Metal Monger Re-releases Shadow Realm’s Into the Shadow Realm 5/5 (1)

Artist: Shadow Realm Album: Shadow Realm Genre: Thrash Origin: Australia Year: 2015 RE-2016 Label: Metal Monger
Artist: Shadow Realm
Album: Shadow Realm
Genre: Thrash
Origin: Australia
Year: 2015 RE-2016
Label: Metal Monger

Shadow Realm‘s debut self titled EP is a monster that revealed itself to the world last year. With a maddening progressive approach to thrash and not sacrificing aggression is Shadow Realm from Australia. There is nothing that manages to disappoint on this EP. Check out this quick teaser for the album below to get a taste of the steal. Hopefully I can get into contact with this band soon to conduct an interview.

The sad news is that the original is sold out, as it was only limited to 150 copies. The good news is that Metal Monger Records has just re-released this album. Shadow Realm kicks some serious ass so you should check this band out and buy a copy!

Never underestimate any band from Australia. That is a scene that has always given us purely unique metal for decades!

Update and Listen To: Sepulcher’s Mausoleum Tapestry 5/5 (1)

Artist: Sepulcher Album: Mausoleum Tapestry Genre: Death Thrash Origin: Norway Year: 2015 Label: Edged Circle Productions
Artist: Sepulcher
Album: Mausoleum Tapestry
Genre: Death Thrash
Origin: Norway
Year: 2015
Label: Edged Circle Productions

I talked about this album last year when it was only available on cassette, I just discovered that this kick ass album hit Spotify recently. I do not know when it hit because I have a copy of the tape… That news is not all. It seems as though Sepulcher also released a CD copy of Mausoleum Tapestry as well. Check out my little write up of Mausoleum Tapestry here, and check out the album below. You need to buy this!

Watch: Life of Agony’s Through and Through Music Video No ratings yet.

Artist: Life of Agony Album: River Runs Red Genre: Sludge/Crossover/Alternative Metal Origin: U.S.A Year: 1993 Label: Roadrunner Records
Artist: Life of Agony
Album: River Runs Red
Genre: Sludge/Crossover/Alternative Metal
Origin: U.S.A
Year: 1993
Label: Roadrunner Records

Despite Keith Caputo changing his name to Mina Caputo, aka changing his sex in an effort to boost modern audiences to listen to Life of Agony again, back in 1993 Life of Agony was fucking sick! It is really cool that they made a video for the song “Through and Through“.

Life of Agony’s legendary debut River Runs Red came out in 1993. The album featured a sound that is still unrivaled today. An original mix of sludgy thrash crossover that made one almost go damn! that sounds like Peter Steele singing for Sick of it All!

So, obviously, with that being said they were from the notorious Brooklyn NY, scene. Whatever you wanna call this album whether it may be crossover, thrash, heavy metal, doom, hardcore, alternative metal, It doesn’t matter, the only thing that matters is that this album kicks some serious ass and so does this song. “THROUGH AND THROUGH“!

BANG YOUR FUCKING HEAD AND CHANT ALONG!

You’ve got that look in your eye again
It’s working overtime
Worried about where I’m gonna spend my life
But it’s much too late, it’s much too late
Oh it’s much too late to start picking fights

You said: where ya been, where ya been
Where ya going to, where ya going to, where ya going to?
‘Cause I’m right here, yeah

Can’t it wait, can’t it wait, can’t it wait
Just a minute now, just a minute now, come on

I need some air to breathe
I need some space, just leave
‘Cause I’m colder than ever (colder than ever)
I said I’m colder than ever
I’m empty, empty through and through

Someday they’ll see, someday I’ll be
Unwanting of somewhere to hide
But for now I’ll take shelter
Deep in the back of my mind
Can it wait? can’t you wait?
‘Cause I ain’t ready to lay it on the line
I still shake, I still shake
From this chill in my spine

I’ve got this chill yeah
In the back of my spine
Baby all the time now
Chilling my bones, chilling all alone now

Find a way, find a way, I’ve found a way
To cope with the everyday now
Raise your hands if you understand

I need some air to breathe
I need some space, just leave
’cause I’m colder than ever (colder than ever)
I said I’m colder than ever
I’m empty, empty through and through

Smiling’s just a phase yeah
And nothing can phase me

Watch: Pestilence’s Out of the Body Music Video No ratings yet.

Artist: Pestilence Album: Consuming Impulse Genre: Death/Thrash Origin: Netherlands Year: 1989
Artist: Pestilence
Album: Consuming Impulse
Genre: Death/Thrash
Origin: Netherlands
Year: 1989

Pestilence is one of the sickest bands to ever exist. The truest masters of Death Thrash, both musically and production wise. Here is a video for their song “Out of the Body” off the kick ass album Consuming Impluse!

I did not know this video existed until my buddy Chronolith showed it to me. There is nothing better in excellently produced Death Thrash.

Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” turns 30! No ratings yet.

Artist: Slayer Album: Reign in Blood Genre: Thrash Origin: America Year:1986
Artist: Slayer
Album: Reign in Blood
Genre: Thrash
Origin: America
Year:1986

The year was 1986 and the extreme’s of thrash metal were starting to be pushed to higher boundaries. With 2 albums already released, Slayer was already making a huge name for themselves. Though “Hell Awaits” was heavier and darker sounding that its predecessor, the iconic album “Reign in Blood” went even further down the same path, leaving an even bigger, if not the BIGGEST mark on metal history. Though the album is technically considered thrash metal, it should more importantly be considered as an album that hugely influenced the more extreme genres of metal, such as black and death metal. Without the blistering fast chromatic riffs written over lightning speed thrash beat drumming, you could easily see the early stages of death metal.  Given the same compositions, replacing Tom Araya’s thrash screams with some harsher sounding gutteral vocals, maybe even downtune the instruments to add icing on the cake, we would easily have a death metal album. We can use Monstrosity’s cover of Angel of Death for reference.