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Berlin Extreme 2007 / Vol. 2
(Noise Control Productions)

Allright - "Berlin Extreme" is going into the next round. This time they offer a wider variety of genres for they included Hardcore and Metalcore bands as well. Decide for yourself if you like it or not, still it gives a good insight of what's going on in Berlin's metallic music-scene. The principle behind the compilation is the same as it was behind the last one from 2006 (of which the review can be found on this pages) so I just concentrate on the bands featured here. First band is REQUITAL which I think are not unknown outside the borders of the city with their straight CANNIBAL CORPSE influenced Death Metal. Nice. The second act is DEVIANT ARTS with a version of Gothic-Death with keys, male grunts and a female vocalist singing in the pathetic IRON MAIDEN vein. Not my type of music and thatfore not very impressing but at least the production is fine and the band knows how to handle their instruments. I have seen them live once and there show was quite nice, so... Next band is quite known in Berlin, the modern Thrashers (not NU-METAL) of HARVEST. What I like about them is their slight VOIVOD touch in the clean vocals. The next bands ONE HOPE LEFT, INFIGHT as well as ANTICOPS play this Metalcore or Hardcore style I absolutely dislike so I will do myself and the bands a favour and spare them my review. If I had to choose between them I would pick INFIGHT for they are quite heavy and not that childish. PROCTON and SUBCONSCIOUS again play a very thrashy version of Death Metal - THE HAUNTED with grunts and DEW SCENTED with Hardcore screams. Not bad but nothing special either. The last bands come from the Death Metal genre again, GOREGAST with their cool primitive Deathgrind, technical SPAWN, strange, weird and impressing UNSOUL (better look out for this guys in the future!) and last but not least ultra fast SINNERS BLEED with GOLEM's Eric on drums (together with SPAWN and UNSOUL definetly the best band on this sampler). Unfortunately there is no real outstanding band on this CD which shows a problem Berlin has in my opinion: all bands are way too much focused on their own genre, nobody pushes the limits further in any direction or an indicidual sound. It has to be Death Metal only, Thrash Metal only, Hardcore only and so on. For a creative city like Berlin I would expect more creative bands, and not the 2115342634th technical Death- or Thrash Metal band without an own identity (!). Don't get me wrong: the bands here are more or less all cool, but where are the absolute crazy ones? Maybe UNSOUL is the clue, I don't know. so far so good... All information about the bands (bios, pictures, logos...) are on the CD's multimedia track. If you are interested in getting a copy of Berlin Extreme check out the website:

Tim Klöcker

A Collection Of Noisymotions - by Edouard Vergriete
Afterparty Massacre - by Mindaugas 'Plix' Lapinskas
Altars Of Mad Death Vol. 1 - by Ramon Claassen
And In The Darkness Bind Them - A Summoning Tribute - by Matthias Auch
Berlin Extreme 2006 - by Tim Klöcker
Better Undead Than Alive - by Ramon Claassen
Black Lotus Records DVD - Sampler - by Torsten Gründig
Born To Punish The Skies... A Deathmetallic Brotherhood In Darkest Mourning For God
Tribute To HEADHUNTER D.C (Vol. 1)
- by Thomas Meyer
Brazilian Assault - by Frank Stöver
Century Media - Covering 20 Years Of Extremes - by Nathan Shapiro
Conqueror Of The Ibex Moon Vol. 1 - by Stefan Franke
Contaminated 5.0 - by Edouard Vergriete
Death Rules Supreme - A Tribute To Mortem - by Thomas Meyer
Death... Is Just The Beginning Vol. 6 - by Leif Jensen
Deathophobia Vol.VIII - by F.Cthulhu E.
Demonic Plague - Tribute To Death - by Leif Jensen
Don't Burn The Witch - A Heavy Speed Compilation - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.1 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.2 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.3 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.4 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.5 - by Frank Stöver
Fenriz Presents... The Best Of Old-School Black Metal - by Frank Stöver
From The Underground... For The Underground - A Tribute From The Hordes To Bathory - by Thomas Ehrmann
Fryslân - by Thomas Meyer
Grind Madness At The BBC - The Earache Peel Sessions - by Michael Tak
Hellbangers - Metal Forces - by Manolis A.
In The Eyes Of Death II - by Schenk
Keep It True - The Underground Kodex Compilation Vol. I - by Michael Tak
King Diamond Tribute - by Frank Stöver
Metal Inquisition Compilation - by Julian “Inquisitor of Metal” Nunez
Metal Mania 2008 - by Frank Stöver
Metal Message IV - by Matthias Auch
Metal On Metal - The 4th Crusade - by Luxi Lahtinen
Metal Reigns Supreme - by Stefan Franke
Monsters Of Death - by Frank Stöver
Monsters Of Death Vol.2 - by Frank Stöver
No Colours Records - 15 Years Jubileum Metal Attack Vol.1 - by Julián Núńez
Obscene Extreme 2003 - The DVD - by Michael Oelschlegel
Overload 2 - Tribute To Metallica - by Frank Stöver
Party.San Festival DVD 2006 - by Nhashi
Rage Of Achilles - Conquest For The Empire - by Frank Stöver
Reflections From The Abyss Chapter 1 - by Wes Rhodes
Relapse Singles Series Vol.3 - by Frank Stöver
Relapse Singles Series Vol.4 - by Frank Stöver
Relapse Singles Series Vol.5 - by Frank Stöver
Requiems Of Revulsion - A Tribute To Carcass - by Frank Stöver
Resurrected In Festering Slime - by Anders Peter Jřrgensen
Resurrected In Festering Slime - by Thomas Ehrmann
Revolution Calling! (+ DVD) - by Christoph Göbel
Rising Of Yog-Sothoth - Tribute To Thergothon - by Matthias Auch
Scream Forth Blasphemy - A Tribute To Morbid Angel - by Hacker
Seven Gates Of Horror - A Tribute To Possessed - by Frank Stöver
Speed Kills... Again - by Wes Rhodes
Spikefarm Sampler - by Nhashi
Strong As Steel - A Tribute To Anvil - by Angelica Jannone
Svartmetall Compilation 2001 - by Frank Stöver
Swedish Death Metal - by Julián Núńez
The Dead Pit Compilation - by Frank Stöver
The French Underground Series - by Christoph Göbel
The Plague / The First Cuts - by Frank Stöver
The Reaper Comes III - by Christoph Göbel
Thrashing Holocaust - by Frank Stöver
Tribute To RULSION - by Leonard Likas
Unforgotten Past - In Memory Of Chuck Schuldiner - by Ramon Claassen
Vates Noctes Compilation Vol. I - by Nhashi

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