• Review: Moker – Home Invader January 14, 2018 Home Invader marks the fourth release by Belgium Death Metallers Moker. Having been released on the 2nd of December, we hear a well-produced and even better flowing array of chugging riffs, thrashing drums, and malevolent gutturals. As a Death Metal album, purists will find the duration of Home Invader loyal and true to the style of ... Read more
  • Review: Retrace My Fragments – Tidal Lock EP January 12, 2018 From Luxembourg, Retrace My Fragments released their Tidal Lock EP on the 22nd of September. Every now and then, I step away from my usual boxes and look in the direction of instrumental, experimental, and prog bands. Sometimes, bands that express their musicianship do just fine without vocals. The first track “Khlav Kalash” really had me ... Read more
  • Review: Engulf – Subsumed Atrocities EP January 9, 2018 From New Jersey, Engulf released their Subsumed Atrocities EP on the 15th of September. This is old school death metal at its most pristine, and at two tracks, this is perhaps one of the shortest EPs we’ll come across. The opening track “Aeons of Hate” introduces the band’s style and sound that is comparable to the ... Read more
  • Review: Red Raven Down – Phantoms EP January 5, 2018 From Seinäjoki, Finland, Red Raven Down released their Phantoms EP on the 15th of December under Inverse Records. It is understood that their vocalist Jani Korpela had participated in a reality show called Voice of Finland, where he gained a lot of media attention after performing Slipknot’s “Psychosocial”. Well… Let’s hear if his band’s EP ... Read more
  • Review: Xenosis – Devour and Birth January 2, 2018 We kickstart 2018 with “Devour and Birth” set to be released on the 19th of January by Xenosis, an exceptional genre-defying progressive death metal band from New Haven, Connecticut. The opening track “Night Hag” introduces us to something I never would have expected from any death metal band ever, and that is their unique and unpredictable ... Read more
  • Track Review: Whitefall – The Drift December 19, 2017 From Canberra, Australia, Whitefall delivers a very sophisticated yet raw dose of metalcore. Having previously released their Origins EP last year, their single, “The Drift” was released on the 8th of December. Vocally, there is such an incredibly raspy ACK-A-GACK combo flow that makes it impossible for listeners to tune out or experience any disconnection so ... Read more
  • Review: Corrosive – Lucifer Gave The Faith December 15, 2017 From Germany, Corrosive deliver “Lucifer Gave The Faith”, released on the 8th of December. I can confidently say it is one of the better death metal albums of 2017 as such power and darkness in an album is seemingly a lost art as of late. The opening track “Taste The Pain” had me very surprised. You ... Read more
  • Review: Mastication of Brutality Uncontrolled – Preemptive Space Warfare November 27, 2017 Mastication Of Brutality Uncontrolled are a Technical Slamming Brutal Death Metal band from Germany. That’s right! Technical Slam, one of very few. Their album Preemptive Space Warfare was released on 31st October 2015. So why are we going back in time? Because an album like this simply cannot go unmentioned, for this is the most BREE-tastic ... Read more
  • Track Review: Bayview Suspect – It’s Pronounced Nucular November 9, 2017 Bayview Suspect are a Melodic Deathcore band from Perth, Western Australia. Having released their To Whom It May Concern EP and Paralysis single last year, they followed up with ‘It’s Pronounced Nucular’ in January. As a whole, the band has always had three distinct traits they stood out by, and those were the combo-flowing vocals, the ... Read more
  • Review: Cult of Lilith – Arkanum EP November 3, 2017 Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, Cult of Lilith demonstrated a standard of technical death metal that made Arkanum easily one of my favourite EPs of 2016. The opening track “Abaddon” is a bouncy breakdown song that is easy to listen to yet a challenge to master. Given the groove intervals, this track is a definite gateway for ... Read more
  • Track Review: Relics of Humanity – Stench of Burning Heavens October 27, 2017 We get a wonderful dose of brutality from Minsk, Belarus, for Relics of Humanity have released their seventh single “Stench of Burning Heavens” just a few days ago. At two minutes and fifteen seconds, this has got to be one of the best short songs ever created. Seriously, there are so many segments and varying paces ... Read more
  • Review: Drakonis – The Great Miasma EP October 12, 2017 Drakonis is a black metal band from Northern Ireland. They will be releasing a three-tracked EP on the 1st of December titled, “The Great Miasma”. Having the privilege to hear their work, I can confidently say that it will please many second wave fans. The opening and title track is a slow walk through a dark ... Read more
  • Track Review: Wicked World – Void October 5, 2017 Wicked World has finally graced us with something new for our ears to behold under the title “Void.” I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been impatiently waiting for new stuff from Wicked World since their last release blew me away. Jumping right into it: “Void” is not anything unlike Wicked World, yet it kind ... Read more
  • Track Review: Beheading the Goddess – Imminent Death October 3, 2017 It seems I picked an interesting time to discover a true Deathcore juggernaut in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Very recently, Beheading The Goddess released a new single titled Imminent Death, just a couple of weeks after I reviewed their EP from last year. Now I have to say, this track alone is not merely a rehash of ... Read more
  • Track Review: Deciphering the Zodiac – Void September 20, 2017 A surprisingly melodic Metalcore outfit from Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are Deciphering the Zodiac, having released their Void single just last month. If this band name sounds familiar, it better bloody well be, their vocalist made a guest appearance on the Entering Oblivion EP by Beheading the Goddess (my previous review). He roared so well, ... Read more
  • Review: Beheading the Goddess – Entering Oblivion September 15, 2017 From Green Bay, Wisconsin, Beheading the Goddess released Entering Oblivion just four days before the start of 2017. In an age where some of the more well-known deathcore bands are experiencing genre fatigue, identity issues, and possibly a mid-life crisis, Entering Oblivion is a breath of fresh air. This four-tracked little gem is roughly twelve ... Read more
  • Track Review: Drown The Faith – Engraved In Despair September 8, 2017 Taking a break from Europe, we focus on a deathcore/metalcore band from Perth, Western Australia, known as Drown The Faith. Having released their EP ‘Blood On The Page’ in 2014, and their single ‘Awful Place’ last year, Engraved In Despair is merely a hint of the band’s new sound and style – as well as ... Read more
  • Track Review: Purge – Damage Control August 31, 2017 Those who keep up with Chugcore know Chugcore usually provides really solid and hard-hitting metal to a more public eye. This is no different with Purge’s latest track “Damage Control.” Purge is a downtempo/deathcore band from California, USA. “Damage Control” is a pretty short track at only 3 minutes long and it uses the brief time ... Read more
  • Review: Dimman – Guide My Fury August 29, 2017 When it comes to melodic death metal, it has been a dry well in many parts of the world. This year however, it would seem that Finland is one of few reserves still rich with originality and lush with the fruit of flawless harmonies and unrelenting riffs. Released on the 25th of August, the new ... Read more
  • Review: Potato Hate Explosion – Flowerviolence August 23, 2017 Potato Hate Explosion is a one-man mathcore monstrosity having released his 20th album earlier this year titled Flowerviolence. Generally, I’d advise that listeners be skeptical with studio bands, especially ones with an undeserved hype, but on this occasion… this is just brilliant. For anyone that’s a fan of Iwrestledabearonce, Dillinger Escape Plan, or Maximise The ... Read more
  • Review: Integral – Resilience August 16, 2017 Integral 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 Cranely 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 From 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 From 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 From 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