JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C 20/9/10
ANNIHILATOR / TOTAL ANNIHILATION
This is a FREE, yes I did say Free download compilation from those nice people at Earache Records to coincide with the bands European tour (Oct-Nov 2010) and promote the bands current, self titled album and 6 re-issues of the bands mid 90’s earl 2000’s period albums.
First is two scorching tracks from the bands new album, Thrash fest that is “The Trend” and “Ambush”, the next two tracks are “Battered” and the melodic title track from the “Carnival Diablos” CD both of which are Jeff Waters at his best. The next two are from “Criteria For A Black Window”, “Back To The Palace” and “Nothing Left” and prove that the Annihilator quality control is consistent, the speed frenzy of “Ultra-Motion” and “Ritual” are next up from the 90’s album “Waking The Fury”. The next two track are from “King Of The Kill” the track of the same name and “Second To None”, you get the title track from “Refresh The Demon” and the brilliant “Ultraparanoia”, which just leaves “Tricks And Traps” and “Nothing Left” from “Remains”.
They say you don’t anything for FREE worth having, this compilation prove that adage totally wrong, click on the link below, join the mailing list and get this superb CD and if you haven’t got any of the above albums I feel you will have soon, Enjoy and a big THANKS to Earache, other record companies take note, lets hope this is the start of a new trend!
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 71 mins + 14 BRILLIANT TRACKS
AUTOPSY / THE TOMB WITHIN
Well the wait is over, finally some more new material from Death Metal legends Autopsy, five brand new extreme Metal songs that are all totally awesome, the EP kicks off with the brutal title track “The Tomb Within” packed full some of the best riffs you’ve heard for ages and the guys have still got what it takes. The second salvo is the aptly named “My Corpse Will Rise” and it’s just as good as the first, “Severed Skulls” is aggressive brutality put into musical form and leaves no prisoners, neither does “Human Genocide”, its so good to have these guys back. My personal favourite of the pack is the final, lengthier “Mutant Village”, nearly six minutes of pure Metallic bliss and as well as the Brutal Death Metal there are some slower Doom laden moments that make this such an breath-taking track.
If your looking for a real Extreme Metal treat then you have to buy this fantastic EP, here’s hoping a full album isn’t far away.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 20 5 ESSENTIAL TRACKS