Category: Music Reviews

New on the Metal Stream: Khashm – Serpents of Death

Origin: Russia2vkzx8k

Genre: Black Metal

Released on August 19th, 2013 on Heretic Rex Records

Formed in 2008, Khashm is a project of a guy that calls himself Kreator, and is part of inner circle of True Ingrian Black Metal Death.  This is a band that takes a lot of influence from the Second Wave of black metal bands, including band member pseudonyms, corpsepaint, and that over the top evilness. Musically, these guys are also in the Second Wave of black metal realm: lots of tremolo riffing, ferociously blasting drums, and rasping shrieking vocals. These guys also throw quite a bit of mid-paced melody amongst the intensity to give the album a certain, catchiness.

RIYL: Emperor, Mayhem, Marduk, Watain, Endstille, Nahemoth, Ulvdalir

Recommended Tracks:

2: Last Breath of the Universe

3: Through the Void

4: Roots of Creation

7. Devouring the Sun

8. The Awakening of a Great Serpent

New on the Metal Stream: Battalion – Empire of Dead

Origin: Brazil362616

Genre: Speed Metal, Thrash Metal

Independently released on February 7th 2013

Battalion are a relatively new Brazilian band who formed in 2005, and play mostly thrash metal which is pretty similar to their South American peers. What sets them apart is the vocalist, Marcelo Fagundes, who uses grunts and mutters to get his point across and he will occasionally belt out some falsetto for emphasis.

RIYL: Bywar, Abiotx, Guillotine, Farscape, Violator, Exciter, Tank

Recommended Tracks:

2. Empire of Dead

3. Forged by Iron and Fire

5. Valley of the Dead

6. Steel Avenger

7. Blood of Circle

New on the Metal Stream: Barque of Dante – Lasting Forever

Origin: China


Genre: Power Metal

Released on December 21st, 2013 on Mort Productions

Fast European-inspired power metal featuring rapid melodic guitar solos and loads of keyboards and symphonic accents along with some traditional Asian influences.

RIYL: Dragonforce, Gloryhammer, Iron Maiden, Nightwish, Kamelot

Recommended Tracks:

2. Lasting Forever

3. Follow the King

4. Walking Alone

6. Way of Your Life

New on the Metal Stream: Clagg – Gather Your Beasts

Origin: Australiacover

Genre: Sludge Metal, Doom metal

Independently Released on October 2nd, 2013

Formed in 2002, Clagg have made their own way by self-releasing all four of their albums to date. Thick and slow, this style of metal is so heavy it threatens to crush anyone who might listen. You will not find any shredding or fancy solos here, just sludgy, murky, doomy heavy metal.

RIYL: Black Sabbath, Iron Monkey, Eyehategod, Electric Wizard, Witchcraft, Yob, Goatsnake

Recommended Tracks:

1. Five Curses

4. The Dream is Dead

5. Pathways to Oblivion