Irkallian Oracle – Grave Ekstasis (2013)

Irkallian Oracle - Grave Ekstasis


There is a recent resurgence in black/death metal that is aimed at producing sounds that reflect the sheer unknown, abstract horrors that these bands tackle lyrically; a resurgence that Irkallian Oracle have co-opted with such high calibre on this debut album (originally released March 2013 as a limited tape release and saw a vinyl rerelease February 2014). Continue reading

Luke’s first, actual review! Beneath – The Barren Throne (2014)

The Icelandic death metal quintet, Beneath, have returned with a follow-up to their 2012 debut album, Enslaved By Fear. Everywhere you read, you’ll see them described as “brutal death metal,” which I have a beef with. I think it’s because their quality is miles above what is normally tagged as BDM. Mostly, just the vocals and some lyrics that allow that tag to be slapped on. In my eyes (ears), they have much more in common with either technical death metal or the crushing, plodding style of DM a la Immolation, Incantation (Immolation especially so). They keep right in line with their original debut release: a constant, unrelenting onslaught of riffs, hammering drums, occasionally punctuated by very short, ambient or acoustic interludes. Controlled, yet utter aural chaos.

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Mammoth Grinder – Underworlds (2013)


When people mention combining death metal and hardcore punk, thoughts instantly flicker to the often bashed deathcore genre, however with Mammoth Grinder this combination eschews that sound and follows the left hand path similar to bands combining sick concoctions of crust punk and death metal. The interesting aspect about Mammoth Grinder is that their original musical formula was sludge/hardcore punk, which was switched up to a Swe-death (less HM2 worship) with hardcore punk and some remnants of their sludgy days on their 2009 album and continued through to this release.

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Disma – Towards The Megalith (2011)

Disma - Towards The Megalith

Towards the Megalith is an extremely appropriate title considering the sheer monolithic heft that Disma have presented with this death/doom debut, with the music invoking images of vast caverns of pitch black and gigantic pondering mechanical structures. This sort of cavernous death/doom style appeared to be the other route for revival death metal bands to take that wasn’t Entombed worship, and for the most part Disma seem to have avoided pigeonholing themselves into a mere revival band with this 8 song debut. Continue reading