Kal-El – Dark Majesty (Review)

Kal-El - Dark MajestyThis is the fifth album from Norwegian doom/stoner metal band Kal-El.

This album came highly recommended from a few different sources, so I thought it was high time I checked it out. I have not been disappointed. Continue reading “Kal-El – Dark Majesty (Review)”

Doctor Smoke – Dreamers and the Dead (Review)

Doctor Smoke - Dreamers and the DeadThis is the second album from Doctor Smoke, an occult metal/rock band from the US.

Doctor Smoke combine metal and rock influences into 43 minutes of infectious material. The songs boast a relatively good range of stylistic influences, while still retaining a holistic feel and good flow to the album; the tracks all share largely the same template, but one that’s made up a few different details and nuances. Continue reading “Doctor Smoke – Dreamers and the Dead (Review)”

Lvcifyre – The Broken Seal (Review)

Lvcifyre - The Broken SealLvcifyre are a blackened death metal band from the UK and this is their third album.

Now here’s an album that’s been much anticipated by your truly. I really enjoyed 2014’s Svn Eater, so have been eager for a follow up. Now, seven years, (and one EP), later, Lvcifyre are back with the 44-minute The Broken Seal. Continue reading “Lvcifyre – The Broken Seal (Review)”

Aborted – Maniacult (Review)

Aborted - ManiacultAborted are a death metal band from Belgium and this is their eleventh album.

Following on from 2018’s TerrorVision, the mighty Aborted have returned to bless us with horror once more. It’s always good to hear new Aborted, and on Maniacult the band deliver with great skill 41 minutes of gory blast beats and sickening groove. Continue reading “Aborted – Maniacult (Review)”

Mastiff – Leave Me the Ashes of the Earth (Review)

Mastiff - Leave Me the Ashes of the EarthMastiff are a hardcore/sludge metal band from the UK and this is their third album.

Following on from 2019’s well-received Plague, Leave Me the Ashes of the Earth contains 32 minutes of anger and violence. Continue reading “Mastiff – Leave Me the Ashes of the Earth (Review)”

Chrome Waves – The Rain Will Cleanse (Review)

Chrome Waves - The Rain Will CleanseChrome Waves are a shoegaze/post-black metal band from the US and this is their third album.

The Rain Will Cleanse gives us a 41-minute journey into shoegaze-style post-black metal. The band’s style is essentially that of a heavier, post-blackened, shoegaze act. If you’re a fan of bands like Alcest, as well as acts like Varaha and Agalloch, and a touch of Anathema, then this is one you’re sure to want to check out. Continue reading “Chrome Waves – The Rain Will Cleanse (Review)”

Æpoch – Hiraeth (Review)

Æpoch - HiraethThis is the latest EP from Æpoch, a Canadian progressive death metal band.

This EP delivers 19 minutes of Æpoch’s modern progressive/technical death metal assault. Laced with black and thrash metal elements, (but less than previously), and powered by melodic might, Hiraeth is a short but satisfying hit of metallic aggression. Continue reading “Æpoch – Hiraeth (Review)”

Runespell – Verses in Regicide (Review)

Runespell - Verses in RegicideRunespell is a solo black metal band from Australia, and this is his fourth album.

I like a bit of Runespell. I’ve enjoyed watching the band develop from 2017’s Unhallowed Blood Oath, through 2018’s Order of Vengeance, to 2019’s Voice of Opprobrium. It’s now time for a new offering, and Verses in Regicide contains 38 minutes of the good stuff. Continue reading “Runespell – Verses in Regicide (Review)”

Grim Fate/The Sombre – From Ancient Slumber/The Horrid Silence Thus Began – Split (Review)

Grim Fate The Sombre - From Ancient Slumber The Horrid Silence Thus Began - SplitThis is a split between two death metal bands from the Netherlands, Grim Fate and The Sombre.

Grim Fate get the ball rolling with three songs that last 23 minutes in total. Continue reading “Grim Fate/The Sombre – From Ancient Slumber/The Horrid Silence Thus Began – Split (Review)”