Reviews written by: Max James

Reviews

Goatmilker - Exterminate The Holy

<p>Joey Veerbeek is the instrumental and vocal mastermind behind this pummelling, one man-band from the Netherlands. And whilst the title Goatmilker may come across more humorous than serious, its glorious outcome cements the project/band into direct attributes of the peers and influences behind Veerbeek's grand scheme.</p><p>This third album from...

27/06/2022

Crown Magnetar - Alone In Death

<p>Unique Leader Records have really pulled the cat out of the bag with their excellent roster containing some of the most intense bands on the planet. Crown Magnetar being one of their most recent signings, with their latest EP release of "Alone In Death" hitting early 2022 harder than a boulder to the human body. With an album and EP already unde...

21/04/2022

Analepsy - Quiescence

<p>It's a difficult task maintaining a rising band that's had as much success from their debut album as Analepsy have been blessed with, whist also having their frontman/axeman quit the band during the Covid worldwide struggle. "Atrocities From Beyond" was not only a major success for the band, but also for the brutal death metal scene as a whole....

11/04/2022

Texas Murder Crew - Wrapped In Their Blood

<p>Texas Murder Crew's 2020 debut EP, "Everyone's Last Breath", was a huge deal for the underground brutal death scene upon its release. The EP showcased a fresh take on the genre with its annihilating drumming, sickening vocals and heavily praised in general for being Devourment's own Kevin Clark's latest project as he brought his guitar and backi...

05/04/2022

Symbtomy - Demo 2

<p>Symbtomy's "Demo #2" is a 2022, 18-minute-long release from the international trio with members hailing from the UK and Czech Republic. The demo is a short burst of death metal adrenaline, mostly contributing to that of the old-school, melodic essence of the genre as if At The Gates were having an affair with Death. Whilst the band's previous de...

30/03/2022

Ohio Slamboys - Chop x Drill x Kill

<p>There's no rules when it comes to making the music behind Ohio Slamboys, as proven on their latest album offering, "Chop x Drill x Kill". The album is over thirty minutes of pure slamming intensity; a blissful wet dream for those who seek out the most underground and savage sounding in new musical extremities. Whilst the overall term for slammin...

22/03/2022

An Unction In Braille - The Wordless Whisper

This deathcore quintet from Springfield, Massachusetts have released their debut EP, and it's only taken them nine years. Worth the wait? Probably. But also a difficult topic to digest in general. The EP contains five tracks and clocks in at a short total of sixteen minutes. With no idea or references to why it's taken so long to record and release...

31/01/2022

Rejekts - Adamo

Whilst the band's name might provoke some indignation from that of a punk rock / ska based band, this is definitely not the case when it comes to the 2021 sophomore album release of "Adamo", by the Italian blackened-grind quintet, Rejekts. That's not to say there's absolutely no punk element within the writing of "Adamo", since the grind aspect is...

24/01/2022

Pillars Of Autumn - Sodomizer II

As a genre, the deathcore sphere has moments of absolute, crushing brutality and a top-notch production that may lead a band to second stage festival bills at most. Often the genre restricts itself into such a nanoscopic product of basic chugging riffs, slow breakdowns and two different styles of primary screamed vocals. However, the last few years...

04/11/2021

Vengeful 187 - War Neurosis

Vengeful 187's debut album, "War Neurosis" is a pummelling, beatdown obsessed record which angrily slaps more times than your local stripper. The record focuses on themes of war, life in the trenches and the post traumatic experience that follows. Whilst this isn't always obvious nor expected within a beatdown album, the message is portrayed enough...

20/10/2021

Biolence - Enslave, Deplete, Destroy

Having formed in 1998, it makes sense that Portugal's Biolence are still obsessed with the old-school death metal crossover thrash sound, as presented in their 2021 EP release of "Enslave, Deplete, Destroy". If you're a genuine death metal fan, there's literally nothing disappointing on this twenty-four minute long release other than it may be too...

13/09/2021

Suicide Of Disaster - Evisceration Of Pregnant Abdomen

"Evisceration Of Pregnant Abdomen" is the 2014 stand-alone release from the Indonesian brutal death metal band, Suicide Of Disaster. The band are consistent towards the underground genre at hand, demanding with groove-fused riffs, enabling the bleakest of breakdowns. Monstrous, guttural vocals spew out across each track from vocalist Bagol who soun...

10/08/2021