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Cropsy Maniac – Carnage (HPGD)

I could sum this release up in a short paragraph…. “like splatter movies?……  like death/grind?……. like death/grind that’s all about splatter movies? If the answer’s yes, then stop reading this now and buy this EP!” But then the editor would… Continue Reading →

Gods Forsaken – Smells Of Death (Soulseller Records)

A couple of years back I slotted Gods Forsaken’s debut album “In A Pitch Black Grave” into my end of year top 20. It was a classic claw-hammer to the skull of a Swedish death metal album. Pure, undiluted and… Continue Reading →

Down Among The Dead Men – …And You Will Obey Me (Transcending Obscurity)

Whovians may know that the album title for this monster is also the name of a Big Finish audio production of a Dr Who tale involving one of Sci-Fi’s best villains, The Master. There have been a lot of incarnations… Continue Reading →

Wombbath – The Great Desolation (Soulseller Records)

If you didn’t know, and as the band is often criminally overlooked there’s a good chance you didn’t, Wombbath have been producing some of the gnarliest Swedish death metal since 1992 however, this here album is only the band’s third… Continue Reading →

Ursinne – Swim With The Leviathan (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Blimey, another belter from Transcending Obscurity Records here with the debut album from Ursinne. Right, for starters what’s an “Ursinne” and what’s this band all about? Well for starters “Ursinne” is a Swedish word for “rage” and the band is… Continue Reading →

Gods Forsaken – In a Pitch Black Grave (SoulSeller Records)

Old School Swedish Death Metal. If you’re short on time, you could just read those first five words and have a pretty accurate view of what this album is like. That guitar sound is now so ubiquitous that it usually… 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 →

The Zero Boys – Nico Mastorakis (Arrow)

“Kill Or Be Killed!” I clearly remember the cover art of 1986 feature by Greek director Nico Mastorakis lining the walls of ye olde video shop courtesy of Polygram who released it back in the day. I assumed I had… Continue Reading →

Wombbath – Downfall Rising (Dark Descent)

Twenty-two years after their brilliant debut ‘Internal Caustic Torments’ arrived, at long last Sweden’s Wombbath are back with another slab of unadulterated death metal. Perhaps what distinguished these guys from many of their native contemporaries was the clear homage to… Continue Reading →

Squirm – Jeff Lieberman (Arrow)

Growing up, every lovely part of nature was a threat. Forget all the cuddly animal stories if you read the books of Guy N Smith there was no safe ground and everything from crabs, lynx’s, bats, locusts, alligators, snakes were… Continue Reading →

A Look ‘Inside’ – French Extremity Part Four

Behind You!  The stalk and slash film was really enjoying a resurgence around now, it is as though the terror of putting people in peril was ever more popular. France is a country that has done an admirable job in… Continue Reading →

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