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Worlds Collide

by TME

"TME is a brutal death and thrash metal band that bring forth the glory days of genuinely heavy music." - TJ - Black Angel Promotions
Genre: Metal/Punk: Thrash/Speed Metal
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1. The Worlds Collide
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2. Flesh and Blood
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3. Blank Infinity
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4. Mankind's Last Cleansing
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5. Away from Decay
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6. TME
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7. Piece by Piece
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8. Face the Fist
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"TME is actually VINTERSORG without Vintersorg and the first band on the new label Aphotic Records. The singer in this case is called Andreas Stenlund, not Andreas Hedlund. Besides him you get VINTERSORG guitarist Mattias Marklund, bassist Johan Lindgren and drummer Benny Hägglund. Man, lots of people's names end with lund there. ;-) But this is more than just VINTERSORG without Vintersorg. No Folk stuff here, not in the least. Nope, you get uncompromised, straight-in-your-face, more-vicious-than-[insert object or wild animal] Death/Thrash Metal.

Like Andreas Hedlund, Andreas Stenlund knows how to use the brutal side of his voice. He's supported by a brutal trio, or at least a trio that knows how to bring brutal music. I'm not going to detail every song, as the recipe is overall the same. Spread over this debut, called "Worlds Collide" and available on the 15th of May, the mix of Death Metal vocals and drums, Thrash Metal riffs and drums and occasionally some Black Metal grooves result in a stew that many fans of this music will love.

The fantastic production, the variety in guitar- and especially drumwork (check those tom rolls and double bass violence) and not in the least the passion of these mucisians makes this album a joy to listen. Its sheer brutality comes in handy for the times you need to vent your anger or need extra energy to face new 'dangers' at work or in school or any other situation.

Songs that stand out: all of them, but particulary "The Worlds Collide", "Flesh And Blood" (has some GOD DETHRONED influences), "Mankinds Last Cleansing", "Piece By Piece" and "Face The Fist" (fast double-bass part reminds of MACHINE HEAD's "None But My Own", which I like a lot!).

Want to hear the lethal side of VINTERSORG? TME will gladly show you. This is more than one collision of worlds, it's an unstoppable chainreaction." - Thoughts of Metal webzine


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LoveTME

This is just GREAT!
I have to say this album is what brought me back into trash/death-metal! I seriusly pump this stuff each and everyday and has been doing ever since I got the album!

It's awesome to have in the car and listen too when I'm out driving in the summer! Recommend times ten!

Mac

This is a rock solid album
In which nonchalance receives a nibbling...


TME, it doesn't exactly grab you by the bollocks, does it? Oh well, we'll just have to go by the music then. First impressions are that “Worlds Collide” is a business-like barrage of decades spanning Thrash Metal benefiting from 10cc of Death Metal injected directly into the vein. The more I listen to this though, the more I find I have to wedge my feet under the computer desk to stop those toes a' tapping.



This Thrash is kept on the right side of a ton o' bricks, nearly every riff is wearing concrete sox and where that isn't the case you are subjected to spirals of swarf still hot to the touch from where they have been drilled straight from the steel. In keeping with the sense of mass, these tracks fluctuate from a stomping mid pace to locomotive charge, it never gets to hyperspeed but doesn't have to, content as it is to keep on piledrivin' it's mission statement straight into your skull.



Where “Worlds Collide” really scores is on tracks like “Away From Decay” which menaces with jiggerpick riffing shaking the foundations enough to allow the wrecking ball slower sections to bring about building collapse with ease, add in a suitably pumped up Hard Rock evoking solo and the destruction is complete. It has to be said that the main instrument to knock you from your indifference is the drums, perfectly balanced to prevent being overwhelming, nonetheless when that bass drum gets a kicking you will find your feet tapping in concert and when the rest of the kit is subjected to the same punishment, well then you're fucked.



If there are any concerns with this album, they revolve around the fact you could be forgiven for wanting a track to leap out and rip your face off. “Worlds Collide” has a more insidious effect on you, it is only when you notice the sharks circling you that you realise that you have been carried away from safe waters on to the menu. You could also argue that these tracks are repetitive, however that may well prove to be more of what you fancy rather than the bringing on of tedium. Personally there is more than enough change in dynamics and nostalgia inducing solos to keep my fingers away from the skip button.



