Dakhma – Blessings of Amurdad (Review)

Dakhma - Blessings of AmurdadDakhma are a blackened death metal band from Switzerland and this is their second album.

Dakhma play an exotic form of blackened death metal that’s Zoroastrian-themed and highly detailed. Epic in scope and execution, Blessings of Amurdad offers a highly atmospheric exploration of extreme metal, without sacrificing the meaty, brutal riffs. The music is imbued with Middle Eastern influences that come to life not only Continue reading “Dakhma – Blessings of Amurdad (Review)”

Soul Remnants – Raising the Sacrificial Dagger (Review)

Soul Remnants - Raising the Sacrificial DaggerSoul Remnants are a death metal band from the US and this is their fourth album.

Following on from 2013’s Black and Blood and 2017’s Ouroboros, Soul Remnants have now returned with their longest album to date – 50 minutes of new material. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, a mix of old The Haunted and Hypocrisy, (with the occasional dash of Kataklysm and Amon Amarth), is a decent enough starting point to gain an initial idea of how their music roughly sounds, (although this is by no means a comprehensive description). Continue reading “Soul Remnants – Raising the Sacrificial Dagger (Review)”

Phenocryst – Explosions (Review)

Phenocryst - ExplosionsPhenocryst are a Portuguese death metal band and this is their debut EP.

This 23-minute EP erupts with the sort of underground death metal that impresses on first listen and then simply gets better on subsequent ones. Continue reading “Phenocryst – Explosions (Review)”

Vahrzaw – The Trembling Voices of Conquered Men (Review)

Vahrzaw - The Trembling Voices of Conquered MenVahrzaw are an Australian black/death metal band and this is their fourth album.

Having enjoyed 2014’s Twin Suns & Wolves’ Tongues and 2018’s Husk, I knew I wanted to check out The Trembling Voices of Conquered Men as soon as I could. This new album further develops the sound that Vahrzaw did so well on Husk, taking it Continue reading “Vahrzaw – The Trembling Voices of Conquered Men (Review)”

Phrenelith – Chimaera (Review)

Phrenelith - ChimaeraThis is the second album from Phrenelith, a death metal band from Denmark.

A monster named Phrenelith lurks deep in the death metal underworld, a malevolent entity that preys on any of the weak and unwary that get close enough to its sinister lair. With Chimaera the creature has ventured out of its territory once more and is hunting for fresh meat… Continue reading “Phrenelith – Chimaera (Review)”

Genocide Pact – Genocide Pact (Review)

Genocide Pact - Genocide PactGenocide Pact are a death metal band from the US and this is their third album.

I really liked Genocide Pact’s filthy 2018 release Order of Torment, which was a very satisfying album. This new self-titled is even filthier, even more crushingly heavy, and even uglier than its predecessor. Continue reading “Genocide Pact – Genocide Pact (Review)”

Demonstealer – The Holocene Termination (Review)

Demonstealer - The Holocene TerminationThis is the latest EP from Demonstealer, a one-man extreme metal act from India.

This 19-minute EP finds the artist behind Demonstealer surrounding himself with many guests, from bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse, Six Feet Under, Equipoise, Gorgasm, and Marduk. Continue reading “Demonstealer – The Holocene Termination (Review)”

Dormant Ordeal – The Grand Scheme of Things (Review)

Dormant Ordeal - The Grand Scheme of ThingsThis is the third album from Polish death metallers Dormant Ordeal.

Now here’s something pretty tasty. I haven’t encountered Dormant Ordeal before, but The Grand Scheme of Things is impressive enough to make me wish I had. Across 39 minutes the band absolutely punish the listener with their idiosyncratic and exemplary take on death metal mastery. Continue reading “Dormant Ordeal – The Grand Scheme of Things (Review)”