Jul 092021

(Andy Synn offers us a chance to catch up with a quartet of albums you may have overlooked)

Is it just me, or was June an insanely busy period for music?

Honestly, despite doing my best to cover as many new releases as possible, and despite the best efforts of my NCS cohorts to do the same, it feels like we missed out on a lot of records this month.

This, of course, made it pretty difficult to pick just 4 artists/albums for this article, and at one point there was a version of this column that was all Death Metal (including Diabolizer, Noctambulant, and Cathexis, if memory serves) until I realised that maybe, just maybe, that didn’t give the broadest picture of the last 30 days (but you should still check out all three of those bands/albums if you haven’t already).

Don’t worry, there’s still some serious brutality on offer, but I’ve managed to widen the scope a little since then so that today’s article – which features four, count ‘em, four debut albums – should have the potential to appeal to a slightly broader cross-section of our readers than just those who like to have their eardrums perforated by the musical equivalent of a turbo-charged jackhammer.

And, speaking of…

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Jun 072021


Lo and behold, I had enough time today to prepare a second round-up of new music today. I wasn’t sure I would, which is why they’re not labeled Part 1 and Part 2, but things worked out. The first installment was really all-over-the-place musically. This one is much more concentrated on various forms of death metal, though not exclusively so.


These Kaiju-conjuring death-thrashers from Seattle made a radioactive impact with their 2018 debut album Bestial Manifestations of Malevolence and Death, and now they’re about to do it again with their sophomore full-length, Sinister Monstrosities Spawned by the Unfathomable Ignorance of Humankind. Two songs are out in the world so far, the latest of which detonated last Friday. Continue reading »