Signs of the Swarm – Vital Deprivation (Review)

Signs of the Swarm - Vital DeprivationThis is the third album from US deathcore/death metal band Signs of the Swarm.

I enjoyed 2017’s The Disfigurement of Existence, which took the standard deathcore template and injected into it brutal slamming death metal and the very occasional bout of melody and atmosphere. On Vital Deprivation the band have returned with 27 minutes of new material, and a changed style and singer too. Continue reading

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Pathology – Reborn to Kill (Review)

Pathology - Reborn to KillPathology are a US death metal band and this is their tenth album.

Pathology have had a new lineup since 2017’s self titled album, including a guitarist from Condemned and vocalist from Inherit Disease. The songs are short and vicious, and the entire album is done in 33 minutes of grooving heaviness and nasty brutality. Continue reading

Disentomb – The Decaying Light (Review)

Disentomb - The Decaying LightThis is the third album from Australian brutal death metallers Disentomb.

I’ve seen Disentomb live a few times over the years, and they’ve always impressed with their energetic brutality. I have to say that The Decaying Light is not what I expected, as alongside the utter brutality I was prepared for, there’s an intricacy and depth of delivery here which caught me off guard. Continue reading

Ohio Slamboys – Zombie Killing Process (Review)

Ohio Slamboys - Zombie Killing ProcessThis is the debut album from Ohio Slamboys, a brutal death metal band from France.

Now here’s an album that does exactly what it says on the tin. Slamming death metal with a zombie fixation? Why the Hell not! It would be so easy to play this kind of thing badly and end up a generic mess of gore and entrails, but do you know what? This album is just a big old ball of bloody fun. Continue reading

Carnal Decay – When Push Comes to Shove (Review)

Carnal DecayThis is the latest EP from Carnal Decay, a death metal band from Switzerland.

After hugely enjoying 2017’s You Owe You Pay, this new 10-minute EP was well-received by yours truly. It’s great to hear more of the band’s crushing modern death metal. Continue reading

Organectomy – Domain of the Wretched (Review)

OrganectomyOrganectomy are a New Zealand death metal band and this is their debut album.

Now that’s what you call an album cover. Oh yeah.

Organectomy play brutal death metal, but it’s not without nuance. Survive the Continue reading

Ingested – The Level Above Human (Review)

IngestedThis is the fourth album from this UK brutal death metal band.

Although I’ve seen Ingested live, this is my first encounter with their recorded material. They sound pretty much exactly like I thought they would, and I mean that in a very good way. I enjoyed them live, and The Level Above Human manages to capture the massive sound of the band’s performance with crushing precision. Continue reading

Vulvodynia – Psychosadistic Design (Review)

VolvodyniaThis is the second album from Vulvodynia, a death metal band from South Africa.

Vulvodynia specialise in a form of brutal death metal that features a large helping of slam, beatdowns and deathcore/whatever – basically it’s brutal, bouncy and smashes the Hell out of everything around it.

This is heavy and groovy, designed to fuel violence in mosh pits Continue reading