Stranger
Aeons

Vol. 5 No. 7 (ai Vol. 8 No. 7; #85)
November 13, 2001 A.D.
November Issue

by

Bill Vogel III

Darkness Falls...


Prelude...        


Greetings from the ferocious aeons, and the new Dark Age...  It is time for 
the shadows to fall once more, shadowing the deepening sky, and the Armies of 
the Night to rise as infinity dimly fades into an epic eternal night.    

So let the stars burn for evermore.  And let us enter STRANGER AEONS.  Enjoy, 
tribes of chaos.  Hail Darkness, and God.    

Grit your teeth, and DARE it!  Grim journeys...    

In the news***    


The End Records has signed NINTH LEVEL.    

ANTHRAX has changed the name of their website to www.anthraxtheband.com due 
to recent events...    

Members of SLIPKNOT have signed the band ON A PALE HORSE to a recording deal. 
ON A PALE HORSE features former member(s) of SLIPKNOT.  Also, SLIPKNOT has 
cancelled their headlining tour.    

Check-out the new GODFLESH release, "Hymns."  ...Industrial/Doomgrind Metal. 
 
Death Metal monsters USURPER have signed with Earache Records.    

THE END RECORDS news...  The label is very proud to announce that they have 
signed WINDS from Norway for the territories of North and South America.  
WINDS play a seamless, ethereal mix of classically oriented metal, fronted 
with clean vocals, dark progressive guitars, philharmonic instruments, 
classical piano, and synths.  It's a spiraling symbiosis of dazzling melodies 
and intricate arrangements.  The band consists of: Lars Eric Si on vocals (he 
won a Norwegian Grammy Award in 2000 for his amazing vocal talents), Carl 
August Tidemann on guitars (his exceptional guitar skills ranging with 
influences from rock/metal, classical and jazz), Jan Axel von Blomberg on 
drums (also known as Hellhammer, who won 2 Norwegian Grammy Awards and played 
in an array of cult metal bands), and Andy Winter on keyboards (a virtuoso in 
classical music).  Their new, highly anticipated album, which is already 
recorded and entitled "Reflections Of The I," will be released in April.

                      Official site: www.winds.nu

MARDUK Tour (U.S. schedule)...       




[MARDUK with Amon Amarth and Diabolic opening]


1/11      The Lab - St. Paul, MN
1/12      Riley's - Aurora, IL
1/13      Shelter - Detroit, MI
1/14      Flying Machine - Cleveland, OH
1/15      Emerson Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
1/16      The Blue Max - Lexington, KY
1/17      Obsessions - Randolph, NJ
1/18      L'amour - Brooklyn, NY
1/19      Kathedral Room - Toronto, Ont.
1/20      Foufounes Electrique - Montreal, Que
1/22      Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
1/23      Ziggy's - Winston - Salem, NC
1/24      Cotton Club - Atlanta, GA
1/25      Imperial Lounge - Jacksonville, FL
1/27      Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/29      Cardi's - Houston, TX
1/30      Trenton Point Hall - Edingburg, TX
1/31      Flamingo Cantina - Austin, TX
2/1       E-9 - El Paso, TX
2/2       Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
2/3       Mason Jar - Phoenix, AZ
2/4       Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
2/5       The Pound - San Francisco, CA
2/7       Bluebird - Denver, CO
2/8       Pig Pen - Clinton, IA
2/9       Creepy Crawl-St. Louis, MO



Upcoming releases on Necropolis Records...  

          (All dates are tentative!)...

  DECEMBER: 

     MENTAL HORROR 'Proclaiming Vengeance' 
     ENGORGED 'Tba' CD

  FEBRUARY: 

     ROTTEN SOUND 'Murderworks' CD
     IN AETERNUM 'Nuclear Armageddon' CD

  MARCH: 

     SERPENT OBSCENE 'tba' CD

  APRIL: 

     BABYLON WHORES new album!
     INCANTATION new album...

  MAY: 

     MAZE OF TORMENT 'The Unmarked Graves' CD

               (And new albums from: AEON, IMPALED, 
                 CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN, PHOBIA, 
                     and many, many more...)    


ANASARCA, the Gorefathers of Symphonic Death/Grind, are back with their 
latest offering, "Moribund."  They have haunted the souls of eternity since 
their debut release, "Godmachine."  This new release is a conceptual work 
constructed with collected lyrics from Death Row inmates that deals with 
their fate.    

