ALBUM REVIEW: Fallujah – Empyrean


Two of the four members who make up California-based progressive death metallers Fallujah are originals from the band’s inception in 2007 and the other two have put the finishing touches on their debuts, all of which culminates in Empyrean, a Nuclear Blast bellwether.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Warforged – The Grove – Sundial


 

Warforged is one of those bands that has eight and a half million labels used to describe their music. From black metal, technical, death to proggy, I think each and every promo notification I received for this band labeled the band with something different. The multitude of labels are actually appropriate as not a single track on The Grove | Sundial (The Artisan Era), the band’s second album, sounds the same on this album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kill Division – Peace Through Tyranny


I’ve been a huge Transformers fan since the original 1980s cartoon and toy line (yes, I’m old). So when I was sent Kill Division’s debut album, Peace Through Tyranny (Redefining Darkness Records), Megatron’s quote line from the original action figure, I was instantly intrigued. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Heads For The Dead – The Great Conjuration


 

Horror and death metal is just as much comfort food for me as peanut butter and jelly is for others. It just goes so well together, that it’s impossible not to do the brutal combination. Heads For The Dead have crept back out from their catacombs to deliver their blood and a venom-soaked third full-length album, The Great Conjuration (Transcending Obscurity).Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Aronious – Irkalla


There are times when album art seems absolutely representative of the music contained within. So it is with Irkalla (The Artisan Era), the forthcoming album by Green Bay, Wisconsin’s Aronious. The technical death metal group’s follow-up to their 2020 album Perspicacity, rushes at the listener in relentless, head-spinning waves, as though the band was charting the soundtrack to the formation of galaxies. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Psycroptic – Divine Council


 

In the two (plus!) decades since their inception, it seems that Tasmanian death metallers Psycroptic have simultaneously had their plaudits and yet also feel like an underrated act, especially considering their ascent in their recent albums. Whilst 2003’s The Scepter of the Ancients was an early career high point, it wasn’t until 2015’s self titled effort (and first on current label Prosthetic) where they began to show themselves again amongst the upper echelon of bands in their field. If this was an arguable statement previously, Divine Council is the album that makes it a certainty.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Greylotus – Dawnfall


Trying to crack the shell that is Greylotus is like the struggle of explaining the inner workings of the Holy Roman Empire in three sentences.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Exocrine – The Hybrid Sons


 

Strap yourselves in, folks.

Exocrine, the progressive technical death metal goliaths hailing from France have penned an absolutely earth-shattering colossus that redefines the term “heavy” and wholeheartedly challenged this author to find enough synonyms to accurately depict the sheer destructive chaos The Hybrid Suns (Unique Leader) leaves in its wake.

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ALBUM REVIEW: DeathFuckingCunt – Decadent Perversity


Australians know a thing or two about Pop Punk, and DeathFuckingCunt are no strangers to the scene, with their hummable hooks and heart-warming verses.

Of course not.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Carcass – Immolation – Creeping Death Live at The Vogue


Carcass is closing the books on their Spring tour with Immolation and Creeping Death this week. Starting out in Austin, Texas and culminating at what might be the final Maryland Deathfest, I caught up to them at The Vogue in Indianapolis.

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