Heavy metal mania from Santiago, Chile, from some young killers that just want to fuck up your day with their sick riffage. This is some of the coolest heavy metal that we’ve heard in a while, full of passion and energy, and we’re excited to have released it!
CD release via Nameless Grave Records. For fans of Universe, Running Wild, Mercyful Fate.
Black metal project between two members of Draghkar meant to evoke the ancient sounds of Bathory, Mortuary Drape, and Varathron. Written in 2017, recorded in 2018, released posthumously in 2022.
If there’s a heavy metal record released this year that defines the state of modern heavy metal, it’s the new one from Philly heroes Sumerlands. Relentlessly ’80s to the point of obsession but optimistically gorgeous and written with a touch that can only come from the greatest of reverence for old rock and metal, Dreamkiller is a great tribute to both the capacity for quality in the modern scene as well as to heavy metal itself.
Cryptworm caught my attention right from the beginning. I can’t recall anymore, some five years later, how I first came across their original eponymous demo (though I suspect it was by following the label that released that demo on tape, Goatprayer Records) but I can certainly remember the impact that it made. Filthy and threatening in a way that’s become more commonplace in the years since but that has become no less powerful for it, even on day one Cryptworm evoked all of the horror and putrid sewer atmosphere that has become, in a way, very popular. However, where most bands fail at providing anything other than base aesthetic and atmosphere, Cryptworm excel at bringing the fucking riffs.
Read the full article at Invisible Oranges: https://www.invisibleoranges.com/entering-the-underground-24-cryptworm/
Autopsy are a household name with sick horror freaks worldwide, and are widely regarded as one of the most influential bands in all of death metal history (as I noted in an article celebrating the 30th anniversary of their sophomore album Mental Funeral). As a genre that was initially spawned largely by weirdo teenagers, most bands playing death metal in the ‘80s have long since either stopped entirely or lost the fire that made them good. Autopsy are a special exception, and death metal fans everywhere wait with anticipation for new recordings.
Read the full article at Invisible Oranges: https://www.invisibleoranges.com/autopsy-morbidity-triumphant/
Ravenous Death’s strong potential has been evident since their 2017 debut short-length Ominous Deathcult, but I don’t feel that it was truly realized until now. That debut was a solid slab of straightforward, catchy death metal that didn’t vary much from a standard old and evil death metal template. It was equal parts Floridian and Swedish murderous riffage and all fire and energy without a ton other than their love of murder to separate them from the pack; the most present takeaway was that it was good—but they already had a rare spark showing that they could be great.
Read the full interview at Invisible Oranges: https://www.invisibleoranges.com/ravenous-death-interview/
The 7” single has a long history in the heavy metal world, and its importance as a format continues in the underground to this day. One of the best ways to lose money is to get into old NWOBHM singles, and many of the most expensive obscurities out there are highly limited 7”s that have far more fans than there are copies. Though the practice made its way to extreme metal (and particularly death metal, with many classic 7”s coming out across a variety of scenes and record labels in the early ‘90s) the format has endured as a special way for a classic heavy metal band to both make a statement and, when the band is special enough, as a showcase of force on a debut.
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