CRASH MUSIC...new releases...    

        SCEPTIC's "Pathetic Being," and BURNING INSIDE's "Apparition."   


PANZERCHRIST's "Soul Collector" is a raging onslaught of Neo Thrash/Death 
Metal Grind with a Melodic Blackened tinge.  This is their third release.    

"Oracle" Tour Dates...       

       [KITTIE, DRY KILL LOGIC, and ILL NINO hit the road.]    

          Sat 02 Feb  QMU                  Glasgow UK  
          Sun 03 Feb  Wulfrun              Wolverhampton UK  
          Tue 05 Feb  Fleece and Firkin    Bristol UK  
          Wed 06 Feb  Wedgewood Rooms      Portsmouth UK  
          Fri 08 Feb  Hop & Grape          Manchester UK  
          Mon 11 Feb  Electric Ballroom    London UK  
          Wed 14 Feb  La Laiterie          Strasbourg FRA  
          Fri 15 Feb  Elysee Montmarte     Paris FRA  
          Tue 19 Feb  Metroplois           Munich GER  
          Wed 20 Feb  Zeche Carl           Essen GER  
          Fri 22 Feb  SO36                 Berlin GER  
          Sun 24 Feb  Batschkapp           Frankfurt GER  
          Mon 25 Feb  Schlachthof          Hamburg GER  
          Wed 27 Feb  Vega                 Copenhagen DEN  
          Thu 28 Feb  Klubben              Stockholm SWE  
          Sat 02 Mar  Melkweg              Amsterdam HOL  


I usually don't mention the crap but...  Avoid the new LIMP BIZKIT release, 
"New Old Ones."  It consists primarily of pointless Rap and Techno remixes of 
old tracks.  Why?  They did it for the MONEY, (yeah) the MONEY, (suck) the 
MONEY...   

CHIAMARA's new CD is titled "Pass Out Of Existence."  It's out now on 
Roadrunner Records.  This is intense Aggro beyond severe.  On tour now with 
SLAYER.        

BRICK BATH has signed a deal with Crash, Inc. Records.    

SKRAPE is currently on tour with PANTERA and MORBID ANGEL.    

RABIES CASTE has their new CD out called "Let The Soul Out And Cut The Vein" 
[Earache Records].  This Israeli band does it brutal and sludgy.      
 
K.K. Warslut has returned with his Death Metal band DESTROYER 666.  They have 
signed with Renegade Records, and their new opus is entitled "Phoenix 
Rising."  It destroys...    

VITAL REMAINS has signed with Olympic Records.    

BENEDICTION's new release is called "Organized Chaos."  It's out now on 
Nuclear Blast Records.    

"Ex Inferis" [War/Century Media] is the name of Swedish Death Metal masters 
NAGLFAR's new CD.    

SINISTER's new release is called "Creative Killings" [Martyr Music].    

DAWN OF DREAMS has a new one out called "Darklight Awakening" [World War III 
Records].    

FLESHGRIND, the Chicago Death Metal killing machine, has a new CD out titled 
"The Seeds Of Abysmal Torment."  The sweet agony of it all...    

ASTRAL's new opus, called "Filicetum Lunare," is out now on World War III 
Records.    

STRIFE has returned to Victory Records.    

IN THY DREAMS has a new release out.  It is called "Highest Beauty" [Century 
Media].    

ALL OUT WAR has decided to drop off of their previously announced tour with 
Deicide, Gorguts, and Marduk in order to complete their forthcoming album.   
 
MUSHROOMHEAD has signed a major label deal with Universal Records. Their 
debut, "XX," will be re-released by Universal on December 4th, and remixed by 
Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS) with three bonus tracks, "Fear Held Dear," "Too 
Much Nothing," and "Empty Spaces" (PINK FLOYD cover).  Their website will be 
relaunched that same day.  It is at:     

                       www.mushroomhead-music.com

INTEGRITY  unveiled their new website...visit it at WWW.DELAMORTE.COM. 
INTEGRITY's latest release, "Closure," is in stores now.    

"Angermeans" is the new STRIFE release.  It's out now.    

