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review Deathspawn - Reverendus

There are some albums that just are relentless and like a train wreck right in from of you, one can’t ignore it. Deathspawn’s debut “Reverendus” is one of those albums. While it goes by quite quickly, the sheer fury of this Polish group cannot be denied. With a mix of Hate Eternal “I, Monarch” era and more recent Abysmal Dawn, this is some very sol …

06/08/2021
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review Insistent - Disease

Grindcore has always been fast, angry and brutal, it is safe to say that Insistent do not break this trend with their newest album “Disease”. Insistent are of course a grindcore band from Prague, Czech Republic. Keeping with the grindcore tradition of fast paced riffs and brutality. “Disease” is the most recent entry into Insistent’s catalogue and …

05/08/2021
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review Alchemy Of Flesh - Ageless Abomniations

For gamers who love metal, Tim Rowland presents a death metal project that is steeped in gamer lore based on games like Quake, Silent Hill, and even Star Wars (hell, the name Alchemy Of Flesh comes from a Star Wars novel called Dawn Of The Void). While not as blatant and obvious as some other groups go when drawing on gaming influences with World o …

04/08/2021
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review Deformatory - Inversion Of The Unseen Horizon

Well, in this article, I’m gonna review Deformatory’s new album which is released independently. Deformatory is a Canadian band which found in 2010. At this moment the band includes 2 members. Anyway, this album is called “Inversion Of The Unseen Horizon” that starts with an aggressive song which is ‘Within The Astral Abscess’. Good drums, riff and …

03/08/2021
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review In The Company Of Serpents - Lux

When one thinks of stoner doom or sludge metal they expect thick, grating vocals with epic tracks and a thick, reverb of sound with a very basic tones of guitar, bass, vocals, and drums. Every once in a while though a band comes along and breaks up the stereotypical expectations. In The Company Of Serpents have been around for some time since 2011 …

02/08/2021
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review Adarrak - Ex Oriente Lux

The debut release from Singapore based death metal group Adarrak is something to get excited about. A very solid death metal record with lots of melodic influences and technical touches with sprinkles of romantic doom moments there is a lot to enjoy here. “Ex Oriente Lux” is a bit of a roller coaster ride that will keep listeners guessing all throu …

30/07/2021
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review Exterminated - The Genesis Of Genocide

Exterminated’s new release, “The Genesis Of Genocide”, contains 9 tracks that have all of the elements of brutal death metal greatness, yet they have the vibe that takes you back to the late 90’s with a steady flow of old school style riffage that are reminiscent of albums such as Baphomet “The Dead Shall Inherit”, Gorguts “Erosion Of Sanity”, and …

29/07/2021
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review Fell Harvest - Pale Light In A Dying World

“Pale Light In A Dying World” is the poetic debut of Cheyenne Wyoming’s doom based group, Fell Harvest. Right from the opening track one can definitely hear the Paradise Lost “Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us” influences with the clean style vocals, chuggy riffs, thick sound, and a pace that really outruns a lot of other doom bands that tend to re …

28/07/2021
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review Gorgon - Traditio Satanae

One of the most historic black metal bands from France, Gorgon, unleash to the weak masses their 6th opus. “Traditio Satanae” is the follower to the band’s 2019 comeback album “The Veil Of Darkness”. The album is released from Osmose Productions, a cornerstone label for France and Europe and one of the most important labels for extreme metal in the …

27/07/2021
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review Nihilanth - Graceless Planet

Nihilanth are a death metal group from France and “Graceless Planet” is their debut album. A good mix of old school and technical death metal, fans of groups like Vital Remains and Deicide will find the speed and tones right up their alley. It is fast and grim, but not so blast beat driven that it causes headaches. The opening ‘Le Desosseur…’ prett …

26/07/2021
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review GoreThrone - The Descension

The debut EP from Grand Rapids based death metal group GoreThrone is a very fast ride, but “The Descension” is full of plenty of influences from Deicide, to Six Feet Under, to Cannibal Corpse that will make anyone who is a fan of death metal in general quite interested. There isn’t too much to go on here with the album clocking at about 17 minutes …

23/07/2021
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review Vrykolakas - And Vrykolakas Brings Chaos And Destruction

Band active since 2001, here come these Vrykolakas from Singapore who with “And Vrykolakas Brings Chaos And Destruction” arrive with their third official work. Dark black / death metal contains eight tracks on this album. Never a moment of failure along the entire flow of the album, a long and dark journey into the depths of the abyss of fear. The …

22/07/2021
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review Irredemption - Eternal Mutilation Of Saturn

