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Concrete Winds – Nerve Butcherer (Death Metal by Half-Beings)

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Concrete Winds – Nerve Butcherer (Death Metal by Half-Beings)

  Goddamn I love this messy ass cover. You can’t tell what the hell you’re looking at from any angle. The band logo is like a collection of broken hypodermics, the album title will give you a seizure, and they’re both laid on top of a bizarre gathering of nonsensical, yet somehow frightening shapes and […]

Azothyst – Blood of Dead God (Poisonous Blackened Death Metal)

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Azothyst – Blood of Dead God (Poisonous Blackened Death Metal)

  Well I knew this one was going to be a poisonous brain melt based on the skewed English in the title, Blood of Dead God. And then there’s the cover, which at once looks like classic etching, but is a conglomerate of disgust, which apparently is developed further in the jacket which is, quote […]

Lvcifyre – The Broken Seal (Monolithic Apocalyptic Serpent Metal)

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Lvcifyre – The Broken Seal (Monolithic Apocalyptic Serpent Metal)

  Phew now here is something solid. I mean, I expect that out of the recent vanguard of English metal freaks, but still here’s another to add to the slowly-growing horde. Lvcifyre have been melting death metal into their own weapon for over a decade now, but their releases have been more sporadic and careful […]

Headshrinker – Callous Indifference (Real Mental Health Blackened Death Doom)

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Headshrinker – Callous Indifference (Real Mental Health Blackened Death Doom)

  Now here’s an approach we could use more of: an empathetic, but not pathetic, consideration of mental illness. Not as an “oh so very scary crazy person” aesthetic, but one trapped in loneliness, depression, and all that good stuff that makes people creative in their desire for an escape from their own physical prison. […]

Black Ceremonial Kult – Crowned in Chaos (Murderous Blackened Death Metal)

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Black Ceremonial Kult – Crowned in Chaos (Murderous Blackened Death Metal)

  Woah boy is this good. Yep, it will murder you. Yet another killer release to add to the “Chilean blackened freaks” category I’ve found much delight in in the past decade. What are the other bands I can recall? Who cares, because this is MFin Black Ceremonial Kult fools, so let’s stay focused on […]

Coscradh – Mesradh Machae (The Heads of the Men Who Have Been Slaughtered)

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Coscradh – Mesradh Machae (The Heads of the Men Who Have Been Slaughtered)

  For as loonnnggg as this album title is it certainly is short! But, man, Ireland’s Coscradh prove they can get it done in under fifteen minutes. Fook extra tracks, Mesradh Machae is good to go in only two and it fares far better than submissions I received this past month that last over thirty […]

Satanized – Baphomet Altar Worship (Scary Tiki Torch Blackened Death Metal)

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Satanized – Baphomet Altar Worship (Scary Tiki Torch Blackened Death Metal)

  This is yet another sick promo from Portugal I’ve received these past few months, though the band photos it came with included one with dude creepily crossing two flaming tiki torches omg so scary. In spite of that silliness, you’d still expect sickness upon looking at the cover by Thailand’s “Sickness 666” with, let’s […]

Speedkiller – Midnight Vampire (Castlevania Blackened Death Metal)

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Speedkiller – Midnight Vampire (Castlevania Blackened Death Metal)

  Yeaaaahhhh get it. You ready for some Vampire: The Masquerade mattafakkas? You’ve got to be careful of vampire stuff, and this is coming from someone who teaches a course on vampires, so like, I know. Vampire aesthetic is of polar opposites: totally cool or totally drool. The cool variety often carries that 18th century […]

Omegavortex – Black Abomination Spawn (Exactly Like Their Moniker Blackened Death Metal)

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Omegavortex – Black Abomination Spawn (Exactly Like Their Moniker Blackened Death Metal)

  Lol these guys. I see any reference to voids, chasms, and generally anything that suggests a gaping pit of despair and disorder, I know it’s going to be killer. This goes for any genre but blackened death metal? Yeah, works there for sure. It’s almost a requirement. Germany’s Omegavortex are the true curtain to […]

Evoker – Evil Torment (Love Hate Relationship Death Metal)

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Evoker – Evil Torment (Love Hate Relationship Death Metal)

  Though the creeping beast grave cover by Skaðvaldur is cool, I was completely disinterested in Evoker’s new EP, Evil Torment, when I started to listen. Ugh…more death metal…I thought, and let it churn and grumble in the background as I did other things, barely paying attention…at first. But somehow it began to chew away […]

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