Nov 01

Band of the Month: Hiss from the Moat

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Hiss from the Moat epitomises the dominant style of Italian death metal currently – brutal, technical and relentless. Following in the footsteps of compatriots such as Hour of Penance, this three-piece act even boasts James Payne behind the drums, and Paolo on session vocals on their debut album, Misanthropy. We catch up with the band to learn more about the concept behind Misanthropy (which has now been picked up by Nuclear Blast), and the philosophy behind their music.

[Ed’s note: interview conducted in May 2014]

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Nov 20

Album Review: Horncrowned – Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus)

Horncrowned - DEFANATUS (Diabolus Adventus)

Horncrowned [Colombia]
Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus)
2014
Full Length
Ketzer Records
Black Metal

With the recent spate of cold, bleak black metal releases, it is now time to turn our attention to the more aggressive and destructive style of the genre. Colombia’s Horncrowned was formed in 2001, and with 3 full length releases under their belt, the band this year releases their fourth full length album, Defanatus (Diabolus Adventus) a long 5 years after their previous 2009 onslaught.

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Nov 19

Album Review: Horrendous – Ecdysis

Horrendous - Nepenthe

Horrendous [USA]
Ecdysis
2014
Full Length
Dark Descent Records
Death Metal

American old school death metal band Horrendous left me hooked with their 2012 debut, The Chills, with their flair for playing some nice old school Swedish death metal. 2 years on, they release the follow up in the form of Ecdysis. Along with the recent trend of kickass bands such as Tribulation and Morbus Chron going all progressive, there was this little, nagging feeling that Horrendous would eventually tread the same path, and looking at the rather abstract artwork on Ecdysis, I was pretty apprehensive that this was going to be true.

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Nov 18

Album Review: Ascension – The Dead of the World

Ascension - The Dead of the World

Ascension [Germany]
The Dead of the World
2014
Full Length
World Terror Committee / Season of Mist
Black Metal

After the thoroughly impressive Dysangelium debut Thánatos Áskēsis, World Terror Committee unleashes yet another impressive black metal release, this time in the form of German black metal horde Ascension‘s sophomore full length album, The Dead of the World. With the band’s 2010 debut Consolamentum garnering critical acclaim, fans have awaited anxiously for four years for the follow up to finally drop.

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Nov 14

Album Review: Sons of Crom – Riddle of Steel

Sons of Crom - Riddle of Steel

Sons of Crom [Sweden]
Riddle of Steel
2014
Full Length
Debemur Morti Productions
Heavy/Viking Metal

10 years on, Quorthon‘s legacy lives on in the many black and viking metal bands that have quoted him and his musical projects as an influence, with bands such as Bloodshed Walhalla even outright proclaiming themselves to be a Bathory tribute band. It is rather fitting then, that out of Quorthon‘s birth-land Sweden comes Sons of Crom, and less than a year after their formation, the band releases their debut full length album Riddle of Steel under the reputable Debemur Morti Productions.

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Nov 13

Album Review: Desoluna – The Desolate Years

Desoluna - The Desolate Years

Desoluna [Sweden]
The Desolate Years
2013
EP
Independent
Gothic/Doom Metal

Gothic/doom metal has never been something that I really enjoyed, and even with excellent bands such as Draconian, I dreaded that extremely slow pace and that entire gloomy atmosphere presented on the genre. Out of Sweden comes another recent discovery, Desoluna and their debut studio release in the form of their EP The Desolate Years.

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