2021

Album Review: Descensum – “Conjure Possessions” 8.3/10 (Tech Death)

So, we’re a month into 2021, and I hate to be negative, but it’s been a bit underwhelming thus far, as far as music goes. January is always slow for new releases, but I’m hearing a lot of stuff that’s just leaving me sort of lukewarm, not good or great, but also not bad enough to draw any kind of reaction out of me, and as a music critic, that’s really just the worst sort of record you can come across. So, last weekend, while sifting through a pile of records that weren’t really doing much for me one way or the other, I stumbled upon this gem! The artwork immediately caught my eye, but it being described to me as blackened/symphonic tech death caught my attention. […]

2021

Album Review: Humanity’s Last Breath – “Välde” 9.2/10 (Technical Deathcore)

Humanity’s Last Breath made a big impression over here with their heavy as balls sound in 2019’s Abyssal, now they’re back on the radar with some innovations to show off. This album uses a lot of sound design to create a more unique approach to blackened deathcore that utilizes every instrumental technique available and even additional symphonics. You can see on their Bandcamp that they’ve been very busy producing tunes but also producer packs during the time between Abyssal and Välde, clearly very talented audio engineering from guitarist and producer Buster Odeholm (Vildjharta, Born of Osiris, Oceano). […]

2021

Album Review: Dead Exaltation – “Despondent” 8.5/10 (Death Metal)

A death metal album with an unexpected amount of melody, it doesn’t even present as melodeath, it’s far closer to straight slapping brutal death metal that occasionally shifts the tempo down into a straight up clean guitar serenade as if I somehow accidentally listened outside the album or the musicians forgot the set list. It should be a harsh comparison to then start up the death machine again but it just works so well, perhaps due to the tight guitar tones. […]

2021

Track Premiere: Gut Feeling by Revered and Reviled Above All Others (SPLIT, 2021 – Sleeping Village Records)

When I saw there was a split featuring Cyttorak I thought to myself, with whom? Who could possibly be munted enough to join Cyttorak on a split? And that answer was Revered and Reviled Above All Others. Allow me to introduce the track ‘Gut Feeling’ by Revered and Reviled Above All Others. Many of you may recognise this as a DEVO song title, what you won’t recognise is that this is a cover – because as far as covers go this is completely fucked. I’ve included the original track here for context but lets start with the better track first. […]