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Drouth – Excerpts from a Dread Liturgy (Black Metal Manifest)

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Drouth – Excerpts from a Dread Liturgy (Black Metal Manifest)

  Wow, I ended up liking this one more than I expected. Leave it to US black metal to excite me again, after months and months of drudgery. I was getting sick of the snowstorm tremolo, the corpse paint no one remembers the purpose of anymore, the lo-fi " but that's how it's supposed to […]

Tithe – Penance (No One Will Like You Metal)

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Tithe – Penance (No One Will Like You Metal)

  At first I was getting annoyed by all the Jef Whitehead covers I was seeing in 43% of the promos I've had come in (that's exact math) and then I scoped this one and was like "okay, I get it." What a perfect arrangement! And what a great example of how cover art can […]

Folian – Blue Mirror (Shoegaze Ouroboros)

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Folian – Blue Mirror (Shoegaze Ouroboros)

  Folian speaks volumes about dreaminess. I mean there's a drowned or languid body on the cover floating in or washed up from the sea with hair twisted about the fingers. That alone makes you stare down at your shoes so far you turn in on yourself like an ouroboros. Talk about deep thoughts. Well, […]

Witchbones – The Seas of Draugen (Occult Death Metal on the Open Seas)

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Witchbones – The Seas of Draugen (Occult Death Metal on the Open Seas)

  Lol I always think the theme of the sea is silly in metal, but then I remember I've encountered a few bands over the years that have turned it from silly to formidable. We will now be adding to that imaginary list Witchbones, who preach the canon of occult death metal from broken ships […]

Lord Gore – Scalpels for Blind Surgeons (What I Thought Carcass Would Sound Like Band)

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Lord Gore – Scalpels for Blind Surgeons (What I Thought Carcass Would Sound Like Band)

  As I said on Facebook a few times, Lord Gore clearly nails it for best metal band logo ever, any genre, of all time. I mean look at that, right? Every gender gets defiled equally! Talk about modern SJW pleasure centers. But then again I guess with songs like "Million Maggot March" it's pretty […]

LOWERED – S/T (Surprise Gimme A Smile Metal)

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LOWERED – S/T (Surprise Gimme A Smile Metal)

I love surprises. Not like "oh it's my birthday today I forgot," I mean things that come out of nowhere and just make you smile goddamn it. Since I rarely receive hardcopy submissions anymore my surprises come in the form of email promos with great art and music that just makes you smile goddamn it. You wouldn't […]

Petrification – Hollow of the Void (Petrified Trees Metal)

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Petrification – Hollow of the Void (Petrified Trees Metal)

It's that time of year where I just need a little bit of this. Mainly because I hate poplar trees, see there's one outside of my house and I just want to chop it the hell down. A tree joke? I'm not sure the band thought so hard about their name, see. The process of trees turning […]