GMA - Vol127 - AqME, Lofofora, Blackbomb.A, Sleeppers, Veia/Sortilegus, Norphobia, Nathorg, Nils Courbaron's Project, Victorious, Eternal Armageddon
'Epithète, Dominion, Epitaphe'
Veteran French Heavy Metal / Hard Rock quartet AqME make their welcomed return with their latest album 'Epithète, Dominion, Epitaphe' (Epithet, Dominion, Epitaph) and another lush selection of French songs, so although the music itself does the talking, the language barrier may be a little bad with the exception of 'My English Is Pretty Bad' and 'Marking Armageddon', but even so those learning French at school or college may adhere to this band and learn a thing or two, none the less the magicians of guitar-driven music do not fail to deliver an album that will live on for years to come and as 2013 draws in, what this French band will bring out next will only be interesting, seeing as this album is the very definition of perfection.
Download This: "Luxe Assassin"
[9.5] RHYS STEVENSON
One of France's most legendary rock bands made their ninth album come to light in 2011 with a full on explosion of Hardcore Punk that is so heavy and hard hitting, your last hangover would seem like a social drinking session, however 'Monstre Ordinaire' (Ordinary Monster) drops in the bands 22nd year of existence and with that in mind it is clear to see why they are still going, the beauty of this album is enough to make any romantic moment seem more than it is, 'Monstre Ordinaire' brings to the table classic rock vocals and skull-smashing music that when both mixed, serves up as a total testament to the band's career, they may be the 'Monstre Ordinaire' but they are certainly the phantom of the opera, a classic musical novel.
Download this: "Ma Folie"
 RHYS STEVENSON
'Enemies Of The State'
Exploding on the French Hardcore scene is lethal weapon operators Blackbomb.A and their latest nuclear bomb named 'Enemies Of The State', at first it sounds like an elaborate political rally soundtrack but don't let the musical propaganda fool you, this band mean business and by weaving their own resistance-is-futile style of music, they demolish anything in their way via the means of brutal Hardcore Punk with Metalcore influences, just minus the emo look. Blackbomb.A are heavier than the last sex you ever had and are sure to make your next lot of sex a whole lot more faster and more brutal as the drums pound and grind whilst the guitars slash and slit and the vocals crush and empower the 'Enemies Of The State', simply put this is the real deal, 100% of chaotic music.
Download This: "We Don't Care"
 RHYS STEVENSON
French Hardcore / Garage Rock mob Sleeppers emerge out of the underground to shed light on their debut album 'Keep Focus', loaded with influences ranging from the rockers Fugazi, Pink Floyd, Therapy? and AC/DC to the more mtallic sounds of Slayer and Sepultura, this is a band with a rather eclectic mix of influences and yet whilst utilising them all at once they somehow make it work and what you end up with is an album full of absolute gusto and no fault whatsoever. With the extensive range of influences comes the range of songs produced and so therefore there is something for everyone on this album, a ton of sounds made into one album that does what it says it does and tends to 'Keep Focus' as Sleeppers become the new kids on the block.
Download This: "The Box"
 RHYS STEVENSON
SORTILEGUS / VEIA
'Consecutio Temporum' Split release
Here comes one of Italy's underground split releases, 'Consecutio Temporum', a collaborative effort created by Raw Black Metal one man project Veia and Black Metal one man project Sortilegus, the result is a mindblowing explosion of hellish shrieks and bitter music, firstly the split release kicks off with two songs by Veia and instantly it is proven why this split release is deserved a spot in any Black Metal fans collection, pushing through the atmosphere is a rallying sound of crushing riffs, sensational drumming and raspy shrieking vocals, leaving a bitter aftermath for the other half to close on, Sortilegus matches his number one by lashing out some lavish and yet highly entertaining Black Metal, elaborating on the atmosphere set out by Veia in the first half, Sortilegus carries on the same feeling and in doing so wraps up the split album very nicely, concluding that this split release is an essential piece to own simply because it is underground Italian black metal at its very finest.
