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Oozing Radioactive Vomition

It is a point I'm making on an almost weekly basis, but it still bears repeating: this has been another fantastic year for death metal. And even though we're deep into December, the seemingly never-ending cavalcade of top-quality releases is still ongoing. Another monstrously impressive band from th...
December 13, 2023


It seems that solo albums are like novels: everyone, the old adage goes, has got one in them, just waiting to be written. Obviously, there are plenty of examples of musicians that should probably have been discouraged from ever entertaining the idea, but that's the price of freedom, folks. Luckily,...
November 30, 2023

SACRED REICH To Enter Studio In April 2024

Arizona thrash metal veterans SACRED REICH are planning to enter the studio in April 2024 to begin recording the follow-up to 2019's "Awakening". The band's recording plans were revealed earlier today (Thursday, November 23) in a Thanksgiving Day social media post by SACRED REICH bassist/vocalist Ph...
November 23, 2023

Obsidian Refractions

CRUCIAMENTUM is one of death metal's most revered, underground, post-2000 bands for "those in the know." Eight years since its proper debut full-length, "Charnel Passages", CRUCIAMENTUM return with what is sure to be one of the year's best death metal albums, its sophomore effort, "Obsidian Refracti...
November 20, 2023

Original VENOM Guitarist JEFF 'MANTAS' DUNN On 'Welcome To Hell' Album: 'That Was A Moment Captured In Time'

In an interview with Neuborn Open Air festival in Wörrstadt, Germany, original VENOM and current VENOM INC. guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn reflected on the former band's early albums, particularly 1981's "Welcome To Hell", which had a low-budget raw production that many black metal bands took influenc...
October 31, 2023

CARCASS's BILL STEER: 'Our Music Would Sound So Different If We Started Doing It Electronically'

In an interview with Oxygène Radio's "Métal Zone" at last month's Muscadeath festival in Vallet, France, guitarist Bill Steer and drummer Dan Wilding of British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS were asked about the band's songwriting process. Wilding responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "No...
October 10, 2023

Esto Es Brujeria

From their brutal beginnings, BRUJERIA, Spanish for "witchcraft", has commandeered a notorious reputation. The maniacal death-grind unit's over-the-top album artwork has depicted the madness of cartel violence in the least subtle manner imaginable. While the imagery overtly suggests an exclusive Mex...
September 11, 2023

VENOM INC. Recruits Former VENOM Guitarist MIKE HICKEY For U.S. Tour

Guitarist Mike Hickey, known for his work with VENOM, CARCASS, CATHEDRAL and CRONOS, will join VENOM INC. on the band's upcoming U.S. tour. The trek, with support from SATAN, RINGWORM and 72 LEGIONS, will kick off on September 27 in New York and conclude on October 15 in Boston, Massachusetts. Hicke...
September 7, 2023


Best known as the driving force behind Finnish metal icons AMORPHIS, guitarist Tomi Koivusaari steps into his own spotlight with BJØRKØ, his long-awaited solo project. A journey 15 years in the making, "Heartrot", the project's debut album, will be released this December through Svart Records. The a...
September 1, 2023

Ghost At The Gallows

One of the main things that keeps heavy music afloat after all this time is the diehard's undiluted passion. Nate Garrett has been on a mission for a full decade now, leading SPIRIT ADRIFT from their low-key origins to their burgeoning status as one of the best and purest heavy metal bands on the pl...
August 16, 2023

DYING FETUS Announces New Album, Fall 2023 Tour

Death metal overlords DYING FETUS will return with a new album, "Make Them Beg For Death", on September 8 via Relapse Records. The official music video for the LP's latest single, "Feast Of Ashes", directed by Blvckbox Studios, can be seen below. Recorded in Baltimore with longtime producer Steve Wr...
July 11, 2023

NAPALM DEATH Bassist SHANE EMBURY's Autobiography Will Cover 'Fun Times' And 'Serious Aspects' Of His Life

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury will release his autobiography, "Life?… & Napalm Death", in October via Rocket 88, an imprint of the established British book production company Essential Works. In the short video below, Embury talks about his life growing up and the early days of NAPALM DEATH...
May 18, 2023

The Highest Level

The early days of death metal, we are talking about the mid to late eighties through the early nineties, were predominantly based in the West, obvious suspects like AUTOPSY, DEATH and OBITUARY in the US, and the likes of ENTOMBED, CARCASS and CADAVER in Europe. This isn't to say that there weren't i...
April 17, 2023

Watch: NAPALM DEATH's SHANE EMBURY Explains Why Now Is Right Time For His Autobiography

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury will release his autobiography, "Life?… & Napalm Death", later this year via Rocket 88, an imprint of the established British book production company Essential Works. In the short video below, Embury explains why now is the right time for him to release his auto...
March 16, 2023

ARCH ENEMY's MICHAEL AMOTT: 'In Many Ways, I'm Still Living My Teenage Fantasy'

During an appearance on the latest episode of the "Scars And Guitars" podcast, Swedish guitarist Michael Amott reflected on his three-and-a-half-decade career as a member of some of several acclaimed extreme metal acts, including ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and CARNAGE. He said (as transc...
February 7, 2023