October 19, 2014

Filthy Music Review - 'Fen: Carrion Skies'

Fen – Carrion Skies (2014)

Code666/Aural Music

Review by Jude Felton

Fen’s previous album, 2013’s Dustwalker, was quite an exceptional album. It was one of those albums that bore many a repeated play, and was just perfect for long autumnal drives in the Filthmobile. So, with that in mind I thought it would be a tough task for the UK band to top it, as is often the case when a band releases such a good album. I suspect though that Fen are not the sort of band that worry too much about these sort of things, yet with Carrion Skies they have delivered easily one of the best albums of the year.

Filthy Music Review from beyond the Grave - 'Cemetery Filth: Screams from the Catacombs'

Cemetery Filth – Screams from the Catacombs EP (2014)

White Ship Records/Unspeakable Axe

Review by Jude Felton

Way back at the dawn of time, January 2014 to be exact, in deepest, darkest Tennessee, Cemetery Filth were spawned. In the short time since then, aside from giving themselves the rather wonderful moniker, they have delivered this three track EP.

October 12, 2014

Filthy Music Review - 'Swallowed: Lunarterial'

Swallowed – Lunarterial (2014)

Dark Descent/ Me Saco Un Ojo

Review by Jude Felton

Malevolent forces have manifested themselves inside a duo from Helsinki, Finland, which has resulted in the creation of Lunarterial. This is the debut album from the Fin’s and not only does it go to show that the small Scandinavian country has a seemingly endless supply of great music, but it also shows that there is a great variety as well.

Filthy Music Review - 'Xerath: III'

Xerath - III  (2014)

Candlelight Records 

Review by Trevor Proctor

The great thing about attending festivals is getting to see bands you may not have seen or heard too much of previously – this was the case for me on my first trip to Damnation festival (Leeds, England) in 2011. I had travelled from N Ireland specifically to see Godflesh so any other quality bands and performances caught would be seen as a bonus. 

October 5, 2014

Filthy Music Review - 'Panopticon: Roads to the North'

Panopticon – Roads to the North (2014)

Nordvis (Europe)/Bindrune (US)

Review by Jude Felton

Black Metal is one sub-genre of music where the national heritage of the band is so often infused into its lyrics and themes. What is slightly rarer, however, is a band that not only makes it a part of the lyrical content, but actually transfers it into the music itself. Panopticon is one such band that does this, in abundance with, sole member, Aaron Lunn digging deep to pay tribute to the past and the present.

Filthy Music Review - 'Phobocosm: Deprived'

Phobocosm - Deprived (2014) 

Dark Descent Records

Review by Trevor Proctor

Montreal group, Phobocosm, have been orchestrating the darkest of death metal since their formation in January 2008 when S.D. (guitars) and J.S.G. (drums) left a previous band to team up with vocalist and bassist E.B. and guitarist R.M. Phobocosm was established with the sole purpose of twisting minds with their blend of death metal that contains a varied mix of extreme styles and tempos. Whilst incorporating a myriad of influences into their music Phobocosm have managed to keep their roots firmly implanted in old school death metal but have added snippets of black metal, doom and even ambient into the mix with devastating effect. 

October 3, 2014

Filthy Music Review - 'Winterfylleth: The Divination of Antiquity'

Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity (2014)

Candlelight Records

Review by Jude Felton

If you are anything like me, and God help you if you are, you still get that buzz and excitement when the release date approaches of an upcoming album you eager to hear. Maybe it’s the kid in me, or maybe it’s just the fact that I am always anxious to digest more good music? Regardless of this, I feel honored that I got the chance to listen to The Divination of Antiquity; the new album from England’s finest black metal purveyors, Winterfylleth.

September 28, 2014

Filthy Music Review - ' Funereus: Return of the Old Goat'

Funereus (Mexico) - Return of the Old Goat (2014)

Forever Plagued Records 

Review by Trevor Proctor

Mexico’s Funereus have been creating hateful, raw, black metal from their inception in 2008. Since then they have released some demos, an EP and a split release with Helsefyr which was followed by their debut album, “Profane Rite of Morbid Glorification” in August 2010. Funereus consists of Sargatanaz on guitars and Valefar on drums and vocals.