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Riff Fist – Fistful of Riffs

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Riff Fist – Fistful of Riffs

This presents a conundrum of the most profound.  Is the fist made of riffs?  Or is it rather that the riffs are made of fist?  This question may be impossible to answer, and we’re certainly not intelligent enough around here to figure it out, so we’ll save this philosophical speculation for the rest of you.  […]

Black Crown Initiate – Song of the Crippled Bull

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Black Crown Initiate – Song of the Crippled Bull

This review is going to end up being a huge pitch to sell/follow a band that really deserves a lot more respect and Facebook “Likes” than what they currently have.  Black Crown Initiate from Reading, Pennsylvania have been a touring monstrosity, playing with titans like Fleshgod Apocalypse, Behemoth, 1349, and a personal favorite, SepticFlesh. Already they’re touring on the […]

Underhill – Prologue

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Underhill – Prologue

Said it before, and we’ll say it again, nothing, we repeat, nothing this label sends us is below a 4/5, ever.  As soon as we open that beautiful, sealed digipak of a release by the beast known as Ad Noiseam, our minds explode into a billion pointless words in a futile effort to explain how very […]

Shinin’ Shade – Sat-Urn

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Shinin’ Shade – Sat-Urn

It’s not good when you start with one of the worst band names we’ve encountered in awhile.  We suppose, though, that if you’re going for more of the 1960s or 70s in terms of your “doom” it sounds fitting, like Blue Cheer or Incredible Hog.  However, that always irritates the piss out of us, because […]

The Way of Purity – Equate

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The Way of Purity – Equate

Sent a stack of WormHoleDeath releases to one of our writers to do a nice, giant article on the label, because the guys behind it are awesome, hardworking, and in spite of their underground status really push the promotional level of their stuff and take it with a grain of salt, which is a rarity […]

Epitimia – (Un)reality

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Epitimia – (Un)reality

Double CD’s are a hard thing to tackle not only because the length is twice as long but because the artist often has a much broader, more complete vision of their project.  Like many Hypnotic Dirge artists before them, Epitima have attempted to experiment with black metal with many other non-metal genres such as trip […]

T.I.T.S. – S/T

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T.I.T.S. – S/T

Sorry, no, this isn’t a gratuitous review in any sense of the term.  So sorry, we don’t do that kind of thing around here.  We respect women as much as we respect the underground.  So no T-shirts with the wetness, no butt short shots, no illicit images, not for us!  And just so you know, it […]

Wrought Iron: Rejoice and Transcend

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Wrought Iron: Rejoice and Transcend

Stellar, spot on.  There, review finished.  We’ve been thinking about trying one-sentence reviews for some time, just haven’t decided the best approach for it yet, so bare with us as we continue to talk even though we’ve already told you what we think of this one.  Grimoire Records is an on-the-rise label from out of […]

Michael Idehall: Deep Code

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Michael Idehall: Deep Code

Here’s something you don’t see very much in underground music today, an artist that goes by their real name.  If it’s not his real name, well, then this is like totally weird and probably cutting edge to somebody out there.  Michael Idehall is an artist/musician (as well as other things including author) from out of […]

Ekove Efrits: Nowhere

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Ekove Efrits: Nowhere

Hypnotic Dirge Records from Canada likes to sign artists from all over the globe including Russia, France, Italy, Ukraine, and Germany.  Ekove Efrits is an Iranian band helmed by the Count De Efrit, the ominous mastermind who has experimented with depressive black metal, Gothic metal, and trip hop, creating an eclectic selection of work. With […]

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