Album review: Life Obliteration – Uten Håp

  The world is a cold, dark and often unforgiving place to live, Life Obliteration by Uten Håp reflects this perfectly with this collection of 7 tracks of depressive, suicidal black metal. I’m a newcomer to the band having only stumbled across their mention on my Twitter feed. After some investigation, I found the music to be…

Album review: Northern Chaos Gods – Immortal

  It’s blast from the past time here at Grim Reader HQ, with an album I’ve been wanting to hear ever since the lead single Northern Chaos Gods from black metal legends Immortal was unleashed on an unsuspecting metal world. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, the falling out with Abbath, the return of riffmaster Demonaz…

Album review: Meditations – Kataklysm

  There is plenty to enjoy on the new album from Canadian metal act Kataklysm. Meditations is their 13th studio album and we see the band again make subtle changes to their sound and in doing so delivering a very strong metal album. Kataklysm has always produced very solid records, but with Meditations, this might just…

Album review: Queen of Time – Amorphis

  2015’s Under a Red Cloud still gets regular airplay at Grim Reader HQ, It’s truly an album I love from start to finish. To say I’ve been excited about the release of Queen of Time is a massive understatement, and now it has finally arrived. Under a Red Cloud sounded huge, and to my…

Album review: Sonder – Tesseract

  I feel as though the metal world has been truly blessed with some excellent albums already this year: Alters of Grief, Rivers of Nihil, Primordial all have released strong records. Recently we had the new album from A Perfect Circle – some 13 years in the making and an album I was very excited…

Album review: La Maldicion del Zombie Errante – Cadaver Putrefacto

    Death metal has changed a lot since I first started listening to it during the 90s. It was The Bleeding by Cannibal Corpse that served as my introduction to the genre. I’m not exactly sure what exactly drew me to this particular album. The artwork was tame in comparison to their previous releases but the…

Album review: Call To The Void – Society’s Plague

  Fans of In Flames and Soilwork will do well to spend some listening time with Lexington’s Society’s Plague. Call To The Void is an album built upon the foundations of duelling guitars, throaty vocals, melody and catchy songs. Ashes For Air has a great chorus and is a strong opener. The melodic vocals are…

Album review: Stormcaller – North Hammer

  Andrew Sutherland is certainly a talented chap. His project, North Hammer, sees him play all of the instruments on the album as well as write all the songs. I’ll be honest, when I come across a one-man project such as this, I approach with caution. I’ve found previously that albums as such can soon…

Album review: Evolve – Lillye

  Eclipse Records latest acquisition is Australian rockers Lillye. Evolve is a record I’ve been playing a lot recently. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Virginia Lillye, Evolve hits the ground running with two superb songs in Run and In The End (no, not a Linkin Park cover). Both tracks boast HUGE choruses that will be stuck…

Album review: Bannerless – Axegressor

    With a name like Axegressor and an album cover depicting some sort of end of days sermon, I was expecting much from this thrashing Finnish four-piece. Axegressor plays a brand of old-school thrash metal and boasts a vocalist who sounds a little like the late, great Chuck Shuldiner from Death. However, this is where…