Among the other terrors in this issue are REVIEWS of the following albums:   


     HOMO IRATUS......................."Human Consumes Human"     
     INTERNAL BLEEDING................."Alien Breed"       
     KITTIE............................"Oracle"    
     DARKEST HOUR......................"So Sedated, So Secure"    
     KRISIUN..........................."Ageless Venomless"       
     PAIN.............................."Rebirth"    
     MACHINE HEAD......................"Supercharger"             
     MOONSPELL........................."Darkness And Hope"       
     VARIOUS..........................."Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3"     
     DEATH............................."Live In L.A."   
     SPEAK NO EVIL....................."Welcome To The Downside"  
     MY DYING BRIDE...................."The Dreadful Hours"    
     BREAKING POINT...................."Coming Of Age"          
     KARMA TO BURN....................."Almost Heathen"       
     NOKTURNAL MORTUM.................."Lunar Poetry"       

                  
These are 15 CDs that are sworn to sate the mayhem hungry...          

Welcome to Stranger Aeons.  These days are strange...  Farewell.
        

//////William the Bloody [a.k.a. Bill Vogel III]    

November 13, 2000 A.D.///////          







                            ***Hellion Crew***

This section has ten (or more) new or classic Cds that are cool.  They are in 
no particular order.    

1.	"Dead And Buried" by Jungle Rot [Brutal yet catchy Death Metal-sort of
            like Oppressor crossed with Konkhra.  Excellent cataclysmic  
            Brutal/Death Rock.]    
2.    "Is The Room Getting Smaller" by OneSideZero [Cool Melodic Hardcore 
            Metal...]  
3.	"Inscribe" by Scar Culture [Brilliant Hardcore/Death Metal with tight  
            mechanized drumming.  Really killer debut: it's one of the best  
            releases of 2001.]    
4.    "Prometheus..." by Emperor [Powerful Black Metal from current kings 
            of the genre of melodious darkness.]    
5.    "Revolution/Revolucion" by Ill Nino [Pummeling, Melodic Metal fused    
            with intense Aggro roar.]    
6.    "1991-2001 Forever True" by Earth Crisis [Best, rarities release that  
            spans their entire career.  They are THE Straight Edge band for  
            a reason...]    
7.    "...And The Sky Turns To Black" by Headhunter D.C. [South American  
            Death Metal with lots of hook.]    
8.    "Birth Is Pain" by Ringworm [Brutal, dark Hardcore with a Slayer
            guitar blast influence.]    
9.    "Epilogue" by To Die For [Powerful, dolorous Gothic Metal.]    
10.   "Symphony For The Devil" by Witchery [Fiery, Swedish style Death Metal 
            with a soul of pure, blackened ferocity.]    
11.   "Remotecontrolled Scythe" by Enter My Silence [Melodic Swedish Death 
            Metal...]     
12.   "Swamplord" by Kalmah [Intricate, Melodic Death Metal with crazy,   
            complex song dynamics.  Brilliant.]    
13.   "Guilty Of Sloth"/"Crusty Mother F*ckn Roll And Roll" split CD by 
            Leechmilk/Sofa King Killer [Doom/Sludge and Doom/Crustcore  
            mayhem from these 2 acts.]    

       




                         ***Age Of The Blade***

More, more Metal news...


Craving Theo///  Has released their self-titled debut on Columbia Records.  

Flaw///  This Aggro band has released their debut, "Through The Eyes."  It 
features the track "Payback."    

Impaled///  Guitarist/vocalist Leon del Muerte has left Impaled...

Below is what singer/bassist Ross Sewage had to say regarding this departure.

 
     "Greetings, Impaled listeners and friends...
 
It is our lamented duty to inform you that Leon del Muerte is no longer with 
Impaled.  After great consideration, it was decided that Impaled and Leon 
should part ways, so that he could pursue his own musical interests and 
Impaled could continue on it's already bloodied path.  No permanent 
replacement has been decided upon, and in the meantime, the remaining
members,  Sean McGrath, Ross Sewage, and Raul Varela, will continue to work 
on Impaled's second full-length, which is rapidly nearing completion.  
Impaled wishes Leon well in his future endeavours and support him as a
brother in metal.
 
In the meantime, until business matters have been settled,  
http://www.impaled.info will be the temporary home for the Impaled web site, 
which will be up within the week.  Any e-mail contact to Impaled should be 
directed to any members real mail box and not through
impaled.net. 

Sean: smcgr1@aol.com 
Raul: morthvarg@aol.com 
Ross: sewage666@yahoo.com
 
Thanks, and remember, stay dead, for the dead shall dead remain!"
 
                                       

Pennywise///  Tour...    

