Article by Belisario
Alpha Hydrae is a rather recent metal outfit hailing from Monterrey, northern Mexico. Their only official release to date is their full-length Venomous Devotion – The Hematic Lust from 2013. Despite its misleading title, this is no symphonic metal, but rather old-style melodic black metal with a strong use of keyboards. It could be described as “gothic” as well, not in reference to the terrible metal subgenre of the same name (that swarm of early-Paradise Lost copycats), but according to its ambiance and obsession with tales of vampiric fantasies.
Tags: 2013, alpha hydrae, Black Metal, mexico, the hematic lust, venomous devotion
Article by Salustiano Ferdinand
I was listening to Persecution Mania yesterday when I opened my email and saw some new releases thrown my way to sift through for potential reviews. Although I’m generally skeptical of newer metal releases, the Shadows in the Crypt album was a pleasant and recent surprise, so I figured why not.
Tags: 2018, in inceptum finis est, odium totus, panegyric of death, sadistic metal reviews, smr, tatanhammer, the synoptic picture of negativism, vulturine, write good riffs or die
Mastema is one of those fiends of the black metal satanic underground that surfaces only to deliver concentrated, though minimalist, doses of the most alienating, horrific metal music. (more…)
Tags: anti, Black Metal, EVIL-034, france, mastema, raw, satanic, the grand holocaust of flesh
By now established as one of few post-nineties black metal acts worth saving for posterity, Infamous returns with yet another joint effort production on the Hammerbund label. Joining the bill is the somewhat amusingly christened Gorrenje, a band previously unknown around these quarters but apparently of a slightly older vintage than their Sardinian counterpart. As has earlier been the case, Infamous proves to be vastly superior to their collaborators and is therefore the one most worthy of our attention.
Tags: 2017, gorrenje, infamous, Italian-German Black Metal Brotherhood
Hailing from Chile, speed metal band Apostasy returns in 2018 with a release that shows the blossoming of ideas developed during the last decade. Rooted in the genre stylings of the end of the eighties and beginning the nineties, Apostasy manages to sound fresh in The Sign of Darkness. (more…)
Tags: 2018, apostasy, death black metal, fallen temple records, Speed Metal, the sign of darkness
The present album is an example of undergorund death metal that, while humble and rather representative of the genre, does an excellent job of crafting good, concise music that delivers a strong experience effectively. Mental Turmoil shows us a band that has not liberated itself and is thus at the mercy of stronger influences, such as the more pensive side of U.S. death metal meeting the aggressive side of the more melodic European flavors —and one can hear echoes of an early Obituary somewhere in here, as well as other voices. Thrombus concots its own little mixture of influences, even if there is nothing quite original in it.
Tags: 1993, 2018, death metal, la caverna records, mental turmoil, thrombus
Article by Salustiano Ferdinand
Shadows in the Crypt was the promising black metal act led by Lawrence Wallace, of his own long-running dark power/speed metal act Moonlight Prophecy/Lawrence’s Creation as well as being the former lead guitarist of bandmate Schatz’s power/black metal fusion Serpent ov Old . (more…)
Tags: 2012, Black Metal, Cryptic Communications, power metal, Shadows in the Crypt
In With Winter Comes Despair, we hear a maturing Sapremia  characterized by its ingenious arrangement of phrasal riffs that use common or even simple building blocks to craft meaningfully elaborate statements. (more…)
Tags: 2008, death metal, sapremia, with winter comes despair
Following familiar queues in electronic music, 3Force manages to not only achieve the climaxes through well-crafted expectation and adequate use of impact, but also sound articulate: someone using an established, rich language to its full potential as a means of communication. (more…)
Tags: 2017, 3force, electronic, fascism, resistance
Mortum plays a streamlined style of black metal, applying it towards an almost shy efficiency and directed in the present album at expressing a series of simple musical ideas in different pieces through conservative yet noticeable development. (more…)
Tags: 2011, Black Metal, mortum, the rites of depopulation