субота, 07. октобар 2017.

Kombo #28

"Verthebral", paragvajski death metal bend, je ove godine objavio svoje drugo izdanje pod nazivom "Regeneration". U pitanju je veoma dobar album koji auditorijumu nudi nešto kao mini istoriju žanra, te se može čuti od svega po malo. Ima tu i deathrasha, i oldschool deatha, ali i nešto zahtevnijih deonica na tragu technical deatha. Sve je to fino uklopljeno, sa jasnim instrumentima i vokalom koji kao da je isečen sa nekog izdanja sa kraja osamdesetih i početka devedesetih. Pesme su manje-više istog tempa, a kao najveću zamerku bih naveo to što im je veoma sličan ritmički uvod (sem poslednje koja je najsporija), ali su i pored toga poprilično slušljive. 4/5.

Slovački "Necroheresy" sviraju mešavinu death i black metala koja na trenutke fino zvuči, ali mahom ne uspeva da održi pažnju slušaoca. "Asylum" jednostavno ne nudi neku preterano upečatljivu muziku zbog koje biste mu se preterano često vraćali. Pesme u proseku traju tri minuta, većina njih je brza i sa repetativnim trešerskim "zakucavnjem" koje posle nekog vremena postane veoma zamorno. Iako volim da čujem taj siroviji pristup (prostije numere, ali iskrene i sa "iz neba, pa u rebra" stavom), smatram da je potrebno barem malo razgranati ideje. 2/5.

"Mouldered", kolumbijski death metal bend, je svojim debi albumom "Chronology of a Rotten Mind" odradio sasvim korektan posao. Nema tu nekog preteranog filozofiranja, niti eksperimentisanja: samo reski death/gore rifovi koji deluju kao satara koja ravnomerno i brzo seče sve što se pod njom nađe. Kod ovakve muzike ne očekujete previše, već samo dobru zabavu (da se tako izrazim), a ovde toga ima sasvim dovoljno. Kao jedini minus bih naveo vokale koji mi nikako nisu legli. Jednostavno ne volim taj growl koji vuče kao pig-squeelu, kao ni "promukli" harsh. Sem toga, sve drugo je i više nego OK. 3/5.

Finski dvojac "Buried and Gone" navodi da svira alternativni metal, što je samo donekle tačno. Album "The Final Hour" mi deluje kao mešavina onoga što njihovi zemljaci "Poisoblack" i "Blackstar Halo" rade. Dakle, melodična muzika koja ide od laganijih, akustičnih deonica, pa do onih osetno bržih. U pitanju je zaista dobro izdanje, kompletno u svakom smislu: idejnom, sviračkom i produkcijskom. U pojedinim trenucima su me podsetili na "Destrophy" i na "55 Escape" - tada je i najviše do izražaja dolazila ta "alternative/nu" crta. Preporuka! 4/5.

"Ashen Epitaph" su na sceni gotovo deceniju i po, a iza sebe imaju šest izdanja. Poslednje u nizu, album "The Formed Filth Enigma", je možda je jedno od najboljih ovogodišnjih izdanja na srpskoj metal sceni. Zaista volim da čujem ovako dobar death metal kome je svaki sekund ispunjen ubitačnom energijom i koji prosto diže adrenalin. Prva trećina albuma (ne računajući intro) je gotovo perfektna i teško je reći koja bi se pesma mogla nazvati najboljom. Na ostatku albuma se po kvalitetu izdvajaju još i "Destroy All False Faith" i "Shadow of the Grey Sun" koje su zaista maestralne.

Ostale numere su daleko od loših, ali su ipak itekako slabije od onih koje sam naveo. Imaju one svojih itekako svetlih trenutaka, solaže i neke deonice su veoma "catchy", ali ostavljaju dojam određene "usiljenosti". Deluje kao da se negde prilikom komponovanja izgubila nit, pa su jednostavno finalizirane tako da ne odskaču od zamišljenog koncepta. Ruku na srce, to sve nije pokvarilo krajnji utisak. Iako je maksimalna ocena izostala, verujte da je pravo uživanje slušati ovaj album. 4/5.

понедељак, 25. септембар 2017.

