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review Incantation - Sect Of Vile Divinities

There is only a bunch of death metal bands out there I can recall who remained persistently consistent in their music style and their principles and generally in what they stood for over the years. Incantation is for sure one of them bands. Their unholy/diabolical and dark/doom perspective for death metal music keeps punishing our ears and brains f …

08/09/2020
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review Bestia - Karusõdalane

Bestia have come up with some pretty decent pagan/Viking death/black metal on this release. To me, it’s more of what it would sound like if Amon Amarth tried playing black metal with Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir on vocals. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, in fact the band pulls it off quite well. There is a certain “organic” feel to the way this a …

06/09/2020
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review Kârma - Illusions

Progressive metal is in a constant uprise after the 00’s. Kârma is a band from Greece who beautifully combine the 70’s rock/hard rock sound with progressive rock/metal. “Illusions” is their 3rd full length. ‘Path Of Light (Prophecy I)’ opens the album in a symphonic/operatic mood. Choir/soprano vocals and orchestral parts work really well with the …

04/09/2020
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review Background Noise Suppression - Dead Memories

Background Noise Suppression is an alternative rock band formed in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2005. They released their debut single “Made Out Of Ocean” in 2006. Their first full length “Background Noise Suppression” (Petrol Music) was released in 2013 and “Dead Memories” (Alcyone Records – 2020) is their second full length. Background Noise Suppress …

03/09/2020
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review Carnifloor - Engulfed In Gold

Carnifloor is a solo effort band from Amsterdam. The band is inventively titled after his own name; Vocalist and instrumentalist Floor Van Kuijk, who has from what I’ve gathered, managed to complete this album by scratch including the recording process on his own. Having been in the brutal death metal scene for many years (Current guitarist of Korp …

02/09/2020
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review Putrid – Antichrist Above

“Antichrist Above” is the second full length album (among a hefty pile of Splits and EP’s) from blackened thrash three piece Putrid. It’s a dark abrasive album that show some genuine song craftsmanship in a sub-genre that all too often can fall into noise for brutality’s sake. Taking the chaos of Angelcorpse and the more sophisticated parts of Morb …

01/09/2020
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review Human Embroidery - Submissive Servants

Human Embroidery are three Basques are responsible for this mini CD “Submissive Servants” here. The Spaniards are active since 2019 and in 2020 they managed to release two singles (two tracks you can find here too) and this mini CD/EP whatever you wanna call it. Fresh band in the scene so let’s see what we’re dealing with here. Their base is grindc …

31/08/2020
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review Bloodfest Ritual - Altars Of Sacrifice

Los Angeles 3 piece Bloodfeast Ritual unleash hymns of blasphemy in death metal with their EP “Altars Of Sacrifice”. Drawing on influences that range from standard death metal to slam death and melo death there is quite a bit here that any sub-genre death metal fan can enjoy. Right from the opening track ‘Grave Fodder’ one will notice the clarity o …

31/08/2020
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review Sewn Mouth - The Narcissist

Sewn Mouth is a bunch of young people based in Thessaloniki, Greece, who formed the band to play deathcore/ modern/ groove metal. Their releases so far have been “Promo CD” (2014), “Lighthouse” (2015) and “The Narcissist” (2019) which is their latest album that we had the pleasure to listen and review. In a bit more than 30 minutes, Sewn Mouth unle …

30/08/2020
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review Hot Zone - COVIgnorant

In these turbulent times, we’ve seen a lot of reactionary music for 2020. Many metal groups have created albums to reflect the darker side of the political and social aspect of living in a global pandemic world in the last few years, sometimes on the literal, biting side and others on the somewhat hilarious, tongue in cheek yet still driving a poin …

29/08/2020
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review Voracious Scourge - In Death

Ladies and gentlemen under the “unknown” monicker that responds to the name of Voracious Scourge, there is for our grace and luck a band worthy of all possible and imaginable attitudes. But before unraveling this arcane mystery we will talk about the most important thing… music! Released in the second half of August and released by Massacre Records …

27/08/2020
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review Necrochaos – Crawling Through Cadavers

Originally released in 2019 as a demo “Crawling Through Cadavers” by Necrochaos, a one man project has been given a proper release by Godz Ov War Productions with two additional track. Necrochaos play death metal in that slow swampy way that Incantation and the like do. Typically the songs swing between a slow dirge and building to a fast grinding …

26/08/2020
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review Entropy - Denouement

