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Conqueror Of The Ibex Moon Vol. 1
(Conquer Records / Ibex Moon Records / Deathgasm Records)
65:15min

Two US and one UK - based label teamed up for this compilation to present some of their underground Death / Black / Grind acts to a wider mass. The better known acts on this CD are ACHERON ('Church Of One') and INCANTATION ('Decimate Christendom'), the rest is made up by underground extreme Metal newcomers exclusively! Like with most samplers there are some really cool bands and some that are pretty superfluous. Highlights are the Ibex Moon acts BLOODY SIGN, FUNERUS, INCRUST, ESTUARY, which all offer interesting variations of old school Death Metal and have all the necessary ingredients music of this stylistic category simply has to have: spirit, drive, brutality, dedication, good songwriting and musicianship. Then there's the DEICIDE - style brutal Death Metal act SUPREME LORD signed to Conquer Records, which I found quite enjoyable, violent, chaotic extreme Black / Death commando CRIMSON MASSACRE, twisted Death / Grinders KURU and primitive Black Thrashers MORBID EXECUTION (all on Deathgasm), all of which offered some pretty nice material as well. Unfortunately apart from these bands there is not anything too spectacular to be discovered on this compilation, the remaining bands are Polish old school Death Metal act HELL-BORN, Chile's atmospheric Death Metal act THORNAFIRE, Australian War Metal horde DAWN OF AZAZEL, utterly crappy sounding dark Death Metal by PERISH SERAPHIC, horrible Black / Grind excreted by ANGRY HATE INFESTATION, fierce Black / War Metal with OSCULUM OBSCENUM, detuned brutal Death / Grind by NVE and moody Black Metal with TENEBROUS. Overall a compilation with a kind of 50-50 balance of good and bad material. Since I already own all the Ibex Moon Records releases I would not buy this CD, but it's a nice way to check them out since these bands make every old school Death Metal head smile!

Stefan Franke

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