May 082017


(Andy Synn reviews the self-titled debut album by the Dutch band Ulsect, which will be released on May 12 by Season of Mist.)

It seems like you can hardly turn around these days without tripping over another angular, off-kilter Death Metal band who worship at the throne of Gorguts/Deathspell Omega.

I’m not quite sure when, or how, it happened, but someone somewhere appears to have opened the floodgates, and the torrent (ok, maybe “torrent” is pushing it) shows little sign of dying off just yet.

As a result it’s more important than ever to learn how to sift through all the dross, panning for those morsels of burnished gold which shine brighter than all the rest. Continue reading »

Feb 212017


With good reason, the new album by the Dutch band Dodecahedron (Kwintessens) has been drawing a lot of attention around metaldom leading up to its release next month by Season of Mist, but two of that band’s members are participants in another project that has a new album on the way, and early signs are that it will be worth just as much attention.

Ulsect is the name of this second group, and its line-up includes not only guitarist Joris Bonis and drummer Jasper Barendregt from Dodecahedron but also former Textures bass-player Dennis Aarts, guitarist Arno Frericks (ex-Encircled), and vocalist Dennis Maas. Their self-titled debut album, also being released by Season of Mist, is due to arrive on May 12, 2017, and we have an advance track named “Fall To Depravity” that should kindle your interest immediately. Continue reading »