Ruin – ‘Drown in Blood’

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Label: Memento Mori

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 …

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Exhumation – ‘Opus Death’

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Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen

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 …

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Wargrinder / Iconoclast Contra – ‘Advancing into Ceaseless Victory’

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Label: Nykta

Review by JH

If you’re an enthusiast of underground extreme black/death, then I suppose there’s a good chance you’ve heard of these bands ― if not, allow me to introduce them.
Wargrinder is a black/death one-man endeavour featuring multi-instrumentalist, Terry Eleftheriou, who is probably better known as a drummer, with past collaborations in Naer Mataron, Crucifiction, Perdition Temple, etc. The project was formed in 2000, with its roots in Athens, Greece, although it’s now situated in Kópavogur, Iceland. Up until date, Wargrinder has …

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Slice of Sorrow – ‘Pay for Pain’

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Label: Independent

Review by JH

Russian band Slice of Sorrow  brings you an interesting mix of atmospheric death metal. Their EP “Pay for pain” mixes in their melodic and doom influences. Infectious riffs pave the way, and a few piano interludes add another dimension. There is no doubt that these guys master their instruments well. The music has a nice atmospheric touch to it, and the melodic rhythms are tinged with darkness, which I really like. I mean, it’s accessible, but in a grim kind …

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Obsessör – ‘Blitzkrieg Battalion’

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Label: Goatkult Symphonies

Review by JH

The debut offering from these German tyrants offers a no-holds-barred assault of old-school black/thrash that has 80’s worship stamped all over it. Starting off this disc, Blitzkrieg Battalion wastes no time in getting to the point, featuring an organic and dense-thick sound complimentary to their style. There’s a slight fuzz to the production that adds a kind of density to the atmosphere. The music is mid-paced, with catchy rhythms that weave through the filthy thick reverb, as harsh throaty growls …

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