Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Vriess - Vriess

2021 seems like a year for the Alien movie franchise themed albums in metal. Earlier we had an EP from Hideous Divinity, and now we have another group named Vriess out of France with a less obvious ‘Alien’ themed album, but at least the band name is taken from the fourth film. The project is formed from the masterminds behind Project For Bastards,...

11/08/2021

Deathspawn - Reverendus

There are some albums that just are relentless and like a train wreck right in from of you, one can’t ignore it. Deathspawn’s debut "Reverendus" is one of those albums. While it goes by quite quickly, the sheer fury of this Polish group cannot be denied. With a mix of Hate Eternal “I, Monarch” era and more recent Abysmal Dawn, this is some very sol...

06/08/2021

Alchemy Of Flesh - Ageless Abomniations

For gamers who love metal, Tim Rowland presents a death metal project that is steeped in gamer lore based on games like Quake, Silent Hill, and even Star Wars (hell, the name Alchemy Of Flesh comes from a Star Wars novel called Dawn Of The Void). While not as blatant and obvious as some other groups go when drawing on gaming influences with World o...

04/08/2021

In The Company Of Serpents - Lux

When one thinks of stoner doom or sludge metal they expect thick, grating vocals with epic tracks and a thick, reverb of sound with a very basic tones of guitar, bass, vocals, and drums. Every once in a while though a band comes along and breaks up the stereotypical expectations. In The Company Of Serpents have been around for some time since 2011...

02/08/2021

Adarrak - Ex Oriente Lux

The debut release from Singapore based death metal group Adarrak is something to get excited about. A very solid death metal record with lots of melodic influences and technical touches with sprinkles of romantic doom moments there is a lot to enjoy here. “Ex Oriente Lux” is a bit of a roller coaster ride that will keep listeners guessing all throu...

30/07/2021

Fell Harvest - Pale Light In A Dying World

“Pale Light In A Dying World” is the poetic debut of Cheyenne Wyoming’s doom based group, Fell Harvest. Right from the opening track one can definitely hear the Paradise Lost “Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us” influences with the clean style vocals, chuggy riffs, thick sound, and a pace that really outruns a lot of other doom bands that tend to re...

28/07/2021

Nihilanth - Graceless Planet

Nihilanth are a death metal group from France and “Graceless Planet” is their debut album. A good mix of old school and technical death metal, fans of groups like Vital Remains and Deicide will find the speed and tones right up their alley. It is fast and grim, but not so blast beat driven that it causes headaches. The opening ‘Le Desosseur…’ prett...

26/07/2021

GoreThrone - The Descension

The debut EP from Grand Rapids based death metal group GoreThrone is a very fast ride, but “The Descension” is full of plenty of influences from Deicide, to Six Feet Under, to Cannibal Corpse that will make anyone who is a fan of death metal in general quite interested. There isn’t too much to go on here with the album clocking at about 17 minutes...

23/07/2021

Irredemption - Eternal Mutilation Of Saturn

Spain’s death metallers Irredemption have been quiet for some time. Last time they put out an album was back in 2005 so it is a little surprising to see this late 90s death metal band back in full swing almost 15 years later. Sounding like they never changed, the music is still rooted in the 90s style with a lot of comparisons to the likes of Suffo...

20/07/2021

Tristwood - Dystopia Et Disturbia

In celebration of their 20 years of existence, Austria’s blackened industrial death metal group Tristwood have decided to re-release their third album that was locked in the digital vaults way back in 2010. “Dystopia et Disturbia” is probably their crowning achievement that really put them on the map with its unique sound, even though their latest...

12/07/2021

Bihargam - Blood In The Temple

With concerts almost non-existent for the past year, and so many people missing them, metal artists have taken to putting out livestream shows and albums as a way to bring live music or the sound of live music back to the fans. Less than a year ago Kentucky based Bihargam graced fans with their sophomore effort of gritty black metal in 2020, and no...

09/07/2021

Incertus - Predestination To Damnation

Incertus are a relatively new group from Poland; not much is known about them save that they are a 3 piece with a rather simple, but effective death metal sound and their first full length debut unleashed hell on ears in March of 2021. While most of the music on this album goes pretty quick with the album clocking barely 30 minutes, and churning ou...

08/07/2021