review Northern Crown - In A Pallid Shadow

Northern Crown are a heavy U.S. doom based band from Florida, but they take the doom elements and stretch them a bit beyond the standard group. Usually one expects doom to be heavy, dreary guitar passages with thick percussion, mournful vocals, and keyboard or orchestral elements added in with depressing lyrics. When taking a listen to “In A Pallid …

review YounA - Zornvlouch

“Zornvlouch” is the debut from one man German black metal group, YounA. Shrouded in a mysterious haze just like the music, Mts has had his hand in quite a few other black metal bands over the years, mostly guitar work, in groups such as Evil Warriors and II. All are relatively underground with only a few full length albums out or demos, but Mts see …

review Foetal Juice - Gluttony

“Gluttony” the second full length served by those British bastards and…. ladies….You might need to bring another pair of panties with you if you’re planning on listening to this. Foetal Juice are no new lads in the scene. They’ve been around since 2005. Since then they’ve released numerous split cds and eps. Their first full was out on 2016. Raw an …

review Astral Sleep - Astral Doom Musick

Finnish doom quartet Astral Sleep first made their mark back in 2008 in the death doom community via Solitude Productions- an underground yet well represented label that presents artists from almost every sub genre of doom that exists. “Astral Doom Musick” is the band’s first album without that label, and for those that have followed them in the pa …

review -(16)- - Dream Squasher

-(16)- has been around for quite some time, so it is a wonder this LA outfit hasn’t gotten more exposure as they’ve put out quite a few albums since the mid 90s. They don’t have as big of a discography as say a group like Dark Throne, but over a span of eight albums -(16)- have built themselves quite a discography of tongue-in-cheek sludge doom har …

review Embodiment - Palingenesis

Embodiment are a four piece technical death metal band from the UK that really deliver a lot of melody amongst the technical side of their work with their 2nd album, “Palingenesis”. Heavy yet sprinkled with tons of softer moments, one could easily compare this group’s work to the likes of bands such as Inferi, who follow a very similar style. This …

review Féleth- Depravity

Féleth bring a fresh ferocity to modern death metal with their debut “Depravity”. Drawing on a sound that mixes death metal and a bit of groove metal, fans of groups ranging from Deicide to Lamb of God will find this Norwegian group a pretty entertaining listen. Moving away from the typical brutal or deathcore tinged style that seems to populate mo …

review Witnesses - Doom II

Lately in the last month the doom side of metal has been ranting and raving about Paradise Lost’s new album “Obsidian” as the triumph of the genre. For gothic doom the group did a wonderful job on that album, but it feels like a new contender for doom in general has broken the surface with Witnesses and their fifth full length, simply titled “Doom …

review Grim Fate- Perished In Torment

Grim Fate is a 3 piece death metal outfit from the Netherlands that are solely intent on taking listeners back to the early 90s and reliving a classic known as “Lost Paradise.” Their debut, “Perished In Torment,” is a great tribute the raw, yet mournful epic that launched doom pioneers Paradise Lost, and while listeners may feel it is a strong imit …

review Deathing - All Hail The Decay

“All Hail The Decay” is the debut EP from Finland’s death metal outfit Deathing. The music is a bit brief but tries to shy away from typical death metal groups like Six Feet Under, Entombed, or Nile and go their own route. Their style is more like chugging, thrash oriented death metal but not quite speed thrash death like a group such as Vader woul …

review Drops Of Heart- Stargazers

Drops Of Heart are a hidden gem hailing from Russia that perform a mix of metalcore and melodic death metal. If one were to mix Killswitch Engage, Disarmonia Mundi, and more recent In Flames together, one would get the sound that is on their album, “Stargazers”. It is heavy, but beautiful stuff. About six years in the making since their debut, the …

review Molog - Tri

Molog are a relatively new black metal band from Australia that take a somewhat melodic approach to the lo fi style of typical black metal. Combining elements heard from groups like Mgla or raw groups like Moon, there is certainly a depressive atmosphere surrounding the band’s debut album “Tri.” It is a fast album, churning out a rather standard bl …

