Posts Tagged ‘2022’

Godiva – Hubris

According to the promotional emails, Godiva is one of Portugal’s longest-running melodic death metal bands and has a large symphonic element, so I had to check them out. They were formed in 1999, but haven’t been super productive with a few demos and EPs in their early years, but nothing other than a single since […]

Lunar Mercia – Leaving the Fragile Space

A late 2022 release that I got my hands on even later in 2022, Lunar Mercia is a post/atmospheric black metal band from Birmingham in the UK, and resides in the same dark, dreamy, melodic, jangly space as Ghost Bath, Wolves in the Throne Room, Woods of Desolation, Harakari for the Sky, Alcest and such. […]

Sirrush – Molon Labe

Sirrush (a dragon from Babylonian Mythology) is a new-ish Italian black/death metal band from Italy, They have been around since 2011, though Molon Labe is their first full-length album, and I had to review it as it tackles one of my favorite historical events of the Classical Age- The Battle of Thermopylae. No matter your […]

Obituary – Dying of Everything

Florida’s Obituary needs no introduction, being one of the legitimately legendary American Death metal bands, if not the godfathers of the genre. From genre-defining classics like Slowly We Rot and Cause of Death to their post-hiatus offerings like Inked in Blood,  Xecutioner’s Return, and Darkest Day you know what you are getting. That said, 2017s, […]

Sépulcre – Cursed Ways of Sheol EP

When it comes to this modern world of cavernous, old school death metal – I have to admit, I’m a little bit picky. I think there’s a handful of bands that do it super well (Witch Vomit, Spectral Voice, Dead Congregation, to name a few), and I think there’s A LOT of bands that, even […]

Carnal Savagery – Worm Eaten

Carnal Savagery is a Swedish death metal band with ties to Cromlech, who like fellow Swedes Entrails and In Pain, were knocking around in the early 90s but never really got truly going other than a few demos . After Cromlech, some members went on to form short-lived but solid melodic death metal acts Divine Souls, […]

Scars of the Flesh – In Darkness Alone

San Antonio, Texas-based Scars of the Flesh seem to be playing a dangerous game calling their newest release, In Darkness Alone, a bonafide full-length album. Okay, maybe I’m overexaggerating a bit, as the nine-track affair sets at the fifty-one minute mark, but that’s counting the four (four???) bonus songs attached to the five original compositions […]

Throwing Bricks – The Burden

Listen, there is only one, single reason why I checked out the second album from the Netherlands’ Throwing Bricks. It certainly wasn’t that cover or the band’s name. It was the fact the email promotion threw out Fall of Efrafa ( and Oathbreaker) as a ‘For Fans Of’ band listing. And it ended up being […]

TEETH OF THE DIVINE STAFF PICKS FOR 2022

We say this every year, but 2022 was a fantastic year in metal. With literally too many killer releases to cover, especially with the increase of digital-only/Bandcamp releases.

And as usual, there was a mix of veteran acts that are still at the top of their game, and fresh new blood to get excited about and the future of metal seems to be in good hands.

Our carefully cured lists cover a whole gamut of styles and releases, so feast your eyes on our best of 2022 staff lists, check out the linked reviews and feel free to comment, let us know what we got right or wrong, and post your own lists in the comments.

Here’s to 2023 continuing the trend of great years as we get the likes of Metallica, Obituary, In Flames, Insomnium, Distant, Ne Obliviscaris, Extermination Dismemberment, Sanguisugabogg, and no doubt, exciting debuts from up and comers.

As always, thanks for reading, sharing, liking, and commenting. You are why we do this (and maybe some early free music). So please keep coming back here for your metal reviews, features, and general metal fuckery.

Invirulant – Indomitable Worldwide Slamdemic

Late last year,  I reviewed the new ep from resurrected brutal slam death metal band Necrambulant.  I mentioned how much I loved their 2013 debut album Infernal Infectious Necro-Ambulatory Pandemic and the new ep A Feast of Festering Flesh is good.  I did feel some of that putrid and filthy sludge that was on the […]

Fleshgore – Carnival of Flesh

After Swedish death metal, I’d put New Yawk/East Coast, slammy, groovy death metal as one of my next favorite styles in the genre. So when I get a promo that lists ‘For fans of Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Pyrexia and Skinless’, I damn well check out that promo. Fleshgore is a Ukrainian band that has been […]

