Hex – God Has No Name (Review)

Hex - God Has No NameHex are a Spanish death/doom metal band and this is their second album.

Hex are a band that play a base of death metal that’s been infused with doom. It is, in general terms at least, a mix of old-school bands such as Paradise Lost, Bolt Thrower, Behemoth, Hypocrisy, and Dismember, with a few others thrown in too. Continue reading

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Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind (Review)

Memoriam - Requiem for MankindMemoriam are a UK death metal band and this is their third album.

Hot on the heels of 2018’s The Silent Vigil, we now get 48 minutes of new material in the form of Requiem for Mankind. Continue reading

Soulskinner/Obsecration/Abyssus/Malicious Silence – Sign of the Covenant of Death – Split (Review)

Soulskinner Obsecration Abyssus Malicious Silence - Sign of the Covenant of Death - SplitThis split is between four death metal bands – Soulskinner, Obsecration, Abyssus, and Malicious Silence, all of which are from Greece.

Oh, what a sickeningly horrible feast of underground death metal we have for you here! Each band has two tracks, and each band gives a good accounting of themselves. Continue reading

Reckless Manslaughter – Caverns of Perdition (Review)

Reckless Manslaughter - Caverns of PerditionThis is the third album from German death metallers Reckless Manslaughter.

It seems a long time since 2013’s Blast into Oblivion came out, which of course is has been. Although the band have released a couple of splits and a demo in the intervening years, I haven’t heard them, so Caverns of Perdition is my first chance to catch up with them again. Continue reading

Gravewards – Ruinous Ensoulment (Review)

GravewardsThis is the debut album from Gravewards, a Greek death metal band.

I have fond recollections of 2017’s Subconscious Lobotomy, so was pleased to see this band’s debut album appear. It’s 43 minutes of old-school death metal that’s influenced by the death metal greats from the 90s, while Continue reading

Skullcrush – Visions of the Firestorm Eclipse (Review)

SkullcrushThis is an EP from Skullcrush, a death metal band from the US.

Containing a mixture of different gruesome ingredients, you can hear Suffocation, Bolt Thrower, and even a touch of old Amorphis in Skullcrush’s sound. Across the 22 minutes on this EP the band combine these influences and more into a ghastly blend of grim, dirty death metal. Continue reading

Eroded – Necropath (Review)

ErodedEroded are an Italian death metal band and this is their second album.

Featuring 35 minutes of 90s-styled old-school death metal, Eroded have produced a worthy and enjoyable album here. With war metal influences, (musically, if not thematically), and a Scandinavian veneer, Necropath is Hellishly good fun.

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Slaughterday – Abattoir (Review)

SlaughterdaySlaughterday are a German death metal band and this is their latest EP.

I have a huge soft spot for Slaughterday. Ostensibly no different to any number of other old-school death metal bands, there’s just something hard to define about them that I just really enjoy, (check out Nightmare Vortex, Ravenous, and Laws of the Occult to see what I mean). Continue reading

Just Before Dawn – Tides of Blood (Review)

Just Before DawnJust Before Dawn are an international death metal band and this is their third album.

Having enjoyed both The Aftermath and The Dead and Those About to Die, a new Just Before Dawn release is always welcome.

To give you a very good idea of who has been involved with this album, I’m just going to reproduce a bit of the promo blurb below –  Continue reading