Mortuary – Nothingless Than Nothingness

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Formed in 1989, Mortuary has been a potent protagonist within the French metal scene, certainly since the release of their debut album Hazards Of Creation seven years later. The well-received release followed a clutch of demos and awoke the beginnings of broader recognition for their brutal death/thrash onslaught of a sound. Now the band release their fifth album in the ferocious shape of Nothingless Than Nothingness, a beast of a record which might not turn the extreme metal world on its head but definitely gives it a rousing roar to contemplate in 2016.

Since that first full-length, Mortuary has unleashed a trio of attention whipped albums in Eradicate (1998), Agony in Red (2003), and G.O.D. (Glorify Our Destroyers) (2010)whilst live their sound has scarred stages alongside the likes of Coroner, S.U.P., Obituary, Krabathor, Agressor, Hypocrisy, Hatesphere, S-core, and Severe. As Nothingless Than Nothingness rages against ears and sparks the imagination, the album suggests Mortuary is ready to entice a whole new wealth of appetites with its accomplished and maturely honed anthemic barbarity and step into broader spotlights.

Mortuary-cover-artwork_RingMaster ReviewThe initial industrial apocalyptic scenery of brief opener Only Dead Witness grabs ears first, its portentous air soon building into a muggy and intimidating confrontation led by the vocal scowl of Patrick Germonville. Amidst raw suggestiveness spread by guitar and bass, the stirring beats of Johann Voirin provoke a more energetic bellow of riffs and intensity before the scene setter eventually drifts off into the jaws of Empty. An unbridled onslaught from its first few breaths, the second track savages and incites as thrash and death metal collude in a punk infested rampage. The bass of Jean-Noël Verbecq prowls this with zeal as the track careers over the senses, sparking an infectiousness soon taken up by a variety of vocals and the sonic enterprise of guitarist Alexis Baudin.

For all its fearsome breeding, the song is ultimately primal rock ‘n’ roll more than matched in success and prowess by both Tube and Above. The first is a hornet’s nest of grooves and nagging riffs with rhythms just as unrelenting in their cantankerously violent way whilst its successor emulates the predatory toxicity with its own exhaustive and vicious barbarism aligned to a groove loaded tempting. As all songs, the pair reveals unpredictability to the addictively infectious elements colouring their walls of hostility and a creative adventure and craft which may get a touch overwhelmed by the tsunami of intensity but leaves the imagination as enthused as ears.

Through the crusty yet refreshing air and rabidity of Pleasuffering and the hellacious ride of U-Man Slept, K-Os Crawled, the album whips up an even more mouth-watering and debilitating storm. Both tracks come thick in rage and striking flavour blending enterprise whilst Yesterdead straight after has a touch of fellow French hardcore metallers Yugal to its brawling, punk infused trespass.

Song by song, Nothingless Than Nothingness just seems to get stronger and more compelling; whether from raising the ante in invention or by the wearing down of the listener and psyche and it continues with the searing rancor and sonic ferocity of K and in turn the hardcore festering enmity of Morbid Existence. The first of the duo also explores calmer, more ambience hued ventures within its diversely textured landscape of varied metal whilst another furious onslaught of passion rousing death punk ‘n’ roll has the listener in its inescapable grip in the second before the brutalising smog of sonic and rhythmic bad blood that is Kingdom surges through ears with the infectiousness that as much as anything marks out Nothingless Than Nothingness as something to eagerly devour. Once more the band push ideas and expectation avoiding turns within the aural tirade, keeping attention and appetite as intrigued as the sheer force of the encounter feeds bloodlust.

It is a mighty end to an excellent offering from Mortuary; an album to heavily please and leave pleasure thick whilst pushing the band further to the fore of extreme metal.

