Ritual Genocide – ‘Commencement Towards Annihilation’

Artist: Ritual Genocide

Title: Commencement Towards Annihilation

Label: Black Plague Records / The True Plague

Year: 2016

Review by JH

Ritual Genocide is a three-piece from Reno, Nevada, and play a decidedly abrasive black/death metal in the vein of acts like Revenge, Conqueror, and Bestial Warlust. The release in question, Commencement Towards Annihilation, is the band’s debut EP and destroys without mercy.
From the get go, these six songs relentlessly attack the listener with a barrage of chaotic chainsaw riffs, hateful vocals, and militant drums beats. The downtuned guitars along with the bass rely heavily on distortion to create a …

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In Obscurity Revealed – ‘Path of the Seeker’

Artist: In Obscurity Revealed

Title: Path of the Seeker

Label: Cyclopean Eye Productions

Year: 2017

Review by JH

In Obscurity Revealed is a four-piece death metal act from Mexico City featuring past and current members of bands like Infesticide, Raped God 666, and Arsonist. Path Of The Seeker was inititually recorded in 2015, but it was only until recently that they’ve managed to get it released courtesy of Cyclopean Eye Productions.
The five tracks featured on this EP are well-crafted, traditional death metal, with nods to bands like Carnage, Abscess, and even Nifelheim. The band keeps the music …

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Porphyria – ‘Memoir of Madness’

Artist: Porphyria

Title: Memoir of Madness

Label: Independent

Year: 2015

Review by JH

Memoir of Madness is the debut album from these Rochester-based death metallers and offers seven tracks of hard-hitting, groovy death metal that will remind you of bands like Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation, and Skinless.
The music contained herein isn’t groundbreaking in any sense, but makes for a compelling listen for anyone in the mood for some head-stomping, crushing grooves interlaced with dynamic percussion and roaring vocals. The vocals are decidedly abrasive, with great range and a sort of hardcore-like energy …

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Communion – ‘At the Announcement’

Artist: Communion

Title: At the Announcement

Label: Hell's Headbangers

Year: 2018

Review by JH

Those who like their black metal safe and full of soft melodies, will probably not like Communion very much. However, those with a perpetual hunger for evil metal ― especially in the South American tradition ― will no doubt cum buckets upon hearing Communion’s debut album, At the Announcement.
I remember getting my hands on their demo when it came out and being totally blown away by its intensity and sinister atmosphere, especially the track “Black Metal Dagger.” Now, I …

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Interview: Paganfire

The Filipino thrash squad known as Paganfire have been stomping poser skulls and causing riots ever since their bloody inception in 2003. I caught up with the infamous Nonoy (Guitarist/vocalist) to try figure out what goes on in that mad brain of his. Read forth.
Hails Nonoy!!! I’m sure you’ve done this a million times before, but for the benefit of our readers, please give us a some background on Paganfire’s history and tell us what the band is …

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