Folkrim – On Foaming Waves

A few years ago I discovered the folk metal genre.  A variety of bands ranging from death to black to cultural and traditional metal were using these influences.  I got hooked, whether bands were using the influence sparingly or full-fledged the variety of sounds became addictive to me and most of all these bands put […]

Sky, Zeke – Intergalactic Demon King

I like to think I’m the kind of guy willing to give almost any music endeavor a fair shake, whether it falls in one of metal’s incalculable and ever-growing catalog of subgenres, or, really, whatever the hell else happens to invade my ear canals! But we all have our go-to comfort zones, right? To the […]

Crypt Rot – An Ancient Summoning

Just when I think we don’t need any more ‘Crypt’ named bands I get a random promo from one of the oddest band/label combinations- A brutal death metal band from Wales, that sound like they are from America’s Midwest and East Coast, residing on a sludge doom label (for the cassette release) and the CD […]

Lamentations – Passion of Depression

I have probably said it before but when it comes to this time of the year I am always thankful that here, at the ol’ Teeth of the Divine, we don’t worry about publishing a best of the year list as soon as possible. No folks, we actually let the year play out as to […]

Iron Flesh – Limb After Limb

We last heard from French Dismember worshipers, Iron Flesh back in 202o/21 for Summoning the Putrid, a damn fine release of Swedish death metal with a nice balance of melodic slicing riffs and more doomy passages. Well, for the follow-up, Iron Flesh continues the same sound going full-on Dismember homage with 48 minutes and 10 songs […]

Grog – Macabre Requiems (Reissue)

Portugal’s death/grind band Grog have been slinging their brutal form of music for over 3 decades?  I cannot believe it’s been that long. The band took some time between their full length’s and have released a total of four albums during this time span. I will venture to say I have heard the band in […]

Blood of the Wolf- IV: The Declaration of War

Back in 2018, I covered Blood of the Wolf‘s second opus, II: Campaign of Extermination and it was /is still a fucking ripper of a record delivering some truly blood-pumping, war-mongering black/death metal that put them pretty high on the heap of the genre (“With Fire and a Thousand Flashing Blades” still makes me want […]

9 Dead – 9 Dead

I have not listened to a Comatose Music release in a while, so I thoughts I’d check in on the reliably predictable label and see what one of their latest releases was like- and boy the label’s shift to proggy power metal was a real surprise! I keeeeed. It’s brutal slamming death metal – what […]

Veilburner – Vlbrnr       

For this one, I want to take a trip back to heavy metal city where the mustachioed man wearing the trench coat from my last Veilburner review resides. Turning the corner once again past the mainstream shops, I see the man and two masked men standing over his lifeless corpse. Oh shit, the Veilburner duo […]

Exist In Ruin – Exist in Ruin EP

Seattle’s Exist in Ruin is a symphonic black/death metal brainchild of one ‘Teren’, who plays guitar and bass and does the drum programming. But for the project’s debut EP (released digitally earlier this summer, but picked up by Italy’s Wormholedeath to re-release) he has a host of guest and session musicians helping him out: Jonah […]

Tailgunner – Crashdive EP

When one thinks about traditional Heavy Metal, a lot of what immediately comes to mind is, inevitably, British. From the obvious big guns of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, to the more second-tier acts like Saxon, Diamond Head or Cloven Hoof, and a seemingly endless list of others, you just cannot think Heavy Metal without thinking […]

Judicator – The Majesty of Decay

I have a problem with power metal in that I miss all the great albums until after the year is over and therefore am unable to include them on my year end list. However, I did happen to catch the promo for Judicator’s new one on Prosthetic called The Majesty of Decay, and I am […]

Snipers of Babel – Gabriel

Occasionally I get an album that paints a picture of the world, angry and frustrated; wishing that shit would just get better while summarily knowing that it won’t and will only get worse. A bleak outlook on humanity is how I would describe Snipers of Babel’s powerhouse “Gabriel”.  After producing the “Redemption” ep and a […]

Tribal Gaze – The Nine Choirs

I’ve been saying it recently how Scott Magrath’s Maggot Stomp Records seems to be the label Century Media Records are looking into and poaching bands from that roster after the bands have released at least an ep or debut album.  The bands are hungry, writing kick ass death metal and want to tour.  Smart decision […]