Reviews

Furious Trauma – Decade at War (Massacre Records)

Danish thrash act Furious Trauma return with their first studio album in 21 years for Decade at War. Originally parading their sound during the 1990’s, their last record Roll the Dice came out on Season Read more […]

Heads for the Dead – Into the Red (Transcending Obscurity)

Heads for the Dead came out swinging with their debut, Serpent’s Curse. It was an international act with members from Wombbath, Revel in Flesh, and more, and it sat as being a fun romp that was death Read more […]

In Malice’s Wake – The Blindness of Faith (Self-Released)

Coming to this scribe’s awareness through their third album Light Upon the Wicked in 2015 on Punishment 18 Records, Australian thrash act In Malice’s Wake return to their self-released, independent Read more […]

Disintegration – Prahara (Brutal Mind)

A new upstart in brutal death metal from Indonesia, Disintegration bring us their first full-length in Prahara. Having only one 2016 demo prior, it was the Brutal Mind label that caught this scribe’s Read more […]

Darkness – Over and Out (Massacre Records)

German thrash staple Darkness didn’t necessarily make as much of an impact on an international scale as they did in mainland Europe during the 1980’s. Probably due to being a second tier act on smaller Read more […]

Skelethal – Unveiling the Threshold (Hells Headbangers)

Last we checked in one Skelethal was with their first full-length back in 2017, Of the Depths. It was your standard SweDeath album, even if it did go a bit longer than necessary. Since then, the band Read more […]

Within the Ruins – Black Heart (eOne/Good Fight)

A few years removed from their last full-length, Halfway Human, Within the Ruins returns for their sixth full length effort. Backed by a new vocalist in Steve Tinnon, Black Heart sees the band continuing Read more […]

BruteAllies – Ash & Nails (WormHoleDeath)

Combining a modern mix of thrash and death metal, BruteAllies reside in Manchester, United Kingdom – releasing their debut record with Ash & Nails. The quintet has established themselves on the local Read more […]

Deeds of Flesh – Nucleus (Unique Leader)

The passing of founder Erik Lindmark in 2018 was a major blow to the death metal scene. Not just in terms of Deeds of Flesh, but his work with Unique Leader Records as one of the flagship labels in more Read more […]

Fuming Mouth – Beyond the Tomb (Nuclear Blast)

Straddling the line between hardcore and death metal sits New England’s Fuming Mouth. Capitalizing on strong feedback from last year’s debut in The Grand Decent, the band has signed with Nuclear Blast Read more […]

Iron Flesh – Summoning the Putrid (Great Dane Records)

Venturing back quickly into the fray after last year’s Forged Faith Bleeding, French death metal squad Iron Flesh are here with their sophomore full-length in Summoning the Putrid. Last year’s HM-2 Read more […]

Communic – Hiding from the World (AFM Records)

Two schools of thought these days in the heavy metal community reign supreme. One is, once establishing a formula or style, sticking to the platform and embellishing things as necessary (or as your fanbase Read more […]

Mutual Hostility – Sacred Propaganda (Cult of Parthenope)

A breeding ground for aggression, sometimes it’s not about standing out when it comes to death metal, so much as being able to capture a certain element well. Mutual Hostility are a new American death Read more […]

Sodom – Genesis XIX (eOne)

Even veteran bands sometimes suffer numerous lineup changes as priorities change or chemistry wanes – such is the case for German thrash act Sodom over the past few years. Steady throughout it all has Read more […]

Humanity is Cancer – Humanity is Cancer (Redefining Darkness Records)

An intriguing backstory with this one, as the songs were actually all written a few years ago but the band was put on hold by Redefining Darkness label owner Thomas Haywood as he began to get the label Read more […]

Niviane – The Ruthless Divine (Pure Steel Records)

They often say you have a lifetime to develop your first set of material – yet the true test of a band’s worth is when you come out with a second record in a shorter, finite time period. California’s Read more […]

Morphogenetic Malformation – Into the Odiousness (RealityFade)

RealityFade seems to be an up-and-coming label for those who are interested in getting their eardrums pulverized by some extraordinarily brutal death metal. The latest release comes from Morphogenetic Read more […]

Xeno – Sojourn (Art Gates Music)

Progressive metal with light jazz, death, and djent elements properly puts Xeno in rarified air stylistically. This Dutch act released their debut album Atlas Construct in 2016, and in the four years between Read more […]

Depravity – Grand Malevolence (Transcending Obscurity)

Australian brutal death metal band, Depravity, have created quite a buzz in the underground metal scene over the past few years. Signed to the well-respected, India-based record label Transcending Obscurity, Read more […]

Them – Return to Hemmersmoor (Steamhammer/SPV)

The final installment of an album trilogy, the story of K.K. Fossor returns to his roots embarking on a merciless campaign of revenge in the Hemmersmoor mire. Which for Them makes sense that this would Read more […]

Descend to Acheron – The Transience of Flesh (Petrichor)

A new brutal death metal act from Australia, Descend to Acheron bring forth their first release with The Transience of Flesh. First and foremost, this release is intent on giving the listener a bludgeoning Read more […]

Soilwork – A Whisp of the Atlantic (Nuclear Blast)

It seems that Soilwork has been releasing a song or two here and there throughout 2020, which culminates in the release of this 5-song EP, A Whisp of the Atlantic. Though tough to really label it as such, Read more […]

Cidesphere – Dawn of a New Epoch (Testimony Records)

Considered one of Turkey’s most respected underground bands, Cidesphere began in 1998, releasing a split album in 2000 with Suicide before their first full-length in 2002 entitled Interment. They would Read more […]

Jinjer – Live in Melbourne (Napalm)

Just when you thought that live albums were becoming a thing of the past thanks to things like YouTube, we go and get into a pandemic, where live music is nonexistent and fans are left yearning for an Read more […]

My Dying Bride – Macabre Cabaret (Nuclear Blast)

Earlier this year, My Dying Bride dropped an impressive release of doom in the form of The Ghost of Orion. One of the band’s strongest releases in recent memory, it was an exercise in misery and melancholy, Read more […]

Celestial Season – The Secret Teachings (Burning World Records)

Classic, European doom continues to make the rounds in 2020. It’s important to make the distinction between this doom and that doom only because there’s proper cause for confusion — not all sound Read more […]

Hatebreed – Weight of the False Self (Nuclear Blast)

Not much of an introduction needed for a band like Hatebreed. Practically synonymous with hardcore due to their presence in the scene for over 20 years at this point, not to mention vocalist Jamey Jasta’s Read more […]

Harlott – Detritus of the Final Age (Metal Blade)

Finishing off a trilogy of records and starting with a clean slate, Australian thrash unit Harlott approaches their fourth record Detritus of the Final Age fresh and open to new possibilities. Choosing Read more […]

Hanging Fortress – Darkness Devours (Redefining Darkness Records)

Death metal, doom, and…hardcore? If you think that one of those three shouldn’t be in the mix, perhaps you should give Hanging Fortress a few moments to convince you otherwise. The band’s directly Read more […]

Amahiru – Amahiru (earMusic)

Amahiru is a new band comprised at its core of Frédéric Leclercq and Saki (Mary’s Blood), attempting to take a more traditional metal base and incorporate some eastern/oriental flair to it. Rounding Read more […]