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Check Out SOLITUDE AETURNUS – For Fans Of Prog, Doom, Sludge, Stoner Metal

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One of the downsides to being a music fan is that there could be a band/artist out there that you really like but have no idea exists. But when you find out about them, it’s like sweet treats for your ears. Such was the case with me and Solitude Aeturnus. I actually found out about this band late last week because I bought a record from a band member via an online marketplace. Actually, it was two records of the same title (Pantera – ‘Power Metal’).

We started chatting back and forth and he told me I should check out his band. Usually when someone tells me to check out their  band, they suck and I get put in that awkward position when they ask me “So, what’d ya think?”

However, Solitude Aeturnus is a breath of musical fresh air. I am currently listening to their 2006 album Alone and I am just loving it. I didn’t plan on listening to the whole album, but now I have to because it’s that good! Great guitar work, great arrangements, and their singer can actually….you know….sing!

Check out their album Alone below!

EMPYREAN THRONE: Demonseed (Album Review)

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Have you ever thought of how funny it is when, say, Japanese people try to sing American music? You see them butchering Lynyrd Skynard songs in every single movie where someone goes to Japan. You gotta give it to ’em though, they obviously have good taste in music! Can’t really create it themselves (with the exception of Church of Misery), but you know, good for them. It seems to have been the case for Americans trying mimic European black/death metal for many years now. You can always distinguish their continent in the first song or two. Is it a heritage thing? Do these Norwegian death metal bands really have the Viking blood of their ancestry fueling their riffs? Are these Swedes fed from their mothers tit a magical melodic metal milk? I don’t think so. Recently, you’ve seen bands emerge from the States that sound like they’re from Poland, pounding out songs of the likes of Vader and BRT (that’s a Blood Red Throne acronym for all you idiots). It seems to have taken a while, but it’s definitely happening and it’s refreshing. Continue reading EMPYREAN THRONE: Demonseed (Album Review)

‘Tales’ by TRIBUNE – The Audible Offspring Of Volbeat, Warbringer and Down

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Every now and then, a band comes around with a defined sound unlike anything previously heard by the listener. Such is the case with Tribune, and their latest release Tales. You may have read about them before on here, since they were both a Friday Find and included in our Top 25 Albums Of 2013  list. However, I thought it proper to further promote this awesome release with its own KM review.

For me, as a person who gets music submitted from multiple angles, I get excited when I hear a band that “sticks out.” When it comes to the bigger more well-known bands, it’s somewhat subconsciously expected that the album will sound good so there is more potential for a let-down. With an “unknown” band, one might subconsciously expect it to sound bad….especially amongst those Metal elitists who think their shit doesn’t stink. I don’t consider myself an elitist by any means, but I like to think I have an accurate intuition when it comes to separating the cream from the crap. Continue reading ‘Tales’ by TRIBUNE – The Audible Offspring Of Volbeat, Warbringer and Down

HEART OF A COWARD – Severance (Album Review)

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As we head toward the last holidays of the year, I find out about an amazing metal band called HEART OF A COWARD! If you haven’t heard of them well now you have, and if you’re already familiar then I can only imagine how excited you’ve been for their latest release Severance. Recorded in England and London (yes, they are different places) then mixed in New Jersey USA, “Severance” is finally here via Century Media Records.

In all of its head spinning technicalities, flawless execution, and seamless transitions to and from the dark heavy chromatic and the melodically emotional, Severance still manages to give you cognitive and introspective lyrical content to send you down the rabbit hole. It’s thrashy, it’s technical, it’s BEEFCAKE from top to bottom! This album, I can only imagine, is the result of many hours of slaving to the grind while elevating musical instrument proficiency, and HEART OF A COWARD has definitely done their homework. I can’t wait to see a list of U.S. tour dates!

To sum it up simply, I say…GO BUY THIS RECORD! You won’t regret it! You will get your metal’s worth! That’s all you need to know. You can pick it up here.

