Humanity’s Last Breath – Abyssal (Review)

Humanity's Last Breath - AbyssalThis is the second album from Swedish death metallers Humanity’s Last Breath.

Well, Abyssal is not what I expected. Although I’d heard of Humanity’s Last Breath prior to listening to this album, for some reason I had it in my head that they were a metalcore band. No idea why. I’m also very, very wrong. What we have here is some individually-played death metal; it seems that Humanity’s Last Breath have carved out their own niche in the crowded death metal landscape, and then filled it with mechanised horror. Continue reading

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Carnifex – World War X (Review)

Carnifex - World War XThis is the seventh album from Carnifex, a US death metal band.

2016’s Slow Death was a real treat for fans of modern death metal, blending catchy songwriting with blackened melody and orchestration to produce a really enjoyable collection of songs. Although it contained elements of deathcore, as does this new one, Carnifex aren’t really a deathcore band these days – they’re far too melodic and have too much else going on, much to their credit. Continue reading

Brain Bleed – Automated Eradication (Review)

Brain Bleed - Automated EradicationBrain Bleed are a deathgrind band from the US and this is their debut album.

Savage, that’s the word. Or, at least one of them. Brain Bleed are savage. They’re also brutal, belligerent, harsh, and many other similar words. Essentially, they’re a nasty bunch, and Automated Eradication is 20 minutes of all kinds of ugliness. Continue reading

Porta Daemonium/Denying Nazarene – Emancifestation from Sinister Side – Split (Review)

Porta Daemonium Denying Nazarene - SplitThis is a split between two death metal bands from Chile.

Each band contribute three songs, and the entire split lasts 23 minutes. Even more importantly than this, however, is the split artwork – how metal is that? Fortunately the music is as impactful as the artwork. Continue reading

Gravefields – Embrace the Void (Review)

Gravefields - Embrace the VoidGravefields are an international death metal band and this is their second album.

Previously known as Dirtyprotest, this band have now benefited from both a change of name and a change of sound. Whereas the band’s debut album – Hellstorm – was essentially a Swedish death metal affair, Embrace the Void is a wider-ranging beast. Continue reading

Thy Art Is Murder – Human Target (Review)

Thy Art Is Murder - Human TargetThis is the fifth album from Australian death metal/deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder.

After the adrenaline-pumping deathcore of Holy War, and the deathcore-meets-death metal assault of Dear Desolation, (and their very enjoyable brief split with The Acacia Strain and Fit for an Autopsy), it’s safe to say that Thy Art Is Murder have a track record of delivering the goods. So, what does Human Target hold for us? Continue reading

Barús – Drowned (Review)

Barús - DrownedThis is the debut album from Barús, a progressive death metal band from France.

Although we’ve met the mysterious entity that is Barús before on 2015’s self-titled EP, I’ve only just recently been privileged enough to listen to Drowned, despite it being released in 2018. Well, I’ve missed out, and I can’t help but feel that Drowned would have graced my end of year list for 2018. Continue reading

Black Shroud – Death Culture (Review)

Black Shroud - Death CultureThis is the debut album from Black Shroud, a blackened death metal band from the US.

Black Shroud play a black/death metal hybrid that focuses on muscular death metal backed up by blackened aspects that provide an extra layer of grimness and macabre atmosphere. This blurring of the black/death lines in Black Shroud’s capable hands makes for an enjoyable and satisfying listening experience. Continue reading