Malfunction – Fuse – Review

May 1, 1996

This is aggressive, defined power. A mix of Helmet and Tool, this band could go far. Only problem is that the songs all sound alike.

Cannibal Corpse – Vile – Review

May 1, 1996

George Fisher (of Florida death metal powerhouse Monstrosity) is a better vocalist than Chris Barnes, but the band has opted for a more Slayer-like approach.

Bile – Teknowhore – Review

May 1, 1996

As with Suck Pump, this latest industrial, effect-laden release courses through the veins like adrenaline sprinkled liberally with slivers of glass.

United – No IQ – Review

April 1, 1996

While No IQ is about as dated as an aging nympho, United has kept current with metal. They cleverly incorporate said sounds into a speedcore cock rock format.

Hypocrisy – Abducted – Review

April 1, 1996

The death roots intact, but exploring Pink Floydian tangents. Surprising are the fist bang anthems, twisted beyond pop only by Peter Tastgren’s gnarled growl.

Strife – Grey – Review

April 1, 1996

Straight-edge hardcore played balls-out with no annoying attempt at being musically “progressive.” There’s also no melody and no slow mosh parts.

H2O – Sevinich – Review

April 1, 1996

Solid, melodic hardcore, like a sped up Marginal Man. They gain points by flogging a seemingly dead horse until it hobbles onto all fours and starts galloping.

Stampin’ Ground – Review

April 1, 1996

Although they’re in the hardcore vein, Stampin’ Ground have a more brooding, ominous tempo than most hardcore bands.

Slughog – Grit! – Review

April 1, 1996

Slughog’s Grit! thunders and rumbles along like some unholy juggernaut, like a shoggoth with a vengeance, like a 747 landing without wheels.

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