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Xantam – Altered State (AD&D Blackened Death Metal)

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Xantam – Altered State (AD&D Blackened Death Metal)

  Is it a thing that bands starting with "Xa" are one dude? Total exaggeration on my part, because only Xasthur comes to mind, but now there's Xantam. Maybe I'm on to something... Anyway, so clearly there's an AD&D obsession here, because one, dude's got a beholder on both of his releases (this and a […]

Witchbones – The Seas of Draugen (Occult Death Metal on the Open Seas)

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Witchbones – The Seas of Draugen (Occult Death Metal on the Open Seas)

  Lol I always think the theme of the sea is silly in metal, but then I remember I've encountered a few bands over the years that have turned it from silly to formidable. We will now be adding to that imaginary list Witchbones, who preach the canon of occult death metal from broken ships […]

Hagzissa – They Ride Along (Real Specter Metal)

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Hagzissa – They Ride Along (Real Specter Metal)

  Occasionally a band like this just totally nails the spook thing. It's October, I'm late on reviewing this and disgusted at myself, it's cold only part of the day, and there are fake ghosts about so I need to fully feel the spook. It's a hard angle to play, though, there's a balance between […]

Morbid Messiah – Demoniac Paroxysm (So Messy)

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Morbid Messiah – Demoniac Paroxysm (So Messy)

  This is one of those releases where you know exactly what you're in for yet it cleverly hides its filth so it passes Facebook censorship with flying colors. Note, for example, the torn, nude corpse at the bottom. I can guarantee their stupid scraper won't notice it even though nipple shots are a no-go. […]

Drawn and Quartered – The One Who Lurks (WTF Am I Looking At Metal)

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Drawn and Quartered – The One Who Lurks (WTF Am I Looking At Metal)

  Boy did I sit on this one a long time. I mean, yeah, we sit on stuff a long time in general, but this is different because hard copy submissions, provide we will review them in the first place, have always gotten priority. Why you break your own rules? My excuse is I listened […]

Bonehunter – Children of the Atom (Some Sort of Metal)

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Bonehunter – Children of the Atom (Some Sort of Metal)

  Woah WTF so we got this new update to the site backend and I have no idea what I'm looking at... Hey, kind of like the latest from Bonehunter, Children of the Atom, so that works out better than I expected. I mean look at that great cover by Joe Petagno. I have no idea what it […]

WITCH KING – Voice Of The Ossuary (Another Satan Metal Band)

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WITCH KING – Voice Of The Ossuary (Another Satan Metal Band)

  Sometimes the stupid titles I come up with sound more condescending than they actually are. They're more congenial, at times, like this time. I mean, come on, can't we at least question the Satan thing in metal once in awhile? Just once I'd like to see someone or some band do something a little more […]

Crawl – Rituals (Sweden Does It Again, Basically)

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Crawl – Rituals (Sweden Does It Again, Basically)

  I feel like I've been getting a lot of Swedish metal the past few months. Actually, it's probably more than I've noticed it since it's been pretty damn good in general. I really need to stop with the italics joke, so let's see if I can make it through the rest of this. Really I don't need […]

SIEGE COLUMN – INFERNO DEATHPASSION (New Jersey IN THE FLESH)

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SIEGE COLUMN – INFERNO DEATHPASSION (New Jersey IN THE FLESH)

  I rarely specify where exactly a band is from in the US unless there's some well-known association with a genre and particular area, city, or whatever. Also I guess that depends on state size, right? Like most people will just say Rhode Island instead of specifying a city, outside of the pretentious wonderland of […]

CASSETTE ASSAULT (Stuff I’ve Been Sitting Upon)

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CASSETTE ASSAULT (Stuff I’ve Been Sitting Upon)

It's been a long time since I've done one of these, and that's primarily because of a special app I'm seriously working on for the site where I can give some press to stuff I don't review on in this way anymore. Bad art, or just ehhh releases, will all have their due eventually. Sometimes this […]

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