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Interview with Usurpress (Take My Throne If You Please)

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Interview with Usurpress (Take My Throne If You Please)

Ah, yes, time for another interview.  Always fun, aways informative, but this one in particular is the most dense in terms of information.  In fact it’s likely the most detailed answers we’ve ever received, which is always a good thing.  What if two hundred years from now someone wanted to know all there was about Usurpress […]

Crowhurst – S/T

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Crowhurst – S/T

Sometimes you look at something and you know it can’t be anything but mind-bending.  You know after listening you’re not going to be the same person, you’re going to be something else and probably won’t remember anything that came prior.  Who am I?  How did I get here?  You move your eyes around the immediate […]

Caldera – Centralia EP

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Caldera – Centralia EP

Out of any musical genres out there, doom metal bands always seem to get it right when it comes to the naming process.  It’s not like that absolute glut of stupidity during the nineties where everything was tagged as “alternative” even though there were like fifty different types of music.  But they all had this […]

Interview with Destroy All Gondolas (Light the Filth Canals on Fire)

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Interview with Destroy All Gondolas (Light the Filth Canals on Fire)

Nothing beats digging around and discovering something like these guys, Italy’s Destroy All Gondolas, who we reviewed several weeks ago.  As soon as that first track opened we were tossed into the waves of a polluted surf, run over by crazed speed punks that played their instruments like surf rockers who prefer gas huffing to […]

The Kill – Kill Them…All

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The Kill – Kill Them…All

Typically, especially over the past five years, any time we’ve received a promo from a band that labels itself “grindcore”, it’s practically already set to become kindling, a Goodwill donation that sits there for years, or something just to destroy and take one’s anger out on in a time of need.  Seriously, rule of thumb, […]

Necro Deathmort – EP2

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Necro Deathmort – EP2

We’re bandnamecist around here, completely coolnamesupremacist.  Cool name power.  Please understand, we were raised this way, or rather, we raised ourselves in such a way that we expect the best, not the better-than-most, the best.  And that’s what our readers expect.  Necro Deathmort is a name we’ve actually heard before, but honestly we ignored it […]

Twist Ending – Demo 2014

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Twist Ending – Demo 2014

Alright, enough of this popularity game.  We shouldn’t even need to discuss a band’s level of fame in the first place, nor defend our reasons for reviewing something of “the above”.  So we are below, so we shall stay, most of the time.  What better way than music that incorporates practically everything one could desire […]

Forgotten Tomb – Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love

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Forgotten Tomb – Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love

If there’s one hard sell in black metal, it’s the kind further delineated through words like ‘suicidal’, ‘hateful’ (and or ‘misanthropic’), or perhaps ‘depressing’.  DSBM is usually an instant soul killer for most, no matter the level of anti-depressants in your blood.  You could be filled with months of mood-numbing psychotropics and it wouldn’t make […]

SPLITting Headache – Grizzlor / Barren Womb

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SPLITting Headache – Grizzlor / Barren Womb

Why, you know, since we get splits now and again we figured, why not make a cool new feature out of it?  We have a VS feature, but that’s reserved for two bands from the same label, or two albums from the same band.  This is not a competition, this is an exposition of all […]

Facebook Likes Disappearing?  Here’s Why (The Depraved Business of Social Media)

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Facebook Likes Disappearing? Here’s Why (The Depraved Business of Social Media)

In an era where click-bait articles are spread around based completely on headlines, when Buzzfeed is considered to be legit social criticism by people with a straight face, and where billions of depressed, mindless automatons ignore reality by watching videos of dogs falling off of chairs and couches, social media dominates.  It’s an escape, a […]