Ashen – Ritual of Ash (Review)

Ashen - Ritual of AshThis is the debut album from Australian death metal band Ashen.

Ritual of Ash is a 38-minute monster of a death metal album. Ashen spend their time on this record carving their way through the killing arenas of the style to appear triumphant and covered in blood by the end of it. The album snarls with Swedish death metal groove and roars with USDM intensity. A few other death metal styles can be heard here and there too, making for a collection of tracks that are easy to replay and enjoy. Continue reading “Ashen – Ritual of Ash (Review)”

Grá – Lycaon (Review)

Grá - LycaonThis is the fourth album from Swedish black metal band Grá.

Featuring the singer of Dark Funeral on vocals/guitar, Grá play black metal in the classic Swedish style. Lean, mean, and lethal, Lycaon boasts 36 minutes of delicious blackened material for the listener to get demolished by. Continue reading “Grá – Lycaon (Review)”

Pale King – We Are but Memories (Review)

Pale King - We Are but MemoriesThis is the second album from Swedish/UK death metal band Pale King.

Brought to us by current and ex-members of bands such as Heads for the Dead, Just Before Dawn, Those Who Bring the Torture, Wombbath, Ashcloud, Henry Kane, Ursinne, and Gods Forsaken, Pale King know a thing or two about death metal. Continue reading “Pale King – We Are but Memories (Review)”

Amon Amarth – The Great Heathen Army (Review)

Amon Amarth - The Great Heathen ArmyAmon Amarth are a melodic death metal band from Sweden and this is their twelfth album.

Following on from 2019’s Berserker, the mighty Viking warriors of Amon Amarth have returned, with 43 minutes of new material. Amon Amarth are one of the most consistently entertaining and impressive bands in metal, and on their new record they’re firing on all cylinders. Continue reading “Amon Amarth – The Great Heathen Army (Review)”

Dampf – The Arrival (Review)

Dampf - The ArrivalThis is the debut album from Dampf, a metal band from Sweden.

Brought to us by dance artist E-Type, and featuring members of Bathory and Sabaton, The Arrival contains 41 minutes of metallic fun; Dampf are in the business of big guitars, danceable beats, and even bigger choruses. Continue reading “Dampf – The Arrival (Review)”

Grand Harvest – Consummatum Est (Review)

Grand Harvest - Consummatum EstThis is the debut album from Swedish death/doom metallers Grand Harvest.

Here we have 51 minutes of death/doom metal, with some blackened influences thrown in for good measure. Prepare yourself in advance, as this is some Grade A stuff right here… Continue reading “Grand Harvest – Consummatum Est (Review)”

Soul Remnants – Raising the Sacrificial Dagger (Review)

Soul Remnants - Raising the Sacrificial DaggerSoul Remnants are a death metal band from the US and this is their fourth album.

Following on from 2013’s Black and Blood and 2017’s Ouroboros, Soul Remnants have now returned with their longest album to date – 50 minutes of new material. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, a mix of old The Haunted and Hypocrisy, (with the occasional dash of Kataklysm and Amon Amarth), is a decent enough starting point to gain an initial idea of how their music roughly sounds, (although this is by no means a comprehensive description). Continue reading “Soul Remnants – Raising the Sacrificial Dagger (Review)”

Dungeon Serpent – World of Sorrows (Review)

Dungeon Serpent - World of SorrowsThis is the debut album from one-man Canadian death metal band Dungeon Serpent.

Well, you don’t tend to hear this sort of thing that much any more, not played in its original, old-school style at any rate. World of Sorrows is melodic death metal, but remove from your mind any thoughts of overly polished stadium-friendly fare. No, this Continue reading “Dungeon Serpent – World of Sorrows (Review)”

Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Review)

Iotunn - Access All WorldsIotunn are a progressive metal band from Denmark, and this is their debut album.

Full disclosure – when I saw that this band is fronted by the singer of Barren Earth and Hamferð, I got quite excited and it immediately made me hungry to listen to their album. The man has one of my favourite voices in metal, and on Access All Worlds, he puts it to damn fine use. Continue reading “Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Review)”

Soulskinner – Seven Bowls of Wrath (Review)

Soulskinner - Seven Bowls of WrathSouskinner are a Greek death metal band and this is their fifth album.

Soulskinner are back! A band I really enjoy, (check out Crypts of Ancient Wisdom, Descent to Abaddon, and their split with Obsecration, Abyssus, and Malicious Silence), they have now returned with a new platter boasting 47 minutes of death metal and a brand new singer. Continue reading “Soulskinner – Seven Bowls of Wrath (Review)”