Riffs from the Crypt – The Norway Rocks Split

Welcome back to Riffs from the Crypt! Today, we’re disinterring a mass grave. In 1988, Norway’s Angel Records released a five-band split called Norway Rocks, featuring Anesthesia, Manitou, Shellshock, Get Lost, and Thunderdome. The quality of the tracks featured here is outstanding, particularly the contributions from Anesthesia and Manitou. But alas, not every song could be rescued from their Norwegian tomb: both songs from Get Lost have permanently gotten themselves lost, and Shellshock’s second effort appears to have been obliterated. What is left, then, is seven tracks of speed/thrash/power metal intensity, full of tapping solos, tremolo riffs, and headbanging choruses that deserve a second chance in the light.
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Avant-Garde Metal Week Reviews: Iblis – Menthell

Iblis are a Polish avant-garde/psychedelic death metal band. What does that mean? Remember the feeling of weirdness you got the first time you listened to Atheist? Take that, and amplify it to the level of crazy that !T.O.O.H! pull off. That's what Iblis sound like. If those words don't make sense to you, then just think old school progressive death metal on drugs. Menthell is Iblis's debut album, and it's quite ambitious. It tries to take on a niche that is very closed to newcomers due to it being defined very strictly by brilliant albums about 20 years ago. When the stakes are so high, Menthell could either fail miserably or take a firm step towards the hall of fame. But which one will it be?