Quick Jabs for June 2022

Spread the metal:

Welcome to another installment of “Quick Jabs.” This is the section where we post an assortment of shorter reviews for albums that we have checked out or may have missed out on in previous months. As Spring has seemed to skip most of us weatherwise, we are heading straight into Summer in my part of the world. And with that, the festival season is kicking off with a ton of great shows on tap. It has been a couple of years since I have seen a live show, but I am hoping to end that here shortly. In the meantime, here is a couple of must hears which span the genres.

Kadavermarch – Into Oblivion

May 6th, 2022 – Last Mile Records/SPV

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

Kadavermarch is a newly formed supergroup of sorts. The band is comprised of members from various underground Danish acts. A who’s who of the scene with current and former members of bands such as, Illdisposed, Crocell, Czar, Helhorse, Tudsegammelt and Total Heels, among others. The album sonically is built upon a dusty, heavy and timeless stoner heavy rock, with desert rock influences and heavy metal spirit. While never really hitting a heavy, heavy metal vibe, their sense of the heavy stoner rock is what is done with much perfection here. The album is full of memorable harmonies and the obvious doom laden riffs. This one did not knock me out of my seat at first listen, but with each passing play, I can tell this one is going to be a keeper. So if your into the likes of Stoned Jesus, Baroness, The Sword, or ASG, KADAVERMARCH is the perfect new band for you. This is a great listen.

Evil – Book of Evil

May 27th, 2022 – From The Vaults

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

The mighty Evil is now re-born with new joining members including vocalist Martin Steene (Iron Fire, ex-Force Of Evil), drummer Henrik Molin (ex-Shadowspawn), bassist Jakob Haugaard (Iron Fire) and guitarist Nikolaj Ihlemann (ex-Nightlight), continuing the original inspirations of bands like Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, and Accept. Evil originally formed in 1983. They were able to release a couple highly regarded demos and an official EP until disbanding in ’85. 2015 saw the resurrection of the band with original drummer Freddie Wolf, now on guitars, leading a new line-up that released the debut album “Shoot The Messenger”. But Evil’s career still wasn’t meant to be and the band laid dormant again… Until now! What we have here are ten newly written and recorded tracks that are pure heavy metal fury. With Steene on vocals, one could argue that this is basically another IRON FIRE or FORCE OF EVIL album. I feel it is a bit more power metal focused, but not by much. While EVIL are not putting forth anything out-of-this-world in regards to originality on this album, what we do get is a full dose of metal mayhem that is sure to please many here at Metal-Rules! It did for me!

Dayglo Abortions – Hate Speech

Sometime this year – Not sure yet

Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

I realize I may catch some shit over posting this one, but come on, Canadian hardcore punk / metal legends, DAYGLO ABORTIONS latest release needs to be mentioned. I believe it started of last December with the band releasing a track a week for ten consecutive weeks. All released as singles. It seems they are having an issue getting a physical copy produced, but promise one will be available soon. Like many metal heads in the ’80’s, the DAYGLO ABORTIONS were a welcomed addition in and around the thrash scene in the Bay Area. Maybe amongst the skater scene a bit more as bands like D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies, and Corrosion of Conformity were doing the cross-over thing straying from their punk rock beginnings while heading into the thrash scene. All were very successful at it. DAYGLO never really exploded here in the States like the aforementioned, but were always within reach in my collection. And like their past couple of albums, “Hate Speech” lands quit a bit out of the punk spectrum and hits pretty solid in the metal zone. While the punk punches are still flailing about, the chunky thrash moments overwhelm the overall soundscape of the album. With their 10th release here, “Hate Speech” is just as good as anything they have ever done in the past! The legend lives on!