ABSENTIA LUNAE

“In Umbrarum Imperii Gloria” 2006 CDR

(Serpens Caput)

CDR promo for full Length vinyl only release on Serpens Caput. Dark ‘n cold black metal, Norge kind of type, it just did not do much for me. Sub-par.  *See Aids Review for contact…  - Dale

 

APOCHRYPHAL REVELATION

“Primeval Devilish Wisdom" CD & LP

(NWN! Productions)

This Kentucky horde produces raw and heavy black metal with atmospheric touches and a sinister aura in the early ‘90s tradition. But not second wave Scadinavian bm, but rather gloomy black/death metal akin to the early works of bands like Rotting Christ, Varathron, Beherit, Mystifier, Mortuary Drape, Ancient Rites, Nergal etc… If dig that stuff, you will want to check this out.  - Dale 

https://www.facebook.com/apochryphalrevelation/    http://www.nwnprod.com/   

 

ARMAGEDDA

“Only True Believers” 2019 CD

(Nordvis Produktion)

This is a re-release (one half of this band duo A. Petterson owns Nordvis) by this now defunct yet excellent Swedish black metal band. I followed this band during their first few albums released 2002-2004 time frame. Great cold and hateful early ‘90s second wave Scadinavian black metal!  - Dale

https://nordvis.bandcamp.com/    https://www.facebook.com/nordvis

 

 

ASTRIFEROUS

“The Lower Levels Of Sentience" 2020 12” EP

(Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Oh man this is some seriously brutish Costa Rican death with just heavy as all fuck riffing! With some cool really deep guttural growling over top of this old school death metal with roots I can hear from the US, Sweden and the UK. Some band influences I hear are Autopsy, Repulsion, Baphomet, Morpheus Descends, early Grave, Bolt Thrower and the often, in my opinion, underrated Benediction. Solid stuff.  - Dale

https://astriferous.bandcamp.com/    https://mesacounojo.bandcamp.com/  

 

BELZEC

The Infernal Southern Call” CD

(Headbanger Records / Death Zone Productions)

It is good to get a pure black metal band out of South America. Belzec play raw bm with a really cold atmosphere. It is not the usual Scandinavian sound; it is a more rough and different kind of dark aura. The vocals are evil whispery ‘n gruff throat grating vox filled with malice & spite. Belzec interestingly remind me most to black metal bands from the Czech Republic like early Master’s Hammer (demos & 1st album), Root (1st album) & some Maniac Butcher plus maybe a little Immortal. I enjoyed it.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/belzecperu    https://www.facebook.com/Headbangerrecords666  

 

BLACK BEAST

“Nocturnal Bloodlust” CD, LP & Tape

(Primitive Reaction)

Not to be confused with the great Chilean Black Beast I reviewed elsewhere. This Finnish band play high octane intense thrashing black metal that is like a nice nightmarish mix of the “Panzer Division Marduk” album mixed with healthy touches of early Impaled Nazerene insanity and the evil filthy earlier works of Venom!  - Dale

https://primitivereaction.bandcamp.com/    http://www.primitivereaction.com/  

 

BLACK MASS

“At The Forbidden Tree” CD & LP

(Redefining Darkness Records)

Rising out of Boston like a spiked fist is the metal triumvirate Black Mass. They play thrash metal in the classic ‘80s vein. The songs really rip along with some killer riffing, heavy yet catchy rhythms. Vocalist Brendan O’Hare is good and so eighties it hurts. I can hear so many old bands in their sound like Kreator, Exodus, Sodom, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Destruction, Possessed etc… If you are an old die in the wool thrash fan than you should check this out.  - Dale

https://blackmassband.bandcamp.com/    https://shop.redefiningdarkness.com/  

 

 

BLOOD STAR

“The Fear” 7 Inch EP & Cassette

(Shadow Kingdom Records)

This is the new band of guitarist Jamison Palmer of Visigoth’s debut release. The two songs are “The Fear” & “Tortured Earth”. Blood Star play classic heavy metal with touches of hard rock in the tradition of the NWOBHM up through the mid ‘80s with nods to bands like Rainbow, Accept, Saxon, Riot, Manilla Road, Chastain, BOC etc… Vocalist Madi Smith has those traditional late ‘70s/early ‘80s metal lyrics down injecting some melody into her voice to push the music along. Nice debut.  - Dale  

https://blood-star.bandcamp.com/    https://www.shadowkingdomrecords.com/   

 

