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Nevermore - "Dead Heart In A Dead World"
(Century Media)

I cannot find the appropriate words to characterize the feelings that I have felt by listening to this pure masterpiece of art! One of the heaviest releases of the year, if not THE heaviest I have listened to... Everything that has to be combined, "Dead Heart..." has it! Perfect production, excellent structure, breath-taking razor-sharp guitar solos, unbelievably clever combinations of the aforementioned with tremendous melodies and "holy shit!" vocals!!! This release will convert your head to a never-stopping hammer!
11 immortal creations are waiting for you in this disc, plus two video clips: "Next In Line" & "What Tomorrow Knows"...

What? You are still reading this review? What are you waiting for?! IT'S ON THE FUCKIN' SHELVES OF EVERY DAMN METAL STORE ON THIS PLANET!!! GO AND BUY IT!!!!

9/10

Dimitris "Slatan" Petrakis (slatan@excite.com)

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ACID DEATH - "RANDOM'S MANIFEST"
(Black Lotus)

Are you Greek? Be proud of your scene! Bands like Acid Death make us proud with this album! "Random's Manifest" is the improved continuance of "Pieces Of Mankind". Following the paths of tecnhical and -brutal in parts- fast progressive death metal, this album includes 12 tracks characterized by distorted excellence! Totally in your face, measured, well-tied and perfectly performed... these veterans won't let you down! If you compare this album with "Pieces Of Mankind", you will distinguish the difference in the vocal section. Remarkable is their cooperation with the vocalist of ex-Fatal Morgana / ex-Retrospect, Leonidas Hatzimihalis in "In Sorrow" (epos!!!), "Random's Manifest (Part II)" where his "celestial" vocals are perfectly combined with Savvas' "underground" ones!
I really do not know what to talk about firstly! Every section is perfect... The drums: astonishing. The bass: breath-taking... the guitars: throat-cutting razor attacks! the vocals: Murder!!!
No more words are needed. BUY OR DIE!

Top tracks of this release: Listen to Psycho Love, Curse Of Flesh, Random's Manifest (Part II), Teach To Kill and believe it... 'cause it's TRUE!!!

9/10
Dimitris "Slatan" Petrakis

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ROTTING CHRIST - "KHRONOS"
(Century Media)

After the dark hypnos in the cells of the underworld, "The Sleep Of The Angels", a new chapter fires the satanic continuance of Rotting Christ. Under the name "Khronos" (which means "Time" in Greek), 11 new songs and a cover will violate your inner cosmos with their aggressiveness, dark emotions, rawness and performing completeness and perfection. There are fast and mid-tempo songs. The second ones are very similar to the face of their previous release, while the rest include a new touch and feeling, as far as the melodic guitars and misty keyboards are concerned. The album was recorded in the northern Abyss studios by Sakis himself, while Peter Tägtgren is the responsible figure for the mixing part.
The album could pretty easily characterized as modern, since it meets all the appropriate requirements in order to offer the listener a dark journey in the curtains of time! So, enter this time-machine and explore new abyssal dimensions of dead worlds, lost throughout the millennia.
The only -for the writer- disappointment, might be the cover, as I have expected much more than that! However, I have to mention that it is made by Spyros Antoniou, vocalist of another pretty known Greek band, Septic Flesh.
Another thing that the writer would like to mention, is "Aeternatus". Great song, however, there has been a misunderstanding with the lyrics... doesn't matter anyway...
Personally, I believe that "Khronos" is an album that could be easily characterized as a lot better than "Sleep Of The Angels". If I was asked to distinguish a few songs from the new album, these would definitely be "Thou Art Blind", "Aeternatus" and "Fateless". Also, very interesting is the cover of Current 93's "Lucifer Over London".
I should not forget to mention that there is a very good secret keyboards track, hidden after "Glory Of Sadness", which is the 12th and last track of the album...

