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Annihilation is a relatively new band hailing from Portugal, who recently released their debut album, Against The Storm. After listening to it in its entirety I would have to categorize their style as being heavily influenced by early-mid 90’s death metal. The opening track, “Tortured with Hate” starts things off with the sound of breaking glass, which spirals into a dizzying array of heavy riffage, blast beats and some dual vocals, very much in the vein of Krisiun mixed with Morbid Angel, then crescendos into some dark harmonies which add a nice touch. From there the album proceeds in a similar fashion of heavy guitars, massive double bass drum work, blast beats and various tempo changes.

Rick Scythe has been playing blackened death metal and thrash metal for quite some time now as part of the band Usurper. When Usurper broke up, Rick continued to play music and eventually formed the aptly named Scythe. Scythe, while not too far removed from Usurper, is still its own beast with heavy, crushing songs and an old-school vibe. The band recently released the album Beware The Scythe which can be streamed in its entirety below. Here’s how my chat with Rick went.