Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers (2015)

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Reviewer: GTO

Artist: Sarpanitum

Album: Blessed Be My Brothers

Label: Willowtip Records

 

Blessed Be My Brothers was released much earlier this year, and after my first few listens I completely discarded the notion of considering it highly. It was not a bad album on my first try, on the contrary, it was extremely competent and well done but to me it felt overly technical and dependent on melodic interludes to communicate its musical fervor. Keeping it in mind, I put it aside for other death metal releases in the coming year. Continue reading

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Ravens Creed – Ravens Krieg (2015)

Author: GTO

Band: Ravens Creed

Album: Ravens Krieg

Label: Xtreem Music

War is hell, as well all know, which makes it a ripe topic for quality death metal. While many bands aim for the Satanic or evil vibe, many bands also try to go for the grim realism of a world torn apart by combat. On their third release Ravens Krieg, Ravens Creed are clearly going for something akin to this. Released by Xtreem Music, it consists mostly of songs less than three minutes long that are filled to the brim with percussive, powerful death metal. Continue reading

Zillah – Serpentine Halo (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Zillah

Album: Serpentine Halo

Label: Sea of Corruption Records

This slab of technical death metal comes to us courtesy of Edinburgh’s Zillah. They’ve been around since 2000 but prior to this have only released two full-length albums and four EPs, none of which have garnered any significant attention or acclaim. This one, however, has crossed my radar several times, prompting curiosity about what exactly it is that they’re up to. The answer is, nothing special, but still plenty enjoyable. Continue reading

Satan – Atom By Atom (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Satan

Album: Atom By Atom

Label: Listenable Records

Satan as a band are proof that not every band that put out amazing material in the early to mid 80’s can’t replicate that material nowadays. After putting out one an essential NWOBHM release, Court in the Act, in 1983 and its strong follow-up Suspended Sentence (1987) the band broke up but continued to release good albums under two bands; Blind Fury and Pariah before finally closing up shop in 1998. Outside of a live album in 2004 the Satan camp was quiet from ’98 until 2011 when they reformed and released two compilations before dropping their 2013 comeback album Life Sentence, which by all accounts was an absolutely phenomenal release and topped plenty of AOTY lists. Now in 2015 Satan have dropped their second post-reformation album, Atom by Atom and safe to say this album rips hard. Continue reading

My Dying Bride – Feel the Misery (2015)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: My Dying Bride

Album: Feel The Misery

Label: Peaceville Records

My Dying Bride is a band often accused of laying their drama and melancholy on a little thick for many people’s sensibilities. But earlier this year, vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe’s father passed away. And when this year’s release Feel the Misery opens with the track And My Father Left Forever, only a heartless man could disregard the singer’s sorrow as forced or contrived. Continue reading

Sacrilege – Six6six (2015)

Author: Dave

Band: Sacrilege

Album: Six6Six

Label: Pure Steel Records

Sacrilege is one of many bands who were active in the British metal scene in the early eighties who have regrouped in recent years to put out new material. Whilst there is some controversy over the band’s early releases, they do make the claim to be the original British Sacrilege, having formed and taken their name in 1982, well before any of the others. Continue reading

The Antichrist Imperium – The Antichrist Imperium (2015)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: The Antichrist Imperium

Album: The Antichrist Imperium

Label: Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings

I first heard Akercocke in 2005, with the release of their album “Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone”. I was not instantly converted, but it was still one of my first experiences with death metal, and as being one of the few albums I owned, the tracks gained familiarity with me until I grew a solid appreciation for the music and eagerly anticipated “The Antichrist”. Continue reading