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Darkenhöld – Castellum

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Darkenhöld – Castellum

Any metal that dares make it obvious it references anything of the 'medieval' has entered dangerous territory.  It's a minefield full of active explosives every two inches and you happen to be going through it with a pogo stick.  So many times before, as we've seen, any reference to swords and sorcery, especially fantasy, have […]

Moloch – Verwüstung

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Moloch – Verwüstung

Moloch is all business.  He has no time for anything but business, and he is a proprietor of the business of black metal.  Not business in the capitalist sense, business in the sense of "this is my life".  Seriously, he sent us some things digitally, which we really don't have time for with all of […]

The Vault: Aluk Todolo – Finsternis

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The Vault: Aluk Todolo – Finsternis

Been awhile since we pulled something out of the tombs, but if there was any we should have selected, it was this one.  Aluk Todolo is one of the more interesting acts out of France currently, though they haven't put anything out since Occult Rock in 2012.  Excellent work, but nothing quite caught our attention like a […]

Burzum SUCKS – The Yoko Ono of Black Metal

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Burzum SUCKS – The Yoko Ono of Black Metal

Good title, eh?  One of the writers was like "what's this whole Yoko Ono thing?"  Maybe we should have said "of metal" and been less specific with our symbolism, because this guy pretty much covers the required 'general idiot' persona for the entire community.  There, we said it.  And we're going to say more, a […]

Charnel House – Contagion

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Charnel House – Contagion

First off, just so you know, the artwork there is taken from the fold-out poster inside with the CD, which is superb. That being said, let it be known, the concept behind Charnel House is awesome.  It's a great idea, because nothing is better than mixing beauty with dissonance, especially the quality of dissonance found […]

Windbruch – No Stars, Only Full Dark

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Windbruch – No Stars, Only Full Dark

There has been a lot of bullshit coming out of Russia lately - Russian military missiles, caviar, Putin's pubes, Putin's dumb fucking face, Putin's sad, wimpy dick, Putin's pungent asshole, etc,.. Fortunately for everyone not in Russia, there is good news; Russia can produce good music from time to time and Windbruch's No Stars, Only Full […]

Cassette Assault! Noise, Noisy, Noisier!

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Cassette Assault! Noise, Noisy, Noisier!

Uh oh, folks, it's time for another...cassette assault!!!!  Or perhaps those exclamatives should be written as !!!!11!11!!!!  Either way, we're bringing it in that beautiful analog format that warps in the sun and makes stuff like this sound even better.  Last time we had a selection of four beautiful pieces of plastic from one label, […]

Epitimia – (Un)reality

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Epitimia – (Un)reality

Double CD's are a hard thing to tackle not only because the length is twice as long but because the artist often has a much broader, more complete vision of their project.  Like many Hypnotic Dirge artists before them, Epitima have attempted to experiment with black metal with many other non-metal genres such as trip […]

Wrought Iron: Rejoice and Transcend

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Wrought Iron: Rejoice and Transcend

Stellar, spot on.  There, review finished.  We've been thinking about trying one-sentence reviews for some time, just haven't decided the best approach for it yet, so bare with us as we continue to talk even though we've already told you what we think of this one.  Grimoire Records is an on-the-rise label from out of […]

Hoth: Oathbreaker

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Hoth: Oathbreaker

Always give credit to self-released bands who put this much effort into it.  Hoth took the time to write a thorough promo sheet, including a frakkin sticker to sweeten the pot.  We've encountered them before, though Cole didn't like them very much, primarily because they're self-proclaimed Star Wars fanatics and he didn't like their, let's […]