2021

Album Review: Cognitive – “Malevolent Thoughts of a Hastened Extinction” 9/10 (Tech Death)

Techdeath has long been my favorite of the death metal subgenres. There’s something about the in-your-face aggression combined with the finesse of rhythmic trickery and masterful technique that just hits my ears the right way. The problem, though, is that the space is distinctly oversaturated in the grand scheme of metal. You can’t throw a guitar pick without hitting a new technical outfit square in the chops. There are whole labels (*glances sideways at The Artisan Era*) that seem to be dedicated to cranking out tech act after tech act. It’s a hard scene to stand out in, is my point.  […]

2021

Album Review: No Living Witness – “Cosmic Simulacra” 7.5/10 (Melo Death)

No Living Witness is one of those bands that doesn’t hold its sound to a single subgenre. Throw a death metal base in the pot to start, and then start chucking in every ingredient you can think of that pairs with it. A meaty hunk of melody gets things really going, and then add several hearty spoonfuls of black metal, a few slices of technicality, and couple dashes of prog. Season with a pinch or two of brutality. Let that simmer together so the ingredients create layers of style and flavor. Now start dishing that tastiness up. That heaping helping in front of you is Cosmic Simulacra, No Living Witness’ new album* […]

2021

Album Review: Beleth – “Silent Genesis” 5.5/10 (Death/Groove)

During the death metal renaissance that’s been happening over the last couple of years it feels like a few other related styles have all but fallen by the wayside. Groove metal is one of these, with releases hitting here and there but all being overshadowed by a particularly strong stretch for the big brother subgenre. Maybe that’s due to a lack of notable new blood, or the fact that the titans of groove metal are all in their senior years in the scene now […]

2021

Album Review: Thūn – “Thūn” 9/10 (Death Doom)

I’m a sucker for a concept album. I love it when a band writes a damn good story. I worship Coheed and Cambria, I eat up everything that Hideous Divinity releases, Opeth’s My Arms, Your Hearse is one of my favorite records of all time, and what metalhead hasn’t listened to King Diamond’s Abigail and adored every second? I’m also a huge fan of Bull Elephant, the anonymous UK-based collective that has released two amazing progressive doom epics, the first two of a planned trilogy. The story is basically this: Indiana Jones flavored with Lovecraft, plenty of Nazi bad guys, and necromancy. It’s a hell of a fun time.  […]