Allyson Kingsley

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Hath: “Of Rot And Ruin” Album Review

Sometimes you have a rough week where not a hell of a lot can cheer you up or get your gears turning. In all cases, I turn to music as a balm for the dark days. I open up the promotional package from Hath, a New Jersey-based blackened death metal band. Of Rot and Ruin proves to be quite a decent

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Pulver: “Kings Under The Sand” Album Review

Another new band to add to the roster of damn good shit. Pulver hail from Germany, and after their debut, self- titled EP in 2017, they garnered the attention of Gates of Hell Records. The musicians are Dave Fröhlich (vocals), Lukas Kunkel (guitar), Alex Oster (guitar), Gabor Eichstätter (bass) and Danny Oster (drums). The quintet embrace the NWOBHM sound that

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Draghkar: “Eternal Abyss” Album Review

Draghkar exhibit very competent compositional skills, utterly obliterating those all too numerous who pick up a guitar and think they can play death metal. They put their egos at bay to serve the fans, much like good musicians should. Eternal Abyss, their newest release, is a compilation of their material since their formation in California in 2016. From the utter

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West Of Hell: “Blood Of The Infidel” Album Review

West of Hell formed in the mid-2000s in West Auckland, New Zealand, and but they eventually made their way to Vancouver, British Columbia. With their latest offering Blood of the Infidel, we find a band who are getting comfortable with their own take on the venerable speed riffs, blazing solos, and soaring vocals of traditional classic metal while creating an

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Truth Corroded: “Bloodlands” Album Review

Truth Corroded bring some Australian thrash/death metal to the table with their release of Bloodlands. In the vein of Morbid Angel, Hellwitch and other ’80s thrash/speed/death metal bands, Truth Corroded focus on themes of war and displacement and vocalize the sociopolitical issues of their home as well as abroad. There are several guest appearances on Bloodlands, including Terrance Hobbs (Suffocation),

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Doombringer: “Walpurgis Fires” Album Review

With a career spanning over 10 years, Polish death metal quartet Doombringer return with Walpurgis Fires. This release comes five years after their first full-length, The Grand Sabbath, and it continues from where their debut left off. There is nothing particularly new or necessarily unique, but the album is sonically gripping. I don’t have a vast array of information about

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Perversor: “Umbravorous” Album Review

Hailing from South America – Chile, to be exact – Perversor have been delivering their classic blackened thrash since 2007. Perversor defined their sounds in the old school days of metal, when black, death and thrash were first setting figurative fires within speakers and on stage. They mix savage intensity, primordial strength and poisonous darkness. Bestial violence and deadly demon-evoking

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Candlemass: “The Door To Doom” Album Review

What better way to perk up my winter days than having a listen to the new Candlemass album, The Door to Doom. I was quite excited after hearing of the return of vocalist Johan Langquist, and I am very fond of the entire album which is a rarity. Some albums have a few good songs and then lose my attention.

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Critical Defiance: “Misconception” Album Review

We are spoiled in the USA and Europe since we have always had easy access to the metal music we love. If you’ve ever watched videos of performances in South America, the fans are out of control – wild and insanely devoted. Maybe not so much today, but once upon a time metal was a rarity in these parts. Chilean

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Laceration: “Remnants” Album Review

Laceration are bringing the old school thrash/death metal sound to the forefront with Remnants. It features their earliest recordings culled from a demo mixed with a split done in 2013 with Tinnitus. Featuring excellent production and high energy, Remnants is a splattering of mayhem. Reminiscent of early Slayer/Testament, “Realms of the Unconscious” delivers the furious old school energy of the

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Draghkar - Eternal Abyss - Cover

Draghkar: “Eternal Abyss” Album Review

Draghkar exhibit very competent compositional skills, utterly obliterating those all too numerous who pick up a guitar and think they can play death metal. They

Perversor - Umbravorous - Cover

Perversor: “Umbravorous” Album Review

Hailing from South America – Chile, to be exact – Perversor have been delivering their classic blackened thrash since 2007. Perversor defined their sounds in

Laceration - Remnants - Cover

Laceration: “Remnants” Album Review

Laceration are bringing the old school thrash/death metal sound to the forefront with Remnants. It features their earliest recordings culled from a demo mixed with