Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Fifth Ring - Masochist

<p>Fifth Ring are a 3 piece international band formed from the ashes of Cthulu from back in 2012. Some of the members are from the U.S. and some from Taiwan, but together they continue to be that unstoppable force of deathcore that fans of the genre from the mid 2000s will surely enjoy. Plenty of breakdowns, not much room for progression or clean v...

05/12/2022

Anomaly - Somewhere Within The Pines

<p>Anomaly hail from Milwaukee, Wisconsion and "Somewhere Within The Pines" is their second full length effort, just a year later from their debut. While this death metal group had a bit of a run of the mill effort with their first album, here they step things up quite a bit for more than just an average listen. There's technical death, there's mel...

29/11/2022

Death Over Ostrobothnia - Split

<p>It isn’t very often one gets ‘collections’ of various artists here at BRUTALISM.com, but when we do they’re usually pretty interesting. What we have here is a split from 3 bands from Finland, all rooted in death metal, but some more experienced than others. For some this release is hot on the heels of the band’s debut, and others it is a welcome...

21/11/2022

Soulslicer - Pandemic

<p>Here we have the debut from French death metal outlet, Soulslicer. A quick 35 minutes of groove laden music, many will find their sound a mix of Torture Killer meets Goatwhore- quite thrashy and catchy but still plenty of brutal chops to enjoy. Some of the faster pieces such as the title track and ‘Armies’ have that “Haunting Curse” era vibe fro...

17/11/2022

Fogos - Corpses And Ash

<p>Fogos are a black metal group from Spain that just formed last year. Despite being relatively new to the metal world, their style is a fast and furious more kvlt black metal in the vein of Carpathian Forest all the way to Watain with a bit of that black n’ roll vibe of Dodsferd. Overall, expect a lot of tremolo picking, voracious snarls, and non...

15/11/2022

Carnal Desecration - Sacrificial Death

<p>Belgium’s Carnal Desecration have been around since 2018 but are just releasing their debut full length in 2022. A rather brutal style of death metal that is a cross between Deicide and Bloodbath, expect chunky, fast buzz saw riffs, guttural snarls, and here and there hints of death n’ roll for some much needed groove. The faster tracks like ‘Su...

10/11/2022

Vivisect - Barbaric Death

<p>Vivisect’s latest slab of old school death metal isn’t really anything new, but rather a compilation of what they’ve done so far since their inception in 2019. This New Jersey based group have a demo and EP out so far with 1 split and give fans a rather rare glimpse at their work in cassette form only (so far) on Nihilistic Holocaust in a gritty...

07/11/2022

Exilium Noctis - Fragments Of Apocalypse

<p>Exilium Noctis hail from Greece and “Fragments Of Apocalypse” is their debut album. A sound rooted deeply in the more 90s melodic black metal scene with references to the likes of Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, and even Emperor, there is a certain balance of ferocity and beauty with the music. Utilizing ferocious riffs mixed with cello and keybo...

01/11/2022

Sublation - The Path To Bedlam

<p>U.S. based blackened death group Sublation has been around longer than some might think. Originally under the name Fisthammer back in 2008, they recently changed names and went on a bit of a hiatus before coming back with a new attitude and vision. A 2 man effort led by Max Svalgard on vocals, guitars, and bass while Danny Piselli is on drums, t...

31/10/2022

In Grief - An Eternity Of Misery

<p>In Grief hail from Italy and recently have been active since 2020. Debuting with their full length “An Eternity Of Misery” in early September of 2022 this three piece doom band is very much like early My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost with a focus on harsh, snarled vocals, mournful melodies driven by guitar and keyboards/ violins with the support...

26/10/2022

Cimmerian Possession - Sadistic Storm

<p>Cimmerian Possession’s very brief debut, “Sadistic Storm,” is surely a force to be reckoned with their raw, almost crust death metal form. A bit of Gatecreeper meets faster Immolation for 4 tracks of just sheer face stomping music.&nbsp;</p><p>Tracks like ‘Castles’ are brimming with ferocious riffs and pounding drums with a sense of old school h...

24/10/2022

Eufobia - Madness

<p>Eufobia (translating as fear of good in Greek) have been around since 2003. A four piece from Bulgaria these guys are pretty well seasoned with three albums under their belt for their career, and after a six year gap album no. 4 “Madness” is ready to rear its ugly head. While defined as death metal one could say they are certainly more of a groo...

20/10/2022