Carnal Savagery – Into the Abysmal Void Review
Angry Metal Guy » Death Metal
by Felagund
1d ago
I’m a sucker for a gnarly album cover. Give me a detailed image of a zombie, ghoul or otherwise undead creature holding a bladed instrument for use in committing appalling acts, and I’m a happy guy. It was this passion for putridity that led me to choose Into the Abysmal Void, the fifth album by Gothenburg, Sweden-based death metallers Carnal Savagery. While I wasn’t at all familiar with the band’s music, I just couldn’t say no to this most common of death metal tropes. Sure, we’ve all seen our fair share of monsters, madmen and mayhem gracing album covers, but unlike some buzzkills out there ..read more
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Job for a Cowboy – Moon Healer Review
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by Saunders
1d ago
Arizona’s Job for a Cowboy garnered significant buzz and division within the metal realms when they dropped their 2005 debut EP, Doom. The brawny slab of deathcore impressed those inclined, before gradually transitioning into a modern death metal act with tech leanings, largely dispensing with the core influences. Fairly nonplussed by the band’s earlier material, Job for a Cowboy’s pivoting career trajectory blindsided me on fourth LP, Sun Eater, released nearly a decade ago. Signature technical proficiency, testosterone-charged aggression, and bludgeoning, slickly produced modern death remain ..read more
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Counting Hours – The Wishing Tomb Review
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by Steel Druhm
3d ago
Tears freezing in the cutting winter winds. Life’s blood staining the freshly fallen snow. These are the things that bring Steel to the graveyard. Naturally, I love my sadboi doom as well, and the long-defunct Finnish act Rapture in particular. Their style of highly melancholic melodoom resonated deeply in my cold dead chest cavity, and though they’ve been gone since 2005 I still go back to those albums regularly. When the two guitarists of Rapture reunited to form Counting Hours and dropped the excellent debut The Will back in 2019, I was ecstatic. It was as close to getting new Rapture mater ..read more
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Eternal Storm – A Giant Bound to Fall Review
Angry Metal Guy » Death Metal
by Cherd
6d ago
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: unless you make funeral doom, you probably don’t have a great reason for making a 70+ minute metal album. Yes, there are exceptions to every rule, like the Spectral Lore/Mare Cognitum double album a few years back. That one worked because A) the material, against the odds, kicked ass throughout, and B) the concept was to write an album about the whole goddamn solar system. It was cosmic in scale, literally. But for every Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine, there are 10 more Esoctrilihum records that I will never listen to, at this point on principle ..read more
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Pestilength – Solar Clorex Review
Angry Metal Guy » Death Metal
by Dear Hollow
1w ago
Last we met the secretive Basque duo Pestilength, they had released their second full-length Basom Gryphos, an album that was appropriately slimy and punishing but fell by the wayside due to its scattershot compositions and unashamed Portal worship. Its potential was there, lurking beneath the surface like eldritch grandiosity yet to be awoken, but the right combination of incantations and blasphemies were needed to truly wreak havoc on mankind. In many ways, what Pestilength does is braver than dissodeath acts of similar ilk, refusing to shroud its riffs in murk or atmosphere and letting the ..read more
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Chapel of Disease – Echoes of Light Review
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by Steel Druhm
2w ago
Evolution is hard to avoid. Humans evolved over the eons, and each individual evolves as they grow older and experiences the outside world (except for Steel and Doc Grier). Bands inevitably evolve as well as members grow in ability and outside influences creep into their sound. It seems evolution eventually finds every band to some degree (except Sodom). That brings us to the fourth album by Germany’s Chapel of Disease. If a band like AC/DC seemed especially resistant to change over their career, these oddballs had an open-door policy, progressing from a fairly traditional death metal sound to ..read more
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Spectral Voice – Sparagmos Review
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by Thus Spoke
2w ago
In the frenzied ritualistic worship of the god Dionysus, acolytes would often perform the violent act known as Sparagmos—tearing limb-from-limb a sacrificial animal, or human.12 What ecstatic human hands would enact, Spectral Voice conjures in their sophomore bearing its moniker, their attempt to reach “the moment in which – through sacrifice – atavistic wildness is unleashed, and the ultimate exaltation of life through death is realized.” To do so the group—composed of all three stringsmen of Blood Incantation, and drummer and vocalist E. Wendler—wield an eerie, dense, and crushing death-doom ..read more
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Stuck in the Filter – November/December’s Angry Misses
Angry Metal Guy » Death Metal
by Kenstrosity
2w ago
It is time for the new year, and yet we spend its initial moments reflecting on works of the past. That’s because the works of the past are clogging up our damn Filter, and we need that to breathe in this hellhole we call a headquarters. We toil in the snow and the slush, freezing as the gunk clings to our definitely OSHA compliant protective suits and face masks. All so that you can maybe like but more likely dunk on the nuggets of treasure we find here. Regardless of whether you enjoy what we find, we expect payment for our services. You can submit tithes via Venmo, Paypal, Bitcoin, hobo wi ..read more
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Necrowretch – Swords of Dajjal Review
Angry Metal Guy » Death Metal
by Carcharodon
3w ago
It’s almost four years since I reviewed French blackened death outfit Necrowretch’s fourth record, The Ones from Hell, a record I enjoyed quite a bit. Harsh, claustrophobic death metal with a nasty blackened edge, it was almost sludgy in its sound at times. I had a few minor quibbles about the songwriting and pacing of the record, and a bigger gripe with the production, but it remained a very good record. Unfortunately, like so many bands, Necrowretch’s plans to tour The Ones from Hell went down in flames as the COVID pandemic erupted. However, the band regrouped and began working on the follo ..read more
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Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Häxan Sabaoth Review
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by Thus Spoke
3w ago
Unaussprechlichen Kulten, the ‘Black Book’ within the Cthulhu mythos that describes the titular “unspeakable cults”1 that worship arcane deities. Here we find an(other) extreme metal band preoccupied with the nightmarish world of Lovecraftian mythology, but Unaussprechlichen Kulten can hardly be called copycats, they’re one of the OG. Formed in 2001, the Chiléan trio already brought five works of increasingly layered, increasingly grandiose and consistently heavy death metal to human ears. Häxan Sabaoth, number six, sees a continuation of this evolution, and an increased emphasis on atmosphere ..read more
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