The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Abominations Of The Ageless

The Project Hate (or TPH as many know them) have graced 2023 with a new album, 2 years this time vs. 1 after their last album “Spewing…” Those that know me as a reviewer know I have a biased soft spot for this band as they blend a seamless mix of Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Symphonic Metal, and in Industrial at Funeral Doom epic proportions a...

03/11/2023

Back To 90's Old-School Death Metal - Wrathrone / Spiral Wounds / Necrodium

From Great Dane Records it comes a three split album with three samples of old school death metal bands Wrathrone, Spiral Wounds and Necrodium, each one with a particular view of OSDM. The artwork by Sebastian Mockers is also as old school as the music, getting the spirit of that time, do you remember the flyers with corpses and creepy pictures? So...

30/10/2023

Dead Twilight - Fall Of Humanity

Sometimes one just needs to hear pummeling Death Metal, and that’s what one gets with the 3rd album from Italy’s duo Dead Twilight. The album is a little shorter than what they have done in the past and came quicker (3 year gap instead of 5 years), but the result is solid. The music is highly aggressive in the vein of Immolation meets Deicide with...

23/10/2023

Distaste - Der Ertraeger Und Das Fleisch

Austria’s Distaste is no stranger to extreme music, and on their fourth full length record “Der Ertraeger und das Fleisch” they show no signs of changing or slowing down with their usual approach to brutal Grind Death. Following along the lines of groups such as Leng Tch’e or Wormrot, Distaste delivers 29 minutes of short but uncompromising sonic h...

20/10/2023

Verloren Vertellingen - Hellevaerder/Duindwaler/Schavot/Asgrauw

Splits are like samplers in metal, and it is rare that a split is done between more than 2 artists. But, Zwaertgevegt Records have unleashed a sort of sampler from various Netherland based Black Metal artists to showcase their talents with 2 tracks each, giving as much of a variety as they can. At their core, the music is more rooted in that old sc...

17/10/2023

Nox Aeterna - Subject 17

Hailing from the Netherlands, Nox Aeterna is a five piece and “Subject 17” is their 4th full length album. No stranger to concept albums, listeners are presented with another story from this melodeath band that tells a story of a doctor who is infected with a mysterious sickness around the 20th century and the album chronicles his time to find a cu...

25/09/2023

Stabbing - Extirpated Mortal Process

Stabbing’s “Extirpated Mortal Process” is an album so aurally dark in presentation, you can just feel the brutal death metal misery oozing from the speakers. These 12 tracks are so insanely heavy, it’s almost as if the band took doom/death elements and incorporated them into their own blueprint of metal insanity. This works extremely well especiall...

21/08/2023

Desecrate The Faith - III

Simply titled “III”, Desecrate The Faith’s newest offering hits hard with exceptional brutality and a deep trudging madness that’s sure to please even the most sophisticated fan of brutal death metal. Most surprising of all is the stripped-down approach and raw delivery that you typically do not hear from bands playing this genre of music. The riff...

17/08/2023

Eternal Tragedy - Origin

Eternal Tragedy is a duo hailing from Greece and Italy and after almost 15 years since their debut, they are back, still spearheaded by guitarist Stefania Ponzilacqua. Over the years band has trimmed down a lot, leaving Stefania as one of the sole remaining members, but her guitarwork continues to shine through along with her songwriting in general...

16/08/2023

Asklepeion - I: Basilisk

For those looking for a step back into the late 90s black metal in the vein of Emperor, Old Man’s Child, and even Dimmu Borgir, look no further than Netherland’s Asklepeion. Born in 2021 due to the pandemic, this three piece unleash some harsh yet crisp melodies in their debut album “I: Basilisk”. For those who feel that Dimmu Borgir has gone too f...

07/08/2023

Delyria - III: Oracles And Tentacles

Delyria hail from Italy and “Oracles And Tentacles” is their third full length album. Rooted in a mix of Death and Thrash Metal, one can expect a mix of Legion of the Damned meets Vader, with more lean towards the Death Metal side of things. Since their last album, the band has had quite an overhaul with new members, leaving Fabio Barbetti on guita...

27/07/2023

Beyond The Void - The Machinist

France’s Beyond The Void are relatively new to the Death Metal scene having formed in 2018 but not really gaining any traction until their first EP in 2020. Now they have their first full length debut entitled “The Machinist” and it sounds strong, ferocious, and a mix of well produced Technical meets Modern Death Metal. With touches of Suffocation,...

26/07/2023

9 Dead - 9 Dead

9 Dead’s self-titled 8 song release brings forth some of the most abominable brutal death metal that one’s ears could ever hope to hear. Starting out, we have the ever glorious ambient/ethereal intro which gets you all nice and comfortable; then out of nowhere this diabolic riffage from hell fills your auditory sensors with some of the most demonic...

24/07/2023

Walhalla - Release The Beast

Finland’s Walhalla has been rather quiet for almost 20 years, releasing an album back in 2000 and then going inactive for 19 years. Guitarist Lord Heikkinen is one of the sole remaining members and has been involved in a variety of other projects like the gothic metal band Soulgrind or Speed Metal Fierce. In 2019 he revived Walhalla and recruited n...

18/07/2023

Depraved Murder - Unethical Terrestrial Collapse

Depraved Murder’s newest offering, “Unethical Terrestrial Collapse”, was an intense and sufficient aural thrashing unlike any other. I really dig these brutal death metal albums that start off with ambient/ethereal type intros and then, without warning, kick things into full-gear straight through until the end. It’s like a direct kick to the nuts,...

19/06/2023