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If you the last two year have been any indication this year is gonna get bumpy...

Strap yourself in and sit in the upright position. Keep a doggybag handy in case you have a weak stomach!

As we all know there are only a couple things that are a given nowadays. No! not taxes and death. Well yeah, but we meant.

1. The commander in tweet is a lunatic...

2. Metal Bulletin is still bringing you the metal.

MMB and crew look high and low for that dark, evil, slow, grind, fast, power or just plain good of time rock and roll that make your toes curl up and it's like cotton candy to your ears.

Don't come here looking for no accordions, no piano and no tubas! (We do like 'em bagpipes thou)..Just ask Iron Curtain ....keep reading

2018 is no exception so without further due...Here it is

Metal Bulletin #131

Crafteon (U.S.) Thy Worshiper (Poland/Ireland)
NervoChaos (Brazil) Mastercastle (Italy)

Crafteon Cosmic - Reawakening Self-Release Release: 25 August 2017


Hear for yourself..like it? support the band!

Crafteon is traditional occult extremity in the form of pure melodic black metal executed at an uptempo, headbanging pace. Skilled with the knowledge and the abilities to play this music in the classic ways, Crafteon is a band made for and perfect for those seeking several traits in extreme metal: a sense of melody present throughout, tremolo guitar playing, classic-style black metal vocals, songs that you can remember, a bass guitar that is very audible and the sensation of pure black metal. In addition, there are two outstanding reasons why this work is worthy of your dedication.

Related imageThe first reason is that you can easily tell that they have devoted time and effort towards making good music. For instance, the bass guitar is an integral component of these songs and you can feel its presence at all times, in the same way that you, for instance, always feel it in Iron Maiden and Motorhead, to name two fundamental cases in which the bass is important. Of course, the guitar melodies are big. It's not just an issue of guitar solos, but rather an element that is front and center for the listener to take hold and catch a ride on this black metal quest. In short, if a band can demonstrate amply and indubitably that they have busted their hump to make a good music, as much as they can within a particular style, within their means and abilities, then that's pentagrams in their favor.

Therefore, the dedication to making a recording of which they can be proud is a key reason to research this band. However, I had previously mentioned that there are two reasons for giving Crafteon your attention. The second reason is the songs.

This music is as naked as possible; vocals, drums, bass and guitar (Are there keyboards here? I can’t hear any.). What do we have? The first song that the world has heard is "What the Moon Brings." That's fine. Let's begin there and take other songs at random. Big tremolo melodies. A huge bass line that hits the bottom end big time. Very catchy. Some grim vocals, some higher-register notes and some lower scowls. The main melody is infectious. "The White Ship" boasts an undeniable bass sound that threatens to become master of the song until the melodies take over to make the sound fuller. This pace is a comfortable uptempo beat. Not too slow, not too fast, slow enough to allow to notice the details, fast enough at least to get the neck moving. The gigantic melodies take the song to a higher plane, one that was not expected because everything was good already. "Dagon" underlines how easy and simple Crafteon makes it all look easy. The constant spiraling of the melody weaves and builds at a steady pace. On the other hand, "The Colour out of Space," gives the impression of a more vocally-driven song and it has a slightly different feel, with the vocals at center. Drums and bass drive the beginning of "The Whisperer in the Darkness." The black-metal-monk lower vocals contrast noticeably with the higher vocals in the song. The guitar solo/harmony is simple and effective, then the picking gets faster and it feels like it is driving to the end of the song, which also happens to be the end of the album.

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It's possible that some listeners will have to get used to the band's fuller sound, the sound of a whole band in which you can hear everyone. The band plays uptempo songs in general, but they don't push the speed to blasting as a habit or a crutch. This is an advantage for them, though. It's often the case that recording blasting metal runs into the problem of sounding like a big jumbled mess, leaving people wondering why they can't hear all the instruments. I am curious to hear more music from this band to see how they will handle the production in the future. Personally, I think that at times I would like for the drums to come up just a little bit, and take down the bass ever so slightly, with the hope that the rhythm guitars in particular are more audible throughout.

Image result for crafteon bandFinally, speaking for myself, I had the feeling that Crafteon was something creative. I sensed in the overall sound their desire to be great. After listening to the album for weeks on end to confirm, I'm glad to report that they definitely have made a very cool album, in my opinion. I have not heard another black metal band that sounds like this one, certainly not this year and not that I can remember in the recent past. The idea of classic black metal is important to the band and I think that you will sense it, too. Crafteon is not about playing fast or slow for the sake of it. It's about a general thing like atmosphere. You might hear distant echoes of classic Dissection and Euronymous-era Mayhem, maybe also some of the earlier, younger and more melodic Marduk, for instance (Not that I know this information for a fact). Whatever their inspirations may be, I find the musical objectives of the band commendable.


Metal Bulletin #132

A Flourishing Scourge (Seattle) Lör (U.S.)
Ferndal (Germany) Iron Curtain (Spain)
Paganizer (Sweden) The Haunted (Sweden)

Posted a couple of songs from youtube to give you and idea what MMB is talking about.

Iron Curtain - Guilty as Charged release date: October 14th, 2016 label: Pure Steel Records

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Iron Curtain is traditional street heavy metal. Dirty, loud and sweaty, it's the way of Iron Curtain, a descendant of Motorhead, Tank and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The vocals are rough-and-ready-to-rumble in the Lemminized delivery. These Spaniards love the album Ace of Spades and Filth Hounds of Hades and they want you to know that heavy metal is supposed to sound real, hot and full of rock and roll. They borrow from their sources and they do it convincingly.

Image result for iron curtain bandThey do no ballads. They have no keyboards. They use no accordions, no piano and no tubas. Mustaches, beards, bad boys, rowdy tattooed girls, long hair, beer, motorcycles, bar fights, denim, leather, cigarettes, whiskey, poker, billiards and getting arrested for disturbing the peace are things that go along with Iron Curtain. Their motto is simple: "We are Iron Curtain and we play rock and roll." They do not do any nonsense like a message in the lyrics for you to be a better person or whatever.

They are not role models. Their job is not to teach you morals. Your parents were supposed to teach you that and if they didn't, and they didn't, then it's too late now. You're going to spend the night in jail.

This is Iron Curtain. They play heavy metal. They want to come to your town and make some noise. Blood, guts and beer. Everything louder than everything else. Welcome to Spain.