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Scolopendra – Those of the Catacombs (Vocally Sophomoric Occult Death Metal)

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Scolopendra – Those of the Catacombs (Vocally Sophomoric Occult Death Metal)

  Well this is a curious state of affairs. Two of the dudes in Abhor and two random dudes from other bands appear to have a side project of sorts, or perhaps just a one-off, we don't know yet because this is the only thing Scolopendra has done. It came out of nowhere, and it […]

Skeleton – S/T (Dark Basement Thrash)

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Skeleton – S/T (Dark Basement Thrash)

  This kind of thrash conjures my favorite vision. Imagine a basement in a lower-middle income, at best, town somewhere in a broken down, former industrial center of the US, probably Ohio (actually Texas here, technically). Imagine in that shit hole a local quickie gas station is the only "entertainment" and in that doldrums is […]

Rites of Daath – Doom Spirit Emanation (Sweet, Painful Blackened Death Doom)

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Rites of Daath – Doom Spirit Emanation (Sweet, Painful Blackened Death Doom)

  I was originally going to pass on this simply because I didn't get to it in time, but upon further consideration of how freaking absolutely awesome it is I couldn't ignore my musically stabbed heart. I swear I don't support Godz Ov War Productions in a secret side-deal, it just so happens this is […]

Eternal Rot – Putridarium (Bowel Disgorging Groove Death)

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Eternal Rot – Putridarium (Bowel Disgorging Groove Death)

  Oh man what a filthy groove. Stuff like this is hard to hate. Downright impossible in most cases. Or, at least in the case of Eternal Rot it is truth to speak as such. I've heard these guys before but I can't remember what led me to pass on the review. Either I got […]

Convocation – Ashes Coalesce (Weight of the World Funeral Doom)

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Convocation – Ashes Coalesce (Weight of the World Funeral Doom)

  So yeah yet again I'm convinced that this type of doom needs to hit with everything it's got. You want a funeral, make it sound like one without the silliness. The slowness, the trudging steps, the abject suffering. It has to hit and hit well to succeed. Slow itself is not enough. It needs […]

Neptunian Maximalism – Éons (TRASH TRASH TRASH STFU)

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Neptunian Maximalism – Éons (TRASH TRASH TRASH STFU)

  I'm probably going to get some shit for this one but oh well, that's typical. And like usual I seem to be the only person in the world who can see through the haze of "woah so different." I laugh hard when I see glittering generalities written about stuff like this. Hypnotic. Not interested […]

Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi – Berliner Vulkan (Polish Synth Noir)

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Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi – Berliner Vulkan (Polish Synth Noir)

  Wasn't sure what to expect with this one what with the blue skull hipster thing and the fact that Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi (WTZ for short) is listed as, lol, black metal and experimental on some shit sites. I've also seen vain attempts at calling this "post-black metal" but you just can't toss that around any old […]

Ritual Mass – Abhorred in the Eyes of God (Some Death Metal Again)

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Ritual Mass – Abhorred in the Eyes of God (Some Death Metal Again)

  Let's finish off my choice cuts in music this week with some rotting death metal. Angry, masculine vocals, visions of torment, riffs that sound like new songs the second way through (even though there are only four tracks), etc. There's no better way to unwind, now and then. Like a mutually-agreed-upon backyard boxing match, […]

Marthe – Sisters of Darkness (I Believe in Heavy Metal Again)

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Marthe – Sisters of Darkness (I Believe in Heavy Metal Again)

  Sometimes something so short and simple can be so freaking powerful. Though calling this a demo is a bit inapplicable to what is really a beyond-EP length freaking beast out of nowhere. Heavy metal, doom, and all that sort of thing are so often beaten into the ground by the templates utilized by most […]

Zebadiah Crowe – Host Rider (Non-Sucking Ministry Black Metal)

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Zebadiah Crowe – Host Rider (Non-Sucking Ministry Black Metal)

  I had no idea what I was in for with this. It could have went so many ways and even the way it goes has me confused, lol. Metallum has Zebadiah Crowe pathetically listed as "black metal" and that sounds to me that whoever made the entry just gave up and said "well this […]