With objectivity

8,5/10
Dimitris "Slatan" Petrakis

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R E V I E W S

BAND: ALBUM: LABEL:
       
Accomplice "Accomplice" Adrenaline Records
Acid Death "Pieces of Mankind" Copro Records
Acid Death "Random's Manifest" Black Lotus
Adramelech "Pure Blood Doom" Severe Music
Adversam "Animadverte" SPV
Agathodaimon "Blacken The Angel" Nuclear Blast
Altar "In The Name Of The Father" Spitzenburg/Rough Trade
Amorphis "Tuonela" Nuclear Blast
Ancient "Mad Grandiose Bloodfiends" Metal Blade
Ancient "The Halls Of Eternity" Metal Blade
Ancient Rites "Fatherland" Mascot Records
Ancient Wisdom "And The Physical Shape Of Life Bled" Avantgarde Music
Angeldust "Sleep" Century Media
Angelcorpse "Exterminate" Osmose Productions
Anvil "Speed Of Sound" Massacre
Arcturus And The Deception Circus "Disguised Masters" (Jester Records)
Arryan Path "Return To Troy" -
Art Inferno "Abyssus Abyssum Invocat" (Scarlet)
As Divine Grace "Supermature" Avantgarde
Ashes "...And The Angels Wept" Necropolis
Ashes To Ashes "Shapes Of Spirits" Self Produced
Athena "A New Religion?" Rising Sun Productions
Beheaded "Perpetual Mockery" -  
Behemoth "Satanica" Avantgarde Music  
Behemoth "Thelema.6" Avantgarde Music
Bewitched "At The Gates Of Hell" Osmose Productions  
Beyond Dawn "Electric Sulking Machine" Peaceville  
Bifrost "Mithistory" Hammerheart  
Black Steel "Battle Call" Self-liquidated
Blind Guardian "Nightfall In Middle Earth" Virgin  
Blood Red Throne "Deathmix 2000"  
Brainstorm "Ambiguity" Metal Blade
Bride of Chucky Soundtrack (Various Artists) CMC International / Steamhammer / SPV  
Buried Dreams Perceptions ?
Cage "Unveiled"
Cannibal Corpse "Gallery Of Suicide" Metal Blade  
Cannibal Corpse "Bloodthirst" Metal Blade  
Carnal Forge "Firedemon" Century Media
Catamenia "Halls Of Frozen North" Massacre  
Centinex/ Devilry/ Frostmoon/ Ork Centinex/ Devilry/ Frostmoon/ Ork (Oskorei Productions)  
Council Of The Fallen "Council Of The Fallen"  
Cradle Of Filth "Cruelty And The Beast" Music For Nations  
Cradle Of Filth "From The Cradle To Enslave" Music For Nations  
Crematory "Act Seven" Nuclear Blast  
Criminal "Dead Soul" Metal Blade  
Dark Funeral "Teach Children To Worship Satan" No Fashion Records
Dark Moon "Seas Of Unrest" Music For Nations  
Dark Nova "1999 [A Step Beyond...?]" Seven  
Dark Tranquillity "Projector" Century Media  
Dead Silent Slumber "Entombed In The Midnight Hour" Hammerheart  
Deadline "Violated Child" (demo) -  
Death "The Sound Of Perseverance" Nuclear Blast  
Demons & Wizards "Demons & Wizards" SPV  
Depresy "Sighting" Shindy Productions  
Desperados "The Dawn Of Dying" Drakkar
Destruction "All Hell Breaks Loose" Nuclear Blast
Dethronement "Survival of the Sickest" -  
Dew Scented "Innoscent" GSM - Grind Syndicate Media  
Diabolical Masquerade "Nightwork" Avantgarde Music  
Dimmu Borgir "Godless Savage Garden" Nuclear Blast  
Dimmu Borgir "Spiritual Black Dimensions" Nuclear Blast  
Dimmu Borgir/Old Man's Child "Sons Of Satan Gather For Attack" Hammerheart  
Disarray "A Lesson In Respect" Eclipse  
Dreams Of Sanity "The Game" -
Dwole "A Requiem Of Euphoric Nihilism" Left Alone Creations/ Root Of All Evil  
Dying Fetus "Killing On Adrenaline" Morbid Records  
Edge Of Sanity "Evolution"
Edguy "Theater Of Salvation" AFM Records  
Einherjer "Norwegian Native Art" Native North Records
Ember "Concession" Shadow Play
Emerald "Under The Veil Of Eternal Heaven" Self-produced
Emperor "IX Equilibrium"  
Enchant "Break"  
