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Abrasive Audio – The Year in Review

Part the Second
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Boy, he looks pissed! There I was thinking Easter bunnies were jovial fluffy felllows

The first three months have run their course and the last vestiges of winter are hanging around like a horde of pesky flies. The Easter Bunny has been busy and so have those who chose to take part in Beltane festivities (there’s no cumbersome hiding any eggs here. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Summer is about to start. Did you remember where you stored the winter coats and shovels? Metal however, is in full swing, in fact much like the weather it seems as though it’s just “warming” up. I honestly don’t think it ever takes a rest. (My favorites are again marked with a *) Onward…



Allegaeon – Apoptosis

It’s extremely hard to pick a favorite track here as this is akin to sinking the ‘8 Ball’ on the break again and again and again (for those not familiar with ‘pool’ analogies it’s highly satisfying, indeed!) Suffice it to say if tech death with a progressive nature in the vein of Blotted Science, Alkaloid, Hannes Grossmann’s other output, Inanimate Existence and Opeth is your thing then your ears need this within them, the pleasure of which your entire being will thank you for later.

Archaic Decapitator – The Apothecary

Tech death rhythms flaunt with symphonic additions and occasionally the merest hint of a black as well a folk influence resulting in a release which is varied in tone, laden with atmosphere, depth and melancholy. Keep an ear out for these guys as if this is any indication of what’s to follow this an applaudable omen indeed.

Belezebubs – Pantheon of the Nightside Gods*

A damn sight better than one might think with the comic book imagery in mind. A first listen is all it took for me to become a fan! This offers a stunning mix of black metal, symphonic elements and an overall aura which brings to mind the finest the genre has to offer (insert your favorite band here). And their videos are worth looking into also; blending humor and exquisite animation there’s really nothing which doesn’t tickle the pleasure sensors. In short, if you have yet to look into this band you’re missing out!

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Black Sites – Exile*

With a style that’s a hearty mixture of doom, ala Paradise Lost, Black Sabbath and even Old Man Wizard, alongside progressive elements which bring to mind Dream Theatre, the occasional nod to greats within the NWOBHM scene (Iron Maiden) and rhythms straddling the hard rock arena and occasionally alternative (think Therapy?)with a splash of blues which make this most certainly far beyond merely an intriguing release. However, it’s the delivery, composition, strong vocal style, invocative melodies and infectious nature which makes this album instantly worthy of attention.

Gruesome Stuff Relish /Choked by own Vomits SPLIT

Gruesome Stuff Relish – plentiful groove breakdowns amidst synth atmosphere, cult movie homage, soundbites, melodic grindcore, groove and a gutteriffic vocal accompaniment, what’s not to like?

Choked by Own Vomits – Brutal death with a slower tempo boasting infectious riffs bordering on grindcore and lots of groove and a vocal style which will carve a smirk on any fan of the scenes face.

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

Hath – Of Rot and Ruin

Technical, majestic black, bludgeoning rhythms, classical interludes and Amorphis esque progressive passages. This is overflowing with brilliance, take your pick of where and when to find them, this embodies everything a fan could wish for. Brutality and technicality in equal measures slathered in pitch values against a supremely effective atmosphere. And the occasional suffocating presence to add to the overall stunning epic audio experience.

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Hellripper – Black Arts and Alchemy

Imagine if you will Bathory, Motorhead, Venom and vintage Metallica (‘Kill-em’ All’ era) waking from a month-long drinking, drug-fueled debauchery binge (complete with a NWOBHM soundtrack) only to find out they had an offspring. Hellripper is likely the result of such. This woefully short Ep is, in short, utter brilliance which is sure to leave a craterous indentation in the scene. And to think this is merely an appetizer for things to come.

Inculter – Fatal Visions

So goddamn fast this’ll make your head spin, but in a good way. Exquisite pace variations (yes, this isn’t flesh-meltingly fast all the time!) and atmosphere combine to form an album that leaves a huge impact. An album that reeks of raw South American influence yet undeniably shines with a style all its own.

