Downfall of Gaia are a German post-black metal band and this is their sixth album.
Following on from 2016’s Atrophy and 2019’s Ethic of Radical Finitude, Sillhouettes of Disgust brings us a new 45 minutes of Downfall of Gaia’s idiosyncratic mix of black metal, post-metal, sludge, blackgaze, and crust. Continue reading “Downfall of Gaia – Silhouettes of Disgust (Review)”
This is the third album from Polish grindcore band Straight Hate.
On 2016’s Every Scum Is a Straight Arrow and 2019’s Black Sheep Parade, Straight Hate amiably demonstrated their competence in the gritty arts of grindcore. Now they’ve returned with 26 minutes of new material on Slaves of Falseness, and they’re ready to grind. Continue reading “Straight Hate – Slaves of Falseness (Review)”
Endorphins Lost are from the US and play grindcore. This is their third album.
I enjoyed Endorphins Lost’s 2018 split with Osk, and I enjoyed their 2019 album Seclusions. Their successful run continues, as now, I also enjoy Night People too. 14 tracks, 20 minutes; Night People is succinct and to the point, yet doesn’t lack in finesse or depth. Continue reading “Endorphins Lost – Night People (Review)”
This is the debut album from French doom band Monastr.
Crushing together crust, post-metal, and sludge into 40 minutes of scathing doom, On Your Knees is a harrowing journey into the darkness of the real world’s horrors. There’s no escape here, only the harshness of reality. Continue reading “Monastr – On Your Knees (Review)”
This is the debut album from international grindcore band Kill Division.
Kill Division boast current and ex-members of bands such as Aborted, Bent Sea, Gruesome, Inhuman Condition, Malevolent Creation, Megadeth, Soilwork, and Venom Inc. in their ranks, so you know a lot of experience has gone into this album. Continue reading “Kill Division – Peace Through Tyranny (Review)”
This is the debut album from US grindcore band Slugcrust.
Containing two members of WVRM, Ecocide contains 22 minutes of mayhem and carnage, the way they used to make it, but rarely do anymore. Well, Slugcrust do, and they do it very well. Continue reading “Slugcrust – Ecocide (Review)”
This is the second album from German black metal band Unru.
Die Wiederkehr des Verdrängten actually saw the light of day back in March, but I’ve been listening to it a lot and I just had to give it the attention it deserves with a review. I’ve enjoyed Unru’s work for a while, (check out the band’s 2014 split with Paramnesia and their 2016 debut album Als Tier ist der Mensch Nichts), but this new one is a different beast. The Unru of 2022 have crafted their most expansive, ambitious, and affecting work yet. Continue reading “Unru – Die Wiederkehr des Verdrängten (Review)”
This is the third album from Japanese doom band Blacklab.
Following on from 2020’s Abyss, In a Bizarre Dream contains 45 minutes of ancient doom sludge with elements of noise rock and old-school punk. Continue reading “Blacklab – In a Bizarre Dream (Review)”
This is the debut album from Hilning, a solo black metal act from Sweden.
Brought to us by a member of Afgrund and Besvärjelsen, Råtijinn contains 48 minutes of frosted black metal ferocity. Hilning’s music merges the old-school cold and dark approach with epic folk-tinged melodies. Continue reading “Hilning – Råtijinn (Review)”
This is the latest EP from Pythian, a post-metal/sludge band from the US.
Understanding in Light is a 30-minute journey into shaded mood and crushing sludgescapes. Pythian play Neurosis-esque apocalyptic post-metal/sludge mixed with elements of expressive doom metal and formidable crust. Continue reading “Pythian – Understanding in Light (Review)”