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Audio Autopsy - November 2007

01/11/07  ||  Global Domination

Fleshcrawl: Structures of death Fleshcrawl: Structures of death

6.7/10

Lord K: Fleshcrawl took me by surprise with this album. It’s safe to say that they have their death metal under control. There are catchy solos incorporated in the brutality which leaves a fresh touch to it. Can’t say I’m too read-up on their past albums, but if they are anything remotely close to this – I need to give them a listen. 7

Ripper Bendix: I loved this band to pieces ever since I listened to their “Soulskinner” album, and one of their outputs even has fucken zombies on the cover. I don’t need more. Oh, and the music kicks ass as well. Thanks. 8

Hanging Limbs: “Structures of Death” may be one of the best death metal songs of 2007. In fact, this album has officially become a resident of Goodmetalville… where it plans to become mayor and cut taxes by 2%. 7

Stephen Fallen: There’s not enough variation for me to really get into this, but it’s some solid death metal. “Structures of Death” has much in common with the Sunlight stuff from the early 90’s, so take that as you will. 6

Eric Wright: Brutal death with a twist of melody, using thick distorted riffs that still stand out, some of the songs run together, but that’s okay, they’re pretty solid tracks. There’s also a Grave – “Soulless”, don’t know if the band takes influence from that album but it sure sounds like it. 6

Abyss: German death metal sounding like Dismember if they had teamed up with J.C. De Koeijer (Gorefest) on vocals. Conclusion: unoriginal as fuck, but perfectly acceptable after a beer or three. 6

Dimension Zero: He who shall not bleed Dimension Zero: He who shall not bleed

6.7/10

Lord K: Dimension Zero is one of those bands who actually should get a little more attention though it’s nothing I listen to personally. Most of the time it’s definitely some take-no-prisoners death/thrash (with a few slower tunes thrown in) with tons of aggression, some neat melodies and quite hysteric vocals. A positive surprise though, for sure. 7

Ripper Bendix: Dimension Zero are SO fucken underrated. Give this fucker a spin FUCKEN NOW and see what you’ve been missing out, you blindfold-wearing nincompoop fuck. 7

Hanging Limbs: Anything with Jesper Ströngbad on guitar is bound to turn some heads, and this new Dimension Zero album is no different. The riffing and melodies are superb (think old In Flames), even if the album does sound like nothing more than a good retread of 500 albums that came before it. 7

Stephen Fallen: Yeah, so this isn’t bad melodeath, if you’re into that sort of thing. There are a couple of catchy tunes and it is short and to the point (only 34 minutes). Nice. If “He Who Shall Not Bleed” came with a coupon for 10 free tacos, I’d totally buy it. 6

Eric Wright: These guys are fucken rebels, I mean, just look at their promo photos, they’re standing in front of a brick wall, one member even going as far as leaning on it! More melodic death half thrash, but pulled off better than most of the others in the field, having memorable riffs, nice catchy chorus hooks, a drummer hitting his kit harder than I’d hit Alizee if I had the chance, their reputation as a forerunner in metal is well deserved, even though I’m not a fan of this kind of music I still enjoyed it for what it is. 7

Abyss: “Hah hah hah, staying alive, staying alive…”. Was it really necessary to cover that one? Apparently DZ thought so… me, I’m not so sure. But overall I’d say that Dimension Zero’s third album is not the sucker-punch that the previous two albums were, more of a jab-jab-hook that doesn’t really connect. Jocke sings as vicious as ever, but the riffs and melodies aren’t really there. Still better than Devian, for example, but DZ are capable of much better. 6

Endstille: Endstilles reich Endstille: Endstilles reich

6.5/10

Lord K: One of the bands we host a forum for. Endstille’s a decent black metal band, for sure, but when it comes to black metal – my heart is always with Dark Funeral. 6

Ripper Bendix: Endstille still kick fucken ass, know their black metal must-do’s by heart and STILL give me a fucken headache with their sound. I don’t know what’s up with this, but the frequencies fuck me up good. 8

