Alustrium – A Monument to Silence (Review)

Alustrium - A Monument to SilenceThis is the third album from US death metal band Alustrium.

Here we have 65 minutes of progressive technical death metal. Reading that statement you may be expecting a certain version of that style, but it’s likely that Alustrium will surprise; A Monument to Silence is much more melodic and emotionally resonant than many technical bands achieve or even aspire to. Continue reading “Alustrium – A Monument to Silence (Review)”

The Ember, the Ash – Fixation (Review)

The Ember, the Ash - FixationThis is the second album from solo blackened metalcore act The Ember, the Ash.

Fixation is an interesting blend of symphonic black metal and breakdown-heavy metalcore. Only a few bands are playing around with blackened elements in metalcore, to varying degrees of success, so it’s always good to hear another such act throw their interpretation of this unusual subgenre into the ring. Continue reading “The Ember, the Ash – Fixation (Review)”

The Lylat Continuum – Ephemeral (Review)

The Lylat Continuum - EphemeralThe Lylat Continuum are a progressive death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Ephemeral is a 56-minute trip into progressive death metal waters, although the death metal influences are not always prominently displayed; the band’s modern progressive metal influences are Continue reading “The Lylat Continuum – Ephemeral (Review)”

The Progressive Souls Collective – Sonic Birth (Review)

The Progressive Souls Collective - Sonic BirthThis is the debut album from The Progressive Souls Collective, an international progressive rock/metal supergroup of sorts.

Here we have 63 minutes of music that features current and ex-members of a range of bands, all brought together by a central figure. I picked this album to listen to initially due to the striking album art, but never thought it Continue reading “The Progressive Souls Collective – Sonic Birth (Review)”

Tiberius – A Peaceful Annihilation (Review)

Tiberius - A Peaceful AnnihilationThis is the debut album from Tiberius, a progressive metal band from the UK.

If you fancy a spot of technical wizardry with your big choruses, and are partial to a bit of Protest the Hero or the more accessible side of Between the Buried and Me, then you might want to check out these Scottish metallers. Continue reading “Tiberius – A Peaceful Annihilation (Review)”

Altesia – Paragon Circus (Review)

Altesia - Paragon CircusAltesia are a French progressive metal band and this is their debut album.

Despite seeing the light of day at the end of 2019, I felt compelled to shine a light on Paragon Circus once I had made its acquaintance, as it really is a damn fine record. Across 57 minutes of material, Altesia take us on a journey that’s as compelling as it is enjoyable. Continue reading “Altesia – Paragon Circus (Review)”

Vomit Fist – Omnicide (Review)

Vomit Fist - OmnicideVomit Fist are a grindcore band from the US and this is their latest release.

Here we have 20 minutes of complex, vicious grindcore. This is not your standard grindcore, however, and Vomit Fist have produced something far more atypical and individual than most. Continue reading “Vomit Fist – Omnicide (Review)”

Godeater – All Flesh Is Grass (Review)

Godeater - All Flesh Is Grass

Godeater are a death metal band from the UK and this is their debut album.

This is a raging, angry slab of ferocious modern death metal. It blends modern technicality with significant atmosphere and a melodic sensibility that results in brutally effective songs that stick in the mind like barbed thorns. Continue reading “Godeater – All Flesh Is Grass (Review)”

The Odious – Vesica Piscis (Review)

The Odious - Vesica PiscisThe Odious are a progressive metal band from the US and this is their second album.

The Odious’ progressive metal is a mix of modern technical/progressive/death metal and progressive rock. The end result can be loosely characterised as a mix of The Faceless, Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, Sikth, Meshuggah, Ulcerate, and Devin Townsend. Continue reading “The Odious – Vesica Piscis (Review)”

Monthly Overview – the Best of July 2018

In no particular order, I present to you once more with my monthly roundup – some of my favourite metal releases from July 2018. Enjoy! Continue reading “Monthly Overview – the Best of July 2018”