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Abrasive Audio…to Soothe the Senses – Another Year End List #3. The Year’s Best according to Void

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Other than compilations year end lists are the undoubtedly the best way to find new music without having to fall down the Bandcamp or the YouTube rabbit hole (seriously who Knows what you might run into?) Without further ado, or mention of the wintery landscape or how damn cold it has suddenly become, I present

Voids 2019 Year in Review

2019 has come and gone, and in the best traditions of music sites everywhere, we take a good long look at the past loop around the sun and rank our favorite albums, EPs, demos, splits or whatever.  I’ve found keeping up with new releases harder than usual, and not so much due to lack of time (although perpetual adulting is unfortunately partly responsible) but rather due to my tendency to prioritize obsessively rooting through metal’s meaty underbelly to seek out old, obscure anomalies that few care about.  Consequently, my uptake of new material is lower than I’d like it to be, but I nevertheless immersed myself in a considerable amount of new releases.

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While in many past years I found that I at least had a clear idea of at least what my top 3-5 releases were, I found that 2019 did not prevail upon me to form a concrete musical hierarchy.  Thus, this year, numerical rankings can suck it and you can enjoy my top ten 2019 releases in good ol’ fashioned alphabetical order.

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Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light

I’m sure this will appear on multiple year-end lists, but as one who rarely dabbles in doom, I feel its presence here carries attests to its quality more than most.  Maintaining the heavy and epic atmosphere of “Out of the Garden” while seeing improvement in the songwriting and the vocals, “The Ruins of Fading Light” simply takes Crypt Sermon to the next level.  Tracks like ‘Key of Solomon’ and ‘Christ is Dead’ will have you think you can sing along competently because they make it sound so easy, even though in reality you’re just blissfully oblivious to the fact that you’re actually completely tone-deaf.

Encoffinized – Chambers of Deprivation

Chunky death metal sounding like a mix of Baphomet and maybe something like Vomiturition, “Chambers of Deprivation” is some intense, knuckle-dragging death metal with vocals that sound like an abyss is opening up to swallow entire fucking planets.  Maggot Stomp (label?) has released some killer junk this year, and Encoffinized’s debut tops the pack.


Fetid – Steeping Corporeal Mess

On their debut outing, Fetid take us on a subterranean journey through the moist, festering tunnels of the netherworld, its walls inexplicably lined with twitching, membranous tissue.  Impossible to avoid stepping in the regurgitated rot that flows down in steady, chunky streams from dilating orifices, the horrendous squishing sound is not only heard, but felt.  That exact sensation has been vividly put to music.  Sweet.

Pa Vesh En – Pyrefication

Caustic and densely atmospheric, Pa Vesh En’s “Pyrefication” is a raw, noisy black metal affair that fills the space with oppressive, overtly claustrophobic and genuinely terrifying chaos. “Pyrefication” is an exercise in paranoia and lurking fear.

Possessed – Revelations of Oblivion


By all things logical and normal, Possessed’s third album, which landed 30 years after their sophomore and featured only a single member of the original lineup, had no business being good.  But holy shit did it deliver.  Bar the slightly too-clean production, “Revelations of Oblivion” stays perfectly in line with what we all loved about classic Possessed.  Probably one of the best comeback albums I’ve ever heard.


Profanatica – Rotting Incarnation of God

Reveling in their lack of progress and instead honing in on what they’ve always done best, Profanatica’s fifth album is a paragon of the sound they’ve developed.  “Rotting Incarnation of God” places Ledney’s drumming first and foremost to drive the album along, while a vile guitar and bass provides a relentless undercurrent.  If you didn’t like Profanatica before, this will do nothing to change your mind, but if you dig them, this is probably their best album yet.

Rotted – Dying to Rot

Rotted step up the game from their debut “Pestilent Tomb” by making this demo more disgusting in every way imaginable.  The down-tuned, lumbering guitar sounds like boiling sewage and churns along to gurgling vocals akin to soggy ground meat in releasing its air pockets in sputtering belches.  It might not sound like much at first, but this is ace-level.

Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance

Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance

I feel like this album didn’t get a fair shake from me at first.  “Primordial Malignity” and “Manor of Infinite Forms” both grabbed me instantly, whereas this one didn’t.  That’s hardly a crime, but because of it I initially hadn’t devoted the time it deserved.  That’s been rectified and this is high quality stuff, a worthy successor to the first two albums.  I’ve seen them live four times (yay local), and every time they’ve levelled the place, so don’t miss a chance to go see them.


Undeath – Sentient Autolysis

Thrusting two demos into the scene this year, this second release is vastly superior to the first.  While the first (creatively titled “Demo ‘19”) showed considerable promise, “Sentient Autolysis” delivers on that promise with four tracks of Neanderthal Demilich-inspired metal of death.  I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with for their upcoming album.

Warmoon Lord – Burning Banners of the Funereal War

An entry from a band that proudly pilfered its moniker from one of Vlad Tepes’ more nonsensical song titles, this Finnish project plopped onto the scene with little to no fanfare and delivered an outstanding album that snatched the place on this list that I thought would’ve belonged to Vargrav.  Heavily inspired by albums like Emperor’s “In the Nightside Eclipse” and Darkthrone’s “Under a Funeral Moon” (the opening to ‘Obsessing Darkness’ sounds like it could’ve been lifted right out of the latter), any fan of early 90’s black metal should be all over this.

So, there we have it, 2019 comes to a close, leaving us reeling and wondering “what the fuck was that?”  We may never know, but one thing I know is that 2020 is coming.  And once it arrives, it’s here.  You’re welcome.

A huge thanks to Void for dropping another smorgasbord of releases I’ve heard very little about. We’ve both dropped words on the newest Possessed (which can be found on this site by typing the name in the search bar. I’d add a link but I’m too lazy) and I believe I’ve even waffled on about a few of his other choices. Naturally Void takes us far from the mainstream to drop most of us into where the fuck am I ville. I’ve been there. Roll with it, its part of his charm.


Abrasive Audio – Part Thirty -One

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Like an ever-flowing stream the onslaught of metal flows ever onward, caressing the ears, delighting the senses and making even the shittiest of day that much better. Did I mention I’m drowning in promos?

Forget it. I don’t need your pity, though a helping hand would certainly be appreciated at this point (reach out if you’ve a dark sense of humor, a disdain for politics and have ever felt the urge to compose).


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Ectoplasma- White-Eyed Trance
Release – October/31/2019
Memento Mori/Repulsive Echo/Caligari Records

If you go out into the woods tonight (…”you’re in for a big surprise”. Wait wha-!) take a flashlight, a knife and a hooded cloak then, and only then (perhaps), can you join the party. I hear there’s plenty of fun to he had; ritual sacrifice, an orgy with a plethora of enthusiastic octogenarian kultists, a petting zoo (of sorts), Kool-Aid and cookies…with chocolate chips (yum).


A topically themed introduction that comes complete with cawing crows and howling winds quickly transforms into a riotous avalanche of sound; chaotic drums and riffing. An old school aura with groove and a vocal style which will please most with brutal death penchants.


Groove, atmosphere and brutality combine to forge an album draped in familiarity. A death/doom affair, emphasis on death, which overflows with chuggery, melody, riffs which will incite instantaneous grins and an impressive ominous nature rather than all-out brutality. A fantastic introduction to another band who deserve attention within a genre overcrowded with a lack of originality.

Favorite Tracks; Pyschomanteum Immolation, White-Eyed Trance: Choronzonic Covenant, The Oak Spewed Foul Whispers, White-Eyed Trance: Ensnared in Devilry, Souls of Sacrifice (Devastation cover)

FFO; Deicide, Morgoth, Pestilence, Vomitory, Benediction, Asphyx.

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Hot Breath s/t
The Sign Records
Release – October/18/2019
Dewar PR

This screams retro, a photo of what I can only assume is the band, and could well have embellished the cover of an album from thirty years previous.


A whirlwind of synth clears the air for a guitar salvo with an unmistakable air of retro about it. And I’m sold! This is definite rock n roll 70’s worship and as a fan of a plethora of NWOBHM acts the grin plastered across my chops couldn’t possibly be any wider.


Hailing from Sweden one might initially think of the HM -2 sound rather than traditional rock n’ roll (thanks to Entombed, Carnage and the like) but all that might be about to change. This is an obvious palette cleanser for those whose interests primarily reside in the extreme but for those who dip their senses in metals roots this delivers all that one could wish. Powerful attitude-laden vocals complement galloping melodies and riffs which harken to an age where denim was king and tassels were an addition one could not be without (Insert memories of finding my parents jackets in the closet when I was but a young lad).

Hardly a copycat act this collective are slated to bear the standard of the revival into an age where more of the same (seemingly on repeat) needs to be eradicated at all costs. For most this might qualify as a guilty pleasure, in my case however, I’m proud to support and praise an act who’s worthy of such. Give this a listen but be warned, it’s dangerously and instantaneously addictive.

Favorite Tracks; Still not Dead, Maniac, What you Reap.

FFO; AC/DC, White Spirit, Girlschool, Heart, Screamer, Di’anno fronted Iron Maiden, Jet.

An impromptu Interruption to take a peek at an official single premiere

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Being of Entropy -Thumos
Release -October/24/2019
Thoughts –

The art depicting a heart fashioned from a myriad of twisting serpents leaves me inquisitive. Heavily drenched in Djent, Slam and Deathcore vibes (from the get go), “Thumos” is also undeniably shrouded in atmosphere. Progressive elements appear as if out if nowhere (showcasing a softer vocal approach) and weave in and around the dripping barrage of bludgeoning riffs. As the track progresses mid-tempo riffs become faster, shifting into hyper speed then back again. A background howling vocal effect becomes part of the background and adds an undeniable aura to (what many might consider) typical deathcore elements towards the track’s finale making for a climax which leaves me curious, especially since I normally don’t traverse genre waters of this type too often, and eager for any surprises an upcoming full-length might provide.


Back to the Regularly Scheduled Programming

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Gévaudan – ITER
(United Kingdom)
Release – October/4/2019

Black and white imagery depicts a two-headed bird against a stark full moon. A closer look, however, and one can see the bird has a certain duality about it; half flesh and half bone. A clever touch which only makes me ponder upon the nature of the music itself.


Hypnotic, traditional, acoustic melodies ease the listener into the album. Combined with a soothing vocal approach the effect is mesmerizing. Even when the style suddenly shifts (drenched in distortion and ominous qualities) the tracks allure strangely remains captivating. The lyrics (as well their delivery) combined with the coalescing mood, spanning various doom landscapes, make for an experience one will want to explore again and again.


Much like the fabled French beast the band has named themselves after this also has the inane ability the consume. In this case however, it’s the listener, and not the unfortunate who has stumbled upon the beasts hunting grounds, and they aren’t cowering in fear but rather in absolute awe as the audio here washes over their unprepared senses. Channeling a myriad of styles from as far afield as stoner rock, folk and Gothic rock with a varied landscape of doom in-between Gévaudan have meticulously crafted a collection of songs boasting undeniable fluidity which possess the power to cast a spell, a unfathomably huge web of appeal, upon all who choose to lay ears upon it. Whether your listening habits lay in retro 70’s doom or the more update showcasing a mixture of death and doom or the melancholic and/or atmospheric this holds a vast trove of treasures to be excited about. Soaring, sweeping, riffs, a plethora of textures to whisk the listener away, distorted soundscapes, a narrative which warrants opening the lyric booklet alongside a spot of research and a diverse vocal delivery which hits then obliterates ‘the spot’. This about has it all and I can’t for the life of me wonder why it isn’t spoken about often and loudly, perhaps the end of year lists will change that. Mine will!

Favorite Tracks; This is another example of an album with zero filler. This dominates the attention from start to finish with its utter unmitigated brilliance.

FFO; My Dying Bride, Spirit Adrift, Candlemass, Black Sabbath, Lord Weird Slough Feg.


