Welcome to the Pit!
Downfall of Gaia's second album did not catch my attention until 2015 but if were to create a list of my favorite albums of 2014, I would give it the glorious honor of having a place on my list.
- Read the full Downfall of Gaia - Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay review
Every issue I had with the first Voices album has been cleared up-the blast beats have been reduced, the guitar work has more variety, the vocal styles are more effective. This is exceptional work.
- Read the full Voices - London review
"Psychogenocide" impresses on the outside, what with its complex moments and the absolute elasticity within the band, but fails to shake free of its underwhelming chains.
- Read the full Nervecell - Psychogenocide review
The tragic and untimely passing of Mike Scaccia marked the end of Rigor Mortis- consider "Slaves to the Grave" the parting gift. The riffs are excellent, the vocals are ruthless, the sound quality is loud and intense.
- Read the full Rigor Mortis - Slaves to the Grave review
Pointing out that Venom zoomed past the last exit to relevancy years ago is like telling your neighbor he can save fifteen percent or more on his car insurance by switching to GEICO-- everybody knows that.
- Read the full Venom - From the Very Depths review
Mekong Delta has been an eccentric exception to the rule, traversing progressive landscapes on which twisting and turning pages honor their enduring works. "In a Mirror Darkly," too, is warped like the mind of a mad genius.
- Read the full Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly review
"Inked in Blood" is solid as a rock, but with the incredible extras added, I am now completely on the side of crowdfunding. Thank you, Obituary, for giving the fans what they want.
- Read the full Obituary - Inked in Blood review
Consider me one of those vociferous twats who felt it necessary to tell the world that my impotence towards technical death metal had been partly alleviated by Beyond Creation's "The Aura."
- Read the full Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution review
Led by one Kommander L., this aptly-named Lithuanian band is a barrage of black metal/crossover in the vein of Carpathian Forest, Darkthrone, and Hellhammer with some various influences on the side
- Read the full F*** Off And Die - Anti All review
It took some big cojones for the surviving parts of Riot to carry on after Mark Reale, the band's founder and its only consistent member throughout its multiple decades of heavy metal, tragically passed away.
- Read the full Riot V - Unleash the Fire review
Death Penalty's self-titled record is a brazen slab of doom, big enough to make even the most frustrated Cathedral lamenter feel at least marginally better.
- Read the full Death Penalty - Death Penalty review
Perhaps the most egregious blunder here is the production, which helps "Death Is Not Dead" become utterly gutless. The flat guitar tone and weak drum sound make the mix an ineffective channel to transmit songs of any quality
- Read the full The Crown - Death Is Not Dead review
"Ritually Abused" marked the debut of Num Skull's short run. For a period when thrash was alive and death metal's stillborn corpse had been wiggling its way out into the world, "Ritually Abused" is a child of its time.
- Read the full Num Skull - Ritually Abused (Reissue) review
Anaal Nathrakh has aged gracefully (if one finds cause to call a group whose sonic assault burns in a little-kids-forced-to-bathe-in-napalm kind of way graceful).
- Read the full Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum review
The world of melodic death metal the guys of At The Gates helped create has moved on. Only now, with the return of its master, they've shown up a day late and a dollar short
- Read the full At The Gates - At War With Reality review
Sixteen years it took for Soulburn to return, and they have done a magnificent job. This album is a bombing balance of impious death/black metal in the vein of Necrophobic or Unanimated and authentic Asphyx-grade grooves that could doom one to death.
- Read the full Soulburn - The Suffocating Darkness review
The EP covers a lot of ground in presenting the many angles and motifs of Haken during its run of thirty-four minutes. They are, of course, quite seamless in their collective execution
- Read the full Haken - Restoration review
Thrash Worthy Link