2020 Albums

Album Review: Thy Catafalque – Naiv 8.7 (Avant Garde)

When confronted with the ambiguous genre tag of avant garde I toss aside all expectations because it can either be a complete waste of time or something glorious and I have no way of knowing which way it’s going to go. Naiv is in the latter category, bringing a rejuvenating sound that has an interesting swing to it. It only took the second track to make me fall in love. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Midnight – Rebirth By Blasphemy 7.7 (Speed Metal)

Fucking speed and darkness! What else is there to say about Midnight? They set up a simple premise and stick to it with mastery. If you aren’t familiar with Midnight then I’d best describe them as Gwar sped up with black metal and sex thrown on it. I first became a fan after hearing Sweet Death & Ecstasy which I promptly paid out the ass to get on cassette shipped to Australia. How does this one compare? It’s not bad, that’s for sure but it feels more straight forward. At its worst it’s more of what fans love, so that’s pretty valuable and something veteran bands need to achieve in order to maintain longevity. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Death. Void. Terror. – To The Great Monolith II 8 (Black/Doom)

I love finding metal records with a very unsettling atmosphere, something that’s dark and creepy to the point where it’s overbearing. One of the greatest examples of this in my opinion is Dragged Into Sunlight’s 2011 record “Hatred For Mankind.” A new entry to this fantastic set of records is the new Death. Void. Terror album titled To The Great Monolith II. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Defiled – Infinite Regress 9 (Tech Death)

I’ve always enjoyed Japanese metal, they just do it that little bit different and have a way of cutting through the huge amount of monotonous releases I hear each week. Infinite Regress is a well rounded album that is a smooth blend of old school death metal and technical death metal. It discards all of the new ideas currently circulating in tech death (such as the rise of deathcore and synth prominence) and focuses on bringing the old ideas into their framework of intensive mathy timing. The result is a pleasure to listen to as it sounds familiar but also grooves different. It’s well crafted. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Wardaemonic – Acts Of Repentance 9.5 (Black Metal)

Alright, what is in the bloody water over at Perth? The amount of bands coming out of there at the top of their game is intense. It’s unlike anywhere else on the continent, and they’re even on my favorite label, Transcending Obscurity. This label has good taste, every album that gets released there has some kind of quirk or progressive music ideology that separates the bands from their genre. This isn’t just another black metal album, it’s an experience equally capable of being a mosher and a thinker. It unravels unto your mind and stirs something in your soul. Acts of Repentance releases on the 20th of March and will be one of this year’s highlights just based on the sound and presentation combination happening here. It’s a high quality and well-rounded album. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Grey Skies Fallen – Cold Dead Lands 7.5 (Death Doom)

The first thing which is worth mentioning in this album is its artistic cover. I am totally in favor of bands actually taking artwork into serious consideration and GSF is a band worthy of praise for their meticulous choice of album covers which are of esthetic value. This piece is a dark and sort of fantastical image of a land of doom. The shadowy and blurry atmosphere in which some human silhouettes and an obelisk are barely visible on top of some coastal rocks has created a nightmarish sight. It is indeed a glimpse into a cold dead land. Thumbs up to the artist Travis Smith, who has previously worked with giants like Death, Katatonia, Amorphis, Iced Earth, Anathema and Opeth, for creating yet another superb work of art. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Child Of Waste – Hunger Made Man 7.5 (Deathcore)

Deathcore is a very hit or miss genre, but when it hits, it hits hard. Some of my all time favorite metal records are of the deathcore genre. Chugcore is a pretty prominent underground core label that’s put out releases for some of the biggest modern names in the genre, like Shadow Of Intent, Vulvodynia, Within Destruction, and Acrania. I’ve decided to keep a closer eye on the label this year so I can get my core fill, and I’ve already found a gem! […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Atavisma/Void Rot – Split 9 (Death Doom)

Filthy, just filthy. These two bands need to wash their mouths out with soap or something. This is stupidly heavily in a really despondent and grimy way. This one is going to be an easy favorite with it’s well designed artwork and two extremely dark bands putting down three tracks of consistently suffocating death doom. Real fucking death doom, like the old school swedish stuff that started everything you love about the genre. Forget the melody, forget the melancholy, this is death and this is fucking doom. This one will be released by Everlasting Spew Records on the 7th of February on CD and as well a upcoming vinyl release. […]