Vultur – Drowned in Gangrenous Blood
Release – October/31/2019
Memento Mori (note; this isn’t the release under scrutiny, as of this publication I could not locate it on Bandcamp)

It’s not the sharks you have to keep an eye for in this body of water…It’s the bodies!


A surging bulldozer approach sporting dirge quality, old school leanings, groove passages and atmosphere. A good start to get the attention.


One would only have to look at the track titles to get an idea of what they’re about to jump into. And this presumption isn’t that far off; this channels Cannibal Corpse qualities throughout. Rhythms are pummeling, bludgeoning, even at times mischievous and the overall quality doesn’t disappoint for those demanding ‘more of the same’. For those yearning audio that’s draped in technical and progressive elements this is a location offering sparse elements of each but for those needing something between melody and brutality this will hit the spot.

Favorite Tracks; Drowned in Gangrenous Blood, Crushing the Ribcage, Postmortem Lividity.

FFO; Deeds of Flesh, Malevolent Creation, Cannibal Corpse.

Interrupting the Flow of the regular Broadcast to take a Peek at a “Split”

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Treasonist/ Y-Incision (Split) – Mechanical Perdition
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Release – November/22/2019
Clawhammer PR

An intricate black and white image (old school European thrash in aura) vividly depicts the suffering that most post-a-selfie-a-minute millennials are worthy.

Treasonist (USA) – (tracks 7 – 13)

Punishing grindcore sensibilities are accentuated by ever-evolving and amorphic, technical, brutal death, rhythm passages. The vocal approach is varied and successfully tops off an assault which fans of Napalm Death, Misery Index and Terrorizer are sure to salivate over.


Favorite Tracks; Chemically Silenced, Spiteful Tongues Condemn, A Moment is the Most you can Expect from Perfection.

Y-Incision (USA) – (tracks 1 – 6)

The sense of humor is undeniable here as too a style which incorporates all manner of extreme “cores” (thankfully not death, emo or math) in their titles starting with Grind with the addition of other elements to keep the listener at odds with what to mention as influence. Frenetic and frenzied leaving barely a second to catch a breather this is stylistically chaotic though tighter than a Nuns nether region. Sure, to place a smile on the face of fans whose penchants are firmly rooted in audio which is akin to watching television at a considerably faster pace than is normal and/or recommended.


Favorite Tracks; Lunaticus; A Vitruvian’s Tale Signifying Nothing, Snowflake Tears as Lube, Leech of Pity.

Overall – 79

Note: a spin on the traditional split. Each band here does a cover of one of the others tracks not heard here.

Back to the Regular Broadcast…

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Temple ov Perversion s/t (EP)
Release – October/18/2019
Clavis Secretorvm

Thanks fellas, now I have what many might consider the first pornographic image on the site. Although jaded this boasts certain vintage qualities, as well underworld qualities (as seen by the imps in attendance and creatures which warrant closer inspection to define). And the fact that I’ve just noticed that the one ‘impaled’ is sans arms and that the perpetrators face is malformed means that my attention is juvenile and drawn to the obvious before all else.


The introduction is an instrumental which more than hints at an album draped in a myriad of styles. A traditional heavy metal vibe here is strong as well elements of thrash/speed and an underlying dark atmosphere with a medieval vibe.


This is not what I’d expected based on the introduction, admittedly it’s closer to the albums accompanying art. Herein is a style which is draped in rhythm (damn catchy rhythms at that, sporting surprising groove passages) albeit slathered in black values. Accompanied by a vocal style which is decidedly black in tone (traditional) the whole affair is draped in a menacing aura and atmosphere occasionally shot through with shrieks and howls (which hint at Avant Garde influence). Riff breaks, far from the normal unrelenting assault, are a welcome addition and show an act who aren’t afraid to stray from the traditional genre template. Black metal with elements of speed metal, although to be sure it’s fast enough as it is, the occasional nod to tradition metal with moments of dramatic vocal gymnastics this is far from the norm but is wholly consumable without complaint. Surprise your senses and toss this between the ears it’s a damn sight more impressive than you might think.

Favorite Tracks; Arrival ov the Horns, Temple ov Perversion.

FFO; My apologies, I’m at a loss for whom to mention here. Step outside of the comfort zone and give this a listen, dammit!

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Hour of Penance – Misotheism
Release – October/25/2019
Agonia Records

This is dark, Gothic and ominous indeed. Great colors and details. Are there tendrils/tentacles surging from the cathedral? Are the amassed crowds drenched in offal and crimson? Something is certainly stirring in the distance above the monstrous construct. Best grab a brolly, and best not to forget the tank. Prepare to put that bitch into four-wheel drive we be about to trample some unfortunates!


Technical, yet not overly so, unrelenting yet not so much as to be suffocating and accompanied by an inhuman drum salvo. This is a fantastic combination; did I mention the vocals are top notch? Nope, they are and this is an ultra-impressive commencement.


Unmerciful in its approach and unrelenting in its salvo; this is what death metal is all about (there are all manner of sub genres, the list expands by the day, but I believe this to be the purist strain). Boasting zero progressive passages and sporting unerring brutality; intricate in its composition from start to finish. Drenched in speed, but not merely for speeds sake, and an atmosphere complemented by undeniable majesty which places it perilously close to the darker side of the metal spectrum. I can honestly say this grabbed me from the get-go and caressed the space between my ears with loving punishment whilst creating a visage splitting smirk from ear to ear (I could probably star as the next Joker if I didn’t suffer from the curse of being absolute crap at most everything I try my hands at) until its finale.

I hate to admit that this is the first Hour of Penance album to really grab me. With that in mind I’m sure there are others and with the quality of this in mind I’ll make it a point of exploring their discography until I can decide I should probably go back to work, or family duties. I’ve heard word that most are excellent, perhaps I just wasn’t in the right mood at the time? Don’t be like me, give this a listen and dwell in absolute audio brilliance. Add this to your collection and support an act who are worthy of such. Suffice it to say this delivers and demands praise, here’s hoping I’m helping it along that path.

Favorite Tracks; Blight and Conquer, Lamb of the Seven Sins, Flames of Merciless Gods, Iudex,

FFO; Origin, Suffocation, Nile, Deeds of Flesh, Abysmal Dawn, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hideous Divinity.

Time for an Old Favorite; “RECC’d by”


Recc’d by RYCHUSSYN @gregorywjkelly on Twitter
Paladin – Purification du Mal
Release – September/20/2019 (note: the Bandcamp page mentions both July/20 and September/20)
PRC Music
Thoughts –

With art which depicts Seraphim obliterating serpents I’m left wondering what manner of audio I’m about to lay my ears upon. Is this power metal, epic or otherwise? Does it have religious connotations? Only one way to find out…

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For starters, this certainly isn’t power, epic or even close to traditional heavy metal and I don’t believe it has anything to do with religion (one-way or another) though I could be mistaken, this is in a language I’m unfamiliar with much to the chagrin of my high school French teacher. It is however, mired in a gutter nature, catacomb values and an old school influence so cloying you can virtually smell it. Not to be confused with the Prosthetic act with the same name this Quebecian (am I saying that correctly?) collective stray far from thrash waters, also progressive and technical landscapes, much preferring to camp out in a terrain which is unmistakably treacherous and drenched in an ominous aura. Theirs is a style whose influence is familiar yet varied, from past (the old school here is strong young Padawan) and from more recent acts who have chosen to resurrect that which is tried and true and have added their own flair for an unarguable degree of success and acclaim. The pace showcased here is sluggish, and only occasionally treads into faster currents. The groove permeates throughout, is wickedly strong and one wouldn’t be remiss in wanting to prance around like one possessed whilst this slithers its way through the brain. Surprising are moments when the vocalist adds grunts and enunciation perhaps in homage to Celtic Frost. But, hey, it works and although one might be left scrambling for acts who sound like this (I know I am, my memory is schiite at the best of times) there’s no doubt that Paladin know how to compose to grab the attention of those yearning for a spot of putrid old school with a fresh twist. Check this out and support an act who more than worthy of your attention.

Recc’d by Void @voidhanger2 on Twitter


Verdugo – Altar Del Rencor
Release – July/16/2017
No Mercy Reks
Thoughts –

Recently my knowledgeable pal Void tossed me a Recc which I couldn’t find in its entirety, so I chose to tackle an earlier release by the same band instead. Much to my surprise and excitement the original Recc is now up and in full. With the quality of the last in mind I couldn’t wait to take the plunge so without further preamble…

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First off, I must mention that this sports some of the finest black and white art I’ve seen in recent months. The stone altar, the skulls, the details on all of which are superb. And the depth of texture to the surrounding walls. Just brilliance.

The music itself is raw. But don’t let this fool you. It lends an edge to the style, as in this case I believe polished would feel out if place. The order of the day here is thrash, not just that but undeniable blackened values too. And it works! The concoction is criminally infectious in fact. Combined with vocals which sound as if they were recorded in a cavernous surrounding the effect is one which drips venom (not the band, nor ‘Spidey’s’ most infamous of foe), an air of underworld which the word macabre doesn’t quite touch. Naturally, lyrics sang in the bands native tongue help the music’s archaic qualities and the composition certainly aids in the same regard. Mischievous and galloping melodies are often part of the assault and serve to break up the unrelenting speed laden salvos. Bearing a decidedly South American aggressive thrash aura set against darkened values this is an album fans of the scene need to make time for. Toss them a few bucks in support to ensure they can continue to delight the senses; I’ve heard rumor something new is in the works. Fingers crossed.

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This is more tiring than you might imagine

Well, that’s about it for this shorter than normal installment, I’ve attempted to make this more diverse than most on account of its length hoping there was something for most everyone. Until our audio paths of interest cross again, don’t fear discovery of that which would normally be foreign to the senses.



Abrasive Audio – Part Thirty (October 2019)

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To quote Beavis and Butthead, or someone equally as silly, “Metal, metal, metal”. It’s what I’ve got in store and what I’ll preach upon, as per usual. So, grab your favorite beverage, sit back, strap in and open those ear holes for another extreme audio invasion. Be warned – this is another especially mammoth affair (11 bands/albums at last count) with a veritable avalanche of diverse new tunage to discover, jump in!

Please note that ratings here are usually on the high side this is due the fact that I leave audio which I can’t get into (for one reason or another) for someone else to lay words upon. Naturally tastes vary, yours may not be the same as mine for this reason I try to impart a wide spectrum of styles within the titles I place my ponderances upon. Without further ado what say we get this started with…


Necronomicon – Unus
Release – October/18/2019
Season of Mist
Asher Media Relations

Serpents, lions, reptiles, flames and an overall motif many may well confuse for a stamp of royalty. Black Metal by order of Her Royal Highness, or something… close.


In short, this is symphonic, atmospheric blackened metal with an epic nature. And it’s a damn impressive commencement.


There’s no doubt whatsoever that these guys know exactly what they’re doing. This album drips with excellence, wisdom, atmosphere and an epic audio landscape drenched in master craft-execution of archaic qualities one cannot possibly ignore. Chants, synth interludes and angelic voices add to the albums blackened death par excellence (combining infectious rhythms, ranging from sweeping melodies to hyper speed pacing, and inhuman drum precision) and an undeniable captivating allure. There’s even an addition of old school stylings (by way of the last two tracks “Cursed MMXIX” and “Vox Draconis”) tossed in to perk the interest of those whose interests lay more in the death, rather than blackened death, side of the metal spectrum. If blackened death is the area of the metal arena upon which you spend most of your time you would be negligent not to place this within the ears. If this is a scene which is new to you and you’re curious this is a great place to start your exploration. Highly recommended!

Favorite Tracks; Infinitum Continuum, Paradise Lost, Singularis Dominus, Ascending the Throne of Baator, Vox Draconis.

FFO; Septic Flesh, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Rotting Christ, Behemoth.


