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Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology (Don’t Trick Me Please)

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Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology (Don’t Trick Me Please)

I’ve got a great idea for a horror film title, get this: When Things Get Pretentious. It’s only going to scare true underground junkies (autocrats if you forgot the term), but it will be absolutely terrifying. You are about to witness, a film, about how the best and most cutting-edge of sounds can become, horribly pompous. That can […]

Grave Upheaval (Can’t Translate the Title Metal)

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Grave Upheaval (Can’t Translate the Title Metal)

It’s hard to not like a band with a name like Grave Upheaval. Plenty of bands have used the word “grave,” but this one is far more powerful. Cemetery references are pretty stock now, but an upheaval, damn. This isn’t like defacing a single grave, it isn’t like committing sacrilege over a grave, this is an upheaval, like […]

LOWERED – S/T (Surprise Gimme A Smile Metal)

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LOWERED – S/T (Surprise Gimme A Smile Metal)

I love surprises. Not like “oh it’s my birthday today I forgot,” I mean things that come out of nowhere and just make you smile goddamn it. Since I rarely receive hardcopy submissions anymore my surprises come in the form of email promos with great art and music that just makes you smile goddamn it. You wouldn’t […]

Candle – The Keeper’s Curse (High School Bus Ride Metal)

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Candle – The Keeper’s Curse (High School Bus Ride Metal)

These guys have been supremely ripped on by some sites out there, or have been bullied, if you will. I can see why, yet I have to disagree with some of the upper classmen varsity banter. Yo, Candle isn’t trying to be the best, they just want to fit in. Almost everything about the presentation […]

Ajin (Misanthropic Anime)

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Ajin (Misanthropic Anime)

Really need to do more anime, so let’s bring it back with Ajin, a series well-known to anime fans but with far less reach into the world above (read: loser kingdom), in spite of both of the current seasons being streamed on Netflix back in 2016. Yeah, I know, we around here have other ways of […]

HAR – Visitation (Mountainous Black Metal)

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HAR – Visitation (Mountainous Black Metal)

Man, I just did a site search, and apparently I have never reviewed an Israeli band. How is this possible? This is one of those random ones that came into the promo garbage pile in email, too, so I may not have noticed it at first if it wasn’t for the cover. I had never heard […]

Petrification – Hollow of the Void (Petrified Trees Metal)

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Petrification – Hollow of the Void (Petrified Trees Metal)

It’s that time of year where I just need a little bit of this. Mainly because I hate poplar trees, see there’s one outside of my house and I just want to chop it the hell down. A tree joke? I’m not sure the band thought so hard about their name, see. The process of trees turning […]

Assumption – Absconditus (Don’t Try Too Hard Metal)

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Assumption – Absconditus (Don’t Try Too Hard Metal)

What a curious name for a metal band. I can tell you I had several assumptions about this before going into it, like it was probably black metal. Bad assumption, but it was definitely dark and depressing, which is assumed further by the doom/death tag these guys from Italy carry. Uh oh, it’s an Italian metal band […]

Beastiality – Worshippers of Unearthly Perversions (Let’s See This Get Promoted)

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Beastiality – Worshippers of Unearthly Perversions (Let’s See This Get Promoted)

My promotion for this album is probably going to get shot down immediately because of the band’s name, but that’s the reality of the underground. Filthy names, little exposure because of filthy names. Who would want to name their band after sex acts with animals anyway even if the spelling is slightly changed? It still […]

AEGIS 2816 (Geometric Twitch Shooter)

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AEGIS 2816 (Geometric Twitch Shooter)

Here’s a fun one. Or I mean a fun one. I was first drawn to the design of AEGIS 2186 because of its simple, minimalist approach to the space shooter genre. If you’re familiar with Tempest, Gyruss, and others, this little beauty, still largely unknown, has similar trappings, yet its modern approach is to its benefit. It relies on geometric […]