Asphyx – Deathhammer

The first album that really sold me on Asphyx - a band from the Netherlands - was Last One on Earth from 1992.  I was stupefied at how excruciating it must be for Martin Van Drunen to sing (growl) the way he does.  Not being that huge of Death Metal fan I was really impressed with what I was hearing, as only a few bands really appealed to … [Read more...]

ICS Vortex – Storm Seeker

When I first found out that ICS Vortex was going solo and about to release an album called Storm Seeker on Century Media I have to say that I was pretty excited.  I have always held ICS Vortex in high regard and have always found his work from his clean vocal offerings in Dimmu Borgir to front man duties of Arcturus to be rather compelling.  His … [Read more...]

Earth Crisis – Neutralize the Threat

Just knowing that Earth Crisis is still alive and kicking some 20 plus years after their initial formation is reassuring, considering the fact that I was slamming to these guys back when Gomorrah’s season ended in 1996.  The New York hardcore mainstays are proponents of everything from veganism to a straightedge lifestyle offer up a new helping of … [Read more...]