You may be familiar with the work of Arne Uekert from German black metal band Ctulu, which is a personal favourite of mine, (see some reviews here, here, and here). What you may not be aware of, however, is Arne’s involvement in Schloff Guitars & Basses, so if you play an instrument then this might be of interest to you. Continue reading
I love savage, ultra-aggressive music, especially when played with substance and obvious passion. Which is why I love Helpless. Their debut album Debt is a scorching, visceral maelstrom of nastiness, one which delivers 22 minutes of ferocity and heaviness.
Let’s dig a little deeper with the band’s bassist Steve Waldron… Continue reading
The doom metal of Low Flying Hawk’s latest album Genkaku is dreamy and sublime; definitely worth checking out if you’re into the style. The songs are moody and atmospheric, with the band’s slow, mournful performance resulting in very emotive tracks of moody, affecting metal.
Have a listen to the album while you also have a read of the below. Continue reading
Skies In Motion are very close to unleashing their fiery debut album Life Lessons. Full of emotive power and forceful energy, the songs on this release hit the spot quite nicely if you’re someone with a taste for modern metallic hardcore. I’m listening to it again now, and it’s a bloody hugely infectious listen I must say. You’ve got to check it out.
Without further ado, let’s find out a bit more about what makes this band tick… Continue reading
Italian modern death metal band Integral’s debut album Resilience is a strong one. I’m listening to it again as I type these words, and it has a lot to recommend itself. Don’t believe me? Just listen to the embedded Bandcamp player at the bottom of this interview – the band easily make their own compelling case for priority airplay time as soon as you press play.
The drummer of Integral, Agostino Buttarelli, was nice enough to give us a bit more info on this relatively fresh new band. Check it out.
Introduce us to Integral
As I sit here typing these words, listening once again to Unseen Faith’s debut album Waver, I’m struck by just how truly passionate and engaging the band’s performance is. This comes across strongly in the vocals, of course, but it’s more than just the singer’s caustic shouts and growls; this passionate energy seems to infect every pore of the band’s delivery.
As you can see from my linked review of the album, I enjoyed it a lot, (it wouldn’t have gotten reviewed otherwise), but I must say that Waver is more of a grower than I first realised. The more I listen to it the better it gets, which is always something I ideally look for in a release.
So, sit back, listen to the embedded Bandcamp player at the bottom of the page, and have a read of the below to find out a bit more about what makes Unseen Faith as passionate as they are. Don’t get too comfortable though, as there’s some huge grooves and crushing beats to be had on Waver that are almost guaranteed to get you moving… Continue reading
2017 sees the welcome return of First Signs of Frost, back with a revamped lineup and sound. If you’re into a bit of melodic technical rock and haven’t yet checked out their new EP The Shape of Things to Come, then I point you in the direction of the embedded Bandcamp player at the bottom of this interview.
So, without further preamble, let’s get down to it… Continue reading
Arallu are one of the best bands that you’ve probably never heard of. Every release is better than the last, with the band’s newest album Six being the best of them all in my opinion. I’m listening to it right now as I type these words, and it’s hard to express just how enjoyable and discerning it is. It’s black metal, and contains a lot of the traditional ingredients you’d expect to find in black metal, but the way it’s all cooked up and spiced with Middle Eastern themes and influences…Arallu rule, it’s that simple.
So if you’re unfamiliar with the band, have a read of the below and check out the band’s masterful new album Six.
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It was a great pleasure recently to see Deny the Urge return to the fray with their long overdue new album As Darkness Falls. Effectively reinventing themselves on one hand, while capturing the sound and spirit of the 90s Floridian scene on the other, the album is more than just a mere homage, and offers 48 minutes of ripping death metal barbarity and darkness.
I had the chance to quiz guitarist/vocalist Henrik Osterloh about the background to As Darkness Falls, and the many challenges and issues that the band has endured over the years… Continue reading
In my humble opinion Execration are one of the best extreme metal bands out there at the moment. Firmly placing themselves on my radar with their third album Morbid Dimensions, the band have recently resurfaced on Metal Blade with their latest offering Return to the Void, and I have to say it’s been more than worth the wait.
If you haven’t heard Execration yet, then now’s the chance to check them out. You can stream their shockingly good new album below, while reading what their very personable and eloquent guitarist and vocalist Chris Johansen has to say. Continue reading