I was very much looking forward to seeing this band live, since their last output Disintegration: Psalms of Veneration for the Nefarious Elite was one of my favourite albums of last year.
9/10 Steve Earles
Sleazy Rider Records
Norwegian death metal band Defect Designer’s new album is intriguingly named ‘Aging Accelerator’ and it’s their second full length.
‘Crusaders’ is the most straightforward song the album, melding old riffs with fresh tunes. I can imagine this is a blast to play live, literally as it’s not a million miles away from grindcore.” Lyrically it’s about war and hypocrisy
Nuclear War Now! Productions
7/10 – Michael Hing
Given their penchant for extra-long stage names (‘Demonomancer of the Rising Curse of Witchery), it is fairly obvious that Black Beast take their musical cues from the likes of the early 90’s Finnish and Canadian Black Metal scenes, with a sound which is entirely derivative of Beherit’s early grinding output, which will be familiar to fans of ‘The Oath of Black Blood’ album. This is a compilation of the ‘Worship of Darkness’ and ‘Abominations of Darkness’ demo tapes as well as some extra goodies released by Nuclear War Now! and Iron Bonehead.
Nuclear War Now! Productions – July 2015
8/10 – Michael Hing
Taking their cue from Greek Black Metal masters, NECROMANTIA of using only bass guitars and drums for their compositions, the derivatively named NECROMANTIC WORSHIP present their first EP. Despite their crap name, the San Franciscan band have delivered a very Mediterranean piece of Black Metal art.
9/10 – Michael Hing
I have to admit, despite having been aware of Root for a while and owning one of their latter albums. This is the first time I have dived into their legendary ‘Zjeveni’ (a word meaning ‘Demon’ or ‘Ghost’ apparently) debut. In truth this is one record I have been meaning to listen to properly for a good while, so perfect opportunity to do just that. The good folk over at NWN have opted to put out a re-release of this debut no doubt to be lapped up by those that missed out the first time as well as obsessive collectors.