New Albums Reviews


If anything can wake the dark, otherworldly behemoth Lord Cthulhu from his dreamless slumber in the catacombs of RL’YEH it is, undoubtedly, the heaving, frenetic and surging streamlined sonic savagery invoked by A NAMELESS DREAD.

Their debut album “The First Nothing” , be it either Metalcore, Deathcore or rather a corrosive, unique and crushing confluence of the aforementioned with a penchant for cosmic Horror , is a devastating whirlwind of sound where pummeling rhythms, warped riffs and gut wrenching vocals coalesce into what amounts to a blizzard of bludgeoning proportions. The single preceding this release and included on this album “Rot With Me” is emblematic of the slaughter to be found within its unhallowed depths.

The type of malevolent avalanche conjured forth by this fevered foursome would be right at home in the snow encrusted tale that is HP LOVECRAFT’S infamous “At The Mountains Of Madness”, the narrative that sent “The Cthulhu Mythos” and all the ghastly machinations thereof into motion.

Herein Damian Buys unleashes a frenzied maelstrom of tightly wound, deliciously blackened razor wire riffs that ride alongside the blistering drumming of Des Cooke and unearthly low end detonations of bassist Tim Botes while the vicious vocals of Rhett Freeman command the cacophony with the fathomless force of Dagon himself. In other words, it is utterly bestial.

Not all evidenced in this ferocious bands sonic arsenal is constructed upon face melting ferocity. As witnessed on the opening, clean and eerie chords of album opener “The Great Unclean”, peppered throughout the scorched earth smolder are moments of musical dexterity, seriously unnerving clean guitar interplay and dual layering.

Tracks such as “Enter Chaos”, “Bleached Bone” and “When God Blinks” are triumphant slabs of untethered tumult that flatten the feeble beneath their gargantuan and staggering gait. To conclude, “The Great Nothing” seethes with malevolence of the most unholy and diabolical nature. “Cthulhu Fhtagn” indeed.

-Asher Locketz-

New Albums Reviews


VOTOV are a force to be reckoned with and their beastly brand of bludgeoning and barbaric Thrash infused, odious OSDM will leave you salivating like a lovelorn ape. These Canadian filth mongers ply the type of OSDM that alongside similar acts like Fetid, Vastum, Witch Vomit and Pissgrave harkens back to a time where Death Metal was built upon a bedrock of primal rage that pandered to no trend or pretense.

“I.X.X.I” is their 2nd full length album and is a full frontal assault that has all the subtlety of a freight train colliding with a cement mixer! From the opening scorch of “Activating The Alteration” through to the barbaric staccato rhythmic romp that is “Heinous Lifeform” to the closing crush of “Regeneration” this album is a ferocious display of deadly OSDM that is fraught with ghastly,guttural vocals, gargantuan, groove infused riffs and blistering drumming that leaves a trail of mangled bodies in its wake.

Drenched in the mire of the masters of yore, such as but not limited to Venom, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Dismember and Broken Hope with a focus on the tightly wound rhythms of seminal works by Six Feet Under and Malevolent Creation VOTOV bludgeon with unmitigated ferocity as they seemingly brandish their instruments like deadly weapons.

I am in love with the firey and ferocious Thrash infused OSDM these bruisers unleash; OSDM of the most bone shattering variety! If you have not given an ear to the monstrous and megalithic music VOTOV ply i suggest doing so with immediacy.

-Asher Locketz-

New Albums Reviews


Durban based Berserkers Imperious Vision have, undoubtedly, unleashed one of the contenders for Death Metal album of the year in the form of the utterly majestic and simultaneously malevolent ‘Empire Of Illusion’. I am in disbelief that this is merely their debut for it is a devastating display of musicianship and maturity that is surely beyond their years as a fledgling collective; one that has existed since 2016. Herein you will be treated to a no holds barred onslaught that is both crushing and catchy in equal measure.

Folks when it comes to this slab of synapse shredding savagery I can only kneel at its monolithic altar of smoldering black fumes in awe.

Featuring Nick Hagan on vocals, the duo of Kai Stewart and Blake Merchant on Guitars alongside Brynn Huxtable on Drums, this four piece are responsible for releasing some of the most bludgeoning, vitriolic and yet streamlined Death Metal i have been fortunate enough to hear in a while.

From the menacing riffs and rhythmic heft of the opening “Intro” to the closing riffs of the title track “Empire Of Illusion”, this is an eight track study in sonic tumult that doesn’t pander to any trends and rather hinges upon a bedrock of glorious songcraft and massive rhythms that reign down like a landslide of lumbering boulders.

Again, the adherence to songcraft cannot be overstated and it is one of the many weapons in their impressive arsenal that set them apart from the glut of bands out there that ply their wares beneath the Death Metal banner. Songs like “Before The Dawn” and “Ignatius” are fraught with fearsome and atmospheric melodies that ride along a wave of double kick fury and scorching rhythmic dexterity. I may use two of the immaculately constructed pieces of pummeling vehemence that construct this corrosive album as examples but rest assured every track here is murderous. Borderline Homicidal! Speaking of Homicidal, I dare not forget to mention the vox of Nick Hagan which are roaring expulsions of torment and violence that paint a portrait of humanity at its most dismal and damned.

This is stellar Death Metal without pretense. The grandiose riffs plied by Blake Merchant and Kai Stewart are gargantuan and yet intricately nuanced. The solos that adorn the songs are tasteful, titular, triumphant and enthralling.

Imperious Vision has amalgamated their influences in such a way that they sound fresh, unique and vibrant. This is conjecture on my part yet imagine if you will, the majestic and anthemic grandiosity of Behemoth alongside Kataklysm, colliding with the savagery of Blood Red Throne, Krisiun and the technical acumen of Beneath The Massacre, in spirit anyway, you will be close to the framework of frenetic and fiery configurations the mighty Imperious Vision create. This is a barbaric work of dark wizardry that is fraught with precision.

To conclude, if you miss out on “Empire Of Illusion”you will do so at your own peril!

-Asher Locketz-