Lamentations – Passion of Depression (Review)

Lamentations - Passion of DepressionLamentations are a Singapore/US death metal band and this is their second album.

Featuring members of Tómarúm and Monotheist, Lamentations play progressive death metal, and Passion of Depression provides us with 57 minutes of exotic material to explore. Continue reading “Lamentations – Passion of Depression (Review)”

Worm – Bluenothing (Review)

Worm - BluenothingThis is the latest EP from Worm, a blackened death/doom band from the US.

Worm return! After the monstrous slab of blackened doom malevolence that was 2021’s Foreverglade, Worm are back with 27 minutes of foul new material. Continue reading “Worm – Bluenothing (Review)”

Monthly Overview – the Best of October 2021

October was an absolutely stacked month for great albums! It was very hard to choose just a handful below. There were so many high quality releases and I know whatever I ended up choosing I’d miss some out that deserved to be highlighted, so I’ve just gone with whatever felt right in the moment – if  had to do this list again, I’m sure there would be some changes. Having said that, all of the below are superlative albums. Continue reading “Monthly Overview – the Best of October 2021”

First Fragment – Gloire Éternelle (Review)

First Fragment - Gloire ÉternelleThis is the second album from Canadian technical death metallers First Fragment.

2016’s Dasein was a notable album, one that I have kept returning to over time, much more than I initially thought I would. The band’s jaw-dropping skill and impressive delivery stuck with me, so I viewed their new release Gloire Éternelle with some excitement before it finally reached me. Continue reading “First Fragment – Gloire Éternelle (Review)”

Diluvium Europa 2019 Tour – First Fragment/Allegaeon/Fallujah/Obscura – Manchester Rebellion, 07/02/19 (Live Review)

Diluvium Europa 2019 Tour - First Fragment Allegaeon Fallujah Obscura – Manchester Rebellion Live Review

So, who’s up for a night of unbridled technical brutality? Everyone in attendance at Rebellion tonight, that’s who. With a lineup like this, who can blame them?

Also, there’s a bartender here with an Acid Bath T-Shirt on. Top man. Continue reading “Diluvium Europa 2019 Tour – First Fragment/Allegaeon/Fallujah/Obscura – Manchester Rebellion, 07/02/19 (Live Review)”

Solium Fatalis – Genetically Engineered to Enslave (Review)

Solium Fatalis - Genetically Engineered to EnslaveThis is the fourth album from Solium Fatalis, a US death metal band.

Here we have 43 minutes of tasty and aggressive melodic blackened death metal. That may be a bit of a mouthful to say, but the music of Solium Fatalis rolls freely from the speakers and is quite easy to enjoy. Continue reading “Solium Fatalis – Genetically Engineered to Enslave (Review)”

Black March – Praeludium Exterminii (Review)

Black MarchThis is the debut album from French black metallers Black March.

Here we have a little over 40 minutes of second wave black metal mixed with both a melodic and a thrash influence. It’s fast, sharp, and full of feral attitude. Continue reading “Black March – Praeludium Exterminii (Review)”

Red Dawn – Algorithm of Destruction (Review)

Red DawnThis is the début album of these French death metallers.

This is modern technical death metal that will easily find fans in people who like bands such as The Faceless, Gorod, Decapitated, Aborted, Wormed, First Fragment, etc.

Algorithm of Destruction has a clean, precise sound that Continue reading “Red Dawn – Algorithm of Destruction (Review)”

Interview with First Fragment

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Tearing out of nowhere like a compressed ball of pure savagery, First Fragment’s début album Dasein managed to completely floor me in one fell swoop. Lead guitarist Philippe Tougas gave me some background to this uncompromisingly impressive band…

For those who are unfamiliar with your band – introduce yourself!

Hi, Phil here. We’re First Fragment from Quebec and we just released our first album “Dasein” on Unique Leader Records. Thank you for the interview.

Give us a bit of background to First Fragment

We started this thing in September 2007. I was 15 and Gabriel was 8 years older than me. We didn’t even listen to the same bands yet somehow we made it work. We were just a bedroom band back then. David joined a bit later. We mostly remained a drummer-less band throughout the next few years. We recorded seven tracks in summer 08′ and we released four of them in October 2008 and re-released them with the 3 other tracks in February 2009. We recorded an EP in fall 2009 and after the recordings, we found Vincent Savary on bass and Phil Boucher on drums. We released the delayed-EP in late 2010 and played several shows. We went through a long show-hiatus after 2012, although we were still working very hard on the album for a very long time. After finding Troy Fullerton of Severed Savior to do session drums for us, we got Unique Leader Records interested in releasing our album. We got our first album Dasein (mostly composed between 2004-2010) released just this last month. We are now rehearsing for upcoming shows with our current drummer Samuel Santiago (ex Gorod) who joined in 2015. Continue reading “Interview with First Fragment”

First Fragment – Dasein (Review)

First FragmentThis is the début album from First Fragment, who are a Canadian Technical Death Metal band.

Upon pressing play, my first impression is a jaw-dropping one. This is Technical Death Metal and then some. As it turns out though, there’s even more than just complex craziness going on here.

First Fragment can certainly play. At first glance it could seem as if all of the instruments are all over the place. Although that’s a good thing in many ways, crucially on Dasein, they’re all reined in appropriately for the needs of the song, rather than just let loose to roam and explore where they see fit, (although it does feel like that in some places).

Continue reading “First Fragment – Dasein (Review)”