From the ashes of Dead Earth Politics rises Runescarred (surely named after one of Dead Earth Politics’ tracks?). The band’s debut EP, We Are, is a blast from start to finish.
Some death metal is exhilarating, filled with excellent riffs, powerful groove and vocals straight from the fiery pits of Hell. Unfortunately, the sophomore effort from US trio Construct of Lethe – Exiler – is none of the above.
Furious and Untamed is an apt name for their latest EP, and Chilean underground metallers Atomicide live up to it! This is a two-track that comes storming out of the gates at 100mph and never slows down – both to its advantage and detriment.
Throwing a saxophone in for the sake of it doesn’t make a technical death metal record automatically better, as Burial in the Sky, unfortunately, found out with their latest release, Creatio Et Hominus.
Out now on Transcending Obscurity Records, Sadistik Forest offer up a feast of tantalising brutality with their third full-length record, Morbid Majesties. We advise you to dig in!
Throughout this album, we are offered glimpses of what Dying Awkward Angel could be if they allowed more melody into their guitar-led, mid-paced sound.
De Profundis’ The Blinding Light of Faith is a confident, well-produced death metal record, which is also full of quality melodic riffs reminiscent of classic metal.
Despite moments of repetition and filler scattered throughout Evil Upheaval, Depravity’s latest is a snarling beast of a death metal record.
Husk is a nasty, dark record that should entertain fans of the bleak, nightmarish side of extreme metal but it is unfortunately held back by repetition.
Gutlocker have something about them; they just need to figure out what direction they should head in after the death/groove/sludge mish-mash of Cry Havoc!.
Kaosphere's self-titled debut EP features some good riffs and grooves, but it won’t be winning any awards.
Revival is an entertaining record, with powerfully heavy riffs throughout played alongside the masterful croons of Howard Jones, but it’s missing something.
Undersave’s brand of death metal is decent; their latest, Sadistic Iterations... Tales of Mental Rearrangement, builds around blistering pace and thundering ferocity, but it lacks in any worthwhile experimentation or progression.
Twingiant return with a re-issue of Mass Driver after last year's awesome Blood Feud. It's low and slow, but is it as good an accompaniment to any barbecue?
The eclectic soundscapes of Huntsmen's American Scrap are not to be missed.
Loathe and Holding Absence team up for split EP, This is as One, but do the band's two sounds complement each other? Or is this as two?
King Witch’s full-length debut is a resounding success. It talks of hell, sacrifice and Scotland, put to a classic metal soundtrack that incorporates some more modern sounds.
Ataraxy's Where All Hope Fades is a decent metal record that's built around the odd bit of quality songwriting, but you may just struggle to sit through the entire thing.
The dark sounds Atomwinter bring to the table in Catacombs are enjoyable, but it becomes bogged down in rigid structure, making for a disappointingly repetitive record.
RavenEye’s palpable energy is infectious. Whenever you see them, wherever you see them, you’ll leave with a big grin slapped across your face that will stay there for weeks.