“Vita Sonitus,Mors Expiari" CD EP

(Blasphemous Creations Of Hell / Plague Demon Records)

This is the debut release from this Swedish black metal band featuring members who are also in bands like HellGoat, Amuleto de Calamidades & SlaughterCoffin. There are three tracks of grim yet well executed black metal spite. The music and the vocals are done with skillful writing and gruff black metal screams that cut into you. Check it out.  - Patrick

https://bchrecords.storenvy.com/    https://plaguedemonrecords.storenvy.com/  



“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



“Power Dive” CD

(Personal Records)

Acid Blade hail from Germany and play a very tasty early to middle ‘80s heavy metal that sends some nostalgic shivers through me. They are a very talented group of musicians who create really memorable and up beat, high energy songs. This music will please old school diehards of bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept, Brocas Helm, Overdrive, Heavy Load, Angelwitch, Omen and the like. The singer on here has a great siren vocal style and excellent delivery too. Check it out.  - Dale 

https://acidblade.bandcamp.com/   https://www.personal-records.com/    




“Destructive Rage Of The Enemies" CD

(Blasphemous Creations Of Hell / Plague Demon Records)

Apocalyptic Leader comes out of the Greek UG metal scene with a release featuring 10 tracks of well executed black metal. The music combines brutal fast black metal and some slow melodic passages to give the release a unique sound. The vocals are a mix of raw raspy screams & some gruff grim growls that fit their style perfectly. If you are a fan of bm that combines atmospheric with melodic edges and a more violent, traditional sound together then be sure to pick this excellent release up.  - Patrick

facebook.com/apocalypticleaders    bchrecords.storenvy.com    plaguedemonrecords.storenvy.com  



“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/   





“Soul Pioneer” Demo Cassette

(Visceral Circuitry Records)

This is a re-release of this French bands 2005 demo, originally only released on CDR. This is a one man band of old school death metal, the sound is a bit thin and it does sound like a one man band. But the music on here is good and it is a demo, so considering all that it is actually solid music, at times fast & pounding, other times gloomy dm music on here. If you missed out the first time you should make this second chance count.  - Dale 

https://www.facebook.com/visceralcircuitryrecs/    https://visceralcircuitryrecs.bandcamp.com/music



“The Carnal Temples" MCD

(Osmose Productions)

Aegrus return with a brand new EP featuring four songs of aggressive and well played black metal. The skillful music varies in tempo, but the mainstay style is fast, raging guitars and precise lightning drum passages. The vocals are raw and grim black metal screams that are intense and powerful. If you are looking for a band that plays traditional black metal done in Finland's trademark style then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of ‘The Carnal Temples’ today.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/Aegrusofficial/    https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/ 



“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




“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/  



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  



“Elysian Inferno” CD EP

(Dark Descent Records)

I have Berator’s demo tape (only 60 made apparently) and now this EP is the second release from this Chicago band for the great Dark Descent no less. Their ranks feature current/former members of bands like DeathCult & the mighty CorpseVomit. I mentioned before the vocals reminds me of a mix Speckmann from Master & Glen Benton of Deicide, they still do and they are killer! The music is relentless OSDM featuring some good songwriting. Get it now.  - Dale

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




“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/  



“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/  



“Sworn To Darkness Eternal" CD EP

(Plague Demon Records / Blasphemous Creations Of Hell Records)

Tennesse's Blaspherion returns with a brand new four song EP, which is filled with raw primal black metal. The guitars are played with fast and intense passages that feature skillful writing by mixing in some slower mid paced patterns before going back to the faster pace, The vocals are grim, gruff growls and black metal screams. Blaspherion's music is utterly uncompromising and primitive in it's delivery.  - Patrick

facebook.com/Blaspherion    https://bchrecords.storenvy.com    plaguedemonrecords.storenvy.com  




“Kalla Känslor" Demo / Promo Cassette EP

(Self Release)

This is a band done by an old contact of mine. We became friends through his long time band Aggressive Mutilator, which is very different from this band as it is extreme black metal with some punk touches. Blixtnedslag (Struck By Lightning) on the other hand play 1970s style rock w/Swedish lyrics, it very obvious when listening that ‘70s Kiss is the main influence for the band. If you are a big fan of old Kiss you should give this a try.  - Dale  

https://www.facebook.com/Blixtnedslag-108454637775179/    https://blixtnedslag.bandcamp.com 



