Systemik Viølence – Anarquia-Violência (Review)

Systemik ViolenceThis is the latest EP from Systemik Viølence, a blackened hardcore punk band based in Portugal.

Brutally old-school punk is mixed with something like Darkthrone’s rawest nightmares to create short, blistering songs of dark intensity and suprising catchiness. Continue reading


Hell to Pay – Bliss (Review)

Hell to PayHell to Pay are a US hardcore band and this is their debut album.

Here we have 29 minutes of hardcore mixed with elements of metal, grindcore, death metal, and crust. About a third of the running time is taken up by the last track, leaving most of the other songs as Continue reading

The Iron Gates – The Story Thus Far (Review)

The Iron GatesThis is the debut EP from US metalcore band The Iron Gates.

Here we have 20 minutes of thrash-influenced metalcore that strikes a balance between Darkest Hour‘s razor-sharp thrash, Killswitch Engage’s groove, and something a little more along the melodic death metal lines, (Amon Amarth?); there’s a pleasing aggression to parts of these songs. Continue reading

Nervous Impulse/Meat Cutting Floor/Japanische Kampfhörspiele/Brud – Grind Cuts 4 Way – Split (Review)

Nervous Impulse Meat Cutting Floor Japanische Kampfhörspiele BrudThis is a four way grindcore split between Nervous Impulse from Canada, Meat Cutting Floor from Russia, Japanische Kampfhörspiele from Germany, and Brud from Ukraine.

Lasting a beefy 48 minutes in total, this is a vicious, frenzied collection of underground delights. Conceived as a way of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nervous Impulse’s existence, it’s another great release powered by this increasingly impressive band. Check out Time to Panic and Atomic Grind, to see why I like them so much. Continue reading

Iron Reagan/Gatecreeper – Split (Review)

Iron Reagan GatecreeperThis is a split release between these two US bands. Iron Reagan play crossover thrash/hardcore and Gatecreeper play old-school death metal.

The split opens with Iron Reagan, who offer up 10 minutes of their particular brand of crossover mayhem. Continue reading

Crypt Rot/Cringe – Nocturnal Deterioration | Memento Mori – Split (Review)

Crypt Rot CringeCrypt Rot are a death metal band and Cringer are a crossover thrash band, both are from the US and they have teamed up for this split release.

Kicking us off with 11 minutes of very enjoyable Swedish-styled death metal is Crypt Rot. Continue reading