Death metal

Metal Redux: Massacre – From Beyond (Death Metal)

So back in 1991 there was a gigantic ripple in the Death Metal scene. An album recorded at Morrisound Studios was released. It featured band members who had been in Death, and who were heavily affiliated with the Florida metal scene since the early 80s. Oh yeah, and the singer claimed to have invented the Death growl (or vokills, as Kam Lee called it). And the word on the street was that the music on the release was all written between 1984 and 1986 and the songs were well known in the local scene, and the band was infamous for a particular song about having sex with a corpse. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Insatanity – Hymns of the Gods Before 6.7 (OSDM)

Insatanity may not be a renowned name in death metal scene these days, but indeed with almost three decades of history in Northeast scene of American death metal, alongside Suffocation, Immolation and Vital Remains, they are old-timers. Forming in 1992, they soon took off and worked on several demo tapes to finally release their first LP, Divine Decomposition, in 1996. But afterwards, they went on a 24-year hiatus until 2020 when they returned with their second studio album. In the meantime, though, they kept themselves quite busy with four Eps, two split albums and a compilation album. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Black Curse – Endless Wound 8 (Death Metal)

I’m usually skeptical when I hear the term supergroup, mostly because they get a lot of coverage solely based on their reputation and less because of the quality of their music. In my experience, the majority come off as half-hearted or as a conglomerate of ideas mashed together but without a definite direction. While one might argue if Black Curse falls under the term’s umbrella, I believe that every moderately knowledgeable metalhead heard about the main bands of each respective member and can’t deny that all of them had a considerable impact on the underground scene. It’s no wonder Black Curse turned some heads when we found out that people from Primitive man, Khemmis, Spectral Voice and Blood Incantation were involved. So how does Black Curse fare when put to the test? […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Protosequence – A Blunt Description of Something Obscene 9.5 (Tech Death)

Protosequence are from Edmonton, Alberta which isn’t that far from me and it’s a city that I sometimes travel to for shows and such. I’ve seen these guys live a few time and they’re insane. The west coast of Canadian has a slurry of great tech death bands like The Hallowed Catharsis, Widows Peak, and Archspire. But even with a local scene packed full of great metal bands, Protosequence have always stood out to me. I mean, hell, even my mom thinks this band rips. I think that says a lot about how good they are, in a funny way. When shows start happening again, I’ll be very excited to catch the band playing these tracks in some sketchy dive bar. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Killitorous – The Afterparty 7.8 (Tech Death)

Going into this album, I was incredibly perplexed. The album cover looks goofy, the song titles are wild, and I think the band name is a play on the word “clitoris.” That said, the pedigree this band has is absolutely insane, it’s a supergroup with members of Annihilator, First Fragment, and Suffocation. Then we have the guest features, if I tried to list them all we’d be here forever, but we have members of Cryptopsy, Leprous, Allegaeon, Voivod, and Obscura. What could this possibly sound like? […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Death Courier – Necrotic Verses 8 (Death/Doom)

A surprising re-entry album from a legacy Greek band, this is their first major release since 2013 and their first one on Transcending Obscurity. Since the 80s Death Courier have undergone several lineup changes and lengthy breaks but the creative force of Billy Soulas drives on unimpeded with this fantastic death record. You can always tell when an album is made by people who have been playing a specific genre for a long time, it has those old school vibes without trying too hard, a bit of that Cannibal Corpse Bloodthirst hammering. Less trendy and more authentic in sound. […]