When I last listened to Cendra, it was their second album, 666 Bastards, of which I was a fan. The Spaniards are back for some more blackened thrash/punk on their newest album, the appropriately-titled Metal Punk.
If you couldn’t guess by my handle, I love me some Viking metal. When the bassist for Immorgon, Joan de Ros Gotsens, reached out to me asking me to check out their first album And Thus We Raid citing influences like Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, and Unleashed, I was definitely interested.
So-called "pagan" metal can be a tricky beast. Ranging from dissonant black metal with the thematic lyrics buried under muddy production to blackened folk metal, you never know which you’re getting into until you hit the "Play" button. Fortunately, Spain’s Hordak lean heavily to the latter, which is more up my alley. The band presents their fourth album, Padre, and they pretty much nail it.
When we last left Dave Rotten, he was delivering some tortured roars for FamishGod. Well, Dave is back, but this time he’s altered his delivery and is fronting a thrash band, Holycide, on their debut EP Toxic Mutation released under his Xtreem Music label.
No lie — I love me some doom/death. Being a fan of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost from “back in the day”, I’ve always loved the atmosphere of dread created by well-done music of this type. Enter FamishGod from Spain with their debut album Devourers Of Light.
When you mention hardcore/d-beat and/or black metal, one of the last words that typically comes to mind is the word “fun”, but I’m not sure how else to describe the newest full-length from Cendra, entitled 666 Bastards. Despite the raw agression on display here, this music just brings a smile to my face.