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Sarcoptes – Plague Hymns (Two Bittersweet Tracks of Blackened Gothic Death Metal)

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Sarcoptes – Plague Hymns (Two Bittersweet Tracks of Blackened Gothic Death Metal)

  At first I thought there was something wrong with this promo. Two tracks of "death metal", WTF? That's practically single length, barely an EP in my books. But okay it's an EP I guess. So here's the thing about EPs. You have to prove yourself fast and hard or it's all over. You hear […]

Jupiterian – Protosapien (Nobody Will Ever Love You Funeral Sludge)

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Jupiterian – Protosapien (Nobody Will Ever Love You Funeral Sludge)

  Some label heads just get it, you know? Like I don't think I've ever been disappointed by a promo from Transcending Obscurity, even though I haven't reviewed everything he's sent me. Either way, doesn't matter, because here and now we're talking Jupiterian's latest musical expression of skin sloughing off a depressed corpse, Protosapien. After […]

Noctu – Gelidae Mortis Imago (Toccata in Funeral Doom)

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Noctu – Gelidae Mortis Imago (Toccata in Funeral Doom)

  There's no tougher sell than funeral doom, let alone the type that goes this route with all of the symphonic nonsense. First you have its typica, extremely slow progression, and then if one risks tying in keyboard it's bound to go Halloween spook in a few seconds, if even that long. But under the […]

Bednja – Doline Su Ostale Iza Nas (Dead Bird Blackened Hardcore)

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Bednja – Doline Su Ostale Iza Nas (Dead Bird Blackened Hardcore)

  Wow what is it with Transcending Obscurity Records hitting it out of the park recently? This is one of a few dead bird covers I've seen in recent promo emails, but Doline Su Ostale Iza Nas is the smashed avian object d'art I decided to review because Bednja might be the greatest thing to […]

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 […]

Heads for the Dead – Serpent’s Curse (Super Group Stuff)

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Heads for the Dead – Serpent’s Curse (Super Group Stuff)

  Yeah that's the best I had to describe this one, "super group stuff," because I wanted highlight that when a group is referred to as "super" it often precludes a positive review. You set anything up as so damn super and it's more inevitable it will fail due to its assumption of superiority. Luckily […]