2018 albums

Album Review: OVER POWER – Ruination 9 (Grindcore)

OVER POWER are an Indonesian death grind trio with an addictive grindcore sound, brace and behold the downstrokes and audio samples. I have a soft spot for this style of music, it’s so rooted in having a good time that I can’t bring myself to scrutinize it. Ruination is a mosh a minute and a head-nodder at the very least. There’s some interesting takes on here, especially vocally. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Mortiferum – Disgorged From Psychotic Depths 8 (Death Doom)

I had an epiphany during the opening track, “Archaic Vision Of Despair”, that death doom is supposed to be a combination of death metal into doom metal but in reality it’s mostly death growls over doom instrumentals. Well in this case the instrumentation brings a strong sense of death riffery but with a sludgy twist. It feels old school, it reminds me of some solid shit out of the late 90s and early 00s of death doomdom. Like all good music, this sounds like descending into the mouth of madness. Well, madness is a mixed bag. […]

2018 albums

Album Review: Sectioned – Annihilated 8 (Hardcore)

A real noisy bunch of dudes. We have fast beats and heavily distorted chords with nonsensical screaming over the top. It’s insane and it is dumb how heavy it is. From the Converge and Code Orange school of heavy music with strong use of feedback and audio clipping. It’s unapologetic for its volume and hectic execution. It’s too experimental to be safely considered metal or hardcore – it has its own brand of heavy. A signature that you can hear on each track like a looming storm of blades. […]

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! […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Firelink – The Inveterate Fire 10 (Black metal)

This one has straight exploded on me, I put off checking this out when I saw it posted everywhere because I thought it was going to be a standard fare of power metal. Well, after hearing it on a random shuffle list and looking at the artist, I was surprised to hear some classic sounding melodic black metal. Stuff I haven’t heard the sound of since I was a long haired teenager listening to Agathodomain and Empyrean. […]