Vorus – Chamber of Laments (Review)

VorusVorus is a solo death metal band from Romania, and this is his debut demo.

This is blackened old-school death metal; ugly, stinking, filthy, and brutal. Continue reading

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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

Lantern – II: Morphosis (Review)

LanternLantern are a blackened death metal band from Finland and this is their second album.

Lantern positively reek of old-school death metal’s foul, atavistic stench, albeit one that’s been dipped in the grim waters of black metal’s malevolence. Death metal is the overriding style here, but there’s enough of a blackened influence to allow for it in the genre tag. Continue reading