Strangle Wire – Shaped by Human Frailty (Review)

Strangle Wire - Shaped by Human FrailtyStrangle Wire are a death metal band from Northern Ireland and this is their debut album.

It seems like a very long time since Strangle Wire treated us to their enjoyable debut EP The Dark Triad. Has this early promise been realised on Shaped by Human Frailty‘s 34 minutes? Continue reading “Strangle Wire – Shaped by Human Frailty (Review)”

Acephalix – Theothanatology (Review)

Acephalix - TheothanatologyAcephalix are a death metal band from the US and this is their fourth album.

Theothanatology, (which features a member of Draghkar/Vastum), is an album of blunt brutality, repeatedly slamming broken bits of gravestone into your head across 32 minutes of death metal barbarity. Continue reading “Acephalix – Theothanatology (Review)”

Spectrum Mortis – Bit Meseri – The Incantation (Review)

Spectrum Mortis - Bit Meseri -The IncantationThis is the debut album from Spanish black/death/doom metal band Spectrum Mortis.

Spectrum Mortis play occult death metal with lashings of blackened malevolence and an air of ritualistic doom. Across 39 minutes the band preach their foul hymns and conduct their hideous ceremonies, drawing you uncertainly into their esoteric world. Continue reading “Spectrum Mortis – Bit Meseri – The Incantation (Review)”

Putrescine/Kosmogyr – Desolate Tides – Split (Review)

Putrescine Kosmogyr - Desolate Tides - SplitTeaming up for this split we have US death metallers Putrescine and international black metallers Kosmogyr.

Putrescine deliver 3 songs with a duration of 17 minutes in total. Putrescine play a progressive form of dissonant death metal. The promo blurb mentions bands like Gorguts, Undeath, and Morbid Angel. Continue reading “Putrescine/Kosmogyr – Desolate Tides – Split (Review)”

Gutvoid – Durance of Lightless Horizons (Review)

Gutvoid - Durance of Lightless HorizonsThis is the debut album from Canadian death metallers Gutvoid.

Featuring six tracks of monstrous death metal spread across 54 minutes, Gutvoid’s ambition is clear. Durance of Lightless Horizons is a grand slab of expressive extreme metal, and is definitely worth spending the time to explore. Let’s dig in. Continue reading “Gutvoid – Durance of Lightless Horizons (Review)”

Tribal Gaze – The Nine Choirs (Review)

Tribal Gaze - The Nine ChoirsTribal Gaze are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

The Nine Choirs is a 36-minute journey into death metal and hardcore territories that’s well-worn, yet feels fresh at the same time; Tribal Gaze take the old-school style and makes it absolutely massive, both through the mammoth sound of the record itself and how stupidly fun the music is. Tribal Gaze just destroy. Oh, and they have riffs for days. Continue reading “Tribal Gaze – The Nine Choirs (Review)”

Orthodoxy – Ater Ignis (Review)

Orthodoxy - Ater IgnisOrthodoxy are a Spanish death metal band and this is their second album.

Following on from 2019’s enjoyable Novus Lux Dominus, Ater Ignis contains 45 minutes of Orthodoxy’s dark, occult death metal. Continue reading “Orthodoxy – Ater Ignis (Review)”

Embarla Firgasto – Temporal Capsule (Review)

Embarla Firgasto - Temporal CapsuleThis is the debut album from one-man Polish death metal band Embarla Firgasto.

Temporal Capsule offers up 31 minutes of dissonant blackened death metal. The artist claims influence from acts such as Deathspell Omega, Aosoth, Ulcerate, Gorguts, Leviathan, Convulsing, and VI, and this is a good place to start when approaching this album. Continue reading “Embarla Firgasto – Temporal Capsule (Review)”

Mortuous – Upon Desolation (Review)

Mortuous - Upon DesolationThis is the second album from US death metallers Mortuous.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands like Exhumed, Necrot, Rude, Swamp Witch, and VastumUpon Desolation contains 38 minutes of brutal doom-infected death metal carnage. Continue reading “Mortuous – Upon Desolation (Review)”

Phobophilic – Enveloping Absurdity (Review)

Phobophilic - Enveloping AbsurdityThis is the debut album from US death metallers Phobophilic.

Phobophilic combine the esoteric approach of Demilich, with the malevolent nature of Morbid Angel, and the crushing heaviness of Incantation. Fans of the output of bands such as Tomb Mold, Immolation, Worm, Ossuarium, Outer Heaven, and Blood Incantation need to pay attention to this. Continue reading “Phobophilic – Enveloping Absurdity (Review)”