“Summary Execution At Dawn" CD & LP

(Dark Descent Records)

This is some of the most angry, vicious and brutal Deathrash metal I have heard in a long time! These bastards play for keeps! This may be their debut album, but the band features members of Blaspherian, Cemetarian, P.L.F etc… Excellent precise dark deathrash insanity.  - Dale

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



“Thrice As Strong” CD

(Cruz Del Sur Music)

Oregon’s Ogre return with no less than their 5th album of hard rock and heavy metal doom along the lines of 1970s bands ala Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Captain Beyond, Sir Lord Baltimore, Leaf Hound, Pagan Altar, Pentagram etc… If you love classic ‘70s hard rock & doomy heavy metal then pick this puppy up ASAP.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/Rockogre/    https://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com    



“Pilgrimage" LP

(Seeing Red Records (North America) & Sludgelord Records (Europe))

Olde hail from my homeland of Canada and play heavy doomy sludge metal that resonates in your chest like a locomotive passing by in audio slow motion. Some influences I hear are bands like The Melvins, Eyehategod, High on Fire, Crowbar and the like. Speaking of old goats, I am old enough to remember Doug McLarty of Olde’s band Catharsis who released a demo tape back in 1993!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/SludgelordRecords/    https://olde-ca.bandcamp.com/   




“Victims Of The Night-Drifting Away” 7” EP

(Gates Of Hell Records)

Finnish classic heavy metallers Orphan Devil come to us with a 2 song piece of vinyl. They play a satisfying sort of more subdued Iron Maiden style of hm with some enjoyable, understated guitar work. Not necessarily outstanding, but all the same solid and enjoyable music worth a listen.  - Dale

https://orphandevil.bandcamp.com/    https://www.facebook.com/gatesofhellrecords   



“Dies Irae” CD, LP & Tape

(Hells Headbangers)

Perversion hails from the USA though you could write they are from Australia, Germany or Brazil. Any uneducated listener on Perversion would not know the difference. They have the production & influence of those old bands down to a proverbial ‘T’ with their speedy, grimy and scathing Death/Thrash/Black Metal sounds. Think of old bands like Sextrash, Vulcano, Vomitor, Gospel Of The Horns plus the early works of Destruction, Sodom, Sepultura. That is Perversion & they do this style very well.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/perversion.is.death   https://hellsheadbangers.bandcamp.com   



“Return Of The Goat" 7" EP & Cassette EP

(Edged Circle Productions)

Phantom Fire is a new band from Norway. They play an interesting mix of old school traditional heavy metal and thrash, but with an black metal influenced varnish of black blood covering everything. Basically it is very first wave of black metal influenced by bands like Venom, Bathory, early Sodom, Infernal Majesty, Mortuary Drape etc… Only two killer songs here, but a full length is supposed to be on the way later this year.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/PhantomFireOfficial/    https://edgedcircleproductions.com/   




“The Powers That Be" CD & LP

(Cruz Del Sur Music)

This band features Chris Black (Professor Black, Superchrist, Dawnbringer) whose career I have been following and enjoying for a long time. Pharaoh play power metal in the tradition of Helstar, Jag Panzer, Iced Earth, early Sanctuary etc… Their sound and style is very old school, they have a knack for writing catchy and memorable songs all performed by very talented musicians. Some great vocals too.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/PharaohOfficial    https://cruzdelsurmusic.bandcamp.com/   



“Flourishing Extremities on Unspoiled Mental Grounds” LP & Tape

(Hells Headbangers Records)

This is this Japanese bands 2nd album since their formation in 2020 (with a flurry of split EPs sandwiched in between). Pharmacist plays killer death metal with grind elements that follow in the tradition of Pathologist and the first three albums of Carcass. The song construction like Carcass is powerful and quite varied even within a single song. The LP is not coming out ‘til late 2022, but the cassette version is out now. Great album.  - Dale

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



“Explosions” MCD, 12'' MLP & Tape

(Blood Harvest Records)

