CYNIC – Ascension Codes (Season Of Mist)

By Kostas Vaxevanos December 31th 2021

Cynic’s music delights the heart and sharpens the mind. Eloy (the German band) of progressive metal with psychedelic ideas, mellow vocals and intellectual music tunnels continue to climb heavenly stairs. Those who were able to digest the change in vocals compared to their first days were lucky enough to watch them escape from the vicious circle. Their return in 2008 with Traced in Air was a gift because the music cosmos (from Greek cosmima = jewel) needs such geniuses. I really adore and the next two EPs although i miss and some psychic attacks here and there like in the first two albums.


The first thing you notice on their 4th album (I do not count the amazing Portal tapes) is that you do not feel the void of Reinert. With all due respect, Matt Lynch is so consistent in his game. A multidimensional solid octopus like the one on Martina Hoffman’s magic cover, who steals the show throughout the 49 minutes. We really need such kind of drummers than athletes. In a video I saw him playing with the drumsticks upside down. This makes the sound smoothed and fat, something that matches the ethereal feeling.


The introductions between the 9 main tracks give extra breath and listening to it makes the sense of meditation. Those of us who have felt awe and acoustic spiritual uplift since the time of Uroboric forms at At Deaths Door II so I have good news for you. Cynic never cease to amaze.

https://cyniconline.bandcamp.com/album/ascension-codes

SEPULCRUM – Corpse Dividing Holes ( Canometal Records)

by Kostas Vaxevanos December 30th 2021

I think we all now know that the blood of the Chileans boils for Metal and this is proven in live shows as supporters and the bands that are constantly born in their scene. This was first released on cassette and digitally and now it’s time for the CD. Contains 4 tracks of their own “Abruption”, “Stiff Stagnation», «Corpse Dividing Holes”, “Into Slumber Exclamation”. Of course, the sound is primitive and there is no room for innovation here, as started by Kreator in Endless Pain and Morbid Angel in Abominations of Desolation. The vocals have the demonic depth and the riffs are reminiscent of Slayer dark paths in Hell Awaits. Last track is exactly what they define as a key influence: Morbid Angel – Lord of all fevers and plagues. The sound is dirty, pure and natural as if you were listening live. Back to the garage with boosters and sweat.

https://sepulcrumdm.bandcamp.com/

https://www.canometal.cl/

CRYPTIC HATRED – Nocturnal Sickness (The Other Records)

By Kostas Vaxevanos

December 24th 2021

Band with a rotting artwork from Finland .. things are clear here… NOPE… Cryptic Hatred is a quartet having been created in high school in 2019 they managed within two years to release a demo and mature so much synthetically that they grabbed the attention of the people behind the Other Records. These young guys not only have the audacity to imitate Cannibal Corpse but also the courage to go things further. I do not know how many of you think you can have the skills of the creators of Butchered at Birth, Bleeding or Gallery of Suicide. Yes the band has built bases up there and on this album it has a stellar production and my friend listen to the drummer. Enough with the athletes who blast. Here you will enjoy cymbals «As I Enter Darkness», high volume tom «Stench of the dead» and «Full Of Hate» riffs and pinch harmonics that will refresh your brain and create new fields. But I say again…the drums… its been long since you have heard something simple, natural but with substance. The Finnish origin odours on the chaotic leads and the outro of Eternal Horror. I think this band will be even more enjoyable live….


https://www.instagram.com/cryptichatred_/
https://www.facebook.com/cryptichatred/
https://cryptichatred.bandcamp.com/
https://theotherrecords.com/

DEMENTOR – Interview with Rene Blahusiak

By Kostas Vaxevanos

Interview originally appeared in Repulsive Echo fanzine 1999 May

Q: When was Dementor formed and give us some info about all your releases till now?

A: Dementor is one of the oldest active Slovak extreme bands. The band arose in 1988 like three members band. I joined the band in 1991 and we started to work hard on the progress of our musical expression. The first official recording was the demo tape called “The extinction of Christianity” ’92. This stuff contains 9 tracks of fast more technical death metal influenced by Pestilence, Death, Slayer and Celtic Frost. It was sung in Slovak language. The next act is the second demo “Morbid Infection” ’93 recorded with new vocalist and the result is six brutal death metal songs. This was the beginning of our our Brutal creation. Both the demos got very positive response and a young Slovak label

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16 Albums of Swedish Death Metal

By Kostas Vaxevanos

Swedish Death Metal: The Emergence of Despair / Rise of Desolation

As we are already officially in Winter although this is rather relevant for Greece, we thought that this is a fine excuse for a hot coffee and a deep dive into albums with frozen sound like Winter… Death Metal the sub-genre that has been related with two main countries America and Sweden. We would say that the two biggest scenes mirrored in two albums. On the one hand the American scene based on the technical and clean production of Leprosy and on the other the Swedish one with a more punk sound, the dirt and the doomy aura of Severed Survival...

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RESILIENT – The Art Of Resilience EP

Released October 2021

The Chilean's EP begins with an exotic intro Sepultura type "the Abyss" where it somehow testifies their Latin American origin. One of those things that relaxes you before the attack. Do not expect modern useless and meaningless virtuoso tricks. Here we return to the basics. Old-fashioned Death metal of the late 80's with a macabre sound as the guitars are sharp and you will surely remember you Exmortis from Florida but also the English masters Cancer. The effort is remarkable while we actually speak for a one man band plus a guest soloist. In case "Leprosy" and "To The Gory End" mid paced Death Metal is your adorable style look no further. The EP is released by Diabolical Summoning Records on CD and StumpGrinder on cassette.
(Kostas Vaxevanos)

https://resilientdeathmetal.bandcamp.com/releases