Enochian Crescent Omega Telocvovim Avantgarde  
Enslavement Of Beauty "Traces o' Red" Head Not Found/ Voices Of Wonder  
Ephel Duath "Phormula" Code666 Productions
Evoke "Dreaming The Reality" System Shock  
Evoke "The Fury Written"
Exhumation "Traumaticon" Holy Records  
Fleshcrawl "As Blood Rains From The Sky... We Walk The Path Of Endless Fire" Metal Blade  
Flotsam And Jetsam "Unnatural Selection" Metal Blade  
Forwarned "Demo 1999" Self-Produced
Gamma Ray "Power Plant" Noise  
Glacial Fear "Promo '99" -  
God Dethroned "Bloody Blasphemy" Metal Blade  
Godgory "Resurrection" Nuclear Blast  
Gorefest "Chapter 13" SPV  
Gorgoroth "Destroyer" Nuclear Blast  
Gorguts "Obscura" Serious Entertainment  
Gothic "Prelude To Killing" ???  
Grave Digger "Excalibur" GUN  
Great Kat, The "Digital Beethoven On Cyberspeed" (Blood and Guts Music)
Great Kat, The "Guitar Goddess" (Blood and Guts Music)
Grip Inc. "Solidify" SPV  
Gluecifer "Tender Is The Savage" -
Hammerfall "Renegade" Nuclear Blast
Hateplow "Everybody Dies" System Shock / SPV  
Heritage "Heritage #1 & LIVE 98" demo -  
Heritage "Heritage" Eternal Energy/Vigilante Inc.  
Hypnosis "Shadoworld Black Lotus  
Hypocrisy "Hypocrisy" Nuclear Blast  
Iced Earth "Alive In Athens" Century Media  
Immolation "Failures For Gods" Metal Blade  
Immortal "At The Heart Of Winter" Osmose Productions  
Immortal "Damned In Black" Osmose Productions
Impaled Nazarene "Rapture" Osmose Productions  
Impaled Nazarene vs Driller Killer Split mini Solardisk
Impaler "It Won't Die" Root Of All Evil  
In Aeternum "Forever Blasphemy" Necropolis  
In Flames "Colony" Nuclear Blast  
In Solitude "Opus: Universe" Recital Records
Iron Maiden "The Wicker Man" (1 song review)
Ishtar "Krig" Hammerheart  
Kampfar "Fra Underverdenen" Hammerheart  
Katatonia "Tonight's Decision" Peaceville  
Khali "Khali" -
King Diamond "Voodoo" Massacre  
Kovenant, The "Animatronic" Nuclear Blast  
Krisiun "Apocalyptic Revelation" Century Media  
Krisiun "Conquerors Of Armageddon" Century Media
Lance Keltner "Empty V" Mascot Records
Liar Of Golgotha "Ancient Wars" Mascot Records  
Limbonic Art "Ad Noctum - Dynasty of Death" Nocturnal Art Productions  
Lorde of All Desires "The Scent Of Malevolence" Root Of All Evil  
Lupercalia "The Moaning Age" (Explorers Records)  
Malevolence "Martyrialized" Mauiavel Music Entertainment
Malevolent Creation "In Cold Blood" SPV  
Manowar "Hell On Stage" Nuclear Blast
Marduk "Panzer Division Marduk" (Reviewed by Melissa) Osmose Productions  
Marduk "Panzer Division Marduk" (Reviewed By Abbas Jaffary) Osmose Productions
Master "Faith Is In Season" System Shock  
Medieval Demon "Demonolatria" -  
Mercyful Fate "Dead Again" Unisound  
Mercyful Fate "9" Metal Blade  
Mind Odyssey "Nailed To The Shade" ???  
Misericordia "Painful Dream" Black Lotus
Mob Rules "Savage Land" (LMP)  
Morbid Angel "Formulas Fatal To The Flesh" Earache  
Morifade "Possesion Of Power" Loud 'N' Proud Records  
Morta Skuld "Surface" System Shock  
Murder 1 "Shopping for Porn" System Shock  
Motörhead "Everything Louder Than Everyone Else" SPV/Steamhammer
Mutiny "Guilty As Charged" -  
My Dying Bride "The Light At The End Of The World" Peaceville  
Mystery "Tales..." -  
N8 "Reality...fate" SPV  
Necrodeath "Mater Of All Evil" Scarlet
Necrostrefia "Promo '99" -
Nightfall "Diva Futura" Holy Records
Ningizzia "The Dark Path" -  
Nocturnal Winds "Everlasting Fall" Aftermath Music  
Obituary "Dead" Roadrunner  
Obscurity "Damnation's Pride" Scarlet  
Odium "The Sad Realm Of The Stars" Nocturnal Art Productions  
