“Summary Execution At Dawn" 2019 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” 2019 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    



“Victims Of The Night-Drifting Away” 2020 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   



“Riven” 2005 CD

(Metal Age Productions)

Great death metal in every way. I have been championing these guys since their demo days and they have only gotten better.  - Dale

Metal Age, Box 42, 038 61 Vrutky, SLOVAKIA



“Generation Coward” 2019 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/ 





“Promo 2005” CDR

(Axa Valaha Productions)

Energetic straight forward clean death metal from Romania. Some nice depth in the guitar work and the growls (not gurgles or grunts) are nice and deep.  - Dale




“Ominous Message of Brutality” 2005

(I Hate Records)

An ‘80s thrash band that stayed true to their roots?! This follow up again of re-released gems of Protector by I Hate, bears that out, this time we have the ’89 LP + ’90 MLP + live tracks. This band was amazing, just catchy fast straight ahead thrash in the classic German vein. A must have!  - Dale




A Blunt Description Of Something Obscene" 2020 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/  



“When Times Turn Red” 2005 CD

(AFM Records)

Not sure how to describe them? I guess ‘80s heavy metal with some thrash and death metal elements mixed into the maelstrom. Not bad just average.  - Dale



“Symbols of Failure” 2006 CD

(Neurotic Records)

Run of the mill semi-technical brutal death metal in the American mold coming from the Aussie act.  - Dale

www.neurotic-records.com   www.psycroptic.com





“A New Days Dawn” 2006 CD

(AFM Records)

Hard rock with a radio friendly vibe. It did not grab me despite being well done.  - Dale




“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 



“Conspiranoic” 2019 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 



“Zenith” 2006 CD

(Unmatched Brutality)

More brutal death metal, kind of technical and at times not. Like a cross between Suffocation and Mortician.  - Dale




“Death In Heels On Wheels / Death Promise” 2020 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 



“Compilation Vol. 1” 2005 CD

(Rotten World Productions)

Great mix of bands to introduce you to the South American scene. Included: Purulent, Inhumate, NB 604, Carnarium, Nahual, Evilheart, Dyspraxia and shit loads more!  - Dale 

R.w. Prod., Beto Ampuero D., Av. Victor Raul Haya de la Torre 191 – Muro, Chiclayo, PERU rottenworld@yahoo.es



“Spun Forth Dark Nets” 2005 CD

(Neurotic Records)

They kind of remind me of a spunky Gothenburg death metal band playing back metal and doing a fair job.  - Dale




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-1800520670197909/  




“Symmetric In Design” 2005

(Nuclear Blast America)

Keybored laden lightweight Goteborg style melodic death metal. This is just too lightweight for me, glad this scene is dwindling.  - Dale



“Fucked Beyond Recognition” 2005 CD

(Unmatched Brutality)

Unmatched Brutality continue to impress me with their stellar commitment to promoting their bands. Scid is what you come to expect from U.M., pure unadulterated steamrolling death metal grinding at it’s finest. If you love speed, brutality and riffs you can bang to, then contract a case of Scids.  - Dale

 U.M. Records, PO Box 1869, Powell, TN.37849, USA   www.unmatchedbrutality.com



“Requiems To Midnight, Woe” 2005

(Morbid Souls Music)

Excellent recording. Floridian black death that sounds a tad too much like new Dark Funeral and old Cradle of Filth for my liking. Some solid riffs and ideas here but it did not come together for me.  - Dale 

M.S. Music, c/o Andrew Parrish, Louisville, OH. 44641, USA  www.geocities.com/morbidsoulsmusic




“Intoxicate O.S.” 2006 CD

(Dynamic Arts Records)

Melodo metal drowned like an unwanted puppy dog, in tons of electronica. It is one wimpy soup of junk.  - Dale




“Fall” 2005 CD

(AFM Records)

1980s hard rock like a mix of the The Cult with all the glam bands of the era. Yuck, this sucks!  - Dale




“The Supreme Ugliness” 2006 CD

(Bestial Burst)

Brutish thrash and old school death mix that owes much to Canadian legends Slaughter! Not as good as the originators but decent nonetheless if you love this style.  - Dale




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  




“Thrash ‘Til Death” CD

(Invictus Productions)

I reviewed this like 6 or 7 years ago when Invictus released it the first time! Here it is again, Slaughter Lord are old Oz thrash legends and if you do not know that, then get this already.  - Dale




“Dream Quest Ends” 2020 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” 2019 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/  



“Deathless Steel Command” 2006 CD

(Invictus Productions)

War metal with heavy thrash roots, the riffing is fucking awesome!! It makes me want to crush something. A really sick atmosphere to the music. Oh how I like this, unstoppable.  - Dale




“Gloat / Borne” 2020 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/  



“Self-TItled” 2019 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/  



“Black One” 2005 CD

(Southern Lord)

I have always wanted to like Sunn. However, like Boris their brand of tedious do nothing doom was just boring. Here it is not miles better but they have added a bunch of black metal collaborators which has added a sick Beherit-ish crusty feel.  - Dale




“Ending Of The Unknown Path” 2019 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/ 



“Self-Titled” 2019 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   



“Let’s Dance” CD

(Casket Music)

