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Dyscarnate – With All Their Might LP Review

Dyscarnate – With All Their Might LP Review



After five years, Dyscarnate have returned! Are ‘The New Kings Of UK Death Metal’ back to reclaim their throne? The short answer would be, yes! Yes they most certainly are! This album is very much an evolution of their sound though. It’s far from their traditional Death Metal foundations of the past, but still very much Dyscarnate and of course Death Metal.  

One of the first things I’ll point out about this release before going any further is the fact this album is truly a body of work. When played start to finish, it just flows and the band themselves set out to do this. While I love Dyscarnate’s previous works, I find myself putting on certain tracks over playing the full album. With this release I want to play it as a body of work every time! It’s almost a concept prog release in that regard. The band themselves have said this about the album “With All Their Might is the sound of us nailing our colours to the mast in no uncertain terms,” “We’ve always worked on each new album as its own entity, and feel the whole thing needs to flow as one cohesive piece. Every song has its place on the record, but the lyrics and feel of each one reflects a signature theme’. They’ve succeeded in a big way with this too! Absolutely nailed it!!

‘Of Mouse and Mountains’ kicks off proceedings and rather than an instant hit, it suitably fades in before exploding. That’ll make sense later… The first lyric on the song is ‘welcome’, aka ‘Welcome to the party pal’ I shouldn’t need to reference where that’s from… 🙂 It becomes apparent almost straight away the new dynamic Al Llewellyn brings to the band. His vocal style really compliments Tom Whitty. A match made in Death Metal heaven here! A solid and great opener to the album! 

‘This Is Fire!’ really takes things up a notch and comes at you hard! It shifts dynamics throughout the song and has some great ‘moody’ vocals in there that really add to the song. It then fades out suitably. Great song! 

Lead single ‘Iron Strengthens Iron’ follows. Which we shall link below. In my opinion, the best song the band have released. It’s just everything I love in Death Metal all packaged into one. Dynamics, amazing drumming and the co-vocals really work off each other to absolute perfection! Full of Riffs and quite simply awesome!

 We then are treated to their second single ‘Traitors In The Palace’ which we shall also link below. This song is a lot slower in regards to tempo and highlights this bands immense talent. The lyrics are amazing! ‘Break Bread With The Heretic’ as an example. Another example of Al and Tom’s vocal diversity working off each other to absolute perfection!  The lyrics near the end, ‘Make Way For The King’, indeed! 

‘To End All Flesh Before Me’ follows the same path of incredible lyrics and amazing co-vocals. It’s also in tune with the bands body of work ideology, and suitably yet subtlety takes things up a notch. This song just gets your head banging in a subtle way without even realising. Excellent track!

‘Backbreaker’ is again full of amazing lyrics, riffs and just hits on every level. Easily one of my favourite songs on the album. 

Penultimate track ‘All The Devil’s Are Here’ is a lot faster in tempo than the previous couple of songs, but again fits perfectly into the body of work they wanted. Yet again, amazing lyrics, guitar, drums and bass with perfection in co-vocals. 

‘Nothing Seems Right’ concludes this absolute masterpiece of an album. It starts off really slow and full of atmosphere. It’s also the longest song on the album coming in at 7:44. It’s just full of atmosphere and clearly plays into the lyrical concept of this album. It holds the same slower pace throughout and fades out perfectly in unison of how the album starts.

I’m admittedly a big fan of this band, but I wasn’t prepared for this! This is absolute perfection! Not only is this one of the best albums of 2017, it’s also one of the best albums ever made! Dyscarnate have come of age with this release. 

‘The New Kings Of UK Death Metal’ are back! They have reclaimed their throne! 


Iron Strengthens Iron


Traitors In The Palace



Tom Whitty – Guitar, Vocals

Al Llewellyn – Bass, Vocals

Matt Unsworth – Drums


Available on Vinyl: UK/EU:



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SHADOW OF DOUBT: Texas Hardcore Outfit Releases Video For “No Mercy” Debut EP Out Now Through WAR Records



Texas hardcore powerhouse SHADOW OF DOUBT has issued a new visual accompaniment to the title track to their No Mercy debut EP, which was recently released via WAR Records.

 SHADOW OF DOUBT‘s”No Mercy” video has been premiered through Decibel Magazine, who issues, “Where can you find riffs reminiscent of the legendary New York sound while also retaining a modern hardcore sound? Texas hardcore quintet SHADOW OF DOUBT are a good place to start. Combining metallic riffs, melodic guitar solos and pit-worthy breakdowns, their first EP No Mercy made them an up-and-coming hardcore band to watch.”

No Mercy is out now through WAR Records as a four-song cassette, a ten-song CD which includes the band’s 2014 demo and the track “Deceive” which features Jose Gonzales from Mizery, and all digital platforms.

