Friday, March 27, 2020


Kuolemanlaakso - Uljas Uusi Maailma - 2012
Kuolemanlaakso - Musta Aurinko Nousee - 2013
Kuolemanlaakso - Tulijoutsen - 2014
Kuolemanlaakso - M. Laakso - Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes - 2016
01. Kuolemanlaakso - Uljas Uusi Maailma, 2012 CD Album
     Svart Records - SVR169CD
02. Kuolemanlaakso - Musta Aurinko Nousee, 2013 CD EP
     Svart Records - SVR254CD
03. Kuolemanlaakso - Tulijoutsen, 2014 CD Album Limited Edition
     Svart Records - SVR263CD
04. Kuolemanlaakso - M. Laakso - Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes, 2016 CD Album
     Svart Records - SVART035CD
After having been floored by the brand new Temple Of Void CD, I really needed more first grade doom death, so now Hooded Menace and Kuolemanlaakso are helping a lot. Kuolemanlaakso have the ability to floor the most jaded doomonaut. Revitalizing of the classic early Paradise Lost | Anathema earthquake of doom and death ? Zer. Revisiting the melodic powers of My Dying Bride with more menace and less sadness ? Zer. General addiction and killer riffs in the catchy dispositions of the heavy ? Zer. This is a triplazering collection of eternal vicious love and crushing death. The awesome artwork perfectly decorates and matches the awesome musical content - no false promises. Porn for doom death maniac. Same thing for that curious latest release : it looks like it, it even has it in the title - it is a quiet goth metal album that Sentenced fans certainly appreciate - no false promises. Kuolemanlaakso enlarges the Zeriverse of doom in great proportions!
Remove brackets and unzip: [doom til death]
!ZER Kuolemanlaakso ZER!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Sickening Horror

Sickening Horror - When Landscapes Bled Backwards - 2007
Sickening Horror - The Dead End Experiment - 2009
Sickening Horror - Overflow - 2015
01. Sickening Horror - When Landscapes Bled Backwards, 2007 CD Album
     Neurotic Records - NRT070014
02. Sickening Horror - The Dead End Experiment, 2009 CD Album
     Soulflesh Collector - SFC 09-033
03. Sickening Horror - Overflow, 2015 CD Album
     Deepsend Records - DSR074
As more and more places are stuck in a lock-down by the terrorists known as "the state", we need a relevant soundtrack. Enter Sickening Horror, a superb purveyor of the finest death metal from Greece. The three albums deliver in your face yet virtuoso death metal where technicality enhances the songs instead of plaguing them with undecipherable complexity. There is a flow here, the music is not mindlessly trying to bury the listener under an avalanche of administrative tech-death riffs but to engage him with actual art, from experienced musicians. "Somewhere between Morbid Angel and Atheist with a touch of jazz" could be a decent one-sentence description. In any case, it is definitely what the doctor orders to relieve you from the stupid shit you're watching on TV. The three albums are gems in themselves, from rawest to most advanced, and remain in the top wagon of the death metal EZTT. Death attacks sickness!
Remove brackets and unzip: [symphony of sickness]
!ZER Sickening Horror ZER!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Reload: HHH

HHH - Complete Discography 1985-1993 - 1985/1992
HHH - Complete Discography 1985-1993 - 1986/1991
HHH, Vitu's Dance - Homo Homini Lupus - 1992
Overthhhrow, What Happens Next? - Livin' La Vida Loca! - 2000
01. HHH - Complete Discography 1985-1993, 1985/1992 CD Compilation x 2
     625 Thrashcore, Ratbone Records, Boislève - 62549, Rat.002, none
     Reissue from 2000 - 1-21: Sin Identidad demo 1985, 22-39: live in Banyoles 1992, 40-46: live in Anoeta 1990
02. HHH - Complete Discography 1985-1993, 1986/1991 CD Compilation x 2
     625 Thrashcore, Ratbone Records, Boislève - 62549, Rat.002, none
     Reissue from 2000 - 1-14: from Homo Homini Lupus split LP 1991, 15-41: A Por Ellos LP 1990, 42-50: Intelectual Punks EP 1986, 51-58: unreleased tracks 1986
03. HHH, Vitu's Dance - Homo Homini Lupus, 1992 Vinyl LP
     Fobia Duros Sentimientos - F-006 , Compilation
     Contains 24 songs by: Vitu's Dance, HHH
04. Overthhhrow, What Happens Next? - Livin' La Vida Loca!, 2000 CD Enhanced
     Soulforce Records - FORCE 007 , Compilation
     Contains 28 songs by: Overthhhrow, What Happens Next?
Requested: rezerred.
Remove brackets and unzip: [the god that failed]
!ZER HHH, Vitu's Dance, Overthhhrow, What Happens Next?,HHH ZER!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Sickening Gore

