Hordak – Padre (2016)


Author: Crono

Artist: Hordak

Album: Padre

Label: Casus Belli Musica


Hordak is a Spanish Pagan Metal band, more specifically Celtiberian Pagan Metal, since they are trying to capture the same image as Viking Metal, but from Celtic and Iberian roots. This is a rather difficult to decipher tag, as I think of something like Eluveitie when I hear Pagan Metal, but of course Eluveitie is not actually Pagan Metal. So what is Hordak trying to convey with this tag? I’m not really sure, to be honest, but I will say that their music is awesome, and I will try my best to describe it better. Continue reading

Autopsy – Skull Grinder (2015)


Author: Goldensundown

Band: Autopsy

Album: Skull Grinder

Label: Peaceville Records


Autopsy as a band for the most part have been on a roll since their reformation back in 2009. While Headless Ritual may have been a bit of a drop in quality compare to Macabre Eternal and Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves, those three LP’s have shown that the band still have killer music up their sleeves. Skull Grinder, dropped in November of last year is their 2nd EP or 4th LP (depending on who you ask) since reforming is further evidence of that and also sits as some of the more primal and old school sounding material in the current generation of the band. Continue reading

Triumvir Foul – Triumvir Foul (2016)


Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Triumvir Foul

Album: Triumvir Foul

Label: Blood Harvest


If there is one specific style of extreme metal that has really caught a hold of me over the last years, it’s cavernous death metal. Real fucking’ death metal, played with passion and with the intent of not giving a shit about being the fastest, the most technical or the most progressive. It’s about taking the style back to its roots when the riffs were all that mattered. Triumvir Foul is another one of these cavernous death metal bands that have started popping up. Their style is very much in the same vein as Cruciamentum, Dead Congregation or Incantation. Formed by the two members of the atmospheric black metal band Ash Borer you might think that it should be more atmospheric or progressive considering the style of Ash Borer, but fear not. Triumvir Foul is pure death metal, no frills, no bullshit, all riffs. Continue reading

Un – The Tomb of All Things (2015)


Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Un

Album: The Tomb of All Things

Label: Black Bow Records


I’m glad that funeral doom hasn’t yet reached the same level of prolificity as, say, atmospheric black metal. Even more so than 2015’s most abundant genre, funeral doom requires the right moods, the right atmosphere, and plenty of time to listen to the lengthy songs and absorb the weight and despair. The year now gone has given us some enjoyable funeral doom releases: Bell Witch, Ahab (though they’re a little less purely funereal anymore), Shape of Despair, Tyranny. Plenty to enjoy, but there’s still room in the 2015 roster for more. Continue reading

GSD Rants #1 – Metal and “Taking it too seriously”


Author: Goldensundown

(Ed: As I sort out reviews for some Throaat, Autopsy, Ectovoid releases and the new 4 Doors to Death split, I’m posting a rant I’ve had in the works for a while. This could be an irregular segment depending on the reception, but here we go).

As the anxiety ridden introvert that I am, my musical listening and discussion primarily takes place on the internet, and there’s a frame of mind that I see quite often in the various places on the internet I frequent. This is that metal takes itself too seriously tied in with the massive popularity of bands such as Alestorm, Nekrogoblikon, Steel Panther, Babymetal and the like. It’s easy to see that these go hand in hand as a sort of not intentional reaction to metal’s more serious ends such as black metal in its entirety, quite a lot of death metal and a lot of doom metal and possibly could be extended to the non-ironic tinged trad throwback material that’s been coming about lately. Continue reading

Signum Regis – Chapter IV: The Reckoning (2015)


Author: Dave

Band: Signum Regis

Album: Chapter IV: The Reckoning

Label: Ulterium Records


For all the European power metal I used to listen to, it’s rarely if ever my first choice any more. It’s not that it can’t be done well or that the genre is without merit, but rather that my tastes have changed over the years, and I find myself a bit put off by the overly clean production that is all too common whilst leaning toward the grittier side of metal. But even though it’s not my first choice, I can still listen to a power metal album every now and then and enjoy it. Continue reading

Krallice – Hyperion (2016)


Author: Crono

Artist: Krallice

Album: Hyperion

Label: Profound Lore Records


Man, Krallice, huh? Silence for a few years after Years Past Matter, and then, completely unexpected, they drop Ygg Huur, a full-length that saw their sound transform into something much more technical and dark, dropping the crescendos and climaxes that characterized their earlier music. And now, what do I see but another release, mere months after Ygg Huur? Man, I need to get on top of the Krallice media machine because this is all completely unexpected. Continue reading

Sumac – The Deal (2015)


Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Sumac

Album: The Deal

Label: Profound Lore


Straying from the stricter confined of pure metal for the moment, members of Isis, Old Man Gloom, Botch and Baptists team up for a monumental slab of sludgy, dissonant metallic hardcore. Ever since Neurosis turned their hardcore roots to post metal and Converge released Jane Doe almost 15 years ago, there has been a distinct and creative strain existing within the overall banner of ‘metalcore’. Whilst the more obvious bands play ostensibly (and arguably) metal music in the vein of Gothenburg riffing supplemented with hardcore breakdowns and some vocal traits, the other school of thought usually has a more overall hardcore sound, shape and look, injecting metal in the form of brutal, dissonant and thick riffs reclaimed from the metallic domain of sludge metal. Continue reading

Black/Thrash Demos


Author: GTO


For my first review of 2016, I took out the time to review some EPs and demos in the black/thrash vein. None of these bands have released a full length, yet all of them show extreme potential. Please support them on Bandcamp if you get the chance. Continue reading

Degial – Savage Mutiny (2015)


Author: Goldensundown

Band: Degial

Album: Savage Mutiny

Label: Sepulchral Voice Records


My first introduction to this Swedish death band was in the first issue of Iron Fist back in late 2012 which led me to their Death and Darkness Buries All 7″ leading into Degial’s, new at the time, debut album, Death’s Striking Wings. As someone who was bridging the gap into proper underground metal at the time, Degial’s mission statement to bring death metal back to what “death metal was in the beginning” and their aesthetic of the metal of death really caught my attention and their brand of death metal sounded sincere in its all out sinister atmospheres. Continue reading