2020 Albums

Album Review: Code Orange – Underneath 4 (Hardcore/Nu Metal)

Before going into this album I’m in the headspace of someone who has followed the band since they were “Kids” and I wasn’t a fan of the first single from this album. The second was better. Either way I’m excited to hear the full thing because I want to know what happens between those singles and how those weird sounds fit into the overall context. The cinematic Slipknot opening and good album art elevate the suspense. This is more than I can say when facing most albums regardless of how it shakes out. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: God Dethroned – Illuminati 5 (Melo Death)

Do you like overt lyrics about secret society chanted over meldo death? Do you like the rhythm elements of Rivers Of Nihil minus the progressive flair? Then say no more, I’ve got you covered with the new God Dethroned. It constantly switches between being really heavy and being a bit limp. At its peak it works these two sides together to make a dramatic record. Not necessarily a very good one. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Dopelord – Sign Of The Devil 6 (Stoner Doom)

Just earlier this year when I reviewed the latest Major Kong album I was asking why there isn’t more theremin used in doom metal, well here’s my answer. Another great doom entry with a high pitched aesthetic and a playful sound. Get ready to ride the satanic wave in a relatively chilled out fashion. It doesn’t exactly challenge anything but that doesn’t bother many doom fans. It’s more of the good stuff from indie legends. […]

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. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Dyssidia – Costly Signals 9 (Prog Metal)

Australia is no stranger to progressive metal with bands like Ne Obliviscaris, Be’Lakor, Caligula’s Horse and a bunch more. Dyssidia have produced what very well may be the best progressive metal album of the year. It’s huge and it’s full of outsider influences that help skirt the usual trappings of the genre. The album art is by Adam Burke who I will never get tired of, his style is as versatile as this album. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Devangelic – Ersetu 8.5 (Brutal Death)

Double kicks behind chugging breakdown riffs, this is my kind of brutal. The opening lick of the album lulls you and pulls you in only to have your shit reversed by sheer force. This is the third LP from Devangelic and my entry point to their discography. So far I’m definitely on board, this is some crushing death metal at hectic speeds. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Behold… The Arctopus – Hapeleptic Overtrove 7.8 (Experimental)

I love the way this album opens, it’s such a tantalising progression to begin with. The percussion is unlike anything else I’ve heard with all sorts of rattles and satisfying timing. It’s a very stripped back but hyper focused album that displays a lot of instrumental versatility and storytelling in league with Bongripper. It’s not just an instrumental album, it manages to push boundaries and explore some shit. It’s a bit front loaded but it was a great space to start off in nonetheless. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Ara – Jurisprudence 8.5 (Death Metal)

Long wormy kind of crawling technical death metal. This a death project consisting of three members of Northless, a sludge/post metal band, so it’s pretty evident that they are more comfortable playing in that longer form. It’s pretty damn good. The artwork is by Eliran Kantor, who is a metal art superstar right now and much like Adam Burke, his work varies with each piece and has a long lifespan. It’s a fantastic wrapping for this sound. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Tulus – Old Old Death 7.8 (Black Metal)

This is the first Tulus LP in eight years and they are coming back fully loaded. In that down time they formed the band Khold so they weren’t completely without practice. Now they’ve returned to their original project with this new album Old Old Death and I gotta say, it starts off with a lot more pep in their step than I was expecting, many of these riffs would be just as fitting on a blackened speed metal record. Modern black metal albums have a tendency to take too long starting up but not Tulus, they’re bringing the noise up front. The first impression from the artwork on the cover nails it. It’s a fantastic blending of castles, cosmos, forests, bats and a skull. You always expect one of these things on a black metal cover but all of them? They’ve cornered the market. […]