Mist of Misery – Unalterable

Classic melodies wrapped in black metal shrieks and rhythms (which do so much more than merely make one want to tap their foot) encaptivate, putting one in a trance. The atmosphere is quite unlike what one might expect. The effect is majestic, brutal, uncompromising yet beautiful and undeniably powerful. The album continues to only deepen the effect of the trance like state pulling the listener into an enveloping menacing, melancholic, beauty complete with exquisite ominous atmosphere.


Teleport – The Expansion

Technicality careens headlong into a death/doom shroud making for a release that’s highly pleasing with an appeal which spans a wide radius ranging from atmospheric chaotic black metal through death/doom and also brutal technical progressive death, often elements which are expertly weaved together in the space of a matter of moments. Highly recommended for those who have a penchant for audio spanning a wide radius in the extreme metal arena.

West of Hell – Blood of the Infidel*

Melodic, aggressive, emotional, energetic and dripping with depth. I’m finding it hard to find the words – this is outstanding audio!! Power, epic, heavy, speed, melodic death metal? Take your pick. This has it all, mixed to perfection and vocals of a caliber akin to a force of nature.


Wormwitch – Heaven that Dwells Within

A crushing, inciteful, drum tempo is the back bone of this release balanced by delicate folk elements, symphonic accompaniments, exquisite atmosphere and cresting majestic black metal rhythms the overall effect is a wonder to have betwix the ears. Admittedly my first experience of the band, and I’m left wanting more!


Body Harvest – Parasitic Slavery

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. Maniacal values, diabolical surges, pummeling salvos and moments of ear screeching (controlled) chaos as well apocalyptic heights. Body Harvest have somehow managed to create an album which is mesmerizing in its undeniable brutality bathed in delicious dirge qualities fellow countrymen Bolt Thrower would be jealous of.

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Evil Angel – Unholy Evil Metal*

Blackened speed and a sense of humor. Sounding like true homage to the South American scene of yore but with an added energy surge only bathing in Red Bull could possibly induce, bestial metal on steroids, and riffs which’ll make you want to slap your Granma and drag a newborn into the pit. This deserves to be shared. And Evil Angel, in all their exemplified raw nature, warrant praise!

Funeral Storm – Arcane Mysteries

Somewhere between early Moonspell and Rotting Christ with applaudable ‘dungeon’ synth tossed in. Elements of folk, doom and synth interludes aided by a commendable production result in this overflowing with atmosphere far from the normal rawness that the typical black metal affair offers. This showcases a great deal for even a casual fan to the scene.

Haunt – If Icarus Could Fly

Blending 80’s and 70’s hard rock with speed and epic metal elements this showcases the power of Trevor William Churches’ (Beastmaker) voice combined with the melodious enchanting rhythms and eye-opening solo mastery which are hard to ignore the criminally infectious nature of. With this one must ponder; with the bar set so high, where does/or can Haunt go from here?

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Idle Hands – Mana

Every once in a while, there drops an album which only lands upon the radar because of a myriad of recommendations. A release which is far from the normal listening material. This is one such example. a perfect combination of rock and Gothic metal with the chops to toss me back to the golden age of the scene whilst still offering an identity which is fresh and oh so easy to hit repeat upon again and again. This is dangerously addictive from start to finish! You have been warned!!

Inanimate Existence – Clockwork

Brutality which straddles a myriad of genre fences without entering into too ‘Brutalsville’ territory. Unbelievable production values boast instruments which are crisp and clear in the mix complementing rhythms which are inhumanely complex, tight and intricate alongside progressive interludes which don’t ‘break the spell’ in the slightest. Encaptivating on account of its awe-inspiring balance and brilliance. An ‘eargasm’ from first to last note. Nuff said!


Krypts – Cadaver Circulation

Malevolence, menace, grandiose atmosphere, an ominous nature and nuance. All that and a myriad of woven passages of rhythmic intricacy. Overall an album which is guaranteed to offer something new with each listen. Highly recommended for those who prefer atmosphere over outright brutality.

Kull (formerly Bal Sagoth) – Exile

Grandiose in tone and scope Exile offers that which many have tried, in vain, to capture. Exquisite rhythms, thundering riffs as well passages of beauty complement a symphonic backdrop, epic in scale. Hardly traditional of any one genre this overflows with menace, majesty and at times a certain viciousness, even a narration of sorts, a fantastical concept unfolds if you will. This might at first make heads spin. As it progresses, however, confusion is sure to translate into admiration and appreciation.