TME do know when their job is done, none of these tracks could be described as lengthy and so they smell as fresh at the end as they do at the beginning, the rather excellent “Flesh and Blood” doesn't even form a skin over it let alone a crust. It is the best example of all the positives crammed into one track, groove alternates with slash, one of those solos, rib poking bass lines and the gruff vocals maketh the song. There are a couple of tracks on the bands myspace page that give a good example of what to expect with the album, though I would add in one of the tracks I have mentioned above to adequately demonstrate what's on offer.



This is a rock solid album, it leaves its mark but maybe not deep enough in some respects. It is a grower, it has gone from an average listen to a tanker for me with repeated listens. So with nonchalance being eaten away at, do I now have any grounds for complaint? No chance.

7.5/10

Scott Alisoglu

no-nonsense Swedish thrash/death
Fledgling Washington State thrash label Aphotic Records has opened its doors with a reliable, meat and potatoes effort from Sweden's TME called "Worlds Collide". The thrash/death metal act (more on the thrash side) is a sure bet to appeal to fans of a bashing Swedish style with roots in the old school and just enough modern sensibility to go with the band's straight-ahead approach. That the act sounds like a veteran unit is not surprising considering that it includes members that have been around the block a few times, namely guitarist Mattias Marklund (VINTERSORG), drummer Benny Hagglund (FISSION, VINTERSORG), and bassist Johan Lindgren (VINTERSORG).

The sound of "Worlds Collide" is tough and taught. The crisp guitars and drums, as well as the sharp and aggressive vocals of guitarist Andreas Stenlund, sound great. Rather, than a ho-hum exercise that ends up killing the attention span halfway through, the 10 songs here are to the point and in your face. There really is not much time to get bored with it. The whole affair moves along at a brisk pace with super crunchy riffs, intermittent blasts, and a whole lot of up-tempo and choppy rhythms. "Away from Decay" is probably the most apt example of TME's battering ram approach, led by strong licks, a bit of Kirk Hammett style soloing, and a catchy, fist-pumping refrain. Much of the rest hits in a similarly satisfying manner, album opener "The Worlds Collide" and "Mankinds Last Cleansing", the latter breaking into a vaguely folk-like rhythm at one point to grand effect, are two good examples.

"Worlds Collide" is meant for the unassuming fan of no-nonsense Swedish thrash/death that while not destined to set the world on fire gets the job done with results that are easily better than average. Those folks looking for a quick fix that is unlikely to disappoint are advised to check it out.

7/10

Thomas Schönbeck

GERMAN LANGUAGE REVIEW
TME sind im Prinzip VINTERSORG ohne Vintersorg (Andreas Hedlund). Um sich aber beim Sänger nicht tu weit zu entfernen hat man sich Andreas Stenlund ans Mikro geholt. Das Debüt der Schweden ist auch gleichzeitig die erste Veröffentlichung des neuen US-Labels Aphotic Records.
Musikalisch ist aber dann doch so einiges anders, denn Folk sucht man hier vergeblich, hier gibt es nur Death und/oder Thrash zu hören.

Der Fronter nutzt dann auch passend zur Musik die brutale Seite seiner Stimme, die dann durch das ebenso brutal agierende Trio an den Instrumenten hervorgehoben wird. Musikalisch möchte hier gar nicht mal so sehr ins Detail gehen, denn sonderlich neu ist die Art Sound hier auf ''Worlds Collide'' nun wirklich nicht. Es wird Thrash Metal der skandinavischen Variante geboten, der sehr viele Todesparts vorweisen kann und auch die übliche Idee aus dem Dung von schwedischen Pandabären noch was zu verwerten ist so neu nicht. Wenn es ein Song schafft sich ein wenig hervorzuheben, dann das an GOD DETHRONED erinnernde ''Piece By Piece'' (und schon haben wir wieder die Eigenständigkeit).
Wenigstens der Sound auf der Scheibe schafft es für klare Verhältnisse zu sorgen. Ausreichend Druck ist vorhanden und auch die Abgrenzung zwischen den einzelnen Instrumenten ist gewährleistet.

TME bringen ein für Debüt Verhältnisse anständiges Album auf den Markt, das aber in der Masse der Veröffentlichungen kaum eine reelle Chance auf Erfolg haben wird, wo nicht zuletzt der Einheitsbrei der Musik dran schuld ist. Sicher, schlecht ist das Material auch nicht, man kann es gut hören wenn es läuft und es ist auch nicht schwer für den Augenblick gefallen daran zu finden, aber Geld ausgeben dafür? Das muss nicht zwingend sein,

Drifter

3.5/5
Wenn sich Mitglieder von VINTERSORG und FISSION zusammen raufen, um ihrer Vision von Thrash Metal Ausdruck zu verleihen, kann man mit Sicherheit davon ausgehen, dass dabei gehobene Qualität raus kommt. Aber die vier Routiniers gehen stilistisch ein Stück weiter als es ihr neu gegründetes US Label Aphotic Records am Promotion Blatt fest hält: kräftig gewürzt wird hier nämlich anhand Death wie Black Zutaten, die vor allem bei Fans von DISSECTION (“The Somberlain“), AURA NOIR (“Black Thrash Attack“) oder den alten THE CROWN (“Eternal Death“) feuchte Achselhöhlen auslösen wird.

