Tentation/Iron Slaught – 665 Les Hordes Metalliques – Split (Review)

Tentation Iron SlaughtThis is a split release between Tentation and Iron Slaught, who are both heavy metal bands from France.

Tentation start us off. I’m familiar with them from their enjoyable 2015 self-titled release, where they introduced the world to their 80s-influenced classic heavy metal style. Continue reading

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Crypt Rot/Cringe – Nocturnal Deterioration | Memento Mori – Split (Review)

Crypt Rot CringeCrypt Rot are a death metal band and Cringer are a crossover thrash band, both are from the US and they have teamed up for this split release.

Kicking us off with 11 minutes of very enjoyable Swedish-styled death metal is Crypt Rot. Continue reading

Ilsa – Corpse Fortress (Review)

IlsaThis is the fifth album from US sludge metal band Ilsa.

Ilsa are well-known around these parts for being prime suppliers of dirty, heavy, riff-driven kicking metallic sludge. 2015’s The Felon Claw and 2012’s Intoxicantations in particular were both huge, crushing records which still get regular rotation from yours truly. Continue reading

Interview with Letters from the Colony

Letters from the Colony Band

To my ears Vignette is a great example of what modern, forward-thinking metal should be all about in 2018. Heavy, hard-hitting, atmospheric, emotive…the list goes on. Letters from the Colony have created a thoroughly enjoyable slab of modern heaviness with their debut album, one which I’m very pleased to be able to find a bit more about courtesy of the band’s drummer and co-founder Jonas Sk√∂ld. Continue reading

Horizon Ablaze – The Weight of a Thousand Suns (Review)

Horizon AblazeHorizon Ablaze are a Norwegian progressive black/extreme metal band and this is their third album.

Horizon Ablaze play a brand of extreme metal that largely consists of atmospheric/progressive/avant-garde black metal, (among other things). It’s an impressive and well-delivered proposition, that’s for sure. Continue reading