“Rider Of The Last Light" CD

(Spread Evil Records)

This is a new Finnish band (two members of Nekrokrist SS) who produce raw ‘n savage black metal with a depressive suicidal bent. For as raw a style & production (I like!), there is more melody than you would think buried within the cold music. The vocalist shreds his throat with caustic, scathing yells and tortured screams. This comes recommended by me!  - Dale



“Into Lifeless Shrines" CD & LP

(Bindrune Recordings)

This Michigan band features Bindrune owner Marty Rytkonen (also of the great Worm Gear ‘zine!). TGD play brutal yet at times moody death metal with a dark aura enveloping it all. The riffs are massive & the growling vocals superb. Think of a mix of early ‘90s US dm, heavy doses of early ‘90s Swedish bands (Grave, Dismember) and Brit influence (Benediction, Bolt Thrower). Solid debut album.  - Dale



“Ripping Metal" Demo Cassette

(Hellprod Records)

Gravedäncer from Brazil are total early to mid ‘80s metal worship and I love it! Think of early Venom & Sodom mixed with Grim Reaper, Judas Priest, Satan, Angel Witch, Saxon etc… It is malevolent ripping dark heavy metal that is catchy as hell, and filled with memorable songs and smoking guitar fills & solos. It is a throwback but a fun, well done throwback.  - Dale  




“Haunted Mausoleum” Casssette EP

(Caligari Records)

This is the solo project of drummer Yianni Tranxidis (GOG, ex-Black Mass, ex-Garroted), he enlisted some musicians from those bands and the vocalist of Morgued. The result is 3 songs & 17 minutes of good classic death metal that draws influences from old bands out of the Canadian, US and Swedish scenes to my ear. The vocals superbly growl out of some haunting horrific lyrics over some killer songs and equally matched musicianship.  - Dale



“Y.a.HW.e.H” CD & LP

(Osmose Productions)

I have to admit surprisingly to never having heard of this French band despite them having been around 16 years now. From the band name thought they might be a joke band yet to my surprise they play simple, but enjoyably harsh and evil second wave (with dashes of the first) black metal. It reminds me of a little of a raunchier, rougher crazed style similar to mixing Immortal on “Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism” with early Burzum.  - Dale




“Die Nachtseite" CD & LP

(Amor Fati Records)

It is interesting how a good yet simple rhythmic black metal riff elongated by playing it at a slow to moderate pace, for most of or an entire song can create such a flowing atmosphere to paint an audio picture upon. This German band do just that, by using a measured songwriting hand to just gradually change the pacing of these epic length songs, slightly up or down, manipulate the listeners emotions beautifully. Well done.  - Dale



“Lupi Amoris” CD & LP

(Magnetic Eye Records)

Heavy Temple play some memorable and charismatic doom that has a psychedelic stoner vibe ala bands like Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Soundgarden, Orange Goblin and a little foundational Black Sabbath of course. It is very moody music, in a good way, while still being heavy yet slightly rocking at times. My only minor complaint is I enjoyed High Priestess’ vocals on here and they are very sparsely used.  - Dale



“Hellstrike” MCD & Mini-Album Cassette

(Chaos Records)

Hell Strike hails from the northwest US and produces some really solid dark and gloomy yet heavy death metal in the old school traditions. The band features members of Ritual Necromancy, Bloodsoaked, Ascended Dead, Funebrarum, VoidCeremony and more. Check it out if you like that those old sounds similar to bands like The Chasm, Sadistic Intent and the like.  - Dale   




“Under Betlehems Brinnande Stjärna” CD, LP & MC

(Shadow Records & Regain Records)

A Swedish one man band with hidden identity. At 27 minutes this is a little too short to be called album. I do kind of love that they made the cover like an old cut ‘n paste UG flyer. Hinsides play very caustic olden demo tape days style tinny and low-fi raw black metal. But despite how raw it is there is some good work in the energetic and creative songwriting with some great cold rhythms and riffing. The vocals are those of a possessed demon!  - Dale



"Witch Of The Night" CD

(Plague Demon Records)

This is the third full length release from Washington's Hisemtuks Himi.N. The songs on the new release continue the bands established melodic black metal style. The guitars are played flawlessly with some fast paced skillful passages and songwriting. Usually I am not a fan of keyboards in the newer bands, but Nathen does a great job of creating and executing some well done keyboard passages. ‘Witch Of The Night’ is a masterpiece of melodic black metal, if you are a fan of this genre, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today.   - Patrick   



