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american – Violate and Control (Sigh, My Tears Flow)

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american – Violate and Control (Sigh, My Tears Flow)

Facebook was begging me to post something for all of you because I haven’t been. This album is why. Now and then I get hit, hard, by a revelation. Here it is. Sometimes people accept goodness on what everyone else says and assume the opinion as their own. When I first knew that american was […]

Entrapment – Through Realms Unseen (Corpse Compactor Metal)

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Entrapment – Through Realms Unseen (Corpse Compactor Metal)

Good, finally, I needed some color in my art to break up all the damn black and white on the slider. Awesome art by Marald van Haasteren. And, you know, sometimes I feel like this decaying corpse right here yeah. The weight of everything pressing down on you, you release a groan, and you’re basically like, […]

Contaminated – Final Man (Big Hulking Beast Metal)

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Contaminated – Final Man (Big Hulking Beast Metal)

I’ve been listening to this one way  too much. So much that I’ve been trying to convince the band to do a special, limited-run tape and shirt combo, but to no avail. Their powers are too great to accept my grovelling as worthy enough to be printed onto glorious celluloid music strips. But that’s okay I […]

khost – Governance SPECIAL EDITION

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khost – Governance SPECIAL EDITION

Well, folks, I mean autocrats, if you didn’t notice before because you’re new, or because it’s been so long, I’m finally getting back into production again. Deaf Sparrow has functioned as a limited-edition label before, but it’s been some time since my last release, which was a special cassette version of the album Ordained by Usurpress. […]

Fetters – S/T

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Fetters – S/T

Ah, how long it’s been since I heard some death industrial that did my body bad. But I’m running out of analogies, and also ways of self-deprecating as a form of humor and not-so-clever criticism, because I’ve said that too. So how can this be any different? How can a band making reference to binding […]

Ustalost – The Spoor of Vipers (Someone Finally Dropped a Fecal Reference)

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Ustalost – The Spoor of Vipers (Someone Finally Dropped a Fecal Reference)

I really liked the title of this one, until I thought about it more and remembered, that, yes, this can be considered a reference to poop or sultry odors emanating from slithering beasts. Say, there’s a band name or album title, right there. Copyright Deaf Sparrow 8 November 2017, though, sorry. So can this band overcome its […]

Replacire – Do Not Deviate (Or So They Claim)

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Replacire – Do Not Deviate (Or So They Claim)

Here’s something I’m pretty sure of now. If I say the opposite of basically everyone else out there pretending to be a critic, it’s correct. End of story. Especially with technical death metal, which, yes, this is. Boston’s Replacire I have to give credit to for staying so true to their look. Thus, Do Not Deviate […]

AUTHORity – Rick Claypool LIVES

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AUTHORity – Rick Claypool LIVES

As at least some of you know, the site has been recently branching out to include more of underground culture, such as the first artist feature I did, and now, the first author feature. I didn’t know what else to call it, but I figured “AUTHORity” sounded pretty cool, yet also stupid, so we’ll stick […]

Blood Feast – The Future State of Wicked (Uhhhhh…)

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Blood Feast – The Future State of Wicked (Uhhhhh…)

I was totally about this album for some reason when I first saw the cover. The more I look at it, I’m not sure why. The more I listen to it I’m even more disgusted at my intuition. It is clearly wrong. Okay how many times have I said this next particular thing now? I don’t […]

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