Algebra – Pulse?
Release – September30/2019
Unspeakable Axe Records
Clawhammer PR

Not usually what one would expect to find on a ‘thrash’ album (again I’ve spoilt the fun and perused the promo materials) this hints at an album with progressive death leanings, the logo hints at the same. Hitting play…


An acoustic intro that’s part Sepultura (BtR), part Annihilator (AiH) certainly perks up the ears but it’s the cavalcade of riffs both intricate, precise and technical which warrants praise. I can’t honestly say I’m a huge fan of thrash, a few albums here and there. This however has my complete and utter undivided attention leaving me more than intrigued as to how the remainder will play out. (On a personal level the vocal approach took a few listens to fully appreciate although it doesn’t take away from the genius of the music itself).


‘Precise’ is a fantastic descriptive word. And I’ll attempt not to overuse it as I continue. Admittedly it might be easier said than done. The audio found here isn’t face melting pace for the sake of it, neither is it merely too technical, a style which might only appeal to those who aspire to be the next Vai, Rhodes or any number of guitar virtuosos who leave audiences around the world in awe. There’s an undeniable fluid nature here. Timing changes are exquisite, rhythms infectious and dynamic. Melodies are plentiful and change enough to keep a listener on their toes (ranging from galloping, ‘old school’ aggressive, stoopid fast to melodies which evoke all manner of emotions) but not too much as to be over the top. A sense of familiarity abounds, leaves one scratching their heads as to which band or album this or that part sounds like, but it doesn’t take away from the listening experience in the slightest. Oftentimes an epic narrative unfolds by way of the music alone complementing the (far removed from the run of the mill) thought-provoking lyrical content. The vocal approach appears at first like it doesn’t fit. But then, after a few listens, slips comfortably into the ‘perfect complement to the percussion’ folder. In short, a winning combination which if someone could bottle it would most probably be titled something along the lines of ‘Excuse me for a second while I blow your mind’, or ”Forget the Remainder of your day you’re about to be Unfathomably Distracted”. Naturally words, as they often do, fail me as I attempt to imprint my appreciation upon the flashing screen beneath my hands. To top it off this has one of the finest “Dead Embryonic Cells” covers I’ve ever had the pleasure to put between the ears. Don’t, DON’T, don’t, allow this to go unnoticed. It really is that damn impressive and seriously appeared from out of the ether itself to entangle my whole afternoon in audio I wish to play again, again and again.

Favorite Tracks; Inner Constraints, Addicted to Authority, Stimulated Mind, Manipulated Soul, Pulse?

FFO; Deathrow, Vektor, Coroner, Slayer, Sepultura.


ColdClaw – Anti Martyr: Decades to Suffer
Release – September/27/2019
Ritual Sounds Records
BDWE Media

Black and white imagery complete with a sun-bleached effect (this might have been shot in Arizona, anyone?) depicting an unfortunate soul stuck within the confines of a suspended cage with his only companions the birds which have, most probably, been pecking away at his torso for millennia.


A ritualistic introduction, of sorts, dissolves into a drum heavy salvo with a dissonant guitar complement. This soon transforms again into dangerously addictive rhythms channeling both crust, death and black metal leanings. A fantastic combination which grabs the attention and opens the eyes to Coldclaw’s style whilst yanking control of the torso into uncontrollable spasms of frenetic movement. An excellent opening leaving one eagerly salivating for the remainder of what’s to follow.


With the quality of this release in mind I expect Coldclaw to be a name on most lips throughout the arena of extreme metal within the coming months (of course ‘justice’ doesn’t always prevail). Theirs is a style which captures the essence of black metal (via rasped vocal stylings), crust as experienced throughout the album in various passages featuring dominant drum salvos; which are difficult not to move to and death metal as heard within various chugging riff approaches and the brutality which is displayed dominantly throughout. Undeniable atmosphere is a fantastic accompaniment to the angst on offer and will please those with blackened metal penchants regardless of what the atmospheric element accompanies. A mid-tempo is customary, though occasionally Coldclaw take the leap into hyper drive realms (bringing to mind 1349 and Necronomicon) as heard within the excellent “Zephyrs” and “Stillness” track (why isn’t there more tracks with this in the title? My spell check device is about to remove me from its Xmas list mailing).

In conclusion, as if one hasn’t already come to the same conclusion as I, this album is one which deserves ears upon it and praise slathered all over it. Its composition is one that’s not altogether new though sounds unique on account of the quality it’s been created by. The result is a collection of tracks which has the potential to appeal to a wide audience, some who are curious about arenas they perhaps haven’t discovered before and others whose interests lay within the styles mixed with such passionate precision here. No matter where your compass lie do yourself a favor and set the senses upon this then add it to the collection and support the blossoming talent within the scene.

Favorite Tracks; The Deafening, Into the Mirror (Visceral Self-Loathing), Bring Down the Hammer, Searing Wings Through Zephyrs, Stillness and Devine Rivalry, Crippling Dementia.

FFO: Dark Throne, Mayhem, 1349.

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Come Back from the Dead – Rise of the Blind Ones
Release – September/13/2019
Transcending Obscurity Records

Teal on an album cover. It’s quite the risk, but it works. And this collective of corpses shot through with wicked looking tendrils certainly catches the eye.


Huge riffs lead into a groove -laden landscape complemented by a Barney-esque vocal approach. Early The Haunted in feel accentuated by thrash sensibilities. This isn’t your Father’s death metal! A great start!


With melody and groove throughout this rarely let’s up in the infectious department. Maniacal passages, ala early Slayer, lend an edge and elevate this far above what one would find upon the same old traditional, tried and true, death release. Occasional familiarity (especially in the case of “Restless in Putrescence”) puts one in mind of an old school style, an influence no doubt though this is far from merely just that. Think a hybrid of 90’s European death, old school British grind/death with a complementary sprinkle of doom and a maniacal essence. A mixture no doubt which has been perpetrated before but, in this case, somehow it feels fresh and leaves quite an impression.

Favorite Tracks; Outcast of the Light, Martyrs of a Gruesome Demise, Restless in Putrescence, Darkness Abominations, Possessed by the Death.

FFO; Morgoth, Dismember, The Haunted, Vomitory, Bloodbath.

And, wait for it…it’s Split Time

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Swamp Beast/Void Terror split
Holocaust of Terrestrial Empires
Release – November/14/2019
Me Saco Un Ojo
(note; the Split is represented as of this publication date)

This looks as though it could be from the same pencil as the person responsible for the last Drawn and Quartered album (I could be wrong, and most probably are). A diabolical, subterranean image which blossoms with more details as the viewer digs deeper.

Swampbeast – 86

Unrelenting death grind complemented by suffocating catacomb-esque atmosphere. A mesmerizing soundscape combining Napalm Death touches, passages of groove and a brutal whirlwind chaotic attack. The climax of their ‘set’ utilizes an excellent militaristic/ritualistic drum salvo which morphs into an all-consuming, blazing, fire motif. An excellent climax to a fantastic introduction to the band and their audio.

FFO; Morbid Angel, Tomb Mold, Blood Incantation, Ch’thelist.

Void Terror – 92

Utilizing more a majestic and atmospheric black metal approach as an introduction Void Terror’s initial portion (of this split) initially brings to mind what Bolt Thrower “Realm of Chaos” might have sounded like if it had decidedly black metal undertones. Dirge laden and wickedly dark, yet chaotic and shot through with diabolical essence. Gothic elements are a great addition and add to an already undeniable hypnotic effect. A swirling maelstrom of audio madness one doesn’t wish to escape.

This is easy to lose oneself within, extreme fans will be left pleased indeed!

FFO; Drawn and Quartered.

An excellent split with plenty on offer from two acts ripe for discovery. Keep an ear out for these guys they are poised for greatness.

Favorite Tracks; Chant of Bolotnik, Multiversal Extract, Second Death.

Overall – 90
Back to our regularly scheduled programming…

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Meth Fetish – Meth Fetish EP
Release – November/1/2019
Dry Cough Records/ Pissed Gargler Records
(Note; the Split isn’t represented as of this publication date)

What is it with album art which is perplexing? I somewhat get it, the artist and band want you to look closer, paying more attention to hidden intricacies as you try to work out what it might be. Perhaps I’m old school and require (scratch that; ‘demand’) instant gratification rather than an image I need a degree and an impressive IQ to utilize in order to get somewhat of a clue. The jury’s out. If I were to guess I’d say this is a representation of a torso shot through with a substance making its way through the vital organs. Meth perhaps? Pressing play.


Hypnotic and dense this is sludge oozing with an unmistakable dirge nature and subterranean qualities.


With strings so loose it’s an OSHA hazard, Meth Fetish choke the listener in a dirge nature so vile, thick and heavy you’d think it might have recently exited the bowels of a pachyderm freed from worrisome constipation. Complemented by distortion so blatant it could clear the cobwebs from an abandoned Gothic mansion, a bludgeoning nature, vocals spewed lazily from a pestilent throat and an overall nature which drips with underworld atmosphere. This about ticks all the boxes for the requirements a seasoned vet of the filthiest arena of extreme tunage demands. Give it a listen and prepare to put a down payment on a brand spanking new subwoofer. You’ve been warned!

Favorite Tracks; Wasted, Incurable.

FFO; Fetish 69, EyeHateGod, Cathedral, Acid Bath.


Cleric – Serpent Psalms
Release – October/25/2019
Raw Skull Recordz/Redefining Darkness Records

There’s a great deal going on here. An alien landscape, a sacrificial Aztec-esque altar, effigies watching over all and coitus in what appears to be mud of one type or another. Intriguing indeed. It’s as if doom has collided with sci-fi laden grindcore.


Traditional HM2 action meets old school British death/grind complemented by a Barney-esque vocal approach, catchy as fuk mid-tempo groove and an atmosphere one might not expect bearing in mind the above-mentioned combination.


The familiarity here for those of us with tastes for the old school and mid-tempo infectious silliness is undeniable. This is worship at the altar of both HM2 and the early 90’s British death scene. Above and beyond that this offers little touches (synth interludes hinting at cosmic/foreign landscapes,  as well a fluidity which hard to deny) which add to the homage keeping the attention and plenty of groove passages to make one want to take this from wired headphones to blue tooth or even a speaker system setup which the neighbors will more than likely hate you for, but it’s worth it. Boasting a seething dirge nature complemented by riffs and rhythms which are difficult to ignore this, though not altogether ground-breaking, is a release which demands further attention and might well male one take a trip down nostalgia brutal ville to revisit that which is most probably collecting dust. Highly Recommended, but be prepared for the limbs to move of their own volition.

Favorite Tracks; Maw of Absolution, Possessed in Congress, All Death Unseeing, Destroying Eye of the Self.

FFO; Benediction, Bolt Thrower, Carnage, Entombed, Dismember.


Andralls – Bleeding for Thrash
Release – October/11/2019
MDD Records
Against PR
(Note; this is an earlier release as of this publication date the album isn’t represented yet)

With the recent background of the band, more specifically the lead singer, in mind odds are this could well be imagery, and the albums aptly named title, depicting his overcoming thyroid cancer.

The image certainly grabs the interest and piques the curiosity and is miles from what one would expect to find adorning the cover of a thrash album, a melodic or doom/death affair but hardly thrash.


Heavily accented vocals (with a hardcore slant) atop aggressive driving rhythms which bear undeniable early Exodus ‘bounce’, maniacal riffage ala Slayer and also old school go all out tendencies.


This collection of tracks is testament to a band’s dedication, perseverance and passion for the craft. Rarely letting up this album showcases driving rhythms, a style which incorporates a slew of influences across the extreme spectrum and dynamic pace channeling Sepultura, Overkill complemented by the maniacal riff fashioning of Slayer. Feast your ears on this and support an act who prove that hard work, perseverance and patience pay off.

Favorite Tracks; Bleeding for Thrash, Imminent Cancer, Acid Rain.

FFO; Sodom, Exodus, Slayer, Sepultura.

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In Mourning – Garden of Storms
Release – October/4/2019
Agonia Records

An amorphous plant, a force of nature running amok or merely an artist’s interpretation of a transformative hybrid force within the wild? Regardless, this is certainly eye-opening and not what one would expect to find on an album cover in a genre in which I can only presume this resides. I’m ready to be set to rights, hitting play.


