Quick Jabs for November 2020

Spread the metal:

This is a new monthly section where we will post an assortment of shorter reviews for albums that we have checked out or may have missed out on previously.  The reviews are short and to the point, thus the tile “Quick Jabs”.


Kromheim – Kromheim
June 23rd, 2020 – Self-Release
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

Polish multi-instrumentalist Mikołaj Popławski has put a one-man project this year called Kromheim. What he has accomplished here is pretty amazing. Amazing in the way of pretty much every aspect of this four track EP. The melodic death metal Mikolaj has put forth here can easily rank right up there with the genre’s greats. The sounds and styling is reminescent to Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquility, Insomnium, and Amorphis. Yes, it is just about that good. Or might I say, just as good. This is a band/project to definitely keep an eye out for. I’ve really been digging this one lately.

 


Martyr – Fire Of Rebellions / Live In Japan
July 16th, 2020 – pt78 Records
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

Here we have one of the best bands you may have not heard of before. A veteran metal band to say the least. Martyr, from the Netherlands formed in 1982 and was pretty active for several years. They had a feature track, “En Masse (Stand or Die)” on the comp album Metal Massacre VI in 1985. The band went into hiding from 86 through 2010 before the reformation process kicked in and they have not looked back since. What I got here is the single FIRE OF REBELLIONS. It contains the title track with a B-Side track titled, “No Time For Goodbyes” which is a descent sound power metal with a NWOBHM feel to it in spots. You should also check into some of their back catalog as this promo also included the 2019 release of LIVE IN JAPAN and it is an amazing sounding live recording of some of the bands best cuts.


Hatefulmurder – Reborn
October 12th, 2019 – Self-Release
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

REBORN is the third full-length release by this Brazilian metal band that formed in 2008. They seem to be labeled a metal-core band which I realize is somewhat of a no-no with regards to our site. But after just the first few tracks I listened to, I did not get that vibe. Either that or I need to rethink what that genre is to me. Hatefulmurder are more along the lines of a death/thrash blend or even groove metal ala Pantera, and Machine Headand. Maybe even Arch Enemy and bands like that. This is a very heavy album that does need some more listening to. And maybe their older stuff is geared towards the -core, this one is not. Check ’em out. Good stuff!

 


Aphonic Threnody – The Great Hatred
October 16th, 2020 – Transcending Obscurity Records
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

Without going too deep here, Aphonic Threnody seem to be an International band with members from Chile, Italy, and the U.K. Their music checks all the boxes for the funeral doom and death doom categories. The music is somber yet heavy. It is not a sludgy doom style but a well thought out style that showcases the talents of the musicians. This is that heavy, melancholic doom metal that allows you to transcend into another realm of consciousness all the while allowing you to embrace the sheer elegance of what a great funeral doom band has to offer. There are no filler track so to speak on this one. It is damn near perfect. For fans of Swallow The Sun, Novembers Doom, and more. If you ever wanted to start getting into the genre, Aphonic Threnody is a great introduction and staring point.


Old Mother Hell – Lord Of Demise
October 23rd, 2020 – Cruz del sur Music
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

Cruising along the promo list awhile back I can across this band. The name peaked my interest. Looking at it, it could have gone either way. The way it did go was that of a good one. These Germans play a mix of classic to current power metal. Accompany the with a bit of epic doom and the masterpiece is complete. I could also state that if this came out 20-25 years ago, we could classify it as just some damn good heavy metal. They take all of these and blend it almost effortlessly into this album. This is only the trio’s sophomore release since forming in 2015. Good thing with that being said, we will be hearing more of Old Mother Hell in the future. As for now, LORD OF DEMISE will suffice.


Nightmare – Aeternam
October 2nd, 2020 – AFM Records
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

Here we have the French heavy metal pioneers Nighmare bring us an awesome new album. This band has been in existence since 1979. Yep, quite awhile. AETERNAM may only be their 11th full-length effort, but the band also has released a slew of EPs and single over the years. I was introduced to Nightmare in 2016 with the DEAD SUN album. An album that hit hard. In fact, I still keep a couple of tracks from that album in my digital player. Yes it is that good. What I hear on this one is close to the same for the most part. There does tend to be some more radio friendly passages in some areas of the album. Remember folks, I’m in the U.S. and radio friendly metal may mean something different in your part of the world with regards to heavy metal cause ours sucks! With that being said, this is another great album with plenty of heavy, and power metal feel. Just…just listen to it already. It is good.