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Convulse: Evil Prevails
4 out of 5 skulls

Evil Prevails

Last year was the first time we had heard from Finland’s Convulse in over 20 years. The band announced their return with the two-song EP, […]

Rivers of Nihil: The Conscious Seed of Light
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Rivers of Nihil
The Conscious Seed of Light

The Conscious Seed of Light is the debut full-length effort from Reading, PA quintet Rivers of Nihil. It’s an album of technical beauty and proficient […]

Goregast: Covered in Skin
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Covered in Skin

I like two-track EPs like Goregast’s Covered in Skin. Releases like this serve one role and one role only — to whet your appetite for […]

Empire of Rats: s/t
4.25 out of 5 skulls

Empire of Rats
Empire of Rats

I’ve listened to a ton of metallic hardcore in my time. Whether it be from tough guys like Shattered Realm or social despondents like Blood […]

Meek is Murder: Everything is Awesome Nothing Matters
4 out of 5 skulls

Meek is Murder
Everything is Awesome Nothing Matters

The recipe that made 2011’s Algorithms so damn good is the same driving force behind Meek is Murder’s latest slab of frantic, noise-fueld hardcore. The […]

Blind to Faith: Under the Heptogram
3.75 out of 5 skulls

Blind to Faith
Under the Heptogram

It’s not often that an EP will capture my attention like Blind to Faith’s Under the Heptogram has. Comprised of current and former members of […]

Slutvomit: Swarming Darkness
3.75 out of 5 skulls

Swarming Darkness

A band’s name rarely causes one to ponder the depths of the very letters that form said moniker. I mean, what exactly constitutes the contents […]

Master: The Witchhunt
4.25 out of 5 skulls

The Witchhunt

I’ve been a big fan of what Master have been spewing forth the last few years. Paul Speckmann’s slurred, deranged vocal delivery has always been […]

Scalpel: Sorrow and Skin
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Sorrow and Skin

In the mood for triggered, machine-gun double bass? How about some bruising and technical guitar work? Guttural vocals that ooze expelled bile? Excellent. Then Scalpel’s […]

Abominant: Onward to Annihilation
4 out of 5 skulls

Onward to Annihilation

Two years ago, Abominant released Where Demons Dwell, an album that brought a surly mix of Floridian and Swedish death metal. It was also the […]