COMPENDIUM OF METAL VOL. 7 (Metal On Metal Records)
With pleasure I'm spreading the word about Metal On Metal Records’ seventh compilation CD of the magnificent “Compendium Of Metal” series. Over the years, my respect for this label has grown greatly because their faith in the forces of pure steel comes from the heart. Both owners, Jowita and her husband Simone, are natural born Metal fanatics who have offered us awesome albums so far and I’m sure there is much more to look forward to.
“Compendium Of Metal Vol. 7” presents a whole range of excellent bands. I’m familiar with most of them but there are also a few new names to me (HI-GH, Albert Bell’s Sacro Sanctus, Doomshine, Skull Bastards, and Blood Atonement). It's always a pleasure to discover bands and that’s why “Compendium Of Metal Vol. 7” will brings me a lot of joy. One by one, I will introduce you to all of the featured songs… here we go!
Meliah Rage: ‘When We Wake’ is taken from their brand new effort “Warrior”. Back with full force, with a new singer… their best album since a long time. Meanwhile, my review for these Boston based Metal veterans’ “Warrior” album has been published under THIS link.
Outrage: ‘Chastiser’ comes from their new CD “We the Dead”, released in April 2014. They were formed back in 1983 in Germany and have my sincere respect, as this is one of those bands that has not deviated from its way, I mean, they have always remained true to their own style of old school Black/Thrash Metal in the vein of early Celtic Frost and Sodom, Hellhammer, Venom, Possessed and the like. Their new album is even harder and nastier than their previous one - my review is posted HERE!
Mortalicum: ‘Necromancer’ brings us a mighty strong blend of Doom/Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music. From Sweden, they came like a thief in the night and grabbed me by the throat with their previous killer releases, “Progress Of Doom” and “The Endtime Prophecy”. Metal On Metal Records introduced me to this band and they got my full attention right away. Inspired by the ancestors (Black Sabbath, Trouble, Thin Lizzy, Candlemass...), Mortalicum dissociates themselves from all that is modern in the contemporary Metal styles, and got my approval ever since I heard them. ‘Necromancer’ is an exclusive track for “Compendium Of Metal” but I have to tell you to check their brand new album “Tears From The Grave”, unleashed in April - you can read my review at THIS location.
HI-GH: ‘You’re Going Down (Under The Ground)’. One of the newcomers on the Metal On Metal roster, these Italians were formed in 2012 and bring some kind of a homage to the good old days of Speed/Thrash Metal. Fast and furious, these guys play with a nod to the early Metallica/Slayer/Venom, Motorhead and Exciter… I even recognize some old Punk influences in the vein of GBH. This song comes from their album ‘Night Dances’ (2013) and I’m already looking forward to their new one. With this kind of band, you can have a really wild party!
Skelator: ‘Victory’ is taken from the live tape “Live Chaos” (released by Metal On Metal in 2013) and shows the power, might and high quality of the band. Skelator is all about well oiled Heavy/Speed Metal the American way with a nod to Agent Steel, Iron Maiden, Overkill and Judas Priest. They have released two excellent full-length albums so far and have already started with the recordings for the next one entitled “King Of Fear”. Since I’m a zealous supporter of Skelator I really can’t wait to hear the final result!
Arkham Witch: ‘Beings Of Fire And Vengeance’ delivers a quirky mixture of classic Heavy and Doom Metal. They were formed in the UK in 2008 and released their second album “Legions Of The Deep” via Metal On Metal Records in 2012. It was my first contact with the band, read my thoughts on the effort HERE. ‘Beings Of Fire And Vengeance’ has been recorded exclusively for “Compendium Of Metal Vol. 7”, and it's something special which fans of Witchfinder General, Hell, Manilla Road and Saint Vitus should not be able to resist.
Albert Bell’s Sacro Sanctus: ‘The Tears Of Ishtar’ brings total darkness and obscurity into my living room. It's a new band, or rather a solo project formed in Malta in 2011, which recently joined the camp of Metal On Metal Records. Albert is the main song writer and bass player of Forsaken and Nomad Son, and now the fans will have the chance to also hear him play guitar and sing. For me Albert has the perfect timbre for this style which can be defined as a blend of early 80s Metal ranging from Doom, Heavy to even Black and Thrash Metal. This music is darker than the blackness of the night… enter and roam the sinister realms of Sacro Sanctus listening to this 8-minute song! This previously unreleased track will be added to the debut album “Deus Volt”, to be released in September 2014. Fans of Celtic Frost, Törr, Nemesis, Venom, Zemial, later Bathory and Mortuary Drape, among others, are hereby being warned!
