Monthly Overview – the Best of June 2019

Phew. After the metallic overload of the past couple of months, June was a bit calmer. Having said that, I have a great selection of releases for you to salivate over, and I still had to cut a few for the sake of brevity that are definitely worthy of inclusion. Anyway, it’s on with the show! Continue reading

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Beastwars – IV (Review)

Beastwars - IVBeastwars are a sludge/stoner metal band from New Zealand and this is their fourth album.

The return of Beastwars is to be celebrated, and what better way than to embrace 38 minutes of new, riff-worshipping, hard rocking metal tunes? Continue reading

Lord Dying – Mysterium Tremendum (Review)

Lord Dying - Mysterium TremendumThis is the third album from Lord Dying, a sludge metal band from the US.

A quick comparison between the cover artwork for the band’s previous album Poisoned Altars and this new one immediately led me to believe that Mysterium Tremendum was going to be a different kettle of fish Continue reading

A Thousand Sufferings – Bleakness (Review)

A Thousand Sufferings - BleaknessThis is the second album from A Thousand Sufferings, a Belgian blackened doom band.

We last heard from A Thousand Sufferings in 2015 with their debut album Burden. This was a dark slab of doom/sludge metal, and with Bleakness A Thousand Sufferings have capitalised on the strengths of that early record and produced 41 minutes of tortured and pained heavy music. Continue reading

Mastiff – Plague (Review)

Mastiff - PlagueMastiff are a hardcore/sludge metal band from the UK and this is their second album.

Mastiff play the kind of pitch-black ugliness that I really like. Mixing styles and genres into an extreme metal mass of festering hatred and misery, Plague contains elements of doom, sludge, hardcore, and grindcore, all hatefully mixed together and vomited onto the listener with scorn and bile. Continue reading