Hanging Limbs: The drummer is as imaginative as a blank sheet of paper, but I love that ambient guitar tone, it makes the songs beautifully miserable. I likey. 6

Stephen Fallen: I’ve always wanted to hate on a Global Domination hosted band and now I finally can. Actually, I cannot, because “Endstilles Reich” is some solid as fuck black metal. In fact, it’s one of the best bm albums I’ve heard all year. Fungah, foiled again! 7

Eric Wright: I’d never heard this band before, and I was surprised to find out we host their official forums. Yeah, I’m slow, but at least sitting here listening to this, I am enjoying a beautiful slab of black metal that knocked me on my ass. I thought they were going to be the standard tremolo picking type band, but they use abrasive melodies and compliment them with the perfect chord progressions, I’m just angry I had not heard of them earlier. 7

Abyss: For some reason I still haven’t fully embraced this German black metal band, and I don’t really know why. They sound consistently good on album after album, but I just keep forgetting they exist. This album won’t change those facts. 5

Down: III Down: III

6.3/10

Lord K: I never, ever cared for Down. Their slow, rockish approach is something I can definitely do without. There’s no denying they do what they do well though, it’s just not my thing at all. 4

Ripper Bendix: SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE! Somebody wake me in fucken spring. 4

Hanging Limbs: Phil and I have a hate-suck relationship: I hate him because he sucks. I wanted to hate this, but instead I just don’t really like it that much. 5

Stephen Fallen: I loved parts of Down’s previous two albums and this one is basically the perfect balance of both. The result? I adore “III”. It’s southern rock/metal at its very best and an Album Of The Year contender. 9

Eric Wright: Down III or: How I Was Reminded Again By Phil Anselmo He Is From The South and To Love The Groove. This is in my top favorite albums of the year, full to the brim with riffs containing the perfect amount of groove, a great performance by Phil, and just overall fun, if you are limited to buying ten new releases this year, this would be one to get. 9

Abyss: I never cared for CoC or Crowbar. Pantera was alright, I guess, and I loathe the “southern rock” sound. So imagine my surprise when the key members from these three bands join together in Down and actually makes me tap my feet. Slow at times, abrasive and fast at others, but always full of groove. And I don’t think I’ve heard Phil Anselmo sound this passionate and sober since… well, ever. I’m pleasantly surprised. 7

Those Who Bring The Torture: Those who bring the torture Those Who Bring The Torture: Those who bring the torture

6.3/10

Lord K: If you heard any of Rogga’s 12 million projects before this one, you know what to expect. Great vocals and dirty death metal. Oh, and nice “Iron man” theft for the opening riff of “Death came as a friend to them”. 5

Ripper Bendix: Okay! Now here we have a tasty fucken treat indeed. Rogga is obviously still not too busy to be able to come up with good stuff. Thanks for brightening my day a bit, bitch. I will probably not ban you off the fucken forum any day soon. 8

Hanging Limbs: This has been the worst month of AA in a long time. Every month I think that, but there are always one or two bands that make it worthwhile. After hearing this tossed salad with felch dressing of an album, not even “Tits: The Musical” could save November ’07 from AA’s forgotten realm. 3

Stephen Fallen: Those Who Bring the Torture are also those who bring the filthy sounding death metal. It’s not great, it’s far from terrible, it’s… average. Nice vocals and the occasional homage to the likes of Black Sabbath and Carcass push it up one point. 6

Eric Wright: Finally some old fashion death metal, they way I like it, from forum f®iend Rogga, the death metal factory. I can hear some Carcass here, some Impetigo there, some Repulsion for good measure, with the magic touch of Rogga’s original riffing. and good sense of direction. 8

Abyss: Great fucking death metal from Rogga Johansson and his two henchmen. I don’t know if it’s the inclusion of Ronnie and David, or if it’s just coincidence, but TWBTT holds some of the best songs Rogga has done (which are a helluva lot of songs if you count Ribspreader, Paganizer and Demiurg). Grinding death metal with awesome groove, short but sweet leads and killer vox. What more do you need? 8

