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Charnel House – Contagion

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Charnel House – Contagion

First off, just so you know, the artwork there is taken from the fold-out poster inside with the CD, which is superb. That being said, let it be known, the concept behind Charnel House is awesome.  It’s a great idea, because nothing is better than mixing beauty with dissonance, especially the quality of dissonance found […]

Storm Ross – The Green Realm

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Storm Ross – The Green Realm

This one hurts, it does.   It always hurts us to our core when we have to give something an average or even slightly negative review.  But not just that, because sometimes being negative is entirely enjoyable.  However, in cases when the submission comes so professionally done and with so much care given to the […]

Riff Fist – Fistful of Riffs

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Riff Fist – Fistful of Riffs

This presents a conundrum of the most profound.  Is the fist made of riffs?  Or is it rather that the riffs are made of fist?  This question may be impossible to answer, and we’re certainly not intelligent enough around here to figure it out, so we’ll save this philosophical speculation for the rest of you.  […]

Double Header – Trepaneringsritualen

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Double Header – Trepaneringsritualen

Seeing as we love this guy so much in all his blood-crusted beardiness, figured we’d save some time covering two labels and two different releases at once, as this special article style of ours is want to do.  Thomas Ekelund, known as Trepaneringsritualen, we first reviewed in a split LP with DEATHSTENCH released by Malignant […]

Underhill – Prologue

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Underhill – Prologue

Said it before, and we’ll say it again, nothing, we repeat, nothing this label sends us is below a 4/5, ever.  As soon as we open that beautiful, sealed digipak of a release by the beast known as Ad Noiseam, our minds explode into a billion pointless words in a futile effort to explain how very […]

Shinin’ Shade – Sat-Urn

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Shinin’ Shade – Sat-Urn

It’s not good when you start with one of the worst band names we’ve encountered in awhile.  We suppose, though, that if you’re going for more of the 1960s or 70s in terms of your “doom” it sounds fitting, like Blue Cheer or Incredible Hog.  However, that always irritates the piss out of us, because […]

Cassette Assault! Noise, Noisy, Noisier!

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Cassette Assault! Noise, Noisy, Noisier!

Uh oh, folks, it’s time for another…cassette assault!!!!  Or perhaps those exclamatives should be written as !!!!11!11!!!!  Either way, we’re bringing it in that beautiful analog format that warps in the sun and makes stuff like this sound even better.  Last time we had a selection of four beautiful pieces of plastic from one label, […]

The Way of Purity – Equate

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The Way of Purity – Equate

Sent a stack of WormHoleDeath releases to one of our writers to do a nice, giant article on the label, because the guys behind it are awesome, hardworking, and in spite of their underground status really push the promotional level of their stuff and take it with a grain of salt, which is a rarity […]

Unlocking the Truth of Said 8th Grade Metal Band (Yeah, They Suck, Get Over It)

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Unlocking the Truth of Said 8th Grade Metal Band (Yeah, They Suck, Get Over It)

Metal, everyone who’s in wishes other people would just stay the Hell out.  A huge portion of it thrives on the underground fanatic, that type who covers themselves in logos until their skin is practically made out of cloth, who purchases everything on cassette for some God damn reason, who knows what metal is, and […]

Frank Herbert’s Dune Sucks: Part II – Dune Messiah

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Frank Herbert’s Dune Sucks: Part II – Dune Messiah

If you started here, you started wrong, or in my opinion thematically, probably right. I suggest you read my analysis of Dune before going through this one.  If you’re interested, just click here for the truth about that living suck. Dune Messiah was Herbert’s first sequel in his Dune universe, and it tends to be […]