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Ill Omen – The Grande Usurper (Okkvlt Black Metal Ritvalz)

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Ill Omen – The Grande Usurper (Okkvlt Black Metal Ritvalz)

  Here we have the latest release by occult black metal mystery Ill Omen, who hails from New South Wales, Australia. The Grande Usurper was released on Iron Bonehead Productions, well known for all that is underground kvlt for superior provincials. And if you’re reading this well that’s you, whose expected metal offerings demand the occult and […]

VAHRZAW – Husk (Like Warsaw But Less Metal)

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VAHRZAW – Husk (Like Warsaw But Less Metal)

Good one guys, going with the spelling variant on a Slavic city, in this case Warsaw, or at least I assumed that was the idea (I was wrong). And since just everyone is talking about it, let's consider for a second that scray [sic] art by the oh-so-great Luciana Nedelea, whose work you've probably encountered quite a […]

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 […]

Contaminated – Final Man (Big Hulking Beast Metal)

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Contaminated – Final Man (Big Hulking Beast Metal)

I've been listening to this one way  too much. So much that I've been trying to convince the band to do a special, limited-run tape and shirt combo, but to no avail. Their powers are too great to accept my grovelling as worthy enough to be printed onto glorious celluloid music strips. But that's okay I […]

Ur Draugr – With Hunger Undying

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Ur Draugr – With Hunger Undying

I don't know if anyone consistently follows or reads my reviews but if you have been, you'll notice that most have been very positive. Unfortunately, I don't often bother with bands I'm unfamiliar with unless Stan sends them my way (and I like the genre). So in an effort to review a band I've never […]

Nemesium – Sentient Cognizance

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Nemesium – Sentient Cognizance

What is it with technical/melodic metal and artwork usually dense with organic, Gigeresque imagery?  Swirling masses of thorn organs, smokestacks, skulls made from metal, gears, and general complexity always seems to be the norm.  We suppose that makes sense considering what this type of metal is, but is it required?  Must you have artwork that […]

Sewercide – Severing the Mortal Cord EP

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Sewercide – Severing the Mortal Cord EP

Alright can someone please explain what an EP is?  Seriously, what's the cutoff?  It seems something like a novella, everyone thinks they know what it means, but no one really does.  You'd assume it means a short amount of time is spent musically, but then you get something like this here by Sewercide and it's […]