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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
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review Profeci – Matecznik

Profeci are a black metal four piece from Poland. “Matecznik” is their debut full length release. The band play a melodic, atmospheric slow paced style of black metal with sung and spoken word vocals, thing in the vein of later Celtic Frost or Schammasch when they stop fucking about and get on with it. It conjure up that woodland, open space wild a …

26/09/2020
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review Summon – Helios

Portuguese blackened death metallers Summon are back with their third release “Helios” a three track EP on Godz Ov War productions following up their debut full length 2018’s “Parav Il Zilittv” on Iron Bonehead records. All three tracks are simply called “Helios I – III” so this make for one big piece to listen to in one sitting. Part one bring for …

25/09/2020
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review Aborted Fetus - Pyramids Of Damnation

Russia’s Aborted Fetus have, yet again, blessed us with an all-out death metal assault entitled, “Pyramids Of Damnation”. Over the years, this band has unleashed some devastating releases and this new effort should be considered no different. However, I will say that musically; there is more of a solidified foundation of traditional death metal tha …

25/09/2020
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review Conquest Icon – Empire Of The Worm

“Empire Of The Worm” is the second album from Polish death metallers Conquest Icon. What started off as a studio project has now become a full 5 piece band and this is the first release with new vocalist Ronve formally of Purifier and Ebola. How do I describe Conquest Icon? Right, think of Incantation or Immolation not song structure wise but the d …

24/09/2020
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review Rotting Kingdom – A Deeper Shade Of Sorrow

After a really interesting debut EP released in 2017 US doom death metallers Rotting Kingdom release their debut full length album “A Deeper Shade Of Sorrow” a melancholy laden album that is brutal when it needs to be but has many different shades of the musical spectrum on display. Opening with the Paradise Lost-esque ‘Sculpted Into Life By The Ha …

23/09/2020
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review Stillbirth- Revive The Throne

German brutal slam deathcore outfit Stillbirth are no strangers to metal. More than likely anyone who has been delving into the slam subgenre has probably heard of them as these guys have been cranking out music since 2003. Over the years they’ve seemed to develop a pattern of sorts when it comes to releases. Originally delving into lyrics and them …

22/09/2020
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review ΩΝ - Ανέγνων, έγνων, κατέγνων

ΩΝ (Omega Ni) is a one man band from Komotini, Northern Greece. ΩN in Greek means the one who exists/lives right now. The band was formed in 2015 and “Ανέγνων, έγνων, κατέγνων” (it can be written as “Anegnon, Egnon, Kategnon”) is their first full length album, but the individual behind the band, also named ΩΝ (He Who Is), has been active in the sce …

22/09/2020
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review Perfecitizen - Humanipulation

Perfecitizen have been around for a while, though their latest offering “Humanipulation” has the biggest release gap between albums so far- about 5 years. This Czechnian group formed after the split of Alienation Mental which has been cranking out music since the late 90s, so these guys are no strangers to metal even though Perfecitizen has been ar …

21/09/2020
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review Sciatica - Sciatica

Sciatica’s was born of pain and literally dealing with the condition sciatica, which deals with pain going down the sciatic nerve that can affect leg mobility and basically make one feel paralyzed from the waist down. Solos instrumentalist Cullen Wade dealt with this condition for some time, and instead of turning to drugs or animal beating to chan …

20/09/2020
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review Somniate - The Meyrinkian Slumber

The debut album from Czechia’s Somniate is a raw, yet melodic black metal effort tinged with doom elements. “The Meyrinkian Slumber” evokes similar sounds to that of Acherontas and a less classically tinged Ghostbath with the mix of furious, yet melodic guitar passages, shrouded vocals, and mixed in slower moments to ease things up a bit. The drumm …

19/09/2020
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review Héboïdophrénie - Cannabilism For Dummies

Unreadable logo? Check. Brutal artwork? Check. Barbaric song titles? Check. That’s the initial impressions from France’s brutal “deathgore” maniacs, Héboïdophrénie… just don’t ask me to pronounce that! “Cannibalism For Dummies” is the band’s second album since their 2013 debut, “Origin Of Madness”. On a first venture through the record it’s notic …

18/09/2020
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review Volturyon - Xenogenesis

