“Demo # 1 '95" 2020 CD, LP & Tape

(Shadow Records / Regain Records)

This demo from the Swedish cult band Malign was originally released on cassette (limited to 300 copies) and never re-released again until now. I wonder if the band resisted it for some time? Because this is some killer freezing 1st and 2nd wave mix black metal that has that great early ‘90s evil, raw and eerie sound to the music / recording tath I have always worshipped.  - Dale  



"Under Ein Blodraud Maane" 1999 CD

(Hammerheart Recs)

These Norwegians have been releasing quality hypnotic black metal since 93' and it shows. Fans of this style must hear this.  – Jeffrey Kusbel



“Sisters Of Darkness” 2019 Cassette

(Caligari Records)

This Italian one woman project is really interesting. It is epic and dark sounding heavy metal doom of the old school variety. Sort of like a cool mix of the cleaner viking-era Bathory mixed with stripped down version of doomy heavy metal like Death SS, Paul Chain, Omen (slower parts), Chastain (ditto)… The vocals are clean, heavily layered which mostly works, sometimes not, but mostly well done & enjoyable.  - Dale



“Mind” 2005 CD

(Cudgel Agency)

Death metal that is very reminiscent of Righteous Pigs mixed with Dismember. Nothing special, weak vocals but the mix of those influences is interesting.  - Dale  



“In Memoriam” 2005 CD

(I Hate Records)

This is a re-release of the CD out years ago on Iron Pegasus - a collection of songs from the bands ’96 demo + ’95 7” EP. Classic UG 90’s bm with an epic Bathory, viking-era aura. This is by far a superior release to the previous one.  - Dale



“Tales of Rock ‘n Roll – 25 Years Celebration”  2006 CD

(Armageddon Music)

If you like hard rock then you will love this new album from the main man guitar king of MSG and former member of The Scorpions & UFO.  - Dale



“Sakada” 2005 CD

(Black Lotus Records)

Ex-Crimson Glory singer Midnight’s solo record. I did not expect to like this as much as I do. Hard rock that might appeal to fans of “Operation Mindcrime”, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, “A Mended Rhyme” type of stuff.  - Dale



“Miscreation MMXXI” CD EP

(Self Release)

This new Canadian band has a grandiose concept album idea and has been working on it for five years. This EP is songs “II”, “IV” & “VI” from that album, but not presented in that order, kinda strange. How about the music though? Miscreation plays some excellent semi-technical OSDM that shows a high level of skill and thoughtful song construction. Jessy Leduc puts in a solid & intense growling vocal performance.  - Dale  



“Silent Voice Inside" 2019 CD

(No Name Records / Addicted Label BNiL)

This is a re-release of these Russians 2012 album, shortly afterwards they changed their name to Dekonstruktor whose releases I have reviewed in CA. I liked Dekonstruktor’s early works best, so this is even earlier before the trippy experimental bits & industrial sampling influences came in. This is pure sludgy sounding doom metal in the bands purest embryonic form and it is fantastic! Get this.  - Dale 



“In The Hand Of The Reaper” 2021 CD & Cassette EP

(Redefining Darkness Records)

Previously this Swedish band had only released two single song digital downloads (both on this 5 song EP). So this is their physical media debut. It is some stripped down blackened deathrash that sounds like it came right out of the late ‘80s. It is raw and heavy yet at other times polished especially those killer solos. I love the whispery evil growling vocals that are very clear and decipherable. This just fucking rips!  - Dale




“Autumnal Rites" CD

(Immortal Souls Productions & Satanath Records)

Some heavy and flowing death doom metal out of Italy that possesses a lot of old school influences. It is heavy yet also very emotive, dripping with an aura of melancholy. There are a lot of traditional metal touches in the guitars with some fills and poignant leads. The vocals are great growls that remind me to the vox of the early works of like Grave, Benediction, Paradise Lost etc… and are accented by dark Type O like spoken voices.  - Dale



“Fragments At The Edge Of Sorrow" CD

(Chaos Records)

This is the second full length release from Chile's Mortify. It is a great journey through 12 tracks of fast paced old school death metal mixed with some heavier mid paced patterns to give each song a identity of their own. All musicians are skilled on their respective instruments, so the music is very well delivered. Mortify have a crafted a great album of OSDM that manages to make a unique and memorable mark on the UG scene.  - Patrick 



“Doom Invocations And Narcotic Rituals” 2021 Cassette EP

(Caligari Records)

Můra is a new entity from the Czech Republic and features members of The Tower & Sekeromlat. They produce a massive, murky wall of death doom metal that reeks of an evil and oppressive aura that permeates the music. Which is slow moving, torturous and those imposing elongated roiling growls follow suit in a most sinister fashion. Two songs here that clock in at 20 minutes and leave me wanting more soon.  - Dale 




“Mycoticism (Disseminating the Propagules)” CD, LP & Tape

(Blood Harvest Records)

