False Gods – Neurotopia (Review)

False Gods - NeurotopiaFalse Gods are a doom/sludge metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Neurotopia contains eight tracks, (seven originals and a doomified Integrity cover), for a total of 50 minutes of material. False Gods play a compelling brand of doom and sludge metal that also benefits from elements of hardcore. Continue reading “False Gods – Neurotopia (Review)”

Malevolence – Malicious Intent (Review)

Malevolence - Malicious IntentMalevolence are a metal band from the UK and this is their third album.

Malevolence play the sort of groove metal/metalcore hybrid that sounds like it should have been released in the mid-90s. If you take bands like Pantera and Hatebreed, and then throw in a touch of Crowbar, you’ll have a decent reference point for what Malevolence get up to on Malicious Intent; 38 minutes of Continue reading “Malevolence – Malicious Intent (Review)”

Crowbar – Zero and Below (Review)

Crowbar - Zero and BelowThis is the twelfth album from US sludge metal legends Crowbar.

In an ideal world Crowbar whould need little introduction. The band have been toiling away producing some of the absolute best song-based sludge metal since the early nineties, and have managed to not only amass a huge discography of great songs and albums, but have done so while basically carving their own path through the metal landscape. Continue reading “Crowbar – Zero and Below (Review)”

-(16)- – Dream Squasher (Review)

16 - Dream Squasher-(16)- are a sludge metal band from the US and this is their eighth album.

Apart from 2017’s split with Fistula, I’m unfamiliar with -(16)- and their work, although I’ve been aware of their existence for decades. Due to their pedigree, and the fact that the press blurb recommends them for Continue reading “-(16)- – Dream Squasher (Review)”

Xibalba – Años en Infierno (Review)

Xibalba - Años en InfiernoXibalba are a death metal/hardcore band from the US and this is their fourth album.

Prepare to be crushed! Both 2015’s Tierra y Libertad and 2017’s Diablo, Con Amor…Adios. did precisely this, and now Años en Infierno has arrived to do the same – crush. CRUSH!!!!! Continue reading “Xibalba – Años en Infierno (Review)”

Kirk Windstein – Dream in Motion (Review)

Kirk Windstein - Dream in MotionThis is the debut album from Kirk Windstein, a metal artist from the US.

So, Kirk Windstein, he of Crowbar fame, owner of one of the most distinctive and recognisable voices in metal, and all-round legend, has a solo album? Well, this qualifies for an must-listen or ten. Continue reading “Kirk Windstein – Dream in Motion (Review)”

Mastiff – Plague (Review)

Mastiff - PlagueMastiff are a hardcore/sludge metal band from the UK and this is their second album.

Mastiff play the kind of pitch-black ugliness that I really like. Mixing styles and genres into an extreme metal mass of festering hatred and misery, Plague contains elements of doom, sludge, hardcore, and grindcore, all hatefully mixed together and vomited onto the listener with scorn and bile. Continue reading “Mastiff – Plague (Review)”

Skinless – Savagery (Review)

SkinlessSkinless are a death metal band from the US and this is their sixth album.

This is the follow up to 2015’s highly enjoyable Only the Ruthless Remain. Okay, so let’s get the obvious out of the way first – Savagery is an album which is appropriately named. As I say, an obvious observation, I know, but fitting given the circumstances. This is blatant, unsubtle music for smashing skulls to. Continue reading “Skinless – Savagery (Review)”

Eagle Twin – The Thundering Heard (Songs of Hoof and Horn) (Review)

Eagle TwinThis is the third album from US stoner/sludge/doom band Eagle Twin.

This is blues-inflected doom, taking a dirty stoner influence and spreading it far and wide with a low and heavy sludgy doom coating. Continue reading “Eagle Twin – The Thundering Heard (Songs of Hoof and Horn) (Review)”