Ovnev – Transpiration (Review)

Ovnev - TranspirationOvnev is a one-man US black metal band, and this is his third album.

I enjoyed both 2016’s Cycle of Survival and 2017’s Incalescence, so knew that Transpiration was a release I wanted to check out. I’m definitely glad I did. Continue reading

Faceless Burial – Speciation (Review)

Faceless Burial - SpeciationThis is the second album from Australian death metal band Faceless Burial.

Speciation contains 38 minutes of classic, old-school death metal. The formula for this sort of music may be tried and tested, but that doesn’t lessen its impact any when it’s done as effectively as it is here. Continue reading

Selbst – Relatos de Angustia (Review)

Selbst - Relatos de AngustiaThis is the second album from one-man black metal band Selbst, originally from Venezuela, and now Chile. He’s backed up by guests, including clean vocals from a member of Ty.

Here we have 42 minutes of textured black metal that embraces a range of styles and influences to produce a very enjoyable and captivating slice of modern darkness. Continue reading

Orbit Culture – Nija (Review)

Orbit Culture - NijaThis is the third album from Swedish metallers Orbit Culture.

Orbit Culture play a type of modern metal that mixes groove metal, thrash, and metalcore together, adds a touch of deathcore, and then coats everything in a meaty production designed to get the blood pumping. Continue reading

Sepulchral Curse – Only Ashes Remain (Review)

Sepulchral Curse - Only Ashes RemainThis is the debut album from Sepulchral Curse, a Finnish death metal band.

It seems an age since 2016’s At the Onset of Extinction, but we are now treated to some new material from Sepulchral Curse. Well, I’m pleased to report that the wait has been worth it. Featuring members of Solothus, (including their impressive singer), Only Ashes Remain contains 45 minutes of blackened death metal that will surely be one of the year’s death metal highlights. Continue reading

Drouth – Excerpts from a Dread Liturgy (Review)

Drouth - Excerpts from a Dread LiturgyThis is the second album from Drouth, a black/death metal band from the US.

This is sinister black metal that has had its delivery deepened by death metal’s gnarled bite. It’s a sinister and menacing 40 minutes, but a richly textured one also, ripe with atmosphere and expressive feeling. Continue reading