FOR THE SIN – The Human Beast

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://forthesinofficial.bandcamp.com/ I’m always surprised by bands who consistently want to make as minimalistic music as possible, especially heavy metal and hardcore artists. What is the value of slightly the same riff repeated in every song to the extent that it just becomes an excuse for the “tough guy” streetwise lyrics…

SYMPHONY OF HEAVEN – Maniacal Entropik Discordium

  RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://symphony-of-heaven.com/ I don’t think it’s a secret that Christians can and do make excellent heavy metal music in any genre, whether you consider thrash, death, metalcore (Living Sacrifice, Demon Hunter), progressive metal (Becoming The Archetype, Extol), brutal death (Crimson Thorn) or melodic death (Immortal Souls) or even black metal…

MISFIRE – Sympathy For The Ignorant

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: https://misfireofficial.bandcamp.com/ If there’s one metal genre which has had an explosive revival for over 20 years it’s thrash metal. When Megadeth had ended their experimentation and had issued a more thrashy, gritty and, most importantly, more classic sounding “The World Needs A Hero” in 2001 (which marked their slow if…

AT THE MOVIES – Movie Hits Of The 90s – The Soundtrack Of Your Life Vol. 2

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: https://label.atomicfire-records.com/project/at-the-movies/ Do you like 90s American movies, such as “Pretty Woman”, “Notting Hill” or “Doc Hollywood”? If so, chances are you also like the songs that made them famous. And now, Pretty Maid’s guitarist Chris Laney, along with bandmates Allan Sørensen (drums) and Morten Sandager (keyboards) teamed up with one…

AT THE MOVIES – Movie Hits Of The 80s – The Soundtrack Of Your Life Vol. 1

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: https://label.atomicfire-records.com/project/at-the-movies/ Do you like 80s American movies, such as “Dirty Dancing”, “Beverly Hills Cop”, “Back To The Future”, “Rocky” or the last James Bond flick with Roger Moore, “A View To A Kill”? Well, who doesn’t? If so, chances are you also like the songs that made them famous. And…

DESERTED FEAR – Doomsday

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: https://www.desertedfear.de/ Please don’t let the generic and confusing Bolt Throwerian album cover fool you: the new album by the German trio Deserted Fear (the name suggestive of a positive and uplifting lyrical message) is one of the best melodic death metal albums this year so far. The music had been…

CRO-MAGS – 2020

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://facebook.com/realcromags/ Whatever you think of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Harley Flanagan, the only member present on the New York City’s hardcore punk outfit, Cro-Mags, one who had battled and won the sole rights to the band’s name, whether it is his skin-head image, his unambiguous views and controversial incidents of…

OMINATION – NGR

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://omination.bandcamp.com/ There are records which seem like towers of musings seemingly too complex to absorb whereby the reviewer is tempted to give up and move on to something else, but most of them simply prove that 1-2 applications are not enough to appreciate the more ambitious heavy metal records. Such…

OMNUS – Stepping Stones

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://omnus.bandcamp.com/releases In a line of original albums released recently (up to 1 year) I have presented Never End’s “The Cold And The Craving”, Addiktio’s “Anthem For The Year 2020” and Deathglow’s “Machine Skin”. “Stepping Stones” is another original release, a debut by a Norwegian trio Omnus consisting of Geir Wetterhus…

DEADGLOW – Machine Skin

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://deadglow.bandcamp.com/ One of the greatest joys of being a reviewer is when one finds a fresh new eclectic band which defies easy categorization. Last year it was Never End’s “The Cold And The Craving” along with, this here, Deadglow’s “Machine Skin”, which came out independently courtesy of Devographic Music Agency.…

CROWBAR – Zero And Below

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: http://www.crowbarnola.com/ The New Orleans, Louisiana based sludge stoner doom and equal parts hardcorers Crowbar are among the most beloved bands in metal due to the consistent quality and longevity while staying true to their core sound or, as Metal Hammer once observed “exist in a genre of one”.They are one…

MESHUGGAH – Immutable

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: https://www.meshuggah.net/ At the risk of committing a cardinal reviewer’s sin I’ll get right to the point: “Immutable” towers above both “Violent Sleep Of Reason” and “Kolossus”, easily the best thing since “Obzen”, plus it’s their heaviest and most crushing offering to date. It could be because the entire Swedish quintet…

ADDIKTIO – Anthem For The Year 2020

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://addiktio.bandcamp.com/ Recently I have grown fond of instrumental music, partially because there’s zero chance of asinine lyrics, partially because without lyrics one is more able to focus on the music. One of the bands which really ignited the taste is the Nowegian trio Addiktio who have released their second album,…

PHRENELITH – Chimaera

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://phrenelith.bandcamp.com/ Now, these Danish deathmetallers took me completely by surprise with their catchy but grim brand of extreme death bordering on thrash in the vein of ancient Sepultura, Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation and Asphyx, a high level of proficiency in songwriting and execution barely on their second album in the…

REDEMPTOR – Agonia

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: https://redemptorpl.bandcamp.com/ It seems that with the increasing sectarian influence in the Polish government new extreme metal bands arise to join the Satanic Trinity of Vader, Behemoth and Azarath in defiance. Crakow’s Redemptor may not have such obvious leanings as the aforementioned, why, their philosophy may even be purposely shrouded in…

NAPALM DEATH – Resentment Is Always Seismic – A Final Throw Of Throes

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: http://www.napalmdeath.org I know that Napalm Death’s last full-length, “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism”²⁰²⁰ received a perfect score here and that ET was not the only mag to award it but, in my opinion, the album was not as good as the experimental predecessor, “Apex Predator -Easy Meat”²⁰¹⁵…

VOIVOD – Synchro Anarchy

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: https://www.voivod.com/ Voivod is considered one of the most influential bands in extreme metal, inspirational to countless thrash, death and even black metal bands. Their highly technical dissonant riffing, patented on 13 full lengths throughout over 40 years of existence, can be heard in the works of bands as diverse as…

AMORPHIS – Halo

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: https://amorphis.net/ The two previous Amorphis albums: “Queen Of Time”²⁰¹⁸ and “Under The Red Cloud”²⁰¹⁵ were both very good to match the craft of the past from “Skyforger”²⁰⁰⁹, “Silent Waters”²⁰⁰⁷, “Tuonela”¹⁹⁹⁹, “Elegy”¹⁹⁹⁶, and, by many regarded as their magnum opus, “Tales From The Thousand Lakes”¹⁹⁹⁴ (to name but a few positions…

SKEPTICISM – Companion

RELEASE YEAR: 2021 BAND URL: http://www.skepticism.fi/ Although Skepticism is somewhat of an ancient funeral doom metal authority, one of the pioneers of the genre, I, for one, found the seemingly universally regarded as a masterpiece debut “Stormcrowfleet”¹⁹⁹⁵ (very reminiscent of the first two My Dying Bride albums) a boring literally sleep-inducing experience and the latter…

UNCTORIS – Shout Demise

RELEASE YEAR: 2001 BAND URL: https://unctoris.bandcamp.com/ Now, I’m a survivor of Hate Eternal’s “Fury & Flames” and Krisiun as well as early Origin albums but “Shout Demise” is an insanely, unforgivably and seemingly unreasonably extreme release, with the title a loughingly inadequate understatement. Perhaps the impression was somewhat influenced by the reviewer’s transition from the…

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