Ancient Settlers - Our Last Eclipse

Ancient Settlers, formed recently in 2020, demonstrate what a well rounded mix of influences from around the world (specifically the USA, Venezuela, Finland, Spain, and Portugal) can come up with. Ancient Settlers’ debut album is a mix of melo death metalcore, and the best comparison with them can be considered a cross between Killswitch Engage and...

20/04/2022

Beyond Mortal Dreams - Abomination Of The Flames

Absolutely prestigious album this "Abomination Of The Flames" by southern Australians Beyond Mortal Dreams, a band active since 1992 under the name of Suffering. Almost 14 years after the previous full length, this new work arrives like a bolt from the blue in our hi fi. 7 songs for a total of 40 minutes of phenomenal brutality and riffing. If...

19/04/2022

Vanir - Sagas

Associated with mighty Gods and bloodthirsty warriors, old tales are being spoken again by the Danish band Vanir, formed in 2009 by music loving metalheads with a viking melodic folk metal sound the group has since released five studio albums, beginning with a demo in 2010. "Jörgmungandr" was quickly followed up by "Særimners Kød" a year later. Whe...

18/04/2022

Bellgrave - Back As King

Germany’s Bellgrave are a surprising underground return from the dead since 2017, so their sixth full length album “Back As King” is very properly entitled. Featuring the return of their original vocalist, song titles and lyrics back in English instead of German, and a claim to a new ‘hard rock’ sound, listeners may not be sure what to expect from...

14/04/2022

Emasculated Vituperation - Rape Trauma Syndrome

When you see a release from Brutal Mind Records, your mind automatically hovers around something close to brutal death metal. It has to be nasty, disgustingly poetic and super heavy. Terms that follow this new, first full length from Emasculated Vituperation. The freshmen from Taiwan have nailed it. Only one year of life and yet they managed to cre...

13/04/2022

Corrupter - Descent Into Madness

2 man death metal group Corrupter finally unleash their dismal death metal debut on the world after a quick formation in 2021, and it is 30 minutes of French old school 90s musical hell. Raw, grim, with little flair or room for progressive elements, this is pretty much lo fi brutality on the ear in the vein of Incantation, Immolation, and even a bi...

12/04/2022

Analepsy - Quiescence

It's a difficult task maintaining a rising band that's had as much success from their debut album as Analepsy have been blessed with, whist also having their frontman/axeman quit the band during the Covid worldwide struggle. "Atrocities From Beyond" was not only a major success for the band, but also for the brutal death metal scene as a whole. Its...

11/04/2022

Cataleptic - The Tragedy

After two epic heavy albums, Finland’s death doom group Cataleptic seem to have restrained themselves a bit for their third full length entitled “The Tragedy.” Still focusing on a historical/ philosophical standpoint like their previous works, the music is still drawn out epics but no track scales past 15 minutes this time. While fans are given mor...

08/04/2022

Vulnificus - Invocation

First official EP for Vulnificus, a band born just over a year ago and formed by the multi-instrumentalist Wilson Sherels and the singer Eston Browne (for the more attentive ex-singer of the progressive death metaller Gigan). "Invocation" is therefore the band's first official work to be released via New Standard Elite, 18 minutes of old schoo...

07/04/2022

Texas Murder Crew - Wrapped In Their Blood

Texas Murder Crew's 2020 debut EP, "Everyone's Last Breath", was a huge deal for the underground brutal death scene upon its release. The EP showcased a fresh take on the genre with its annihilating drumming, sickening vocals and heavily praised in general for being Devourment's own Kevin Clark's latest project as he brought his guitar and backing...

05/04/2022

Catalyst - II

Just 4 years after their 1st successful EP, Belgium’s prog death group Catalyst are back with the simply titled album “II.” Though there isn’t too much to go off of here (just like the predecessor), the band still delivers some solid mix of death metal, progressive metal, and even touches of metalcore for a well rounded EP. Granted, this isn’t goin...

04/04/2022

Symbtomy - Demo 2

Symbtomy's "Demo #2" is a 2022, 18-minute-long release from the international trio with members hailing from the UK and Czech Republic. The demo is a short burst of death metal adrenaline, mostly contributing to that of the old-school, melodic essence of the genre as if At The Gates were having an affair with Death. Whilst the band's previous demo...

30/03/2022

Scalpture - Feldwarts

Scalpture come from Germany and "Feldwarts" is their third full-length album. What you will find here are nine tracks of relentless old-school death metal. The opening track 'To End All Wars' strikes with precision and brutality reminiscent of the sound of Bolt Thrower or Hail Of Bullets. The audio bashing continues with the French titled 'Ils...

29/03/2022

Defechate - Unbounded

Defechate are a rather interesting 2 man death metal group from Italy. On their debut full length “Unbonded” the band at first seems to come off as a typical death grind, but with their rather introspective song titles and loaded groove into each song, the music is actually not quite the noisefest one would think. Yes, the music hits hard at times...

28/03/2022

Lesson In Violence - The Thrashfall Of Mankind

When dealing with an obvious of a title as “The Thrashfall Of Mankind,” one should know what to expect from Germany’s new-ish metal group Lesson in Violence. While their album art and title is pretty bold in stating they are a thrash metal group, the real question is which successes and pitfalls of thrash will they follow? Well from the opening tra...

23/03/2022