Infera Bruo – Cerement

Black metal with a clean, crisp production and actual melody isn’t going to work for everyone. To some, it’s just not “cult” enough if it doesn’t sound like it was recorded at the bottom of a well, but Infera Bruo are three records into their career now and they’re still able to sound vibrant and full of ethereal evil. The emphasis, as ever with Infera Bruo, is on the balance of dark ambience with hints of malice scattered throughout. However, while Cerement (Prosthetic) is more to-the-point than previous releases, it lacks the memorable flair of both of its predecessors. Continue reading

Infera Bruo Signs With Prosthetic Records, New Album Due This Fall

Cult black metallers and low-key supergroup Infera Bruo have signed a new deal with Prosthetic Records, and will release a new album this fall. Cerement will be available on all digital outlets, compact disc and black and grey smoke vinyl on September 7th. Featuring members of Trap Them, Cul de Sac, and Pillory, the band has also dropped a new single, ‘Shroud Enigma’, which you can hear below. Continue reading

Minors – Atrophy

Well, bugger me! Holy Roar Records just continue to bring us some of the best underground heavy music around at the moment. I had previously reviewed The Barn from Idylls from the label and the quality is matched and even bettered here on Atrophy which is the début album from Windsor, Ontario’s Minors. The overriding feeling here is a sense of oppression and being pinned to my seat as the band dealt out wave upon wave of hardcore Sludge drenched in feedback, a stylistic choice which was very prevalent throughout. Continue reading

All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal

You must respect any band that lives up to their moniker. Imagine being an impressionable metallic youth raiding the local record store and picking up albums from acts known as Poison and Slaughter. Seems metal enough, but then you get home only to realize the swindle and that those tapes were as hard as the Pillsbury Doughboy. When you listen to Hostage Animal (Southern Lord) by All Pigs Must Die, you don’t have that problem. Continue reading

Wildspeaker – Spreading Adder

Texan purveyors of blackened crust Wildspeaker release their second full length on Prosthetic Records.  A notable departure in the tone of 2015’s Survey the Wreckage (self-released) Spreading Adder has a much sludgier feel. Whilst Survey the Wreckage had a brighter and sharper tone, Spreading Adder is much lower and dirtier and the most obvious change is that vocals are more hidden in the mix, which limits their power. Continue reading

Cult Of Luna, Neurosis, And Trap Them Added To Roskilde Festival

Cult Of Luna, Neurosis, and Trap Them have joined the eclectic lineup of one of the world’s most important music festivals, Roskilde. Taking place June 24th – July first, in Roskilde, Denmark, and boasts over 175 bands on 9 stages. Typically most of the lineup consists of more pop and rock bands, but over the years more heavy and experimental acts have been added. Continue reading

The 2017 Hellfest Open Air Festival Lineup Has Been Revealed

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The 2017 Hellfest Open Air Festival will be taking place from June 16th-18th in Clisson, France next year, and the final lineup has now been confirmed. Continue reading

Jacob Bannon Of Converge Announces Solo Project – Wear Your Wounds

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Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced the details of his new solo project, Wear Your Wounds, with its début album out next April 7th from Bannon’s label Deathwish Inc. Continue reading

Trap Them – Crown Feral

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Some of the best bands out there today rise to the top on focusing solely on emotion in their music. The art of trying to write the fastest music or the most brutal music is stale and simply is no longer relevant. Grindcore outfit, Trap Them, have returned with their fifth full length entitled Crown Feral (Prosthetic). Quite simply, this album is equally angry, chaotic, and depressive. From start to finish, this album is filled with riff after riff that are sure to stay with you all day. Continue reading