Void Vator – Great Fear Rising (Review)

Void Vator - Great Fear RisingThis is the debut album from Void Vator, a heavy metal band from the US.

Great Fear Rising is a modern take on a very old style. Void Vator play old-school heavy metal; it’s presented with a modern recording and delivery, but this is  mainly a product of the 80s, make no mistake. Continue reading “Void Vator – Great Fear Rising (Review)”

Rapture – Malevolent Demise Incarnation (Review)

Rapture - Malevolent Demise IncarnationRapture are a Greek death/thrash metal band and this is their third album.

It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in some death/thrash, and Malevolent Demise Incarnation is just the sort of release to get stuck into. These songs are high octane blood pumpers, and across 44 minutes Rapture showcase what they’re made of. Continue reading “Rapture – Malevolent Demise Incarnation (Review)”

Enforced – Kill Grid (Review)

Enforced - Kill GridEnforced are a thrash metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Enforced unleash 41 minutes of crossover death/thrash on Kill Grid, and it’s utterly devastating.

Enforced play a brutal form of thrash that has an old-school heart wrapped in a modern delivery. Taking elements of Continue reading “Enforced – Kill Grid (Review)”

Bihargam – Ove Tenebrae (Review)

Bihargam - Ove TenebraeBihargam are a black metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Featuring members of the mighty Fornicus, and playing the sort of moreish melodic black metal that hits the spot nicely, enjoying Ove Tenebrae was pretty much a given. Continue reading “Bihargam – Ove Tenebrae (Review)”

Tombstoner – Descent to Madness (Review)

Tombstoner - Descent to MadnessThis is the debut EP by US death metallers Tombstoner.

Oh my, what do we have here? This is some very tasty old-school death metal, played with modern flair. It’s not just death metal that we have here, however, as Tombstoner incorporate elements of grind, hardcore, and thrash into their Continue reading “Tombstoner – Descent to Madness (Review)”

Shatter Brain – Pitchfork Justice (Review)

Shatter Brain - Pitchfork JusticeThis is the debut album from Shatter Brain, an Australian thrash metal band.

Featuring members of Voros and Alkira, Pitchfork Justice contains 40 minutes of bellicose metal. Blending thrash, hardcore, and sludge metal into a strong-tasting and satisfying concoction, this is a very impressive debut album. If you imagine Continue reading “Shatter Brain – Pitchfork Justice (Review)”

Shards of Humanity – Cold Logic (Review)

Shards of Humanity - Cold LogicShards of Humanity are a US death metal band and this is their second album.

2014’s Fractured Frequencies was an enjoyable Death-inspired death/thrash album, played with precision and skill. Continue reading “Shards of Humanity – Cold Logic (Review)”

Azusa – Loop of Yesterdays (Review)

Azusa - Loop of YesterdaysThis is the second album from Azusa, an international progressive metal band.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as John Frum, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Extol, you know there’s a lot of talent and experience in Azusa before you even listen to them. Continue reading “Azusa – Loop of Yesterdays (Review)”

Enon Chapel – Enon Chapel (Review)

enon chapel - enon chapelEnon Chapel are an American black metal band and this is their debut EP.

Featuring a member of Palace of Worms, this project takes influence from Victorian era London and specialises in raw, lo-fi black metal. Continue reading “Enon Chapel – Enon Chapel (Review)”

Rash Decision – Seaside Resort to Violence (Review)

Rash DecisionRash Decision are from the UK and play Crossover Thrash/Hardcore.

Fast songs with short tempers; Rash Decision play Hardcore mixed with Thrash in its Speed Metal guise.

I find this style of music can get really stale, really fast, but the nice thing about Rash Decision is they manage to avoid this pitfall.

How? A couple of reasons. The first is the sheer energy and enthusiasm that these songs have. They seem alive.

The second is that although the songs are short they’re still actually songs. The band know how to write a good tune and there are hooks and catchy moments spread throughout this album like bountiful gems.

The vocalist has a good voice with just the right amount of belligerence and charisma.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable release from a band that play with passion and know how to write a good Old-School Hardcore tune mixed with a bit of Speed Metal for good measure.

Check them out and play them loud.