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Autokrator – S/T

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Autokrator – S/T

There are certain people out there giving us a wealth of idiocy to criticize, and it's great because we can still seem creative.  Let it be known that anyone who references Star Wars in a review of any metal band, unless it's a metal band with a focus on Star Wars, is a complete toolbox, […]

Mefitic – Woes of Mortal Devotion

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Mefitic – Woes of Mortal Devotion

This is such an awesome name for a band, even though it's a spelling variation.  Who cares?  It sounds so Goddamned vile it pleases one to speak it aloud to others.  To what are you listening, friend?  Mefitic.  To which they shirk in horror, knowing only from the staticy bile coming from your ears that […]

Cinis – Subterranean Antiquity

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Cinis – Subterranean Antiquity

Death metal, how does it survive?  Why do we ask that question is likely your own question right now, but it's quite easy to answer.  We ask because the number of similar bands out there is astounding, at times, and it grows every month.  But if they're all so similar, how can that be?  Well, […]

Chaos Echoes – Transient

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Chaos Echoes – Transient

Now it's time to take things to the level where few can reach.  The hands of most are weak, their joints feeble, they lack the inner strength to pull themselves up from the middle of the giant web of metal into realms of pure chaos.  Upon these upper, silken strands things are much different, all […]

Nemesium – Sentient Cognizance

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Nemesium – Sentient Cognizance

What is it with technical/melodic metal and artwork usually dense with organic, Gigeresque imagery?  Swirling masses of thorn organs, smokestacks, skulls made from metal, gears, and general complexity always seems to be the norm.  We suppose that makes sense considering what this type of metal is, but is it required?  Must you have artwork that […]

Embrional – The Devil Inside

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Embrional – The Devil Inside

This is just a personal thing, but damn this title reminds one of that critically panned should-have-bombed film The Devil Inside from 2012.  Luckily this has nothing to do with that.  So why even mention it?  Sometimes things just happen around here, and just as we accept the random, so must you, or there is no […]

Ritual Chamber – The Pits of Tentacled Screams

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Ritual Chamber – The Pits of Tentacled Screams

And then there was this.  Death metal anymore can really irritate us unless done right, and let's be clear in case that implication wasn't too your plebe mentality's liking.  It's often not.  It's often trite and built on the same misogynist sliced-limb bullshit that was cool maybe thirty years ago.  No one cares about your […]

The Ugly – Decreation

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The Ugly – Decreation

Interesting that this album would be titled as such, considering it's rather a form of creation than destruction.  But before we get to that, let's consider Swedish black metal.  Sweden has a rather interesting history in the genre, being that it, though rooted in Scandinavian tradition, is somewhat separate in how it developed.  You have […]

Interview with Usurpress (Take My Throne If You Please)

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Interview with Usurpress (Take My Throne If You Please)

Ah, yes, time for another interview.  Always fun, aways informative, but this one in particular is the most dense in terms of information.  In fact it's likely the most detailed answers we've ever received, which is always a good thing.  What if two hundred years from now someone wanted to know all there was about Usurpress […]