Dominhate – Emissaries of Morning (Review)

DominhateDominhate are an Italian Death Metal band and this is their latest EP.

Dominhate play Death Metal that’s dark, dingy and full of sinister auras.

Featuring a classic style and enough grim riffing to get anyone to sit up and pay attention, it’s easy to get on board with the band’s ugly aggression.

This short EP is a relentlessly brutal foray into the underground of Death Metal, where it’s all about crushing your enemies with a vice-like grip and then beating their corpses with their own broken limbs. Continue reading

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Interview with Rebaelliun

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After a colossal 15 year wait, veteran death metal band Rebaelliun have returned with an equally colossal new album – The Hell’s Decrees. Guitarist Fabiano Penna brought me up to speed with what the band have been doing with their new active status, and where they go from here…

Introduce us to Rebaelliun!

Rebaelliun was formed in 1998 in Brazil. In the end of that year we went to Europe – Brussels first – with a two tracks demo-tape to look for gigs and a record label, since the Death Metal scene in Brazil gave us no perspective about the future. We played several shows in a few countries and signed to Hammerheart Records from Holland. During the next 3 years, we released 2 EP’s and 2 albums, we played 3 more European tours, sharing the stage with legends such as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth and Vader. In 2002 band quit due to personal issues and last year, in 2015, we finally decided to reunite to record a new album.

What are your influences?

Everything you listen to or even you watch, you experience, has some impact in the way you write and play music. But to keep it short, our strongest references in Metal are Slayer and Morbid Angel.

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Astral Path – An Oath to the Void (Review)

Astral PathAstral Path are an atmospheric Black Metal band from Canada. This is their début album.

This is the kind of modern, expansive Black Metal that so many bands seem to do so well these days. If you’re a fan of bands like Wolves in the Throne Room, Chaos Moon, Midnight Odyssey, Krallice, Mare Cognitum, Deafheaven and their ilk, then you should also like this.

Astral Path’s music combines this type of stargazing, cosmic Black Metal with ambient soundscapes to create atmospheric Black Metal that seems to roll out of the speakers in a pool of spectral fog. Continue reading

Rebaelliun – The Hell’s Decrees (Review)

RebaelliunThis is the third album from these Brazilian Death Metal veterans, and their first in 15 years.

Rebaelliun have a level of in-built authenticity to them and The Hell’s Decrees is a form of Death Metal purity that few attain. These songs slay the opposition with ease, providing a precise assault of speed and brutality that is inspiring in its destructiveness.

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Interview with Mindshift

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Mindshift’s latest album Horizon is a thoroughly enjoyable slab of modern Metal, taking in both soaring, melodic choruses and crushingly heavy grooves. They’re definitely one of the more engaging bands that play this style, and I urge you to give them a listen if you haven’t done so already. The time seemed right to find out a bit more about this Swedish machine…

Introduce us to Mindshift!

Metal band based out of Stockholm, Sweden, that has been around for about 10 years. But the last 3 years has been sort of a turning point for the band where we have found our sound and started to see the band’s full potential.

For the moment a three piece that consist of Marcus ”Mao” Uggla (Vocals), Johan Lund (Guitar) and Fabien ”Fabz” Perreau (Drums).

What are your influences?

When it comes to writing the music and lyrics for Mindshift, we are influenced by day to day things, current events in our lives and around the world as well as listening to a lot of music. Bands like Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, Metallica, Architects, Heart Of A Coward, Machine Head, Periphery, Meshuggah, Whitechapel, Memphis May Fire, Gojira are constantly on rotation.

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Heretique – De Non Existentia Dei (Review)

HeretiqueThis is the second album from Heretique, a Polish Death Metal band.

This is solid old-school Death Metal that takes additional influence from older Metal and proto-Black Metal, making for a well-rounded release that creates its own atmosphere and character with ease.

Snatches of melody appear here and there in the leads and solos; played well and thoughtfully constructed, they add colour and feeling to the otherwise heavy old-school thrashings that the band produce. I love me some good soloing and there are some real crackers on here.

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Interview with Enthean

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Enthean’s Priests of Annihilation is a modern collision of all manner of Extreme Metal styles, all wrapped up in a handsomely aggressive package. Guitarist/vocalist Adam Broome was kind enough to take time out from dreaming up new mythologies to hammer out some answers to some pertinent questions…

Introduce us to Enthean!

We are a progressive blackened extreme metal band from Greenville, SC. Well, we say Greenville, but no one knows where Anderson/Pendleton/Central is and secondly, our drummer is from Charlotte, NC… so we just met in the middle and said Greenville. Fuck it.

What are your influences?

Musically, it’s old punk, most rock, classical, ska, metal, r & b, ragtime, appliances and hardware, nature, Slayer… Other influences include philosophy, mythology, life events, jackasses, both motivated and lazy people, and Deep Purple. Continue reading

Glorior Belli – Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes) (Review)

Glorior BelliThis is the sixth album from French Black Metal band, (currently a solo project it seems), Glorior Belli.

Previous album Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls was an uncommon blend of Black Metal, Sludge and southern US Metal riffing. Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes) continues this combination of Black Metal and Sludgy Blues Rock, although now the emphasis is much more on the Black Metal side of the equation.

Featuring sharp and cutting riffs alongside serrated vocals, a lot of the music on this album is dangerously bladed, seemingly out to cause harm with its fast guitars and blackened melodies. Continue reading

Invehertex – Hacia el Vórtice (Review)

InvehertexInvehertex are a Chilean Black Metal band and this is their début album.

At 79 minutes in length, Invehertex don’t do things by halves it seems.

Alongside some ambient interludes, the band play raw, underground Black Metal that has a sprawling and ambitious attitude to blackened soundscapes.

Blasting, icy aggression is present and correct, alongside groovier riffs and atmospheric explorations; all wrapped in darkness and covered with malevolence.

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