Sunnata – Burning in Heaven, Melting on Earth (Review)

Sunnata - Burning in Heaven, Melting on EarthSunnata are a Polish doom metal band and this is their fourth album.

Sunnata play a form of doom metal that has ritualistic elements, manifesting in a tendency for repetition and hypnotic grooves. Despite this, the band know how to write a good tune, surprisingly so really; some of Continue reading “Sunnata – Burning in Heaven, Melting on Earth (Review)”

Ominous Ruin – Amidst Voices That Echo in Stone (Review)

Ominous Ruin - Amidst Voices That Echo in StoneThis is the debut album from Ominous Ruin, a death metal band from the US.

Featuring an ex-member of Inanimate Existence and session drums from the drummer of Fallujah, Amidst Voices That Echo in Stone contains 45 minutes of brutal technical death metal. Continue reading “Ominous Ruin – Amidst Voices That Echo in Stone (Review)”

Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Review)

Iotunn - Access All WorldsIotunn are a progressive metal band from Denmark, and this is their debut album.

Full disclosure – when I saw that this band is fronted by the singer of Barren Earth and Hamferð, I got quite excited and it immediately made me hungry to listen to their album. The man has one of my favourite voices in metal, and on Access All Worlds, he puts it to damn fine use. Continue reading “Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Review)”

Aylwin – The Arch Holder (Review)

Aylwin - The Arch HolderThis is the debut album from US black metallers Aylwin.

Here we have a single 30-minute track that’s a mix of atmospheric and post-black metal. The track is a nature-influenced apocalyptic soundscape that combines elements from the Cascadian style of black metal with mournful post-metallic aspects. Continue reading “Aylwin – The Arch Holder (Review)”

Deconsecration/Re-Buried – Split (Review)

Deconsecration Re-Buried - SplitDeconsecration and Re-Buried are both US death metal bands, and this split is their collective non-demo debut release.

Deconsecration get the ball rolling, with 4 songs in a meaty 18 minutes. Continue reading “Deconsecration/Re-Buried – Split (Review)”

The Lylat Continuum – Ephemeral (Review)

The Lylat Continuum - EphemeralThe Lylat Continuum are a progressive death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Ephemeral is a 56-minute trip into progressive death metal waters, although the death metal influences are not always prominently displayed; the band’s modern progressive metal influences are Continue reading “The Lylat Continuum – Ephemeral (Review)”

Suffering Hour – The Cyclic Reckoning (Review)

Suffering Hour - The Cyclic ReckoningThis is the second album from Suffering Hour, a blackened death metal band from the US.

Now here’s a release I’ve been looking forward to. I’m a big fan of Suffering Hour’s past work, (2013’s Foreseeing Exemptions to a Dismal Beyond, and then 2017’s immense In Passing Ascension), and their newest album simply takes their musical progression so far to its logical conclusion. Having learned plenty of lessons Continue reading “Suffering Hour – The Cyclic Reckoning (Review)”

The Scalar Process – Coagulative Matter (Review)

The Scalar Process - Coagulative MatterThe Scalar Process are a technical death metal band from France and this is their debut album.

When a band is described as for fans of Coexistence, The Zenith Passage, Beyond Creation, Necrophagist, The Faceless, Hateful, Archspire, Cynic, and Inferi, and when words such as technical, melodic, and progressive are bandied around Continue reading “The Scalar Process – Coagulative Matter (Review)”

Carcolh – The Life and Works of Death (Review)

Carcolh - The Life and Works of DeathCarcolh are a French doom metal band and this is their second album.

Carcolh’s approach to traditional doom metal is one that’s downbeat, heavy, and rich in feeling. The band hover somewhere between the old-school and the new, making the most of each of them to produce something that’s not entirely either, so should appeal to fans of both. Continue reading “Carcolh – The Life and Works of Death (Review)”

Spire – Temple of Khronos (Review)

Spire - Temple of KhronosThis is the second album from Australian black metal act Spire.

Temple of Khronos offers a dark mix of atmospheric, progressive, and psychedelic black metal. It’s as if the classic style that we know and love has been mutated and warped into something even darker and more malefic. Continue reading “Spire – Temple of Khronos (Review)”