Ophis – Spew Forth Odium (Review)

Ophis - Spew Forth OdiumOphis are a German death/doom band and this is their fifth album.

I do like Ophis’ work. 2014’s Abhorrence in Opulence and The Dismal Circle were both crushing records, and Spew Forth Odium is no different in this regard. Featuring members of Fvneral Fvkk and Todtgelichter, Ophis know their chosen art form well, and Spew Forth Odium contains 64 minutes of foul underground heaviness and gloom. Continue reading “Ophis – Spew Forth Odium (Review)”

Grim Fate/The Sombre – From Ancient Slumber/The Horrid Silence Thus Began – Split (Review)

Grim Fate The Sombre - From Ancient Slumber The Horrid Silence Thus Began - SplitThis is a split between two death metal bands from the Netherlands, Grim Fate and The Sombre.

Grim Fate get the ball rolling with three songs that last 23 minutes in total. Continue reading “Grim Fate/The Sombre – From Ancient Slumber/The Horrid Silence Thus Began – Split (Review)”

Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell (Review)

Hooded Menace - The Tritonus BellThis is the sixth album from Finnish death/doom band Hooded Menace.

Following on from 2015’s Darkness Drips Forth and 2018’s Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed, The Tritonus Bell is another gruesome slab of death/doom, only this time it has been infused with a greater amount of classic heavy metal influences. Continue reading “Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell (Review)”

The Slow Death – Siege (Review)

The Slow Death - SiegeThis is the fourth album from Australian death/doom band The Slow Death.

The Slow Death contain current and ex-members of bands such as Illimitable Dolor and Temple Nightside. On Siege, we are given 63 minutes of crushing death/doom metal, which also contains elements of Gothic metal and funeral doom. Featuring four colossal songs, this is a dark and gloomy trip into a world of multifaceted misery and woe. Continue reading “The Slow Death – Siege (Review)”

Towards Atlantis Lights – When the Ashes Devoured the Sun (Review)

Towards Atlantis Lights - When the Ashes Devoured the SunTowards Atlantis Lights are an international atmospheric doom metal band. This is their second album.

Brought to us by members of Pantheist, Aphonic Threnody, Dea Marica, Arrant Saudade, and Void of Silence, this is the follow up to 2018’s Dust of Aeons, and contains 61 minutes of new material. Continue reading “Towards Atlantis Lights – When the Ashes Devoured the Sun (Review)”

Mother of Graves – In Somber Dreams (Review)

Mother of Graves - In Somber DreamsThis is the debut EP from US death/doom metal band Mother of Graves.

In Somber Dreams contains 19 minutes of old-school melodic death/doom. The promo blurb mentions bands such as Katatonia, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Cloak, and Khemmis, and these serve as suitable reference points, especially the first two. Continue reading “Mother of Graves – In Somber Dreams (Review)”

Haunted Cenotaph – Abyssal Menace (Review)

Haunted Cenotaph - Abyssal MenaceThis is the debut album from Polish death/doom metal band Haunted Cenotaph.

Abyssal Menace contains 41 minutes of gloomy old-school death metal. With a hefty amount of doom metal elements, and a Celtic Frost influence, this is an enjoyable listen for anyone that wants to explore OSDM that has a different perspective on the genre than that of many of the band’s contemporaries. Continue reading “Haunted Cenotaph – Abyssal Menace (Review)”

Heretical Sect – Rapturous Flesh Consumed (Review)

Heretical Sect - Rapturous Flesh ConsumedThis is the debut album from US black metal band Heretical Sect.

Heretical Sect’s sound combines blackened ferocity with doom misery. Specifically, traditional black metal and 90s death/doom. It’s a combination that works well, yielding some gruesome rotten fruit over the course of six grim tracks. Across Continue reading “Heretical Sect – Rapturous Flesh Consumed (Review)”

Marche Funèbre – Einderlicht (Review)

Marche Funèbre - EinderlichtThis is the fourth album from Belgian death/doom metallers Marche Funèbre.

Having been a fan of Eye of Solitude for some time, their split with Marche Funèbre impressed, and made me want to check out the latter band when the opportunity arose. That time is now, and Einderlicht has arrived to carve a space in my collection all of its own. Continue reading “Marche Funèbre – Einderlicht (Review)”