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Utopium: Vicious Consolation / Virtuous Totality
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Vicious Consolation / Virtuous Totality

Utopium have a moniker that brings to mind visions of stoned hippies in robes congregating around a communal circle as majestic floating unicorns piss rainbows […]

Noisem: Agony Defined
4.5 out of 5 skulls

Agony Defined

Every once and awhile an album (usually a debut of some sort) comes along and just simply blindsides you. Usually the band is young and […]

Nails: Abandon All Life
4 out of 5 skulls

Abandon All Life

There are some albums that one encounters that you can simply toss in the stereo, sit back comfortably in your smoking jacket and just listen […]

Call of the Void: Dragged Down a Dead End Path
4 out of 5 skulls

Call of the Void
Dragged Down a Dead End Path

I’ve been fortunate enough to come across some outstanding debuts in my time whether they be blasting grind, furious death metal or scathing, blackened mayhem […]

PLF: Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter

These Texan sonsabitches have been grinding it out since 1999 and this is the first damned time I’ve heard of PLF!? I can’t really be […]

Pristina: Hopeless • Godless
4 out of 5 skulls

Hopeless • Godless

Sweet merciful fuck. This is not the same Pristina that put out the very raw and young Boner Jams ’07 in 2007. Nor is even […]

Blockheads: This World is Dead
4 out of 5 skulls

This World is Dead

The country of France is not normally one that would come to mind when thinking about grind-core. At least, for me it’s not. Hell, the […]

Rotten Sound: Species at War
4 out of 5 skulls

Rotten Sound
Species at War

If I were ever to have a complaint about anything Finland’s Rotten Sound have let loose upon this earth, it would be that the band’s […]

Gruesome Stuff Relish: Sempiternal Death Grind
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Gruesome Stuff Relish
Sempiternal Death Grind

Gurgling growls, belching snarls, sound bytes, pitch-shifting, crusty grind?… it must be Spain’s Gruesome Stuff Relish (GSR from here on out). The band’s latest slab […]

General Surgery: Like an Ever Flying Limb
3.5 out of 5 skulls

General Surgery
Like an Ever Flying Limb

So, those gore-grinding bastards of General Surgery are back with five new tracks — the first since 2009’s Corpus In Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism. You’d expect […]