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Black Faith – Nightscapes (It’s Black Metal, From Italy)

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Black Faith – Nightscapes (It’s Black Metal, From Italy)

Italian black metal. Just doesn’t roll off the tongue, or out the mouth, as vomit, which means at least it’s not so bad that you’re led into revulsion. There’s simply something about that word combination that seems a contradiction. Why? Italian metal, in general, I’ve found, tends to be highly derivative, though there are certainly […]

Svartsyn – In Death (Qua Black Metal)

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Svartsyn – In Death (Qua Black Metal)

I think I’ve been disappointed by Agonia Records on a single occasion only, but this isn’t why I haven’t looked at them in awhile. The real reason is a number of the bands they carry are so huge I typically don’t pay attention to the promos past a listen, in spite of how good they […]

RUIN – Drown in Blood (Better Through Headphones)

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RUIN – Drown in Blood (Better Through Headphones)

Okay, listen, bands, hey, if you’re picking a name, please, please make sure it hasn’t been goddamn picked already! I just don’t get that. Then you have to add (US), or whatever country, followed by state or territory, maybe even town if you’re dumb enough to stick with the name when there’s already a band going by […]

Quick Reviews – September 2017

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Quick Reviews – September 2017

In case you missed it, we do special, short reviews now of stuff that’s not up to the standards I set for full reviews. Meaning, the cover art sucks. This doesn’t mean the music isn’t any good, of course, but as you know, at least 1/4 of an album’s presence is in its art, a […]

CURSUS – S/T (Like, Where’s the Bass Maaannn?)

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CURSUS – S/T (Like, Where’s the Bass Maaannn?)

Yeah listen. Yo. Making music is hard. Trying to do something new in music, even harder. Trying to do something without something expected, waaayyy harrrrddder. Every genre has expectations looming over it, and I don’t mean just metal in general or all the kabillions of subsubgenres we have now, I mean for anything. For doom metal, […]

Délétère – Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam (Black Metal, Sans Water Fowl)

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Délétère – Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam (Black Metal, Sans Water Fowl)

The last time I tasted Canadian black metal this dude put a bunch of geese squawking over garbage tremolo as part of the “aesthetic” and it was ridiculous. Délétère has a different approach, thankfully, though I admit I would’ve liked to laugh at more inane and completely out-of-place samples of water fowl over black metal, […]

Sangue – S/T (Yeah, Listen To This One)

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Sangue – S/T (Yeah, Listen To This One)

Knowing that the former drummer of Pungent Stench was part of this gang, I figured it had to be good. That’s kind of strange to say about a drummer, because, well, they drum. What else can you say? If you can pound good enough, no one really pays attention, but Rector Stench had this style […]

Mourners Lament – We All Be Given (We All Be Boring, More Like)

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Mourners Lament – We All Be Given (We All Be Boring, More Like)

Yeah, you know, so everything about this album is boring. Even this review is boring, why read it? I was first drawn to the art, but much like the music after several experiences with it I’m not sure I know what the hell I’m looking at and I’m too bored to try anymore. What at […]

Viktoria Polikarpova Gallery Viewing

You are now in the gallery viewing for the artwork of Viktoria Polikarpova, owner of Visionis Phosphoresecent. These works were selected by her, with descriptions written by the artist herself, not the site. Works appear in the order she requested. All artwork is introduced with title, followed by the media used to create it. Please […]

Artist Unmasked: Viktoria Polikarpova of Visionis Phosphorescent

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Artist Unmasked: Viktoria Polikarpova of Visionis Phosphorescent

As some of you know, I’ve been developing new ideas behind the scenes for the future of Deaf Sparrow, one of which was the plan to highlight different underground artists, including a showcase of their most recent art, like a digital gallery viewing. The reason behind this is I noticed a serious lack of support […]

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