Misþyrming – Algleymi

This sports exquisite atmosphere, rhythms which incite movement and an edge which is decidedly arcane in nature though far from the raw production which, again, many might expect. Melodious yet majestic, triumphant yet atmospheric, and epic in tone, think doom laden black metal, think black metal with production values which doesn’t sacrifice what the genre stands for, think a release you shouldn’t ignore… seriously.


Monasterium – Church of Bones

Channeling traditional doom in a similar style to Dio fronted Black Sabbath, Candlemass and (strangely, ha!) Dio’s solo output and complemented by grandiose vocals, laden with melodies, exquisite lead work and epic rhythms there’s a lot here to be excited about.

Nihility – Thus Spoke the Antichrist

Listening to this makes me wonder if this might have been Bolt Thrower if they’d developed a darkened edge, as this is dirge laden and often laced with black majesty.

Paladin – Ascender

This picked me up, jaw agape, and threw me back a few years to the sensation I had when first experiencing Wolfsbane (their first) and Black Guard. Similarly styled this assaults the senses like a ravenous beast and even sports occasional growling vox to please those who demand throat emission diversity. The production gives it the required punch and the rhythms are encaptivating, energetic and then some. Suffice it to say this delivers from start to finish is and is an absolute stunning debut full length.


Possessed – Revelations of Oblivion*

How is it that I haven’t jumped on the Possessed ‘train’ before now? This shreds! Blazing riffs, impressive drums, vocals which are hardly traditional but fit just the same and high-energy rhythms which bear malicious intent. With the brilliance of this in mind it’s well worth diggin into the bands discography in order to discover the earlier works of one of the pioneers of the thrash/death style itself. An amazing ‘comeback’ album which is worthy of the praise its garnering.

Sathamel – Horror Vacui*

An infernal majesty permeates the albums rhythms, a cresting riff assault combined with a blackened death formula and a homage that’s sure to carve a crescent upon the face of blackened death and old school fans alike. But it hardly stops there, spoken word passages add a certain indescribable something to the album

Vale of Pnath – Accursed

Marrying the finer aspects of the tech and blackened death realms Vale of Pnath have somehow managed to create a slab of audio balanced with perfection. A composition that’s delicate yet seething with fury, might and a presence that’s undeniable.


Varaha – A Passage for Lost Years

A crushing evocative mix of haunting doom and DSBM with drone elements (a smidgen of Avant Garde) and the expert utilization of orchestral instruments makes this an album one consumes in a single sitting, not in parts. Be prepared to run the gamut of emotions with this multi-headed beast.

War Curse – Eradication

This burns with a tone which screams instant acceptance for fans of aggressive, high energy thrash. A fantastic introduction to the band and their brand of top notch, dynamic, riff heavy, thrash.

Widower – Cataclysmic Sorcery

Widower have injected this with enough of their own uniqueness and rhythmic technicality to separate it from the amassed hordes. a fantastic example of aggressive thrash that borders on blackened death realms. Riffs are fast and furious and delivered with exquisite precision. The production is spot on, every instrument can be appreciated for its addition to the sound and the vocal style fits like a tailor-made glove which both complements and adds to the overall appeal.

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Witch Ritual – Death: Beyond

Mid-tempo and often lazy paced, mesmerizing, invocative, traditional, occult doom (far from death and funeral realms) with just the right amount of “fuzz”. Excellent vocals with a range that includes smoldering, sultry and a little something close to frustrated howling make this a fantastic palette cleanser.


Atlas Entity – Beneath the Cosmic Silence*

A fluid, precise and intricate marriage of progressive elements, technical rhythms and death metal. Think the beauty and classic nature of Opeth entangled with the often, flowing like a river, mesmerizing rhythmic brutality of Inanimate Existence, Add solos which are blistering, a nature which has more facets than my infants personality and elements which are often associated with atmospheric blackened affairs and you have a release which is unpredictable, surprisingly agile and altogether fathomless in its depth.

