Exocrine – Maelstrom (Review)

Exocrine - MaelstromThis is the fourth album from French death metallers Exocrine.

Here we have a 42-minute blast of technical death metal. Modern in style and feel, with various progressive and melodic elements, Maelstrom makes a good impression. A very, very good impression. Repeated spins only cements this. I enjoyed 2018’s Molten Giant, but this is superior. Continue reading

Khôra – Timaeus (Review)

Khôra - TimaeusThis is the debut album from Khôra, a black metal band.

Featuring a member of Dødheimsgard, and so many guests it’s quite remarkable, (mainly on vocals or keyboards, and from bands such as …And Oceans, Amiensus, Dødheimsgard, Finntroll, Nòtt, and Moonsorrow), a lot of talent and experience has gone into Timaeus. Continue reading

Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi (Review)

Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin KynsiThis is the fifth album from Finland’s black metallers Oranssi Pazuzu.

This is the follow up to 2016’s well-received Värähtelijä, which is a record that has only increased in my estimation over time. Now, across 50 minutes of multifaceted and highly textured music, Mestarin Kynsi is an album that I have little doubt in my mind will keep on giving for years to come as well. Continue reading

Azusa – Loop of Yesterdays (Review)

Azusa - Loop of YesterdaysThis is the second album from Azusa, an international progressive metal band.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as John Frum, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Extol, you know there’s a lot of talent and experience in Azusa before you even listen to them. Continue reading

Dawn of Ouroboros – The Art of Morphology (Review)

Dawn of Ouroboros - The Art of MorphologyThis is the debut album from Dawn of Ouroboros, a progressive black metal band from the US.

Combining elements of death, black, and progressive metal, this is a enchanting mix of the three that adopts a modern extreme metal approach to its highly engaging material. Continue reading

Abstruse – Submerge:Ritual (Review)

Abstruse - Submerge RitualThis is the fourth album from Abstruse, an experimental rock project from Greece.

Well, there’s a lot going on here. This is music that refuses to be just one thing, and exists as a constantly-shifting mass of musical styles and content. Amazingly, Submerge:Ritual works with this well, and doesn’t come across as disjointed or a failed science experiment. Continue reading

Schammasch – Hearts of No Light (Review)

Schammasch - Hearts of No LightSchammasch are a Black Metal band from Switzerland. This is their fourth album.

Was it really 2016 that the epic Triangle was released to an unsuspecting world? Apparently so. An incredibly strong release, it narrowly missed out on the top spot for my best albums of 2016 list. It was followed up in 2017 by the even more avant-garde EP The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite, which provided a compelling dose of atmospheric material. Continue reading