Reviews

Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined (Metal Blade)

A perpetual benchmark for brutality in the metal scene, Cannibal Corpse are still without a doubt the most instantly recognizable in extreme music. The band has weathered plenty of storms throughout their Read more […]

Septagon – We Only Die Once (Massacre Records)

Featuring members of acts like Atlantean Kodex and Them, Septagon are a five-piece outfit from Germany that journey into the speed/thrash terrain with their material. Previously a part of the Cruz del Read more […]

Drakkar – Chaos Lord (Punishment 18 Records)

Artists have a delicate choice to issue or delay product considering the global pandemic that has shut down normal live touring/concert support for musicians. Metal music is one of the genres dependent Read more […]

Carnal Savagery – Fiendish (Moribund Records)

Being able to dig deep with their roots to the beginnings of the Swedish death metal movement, Carnal Savagery has had plenty of time to keep their buzzsawing HM-2 pedals razor sharp. That’s right, Read more […]

Arion – Vultures Die Alone (AFM Records)

Arion made a big splash initially with this scribe with their single “At the Break of Dawn” (which featured Amaranthe vocalist Elize Ryd). Upbeat and potent modern metal that had massive hooks and Read more […]

Memoriam – To the End (Reaper Entertainment)

Once the locomotive creative train rolls, no sense in stopping momentum. Especially as we race against the proverbial clock of time on this Earth. Such is the case for UK death metal quartet Memoriam – Read more […]

Exanimis – Marionnettiste (Klonosphere Records)

With bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh, and Carach Angren all taking their extreme metal and mutating it near the point of a cinematic soundscape, the borders have been pushed pretty well into Read more […]

Evilizers – Solar Quake (Punishment 18 Records)

Evilizers is an Italian metal act that grew out of a Judas Priest tribute band from 2014. Releasing their debut album Center of the Grave in 2018, they’ve made the move to Punishment 18 Records for the Read more […]

Hevilan – Symphony of Good and Evil (Brutal Records)

Containing ex-Warrel Dane guitarist Johnny Moraes in their ranks, Brazilian quartet Hevilan started in 2005, releasing a demo the following year with Blinded Faith. Many years later The End of Time debut Read more […]

Karma Violens – Mount of the Congregation (Self-Released)

Next up in the death, black, thrash mash-up battle is that of Karma Violens. Establishing themselves back in 2002, the Greek act has released three albums previous to Mount of the Congregation and have Read more […]

Timeless Haunt – Dark for Life (Stormspell Records)

Containing three generations of musicians who don’t always see eye to eye in influences or outlook of the metal and rock genres, Timeless Haunt develops an interesting mixture that sets them apart from Read more […]

Feculent – The Grotesque Arena (Brilliant Emperor Records)

A new Australian act featuring members of Snorlax, Resin Tomb, Descent, and more, Feculent is just as grimy and filthy as the grisly cover would imply. Another introduction by way of EP, Feculent present Read more […]

Evergrey – Escape of the Phoenix (AFM Records)

Over the past twenty plus years, one of the most memorable and satisfying melodic power/progressive metal acts to release music has to be Evergrey. Writing touching songs that reach people on multiple Read more […]

Obvurt – The Beginning (Brutal Mind)

Always nice to see a bit of a success story when it comes to musicians. In this case, Philippe Drouin was in a car accident five years ago, which injured his right wrist to the point where guitar playing Read more […]

Cryptosis – Bionic Swarm (Century Media)

Risking possible alienation from an established thrash base, Dutch act Cryptosis is reborn in an extreme technical, progressive thrash way that has expansive horizons on multiple sonic levels for their Read more […]

Unflesh – Inhumation (Self-Released)

Unflesh impressed with their debut album, Saviors, back in 2018 with their vision of melodic blackened death metal that was laced with some technical aspects for good measure. Still the vision of Ryan Read more […]

Marasmus – Necrotic Overlord (Transcending Obscurity)

Coming in six years after their last release, Conjuring Enormity, the frantic death metal squad of Marasmus has made their return. What made their last album a winner was the dedication to throttling Read more […]

Dawn Ahead – Fallen Anthems (Art Gates Records)

Coming together between 2012 to 2014, German quintet Dawn Ahead have self-released two EP’s in a self-titled effort (2014) and A Trip of Violence (2018) – leading to some member shifts and signing Read more […]

Blindfolded and Led to the Woods – Nightmare Withdrawals (Self-Released)

For all the death metal that comes through the inbox, it’s really hard to distinguish between some of it. So many easily classifiable bands playing familiar sounds, which is not a bad thing in some Read more […]

Sirius Curse – Time Knows No Lies (Self-Released)

Containing members that had previous experience together during the 80’s/90’s in the German band Exterior, Sirius Curse from southern Germany began in 2014 and took their time due to established careers/families Read more […]

Witherfall – Curse of Autumn (Century Media)

Issuing a consistent stream of album, single and EP releases that showcase all sides of Witherfall and their capabilities since 2016, it’s little wonder how the third full-length Curse of Autumn could Read more […]

The Beast of Nod – Multiversal (Self-Released)

Massachusetts act The Beast of Nod introduces us to the term ‘intergalactic death metal’ and return with their second full-length offering. Many bands within the tech-death spectrum like to go for Read more […]

Secret Chord – Aurora (Sleaszy Rider Records)

Probably not surprising that the Portugal metal scene is quite broad and diverse thanks to the long-running success of Moonspell. Secret Chord as a newer act hail from Poiares, starting in 2015 and releasing Read more […]

Seraph in Travail – A Black Death Incense (Self-Released)

Philly’s Seraph in Travail have been putting out some enjoyable symphonic death/black mix for a while at this point and championing a heavy yet approachable sound. As album number three, A Black Death Read more […]

Enforcer – Live by Fire II (Nuclear Blast)

The shining stars of the current Swedish heavy/speed metal scene, Enforcer have circled the globe winning converts through their spirited, glorious material because of killer efforts like Diamonds and Read more […]

Creeping Fear – Hategod Triumph (Dolorem Records)

Good ole meat & potatoes death metal. If that’s what you are into, then Creeping Fear’s latest release is sure to satisfy. They doubled down on the meat & potatoes portion to give it plenty of heaviness, Read more […]

Ronnie Atkins – One Shot (Frontiers Music)

Coming to terms with stage four incurable cancer, Pretty Maids vocalist put his energy into a debut solo album with One Shot. Together with producer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Laney (also in Pretty Maids), Read more […]

The Drowned God – Pale Home (Solid State)

The evolution of blackgaze is one that is just as intriguing as that of its original source in pure, raw black metal. There’s been a number of interesting tweaks to the already altered formula, and Read more […]

Enforced – Kill Grid (Century Media)

Thanks to the success of Power Trip, a newer generation of crossover thrash/hardcore has been gaining steam in the label ranks. From Richmond, Virginia comes Enforced – together since 2016 and releasing Read more […]

Sanguisugabogg – Tortured Whole (Century Media)

Upon a quick inspection, you’d be apt to expect Sanguisugabogg to be a slamming brutal death metal band. The wholly indecipherable logo (with notably challenging spelling to boot) and cover art here Read more […]