VELVET CACOON: "P.S. NAUTICAL"
This is extremely raw black metal that sounds like it was recorded in someone's bedroom. There is apparently a market for this. I kind of draw the line at Xasthur and I Shalt Become, but there are plenty out there eating this stuff up.
WINO: "RELEASE ME"
The Editor's pick this month is from the venerable stoner doom pioneer. For some reason, I have not looked into Wino's music with any of his bands. Perhaps lack of opportunity, I don't really know. What I have heard from Wino I have enjoyed, including this song. Perhaps it's just a matter of time before I check his work out further.
HELLRAZOR: "THE PAWN"
This is kind of a more melodic Testament-style thrash metal band. Not too bad, but not overly impressive either.
BILE MOVEMENT: "SPREADING HERPES"
That's just great. The song is also absolutely terrible. Just some irritating clanging and yelling. I don't even know how to describe it musically because there just is no substance to the music.
HARLEQUIN'S VOICE: "THE CUSP OF REBIRTH PT. II"
Screamo/metalcore. I did not expect to hear this on a Metal Maniacs compilation. Blech.
LACRIMAE: "COURSE TO ARSONING"
I am pretty sure "arson" is not a verb. I am a criminal defense attorney and I have had a client charged with arson and the County Attorney did not in his complaint allege that the defendant arsoned. Musically, it's black/death metal with a sinister sound. Not too bad actually. But then it throws in some electronics and that's just fucking weird. Also, if you're going to have a song on a compilation, edit the two-plus minutes of ambience and feedback at the end so the fucking song will actually end.
EXECRATION: "SUBMISSION TO FALSITIES"
Pretty decent brutal death. Nothing groundbreaking, but entertaining nonetheless. I like it.
SYMPATHY: "ENSLAVED BY DEPRAVITY"
Oddly, it's death metal. Kind of a bad name for a death metal band, but it's well-crafted. Production is not great and the guitars are kind of buried, but it sounds okay nonetheless.
SICARUS: "BREAKING FREE"
Ugh. More metalcore with awful vocals. Definitely more on the core side.
TRASHER: "REANIMATION PROCLAMATION"
Really amateurish thrash/hardcore. The thing sounds like something a garage band would put out. Not too impressive.
Ugh. That was mostly completely awful. I suppose highlights were Wino, Sympathy, and Execration.