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Sainte Marie des Loups – Funérailles de feu (Italics for Emphasis French Black Metal)

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Sainte Marie des Loups – Funérailles de feu (Italics for Emphasis French Black Metal)

  Everything about this screamed commit thyself to the flames from the second I looked at it. Bleeding eye femme with a sword? A band name that references wolves? An album about funerals in fire? A sold out (damn it) vinyl release in red/black marble with a black and white cover? I mean everything about […]

Undeath – Lesions of a Different Kind (Welcome the New Lords of Rotting Death Metal)

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Undeath – Lesions of a Different Kind (Welcome the New Lords of Rotting Death Metal)

  I knew this was going to be some sordid puke when I scoped the cover. I’m not even sure what the hell’s going on in it but I like it. Like is it some living cave that gave birth to a pseudo-human android slime or something? How can you cut off someone’s head with […]

Transilvania – Of Sleep and Death (That Vampiric Black Metal Stuff)

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Transilvania – Of Sleep and Death (That Vampiric Black Metal Stuff)

  Now isn’t this some shit? Just this past week I was talking about how the holiday season always brings out the “Transilvania Hunger” covers and here we have a band naming themselves Transilvania who’re also obsessing over that vampire thing. I mean it couldn’t be more perfect and that’s in the musical sense too, […]

To Dust – Nightmare Cycles (Not Necessarily a Sin Grind)

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To Dust – Nightmare Cycles (Not Necessarily a Sin Grind)

  Grind bands rarely take themselves seriously enough. I’ll never forget this one promo I got where dude dropped a fart in the middle of a song cut. Or if grinders take themselves seriously they do it’s in such a short amount of space you’re not entirely convinced they did anything. To Dust falls into […]

Archaic Thorn – Eradication (Nihilistic Death Metal for Lunch)

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Archaic Thorn – Eradication (Nihilistic Death Metal for Lunch)

  Lunch time freaks. Catching up on some backlog I was first going to pass on this German death metal trio, but those echo vocals had me going too strong to let it pass me by. Archaic Thorn certainly have a more clever take on the anti-Christian stuff by only so slightly referring to it […]

Siculicidium – Az alámerülés lárvái (Archaic Chant Black Metal)

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Siculicidium – Az alámerülés lárvái (Archaic Chant Black Metal)

  Time to catch up on some backlog fooks. Picking through the remains of these past two months was tough. Some winners, mostly losers, and obviously this one here must be a winner. Good for them because last Romanian band I reviewed was over two years ago. Not a snub to Romania by any means, […]

Heads for the Dead – Into the Red (Back at It Death Metal)

Heads for the Dead – Into the Red (Back at It Death Metal)

  I just realized I reviewed these guys about a year ago. Actually not, but almost. And I almost liked it, but I really didn’t entirely. It’s part of that “super group” thing you sometimes see, multiple, or in this case three (used to be just two), members of different bands from different countries sometimes […]

Speedkiller – Midnight Vampire (Castlevania Blackened Death Metal)

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Speedkiller – Midnight Vampire (Castlevania Blackened Death Metal)

  Yeaaaahhhh get it. You ready for some Vampire: The Masquerade mattafakkas? You’ve got to be careful of vampire stuff, and this is coming from someone who teaches a course on vampires, so like, I know. Vampire aesthetic is of polar opposites: totally cool or totally drool. The cool variety often carries that 18th century […]

Burning Psalms – A Layer of Repugnance Protects My Wounds. (Sadboi Suicide Ambient Noise)

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Burning Psalms – A Layer of Repugnance Protects My Wounds. (Sadboi Suicide Ambient Noise)

  I hate how I have to actively search this shit out. Why are noise, ambient, and so forth artists and labels so bad at promotion?! Anyway, I got lucky on this one on two counts. One, not released yet. Two, the label head is cool and responded in a reasonable far quicker than the […]

Pneuma Hagion – Voidgazer (Noble Status Nefarious Death Metal)

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Pneuma Hagion – Voidgazer (Noble Status Nefarious Death Metal)

  Now here’s a cover I was really on the fence about, in fact pretty much leaning over to the “no way” side but the more I listened to Pneuma Hagion the more I had to accept it. I’ve received some promos from these guys before, consistently rejecting it for the usual Classical or Neoclassical […]