Borders – Purify (Review)

Borders - PurifyBorders are a modern metal band from the UK. This is their debut album.

Borders impressed with their 2017 EP Diagnosed, so I’m pleased to see this full length appear. Continue reading

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Bather – Bather (Review)

Bather - BatherBather are a sludge metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

I like hybrid bands that are hard to easily tag, and Bather qualify. Bather play a violent metal/sludge/hardcore style that involves Continue reading

Whitechapel – The Valley (Review)

Whitechapel - The ValleyThis is the seventh album from US deathcore veterans Whitechapel.

Following on from Our Endless War and Mark of the Blade, Whitechapel are back with another thundering album of deathcore, modern metal, and pit-rousing brutal anthems. So how have they got on this time? Continue reading

Any Given Day – Overpower (Review)

Any Given Day - OverpowerAny Given Day are a German modern metal band and this is their third album.

I confess that I’m usually quite hesitant to listen to bands like this, (modern metal/metalcore), as a lot of the time I’m simply confronted with heartless aggression and plastic emotion. Not so with Any Given Day. On Overpower, you can tell they mean it. Continue reading

Boundaries – My Body in Bloom (Review)

Boundaries - My Body in BloomBoundaries are a metal/hardcore band from the US and this is their latest EP.

Boundaries are heavy. Like, crush your skull into a bloody pulp heavy. Add to this the fact that they can also write a good song, and you have a pretty damn satisfying EP. Continue reading

Fallujah – Undying Light (Review)

Fallujah - Undying LightThis is the fourth album from US progressive death metallers Fallujah.

I’ve been waiting for this one. Both 2014’s The Flesh Prevails and 2016’s Dreamless were superb albums, so the bar is set high for Undying Light. A change in singer and loss of a guitarist can potentially be a challenge for a band, but when I saw them live recently it sounded as if Fallujah’s new vocalist had easily made his mark. So now we have the new album in full, how does it all manifest? Continue reading