A stunning mix of melodic death, doom and progressive elements supported by an excellent fluidity and rhythms which are criminally infectious. A clean, hoarse vocal trade off works superbly and only serves to make this a track which is most certainly up there with the finest of the year (need I say IMO?)


What we have here folks is another example of an act which I’m amazed I haven’t discovered much sooner. The audio here is about as varied as one can imagine without it running into ridiculous territories, Avant Garde, or experimental realms. Growling vocals (of the highest order if there is such a thing) complement shifting rhythms, sweeping, soaring melodies and progressive passages which otherwise wouldn’t fit but, in this instance, based on their setting and the music’s composition and the tracks nature, are exquisite. The styles herein tumble over each as though puppies at play without once resorting to brutality, the fluidity here is astounding. In fact, overall this is an album I’m itching to recommend to the wife if only it wasn’t for the fact that she has an aversion to growling vocals I believe she’d be as excited about it as I. Without running into diatribe lengths I’ll leave this here and hope my fanciful words have made an impression. Hopefully I’m not the last to jump on this it deserves praise from the highest of peaks. Suffice it to say the name of both the band and the album are sure to be heard until well into next year even after year end lists have been exhausted. (If I get around to compiling one, there’s no doubt it’ll be high on the podium.)

Favorite Tracks; This album flows so damn well and offers so much stylistic diversity at such an elevated level that its hard to pick only a few tracks. Suffice it say it delivers throughout.

FFO; October Tide, Opeth, Katatonia, Between the Buried and Me, Be’lakor, Insomnium, Swallow the Sun.

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The Deathtrip – Demon Solar Totem
(United Kingdom/Norway)
Release – November/15/2019
Svart Records/Profound Lore Records

I’m not quite sure what to make of this to be honest. It looks as if it could have Oriental occult origins; the shape of the face, the flowing mass of hair. Though I’m still perturbed as to what it could be. One thing’s for certain though, there’s plenty of crimson and the person has wicked sharp looking talons. Pressing play.


Ominous indeed. Atmosphere drenched in dread and menace collides with tradition hyper speed chaotic, blasting, black metal which oozes undeniable majesty. Occult qualities, as well mystical elements are front and center and cavort in an epic nature. Within its length hypnotic rhythms are commonplace aided by chants making for a varied vocal approach and hinting at a release which could well be quite the auditory experience.


Adding upon a harsh, primal, oftentimes raw groundwork with epic themes, a grandiose template which incorporates screams, howls, chants and undeniable majestic The Deathtrip have created an album which has the potential to garner appeal from across the BM landscape. Varied in both scope and approach raw audio (with an intensity to appeal to traditionalists and those acclimatizing themselves to the variety the scene offers; aka me) cavorts alongside melancholic atmosphere hypnotic, trance inducing, rhythms and surprisingly melody drenched under occult skies an effect which holds the attention from first to last. And the more one sinks into the experience (aka repeated listens) the greater detail and intricacies it provides. This boasts an appeal which cannot be argued, begs to be repeated and often.

Favorite Tracks; Demon Solar Totem, Angel Fossils, Surrender to a Higher Power, Enter Spectral Realms, Abraxas Mirrors.

FFO; Mayhem, Darkthrone, Thorns, Beherit, Dissection, Emperor, Burzum.


Psychomancer – Shards of the Hourglass
Release – October/31/2019
Orchestrated Misery Recordings
Clawhammer PR

The imagery (as well the bands logo) bears somewhat a dark hip-hop vibe, the effluent green glow and font are to blame, thankfully the audio isn’t (I’ve perused the accompanying promo materials) and honestly, I’m not a fan, fingers crossed it doesn’t turn a potential listener away.


Thrashy death with a familiar HM2 Buzzsaw dirge vibe showcasing plenty of rhythm changes with a sound bolstered by commendable production values. The drum sound and bass twang is distinct, the vocals are of the death doom variety.


Melodic death, bordering on the more aggressive spectrum of thrash, boasting mid-tempo rhythms and a cavalcade of riffs which are difficult not to appreciate. Quality production values, clear sound and plenty of groove passages help keep this from forgettable realms. Though the style is truthfully far from ground breaking this offers a style and execution fans of the Entombed, Grave and Dismember movement will likely appreciate more than most.

Favorite Tracks; Red Poetry, As Your Vital Signs Decline, Deto-Nation, Myrmidons.

FFO; Benediction, Gorefest, Malevolent Creation, Vader, Grave.

It’s “Recc’d by” Time

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Recc’d’ by Fistful of Doom; @FlatulentFuzz (on Twitter):
Cycles of the Damned – A Time to Survive
Release – October/12/2019
Incendiary Ceremony Recordings, D.H.U Records
Mettle Media
Thoughts –

It’s hard what to expect from audio with the album’s art in mind; A skull within chainmail and helmet set against a background ablaze in flames. Better just to clear the mind and let the audio itself do the “talking”.

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Immediately noticeable is that the albums six tracks run sixty minutes (one runs over fifteen minutes in length, the first three run close to forty-two minutes). I’m of the mind that this can only go one of only two ways; sheer boredom (resulting in my attention diverting elsewhere and damn quick) or audio which captivates with its brilliance, leaving me in awe with my attention rapt. I’m glad to report that the latter is the case. This is drenched in doom sensibilities as well sludge qualities and a certain amount of unquestionable angst. Cinematic soundscapes are introduced often, showcasing psychedelic moments amidst unbound atmosphere, and make up a great deal of the albums playing time adding considerable depth, an element one might normally expect to find upon an album within the same genre, and a narrative one can easily lose themselves in depending on of course their ‘state of relaxation’ (if you catch my drift). A plethora of emotions are guaranteed to be evoked as this plays out as the listener is dragged from one destination to another in a journey comprised upon a spectrum of landscapes formed from the unlikely coalescing of a myriad of styles. Fluidity is uncommonly commendable and I would suggest an afternoon free from distraction to be able to let the power of this release (as a whole, not track by track if avoidable) sink in. Thanks for the Recc Sir. I’m adding this to my playlist for those long road trips where conversation is dull and the surroundings muted by sparseness.  Recommended for those who have an open mind and are willing to allow a release to breathe rather than assault the senses immediately.

Recc’d by Void; @Voidhanger2 on Twitter

Void Reccs

Scaphism – Perpetual Torment
Release – August/27/2019
Thoughts –

Within the last year I’ve laid thoughts down upon Scaphism’s last album (“Unutterable Horrors” released in January of last year through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions), I liked it but was left wanting more, I wondered when their next might drop. Void surprised me one day by asking if I’d ever heard of them (doesn’t he read my inane ramblings upon all things metal I thought briefly) and continued by stating that he was going to a show (I’m still jealous, dammit!) A few hours after the show in question he dropped me a brief video which left me perplexed; had the vocalist changed? (regardless he stated that he loved them) Which prompted me to seek out and lay a few thoughts upon this, a two-track demo leading up the bands third full length (which I’m also willing to promote if the band is reading this – hint, hint).

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As is typical I’ll ponder upon this releases art before I dissect the audio. I’m all up for gruesome art especially if it reminds me of a standout, and quite unexpected especially grisly FX laden, scene from the original Poltergeist movie (which is usually omitted when it airs on TV).

Old school and groove come to mind when I hit play. The vocalist may have changed but the style hasn’t, for which I’m thankful, Lovecraftian lore and a story type narrative oozes from the lyrical content and for the most part it’s actually decipherable (which is rare in the genre) which in no way takes away from the quality. This is a lady who can growl (anyone else into that sort of thing?) And hers is a style which fits the audio leaving no doubt or concerns whatsoever. Riffs are far from technical, but I’ve no complaints, this is undeniably more ‘meat and potatoes’ style death with breakdowns and the occasional abrupt galloping pace transformation tossed in for effect.

If this is any indication of the quality on offer from album to follow, I’m all ears. And Void likes it so who’s to argue ‘his’ logic.

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That’s about it for this, yet another monstrous installment, in the series, I only hope you made it to the end (I’m tired). Until our paths of audio interest cross paths again, don’t fear discovery of that which would normally not grab your attention.


Abrasive Audio (Part twenty – eight)

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The juggernaut of metal rolls on, unstoppable, crushing everything and everyone in its path. In other news my Inbox is overflowing and I’ve just returned from a vacation. I guess it’s about time to don the suggested attire in order that I dive right back in. Damn, this suit is tight! I’m guessing gaining weight and vacations go hand in hand. Sans further, obvious, observations which have very little to do with the audio under scrutiny…


Torpor – Rhetoric of the Image
Release – September/20/2019
Truthseeker Music/Sludgelord Records/ Moment of Collapse Records/Smith’s Food Group/Medusa Crush Recordings
Dewar PR

Unless one had knowledge of what this image is or what it may mean they might be confused, I am. But after learning of a Japanese art which restores beauty to the broken through a process which includes materials one might not expect one might have an idea of where the music might lead. Or one can only assume. Hitting play…


Here’s one hell of an opener! Both brutally crushing yet shot through with passages of undeniable beauty. An audio journey which drags the listener from mammoth distortion saturated riff sludge laden depths through cinematic plains drenched in minimalistic tones and then back under again. An epic trip to say the least. Wholly unpredictable and quite unlike what one might initially expect. I’m impressed and eager for more!


Ambient, nuanced and soundtrack-esque in scope though utterly absorbing and captivating this is hardly what one could/would or should consider ‘run-of-the-mill’ but rather an immersive experience. A bass driven doom/sludge hybrid, a temperamental beast against a dystopian, apocalyptic soundscape which demands respect and attention. Suffocating in times, harsh in others, yet wholly enveloping throughout this runs varied depths of sparked emotion leaving the listener dazed, enlightened, bludgeoned and overwhelmed but yet strangely, in moments, oddly relaxed. Dive in and discover for yourself why this album is not to be missed!

Favorite Tracks; Benign Circle, Enigmatic Demand, Mourning the Real.

FFO; Nuerosis, Isis, Boris, The Ocean.


Profanation – Into Cascades of Blood and Burning Soil
Release -April/26/2019
Hostile Media
Against PR

The Pope, “Jesus” with a demonical look upon his visage (who yields a hatchet rather than a fish), a sacrificial offering, demons in the smoke and a city burning to the ground, is that Hitler in the background? Awesome art which leaves little to the imagination regarding what to expect. There’s no sparkles and unicorns to be found here folks!


A spoken word introduction alongside ominous, powerful, riffs open the scene. A prophecy talking of an Apocalypse and rebirth. Fading to black this is replaced by a Cannibal Corpse-esque approach (hints of technicality) and tone aided by a wicked thrash aura the stage is set for an album which should invoke a few grins, incite impressive ‘pit’ activity and snap a fair few necks as it plays out (if this is any indication of what’s to follow).


Showcasing breakdowns, groove, galloping thrash pacing and an approach hinting at technical leaning and influence the nine tracks here show definite promise and a delicate balance which works well. Undeniable is that Profanation are an act who know how to compose and create tracks with a proven formula and an air of familiarity to garner interest. My only qualms are that a few tracks could be shorter, for much the same effect, and that although commendable and pleasing to most, this unfortunately isn’t a style which breaks any new ground.

Favorite Tracks; Into Cascades of Blood and Burning Soil, Bloodbath in Heaven, Unholy Brutality Unleashed, A Place to Pray.

FFO; Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation.

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Byzanthian Neckbeard – Extinction (EP)
Release – September/27/2019
Dewar PR

Primitive yet blunt and to the point. An image which showcases what I can only assume to be a large mass/rock (?) colliding with ‘something’ resulting in obvious devastating effect.


Doom with considerable pace and weight complemented by growling vox and significant groove. I could move to this!


Nothing here in the way of technical rhythms or anything complex in the slightest but these tunes are so seductively addictive that one cares not one iota. Death/doom, groove/doom call this what you will, but there’s no doubt whatsoever that this is infectious audio. Three tracks are way too short; this only leave me wanting more (which thankfully comes by way of “Minator” on November/1st and it can’t come fast enough!)

