• Track Review: Deciphering the Zodiac – Void September 20, 2017 a1243142656_10A 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 a4039976866_10From 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 a4006920382_16Taking 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 purgeThose 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 a1762774104_16When 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 a0179931076_10Potato 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 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