Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Topór - Wieczna Kaźń

<p>Poland’s Topór have had a bit of a rough haul since their inception back in 2012, but 2023 finally saw a breakthrough with a new vocalist added to the band and a full length debut. They can be best described as a Thrash Speed Metal band that perform both in English and Polish in a style that is a mix of Vader meets Municipal Waste. A bit more pu...

12/06/2024

Night Shall Drape Us - Lunatic Choir

<p>Night Shall Drape Us is a rather new band that just sprung up back in 2023 by LHR who is known for his work in many bands like Horna and Deathchain among others. A multi instrumentalist, he handles all the songwriting for this group and the instrumentation while his brother Spellgoth performs the vocals along with Infection and Wraath for a rath...

05/06/2024

Tomorrow’s Rain - Odvan

<p>Israel’s Tomorrow’s Rain are one of those Gothic/ Death/ Doom bands that deserve more attention. Formed in 2011, the six piece channel the parts of the more well known Death and Gothic Doom bands out there from My Dying Bride to Novembers Doom to 69 Eyes but add a more ‘acoustic guitar’ touch to the work for a well produced, solid outing. Their...

03/06/2024

Surgery - Living Dead

<p>Slovakia’s Surgery come shambling forward like a George Romero zombie with their third full length album entitled “Living Dead.” While their previous works were a bit more abstract and universal, this album seems directed towards a love for horror, zombies, and just good gory 80s and 90s films. Those who like Death Metal albums tight, short, and...

29/05/2024

Gride - Vyzobat

<p>Gride are no stranger to the Metal scene but relatively unknown due to ‘less hype’ and also some period of inactivity. Hailing from Czechia this 3 piece mix of traditional Grindcore and Powerviolence started in the late 90s and unleashed a rather ferocious, but fun mix of splits and full lengths before dissolving in 2020 and then coming back tha...

22/05/2024

Morbid Sacrifice - Ceremonial Blood Worship

<p>Godz ov War Productions deliver another slab of filthy, grim Blackened Death Metal with the 2nd album from Italy’s Morbid Sacrifice. “Ceremonial Blood Worship” takes the grim and pulsing sound of that of Archgoat and mixes it in with harsh Black Metal shrill of that of older Hacavitz for just a pummeling 24 minutes of music. It goes fast, but th...

20/05/2024

Exa - Left In Shards

<p>Here we have the 2nd full length release from Germany’s Thrash outlet Exa, and it is a very grabbing listen. While the basis of this album’s sound is a mix of “Christ Illusion” Slayer meets “Issue IV” Dew Scented as far as riffs and drumming go with a touch of Exodus’ “Atrocity Exhibition A,” it is safe to say that “Left In Shards” is an improve...

14/05/2024

Storm Upon The Masses - Crusher Of Souls

<p>If one is looking for an album that fire them up in the morning, like a shot of espresso to the heart (done Death Metal style), Storm Upon The Masses will get one from point A to point B on the ‘awake’ scale. A furious pummeling from Belgium that takes the likes of Immolation meets the Death Metal side of Belphegor, this is about as modern as on...

13/05/2024

Hideous Divinity - Unextinct

<p>Horror movie focus seems to be the thing for metal bands and the first quarter of 2024. Aborted presented their ferocious “Vault of Horrors” earlier in March which had every track focus on a different horror film in typical evolving Aborted fashion, and now we have another tribute to horror cinematography from Italy’s Death Metal relatively not-...

06/05/2024

Sceptocrypt - The Wards Outside

<p>Sceptocrypt are a surprise out of nowhere- out of the past- for 2024. Originally from Malta (and now residing in the U.K. it seems), this former five piece has been dormant since the late 90s with only a few demos and 1 full length under their belt and a live album in 2021 that was broken into ‘4 acts’ almost like a play, until most recently. Ne...

29/04/2024

Brodequin - Harbinger Of Woe

<p><br>Brodequin are one of those Death Metal bands that always stayed under the radar but never really took off even though they had potential. Maybe it doesn’t help that the last full length album they did was back in 2004, but this Knoxville based band has come back 20 years later, and it is quite the comeback. They have a new home on Seasons of...

22/04/2024

Innerload - Mater Tenebrarum

<p>It has been a bit of a stretch but Italy’s Innerload is back with a new album and a surprisingly fresh perspective. For those who know of this four piece who started up in 2009, they’ve been performing in the past of a style that is pretty much a mix of Heavy Metal meets Fantasy Metal (though not quite on the Dragonforce level when it comes to e...

15/04/2024