Download This: "Culla D'Italia" + "Spleen"
[8.5] +  RHYS STEVENSON
A word of warning, turn up the volume on your speakers because the self-titled album by Germany's Norphobia is so quiet, it would immediately question the CD on whether it has any music on it at all, but once past the volume and / or production issue, the music itself delivers a solid onslaught of Melodic Black / Death Metal and carries a real sharp attitude to it much to it's predecessors delight as 'Into The Light' was a bit of a humdinger, but as 'Norphobia' swings into action it is clear that the band have practiced and developed themselves to a greater extent and are sure to be onto greater achievements if they carry this on.
Download This: "Blutfest"
 RHYS STEVENSON
'Beyond The Gates Of Nathorg'
MORDGRIMM / UNMERCIFUL DEATH
Nathorg could easily be the band to bring the Iranian Metal scene to the masses across the world, breaking out with their debut album 'Beyond The Gates Of Bathory', you can clearly see why these are the favorite to land themselves into the attention laps of global media, full on Blackened Death Metal at its core with hints of ambiance and anti-religious hatred, coming from a land that's heavily influenced by Islam, this is a risky yet bold-statement of rebellion. Played in the style of Belphegor and Gorgoroth, Nathorg are sure to become the next Middle Eastern metal band to grace the covers of the British metal magazines. 'Beyond The Gates Of Bathory' serves up raw vocals, insanely fast drumming and soul-freezing riffs in one whole slab of forty minutes, think you know Extreme music? Think again.
Download this: "Beyond The Gates Of Nathorg"
 RHYS STEVENSON
NILS COURBARON'S PROJECT
'Madness Leads To Death'
If you ever want to have an instrumental soundtrack to a thriller, sci-fi or adventure film then turn your attention to France's Nils Courbaron and his self-named project, fusing together the guitar virtuoso with the elegance of symphonic technical death metal results in a mathematical onslaught of extraordinary time signatures, lavish rhythms and the utmost feeling of being involved in a car race, that sort of adrenalin rush feeling. As for his debut EP 'Madness Leads To Death' he enlisted the help from well known artists such as Mus Elkamal from Arkan to Julien Damotte from Madonagun and even going as far as getting help from a relative of his, Malo Courbaron who plays the piano on the introduction. Whether you like or hate instrumentals, this expertly put together piece of music is one that shall not escape the clutches of the masses and is sure to drive this prodigy further to international stardom.
Download This: "Madness Leads To Death"
 RHYS STEVENSON
At first it sounds like Victorious is lashing together European Power Metal with the flashing brutality of Metalcore influences, especially in comparison to Bullet For My Valentine's song 'scream aim fire', but what makes this German quintet stand out most, apart from the subtle Gothic look and the exquisite composure they muster on their sophomore album 'The Awakening', is that they craft their own sound from a myriad of influences and go ahead on full throttle, letting the brakes go and letting fly as solo upon riff and drum-kick upon vocal note slash through the net curtains that seem to blanket the German Power Metal department as to attempt prove to their European counterparts that German vocalists are not just good at Death Metal or Industrial Metal, but rather at high-note vocals too and with that in mind 'The Awakening' of this machine is sure to attract attention from major labels and leave this five piece well and truly Victorious.
Download This: "Age Of Tyranny"
 RHYS STEVENSON
'Her Forlorn Monsoon'
With an EP title that befits the climate Eternal Armageddon originate from, you could not fault them for developing a style of Black Metal that would push forward the Bangladeshi Metal scene, 'Her Forlorn Monsoon' strives to deliver the sound of the underground in sensational fashion, with a rallying sound of war-torn Black Metal leading the forefront, blistering paced drums and vocals that would frighten anyone who came under the firing line of this quartet, it is clear to see that Eternal Armageddon will drive their scene forward through a solid explosion of old-school Black Metal in the style of Immortal and Emporer whilst twisting it with the modern sounds of Watain and so this release is without a doubt an essential release in any Black Metal fans collection, there is no exception, except Eternal Armageddon are proudly flying the flag for the Bangladesh Metal scene and are one of our bands to watch in 2013.
Download This: "Over Her Necropolis"
[8.5] RHYS STEVENSON