Every week we will have our editors and some of our guest writers tell us about what they have been listening to and recommend it to our readers.
Album: Nothing Remains the Same
Genre: Industrial Electronic Metal
After 2 weeks of recommendations being primarily on Black Metal, I shall now digress away to an industrial metal band (more of a solo project, actually) which I found worth listening to. Peter Tagtgren, who also leads the death metal band – Hypocrisy, explores the industrial sound. Inspired by the leading German Tanz metal band Rammstein, Pain plays a frenzied brand of metal engulfed by hard hitting drum work and intelligent usage of the keyboards which is a trademark in electronic industrial metal genre. Together with lyrical themes on contempt, drugs and death, whilst adding a tinge of wit and sarcasm, Pain can be a joy to listen to. – LingNemesis
Genre: Instrumental Post Metal
In this arena of fringe genres of metal, there are a lot of bands that are being overlooked, perhaps due to the fact that some of these bands concentrate on crafting atmospheres, rather than iterating some ideology. Pelican is one such band. Being purely an instrumental band, the listener’s takeaway from Australasia or any of their other albums can be very varied. Australasia is singled out by this editor for its dark intensity and wonderful melodies that are hallmarks of Pelican. Definitely recommended for fans of Cult of Luna and Mogwai.- JJ Yeo
Album: Holy Diver
Genre: Heavy Metal
There is no need to introduce who the voice behind this band is. Regrettably, the reason why I started re-listening to this album was the passing of the legendary Ronnie James Dio. Often considered a classic heavy metal album, Dio belts out his classic hits such as Holy Diver, Don’t Talk to Strangers and Rainbow in the Dark with his powerful voice, setting the benchmark for all heavy metal vocalists. If you proclaim yourself to be a heavy metal fan yet have no idea about any Dio hits, do yourself a favour and either shoot yourself, or grab this album. Rest in peace Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010). – Hong Rui
Album: Cloven Hooves at the Holocaust Dawn
Genre: Black/Death Metal
If you’re expecting some war-themed blasting music which Pete Helmkamp did with Angelcorpse, Revenge & Order from Chaos, you will not really get it here. Kerasphorus is a new band that features Pete Helmkamp on Bass, Vocal, and J.Read on drums & B Wolaniuk on guitar and was formed in 2009 playing a style of a mixture of black/death metal.
Having previously collaborated as Canadian “Revenge” Pete Helmkamp & J.Read are no strangers to each other, right from the first track, “The Abyssal Sanhedrin”, the listener will expect a no-compromise black/death attack throughout this 4 track EP.
For Fans of: Revenge, Axis of Advance & Angelcorpse – Clarence