Find digital order options at iTunes HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and physical orders at the label HERE.

Featuring former members of Bitter End, Hardside, and more, SHADOW OF DOUBT combines their love for crossover, hardcore, punk, and metal, with powerful and memorable riffs reminiscent of the classic NYHC sound, resulting in the perfect soundtrack for this modern age of quarrel. No Mercycombines crushing riffs in the vein of Cro-Mags and Leeway while maintaining a modern sound reminiscent of Mizery, Take Offense, and Beautiful Ones. The four-song EP was recorded in November 2016 by Phillip Odom (Ivy League) at Bad Wolf Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Power Trip, Nails).


No Mercy 




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Introducing: State Of Anxiety

Introducing: State Of Anxiety

Formed in Kent, UK. State Of Anxiety play old school Thrash metal with a groove element. They clearly don’t take it seriously so to speak! From what I’ve heard, the musicianship displayed by these lads took years and years of practice and clearly very serious about their craft. They have that ‘not serious’ vibe throughout their music though if that makes any sense! It is Thrash metal afterall….

Back to the musicianship. For a band that just dropped their debut video a few months ago and working on a debut album, it’s far beyond what most new bands produce! Musically these lads are extremely tight and also extremely good! 

Before I speak about their debut video which shall be linked here for you to check out. The band sent me on a few demos from their forthcoming album, and I have to say it’s sounding excellent! There’s improvement in very regard that I may have had minor gripes with on their first single. Which is great as I don’t have to focus on those points now as they have already rectified them. 

That’s not to say the track I’m about to review is in any way bad! It’s far from it! I just noticed a few minor flaws here and there… 

The track itself is just over seven minutes long and at no point drags. Their influences are noticeable to see and there’s riffs etc in there you’ve heard before. None of which bothered me as it’s such a good song and a few familiar sounds only added to the song in my mind.

The Guitar and Bass are excellent, but I particularly liked the drumming in this release.  Why? It’s just solid drumming and doesn’t interfere with the overall sound. The guitar is the main sonic focus as it should be on such a song with the Bass filling in nicely with solid Thrash drumming holding it all together.  

Overall, a solid song start to finish and one I really enjoyed. Especially the cheesy lyrics. Love me some cheese!

This band are on the right track for certain and as I previously mentioned the demo stuff for the album is sounding amazing. I’ll be keeping a firm eye on this bands development.

One to watch!!



State Of Anxiety are: 

Warren Holmes – Vocals
Dio Fernandes – Lead/Rhythm
Luke Hutchinson – Rhythm/Lead 
Lukus Karslake – Bass 
Isaac Ambrose – Drums









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The Obsessed Release Acoustic Rendition Of Their Song ‘So Long’ and announce US Headline Dates



Doom rock legends THE OBSESSED have shared an acoustic performance of “On So Long” recorded live at the Gibson Guitar Recording Studio in New York City. The song is a bonus track off the band’s recently-issued Sacred full-length album.

 THE OBSESSED will embark upon a US fall headlining tour beginning September 27th in Asheville, North Carolina and ending October 27th in Baltimore, Maryland. Direct support will be provided by Cobalt and Iron Tongue on select dates. A full list of tour dates is available below.

Sacred is out now on Relapse Records on CD, LP, deluxe 2xLP, and digital formats. Physical orders and bundles are available via HERE and digital downloads can be ordered via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION where the record can be streamed in full.

The Obsessed is fronted by legendary guitarist and vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich (ex-Saint VitusShrinebuilderWino), and now backed by bassist Reid Raley (ex-Nachtmystium, ex-Rwake) and drummer Brian Costantino (ex-Insane, ex-Spirit Caravan).



9/27/2017 Mothlight – Asheville, NC

9/28/2017 Clermont Lounge – Atlanta, GA

9/29/2017 Whitewater – Little Rock, AR

9/30/2017 Fubar – St. Louis, MO ^

10/01/2017 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN ^

10/02/2017 Lost Well – Austin, TX ^

10/03/2017 Lolas – Ft. Worth, TX ^

10/05/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV

10/07/2017 Cal Jam – San Bernardino, CA

10/08/2017 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA *

10/09/2017 Old Nicks – Eugene, OR *

10/10/2017 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR

10/12/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA *

10/13/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA *

10/16/20177th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN *

10/17/2017 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI *

10/18/2017 Barauerhaus – Lombard, IL *

10/19/2017 Woodward Theater – Cincinnati, OH *

10/20/2017 Trixies – Louisville, KY *

10/21/2017 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA *

10/24/2017 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *

10/25/2017 The Cafe at Parlor – Newport, RI *

10/26/2017 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA *

10/27/2017 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD *

^ w/ Iron Tongue

* w/ Cobalt


THE OBSESSED was formed in the late 1970s in Potomac, Maryland by legendary guitarist Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan). The band spawned in the realm of musicians/artists such as Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, The Dictators, and The Stooges. The earliest lineup consisted of Wino, bassist Mark Laue, guitarist John Reese, and drummer Dave Flood. In 1983, Wino took over vocal duties and the band became a three-piece to record the Sodden Jackal EP.

