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review Unfathomable Ruination - Decennium Ruinae

With their latest full length of 2019, “Enraged & Unbound”, still spinning to the player, Unfathomable Ruination decide to carry on the hammering by releasing a new 4 track EP with the title “Decennium Ruinae”. Stepping on the right foot here I have to say that everything you expect to hear when playing back a Unfathomable Ruination album are t …

10/05/2021
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review Aggravator - Unseen Repulsions

“Unseen Repulsions” is the 3rd EP from Texas based thrashers Aggravator. Fast, to the point, and with tons of groove those who like a mix of Exodus, Dew Scented, and Death will find the music quite enjoyable, despite being so brief. Aggravator use the pretty basic speed thrash formula- tons of catchy riffs with a hyperblast snarl and a mid paced sl …

07/05/2021
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review Traumatomy - Extirpation Paradigms

Traumatomy are a slamming brutal death metal band from Russia and their newest album Extirpation Paradigms is a great entry into their already amazing discography. With extremely low guttural vocals and explosive percussion adding to the overall insane brutality. Starting off the album with the track, ‘Feeding Organism,’ a song which does not slow …

06/05/2021
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review Evulse - Pustulant Spawn

Straight from Oakland, California, here comes this quintet named Evulse. With “Pustulant Spawn” the band reaches its second EP just two years after the previous “Call Of The Void”. Evulse provide us with 4 songs without any kind of compromise. Old-fashioned death metal that takes us back to rancid, sulphurous and absolutely pestilential settings. T …

05/05/2021
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review Shadowspawn - The Biology Of Disbelief

Shadowspawn comes from Denmark and “The Biology Of Disbelief” is their second full-length album after the debut “Hope Lies Dormant” from 2017. The band offers ten tracks of pure old school death metal and the vocalist Bue Jensen is their biggest plus because you can actually hear the words that come out from his throat! Yes, his decipherable singin …

04/05/2021
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review Abjection - Malignant Devotion

Canada’s four piece of death metal, Abjection, are a force to be reckoned with on their debut EP, “Malignant Devotion.” Conjuring up sounds that are similar to the likes of older Deicide, Immolation, and other 90s death metal groups, the raw buzzing guitars, echoing growls, and haunting solos shrouded in distortion make for a short collection of en …

03/05/2021
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review Phallosopher - [I]

What do you say to me? Jesse Heikkinen, guitarist of Hexvessel released an album solo? Better known for his psychedelic musical contribution, Jesse H. embarks us to a black death metal trip, which is called Phallosopher (no joke please) and an album titled “[I]”. As we know the deep addiction of all Finnish guy for music and especially for death me …

30/04/2021
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review Wheel - Preserved In Time

After almost 8 years of silence German doomsters Wheel have come back with their 3rd full length album, “Preserved In Time.” Creating a sort of ‘uplifting doom’ style they take rather depressing lyrics and contrast that with very melodic vocal harmonies and catchy, chugging Sabbath-esque riffs. Basically, if one were to mix Candlemass, Primordial, …

29/04/2021
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review Altered Dead - Returned To Life

Man Oh Man, Altered Dead. This duo, from Victoria BC, just dropped a serious banger. I was in the dark about them until this release. But, damn, “Returned To Life” (which is their 2nd full length) is a face melter. Before I get into this LP, I’ll go on record saying that – if you consider yourself a fan of death metal and don’t love this album, you …

28/04/2021
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review Mortify - Grotesque Buzzsaw Defilement

Japanese grinders Mortify have potentially presented us with the shortest album of the year. “Grotesque Buzzsaw Defilement” may have thirteen tracks, but they only last a complete ten minutes of your time. Which is a great reason to sacrifice ten minutes of your time to this oddly yet brilliant release. Opener ‘Flesh Creep’ is a sludgey, battering …

27/04/2021
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review Asarmoth - Princess Of The Darkness

What if the likes of Steve von Till or Scott Kelly from Neurosis decided to mix folk and death metal together in their studio and made it feel like an improv jam session? That is pretty much what one will think they are hearing from Italy’s solo act Asarmoth led by Gigi Casini. The music here is pretty raw quality- almost demo like- so those lookin …

26/04/2021
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review Betrayal - Disorder Remains

A country: Germany, a city: Aschaffenburg, a band: Betrayal (not to be confused with the British namesake), a style or rather a basic style: Death Metal where various influences are combined. In the hometown of Felix Magath, two-time finalist of the football world cup, the band founded in 2005 has so far awarded us with two EPs and an LP: “Infinite …

