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Revenger – The New Mythology Vol. 1 (Singer Vacancy, Do Not Apply)

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Revenger – The New Mythology Vol. 1 (Singer Vacancy, Do Not Apply)

  Now here's a curious thing. So curious I'm not sure I've ever discussed it. First off, let's get the bio puke out of the way. Revenger come from Canada, and I don't recall ever having heard of them until this release. As usual, you know me, the cover is what first got my attention, […]

Victorius – Dinosaur Warfare Legend of the Powersaurus (Seriousaurus)

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Victorius – Dinosaur Warfare Legend of the Powersaurus (Seriousaurus)

I joked about this one on Facebook when I posted one of the band's promo photos. Some of you thought it was a meme I created, but it was not. And this critical review, too, is real. Victorius is one of several German bands over the past year that have left me disappointed, but this […]

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 […]

Replacire – Do Not Deviate (Or So They Claim)

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Replacire – Do Not Deviate (Or So They Claim)

Here's something I'm pretty sure of now. If I say the opposite of basically everyone else out there pretending to be a critic, it's correct. End of story. Especially with technical death metal, which, yes, this is. Boston's Replacire I have to give credit to for staying so true to their look. Thus, Do Not Deviate […]

Quick Reviews – September 2017

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Quick Reviews – September 2017

In case you missed it, we do special, short reviews now of stuff that's not up to the standards I set for full reviews. Meaning, the cover art sucks. This doesn't mean the music isn't any good, of course, but as you know, at least 1/4 of an album's presence is in its art, a […]

Cinis – Subterranean Antiquity

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Cinis – Subterranean Antiquity

Death metal, how does it survive?  Why do we ask that question is likely your own question right now, but it's quite easy to answer.  We ask because the number of similar bands out there is astounding, at times, and it grows every month.  But if they're all so similar, how can that be?  Well, […]

Pestilence: Obsideo

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Pestilence: Obsideo

All too often, metal songwriters fail to understand nuance and dynamic. One of the reasons it becomes difficult to navigate the waters of the extreme is that, frequently, and for whatever reason, the people creating this kind of material are of the opinion that if you constantly deluge your audience with “br00tz” they’ll be so […]