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Vader – Thy Messenger (Nuclear Blast)

It has been 18 years since I bought a Vader album and nearly as long since I have seen them live. The first thing that’s clearly apparent as I listen to this five track EP, they have lost none of… Continue Reading →

Decapitated, Dyscarnate and Baest Manchester Academy 3 12/2/19

An evening of brutal, violent and fierce death metal is on the cards tonight and as I walk into the Academy 3 I am hit by a wall of sound, being generated by the first of tonight’s trio of bands…. Continue Reading →

Twinge – Enslaved By Human Mind (S/R)

Back at the turn of the new millennium, give or take a year or so, Kerrang! was an actual relevant thing to me musically. It sometimes gave compilation CD’s and actually provided some decent features and helped widen my growing… Continue Reading →

Decapitated – Anticult (Nuclear Blast)

I’ve been a semi-regular visitor to Poland since the late 90’s, and I’ve brought back loads of Polish metal CD’s on my travels. Decapitated are one of the bands that I really grew to love, particularly with “Winds of Creation”… Continue Reading →

Decrepit Birth – Axis Mundi (Agonia Records)

This is the fourth album release from Californian band Decrepit Birth. With track titles such as “The Sacred Geometry” and “Transcendental Paradox”, I guess this is what they mean by the themes being “esoteric”. It’s death metal so there’s clue… Continue Reading →

Hate – Tremendum (Napalm)

Hate are one of the long standing members of the well-renowned Polish death metal factory, having been going since 1990. Looking at their line-up, the drummer seems to have played with everyone, which is typical of the Polish scene. “Tremendum”… Continue Reading →

Vader – The Empire (Nuclear Blast)

Coming a couple of months after the teasing ‘Iron Times’ EP, Vader have released their thirteenth LP, ‘The Empire’. Now if, like me, you’re a long-time fan of the Polish veterans then you’ll have a fair idea of what to… Continue Reading →

Murder Made God – Enslaved (Comatose Music)

There’s something both deeply and fist bumpingly satisfying about well-crafted technical death metal. The immensely powerful riffs, ridiculously fast blast beats and aggressive, gravelly vocals. With their first release since 2013, Greek four piece Murder Made God have unleashed ravenous, Tech… Continue Reading →

Nader Sadek – The Malefic: Chapter III (S/R)

It’s always interesting to see what multi international, extreme metal band Nader Sadek are going to come up with next. This is a group who change musicians and vocalists with each phase of their career and this time around replacing… Continue Reading →

Vesania – Deus ex Machina (Metal Blade)

It’s about time. Vesania entered my psyche with two distinctive symphonic style black metal albums “God the Lux” (2005) and “Distractive Killusions” (2007). Now after seven years, they’re back with “Deus ex Machina”. The titles are spartan: Halflight, Innocence, Disillusion,… Continue Reading →

Killchain – Where Is Your Saviour (Metal Age)

Slovakia’s Killchain have been plying their death metal trade since 2005, originally focussing on sounds of the old school. Along the way they’ve played with bands as diverse as Exhumed, Gorgoroth, Cynic and released two albums. Perhaps inspired by the… Continue Reading →

Unearthly – Flagellum Dei (Metal Age Productions)

Not many bands can claim to have launched their own official beer. Unearthly from Brazil can do that. The reason is that this band has become legendary in South American metal circles. In existence since 1998, “Flagellum Dei” is their… Continue Reading →

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