You can also check out their official music video for ‘Psychophant’ below. Continue reading HEART OF A COWARD – Severance (Album Review)

LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA – LMO (Album Review)

It still amazes me how many different shades of metal there truly are! Every once and a while an album will cross your path and make you say “what the hell is going on here!?”, or “what are they doing!?“. I found this happening with LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA (a.k.a. LMO). This Germany based metal band, with conceptual ideas pouring out of every orifice, bring you the opus work of Victor Smolski and Peavey Wagner. I admit I had many initial thoughts that came and went like wildfire, so rapid that listening was not enough. I had to see it, research it, and come to a rational conclusion about what I’m experiencing. “How do you mix ketchup and ice cream?” was my initial response. But as I researched, and saw what a truly magnificent production this was for anyone with musical ideas to see through to fruition, it all fell into place. Continue reading LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA – LMO (Album Review)

GENERATION KILL: We’re All Gonna Die (Album Review)

What do you get when you put Exodus, Pro-Pain, Mutilation, and Marauder into a blender and set it to pulverize? You get Generation Kill. A Frankenstein of a thrash-metal band combining the usual thrash/punk drum beats, some drunken-staggering grooves, classic metal licks (harmony solos included), with a hefty dose of political apathy and hate to boot. Based out of NYC, Generation Kill brings to the world their new record entitled “We’re All Gonna Die”.  As I delve into this record, the first track “Born to Serve” is a great, hard hitting, and politically motivated song to set the tone for the record. It starts with guitar and drums culminating to Rob Dukes (vocalist/lyricist) at the top of his lungs… “You’re a fucking slave!” which brings in the rest of the band. Awesome to say the least!

Then they slow it down with “Prophets of War” (which eventually picks up at the end) another song with political undertones and tons of anger. I can’t say I agree with the change of pace so early in the record but in this day and age of mp3, do we even conceptualize a group of songs as an album anymore? That’s neither here nor there. The album picks up again with “Friendly Fire” for another hefty dose of thrashing, and pretty much holds pace for the rest of the record with the exceptions of “Carny Love”, and “There is No Hope”.  By the time you get to the closing song “We’re All Gonna Die” the band is ready to kick your ass one final time sending you on your way….maybe even to a Generation Kill show!  Overall I found this album to be a damn good thrash record. I found the pace a little up and down for my taste, but as I said before…that’s neither here nor there. The band executes well, has lots of energy, and gives you tidbits to think about. If thrash is your thing, I’m sure this album will find its way to your collection.

You can purchase the album via Amazon here.

-T. Miles Lord
Music Reviewer

3 and 1/2 (out of 5) horns up!

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Kosher Metal’s Top 25 Albums Of 2013

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It kind of goes without saying that during the tail end of every year, many people and websites put out their lists of what they think were the best albums of the year. Well, what started out as being a top 10 list turned into a top 15, then a top 20, and finally a top 25. There were just so many great albums released this year that it’s really difficult to narrow it down to just 10.

So here we go….our top 25 albums of 2013, along with some notable mentions.

Click on any album image to get more info about the release or to purchase it. If you’re thinking about what to get your Metalhead friend for the holidays, any of these albums in physical form would make a good choice.

25. Scar The Martyr – Scar The Martyr (Roadrunner)

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Dissension: Can You Classify Them?

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Hailing from Montreal, Dissension is plowing through the gates with their first full-length release, Of Time and Chronic Disease. Forming in 2007 under the name Set to Kill, the band has been honing their sound, which they even say on their Facebook page is “defining the undefinable”. A mixture of thrash, black, and power metal, the genres not only change throughout the album, but sometimes on the same song. Maybe that’s why I had a harder time breaking down this album.

