Rings of Saturn – Gidim (Review)

Rings of Saturn - GidimThis is the fifth album from Rings of Saturn, a technical deathcore band from the US.

This is synth-enhanced extraterrestrial deathcore, the likes of which is rarely encountered. We last caught up with Rings of Saturn on 2014’s Lugal Ki En, but it seems that time hasn’t slowed them down at all; quite the opposite in fact. 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

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

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

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

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