Phenocryst from Portugal grace us with their debut recording. The band may be new, but the members are also in bands like Summon, Sepulcros, Concilium & Necrobode. You get five tracks dirty, brutal & dark death metal with great suffocating doomy touches. The whispery growling vocals are massive. OSDM wonderfully influenced by the classic bands from the Sweden and the US.  - Dale

https://phenocryst.bandcamp.com/    https://www.bloodharvest.se/   




“Generation Coward” CD EP & 12” EP

(Willowtip Records)

I got a couple of the bands early ‘90s 7” ep’s (split w/Plutocracy is a classic!) and their first album, before I lost track of them. A kid yells on the 1st track “It’s time to grind!!” and Phobia do just that by putting on a display of some of the meanest, most brutal & great grindcore insanity you will ever hear! The legends keep stoking their considerable legacy! Don’t be fooled if you see this listed as an album, it is a 15 minute ep and I can not stop listening to it over and over on repeat – killer!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/phobiagrindcore    https://willowtip.bandcamp.com/  



Thus Spoke Death” CD EP

(Iron Bonehead Records / Knekelput Recordings)

Coming out of Germany's ancient black metal scene is a new band with their debut EP. It features five songs of grim black metal that is devastating in it's delivery. Lord Noctifier handles the guitars and also handles the vocals, which are grim demonic gruff growls & screams. The drums are a mix of hyperspeed blast beats and heavier mid paced beats. Great debut release that should please fans of early 90's bm.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/TheTruePredictor/    https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/  



Antichristus Mortem Cultus” CD

(Blasphemous Creations Of Hell Records / Plague Demon Records)

Progoat is a solo project out of the US black metal scene with his 2nd full length release. You get 11 tracks of lo-fi bestial black metal. Most tracks are played in the mid paced range with some samples and industrial elements mixed into a few songs. The vocals are a mix of demonic gruff growls and some black metal screams. If you are a fan of early Beherit and early 90's black metal then pick up a copy today. - Patrick

progoat.bandcamp.com    bchrecords.storenvy.com    plaguedemonrecords.storenvy.com  




A Blunt Description Of Something Obscene" CD

(Lacerated Enemy Records)

Hailing from the same area I was born and raised (Alberta, Canada), not to mention cut my teeth on the UG scene. They play progressive tech brutal death metal. These buggers are talented as fuck & highly skilled. The music is very technical and creative, but most importantly for me with this style is they keep the smooth flow of each song going strong. Definitely a band to keep an eye on!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/protosequence    https://laceratedenemyrecords.bandcamp.com/  



The Birth Of The Beginning Before The Inception Of The End" CD EP

(Personal Records)

Pustilence is a new band out of Australia with their first release. They play old school American style death metal, but they do so with this incredible energy to the music, which features a lot of twists and turns in the songwriting. It is interesting and dynamic death metal music you can easily headbang to! Get it.  - Dale

https://pustilenceaus.bandcamp.com/releases    http://www.personal-records.com/  



“Vicious Inhumanity" CD & Tape

(Within The Mind Records)

Rat King from Seattle, WA play high energy heavy fuzzy riffed metal that is a melting pot of death metal, sludge, stoner metal mixed with slight experimental accents & small wisps of grind & thrash with skillful guitar nuances and song structuring - something different but good for extreme metal fans.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/ratkingseattle    https://withinthemindrecords.bandcamp.com 




“Visions From the Netherworld” CD

(Memento Mori Records)

Ravenous Death produces gargantuan, grimy and crushingly guttural Mexican death metal that takes no prisoners. The vocals are shadowy evil growls that sometimes feature a cool croaking underbelly, and other times screeching demon shrieks – great vocals. I would say fanatics of brutal, dark death metal in the vein of bands like Grave, Vomitory, Malevolent Creation, Dismember, Immolation and the like should take note.  - Dale

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



“Conspiranoic” CD EP

(Self Released)

Reptilium is a South American death metal band that is a side-project of bands from neighboring provinces. This new release features four tracks of occult death metal with some black metal elements blended into some of the music. The members seem to draw influences mainly from current brutal death metal, as well as some early ‘90s influences can be heard.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/reptiliumsect    https://reptiliumsect.bandcamp.com/releases  



