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No Trust: Unfound

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No Trust: Unfound

There are lots of these two-piece bands around nowadays, maybe because talent is getting thin.  And it’s not an easy thing to achieve, for a very simple reason.  Without some sort of depth, whether it be via samples, synth, orchestra, various layers over several takes, whatever it is, it often only survives a single listen […]

Endstille: Kapitulation 2013

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Endstille: Kapitulation 2013

When a band comes around like Germany’s Endstille, you have to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the next hour of merciless and unforgiving auditory assault leaving you angry and wishing you bought that katana on Amazon so you can chop whatever you can find in your backyard. Kapitulation 2013, the most recent release by […]

3rd Machine: The Egotiator

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3rd Machine: The Egotiator

This was almost practically the worst thing ever made, and it almost won our coveted title that we’ve been meaning to start.  To have this much hopelessness in only three songs makes one quiver in terror at the arrival of a potential full-length.  3rd Machine comes from The Netherlands, active since at least 2005 and […]

Australasia: Sin4tr4

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Australasia: Sin4tr4

Sometimes artwork doesn’t tell you much of anything about a release.  See, that’s the problem we have here.  You see something that follows a typical style, say to yourself “aw man some sort of crappy deathcore”, you put it in, actually good, hmm looks like we were wrong…  Case in point right here, because the […]

Fausten: S/T

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Fausten: S/T

See those worms on the cover?  They’re symbolic.  They’re going to dig into your body cavity and intertwine with your intestines, wrapping their way up your veins and nerves until they slowly replace your brain and leave only a trembling mass of fetid earth-dwellers in its place.  That was our attempt at providing a cool […]

Nothingness: No Happy Ending

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Nothingness: No Happy Ending

Picked this one up, said, “yeah, deathcore/metalcore or some crap, we’ll wait on it”.  Damn these stereotypes and biases, they plague our minds!  Someone out there save us, free our mind from these genre tags that bind us!  Well, hey, can’t blame us entirely, the artwork pretty much said what it needed to, and it […]

John 3:16: Visions of the Hereafter

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John 3:16: Visions of the Hereafter

Now and then we get good experimental, every now and then.  Not so much with noise, because it’s deceptive in how people approach it and everyone just buys a million effects pedals, but with experimental yes, most of the time people have a better grasp of “music” since you normally actually have to play something […]

The Sun Through a Telescope: I Die Smiling

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The Sun Through a Telescope: I Die Smiling

In recent years, drone doom, a genre spawned from the likes of Black Sabbath, Swans, and Melvins have swept into the scene with its colossal reverb and indiscernible screaming. Bands such as Khanate, Boris, and most iconically, Sunn O))), have spearheaded this movement becoming a prominent subgenre of metal. Unfortunately, the characteristics of drone doom […]

The Night God Screamed

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The Night God Screamed

When a movie comes along with a title as awesome as The Night God Screamed it’s hard not to instantly start thinking what it could be about. What kind of monstrosity could be so evil that the big G himself would let out a sissy little yelp of terror? What ungodly act of brutal savagery could […]

Pestilence: Obsideo

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Pestilence: Obsideo

All too often, metal songwriters fail to understand nuance and dynamic. One of the reasons it becomes difficult to navigate the waters of the extreme is that, frequently, and for whatever reason, the people creating this kind of material are of the opinion that if you constantly deluge your audience with “br00tz” they’ll be so […]