Toby Saunders

Toby Saunders

Writer (Southdown, Bath, England)
- If you cut me, I'll bleed metal... Oh wait. That's not good. Jokes aside, I'm the one you'll see at the back of gigs, nodding along, holding the same beer for hours.
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Summoning Death have some smart ideas in The House That Screams, but they are unfortunately buried underneath bland death metal.
on Oct 03, 2018

10 / 10

What we have here is eleven of the finest, grandest death metal/grindcore tracks you’ll come across this year; there isn’t a dud on Aborted’s TerrorVision.
on Sep 21, 2018

7.5 / 10

Monster Truck’s third outing, True Rockers is a solid recording, but it sadly lacks some of the pure heavy blues sound of albums past.
on Sep 14, 2018

5.5 / 10

Manes now live life as an art-fused experimental rock outfit that is quite hard to pin down. The latest offering, Slow Motion Death Sequence, is listenable and flows well, but it might struggle to find a market.
on Aug 12, 2018

7.5 / 10

A good progressive technical death metal record, Aethereus’ Absentia is only lacking in truly memorable riffs.
on Aug 06, 2018
Oubliette provide solid progressive death metal with their sophomore record, The Passage, but it never gets quite heavy enough.
on Jul 18, 2018
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.
on Jul 04, 2018
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 LetheExiler – is none of the above.
on Jun 25, 2018

7.5 / 10

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.
on Jun 25, 2018
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.
on May 30, 2018
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!
on May 28, 2018

6.5 / 10

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.
on May 28, 2018

7.5 / 10

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.
on May 14, 2018
Despite moments of repetition and filler scattered throughout Evil Upheaval, Depravity’s latest is a snarling beast of a death metal record.
on May 02, 2018
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.
on Apr 27, 2018

4.5 / 10

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!.
on Apr 18, 2018
Kaosphere's self-titled debut EP features some good riffs and grooves, but it won’t be winning any awards.
on Apr 13, 2018

7.5 / 10

Revival is an entertaining record, with powerfully heavy riffs throughout played alongside the masterful croons of Howard Jones, but it’s missing something.
on Mar 28, 2018
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.
on Mar 26, 2018

6.5 / 10

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?
on Mar 19, 2018


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