On The Verge March 24, 2017

by Hadal Maw

The Pitch: The second offering from Melbourne progressive death metal band Hadal Maw, through EVP Recordings. I see plenty of strengths to build on. FFO Gorod, Intensive Square, Trilateral, Barus What I Like: This band shows a lot of promise for me. They have an ear for interesting sounds and the m...

Inner Dissolution March 24, 2017

No Pity, No Sunrise
by Sloth Herder

The Pitch: Maryland-based Grimoire Records presents the debut full-length recording from blackened, technical grinders Sloth Herder. FFO Sepetus, Dendritic Arbor, Immortal Bird, Lord Mantis What I Like: I don't know about you, but I saw the name Sloth Herder and assumed this is would be some trudgi...

Ancient Echoes March 23, 2017

by Orm

The Pitch: Denmark's epic black/blackened death metal band, Orm, releases their debut LP via Indisciplinarian. Extra props for more stunning artworkfrom Italian artist Paolo Girardi (Bell Witch, Inquisition, and Black Breath) What I Like: While this group has atmospheric overtones, they rarely skim...

Neapolitan Symphonic Black Metal March 23, 2017

by Scuorn

The Pitch: The mighty Dusktone label brings us symphonic black metal from Italy in the form of Scuorn; a one-manproject heavily influenced by the cult of Parthenope and "the most ancient legends and history of the mysterious Neapolitan lands." FFO Emperor, Nokturnal Mortum, Moonsorrow What I Like: ...

From the Gutter March 22, 2017

by Scumripper

The Pitch: Finnish crusty death metal and metallic punk debut from Scumrippernow being released on vinyl via Hells Headbangers. FFO: ZOM, Venom, Autopsy, Nuclear Holocaust What I Like: Just plain decadent and revolting. You've got the raging 80's punk riffs lacerating limbs like rusty chainsaws to ...

Rising Smoke March 22, 2017

by Chene

The Pitch: Oslo, Norway based band,Chne, delivers stunningpost-metal with black metal influences on debut EP/ʃɛn/. Recorded at an old artillery factory by Runar Magnussen and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audioseige. FFO: They Grieve, Sonance, Alaskan What I Like: First off, the sheer depth of this...

Shadows of Ruin March 21, 2017

Crimson Throne
by Crimson Throne

The Pitch: Debut EP from Scandinavian-influenced black metal from South England's Crimson Throne via Apocalyptic Witchcraft. FFO Murg, Taake, early Enslaved. What I Like: Everything you could want from your traditional black metal classics is on display with this EP. The first two tracks are pure N...

Spiraling Serpents March 20, 2017

Eleven Dragons
by Acrimonious

The Pitch: Greek occult black and death metal FFO Taake, early Enslaved. True Black Dawn What I Like: When at its best, Acrimonious is spiraling, serpentlike riffs, rumbling drums, and grim vocals. In my opinion, they work best at their fastest, incorporating some slimy hooks and ominous basslines ...

Spiritual Bedlam March 20, 2017

Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam
by Délétère

The Pitch: From Sepulchral Productions, Qubec black metal band Dltre bring unbridled catharsis to the darkness. FFO Death Karma, Cult of Fire, Mgla What I Like: This band wastes no time letting us know what they are about. The atmosphere, the raw and powerful vocal performance, the mournful guitars...

Traveling Through Abyss March 20, 2017

Do Not Deviate
by Replacire

The Pitch: Boston-based progressive death metal band Replacire from Season of Mist unleash hell with an incredible display of technical ability and songwriting prowess. Gigan, BTBAM, Coma Cluster Void, Alkaloid, Dillinger Escape Plan What I Like: Oh man, what a release day for SoM. We got the insan...

Harbinger March 17, 2017

by Dodecahedron

The Pitch: Tilburg black metal band Dodecahedron rises like the destroyer of worlds with an enormous new album via Season of Mist.FFO Blut Aus Nord, Deathspell Omega, Leviathan, Nightbringer What I Like: Kwintessens is truly a devouring beast. Rarely is chaos so densely concentrated. I find that ma...

No More Heroes March 17, 2017

Psychology in the Scene
by FlightOfIcarus

My background is in psychology and counseling, and it has become an inextricable part of how I see the world. This is no different when it comes to my passion for music and interaction with others in the metal scene. So heres my sub topic for today: hero worship and its effect on the musical landsca...

A Big Step Forwards March 17, 2017

To The Concrete Drifts
by Fell Ruin

The Pitch: Graven Earth Records presents the latest release from Michigan's black and doom metal act Fell Ruin, who have taken significant strides forward since their debut. Olddwvrms, Maueutiste What I Like: This barely sounds like the same band I reviewed around 2 years ago. They have made some a...

Dripping With Grind March 17, 2017

The Hanged Man
by Pissed On

The Pitch: Kentucky grindcore to destroy your brain in 10 minutes flat. What I Like: It's grind. It's good. Songs, despitefollowing the traditional fast-and-to-the-point approach, each have their own unique qualities to differentiate betweenthem. They also manage to pack in some memorable hooks ami...

Avante-Garde Black Abyss March 16, 2017

I Thought There Was the Sun Awaiting My Awakening
by Digir Gidim

The Pitch: Theman behind Titaan forms a new black metalduo further exploring ancient Sumerian themes. "Digir was a cuneiform symbol made to represent supreme divinity An or Anu, It also denotes a God if its placed in front of a name." What I Like: You don't have to like the sound, but you certainly...

UltraFrench March 16, 2017

by Fange

The Pitch: French blackened sludge crew, Fange, return just a few months after Purge to deliver even more decrepit sounds with Pourrissoir via Throatruiner and Deathwish. FFO Bearstorm, Drouth, Lord Mantis What I Like:Purge was an enjoyable album, but one that struck me as fairly straightforward. T...

You Reap What You Sow March 15, 2017

Altars Of Devotion
by Harvest Gulgatha

The Pitch: Grim and hypnotic blackened death metal with some old school influences from Arizona. What I Like: These tracks put you into a trancelike state at times with their very deliberate mid-pacing of both the drums and the tremolo lines. It gets me doing that deadhead bob without fail, and als...

Metal is Alive in India March 15, 2017

by Demonic Resurrection

The Pitch: The fifth full length album from one of India's longest running bands, Demonic Resurrection. Progressive, epic black and death with a concept surrounding the avatars of Lord Vishnu.Fleshgod Apocalypse, Elderblood, Rapheumetas Well What I Like: I was shocked to see that this is the band's...

Mixing It Up March 14, 2017

by Without Waves

The Pitch: Chicago experimental, progressive metal act Without Waves release their first album with Prosthetic Records after 6 years together as a band. FFO Tardive Dyskinesia,Gojira What I Like: There are some really excellent tracks on here, and conveying a wide array of ideas. "Sewing Together T...

Eclectic German Death March 14, 2017

Trance of Death
by Venenum

The Pitch: Death metal from Germanythat traverses old school, first wave BM, and progressive within the confines of a single album. What I Like: You've got some really great elements here that come together the most on"The Nature Of The Ground" and "Cold Threat." HUGE, echoing blastbeats with a bit...

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