“Mot Nya Dimensioner Elisabet + Bonus Tracks" Demo Cassette EP

(Self Release)

The lightning strikes again with one man Swedish band Blixtnedslag. I reviewed the first EP “Kalla Känslor”; it would appear there was another release since then. But no worries if you missed any of them, as besides the 2 tracks on this EP, the bonus tracks are the 8 songs from those releases!! The music is once again chill but rocking ‘70s style Swede rock with that cool Kiss influence undercurrent. Check it out for sure if that sounds like your cup ‘o tea.  - Dale  

https://www.facebook.com/Blixtnedslag-108454637775179/    https://blixtnedslag.bandcamp.com 



“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" 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/   



“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/       




“Plague Bringers” CD & Cassette

(Self Release)

This is solo artist Bryan Eckermann’s eight full-length in eight years, all self released. It took all of one listen to realize Bryan is one talented fellow seemingly on all instruments he employs. He writes some high level, skilled black/death metal. My personal hang up is I am not the biggest fan of highly melodic black or death metal. I turn to heavy metal (especially the old school variety) for that in my metal. But if you are into melodo extreme metal it is hard not to recommend this for you.  - Dale

https://bryaneckermann.bandcamp.com/    https://www.facebook.com/bryaneckermannofficial/    



“Pt. III: Get in... (Enter the Cabinet)” Cassette Album

(Bloody Mountain Records)

Cabinet does not rest on their laurels, as this is already their 2nd album this year! It continues on from their strong debut in similar fashion. I can not help but repeat myself. They are musically extreme, full of harsh yet trippy sorta death metal-ish rumbling with a superb atmosphere inducing abnormal accents, strange and vaguely disturbing sound effects. If you want something different, something progressive in a dirty regressive way that can keep you guessing you should really try the drawer on this filing Cabinet.  - Dale

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




“The Triumph Of Blasphemy” CD

(Born For Burning Productions)

Callous has members coming out of both of New York and Vermont. This is their debut album featuring a primitive, old school black metal style. The guitars are played with a mix of flowing evil sounding mid paced patterns with lots of faster more aggressive passages, the guitarist even adds in a few solo's. The vocals are raw bm screeches & rasping screams that add in an extra level of menace to their music. Recommended for fans of primeval harsh black metal.  - Patrick

https://callousbm.bandcamp.com/   https://bornforburning.bigcartel.com/  



“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/    



“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/  




“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/  



“A Soulgrinder ‘Zine Compilation” CD

(Soulgrinder ‘Zine  / Thrashback Records)

Paul is back with his Soulgrinder comp series, this time around though he has partnered with Thrashback for this release. This disc lives up to it’s name, it is filled with 15 bands all playing explosive spiked fist to your face thrash metal with balls & attitude! Every song is a killer. Some bands include Kraken, The Donner Party, Evil Army, Dick Vomit, Fatal Agent, Paralysis, Disruptor + more. You get a 12 page full-colour booklet with contact / pics of all the bands.  - Dale

https://thrashbackrecords.com   https://www.facebook.com/soulgrinder.zine   



“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/  




“Threshold Of Nothingness” CD EP, 12'' MLP & Tape

(Blood Harvest Records)

Clairvoyance from Poland is a new band with only a demo under their belts prior to this EP. The band plays, for me, an enjoyable brand of OSDM that is grimy, gloomy and brutal melding of things like early Grave with some of the classic Finnish dm sound and injecting a little New York ancient death into the mix from time to time. This is some solid stuff worth checking out.  - Dale 

https://www.facebook.com/clairvoyancedeathmetal   https://www.bloodharvest.se/  



“A Monument in Darkness” CD & LP

(Iron Bonehead Records)

This is the debut album from Chile’s duo known as Convilivm. They produce blackened death metal with a truly oppressive & suffocating evil aura that wraps itself around their mid paced brutality. There is a great balance struck between raw primitive simplicity and refined guitar work and songwriting. This is a quality record worth your time.  - Dale 

https://concilivm.bandcamp.com/    https://www.facebook.com/IronBoneheadProductions  



