GMA - Vol121 - Trinity Site, Gebrechlichkeit, Marchosias, Taifa, Soul Torture, Stranguliatorius, Flamethrower, Gape, Twisted Tales, Repression
Billed as possibly the next big hit in Germany, Melodic Death Metal mob Trinity Site release their debut album 'Ex Inferis' in emphatic style with cutting-edge riffs, harmonious melodies and a fist of fury, burning as bright as the sun as these lads are sure to gain some considerable notice. Fuelled by a chemical formula that seems to produce some of the finest compositions heard on the album, 'Ex Inferis' takes the listener on a roller-coaster ride of elegant solos, ground-punching brutality and total apocalyptic explosions of technically crafted music, without a doubt the Scar Symmetry of tomorrow.
 RHYS STEVENSON
'Glanz Und Elend'
Darkness spread across the whole of Lower Saxony and gave birth to one-man project Gebrechlichkeit's third album 'Glanz Und Elend', which sees a display of generic underground Black Metal, the stereotypical drumming pattern and level of raw production, what saves this album from complete despair is the uniqueness of it in that it is in the German language and thus makes it different from other one-man BM projects. Other than that it is your average underground Black Metal album, nothing more and nothing less.
[6.5] RHYS STEVENSON
'Above The Throne Of God'
Romanian Experimentalists Marchosias make no mercy available when delivering their premier EP 'Above The Throne Of God', lunging straight into whipping Black Metal with Folk Metal influences and some other influences here and there, but it's the music itself that grants Marchosias the next Romanian metal band to watch, perhaps even eclipsing legends Negura Bunget, 'Above The Throne Of God' powers out five tracks that are in the style of Emporer, Marduk and Moonspell and yet gives the quintet an almighty boost to go beyond mere influences, in fact they are one level higher, one level 'Above The Throne Of God'.
[8.5] RHYS STEVENSON
'Despertando El Silencio'
Balearic Islanders Taifa make their welcomed return to deliver number three, their third album 'Despertando El Silencio' which sees the Spanish-language musicians once again mix flamenco elements with Progressive Heavy Metal, improving their sound and serving as a perfect accompaniment to any romantic meal or soundtrack to dancing, even so their seems to be a little subtle hint of Moroccan influences here and there, however that is best left to the listener to decipher, whilst flirting with the music herewith that signals another successful outing by Taifa and also signalling that there is more to come.
 RHYS STEVENSON
'The Reign Of War'
Coming from a country that is generally peaceful until attacked, Israel's Soul Torture are a creation of genius, playing in the European Melodic Death Metal style with vocals as grizzly as Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy, it's a damn shame that Alexandra Monsonego left the band, she will be a hard member to replace as it's evidently clear on the band's debut EP 'The Reign Of War' that she has a unique style of vocals and that alongside the elegance of the riffs, technical performance on the drums and the overall emphatic atmosphere, all in all conjure up to become Israel Metal album of the year 2012, no contest.
 RHYS STEVENSON
Now if you want your music underground, raw and totally classic, then look no further than Lithuanian Thrash Metal quartet Stranguliatorius and their 2012 demo which delivers eight tracks of neck-breaking Thrash Metal, so sharp that health and safety had to put a restraining order on the speakers being put up past 13, in fact Stranguliatorius would appeal to fans of Slayer and at the same time those fans of Hardcore Punk music, as it seems that there is a bit of both going on at the same time, whatever is happening it's good and it's about to assault the rest of the European continent.
[7.5] RHYS STEVENSON
'A Treason Or The Truth' + 'The Keeper Of Remembrance'
Here are two releases by Croatian Heavy Metal mob Flamethrower, their 2010 debut album 'A Treason Or The Truth' and their follow-up album 'The Keeper Of Remembrance' which was released this year. 'A Treason Or The Truth' displays the classic sound that one expects from a Heavy Metal album and thus it becomes your average release, there is nothing really new on the album but it still a classic to listen to, playing Iron Maiden-esque music and implementing melodies here and there, but once again nothing really new, the same can be said for the follow-up 'The Keeper Of Remembrance', nothing new, just more Croatian Heavy Metal.
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Brutal Death Metal, Death Metal, Pornogrind, Vomitcore, Gorecore, whatever you want to call it, it's enough to make you soil your pants and turn your stomach inside out, it is of course five technically minded Australians on a post-drinking session of fosters, the result being Gape's debut self-titled album, full of humorous guttural wit and gurgling brutal metal, all of which makes the release a little more entertaining and comical, but don't take it seriously or it will crush your soul and more than likely castrate your private parts, right up until you submit to the BDSM of Australian Metal.
 RHYS STEVENSON
'We Shall Be Heard'
Whence came a Melodic Death band from Serbia of whom unleashed a debut album that is so average it makes a pop album seem unusual. 'We Shall Be Heard', as given by the title already suggests that there is common music on the release, even so Serbian trio Twisted Tales seem to have gotten on the wrong end of the bandwagon and as a result deliver an album that needs some work done on it, the variety in songs is great but the song structure seems a little too repetitive at times, so whilst it's a good attempt, the reason to why 'We Shall Be Heard' is not exactly the greatest or the most differential album is evidently clear.
[5.5] RHYS STEVENSON
It is as fast as you want it to go and as heavy as you want it to go, that is what pretty much sums up Repression's debut self-titled demo, mixing together Slayer-esque Thrash Metal with the early forms of Hardcore vocals and composed beats that straddle between Metallica and Slayer in order to conjure up a sound that will appeal to many metal fans, as 'Repression' delivers riff after bloody riff and it's these riffs that guide the rest of the release to the sharpener and ends up with every listener having their necks slit through a razor-sharp slash of True Finnish Thrash.
 RHYS STEVENSON