It was a sad day when Despised Icon announced they were throwing in the towel back in 2010. Thankfully for their fans [myself included] the group came back in 2014 and promptly signed with Nuclear Blast Records to unleash their overdue fifth album Beasts two years later, which was met with the same fan-fare as their previous efforts. Fast forward another three years and the act prepares to let their latest creation loose for a mid-November 2019 date, clocking in at a hefty eleven songs over thirty-six minutes. But does this live up to their previous outings, or is it more of a step backwards?
With All Hallows’ Eve and the Day of the Dead fast approaching, the L.A.-based thrash/death/shred quartet EXMORTUS have unveiled a visualizer for the title track for their just-released horror-themed EP “Legions of the Undead.”
Alcest may have formed back in 1999, but it wasn’t until the mid-00’s that their music started to get noticed. The EP Le Secret grabbed the attention of underground black metal fans alike. Since then not only has their material changed, but their label status as well. Starting out with Drakkar Productions for that aforementioned release, spending most of their time on Prophecy Productions before findind themselves signing with the legendary Nuclear Blast Records for their latest effort Spiritual Instinct. It has been roughly twenty years since coming together, so does this underground pioneering act live up to their roots, or does their sixth full-length continue to lend more of a lighter rock voice like their recent efforts have shown off?
The first single from Depressed’s upcoming album is a proper mixture of what we all expect from a Death Metal band. To sumarise all the great attributes of the album on a single song is not a easy task, but surely, the opening track for the album is a massive statement on how amazing the whole album is.
The underground sensation Lord Mantis was regarded as one of the more important new acts in the sludge community. The blackened touch they brought to their performances stuck out like a sore thumb in all the right ways until the band split in 2017. Fast forward about two years and differences have been mended, a new line-up forged, and the fire re-lit to reform and remind everyone who they are with a long overdue new album that sadly does not include founding member and former drummer Bill Bumgardner. It’s evident there is honor to his contributions, but what Universal Death Church lacks in his presence it more than makes up for with the inclusion of the turbulent history that brought the beast down to its knees once before. All of this takes little time to pick up on within just the first few minutes of your first spin, but those first impressions can be a bit deceiving. I know this due to multiple impressions in one sitting…