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Warrior Pope-Mellified Man album review.

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Warrior Pope-Mellified Man album review. FFO: Deep toned and psychotic doom metal.
Again like a record I keep flipping over for its greatness, I will repeat 2020 is a fantastic year for heavy music. Warrior Pope is an incredible experimental doom metal act from Bristol that is exceptionally original and damn great at the sonic madness they are creating. This is their first album with vocals and to my ears, it certainly adds an increased layer of aggression. The vocals are somewhere between Deafheaven's vocal style and also head nods to Sabbath and Mayhem equally. The 7 track album is so solid because it just flows so damn well, indeed all musicians are terribly masterful in their individual acts, but it just sounds like a tight band. This is the difference between a good and a great album. It's a grim album, exceptionally dark and morbid as fuck; yet dynamic as hell. They are tagged as amplifier worship, how apt a tag. Guitars rip right through you on every track same as the …

Impostomb by Orbyssmal album review.

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Impostomb by Orbyssmal album review. Raw, harsh and gritty. I fucking love this release, basic gravelly blackened death/black metal that reminds you of killer bands that take your breath away, no polished bullshit just nasty metal. And whilst the fantastic graveyard tone of the guitar and sonic bass dominates the sound of this band, the crazed and whisper-like demonic vox lift the overall insanity to demented perfection. It's ugly and leaves a stain on your ears and brain. That is rare as fuck these days, way too much focus on achieving a certain sound and meeting the needs of a wanker market. This is just underground evil personified. Six tracks of off the chain metal that takes no prisoners.  Highlight:Odium....perfect brutality.
Support this awesome band: https://orbyssmal.bandcamp.com/album/impostomb

Ghosts In Gold-Glorious Illumination album review.

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Ghosts In Gold-Glorious Illumination album review. Eerie, Brutal and atmospheric. Ghosts in Gold deliver this astonishingly heavy and dynamic debut release. The riff work and song structure echo the finest of both classic and modern extreme metal. The band describes the goal of this album was to make oppressive and cripplingly heavy music. Full objective completed. It's moody as hell, but so, so colorfully hideous in it's crushing effect. The problem with some black metal is it's over the top in a c-grade horror style, which hardly brings long term appeal. This is a high level craft to make all the songs fit together, have their own identity, and remind you why extreme metal is so damn worth the listen. The production was grim and dynamic, the low end literally rattling your bones to dust. And thankfully the recording wasn't that lo-fi bullshit that to me makes most early black metal unpalatable. The six tracks that make up this gripping album are all killer, never an…

Chaos over Cosmos-The Ultimate Multiverse album review.

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Chaos over Cosmos-The Ultimate Multiverse album review. Moody, heavy and epic. Chaos over Cosmos is definitely not my usual type of band I choose to listen to, because I generally don't dig much metalcore, technical or prog. type of music. But it was damn surprisingly enjoyable. The guitar playing was outstanding, song structure intelligent as fuck, and a perfect mix of old and new metal. Indeed there were some cheesy keyboards and some clean vocals, but it was constructed in such a way that you not only have to give this notable credit for the artistry but as an album it rocks hard. Heavy and catchy in all the right places. Never boring and for a project between two nations-Australia and Poland, it's damn decent.
Bio: Chaos Over Cosmos is a progressive metal online collaborative project originally created by Rafal Bowman and Javier Calderón in the year of 2017. Two musicians who had never met each other and decided that being countries apart couldn’t stop them from making mu…

R U N-For You Will Never Find Peace Within Your Quiet EP review.

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R U N-For You Will Never Find Peace Within Your Quiet EP review. Bone-crushing, intelligent and emotive as hell. It may be a weighty call, but Australian extreme music is leaving the world for dead atm. I think the majority of overseas artists are utterly piss-weak compared to the phenomenal releases we are putting out in 2020. R U N personifies this type of world-beating class act. This gargantuan-like project is constructed by two local geniuses and defining it seems puerile at best. The overall gut-wrenchingly heavy sound simply reflects the volumes of deep effort and vivid skill excised here on this scintillating Ep. Musically it sits in a morose and dark corridor of post-hardcore, deathcore, and various blends of extreme metal, but it is blazingly original. Not only is the production the type that makes you want to shout "why the fuck aren't all albums made to sound this genuinely sonic and pulverizing", but you also gasp at how five tracks can be so focused and wi…

Abramelin interview with Simon and Matt...Brutal!!!

