Review: Kharva – Demo

Before it was melodic or technical, or brutal, or infused with hardcore, death metal was filthy. I don’t necessarily mean gory, though that is often a side effect of buzzsaw riffing. No, old school death metal has its own sense of melody, brutality, and speed, and Sweden’s Kharva understand that perfectly. Their demo was launched…

Review: The Seathmaw Project – Inexistence

The Seathmaw Project is a melodic death metal project by guitarist and composer Geovanni Munoz haling from Dallas, and back in December 2017, he released its third album titled “Inexistence.” The album contains strong blasting riffs, which are otherwise inherently catchy and actually suit the vocals incredibly well. They are bludgeoning when paired with vicious…

Album Review: Painted Black – Raging Light

Painted Black is the best band you’ve never heard of. Despite their general lack of widespread recognition, these guys from Lisbon, Portugal have been pumping out top-tier progressive death metal for over a decade, largely establishing their immunity from the genre’s various pitfalls. From their 2005 demo EP The Neverlight to 2014’s Quarto Vazio, Painted Black…

Album Review: Stormhaven – Exodus

Beginning with incredible artwork I immediately knew I would be into the debut album of French melodic death groovers Stormhaven. “Exodus” starts with an intense sense of wonder that only becomes more intriguing as you sink deeper into it. The guitar work is intricate and brutal with everything you’d expect from a groove/death metal band,…