Kavara – Weathered & Lost (Review)

Kavara - Weathered & LostKavara are a Canadian melodic death metal band and this is their debut album.

This is sharp, energetic, melodic music that takes influences from a number of death metal avenues, and then sprinkles engaging melodies over everything quite liberally. Continue reading

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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

Undead Prophecies – Sempiternal Void (Review)

Undead Prophecies - Sempiternal VoidThis is the second album from death metal band Undead Prophecies.

This is death metal rooted in the old-school. It’s played with obvious reverence for what came before it, and has clearly injected itself with a potent cocktail of stimulants to hit with as much force as it can. Continue reading

Contrarian – Their Worm Never Dies (Review)

Contrarian - Their Worm Never DiesContrarian are a death metal band from the US and this is their third album.

So far Contrarian have a solid track record of delivering quality progressive/technical death metal albums; both 2015’s Polemic and 2017’s To Perceive Is to Suffer are records that I really enjoy. Continue reading

Gross Misconduct – Equinox (Review)

Gross Misconduct - EquinoxGross Misconduct are a Canadian death metal band and this is their third album.

This is progressive death metal with a thrash influence. The band describe this album in the following way – “Imagine Cynic with a dollop of Death, a smattering of The Crown/Mastodon/Gojira and healthy doses of 1980s Metallica and Slayer.” I’ve simply regurgitated this here as it’s a better descriptor of how Equinox sounds than anything I could come up with. Continue reading

Gruesome – Twisted Prayers (Review)

GruesomeGruesome are a US death metal band and this is their second album.

Led by a member of Exhumed, and boasting an already enviable discography of Death-inspired delights, (Savage Land, Dimensions of Horror), Gruesome are back, continuing their remarkably detailed and authentic homage to the mighty Death. On Twisted Prayers they’re up to the Spiritual Healing period. Continue reading