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Interview with Sea Witch (No Band Photos, They Are a Force Not a Band)

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Interview with Sea Witch (No Band Photos, They Are a Force Not a Band)

Doom metal.  A genre that’s really getting on our nerves anymore.  Too little variety, too much cut-and-paste aesthetic, too much simplicity, too much too much too much.  We panned one of those bands not so long ago, yet another doing the same old thing but somehow riding fame for that very reason.  But there are […]

Video Review – Foscor – “Those Horrors Wither”

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Video Review – Foscor – “Those Horrors Wither”

This is an inaugural attempt at a new idea, which may have its own special feature at some point, or become as regular as our music reviews, but at this late hour, on this day, this brain is short on genius.  So let’s keep it clear what it is, a video review.  The critical difference […]

Ape Unit – Turd

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Ape Unit – Turd

Grindcore is dragging on its last legs.  Scratch that, it didn’t have any legs over the past ten years, it was a mere torso with arms.  Now those arms are gone, and it’s ground its lower half into so many surfaces it’s about up to its neck, close to the brain, where it can finally […]

Usurpress – Ordained (LIMITED Cassette and Shirt Package)

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Usurpress – Ordained (LIMITED Cassette and Shirt Package)

Well, it’s been some time in the making now, mainly because one of the factories we work with was taking forever to get back to us Jesus Christ.  But, that’s all passed now and we’re cool, we’re cool.  Anyway, we’ve been chatting with the guys from Usurpress for several months now, after reviewing Ordained and then shortly […]

Interview with CHAOS ECHŒS (Esoteric and Arcane)

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Interview with CHAOS ECHŒS (Esoteric and Arcane)

In our selection of only the finest, most bizarre, and most darkened of music, we sometimes find it pertinent to interview what we consider the best.  Those of the underground sometimes rejected by the vpper crvst for being so against the grain their skin is rubbed raw to the underlayer.  A fine film of blood […]

Storm of Noise – The 2nd Offensive

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Storm of Noise – The 2nd Offensive

We’re back, it’s the second coming, or better yet, the second offensive.  Due to the huge glut of metal we receive in terms of promotional material, we conceived of a special noise-only feature a few months ago to give the best artists some exposure.  This is the second appearance of it after a strong showing the […]

Altarage – Nihil

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Altarage – Nihil

Oh how we dread our submissions, oh how we loathe the endless messages, the letters (yes some people still write those), the pages upon pages of words soon forgotten in this escapist novel we turn called email.  The density can be overwhelming, never-ending, so repetitive it’s scarcely possible to give more than a moment to […]

Pink Mass – Slvt Kvlt

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Pink Mass – Slvt Kvlt

We went on a bit of a tirade against grindcore on Facebook the other day, and it was justified.  Grindcore over the past decade has sunk into a swamp of humor in order to hide terrible musicianship.  You’re probably laughing we used the word “musicianship” within this discussion, but seriously, we can’t take it anymore. […]

Stellar Descent – …fading…

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Stellar Descent – …fading…

What is a risk?  The easy answer is something, anything, where one takes a chance equaling failure or reward. The complex answer is either possibility is due to the application of the idea itself.  What do we mean?  Well, let’s elaborate. In these times when music is so easy to create, not necessarily well, and […]

Aderlating – Hell Follows

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Aderlating – Hell Follows

One has to wonder if composers from the classical period were alive, what exactly would they be doing?  If they were born in the modern era, where would they be today?  What kind of music would they be making?  Avoid things of the popular, its analogies are fruitless, because in spite of what that music […]