Calligram – The Eye Is the First Circle (Review)

Calligram - The Eye Is the First CircleCalligram are a UK-based international blackened metal band and this is their latest album.

Calligram adopt a modern approach to black metal on The Eye Is the First Circle, mixing it with elements of hardcore to produce a set of dark songs that pierce the listener deeply and won’t let go. Continue reading

Cordyceps – Betrayal (Review)

Cordyceps - BetrayalThis is the debut album from US death metallers Cordyceps.

Cordyceps play brutal death metal, filled with vicious slams and streaks of technicality. Across 32 minutes the band brutalise and punish the listener, with crushing chugs, face-melting blasts, and guttural vocals. Continue reading

Symbolik – Emergence (Review)

Symbolik - EmergenceSymbolik are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Symbolik’s brand of death metal is a modern mix of the technical and the melodic. Across 39 minutes of material the band take the listener down pathways of bright melody and sharp aggression. Continue reading

Akurion – Come Forth to Me (Review)

Akurion - Come Forth to MeThis is the debut album from Canadian death metallers Akurion.

Well, what a wealth of talent and experience we have in this band. The core of Akurion is comprised of current and ex-members of Cattle Decapitation, Coma Cluster Void, Cryptopsy, and Neuraxis, (and others), and rounded out with a variety of Continue reading

Azusa – Loop of Yesterdays (Review)

Azusa - Loop of YesterdaysThis is the second album from Azusa, an international progressive metal band.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as John Frum, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Extol, you know there’s a lot of talent and experience in Azusa before you even listen to them. Continue reading

Kingsmen – Revenge.Forgiveness.Recovery (Review)

Kingsmen - Revenge.Forgiveness.RecoveryKingsmen are a metalcore band from the US and this is their debut album.

Here we have 37 minutes of music; metallic hardcore that also borrows from both modern metal and deathcore. The songs are compact and concise expressions of anger, frustration, and hardship, channelled through satisfyingly brutal tracks that are also full of good hooks and choruses. Continue reading

Paul Catten – The Beauty of Decay (Review)

Paul Catten - The Beauty of DecayPaul Catten is a prolific UK extreme metal artist and this is his latest album.

We’ve met Paul Catten before, (here, here and here), and you never know what you’re going to get from the man. His latest release is far more accessible and pop-influenced than I was expecting, and it Continue reading

Shodan – Death, Rule over Us (Review)

Shodan - Death, Rule Over UsThis is the second album by Shodan, a death metal band from Poland.

2016’s Protocol of Dying was a very memorable and enjoyable album, one that stood out for its quality and variety. Four years later the band are now back with Death, Rule over Us, containing 41 minutes of music that improves on their already capable style. Continue reading