(review) Vi som alskade varandra sa mycket-Det onda. Det goda. Det vackra. Det fula(Zegema Beach Records)

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Wow! This is a band with long name, perhaps one of the longest we had ever reviewed for this zine. The Swedes released their second album and this is Zegema Beach Records release. There are 8 songs on this record and they are all sung in Swedish language. The music of this band can be describe as atmospheric hardcore with a lot of sad melodies, screaming vocals, thus creating in me a very somber and desperate feeling while listening, but I think that was the meaning of this record, to come to some kind of catharsis of heart expressing the feelings and emotions through music. That is what hardcore was originally created, isn`t it? To express anger, rebellion, sadness, love and all other feelings that mark us as humans, being so different yet at the same time this diversity is what makes humanity cool and fantastic. The songs on this record are rather long in some parts, but they are not boring and there is not one filler on this record. Give this one a try. I love it!

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/det-onda-det-goda-det-vackra-det-fula

(review) Uphill Struggle-A Wise Man`s Hell

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Uphill Struggle are from Denmark and this is their new record. Copenhagen based band brings 6 songs of fast and melodic skatepunk. There is nothing really new or revolutionary here. But, there is one big thing. The music of this band reminds a lot of 90-ies skatepunk and all those old school Fat and Epitaph releases and that brought smile upon my face because we all love those records and grew up listening to them. So, here is not complication, no bullshit, just plain and simple old school melodic skatepunk with good vocals, great melodies and harmonies and choruses that make you hum and sing along while listening to the record. This is only six songs record, so I am eager to hear full length and maybe catch somewhere these guys play live. Recommended songs: Primary Psychopath, By Myself.

 

(review)Northlander-Forces Of Light(Facedown Records)

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Portland, Oregon`s Northlander released a new record with Facedown Recordsand it is a real treat having it to listen and review it for our zine. This record contains 14 songs of atmospheric hardcore mixed with post punk and even noise post metal elements in some song parts. The music is melodic, yet enough aggressive to be hardcore and enough emotional to be post punk spacy emo music. The vocals vary from screamed parts to cleanly sung melodic lines and fit perfectly to the music. There are no fillers or boring parts on this record whatsoever. The music is heavy yet melodic, dreamy yet nightmarish and catchy but also complicated, hard to explain. One of the better records that I have listened to for last couple of months.

8,5/10

http://facedownrecords.com/

(review) STORM{O}-Finis Terrae(Zegema Beach Records)

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As Autumn slowly dies, closes and makes way for winter, Zegema Beach Recordsdoes their best to provide their best releases of the year so far. One of such is the record by Italian band called STORM{O}

This record contains 12 songs of classic chaotic school of Italian hardcore mixed with screamo, mathcore and synth here and there to add to the vibe and heaviness of the record. The lyrics are in Italian. The drums are merciless, the bass is trembling like machine gun and at first it all sounds very confusing. Afterwards, you realize that there is order and perfect timing in all that chaos and the things begin to sit in their place. This album is a perfect soundtrack for tortured soul and blackened heart. The faster more straightforward hardcore punk songs are mixed with almost blastbeats but there is subtle melody beneath blastbeats like in fantastic Tempi Morti. This is another superb album from the rich Italian underground scene.

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/finis-terrae

(review) Wish Upon A Star-This Is A War

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Wish Upon A Star are punkrock band from Athens, Greece. This is their new record. There are six songs on this little record, enough to make you want more. Punk is a music of rebellion and Greece has survived a lot in the last couple of years to make your blood boil with anger, so Wish Upon A Star play a combination of melodic, yet angry punk. Bow To None is a hymn of never surrendering the fight, despite how the odds are heavy sometimes. Intruders is a fast hardcore punk song and one of my favorites on this record, really fantastic riff melody and angry yet melodic dual vocal lines are superb. The title song somehow reminded me of Ignite, newer albums, not vocally, but musically somehow, maybe it is only me. This song has beautiful chorus and backing vocal harmonies, also one of my favorites on the record. Voices is a bit nervous, almost noise sounding song, a bit different from the rest of the material, maybe a bit more raw and with primal rock and roll energy. Head On A Platter is a punk bomb of a song with so nice main melody line and harmonies that made my skin crawl with goosebumps. Wasteland finishes off the record with style. I really can`t wait for the full length album!

https://wishuponastar.bandcamp.com/

Last band line-up updates for Brutal Assault in 2019.are here!

