After thousands mistakes
and average english, stupid and aimless reviews and almost twenty years
entirely dedicated to underground music PullTheChain (and Toxik Waltz
our weekly radio-show for fifteen years) are no longer. We want to concentrate
all our energy onto our other main activity: The Metal
Méan Festival . Also based on a non-profit basis, the organisation
of the fest requires most of our available time. See you there.
More reviews are coming and a final message will be posted
SHENANIGANZ «Open Your Eyes or
Cover Your Head» (Silverwolf Productions
/ Gordeon) : appears to us to have quite a significant amount of not incredibly
good metal bands. Shenaniganz are one of those bands playing old school
rock and roll metal with strong AC/DC influences. Thus pretty different
from the rest of the shit in those pages, this is rock and roll my sixty
years old father likes. Taking that into consideration I think I’ll
let him review it as well… http://www.silverwolf-productions.com/
MENDEED «Shadows War Love, The Very Best Of Mendeed»
(Rising Rec. / Gordeon)
: This one is a strange release, if I’m right Rising Rec. already
re-released almost the entire back catalogue of this now dead project.
What we get here is a kind of compilation of the band’s previous
works. Musically, this English band is a kind of nice encounter between
thrashcore and melodic death metal with a modern (almost nu-metal) background.
This is not my favourite kind of stuff but Mendeed are way more interesting
than most of those nowadays teen-agers bands (perhaps because they are
more guitar orientated than anything else and surely because they try
to impose their own ideas and don’t always follow the ultra formatted
musical paths). http://www.risingrecords.org
SHARP PRACTISE «Radiocity» (Rising
Records / Gordeon) This «Radiocity» shall
not be air-played a tour weekly radio-show. Sorry but this kind of stuff
is simply too far from what I can endure. This is some kind of boring
rock ‘n’ roll music with boring guitar solo actions the whole
coupled with ultra boring vocal lines. Avoid being given this at all costs.
Big shit in a nutshell. http://www.sharppractise.com
TESSMARKA «Tessmarka» (Rising Records)
Rock. So many information in just one
single word. Unfortunately, we can’t write a one word review isn’t
it? As even as rich in meaning this word is, it would leave you a bit
in the dark as to exactly what «Tessmarka» is. As I’m
a good guy (yes I am) I will go on a little bit more even if this English
based act perfectly plays the kind of music I’m unable to endure,
I mean some kind of pop rock ‘n’ roll with powerless punk
references. Tessmarka are a new band with some conviction…but I
just realize you’re not reading anymore …so I think I will
also leave it here. http://www.tessmarka.co.uk
P:407 "Themes For The Coming Apokalypse"
(Consouling Sounds) : belgian two-piece formerly in The Quiescent (and
including Gorath's head Filip Dupont) delivering atmospheric and kinda
emotional music using metal as a background. Not much singing probably
because it's not the most interesting element here, the mature and melancholic
melodies doing most of the job with a superb result. Highly recommended!
OMERTA "Blacken The Days Of Man" (self)
: another belgian band trying to put the land on the map with some very
aggressive metalcore with strong death meatl background. Very intense
riffing on offer, dual singing (metalcore and grunts). The 6 tracks (+
intro) on offer are full of great ideas and even if metalcore bores you
to death, the metal side of things coupled with the energy displayed should
convince you Omerta mean business!
ORB OF TORTURE "Cryogenic Cleansing//Four Elaborations
Of Cold" (self) : brutal death metal with many american influences
and many technical passages. At first, the basic grunts and snare drums
give the feeling these 4 tracks are a bit too linear and dull, but a careful
listening show some great potential. Moreover, those young dudes are pretty
impressing on a live situation. I'm sure a better production would benefit
the band big time. I'll keep an eye on 'em for sure.
GRIM MONOLITH "Mooncrowned" (self)
: mix of traditional black metal and viking metal, that sounds like the
band hails from scandinavian fields while they're actually from Italy.
This album may sound cliché and a real rip-off of some of the work
of the biggest grim faces from the North, but it may also be considered
as a nice tribute. This album sounds cold and catchy, like in the old
days. Is it the promo version, i don't know, but most songs end a weird
MENDEED "Positive Metal Attitude"
Rising Records : scottish melodic
thrash band (that recently disbanded), offering some kind of thrash Iron
Maiden (or early Helloween maybe) with a few metalcore singing and even
a few nu metal passages they should have avoided. Despite average production
(recorded live in a BBC studio), it seems obvious those guys were rather
good and could have gone places. This last release contains 4 "studio"
song and 6 "b-sides".