Spain’s death metallers Irredemption have been quiet for some time. Last time they put out an album was back in 2005 so it is a little surprising to see this late 90s death metal band back in full swing almost 15 years later. Sounding like they never changed, the music is still rooted in the 90s style with a lot of comparisons to the likes of Suffo …

20/07/2021
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review Zora - Soul Raptor

Zora is a brutal death metal power trio from Calabria, Southern Italy. “Soul Raptor” is their 3rd full length album on which they focus on such topics like sociopolitical abnormalities, human psychology, enslavement games the governments play on our backs, mind control, mental alienation of the modern world, media misinformation, the sickening effe …

19/07/2021
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review Wretched Incarnate - Wretched Incarnate

First full length album for this one man band from the UK. Wretched Incarnate is the name and Mr. Ash Cotterill is responsible for all you’re bout to hear once you push the play button on this first, self-titled album. “Wretched Incarnate” deals with a really old school approach in death metal. Power comes from the riffs here. Morbid Angel meets Be …

16/07/2021
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review Nephren-Ka - From Agony To Transcendence

This time, I’m gonna review a French brutal death metal band’s album which is unique one for me after a while. It’s really specific and I really congrats to them. I really admire their stuff. “From Agony To Transcendence” is Nephren-Ka’s third full-length album which is released in 2021, June via Dolorem Records (a French label). If you like distor …

15/07/2021
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review Netherbird - Arete

Waoh this album is a blast! So yes, Netherbird is not the most famous Swedish band, not the one that makes the front pages of the magazines, not the one that all the young death metal guys talk about but nevertheless the band, based in Stockholm, is slowly approaching its 20 years of existence and already has 5 LP to his credit. “Arete” is their 6t …

13/07/2021
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review Tristwood - Dystopia Et Disturbia

In celebration of their 20 years of existence, Austria’s blackened industrial death metal group Tristwood have decided to re-release their third album that was locked in the digital vaults way back in 2010. “Dystopia et Disturbia” is probably their crowning achievement that really put them on the map with its unique sound, even though their latest …

12/07/2021
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review Bihargam - Blood In The Temple

With concerts almost non-existent for the past year, and so many people missing them, metal artists have taken to putting out livestream shows and albums as a way to bring live music or the sound of live music back to the fans. Less than a year ago Kentucky based Bihargam graced fans with their sophomore effort of gritty black metal in 2020, and no …

09/07/2021
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review Incertus - Predestination To Damnation

Incertus are a relatively new group from Poland; not much is known about them save that they are a 3 piece with a rather simple, but effective death metal sound and their first full length debut unleashed hell on ears in March of 2021. While most of the music on this album goes pretty quick with the album clocking barely 30 minutes, and churning ou …

08/07/2021
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review Devolution - Consumer

Death/black metal from Toulouse (France) named Devolution, one man band that has just released their first work entitled “Consumer”. 8 songs that range in different genres but which in the end are all attributable to a surely intriguing and positive result. The choice was to come out with an entire album, Devolution present themselves with a good j …

06/07/2021
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review Ireful - The Walls Of Madness

Ireful are a relatively new Italian thrash metal group to the world, just forming in 2019. Their style of thrash is a range of speed or mid paced, much in the vein of very early Metallica, Slayer, and a bit of Exodus. One has those groovy riffs, spitfire drums, and echoing shouted vocals that just screams ‘Kill ‘em All’ worship. ‘The Walls Of Madne …

05/07/2021
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review Casket - Urn

Despite there being about fifty plus bands with the name Casket, and probably 75 percent of being death metal, Germany’s Casket have a rather unique story. They’re deeply rooted in the late 90s sound with a blend of Bolt Thrower meets Cannibal Corpse so old school, fast death metal fans are going to really enjoy it. After one full length debut back …

02/07/2021
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review Macabre Decay - Into Oblivion

Directly from cold Sweden here comes the new album by Macabre Decay, a band active in the death metal scene since 2014. This “Into Oblivion” is their second official work after the release of “Purgatory” dated 2018. Much more mature work under all the aspects and endowed with an extraordinary freshness. Band perhaps unknown to the most but that see …

01/07/2021
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review Bizarrekult - Vi Overlevde

Bizarrekult are one of those bands that feel like they’ve been on and off again before finally catching real ground with their releases. These guys from both Russia and Norway have been active since 2005 but with quite a few gaps between activity until 2019 when they finally gained a new guitarist and some traction to get a full length album out. T …

30/06/2021
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review Alcohelldrugs - Infernal Metal Punk