“The Shadow At The Worlds End” CD, LP & MC

(Transcending Obscurity)

This is main man Rogga Johansson of Paganizer (among many other bands he is in!) return with one of his longest running bands Revolting with it’s 7th full-length album. This is really a great quality album. Think of some of the very best early Swedish death metal bands (Nihilist, Dismember, Grave etc…) brutality mixed with the superb melody of early to mid ‘90s Edge of Sanity.  - Dale

https://revoltingdeath.bandcamp.com/    https://transcendingobscurity.aisamerch.com/  




“Self Titled" CD & LP

(Transcending Obscurity Records)

Finnish death metal that is not what you might immediately expect when thinking about where they come from. They play early to mid ‘90s style American death metal ala Broken Hope, Baphomet, Suffocation, Skinless, Dying Fetus etc… It is well done though, brutal and pretty memorable material. If you like those bands you will probably dig this.  - Dale

https://revulsiondeath.bandcamp.com/    https://tometal.com/ 



“Death In Heels On Wheels / Death Promise” Split 7" EP

(Gates of Hell Records)

Road Warrior start things off and this song feels a little more epic heavy metal than a lot of the material on their debut album, which was faster & more hard rocking. This song is a little more moody and emotive maybe like a mix of Manilla Road, King Diamond, Fates Warning & Candlemass. Killer tune!!

The Gravebreaker track, I definitely hear hints of the early works of German heavy metal bands like Accept & Grave Digger mixed with some Judas Priest both in the music and in the vocal timing and phrasing. The lyrics are about the cult Kung-Fu movie “Death Promise”. Pure quality on this awesome split.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/RoadWarrior1986    https://www.facebook.com/gatesofhellrecords 



“Rökkr” CD

(Chaos Records)

This is a one man band from Kyle House (Decrepisy, Serpents Of Dawn). The music is heavily influenced by the final two Bathory “Nordaland” albums along with a nearly constant driving & pounding hypnotically catchy backbone. The vocals are kind of husky shouted yell / growls that do the job, but are probably the weakest part of Rökkr’s sound. It is different though and an infectious listen.  - Dale

https://chaos-records.bandcamp.com/    https://www.chaos-records.com/   




“Kopár Hant Az Alvilág Felé” 12” LP

(Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Rothadás hail from Hungary and this is their debut album, following a previous demo a couple years back. The music is a massive wall of overpowering and all encompassing dark death and heavy on the doom metal. It produces a sickeningly wonderful rumble that you will feel reverberating through your chest like a jackhammer set to slow motion. This is a pretty killer debut.  - Dale

https://rothadasdeathdoom.bandcamp.com/    https://www.mesacounojo.com/  



“Slither In Slime” CD

(Memento Mori Records)

Rotheads hail from Romania. I was trying to think of other Romanian bands I know off the top of the dome, and the only name that came to mind was Negura Bunget. But Rotheads are quite different from them, they play dark and grimy death metal especially in the old Finnish style ala Convulse, Rippikoulu, Abhorrence and mix it with US death doom like Cianide and for sure early Autopsy. A lot of bands are playing this style now and I can never get enough of it – well done here.  - Dale

https://rotheads.bandcamp.com/    http://www.memento-mori.es/   



“Stronghold of Majestic Ruins” MCD & MLP

(Signal Rex)

Ründgard hail from Chile and is a one man band (Lord Valtgryftåk who is also in the bands 13th Temple, Gryftigæn, Mantiel, Pyreficativm, Winterstorm). This 24+ minute mini-album is great integration of the atmospheric bands of the first wave of black metal with the raw cold evil of the second wave of bm. I would say the atmospheric side wins out, but not by a lot as it is fairly even mix. It is an impressive work for one man.  - Dale

https://signalrex.bandcamp.com/    https://signalrex.com/store/  





“The Arcana Spear CD, LP & Tape

(Blood Harvest Records)

