Gutvoid – Durance of Lightless Horizons (Review)

Gutvoid - Durance of Lightless HorizonsThis is the debut album from Canadian death metallers Gutvoid.

Featuring six tracks of monstrous death metal spread across 54 minutes, Gutvoid’s ambition is clear. Durance of Lightless Horizons is a grand slab of expressive extreme metal, and is definitely worth spending the time to explore. Let’s dig in. Continue reading “Gutvoid – Durance of Lightless Horizons (Review)”

Gaerea – Mirage (Review)

Gaerea - MirageThis is the third album from Portuguese black metallers Gaerea.

With 2018’s Unsettling Whispers and then 2020’s Limbo, Gaerea have made a formidable name for themselves in the modern black metal killing arenas. Does third album Mirage continue this spree, or find them falling by the wayside? Continue reading “Gaerea – Mirage (Review)”

Venom Inc. – There’s Only Black (Review)

Venom Inc. - There's Only BlackThis is the second album from Venom Inc., a thrash metal band from the UK.

Featuring two members of the legendary Venom, as well as a current and ex-member of bands such as Inhuman Condition, Kill Division, and Wombbath on drums, There’s Only Black contains 54 minutes of raging metallic heaviness that should have any fan of old-school thrash metal salivating. Continue reading “Venom Inc. – There’s Only Black (Review)”

Nordjevel – Gnavhòl (Review)

Nordjevel - GnavhòlNordjevel are a Norwegian black metal band and this is their third album.

Following on from 2021’s fiery Fenrir EP, (of which Gnawing the Bones reappears here), Gnavhòl is a 55-minute expression of black metal darkness. Continue reading “Nordjevel – Gnavhòl (Review)”

Sumerlands – Dreamkiller (Review)

Sumerlands - DreamkillerThis is the second album from US heavy metallers Sumerlands.

Featuring a member of Vestal Claret, Dreamkiller contains 35 minutes of traditional heavy metal and AOR songwriting smarts. Continue reading “Sumerlands – Dreamkiller (Review)”

Sonja – Loud Arriver (Review)

Sonja - Loud ArriverThis is the debut album from US heavy metal band Sonja.

Loud Arriver boasts 38 minutes of music, and once you have been exposed to Sonja’s world, it’s hard to get enough of it. Playing a form of traditional heavy metal that contains elements of Gothic rock, 80s rock, and post-punk, Sonja’s debut album is very charismatic and extremely enjoyable. Continue reading “Sonja – Loud Arriver (Review)”

Tribal Gaze – The Nine Choirs (Review)

Tribal Gaze - The Nine ChoirsTribal Gaze are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

The Nine Choirs is a 36-minute journey into death metal and hardcore territories that’s well-worn, yet feels fresh at the same time; Tribal Gaze take the old-school style and makes it absolutely massive, both through the mammoth sound of the record itself and how stupidly fun the music is. Tribal Gaze just destroy. Oh, and they have riffs for days. Continue reading “Tribal Gaze – The Nine Choirs (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)”

Celestial Grave – Vitriolic Atonement (Review)

Celestial Grave - Vitriolic AtonementThis is the second album from Celestial Grave, a black metal band from Finland.

Across 34 minutes Celestial Grave deliver an underground strain of black metal that’s raw and sharp, yet is not lacking an atmospheric and emotive side. Continue reading “Celestial Grave – Vitriolic Atonement (Review)”