Re-Release Extravaganza

Recommended re-released remnant records… ready?

Recently, I noticed an influx of re-releases popping up on my radar. Some turned out to be recondite relics buried deep in the history of death metal, others were more recent re-ups and restocks from a couple of our favourite labels. Old, new, black, death, thrash, you name it, it’s here. So I decided to do all the damn leg-work for you lazy bastards and collate them into one easy to digest dose. As with all good pharmaceuticals, professionals suggest you stick to the recommended dose. But as we all know, experts are total nerds, so fuck what they say and ingest them all right now! You probably won’t even die…

Ossuary Insane


If you are anything like me, you get all excited when a death metal band manages to deftly combine several sonic traits across a bunch of eras and sub-genres. This is why I’m going to be up front in saying Minnesota’s Ossuary Insane are fucking killer. Utilising elements such as the buzz-saw shred from the golden era of early 90’s Swedish melo-death, the hefty clout of Tampan OSDM, and perhaps most notably, the nuanced attention to technique that emerged in the USA during the mid-2000’s; Ossuary Insane are like fucking in an elevator… satisfying on multiple levels. Is that already an idiom? If not, it probably should be… I need more phrases to ruin.

This upcoming compilation of some of the band’s unreleased material from 2001 and 2003 is of greater quality than most bands of similar status ever commit to tape. The calibre of the 10 tracks on offer here really surprised me, and I’m sure they’ll do the same for you too. Throughout the intelligently crafted songs the riffing seamlessly oscillates between the HM-2 driven laceration of bands such as Dismember, Grave et al, and the technical yet chronically memorable sound of Isle of Disenchantment-era Psycroptic. The drums are placed right up front and centre in the mix, and rightly so, as the percussion does a solid job of balancing the see-saw between the choppy stop-start breaks and the more synergistic rolling double-bass accompaniment to the guitarist’s contagious tremolo hooks. The snare-laden fills exhort that familiar neck-snapping reflex with as much compulsion as the riffs. My only complaint is that I really think the band should have uploaded “Killing Mortals/Laid To Waste” or “The Original Master” (tracks 2 and 3 respectively) as the teaser track, as they offer a better representation of the quality here.

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Visit the hallowed ossuary of Blood Harvest Records from July 29th to pick up this gem.

Death Courier


Hailing from Greece are the 3-piece thrash-infused raw death group Death Courier. The Mediterranean trio’s original run took place during the period between 1987 and 1993, where they apparently released a tonne of demos, a split and an EP leading up to the 1992 full-length titled Demise. Seems that title portended to the group’s fate, as nothing was officially released under the Death Courier moniker until bassist/vocalist Bill resurrected the band with a two new members around 2010. This reformation resulted in the release of the much more modern sounding and somewhat more grind-infused Perimortem in 2013.

Fast forward to 2016 and Nuclear War Now! are set to re-release a compilation of the band’s 1989 demo Deny Your Destiny combined with the 1990 Necrorgasm EP, along with a separate release of the aforementioned debut full-length Demise. As raw as it is obscure, the demo/EP section will please those who tire of the frills of modernity and seek refuge in the ancient roots of the emerging Greek metal scene. The production aesthetic throughout this portion of the release is quite variable, but as I mentioned before, it is probably best described as raw and primal. This fluctuation of recording quality might not appeal to everyone, but I found it to be somewhat endearing. The riffing has quite a punk-ish vibe at times too, and is actually quite reminiscent of the budding South American thrash sound. Check out “Copkiller” and tell me it doesn’t at least echo the crossover punk thematic. The LP is rounded out by a series of live tracks from a couple of concerts around the turn of the 90’s, rendering this relatively unknown collection just that little bit more arcane.

In comparison, the full-length Demise is much more akin to the primordial death metal acts of the Americas. The guitar-work is still raw. However the overall band’s sound tends towards the sound of genre pioneers such as Possessed. If you crave primitive first-wave death metal and have a place in your collection for a forgotten relic of a bygone era, then these couple of Death Courier releases could be something worth investigating.

The Demise LP and the EP/Demo LP combo will be available from Nuclear War Now! on August 15th.

