Metal-Rules.com Volume I

METAL-RULES.com VOLUME I
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Metal-Rules.com Volume I
Track Listing
1. IMAGIKA - Demonite
2. PERSUADER - Raise Hell
3. JAG PANZER - Forsaken
4. DARK ORDER - The Terran Empire
5. VIPERINE - Like A Viper
6. OVERLORDE - Snow Giant (Live)
7. SEASONS OF THE WOLF - Behind The Eyes of Evil
8. JULIE LAUGHS NOMORE - The Furious One
9. LAST EVE - Remember
10. MAPLE CROSS - Invincibles
11. ZERO BASED PERCEPTION - Forever Your Keeper
12. REST IN PAIN - With Inner Light of Supreme Truth
13. A LOWER DEEP - The Breed
14. FAHRENHEIT - Chains �n� Cellars
15. YGGDRASIL - Gryningstid (edit)
16. MENTAL TERROR - Baptized By Napalm Rain

Released December 30th, 2002 by Metal-Rules.com

Sixteen tracks of REAL metal from the webzine that has been promoting real metal online since 1995. Mastered by Mark Briody and compiled from August-November 2002, this compilation primarily contains previously unreleased and new material from some of the best underground heavy metal bands from around the world. Many of the album's tracks are unavailable elsewhere, some bands have even recorded a song specifically for use on this compilation itself.

Much more information on this CD is available in our "Behind The Scenes" section. Reviews for the CD are at the bottom of this page.


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Rock Hard, Germany
"Metal-Rules.com Vol. 1 is  a very nice sampler CD compiled by the webzine of the same name which was founded way back in ´95 (!). The CD contains 16 tracks with some outstanding moments: Jag Panzer´s melodic metal piece ´Forsaken´, Imagika´s fast forward track ´Demonite´, ´The Terran Empire´ from Australian thrashers Dark Order, and the live version of Overlorde´s ´Snow Giant´ (all unreleased so far). Also on the CD: songs from Persuader, SOTW, and Maple Cross. Underground bangers shouldn't hesitate to order!"

- Boris Kaiser 


Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada
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"One of the net's most respected metal sites chimes in with a massive 16 track sampler that reflects ably the site's hard power metal-to-thrash leaning, otherwise known I guess as '80s speed metal if I may be so hazy with my power chord paintbrush. All sorts of rarities and unsigned material is on offer from all over America, Scandinavia, even Russia (Rest In Pain - bizarre prog death) and Chile (Fahrenheit - well-recorded heavy hair metal), with a big drop in quality plaguing the back third of the disc, the demo ghetto as it were. Destined to be one of those comps with all sorts of tracks (or versions) that never make it to proper release, this weighty comp is an interesting survey of the site's vision, with half the material working effortlessly as metal worth listening to for headbanged pleasure, rather than mere curio factor. Note: even though there are helpful but brief liner notes enclosed, the comp comes to life with the extensive background info provided o'er at the site."

7/10, Martin Popoff


RevelationZ Magazine
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"It is always neat to get a compilation of some of the newer bands out there rather than having to download an mp3, there is just something about having some type of tangible product in front of you that makes it groovier."
-Martin Hash


 

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Bright Eyes, Germany Bright Eyes Germany
(The review in German as it appeared in Bright Eyes)

