“The band’s sound is clearly rooted in doom-heavy bands like early Amorphis, Incantation and Immolation, along with a healthy dose of classic Bolt Thrower. For fans of classic, straightforward darkness, Vadiat delivers on everything you could want in a death metal band.” - Decibel Magazine
by Wretched Fate
“Bands like Wretched Fate and labels like Redefining Darkness remind me why I love death metal. Brutal, underground and willing to go for the throat, Wretched Fate is the sort of band who speak to the sort of inherent darkness of the genre.” - Metal Injection
‘Well if you like your death metal to sound like Incantation crossed with Bolt Thrower and Human Waste-era Suffocation (and a touch of Karelian Isthmus-era Amorphis), then we have a real treat for you on July 6. On that day, Skullcrush will unleash Visions of the Firestorm Eclipse, an unrelenting and thoroughly satisfying blast of straightforward death metal’ - Decibel Magazine
by Jesus Wept
“Jesus Wept are death metal through and through, but they draw from a different set of influences than many of their peers, taking most of their cues from Heartwork, Swansong and ’80s heavy metal. It’s immediately clear from the start of “Buried Face Down,” the first track on their forthcoming Apartheid Redux album—which remixes the four songs on their first EP and adds two originals, plus a WASP cover—that the band have patiently studied the riffcraft of Bill Steer and Michael Amott” - Decibel Magazine
“Black metal quartet Helleborus have an ear for the epic, something they demonstrate frequently on new album Saprophytic Divinations. Throughout the record, Helleborus unleash a particularly icy strain of the genre, building a foreboding and sinister atmosphere. ‘Saprophytic Divinations’ is a diverse record within its black metal framework. Through tempo changes, technicality, melody and the occasional symphonic passage, as well as significantly better production, Helleborus have vastly improved on every element of 2016’s The Carnal Sabbath. - Decibel Magazine
by Sentient Horror
An unholy matrimony of vicious brutality and colorful melody, REDEFINING DARKNESS RECORDS is proud to present the beautifully horrific monster that is SENTIENT HORROR.
Crafted with a keen eye for both the brutality and savagery of old school death metal and an ear for metal’s harmonious and melodic roots, “Ungodly Forms” twists, turns, molds, and deconstructs the listener on a lucid journey through the macabre and the magnificent. Translucent melodies show only enough life before allowing themselves to be devoured by punishing guitars and a crushing percussive nightmare. Progression and retrospection balance on a rotting carcass while the soundtrack to a war rages around. Do not make the mistake of being an innocent bystander.
by Grave Plague
With the overwhelming number of “Old School” Death Metal acts surfacing daily, most of us are drowning in a sea of mediocrity. We hear that tag and think, “Oh great…here we go again…another Entombed clone…”. Amidst the countless forgetable releases currently flooding the metal marketplace, few do standout - the cream always rises to the top…
Enter GRAVE PLAGUE…named after the Great Plague of 1665 leaving hundreds of thousands of bodies in the streets and piled into mass graves… their music has come to do the same! Fuck “Old School”, forget “90’s” or whatever description that is trendy these days…this is death metal the way it was meant to be played. Love it or leave it, GRAVE PLAGUE are the geniune article and have come to crush the competition!
Resurrecting the remains of death metal’s primitive and marveled past, Grave Plague began in late 2015 as a vehicle to exercise the demons of old school death metal into twisting, chaotic, and haunting formation. Inspired by both classic American and European underground extreme metal, vintage 70s and 80s horror, and generally all things macabre and putrid, expect nothing less than death metal played the way only the tried and true remember it …ugly, raw, uncompromising, and untamed!!! For fans of Autopsy, Death, and Obituary..
“The album is an exercise of well-tempered death metal, that is at once caustic and mesmerizing. The songs are catchy, crusty, even imbued with doomy and melodic bits and include influences of bands such as Asphyx, Dismember, Comecon, Morgoth, even Death and Edge of Sanity.” - Bravewords & Bloody Knuckles
“If we’re not all killed by the coronavirus outbreak, we will certainly be pummeled to death by the sheer brute force that is Plague’s debut album.” - Metal Injection
by Mutilated By Zombies
“Midwest death metal act Mutilated by Zombies were brought into existence a decade ago to write and play death metal reminiscent of its golden age, which, in this case, seems to be old-school Florida-style death metal, citing Deicide, Monstrosity, Gorguts and Cryptopsy as some of their major influences. The trio succeed in their mission, crafting meat-and-potatoes death metal. There are no frills, no acoustic interludes or ambient introductions; starting with “Decayed Manifestation” and ending with “Rise to Enslave,” Mutilated by Zombies focus on meaty riffs, growled vocals and a machine-like rhythm section. Mutilated by Zombies don’t reinvent the wheel, nor do they want to; the gore-obsessed crew do an above-average job at dealing angular riffs, deep vocals and blasting at high speeds.” - Decibel Magazine
by Six of Swords
“Regime Decay, their brand new album, finds the band honing in on the slower and groovier elements, channeling influence from classics like Morbid Angel and new-school up-and-comers like Gatecreeper, while still bringing it fast and furious when the moment calls for it. Regime Decay is an absolutely monstrous collection of death metal, and we’re positive you’re going to love it too.” - Metal Sucks
’…the band has taken the science of scorching vocals, gritty guitars ripping out excellent riffs, and a brutal yet precise rhythm section, and turned it into an art. It doesn’t hurt that the production fits the style perfectly, allowing the band’s concoction of Death, Obituary and perhaps some Persecution Mania-era Sodom to play exactly as intended.’ - Decibel Magazine
SPECIAL EDITION re-press of Absolute Power with the addition of the band’s brand new EP, Index Case: The Quarantine Sessions !
“For fans of violent, raging chaos and noise: Sweden’s latest heavy export is your new prescription. SKAM creates a blindingly heavy mix of death metal, black metal, grindcore and their country’s proud crust tradition (e.g. Anti-Cimex, Skitsystem, Disfear) to generate their upcoming album, Sounds of a Disease. Think if Anaal Nathrakh was more into D-beat and less into using electronic noises in their material, and you’d be pretty close to what SKAM has to offer.” - Decibel Magazine
by Mother's Tomb
“Absent Not Dead is an articulate and very fun opening salvo from these Atlanta thrash freaks. The touches of death metal and shred that accentuate a balls out assault mean that this is one of the more compelling records of the year. Suffice it to say, Redefining Darkness Records have knocked it out of the park once more. “ - Two Guys Metal Reviews
by Coffin Mulch
Having released their self-titled demo,’Coffin Mulch’, in February of 2019, these Scottish maniacs obsessed with Death Metal’s early beginnings are finally ready to unleash their debut mini-LP entitled ‘Septic Funeral’.
”…Angerot’s sophomore LP The Divine Apostate is the distinct leap forward their debut foretold. With bold arrangements that transcend Swedeath and emerges with an identity all its own, it’s a turning-point record for Angerot…When the terminal note of closing track “Thy Kingdom Burned” fades, The Divine Apostate feels like an extraordinarily cohesive death metal experience.” - Decibel Magazine
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by From The Hellmouth
From inside the twisted halls of the Underworld comes From the Hellmouth, the latest and most savage creation to spew from the bowels of Hell. Taking cues from Bloodbath & Hypocrisy with a modern spin, From the Hellmouth blends extremity, powerful production, and touches of melody to fuse a sound that rings your neck relentlessly until it separates your head from the body. Whether you prefer your death metal textured or bare as bones, From the Hellmouth surely will not disappoint as it stakes its claim as a death metal force to be reckoned with.