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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 […]

Destroy All Gondolas – Laguna Di Satana

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Destroy All Gondolas – Laguna Di Satana

It's rare that I actually say something is unique. And I should make that as actually say so you get the emphasis. I joke, I rip to pieces, I vent, but sometimes I give my blood. It is time to give your blood to this band. I remember when I first reviewed their S/T 7" three […]

Hellish God – The Evil Emanations (You’ve Heard This Metal)

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Hellish God – The Evil Emanations (You’ve Heard This Metal)

I really wanted to slam to this one. For two reasons. One, the art kills, two I have yet to give such praise to a death metal band from Italy. Let's start with the art. Though not atypical, or even moderately unique, the cover of The Evil Emanations, by Adi Christianize of Dechristianize Art, is so […]

Abysmal Grief – Blasphema Secta (Ouija Metal)

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Abysmal Grief – Blasphema Secta (Ouija Metal)

I was really drawn to the art of this one, by the current guitarist of Abysmal Grief Regen Graves, and I also wanted to give it a shot because I'm pretty sure I've never reviewed anything from Sun & Moon Records or Terror from Hell Records before. If I did it was before the new […]

Black Faith – Nightscapes (It’s Black Metal, From Italy)

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Black Faith – Nightscapes (It’s Black Metal, From Italy)

Italian black metal. Just doesn't roll off the tongue, or out the mouth, as vomit, which means at least it's not so bad that you're led into revulsion. There's simply something about that word combination that seems a contradiction. Why? Italian metal, in general, I've found, tends to be highly derivative, though there are certainly […]

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