Welcome to the Pit!
Messa lurks on a forlorn edge of haunting doom metal capped off by drone and ambient influences used as means to traverse the instrumental journeys of "Belfry."
- Read the full Messa - Belfry review
Die Choking isn't content to simply rehash itself. "III" expands upon and further ramifies the metal, punk, and hardcore roots which together create the grindcore weed Die Choking is fond of picking
- Read the full Die Choking - III review
This is a flawed record, but has glimmers of potential shining through the stormy skies like a lighthouse's beam on an unseen island. Addressing the issues firsthand may find Sailing to Nowhere reaching somewhere.
- Read the full Sailing to Nowhere - To The Unknown review
Black Anvil bassist and vocalist Paul "P.D." Delaney revealed how Black Anvil wrought its most daring release yet during a stop during his group's latest tour in Washington, D.C.
- Read the full Black Anvil Interview review
Six Feet Under's knack for pissing on timeless classics is almost admirable at this point. "Graveyard Classics" is a tradition of the American death metal squad in which they spice up a variety of notable tunes to fit the Six Feet Under mold
- Read the full Six Feet Under - Graveyard IV The Number of the Priest review
Wildfire is the type of album that will put some hair on your chest, and while Destroyer 666 has released superior records, this is definitely a nice change of pace and a thundering return to the wolf's throne of bones.
- Read the full Destroyer 666 - Wildfire review
A proper Onslaught live album is due at this point, thanks to a frugal reunion and classics in the olden days. The balance of two periods seems to be the theme upon which "Live at the Slaughterhouse" is based
- Read the full Onslaught - Live at the Slaughterhouse review
"Abuse to Suffer" is a Rotten Sound record from A to Z. The grindcore overlords are especially gifted at delivering a malicious sensory overload of nonstop violence.
- Read the full Rotten Sound - Abuse To Suffer review
Venomous Concept's roster of former and current members of Napalm Death et al. should help kindle the musical brushfires as to the direction "Kick Me Silly- VC III" veers upon, but with an edge of raging humor a la Stormtroopers of Death.
- Read the full Venomous Concept - Kick Me Silly: VC III review
An interview with a member of The Great Discord revealed the band half-heartedly refers to their style as 'progressive death pop.' It is a fitting label, despite conjuring an innate sense of disharmony
- Read the full The Great Discord - Duende review
One band that can be likened to Arcana 13 and "Danza Macabra" is Ghost, yet labeling them a copycat or clone is downright absurd. Arcana 13 has the incredible gift of atmosphere to add to the elements of horror and heavy metal they proudly cherish.
- Read the full Arcana 13 - Danza Macabra review
Die Choking's link between the sounds and influences of grindcore remain key to the musical charge, never once putting their feet on the brake. Split that up for six minutes, and try not to die choking.
- Read the full Die Choking - II review
"A Year with No Summer" ends up a mixed bag. The progressive rock structure limits the group creatively, and there are several instances in which the opportunities available to Obsidian Kingdom are squandered.
- Read the full Obsidian Kingdom - A Year With No Summer review
Thy Catafalque is the work of just one man. The world of "Sgurr" feels much more involved than simply a solitary mind at work, though the depth and imagination of some are far greater than others.
- Read the full Thy Catafalque - Sgurr review
Round two of the Denner/Shermann project helmed by the eponymous Mercyful Fate guitar duo takes the agonizing tease of a Mercyful Fate reunion to a whole new level.
- Read the full Denner Shermann - Masters of Evil review
Given Coffin Dust's ties to Exhumed, it's no surprise "Everything is Dead" follows the path bulldozed by the gods of gore metal, but with a mild punk edge I'm attributing to The Misfits and others.
- Read the full Coffin Dust - Everything is Dead review
Vampire lurks among Sweden's shadowy edifice of death/thrash metal bands. "Cimmerian Shade," a four-song platter, sinks in its teeth and drains what it needs without wasting a second.
- Read the full Vampire - Cimmerian Shade review
"Realms of Odoric" is a special kind of dreadful. While it's safe to say few were preparing for Suidakra's finest hour, I don't think anyone was expecting the worst thing to happen to Celtic pride since the Irish Potato Famine
- Read the full Suidakra - Realms of Odoric review
"Titancraft" is predictable in the best possible way, and just another slab of goodness that Iron Savior will proudly archive among its collection of solid albums.
- Read the full Iron Savior - Titancraft review
Chances are blasphemy fanatics will not find themselves shocked at the sound of Satanic chaos emitting from yet another Desaster opus drenched in black/thrash metal blood.
- Read the full Desaster - The Oath Of An Iron Ritual review
Thrash Worthy Link