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The Vault: Mistress of the Dead – White Roses, White Coffin

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The Vault: Mistress of the Dead – White Roses, White Coffin

Funeral doom is a pretty stable niche in the field of doom metal, but it tends to turn away most of those who are more attuned to the driving force of bands like Bog Oak, or really anything with a tempo that doesn’t move at a pace so slow half a chord progression takes a […]

Cassette Assault – Hit It Hard With Sludge

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Cassette Assault – Hit It Hard With Sludge

In the past, when we’ve tossed tapes purposefully at your face; sometimes it’s been a hit, sometimes a miss, depending on the tape.  This time we didn’t want that, we wanted it all. no misses.  As the tapes come in, as well as anything else, we’re picky now, preferring to review what we see in a positive […]

Cassette Assault – Absolute Filth

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Cassette Assault – Absolute Filth

Here we are again, ye keepers of the guns and ammo, ye corrupt blasphemers of the digital era.  Load up, get your bandoliers, get your helicopters, get your grenades, and prepare to blow the speakers of that nice old Sony two-deck you got from Goodwill as you continue to deny the world you believe in […]

The Shit Cole Olson’s Been Listening To (Post-Hardcore Bonanza)

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The Shit Cole Olson’s Been Listening To (Post-Hardcore Bonanza)

Due to my lack of participation/free time/sanity because of schooling, I haven’t had much time to dedicate myself to albums that bands have submitted and hash out thoughts and coherent sentences that could properly convey what I need to say. Instead, due to the impending finality of this semester, and a bit of booze, I’m […]

Compilation Dissertation – Ball de Bastons / Makil Dantza

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Compilation Dissertation – Ball de Bastons / Makil Dantza

Been awhile since we did one of these.  So for those of you who missed out on our last one, let’s explain before we begin, because this is a lot of reading, and it should be because it’s a lot of work, thus the title of this feature. Compilation Dissertation is where we give a […]

DistortHead VS A Scar for the Wicked

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DistortHead VS A Scar for the Wicked

It’s time for a challenge.  Time for a battle where only one can remain, crowned the victor of a meaningless Deaf Sparrow award that doesn’t even exist in any physical form.  At times we review two things at once, we’ve done it before.  Two albums, same band, or perhaps two albums same label.  But then […]

Cassette Assault – Metal and Noise

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Cassette Assault – Metal and Noise

Get your guns, get your gurls, or mens, and prepare, for a….cassette assault!  If you’re new around here, this is when we check out a series of four different cassettes in the same review.  Sometimes from the same label, maybe the same band, but this time we’re doing a set of tapes from four different […]

Melted Cassettes – Shirt and CD Package

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Melted Cassettes – Shirt and CD Package

Deaf Sparrow has been around since roughly 2008 when the original editor, Hansel Merchor, created it as a way to review extreme underground music.  The hard-to-find stuff, things most sites wouldn’t touch, almost anything from a poorly-recorded garage cassette to a highly-produced LP.  Most people don’t know it, but I, the new and current editor, […]

The Vault: Ehnahre – Taming the Cannibals

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The Vault: Ehnahre – Taming the Cannibals

There’s very little you can say about Ehnahre to someone who hasn’t heard them before.  Black metal free jazz, death jazz, Satanic jazz; terms like that sort of give an idea, but it’s not really sufficient.  An earlier version of the band formed around 2000 and experimented with several different genres including grind, sludge, and […]

The Vault: Aluk Todolo – Finsternis

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The Vault: Aluk Todolo – Finsternis

Been awhile since we pulled something out of the tombs, but if there was any we should have selected, it was this one.  Aluk Todolo is one of the more interesting acts out of France currently, though they haven’t put anything out since Occult Rock in 2012.  Excellent work, but nothing quite caught our attention like a […]

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