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Kapitan Korsakov: stuff & such

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Kapitan Korsakov: stuff & such

Damn it, not again!  Not again!!!  You see, you look at the poorly Shooped (that means Photoshopped) cover, and you immediately write it off.  “Wow, nice, someone got the free download version of CS or something, that’s nice, next!“, you say to yourself, and come back to it as you get to the bottom of the […]

Bent Left: Fabergé

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Bent Left: Fabergé

Usually we don’t get this type of punk around here, the more classic variety, minus the street, studs, mohawks, and inane, High School political references as they toss vegan zines in your face and demand you stop washing your hair and eat Chik’n Quorn patties.  Bent Left come from Kansas City and have been playing […]

Sloth Herder: Abandon Pop Sensibility

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Sloth Herder: Abandon Pop Sensibility

Funny story about Frederick, MD.  The reviewer who is penning this review here happens to be doing research for a novel partially based on a true story, part of which involves a man shooting his wife through the heart, who was originally from Frederick, like really, that part’s completely true.  After he killed her, and […]

Forgotten Tomb: …And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil

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Forgotten Tomb: …And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil

One day, while looking for some depressing, suicidal, angst-spewing black metal, came across the name of Forgotten Tomb.  A tomb that is forgotten?  Does it get any more forlorn?  It would have to be both depressing and good, correct?  Yes, or make that more like yeeeeessssssss, well most of it.  …And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil marks […]

Torrid Husk: Caesious

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Torrid Husk: Caesious

Torrid Husk’s Caesious has every marking of mundane, and it doesn’t really make an effort to hide the fact.  The illegible, tree-like logo, the white, snowy, atmospheric artwork, it all screams ‘Weakling’, and you assume you’re most likely in for a treat of overrated black metal made by people who shouldn’t be anywhere near black […]

Le Réveil Des Tropiques: S/T

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Le Réveil Des Tropiques: S/T

Dat old lady…  Really need to get her out of the head there, please, for the love of God…  This one really makes you wonder what in the world you’re in for at first glance, coming in a bi-fold slipcase with two discs, an inner, distorted picture of some sort of resort on a beach, the […]

Zgard: Reclusion

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Zgard: Reclusion

Think about the trip this one took, it’s kind of like the album art.  Coming from the cold wastes of the Ukraine, all the way to little old us.  Think how people communicated a hundred years ago, what will they do a hundred from now?  And why in the hell are we wasting your time […]

Symptoms of Sickness: S/T

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Symptoms of Sickness: S/T

Black and doom is a beautiful combination. It’s a great medium to channel melancholy and wrath with deep, resonating growls, heart-wrenching riffs, and moments of infinite suffering. It sounds easy to accomplish but by the small number of black/doom bands out there that have become successful, it really is not. Fortunately for you, it seems […]

ism: Demo

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ism: Demo

Don’t be fooled by the powerviolence tag you’ll find on the Bandcamp page we have nicely linked below, because there’s not a bit of that in this.  So, sorry, no girlfriend-in-side-project cameos that were clearly to make sure an “evening of fun” took place, as much as you’d want that to happen.  But, hey, that’s […]

Tons: Musineè Doom Session Vol. 1

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Tons: Musineè Doom Session Vol. 1

Now and then doom bands get the name right.  It’s not about the name, you say?  No, it is about the name, damn it.  None of this stupid wizard junk with fire, bong smoking, electric space-worm-riding, trip-to-the-sun-in-a-cardboard-spaceship, Jesus-in-Hell-with-the-Virgin-doing-lines-whilst-reading-The Return of the King junk that’s boring.  Sadly that was a reference to probably about two hundred […]