Deber – Aspire to Affliction (2021)

This band wears its influences on its sleeve — Evoken, Worship, Skepticism, and Colosseum — but at its core, this is something more like EyeHateGod, a riff look that breaks into an inner sanctum of something like rage, emulating a cry from the betrayed generation that carved out the rudiments of underground metal.

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Pharmacist – Carnal Pollution (2021)

What if Carcass had gone in a direction like Napalm Death with its post-Reek of Putrefaction material, instead of getting increasingly lighter? While billed as a goregrind band, Pharmacist comes more from the school of a technical version of later Carcass that integrates the heavy percussive aspects of mid-1990s death metal.

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Into Darkness – “Into Darkness” (2012)

Billed as a doom metal band, Into Darkness spends less than half of its time at that range of tempo on its first demo. Instead, what you get is a band taking the Metallica approach of finding a unique vocal, rhythmic, and technique hook per song, and then writing riffs to fit around one big showboat riff.

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Excruciation – Repent, Sinners! (2021)

Working within the liminal ground between death metal and doom metal, Swiss depressive onslaught Excruciation bring out their latest, which works funeral doom pacing and grindcore riffing to the doom-death genre, removing excess to leave a plain and sub-lingual mood of futile antagonism and existential anomie.

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Laceration – Demise (2021)

Possessed created songs using death metal riffs in speed metal frameworks, but Laceration follows Immolation and Demigod in using speed metal riffs within atmospheric death metal songs, allowing the momentum of the song to merge with the mood, in which the different riffs tell a story through complement and contrast.

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