Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Mother Of Graves - Where The Shadows Adorn

<p>“Where The Shadows Adorn” is the debut full length from Indianapolis U.S.A. based Mother Of Graves. A melodic death doom outfit, this five piece creates a sound that is well balanced and crafted in the vein of Rapture or the likes of Katatonia’s “Brave Murder Day.” The sound is dark and depressing but surprisingly clean and melodic at the same t...

18/01/2023

Atrocia - Contamination

<p>France’s Atrocia seem to have stepped up their game with their third album “Contamination.” Determined to not come off as a Vader clone, these guys seem to have added more death metal into their style vs the typical death thrash hybrid. With a new guitarist at the helm, one can really tell the difference between this album and the last. The musi...

04/01/2023

Aviscerus - Visceral Depths

<p>7 years later since their EP back in 2015, Australia’s Aviscerus finally unleash their debut full length for listeners to enjoy. Fans get a heavy dosage of melodic death metal mixed with groove metal in the vein of Darkane meets Truent for some rather mid paced simple, but engaging music. ‘Guidance’ kicks things off with a rather repetitive chug...

04/01/2023

Exordium Mors - As Legends Fade And Gods Die

<p>After 8 years of quiet, New Zealand’s Exordium Mors is back with their second full length album. 5 artists under monikers, these guys have quite an arsenal of music here with a mix of technical death metal, black metal, and even thrash. The album is full of depth and variation so each track is engaging with plenty of twists and turns with clear...

04/01/2023

Selfgod - Born Of Death

<p>Selfgod is a one-man death metal group from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in the USA. Headed by Serge Streltsov of Dreadeth and Haxxan, two more black metal tinged bands, this project allows him more to explore of his Slavic heritage and mythology and less of the more trivial anti-Christian/ pagan black metal tropes that the other bands do. Like a lot...

04/01/2023

Toadeater - Bexadde

<p>Toadeater are a post black metal band from Germany and “Bexadde” is their third full length album. Only 4 tracks it seems like more an EP, but the band has been pushing their epic boundaries ever since their debut, and here the felt less was more with some of their longest tracks to date. The album may seem like it will be quick, but it is not....

04/01/2023

2022 Top 10 - Colin McNamara

<p><i>Another year gone by (still better than 2020 though as I actually got to go to some shows this year; namely the top one being Hypocrisy back in May at Amplified in TX). Have to say this year it was hard to pick albums for the top 10. I had a lot of releases I was excited for but when they came they didn’t quite live up (such as Machine Head’s...

02/01/2023

Invictus - Unstoppable

<p>Maurizio Iacono is a pretty well known name by now in the death metal world. From melodic death metal Kataklysm to the more symphonic Ex Deo his trademark roar (and shriek) are pretty recognizable. Fans either love or hate him for his vocal style, but most his albums have been pretty consistent, for better or worse. Kataklysm has its edge that a...

27/12/2022

Terrible Sickness - Flesh For The Insatiable

<p>"Flesh For The Insatiable" is the third full length album from German based death metal/ grindcore outfit Terrible Sickness. Sticking to their usual formula these guys take a mix of Jungle Rot meets Unleashed for 11 tracks of fast, aggressive music with some groove in the mix. Tracks like 'Living Disembowelment' are the bread and butter for the...

23/12/2022

Hellfuck - Diabolic Slaughter

<p>With a name like Hellfuck one would expect some blasphemous, Marduk inspired black metal. However, this Polish group is more of an anti-religious thrash anthem, and “Diabolic Slaughter” is hellish enough with plenty of groove to boot. Very Slayer inspired with a lot of the riffs and vocals, many who enjoyed albums such as “Hell Awaits” and “Reig...

22/12/2022

The Temple - Of Solitude Triumphant

<p>Greece is well known for being a home to 'dramatic sound' metal groups. Groups such as Rotting Christ and Septicflesh have made their staple sound known from this country, and it seems like another is on the rise. Formed in 2005, The Temple takes a dramatic style of basic doom and presents it in 7 tracks that will appeal to fans anywhere from Ty...

21/12/2022

Alphoenix - Evil Ways

<p>Alphoenix are a melodic death metalcore band hailing from Tokyo, Japan, and “Evil Ways” is their second full length album. Taking a sound that mixes the likes of Disarmonia Mundi and Trivium, this album feels a bit like a throwback to the early 2000s when melodeath groups that used the clean/ harsh vocal trade off and metalcore was starting to g...

19/12/2022