Sacrilega from California play some impressive harsh black/death metal at lightning speeds. The vocals feature a good performance that marries the bm rasp and gruff screeching dark thrash yells. The drums are awesome, blinding speed yet so precise and commanding courtesy of Paulus Kressman (Rites Of Thy Degringolade & Warmach), so no surprise at the high quality. Be sure to check it out.  - Dale

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



“Suppuration Morphogénésiaque” CD & LP

(Me Saco Un Ojo & Memento Mori)

This is the debut album of this young Canadian band. They play a mix of barely controlled chaos war metal ala Angelcorpse mixed with, and this is my fave part, good yet too sparsely used doomy death metal sequences ala early Autopsy or Funebrarum. Good stuff, but for me could be even better if they let that doomy tinged brutal death side flourish and take over more of their sound. A promising debut though.  - Dale

facebook.com/SEDIMENTUM    mesacounojo.bandcamp.com    https://www.memento-mori.es/   



“Covid 666 - Velhos todos com o caralho" Cassette EP

(Abutre Rex)

This Portuguese band is interesting they black metal infused with pissed off punk rock or punk mixed with bm, whichever way you view it. It is some really mean aggressive and dark sounding music that raw & loose, but not too loose. I have to confess being a bit of a purist with both genres, so I am surprised how much I liked this and well they pulled off that balance.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/abutrerex/    https://abutrerecords.bandcamp.com/ 




Rise Of The Coffin Witch” CD

(Death Zone Productions)

Sarfaust are a death thrash metal band coming out of Australia’s metal scene and this is their debut album featuring eleven songs of aggressive, semi-violent thrashing death metal. The guitars are a fast, whirlwind style played with skill and experience. The vocals are raw, thrashy screams that fit the bands music perfectly. This is an excellent release worth checking out.  - Patrick

https://sarfaust.bandcamp.com/    https://www.facebook.com/Death-Zone-Prod/    



Septisk Eradikasyon” 7” EP & CD EP

(Me Saco Un Ojo & Dark Descent Records)

Septage is a new band from Denmark that plays dirty, grimy, grinding death metal sickness. There is a lot of indecipherable growling; bullfrog belching growls and other myriad of sewer vocal emanations. It’s hard for me not to draw comparisons to the first two Carcass albums, but also I hear influences like Repulsion, Impetigo, Autopsy, Ghoul, Exhumed and the like. It is very well done. Me Saco is doing the 7” and Dark Descent the CD FYI. Check it out kids.  - Dale

www.facebook.com/sepdeath    mesacounojo.bandcamp.com    www.darkdescentrecords.com   



Only Ashes Remain" CD

(Transcending Obscurity Records)

This Finnish bands debut album carries on in the rich tradition of that countries storied death metal history. I hear influences like Adramelech, Demilich, Abhorrence, Amorphis (1st album) & Convulse mixed with some Dismember and a dash of American influence dm influence. This is a really good album of nasty, aggressive and crushing death metal goodness. It is well worth your time and money.  - Dale

https://sepulchralcurse.bandcamp.com/    https://transcendingobscurity.bandcamp.com/   




“Temples Of Twilight” Digital Download EP

(Self Release)

Regular CA readers know I am a huge supporter of this prolific Canadian duo horde. With less than two months since their full-length album they are back with a 21+ minute EP. It features a deliciously classic darkly toned deathrash metal style filled with killer riffs and guitar work, combined with great memorable entirely discernable sing-a-long lyrics delivered through charismatic gruff hollers and growls. Highly recommended!  - Dale

Shadu Youtube Channel    Shadu Bandcamp    Shadu Facebook    Shadu Spotify      



Thaumogenesis” CD & LP

(Hells Headbangers)

This is already Shed’s 4th album - time fly’s by! If you do not know by now this band features members of Incantation, Ringworm, Crucified Mortals etc… The recording and production on this album kills, a step up from the last album. Shed just keeps getting better at crafting crushing death metal songs that are a speedy, memorable variety of extremity. The succinct & poignant guitar solos are great. The deep roiling guttural yet understandable growling vocals of Ash Thomas is a real strength for the band.  - Dale

https://shed-the-skin.bandcamp.com/   https://www.facebook.com/hellsheadbangers.com  



