Nader Sadek is a band that is a little hard to comprehend. Nader Sadek himself was born is an Egyptian-born New York civilian who is known for his conceptual art including sculptures, makes and other elements used by various bands like Sunn O))) and Mayhem. This group is sort of a collaboration with him and a bunch of other well-established musicians including vocalist Steve Tucker (former Morbid Angel), Flo Mournier (Cryptopsy), and Rune Eriksen (Ava Inferi and former Mayhem). Added to that are various guest musician spots including Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Tony Norman (Monstrosity), Descructhor (Morbid Angel) and Nick McMaster (Krallice). Nader Sadek, however, is credited as the songwriter for this album, and does not make an appearance in the music or vocals, as well as is the producer of the recording. The whole concept of the album, musically and lyrically according to the press release, is “humanity’s relationship with petroleum and how this exhumation of ancient life forms serves as a self-destructive fuel to society’s greed”. Now, with all that established, it is important to also note that Season of Mist Records completely failed to include any artwork for the artist Nader Sadek other then the front artwork, and did not even include the lyrics to the album, which, clearly, become one of the whole focal points of this entire release in the first place! So, without any real way to follow along with the artistic integrity and conceptual stance of the album, how does this album stand up with so much Metal fame behind it?
Toxic Holocaust is a band name that plowed through the Metal scene like a forest fire. The independent material was strong enough that plenty of Thrash fans took notice of the early entries to the revival of Thrash sound, a darker and more sinister approach similar to earlier SlayerKreator in atmosphere. Relapse Records eventually picked up the group, then shortly after their debut Relapse release, the label reissued the early recordings. Now, Toxic Holocaust gear up to issue their next Thrash Metal onslaught, entitled Conjure and Command, and to brace the fans of the band and style, Relapse has issued the track “Nowhere to Run” through their official Youtube account. But, does it work for, or against exciting the fans for this upcoming release?
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When it comes to Metalcore, Unearth is a huge driving force. There’s been many full-length releases by the group over time, and now the group readies their fifth full-length release, Darkness in the Light. In an effort to make the masses aware and ready them for the upcoming assault, the label has started an official Darkness in the Light album promotional site (click here) to push the first “single” off the album, “Eyes of Black”. With this website came the debut of the artwork for the album, which can be found at the bottom of this article. While the artwork looks nice, and the pre-order incentives are…interesting…being a t-shirt designed to look like a college shirt with the band name replacing the school name, and a beer bong with the band’s logo attached to it, the song itself becomes the most important part…though I’m sure many out there would pick up this CD whether or not it was a solid venture solely to have an Unearth beer bong for those nights of chugging the Jagermeister.
Ancient Wolves is an unsigned Heavy/Progressive Metal act that formed in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, which is basically my backyard. However, it wasn’t until a friend of mine had filled me in about this group that I was even made aware of their existence. But what drew me to this group was learning their female lead vocalist was no more then sixteen at the time of recording the album. Needless to say, my curiosity was peaked, and a review copy of the album made it’s way into my grubby little mits. Unfortunately, the rather tacky artwork that was a shot of the roofs of two houses with power line poles, trees, the hills of “the valley”, and a church tower I’m well aware of made it painfully obvious what was in store: An independent album that had promise, but not the strongest execution.