Mini Reviews: Shrapnel Storm, Hellscream, The Darkstar, Beyond The Oblivion
Posted by Reggie
The good thing about Shrapnel Storm is that they concoct a groovy death metal brew of brutality, but the unfortunate thing is there are only two songs on this way-too-short promo. Despite this unfortunate conundrum, the two songs donning the We Come In Peace… is packed with enough energy between the two songs that a spot on the radar of bands to watch for is now cemented. The Finnish death metal band, at the moment, is giving us a taste of what is to come. Recording for a full-length album will commence in April 2014 with a release date yet to be set. For now, this is what they have to offer and I, for one, look forward to the full-length album in 2014.
Hellscream features a dynamic vocalist that caught my attention during the opening self-titled track. He has style equal to that of Stu Block of Iced Earth. Since the music has a similar vibe, Stu is the best comparison for those with similar signing styles. Made Immortal is their independent debut album and is loaded with high-speed double bass drumming, tight riffing, and Halford-like screams. Overall, Hellscream has a heavy/trashy/power metal high-octane vibe that is entertaining and uplifting at the same time. I think the power metal part has that effect on me.
The Darkstar is a Greek metal band that portrays a bit of a gloomy feel that reminds me of some songs off Marilyn Manson’s Mechanical Animals album. The gritty vocal style is a bit different, but the gloomy feel of that album is present especially on the track Black is not a Color. I also hear a bit of Deftones influence without the whispery vocal style. Our Darkest Secrets is their latest album released in July 2013 via Trailblazer Records. The 10 songs cover a wide range of sounds aside from the aforementioned influences. Mostly, they avert consistently gloomy style for a more hard-hitting approach on This is Not Love, Name Your Poison, and The Prestige which gives the album balance. Overall, a strong collection of gloomy, borderline stoner, hard rock.
Beyond the Oblivion is another brutal band, but this one focuses more on the technical aspect of songwriting and composition. It’s more progressive. Having said that, I think this rounds out a set of mini reviews quite nicely. Shades of Grey is the name of their EPK and boasts seven songs of varying levels of intensity I find enjoyable and holds my interest. Shades of Grey is a strong effort from the Adelaide, Australia natives that I hope elevates them to new and exciting levels.
About ReggieJust a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!
Posted on December 12, 2013, in Album Reviews and tagged Beyond The Oblivion, Hellscream, metal, Power Metal, Progressive, Shrapnel Storm, The Darkstar, Thrash. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.