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Executioner’s Mask – Despair Anthems (A Timeline of Goth)

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Executioner’s Mask – Despair Anthems (A Timeline of Goth)

  A fine week this has been. Nearly every genre of the dark fells into my hands, and even some brutal death rap by a sexually extreme queen of hell. So I figured we'd end it on a sad note, a tenderly painful memory of the week the most reviews were ever done at Deaf […]

Skeleton – S/T (Dark Basement Thrash)

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Skeleton – S/T (Dark Basement Thrash)

  This kind of thrash conjures my favorite vision. Imagine a basement in a lower-middle income, at best, town somewhere in a broken down, former industrial center of the US, probably Ohio (actually Texas here, technically). Imagine in that shit hole a local quickie gas station is the only "entertainment" and in that doldrums is […]

Trench Warfare – Hatred Prayer (Ear Infection Death Metal)

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Trench Warfare – Hatred Prayer (Ear Infection Death Metal)

  It's easy to start back up after a vacation where I got a double ear infection (inner and middle, both ears) with some filthy death metal that sounds just like that. Actually listened to this one quite a bit before I left for that fateful, poisonous trip, so it seems fitting to return with […]

Morgengrau – Blood Oracle (Out of Ideas Metal)

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Morgengrau – Blood Oracle (Out of Ideas Metal)

  Death metal. What else can one say about it? Nothing really, unless the genre learns to move along, and some bands have done that for sure. But far too many are stuck still doing the old thing. Rickety, crotchety, drooling. The old school style, with new production, is that what it takes? What solace […]

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 […]

CURSUS – S/T (Like, Where’s the Bass Maaannn?)

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CURSUS – S/T (Like, Where’s the Bass Maaannn?)

Yeah listen. Yo. Making music is hard. Trying to do something new in music, even harder. Trying to do something without something expected, waaayyy harrrrddder. Every genre has expectations looming over it, and I don't mean just metal in general or all the kabillions of subsubgenres we have now, I mean for anything. For doom metal, […]