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review Pneuma Hagion - Voidgazer

Unfortunately, this name of the Pneuma Hagion is unknown to me; infernal creature created by the mysterious “R” who since the beginning of its incarnation (2015) deals with all the tools. Only in 2019 he is be joined by the one who still resists today as a drummer. 5 years.. 3 demos, 2 splits, an EP, a compilation released in 2018 (I think it conta …

24/11/2020
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review Shattered Hope - Vespers

Shattered Hope are no strangers to funeral doom with touches of death metal, but on their third full length effort “Verspers,” it feels they’ve lost their way a bit. Their debut back in 2010 was a crushingly melancholic effort that was gorgeous and haunting, and their second effort was pretty close, but here it feels they’ve stumbled a little. Mayb …

23/11/2020
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review Satan’s Fall - Final Day

Satan’s Fall are a Finnish heavy metal/speed metal group that perform in the vein of more classic groups like Iron Maiden or Judas Priest or even more contemporary artists like Airbourne. Their debut full length “Final Day” doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, but it is a solid effort full of a great mix of rock and metal tracks that wil …

18/11/2020
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review Grog - Ablutionary Rituals

Out of this world voices, sounding as if coming from the asylum, laid over a heavy riff and mixed with noise drone passages is what enters the listener to the sick world Grog create with “Ablutionary Rituals”. ‘Revelation – Open Wound’ seems to be a very suitable title for the opening track. ‘Uterine Casket’ savagely hits my speakers, like a panzer …

17/11/2020
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review Inhumanity Vortex - Reverse Engineering

Inhumanity Vortex are a death / alternative metal band from Bialystok (Poland) and active since 2008 under the name of Inhumanity. Under this name they released 3 demos and a compilation. In 2017 they decide to change their name and officially switch to the current one. The result of the work of Tomasz Dziekoński, “Reverse Engineering” is an excell …

16/11/2020
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review Scimitar - Shadows Of Man

It has been quite a while since these sword brandishing Canadians rocked into battle since their debut back in 2011, so pagan metal fans should be quite excited with the second offering from Scimitar. Changing a few things the group seems to stick with their melodic death metal roots while adding in the folk/ pagan elements to try and keep the albu …

13/11/2020
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review Luna's Call - Void

Luna’s Call are incredibly thought provoking and complex with their second album, “Void.” Merging the likes of Opeth meets Cynic, there are tons of jazzy riffs, crushing growled vocals opposing soft, harmonized cleans, and a roller coaster ride of paces that keep listeners on edge with every track. The opening track pretty much sums up what to expe …

12/11/2020
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review Romuvos - The Baltic Crusade

Romuvos hail from Lituania and Germany and deliver listeners rather hypnotic, but extremely catchy folk oriented rock/ viking metal. While lots of groups in this genre tend to lean towards the melo death or black metal tinged side of things such as Ensiferum or Enslaved, Romuvos are more in the middle ground, relying on simple groove riffs, chant l …

11/11/2020
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review Lucid Dream - The Great Dance Of The Spirit

Lucid Dream has gone through a bit of a lineup change since their last album in 2016. Brainchild and guitar wizard Simone Terigi still helms the instrumental prowess ever since he started Lucid Dream back in 2011 with their debut “Visions From Cosmos 11,” but there has been a loss of a few key members such as vocalist Alessio Calandriello and drumm …

10/11/2020
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review Spirit Of Rebellion - Time For Global Refusal

Spirit Of Rebellion is the crushing sound of a group fed up with life’s hypocritical structures and just taking a hammer to the structure and blowing everything down. This album hits hard and fast like Cannibal Corpse with some tasteful groove in the vein of Deicide and tops things off with a brutal tone in the vein of Belphegor. “Time For Global R …

09/11/2020
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review In Malice’s Wake - The Blindness Of Faith

In Malice’s Wake is no stranger to thrash metal, as they have been active for more than 15 years since their EP back in 2005. Originally sounding like a typical thrash group one would hear in the vein of Slayer or Exodus, over the years these Australians have honed their sound album after album, slowly moving away from the 90s speed thrash sound an …

06/11/2020
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review Echidna - Escape From Civilization

It has been about 10 years since Greece’s death/thrash prog group Echidna have laid anything new down for metal listeners to enjoy, but this large gap of time was well worth the wait. For those who have never heard these guys before, they take traces of Sylosis, Gojira, and The Faceless to craft a thoughtful and engaging album. The core is certainl …

05/11/2020
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review Vai-te Foder - Poço

