May23

Unearthly Rites – Ecdysis Review

Unearthly Rites – Ecdysis Review

Unearthly Rites are a new kid on the block in Finnish death metal, with only an EP to their name prior to the release of debut full-length, Ecdysis. Formed by scene vets with time spent in Sink, Hexhammer, and Fuck-Ushima, they bring plenty of experience to the party. What Unearthly Rites offer is a ghastly amalgamation of raw old school death, grind, and crust, curated and designed to cave in your face with the resulting unnatural sound profile.” Earth as mass grave.

AMG’s Unsigned Band Rodeö: War Dance – Sons of Thunder

AMG’s Unsigned Band Rodeö: War Dance – Sons of Thunder

“AMG’s Unsigned Band Rodeö” is a time-honored tradition to showcase the most underground of the underground—the unsigned and unpromoted. This collective review treatment continues to exist to unite our writers in boot or bolster of the bands who remind us that, for better or worse, the metal underground exists as an important part of the global metal scene. The Rodeö rides on.” Now featuring more ManoRodeö!

Violent Sin – Serpent’s Call Review

Violent Sin – Serpent’s Call Review

“Like labelmates Lucifuge and fellow Flemings Bütcher, Violent Sin play relatively unadorned blackened speed metal tinged with thrash. That means raw riffs, drunken drumming, and especially raspy blackened vocals with falsetto flourishes. Altogether, Violent Sin are an amphetamine-addled amalgamation of Hellhammer and Mercyful Fate.” Sins of the elders.

Ǥứŕū – Nova Lvx Review

Ǥứŕū – Nova Lvx Review

“Just as the painting focuses on a spectrum of blacks, earth tones, and distortion, so Ǥứŕū does with their fusion of black metal and doom metal. Expect the typical unholy blackened trinity of shrieks, tremolo, and blastbeats, alongside the dramatic and full-bodied baritone and thicker tone of doom.” Painting with tar.

Teitan – In Oculus Abyss Review

Teitan – In Oculus Abyss Review

“Even if it’s not so prevalent now, part of black metal’s original aims was to shock, subvert, and make uncomfortable. Metal fans and horror aficionados alike, among others, are privy to the thrills of art that disquiets, and sends a shiver up the spine. Teitan—the solo project of Dutch multi-instrumentalist Devi Hisgen of Marquis and Cthuluminati—seems to attempt exactly this.” Fear as fun.

Hours of Worship – Death & Dying Vol. I Review

Hours of Worship – Death & Dying Vol. I Review

“Not even a year ago, I sat down with the sophomore LP, The Cold that You Left from Lisbon/New York City duo Hours of Worship. Its dour, moody sensibility had me channeling my inner goth as it spun its miserably pretty synth soundscapes. Now, Death & Dying Vol. I—with part II due later this year—has arrived to double down on the despair.” Sad as sport.