This is the solo band of Greg Edwards, who released a string of albums with his original one man project (melodic tinged black metal) Necronoclast via Moribund Recs from 2007-11. Mycelium is a very different band though as the music is brutal, headbanging and lyrically mushroom fixated dm that pays homage to the early to mid ‘90s death metal bands from New York, Florida, Finland & Sweden. It is far from original, but it is also well done, showcasing this mans talent and the music rips!  - Dale 



“A Pure World Is A Dead World” 2005 CD

(Copro Records)

Pure brutal American sounding death metal from this English band with some heavy doses of early Napalm Death grind. Well done but to be honest, nothing too exciting either.  - Dale



“Thermonuklear Thrash Metal Warfare” 2005 Split CD

(Bestial Burst)

Nailgunner Pure old school thrash metal that is a mix of ‘80s Canadian & German thrashing madness. 5 tracks of blissful insanity!

WoundsAnother Finnish band and they play more on the death metal side of things but hell this is bestial burst records, so you know there is some thrash in those festered gashes.  - Dale  Http://



"Bootlegged in Japan” 1999 CD

(Earache Recs)

You get pretty much what you are paying for here. A very full live album documenting a good portion of newer material and less of the "classic" songs.  – Jeffrey Kusbel



“Grave Damnation” 2006 CD

(Worship Him Records)

I wish I could give a better review but I only got this CD to play a few seconds of each track. What I could make out kind of sounded like a brutal Goatlord mixed with Bolt Thrower & more evil Benediction type of vocals.  - Dale   



“Space Rangers” + “Kryptonite” 2020 CD, LP & Cassette

(Regain Records)

What a crazy world this is sometimes. Here I am from Canada and having grown up there in this time period and being knowledgeable about Canadian bands. Yet I am discovering this band from Canada through a Swedish label as they have re-released their 1974 & 1975 albums. It is some pretty amazing ‘70s style classic hard rock, extreme metal fans might hate, but I dig it!  - Dale 



“Black Eternity” 2019 7” EP

(Blood Harvest Records)

Suffocating death metal brutality from Iran of all places; it is in the early ‘90s mainly mid paced dm with blast beating speed bursts. The deep roiling & churning growls add to a cool atmosphere on this 2 song vinyl. There is a drummer listed, but some of the drums sound like a drum machine to me, weird. Limited to 350 pieces, 100 on see-thru orange.  - Dale  



“Promo” 2005 CDR

(Forever Plagued Records)

Exceptionally melancholic and introspective black metal that meanders it’s pace but really is evil in it’s own unique way.  - Dale  



“Berserker” 2022 CD

(Blasphemous Creations Of Hell Records/Plague Demon Records)

‘Berserker’ is Niohoggr's 2018 debut album, originally only a digital release, but is now getting a cd press. The music is created & performed by the mastermind Memphist. The guitars are played with a mix of fast and ripping guitar chords that does slow to a mid paced range at times. All the instruments are played with intensity and good writing ability. The vocals are raw black metal screeches and screams. This is a massive debut filled with some great music.  - Patrick   




“Triumph of Diabolism” Demo CD 2006

9TH Plague return sounding better than ever. If you like your death metal heavy & varied in a cross of maybe Morbid Angel & Hate Eternal I have a band for you.  - Dale

PO Box 9048, S-250 09 Helsingborg, SWEDEN



“Self-Titled” 1998 Demo

An innovative release. I very much enjoyed this album. Crazy death metal with the ever evolving slant. Many weird riffs and an involved understanding that more needs to be experimented with when creating music these days.  – Jeffrey Kusbel



“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  



“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    



“Victims Of The Night-Drifting Away” 2019 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   




“Sagovindars Boning” 1999 CD

(Napalm Records America)

Folk metal. Hmmm, I cannot deny the melodies are catchy. I also will not deny not liking Otyg or their disrespectful desecration of metal.  - Dale



“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



“Return Of The Goat" 2021 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   



“The Powers That Be" 2021 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   




“Explosions” 2021 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



“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  



“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



“Cvlt Ov The Old Ones" 2022 CD

(Blasphemous Creations Of Hell Records)

This is the Brazilian bands debut EP. It starts off with sounds of a fire burning and screams, and then the music kicks in with raw fast guitars played with intensity. The vocals are grim screams and some demonic growls. “Asmodeus” is up next, it is played with some very well written mid paced and faster guitar passages. Track three is raw and nasty, filled with pounding fast drums. The vocals are harsh and grim screechy bm screams that really fit the song. This is a great debut of raw, nasty old school style black metal.  - Patrick  




"Antichristus Mortem Cultus” 2022 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  



"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  



“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



“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



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  



“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



“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" 2020 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 



“Visions From the Netherworld”2022 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  



“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  



“Zenith” 2006 CD

(Unmatched Brutality)

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



“The Shadow At The Worlds End” 2020 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  



“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 



“Rökkr” 2021 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   



“Kopár Hant Az Alvilág Felé” 2021 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  



“Slither In Slime” 2022 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 



“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



“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