ALBUM REVIEW: Abyssal Rift – Extirpation Dirge

The year is ending, the days grow shorter, the sun sets earlier, and death metal gets more gruesome. Newcomers Abyssal Rift have dropped their debut release in the form of Extirpation Dirge (Sentient Ruin Laboratories). Six tracks spanning over thirty-six minutes is the perfect snack-sized introduction the metal world needs to get their first taste of the Ohio group.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Disimperium – Grand Insurgence Upon Despotic Altars


If there was ever a time I could put the label of “abrasive” on an album, it would have to be for the debut full-length from Disimperium, Grand Insurgence Upon Despotic Altars (Sentient Ruin Laboratories). Take the mystical and obscure portions of black metal, lay them upon the bones of death metal, and crank up the intensity with grindcore and this makes up the uneasy feeling in your gut as you listen to the Oakland natives. Nine tracks at around half an hour is all you need to feel like you got hit by a truck filled with speakers turned up to eleven.

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Common Eider, King Eider – A Wound Of Earth

Otherwise known as CEKE for obvious reasons, Ambient art-collective Common Eider, King Eider has been prolific this year, with new album A Wound Of Earth (Cloister Recordings) following its predecessor A Wound Of Body (Cyclic Law / Sentient Ruin Laboratories) by a mere two months. This latest effort houses four tracks of dark, spectral noise that unsettles the mind.Continue reading


Right from the offset, Black Metal has always been a genre that has championed the more esoteric aspects of art. Whether that being in the challenging music itself, or in its purveyor’s presentation, it is also a style of music has always thrived in mystique and continues to do so to this day. Shrouded in mystery with an almost hidden identity, Swiss solo musician Asknt has been (partly or wholly) responsible for a number of varied projects over the years, most recently with the full-length debut of DSKNT, PhSPHR Entropy (Sentient Ruin Laboratories).Continue reading