The Projectionist – ‘Exalted Solitude’

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Label: Appalachian Noise Records / The True Plague Records

Review by JH

The second album by Canada’s The Projectionist, titled Exalted Solitude, sees the band vomit yet another dose of despondent black metal fully immersed in black despair. Striborg, Burzum and Ildjarn may be cited as reference points for the band’s sound. The vocals are experimental, incorporating various modes of delivery, which adds a sort of frenzied edge to the music. While the vocals are engaging, they are occasionally louder in the mix than ideal, which prevents some of the riffs from cutting through to maximum effect. …

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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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