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Arvas – Black Satanic Mysticism

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Arvas – Black Satanic Mysticism

For some reason over here I was just in the mood for some classic black metal.  There was a longing deep inside for some atmospherically fragile chords, echoing vocals, Satanic imagery, and all of that.  Thankfully while going through the recent glut of promo submissions, there was this.  The cover gave it all away, this […]

Embrional – The Devil Inside

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Embrional – The Devil Inside

This is just a personal thing, but damn this title reminds one of that critically panned should-have-bombed film The Devil Inside from 2012.  Luckily this has nothing to do with that.  So why even mention it?  Sometimes things just happen around here, and just as we accept the random, so must you, or there is no […]

Sewercide – Severing the Mortal Cord EP

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Sewercide – Severing the Mortal Cord EP

Alright can someone please explain what an EP is?  Seriously, what’s the cutoff?  It seems something like a novella, everyone thinks they know what it means, but no one really does.  You’d assume it means a short amount of time is spent musically, but then you get something like this here by Sewercide and it’s […]

Foehammer – S/T

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Foehammer – S/T

Everyone talks about apps these days.  There’s an app for breastfeeding, there’s an app that apps that, we think, and there’s probably an app for how many bananas you ate in the past year, we just haven’t double-checked.  Well, let’s say this, there needs to be a Foehammer app.  What would it do?  Just play […]

Ritual Chamber – The Pits of Tentacled Screams

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Ritual Chamber – The Pits of Tentacled Screams

And then there was this.  Death metal anymore can really irritate us unless done right, and let’s be clear in case that implication wasn’t too your plebe mentality’s liking.  It’s often not.  It’s often trite and built on the same misogynist sliced-limb bullshit that was cool maybe thirty years ago.  No one cares about your […]

Sigihl – Trauermärsche (And a Tango Upon the World’s Grave)

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Sigihl – Trauermärsche (And a Tango Upon the World’s Grave)

Sat on this one for awhile.  But it was much unlike the usual type of sitting.  It wasn’t like sitting on your easy chair, or a lawn chair, or an armchair, it was more like a chair of nails, such as would have been used during the Witch Craze.  This would be a useful analogy […]

Corpus Christii – PaleMoon

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Corpus Christii – PaleMoon

If there’s one country that’s supremely diffuse in terms of its representation of various types of black metal, it’s Portugal, which is surprising considering its relatively small size in comparison to most of Europe.  But in spite of its smaller landmass, hugging the ocean, or Spain, whichever direction it chooses to embrace, it’s filled with […]

The Ugly – Decreation

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The Ugly – Decreation

Interesting that this album would be titled as such, considering it’s rather a form of creation than destruction.  But before we get to that, let’s consider Swedish black metal.  Sweden has a rather interesting history in the genre, being that it, though rooted in Scandinavian tradition, is somewhat separate in how it developed.  You have […]

Sovereign – Nailing Shut the Sacroscant Orifice

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Sovereign – Nailing Shut the Sacroscant Orifice

Wordiness is often a marker for headiness, and seriously any metal band that pulls out sacrosanct in their album title probably has something to say.  But US black metal, sadly, has often not had much to say.  Part of the reason for that is it gets covered over by all the clickbait BM worthlessness of […]

Gore Tech – Futurphobia

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Gore Tech – Futurphobia

Man, ever just want to drop some damn bass?  Ever want to hear that low-end rumble pulsing through your organs and causing a hemorrhage?  Ever just want to pump up that system and blow your speakers, driving around mall parking lots for some nightmare on bass street?  Stalk with that bass, assault with that bass, […]

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