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Technical Death Metal

Empyreal Vault – S/T (Great Dane Records)

If you had told me a couple or three years ago that Deathcore would see a resurgence and on top of that become palatable I would have laughed in your face. Yet here we are, a new age of Deathcore… Continue Reading →

Damim – A Fine Game Of Nil (Apocalyptic Witchcraft)

Can I say this is the debut by Damim to make it sound like I’m here, in at the beginning? Nah, ’tis their third after a slight name shift from Dam (I assume for reasons of clashes, lineup rejig or… Continue Reading →

Nocturnus AD – Paradox (Profound Lore Records)

Back in the early 90s Nocturnus appeared with a debut album, “The Key” which in part revolutionised death metal due to its progressive strains but more importantly it adopted the use of keyboards which at the time would have been… Continue Reading →

Aenimus – Dreamcatcher (Nuclear Blast)

Bay Area metal bands conjure up a certain image. Bands like Death Angel and more recently Fallujah come to mind. What I heard of Aenimus’s second album release “Dreamcatcher” is more akin to Fallujah in its technicality and progressive edge…. Continue Reading →

Arsis – Visitant (Agonia)

I personally feel that Melodic Death Metal is under some sort of constant attack, and in part I can understand that. In a lot of ways I view the genre as a sort of bridging gap between underground and mainstream… Continue Reading →

Archspire – Relentless Mutation (Season Of Mist)

A bit of history to this Canadian band who were originally called Defenestration before changing to Archspire, they have two albums and an EP out previously all of which I have purposely not listened to prior to reviewing this third… Continue Reading →

Crator -The Ones Who Create, The Ones Who Destroy (S/R)

When two parts Origin, two parts Gorguts and one part Foaming At The Mouth combine, you end up with a death-black fusion resulting in what people will undoubtedly label as a ‘Supergroup’. In this instance, the fusion of these elements… Continue Reading →

Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience (Metal Blade)

Allegaeon are back with their fourth album and only a single line-up change. Long-time vocalist Ezra Haynes has been replaced by Riley McShane and to be honest I wasn’t immediately convinced, especially when I noted he had taken over a… Continue Reading →

Neurogenic – Ouroboric Stagnation (Comatose Music)

The splicing together of both technical and brutal death metal always makes for an exciting listen. The chugging groove and harsh, guttural vocals of the brutal elements combined with the speed and ferocity of technical metal creates quite the explosive… Continue Reading →

Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust (Season of Mist)

How do you follow an album like Colored Sands? That perfect comeback album, following 12 years away from the studio, was their career pinnacle so where do they go from here? Well, here’s proof that the answer is to cling to… Continue Reading →

Textures – Phenotype (Nuclear Blast)

Dutch goliaths Textures are rapidly building quite a reputation for quality songwriting. Following the instant success of debut album Polars they have gone on to build quite the back catalogue. All that culminated in their finest work-to-date, 2011’s polyrhythmic genre-morphing… Continue Reading →

Pitbulls in the Nursery- Equanimity (Klonosphere)

There is no genre quite so difficult to nail as Progressive Death Metal. There is a fine art to striking that perfect balance between thunderous, crushing grooves and keeping the listener perpetually wondering what they’re going to hear next. Thankfully,… Continue Reading →

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