Sentinels – Collapse by Design (Review)

Sentinels - Collapse by DesignThis is the debut album from US technical metal band Sentinels.

Collapse by Design features 47 minutes of contemporary heaviness. The band mix elements of metalcore, mathcore, progressive metal, djent, and technical metal, and do so really rather well. Alongside this they also play around with melodic and Continue reading “Sentinels – Collapse by Design (Review)”

Dying Wish – Fragments of a Bitter Memory (Review)

Dying Wish - Fragments of a Bitter MemoryThis is the debut album from US metalcore band Dying Wish.

Now this is what I’m talking about. This is right down my alleyway. Here we have a 35-minute album that sounds like it has risen out of the ashes of 00s era NWOAHM. Yep, this is melodic death metal-infused hardcore mayhem the likes of which you don’t tend to hear very much of these days. Continue reading “Dying Wish – Fragments of a Bitter Memory (Review)”

Orbit Culture – Shaman (Review)

Orbit Culture - ShamanThis is the latest EP from Orbit Culture, a Swedish metal band.

Following on from 2020’s NijaShaman contains 25 minutes of new material. If you’re a fan of modern metal that mixes groove metal, thrash, metalcore , and deathcore together, then Shaman is a meaty and satisfying hit of heaviness. Continue reading “Orbit Culture – Shaman (Review)”

Employed to Serve – Conquering (Review)

Employed to Serve - ConqueringThis is the fourth album from UK metallers Employed to Serve.

Across 48 minutes Employed to Serve dish out eleven tracks of energetic damage. Combining metal and hardcore together like it’s something fresh and vital, the band manage to avoid the tired metalcore tropes and instead deliver an album of crushing tunes and anthemic heaviness. Continue reading “Employed to Serve – Conquering (Review)”

Venues – Solace (Review)

Venues - SolaceThis is the second album from Venues, a modern metal band from Germany.

Following up their solid 2018 debut album Aspire, Venues are now back with a new lineup in tow and 42 minutes of new material.

The band’s dual vocal approach has never sounded better. Harsh Continue reading “Venues – Solace (Review)”

Defocus – In the Eye of Death We Are All the Same (Review)

Defocus - In the Eye of Death We Are All the SameDefocus are a German metalcore band and this is their debut album.

The songs on In the Eye of Death We Are All the Same focus on heavy grooves and crushing rhythms, but are not purely restricted to these. Unusually for a band of this sort, Defocus actually know how to play fast when the need arises. Continue reading “Defocus – In the Eye of Death We Are All the Same (Review)”

Light the Torch – You Will Be the Death of Me (Review)

Light the Torch - You Will Be the Death of MeThis is the second album from US metalcore band Light the Torch.

The follow up to 2018’s Revival, Light the Torch have now returned with 43 minutes of new material, (and a Terence Trent D’Arby cover). Continue reading “Light the Torch – You Will Be the Death of Me (Review)”

The Ember, the Ash – Fixation (Review)

The Ember, the Ash - FixationThis is the second album from solo blackened metalcore act The Ember, the Ash.

Fixation is an interesting blend of symphonic black metal and breakdown-heavy metalcore. Only a few bands are playing around with blackened elements in metalcore, to varying degrees of success, so it’s always good to hear another such act throw their interpretation of this unusual subgenre into the ring. Continue reading “The Ember, the Ash – Fixation (Review)”