These posts are written by: Cody Dilullo

Wolvhammer – The Monuments of Ash & Bone

Enter Wolvhammer, a band entrenched in a traditional black metal sound, refreshing the formula with a basic Crust and D-beat angle, present in guitar tone mostly. This has made their songwriting less derivative, a new dynamic to give it some height on top of its contemporary, traditional, black metal roots. The Obsidian Plains and Clawing Into the Black Sun are hallmarks for blackened crust, staples of the micro-genre and back-to-back obscure gems across the board for black metal fans. Their penchant for mid-tempo headbangers seeped in distortion, and D-beat drumming in place of the standard blast beat lead to a sound faithful to the aesthetic of tradition, yet reinvigorating in structure and aggression. The dynamic was fresh, without being overtly furious or dense.

Homewrecker – Extinction By Design

Thrown into a fit of rage. Your blood starts to boil. Your head bangs and the riffs are smashed against whatever part of your brain makes you a metalhead. Ushering in decades of death metal influence, from the seamless slams of Devourment to the standard tremolo pick death metal riff (you know the one), the hardcore band of old washes away against the new death metal landscape Homewrecker has presented. Extinction By Design sees a band not graduate from hardcore, but rather shift gears in the same sonic vehicle to come into their own. This transition has long since been on the horizon. Their incredible mix of powerviolence, hardcore, death metal and grind on Worms and Dirt, and the similarly sounding Circle of Death slowly built towards this death metal iteration of the band. This change was even more evident when we consider that side project Scorched are OSDM worship and splits albums with similar new death metal acts such as Gatecreeper. Th question, however, remains: does this album pay off by going all in on death metal ? Is this even the same band and is their new sound, well, good?