Irk – Recipes from the Bible (Review)

Irk - Recipes from the BibleIrk are a noise rock band from the UK and this is their debut album.

My first encounter with Irk was on their split with Wren, and it was a very favourable one. They have now returned with their debut album; 38 minutes of infectious chaos and barbed personality. Continue reading

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Brutal Blues – BB (Review)

Brutal BluesBrutal Blues are a Norwegian grindcore band and this is their debut album.

I have been looking forward to hearing some more material from this band ever since 2014’s self-titled EP was unleashed. It seems like it’s been a long wait, and it has, I suppose.

Has it been worth it? Simply stated; yes it has. At least, if you’re a glutton for aural punishment. Continue reading

Toothless – Red (Review)

ToothlessToothless are a hardcore/metalcore band from the US and this is their latest EP.

The press blurb describes Red as being influenced by bands like Norma Jean, The Chariot, and Every Time I Die, and I can see that; this is of that same breed of chaotic, barbed metal/hard/noise/mathcore. If you like those aforementioned bands, then you should get on very well with Toothless. Continue reading

The Last of Lucy – Ashvattha (Review)

The Last of LucyThis is the debut album from The Last of Lucy, a progressive/technical death metal band from the US.

This is technical death metal, with flaming riffs and a predilection for chaos. Mixing in grindcore, mathcore, jazz, progressive, electronic, and classical influences, this is a complex and lethal strain of modern death metal. Continue reading

Pyrrhon – What Passes for Survival (Review)

PyrrhonThis is the third album from Pyrrhon, an extreme metal band from the US.

Pyrrhon are not your standard band. I first encountered them on their 2014 album The Mother of Virtues, and even then they were a distinctly atypical and genre-breaking proposition. Continue reading

Bear – /// (Review)

BearBear are a Belgian metal band and this is their third album.

Okay, so the album cover and band name pretty much sum up what this sounds like – you’re gonna get mauled.

This is a balanced offering of complex technical math metal and muscular, taut modern metal. It’s Continue reading