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Xantam – Altered State (AD&D Blackened Death Metal)

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Xantam – Altered State (AD&D Blackened Death Metal)

  Is it a thing that bands starting with "Xa" are one dude? Total exaggeration on my part, because only Xasthur comes to mind, but now there's Xantam. Maybe I'm on to something... Anyway, so clearly there's an AD&D obsession here, because one, dude's got a beholder on both of his releases (this and a […]

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 […]

Drawn and Quartered – The One Who Lurks (WTF Am I Looking At Metal)

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Drawn and Quartered – The One Who Lurks (WTF Am I Looking At Metal)

  Boy did I sit on this one a long time. I mean, yeah, we sit on stuff a long time in general, but this is different because hard copy submissions, provide we will review them in the first place, have always gotten priority. Why you break your own rules? My excuse is I listened […]

Construct of Lethe – Exiler (Pretentious Thesaurus Metal)

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Construct of Lethe – Exiler (Pretentious Thesaurus Metal)

  So here’s the thing, Construct of Lethe know exactly what they are doing musically. And by that, I mean they have such a refined ear for composition, recording, and compelling melody. They don’t just stop at the melodic death metal drudge and drear and are clearly interested in pushing their sound into a musically […]

The Grotesquery – The Lupine Anathema (Big Words For Werewolves)

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The Grotesquery – The Lupine Anathema (Big Words For Werewolves)

I'm trying to think of the last time I experienced werewolves and death metal coming together for a love child. Maybe it never happened, but I feel like it had to at some point. Well, if not, or if it did and I forgot, time for some new memories. The members of The Grotesquery are separated […]

Grave Spirit – The Beast Unburdened by Flesh (Crud Love)

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Grave Spirit – The Beast Unburdened by Flesh (Crud Love)

I was pretty sure this band had some sort of roots in South or Central America, but I just can't figure it out for sure damn it. It just has that nasty, crude, but totally awesome sound to it. Lo-fi, yet listenable, shrieking, harsh, cymbals that sound like empty pie pans, I mean this has got it […]

Vaultwraith – Death is Proof of Satan’s Power (Olde Satan)

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Vaultwraith – Death is Proof of Satan’s Power (Olde Satan)

I've been thinking on this one for several weeks now. As is usual around here, that means something is confusing or unclear. In this case it appears to be neither. I'm fully convinced this is an "on purpose" but yet have no actual proof as the band remains obscure and seems to have no live […]

american – Violate and Control (Sigh, My Tears Flow)

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american – Violate and Control (Sigh, My Tears Flow)

Facebook was begging me to post something for all of you because I haven't been. This album is why. Now and then I get hit, hard, by a revelation. Here it is. Sometimes people accept goodness on what everyone else says and assume the opinion as their own. When I first knew that american was […]

RUIN – Drown in Blood (Better Through Headphones)

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RUIN – Drown in Blood (Better Through Headphones)

Okay, listen, bands, hey, if you're picking a name, please, please make sure it hasn't been goddamn picked already! I just don't get that. Then you have to add (US), or whatever country, followed by state or territory, maybe even town if you're dumb enough to stick with the name when there's already a band going by […]

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 […]