Friday, June 24, 2022

THE SCUM – THE HUNGER ( Review by Varg The Mighty )


Today’s review is of Colombian Death Metal band The Scum’s new album.

This release offers a brutal carnage of classic Death Metal with no space for rest. It is a straightforward display of aggressive music at its peak which brings to mind other acts of the South American Death Metal scene, in which it may confidently place itself as one of the most gruesome bands.

There’s no hint of Brutal Death Metal or other subgenres here, perhaps with the exception of some Deathgrind influences (most notably Carcass), and the band have created here a pure and old-school kind of carnage that may be enjoyed by fans of anything extreme and gory. This album is certainly pure and uncompromising Death Metal. My personal highlights are “Burial” and “Withering Faith”.

I recommend this album to fans of Death Metal. My rating is of 9/10.



GRIMORIUM VERUM – REALL (Review by Varg The Mighty )


Today’s review is of Russian Symphonic Black Metal band Grimorium Verum’s new album.

This release offers a fairly classic approach to the subgenre that implements an amount of synths that is higher than usual and takes a direction that is completely different to the expected Dungeon Synth hints, adding thus some drama to the release. As for the main body of the songs, it includes epic solos and furious riffs that sometimes create intense auras although in other tracks the result is more generic and not as memorable.

There’s also a notable use of soft female vocals in some passages, though their inclusion doesn’t always perfectly fit the rest of the songs in my opinion. If you enjoy grandiose Symphonic Black Metal albums, you should check this one out. Even though it isn’t the greatest release, it isn’t that bad either, and some synth melodies in it are pretty mesmerizing. My personal highlights are “Through The Labyrinth Of Times” and “The Lamp Of Destiny”.

I recommend this album to fans of Symphonic Black Metal. My rating is of 8/10.




UNBENIGN – UNBENIGN ( Review by Varg The Mighty )


Today’s review is of Dutch Black Metal band Unbenign’s new album.

This release is a classic offering of darkness, served in a satanic, obscure and sometimes wreathed in Dissection-like melodies kind of soundscape. This album may appeal to fans of old-school Black Metal, but it certainly doesn’t offer anything new.

Instead, it presents a fairly straightforward opus in a well-explored direction that may quench any thirst for blackness despite lacking an element of freshness. While it’s not too memorable (although it has some nice riffs), it definitely isn’t bad. Any fan of Black Metal may surely be pleased by it; given that it serves as an exemplary contraposition against absurdly experimental or exaggeratedly raw bands that appear. My personal highlights are “Inhabit My Flesh” and “Arise! Appear!”.


I recommend this album to fans of Black Metal. My rating is of 8/10.