2021

Album Review: Aeon – “God Ends Here” (Death Metal)

When discussing the best modern death metal, I don’t hear Aeon’s name pop up nearly as often as it should, and as I was listening to this new record and rekindling my love for their previous ones, I couldn’t help but wonder why that might be. These guys can craft a groovy, hard-hitting riff like nobody else; they just generally release some of the most kickass, straight up death metal out there, but they don’t release it very often. […]

2021

Album Review: Frontierer – “Oxidized” 8.7 (Mathcore)

You haven’t known true auditory destruction until you’ve listened to Frontierer. Frontierer is one of the heaviest bands of all time. Yeah, it doesn’t get much more crushing than this folks. I’ve been listening to these guys for a while now, but if you’re reading this and this is your first go round with the beast that is Frontierer, prepare yourself for something absolutely nuts. […]

2021

Album Review: Ruin – “Spread Plague Death” 8.2 (Death Metal)

The new wave of OSDM revival has been good all around in my opinion. Of course you have the all stars like Tomb Mold and Blood Incantation who are killing it, but if you dig just a little deeper, there’s a subset of bands who are grinding out this ultra esoteric, authentic brand of OSDM, type of shit where you could tell me it came out in ’89 and I’d believe you, that’s what you really want to look for. What we’re also seeing a lot of is actual OSDM bands from the early 90s coming back from the dead to unleash ungodly amounts of brutality, such is the case with California’s Ruin. […]

2021

Album Review: Fawn Limbs – “Darwin Falls” 8.4 (Mathcore)

Interesting genre mashups are kind of my thing, so like, imagine my excitement jumping into a blackened mathcore album with dark ambient soundscapes, spoken word, and dark jazz??? Knowing that much, I was already invested in whatever this album had to throw at me, but nothing could’ve prepared me for the well of infinite darkness confined within the walls of this LP. If, after reading this review, if you decide to give this album a shot, you are in for a wild ride my friends. […]

2021

Album Review: Sallow Moth – “Stasis Cocoon” 8.8 (Death Metal)

With major thematic influences cited as Hellraiser and Magic The Gathering, I knew I was in for a ride going into this album, and I was, but it wasn’t quite the ride I was expecting. With a list of influences like that, paired with the album cover and a deep conceptual core, I was expecting a new age slice of hyper-technical wankery, which is something I dig so I was on board. Now, imagine my surprise when I throw this thing on to find thick, concrete motherfucking caveman riffs! That, my friends, is just the tip of the iceberg too […]

2021

Album Review: Lorna Shore – “…And I Return To Nothingness” 8 (Deathcore)

Man, my history with this band is dicey to say the least. I never thought their first vocalist Tom Barber was a good fit for them (despite him being directly responsible for the only good Chelsea Grin record) and I always found the instrumentals to be decent enough but fairly rudimentary. In 2018, Tom Barber left Lorna Shore and was replaced by CJ McCreery. I was previously a fan of CJ’s, so you’d think this could be where things turn around for them, right? Wrong. Literal weeks before the release of their album Immortal in early 2020, it was revealed that CJ was a scumbag predator. He was immediately kicked from the band, but myself and many others boycotted the record to avoid giving CJ proceeds. It was undoubtedly rough for the rest of the band, seeing all of their hard work soiled by some disgusting chode. […]

2021

Album Review: Summoning The Lich – “United In Chaos” 8 (Death Metal)

I’m a pretty busy guy. I listen to a ton of stuff, I’d listen to everything if I could, but it’s simply not in the cards. I heard about this new Summoning The Lich album upon release, but for a while there it just fell by the wayside for me. After some incredibly positive recommendations from friends and readers, and Noob Heavy’s own Carcassbomb putting the record on their mid-year best list, I decided to check it out! […]