Archive for November, 2019

Review: Röntgen

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2019 by Magadh

Röntgen, Inhale Death (Blown Out Media)

Quite a cool 7″ released by one of the very few bands from New Mexico that I’ve ever heard. Straight ahead hardcore thrash with little in the way of frills. These guys have some d-beat elements, but they don’t sound like the 8 million Dissober clones out there. Let me just say that I like bands tuned down to C as much as the next guy (maybe more depending on who the next guy is), but I have to admit that it is kind of refreshing to hear this music being rocked in standard tuning. It shows a kind of faith in one’s ability to create rocking punk with artificially punching up the heaviness.

Inhale Death features seven cuts of mostly in a kind of middling tempo. They have some nice changes and lots of feedback, and they don’t commit the cardinal sin of bands in the kängpunk world of making their tunes longer than the underlying ideas will bear. The recording is crisp, especially the guitar sound which has quite pleasing buzzsaw quality to it. The guitarist uses heel damping rather more often than is common in d-beat releases but in that kind of scratchy punk rock way that makes the music sound more intense but not more metallic.

The vocals are not in that super low, unintelligible register that characterizes so many bands like this. The singer sounds like he just came home to find a beloved family pet dismembered on the front lawn.  I still can’t tell what the fuck he’s saying (or really even if it’s a he although the names on the lineup suggest that it is), but he sounds desperate and angry and not so much like a wounded Yeti, which is a plus.

D-beat should always leave you wanting more not less. When I hit the end of this disc after the first listening I immediately queued it up again…because I wanted to hear more. This is punk the way that is should be done: raw and angry. If I could give this band one piece of advice it would be: do not change a fucking thing.

Review: Henry Kane

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on November 3, 2019 by Magadh

Henry Kane, Den Förstörda Människans Rike, Transcending Obscurity (2017)

A guy I know sent me the link to this the other day and it’s pretty rocking. There are some interesting elements here. This is really nutballs thrash from Sweden. The accompanying blurb describes it as like a cross between Nihilist and Skitsystem, and I’m all for that as a concept, although this is really much more like a more blast beat-laden version of the former than the latter.

This is a solo project done by Jonny Pettersson, the singer from Wombbath. I like Wombbath, although when I listen to them, I often forget that they’re not Diabolical. Even if they were, that would still be pretty good, but anyway. Henry Kane is like a cranked-out version of this, and I must admit that it’s quite enjoyable, although the vocals have a pretty heavy reverb on them that doesn’t always work to their best advantage.

The subject matter of the songs doesn’t break any new ground in the world of death metal nihilism. Not that you necessarily want them to, and maybe that’s really part of the point. They contribute to the atmosphere and knit the whole thing together into a coherent package.
This disc came out a couple of years ago on Transcending Obscurity which is, as far as I am aware, the only extreme metal label based in Mumbai (or in all of India for that matter). They put out some pretty crazy shit and if you look at their catalog you will find that they are carrying the battle for transnational death metal, which is ok in my book.