Somit wird die Sache ziemlich klar: neben saftigen Highspeed Parts gibt´s genug Blastbeat Detonationen wie brillante Rhythmuswechsel & massig Killeriffs; stets gut austariert und selbstverständlich erbarmungslos aggressiv – das fiese Gegröhle von Andreas Sternlud tut sein übriges! Hinzu gesellt sich eine rohe und nicht minder wuchtige Produktion, sozusagen Prädikat made in Sweden, die meines Erachtens ganz bewusst derart kauzig belassen wurde. Bemerkenswert ist nach der offiziellen Bandhymne “TME“ die Zweite namens “Face The Fist“, bei der man sich als “Generation 666“ quasi selbst glorifiziert. Als weitere Anspieltipps seien da noch der Richtungsweisende Opener und Titeltrack (da angesprochene Blasts regelrecht Purzelbäume schlagen …), das geil voran preschende “Blank Infinty“, und das beinharte Doublebass Massaker “Piece By Piece“ (kein SLAYER Cover!) erwähnt.

Nun gut, Sternlund und seine Gefolgschaft ließen bei ihrem Thrash- Hybriden gewiss nichts anbrennen und nennenswerten Schwachpunkt findet man auf “Worlds Collide“ ergo auch keinen, nur, wer ist heute noch gewillt für nicht mal 35 Minuten Spielzeit volle Länge hinzublättern?

Trampakoulas

I believe that any fan of the genre will enjoy “Worlds Collide”
TME is a Swedish death metal act formed in late 2002 by Mattias Marklund, Johan Lindgren and Benny Hägglund of Vintersorg and Fission fame. Vocalist Andreas Stenlund joined the ranks and the band signed a contract with American label Aphotic Records. This is the bands debut album following a 2005 demo.

TME can be described as an aggressive thrash/death metal act. The band’s style reminded me of Edge of Sanity (Purgatory Afterglow era) and early Dark Tranquillity (The Gallery era). There is a great deal of melody in their music and many classic elements of the Swedish death metal scene. I believe that any fan of the genre will enjoy “Worlds Collide” especially now that most of the so called leaders of the N.W.O.S.D.M. (New Wave of Swedish Death Metal) scene have either disbanded or changed musical directions. The production is excellent and so is the musicianship. None of the 10 storming tracks of the album exceeds 4 minutes in length, something that –in my opinion- is a positive element for this kind of music. Enjoy this aggressive and brutal record. I think it’s an honest recording with all the traditional elements of the genre present.

Crin

This is Thrash of a more rugged form
Raging Thrash Metal from members of Swedish Folk enhanced Viking Black Metal act Vintersorg. With the album title being ‘Worlds Collide’, the musical content can also be likened to the Thrash World colliding in a myriad of styles that rip along at a hammering pace, spitting a barking snarl into the air. This is Thrash of a more rugged form, a more menacing side to the genre that has previously been inhabited by the likes of Whiplash, Possessed and early Metallica. There is none of the subtleties of Testament, or the free flowing distinctiveness of Destruction. TME, play a savage hell for leather Thrash attack that on occasion enters the more current Black Thrashing style.
Like many of the retro fuelled bands, the sound is good, the songs sharper than a razor blade cutting though coke, and the material well crafted. With a distinctive and full bodied production, the reflective thrashing sound of yesteryear is effectively brought to life. It’s nothing new, but the regurgitated sounds of past musical icons are given another lease of life and injected with some modern ass kicking attitude.
Bang that head that doesn’t bang, so the saying goes.

William Nijhof

This band is definitely worth to check
TME is a new name in the metal scene, but not with unknown members in the band. This band is formed by three members of Vintersorg. All though I don't like Vintersorg so much I can understand why Aphotic Records signed this band. This album sounds f*cking brutal and fast but not in the sense of bands like Putrid Pile or Fleshgrind but in the sense of Vader or Dew Scented. Very technical metal but not boring or over the top. The guitar riffs are very technical and sometimes have some black metal and thrash influence in. The drums are pounding through every song and the vocals are very aggressive, good composing of the songs and in my opinion a very professional sounding album. This band is definitely worth to check. So if you like death thrash metal in the style of Vader, Dew Scented or Lost Souls than you're going to like this album.

