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. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Igorrr – Spirituality and Distortion 8.5 (Avante Garde)

Alright! Been excited for this one. The first single that dropped for “Very Noise” with the weird ass video was a strategic move on the part of Igorrr as it was very much a track that was hard to decipher and didn’t give much away, being purely a noise orientated and atmospheric piece with a bit of a technical guitar melody at the end. The opening of Spirituality and Distortion however, assures us of the heavy, more metal aspect of the Igorrr sound. Mixed in various ways with contrasting genre elements, naturally. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Tommy Concrete – Unrelaxed 2 7.5 (Prog Metal)

Bizarre. Really. Also interesting and competent music. Tommy Concrete is familiar yet alienating, like an estranged family member or lover returning after many years. It combines a lot of old school heavy metal and power riffs with elements of sludge and death, funneled through a progressive metal kind of song writing structure. The themes are deeply personal and, much more self aware of behaviour than typical of these genres which are often laden with bravado and self assurance. Musically the comparison to Devin Townsend is most apt, both in relation to the sound and the unique edge that comes with the lone creator. If you support underground music then check this out. […]

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Video Premiere: Kari Rueslåtten – Sørgekåpe (Indie Folk, Norway)

Let’s end the week with something more serene to help us wind down from the various shows and album release hype mongering. This is a single from Norwegian singer songwriter Kari Rueslåtten who many will know from her early work with the experimental doom band 3rd and the Mortal, a project that played a crucial role in the early days of the metal scene – inspiring many future bands to be inclusive of female singers. The single “Sørgekåpe” is the title track of the forthcoming album Sørgekåpe out May 8, 2020. This will be Kari Rueslåtten’s eighth solo album to date and the experience is shown through it’s elegance. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Afterbirth – Four Dimensional Flesh 8 (Brutal Death)

At first I thought this was just bad lofi death but as the album progresses, the more intrigue is revealed. There’s a strong The Chasm influence here and the premise seems to be a modern version of that with some newer, brutal ideals brought into the cosmic mix. They do well to achieve the atmosphere but the more straightforward heavier segments fall a bit flat beneath the intentionally muddy production. It works better in some places than others. The underlying thesis is solid however, something refined from decades of being a band and also having members experienced in other bands. Overall it’s one of the more interesting albums on the Unique Leader roster that you can listen to for yourself when it’s released on Friday the 13th. […]

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Death Metal Week Vol 1

Welcome to death metal week on Noob Heavy where I do a special 5 review microdose with some additional stats to recap on all the death metal we’ve heard so far in 2020. Check all that out below the feature, it includes some brand new full death metal reviews. Also I’ll be giving away two copies of Harvesting Our Decay by Third Chamber on cassette, one via Twitter and the other IG so keep your peep peeled. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Trauma – Ominous Black 6.5 (Death Metal)

Trauma are a long running band that I have not heard of until now. Within that context, I have to imagine this one isn’t on the discography hit list even among fans but I could certainly be wrong. It’s highly serviceable but didn’t bring anything new. It sounded a lot like The Beast or Revelations era Vader with more of a prog and melo death aspect to it. It will be enjoyed by many but in my opinion it does more to look the part than actually play it convincingly. Even on a technical level it doesn’t feel very creative or like it has room to breathe. […]

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Microdose: Hellripper, Clayshaper, White Crone, & Sallow Moth

Four great albums, four short reviews. The theme is solo visions, so people who through a lot of hard work put together their own album. They’re all highly creative people who put out quality music on their own terms, and often with the help of a friend or two. I’ve basically covered at least one solo project every dose and half of my reviews are of solo projects, I’m just drawn to them. […]