Execution Void” Cassette EP

(Caligari Records)

This is an interesting band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is hard to describe exactly, but it is equal parts of black metal & ultra fast, relentless thrash riffing with small chunks of hardcore and punk mixed into the riffs and song structuring. It is fucking brutal and heavy though, incited an adrenaline through my veins that got me headbanging. Different, good, extreme. Give it a try.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/SKUMSTRIKE    https://www.caligarirecords.bandcamp.com  




“Victims Of Spiritual Warfare" CD

(Memento Mori Records)

Coming out of the prolific UG scene of Chile is Soulrot with their second album. These guys play gut churning metal of death taking the earliest works of bands like Nihilist, Dismember, Slaughter, Carnage, Repulsion, Autopsy, Grave and speeding them up whilst throwing in dirty South American classic grinding chaos. This was a fun headbanging listen for me.  - Dale

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



“Dream Quest Ends” CD EP & 12” EP

(Cruz Del Sur Music)

This is listed as an EP, you get 2 exclusive songs, but you also get a Manilla Road cover and three demo versions of previously released songs for a total of 35+ minutes of music. This release features more of the great classic heavy metal epic doom Smoulder displayed on their killer debut album. The vocals of Sarah are fantastic, infectious to listen to & a perfect fit for the music.  - Dale

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



Assault Volume 2” Compilation CD

(Self Released)

The first edition leaned more in the black, death, thrash direction largely from South America. This 2nd edition leans more heavily towards heavy metal, speed, death, thrash metal crossover arenas. This time around it is more of an international line-up featuring good to great songs from bands like Fondlecorpse, Eternal Breath, Teratos, Paralysis, Hatchet, Blizzard Hunter, Oblivion, Tormented, MX, Paganfire, Ruin, Gravered, Metal Crucifier and lots more! Great sound, top notch packaging. Get it!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/soulgrinder.zine/    http://soulgrinderzine.blogspot.com/  




“Magick & Mischief" CD & LP

(Cruz Del Sur Music)

Pennsylvania’s SpellBook (formerly Witch Hazel) chiefly play hard rock with a heavy metal doom undercurrent of the very old school ‘70s variety. I find myself enjoying their memorable & catchy songs as they chug along filling me with some intoxicating nostalgia. The ambitious epic length closer is creative but my least favourite part of an otherwise pretty damn good album. - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/spellbookband/    https://cruzdelsurmusic.bandcamp.com/  



“The Wrath It Takes” LP

(PermaCityPunk Records / Trepanation Recordings / Graboid Of The Ground Records)

This band is an interesting make up of two members from Canada, one from Russia and one from Scotland. The record labels are from all over the world too. S.Y.G. produces high energy, violent and caustic in your face hardcore. I do not listen to a ton of hardcore, I am selective with hardcore and this is how I like it fast paint stripping music with lots of attitude.  - Dale

spillyourguts.bandcamp.com/    PermaCityPunk    https://trepanationrecordings.bandcamp.com/    www.facebook.com/GraboidOfTheGroundRecords/  



“Gloat / Borne” LP

(Nuclear War Now! Productions)

This is a compilation release of this cult band from Australia. It features their ’96 demo & ‘97 7” EP. The demo is very raw & dark, but hints at the advanced nature of the band musically and lyrically, which would be further realized in the future. The EP has a cleaner production but same as the demo. A great tribute release honour a cornerstone band of the Aussie UG!  - Dale

https://stargazeraustralia.bandcamp.com/    http://www.nwnprod.com/  




“Sealed In Starlight” CD & LP

(Temple of Mystery Records)

This is the debut album from this Canadian band. They play extremely well done, memorable old school heavy metal. I am a huge Dio fan, it is clear these Quebecers are also, as I hear elements of his work musically and vocally from his days in Rainbow and his awesome Dio band. They have other varied influences from that classic time period as well for sure. Starlight Ritual is a talented group of musicians who write good songs. Check them out.  - Dale

https://starlightritual.bandcamp.com/    https://templeofmystery.bandcamp.com/ 



“Self-TItled” CD

(Greyhaze Records)

