Category Archives: Music Reviews

Cerekloth – In The Midst Of Life, We Are In Death Review (2013)

Cerekloth‘s debut EP Pandemonium Prayers was part of a ten CD bundle on sale at Hell’s Headbangers back in ’08, standing out among the dregs even then despite its relatively unhewn state of development. The band has refined its craft … Continue reading

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Retrospective: Beheaded – Perpetual Mockery (1998)

Beheaded from little Malta went on to become one of the bigger brutal death metal bands of the 00s but their debut Perpetual Mockery was a somewhat different animal from the relatively orthodox Suffocation-leanings they adopted later on. Perpetual Mockery … Continue reading

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Sinister Realm – World Of Evil (2013)

The beauty of so much traditional heavy metal lies in the simplicity of its chord progressions, a vast chunk of which are shared by bands across the genre. Utterly predictable to seasoned ears yet capable of being emphatic punctuation in … Continue reading

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Dying Embrace – Era Of Tribulation (2012)

Doom is a particularly peculiar branch of the heavy metal tree. Most metal strives towards an empowerment of the individual, and an emancipation of bonds, imposed and self-wrought. Metal is an inner liberation that spreads to the extremities and beyond, … Continue reading

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Obliteration – Black Death Horizon (2013)

There is a tangible aspect of psychological devolution to this music. Obliteration, especially in the sections where they slow down, make poignant use of string bends, lingering harmonics, and jarring dissonance to induce a feeling of mental disintegration in the … Continue reading

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Death Metal: American, Scandinavian, and Slaughterday’s Nightmare Vortex

The difference between American and European death metal can be attributed, using a conveniently broad brush, to their individual approaches to song composition, and, more specifically, in the way individual components are constructed and arranged in the greater framework of … Continue reading

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Church Of Disgust – Unworldly Summoning (2014)

Texas’ Church Of Disgust seem uncertain of the direction they want to pursue on debut Unworldy Summoning. The ponderous low end allies this album with the Incantoclone camp but the music here is of a brighter variety, choosing wider intervals … Continue reading

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Orator – Kapalgnosis Review (2013)

The onus to be constantly creative, as an ideologically and technically straitjacketed musical style like extreme metal evolves over time, lies firmly on latter day practitioners, a responsibility to avoid falling into predictable ruts whilst retaining the spirit of the … Continue reading

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Retrospective: Savatage – Hall Of The Mountain King (1987)

Savatage‘s Hall Of The Mountain King is rightly considered a gem of mid 80s American heavy metal adventurism. Along with the likes of Queensryche, Fates Warning, and Crimson Glory, Savatage gave birth to an intensely melodic, tastefully crafted strain of … Continue reading

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Genocide Shrines – Devanation Monumentemples EP Review (2012)

Aside from inventive use of portmanteau, Genocide Shrines offer little of novelty on their debut EP. The riffs here, simplistic as they are,  lie buried under an overwhelmingly reverb-soaked production, a bane of more than one modern band working the … Continue reading

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