Cosmic Putrefaction – Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones (Review)

Cosmic Putrefaction - Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed OnesThis is the third album from, Cosmic Putrefaction, a one-man death metal band from Italy.

Following on from 2020’s The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers, Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones contains 42 minutes of new material. Brought to us by the artist behind Summit and Vertebra Atlantis, Cosmic Putrefaction’s music consists of progressive death metal augmented with doom and black metal highlights. Continue reading “Cosmic Putrefaction – Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones (Review)”

Astral Tomb – Soulgazer (Review)

Astral Tomb - SoulgazerThis is the debut album from Astral Tomb, a death metal band from the US.

I’ve enjoyed watching Astral Tomb develop their ghastly death metal sound, from 2020’s split with Cryptic Shift, Replicant, and Inoculation, to 2021’s EP Degradation of Human Consciousness, (which I honestly thought I had reviewed, but apparently not). Soulgazer is the band’s first album, and I have been looking forward to it. Continue reading “Astral Tomb – Soulgazer (Review)”

Near Death Condition – Ascent from the Mundane (Review)

Near Death Condition - Ascent from the MundaneNear Death Condition are a Swiss death metal band and this is their fourth album.

It’s been a long eight years since 2014’s Evolving Towards Extinction, and the band have changed their lineup since then, but Near Death Condition are finally back. Continue reading “Near Death Condition – Ascent from the Mundane (Review)”

Phrenelith – Chimaera (Review)

Phrenelith - ChimaeraThis is the second album from Phrenelith, a death metal band from Denmark.

A monster named Phrenelith lurks deep in the death metal underworld, a malevolent entity that preys on any of the weak and unwary that get close enough to its sinister lair. With Chimaera the creature has ventured out of its territory once more and is hunting for fresh meat… Continue reading “Phrenelith – Chimaera (Review)”

Wharflurch – Psychedelic Realms ov Hell (Review)

Wharflurch - Psychedelic Realms ov HellThis is the debut album from US death metal band Wharflurch.

Across six tracks and 35 minutes, Wharflurch deliver a doom-infested slab of malformed, rancid death metal.

Wharflurch’s death metal contains an experimental edge that’s been dulled by humid rot, but is no less striking and potent for it. Continue reading “Wharflurch – Psychedelic Realms ov Hell (Review)”

Qrixkuor – Poison Palinopsia (Review)

Qrixkuor - Poison PalinopsiaThis is the debut album from Qrixkuor, a death metal band from the UK, (who also feature from New Zealand a member of Temple Nightside/Vassafor).

Although you can rightly call Poison Palinopsia death metal, Qrixkuor’s music is definitely not your average incarnation of that venerable style. For starters, Poison Palinopsia contains only two tracks, but each is 24 minutes in length. Apart from this, it’s the type of death metal that Qrixkuor play that’s bound to turn some heads. Or turn them inside out, at least. Continue reading “Qrixkuor – Poison Palinopsia (Review)”

Seputus – Phantom Indigo (Review)

Seputus - Phantom IndigoThis is the second album from US death metallers Seputus.

Here we have 48 minutes of psychedelic extreme metal. Combining elements of black metal, death metal, and grindcore into meaty, substantial tracks, this album is not your standard extreme metal album. Continue reading “Seputus – Phantom Indigo (Review)”

Ghastly – Mercurial Passages (Review)

Ghastly - Mercurial PassagesThis is the third album from Finnish death metallers Ghastly.

Ghastly specialise in death metal that has a sort of creeping, otherworldly malevolence to it. It’s atmospheric and sinister in ways that are unusual. You can hear the debt that has been paid to band’s such as Death and Autopsy, etc., but you can equally Continue reading “Ghastly – Mercurial Passages (Review)”

Alluvial – Sarcoma (Review)

Alluvial - SarcomaThis is the second album from Alluvial, a modern death metal band from the US.

Sarcoma contains 38 minutes of progressive death metal. Alluvial fuse their modern approach to the style with technical, progressive, and atmospheric flourishes, yet do so in a restrained song-based way. This results in songs that are atypical expressions of Continue reading “Alluvial – Sarcoma (Review)”