Beneath the Massacre – Fearmonger (Review)

Beneath the Massacre - FearmongerThis is the fourth album from Canadian death metallers Beneath the Massacre.

Beneath the Massacre play technical death metal that’s relentlessly harsh and brutal. This is not music for the uninitiated or the fragile; Beneath the Massacre are uncompromisingly merciless across these 30 minutes. This is the band’s first album in eight years, and when Continue reading

Regarde les Hommes Tomber – Ascension (Review)

Regarde les Hommes Tomber - AscensionThis is the third album from French post-black metallers Regarde les Hommes Tomber.

Regarde les Hommes Tomber play post-black metal that takes a forward-thinking approach to its content. Blending in elements of sludge and minor aspects of death metal, the band’s music is an atmospheric and modern take on blackened art. Continue reading

Ars Veneficium – Usurpation of the Seven (Review)

Ars Veneficium - Usurpation of the SevenThis is the second album from Belgian black metallers Ars Veneficium.

I really liked 2016’s The Reign of the Infernal King; the band’s fiery black metal left lasting marks. A new album feels overdue, so it’s with great anticipation that we turn to Usurpation of the Seven and its 38 minutes of dark blackened mayhem. Continue reading

Today Is the Day – No Good to Anyone (Review)

Today Is the Day - No Good to AnyoneThis is the eleventh album from US unconventional experimental metal band Today Is the Day.

I really, really enjoyed 2014’s Animal Mother, which was one of my favourite releases from this artist. As such, No Good to Anyone was much-anticipated, and had a lot to live up to. Thankfully, it’s one of Today Is the Day’s bests. Continue reading

The Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic (Review)

The Night Flight Orchestra - AeromanticThis is the fifth album from The Night Flight Orchestra, a Swedish hard rock band.

I loved Amber Galactic and Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough, and now I love Aeromantic. It’s quite simple really; The Night Flight Orchestra have never released a bad album, and just seem to be getting better and better over time, growing into themselves with increasing confidence. Continue reading

Xenobiotic – Mordrake (Review)

Xenobiotic - MordrakeThis is the second album from Xenobiotic, an Australian deathcore/death metal band.

2018’s Prometheus was a deathcore highlight for me, so I was looking forward to what they had in store for us next. I was not expecting just how good Mordrake is though. The band have progressed, and progressed well. Continue reading

Crown of Asteria/Nodus Tollens – Split (Review)

Crown of Asteria Nodus Tollens - SplitCrown of Asteria is a one-woman black metal band from the US, and Nodus Tollens in a one-man black metal band, also from the US.

The split opens with the single 19-minute track Claw of the Firemaker by Crown of Asteria. The style is nature-influenced atmospheric black metal with elements of doom, folk, and ambient mixed in. It’s raw and unpolished, but this simply adds to the music’s charms. Continue reading