Vorbid – A Swan by the Edge of Mandala (2022) – Review

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Who ever said there would not be enough prog in 2022? Ah, yes. RMR’s upper echelon made some ugly noises about that. But fear naught. The year already spawned pretty decent old prog fare, albeit a bit less than usual. And even Haken sent some signals that seem to point to new, exciting proggy objects heading our way. So, let’s not abandon hope, right?

In the meantime, though, we found some hybrids like Seyr. But also bands like Infanteria that may be closer to the mark for this here new record. The latter sport a thrash/prog tincture that we … [...] Click to raid more!

Slaughter the Giant – Depravity (2022) – Review

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If there’s a most unlikely metal genre to evolve further, it’s Death Metal. It’s often the same old traditional beat that will get those old metalheads all excited. Bands going full-speed melancholia DM do still appear to this day. And they’re welcome over here more often than not.1) But that section of the deathly ones already got a lot of coverage and there’s only so much we can report. So, where’s that wind of change, those new vibes that would excite us to no end?

Well, luckily, we got ourselves new bands that will take their art to a … [...] Click to raid more!

Inhuman Condition – Rat°God (2021) – Review

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I know. We just gave Inhuman Condition‘s Fearsick a pretty bad rap. And for cause. This 2022 record just serves as a weak offshoot of what Rat°God had in store for the Death Metal adepts about one year earlier. And I am aware of course that we shouldn’t dish out judgment on a line or two. But sometimes, things are so obvious, they can’t be denied.

Rat°God here thrives on the savoir-faire of one Terry Butler, late of Massacre. The man who found himself two very knowledgeable younger adepts of the Death Metal art. And by doing so, … [...] Click to raid more!

Inhuman Condition – Fearsick (2022) – Review

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Do you know why Inhuman Condition‘s record Rat°God never got any undying Death Metal love over here in 2021? It’s because we all heard it before a gazillion times. And that even if this band’s debut album often sounded like lots of unbridled fun. But it also often eerily felt like a crazed version of one of Rogga Johannson‘s many outfits. And that’s – come to think of it – right on target. Rogga here is part of Massacre, same as one Terry Butler was until lately. There you go, connection’s made. So, about a year back, the … [...] Click to raid more!