Nephren-Ka – From Agony to Transcendence (Review)

Nephren-Ka - From Agony to TranscendenceNephren-Ka are a French death metal band and this is their third album.

The return of Nephren-Ka sees them bring us a new lineup, (including a new singer), and a few more blackened influences. Other than that, we’re once again in for a brutal ride of Dune-flavoured death metal. I loved 2013’s The Fall of Omnius and 2017’s La Grande Guerre de L’Epice, and now¬†From Agony to Transcendence looks set to inflate my already high impressions of this superlative band. Continue reading “Nephren-Ka – From Agony to Transcendence (Review)”

Marasmus – Necrotic Overlord (Review)

Marasmus - Necrotic OverlordMarasmus are a death metal band from the US and this is their third album.

Featuring a member of Unmerciful, Marasmus play brutal death metal and spend 39 minutes furiously battering the listener with waves of blasting aggression and torrents of hatred. Continue reading “Marasmus – Necrotic Overlord (Review)”

Unmerciful – Wrath Encompassed (Review)

Unmerciful - Wrath EncompassedUnmerciful are a US death metal band and this is their third album.

After 2016’s Ravenous Impulse, the band are now back with a new vocalist and drummer, with 38 minutes of brutal death metal for us to get beaten around by. Continue reading “Unmerciful – Wrath Encompassed (Review)”

Bludgeon – Devoted to Lunacy (Review)

Bludgeon - Devoted to LunacyThis is the debut album from UK death metallers Bludgeon.

In some ways this album is a textbook example of what-you-see-is-what-you-get – the album cover just screams brutal death metal ripped from the underground in huge great bloody chunks. In other ways, however, this does Bludgeon a disservice, as this release is surprisingly technical and involved, and the band’s individual personality shines through the gore with an unexpected brightness. Continue reading “Bludgeon – Devoted to Lunacy (Review)”

Lago – Sea of Duress (Review)

LagoLago are a US death metal band and this is their second album.

I greatly enjoyed both 2014’s Tyranny and 2016’s split with Calm Hatchery, so I’m pleased to be able to catch up with Lago for their newest album Sea of Duress. Continue reading “Lago – Sea of Duress (Review)”

Eternal Rest – A Death in the Darkness (Review)

Eternal RestEternal Rest are an Australian technical death metal band and this is their second album.

This is technical death metal that’s relatively low key in how it shows off, choosing the usually superior route of concentrating on the actual songs themselves rather than ostentatious showmanship. A wise choice. Continue reading “Eternal Rest – A Death in the Darkness (Review)”

Blood of the Prophets – The Stars of the Sky Hid from Me (Review)

Blood of the ProphetsBlood of the Prophets are a death metal band from the US and this is their second album.

This is a modern brand of extremity, one that mixes elements of modern, melodic, technical death metal, and deathcore together into a sci-fi themed 24 minutes. Continue reading “Blood of the Prophets – The Stars of the Sky Hid from Me (Review)”

Origin – Unparalleled Universe (Review)

OriginThis is the seventh album from US death metallers Origin.

Origin play technical/brutal death metal that’s ultra-controlled, while also somehow seemingly a pure explosion of chaos and frenzy. Continue reading “Origin – Unparalleled Universe (Review)”

Grausig – Di Belakang Garis Musuh (Review)

GrausigThis is the third album from this Indonesian death metal band.

Here we have a 30 minute feast of underground, ugly brutality inspired by the classic USDM sound. This is for fans of Suffocation, Deeds of Flesh, Dying Fetus, Origin and the like. Grausig pay homage to their heroes across this relatively short album by playing their death metal as brutally as they can. Continue reading “Grausig – Di Belakang Garis Musuh (Review)”

Omnicide – Constants and Variables (Review)

OmnicideThis is the second album from this Swiss death metal band.

This is 34 minutes of modern death metal that effectively combines speed and groove.

Cannibal Corpse-esque riffs mix with elements of deathcore and bands like The Kennedy Veil and Origin, as well as sprinklings of thrash metal here and there. The resultant music sounds like none of the above bands too much, although you can hear where their influences come from. That the band can clearly acknowledge Continue reading “Omnicide – Constants and Variables (Review)”