I’ve reviewed 3 different releases from Shadow Puncher (for 2 different publications), and one of the things I’ve noticed is the diversity of sounds and influences on each project. While the one-man band from Norway functions within the death metal genre, each release has a different feel. The earliest material had a strong thrash influence, then moved into a djent-heavy sound.… Continued →
June 5, 2020
May 8, 2020
When Extol’s first album came out in 1998, the Christian hard music scene had been dominated by hardcore and the then-developing metalcore sound. This was being spearheaded prominently by labels like Solid State Records (a division of Tooth & Nail), and Facedown Records. Enter Norway’s Extol. No one quite knew what to do with them.… Continued →
November 14, 2018
While this is being described by the label as “Norwegian death metal”, honestly that is a bit misleading. To my ears, what we have here is a hybrid form of extreme metal. For instance, you have some down-tuned nu metal rhythms, but they’re heavier than most. The drum machine lends itself to an almost industrial-meets-groove-metal feel. … Continued →
October 2, 2009
Great rock all the way from Norway... and a chance to win some of it as well...