'Dreams In Formaline'
DRAKKER ENTERTAINMENT/SONY BMG
Coming out with their debut full-length album is Croatia's Industrial Gothic Metallers Omega Lithium, full of dark beauty and infectious dance tracks, the quartet emerge out of the shadows. Mixing a delicate balance of Gothic elements with the heaviness of Metal to deliver a journey full of lust, love, power and extremity. Spine-shocking riffs collide with brutal drumming and a femme fatale vocal array to dissimilitude any current trends with Industrial Gothic bands. Omega Lithium exhibit a willful act of destruction amongst many variations of musical creation, an exemplar of true darkness.
[8.5] RHYS STEVENSON
'Awakening The Ancient'
Hailing from the tiny island of Malta, Melodic Black Metal group Martyrium certainly make up for the island's small geography position, with their 2010 album 'Awakening The Ancient' delivering a solid onslaught of Cradle Of Filth style compositions, a true testament to the English titans. With an array of dark melodies and Maltese ideologies, Martyrium wield a battle worthy of recognition on all fronts, a signal that the Maltese Metal scene is big as any other opposing nation's Metal scene. Martyrium are flying the flag for the Maltese Metal scene.
 RHYS STEVENSON
'Sounds Of The Middle East'
Amassing a myriad of North African and Middle Eastern Metal bands, the website Metality unleash a torrent of exciting and underground metal bands into the wilds of the internet. With an army of bands from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, the website proves that these two regions of the world have a growing underground scene, wielding a variety of metal music from the likes of Oriental Folk Metal to Deathcore and from the hardness of Metalcore to the Melodic and Symphonic Metal kind. With a 50-track collection, this is certainly a digital release any Metal fan should endure in downloading, whilst it is in two downloadable parts, the 300 odd megabyte file is certainly worthwhile the download time it has to endure. No mistake about this compilation, Metality bring out the best of the promising and deepest underground bands in both regions, whilst not completely focusing on both regions, namely Libya (although no active bands exist) was not included, nor was Israel, Iraq or Azerbaijan. Failing that the true essence remains and it is undoubtedly the gateway for North African and Middle Eastern Metal to wreak havoc on the Global Metal scene. Forget the hookah, dress-down out of the traditional Arabic uniforms, as Metality unleashes the 'Sounds Of The Middle East'.
 RHYS STEVENSON
Returning with their third full-length album is Swedish Death Metal warlords Evocation, producing a seminal outburst of thrifty riffs, fifth-gear speed drumming and guttural incantations, the quintet from Borås implement a harder version of the Swedish Death Metal era and exhibit a different stance towards the common genre that has become. Certified for moshpits to begin and headbanging to become imminent, Evocation visualizes the new wave of Swedish Metal.
 RHYS STEVENSON