Sinistrous Diabolus: Total Doom//Desecration.

Sinistrous Diabolus: Total Doom//Desecration. Twenty years. That’s how long we’ve waited for Sinistrous Diabolus’s debut full-length, Total Doom//Desecration. Back in 1993 the Christchurch, New Zealand-based band released Opus One, a three-song cassette that has long been recognized as one of Australasia’s most influential extreme metal demos. Opus One was reissued recently by Dark Descent and Goat Gear (selling out immediately),... Read More

Exordium Mors—Sacrifice, Perish and Demise EP

Exordium Mors—Sacrifice, Perish and Demise EP Exordium Mors’ metal has a markedly pitiless temper, much like that of fellow New Zealand kin Witchrist, Winter Deluge and Diocletian. The five-piece band from Auckland originally formed in 2004, and have released a series of demos, a split DVD release, and one EP, 2010’s Verus Hostis – A Hymn to Fire. The band’s latest EP, Sacrifice, Perish and Demise, is being dangled as fresh bait... Read More

Revilement—Interview

Revilement: Joe Reviled interviewed In early December 2011, Taiwanese death metal band Revilement released their first full-length album, Pillars of Balance. A feast of blistering technical riffing and grindworthy guttural gurgles, the band’s debut was unquestionably brutal to the nth degree, yet it also retained a welcome sense of clarity. All the intricacies and fluidity of the band could have been choked by their outright viciousness,... Read More

Sabbatic Goat—Demo Review

Sabbatic Goat—Demo Sabbatic Goat’s self-titled demo got me thinking about scenes. Where you come from, your inspirations, your immediate surroundings, all these things should come into play on any band’s recording, let alone their debut. But there’s a huge disconnect with Sabbatic Goat in that regard. The hellish blackened death the band spews out on their demo sits in radical opposition to the family holidays, retirees’... Read More

Svartsot—Maledictus Eris

I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with folk metal. I love the untainted honestly of pure folk music, and obviously I love metal as well. But I’ve always had issues with the amalgamation of the two genres. There are some bands that manage to combine the two styles really well—Ensiferum, Amorphis, Moonsorrow and Týr spring to mind. But so much folk metal falls apart in the mix; it gets overly sentimental and twee if bands lean too hard on... Read More

Bones—S/T

There are two facets to Bones that’ll allow you to grasp their intent well in advance of hearing a note. Firstly, there’s the name. Bones—the cold hard stripped-down residue left over from the dead. And secondly, look at that line-up: Jon Necromancer, Carcass Chris and Joe Warlord. Even if you didn’t know a thing about Bones, simply reading those names on the back of the album cover would assure you that this has to be some seriously crushing... Read More

Revocation—Chaos Of Forms

If Chaos Of Forms doesn’t push Revocation to the front of the technical thrash pack this year it will be an utter tragedy. Their new album is a leap forward creatively with riffs and solos galore, all delivered with mathematical precision. Blending meticulously structured thrash, jazzy breakdowns, vintage flashes (horns and 70s keyboards)—all embellished with a technically progressive finish—Chaos Of Forms is stunningly complex, completely... Read More

Gorgy—Birth of Damnation

I’m a huge fan of bands that stretch the limits of what metal is ‘supposed’ to be. I love it when bands willfully ignore genre restrictions and incorporate influences from a variety of musical styles. To my mind, bands that look outside the metal realm for inspiration are inherently brave (they risk ridicule and masses of criticism don’t forget). They should be honored for having the balls (or ovaries) for aiming at an ambitious target, even... Read More

Disma—Towards The Megalith

My review for Disma’s excellent 10/10 Towards The Megalith can be found right here on the equally excellent Hellbound.ca.  Read More

The Mark of Man- Interview 2011

Benevolent Brutality Brutal is a word bandied around a lot in the metal community, but brutality shouldn’t necessarily be measured by plain old heaviness or technical ability alone. There are plenty of bands that are barbaric, unrelentingly callous and cold, but aside from a certain weight there’s often little else except vacuous clatter. Not that I’m disparaging noise for noise’s sake. I’ve got plenty of mindlessly battering artists in... Read More