Favorite Tracks; Coffin Bomb, Extinction.

FFO; Mid-era Pungent Stench, Doom with undeniable groove qualities with a darker than normal vocal accompaniment.


Xoth – Interdimensional Invocations
Release – October/18/2019
Clawhammer PR

“I asked for extra meat on my pizza, but a small city will suffice”. Seriously, who do I tip for this amount of generosity. Humans are delicious!”

Humor and Sci-fi elements collide in this comic book-esque imagery. If the audio is as impressive the listener is in for a treat!


Thrashy death with technical and progressive elements draped in maniacal values. An injection of well-executed Lovecraftian horror and sci-fi result in this holding the attention throughout.


Infectious melodies, technical intricacies and progressive passages combine with a soundscape that’s part brutal death, part technical and slightly traditional metal in tone add to this lyrical content slathered in cosmic elements and a little levity and the result is a release which (if there’s any justice) should garner a great deal of attention. The shredding quotient in this is damn impressive the style dynamic yet diverse, suffice to say this releases appeal has the potential to turn a great many heads. With this quality in offer I’m surprised this is the first I’ve heard of Xoth (I expect that to change very soon). Highly recommended and did I mention criminally addictive?

Favorite Tracks; Exceptional quality throughout, I refuse to pick a few to mention.

FFO; Death, Pestilence, Abysmal Dawn, Aborted.

A Break in the Regular Schedule for “Something Completely Different”


Witchwood – Litanies from the Woods
Release – May/4/2015
Jolly Roger Records

One might have immediate assumptions based on the music with this image in mind, it’s dangerously close to what one might expect to find on an atmospheric doom-laden black release. I’ll ruin it, because I’ve perused the promotional materials, this isn’t in any way extreme audio. I’m intrigued, let’s move on.


Southern ‘easy’ groove with a decidedly Cosmic tinged edged introduction leads into ‘Zeppelin’ esque melodies with ‘Skynard’ and vintage ‘Priest’ undertones. Toss in alternate instruments, keyboards and a definite seventies feel and you have a track which exhibits a myriad of influence. This isn’t what I normally place betwix the ears but I’m finding it difficult not to appreciate the audio on offer.


Soulful, passionate, laden with folk elements, remarkable presence (by way of acoustic brilliance and melodies which bring to mind times of yore and banquets in a forest setting featuring an eye-popping cleavage motif) and huge seventies rock influence this offers epic soundscapes to lose yourself within and a vocalist whose range and skill are a fantastic accompaniment. Certainly, far from what I usually lay my thoughts upon this offers audio which an open mind can easily embrace especially when there’s a little smoke in the air and in the system (if you catch my drift. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Fans of early prog rock, hard rock and alternate (vintage) heavy metal will most probably grin as the acts undeniable talent works its way through the senses. As a huge fan of vintage Rainbow this hits the spot whilst also offering enough rhythmic and stylistic variety to entice discovery of similar releases from around the same time (with the same label attached) which I’ve yet to give the time of day to. Naturally this isn’t for everyone but for those whose tastes run to the acts mentioned below this will serve to lighten the mood and spark interest in an act who are more than worthy of the attention.

Favorite Tracks; Shade of Grey, Farewell to the Ocean Boulevard, A Place for the Sun, Golden King

FFO; Jethro Tull, Lord Weird Slough Feg, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Bros Band, Dio fronted Rainbow.


Ghost:Hello – Sound of Color in Space
Release – September/20/2019
Dewar PR

Either that Octopus is emitting fumes or those astronauts have been dining at a dubious intergalactic establishment and are experiencing the unprecedented after-effects. Is that a ‘space taco’ in the foreground? Who else is thinking Douglas Adams and/or “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”?


Cosmic bells introduce the album and the stoner rock infused with definite psychedelia undertones which follow. Synth blanketing melodic stoner rock/doom sans vocals at this time.


If the track listing alone isn’t enough to inform you that you’re about to enter into surreals-ville then perhaps the album’s title or art will. This album is (to put it bluntly) an exercise in how much diversity one can handle in an album. Tracks dipped in angst are side by side with others undeniably the opposite. Spoken word soundbite affairs drenched in synth accompanied by a drum beat percussion and others displaying more a Marilyn Manson aura with crawling pace. A Cosmic vibe permeates the whole affair, varied vocal aesthetics and experimental effects are commonplace resulting in a listening experience for the brave, those with a taste for the off the beaten path, an album, to be blunt, many might not be able to fully consume. An eclectic taste for sure much like cinematic output which begs to be dissected and discussed. To be honest this isn’t suited to my tastes though I can understand how it might appeal to those who yearn for more in their sensorial consumption.

Favorite Tracks; The Mouth of the Gift Horse, Poison Swan.

FFO; The more theatrical rather than audio which delivers instant gratification.

And, Returning to the Regular Broadcast


Netherbird – Into the Vast Uncharted
Release – September/27/2019
Carcosa PR

Classic imagery (known as “Älvalek” to those in ‘art circles’) depicting a tranquil landscape at dusk. A ‘familiar’ setting yet not so much in this light, this is otherworldly showcasing a parade of spirits frolicking, cavorting, in a realm many might consider they have an intimate knowledge of. Perhaps this isn’t the case at all. This leaves me curious as to the audio itself.


A thunderous mix of melody and blacked death with unexpected passages bringing to mind stylistic elements one might not expect additions which elevate this far above the jostling genre hordes. A fantastic introduction to the band and a unique spin on a genre which is fast becoming overcrowded


Rather than rely upon symphonic accompaniment Netherbird accentuate their audio with, among other things, sweeping, passionate, melodies. An element far removed from what one might expect in a traditional melodic death outing; a pigeonhole in which this act doesn’t comfortably reside. It is this touch which shrouds the release at just the right moment in exquisite emotion. A stunning companion to the other stylistic elements found throughout resulting in an album which instantly makes an impression and only grows the more it’s allowed to caress the senses. A remarkable invocation of the blackened death style crafted with precision showcasing passionate guitar leads, acoustic brilliance and sweeping evocative melodies. A veil of doom, a definite well-executed presence, accentuates the palpable emotion throughout making for a release one will only want to experience again and again.

Favorite Tracks; Harvest the Stars, Eventide Evangel, Obsidian White, Nexus of Unlight.

FFO; Dissection, Stortregn, Vagrant, October’s Tide, Be’lakor, Swallow the Sun.

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Unfathomable Ruination – Enraged and Unbound
(United Kingdom)
Release – November/22/2019
Willowtip Records
Clawhammer PR

A tad reminiscent of Cannibal Corpse’s “The Bleeding” this image showcases manifested demons resulting from all manner of emotion. A rendition which is certainly striking.


Wicked adrenaline spiking rhythms, plentiful timing changes, groove and a vocal style which will place a grin on any genre fans face and all within a package which incorporates Slam, technical brutal death and grindcore elements. I wasn’t expecting audio of this caliber to be honest, it’s difficult not to be suitably impressed.


Regardless of whether one believes these guys to be Britain’s answer to (Americas) Misery Index or (Frances) Benighted there’s little doubt that they play with blazing intent, exhibit stunning talent and know how to strike a chord (pun) with fans and new listeners alike (it’s my first time. Be gentle and please don’t put it ‘there’). Track structures, although longer than most in the same genre, are infectiously contagious showcasing abrupt pace transformations, frenzied and maniacal moments and technicality the likes of which precariously straddles the fence between technical death and grindcore arenas, occasional Slam and infrequently progressive realms, though rarely dwells for too long in one forum. In short, this audio depicts an act who have no desire to fuck around. It’s straight down to business and these guys are bringing all the requisite ingredients to make a lasting impression, albeit one which will leave a mark whose after effects will require meds and most probably a trip to the ER. Limber up before this one folks!

Favorite Tracks; An Obsidian Perception, Enraged and Unbound, Maniacal Disillusion, Protoplasmic Imprisonment.

FFO; Misery Index, Dying Fetus, Ingested, Benighted.

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Aggressive Perfector – Havoc at the Midnight Hour
Release – November/22/2019
Dying Victims Productions

This screams adoration of cult European genre celluloid. Guts worn as neck adornment, a wild-eyed man of the cloth wielding an ax, a barely dressed maiden witnessing a mansion go up in flames (as if it’s an everyday event) and front and center a visage engulfed in an undeniable possessed motif. Be it Fulci, D’Amato or Bava there’s undeniable similarities afoot which have grabbed my attention.


Draped in a style plucked screaming from the early eighties (metal scene) this is neither speed, thrash nor anything instantly appearing to fit comfortably in any extreme genre by today’s standards, but it is an intriguing concoction complete with a vocal style that makes an impression which is neither traditional nor harsh (think death, black metal and grindcore) for those who need an act for comparison think a more melodic Venom for it nears a similar raw tone and style.


The similarities to a (bonus) Slayer track end at the title alone, this is decidedly more heavy metal in tone with complementing sides of diabolical speed and blackened values. Channeling melodies of a ‘Maiden’ and Blitzkrieg ilk and unarguable NWOBHM stylings this is certainly not for everyone. But for those with a penchant for the acts mentioned this is a great album harkening to the ground-breakers within the scene (whose influence is still heavily commented upon even in today’s heavy hitters) yet charged with attitude and a vocal style closer to that sported by Cronos (Venom).

Favorite Tracks; Chains of Black Wrath, Into the Nightmare, Vengeful One,

FFO; Raven, Venom, Judas Priest, Exciter, Dokken, early Bathory.


Zarraza (meaning “infection” or “unbearable person” in Russian) – Rotten Remains
Release – November/29/2019
Dewar PR

An undead type (which appears to be a Mummy of one type or another in this instance) doused in glow in the dark green nuclear liquid (complete with fallout mask) although this has been done many a time before I’m left, nevertheless, curious as to what audio lies within.


Driving rhythms, shifting tempos and gruff vocals, a style which is perilously close to brutal death territories though remains firmly attached to the extreme thrash arena. An intriguing style which incorporates familiar influences, the origins of which I haven’t quite figured out just yet.


Huge props first off to the band who’ve persevered through various difficulties and the hardships their geographical location affords them in order that this might grace our ears. Obviously, when one discusses metal (in any way, shape or form) the location of Kazakhstan rarely, if ever, appears in the same sentence, unless of course Sasha Cohen has donned another disguise if only to cover an unlikely track under the moniker of “Borat” (this might not be so strange seems as goats, I’ve heard they are commonplace in the area are associated largely with a specific genre of extreme audio) This however, might soon change. This is dynamic audio, multi genre styled and angst ridden, familiar yet refreshing but better yet delightfully more polished than what one might expect. If you enjoy audio from any of the bands listed (below) in the FFO section by all means give this a listen your interest will be perked just in time for fresh material which (fingers crossed) should be released in the near future.

Favorite Tracks; Grudge, Chaos, wRRong Song.

FFO; Hatebreed, modern Sepultura, Pantera, Machine Head.

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Body Harvest – Parasitic Slavery
(United Kingdom)
Release – May/3/2019
Comatose Music
Imperative PR

Rabid, werewolf/alien hybrid in appearance, alien’s intent on cosmic domination by way of putting people in pods and draining their life force (or something along those lines). I have the feeling this has been done before, under many guises. But I’m diggin’ it. Hitting play.


Unrelenting and straight for the throat audio. Diabolical and unmerciful this is a tsunami of sound which is menacing, Sci- fi laden and all-consuming in its intensity. Do I have your interest yet? I should, this is quality stuff.


Devoid of frilly bits, progressive interludes and moments of reflection this is primal death metal shrouded in technical prowess sporting an intensity which is palpable. Utilizing an all-out approach (for the most part) Body Harvest have somehow managed to create an album which is mesmerizing in its undeniable brutality. A rare feat far removed from ‘harsh noise’ realms the audio herein boasts maniacal values, diabolical surges, pummeling salvos and moments of ear screeching (controlled) chaos (excellently placed to provide added atmosphere and depth) as well apocalyptic heights. A fantastic combination which somehow flows exquisitely and is all bathed in delicious dirge qualities fellow countrymen Bolt Thrower would be jealous of (if they were still “grinding”) Funfact; this is from Bristol, not Birmingham. Void states (for the record; his metal knowledge is far superior than anyone else’s I know of) that this is Morbid Angel worship taken to the extreme and mentions the band Eskhaton also.

