Orthodox – Learning to Dissolve (Review)

Orthodox - Learning to DissolveThis is the third album from US metal band Orthodox.

Orthodox combine metallic hardcore and nu-metal into a 42-minute slab of angst and heaviness. Continue reading “Orthodox – Learning to Dissolve (Review)”

Dub War – Westgate under Fire (Review)

Dub War - Westgate under FireDub War are a metal band from the UK and this is their third album.

Combining metal, punk, hip hop, and reggae influences into their groundbreaking style, I had a lot of time for Dub War in the 90s. As such, it’s an unexpected treat to have some new material from them. Westgate Under Fire gives us 48 minutes of multifaceted musical mayhem. Continue reading “Dub War – Westgate under Fire (Review)”

Gwendydd – Censored (Review)

Gwendydd - CensoredThis is the second album from Bulgarian metallers Gwendydd.

Blending aspects of melodic death metal, nu-metal, industrial, and metalcore into 32 minutes of charismatic metal, Gwendydd have produced an enjoyable album in Censored. Continue reading “Gwendydd – Censored (Review)”

Vein.fm – This World Is Going to Ruin You (Review)

Vein.fm - This World Is Going to Ruin YouThis is the second album from Vein.fm, a metal band from the US.

Vein.fm are clearly a band with a lot of influences, and across the 32 minutes of material on This World Is Going to Ruin You, they wield these influences like weapons. Flourishing elements of hardcore, mathcore, metalcore, industrial, and nu-metal into a Continue reading “Vein.fm – This World Is Going to Ruin You (Review)”

The Last Ten Seconds of Life – The Last Ten Seconds of Life (Review)

The Last Ten Seconds of LifeThe Last Ten Seconds of Life are a US deathcore band, this is their fifth album.

I last heard The Last Ten Seconds of Life on their 2016 album The Violent Sound, which was an enjoyable excursion into rowdy metal waters. On their latest album the band have taken a slight step back with their their hybrid sound; it’s still part-deathcore, part nu-metal, part hardcore, and Continue reading “The Last Ten Seconds of Life – The Last Ten Seconds of Life (Review)”

Alpha Wolf – A Quiet Place to Die (Review)

Alpha Wolf - A Quiet Place to DieAlpha Wolf are an Australian metalcore band and this is their second album.

Here we have a 36-minute chunk of modern heaviness. This is the heaviest of metalcore, so much so that it borders on deathcore in places. Mixed in with this are aspects of djent and nu-metal, as well as modern hardcore/metal elements in general. Continue reading “Alpha Wolf – A Quiet Place to Die (Review)”

Paul Catten – The Beauty of Decay (Review)

Paul Catten - The Beauty of DecayPaul Catten is a prolific UK extreme metal artist and this is his latest album.

We’ve met Paul Catten before, (here, here and here), and you never know what you’re going to get from the man. His latest release is far more accessible and pop-influenced than I was expecting, and it Continue reading “Paul Catten – The Beauty of Decay (Review)”

Polaris – The Death of Me (Review)

Polaris - The Death of MePolaris are an Australian metalcore band and this is their second album.

The music on The Death of Me involves heavy aggression with melodic texture, and although it frequently combines the two, it also equally-frequently separates them. This results in an album that’s far more diverse than your average metalcore record, yet will probably mean that some people get Continue reading “Polaris – The Death of Me (Review)”

Oceans – The Sun and the Cold (Review)

Oceans - The Sun and the ColdOceans are a metal band from Germany/Austria, and this is their debut album.

Oceans are an interesting band. Their music consists of an engaging combination of diverse influences, all wrapped together with coherent skill. Elements of death metal, melodic metal, melodic doom, nu-metal, and progressive metal can all be heard. Think of Continue reading “Oceans – The Sun and the Cold (Review)”