Polish atmospheric black metal trio Kły formed way back in 1997, but it wouldn’t be until 2017 that we’d see anything from them out of the studio. Their first demo, Taran-Gai, was unleashed independently on CD and picked up by Pagan Records for digital distribution with a vinyl pressing in May of 2020. This would become their home for their 2018 debut full-length Szczerzenie, as well as their follow-up Wyrzyny. But does this new outing offer anything different after all this time of being an active outfit, or is more of the same solid material as before?
What can possibly be said about Testament at this point that hasn’t already been mentioned? The lords of thrash stormed onto the scene in 1987 with The Legacy, have been pretty active ever since, not to mention have unleashed a number of classic songs and albums for the style in their lifetime. To this day, the group continues to grow, experiment, and refuse to slow down. This is no more apparent than with their thirteenth studio album Titans of Creation, due to drop through Nuclear Blast Records. But is this new entry worth the hype built by the songs already streamed, or is it more of a flash in the pan this time around?
Vernon of Persia hails from San Antonio, Texas with a solid backing behind them already. The outfit has stuck to self-producing and self-releasing their own material, dropping their debut effort Relativity Of back in February of 2017. Since then the group has been focusing on establishing themselves through live performances, having shared the stage with headlining acts ranging from As I Lay Dying and Suicide Silence all the way to Miss May I and Silent Planet according to the accompanying press release. Three years later and they present their latest, a six song recording dubbed Ascend. But does this melodic act live up to the expectations, or have they grown away from what made them stand out in the first place?
Originally formed as Waster back in 2006, Sweden’s Reveal took their black/thrash metal inspirations and ran in a fairly different direction over time. The four-piece act established themselves as a mixture of those staples, but with a hint of psychedelic rock and experimentation, leading to the underground success that was their second full-length effort Flystrips through Sepulchral Voice Records. Fast forward three years and we now face their third studio album, Scissorgod, which appears to change things up a little more. But are some of these diversities worth it, or does this actually take a step back from what the group is capable of?
Nuclear Blast welcomes back MACABRE after over two decades since the last time the two entities worked together!