Death Keepers is a spanish-based heavy metal four-piece that came together in 2011, though hasn’t really made their presence known from the studio as much as you’d expect by this point of their career. The group’s ranks remained fairly stable over the years, allowing them to unleash their independent debut EP On the Sacred Way before parting with bassist Alan Prieto a year later, then drummer Noel Corredor in 2015. It wouldn’t be until about four years later the band would release their first full-length, Rock This World, through Fighter Records and kicking off 2018 with a strong dose of traditional heavy metal with some hard rock influence at times. But is it a solid enough effort to make up for the silence since the previous outing, or is there little shine to this potentially hidden gem?
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?
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?
Spanish death metallers Come Back From the Dead is a five-piece outfit that has literally done what their namesake suggests. Initially formed in 2008, the act disbanded a year later, only to be revived in 2012 by founding members Marcos (drums, ex-Cenotaph, ex-Asedio) and Hector (Nashgul). ex-Frustradiccion). Bassist Chinin rounded out the line-up, but was replaced by Bokluk‘s Iago in 2014. Ex-Cult of the Ancients guitarist Miguel and Extinction vocalist Paul also joined in 2013 to unleash the group’s debut demo. A year later the debut full-length The Coffin Earth’s Entrails was issued through BlackSeed Productions. Now, three years later, we are greeted with a brand new four song EP titled Caro Data Vermibus, which is being handled by Transcending Obscurity Records. But is this effort a powerful love letter to the golden days of death metal, or is it more of a thrash experience similar to their most recent offering?