This is the Brazilian grinding death metal bands first new music released in 13 years and features twenty-two tracks of insane blasting grindcore that attacks both the eardrums and the senses. If you are a fan of Agathocles and early Napalm Death then definitely do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of this as soon as possible.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/Stomachalcorrosion   https://www.greyhazerecords.com/  



“Republik Rakyat Jelata" CD

(Brutal Mind Records)

This Indonesian band plays fucking brutal death metal in the ‘90s US tradition. It is really heavy death metal with some solid songwriting that had me rapid-fire headbanging at times. The drumming on here is fantastic, but I wish the drums had a fuller, more powerful sound on the recording. If you love old school brutal dm then get this!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/sufism666    https://brutalmind.bandcamp.com/  




“Ending Of The Unknown Path” CD

(Hells Headbangers Records)

This is Synteleia’s debut album featuring nine tracks of atmospheric, mid paced black metal. The listener will hear the influence of Greece’s elder gods of the bm scene ala early Rotting Christ, Necromantia & Varathron in their sound. The band does put their own touches to this classic revered style to great a good record.  - Patrick

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



“Pillars of Damnation" CD & LP

(Iron Bonehead Records)

Aussie band Temple Nightside are not very technical, a bit stripped down, but the band creates an all encompassing atmosphere that permeates with audio evil, darkness and ultra heavy fucking death metal goodness. The obscure sounding, rumbling, roiling growls create this fantastic wake that springs up then quickly melts into the background. I enjoyed this album an awful lot.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/templenightsidenecromancy    https://ironbonehead.de/    




“Self-Titled” 12” EP

(Clavis Secretorvm Records)

This Swiss band play raw, dirty, filthy blackened deathrash metal insanity. They pay homage to many of the great South American bands from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s! It is evil and grimy and captures that old vintage energy reminds me of the time when the scene was so new and dangerous.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/Temple-Ov-Perversion-153157598752317    https://www.clavisecretorvm.com   



“A Fate Worse Than Death” CD & LP

(Invictus Productions)

Bursting out of dungeons of Italy is Thulsa Doom with their debut album. It is pure old school gloomy, primitive death metal from the early days, when death metal was rearing it’s grim head with thrash metal remnants of blood trailing behind it. The bio absolutely nails it when it says this could be the lost recording Morbid Angel made between ‘Abominations of Desolation’ & ‘Altars of Madness’! Thulsa Doom keeps the old ways alive!  - Dale

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




“Metal Shock” CD

(Gates Of Hell Records)

TIR were formed in 1980 (!!!), managing to release just one demo tape from ’80-86, reformed ’89-’97, before finally reforming again in 2005 for the long haul & amazingly releasing their debut album in 2011! This is their second album of absolutely fantastic old school heavy metal with great songs, superb guitar work and ace vocals sung in their native Italian!  - Dale

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



“Smile At Death” 2019 Digital Release & Digipak CD

(Self Released)

Russian symphonic black metal with dark metal & gothic music mixed in. The music is well written and performed with both a fast and a more controlled pace. The vocals are raw black metal screams & screeches that fit the music perfectly. TIH do a good job of creating quality music with a variety of genres and influences.  - Patrick

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



“Voidcall” Promo CDR

(Visceral Circuitry Records)

This promo is for the re-release of this ‘01 demo disc, now out for the first time on pro-pressed cassette tape. The band play old school early ‘90s North American style death metal and are great at it. They also have some interesting & adventurous technical, trippy song structuring elements that set them apart from the pack. This over looked gem deserves to be heard!  - Dale

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




“Mechanical Perdition” Split CD

(Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

There are 6 songs from Y-Incision & 7 songs from Treasonist, both bands do one cover song of each others material – cool idea. Y-Incision plays a brutal and vile mix of death metal & grindcore with smaller touches of punk & hardcore influence. Treasonist plays super barbarous, nasty semi-technical early ‘90s death metal with heavy doses of grindcore from the same time period. Recommended.  - Dale

https://treasonistgrind.bandcamp.com    http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com   