Vai-te Foder from Portugal were born in 2003 to make noise a threat again! “Poço” is their second full length album release after the “Vai-Te Foder” cassette EP (2009) and “Viciados No Degredo” full length (2010). From the very first moments of the album it gets clear that in “Poço” Vai-te Foder play a heavy and violent crossover mix of crust/punk …

04/11/2020
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review Faceless Burial - Speciation

Well, FUCK! I was stoked on Faceless Burial’s first LP, “Grotesque Miscreation”. Then word gets out they had a 2nd LP coming up. A track gets released and everyone in my circle, including myself, were fucking blown. This Aussie trio may have just dropped 2020’s AOTY. So, let’s get on it. 6 songs in total. Just clocking in 38 minutes, “Speciation” i …

03/11/2020
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review SAD - Misty Breath Of Ancient Forests

In this new album, “Misty Breath Of Ancient Forests”, SAD, has released a forceful project in the tradition of the best black metal. The drums are blasting from the start and the vocals do not sink below the force set up in the music – they really mix well with the entire album’s energy. For instance, the opening track, ‘Self Hatred,’ features very …

02/11/2020
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review Decayed Flesh - Eternal Misery

Indonesian brutal death metal newcomers hop onto the scene as ‘Into Eternity’ offers a promising introduction entry to Decayed Flesh’s latest album, “Eternal Misery”. Setting the tone with an eerie atmospheric build-up of melodic riffs, you wouldn’t actually believe this was about to explode into pots n’ pans styled drumming and brutal slamming rif …

29/10/2020
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review Inferi - Of Sunless Realms

Inferi’s latest release is in the form an EP, over twenty minutes in five tracks of pure melodic death metal meets technical brutality. The EP titled “Of Sunless Realms”, continues the band’s unique approach to writing metal with influences of myth and fantasy. Often the fantasy realm of metal goes in either direction of pure cringe, or absolutely …

28/10/2020
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review Texas Murder Crew - Everyone’s Last Breath

Texas Murder Crew’s “Everyone’s Last Breath” takes on an unbelievably maniacal mindset upon the start of the intro in which the band include an almost black metal sounding blast beat drumming excerpt, but still maintaining the essence of the true brutal death metal sound. From there, absolute insanity commences to consume all rational thought with …

27/10/2020
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review Wombripper - Macabre Melodies

Wombripper is a death metal trio from Russia that features in its ranks Andrey Petrov on drums, Daniil Kuskov on guitars/vocals and Konstantin Korolev on bass. “Macabre Melodies” is their second full length album after the debut “From The Depths Of Flesh” from 2018. What you will find here are ten tracks of ferocious death metal in the best Swedish …

26/10/2020
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review Uncle Woe - Phantomescence

Uncle Woe are a 2 man group hailing from Canada who take the simplest form of stoner doom metal and try to stretch it out into interesting, lengthy tracks. Following the structure of their debut album, their second effort “Phantomescence” bounces between short and lengthy tracks for a stretch of about 30 plus minutes of dredging guitar, plodding dr …

25/10/2020
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review Slit Your Gods - Dogmatic Convistions Of Human Decrepitude

Slit Your Gods’ “Dogmatic Convistions Of Human Decrepitude” is a 3 song EP with a running time of just under 14 minutes. The track ‘Cult Of Supreme Blasphemy’ starts out with a really odd intro which reminded me a bit of a mix of the backwards intro on Morbid Angel’s ‘Immortal Rites’ and Nocturnus’ ‘Lake Of Fire’. From there the madness kicks in an …

24/10/2020
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review Sxuperion - Omniscient Pulse

Sxuperion have been known to put out some pretty deep and fathomless releases and “Omniscient Pulse” is no different. The ambient factors are there, placed in a meticulous manner in which they are most beneficial to the material, invoking vibes and emotions all across the death/black metal spectrum. The riffs are of the chuggish fashion, once again …

23/10/2020
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review Panssarituho - Demo

Practically, at least for me, these Panssarituho are totally unknown… This is a metal band from Finland. I think this demo is their first work ever and with the three songs they present themselves to the metal people with all their violence. Here we talk about death metal combined with multiple influences but all attributable to the good old scho …

22/10/2020
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review Master - Alive In Athens

Master is no stranger to live albums, unleashing a rather consistent set list of tracks ever since 2000. They’ve been around since the late 80s and all over the place, from the U.S. to Czech Republic. Their sound has stayed true to its core for over 30 years despite recent lineup changes, with Paul Speckmann still showing he’s a beast on bass and v …

