Return to Earth – Oblivion (Review)

Return to Earth - OblivionThis is the third album from US industrial metal band Return to Earth.

Industrial metal is a rather nebulous and potentially misleading genre tag when applied to Return to Earth. Oblivion is a very diverse and idiosyncratic record, with elements of metal, post-hardcore, industrial, progressive rock, and electronica all present in the music. This Continue reading “Return to Earth – Oblivion (Review)”

Spill Your Guts – The Wrath It Takes (Review)

Spill Your Guts - The Wrath It TakesSpill Your Guts are a blackened hardcore band from China and this is their second album.

The promo blurb states the following bands as influences on Spill Your Guts – Turbonegro, Kvelertak, Trap Them,
Every Time I Die, The Bronx,
All Pigs Must Die, Refused, and Shai Hulud – and these serve as a decent starting point for approaching the 31 minutes of material that makes up The Wrath It Takes. Continue reading “Spill Your Guts – The Wrath It Takes (Review)”

Archvile King – À la Ruine (Review)

Archvile King- À la RuineArchvile King is a solo black metal band from France and this is his debut album.

The music of Archvile King is that of classic black metal mixed with elements of thrash, punk, and folk. The latter style is lesser-heard in general, but can be detected in some of the melodies and the occasional acoustic guitar, (and is especially apparent in tracks like Chroniques du Royaume Avili and À la Ruine). The punk and thrash elements are embedded in parts of the blackened guitars that rage and tear out of the speakers like envenomed claws. Continue reading “Archvile King – À la Ruine (Review)”

Napalm Death – Resentment Is Always Seismic – a Final Throw of Throes (Review)

Napalm Death - Resentment Is Always Seismic - a Final Throw of ThroesThis is the latest EP from veteran UK grindcore band Napalm Death.

This mini-album consists of 29 minutes of material. The tracks are made up of recordings made during the sessions for the band’s last album – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism – and is made up of six new songs and two covers. Continue reading “Napalm Death – Resentment Is Always Seismic – a Final Throw of Throes (Review)”

Descent – Order of Chaos (Review)

Descent - Order of ChaosDescent are an Australian death metal act and this is their second album.

Order of Chaos offers a tight 30 minutes of punishing death metal. Smashing together HM-2-influenced death metal with ferocious grindcore and caustic punk, Descent’s second album is a vicious beast. Continue reading “Descent – Order of Chaos (Review)”

Wolfbastard – Hammer the Bastards (Review)

Wolfbastard - Hammer the BastardsWolfbastard are from the UK and play blackened crust. This is their third album.

Wolfbastard play the sort of sick and depraved blackened crust punk that you know you probably shouldn’t like, but you can’t help it as the songs are just so damn infectious. Seriously, the band can write a good hook, even if it is covered in grime and filth. Continue reading “Wolfbastard – Hammer the Bastards (Review)”

Outre-Tombe – Abysse Mortifère (Review)

Outre-Tombe - Abysse MortifèreOutre-Tombe are a Canadian death metal band and this is their third album.

Outre-Tombe are here to supply all of your old-school death metal needs. Looking for something grotesque and foul, populated with enough bloody riffs to keep you going for months? They got Continue reading “Outre-Tombe – Abysse Mortifère (Review)”