Alcohelldrugs from Brazil is a punk, speed/thrash metal band. “Infernal Metal Punk” is exactly what its title says: a filthy and violent attack of Satan’s music; punk and metal. The material you will listen here is raw and in your face. “Infernal Metal Punk” actually summarizes the band’s discography so far. It includes all of their tracks that hav …

29/06/2021
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review Ossuaire - Mortes Fables

Ossuaire are one of those obscure ‘one album wonder’ bands who made it far enough to crank out 1 full length album back in 2010 before disbanding a few years later. Judging from the obscure history they’ve been around since 2000 so the gritty, yet technical tone of their choice of death metal from France is very much like Gorguts meets the doomy wa …

28/06/2021
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review Cathexis - Untethered Abyss

Cathexis are a death metal group from Austin Texas. Their debut album “Untethered Abyss” is the culmination of six years of gruelling song writing and a carefully put together cast of international talent in order to recreate death metal with more groove and gore. “Untethered Abyss” is an eight track death metal album with a production value that c …

25/06/2021
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review 71TonMan - War Is Peace/ Peace Is Slavery

71TonMan are a Polish sludge death metal hybrid group that know how to craft epics of grim, old school proportion. They’ve been around since 2011 but after 2 full length albums “War Is Peace…” is their first EP. While sadly only 3 tracks which doesn’t really give too much to judge at least the tracks stretch past the 5 minute mark so there is a lot …

24/06/2021
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review Gorgásmico Pornoblastoma - Duo A Quem Doer

Gorgásmico Pornoblastoma comes from Guimaraes, PortugaL. They have been around for more than a decade already, punishing humanity with their lo-fi noise/grindcore. Sometimes their sound gets heavier and more brutal, especially due to the death metal touches which appear on their vocals. Gorgásmico Pornoblastoma is Ced (guitar/vox) and Luizao (drums …

23/06/2021
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review Sieta - Novgorod

Well what do we have here? Straight from the Slavic countries a folk metal album by the Russian band Sieta called “Novgorod”, this LP will be available in June. I am always so surprised when I listen to folk tinged with black metal, it has so much strength that emanates from this musical style that one always finds happiness there at one time or an …

22/06/2021
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review Exorcizphobia - Digitotality

Excorciphobia are a thrash metal group coming from Czech Republic, offering a newly styled spin on the genre whilst paying homage to the old school era of thrash. The first track of the album ‘Desires Of The Flesh’ is a classic horror filled thrash track. This song carries so much strength with an immensely powerful guitar solo and semi-brutal main …

21/06/2021
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review Nervous Decay – Nervous Decay

Nantes based Nervous Decay have been playing their particular cacophony of old school death metal since 2017 and from that point have squeezed out a demo, a single and this debut album. The debut album features the same tracks that were present on the demo and the single, but so often bands do this so that their original, battle tested tunes can be …

18/06/2021
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review Baalberith - Manhunt

Baalberith are a five piece death metal band with black metal influences here and there from Poland and “Manhunt” is their crushing debut full length for 2021. Taking a mix of mid era Incantation mixed with Behemoth, what one has here is some pretty solid mid to fast paced death metal. Tracks like the opening ‘22’ are excellent demonstrations of wh …

17/06/2021
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Review Absurd / Hideshi Hino - Apocalyptic Extreme Noise Under Unleashed Murder

Murder Records in cooperation with Extreme Noise Tape released this bizarre underground split cassette tape of the one-man projects Absurd from Brazil and Hideshi Hino from Poland. Absurd is the project of Cesar China. On their side, they offered 37 tracks of mechanic grind noise that come from 3 different sessions, recorded in 2020. All 3 sessions …

16/06/2021
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review Devotion - The Harrowing

This time I want to review an album which is called “The Harrowing” by the Spanish band Devotion. This album is released on January 25th, 2021 via Memento Mori and includes 13 tracks. We are going to listen and check the album that is kind of mixed of South-American plus west European old school death metal style. It’s a cool stuff. HERE WE GO… The …

15/06/2021
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review Witchfuck – Black Blood Baptism

It’s probably not a huge surprise to anyone reading this that a band that goes by the name “Witchfuck” doesn’t exactly regard subtlety as high priority. You would also be forgiven for thinking you know exactly what this will sound like before actually listening to it (and you would be correct). Yes, “Black Blood Baptism” is no frills black metal th …

14/06/2021
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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 …

11/06/2021
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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 …

10/06/2021
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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 …

09/06/2021
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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 …

08/06/2021
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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 …

07/06/2021
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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. …

04/06/2021
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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 …

03/06/2021
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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 …

02/06/2021
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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 …

01/06/2021
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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 …

31/05/2021
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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 …

28/05/2021