Iapetus – The Body Cosmic (Review)

Iapetus - The Body CosmicThis is the second album from Iapetus, a progressive death metal band from the US.

2017’s The Long Road Home impressed with its colossal take on atmospheric, progressive, melodic death metal. Now, in 2019, the band have returned with an even more professional delivery and production, one which features the percussive skill of the drummer of Ne Obliviscaris too. As for the music? Well, it’s simply breathtakingly good. Continue reading

Orthodoxy – Novus Lux Dominus (Review)

Orthodoxy - Novus Lux DominusThis is the debut album from Spanish death metallers Orthodoxy.

On their first record Orthodoxy deliver 43 minutes of death metal that’s dark and malevolent. Taking influence from old-school death metal acts, (such as Incantation and Immolation, but without being limited to these), Novus Lux Dominus is a satisfying example of an album that’s both crushingly heavy and atmospherically malignant. Continue reading

Paganizer – The Tower of the Morbid (Review)

Paganizer - The Tower of the MorbidPaganizer are a Swedish death metal band and this is their eleventh album.

Paganizer are a very well-respected band with an imposing body of work, (we’ve covered On the Outskirts of Hades and Land of Weeping Souls in the past). Brought to us by the legendary Rogga Johansson, (Echelon, Megascavenger, The Grotesquery, Those Who Bring the Torture, Just Before Dawn, Ursinne, and many more!), The Tower of the Morbid is 38 minutes of Grade A Swedish death metal ready to destroy. Continue reading

Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites (Review)

Nile - Vile Nilotic RitesNile are a US death metal band and this is their ninth album.

On Vile Nilotic Rites Nile return with a new lineup and a new approach to songwriting. There’s a greater cohesion in how the band members work together, and subsequently how their instruments and vocals fit with each other, meaning that the songs on this new album are very high quality. Nile sound focused and hungry. Continue reading

Hour of Penance – Misotheism (Review)

Hour of Penance - MisotheismThis is the eighth album from Hour of Penance, an Italian death metal band.

The follow up to 2017’s enjoyable Cast the First Stone, Misotheism offers the listener 41 minutes of professional, merciless death metal. Blending brutality and technicality well, this new album is easy to listen to if you’re a fan of solid, classically-delivered death metal. Continue reading

Fit for an Autopsy – The Sea of Tragic Beasts (Review)

Fit for an Autopsy - The Sea of Tragic BeastsFit for an Autopsy are a deathcore band from the US and this is their fifth album.

This album follows on from 2017’s hugely enjoyable The Great Collapse, which stood tall and proud as an example of deathcore that took influence from the original parameters of the genre, but had also progressed beyond it. The Sea of Tragic Beasts finds the band continuing down their chosen path, merging deathcore ferocity with post-deathcore progressive atmospherics and emotional content. Continue reading

Coffin Rot – A Monument to the Dead (Review)

Coffin Rot - A Monument to the DeadThis is the debut album from US death metallers Coffin Rot.

Coffin Rot’s self-titled demo from last year made an impression, so how could I pass up on the band’s first full-length? All four tracks from that demo have made it to A Monument for the Dead, with the 32-minute running time rounded out by a further four new tracks. Continue reading

Signs of the Swarm – Vital Deprivation (Review)

Signs of the Swarm - Vital DeprivationThis is the third album from US deathcore/death metal band Signs of the Swarm.

I enjoyed 2017’s The Disfigurement of Existence, which took the standard deathcore template and injected into it brutal slamming death metal and the very occasional bout of melody and atmosphere. On Vital Deprivation the band have returned with 27 minutes of new material, and a changed style and singer too. Continue reading