“Succumb To Rot” CD & LP

(Dark Descent Records)

This Finnish band keeps chugging along, this is their 3rd album and I think all of them have been released by the well respected Dark Descent Records. Corpsessed features members of Tyranny & Lie In Ruins and play excellent dark and brutal death metal with a dank aura that fits nicely alongside great bands like Incantation, Dead Congregation, Disma, Funebrarum and the like. I enjoyed this one.  - Dale

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





“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/  



“Trinity Terror” CD EP


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/  



“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/   




“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/     



“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/    



“Electric Warfare” CD, LP & Tape

(Hells Headbangers)

Deathhammer is a Norwegian band, who is the epitome of relentless and lightning quick thrash metal. There are a million wall to wall riffs and all of them are killers and I dig when they mix in the manic guitar fills. The vocals are so ‘80s with gruff vocals mixed with screeching siren banshee yells. This is for diehard fans of old mid to late ‘80s thrash ala Slayer, Destruction, Kreator and the like fit in with newer whorshippers of that time period like Aura Noir, Nifelheim, Nekromantheon, Antichrist.  - Dale

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




“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/  



“Of Soil Unearthed” CD & LP

(Invictus Productions)

Deathcult returns with their 2nd album proving through their high octane OSDM roots that this metal horde from Switzerland is anything but neutral, they pick sides & go for the throat. The band takes early Swedish death metal (Dismember & Unleashed) and mix it liberally with early ‘90s US death metal ala Possessed, Autopsy, early Death plus Brits Bolt Thrower. Has a crisp production that also manages a dark & dirty atmosphere. Good shit.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/DeathMetalCult/    https://invictusproductions.net/   



“Thrash Times At Ridgemont High” CD

(Hells Headbangers Records)

This is so great, how can you not love that fucking cover artwork?!! King Fowely has been talking about doing a thrash cover album for many years. He finally pulled the trigger and the result is a damn entertaining listen for old fanatic thrash metallers. There are cover versions of songs from Whiplash, Sacrifice, Blessed Death, Bulldozer, Stone, Cyclone, Artillery, Stone, Voivod, Razor & more. Oh and every single one rules!  - Dale  

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




“No Más Dioses Ni Demencia” CD

(Impulso Ruin Records)

The title of this album translates to something close to “No More Gods No Demons”. Hailing from Peru, this is the bands fourth album since 1999! It is a pretty slickly produced and clean but heavy recording. They mix crisp late ‘80s/early ‘90s thrash metal with a rawer middle ‘80s crossover style. It is an interesting and intense result. The songs rip with high energy and the vocalist Pocho López is a beast on the mic!  - Dale  

https://www.facebook.com/demenciatrujillo/    https://www.facebook.com/impulsoruin     



“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/    



“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/   




“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" 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/   



“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/  




“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/  



“Entropy Dynamics” CD, LP & Cassette

(Nuclear Winter Records)

Embrace hail from Greece featuring members of bands like Thou Art Lord, Dephosphorus, Caedes Cruenta, Necrovorous, Serpent Noir & War Possession. They are longtime vets of the UG, having released their first demo in 1999, and “Entropy Dynamics” marks their 6th full-length album. Embrace produce sickeningly necrotic and evil black death metal with sudden explosive bouts of war metal injections from time to time. It is some really intense, good shit.  - Dale  

https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceOfThorns   https://nuclearwinterrecords.bandcamp.com 




“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” 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/  



“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/  




“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/   



“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/   



“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    




“Deiform” CD & Double LP

(NoEvDia Records)

Well long time readers of Canadian Assault will know I am a Funeral Mist admirer and interviewed Arioch (aka Mortuus vocalist of Marduk) way back in the print issue days. Arioch is the main man in Funeral Mist, many bands soften and wimp out when they get progressive. Not Arioch with F.M. the music, the songwriting and song construction are very inventive & dynamic, but everything in their unique black metal sound strives to be as evil, harsh and cruel as possible!  - Dale  

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“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  

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