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SUUM – Cryptomass (Not Total Ass Italian Doom)

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SUUM – Cryptomass (Not Total Ass Italian Doom)

  Okay Italy, okay, there is hope, after all. In case you missed it, which I know you did, I’ve been ripping on Italian doom metal over the past couple years because pretty much any submission I’ve gotten from the country in said genre has been total ass. The primary reason is this strange tendency […]

Sarcator – Visions of Purgatory (Former Metallica Worship Blackened Thrash)

Sarcator – Visions of Purgatory (Former Metallica Worship Blackened Thrash)

  Finland seems to be the experimental mecca of metal these days, but what about Sweden? It’s tucked there in the middle between that and koovoolt Norway. You certainly know Sweden’s hailed as the mecca of WTF metal with bizarre vocal delivery, complex solo passages, and the like, but never really fully experimental. So it’s […]

Sobranie 8 18 – S/T (No Annoying ASCII Symbols Witch House)

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Sobranie 8 18 – S/T (No Annoying ASCII Symbols Witch House)

  Yeah I needed some witchery in my lifedeath and this just happened to pop in the promos only a few days before it officially drops. Good. You metal, punk, death thrash, and whatever else clowns need to lose your lucidity once in awhile and melt away. Sit back, listen, brain bleed, absorb. Get the […]

Black Royal – Firebride (Death Blues is Legit)

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Black Royal – Firebride (Death Blues is Legit)

  To be honest when I heard these guys billed as “death blues” I was like isn’t that just another name for nu-metal? Then I realized Black Royal is from Finland so that isn’t possible because, yet again, they prove the country’s quickly becoming the realm of genre-bending in metal. Too bad Finnish hardcore has […]

Folian – Blue Mirror (Shoegaze Ouroboros)

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Folian – Blue Mirror (Shoegaze Ouroboros)

  Folian speaks volumes about dreaminess. I mean there’s a drowned or languid body on the cover floating in or washed up from the sea with hair twisted about the fingers. That alone makes you stare down at your shoes so far you turn in on yourself like an ouroboros. Talk about deep thoughts. Well, […]

Nattverd – Styggdom (Rot in Bed Black Metal)

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Nattverd – Styggdom (Rot in Bed Black Metal)

  Rarely do I bother with straight-up, “you’ve heard this,” “I’ve heard this,” “everyone has heard this” black metal, from Norway even. The greats are mere vessels of fandom, or gone, the LPs keep getting repressed for who knows what reason, and aside from a track or two out of an entire discography, most of […]

Worm – Gloomlord (Soul-Sloughing Doom)

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Worm – Gloomlord (Soul-Sloughing Doom)

  You know you’re in for something different with this cover; it’s one of those that makes your eyes wander for hours until the details wrap around your head and constrict. Worm avoid all popularity. Their presence is thin at most and hidden in Internet fog, and more importantly their music’s a miasma that oozes […]

Obduktio – Ihmiskunnan Viholliset (Crude Rude Puke Punk)

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Obduktio – Ihmiskunnan Viholliset (Crude Rude Puke Punk)

  I can’t recall a nice do-over of punk with some blackened crust from Finland. Most of what I get from the country with supposedly the toughest language in the world is black metal or, ugh, some of that Finnish hardcore-like-it’s-1985 scene kid blather. Obduktio was a welcome addition to my “you should listen to […]

L’Homme Absurde – Belong (Past-Black Metal)

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L’Homme Absurde – Belong (Past-Black Metal)

  I’m trying to figure out why it’s so easy to like post-black metal. It seems the morphing of classic aesthetic into a dreary, introspective void just works somehow. But this type of direction has been around so long can we even call it post anymore? It’s like past-black metal now. Therein is the current […]