‘Graceless Death’ is an excellent example of how the entire album runs. It’s a thrash style song in the beginning, with some keys thrown in to hook the power metal. Nathan’s vocals are like gravel; rough and just killer. The song then slows down, drops into black metal, and then ending again with thrash. Still following me? Yes, it’s a little confusing. It definitely works to make a very interesting song, but my
concern is that there are fans that aren’t going to latch onto the individuality of this music. Thrash fans are going to want a thrash album, and this definitely isn’t it. You can hear where a band like Death is a big influence, but other tracks like ‘Set To Kill’ sound like it would fit perfectly on a Children of Bodom album. ‘Legacy’ starts out with a slow acoustic intro, reminiscent of early Metallica, before kicking into a black/power metal onslaught. It’s hard to classify this album as one thing, because it’s not one thing.

Being that the band has been around for 7 years writing and playing music, this sounds like an album that was 7 years in the making. During that time, it’s obvious that influences changed and songs were written in different styles. At times, this album seems like it’s more of a compilation than a solid piece of work. It’s not to say that I dislike the album, but after sitting down and listening to it front to back multiple times, it’s more of an album where I would pick out a few top tracks and just listen to those. ‘Apotheosis’, ‘Thralls To The Crucified’, and ‘Set To Kill’ are my favorite cuts from this release. For me, I would love to see these guys live and see how the crowd reacts. They definitely have the ability to play great music, and I’m sure this is only the beginning of what we’ll hear from Dissension.

On a rating of horns, I throw a solid 3.5 for Dissension:

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-Treph

Surviving The Infection? Impossible. DEATH TOLL RISING Drops Infection Legacy!

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Kosher Metal is going for the ultimate in fresh albums and fresh production. It’s no surprise that through the Kosher brand we receive some choice material from worldwide brands of music and this time we got a handful of aspirin and antibiotics with the goo filled Death Toll Rising album,”Infection Legacy.” Now this band is a little bit familiar. The reason is the style of death/heavy metal. These guys come into the fold a kin with Bloodbath, Carcass, and At The Gates.

I’ll be honest. The initial reception of a nine track release is always going to be skeptical. You’ll find the length in most tracks either too long or too short in most cases. And you’ll get breakdowns infrequently and disjointing. I had a pleasant surprise the second I entered the legacy already left by these professional grade nihilists. I had a “brief” moment examining the history of the band which is already heavy enough to plant a smile on anyone’s face. If you’re looking for fresher tasting music from your extreme metal and death genres, these guys had an album prior to this entitled,”Defecation Suffocation.”

This review isn’t about that album but I can tell you it was grand to catch a minute with that release before setting up this one. The band is based out of Edmonton, AB and there’s an obvious ark in longevity in groups that have rural beginnings. I’m not saying the bays, the coasts, and the corners don’t get their share of “rural” humility. But the humble start of a violent band like this is usually the very purpose and thermal energy behind the music. I won’t polish their knobs in this regard, but the commercialism isn’t very appealing from many of the bands that do the exact opposite of these guys right here.

They are bringing a lot more similarities with them on this album to your upper shelf names. I didn’t contract an infection right away though as the intro is not very retaining. The highlight of the album is in fact the very middle of all this non-stop action. I found myself plagued however by the climbing staircase of their single,”Malice Incarnate.” That is the perfect single anyone could have chosen off the album next to the track following it. The first two tracks off the album lead me to an undisclosed location without the lyrical clarity I would have expected from the title track and the stage setter.

Your guitars are pitched at full grind, the vocal velocity of the songs is damaging, and the drums sound bananas. And to expand on that bananas analogy, let’s metaphorically enhance it. Imagine those bananas in a mountainous quantity inside of a jungle filled with angry primitive apes ready to rip your arms out of their sockets. Yes those bananas are indeed a trifling matter. The drums are frequently stealing the attention of the listener only to then be interrupted by skin tightening screams and siren blazing guitar solos. I had an awesome time with this album despite the thrush of distraction I was constantly approached with.