BÖNDBREAKR

“Böndbreakr" Demo EP

(Self Released)

This TX band is essentially a metal band with heavy punk/hardcore influences. The first listen it just felt like a fun party band, but the more listens I gave it the more layers I found here. The music (lyrics too) is actually pretty involved and impressive if you have the patience for it. The vocalist Hurricane G. fucking rules and kills it. Böndbreakr are a bit like the Bad Brains without the reggae influences.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/bondbreakratx    https://www.bondbreakr.band/   

 

BONEHUNTER

“Dark Blood Reincarnation System” CD, LP & Tape

(Hells Headbangers)

I have seen this bands name around, but this my first time hearing this Finnish (Great UG metal scene!) band, despite this being their 4th album. Bonehunter plays absolutely amazing, bombastic & ornery black thrashing speed metal with a high level of skill. Many killer influences pop to mind but a few are Venom, Bathory, Bulldozer, Abigial, early Sodom etc… Hells Headbangers have a real tiger by the tail with this band! Hold on tight and get this ASAP.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/bonehuntermetal    https://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/       

 

 

CASKETS OPEN

“Concrete Realms of Pain” CD

(Nine Records)

I have to confess when I pressed play I was not expecting what I heard from this Finnish band. Think of a mix of classic heavy metal doom with Glenn Danzig singing the doom parts, mixed with get this - raging hardcore! I shit you not; it suddenly transitions from doom to a fucking mix of Earth Crisis, Sick Of It All, Cro-Mags musically / vocals wise. I have heard it all now. Crazy!  - Dale

https://casketsopen.bandcamp.com/    http://shop.nine-records.com/    

 

CHEVALIER

“Destiny Calls” CD

(Gates Of Hell Records)

This Finnish band play straight up heavy, ripping ‘80s speed metal with some heavy metal touches. For me it brings to mind bands like Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Brocas Helm, Warlord, Omen etc… Vocalist Emma captures those ‘80s speed metal vocals quite well. This is a strong debut album that old metal fans will dig a lot.  - Dale

https://chevalier.bandcamp.com/    https://www.gatesofhellrecords.com/  

 

CHILDREN OF TECHNOLOGY

“Written Destiny" CD. LP & MC

(Hells Headbangers)

This is some really raucous, noisy speedy thrashing crossover metal punk music from Italy. This is their third album (I reviewed their debut a decade ago if you look for it). They are still ripping out some high energy, attitude filled songs I enjoy. I think the recording/production on the past material was more precise and clear. The sound on here is really tinny/noisy and a bit annoying. But the music is killer, so fuck it!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/COTofficial    https://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/  

 

CIANIDE

“Unhumanized” MCD, MLP & Tape

(Hells Headbangers)

I have been a big fan of this band since their classic & influential 1992 debut album. These old warriors of the metal UG scene are still going after all these years! Cianide are still pumping out their addictively pernicious brand of doomy death metal madness. Support these legends!  - Dale  

https://www.facebook.com/svarttjern    http://www.soulsellerrecords.com/  

 

 

CORTÉGE

“Chasing Daylight" CD EP

(Desert Records)

Cortége return to the pages of Canadian Assault with their first offering for new label Desert Records. The music on this two song, sixteen minute EP is super slow droning doom metal, like if you took the first Sabbath album and slowed it down a couple notches haha. If you like hypnotic doom with a post apocalyptic doom feel then check these guys out.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/cortegeatx    https://desertrecords.bandcamp.com/  

 

CRUEL BOMB

“Trinity Terror” CD EP

(Self-Release)

This was sent to me by Paul from Soulgrinder ‘zine (Cheers!). This band is based in PA near me. They create some crossover sounding, high energy ‘80s Thrash filled with ripping riffs. They remind me of a mix of big 4 ‘80s thrash with a spicing of lesser known bands like Biohazard, Pro-Pain (music & vocals), Forced Entry, C.O.C.’s “Animosity” album etc… Definitely a new young band to keep an eye on!  - Dale 

https://www.facebook.com/Cruelbomb/    https://cruelbomb570.bandcamp.com/  

 

DEAD SOUL ALLIANCE

“Behind The Scenes” CD

(Bitter Loss Records)