Insision: Ikon Insision: Ikon

6.3/10

Lord K: Another one of all those bands that have been around forever without me actually give a shit. To Insision: I apologize. I should have listened to you fuckers earlier coz yer death metal is fine. With a little more variation in the vocals (who are great, don’t get me wrong) this would be even better. 7

Ripper Bendix: I am so bored by the general mediocrity that I actually went off like a rectal eucalyptol suppository while listening to this album. I am not a fan of deliberately mistyped bandnames, because they are usually a promise for really sucky music – but in this case I’ll let it slip, because Isnsisisosn rock my fucken penis… a bit. 7

Hanging Limbs: Good for what it is, but unfortunately what it is is not good, so it is good at not being… good. 4

Stephen Fallen: A nicely paced death metal album that’s filled with just enough variety to keep me interested. This song is burly, that one is razor sharp, this one is fast and testicle… uh, technical, that one is slower and a little doomy and so on. Well done chaps. 7

Eric Wright: Insision, while not being spelling bee champs, still smash out some pretty decent brutality. Sadly, even though the riffs are nice and crunchy, they’re just not really that amazing, I listened to “Ikon” and had no real thoughts on it, the band put a lot of effort into the disc, I can really tell, it’s just nothing worth listening to, because you’ve probably heard it hundreds of times. 5

Abyss: Brutal, yet not overly technical, death metal with awesome riffs and razor-sharp songwriting. 8

Blotted Science: The machinations of dementia Blotted Science: The machinations of dementia

6.3/10

Lord K: This “supergroup” (I hate that term. The only time a band is super is when I’m playing with it) completely went ape and decided to create an insanely technical and instrumental album that is quite fun to listen to. At least once. The problem with music like this, where it’s all about showing off the skills, is that there are hardly anything that could be considered a real song. It’s impressive as fuck and it’s cool to see how far people can go with their instruments, though in the end it’s just a wall of flashy playing and not much else. And that’s fine with me. 6

Ripper Bendix: Okay, that is kinda cool shit. But I rather feel “taught” than entertained. Finger-breaking guitar and bass stuff for advanced professionals. More of a primer than an actual album. With people from Cannibal Corpse, Watchtower and Behold The Arctopus you’re definitely not in for easy-listening stuff. Fucken help? 5

Hanging Limbs: This is what would happen if you went to public school and your professor was Behold…The Arctopus, your best friend was Sleep Terror, and Canvas Solaris stole your lunch money every day. 5

Stephen Fallen: I’ve always liked Ron Jarzombek, because he injects an honest sense of fun into his technical metal meanderings. Blotted Science is his latest project and it’s one of his best, with a nice balance between technical fireworks and simpler, catchy parts. The bass/drum backbone is fairly straight forward and provides a nice anchor for the times Jarzombek decides to go a little crazy. Oh, and no vocals is definitely a plus, since there’s no whiney prog-nerd to ruin the mood. Some songs lose me (“Activation Synthesis Theory” is about 5 minutes too long), but overall it’s a fun experience. 7

Eric Wright: Most of the time technical wank bands like this bore me, but Blotted Science are really a step above the crowd since they have solid song writing, as well as being heavy and catchy. Though sometimes the guitar wanking is laid down a bit heavy, and seems to be fodder for guitar nerds to jerk off while watching Dream Theater footage. 7

Abyss: If you think that the only thing wrong with prog metal is the lack of… well, actual metal, then Blotted Science has a brilliant solution for you. Fuck the vocalist, have Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse lay down some amazing bass-lines and hire the drummer from Behold… The Arctopus. Oh, and it helps if your name is Ron Jarzombek and you can play Satriani as well as Morbid Angel. This month’s best and brightest surprise. 8

Darkthrone: F.O.A.D Darkthrone: F.O.A.D

5.2/10

Lord K: Once upon a time I actually liked Darkthrone. That was when they did their “Soulside journey” album. After that, they lost me. And I’m still lost. I dig the fact that they don’t give much of a shit and their humorous approach while still maintaining their cult status is impressive. With a production this would actually be kinda good. 5