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Abramelin interview with Simon and Matt...Brutal!!! Anyone that is worth their extreme musical merit knows that Abramelin's new album Never Enough Snuff is without a doubt one of the albums of the year. We reviewed it last week and it's fair to say it just gets better with each listen. This writer actually challenges anyone to pick out any faults with this release. Flawless extreme metal perfection. Go on, I dare you to find anything wrong with this album. Threats and facts aside, we were stoked to chat with these metal warlords about this album and their return to the live and recording front. As expected these guys were extremely down to earth, full of both humor and wisdom. I have to say I appreciate when bands take the time and effort to answer questions we poke at them in our interviews; too many bands give you the stereotypical bullshit lame answers that no one really gives two shits about. Not this band, respect to these blokes!!!. Like most extreme music fans, I am ab…

Abramelin-Never Enough Snuff album review.

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Abramelin-Never Enough Snuff album review. Unrestrained, crushing no fucking nonsense old school death metal. Never enough snuff is a definite contender for metal album of the year on most critics lists. And this is the band's first album in 20 years and as seen at last year's Direct Underground Fest in Melbourne, they held the crowd in their hand and were the most talked about band of the night, no not the international's but Melbourne's own Abramelin.
FFO Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Obituary, Entombed, Napalm Death, but the peak eras of all these bands. This band's beginnings were the fantastic Acheron, a band that started an interest in this genre for many individuals, myself included. To me, this band and the mighty Christbait changed the musical landscape forever in Australia and both are bands I still absolutely worship. How rare is that?.

This album is an old school death metal album with modern and abrasive production that scintillates your heavy music tuned…

Umbra Vitae-Shadow of Life album review.

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Daemon Pyre - Serpent Gods And A Dying Sun album review and interview with Andrew Lilley.

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Daemon Pyre - Serpent Gods And A Dying Sun album review and interview with Andrew Lilley.How sad is it when a groundbreaking band decides to call it quits. Sadly Daemon Pyre is pulling the pin after 6 years, after killer tracks, awesome live shows, and now this final opus Serpent Gods And A Dying Sun. This second album is very clearly a message that the band had sheer talent in truckloads and what a banger of a release. FFO: Melodic, gripping, and nasty modern Death Metal in the vein of The Black Dahlia Murder, At The Gates, Cattle Decapitation, etc, yet completely different to all of these artists. Ten tracks of inspiring and well-written metal with heart and it is both abrasive and captivating in it's intent. There is deep vitriol from the lyrics and vocal style, but oh man if you want a smorgasbord of amazing riffs this one is both a keeper and an eye-opener. Sharp gnarly riffs and war toned drums echo with every track but give this one a decent 5-10 listens before settling on …

Black Trillium interview with Simon.

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Black Trillium interview with Simon.  This dark, broodingly heavy band dropped their sensational debut album The Fatal Shore last week and you need to give it a solid listen. Every week, the depth of this release just grows with each listen. I cannot recommend this album highly enough. Fans of black metal, doom, and melodic death will worship such an innovative and trailblazing album.
I had the chance to chat with Simon from the band and we chatted about the band's beginnings, their aims for this project, the fantastic art, and the brilliant album they just dropped.
The great news is there is both a follow-up EP planned as well as a whole new album. Plus potentially a live show given how well the album has been received.  Enjoy the chat and check this band out asap!!.
Black Trillium interview with Simon.  1-Give us the history of this exceptionally skilled and deeply heavy band and also how you come up with the name?
The history of the band started with Zach and myself. We met in …

Werewolves-The Dead are Screaming album review.

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Werewolves-The Dead are Screaming album review. I keep repeating myself, but 2020 will go down as a landmark year for heavy albums. And this release jumped out and ripped my head right out of my body. FFS, this is a brutal celebration of what the band even coined blackened caveman death-metal. This album is not about technical wizardry, deeply analytical lyrics or subtlety, it is hectic, aggressive metal that simply does not fuck about. The band may contain ex-members of well-respected metal faves The Bezerker and Psycroptic, but this is a beast of its own. The album sounds like OSDM on steroids. Tracks like Dogknotted and No More Heroes are the best Aussie extreme metal tunes I can recall in ages. And what I absolutely loved was the sick thrash undercurrent on many tracks. This works an absolute treat with the very Morbid Angel type extreme nature of vocals, riffs, and artillery like drums. Indeed the whole release is very in your face and dynamic. I loved this and rate this debut al…

Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi album review.

