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kariti – Covered Mirrors (A Dark Folk Emotional Purge through Loss)

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kariti – Covered Mirrors (A Dark Folk Emotional Purge through Loss)

  To be honest I simply reworded kariti's own Bandcamp blurb for my subtitle of this one because her words were so poignant alone but I didn't want to seem totally incapable of thought. But thoughts are lacking today, as a rule. I'm at a total loss for thoughts and words, or better to say […]

Scolopendra – Those of the Catacombs (Vocally Sophomoric Occult Death Metal)

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Scolopendra – Those of the Catacombs (Vocally Sophomoric Occult Death Metal)

  Well this is a curious state of affairs. Two of the dudes in Abhor and two random dudes from other bands appear to have a side project of sorts, or perhaps just a one-off, we don't know yet because this is the only thing Scolopendra has done. It came out of nowhere, and it […]

Marthe – Sisters of Darkness (I Believe in Heavy Metal Again)

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Marthe – Sisters of Darkness (I Believe in Heavy Metal Again)

  Sometimes something so short and simple can be so freaking powerful. Though calling this a demo is a bit inapplicable to what is really a beyond-EP length freaking beast out of nowhere. Heavy metal, doom, and all that sort of thing are so often beaten into the ground by the templates utilized by most […]

Noctu – Gelidae Mortis Imago (Toccata in Funeral Doom)

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Noctu – Gelidae Mortis Imago (Toccata in Funeral Doom)

  There's no tougher sell than funeral doom, let alone the type that goes this route with all of the symphonic nonsense. First you have its typica, extremely slow progression, and then if one risks tying in keyboard it's bound to go Halloween spook in a few seconds, if even that long. But under the […]

SUUM – Cryptomass (Not Total Ass Italian Doom)

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SUUM – Cryptomass (Not Total Ass Italian Doom)

  Okay Italy, okay, there is hope, after all. In case you missed it, which I know you did, I've been ripping on Italian doom metal over the past couple years because pretty much any submission I've gotten from the country in said genre has been total ass. The primary reason is this strange tendency […]

NERATERRÆ – The Substance of Perception (Almost Pretentious Dark Ambient)

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NERATERRÆ – The Substance of Perception (Almost Pretentious Dark Ambient)

  I feel bad for how late this review is, but it's totally not my fault. One, I typically never check for promos on the Facebook page, and two, Facebook tossed this in spam. So old why review? The fact is it's rare I receive submissions like this that I feel like reviewing, because dark […]

Worship: Ivory Crux – Sexual Bones and Oils

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Worship: Ivory Crux – Sexual Bones and Oils

  It's been awhile since we've engaged in worship, which means articles reserved for the best of bands, musicians, and artists who deserve to be drawn from the pits. That's my clever thing there, yeah. I first decided to do these because I noticed visual masters of the underground are often ignored, even though their […]

Altar of Perversion – Intra Naos (Biblical Black Metal)

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Altar of Perversion – Intra Naos (Biblical Black Metal)

  Jesus Son of God and the Holy Virgin with the Spirit be praised. See that cool harpy angel by Denis Forkas Kostromitin? I don't have a lead for that, so just get ready to open those Old and New Testaments, because Italy's Altar of Perversion are here to write a fooking Bible. You think I'm […]

Abhor – Occulta religiO (1920s Organ-Grinder Metal)

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Abhor – Occulta religiO (1920s Organ-Grinder Metal)

  I love this cover, just love it. But my love stops there. because I had heard of Abhor before, and I wasn't excited then, still not very excited now. In the past they were the usual "true Norwegian" type of black metal, only not from Norway. But they've been around since 1995, an impressive […]

Assumption – Absconditus (Don’t Try Too Hard Metal)

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Assumption – Absconditus (Don’t Try Too Hard Metal)

What a curious name for a metal band. I can tell you I had several assumptions about this before going into it, like it was probably black metal. Bad assumption, but it was definitely dark and depressing, which is assumed further by the doom/death tag these guys from Italy carry. Uh oh, it's an Italian metal band […]

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