Bands update 2019-12-23

Here comes a little Christmas present!

Does Christmas time terrorize you with all the omni-present carols? How about we add some real TERROR?! Yep, one of the heaviest and most popular bands on the scene shall return to the crime scene where they shot the „Spirit of Sacrifice“ video two years ago. Another band that knows a lot about the spirit of sacrifice but this time for death metal is one of the most influential bands of the genre. Let’s see what is gonna be your cause of death after OBITUARY are done with you!

Call it blackgaze, shoegaze or post-something, but only ALCEST can conjure up the soul-grabbing atmospheres that you can find on their latest output Spiritual Instinct. Another band to cover our fortress in its unique sound will be FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, one of the most important EBM acts that has also helped to set direction for the electro-industrial scene. The next act on the list also likes to indulge in the use of electronics, but its experimental sound stems from noise rock and grind. That being said, you easily cannot put any genre label on them. And when we reveal they come from Japan and also utilize weirdo vocals you’ll be able to make the connection that we are probably talking about MELT-BANANA!

At Brutal Assault we can’t ever have enough death metal, especially when certain Frank Mullen is behind the microphone. And especially when he shall be fronting the show for the last time. Yep, the crème de la crème of US death metal SUFFOCATION shall rip BA apart with Frank for the last time in 2020! It is said that our next band inspired the sound of Pantera by the dawn of 90s, however then they didn’t release anything for 27 years. Until this year. And they’re back in a great shape, so we are sure EXHORDER and their new album „Mourn the Southern Skies” will make an impact next summer.

Now let’s get some atmosphere back into the mix. NAILED TO OBSCURITY make the death/doom wheels turn with their strong melancholic melodies while Greg Mackintosh connects the next two bands. PARADISE LOST keep the flame of English gothic doom alive and on top of that Greg’s morbid alter-ego STRIGOI takes over the reins of his black-ish graveyard old school death/crust/grind output after the demise of Vallenfyre.

Have a rocking holiday and a great New Year full of heavy music!

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List of confirmed acts so far: 1914, THE AGONIST, ALCEST, ARCTURUS, AS I LAY DYING, ASPHYX, ATARI TEENAGE RIOT, AUTHOR & PUNISHER, BENIGHTED, BEYOND CREATION, BLOOD INCANTATION, BLOODBATH, BUTCHER BABIES, CATTLE DECAPITATION, CRADLE OF FILTH, DARK FUNERAL, DESPISED ICON, DEVIN TOWNSEND, DRACONIS INFERNUM, EVOKEN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EXHORDER, FEVER 333, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, FRONTIERER, FUELED BY FIRE, HAVOK, HENTAI CORPORATION, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, KATATONIA, KVELERTAK, LIFE OF AGONY, MANES, MASS INFECTION, MAYHEM, ME AND THAT MAN, MELT-BANANA, MYRKUR, MYSTICUM, NAILED TO OBSCURITY, NECROPHOBIC, NOCTURNUS AD, OBITUARY, OTTONE PESANTE, PARADISE LOST, PENSÉES NOCTURNES, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS PERFORMING A VULGAR DISPLAY OF PANTERA, PSYKUP, RAZOR, RING OF SATURN, SACRED REICH, SHADOW OF INTENT, SIGH, SOEN, STATIC–X, STRIGOI, SUFFOCATION, TERROR TOXIC HOLOCAUST, UADA, VADER, VENOM, WHILE SHE SLEEPS, WORMROT

(review) A Paramount, A Love Supreme-Crisis Meditations(Zegema Beach Records)

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Delaware`s trio A Paramount, A Love Supreme delivered their goods in shape of this 4 songs e.p. thanks to Zegema Beach Records. The music of this band can be described as screaming hardcore punk, but still having a lot of melodic guitar riffs and thunderous bass with even some sludge thrown in here and there as I hear it. The songs provide nice darkened atmospheric landscape as if you are traveling through the soundtrack of your tired and broken heart somehow. Of the four songs, the one that somehow stood out to me is Overshot being an anthem of pain and despair and varying from aggressive to calm and back again. This is a beautiful record.

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/crisis-meditations