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Pasadena Napalm Division: S/T

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Pasadena Napalm Division: S/T

Stoked probably isn’t the word we’re searching for when we begin our discussion of this masterpiece to signify the bodily sensations that erupted when we heard it was going down, it was all going down.  Finally, the full-length was prepared.  Aflame wouldn’t cut it either, and neither would afire.  This requires some sort of clever […]

Keep My Grave Open

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Keep My Grave Open

Awesome title, bad, bad movie.  How many times has this happened to you?  A title conjures images you can’t wait to have fulfilled, only to find them ripped from you head and stomped into the ground repeatedly as a laugh track fills the air.  Here’s another laugh track for you, there are some people who […]

Schloss Tegal: Oranur III “The Third and Final Report”

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Schloss Tegal: Oranur III “The Third and Final Report”

Cold Spring, the living god of dark music.  Funk dat, make it the living pantheon of dark music.  For all of the great material he releases, he’s also been known for re-releases, particularly of legendary underground dark ambient and industrial that both groundbreaking and genre-creating.  We already reviewed Ax’s Metal Forest a few weeks ago, and […]

Trist/Lonesummer: Split

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Trist/Lonesummer: Split

The curse…of the split.  Splits can have this problem, if one band does reasonably well but the other is less so it can be a disaster.  And no one wants to be that band, the placeholder, there primarily so the definition of ‘split’ isn’t violated.  Is this opener obvious enough?  Do you get it?  Not yet, […]

Double Header – Featuring Lost Horizon

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Double Header – Featuring Lost Horizon

It’s a two-for-one today at Deaf Sparrow, with this new feature of ours.  Actually, it’s a convenient, simple way for us to be lazy while pretending to be productive, because we can fit essentially two reviews into one article, and it will probably never happen again.  In our defense past our own admission of guilt, […]

Black Hate: Los Tres Mundos

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Black Hate: Los Tres Mundos

There are certain countries associated frequently with black metal, so frequently we don’t even need to mention them, or it, because there’s really only a single one that immediately comes to mind.  Mexico?  Probably one of the last places you’d expect to find a quality black metal band.  Not to say there aren’t any, but […]

Thunderkraft: Totentanz

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Thunderkraft: Totentanz

Uh oh, yep, that’s right, that’s a panzer on the cover.  And you know what that usually means, it’s not bringing an ounce of power, if anything it’s an Italian WWII tank you can take out by shoving a broom handle in its wheels.  Tank, generally, equals horrible when it comes to any style of […]

Blessed Curse: S/T

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Blessed Curse: S/T

Holy fork.  Just when you thought this whole retro thrash revival thing was getting old, just when you thought it was about time to hang up the jeans jacket laden with patches, something gives you the urge to put it back on or make one that you never had.  Something makes you grow your hair […]

RMEDL/K11: Chthonian Music

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RMEDL/K11: Chthonian Music

Just when you think Cold Spring couldn’t possibly release anything darker than the dark he already has, he pulls something like this out.  Granted, Chthonian Music is actually a reissue of an extremely limited cut from 2010 (only 50 copies exist), but that doesn’t stop it from covering your world in darkness, and this is also in spite […]

Eclectika: Lure of Ephemeral Beauty

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Eclectika: Lure of Ephemeral Beauty

Here’s a lack of consistency if there ever was one.  Imagine a book put together without any paper or glue and it would be before you here.  Lure of Ephemeral Beauty opens with a pretty awesome keyboard romp, kind of like the Diablo II soundtrack with more military.  By the way it stomps and crushes skulls, […]