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Cara Neir – Phantasmal (Cybergrind Chiptunes Screamo Horror)

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Cara Neir – Phantasmal (Cybergrind Chiptunes Screamo Horror)

  Yo let me break the “don’t review after release” rule I set some years ago. Sometimes, my will be done, because rarely do I get stuff like this, and typically after release too like WTF. Like get on that earlier promo train sons. Anyway so Cara Neir came out of nowhere, or, actually, I […]

Kryptik Mutation – Pulle from the Pit (Clearly Brutal Death Metal)

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Kryptik Mutation – Pulle from the Pit (Clearly Brutal Death Metal)

  Oh damn we got a monster cover here whooo. Also impalement. Through an eye. Why is this happening and what does it mean? It doesn’t matter, folks, because this is Kryptik Mutation! They’re not here for the sake of clarity, unless you specifically mean brutal death metal with a legible logo. They’re absolutely clear […]

Universally Estranged – Reared Up in Spectral Predation (Real Cosmic Death Metal)

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Universally Estranged – Reared Up in Spectral Predation (Real Cosmic Death Metal)

  I knew this shit was going to be deep. Actually, better to say I knew it wanted to be deep, because it’s trying out that “cosmic death metal” thing. Whether or not it was was up to the task depended on my blackholes (ears) and my existential consumption of conflagration (brain). See? Deep shit […]

Cambion – Conflagrate the Celestial Refugium (Conundrum Inducing Technical Death Metal)

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Cambion – Conflagrate the Celestial Refugium (Conundrum Inducing Technical Death Metal)

  It’s been a bad week or so for promos, let me start there. Everything I’ve received has been a disappointment; either failing miserably with the art, or reaching, at best, average achievements in the music. That brings us to Texas’ Cambion. To be honest, I found this to be a goddamn conundrum at first. […]

Pneuma Hagion – Voidgazer (Noble Status Nefarious Death Metal)

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Pneuma Hagion – Voidgazer (Noble Status Nefarious Death Metal)

  Now here’s a cover I was really on the fence about, in fact pretty much leaning over to the “no way” side but the more I listened to Pneuma Hagion the more I had to accept it. I’ve received some promos from these guys before, consistently rejecting it for the usual Classical or Neoclassical […]

Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron (SEGA! Epic Heavy Metal)

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Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron (SEGA! Epic Heavy Metal)

  You guys been like playing that Sega Genesis Nintendo stuff man? To be honest when someone dares name themselves after a totally overrated 16-bit fighting game you can’t expect much. SEGA (you scream)! Maybe it’s just coincidence though, I don’t know, actually it is. The name Eternal Champion comes from some fantasy literature stuff, […]

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 […]

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