Carrion Vael – Abhorrent Obsessions (Review)

Carrion Vael - Abhorrent ObsessionsThis is the third album from US death metallers Carrion Vael.

Carrion Vael play a modern form of death metal, and within this they combine the technical and melodic styles into a 39-minute juggernaut of an album. Continue reading “Carrion Vael – Abhorrent Obsessions (Review)”

Hanging the Nihilist – Prophetic Blasphemy (Review)

Hanging the Nihilist - Prophetic BlasphemyHanging the Nihilist are a blackened deathcore band from Denmark and this is their debut album.

Prophetic Blasphemy contains 42 minutes of brutal modern blackened deathcore. Riven with huge breakdowns and enhanced with blackened malevolence, Prophetic Blasphemy is on the darker, heavier side of the deathcore spectrum, and I like what I hear. Continue reading “Hanging the Nihilist – Prophetic Blasphemy (Review)”

Carnifex – Graveside Confessions (Review)

Carnifex - Graveside ConfessionsThis is the eighth album from Carnifex, a blackened death metal/deathcore band from the US.

Both 2016’s Slow Death and 2019’s World War X were great albums that I thoroughly enjoyed when I first listened to them, but that I only grew to love even more over time.

On Graveside Confessions Carnifex deliver a much Continue reading “Carnifex – Graveside Confessions (Review)”

Mental Cruelty – A Hill to Die Upon (Review)

Mental Cruelty - A Hill to Die UponThis is the third album from German deathcore band Mental Cruelty.

This is the follow up to 2019’s Inferis, although A Hill to Die Upon is a different beast to its predecessor. Although the foundations are the same, they’ve been built upon and reshaped into a far darker, more blackened Continue reading “Mental Cruelty – A Hill to Die Upon (Review)”

Human Target Tour – Thy Art Is Murder/Carnifex/Fit for an Autopsy/Rivers of Nihil/I Am – Manchester Academy 2, 26/01/20 (Live Review)

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Tonight’s sold out show boasts a strong lineup of modern heaviness and extremity. It’s a show I’m very glad I have got to attend. So without further ado… Continue reading “Human Target Tour – Thy Art Is Murder/Carnifex/Fit for an Autopsy/Rivers of Nihil/I Am – Manchester Academy 2, 26/01/20 (Live Review)”

Betraying the Martyrs – Rapture (Review)

Betraying the Martyrs - RaptureBetraying the Martyrs are a French metalcore band and this is their fourth album.

Betraying the Martyrs play keyboard-enriched metalcore that contains elements of both technical and nu-metal. The band’s sound makes for a dynamic listen that doesn’t pull punches, either musically or emotionally. Roughly a mix of Bleeding Through, American Headcharge, Carnifex, Korn, Born of Osiris, and Slipknot, Rapture is a rich and enjoyable album. Continue reading “Betraying the Martyrs – Rapture (Review)”

Carnifex – World War X (Review)

Carnifex - World War XThis is the seventh album from Carnifex, a US death metal band.

2016’s Slow Death was a real treat for fans of modern death metal, blending catchy songwriting with blackened melody and orchestration to produce a really enjoyable collection of songs. Although it contained elements of deathcore, as does this new one, Carnifex aren’t really a deathcore band these days – they’re far too melodic and have too much else going on, much to their credit. Continue reading “Carnifex – World War X (Review)”

Mental Cruelty – Inferis (Review)

Mental Cruelty - InferisMental Cruelty are a German deathcore band and this is their second album.

Violently mixing elements of slam and, (more importantly), menacing atmosphere into their deathcore brew, Mental Cruelty offer up 34 minutes of sheer brutality, and belligerent aggression. Continue reading “Mental Cruelty – Inferis (Review)”

European Annihilation Summer Tour – Dying Fetus/Carnifex/Toxic Holocaust/Goatwhore – Manchester Club Academy, 14/08/18 (Live Review)

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Well, what a lineup. Even though the formidable Venom Prison were forced to pull out of the show, that still leaves us with four extreme metal bands that are each draws in their own right. It’s a diverse bill, one that I couldn’t afford to miss. Bring on the METAL! Continue reading “European Annihilation Summer Tour – Dying Fetus/Carnifex/Toxic Holocaust/Goatwhore – Manchester Club Academy, 14/08/18 (Live Review)”