Global Slaughter Dec. 11, 2017

Global Slaughter
by Cannibal Corpse

The Pitch: "Global Slaughter is the evolutionary aftermath of all things A Night In Texas. This album delves into the darker aspects of the human condition, the climate of our current political dilemmas and the irreversible damage we are doing to not only ourselves as a society, but to the dear plan...

Raffy Reviews - Azziard: 'Metempsychose' Dec. 8, 2017

Metempsychose
by Azziard

Background The black metal movement has blown up and spread all across the continent of Europe in the past decade or so. This next band, based straight out of France, is a five-piece blackened outfit with a few tricks up their sleeves. Performing under theKAOTOXIN/ MALPERMESITA record label, the ba...

Raffy Reviews - Signs of the Swarm: 'The Disfigurement of Existence' Dec. 8, 2017

The Disfigurement of Existence
by Signs of the Swarm

Background Not too long ago, we've had the most recent release ofSigns of the Swarm upon us. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, this relatively new slamming deathcore act has unveiledThe Disfigurement of Existence. Performing and recording as a five-piece under the Unique Leader Records label, the band h...

Retrocausal Dec. 8, 2017

Retrocausal
by Cleric

The Pitch: From Web of Mimicry Records, "Founded in Philly in 2003, Cleric resides in the circle of bands likeThe Dillinger Escape PlanandCar Bomb elite musicians playing avant-metal that wows on both a cerebral level and a gut level." Featuring guest collaboration from John Zorn. What I Like: Clea...

Watershed Between Firmament And The Realm Of Hyperborea Dec. 7, 2017

Watershed Between Firmament And The Realm Of Hyperborea
by The Clearing Path

The Pitch: "Gabriele Gramaglia, the young Italian artist behind Summit, is back on the scene with his oldest project, The Clearing Path. The result is Watershed Between Firmament And The Realm of Hyperborea, a powerful and relentless album, variegated and eclectic yet organic and solid. A stellar wo...

Canticles Of The Holy Scythe Dec. 6, 2017

Canticles Of The Holy Scythe
by Lüüp

The Pitch:"The project of Greek composer and multi-instrumentalist Stelios Romaliadis, LP have a long history of excellence within the fields of chamber music, progressive folk and avant-garde. The album is a concept about Death through occult philosophy; a journey of understanding and reconciliatio...

Raffy Reviews - ZOMBIESHARK!: The Digital Sea Dec. 5, 2017

The Digital Sea
by ZOMBIESHARK!

Background The electronic core scene had a moderately notable following back in the mid-to-late 2000s. With bands that incorporated elements of EDM, Nintendo sound effects, and turntables/synth with the usual heavy metal aspects, it's easy to see how such a gimmick took a rise in popularity for its...

Hreilia Dec. 5, 2017

Hreilia
by Tongues

The Pitch: Denmark pessimistic black, death, and doom band Tongues unleash their latest via I, Voidhanger. "The underlying concept of the album was inspired by a dream...It symbolised a profound spiritual disappointment... a nightmare. FFO: Emptiness, Creeping,Maeutiste What I Like: There are a num...

PhSPHR Entropy Dec. 4, 2017

PhSPHR Entropy
by DSKNT

The Pitch: "PhSPHR Entropy is DSKNT's debut offering: a hermetic, polymorphic and abstract black metal nightmare exclusively glorifying and worshiping the annihilation of all existence - a colossal debut album of total avant-black mindfuckery that has taken the aesthetic of bands like Aosoth, Abigor...

Segunda Muerte Dec. 4, 2017

Segunda Muerte
by MICO

The Pitch: The final entry in our Mathcore Index inspired review series. We close out with the blackened technical hardcore of Colombia's MICO. FFO: Wolf King, Bastard Feast, Grieved What I Like: Regular readers know that I love me some blackened hardcore, and MICO take it to the nth degree. Segund...

