Monthly Overview – the Best of November 2019

What an unreasonably strong month for metal releases November was! Be assured, this list could have been much, much bigger. Let’s see what made the cut… Continue reading

Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race (Review)

Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human RaceThis is the second album from US death metal band Blood Incantation.

2016’s Starspawn was a very notable album, making it onto my end of year list for that year too. As such, there’s been plenty of excitement and expectation for Hidden History of the Human Race. Despite only having four tracks, this new release has not disappointed at all. Continue reading

Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites (Review)

Nile - Vile Nilotic RitesNile are a US death metal band and this is their ninth album.

On Vile Nilotic Rites Nile return with a new lineup and a new approach to songwriting. There’s a greater cohesion in how the band members work together, and subsequently how their instruments and vocals fit with each other, meaning that the songs on this new album are very high quality. Nile sound focused and hungry. Continue reading

Hour of Penance – Misotheism (Review)

Hour of Penance - MisotheismThis is the eighth album from Hour of Penance, an Italian death metal band.

The follow up to 2017’s enjoyable Cast the First Stone, Misotheism offers the listener 41 minutes of professional, merciless death metal. Blending brutality and technicality well, this new album is easy to listen to if you’re a fan of solid, classically-delivered death metal. Continue reading

Signs of the Swarm – Vital Deprivation (Review)

Signs of the Swarm - Vital DeprivationThis is the third album from US deathcore/death metal band Signs of the Swarm.

I enjoyed 2017’s The Disfigurement of Existence, which took the standard deathcore template and injected into it brutal slamming death metal and the very occasional bout of melody and atmosphere. On Vital Deprivation the band have returned with 27 minutes of new material, and a changed style and singer too. Continue reading

Visceral Disgorge – Slithering Evisceration (Review)

Visceral Disgorge - Slithering EviscerationThis is the second album from US death metallers Visceral Disgorge.

Here we have around 30 minutes of brutal death metal. It’s largely inspired by late 90s/early 00s classic death metal, although this is given a modern makeover and also incorporates some slam elements. Overall, the word for this album is brutal. Brutal Brutal Brutal. Continue reading

Horrific Demise – Excruciating Extermination (Review)

Horrific Demise - Excruciating ExterminationThis is the debut album from Horrific Demise, a death metal band from the US.

Made by experienced hands, (current and ex-members of Lividity, Gorgasm, Sarcophagy, Necrotic Disgorgement, and others), that clearly love their work, Excruciating Extermination contains 31 minutes of brutal death metal. Continue reading

Victims of Contagion – Lamentations of the Flesh Bound (Review)

Victims of Contagion - Lamentations of the Flesh BoundVictims of Contagion are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Victims of Contagion play death metal that mixes brutality with technicality, resulting in songs that aren’t overly technical just for the sake of it. Instead, the technicality is used to forge tracks that place the song at the heart of what the band do. Continue reading