March 22, 2015

Filthy Music Review - 'Malthusian: Below the Hengiform'

Malthusian - Below the Hengiform (2015)

Invictus Productions 

Review by Trevor Proctor

Few bands can match Malthusian’s meteoric yet justified rise to prominence within death metals underground, which is why this article is as much, if not more, a brief summary of their history as it is a review of their latest release. This is a band everyone with a love for vehement death metal should be aware of, a band well on the road to greatness and one you’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future. 

March 15, 2015

Filthy Music Review - 'Saturnalia Temple: To The Other'

Saturnalia Temple - To The Other (2015)

The Ajna Offensive

Review by Blak Wulfaz

Long heavy droning soundscapes opening up the void and once it is open, Sweden's Saturnalia Temple make themselves comfortable once the beginning riff comes in. Ominous and monotonous, the repetitive mantra creeps up from the shadows welcoming in the oncoming ritual. The band has deep a comfort in keeping the vibe within a trance like state. They are sons of the riff, and with only a few to spare per song, they understand that less is more when driven by a few fuzz pedals and full stacks.

March 11, 2015

Filthy Music Review - 'Izah: Sistere'

Izah – Sistere (2015)

Nordvis Produktion

Review by Jude Felton

It’s been far too long, for one reason or another, since I put pen to paper (or keyboard to screen, if you prefer) and worked on a review, of any description. This, unfortunately, has led to an immense backlog of material that I want to cover. You see, even though I’ve not written anything, I have still had the music blaring and have had the good fortune to be able to check out some outstanding new music. One of the absolute highlights of the year, so far, for me has been this debut full-length from Dutch band, Izah.

March 6, 2015

Filthy Music Review - 'Negura Bunget: Tau'

Negura Bunget – Tău (2015)

Lupus Lounge (Prophecy Productions) 

Review by Trevor Proctor

Negura Bunget has just released their seventh full length album, Tău as follow up to their acclaimed album, Vîrstele Pămîntului, which was released in 2010. Negura Bunget has never been a band to do things by half measures but with this release they have taken things to another ambitious level altogether, even by their high standards. 

March 3, 2015

Filthy Music Review - 'Vassafor/Temple Nightside: Call of the Maelstrom Split LP'

Vassafor / Temple Nightside - Call of the Maelstrom (Split LP) 

Iron Bonehead Productions

Review by Trevor Proctor

Iron Bonehead has yet again united two of the undergrounds darkest, gnarliest forces to release a split LP which has just seen the light of day. This time New Zealand’s Vassafor combines with Australia’s Temple Nightside to bring us some of the ugliest and heaviest music on the planet on “Call of the Maelstrom.” VK shares duties with both bands, an individual whose extensive roster of previous bands includes Diocletian, Ulcerate and Sinistrous Diabolus. This extremely talented individual plays bass for Temple Nightside and guitar, vocals and bass for Vassafor.

February 26, 2015

Filthy Giveaway - 'The Lazarus Effect' - Closed

This Friday, the 27th February, will see the release of The Lazarus Effect at theaters. It's the latest release from Blumhouse Productions and will be released by Relativity. To coincide with this, we at the Lair are very fortunate to be able to run a giveaway for a bevvy of promotional The Lazarus Effect goodies, which include a hoodie, flashlight and more. Read on for details on how to enter, to win these prizes, as well as more info on the film, including stills and trailer!

Filthy Music Review - 'Malsanctum, Ithaqua and Isabrut'

Iron Bonehead’s knack to sniff out talent and the most underground metal available is second to none and this February they’re set to bring us even more obscure greatness in the form of three tape releases from three of the underground’s most promising bands. All three will be released on cassette and are demo/debut releases so each is totally fresh and new from the Iron Bonehead’s vaults.

February 19, 2015

Filthy Music Review - 'Exhumed: Gore Metal: A Necrospective'

Exhumed - Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015 (2015)

Relapse Records 

Review by Trevor Proctor

We should all be pretty familiar with the grind/death machine that is Exhumed. Formed in 1990 when guitarist and vocalist Matt Harvey was a mere fifteen years old, they spent the ensuing years recording and releasing a number of demos, split releases and Eps. Their focus has always been on grinding death metal with an emphasis on old school, drawing influence from the likes of Carcass, Repulsion, Terrorizer and earlier releases from Entombed.