Ahtme – Mephitic (Review)

Ahtme - MephiticThis is the second album from Ahtme, a death metal band from the US.

2018’s Sewerborn was a very satisfying slab of death metal, one that hit the spot quite ferociously. I’ve been looking forward to its follow-up, and haven’t been disappointed. Continue reading

Dark Divinity – Messianic (Review)

Dark Divinity - MessianicDark Divinity are a melodic death metal band from New Zealand, and this is their debut EP.

The promo blurn tells us that “Following in the footsteps of genre originators At the Gates, The Haunted & Dissection, the band also take cues from death/black metal acts such as Immortal, Morbid Angel & Death.” Bold words, but backed up by 18 minutes of music that cuts like a serrated knife, you’ll find no complaint from me. Continue reading

Azath – Through a Warren of Shadow (Review)

Azath - Through a Warren of ShadowAzath are an international death metal band and this is their debut album.

I’m a fan of both Draghkar and Torture Rack, so as this band features members of both, (and other bands), I knew I wanted to check out Through a Warren of Shadow. Besides, Continue reading

Lantern – Dimensions (Review)

Lantern - DimensionsThis is the third album from Lantern, a Finnish blackened death metal band.

2017’s  II: Morphosis was a grim and evil collection of tracks, and made a good enough impression that I knew I wanted to check out Dimensions when it appeared. These new tracks are dismal and dark, fusing death, black, and Continue reading

Rites of Daath – Doom Spirit Emanation (Review)

Rites of Daath - Doom Spirit EmanationRites of Daath are a death metal band from Poland and this is their debut album.

Rites of Daath play morbid, filthy death metal crossed with atmospheric death/doom, resulting in a hideous monstrosity of blackened horror that makes for quite an impressive and immersive 38 minutes. Continue reading

Descend – The Deviant (Review)

Descend - The DeviantThis is the third album from Swedish death metallers Descend.

Descend give us 49 minutes of progressive death metal on The Deviant. I picked this to listen to on a whim, based purely on the artwork, (which, in the promo, didn’t have the band logo and album title on it; I prefer the logo-less version), and I’m amazed at what I had the good luck to stumble upon. Continue reading

Exocrine – Maelstrom (Review)

Exocrine - MaelstromThis is the fourth album from French death metallers Exocrine.

Here we have a 42-minute blast of technical death metal. Modern in style and feel, with various progressive and melodic elements, Maelstrom makes a good impression. A very, very good impression. Repeated spins only cements this. I enjoyed 2018’s Molten Giant, but this is superior. Continue reading