Depravity – Evil Upheaval (Review)

DepravityDepravity are an Australian death metal band and this is their debut album.

Featuring a member of Impiety/The Furor, this is 40 minutes of 90s-inspired death metal. Morbid Angel fans in particular should pay attention, but this is really for any fan of bands such as  Continue reading

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Winds of Plague – Blood of My Enemy (Review)

Winds of PlagueWinds of Plague are a deathcore band from the US and this is their fifth album.

Winds of Plague aren’t your average deathcore band, I’m very pleased to tell you. Here’s a band that have kept the core brutality of the style intact, while spreading their wings with symphonic/orchestral elements and bursts of melodic aggression. Continue reading

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

Hour of Penance – Cast the First Stone (Review)

Hour of PEnanceThis is the seventh album from Hour of Penance, an Italian death metal band.

Hour of Penance walk the line between technical and brutal death metal; the songs are both sharply played and bluntly brutal. Incorporating the best of both styles into their violent, energetic mix, Cast the First Stone is a focused, directed assault throughout its 35 minute duration. Continue reading

Veld – Daemonic: The Art of Dantalian (Review)

VeldThis is the fourth album from Belarus Death Metallers Veld.

Sometimes, only Death Metal will do. Sometimes, it’s the only thing you want to hear. To someone like me an album like this is right up my street, so to speak.

Here we have a flawlessly produced album that has a shockingly strong sound and contains Death Metal that’s non-generic and padded out with interesting enhancements and ideas.

The press blurb touts similarities to Nile, Behemoth and Hour of Penance; all hard hitters and all equally hard to argue with.

Veld are a talented band it seems as they’re equally at home creating an impressively brutal noise or revelling in dark atmospheres. The fact that they can equally play these differing styles of Death Metal and do it well makes this album very listenable and enjoyable.

Some top riffing and melodies accompany the skilful drumming.  Quasi-Black Metal influences make the cut too and it all adds character to the assault.

Veld have created some involving music here. Blasting Death Metal with enough variety and interest to make them interesting and enough core violence so they don’t lose their edge.

Highly recommended.

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.