Liberation from a Brutalist Existence contains 23 minutes of violent aggression and dark intensity. Smashing together grindcore, crust, sludge, doom, mathcore, punk, and metal into a scathing hardcore assault, Wanderer’s debut album is an exceptional slice of abrasive darkness. Continue reading “Wanderer – Liberation from a Brutalist Existence (Review)”
2019’s The Harvest was a solid and enjoyable slice of Swedish-influenced death metal, so when the 36-minute lump of sinew and teeth that is Mount Carcass appeared on the horizon, I knew I wanted to embrace it eagerly. Continue reading “Endseeker – Mount Carcass (Review)”
Regnvm Animale play black metal with a crust influence. As far as EPs go, Ignis Sacer is longer than some albums at 27 minutes in length. Due to my intense dislike of anything spoken word, the intro is a complete waste of space for me, but the remaining four tracks certainly aren’t. Continue reading “Regnvm Animale – Ignis Sacer (Review)”
Almost every year I think about how challenging it is to compile a definitive best of list, and how subjective it is, etc. Although that’s still true for this collecting of albums, this year, however, has been easier than most. 2020 has been heavy on the black metal for me. It’s been my most reviewed genre, in all its myriad permutations, and this is reflected in the below list.
For the longest of times the bands in positions 5 and 6 vied for top position, but then October and November happened. All of a sudden, unexpectedly, these two months unleashed a wealth of quality, and stole the top four positions in a rampant display of blackened supremacy.
I hope you enjoy the below recommendations of mine and find something new to obsess over. Let me know how you get on.
This is the follow up to 2018’s brutal Bestial Hymns of Perversion. Of Feather and Bone’s newest album digs deep into the past to produce a grim treasure trove of primal deathly delights. Continue reading “Of Feather and Bone – Sulfuric Disintegration (Review)”
Lord Almighty play a modern brand of progressive black metal that incorporates elements of blackened thrash, sludge, crust, and rock into its vibrant embrace. The press blurb invokes bands such as Darkthrone, Kvelertak, Thin Lizzy, Mastodon, Continue reading “Lord Almighty – Wither (Review)”
There was an unreasonably unreasonable (?) amount of good music to be had in September. So check out the below and let me know your favourite, (it goes without saying you should also be listening to The Ocean and Oceans of Slumber, so I won’t mention those again). Continue reading “Monthly Overview – the Best of September 2020”
The follow up to 2018’s It’s Hard to Have Hope, I was not expecting just how good When I Die, Will I Get Better? is.
This is an album where Continue reading “Svalbard – When I Die, Will I Get Better? (Review)”
I do like me some Swedish grind. Grid play merciless grindcore, with fiery blasts, punishing d-beats, and melodic crust all included in their aggressive formula. I very much liked 2017’s Human Collapse Syndrome, so I had high hopes for Livsleda, and it has not disappointed. Continue reading “Grid – Livsleda (Review)”
I do enjoy Henry Kane’s work. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Den Förstörda Människans Rike and the split with Prolefeed. Brought to us by the man-of-a-million-bands Jonny Pettersson, (Ashcloud, Gods Forsaken, Heads for the Dead, Just Before Dawn, Ursinne, Wombbath, and many others), Age of the Idiot is a brutally sublime piece of extremity. Continue reading “Henry Kane – Age of the Idiot (Review)”