Another year gone by, where does all the time go? Listening to metal I suppose, that’s where. Every year brings more metal delights, so I invite you to partake of 30 of my favourites from the rather metallically fertile 2019. Let me know which ones are your favourites to! Continue reading “Wonderbox Metal End of Year List – Best Metal of 2019”
Month: December 2019
Oak – Lone (Review)
Oak are a Portuguese funeral death/doom band and this is their debut album.
Featuring members of the mighty Gaerea, this album contains 51 minutes of slow, mournful doom. Heavy and atmospheric, Lone is a doom album tour de force. Continue reading “Oak – Lone (Review)”
Kontagion – Kontagion (Review)
This is the second album from Polish industrial metallers Kontagion.
Following on from their 2015 album [R-!-E]elentless and 2017 EP KO[R-!-E], Kontagion present us with 48 minutes of industrial metal on their latest outing. Continue reading “Kontagion – Kontagion (Review)”
Israthoum – Arrows from Below (Review)
This is the fourth album from black metallers Israthoum, who are from the Netherlands, (although Portugal originally).
I enjoy Israthoum’s work, and urge you to also check out Black Poison and Shared Wounds, Antru Kald, and Channeling Death and Evil. This new album gives us 31 minutes of darkness, and finds Israthoum’s orthodox take on the style to still be hugely enjoyable. Continue reading “Israthoum – Arrows from Below (Review)”
Evadne – Dethroned of Our Souls (Review)
Evadne are a Spanish melodic death/doom band, and this is their latest release.
This is a compilation album featuring tracks taken from various sources. Across the album we get remixed/remastered songs, cover versions, live tracks, and the band’s original demo. All told, this is 66 minutes of doom collected under some pretty striking album art. Continue reading “Evadne – Dethroned of Our Souls (Review)”
In Obscurity Revealed – Glorious Impurity (Review)
In Obscurity Revealed are a blackened death metal band from Mexico and this is their debut album.
After thoroughly enjoying the all-too-brief Grim Fumes of Revelation in 2016, I’ve been looking forward to hearing more material from this band. Apparently I’m late to the party, however, as this album originally saw the light of day at the end of 2018. Still, it’s been worth the wait. Continue reading “In Obscurity Revealed – Glorious Impurity (Review)”
Horrified – Sentinel (Review)
This is the latest release by UK melodic death metallers Horrified.
We last met Horrified in 2017 with Allure of the Fallen, which was the band’s crowning achievement after the pleasing progression between the old-school nastiness of Descent into Putridity and the shinier, slicker Of Despair. Continue reading “Horrified – Sentinel (Review)”
Rorcal – Muladona (Review)
Rorcal are a Swiss blackened post-metal band and this is their fifth album.
Rorcal are an ever-shifting beast, producing a wealth of material over their career spanning doom, drone, post-metal, and black metal. After the furious blackened assault of κρέων (Creon), Muladona is a different proposition. Continue reading “Rorcal – Muladona (Review)”
Psychomancer – Shards of the Hourglass (Review & Interview)
This is the third album from Psychomancer, a death metal band from the US.
Shards of the Hourglass is a monstrous death/thrash metal release that falls somewhere between Swedish death metal and the more adventurous side of 90s death and thrash metal. There’s a vicious German influence too – think a mix of Vader and Destruction. Take all of this together and it makes for a surprisingly engaging 58-minute blend of extreme metal. Continue reading “Psychomancer – Shards of the Hourglass (Review & Interview)”
Avslut – Tyranni (Review)
This is the second album from Swedish black metallers Avslut.
Hot on the heels of last year’s Deceptis now comes Tyranni, with 47 minutes of cold fury. This is black metal of the old-school Swedish variety; vicious and evil. Continue reading “Avslut – Tyranni (Review)”