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Nothingness: No Happy Ending

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Nothingness: No Happy Ending

Picked this one up, said, "yeah, deathcore/metalcore or some crap, we'll wait on it".  Damn these stereotypes and biases, they plague our minds!  Someone out there save us, free our mind from these genre tags that bind us!  Well, hey, can't blame us entirely, the artwork pretty much said what it needed to, and it […]

John 3:16: Visions of the Hereafter

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John 3:16: Visions of the Hereafter

Now and then we get good experimental, every now and then.  Not so much with noise, because it's deceptive in how people approach it and everyone just buys a million effects pedals, but with experimental yes, most of the time people have a better grasp of "music" since you normally actually have to play something […]

The Sun Through a Telescope: I Die Smiling

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The Sun Through a Telescope: I Die Smiling

In recent years, drone doom, a genre spawned from the likes of Black Sabbath, Swans, and Melvins have swept into the scene with its colossal reverb and indiscernible screaming. Bands such as Khanate, Boris, and most iconically, Sunn O))), have spearheaded this movement becoming a prominent subgenre of metal. Unfortunately, the characteristics of drone doom […]

The Night God Screamed

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The Night God Screamed

When a movie comes along with a title as awesome as The Night God Screamed it's hard not to instantly start thinking what it could be about. What kind of monstrosity could be so evil that the big G himself would let out a sissy little yelp of terror? What ungodly act of brutal savagery could […]

Wold: Badb

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Wold: Badb

It's shocking, revolting, putrefying to the soul how bad this is. Typically, when a band releases something on limited cassette, usually for the hell of it, it's best to let it stay limited and in the hands of friends, because they're practically the only people who are going to get anything out of it, or […]

Common Enemy: As the World Burns

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Common Enemy: As the World Burns

It's amazing bands like this still exist, it really is.  It makes some of us realize how old we really are, that dreadful feeling of "been there done that" about a million times, the "heard it all" sensation, the "back in my day" sensation, also the "why does this still go on and when will […]

Cold Body Radiation: Deer Twilight

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Cold Body Radiation: Deer Twilight

Going through the old box of submissions from the previous editor, we came upon two by the needs-more-recognition label Dusktone.  Its goal has been to release music of the dark and gloomy, paraphrasing from the official site, so it's always a pleasure during the winter months to receive something from them.  This, and another soon-to-be-reviewed-by-us […]

Shitfucker Interview

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Shitfucker Interview

Shitfucker hail from nasty Detroit, some say the most bankrupt city in America. Others, upon listening to the music of this deranged trio, will probably say that the city is also morally corrupt. Shitfucker's latest is titled Suck Cocks in Hell and was released by 'major metal indie' Hell's Headbangers, a move that is bound […]

Squat Club: Corvus

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Squat Club: Corvus

The previous editor, God rest his tragic soul, sent a bunch of hard copy promos before the address was changed to the current one.  We like surprises here at Deaf Sparrow, those random, lo-fi cassettes that hide treasures within.  So in a box full of this kind of thing, there had to be at least […]

Belcher/Bivins Double Quartet: EXO

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Belcher/Bivins Double Quartet: EXO

Really dig this label, the guy usually doesn't send anything to explain what he's doing, just a disc, nicely packaged, with that cool label logo on the back, nothing more.  Not even sure if it's a dude, to be honest, could be a 'chick' as they say, or perhaps 'gurl', is that how it's spelled […]