     Date           City             Venue  

     01/16/2002     Columbus, OH     NEWPORT MUSIC HALL     
     01/17/2002     Cincinnati, OH   BOGARTS     
     01/18/2002     Detroit, MI      STATE THEATER     
     01/19/2002     Chicago, IL      RIVIERA THEATRE     
     01/20/2002     Milwaukee, WI    THE RAVE     
     01/21/2002     Minneapolis, MN  QUEST CLUB     

 
OLYMPIC RECORDS Sampler///  An OLYMPIC CD sampler will be out at the end of 
November showcasing their roster from 1998 to the present.  It will be pushed 
to the maximum length for a set of 21 tracks clocking in at 78 minutes.  
GORGUTS, BEHEMOTH, INTERNAL BLEEDING, DIABOLIC, MACABRE, JUNGLE ROT, WITHERED 
EARTH, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, DIVINE EMPIRE, FLESHGRIND, ANGEL CORPSE, 
SOLITUDE AETURNUS, & OPPRESSOR will all appear on the compilation.    

Diabolical///  Has a new CD out called "Synergy."    

Tottenkorps///  Their new release is titled "Tharnheim: Athi-Lan-Nhi 
Cyclopean Crypts Of Citadels."    

Diabolic///  Has 2 new releases on the shelves.  The first is a classic 
reissue called "Vengeance Ascending" on Olympic Records.  The second is their 
new opus, "Subterraneal Magnitude," released by Conquest Music.  Diabolic 
does Old School Death Metal.    


///Bill Vogel III
November 20, 2001 A.D.    




                             ***Tongue Lash***

This section contains quotes from songs, bands, band members, books, movies, 
TV, etc.  


"What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night.  It is the breath of 
      a buffalo in the wintertime.  It is the little shadow which runs across 
      the grass and loses itself in the sunset."         
                        -----Crowfoot.  


"A little fact is worth a whole limbo of dreams."    
                        -----Ralph Waldo Emerson.    


"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."    
                        -----Tennyson, "LOCKSLEY HALL."    


"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he
      does not become a monster.  And when you look long into an
      abyss the abyss also looks into you."
                        -----from "Beyond Good And Evil" by   
                              Friedrich Nietzsche.


"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."    
                        -----Henry David Thoreau.    


"A man is a god in ruins."  
                        -----Emerson.    


"Bad is never good until worse happens."    
                        -----Danish Proverb.    


"The historian looks backwards; eventually he also believes backwards."      
                        -----Nietzsche from "The Twilight of the Idols."     


"What was given to us by the past is adapted to the possibilities of the 
      future."          -----Carl Jung.    


"Man is the cruelest animal."
                        -----by Friedrich Nietzsche.


"It is not a matter of survival of the fittest but survival of the fiercest." 
                        -----W.B. Vogel.  


"The end is where we start from."  
                        -----T.S. Eliot, "LITTLE GIDDING."        


"All great things must first wear terrifying masks in order to burn itself 
      into the minds of humanity."
                        -----by Friedrich Nietzsche.






                            ***Soulgrind***
 

This section contains album (Cd) reviews.  Enjoy...
 





                "'Human Consumes Human' by Homo Iratus"
                                  by
                            Bill Vogel III



November 21, 2001 A.D.    


Brutality-thy name be Homo Iratus.  Greek Deathcore (Death/Metalcore) freaks 
Homo Iratus have finally hit the U.S. shores with their North American debut, 
"Human Consumes Human" [Arctic/Crash, Inc. Records].  This is a truly 
bludgeoning display of controlled psychosis.    

Their sound welds together efficient, energetic samples; intelligible 
guttural roars; sludgy, massive rivers of guitar slag; and catchy rhythms 
into a brilliantly mesmerizing assault of cataclysmic proportions.  Few bands 
can pull this chore off successfully, but Homo Iratus does it masterfully.   
 
The most devastating cuts include the slashing whirl of "Sonus In Terrorem," 
the explosive "Hideousness Show," "Crawling Principles," the hammering, 
mechanical beat of "Life-Like Violence," and "Slavery/Freedom."  This is 
mayhem at its best...and its purest.    

In summary, Homo Iratus obliterates.  Isn't that reason enough?  Stay savage. 
Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Scar Culture, Hatebreed, Indecision, God Forbid,  
                   Hoods, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


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Copyright 2001.       










                  "'Alien Breed' by Internal Bleeding"
                                  by
                            Bill Vogel III



November 30, 2001 A.D.    


