Exitus – Rot Em All(2016)

October 9, 2017 by  
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While the previous effort  – Let them Rot, was recorded live. Rot ’em all was recorded in a studio. The demo-2016 cd is more solid because of its production(it wasn’t a live recording). The vileness and intensity are in the same model as demo 2015 – Infectious Black/Thrash. Three songs were written on the  CD cover but if you listen to its entirety it has four. Hidden track? never mind, I like the IV song, It was belt out in our native language – Tagalog! It’s cool and fierce at the same time – Tangina mo! nope, that is not the song title, perhaps! I will found out soon.

Apart from this being recorded in a studio, they have a new drummer here, he did a great job in maintaining their wicked sounds. Two new songs are on this CD with the exception of Writ of Blood which can be found in the 1st demo, and of course, the Tagalog song! Get a hold of this demo if you have the chance! contact:exitusdeathtoall@gmail.com





Exitus – Let Them Rot (Demo 2015)

October 8, 2017 by  
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Another promising band from the Philipines, Exitus. Isn’t it an odd name? Well, what’s not odd is the music they play – nasty, grim and untamed Metal. Demo 2015 is a wicked brew of South American BM,  Thrash & Punk.

“Let Them Rot” has an impressive 4 songs. Catchy riffs, belligerent mood, and chaotic environment(since it was recorded live). Songwriting/arrangement is similar to international bands who also plays or worship this kind of Metal. Has been out for quite a while now and it would be great to hear the release after this. Demo-2016 is at hand right now and I will create another post for that.

It’s worth adding this to your CD collection. Ask or it, below is the band details.

Exitus are:

Jaggi Alcantara – Bass

Jay Orosa – Vocals,Guitars

Melvin Villarba – Drums

Contact: exitusdeathtoall@gmail.com




Rapist – High-Speed Metal Retribution(2nd self-released Demo 2016)

October 2, 2017 by  
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Rapist is from Zamboanga, a city located in the southern part of the Philippines. Most of the bands I’ve heard came from Manila, Visayas, Cebu or Davao. It’s the least place I could think of where Metal dwells! In this age, Metal knows no boundaries anymore.

Obviously, this is Thrash Metal, as the demo name suggests – High-speed metal retribution.  Rabid vocals, awesome guitar works, decent songwriting and aggressive as it should be. The weakest link here, in my opinion, is the drummer, it lacks speed. Bass is inaudible but it’s expected on this kind of recording.

All tracks were rehearsed and recorded live (DIY style) somewhere in Zamboanga City. Yeah, it’s freaking raw and it would literally rape and violate your filthy ears! By the way, my favorite tune here is Death by Bolo!

Rapist are:

Junjay – Guitar/Vocals

Zhay – Bass

Mar – Drums


Junjane Valeriano

Purok 1, Malagutay Zamboanga City, Philippines 7000


Gravewards – Subconscious Lobotomy – Demo 2017

July 3, 2017 by  
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The painful scream of Nikos (Guitars & Throat) starts this demo. It seems that he was casketed alive while he did that scream. The song is Casket Entrapment – There is a strong aura of Dismember here which I like. The heaviness and neck-breaking aggression at the end of this song didn’t disappoint.

Nikos informed me that there is an uploaded track on YouTube. So, while waiting for the cassette to arrive, I browsed and listened online to Subconscious Lobotomy. I tried to understand this song but unfortunately it hasn’t made an impression to me. I know it’s heavy but the overall collaboration of the instruments all throughout (except for the last part) wasn’t memorable, it’s not as strong as Casket Entrapment. Coincidentally, the highlight here is the ending of the song, that pace changes the mood and somewhat made it more interesting.

Crawling chaos is my favourite track. The infectious intro is already a testament for me to idolize this song. The crushing desolating noise is absolute on this track, doom! Memorable part for me here is the double bass – it’s like an impenetrable wall of noise equivalent to the unbreakable shield of the Hellenic ancient army!

The Melodic Death/Thrash – Death womb Incubation finishes off this demo. It has the vibe of Casket Entrapment as well. 3 out of 4 for me, I’ve heard that they are working on a new material, I will catch them again for the new record. The (primitive) future of Gravewards from Greece looks promising. Demo cassette is still available, support the band, get it as soon as you can. Band contact – gravewardsband@gmail.com

Fördärv – Between the Eterneties(2014)

September 2, 2014 by  
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“Between the Eternities” promo CD was sent to me by Katya of Nigredo record. It’s a new label from Sweden and it seems that is concentrating on releasing Fordarv materials, Maybe.. Need to ask her for more details..

“In Between..” were played with conviction, honesty and full of hate, It was a glorification of Scandinavian old school black metal. Basically, all my favorite spirits in the music such as wicked atmospheres and riffs, evil melodies, raging blast beats and hellish screams were very well unveiled here. The promo cd has 6 tracks in it, song structure, it’s changing from fast to slow and vice-versa.  I really liked all the fast parts here, it’s rough and aggressive!  On the other hand, Slow parts were good too! It’s really epic and it’s already expected as Swedes are known for that kind of wicked tune.

As I’ve said earlier, this release was a conventional one, but I really liked what I’ve heard and it’s brought back memories of the early years. It sounded good to my ears and that’s what matters most to me!






Suffering – Chaosatanas(2014)

May 30, 2014 by  
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SUFFERING is from Poland and was created by Armagedon and Astaroth in 2007.  CHAOSATANANAS was just released this year(2014) and contains 6 hymns of necro sounding Black Metal.

