quite find a connection but within a few plays one found themselves with it lingering in the head after its departure, which is never a bad sign and it was always going to be hard to resist the great Debbie Harry like vocals of Maria Raven Burdelov anyway.

There was a couple of times where the album did not hold the attention but it was down to personal taste of the genre the bands walked, heavy and classic metal bands Switchblade and Loud N’ Clear falling foul of taste rather than from their sounds. On a compilation as varied as this that will always happen but the release offers such a cross section and crossover feel it is no issue overall.

The likes of impressive metalcore bands Bounded By Chains and Design Flaw keeps things raging with the first of the two another top pick of the tracks but the one song to equal the opening triumph of the album is Knife In A Gun Fight from metallers Shredhead . It a storm of ferocious punk driven thrash metal to ignite all combative tendencies. A track to induce whiplash it is a violation no one could or wish to deny.

Not all bands have been mentioned but that is due to space not quality and we have left them as treats for your discovery. From Israhell With Love is an excellent album bringing an introduction of possible new favourites for many whilst delivering great and satisfying sounds for all, and as it is free really you have no other option than to go spoil yourself.

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RingMaster 12/07/2012
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From Israhell With Love Track listing:

01. Onoma – Bug
02. Arsenide – Broken Angel
03. Metal Scent– Hold On
04. Spiteful – Alone In The Dark
05. Bounded by chains – End Of An Era
06. Dagor Dagorath – Heaven In Hell
07. Dead on Impact – Progress to Nothing
08. Shredhead – Knife In A Gun Fight
09. Switchblade – Metalista
10. Loud N’Clear – Runaway
11. Fatum Aeternum – False Freedom
12. Design Flaw – Humanity
13. Eyes Sewed Shut – Through Delusions

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Traumatize: Servant of God

As deviously seductive as it is corruptive the new album from Polish dark electro band Traumatize is a release which leaves one scrambling in thought and chilled by the intrusive emotions it inspires. Servant of God at times requires a little work and resistance to its creeping malevolence but it rewards with music which dishes up some of the freshest and enlightened electro/aggrotech sounds.

Formed by Jacek as 2011 opened its eyes, the project took no time in drawing attention with first demo Death Dealer. The same year saw the release of Torment and the Patient 6032 EP as well as an array of compilations appearance which has continued into 2012, all adding to the respect and growing following of the band. March of this year saw Traumatize expand into a duo with the addition of Savina and now they prepare to unleash through Mutant E Records and Engraved Ritual their excellent album Servant Of God

Like all albums certain parts and tracks connect more than others with the individual but as a whole it ignites a firm understanding and welcoming presence for one to immerse within and allow to envelope the senses. One of the most pleasing aspects is that it rarely offers anything predictable or heard in various shades elsewhere, a variety which seemingly a great many dark electro releases over recent times lack. With songs and lyrics inspired by human related themes such as society, taboos, and feelings of all nature, the album is provocative in all aspects and a release with real depth.

The songs are also distinctly diverse starting with the excellent opener Forbidden Game. Wound up like a clockwork toy the song emerges with a whispering ambience before turning a sinister shade. The haunting becomes more intense with a music box melody warming the immediate air whilst ominous clouds and intensity builds in the shadows. As the track evolves it fills the ear with melodic caresses coated in the ever brewing menace and malevolent breath of its heart. It is a great consuming start which teases throughout, the expected forced violation never occurring.

The album proceeds to treat the ear with a constant evocative flow of diverse sounds and emotions. The devious Just A Dream coaxes salacious whispers from the darkest nightmare whilst the outstanding Death In A Pill is a deliciously destructive creature which crawls under the skin to fester and manipulate synapses. It wraps itself around the ear with openly addictive lures, their sweet embrace irresistible and the perfect disguise for the enveloping scourge of enterprising yet lingering venomous touches. It is a song only equalled occasionally on the album though all tracks leave one more than satisfied to some degree.

