Construct of Lethe – Exiler

The balance between technical nuance and sheer, unadulterated power in death metal is not always easy to strike. Often (at least to these polluted ears) it feels as if death metal bands must sacrifice one for the other, or fail miserably attempting to incorporate both. It’s an understandable difficulty. Technical…

Covet – effloresce

It’s a good thing Covet exist because they’re not only an example of how math-rock can be done right but also an example of how a band can learn that kind of restraint as it keeps working on what makes it tick. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Covet’s earlier releases; I even own a shirt! But there was definitely plenty on them which could have been excised for a more careful and powerful delivery. Focused on main guitarist and composer Yvette Young’s skills, the previous Covet efforts too often felt a bit thin and airy, sapped under the weight of too many notes. But effloresce is a whole different release; on it, Covet are much more a band in the true sense, parts supporting a richer, fuller, more impactful whole.

Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil

The phrase “Patriarchs of Evil” is as a cool album title as it is a nod to Varathron themselves. A band celebrating 30 years since their inception – and now over a decade now with a steady lineup – it’s really not much of a stretch to say that Varathron has reached…

Seething Akira – Sleepy Skeletor

Somewhere around the middle of the nineties, rock and metal bands started cajoling their friends in the fledgling EDM bedroom scene to drag their synths and turntables into rehearsal rooms for some crossover action. Early adopters like Senser, Pop Will Eat Itself and Pitchshifter overcame the technological limitations of the…

The Aftermath – Vermine

Nuclear explosion footage is a fascinating and horrifying historical artifact: A massive mushroom cloud, houses within the blast radius being completely vaporized, unconscionable heat melting down everything in its path. We’ve all seen the footage. It’s a common and mortifying set of images that draw us back to humanity’s recent…

Khemmis – Desolation

Success, the cliché insists, is a double-edged sword. History (and the Encyclopedia Metallum archives) is littered with now-defunct bands who toiled away for years in storage units and near-empty basements, yearning for record deals and the elusive larger acclaim that remained just beyond their grasp. But what of the bands…

Taphos – Come Ethereal Sombreness

It’s a very good time to be a fan of old school death metal. The past few years in particular have seen a massive resurgence of all that is gruesome and filthy in the death metal world, with Blood Incantation, Gorephilia, Ascended Dead, Dead Congregation, Tomb Mold, and a veritable…