Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites (Review)

Nile - Vile Nilotic RitesNile are a US death metal band and this is their ninth album.

On Vile Nilotic Rites Nile return with a new lineup and a new approach to songwriting. There’s a greater cohesion in how the band members work together, and subsequently how their instruments and vocals fit with each other, meaning that the songs on this new album are very high quality. Nile sound focused and hungry. Continue reading

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Hour of Penance – Misotheism (Review)

Hour of Penance - MisotheismThis is the eighth album from Hour of Penance, an Italian death metal band.

The follow up to 2017’s enjoyable Cast the First Stone, Misotheism offers the listener 41 minutes of professional, merciless death metal. Blending brutality and technicality well, this new album is easy to listen to if you’re a fan of solid, classically-delivered death metal. Continue reading

Godeater – All Flesh Is Grass (Review)

Godeater - All Flesh Is Grass

Godeater are a death metal band from the UK and this is their debut album.

This is a raging, angry slab of ferocious modern death metal. It blends modern technicality with significant atmosphere and a melodic sensibility that results in brutally effective songs that stick in the mind like barbed thorns. Continue reading

Omophagia – 646965 (Review)

Omophagia - 646965Omophagia are a death metal band from Switzerland and this is their third album.

2016’s In the Name of Chaos was solid, muscular death metal, the type that took influence from classic death metal and then gave it a modern slant. 646965 can be roughly described the same way, but with the modern side of the equation ramped up some. Continue reading

Victims of Contagion – Lamentations of the Flesh Bound (Review)

Victims of Contagion - Lamentations of the Flesh BoundVictims of Contagion are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Victims of Contagion play death metal that mixes brutality with technicality, resulting in songs that aren’t overly technical just for the sake of it. Instead, the technicality is used to forge tracks that place the song at the heart of what the band do. Continue reading

Humanity’s Last Breath – Abyssal (Review)

Humanity's Last Breath - AbyssalThis is the second album from Swedish death metallers Humanity’s Last Breath.

Well, Abyssal is not what I expected. Although I’d heard of Humanity’s Last Breath prior to listening to this album, for some reason I had it in my head that they were a metalcore band. No idea why. I’m also very, very wrong. What we have here is some individually-played death metal; it seems that Humanity’s Last Breath have carved out their own niche in the crowded death metal landscape, and then filled it with mechanised horror. Continue reading

Soulskinner/Obsecration/Abyssus/Malicious Silence – Sign of the Covenant of Death – Split (Review)

Soulskinner Obsecration Abyssus Malicious Silence - Sign of the Covenant of Death - SplitThis split is between four death metal bands – Soulskinner, Obsecration, Abyssus, and Malicious Silence, all of which are from Greece.

Oh, what a sickeningly horrible feast of underground death metal we have for you here! Each band has two tracks, and each band gives a good accounting of themselves. Continue reading

Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno (Review)

Fleshgod Apocalypse - VelenoThis is the fifth album from Fleshgod Apocalypse, an Italian death metal band.

The follow up to the acclaimed King, Fleshgod Apocalypse’s orchestral death metal is in fine form on Veleno, with the band’s symphonic orchestration once again ably enmeshed in their technical workouts and core brutality. However, the Continue reading

Inanimate Existence – Clockwork (Review)

Inanimate Existence - ClockworkInanimate Existence are a US progressive death metal band and this is their fifth album.

Inanimate Existence have always impressed. Their blend of progressive, technical, and atmospheric death metal has always been well-written, inventive, and thoroughly enjoyable. So far, they have a prolific streak of high quality work, and Clockwork only adds to this, I’m pleased to report. Continue reading