Sickening Gore - Destructive Reality - 1993 01. Sickening Gore - Destructive Reality, 1993 CD Album
     Massacre Records - MASS CD 025
Another minor masterpiece that went mostly unnoticed (I bought this CD only 10 years ago) despite its strength and power. Yes, it is generic death metal, and yes it is extremely well executed, well produced and well composed. Despite the logo and band name, no gore grind nor Cannibal Corpse impersonation here. Rather, fans of the death-with-thrash metal riffs style as in early Malevolent Creation or Morbid Angel-with-Slayer ergonomics shall be delighted by that beast. With a slightly more personal touch, minor musical experiments or any kind of excess in speed or heaviness - or on the contrary a bit of melody and progressions - this great and super competent album might have become a true classic - but never mind, sometimes we just need the neck breaking and the demolition. Headbang your way through the quarantine!
Remove brackets and unzip: [suppression]
!ZER Sickening Gore ZER!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Shelter - Perfection Of Desire - 1990
Shelter - Quest For Certainty - 1992
Shelter - Attaining The Supreme - 1993
Shelter - Mantra - 1995
Shelter - Beyond Planet Earth - 1997
Shelter - When 20 Summers Pass - 2000
Shelter - The Purpose, The Passion - 2001
Shelter - Eternal - 2006
01. Shelter - Perfection Of Desire, 1990 CD Album
     Revelation Records - Revelation: 16 CD
02. Shelter - Quest For Certainty, 1992 CD Album
     Demilo Records, Equal Vision Records - DM 0007-2, DM 0007-2
03. Shelter - Attaining The Supreme, 1993 CD Album
     Equal Vision Records - EVR 7 , Compilation
     Contains 12 songs by: Unknown Artist, Ravindra Svarupa Dasa, Shelter
04. Shelter - Mantra, 1995 CD Album
     Attic, Roadrunner Records, Supersoul Recordings - RR 8938-2, RR 8938-2, RR 8938-2
05. Shelter - Beyond Planet Earth, 1997 CD Album
     Roadrunner Records, Attic, Supersoul Recordings - RR 8828-2, RR 8828-2, RR 8828-2
06. Shelter - When 20 Summers Pass, 2000 CD Album Enhanced
     Century Media - 77303-2 , Compilation
     Contains 23 songs by: Ray & Porcell, Shelter
07. Shelter - The Purpose, The Passion, 2001 CD Album
     Supersoul Recordings - none
08. Shelter - Eternal, 2006 CD Album
     Good Life Recordings - Goodlife 100
Things I am not a fan of: Krishna and Youth Of Today. However when ex YoT people started to sing in praise of Krishna, I could not help liking it. I still cannot care less about Krishna, I spent 2 hours talking with a colonel or a general of the Montreal Krishna temple a few years ago, it was cordial and funny, and they have nothing more to say than the Muslims, the Christians or any other sect. But this band proves they have much better music (unless you think Trouble play Christian doom metal). So Shelter, if you never heard them, offer a combination of rock, pop and punk rock, a couple of times as raw and fast as your classic NYHC outburst. But mainly it is quiet pop punk rock and it is very pleasing between two war metal albums. Nice choruses, some out of tune vocals with a lot of charm, plain & catchy music all the time, what else do you need to rest the meat? My subjective ranking does not elevate Shelter to the zerness of Quicksand or NoFx, but you may have a better idea of their sound if I mention these dudes. Will praying with Shelter fight off the nasty virus? Stay tuned.
Remove brackets and unzip: [hail zershna]
!ZER Shelter ZER!

