Destrage-The Chosen One


“The Chosen One,” starts things off with a circular riff, moving slowly through the ground and bringing it up and about. A twisting and turning, burning brightly in the firework. “About That,” is heavy and thunderous, taking its time to get truly aggressive and moving with a snarl. “Hey Stranger!” Takes a bite to the face and then weaves itself through the chaos and the mess to produce something truly spectacular. “At The Cost Of Pleasure,” takes things up a notch. Slowing down the riffs and adding several layers of heaviness to them.

“Mr Bugman,” chaos entwined with a fascinating little picking melody that soon allows all sorts of chaos to come out. “Rage, My Alibi,” slows things down and adds in a haunting melody on the vocals, that gradually produces something chilling and spine tingling. “Headache and Crumbs,” a rager that takes no prisoners and simply weaves things through and about. “The Gifted One,” is slow, menacing and haunting.

The album is out on 24th May via Metal Blade Records.

Texas Metal Outlaws

Texas Metal Outlaws- Texas Metal Outlaws Review

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“Texas Metal Outlaws,” is a mission statement from the get go, driving forward off the back of an insane riff and some bullet work on the guitars elsewhere with some solid vocal melodies. A true opening statement. “Malt Liquor Maniac,” follows a similar path, big on the riff harmonies and a pounding statement on the rhythm. “Rebel Years,” another song that contains huge riffs and some soaring and searing vocal performances. “Black and Green,” is pounding, thumping and downright terrifying in places. The riffs soar and sear, the vocals snarl and bite. The all round delivery is superb. “Running From The Law,” a cover of the classic Riot song is just as epic and as much an anthem as the original, delivered in good old Texas style.

“Sound of Scorn,” slows the pace down considerably, delivering a slab of metal that drudges and groans, but at the same time is quite frenetic. “Within The Spell,” is epic, pounding and fast paced, a sure sign of the metal deliverance to come. “Echoes of Memory,” another song that delivers an outstanding performance in terms of grit and bite. “What Friends Are For,” is a slower more ballad type song, with the guitars dredging through some interesting melodies whilst the vocals are thoughtful and high class.


The album is out on 26th October via Heaven and Hell Records/ Texas Metal Underground Records.

Ape Vermin

Ape Vermin- Sonic Monolith Review


Astral Drones kicks in with some sludge, the distorted feedback fuelling the urge for a mosh and a half. The slowness of the riffs, and the delivery of the vocals makes this one hell of an opener. Oath is a pounding monolith, snarling and growling throughout, producing darkness. Abominable Hashmen dances around the periphery of darkness and groove, whilst producing melodies of pure darkness.

Witch Jive is a slab of metal, darkness and heaviness. Sonic Monolith slithers around, with the riffs dancing and showing off their jazzy vibes, a song made for the edges and power.

The album is out now.


Wardance-Heaven Is For Sale Review


Heaven Is For Sale begins with a thrashing riff, worthy of Metallica and other greats, the vocals come in powerful and strong, ensuring the listener is instantly hooked. The chorus is infectious. Believe has another powerful driving riff, leading the charge in harmonies and melody. Destroyer starts of slowly, before moving into overdrive bringing things to fruition with a powerful one two. Neverending Nightmare powers into being, snarling on the back of a heavy drumbeat, with the guitars flashing in and out. I Don’t Love You Anymore starts off with the standard acoustic introduction before moving into overdrive with the guitars thundering out their defiance. Overture moves between melodies and power. Don’t Play With Fire dances around, snarling at turns whilst flirting with melody and pop. Death Caress brings the heaviness back, ensuring the listener is obliged to keep moving. Paris In Fear is fast and brutal, snarling around and throwing the horns at anything and everything.

House Of The Rising Sun is an interesting take on a classic number, bringing power, and oomf to an old style song. Friday the 13th brings doom metal into the fore with a thumping bass melody, before moving into heavy territory. Blues is fast, powered and classic. Chonda’s Dream is a mix of power and grit. Killing Snow is flittering and fluttering with energy and power. Megalomaniacs dances around, snorting and snarling with grace and power. Wild Beauties is another one that grooves and snarls. Die powers through with the bass snaking it out.

