Orbit Culture – Shaman (Review)

Orbit Culture - ShamanThis is the latest EP from Orbit Culture, a Swedish metal band.

Following on from 2020’s NijaShaman contains 25 minutes of new material. If you’re a fan of modern metal that mixes groove metal, thrash, metalcore , and deathcore together, then Shaman is a meaty and satisfying hit of heaviness. Continue reading “Orbit Culture – Shaman (Review)”

ILLT – Urhat (Review)

ILLT - UrhatThis is the debut album from one-man Norwegian blackened extreme metal project ILLT.

This solo act is rounded out by session musicians from such notable bands as Megadeth, Soilwork, Nile, and Chrome Division. There’s 36 minutes of material on Urhat containing a modern blackened mix of death metal, thrash, hardcore, and splashes of doom and hard rock. Continue reading “ILLT – Urhat (Review)”

Dominicide – The Architecture of Oppression (Review)

Dominicide - The Architecture of OppressionThis is the latest EP from UK death/thrash metallers Dominicide.

This four track EP has a duration of 24 minutes and showcases Dominicide’s brand of modern metallic assault. The music mixes death and thrash metal, while also incorporating at various points across the EP elements of deathcore and even symphonic enhancements. Continue reading “Dominicide – The Architecture of Oppression (Review)”

Wormwitch – Wolf Hex (Review)

Wormwitch - Wolf HexThis is the third album from Canadian black metallers Wormwitch.

Wolf Hex is the 34-minute follow up to 2019’s very well-received Heaven That Dwells Within, but it’s somewhat of a different record to its predecessor. Although obviously the same band, (but with a different lineup), Wolf Hex is rawer and less-polished, and owes more to the underground scenes; it sounds loose, organic, and unforced, and the songs benefit from this approach throughout the album. Continue reading “Wormwitch – Wolf Hex (Review)”

Oxygen Destroyer – Sinister Monstrosities Spawned by the Unfathomable Ignorance of Humankind (Review)

Oxygen Destroyer - Sinister Monstrosities Spawned by the Unfathomable Ignorance of HumankindOxygen Destroyer are a blackened death/thrash metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Oxygen Destroyer play combination of death, black, and thrash metal that’s brutal and deadly. Across 29 minutes of material the band ply their monster-themed trade, and do so with breathless enthusiasm. Continue reading “Oxygen Destroyer – Sinister Monstrosities Spawned by the Unfathomable Ignorance of Humankind (Review)”

Francis Root/Sconsacrata – Split (Review)

Francis Root Sconsacrata - SplitFrancis Root, (based in Norway), and Sconsacrata, (based in the UK), are both solo black metal acts who have teamed up for this split release, (both artists are also in sludge metal band Beggar).

Francis Root start us off, with 19 minutes of material. The style of the four songs we’re presented with is one that’s modern and progressive, with elements of electronica and industrial sewn into the music. Continue reading “Francis Root/Sconsacrata – Split (Review)”

Decrepisy – Emetic Communion (Review)

Decrepisy - Emetic CommunionThis is the debut album from Decrepisy, a death metal band from the US.

Across 35 minutes Decrepisy play foul, malignant death metal that’s both old-school and timeless at the same time. The band use doom influences well within their sound, and you can hear a thrash metal edge to some of the less-warped and twisted melodies that are sometimes used. Continue reading “Decrepisy – Emetic Communion (Review)”

Tombstoner – Victims of Vile Torture (Review)

Tombstoner - Victims of Vile TortureTombstoner are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Now here’s one I’ve really been looking forward to. 2020’s Descent to Madness was seriously good, and I’ve only grown to love it even more over time. On Victims of Vile Torture, we once again get a feast of old-school death metal, played with a modern edge that incorporates elements of grind, hardcore, groove, and thrash metal. The music combines all of the above elements into a roaringly good collection of tracks. Continue reading “Tombstoner – Victims of Vile Torture (Review)”

Temple of Dread – Hades Unleashed (Review)

Temple of Dread - Hades UnleashedThis is the third album from German death metal band Temple of Dread.

Hades Unleashed contains 40 minutes of death metal, and features a member of Slaughterday on vocals. Continue reading “Temple of Dread – Hades Unleashed (Review)”

Archangel A.D. – Casus Belli (Review)

Archangel A.D. - Casus BelliThis is the debut album from Archangel A.D., a thrash metal band from the US.

Clearly influenced by the 80s thrash metal scene, as well as aspects of NWOBHM and a selection of other bands from the era such as Motörhead, Casus Belli contains 52 minutes of old-school thrash metal. Continue reading “Archangel A.D. – Casus Belli (Review)”