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Mourning Sign – Contra Mundum (Orchestrated Misery Recordings)

There was definitely something in the Swedish water during the early Nineties, when (and where) melodic progressive death metal sprung forth in quite a prolific manner, setting the scene for further bastardisations of metal as we know it. Whilst luminaries… Continue Reading →

Benighted – Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master (Season Of Mist)

Some artists seem cursed to linger upon the precipice of success, the lustful ear of total domination is but a hair’s breadth away. How must it feel to be linked with this desperate struggle? I imagine it to be rather… Continue Reading →

Monuments – Phronesis (Century Media)

Cards on the table up front: this isn’t really my cup of tea, but I’ll save the lecture on the merits of a subgenre that essentially steals the best bits of Meshuggah and At The Gates for another time. Moving… Continue Reading →

At The Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself (Century Media)

When “At War With Reality” was announced back in 2014, it was made clear that whilst the band may have been simply touring off of their reputation alone and had changed their minds on the whole ‘not hitting the studio’… Continue Reading →

Befouled – Refuse to Rot (Great Dane)

Norwegian band Befouled’s death metal style is said to be for fans of Dismember, Entombed, Bolt Thrower, Unleashed and At The Gates amongst others. What I experienced here was death metal at the thrashier end, with drums going thirteen to… Continue Reading →

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs (Century Media)

When I was younger I spent a lot of time in Israel and during every trip I would eagerly make my way to a record shop and ask the same question. “Do you have any Israeli heavy metal?” On the… Continue Reading →

The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers (Metal Blade)

The Black Dahlia Murder are a 5 piece from Detroit, Michigan and derive their name from the infamous, unsolved murder of Hollywood waitress Elizabeth Short, who was found murdered in a park in Los Angeles in January of 1947. The… Continue Reading →

The Haunted – Strength In Numbers (Century Media)

AC/DC. Van Halen. Black Sabbath. Candlemass*. The list goes on. What list, you may enquire? Why, the list of bands of whom there are multiple singers across their discography, where there is a prevailing opinion about whom the best vocalist… Continue Reading →

Dawn Of Disease – Ascension Gate (Napalm)

The follow up to the 2016 release “Worship the Grave” sees Osnabrück’s Melodic Death Metallers, Dawn Of Disease return once again to bring riffs, harmonies and growls in an effort to give those pesky Scandinavian’s a run for their money… Continue Reading →

The Lurking Fear – Out Of The Voiceless Grave (Century Media)

Ah another band carrying the flag for all things Howard Phillip Lovecraft but this is no normal group even if you have never heard of them before but a bunch of Swedish veterans from the death metal scene. Call them… Continue Reading →

Pale King – Monolith of the Malign (Soulseller Records)

Look, I’m not going to waste your time – if you read no further than this, reckon on these words: This album is great. I’m a sucker for angular, weird death metal. Now don’t get me wrong – I can… Continue Reading →

GraVil – No More Forgiveness (S/R)

I have vague recollections of this lot’s early demos passing through these parts for coverage on an earlier website around 2008-9. Even if not from the music the artwork and name certainly rang a bell but what was said and… Continue Reading →

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