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Gost – S/T

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Gost – S/T

Well, isn’t this fitting for the month?  We’ve been on a dark synthwave kick around here with several excellent submissions, including Perturbator’s newest, which we reviewed not so long ago, and with whom we’re currently finishing an interview.  In fact, he was the one that told us about this Gost character, so we gave him […]

The Sade – II

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The Sade – II

We’ve recently been too entrenched in death and gloom around here, as well as dark synthwave madness.  It’s been a dark, all-encompassing pathos, a pathos that was in need of an awakening through good, old-fashioned hard rock with a touch of Satanic imagery, perhaps a bit of that ‘billy’ thing tagged on at the end. […]

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 […]

Boddicker – Crime Upheaval

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Boddicker – Crime Upheaval

It’s too bad this cassette is sold out and anyone who now wants to listen to it has to resort to, pfff, digital.  Boddicker, get with the times.  Listen, anything like has to be listened to on at least vinyl or cassette.  It can’t be any other way, especially since they use Detroit as an […]

Hemorrhage – Chapter One EP

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Hemorrhage – Chapter One EP

How many times have we opened a review with “wow” around here?  One too many, certainly, so let’s start this one out on a different note.  If only we had the buzzwords to do it…at least one…  What about a phrase instead?  How about simply this is of the “I want to punch someone who […]

Monastery – Peculiar Storms

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Monastery – Peculiar Storms

You ever look at something and say “yeah, this will be good”?  Here is a case of that, so thank the new deities of the true arts, Seraphim House, for the opportunity to listen to such beauty.  Robb, the mind behind Monastery,  took the time to send an absolutely spectacular package that, upon opening the box, caused me […]

Joo Won Park & dRachEmUsiK – Side Dish Side Affect

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Joo Won Park & dRachEmUsiK – Side Dish Side Affect

Ah, after all this metal blasphemy and power, it’s good to sit back and think.  Refreshing to run our minds over the more complex matter that surrounds us, the human being, and to try to figure out what it all means, but end up figuring out nothing and drooling into a stupor.  There is quite […]

SaturninE – S/T Demo

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SaturninE – S/T Demo

Wait, this is a demo?  There’s no way, there’s just no way.  This little beauty was tucked away in a box the old editor had in his possession, and this guy, new editor, found it while digging through the dregs to find the goodies to actually review (that’s how we do it now, not everything can […]