There's nothing like a classic.  The new release by Internal Bleeding, called 
"Alien Breed" [Olympic Records], is a compilation of rare demo materials 
(including the infamous "One Dollar Demo" cuts) and the new title track.  
This one is a classic.    

Internal Bleeding is a serious monster in the new school Death Metal scene.  
Mixing clean and growled vocals, they fuse brutal Death Metal intensity with 
Hardcore rhythms and catchy, driven arrangements.  The result is a 
cataclysmic beauty-dark, deep, and serrated.    

The best tracks include the caustic stomp of "Epoch Of Barbarity," 
"Genocide," the fragmentational rage of "Beyond The Gates Of Tartarus," 
"Conformed To Obscurity," "Inhuman Suffering," and the new epic "Alien 
Breed."  All of them obliterate.    

In conclusion, Internal Bleeding is a serious threat to the conformist sheep 
mentality.  They are truly, bloodily great.  Stay savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Oppressor, Konkhra, Illdisposed, Dominus, Occult,  
                   Grope, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


Email address:	StrangeAeons@compuserve.com        


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Copyright 2001.       











                         "'Oracle' by Kittie"
                                  by
                            Bill Vogel III




November 29, 2001 A.D.    



Those Aggro-she-devils in Kittie are back!  (Minus the lovely and talented 
Fallon...)  Their new opus, titled "Oracle" [Artemis Records], is a powerful 
discharge of forceful audio radiance.    

Their progression to brutality has continued, as the trademark Kittie style 
of melodious Goth/Aggro Metal has evolved into a more ferocious sound.  Don't 
worry, the melodic quality is still here-there is just a greater emphasis 
placed on their harder, Death-tinged Aggro ensembles.    

Massive tempo shifts swing between the crunchy, growled bombastic portions 
and the quieter, moody ones.  The most killer tracks include the visceral 
"Mouthful Of Poison," "Severed," the raw-nerved edge of "What I Always 
Wanted," "Wolves," and the brilliant Pink Floyd cover "Run Like Hell."    

In summation, Kittie has created another epic work.  "Oracle" is the bestial 
vision of the glorious future.  Stay savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Slipknot, Ill Nino, System Of A Down, Static-X,  
                   Chimaira, Vision Of Disorder, Flaw, American  
                   Headcharge, Soil, Gryp, Crossbreed, No One, Lifer,  
                   Simon Says, Dry Kill Logic, Nothingface, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


Email address:	StrangeAeons@compuserve.com        


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Copyright 2001.       











               "'So Sedated, So Secure' by Darkest Hour"
                                  by
                            Bill Vogel III



November 17, 2001 A.D.    



Uniqueness is the lightning that makes a brutal band glow.  One truly unique 
Metal act is the ferocious band Darkest Hour.  Their latest slab is called 
"So Sedated, So Secure" [Victory Records], and it's their best offering yet. 
   

Darkest Hour's style is a visceral hybrid of intense Swedish Death Metal and 
dynamic Hardcore.  It's a brilliant and brutal combination of shredding 
guitars, shrill growled vocals, and blunt Hardcore rhythms.  The result is 
pure, beautiful mayhem.    

It's raging.    

The most killer tracks include the primal "The Hollow," "An Epitaph," the 
rampaging "Treason In Trust," "A Cold Kiss," and "Another Reason."  Darkest 
Hour is sheer intensity unbound.    

In final words, Darkest Hour is an innovative, talented, and powerful force. 
 Embrace their anger.  Stay savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Refused, Hypocrisy, Hatebreed, Hoods, Los Terribles, 
                   Indecision, Dim Mak, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


Email address:	StrangeAeons@compuserve.com        


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Copyright 2001.       












                    "'Ageless Venomous' by Krisiun"
                                  by
                            Bill Vogel III




November 8, 2001 A.D.    



"The Seers of Abomination" is the translation for the Latin word Krisiun.  
This Brazilian band's name suits them well.  And now the trio has released 
their greatest opus to date, the cunning and complex "Ageless Venomous" 
[Century Media Records].    

It's a blasting, brimstone breathing display of hook crawling Blackened Death 
Metal brilliance.  Catchiness was not sacrificed for aggression-the 2 are 
welded together into a jagged, razor-sharp snarling beast.  Krisiun is 
masterful at this process.    

When it comes to Blackened Death Krisiun is the best, and the beast.    

