Guest article by Belisario
Here’s another album from 2019 that was probably overlooked by many, who may have found it excessively simple or tiresome at first listen. Primitive Force is the debut album by the Finnish band Concrete Winds, a brand-new act arisen from the ashes of Vorum, who disbanded two years ago.
Tags: concrete winds, death metal
A Fine Day to Die Records will re-issue the classic album Impergium and corresponding EP Towards Judgement by Niden Div. 187 as a limited cassette release, and is currently taking pre-orders.
Tags: Black Metal, niden div. 187
While most of the world drools in panic at the fear that nature has finally engineered an appropriate comeuppance for humanity (namely, drowning in mucus) heavy metal and underground metal record labels have offered to keep our economy minimally functional through a series of sales on evil and antisocial metal music.
Tags: covid-19, sales
Xtreem Music announced the “10 Inches of Deathcult” series which will provide long time death metal listeners with a chance to obtain rare and long out of print demos from classic 80s and 90s extreme metal acts on ten inch vinyl, with its first release, “Perpetual Damnation” from Dutch death metal legends Sinister.
Tags: death metal, sinister
From roughly 1984 to 1992, Paul Speckmann recruited different lineups to express the same idea through different band names such as Master, Deathstrike, Abomination, Funeral Bitch, and Speckmann Project. With similar basic sounds and shared songs, these bands differed mostly in personnel.
Tags: abomination, death metal, deathstrike, funeral bitch, master, paul speckmann, speckmann project, vic records
Celtic Frost conceptual continuation project Triptykon, with full classical orchestration by the Dutch Metropole Orkest, presenting the trilogy of songs spanning 1987 to the present.
Tags: celtic frost, death metal, symphonic
Guest Article by Belisario
Now that last year is already far behind, I would like to get back to a record featured on very few year-end lists and which, in this writer’s opinion, deserves to be highlighted. Summary Execution at Dawn is the debut album by Houston-based band Oath of Cruelty. Probably due to the fact of it being released in the last month of 2019, it didn’t get all the attention it is worthy of. Emerged from the fertile Texan underground scene and featuring members already seasoned in a broad number of bands, this battle-hardened act launched its first full-length after almost ten years of activity during which the band hasn’t manifestly been idle. The result is a compact and powerful album, which contrary to most modern death/thrash bands is not limited to a constant and simple aggression, choosing instead to develop different approaches and resources in songs that are incredibly varied and brief enough to eschew needless repetitions and excesses.
Tags: 2019, death metal, texas
German black metal and RAC crossover band Absurd, notorious for both political views and murders, tried to go full RAC during the past decade and basically lost most of their fans, since people liked the band for its idiosyncratic fusion instead of “falling in line” with movements based on mass obedience.
Tags: absurd, Black Metal, oi, RAC
Some reviews you can write like people in rom-coms from Hollywood. You set up your MacBook on the rear veranda, overlooking the pool and the palm trees of Los Angeles, or maybe the soft lush vegetation of Martha’s Vineyard or the Riviera. Then you pour a glass of wine, and write quite happily in your own little bubble.
Tags: progressive metal, timeghoul
One can find much to like on this later grindcore release, but it never quite gained traction in the canon. One wonders why, since it has Bolt Thrower and Carcass styled thunderous fairly technical grindcore, guttural vocals that sear ears and hope simultaneously, and carefully paced songs which accelerate for choruses.
Tags: 1993, Grindcore, necrony