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Convocation – Ashes Coalesce (Weight of the World Funeral Doom)

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Convocation – Ashes Coalesce (Weight of the World Funeral Doom)

  So yeah yet again I'm convinced that this type of doom needs to hit with everything it's got. You want a funeral, make it sound like one without the silliness. The slowness, the trudging steps, the abject suffering. It has to hit and hit well to succeed. Slow itself is not enough. It needs […]

Violent Hammer – Riders of the Wasteland (Caveman Metal)

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Violent Hammer – Riders of the Wasteland (Caveman Metal)

  With a name like Violent Hammer you expect, and discover, that these guys aren't hear to waste any time smashing you into the ground. They've done their time with demos and lineup changes and now it's just going to be what it is. They're probably cavemen, too, and I'm sure they gorge themselves daily […]

Oblivion Gate – Wisdom of the Grave (Yay I’m Depressed Now Funeral Doom)

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Oblivion Gate – Wisdom of the Grave (Yay I’m Depressed Now Funeral Doom)

  How long's it been since I covered doom of the funeral variety? A quick search reveals it was either two months or two years. Anyway, here's some more, though Finland's Oblivion Gate is yet another band I've covered this past month that defies a clear definition. "Doom" does not really suffice, nor does "funeral." […]

Black Royal – Firebride (Death Blues is Legit)

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Black Royal – Firebride (Death Blues is Legit)

  To be honest when I heard these guys billed as "death blues" I was like isn't that just another name for nu-metal? Then I realized Black Royal is from Finland so that isn't possible because, yet again, they prove the country's quickly becoming the realm of genre-bending in metal. Too bad Finnish hardcore has […]

Obduktio – Ihmiskunnan Viholliset (Crude Rude Puke Punk)

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Obduktio – Ihmiskunnan Viholliset (Crude Rude Puke Punk)

  I can't recall a nice do-over of punk with some blackened crust from Finland. Most of what I get from the country with supposedly the toughest language in the world is black metal or, ugh, some of that Finnish hardcore-like-it's-1985 scene kid blather. Obduktio was a welcome addition to my "you should listen to […]

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 […]

Ghastly – Death Velour (Finnish Death Metal Tho)

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Ghastly – Death Velour (Finnish Death Metal Tho)

Man that Finnish death metal sound. How I forgot! How I could go on about it forever, though this is only the second band in memory I liked from Finland. Out of any country plugging the death metal hole till bursting, Sweden is the one that consistently gets the attention. Not because it's all so good, […]

Hanging Garden – I Am Become (Limited Edition Cassette)

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Hanging Garden – I Am Become (Limited Edition Cassette)

Okay people, let's do this. Since I've recently started to funnel more money into releases, I'm slowly building up stock for releases specifically done through me. The next one, featured here, I'm quite excited about. With permission from Lifeforce Records and Hanging Garden, Deaf Sparrow is doing a special, limited edition cassette version of their […]

Cadaveric Incubator – Sermons of the Devouring Dead (WAKE UP)

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Cadaveric Incubator – Sermons of the Devouring Dead (WAKE UP)

Okay, everyone, it's time to wake the hell up. Get up! Out of your beds! Out of work! Stop whatever you're doing right the hell now and listen to some death metal crud. I just wanted something I didn't have to think about today. I've been doing too much thinking, and that can lead to bad things […]

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 […]

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