“Ritual Over The Grave” CD EP

(Personal Records)

Heavy, dank and gloomy death metal from Chile is what Hnagash is all about. The vocals are very early days dm style hissy dark roiling growls that are decipherable and have a hint of that gruff thrash voice in there. This some great old school creeping death metal that should please fans of the early works of Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Possessed, Pestilence, Asphyx, Massacre and the like.  - Dale




“The Great Pandemonium” CD & LP

(Hells Headbangers)

This band features two members that are currently or previously were in the Australian bands Nocturnal Graves and Denouncement Pyre. Hunters Moon produces a mix of old Scandinavian second wave black metal and harsh darkened Aussie death metal. The riffing on here is massive and the songwriting and playing are smooth and impressive.  - Dale



“Hate Manifesto” CD

(Plague Demon Records)

I,Misanthrope is the creative creation of Chris Waters who plays in the band Puke and does drum programming for Moribundus Christus. The music that is presented is a mix of dark industrial and noise. It is an interesting blend of industrial, electronic music, noise and dark metal that create a unique and creative musical journey. Check it out.  - Patrick



“(((Unholy)))” CD EP & 12'' EP

(Helter Skelter Productions / Regain Records)

Well, far out doom metal from fucking Malaysia, sweet! These two songs were recorded live, and it sounds like it, I mean that in a good way, it has a raw edge & it is heavy as lead. There is almost no vocals on these songs, the music is stripped down and simple, but the crushing classic doom rumble (with a small tinge of stoner fuzz) is satisfying for me. It is a cool mix of Saint Vitus, Electric Wizard, Sleep and lots of Black Sabbath. Only for real diehard doom fans IMO.  - Dale




“Dark Paths Of Humanity" CD, LP & Cassette

(Memento Mori Records / Fucking Kill Records / Godz Ov War Prod.)

You get eight tracks of heavy mid paced death metal that is crushing and intense. The musicians do speed to a faster pace at times and show off their aggressive side. The vocals are deep death metal growls that are powerful in their delivery and some gruff growls and screams are used in a few of the songs. This is a really promising debut that features some excellent musicianship in both the performance and delivery.  - Patrick



“Assim Na Terra Como No Inferno” CD, LP & Cassette

(Signal Rex)

Irae is a one man band that is a prolific band deeply entrenched in Portugal’s UG black metal scene. That man Vulturius is also in a number of other bands like Decayed, Morte Incandescente, Cunnilingus + more. Irae tends to stay in the mid-tempo range and this only enhances the gloomy and brooding evil aura that encompasses their music. There are bouts where they speed and his 2nd wave black metal side comes to violently play. The emotive & distinctive rasping vocals on here are great. Recommended.  - Dale




“Mount Of The Congregation" Digital Album

(Self Release)

Just finished reviewing a split of Greek bm bands, by random coincidence up next is Karma Violens is also from Greece. These guys are very different though, playing more modern really riff-y dark deathrash metal. I like some of the haunting background accents. If I am being honest this is a little over produced for my tastes, and the riffing at times borders on metalcore, which I dislike. These guys are talented and the music well put together in it’s own clean, antiseptic and non-organic way.  - Dale



“Summoning Of Our Lord Lucifer" CD

(Blasphemous Creations Of Hell Records)

Coming out of Oregon's black metal scene is the solo project playing raw, satanic black metal. This is the debut album featuring nine tracks of cold and destructive black metal. For the most part the music is in mid paced range, and that is played with a lot of talent. Things do speed up for a faster more aggressive pace throughout. The vocals are a mix of a whispering type of vocals with some harsh black metal screams and chants on this recording. Kirth Roth plays an interesting and original style of black metal.  - Patrick




“Mind Of A New God” CD, LP & MC

(Xtreem Music)

As I covered in a past K.A. review I bought this bands debut album on cassette way back in 1993!! Which despite there being a 12 year period of dormancy, this album is their second full-length 28 years later! Sad to hear Chad Bailey passed away (he helped write the title track of this album). But his fellow members including brother Pat Bailey have carried on the tradition of the band, staying true to their roots and creating great old school death metal with this heavy pounding album.  - Dale



“All The Rats” CD & LP

(Metalville Records)