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Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi album review. Being different is an outstanding trait and if you haven't heard of this sensational band, I encourage you to suss them out. This fantastically broad genred band from Finland is just mindblowing. Draped under a very broad cape of dark psychedelic black metal this band does some seriously warped and original music that will capture your imagination. Many songs on this album and also previous releases seem like some insane lunatic is messing with your brain as you consume an album. One minute you have some deranged horror music soundtrack that suddenly changes into raw black metal with some frightfully dynamic guitar attacks, the next is some crazy keyboard apocalypse at war with some post mathcore epileptic fit. Plus some beautiful, yet grim atmospheric post-metal that is just spellbinding. Mestarin Kynsi is a diverse, but astonishing 5th album for this band and the 6 tracks that add up to over 50 minutes of audio hysteria are epic in …

Birdcage-Wave Machine album review.

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Birdcage-Wave Machine album review.
What would you do after being in some of the country's most heavy and brutal bands? it's so damn obvious you start a quality instrumental surf band. No, not that shitty and trendy Beach Boys bullshit, we are talking the real deal reverb deep addictive guitar-focused frenzy à la Dick Dale, The Ventures and Los Straightjackets. Damn, I just can't believe I hadn't heard these cats before. By all accounts, they kill it live as well. And you would seriously need ten truckloads of hot skill to deliver this type of album live. Proficient and dextrous would be the minimum to even entertain joining this outfit. Wave Machine is an accomplished hotbed of outstandingly catchy tracks that are fiercely energetic and spellbinding. This can be a soundtrack to anything from deep-focus background work music, walks in a forest to absolute boozy party time. The twangy pace certainly varies over the album, even though most songs work towards a frenzied w…

Vader-Solitude in Madness album review.

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Vader-Solitude in Madness album review.If you are expecting any dilution in the sound of this Death Metal/Thrash Polish beast, you are sadly mistaken. Solitude in Madness is hectic, abrasive, and unrelenting. In our recent interview with their drummer James, although they have changed producers, it has only strengthened their resolve to produce uncompromising extreme music. Eleven tracks with enough variation to grip and entertain you. This ain't groundbreaking or new style, but basically who cares. Definite emulation of both new and old metal deities is not uncommon, but Vader does it so well whilst definitely sounding starkly original. Pace changes and ripsnorting guitar solos combined with furious and mayhemic drumming plus the deep snarling vocals make for a solid and energetically heavy album. You will not be disappointed.
Out now on Nuclear Blast
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Black Trillium-The Fatal Shore album review.

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Black Trillium-The Fatal Shore album review. If you thought 2019 was a decent year for music, you can forget that; as 2020 is shaping up as a deeply sensational year in terms of phenomenal musical releases. Black Trillium is one of the artists shaping our year with the flawless and bloodthirsty opus that is The Fatal Shore.
Background: Black Trillium is a dark & deeply creative death/doom metal act from Sydney that have been brewing up raw, emotive, and incredibly dynamic sonic offerings since 2010. While it’s been a while since we’ve heard from the duo, with 2020 marking 10 years for the band. This voluminous force is a death/doom metal collaboration between Simon Skipper (guitar, vocals) and Zachary Carlsson (vocals, bass), formed from their mutual interest in the brooding aesthetics and darkest aspects of the metal genre. It is predominantly a studio-based project, but critics and fans alike will beg this to be a live band once hearing this masterpiece.
What is going to assaul…

Interview with Vader's James Stewart.

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Interview with Vader's James Stewart. Brutal, pulverizing, and annihilating is how many describe the wrath of Poland's Death Metal kings, Vader. Since 1983, this is a band that take absolutely no prisoners and each release has strongly reinforced that fact. Very soon they drop their sensational new album Solitude in Madness and it is one of their finest.
We chatted with James, their drummer about the new album, the new production adventures, how the band has evolved, passion for music, and the changes in the music industry.
He had plenty to say and it's well worth your time(and let's be honest most people have excess time at the moment due to COVID-19), so throw on your headphones to get the back story before the new album drops later this week.
James is one wise and switched on musician and this album is one that will definitely surprise you with its complexity and brutality.
Enjoy!!.

Album pre-order here: New Vader album

Endless Bore-Treatment Resistant album review.

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Endless Bore-Treatment Resistant album review. The wait is over and Endless Bore has delivered an outstandingly chunky and corrosive sophomore release. Treatment Resistant (killer album name and art yet again) takes the original hostile formula and amps everything up in an exhilarating fashion. But the thrilling clincher is they add some remarkable elements that really define the EB sound. Opener Hostile Architecture is a case study to illustrate this, a sneaky almost bluesy portion of the track sounds like the band has necked some serious downers, and then it throws acid in your face with searing riffs and acidic raw vocals. What the band has gained is a sweetly dark sludge/doom element that works utterly in sync with the unhinged aggression of the band's core-fast, frantic hardcore with absolutely no bullshit, no bells and whistles-just truckloads of audio violence. And personally, I was absolutely smitten with their first album, so this is a treat to hear the progression in th…

Rosy Finch-Scarlet album review.

