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)”

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)”

The Agony Scene – Tormentor (Review)

The Agony SceneThe Agony Scene are a US metal band and this is their fourth album.

Tormentor is the first release from┬áThe Agony Scene since 2007’s Get Damned. I always liked this band’s razor-sharp take on modern metal, so it’s great to hear them make a return. Continue reading “The Agony Scene – Tormentor (Review)”

Deathflux – Execrated (Review)

DeathfluxDeathflux are a UK metal band and this is their debut album.

Deathflux play a heavy and aggressive brand of metal. Mixing influences from groove metal and the NWOAHM with some more contemporary deathcore ones, and adding in some Continue reading “Deathflux – Execrated (Review)”

Buried Above Ground – The Crown (Review)

Buried Above GroundBuried Above Ground are a US metalcore/deathcore band and this is their new album.

The Crown is a 30-minute slab of brutality, full of punishing grooves, heavy breakdowns, and savage vocals; NWOAHM-meets-deathcore, with added electronic/keyboard enhancements. Continue reading “Buried Above Ground – The Crown (Review)”

Zud – A Wilderness Left Untamed (Review)

ZudZud are a US black metal band and this is their second album.

It’s been a long wait since the band’s 2013 debut album The Good, the Bad and the Damned, but we now finally have a new release from this very individualistic black metal band. Continue reading “Zud – A Wilderness Left Untamed (Review)”

Cranely Gardens – House of Decay (Review)

Cranely GardensThis is the latest EP from Cranely Gardens, a deathcore band from the US.

Heavy and aggressive, this is modern deathcore with some metalcore and djent influences thrown in for good measure. Continue reading “Cranely Gardens – House of Decay (Review)”

The Shape – The World Away (Review)

The ShapeThe Shape are a US metal band and this is their fourth album.

Mixing modern metal, metalcore, thrash metal, nu-metal, and groove metal into their sound, this is an enjoyable romp through a landscape that sees many different complementary influences touched upon. Continue reading “The Shape – The World Away (Review)”