23/04/2021
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review Monarch - Future Shock

Roaring into battle on their second full length album, SoCal based thrashers Monarch (not to be confused with about 4 other bands out of the U.S. with the same name and pretty much the same genre) have done something very interesting on their latest effort: somehow they’ve managed to fuse technicality and prog in the basic thrash formula. Right off …

22/04/2021
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review Suffering Hour - The Cyclic Reckoning

If one is looking for esoteric sounding black metal mixed with death metal in the vein of Deathspell Omega, Ulcerate, or even Leviathan, then Minnesota based Suffering Hour is certainly worth checking out. Their second full length, “The Cyclic Reckoning,” takes a heavy dose of atmospheric black metal drenched in guitar distortion, grim overtones of …

21/04/2021
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review Fumes - Assemblage Of Disgust

What we have here is another raw slab of filthy death metal from Canada, and it is grim and delicious to the ear! Those who enjoy that thick, distorted sound of groups like Gatecreeper or Suffering Hour with touches of Leviathan will find this quite enjoyable from 2 man group Fumes. “Assemblage Of Disgust” is not really anything new from the band b …

20/04/2021
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review Terminal Carnage - The Sickening Rebirth

“The dress does not make the monk”. Have you ever heard this phrase? Well! Do not look at the cover but insert the disc directly into your player. Terminal Carnage are a duo from Germany struggling with their first album. “The Sickening Rebirth” is the first official work of this band born only during the course of 2020. Interesting debut from ever …

19/04/2021
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review Requiem For Oblivion - Hindsight 2020

Pennsylvania’s Requiem For Oblivion are as diverse as they come. Since forming in 2007 the band have released a couple of albums and some EPs, and whilst I’ve never come across the band before, they appear to have a dedicated fanbase despite said fanbase lacking in substantial numbers. With an array of dodgy and amateur artworks presented over the …

16/04/2021
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review Disfigured Human Mind / Väättumänukku - Split

The title of the split is translated as “Gently smashing the human race like an atomic bomb of nuclear noise”, a phrase which accurately describes what you are going to listen on this limited to 100 hand-numbered copies split cassette tape. Disfigured Human Mind recorded their side in Portugal and the Netherlands. They deliver a lethal dose of Impr …

15/04/2021
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review Deathswarm - Forward Into Oblivion

Deathswarm are a new Swedish death metal band created by musicians who used to be in the Swedish old school death metal heroes Sarcasm who were active in the beginning of the 90’s and are also functioning at the moment. “Forward Into Oblivion” is their second record and if you like your death metal to sound like Bolt Thrower or Asphyx then this alb …

14/04/2021
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review Colossus - Degenesis

I didn’t know what to expect when I first put this CD in my stereo, so the raging madness that filled my ears is the same that grabbed me by the throat and throttled me for the next 25 minutes! Colossus bring forth a breath of fresh air to the genre of technical death metal with an array of time and tempo changes that keep the listener on the edge …

13/04/2021
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review Infected Humans - Unexpected Traumatic Experiences

Infected Humans are brutal death metal band from Ecuador, active since 2009 and just now releasing their first full length “Unexpected Traumatic Experiences” under the wings of Gore House Productions. Almost 12 years after? Well…. Why the hell not! “Unexpected Traumatic Experiences” consists of eleven songs including intro and outro. Full on blastb …

12/04/2021
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review Vultör ‎– Visões Do Fim

A war siren is the first thing you will listen on this tape. Immediately after that, a punk tempo drumming and a punk rock riff will break in. Mad Max’s vocals owe a lot to Lemmy and the band in general rocks out in a straight forward way that Motörhead fans will surely dig. The Brazilians Vultör were formed in 2017 and Visões Do Fim (translation: …

09/04/2021
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review Golgotha - Remembering The Past - Writing The Future

Golgotha are one of those relatively unknown bands from Spain that haven’t put out much in their 20 years of existence, and part of that may be due to the large gaps between album releases and band activity. However, they are certainly a death/doom act to follow as judging from their new EP “Remembering The Past…” the five tracks present are strong …

08/04/2021
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review Abandonment - Focused To Imminent Desolation

From Spain here is another project by the good Oscar Company, a musician who has played in at least a dozen bands including Catastrophic Evolution, Encephalic, With All My Hate and ex Reincarnation! “Focused To Imminent Desolation” is the first full length under the name Abandonment and does not differ much from previous releases. 11 tracks of brut …