review Vesicarum - Reign Of Terror

With a short dose of nasty, old school death metal decided those British ravagers Vesicarum from Kent to open the stage for their band in age 2020. “Reign Of Terror” is their first release as a band and consists of 4 tracks and an outro. The songs are mid-tempo, aiming to the groove mostly, bringing a lot in mind bands as Bolt thrower and early Ent …

review Mass Murder - Extreme Extinction

Mass Murder, a band formed by ex Necrotorture guitarist Francesco Corcio, arrive with this “Extreme Extinction” as their second official album after “Aracnofrenik” released in 2015. 9 tracks of pure and uncontaminated brutal death metal make up this work, much more mature than the previous one but which in essence does not give us anything new on t …

review Noose Rot - The Creeping Unknown

Noose Rot are a blend of death and doom metal straight out of Minnesota that perform music in the raw late 80s/ early 90s style. Fans of the buzz saw guitar sound that enjoy old school groups like Bloodbath mixed with the slower pace of very early Paradise Lost minus the gloomy tones will instantly find their music quite appealing. They only have o …

review Minatox69 - Collapse

Minatox69 is a metalband from northern Italy and was formed in 2010 by the members Fox, Bozart, Checco and Tado who where good friends at the time. After writing material and rehearsing, the band started to record a demo, and in the same year that the band started to play “La Forsa Nel Deserto” was released. Soon a lot of Italian shows followed and …

review Gloom - Rider Of The Last Light

Gloom is one of Finland’s more raw and chaotic black metal acts, so those looking to go back to the 90s when black metal wasn’t so avant-garde or symphonic and just grim and evil then they are an excellent choice. Their album “Rider Of the Last Light” takes furious black metal riffing that would appeal to fans of early Marduk with the attitude of n …

review Torrefy - Life Is Bad

Thrash has seemed be a bit one sided these days. Usually one will take the formula developed by Slayer, Exodus, or Metallica and expand upon it in their own way but still sound like copycats. The 35 or so minute albums of speed thrash riffs with snarly vocals are dime a dozen, so when a group like Torrefy comes along they need to step things up. Th …

review Göden - Beyond Darkness

Göden’s doom laden debut, “Beyond Darkness,” takes a genre of cliché beauty and beast vocals mixed with epic tracks of mournful guitar that are lead by a funeral procession of sad sounding keyboards and tries to bring something fresh by turning some of those cliché ideas in doom on their head while still retaining a core sound that is truly ‘doomy. …

review Validor - In Blood In Battle

Validor is an interesting group hailing from Athens, Greece that merge folk and power metal together. Originally a four piece the band now consists solely of Odi Thunderer who created most of the music to start with back in 2008 and currently handles guitar, bass, and vocal duties. “In Blood In Battle” is not a new album for them, but rather a re-r …

review Antipathic - Covered With Rust

Born at the end of 2016, Antipathic – an italian/american (Tato from Glacial Fear/Zora on vocals/bass and Chris from Human Repugnance on guitars/drums) act – released their first work called “Autonomous Mechanical Extermination” in April 2017. This EP included three songs that combined a particular form of grind/death metal and slam. Some months la …

review Blightmass - Severed From Your Soul

Blightmass is a band from Lyon, France and “Severed From Your Soul” is their debut album in which vocalist is Jesse Jolly from the Tampa, Florida band Diabolic. So you can expect good deep growls mixed with heavy guitars and powerful drumming. Blightmass offer twelve tracks (plus intro) of Morbid Angel and Monstrosity influenced death metal with th …

review Protosequence - A Blunt Description Of Something Obscene

“A Blunt Description Of Something Obscene” presents something rather unique in the EP world when it comes to the stereotypical idea of what an EP is. One usually expects a small amount of tracks that serve as an introduction for the band before their full length to start garnering them some attention, but Canada’s Protosequence really give listener …

review Thecodontion - Supercontinent

It is interesting when a band can take a very simple sound and expand upon it in the form of an ear-catching album along with a strong concept. Thecodontion, a 2-man group hailing from Italy, use a combination of bass, guitar and vocals along with their live drummer V.P.  to take listeners through their first full length album entitled “Supercontin …