21/10/2020
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review Silver Knife - Unyielding/Unseeing

Silver Knife, from Brussels, Belgium, have released a very strong and poignant debut record in “Unyielding/Unseeing”. The vocals are very old school black metal wails, Ala: Burzum, Ildjarn, or moments of older Darkthrone. But this is not to say Silver Knife is derivative or cheap. The speed and precision of the drums, the cleanliness of the guitar …

20/10/2020
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review Initiate Decay - Awaken The Extinction

First release for the Brazilians and judging only by the name and logo you can bet your bottom dollar that this is a death metal release we’re looking upon. Breathing the reek since 2016, after two years they release this three track EP. “Awaken The Extinction” is a release of 2018 and their only one so far. Consists of three tracks that kind of tr …

19/10/2020
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review Crimson Sunsets - Sic Semper Tyrannis

Crimson Sunsets are back after 20-something years to finish what they started back in 1994. The band broke loose after their second demo in 1999 and recently got back together to record their first full length. Why now? Good question! Well… ”who the fuck cares”, could be a proper answer. The lads from Greece nailed it. Doom-death at its finest with …

18/10/2020
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review Disfigured Human Mind / Peste / Absurd

Disfigured Human Mind from the Netherlands is all about nihilistic noisecore and infernal schizophrenia from the undergrind. They perform improvised necro noise violent grindcore from the infernal sewers!!! Their side of the split is named “Apenas Ruído De Granito Maciço…”. After a hypnotic ambient synth ritual intro a grind riff breaks out of th …

17/10/2020
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review Bihargam - Ove Tenebrae

Bihargam has come quite a ways in their few years of existence since 2018. Originally a single entity known only as the ‘The Metalbaron’, the group has grown to a four piece that plays straightforward black metal with hints of rock and thrash thrown in. Think of them as an American mix of Dark Funeral meets more recent Satyricon. The tone is still …

16/10/2020
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review Embalsamado - Vasta Escuridão

Although “Vasta Escuridão” was recorded and mixed in 2014, it remained in obscurity for 4 years and was digitally released in 2018. It was not until 2020 that Embalsamado first full length album received a proper release from the Dutch label Murder Records as a limited edition to 150 copies cassette tape. The bells’ mourning chime and the synths of …

15/10/2020
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review Scordatura - Mass Failure

Scottish’s Scordatura sledgehammer listeners with another slab of stone cold brutal death metal for another 30 minutes or so with their third album, “Mass Failure”. It is kind of an ironic title as the group does not fail here, but rather continue down the path they started back in 2009. The music is straightforward death metal very much in the vei …

14/10/2020
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review Serviço Funerário - Uma Noite Alucinante

Serviço Funerário come from Brazil. The band was formed in 2015. “Uma Noite Alucinante” is their first release in the form of a cassette EP limited to 150 copies and is accompanied with an A4 poster. The material was recorded in 2019. The laughs of the intro sometimes sound weird, others sound satanic and others in pain or as if coming straight out …

13/10/2020
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review Anaxagor - Anaxagor

In 2017 was Anaxagor was formed with only 3 goals, to have an album recorded at La Fnac, have an article about them in Rock Hard Magazine and last but not least to play at Hellfest Metal Festival. Maybe these goals where just for fun but the French old school thrash/death metal band definitely succeeded with a fourth goal, to make a hell of a metal …

12/10/2020
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review Sithlord - From Out Of The Darkness

What could be more metal than the return of the dark siders from Australia? Probably not much. After almost eighteen years of quiet without an album the thrash group Witchripper have shown their true moniker as Sithlord. Continuing down their sci fi themes of their album back in 2002, these guys put a old school tone with their album “Out Of The Da …

11/10/2020
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review Furnace - Dark Vistas

It isn’t very often that a group cranks out two full length albums in the same year, and usually when they do they risk a rushed, re hashed release that listeners do not receive too well. However, with Sweden’s death metal group, Furnace, the band does things right and makes it by with two decent sounding full lengths for the year 2020. The group’s …

10/10/2020
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review Repuked - Dawn Of Reintoxication

Sweden’s Repuked has been rather quiet for a while, not releasing a full length for almost 7 years. But, now they are back in 2020 with more grim, laughable perversity. For new listeners their sound is rooted in the Dismember and Grave style with raw, mid paced tones mixed with Vader tinged thrash and even a little Napalm Death grind. The result is …

