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Portal: Vexovoid

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Portal: Vexovoid

Portal have always been one of those bands that caused line walkers to jump off the chasm and never return.  This means, we’re not going to use the classic argument.  It’s not a matter of “love them or hate them”, it’s not at all.  Portal doesn’t give you an opportunity to sit any sort of […]

Mamiffer + Circle: Enharmonic Intervals (for Paschen Organs)

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Mamiffer + Circle: Enharmonic Intervals (for Paschen Organs)

Mamiffer & Circle have combined to create a joint production, Enharmonic Intervals (for Paschen Organ), a project which is experimental and completely different than what one would normally associate with the works of either Mamiffer or Circle separately, such as Mamiffer’s piano sketches or Circle’s metallic sound. This collaboration is largely lacking the characteristics that make these […]

Drive-In Massacre

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Drive-In Massacre

After finding this tape at Goodwill for way less than you’d pay for it online, Drive-In Massacre left me only enjoying the cover art.  What could have been an interesting slasher just ends up a gimmick, a total goddamn gimmick.  There were a bunch of these films after the legendary Blood Feast was released in the 60s, and […]

Blood Harvest Records

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Blood Harvest Records

Death metal is at its strongest nowadays and besides Dark Descent in the US, I can’t think of any other label that has fought for its cause as much as Sweden’s Blood Harvest. The label has been at it since around 2006 but it is during the past couple of years that their slew of […]

Cadaveric Fumes Interview

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Cadaveric Fumes Interview

This French band may have just delivered the best death metal recording of the year, OK, it’s From 2012, but who cares? No self-respecting death metal fan can go without Macabre Exaltation, the demo from French band Cadaveric Fumes. It is too late to snap the tape demo, so I strongly suggest that if you […]

Carcass: Surgical Steel

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Carcass: Surgical Steel

There is probably no album that better represents a step forwards and a step back than Surgical Steel, while removing any negative connotations of those phrases.  Let’s not kill it by blanketing all of music, though, we don’t give ourselves that much credit, but at least as far as metal is concerned these guys have done […]