Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Wasting The Genesis - Prey

<p>Wasting The Genesis are a five piece death metal outfit from Spain with only a few albums under their belt, but lots of time in between to hone their technique and demonstrate that they really have a promising sound. Six years after their debut they’ve unleashed their 2nd EP, and though it is only four tracks they’re showing progress compared to...

22/06/2022

Serpents Oath - Ascension

<p>Serpents Oath ascend to the next level of their story with the 2nd chapter of the Lucifer rise to power entitled “Ascension.” More rounded out and diverse than their debut, the album shows all the promise a straightforward black metal fan should expect: icy riffs (but not quite Immortal icy) that cut like razors, thundering drums that hurt with...

21/06/2022

In Nothingness - Black Sun Funeral

<p>Taking listeners on a blast from the late 90s, Japanese one man band In Nothingness lands its debut with a strong mix of more classic melodic death metal. While not quite a modern masterpiece, the style of the mysterious ‘Lord Nothingness’ that has been doing this since 2014 invokes the styling of old In Flames and early Dark Tranquillity within...

20/06/2022

Truent - Through The Vale Of Earthly Torment

<p>Canada’s Truent have been active since 2012 but have only now finally gotten their first full length album to let fans hear, and it is a groove metal masterpiece. While not quite Pantera or Soulfly legendary, “Through The Vale of Earthly Torments” is a whirlwind of death metal inspired pace with tons of chugging melody, Throwdown esque groove, a...

15/06/2022

The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Spewing Venom Into The Eyes Of Deities

<p>Just a year hot on the heels of their thirteenth album, Sweden’s masterful studio death metal band The Project Hate MCMXCIX (or TPH) unleash their 14th masterpiece entitled “Spewing Venom Into The Eyes Of Deities.” For those who have never heard of this group before, the band started in 1999 as a full on performing group to do live shows but as...

14/06/2022

Hex - Behold The Unlighted

<p>Hex unleash another slab of death doom to begrudge the ears; this time it is a ‘concept’ EP surrounding ‘Darkness.’ While it may seem a little cliché the concept is interesting enough for this Spanish doom death quintet, and compared their humble beginnings back in 2012, “Behold the Unlighted” continues to truck down the same path of sound. A de...

10/06/2022

Hurakan - Via Aeterna

<p>Hurakan is one of those relatively unknown bands that is finally getting more of the attention it deserves. Signing with a new label- Lacerated Enemy Records (well known for their host of deathcore, slam death, and brutal death bands like Vulvodyina or Infecting the Swarm), these French brutal deathcore-ists are in good hands. On their 3rd full...

09/06/2022

Septicflesh - Modern Primitive

<p>Every metal genre has its staple bands; the ones that everyone recommends especially to newcomers. Thrash has its Slayer, black metal has Dark Funeral, metalcore has Killswitch Engage, etc. Even the subgenres have their favorites, but it is rare that when it comes to 2 genres a band comes up recommended.&nbsp;</p><p>For symphonic metal or death...

08/06/2022

Gorebringer - Terrified Beyond Measure

<p>“Terrified Beyond Measure” is the second full length effort from U.K.’s Gorebringer and it hits just as heard as their debut. It is a little deceiving from the group name and album covers that this isn’t a brutal death metal group in the vein of the likes of Vehemence or Cannibal Corpse, but upon the first jump into ‘The Bottomless Pit’ one gets...

02/06/2022

Humanizer - Divine Golden Blood

<p>Humanizer are one of those bands that once you hear them you wonder ‘for how long these guys have been active why haven’t they done more?’ Active since 2008 with only 1 EP and 1 full length album in their discography, these Costa Rican atmospheric death metal heads are giving listeners a blast from the past as they combine their first EP “Humanz...

31/05/2022

Djevelkult - Drep Alle Guder

<p>Djevelkult hail from Norway, the land of where black metal was born, so it is no surprise that their third full length album holds the mannerisms of chilling riffs, razor sharp vocals, drums like thunder, and corpsepainted affairs. However, like each album they’ve done before, they just tweak things slightly to avoid coming off as another Immort...

23/05/2022

Abythic- Eden Of The Doomed

<p>Abythic have been pretty quick to unleash their work ever since they brought forth their form of gritty, yet groove laden death metal back in 2018. After a successful third full length album just last year with some boundary pushing such as whalloping ears with a 14 minute piece of doom soaked evil, it feels like they’ve gone back to their roots...

18/05/2022