09/10/2020
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review Wayfarer - A Romance With Violence

Wayfarer are a atmospheric black metal band with folk elements from Colorado, and much of their music tends to follow along the themes of nature and old history dating back to the wild west. The music is chaotic, yet also very peaceful; fans of groups like Agalloch will appreciate the harsh, wintery tone mixed with the softer moments. On their four …

08/10/2020
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review Chancroid - Bestial Perversion Of The Anomalies Psychoneurotic

Chancroid is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria Haemuphilus Ducreyi. Sounds quite nasty and probably is just as nasty as the music of the Indonesian brutal death metal band Chancroid. Arief on drums, Hendri on guitars and bass, and Wira on the mike present to the world their debut full length album “Bestial Perversion Of The Anom …

07/10/2020
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review Marche Funebre - Einderlicht

Marche Funèbre always seem to be evolving with every album they crank out. Still rooted firmly in the death/doom territory on their fourth full length album, this Belgium based group step away from the dark, harsh atmosphere heard on their previous album “Into The Arms Of Darkness” and go more for the gothic doom route on “Einderlicht” hinted with …

06/10/2020
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review Stigmata Diaboli - The Coded Devil

Very little is known about the individual known as Thorn (not to be confused with the one that did vocals for Vital Remains back on their “Dawn Of The Apocalype” album or the one from Portland, Oregon who does depressive black metal entitled Benighted In Sodom) or his blackened death metal band Stigmata Diaboli. Like a lot of the music and lyrics, …

05/10/2020
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review Mr.Kill - The Day Of Reckoning

Mr.Kill are an Australian melo death group and “The Day Of Reckoning” is their debut EP. Like a short story before the big novel, it teases at a larger story with plenty of good music to enjoy. The core of Mr.Kill’s sound is rooted in groups like Sybreed and The Duskfall with lots of fast riffs, melodic solos, and snarled vocals that aren’t quite a …

04/10/2020
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review Katalepsy - Terra Mortuus Est

Katalepsy are a Russian brutal death metal ground with technical elements thrown in and have been at home on Unique Leader Records for several years. Originally more of a slam death band in the vein of groups like Abominable Putridity, they’ve slowly evolved over their last 3 full lengths. Finally, it seems “Terra Mortuus Est” is their crowning jew …

03/10/2020
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review Cytotoxin - Nuklearth

Certain metal bands always try to push very specific messages across with their music, using the group an engine to promote something better than just a crushing audial experience. Cattle Decapitation grind and rage about man’s inhumanity to nature and animals and even are vegan to support their claim, and it works. Others like Otep stomp on social …

02/10/2020
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review Dystopia- Geen Weg Uit

Dystopia have gone through a few changes since their inception back in 2006. Originally a thrash group, this Netherlands based band have shifted more towards black metal in recent years, and seem to be more rooted into the symphonic side of the genre, marked by their tribute in 2015 to Emperor’s “Nightside Eclipse”. Their previous album, “Chaos Phi …

01/10/2020
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review Moaning Silence - A Waltz Into Darkness

Moaning Silence is kind of an oxymoron, but also a pretty good hint at what a band such as this from Greece is going to hit their listeners with. “A Waltz Into Darkness” is their second full length album after five years, and the time gap between seems to have paid off. This 5 piece gothic doom group seem to have aimed more to go for the gothic rou …

30/09/2020
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review Trail Of Blood - Closer To God

Germany is no stranger to thrash groups tinged with hints of death metal here and there, so one may not be surprised to hear remnants of Dew Scented or Kreator when checking out Trail Of Blood’s fourth album “Closer To God’. The production is pretty crisp so everything can be heard, and though the album features some pretty standard riffing and sol …

29/09/2020
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review Sandbreaker - Worm Master

Poland’s Sandbreaker unleash a thick desert storm of metal that is a mix of stoner, post, and doom metal. Like a quicksand it is slow, thick, and swallow listeners over time through eight tracks of heavy music. The dual guitar approach on a lot of the tracks really creates a lot of thick reverb, so there is a lot of distortion save for the wailing …

28/09/2020
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review Gride - Hluboká Temná Modř

New EP for the grindcore/power-violence freaks Gride from Czech Republic so let us sink our teeth deep into it shall we? First of all let’s see what we have here! Is it actually a new EP? Well… No! “Hluboká Temná Modř” (Deep Dark Blue) is the proper release on CD, of the digital release they initiated a year ago. It consists of eighteen tracks. The …

27/09/2020