Kombo #27

Švedski death punkeri "Folkmord" su sredinom leta objavili svoj prvi album "Peace Was Never An Option". Energičan od prve sekunde, nabijen adrenalinom i neverovatno zarazan. Fanovi death metala, hardocorea i punka će posebno uživati u ovom izdanju, ponajviše zato što je ono potpuno antitrendovsko i beskompromisno u svakom smislu. Sirovi rifovi, pojačana bas gitara i odsečan bubanj čak i onim laganijim numerama prosto odišu besom. Vokali su posebno izraženi i na najvišem mogućem nivou. Na trenutke su me podsetili na "Kvelertak", što nikako nije loše. Preporuka! 4/5.

"S-Tool" svojim debi albumom "Tolerance 0" nastavljaju tamo gde su "Poisonblack" stilski stali sa "Lyijy". Dakle, tvrđi stoner sa malo groove i malo heavy metala u sebi. Rezultat svega toga je zaista odlično izdanje koje je svakim slušanjem sve bolje i bolje. Ville Laihiala je na visini zadatka što se vokala tiče, dok se muzici ne može naći nikakve zamerke. Fanovi njegovih prethodnih bendova neće biti razočarani, kao ni oni koji vole vole ovakav zvuk. Ekipa koju je sastavio je dobrano prekaljena - svi su uzimali učešća u radu kultnih finskih bendova tokom poslednje dve decenije. 5/5.

Nemački bend "Lifeless" je na sceni gotovo deceniju i po, te iza sebe imaju pet izdanja od kojih je album "The Occult Mastery" poslednje u nizu. Veoma fin death metal je u pitanju, sa odličnom produkcijom i zanimljivim pesmama. Vokali pomalo vuku ka black metal vodama, što nikako nije loše. Energično, brzo i efektno - najbolji je opis onoga što se kod devet ponuđenih numera može čuti. Svidelo mi se što nije u pitanju neko "pošto-poto" izdanje, objavljeno radi ispunjavanja obaveza iz ugovora sa izdavačem, već delo na kome se predano radilo i koje ima šta da ponudi. 4/5.

"Dimman" su finski melodic death band koji je pre izdanja "Guide My Fury" imao još jedan mini album, te dva singla. U ovih 18 minuta su ponudili 4 pesme i jednu orkestralnu varijaciju. Ne zvuči ovo loše, ima tu malo starog "In Flames" šmeka u tragovima, ali ipak preovladava finska melodeath/power metal škola pojačana klavijaturama. Growl vokali su duboki, te bi se dobro uklopili i uz neki melodoom bend. Ako volite pesme sa puno solažica, znajte da nećete biti razočarani. No, iako dobro, samo izdanje je nekako nederočeno, ponajviše zbog nedovoljnog broja numera. 3/5.

"Kashgar" sviraju black/death metal i dolaze iz Kirgistana. Samo ta činjenica je dovoljna da odvojite malo vremena i preslušate njihvo prošlogodišnji debi album "Kashgar". Meni se najviše svideo uvodni instrumental, dok su ostale numere lepo zamišljene ali pomalo izgubljene. Naime, deluje kao da su članovi benda bili rastrzani između pokušaja da zvuče tradicionalno sirovo blekerski, ali i da eksperimentišu sa idejama, te da time izađu iz šablona žanra. Nažalost, tas nije pretegao ni na jednu stranu, te su neke zanimljive ideje ostale nedovoljno razrađene. 2/5.

субота, 02. септембар 2017.

Kombo #26


Russian "Ram-Page" are playing a decent mixture of death and thrash metal. Sometimes they add some blackened and even brutal/slamming tunes, which is very nice. In that way they extend variety of their core sound. Production on "The Grave of Seven Billion" is good, as same as the musicianship. Although the band doesn't bring anything extraordinary or innovating to the genre, this refreshing release is a good choice if you like to headbang until you break your neck. 8/10.

Their countrymates "Dig Me No Grave" are also fine musicians, but their album "Immemorial Curse" didn't satisfied expectations I had (although it's much better than "From Past Aeons"). Band crew certainly knows how to make some hellish riffs and a couple of songs here are very good, mainly because of the guitar solo parts. On the other hand, during the listening, I always felt that something was missing: it's like your favorite dish, but without the key spice in it. Anyway, I am sure that death metal fanatics will enjoy listening to this release. 6,5/10.

