Redeeming a legacy: A Forest of Stars and Old Corpse Road

How do you redeem a legacy like Cradle of Filth’s? Do you concede that their approach to black metal was misguided from the start? Taking it as an agreed fact that post ‘Midian’ CoF was not just awful but pretty scarring for extreme metal, with UKBM’s standing at the centre of this whirlwind, what lessons … Continue reading Redeeming a legacy: A Forest of Stars and Old Corpse Road

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Sombre Heritage, Gutvoid, Voodus

Sombre Heritage: Alpha Ursae Minoris (2020) Sombre Heritage’s debut LP ‘Alpha Usae Minoris’ ain’t fucking around. It’s a refreshing punch of diverse, energetic black metal that packs a lot into its relatively short runtime. The mix is not unlike post ‘Blizzard Beasts’ Immortal; thick strong drums, a meaty guitar tone, plenty of echo on the … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Sombre Heritage, Gutvoid, Voodus

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Foetal Juice, The Funeral Orchestra, Serment

Foetal Juice: Gluttony (2020) Mancunians Foetal Juice once again buck the trend on their second LP ‘Gluttony’; demonstrating how death metal built on good old-fashioned horror and gore themes doesn’t need to sacrifice any class in the process. By modern death metal standards, this is about as on-the-nose as they come, essentially working together all … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Foetal Juice, The Funeral Orchestra, Serment

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Deathmace, Profanatica, Marthe, Basmu

Deathmace: Coffin’ Maggots (26th June 2020) Yorkshire death metallers Deathmace have a new single out come the end of June. Following on from their album ‘Bleeding Frenzy’ in 2018, ‘Coffin’ Maggots’ walks a similar path in that it transcends old school emulation, and reaches the heady realms of surpassing many of their forebears. Deathmace are … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Deathmace, Profanatica, Marthe, Basmu

I like the beats and I like the yelling: AthanaTheos, Ritual Mass, Dominion of Suffering

AthanaTheos: Prophetic Era (or how Yahveh Became the One) (out 29th June 2020) French death metallers AthanaTheos’ second LP ‘Prophetic Era (or how Yahveh Became the One)’ pertains to be a heady concept album exploring the rise and rise of the Judeo-Christian deity known as Yahweh, God's true name; which Christians don’t typically say out … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: AthanaTheos, Ritual Mass, Dominion of Suffering

Emotional stagnation: Pallbearer and Ahab

There are many crimes we enjoy levelling at Opeth; dumbing down and blandifying one of the most exhilarating and life affirming forms of underground music, incomprehensible track structures, bargain basement prog rock, the list goes on. But they were really just a symptom of a wider trend in extreme metal by the early 2000s. And … Continue reading Emotional stagnation: Pallbearer and Ahab

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Sanctifying Ritual, Heruka, FRONT

Sanctifying Ritual: Sanctifying Ritual (2020) Germany’s Sanctifying Ritual released their self-titled debut this year, and it's been a while in the making. We’re treading that familiar path into the old school, this time wearing our death metal hats, albeit with a more atmospheric, ‘evil’ aesthetic that was once refreshing in a post tech-death world. This … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Sanctifying Ritual, Heruka, FRONT

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Flagg, Ossario, Valdrin

Flagg: Nothing but Death (2020) Finnish black metal newcomers Flagg released their debut LP this year. ‘Nothing but Death’ sees them try to revitalise the much maligned DSBM school with lightning bolts of energy borrowed from blackened grind and old school thrash. The end result is a shaky and unoriginal debut that yields nuggets of … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Flagg, Ossario, Valdrin