b>Destroyer 666 is one of those bands that anyone into Black Metal can seem to agree upon. Throughout their career, the band seems to have yet put an album out that wasn’t widely accepted by the fans of that style, and many who aren’t too into that style. The group formed back in 1994, and since them has continued to spread their lyrics of war and Satan and related topics, finding more comfort in issuing EPs since there’s six total against four full-length recordings up to the point of this review. In 2010, the label Kneel before the Masters Throne issued a compilation album that collected various songs from the band’s many EPs to compose a release of nine tracks for a strictly limited vinyl pressing of one thousand total pressings. Not too long after, Hell’s Headbangers has picked the EP for a relaunch as a standard pressed CD with no limitation, and for fans of the band, as well as newcomers looking to experience Destroyer 666, it’s a welcome repressing.
Cultes des Ghoules is a band from Poland that formed back in 2004. This appears to be another one of those underground Black Metal acts that likes to remain in secrecy, as some searching around the net brought up no results, and the band members hide their identity with aliases. Their debut full-length offering, HÃ¤xan, found a home with Under the Sign of Garazel, an independent Black Metal label from Poland. However, for it’s underground nature, it seems HÃ¤xan is a highly regarded album, as it has been reissued a number of times in the following years, and finally making it’s way to U.S. shores by way of Hell’s Headbangers. But, given it’s long legacy of being reissued, is this album really worth all the trouble to keep in the eye of the underground?
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Back in 2006, Strapping Young Lad had called it a day. After five solid releases, the group disbanded and went their seperate ways. However, that didn’t stop Mr. Townsend from continuing to record material. Devin Townsend has been a solo project from the man of the same name for quite some time now. The first solo release had been issued back in 1998 and titled Infinity. This act, however, is not to be confused with The Devin Townsend Band which is a strictly Progressive group that also wound up disbanding when Strapping Young Lad did and leaving behind only two recordings. With various recordings issued throughout the years, Ziltoid the Omniscient became one that felt more at home with a Strapping Young Lad recording, but with a strong Progressive concept to the music of a space alien. A space alien, on a quest for the world’s greatest coffee.
Alpinist hail from Munster, Germany and formed back in 2006. While the group is largely categorized as a Crust Punk/Hardcore band, the members bring their past band experiences into this group and issue LichtlÃ¦rm Minus Mensch, an album that brings those past experiences into play for this full-length recording, ranging from Hardcore to Death Metal influenced outputs. But, given the raw nature of the recording, and such a diverse offering, is it still fluid enough to spark the intrigue of listeners for the one hour and six minutes that these twenty one Hardcore-based tracks take up?