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

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Ossuarium – Living Tomb (Review)

Ossuarium - Living TombThis is the debut album from US death metallers Ossuarium.

Ossuarium play old-school death metal with a corrupting doom influence, so much so that to term this death/doom wouldn’t be completely inappropriate. Continue reading

Kromorth – Geodesic Beast (Review)

Kromorth - Geodesic BeastKromorth are a death metal band from Brazil and this is their debut album.

This is 32 minutes of brutal, relentless death metal. It’s raw and underground, and displays an instant character that I can’t help but warm to. There’s an obvious passion of delivery here that comes off the music in spades. Kromorth really love what they do. Continue reading

Hekata – Ruin (Review)

hekata - ruinHekata are a Russian death metal band and this is their debut album.

Hekata play a virulent mix of death metal, black metal, hardcore, crust, and grind. It’s quite the mix, and essentially results in songs that merge these influences into blackened slabs of Scandinavian-influenced deathcrustcore. Or something. You get the idea, I’m sure. Continue reading

Cóndor – El Valle del Cóndor (Review)

Cóndor - El Valle del CóndorCóndor are a Colombian death/doom/heavy metal band and this is their fourth album.

Cóndor, (with members of Siete Lagunas), play a beguiling and personable mix of death metal and classic doom/heavy metal, at least musically. Vocally, we’re firmly in the territory of formidably daemonic harsh growls for most of the time, (we also get the occasional spoken word part and clean singing on the final song, the folky title track). Continue reading

Gross Misconduct – Equinox (Review)

Gross Misconduct - EquinoxGross Misconduct are a Canadian death metal band and this is their third album.

This is progressive death metal with a thrash influence. The band describe this album in the following way – “Imagine Cynic with a dollop of Death, a smattering of The Crown/Mastodon/Gojira and healthy doses of 1980s Metallica and Slayer.” I’ve simply regurgitated this here as it’s a better descriptor of how Equinox sounds than anything I could come up with. Continue reading

Bludgeon – Devoted to Lunacy (Review)

Bludgeon - Devoted to LunacyThis is the debut album from UK death metallers Bludgeon.

In some ways this album is a textbook example of what-you-see-is-what-you-get – the album cover just screams brutal death metal ripped from the underground in huge great bloody chunks. In other ways, however, this does Bludgeon a disservice, as this release is surprisingly technical and involved, and the band’s individual personality shines through the gore with an unexpected brightness. Continue reading