The most killer tracks include the vicious "Ravenous Hordes," "Saviour's 
Blood," the explosive concussion of "Eyes Of Eternal Scourge," 
"Perpetuation," and the skull-smashing mayhem of the title track.  Krisiun 
has no weaknesses.    

In summation, "Ageless Venomous" is a milestone in Blackened Death Metal.  
Krisiun destroys!  Stay savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Immortal, Shub Niggurath, Centinex, Aeon, Serpent  
                   Obscene, Order From Chaos, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


Email address:	StrangeAeons@compuserve.com        


Provided courtesy of Stranger Aeons.       

Copyright 2001.       








                         "'Rebirth' by Pain"
                                  by
                            Bill Vogel III




November 18, 2001 A.D.    


It's the return of Pain.  At last, the long wait is over.  Petre (Hypocrisy) 
has at last released the second effort by his Death/Industrial project.  
Title "Rebirth" [Renegade Records], it continues the progression from their 
masterful debut.    

The Death Metal influence is still very slight here, and a stronger Techno 
inflection has taken hold.  But even with that, this is still a Metal release 
having plenty of lead-weighted crunch to make it great.  Pain is not one 
those "other" Industrial acts...    

Pain destroys.    

The best cuts include the cyber-shredding "Supersonic Bitch," "Parallel To 
Ecstasy," the morose crunch of "Dark Fields Of Pain," "Crashed," and "End Of 
The Line."  It's heavy, electronic chaos with a truly brutal beauty.    

Overall, this is a stunning and powerful opus.  So jack-in for some Pain.  
Stay savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Killing Spree, Malformed Earthborn, Anorexia  
                   Nervosa, Meathook Seed, Godflesh, Candiru,  
                   Dead World, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


Email address:	StrangeAeons@compuserve.com        


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Copyright 2001.       










                    "'Supercharger' by Machine Head"
                                  by
                            Bill Vogel III



October 25, 2001 A.D.    



Evolution is inevitable.  The band Machine Head made a major change of style 
on their last album "Burning Red."  It was a massive schism from their Power 
Thrash roots-less grungy and aggressive, and more melodic with bursts of 
Rapcore.  That being said, it was a good work that had to be measured on its 
own merits.    

Now Machine Head has returned with "Supercharger" [Roadrunner Records].  The 
trendier elements are gone now, but the melodic quality is still strong.  The 
sound is dense but beautiful, giving it a modern, crisp feel while stepping a 
little closer to that original Machine Head kick and growl.    

The best tracks include the weighty eloquence of "Crashing Around You," the 
melodious crunch of "Kick You When You're Down," "Sick Of You," 
"Trephination," and the stomp of "All In Your Head."  Every song has it's own 
bestial glory.    

In conclusion, this is not the old Machine Head but don't let that dissuade. 
 If you do, you'll miss a great display of Melodic Thrash Metal.  Some things 
are worth a paradigm shift.  Stay savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Slayer, Pressure 4-5, Stereomud, Megadeth, Armored  
                   Saint, Anthrax, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


Email address:	StrangeAeons@compuserve.com        


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Copyright 2001.       












                    "'Darkness And Hope' by Moonspell"
                                   by
                             Bill Vogel III




September 6, 2001 A.D.       



Born of a dark flickering, Portuguese act Moonspell began as a Doomdeath 
Metal outfit.  Over time a Gothic nuance grew into a major sound.  Today 
Moonspell is a Death tinged Gothic Metal phenomenon, one of the biggest in 
fact.  Their latest album, "Darkness And Hope" [Century Media Records], is 
their best work in several years.    

Showing an even more aesthetic skill for the style, their sound is darker and 
more melancholic.  Sometimes the clean Goth vocals are a little overwrought, 
but the sparsely used bursts of Death growls are an exceptional contrast.  
Keyboards, and organs thicken the sound as guitar solos display a virtuoso's 
talent.    

The best cuts include the abysmal "Nocturna," "How We Became Fire," the 
atmospheric "Ghostsong," "Made Of Storm," and "Heartshaped Abyss."  The very 
best one though is their dread-soaked cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley"-
the pipe-organs add a freaky, cool ambience to this classic.    

In summary, this is a very good slab of Gothic Metal.  It's as dark as it is 
hopeful.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Babylon Whores, Aion, Diabolique, Darkseed,  
                   Amorphis, Lacuna Coil, The Gathering, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


Email address:	StrangeAeons@compuserve.com        


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Copyright 2001.       







