Abstracter – Cinereous Incarnate (Review)

AbstracterAbstracter are a blackened doom band from the US and this is their third album.

Abstracter are firm favourites here at Wonderbox Metal. Make sure you check out Tomb of Feathers, Wound Empire, and their split with Dark Circles. Continue reading

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The Body – I Have Fought Against It, but I Can’t Any Longer (Review)

The BodyThis is the fifth album from US experimental sludge band The Body.

After 2016’s monstrous No One Deserves Happiness, and their sterling collaboration with Full of Hell, we now have another 50 minutes of harsh sounds that merge industrial, noise, sludge, doom, and electronics together into a captivating whole. Continue reading

Dagger Lust – Siege Bondage Adverse to the Godhead (Review)

Dagger LustDagger Lust are a black metal/grind/noise band from the US and this is their debut album.

Featuring members of Triumvir Foul and Witch Vomit, Dagger Lust play ugly, underground black metal that’s been further polluted with murky grindcore and barbed noise. It’s relentlessly nasty and completely unwholesome. Continue reading

Gnaw Their Tongues – Genocidal Majesty (Review)

Gnaw Their TonguesGnaw Their Tongues is a one man experimental noise/black metal artist from the Netherlands and this is his latest album.

If you haven’t encountered the harrowing works of Gnaw Their Tongues before, then prepare yourself. This is a 36-minute trip into the nightmare visions of a tortured artist channelling what Hell must surely sound like. Continue reading

Gridfailure – Irritum (Review)

GridfailureNew Gridfailure. Great. More nightmares tonight for me. Why do I even bother listening to this kind of stuff? I mean, what’s to like here? Is it the urbanised terror of an impending soulless apocalypse? Is it the gradually-encroaching realisation that everything you have ever loved and everyone you have ever known will eventually be taken form you? Is it the digitised psychic pain of countless trapped, hopeless lives? No? Then what? I’m really asking. What draws you, and me, to listen to something like Gridfailure. If you’re reading this then you must have at least a passing interest in hearing the aural equivalent of long-buried mental scars burrowing their way to the surface, so why do you subject yourself to it? Why do you, actively, probably passionately, seek out this experience, a horrific, mind-killing experience like Irritum? Go on, tell me. Please. I’m begging you. Because try as I might, I can’t help but really, really like Gridfailure’s work, so I need to know why I’m so irresistibly drawn to it. Maybe this says more about me than the music, but there’s something maddeningly relaxing about having your ears slowly bleed as you endure the 52 minutes of grim soundscapes that occupy the radiation-blasted landscape of this album’s playing time like corrupted mechanical cockroaches. Something about Irritum calls to me in binary, demanding to be understood by my hopelessly out-of-date grey matter, clawing at my subconscious, like a cyberdaemon being birthed behind my eyes. I mean, what the Hell? Why can’t I let go? Why do I rate this stuff so highly? Why do I think that Irritum is actually some of the best material that Gridfailure’s twisted controlling intelligence has conceived and unleashed so far? Maybe I’m just in pain, in deep, internal pain, and Irritum soothes me, by letting me know I’m not the only one suffering. Or maybe I’m just a masochist, torturing myself with prolonged exposure to industrialised fear. Or maybe I’m just deceiving myself. Maybe I’ve known the truth all along. In fact, I know I have, I’ve just been unwilling to admit it to myself, as if admitting something as terrible as this would make it somehow even more real than it already is. The real, true secret is terrible. Of course it is. The truth is, that I

Paul Catten – Themes and Variations Vol. 2 (Review)

Paul CattenPaul Catten is a prolific UK extreme metal artist and this is his latest album of electronic orchestral music.

Known for his many contributions to the UK music scene, (Lazarus Blackstar, Medulla Nocte, Murder One, Barrabus, Bedwetter, to name but a few), he also undertakes some lesser known forays into the land of electronic music. Continue reading