Articles by Matt Daniels
Paradeigma (Phosphenes of Aphotic Eternity) is a single monstrous and mesmeric cacophony of darkness and light, of punishing, spiteful riffs and bleak, dreaded ambience that, for full effect, should be heard in one sitting.
This is an unconventional take on death metal savagery, filled with intricate details and as a whole is a barbaric and untethered beast with a clear and distinctive sound.
Burden Limbs have the confidence and talent to know exactly where they are in their career process and where they want to be.
It’s incredibly nuanced, sometimes strange and certainly unorthodox and perhaps bordering on the exotic at times… all reasons to thoroughly praise this release.
Mare Cognitum is stunning cosmic metal with the ethereal tinge of blackgaze. This is black-veiled mastery ablaze with all the transcendent radiance of an exploding star. Solar Paroxysm is a ferociously beautiful release from a man whose star shows no sign of burning out.
Autarkh is Dodecahedron sent through the matrix at warp speed and splintered with fragments of futuristic audial violence.
Forhist is a dark walk deep into the savage woods of traditional 90s Nordic-style metal, filled with lightning blastbeats, razor-sharp guitar hooks, 90s synths and memorable tracks.
An album that absorbs you into its mechanised womb and keeps you safe in its blissfully disconcerting view of harrowing noise and devastatingly bruising music, wrapping you in a comforting embrace of everything you love about this band.
Mossweaver will be the beautifully hand-crafted survival tool for any nature-loving metaller.
The juggernaut vocals, powerful drums and frenetic stringwork all come together in one glorious way to create a cold, calculated atmosphere rich with head-banging ferocity and pensive moments to get lost in.
Over three tracks Aberration convey a palpable hellscape of vivid crawling terror and show a vast imagination in their nuanced songwriting, perfect for any metal head to dream darkly in under their audial blanket of unseen nightmares.
It is abject terror driven into your soul with every harsh tremolo, every blast beating onslaught and every insidious fear-building atmosphere.
Duncan Wilkins, vocalist, lyricist and the super nice guy behind the enigmatic slasher villain The Void took time out of slaying to have a chat about music and his passion for horror.
A few tweaks here and there will do wonders and may allow Serpents Oath to shed their skin to reveal their own voice.
Saint Desecration goes down as one of Azarath’s most exciting and destructive albums to date.
It’s raw, dirty, beer bottle smashing grindcore with some spirited fun thrown in. Grab this and wind up your neighbours during lockdown.
Ægo Templo, simply put, is breathtaking and there are no more words needed.
It’s grim metal to scream proudly from the tip of the highest peek as molten fire rains down as a backdrop to your own personal soundtrack.
Like Ferox, The Bodycount Continues is a fun and frenzied album steeped in nostalgic smiles for any fan of the horror genre.
Endarkenment is a thrill-ride of unexpected twists and classic Nathrakh all combined to unleash a thoroughly devastating, inspiring and thought-provoking album. We may have to go through a horrifying age of endarkenment to reach any glimmer of enlightenment, but one thing is for sure Anaal Nathrakh will continue to be the soundtrack to the apocalypse.
Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is an uncompromising album that features past, present and future sounds from a band who never let their game slip.