Category: Reviews

Cover art by Daniel Corcuera.

Druid Lord – Relics Of The Dead Review

Horror and metal have intertwined all the way back to the moment Black Sabbath saw the marquee for Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath. Countless bands since have turned to horror–both fiction and non–for inspiration. While the inspiration manifests

Blast Rites #1: Nak’ay / Hate For Humanity – Split 12″ Review

Blast Rites: because grindcore rules. Author’s Note: Hey, look at that, will ya? I’m trying something new here, taking our established Fast Rites short-form review concept and applying it to my obsession with all things

Nullification ‒ Kingdoms to Hovel Review

Cover art by Ov Exvn Infërnvz. A lot of metal bands wear their influences on their sleeves, sometimes literally in the form of a long-sleeve t-shirt with 15 logos on each arm. Much rarer are

Backslider – Psychic Rot Review

At the place where Powerviolence Alley runs into Grindcore Blvd, just between Hardcore Street and Sludge Avenue, a block or three from Psychedelia Place, there’s a dingy basement rehearsal space filled with smoke and cockroaches

Power Paladin – With The Magic Of Windfyre Steel Review

Icelandic power metal with heavy leanings is the kind of thing that immediately piques my interest. And the heavy part is not something I’d particularly expect looking at the richly textured, very much fantasy-based, (and

Blockheads – Trip To The Void Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. At the risk of repeating myself (as if this would be anywhere close to the first time for that), France’s Blockheads are far and away the best grindcore

Kontact – First Contact Review

[Cover artwork by Héloïse Merlin] Where were you when the world’s hottest new doomsday cult slipped into their fresh Keds and velour tracksuits, shimmied down an obscured underground passageway into the basement of the Great

VHS – I Heard They Suck…Blood Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. By naming their band VHS, these Ontario Nosferatu lovers have made it clear they have no interest in modernity and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. That being