The rising stars in UK black metal, Necronautical, have returned with their third full length, 'Apotheosis'. Building on the strengths that caused their spike in underground popularity, the quartet have delivered a strong follow-up to 2016’s 'The Endurance of Night'.
Taking on a darker concept than its ancestor, Batushka’s 'Hospodi' is a polished, well-orchestrated record. However, while it has its glorious, exciting moments, and sees more experimentation than that heard in 'Litourgiya', it is far from the immersive masterpiece it followed.
South Wales hardcore punk quartet Torchbearer have set sail on their latest EP, Against The Tide. After an active tour season and time back in the studio, how does their latest effort fare?
Scream Blue Murder create an emotional landscape exploring love, loss, and more in 'Rock Bottom'. With atmospherics, catchy live-oriented choruses, and an overall heavier sound than in their debut, the record shows refinement, growth, and promise for this Coventry-based outfit.
With 'The Valley', Whitechapel have built upon their delving into melodic territories in 'Mark of the Blade', and refined it to bring a more natural, determined sound. An emotional, self-exploratory record which is their most ambitious yet, and amongst their strongest.