2019 Albums

Album Review: Nocturnus AD – Paradox 9.5 (OSDM)

I’m familiar with Nocturnus but not Nocturnus AD, so when I first heard this I was like, “This is an old sound” and yes it is, because this a Mike Browning project, who was in Nocturnus. Another reason it felt so familiar is because this is meant as a follow up the The Key which is objectively a death metal classic released in 1990 by Nocturnus. I think it serves that purpose well, even with the album art. It’s good to get back to a death metal release. So time to dig in! […]

Aussie metal

Album Review: Aversions Crown – Xenocide 7.9 (Tech Death)

Aversions Crown pretty make takes the sci fi death metal concept started by Nocturnus and applies it to deathcore. It’s a great way to create an alternative to the norm which in the case of deathcore, is a shitload of generic releases. They stand out to me with the spacey elements mixing up what could have been a more typical sound. They’re kind of the Australian equivalent of Rings Of Saturn and one of the few Brisbane based bands to sign to a major label, having caught the attention of Nuclear Blast.

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25 Glorious Metal Album Covers of 2019

Album art is such an important piece of music in 2019, the way we find music usually starts with the album artwork as the first point of contact. On Bandcamp new arrivals, social posts, at the record store and listicles just like this one – the covers are key. Despite how important art is to music, the majority of album posting on the internet does not credit the artist. So here is 25 of my favorite album covers from 2019, with artist credit and links – please follow these artists. […]

Artist Spotlight

All of the album covers I’ve credited in reviews or features on one page and linking to the artists socials/official site. This includes art research I’ve done for all the other writers reviews. Image goes to our review, caption has artist name and hyperlink. This is different from the Commissioning Artists page, the people here may not be open to random jobs. […]

Carcassbomb’s Top 25 Of 2019

What a year it’s been, well not quite a full year for me since Noob Heavy was officially born in March. It’s been an incredibly fast journey and I’ve seen a lot of milestones I honestly never once thought I would end up seeing. Starting primarily as a way to stave off all consuming depression of one person, Noob Heavy has developed into a diverse team of young writers each with a lot of love for underground and independent music. 1k readers blew my mind, the fact it’s reached 17k has been life changing and provided us with an opportunity to support bands in a meaningful way. […]