Album Review: Skelethal – Of the Depths…

Skelethal - Of the Depths...

Lately, there seems to be an ever-flowing stream of Swedish-sounding death metal — and we’re talking real death metal, not melodeath — that doesn’t actually come from Sweden. I have a particularly dark recollection of Arizona natives Gatecreeper wowing the hell out of me with last year’s Sonoran Deprivation, while Germany’s Revel in Flesh and Holland’s Bodyfarm have also done a nice job carrying listeners down a Stockholm-inspired left hand path in recent years.

The latest addition to this group is France’s Skelethal, who’ll likely send listeners tumbling into the grave with their debut full-length, Of the Depths. It’s an album plucked straight from the murky depths where no life dwells, and while it’s hardly charting any new musical courses, it’s still a solid listen and one of the more entertaining death metal releases of the year to date.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Grave – “You’ll Never See”

Grave_-_You'll_Never_See..When it comes to classic Swedish death metal (aka, the “Sunlight” sound), everyone talks about Entombed, Dismember and Carnage. And rightly so, these bands and their classic albums are foundational to the development of the death metal genre. But more people need to recognize Grave. Additionally, more people need to recognize 1992’s You’ll Never See as a classic death metal album. Continue reading

Album Review: Under The Church – “Rabid Armageddon”

Under The Church - Rabid Armageddon

There’s no better feeling than getting in on the ground floor with a band that actually delivers. Formed from the ashes of the legendary Swedish death crew Nirvana 2002, Under the Church indisputably has the lineage in place to stand out in the everswelling sea of retro-sounding bands. On their debut fulllength, Rabid Armageddon, it’s as if the old school of Swedish death is in session and the band puts together a pretty compelling lecture on how to bludgeon a listener to oblivion. Continue reading