Album Review: Thy Catafalque — “Naiv”

Thy Catafalque - Naiv

For over twenty years, Hungarian/Scottish experimental metal band Thy Catafalque have been working tirelessly to posit just how far one can push the genre of metal before it becomes something entirely new and outside the range of classification entirely.  Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and sole member Tamás Kátai is back with Thy Catafalque’s ninth album Naiv, which he classifies as “the least metal material in the history of the band.”  Aided by a slew of new and returning collaborators, this album certainly stretches the idea of what metal is capable of, while still being plenty heavy and assaulting. Continue reading

Album Review: Odious Mortem — “Synesthesia”

Odious Mortem - Synesthesia

As far as tech death goes I’m not big on the insane extremes bands like Archspire take or whatever the hell Allegaeon did on their latest album that caused me to give up halfway through. Although experimentation is fantastic, amalgamating sounds and hoping it sounds like tech death is just not something I’m going to put myself through. On the other side of the spectrum, a band who has been MIA for a while should be able update their sound and test what else is out there when it comes to insanity levels and a fretless bass. Thus, when a band like Odious Mortem returns with Synesthesia, I have an expectation of grounded innovation, as if they really took the time to fully plant themselves into what they missed. They did that, but, to an extent. Continue reading

Album Review: Blessed Black – "Beyond the Crimson Throne"

Up and coming doom metal band, Blessed Black, made a powerful kick-down-the-door type of entry into the metal scene with their debut two-track EP Beyond the Crimson Throne and now return to flesh those two tracks out into a full length album of the same name.  The group, formed in 2017, is comprised of four very skilled musicians from Ohio.  Since the band’s start, they have worked tirelessly to develop their sound and produce a pretty killer debut album.  Beyond the Crimson Throne showcases the musicians’ technical talents through catchy riffs, guitar and vocal harmonization, crisp drum lines, and bass lines that beg for head banging. Continue reading

Album Review: Horned Almighty – “To Fathom The Master’s Grand Design”

horned almighty - to fathom the master's grand design

There’s a time to laugh, and a time to cry.  There’s a time to stretch the boundaries of metal, and there’s a time to stay the course.  There’s a time to get grandiose and expansive in a review, and there’s a time to just sit back and admit that To Fathom The Master’s Grand Design, the latest from Danish purveyors of blackened filth Horned Almighty is breaking no new ground, but remains deftly executed and full of evil, evil chops that will raise hairs on the backs of folks who live for gloating, leering metal burnt black.   Continue reading