Beheaded – Only Death can Save You

This is guarantees to send fans of Misery Index into a frenzy. 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. Did I mention the drums?


Concilivm– The Veiled Enigma (EP)

Showcasing a mid-pace with death doom sensibilities, groove and enough menace to incite nightmares for an entire kindergarten class (including the unsuspecting teacher) coupled with dirge and a diabolical nature with often intriguing rhythms. Give this a moment of your time and I believe you’ll be impressed also.

Consecration – Fragilium

Funeral doom cavorts with rhythms that nod to 90’s Gothic rock and the earliest incarnation of doom with heavy metal undertones, even at times showcasing an aura which hints at experimental black metal realms. This seethes with a myriad of styles one might not initially expect whilst still holding firm to doom foundations one would. Go into this with an open mind and no assumptions and you’ll find yourself sinking into the unhurried epic nature on offer.

Gravefields – Embrace the Void

For a debut this shows stellar promise, offering a vibe which brings to mind Abysmal Dawn mixed with Nile and Black Dahlia Murder toss in a sprinkle of hardcore and the mix is complete. A phenomenal talent appearing as if from nowhere, play this loud and level the neighborhood!

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Memoriam – A Requiem for Mankind *

A genius creation of dirge/crust/grindcore now, this is a beast of many facets, a creation to influence a whole new breed of musicians. The logical progression from “Those Once Loyal” for fans of the legendary Bolt Thrower. This shows Memoriam taking the style to another level, leaps and bounds from their last effort. An upgrade (as if the style and band members have been whisked away to a secret facility for a full body advancement ‘comic book style’) which leaves a definite impression. With an album of a quality such as this the metal community is left stunned and probably pondering where do Karl and crew take us next?

Ov Lustra – Tempestas

Showcasing exquisite musicianship, a powerful symphonic backdrop, rhythms which constantly shift and a vocal accompaniment which fits the style Ov Lustra have managed to capture the delicate balance needed to keep the listener intrigued and the audio far from being overwhelming in its intensity. The overall audio is fluid, seamless in its approach and bears unmistakable cinematic scope which only aids in its appeal and invokes vivid imagery along with the sinuous fantastical narrative.

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Pestis Inferos – Beyond the Veil of Light

Chock full of majesty, fury and an overall style which borders on black metal meets punk meets death meets speed metal (what a mouthful) with oodles of atmosphere tossed in for effect this is sure to drum up some attention. On a personal note it’s the drum sound and style in the mix which makes me a salivating fool who hits the repeat button like a hopeless addict. Don’t miss out on this!

Superstition – The Anatomy of Unholy Transformation *

It’s the arrangements, the aura, the supreme coalescing of maniacal, diabolical, old school and cavernous elements which makes the (“no time to slow down, this is gonna hurt”) impact. Riffs are furious, fierce and tumble over each other. Relentless, often harrowing and part nostalgic with undeniable and unmistakable homage to celluloid boasting invocative synth accompaniment from decades previous. This crosses all the right boxes without veering too far into over the top realms, in short, a delicious combination of filthy tone, unholy rhythms, sinister riffs which combined superimpose Underworld menace over that which is everyday familiar.

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The Odious – Vesica Piscis

Impulsive and unpredictable is the name of the arena in which this release resides and it has a great deal to offer those who are willing to step outside of traditional audio realms. Borrowing heavily from the most impressive elements from a slew of genres The Odious have somehow managed to expertly fuse audio in a way which brings forth a myriad of emotion as it passes through the senses, incorporating rock and extreme metal elements, brutal face-crushing riffs, melodic passages and a slew of rhythms which have the listener pondering in which direction they should turn next.

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Time for me to start compiling Part the Third, until then feel free to comment, share and laugh at the horrid grammar

There’s a little something more to dig your teeth and ravenous senses into until I drop get around to compiling, sorting and posting Part the Third, which promises to be even more epic yet. My apologies again for dropping this well into the New Year, life got in the way as it often does. I’m determined, however, to journey to quests end. In short there’s a great deal more on the way.


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.

opium lord

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.

majestic mass

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,