Intrigued? I’d be surprised if you weren’t. This audio floored me with its stellar caliber and though it’s a little off-center from what I normally place between the ears I’ll admit it floored me. Highly Recommended!

Favorite Tracks; Hierarchy of Grief, Consumed by Tyrants, Darkness Descends, Apocalyptic Abomination.

FFO; Nile, Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Immolation, Vader, Eskhaton.

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The Flaying – Angry, Undead
Release – March/2019
PRC Music
Asher PR

Chaos, carnage, crimson and the marauding undead what more could you ask for upon a metal release, seriously?


Audio from what could well be a torture porn opus kicks this album off and it quickly transforms into go-for-the-throat riffage a mix of black and technical death complemented by a vocal style which most every fan of the scene will instantly be able to appreciate. Just me, or does anyone else hear slight Nuclear Assault (“Handle with Care” era) and or Xentrix (“For Whose Advantage”) riffage here. This isn’t in anyway a complaint, not in the slightest, merely an observation. A great start. Hold my calls!


This release about has it all! There are progressive passages (bringing to mind, in instances, Atheist and Cynic) technical prowess (with enough bass presence to leave fans of the instrument salivating), enough breakdowns to please the Slam crowd, groove to keep those limbs a flailing. Also, brutality and melody in equal measure, a delicate balance. More exciting yet is that the production is top-notch and the compositions are intricately curated with zero moments which appear ‘out of place’ or awkward in their place and setting. The bass is accentuated more than is usually heard within the genre adding considerable weight to the rhythms and drive to the tracks structure. Overall, for a debut this is stunning offering considerably more than any debut is expected to.

The horizon looks bright indeed if this is any indication of what’s to follow.

Highly recommended and deserved of a nomination for Quebec GAMIQ (“Gala alternatif de la musique indépendante du Québec”) Awards “Metal Album of The Year” and “Artist of The Year”.

Favorite Tracks – Disloque, Genuflect, Elegy of Emptiness, Angry, Undead.

FFO; Benighted, The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Archspire, Pestilence, Alterbeast, Ingested.

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Atomic Cretins – Spiritual Cancer
Release – October/26/2019
Suicide Bong Tapes
Qabar PR

There’s a fire in the Basilica and corpse painted musicians from Norway are nowhere in sight. Is this an alternate reality, or is there mutiny amongst the upper echelon of the holy?


Raunchy audio, groove (think early Exodus in a blender with crust anarchists Disrupt) and blackened rasped vocals are introduced by introductory instrumental passages (by way of old school crossover thrash) and soundbites which state that which everyone should already know.


Mid-tempo old-school thrash values and plentiful groove collide with crust and extreme punk attitude resulting in a filthy listening experience which is surprisingly infectious. This isn’t what I was expecting but it woke me up and put considerable oomph/get-up-and-get-em’ in my morning.

Favorite Tracks; Out of the Coffin, Spiritual Cancer.

FFO; Hellripper, Wraith, Bastardizer, Disrupt.

A brief look at singles and/or ‘Official track premieres’

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Infected Dead -The Rache
(United Kingdom)
Release – September/27/2019
Hostile Media
Future PR
Thoughts –

Within the last couple of years, I’ve been fortunate to be able to review this act’s last release. It actually featured on my ‘best of’ year-end list in account of its fluidity and all-round eye-opening brilliance. But then, nothing. I honestly it could be the end, but I was hoping it wasn’t. I needed more. Then from out of the blue, an email, a summons, a spark of hope. Infected Dead are back! They had a single and wanted me to share my thoughts upon it. I pondered for a moment, then went on vacation, then went back to my day job then remembered that I couldn’t forget. And now here I am sharing the video (above) in support of the new audio.

For those who need an introduction here’s a link to their eye-opening full length

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The first thing to strike the senses is that this has rhythm, riffs with instant effect (this far in I’m glad to report that the act haven’t lost any of their previous brilliance) and atmosphere. The vocals do naught but complement the percussion. And then, part way through, technicality and progressive elements yank control away from the infectious, inciteful, rhythms. This isn’t at all a complaint as it works alongside the atmosphere (which isn’t at all overpowering but rather only makes itself known in the most opportune of instances to add weight) and serves to add depth and presence to a track which already has the full attention. As “Rache” comes to a climax the symphonic shroud is ramped up to take on more of a darker tone and dominance. A fantastic conclusion to a track which again introduces Lovecraftian elements to the listener and only leaves me salivating, rather than hoping, for a future full length. And if it’s to be anything near the quality of the last, “Archaic Malevolence”, then I can foresee myself travelling to the nearest peak to shout its praise.

Suffice it to say I am suitably impressed and ecstatic that this band are back.


And… the Reccd’ segment is back (it’s about time!)


Reccd by He11fir3
1349 – Hellfire
Release – October/2005
Candlelight Records

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Thoughts –

In recent weeks I’ve started to tackle laying thoughts upon singles and/or ‘official track premiers’ naturally the inclusion all depends on whether I can find the time to do so. Of the very first ones I laid to the site 1349 was one of the acts featured. Following a brief discussion, I was directed to their past output (I was pleased to discover they have quite the impressive history, discography and undeniable imprint on the scene itself no matter how diluted and fractured it might seem in recent years) and I decided, why the hell not? I’m game!

From its opening, abruptly barked, “I am fire” this captivates. With a blazing melting the face off approach which incorporates black metal in many of its forms this doesn’t sport a dull moment but rather instances of jaw dropping intensity, musicians in full on beast mode and a myriad enstumblement (huh, I just invented a word!) of thoughts such as “how is it that it’s not until now that I’ve discover 1349?” Truth be told I’m not normally a black metal fan, though recently I’ve warmed to the black flame this could well be what my curiosity has been hankering for. A full submergence of that which the genre offers from an act who are undeniably masters of the craft and aren’t afraid of tinkering with their representation of it. If you have yet to discover 1349 this is most probably a great place to start, I only say ‘most probably’ as this is my introduction to them and I am contemplating taking another vacation in order that I can dive into their discography and give it the attention it deserves. #ScrewThosePeskyBills

Void Reccs

Reccd by Void
Verdugo – Perversión y Destrucción
(Chile – not the similar titled act from Spain)
Release – January/2010
Thoughts –

(Before I start, I’d like to point out that this isn’t what Void Reccd. *Insert howls of disappointment here. But it is from the same band. My reasoning is that I couldn’t find but two tracks from the album he pointed me towards. So rather than do a half assed job I’d rather tackle a full release, in this instance a four-track introduction of sorts.)

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Well, if you aren’t intrigued by the primitive artwork alone, I’m not sure what to say. A dungeon, an executor and an “attached” lithe female who appears to wearing part of a Nuns habit. But one can’t forget the goat looking gent in the corner who’s probably more than aroused at the sight, or alternatively the sharpened ax in the hooded fellows grasp. I must mention he looks like he appears to have a genius level sense of balance too what with the activities taking place and his considerable ‘girth’.

In regards to the music on offer there’s no denying that this is old school thrash with a decidedly wicked jaded edge (and to answer a query from Void; Yes. This is, “right up my alley”) Apart from the fact that it’s old school it’s also catchy as a vintage baseball mitt and offers twice the enjoyment (no matter how soft that gloves ’embrace’ might be). The drum salvo has the effect of making the limbs twitch with uncontrollable spastic movements, the rhythms and pace are enough to sate even the most discerning of fan and the vocals enough to raise goose flesh. Odd that the language is one I’m not native to but it matters not the while effect is one to send a fan into a frenzy. This might be raw; it might not sport the production qualities one desires but there’s no doubt it fits perfectly. In short, this contains four tracks any speed freak with old school leanings which warrant attention.

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In regards to that which Void Reccd “Altar Del Rencor” if I can find a full-length copy, I’d be happier to review it also (if Verdugo is reading this. I’m up for it. Hint, hint.)


For those of you who are still intrigued this is the link that Void originally sent

It contains a teasing two tracks, which only leaves one wanting more.


Well that’s about it for this installment, my apologies for the wait, I only hope this was worth it and will suffice until the next entry (whenever that might be). Until our paths of audio interest meet again, don’t fear discovery of that which is normally foreign to the senses.


Abrasive Audio – Part Twenty-Four

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In between squirreling time away to update the site (which includes moving various pictures around and adding a slew of tags so that it might be easier to navigate) I’ve somehow made time to compose yet another installment covering that which has graced my ears and left an impact in the not so distant past. I’m including Bandcamp links (or another format if this isn’t available) so that one might be able to listen as they have my atrocious grammar swim before their astonished retinas. Without further ado, this week’s selection. Note; A huge thanks to everyone who made this past week (August 20/2019) the sites best yet. Onward.


Suspiral – Chasm
Release – May/10/2019
Sentient Ruin Laboratories/Clavis Secretorvm (Italy)

Dark, moody, ominous yet overflowing with archaic properties this seethes with a wicked aura bursting with an ancient ritualistic nature which leaves me curious indeedy!


This breathes archaic presence and does not naught but intrigue with its dense atmosphere. Repetitive riffs and rhythms in droves but it works and drags the listener into a realm where one could well imagine an emperor giving a thumbs down or a chariot drenched in armor severing legs at the ankles because one didn’t quite traverse a path quite fast enough. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this boasts enthralling qualities and bears a nature that’s undeniably rare, cinematic in depth. What a start!


Only four tracks here with a running length of close to forty minutes makes for an epic listening experience which isn’t far from what the listener is in store for. Rhythms and melodies give off a blackened death vibe without however, the brutality which is often associated with the combination. Here the aura is one that seethes hypnotic qualities, accompanied by distant echoes and chants the album overflows with a palpable ancient atmosphere, one that virtually drips with enveloping ritualistic properties. At times the percussion borders on D-beat (surprising groove passages aren’t rare) boasting a repetitive nature which strangely fits though in any other setting might get annoying and quick. Although slightly experimental in nature this pulls the listener in, demands a full album listen for the overall experience and delivers throughout. Recommended for open minded fans of both black and death metal realms.

Favorite Tracks; Crown of Chaos, The Crimson Void.

FFO; Neurosis, Chthe’ilist.

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Stomachal Corrosion – s/t
Release- October/11/2019
Greyhaze Records
Clawhammer PR

Depicting a face and a slew of eyeballs and skulls dripping in grue and what I can only imagine are pungent fluids this black and white image gives much away as to the contents within…Or does it?


If only I could speak fluent Portuguese, I’m guessing only then could I truly appreciate the spoken intro. It has a certain viciousness and determination about it which I find fascinating. Although it could be for naught, the guy could be making his morning coffee and bitching about the neighbors or something unrelated though equally as mundane. When the music kicks in it’s short, sweet and straight to the freakin’ point. Growls, grind and archaic production values – I’m sold!


Twenty-one tracks in an album lasting barely thirty minutes in length usually means one thing (well it could mean a few. But this is playing at regular speed and isn’t a compilation). This is ‘grind’ folks, overflowing with punk and crust sensibilitied boasting typical sharp though still blunt (huh?) primitive riffs this makes an impression quick and it lasts. Admittedly this offers more than one might have originally assumed. Sporting a variety of vocal approaches (though none wildly out of character), an equal dialect split, slower tempos and tracks lasting from twenty-four seconds to a pair close to four minutes (seriously) it has the aura to appeal to an audience without the grind borders, if only they be so brave. I’m enjoying the F’ outta this and I usually don’t wander this far into grind territories. Sure, this isn’t technical, (the albums final track detracts wildly from the norm though still kicks ass) but it hits the spot and in record time, it’s damn infectious too.

Favorite Tracks; A Crutch, Infinita Psicopatia, Two Centuries to you to Die, No, nothing, You Fool, Alucinacoes Apoiando o Terror, Decada de Dor, I’m Arrogant.

