Nephren-Ka – From Agony to Transcendence (Review)

Nephren-Ka - From Agony to TranscendenceNephren-Ka are a French death metal band and this is their third album.

The return of Nephren-Ka sees them bring us a new lineup, (including a new singer), and a few more blackened influences. Other than that, we’re once again in for a brutal ride of Dune-flavoured death metal. I loved 2013’s The Fall of Omnius and 2017’s La Grande Guerre de L’Epice, and now From Agony to Transcendence looks set to inflate my already high impressions of this superlative band. Continue reading “Nephren-Ka – From Agony to Transcendence (Review)”

Hideous Divinity – LV-426 (Review)

Hideous Divinity - LV-426Hideous Divinity are an Italian death metal band and this is their latest EP.

This new 16-minute EP contains two new sci-fi concept-themed tracks, and a cover of a Coheed and Cambria song. Continue reading “Hideous Divinity – LV-426 (Review)”

Depths of Hatred – Bloodguilt (Review)

Depths of HatredDepths of Hatred are a Canadian death metal band and this is their latest EP.

Here we have 22 minutes of Depths of Hatred’s brand of punishing intensity. Mixing together multiple strains of death metal with some decent character and a professional recording, the band’s modern attack is easy to recommend. Continue reading “Depths of Hatred – Bloodguilt (Review)”

Æpoch – Awakening Inception (Review)

ÆpochÆpoch are a Canadian death metal band and this is their debut album.

Æpoch play progressive death metal, with additional elements of both black and thrash metal appearing in their sound here and there. Continue reading “Æpoch – Awakening Inception (Review)”

Oblivion – The Path Towards… (Review)

OblivionThis is the second album from Oblivion, a death metal band from the US.

It seems like forever since Oblivion’s debut album Called to Rise was unleashed on an unsuspecting world, but it was only actually in 2013 that we got our first proper taste of what this band were capable of. Continue reading “Oblivion – The Path Towards… (Review)”

Hell on Earth Tour – Cattle Decapitation/Broken Hope/Hideous Divinity/Gloryhole Guillotine – Manchester Rebellion, 04/09/17 (Live Review)

Hell on Earth Tour

It’s not often you get to see a brutal death metal lineup like this, so I was very pleased to be able to catch this tour. Continue reading “Hell on Earth Tour – Cattle Decapitation/Broken Hope/Hideous Divinity/Gloryhole Guillotine – Manchester Rebellion, 04/09/17 (Live Review)”

Hideous Divinity – Adveniens (Review)

Hideous DivinityThis is the third album by Hideous Divinity, a Norwegian/Italian death metal band.

What a humongous noise Hideous Divinity make! Blasting brutality and intricate technicality mix together like they were born for it as the band ram 48 minutes of heavy, muscular Continue reading “Hideous Divinity – Adveniens (Review)”

Deceptionist – Initializing Irreversible Process (Review)

DeceptionistThis is the début album from this Italian death metal band.

Here we have 34 minutes of music that combines elements of both technical and brutal death metal into its feral core. Featuring guests from Hideous Divinity, Deceptionist waste no time in establishing themselves as cyborg-enhanced death metal warriors.

Dealing with the type of concepts that Continue reading “Deceptionist – Initializing Irreversible Process (Review)”

Hideous Divinity – Cobra Verde (Review)

Hideous DivinityThis is the second album of Death Metal from Italian band Hideous Divinity.

Here we have a blistering Technical/Brutal Death Metal band that plays crushing music with furious abandon.

Mixing elements of Hate Eternal, Decapitated, Nile, Behemoth and Hour of Penance; Hideous Divinity have come to destroy.

Hideous Divinity have a powerful sound and seem more than comfortable with their playing skills. Importantly, the band never neglect the songs themselves; although they have a Technical side to their sound they know that a song is more than just playing in a complex way.

As such, these songs are structured well and use their playing time to good effect. Emotive riffs and studied brutality is the name of the game here, and the band do it expertly.

The band’s twisting, dark music is an exemplar of what intelligently crafted Death Metal can sound like in 2014. Songwriting skills, technicality, brutality and the occasional nod to subtlety – these are key elements in the Hideous Divinity sound and the band have really taken them to heart.

This is an album the band should be proud of, and one I’ll be spinning for a good while to come.