Tyhjä – Valtakunta (Review)

Tyhjä - ValtakuntaThis is the second album from Tyhjä, a black metal band from Finland.

We’ve met Tyhjä before on their 2017 debut EP. Apparently they had an album out in 2019, which I completely missed, so this is my first exposure to them since that first release. Continue reading “Tyhjä – Valtakunta (Review)”

Wolfbastard – Hammer the Bastards (Review)

Wolfbastard - Hammer the BastardsWolfbastard are from the UK and play blackened crust. This is their third album.

Wolfbastard play the sort of sick and depraved blackened crust punk that you know you probably shouldn’t like, but you can’t help it as the songs are just so damn infectious. Seriously, the band can write a good hook, even if it is covered in grime and filth. Continue reading “Wolfbastard – Hammer the Bastards (Review)”

Abstracter – Abominion (Review)

Abstracter - AbominionThis is the fourth album from US doom band Abstracter.

As follow up to 2108’s mighty slab of malefic horror that was Cinerous Incarnate, (and Wound Empire and Tomb of Feathers before it), Abominion is Abstracter’s latest assault on the light. Continue reading “Abstracter – Abominion (Review)”

Wormwitch – Wolf Hex (Review)

Wormwitch - Wolf HexThis is the third album from Canadian black metallers Wormwitch.

Wolf Hex is the 34-minute follow up to 2019’s very well-received Heaven That Dwells Within, but it’s somewhat of a different record to its predecessor. Although obviously the same band, (but with a different lineup), Wolf Hex is rawer and less-polished, and owes more to the underground scenes; it sounds loose, organic, and unforced, and the songs benefit from this approach throughout the album. Continue reading “Wormwitch – Wolf Hex (Review)”

Wanderer – Liberation from a Brutalist Existence (Review)

Wanderer - Liberation from a Brutalist ExistenceThis is the debut album from Wanderer, a hardcore band from the US.

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)”

Endseeker – Mount Carcass (Review)

Endseeker - Mount CarcassThis is the third album from German death metal band Endseeker.

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 – Ignis Sacer (Review)

Regnvm Animale - Ignis SacerRegnvm Animale are a black metal band from Sweden and this is their latest EP.

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)”

Wonderbox Metal End of Year List – Best Metal of 2020

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.

Let’s dig in… Continue reading “Wonderbox Metal End of Year List – Best Metal of 2020”

Of Feather and Bone – Sulfuric Disintegration (Review)

Of Feather and Bone - Sulfuric DisintegrationOf Feather and Bone are a death metal band from the US and this is their third album.

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)”