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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
Commander - Fatalis (The Unbroken Circle) (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

Commander – Fatalis (The Unbroken Circle) (Black Sunset / MDD Records)

  This nineteen year old quartet are releasing their third album, a decade after their last release. And a fine album it is. Their style of old school death metal filled with some doomy and thrashy elements works well in delivering an album that is.. Read More
Barren Earth – A Complex Of Cages (Century Media)

Barren Earth – A Complex Of Cages (Century Media)

It doesn’t seem like it’s already been 3 years since they released ‘On Lonely Towers’, but that could be more about the fact that for some reason or other I tend to leave my Barren Earth discography on the USB in my car, so it’s.. Read More
Crisix - Against the Odds (Listenable Records)

Crisix – Against the Odds (Listenable Records)

It’s been two years since their last release and the Spanish quintet CrisiX are now on their fourth album and have maintained the same line-up for the last three. Their highly energetic brand of thrash is fast and bouncy and I’m certain would quickly get.. Read More
Chaostar - The Undivided Light (Season of Mist)

Chaostar – The Undivided Light (Season of Mist)

Returning for the second release on Season of Mist, SepticFlesh guitarist Christos Antoniou’s Chaostar’s fifth album, ‘The Undivided Light’, is definitely an eclectic mix of genres that befits the “Avant-Garde Ambient Classical” moniker given by the record label. Joining Christos is Androniki Skoula on vocals,.. Read More
Oceans Of Slumber - The Banished Heart (Century Media)

Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart (Century Media)

Pretty much exactly 2 years and 2 days since the release of their second album, Houston based Oceans Of Slumber have worked hard to get their third album completed, persevering through internal and family struggles to get it all done. The piano isn’t just used.. Read More