• Review: Integral – Resilience August 16, 2017 a3872103223_10Integral is a melodic tech-death outfit from Bergamo, Italy. Having released their album ‘Resilience’ on the 5th of May, fans of Beyond Creation, The Faceless, and the Black Dahlia Murder will be pleased to know that there is indeed a lot of technically proficient string work, progressive interjections, and a daring dip into a fusion ... Read more
  • Review: Cranely Gardens – House of Decay August 10, 2017 a3193753191_10Cranely Gardens are a band from New Jersey, having previously released Locust Valley in 2015, they release another EP on the 11th of August titled House of Decay. This is a band that will greatly appeal to the followers of Unearth, Whitechapel, As I lay Dying, and Suffokate. “History of a Drowning Boy” introduces the EPs ... Read more
  • Review: Planet Eater – Blackness From The Stars August 4, 2017 a3988659520_10From Regina, Saskatchewan, our Canadian Death Metal vocabulary expands as Planet Eater launches ‘Blackness From The Stars’ on the 4th of August. I remember the days where an average listener’s response to labels and genres was, “It’s just plain fucking metal!” This was during the golden age of Roadrunner Records, roughly 1998 to 2008, where ... Read more
  • Review: Apothesary – Accept Loss Forever August 1, 2017 a0986306994_16From Northern California, Apothesary released their album “Accept Loss Forever” on the 7th of July. While categorized as deathcore, the undeniable talent and instrumental finesse of their sound caters to hardcore and metalcore audiences alike. The very first track “Sensory Overload” had taken me by surprise many times; you see, from a deathcore band, I would ... Read more
  • Review: Scrotoctomy – Born To Eviscerate July 26, 2017 a0002609851_10From Mexico, Scrotoctomy’s Born To Eviscerate album brings us deep down into an abyss of sadistic and even perverted realm of brutality known as Slamming Brutal Death Metal, a pit known to have listeners hypnotized and enthralled in its depths, and just for one moment, abandoning everything they know about humanity. “Royal Impalement” rings the dinner ... Read more
  • Review: Whore of Bethlehem – Extinguish the Light July 24, 2017 Whore-Of-Bethlehem-Extinguish-The-Light-Black-Market-Metal-LabelWhore of Bethlehem will soon release upon the world their latest creation entitled Extinguish the Light. In this album Whore of Bethlehem brings us a tight blend of blackened death metal and brutal death metal. Extinguish the Light dropped on July 15th through Black Market Metal Label When you listen to blackened death metal it is ... Read more
  • Review: Unborn Suffer – Nihilist July 21, 2017 smg153_print-1024x1024A solid Death Grind monstrosity from Poland, Unborn Suffer have released their fifth album Nihilist last year along with a video clip of “Open Defiance”. I see this as a great opportunity for our core kiddies to expand their genre knowledge. Death Grind being the beautiful bastard offspring of Death Metal and Grindcore is known ... Read more
  • Review: Scalpel – Methods to Delusion July 13, 2017 0001020561_10From Massachusetts, Scalpel are releasing what they call psychedelic death metal, in the form of their album Methods to Delusion, to be released on the 25th of July. Aimed at fans of Death and Suffocation, we are told to expect an old-school death metal sound with a lot of experimentation and very few boundaries. The ... Read more
  • Review: Born Of Osiris – The Eternal Reign July 11, 2017 1200x630bbFor those of you that have been living under a rock, Born of Osiris is a widely known progressive deathcore/djent band. Their latest EP ‘The Eternal Reign’ is a re-release of their first EP ‘The New Reign’ with a bonus song. Now before I begin, I must note that for many years, I couldn’t stand ... Read more
  • Review: The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom June 30, 2017 theacaciastraingravebloomThe Acacia Strain release their eighth album just hours ago on the 30th of June. It was definitely worth the wait, and “Gravebloom” could be one of the best titles from Rise Records this year. In the form of a few simple and slow chugs, “Worthless” is perhaps the most simple song of the year in ... Read more
  • Track Review: Rebels + Rivals – Dead Heroez June 28, 2017 61Vb5ksshhL._SS500Guys, today we take a trip to Berlin, Germany. We visit one of my favorite bands of all time, REBELS + RIVALS. In 2015, they released their debut self released ep, DEAD HEROEZ. Today, we take a look at the title track to that album. In an interview with their vocalist Dean, he states the meaning ... Read more
  • Review: Trinity Site – After The Sun June 23, 2017 Trinity-Site-After-the-Sun-2017From Germany, Trinity Site delivers to us a melodic yet futuristic form of death metal unlike any other melo-death act today. This is a band that could very well be among the ranks of bands like Dark Tranquility, In Flames, and Carcass. So melodic death metal, what makes this one so special? A listener might ... Read more
