2019 Albums

Album Review: Novembers Doom – Nephilim Grove 8.3 (Doom Metal)

Nephilim Grove marks the American death doom giants, Novembers Doom’s 30th anniversary. Indeed, an infrequent feat (at least these days) to celebrate. Thirty years of firm, ferocious and fanciful activity, breaking necks as well as breaking hearts. Having been released on November 1st, the album insinuates, all so subtly, the symbolic capacity that it possesses: the quintessence of the band’s career or their next step on their path… or maybe simultaneously both? […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Fires In The Distance – Echoes From Deep November 7.8 (Death Doom)

A dashing debut album that ranges from gothic doom to melodious death doom with equal finesse. There’s a lot of nice tones on this album with what sounds like some real keys instead of symphonics. It’s very atmospheric and in the realm of Katatonia and Amorphis fandom which we all love. We’ve got a really nice piece of art here done by Caelan Stokkermans who I have covered previously. Not sure if they did the design as well but I love the logo and album title typography. […]

2019 Albums

Microdose: SAOR, Evellon, Abythic & Cannabis Corpse

I am spending December catching up on 2019 releases I’ve missed, or as every metal reviewer has said at some point – I’ve been sleeping on. Also I’m on meds that makes a full review a bit much for the first couple of weeks so this is a good way to give my thoughts without having to be methodical and academic about it. Expect this format a lot. […]

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. […]

2019 Albums

Mass’ Top 30 Album Covers of 2019

Any music album is doubtless a package in this day and age. It is more than just the music and consists, moreover, of artwork too. Unlike lyrics, which have been companion to music since the dawn of this inimitable human phenomenon, album art provides a rather new form of accompaniment to music and perhaps it is this aspect that gives meaning to a music “album”. We may have never been so dependent on visual cues as we are today; the impact of visuals on the audience is quite inevitable and many artists and producers have used this to their advantage. The listeners, on the other hand, have been aware of this matter as well and have taken it into account and, as a result, kept the cycle going. […]

Upcoming Albums

All upcoming releases I like the look of I’ve added to this list, which starts below a short feed of my coverage (reviews) of upcoming releases. Check them out for a more detailed look into the future of metal. The links in the list go to Bandcamp, Spotify or Metal Archives. This is not a complete list or nor do I want it to be, it’s a list of albums with covers that interest me or that I want to remind myself of. Includes stuff from my email inbox. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Crusadist – The Unholy Grail 7 (Death/Thrash)

A solid name combining the ideas of violent holy crusades and pure human sadism, Crusadist are a Chicago based death metal band with a helping of thrash influence. Their debut LP The Unholy Grail is generally a modern style of death metal but with the old school thrash metal hooks. It’s here that people may divide, depending on how they feel about thrash metal in general, personally I find it to be a stagnant genre that brings a lot of repetition to this album. Others may say it brings more groove to the album. In reality, it’s likely to be somewhere in between with the solid mixing and recording evening it all out. It’s an interesting album either way and a hearty independent release, check out the new lyric video for the track “For Blood And Conquest” below. The Unholy Grail drops on black friday 2019 (29th November). […]

Aussie Metal Top 25 of 2019

This list isn’t pride in Australia as much as it is a list celebrating musicians who despite being Australians, managed to successfully create and distribute their music. There’s a lot of barriers to musicians here due to a fucked economy, poor employment availability and terrible telecommunications infrastructure. So these bands deserve praise and attention for having the ability to create potent art in this modern western culture, even at the risk of crippling debt, or even worse, no one hearing it. […]