GRAVE HERESY – Incineration Victory

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/incineration-victory Incineration Victory by the maniacal Swedish bastards collectively known as Grave Heresy is a bone-pulverizing, face-melting delight that merges chaotic black metal and grimy death metal to stunning effect. All the usual quality death metal-related adjectives such as pummeling, aggressive, infinitely dark, oppressive, and utterly malevolent apply to the nine…

HUMAN ZOO – Echoes Beyond

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/HumanZooOfficial This is my first encounter with the German hard rockers known as Human Zoo and let me tell you right off the bat that I am wildly impressed with these guys and what they offer. We are off to a cracking good start with the bombastic and punchy album opener…

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION – V

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://blackcountrycommunion.com/ Very few if any hard rock acts that I can think of deserve the “super group” tag as much as the awe-inspiring Black Country Communion do, which comes down to the simple facct that not many star-studded constellations of musicians have released such stellar outputs as Joe Bonamasa, Jason Bonham,…

X-PLEASURE – His Master’s Voice

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://x-pleasure.bandcamp.com/album/his-masters-voice The melancholy His Master’s Voice is something quite different and interesting in that it sees the talented Dan Heide (ex-Zeromancer, Ljungblut) spearheading a great ensemble of more than capable musicians and essentially churning out some exquisitely crafted compositions that hover and float somewhere between gloomy rock, post-punk, and subtle slivers…

EMPIRE OF DISEASE – Shadows In The Abyss

RELEASE YEAR: 2023 BAND URL: https://empireofdisease.bandcamp.com/ I admit that it’s been a while since I reviewed an Xtreem Music release so I’m starting the righting of the Universe’s balance with the 2nd album from the Spanish melodic groove death metallers Empire Of The Disease, Shadows In The Abyss²⁰²³, released on November 7th two years after…

SUNFACE – Cloud Castles

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/sunfaceband/ It has been way too long since we last heard from the Oslo-based rockers known as Sunface, but the eight-year gap between their stunning debut album and this, their highly potent sophomore effort, has been worth the wait, which is testament to just how delightfully enthralling Cloud Castles well and…

MARK PERRY – Sniffin’ Glue . . . and Other Rock ‘n’ Roll Habits (2024 Edition)

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/sniffin-glue-and-other-rock-n-roll-habits-published-29-february-2024 The legendary British underground fanzine titled Sniffin’ Glue . . . and Other Rock ‘n’ Roll Habits formed an essential part of the early punk scene (primarily in the UK) and was driven by a deep-seated love and admiration for the then-burgeoning milieu that began to form and take proper…

DEATHCULT – Seven Are They

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://edgedcircleproductions.bandcamp.com/album/seven-are-they Yes, this is exactly the kind of thing we all need and what the of the mood of this week calls for – a new output containing exclusive material by what is unarguably one of the very best and most sinister-sounding bands out there, namely Deathcult. With its evocative artwork…

HEIMLAND – Tronearvingens Doed

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://edgedcircleproductions.bandcamp.com/album/tronearvingens-doed It is fair to say that the incredibly talented Norwegian act known as Heimland made quite a dent in the black metal scene and turned quite a few heads when they unleashed their deeply passionate and perfectly morose Forfedrenes Taarer via the ever-reliable Edged Circle Productions roughly a year ago.…

BISMARCK – Vourukasha

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://bismarck.bandcamp.com/music The opening few bars of the title track leaves no doubt as to who and what this is; a frightening audio onslaught by the Norwegian doom metal freaks known as Bismarck. Vourukasha takes me back to their debut offering (Oneiromancer from 2020) in terms of its thunderously heavy tone and…

LETHE – Alienation

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://lethemetal.bandcamp.com/album/alienation This is my first encounter with the splendid experimental outfit known as Lethe and judging by the quality and infinite depth of this, their third full-length album, I feel utterly compelled to check their previous two offerings out. Alienation is anything but predictable or mundane, and the very act of…

MNHG – Necare

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://lnk.to/necare The debut output by the twisted German entity known as MNHG offered a sinister yet incredibly entertaining take on catchy and somewhat groove-laden black metal that was overflowing with muscular riffs and disquieting vocals while also boasting a monstrously punchy rhythm section. Although all the trademarks and characteristics of their…

YOBREPUS – A Rhizome Revolution Part 1

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://www.apollonrecords.no/ Norwegian art rockers Yobrepus have a knack for crafting richly nuanced songs and albums that are both musically and lyrically absorbing, a prime example being their latest LP entitled A Rhizome Revolution Part 1. Weaving traces and elements of prog, alt. rock, psychedelic folk, and brooding electronica together to stunning…

IRON ALTAR – Promethean

RELEASE YEAR: 2023 BAND URL: https://www.ironaltarband.com/ One of the albums I’ve been meaning to get to reviewing in 2023 but something always got in the way was the 2nd (after the independently released Pillars Of Blood²⁰¹⁸) full length by the Scottish progressive metalcorers Iron Altar, Promethean²⁰²³ released on September 29th via Trepanation Recordings. Despite it’s…

GLACIAL MASS – The Passion

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://xtxax.bandcamp.com/album/the-passion The musically compelling force of darkness known as Glacial Mass, which consists of members Themis and Manos, is a frighteningly heavy and claustrophobic proposition that promises a deep, introspective journey through the worst alleyways and oddest corners of the mind – a proper examination of one’s true self and an…

MARTYRDOOM – As Torment Prevails

RELEASE YEAR: 2023 BAND URL: https://martyrdoom.bandcamp.com/ It’s been awhile since I reviewed something from my native Poland, let alone something good, so the 2nd (after Grevious Psychosis²⁰¹⁷) full length from the death metal doomsters Martyrdoom (the most brilliant name since Cryptopsy?), As Torment Prevails²⁰²³ released on October 23rd via Memento Mori, is a great opportunity…

CHARLES WHITE – The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Authorized Biography (2024 Edition)

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-life-and-times-of-little-richard-the-authorized-biography-published-22-february-2024 Sporting a brand-new cover as well as a comprehensive overview of Richard’s recorded works and photos from the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s own archive but containing the same fast-paced and captivating story, this edition of the classic The Life and Times of Little Richard has lost none of its power…

UNCANNY – Shroomsday

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/uncannysounds/ This is my first encounter with the charming and delightfully wonky progressive metal band from Norway known as Uncanny, and I must say that I find this eclectic and perfectly unpredictable eight-track offering of theirs, which will be out in April, quite beguiling and seductive. While their soundscapes undoubtedly are…

HELSINKI HORIZON – Sirens

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://helsinkihorizon.bandcamp.com/ Helsinki Horinzon’s second release ’Sirens’ is a cross-genre conceptual album, and a different kind of heavy: the more quiet, lurking sort that ambushes you when you least expect it. ’Sirens’ develops into a sphere of gravitational force, where units and subdivisions converge to make an expertly paced rotation. The more…

THUNDER – Live at Leeds

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://www.thunderonline.com/ The awe-inspiring British rockers Thunder are on grand form on this powerful live recording from the archives, which just goes to show that these gentlemen are at their fiery best when belting it out on stage in front of a loud, appreciative audience. Recorded at First Direct Arena in Leeds…

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