The band broke up in the late ’80s after Wino moved to California to join Saint Vitus. At that time, a German label, Hellhound Records, and the booking agency that had signed Saint Vitus, released The Obsessed, originally recorded in 1985, prompting Wino to reform THE OBSESSED. After multiple lineup changes, the band signed to Columbia Records in 1994 to release their third and final album, The Church Within. Despite highly acclaimed reviews, THE OBSESSED would breakup following the release, seeing Wino forming Spirit Caravan (then Shine) and other projects.

In September 2011, THE OBSESSED returned to the stage at Roadburn Festival with The Church Within‘s legendary lineup (featuring Wino, Greg Rogers, and Guy Pinhas). The band played a few more reunion shows over the next couple years at Hellfest Open Air 2012 and Maryland Deathfest XI in May 2013 with bassist Reid Raley.

Wino announced the full-time return of THE OBSESSED in March 2016 and the band’s official signing to Relapse Records to record the follow up to The Church Within. The new lineup originally consisted of Spirit Caravan bassist Dave Sherman and Wino’s longtime friend and former road crew member. drummer Brian Costantino. On October 31st, 2016, Wino announced the lineup for THE OBSESSED, included bassist Bruce Falkinburg and guitarist Seraphim, making that the first time the band had been a four piece in over thirty-five years. Now in 2017, THE OBSESSED unleashes Sacred, the band’s first studio album in over two decades.

With renewed energy and purpose, THE OBSESSED sounds heavier and more relevant than ever before. On Sacred, the band doubles down on enormous, heaving riffs and pummeling low-end across twelve tracks of eternal doom. Rounded out Weinrich’s lyrical honesty and iconic throaty vocals, Sacred is an album that further pushes THE OBSESSED into the annals of heavy metal history, and well-worth the two-plus decade wait. The band will perform once again as a three-piece featuring Wino, Reid Raley, and Brian Costantino. 

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Irish Progressive Sludge Metallers ZHORA Announce Forthcoming Tour



Irish progressive sludge powerhouse zhOra have announced a forthcoming Irish tour in support of their new album Ethos, Pathos, Logos, which is released on October 27th. Check them out on one of the following dates:


October 20 – On The Rox, Dublin
October 21 – The Poor Relation, Cork
October 27 – Central Arts, Waterford
October 28 – Fozzys, Clonmel
October 29 – Siege of Limerick 

Vocalist Colin Bolger comments on the forthcoming release tour: “We live and breath gigging! The stage is our place of solace and our battlefield. In the chaos of playing such visceral music live we thrive and can truly be ourselves. These days we can’t go running after people with swords and spears so we must instead fight with our hearts and minds. These upcoming launch shows for Ethos, Pathos, Logos will be our best live shows to date and we are honoured to share the stage with some of our closest friends in support. Éire…show me what you got!”


Check their recent single Riverchrist here:


Over the span of six years zhOra have quickly become one of the most recognisable names in the burgeoning Irish metal scene. In this time the band has released one EP Feet Nailed to the Ground (2011) and their debut LP Almaz (2013), both releases garnering huge praise within the scene. Now in 2017, the band is set to undertake the next stage in their journey, Ethos, Pathos, Logos.

In the only predictable aspect of the band’s sonic trajectory, Ethos, Pathos, Logos finds the band once again putting themselves under their own microscope and refining their approach. With a lush cover designed by acclaimed Visionary Artist Jake Kobrin, the record is zhOra’s first back-to-back concept album, an hour long journey through past lives and cannibalism. 

Having played shows the length and breadth of the country and toured extensively through the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Holland, the band is fiercely committed to their craft and putting their name on everyone’s radar.

No strangers to high profile slots, zhOra have supported and toured with bands such as The Ocean, Coilguns and Dictated among others. Earning a slot on the Headbanger Stage at Wacken Open Air 2016 was the culmination of this time together and the commitment to creating an unrelenting sonic fingerprint and fearsome stage show. Recently the band appeared at Bloodstock Open Air as winners of the Irish leg of the associated Metal to the Masses competition. 

With plans to tour into 2018 in support of Ethos, Pathos, Logo, the band plans to kick those who would listen squarely in the throat, onto the path less travelled.




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