Continuum – Designed Obsolescence (Review)

Continuum - Designed ObsolescenceContinuum are a technical death metal band from the US, and this is their second album.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as Decrepit Birth, Scour, Deeds of Flesh, Arkaik, Allegaeon, Inanimate Existence, Pathology, and Rings of Saturn, before even listening to Designed Obsolescence you know that there’s a wealth of extreme metal experience that’s gone into its forging. Continue reading

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Relics of Humanity – Obscuration (Review)

Relics of Humanity - ObscurationThis is the latest EP from Balarus death metallers Relics of Humanity.

Boasting six tracks in seventeen minutes, Obscuration is packed with brutal death metal savagery. Continue reading

Ad Patres – A Brief Introduction to Human Experiments (Review)

Ad Patres - A Brief Introduction to Human ExperimentsAd Patres are a French death metal band and this is their second album.

Well, this one has been an extremely highly anticipated release here at Wonderbox Metal. The band’s 2012 debut Scorn Aesthetics is simply a wonderful death metal album. If you haven’t checked it out then I strongly urge you to, as it’s 32 minutes of brutal heaven. Strong words I know, but Continue reading

Kromorth – Geodesic Beast (Review)

Kromorth - Geodesic BeastKromorth are a death metal band from Brazil and this is their debut album.

This is 32 minutes of brutal, relentless death metal. It’s raw and underground, and displays an instant character that I can’t help but warm to. There’s an obvious passion of delivery here that comes off the music in spades. Kromorth really love what they do. Continue reading

Bludgeon – Devoted to Lunacy (Review)

Bludgeon - Devoted to LunacyThis is the debut album from UK death metallers Bludgeon.

In some ways this album is a textbook example of what-you-see-is-what-you-get – the album cover just screams brutal death metal ripped from the underground in huge great bloody chunks. In other ways, however, this does Bludgeon a disservice, as this release is surprisingly technical and involved, and the band’s individual personality shines through the gore with an unexpected brightness. Continue reading

Dysmorphic – An Illusive Progress (Review)

Dysmorphic - An Illusive ProgressDysmorphic are a death metal band from France and this is their second album.

Dysmorphic play a mix of technical and brutal death metal, meaning that they fuse straightforward extremity with wandering basslines and intricate guitar complexity that probably requires more fingers than the average human possesses. Continue reading

Bloodtruth – Martyrium (Review)

Bloodtruth - MartyriumBloodtruth are an Italian death metal band and this is their second album.

Bloodtruth’s 2014 debut album Obedience was characterised by crisp brutality, efficient technicality, and, unusually, the occasional Gregorian chant. You can think of Martyrium as a refinement of the process that was started on Obedience, only this time with an added concept for the entire album. Continue reading

Benighted – Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master (Review)

Benighted - Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their MasterBenighted are a French death metal band and this latest release is to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Sometimes you just want something ultra-brutal to knock away the cobwebs and get rid of the lethargy. Sometimes you need something to truly get the blood pumping and the adrenaline flowing. For times like these, the simple pleasures of a good brutal death metal band rarely fail to hit the spot. Continue reading