Ripper Bendix: This album is a fucken trainwreck from start to finish and confuses me even more than their previous record – the quasi Motörhead one that I actually liked. What the fuck are you doing guys? Seriously? 5

Hanging Limbs: The AIDSwielders are back with another album not named “Transylvanian Hunger”. It’s an OK listen…if your idea of quality music in 2007 is “Chainsaw Gutsfuck”. While the punky rock’n‘roll aspect is moderately fun, the music is way too one-dimensional and rehashy to hold up after even a few listens. 4

Stephen Fallen: What do I like about this album? Well, its very existence angers true black metal fans, so I figure, fuck, if you’re pissing off the pale hoard you must be doing something right. Honestly though, this is a terribly mediocre experience. They’re paying homage to Motörhead, crusty punk and NWOBHM, but Darkthrone does not have a knack for writing songs about drinking and fighting. “FOAD” is silly and kinda fun (as it’s meant to be), but it’s also pretty boring. 5

Eric Wright: Let me start this one off by saying the album cover is extremely shitty. It looks like something from a high school art class, that barely got a passing grade. Now the sound, it’s very strange, kind of like a black metal Judas Priest without the cock sucking innuendo, and without the great vocals of Halford. Instead we get decent heavy metal riffing with terrible clean vocals mixed with some nice more traditional black metal vocals, I don’t understand where Darkthrone were trying to go with this one, it’s part Hellhammer, part traditional heavy metal, part GG Allin, and what ever the fuck else, it’s okay, but I’ll stick with their classics. 5

Abyss: Darkthrone thinks you can all fuck of and die if you don’t like this album, and for that I applaud them. Some will whine about the influences of punk and rock’n‘roll á la Motörhead in “F.O.A.D.”, but why the surprised faces? It’s always been there, and to me it sounds ace. For lovers of Nifelheim, Craft and… Darkthrone. 7

Overkill: Immortalis Overkill: Immortalis

5/10

Lord K: They are still around?! For what reason? Ah, believing it’s 1988 and thrash is the meal of the day still, that’s why. And Overkill’s doing fine apparently, though I have a hard time thinking someone actually rushes to the store to get the latest Overkill disc, haha… 5

Ripper Bendix: Mediocre. Just like the rest of their fucken back catalogue. 5

Hanging Limbs: I think the guys in Overkill were the only people who knew their band was still around. 5

Stephen Fallen: 2 seconds in and bam, I’m bored. Overkill was a great thrash band 20 years ago, but that was (duh) 20 years ago. I like a couple of their albums, but at this point it’s just (do I dare?) over kill (yes, I dare.) And yes, I know, that joke as a predictable as an Overkill album. 5

Eric Wright: Eight years ago, when I was a young chap, I saw the video for Overkill’s “Hello From The Gutter”, on some metal television program, that was the kick start into my metal obsession, so they will always be very special to me. I was nodding my head through the first two tracks, but then on the third I was devastated, that horrid “singer” from Lamb Of God had to pretty much muck up the whole album for me by laying down some vocal tracks. The rest of the album is good, nowhere near their old stuff, but enjoyable. 6

Abyss: Overkill? More like “Hard to kill”. These guys must be like 250 years old by now. If only they had some sort of relevance to the metal scene to warrant their existence, but alas, no. Thanks for nothing. 4

Path Of Possession: The end of the hour Path Of Possession: The end of the hour

4.8/10

Lord K: Would this band be signed if it wasn’t for Corpsegrinder doing vocals? Doubtful. Path Of Possession is a weak death metal band with little-to-nothing to offer. It’s just going on and on for no apparant reason. This kind of death metal bores me to the fullest. 4.

