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 about hearing. Sadly, I’m not impressed with it at all. … Continue reading Album review: Sonder – Tesseract

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 brutality was certainly not, and with song titles like Stripped, … Continue reading Album review: La Maldicion del Zombie Errante – Cadaver Putrefacto

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 used sparingly in this up-tempo song but feature more prominently … Continue reading Album review: Call To The Void – Society’s Plague

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 become monotonous largely due to a lack of input and … Continue reading Album review: Stormcaller – North Hammer

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 in your head for days, guaranteed. The production is sweet … Continue reading Album review: Evolve – Lillye

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 the Death comparisons end as Axegressor motor through 11 tracks … Continue reading Album review: Bannerless – Axegressor

Album review: IX Sins – Dormanth

    There’s nothing quite like a bit of melodic Spanish death metal to cleanse the soul. Dormanth hail from the city of Bilbao, Spain. I love metal that breaks new ground, but I’m also a fan of metal that treads familiar turf. Dormanth fall into the latter category. Vocalist/guitarist Oscar del Val certainly has that old-school throaty bellow that I like and the guitars … Continue reading Album review: IX Sins – Dormanth

Album review: Es Taut – Soldat Hans

  After wading through oceans of filth when listening to Gnaw Their Tongues then following that with a heavy dose of sludgy doom metal courtesy of Black Royal, I decided to take a step back and spend some well deserved time with Soldat Hans and their latest release, Es Taut. Soldat Hans is a dynamic, doomy, post-metal act from Switzerland. The band has a huge … Continue reading Album review: Es Taut – Soldat Hans

Album review: Lightbringer – Black Royal

  There is a satisfyingly meaty sound to Black Royal that erupts from the speakers on the very first song, the aptly titled Cryo-Volcanic. Cryo-Volcanic is a strong opener full of lead-filled riffs, a nice thick bass, thumping drum patterns and bellowed vocals. Lightbringer is off to a great start. The second track, Self-Worship, has a little more swagger to the music, particularly through the opening riff. … Continue reading Album review: Lightbringer – Black Royal