Author: Berns von Bernington

Exhumed – Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015

I have recently distanced myself from heavy metal in a big way, especially newer releases due to the fact that it’s all just regurgitated garbage and that most of the bands I love, have become so disdain with their own existence, that it has in many ways become a job. As a working adult, I understand too well that when something becomes a job, it starts to suck the life out of you and you start to do the bare minimum to just get that pay cheque at the end of the month. However, every now and then a...

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Teitanblood – Death

It seems to be a massive mission to get into a death metal album these days. So many bands have these interludes and sound clips that just make it a massive effort. I’ve been into a lot more short, fast and noisy music of late and recent death metal releases I’ve heard have just not been cutting it for me. That is until now, enter TeitanBlood. Spain is one of the most unlikely of sources I would have expected to satisfy my need for an all out assault of chaos and noise from the start. Teitanblood, based in the Spanish...

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Cripple Bastards – Nero in Metastasi

I love grindcore and I was very fortunate to travel to the Czech republic last year for Obscene Extreme Festival in Trutnov. The year of 2013 was filled with incredible grindcore releases; however, this year has not seen any full on grindcore releases, well that’s until recently. Legendary Italian grinders Cripple Bastards recently released their 8th full-length record titled Nero in Metastasi via Relapse records. Having been around since 1988 with eight records in their arsenal and give no signs of letting up. This new record is certainly a statement of intent from the Italian grindcore masters. It’s fast, its...

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Dead In The Dirt – The Blind Hole

Been truly spoiled with some fucking rippers this year on the release front of things, but amongst all these excellent releases there is always something that truly grabs hold of you. Well in my opinion anyway. Enter Dead In The Dirt the Atlanta based Vegan Straight Edge Grindcore brigade. After their first EP “Vold,” which was self-released they were signed by Southern Lord Records that was followed with the release of “Fear.” This past year they released their first full-length titled “The Blind Hole” and it fucking crushes! It has speed, precision and malicious intent from the very get-go....

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Master – The Witchhunt

It’s that time again folks, I get to review a death metal record. Seeing as I have strayed from the path of the so-called “true metal” and other such hogwash, it’s good to see there are still bands that keep old school death metal alive. None of the technical death metal rubbish that the kids are getting into these days. So who better to remedy my obsession with slow, heavy riffs and hymns of death than the almighty Master. Legendary death metallers Master, originally from Chicago, Illinois who later relocated to the Czech Republic are set to release their...

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