Mutation – III: Dark Black (Review)

MutationThis is the third album from Mutation, a UK hardcore band.

Featuring Ginger from The Wildhearts, this is a very different proposition to the kind of material he usually produces. Continue reading “Mutation – III: Dark Black (Review)”

Descend into Despair – Synaptic Veil (Review)

Descend into DespairDescend into Despair are a Romanian funeral doom band and this is their second album.

2014’s colossal The Bearer of All Storms was a huge, monolithic slab of atmospheric funeral death/doom. With over 90 minutes of material, it was a weighty, substantial listen that matched its quantity with an equal amount of quality. Continue reading “Descend into Despair – Synaptic Veil (Review)”

One Master – Lycanthropic Burrowing (Review)

One MasterOne Master are a US black metal band and this is their fourth album.

After the extremely enjoyable blackened assault of 2015’s Reclusive Blasphemy, we finally have some new One Master to satisfy our dark cravings. Continue reading “One Master – Lycanthropic Burrowing (Review)”

Trivax – SIN (Review)

TrivaxTrivax are an Iranian/UK black metal band and this is their debut album.

SIN contains 70 minutes of sophisticated blackened art, combining the raging venom that the style does so well with a mature approach to melody and compositional dynamics. Continue reading “Trivax – SIN (Review)”

Apes – Lightless (Review)

ApesApes are a dark hardcore band from Canada and this is their debut album.

I love it when you find a band that don’t limit themselves to what they play, exploring multiple genres and bringing everything together with a love of extremity and savage delivery. Continue reading “Apes – Lightless (Review)”

Chrome Ghost – Reflection Pool (Review)

Chrome GhostChrome Ghost are a doom metal band from the US and this is their latest EP.

This is sludgy doom metal that has heart. It’s heavy music that doesn’t skimp on the emotive qualities that make sludge so compelling. Continue reading “Chrome Ghost – Reflection Pool (Review)”

Scalpel – Methods to Delusion (Review)

ScalpelThis is the second album from Scalpel, a death metal band from the US.

We haven’t heard much from Scalpel since 2013’s Sorrow and Skin. This was one of the earliest reviews I ever did, (as you can probably gather by reading it), so the band have always stuck in my mind. It’s great to catch up with them almost four years later. My, where does the time go? Continue reading “Scalpel – Methods to Delusion (Review)”