Mario's Metal Mania Review: Perseverance 2013 http://www.mariosmetalmania.com/CDDVDreviews.html Another Metal Over Oostrozebeke compilation cd, which is a collaboration between M.O.O. organisation and Malevolence Records. This brings us some songs of the bands that played there at the festival in 2012. First up is Mad At Sam with their song 'D.C.'(Districts of Criminals), which is a cool crossover/thrash metal track in the M.O.D. style. Next up is Aegror with 2 songs, which is a more darker kind of metal, 'Behind Walls' and 'Prophecy' sound really heavy, bit more doomy almost, but really refreshing. Sanity's Rage is up next with also 2 ripping tracks of melodic thrash metal, really great stuff this is. 'Once You Cross' and 'Taste Of Decay' do taste good, and wanna make me hear more of this great band! T.C.F. or ThrashCoreFanatics are next with only 1 song, 'Mean Machine' which is fast and mean, but sound quality is a bit less on this song, which was originally done by Motorhead, although they did a somewhat slower version. Leave Scars brings us 'The Arrival' and 'Trapped', and is more traditional US metal, not bad at all, although production could have been a little better, but the quality of the band comes through, interesting band. Ulysses Siren delivers 'Justifiable Homicide' old school bay area thrash metal, really cool to hear this great band again. KAOS up next with 'Blood Red Eyes', great thrash metal attack from yet another great band. This song appears on their Validated in Blood EP, also reviewed on this site. Last band on here is our own X-tinXion with their song 'The Divine', really refreshing with the grunts and clean vocals of Monica, does almost sound like The Agonist, great metal band from the Netherlands to final this album. Recordlabel: http://www.malevolence-records.us 75/100
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Metal To Infinity Review: Leave Scars - The Arrival http://www.metaltoinfinity.be/CDREVIEWS/Leavescars_Thearrival.html 85/100
Above The Ashes Review: http://www.brutalism.com/content/ulysses-siren-above-the-ashes 5 Stars!
In Memory Of Jon Torres - Ulysses Siren:
Hails Nathan, Check it out brother - your story about the loss of Jon Torres has been posted at: http://metaltoinfinity.be/INTERVIEWS/In_Memory_Of_JON_TORRES_2013.html Without beating around the bush, straight from the heart answers .... pure as can be and that's what I like. Thanks a lot doing this Nate, to me a pleasure to work it all out... we will will never forget Jon Torres !! By The Grace Of US Metal, Stefan www.metaltoinfinity.be
Infernal Masquerade Review http://www.infernalmasquerade.com/?q=reviews/002584-ulysses-siren-%E2%80%93-above-ashes-2003 With Thrash Metal being born back in the 80’s in the Bay Area, it is not surprising that many bands just didn’t get enough attention when they should have. Ulysses Siren is the perfect example of how a very high-quality band didn’t get a fair shake and ended up in relative obscurity. Being at least 5 times better than Dark Angel, Testament, Metallica, etc., this band delivers seven riff-driven tracks that represent the band’s early demos. With “Above the Ashes” we have a testament of a band that could have been something else if the right things would have worked out for them. Opening with “Terrorist Attack” we immediately feel the Bay Area Thrash vibe with the intense riffing and the crushing vocals. The band’s spares nothing and delivers a brutal riffing assault that only a few bands those days would have pulled off. Showing no mercy, “The Reich” keeps the intensity levels super high with some epic melodic passages and devastating solos. Rounding up their 1985 demo “Terrorist Attack”, featured in the first 3 songs of the album, “Lake of Fire” is the best track in this release, with a heavy Death Angel vibe mixed with some classic Kreator. The instrumental “Leviathan” opens up their 1987 demo, with a certain different pace, but an equally catchy and powerful Thrash vibe. On “Above the Ashes” we can see how the band refined their sound and it is now more cohesive and direct. The riffing is as intense as before, but the guitars sound cleaner and the vocals are more potent. With “The Resurrection” rolling in, we can appreciate some very crafty drumming and killer dual guitar attacks. The band’s sound is timeless and if you didn’t know that this release is from the 80’s, you would never know it. As a whole, “Above the Ashes” showcases all the talents and killer songs crated by Ulysses Siren. Since the band didn’t get a real shot back in the 80’s, it is cool to see that they are reunited and ready to attempt a new comeback with the current wave of Thrash Metal revival we have been facing the last few years. We can only hope the band can still pull off this killer sound and sheer riffing power, and we hope to hear new material from them soon, until then, keep listening to this solid compilation release. Band: Ulysses Siren Album: Above the Ashes Label: Relentless Records / Scrap Metal Records Release: 2003 Genre: Thrash/Speed Metal Country: USA Rating: 89/100
Infernal Masqerade Review http://www.infernalmasquerade.com/?q=reviews/002587-metal-over-oostrozebeke-presents-%E2%80%93-perseverance-2013-2013 Arriving via Malevolence Records, today we have a very diverse sampler that contains everything from Thrash Metal to Melodic Death/Black Metal and related genres. Featuring eight different bands, this release makes for a very interesting time, with very contrasting changes between bands and some excellent tracks mixed in between some sub-par ones. Opening we have Mad At Sam, a Thrash/Crossover band that can easily go unnoticed with their track being less than two minutes long. The drastic contrast is immediately felt with Aegror and their very enjoyable Melodic Death/Black Metal that fusing influences from Carcass, Grave, and several other bands into a very cohesive and engaging sound. “Behind Walls” and “Prophecy” are taking from their 2013 EP, a release we will be trying to find as soon as we are done writing this review. With Thrash Metal being the specialty of the day for Malevolence Records, we finally find our first good dosage of Thrash with Sanity’s Rage and their two excellent tracks: “Once You Cross” and “Taste of Decay”. This Belgian band delivers intense riff-drive Thrash Metal with a certain Edge/Dark Angel/Testament edge that is quite enjoyable and well executed. More Thrash/Crossover is on our way with T.C.F, a track that lacks recording quality and sounds very dismal when compared to the previous and following songs. Leave Scars comes at us with another solid dosage of Thrash Metal with a an old-school vibe reminding us of Death Angel. The two tracks presented here feature solid riffing and very fitting vocals, all wrapped up nicely with tight drumming. Saving the best for last (almost) we have Ulysses Siren and their latest single: “Justifiable Homicide”. Keeping their furious riffing power intact, the band does a very good job in keeping it real with their on-your-face Thrash Metal. The best track in this sampler comes from the label’s strongest artist: Kaos. With a relentless Thrash Metal that mixes the old-school grit with a modern sound, “Blood Red Eyes” is by far the catchiest and best executed track in the whole release. Closing the release we have X-Tinxion with a very powerful Female vocalist that at times sounds like Schmier from Destruction fame. The mixed in growls and melodic nature of the track make it different than previous songs, and a very worthy closer for such a diverse release. In general, this sampler has plenty of solid moments with very good bands like Kaos, Aegror, Ulysses Siren, and X-Tinxion. The crossover bands really have no business being here, and they greatly contrast the flow of this release. If you can pick up a copy of this sampler, do so, since it has a lot of classical sounding Thrash Metal with a few weird (and good) diverse tracks here and there. Band: Sampler Album: Perseverance 2013 Label: Malevolence Records Release: 2013 Genre: Metal Country: USA Rating: 85/100
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area Metal Musician JON TORRES Dies http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/veteran-san-francisco-bay-area-metal-musician-jon-torres-dies/#EerJLwHgcrAuh1wW.99
Rest In Peace brother.
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