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Album Review: Vokonis – Grasping Time

Returning with its all-important third album, Sweden’s VOKONIS wastes not a second in getting down to business with ‘AntlerQueen’, roiling rhythms and riffs alternately ascending/descending letting the listener know they’re in for a bit of a jostle from the start. Shades of Leviathan-era MASTODON are lain over the rumble of TRANSPORT LEAGUE at its best, and both melding seamlessly, the plaintive leadwork of Simon Ohlsson at around the 4-minute mark crashing, then languid in a dreamlike haze over the rhythm section of Jonte Johansson and Peter Ottoson (bass, drums respectively), to the climax of an already memorable album. Replacing a […]

ULTHAR: Bay Area Death Cult Announces Fall US Headlining Tour; Cosmovore Debut Out Now On 20 Buck Spin

Bay area death cult ULTHAR will take to the streets again this fall on a near-two-week US headlining tour. The journey will commence on November 7th in Los Osos, California and punish ten cities upon its conclusion November 16th in Portland, Oregon. See all confirmed dates below: ULTHAR: 11/07/2019 Sweet Springs – Los Osos, CA 11/08/2019 Lexington – Los Angeles, CA 11/09/2019 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ 11/10/2019 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM w/ Oryx 11/11/2019 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO w/ Nightfell 11/12/2019 Diabolical Records – Salt Lake City, UT 11/13/2019 The Shredder – Boise, ID 11/14/2019 Old Nick’s […]

LEE AARON reveals trailer from first-ever live album on METALVILLE

With Sean Kelly on guitar, Dave Reimer on bass, and John Cody on drums – a band whose resume includes work with Nelly Furtado, Bryan Adams, and BTO to name but a few – Lee and her band inspire the spirit of great “live” classic rock albums of the ’70s with performances that move and live and breathe, putting the listener in the center of the concert magic. Power, Soul, Rock N’ Roll – Live In Germany is a “no fixes and no tricks” off-the-floor recording of two incredible performances in front of Lee’s much-loved German fans, beautifully recorded and expertly mixed by legendary […]

Album Review: Wraith – Absolute Power

This unheralded trio from Indiana have come up with a sizzling firecracker of an album…a brief but blistering blast of thrash with a rock n roll touch that so far is one of the best records of its kind this year. This is about a half hour of thrash that will drop you on your head. The chief comparison I can make to WRAITH would be MIDNIGHT, but I think I enjoy Absolute Power even more than MIDNIGHT’s last album. It’s definitely thrash metal, but with a punky, rawky edge to it. The opening one-two punch of ‘Devil’s Hour’ and […]

Malokarpatan, Vircolac, Goatcraft & Sacrilegia Eastern Tour: Nov 21-24

Invictus Productions in association with Etrurian Legion present:Unleashed On The East: Witchcraft, Warlocks & Werewolves Malokarpatan, Vircolac, Goatcraft & Sacrilegia Eastern Tour – November 2019 Thursday November 21st, Black Winter Festival, Gliwice, Poland [Event Page]Friday November 22nd, Underdogs, Prague, Czech [Event Page]Saturday November 23rd, Budapest, Hungary (event & venue info TBA)Sunday November 24th, Randal Club, Bratislava, Slovakia [Event Page] MALOKARPATAN OnlineSACRILEGIA OnlineVIRCOLAC OnlineGOATCRAFT Online Invictus Productions Online

VASTUM: 20 Buck Spin Issues Orificial Purge Details; Fourth LP By Oakland Death Crew To See Release In October + ‘Reveries In Autophagia’ Streaming

After four years of near silence, Oakland death metal outfit VASTUM returns with Orificial Purge, the anxiously awaited follow-up to their acclaimed Hole Below. VASTUM’s fourth album, Orificial Purge is confirmed for release via their longtime allies at 20 Buck Spin on October 25th. The album’s artwork, track listing, and advance single, ‘Reveries In Autophagia’, are now available for public consumption. VASTUM’s Orificial Purge offers a distinctive blend of sinister atmosphere, punishing brutality, and an unparalleled lyrical and visual imagery that traces connections between perversion, mortification, and “an abyssal mysticism of sin.” Elements from previous albums are preserved on Orificial […]

Album Review: Sacred Reich – Awakening

Here’s the long-awaited comeback for classic thrashers SACRED REICH. You knew it was coming, you just didn’t know when. This band sure had their moments (mostly Ignorance and Surf Nicaragua), but they never really broke through to the top tier level many thought they could reach. Their later albums like Heal were downright boring. Awakening features all of the classic SACRED REICH elements you would expect, but much like back in the day, it is just not a blow away record. One thing’s for sure, they don’t overstay their welcome. Awakening is a very brisk 31 minutes and change, consisting […]

Winnipeg Cosmic Black Metal CELL Unleash ‘God Of The NetherRealm’ Off Upcoming Album

CELL, Canada’s three-piece conceptual cosmic black metal outfit are releasing a new album Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos to follow up their first album The Frozen Moon Of Erebath (2016) on October 4, 2019. With major influences coming from Emperor, Death, Morbid Angel, and Immortal, CELL takes familiar black metal sounds and infuses it with a science fiction theme that spans their albums. Each track on Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos has its own story on the album that leads to one big ending which is the decimation of the Xarbonite hierarchy. Fueled with tales of tech, black magic, and necromancy the […]

Album Review: Patronymicon – Ushered Forth By Cloven Tongue

Aside from guitarist / sometimes-everything-else-ist N. Sadist, Sweden’s PATRONYMICON has ever been in flux, both in lineup and quality. Now, after having worked with a dedicated vocalist (H. Sulphur) and second guitarist (J. Malice) since shortly after 2013’s All Daggers Towards The Sky, N. Sadist returns, rounded out by a new rhythm section, attempting to finally stake his claim. Ushered Forth By Cloven Tongue rips forth from the gates of perdition, less black scathe and more an all-out death assault. One element greatly improved from past efforts is the injection of true melodic riffing that sacrifices no brutality in the […]

HELLHORSE To Release Paradise Lost 12-Inch EP Via Creator-Destructor Records; ‘Undertow’ Now Streaming + Preorders Posted

Boston, Massachusetts-based hardcore outfit HELLHORSE has announced the upcoming release of their 2nd EP, Paradise Lost, which will be unleashed on the world through Creator-Destructor Records in October. The record’s first single, ‘Undertow’, is now playing in conjunction with the release of preorders, tour dates, and more. Over the years since inception, HELLHORSE has honed their special craft of crushing chaotic metalcore/d-beat crossover, reminiscent of the early-2000s stylings of Botch, Converge, and Poison The Well. The six-song Paradise Lost EP is HELLHORSE’s Creator-Destructor debut, and the follow-up to the band’s Old Dystopia EP, which the band self-released in 2018. Paradise […]