Stationing themselves between the heavy end of metalcore and the obvious deathcore scale is Perth, Australia’s Entropy with their sophomore EP titled “Denoument”. Entropy are enriched with their new vocalist Samuel Worsfold, formerly of UK metal band Sunfall, who is able to take the band’s limits to directions yet unseen with an interesting array o …

25/08/2020
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review Pothead - Skunk Fiction: The Tales From Žižkov

The bizarre genre-smashers that are Pothead from Czech Republic enlist an almighty array of goregrind anthems to their early 2020 release that is creatively titled, ‘Skunk Fiction: The Tales From Žižkov’. Whilst the genre of goregrind is rarely taken seriously in the world of grindcore, there have been few exceptions to breaking the mould with such …

24/08/2020
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review Extinction - Smouldering Enfoulment

The message behind Extinction’s latest release “Smoldering Enfoulment” is interesting to describe. The band are righteous in their successfully driven passion to embark on the global warming crisis at hand. A situation that deserves more attention, so when it comes from bands in the world of metal – brilliant. Aiding their cause is the band’s compe …

23/08/2020
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review Mercyless – The Mother Of All Plagues

French death metal kings are back with their seventh full length “The Mother Of All Plagues”. Having been on a winning streak since their reboot back in 2011 the band are losing none of their venom, aggression and momentum and have delivered their most direct relentless album yet. ‘Rival Of The Nazarene’ attacks with an assault of riffage and pumme …

21/08/2020
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review Cryptic Shift - Visitations From Enceladus

I remember seeing the name Cryptic Shift mentioned by some fellow heads as well as their Bandcamp page attached. I quickly checked them out and was very stoked to hear more. Twan sent me the album, “Visitations From Enceladus”, to review and I’ve jammed this so many times. It’s fucking killer! Cryptic Shift hails from Leeds, England and formed in 2 …

20/08/2020
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review Dead Twilight - About The Prophecy

I had lost track of this Italian band Dead Twilight several years ago. “About The Prophecy” is their second official album after the demos released in the early years of their existence and their first full length released in 2015. Back to being a duo, the Bellante brothers release an honest death metal album so dear to the American sound. 9 very h …

19/08/2020
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review Kadaverficker - Kaos Nekros Kosmos

Since 1993, Germany’s vulgar-titled death metal assault known as Kadaverficker, have actually only released four albums. “Kaos Nekros Kosmos” being their most recent. Whilst I am not too familiar with the band’s previous work, this record is full of creativity in the genre of death metal that often feels a little overdone. The band are wacky and fu …

18/08/2020
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review SkullMaster - VoidWalkers

Portland’s extreme heavy metal group SkullMaster finally drop their full length “Voidwalkers” to pummel fans’ ears with. It’s thick, heavy and very old school ranging between slow, doomy passages and faster, more rhythmic tracks. Keeping true to the ‘Portland weird’ slogan the city is famous for, the tracks can seem a little all over the place at t …

17/08/2020
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review Ulcerate - Stare Into Death And Be Still

Ulcerate is probably considered the ‘Deathspell Omega’ of death metal. Ever since they exploded into the music world with their debut back in 2007 these New Zealand destroyers have created a hellscape of music that is raw, chaotic, and epic with slightly deeper vocals that can easily be mistaken for their French compatriots who go the black metal r …

16/08/2020
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review Cardiac Arrest - The Day That Death Prevailed

Another great contribution by the WHOLE band! Everyone worked greatly to making this an outstanding one for 2020. The vocals fluctuate which makes it more diverse and dynamic of an album. It’s surprisingly shorter than most of their LP’s (if not all). That doesn’t take away from their contribution to metal here. This is all in all pure death/rot. T …

15/08/2020
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review Exocrine - Maelstrom

France is no stranger to tech death metal, so when going up against juggernauts like Gorguts or Gorod who have taken the genre to successful extremes, it becomes hard for groups to try to find that right sound that distinguishes from the rest and still fits well in the genre. Exocrine have been at it for a while since their debut in 2015, and five …

14/08/2020
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review Deathcraeft - On Human Devolution

Deathcraeft (not to be confused with the 3 other Deathcraft’s that are out there) hail from Greece and deliver a mix of death and thrash metal with their debut “On Human Devolution”. Thankfully, these 3 guys try to avoid the usual death thrash pitfall of bands who get their start by trying to imitate groups like Vader or Legion Of The Damned. The r …

13/08/2020
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review Fleshwolf - Fleshwolf

