\r\nKrossbreed exists as a band from 2003 and since then they have some releases with the latest one, the “Carved In Stone” EP / MCD.
\r\nFrom the first listening and while the first track of the release “Legacy” comes on, I assumed that this is a thrash metal band but more down tempo, but after a couple o minutes some metal core influences came up, element that seems to be not bad, because it fits well with the whole music of Belgians.
\r\nIn this case as you all see we are dealing with a split cd with 3 bands from Japan’s Tokyo. Anatomia is a new band formed in 2002 with ex-members of the cult japanese death/doom band Transgressor! They play a devastating death/doom with deep guttural vocals straight from the pits of hell and a slow crushing riffage into 5 tracks that all possess a unique annihilative power either with their slithering doom or with their evil sound in the vein of mighty Incantation! Tremendous, outstanding, evil and creepy to the core!! \r\n
\r\nWhen you have grown with groups as Slayer, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Atrophy, Paradox and other similar groups that simply defined Thrash Metal, then you set the standards really high and you have "requirements" from all kinds new group that comes out and calls it’s music: thrash metal... to honour the title of this metal genre. \r\n
What could anyone say about Meshuggah? Things are very simple: whoever likes smart extreme music just bows before them. Whoever has a taste and knowledge, just totally respects them.
\r\nThe interest regarding any new Meshuggah release is to see what new grounds the band will explore, because no one can predict the direction that they will discover – and not follow- without listening to their new album.
\r\nDouble live cd from Magnum, recorded during November 2007 and just for the record, the second cd contains the live version of the “Wings of Heaven” album, and the track “Sacred Hour” as an encore, while the rest of the songs of the set list are just fine and can both “attract” and “teach” a small part of this band’s history, to those who may not be aware of what the name “Magnum” means, despite of the fact that their career goes many years back in time.
\r\nAre you ready to be fucked? We are gonna fuck you up! These are the words that this album begins with. And the truth is that already from the album’s cover it was an easy task to early understand what to expect from the Swiss Amagortis and their release "Pre Natal Cannibalism". Brutal, guttural fucking sick Death Metal with much groove between Cannibal Corpse, Severe Torture and Deeds OF Flesh.
\r\nThere has been a while since I’ve heard a grindcore release that really hit me in the face. Altar of Giallo is a Spanish gore/death metal band and their release "A Bloodfeast For the Dead" features 12 killer tracks of genuine, forceful, old school grind/death metal. Amazing sound, incredibly heavy, unbelievable, torturing, thick, and absolutely convincing. Their groove is based mostly on the killer catchy riffs with down-tuned guitars and the fact that they are using a drum machine doesn’t spoil the final effect at all.
When In Flames decided to reroute their musical approach (in order to remain), the choices we were given were either to follow them or to confine ourselves with what they had already offered us. Many were really disappointed and me, I was pretty surprised by the band’s new commercial profile. So, after 3 albums and their new release A Sense Of Purpose, In Flames managed to divide my opinion again.
\r\nIntroduction is needless. The much anticipated Bloodrunk isn’t here to make up for Are YouDead Yet?, since the change in Bodom’s sound seems to be permenant, but at least it has the dignity and the moral fibre of an album worth bearing Children Of Bodom’s seal. Mainly mediocre riffs remind of Hate Crew Deathroll but with many Are you Dead Yet? elements. The result? Me, wanting to take the cd of the player instantly as this "new" sound of the band really bothers me.
\r\nAfter their first release, Norther’s albums have less and less good songs. Their worst point is the last album, -N-. I thought they couldn’t write worse songs than those appearing in "Till Death Unites Us", but I was wrong. In -N- they play only because they have to and with few exceptions of guitaristic brillancy, the rest of the album is just boring and uninspired. I was really disappointed... Listening once again to the epical "Dreams Of Endless War" I am really puzzled how such a great band ended up like this...