Raffy Reviews - Leviathan: 'The First Sublevel of Suicide' Dec. 1, 2017

The First Sublevel of Suicide
by Leviathan

Background In 2003, the now iconic one-man ambient black metal projectLeviathan released a debut album titledThe Tenth Sub Level of Suicide. Little did Wrest, founder of said band, know that this release would go on to become a landmark influence for its subgenre. The debut helped propel a rather n...

Miasmal Coronation Dec. 1, 2017

Miasmal Coronation
by I I / Lihhamon

The Pitch: Black and death metal from I I and Lihhamon. "Two of the most outrageous entities of Leipzigs underground join forces to celebrate death on their upcoming split release entitled Miasmal Coronation" FFO: Vermin Womb, Malthusian, Zom What I Like: Nothing to see here. Just time and space be...

Frequency Illusion Dec. 1, 2017

Frequency Illusion
by II II II

The Pitch: Part four of our Mathcore Index inspired review series. Today we have the highly eclectic stylings of UK's II II II. FFO: The Number 12 Looks Like You, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sikth, Autocatalytica What I Like: I feel like there's a reason that these guys opened up the MCI compilation...

Kingdoms Disdained Nov. 30, 2017

Kingdoms Disdained
by Morbid Angel

The Pitch:Legendary death metal unit Morbid Angel unleash their ninth studio album via Silver Lining Music while alsoreuniting founding guitarist Trey Azagthoth with bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker. What I Like: This is one of those reviews I really enjoy, because I've never been a diehard Morbid Ang...

Form and Void Nov. 30, 2017

Form and Void
by Puncture

The Pitch: Part three of our Mathcore Index inspired reviews. Today we have the more straightforward metallic hardcore of Los Angeles' Puncture. FFO: Trap Them, Zao, Cowards What I Like: Puncture, as the name suggests, is a bit more to the point than some of the other bands discussed in this series...

Raffy Reviews - Knifeman: 'Ozmein' Nov. 29, 2017

Ozmein
by Knifeman

Background The hardcore scene spawned out of several different walks of life...and this band is a testament to that. Starting in mid-2013,Knifemanhas strived to create a breed of hardcore punk and metal in the vein of such influences as Converge, Oathbreaker Every Time I Die. Hailing from Ukraine,...

Lamentation of the Chaos Omega Nov. 29, 2017

Lamentation of the Chaos Omega
by The Negative Bias

The Pitch: Atmospheric black metal from Austria's The Negative Bias via ATMF. ""There is no feeling of being merely lost in the cosmos but following a precise conceptual storyboard and complex songwriting." FFO: Ars Magna Umbrae, Deluge, Frozen Ocean What I Like: The opening track, "The Golden Key ...

ID​/​EGO​/​SUPEREGO Nov. 29, 2017

ID​/​EGO​/​SUPEREGO
by Dimitree

The Pitch: Part two of our Mathcore Index inspired review series. Next up is France's stylistically diverse Dimitree. FFO: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Trap Them, Car Bomb What I Like: Dimitree draws out endless parallels to my favorite bands in the genre. Across the album, there are plenty of allusi...

Autocognition Of Light Nov. 28, 2017

Autocognition Of Light
by Ignis Haereticum

The Pitch: Goathorned Productions presents the latest from Columbian occultistsIgnis Haereticum. "Arguably even more towering than its no-less-considerable predecessor, Autocognition of Light dazzles and defies with an eerily seamless ease, its iteration of orthodox black metal soundly trumping the ...

Fitting Through The Crawl Space Between Rhyme And Reason Nov. 28, 2017

Fitting Through The Crawl Space Between Rhyme And Reason
by The Sound That Ends Creation

The Pitch: Part one in a series of reviews inspired by the latest Mathcore Index compilation. First up is Texas one-man dystopian grind/math project The Sound That Ends Creation. FFO: Psyopus, Spurn, Zao What I Like: This is some world-ending stuff. The double bass is like a cataclysmic barrage of ...

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