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Hymnr – Far Beyond Insanity (Plague-Ridden Melodic Black Metal)

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Hymnr – Far Beyond Insanity (Plague-Ridden Melodic Black Metal)

  Usually I see some “insanity” reference and I want to cry. It’s like late works of Gothic literature that tried to creep with “scary” mental illness. Honestly, it’s not that scary. Really it’s not. So to see the same trope with black metal of the melodic variety? Come on now. That’s what I thought. […]

Crypts of Despair – All Light Swallowed (Abyssal Death Metal)

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Crypts of Despair – All Light Swallowed (Abyssal Death Metal)

  This is…just good. I don’t know how else to say it. It’s good. Actually very good, so I can add at least that word to the review here to be more verbose. I can probably manage more than that, we’ll see. First off, congratulations to Crypts of Despair, because this is the first Lithuanian […]

Monarch – Future Shock (Retro Post-Apocalyptic Alien Stuff Thrash)

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Monarch – Future Shock (Retro Post-Apocalyptic Alien Stuff Thrash)

  Well make this the second thrash band of recent development I reviewedm but I still have the same opinion I’ve always had; thrash needs a few things to survive these days. Obviously the music needs to slam, that’s without need of explanation. But theme and lead are key. Devils and shit is blackened in […]

Syning – S/T (Catacomb Synth Depressing Black Metal)

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Syning – S/T (Catacomb Synth Depressing Black Metal)

  Oh groan, I said, scoping the cover of this. I like my corpses in black and white, but though I’m not 100% certain I’m pretty sure this is yet another metal cover utilizing a shot from the Capuchin catacombs. If not, something close to it and when repetition of this nature is strong, you […]

Můra – Doom Invocations and Narcotic Rituals (Opium Addicted Death Doom)

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Můra – Doom Invocations and Narcotic Rituals (Opium Addicted Death Doom)

  Lol these filthy shits. I can’t remember the last time I reviewed a Czech band but I’m not going to bother to look because these guys are all that matter at the moment. I often wish blackened metal, of any attached genre, would just slow the hell down now and then. Really does it […]

Cambion – Conflagrate the Celestial Refugium (Conundrum Inducing Technical Death Metal)

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Cambion – Conflagrate the Celestial Refugium (Conundrum Inducing Technical Death Metal)

  It’s been a bad week or so for promos, let me start there. Everything I’ve received has been a disappointment; either failing miserably with the art, or reaching, at best, average achievements in the music. That brings us to Texas’ Cambion. To be honest, I found this to be a goddamn conundrum at first. […]

Medieval Demon – Arcadian Witchcraft (Ancient B00bs Black Metal)

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Medieval Demon – Arcadian Witchcraft (Ancient B00bs Black Metal)

  Now here’s a band that can get people into trouble. Well, specifically me. And to be more specific it’s because many of their band photos include female booby slaves and social media doesn’t like the reality of the human body. Therefore… I mean the aesthetic is ace and somehow makes corpse paint look cool […]

Pupil Slicer – Mirrors (Powerviolence Mathcore and Grind with a Purpose)

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Pupil Slicer – Mirrors (Powerviolence Mathcore and Grind with a Purpose)

  Ah so glad I received this so everyone can STFU that I don’t review music of this type. I just rarely get the good stuff. How many times do I have to say that? I guess every time since people tend to stop here once in their life for that one thing they heard […]

Wÿntër Ärvń – Abysses (Black Metal Folk Stuff)

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Wÿntër Ärvń – Abysses (Black Metal Folk Stuff)

  A little late on this review, but I wanted to let Wÿntër Ärvń sink into my being more before I made my final decision. It was necessary, for I rarely receive folk that truly captures my attention, dark folk probably least of all. Not familiar sir, you think? Never, most of it simply fails […]

Exanimis – Marionnettiste (Orchestral Steam Punk Death Metal)

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Exanimis – Marionnettiste (Orchestral Steam Punk Death Metal)

  So I was thoroughly surprised by this one and now I have a deep-seated craving for orchestral death metal with steam punk stuff going on. Not black metal, I get a bit of that, like I want more bands to do this kind of thing but perhaps it’s just too hard for the provincials, […]