The compositions were dark, grim and brutal and  those combination were a delight to my ears.  Screams and spoken words were used to communicate with the listeners as those best fits this kind of music.  Guitar riffs are good because it’s memorable and catchy (on slow parts) and will make you bang  your head.  Of course it’s nothing new but still kudos for them for keeping the tradition alive!  The past is alive indeed!

I really liked what I’ve heard and will watch out for their future release.  My reference for this good band would be the early Norway/Sweden BM scene. If you loved that scene(which i do) then definitely you’re going to like this band. The band is still on their early stages and hopefully they can escalate it to the next level and create their own sounds . Just keep your eyes and ears open for them.

Please send your inquiries to Sanctus at sanctus@vp.pl .  Labels/Distro involved are Mort Productions(Poland), Morbid Shrine Productions(Spain) , and Magma Pure Underground Distribution(Italy).



Ataul – Demo 2013

April 27, 2014 by  
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Laguna, Philippines has been offering quality metal bands for some times now. It spawned Kambing, Ebwa, Effluvium, Negatron, Pathogen, Rabies and now a new Death/Doom Metal group has emerged and they are  Ataul.

Ataul just released “Demo 2013” and  from what i know it has 2 versions: CDR by Dethrone Records(PH) and a Cassette format done by Mandarangan Rex(US).

Ataul’s music were like a human fears that were converted to music. One example are the grief and fear that you will feel when you attend a funeral. Those morbid  consciousness were very well demonstrated on Demo 2013. “An End to Conquer” was my favorite track. Those agonizing slow parts as well as it’s ghastly riffs were killers. The fast tempos and the  guitar solos at the midsection were good too! “The Afterlife” does possess the same qualities but what i liked here was the aggression. Another favorite was “Into Eternal Slumber”, The trance-like intro was amazing and for the rest of the song as well.

Compositions were excellent and looking forward for the new material that this band will offer in the future. Interested individuals/distro/labels  please contact Dethrone records and Mandarangan Rex for your copy!

Frostagrath – A Journey of Infinite Sorrow (2013)

April 23, 2014 by  
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Frostagrath is the creation of Lord Mist who lives in Egypt. As all of you know it’s one of the Chaotic country in this Planet and imagine the sorrows it brings to it’s people. I really thought that was the motivation of Lord Mist but no.. It’s more of a personal issues..

“A Journey of Infinite Sorrow” is a farewell anthem to those who had lost hope already and just want to end their existence. The full length has 6 solitary tracks and every notes of the instruments were  a harsh portrayal of one’s soul hardships in life.  Lord Mist knows his craft very well… He managed to create every possible tormenting sounds from his guitar, keyboard, drums and especially for his Vocals, I’m not sure if he’s really singing on this record because the singing was more like a tortured cries that asking for help.  Guitar and keyboards depressive melodies will take you into another point in time where in you can reflect and decide what to do with your boring life and at that point in time the suicidal hymns were playing.. Not sure though with the drums if it’s programmed or it’s Lord Mist pounded the kit, but it doesn’t really matter because the slow to mid paced execution of the drums  fits the music very well.

It’s my first time to listen to a DSBM in it’s entirety and what an amazing introduction there by Frostagrath.  I was hooked! Looking forward to the band’s next release.. Please contact the band if you’re interested.










Kult of Satanachiia – Promo 2008

February 27, 2014 by  
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This Kult was the first Black Metal band on North Africa.  I couldn’t believe that metal  exist on this part of this hemisphere but here they are to crush my stupid belief.  Promo 2008 has 4 songs that was played in the olden BM style.  Nothing outstanding here but if you’re keen then read on.

“Beyound” is the first song and it’s at par with Darkthrone, Immortal and Vondur. Very primitive sounding, fast and chaotic. Vocal works were of screams and growl which were good.  One of the highlights of this promo are the  Guitar and bass works.. It’s very creative.  “Into” again was aggressive, I liked the song structure here because it’s more memorable  and a better song structure.  The blowing of the wind and evil guitar finger picking initiated the song “On Ancient”. Man, that intro was very dark! As i listen further it turns out that this is a less than 3 mins instrumental track. The bass work really complements the guitar and a spoken words which was done in a back masking way made the track more sinister. “Forgotten ” is the 4th track and it’s a live recording from a gig in their hometown. The set was very chaotic and Lord Igret bass was very loud on the set.

It’s just a shame that this promo didn’t have a decent distribution before. But,   If you’re interested please contact the band and i think they can provide you a copy of this..


Veligore – Veligore

February 21, 2014 by  
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Veligore music should be played as  background noise for a cult group that is preparing for a ceremony and i’m pretty damn sure that would make rituals more interesting..

What i liked about these US hordes was the infectious sounding of their blackened music.  Darkthrone (Transilvanian Hunger Era) came to mind upon opening my ears for them.  All the songs has a ritualistic tone on it and the  not so slow and fast pacing were just perfect.  Riffs were very catchy and evil/horror sounding and those were the edges that made Veligore at least stand out from the rest..  nothing much to say for vocals, bass and drums as  they did their purpose very well.

Another highlight here were the Horror samples that were configured on some songs. It was not a random samples that they copied somewhere and just to fill the void, It was meant to be there to complete the songs and to strike fear to the listeners! As a result,  the atmospheres were very ominous!

Horror and primitivity were the foundations of the self titled debut.  I’m not saying that it’s something new, but it has a distinct sound that really belongs to Veligore.  The 11 tracks were worth listening to and i’m looking forward for a new materials that Veligore will ceremoniously offer in the future..




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