Dec 302022

(For many, many years our friend Vonlughlio , originally from the Dominican Republic and now in North Carolina, has compiled a list of his favorite brutal death metal releases for sharing at NCS, and he’s done it again this year, with a rogue’s gallery of artwork replete with guts, blood, skulls, monsters, and other eerie and abhorrent scenes.)

It’s been so long since I have written for NCS and I do sure miss it, but with my new job and family I have almost no time to do so. Nevertheless, I will try to change this for 2023. I am just thankful that Islander, lets me post my top 25 BDM albums list each year.

To those not familiar, the reason to do a year end list just for Brutal Death Metal is to give this genre and the bands more exposure. Also, NCS writers and collaborators do a fantastic job in covering other metal genres. So, this year for BDM has been a great one, providing lots of cool releases that just blew me away from start to finish. Since this is only a list of 25 albums, some albums that you might like might not there. Probably because I did not have the chance to listen or it was not released by the time I made my choices.

Another thing, if an album you loved is not here, that does not mean it sucked, It might be because I just like the ones I chose more. Anyway, not taking too much of your time, below is my list. Continue reading »

Dec 302021


(Our friend Vonlughlio has once again prepared a year-end list that focuses on his favorite metal genre, brutal death metal, and today we present all 25 of his ranked selections.)

Hello dear readers, it’s been a long time since I wrote for NCS due to 2021 being full of challenges, from having COVID at the beginning of the year and changing jobs. Basically, having no time to do BDM reviews for NCS. Hopefully for 2022 I will be more active in that regard. Before getting into it, I would like again to thank Islander and his collaborators for doing a great job like always.

For this year I will not be adding comments in each of the positions as I’ve done in previous years (due to lack of time). Hopefully, dear reader, you will click the players and give the bands a listen in the hopes of your liking them. I also will not include Honorable Mentions (again due to lack of time, and there are so many lol). One other thing that changed this year is the triple tie for the Number 1 spot. Those albums are the most-played in this household and I could not pick just one.

Anyways, check out the list and I hope you like what you find, and that you can show support to the bands however you can. Continue reading »

Jul 072021


(Vonlughlio returns to NCS with a review and recommendation of the second album by the New Jersey brutal death metal band Dead and Dripping, which was released in mid-May of this year.)

It’s been a long time without yours truly doing a small review, mainly due to work commitments and family time in this pandemic-infested world. If you are reading this, I hope you and your loved ones are well.

This time around I have the opportunity to write about the solo BDM project Dead and Dripping from the multi-instrumentalist Evan Daniele. I became aware of this project back in 2017 when they re-released their demo Disillusioned by Excessive Human Consumption, which I believe is back in the Dominican Republic with other CDs I could not take with me when I moved to US.

Last year saw the release of the debut album Profane Verses of Murderous Rhetoric, which we reviewed here at NCS, and that release made it to my list of top 2020 BDM albums. Continue reading »

Mar 042021


(This is Vonlughlios‘ review of the new album by the Thai brutal death metal band Biomorphic Engulfment, which will be released on March 31 by Show No Mercy Records, with cover art by Paolo Girardi.)

We are into March and so far there have been some great BDM releases. I am excited to see what the upcoming months have in store for the genre. But I know about one of them already — the debut album by Thailand’s Biomorphic Engulfment, Incubation in the Parallel Dimension, which is set to be released by Show No Mercy Records on March 31st.

The project was born in 2015 under the name Parasitic Infestation until they changed it in 2017 to their current banner. They released the following year a one-song demo called “Pestilent Microparasitic Domination” that at the time I did not get the chance to listen to (which I now regret). Continue reading »

Feb 232021


(The subject of this latest recommendation and review by Vonlughlio is the new album by the Dutch band Buried, which was released on February 14th by Brutal Mind.)

Today I have the opportunity to write about a project from the Netherlands named Buried who have been around since 2013 and just released their debut album Oculus Rot via Brutal Mind. Before this release they had a 2013 EP Tenebrous that I have not had the chance to listen to. Therefore, coming into this new album I had no conception of what they would sound like.

