Makkmat – Beina Brenner (Review)

Makkmat - Beina BrennerMakkmat are a grindcore band from Norway and this is their debut album.

Playing grinding powerviolence that’s fast, sharp, and filled with a menacing punk energy, it’s time to strap yourself in and enter the fray with your best armoured post-apocalyptic vehicle. After all, how will you stay safe with Makkmat running around causing chaos and mayhem? Continue reading

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Dispyt – Den Ständigt Närvarande Ångesten (Review)

Dispyt - Den Ständigt Närvarande ÅngestenDispyt are a blackened crust band from Finland and this is their debut album.

Featuring members of Finntroll & Ondfødt, Den Ständigt Närvarande Ångesten contains 27 minutes of crust, punk, d-beat, and hardcore nastiness, all realised through a second wave black metal filter. Continue reading

Thecodontion – Jurassic (Review)

Thecodontion - JurassicThecodontion are a black metal band from Italy and this is their second release.

Thecodontion first appeared on my metallic radar with their self-titled debut demo at the start of 2018. It immediately blew me away. I had to find out more. Feral and ugly, consisting of prehistoric-themes and guitar-less bass-driven, mayhem, it was a real shot of belligerent adrenaline. Continue reading

Refusal – Epitome of Void (Review)

Refusal - Epitome of VoidRefusal are a Finnish death metal band and this is their second album.

Here we have 32 minutes of old-school death metal mixed with elements of grind and hardcore. It’s nasty, savage, and packs a mean punch. Entombed and Napalm Death are your reference points here, along with bands like Rotten Sound, Crawl, and Lik. Continue reading

Minors – Abject Bodies (Review)

Minors - Abject BodiesMinors are a hardcore/sludge band from Canada. This is their second album.

It only seems like yesterday that 2017’s Atrophy was unleashed on an unsuspecting world, providing those in the know with a visceral, harsh hit of aggressive hardcore/sludge that left a firm mark. Well, Minors are now back with another 30 minutes of material that sees them in fine form once more. Continue reading

Endorphins Lost – Seclusions (Review)

endorphins lost - seclusionsEndorphins Lost are from the US and play grindcore. This is their second album.

My first encounter with Endorphins Lost was on their split with Osk, and I enjoyed their brief, violent take on crust/hardcore-infused grind. Their songs on that split only lasted four minutes, so it’s great to be able to find out what the band can do with 21 minutes of material. Continue reading