Go Ahead And Die – “Go Ahead And Die”

Go Ahead And Die – “Go Ahead And Die” (Nuclear Blast) ‘…extreme times call for extreme music…’, so speaketh Max Cavalera, legendary icon of Sepultura, but also Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Nailbomb and many other collaborations too numerous to mention! Never one to hold back on his socio-political views, recent times have given this fifty something vocalist / guitarist plenty to get all fired up over again, just as he was back in the 80s, 90s, and probably even when he settled down to married life. As such, with a title like Go Ahead And Die, you know that this will be Max at… Continue reading

Crypta – “Echoes Of The Soul”

Crypta – “Echoes Of The Soul” (Napalm Records) Superbly complementing the thrash metal of Nervosa and heavy / power metal of Burning Witches comes Crypta, the latest all female death metal outfit! Despite being formed only in June 2019, Crypta is not a new band but features underground names like Fernanda Lira (bass / vocals) and Luana Dametto (drums), both of whom were in Nervosa, along guitarists Sonia Anubis (Cobra Spell, Ex-Burning Witches) and Tainá Bergamaschi (Ex-Hagbard). While there is little to doubt their ferocity and aggression, Crypta also show their composing finesse through plenty of catchy grooves and memorable… Continue reading

Various Artists – “Black Waves of Adrenochrome – The Sisters of Mercy Tribute”

Various Artists – “Black Waves of Adrenochrome – The Sisters of Mercy Tribute” (Metalville) It’s amazing the number of bands that Andrew Eldritch and The Sisters of Mercy have influenced over the decades, so in a fitting tribute comes this 14-track cover compilation from the likes of Paradise Lost, Crematory, Cradle Of Filth and Kreator – to name but a few! Containing rare and sought-after versions of some of the best-known Sisters classics in a new guise, “Black Waves of Adrenochrome – The Sisters of Mercy Tribute” opens to the dark charms of ‘Heartland’ as covered by Slovakian goth doomsters… Continue reading

Cerebral Rot – “Excretion Of Mortality”

Cerebral Rot – “Excretion Of Mortality” (20 Buck Spin) Living up to their name with ample disgust, Cerebral Rot play ‘..Seattle Reeking Death Metal..’ that goes right back to the genre’s early primitive and gore splattered beginnings with little finesse in their twisted minds! Stomach churning right from its dense foreboding sound to its repugnant lyrical content, “Excretion Of Mortality” is offensive in every regard across its 7 brutal, bludgeoning tracks – and indeed intended as such. Having released their debut in 2019 with an EP in between, this sophomore captures the Seattle quartet’s grimness and sheer barbarism superbly through… Continue reading

Flotsam and Jetsam – “Blood In The Water”

Flotsam and Jetsam – “Blood In The Water” (AFM Records) Renowned for their classic debut “Doomsday For The Deceiver” in 1986 and later claim to fame that main songwriter bassist Jason Newsted went on to play in Metallica, Flotsam and Jetsam have nevertheless always remained a band in their own right and a big name that continues to be at the forefront of the underground. Defining thrash metal as its best by combining technicality with ferocity into winning songs, the Flots have released 13 prior albums, two of which have charted in the Billboard 200. A heavy touring band, they… Continue reading

GWAR – “Disc With No Name”

GWAR – “Disc With No Name” EP (Pit Records) Following the announcement of their “Ragnarok” Rye and brand-new CBD line “Bud of Gods,” 2021 is already shaping up to be the return of the legendary GWAR, not in the least by this release of this limited edition 4 tracker EP. Prompted by last year’s acoustic performance for The A.V. Club during their quarantine sessions, “Disc With No Name” features unplugged versions of tracks taken from their last release “The Blood Of The Gods” as well as older records like “Carnival Of Chaos” and “America Must Be Destroyed”. According to lead vocalist… Continue reading

Impaled Nazarene – “Eight Headed Serpent”

Impaled Nazarene – “Eight Headed Serpent” (Osmose Productions) Along with Beherit, Impaled Nazarene were at the forefront of Finland’s black metal scene back in the early 90s, and arguably rose to become its biggest name, playing shows as far as the US and releasing 12 prior albums across their 31-year career. Despite countless line-up changes, as well as evolutions in style and sound, main man Mika Luttinen remains at the forefront, with scarcely a let up in his primordial screams and bestial roars, while tastefully adding death grunts to his vocal arsenal on the 13 tracks making up “Eight Headed Serpent”. While the… Continue reading

Van Canto – “To The Power Of Eight”

Van Canto – “To The Power Of Eight” (Napalm Records) Probably unique in the metal world, Van Canto are Germany’s power metal answer to a cappella, as voiced through six singers while using a real drummer. Also mixing in symphonic and heavy metal elements into what the band call ‘hero metal a cappella’, there’s certainly a strong uplifting if not epic element to Van Canto’s music, as evidenced on seven prior releases, not forgetting performances at 70,000 Tons Of Metal, Wacken and Masters of Rock. Here, on the aptly titled “To The Power Of Eight”, they knock out a mixture of new songs as well… Continue reading

Monster Magnet – “A Better Dystopia”

Monster Magnet – “A Better Dystopia” (Napalm Records) Dodging a serious lockdown bullet back in February 2020 having made it back to their native New Jersey following the European “Powertrip” tour, Monster Magnet hunkered down like the rest of the world, although keen not go down an even deeper rabbit hole. As the pandemic took hold and the bat shit crazy cries of ‘Dystopia! Apocalypse! Revolution!’ pervaded the streets and airwaves, frontman Dave Wyndorf knew he’d heard those words before, namely in the music of the late 1960s and early 1970s that he’d grown up listening to. Putting together a… Continue reading

Bloodbound – “Creatures Of The Dark Realm”

Bloodbound – “Creatures Of The Dark Realm” (AFM Records) One thing that Bloodbound doesn’t do is disappoint, and here on “Creatures Of The Dark Realm” they prove it once again – in abundance. With scarcely two years gone since their 8th studio album, the three-pronged song writing team of keyboardist Fredrik Bergh, guitarist Tomas Olsson and vocalist Patrik Selleby had a single motivation: to compose a release with incredibly memorable songs containing their best hooks and catchiest melodies. Considering these Swedish heavy / power metallers said that they cut material not meeting those high standards, I can safely conclude that… Continue reading