Ruin – ‘Drown in Blood’

Artist: Ruin

Title: Drown in Blood

Label: Memento Mori

Year: 2016

Review by JH

Filthy, disgusting, evil death metal ― that’s Ruin in a nutshell. It’s been a while since I heard such aural impurities, as though spoken to me by a dark deity from beyond the veil. The music transmits a feeling of bliss, but in a sick and twisted way. While there are many bands around playing ‘old-school death metal’ ― the members of Ruin go way back, which might explain why the music is displayed in such a relevant and coherent …


Exhumation – ‘Opus Death’

Artist: Exhumation

Title: Opus Death

Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen

Year: 2014

Review by JH

One of Indonesia’s finest return with their second full-length, entitled Opus Death ― a pitch-black discharge of atonal death metal darkness that rattles the earth like an elder God awoken from aeons of slumber.
Exhumation wallow in dark traditional death metal infused with a touch of second-wave black metal; so while the music does not necessarily break new grounds, it propagates pure and unmitigated devotion to the discussed genre’s aesthetics. It must be mentioned that Exhumation is from a country …