The debut album from this Canadian duo that features William of the mighty Expunged. The main focus is driving brutality & nothing gets in the way of that run away train. The drumming of E.H. is an unrelenting blitzkrieg of precise, carpet bombing strikes. There are brief slower sequences to catch your breath, but gulp it fast my friends. Definitely worth your attention if you dig bands like Benediction, Asphyx, Grave, Bolt Thrower and the ilk.  - Dale

https://dsadeath.bandcamp.com/    https://www.bitterlossrecords.com/   

 

DEATH INVOKER

“Necromancy, Damnation, Revenge" Cassette EP

(Nihilistic Holocaust Records)

Death Invoker is from Peru, this was released originally in 2018 on 7” EP (plus a bonus unreleased track cut from the vinyl due to length) and now gets the tape treatment. The band plays dirty & heavy deathrash music with an evil aura to it. If you love things like the very early works from Sepultura, Sodom, Destruction mixed with Sarcofago & Blasphemy then get this ASAP!  - Dale

https://deathinvoker.weebly.com/    https://nihilisticholocaustrecs.bandcamp.com/     

 

 

DEATH SS

“The Necromancer of Rock: The Origins of Death SS (1977-1982)" Book

(The Ajna Offensive)

A book for diehards of the early strange diabolical years of this legendary occult band. I am a Death SS fan going back to the early ‘90s, when I tape traded first for their 1981 demo tape, and it took off from there. This is the history of Death SS & Sylvester himself. Prepare yourself for a wild ride of haunting music, rituals and the insanity that is this man and his charismatic eccentric ways. First time in English! Get it!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/theajnaoffensive    https://www.theajnaoffensive.com/    

 

DEATH THE LEVELLER

“II” CD & LP

(Cruz Del Sur Music)

My musical tastes and Cruz’s match up 9 out of 10 times. This is one of those rare times they diverge. The band presents largely as classic doom. But to be honest, there is something missing here for me, the music, vocals & lyrics do not project gloom, melancholy, depression & oppressiveness. No, it comes off more as I lost my girl & miss her so much, sappy sad vibe reminding more of an Emo or goth style band than what I consider doom. I will pass, but maybe this is you’re cup of tea?  - Dale

https://deaththeleveller.bandcamp.com/    https://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/  

 

DEIQUISITOR

“Humanoid" CD EP

(Dark Descent Records)

Deiquisitor hail from Denmark and despite the band releasing three albums and a handful of demos and extended play releases, this is my first encounter with them. They play extremely brutal ‘90s style death metal and it is high quality stuff. The vocals and slight doomy touches that whispers at the fringes of their brutality reminds me a little of Immolation.  - Dale  

https://www.facebook.com/Deiquisitor    http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/    

 

 

DISEMBODIMENT

“Mutated Chaos" Cassette EP

(Caligari Records)

Man the death metal scene in Quebec, Canada is getting really good and prolific again! Add Disembodiment to that movement, who bring a strong early Incantation vibe to their music that suffocating, crushing style that dramatically manipulates you emotionally like a methodical torturer. This is the kind of album you can not just take out one song, as the whole album is a continual experience. It is great old school death metal to the max.  - Dale

https://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/    http://www.caligarirecords.com/   

 

DISRUPTED

“Pure Death" CD & LP

(Memento Mori / De:Nihil)

This Sverige band do their country proud playing my fave brand of death metal, which is early to mid ‘90s brutal Swedish death metal. They do nothing new, nothing groundbreaking, nothing progressive. What they do do, as mentioned above is create explosive, barbarous and morbid sunlight dm. When it is done this well then I am here for it all fucking day long!  - Dale  

https://disrupted.bandcamp.com/    www.memento-mori.es    www.denihilrecords.com    

 

DROPDEAD

“Dropdead" CD, LP & MC

(Armageddon Label)

You would never know from looking at these graying old goats (I am right behind them) that they play utterly speedy, pissed off & violent hardcore punk that is only a couple steps away from mince/grind. This is the kind of hardcore & punk I like and listen to, it has to be fast, caustic and aggressive. Dropdead have been around since 1991 and they are still wrecking all in their paths!!  - Dale

https://dropdeadhc.bandcamp.com/    https://armageddonlabel.bandcamp.com/   

 

 

ECTOPLASMA

“White-Eyed Trance” CD

(Memento Mori / Repulsive Echo)

“White-Eyed Trance” has a good mix of slower mid paced death metal, but the band does add some faster, more punishing sections alongside some well written & performed solos. The vocals are deep dm growls that fit the bands music perfectly. If you love old school death metal then do yourself a favor as this is for you.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/Ectoplasma-1579524392276613    http://www.memento-mori.es/  

