Released: 2014, Imperative Music
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Presenting international bands, from Brazil, France, Switzerland and South Korea amongst other countries, this compilation from Brazilian Imperative Music Agency is an eclectic mix of genres, styles and voices. Although it features the occasional better known act, this CD mainly presents unsigned bands, but it’s unfortunate to say that there is a reason most of these bands are unsigned. However, with a wide range of distributors including Season Of Mist from France and My Graveyard Prod from Italy, this is certainly a platform of promotion that is more than welcome in the underground.
Starting with the far flung ISHTAR FROM South Korea, this compilation kicks off with a Disney-like feast of over the top female vocals and cheery melodies. Moving just across to Japan, END ALL offer a raw, crunchy, and racouys attack of heavy metal, with Motorhead tarnished grit, Municipal Waste scrappy riffing and a dash of Iron Maiden harmony. Track 6 shows the more modern, and nu-metal edged attack of RISE N’ DOWN, whilst track 7 offers French act RED DEAD and their lo-fi, chromatic death metal purge.
Switzerland’s UNDEAD VISION certainly win the award for worst production on the album, with their muddy guitar tone and Fischer-Price drum kit making even the roughest 4-track demos sound more like million-dollar records. More thrashing is hurled forth by Brazilian act TOXIC MAZE and their late-eighties influenced sound. The crunchy guitar, treble heavy bass and angry vocals are sure to give a feeling of nostalgia to any washed up head banger from the nuclear age. Canadian’s TORTURER combines an early Kreator musical sound with laughable vocals. Is it an ill attempt of black metal or just an angry toddler after too many cola-bottles? Anyone’s guess.
The noticeably South American flavour of CELLMYS certainly captures your attention, but unfortunately neither riff nor beat prove to be that fulfilling. Possibly the most professional and accomplished sounding track comes from SILENT HILL, with their hard rocking vocals, King Diamond tinged riffs and audible production values. All comes to a far overdue end with track 20, a tiresome AC/DC flavoured mid-tempo “meh-rock” song from Swiss act WORRY BLAST. The only worry I’m having is that if this is a display of the agency’s best, what would a display of their worst sound like? It is probably best not worth thinking about. A varied mix of sounds but very few positives at all, let alone a single moment of excellence in any of the 20 tracks. Nearly every song sounds amateurish, lazy and far from ready for release.
Review by Jarod Lawley
1. Ishtar- Center Of Your Soul
2. Greedy Black Hole- The Last Judgement
3. Rotten Filthy- The Garbage’s Queen
4. End All- More Beer
5. Subversilvas- Extrospection
6. Rise N’ Down- Unleashed Again
7. Red Dead- Lethal Hoax
8. Amen Corner- Monarchy
9. Undead Vision- Undead Vision
10. Toxic Maze- Insane War
11. Incidence- Tornado Of Violence
12. If All Ropes Tear- Miradas
13. Phantom Of Insanity- Cross The Line
14. Torturer- Torturer
15. Southern- Den Cannibal
16. Zenit- Behind Enemy Lines
17. Cellmys- Mirror
18. Metanium- Soul Of A Warrior
19. Silent Hill- Prisoners Of Fear
20. Worry Blast- Get Ready!