review Disabled - The Final Exhumation

With this “The Final Exhumation” we will really make a great jump in the past, returning to 1992… year of formation of this French cult band originally called Drowned. Disabled was born in Bordeaux in 1992, from four boys dedicated to a fierce and aggressive death metal of a clear mid-European mold. Within the group, stands out in the role of gui …

review Tristwood - Blackcrowned Majesty

Tristwood are a rather mysterious band from Austria that create very secretive, chaotic music. After a rather quiet set of years between 2010 and 2019 they emerged from a dark slumber to thrash the world with their fourth full length album that mixes black metal, death metal and industrial and suddenly a year later they’ve cranked out another one. …

review Dark Fortress - Spectres From The Old World

Dark Fortress have been one of Germany’s better unknown gems for the past 20 years. Starting out as a melodic black metal band tackling dark themes such as death and occultism, they had a rather fast but evil sound that gave fans highlights such as “Stab Wounds” back in 2004. For myself, I stumbled upon them in 2008 when “Eidolon” came out and it w …

review Black Rabbit - Warren Of Necrosis

Black Rabbit is a Dutch thrash/death from the town of Apeldoorn, inspired by Megadeth, Obituary and many more bands. The two guitarists Jelle and Hidde started making songs because there where not enough metalbands in Apeldoorn. After a few shows the band finally got a solid line up, with Hidde and Jelle on guitars, Max on drums and Pieter bass gui …

review Spankraght - Thou Shalt Drown In The Blood Of Thy Children

Dance Insanity. That is probably the best way to describe the rather epic “Thou Shalt Drown In The Blood Of Thy Children” by Belgium’s Spankraght. Taking dance beats and techno that will make fans of KMFDM, 3teeth, Shining (the jazz metal group not depressive metal one) or Orgy very proud and adding in heavy guitars, the band takes a formula that w …

review Humanity’s Last Breath - Abyssal

Deathcore is a genre that is hard to come up with new elements to make groups stand out. In a world where there are too many clones of groups like Whitechapel it becomes difficult to distinguish sounds between bands. Humanity’s Last Breath thankfully took the deathcore formula and added in some much needed enhancements to really make their sound st …

review Exaugurate - Chasm Of Rapturous Delirium

We don’t know much about these guys in Exaugurate, four pieces from, I believe, Birmingham – Alabama and, from what I found on the net, with members from bands such as Hollowed Idols, Ectovoid and Seraphic Entombment. The band was formed during 2020 and this “Chasm Of Rapturous Delirium” is their first ever EP. 4 tracks for a total of 20 minutes ra …

review Abysmal Dawn - Phylogenesis

Abysmal Dawn have seemed like they were in a bit of a rut with their last few albums. The Los Angeles based group has always delivered ferocious music that rivals more long running bands like Nile, Suffocation, or Hideous Divinity, but their audial take just hasn’t really seemed to grab my attention ever since I heard their debut back in 2006 “From …

review Bones - Gate Of Night

I was extremely unfamiliar of Bones when Twan sent tis EP to review. Nut I previewed maybe 30 seconds and knew I’d dig it. Oh, I do! Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, Bones has been active since 2010, and unfortunately this is the first offering I’ve heard. But that means I can go back and check all their tunes. Stoked! Their most recent offering, a 2 …

review Sortout - Conquer From Within

Sortout’s music will bring back quite the nostalgia to early to mid 2000s with their mix of metalcore and melodeath, which means that their sound is very accessible and should be pleasing to fans of hard and ‘softer” metal alike. “Conquer From Within” is their second full length to date and features tons of melodies and vocal lines that fans of art …

review Wound Collector - Depravity

At first glance, Wound Collector may just seem like a typical brutal death metal band. This Belgium group actually has quite a few surprises in store with their second full length, “Depravity”, inflicting their own style of progressive death metal that touches on all sorts of sub genres, from tech death to jazz. Some might feel they are in store fo …

review Death Courier - Necrotic Verses

The album begins with super fast drumming and a frenzied grinding death metal guitar riff. The second, more melodic guitar layer uplifts the theme. Bill’s vocals are dominant. There is no doubt; one of the best Greek metal bands, the first extreme metal band from Greece and one of the well-hidden diamonds of the global underground is back! The palm …

