EP review: Orion Fenix – OWL

    Consisting of a single track and weighing in at 22 minutes in length, Orion Fenix opens with a beautiful melody, and for the first couple of minutes, listeners are swept away upon oceans of atmospheric guitar. Soon the guitars awaken fully and the track moves into a crushingly heavy rhythm. This is a formula that OWL continues with for the remainder of the … Continue reading EP review: Orion Fenix – OWL

Album review: Antagonism of the Soul – Insolvency

    Just when you thought the metalcore train had left the station, along comes Insolvency to help you remember why you fell in love with this often maligned sub-genre in the first place. Whilst this French outfit doesn’t exactly bring anything new to the table, Antagonism of the Soul captures the fury of As I Lay Dying at their best and has the melodic sensibilities … Continue reading Album review: Antagonism of the Soul – Insolvency

Genocidal Majesty – Gnaw Their Tongues

  As the name perhaps suggests, Genocidal Majesty is a punishing and brutally chaotic release from Gnaw Their Tongues and it is an album I am never likely to forget. Opening with the apocalyptic-sounding Death Leaves the World, we are awakened by a series of tortured shrieks and industrial synths. This is the soundtrack to the end of days right here. The production is bloody raw and … Continue reading Genocidal Majesty – Gnaw Their Tongues

Album spotlight: Brutal Records are bringing the HEAVY!

If you like your music heavier than a tonne of lead then you should be checking out Brutal Records. This LA-based label will be unleashing some punishing metal in the coming months and I’ve got a little taster to whet the appetite! Perhaps the heaviest release comes from Cadaver Putrfacto who will be destroying everything in their path with their new album La Maldicion Del Zombi Errante to … Continue reading Album spotlight: Brutal Records are bringing the HEAVY!

Album review: The Weight of a Thousand Suns – Horizon Ablaze

    Some atmospheric black metal for you today courtesy of Horizon Ablaze. I’ve been on a real atmospheric black metal trip recently thanks to excellent albums from Deadspace – The Liquid Sky, Asira – Efference and the latest offering from Ne Obliviscaris. Both of these bands play a style of black metal that is rich in texture and atmosphere. The blast beats and harsh vocals are … Continue reading Album review: The Weight of a Thousand Suns – Horizon Ablaze

EP review: Jiana – E-an-na

  The Grim Reader is always open to new listening experiences within the metal genre. E-an-na is a folk metal band from Romania and this is their most recent release, Jiana. When I think of folk metal I think about bands such as Skyclad, Finntroll, Turisas, Equilibrium and Eluveitie. I’d even say that bands such as Nightwish contain some folk elements on their albums. Folk metal … Continue reading EP review: Jiana – E-an-na

Album review: Pathogenisis – V

  I’ve really been enjoying my doom metal recently and V is another band that has been brought to my attention. V features current and former members of bands such as Katatonia, In Mourning, Oak and Afgrund. Suffice to say, my appetite was well whetted! From the melodic openings of the first track, Souls of the Nearly Departed, I knew that Pathogenisis would be something I would … Continue reading Album review: Pathogenisis – V

Album review: Beyond the Realm of Light – Summoner

  Summoner’s Beyond the Realm of Light is a huge slab of doom-trenched stoner metal. The riffs are chunkier than Brock Lesnar’s bicep, the production is thicker than your mother’s home-made beef stew, and if you enjoy Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Mastodon, Baroness and bands of this ilk then these guys will certainly appeal. Beyond the Realm of Light races at you from the moment you … Continue reading Album review: Beyond the Realm of Light – Summoner

Album review: Architecture Of Chaos – Satanic

  Canada’s Satanic released their album Architecture Of Chaos in September 2017. The band’s sound straddles the line between death metal and thrash metal. Nice! A volatile mix of guttural vocals, cutting guitars and high-tempo tracks certainly makes for exciting listening and a neck-snapping good time. Opening track Mephistophelian is a thrashy opener, typical of the band’s attack and at over six minutes long, it certainly … Continue reading Album review: Architecture Of Chaos – Satanic