“Fleshwolf” is the self titled debut from solo UK act Marty Robinson. Paying homage to the late 90s raw death metal sound that is populated by groups such as Dismember, Bloodbath, and Grave, one can instantly see where the music is going with the opening track’s crunching guitar. ‘The Rot’ hits hard and fast with throaty vocals- although they’re mo …

12/08/2020
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review Burn The Mankind - Chaos Matter

“Chaos Matter” is the second EP for these Burn The Mankind, band that come from Porto Alegre (Brazil). Active since 2009, the boys released only one full length in 2015 entitled “To Beyond”. Burn The Mankind play a mix of death and grindcore and this “Chaos Matter” seems to be their best result, both in terms of production and songwriting. From the …

11/08/2020
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review Onslaught – Generation Antichrist

UK thrash legends Onslaught are back with their 7 full length album after a 7 year gap. Of course it’s not like the band haven’t been busy. Releasing a live album in 2016 and a lengthy world tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of “The Force”. The band are back this time around with 3 new members! Newly initiated are guitarist Wayne Doorman, drumm …

10/08/2020
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review Soulcaster - Maelstrom Of Death And Steel

Soulcaster is a relatively unknown band from Belgium that only recently surfaced with their first EP, “Maelstrom Of Death And Steel”. The EP is short and takes lots of thematic elements and ideas from the Stormight Archives book series by Brandon Sanderson. ‘Soulcaster’ is actually names of individuals in the series who have certain powers, so the …

07/08/2020
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review Fovitron - Altar Of Whispers

The word Fovitron (“Φόβητρον” in Greek) stands for something fearful, something that scares you. It can also refer to the fearful masks of the Ancient Greek Theater or to the snakes of the Erinya Tisiphone (Erinyes were female chthonic deities of vengeance in ancient Greek religion and mythology). Fovitron is a Greek band formed in 2014 in Athens. …

06/08/2020
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Review Consumer - Consumer

Consumer were formed in Catania, Sicily in 2018. The Italians (with the Norwegian female guitar player) debuted in discography with the digital single “Solicitous” in 2019. The sole track of this single is also included in their brand new “Consumer” EP. The EP is released in digisleeve CD format. “Consumer” EP is actually a co-release of 5 labels ( …

05/08/2020
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review Sinister – Deformation Of The Holy Realm

Sinister have always been a reliable band, while others bands release a classic or masterpiece or 2 then fall from grace or spend the rest of their career chasing a long gone peak. A band like Sinister will consistently release 8/10 records. After 14 albums and 30 years it begs the question which would you prefer? “Deformation Of The Holy Realm” pr …

04/08/2020
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review Monumentum Damnati - In The Tomb Of A Forgotten King

Monumentum Damnati are a rather secretive band that take a rather theatrical step towards their music. Embracing occult album themes, mysterious names, and even refusing to be chained down to a specific location save to be ‘spread throughout Eastern Europe’ their debut album “In The Tomb Of A Forgotten King” merges the beauty of gothic doom and sym …

03/08/2020
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review Kurnugia - Forlorn And Forsaken

This Ohio based band Kurnugia spews out some pretty brutal death metal! They’re new to me, but I’m glad that I was recommended to listen to the new album “Forlorn And Forsaken”. It’s fresh riffs and fast! But they’re diverse, too. I really enjoyed this whole album. It’s a step up from their EP. You can hear how they progressed musically since then. …

02/08/2020
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review Deathstorm - For Dread Shall Reign

Austria’s Deathstorm has been churning out thrash for about 10 years now, and while their style may not be as epic as some other bands or as progressive, they certainly have not lost their touch for creating some very catchy rhythms that no matter how repetitive will stick with listeners all the way through the album. Their fourth full length album …

31/07/2020
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review Bull Elephant - Created From Death

Bull Elephant really did not waste any time between this album and their previous album which dropped just about a year ago, so there was some pre-dispositioned fear that this one was going to be a little stale. However, the UK group has proven they still can create varied music with such a small gap that is progressive enough and still hits hard i …

30/07/2020
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review Varus - A New Dawn

Varus are a relatively interesting death metal group that inject a ton of symphonic melody into their work, but it is varied and dynamic and not just keyboards all the way through. Sometimes the way they employ the symphonic bits are a little odd as the music can sound too ‘happy’ or fantasy metal-ish which clashes with the harsher death metal side …

29/07/2020
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review En-Stigma - Reforming The Universe