A POETIC YESTERDAY "A Little South Of Zero"
Rising records : Another
emocore band, alternating unbearable modern hardcore screaming with melodic
emotional singing that actually sound good in spite of their trendy nature.
The whole album sounds rather catchy and professional but I guess it's
been done before and I don't really feel excited with this kind of fashionable
REVOLTING COCKS "Sex-o Olympic-o"
(13th Plane) Those who had
the chance of experiencing the last tour of Ministry last year will probably
give an ear to this new release, hoping to catch some extra Al Jourgensen
genuine work. Unfortunately, Revolting cocks are to Ministry what Bon
Jovi is to Morbid Angel. "Sexo Olympico" is a collection of
electro, industrial dance tunes I'm totally unable to get into. I'm rather
open-minded when it comes to some weird side-projects, but this band belongs
to a particular musical universe that my little knowledge can't reach.
DISCIPLINE "Old Pride, New Glory"
I Scream records : Holland street-skinners
have gathered all the cover tunes they've recorded on a double-cd. The
eindhoven four-piece manage to offer a very good tracklist of what have
probably influenced them through the years, from old (punk) rock and oï
to hardcore and even a bit of hard rock/metal, 30 songs that are covered
with the band's very own touch and respect at the same time. Great!
this female L-A punk band sounds so
mean, with such a dirty attitude, you wouldn't want to meet the band members
being afraid of getting crabs! But one quick glance at one single pic
prooved me wrong, nice ladies can play raw street-punk and what I've heard
so far is a delight! Signed on Hellcat, those girls will go places!
SOCIETYS PARASITES http://www.myspace.com/societysparasites:
another huge L-A band on Hellcat. Those guys are more in the fast angry
punk in the vein of The Casualties but faster and slightly more hardcore-influenced.
CEREMONY "Still Nothing Moves You"
Bridge Nine : Hard to pigeonhole,
Ceremony play their own, very personal kind of punkish hardcore, avoiding
most clichés of the genre, with some kind of sarcastic Youth of
Today kinda vocals and strange breaks and unexpected rhythm decelerations.
Obviously, it's quite refreshing hearing the old-school sound used with
such a modern approach. Gotta get used to vocals though. Original.
TEARDOWN "Cyanotic" http://www.myspace.com/teardownband
: cool female-fronted
finnish band avoiding the traditional unbearable clichés of gothic
metal, opting for some kind of The Gathering approach, very atmospheric
and relaxing, not too melancholic with mature melodies. Surprisingly good!
PAVILLON ROUGE "Mizuage" http://www.myspace.com/pavillonrougetheband
Weird french band that play some kind of electro metal, with a bit
of black metal here and there. Sounds and mostly artificial drums sound
old-dated on purpose resulting in a journey through time (the 80's that
is). Kinda if the french band Indochine had gone metal! 2 original songs
+ a cover ain't enough to really describe what the band really stands
for, but it's rather promising anyway (despite the french lyrics).
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE "Monuments"
Lifeforce : very intense,
utterly complex and ultra technical screamy post-metalcore, kinda mix
between Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan, rather impressive and
ultra violent! A very slight melody line seems to hover over the whole
mess, but the chaos shines through the intricate song-structures making
your head buzz when silence comes!
ARTAS "The Healing" Napalm records
: qualified as "modern metal", Artas
deliver their own blend of power groove, modern thrash, metalcore and
black metal. There is a slight dosis of humor added here and there. Raw
vocals remind me of Hate Squad. The whole thing is groovy and the absolute
highlight is the cover of "Gangst's Paradise" a kinda hip hop
song that get the black metal (among other styles) treatment here. Certainly
the best cover this year!!!
WHEN WE FALL "We Untrue Our Minds"
I for us records : swedish Hardcore
with outbursts of fury balanced with melodic and emotional passages. As
most of their contemporaries, the energy and anger is also filled with
a touch of melancholy. Fortunately, the "emo" side isn't pathetic
and this cd is rather brilliant in the style. I'm no big fan, but it really
sound sincere and professional!
SHOCK TROOPERS http://www.myspace.com/shocktroopersItalian
offering fast and crunchy riffing with the late 80's vibe. For fans of
Ratos De Porao, Wehrmacht, Holier Than Thou?, D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies.
Excellent stuff !!!