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 “Foretoken – Ruin (Review)”

Unmerciful – Wrath Encompassed (Review)

Unmerciful - Wrath EncompassedUnmerciful are a US death metal band and this is their third album.

After 2016’s Ravenous Impulse, the band are now back with a new vocalist and drummer, with 38 minutes of brutal death metal for us to get beaten around by. Continue reading “Unmerciful – Wrath Encompassed (Review)”

A Vile Desolate Sands Tour – Nile/Hate Eternal/Vitriol/Omophagia – Manchester Club Academy, 24/09/19 (Live Review)

Nile Tour Manchester

Tonight’s entertainment comes in the form of a first-rate death metal bill. Let’s dive in! Continue reading “A Vile Desolate Sands Tour – Nile/Hate Eternal/Vitriol/Omophagia – Manchester Club Academy, 24/09/19 (Live Review)”

Mass Infection – Shadows Became Flesh (Review)

Mass Infection - Shadows Became FleshMass Infection are a Greek death metal band and this is their fourth album.

2014’s For I Am Genocide was a prime slab of raging death metal. Now featuring the drummer of the savage Hideous Divinity, Mass Infection are back with their latest release that contains 37 minutes of utter darkness. Continue reading “Mass Infection – Shadows Became Flesh (Review)”

Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands (Review)

Hate Eternal - Upon Desolate SandsHate Eternal are a US death metal band and this is their seventh album.

Muscular and taut, Hate Eternal are a band that channel the sheer primal force that death metal is capable of. The band’s music is technical and brutal, but not massively overly so in either direction, preferring instead to Continue reading “Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands (Review)”

Engulf – Gold and Rust (Review)

EngulfThis is the second EP from Engulf, a death metal solo act from the US.

This 11-minute EP wastes no time in establishing the dominance of its brutal death metal assault. This is music that takes no prisoners in its quest to lay waste to everything and everyone around it. Continue reading “Engulf – Gold and Rust (Review)”

Vomitile – Pure Eternal Hate (Review)

VomitileVomitile are a death metal band from Cyprus and this is their third album.

War and slaughter, that’s what Vomitile offer us on Pure Eternal Hate. The album title and cover adequately portray Vomitile’s brand of punishing death metal, and they give us 37 minutes of material to become battered and bruised by. Continue reading “Vomitile – Pure Eternal Hate (Review)”

Invasion – Destroyer of Mankind (Review)

InvasionInvasion are a death metal band from the US. This is their fourth album.

War metal. What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing. (Say it again).

WAR!

BOOM!

Yes, that’s the level of my humour today I’m afraid… Continue reading “Invasion – Destroyer of Mankind (Review)”

Bestial Deform – …Ad Leones (Review)

Bestial DeformThis is the fifth album from Bestial Deform, a Russian death metal band.

Bestial Deform were created in 1990, so it’s safe to say they have a lot of experience playing death metal. This is their first album since 2005 and features both new songs and older ones that have been re-recorded.

The band play a Continue reading “Bestial Deform – …Ad Leones (Review)”

Unmerciful – Ravenous Impulse (Review)

UnmercifulUnmerciful are a brutal death metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Here we have a combination of relentlessly savage death metal mixed in with some USDM influences, giving the band some groove to go along with the pounding blast beats. I hear elements of Cannibal CorpseSuffocation, Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal in their sound – all upgraded with a thoroughly modern delivery and precision of assault.

However, it’s the speed that is the real thing here. Unmerciful like to play fast, that’s for sure. The drumming is hugely Continue reading “Unmerciful – Ravenous Impulse (Review)”