Cerebral Rot – Odious Descent into Decay (Review)

Cerebral Rot - Odious Descent into DecayCerebral Rot are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Odious Descent into Decay contains 45 minutes of disgusting old-school death metal. Reeking of some long-forgotten swampy Hellhole that last saw the touch of light in the early 90s, this album sounds like it has been festering and rotting in the darkness for decades. Continue reading

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Victims of Contagion – Lamentations of the Flesh Bound (Review)

Victims of Contagion - Lamentations of the Flesh BoundVictims of Contagion are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Victims of Contagion play death metal that mixes brutality with technicality, resulting in songs that aren’t overly technical just for the sake of it. Instead, the technicality is used to forge tracks that place the song at the heart of what the band do. Continue reading

Humanity’s Last Breath – Abyssal (Review)

Humanity's Last Breath - AbyssalThis is the second album from Swedish death metallers Humanity’s Last Breath.

Well, Abyssal is not what I expected. Although I’d heard of Humanity’s Last Breath prior to listening to this album, for some reason I had it in my head that they were a metalcore band. No idea why. I’m also very, very wrong. What we have here is some individually-played death metal; it seems that Humanity’s Last Breath have carved out their own niche in the crowded death metal landscape, and then filled it with mechanised horror. Continue reading

Carnifex – World War X (Review)

Carnifex - World War XThis is the seventh album from Carnifex, a US death metal band.

2016’s Slow Death was a real treat for fans of modern death metal, blending catchy songwriting with blackened melody and orchestration to produce a really enjoyable collection of songs. Although it contained elements of deathcore, as does this new one, Carnifex aren’t really a deathcore band these days – they’re far too melodic and have too much else going on, much to their credit. Continue reading

All We’ve Known – Dissidence (Review)

All We've Known - DissidenceAll We’ve Known are a South African metalcore band and this is their debut album.

All We’ve Known’s chosen style of music is modern metalcore, mixed in with some electronic elements. The typical structure is that of heavy verses with harsh, shouted vocals, combined with a more melodic, emotive chorus with clean singing. Yes, it’s a Continue reading

Brain Bleed – Automated Eradication (Review)

Brain Bleed - Automated EradicationBrain Bleed are a deathgrind band from the US and this is their debut album.

Savage, that’s the word. Or, at least one of them. Brain Bleed are savage. They’re also brutal, belligerent, harsh, and many other similar words. Essentially, they’re a nasty bunch, and Automated Eradication is 20 minutes of all kinds of ugliness. Continue reading

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

Geistaz’ika – Trolddomssejd i Skovens Dybe Kedel (Review)

Geistaz'ika - Trolddomsejd i Skovens Dybe KedelGeistaz’ika are a black metal band from Denmark and this is their debut album.

Originally released at the end of 2018, Trolddomssejd i Skovens Dybe Kedel is now getting a new lease of life via Signal Rex. I can see why, as Geistaz’ika’s music is both enjoyable and satisfying. Continue reading