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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 […]

Grave Spirit – The Beast Unburdened by Flesh (Crud Love)

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Grave Spirit – The Beast Unburdened by Flesh (Crud Love)

I was pretty sure this band had some sort of roots in South or Central America, but I just can't figure it out for sure damn it. It just has that nasty, crude, but totally awesome sound to it. Lo-fi, yet listenable, shrieking, harsh, cymbals that sound like empty pie pans, I mean this has got it […]

Profane Order – Tightened Noose of Sanctimony (Demo Metal)

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Profane Order – Tightened Noose of Sanctimony (Demo Metal)

I almost started a new feature with this one, covering only demos, but I so rarely get any that I'd even consider reviewing I figured eh, let's just do this as the usual apocryphal review. Profane Order you've probably never heard of, but you likely will in the coming years, depending on what they do. […]

Infected Syren – S/T (Cypriot Punk)

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Infected Syren – S/T (Cypriot Punk)

I'm glad I can finally say I reviewed a band from Cyprus, because the adjective "Cypriot" just sounds so great. So, here we have, for the first time ever, a Cypriot Punk outfit, though just "punk" is not nearly enough to describe them. This particular one, Infected Syren (also the band's name), was further down my queue […]

IPERYT – The Patchwork Gehinnom

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IPERYT – The Patchwork Gehinnom

This one really surprised me. I had heard some whispers of Poland's IPERYT (which translates from Polish to mustard gas) before, but the genre of "industrial metal" has all but buried itself. Why? There's been a big push towards the so-called "organic" in music, including all forms of metal. This is really part of the […]

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 […]