review Astral Tomb - Degradation Of Human Consciousness

What we have here is a young death metal trio from Denver, Colorado that attacks the world with its three-song EP “Degradation Of Human Consciousness”. First things first – if you like your metal with good clean production then stay away from this release! Astral Tomb offers dirty and unpolished demo sound but this doesn’t mean that it sounds bad. …

review Ominous Ruin - Amidst Voices That Echo In Stone

From San Francisco, California, here comes Ominous Ruin. This quintet, with former members of Inanimate Existence, offers us with this “Amidst Voices That Echo In Stone” (first official work after two demos and an EP) a good job of technical / brutal death, with some parts of slam and atmospheric dissonance. The album will presumably be released on …

review Venomous - Tribus

New EP for Brazilians Venomous, melodic death metal from Sao Paulo. One year after their second full length “The Black Embrace” the five Brazilian guys release this “Tribus”, 4-track EP under Brutal Records (the official video for the song “Unity” has already been released). Very particular melodic death and certainly with clear references to the a …

review Torment - Occult

Well, this time I review a French death metal band which is called Torment. They’re active since 2017 and their debut album is “Occult”. Track one, the intro brings you stress and panic by synthesizers and sound effects and it’s really magnificent. Second track, ‘Deathwish’ is a specific track, heavy riffs, Punchy palm-mutes. ‘Human Parasite’ is my …

review Escarion - Pillars Of The Faith

I listened very happy to this “Pillars Of The Faith”, the first official album for Escarion, unfortunately unknown band from Melbourne. Released as a self-produced album, the four guys are able to expertly mix European and American sounds. “Pillars Of The Faith” is an investigation of the human psyche, contrasted with the idea of the ‘The Seven Dea …

review Omnivortex - Diagrams Of Consciousness

Omnivortex are relatively new to the metal world being they came together in 2019 and just recently put out their debut full length in November of 2020, but right from the opening notes one can tell that these Finns are going to be pretty big in tech death world. Boasting a big production, “Diagrams Of Consciousness” is a solid effort of music comp …

review Hidden In Eternity – A Tout Jamais

French gothic doomsters Hidden In Eternity have returned after what seems to be a fifteen year absence with “A Tout Jamais”, a fifty minute follow up to 2005’s “On The Ninth Day”. Before receiving this album in my inbox I was completely unfamiliar with Hidden In Eternity, but researching them threw up a few interesting nuggets including a revolving …

review Absurd - Complete Noise... Absurd Shit...

Back in the early days of the underground, when the whole extreme music thing was new-born, music styles were glued. There was no big difference if you played death or black metal, thrash or hardcore. I remember that back in those days we used to call “speed metal” almost every extreme and “thrashy” release based on what Motorhead did with “Overkil …

review Disfigured Human Mind / Gorgonized Dorks - Abusively Abrupt Pestilence

Disfigured Human Mind have been active since 1999. I first got into them in the year 2000 when I received the “Deadly Fragments” demo from a tape trading. I first got attracted by the grindcore cover and aesthetics. I loved the old school grindcore attitude of the band. This demo was recorded live. The production was lo-fi. There were many tracks e …

review A Pretext To Human Suffering - Rotting Sanctum

The year 2020 has probably been the most intelligent usage of time to form a band and create a record, especially if that release is able to be heavily promoted and released by the upcoming juggernaut label that is Reality Fade Records. So these US newcomers have hit a pretty sweet spot of success during the perilous chapters of the current pandemi …

review Apocalyptic Fear - Decayed Existence/Dawn Of The Ritual

Apocalyptic Fear is what you can easily call an oldschool metal gem – this Canadian band existed from 1991 and 1994 and managed to release just two demos, “Decayed Existence” from 1992 and “Dawn Of The Ritual” from 1994. Now those two demos are being re-released on one CD via Awakening Records which, curiously enough, is a label from China. What aw …

review Cadaver Putrefacto - Ritual De Exsanguinación

Directly from Buenos Aires, Argentina, here comes these Cadaver Putrefacto that with this “Ritual De Exsanguinación” reach the second official full length after “La Maldiciòn Del Zombi Errante” released in 2017. Band active since 2000 but only since 2016 can they be recorded their first activities between demo and EP. This latest work is presented …