Nothingless Than Nothingness is out now via Goregeous Productions @ http://goregeousproductions.bandcamp.com/album/nothingless-than-nothingness

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Pete RingMaster 20/01/2016

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V For Violence – The Book of V

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Finnish metallers V For Violence first made an attention nudging statement with up their debut album The Cult Of V in 2009, now after a fair time in the making they unleash its successor The Book of V. Vocalist Jarkko Lähderanta said of the band’s new offering, ”The Book Of V took years to get its shape and sound. We wanted to take the next step in songwriting and paid more attention on details.” It is an intent finding success as the eleven tracks contagion frisks ears and sparks the imagination, and though it easily lures references to other protagonists in the industrial/alternative metal scene and styles around it, the album is simply one rousing and thoroughly enjoyable ferocious stomp.

Formed in 2007 by Lähderanta, drummer Miikki Kunttu, and guitarist Janne Salo, V For Violence was soon luring ears with their first demo in 2008. Its track/video Boy Called Fucker was a swift spark in the band being eagerly devoured by fans and media too, helping lead to their signing with Osasto-A Records soon after for the release of the 2-track single Constant Of Death in the summer of 2009. It was a strong teaser to their impending debut album The Cult Of V released in the November of that same year. The full-length was a well-received proposal pushing the band towards stronger spotlights backed by a live presence which by this point had already seen V For Violence support Hardcore Superstar and in turn going on to the sharing of stages with the likes of Die So Fluid, Cold Cold Ground, Amorphis, Hypocrisy, Underoath, and Architects at shows and festivals. Now with bassist Jani Rahkonen and guitarist Riku Vuorio alongside Lähderanta, Salo, and Kunttu, V For Violence have the long awaited The Book of V poised and ready to stir up the metal scene.

And that it pretty much does even if its originality is locked in the arms of open familiarity to a few heavyweights. Like a fusion of Fear Factory and Marilyn Manson in league with Dope and Powerman 5000, the album and opening track, The Halted Saint explode on the senses with anthemic ferocity. For some you suspect that recognisable air might not work as well as for others, but V For Violence bring their own raw and aggressive twist on things too ensuring that each track has something fresh and extra to say and certainly grip a demanding appetite and imagination by. The band’s new single clouds ears with thick industrial smog but swiftly sends sinewy tendrils of guitar and scything rhythms through it as the climate begins to clear on a corrosive and quickly addictive stalking. Those previously mentioned references straight away work on thoughts as too Society 1 in regard to the caustic and impassioned, bordering on sexual, intensity driving the encounter. Grooves and hooks just spark whilst the strong vocals of Lähderanta roar with expression and incitement for an outstanding start to the album’s fury.

V-For-Violence-TheBookOfV-cover__RingMaster Review     The potent beginning continues with the predatory prowl of The Downfall Pt. I: To Feel Alive. Initially it smoulders within imposing walls with mellow melodies and vocal coaxing but is soon building a volatile atmosphere and intimidating lining of textures, though still dipping into its elegant reflective heart throughout. Once more Manson is an obvious comparison to a song which at times has you drooling and in other moments simply fascinated by its adventurous nature and spicing.

Never Enough uncages the darkest bestial bass riffs and salacious grooves next, splintering them with vocal bellows and psyche gripping hooks to get very greedy over whilst Like It Like That and I Need You spew inescapable virulence in their individual characters. As most songs, choruses conjured are like infection dosed traps, impossible not to be fully involved in whilst around them creative snarls and in the latter of this trio, sinisterly dramatic nuances toy with the imagination. It is fair to say that a few songs share a closely seeded template but many, as here, create from that something strikingly inventive and captivating.

Band and album continues to hit the spot as tracks like the carnivorous A Place To Fill with its electronic festivity and guitar led twists, and the wonderful sonic groan and intimate melodies of God On Trial just ignite the senses. The second of these two is another major pinnacle in the album, every minute a cauldron of emotion and flirtatiously venomous enterprise equipped with unpredictability before it has to make way for Sodomedia which rivals it with its own hellacious and irritable industrial grooving. Once more limbs and thick involvement in the tempest is unavoidable, the breath taken too in the exhausting pleasure consuming the senses

The following Not A Word with its more hard rock seeded swagger lacks the spark and triggers of its predecessors yet again has a keenly persuasive impact on ears and satisfaction whilst What The Fuck! throws its attitude out with zeal, rhythmic and vocal relish fuelling the Five Finger Death Punch/ American Head Charge spiced confrontation.

