Stygian Obsession play old-school death metal that’s bolstered by blackened atmospherics. Ugly, otherworldly nightmares are made manifest through the band’s music; Form Is Void is murky and atmospheric, full of harrowing sounds and dark moods. Continue reading
From the moment the EP starts you’re left with no doubt about the old-school pedigree of Wardomized. They seem to have instantly managed to nail down a sound that’s been torn from the 80s, both from a recording point of view and also a stylistic one. Continue reading
Pioneers of combining death metal’s fiery intensity with monolithic doom influences, Profane Nexus is the sound of a band that know exactly what they need to do to put out a great death metal record, and then just get down to the business of doing it. Continue reading
This is a band that takes the classic sounds of Incantation and Morbid Angel and warps, twists, and bends them to their own indomitable will. Continue reading
This is dark, Lovecraft-inspired death metal from a band we’ve met before with 2014’s wickedly enjoyable Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath.
I was wondering how they could top such a monstrosity of an album, but it seems that they have managed to do this with ease. Continue reading
Necroven worship at the altar of old-school death metal and serve up Primordial Subjugation with a visceral assault on the senses. Aggressive 90s death metal styles are smashed together at high speed to create 36 minutes of music that’s a joyful ride through everything dark, macabre and brutal. Continue reading
Blood Incantation play death metal with plenty of atmosphere and technical skill. This is a band who have gazed towards the night sky, saw the vast darkness, and pay homage to that empty malevolence via the medium of underground music that’s less restricted and more expansive than your average death metal band. Continue reading
Like The Dead, Tides of Sulfur combine death and sludge metal together into a hideous, swampy mass. Also like The Dead, it’s hard to know whether to categorise them as death metal or sludge metal. Essentially it doesn’t really matter, I suppose, as the band manage to provide a pretty good synthesis of the two on Extinction Curse.
This is heavy, heavy, heavy. Continue reading
Omen of Doom is a compilation of a lot of the band’s early hard/impossible to get demos dating back as far as 2001.
Due to the nature of a release like this the sound quality does vary between the various demos, but overall the band have unearthed a surprisingly well-preserved rotten corpse. The recording and production values deteriorate the further back in time you go, but even this doesn’t diminish the essential quality of what the band produce. Continue reading