Tomb Mold


Back in the early 1900’s droves of rich Europeans flocked to ancient burial sites the world over. Not content with simply inheriting fine antiquities and relics from their ancestors’ accumulated imperialistic conquests, they sought new fame and fortune. Uncovering antediluvian chambers filled with lost treasures and prying open elaborate sarcophagi were apparently the only means of satiating their desire for riches. However, many mysteriously died in the process of alleviating their archaeological avidity.

The common belief was fittingly delusory for the times; it had to be an archaic curse. Those who brushed the dust clear and breathed the hexed miasma within were surely bound to death. There was simply no way all these instances of terrible subsequent misfortune had anything to do with the coupling of their unwittingly dangerous lifestyle choices and primitive medical practises with rampant confirmation bias. Nope! The incantations of those pesky illusory spectres made it hard for you to breathe. Well not to undermine the elucidative skills of the venerable Scooby-Doo and co., but it is now believed quite possible that some of these supposedly inexplicable deaths can be attributed to the inhalation of infectious bacteria found in these air-locked catacombs. All that being said, I invite you to take a deep breath of the mephitic air arising from Toronto’s Tomb Mold.

Appropriately, this re-release of the band’s four song demo from earlier this year is being committed to cassette. It would make no sense to record these raw guitar tones and distorted vocals to any greater fidelity medium. Put simply, The Bottomless Perdition is 20 minutes of noxious death metal. The band’s name and lo-fi production aesthetic belies what is actually quite a lively approach to song-writing. Slight percussive and riffing variations offer a welcome addition to the mix, providing a bastion which strengthens this short but energetic release. The EP is bookended by a short intro of fetid synth, and rounded out by a seemingly spontaneous bendy blues solo. While not as uniquely nuanced as the Cadaveric Fumes’ EP from earlier this year, Tomb Mold’s work here does bear some resemblance.

Blood Harvest Records has picked up this demo from January this year for a limited 200-tape run. They’ve also announced that a second demo from the two-piece will follow; both releases paving the way for the band’s debut full-length. Pre-order The Bottomless Perdition at Blood Harvest Records page for release on July 29th.

FFO: Cadaveric Fumes, VoidCeremony, Cemetery Filth.



The last couple of years have seen the vibrant hotbed of South America continue its reign of chaos across both the thrash and death metal scenes. The clear distinction that is often found between the sub-genres elsewhere does not appear to be so apparent in Latin America. Death, black, and thrash metal all seem to easily hybridise in the verdant musically fertile forests and favelas. The bestial Athanatos proffer a mix black and death, Hellish and Invocation Spells conjure a primal form of blackened thrash, while bands such as Invincible Force and Ripper combine death metal with untold thrash ferocity. Anyone who has spent some time checking out the history of the rabid South American metal scene knows this heightened localised fecundity is in no small part due to the potent nature of forefathers Sarcófago.

Nestled in between seminal classic I.N.R.I and 1991’s The Laws of Scourge, was the somewhat forgotten Rotting EP. Released in 1989, these 6 tracks are essentially the most aggressive time capsule you’ll ever open. The songs here may be regarded as transitional material, but they are no less savage. This is half an hour of pure evil, intense speed, bellicose hostility, and complete destruction. Assuming fans of the band will already have smashed that motherfucking “BUY NOW” button, I’ll give the more fiscally responsible wimpish among you even more reason to pick this up on September 2nd… it comes with a live DVD of the band supporting Morbid Angel on the 1991 Altars Of Madness tour! Showcasing Sarcófago ripping through most of this EP and a couple of tracks from the exalted I.N.R.I in Belo Horizonte (their hometown they share with some band called Sepultura, you might have heard of them?), this re-release is nothing to be scoffed at.

Pre-order the Rotting CD/DVD pack through Greyhaze Records here.


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Switching from the death and thrash above, we come to something a little different. A little more blasphemous. A little… blacker. Originally released as a demo tape in 2013, these four tracks from the Spanish duo based out of the Canary Islands is definitely the most profane item on today’s agenda. I’m led to believe they have a strong similarity to fellow countrymen Proclamation, a fact I cannot confirm nor deny as I had not heard of either band prior to this. What I can tell you though, is that Supremative have some of the most elaborate aliases I’ve ever come across. Chanting out for “Disciple of Eternal Damnation and Captor of Pure Souls” to turn his bass up might be difficult to hear over the guitars of “Instigator of the Seven Demons and Inexorable Necromancer,” although I’m not sure the group play live anyway, as the guitarist also performs drums and vocal duties on this release. Maybe they get assistance from “Diviner of Severe Allergic Reactions from Supposedly Hypoallergenic Corpse Paint,” or have local guitar tech “He of Supreme Nomenclatic Convolution and Possessor of the Horrid Sweat Stain” fill in to round out the live line-up, I don’t know.

