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Necronomicon - Unleashed Bastards (El Puerto Records)

Necronomicon – Unleashed Bastards (El Puerto Records)

While they may have been around for 34 years now, Necronomicon only released four albums before taking a 10-year hiatus between ’94 and ’04, and are now releasing their ninth album without appearing to have lost any vitality along the way. Sedately building the riffs.. Read More
Suicidal Tendencies - Still Cyco Punk After All These Years (The Orchard/Suicidal Records)

Suicidal Tendencies – Still Cyco Punk After All These Years (The Orchard/Suicidal Records)

Having been a fan for such a long time, I’ve been around for plenty of line-up changes and changes in musical direction. But that said, the underlying ethos in ST has remained unwavering and it’s all about venting and saying your piece. And at times.. Read More
Omnium Gatherum - The Burning Cold (Century Media)

Omnium Gatherum – The Burning Cold (Century Media)

Wow! While I’ve seen Omnium Gatherum a good few times and have a couple of their albums, I did not realise they have been around for 22 years already and that this is their eighth album. Granted, there have been numerous line-up changes over the.. Read More
Toxik Shokk - Story Of Our Life (S/R)

Toxik Shokk – Story Of Our Life (S/R)

‘Story Of Our Life’ is the début offering by the 5-year-old German trash band from Mannheim, with album art, which tells an exacting story from purchasing a first thrash album to listening to it in a poster bedecked room. Sure, their sound harks of the.. Read More
Ultra-Violence - Operation Misdirection (Candlelight Records)

Ultra-Violence – Operation Misdirection (Candlelight Records)

While the Italians have labelled themselves as a thrash band, the first thought that came to my mind upon seeing the Ed Repka cover was Death, and by the time Loris Castiglia was halfway through singing “Cadaver Decomposition Island”, I must admit that I could.. Read More
Down to the Heaven - [ level -1 ] (Heavison)

Down to the Heaven – [ level -1 ] (Heavison)

This is the Polish outfit’s début album after having been around for 4 years and with the current line-up for two. Hailing from Bielsko-Biała the 6 piece describe themselves as Djent/Metalcore/Electro, which is about as apt a description as you’re likely to get. Rusty’s vocals.. Read More
Cor Scorpii - Ruin (Dark Essence Records)

Cor Scorpii – Ruin (Dark Essence Records)

‘Ruin’ is the second album by Melodic Black Metal band Cor Scorpii, a mere decade after their début was released. It was recorded over a period of three years in various locations, has guest vocalists Annika Beinnes and Mats Lerberg, along with new lead guitarist.. Read More
VELD - S.I.N. (Listenable Records)

VELD – S.I.N. (Listenable Records)

Spawned In Nothingness is the fourth album by this Belarussian trio, and it’s pretty straight forward, fast and extremely aggressive death metal, with a touch of atmospherics to keep it interesting. The intro “The Beginning of Madness” lulls you in with a rather gentle wash.. Read More
Kataklysm - Meditations (Nuclear Blast)

Kataklysm – Meditations (Nuclear Blast)

27 years, 13 albums…, and still going strong. Maurizio Iacono and Jean-François Dagenais have been doing this since the beginning, with Stéphane Barbe joining them 20 years ago when Maurizio swapped from bass to vocal duties. The newest member Olivier Beaudoin having now been with.. Read More
Chaos Before Gea - Chronos (Blood Fire Death)

Chaos Before Gea – Chronos (Blood Fire Death)

This third album by Chaos Before Gea is a rather mixed bag and by that, I mean the Spanish quintet appear to call on a whole host of influences when styling their sound. Open track the “The Void” starts feeling very rocky with soaring clean.. Read More
Thunderwar - Wolfpack (Lifeforce Records)

Thunderwar – Wolfpack (Lifeforce Records)

This 5 track EP is the third release by Polish quartet Thunderwar and its rapid no-nonsense songs get to the point with minimal fuss. Opening title track “Wolfpack” has Kamil “Madness” Mandes’s raspy vocals spat out over Paweł “Pavulon” Jaroszewicz’s fast drumming, while Witold Ustapiuk’s.. Read More
Depravity - Evil Upheaval (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Depravity – Evil Upheaval (Transcending Obscurity Records)

The promo blurb opens with “Death metal was meant to be an assault on the senses …” and this Australian quintet are certainly doing what they can to make sure their début album does exactly that. Granted there are moments of finesse that they can’t.. Read More