Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? Why is the new Bruit the best record of the year? Which post-metal record is the dark-horse of the year? Questions that we want to answer - we review lots of records every week and you can also check out a little teaser before reading the whole thing. And if you want to, you can also browse through our archive and have a look at the amazing records you might have missed out on.

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  • Witch Trail - The Sun Has Left The Hill

    19 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Noisy-Black-Metal

    Sometimes, certain boundaries should not be crossed. For example combining Motown Soul and Classic Hardcore – that just doesn’t work. Nevertheless, some unexpected combinations might work, just remember Zeal and Ardor combining gospel and black metal.

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  • Krater - Venenare

    15 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Black-Metal

    An outcast son singing his morbid gospels about death. Sounds like your everyday metal lyric? Well, maybe in some ways, but German black metalists Krater show another way of talking about it.

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  • Calendula - De Brevitatis

    15 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal

    Post-Metal from Italy but from a long-forgotten second-wave of Post-Metal band.

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  • Ateiggaer - Us D'r Höll Chunnt Nume Zyt (EP)

    15 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Black-Metal

    Swiss German is already a hell to understand for anybody who is not from the Northern part of Switzerland, but turning it into the lingua franca for a black metal record seems even more absurd.

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  • Abest - Bonds Of Euphoria

    15 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Blackened-Hardcore

    Germany produces some very fine Hardcore bands indeed - many of them release on This Charming Man Records or on Moment Of Collapse Records - Abest tick all boxes with this release.

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  • Wells Valley - Reconcile The Antimony

    08 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Sludge-Post-Metal

    Over the years, many post-metal bands have seen the light of day, nowadays more or less every country has its heroes within the genre. Year of no Light from France, The Ocean from Germany, Postvorta from Italy and so on, the list is long. Portugal’s Wells Valley, who just released a new album on Black Lion Records, is another such example.

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  • Slow - VI Dantalion

    08 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Funeral-Doom

    Belgium’s best Funeral Doom band is back and releases a new variation of some former songs. Awesome.

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  • Rorcal - Muladona

    08 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Black-Metal

    This is the Black-Metal of the year and the one that vibrates the most without being really noisy. It’s more the story that causes a certain buzz continually.

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  • Have A Nice Life - Sea Of Worry

    08 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Everything

    INTRODUCTIONTEXT!!!

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  • Greet Death - New Hell

    08 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Shoegaze

    Whenever you think you got Deathwish figured out, they come along and jump into your astonished face with a band like Greet Death knocking out your teeth with all their silky, spooky softness and then embracing you with tall towering yet whispered walls of sound.

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  • Charlene Beretah - Ram

    08 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Sludge

    Switzerland’s music scene is thriving this year of our lord 2019 – Rorcal, Coilguns, the whole HUC scene and many more. Charlene Beretah from Neuchâtel is one of those bands from the second line of heavy bands to come out of mountainous Switzerland at the moment.

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  • Second To Sun - Legacy

    07 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Black-Metal

    Does the listener need to understand what Black Metal bands scream about? Naturally, one would say that he or she does in a genre unfortunately overflowing with bands from the wrong side of the political scope. In that case, the reader might already skip this review because Second to Sun (nice wordplay by the way) use their native tongue Russian.

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  • Year of the Cobra - Ash & Dust

    01 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Stoner-Doom

    Duos without either bass or guitar have been a thing in the music scene for quite some time, some immensely popular like the White Stripes, some less like Two Gallants, yet there seems to be something about the combination of drums with one of those two that is appealing to a lot of musicians.

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  • Frail Body - A Brief Memoriam (EP)

    01 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Screamo

    There are labels and there are well-run labels, and then there are those two or three handful of labels that really excel at what they do, making it possible to employ people and still release a bunch of records of the highest pedigrees.

    The mini album “A Brief Memoriam” by Frail Body is proof that Deathwish Inc. is one of those handfuls that are able to gather a loyal following by representing a certain sound, aesthetic, ideology – you name it; they have a hand for picking unknown bands that fit their soundscope, giving them time and creative freedom and then incorporating their ideas into a catalog like no other. Frail Body from Rockford, Illinois, is a young trio that promises to follow in the footsteps of bands as diverse as Orchid and Touché Amoré with their modern wavey form of screamo, adding a shade of harshly, blasted and yet suffering, angsty hardcore to a flawless list of releases.

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  • Byzanthian Neckbeard - Minaton

    01 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
    Sludge

    Byzanthian Neckbeard has all of it and that is a good thing for all Sludge fans because those riffs will carry the band far with all its doom and gloom and stoner and… well, you get it! Sludge on!

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  • Törzs - Tukör

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Rock

    Mountain men mambo. Caveman cha-cha-cha. Those stupid terms can hardly be used more adequately than when describing Törzs’ new album, with a wink of an eye. Why? Later, for now let’s talk about the music itself.

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  • Timelost - Don't Remember Me For This

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Grunge-Shoegaze

    A duo, that sounds completely unlike the other bands the two guys usually play in, revives two genres from way back in the 90s - Grunge and Shoegaze, rather unusual combination.

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  • Throatsnapper - About The Dead

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Sludge-Metal

    Consouling Sounds + Belgium = modern hard music. Throatsnapper is the exhibit to proof this theory.

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  • The Kompressor Experiment - 2001

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Rock

    Switzerland again - BUT! this time no metal-band but an interesting Post-Rock-act called The Kompressor Experiment.

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  • Process Black - Countdown Failure (EP)

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Noisy-Hardcore

    Legendary guitar hero Aaron D.C. Edge has yet another project to still his insatiable strife for releasing music with numerous bands and giving each outfit a significant style.

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  • Mur - Brutalism

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Blackened-Industrial-Metal

    Over the years, the boundaries between genres have vanished more and more. Some think that is not good and try to remain pvre and trve to their roots, which should be tolerated. As long as nobody gets hurt for it. Others think that it’s good to cross boundaries and explore new genre-blending possibilities.

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  • John Malkovich! - Hyenaeh!

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal

    Some bands are hard to get a grip on and John Malkovitch! from Italy is one of those because their post-rock-influenced instrumental metal is nothing new, admittedly, but there is something about these tracks that makes you want to listen to them again – one of the better signs for any record.

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  • Consumer - In Computers

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Post-Electro-Metal

    A side-project to die for by one part of Have A Nice Life releases an impressive record.

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  • Botanist - Ecosystem

    25 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Green-Metal

    Green Metal = Black Metal with a focus on the importance of all plants on this wonderful planet.

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  • Xoth - Interdimensional Invocations

    18 Oct 2019 - Thorsten
    Tech-Death

    How fast can laser beams travel on a guitar neck? Well, ask these guys in Xoth!

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