Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Harmoniaq - The Forest Of Torment

<p>Harmoniaq are relatively new to the melodic death metal scene since 2017 without much groundwork under their belt, and “The Forest Of Torment” is their debut EP. Not quite in the progressive vein of melodeath think more older Insomnium for the somber guitar moments, a touch of Arch Enemy for the heavier, frantic ones, and a bit of Demonoid for t...

12/08/2022

Sensory Amusia - Breed Death

<p>Pummeling death metal ever since 2013, it seems that with each release these guys from Austria get better and better with each release. Their latest effort, “Breed Death,” is their second release on their current home Lacerated Enemy Records and among many others like Kanine or Downfall of Humanity these guys know how to bring the fury. Ever sin...

10/08/2022

Oratory - Inner Pyre

<p>Not much can be said for Australia’s 4 piece groove sludge outfit Oratory, save that their debut EP is a pretty standard piece of old school work. “Inner Pyre” is pretty quick as it barely clocks 10 minutes but features lots of anthemic gritty tracks that seem to balance between groove and death metal. While the sludge elements are present, they...

08/08/2022

Vidres A La Sang - Fragments De L’esdevenir

<p>Vidres A La Sang hail from Spain and have been crushing ears since 2004 with their style of blackened death metal. A mix of epics and shorter tracks, their fifth full length album “Fragments De L’esdevenir” may seem like a bit of an EP with only 5 tracks to spare at barely 30 minutes, but the band continues down the same path they started on (re...

03/08/2022

Dead Head - Slave Driver

<p>Dead Head has been around since the late 80s, and are still alive and thrashing to this day. Hailing from the Netherlands their seventh full length album, “Slave Driver” is one part late 80s Slayer and one part mid 2000s Legion Of The Damned. A good mix of death metal and thrash, but not quite signature like Vader from Poland does.&nbsp;</p><p>O...

01/08/2022

Swords Of Dis - Cor Mundum Crea In Me, Sanctum Ignis

<p>Polarizing and raw would be the best way to describe the EP from U.K.’s blackened doom band Swords Of Dis. Relying heavily on atmosphere and dissonance in a mix of what some could say Funeral Mist meets Deathspell Omega, the band has a tendency to swap between very atmospheric, slow songs and the faster, more typical lo fi black metal style. “Co...

27/07/2022

Written In Torment - Black Command

<p>Written In Torment is one of those unknown bands that have been around forever, but tended to lurk just below the radar of notice while still being prolific in releases. With 4 full length albums under his belt now, England’s blasphemous Leviathan (not the be confused with U.S. based Wrest of Leviathan) dons the blood and corpsepaint again for a...

21/07/2022

Patroness - Fatum

<p>Patroness are a five piece group from Belgium and “Fatum” is their debut album for the metal world to hear. A bit of a hybrid there is black metal and doom with touches of stoner sludge, but all of it cohesively comes together for a rather unique experience. The music tends to pretty clearly state when it is the black metal or doom/ sludge, but...

13/07/2022

Provectus - Postero Mundi

<p>Provectus rose from the ashes of the melodeath group Galning from Belgium for a much more sinister take on metal. Going more the black metal route, these three members craft a sound more like 1349 or Sargeist but with a bit more atmospheric flair that makes things sound darker rather than lush. While the typical black metal tropes are there be i...

06/07/2022

Nightbearer - Ghosts Of A Darkness To Come

<p>Roaring like a freight train 3 years after their debut, the German based Nightbearer bring forth a heavy concept album based off the fantasy writer Robert Jordan’s “Wheel Of Time.” While “Ghosts Of A Darkness to Come” is a bit more sinister, in lyrics and sound, it does justice for the fans of the book with the approach and avoids as much as pos...

05/07/2022

Carthage - Sicilian Wars

<p>Focusing on history in a brutal fashion, Greek brutal death metal duo Carthage continue on making a massacre of a soundtrack to war with their 2nd album “Sicilian Wars.” The album goes by pretty quick clocking barely 30 minutes making each track about 3 minutes or less of just onslaught after onslaught of death metal. Not much deviation from the...

29/06/2022

Korseld - Jordevandring MMXXII

<p>Korseld has been around since 2011 and are bringing fans a more refined version of their past with a re-issue of their debut “Jordevandring.” Back in 2014 the recording wasn’t quite everything the band wanted it to be (considering it was just a 2 man band with Daniel Reese on guitars and Daniel Tjernberg on vocals and keys), though the band did...

28/06/2022