review Dismembered Flesh Mutation - Necrophiliac Decomposition

If you enjoy the type of metal that you could slowly introduce to your parents and hope they understand and appreciate your interests, then this is definitely not the band or album to start with. Dismembered Flesh Mutation’s 2020 “Necrophiliac Decomposition” is as sickening as the band name and album title suggest. If you google the band name in se …

review Plague Years - Circle Of Darkness

The band is way young and already kicking ass! Fresh riffs and solid sound these guys put together some killer thrash metal. The whole album is super-charged. I was really impressed with their musicianship. They really are in their own with their sound. The vocals are petty hoarse and sound well intertwined with the guitars. Plus, the sound quality …

review In Demise - Conjuring Dystopia

Having released demos and albums since the birth of In Demise in 2005, this year’s offering comes in the form of a fifteen minute EP from the German band. Demonstrating a demonic balance between melodic riffs and attention-seeking build ups, the band provide a chaotic channelling of progressive death metal deemed fit for the genre at hand. Despite …

review Paganizer ‎– ... From The Reapers Vault ...

For more than 25 years Paganizer have well walked their own path in death metal, shaping an own sound based on their influences from the birthrising era of death metal. Paganizer were formed in 1998 from the ashes of Terminal Grip who was formed in 1994. With great respect for the old and mighty Swedish Death Metal scene, the rather productive deat …

review Gomorraa - Sordidus Fabellas (Luxuries Et Profanus)

Gomorraa were formed in São Paulo, Brazil in 2014 as Eterno Carnal. They soon changed name to Gomorraa to spit forth their old school black/thrash, highly influenced by the mighty progenitors of the genre/scene. In Gomorraa music there is a strong primitive Bathory influence (especially of the 1st album) with generous doses from the old mighty Braz …

review Sodom - Genesis XIX

This is what I remember about Sodom way back in the early days when “Agent Orange” was released… they were on top of their game. Seems like on this one their energy and riffs are back on top of DOMINATION. Totally kick ass and unrelenting. I don’t know why any scores on here are negative about this one because the whole way through is KING. I thi …

review Warside - The Enemy Inside

France’s offering of brutal bands consists of many greats, from the brilliant Benighted to the mesmerising Gorod. Following similar footsteps are newcomers to the scene, Warside. The debut EP ‘The Enemy Inside’ is a ferocious display of death metal with no brakes to their acceleration. Barking vocals are spat constantly by vocalist Thomas Allam, si …

review Wyrm - Purge

Eastern Europe has been distinguished for many years by a high quality black metal scene. Often melancholic, the black metal of these grey lands evokes defeated warriors, bloody poets telling the story of a battle lost in advance that they fought only for the panache. Wyrm comes from the Czech Republic and offers a black metal that may seem rather …

review Cesspool Of Corruption - Eradication Of The Subservient

Everything is bigger in Texas. Often proclaimed, somewhat backed by the brutes behind Cesspool Of Corruption’s EP “Eradication Of The Subservient”. Original released in 2016 and rereleased in 2020. An EP that could be held in higher regards if it were released in the late 2000’s amongst the waves of deathcore as the genre quickly interchanged. ‘Eme …

review Purnama - Flame Of Rebellion

With the goal to inspire to overcome every obstacle in life, to shake every religion and emphasise the power of nature the album “Flame Of Rebellion” was born and recorded. The band Purnama was formed in the Czech Republic and is a powerhouse to be recon with even though that they only have two albums. The band already toured a few years inside and …

review Disintegration - Prahara

Brutal Mind is known for aiming at bands that reek ferociousness. Disintegration are no exception to that rule! A fresh band to the scene with only one demo of 2016 so far. “Prahara” is their first full length and released in 2020. Six new tracks along with the two from their demo are the ones “Prahara” consists of. Blast beat upon blast beat upon …