07/04/2021
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review Relentless Aggression - A Shadow Of All Things Broken

Relentless Aggression are a classic thrash metal band paying a great deal of homage to the old school era of thrash metal. This can definitely be told from listening to their music as it almost identical to early Metallica with some differences. Old school thrash metal can be easily identified by the fast-distorted guitar and powerful drumming sect …

06/04/2021
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review Focal Dystonia - Descending (In​)​Human Flesh

Focal Dystonia is an international brutal death metal project started by Floor Van Kuijk of Korpse/Carnifloor fame. After writing the music for the album, Floor got together with Florent Duployer (Anachronism) who did the drum work for this release. From there they sought out 12 of the most intense and brutal vocalists in the genre of brutal death …

05/04/2021
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review Xeper - Ad Numen Satanae

After almost 7 years with no new music (save for compilation with their first two albums in the last few years), Italy’s Xeper is back with another strong black metal release. While not doing anything wild and experimental like a group such as Imperial Triumphant would do to garner some attention, the band sticks its more 90s/ early 2000s black met …

02/04/2021
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review Immortal Sÿnn - Force Of Habit

Immortal Sÿnn are one of those bands that you aren’t sure if they’re being serious or not with their music, but one things is for sure: it sounds like a lot of fun! While not quite party pirate metal where the ridiculous is enjoyed like groups such as Alestorm or even System Of A Down, this Colorado based group know how to blend the line between re …

01/04/2021
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review Korpse - Insufferable Violence

When you think of brutal slamming death metal this is the band that should come to mind. From The Netherlands Korpse’s raw brutality is immense, this is truly as heavy as it gets when it comes to the genre. Korpse offer a distinctive sound in terms of slam metal leaning incredibly into the brutal aspect which in all honesty you can tell just by loo …

31/03/2021
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review Upon The Altar - Absid Ab Ordine Luminis

Well, this time I review an album from polish band called Upon The Altar. They are active since 2019 in Tarnow, Molopolskie and they’ve introduced themselves as a blackened death metal band and I think they are mostly black metal but they’ve tried to do death metal’s specifications in their songs. Anyway, this is their debut full-length album which …

30/03/2021
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review Rapture - Malevolent Demise Incarnation

Third album for this Rapture, thrash / death metal band from Athens, Greece. “Malevolent Demise Incarnation” is presented as a direct album without any compromise. 8 tracks for a total of 44 minutes of pure sonic violence. A pounding rhythm section and a riffing so dear to the European masters of the genre. Good familiarity in wisely blending death …

29/03/2021
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review Feradur - Parakosm

Feradur’s first EP, “Parakosm,” is a nice little bridge to cross since their 2nd full length back in 2019. Not really doing anything different it feels like a little mini concept album that is dark, melodic, and certainly metal enough to be enjoyed for those who like the sound of Amon Amarth mixed with a group like Hypocrisy. The riffs are fast yet …

26/03/2021
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review Heretic Warfare - Hell On Earth

Heretic Warfare are an extreme death metal band from Munster Germany. Which is fitting as this is a monster of an album. Which incredibly low guttural vocals fronting an brutal set of riffs and blast beats Heretic Warfare will make you feel like a demon is roaring in an effort to intimidate you. “Hell On Earth” is a masterclass in what extreme deat …

24/03/2021
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review Kaligula - Doctrination Of Atisamdha

Indonesian death metal often punches hard, but for some major interest here we’re gonna need a shovel. As Kaligula’s second record and 2020 release, “Doctrination Of Atisamdha” sadly doesn’t have the desired pull for attention as others from their scene. And whilst there’s nothing specifically wrong with the album in general, there’s also very litt …

23/03/2021
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review Ephemerald - Between In The Glimpses Of Hope

In the land of the 1000 lakes, metal is king! This crown, although set with multiple jewels, includes a newcomer: Ephemerald. It is certainly a new gem to be added to the Finnish national crown. They are a Finnish melodic symphonic death metal band formed in 2016. “Between In The Glimpses Of Hope” is their first release. The combined forces of curr …

22/03/2021
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review Repaid In Blood - Reflective Duality

Self labelling their sound as “Geek metal” will always have its pros and cons for California’s most brutal band, as Repaid In Blood drop their 2021 album “Reflective Duality” – their second album in their fifteen year life span. The album covers the essential conditions for those looking for something recent among a crowded scene. Often able to sur …

