Wake – Misery Rites (Review)

WakeWake are a Canadian grindcore band and this is their third album.

Ahhh, now this is the stuff. 27 minutes of harsh, relentless, nasty music. Continue reading

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Estuarine – Sic Erat Scriptum (Review)

EstuarineEstuarine is a one-man death metal project from the US. This is his third album.

Sic Erat Scriptum is the ambitious follow up to 2015’s equally ambitious Lucid/Entheogen. Continue reading

Coilguns – Millennials (Review)

CoilgunsCoilguns are a hardcore band from Switzerland and this is their second album.

Playing music that’s intricate and full of lethal promise, this is 39 minutes of focused violence and barely restrained aggression. The songs on this album are full of intensity and harshness, but in a controlled and directed manner. Continue reading

Paul Catten – Themes and Variations Vol. 2 (Review)

Paul CattenPaul Catten is a prolific UK extreme metal artist and this is his latest album of electronic orchestral music.

Known for his many contributions to the UK music scene, (Lazarus Blackstar, Medulla Nocte, Murder One, Barrabus, Bedwetter, to name but a few), he also undertakes some lesser known forays into the land of electronic music. Continue reading

The Grindful Dead – I Spit on Your God (Review)

The Grindful DeadThis is the debut album from Brazilian grindcore band The Grindful Dead.

Ahhh, grindcore. Sometimes you just need to listen to a band like The Grindful Dead, preferably at a loud volume. I Spit on Your God vomits forth 31 tracks across 29 minutes; this is fast, savage, and full of energetic aggression. Continue reading

Wonderbox Metal End of Year List – Best Metal of 2017

2017 was an amazing year for music, with so many top-notch albums seeing the light of day. I pretty much say this every year, of course, but that doesn’t seem to stop it being true. With this in mind, the 2017 list was especially hard to put together, and I agonised over this one more than I did for any of the lists in previous years.

As is traditional, I also want to mention some releases by bands that could easily have made it onto the list, and should have by many rights, if only I could have somehow managed to fit them all in –

Abhorrent DecimationAmenra, Apes, Artificial BrainAu-Dessus,

CelesteDesecrate the FaithEarth RotEarth WitchFalls of Rauros,

Full of HellGnawGutslitHelplessHenry Kane,

Hundred SunsIngurgitating OblivionInto OrbitJohn FrumKarne,

KvalLividMorbid AngelPrimitive ManCraven Idol,

SlowSoulskinnerThe Kennedy VeilUlsectWildspeaker.

I urge you to check out all of the above releases, in addition to the ones in the actual list below. I could probably keep adding more bands you should give a listen to, but a line has to be drawn somewhere, I suppose.

So, without further ado, let’s get right down to it… Continue reading

Interview with WVRM

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WVRM’s latest EP Can You Hear the Wind Howl may only last a very brief nine minutes, but it’s 9 minutes of savage darkness and cutting, lethal ferocity. Hyper-aggressive and full of the kind of pitch-black extremity we can’t get enough of here at Wonderbox Metal, WVRM have seriously impressed with this very enjoyable collection of malignant, brutally nasty tunes.

Yes, this was very definitely a band to find out more about… Continue reading

Traffic Death – Dead End (Review)

Traffic DeathTraffic Death are a US crossover grind band and this is their second album.

This is raging thrashcore, taking thrash metal, hardcore, grindcore, and punk elements into consideration as it spends 24 minutes doing a bucketload of damage. Continue reading

Rubufaso Mukufo/Nervous Impulse/Epicrise – Atomic Grind 3 Way – Spilt (Review)

Rubufaso Mukufo Nervous Impulse EpicriseHere we have a wet, juicy grindcore three way split between Rubufaso Mukufo from the Czech Republic, Nervous Impulse from Canada, and Epicrise from Ukraine.

So, let’s kick this off.

We start with Rubufaso Mukufo, who offer up 11 songs in a face-ripping 10 minutes. Continue reading