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)”

Cerebral Rot – Excretion of Mortality (Review)

Cerebral Rot - Excretion of MortalityThis is the second album from US death metallers Cerebral Rot.

Sometimes all you need in order to feel a bit better about life is a slab of good, old-fashioned death metal, the sort that reeks of disgusting foulness and rotting ugliness. 2019’s Odious Descent into Decay was exactly ones such record. Now we have the 47 minutes of horror that is Excretion of Mortality, and it hits the spot very well indeed. Continue reading “Cerebral Rot – Excretion of Mortality (Review)”

Oceana – The Pattern (Review)

Oceana - The PatternOceana are a progressive metal band from Italy and this is their debut album.

As an introductory description of The Pattern, I’m just going to be lazy and quite the promo blurb – “The intent was to mix progressive metal elements with European-style death doom. Influences, from a musical point of view, range from Edge of Sanity to Katatonia, from Paradise Lost to Duran Duran, from Metallica to Dream Theater, in a Continue reading “Oceana – The Pattern (Review)”

Wonderbox Metal End of Year List EXTRA! – Best Non-Reviewed Metal of 2020

I’ve decided to do something new for 2020 – a second End of Year list. If you’ve missed it, my standard, definitive best of 2020 list can be seen here, and is made up of albums I was lucky enough to get to review. However, this year I want to also highlight some of the many albums that I’ve enjoyed listening to, but for one reason or another never had the chance to review. So, consider this a complementary list of sorts to the main one. Continue reading “Wonderbox Metal End of Year List EXTRA! – Best Non-Reviewed Metal of 2020”

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)”