Rogga Johansson – Entrance to the Otherwhere (Review)

Rogga Johansson - Entrance to the OtherwhereRogga Johansson is a Swedish death metal legend and this is his second solo album.

Rogga Johansson is a man of many bands – listing groups like Paganizer, Down Among the Dead Men, and Echelon only scratches the surface. Not content with his many, many projects, he also has this eponymously named new album. As you would expect, it’s death metal, pure and undiluted. Continue reading

Soilwork – Verkligheten (Review)

Soilwork - VerklighetenThis is the eleventh album from Soilwork, a veteran Swedish metal band.

Soilwork’s eleventh album mixes melodic death metal with fat grooving riffs and a hard rock sensibility that sits at the heart of the band, allowing them to straddle the worlds of metal and rock quite effectively. Having said that, it should be clarified that the rock aspects of this album are mainly hidden underneath a firmly metal veneer; they inform, without overpowering. Continue reading

Gravewards – Ruinous Ensoulment (Review)

GravewardsThis is the debut album from Gravewards, a Greek death metal band.

I have fond recollections of 2017’s Subconscious Lobotomy, so was pleased to see this band’s debut album appear. It’s 43 minutes of old-school death metal that’s influenced by the death metal greats from the 90s, while Continue reading

Skullcrush – Visions of the Firestorm Eclipse (Review)

SkullcrushThis is an EP from Skullcrush, a death metal band from the US.

Containing a mixture of different gruesome ingredients, you can hear Suffocation, Bolt Thrower, and even a touch of old Amorphis in Skullcrush’s sound. Across the 22 minutes on this EP the band combine these influences and more into a ghastly blend of grim, dirty death metal. Continue reading

Slaughterday – Abattoir (Review)

SlaughterdaySlaughterday are a German death metal band and this is their latest EP.

I have a huge soft spot for Slaughterday. Ostensibly no different to any number of other old-school death metal bands, there’s just something hard to define about them that I just really enjoy, (check out Nightmare Vortex, Ravenous, and Laws of the Occult to see what I mean). Continue reading

Metamorphosis – The Secret Art (Review)

MetamorphosisThis is the sixth album from German one man black metal band Metamorphosis.

Here we have 40 minutes of music that takes traditional satanic black metal and blends it with a decent helping of death metal muscle, doom metal melodic allure, thrash metal energy, and symphonic black metal grandeur. Continue reading

Barren Earth – A Complex of Cages (Review)

Barren EarthBarren Earth are a progressive metal band from Finland and this is their fourth album.

My my, there’s a lot of talent in this band. With members from notable groups such as Amorphis, Moonsorrow, October Falls, and Kreator, as well as many others, you know this isn’t going to be a dud. Special note should Continue reading

Deathwhite – For a Black Tomorrow (Review)

DeathwhiteDeathwhite are a melodic metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Having enjoyed Deathwhite’s material on 2014’s Ethereal and 2015’s Solitary Martyr, I was pleased when their obvious talent was recognised by Season of Mist. I’ve enjoyed witnessing them develop as a band over the years, and now we finally have Continue reading