In all seriousness though, these four tracks are quite a malefic offering and should please fans of Blasphemy, Archgoat, and ummmm… Proclamation.

Head on over to Blood Harvest Records to pre-order this demonic vitriol (Releases on various  7″ vinyl July 14th).



Keen eyes will remember seeing this killer cover from our recent OSDM edition of Riff ov the Week. As I mentioned in that blurb, Sweden’s Eructation existed during the halcyon period of death metal in the early 1990’s (92-95 in their particular case). Having never managed to release anything of note, save for an independent 3 track cassette innocuously titled Demo #1, the rest of the band’s music has finally been given the chance to infest your ears through the release of a 10 track compilation album. The Fumes of Putrefaction combines the three demo tracks, five tracks that were scheduled to be released as an EP in 1994, and the two final tracks that were pulled from the band’s last recording session in 1995.

Now I know what you’re thinking – Early 1990’s + Sweden + Death Metal = some sort of Entombed-core. NOPE! While Eructation do show little flashes of that style here and there, they are quite atypical of that commonly adapted and subsequently heavily diluted sound. The angular riffing found here is more akin to that of the Dutch legends such as Asphyx, and particularly Pestilence, with some Atheist-style tech creeping in, minus the jazzy noodling. Sure there are certainly some more obscure bands that bear a slightly closer resemblance, but if name-dropping those 3 monsters above doesn’t pique your interest, what chance do mentions of Cerebral Prism, Dementia 13, and Incubated Filth (*) have of procuring your clicks on this highly deserving release?

The Fumes of Putrefaction compilation was re-released through Memento Mori on April 25th and can be picked up here.

FFO: Incubator, Brutality, Disincarnate, Death Metal!

[* – One of these three bands is real. And of course, it happens to be the one with the worst name]

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  • Dubbbz

    I think Tamerlane had the best burial curse. From the font of all knowledge:

    It is alleged that Timur’s tomb was inscribed with the words, “When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble.” It is also said that when Gerasimov exhumed the body, an additional inscription inside the casket was found, which read, “Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I.”[75] In any case, three days after Gerasimov began the exhumation, Adolf Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, the largest military invasion of all time, upon the Soviet Union.[76] Timur was re-buried with full Islamic ritual in November 1942 just before the Soviet victory at the Battle of Stalingrad.


    • CyberneticOrganism

      Is Burial Curse a band name yet? If not I call dibs.

      • Dubbbz

        There are no bands with the name “Burial Curse” listed on metal archives. Well, would you look at that.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          IT’S MINE

          • Dubbbz

            Better drop that demo soon before the Masterlord creates a new identity and releases a dungeon synth album under the moniker.

        • Lacertilian

          Nobody wants to tempt fate.

  • Howard Dean

    In other re-released news:

    Martyrdoom Productions in Greece (the in house boutique label of Dead Congregation) re-released Nuclear Winter’s 2003 demo “Abomination Virginborn” on CD. Nuclear Winter was A.V. and company’s band before Dead Congregation came to life. Abomination Virginborn is an insanely good death metal demo: many of the DC characteristics are present, though I find Nuclear Winter sounds a bit more like Morbid Angel c. Altars of Madness and Covenant (which isn’t a bad thing at all). I really love this demo and have played the fuck out of it this year (I’d hate to guess how many consecutive times I spun it on my way to and from work over the first three days I had it). This demo is probably better than 95% of the new death metal you will listen to this year. For those interested:

  • Howard Dean

    Also: Tribulation’s debut album “The Horror” is being reissued on vinyl if anyone is interested. The presale starts today with a release in late August:

    • I dug this one. As did the user Ziltoid from years past on the Other Blog. Anyone remember that card??

      • Howard Dean

        I’ve dug everything by Tribulation so far, including last year’s Children of the Night (which turned a lot of people off). I thought it was one of the best albums of 2015. I’m actually fine with Tribulation wanting to go full on goth rock. They do it well.

