The Wretched End – In These Woods, From These Mountains (2016)

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Author: T.K. White

Band: The Wretched End

Album: In These Woods, From These Mountains

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Label: Indie Recordings

 

The Wretched End is sort of a supergroup headed by Samoth of Emperor and features Cosmo of Windir and Nils Fjellstrom of Dark Funeral. The Wretched End started off a rather generic blackened thrash band and progressed towards blackened death metal with each release. In These Woods, From These Mountains, is certainly following along that track, for better or worse. Truthfully, I did not find the bands two previous full-lengths very exciting at all. Forgettable riffs with vocals that serve little to no purpose and the drumming barely draws attention to itself. Sadly, this record is no different.  Continue reading

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Withered – Grief Relic (2016)

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Author: T.K. White

Band: Withered

Album: Grief Relic

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Label: Season of Mist

Withered is an odd band considering they fell apart, yet managed to hang on by a thread which happens to be named Mike Thompson. Thankfully, after everyone left Thompson he was able to find other prominent artists (Colin Marston, Ethan McCarthy) to help cauterize the wound; however, that is not so much the case, but I will get that in a moment.
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EP Roundup #1

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Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Gruesome, Grave Miasma

Albums: Dimensions of Horror, Endless Pilgrimage

Genres: Death Metal, Black/Death Metal

Labels: Relapse Records, Sepulchral Voice Records

 

This time I’m introducing a new round-up segment. Gonna be separating out the pure EP round-ups from my demo ones so that demos get a fair go. For the first EP round-up its a double offering of death with the new Gruesome and Grave Miasma EP’s. Continue reading

Zhrine – Unortheta (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Zhrine

Album: Unortheta

Label: Season of Mist

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Born from the ashes of brutal death metal band Gone Postal, rises Zhrine as a dissonant and highly experimental death metal phoenix. With a member from Svartidauði and ex-member of Naðra you can probably tell what they’re going to sound like if you’re somewhat familiar with the Icelandic black metal scene that’s been growing and become famous in the underground metal scene in the last few years. What Zhrine brings to the table is a highly technical, dissonant and experimental sound that’s unlike most others. I reviewed Devouring Star early last year and gave them a fairly favorable review and Zhrine seems to have added a more death metal edge to the sonic explosion, but there certainly are elements that they both share. Continue reading

Irkallian Oracle – Apollyon (2016)

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Author: Goldensundown

Band: Irkallian Oracle

Album: Apollyon

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Label: Nuclear War Now Productions

 

Irkallian Oracle comes as another band that I had originally covered during Fetid Dead’s first iteration, with their debut black/death onslaught Grave Ekstasis receiving high praise from me – and many other fans of the genre – as one of the best records of 2013 and one of the better black/death records released recently. So high hopes were in order when the mysterious Swedish outfit let loose last year that new material was on its way and now, Apollyon, the band’s sophomore effort has been dropped, but does it hold up to the debut? Continue reading

Begrime Exemious – The Enslavement Conquest (2016)

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Author: Brandon

Band: Begrime Exemious

Album: The Enslavement Conquest

Label: Dark Descent

Canadian death metallers Begrime Exemious finally, after four years of EPs (and a split) return with their third studio album, The Enslavement Conquest in March. There have been some changes from the last LP – this time, founding member Derek Orthner is on lead vocals as well as manning one of their two guitar positions for the first time on LP (though he’s done the same on non-album material before now), bassist Alastair Ritoul has returned, and guitarist F. Thibaudeau is for the first time playing on a Begrime LP – and they sound all the better for it. Continue reading

Revenge – Behold.Total.Rejection (2015)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Artist: Revenge

Album: Behold.Total.Rejection

Label: Season of Mist

 

Revenge is the gift that keeps on giving. After fifteen years of writing and playing some of the most bestial and aggressive black metal out there, Revenge still manages to up the extremity on Behold.Total.Rejection. James Read and Vermin are the two men behind all the music, and James Read in particular is somewhat of a legend in the War Metal scene considering his work with Conqueror in addition to Revenge. With War Metal, or Bestial Black Metal as it’s also called, many bands often fall into the mistake of simply plagiarizing or mimicking Blasphemy, and of course Revenge takes a lot of influence from them, but they have managed to find their own identity and sound. Continue reading