Reborn From The Ashes

Körgull The Exterminator

Of course, the leaders of Metal Temple have seen for a long time that I […]
December 30, 2015
Körgull The Exterminator - Reborn From The Ashes album cover

Of course, the leaders of Metal Temple have seen for a long time that I say always that the past holds no secrets anymore. Yes, with the lessons from the past you can learn, but never create if you stay focused on the 70s or the 80s. No, you can be two things if you're trying to create something in this Old School Metal: you can be a Dolly Metal clone, or just a good band trying to just enjoy a good time playing. The last is the case from Spanish quartet KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR; they are back to the attack with another nasty album, "Reborn From Ashes".

The name is a clear suggestion of what they do in terms of music: Thrash/Black Metal in the vein of the bands from the first half of the 80s, with a very clear influence from VOIVOD in their earlier albums as "War and Pain", "Rrröööaaarrr" (from where their name was taken, for those who still don't know this fact) and something from "Killing Technology" era. Their music sounds extremely aggressive and full of energy, and besides it's nothing really new (and sometimes, really seems to many bands we heard countless times before), but has its value.

By what we hear, of course their sound quality could be a bit better. No, they are playing with a clean and heavy quality, even being one with modern and clean sound, but some of the tunes of the instruments could be done better. Sometimes, it seems a bit hollow in some points. But it's not so terrible as some can think.

Besides the production could have been done more carefully in some points, the quartet has many positive points in their songs. Some riffs are really very good, the vocals of Lilith are very good (just the copycatting of Tom Gabriel Fischer's "uh" thing is something boring and she doesn't need to do that), and the rhythmic session really plays heavy and with a good technique.

The songs are all good, but the abusively aggressive "Traitor's Gate" (with very good riffs), the powerful "Hatred Rules Again", the nasty and "hardcorized" "Warriors of the Night" (presenting good riffs and rhythmic session work), the war-tank-in-a-house-full-of-maggots "Hellstar" (again, fine work done by the vocals), and their aggressive and thunderous version for "Take this Torch", an old classic from Canadian quartet RAZOR (with some very good guttural backing vocals).

From those bands that follow an Old School Metal trend, they are one of the best. But some adjusts on tunes could do miracles.<

7 / 10


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"Reborn From The Ashes" Track-listing:

1. The Rebirth (intro)
2. Reborn from the Ashes
3. Traitor's Gate
4. Hatred Rules Again
5. The Stalker
6. Warriors of the Night
7. Wolf of the Battlefield
8. Hellstar
9. Hellish Onslaught
10. Take this Torch (Razor Cover)
11. Addicted to Madness

Körgull The Exterminator Lineup:

Lilith - Vocals
Mark Wild - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Javi Bastard - Bass, Backing Vocals
Joe Bastard - Drums

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