2017 EASTER SPECIAL
Featuring Cuts From:
[the various brain droppings, rants and general wackiness of Uncle NecRo]
April 16, 2017
February 27, 2017
February 19, 2017
February 4, 2017
September 12, 2016
Toda Su Sangre
Having done a bit of research on the band that’s named after a chapter and verse in the Bible (as to which one, I can only wager a wild guess…I’m betting it’s one of the Chronicles in the Old Testament), it looks like there has been two bands using that moniker: a “classic rock” style from the state of Arkansas that released one album in 2003, and a power metal band a bit more south on the map; namely, Peru from the South American land mass. I haven’t heard of the former band, nor have I seen their only release; I have, however, heard of the later 3:16, and have listened to both of their demos. So, that’s the one we’re focusing on here in this review.
Toda Su Sangre is the first demo recorded by the Peruvian band, released in independently in 2006. I haven’t ran across much about the band itself, other than they appear to be active, according to my usual research tool for all things \,,/METAL\,,/, the Metal Archives. The music contained within is power metal, heavy melodic with some touches of speed thrown in, with lyrics that are sung in the band’s native language. The music itself is very good, with some decent riffs and shred solos. The title track has a rather good doom riff with a verging on speed metal mid point. That said…
The weakest point on this album is definitely the vocals. For whatever reason, the guy handing the vocals just cannot hit those notes the majority of the time; and when he can, it’s still quite lackluster in the delivery. Listening to them, you can’t help but cringe, being a severe distraction to the overall enjoyment of the metal. Also, once in a while some cartoonish-sounding “demon” effects show up for what sounds like a quick sneeze, then goes back to whatever it was he was doing at the time, playing Minecraft or whatever.
So, overall Toda Su Sangre shows signs of promise for a demo release, on the metal side. Some work, some spit-and-polish and something epic might sprout. The biggest change needed would be the vocals. Lackluster at best, cringe-worthy at worst, as mentioned before. I cannot point this out too much, here.
July 29, 2016
Pounded By Our Sins
Hailing from Germany, Ancient Prophecy plays a style of metal that is an interesting hybrid of power metal and traditional heavy metal that blends together into something only the Germans can seem to pull off. After releasing a couple of demos, they released their first full-length release, Pounded By Our Sins digitally in 2015.
I once read a review of Pounded By Our Sins on another review site, describing the music as “melodic thrash”. That’s what led me to seek out and purchase this album in the first place. And after listening to this, I have to counter that “melodic thrash” with NO. This isn’t even Thrash Metal’s first cousin, Speed Metal. The music on Pounded By Our Sins is best described as Power Metal with a blend of Heavy Metal. I can maybe understand someone who’s not familiar with thrash to mistake this for thrash, what with the use of blastbeats and faster-than-usual guitar riffing. But make no mistake, this is epic and powerful HEAVY METAL we’re dealing with.
Kicking off with the anthem “Metal Is Still Alive”–complete with an opening chant, big chorus sing-alongs, all set to epic riffs and soaring and powerful female vocals intertwined with a bit of growly male vocals. This is followed by two more mid-paced and decent cuts, “New Chapter” and “True Trinity”, which follow the same pacing as the opener.
However, it’s when we get to the fourth cut on the album, “Pounded”, is when the quality of the album goes from good to really good. From here on to the end of the album, we’re bombarded with some fantastic guitar riffing, some excellent rhythm work, and very powerful vocals provided by Jaqueline Kunz, sounding as good as fellow German metal crooner Doro Pesch. The production on the entire thing is fantastic, bringing out the quality of the metal contained therein.
Overall, Pounded By Our Sins is a quality independent release of some good, solid and heavy \,,/METAL\,,/ that isn’t just the usual shiny, happy melodic stuff. Recommended.
June 25, 2016