19/03/2021
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review Obvurt - The Beginning

Debut EP for this Canadian all-star trio that features Olivier Pinard (Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation, Akurion) on bass and Samuel Santiago (ex First Fragment, Gorod) on drums. Complete the line up Philippe Drouin (ex Unbreakable Hatred) on guitar and vocals. “The Beginning” will be released at the end of March on the Brutal Mind label. 4 songs plu …

18/03/2021
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review Creeping Fear - Hategod Triumphant

“Hategod Triumphant” is the 2nd full length release from France’s Creeping Fear, and this death metal crushes. While their take on the genre is nothing new or revolutionary, they take the best of groups like Cannibal Corpse or Abysmal Dawn and inject a ton of groove into the music to make each track as interesting as possible. The opening ‘Collapse …

17/03/2021
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review Insect Inside - The First Shining Of New Genus

It’s always been between Australia and Russia for me when it comes down to exciting new bands popping out. And it seems Insect Inside are the next Russian gem to pummel through the debris and offer some relentless aggression that offers a healthy refreshment in the brutal death metal world. “The First Shining Of New Genus” is the debut album from t …

16/03/2021
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review Innersphere - Omfalos

Czechia’s Innersphere continue their melodic death metal path with their second full length album, “Omfalos.” If one were to take the heaviest parts of Amorphis (minus the clean vocals or keyboard melodies) and mix them with a little Amon Amarth and some vocal lines from the clean vocalist of Septicflesh, one would get the formula for Innersphere’s …

15/03/2021
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review Sulphurous - Encircling Darkness

Sulphurous is a two-men death metal band from Denmark (M – guitars/vocals and T – drums) who present two new songs in the form of the “Encircling Darkness” EP. The band exists since 2008 and has one full-length album “Dolorous Death Knell” from 2018. What you will hear in this new release is darkened death/doom in the vein of Incantation who seems …

12/03/2021
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review Ghastly - XV

The self labelled grindcore duo known as Ghastly, are a formidable approach to the genre at hand. “XV” is fifteen tracks of a diverse fuelled whirlwind of creativity and uniqueness offering fresh air into old lungs. Whilst the record barely surpasses a song every minute, it’s concrete enough to establish the band into grindcore territories. The pro …

11/03/2021
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review Trapped In Purgatory - Damned Nation

Trapped In Purgatory are a UK based thrash metal band, bringing back the old-school style of thrash metal, with head banging riffs and an abrasive vocal style Trapped In Purgatory are certainly a band to keep your eye on. “Damned Nation” starts off with the song prelude to war which is a soft acoustic track being the definition of calm before the s …

10/03/2021
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review Hegeroth - Perfidia

Hegeroth are a Polish melodic black metal band and “Perfidia” is their third full length album. Just released a year after their previous one it doesn’t stray too far from their usual formula they’ve presented so far. Relying on rather melodic riffs that are well balanced with the bass and drums along with shrieking vocals and atmospheric interlude …

09/03/2021
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review Buried - Oculus Rot

Directly from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, here comes these Buried… band active with this monicker since 2013 and reached their first full length with this “Oculust Rot”. Behind the name Buried we can find the voice and rhythm section of former members of Pyaemia and Disavowed. With this work the guys wanted to try their hand at something new with …

08/03/2021
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review Cathartic Demise - In Absence

Cathartic Demise are a progressive thrash metal band from Ontario. They have been ripping it up since their self titled first release back in April 2019. On April 9th they release “In Absence” independently. Being a progressive thrash metal band there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to this group. The opening track entitled, ‘With Lust’ …

05/03/2021
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review Wrathrone - Eve Of Infliction

I must admit that this is the first time that I come upon the Finnish death metal horde Wrathrone and shame on me because what I’m hearing in their third record “Eve Of Infliction” is bloody great! “Eve Of Infliction” offers eight songs of old school death metal mixed with some groove death’n’roll elements and from the opening track ‘As The Knife C …

04/03/2021
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review Deathblow - Insect Politics

Deathblow’s late 2020 release of “Insect Politics” already seizes your attention in advance with some artwork that will no doubt reel you in like you’re the biggest fish in the lake. Their trippy display of horror and space entices listeners into their world of thrash meets hardcore, with a hell of a lot of Power Trip meets Municipal Waste worshipp …

03/03/2021