The Book of V closes with the sweltering croon of The Downfall Pt. II: Amourageddon, its initial acoustic and emotive smoulder again as in Part 1, rising to dense intensity and melancholic ire whilst this time embracing classical and symphonic hues alongside an evocative industrial climate. A relative slow burner compared to other tracks within the album, it constantly evolves and reveals new treats to bring the release to a fine conclusion.

Fair to say we greedily devoured The Book of V and continue to, each track a tasty slice of invigorating fire and hostility. If any of those previously mentioned comparisons do not work for you than possibly V For Violence will struggle to persuade too but for the rest, this is one easy to recommend incitement.

The Book of V is available now via Inverse Records.

Pete RingMaster 08/09/2015

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Deals Death – Point Zero Solution

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Immediately attention gripping and venomously intrusive, Point Zero Solution the new album from Swedish melodic death metallers Deals Death shows it is also an insidiously creative beast when it comes to persuasion. Whilst gnawing upon and chewing up the senses, the album works deceptively away beneath the tumultuous surface tempting and seducing thoughts and emotions into a full and lingering submission. It is a riveting confrontation from a band set to explode to even greater recognition within extreme metal.

Formed in a music college by guitarist Erik Jacobson with a couple of fellow students, the band moved through line-up changes before releasing their self-financed debut Internal Demons which was met with strongly positive reviews and responses. The band moved to Gothenburg as new members joined the band before recording second album, Elite in 2010. Linking up with Spinefarm Records the album was released in March 2012 again to great reactions, the video of the track Fortified released the previous year sparking eager anticipation for the album’s release. Live the band has also earned a big reputation with shows alongside the likes of Scar Symmetry, Hypocrisy, and Dark Tranquility, tours across Sweden, Finland, Japan and the UK, as well as numerous festival appearances such as at House Of Metal, Rockstad Falun, and Sweden Rock only increasing their presence and stock.

Point Zero Solution takes the band to another level, its potent and dramatic textures an intriguing and captivating distraction for the Deals_Death-Point_Zero_Solutioncarnivorous intensity which drives forward the striking invention and malevolence. Themed by the destructive nature and progression which brings down the systems of nature and society, the album opens with its title track. Opening with a brooding and brewing soundscape rife with intimidation and drama, the song makes an impactful entrance, an apocalyptic introduction which only accelerates into a more formidable and menacing presence as rhythms and riffs start to rip down the remains of the once safe landscape. Caged and thrust forth by the excellent predacious rhythmic enticement of drummer Janne Jaloma and bassist Fredrik Ljung, the track explores its darkest streets and open thoughts of the listener, imagination sparked by the dark venomous temptation merged with smouldering and glowing guitar enterprise from Jacobson and Sebastian Myrén. Vocalist Olle Ekman is a grizzled toned lyrical conductor to it all, his malicious growls and squalls the perfect vehicle for spite and lost hope to drive.

The excellent start is followed by the impressive Facing The Echoes, a sultry dance of keys beckoning in the muscular intent and heart of the track whilst ensuring yet again appetite for the song is keenly awake. Creatively expressive within the tall walls of intensity and wrapped in melodramatic breath, the track like most on the album twists and turns within its imagination and invention, creating an unpredictable and captivating venture. The keys on the album are outstanding throughout and at times exceptional as here where it provides a contagious flame alongside the equally potent guitar narrative rich in sonic colour.

Escalation has a rapacious hunger to its attack and charge, riffs fired in a thrash kiln whilst the atmospheric sky of the song is symphonic/power metal in its suggestive descript. It is a seamless and fluid blend which has senses and limbs intensively involved whilst thoughts and emotions have an equally tempting canvas to explore their corners and limits too. Continuing the excellent start the track steps aside for two more pinnacles in firstly Flatline and the even greater Passion For Infinity. The first song is an epically honed expanse of rousing melodic craft whilst its successor again with a delicious key lead in takes the mind through a scenery of impending peril and chilling elegance, the keyboard invention stunningly effective and poignant building a union of destruction and radiance.

