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The Offering – Home (Century Media)

It’s safe to say that nobody sounds like The Offering, yet The Offering sound like everybody. Since their inception in 2015, this US four piece have honed their scattered influences before churning out this debut full length. The result is… Continue Reading →

Rogga Johansson – Entrance To The Otherwhere (Transcending Obscurity Records)

On one side of the “bread n butter” death metal spectrum we have artists yearning for the glory of yesterday, struggling to stay relevant. On the other side, young whippersnappers with nostalgia in their eyes flap vainly for our attention… Continue Reading →

Burial In The Woods – Church Of Dagon (Rain Without End Records)

The press release for this outfit is sadly lacking in detail, however my superior Google-Fu Boolean Fist has unearthed a little background for you. Hailing from a picturesque southern district of German Bavaria, lone multi-instrumentalist Gerileme recorded a demo of doomy black… Continue Reading →

Feradur – Legion (S/R)

One doesn’t often hear tales of the Luxembourg metal scene, so pull up a sandbag and I’ll spin you a yarn. Formed in 2010, Feradur released debut album “Epimetheus” in 2015 before ditching their vocalist and recruiting their producer on… Continue Reading →

Crom Dubh – Firebrands and Ashes (Van Records)

Named after a mythological Irish figure whose name translates as “dark crooked one”, this London based quartet turned heads with their folky melodies on debut “Heimweh” back in 2015. Crom Dubh have further evolved their sound on this sophomore full-length. The seven tracks… Continue Reading →

Abnormality – Sociopathic Constructs (Metal Blade)

Hailing from the north east corner of the USA, Abnormality initially turned my head with sophomore album “Mechanisms Of Omniscience” in 2016. They stood out from the usual mediocre deathcore /slam melting pot by combining well-honed technical chops with a… Continue Reading →

Istapp – The Insidious Star (Trollzorn)

The biography makes much of this being this Swedish outfits fourth album, when in fact it’s only their third; so-called debut “Köldens Union” was in fact a collection of demos and live recordings. With the metadata missing from half of… Continue Reading →

Hell Fire – Mania (RidingEasy Records)

On the cusp of a new Formula 1 season, this avid follower of the motorsports spectacle might have been sympathetic to a band whose sophomore release (2017s “Free Again”) paid tribute to the late great Ayrton Senna. However, when said… Continue Reading →

Obscuring Veil – Fleshvoid To Naught (I, Voidhanger Records)

With just four tracks, only two of which could be considered songs in the traditional sense, my initial impression of “Fleshvoid To Naught” was dismay at what appeared to be an incoherent jumble of half formed ideas drowning in a… Continue Reading →

Aoratos – Gods Without Name (Debemur Morti)

To my ears, a lot of American black metal sounds either overly polished, or too try-hard and unoriginal. Thankfully, Naas Alcameth *gets* raw European black metal aesthetics, and throughout his impressive oeuvre (Akhlys, Nightbringer among others) has always strived to… Continue Reading →

Venom Prison – Samsara (Prosthetic Records)

Okay, confession time. I took on this review intending to do a hatchet job on the mediocrity of deathcore/slam in general. However, a cursory listen to this album proved that Venom Prison have a lot more to offer than the… Continue Reading →

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