What we have here is the fourth full-length album of the Swedish band Volturyon called “Xenogenesis”. This is the first time that I hear about those guys which is strange having in mind that the band exists since 2006. But is it possible to know every band from the seemingly endless Swedish metal scene? Probably not… What you will find in this al …

17/09/2020
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review Abyssal Ascendant- Chronicles Of The Doomed Worlds

Abyssal Ascendent continue their Lovecraftian apocalypse with their second chapter of “Chronicles Of The Doomed Worlds” called “Deacons Of Abhorrence”. Just like the first offering, this French group continues down the death metal path in the vein of groups like Akerfeldt era Bloodbath and Barnes era Cannibal Corpse with mid paced, chugging death m …

16/09/2020
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review Sxuperion - Endless Spiritual Embodiment

Pure chaos right from the start, Sxuperion’s “Endless Spiritual Embodiment” invokes thoughts and vibes of Incantation’s “Onward To Golgotha” but not just because of the similar style of song titles. The blistering sound of the ungodly guitars come through sharper than a butcher’s blade, but with all the foggy and muffled production. Added blackened …

15/09/2020
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review Maggoth - Maggoth

Poland’s 3 piece Maggoth can be compared to the likes of Slayer, Sepultura, and even Prong with their raw, yet catchy choice of thrash meets groove. It is raw, gritty music and yet cleanly produced enough that everything can be heard clearly, even if some instruments like the drums are pushed into the background at times. On their third full length …

15/09/2020
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review Once Upon A Dream - Cruciamentum

Once Upon A Dream is a five-piece metalcore band with members from Greece and Germany. Alcyone Records released their debut EP “Cruciamentum”. The cover artwork is a very beautiful and emotional piece of art with great colors and reflects in the most appropriate way the content of the EP. The band’s sound is based on mid tempo metalcore grooves wit …

14/09/2020
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review Infection - Beheaded Children Contest

Infection present some pretty amusing brutal death metal with their second EP entitled “Beheaded Children Contest.” It is a quick listen full of everything one could expect from a group from Peru that sounds like a mix of Cannibal Corpse, Mortician, and Torture Killer: blast beats galore with solid production all around, guttural vocals, really fas …

13/09/2020
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review Krigsgrav - Leave No Path To Follow

Krigsgrav is quite an interesting band, but a hard one to define as far as genres go. With elements of death, doom, black, progressive and goth, the band takes extreme metal to a level attempted by many but achieved by few. “Leave No Path To Follow” is a soulless and agonizing trip to where life is depleted and the aftermath of such has free reign …

12/09/2020
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review Kletus - Kletus

Leeuwarden based extreme metal band Kletus unleash a hellish sound on their self titled album. Sounding like a chaotic nightmare comparable to the likes of Nails or even Anaal Nathrakh, track after track hits hard with distortion, chugging riffs, unsettling vocals, and quiet passages here and there that just add to the foreboding before the track e …

11/09/2020
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review Oncology - Omniversal Antigenesis

Oncology are somewhat new to me, “Omniversal Antigenesis” is the band’s sophomore and latest album and clocks in at 30 minutes and thirty seconds on the dot. A standard length for this sort of record. Brutal death metal ceases as one of the most difficult genres to stand out amongst, especially if you’re a relatively newcomer band to the scene. The …

10/09/2020
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review Lupe - Burn

There are times when Art stands outside of the set borders. There are times when Art questions these borders. Who set them? Why? What for? For how long? Then Art questions itself. What is Art? There are times when the Artist denies individuality to express art. One of the Artist’s mains goals is to be set free to express Art. But how do someone get …

10/09/2020
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review Vacant Eyes - A Somber Preclusion Of Death

It takes a lot of patience to sit through anything that touches into the genre ‘funeral doom,’ and sometimes that listen through anywhere from 8 to 16 minute tracks is a total waste. Not so with Vacant Eyes and their second album, “A Somber Preclusion Of Being”. There is a reason every track is so long- this group carries weight in their music, bot …

09/09/2020
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review Obsecration - Onwards The Mystic Paths Of The Dead

What best term could there be other than ‘OLD SCHOOL’ for this one here? New release from these Greek death metal legends Obsecration. These guys go back to 1991 when everything started more or less, went through many ups and downs but never stopped! With their previous full of 2013 (“Into The Bloodemonium”) still jamming on my track list when I wa …

09/09/2020
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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