review Engutturalment Cephaloslamectomy - Glam Not Slam

When it comes to brutal slamming death metal there’s usually two approaches to the genre, gore obsessed or comedy based. Engutturalment Cephaloslamectomy definitely lean more towards the comedic route on 2020s interestingly titled “Glam Not Slam”. The song titles alone prove the direction of the album to be somewhat laughable, but at the same time …

review Ruin Lust - Sacrifice

Grim and cold. That would be the best way to describe New York blackened death outfit Ruin Lust’s 2nd full length album. The group takes a mixture of what sounds like Behexen and Gatecreeper and puts it to great effect by showing listeners the grittier side of metal music while still creating plenty of ear catching riffs with a muddled production t …

review Eternal Delyria - Paradox Of The Mechanical Age

If one likes their music grandiose and symphonic with a base of melodeath meets black metal, then Switzerland’s Eternal Delyria is certainly worth checking out. Their second full length- almost four years after their first- is an opus of well crafted songs that feel like early The Kovenant and a bit of orchestral arrangements from Dimmu Borgir were …

review Killitorous - The Afterparty

Killitorous !! Don’t you know who they are? Formed in 2006-07, the band is formed of current as well as ex-members of Suffocation, Vital Remains, Annihilator, First Fragment and Immersed …. Is it enough for you? This “The Afterparty” is the second official album after “Party, Grind” released in 2014 for these Killitorous, bands that from their bi …

review Gut - Disciples Of Smut

Is there anything Gut can’t do? Perfectly executing catchy extreme metal as showcased on the album title track which boasts of a blackened sludge genre, whilst following track ‘Altar Of Domination’ serves as one of the most well produced sounding goregrind tracks I’ve ever heard. Further down the line the band are able to produce a plateful of vari …

review Shinigami - Ryu

Shinigami – a death thrash group from the Netherlands – have been around for some time (since 2014) but have only recently been gracing listeners with their rather catchy style of music since 2016. Their second EP -and offering to date- blends the music of Slayer’s “Christ Illusion” and Marduk’s “Wormwood” with a bit of death metal thrown in for a …

review Vader- Solitude In Madness

Vader is one of the more recognizable death metal bands in the world today. Right when you hear the opening ‘death thrash’ riff and bellowed vocals, one knows what they’re getting into. Alongside groups like Cannibal Corpse or Dark Funeral, they’ve stuck to a pretty steady formula that has served them well ever since their debut in 1992, this Polis …

review Artach – Chronicles Of A Black Winter

Artach has released, what appears, to be their first album (nothing else is listed on Bandcamp) in “Chronicles Of A Black Winter”. And the first track, ‘Eternal Black Winter,’ wastes no time in opening the band up to the world. 4/4 count by the drummer and then start! The album, after that blasting opening, then slows down and feels akin to the pun …

review The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Purgatory

There are certain bands that are considered ‘gateway bands’ to the metal genre as a whole. The kinds of artists that you know just have everything that will entice a brand new listener to a type of music that they may have never heard before. Typically, a new metalhead may be recommended Dark Tranquillity, Slayer, Metallica, Dimmu Borgir, Five Fing …

review Reptilium - Adrenochromacy

Second EP of four self-produced tracks for this band from South America and more precisely from Ecuador. “Adrenochromacy” follows the other EP “Conspiranoic” released in 2019 after one year. The strange thing is that I never expected, listening to all the tracks for the first time, that Reptilium came from overseas. Everything sounds so damned Euro …

review Disentomb - The Decaying Light

Sheer brutality. That is the best way to describe Australian brutal slam death outfit Disentomb and their latest offering “The Decaying Light”. It is a very surprising listen compared to their debut album all the way back from 2010, “Sunken Chambers Of The Nephilim”, which felt more like a muddled mess of a band trying to be another Devourment clon …

review Evoker - Evil Torment

Evoker come from Australia and present their first EP with the unmistakable title “Evil Torment”. Active since 2016, the three guys released their first demo in 2018 and only after two years they release their first official work. Evoker present themselves with a sound attributable to an old school thrash / blackened / death metal. 6 songs without …