Sunday, March 15, 2020


Shellshock - Self Defence - 1987
Shellshock - Mortal Days - 1989
Shellshock - Protest And Resistance - 1991
Shellshock - Protest And Resistance - 1991
Shellshock - Fiel Lärm - 1992
Shellshock - Graythem...Of Chaos - 1994
Shellshock - 肆 -Shi- - 2013
Shellshock - Beyond Resurrection - 2017
Shellshock - Unpredictable - 2019
01. Shellshock - Self Defence, 1987 Vinyl 7" EP 33 ⅓ RPM
     Explosion Records - EXP-HM104026
    + 3 live tracks - From Mortal Days CD 2009 reissue
02. Shellshock - Mortal Days, 1989 CD Album
     Explosion Works - EXP-HMD252051
     2009 reissue
03. Shellshock - Protest And Resistance, 1991 CD Album
     Howling Bull - HBR-F0005
04. Shellshock - Protest And Resistance, 1991 CD Album
     Howling Bull - HBR-F0005
     From the Abstract Discord 2009 box set reissue
05. Shellshock - Fiel Lärm, 1992 CD Album
     Howling Bull Records - HBR-F0011
     From the Abstract Discord 2009 box set reissue
06. Shellshock - Graythem...Of Chaos, 1994 CD Mini-Album
     Howling Bull - HBR - M0014
     2009 reissue
07. Shellshock - 肆 -Shi-, 2013 CD Album
     Revontulet Records - RVR-006
08. Shellshock - Beyond Resurrection, 2017 CD Mini-Album
     Revontulet - RVR-0007
09. Shellshock - Unpredictable, 2019 CD Album
     System Kills Recordings - SKR-0001
Requested: rezerred. Planned for posting anyway, because the newest album by these expert thrashsmiths warrants a complete tribute. Unpredictable is less "experimental" than the incredible Shi, it is a return to their ancestral thrashification while retaining some of the Shi vibe. It is some sort of metal perfection when you crave the Japanese trademark. Even the non-addict should really bend an aural conduit in ShellShock's general direction. It sounds like a waste of meat time not too listen to Fiel Lärm, Shi or Unpredictable on a weekly basis, even if only remotely interested in thrash metal - there is much more here, they smirk from the cracks of the failed marriage of Voïvod and Nuclear Assault in the twelfth dimension. This is the trinity of triplazering foreverizer in the zeriverse!
Remove brackets and unzip: [zershock]
!ZER Shellshock ZER!

Friday, March 13, 2020


Virus - Carheart - 2003
Virus - The Black Flux - 2010
Virus - The Agent That Shapes The Desert - 2011
Virus - Oblivion Clock - 2012
Virus - Memento Collider - 2016
Virus - Investigator - 2017
01. Virus - Carheart, 2003 CD Album
     Jester Records - Trick 011
02. Virus - The Black Flux, 2010 CD Album
     Season Of Mist - SOM 188
03. Virus - The Agent That Shapes The Desert, 2011 Vinyl LP Album, Vinyl 7" Single Numbered, CD Album, All Media Limited Edition
     Duplicate Records, Duplicate Records, Duplicate Records, Vendlus Records, Virulent Music - DUPLO 41V, Duplo 41X, DUPLO 41, VEND 045, none
     Not a vinyl rip!
04. Virus - Oblivion Clock, 2012 CD EP
     Duplicate Records - DUPLO 55
05. Virus - Memento Collider, 2016 CD Album
     Karisma Records - KAR106CD
06. Virus - Investigator, 2017 Vinyl 7" 45 RPM
     Karisma Records - KAR124EP
Friday the 13th is the perfect day for this post that delivers the soundtrack to the paranoid crisis that is cancelling the year 2020. While all the governments are playing their fascistic games with total impunity - even massive approval, let us navigate the pristine waters of "experimental" rock, as in dissonant grooves with atonal riffing and cold vocals. In my limited experience with this kind of glacial non-metal, I hear echoes of late Carbonized and mid-era Fleurety, and, why not, a drop of the lighter moments of early 90s Voivod. So if you dig tags like "avant-garde" with a jazzy touch, try this Virus. Their spotless discography is highly recommended for a change of aural habits (speaking for myself here!) while not losing the sonic unfriendliness that we crave. While not heavy or anything aggressive, the music propagated by Virus is highly contagious and not nice, ergo excellent. Hard to pick a favorite, all entries here match each other in terms of quality and style, there is not much variation and no bad moment either. If you plan to sit inside your refrigerator for the next weeks with all your toilet paper, blast some Virus too!
Remove brackets and unzip: [quarantine area]
!ZER Virus ZER!


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