Released in 2005, this compilation album contains the Necrophagia EP Cannibal Holocaust, as well as the full length album Banished Rhythmic Hate by Viking Crown. This two disc package comes with new, and very little, artwork that has the track listing inside (instead of on the back), which may very well mislead anyone unfamiliar with these two releases. A quick glance would make one think this was a new Necrophagia album and the titles at the bottom of the front cover were song titles, all being drawn up in the style of an old horror comic book. This isn’t the case, and for some, it’s an extreme letdown.
Necrophagia are back with their latest offering: The Divine Art Of Torture. This CD has found the band under fire by critics, claiming the release is terrible, especially when considering the band’s past efforts. With yet another new line up, and special guest keyboardist Mirai Kawashima of the experimental black metal band Sigh, Necrophagia bring us another horror filled album of violence and gore.
Cannibal Holocaust by Necrophagia is one of those releases you either heard nothing about, or nothing good about. That should give you a head’s up as to what this release is actually like. Usually, when something is known notoriously as a bad release, or is just never uttered on the lips of metal heads, there is a reason…
The “supergroup” Chaosbreed bring us their full length debut album, Brutal, which is one of the most misleading titles for a death metal album. While the band vowed to create old school death metal, this release is basically a rather bland homage to early Entombed, and nothing really that fantastic either. Brutal does have some positive aspects, but it also has as many negatives.
What the hell just happened? Shortly after the releases of Annihilator‘s full length Waking The Fury and live album Double Live Annihilation, the band has come to us with yet another line-up change, and new sound incarnation. While this band’s line-up is like a revolving door, and their music changes on practically every album, this is easily one of the most disapointing releases to date. All For You departs from the technical thrash aspect of Annihilator, and goes for more of a groove foundation…with screaming.
Bludgeon‘s third full length release, World Controlled, feels more like a metalcore album then a death metal album. I know, you looked at the name and thought “Bludgeon?! Wow, this must be one hell of an album!” But, regretfully, it isn’t. One of the first bands signed to Magic Circle Records, run by members of band Manowar, who have been cited as stating that death metal is false metal, brings us World Controlled, which is easily false death metal.