The likes of the caustically elegant classic metal teasing The Separation and especially the scintillating predation Paramount Authority grip tightly to the plateaus set and passion ignited whilst Dark Dream Dawn with its climactic intensity and fervency within an irresistible and brilliantly crafted blaze of melodic ingenuity climbs another to another level of excellence.

Every track on Point Zero Solution provides an enthralling and generally breath-taking furnace of blood soaked, sweat dripping quality and toil, the closing Author Of Arts providing a last ravenous fury to devour greedily. Pushing boundaries whilst still openly within existing limits, Deals Death has created an invigorating annihilatory triumph which declares the band as a real force of the future.

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9/10

RingMaster 12/09/2013

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Insentient – Remnants EP

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The meaning of the name of Los Angeles based blackened death metallers Insentient means ‘devoid of sensation or consciousness; inanimate,’ something you certainly cannot apply to their debut EP Remnants. The six song release is a dramatic and exhausting piece of emotive enterprise and evocative intrusiveness, a heavy shadowed expanse of exploitive and scintillating provocation exploring and inspiring the psyche of its recipients with relish and skilled venom. The release and band has earned comparisons in many ways to the likes of Death, Hypocrisy, and Dissection, something which is hard to argue over but with essences of neo-classical and thrash to their imaginative ideas and craft the band stands apart from the crowd with a unique and expressive presence.

The band was formed in 2009 by vocalist/guitarist Leslie Medina with the line-up of Medina, guitarist Kimberly Orellana, bassist William Palacios-Toledo, and drummer James Coppolino in place from the early part of last year. With a stable line-up in place the band has begun to make a stronger impressive mark which Remnants will only send deeper into the heart of melodic extreme metal.

Wrapped in the excellent artwork of UK artist Thomas Bates, who has graced releases from the likes of Bleed From Within, The REMNANTSSoulless, Siege of Amida Records, Federation, and Promethee, Remnants instantly seduces the ear with the opening of Winters End, crystalline kisses falling around a melodic temptation from the guitars courted by a bass lure. As the temperature rises and melodic blazes spark off mutual fires of intensity, the song evolves into a ravenous torrent of rapacious riffs, merciless rhythms, and voracious vocals from Medina, her guttural squalls and esurient rabid passion startling and impressively malevolent. The track evolves across a charge of sonic invention and melodic imagination which as potently captivates as the intensity devours making an immense and riveting start to the EP.

     Decrepit Minds taunts the senses next with its initial welcome sonic irritant erupting into a rampant snarl of malicious riffing and mutually violent rhythms, a black metal grace wrapped over a death metal maliciousness is once more ridden by the insidious vocals. The emerging thrash rabidity to the riffs infuses another rush of pleasure and satisfaction whilst once more exposing the diverse intent and creativity of the band.

Through both Seethe and its successor As I Wither, the experience raises its game yet again, the first a slowly prowling menace sizing up its victim with bass and guitar as enthralling as they are menacing before taking an unrelenting chew out of the senses with an avalanche of bass drum animosity and controlled vocal savagery, whilst the second is quite simply a furnace of devious imagination and deviant sonic temptation all honed into a gorging depredation.

If the listener was not already convinced the release seals the recruitment of the passions with the closing pair of Death Toll Rising and finally the title track. The penultimate track is a pit borne snarl with hunger and spite to match, again the vocals of Medina a savage contagion alongside the inventive voice and charm of the guitars that bewitches within the at times bestial rage and furiousness of drums and riffs, not forgetting the wonderfully hostile and seemingly rancor soaked basslines. The title track provides a final thrash sculpted maelstrom of passion and intensive debilitation, blisteringly completing a thoroughly engrossing and impressive debut.

