Gnarwolf – GnarVina – Split (Review)

gnarwolf - gnarvina - splitGnarwolf are a US hardcore band and this is their latest EP, a split with Covina.

I enjoyed 2017’s II, so am pleased to hear some new work from Gnarwolf. We only have seven minutes of material here, divided into three songs, but it sure hits the spot. Continue reading

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Monolithe – From Equinox to Solstice – Live at Beltane (Review)

monolithe - from equinox to solstice - live at beltaneMonolithe are a French doom metal band and this is a live recording of a private show on May 6th, 2018 at les Feux de Beltane in Brittany, France.

I’m not really one for live albums, (although I certainly do enjoy them from time to time), but I’m a big Monolithe fan, so decided this was one definitely worth checking out. Continue reading

Kaleikr – Heart of Lead (Review)

kaleikr - heart of leadKaleikr are an Icelandic black/death metal band and this is their debut album.

This is black metal that’s progressive and emotive. Heart of Lead is an album that you can almost visibly see change as it develops and unfolds. As it runs through its playing time, Kaleikr’s music becomes increasingly darker and more unhinged. Continue reading

Endon – Boy Meets Girl (Review)

Endon - Boy Meets GirlEndon are a Japanese experimental post-hardcore band and this is their third album.

Holy crap, what the Hell is this? I looove it when you stumble blindly upon something as unexpectedly individual as this, especially when it’s done so well. Done poorly, this would be unlistenable nonsense, (and I’m sure there are some that would regard this as such), but Endon have a talent, it seems, for producing unusual, non-easy Continue reading

Illimitable Dolor/Promethean Misery – Split (Review)

Illimitable Dolor Promethean Misery - SplitIllimitable Dolor and Promethean Misery are both from Australia, and both play variants of doom metal.

This is my first experience of Illimitable Dolor, which is a shame, as they come highly recommended, (and also feature members of the very enjoyable funeral doom band The Slow Death), but I’ve never heard them before this. Here they offer us two tracks, clocking in at 26 minutes in total. Continue reading

Ad Patres – A Brief Introduction to Human Experiments (Review)

Ad Patres - A Brief Introduction to Human ExperimentsAd Patres are a French death metal band and this is their second album.

Well, this one has been an extremely highly anticipated release here at Wonderbox Metal. The band’s 2012 debut Scorn Aesthetics is simply a wonderful death metal album. If you haven’t checked it out then I strongly urge you to, as it’s 32 minutes of brutal heaven. Strong words I know, but Continue reading