FFO; No/Mas, Disrupt, Terrorizer, Insect Warfare, SOD.

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 Ole English – s/t
Release – August/23/2019
Dewar PR

Medieval cheekiness in the vein of Hieronymus Bosch. This could well be the cover to many a style, though I’ve ruined it for myself and read the promo materials ahead of listening.


Doom, stoner rock with Southern groove and hints of traditional heavy metal. Passionate vocals give this an infectious and familiar edge.


Huge riffs, Led Zeppelin esque breakdowns and passages akin to vintage Sabbath. Combine this with passionate vocals, a myriad of influence and a style which fluctuates greatly with nods to many a great act and you have an intriguing audio experience which only grows on you after repeated listens.

Favorite Tracks; Paladin, Heel, Holy Roller.

FFO; Kyuss, Corrosion of Conformity, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, Candlemass, Hawkwind.


 Beheaded – Only Death can Save You
Release -June/14/2019
Agonia Records

Oi! Wanna’ buy a snake?

– But they’re all dead! And why are you cradling that skull like a fallen love one in your arms? Are you just going let that bird peck at it like that?

Ok. Never mind that. You drive a hard bargain. Name your price.

– Give me a moment. That skull just winked at me and the bird shat on your lap. Give me another to think…I’ll take the one with the hat on.


Driving rhythms, complex drums and excellent production. A familiar style and yet I’m drawn like a moth to a flame.

A great start!


Grinding, unrelenting, rhythms with inhuman drums topped off with top notch production values and a style that’s perilously close to grindcore yet has whispers of death/doom (as an undertone). I don’t know how it is that this is my first experience of Beheaded. My radar must be broken as this would have left an impression on me much earlier in the year. This is guarantees to send fans of Misery Index into a frenzy. Highly recommended! Did I mention the drums?

Favorite Tracks; Evil be to him who Evil Seeks, Unholy Man, Only Death can Save you.

FFO; Origin, Misery Index, Dying Fetus, Kataklysm.

 Interrupting the normal flow of things for something slightly different.

Musing upon Official Track Premiere/Singles.

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Dawn of Ouroboros – Sorrows Eclipse
Release – September/13/2019
Dewar PR

Definitely blackened in tone but injected with heavy progressive values, reflective passages, and steeped in atmosphere this close to nine-minute opus showcases the stellar abilities of a young collective that bursts with talent, know-how and creativity.

Vocals are excellent and varied, courtesy of Chelsea Murphy (an Irish name with English connections if ever I’ve heard one), ranging from venom spittle-flying angst to traditional angelic and lend the track a certain depth and undeniable ominous nature which is all surprisingly well-executed based on the bands fledgling history. The production of Sorrows Eclipse is top notch allowing each instrument breathe in the overall mix. Though often chaotic the sound remains clear allowing the listener to get a better grasp on what’s transpiring and the abilities of each player involved.

In conclusion a great start which bodes well for a full length that I hoping won’t leave wanting too long to materialize.

Initial Listen – 86


Necronomicon – Paradise Lost
(Taken from full-length album “Unus”) Release – October/18/2019
Season of Mist

I should mention that I’ve yet to hear any of this bands output, even though they have considerable history and weight in the scene. Naturally I’ll use the excuse that fits in times like these; there’s just so much to discover that time often doesn’t allow it. Sure, I’ve heard of the name obviously it’s connection to a cult, Raimi-helmed, genre defining horror franchise is an element which cannot be ignored.

Moving on, in relation to the track itself (following a diarrhea-esque diatribe for which I refuse to apologize for) the first thing which makes an impression is the drumming, the speed, the precision and the unrelenting nature. Guitar rhythms soon join in and add a drive which is unquestionably dark and uncompromising in tone. As the track progresses an ominous nature unfolds as too do additional elements which add to its weight and diabolical archaic narrative. Atmospheric accompaniments, vocal diversity and moments dipped in a slight progressive nature lend a cinematic edge (if only for a brief instant) to elevate this above typical run-of-the mill black/death outings.

With what this track offers I’m eager, as too should fans of melodic black and death/doom arenas, for a full length which on all accounts should drop October 18th from Season of Mist.

Initial Listen – 85

 Back to our Normally Scheduled Programming…


Wintercrown – Northern Lights
Release – September/14/2019
Cult of Osiris Records

Blues, purples, and a whole palette of somber hues, mountains and a sky rolling in anger about to erupt in fury. Obviously, the art is the dead giveaway as well the fact this originates from the above -mentioned label as to the audios style.


Melodic, atmospheric, a dual vocal approach with industrially precise drumming salvos and a hint of doom/death. This is black metal I can get behind. A great start. Strap me in for I believe this might prompt unprecedented movement!


I’ve heard whispers that this is the new face, the newest evolution, of Norwegian Black metal. Now, not knowing exactly what the original is (I’m late to this BM shindig) I can’t comment on that whilst sounding even a shred competent. Although I will mention that this delivers from start to finish, is a little different than what I was expecting based on the accompanying promotional materials (or lack thereof) and from whence it originates. Rhythms are majestic, enveloping and mesmerizing (most every track mentions winter, nature or the frigid weather conditions) there are ‘reflective’ passages and a myriad of moments which nod towards other genres whilst the vocal approach is somewhat traditional apart from, that is, the duality, which only adds ‘flavor’ and depth (need I still state this?) in my opinion. I can’t pinpoint it, perhaps it’s the fact that Wintercrown aren’t afraid to branch out (ever so slightly) to encompass elements from other genres both musically and vocally. Or the fact that the combination works so ungodly well. Whatever it is, it’s executed excellently, I’m sold. And this has been one of the most impactful Black Metal experiences I’ve had in recent memory. Bravo!

I’m going to spin this again, again and again. Add it to your collection!

Favorite Tracks; Feel the Frozen Realm, The Last of us, Ice in my Veins, Frost Winter Night, Shadows in the Forest, Demanding the Throne.

FFO; Immortal, Dissection.


 Indus -Bloodstains (EP)
Release – August/18/2019

Reminds me of a scene from an all-time cult cinematic affair; Return of the Living Dead albeit more pronounced, Gothic and minus the shambling undead. An ominous purple presence threatens to devour us all, or alternatively turn the residents in an unassuming elderly home into mindless, slobbering, savant’s intent on world domination (has this already been done?) Oh my!


A hardcore-esque bolt out of the starting blocks soon transforms into a dirge-laden grindcore/death/industrial affair. Sounds odd but it works and I’m left curious indeed!


Groove, dirge, angst. There’s many a flavor cavorting, frolicking and desiring conquest in this wicked technicolor audio orgy. Surprisingly it’s not messy (no need for towels) or chaotic but rather bludgeoning in its intent. Delivering claustrophobic qualities and disorienting rhythms vicious intent is at the top of its to-do list and it doesn’t rest as it transforms, twisting from one audio reincarnation to another, and another screaming and howling in torment as it does so. Hard to categorize easier to let invade your senses. Incorporating noise, grind, death, industrial, doom, sludge and more elements this demands respect if only for its intricate composition alone. Admittedly it could well fall in the love it or hate it folder on account of its delving into ‘nu-metal’ waters from time to time. To think it was merely the Acid Bath cover which attracted me, this delivers so much more. Approach with an open mind, zero expectations, and you’ll leave with a maniacal smirk.

Favorite Tracks; Shitstick, Red Mud, Bleeding from the Eyes, No Regrets, Jezebel (Acid Bath cover).

FFO; Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Nailbomb, Acid Bath, Soulfly, Slipknot.


 Rottendawn – Occult
Release – September/6/2019
Septurnal Records
Qabar PR

Dark, sinister, menacing.

An unassuming character lurks in the foreground amidst overshadowing darkness. An eerie image which conjures all manner of chilling narratives ending in nastiness. “Granma you forgot your flashlight!”


Ominous doom with a decidedly death edge on a gently meandering river of Gothic synth accompanied by an undeniable menacing feeling that the pace might at any moment abruptly transform, which it doesn’t (sorry, I might have ruined the suspense). The wicked vocal tone and cadence fits perfectly.


Draped in Gothic qualities and exhibiting doom stylings with a diverse range, including funeral, traditional and industrial tinged this has a great deal to offer. Surprising groove and occasional passages of audio akin to traditional heavy metal join in on the fun making this not only an epic outing, with a delightful array of vocal inflections and atmosphere but an album which sports tracks with individuality. A rather unpredictable release which bears surprising melody and is always entertaining. Honestly not at all that I had in mind when I read that members are from as far afield as Impaled Nazarene, Abhorrence and Unholy. Suffice it to mention this is well worth setting the ears upon.

Favorite Tracks; The Final Lament, Burn till Burial, Dusk Demons, Occult.

FFO; The Obsessed, Candlemass, Novembers Doom, Mourning Beloveth.


Orbstruct – Phobos Rising
Release – May/16/2019
Against PR

Intriguing black and white imagery of an eye of a serpent/dragon/ancient monster. For some reason it reminds of a book by the same name by Stephen King (although that image is in color)


Melodic death with splashes of Slam and metal core. Significant bounce and oomph keep it this side of brutal making for an intriguing start and a track which doesn’t neatly fit in any one genre comfortably.


Overall a hybrid of melodic death, thrash, metal core with sprinkles of hardcore which has the pull to appeal to a larger than normal audience based on its somewhat diverse nature. Plenty of rhythms and riffs to hold the interest but it’s all really nothing new, and they really aren’t enough stand out moments to enter this into remarkable realms, a hit and miss effort which bodes well for future releases if only the band can find their specific niche and tighten up just a touch.

Favorite Tracks; Venus, (NO) Restrictions, Phobos Rising,

FFO; Arch Enemy, Devil Driver.

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Opium Lord – Vore
Release – October/11/2019
Sludgelord Records
Dewar PR

I can make out part of a face, though to be honest I’m not really sure what else is going on. Perhaps the music will help explain the concept?


Disorienting audio which refuses to follow traditional parameters. It builds to a thunderous climax leaving the listener in a state of ominous limbo, something untoward, unfathomable and utterly monstrous in scope is getting closer and the fine art of running doesn’t even sound like an option at this point. I’m of the mind this is going to be one hell of an unpredictable jaunt through a hellish landscape.


A landslide, often a minefield, of dissonant tones, embellished by howls, shrieks and growls of angst. Disorienting and suffocating, the aura is sometimes akin to falling face first down a hillside (I could only imagine) grasping as you fall, reaching out for twisted tree limbs, anything to help, which only gouge the torso making the descent more treacherous still. Tumultuous, frenetic and jarring are only a few words I could use to describe this, but it’s so much more. The initial assault is quite traumatic although the effect, and audio, blossoms and unfolds the more it’s allowed entry into the senses. Nontraditional though tainted by doom and atmosphere this is rather hard to pin down to any one genre. Sludge, post metal, stoner doom all and none. Open the mind and tread safely for this path bears surprises. Perhaps I’ve been a little harsh on my rating? This is getting more comfortable the more its spending time in my ears.

Favorite Tracks; Lead Magnet, Centurion, Suture.

FFO; Melvins, Nuerosis.


Graveview – Demos – 18’/19′
Release – September/26/2019
Raw Skull Records/Redefining Darkness Records

Primitive though leaves little doubt as to what’s about to grace the senses.


A little death/doom slathered in Entombed tones to start the proceedings. A lazy growl style which fits perfectly and an abrupt change of pace into groove laden grindcore-esque territories. Take me from the shelf, I’m SOLD!


Influences are undeniable, a buzzsaw approach ala “Left Hand Path” and an aura slathered in grue, but it’s what the band does with the tone and the myriad of other factors and how they incorporate it into their style which makes this special (yes, I said ‘special’). Naturally “chuggery” abounds, nods to several other genres surrounding the brutal death arena are frequent (delightfully vivid soundbites add to the fun), though coupled with abrupt pace shifts and breakdowns this makes for an album that, though not wholly refreshing or even ground-breaking, is executed with precision, know-how, flair, is stunningly fluid, will incite movement, grins aplenty and will delight long-time fans of the scene. Highly recommended!

