Originally formed in 2012, avant-garde blackened psych-doom act Eye of Nix stormed on the scene a year later with their well celebrated demo recording. In the time that followed, the band expanded beyond the normal four to five-minute track length and further explored their sound to become the abrasive act they are come their debut full-length effort Moros. Another two years later and we find the evolution continuing with their latest album Black Somnia, being handled by both the band and Scrye Recordings on vinyl and digital mediums. With a scrutinous eye hovering above them since, has the four-piece outfit reached a new plain of existence, or have they gone back on their recently discovered output?
Originally formed under the name Subterranean Drilling Machine in 2013, Greytomb officially came to life through a proper name change in 2015. The now three-member outfit composed of current members from Adamus Exul, Ordnance, and ex-Wreak have been lurking about the depths of the underground for a little while now as an atmospheric black metal act, releasing their 2015 one-song demo The Mourning Field and debut full-length A Perpetual Descent a year later through Bandcamp. For 2017, the tides have changed with Transcending Obscurity Records releasing their latest EP Monumental Microcosm to wrap up the year. But does this effort offer a truly blackened experience, or does it fail to hit the mark on setting the proper mood for its chosen style?
Cleveland, Ohio is proving to be one of the dominant sources behind new talent in the US death metal world. With the likes of Embalmer and Shed the Skin being two of the leaders of this charge (ironically both on the same label), it should come as no surprise that one of the latest talents in the brutal death metal world, Limbsplitter, hails from the same neighborhood. Originally formed as Bellicosity in 2011 until 2013, the five-piece outfit released a two song demo in 2013 under the new moniker, and then went silent as far as studio time went. It wasn’t time wasted, however, as four years later they released their debut full-length effort Chloroform Cocktail themselves in June of this year, then teaming up with Unmatched Brutality Records for further distribution by Unmatched Brutality Records. But was it an investment well worth making, or is this new outing nothing much to brag about?
The Babadook. When this film debuted, it was all many a horror fan could/would talk about. Even two years later, this supernatural psychological horror still stands as one of the most well received films of the genre in the past few years. It even has the honor of being acknowledged as the character boyfriend to Pennywise from It following the LGBTQ+ community declaring the later a gay sex symbol (yes, really). I put off watching this one for a while due to generally due to being overwhelmed with many other movies to watch and health issues, but I recently decided to break out the blu-ray and give it a spin. Was it all everyone made the film out to be, or the polar opposite of all the love it somehow earned?
When you consult certain underground horror circles, one film many have an appreciation for is Street Trash. The now cult classic penned by Roy Frumkes and directed by James M. Muro dropped towards the end of the eighties, and one quick look at it screams an obvious product of that era. It’s been thirty years and after happening upon this film on-line I was immediately interested in the core concept of a toxic brew being sold that can kill you. But was it worth it, or is this a bigger letdown than most will let you believe?
Doomsayer Records recently enlisted the help of two doom and drone titans of the underground for a brand new two-song digital split release that stretched well beyond the North American based label’s roots. Included is one new song a piece from the French three-piece Deveikuth and the Swedish four man outfit Pissboiler. Of the two, the former has been at it longer (though no concrete time period of activation is available) boasting a few smaller releases and a full-length in 2015, whereas the latter, having just formed in 2014, only had a single demo to their name to grab the attention of the folk at Doomsayer. But how does this forty-three minute long outing stack up, and is it one worth any actual merit?