En-Stigma are a very interesting band that seem to have coined the genre ‘galactic metal’. The sound is very spacey, operatic, and also heavy in a sense that it sounds like a mix between power metal, black metal, and operatic metal with lots of atmospheric and electric touches that will present listeners with a roller coaster of a listen that is qu …

28/07/2020
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review Buried Realm - Embodiment Of The Divine

Buried Realm has been cranking out albums since 2017, and it is pretty impressive that it is one person doing all the work. Usually people assume most one man bands are people with guitars, keyboards, a mic, and a drum kit, but based upon Josh Dummer’s track record from earlier years it sounds like everything he does is pretty live without much hel …

27/07/2020
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review Black Curse - Endless Wound

I started seeing the name Black Curse earlier this year. It was often followed by “AOTY”. I had to hear it. I mean, shit, look at the list of bands the 4 members of Black Curse also play in. Talk about pedigree. Ok, so now onto their debut LP, “Endless Wound”. Blasting off with the opener, ‘Charnel Rift’, is pure fucking filthy fury. That nasty “De …

26/07/2020
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review Defeated Sanity - The Sanguinary Impetus

In case you are into brutal death metal then the name of Defeated Sanity should definitely ring a bell. This German band has been around since 1993 and so far they have six full length albums with “The Sanguinary Impetus” being their newest record. Prepare yourself for nine bloody and rotten chunks of hyper blasting death/grind with strong technica …

24/07/2020
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review Disavowed - Revocation Of The Fallen

Legends in the genre of brutal death metal and I believe they don’t need any introductions. With their second full length being 13 years behind, the news for this upcoming new release from Disavowed came as a blast. Was about time we escaped the cesspool of new age deathcore bullshit and make our ears bleed with pure and uncompromising brutal death …

23/07/2020
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review Deathnoisefrequency- Horrid Dirge

It is hard to classify Deathnoisefrequency (a name alone that should pique interest no matter what it sounds like because it is pretty epic on that alone), a duo that hail from Saudi Arabia and present listeners in 2020 with a brief, but interesting EP titled “Horrid Dirge”. It is very cinematic and atmospheric, touching on ambient, gothic/ doom me …

22/07/2020
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review Kryptamok - Verisaarna

Krypamok have carried on their trajectory of blackened metal with, Verisaarna. Their previous recording, “Profaani”, on Helter Skelter Productions, is definitely in the same vein. And a good sound that is. “Verisaarna” (2020) delivers opening energy with power chords acting as the force, rather than some lead or synthy-opening. These elements are o …

21/07/2020
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review Asgrauw - IJsval

Asgrauw are a 3 piece Netherlands based group that perform their style of music in the old school, ‘kvlt’ black metal style that will appeal to those who enjoy the likes of Watain, Sargeist, or even Horna. It takes a bit to get used to their music even after four albums since 2014 as the music is harsh, yet buried with melodies from acoustic guitar …

20/07/2020
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review Perdition Temple - Sacraments Of Descension

“Sacraments Of Descension” is reminiscent of Perdition Temple’s debut, with solid rhythms, production quality, vocals and mixing. The actual leads aren’t as top notch as they were on the debut, but the rhythms overshadow that. So this is OK, but it’s not going to be as good of a rating on here. The riffs are wholly original and in your face FAST! T …

19/07/2020
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review Exhumed / Gruesome - Twisted Horror

Exhumed and Gruesome have joined forces to create a 5-pieces split (3 for the first and 2 for the Gruesome) entitled “Twisted Horror” released via Relapse just this month. Basically we are facing a Matt Harvey vs Matt Harvey. On one hand the story of the Californian death / grind and on the other his tribute band to Death present here with 2 songs …

17/07/2020
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review Visions of Disfigurement - Aeons Of Misery

How do you beat a massive, hideous monster devouring upon the city of Manchester? You get another, bigger and better monster to start fighting the previous one! That’s exactly what UK’s rising slam fiends Visions Of Disfigurement have done here with their sophomore album’s glorious artwork. Whilst 2016’s album debut “Abhorrent Extinction” certainly …

16/07/2020
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review Entera - Hate Factory

Entera are a 3 piece thrash group that have been around since the 90s from Germany, and while their discography release has been a bit all over the map as far as consistency, they have stuck to taking the thrash formula that tends to be a bit too serious for itself and poke fun at it while still making good music. “Hate Factory” is the group’s four …

15/07/2020