“The Hierarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome To The Food Chain” Digital Album

(Blood Blast Distribution)

Apparently Blood Blast is a promotional digital music arm of Nuclear Blast helping out non-label bands from what I can tell. Interesting… Onward to the band itself, they play brutal death metal that lyrically centers on old Bigfoot movies and features members of Origin, Unmerciful & Torn The Fuck Apart. If you dig stuff like Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation, Deicide, Suffocation and similar bands, this is a quality example of that style/sound.  - Dale

https://troglodyte.bandcamp.com/   https://www.facebook.com/troglodyteband   



“Old Old Death” CD & LP

(Soulseller Records Records)

I enjoyed Tulus’ early works in the late ‘90s, callous evil black metal with a level of charisma. I have not heard them for a decade. Some of their core sound remains, which is what I like most about this LP. But now, I guess over time they have so called progressed, by adding fun and sweet catchy sections I did not enjoy. Maybe they are just keeping up with the times, but I miss the harshness & evil.  - Dale

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




“Hereafter” CD, LP & Cassette

(Shadow Kingdom Records)

Yes this is the reformed Tyrant from Los Angeles that formed in the late ‘70s and put out a two albums on Metal Blade in the mid ‘80s. This is some very solid classic early to mid ‘80s heavy metal madness. Did I mention they now have one of metals greatest vocalists Rob Lowe? He was only in bands like Solitude Aeturnus & Candlemass for a combined 25 years! He is amazing & you should get this posthaste!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/TYRANT-172515856798/    https://www.shadowkingdomrecords.com/  



“Aldrig i Livet" CD. LP & MC

(Dark Descent Records & Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Denmark’s Undergang bring forth through backed up sewers their fifth album of dirty, soiled and guttural old school US dm like the early works of Repulsion, Autopsy, Impetigo, Incantation, Rottrevore, Funebrarum mixed with Finnish dark ‘n grimy dm bands like Rippikoulu, Convulse, Krypts etc… It is garbled, it is filthy, and it is a brutal gurgling cesspit of wonderful evil death metal sickness!!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/undergang    www.darkdescentrecords.com/    www.mesacounojo.com/  



“Into Satan's Kingdom + Bonus” CD

(Moribund Records)

This album reminds me to the earlier days of the second wave of black metal. There is a real flow and an underlining melody, but it is evil and freezing cold. It also reminds me of those days of purposeful raw recordings which helped as this raw aura helped bm sound more sinister & dangerous. This Oklahoman band  capture this evil well and some influences I hear are ‘Deathcrush’ era Mayhem, Satanic Warmaster, Horna, Bahimiron, Abazagorath.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/unhumandiseaseofficial/   http://www.moribundcult.com/  




“Iron Age Nomad Axe” Demo / Promo Cassette EP

(Self Release)

This is another one man band from my long time contact Mikael Holm (Aggressive Mutilator, Hang The Lord & Blixtnedslag). Urtiden is a darkened heavy metal band that is old school metal with some catchy hook laden, middle paced songs. The singing is a clear voice with shadowy, whispered undertones, great vocals that fit the music superbly. I find this three track demo to be a very infectious and satisfying listen.  - Dale

https://urtiden.bandcamp.com/releases    mikael-holm@hotmail.com  



“Created Creature” Full-length Demo CDR

(Self Release)

The veteran one man band from Ireland returns with his 38th release!! As I have said before, what David lacks in talent on his instruments / songwriting, he makes up for with perseverance & dedication to UG metal. This disc seems to have more distortion & feedback than usual and honestly it helps fill in the songs a bit more. I have always dug David’s voice and vocals. If you love super raw, primitive and DIY (in every aspect) bands you may want to give VDC a try.  - Dale

https://youtu.be/u4_1kJDSY6k    davidvora10@hotmail.com   



“1337" CD & Cassette

(Purity Through Fire)

