Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Abythic- Eden Of The Doomed

<p>Abythic have been pretty quick to unleash their work ever since they brought forth their form of gritty, yet groove laden death metal back in 2018. After a successful third full length album just last year with some boundary pushing such as whalloping ears with a 14 minute piece of doom soaked evil, it feels like they’ve gone back to their roots...

18/05/2022

Moluchtas - Telos Teminus

<p>Very little is known about Belgium based one man blackened death metal artist Moluchtas. Very shrouded, like the music he performs, there isn’t really a name or history to unearth about the artist, and with the formation what looks to be roughly in 2021, there is fresh ground to break for this band. The collection os tracks here on “Telos Termin...

16/05/2022

Disquiet - Instigate To Annihilate

<p>Disquiet’s third full length album “Instigate To Annihilate” is their masterpiece for 2022. If listeners are looking for a group that blends thrash with death metal- almost in a melodeath style similar to that of Darkane or Soilwork- then this is worth checking out. This Netherland group has been around a while, since the early 2000s, but didn’t...

09/05/2022

Reviver - A Thousand Lives

<p>After a nearly indefinite hiatus, Netherlands progressive power metal group Reviver are finally back with their second full length album. The group originally split in 2006 just after the success of their debut, which was a pretty solid heavy metal/ power metal album in the vein of Judas Priest and Manowar. Now almost a decade and a half later t...

05/05/2022

Dead Chasm - Dead Chasm

<p>Fresh on the death metal scene from Italy, the debut EP from Dead Chasm as their self titled effort embaces the old school death metal route of the early 90s groups such as Immolation or Incantation with 4 tracks of dark, sludgy riffs that walk the line between death and doom metal. Opening with slow churn riffs and heavy distortion before picki...

02/05/2022

Silent Leges Inter Arma - Ad Plures Ire

<p>Silent Leges Inter Arma are a rather interesting black metal group from Germany, aside from their obscurity in the two band members’ names being just initials, but when one hears them they come off a lot more than just the average black metal style. In fact, one could easily consider these guys melodic blackened death metal with how well they bl...

27/04/2022

Invisible Control - Created In Chaos

<p>“Created In Chaos” is the debut full length from Brazilian prog death metal outfit Invisible Control. Recently active since 2020 with a few singles unleashed over the years, their sound can be compared to the likes or Arch Enemy or Once Human with stead mid paced growls, plenty of excellent guitar work, and some touches of progressive elements t...

25/04/2022

Ancient Settlers - Our Last Eclipse

<p>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...

20/04/2022

Bellgrave - Back As King

<p>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 fr...

14/04/2022

Corrupter - Descent Into Madness

<p>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...

12/04/2022

Cataleptic - The Tragedy

<p>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...

08/04/2022

Catalyst - II

<p>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 g...

04/04/2022