Lifeblind – Insanity Infesting Reality (Review)

LifeblindLifeblind are a Swedish death metal band and this is their debut EP.

Ahhhh Swedish death metal. Always reliable, always enjoyable. Sure, it has its detractors, but when you get right down to it, what’s not to like?

Influenced by the usual suspects, (Entombed, Dismember, etc.),  Continue reading “Lifeblind – Insanity Infesting Reality (Review)”

Suppressive Fire – Nature of War (Review)

Suppressive FireSuppressive Fire are a death/thrash metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Shockingly hot on the heels of this year’s debut album Bedlam, it’s clear that Suppressive Fire are a hungry, ambitious lot, and rather than rest on their laurels, (Bedlam was quite the corker), they’ve seemingly just rushed back into the studio to produce their second album already. Continue reading “Suppressive Fire – Nature of War (Review)”

The Drip – The Haunting Fear of Inevitability (Review)

The DripThis is the debut album from US grindcore band The Drip.

The band’s 2014 EP A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics was a brief glimpse into the world of The Drip and what they were capable of. I said in the review that the EP bodes well for a future album release and that they were ones to watch. Well, after a longer wait than Continue reading “The Drip – The Haunting Fear of Inevitability (Review)”

Grafvitnir – Obeisance to a Witch Moon (Review)

GrafvitnirThis is the fourth album by Swedish black metal band Grafvitnir.

Influenced by the second wave of black metal, Grafvitnir take the traditional template and for 39 minutes bend this to their will, providing the listener with sophisticated brutality and thoughtful harshness. Continue reading “Grafvitnir – Obeisance to a Witch Moon (Review)”

Cryptic Realms – Enraptured by Horror (Review)

Cryptic RealmsThis is the debut album by Cryptic Realms, a death metal band with members from various countries.

Featuring the singer of Abyssus, (one of my favourites), I was keen to see what Cryptic Realms had to offer.

Here we have classic, old-school death metal, played with a purity of intent and grim authenticity. Taking cues from Continue reading “Cryptic Realms – Enraptured by Horror (Review)”

Prisoner 639/Throw Me in the Crater – Split (Review)

Prisoner 639 throw Me in the CraterPrisoner 639 are from Belgium and play grinding powerviolence. They have teamed up for this split with Dutch sludge band Throw Me in the Crater.

Prisoner 639 get things going in a slow-burning fashion, opening up with lots of noise, distortion and feedback. Before long some drums and bass enter the fray, producing grim sludgy sounds. After a couple of minutes of this the Continue reading “Prisoner 639/Throw Me in the Crater – Split (Review)”

Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (Review)

BalforThis is the third album from Ukrainian black metal band Balfor.

This is upbeat black metal that uses blackened melodies and aspects of death metal as weapons in the war against their enemies. If you’re looking for music that’s direct and aggressive, yet still has depth and longevity, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading “Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (Review)”

Never Presence Forever/Gridfailure – Split (Review)

Never Presence Forever GridfailureNever Presence Forever and Gridfailure are both experimental noise bands from the US. They have teamed up for this split release.

We start with Never Presence Forever, who offer us up two tracks lasting 15 minutes in total. Continue reading “Never Presence Forever/Gridfailure – Split (Review)”

Rude – Remnants… (Review)

RudeThis is the second album from US death metallers Rude.

2014’s Soul Recall was a thoroughly enjoyable slab of old-school death metal. The band have now returned with a new album, ready to crush all those that would oppose their classic death metal onslaught. Continue reading “Rude – Remnants… (Review)”