The Bearer – Chained To A Tree Review

Understanding the assignment is a very valuable trait in a band. In the mid-‘00s, metalcore (WAIT, DON’T LEAVE) hit its nadir as a seemingly endless parade of copycat bands wrote half-assed At The Gates riffs

Ashenspire – Hostile Architecture Review

Here’s a truth about art that is all too often forgotten: art needs to be political. Art begs to be political. Here’s another truth about art that is all too often forgotten: art needs to

Antigama – Whiteout Review

If there’s a conversation deciding the current World’s Greatest Grindcore Band, then Antigama is certainly in the running. Across seven albums and many shorter releases before this one, this Polish quartet has built themselves quite

Staff Infections – July 2022

It’s time once again, dear readers, to gape in awe at the Last Rites staff’s sublime taste in music. Don’t gape too long, though. Instead, take notes, so that one day, with the right amount

Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We Missed In 2022 So Far, Vol. 3

This is the final installment of our annual mid-year wrap-up, compiling our hand-selected best of the records we somehow neglected to cover during the first half of 2022. You should’ve already read Parts 1 and

Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We Missed In 2022 So Far, Vol. 2

This is Vol. 2 of our annual mid-year wrap-up, compiling our hand-selected best of the records we somehow neglected to cover during the first half of 2022. You should’ve already read Part 1, but if

Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We Missed In 2022 So Far, Vol. 1

Once upon a time in the MetalReview Dot Com Days Ov Yore, this crew of particularly persnickety prickly pears would review everything sent to the email inbox (or PO box). It’s unfathomable to think of

Cover art by Ben Hickling

Track Premiere: Exaltation – “Ascension”

New Zealand’s Exaltation have been smoldering in reclusion since releasing their first demo back in 2017.  A promising slab of putrid death that falls somewhere between the demonic symphonies of Incantation and the punchier attack

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