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Lucifer – Feeding The Machine (demo)

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 10th February 2013 by izaforestspirit

Lucifer
Feeding The Machine (demo)
Released: 1st August 2011
Thrash Metal
Self-Released

‘Feeding The Machine’ is the second demo from the Lithuanian thrash metal band Lucifer.

The title track starts off with a slow guitar intro, which gives in to some thrash metal riffage and Toxic Holocaust -style vocals. This particular song is very guitar driven with the riffs and the solos being the main focus whilst the drums maintain a steady pace. Not that it’s a bad thing, in fact it’s pretty much what you would expect from a band of this genre.

Then we come to ‘Killchain’ which skips the slow intro, starting with a full blown assault of mid-paced guitar riffage. There’s also more guitar solos and the vocals are far more prominent on here than they were on the title track. Finally we come to ‘Harmony’ which has a similar slow start and picks up the pace as the song progresses. In a way it feels like a continuation of the title track as the guitar patterns are very similar, although this time the vocals enter the spotlight.

It’s hard to judge a band based on just three songs. All I can say is that this is a very promising thrash metal demo and I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

 

Celtachor – Nine Waves From The Shore

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 6th January 2013 by izaforestspirit

Celtachor
Nine Waves From The Shore
Released: 25th November 2012
Celtic Black Metal
Self-Released

Nine Waves From The Shore is the debut album from the Irish celtic black metal band Celtachor. It is the follow up to their two demos Signs of War and In the Halls of Our Ancient Fathers.

The Landing of Amergin sets the scene with an intro comprising sounds of waves; the start of a voyage perhaps or more likely the arrival at the destination based on the title of the track. What follows is some standard black metal infused with celtic tin whistle melodies. Think old Satyricon or Immortal with a touch of Waylander/Cruachan and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what I’m referring to. It’s an interesting mix as the melodic tin whistle provides a sharp contrast to the harsh vocals and coarse sounding guitars.

Then there’s The Battle Of Tailtin with comes complete with war chants, drums and battle noise for that authentic atmosphere. My knowledge of Irish mythology is very limited but it’s songs like this that make me want to find out more. Another track which stands out is the ballad The Sorrow of The Dagda with its acoustic guitar intro, haunting shout-like vocals, melodic guitar riffs and the ever-present tin whistle. The acoustic guitar makes a brief return half way through the song and again in the outro. In many ways this track is unique due to the main guitar style which owes more to melo-death and, dare I say it…progressive metal than black metal. It almost sounds like it’s from a different album.

The instrumental Tar éis an Sidhe is even more melodic and has this soothing feel to it due to a combination of acoustic guitar and tin whistle. Then Conn of The Hundred Battles kicks in offering a similar atmosphere to that of The Battle of Tailtin with more coarse guitar riffs and black metal vocals.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

 

Code For Silence – Eyes World Shut

Posted in Experimental, Metal with tags , , on 14th September 2012 by izaforestspirit

Code For Silence
Eyes World Shut
Released: October 2012
Melodic Death Metal/Experimental
Released via Inverse Records

‘Eyes World Shut’ is the second album from the Finnish melodic death metal band Code For Silence. It is the follow up to their 2009 debut ‘D.Ecaying M.Atter – O.Rganic N.Emesis’ and it is available in digital format only.

After a promising start with the guitar riffs, the opening track ‘Rose Blooms in Bloodred’ shows its true colors as a keyboard infused groove/melodic death metal song and some Devil Driver -style grunting vocals. Oh… one thing I forgot to mention about this band is that they have two singers, and on the next track ‘Flashbacking One Night Stand’ you get to hear the other one. Oddly enough he makes the music sound like a mixture of modern Entombed and Poisonblack. It’s not until the first vocalist makes a brief reappearance that you realize that this is still the same band and the same album.

Next up we have some techno-sounding, synth tunes…Oh wait, no..sorry! My mistake… This is still Code For Silence with ‘Death Bringer’ – a cacophony of bizarre construction featuring clean, radio rock -style vocals, melodic guitars, keyboards and melodeath metal grunting from other singer. Sadly from here onwards it’s steady spiral down towards the abyss as the subsequent tracks prove that there’s a fundamental difference between experimental and downright garbage. ‘Eye For an Eye’ is like two songs in one, with the symphonic keyboard part plus clean vocalist at one end and melodic-death metal riffs and grunts at the other. Either one of these on their own would be tolerable but as a combination they just don’t work at all.

There’s only on track on here which manages to stick to the same style throughout and that’s ‘Neon Syncronized Capone Dance’, which offers some symphonic, keyboard-driven metal with the two singers finally finding some common ground.

1.5/5 – there’s really no need to overcomplicate things this much. If you want to change your style, just start a new band!

Iza Raittila