Insentient and the Remnants EP make you work at times to discover its wealth of creative ingenuity, its corrosive surface overwhelming what lies beneath but the effort to explore is rewarded with even greater imagination and pleasure. This is a band we will be hearing a lot more of and with even greater successes one suspects.

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9/10

RingMaster 19/06/2013

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Skineater: Dermal Harvest

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    Rife with sabre sharp sonics and a carnal malevolence transferred through destructively precise riffing and viciously antagonistic rhythms, Dermal Harvest the debut album from Swedish death metallers Skineater, is an impressive and savage pleasure which leaves pure satisfaction and pleasure in its annihilatory wake. Arguably the album is not venturing into new realms but with its aggressively sculpted malice and charnel house of blood drenched intensity and bone splintering violence it does not need to be to ignite the passions.

Skineater was formed in 2008 by guitarist Håkan Stuvemark (ex – Wombbath, In Thy Dreams, and Vicious) upon leaving as bass player in GrandExit. Moving back to his main instrument he recruited drummer Jeramie Kling, drummer in The Absence, Infernaeon , and Ninety Minute, with the pair recording two songs the following year. It was not until 2011 though that the project found impetus with Stefan Westerberg  (ex- Carnal Forge, In Thy Dreams, World Below, and Steel Attack) taking up the bassist position in the band. Soon after signing with Pulverised Records with whom the album is released, the band expanded further with the addition of guitarist Kari Kainulainen (ex – Mourning Sign and Amaran), vocalist Jörgen Ström (The Mary Major), and replacing Kling, drummer Matte Modin (Raised Fist, ex – Dark Funeral, Defleshed, and Sportlov). Recorded at various locations with mixing and mastering at Studio Underground (Carnal Forge, Steel Attack, Fleshcrawl, Necrodeath) in Sweden, Dermal Harvest is an irresistible result of a group of veteran musicians unleashing a fresh and voracious passion and sound which has maybe been festering within over the years, such its organic and instinctive animosity musically and lyrically.

     He Was Murdered makes the first rapier like incision into the senses though its finesse only follows a bludgeoning entrance from Dermal Harvest Coverriffs and rhythms  with vocals squalls casting acid on the ear like venom filled cluster bombs. With a slight aside in energy for the guitars to seep their own tightly weaved sonic  malevolence, the track forges a violent intrusion with blistering guitar play and crippling drums assaults menacingly accompanied by the delicious malefaction of the bass. It is a snarling brawling encounter which exhausts the energies whilst leaving one simultaneously enthused and ignited by primal intent.

The following Dismantling and Your Life Is Mine continue the ravaging assault on the person mentally and physically, both tracks raw and unrelenting in their abrasive animosity and unforgiving ferociousness. Like the opener they also entwine moments of sheer melodic beauty which are as unpredictable and rewarding as they are unexpected and warmly welcomed as some respite within the towering destruction surrounding them. The guitar play and invention of Stuvemark and Kainulainen is exceptional and their imaginative quieter melodic addresses sit perfectly within the tempests without any seam or drop in fluidity present.

In hindsight though immensely impressive and pleasing in their company, the first trio of songs are mere appetisers which certainly leave the listener enlivened but not as fulfilled as tracks like Made Of Godsick manage to achieve such their triumph. It is at this point that the album fully fires up its heart and furnace to wreak the strongest havoc and pleasure upon the person. The song is a riveting construct of quarrelsome fervour and burning invention which sows the deepest pleasures within. It is a mordant storm musically and in intensity equalled by the excellent and sonically rabid Through The Empire and then exceeded by the sensational Stab. This track strips, grinds, and seduces the senses and emotions throughout, its passage insistent, unrelenting, and sizzling with melodic flames, scorching imagination, and predatory hunger. The best track on the album it sums up the wonderful grotesque that is Skineater perfectly.

The rapacious, and perversely addictive Drifting is another major player of the passions, its greed and hunger musically and violently pure hellacious manna for the heart. Again it shows just how masterful and skilful the band is as individuals but also as a unit and combining the melodic side of the genre to outright volcanic metal fury.