        • I dig that last record very hard.

        • Dagon

          Children of the Night was a great album to play in the car last year.

          • Howard Dean

            It was probably my #2 album of 2015 (and it sat at #1 for quite some time). Definitely one of my favorites. Just a great sound–like later In Solitude with growls.

            I’m fully expecting Tribulation to go full on goth rock with the next album. Maybe even drop the death growls and bring in a crooner (if not completely, maybe they will do a growl/clean combo). Either way, I’m excited for anything they put out in the future!

          • Dagon

            It’s like arena rock for weird people. The record sounded very big.

          • Dagon

            Great choruses too

    • Howard Dean
      • Envenomed fucking rules. I haven’t listened to that album in years. Going to have to play through their catalog again here soon. Nothing will match Retribution though.

        • Howard Dean

          Yeah, Ten Commandments and Retribution are the best for me, though I think Envenomed and especially Eternal are underrated. Malevolent Creation is an underrated death metal in general. Often overlooked when discussing the early Floridian DM scene.

          • I’ll listen to anything that Dave Culross is a part of.

          • Speaking as someone who digs that scene, I think Malevolent Creation is exemplarily average, with Ten Commandments being a cut above the rest of their material.

          • Howard Dean

            “Exemplarily average” is an oxymoron I’ve never seen before. Putting it into my panoply. Wicked saintly!

          • Front runner of average? More average than the other average bands? Average, but with qualities unique to it that set it apart from other average bands? Damn, this is hard…

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I think Stillborn gets unfairly dismissed. Nothing groundbreaking compared to the first two MC albums but I still really like it.

  • When I see re-issue and it isn’t Divebomb, it usually surprises me

    • CyberneticOrganism

      *draws sword*

  • Tomb Mold >>>>>>>>>>>

    Fucking love this shit.

    • Lacertilian

      I should have commissioned Voidscape Visions to create the header image.

  • RustyShackleford

    Holy shit!! Lots of good stuff here. Eructation and Ossuary Insane are most up my alley. Unfortunately all the bandcamp is stuff is going on the wishlist cause I ain’t found a job yet and RIP wallet. Still, stuff jams well with my morning coffee and the eggs and bacon I had (with a healthy dose of franks red hot). YEP!

  • Got to love Proclamation. Check out Abysmal Lord, they are basically a Proclamation worship band. Done right though!

  • Great write-up Lizard. This is my kinda dank filthy post. Killed it!

  • Those Eructation riffs >>>>>>>

    They are pulling me just the right way.

  • Tomb Mold is one of my favorite releases of this year, no joking. That combination of catacomb dwelling production and truly old-school feeling hook me up, very nauseous and evocative.

    Great writing and thanks for the recommendations, Lizardbro.

  • On a less obscure note, is anyone fond of those full dynamic range releases Earache has done for some of the classic records they have the rights to? I’ve been thinking of picking a few up.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      I’ve heard they sound great, the only one I’ve heard is the FDR release of Covenant and that was pretty good.

    • I have Bolt Thrower’s War Master and Carnage’s Dark Recollection (wink, wink).

      They both sounds AMAZING.

      • Mmmmh, I’ll take that under advisement, then. The tracks I heard from the Scum FDR sounded really good.
        Any, uh, other FDR remasters you were looking to own (wink, wink)?
        Left Hand Path must sound preeeeetty sweet…

        • Yeah, it’s a really good mix, and the instrumentation sounds p cool. For example, in Carnage, the guitars were beefed out and the bass is rumbling, it truly adds a new charm to the product, it’s way more cavernous and evil sounding all the way.

          I’m torn between Heartwork, Necrotism, Left Hand Path, Clandestine, Realm of Chaos and Slaughter of the Soul, to be completely honest, jajajaja.

  • Some of these look super tasty, will have to jam later.

  • Waynecro

    Thank you for this excellent and thorough article!

  • Dagon

    That Eructation cover is really nice. Looks like an illustration on a Magic card.

    *runs away from lockers*

  • Tomb Mold is groovy but I’m inclined to wait for the full debut because

    A) It might contain songs from both demos
    B) It might sound a tad less . . . moldy.

    *hides under carpet*