Splendidula are a Belgian metal band who lean heavily on doomy, sludgy riffs and a lurching heaviness. Their monstrous sound is elevated by the vocals of Kristien Cools. Her voice ranges from almost alt-metal-sounding sinister cleans to avant-garde wailing. Guitarist Pieter Houben’s vocals stun, with explosive roars that match the ferocity of the quicksand-thick riffs, … Continue reading 157: SPLENDIDULA


With a career lasting nearly 30 years and counting, Aborted’s brutal combination of death metal and grindcore has made them an unrivalled force in extreme metal. Across ten albums and a half dozen EPs, Aborted have mastered their iconic sound, combining relentlessly chunky riffs, lightning fast blast beats, and utterly inhuman vocals. Sven de Caluwé’s … Continue reading 156: ABORTED