Dermal Harvest is an exceptional release which leaves one smouldering contently under its aggression and quality, and also possibly whimpering. Yes it is not breaking new ground but it is using the essences of the genre in a way not many others can contemplate let alone employ. If the likes of Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Bloodbath, and Hypocrisy exploit your passions, than Skineater is a band for you.

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8/10

RingMaster 21/02/2013

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Hate: Solarflesh

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    Since forming in 1990, Polish metallers Hate has built and earned a strong name for their unbridled death metal brutality and over the latter years for a more evolved and defined blackened death voice with a diversity of inspirations to their still wholly destructive creativity. They have released acclaimed albums which have brought themselves and Polish death metal to world attention and stood amongst the established powers with impressive ease. Now they stand before the world with their eighth album Solarflesh, a release which sees the quartet at its most powerful and inventive yet.

Hate is a band which has grown into the world through their continually growing towering sound and live shows and tours alongside the likes of Hypocrisy, Scar Symmetry, Carpathian Forest, and Decapitated and through festival appearances at those such as Metalcamp, Neurotic Death Fest, Brutal Assault, and Screamfest. Released via Napalm Records, Solarflesh is another unstoppable force from the band which stretches the evolution in their sound on further from their previous well received album Erebos of 2010. It simultaneously explores, invigorates, and violates the senses with the line-up of vocalist/guitarist ATF Sinner, guitarist Destroyer, bassist Mortifer, and Hexen on drums unleashing possibly their finest moment to date. It is an album which still has moments where it arguably does not go far enough in its original ideas to completely enthral and capture the passions but never offers a moment where Hate have sole control of a willing attention and eager want to hear more.

The album appears through a distant sonic mist in the thrilling emerging shape of Watchful Eye of Doom. Part full length intro 464 Hateand part haunting atmospheric instrumental with a wonderful female vocal quall of intimidation and seduction, the track is a darkly charismatic invitation and quite compelling. It sets a high dramatic bar for the album to walk which it does successfully for the main across its corrosive length starting with the fiery Eternal Might. The song is a blaze of sonic elegance and carnivorous riffing caged within well-structured barbed rhythms. The vocals of Sinner from within the brewing tempest is a rabid squall upon the ear, his caustic growls a perfect counter to the melodic coaxing ripe within the forceful intensity. Within his brawl though there is clarity which allows the lyrical content to exact its purpose too, something maybe other genre bands should note. For its main the track is a tightly crafted tease without unleashing any addiction evoking elements but solves that with an excellent imaginative sonic trade in the latter breath of the song to make it memorable if not a lingering pleasure after its departure.

The first major highlight of the album steps up next with the ravenous Alchemy of Blood. The track wraps its insidious charms around the ear whilst forcing a delicious venom soaked groove through the tightly seized opening. Flames of razor blade sharp melodic shards erupt from the thick intensity and rampant rhythmic assault yet there is a control and purposeful intent which leaves one hypnotised, especially when further hornet stinging poisonous grooves persist and rupture the senses. Being over critical the song like on other occasions taunts, in that it does not go far enough with its addiction provoking moments of serpentine devilry, but still leaves one glowing with the prospect.

Through the likes of Festival of Slaves with its stunning opening of tribal and epic loud whispers leading into a torrential outpouring of caustic intensity, and the equally compelling title track the album continues to draw one willingly and deeply into its black fuelled heart. The second track is a sizzling encounter which unveils an irresistible Middle Eastern tantalizing to its striking guitar enterprise and sonic furnace of passion. From vocals to rhythms the track gnaws on the senses whilst the technical mastery and melodic invention ignites the passions for a full riveting experience.

Closing on another high with Mesmerized, a song which brands itself on thoughts and flesh with an engrossing malevolence sonically and from haunting enchanting female wails, Solarflesh is a release extreme metal fans should focus in on. It dissatisfies slightly in that it does not push its truly inventive moments to their limits but throughout is an album which brings a freshness and power to the world of Hate and death metal.

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7/10

RingMaster 01/02/2013

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