Temple Koludra – Seven! Sirens! To a Lost Archetype (Review)

Temple Koludra - Seven! Sirens! To a Lost ArchetypeThis is the debut album from Temple Koludra, a German black metal band.

Temple Koludra’s music uses black and death metal to craft a grim, raw exploration of Indian cultures and influences via extreme metal’s embracing framework. Continue reading

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Beheaded – Only Death Can Save You (Review)

Beheaded - Only Death Can Save YouThis is the sixth album from Beheaded, a Maltese death metal band.

I like Beheaded, and I enjoyed 2017’s muscular and punishing Beast Incarnate. I’m pleased to make the acquaintance of the bands new album, but what they have produced here is an unexpected treat. Continue reading

Soulskinner/Obsecration/Abyssus/Malicious Silence – Sign of the Covenant of Death – Split (Review)

Soulskinner Obsecration Abyssus Malicious Silence - Sign of the Covenant of Death - SplitThis split is between four death metal bands – Soulskinner, Obsecration, Abyssus, and Malicious Silence, all of which are from Greece.

Oh, what a sickeningly horrible feast of underground death metal we have for you here! Each band has two tracks, and each band gives a good accounting of themselves. Continue reading

Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno (Review)

Fleshgod Apocalypse - VelenoThis is the fifth album from Fleshgod Apocalypse, an Italian death metal band.

The follow up to the acclaimed King, Fleshgod Apocalypse’s orchestral death metal is in fine form on Veleno, with the band’s symphonic orchestration once again ably enmeshed in their technical workouts and core brutality. However, the Continue reading

Ohio Slamboys – Zombie Killing Process (Review)

Ohio Slamboys - Zombie Killing ProcessThis is the debut album from Ohio Slamboys, a brutal death metal band from France.

Now here’s an album that does exactly what it says on the tin. Slamming death metal with a zombie fixation? Why the Hell not! It would be so easy to play this kind of thing badly and end up a generic mess of gore and entrails, but do you know what? This album is just a big old ball of bloody fun. Continue reading

Reckless Manslaughter – Caverns of Perdition (Review)

Reckless Manslaughter - Caverns of PerditionThis is the third album from German death metallers Reckless Manslaughter.

It seems a long time since 2013’s Blast into Oblivion came out, which of course is has been. Although the band have released a couple of splits and a demo in the intervening years, I haven’t heard them, so Caverns of Perdition is my first chance to catch up with them again. Continue reading

Inanimate Existence – Clockwork (Review)

Inanimate Existence - ClockworkInanimate Existence are a US progressive death metal band and this is their fifth album.

Inanimate Existence have always impressed. Their blend of progressive, technical, and atmospheric death metal has always been well-written, inventive, and thoroughly enjoyable. So far, they have a prolific streak of high quality work, and Clockwork only adds to this, I’m pleased to report. Continue reading