                "'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (Soundtrack)"
                                  by
                            Bill Vogel III



November 17, 2001 A.D.    



Once in a while, they will surprise you.  The latest videogame soundtrack 
opus, "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3" [Maverick Records], is a savvy compilation 
of current greats (and soon to be greats) from the Metal/Hardcore music 
scene.    

Cuts of exceptional note include the powerful Melodic Hardcore stomp of "New 
World Order" by Onesidezero, the aggrevated Moodcore punch of Papa Roach's 
"Infest," the sardonic Punk sneer of NOFX's "What's The Matter With Parents 
Today?," the Hardcore wallop of "Who's On Your Side" by the legendary 
Pennywise, and the ferocious yet beautiful Melodic Hardcore of Pressure 4-5's 
"Melt Me Down."  Plus there's tracks by Drowning Pool, Alien Ant Farm, Sum 
41, Hometown Hero, Millencolin, and the Deftones.    

Overall, this one kickin' little assemblage of modern Metal angst.  It's 
timely, yet timeless.  Take charge...  Farewell.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


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Copyright 2001.       





                        "'Live In L.A.' by Death"
                                   by
                             Bill Vogel III




November 7, 2001 A.D.    



From the files of the raw and the ready...  The new live CD by Death, titled 
"Live In L.A." [Nuclear Blast Records], is a roughly hewn yet shimmering 
moment captured from the existence of the Kings of Death Metal.    

Even with the rough production values Death roars powerfully.  Charging 
through classics including "Zombie Ritual," "Spirit Crusher," "Pull The 
Plug," and "Together As One" they leave a wake of pure destruction.    

This release is a jagged slag, but a definite must for the true Death freak. 
 Death always deserves respect.  Stay savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Obituary, Sepultura, Sadus, Deicide, Pestilence,  
                   Hypocrisy, Sinister, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


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Copyright 2001.       





              "'Welcome To The Downside' by Speak No Evil"
                                   by
                             Bill Vogel III




November 2, 2001 A.D.    


The band Speak No Evil has a different slant on modern Metal dynamics.  Their 
new release, "Welcome To The Downside" [Universal Records], is a powerful and 
unique mixture of the classic as well as the current.  Snarling their teeth 
musically-they fuse Aggro, Melodic Hardcore, and Classic Metal into a 
brilliant din of aggression.    

Vocals range from a melodious howl to lower intensity growls.  The guitar 
work shifts from groove-dredging chunky blasts to virtuoso style solos.  It's 
sound is vast, cohesive, and incredibly cool.    

The best cuts include the melodic angst of "15 (Live My Life)," "Riddle," 
"Downside," and the wild anger of "Get It Straight."  The ground is diverse, 
and intense.    

In summary, Speak No Evil created an impassioned and visceral opus that 
storms some interesting territory.  So the downside ain't always bad.  Stay 
savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Nonpoint, Ill Nino, Darwin's Waiting Room, Mutha's  
                   Day Out, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


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                "'The Dreadful Hours' by My Dying Bride"
                                   by
                             Bill Vogel III




November 29, 2001 A.D.    


When it comes to sheer Gothic darkness, few acts are as glorious as My Dying 
Bride.  Their new opus, "The Dreadful Hours" [Peaceville Records], is a 
beautifully morose work of atmospheric drear.  My Dying Bride has greatly 
changed since their early days as one of the finest Doomdeath Metal bands 
around.    

Now they are pure melancholic Gothic Metal-clean, sorrowful howls exchanged 
for utter growls.  They use violins, and other mournful instruments to add to 
the gloomy nuance of their metallic dirge.  ...And it is good.    

The most powerful of these dimly lit epics include the sullen "Raven And The 
Rose," "A Cruel Taste Of Winter," the stark "Black Heart Romance," and "My 
Hope The Destroyer."  The 8 cuts contained in this slab are radiant epitaphs 
made for the dark hearts.    

In conclusion, My Dying Bride has created yet another great work of artistic 
dread.  Stay dark.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Darkseed, Evereve, Entwine, Gathering, Tiamat,  
                   Sentenced, Anathema, Type O Negative, Sundown,  
                   Beseech, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


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Copyright 2001.       





                   "'Coming Of Age' by Breaking Point"
                                   by
                             Bill Vogel III   




November 6, 2001 A.D.    



