SUNKEN STATE – I AM DIVINITY

Sunken State continue to forge ahead with tenacity and vigour, their latest single ‘I Am Divinity’ being testament to this band’s stellar work ethic and musicianship. Although I may not resonate with this track on a holistic level, I am still able to recognize and applaud its execution. On ‘I Am Divinity’ Sunken State unleash … Read more

HEAVY // HITTER – WALL OF WAX

Hailing from Orlando, Florida  Heavy // Hitter concoct a heady brew of bludgeoning Deathcore bluster that simmers with rage and bristles with red hot anger. Be wary when approaching their latest track ‘Wall Of Wax’ for you may just emerge from its all encompassing embrace with third degree burns, well figuratively anyway for the searing … Read more

PEASANT – PENDULUM SOUL

Crushing, corrosive and combustible; these are the words that come to mind when describing the devastating Metallic Hardcore plied by Cape Town based cabal Peasant. Their latest single, the combative ‘Pendulum Soul’ is testament to the above descriptor. Traversing similar sonic waters to All Out War, Sworn Enemy and Integrity, Peasant lay siege to one’s … Read more

END REIGN – THE WAY OF ALL FLESH IS DECAY

On their debut for the indomitable Relapse Records entitled ‘The Way Of All Flesh Is Decay’, End Reign concoct a heady brew of frost-bitten Metallic Hardcore that is equal parts Tombs infused Black Metal bludgeon, Integrity induced Hardcore delirium, dual guitar oriented histrionics and Ringworm oriented Thrash Metal. With Domenic Romeo of Integrity fame at … Read more

REBAELLIUN – UNDER THE SIGN OF REBELLION

Brazilian bruisers Rebaelliun unleash a deadly froth of violent Death Metal that shares traits with Krisiun, Deicide, Morbid Angel and Blood Red Throne. These stalwarts have been plying their punishing wares since 1998 and their latest album ‘Under The Sign Of Rebellion’ is testament to their veteran status, displaying a band at the height of … Read more

FOSSILIZATION – LEPROUS DAYLIGHT

Fossilization conjure forth a murky morass of suffocating Death Metal that draws upon the dark smoulder of vintage Immolation and Incantation as much as it does the modern malevolence of Portal, Abyssal, Fetid and Ulcerate. Hailing from Brazil and featuring members from Death-Doom-Sludge barons Jupiterian , the duo that are Fossilization will send you spiraling … Read more

RAMFEST 2023

This past Saturday as the scorching sun enveloped the urban sprawl in a blanket of searing heat mighty man of mettle and magnitude, BurgStudio figurehead France The Planet and I traversed the concrete jungle in our quest to reach Loftus Stadium in Pretoria where RAMfest 2023 was due to transpire. As we set foot within … Read more

PEASANT – CAPE DEATH

Hailing from Cape Town, Peasant unleash punishing Metallic Hardcore that bristles with ferocity and fiery conviction. I am utterly smitten by their raw, crushing and angst infused sonic battery. Featuring Adri Jordaan on Vocals, Pieter Jordaan & Immanuel Bester on Guitars, Keagan V Rooyen on Bass and Graham Pitout on Drums, this furious quintet are … Read more

BURIAL HORDES – RUINS

Bleak times call for equally bleak yet blistering music. Enter Burial Hordes, a Greek sonic coven that unleash a malevolent maelstrom of Blackened Death Metal that simmers with nihilistic heft and swagger. Perhaps more Black Metal centered then Death Metal, these Athenians conjure forth punishing music that acts as a merciful balm in a merciless … Read more

Ocean Of Angels – Haunting You

Hot on the heels of last year’s incandescent EP ‘The Gift’ Oceans of Angels return with the scintillating yet sorrowful single ‘Haunting You’. Built upon a bedrock of shuffling drums, tinkling keys, syrupy bass, shimmering guitar and threaded through with the impassioned vocals of band mastermind Sheldon Horvatic, ‘Haunting You’ will envelop you in its … Read more