review Aeon Of Eternal - The Wanderer

Walking a fine line between beauty and sadness, one person atmospheric death doom outfit Aeon Of Eternal (simply led by Aeon) present its 2021 debut “The Wanderer.” Taking the best elements of bands like Draconian, Nyx, Ava Inferi, and Nox Aurea, this album is full of mysterious, yet tolerable doom that doesn’t quite stretch into drowning time leng …

review 3rd War Collapse - Damnatus

3rd War Collapse is a Brazilian / Finnish brutal death grind project featuring Cristiano Martinez (Ex-Vomepotro), Rodolfo Carrega (Clawn) & Kalle Lindfors (Inferia). Active since 2016, this “Damnatus” is the first work under this monicker released by Guttural Brutality Production. 11 tracks, 27 minutes for an old-fashioned death grind, with a r …

review Bonecarver - Evil

If you’ve been keeping up to date with Unique Leader Records over the last couple of years, you may have spotted Bonecarver as one of the new additions to Jamie Graham’s roster of brutal brilliance. Whilst joining as one of the more recent insertions, Bonecarver now share a label with the likes of Cytotoxin, Deeds Of Flesh, Brand Of Sacrifice and m …

review Disciples Of Death - Progressive Entrapment

What we have here is the debut full-length album of a band from Long Beach, California called Disciples Of Death. As you have already guessed from the band’s name, this is not some kind of surf rock but pure and crushing old school death metal. Disciples Of Death exists since 2014 and when you hear their music you will realize how good those guys a …

review Tortureslave - Tools Of Torture

The debut full length album of Germany’s Tortureslave take a deceptively looking death metal album and turn it into a thrash groove driven machine. “Tools Of Torture” draws influence of groups like Dew Scented, Death, or even Legion Of The Damned. Considering these guys started in 2017 they’ve picked some pretty good styles to follow, and the album …

review Agathocles / Grog - Smashed Hammer Feast

Agathocles they need no introduction. They were formed in 1987, although they have been active in the scene since 1985 as Necromantical Destructor, M.S.D. and Hellsaw before changing their name one final time to Agathocles. Their grindcore was baptized mincecore, giving birth to a new style with many followers (both fans and bands) over the years. …

review Paranoid Fantasy - Humanity Disgrace

If one is looking for late 90s death metal in the vein of “Domination” Morbid Angel or “Here In After” by Immolation, then Algeria’s Paranoid Fantasy is worth listening to. Their 2nd EP “Humanity Disgrace” is brief, but delivers five tracks of hard hitting cavernous death metal. Tracks like ‘Amputation’ and ‘Metamorphosis Degeneration’ are fast wit …

review Becoming The Entity - Beyond Cygnus

Born from the ashes of the Infernal Bloodlust here come these Becoming The Entity from Mexico, arrived with this “Beyond Cygnus” at their first full length over long distance. 8 songs of death metal of excellent workmanship, well played and produced. Since the opener ‘Emancipation Of Our Kind’, the coordinates on which the four boys will build thei …

review Internal Organs External - Apocalyptic Domination

Internal Organs External brutal slamming death metal created by one man, needless to say then that it was a true surprise upon listening to the EP to find that it is easily matched up with full bands. “Apocalyptic Domination” is a masterclass in what one person can do, creating fantastic songs from beginning to end, displaying extraordinary guttura …

review Navalm - Cursed Land

Three years after the release of “Beyond The Reality”, Navalm is back in force with its eighth album “Cursed Land”. So if this seems obvious to me, and that I appreciate the band, I totally can understand the disappointment of possible fans due to the band’s lack of visibility : not present on social networks, no appearances on Western stages, very …

review Muka – Patologija Poniznosti

Croatia’s Muka are a blackened death metal band who evoke images of derelict factories, draped in rust and decay, the mummified remains of a deceased stray cat entombed in an echoing cavern of silt and old cans of lager. At least that’s the image their music piped into my odd little brain, whether this was their intention or not is unclear, but one …

review Interpolant - Arbor

Interpolant might come as a hidden, but welcome surprise for fans who know of the Netherlands’ based brutal death metal band Ichaos (or I Chaos). IChaos has been cranking out heavy, gritty music similar to that of Cannibal Corpse that slays pretty hard for death metal for about six years, and they’ve been strangely silent since 2015. Since then the …

review Old Growth - Mossweaver

With “Mossweaver” (2020), Old Growth has released an emotionally full, doom-tinged, folk-inspired black metal album. It opens with a fabulous slow, sludgy, picked intro and some rock thrown in for good measure. Then, in ‘Oakenheart,’ the atmosphere gets thick and the metal styling eeks out a little more. But even with this track, the sudden slow se …

review Redimoni - On The Brink Of Exisitence

Redimoni are a thrash metal group from Barcelona Spain with incredible speed and blasts thrown into their music Redimoni are certainly on the much faster side of the genre. With slight elements of groove thrown in but mainly a speed centred album. Starting off with the track , ‘As The Soul Leaves The Body’ which is a great introduction to the band …

review Cannibal Accident - Nekroluster

With a name that sounds like the title of an 80’s horror flick, Finland’s monstrous Cannibal Accident present their fourth album offering in their gruesome discography, “Nekrokluster”. A combination of brutal death metal and grindcore is essentially what Cannibal Accident are. Add a dollop of personality with a hint of comedy and “Nekrokluster” is …

review Crimson Dimension - Crimson Dimension

It takes a lot to make ‘epic progressive extreme metal’ work. For Finland’s Crimson Dimension, they take their craft over four tracks, stretch them out in anywhere from 13 to 18 minute increments, and show listeners what they can do with a guitar. For those who love guitar focused epics in the vein of Wintersun or even groups like Dark Fortress’s e …

review Depression - Ära Der Finsternis

Depression from Germany is definitely a well-respected death metal/grindcore band. They were formed in 1989 and within the next few years they shaped their personal style and remained faithful to it ever since. They have a huge discography, and they already count over 30 uncompromising years in the death/grind scene. So, it won’t be an exaggeration …

review Xeno - Sojourn

Xeno is a metalband from Middelburg, this city is the capital from the Dutch province of Zeeland. When the band started in 2008 it had a different name but after some lineup changes and years of hard work the bande became Xeno. The band was influent by a lot of melodic/prog metal bands but also some harder influences, and with lyrical philosophical …

review Scorn Of Creation - Annihilation Cult

New Zealand’s Scorn Of Creation’s unleash some pretty groovy death metal with their second album, “Annihilation Cult.” These guys are not a one trick pony though; there is a lot of variation as their album progresses in the riff styles and tempos so seasoned metal listeners will recognize band influences here and there but overall the 32 minute rid …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …