Category: Music Reviews

New on the Metal Stream: Barbarian – Faith Extinguisher

Origin: ItalyCover

Genre: Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal

Released: January 23rd, 2014 on Doomentia Records

Barbarian is an Italian threesome formed back in 2009, and clearly play homage to Venom, Bathory, and Celtic Frost in their style. This album rocks in a style with pulverizing riffs, tight-dynamic drumming, primitive architecture, and a familiar atmosphere perfected by the aforementioned bands.

Vocalist, Borys Crossburn, has a fantastic rasp that has some old school grit that harkens to early 90s death metal.

RIYL: Celtic Frost, Venom, Toxic Holocaust

Recommended Tracks:

2. Inhale the Dead

4. Total Metal

7. We are the Profane

Barbarian is:

Borys Crossburn – Guitars, Vocals

D.D. Prowler – Bass

Lore Steamroller (Lorenzo Bellia) – Drums


New on the Metal Stream: Alfar – Across the Northern Storms

Origin: BelarusCover

Genre: Melodic Death Metal, Viking Metal

Released: March 11th, 2014

Alfar is the one man project of Dmitry Pinchuk (Wartha) and it is a very catchy project that he has here. There is a lot of influence from many bands and styles. There are the Amon Amarth-esque guitar riffs, the bombastic symphonics akin to Turisas, the epic atmosphere of Summoning, and the catchy melody of Forefather all combine to make a pretty unique recipe of fun melodic-viking-death metal.

RIYL: Moonsorrow, Amon Amarth, Summoning, Forefather, Turisas

Recommended Tracks:

2. Last Morning

3. White Horror

4. Dark Prophecy


Alfar is:

Dmitry Pinchuk – All vocals, All instruments


New on the Metal Stream: Indian – From All Purity

Origin: Chicago, Illinoisfolder

Genre: Sludge Metal, Doom Metal

Released: January 17th, 2014 on Relapse Records

Indian formed in 2003 in Chicago, Illinois, releasing a moderately large sleuth of full-length releases before joining the ranks of Relapse Records. After the critical success of “Guiltless” in 2011, “From All Purity” their fifth full-length album, would be released into the light of day in 2014 to coat listeners in a hellish darkness

Indian aims to sound dark, repulsive, and destructive in an audio assault. For the most part, the band does succeed in this effort. The intriguing fusion between sludge, doom, and hints of black metal is carved into a compilation of songs that are slow but absolutely crushing and relentless. The unhinged, tortured vocals (mainly shrieks); thick and murky guitars; background noises, and explosive percussion all coalesce in a purposefully uncomfortable and metaphoric listen.

The album page on Relapse’s website could not have stated it better: “This is the exact opposite of easy listening.”

RIYL: Thou, Rabbits

Recommended Tracks:

1. Rape

4. Rhetoric of No

42639_photo Indian:

Dylan O’Toole – Vocals, Guitars

Will Lindsay – Vocals, Guitars

Ron DeFries – Bass

Bill Bumgardner – Drums





New on the Metal Stream: Kampfar – Djevelmakt

Origin: NorwayCover

Genre: Black Metal

Released: January 27th, 2014 on Indie Recordings

Pagan black metal band Kampfar is back with their sixth full-length album, and as such it marks 20 years as a band for the Norwegians.

In Djevelmakt, the music is a pagan, progressive style of black metal. Think of a cross between Taake, Enslaved, and Windir. But, really no two songs are quite the same on this album. While they all have ample levels of aggression, they vary in pace. Tracks like Kujon thunder along at a brisk tempo while a track such as Swarm Norvecigus is slower and more ominous in approach.

All in all, this is a high quality release, which for Kampfar, is business as usual

RIYL: Primordial, Windir, Enslaved, Taake

Recommended Tracks:

1. Mylder

2. Kujon

4. Swarm Norvegicus

6. De Dødes Fane

7. Svarte Sjelers Salme

3232_photo  Kampfar:

Dolk (Per-Joar Spydevold) – Vocals

Ole Hartvigsen – Guitars

Jon-Fredrik Bakker – Bass

Ask Ty Ulvhedin Bergli Arctander – Drums, Vocals