Ripper Bendix: Okay okay, you’ll get one point Corpsegrinder bonus – but not more! And spend it wisely. Preferably on something exciting. 6

Hanging Limbs: Metal Warriortron – GO! Commence stalling of intergalactic robowarrior thrusters. Diverting course to Planet Gleeb XLV. Prepare for deceleration! 4

Stephen Fallen: PoP is the proper acronym for Paths of Possession, but PooP is a much more accurate one. This is actually a big step up from the last PooP album, it’s still pretty fucking boring. The first song is okay and the rest are, well, the same. Blah. 4

Eric Wright: How does Buttgrinder have time for two bands and all those World Of Warcraft characters? I don’t know, but the chorus and bridge for Memory Burn gave me shivers down my spine, something Cannibal Corpse has not done for me since he’s joined. I don’t know how these songs are so much fun, he must have cast his level sixty magic death metal spell on it. 7

Abyss: This is Corpsegrinder’s melo-death sideproject outside of Cannibal Corpse, right? The reason I remember this is because I thought the last album sucked as well. Mediocre stuff with childlike melody-lines. 4

Devian: Ninewinged serpent Devian: Ninewinged serpent

4.8/10

Lord K: Devian’s got some ex-members of Marduk in the line-up, but it sounds nothing like said band, just to make that clear. I don’t really know in what category to place this to be honest. It’s not exactly brutal, it’s not exactly grooving, but it moves in an ok fashion with a guitar sound and kicks that take over the whole soundscape. I expected absolutely nothing from Devian so I’m not disappointed, but I’m also not pleasantly surprised. 5

Ripper Bendix: Isn’t this Legion’s new project that used to be called Rebelangels or something? I really expected more, but it’s still okayer than the rest I reviewed so far for this edition.6

Hanging Limbs: What the hell? The intro made me think this would be a somewhat melodic doom parade through Dirge Town. Instead I got a decent, if overly generic, death metal album. 3

Stephen Fallen: The chorus one of Devian’s tunes, called “Remnant Song”, goes like this: You can’t save us, and who the fuck would want to be saved!? I do, save me! I want to be saved from bears, rabid possums, foods high in trans fatty acids and this below average, black/melodeath piece o’ garbage. 4

Eric Wright: This release would have been much much better if they stuck with the thrash bits and left out the corny melodic stuff that thousands of bands saturate the market with, only about 1/6 the melodic segments are actually pulled off very well, the rest I’ve heard done and I’ve heard done better. 5

Abyss: Legion and Emil from Marduk have resurfaced, and with Devian we’re offered brimming goblets of blood and blackened death metal. Some of the guitar-lines sounds a hell of a lot like their previous band, and other parts sounds decidedly 90’s Sunlight. Not a bad offering, but I’m still somewhat underwhelmed. The next album could be killer. 6

Demiricous - Two Demiricous – Two (poverty)

4.7/10

Lord K: So, this is the band that someone from Slayer praises all the fucken time? Why they would view this band as any better than the millions of bands sounding exactly like this will forever be beyond me. Maybe Slayer sees something in their thrash/2000 metal that I don’t. For what it’s worth, Demiricous is just another band that makes no difference whatsofuckenever to me. And the vocals are poor as hell, not to say irritating at times. 5

Ripper Bendix: Their previous album was called “One” and should’ve been a defining number for their album outputs. Heard this shit thousand times before. NEXT! 5

Hanging Limbs: Wasn’t it Confucious who said “The final swing is not a drill, it’s how many people I can kill”? If it was, then consider Demiricious some righteous fuckin’ philosophers. Otherwise, listen to “Reign in Blood” and remember why you started headbanging in the first place. 6

Stephen Fallen: I like the word “demiricous”. In fact, I’m going to start using it to describe things that are tasty. Sadly, Demiricous’ album is not very demiricous. Average death/thrash is all that’s on the menu and it ain’t worth $14.99. Seriously, this is all noodles and no meat. Not even a potato could save it. 4

Eric Wright: Demiricous’s “II” is a huge step up from their debut album, but it’s still nothing that titillates me, with some corny breakdowns, and no memorable riffs, they mainly fly through this disc using their kinetic energy and aggression, but that alone is not enough to make this something I’d want to listen to again. 4

Abyss: Obviously these guys sound a lot like Slayer. But unlike Slayer, Demiricous doesn’t have a “Raining blood” or “Dead skin mask” in their discography. Hell, they don’t even have a “Disciple”. Next time; more songwriting + less posturing = less yawns from The Abyss. 4