Colin year list

2020 sucked. No doubt about that. People lost jobs, family, the freedom to travel, and live concerts basically ceased to exist for 75% of the year (depending on region of course). That was probably the hardest thing as a music enthusiast to digest as I missed out on so many great shows, meeting bands, and exploring new venues. So I did the next bes …

review Dethrone - State Of Decay

Sweden’s Dethrone have been around for some time, cranking out a hybrid of death metal and thrash that sounds akin to Dew Scented meets At The Gates. With two full lengths under their belt and about four years since their last album they’ve given fans a small EP to enjoy for 2020. Clocking under 15 minutes it doesn’t give new fans much to go on sav …

review Hypnos - The Blackcrow

Hypnos is an older, but relatively unknown underground death metal band from Czech Republic that has slowly evolved with the times. Starting in 1999 the group performed the typical death metal sound over the years in the vein of groups like Deicide or even Grave. As the years have gone on the band has evolved to more of a sound like Behemoth with m …

review Shrapnel Storm – Shrapnel Storm

Shrapnel Storm play thrash laced old school death metal, something that should come as no surprise to anyone given they are called Shrapnel Storm which may actually be the most thrash laced old school death metal band name of all time. Here with this self titled offering from the Finnish quintet, only their second full length since their formation …

review Death Invoker – Necromancy, Damnation, Revenge

Death Invoker has put forth a cassette release of their previous EP “Necromancy, Damnation, Revenge”. On the French label Nihilistic Holocaust. It features some pretty sick artwork that you would probably find tattooed on a deranged killer in a South American prison. Hailing from Lima, these Peruvian blackened metal thrashers have been spreading Sa …

review Feed Them Death - For Our Culpable Dead

Feed Them Death is a solo project from London, UK and a guy named Void is behind it. “For Our Culpable Dead” is his newest EP which contains three tracks of experimental death/grind. The opening track ‘A Subjective Tragedy’ is furious and dark, with lots of aggression in it. The following ‘For Our Culpable Dead’ has some industrial touches and remi …

review Soulskinner - Seven Bowls Of Wrath

Ah Greece! Its sun warming the skin, its historical heritage… and its death metal! Since 2000 Soulskinner have been offering a death metal that is both sophisticated and powerful, with that majestic and grandiose side that is quite typical of Greek metal (Septicflesh, Rotting Christ…). “Seven Bowls Of Wrath” is the fifth album of the Hellenes, …

review Malfested - Shallow Graves

Debut EP for this new Belgian line-up Malfested that comes with an excellent product called “Shallow Graves”. 6 songs ranging from classic to more modern death metal. Clear influences that recall bands such as Bloodbath and Carnation but which fortunately manage to range over even softer and more melodic territories that make the work much more var …

review Ysgaroth - Storm Over A Black Sea

Representing metallers from Canada, Ysgaroth’s. “Storm Over A Black Sea”, features an array of techniques and styles. According to their Bandcamp page, “Storm Over A Black Sea”, is their first album, or it is the only one listed under their own profile. The sound runs a ton of styles, a lot more one might think of a trio. Maybe the close-knit band …

review Intaglio - Intaglio

Intaglio are one of those relatively unknown funeral death metal bands from Russia who put out a single album back in 2005 and then disappeared. Back in 2019 they resurfaced with a single and now for 2020 have released a ‘remixed’ version of their debut, “Intaglio.” As far as the ‘remix part’ of the album it sounds like slightly cleaner production …

review Coexistence - Collateral Dimension

Coexistence are an Italian progressive death metal band with an aim to impress with their debut album titled “‘Collateral Dimension”. Along with their space-nature themed artwork, which is glorious to view, the band also have an offering of sci-fi creativity within their songwriting and lyrical aspects of the record. The nine tracks span across ove …

review War Agenda - Propaganda

War Agenda are a German group active since 2012. “Propaganda” is their second full length after “Night Of Disaster” released in 2015. In times when death metal seems to be the master, here comes these War Agenda to offer us the their thrash metal with old school veins but well played, produced and in step with the times. 11 tracks that lead us to r …

