Category: Reviews

Atramentus – Stygian Review

[Artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski] Many enthusiasts of heavy metal expect or even demand progression as a qualifier before vaulting a new release into “essential” status. To an extent, it’s an understandable optimism—progression is exciting, and

Ingested – Where Only Gods May Tread Review

Death metal was born relishing in the raw, the murky, the crusty and the generally ugly. Ever since Suffocation created effigies of something or other (I forgot what), the brutal and slam scenes have done

Incantation – Sect Of Vile Divinities Review

Let’s play a game: Write down the first five words or short phrases that come to mind when you think about Incantation, and I’ll see if I can guess the words you picked. Ready? First

Cytotoxin – Nuklearth Review

Are you really good at guitar? But like, really good. Odds are that if you answered “yes” to that question you either are a liar who should probably find the nearest moldy WhatchamacallitTM bar and

Bear Mace ‒ Charred Field Of Slaughter Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. The easiest way to sell someone on Chicago’s Bear Mace would be to simply say that they often sound a lot like Bolt Thrower and their name is

Faceless Burial – Speciation Review

A tasty riff; a prime cut; a hearty slab; a juicy lead; vocals that bite; drums that bring the heat and band members that look like a snack…wait, what? When it comes to describing music,

Katalepsy – Terra Mortuus Est Review

As the CEO of Spotify said, it’s “not enough” for artists to release [good] music “every three to four years.” It has been, quite prophetically, four years since Katalepsy’s last release, Gravenous Hour. While the

Atræ Bilis ‒ Divinihility Review

Canada’s Atræ Bilis has the sound of a band made up of pretty diverse tastes within its ranks. Well… let’s walk that back for a second and say that the diversity in tastes is still