Old Man's Child "Ill-Natured Spiritual Invasion" Century Media  
Old Man's Child "Revelation666: The Curse Of Damnation" Century Media  
Olethrio Rigma "Fight For The Innoscent - Polemise Gia Tous Athoous" Black Lotus
Order From Chaos "An Ending In Fire" Osmose Productions  
Opeth "My Arms, Your Hearse" ???  
Pagan "Heaven Upheaval" -  
Paul Rodgers "Electric" SPV/Steamhammer
Pegazus "Wings Of Destiny" Nuclear Blast  
Pessimist "Blood For The Gods" Lost Disciple Records
Phantom Lord "In Twilight World" Black Lotus
Plasma Pool "Drowned" Scarlet
Raise Hell "Not Dead Yet" Nuclear Blast
Raism "Aesthetic Terrorism" -  
Rakoth "Planeshift" Code666  
Reflections Revert "The Judgement Of Shallow Life" -
Rhapsody "Emerald Sword" & "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands" Limb Music  
Ritual Carnage "The Highest Law" Osmose Productions  
Rockbitch "Motor Driven Bimbo" SPV
REVIEW IN GREEK LANGUAGE
Roots III "A Trilogy" Root Of All Evil
Rotting Christ "Sleep Of The Angels" Century Media  
Rotting Christ "Khronos" Century Media
Runemagick "Enter The Realm Of Death" Century Media  
Sadistic Noise "A Decade In The Grave" Seven  
Salem "A Moment of Silence" ???  
Samael "Eternal" Century Media  
Saturnus "Martyre" Euphonius Records
Satyricon "Intermezzo II" Nuclear Blast  
Satyricon "Rebel Extravaganza" Nuclear Blast  
Saxon "Metalhead" SPV
Sculpture "Sculpture" Nuclear Blast  
Sepsism "Purulent Decomposition" Repulse  
Septic Flesh "A Fallen Temple" Holy Records  
Septic Flesh "Revolution D.N.A." Holy Records  
Shadows Dance Promo CD -  
Shadows Fall "Of One Blood" Century Media
Shelter "When 20 Summers Pass" -
Skew Siskin "What the Hell" SPV
Slayer "Diabolus In Musica" Sony Music  
Sodom "Code Red" Drakkar  
Soul Reaper "Written In Blood" Nuclear Blast  
Stardrowned "Creatures Of Abigor" Self Produced
Stardrowned "Promo '99" Self Produced
Stigmatheist "It All Ends Today" Euphonius  
Stratovarius "Infinite" Nuclear Blast
Summoning "Stronghold" Napalm  
Supreme Majesty "Divine Enigma" Loud 'N' Proud Records  
Swan Christy "Today Died Yesterday" Black Lotus  
Swordmaster "Deathraider" Osmose Productions  
Terror 2000 "Slaughterhouse Supremacy" Scarlet  
Testament "The Gathering" USG  
The Eleven Pictures "Superficial To The Core" Mascot Records
The Embraced "In My Dreams... I Am Armageddon..." Aftermath  
The Metal Crush - fanzine Review -  
The Quiet Room "Introspect" Metal Blade  
Therion "Vovin" Nuclear Blast  
Therion "Deggial" Nuclear Blast
Tiamat "Skeleton Skeletron" Century Media  
Totenmond "Fleishwald" Massacre  
Trelldom "Til Et Annet..." Hammerheart  
Tsatthoggua "Trans Cunt Whip" Osmose Productions  
Tulus "Evil 1999" Hammerheart  
Twin Obscenity "For Blood, Honour and Soil" Century Media  
UDO "Holy" Nuclear Blast
Ulver "Metamorphosis" EP Jester Records  
U.N.IT "Dreamdance" Loud 'N' Proud  
Usurper "Skeletal Season" Necropolis  
Vader "The Darkest Age - Live '93" System Shock  
Vader "Kingdom" System Shock  
Vader "Live In Japan" System Shock  
Vanity "Enslaved" Euphonius / Voices Of Wonder
Various Artists "Born To Walk Agains The Wind" Loud 'N' Proud  
Venom "Resurrection" SPV/Steamhammer
Vintersorg "Hedniskhjartad" Napalm Records  
Will Haven "WHVN" Music For Nations  
Wimshurst Generator "Pulvus Eris Et Pulvere Reverteris" -  
Withered Beauty "Withered Beauty" Nuclear Blast  
Wolverine "Fervent Dream" Zizania Entertainment Group
Zonata "Tunes Of Steel" Century Media

 

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