Various Artists – Doombanomicon


It’s not often I am interested in compilation releases with a multitude of artists, but Doombanomicon (Black Doomba) really took me by surprise. A collection of thirteen songs by thirteen different artists, all of which express some differing style of doom metal. Think of it as the doom metal subgenre dictionary done by some artists you may not know of quite yet. Oh and the album title is perfect thanks to the reference to the Necronomicon, also known as The Book of the Dead.Continue reading


Nordjevel – Necrogenesis


Black metal has really come around for me in the past few years where I was essentially just bored of the genre. While many black metal bands are putting out some solid releases, Nordjevel have really hit the nail on the head with their latest, Necrogenesis (Osmose). This release is more than just thirty minutes of blast beats and some abrasive anti-Christian lyrics. This Norwegian outfit is all about progressing forward while holding onto their roots as well in a well-done harmony. Even the length of forty-seven minutes seems like a little much for a black metal record of the current era, but the welcome is certainly not overstayed.Continue reading


The Royal – Deathwatch


It is not too often where I find new metallic Hardcore that gets me paying attention as quickly as the latest release from this group from the Netherlands known as The Royal. Their latest album entitled Deathwatch (Long Branch Records) is a mix of all the fun things you like about Metal, complete with breakdowns with a Hardcore Punk vocalist. There is also a nice atmospheric touch to some tracks, just to add that bit of spice as needed to keep the listener’s attention.Continue reading


Primitive Man / Hell – Split


Nothing beats a good split between two solid artists putting together a song or two each since we all know as music lovers, we all want new tunes! Primitive Man and Hell have joined forces on Split (Relapse) where Primitive Man brings forward two tracks of about six minutes each while Hell brings a single near-ten minute track to the table. This particular split is a great pick me up for after a long day at the office and is long enough to help soothe your head and be over before your commute home is complete.Continue reading


Rotting Christ – The Heretics


When asked about which countries have the greatest Metal bands, Greece certainly has a few that really stand out, with Rotting Christ maintaining their position as the ultimate standard bearers, particularly after the phenomenal success of their previous release, Rituals. All of which piles extra attention and pressure onto their latest album, The Heretics (Season Of Mist), proving their thirteenth album has a tough act to follow.Continue reading


PUSH! – Dark Dive


While the Crossover scene (Heavy Metal and Hardcore Punk) has been flourishing in North America, it is nice to see that the same love for both genres of extreme music are found fused together even in Portugal. PUSH! is back with another Crossover album entitled Dark Dive (self-released) and it is ensured to impress. Equally groovy and crushing, the Lisbon, Portugal natives put together eleven tracks which is the perfect sample size to start listening to an up and coming potential gem in Western Europe.Continue reading


WOORMS – Slake


I always found it interesting how so many Sludge Metal bands can have the same foundation for a sound but then branch out to sound completely unique from each other. WOORMS has done just that with their latest release, Slake (Hospital/Sludgelord). A ten-track journey a bit over 30 minutes felt just like the right amount of material to quench my Sludge thirst but not be overkill. Meanwhile the emotions on the album span pretty wide between depressing and almost psychedelic sound sample intros to aggressive guitar riffs and song lyrics. Both of which made this album stand out early on in 2019.Continue reading


Languish – Unworthy


Supergroups can typically be a swing and miss in my experience, usually due to too many differing styles being mixed together. This is like when mixing too many colors just leaves you with a murky brown. Having said that, Languish is certainly one of the better sounding collectives that make it work with their Blackened Death Metal meets Grindcore approach. Their sophomore efforts are out now under the title Unworthy via Prosthetic Records, and it is mighty impressive.Continue reading


Author & Punisher – Beastland


In every genre of music, there are true artists that push boundaries and stand out from the crowd. In the industrial metal world, Tristan Shone’s Author & Punisher is doing just that. His latest release, Beastland (Relapse), is a continuation of the evolution of what industrial metal can be. Tristan is a mechanical engineer who built his own instruments that have expanded and evolved over the course of his discography as has the material he has written. This fact alone puts Author & Punisher really in a genre of its own.Continue reading