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Rosy Finch-Scarlet album review. You look at this album art and ponder if this is a modern soundtrack to a remake of Stephen King's splendid 1976 horror classic. The intrigue will reveal itself when album opener Oxblood opens its jaws around your ears. Rosy Finch is a heavyweight sludge/grunge/doom influenced metal trio from Spain. And they are exceptional at what they deliver on this pulverizing album. Why you may ask is this so sensational; it blends together a few genres into a refreshingly original style that makes you feel like you need a bath. The tracks are so gritty, dirty and contaminated, it was utterly glorious to be punished by such a vitriolic album. Scarlet really fucks with your senses, the vocals are soaring but still captivating; then a pickaxe of riffs and pitiless screams assault you as you begin to feel comfortable. FFO: Melvins, L7, Lunachicks, Bikini Kill, Hole, and 90's alternative metal; but with biting and oppressive riffs. Prepared to be staggered an…

Testament interview with Chuck.

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Testament interview with Chuck. Gods of metal, this is such an easily thrown about phrase, but it's very accurate here. Why, because Slayer is dead, Anthrax is inactive and Metallica post-1988 are, well let's be honest total shit. And more seriously, Testament has never sold-out or rested on their laurels for a second. Always producing stunning albums and killing it on the stage, year after fucking year. A few weeks they dropped an album that slots perfectly in with all their classic albums, the magnificent Titans of Creation which we reviewed and praised highly. Great band, amazing albums and we had the chance to talk to their passionate and worldly and damn cool singer, Mr.Chuck Billy.


We had a quality chat and he dropped knowledge on the new album, the challenges the band has had over their career, the music industry, and how he got into music and Testament's plans moving ahead of COVID-19. Well worth your time and he confirmed the band is extremely keen to play Austral…

The Clinch-Basecamp album review.

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The Clinch-Basecamp album review. Ask yourself what is punk about? is it the comradery, the community, the shared ideals or the perfect landscape to be an individual. Only you can answer that, but here is the soundtrack to that ethos. What hooked me into this lifestyle was music that was energetic, honest, and hard-edged. The Clinch is one of those rare bands that absolutely kill it on stage and on the recorded format. This is perfect street-punk/Oi! with passion and skill. Like the cover art, it's ready to tip you on your arse. FFO: Blitz, Angelic Upstarts, The Business, and Cockney Rejects. This is incredible music that sounds like it was released when Garry Bushell was writing about the start of this genre, but with proper production (Jason Fuller of Goatsound). Basecamp is a right in your face classic album with amazingly well-written songs, ballzy lead vocals, and supreme gang-style backing vocals with all the gripping riffs you could ever need. 
Every song of this release i…

In case you missed....Frayle-1692 review

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Frayle-1692 review. I will state this straight up this is a guaranteed album to be in the best of 2020's album list. It is a release that will stand the test of time and the depth and class of this release are unparalleled. So many great elements make up this band which is illustrated as Heavy Witch Doom; so basically a doomy band with sublime vocals with almost atmospheric gloom counteracted by brilliant indy undertones. And that's not capturing the whole picture by even 10%, you can only get a glimmer by playing this really loud and on repeat. You get lovely constructed epic songs that demand your attention, with sensational riffs and haunting melodies, all this and more for a debut album. The sludgy tone is as ear-shattering as Conan, but at the same time, you have shoegazy tones and influence that balances the whole album out perfectly. I adored everything about this album and would love to see this whole release live. It can be a party album, a solitude album, or a refle…

Armoured Earth Interview.

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Armoured Earth Interview. Last week we reviewed this killer band's sick EP Empire which is absolutely essential and heavy as hell. When we had the chance to interview this band, we jumped at it. Because post-COVID-19 this band is going to stomp your face on the live front.
We chatted with Chaise, their guitarist, and really appreciated the detailed and well thought out answers. Sadly this is lacking in so many bands, Chaise was a real open book and that really fits in with the genuine spirit of this band. This band deserves the credit they are getting because they are clearly masters of their genre. Great band and passionate as hell.
Armoured Earth interview with Chaise:
1-Give us the history of this hell heavy band and also how you come up with the name?
Dave (drummer), Brendan (other guitarist) and I are good mates from high school growing up together in Mildura (North West Victoria).  We started the band a little while after moving down to Melbourne – sometime around 2010ish (sid…