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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
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review Eyeless In Gaza- Act I: The Protagonist

Solitude Productions is well known for signing on lots of underground and upcoming doom bands that have tons of potential, so new artists are always worth checking out on that label. Eyeless In Gaza is a one man group from Armenia that knows how to deliver sorrow and thoughtful darkness in epic proportions while crushing the soul with a rather clea …

14/07/2020
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review Fordomth - Is, Qui Mortem Audit

When listening to an album like “Is, Qui Mortem Audit,” one must be able to stomach the unsettling marriage of doom and black metal together. Fordomth present five tracks of crawling twisted sound that feels like a more simplified version of Ulcerate with its thick atmosphere minus the echoing reverb of the vocals which have a black metal roar to t …

13/07/2020
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review Extended Putrefaction - 5th Stage Of Death

Creepy samples taken from the hit comedy-horror Slither begin the introduction to Kansas’ latest brutal slamming death metal newcomer, Extended Putrefaction. If you enjoy your slam with some of it’s more retro format then this here is for you. Five tracks in fifteen minutes of pure, unrelenting brutality at it’s most honest ferocity. ‘Dismembered B …

12/07/2020
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review Witches Hammer – Damnation Is My Salvation

After a string of EP’s and demos in the 80’s and some compilations in recent years and building a cult following Vancouver shredders Witches Hammer have reactivated to release their first proper album “Damnation Is My Salvation”. Most notably drumming up interest for the band is main axeman Marco Banco who was once a member of Canadian black/death …

10/07/2020
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review Ritualistic - Hollowborn

Ritualistic has been around since 2012, but this U.S. based group has only recently put out their full length debut. The music is definitely a typical death metal opus that sounds like a mix of Inferi and Black Dahlia Murder with less screeching higher pitched vocals, but the production is clear enough you can hear the technical and melodic element …

09/07/2020
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review Dead Carnage - From Hell From Hate

Dead Carnage are a band active since 2013 from the Czech Republic, with former members of Disfigured Corpse and Antigod. This “From Hell From Hate” is their second official album after the first full released in 2017 (“Flesh, Blood, Orgy”). The band moves on an old school death metal canon, which flows without any kind of compromise in all eight tr …

08/07/2020
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review Werewolves – The Dead Are Screaming

Every so often an album comes along and sucker punch’s you out of nowhere and perfectly scratches a particular itch. Like a cold pint on a hot day or something simple cooked to perfection hits the right spot. Well Werewolves has done exactly that with this beast of an album. I’ll let the hype sticker on the album speak for itself “Werewolves are de …

07/07/2020
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review The Hallowed Catharsis - Killowner

The Hallowed Catharsis are a hidden gem from Vancouver, BC. 2020’s input from them is nothing short of a brilliant combination of technical death metal and progressive wizardry. “Killowner” is the band’s fourth EP since their birth in 2013. If you’re unfamiliar with the band or their previous entries then this could become a joyous voyage listening …

06/07/2020
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review Shrapnel - Palace For The Insane

Some sick thrash work that clocks in a little under an hour in length. And well worth it! This band definitely shows their influences to some old school acts such as Destruction (Germany), Exodus (Bay Area) and some heavy metal such as the old school Helloween. I enjoyed this one from start to finish! It was a well worth shout out from the band to …

05/07/2020
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review Lantern - Dimensions

The wait is over! Finally the Finnish black / death metallers Lantern return with their third full length album. “Dimensions” will be out via Dark Descent Records in the next days. Certainly many steps forward have been made, and the band’s compositional path has been consolidated within these extreme sounds. The monolithic production gives the alb …

03/07/2020
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review Digest! - Hard To Digest

Digest! are a relatively unknown group from Germany that provide punk crusted death metal that is rather catchy and grim without sound too old school fuzzy. Using twisted lyrics and imagery one could imagine if a group like Six Feet Under decided to go punk or fully embrace their rock side of their death n’ roll style, that’s exactly what one would …

02/07/2020