Akercocke – Renaissance in Extremis (Review)

AkercockeThis is the sixth album from Akercocke, an extreme metal band from the UK.

If you aren’t familiar with Akercocke’s previous output, then I’m afraid to say that you’ve been missing out. Across their body of work they have released some absolutely fantastic songs, and have always been a particular favourite of mine. Their Continue reading

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The Kennedy Veil – Imperium (Review)

The Kennedy VeilThe Kennedy Veil are a death metal band from the US and this is their third album.

I loved Trinity of Falsehood, absolutely loved it. For me, it was an almost perfect example of modern death metal, and ever since that release I’ve been eagerly awaiting their next album. Continue reading

Arroganz – Primitiv (Review)

ArroganzThis is the fourth album from Germany’s Arroganz, a black/death metal band.

My last encounter with Arroganz was their previous 2014 album Tod & Teufel, and now they have returned with a new slab of dark music, but one that has seen the band undergo a blackened metamorphosis of sorts. Continue reading

Antiversum – Cosmos Comedenti (Review)

AntiversumThis is the debut album from Antiversum, a blackened death metal band from Switzerland.

Okay, so I’ve tentatively labelled this as blackened death metal simply for ease of description in the introduction, but the reality is that this is more of a black/death/doom hybrid. It all sits under a suitably blackened and grim aegis though, powered by a vicious death metal intensity. Continue reading

Samot – Across the Abyss (Review)

SamotSamot are a blackened death metal band from Chile and this is their debut EP.

With a rumbling, old-school sound, this is a cobweb-strewn blend of old-school death metal and equally old-school black metal. The music combines both of these effectively and naturally, making for an enjoyable release of atavistic darkness. Continue reading