29 Jul 2019

KILLING and ILDSTORM Tapes Out Now


KILLING and ILDSTORM Tapes Out Now
Two new releases on TONEwood Music - TT14 and TT15 - are finally available.

Killing quickly got a lot of attention on an otherwise anemic Danish thrash metal scene in 2018 with the release of their debut EP "Toxic Asylum". The brand of thrash they brought to the table was - and remains - aggressive and modern, but deeply rooted in the classics. With their new single, Raise Your Anger, they up the ante in terms of insane vocals, great drumming, and ferociously catchy riffs. In other words, all you could want from great thrash metal. Put simply, imagine a combination of Reign in Blood, Extreme Aggression and perhaps a bit of Fabolous Disaster. Raise Your Anger, which also features a cover of the classic track Killing Time, is available in 70 handnumbered copies.

Ildstorm (Danish for Firestorm) is the raw black metal project from Killing drummer Jesper Skousen. He wears his influences on his sleeves, and his background in both metal and punk is obvious in the simplistic hooks delivered on Midnight Rehearsals, the band's hitherto sole release. Each track is permeated by a reverence for classics like De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, A Blaze in the Northern Sky and Antichrist, and is well worth a visit just for the gritty sound and pure aggression. Midnight Rehearsals is available in 50 handnumbered copies.

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22 Dec 2018

TONEwood's Top 10 Metal Albums of 2018


For fear of sounding like a Jerry Seinfeld joke, what's with all the insane death metal albums this year? Though I consider myself to have a broad taste, my greatest worry in making this year's top 10 metal albums has been whether or not the list would be too samey. I decided that censoring or catering the list for any reason wouldn't be right - After all it should only be about which albums were best - subjectively, of course. Now the biggest challenge is gonna be varying the descriptions...

19 Dec 2018

TONEwood's Top 10 Non-Metal Albums of 2018


On a personal level 2018 has been one of the more stressful ones in recent memory for me, with the birth of my first child ranking as probably the biggest change in my life. The way your priorities change has definitely made it harder to find the time to delve into new music. Even so, I've managed to listen to hundreds of new tracks in 2018 - though my year-end list does definitely lean heavily toward bands and groups I was already acquainted with, and albums that released before I became a parent.

16 Aug 2018

From Dungeons Deep - Out September 3rd 2018


Dungeon Synth Compilation Out Soon!
For the uninitiated dungeon synth may seem like just another arbitrary micro genre, but this brand of dark dungeon music is so much more. Taking cues from everything from classic 90s black metal over obscure 8- and 16-bit video games to fantasy roleplaying games and literature, dungeon synth came from humble origins and has since blossomed into a large community, spanning a great deal of influences, styles and sounds.

30 Jun 2018

Dual Cassette Attack - Out July 16th!


New tapes out soon on TONEwood!
On July 16th TONEwood is releasing TT8-1 and TT9-1. The first of those will be Hiemal's 2017 one-track 40 minute album Vespéral, and the latter is Monarch's 2010 EP Netherthrone.

1 Jun 2018

Butcher ABC: "North of Hell"


The heaviest gore groove known to man
Though North of Hell technically speaking is Japanese gore meistros Butcher ABC's first real album since their humble noisecore beginnings in 1994, it's not that their career has had a shortage of releases. If bands like General Surgery, Haemorrhage and early Carcass gets you hard, you're surely going to like this one!

25 May 2018

Nekrodeus: "Moloch"


Hardened death metal with a black core
I hate to start out a review with classic review tropes, but have you ever wondered what Nasum would sound like if Mieszko had had a hidden infatuation with black metal? Though Austrian quintet Nekrodeus have their roots in burly death metal, their debut full length - Moloch - is essentially a blackened version of Inhale/Exhale.