Commercial tinged grindcore mixed heavily with jazz and off the wall goofiness. They do it well but it is also fuggin mess at the same time. Great one minute and shite the next, though thankfully more that former than the latter.  - Dale

www.coprorecords.co.uk   www.testswitchisolator.co.uk




“Metal Shock” 2019 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/   



“The Ali of Rock” 2006 CD

(AFM Records)

Rock music, the kind you could easily turn the radio on and hear. I just do not listen to commercial shit like this – sorry.  - Dale



“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” 2018 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” 2019 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   





“Old Old Death” 2020 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/   



“Twilight” 2005 CD

(Southern Lord)

American black metal supergroup featuring members of Nachtmystium, Xasthur, Krieg & Leviathan. This has to be one of the better bm albums I have gotten for a while. Nothing fancy just a visceral / melancholy dichotomy drown in evil.  - Dale

S.L. Recordings, Box 291967, Los Angeles, CA. 90029, USA  www.southernlord.com



“Tides of Awakening” 2005 CD

(Firedoom Records)

Minimalistic slooow funeral doom where the vocals are as much a main instrument as the guitar and drums. Extremely simple but also effective.  - Dale




“Hereafter” 2020 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/    



“Without Zen” 2006 MCD

(Dissident Records)

Brutal ‘ancient’ death metal that actually smokes mixed with oriental interludes played on traditional instruments like Koto Harps, Taiko drums. Very interesting and punishing.  - Dale

D. Records, Box 46554, London N1 2WW, U.K. dissident@dissident.plus.com



Holycaust” 2019 Demo CDR EP

(Self Released)

David Vora has been wreaking UG metal havoc with his one man Irish band for 25 years now! David has a rudimentary command of the guitar and uses a drum machine that is not great sounding, but serves his purpose I suppose. My fave part of VDC is still David’s distinctive voice as he belts out gruff, emotion filled half sung, half spoken vox dripping with ehco-y venom. The songs are extremely stripped down & simplistic, lacking song structuring vision, but the man gives it his best and that is admirable. Who cares what anyone else thinks, keep it going David!  - Dale

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





“The Cross” 2019 CDR EP

(Self Released)

David Vora is back. You will get an idea of what he does with this one man project in the review above (and in the demo section). I must say all has stayed the same, except this time it feels like he put more thought and work in the song structuring, a little more creative with it and there’s threadbare Dismember cover, believe it or not. It is bad, but so filled with dedication that it is so bad that it is good. Soldier on David!  - Dale

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



“Decay Within” 2020 CDR EP

(Self Released)

David Vora’s Irish one man band returns! I have covered it many times before, V.D.C. is like the musical version of a so bad that it is good movie, he can hardly play the instruments and everything is loose and unrefined. But David puts so much heart and dedication (over so many years) into it; I can not help but to appreciate him. There is a “A Skull Full Of Maggots” C.C. cover which is cool & entertaining. There is an interview with David on here as a bonus! Rock on David!  - Dale

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



“Der Ewigkeit Entgegen” 2005 CD

(Flood The Earth Records)

There actually appears to be a bit of actual music and vocals among the sappy nature CD sound effects. One of the most boring bands on this planet!  - Dale

Flood… Records, Box 402, Pinole, CA. 94564, USA www.floodtheearth.com



“Remnants Revived” 2005 digi CD

(Neurotic Records)

Raging, fast and rhythmic like the old days, think Suffocation, Sinister, Cannibal Corpse etc… I enjoyed it.  - Dale

Neurotic Recs., Stratinghpad 23, 5025 DS Tilburg, NETHERLANDS www.neurotic-records.com



“Carpathia” 2005 CD

(Prophecy Productions)

Gothy slick light ‘metal’ with those poofy, I’m really sexy husky clean male goth vocals. Total crap… Surprise it is on Prophecy!  - Dale





“Compilation” 2006 CD

(Terranis Productions)

Always hard to review compilations but if you love guttural death metal with indecipherable vocals and black metal, you will love this release. Some bands are: Thy Funeral, Ahriman, Age of Agony, Warkult, Blood Rainbow, Gutted, Funebre…  - Dale




“Imprint Of Extinction” 2019 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” 2019 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/ 




“Pure Fucking Hell” Demo / Rehearsal CDR 2005

Super raunchy ‘n raw Satanic warring thrash in the old Canadian ‘80s spirit. Their intense old school spirit and energy is infectious.  - Dale

c/o Alkoholic Wraht, Ul. Francuska 4/20, 65-941 Zielona Gora, POLAND



“The Seas Of Draugen” 2019 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   



“Odin” 2005 digi-pak CD

(Ancient Darkness Prod.)

This is interesting, a Danish band playing North American style caustic war metal ala Conqueror, Blasphemy with Deicide, old Monstrosity and so on. I really grasped it.  - Dale

impaler@ancientdarkness.dk   www.ancientdarkness.dk   




“The Weakest Among Us" 2019 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   



“Contempt” 2006 MCD

(Undercover Records)

Evil sounding but very slickly executed black metal with a melodic undercurrent. Really this band is better than 80% of all bands in this genre today. Must have.  - Dale  

U. Records, Stockhauserstr. 3a, 35638 Leun, GERMANY alex@undercover-records.de   www.undercover-records.de



“Demoniac Ethics” 2019 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/