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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 […]

Sleepwraith – S/T (“For Fans Of” Derivative Metal)

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Sleepwraith – S/T (“For Fans Of” Derivative Metal)

  Now here's a nice example of "for fans of." Usually when I see that phrase in a promo I groan and the whole album is already in my head before I start. Sleepwraith are entirely new. You'll find almost nothing about them aside from ramblings about this very S/T on sites like ours. That's […]

NERATERRÆ – The Substance of Perception (Almost Pretentious Dark Ambient)

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NERATERRÆ – The Substance of Perception (Almost Pretentious Dark Ambient)

  I feel bad for how late this review is, but it's totally not my fault. One, I typically never check for promos on the Facebook page, and two, Facebook tossed this in spam. So old why review? The fact is it's rare I receive submissions like this that I feel like reviewing, because dark […]

Goatblood – Apparition of Doomsday (Satan at Sea Blackened Death Metal)

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Goatblood – Apparition of Doomsday (Satan at Sea Blackened Death Metal)

  This is the second sea-themed blackened death metal album I've reviewed this past month. Is this a new "thing"? I hope yet pray not. At least here it doesn't matter because it's German DM. Something needs to pick up all that slack from the power metal front, ugh. Goatblood have been bleeding out a […]

Regression – Progress? (No More Blue Balls Punk)

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Regression – Progress? (No More Blue Balls Punk)

  I personally had to do some digging to find this, because I rarely get punk submissions and when I do they're typically shit. They probably like to hear that but I don't mean good shit, I mean just plain shit. I've been on a punk blue balls bender for years now because of the […]

Xantam – Altered State (AD&D Blackened Death Metal)

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Xantam – Altered State (AD&D Blackened Death Metal)

  Is it a thing that bands starting with "Xa" are one dude? Total exaggeration on my part, because only Xasthur comes to mind, but now there's Xantam. Maybe I'm on to something... Anyway, so clearly there's an AD&D obsession here, because one, dude's got a beholder on both of his releases (this and a […]