After the tragic death of the band’s vocalist in 2016, I never thought I’d hear from Miserable Failure again. I’m very glad to be wrong, of course. It is a huge shame, however, that I’ve only just found this out; this release actually first saw the light of day in 2017 apparently. Continue reading →
Friendship are from Japan and play blackened grindcore/hardcore. This is their second album.
2017’s Hatred was an intoxicating blend of grindcore, sludge, and blackened hardcore powerviolence. It was a hideously effective record, so I’m quite pleased that we now have Undercurrent to sate our desire for fresh carnage. Continue reading →
This is the sixth album from Beheaded, a Maltese death metal band.
I like Beheaded, and I enjoyed 2017’s muscular and punishing Beast Incarnate. I’m pleased to make the acquaintance of the bands new album, but what they have produced here is an unexpected treat. Continue reading →
This Gift Is a Curse are a blackened sludge band from Sweden and this is their third album.
Here we have 45 minutes of hateful extremity that combines black metal, sludge, and hardcore. It’s violent, world-ending music that’s wreathed in both aggression and atmosphere most foul. Continue reading →
This is the second album from Russian post-black metal band Haze of Summer.
I enjoyed 2017’s Znoi, and on the band’s new release we get a further 33 minutes of melodic post-black metal. The album follows on from Znoi, even down to the tracklisting, which picks up where the last one left off. Continue reading →
Getting Stabbed are a powerviolence band from the US and this is their debut album.
Featuring a member of No Funeral, Getting Stabbed play a vicious mix of grindcore, hardcore, and powerviolence. Fuelled by a punk rage and an outright hostility to everyone and everything, this is nasty stuff. Continue reading →
This is the second album from US death metallers Mutilate.
Mutilate seem to be pumping out music like nobody’s business. 2018 brought us both Tormentium and All Life Ends, and now we have a new album containing a further 37 minutes of primitive and ugly death metal. Continue reading →
Ancient Hostility are a Ukrainian/US black metal band and this is their debut album.
This is, on the surface of things, a second wave black metal album, full of the sort of misanthropy and hatred that you’d expect for something like this. Scratch the surface, however, (and by this I mean actually listen to it), and you’ll also find a bit more than the norm here. Continue reading →