Finnish "Rekoma" should think about finding someone who can sing the clean vocal lines way better. Growl/harsh vocals are all right (although there's some space for improvement), but the clean ones are simply terrible. I enjoyed the music itself, but it is hard to concentrate on good parts when there is a guy who is trying to sing and fail at it most of the time. Only because of it I am giving 5/10 to "Eadem Errata".

"Post Pulse" had an opportunity to fix the situation and they succeeded at it. "Halls of the Damned" is consisted of various groove/thrash and death influences, so you can expect nothing but mostly fast and energetic album. There are also a couple of mid-tempo songs with some very slow (almost atmospheric) and weird parts, a bit chaotic and (some would say) cacophonic, but in a positive way. Adding small doses of chaos in the order can shake things up, which makes the whole release very interesting to listen to.  8/10.

недеља, 13. август 2017.

Kombo #25




Guys from “Letal Cross” are playing some sort of black’n’roll, which sound very nice, even when you aware of the fact that “Maldita Nación” is just a demo. Sorry, my mistake: it’s not “just a demo”, it’s a kickass demo, by all means! Four tracks with the punk-like attitude and killing solos are more than enough if you need something to boost your body and mind besides your daily dose of coffee. If you like “Helltrain” and “Kvelertak”, then I recommend you this Chilean band. 9/10.

Zurvan” were formed in Iran, but later they moved to Germany. Their sound somehow reminds of the Serbian legendary bend “The Stone” and that’s a big plus. What I’ve heard on “Gorge of Blood”, their second album, can be described as a typical catchy black metal, excellent both for those who are discovering this type music, as same as for those who have a “long time blackened internship”. It’s not an extraordinary release by any means, but you won’t make a mistake if you play it once or twice in a while. 7/10.

Skein” are coming from Finland and their music can be described as a mixture of dark, a bit melancholic rock and lightweight melodoom metal. The transition between those styles is done very nicely, so it sounds interesting to hear how almost metalcorish, headbanging parts slip into more calming parcels. So, if you like to lie on bed in a darkened room while gloomy music is playing on, “Deadweight” is definitely an album for you. 9/10.

субота, 29. јул 2017.

Kombo #24


Serbian band “The Father of Serpents” sounds like “Paradise Lost” on its best days and that is just a top of the hill, trust me. What we can hear on “Age of Damnation” is the perfect blend of the doom and gothic metal, where this sextet brilliantly shows that their other influences (“My Dying Bride”, “Saturnus”) gave them some cool ideas to paint their own canvas. I admit that it’s damn hard not to compare them with previously mentioned bands, but we are not talking about some simple copying or paying a tribute to that sound, no sir. For the first official release, this is a perfectly done job. 9/10.


SinnerAngel” from Colombia are playing some sort of melodic black metal, which sounds fine to me. It’s not something extraordinary, but it’s quite satisfying. I must say that it’s nice to hear this kind of music, unspoiled from the modern trends in the metal nowadays. “Sinister Decálogo” has everything that you crave for: melodic riffs, good solo parts and harsh-like vocals (with lyrics sung in Spanish) that fits very well with the music. 9/10.
 

It’s quite popular among newer bands to mix different subgenres in their music. It seems Finnish “Nemecic” are trying not just to keep the step with their colleagues, but to lead the way. It’s good to hear bits of melodeath, melogroove and modern metal on “The Deathcantation”, but it’s even better when you find out that that this blend is not some cheap generic product for the post-NU generation. You should give a chance to this bend, so play this record a couple of times on your player. 8/10.
Nightstop” is the electro pop / synthwave instrumental band from Finland. Their album “Dancing Killer” reminds me of the times when I was just a kid: it has that 80’s thrillers’ spirit which I don’t like very much. But, in this case, it is doing its role just fine. The first time I listened to this record, I thought about “Wolf Among Us”, an excellent video game which has music similar to this one, with that dark, almost grim tone despite all that cheerful facade. If you like to hear something that is completely different from your favorite tunes, this is a very good choice. 8/10.