Exa - Left In Shards

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 improvemen...

14/05/2024

Storm Upon The Masses - Crusher Of Souls

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 one c...

13/05/2024

Hideous Divinity - Unextinct

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-hyp...

06/05/2024

Sceptocrypt - The Wards Outside

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. New l...

29/04/2024

Brodequin - Harbinger Of Woe

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 Mist U...

22/04/2024

Creme Flesh - Casablumpkin

Creme Flesh’s “Casablumpkin” is a release that sees a merging of genres in an almost seamless fashion. First, we have the cover art which shows a man sitting in a toilet stall with what one might guess is a woman on her knees performing an act on the man. Not really the type of album cover you would find on a brutal death metal album. Stereotypical...

16/04/2024

Innerload - Mater Tenebrarum

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 expe...

15/04/2024

Carthage - Third Punic War

Greece’s Carthage continue to storm ears with their history lessons of Rome, this time with their EP and third chapter entitled “Third Punic War.” Their last album back in 2021 was a storm of Death Metal influenced heavily by the likes of Hate Eternal and Aborted with a hailstorm of riffs and guttural vocals that scorched ears and left eardrums rin...

08/04/2024

SoulCarrion - Enthrone Death

Get ready for some heavy Old School Death Metal from Poland with SoulCarrion’s 2nd full length album, “Enthrone Death.” Similar to their first album, it is still rooted deep in the mix of Immolation meets Incantation for that reverb heavy, guttural sound mixed with surprisingly clear drumming. Greg still handles the guitars while Michal also handle...

04/04/2024

Infected Priest / Human Target - Split

Here we have a split from 2 raw Finnish bands who both perform a sort of Old School Death Metal but with Grindcore influences for a very fast, but still enjoyable album. The first half is from five piece Infected Priest who have been around since 2013 and haven’t really done much since their demo from 2017 so 6 years later it is good to hear from t...

02/04/2024

Horrible - Filth

Horrible is a relatively new project that started in 2019 with Pro-Pain member Jonas Sanders on drums and Olivier Dris from Resistance on guitar. Wanted to expand their group, this Belgium band branched out to other members of Resistance in 2022 like bassist Ben Sizaire, guitarist Sven of Killthelogo/cylcus, and vocalist Deha of Herzog. Each i...

26/03/2024

Infection - The Cryptic Homicides

Infection is a relatively unknown band from Lima, Peru that have been quiet for a while, but finally thunder back since 2014 with their third full length album, “The Cryptic Homicides.” Following a pattern of Brutal Death Metal with melodic elements, listeners will find themselves engorged on this early Cannibal Corpse meets Obituary mix that is ju...

21/03/2024

Chrysalis - D.eforming N.eural A.ggresion

Chrysalis is an Italian band from Turin, arising from another band called Soulless, which remained active from 1993 to 2001, in those years they released a great EP “…From Different Worlds” in 1996, also highly recommended, and an album that they recorded in 1999, “D.eforming N.eural A.ggression” which was going to be its debut, and by chance of fa...

19/03/2024

Abhorrent Execration - Death... Doom... Despair...

A raw crushing demo is what listeners get with the recently formed Abhorrent Execration from France. Released on Nekrassious Tapes and limited to only 66 copies, one is going to get 4 tracks of curshing, fuzzed out Old School Death Metal. A cross between Incantation and Torture Killer, expect a loud but tastefully groove laden album. This duo knows...

14/03/2024

Cercenatory - Goresphere

Cercenatory’s “Goresphere” is a little slab of gore grinding brutal death metal that “cannibalizes” elements and vibes from other genres thus creating a rather intoxicating dose of insane madness/ The band have developed their own take on this art which is often duplicated and stagnant. Having said that, there is nothing stagnant here. Razor blade...

12/03/2024