Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Lesson In Violence - The Thrashfall Of Mankind

<p>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...

23/03/2022

Xicution - For The World Beyond

<p>Almost 8 years after their first album, Germany’s death groove group Xicution is back with their third full length. The album is full of plenty of heavy hitting riffs that sound just at home on a Six Feet Under or Torture Killer album with some Cannibal Corpse mixed in, so expect quite a bit of a 90s/ early 2000s death metal sound from these guy...

18/03/2022

Mesentery - Soulfucker

<p>Mesentery has been on a bit of a hiatus for almost 10 years, and now they are back with a fresh, vicious attitude on their album “Soulfucker.” The music is somewhat of a cross between death metal and groove metal- listeners will hear traces of anywhere from Devildriver to older In Flames to Carcass in it. The melodic quality of the guitars keeps...

16/03/2022

Grand Harvest - Consummatum Est

“Consummatum Est” is the debut from Sweden’s death doom group Grand Harvest. Shrouded in despair and anonymity with most of the members only have initials for their names, listeners should expect a healthy mix of slow, drawn out melancholy and faster, heavier pummeling death metal that will appeal to those who enjoy groups anywhere from Novembers D...

14/03/2022

Barbarian Prophecies - Horizon

Barbarian Prophecies have been around for a while (almost 21 years) so despite only have albums about for about 11 of those years, they’ve got quite a cult following and a lot of expectations to live up to. On their fifth full length “Horizon” this Spain based group change things up a bit by going in a more progressive direction, but still retain t...

10/03/2022

Chemicide - Common Sense

Still full of social injustice hate, Costa Rica’s thrash junkies Chemicide unleash their fourth full length album “Common Sense.” A pretty standard thrash album the group doesn’t deviate from their formula, so those who have followed them since 2011 know what to expect. For new fans it sounds like a cross between Toxic Holocaust and Slayer (even th...

08/03/2022

Rejoice In Moribund - Equality Through Obliteration

<p>Rejoice In Moribund is one of those obscure bands that don’t really have a lot of information on them out there. Metal Archives cites a Rejoice In Moribund from the Netherlands that split in 2010 that performed funeral doom, which is exactly what this music is, this is a revival of the project after so many years with a new promo/demo in...

24/02/2022

Blastanus - Beyond

After years of silence, Finland’s death grinders Blastanus is back in action! Their music can be described as a cross between Behemoth and Aborted and it hits hard, but with a few surprises here and there. Described as ‘sax grind’ one can expect something out of the ordinary, even after a 10 year absence between albums. One can definitely hear the...

09/02/2022

Jugulator - Under The Verdict

Sometimes less is more, and that’s exactly what fans get from the 2nd full length album by Algeria’s thrash group Jugulator. The album is chock full of great mid paced riffs and a mix between a Metallica meets Iced Earth- think a sound from the eras of “Death Magnetic” and “The Dark Saga.” Jugulator do follow the usual thrash tropes of making the r...

27/01/2022

Infected Chaos - Dead Aesthetics

Infected Chaos has been around since 2014, and despite a four year gap between albums, this Austrian group have not lost any steam with their third full length album, “Dead Aesthetics.” Drawing on a sound that sounds like Amon Amarth meets mid era Vader a bit, one has a basic death metal album with tons of melody and groove that takes it above the...

25/01/2022

Servant - Blessed By The Light Of A Thousand Stars

Upon first glance, the debut from Germaný’s Servant might seem like one’s typical black metal- corpsepainted players that perform raw, cold black metal with an occult flair akin to the likes of Judas Iscariot or overly soaked symphonics like Carach Angren. However, after hearing the opening of ‘Negate the I’ one is certainly in for a surprise. Whil...

10/01/2022

Torii - Torii

Torii is a solo artist from Arkansas that performs a mix of death metal, doom, and progressive for an album that hypnotizes and unsettles. Bill Masino performs all the instruments and vocals with a thick sound on a lot of tracks and others that are simple, quiet, and balance out the swirling abrasive sound of the guitars, drums and vocals. Tracks l...

06/01/2022