Favorite Tracks; Selective Mortality, Descent into Filth, Inconceivable Possession, Amalgamation of Insanity.

FFO; Bloodbath, Grave, Entombed, Dismember, Gorguts, Dying Fetus.

ethereal riffian

 Ethereal Riffian – Legends
Release – September/6/2019
Against PR

Cosmic in scope yet ancient in tone.

Intriguing imagery indeed which really gives very little away in relation to the audio within.


Huge riffs, a doom vibe and a ton of Southern fuzz.  This isn’t a run of the mill doom affair, but it is highly entertaining.


It takes a little while for the listener to get a grasp on what this album has to offer as it teases in all manner of directions, but once they do it there’s a great deal to lose oneself in. A varied smorgasbord of doom, wall to wall melody and influence ranging from across the metal spectrum. Vocal inflections channeling Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) a musical style often akin to that of early Faith no More, and unpredictable, driving rhythms with occasional strangely soothing qualities.  This has a remarkable fluidity about it. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect, this isn’t what initially comes to mind when one thinks rock and the Ukraine (although Somalia Yacht Club also hail from there and they are eye openingly mesmerizing. I hope I got their location right otherwise I look rather silly and my argument is moot) this is my first Ethereal Riffian experience and I’m leaving only wanting to dive back in. Highly entertaining audio that’s dangerously infectious and pleasingly varied throughout.

Favorite Tracks; Legends, Unconquerable, Moonflower, Pain to Wisdom, Ethereal Path.

FFO; Suicidal Tendencies, Faith no More, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Black Label Society, Muse.

gruesome stuff relish split

Gruesome Stuff Relish (Spain)/Choked by own Vomits (Czechia)
The Dead Shall Rise (split)
Release – April/8/2019
Bizarre Leprous
ARTWORK – 93 (I’m Looking 2 buy the shirt!)

Admittedly this was what grabbed by attention. A landscape drenched in an undead menace and an ominous full moon. A low flying aircraft surveying the damage sprays something to keep the threat at bay as if that would help (or does it only add to the epidemic?). This seethes with an undeniable grindhouse nature, wicked color play, and I love it!

A breakdown by contributor;

Gruesome Stuff Relish –

Synth atmosphere, cult movie homage, soundbites, melodic grindcore, groove and a gutteriffic vocal accompaniment, what’s not to like? These guys put it all together in a package which is a damn sight better than I imagined it could be boasting plentiful groove breakdowns amidst a tone which reeks of vileness. Mark me down as a fan!


(First four tracks by GSR, Last six by way of CboV)

Choked by Own Vomits –

Brutal death with a slower tempo boasting infectious riffs bordering on grindcore. A slew of soundbites I can’t understand a bloody word of add a certain air of levity to the proceedings. Lots of groove here and a vocal style which will carve a smirk on any fan of the scenes face.


Favorite Tracks; City of the Dead, Seven Doors Hotel, A Date with Fulci, Like Thousand Suns, The Day When I Lost in Myself, Sweatpants Factory.

A fantastic introduction to both bands involved for those even curious about the genre this is a great place to dive in!

Overall Rating – 86

FFO; Macabre, Necrophagia, Terrorizer, O.L.D, Disrupt.

Void Reccs

Reccd’ by Void

It’s been a while, but his undeniable influence is back!

Majestic Mass – Savage Empire of Death
Release – August/31/2018
Thoughts –

And, why would the cover not grab my attention? Boobs, skulls and a delicious grindhouse porn-meets-Gothic horror vibe. But this is not by way of Hammer Horror? No, this is by way of an entity more entirely sinister still, from an age which was thankfully devoid of censorship and drenched in an attitude of anything goes. For those who need examples; Hard Gore was a cinematic event (ha!) which combined elements of horror, a gothic nature and XXX activities, it was by no mean a great film, it’s only an example of what that time offered and the first which came to mind.

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Onwards. Void has certainly tossed me a treat here. As the PLAY button is depressed one instantly notices the keyboard accompaniment, a Gothic tone that’s unrelenting, against blackened guitar riffs and drum beats which are undeniably primitive and production values which harkens back to the roots of the era, some have even gone so far as to moniker this with ‘blackened sleaze’ which I think fits perfectly (I’m only angry I didn’t think of it first!) The music itself is drenched in undeniable “occult madness” (quoting from Bandcamp here) and is quite unapologetic in its approach. Catacomb qualities are front and center but the same effect could also be one that’s garnered from the way the recording was handled, a minimalistic approach no doubt! Similarities to early Bathory material are undeniable as too the black meets folk/polka vibe, albeit with Gothic undertones (there’s those keyboards again). This is certainly a little different but it does have its charm. The driving riffs are infectious and the menacing aura has me holding my calls even for one as untrained a kvlt/black metal acolyte as myself this is intriguing. For those who have penchants for the raw, far from the mainstream this will hit the spot and serve to break up the normal day-to-day ear candy some.

That’s about it for this mammoth installment. Until our paths of audio interest meet again, don’t be afraid to dip those ears into audio realms you normally might not,


Abrasive Audio – Reccd’ by Void (special edition)
Incantation – Onward to Golgotha

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Relapse Records 1992 recently re-release as part of the twenty-five years celebration of the Relapse Records label

It’s come to my attention recently that I have a great deal of catching up to do. Although I’ve been neck deep in extreme tunage since the time I first discovered hairs grow in strange places you’d wish they wouldn’t (whoa – what’s that?) I’ve, for some reason, chosen to ignore or avoid certain bands and or releases. Admittedly it took me some time to leap from the thrash arena into darkened death realms (but…I’m scared. Does it bite?) Slayer, Witchery, Speed Kills compilations and a slew of acts of similar ilk certainly helped in that regard (oftentimes, depending on the audio, it was less than a leap more than a shift in stance). Pestilence was one of the first to caress my senses, then came Benediction (I had “Subconscious Terror” on CD before I owned a player) and a certain Peaceville compilation. It took forever for me to trust a friend’s judgement to lay my ears upon Cannibal Corpse (“Tomb of the Mutilated”) but when I did it was all over. I could see audio avenues opening before me which I’d never considered (only recently have I dipped my fleshy audio catchers into more blackened realms, although I’ve always appreciated Dissection‘s catalog). Relapse alongside Earache are titans of the extreme scene, especially in its infancy, but for some reason I’ve avoided acts from their stable (in the past) as if they carried the plague and I would be infected within an earshots radius. Enough’s enough, I owe it to myself (and a small collective of readers who chose to punish their senses with my rambling, often non- sensical, thoughts on audio) to dive deep, to experience that which could well have diverted my listening habits that much sooner. But enough about me, onwards to the matter at hand (try to avoid the vision that invokes, it isn’t pretty).

Onward… (to Golgotha)

A single glance at the track list is all it takes for one to realize they’re about to be plunged into a seething cauldron of diabolical audio. Tracks with titles like “Blasphemous Cremation”, “Christening the Afterbirth”, “Rotting Spiritual Embodiment” and “Delivery of Horrific Prophecies” though are far from the blunt gore-soaked titles found on other albums from around much the same time. And they wouldn’t be far wrong. Incantation have an air which places them into a different arena, a realm inhabited by a rare few with much the same impact felt today, namely Morbid Angel, Carcass and Gorguts.

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One can’t ignore the covers image, rather than opt for sheer shock value the artist has chosen another route. Naturally, there’s certain religious connotation but the vivid in your face gore and blatancy is absent replaced by an image which is more ‘art’ in theme, showcasing tones, hues and shading which make one want to dive deeper to dissect the image over time.

Pressing play an instant assault takes the listener aback. There’s no introduction, no soundbites to grace the ears and certainly no acoustic presence to help lower one into catacomb like surroundings. Golgotha pounces straight for the throat. In effect it serves as a fantastic introduction, in and of itself.

For those who’ve been listening to this arena of audio for a while the album, upon an initial listen, obviously sounds familiar. But to properly understand its impact one must consider that this was originally released back in 1992, not last month, last year, or even last decade but now over twenty- five years ago (that’s a quarter of a century for those still not paying attention). “Onward to Golgotha” has a tone, a brilliant catacomb like quality (which many have failed to recreate even to this day) which adds to its nature. The rhythms and riffs are miles from what some might consider mere ‘chuggery’ but instead showcase an unpredictable nature saturated in undeniable diabolical qualities. Whirlwind passages serve to keep the listener on their toes where occasional slower moments only up the infernal ante and add to the album’s overall mood. This isn’t a speed metal opus, a fretboard melting thrashfest, or an album which attempts to break the sound barrier, or even a release which could be classed as a wall of sonic unrelenting brutality but rather a carefully crafted, exquisitely constructed collective of tracks, each boasting an identity of their own amidst varied rapidly transforming elements of old school death, black, funeral doom and diabolical audio.

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Deliverance of Horrific Prophecies Ep art

“Devoured Death” and “Blasphemous Creation” are early standouts for those who prefer an unrelenting attack with a slightly European aura (in the Gorguts bending guitar string vein). “Rotting Spiritual Embodiment” is an early favorite, adds elements of doom into the outing with its menacing, plodding, approach, echo vocals and suffocating diabolical atmosphere and takes the album to another level entirely even this early on.

The album continues with an unpredictable playfulness, a flirtatious element which frequently hints at what’s to come only to pull away and take one on a different journey altogether. “Unholy Massacre” is an example of this depicting passages of brutality intersected with a somber nature.

“Onward to Golgotha” could be described using many words; harrowing is one I haven’t used, blasting fits and uncompromising is another that embodies the while affair. However, to be frank (“don’t call me Frank!”) ground-breaking and genre-defining are the ones which grab the attention the most. As the music is many things but the impact the album has had is undeniable even today.

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One of my favorite images from the Incantation cover archives

Obviously, I have my favorites (though every track grabs the attention in its own way) and have attempted to keep this far from a track by track narrative article although its quality often demand that it be so. I must mention that giving this a listen on headphones (or audio equipment worthy of praise) is going to be quite the eye-opening experience far from what one might have initially assumed based on the albums vintage. The climax of “Entrantment of Evil” (and the albums production overall, to be honest) separates this from typical genre affairs and shows an act who go all-out for overall effect. Arguably at the top of their form here, a stunning achievement based on this being their full-length, Incantation lead the charge and have carved a style (which they continue to add nuance to) which countless others have adopted, played around with and added to. And needless it will continue. An audio collection which, though now over twenty-five years young, closer to thirty now in fact, stands proud surrounded by its peers and amassed acolytes (a crowd which grows larger by the hour) worshipping upon its undeniable impact and continued influence (a style which has found somewhat of a resurgence as of late) continually making the extreme world of audio such an exciting and wonderful place to explore no matter where one starts.

For those who wish to delve deeper into the Incantation discography

 Studio albums

profane nexus

Onward to Golgotha (1992)

Mortal Throne of Nazarene (1994)

Diabolical Conquest (1998)

The Infernal Storm (2000)

Blasphemy (2002)

Decimate Christendom (2004)

Primordial Domination (2006)

Vanquish in Vengeance (2012)

Dirges of Elysium (2014)

Profane Nexus (2017)


the forsaken mourning

Entrantment of Evil (1990)

Deliverance of Horrific Prophecies (1991)

The Forsaken Mourning of Angelic Anguish (1997)

Blasphemous Cremation (2008)


Thieves of the Cloth (2006)

Scapegoat (2010)

Degeneration (2012)


relapse singles vol 2

Relapse Singles Series Vol.1 (2002)

Relapse Singles Series Vol.3 (2004)

Afterparty Massacre (2011)

Reh & Live 1990 / Jesus Spawn (2013)

Live albums

Tribute to the Goat (1997)

Live Blasphemy in Brazil Tour 2001 (2001)

Void Reccs

Rotting Spiritual Embodiment (2017)

My thanks again go out to Void for introducing me to audio I would have not otherwise have explored