Sadistik Forest – Morbid Majesties (Review)

Sadistik ForestSadistik Forest are a death metal band from Finland and this is their third album.

It’s hard for me to dislike something like this. Morbid Majesties contains 35 minutes of ugly, old-school death metal, and it resolutely slays. Continue reading

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Defiatory – Hades Rising (Review)

DefiatoryThis is the second album from this Swedish thrash metal band.

Defiatory’s debut album Extinct was a notably enjoyable thrash attack, ably mixing together older influences into a modern take on aggressive thrash metal. Continue reading

Reprisal – None Survive the Sun (Review)

ReprisalThis is the debut album from Reprisal, a death/thrash metal band from the UK.

This is 54 minutes of ripping death/thrash. It’s not without its depth either, as the band incorporate some choice progressive tendencies in their sound too. This justifies the length of the album, as the songs take the time to explore where they need to, offering a substantial and engaging journey to the listener. Continue reading

Metamorphosis – The Secret Art (Review)

MetamorphosisThis is the sixth album from German one man black metal band Metamorphosis.

Here we have 40 minutes of music that takes traditional satanic black metal and blends it with a decent helping of death metal muscle, doom metal melodic allure, thrash metal energy, and symphonic black metal grandeur. Continue reading

The Iron Gates – The Story Thus Far (Review)

The Iron GatesThis is the debut EP from US metalcore band The Iron Gates.

Here we have 20 minutes of thrash-influenced metalcore that strikes a balance between Darkest Hour‘s razor-sharp thrash, Killswitch Engage’s groove, and something a little more along the melodic death metal lines, (Amon Amarth?); there’s a pleasing aggression to parts of these songs. Continue reading

Rebel Wizard – Great Addictions to Blindingly Dark, Worldly Life (Review)

Rebel WizardRebel Wizard is a one-man blackened heavy metal band from Australia, and this is his latest EP.

I last heard Rebel Wizard’s work on his 2015 EP Invocation of the Miserable Ones, which stuck out with its well-written mix of black, thrash, and heavy metal. Continue reading