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Hope Drone – Cloak of Ash

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Hope Drone – Cloak of Ash

I hate kids at libraries. I really do. No, scratch that. I hate the parents of kids at libraries. Why? Cause they can’t fucking control their kid from knocking down a stack of books and then leaving the mess to the librarians to clean up cause we all know a suburban mother of three doesn’t […]

Decline of the I – Rebellion

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Decline of the I – Rebellion

You know what's annoying?  Pretentious critics who pull out obscure quotes to verify their grasp of thought.  They must be feared, but remember, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself (John F. Kennedy, 1905).  Now we're not trying to make enemies, but it's been said if you want to make enemies, try […]

Outre – Ghost Chants

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Outre – Ghost Chants

Modern-day black metal usually has clear markers; you can look at how it presents itself and know immediately what to expect.  This is especially true with post-black metal, where alterations to original themes are sometimes so unusual each band almost becomes a separate genre in itself, perhaps a separate country, or better to say planet, […]

Abstracter – Wound Empire

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Abstracter – Wound Empire

Boy, these guys are persistent as all hell.  That's a lot of persistence, if you didn't know, using the word hell with anything is like 'a lot' but it sounds more kvlt.  And this persistence clearly came from a need to purge the soul, because when we first met Abstracter almost a year ago, we […]

Crowhurst – S/T

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Crowhurst – S/T

Sometimes you look at something and you know it can't be anything but mind-bending.  You know after listening you're not going to be the same person, you're going to be something else and probably won't remember anything that came prior.  Who am I?  How did I get here?  You move your eyes around the immediate […]

Cassette Assault – Hit It Hard With Sludge

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Cassette Assault – Hit It Hard With Sludge

In the past, when we've tossed tapes purposefully at your face; sometimes it's been a hit, sometimes a miss, depending on the tape.  This time we didn't want that, we wanted it all. no misses.  As the tapes come in, as well as anything else, we're picky now, preferring to review what we see in a positive […]

Cassette Assault – Metal and Noise

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Cassette Assault – Metal and Noise

Get your guns, get your gurls, or mens, and prepare, for a....cassette assault!  If you're new around here, this is when we check out a series of four different cassettes in the same review.  Sometimes from the same label, maybe the same band, but this time we're doing a set of tapes from four different […]

Australasia: Vertebra

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Australasia: Vertebra

As we found before with Australasia, the artwork doesn't tell you so much about what to expect.  It's like a blank cover to a two-thousand-page epic masterpiece of literature.  When we first came across this guy in his release Sin4tr4, there was a nice horsie on the cover, so we sadly ignored listening to it for […]

Trist/Lonesummer: Split

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Trist/Lonesummer: Split

The curse...of the split.  Splits can have this problem, if one band does reasonably well but the other is less so it can be a disaster.  And no one wants to be that band, the placeholder, there primarily so the definition of 'split' isn't violated.  Is this opener obvious enough?  Do you get it?  Not yet, […]

Germ: Grief

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Germ: Grief

We've argued this point countless times by now.  You either go classic and do it right, which is apparently impossible for some bands, or you do something new, you do something original, something that excites and confronts.  If you can't do either, we'll be more than happy to toss scores of 1.5 and 2.5 your […]

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