 

ESCUELA GRIND

“Indoctrination” LP

(Armageddon Label)

This release is the bands debut. The music is a caustic, lethal yet skillful mix of Power Violence and Grindcore. Everything is played with pinpoint accuracy. The vocalist Katerina is a ferocious beast on the mic!  Check it out grind fans.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/escuelagrind    https://armageddonlabel.bandcamp.com/  

 

EVANGELIST

“Ad Mortem Festinamus" CD & LP

(Nine Records)

Evangelist is a Polish band that creates a really emotional, introspective mix of epic heavy metal and classic doom metal. The vocalist has a smooth and fitting voice for this style of music. I think fans of bands like Manilla Road & Pagan Altar mixed with Solitude Aeturnus & Solstice (U.K.). If you like those bands I think you will dig this well crafted album.  - Dale  

https://evangelistdoom.bandcamp.com/    http://shop.nine-records.com/ 

 

 

EXPUNGED

“Expunged” 12" MLP

(Hells Headbangers Records)

Expunged is a new band out of the Canadian death metal scene. This debut contains 5 tracks of dm that is pounding and heavy as hell! The guitarist writes a mix of crushing mid paced riffing patterns, but does speed to a much faster pace often. The drumming is a devastating double hammers mix of pummeling middle paced beating that does speed up to a faster enjoyable yet chaotic pace at times. If you enjoy raging, filthy old-school dm then you need this!  - Patrick

https://expunged.bandcamp.com/    https://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/  

 

EXPUNGED

“Into Never Shall” CD & LP

(Hells Headbangers Records)

A relatively new duo from Canada featuring Jo Steel from Ice War, Aphrodite and William Finn from Dead Soul Alliance. The band plays energetic death metal with a dark & crushing feel and atmosphere. It is no secret on here, I worship old school Swedish dm and that is what you get here. Think of Bolt Thrower mixed heavily with the early works of Carnage, Grave, Dismember etc… Even the great growling vocals remind me of a more in your face version of Ola Lindgren. Solid stuff.  - Dale

https://expunged-canada.bandcamp.com/    http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/  

 

FACELESS BURIAL

“Speciation" CD & LP

(Dark Descent Records / Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

These Australian brutal death metallers to me are a near picture perfect mix of old school and new school death metal. They have that traditional ruthless dm foundation and song writing within that framework that is more adventurous & lively like a lot of modern bands. There are some nice guttural growling vocals on here and also some tasty little guitar fills now and again.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/facelessburial/    https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/   

 

 

FEED THE CORPSES TO THE PIGS

“This Insidious Horror” CD

(Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

This is a technically proficient, high energy melting pot of thrash crossover and death metal with bits of grind influence as well. It is adrenaline inducing stuff that really grabs me at times. There are other times when it is almost a little too adventurous in it’s inventive and crazy song crafting, but I can tend to be a purist at times. No matter that I can not deny the intelligence, skill and creativity involved.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/FeedtheCorpsestothePigs    https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/   

 

FETID ZOMBIE

“Transmutations” CD EP & 12” EP

(Transcending Obscurity Records)

I have to mention F.Z. is from the brain of renowned veteran UG artist Mark Riddick. Fetid plays dirty & heavy death metal with nods towards the old school roots. There is a cavalcade of guest appearances here. Mark also employs more synth than you would expect with this style, as well as flourishes of melody in between the brutality and growling. Some killer guitar solos on here too. It all gives Fetid Zombie an own feeling apart from most bands in this style. This is well worth checking out for something familiar yet also a little different, slightly progressive at times, but always well done.  - Dale  

https://fetidzombiedm.bandcamp.com/    https://tometal.com/    https://www.facebook.com/torecs    

 

FUNERAL STORM / SYNTELEIA

“The Ancient Calling" Split 7" EP

(Hells Headbangers)

I have long been a fan of split EPs and LPs. This one features two Greek bm bands. Funeral Storm kicks off on this two song affair with “Mistress Of The Night”, which is great early / mid ‘90s style Greek black metal bringing to mind the early works of bands like Varathron & Necromantia. Synteleia also honour their countries bm roots with a gloomy track that reminds me to early Thou Art Lord & Rotting Christ, but a bit more melodic maybe. Nice split vinyl.  - Dale  

https://www.facebook.com/funeralstorm666    http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/