Christopher Luedtke

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Also writes for Metal Injection and Broken Amp.

Articles by Christopher Luedtke

Vermin Womb – Decline

‘Decline’ is an aggressive culmination of filth, hatred, disgust, and inner darkness. A total stripped skeleton that doesn’t even spare time to leave meat on its bones.

The Dog – The Devil Comes At Night

If you haven’t heard The Dog yet and dig aural destruction, then it’s time to get on this. Play to destroy. No mercy, no mercy. – By Christopher Luedtke

Oaken – King Beast

This is the kind of album you wanna sit down with in a dark room and simply experience. It’s not an onslaught of adrenaline, but more of a slaughter of the senses and soul. – By Christopher Luedtke

Wormed – Krighsu

As far as tech-death goes, you can’t get much better than Wormed. Not only do they serve up some fantastic mood and aggression, they also have written a space opera that is more exciting than 99% of science fiction published today. – By Christopher Luedtke

Corrupted – Loss

If you enjoy sludge/doom/ambience then ‘Loss’ should be on your list of things to check out. Japan has always had a fantastic extreme scene and Corrupted is another excellent example of it. And not checking out ‘Loss’ really is your loss. – By Christopher Luedtke

Cavernlight – Corporeal

‘Corporeal’ is a strong exercise in intense, even at its slowest. The piece is so stuffed with effective atmosphere it’s amazing they managed to press it on only one cassette. – By Christopher Luedtke

Cowards – Rise to Infamy

Metallic, thick and loathsome, ‘Rise to Infamy’ is a scathing album that peels back the skin and salts the wound while laughing at its victim. – By Christopher Luedtke

Akhlys – The Dreaming I

Akhlys needn’t dream about The Dreaming I not getting plenty of “black metal album of the year” nods. Because what they’ve crafted is certainly deserving of one. – By Christopher Luedkte

Interview: Dylan Walker from Full of Hell

Ahead of their European tour Christopher Luedtke asked Full of Hell vocalist Dylan Walker some questions about the band’s sound, collaborations with Merzbow and The Body and much more.

Gorgoroth – Instinctus Bestialis

The thing with Gorgoroth is that they only have to top one black metal act: themselves. And they’re not about to do that here. ‘Instictus Bestialis’ travels down an already too familiar path. Everything recorded on this album sounds like a b-side to Gorgoroth’s b-sides. – By Christopher Luedtke

Dead In The Manger – Cessation

Dead In The Manger is certainly doom and gloom, that much can’t be overstated, but where the band is truly impressive is how much they’ve improved on ‘Transience’. It’s fuzzy, it’s depressing, it’s angry, and it’s worth your time. – By Christopher Luedtke

Leviathan – Scar Sighted

Scar Sighted is an amazing experience of horror, agony, despair and depression. It’s a damn great album and one of the best you’re going to hear this year. – By Christopher Luedtke

Malsanctum – Metamorbid Fetishization

‘Metamorbid Fetishization’ is going to appeal mostly to those who like their songs very long and their recordings raw. – By Christopher Luedtke

Stheno / Grassroll – Wolfkind

If you’re already into grindcore/hardcore-punk/crusty black metal, than this is something you’re going to want to check out. – By Christopher Luedtke

Godhole – Self Titled Double EP

For a band just starting out, this is a pretty damn devastating release. – By Christopher Luedtke

Trigger – Start Our Revenge

It’s a lightening-fast, raw twenty-three minutes that is well crafted. ‘Start Our Revenge’ is absolutely worth checking out if you’re a grind or powerviolence fan. – By Christopher Luedtke

Archagathus – Dehumanizer

If you’ve been looking for something punk, rough and straight from the sewers go get Dehumanizer. This is the true raging guttural sound. – By Christopher Luedtke

Narada – Dead Waters

Dead Waters is a bombarding death metal experience. An album that is miles above its peers, which deserves recognition. – By Christopher Luedtke

Wormwood – Wormwood

Wormwood are one of the most promising bands that the sludge genre has to offer. Jump on this EP while you can. A heavy beast that has as much groove as it does darkness to offer. – By Christopher Luedtke

Cholera – Plagiarised Hope

Cholera have their moments of sheer intensity whilst nailing in elements of noise and heavy, chugging parts. They’re good at what they do, but when all’s said and done I never felt like I needed to hear it again. – By Christopher Luedtke

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