However, I did know that three of their members were part of the legendary band Pyaemia, who are held in the BDM community as a classic band due to their 1998 EP Cranial Blowout and their 2001 album Cerebral Cereal. That material is highly regarded as a pure representation of what BDM was at the time of its release. To this day the material is loved and considered as among the great releases of all time in the genre. Continue reading »

Feb 172021


(This is Vonlughlio’s review of the newest album by the Czech extreme metal band !T.O.O.H.!, which is out now via Lavadome Productions.)

This time around I will take the chance to write about a project named T.O.O.H. from Czechia that has been around since 1990 as Devastator and changed to their current name in 1993. The responsible parties for this output are brothers Josef (bass, guitars, and vocals) and Jan (drums, vocals).

From 1995 to 1998 they released demos that revealed fantastic musicianship with its raw production which showcased the base of the path this band would take. It was not until the year 2000 that we received their first album From Higher Will, which showed strong song structures with the style of death/grind and bits and pieces of progressive inclinations.  It surely is among my favorite debut albums by a band and has a special place in my heart (along with all their albums). Continue reading »

Feb 092021


(Here’s Vonlughlio’s review of the debut album by the Indonesian brutal death metal band Hysterorrhexis, which was recently released by Dismembered Records.)

Hello dear readers, I hope you are all well and staying safe in this 2021. I have not been able to do reviews recently due to my family and myself having COVID-19 (we are well, with no major consequences in our health). Self-quarantine, medicine, and a lot of Death Metal in my household.

In this period I was able to listen to some BDM releases that, if I had heard them before doing my year-end list, would have been included, and to some new projects that are releasing music this year. Which is the case of the Indonesian band Hysterorrhexis who have just dropped their debut album Maggots Infest the Limb via Dismembered Records. Continue reading »

Dec 282020


(For the 9th year in a row, here’s our friend Vonlughlio’s list of the best brutal death metal albums of the year that’s about to end.)

That time of year has arrived again for the year-rnf list and like every year I start by thanking Islander for letting me share my lists since 2012. As some of you might know (duh!!!) one of my favorite genres is BDM, and even though I listen to other genres as well, I want to focus more on BDM for NCS, since the staff does a great job in covering other genres.

I thought that this year would be different and that I would have an easier time doing my top 25 BDM albums for NCS. but no!!! It has been a difficult task like every other time. I have 30 or so releases that I enjoyed and not all of them would make the list.  Some will like what I’ve named here, and others may hate it, but that is life. Continue reading »

Dec 172020


(This is Vonlughlio’s review of the debut album by the Indonesian brutal death metal band Sufism, which was released on December 13th by the Brutal Mind label.)

As some of you might know, one of my favorite BDM scenes is from Indonesia, due to the everlasting passion and commitment to the music from fans, labels, and bands in that area.  Someday I would love to visit the country and meet some of the musicians/projects I enjoy (one can dream).

Today I have the opportunity to review the debut album of the Indonesian band Sufism, entitled Republik Rakyat Jelata, which was just released via Brutal Mind on December 13th. The band were formed in 2014 and the following year released their first EP, Reptilia Buas, which consisted of five songs that were well-crafted and showcased impressive musicianship.  I will say that it was not groundbreaking nor made waves, but overall it was a good EP that I enjoyed quite a bit. Continue reading »

Dec 162020


(This is Vonlughlio’s review of the new album by Deeds of Flesh, which was released by Unique Leader Records on December 11th.)

I have the honor to write about a band who are considered a classic act by fans of Brutal Death Metal, a band who came to life back in 1993 in Los Osos, California, and whose music has transcended the test of time and inspired many bands in both the BDM and Tech scene.

I remember while living in the Dominican Republic discovering their 1996 debut album Trading Pieces and being blown away as the music started. It left an everlasting impact on my life. Continue reading »