The album is out on 17th September via Dying Victims Productions.


Soulhealer-Up From The Ashes Review


Am I In Hell begins with some nice little guitar work, before producing some epic melodies and some downright catchy powerful hooks. Behind Closed Doors is an anthem from the way the song is structured down to the vocals and the hooks. The Final Judgement is a rocker, with the guitars leading the way down the route of pain and power. Fly Away is a rocker, with a powerful riff leading the way. Land Of The Free is slower, and epic for it, producing rhythm and power to match.

Pitch Black comes out strong with a solid riff, and a melody that bounces from one place to the next. Prepare For War snarls, shivers and shakes, ensuring the listener is kept hooked from the get go. Sins of My Father is haunting, powerful and chaotic. Through Fire and Ice is a belter, with an absolutely grooving riff. Up From The Ashes is a strong finish, producing headbang worthy riffs.

The album is out now via Rockshots Records.


Ichor: God Of Thunder, God of War Review


Spectres Of The Woods  comes barrelling in with a classic black metal riff, punctuated by growls and guttral brutality. Noble Ichor pounds away until the listener’s ears bleeds. Vucica does the same, with added depth and complexity.

Call Of The Bloodthirst moves, shakes and pounds its way into the forefront. Yaga’s Tomb snarls and grunts. Daughters of Wrath is slower, more chaotic and dark.

The album is out 5th October via Seance Records.

Blood of Serpents

Blood of Serpents-Sulphur Sovereign Review


Mater Tenebris starts with pounding drums and moves into snarling despotism. In Darkness Brotherhood gives it both barrels from the off. Devil’s Tongue snarls, bites and slivers. Evictor of Christ does something similar, but with added thump. As The Temple Burns grunts, growls and burns.

Canticle slithers, dances, and growls, based on a minor melody. As Nocturnal Dimensions Beckon does something similar, with the drums blaring it into existence. Upon Waters Dark gathers momentum through pounding rhythms and daring glares. Prophet Of A False Faith blares, snarls and glares. A Void Between Worlds dances, shakes and shimmers.

The album is out on 25th September via Non Serviam Records.


Necronomicon-Unleashed Bastards Review


Burn and Fall has it all, big bold riffs, incredible harmonies and some nice little groove and shifts, the vocals are harsh and biting, the rhythms are precise and ferocious. Leave The Lights On pummels the shit out of the listener, with fierce and precise rhythms and vocal melodies. Total Rejection is snarling, biting and critical. Malevolent is slower, with the heaviness turned up to eleven. We Did We Do We Always Burning is a mesh of styles, ranging from avant garde to piercing metal of the highest thrash degree. Imperial snakes and dances.

My Name is Vengeance is haunting, and dark, with added elements of bite and grit. Forbid Me From Living snarls, slowly building up to a crescendo that does not relent, for even a moment. Unleashed is fast, pounding, serious and grooving, built on the back of a seriously moving riff. Religion Living Fast is slow burn, with the epic qualities of a burning riff and mosh. Personal Enemy is built on a jagged riff and a piercing bass groove. The Nightmare Continues is fast, slow, moving, stagnant and everything else combined into one.

The album is out 28th September via El Puerto Records.


Entierro-Entierro Review


Cyclonic Winds kicks things off, with a thundering drum pattern, and a sneering vocal performance. The guitars roar into life, ensuring the listener is kept hooked from the get go. Santa Muerte slows, slithers, snarls and glowers throughout its time on the frontlines. Cauldron of War has that nice swaggering riff that precludes doom and heaviness. Powerful. Live To Tell bounces and snarls, dancing across the pathway, pounding the shit out of the listener’s ears.

Dybbuck is slow, gruesome and powerful, with the guitars and melodies weaving together to create something quite different to the norm, whilst also ensuring that the listener is hooked on the first vocal performance. Turn Out The Light is slow, filled with doom and gloom, with some serious groove thrown in for good measure. Valley Of Deceit  begins with a solid bass lick, grooving, snarling and pounding away, with the vocals snarl their way to the fore. Controlled Burn shuffles and dances, bringing something nice and unique as a closing track.

The album is out on 1st September.