Let me give you the real insight to this album with the process of explanation for my comments. The over abundance of the material provided seemed way too jam packed into such a short album. It is almost as if you’re getting more and more and more on a never ending rollercoaster of expectations repeatedly being vaulted over the last. I wasn’t quite sure when the epicenter of horror crammed madness was going to reach climax, and because of that I’m left wondering if the album actually ended. The competitors in this genre will often guarentee you a straight to the gut thrillride. This exceptionally high quality album reached a point where I felt like I had a thoracic bypass and lost muscular control in nearly every part of my body.

At Kosher Metal we’re not going to sell you some kind of inhumane review full of Chex-mix and spritzers in celebration for another band’s album coming out. This album is worth five times its purchase price. That is the real review. The bitterness in the tracks  ‘Revelation Despair’ and ‘Septic Entity’ actually upset me. I was very disappointed in how both of these songs left me in a state of emotional movement. That’s not a bad thing, although it felt like with the way things were written I got a small piece of what I was ready for and left with a poetic “gotcha twice.” Lyrically both of those songs set you up for a very hard break up. I was heart broken, confused, and hurt because both of those songs leave you thinking.  I felt teased.  That was cruel. This album actually pissed me off. And I loved it because of that. I recommended this album the moment I heard it to others, coworkers even because I was frantically excited the entire day.

Now the final point we’re going to talk about before I put this dog in the grave is the overall finish and playthrough. I felt from the start of this album I was in for something vindicated and illuminating. I felt like someone hit me with boards filled with staples and nails and laughing at me. These guys are so talented it breeds just like, dare I say it, an infection. It just gets bigger and bigger from the third track in and doesn’t slow down again. The final track is the only time you’ll get a low tempo out of this nightmare. To any band that tours with them, this is a real show stealing group with delightfully aggregated skills. I love these guys. We love these guys. The rest of your life is disposable at this point. This album will be receiving the Kosher seal of approval and of course the Kosher purchase recommendation. I was lip split after listening to this and you will be too. Trust us, this is what we do twenty four hours a day.

At Kosher Metal we use a Horns Up! rating system and it is without a shadow of a doubt our pleasure to award a face smacking, infallibly accurate score for Death Toll Rising’s second album ,”Infection Legacy.” Coming in amongst other big league ratings out there, the October 22nd release kept us shaking with the sickness of addiction for a full week. Yeah. It’s that good.  Kosher Metal sees fit to brand this

4/5 Horns Up! For Death Toll Rising’s Infection Legacy!

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Infection Legacy is out on October 22nd, but you can pre-order this album now and get the infection started by checking out Death Toll Rising’s bandcamp
@http://deathtollrising.bandcamp.com
Don’t be a fool, do things that are cool. And click like on their facebook page
@https://www.facebook.com/DeathTollRising‎
Also make sure to check out their Youtube and click Subscribe
@http://youtu.be/bdU7Yuz9HH8

And one last thing. Did you know they have a soundcloud too? Yeah check this link out as well. Just a goodie filled review today people. Wow.
@https://soundcloud.com/death-toll-rising/

As always metal whores, stay tuned to the Kosher Metal blog. When it comes to metal, keepin’ it Kosher is what we do!

~Mister X
KM Music Review Editor

Let’s All Go To FUCKTROPOLIS

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Recently, I came across a band called All Else Fails out of Alberta, Canada. Their recent release Fucktropolis was sent to me along with several other releases for airplay/review consideration. They were all good bands and they all had a song added to airplay rotation, but this release definitely stuck out. Perhaps it was the intro to the first track AntiMartyr that grabbed me. What can I say? I’m a sucker for the dramatic delivery I guess. But then when the music kicked in, I just had to keep on listening. Somewhat reminiscent of German metallers Heaven Shall Burn at times, these guys definitely keep my head moving and give me an overall sense of what i call visceral metallium. Granted I got the album for free, but would have happily paid for it. I easily give this 4.5/5 Horns Up!

Check out Fucktropolis from All Else Fails below via the bandcamp widget and see if you get into it like I did. For some reason, the player automatically starts at track two. I highly suggest moving up one to start at the beginning….trust me on this.