March 19, 2014

Filthy Music Review - 'Vampire: S/T'

Vampire – S/T (2014)

Century Media

Review by Jude Felton

As it stands, right now, Century Media have got some great death metal on their roster. Alongside more established and veteran acts, they are also amassing a damned impressive selection of hungry, young new bands. The likes of Necrowretch and Morbus Chron, whose album Sweven you really should check out, and now the Swedish upstarts, Vampire, are all delivering some fine, and varied metal of death.

March 18, 2014

Filthy Music Review - 'Shroud of the Heretic: Revelations in Alchemy'

Shroud of the Heretic - Revelations in Alchemy (2014)

Blood Harvest Records

Review by Trevor Proctor

Shroud of the Heretic was formed back in 2009 in Portland, Oregon and released their debut demo “Boiled to Death”; following some personnel changes the band established today’s regular line up - vocalist/bassist Thom, drummer Lauren, and guitarist JT.  The vinyl edition of Boiled to Death was limited to 300 copies and released by Blood Harvest Records and on CD via Craneo Negro who also co-released the vinyl version – in 2013 Shroud of the Heretic recorded their debut full length album “Revelations in Alchemy” which was released on 10th March 2014 with Blood Harvest Records again releasing the vinyl and Craneo Negro releasing the CD.  

March 16, 2014

Filthy Review - 'Contracted'

Contracted (2013)

Review by Jude Felton

The body horror sub-genre is one that is probably best known through the earlier works of Canadian maestro, David Cronenberg. He pretty much brought it kicking and screaming, and oozing/bleeding/exploding, singlehandedly to the public consciousness in the 70s and 80s. Obviously the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as his son, Brandon, seems to be picking up the slack, with his tremendous debut, Antiviral. This cracking debut saw the light of day, on Blu-ray and DVD, through IFC Films, which is also the home for Eric England’s superior body horror(ish) Contracted.

Filthy Music Review - 'Descend into Despair: The Bearer of all Storms'

Descend into Despair – The Bearer of all Storms (2014)

Domestic Genocide Records

Review by Jude Felton

I sincerely hope that you are having a truly delightful day. Spring is on the horizon, the sun is out and all is looking good in the world. Unfortunately for you, Romania’s Descend into Despair are here to put an end to that joy that you might be feeling; not only end it, but completely destroy it. Welcome to some of the darkest, most depressing death doom/funeral doom that you are likely to hear this year.