Teenage Sequence is British Asian songwriter and multi-instrumentalistTeenage and the brainchild of Dewan-Dean Soomary. Straight from the off I felt I was back in the 80s with Synth Pop, and a flash back to the days of discos and the PTSD of asking a girl for a dance and being rejected. Now normally I would be reviewing Heavy Metal albums, but this is by far the best album I've reviewed and enjoyed. Where I come from there is a wacky band called "Head Noise" and this album brings 100% vibes of them and I love it. Dewan-Dean I would say is a genius with "Teenage Sequence". A album that has no weak tracks and full of fun, a great throw back to the likes of Human League, New Order and Thompson Twins. This is worthy of full marks, and I can't wait to hear what's next.
Released By Everything Sucks 22/09/23
Nattsvermer and their self title debut is a tricky album to review. With the opening instrumental track "Skummring", I was a bit confused with this choice to open the album with, But with "Devil's Den", it's a track I could definitely get behind and with being 100% honest, this would for myself be the track I would have opened with, But being the listener I would expect the vand to have their reasons on why they chose the choices they did. "Controlled" follows up nicely from " Devil's Den" and I could honestly believe why there is so much love for the band, and it's a track I was thanking for. When we get to "Rash" a much more heavier and gritty instrumental, once again I was confused again with this choice yo be added on the album, although it highlights the musicianship within the band, this track and the opener are two I would have left off the record as these two took me out of the record and felt a little fillers to stretch the record. This like I said at the beginning definitely was the hardest to review, the instrumentals was a bit of a off putting, although the album is great apart from those two Negatives.
Released By Rob Mules Records 22nd September 2023
"Ignore Alien Orders" is the third album from Sweden's The Holy Ghost and could possibly be the best to date. The album does give a old school feel around it, and that's not s bad thing. The record kicks off with "The Non-Duel", a catchy and guitar driven, definitely gives me a feel of bands like Tonic. "Robot Creeps" picks up where "The Non-Duel" left off, with a slight distortion to the vocals elevates the track and it gives depth to the track. This is a great album, and it will please so many from fans of the band to first time listeners.
Released By Lövely Records 22nd September 2023
When "Trigger", which was praised by both fans and critics was released two years ago, it was the introduction to the world of Synth masters "The Mobile Homes", and with the release of "Tristesses" around the corner, it's once again time to get excited. "Tristesses" brings a feeling of 80s Synth Pop and its fantastic. Nostalgic in every sense, I was on board from the very start, and although it's kind of hard to improve on "Trigger", somehow The Mobile Homes have not only achieved that but smashed it out of the park. The tracks are catchy, and masterly played throughout. If you want a great album to listen to over the weekend, "Tristesses" is definitely the album to feed that craving.
Released by Wild Kingdom 22nd September 2023
In 2021 Cannibal Corpse raised the stakes with their 15th album, "Violence Unimagined", and being a fan from the off I loved every minute of the album, So when "Chaos Horrific" was announced I was excited, but also a little nervous with the hope the new album would live up to their impressive back catalogue, and I can say its F*cking Brilliant. The opening track "Overloads Of Violence" feels so familiar I was thanking the gods of hell for a brutal opening.
The album is what you would totally expect from Corpsegrinder and Co. If you are a fan of Cannibal Corpse this will please you in every spot, if you are not, well there's still enough for all to enjoy. This is a fantastic follow up to "Violence Unimagined", its brutal in every sense.
Released By Metal Blade Records 22 September 2023
Formed in 1996 and known as one of the most controversial and musically brilliant bands in the black metal scene. With 11 studio albums in their arsenal, Shining return with a glimpse of hell with their self title debut on Napalm Records. The opening track with its demonic vocals and mastery with the musicianship, some would say its their best to date, but with 11 albums already it would be very hard to place this top of them all. Throughout the record and it's six tracks, you would be forgiven if you think of this as a EP, but with the length of some of the tracks coming in over nine minutes this is full offering. A brilliant record, with commanding lyrics and a sprinkling of evil.
Released by Napalm Records 15th September 2023
Gory Blister, a technical old-school death metal band from Italy bring their brand new offering to fruition with “Reborn From Hatred”. They technical musicianship infused with demonic vocals, thunderous drums and electrifying guitars, bring this album to life. The album opens with a mellow instrumental before the heavens open and the latest cast of the fallen are thrown out by the gods and banished to hell. This album is definitely not for everyone, but for those who are tempted by what is on offer, will truly be rewarded. This is an album I will not be listening to in the car for safety reasons, BUT I really does have its place in my record collection.
Released by Eclipse Records 8th September 3023
From the very first time listening to Starmen I have been a fan of their music, So when I heard that a brand new album was coming out I was excited for what was to come next. “Starmenized” the brand new album begins with “Liar”, and you would be forgiven if you thought that Paul Stanley from KISS guest Vocal on the album. This is a pure 80s inspired Rock band with great anthem inspired tracks throughout. A great album, and an album that shows Starmen are not slowing down.
Released By Melodic Passion 8th September 2023
Canadian technical death metal band Cryptopsy from Montreal introduces us to pure brutality with “As Gomorrah Burns”. The album starts with “Lascivious Undivine”, the track showcases the destruction that lead singer Matt McGachy brings to the vocals, and with hell being unleashed by Flo Mounier, Christian Donaldson
And Olivier Pinard in the supporting roles, we can only admire with awe the connection the band has throughout. With three tracks in with “Godless Deciever” smashing through my headphones and asking my brain to accept the raw power, this for me is just pure extreme metal in every sense, and I F*CKING love it. Does the album have its downsides, and the only downside that I can see and possibly accept is that it’s limited to a genre of extreme tastes, but Cryptopsy will surely gain popularity and expand through the release of this awesome album.
Released by NuclearBlast Records 8th September 2023
The triumphant return of Primal Fear is amongst us, and “Code Red” is the proof that their cylinders are firing on full power. The album opens with “Another Hero”, with electrifying guitars it sets up the album nicely, and I’ve always said about Primal Fear, that the vocals of Ralf Scheepers, bassist/singer Mat Sinner are fantastic. “Bring That Noise” has the thunderous drums that could create a crack in the atmosphere and bring the heavens down on all that listen. This is a solid album and masterly written. If there’s one album you should get, make it this one.
Released BY Atomic Fire 1st September 2023