  • Review: Suffocation – …Of the Dark Light June 18, 2017 644223Going for over 25 years, Brutal Death Metal pioneers Suffocation released their new album …Of The Dark Light just last week on the 9th of June. Often categorised as tech death or just death metal, it is great to hear that they have neither slowed down nor strayed. The opening track Clarity Through Depravation remains faithful ... Read more
  • Review: Cold Black – Circles June 15, 2017 18664228_1430511110361487_1843783046145007394_nCold Black is a metalcore/post-hardcore band from Copenhagen, Denmark. Having previously released their 5 track EP, they will now be releasing their full length album ‘Circles’ on the 18th of August. Their bio described that they would be going for a new sound to demonstrate the musical maturity they’ve developed. They’re calling it electronic-induced metalcore. ... Read more
  • Review: Voice of Ruin – Purge and Purify June 6, 2017 a0760167138_10From Nyon, Switzerland, Voice of Ruin have recently released ‘Purge and Purify’ through Tenacity Music. Though the band’s style can accommodate several genres, it is clear that they will definitely strike a chord with fans of Lamb of God, Devildriver, Slipknot, and Arch Enemy. Having listened to the album many times, I see nothing but ... Read more
  • Track Review: Rings of Saturn – Inadequate June 2, 2017 18839198_10155223343308463_594009574045800036_nFor a year that was supposed to be one where ‘Deathcore is Dying’, bands have been rather busy and – apart from a certain hiccup – they have been sounding better than ever. Rings of Saturn is no exception, they released the video clip to “Inadequate” and literally thousands of views poured within less than ... Read more
  • Review: Unleash The Archers – Apex May 31, 2017 27645Canadian power-metallers Unleash The Archers will be releasing “Apex” on the 2nd of June, under their long-running label Napalm Records. They had first won me over with their second album Demons of The AstroWaste (2011) – I felt it was one of the few albums I enjoyed every single song on, so one can imagine ... Read more
  • Review: Faced With Ruins – Demise EP May 30, 2017 BXFYjd5L0JkFaced With Ruins are a deathcore band from Vienna, Austria. They have previously released an EP titled ‘Scene of Devastation’ in 2014 and the single ‘Chased by Hate’ from this EP. The EP itself was released May 24 2017 through Chugcore. As soon as this EP starts you know shit is gonna hit the fan. An ... Read more
  • Review: Infestation – Social Cannibalism May 24, 2017 a1658264677_16Infestation is a slamming brutal death metal band from Vilnius, Lithuania, having released their album “Social Cannibalism” in February this year. Of all the slam bands I have listened to, I have learned that a slamming brutal death album done right is a hypnotizing experience for the listener. It’s not about following a genre, or ... Read more
  • Review: KING 810 – La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God May 22, 2017 KING-810-LPM-CoverIn September 2016, Nu metal/beatdown rapcore band KING 810 (Flint, MI) released their second album under Roadrunner Records, La Petite Mort. The album stands out from their other releases because David Gun tries “speaking to the public like a friend”, referencing track 8, “I Ain’t Going Back Again”. This album speaks more of David’s experiences in ... Read more
  • Review: Narthraal – Screaming From The Grave May 19, 2017 52491768Take a step back in time, to the turning point where thrash metal had slowly evolved into death metal, celebrating a tradition composed of a formidable blend of tasty guitar riffs and a punk beat to keep the heads banging. Icelandic four-piece Narthraal is an old-school death metal band, currently signed to Inverse Records. Having ... Read more
  • Review: Dark Matter Secret – Perfect World Creation May 16, 2017 DMS_PWC_CoverDark Matter Secret is an instrumental three piece that will be releasing their album ‘Perfect World Creation’ on 2nd of June. Now, the term instrumental metal feels like just a bit of an understatement with this band, because yes, there are no vocals, but we cannot stress enough as to just how monstrously technical these ... Read more
  • Review: Matt Marshall – I Renounce EP May 10, 2017 a2503233809_16Solo artist Matt Marshall has released a new EP by himself that will surely please fans of technical metalcore and similar genres. I Renounce has 5 tracks and runs about 19 minutes. Its available on iTunes, Youtube, and Bandcamp! What stands out the most on I Renounce is how genuine it sounds. The music sounds like ... Read more
  • Review: Kin Beneath Chorus – Invia May 9, 2017 Cover-FINAL-e1482080660884Hailing from Greece, melodic death metallers Kin Beneath Chorus will be releasing their new album ‘Invia’ on the 12th of May. Having listened to Septic Flesh and Rotting Christ for many years, I was very keen to hear what other bands Greece had to offer, and am pleased to say that Kin Beneath Chorus have ... Read more
  • Track Review: Strains – Denial May 3, 2017 strainsStrains is a metalcore band from Belgium, having recently released their single ‘Denial’. As the title suggests, the lyrics focus on one’s need to address a personal issue before advancing. Vocally and instrumentally, this track is something to easily be admired by older and younger generations of hardcore and metalcore fans alike. The raw screams of ... Read more