review and photos by Joshua Bernard When I was younger, I used to be really into local, underground music. I would find local bands and follow their careers, attend their shows, and watch some of them go from being little local bands to somewhat major bands. I loved the intimacy of being able...Read more
Tag Archives: death metal
interview by Michael McCarthy Uncured is a fierce new band that blends technical death and progressive metal into a unique sound of their own that splits the difference between classic Opeth and vintage Dream Theater. Those are two mighty big bands to stack up to, but these uber-talented guys pull it off and...Read more
by Michael McCarthy When I think of death metal and extreme metal, usually the first band to come to mind is The Black Dahlia Murder. The reason for that is simple. They’re the best metal band of either sort on the planet right now. That’s my opinion, but they have legions of die-hard...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Back in 2014 we interviewed Beleth and Exo of Spanish extreme/black metal band Noctem regarding their brutal and mind-blowing album Exilium. Their follow-up album Haeresis was just released in late September and is equally brilliant, jam-packed with shrieked and growled vocals that come at you like a rabid wolf,...Read more
This is a blistering track off of the bonus disc to Moonsorrow's Jumalten Aika album, which makes it a must-have for sure! I'm listening to it for the fourth time already as I post this and I just keep loving it more and more....
Skeletonwitch are back, this time accompanied by new frontman Adam Clemans of Wolvhammer fame. And the voice isn't the only thing that's different. While their sound is still heavy as hell, their thrash influence is greater and, more surprisingly, "Well of Despair" finds them at their...
"Horns" is one of the best songs from Children of Bodom's most recent album, I Worship Chaos, which is easily one of last year's best metal records. ...
Vicious Brazilian death metal trio Krisiun’s new album — their twelfth — was produced by Erik Rutan, the mastermind behind Hate Eternal and former guitarist of Morbid Angel. His previous production credits include Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under, Malevolent Creation and Agnostic Front, among others, though this isn’t exactly his first rodeo with...Read more
Deathrite is one of those hybrid style bands that, on paper, shouldn’t work. Their unique sound blends elements of thrash, punk, death metal and grindcore in a way that is both invigorating and like a breath of fresh air. From the opening chords of Revelation of Chaos’ first track, “Melting Skies,” the album...Read more
Thanatos is the daemon — not demon — personification of death and was a minor character in Greek mythology. Thanatos is also a dutch metal band celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, though the band had broken up in 1992 and wasn’t launched again until 1999. Global Purification is their sixth full-length album;...Read more
At The Gates released their last album, Slaughter of the Soul, way back on November 14th, 1995. That’s a long, long time ago, isn’t it? Hell, I didn’t even know that death metal existed back then. But it did. And at the time there weren’t as many sub-genres or styles around. To that...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Back in July of 2013, I gave a very positive review to the debut album by Starkill, Fires of Life, which was a perfect blend of the death and symphonic metal subgenres. Nightwish as performed by Dimmu Borgir, if you will. Well, those artists continue to be among the...Read more
"Before Hope Fades" is the second track to be unleashed from Starkill's upcoming album Virus of the Mind, which drops on October 14th and it's easily one of their best tracks to date, meshing everything from death metal vocals to clean vocals to orchestration to raw guitars to...