75/100

Chris

have some experienced and skillful musicians
We have a double debut on our hands here... TME's "Worlds Collide" is the very first album from this new Swedish band and it comes as a first release on brand new label Aphotic Records. In my experience that's a recipe for a disaster but this time around all stars had to align perfectly cause by the end of the year this will be a serious contender in the best debut category.

Enough with the new stuff, TME outside of vocal department hold by Andreas Stenlund is made up of Mattias Marklund (Vintersorg), Benny Hagglund (Fission, Vintersorg) and Johan Lindgren (Vintersorg). As you can see we have some experienced and skillful musicians hiding behind this beast but what comes as a little surprise is the musical outcome that can be described as an aggressive, melodic thrash/death metal. "Worlds Collide" is also not one of those old school tributes but rather an intelligent mix of what's best in today's metal scene. Full of well thought-out and carefully arranged tracks, thrashy guitars, solos and thundering drums this debut album show incredible potential of the band and puts TME in a front row position for the future growth and world domination. This is how thrash should sound in 21st century.

On the side not, congratulations to Aphotic Records... if only every new label started its existence with such an impressive release maybe then music business wouldn't cry about dropping sales and lack of fans' interest.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9
Atmosphere: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8
Overall: 8

Rating: 8 out of 10

Friedhof Magazine


El sello de nueva cuña Aphotic Records nos ofrece el debut de una banda formada en su mayoría por miembros de los veteranos Vintersorg. Se trata de Mattias Marklund (igualmente en Otyg), Benny Hägglund (ex miembro de Vintersorg y actual de Fission) y Johan Lindgren. Podemos llegar a pensar que cada uno de los miembros buscaba expresarse dentro de otros géneros y “escapar” del estilo excesivamente vanguardista y progresivo que venía ofreciendo Vintersorg… hipótesis mías por supuesto.
Dejando a un lado la portada tan ambigua y pobre que han buscado, La impresión que nos da nada más insertar el CD es la de… “Vaya, otro trabajo de Thrash Death sueco…” y con esto ya decimos mucho. Vamos, que en resumidas cuentas, la esencia fundamental de TME es una combinación de dos géneros: Death Metal pero con una producción nítida, lo que los aleja ligeramente de las bandas más clásicas del género y los acerca hacia unos sonidos más actuales –“modernos”-, no sólo por el sonido sino por los riffs que se marcan. Y, como sucede con otras tantas bandas del lado escandinavo, le imprimen una buena dosis de Thrash Metal que en ocasiones llega a ser el estilo predominante. Las influencias que toma el sonido de TME están desde unos míticos Destruction o actuales Battered en el lado más Thrasher, hasta unos Defleshed o Anata en el lado Death, aunque podría soltar un chorro de bandas de sendos géneros y aburrirnos todos. La gracia de este trabajo pienso que está en los sutiles guiños hacia el Black melódico, siempre con ese sonido tan peculiar de Suecia (o incluso Finlandia), que consigue sacarnos de la saturación producida por tantas bandas del palo (y es que desde estos países no dejan de salir bandas del estilo). De las pocas diferencias que le encuentro respecto a sus bandas compatriotas y vecinas es que se sumergen en unos terrenos más melódicos y “tranquilos” (si es que a esto se le puede llamar así), los ritmos son más típicamente thrasher lo que se permiten igualmente medios tiempos y unas buenas dosis de punteos técnicos adornando unos guitarras que se decantan por riff complejos y su correspondiente sesión palm-muting. El registro vocal que encontramos es el de una banda típicamente de Death aunque algo edulcorado, quizás por la producción o porque así lo han querido, aunque han puesto mayor atención en conseguir diferentes registros secundarios, entre más graves e incluso más típicamente Black (¿alguien sabe que nombre se le podría poner a esto?).
No cabe la menor duda de que “Worlds Collide” es trabajo con gran calidad y ejecución impecable, lógico conociendo la procedencia de sus músicos, pero podemos achacarle la monotonía que producen unos temas generalmente muy parecidos entre sí y que ofrecen pocas sorpresas (pocas, que no ninguna). Pese a esto, la corta duración de los temas, una media de tres minutos y medio, esos derroteros 100% Thrasher más aditivos Black y Death, los hacen adictivos y una buena escusa para desnucarte.

7.75 / 10
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