Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Bleed This Earth - The Slow Decline

<p>Funeral doom is always a hard genre to swallow, and just because it is massive in sound and length. It takes a lot of keep listeners interested in ten plus minutes of work while maintaining a dark and gloomy atmosphere that pretty much makes one feel trapped in a morose state of mind. Some groups like Disembowelment just used distortion and slow...

29/09/2022

Proceed On Your Way To Oblivion - Ceremorphosis

<p>Nerds and metal fans rejoice because this right here is the perfect blend of brutal music set to just the right themes that those of us who grew up in the 80s are sure to love. Formed in 2018, Proceed On Your Way To Oblivion is a sort of supergroup from the U.S. cranking out tech death similar to that of Aborted and Origin. The songs hit hard, f...

26/09/2022

Bottlekopf - The Jokes Are Over

<p>After almost 8 years of silence, Poland’s Bottlekopf is back with more groove laden sludge tinged death metal. A more well rounded 2nd effort, there is much more to consume on “The Jokes Are Over” compared to their debut back in 2014. While the album holds a very basic formula with plenty of chugging riffs, throaty vocals, percussive tapping, an...

20/09/2022

Tyrannos - Spears Of The Aten

<p>U.K.’s Tyrannos storm forward with their debut EP, “Spears Of The Aten” which is a short collection of progressive death metal. While not as ‘Opeth’ progressive or ‘A Forest of Stars’ progressive, Tyrannos does have a few moments that do impress on the album.&nbsp;</p><p>The opening ‘Beneath The Pharonic Necropolis’ has a bit of a bombastic soun...

19/09/2022

Miseration - Black Miracles And Dark Wonders

<p>It took ten long years but fans finally have it: Sweden’s Miseration’s fourth full length album. The group is pretty much headed by Solution .45 members Christian Alvestam on vocals and Jani Stefanovic who does everything else plus vocals. Basically for a time this project was the ‘heavy answer’ to Scary Symmetry and Solution .45, both melo deat...

15/09/2022

Imperium - Ex Mortis Gloria

<p>Imperium is a four piece technical death metal band from the U.K. and “Ex Mortis Gloria” is their third full length album. These days when one thinks technical death metal everyone expects insane speed (like Archspire) or crazy bass breakdowns and jazzy sections (Necrophagist). Imperium do deliver the speed but not at breakneck velocity and whil...

14/09/2022

Tragos - Radix Mendosus

<p>Tragos are relatively new to the death metal scene but are quickly leaving an impression with their debut “Radix Mendosus.” Hailing from France, their work is steeped in mythology themes and their style is almost like technical melodic death metal.&nbsp;</p><p>Right from the opening title track, one can definitely hear the heavy bass work, sharp...

12/09/2022

Zubzero - Lost Sun

<p>Zubzero have been around a long time but never made any waves really. Now trying to break the surface since their debut 2001, their 2 track demo will certainly raise eyebrows and garner ears.&nbsp;</p><p>Very basic thrash and metalcore tinged with death metal the groove here is undeniable, but that is pretty much the demo’s grab factor. The drum...

08/09/2022

Misgivings - Misgivings

<p>Even though Misgiving’s self titled album is their debut full length, these guys have been around since the late 90s. Formed in ’91 these France based death metallers have had a few demos and 1 split but not much else to really get them to take off, so to speak… until now. “Misgivings” is a strong slab of 90s death metal mostly rooted in a Deici...

06/09/2022

Hesperia - Roma, Vol. II

<p>Hesperia are one of those one man black metal groups that no one really hears about, but when they do, get a very good impression. Headed by Hesperus, this guy has been doing music with this project since the late 90s, so he’s got a lot of traction behind his work up to album no. 7 with “Roma, Vol. II.” Originally released on CD by Hidden Marly...

01/09/2022

Snake Eyes - No One Left To Die

<p>Poland’s Snake Eyes have been quiet for some time, but finally have come around with a new album, new members, and a new take on their music (somewhat). The sound is still very thrashy, but more of a modern groove thrash similar to that of Crypta, and less the typical Slayer or Metallica route. Part of this might be due to the vocalist change of...

30/08/2022

Tishina - Uvod

<p>Tishina is a one-man melo death doom artist from Canada, though all the lyrics and the band name is done in Serbian. While many might think this is another crack at the rather infamous group Batushka, or something similar, the work done by Branislav Panic is certainly less atmospheric and black metal-ish. The music here is rather more straightfo...

25/08/2022