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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, […]

Holocausto – War Metal Massacre

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Holocausto – War Metal Massacre

Where can I even begin with this album, which I've listened to at least three times a week for the past four months? I started where I usually do, by looking around at what others have to say, after I've already formed my own opinion. I often find myself alone, or partially, constantly saddened by […]

Streams of Blood – Allgegenwärtig

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Streams of Blood – Allgegenwärtig

Can old aesthetic still prove reliable? It can, but anymore too many similarities to the old can be damning. Degraded art of the Xerox variety? Risky. I usually expect, with a cover like this, the absolute worst. Black and gray? Just a variation of black and white, and one can imagine the dialog between you […]

SPLITting Headache – Some Stuff

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SPLITting Headache – Some Stuff

You know for all the damn splits that were released in the past year, I sure got only a few of them in the promo emails and regular mail. Why? Why can I not enjoy more splitting of the production costs and music? Why can I not compare one band to another on the same […]

Disemballerina – Poison Gown

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Disemballerina – Poison Gown

We, a creature of nature, often forget this fact, going about our daily lives, constantly moving forwards, rarely looking back, attempting to live in a present that is at once past and future. It's when we realize our own mortality, when we experience wretchedness that we understand everything is simply on the same path towards […]

Malokarpatan – Old World Child Sacrifice, New World Music

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Malokarpatan – Old World Child Sacrifice, New World Music

Been awhile since I slammed an interview, but this one was worth it. As you know, I don't bother asking questions when bands are boring, and this pickiness has really increased site draw over the past few months so hey, must be doing something right by being all cocky and stuff. Malokarpatan released their first […]