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Sněť – Mokvání V Okovech (Mildewed Death Metal)

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Sněť – Mokvání V Okovech (Mildewed Death Metal)

  Lol what a great name for a band. Czechia’s Sněť, which means “Mildew,” are true to their chosen title, saturated in water and stained black from years of being in a basement. That’s exactly how Mokvání V Okovech sounds, and there is little else you need for reference before you just hit start already, […]

Dødsferd – Skotos (It’s Greek Black Metal)

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Dødsferd – Skotos (It’s Greek Black Metal)

  Hey, it’s Greek black metal! I’m not sure what else I can say beyond that but let’s give it a try. Dødsferd is one of Greece’s oldest black metal acts, and by virtue of that fact alone they already deserve to be at the front of the cavalry charge into the riff blizzard we […]

Kryptik Mutation – Pulle from the Pit (Clearly Brutal Death Metal)

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Kryptik Mutation – Pulle from the Pit (Clearly Brutal Death Metal)

  Oh damn we got a monster cover here whooo. Also impalement. Through an eye. Why is this happening and what does it mean? It doesn’t matter, folks, because this is Kryptik Mutation! They’re not here for the sake of clarity, unless you specifically mean brutal death metal with a legible logo. They’re absolutely clear […]

Coscradh – Mesradh Machae (The Heads of the Men Who Have Been Slaughtered)

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Coscradh – Mesradh Machae (The Heads of the Men Who Have Been Slaughtered)

  For as loonnnggg as this album title is it certainly is short! But, man, Ireland’s Coscradh prove they can get it done in under fifteen minutes. Fook extra tracks, Mesradh Machae is good to go in only two and it fares far better than submissions I received this past month that last over thirty […]

Ifrinn – Caledonian Black Magick (Orthodox Black Metal)

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Ifrinn – Caledonian Black Magick (Orthodox Black Metal)

  Black metal orthodoxy is usually anathema these days. There’s the conundrum of “should it be from Norway to be troo?” or “should we keep playing these same cold riffs?” Those are the two biggest issues with the classic vein. I prefer submissions that change expectations, but doing things the presumably easy way can work. […]

Universally Estranged – Reared Up in Spectral Predation (Real Cosmic Death Metal)

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Universally Estranged – Reared Up in Spectral Predation (Real Cosmic Death Metal)

  I knew this shit was going to be deep. Actually, better to say I knew it wanted to be deep, because it’s trying out that “cosmic death metal” thing. Whether or not it was was up to the task depended on my blackholes (ears) and my existential consumption of conflagration (brain). See? Deep shit […]

The Plague – Within Death (All of the Death Metal)

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The Plague – Within Death (All of the Death Metal)

  I receive a lot of death metal submissions with the ole’ skull cover aesthetic. Usually you can’t expect much out of such things but I dig bones so I give any skeletal art a try just for that reason. The Plague is yet another Australian death metal outfit that got my attention for their […]

Ghostrunner (Cyberpunk Head Removal Sword Game)

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Ghostrunner (Cyberpunk Head Removal Sword Game)

  Phew dang do I have a huge backlog of games to review. Here I am thinking I have all my serious life work pretty much done and then I convince myself I need to edit a textbook. Damn it. Well, I’ll have more time to play and stream in a few months, don’t worry, […]

Hymnr – Far Beyond Insanity (Plague-Ridden Melodic Black Metal)

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Hymnr – Far Beyond Insanity (Plague-Ridden Melodic Black Metal)

  Usually I see some “insanity” reference and I want to cry. It’s like late works of Gothic literature that tried to creep with “scary” mental illness. Honestly, it’s not that scary. Really it’s not. So to see the same trope with black metal of the melodic variety? Come on now. That’s what I thought. […]

Crypts of Despair – All Light Swallowed (Abyssal Death Metal)

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Crypts of Despair – All Light Swallowed (Abyssal Death Metal)

  This is…just good. I don’t know how else to say it. It’s good. Actually very good, so I can add at least that word to the review here to be more verbose. I can probably manage more than that, we’ll see. First off, congratulations to Crypts of Despair, because this is the first Lithuanian […]