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Red Dawn – Algorithm of Destruction (Finisterian Dead End)

French tech-death five piece Red Dawn’s debut full length Algorithm of Destruction is a powerful tour de force of an album that all fans of the more complex and heavier side of the metal spectrum are bound to enjoy. Whether… Continue Reading →

Counter-World Experience – Pulsar (MIG Music)

To quote Rush’s six string extraordinaire Alex Lifeson during the band’s live renditions of ‘La Villa Strantiago’… “Jazz is weird”. I am inclined to agree too, not because the music just doesn’t appeal to me, but to put it bluntly,… Continue Reading →

DarkRise – Fear, Hate and Corruption (Punishing Records)

A substantial, well rounded Death Metal album is always a delight to listen to and Swiss five piece DarkRise’s latest album Fear, Hate and Corruption is exactly that. In a realm which has an ever increasing amount of sub genres,… Continue Reading →

Obscura – Akroasis (Relapse)

I think it’s fair to say that Obscura mainman Stefan Kummerer is something of an enthusiast of the works and approach of the late, great Death mainman Chuck Schuldiner. Much like Schudiner did throughout the 1990s, across the last decade,… Continue Reading →

Abiotic – Casuistry (Metal Blade)

Florida’s Abiotic present their second album “Casuistry”. Whatever “Casuistry” is, it seems to involve large portions of technical riffage in a decidedly death metal framework. It’s impossible not to come back to the word technical. Progressive patterns are interwoven into… Continue Reading →

Thulcandra – Ascension Lost (Napalm)

In meaningful existence for seven years, Thulcandra seem to have been a divisive act for the entire time. For whatever reason, many Dissection worshippers have taken offense at these Germans paying homage to the Swedish masters both musically and artistically… Continue Reading →

Revocation – Deathless (Metal Blade)

The Boston, Massachusetts band Revocation have been around for a number of years now. I recall first seeing their name in a copy of Terrorizer – probably around the time they started – and being taken with their decidedly old… Continue Reading →

Archspire – The Lucid Collective (Season of Mist)

These Canadian technical death metal merchants began life in 2007 under the name Defenestrated; a name which I assume was influenced by the first Cryptopsy album. Shifting monicker to Archspire in 2009, the band eventually released its debut ‘All Shall… Continue Reading →

Architect Of Seth – The Persistence Of Scars (Great Dane)

French metal acts have a tendency to twist and distort your view of how a metal style should sound and for the most part this debut sits safely in the realms of modern technical death metal but initially on “LFDY”… Continue Reading →

Death: DTA & Obscura – London Forum 26/11/13

To suggest that anticipation for this gig was high would be something of an understatement – many people I know had invested in their tickets months in advance and given the general sense of good-feeling towards this incarnation of the… Continue Reading →

Cryptopsy – Cryptopsy (SR)

Okay, so first thing’s first: lots of people detested the last Cryptopsy album, ‘The Unspoken King’. Personally, I have no idea what the exact problem was as I’ve never listened to it. Not enough cash = no CDs, therefore I… Continue Reading →

Spawn of Possession – Incurso (Relapse Records)

Spawn Of Possession’s first album, Cabinet, was a minor favourite of mine – coming hot on the heels of Visceral Bleeding’s own storming debut on which two members of SoP lent their talents. Their more technical and meandering brand of… Continue Reading →

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