Zealotry – ‘The Charnel Expanse’

Artist: Zealotry

Title: The Charnel Expanse

Label: Memento Mori

Year: 2013

Review by Vermox

The Charnel Expanse is an album that can be compared to the likes of Immolation only on a superficial level. Although there are many comparisons based on the surface level parallelism of the Immolation sound, Zealotry have managed to carve their own distinct sound through their assimilation of many other apparent influences.
The serpentine and angular riffage and otherwordly atmosphere occasionally punctuated by off-kilter rhythms brings to mind the more immediate thought of Demilich, but also avant prog acts like …

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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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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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