review Brain Corrosion / Ripped To Shreds - Exhumed From Eastern Tombs

This fuckin 2020 is coming at an end finally, and the struggle is all about finding the great moments and just holding on to them. Well… There’s one thing I can tell you for sure. These commandos here are definitely enlisted among them for sure! Lovers of the extreme… Worshipers of raw noise… Defilers of all that’s clean and plastic (Sound-wise)… C …

review Symbtomy - Demo #1

International old school death metal band, Symbtomy from Czechia/United Kingdom have released their first demo album which is called actually “Demo #1” on September 9th, 2020. They’ve released their stuff through digital and tape. At first when you start listening to the 3 tracks, it seems like you’re listening to the band Entombed which basically …

review Ilsa - Preyer

As a doom metal guitarist, I know exactly what I am looking for when I listen to doom bands and Ilsa hits that nail on the head brutally and with conviction. Ilsa is based out of Washington DC with 6 albums to their name, with their latest album “Preyer” that is set to be released November 20th, 2020. “Preyer” brings forth songs about a victim of t …

review Serpents Oath - Nihil

In, “Nihil”, Serpents Oath on Soulseller Records, has produced a great black metal album. Specifically, the opening ‘intro’ track, ‘Vox Mortis,’ opens with this soundtrack-like whisper or a quiet music and chant section, for seventeen seconds shy of two full minutes, sets the tone and the allows for a break to the full musical force of track two, ‘ …

review year list the fetus bin

TOP ALBUMS OF THE YEAR LIST 2020 2020 has not only been the most bizarre year, but it’s been a surprisingly decent year for underground metal. Here I’ve listed my top records from the archives of 2020. Diving deep into genres from black metal, deathcore, and of course the ultra brutal that came out this year. I hope you enjoy my list and hopefully …

review Perdition Sect - End Times

In a difficult period like the one we are facing in this nefarious 2020, four well-known characters in the musical world (Axioma, Ringworm, Incantation) have decided to occupy their free time during the various lockdowns to give life and set the sensations to music, the fears, the moods that everyone felt in those moments. The final result is this …

review Profanity - Fragments Of Solace

German death metallers Profanity will release the new (fourth) album “Fragments Of Solace” on December 4th 2020. For this release the german trio has decided to call famous people of the world death scene to participate as guest on some tracks. We’re talking about Terrance Hobbs of Suffocation, Dave Suzuki (ex Vital Remains), Dima Orlov of Fetal De …

review Act Of Creation - The Uncertain Light

There are a few things that come to mind when describing Act Of Creation’s new album “The Uncertain Light”. Raw. Powerful. Professional. Intense. For those that are unfamiliar with the origins of Act Of Creation, they first existed under the name of E 605 and went through several line up changes to reach the point where they are today. Hailing from …

review Spiritual Holocaust - Echoes Of The Apocalypse

Grim old school death metal of the 90s is what one will find when they hear “Echoes Of The Apocalypse” by Spiritual Holocaust. The 2nd full length from these Finnish pummelers lives up to its name with a buzz saw sound that thunders through and sounds akin of the likes of Grave, Dismember, or even Bloodbath with touches of Deicide. A rather midpace …

review Sarvekas - Of Atavistic Fury And Visions

Raw and hypnotic would be the best way to describe the Finnish duo known as Sarvekas for their debut EP, “Of Atavistic Fury And Visions.” It is about as raw as cleanly polished black metal can get- not quite as grating as older Dark Throne or Judas Iscariot, but also in no way soft. Think along the lines of Dark Funeral or mid era Watain or even ve …

review Depravity - Grand Malevolence

From Perth, Australia, here comes these Depravity. A band active since 2016 but with this “Grand Malevolence” they already reach their second full album after releasing “Evil Upheaval” two years ago. Also under Transcending Obscurity Records, “Grand Malevolence” presents itself as one of the best record releases of this 2020. 50 minutes of crazy de …

review Thrashera - Não Gosto!

Straight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thrashera are sure to deliver what their name promises! Pure old school thrash metal! Brazil is definitely a country with a huge production in every underground metal subgenre and has given the world bands that wrote history in speed/thrash/deathrash like Dorsal Atlântica, Taurus, Korzus, Armagedom and Sextrash …

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 …