Cendra - Metal Punk

Cendra – Metal Punk

April 15 C. Hagen Radick 0

When I last listened to Cendra, it was their second album, 666 Bastards, of which I was a fan. The Spaniards are back for some more blackened thrash/punk on their newest album, the appropriately-titled Metal Punk.

Haiduk - Demonicon

Haiduk – Demonicon

February 23 C. Hagen Radick 0

Haiduk, hailing from Alberta, Canada, is a one-man blackened death metal act. When he sent me his second album, Demonicon, a concept album about nine demonic entities, I wondered if I was getting into a half-hour of self-indulgent, ham-fisted fuckwittery. Nothing could be further from the truth, because Luka Milojica is quite the talented individual.

Hordak - Padre

Hordak – Padre

January 28 C. Hagen Radick 0

So-called "pagan" metal can be a tricky beast. Ranging from dissonant black metal with the thematic lyrics buried under muddy production to blackened folk metal, you never know which you’re getting into until you hit the "Play" button. Fortunately, Spain’s Hordak lean heavily to the latter, which is more up my alley. The band presents their fourth album, Padre, and they pretty much nail it.

Extirpation - Wings Of Decadence

Extirpation – Wings Of Decadence

November 3 C. Hagen Radick 0

Typically when I think of Italian metal, I automatically go to the symphonic power metal put out by the various incarnations of [Luca Turilli’s] Rhapsody [of Fire] with the occasional smattering of death metal. Therefore, it’s a refreshing change of pace for a blackened thrash metal act to come out of Europe’s Boot and prove the Scandinavians and the South Americans don’t have a duopoly on the genre.

Bloodlust - Cultus Diaboli

Bloodlust – Cultus Diaboli

August 12 C. Hagen Radick 0

Hailing from the Land Down Under (Australia, not Hell), Bloodlust is a two-man side project of the bassist (Specter, a.k.a. James Campbell) and drummer (Disaster, a.k.a. Louis Rando) from the black metal act Mhorgl.

Nex Carnis - Obscure Visions Of Dark

Nex Carnis – Obscure Visions Of Dark

July 29 C. Hagen Radick 0

In recent weeks, Iran has been in the U.S. news a lot, but unfortunately it’s not regarding their metal scene. Maybe we can get the left- and right-wingers to at least agree on what constitutes good death metal. Is that too much to ask? Probably. In any case, let’s see how Nex Carnis do with their first full-length, Obscure Visions Of Dark.

Paganus Doctrina - Omnipotense Aeternae Diabolous

Paganus Doctrina – Omnipotense Aeternae Diabolous

June 24 C. Hagen Radick 2

Paganus Doctrina formed in the mid-1990s, but went their separate ways before the new millennium. They reformed in 2006, released a split with Morbid Funeral and Necrólisis, and then began work on their debut album, Omnipotense Aeternae Diabolous. Apparently the album was recorded in 2012, but due to various delays, it wasn’t unleashed on the world until 2015. After incubating for three years, did the music age like fine wine… or milk?

Cendra - 666 Bastards

Cendra – 666 Bastards

March 24 C. Hagen Radick 1

When you mention hardcore/d-beat and/or black metal, one of the last words that typically comes to mind is the word “fun”, but I’m not sure how else to describe the newest full-length from Cendra, entitled 666 Bastards. Despite the raw agression on display here, this music just brings a smile to my face.