EvilG. ist ein Metal-besessener Knabe aus Kanada, der mit seinem Label Metal-Rules.com eine Plattform für harte Underground-Musik geschaffen hat. Vor kurzem hat mir der böse Knabe den ersten Sampler seiner Company zukommen lassen und der ist mit 16 Tracks ziemlich fett ausgefallen. Den Anfang machen die Amis von IMAGIKA, die keine Unbekannten in der Thrash-Szene sind. ´Demonite´ ist dann auch gleich ein Einstand nach Maß in allerfiesester Forbidden-Manier, yeah! PERSUADER aus Schweden tönen durchaus gut, klingen allerdings wie ein 1:1-Abklatsch von ganz frühen Blind Guardian, naja. JAG PANZER sind mit Abstand die berühmtesten Vertreter dieser Compilation, doch kann mich ´Forsaken´ nicht richtig überzeugen. Hört sich an wie ein übrig gebliebenes, mittelmäßiges Stück des letzten Albums �Mechanized Warfare�. DARK ORDER aus Australien schießen mit ´The Terran Empire´ den Vogel ab. Für meine Begriffe der beste Song der Zusammenstellung, im Exodus- (Gitarren) und Slayer- (Gesang) Strickmuster. Aus den damaligen Winterlong sind VIPERINE hervorgegangen. Die Schweden sind eindeutig Anhänger von Jag Panzer und machen ihre Sache mit ´Like A Viper´ nicht schlecht. OVERLORDE aus den Staaten kommen mit einer Live-Version von ´Snow Giant´ daher, die Motörhead-mäßig beginnt und dann in gitarrenorientierten Power Metal übergeht. Teilweise denkt man gar an uralte Iron Maiden, als dort noch Paul Di�Anno das Szepter schwang. Ziemlich spacig dann SEASONS OF THE WOLF mit ´Behind The Eyes Of Evil´. Obwohl die Nummer der Amis irgendwie völlig schräg ist, verfügt sie jedoch über Charme und erinnert mich ein bisschen an den Stil von The Bronx Casket Co. Richtig grob kommen JULIE LAUGHS NOMORE daher, da der melodische Death/Black Metal der Schweden weder soundtechnischen noch kompositorischen Ansprüchen genügt. LAST EVEN aus Amiland schlagen zwar in eine ähnliche Kerbe wie die vorgenannte Combo, doch sind bei ´Remember´ sowohl Sound als auch musikalische Umsetzung besser gelungen. Die Finnen von MAPLE CROSS fahren bei ´Invincibles´ eine brachiale Streitaxt aus und kommen wie Razor mit melodischen Momenten daher � stark! ZERO BASED PERCEPTION aus Kanada versuchen sich mit Death Thrash Metal, doch wabert ´Forever Your Keeper´ völlig belanglos vor sich hin. Die Russen REST IN PAIN favorisieren ebenfalls den Stil ihrer vorangegangen CD-Nachbarn und wenigstens sind bei ´With Inner Light Of Supreme Truth´ durchdachte Songstrukturen auszumachen, auch wenn der Grunzgesang etwas nervt. A LOWER DEEP aus USA klingen bei ´The Breed´ wie eine Schülerband-Version alter Overkill mit melodischem Refrain � zwar strange aber irgendwie ganz nett. Sogar Chilenen haben sich hier eingefunden. FAHRENHEIT passen allerdings nur bedingt in das Rahmenprogramm, da ´Chains�n�Cellars´ eher hart rockt denn thrasht, dadurch die Zusammenstellung aber auflockert und an raue Victory denken lässt. YGGDRASIL aus Schweden hören sich ungefähr so schlimm an wie der Bandname klingt. Mieser Sound, langweiliges Gedudel und eine Stimme, die zwischen belanglos säuselnd und heftig growlend wechselt, nö. Die Finnen MENTAL TERROR klopfen sich mit ´Baptized By Napalm Rain´ zum Abschluss noch mal die Birne wund und stehen Venom zu ihrer belanglosen Phase in nichts nach. Würde diese Compilation einer Augenwertung unterworfen, würden höchstens 7 solcher strahlen, da teilweise echter Schrott enthalten ist. Allerdings blitzen auch einige blank polierte Metallteile hervor und interessant ist dieser Mix auf alle Fälle. Wer Interesse an diesem Teil hat, wende sich entweder an EvilG (metalhead@metal-rules.com) oder checkt die Website (www.metal-rules.com ).

- Bernd Joachim

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Here is the review ROUGHLY translated to English. 

EvilG is a Metal possessed man from Canada, who created a platform for hard underground music with its label Metal-Rules.com. Recently the bad boy sent to me the first sampler of his company with 16 TRACKS. 

IMAGIKA, which are not unknown in the Thrash scene, makes the beginning. 'Demonite' opens the CD with Forbidden-like manners - yeah! PERSUADER from Sweden sound quite well, sounding however like early blind Guardian. JAG PANZER are by far the most famous representatives on the compilation with 'Forsaken' - sounds like a remaining piece of the last album Mechanized Warfare?! DARK ORDER from Australia shoot with 'The Terran Empire' - for my tastes, the best song on the compilation, in the exodus (guitars) and Slayer (singing) style. From the band Winterlong, VIPERINE followed. Sweden are clearly trailers of Jag Panzer and do their thing with 'Like A viper' - not bad. OVERLORDE from the states come along with a live version of 'Snow Giant', which begins moderately and then into guitar-oriented power metal changes. One partly thinks of age-old Iron Maiden, with  Paul Di'Anno. Rather spacey then is SEASONS OF THE WOLF with 'Behind The Eyes OF Evil'.  JULIE LAUGHS NOMORE charm and remind me a little of the style of The Bronx Casket Co., since the melodic Death/Black Metal is good for Sweden. LAST EVE, from the USA, sound and music are better succeeded into a similar notch as the aforementioned Combo, with 'Remember'. The fairings of MAPLE CROSS drive with 'Invincibles' and come along like razor with melodic moments? ZERO BASED PERCEPTION from Canada try with Death/Thrash Metal. The Russians REST IN PAIN favor likewise the style of their preceding CD neighbors and 'With Inner Light Of Supreme Truth ' has a well thought out song structure. A LOWER DEEP from the USA with 'The Breed' sound like a pupil of old Overkill with melodic refrains. Even Chileans appear on here. FAHRENHEIT fit however only conditionally into the master program, since 'Chains'n'Cellars' loosens up with hard rock. YGGDRASIL from Sweden sound approximately as badly as the name sounds. Bad sound, boring, and a voice, which changes between inconsequential soft and violently growled. MENTAL TERROR knock themselves with 'Baptized By Napalm Rain' to the conclusion of the CD. They are similar but inferior to Venom. Some brightly polished metal parts are available here and this mix is interesting in any case. Whoever has interest in this, contact EvilG (metalhead@metal-rules.com) or check the website ( www.metal-rules.com).

- Bernd Joachim

 





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