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apologoethia – Pillars (Spanish Black/Death Metal Please Be My Friend)

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apologoethia – Pillars (Spanish Black/Death Metal Please Be My Friend)

This is not the first time I’ve encountered amazing things from out of Spain. In fact I think this is like the shmillionth time this year. I want to just be good friends with any band from the country playing black or death metal. I’ve made several successful attempts to befriend such bands because, recently, […]

Heir – Au Peuple de l’Abîme (Post-Suicidal Black Metal)

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Heir – Au Peuple de l’Abîme (Post-Suicidal Black Metal)

I swear if this label ever sends me anything bad the world is going to end that particular day. Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions is, again, the absolute heir of all that was the kingdom of black metal in France. Since its inception in 2009, I have never failed to be amazed by the label’s output. It’s the only […]

Abhordium – Omega Prayer (Sacrifice to Stomach Monster)

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Abhordium – Omega Prayer (Sacrifice to Stomach Monster)

Something is up in Finland I‘m telling you right now. It’s like everyone was so sick of the mockery that is Finntroll that locals realized they needed to step it up, and instead of using gimmicks, they started to write actual music. Music you can never laugh at, music that breaks barriers, such as the recent one […]

american – Violate and Control (Sigh, My Tears Flow)

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american – Violate and Control (Sigh, My Tears Flow)

Facebook was begging me to post something for all of you because I haven’t been. This album is why. Now and then I get hit, hard, by a revelation. Here it is. Sometimes people accept goodness on what everyone else says and assume the opinion as their own. When I first knew that american was […]

Ustalost – The Spoor of Vipers (Someone Finally Dropped a Fecal Reference)

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Ustalost – The Spoor of Vipers (Someone Finally Dropped a Fecal Reference)

I really liked the title of this one, until I thought about it more and remembered, that, yes, this can be considered a reference to poop or sultry odors emanating from slithering beasts. Say, there’s a band name or album title, right there. Copyright Deaf Sparrow 8 November 2017, though, sorry. So can this band overcome its […]

Black Faith – Nightscapes (It’s Black Metal, From Italy)

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Black Faith – Nightscapes (It’s Black Metal, From Italy)

Italian black metal. Just doesn’t roll off the tongue, or out the mouth, as vomit, which means at least it’s not so bad that you’re led into revulsion. There’s simply something about that word combination that seems a contradiction. Why? Italian metal, in general, I’ve found, tends to be highly derivative, though there are certainly […]

Svartsyn – In Death (Qua Black Metal)

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Svartsyn – In Death (Qua Black Metal)

I think I’ve been disappointed by Agonia Records on a single occasion only, but this isn’t why I haven’t looked at them in awhile. The real reason is a number of the bands they carry are so huge I typically don’t pay attention to the promos past a listen, in spite of how good they […]

Quick Reviews – September 2017

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Quick Reviews – September 2017

In case you missed it, we do special, short reviews now of stuff that’s not up to the standards I set for full reviews. Meaning, the cover art sucks. This doesn’t mean the music isn’t any good, of course, but as you know, at least 1/4 of an album’s presence is in its art, a […]

Délétère – Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam (Black Metal, Sans Water Fowl)

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Délétère – Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam (Black Metal, Sans Water Fowl)

The last time I tasted Canadian black metal this dude put a bunch of geese squawking over garbage tremolo as part of the “aesthetic” and it was ridiculous. Délétère has a different approach, thankfully, though I admit I would’ve liked to laugh at more inane and completely out-of-place samples of water fowl over black metal, […]

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