Kataklysm – Meditations (Review)

KataklysmThis is the thirteenth album from Canadian death metal veterans Kataklysm.

I hugely enjoyed 2015’s Of Ghosts and Gods, and loved being able to catch the band live on that tour, so this new album is warmly anticipated. Continue reading

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Obliterate – Impending Death (Review)

ObliterateThis is the second album from Obliterate, a deathcore/death metal band from Canada.

As much as I’m partial to a bit of deathcore now and again, I much prefer it when it’s mixed in with some meaty death metal too. Enter Impending Death. Continue reading

Gigantomachia – Atlas (Review)

GigantomachiaThis is the debut album from Italian metal band Gigantomachia.

Here’s a somewhat evocatively heroic release. Mixing elements of melodic, doom, death, and epic metal into a meaty metal base, Gigantomachia have produced 41 minutes of engaging metal. Continue reading

Micawber – Beyond the Reach of the Flame (Review)

MicawberMicawber are a US death metal band and this is their third album.

This is modern death metal, full of punishing riffs, crushing grooves, sharp melodies, blasting drums, and belligerent growls. Continue reading

Tantal – Ruin (Review)

TantalTantal are a Russian metal band and this is their third album.

Mixing elements of modern, progressive, melodic, and Gothic metal into 49 minutes of music, Ruin is the follow up to 2014’s Expectancy, which was a good starter for getting to know Tantal’s sound. Ruin sees the band Continue reading

Light the Torch – Revival (Review)

Light the TorchLight the Torch are a US metalcore band and this is their debut album, (or third, depending on how you look at it).

Light the Torch have arisen from the ashes of Devil You Know, whose 2015 They Bleed Red was somewhat of a sleeper hit for me, one which I now regularly return to for a splash of modern song-based heaviness. Continue reading

Letters from the Colony – Vignette (Review)

Letters from the ColonyLetters from the Colony are a progressive metal band from Sweden and this is their debut album.

This is complex music, fusing modern progressive and technical metal influences with djent elements to create experimental extreme metal. Vignette is notable for many things, one of which is that it largely takes from the strengths of these styles and leaves the weaknesses floundering in the dust, which is not an easy feat to achieve. Continue reading