Pneuma Hagion – Voidgazer (Review)

Pneuma Hagion - VoidgazerThis is the debut album from Pneuma Hagion, a death metal band from the US.

Ugly and heavy, death metal like this feels like it should be able to swallow stars. You can hear influences from both black and doom metal, but mostly you can hear the sound of brutal nightmares forged into music. Continue reading “Pneuma Hagion – Voidgazer (Review)”

Incantation – Sect of Vile Divinities (Review)

Incantation - Sect of Vile Divinities

Incantation are a legendary US death metal band and this is their twelfth album.

The death metal masters return. After 2017’s enjoyable Profane Nexus, I was looking forward to Sect of Vile Divinities, but wasn’t quite expecting just how damn good it would be. Continue reading “Incantation – Sect of Vile Divinities (Review)”

Faceless Burial – Speciation (Review)

Faceless Burial - SpeciationThis is the second album from Australian death metal band Faceless Burial.

Speciation contains 38 minutes of classic, old-school death metal. The formula for this sort of music may be tried and tested, but that doesn’t lessen its impact any when it’s done as effectively as it is here. Continue reading “Faceless Burial – Speciation (Review)”

Azath – Through a Warren of Shadow (Review)

Azath - Through a Warren of ShadowAzath are an international death metal band and this is their debut album.

I’m a fan of both Draghkar and Torture Rack, so as this band features members of both, (and other bands), I knew I wanted to check out Through a Warren of Shadow. Besides, Continue reading “Azath – Through a Warren of Shadow (Review)”

Solothus – Realm of Ash and Blood (Review)

Solothus - Realm of Ash & BloodThis is the third album from Solothus, a death/doom metal band from Finland.

Soaked with deathly vibes and sinister doom promise, this is macabre death/doom that deeply satisfies with its quality delivery. For a rough approximation of the band’s sound, imagine a mix of bands such as Continue reading “Solothus – Realm of Ash and Blood (Review)”

Orthodoxy – Novus Lux Dominus (Review)

Orthodoxy - Novus Lux DominusThis is the debut album from Spanish death metallers Orthodoxy.

On their first record Orthodoxy deliver 43 minutes of death metal that’s dark and malevolent. Taking influence from old-school death metal acts, (such as Incantation and Immolation, but without being limited to these), Novus Lux Dominus is a satisfying example of an album that’s both crushingly heavy and atmospherically malignant. Continue reading “Orthodoxy – Novus Lux Dominus (Review)”

Cleric – Serpent Psalms (Review)

Cleric - Serpent PsalmsThis is the second album from Cleric, a death metal band from the US.

It’s been quite a wait since 2013’s very tasty Gratum Inferno, and so, sucker that I am for this sort of thing, I was eagerly looking forward to this one. Continue reading “Cleric – Serpent Psalms (Review)”

Porta Daemonium/Denying Nazarene – Emancifestation from Sinister Side – Split (Review)

Porta Daemonium Denying Nazarene - SplitThis is a split between two death metal bands from Chile.

Each band contribute three songs, and the entire split lasts 23 minutes. Even more importantly than this, however, is the split artwork – how metal is that? Fortunately the music is as impactful as the artwork. Continue reading “Porta Daemonium/Denying Nazarene – Emancifestation from Sinister Side – Split (Review)”

Demonic Obedience – Fatalistic Uprisal of Abhorrent Creation (Review)

Demonic ObedienceThis is the third album from Greek/UK blackened death metal band Demonic Obedience.

On Fatalistic Uprisal of Abhorrent Creation Demonic Obedience offer up 33 minutes of malignant blackened death metal. Merging brutality with no small amount of mood and atmosphere, this is a very gratifying album. Continue reading “Demonic Obedience – Fatalistic Uprisal of Abhorrent Creation (Review)”

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 “Depravity – Evil Upheaval (Review)”