Hormagaunt – In the Flesh (Review)

Hormagaunt - In the FleshThis is the debut album from Australian death metallers Hormagaunt.

Although In the Flesh quietly oozed into life at the end of 2022 I couldn’t resist its mouldy charms, so here we are. Get ready for a 31-minute trip into the foulest and nastiest death metal swamps. Continue reading “Hormagaunt – In the Flesh (Review)”

Jade – The Pacification of Death (Review)

Jade - The Pacification of DeathThis is the debut album from international death metal band Jade.

I’ve loosely called this death metal in the introductory sentence above, but  The Pacification of Death provides more than this. I suppose blackened atmospheric death metal is more accurate; Jade excel in crafting music that combines 80s/90s death/doom and mood-heavy black metal, resulting in a 40-minute album that is more notable than most. Continue reading “Jade – The Pacification of Death (Review)”

Lamentations – Passion of Depression (Review)

Lamentations - Passion of DepressionLamentations are a Singapore/US death metal band and this is their second album.

Featuring members of Tómarúm and Monotheist, Lamentations play progressive death metal, and Passion of Depression provides us with 57 minutes of exotic material to explore. Continue reading “Lamentations – Passion of Depression (Review)”

Orthodoxy – Ater Ignis (Review)

Orthodoxy - Ater IgnisOrthodoxy are a Spanish death metal band and this is their second album.

Following on from 2019’s enjoyable Novus Lux Dominus, Ater Ignis contains 45 minutes of Orthodoxy’s dark, occult death metal. Continue reading “Orthodoxy – Ater Ignis (Review)”

Phobophilic – Enveloping Absurdity (Review)

Phobophilic - Enveloping AbsurdityThis is the debut album from US death metallers Phobophilic.

Phobophilic combine the esoteric approach of Demilich, with the malevolent nature of Morbid Angel, and the crushing heaviness of Incantation. Fans of the output of bands such as Tomb Mold, Immolation, Worm, Ossuarium, Outer Heaven, and Blood Incantation need to pay attention to this. Continue reading “Phobophilic – Enveloping Absurdity (Review)”

Label Roundup: Godz Ov War Productions – Eradicate, Toughness, & Angrrsth/Czort (Reviews)

Wonderbox Metal gets sent a lot of new music, (which is great), but there’s no way that everything can get covered unfortunately, (which is not so great). This column hopes to redress this balance, if only slightly, by taking a look at a handful of releases that a record label has recently sent out that might have otherwise slipped through the cracks.

Godz Ov War Productions have released some good albums over the years, so now seemed as good a time as any to catch up with some of their latest output. According to the label, they are “an independent label dedicated to extreme music from the depths of the underground.”Let’s see what they’ve got… Continue reading “Label Roundup: Godz Ov War Productions – Eradicate, Toughness, & Angrrsth/Czort (Reviews)”

Chaotian – Effigies of Obsolescence (Review)

Chaotian - Effigies of ObsolescenceChaotian are a death metal band from Denmark and this is their debut album.

Effigies of Obsolescence contains 40 minutes of barbarous death metal carnage.

This is a foul, rotten, death metal monster. The band deliver a Continue reading “Chaotian – Effigies of Obsolescence (Review)”

Azaab – Summoning the Cataclysm (Review)

Azaab - Summoning the CataclysmAzaab are a death metal band from Pakistan and this is their debut album.

Summoning the Catalysm features 38 minutes of professional death metal. It’s brutal and aggressive, and boasts both technical flourishes and progressive enhancements, all delivered in a lean 38 minutes, (and there’s a decent Decapitated cover too). Continue reading “Azaab – Summoning the Cataclysm (Review)”

Heaving Earth – Darkness of God (Review)

Heaving Earth - Darkness of GodHeaving Earth are a death metal band from Czechia and this is their second album.

Seven long years have passed since we last heard from Heaving Earth on 2015’s crushing Denouncing the Holy Throne. The band have finally returned with 49 minutes of new material, as well as a new line up, (including a new singer who is also in Brutally Deceased and Somniate, and session drums from the drummer of Hideous Divinity/Nero di Marte). Do they still have what it takes to pulverise and destroy with their mere presence? Continue reading “Heaving Earth – Darkness of God (Review)”

Haunter – Discarnate Ails (Review)

Haunter - Discarnate AilsThis is the third album from US black/death metallers Haunter.

Following on from 2019’s very well-received Sacramental Death Qualia, Haunter have now returned with 32 minutes of new material. The band’s style can be termed progressive black/death metal, and Continue reading “Haunter – Discarnate Ails (Review)”