Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Apophis - Gateway to the Underworld (1993)

   Apophis stood out from the endless mass of death metal bands with their original approach, concept and style. Similar to most smaller and forgotten German bands, they experimented with something uncommon.
   They were the first band who involved Egyptian mythology into their lyrical concept (on the side of dark and occult topics of course), but that doesn't had any influence on their music. Musically they were genuine too, but in another way independent from the main concept. Their music was like a mix of melodic, raw and more complex themes. Not so catchy for a first impression, but sounds stunning and couldn't be really compared to anything else in the '90s old school death metal scene. It may be hard to decide if that was only the result of direct complexity and "Gateway to the Underworld" is a genuine concept album, or the marks of the band's early raw experimenting ambitions had main role at the outcomes. However it's a quite diverse album with a colorful musical view, and also counts as an interesting old school classic of the genre.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Poison - Into the Abyss (1993)

   Among the plenty of forgotten treasures of the '80s German thrash metal scene was Poison. Their active period was in the early and mid '80s, and after plenty of demo tapes they disappeared.
   Fortunately their music haven't gone completely, because their "Into the Abyss" demo from '87 came out later as a full lenght album. The dirtiest, raw and primitive '80s thrash sound which this album includes, introduces well the core and the awesome power that was responsible to rise up that scene. It's a masterpiece for sure in it's raw noisy form. Dark, blasphemic and horror based topics, catchy themes, and rehearsal room feeling are the main features of the album. It may not sound much different from the concept, sound and ambitions of the coateneous bands of those times, but for the lovers of old school noise the signs of another approach are clear. Poison's music wasn't based only on fast thrash hammering, they liked to operate with slow themes and melodies too, to create an atmosphere. That made the main view more diverse, created a contrast compared to the intense parts and added a sinister feeling to their music. A real cult album straight from the '80s on the borderline of extreme genres!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Blood - O Agios Pethane (1993)

   The early grindcore wave wasn't so huge at all like the thrash/death metal wave was, and similar bands were not so supported either. The darkest depths of underground stayed as their most common location to be found.
   By following the path of Napalm Death and Carcass, Blood created their own imaginations of extreme musickness. They sounded like taking a bit from both direction. At lyrics they were the same way into gore and political, societal topics, and musically both into classical short grinding performances, and death metal influenced complete themes. It's really like on the borderline of grindcore and death metal, includes the intense and dadaist temper of the first, and the heaviness and rough sound of the second. While ordinary grindcore bands were not famous diversive themes, and the effectiveness of their music usually based on unexpected and unpredictable events, often with morbid humor, Blood's music was more serious at all ways. Not the endeavor for effect was in their focus but to grind in high quality.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

KMFDM - Angst (1993)

   During it's long existence since the mid '80s, KMFDM broke through the borders of industrial step by step, as some purposeful progression.
   At the beginning this project was about raw and cold sounded industrial such as others did in this style in the '80s. But as they left Germany and moved to America, their way to wider succes became more evident. Not only because they involved into the American industrial scene, but their music became more diversive too, and included various influences by other genres. "Angst" brought complete international succes. It was far already from the unfriendly commerse sound and cold repetitive themes. The Rock/Metal influences had some balanced fusion with electro-industrial, and the album was opened into a far more mainstream direction too. The early distorted vocals lost their leading role, clear male and felame singing took them down, and the lyrics balanced between political messages and more chilling topics. As industrial music slowly left the dancefloors of dirty underground clubs and desolated factories to find a darker path, KMFDM drove it back, but in this case onto much wider dancefloors with floodlight.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Decomposed - Hope Finally Died (1993)

   "Hope Finally Died" by Decomposed is another interesting, but sadly underrated classic of death/doom, that could be compared to Winter and Cianide.
   Like most early bands in this style, they had only one full-lenght album, that became a very basic death/doom record by including all important characteristics of the subgenre. Opposed to most late fictions about death/doom as some melodic and emotionally melancholic daydreaming, Decomposed introduced a raw, pure world full of death and decay by their very heavy and depressive music. While most bands focused on simple and slowly repetitive themes to reach an impressive level of heaviness, "Hope Finally Died" is quite diversive in themes, though it fits to the main concept perfectly. It could be a reference to Paradise Lost. Even the vocal style suspects a strong influence, but while their suggested idols were into an intense and chaotic impression with their music, Deccomposed completely focused onto the method of passing away with all of it's demoralizing features.