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Skeletal Remains – Condemned to Misery (F.D.A. Rekotz)

Condemned to Misery is one of those albums that makes you instantly wish you could time travel to your next festival, grab a beer and windmill yourself up a fearsome bangover. Packed full of blast beats, hench groovy riffs and… Continue Reading →

Sacri Monti – S/T (Tee Pee)

There’s been a lot of retro rock, doom rock, occult rock of late (call it what you want) and apart from The Riddles, not many bands have picked up the psychedelic tag. This American band from California really keep the… Continue Reading →

Xibalba – Tierra Y Libertad (Southern Lord)

Xibalba are not a band I’d heard of before receiving this, their third album, for review. Apparently splicing hardcore with death metal, ‘Tierra Y Libertad’ sees the Californians in their “most threatening form yet”. On top of assertions like this,… Continue Reading →

Volahn – Aq’ab’al (Iron Bonehead)

Well this album has made 2015 begin with an unexpectedly strong start! Volahn hail from California, and belong to the shadowy Black Twilight Circle – arguably USBM’s very own version of Les Légions Noires. Musically you can hear the French… Continue Reading →

Mare Cognitum – Phobos Monolith (Ivoidhanger)

Four hefty slabs are presented to us. Yet at first it seemed they’re not as monolithic as the title of this album from the man from Santa Ana might suggest. Progressive black metal is a description I read. The sound… Continue Reading →

Killgasm – A Stab in the Heart of Christ (Moribund)

From lovely California comes the equally lovely blackened grindcore of Killgasm. When I picked up “A Stab in the Heart of Christ” and looked at the track titles and band name, I reminded myself for the umpteenth time that I… Continue Reading →

Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves (Peaceville)

It seems like just last year that I received the new Autopsy album to metaphorically gush over. Oh, what’s that you say? It was just last year?! Well I’ll be blown (again, metaphorically): just a matter of months ago, these… Continue Reading →

Morfin – Inoculation (FDA-REKOTZ)

Scream Bloody Leprosy! Isn’t it bizarre when you look at a photo of a band and assume that they are some obscure quantity from twenty-plus years ago who you’ve never heard of. In the case of California’s Morfin, despite their… Continue Reading →

Orchid – The Zodiac Sessions (Nuclear Blast)

If “ability to worship Black Sabbath” and “power to ignore the last 40 years as though it never happened” was the scoring system on this site then Orchid would be getting a straight ten. Short of having Ozzy Osbourne singing,… Continue Reading →

Warbringer – IV: Empires Collapse (Century Media)

Yankee Thrash metal titans; Warbringer have probably not  been on the scene as long as you think. Hailing from California and forming in 2004 and releasing their first demo’s in 2004 and then 2005. In 2006 their first EP was… Continue Reading →

Armed for Apocalypse – ‘The Road Will End’ (Candlelight)

Armed for Apocalypse are a band that are met with staggering praise for reasons that are simply unfathomable. Often lumped into the category of sludge, the only connection they have with the genre is loose at best. The vocals are… Continue Reading →

Night Demon – ST EP (SR)

This is a NWOBHM styled band from Ventura, California who took my fancy a while back and when in Germany recently I saw that they are playing Keep It True festival next year, so the word is out there. Is… Continue Reading →

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