Bait – Revelation of the Pure (Review)

Bait - Revelation of the PureBait are a German blackened hardcore band and this is their debut album.

Featuring a member of Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Bait play post-black metal with hardcore bite. Offering 45 minutes of aggressive darkness, Revelation of the Pure is a worthy listen. Continue reading

Calligram – The Eye Is the First Circle (Review)

Calligram - The Eye Is the First CircleCalligram are a UK-based international blackened metal band and this is their latest album.

Calligram adopt a modern approach to black metal on The Eye Is the First Circle, mixing it with elements of hardcore to produce a set of dark songs that pierce the listener deeply and won’t let go. Continue reading

Friendship – Undercurrent (Review)

Friendship - UndercurrentFriendship are from Japan and play blackened grindcore/hardcore. This is their second album.

2017’s Hatred was an intoxicating blend of grindcore, sludge, and blackened hardcore powerviolence. It was a hideously effective record, so I’m quite pleased that we now have Undercurrent to sate our desire for fresh carnage. Continue reading

Attan – End of (Review)

AttanAttan are from Norway and play Hardcore/Post-Hardcore. This is their debut album.

To say that there has been a weight of expectation riding on this is an understatement, for me at least. Why? Because I absolutely love Attan’s 2015 debut EP From Nothing. After then seeing the band live at the following year’s Damnation Festival, and even Continue reading

Wolf King – Loyal to the Soil (Review)

Wolf KingWolf King are a blackened hardcore band from the US and this is their debut album.

Ahh, this is precisely the kind of adrenaline shot you need when…well, whenever really. With the dark, invigorating energy that comes off this thing in waves you could power one of the cities of Hell, I’m sure. Continue reading

Systemik Viølence – Anarquia-Violência (Review)

Systemik ViolenceThis is the latest EP from Systemik Viølence, a blackened hardcore punk band based in Portugal.

Brutally old-school punk is mixed with something like Darkthrone’s rawest nightmares to create short, blistering songs of dark intensity and suprising catchiness. Continue reading