Category: April 24, 2020

Witchskull – A Driftwood Cross

The skies are dark. The atmosphere is thick with dread. The future looks bleak. Only pure, red-blooded heavy fucking metal can save us now. Belching effortlessly classic and crushing anthems from the riffian depths, with all the power and panache of Black Sabbath at their peak, Witchskull return in 2020 to stir our souls once again.

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Xpus – In Umbra Mortis Sedent

XPUS from Italy are invoking the ghosts of the dark and harrowing bands that surfaced in the ’90s such as MORBID ANGEL, DEICIDE, INCANTATION and SINISTER, but obviously channeling it through their intensified, dense sound that makes it somewhat unique and frightening. There’s palpable dark energy in this band’s execution and none of it is blurred from chaos, rather it’s brilliantly enunciated and fleshed out for maximum impact. With artwork from the acclaimed artist Misanthropic Art bringing to life their cryptic, graveyard-crawling death metal, the packaging furthermore receives a shot in the arm because of the unique and probably never before done before glow-in-the-dark effect. This is pummelling, dark death metal that doesn’t nod off and makes sure its grip on you keeps tightening.

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Katatonia – City Burials

“City Burials” encompasses that eloquent and distinct celestial quality that has been staple to KATATONIA’s essence for years. The melodies remain jaw-droppingly evocative, and yet KATATONIA doesn’t ever seem likely to be able to rid themselves of that heavy element that is bound to their bones. The album is a winner because it is quintessentially KATATONIA. The band was formed by vocalist Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders Nyström in 1991 who have together guided the band’s course. Here, on “City Burials”, Renkse ended up writing the majority of the album. But while the release sounds in line with the essence of the act’s core duo, it sounds like it’s truly the product of a full band because it relies upon the full membership’s talents, including bassist Niklas Sandin, drummer Daniel Moilanen and second guitarist Roger Öjersson.

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