UNTERTAGE – adverb: underground/ʌndəˈɡraʊnd/beneath the surface of the ground. Springer Productions, France The Planet & BurgStudio Events are bringing people together with UNDERGROUND METAL from from across the country!!! Join us on 7 May ’22 at the AMAZING setting of the Tweefontien Melkery, on the East Rand of Johannesburg when we bring you 12 UNDERGROUND … Read more

Infanteria – Patriarch

Volcanic and propulsive, Infanteria lay siege to all and sundry with their latest album, the explosive ‘Patriarch’. The title alone speaks of an aversion to the current social climate, a climate steeped in a belligerent form of liberal fascism that stifles self-expression and freedom of speech beneath the guise of justice. The pedigree of this … Read more

Infanteria Band Hangout & Album Playthrough

I had the honor and privilege of hosting Progressive Thrash Metallers, Infanteria along with their world class producer, Heinrich Köllner during Monday Night Metal Madness. Members Chris, Tim and Adrian walked us through their 2022 album ‘Patriarch’ song by song. It was a great show with loads of information that you will only get to … Read more


I have forever been fascinated by the one man sonic wrecking ball known as Author & Punisher. Tristan Shone is the multitalented creative force behind this simultaneously crushing, ethereal, violent and melancholic entity. Shone creates post-apocalyptic swathes of sprawling Industrial Metal with a custom made setup that appears as if it came from a fever … Read more

Analepsy – Quiescence

Perhaps one of my most anticipated releases of 2022, ‘Quiescence’ by Analepsy has surpassed my expectations. Ever since I heard ‘Atrocities From Beyond’ I was hooked on the punishing, celestial Slamming BDM these ferocious fellows ply, and this their sophomore album ramps up the technicality and musicianship tenfold. Hailing from Portugal and featuring Marco Martins … Read more


On their latest release ‘Fades Visions 1’ Durban based berserkers Truth Decayed unleash a exercise in classic, unbridled Thrash Metal that panders to no trends and is in no way unsullied by genre-hopping pretence. Consisting of Ryno Theron on Guitar and Vocals, Warren Jones on Rhythm Guitar, Johan Maree on Bass and Vocals and Daniel … Read more


It was a Monday and I was so broken after the weekend’s event at Sognage!Come have a listen to what transpired and the bands who played and more!!!I also chatted to the fellas of the week’s THE METAL LAB‘s Battle Of The Bands winners Arms to Oblivion and had a blast listening what these champions had to say. You … Read more


If you have not yet heard the skull crushing, blackened, Sludge infused Grindcore of Apes then do yourself a favor and do so posthaste for the absolutely punishing confluence of sonic weaponry these dudes unleash is deadly. Admittedly my knowledge regarding this enigmatic sonic collective is practically non-existent. All I know is that the legendary … Read more


The latest album by Devoured Elysium is a twenty six minute exercise in turbulent, Slam infused Tech-Death that draws upon the megalithic musicianship of Decrepit Birth, Origin and Archspire as much as it does from the unbridled brutality of Katalepsy and Korpse. Released by Gorehouse Productions, a label that have been bringing the fire as … Read more


If you are a Slam aficionado then you have a very good idea as to what to expect when it comes to the punishing pummel Pestilectomy ply on their ferocious full length ‘From Vulnerable To Funeral’. Released by the mighty RealityFade collective, a label devoted to their bands and fraught with a passion for the … Read more

Middle Grounds – “There Is Never Peace”

Hailing from the scorched urban sprawl of South Africa, Middle Grounds specialize in a smoldering confluence of Hardcore that melds the type of vintage vitriol plied by Bury Your Dead, Throwdown, Turmoil and Buried Alive with the modern bone shattering belligerence of bands such as Knocked Loose, Emmure, Dead Crown and Dealey Plaza. Their debut … Read more