Further notable moments include the Elizabethan tinged melody kissed Good Or Bad featuring Her Fury Tales, the twisted and sinuous Human Mistakes, and the brilliant Siente La Sangre Correr featuring Proyecto Crisis. The latter is a greedy unravelling of the senses brought with a serpentine sirenesque breath, a curved twist of ruptured sanity. Arguably the best tracks though come in the shape of instrumental Password and the title track. The first is a fury of electronic manipulations, an overwhelming intrusion on the essence of being and totally mesmeric whilst Servant Of God is an epic hearted realisation and declaration of what fuels the lives and beliefs of many. Sumptuously rich in atmosphere and truth dawning in sound it is an impactful heaven pointing destructive aural finger.

Servant of God may not be the most instantly accessible release at times but that only makes it better and more rewarding once the sounds and invention of Traumatize work their way deeply in. It asks for a keener focus from its listener but rewards with music which evokes and incites real reactions and inspired thoughts, something most other releases can only dream of.

RingMaster 12/07/2012

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Gehtika: Uncoventional Manicism

From the topping and tailing mono recording of a classic tune your great granny would have revealed her ankles to, the new album from UK metallers Gehtika announces immediately it is not a release here just to feed your expectations. From its opening seconds Uncoventional Manicism sets thoughts racing from their initial dazed reaction with a crushing obliteration of unbridled and insatiable extreme metal. It takes no time to realise the band is bringing an unconventional and theatrical approach to their vision and sounds making for songs and an album which though not wholly successful leaves one basking in imaginative enterprise and an exhilarating onslaught of intensity.

The bio for the album declares that Gehtika in their words ‘truly formed in February 2011’ with the quartet having ‘written off’ their older material. They then went into the studio to discover and define their new style, the result the tremendously unpredictable Uncoventional Manicism. Released through Rising Records on July 23rd, the album is set to build on the acclaim and success of the Escape the Asylum tour in the latter part of last year. It is a perpetually and eagerly evolving release which at times works better than others but always drips sweet intrigue and hungry invention upon the palate. It might not be the easiest release to get a handle on and be consistent enough in its highest triumphs but it is definitely one of the more interesting and independent of thought albums out this year so far.

The Stratford upon Avon based band instantly grabs attention with their first full track Archai, the air inflaming guitar play and driving riffs impossible to ignore. The song though is relatively straight forward sounding in the sense of its direction with the vocals of Scot Allen growling with spite and contempt whilst the rhythms of Dean Hemming barge their way through the ear with firm and determined intent. With the riffing and sonic manipulations from Allen and fellow guitarist Topher O’Meagher scoring the senses decisively it makes for a song which is satisfying without leaving any lingering impression.

That is soon rectified with Prevail, the track a boiling torrent of creative devilment and uncompromising aggression. Bassist Psy’ Timms stalks the song with real hunger whilst alongside Allen their vocals brew the strongest and abrasive storm. The track is a continually twisting venomous beast spewing out knee buckling rhythms, laser sharp grooves, and ravenous riffs persistently within its memorable frame.

The equally inventive Into Asylum continues the eager addictive presence of the album but it is the twin attack of Reality of Mortality and Archai the Fallen which ignite the fiercest fires of pleasure. The first lifts its bulk from a bed of slightly discordant melodic peace but once awake the song stomps all over the senses with sheer brutal intent. With a ferociousness which never lets up the track lays vicious flaying riffs across the ear whilst inciting rebellion in the senses as they run in all directions under the malevolence of sound and vocal delivery. A multi flavoured creature it passes its fiery baton of glory onto Archai the Fallen which runs with it in its own distinct and diverse way straight to the heart. At times one wonders if the band knew where they were going with the song as like a chameleon it changes its shape and hue persistently. For many bands this would be messy but with Gehtika it is just corruptive poetry.

Other songs without reaching the heights of this pair are still impressive and wrong footing enjoyment, the likes of Lost Thoughts and the epic Fear Within taking one on a mystery trip of intrigue and rewards. Uncoventional Manicism is an album which in order to discover and appreciate its qualities needs one to stand right within its storm and give a focused attention. Within the hurricane of ideas and sounds all the imaginative skills and ideas show their worth, stand back with a more casual attention and at times the album appears merely as a sprawling wall of annihilatory metal, which admittedly is not always a negative anyway.

    Gehtika have returned to fire up sure anticipation for their ventures ahead and right now simply left us with one welcome and pleasing creative bruising.

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