Heavy Rewind // Cathedral – The Ethereal Mirror

Just two years after their debut, Cathedral pumped up the tempo and incorporated a slew of influences stretching beyond their solid, but somewhat limited, doom metal sound on Forest of Equilibrium. Shades of sludge à la Black Flag and The Melvins are most apparent, but the band reaches further beyond the low-and-slow realm to pull in influences from hard rock, heavy metal and progressive rock. Most importantly, the band’s vibrant personality sheds its skin entirely and reveals its true colors, thanks in large part by an unhinged, dynamic vocal performance from Lee Dorrian. It’s an exceptional combination that slightly edges out the band’s initial groundbreaking efforts. Whereas several bands contributed to the sound developed in part by Cathedral on Forest of Equilibrium, there’s never really been an album that sounds quite like The Ethereal Mirror, and it remains a multifaceted album with reverberations felt in music from the likes of Baroness, Pallbearer and a decent chunk of modern stoner metal.

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…

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…

Skinless – Savagery

I must admit, it’s quite refreshing when a record gives you exactly what is advertised. In a genre of music plagued with sentence-long track titles and abstract album concepts, such albums come as an often pleasant surprise. Such is the case with Skinless eagerly awaited new record, Savagery. Believe it…

Homewrecker – Hell is Here Now

Homewrecker has always been about elevating their foundation. Always trying to take tried and true, moshpit catered listening experiences to the next level. On their debut album Worms and Dirt, there was a salad of influences. Pulling from Obituary, Morbid Angel, Merauder and old Hatebreed and integrating that into the same song…

Depravity – Evil Upheaval

Sometimes (i.e. enough for me to not feel utterly guilty for mentioning it in this review) I go to the gym. I’m not a particularly built individual, but I have dreams. During cardio (pretty much the only part of a workout that I’m moderately good at), I take immense pleasure…

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Australia Gets Brutal With Depravity’s “Vile Defloration”

There’s something in the water in Australia. Outside of crocodiles, naturally. The country produces quality extreme metal on the regular, and particularly in the realm of death metal has no shortage of premium artists, with recent releases from Portal and Grave Upheaval once again cementing the scene’s weird, overwhelming dominance.…