Miasmes – Répugnance (Review)

Miasmes - R​é​pugnanceMiasmes are a French black metal band and this is their debut album.

After how much I enjoyed last year’s debut EP Vermines, Répugnance is an album I have been looking forward to. The band have delivered the goods, as I was hoping they would, and Répugnance gives us 42 minutes of new material, (or mostly new – Pestilence makes a reappearance from the EP). Continue reading “Miasmes – Répugnance (Review)”

Death Goals – A Garden of Dead Flowers (Review)

Death Goals - A Garden of Dead FlowersThis is the second album from Death Goals, a hardcore band from the UK.

A Garden of Dead Flowers is a 29-minute album full of character and personality. This is partially down to the varied and charismatic vocals – everything from shrieks to clean singing – and partially down to the music itself, which is expressive and colourful, while Continue reading “Death Goals – A Garden of Dead Flowers (Review)”

Hexenschorf – Certain Rapture (Review)

Hexenschorf - Certain RaptureHexenschorf is a one-man black metal band from the US, and this is his debut album.

The artist behind Hexenshorf plays black metal in the classic second wave style. Certain Rapture provides us with 28 minutes of raw hostility. Continue reading “Hexenschorf – Certain Rapture (Review)”

Ὁπλίτης (Hoplites) – Τρωθησομένη (Review)

Ὁπλίτης - ΤρωθησομένηThis is the second album from Ὁπλίτης (otherwise known as Hoplites), a one-man post-black metal band from China.

Well this is unexpected. Having only unleashed the stunning Ψευδομένη on an unsuspecting world in January, we now get the equally unexpected Τρωθησομένη – 38 minutes of tasty new material from the very talented, (and apparently very prolific), artist behind Ὁπλίτης, (as well as Vitriolic Sage). Continue reading “Ὁπλίτης (Hoplites) – Τρωθησομένη (Review)”

Straight Hate – Slaves of Falseness (Review)

Straight Hate - Slaves of FalsenessThis is the third album from Polish grindcore band Straight Hate.

On 2016’s Every Scum Is a Straight Arrow and 2019’s Black Sheep Parade, Straight Hate amiably demonstrated their competence in the gritty arts of grindcore. Now they’ve returned with 26 minutes of new material on Slaves of Falseness, and they’re ready to grind. Continue reading “Straight Hate – Slaves of Falseness (Review)”

Endorphins Lost – Night People (Review)

Endorphins Lost - Night PeopleEndorphins Lost are from the US and play grindcore. This is their third album.

I enjoyed Endorphins Lost’s 2018 split with Osk, and I enjoyed their 2019 album Seclusions. Their successful run continues, as now, I also enjoy Night People too. 14 tracks, 20 minutes; Night People is succinct and to the point, yet doesn’t lack in finesse or depth. Continue reading “Endorphins Lost – Night People (Review)”

Obelyskkh – The Ultimate Grace of God (Review)

Obelyskkh - The Ultimate Grace of GodThis is the fifth album from German doom metallers Obelyskkh.

Ahh, finally Obelyskkh have returned to dispense mammoth-sized doom to the masses. The Providence came out in 2017, which was an age ago, and 2013’s Hymn to Pan was even further back in the mists of time. So, what do Obelyskkh have to offer in 2023? Continue reading “Obelyskkh – The Ultimate Grace of God (Review)”

Oozing Wound – We Cater to Cowards (Review)

Oozing Wound - We Cater to CowardsThis is the fifth album from US metal band Oozing Wound.

Following on from 2019’s High Anxiety, We Cater to Cowards contains 41 minutes of new material. However, this is not the same band we encountered on High Anxiety. Continue reading “Oozing Wound – We Cater to Cowards (Review)”

Imha Tarikat – Hearts Unchained – At War with a Passionless World (Review)

Imha Tarikat - Hearts Unchained - At War with a Passionless WorldThis is the third album from German black metal band Imha Tarikat.

Imha Tarikat’s well-written contemporary black metal is satisfying and rewarding to listen to. It combines elements from the modern and classic styles into something all of its own. Elements of hard rock, heavy Continue reading “Imha Tarikat – Hearts Unchained – At War with a Passionless World (Review)”

Dead Cross – II (Review)

Dead Cross - IIThis is the second album from Dead Cross, a hardcore band from the US.

Following on from 2017’s well-received Dead Cross, II hits like an adrenaline shot. Stitching together a carefully smashed up collection of hardcore, thrash and other miscellaneous styles, Dead Cross once again deliver a charismatic and characterful platter of punky tunes. Continue reading “Dead Cross – II (Review)”