Bloodtruth – Martyrium (Review)

Bloodtruth - MartyriumBloodtruth are an Italian death metal band and this is their second album.

Bloodtruth’s 2014 debut album Obedience was characterised by crisp brutality, efficient technicality, and, unusually, the occasional Gregorian chant. You can think of Martyrium as a refinement of the process that was started on Obedience, only this time with an added concept for the entire album. Continue reading

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Internal Bleeding – Corrupting Influence (Review)

Internal BleedingInternal Bleeding are a brutal death metal band from the US and this is their sixth album.

2014’s Imperium was a damn good barrage of brutality, but now, four years and one tragedy later, The Internal Bleeding of 2018 sound revitalised, energetic, and hungry for blood. Continue reading

Within Destruction – Deathwish (Review)

Within Destruction - DeathwishThis is the third album from Slovenian death metal/deathcore band Within Destruction.

Within Destruction’s second album Void was one that made a notable impact. Here we had an album that did deathcore right; blistering death metal extremity coupled with huge slamming deathcore beatdowns, all delivered in a modern package of brutality and carnage. Top stuff. Continue reading

Solium Fatalis – Genetically Engineered to Enslave (Review)

Solium Fatalis - Genetically Engineered to EnslaveThis is the fourth album from Solium Fatalis, a US death metal band.

Here we have 43 minutes of tasty and aggressive melodic blackened death metal. That may be a bit of a mouthful to say, but the music of Solium Fatalis rolls freely from the speakers and is quite easy to enjoy. Continue reading

Benighted – Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master (Review)

Benighted - Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their MasterBenighted are a French death metal band and this latest release is to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Sometimes you just want something ultra-brutal to knock away the cobwebs and get rid of the lethargy. Sometimes you need something to truly get the blood pumping and the adrenaline flowing. For times like these, the simple pleasures of a good brutal death metal band rarely fail to hit the spot. Continue reading

Vanhelgd – Deimos Sanktuarium (Review)

VanhelgdThis is the fifth album from Vanhelgd, a death metal band from Sweden.

Both 2014’s Relics of Sulphur Salvation and 2016’s Temple of Phobos are prime examples of quality and creative death metal done right. The latter made it onto my 2016 end of year list, such was the impression it made. As such, I’ve been eagerly awaiting more material from this sterling band. Continue reading

Behemoth – I Loved You at Your Darkest (Review)

Behemoth - I Loved You at Your DarkestBehemoth are a veteran Polish blackened death metal band and this is their eleventh album.

Containing the by-now core of the Behemoth sound, but expanding on this in various ways across different tracks, this new album is a very strong addition to the band’s discography, one which I’m sure with rightly garner much praise. Continue reading

Revocation – The Outer Ones (Review)

RevocationThis is the seventh album from Revocation, a US death metal band.

Following up 2016’s enjoyable Great Is Our Sin, this is Revocation’s darkest and most aggressive work so far. Over their existence the band have managed to balance their death and thrash metal influences in an effective ratio, with Continue reading