Skull Bastards: ‘Evil Night’ came to my ears as an unfamiliar Spanish act but hell… they have really whipped me with the high speed velocities of this track! Described by Metal On Metal Records as one of their recent discoveries, it's the first Spanish band on this label's roster. This song was taken from their 2013 EP released on cassette tape and the plans are to put out some kind of a compilation CD including all of the old EP tracks plus a new EP. Power-thrashing Speed Metal maniacs wearing patches of early Razor, Kreator, Warrant, Destruction and Exumer better watch for this release!
Attacker: ‘The Glen Of The Ghost’. I have an everlasting respect and admiration for US Metal in general… and Attacker is one of my all time favourite US Metal acts. They still send shivers down my spine, they still rule with an iron hand! Attacker’s latest output “Giants Of Canaan” (featuring new frontman, the almighty Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas) was so damn fantastic… check out my Top 20 album list and see who’s on the first position! At Metal To Infinity webzine, we have a strong bond with US Metal so feel free to check out our reviews of this superb gem! As for me, I can’t live without playing a few CDs on a daily basis so I’d like to scream out some the amazing news that these US Metal gods will bring out a new album in 2015, spread the word because US Metal still reigns supreme!
Sacred Gate: ‘Path To Glory’. This German Traditional Heavy Metal act also means a lot to me. They have two full albums released so far and the band convinced me all over. Great musicians who know how to keep Heavy Metal music attractive from beginning till the end, they really got my complete approval. Their style has US Metal influences which really pleases me. Great tracks played by a talented band, aficionados of Aska, Pharaoh, Wretch, Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Artch should have already purchased their records. If not, do it from the Metal On Metal Records store!
Nomad Son: ‘Orphaned Crown’. One of Malta’s number one Traditional Doom Metal bands released their third full-length album titled “The Darkening” in the summer of 2013. Well, this track comes from that effort and showcases a band in top form. Besides the strong and very interesting studio recordings, Nomad Son proved on the “Pilgrimages Of Doom” DVD that they're just as fantastic of a live act as well. In the vein of Krux, Candlemass, Trouble, Saint Vitus and Deep Purple… I welcome Nomad Son’s way of Doom with pleasure.
Stonegriff: ‘For Madmen Only’. Another Traditional Doom Metal band, this time from Sweden. I hadn't heard the band's material from before their glorious debut album “Prologus Magicus”. Metal On Metal Records signed these Swedes and that’s how I discovered them. Damn sure, I was surprised by these newcomers, Stonegriff grabbed me by the throat with iron-bound Doom tracks in the vein of Pentagram, Trouble and Candlemass… great band!
Doomshine: ‘Creation’ brings Epic Doom Metal in a good way, although they are not able to please me all over. This Germany based band keeps it extremely slow here which is not my cup of tea. This track is a live bootleg recording from the Malta Doom Metal Festival 2013 and the sound quality is not optimal, maybe that’s why I’m only moderately satisfied. Still I’d like to recommend Doomshine to all those into Solitude Aeturnus, Forsaken, Isole and the like.
Blood Atonement: ‘Blood Atonement’. Speed/Thrash Metal from Germany for all those hooked on the sound of Sodom, Hellhammer, Carnivore, Celtic Frost… They show no mercy for the weak, with full force this song reminds me of the good old days. Barbaric vocals and merciless guitars supported by devastating drum beats and hardcore bass lines, you get the picture, right! Metal On Metal Records’ newcomer Blood Atonement’s debut album is planned to be released next year.
For the price of only 6 Euro (or 4 Euro if you add it to any other CD from Metal On Metal Records shop), you can get this professional compilation featuring a whole lot of bands delivering Metal in various styles. Meet the newly signed acts, check out a few tracks taken from previously released albums and enjoy some unreleased/exclusive works as well. Eight-page informative booklet and a running time of almost 74 minutes, what more do you want? You can get this killer compilation for a friendly price so don’t hesitate to order right away via THIS link.
My Points: 90 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish