by Inoculated Life
“Charging out of the gate with nasty HM2-fueled riffage, Inoculated Life soak in outside influences from grindcore and powerviolence for a blistering, feedback-ridden record. Everything on Exist to Decay hits like a ton of bricks, from the hefty guitars to the raw, filthy vocals.” - Decibel Magazine
“There’s a palpable dose of black metal in here, most notably in the vocals, which squeeze out the Hebrew lyrics like confessions extracted under torture. Imagine Mutilation Rites playing doom metal and you’re most of the way there. This, along with a few bursts of blasting (“The Darkness Whispers In My Ear”, “Zohamah”) and some moments in “Emptiness” that remind me of Thantifaxath, already comprises all the black metal elements that are readily apparent, but it’s enough to spice things up sufficiently. On the other end of the spectrum, “Black Cloud” is the most straightforward death metal track, mostly stomping along at a lumbering pace and boasting some surprisingly groovy riffs. It’s the shortest song on here, which leads me to another aspect in which the album scores points with me: it’s only half an hour long. That may sound like a back-handed compliment, but in a genre that seems fraught with overlong compositions that go nowhere, I find this very refreshing. It’s the death doom equivalent of a quick fix, with plenty of killer and very little filler.” - Toilet Ov Hell
by The Occult
by Angel Morgue
“Blasphemy and rotten, cavernous death metal are Angel Morgue‘s specialties on debut album In the Morgue of Angels. The death metal on display is primitive and effective—everything from the riffs to the vocals to the impressive drumming to the production to the song titles sounds like it was dug out of a crypt. Fortunately, that crypt contained an impressive death metal album. From the Immolation-esque “Raped in Church (Touched by God)” to the neck-snapping “Cosmic Torment” and titular closer, Angel Morgue juggle fast and slow tempos, never giving too much of one or the other. There are plenty of sonic similarities to Immolation, Autopsy and early Outer Heaven, and the song titles would bring a smile to Glen Benton’s face. At a lean eight songs, everything about In the Morgue of Angels feels inspired by a time gone by, adapted for 2020. “ - Decibel Magazine
“Cross-continental duo of death Gravefields emerge from relative obscurity with Embrace the Void, their first full-length under their new name, following 2017’s Hellstorm (under the name Dirtyprotest). Embrace the Void is an elegant death metal album, driven by chunky riffs, splashes of melody, flurries of tremolo picking and diverse vocal patterns.” - Decibel Magazine
Cleveland Death Metal legends, DECREPIT, were formed in November of 1991 by ex-Mutilation members Chris Dora and Rob Molzan. There would be a few line up changes before securing the line up that gave us the ‘Hymns of Grief and Pain” demo in 1993.
In March of 1993, DECREPIT entered JMC Studios in Medina, Ohio, to record ‘Hymns of Grief of Pain’. The result was 6 songs of Putrid Death Metal that has been compared to Incantation, Immolation, Goreaphobia, and Grave.
by Oxygen Destroyer
While often teased for their effects and for being ” cheesy,” many Kaiju movies like Godzilla ( 1954) and Rodan are actually very well made films that deal with themes involving nuclear warfare and the ignorance of mankind.” - Jordan Farrow, Oxygen Destroyer, quoted from an interview w/ Toilet of Hell
by CORRUPTED SAINT
“In an era of plague, disinformation and pain, there are few things that we can reliably trust to get us through the night. However one thing that has stood strong is death thrash. The latest from Corrupted Saint is a fitting entry to the canon. Mutilated Before The Masses is a potent offering that routinely impresses the listener with its crushing riffs and thrilling song structures. This is a thrash metal album that goes for the throat, dragging you by the hair around the pit and beating your skull in. Corrupted Saint are the sort of impressive slaughter one can’t help but to love….This is what thrash metal was always meant to be about and if you’re not ready to get bloody - well then this is not for you. “ - Two Guys Metal Reviews
Need a healthy dose of Death Thrash to free you from the frustrations and anxieties of this world pandemic? Redefining Darkness (US) & Raw Skull Recordz (Europe) got you covered with a brand new EP from Florida up-in-comers Corrupted Saint! Corrupted Saint are an abrasive gut punch of scathing Death Thrash reminiscent of greats like Demolition Hammer, Devastation, Exhorder, Solstice, and Num Skull! …So prepare to get THRASHED!
by Sentient Horror
” It’s a dynamic rager from a band who seem determined to take on the world. With flashy guitar lines roaring out over chainsaw guitars, Sentient Horror show their songwriting has only improved with this latest effort. ‘Call Of Ancient Gods’ acts as a logical growth on the previous work from the band. There is an intensity here that fascinates the listener. By the time the track wraps up it’s clear that Sentient Horror have unleashed a bona fide pit starter.” - Matt Bacon, Metal Injection
by Kryptik Mutation
Formed in the Summer of 2019, Kryptik Mutation are a group of close friends who share a love for the Extreme Metal, Horror movies, and video games. While the band take their music seriously, they try not to take themselves too seriously and embrace fun in the creation of their art. Every song has some reference or nod to a video game or horror movie, whether a favorite or a unique story they create inspired from those favorites. Musically Kryptik Mutation are a modern savage… A modern production with old and new school aesthetic alike, combining 90’s Death/ Thrash with hints of grindcore and slam. Self-admittedly hugely influenced by Suffocation, the band incorporate those Long Island blasts and groove with a Texas Death/Thrash attack!
Formed in 2007, Paranorm is a progressive thrash/black/death metal band based in Uppsala, Sweden. In 2011, Paranorm went into the studio with producer Nino Vukovic and released their first EP, titled ‘Pandemonium’s Rise’. After promoting the record on various stages in Sweden, the band started work on a follow-up recording. The next release, a four-track EP titled ‘The Edge of Existence’, produced once again by Vukovic, was released in 2014.
With a line-up change in 2018, Paranorm recruited powerhouse drummer Samuel Karlstrand of Wretched Fate. Meanwhile, work was ongoing for their most ambitious project to date: a full-length album titled ‘Empyrean’. This time around, Paranorm sought out the talents of producer Lars Hultman, and the album was recorded between 2019-2020. Redefining Darkness is proud to unleash the band’s most accomplished work to date this Feb, 2021!
“This is grimy, sewer-dwelling slime in all the right ways, leaving trails of filth in your mind as the song blasts by like a speeding, on-fire train” - Invisible Oranges
by Celestial Sanctuary
Formed late 2019 in Cambridge, England, by Tomas Cronin (Vocals & Guitar) with James Burke (Drums), Jim Rutterford (Bassh and Matt Adnett (Guitar) rounding out the line up - Celestial Sanctuary are a feral, primal and modern death metal band with their own message about the destructive nature of humankind. Whilst wearing their old school Death Metal influences on their sleeve, they are by no means a throwback nostalgia act, but the beginning of The New Wave Of British Death Metal.
After stating their intent with the Mass Extinction demo, Celestial Sanctuary launched straight into writing and recording their debut full length which will be unleashed March 26th 2021 via Redefining Darkness/Church Road Records (Vinyl/CD) Sewer Rot Records (Cassette).
The band’s debut full length, Soul Diminished, tells the story of a soul trapped in a vessel of a body, gaining consciousness. Over the course of the album they becomes aware their sentience is a hell they must suffer as they realize their existence is predetermined and their fate already sealed by a disgusting, faceless entity….a shapeless master. The being’s sanity deteriorates as they descend into madness.
“I always saw the being’s background as open to interpretation - whether they’re a victim of human trafficking, bred for food, born into slavery or someone in the grip of depression who can see no way out. The world can be pretty fucked up as it is, so I wanted to keep the lyrics grounded and about real life, things that actually happen.
The artwork done by the incredible Wyrmwalk (Iron Age / Frozen Soul). I basically just gave him the concept of the album and wanted a landscape of this world this character perceives with the faceless being looking down at this hell. Needless to say he absolutely killed it and his art actually inspired the last song we wrote for the album (Suffer Your Sentience).” - Tomas, Celestial Sanctuary
by HUMANITY IS CANCER
“The four songs on the EP are all terrific, delivering with considerable mastery a style of death metal that draws upon the influence of Aeon, post-Barnes Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, early Decapitated, and Bloodbath. The music’s immediately addictive rhythms are pulverizing, its morbid, preternatural melodies are memorable and haunting, and it achieves heights of ferocity that are spine-tingling.” - NO CLEAN SINGING
Revered and respected among the Midwest heavy music community, Throne have captivated and crushed the masses with a ferocious, relentless and intricate formula of Death Metal all their own. Since storming from the gates in late 2017 with their first jaw dropping live performance, Throne have consistently gained momentum, sharing the stage and holding their own with major extreme acts such as At The Gates, Exhumed, Revocation, Suffocation, Belphegor and Goatwhore.
A eruption of punishing groove and bleak metallic darkness, MATTERHORN pummels the senses in a nostalgic trance that manages tales of familiar roads to uncharted and hellish terrain. Texturized by varying elements of extremity from inside and outside of the metal fabric, this hellish concoction cleanses the pallet starved for unbridled and uncompromised sonic punishment. Immerse yourself in the twisted world that you think you recognize…. and escape with your soul if you can endure.
MATTERHORN took the Metal World by surprise in 2018 with their debut album, Crass Cleansing. The self-released debut of the young power trio from Switzerland started appearing all over the interwebs, shows were constantly being announced, and records were shipped by the band along with hand-written letters in the truest underground tradition. It’s no surprise upon first hearing the band that their main influence are country-mates and legends Celtic Frost. Although heavily inspired by those that paved the way before them, the band would never be satisfied with merely copying the classics… MATTERHORN are armed with a somehow strange and personal aesthetic, musically, visually and lyrically, that shows no interest in genre tropes and cliques.
The result is a loose, intoxicated, rebellious dark heavy metal played with an insane appetite for destruction and it’s a true joy to behold its unfolding. MATTERHORN’s appearance procures emotions that one might not be equipped to understand by the first listen, thus the trio is hard to classify – A polarizing band with a strapping name, organically evoking the myth around itself.
“Metal lifers who complain about kids today not going hard enough obviously need to plug their pie-holes with a healthy dose of Sarcator. The Swedish four-piece, whose ranks include the son of The Crown’s Marko Tervonen, are all still in high school, and yet they play the kind of savage death-thrash that most old-school fans live for. With their upcoming self-titled debut, Sarcator will instantly make a name for themselves in the underground — and will stand as a firm reminder that young metal fans will always be down to make music that sears the inside of your brain.” - The Pit
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by Sentient Horror
” This ain’t a stop-gap release of left-over B-sides and half-baked oddities. From its first feral charge, the EP blasts from cover artist Juanjo Castellano’s sepulcher with all the buzzsaw brutality and Lovecraftian menace you can pack into 20 minutes. You don’t have to be able to name-drop one of Moliti’s favorite Lovecraft stories (“The Shadow Out of Time”) to enjoy the record, but it sure as hell won’t hurt. If you’re a fan of otherwordly tales and the Sunlight Studio sound, you’ll want to venture deeper into The Crypts Below.” - Decibel Magazine