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Septic Christ - "Guilty As We Were Born" (Germany)
Despite statements to the contrary, metalheads are just as conformist as everyone else. We might argue that we don’t do trends, or that we don’t turn our heads whenever the wind changes, but the fact is that we do. If we don’t support trends, why then do retro-thrash and stupid deathcore continue to remain popular? Case in point is Septic Christ here. With the Teutonic thrash triumvirate (Destruction, Kreator, Sodom) going stronger and showing more vitality than ever, it’s easy to forget that there are young upstarts in the genre as well, trying to claw at the feet of the masters. Septic Christ is one these hungry upstarts. Originally formed as Nothing to Nothing in October 2005, but split up a short time later. The band then reformed as Septic Christ in December 2007. In any case, having smelled the continuing popularity of all things retro-thrash metal (which probably truly took off when they formed) is now releasing their second album. Not that this is bad, no. Shockingly, it is pretty good when it comes right to it. But just because something is good, doesn’t mean it’s fantastic and should be lauded as the next big thing. Sure, this is a band that is probably a bit better than the local yokels screaming at every streetcorner these days, but this is hardly the future of retro-thrash we’re talking about here. This is just another bunch of long-haired, hard drinking dudes that managed to land a recording contract - in vain hope of growing beyond the local bar and club circuit. One can only hope that one day they’ll write some truly fantastic music and finally come of the shadows of their inspirations, that they finally grow the conjones to stop the blind worship and do something with the genre themselves. Not that "Infected Existence" is bad, it is just so predictable, so safe, so written-within-the-rules. Metal was exciting once, this is not.
Septic Christ - "Infected Existence" (Germany)
In a lot of ways Septic Christ is a lot like those East-European starlets you see on any of the tubes. She can look sufficiently horny at the camera and her body is exactly as tight and curvaceous as you’d image, yet when asked a simple question you’re not sure she’ll be able to form a coherent sentence. When she moves her body and stretches her legs, you still want to grab her, no question. Far-fetched analogy aside, the same rings true for Septic Christ, this is another in a long line of neo-retro/worship acts that tick all the right boxes - but do little beyond that. This record has written Bay Area thrash (Exodus, Metallica, Slayer, Testament) all over itself, in big capital letters and spraypainted in all the neat colors, just to be sure. While it doesn’t quite possess the big hooks and memorable arrangements that the greats of this genre have, it at least has an abundance of swagger and can-do attitude to make up for its compositional shortcomings. It also helps that it was recorded at Iguana Audio Production (Necrophagist) and that the artwork by Andrei Bouzikov is a deadringer for the classic works of de facto thrash god Ed Repka. You might say that Cripper, Evile, Suicidal Angels, Warbringer and Municipal Waste have this angle of the sound covered, and you’d be indeed right - but where’s the fun in that? If anything it proves that there’s more to Germany than washed up has-beens like Tankard and Exumer. We all know the Teutonic Three, so those don’t count. If it stops people from latching unto Rammstein, the better...
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All the way from Spain, this album will blow you away!
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Review of Septic Christ posted at BRUTALISM.com
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#2. AbsentiA – Our Bleeding Sun (2011)
All the way from Spain, this album will blow you away!
KAOS - KAOS - THE PITS OF EXISTENCE - INDEPENDENT
Metal To Infinity
For all those hooked on the furious thrashing Metal forces from the Bay Area part of San Francisco, please take something to write and make notice of a band called Kaos! A few years ago, I had the opportunity to spread the word of their previously released and sophomore effort entitled “Kaos Among Us” – a restless and wild way of US Thrash Metal that barely broke my bones… real good output it was but meanwhile, Kaos has released their new album “The Pits Of Existence” and better believe you’ve gotta be very strong to survive this way power and aggression. Just like “Kaos Among Us”, also the new album “The Pits Of Existence” is available as awesome looking digipack – still active as an unsigned underground Metal band but it seems like they don’t care about that. Kaos gets my full attention, support and dignity due to they’ve written all the songs, recorded, arranged and produced “The Pits Of Existence” all by themselves. With or without a record deal, Kaos just move on like a silver bullet from a loaded gun, fast forward with no turning back. I’d like to say that the new CD is a killer album with a killer production! The albums starts with the intro ‘Enter Insanity’ – they build up the power one step at the time until its time for the real deal, actually the second blow entitled ‘Bled Some More’. Damn, what a great song – fast guitar rhythms with aggressive vocals and awesome drum parts reminiscent to Slayer’s