The Denmark Brutal Death Metal act Die is a very impressive new band within their field, as well as a not so well known band at the moment. While the band was formed back in 2005 and have issued two demos and a single, Rise of the Rotten is the group’s debut full-length album, and unfortunately there hasn’t been too much promotional coverage for this great release. It’s sad to see this release kind of sit in the background a bit due to a lack of proper promotions here in the States, especially since this release is loaded with impressive and rather unique song compositions, but, at the same time, Rise of the Rotten doesn’t quite drive the necessary impact home for a band in the Brutal Death style until a little ways in.
Built Upon Frustration‘s third and final album The Book of Mourning is not that bad an album, but in the end proves that the band’s splitting up really won’t cause much madness in the Hardcore scenes. Featuring members of Pro-Pain, No Retreat and Through the Shadows, this release winds up being a moderately entertaining album that really seems to echo a lot of Hardcore stereotypes and lacks much of a bite to keep it afloat. Aside that, there is, of course, one production issue that seems to plague the album greatly that it seems incredible no one picked up on it or even cared enough to change it, leading one to imagine it was done purposely, and winds up hurting things somewhat as well.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is the third full-length album by the Hard Rock act Glyder from Ireland, and it’s a very well done homage to early hard rockers, mixed with a nice guitar oriented edge that is suitable to just kick back with a beer and enjoy the rock. While the band manages to really bring in some of the more laid back aspects of the style, Glyder can also manage to bring a somewhat spacey atmosphere to the music, which often sounds good and further relaxing when you’re looking for something good and gimmick-free in the Rock world. However, this doesn’t mean we’re staring at the album of the year here.
Agent Orange is easily one of the more important releases for Sodom over their vast career, and one of the most loved by metal fans. Then again, Sodom has never really band a band that disappointed their fan base since day one when it comes to new material. It’s been well over twenty years since this Thrash Metal gem first hit store shelves, and it’s great to see it back where it belongs with this 2010 reissue through SPV Records. The reissue is the original Agent Orange in all of it’s glory, plus a bonus disc of live material, making this a release for everyone but the generic fan who happens to have it already.
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