Blessed Curse - Beware of the Night

Blessed Curse – Beware of the Night

It seems like I’ve been covering various takes on doom metal all year, so how about some good, old-fashioned California thrash for a change of pace? Trio Blessed Curse just dropped their second album, an EP entitled Beware of the Night, and we definitely pick up the pace with this one.

Surtur - Descendant of Time

Surtur – Descendant of Time

December 11 C. Hagen Radick 0

Being a child of the 1980s, I always cringe internally when I get an album promo for a band that touts itself as "old school <insert subgenre here>", because if the re-thrash movement from a few years ago taught us anything, some folks should just remain cover bands working for beer money at their local Drink & Drown. I do try to give each one a listen, though, and occasionally I’m rewarded with a gem from the rock pile.

Extirpation - Wings Of Decadence

Extirpation – Wings Of Decadence

November 3 C. Hagen Radick 0

Typically when I think of Italian metal, I automatically go to the symphonic power metal put out by the various incarnations of [Luca Turilli’s] Rhapsody [of Fire] with the occasional smattering of death metal. Therefore, it’s a refreshing change of pace for a blackened thrash metal act to come out of Europe’s Boot and prove the Scandinavians and the South Americans don’t have a duopoly on the genre.

Bloodlust - Cultus Diaboli

Bloodlust – Cultus Diaboli

August 12 C. Hagen Radick 0

Hailing from the Land Down Under (Australia, not Hell), Bloodlust is a two-man side project of the bassist (Specter, a.k.a. James Campbell) and drummer (Disaster, a.k.a. Louis Rando) from the black metal act Mhorgl.

Hillbilly Revenge / Human Slaughter - Hillbilly Slaughter

Hillbilly Revenge / Human Slaughter – Hillbilly Slaughter

Greece has produced quite a few interesting metal acts in recent years, especially thrash metal bands. In keeping with that trend, Hillbilly Revenge (falling into the crossover/Bay Area thrash camp) and Human Slaughter (leaning more toward the crust/death side) put together ten-track split called Hillbilly Slaughter.

Krueger - Return To Death

Krueger – Return To Death

Brazil is a country steeped in the death and thrash metal traditions. Keeping that tradition are Krueger, a band that formed initially in 1987, but didn’t put out their first album until 2001’s Turn On To Death. Another 13–14 years passes, and it’s apparently time for a second album, Return To Death. With such a lax release schedule, how does the band fare?

Holycide - Toxic Mutation

Holycide – Toxic Mutation

April 16 C. Hagen Radick 0

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.

Dark Void - Release The Kraken

Dark Void – Release The Kraken

April 7 C. Hagen Radick 0

Dark Void is comprised of five seventeen year-old Cyprus teens who took their love of thrash metal and self-released their first EP, Release The Kraken. Given the age of the performers, how does the music stand up?