Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment (Review)

Anaal Nathrakh - EndarkenmentAnaal Nathrakh are a UK black metal band and this is their eleventh album.

You’ve gotta love Anaal Nathrakh. Albums like A New Kind of Horror just keep on giving, and I’d pretty much recommend anything in their discography, (also check out The Whole of the Law and Desideratum). Endarkenment is another adrenaline-filled ride into darkness and ferocity. Continue reading

Foretoken – Ruin (Review)

Foretoken - RuinThis is the debut album from US black/death metal band Foretoken.

So, you fancy a good-sized chunk of Scandinavian death metal? That’s no problem, take your pick. What’s that? You also want a decent black metal influence to be felt? That’s easily done. Now you want a take on the style that’s highly melodic too? Sure, Continue reading

Cult of Lilith – Mara (Review)

Cult of Lilith - MaraCult of Lilith are a death metal band from Iceland and this is their debut album.

After a decent wait, we finally have the follow up to the early promise of 2016’s Arkanum. Between the two releases the band have picked up a new singer and filled out to an entire band, so that only one member remains from that first EP. Mara is largely the sound of a new entity. Continue reading

Sensory Amusia – Bereavement (Review)

Sensory Amusia - BereavementSensory Amusia are an Australian death metal band and this is their latest EP.

Prepare for 17 minutes of mayhem and carnage! Sensory Amusia play modern death metal smashed together with crushing deathcore and savage grind. The end result is a very engaging slice of ferocity, and is a tasty treat of technical deathgrind bliss. Continue reading

Drouth – Excerpts from a Dread Liturgy (Review)

Drouth - Excerpts from a Dread LiturgyThis is the second album from Drouth, a black/death metal band from the US.

This is sinister black metal that has had its delivery deepened by death metal’s gnarled bite. It’s a sinister and menacing 40 minutes, but a richly textured one also, ripe with atmosphere and expressive feeling. Continue reading

Draghkar – At the Crossroads of Infinity (Review)

Draghkar - At the Crossroads of InfinityDraghkar are a US death metal band and this is their debut album.

I’m a big fan of Draghkar’s work, (here, here, here), and have really enjoyed watching the band develop over the years, from a one-man act, (see also Azath), to a fully-fledged band, (featuring the singer of Vastum, as well as musicians from other Continue reading

Gaerea – Limbo (Review)

Gaerea - LimboGaerea are a Portuguese black metal band and this is their second album.

The follow up to 2018’s hugely accomplished Unsettling WhispersLimbo is much-anticipated, and contains 52 minutes of new material. The band’s sophisticated modern black metal has developed further on Limbo, crawling into longer compositions that drip with darkness and misanthropy. Prepare yourself for Limbo. Continue reading

Pyrrhon – Abscess Time (Review)

Pyrrhon - Abscess TimeThis is the fourth album from Pyrrhon, an extreme metal band from the US.

Over the years Pyrrhon have built up a very well-respected discography, including 2014’s The Mother of Virtues and 2017’s What Passes for Survival. Now, on Abscess Time, the the band have returned with 57 minutes of music to challenge and terrify. Continue reading