August 18, 2020

Despite death metal’s sonically varied and expansive scope, its endlessly evolving wealth of genre-smashing new talent and rich legacy of influential legends, few sub-genres are more thoroughly riddled with mindless stereotypes and clichés than this notoriously brutal...

August 17, 2020

As too fucking appropriate, Pale Horseman have been swaggering back into view. Anyone with at least a passing interest in the Bible, after Pestilence, War and Famine have all done their bit, it's Death who comes along to finish off the apocalypse. With Pestilence seemi...

Satan worship and substance abuse aside, there are few more painfully well-worn clichés that could be applied to the metal genre than that of the token, down-on-their-luck band battling against all odds, sourcing inspiration from tough times or even (wince) suffering f...

August 8, 2020

You'd think after an album had been out for over four weeks, in the midst of lockdown with not much else to do and plenty of time to just absorb a record, we'd have some sort of grip on what makes it tick and how it stirs the soul. Yet despite the luxuries of having th...

August 4, 2020

Already a hit in its homeland of Russia, this sci-fi horror lands here for streaming on August 14.

It could be said that this affair straddles both sci-fi and horror elements for most of its running time, tipping over into full horror as it reaches its conclusion. We ar...

July 31, 2020

Very little Russian metal makes its way into the western audience's lap, but Moscow miscreants Katalepsy are among the bigger names that have broken through the barrier with their bludgeoning brand of brutal death metal.

Early efforts were fairly standard slam/brutal de...

From brutal bouts of famine, drought and flash flooding to the devastating international pandemic that’s presently decimating hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe, the terrifying fragility of our own mortality has, in the year 2020, never appeared more keenl...

July 26, 2020

If the pandemic restrictions (which sounds like the worst thrash band ever) have taught us anything, it's that we can't take anything for granted. But when live gigs started dropping like a house of cards in a hurricane, that's when the shit really hit the fan. Doubly...

Since first being violently spewed forth from its frigidly inhospitable founding lands some 30-odd years ago, black metal has more than abundantly illustrated its rich capacity for sonic evolution and invention. From the stirringly ritualistic majesty of Hellenic metal...

July 16, 2020

The latest Blumhouse release is a departure, known largely for their audience-pleasing efforts like The Conjuring and Annabelle films. Not that The Vigil isn’t pleasing, but it’s a divisive affair. It will work for viewers who want to take a chance on something differe...

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