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AlNamrood – Worship the Degenerate (Saudi Folk Black Metal Cool)

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AlNamrood – Worship the Degenerate (Saudi Folk Black Metal Cool)

  You’ve probably heard all the legends, so I won’t even bother starting there. Yes, this is that Saudi black metal band with folkish elements. And yes they’re probably the most recognized band from their country, which reputedly wants to kill them for even existing. I’ve sampled their work before, but honestly, though I enjoyed […]

Ramera – Anarquía y Destrucción (So Angry Gothic Colombian Thrash Punk)

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Ramera – Anarquía y Destrucción (So Angry Gothic Colombian Thrash Punk)

  Typically I don’t consider promos this far past the release date, if at all (and we’re talking over a month here), but the album cover with the black/white scary hair, the hollow eyes of much brooding, the burning church, the band’s name (which translates to Harlot), and the fact that this is one angry […]

Cultic – Of Fire and Sorcery (Dungeon Death Doom)

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Cultic – Of Fire and Sorcery (Dungeon Death Doom)

  I believe someone already said it in another review, or perhaps more than one individual, but regardless let me reiterate; this is probably going to be one of the top five releases of the year. Actually make that likely top one. Definitely one of the best of the decade. Get it? Cultic has sloughed […]

Mistcavern – Into Twilight (Ethereal Black Metal)

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Mistcavern – Into Twilight (Ethereal Black Metal)

  Well wasn’t this a little surprise this week? Surprising in the sense that I thought it would be beyond typical, the usual, the banal. So typical it was likely a simple stereotype given form. But something told me in that hazy, miasmatic cover there was likely something of a musical equivalent. As usual, I […]

Concilivm – A Monument in Darkness (Alchemical Death Metal)

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Concilivm – A Monument in Darkness (Alchemical Death Metal)

  Heavenly God the end is near with this one phew. Though not the first Chilean band I’ve encountered, nor the first band summoning such disgust, Concilivm is definitely one of the new greats, and proof that their homeland is one of the hottest pits of corrupted metal in the world these days. Caustic, infectious, […]

Skumstrike – Deadly Intrusions (Blackened Speed Punk of Much Rejoicing)

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Skumstrike – Deadly Intrusions (Blackened Speed Punk of Much Rejoicing)

  Ahhh rejoice, this is an easy one. This is one of those albums that’s incredibly simple to review but most critics wasted, or will waste, their time on saying it, relying on inexcusable and nonsensical references to Shakespeare while experimenting in diluted Gonzo journalism, in the end obscuring WTF they’re trying to say and […]

Dauþuz – Vom schwarzen Schmied – Bergkgesænge (Mining Black Metal Works Wow)

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Dauþuz – Vom schwarzen Schmied – Bergkgesænge (Mining Black Metal Works Wow)

  Spectacular. Not only do we have here a band reinvestigating itself after only a few months, let alone at all, but we have a true achievement in the “niche effect,” which will hereby refer to any bands attempting to work bizarre themes into their sound. Usually tragic, here it’s epic. When so much has […]

Luzifer – Iron Shackles (German Birthright Heavy Metal)

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Luzifer – Iron Shackles (German Birthright Heavy Metal)

  Nice. I say this not necessarily because this particular release is the greatest thing ever, but it’s definitely the greatest promo of this week. Man, yet again, I got slammed by some of the most banal submissions ever. Horrid cover art, or music so derivative and stale I thought it was old emails from […]

Triumph – Retaliation Warfare (Dystopian Nuclear Assault War Metal)

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Triumph – Retaliation Warfare (Dystopian Nuclear Assault War Metal)

  This week has been slim with promos worth listening to, and as you can see only one of those was worth reviewing. The rest…I just can’t even… But Nevada’s Triumph, with that militant apocalypse looking cover, was probably going to be at least a safe pass because it’s war metal, but in this case […]

Amaltheia – S/T (Straight Outta Nowhere Dissonant Black Metal)

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Amaltheia – S/T (Straight Outta Nowhere Dissonant Black Metal)

  Boy this was a tough week for promos in the sense that I received a shit ton of them over the past month. Most of those were easy to scrap because of crud art or blah sound, but a particularly fine selection came from Polish powerhouse Godz Ov War Productions. Unfortunately I can only […]