Welcome to the stressor-or the Breaking Point.  This band of Memphis 
musicians have released their talented debut, titled "Coming Of Age" [Wind-Up 
Records].  What separates Breaking Point from every other Alternative Hard 
Rock band out there?  Attitude.    

It seems these are good days for Melodic Hard Rock.  There have been several 
great bands that have emerged from this substrata as of late.  And Breaking 
Point is one of the best.    

Memorable tracks include "Angry Side," the ultra melodious title track, 
"Falling Down," "27," "Get Up," and "Phoenix."  Subject matter ranges from 
the anger and despair of suicide to abuse.  This is not your typical fluffy 
Rock album.    

If you want something hard, but not brutal then this one is for you.  A 
different road taken steels the heart and sharpens the spirit.  Breaking 
Point is worth a listen.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Creed, Nickelback, Seven Channels, Fuel, Default,  
                   Prime STH, Tonic, Saliva, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


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Copyright 2001.       






                   "'Almost Heathen' by Karma To Burn"
                                   by
                             Bill Vogel III




October 25, 2001 A.D.    


In the subgenre of Instrumental Psychedelic Metal few bands can match the 
southern dirge of the mighty Karma To Burn.  They are the very best at it, 
and their latest opus "Almost Heathen" [Spitfire Records] perfectly 
illustrates the reasons why.  Deep, heavy guitars and leaded rhythms are 
dredged up from the utter abyss of the soul.  And it rocks!    

Every song is named after a number, which makes the tracks less distinct 
mentally.  But each one deconstructs the atmosphere brilliantly, cutting deep 
grooves with pounding, trippy nuances.  They put the 'psycho' into 
psychotropic.   

In the end, it's all about result.  And with Karma To Burn it's always dark, 
heavy, and superb.  Black Sabbath would be proud to call these sons of the 
south as some of their own.  After all, they are the Fathers of Psychedelic 
Doom.  Stay savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Kyuss, Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight, Solarized,  
                   Queens Of The Stone Age, Monster Magnet, Black  
                   Sabbath, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


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Copyright 2001.       





                   "'Lunar Poetry' by Nokturnal Mortum"
                                   by
                             Bill Vogel III




November 6, 2001 A.D.    


There's nothing like getting hold of a classic...  One such recently 
reissued, and revitalized, opus is Nokturnal Mortum's debut "Lunar Poetry" 
[The End Records].  Originally released in 1996, this slab was the Slavonic 
Folk Black Metal act's first venture into the avant-garde darkness that is 
Nokturnal Mortum.    

Unusual folk instruments impale solid, Black Metal.  Vocals cover a diverse 
spectrum-featuring spoken passages, whispers, shrieks, and utter abysmal 
growls.  It's forceful, poetic, and jaggedly beautiful from start to finish. 
   
The most killer cuts include "Carpathian Mysteries," the epic "...And Winter 
Becomes," the powerful "Sorrows Of The Moon" (a Celtic Frost cover), and the 
11 minute saga "Return Of The Vampire Lord" (an added bonus track).  These 
are the dirge's of a funereal moon, and they are incredible.    

In eulogy, Nokturnal Mortum is a bizarre, intense, and fantastic band that 
should enthrall any Black Metal fanatic.  So let the lunar poetry begin.  
Stay savage.  Farewell.       


Related Bands:     Emperor, Cradle Of Filth, Thy Primordial, Dark  
                   Funeral, Centinex, etc.       



Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION.  Piece.       


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Copyright 2001.       







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More Metal news than one person can stand in one issue!    

 

Testament///  Returns with a set of re-recorded, revitalized classics called 
"First Strike, Still Deadly."    

Pissing Razors///  Their new scorcher is called "Where We Are From."  ...A 
review is coming.    

Deteriorot///  New opus is titled "In Ancient Beliefs."    

Sons Of Otis///  This Canadian band's latest, "Songs Of Worship" [Music 
Cartel], is a sludgy, Psychedelic delight that would make Black Sabbath awe 
in wonder.    

Onward///  New album will be called "Reawaken."    

Borknagar///  Their next slab of brilliant blackness is called "Empiricism." 

Gwar///  Their latest offering is called "Violence Is Here."    




Stay savage.  Hail Darkness.       


          

///December 6, 2001 A.D.       







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to the concept.  Old issues of it can be downloaded, and distributed under 
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Finished December 7, 2001 A.D.       






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