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Darkenhöld – Castellum

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Darkenhöld – Castellum

Any metal that dares make it obvious it references anything of the ‘medieval’ has entered dangerous territory.  It’s a minefield full of active explosives every two inches and you happen to be going through it with a pogo stick.  So many times before, as we’ve seen, any reference to swords and sorcery, especially fantasy, have […]

Death Valley Driver – Carnivore’s Oath EP

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Death Valley Driver – Carnivore’s Oath EP

Yeah, these guys.  Those italics there add further meaning, and here it means they’ve been around here before, and we’re proud to have them around again.  That’s because death n roll isn’t really a very pronounced genre, and there’s a reason for that.  Mixing death metal grind with classic hard rock is a real challenge, since in […]

Kayo Dot – Coffins on IO

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Kayo Dot – Coffins on IO

Toby Driver has overdosed on Ariel Pink albums. Admittedly, it’s not a difficult thing to do. If you can get past the almost impenetrable production of his earlier releases it’s quite clear that Ariel Pink has made some of the most compelling music of the last decade and a half. For anyone with an ear […]

SLOTHS – Twenty Years

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SLOTHS – Twenty Years

Ahh, let us just relax, kick back, put on the fire, turn down the lights, and relax with some nice post.  Every now and then you need some post in your life.  Honey, please hand me the post, it’s been a rough day, the kids are getting to me, thank you.  Dear, I’m not feeling […]

Imperial Savagery – S/T

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Imperial Savagery – S/T

It’s been awhile since we reviewed straight death metal, primarily because, in spite of the number of submissions, most of it has been just awfully terribly horrible.  It forces us to pull out multiple adjectives and completely kill all journalistic credibility.  But we can’t help it, death metal can really suck anymore.  CD after CD […]

Moloch – Verwüstung

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Moloch – Verwüstung

Moloch is all business.  He has no time for anything but business, and he is a proprietor of the business of black metal.  Not business in the capitalist sense, business in the sense of “this is my life”.  Seriously, he sent us some things digitally, which we really don’t have time for with all of […]

Lord Mantis – Death Mask

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Lord Mantis – Death Mask

Crossing over into new territory, that’s the way it should be, that’s how you make something new.  That’s how you make something striking to get the attention of people who have heard it all.  Some of the best bands we’ve covered over the past few years have crossed so many boundaries there simply isn’t a […]

Dissecting Table/Sektor 304 – Utopia/Decay

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Dissecting Table/Sektor 304 – Utopia/Decay

Oh my, oh my oh my oh my.  This is the kind of thing to get the blood boiling, this is perfect if you’d like to blend your mind into a soup.  There’s so much to grasp it takes every last sliver of neural tissue in your body torn into ribbons to say you finally […]

Human Services –  Animal Fires

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Human Services – Animal Fires

We enjoy responding to users on Facebook or the site proper.  It encourages us to write faster and harder, to get them to climax in the sense of saying something stupid so we can criticize their very existence.  So, it’s not unusual to get the occasional weirdos now and then, people that reveal the true […]

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