A good one man band makes you forget it is a one man band. Spectre (also one half of the duo behind the band Minenwerfer) from Sacramento, California does just that. He combines raw second wave black metal with more epic flowing bm style and spouts out some good evil rasping vocals with lyrics about medieval history.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/vermineux    http://www.purity-through-fire.com/ 




“Uusi normaali” LP

(Svart Records)

Vivisektio is a band from Finland that formed in 1983! They reformed about a decade ago and these old bastards have been going strong since. They play extremely fast, ripping and pissed off hardcore punk music. This is some great stuff with good songs and a wicked attitude. This chick on vocals is great, damn she shreds it up!! Check these fuckers out if you love harsh, lightning fast, spiked fist to the face punk rock.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/svartrecords   http://www.svartrecords.com/en  



“Imprint Of Extinction” CD & LP

(Iron Bonehead Records)

Vomit Angel unleash their debut this month through Iron Bonhead Records. This album features 20 songs of total death grind madness, with some black metal influences used in a few of the tracks. The vocals are guttural growls and some gruff old school growls. If you are a fan of grind metal with both death and black metal influences be sure to pick up a copy of this record soon.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/VomitAngelDK    https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com 



“Them Witches” CD

(Gates Of Hell Records)

This Dutch metal band was around from 1979-1990, but reformed in ‘98 for the long haul. They uncovered old 1987 demo songs for a never released 2nd album & re-recorded those songs to release now! The result is classy NOWBHM style music replete w/those crazy ‘80s screams ‘n screeches a lot of modern fans hate but I dig.  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/VortexHeavyMetal    https://www.gatesofhellrecords.com/ 




“The Seas Of Draugen” CD & LP

(Iron Bonhead Records)

Vardlokker is the mastermind behind this Oregon one man band. Whose music is violent, devastating and eerie blackened death metal. The vocals are nice low, deep opaque shadowy growls. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this killer release.  - Patrick

https://www.facebook.com/witchbones    https://ironbonehead.de   



“The Weakest Among Us" CD & LP

(Lacerated Enemy Records)

Baltimore’s Wormhole combines brutality with extreme technicality to create an explosive, intricately crafted & played slamming death metal grind LP. The vocals in contrast to the pin point finesse of the playing are indecipherable vomitous, guttural growls that I honestly loved. Great new band, check them out!  - Dale

https://www.facebook.com/wormholemetal/    https://laceratedenemy.bigcartel.com   




“Undo The Chains” CD & LP

(Redefining Darkness Records)

Wraith play straight up ripping thrash metal in the early to mid ‘80s tradition and they do it to the fucking hilt! The songs are really heavy yet have a catchy hook element to them and you can headbang to the roaring riffs. The music and vocals have a slight shadowy dark edge to them, adding a little touch of danger to the proceedings. If you love old classic thrash from the eighties and can not get enough then have I got a band for you.  - Dale

https://wraith-us.bandcamp.com/    https://shop.redefiningdarkness.com/   



“The Burning Illusion" CD

(Orchestrated Misery Recordings)

This Indiana band is a trio of veteran UG musicians having done time in bands like Invasion, Skullview, Sea Of Tranquility & Chronic Disorder. They play an unconventional mix of heavy metal with large doses of sludge and doom and a southern groove vibe. Some influences coming to mind are later COC, Orange Goblin, Kyuss, Down along with traditional heavy metal. It is interesting and well done; if you dig the styles above you should check this out.  - Dale

https://yellowtooth.bandcamp.com/    https://www.facebook.com/OrchestratedMiseryRecordings   




“Demoniac Ethics” CD & LP

(Duplicate Records)

Out on Duplicate Records (ran by Einar from Inferno, ex-Beyond Dawn, Dawnrazor fanzine), this is this Turkish bands 4th album now. The music is very good early ‘90s freezing black metal with some atmospheric and ceremonial hypnotic elements mixed in. An evil duality of wintry violence & gloomy ambience.  - Dale

https://www.zifirofficial.com    http://www.duplicate-records.com/