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: 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: Sassuma Arnaa – Maudlin

    I’ve gone from one end of the spectrum to the other with Consouling Sounds releases these last few weeks. Previously I reviewed the latest album from Gnaw Their Tongues: a dark, dirty barrage of experimental black metal. Today, I’m reviewing the latest release from Maudlin called Sassuma Arnaa. Belgium produces some wonderful music. Amenra and…

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…

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…

Album review: Aeraco – Baptized By Fire

Aeraco treads a path where melodic hard rock meets with feel-good party anthems on their latest album, Baptized By Fire. Baptized by Fire has all of the necessary ingredients for it to appeal to fans of bands like Dokken, Firehouse, Savatage, Poison and others of a similar mould. The opening track, Back With Vengence, sees…

Album review: Insatia – Phoenix Aflame

If you’re a fan of female fronted metal (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), then Insatia is an American/Canadian outfit definitely worth checking out. Phoenix Aflame is a record full of killer songs, great vocals and solid musicianship. So, let’s get into it! The intro to the album serves up a brief a capella from vocalist,…