As you know I don’t review a ton of hardcore punk stuff. But when it is good, fast and/or heavy I am there for it. Kings play speedy and memorable hardcore with infectious mean sounding choruses. There is even some ripping metal riffs and brief guitar fills. The vocals are fucking top shelf hc vocals from hell. I think fans of the metal parts of earlier Biohazard mixed with stuff like Madball, Cro-Mags, DRI, Sick Of It All etc… will dig this.  - Dale  



“Funeral Winds & Crimson Sky” CD & LP

(Osmose Productions)

This Slovakian band is made up of members of Malokarpatan, Remmirath and Algor. If you worship early ‘90s black metal that was a mix of first and second wave bm and the earlier works of bands like Necromantia, Mortuary Drape, Root, Master’s Hammer (especially them!) and can not get enough then you need to get your claws on this album as soon as possible.  - Dale 




“Dimensions" CD

(Dark Descent Records)

This Finnish bands third album has nods to both old school and newer school death metal. Within the brutality are large doses of melodic guitar fills and emotive sections. They do ride the line IMO of too much melody, but only occasionally do they go very far over it. This may be too melodious for the brutal dm fans and too heavy for the melodo fanatics, but if you like both then this is likely for you.  - Dale



“Sepulkral Dedikation” CD & LP


I am a long time admirer of the Swedish band Sorhin who date back to 1993 and still exist today apparently despite lying dormant for many years. I mention them because one half of that duo Mikael Österberg is behind this one man band. The sweeping black metal music of Lifvsleda invokes the feelings in me as a listener of an alternating duality of seething evil & gloomy melancholy. Österberg’s rasping vocals are in superbly malicious, dripping with black metal supremacy!  - Dale  



“Global Bloodbath” CD EP

(Self Release)

This is band is the brainchild of Mike Eisenhauer of Evil Incarnate. The songs themselves while busy at times, they are extremely catchy almost to the point of semi-commercial sounding. Yet it is hard to say that because production is brutal & the riffing is crushingly heavy as fuck! Plus the vocals while decipherable feature gruff, nasally yelling and growling. It is accessible deathrash yet extreme – a nice balance.  - Dale 




“Theion" CD & LP

(Iron Bonehead Productions)

The Swedish Malakhim produce dark and evil, rather old school sounding black death metal. There is some solid guitar work going on here, which gives off a sinister aura. The band features guitarist Andreas Nilsson from the long running band Naglfar (he also played guitar on the Ancient demo way back in 1993!). This is worth your time if you love old malevolent black & death sounds.  - Dale 



“The Gathering Of Souls Extremely” CD EP, 12'' EP & Cassette EP

(Rotten Productions)

Malformed is a young new Finnish band with a demo under their belts, they’ve gotten the attention of Denmark’s Rotten Productions, to spread their filth further into the UG scene. They produce extremely heavy & brutal death metal with some technical flourishes, and the odd tasty yet slightly manic guitar solos. The vocals are obscured and shady death growling with gurgling accents, and the combination works well. I think fans of Cryptopsy, Demilich, Gorguts and the like will dig this. A good young band to keep an eye upon.   - Dale   




“Merciless Storm” CD EP & 12'' EP

(Invictus Productions)

'Merciless Storm' is the latest EP from this Finnish band. This release contains four tracks of violent, uncompromising, and chaotic blackened death metal. The music is straight forward and effective. These guys have been releasing music since 2012, but they only had one demo and an EP in their first 8 years. They seem to be picking up steam as of late with a mini-album three years ago and now this EP. Fans of filthy old school death with bm touches should check this out.   - Patrick 



“Demo # 1 '95" 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  




“Ensomhet (Shattered Memories From A Distant Past)” 12'' Split LP

(Inferna Profundus Records)

Mantiel create brooding, dismal and evil black metal drenched in a freezing atmosphere. I enjoy the ominously sinister toad croaking bm rasping vocals, they are really good and morbid sounding. The music reminds me of a mix of the early works of Burzum & Immortal. Despite the gloomy and creeping extended intro to start their side of the split. Wampyric Rites turn up the raucous speed & aggression with a cold bm assault, before returning on the following track with another slower atmospheric piece, and a lengthy cold synth outro. Solid split vinyl.  - Dale   



“Sisters Of Darkness” 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



“Feuerwalze” CD, LP & Cassette

(Osmose Productions)

