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Baxaxaxa – Catacomb Cult (Hard to Spell German Black Metal)

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Baxaxaxa – Catacomb Cult (Hard to Spell German Black Metal)

  Goddamnit these guys have probably the worst name to spell. I mean, I dig it, but Christ I can’t spell it. I screwed it up every freaking time and had to rely on cut-and-paste to get anywhere. Thanks guys… It doesn’t matter anyway, because Baxaxaldkjalskdjfawlkef are absolute murder. Originally crushing the German scene in […]

Gorgon – Traditio Satanae (Black Punk or Something)

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Gorgon – Traditio Satanae (Black Punk or Something)

  The modern French vein of post-black metal has been a personal favorite of mine for some years, which has sadly led me to ignore much of the classic coming out of France simply out of habit. Gorgon has been in the scene since black metal became a “thing” back in the early 1990s, and […]

Awaketh – S/T (OMG It’s Raw Black Metal)

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Awaketh – S/T (OMG It’s Raw Black Metal)

  I normally veer off the path of comp releases. I get it, vltra rariade demo tapes are hard to legit come by without bootlegging from a YouTube MP3 download, but do we really need that stuff repressed in any format? Sometimes, I guess, but to make it tasty you need to toss in some […]

Ritual Suicide – Nocturnal Haematolagnia (I Thought Those Guys Broke Up Raw Black Metal)

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Ritual Suicide – Nocturnal Haematolagnia (I Thought Those Guys Broke Up Raw Black Metal)

  I thought those guys broke up? Ritual Suicide most certainly did call it the end in 2019, so what have we here in October 2020? Nocturnal Haematolagnia was finished before the band’s demise and we needed one last dose of this crazy Ukrainian black metal vampire attack before we called it quits, right? Perhaps, […]

Cenotafio – Larvae Tedeum Teratos (Chile’s Funeral Shroud)

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Cenotafio – Larvae Tedeum Teratos (Chile’s Funeral Shroud)

  Man what’s up in the Chilean scene of black stuff? It’s so disgusting in sound the more the submissions come in the more I’m sure there’s a real movement that should probably officially unite. Anyway, Cenotafio (such a great band name) come from there, and like a number of their brethren combine the most […]

Unholy Vampyric Slaughter Sect (The World Trapped in Vampyric Sway (Darker and Darker)) (Damn Dude Took My Parenthesis Joke)

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Unholy Vampyric Slaughter Sect (The World Trapped in Vampyric Sway (Darker and Darker)) (Damn Dude Took My Parenthesis Joke)

  I changed the art on this using the original piece that makes up the finished cover, which for some reason was reduced to B/W and just a total mess, but hey, that’s what happens in basement black metal, or BBM, this being the US variety, or USBBM I guess we’ll say from now on. […]

Mordhell – Graveyard Fuck (Unwashed Human Body Black Metal)

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Mordhell – Graveyard Fuck (Unwashed Human Body Black Metal)

  This is one of those albums where you’re like “whelp, here we go,” because it absolutely does not give two shits how you feel and it’s telling you immediately what it’s about. It does it in a fairly open, yet peaceful way as well. The title’s clear, but the cover, which only hints at […]

Dodenbezweerder – Vrees de toorn van de wezens verscholen achter majestueuze vleugels (Holy Shoiss SO LONG TITLE Ambient Black Metal)

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Dodenbezweerder – Vrees de toorn van de wezens verscholen achter majestueuze vleugels (Holy Shoiss SO LONG TITLE Ambient Black Metal)

  Holy piss what a title this is. At least it translates well, but I’ll leave that up to you because I don’t want to waste any more space, goddamn. As I sit here with disease looming, stuff like this just sits so well. Part of me digs that classic black metal sound in almost […]

Valdur – Pathetic Scum

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Valdur – Pathetic Scum

Black metal is often easy to grasp, thematically speaking, as soon as you look at a cover.  Ever hear that old mantra about tanks, or as they call them typically, panzers?  If thou see a tank on the cover, be warned, for it does not deliver the crushing explosions expected.  Well, visually speaking, this one […]