The Duskfall: The dying wonders of the world The Duskfall: The dying wonders of the world

4.5/10

Lord K: Swedish ABC metal. As innovative and surprising as a Samantha Fox poster in 2007. Nicely executed, sure, but also ultimately dull. This one will enter the bin as soon as I’m done listening to it. 4

Ripper Bendix: How many melodic death metal bands ARE out there? I am familiar with The Duskfall, and they pretty much always sounded like this. The problem is that you have to do a little bit more to keep people excited. Go for the clitoris! 5

Hanging Limbs: The Duskfall will be labeled metalcore, when in fact “shitty metal” would be a more apt description. Not even I can defend this monkey job. 3

Stephen Fallen: You say, “Meaty!”, I say “Ochre!”, “Meaty!”, “Ochre!”. Yeah! 4

Eric Wright: Ahhhhhh more melo-death, my first AA and I’m being driven insane. Sounds like Soilwork, In Flames, and Dark Tranquility, don’t know what else to say. 6

Abyss: Moving further away from their roots as melodic Gothenburg metal, The Duskfall now includes elements of rock’n‘roll and heavy metal, and suddenly they’re almost listenable. Not my favourite band by far, but not as boring as they used to be. Thank fuck. 5

Helloween: Gambling with the devil Helloween: Gambling with the devil

4.2/10

Lord K: What a coincidence, we just celebrated Halloween. It sure as fuck was far more fun than listening to this travesty. My regular review of this shit album got a 2,5, we don’t do half’s here, so they unfortunately have to get a: 3

Ripper Bendix: No thanks. I have kinda grown out of the happy-la-la period of my life. 4

Hanging Limbs: I expected worse from a band that hasn’t impressed me since 1996. Thank god I didn’t expect better. Much like In Flames, Helloween continues to sound more and more like they are influenced by those they influenced. 5

Stephen Fallen: I’m might have liked this power metal if it weren’t for the unbearably weaksauce vocals… Fine, I still would have hated it, but not as much. 3

Eric Wright: K hates this album, and I love it. When we reviewed this together, it was like a metal episode of The Odd Couple. I still think it deserves that eight I gave it, so if you like some riff heavy power metal, look into this. 8

Abyss: This is Helloween’s equivalent to Kiss’ entire discography. Redundant crap. 2

Xasthur: Defective epitaph Xasthur: Defective epitaph

2.8/10

Lord K: Anyone claiming they like this tr00 and grvm bullshit deserves to be run over by a bicycle until they die out of boredom. That will take a long, long time but will, in the end, be a far more pleasant thing than listening to this pile of utter feces. 1

Ripper Bendix: Go.Away. Even getting fucken flu shots is more exciting than this. 1

Hanging Limbs: Bleak, wrist-slitting black metal from the bowels of sunny Los Angeles. Despite the forced, obnoxious production, I can see why people like this one-man band. It’ll never hit my cd player, but it makes good background music and is actually rather soothing, à la old Darkthrone. 4

Stephen Fallen: There’s a lot of hate for the American black metal scene and idiots like Xasthur serve to justify it. “Defective Epitaph” might have been a decent copy of Norwegian bm, but it’s buried under a production that is shitty even by black metal standards. It’s not artistically filthy, it just sucks. Xasthur wants people who spell trve with a “u” to hate this, and I fucking do. Mission accomplished. Want some good American black metal? Check out Wolves In The Throne Room. 2

Eric Wright: I’ve never been a fan of Xasthur, and this release did nothing to change that. They’ve (well, technically, he) progressively gotten worse, I still think the “band” is a joke on the black metal elite dickheads. Almost every song is about suicide, Malefic should stop writing his emo poetry and just finish it, he does have that noose in his promo pictures after all. 2

Abyss: Bleak and nihilistic. Could it be black metal? What’s more surprising is that this album from the U.S. (!) one-man band is actually really good. Often eschewing speed, blastbeats for ambiance and drone-like sounds; Xasthur proves that evil is to be found in the small suicidal details as well as in the explosive displays of wrath. 7