Cognitive – Deformity (Review)

CognitiveCognitive are from the US and play technical death metal. This is their second album.

30 minutes, no messing around; Cognitive play their death metal with brutal efficiency and technical charm.

Sitting on the modern end of the scale, here we have Continue reading

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Witchery – In His Infernal Majesty’s Service (Review)

WitcheryThis is the sixth album from Witchery, a thrash metal band from Sweden.

Witchery have been around for some time at this point, with this album celebrating two decades of existence. Now, six years after their last album and with a revamped lineup, they return.

With a production that’s nicely rough and ready, Witchery Continue reading

Spirit of the Forest – A Void into the Fields of Silence/La Nature Oubliée (Review)

Spirit of the ForestThis is Spirit of the Forest’s third album. They play atmospheric melodic black metal and hail from Canada.

Are you a fan of Emperor, Dissection, Windir and Borknagar? If you are then I’ll happily point you in the direction of Spirit of the Forest and let you listen to their very satisfying new release.

For others that might require a bit more convincing, let me Continue reading

Serpentine Dominion – Serpentine Dominion (Review)

Serpentine DominionSerpentine Dominion are a US death metal band. This is their debut album.

Featuring current and ex-members of Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage and The Black Dahlia Murder, this was only ever going to be good at the very least.

Well, it’s even better than that. Continue reading

Lost Opera – Hidden Sides (Review)

Lost OperaThis is the second album by French symphonic metal band Lost Opera.

Lost Opera are a symphonic metal band specialising in a modern take on the genre, heavily accentuated with orchestral keyboards and with a side-order of extremity. This manifests via heavier-than-average guitars, (for this kind of thing), and the Continue reading

Uburen – Frå Døden Fødes Liv (Review)

UburenThis is the second album from this Norwegian black metal band.

Their debut album Withered Roots was Viking-themed black metal with a touch of death metal now and again, and very enjoyable it was.

As with their debut release, this album plays to the more extreme end of the Viking metal sub-genre, essentially to the point where they’re a purestrain black metal band really. Continue reading