Dave Lombardo what means a lot. Kaos’ drummer really hits fast, hard and has a great timing within its might – excellent and fully loaded with outstanding drum skills ripping all thrashing ears to shreds! Next is the title track, not that fast as previous track but still brilliant. Somewhere in between Sacrifice and Slayer and I don’t want to forget to tell that the new album has also plenty of great guitar solo’s to offer. ‘Blood Sacrifice’ is a song that deserves full attention. Imagine ‘South Of Heaven’ from Slayer but worked out with own ideas and superb arrangements. Building up a song like this – well, you’ve gotta be very strong to let it happen! And the best has yet to come – for example ‘Out Of Time’ is made for the ultimate thrashers! High speed velocities and pretty technical bass, drum and guitar lines with well fitting, aggressive vocal use… positive astonished and gasping for air, that what happens me! ‘Screaming In The Mirror’ and ‘Tear Us Apart’ sound great – ‘Soul To Give’ even better and mainly faster! Kaos came in with a guitar driven intro and to leave they choose to bring on one last track actually a so called outro entitled ‘Exit Reality’. Nice and tender in the beginning but after 2 minutes, roaring guitars appear in full gear and damn yeah, also this song pleases me completely. With an album like “The Pits Of Existence”, Hayward California based Kaos just delivered the living evidence they’re really great! With all respect for their previous release “Kaos Among Us” (which was a good album too) but “The Pits Of Existence” nearly leaves me behind with a cardiac arrest. Moving on through the valleys of Metal since the late eighties, building up a highly appreciating pallet of skills throughout the years and now, they’re back with such a great album – admiration all the way guys! I like my Thrash Metal most of all in a Bay Area way – I know that’s a personal meaning but a meaning I will never let go. Disagree with me about that? I simply don’t care at all. Maybe you should take my good recommendation. go check out Kaos at: www.kaosamongus.com or www.myspace.com/kaosamongus … then, you can give a judgement if you want too. “The Pits Of Existence” by KAOS – needful food for Thrash Metal maniacs! My Points: 90 / 100 (Review by Stefan)
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Kaos – Kaos Among Us
Posted by Terrible Certainty Zine
Terrible Certainty focuses its energies on the new stuff, but after my review of T.C.F.’s thrashtastic dark horse Where Madness Reigns,Malevolence Records sent me a fat stack of promos, so I figured the least I could do is give a couple a spin and spout off. So here’s a quick take onKaos Among Us, the second effort from California brawlers Kaos. It was spawned in 2003 and was reissued by Malevolence in 2006.
Kaos are cousins to T.C.F. in that they deal out good old fashioned red-blooded crossover thrash. But they’re very different animals. T.C.F.offer up a classic crossover style in legacy of Nuclear Assault, S.O.D.,D.R.I. and the like. Kaos play a style rooted in 80’s thrash but executed with a pronounced contemporary voice, much like how Lamb of Godfused a modern fingerprint onto its thrash. Kaos sport a very lean, crisp sound, and I was honestly surprised to see two guitarists in the lineup as I could easily see this as a lean and mean three-piece.
The good majority of Kaos Among Us is a midtempo, moshing hardcore stomp, with the occasional wrist-locked blitz for variety. Homage toSlayer and Death Angel are on display, but the vintage thrash ethos is largely undone by the shriek of the hardcore vocals. Exhibit A is the climax to “God as My Witness,” when the guitarists are busy laying down some seriously Slayer worshipping tight, circular riffs which are then then piled on by some vein-busting all-in piercing howls of the vocals. And I think that’s where listeners will divide into two camps. One rushing to the front of the stage, fists pumping, heads banging, and another that meanders to the back of the bar for another drink.
In all, this is not my favorite flavor of crossover, but these guys do execute and Kaos Among Us is a respectable offering. From what I gather the band seems to have stretched its legs on its favorably received follow up, Pits of Existence.
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CD BABY TOP SELLING THRASH / SPEED METAL ALBUMS 2012 :
CD Baby Top Selling Thrash/Speed Metal Albums 2012 :
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p2 : KAOS - Validated In Blood CD
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p7 : KAOS - The Pits Of Existence CD
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p14 : KAOS - Internal Bleeding Single
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p15 : KAOS - KAOS Among Us CD
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p4 : Septic Christ - Guilty As We Were Born CD
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p17 : T.C.F. - Where Madness Reigns CD
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p9 : Septic Christ - Infected Existence (Import) CD
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p16 : Talamyus - Raven's Call For Annihilation CD
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p19 : Blood Culprit - Sinister Thought Process CD
http://www.cdbaby.com/Top/96/p6 : Skitzo - Hellavator Musick CD
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