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Sarcoptes – Plague Hymns (Two Bittersweet Tracks of Blackened Gothic Death Metal)

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Sarcoptes – Plague Hymns (Two Bittersweet Tracks of Blackened Gothic Death Metal)

  At first I thought there was something wrong with this promo. Two tracks of "death metal", WTF? That's practically single length, barely an EP in my books. But okay it's an EP I guess. So here's the thing about EPs. You have to prove yourself fast and hard or it's all over. You hear […]

Häxenzijrkell – Die Nachtseite (Halloween Black Metal is Good)

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Häxenzijrkell – Die Nachtseite (Halloween Black Metal is Good)

  Can this occult aesthetic hold out forever? It does for Halloween, at least, so why not black metal? And hey, we even have an orange and black theme for this one so quite fitting as we move into October. Witch, goat, cauldron, alchemical symbol for lead, skull, and some sword shit also. Yep, 20% […]

Laser Dracul – Hagridden (Moldy Old Dude Stoner Metal)

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Laser Dracul – Hagridden (Moldy Old Dude Stoner Metal)

  Well this was surprisingly good, holy shit. I mean don't fault me too much because these guys are coming at you with lasers and some Dracula shit and, more importantly, they're playing stoner/sludge/doom metal that usually collapses under the weight of stereotype. Said institutions have not done better in this regard, most often. So […]

Blackevil – Forever Baptised in Eternal Fire (They Meant to Spell it That Way Blackened Thrash)

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Blackevil – Forever Baptised in Eternal Fire (They Meant to Spell it That Way Blackened Thrash)

  This is a great example of an album I really hated at first but then love, but it's not what you'd call a "grower," it's rather I didn't entirely get it at first. First things first, they're apparently using the British spelling of "baptise," because I guess the Germans learn their English that way […]

Evoke – Seeds of Death (Nasty Filthy Angry Blackened Thrash)

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Evoke – Seeds of Death (Nasty Filthy Angry Blackened Thrash)

  I feel like this is always a great way to end a week and usher in the weekend beeoches. Nasty, filthy, and angry thrash. Open the week with funeral doom, end it with this, that's what I say. Unfortunately the promos don't respond often enough to make that a permanent reality, so you'll have […]

kariti – Covered Mirrors (A Dark Folk Emotional Purge through Loss)

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kariti – Covered Mirrors (A Dark Folk Emotional Purge through Loss)

  To be honest I simply reworded kariti's own Bandcamp blurb for my subtitle of this one because her words were so poignant alone but I didn't want to seem totally incapable of thought. But thoughts are lacking today, as a rule. I'm at a total loss for thoughts and words, or better to say […]

Illkynja – Sæti Sálarinnar (I Want to Learn Icelandic Because This Band is Cool)

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Illkynja – Sæti Sálarinnar (I Want to Learn Icelandic Because This Band is Cool)

  History in the making here, folks. I double-checked and, sure enough, there was only one other band from Iceland ever reviewed on this site, by a different writer, and it wasn't any good so we'll let that corpse lie in state. In fact, just burn it, for from the ashes rises Illkynja, who is […]

Cenotafio – Larvae Tedeum Teratos (Chile’s Funeral Shroud)

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Cenotafio – Larvae Tedeum Teratos (Chile’s Funeral Shroud)

  Man what's up in the Chilean scene of black stuff? It's so disgusting in sound the more the submissions come in the more I'm sure there's a real movement that should probably officially unite. Anyway, Cenotafio (such a great band name) come from there, and like a number of their brethren combine the most […]

Jupiterian – Protosapien (Nobody Will Ever Love You Funeral Sludge)

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Jupiterian – Protosapien (Nobody Will Ever Love You Funeral Sludge)

  Some label heads just get it, you know? Like I don't think I've ever been disappointed by a promo from Transcending Obscurity, even though I haven't reviewed everything he's sent me. Either way, doesn't matter, because here and now we're talking Jupiterian's latest musical expression of skin sloughing off a depressed corpse, Protosapien. After […]

Körgull the Exterminator – Sharpen Your Spikes (Listen to it LOUD Blackened Thrash)

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Körgull the Exterminator – Sharpen Your Spikes (Listen to it LOUD Blackened Thrash)

  Wow good stuff right here. I mean here's my old joke; review ends now. But I need to say a little more, I suppose, for this band who dared name itself after a Voivod album like no one would notice. Phew that's some risky stuff right there! Because if you can't bring the kind […]

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