The lyrics throughout all their releases, this Californian band focuses on the horrors, gas attacks, death and destruction wrought across the entrenched battlefields of World War I. This is the WWI metallic soundtrack that is a wall of audio barbarity, and annihilation. Which should please fans of bands like Order From Chaos, Impiety, Marduk (“Panzer Division Marduk”), War, Axis Of Advance. Four albums already and I have only discovered them now, somehow.  - 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  



“Cold Are The Graves” CD & LP

(Nine Records)

Poland’s Monasterium on their 3rd album present some solid classic doom metal in the vein of Solitude Aeturnus, Solstice & Candlemass. Some old school heavy metal sequences pop up reminding me of Iron Maiden or old King Diamond musically. The vocals must be good for this style and they are here too, also reflecting the style / bands above. Recommended for doom hounds like me, but if you only dabble or like a few bands in this sub-genre you can find better.  - Dale   




“Ophidian Glare” CD, LP & Cassette

(Signal Rex & Bestial Burst)

This is a two label release of this Finnish bands second album. The triumvirate mix old black metal, more akin to the later end of the first wave of black metal, with doom elements. The sinister atmosphere Moon Oracle creates is very immersive; you can feel the evil and impending kismet close in on you. For me, this stripped down ritualistic music is fantastic. This will appeal to devotees of the early to mid ‘90s works of Mortuary Drape, Necromantia, Ancient Rites, Master’s Hammer, Root, Mystifier and the like.  - Dale  



“In The Hand Of The Reaper” 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




“Lurking Into Absurdity” CD & LP

(Chaos Records)

The Italian horde Morbus Grave plays primordial death metal. Like the early days when death metal bands had some thrash remnants yet were clearly doing something new & different. The excellent stripped down, but driving heavy material on here really brings feelings of reminiscence and enjoyment to an old tape trading goat like me. Wroshippers of Possessed, Slaughter, Repulsion, Impetigo, Autopsy, Massacre, Nunslaughter and the like. This is for you.  - 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” 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 




“Space Rangers” + “Kryptonite” 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  



“Lions” Demo CD EP

(Purity Through Fire Records)

This is interesting, as Nightside from Finland were around from 1996 to 2001ish. They released a demo, a couple EPs and an album in that last year, and then disbanded shortly afterward. Now they return 20 years later! This new 3 song demo, now released by PTF is harsh. The music is cold and hateful sounding 2nd wave black metal backed with haunting synth, picking up where their album left off all those years ago. Second wave bm diehards who can not get enough will like this.  - Dale   




“Berserker” 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   



“Wrath Of The Seidmar" CD

(Blasphemous Creations Of Hell Records/Plague Demon Records)

The music on this release is delivered with fast frenzied guitars that are primitive and aggressive attacking pace. They do slow to a more mid pace range at times, which results in each song giving a nice mix of an extreme and more controlled pace. The vocals are grim raw bm screams with some good demonic growls. Niohoggr with this recording has crafted a release of dark atmospheres and destructive black metal hymns which is sure to please all fans of extreme black metal.  - Patrick    



“It Dwells Amongst Us” 2020 Mini-Album Cassette

(Caligari Records)

This Seattle band composes really heavy & pulverizing riffed (think Bolt Thrower or Grave) dark death metal that is slow to mid paced and very doom influenced. The vocals are deep, obscured kinda whispery growls that further their gloomy suffocating aura well. I will keep an eye on these guys, damn good shit.  - Dale  




“In A Pallid Shadow" CD

(Self Release)

Northern Crown presents their third album of epic heavy metal doom. The music is classy and skillfully performed, the highlights for me being moody guitar & top notch smooth vocals from F. Serafine. Some influences I hear are Candlemass, Isole, Spirit Adrift, While Heaven Wept, My Dying Bride, Mirror Of Deception. There could be a little less synth and more heavy parts, by my tastes, otherwise a quality album.  - Dale  



“Nunslaughter / Blood” Split Mini-Album CD & 12'' MLP

(Hells Headbangers)

What an absolute killer split line-up here! It is well known how much I worship Nunslaughter and think they are Satan’s gift to death metal. The Nun 3 tracks on here superb classic Nunslaughter! Now Blood I tape traded for their stuff in the early ‘90s and liked them a lot back then. Blood is also a veteran UG band that has stuck to their roots and still play excellent gut wrenching metal of death, the way it is supposed to be done! Get this!!  - Dale