Leeched – You Took the Sun When You Left (Review)

LeechedLeeched Leeched are a hardcore band from the UK and this is their debut album.

Leeched play violent, aggressive hardcore that’s shot-through with punk, crust, grind, and powerviolence influences. Continue reading

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Fredag Den 13:e – Dystopisk Utsikt (Review)

Fredag Den 13 eFredag Den 13:e are from Sweden and this is their fourth album. They play hardcore.

2015’s Domerdager was a solid slab of aggressive d-beat-fuelled hardcore crust, notable for its quality. The band’s latest album consists of 34 minutes of the same breed of enjoyably belligerent material, and it’s sounding better than ever on Dystopisk Utsikt. Continue reading

Crawl – Rituals (Review)

CrawlThis is the debut album from Swedish death metallers Crawl.

Four things made me quite excited to hear this album, even before I really knew too much about it. The first is that it’s coming out on the always reliable Transcending Obscurity Records, (who have been especially Continue reading

Axis of Despair – Contempt for Man (Review)

Axis of DespairAxis of Despair are a Swedish grindcore band and this is their debut album.

Contempt for Man is the follow up to 2016’s Mankind Crawls, which was ferociously enjoyable and showed much promise for the band’s future endeavours. Well, they’ve now made good on that promise with a beefy 20 tracks of serrated grindcore; 33 minutes of new material. Continue reading

Split Cranium – I’m the Devil and I’m OK (Review)

Split CraniumSplit Cranium are an international hardcore band and this is their second album.

This album features members/ex-members of Isis, Old Man Gloom, Converge, Mamiffer, and Circle, (as well as others). The band play crusty d-beat hardcore punk, with a decidedly more simple and straightforward approach than a lot of the band members’ other projects. Continue reading

The Human Race Is Filth – Liberate (Review)

The Human Race Is FilthThe Human Race Is Filth are a US grindcore band and this is their second EP.

Here we have 15 minutes of vicious grindcore mixed with sludge, punk, and crust.

Although for the average person this release is likely to be heard as a relentlessly impenetrable wall of noise, for those that are connoisseurs of all things extreme metal, there’s a surprising amount of variety on this short, violent Continue reading